6/10/1997 NOTES From The White County Historical Society Library

White County Historical Society Library
by Charlene Shields!
This article appeared in THE CARMI TIMES
June 12, 1997

Parents of James H. LEE

LEE--Who were parents of James H. LEE, born in 1829 in Tennessee and died about 1895 in White County? (This is not the James H. Lee who is the son of John Lee.) What is the relationship of John Lee and Peter Lee Sr., who traveled together? Brothers? Cousins? Susan Frymire Corbus, 29 NE Sixth Ave., Galva, IL 61434.

Shirley Malone Fritsche (2099 Chingford Cove, Cordova, TN 38018-5183) has a number of unidentified pictures of the RICE and MALONE families. She wonders if any among our readers might be able to identify some of these people, especially Warner Malone. If you might be of help, contact her. The Malones lived most of the time in Hamilton County.

This seems to be a good time to remind people to put names and dates on the backs of pictures. There are many wonderful old pictures brought into our Genealogy Library, and no one has any idea of the identity of those photographed nor what occasion it was.

The newsletter of the Southern Illinois Genealogy Society carried a letter which might be of interest to someone among our readers. According to the authors, during the Civil War, Union soldiers under the command of Richard J. Oglesby captured Bloomfield, a small town in Southeast Missouri. Ten soldiers took possession of the printing office and printed and distributed the first Stars and Stripes. That was the beginning of the present-day military newspaper. There are only three known copies of the original Stars and Stripes. A museum is being built to house one of these copies, along with other exhibits. The first exhibit will feature information about these ten Union soldiers who printed the first military paper. Among those ten were six area men: Walter A. Rhue, James T. Boseman and R.F. Stewart--all of Carmi; and Benson T. Atherton, Theodore Edmonson and John W. Schell from Fairfield. If you have letters, photographs and/or other information about these men which could be used in this exhibit, contact
Bill and Pat Elmore,
Research; Stars and Stripes Museum/Library;
PO Box 1861, Bloomfield, MO 63825;
telephone 1-573-568-3862.

Vacationers are beginning to stop by the library, with many out-of-staters dropping in to do a bit of research. We're open from 11 to 5 on Wednesdays.

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