Why Does This Blog Exist?

You never know what you'll find here - anything with genealogical or historical value is fair game. This blog will be updated as I clean out my office, go through boxes and piles, or find pertinent items at antique shops. In the meantime, I hope you find something of interest here.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bums of Stark County, Illinois

Wyoming Post-Herald
Thursday, January 24, 1889


                The country schoolhouse is a delightful haven of rest to the footsore and weary pilgrims vulgarly termed “bums.”  No matter how inclement the weather may be, nor how inhospitably the housewives may treat their back-door callers, when the shades of night are falling the genius tramp knows where he can pass the night in comfort; where he can hang his hat on a peg, toast his feet by the fire and smoke his pipe in peace.  “Love laughs at locksmiths,” and so does the bum at the primitive contrivance, called a lock, on the schoolhouse door.  To his untutored mind the four walls of a schoolhouse enclose a luxurious boudoir, and the floor is so soft as a bed of eider down.  The schoolhouse in Walter Cox’s neighborhood has been a favorite resort for tramps of late, and a short time since a new lock was placed on the door, but to no purpose.  A party of young folks in passing the building one night recently saw a light within, and on looking through a window they beheld nine big lazy bums lounging around the stove, talking, smoking and having a good sociable time in their peculiar way.  A newspaper and six feet of floor is as good a bed as the tramp cares for, and he usually gets it.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

World War II Aces of the European Theater

World War II Aces of the European Theater and their number of "scores."

Source:  “The Stars and Stripes” in the European Theater of Operations
Thursday, March 9, 1944

Vol 4, No. 109

Name
From
Score
Plane
Maj. Walter Beckham
DeFuniak Springs, FL.
18
Thunderbolt
Capt. Walker Mahurin
Ft. Wayne, IN.
17
Thunderbolt
Lt. Robert S. Johnson
Lawton, OK
17
Thunderbolt
Lt. Col. Glenn E. Duncan
Houston
15
Thunderbolt
Maj. Gerald Johnson
Owenton, KY
14
Thunderbolt
Capt. Duane W. Beeson
Boise, ID
14
Thunderbolt
Maj. Francis S. Gabreski
Oil City, PA
14
Thunderbolt
Lt. Col. James H. Howard
St. Louis
11+
Mustang
Col. Hubert Zemke
Missoula, MT
11
Thunderbolt
Lt. Col. David C. Schilling
Detroit
10
Thunderbolt
Capt. Leroy A. Schreiber
Plymouth, MA
10
Thunderbolt
Capt. Don S. Gentile
Pique, OH
10
Mustang
Capt. Michael I. Quirk
Washington, D.C.
10
Thunderbolt
Lt. Col. Eugene Roberts
Spokane, WA
9
Thunderbolt
Col. Chesley G. Peterson
Salt Lake City
9
Spitfire
Lt. Stanley B. Morrill
Willimantic, CT
9
Thunderbolt
Capt. Glen D. Schiltz
N. Canton, OH
9
Thunderbolt
Lt. Col. Don Blakeslee
Fairport Harbor, OH
8
 Mustang
Lt. Fred J. Christensen Jr.
Watertown, MA
8
Thunderbolt
Lt. Joe H. Powers
Tulsa
8
Thunderbolt
Capt. Virgil K. Meroney
Pine Bluff, AR
8
Thunderbolt
Capt. Robert A. Lamb
Ridgewood, NJ
8
Thunderbolt
Lt. Peter E. Pompetti
Philadelphi
8
Thunderbolt
Maj. James C. Stewart
Corona, CA
8
Thunderbolt
Lt. Charles F. Gumm
Spokane, WA
7 ½
Mustang
Lt. Vermont Garrison
Mt. Victory, KY
7
Mustang
Lt. James M. Morris
Detroit
7
Lightning
Capt. Don M. Beerbower
Hill City, MN
7
Mustang
Capt. Robert W. Stephens
St. Louis
6 ½
Mustang
Lt. Frank E. McCauley
Hicksville, OH
6
Thunderbolt
Lt. George F. Hall
W. Palm Beach, FL
6
Thunderbolt
Capt. Thomas Ace White
Kelso, WA
6
Lightning
Lt. Donovan F. Smith
Niles, MI
6
Thunderbolt
Lt. Warren M. Wesson
Brooklyn
6
Thunderbolt
Lt. Grant N. Turley
Snowflake, AZ
6
Thunderbolt
Capt. Norman E. Olson
Fargo, ND
6
Thunderbolt
Lt. Vasseure H. Wynn
Dalton, GA
6
Mustang
Capt. Jack T. Bradley
Brownwood, TX
6
Mustang
Lt. Frank Q. O’Connor
San Francisco
5 ½
Mustang
Capt. Charles London
Long Beach, CA
5
Thunderbolt
Maj. Roy W. Evans
San Bernardino, CA
5
Thunderbolt
Maj. Jack C. Price
Grand Junction, CO
5
Thunderbolt
Capt. Walter Cook
Cincinnati
5
Thunderbolt
Maj. I. B. Jack Donalson
Tulsa
5
Thunderbolt
Maj. James A. Clark
Westbury, L. I.
5
Mustang
Lt. Jesse W. Gonnam
Verona, IL
5
Thunderbolt
Capt. James A. Goodson
Toronto, Que., Canada
5
Mustang
Lt. Quince L. Brown Jr.
Bristow, OK
5
Thunderbolt
Capt. Eugene W. O’Neill
Doublaston, L.I.
5
Thunderbolt
Capt. Lindol F. Graham
Ridgewood, NJ
5
Lightning
Lt. Anthony R. Carcione
Bethlehem, PA
5
Thunderbolt
Capt. John W. Vogt
Elizabeth, NJ
5
Thunderbolt
Lt. James N. Poindexter
Howe, TX
5
Thunderbolt
Lt. John H. Truluck
Lynchburg, SC
5
Thunderbolt
Lt. Robert A. Newman
Goose Creek, TX
5
Thunderbolt
Lt. Joseph L. Egan Jr.
Bridgeport, CT
5
Thunderbolt
Lt. Col. Selden R. Edner
San Jose, CA
5
Spitfire
Capt. Richard E. Turner
Bartlesville, OK
5
Mustang
Lt. Joseph W. Icard
Granite Falls, NC
5
Thunderbolt
Lt. Nicholas Megura
Ansonia, CT
5
Mustang
Lt. James W. Wilkinson
Swarthmore, PA
5
Thunderbolt
Lt. Lowell K. Bruland
Callender, IA
5
Mustang
Lt. Glenn T. Eagleston
Alhambra, CA
5
Mustang