Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #73 Ruth Joanna LILLIE, Part 2

Last week I shared the photograph of Ruth Joanna LILLIE as a little girl with pink cheeks and bows in her pigtails and as a young woman. There are more pictures of Ruth, the oldest daughter of Florence ROYALTY and Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE.

mrin38268-lillieruthj50thclass27-rooney-collectionHere she is, farthest right, with her classmates from the Class of 1927 with their 50th Anniversary cake in 1977. Ruth was born in April 1907. In 1940 on the census she was listed as having 4 years of high school education. Not having a college education this would have been her high school class.

mrin38268-lillieruthjbrookport-rooney-collectionRuth in front of her car at her home in Brookport, Massac County, Illinois.

Following last week’s post, Joe Rooney confirmed that Ruth and her husband Zach Swan remained married until his death. Speculation on this had come up in the comments of the last post due to the fact that this was Zach’s fourth marriage. The first three ended in a divorce due to cruelty and non-support, a suicide, and another divorce. Ruth and Zach were more successful in their marriage.

Joe also mentioned that Mr. Swan had a son from one of his previous marriages who “was in Brookport, Ilinois, for a while. I believe he moved away, maybe two decades ago, but that may be where Sandra Lillie found the collection of photographs.” Joe had been under the impression that Lynn Vance LILLIE, Ruth’s nephew, had been the owner of the collection. This sheds a new light on who Florence’s collection may have been passed on to. Maybe her daughter Ruth was the caretaker of the collection?

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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 ~ #72 Ruth Joanna LILLIE 1907-1986

ca-1910ruthjoannalillieThe photograph above was in this frame when I received the collection from my cousin Joe. There were also two smaller, black and white copies. One of them included the photographer’s identification number for reprints. I think this one was a reprint with color added. One of the smaller ones was framed in cardboard and was shared here.

The little girl with the pink cheeks and bows in her pigtails was Ruth Joanna LILLIE. She was the oldest daughter of Florence ROYALTY and Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE, born on 26 April 1907 in New Liberty, Pope County, Illinois. She had three older brothers and a younger sister would be born in 1909.

mrin38268-lillieruthj-rooney-collectionThis photograph was not dated. My guess is it was taken before World War II. There were several photographs of Ruth taken when her nephew Everett Isaac LILLIE was visiting his family while on furlow during the war.

On 22 April 1950, Ruth was photographed with her brother Samuel Royalty LILLIE. Six months later she married for the first time at the age of 43 years to Zach C. SWAN (1888-1965).

Mr. Swan had been married three times. Per the marriage license, his first marriage ended in divorce in 1930, his second marriage ended in 1932 with the death of his wife, and his third marriage ended in divorce on 9 October 1950. Two weeks later Ruth and Zach married on 23 October 1950. They were both residents of Detroit, Michigan, however, they married in Steuben County, Indiana. Further research showed the information given on the marriage license about his first and second marriage were not completely correct.

  1. First marriage: a Michigan divorce was filed by Donna Tillotson Swan on 27 May 1921 and was finalized on 3 November 1921. The alleged cause for divorce was extreme cruelty and non-support. It was not contested.
  2. Second marriage: Leona Dingfelder Swan died 15 January 1933 in Detroit of gunshot wounds to the abdomen, a suicide.

Zach C. Swan died in 1965 at the age of 77 years. When Ruth died in 1986 she was still using her married name, Swan.

Several more photographs of Ruth were in the collection and will be shared next week.

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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 ~ #71 Chester Beryl LILLIE 1900-1921

Chester Beryl LILLIE (1900-1921) was the only son of George Wyte LILLIE (1874-1943) and his first wife Mary Belle Stafford (1878-1915). Chester and his family were living in Kalamazoo as early as 1915, the year his mother died. They resided there until about 1918 when they went to live in Chicago. This photograph was likely taken before the move to Chicago. He is the young man on the left. The other two were not identified.

MRIN21945 UNK3malesUNKChesterUNKmaybeGlassRoyaltyLillie Rooney collectionAbout the photography studio

Bradley J. Fuller, the oldest of nine children, was the proprietor of Fuller Studio on 409 North Burdick Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from 1916 to 1917. His youngest brother Dana Simon Fuller took over in 1919. Which of the Fuller brothers took this portrait of these young men is not known.

MRIN21945 UNK3malesUNKChesterUNKmaybeGlassRoyaltyLillieback Rooney collectionChester was identified on the back of the photograph. He is the same young man seen in this photograph shared in Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #6 George Wyte LILLIE (1874-1943).

lillieChester was a tuberculosis patient at Fairmont Hospital in Kalamazoo on 12 September 1918 per his WWI draft card. His permanent address was 1504 East 62 St. in Chicago.

In 1920 Chester was enumerated twice on the census. He was in Chicago with his father, step-mother, and his two sisters on a census sheet dated 2 January. Chester was listed as working as a switchman for the railroad, the same occupation as his father George and his cousin Samuel Royalty LILLIE. He was also found in the Oak Forest Institution, Bremen Township, Cook County, Illinois, as a patient on an undated census sheet. The institution was enumerated on 67 sheets, the first few were dated 26 January. Chester may have only been home for the holidays.

On Tuesday, 1 March 1920, Chester died in Chicago. His body was transported to Kalamazoo for burial in Riverside Cemetery where his mother was buried. She also died of tuberculosis. His older sister Pearl Eva LILLIE died four months later and was buried in Riverside Cemetery. I have not found a death record with the cause of her death but suspect she may have also succumbed to tuberculosis.

Getting back to the two young men in the photograph with Chester. They appear to be at least 5 years older than Chester. Could they be friends or relatives? Reese Gentry LILLIE and Samuel Royalty LILLIE would be about the right age but there are no photos of Reese to compare with. Roy’s eyes were darker than the young man on the right although he does resemble Roy due to the way his hair is combed.

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

Please contact me!
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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #63 Taking a Walk in Detroit

This photograph of Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE (1895-1979) taking a walk in Detroit, Michigan, was snapped in the late 1930s. This is an estimate made from the women’s dress in the background.

Cousin Joe, whose mother was Roy’s sister, wrote, “Uncle Roy was a ‘Dandy’ I believe is the correct term. Had a T-Bird he used to let us drive on the backroads (fast!) and I was elated when we discovered for a moment we had the same shoe size and I got to wear his saddle loafers, the black penny loafers with a fat white band in the middle.”

As we’ve seen in many of the photos, Roy lived during an era when hats were still in fashion. And didn’t they make him look dapper?

UPDATE: A comment by a reader brought “sidewalk photography” to my attention. This type of photography had its heydays during the Great Depression. Also known as street or walking photography.

MRIN21907 LillieSamuelRoyaltywalking Rooney CollectionOther photographs of Samuel Royalty LILLIE:
#53 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (young Roy)
#54 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (in uniform)
#55 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979
(portrait with hat)
#56 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (in uniform with rifle)
#57 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (barber staff)
#58 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (Liberty trucks)
#59 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (in New Orleans)
#61 Bartender and Owner of Brazell’s Bar in Detroit
#62 Samuel Roy LILLIE and his Retirement Plaque
#63 Taking a Walk in Detroit

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 ~ #62 Samuel Roy LILLIE and his Retirement Plaque

Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE, son of Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE and Florence ROYALTY, played in important roll in this collection of old photographs. It was very likely his mother Florence who saved most of the older photographs while Roy added to the collection with his own portraits. His son Lynn Vance LILLIE  was the last owner of the collection before it was saved from the trash.

Last week we saw Roy posing with a bottle of liquor at Brazell’s Bar in Detroit, Michigan, in 1939. It is not known how long he was a part-time bartender and saloon owner. At the time of the 1940 census he working for a steel mill. In 1942 on his WW II card his employer was the Great Lakes Steel Co. in Ecorse, Michigan. He remained in their employ until his retirement on June 1st, 1960.

MRIN21907 LillieSamuelRoyaltySteelRetirement Rooney CollectionPRESENTED TO
Great Lakes Steel Corp.
June 1st 1960 RETIRED
Samuel Royalty Lillie

Samuel Royalty LILLIE is on the left with an unidentified man. I don’t believe he is Wilfred Donald MacDonnell (1911-1999), President of Great Lakes Steel Corp. from 1957-1962. Photos found of Mr. MacDonnell show he wore glasses.

I was not able to find any information about the presentation of this plaque and why it has what looks like Texas longhorns.

Other photographs of Samuel Royalty LILLIE:
#53 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (young Roy)
#54 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (in uniform)
#55 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979
(portrait with hat)
#56 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (in uniform with rifle)
#57 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (barber staff)
#58 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (Liberty trucks)
#59 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (in New Orleans)
#61 Bartender and Owner of Brazell’s Bar in Detroit (1939)
#62 Samuel Roy LILLIE and his Retirement Plaque (1960)
#63 Taking a Walk in Detroit (1930s)

#64 Brother and Sister in 1950

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 ~ #61 Bartender and Owner of Brazell’s Bar in Detroit

Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE, son of Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE and Florence ROYALTY, played in important roll in this collection of old photographs. It was very likely his mother Florence who saved most of the older photographs while Roy added to the collection with his own portraits. His son Lynn Vance LILLIE  was the last owner of the collection before it was saved from the trash.

In this photograph we see Roy posing with a bottle of liquor at Brazell’s Bar in Detroit, Michigan in 1939.

MRIN21907 LillieSamuelRoyaltyBarkeep Rooney CollectionRoy and his business partner Russell (King) HEATH bought the “saloon” around 1939 for $1,000, “liquor license & all.” King, as he was known to Roy, was a switch-man for the steam railroad in 1930, as was Roy. In 1942 at the time of the World War II registration draft Heath was working for Golda Kline as a bartender. He died in 1944.

Buying Brazell’s Bar did not make bar-tending a full time job for Roy. He had changed from working as a switch-man with the railroad in 1930 to working for the steel mill as a by 1940. In 1942 on his WW II card his employer was the Great Lakes Steel Co. in Ecorse, Michigan. He would remain with this employer until retirement as we will see next week.

MRIN21907 LillieSamuelRoyaltyBarkeepback Rooney CollectionS.R. Lillie & Russell (King) Heath
Detroit Mich. Brazell’s Bar
Taken 1939 Bot (sic) Saloon for $1,000.00
Liquor Lic & all.

Other photographs of Samuel Royalty LILLIE:
#53 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (young Roy)
#54 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (in uniform)
#55 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979
(portrait with hat)
#56 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (in uniform with rifle)
#57 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (barber staff)
#58 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (Liberty trucks)
#59 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979 (in New Orleans)
#61 Bartender and Owner of Brazell’s Bar in Detroit

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

Please contact me!
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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #59 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979

Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE, son of Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE and Florence ROYALTY, was featured in several posts during the week and weekend before Memorial Day. He was one of the lucky ones who did not loose their lives serving their country during a war or while in the military. His nephew Everett Isaac LILLIE (1915-1944) was wounded in France on 6 June 1944 and died two days later.

After World War I Samuel Royalty LILLIE married Thelma HOLT, daughter of William F. HOLT and Edith S. WYMER. They were seen together on the 1920 census in Brooklyn, Massac County, Illinois, and listed as married. No marriage record has been found for them. After the birth of their only child Lynn Vance LILLIE (1920-1993) they went their separate ways. In 1930 Samuel R. LILLIE was divorced and living in Detroit, Michigan, with his son Vance.

Roy, as he was known by the family, took a trip to New Orleans in 1930 where he had his picture taken sitting on a wall, wearing a hat and with his overcoat across his lap.

MRIN21907 LillieSamuelRoyaltyNOLAhatmodel1 Rooney CollectionAnother photo was taken at the same location. He appears to be dressed the same and holding his overcoat across his crossed knees while holding a different hat.

MRIN21907 LillieSamuelRoyaltyNOLAhatmodel2 Rooney CollectionMore 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 ~ #46 Husband and Wife

Original title was: Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #46 Mother and Son

UPDATE: The photograph featured here was partly mis-identified. Corrections were posted in Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #45 Three LILLIE Men and #46 Husband and Wife (Corrections)

This photograph was most likely taken the same day (late 1920s or early 1930s) as #45 Three LILLIE Men in front of the apartment Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE (1895-1979) rented at 2122 Marantette St. in Detroit, Michigan.

ReeseFlorenceReese Gentry LILLIE with his mother Florence ROYALTY

Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE and his wife Florence ROYALTY

Reese Gentry LILLIE (1892-1965) lived in Brookport, Massac County, Illinois, with his second wife Nora Belle REED (1893-1961), his children from his first marriage and his daughter from his second marriage. His first wife Dovie DEEN (1894-1918) died soon after giving birth to their youngest son Ervin Preston LILLIE (1918-1945). Reese was the oldest son of Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE (1872-1932) and Florence ROYALTY (1868-1946).

Florence, the original collector of these old photographs, lived with her son Roy in Michigan. Her children Raymond Egbert “Splitty” LILLIE (1904-1970) and Ruth Joanna LILLIE (1907-1986) also lived with them in Michigan. Her husband Ike was not in the 1930 household in Detroit and may have come up to visit his wife and children with his son Reese (no photo of Reese was found in this collection) with his brother George Wyte LILLIE. Their youngest daughter Ruby Pernecia LILLIE (1909-1981) was living in Washington DC and working as a stenographer for the US Government.

An aside, I wonder if Florence named her children with names starting with an R for her maiden name ROYALTY – Reese, Roy, Raymond, Ruth, and Ruby.

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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