Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Happy Birthday to My Son!

Eric in Fall 2012 when he taught math as a volunteer at St. Vincent K-8 School in Los Angeles, after graduating from New College of Florida with a double major in mathematics and history.

After his volunteer work, Eric earned a master's degree in applied financial mathematics from the University of Connecticut, and worked first for Charles Schwab in Chicago and McKinsey & Company in Boston.  He recently accepted a position as a data scientist with DataRobot and is currently working in Charlotte, North Carolina.  I'm so proud of him!

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Military Monday: Orange County, Indiana, War Memorial

In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day and for The Honor Roll Project, I decided to transcribe the Orange County, Indiana, War Memorial.

This memorial is located on the grounds of the Orange County, Indiana courthouse in the Paoli town square.  Across the top of the shorter stones on the left and right sides of the memorial, it reads, "Honor roll of the silent ones who fought for God and country".  There's a star at the top of the tall stone in middle, and at the bottom it says, "Orange County".

All photos below are cropped out of the photo above, and enhanced for readability.

1917  World War I  1918

Alvis Apple | William A. Beaty | Walter Benson | Roscoe Bledsoe | William S. Bowling | Warren Brock | Clarence Busick | Ross Carnes | Banks Claxton | Weaver Crecelius | Wesley Edwards | Gilbert Elliott | Everett M. Finkbiner | Oscar L. Ford | Carl Ferguson | Ernest E. Gakan | Harry Grigsby | Dora Hammond | Benjamin Holiday | Clyde Hooten | Ezra Jordon | Clarence A. Keith | Manoah J. Kirby | Ray Kemple | Homer D. King | John Arthur Lingle Jr. | George McDonald | Lacy Phillips | Claude Sears | Stallard Weeks | Clarence Wolfe

1941  World War II  1945

James Robert Akers | Elmer C. Allen | Lee Allen | Roy A. Baker | James Lee Belo | Jesse T. Bobbitt | Loren Bundy | Lawrence Noble Charles | Kenneth Clements | Robert Condra | David Daugherty | Lowell Doan | Irvin L. Eickelberger | Bryan Ellis | Paul Leroy Freeman | Harold Giles | William Goins | Arthur J. Grimes | Robert E. Hall | Frank Lev Hamer | Everett Hankins | Howard Hill | Charles S. Holland | Delmar Holland | Kenneth Howard | Willard G. Hunter | Phillip Jackson | Clois Leon Keifner | Esco King | Howard Kirby | James W. Kirby | Samuel R. Knox Jr. | Robert M. Lane | James Lindley | Howard Linthicum | Gilbert Martin | Clarence S. Moffatt | Durward Monyhan | Edwin V. Monroe | Bertie Thomas McCracken | Harry McDonald | James L. McFarland | Roscoe Nussear | Howard Payton | Carl Wayne Peters | Clyde Pinnick | Warren Allen Pruett | Charles Qualkinbush | Arthur Quinn | Kenneth M. Radcliffe | William Robert Radcliff | Cecil Iden Rhodes | William Roach | George O. Shinkle | Ray Smith | George Speer | Charles E. Stanfield | Carroll Trinkle | Francis M. Walls | William Walls | William Donald Walton | Ray R. Waynick | Earl M. Wilson | Earl V. Wilson | Johnnie Williams | Donald W. Wininger | Coy Lewis Wolfe | Carl Wayne Morris

Korean War

Dale Asher | Gene Bledsaw | Carl N. Estell | Gary Max Leonard | Jack D. McKiegher | Franklin D. Radcliff | John O. Walker | Jack E. Kellams | George Deel | Ray R. Pruett | Charles L. Wells | William A. Lynch

Viet Nam War

Arnold G. Abel | Mark J. Allstott | Charles E. Beals | J. Stephen Brown | John D. Cook | Ronald W. Hackney | Jack L. Sanders | Richard Wolfington Jr. | David Fox

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

"Apartment Building Split, Whirled, and Relocated" - But Where?

In one of the Facebook groups I am in, that discusses Chicago history, someone posted the following article from Popular Mechanics, called "Apartment Building Split, Whirled, and Relocated."  The short article, reproduced below, was both intriguing (because of the process used to move the building) and frustrating (because it never specified WHERE the building was).  I decided to try to find out its location.

The original post indicated the article was from a 1917 issue.  I wanted to see if I could find this article, in case there was any additional information about the location of this building.   According to the Industrial Arts Index, this article was actually in the April 1920 Popular Mechanics.

The Industrial Arts Index is ultimately what helped me figure this out. After failed attempts to figure out the location of the buildings based on the "Board of Education" and "boulevard" clues in the original article, using various school-related sources I use a lot in my genealogy work (including a 1917 School Map of Chicago), it occurred to me that there might be another reference to this project in another article. Sure enough, the Industrial Arts Index had another article listed on the very next page, "Novel Feat Accomplished in Moving a Chicago Building."  The May 26, 1920 issue date told me it was probably an article about the same building.

The periodicals abbreviations guide at the beginning of the Industrial Arts Index told me that "Am Arch" was American Architect and Architecture.  The article was in volume 117, pages 662-666, from May 26, 1920.

I now know where this building was.  On the first page of the article, 662, it states,  "This building is three stories and basement in height and was located on the southwest corner of Jackson Boulevard and Irving Avenue."

Here's a photograph of the building from the top of page 665 in the article:

The building was moved for the expansion of Crane Technical High School (now Richard T. Crane Medical Prep High School). Here's what the area looked like on the 1917 Sanborn map. The addresses of the buildings that were moved were 2237 and 2239 W. Jackson Boulevard, and 308 and 310 S. Irving Avenue (which is S. Bell Avenue today):

The building's owner bought the lot just across Irving street, on the southeast corner of the intersection.  Problem was, the lot was too narrow to just slide the buildings over as is.  Plus, the back sides of the parts of the buildings would have ended up facing the street with such a simple move.

So the solution was to cut the building roughly in half.   The 308 and 310 S. Irving Avenue part of the building is called Section 1 in the diagram below, and it was rotated 180 degrees before being moved directly across Irving Avenue.  The 2237 and 2239 W. Jackson Boulevard part of the building is called Section 2 in the diagram below, and was rotated 90 degrees before being moved directly across Irving Avenue (so that its front now faced that street rather than Jackson Boulevard).  Here is a diagram from page 663 in the article illustrating this:

A small section of the three stories that connected the buildings was removed, and a new one-story section (to preserve light) was built between the relocated buildings.  The porch originally in front of the Section 2 building had to be removed for the relocation, so it's not in the picture below (from the bottom of page 665 in the article:

Although the moved buildings are now gone (that block is now an athletic field and parking lot for Crane High School), they were still there on the 1950 Sanborn map.  The addresses were 301-303-307-309 S. Irving/Bell Avenue:

I encourage you to read the whole article in American Architect and Architecture.  The process to move the building is fascinating, the cost not as bad as one might think, and one tenant even remained IN the building during the 60+ days it took to move it!

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Sentimental Sunday: Happy Mother's Day to My Mom in Heaven!

My mother, Geraldine Margaret Guokas Pape (1928-2019), pregnant with me, outside hers and Dad's apartment at 2059 W Touhy Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Sibling Saturday: Happy National Siblings Day!

This photo was taken on the driveway of our family home at 8015 Sharpview in Houston, Texas, sometime during or before October 1966.  From the left, Brian, Karen, Mary, me, and Mark.  We girls are wearing short sets sewn for us by Mom.

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sentimental Sunday: Happy Easter, and Happy Birthday to Me!

This picture is from a birthday party my mother held for me in 1965, when my birthday fell on (what was back then called) Passion Sunday, two weeks before Easter that year (on April 18) - so I'm guessing this party was held the Saturday before, on April 3.  I'm posting the picture today, the third day in my lifetime that my birthday and Easter coincide (the previous two were in 1999 and 2010).

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Birthday to My Sister!

My sister Karen on her birthday, around 1960.  In the background is my mother's sewing machine, and a dress she was making for either Karen or me.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Happy 92nd Birthday to My Dad in Heaven!

Frederick Henry Pape, about age 5, about 1934, most likely in the backyard of the family home at 2093 West Lunt Avenue, Chicago.  The house in the background, with all the laundry on the lines, looks like the back of the house next door at 2089 Lunt.

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sentimental Sunday: Playing Poker

Another picture I found from December 1953, when my dad, Frederick Henry "Fred" Pape (1929-2017) brought my mom, Geraldine Margaret "Gerrie" Guokas Pape (1928-2019) home to meet his family in Chicago, Illinois, around the time they were engaged to be married.  Here they are sitting around a table and (I assume) playing poker, since I see some poker chips on the table near my dad (is he winning?).  From left are Gerrie; my aunt and godmother Delores "Lorrie" Olker Pape (1929-2005), Uncle Bob Pape's wife (although in December 1953, they too would have been just engaged); Fred; my grandfather Paul Robert Pape Sr. (1896-1970) in the background; my aunt and Dad's sister Rose Mary "Moe" Pape Dietz (1931-2007); and my uncle James "Jim" Hedger (1933-2010), husband of Dad's sister Marilyn Pape Hedger.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Presidential Inauguration, 1969

Fifty-two (wow!) years ago today, I left on a trip to Washington, D. C., to witness the inauguration of Richard Nixon to his first term of office.  The trip was the prize in an essay contest I'd won.  

Below is a picture of me, the three other winners, and our chaperone leaving from Houston on January 18, 1969.  From the bottom going up, pictured are Polly Joslin, fifth grade winner from Alice, Texas; me (sixth grade winner), Jacqueline Plumber, eighth grade winner from Port Arthur, Texas; Virginia Hancock, seventh grade winner from Houston; and Marie Watkins, Virginia's English teacher at Johnston Junior High in Houston, selected as our chaperone (likely because we other three winners all attended Catholic schools).

I got to thinking about this trip with the upcoming inauguration of Joe Biden as our 46th president, and all the extra security thanks to the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters.  I do remember heightened security at this 1969 inauguration.  Washington DC was full of Vietnam War protesters, and a planned visit to the Washington Monument by our group on Sunday, January 19, had to be cancelled, as the protestors were using the monument grounds as their base of operations.

After the trip, the Kroger Company (which sponsored the contest and paid for the trip) sent the winners a number of 8x10 black-and-white photos taken during our trip.  Here is one of the inauguration ceremony on January 20, 1969.  As you can see, we were pretty far from the Capitol, and there were policemen around.  Only a limited number of invited guests were allowed on the Capitol grounds.  

Here is the picture I took during the inauguration ceremony.  I had an even worse view than the official Kroger photographer.  There were loudspeakers, but I also remember not being able to hear what was going on, especially with crowd noise.  And it was cold - the temperature at the swearing-in at noon was 35°F.  It was cloudy with rain and sleet later in the day.  My Texas-weight coat wasn't really warm enough, and I was wearing a dress with tights.  I didn't own any pantsuits at age 11, attending a Catholic school with uniforms!

I do remember the inaugural parade.  For this, we had assigned seats in the stands along the route - Stand 29, Section E, supposedly seat 14 in row 3, although I think the Kroger group, with winners from all over the country (I shared a hotel room with sixth-grade girls from Pennsylvania and Connecticut) simply filled this section randomly.  We were on the top row of the stands, I think with blankets on our legs, and people standing behind us that helped keep us fairly warm.

Below is an enlargement of the picture the Kroger photographer took of the winners in the stands.  I was able to find our Texas group, outlined in the yellow box below, and myself, with the yellow arrow pointing to me.

We had a really good view of the parade from the stands, and that was the best part of this whole trip.  I took the picture below of the Up with People singers riding the "Forward Together" theme float in the parade on January 20, 1969.

We had a whirlwind tour of Washington in two-and-a-half days.  We saw Arlington National Cemetery (the graves of John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers), the Iwo Jima Monument, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, Mount Vernon, and also drove through Alexandria, Virginia, all on the first full day (January 19, 1969).  We also drove down Embassy Row, saw the outside of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and visited the National Air & Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution on Inauguration Day.  On our last half-day, we visited the Bureau of Printing and Engraving (very interesting!), the National Archives, and the Capitol.  Besides the Washington Monument, the only other place on our itinerary that we could not see was the Federal Bureau of Investigation - perhaps due to the presence of protestors in town, but more likely because we simply did not have time.  I'd like to go back to DC some day and visit all of these places again.

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