Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #60 A Souvenir Photo from The Pike

UNK2couplesLongBeachPike38 Rooney collectionThis photograph was taken on 22 May 1938 at The Pike, an amusement area, in Long Beach, California.

I believe the man on the left is George Wyte LILLIE (1874-1943)  – see comparison below from Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #45 Three LILLIE Men and #46 Husband and Wife (Corrections). The way the corner of his mouth turns down on the right and the ears convinced me. Do you think I’m right?

collageGeorge, the brother of Ike LILLIE, was married three times. His last marriage was to an English woman named Jeanette A. BALL (first married to John E. HILBISH in 1906). They were seen together on the 1930 and 1940 census. Jeanette was listed as his spouse on his death record. She is most likely the woman on the left holding a bottle.

At first I thought the man on the right was George’s nephew Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE, son of Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE and Florence ROYALTY. However his forehead is  too high to be Roy as you will see in the next post in this series.

More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #22 Charles Edgar WELLS 1886-1973

This is a spin-off of my 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can blogpost in which I featured a few photos from a collection of old photographs my 4C1R Joe Rooney shared with me. I asked Joe about using the photos and he kindly wrote, Please use them at your will.  I feel it is keeping it in the family and don’t need credit.  If anything, I appreciate your evaluations, identifications and detective work.  I’m hopeful you and yours enjoy them.  On a blog, in a book, above a cloud.”

#22 Charles Edgar WELLS 1886-1973

Charles Edgar WELLS was born in Brownfield, Pope County, Illinois, on 26 November 1886. He was the son of Charles Thomas “Tom” WELLS and Mathilda J. “Tillie” ROYALTY.

charlesedgarwells1The photograph above was taken before the WELLS family moved to San Luis Obispo County, California. The quality of the digital image is not high enough to zoom in on the items pinned to his lapel.

Update (one day after post): Cousin Joe kindly sent me this closeup of the medals pinned to his lapel. Still not legible but maybe someone will recognize them.

lapelCharles married Suda LOCKE shortly before Christmas Day in 1913 in Los Angeles County, California. This places the move from Illinois to California in the 1910-1913 timeframe as the family was in Johnson County, Illinois, for the 1910 census.

charlesedgarwells2Charles was a teacher on 5 June 1917 when the World War I Draft Registration Card was filled out and was still working in education in 1942 when the World War II Draft Registration Card was filled out.

Charles died 18 May 1973 in San Luis Obispo County, California. He was survived by his wife and children and his sister, Frances “Fannie” WELLS, widow of Lee Martin ROSS.

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Links to previous posts in this series may be found in Old Photographs

Joe Rooney kindly gave me permission to use these photographs on my blog.

Joe ROONEY wrote on 15 February 2015: This collection of photographs was scanned at 300 dpi color by me. The original photos were sent by Sandra Lillie about ten years ago after she found them cleaning out a relative’s garage in Southern Illinois, finding no other takers (suckers). She believes they were a collection by L Vance Lillie. Many of the pictures seemed to be removed from frames or were in albums evidenced by fading characteristics and may have been from other’s collections. I scanned the reverse if there was laboratory advertising or writing. Some of the authors’ identification may be figured out of the handwriting matches. I did not scan the reverse of photos where there was only a three digit number that I believe to be sequence numbers on a roll of film. I didn’t spot any obvious helpful commonalities.

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #19 Guy Royaltey BOSWELL 1893-1979

This is a spin-off of my 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can blogpost in which I featured a few photos from a collection of old photographs my 4C1R Joe Rooney shared with me. I asked Joe about using the photos and he kindly wrote, Please use them at your will.  I feel it is keeping it in the family and don’t need credit.  If anything, I appreciate your evaluations, identifications and detective work.  I’m hopeful you and yours enjoy them.  On a blog, in a book, above a cloud.”

#19 Guy Royaltey BOSWELL 1893-1979

Guy Royaltey BOSWELL was the only child of Olive ROYALTY and John R. BOSWELL. He was born 14 June 1894 in Golconda, Pope County, Illinois. When his parents married his mother’s maiden name was spelled ROYALTY. Guy’s World War I and II Draft Registration Cards both have his middle name spelled ROYALTEY.

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A very young Guy, not a girl.

Guy is wearing a sailor themed little boy’s dress in this photograph taken about 1895. He was most likely still in diapers as dresses made frequent diaper changes easier. Once a boy was potty trained he would be seen wearing shorts.

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Guy on Bee Rock in Griffith Park overlooking the old zoo in Los Angeles.

“Guy has the sun grins” was written on the back of this photograph along with the location.

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Guy Boswell posing in snow.

I believe the couple in the background help to date the photograph – 1920s.

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Guy Royaltey Boswell or not?

These (above and below) photos were labelled “UnknownMan” by Joe Rooney. While going through all the knows and unknowns I came to the conclusion this must be a young Guy, above, and below perhaps an older Guy, below.

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Guy Royaltey Boswell or not?

Joe Rooney kindly gave me permission to use these photographs on my blog.

Links to previous posts in this series may be found in Old Photographs

Please contact me!
Are you related to a person mentioned in this post? Send an email to
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Joe ROONEY wrote on 15 February 2015: This collection of photographs was scanned at 300 dpi color by me. The original photos were sent by Sandra Lillie about ten years ago after she found them cleaning out a relative’s garage in Southern Illinois, finding no other takers (suckers). She believes they were a collection by L Vance Lillie. Many of the pictures seemed to be removed from frames or were in albums evidenced by fading characteristics and may have been from other’s collections. I scanned the reverse if there was laboratory advertising or writing. Some of the authors’ identification may be figured out of the handwriting matches. I did not scan the reverse of photos where there was only a three digit number that I believe to be sequence numbers on a roll of film. I didn’t spot any obvious helpful commonalities.

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #17 John Quincy ROYALTY 1866-1918

This is a spin-off of my 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can blogpost in which I featured a few photos from a collection of old photographs my 4C1R Joe Rooney shared with me. I asked Joe about using the photos and he kindly wrote, Please use them at your will.  I feel it is keeping it in the family and don’t need credit.  If anything, I appreciate your evaluations, identifications and detective work.  I’m hopeful you and yours enjoy them.  On a blog, in a book, above a cloud.”

Please contact me!
Are you related to a person mentioned in this post? Send an email to
openingdoorsinbrickwalls @ pt.lu or message me on my Facebook page
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Links to previous posts in this series may be found in Old Photographs

#17 John Quincy ROYALTY 1866-1918

John Quincy ROYALTY was the third son of Samuel L. ROYALTY and Joanna PALMER. He never married.

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A young John Quincy ROYALTY during his days as a schoolmaster in Kansas.

During his earlier years John was a schoolmaster in Kansas and Missouri. Later he became a detective and, according to his obituary, was a trusted employee of a leading firm doing this sort of work. His duties took him to various places in the West and he resided at times in Colorado, New Mexico and California.

In 1898 while in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he enlisted in Company E, First Territorial U.S. Volunteer Infantry, and served during the Spanish War until mustered out at Albany, Georgia, in 1899.[1] Officially designated as the First Territorial Volunteer Infantry, the regiment became known as the “Western Regiment;” the “Big Four” from the four territories: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Indian Territory; or “McCord’s Infantry.”

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John Quincy ROYALTY in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

After a visit to his old home in Pope County, Illinois, he returned to the West. In 1900 he was once again in Albuquerque, living in the household of his brother-in-law John R. BOSWELL and his youngest sister Olive ROYALTY, and working as a watchman for the railroad.

By 1903 he became a resident of Los Angeles, California. He was working as a watchman on patrol per the 1910 census.

“While employed as private watchman during Nov. 1917, he suffered an attack of acute appendicitis, and in spire (sic) of heroic efforts of the surgeons during a prolonged illness, complications arose, and his weakened vitality at last succumbed to death.”[2]

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John Quincy ROYALTY, lying in state.

Sources:
[1] “United States Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898,” Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK7J-YKK8 : accessed 26 June 2015), John Q Royalty, 1898; citing NARA microfilm publication M871 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .
[2] “Pedigree Resource File,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:3W51-L4J : accessed 2015-06-26), entry for John Quincy /Royaltey/, Submission ID MMDF-H5K.

Joe Rooney kindly gave me permission to use these photographs on my blog.

Joe ROONEY wrote on 15 February 2015: This collection of photographs was scanned at 300 dpi color by me. The original photos were sent by Sandra Lillie about ten years ago after she found them cleaning out a relative’s garage in Southern Illinois, finding no other takers (suckers). She believes they were a collection by L Vance Lillie. Many of the pictures seemed to be removed from frames or were in albums evidenced by fading characteristics and may have been from other’s collections. I scanned the reverse if there was laboratory advertising or writing. Some of the authors’ identification may be figured out of the handwriting matches. I did not scan the reverse of photos where there was only a three digit number that I believe to be sequence numbers on a roll of film. I didn’t spot any obvious helpful commonalities.

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #12 Florence ROYALTY’s Postcards

This is a spin-off of my 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can blogpost in which I featured a few photos from a collection of old photographs my 4C1R Joe Rooney shared with me. I asked Joe about using the photos and he kindly wrote, Please use them at your will.  I feel it is keeping it in the family and don’t need credit.  If anything, I appreciate your evaluations, identifications and detective work.  I’m hopeful you and yours enjoy them.  On a blog, in a book, above a cloud.”

Please contact me!
Are you related to a person mentioned in this post? Send an email to
openingdoorsinbrickwalls @ pt.lu or message me on my Facebook page
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Links to previous posts in this series may be found in Old Photographs

#12 Florence ROYALTY’s Postcards

Florence ROYALTY, Isaac Spencer LILLIE’s wife, saved many photographs of her own relatives and several postcards. The postcards have been helpful, combined with the photos, in getting an overall picture of her family.

The first postcard was postmarked 7 August 1908 and came from New Brownfield in Pope County, Illinois, from Florence’s sister Mathilda J. “Tillie” ROYALTY. Tillie married Charles Thomas “Tom” WELLS about 1886.

postcard1Back

postcard1backCorrespondene here
Dear Sister:
I am at Hannah’s & if you folks can come after one Monday. I will visit you a few days. I came I came (sic) down Wednesday. I am at Fannie C. now talking to Mrs. Ida.
Your Sister Tillie

Name and address here
Mrs. Florence Lillie
New Liberty, Ill.
Pope Co.

Fannie mentioned in the above correspondence was Fannie EVANS, wife of  John W. CRAWFORD and daughter of Henry CRAWFORD. I have not found a family connection between the Royalty and Evans or Crawford family. Fannie was 5 years younger than Florence.

In 1915 Florence was in California. She did not receive or send this postcard. Most likely she kept it as a souvenir of her trip. I found a similar photo online of a different group of people in front of and in a similar automobile with the same windows in the background. Florence may have visited Salt Lake City in Utah on her trip out to California or back to Illinois.

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postcard3back“Seeing Salt Lake”
Observation cars and automoblies.
Office and waiting room upp.
Entrance to Temple Block
27 W. So. Temple

On the 19 October 1915 Fannie CRAWFORD, mentioned on the first postcard, wrote to Florence while she was visiting family in California.

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postcard2backCorrespondence here
Dear Florence
I rec’d your card yesterday. I would certainly enjoy being with you but I am too much of a baby to stay away from home that long. My space is filled.
Love to all
Fannie Crawford

Name and address here
Mrs. Florence R. Lillie
1726 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, Calif.

Joe Rooney kindly gave me permission to use these photographs on my blog.

Joe ROONEY wrote on 15 February 2015: This collection of photographs was scanned at 300 dpi color by me. The original photos were sent by Sandra Lillie about ten years ago after she found them cleaning out a relative’s garage in Southern Illinois, finding no other takers (suckers). She believes they were a collection by L Vance Lillie. Many of the pictures seemed to be removed from frames or were in albums evidenced by fading characteristics and may have been from other’s collections. I scanned the reverse if there was laboratory advertising or writing. Some of the authors’ identification may be figured out of the handwriting matches. I did not scan the reverse of photos where there was only a three digit number that I believe to be sequence numbers on a roll of film. I didn’t spot any obvious helpful commonalities.

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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