Monday, May 29, 2017

Roy J. McNaught

Buried at Ridgeland Cemetery, Thawville, Illinois.


A message was received Saturday stating that Roy McNaught, an aviator in the U. S. army, had been killed by the collision of two planes on a Texas field where he was stationed. Mr. McNaught was a Lyman township boy, having lived nearly all his life on a farm in section one. His many friends here join the family in sorrow. He has been in aviation service for some time and was assisting in guarding the Mexican border.
--Roberts Herald. 9 October 1918.
--Photos from Find A Grave.

Bryron Hickerson

Buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia.



The first loss of life in battle among the Lyman township soldiers was reported in a message received here last Wednesday. The message stated no particulars except that Byron Hickerson had been killed in action.
Mr. Hickerson was one of the first of our boys to be called last fall and was also one of the first to go across. He was a young man who worked for Eugene Henning last year. While he was not very well known in parts of our township he had many friends in East Lyman who sympathize with the bereaved family at his untimely death and all our people join in sorrow that one of our men must be called up to give up his life that we should be safe in Democracy. It is difficult to realize and many of us have not yet realized that all that we are, all that we have and all the civil rights that we enjoy are being held for us by the sacrifice of the lives and maiming of the bodies of our young men. Many men from other localities have fallen and now one of us, one who a short time ago was living quietly and happily in our midst, but when the lot was cast and it became his duty to go to the front, went and performed that duty, has fallen. His life is consecrated to the welfare of his country.
Two Lyman township soliders have been wounded. Clyde Peterson received five wounds in the arms, shoulders, and chest from a burning shell. This was reported some time ago. Vernon Havener was gassed while in the trenches and was sent to the hospital for treatment. His injuries were not so severe but that he was returned to the front within a short time but on nearing the trenches he with others were obliged to abroad a moving train. In doing so he caught a swing bar and fell beneath the train. The result was one foot crushed and the flesh torn from the other leg.
--Roberts Herald. 2 October 1918.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Cecil Trimble, cousin Homer Holmberg and Claude Trimble in Roberts about 1932.

--Posted by Carol Jane Iskowich to the Roberts Illinois History Group Facebook page.  May 2017.

The Roberts Electric Plant

A bunch of articles from the Paxton Record about electricity coming to Roberts.

(The Roberts Light Plant was located next to the current fire station.  That is the Wright/Jim Schuler home to the right in the photo.  That home was demolished the summer of 2016.)

--Paxton Record.  27 June 1912.

--Paxton Record.  15 August 1912.

--Paxton Record.  29 August 1912.

--Paxton Record.  14 November 1912.

--Paxton Record. 12 December 1912. 

--Paxton Record.  30 January 1913.

--Paxton Record.  13 February 1913.

--Paxton Record.  20 March 1913.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

5th and 6th grade – 1912 - Roberts, IL

Front Row, left to right: Mary Frances Hawhorne, Fern Murphy, Clara Sanders, ? , Viola Dueringer Allison, Grace Ashby, Viola Minch Wright, Muriel Martin, Geraldine Ortlepp, LaDella Brown

Second Row, left to right: ? , Orah Roberts, Ameilia Ebert, Jolly Hedger, Donald Tarvin, Mary Ebert, Lula Dietterle, Florella Zahn...

Third Row, left to right: Charlie Ensign, Ivan Havener, Glen Yackee, Oliver Dilks, Elias Gullett, Florence Jensen, Harry Hoagland

Fourth Row: Melvin Brayant, Ted Frence, Milton Chambers, Eugene Schrider, ? O’neil, Rusty Gullett, Rose Uebele

--Posted by Jean Fox to the Roberts Illinois History Group Facebook page May 2017.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Swanick Family Photos

These great family photos were sent to me by Jim Hornickel.  He has some photos he cannot identify individuals.  You can comment to this post or email me

Bud and Delores Swanick.  1930.

James and Regina (Rena) Kemmer Swanick wedding picture.  James Raymond Swanick, son from previous marriage.  1922.

James Swanick holding Rosie with Biddy standing.  1928.

James Swanick, Raymond (James' son), John Swanick, unknown person.  Before 1928.

Margaret Kurtenbach Swanick.  James' first wife.  About 1900.

J. B. Eno and the Connecticut Settlement

--Paxton Record.  20 June 1912.

I got this info from an article about Loda.  Just a little more information on the Connecticut Settlement.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Joseph Whorrall


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

This references Foster Bros. Hardware and Wright Hardware.  Joseph's daughter, Sarah, married Sela Foster.  Sela Foster's daughter, Blanche, married Charles Wright.  "The Wright's carried on the hardware business of Sela Foster . . ."  So which building was the Wright Hardware business located?