Sunday, November 26, 2017

McNeil - Arnold Wedding

Married March 18, 1885, (Possibly the 17th, I have some questions about this.) at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Roberts, Illinois.
The wedding of Hattie Arnold and Eli McNeil.  Love how they describe all the gifts.

--Newspaper Clipping from Susan McNeil Marshall. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Farm

Sometime in the 1980's I discovered this aerial shot of the farm where I lived until 1963.  My dad lived here and my Grandpa and my great grandpa.  This property was purchased by Amos Arnold father of Johnson Arnold.  Johnson and Beckie Zwig Arnold set up housekeeping here in a small home given to them by Amos and Lora Johnson Arnold. 
It must have been pretty cramped when Johnson and Beckie lived here as they had seven sons and one daughter:  Amos (died at 6 months), Clyde, Michael, David, Henry, Roger, Ernest and Samantha. 
But additions were made over the years.  A cousin, Jerry Shambrook, remembers in the 1940's that the basement was added to the home.  So I would assume the front porch was added then too, as the basement stairs were wide open in this enclosed entry room.  The photo below is the front of the house, it faced all the outbuildings.  You can see the choppy additions/rooms.  The only bedroom downstairs was the room located to the far left (below).  If I remember correctly, the garden and clothesline were located to the west of the bedroom.  This possibly was the main house when first constructed.  It had an attic above the room and a door that lead to nowhere on the north side of the home. 
A story (that I discussed in an earlier article) states the home was moved to this location. 

The property is surrounded by "the ditch."  The ditch was a necessity to drain the land that was actually a lake for probably thousands of years.  We drove up a long lane to the reach the house and outbuildings.  On the rare occasion "the ditch" would seclude us to the home. 

The home is to the left of the lane in the very top photo.  Two barns are visible.  There were several storage sheds and two wooden cribs. 

A row of walnut trees sat behind the house and the cattle had a path there to the water trough located at the end of the lane.

A long row of Osage Orange trees lined the lane going to the north with another small bridge.  Actually the property did have three bridges, one was located to the south also. 
An apple orchard is seen in the first photo, the last group of trees in the middle left. 
Another significant building on the property was what we called the "cob shed."  I had sneaked a peak inside on several occasions.  It had two rooms and flowered wall paper on every wall.  Pretty fancy for cobs.  This small building was the home of Beckie Zwig's parents, Carl and Tina Hermann Zwig.  When the building was their home it was located at the end of the north lane.  Later moved very close to the main home when no longer used as a home, it stored cobs for heating purposes.  I wonder where the stoves were located.

I'll update this as I run across more stories and photos.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Amos and Lora

I ran across this picture today while pawing in a shoe box.  I posted it to a FB page and asked if anyone could repair it.  Nice job.
On the back of the photo is written:  Amos Arnold. And I agree, it is Amos and Lora on the right, but I do not recognize the couple to the left.

1856 Map

I see some Lobdells.

Eli Thomas & Harriet Seba (Arnold) McNeil

--Newspaper Clipping from Merlene Coulom.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Seward & Cora Arnold and their daughter, Louise

Seward Arnold, born in 1881 the youngest child of Amos S. Arnold and Lora Ann Johnson Arnold began farming at a very early age when his father was called away to care for his brother, Silas, after his accident. At sixteen, Seward started farming his Aunt Hattie McNeil's farm on his own. He married Cora Yackee and lived on the original Arnold farm north of Roberts. One of the first to practice scientific farming, he obtained and studied data from the University of Illinois about lime, potash, and clover, promoted the use of soybeans and very successfully learned to graft peaches and apples.
An avid baseball player, he pitched for Roberts for many years at a time when most towns had a team and were very competitive, even hiring major league players when they could. He sold war bonds during World War I, worked on the OPA Board (price control) through World War II, and was township road commissioner. After moving to Roberts, he traveled throughout the United States and Canada collecting Indian artifacts, rocks, and other natural phenomena. Some of his collections are in the courthouse at Paxton. At 103 he resides in the Gibson City Hospital Annex and wins regularly at Bingo.
Seward and Cora had one child, Louise, who rode horseback to the same one-room school her dad attended. Her high school was Roberts, then on to the Northwestern University School of Music in Evanston. She received a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music. After teaching in the school and privately in Chicago Heights, she retired and is living in Roberts.

--History of Ford County Illinois. 1984.

Cora (Yackee) Arnold's brother, Ernest

Ernest Yackee (1892 to 1894)is the brother of Cora (Yackee) Arnold.  He was only 2 years old from the info found in FAG.  He was also a twin with brother, Earl Yackee.  This obit states he "died last Saturday."  The date of the article is 4 May 1894; "last Saturday" would have been 28 April 1894

--Gibson City Courier.  4 May 1894.  Page 1.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Henry Lobdell

--The Burlington Free Press.  Burlington, Vermont.   16 November 1868.  Page 4.