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PURTILL fam. Photos of Chicago, IL area
Posted by: Jim W. Tackitt Date: November 01, 2000 at 19:30:15
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I’ve been given a large collection of photographs, 1880-1920 era, and am hoping that by listing the names here someone will “come forward” as being a descendant, or close kin, so I can give them a home.

Although it appears that these mostly belong to a family named PURTILL, there are other names:

1. “My Father and Mother, when at side of the House at 2130 Jackson Rd., [Chicago] abt. 1906 or 1907.”

2. “Vancouver, B.C., July 1946.” Jane Boland [old lady in her 80’s] and Oliva Regan, lady in her 50’s.

3. “Liz Tittle [?] and twins, Cath & Dot.” [twins abt. age 12, photo circa 1915-18]

4. “This is Mother’s yard, I am standing in Tom’s house in the background. Mat’s house is next to Tom’s but it can’t be sen in the picture.” [Lady in 20’s standing outside by house, photo circa 1915-18]

5. “Sept. 1914, 1st day of school. 2nd years: Louis and Bob.” [Two young boys under age 10 standing by old touring car.]

6. “Taken at Daisy’s yard, July 10 [1916?]. I look just like Lige. Daisy is fine. The girl next to John is Rubie, a girl they all go around with. [signed] Nell” [Group of 9 adults standing outside, photo circa 1915.]

7. “Margaret is a little thin isn’t she?” [Young lady holding baby outside by steps that go down to street; photo circa 1915]

8. “The Kelron [or Ketron?] Wedding, May 1st 1913.” [A wedding group of 8 people outside in what looks to be a driveway.]

9. “The John Purtill Wedding.” [Two ladies in wedding outfits, perhaps one being a Bridesmaid and the other the Bride. Same time period as above and written in same handwriting on back.]

10. Same two ladies as in above photo but with two men standing on each side.

11. “The McCabe Family.” [This is a group on a front porch of a home with an elderly couple, probably in late 60’s or early 70’s, and two young men, around age 25 to 35. A 5x7 mounted print on thick board. Photo prob. 1915-20 era.]

12. Cabinet photo of mother and 2 girls, abt. age 2 & 5, of 1880-1900 era, by E.S. Wheatley, Du Quoin, Ill.

13. Cabinet photo of man, abt age 40-50, by McPherson Bros., Rockford, Ill. Handwritten on back are the dates, “1889 or 1890.” [There are two photos of this man.]

14. Mounted portrait of “Thomas Richard Purtill, Chicago.” [The boy is about age 5 wearing a real cute pair of knickers and matching blouse.]

15. Cabinet photo, “Dan Foley & Margaret Purtill; Foley Family, 1886.” [Man and lady, with three young children; by E.S. Wheatley, Du Quoin, Ill.]

16. Small mounted print of two girls, abt. age 15-25, probably sisters, by McPherson Bros., Rockford, Ill.

17. a small mounted print of “Irene Cannon,” by DoosenRohde, 353 Lincoln Ave., Chicago. [This lady is wearing a beautiful white dress of the 1900 style and is sitting in an unusual chair.]

18. Photo Postcard postmarked 8 Oct 1910, to Mrs. T.S. [or L.S.] Purtill, 4217 Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL. Message reads: “Received letter & pictures. They are pretty good. I would not know Mary. Lovingly, Tass.” On the other side is a photo of a small boy on an old 4 wheel bike with the message: “Corcoran [Ill.], 2 Oct 1910. . . .Look out the way. Here I come on my Irish Mail. Bob Jr.”

19. Postcard “From Johnny Mulirful?, Agrat, Jenks, Okla. A Souviner. Photo on other side is of a train crew by old steam locomotive with handwriting, “M V Ry, Janks, Okla, 1912,” with an arrow pointing to one of the men.

20. Postcard of a military unit, from France, to “Mrs. Jerry Flaherty, 176 Beverley St., Torano, Ont.” With the message: “7/10/1918. . . Somewhere in France. Dear Brother & the Kid. Just a little remembrance this is the field where we had our sports the first of July that is the canteen in the back ground. We sure had a grand day and a big crown. Best wishes, Mike.”

21. Three soldiers in front of tent, with writing on back: “Richard & Morill?; Camp Jackson, SC, Jan. 10th, 1919.

22. Three soldiers standing by large wheeled cannon, with writing on back: “Oct 1918, Camp Jackson, SC.”

23. Seven soldiers in front of tent by barracks. No date, but the same process and time as the two photos above.

24. Man in Band Uniform in what may be a dress uniform standing by side of house, about 1920. On back is written: “How do you like our Band uniforms. Bill?”

There are many other photos in this group, apparently most, or all, are kin, but there are no names or other writing on the back.

Jim W. Tackitt, 1830 Johnson Dr., Concord, CA 94520;

Tackett Assn. Website:
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