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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S NO MEDICINE FOR REGRET, 1945

North Dakota Farmhands

North Dakota Farmhands

Farmhands posing in front of a thresher at my Grandfather's farm in the 1930s in North Dakota.

Flora McBee

Flora McBee

Resubmission of a better picture. Probably taken in Knoxville, TN circa 1920.

H. Clay Trumbull

H. Clay Trumbull

This is H. Clay Trumbull, who was a well known man in his time, indeed his book on child-rearing is still being published.

I own his Civil War diaries and other papers. He wrote many books, including a biography of his dear friend Henry Camp, who was killed in the Civil War ("The Knightly Soldier").

My grandfather purchased a house built by H. Clay Trumbull's son in Philadelphia and my grandfather stored these things for years, not realizing what they were.

Jive Bombers Navy Dance Band: 1943

Jive Bombers Navy Dance Band: 1943

These are the Jive Bombers, A Navy jazz band. In this instance they are playing at a dance for CASU Operations sailors on Dec. 13, 1943 at the Jungle Inn near Sand Point, WA. CASU is an acronym for Carrier Service Unit. One of many snaps that I have of this somewhat wild night attended by my Mom & Dad.

Market Prices

Market Prices

Ad for C.H. (Charley) Gates Pure Food Market and the Market Corner located on Walnut St. in Des Moines, IA. Uncertain of actual date of this ad perhaps the early 20's or 30's. Charles Gates (1862-1944) was a long time resident and businessman in Des Moines. He raised five sons and a daughter with his first wife, Lottie Grace Watson Gates and a son and a daughter with his second wife, Martha Bradimus Callan Gates.

This ad may be of interest to other families who may have a family member who also ran one of the businesses mentioned in this ad: Paul Squires, Frank Stewart, Art Frye, Harvey Applegate.

Samuel Wilcox

Samuel Wilcox

Des Moines Fire Department, Des Moines, IA Samuel Wilcox (1855-1942) shown holding the fire horses in front of the fire department. Sam was a member of Comb. Company #9, Des Moines Fire Department. He was a fireman for 34 years. We are related.

Joseph Straka Beer Hall

Joseph Straka Beer Hall

Beer delivery to Joseph Straka Beer Hall, Milwaukee, WI. Photo taken in the 1890's. Man in apron, Joseph Straka. In doorway to the right Josephine Straka, his wife and one of their children. Assume the man standing near the front of the sidewalk is the wagon driver. This building still stands on Washington Street. The Strakas are my great grandparents, they lived in the upper story of this building.

 
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