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.

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
Opening Doors in Brick Walls.

© 2016, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

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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.

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
Opening Doors in Brick Walls.

© 2016, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

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