Sunday, March 18, 2018

George Lyman's new dwelling house . . .

--Paxton Record. 26 April 1877.

Dwelling houses are building up rapidly.

--Paxton Record. 19 April 1877.

Taken in 1912

--From W. G. 

From the "Photos Unknown" Collection . . .

--From W. G.

Maybe Another Roberts Home

--Maybe Zahn family members in photo.

A Roberts Home

--Possibly what we would know as the Safford house.  A strong resemblance.  And maybe Zahn girls.

Melvin German M. E. Church

Main Street Looking North

The Depot

Photo Postcards

The following information came from this site, but the photos are mine.

Prior to the 1880’s photographic negatives were produced on glass and used with a freshly made and still wet photosensitive emulsion. After the invention of the dry plate process and roll film, amateurs began taking pictures in great numbers. So many companies started up to supply this new group of consumers that they wound up depressing the entire market. To survive in this highly competitive climate George Eastman developed a complete and easy to use camera system that he named Kodak. His motto, You press the button, we do the rest sums up the marketing strategy that not only allowed him to survive but also propelled him to the top of his field. Although photographs were occasionally sent through the mail as handmade cards during the 19th century, and the first known real photo postcard made its appearance in 1899, they only began to be made in number after Eastman bought the rights to Velox photo paper that was then manufactured with a pre printed postcard back. He began to seriously promote it in 1902 and a year later he put an inexpensive folding camera onto the market that produced negatives the same size as postcards allowing for simple sharp contact printing. No other company put nearly as much money into advertising and great efforts were made to distinguish the artistic quality inherent in real photos from that of printed halftone reproductions. Between 1906 and 1910, Kodak even offered a fee based service where they would process and print real photo postcards for their customers, which greatly added to the convenience and popularity of these cards.
Real photo postcards proved cheaper to make than the traditional cabinet cards that the public was used to collecting, and they soon went out of fashion.

--A Cabinet Card.  Silas S. Arnold. 
With so many people now able to create their own cards with simple Brownie cameras, professional photographers began feeling the loss of revenue from their studio work and most started publishing their own cards to make ends meet. All but the most important portraiture commissions were now shot in the postcard format. Postcard backed photo paper became so common that it was used to make all types of small photos whether there was any intention of mailing them or not. While some photographers became well known for their line of photo cards, most had to become a master of many trades to survive. Local events as well as scenery were captured, printed, and often sold right out of the photographers own studio. Many times elaborate studio props would be made to attract customers for informal portraits. This practice became common at resorts and amusement parks where many photographers took up residence. Many also became salesmen offering their work to other local retail outlets or they sold photo equipment and supplies. Others took up the itinerant life, traveling around the country in search of subjects to shoot and sales to be made.
These post cards were given to me. One is the German M. E. Church located in Melvin, Illinois, and other I believe is a home in Roberts, Illinois.  Curious about these photo postcards (I have several more), I found this site that was very informative.
The above information about photo postcards can be found here:

Trigger's Cash Grocery

--Roberts Herald.  5 June 1928.

Friday, March 09, 2018

A. C. Maxson

--Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois. 1892. Pages 286 & 289.

More Roberts Rakings

--Paxton Record. 5 April 1877.

Notice of death in this article:  Alice Fitzpatrick died 3 April 1877.

Roberts Rakings

--Paxton Record.  5 April 1877.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Samuel Lyman

Death of a Pioneer of Ford County. Died, at Roberts, on Christmas at 5:45 P.M., Samuel Lyman, aged 64 years.
Mr. Lyman was born in Southampton Mass., where he lived until his removal to Lyman township, in May, 1856, where he located on a farm and built one of the first homes in the town. In '69, he sold his farm and removed to Onarga, where he resided until the death of his wife, which occurred in September, 1875, since which time he has made his home with his sons in Onarga and Roberts. He was attended in his last sickness by Mrs. Dorcas Loomis, his sister, from his old home in Massachusetts. He leaves a family consisting of S. B. our present Sheriff, Geo, P., in business at Roberts, and Edward, who is farming near Chatsworth. Mr. Lyman was a consistent Christian abounding in charities and kind deeds, whose word was his bond in all transactions in life. His death will be regretted by a circle of friends possessed by few men in this world of envy and strife.

--Paxton Record. 27 December 1877.  
--The Weekly Record.  Paxton, Illinois.  29 December 1877.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Rakings 1877

Editor Record:

Absence from home was the cause for nonappearance of usual pile of Rakings last week.
Old winter is still lingering in the lap of spring, but all think he had better get out, as she will soon want to put on her pretty green dress and flowers and don't want him in her lap any way.
News items very scarce. A. J. O'Harra has built a carpenter shop near Rice & Southwick's lumber yard, and is now prepared to contract for and build anything on his line, as he is a No....
1 workman and a capital good fellow too, so the ladies all say.
Peter Pfaat who has closed out his dry goods and grocery stock, will preside over the implement warehouse of John Shute. Flora & Newman and Tinklepaugh & King are also about to embark in the sale of agricultural implements. Experience proves that business to be a sure road to fortune, "over the left," but strong hopes in the good time coming.
James Ducas is again on the street after four weeks of fever.
That terrible scourge of the little ones, scarlet fever, has made its appearance in our place, and taken for its first victim little Tommie McNish, one of the brighest little boys in town. He died on the 13th after an illness of only four days, it is hoped the disease may not extend.
W. R. Newman, who recently sold his farm on section 17, has concluded not to "go west," but has purchased of A. M. Haling, the Beset Grove farm, and will soon remove on to it.
Quite a number of changes and many new comers among the farmers of our community.
Dr. Cassingham has lost his Mexican mare and will have to look long before he finds her equal for speed and endurance.
Mrs. Roberts of Wenona, and Miss Rowe of Goodland, Indiana, are visiting in town with relatives.

--Paxton Record. 23 March 1877.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Adding a Lumber Yard

--Paxton Record.  1 March 1877.

--Paxton Weekly Record.  25 January 1877.

Roberts News

--Paxton Weekly Record.  4 January 1877.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Addie Leach

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mrs. Marston

--Roberts Herald.  10 October 1923.

First School in Lyman Township Location

--Roberts Herald.  14 August 1940.

--Lyman Township Plat.  1916.



--Roberts Herald.  15 December 1937.

1859 School in Lyman Township

--Historical Atlas of Ford County, Illinois.  1884.

--Historical Atlas of the State of Ilinois.  1876.

First Schools

--Portrait & Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois.  1892.  Pages 463-464.


--Roberts Area Centennial. 100 Years of Plowing, Planting, Progressing.  1872-1972.

More on the First School in Roberts


--Roberts Area Centennial. 100 Years of Plowing, Planting, Progressing.  1872-1972.
--Village of Roberts Plat.  1916.

First School

--Roberts Area Centennial. 100 Years of Plowing, Planting, Progressing.  1872-1972.

Still standing today on the north end, west side of Main Street: