Submitted by: Jerry Boswell Barber
I have a small (4X6) scrapbook that was my grandfather"s.
I do not know it's history and wonder if anyone can help with that.
Inside the front cover is the Name "John H. Hatfield". Opposite:
"Compliments of Dr. W. H. Boswell Mt Vernon Ill"
(The "Dr" means it was no earlier than 1896 I believe.)
Photographs in order are
(some better quality than others...the book was on a semi-open backporch when I rescued it.):
United Brethren Church North Union St.;
North Side Square
Mt. V.; Residence of R. F. Follis Johnston City Ill;
Post Office Mt. V.;
South side square;
Residence of I. S. Boswell;
1st Baptist Church;
Dr. W. H. Boswell;
Court House Mt. V;
J. H. Hatfield S. P. Boswell;
J. H. Hatfield;
North Side Square;
Several blank pages then:
John Cuneo Dep. States Atty;
Dr. Boswell; John O'Day S P Boswell;
S P Boswell;
J H Hatfield;
untitled but I know to be S P Boswell;
The rest has various 'practice' signatures apparently written by my father as a child, etc.
Dr. William Harold Boswell was my grandfather.
His father was Isaac Street Boswell. Samuel Phillip Boswell was Isaac's youngest son.
The Cuneo and O'Day photos appear to be some official function...a trial..a swearing in???
In one my grandfather appears to have his hand raised to be sworn in. Uncle Sam and Mr. O'Day
are wearing formal attire with tophats. I know that Uncle Sam was supposed to have been a
reporter for the (maybe) Chicago Sun during the Boxer Rebellion.
I also know that Isaac Boswell was indicted for counteerfeiting...but that was much earlier.
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