Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #58 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979

It’s Memorial Day and I’ve saved the best and the saddest for last. In this 1918 photograph Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE marked himself with an x and his nickname. As Roy only served three and a half months in the U.S. Army as a Private he likely spent his entire service time at Camp Lewis near Tacoma, Washington. No location is given for this photograph but it most likely was taken at Camp Lewis.

The Standard B “Liberty” Truck was a U.S. Army 4 x 2 drive setup, 4-ton vehicle with open cab and wooden-spoke wheels. In 1917 during World War I the U.S. Army employed the first motorized military vehicles replacing the conventional horse-drawn wagon. Here Roy is standing with his Army buddies on the flatbed of the 3rd of 4 Liberty trucks, without canopy covers.

RoyLillie4trucksIn Remembrance of Everett Isaac LILLIE 1915-1944

Roy’s nephew Everett was wounded in France on 6 June 1944 and died two days later. Please take a moment to honor him and others who lost their lives during wartime and while serving in the military. Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #11 In Remembrance of Everett Isaac LILLIE (1915-1944)

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #57 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979

Let’s begin Memorial Weekend with this group photo of Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE with his Barber Staff at Camp Lewis, as it was first known, in the state of Washington during World War I. I have no idea if the men seen with Roy in this photograph survived their military service or died while serving their country.

Thousands of the nation’s youth were mobilized and trained for war service at Camp Lewis which was hastily constructed in 1917. The description on the back of this photograph places Roy in the barber shop as the Chief of Staff (head honcho). Sixty thousand young men are said to have been there originally to train for World War I. That would mean a lot of haircuts!

Roy in the front is wearing the same winter coat he had on in the previous post with his rifle. Perhaps they were taken at the same time.

RoyLilliegroupFtLouisRoy added a bit of a description to the back of this photograph.

RoyLilliegroupFtLouisbackFort Lewis, Wash.
This is my Barber Staff. I am the
head cheese guy. Stokes.
Gunn. Laurence.
all regular army men to not ropes(?)
Stokes is from Temple Hill, Ill. I met him in Huurra(?)

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #56 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979

With Memorial Weekend soon coming up I would like to share these old photographs over several days, although not daily, until Memorial Day. In my last post I gave a short explanation as to why I am posting a veteran’s military photos.

Today we see Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE in uniform wearing his winter coat, hat and holding a rifle in 1918.

roylilliewithrifleMore about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #55 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979

With Memorial Weekend soon coming up I would like to share these old photographs over several days, although not daily, until Memorial Day. You are probably wondering why I am featuring a veteran when Memorial Day is for those who lost their lives while serving in the military, particularly in battle or of wounds sustained in battle. Being the daughter of a man who died while on active duty and the sister of men who are retired from the military, I know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. However I feel much more attention is given to the day at the end of May than the day in November which marks the end of World War I. So why wait until then to share these photos Roy LILLIE was so proud of?

I know very little about the time Samuel Royalty LILLIE served as a private in the U.S. Army during the Great War, World War I as we call it today. He enlisted on 31 August 1918 and was released on 19 December 1918 following the end of the war on 11 November 1918. He had this portrait taken at Morrison Photo in Chicago perhaps soon after enlistment.

RoyLillieage23Another copy of this photograph without the frame.

roylillieage23fullMore 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 ~ #54 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979

With Memorial Weekend soon coming up I would like to share these old photographs over several days, although not daily, until Memorial Day. Many men and women lost their lives while serving in the military and Memorial Day is when they are remembered. Roy LILLIE was not one of these men, he served in the U.S. military and was a veteran.

On 5 June 1917 when the World War I Draft Registration Card was filled out Samuel Royalty LILLIE was 22 and still working for his father on the home farm in Jefferson Precinct, Pope County, Illinois.

A year later in 1918 at the age of 23 Roy had his picture taken standing in full uniform in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois. The tall, slender man with grey eyes and dark hair, as he was described on the WWI draft card,  was quite handsome in his uniform. He’d enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army on 31 Aug 1918.

roylilliestandinguniformMore about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #53 Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE 1895-1979

With Memorial Weekend soon coming up I would like to share these old photographs over several days, although not daily, until Memorial Day.

We begin with a very young Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE, son of Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE and Florence ROYALTY. He was born 30 May 1895 in Azotus, Pope County, Illinois. In 1900 he was living with his parents and older brother Reese Gentry LILLIE in Jefferson Precinct in Pope County. His father owned the farm he worked. By 1910 the family had increased with the births of Raymond, Ruth and Ruby. Roy (14) and his brother Reese (17) were laborers on the home farm. Both of the boys could read and write but only Roy attended school after 1 September 1909.

This photograph was likely taken in the early 1910s soon after Roy finished school.

youngroylillieca1915Other 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

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Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #25 Iowa Doughboy

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.”

#24 Iowa Doughboy

iowadoughboyfrontThe back of the photograph (below) identifies this man as Ray POYER. Or could the surname have a different ending? Iowa may be the place the photo was taken and not the state Ray POYER was from.

iowadoughboyback Any help identifying this man would be greatly appreciated.

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

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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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Military Occupation of Luxembourg – 1914

On August 2, 2014 at 14:58 air-raid sirens will be wailing in communes across Luxembourg for 2 minutes to commemorate the start of the Great War in the country.

Residents of Luxembourg are urged not to panic when the alarm is raised to mark the Great War centenary tomorrow.

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Luxemburger Wort, Monday 3 August 1914, Page 1 [online: http://www.eluxemburgensia.lu/BnlViewer/view/index.html?lang=en#panel:pp|issue:1117588|page:1] Courtesy of Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg.

The First World War officially began in Luxembourg on the 2nd of August 1914. The day before, at about 7 in the evening, the first German soldiers entered the northern part of neutral Luxembourg, taking over the country, as they began their march westwards to attack France.

© 2014 Cathy Meder-Dempsey