Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Mom knew them and attended both of their wakes along with her sister Edith. Edith knew their dad Harry fairly well after he and Pearle were divorced and he remarried and lived near Kempton. He would often eat in the restruant where Edith worked. He is buried next to Pearle. Uncle Welty lived on a farm just about a mile SE of Porters back in the 1950/60 time period. My wife Barbara lived a mile east of Welty's on a farm back then and everyone knew about the lion. They had a "Woody" station wagon to haul it around. Aunt Tevis told me how her parents made her be good when they went to visit the Porters because they didn't want to disturb the lion!
Bill was the son of Pearle Wadeligh Porter a wealthy land owner south of Herscher. My Grandfather farmed for the Porters and lived in a house next to the big Porter home in Milkes Grove Township in Iroquois County in the 1930's. Bill had a small WW2 surplus airplane and his own landing strip. He also had a lion as a pet in the 1940's. He got another lion about 1953. They had a small house built north of their homestead, where Pearle owned half of the section and her brother Morey owned the other half. The house had a room built especially for the lion with steel bars and all. It was featured in an article in Time Magazine in the 1950's. The house was torn down a year ago and a new one built this year. He and his sister lived together and never were married. They are buried NE of the original house in a cemetery that was recently reconstructed. It contains the remains of the lion, a pony and other family pets. I climbed over the fence and took pictures while Aunt Dorothy waited in the car with Mom as it was raining and muddy.
This was Mom's first cousin, daughter of Uncle Tom Arthur. He was a brother to Grandma Arnold. He farmed a place on the EZ Way Bumps Road.( He farmed with my Dad's uncle George Miller. They were good friends.) It was called that because the paved road went over a series of bumps that would cause your stomach to jump when you went over the bumps. All of us kids would zip down the road for the fun of it. EZWay was a popular kitchen stove built at the EZ Way factory for many decades (later renamed the Florence Stove factory and then in the 1960's the Roper Stove factory that built Roper, Whirlpool and Sears stoves.) He was the first son from the Somerset Kentucky Arthur family to move to the Kankakee area looking for a better life. He raised Gerties son Ricky as his own beginning in the 1950's. His only son Ed was murdered just off Hobby Ave (in the colored district) after WW2. He was a vet.
Marlene K. Gagnon, 73, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (June 15, 2011) at Provena Our Lady of Victory in Bourbonnais. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. funeral service at the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home, west Kankakee. The Rev. Hank Roso will officiate.
Burial will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. Memorials may be made to the family wishes.
Mrs. Gagnon retired from Carson Pirie Scott after 34 years, and had also been employed by Sears, Fair Store, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Hospice of Kankakee Valley. She was born Aug. 17, 1937, the daughter of James T. and Lina Whitaker Arthur.
Surviving are her husband, Donald H. Gagnon, whom she married March 12, 1986; one stepson, Dan Gagnon, of Ashkum; one stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Julie and Jerry Glenzinski, of Bradley; three stepgrandchildren; one sister, Melba Bushey, of Kankakee; one brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Cathy Arthur, of Hillsboro, Ore.; and one nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Helen Christensen; one brother, Edwin M. Arthur; and one niece.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I went to the new museum in Herscher with Aunts Dorothy and Dora and cousin Vickie Saturday. They have the quilt from the Limestone Jolly Club hanging on the wall! They had stitched their names on it. I took pictures and sent the ones of Pearle Miller and her mother Mrs. George Miller to Pearle and the ones of Anna Miller (my grandmother) and Gladys Miller (my aunt) to Adele Howard, Dads cousin. Nelda was dad's other sister.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Mom really enjoyed going to the Miller side of the family get togethers. They always treated her as family. Adele (right, front) and Pearle (in red) still send her cards and write letters asking how she is getting along.This was taken at the Civic Auditorium at Melvin Watson's 90th birthday party. Marilyn Rose and I liked to go along. Everyone in the picture is a first cousin to Dad, besides Mom and Marilyn Rose, naturally.