Thursday, August 17, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday: Uncle Lee's Advertising Ballpoint Pen

As mentioned in my previous post, we recently returned from a week-long trip to Chicago.  Our first full day there, we went to Wilmette.  After a stop at Walker Bros for brunch, we visited the wonderful Wilmette Historical Museum.  I had corresponded with its curator, Patrick Leary, about Papes in Wilmette in the past, and had sent him a quick e-mail that morning letting him know we were coming.

Imagine my surprise - and delight! - to find upon our arrival that Patrick had pulled a number of items for us to view - including this ballpoint pen with my great uncle Lee J. Pape's name on it!

Here is a close-up view of the information on the pen.  I will use it in this post to help date the pen.

The Overhead Door Company began in Detroit in 1921, and its Miracle Wedge was invented in 1925.  The Overhead Door Company ribbon logo has been in use since the 1930s.

On the 1930 Census, Uncle Lee listed himself as a garage door manufacturer's agent, and simply as a manufacturer's agent in the 1933 Evanston-Wilmette directory.  The 1940 Census says he is proprietor of a building business, and he describes himself as self-employed on his 1942 World War II draft registration, but these are not inconsistent with being a distributor for this franchised company.

The ballpoint pen was invented 1944 and first sold in 1945, so this pen would definitely be post-1945.

The phone number, Wilmette 3437, is another key.  A 1945 Wilmette telephone directory lists numbers as Wilmette followed by three or four digits.  A 1948 directory for nearby Evanston has numbers in the three letter - four digit format, which still could work for this pen (WIL-3437).  This would tie in with the introduction of the North American Numbering Plan in October 1947, which also introduced area codes - not necessary for a local call, though.

All-number calling (ANC - seven digits) was introduced about 1958.  According to the article "By the Numbers" in the May 11, 1962 issue of Time (pages 53-54), "11 million of the 76 million telephones in the U.S." were on ANC by that point, including many in the Chicago area (by April 1961).  I could not find detail on when ANC was implemented in Wilmette, but in September 1948 in nearby Winnetka (included in Evanston and Wilmette directories around that time), telephones were converted to the two-letter, five-digit format around the same time as in Evanston and Chicago.  I would think if that was the case in Wilmette, Uncle Lee would have changed his pens shortly afterward.

Therefore, I am guessing that this pen dates back to the late 1940s.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Mappy Monday: Chicago Nostalgia Trip

I just got back from a week-long visit to Chicago that included visits to all the sites in green (both pegs and diamonds) and orange.  Diamonds are museums or libraries; pegs are mostly houses, apartment buildings, or churches.  Green indicates an original building that I visited and/or photographed; orange means the original building is no longer there but I visited the site.  Blue indicates facilities I didn't get to visit this time that are still standing; red means I also didn't see it this visit but the original building is gone.  Purple pegs and yellow stars are other points of reference for this visit, not relevant to family history.

You can use the plus or minus in the lower left corner to enlarge or reduce the size of the map.  Click on a marker to read more about it - and maybe even see a photograph!  You can also click on the map and drag it around to better view different areas.

Markers are in Wilmette, Evanston, Rogers Park and West Ridge in far north Chicago, and Bridgeport and Marquette Park in the near south side of Chicago.  There are a number of other markers for places on the north side of Chicago that I was not able to visit on this trip; those will be for the future!

Watch this blog for future posts on these sites!

View Evanston and North Chicago, Illinois in a larger map

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Radauskas Mother and Daughter, 1983 and 1966

Continuing the story of Ona "Anna" Tamošiūnaite Radauskas (1907-1988):  After the death of her husband Leo Radauskas, my first cousin twice removed, in 1973, Ona remarried on July 2, 1983, to widower Mikolas Frank Marcinkus (1889-1987),  another Lithuanian immigrant.  Here is a photo from their wedding:

Another photo from the wedding, a section of which is below, is of Ona and her and Leo's daughter Bernice Ann Radauskas Dylo (1940-2004).  

Here is a photo of Bernice (Bronyte in Lithuanian) from 1955:

And this photo is from Bernice's June 1966 wedding to Donald J. Dylo (1941–1996) in Chicago.  That's her father Leo Radauskas in the white jacket behind her.

The first three photographs in this post came from the private album of Aldona Radauskaitė Zigmantavičienė, the daughter of Steponas Radauskas, a brother of Leo Radauskas.  The last photo came from my third cousin Mary Gina Hulshoff-Stitz, whose grandmother is Leo's younger sister Anastasia Radauskas Polianski (1892-1978), and who attended Bernice's wedding.  Thank you to Aldona, Mary Gina, and my third cousin Osvaldas Guokas, who sent me Aldona's photos.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Trys Damos - Ona and Two Agotas, ABT 1937

From left: my second great aunt Agota Guokaitė Radauskienė (1861-1942), sister of my great-grandfather Charles Guokas (1863-1939); her daughter-in-law Ona (Anna) Tamošiūnaitė Radauskas (1907-1988), the wife of Agota's son Leonas (Leo) Radauskas (1889-1973); and Ona's mother Agota Kiškūnaitė Tamošiūnienė (born ABT 1875).

Ona visited her mother and mother-in-law in Lithuania, and brought them new (and nearly identical) dresses from the USA.  I'm thinking the visit might have been in September 1937, as I found Ona on a passenger list traveling from Gothenburg, Sweden, to New York City at that time (click on the image to enlarge it):

As you can see, Ona is on the passenger list as a U. S. citizen.  She became one on April 25, 1935.  Here is her petition, which provides lots of useful information on her date (June 17, 1907) and place (Smilgiai, Lithuania) of birth, the date (October 8, 1928) and place (Smilgiai) of her marriage to Leo; his date (June 22, 1895- the year is not right) and place (Kovno, Lithuania - more specifically, in Gikoniai) of his birth, and the dates of his U.S. entrance (June 28, 1909, in New York City) and naturalization (December 23, 1926 in Chicago).

And here is her oath of allegiance:

The photo in this post came from the private album of Aldona Radauskaitė Zigmantavičienė, the daughter of Steponas Radauskas, a brother of Leo Radauskas.   Thank you Aldona!  Thanks also to Osvaldas Guokas, who has been sharing all these photographs and information with me!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Birthday to My Brother Mark (tomorrow)!

Mark's 8th birthday, August 3, 1968.  Our maternal grandmother, Sara Melzina Wolfe Guokas Archibald (1907-1997) is on the right.

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