|Street scene in St. Louis, c. 1915|
The street scene above, for example would have been familiar to my mother's biological father the year before he died. The location is about two miles from where he was killed in 1916.
|Union Traction Building in Indianapolis, c. 1910|
|Knights of Pythias Building, Indianapolis, c. 1910|
|U-Auto-Stop, Willits, CA c. 1931|
These are just some of the photos I've been sorting through. Most of the sites where these people were living and working from about 1900 to 1940 or so are long gone. But the rail yard in St. Louis at the end of St. Louis Avenue is still there.
|Wabash Rail Yard at the end of St. Louis Ave, St. Louis, MO, c. 2012 via the Google|
[I added a bunch of pictures and links but apparently didn't save them. Oh well! Here are some others....]
These are some additional pictures I've found that give me a better idea of the environment members of my family and some of my relations came from:
Both my mother's mother and her mother worked as telephone operators for the Fletcher American National Bank from 1910 or earlier to 1915 or 1916. This picture isn't them... so far as I know:
I wonder who's watching me....
|"Number pluh-leeze" c. 1912|
Note the street car. At various times in his life, my mother's father worked as a street car conductor, and as I was going through a bunch of Indianapolis street car pictures, I found this one:
Among other things, what's interesting about this picture is the location, E. Michigan Street and N. Emerson Avenue, the line's termination point. According to the story where I found the picture, the E. Michigan Street line was completed to N. Emerson Avenue in 1911. The E. Michigan line ran half a block from where my mother's relations -- including her mother and grandmother, her brother and a cousin -- were living in 1910 and where my mother would live after she was born in 1911. Lawrence, my mother's biological father, was working as a streetcar conductor in 1911. Wouldn't it be something if one of the men in the picture is her father? If the picture was taken in 1915, as stated in the story, it couldn't be him as he was then in St. Louis, but if it were taken any time between 1910 and 1913, it could be.
|Progress Laundry c. 1911|
|Wm Brommer Saloon c. 1909|
The drug store Lawrence was alleged to have burgled in 1912 was owned by a fellow named Ferdinand A. Mueller, who soon thereafter went on to other pursuits:
Saturday Evening Post, published in Indianapolis, December 18, 1915.
Dreher's 1916 Simplex Guide and Map of Indianapolis -- detailing streetcar lines, how to get where you want to go, and showing views of the city.
Afterwhiles, by James Whitcomb Riley. My mother had several copies of this. I didn't know why. Now I do. She also had some other Riley books. Lawrence's middle name was... Riley.
A Hoosier Romance, by James Whitcomb Riley. 1910.
Sooty, gritty, grimy Indianapolis in the movies, c. 1916.
|The Golden State, the Sunset, and the California all were "Limiteds" that passed through the orange groves of Southern California back in the day. Looks like the picture dates from before 1920.|