Cass County, Illinois Old Photos

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Myrtle Jane (Cox) Lane - 1927
Photo provided by Robert Lane





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L to R - William Olney Monroe, Eunice Hinman (Englis)
Monroe, Elmer Elsworth Monroe (twin), Alma Monroe (twin),
Mathew Hooper Monroe, Rolland Hooper Monroe, Nellie
Monroe - ca. 1890
Photo provided by Evelyn A. Swan


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Mauve (Alcorn) Wilson, daughter
of David and Louisa (Englis) Alcorn
Photo provided by Evelyn A. Swan







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Nathan and Theron Alcorn
Photo provided by Evelyn A. Swan


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Cousins, Mauve (Alcorn) Wilson, and Alma (Monroe) Hobson. Mauve was the daughter of David and Louisa (Englis) Alcorn.
Alma was the daughter of Mathew Hooper Monroe and Eunice Englis.
Photo taken in 1903 in Rice Co., KS
Photo provided by Evelyn A. Swan





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Caroline "Carrie" (Englis) Wilson, wife of Amos Wilson and daughter of Ezra Englis and Arma Bonney.
Photo provided by Evelyn A. Swan







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Edward and Ellen (Bowyer) Morrison
Photo provided by Mary Jane Stock





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John Huss, Elizabeth "Minnie" (Buck) Huss, William J. Kircher and Josephine (Buck) Kircher
Photo provided by Mary Jane Stock


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Pappmeiers Jewelry Store was located at 106 State Street in Beardstown, IL
Photo provided by Carol Orwig





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Henry Johann and Matilda Orlinda (Lovekamp)
Schone married February 7, 1917
Photo provided by Mary Jane Stock




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Possibly the family of David Brasel, Sr.
Photo provided by Jean (Brasel) Landes









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These ladies, who may be related, may
have either Brasel or Walter surnames
Photo provided by Jean (Brasel) Landes




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Possibly a brother of Smith Brasel
Photo provided by Jean (Brasel) Landes  

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Possibly a Walters or Brasel husband and wife
Photo provided by Jean (Brasel) Landes




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Unidentified couple
Photo provided by Jean (Brasel) Landes







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Photo left - Sons of David Brasel Jr. and Mary (Long) Brasel
L to R - Seated - Samuel, Edward, William, Clark, and George Brasel
Back - Charles, Frank, Smith, and Howard Brasel
Photo provided to Cass County, Illinois GenWeb by Palmyra Spencer in cooperation
with Mrs. Dottie Brasel and family, with permission to be used by Michelle Bley





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Reverend Father Michael Ryan, Priest at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Virginia, Illinois from 1876-1892
Photo provided by Kerry Springer





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Unidentified men in the front of the John Frederick "Fred" Reichert store
in Beardstown during the 1922 flood.
Photo provided by Michelle Bley































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William Shelton
Photo in Cass County Historical
and Genealogical Society Archives





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William Shirley
Photo provided by Frank Beesley





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Mary T. (Beesley) Shirley,
wife of William Shirley
Photo provided by Frank Beesley







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Benjamin Beesley
Photo provided by Frank Beesley





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Arthur Anderson with his wife
Frankie and daughter Jewell Anderson
Photo provided by Charles Anderson      





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Wyatt and Ausmus Grocery
Photo society archives







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Bertha Benedicta (Koch) Reichert
Photo provided by Della Marie Cox





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Front L to R - Wylma Bernice Schall, Irma
May Schall, Mabel unknown
L to R - John Frederick "Fred" Reichert, Bertha
Benedicta (Koch) Reichert, Harry Carl Schall,
Della May (Reichert) Schall, Inez Evalee (Reichert) Davis,
unidentifed Davis, possibly Esther Hazel Reichert,
unidentified woman, Zara Peyton, unidentified boy
Photo provided by Della Marie Cox





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Nadine Schall
Photo provided by Della Marie Cox







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Frank and Elizabeth (Caldwell) Sweatman
of Bluff Springs, Illinois
Photo provided by Judi Kays Degitz





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Thomas Henry Caldwell sitting
in a boat during one of the Beardstown,
Illinois floods
Photo provided by Judi Kays Degitz


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Thomas Henry and Margaret Francis Miller Caldwell's family in Beardstown, lllinois. Sadie Caldwell, born in 1893, is sitting on her Dad's lap. Joe Caldwell, born Oct. 1, 1895, is sitting on his mother's lap. Other boys are Charles Clarence, born in 1882, Sylvester, born in 1891, John Jacob, born in 1880, Francis Frank, born in 1885, William Thomas, born in 1889, Albert Michael "Tick", born in 1883.
Photo was possibly taken in 1896 at 921 Canal St. Beardstown
Photo provided by Judi Kays Degitz







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Emil Wessel seated on left for confirmation photo at 4th St. Lutheran Church, Beardstown, IL
Photo provided by Judi Kays Degitz





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Margaret Francis (Miller) Caldwell
Photo provided by Judi Kays Degitz


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Emil and Sadie Wessel's house at 905 Canal St., Beardstown, IL
Photo provided by Judi Kays Degitz







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Emil and Sadie (Caldwell) Wessel with son Charles "Chase" Wessel.
Photo taken in 1921 or 1922.
Photo provided by Judi Kays Degitz





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L to R - first lady is unknown, Emma Bierman Wessel wearing white dress, Mable Wessel wearing black dress,
Otto Wessel and Charles Wessel, husband of Emma.
Photo provided by Judi Kays Degitz





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Samuel England Gill
Photo in Cass County Historical
and Genealogical Society Archives










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Augusta Buck, daughter of Stephen and Martha (Wagle) Buck, the younger sister of the Buck triplets (in right photo)
Photo provided by Carol Orwig





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L to R - Buck triplets - Lillian Mae, Edith May, and Walter A. Buck, born May 30, 1885, children of Stephen and Martha (Wagle) Buck
Photo provided by Carol Orwig





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Belle and Maude Shelton
Photo in Cass County Historical and
Genelaogical Society Archives










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Elizabeth White
Photo in Cass County Historical and
Genelaogical Society Archives





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Ella Weber, as a child, who married William Zinn.
Photo in Cass County Historical and
Genelaogical Society Archives





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Eloise Cherry Sarff
Photo in Cass County Historical and
Genelaogical Society Archives










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Ernest and Helen Quick
Photo in Cass County Historical and  
Genelaogical Society Archives


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Jim Kepford
Photo in Cass County Historical and
Genelaogical Society Archives





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Margarite and Leo Winters
Photo in Cass County Historical and
Genelaogical Society Archives




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Dorothy and Elmer Shutz
Photo in Cass County Historical and
Genelaogical Society Archives





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Beard School in Beardstown, Illinois dated September 12, 1912
Front Row L to R - Marcell Hageman, Goldie Raub, Frances Schmitt, Warren
Rankin, Evan Parrott, William Applegate, Russel Shouse, Martha Furnace,
Virgil Boone, Paul Milslagle, George Devlin, Berlin Lee, James
Howard, Beatrice Brown, Grace Smith, Clyde Lawler
Row 2 - Lloyd Thomas, Frances Phelps, Bernice Gersmeyer, Fredrick Volkman, Grace Smith,
Byron Denton, Harold Barneycastle, Wilburt Newingham, Jean Shouse, Bernice Gilmore,
Harriet Condit, George Volkmar
Row 3 - Mary Thomas, Ruth Howey, Robert Ryan, Genieve Buck, Frances Phelps,
John Malick, Hazel Cobbs, Ernest Schott, Charles Dailey, Annabell Hagener,
Gladys McKee, Beatrice Hubell, Ronald Marshall, Dorothy Schaefer, Lillian Newberry, Helen Shakely
Photo in Cass County Historical and Genelaogical Society Archives







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Once a boarding house, this building in Ashland, Illinois
succumbed to fire on November 14, 2007.
Photo taken by Bob Daniel and provided by Carol Orwig





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Union School, District 19 (T.18 R10), built in 1892, and no longer exists,
was located about five miles northwest of Virginia, Illinois.
Photo appeared in The Cass County Historian, December 2007 newsletter #99




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James Philo Davis - 1909
Photo provided by Bonnie Cox





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Claude George and Anna Marie (Goff)
Davis wedding photo - 1914
Photo provided by Bonnie Cox





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Anna Marie (Goff) Davis, left, with her
parents, Peter and Roena Agnes Irene Goff
The photo was taken in the 1940's.
Photo provided by Kathy Best







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Claude George Davis at the wheel of his tractor with an unidentified person - 1935
Photo provided by Kathy Best





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Claude George Davis standing in front of his tractor and combine with an unidentified person
Photo provided by Kathy Best





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Claude George Davis in about 1910
Photo provided by Kathy Best







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Francis Leroy Davis, son of
Claude George and Anna Marie
(Goff) Davis
Photo provided by Kathy Best





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Members of the Claude George Davis family
during a flood in Beardstown, Illinois
Photo provided by Kathy Best





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Lizzie (Shupe) Goff
Photo provided by Kathy Best







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Lizzie (Shupe) Goff - 1940
Photo provided by Kathy Best





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Anna (Goff) Davis
Photo provided by Kathy Best





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Albert "Allie" Singleton Buxton with wife, Myrtle (Bierhaus)
Buxton and children, Glenn Brech and Alberta Buxton
Photo provided by Irma Gardner




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Catherine, Bernadine, and Frank Collins Jr.
Photo taken in 1914
Photo provided by Kerry Springer





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William Englebach
Photo in Cass County Historical and
Genealogical Society Archives





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Mary Frances (Kinney) Collins and brother, John B. Kinney,
children of Patrick and Jane (Murray) Kinney
Photo provided by Kerry Springer



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