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July 1, 2017

And, why do we care?  Expanding the Blase family tree. 

My Aunt Bonnie said to me in an E-mail several months ago:

"When I was in early grade school, we took a trip and stopped in Carbondale [Ill.] at a bakery. The Sobery family ran the bakery and lived in the back...

June 28, 2017

These 1867 AD excerpts appeared in Germany and on the East Coast:

- Illinois, the Garden State of America

- Finest Farming lands, equal to any in the world from $6 to $12 an acre

- Near markets, schools, railroads, churches, and all the blessings of civilization

- There is...

Just had to post this newspaper article after reading it while doing some family research.

From:   Sangamon County IL Archives News:  Horrible Death of a Drunken Man August 18, 1868

Giving credit where credit is due:  contributed by: Pat McArthur http://www.ge...

May 2, 2017

PART 4:  I remember Grandma & Grandpa: In my years in a crib, I remember being in Grandma’s room.  Thinking of the arrangements: 4 daughters, Mom,Dad and me and one bathroom (we’ll get to the basement shower later). I guess two girls stayed upstairs. Of course I was a...

May 2, 2017

PART 7:  REACH OUT & TOUCH THE SKY, but don't fall off the garage.

  I have a very old picture of the back yard when no garage existed.  I can only speculate that Grandpa built it sometime after buying the house.  I had not been born.  If fact I don't think my Mom had b...

May 2, 2017

PART 6:  I remember Grandma & Grandpa: why I'm a coin collector today

  I spent the better part of my life collecting coins.  I enjoyed looking at old money.  Stamps were not my thing.  I could not see any profit in it.  But if you collected coins and times got tough, y...

May 2, 2017

PART 3:  I remember Grandma & Grandpa:  For the dog lover in you.   My friend Billy, lived across the alley from Nancy. Billy was my best friend. We were really close. Brick fights, alley hunting, war games but more on this later.

Directly across the alley in back...

May 2, 2017

PART 5:  I remember Grandma & Grandpa: Authur Godfrey and shotguns!

  Morning started pretty early around our house.  Grandpa was always up before me.  In fact he was usually up before the sun.  He never slept late.  He used to work in the basement in the morning, plann...

 Chili & Pickles:  Grandma was a good cook. In the 1950's it was very unusual to eat fast food like McDonald's.  Let me tell you about some of Grandma's meals and rules at the table.Every meal was served every day. Breakfast, lunch & dinner. I cannot remember a si...

April 5, 2017

The Germans are coming.  To My Grandsons: PART B of the Germans are coming:

After being gone 13 years, Carl Blase Sr. (my great grandfather) returned from Germany in 1904 with his parents, their destination was Springfield Illinois not Alton Illinois where they had orig...

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