Friday, December 23, 2011

Arnold Brothers Family Files

 Mom's Dad, George Arnold, had two brothers that married sisters. Click on the highlighted name and explore these files.
372. Alpha Sebastian was born in May 1895 in Breathitt Co, KY and died in Apr 1927 in Rockcastle Co, KY at age 31.
Alpha married McKinley Arnold on 11 Nov 1916. McKinley was born in 1896 and died on 23 Jul 1982 in Rockcastle Co, KY at age 86.
Children from this marriage were:
739 F i. Minnie Arnold .
Minnie married Carl Bradley.
740 F ii. Winnie Arnold .
741 F iii. Thelma Arnold .
742 F iv. Garnetta Arnold .
743 M v. J W Arnold .
375. Surilda Sebastian was born in 1901 in Breathitt Co, KY.
Surilda married Ernest Arnold on 19 Apr 1924 in Rockcastle Co, KY.
Children from this marriage were:
751 F i. Cleo Arnold .
752 F ii. Elta Elizabeth Arnold .
753 F iii. Viola Arnold .
754 F iv. Jean Arnold .
755 M v. Charles Arnold .
101. Malinda Sebastian was born on 1 May 1862 and died on 24 Jun 1922 at age 60.
Malinda married Elisha Turner, son of Wiley Turner and Susan Sebastian. Elisha was born on 20 May 1860 in Breathitt Co, KY and died on 24 Feb 1940 at age 79.
Noted events in his life were:
• Alt. Birth: 20 May 1860.
Children from this marriage were:
+ 358 F i. Sarah Belle Turner was born on 25 Mar 1883 and died on 24 Apr 1922 at age 39.
+ 359 M ii. Shelby Turner was born on 14 Mar 1885 and died on 5 Oct 1965 at age 80.
+ 360 F iii. Susan Turner was born on 25 Dec 1887, died on 20 Jan 1960 at age 72, and was buried in Sandlin-McIntosh Cemetery, Owsley Co, KY.
+ 361 F iv. Eleanor Turner was born on 17 Jun 1890 in Turkey Creek, Breathitt Co, KY and died on 15 May 1978 at age 87.
362 F v. Martha Turner was born about 1896.
Martha married Estill McIntosh. Estill was born on 27 Apr 1903.
363 F vi. America Turner was born about 1905.
America married Alexander Sebastian, son of Hiram Sebastian and Charity McIntosh, on 29 Oct 1926 in Breathitt Co, KY. Alexander was born on 14 Mar 1902 and died in 1973 at age 71.
102. John Sebastian was born on 22 Jun 1865 and died on 19 Aug 1934 at age 69.
John married Elizabeth Raleigh, daughter of Joseph Raleigh and Jane 'Jennie' Turner. Elizabeth was born on 1 Apr 1870, died on 5 Mar 1950 in Arnett, Owsley Co, KY at age 79, and was buried on 6 Mar 1950 in Squire Turner Cemetery on Turkey Creek, Breathitt Co, Ky.
Children from this marriage were:
+ 364 M i. Joseph Sebastian was born on 28 Jan 1885 and died on 25 Mar 1964 at age 79.
+ 365 F ii. Tymanda Sebastian was born about 1891.
+ 366 M iii. Edward Sebastian was born in 1893.
+ 367 F iv. Polly Ann Sebastian was born on 5 Mar 1896 and died on 12 Jan 1993 at age 96.
+ 368 M v. Granville Sebastian was born in Jun 1899 in Breathitt County, KY and died on 29 Jun 1929 in Breathitt County, KY at age 30.
+ 369 F vi. Hester Sebastian was born on 10 Jan 1901 in Breathitt Co, KY and died on 4 May 1999 at age 98.
104. William Sebastian was born on 20 May 1870 in Breathitt Co, KY and died on 21 Feb 1942 in Laurel Co, KY at age 71.
Noted events in his life were:
• Census: census shows married 19 years. 11 children. 11 living., 1910.
William married Mary 'Polly' Turner, daughter of Shadrack Turner and Telitha Baker. Mary was born in Mar 1870 in Breathitt Co, KY and died on 13 Jan 1931 in Laurel Co, KY at age 60. Another name for Mary was Mary Polly Turner.
Children from this marriage were:
+ 370 F i. Leannah Sebastian was born in Mar 1892 in Breathitt Co, KY and died in 1980 in SC at age 88.
+ 371 M ii. Robert 'Robin' Sebastian was born in May 1893 in Breathitt Co, KY and died in Mar 1968 in Cincinnati, OH at age 74.
+ 372 F iii. Alpha Sebastian was born in May 1895 in Breathitt Co, KY and died in Apr 1927 in Rockcastle Co, KY at age 31.
+ 373 F iv. Sarah Ellen Sebastian was born on 17 Mar 1897 in Breathitt Co, KY and died in 1982 in Rockcastle Co, KY at age 85.
+ 374 F v. Alabama Sebastian was born on 28 Feb 1899 in Breathitt Co, KY.
+ 375 F vi. Surilda Sebastian was born in 1901 in Breathitt Co, KY.
+ 376 M vii. Henry Sebastian was born in 1903 in Laurel Co, KY.
377 F viii. Tabitha Sebastian was born in 1905 in Laurel Co, KY and died in 1913 in Owsley Co, KY at age 8.
+ 378 F ix. Alice Sebastian was born about 1906.
379 F x. Rachel Sebastian was born in 1909 in Laurel Co, KY and died in 1914 in Owsley Co, KY at age 5.
+ 380 M xi. Calloway Sebastian 1 was born in 1911 in Laurel Co, KY and died on 31 Dec 1979 in Owsley Co, KY at age 68.
+ 381 M xii. Lincoln Sebastian was born in 1913 in Owsley Co, KY and died in 1970 at age 57.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Arnold and Foltz family connections

I added this note to the cards that I sent out to the Foltz family this year and thought I would share it here.

I’m sending out Mom’s Christmas cards this year and wanted to add a special note to the Foltz family. We are connected by birth (Lottie Foltz and my grandpa Luther Miller were children of Louis Miller along with Herb who was one of my all-time favorite people), by location (neighbors in Limestone Township), and by choice (have remained friends with each other over the many years). My  grandparents, George and Etta Arnold, lived just north of the Foltz place in the 1930’s-40’s on the Taylor place that Luther Foltz purchased years later. My other grandparents lived a few miles SE from there. Adel told me that sometimes the Foltz kids would stop by and join with the younger Arnold girls and go on to their one room schoolhouse, the Dunn School. Luther was teased by his classmates about his first name, Herbert. They would chant things about Herbert Hoover at him so he went to his mother about it. From then on he went by his middle name and the name of one of his uncle’s, Luther. She told the schoolmarm and it was done. This was in the early 1930’s before the Arnolds moved there. Mom met and later married Dad who was named after both of his grandfather’s, LaVerne Henry (Nacke) Louis Miller. Welty married Martha Howard who lived across the road from the Foltz family and was a cousin to Ray Howard, Adele’s husband. Buck worked for Grampa Miller as a hired man for a while. He told me he didn’t like it when after a big lunch the Millers would take a nap, but he had to go to work. Dad had big cars even back then. He would speed through Bonfield on his way to pick Mom up and again to take her home. One night the local cops set up a two-car roadblock waiting for him just south of the intersection where they later built the school. He drove down into the ditch on the east side of the road to go around them, through town, past the Foltz place, dropped Mom off at home and then sped east to go home with the cops in pursuit. As he drove up the very long lane to his house his Dad heard the roaring cars and went outside with his shotgun to see what was going on. Dad told him and Grampa fired a few rounds into the sky and the cops turned around and left. Mom and Dad married in August 1938 and their first home was in Bonfield.  It is the oldest house in town, not far from Mike Foltz’s home.  They paid $15 a month rent. They later moved to a Henry Kleen farm NE of Bonfield and farmed it and he worked hauling milk.  During WW2 Dad went up to Chicago to pick up Buck. Kankakee was a wide open town then and they went out for a good time there when they got back.  Buck was on leave from the army and wasn’t making much money, and he later told me that Dad had spent over $300 that night (I assume some of it was gambling losses). I can remember going out to the Foltz’s for get togethers and cookouts as a youngster. I also remember working there picking up rocks from the field just east of the house.  After graduation Luther went to work on the railroad and stayed at our house in West Kankakee and would go home on his days off. He met our neighbor, Loraine Guiney, and I believe they dated for a while. Adel and her husband Raymond Howard lived in West Kankakee (607 Small), Arvella and her first husband lived nearby at 368 S Foley then later she lived alone at 476 S Cannon, we lived at 368 Tanner Ave (1943-83). Buck was over once and gave me a pinch of snuff when I was just a kid and I got sick and have NEVER had it since. We went to Kankakee High School with Sonny, Charlene, Loretta and the others. Dad was Democratic  Committeeman in the early 1960’s for West Kankakee and worked with Melvin trying to get him city contracts. My folks introduced Buck to Arvella. The four of them went out together, played cards and such. The last time I talked with my Dad was in Buck’s front yard just two days before he was killed.  Buck’s grandson married my sister Phyllis’ granddaughter. Kendra was just two when she learned a few cuss words from us Miller boys. Mom and I always enjoyed seeing the Foltz’s at family lunches, stores and sometimes at wakes. Mom was so happy to see them at her birthday parties and was always thrilled to be invited to the Foltz lunches even though she had divorced Dad!  Mom always enjoyed riding around.  We have probably been on every road in Kankakee and Iroquois counties. We usually started near Bonfield. She would tell me stories from the past.  Once we drove to every place they had ever lived, took pictures and wrote down notes. Hope you and your family have a great Holiday Season!

Richard Miller

980 Willow Drive

Geneseo, IL 61254

Sunday, December 11, 2011

McKinly Arnold's daughters

Winnie, Garnetta, and Thelma were the girls and Bently and McKinly Jr were the boys. McKinly was married twice and I believe he arrested one of his girls for drinking. It was a dry county and he wouldn't let anyone drink. He told his brothers Ernst and George (my Grandpa) he would arrest them if they drank there and that left some bad feelings.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Grandpa's brother Ernst's wife and some children, 1946?

Pictured from back row left: Serilda (Mrs Ernst Arnold), Jean (daughter), Marietta Arnold (my grandmother), Velma (my aunt), Charles Lee Arnold (son and the baby of the family), Etta (daughter), Tondeleo (raised by the family), Dorothy with Mardene on her lap (my aunts). Picture taken by Viola (daughter). Mardene was born 8 Aug 1943 so I would guess this picture is from 1946.
Serilda was born as an American Indian Princess, Tondelayo was a name from a movie named "White Cargo" first released as a British silent movie in March 1930, a few months later sound was added.  Hedy Lamar had the role in the 1942 release. I also found a claim that Tondelayo is a Cherokee word for "priceless, as in a jewel." More info to come. Etta is helping me on my research.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Going to Oklahoma

More than a century ago some of the Arthurs left Somerset Kentucky for Oklahoma. This picture is from Somerset and that time period but I don't know if it is Arthurs. Do you?

Pearl Harbor Day

                            Welty, Grandpa, Dad, Sherwood Thorson
On this date 70  years ago my parents did what they usually did on a Sunday, they went to spend time with my grandparents.  Sometimes it was to the Millers where everyone but Mom spoke German. Sometimes it was to the Arnolds which was an open-door gathering house near Bonfield for their nine kids and many grandkids. Uncle Welty, Uncle Sherwood and Dad discussed the attack and wondered if the three of them would be drafted soon. Grandpa told them since they were all farming they would be deferred as in some other wars. He was right as they were never drafted. Dad developed a hernia and that kept him out of the army. After a trip to the ER about 1954 he had surgery for it. 

Friday, November 11, 2011


In 1998 Barb and I went to Verdun, France for the services of remembrance(80th) to this terrible battle. Such huge graveyards. Busloads of Germans swarmed over the site. I took a discarded poster and it hangs on the wall of my home office. Mom always said how Dad's family spoke German on the farm.  Every Sunday when the family visitors would come they all spoke it. Even during WW11 they had services once a month in German at our Lutheran church. Mom refused to learn German! Many times she would be the only one not talking because of it. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mike McVey

Talked with cousin Mike today and really enjoyed it. I mailed him all of the McVey pictures that Aunt Gertie had that were given to Mom after Gertie passed. He will split them up with his brothers. Also mailed him the 2011 Christmas cards from Mom (4) that he will kindly mail to his brothers. Mom has always showed concern for those boys. Still does!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

McVey Boys Birthday Card

I picked up the cards this week that had been sent to Mom and was pleased to see this one. The envelope wasn't there but I was told that Jimmy had sent it. Mom was SOOOOO HAPPY to get it!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Birthday Cake

Mom celebrated by sharing cake and ice cream with the other residents and employees. She received many cards and phone calls. The cards will be put in a special book for later sharing with her friends and visitors. 

Three Generations Celebrate Lucille's 91st Birthday

Marilyn Rose, Mom and Pam

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Scot and Kathy Walwer

Uncle Berle carried these pictures and this quarter in his billfold. Mom gave them to him.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Victoria Gail Arnold 1973

Uncle Berle carried this picture of his niece (Dorothy's kid) in his billfold. It's been there since his passing 10-17-84.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Card Shower

Mom's 91st birthday is 13 October 2011. We are having a Card Shower for her so mail your cards to:
Lucille Cousin
Sheldon Health Care/Room 106
170 West Concord St
Sheldon, IL 60966 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Uncle George Wingerter

Stopped in and saw him today and he is doing well. Last 3 or 4 times I was there he was off working so I missed him.  It was good to talk to him as it always is.

Bears Hat and Aroma Park Cops

Last night cousin Vickie and I went out for supper and a drink and we met Shelly, our second cousin, in Aroma Park. We talked about a lot of things and one nearby guy at the bar was an Aroma Park cop. I told a story about Don L White, a 14 year old kid and friend of ours back in 1958. (They lived near my sister Phyllis' house.) His Dad had a brand new big Oldsmobile with a J-2 Golden Rocket engine, really badass at the time. Don L. had his dad's car one hot summer night so we headed to Aroma Park, where his uncle, Tom White, was the cop on duty. Don L. slid that Olds around every corner, squealing tires all of the time. His uncle finally heard us and put a stop to it so we left town. Driving through neighboring St. Anne about noon today on the state highway I was stopped by a cop for doing 40 in a 35! I got a warning ticket, all of the time thinking this was payback for telling the Don L. White story last night. But it may have been my new Bears cap that got him after me with lights flashing, siren screaming, with his leather holster at my eye-level! Packer fan perhaps.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Clifty Grove Church

This church is near the Arthur-Adkins cemetery. My grandmother was an Arthur and her family is buried there. Two of the church founders were Arthur's. My grandfather was an Arnold, and Rainey was part of that bunch I believe.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Arnold Bunch at the Arthur Reunion 2011

Mardene in the front row. Second row from left: Dorothy, Velma, Dora, Stephanie (Tevis' daughter), back row: Jeff (Stephanie's son), Victoria Gail ( Dorothy's big baby), Randy (Dora's son)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gertie's Birthday 9-4-1925

I missed posting this on the actual date, Sep 4, because I was with Mom that day and then drove my Cadillac in the Herscher LABOR DAY PARADE on Monday! Then on to Pontiac and it's new museums on Tuesday.  This picture of Gertie and Mom was taken in 1964 I believe. Mike McVey has written some comments on this blog so I printed them off and read them to Mom Sunday. She was so happy to hear about the McVey boys. Especially on Gerties birthday!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

McGilvary School

The Arnold kids,from Berle on down, went to this school while they lived on the Tom Martin Place (about 1937-44). This part of the building remains the same, to include the little roof. The owner came out and talked to us and brought a picture of the building from the 1920's.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

1973 Arnold Picture Information


Edith Palermo
Click on an image for larger version.
Born: May 05, 1923
Died: February 03, 2011
Services:  Prayer service will be held on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 2pm at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
Visitation:  Visitation will take place on Monday, February 7, 2011 from 12pm-2pm at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
Edith Palermo, age 87, of Kempton, IL. passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, IL. She was born on May 5, 1923 in Iroqouois County, IL., the daughter of George and Maryetta Arnold. In her spare time Edith enjoyed sewing, gardening, and especially adored her little dog muffin. Edith is survived by her children; Betty (John) Porter of Mountain Grove, MO., Joyce (Walter) Running of Kankakee, IL., and Linda (Kenneth) Smith of Brookport, IL., her grandchildren; Jamie Sanford, Danny (Corey) Sanford, Ed Running, Wayne Stone, Michelle (Tim) Roth, Linda (Robert) Schade, Ron Thorson, Josh Thorson, and Nick Thorson, her great-grandchldren; Meghan, Mallory, Kyla, Kaden, Daniel, and Ezra, sisters; Dorothy Arnold, Dora Arnold, Mardene Arnold, Velma Blanton, and Lucille Cousins, and a daughter-in-law Akiko Thorson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sons Jerry and David Thorson, and her grandchildren Wanda and Jeff Stone.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials to the family's wishes would be appreciated.
Cemetery: Kankakee Memorial Gardens (Map)
Location: Kankakee Chapel of the (Map)

Bill Miller


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Arnold Picture 1973

Cousin Vickie Sain brought this bunch together for this photo back in 1973.     Birthdates and such are on a seperate posting dated 28 Aug

Mom and My Boys 1995

Darian,Devin,Doug, Denny, Rich (Dickie)
One of Mom's 75th birthday party pictures.

Lina Arthur clipping also one on the Car Wreck-Third Person Dies

Laverne Miller


Glen Blanton (Aunt Velma's husband)


Charles Walwer

Son-in-law to Lucille, married Marilyn Rose Miller.

Bert Arthur and Ursula Arthur


Owens and Boyd


Herman and Lee Arthur


Sarah Keerbs


Mrs Ursula Arthur


Thorson Boys


Ola Arthur/ Carl Bradley


Uncle Berle


Aunt Tevis


Welty's Boys

That leaves one son, Dale.

Bill Owens


Lion's Den

The picture from Life Magazine.