Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Bijou

I wonder why I bought this postcard.

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As the legend tells us, this is "The Bijou" in East Gary, aka Lake Station, photographed in 1909 by A. Haase. Where exactly in East Gary it was, I do not know.

Nor do I know exactly what the Bijou was. A restaurant? — you can see some tables out in the yard there, which would make a nice place to eat in the summer.

The baseball game of June 9, 1918, mentioned in this post, took place "at the Bijou grounds." I made a note of that because it concerned Company K, not because it concerned the Bijou. Now I wish I had paid more attention to the newspapers for any other information about the Bijou.

On the back of the postcard, one person I never heard of writing to another:

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I actually looked these people up in the 1910 Census. They were sisters, Ellen being 26 and Anna 23 in 1910.

So … that's the Bijou.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Earl Blachly Quits Farming

Earl Blachly has been going back and forth between farming and other work; the last time we saw him, in October 1919, he was back to farming. Now, in February 1922, he's getting out of it again, and this time he sounds serious.

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Hobart News 23 Feb. 1922.

In the "Local and Personal" items, one of Charles and Constance Chester's daughters is ill; she isn't named, and I believe all their daughters had married and moved out. The illness must have been pretty serious if she had to come back to her parents' home for care.

Elsewhere, we learn that John and Lulu (Strong) Aley had left Hobart sometime after their marriage in 1919 and gone to live in Argos, Indiana. I wish I knew what a "nervous breakdown" was, in the terminology of the day. The condition was not uncommon.

Additional Source: "Public Sale." Hobart Gazette 24 Feb. 1922.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Chester Farm, From the South

I may never get a better scan of this photo, so I may as well post what I've got.

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Image courtesy of J. Holborow.

This undated photo shows the Henry Chester farm as viewed from well south of Ainsworth Road. I would not have recognized it, had not it come from a Chester descendant who identified it as such. But once you know enough to look, you can recognize, in the right-hand background, the Chester house as it looked before Charles Chester remodeled it.

They may or may not be the traces of these buildings that you can still find on the south side of Ainsworth Road, across from the house. I don't know what demolitions and rebuildings went on between this photo and the final knock-down.

Nobody in the photo is identified.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Amelia's Mother

The Goldmans left the Ainsworth general store in the hands of their clerks, I suppose, when they went to Chicago for the funeral of Amelia's mother.

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Elsewhere, Harvey Carey is holding a public sale on his farm near Wheeler, as he prepares for the mysterious Ainsworth-area resident, Adrian Austin, to move onto it; and his son, Lee, who is moving off of it, plans to go farm near the village of Babcock, which I never heard of before.

Below is part of the 1921 plat map of Portage Township, showing Harve Carey's farm outlined in red. The land outlined in green formerly belonged to W.H. Carey, Harve's father and the second husband of Antonia Stolp Rossow Carey.

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Image from, courtesy of Steven R. Shook.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Young People's Reading Circle

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Image courtesy of Eldon Harms.

Herman Harms was about 12 years old when he completed the course of reading that earned him this diploma.

These photos, of George H. Thompson and his office, come from the 1915 Hobart High School Aurora yearbook, which I just happen to have lying around.

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If Etta B. Henderson was any relation to Sherman Henderson, Hobart's ice-cream mogul and first mayor, I haven't found it out. Here is her obituary, from the Hobart Historical Society's files. (Unfortunately the newspaper it was clipped from was not identified.)

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

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Minnie Rossow Harms kept the certificate above in a Continental Airlines "complimentary flight packet" that (I'm guessing) she saved from an airline trip to visit one of her children in California. And I just had to scan the cover of that packet, because it's so fabulous.

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Image courtesy of Eldon Harms.

According to my quick internet research, Continental Airlines did not use the Boeing 707 before January 1959, and judging by those fashions, I would date that photo pretty close to 1959.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Little Busselburg

The "Births" column of the Hobart News of Feb. 16, 1922, included this item: "Born — To Mr. and Mrs. George Bisselberg of Ainsworth, Feb. 12, a daughter." That would be George and Alma (Sitzenstock) Busselburg (that's how I spell it), and I suppose the daughter would be their eldest, Dorothy, who shows up in the 1930 Census at the age of nine.

The "Local and Personal" columns in the same issue enticed the public to the W.G. Haan School:
A box social will be given at the Ainsworth school, Friday evening, Feb. 24th. A sateen comforter will be given away. Tickets 10¢. Ice cream and cake. Ladies with boxes or cakes admitted free.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Rose Kietzman(?)

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society and Fred Ols.

This photograph comes down to us identified as Rose Kietzman. We have already seen a photo of Rose as a teenager, and there's some resemblance between the face of the girl in that photo and this one.

I'm just wondering about photographer, and the style of her dress. Her sleeves suggest the fashions of the 1890s, and, while I still don't have a definite ending date for L.K. Showman's career, he seems to have been most active in the 1890s. Well, let's suppose the photo was taken in 1900 — Rose was eight years old. I don't think this girl could pass for eight, and moreover she's holding what looks like a diploma or certificate of some kind. So I'm puzzled.