painted before the dedication reunion, this was the original Administration
Building eagle - weighing in above 200 pounds - and perches finally
atop its permanent pedestal upon IS&SCS terra firma. I enjoyed
recalling having lived on the second floor in late 1951 and seeing
it up close from a vantage on the roof. Its surface patina had
a decades-old petina consisting of a roughened, weathered multi-coloring
of greys, blacks and very smudgy dark off-whites.
Orphan Trains 'til 1920s>;
">A Place We Called Home"<
>what recollections & or images
do you have ? <<
the and every VOICE IN THE
WIND who, over the generations included orphans beyond the Civil
whose countless children were provided vivid and fond memories while residents.
We'll carry thoughts of those days beyond our physical existence.
The many questions we individually would have liked to be answered
will have to accompany the inevitable passing of us as earthguests.
Though it is still possible to fill out some paperwork in order
to receive your "file with its possible photographs, observations
and commentaries from house parents, teachers or superintendents."
All the memorable and omnipresent natural and human made sounds
we were born into are decreasing and or increasing and many remain
vaguely familiar- allthough they have been uniquely sustained
and upgraded- while our human voices numbers have increased on
"Spaceship Earth."* Seguing places- all those names
and dates- now it's your turn to take care of Earth's water standard
(replaced the gold standard, where H2O in/output-sensing-per-capita
is now a rightful "taxation" with transparent representation.
U-High class reunions
for graduates of Felmley Junior High School and University High
are usually held in September; RE: September
08 IS&SCS reunion including potographs
date this postcard to be around 1905, well before red barn paint
I remember covered the structure and the circular fire escape
to the left of this Main Administration Building entrance. Sheridan
cottage for older girls is the building east of the admin.bldg.and
has a red roof. --To
the right edge and in front of the main building you'll notice
the white-appearing and concrete working fountain (it has three
saucer-shaped tiers). Immediately to the right are four or five red maples which I remember were pretty much
grown by the time I was in Felmley Junior High School. I'm not
sure of the species of the tree to the left of the fountain. Notice the curved but broken lines
next to the straight tree trunk on the right in this postcard.
These disconnected pieces of a curve is part of the United States
Postmarked circle.The postcard above was derived from the black
and white image below.
NOTE water fountain on rightMain Building views: 1861, 1940s, 1950s
"People gave land (96 acres)
and money ($30,000 seed dollars from
the state legislature)
to have the home located in Normal; children came June 1, 1869." Edwin S Palmer
(From Civil War
Illinois Soldier's Orphan's Home, 1864 to Illinois Soldier' and Sailors' Children's
School June 18, 1931 and
to ISSCHome in 1950s)
also commemorate those children and babies who were part of the
to your place
Courtesy of the Kansas Historical ciety
tree ( trees, shrubs and buhes) in front of Felmley, teacher and
student body, 1926.
The annual group session
under a full sun: image from a KEN-WAY Studio Photograph Bloomington
Illinois - from KEN-WAY Studio, Bloomington
The two trees I remember
the most are the Catalpa
Elm top right) and a hugh Weeping
Willow- out-of-sight, below and right, and was between the
Felmley auditorium and the tool shed. And below it, to the East,
was the barn which housed the deep yellow International
Harvester bus made 2-way trips between IS&SCS and the
Normal Illinois U-High school. In the winter, many from the Boys
Row would arrive there with the driver in order to get a good
view of Felmley Junior High School
ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE MANAGING OFFICER
E. Hogan, Managing Officer; Mr James R Cretcher, Superintendent;
L. J. East, Superintendent Normal, Illinois Mrs Faye M
Ashbrook, Assistant Managing Officer
Dr. Sol Ditkowsky, Pediatrician ,Mr William F.Lynch,
Dentist Miss Harriet Hallam, Dean of Girls
,Christian B. Harpster, Principal of Felmley
Junior High School
yes, Mr Rogers and his IS&SCS telco operator wife
remember them both. The Mrs was regularly at her switchboard each
time I came up the black cast iron steps and looked into her cubicle
and the rows of mailboxes to her right. On the East lay Superintendent
L.J East's apartment. At the time I had two jobs: Hubbord's Cupbord
(shortorder take out cook 'cause I couldn't get on the waiting
list at Route 51 Steak-'N-Shake and the Hamilton Hotel (elevator
operator and gofer)- both in Bloomington. Always late arriving
on that 5c bus drop-off at the 400 E. Lincoln Street south-facing
shelter for the long diagonal walk up to the Main bldg. (Where,
up from the barber shop and on the road in front of the L.J. East
apartment, the 1949 black 4-door Buick Roadmaster was parked)
My excuses to me always seemed logical and I had a variety available.
However, the Mrs did take my Permit Slip following a lot of two-way
chit chat, and eventually I tip-toed up to my room 201-at the
top of the stairs- in the Main Building. The Mr was a different
experience. There was the time when I raided the electric shop
just below the superintendent's quarters. (This area later was
used to check out Schwinn bikes). I was always fingered after
any and all capers. Two of the boys supervisor aggressions come
to me: the most physicaly painful was the time this giant man
hit me over the head with an electrical transformer and, on another
occasion , he gave me a "milkshake" while in his office.
HEADSHAKE= Two thumbs pressing the inside cheeks and his remaining
fingers held my head firmly- then he shook it, violently.
REPORT--The teachers of .invite
the houseofficers (cottage parents,
house parents) to visit and become
well acquainted with the work of the school. Visitors are always
From the seven Brush children, only Helen, Richard,
Paul, LeeRoy* (r.on piano bench) entered IS&SCS at this time
and appear here in the Ken-Way Studio, 1935. Bill and Porter left
and lived on their own and Ailiene, the youngest, was adopted.
She was at IS&SCS long enough to have graduated from Felmley
Junior High School and appears in 4a below.
* Of the seven children
whose names appeared in Simon Porter Brush's Diary, mine had several
spellings: LeRoy Gale (as in March birthdate), Gail, Leroy, and
Leroi (he was a War I veteran).
INTAKE EXAMINATION: The Receiving Building,
located between the 1926 hospital and the Main Building's west
side, hosted all incoming children. Each was thoroughly examined
and talked with by resident chaplin, psychologist, dentist, nurse
(Ruby Alexander) and male doctor. One child above has a usual
ringworm-bandaged headwrap. In the back row, the education students
from Illinois State Normal University are student teachers and
ome of these students are seen elsewhere in these (official) Ken-way
Studio, Normal, Illinois photographs.
Typically after a weeks observance, all children were released
in the care of Cottage Parents (ladies) who were in charge of
eight different Village Cottages on
the sounthern edge of the home. These were completed between 1930-1934
and had commemorative names derived from the first war.
Children known in both images are from L: 1, Frida Bell Spotson,
3, Elmer Shippee, 4, Leroy Brush, 5, Julius Moser, 8. Paul Brush,
14 Bob Scott. Called a social gathering, the children were served
milk and oyster crackers topped with iceing and a redhot.
LEFT Beginning with knickerbockers
and winding up wearing long pants, I spent many week ends during
summers and winters between 1943 and 1947 at the Gridley, Illinois
US home of my brother Porter and his wife Georgiana (Hughes).
I would take the Greyhound bus north from Bloomington, Illinois
to El Paso, Illinois where either would pick me up. On some occasions
Porter would give me a roundtrip ride in Georgiana's parents 1939
Chevrolet 4-door. Here at the edge of Lake Bloomington Chuck Hughes
(Georgiana's dad) taken me and a neighborhood friend for fishing
RIGHT another wintertime visit
On both sides of this walkway there were
Elms, Maples and Oak trees.
At least from 1932 to
1951 there were hundreds of French and Russian lilacs, burberry,
cotoneaster, Russian-olive bushes, shrubs and many tree speciies:
cotton wood, Catawba (in front of Felmley Junior High School),
weeping willow (on the East side lawn of Felmley), American elm,
black walnut (near the tennis court and incinerator), oaks and
huge red maples facing the Administration Building. What evergreen
was this in front of old main?
(Eleanor Hickstein, Leroy Brush, Julie Beebe?)
The metal IS&SCS sign behind the three
the main entrance,The No Trucks
post on the right. Both 1947
or 47 photographs.
During this period. I really wanted to be a "grown up".
For instance? Wearing non-prescribed glasses and working after
school in a Normal Illinois GMC truck dealership.
Bulova watch from my
sister-in-law Georgianna Hughes Brush following graduation from
Felmley Junior High; Several views of the Gymnasium and swimming
pool (50s and 80s) where a considerable thining of hugh red Maple
trees and a variety of shrubs has occcurred .- including the many
dozen lilacs that ringed the entrance to the Village. Remnants
of the 1926 water fountain can still be seen with the original
concrete and stone benches. Now skip down to here and see what's
been built over this site. The three red maples above, because
of their trunk sizes, appear to be replants.
Wachter, ?, Frank Priest, Arthur Goetz, Leroy Kite, Orville Hinshaw)
I believe this mid 40s photograph was taken
against the south-facing wall of the Storeroom (shoes and jackets
overalls and shirts, like these worn here). The bright red MACK
fire engine (with higly polished chrome bulldog as a hood ornament)
was stored right, at the east end of this building.
Williams brothers pre-IS&SCS; Fred Lou Robert
Yates Cottage, Mayme Rogers, Matron
--(below) Recognize anyone
not identified? Backrow--Left:1 Darlene Mau, 2 Bessie
Guthere, 3 Margaret O'Connell, 4 Ada Pritchert, 5 Nellie Jasper,6,
7 Ceil Cass,8,9 Secondrow--1,2,3,
4 Margaret Maddio, 5 Helen Brush, 6 Margaret Aumiller, 7. Frontrow--1,2,3,4,5,6 Mildred Aumiller
Helen Brush writes in her memoirs: "...When
visitors came to ISSCS- the office always called Yates Cottage,
and asked Mrs Rogers to send up a girl to show the guests around
the home. I was always # 1 pick - made a lot of dimes/quarters
for doing so, which was put into my Bank acct. @ the main office.
So when I left the grounds to go to movies, football games @ ISNU
I could buy myself a taffy apple. Always walked to and from Home;
quite a distance to go - but always had fun..."
above photograph from Mary
Lou Hanley Hawk
Third on Girls Row, Logan Cottage 1947- Doris Pikerton,
Kent-housemother, Lillian Hickstien, Mary Lou Hanley
In this photograph, what direction is the cottage
faceing? West. We see the south faceing
walkway, and if it were the north sidewalk we'd also be seeing
a road. Those tall windows suggest the Gymnasium building and
its extended basketball court with the new water tower behind.
What year was this tower (top r ) constructed?
8th grade Gym
class Helen Brush,
second from right; Bessie Guthere in dress---To the right
(west) is the baseball field , Jane Delano is barely visible at
the top far left and I really remember the abundance of trees
and shrubs in the Village. Bennett cottage is directly behind
this archery class.
Helen Brush's Diploma
was inset upon a cream silk background and in a dark green folder
grade class room windows faced the north
view ? from Felmely Junior High School.
Grade Garden Club
Foy's Felmley Flashes
On Rounding the turn in a competitive 880 yard
relay race, LB crashed into a nearby tree and his right shoulder
bears his scratches.
above, in front
of Roth Photograph from
James D Seyster
Bottom row: Billy Moore, Charlie Moser,
Jim Racine, Tom O'Connell (1933-1948), Jimmy Zimmerman, Bobby
Middle row: Donald "Spud"
Campbell, Clayton Merrit, Jim Davenport, Gene Farmer, Earl Holcomb,
Top row: Mattie Canerdy, Paul Pregle,
Roderic "Gus" Creager, Alfred Pippen, Robert Creager,
Howard Green (known for rotten teeth).
more 50s IS&SCS photographs
Ken-Way Photo Studios photograph
in front of entrance to Mabel Pumphrey's class room
(announcement and program
from the Fred K Knuppel print shop to) Above invitation was twpewriten ny LB to his
dad Simon Porter Brush Bridgeport Illinois
Roy Robinson , Bob Kadlec, Earl
Holcomb, Jim Barnes, Leroy Beechcraft, Leroy Brush
?, Janet Graff, Mildred Kermeen, ?, Mary Ann Hans,
?, Julia Beebe
2d signed diploma
Passenger (Roy Robinson-left),
and (Leroy Brush) was the owner of a 1936 Pontiac four door w/floor
stick shift. Both went on long rides on the dirt roads encircling
the home and ventured around Bloomington (Steak 'N' Shake) and
around UHigh. Angered by this illegal purchase (it was $100.)
and the absence of a drivers license, Lawrence J. East asked
for the car title from Leroy while he was recuperating from an
apendectomy in the home hosptial. He then had to sell the car.
Leroy was punished by being expelled from Cantigny. A 2nd floor
room in the Administration building was Leroys place 'til he
graduated from UHS in 1951. Shirley Donahue and Roy were my best
friends at the home. Upon leaving, Roy, Ronald Kuder and Leroy
had a rented room on the outskirts of Normal before Leroy departed
for Chicago. Neither Ronald or Roy were ever heard from again
until Leif Brush called Roy in Florida (thanks to his long time
friend Bill Bebee) in early April 2000. Roy did "not attend
the ISSCS reunions" this year.
Roy's sister, Shirley
Robinson, whom I did not know, sent this email, September 10th
Hello.....my name is Shirley Robinson, the younger sister of
Roy Robinson. You have some pictures of Roy with one of your
brothers and in the graduation picture with one of your sisters
and the Goetz family members in it, is also a picture of one
of my sisters.Helen Robinson. She is in the second row third
You see, there was eight of us Robinson kids brought to ISSCS
in 1943, the year our mother died. There was 13 of us but just
the 8 youngest came to the home. I am the 3rd from the youngest....and
I just learned some sad news this morning.....my brother Roy
died peacefully with his family in Florida this morning. Out
of the 13 Robinson kids, I am now the only surviving one.
I just wanted to feel some closeness after I learned of Roy's
death so I just went to Google & I've been reading your web
page. I was only at the home from 1943-1949, then went to foster
homes...I ended up graduating from Normal Community High School
with the class of 1954.
Thanks for listening...just needed to talk to someone who knew
of our past. Shirley Robinson Smith
HELLO LEROY, IT WAS VERY THOUTHFUL OF YOU TO WRITE.
I DID NOT KNOW YOU VERY WELL, BUT ROY HAD SPOKEN OF YOU MANEY
TIMES, ABOUT YOUR ANTICS AT ISSCS. HE GOT A LETTER FROM YOU SEVERAL
YEARS AGO. I DON'T KNOW IF HE ANSWERED IT OR NOT. WE WERE MARRIED
FOR 55 YEARS. HE WAS A WONDERFUL HUSBAND AND FATHER. WE ALL MISS
HIM VERY MUCH.I AM NEW AT THIS INTERNET STUFF. I DIDN'T SEE ANY
TRIBUTE IN 1999. I WISH I DID. HIS SISTER SHIRLEY IS THE ONLY
ONE LEFT OUT OF 13.MY FAMILY IS TAKING GOOD CARE OF ME. THEY
ARE A JOY AND WONDERFUL. THANK YOU AGAIN. JOY
And after all these years, including those with Roy, it surely
a seemingly fast, memorable, busy and rewarding trip through
I'm glad you're calm and staying in touch with him.
We're the proud elders now and the grandchildren really seek
I'd love to be able to hear them address their lives and experiences.
I hope you saw my 1999 and personal Internet tribute to Roy and
addition by one of his sisters.
Kindest regards leif BRUSH
Roy's Veteran's Burial site
Thanks Lou for additional names & info
Standing L.toR. Coach Farnsworth, R. Scott,R.Robinson,C.Coons,J.Donahue,J.Barnes,D.Williams,J.Green,D.Troyer,L.Brush,B.Johnson,R.Wachter,W.Schultz,
Ollie's older brother, he came back from the Korean War with shell
shock after all his group were killed but him and he died at the
Veterans Hospital in Danville, Illinois.
in front of Mabel Pumphrey's
I just remember my girl friend Shirley Donahue,
5th from left in first row and my sister Ailene Brush 6th.
Other names? Paul Goetz,
Jim Aigner, Frank Priest, Myrtle Goetz, Charles Clough
Remember where you
spent your time here
On through the late 1940s,
LB was a frequent writer from 400 East Lincoln to The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington Illinois
Aerial photographs from
The Daily Pantagraph.
Tons of trees and bushes
can be seen. I well remember the dense covering of lilacs on the
hill immediately above the north sidewalk of the Village (detail
below left and the Village is added below in the right photo.
Gene Farmer's model of the Village was based on his memory and
image 8 below
6aNIGHT WATCHMAN'S KEY BOX 7
The Paul Brush, Burt O'Conner, Red Mowers and other's pigeon coop
is just N.W. of Felmley and has a slight tower. The Home's original
water tower, which many of us climed and several got into real
trouble if they were caught, is directly East of Sheridan Cottage
and it butts up near the E. entrance to the main building. The
sidewalk between these buildings leads to the Joe the Cook's main
kitchen, Ice House, Bakery and Boy's Row..
and maple trees are shown between Alice French (lower right) and
Jane Delano (top right). Beneath these dense tree clusters, an
open summer house with juts four pillars had a dirt "floor"
as did the large and open and in this image the playgrounds are
hidden beneath the canopies. I recall how really shady it was
when playing here. Jimmy Pippen should remember this as well as
others whom I don't remember.
While in Jane Delano
Cottage there was a sorting among our twenty children: five girls
and three older boys eventually moved into new cottages elsewhere
on the IS&SCS grounds. Tearfully among the transferees was
my brother Paul. He went to Roth Cottage, Later, I was consoled
with a serving of sliced peaches and cream. Our girl friends were
transfered to the various Cottages comprising eight on Girls Row.
This was south of the tennis court, incinerator and Felmley Junior
High School. The remaining boys were still wearing knickerbockers,
striped socks and later moved on to long pants. We marched hand-in-hand-
two by twos to Friday movies or various religious services Saturday
and Sunday held on the top floor of the Administration Building.
Our Village was for Kindergarden through first grade- as in Gene
Farmer's drawing ABOVE- and comprised of eight Cottages. My Jane
Delano was among the four on the east side of this shrubed, formal
quadrangle and we all shared a large dirt playground, summerhouse
with a second floor, but was only accessible by rope ladder. Our
terrain was completely surrounded by mature cottonwood and american
elm trees. The one story terra cotta orange roof title had white
washed brick walls outside, linoleum flooring with themed nursery
rhymed painted wood cut outs on the wall above an active fireplace
. Jane Delano
(above) was at the base of the very large oval hill which overlooked
the Village on the South, and from the North view was the Gymnasium
and Administration Building. Three quarters of the upper oval
was covered with hundreds of lilac varieties.
9 This concrete bench sat in a semi
circle with the American Legion plaque at the front which faced
north. In the distance lay a Trailer Park whose sprawl matched
the east-to-west width on the southern boundary of the home. A
meadow was behind the bench and it butted against City US Route
On the S. E. corner
of Alice French Cottage, Hennie-Pennie and her chicks are fed
by (l) Helen Brush and Gus Lavoris, Leroy Brush, ?, Jimmy Pippin,
?, ? look on for the Normal Illinois Ken-Way Studio Photographer.
Grace Tucker's slope-backed, two-door black Pontiac is out of
site on the road to the left of the children. "Alice French (1850-1934) was
an American writer ofshort stories and novels. Octave Tanet was
her pen name. She was born in Andover, Mass and educated in Massachusetts,
but she made her home in the
Middle West. She was also an organizer and during the World War
I she organized the
American War Mothers It is because of this that one of the cottages
Village was named for her. Alice French cottage was dedicated
in 1931." Tom O'Connell RETURN
the 80s and located just left of Alice French Cottage. The original
dark red-orange ceramic titles have been replaced by the asphalt
shingles seen above. Compare
these to the ceramic tiles on the Alice French roof pictured below.
Posed picture by
Ken-way Studio Normal photographer, some of these kids look at
the birdie on or near the swing at the S.E. corner of Alice French.
Frida Belle Spotsen is the only black child and Leroy Brush is
on the far right swing. (The others?)
10 top side
beneath an existing flagpole (at least in 1984 when I took this
photo), this brass plaque
is located facing
opposite the concrete bench (seen in 9). This clearly shows
two American Legion emblems on both sides at the top.
(The Legion and
their families shared in many a good time on these grounds--especially
their parade of engines, tipsy cars, horse troughs full of pop
and plenty of black walnut ice cream- which was my favorite.)
Legion Day in 1954
Junior High School Principal and later, teacher, Mae Goodwin with
Leif Brush; CENTER- Faye Vincent, Roth Cottage Parent; Lucy Pollack,
Jane Delano Cottage Parent; Paul Brush driver, Tom O'Connel front
seat pasenger, Bob Hickey back left with Dan O'Connel; RIGHT-
Mae Goodwin and Lucy Pollack having a chat on the dirt playground
area which served all four east Cottages from Jane Delano (r)
and Alice French out of sight, left. Mrs L. J. East is seen chatting
with an friend on the opposite side of the temporary picnic table.
Mrs East was the wife of Superintendent Lawrence J. East.
Cantigny Cottage, the home for Felmley
Junior High School Seniors, was on the N. W. corner of the eight
1926-1932-built cottages and comprised Boy's Row.
are images I recorded using a reel-to-reel 8 MM silent and hand
wound camera during a visit from Chicago to Normal's Orphanage
for an IS&SCS Reunion. I arrived in Bloomington aboard GM&O's
Ann Rutledge and my return north was aboard the same rail lines
Abraham Lincoln. Cantigny had Felmley's recent grads.((Cantigny, was a village near
Montdidier in the French Somme region during the first war. My
father was permanently disabled and was released to the states
before the conflict ended. His resulting cranal injury affected
and destablized his entire life and he died in 1956.))
front porch and colums are shown with a Siberian pea hedge approx
twenty feet away to the North
house parents Clayton and Quanita Townsend join my brother Paul
walking past the analog film camera.
U-High class reunions
for graduates of Felmley Junior High School and University High
The late John Stevens
paid for these photographs.
Can you help identify who
these former U-High students are- by the row they are in?
front-Janet Graff Fred Williams
- Richard Wachter Mary Ann Hans
back- - John Stevens leif BRUSH
(Left to Right) front - Bill
Wachter,Arthur Goetz Fred Williams, Louie Nordine, Bill Sanders
2nd leif BRUSH, Lou Ann Unzicker
Drummond, Jessica Means Brink, Alma Lou (Polly) Lathrop, Mary
Ann Hans Lukens, Dick Wachter
3rdGloria Thomas Wilcox, Jane
Olson Davis, Helen Holiday Ross, Helen Jefferson McCormick, Janet
Graff Wilson, Donna Jo Sizemore Woltzen, Bob Snearly
4th - Steve McCormick, Roger
Getty, Patty Orr Burnham, Joe Green, Owen Cluts, Dick Osborn,
Bob Davis, Kenny Burnett
1980s photograph by Georgiana
Parents Helen Susie Schnepper,
Olney Illinois & Simon Porter Brush, Flat Rock Illinois
back (L) Richard, Porter, Bill; Aliene, Leif, Paul Helen
IS&SCS backward glances, cont.
Torn down in 1961
"People gave land
(96 acres) and money ($30,000 seed dollars from the state legislature)
to have the home located in Normal; children came June 1, 1869...
The youngsters are no longer housed in the one large dormitory
of the Main Building, but live in more home-like conditions in
the twenty -six cottages separated into three groups, the Village
group, the Boys' Cottages, and the Girls' Cottages. Each cottage
has its own living room, dining room, dormitory, and all the modern
conveniences... In 1935, the population was 695 and by 1940 there
were 530 children..."Edward S. Palmer
from Felmley Junior High Flashes
December 20, 1940:"...The chorus
consists of Lillian Moore, Mary Alice McNier, Elmer Shippee, Clarence
Jasper, Donald Wright, Frank Hickstein, Jerry Froman, Clarence
Weathers, Leroy Brush, Billy Cooper, Minnie Belle Burnett, Gene
Seyster, Freda Mullen, Margaret Sanders, Robert Scott, John Stevens,
Harley Brayfield, Roy Robinson, William Maxey, Earl Holcomb, and
Marlene Eaton. Committees for the program have included Esther
Choate and Marian Hickey for costumes and Robert Shantz and Paul
Mathiasen for Lighting. Invitations were sent out by Perry Cooper,
Theodore Berger, Clara Mandrell, Orville Hinshaw, Clarence Garlock,
Ruth Shepard, Gladys Jennings, Howard Green, and Lilly Belle Sparks..."
June 23 1957
IS&SCH residents 1957-1958
Dorene DiFede, 2nd
from left, believes the 1st girls name was Wanda?
24 As I.S.N.U. was in charge of the schools, in what year
did the first 8th grade class attend UHigh (called Normal High
Old Main Building in 1954 without its dome faces the quadrangle
to the south. U-High's hallway was connected onthrough to the
right of the building.
Brush on newer bench in front of the ISNU Main Building (w/o its
dome) at the N. end of the quadrangle
where Senior Milt Kadlec
posed for a Clarion (Yearbook) photographer
seated on one of several stone benches available to
college and high school students.
his brother Paulwho
graduated from UHIGH earlier
1980 & 1935 photographs)
25 When and where was the wading pool and fountain, what
year was it built, and what species of trees were planted nearby?
were some of the Main Building interior features like, and what
were some of its key architectural features ?
27 In which
years were pictures 11 and
and what are some significant differences between these two photographs?
was Alice French, and to what section of the home was this of
29 What cottage was directly West of Jane Delano (and who was she) and connected by sidewalk (both entrances
constructions were happening in picture 17, and
where is scene this located?
31 How many
girls and boys cottages were there?
direction did the Gymnasium face?
33 Who was
Edward S. Palmer?
34 In picture
6,where was the incinerator and what
man made structure was it closest to?
35 What trees species were nearby?
was picture 18 taken,
and where was this building relative to the power plant?
was the Chicago Daily News Radio Fund?
38 How was food delivered
to cottages, and by whom in the 1940s?
39 Who are
the employees seen in 15 and 16?
was the stone theme carved into the limestone arch above the entrance
to the Felmley Junior High School and, where was the bell situated,
relative to the overall structure? What were some of the prominent
tree species on either side as you approached this entrance? What
nearest building did Felmley's main entrance face?
did Lawrence J. East come to the home, and what make and model
car was he given for his official use?
42 Who taught
arts and crafts?
Where in the are you nowgot
answers, pictures, questions and URL or EMAIL listings?
get your IS&SCS documents-
via a wrtitten letter- to: Midwest
Adoption Center 3158 Des Plains River Road DES PLANES ILLINOIS
was in existence for 102 years before it closed it doors in 1979.",
J Anthony Spataro: renewed
uses for otherwise familiar IS$SCS buildings
now Biography43 43a 44
The radio play"This Heritage of Freedom," written,
acted in parts and produced by LB. The broadcast was overseen
by teacher Thalia Tarrant's U-High Senior History Class and was
broadcast the summer of 1950 over WJBC, Bloomington, Illinois
USA. The University High School students included Narrator Jessica
Means, Sound effects from Lou Ann Unzinger, Zelvin Mitchell, Charles
Kolar, Mike Mihawlski, Art Stoddard and Norm Foster.
Some technical notes:
Leroy Brush checked out a Brush Soundmirror-shown below- BK-401 audio Recorder and/or
Player from U-HIGHs AV Department. The above recording
was recorded onto paper-backed tape (today
a historic reel-to-reel tape medium ).
It was the 3M Companies No. 100, a "Scotch" black oxide
paper tape. Compared to the iron oxide coating on mylar backed
tape, it was not up to the 1950 High-Fidelity standards later
evolving from RCA's microphone and recording labs. There is no family relationship here;
however, since I was and am a sound researcher, this was another
historic connection I've always appreciated. (A Brush electric
car was introduced in 1912)
Image of Cottage
radio, used by 18 U-High schoolers and was donated by the Aurora Illinois
American Legions. Popular 78 RPM records* were picked up from
this radio/phonograph console.* He used a borrowed microphone
to pick up a variety of "sound effects" which he concocted
and these were wired to a roof speaker from the 2nd floor bathroom
"studio." Prizes depended what items were in the kitchens
pantry and what edible goodies were available on a moments notice
-before being handed over by my accomplice to winnders by Elmer
Shipee (from whom I borrowed the mic, an amplifier and loud speakers).
Some popular requests included
*I'm looking over a 4 leaf clover, Celery Stalks along the
were beamed to all eight of the Boys Row Cottages and emanated
from Cantigny Cottage. His impromtu performance was influenced
by popular "DIAL-FOR-DOLLARS programs" which were aplenty
w/"name the tune and receive a dollar" promos. It was
a final "broadcast" from his orphanage"home"
before asking his brother Richard to drop him off at the Wabash
Avenue YMCA, on the south side of Chicago's Loop.
leif BRUSH was an
outside broadcast trainee, under Walter Lamee, with CBW Winnipeg
Canada 1951-1952. He reported via telephone from the Conrad Hilton
Hotel on Michigan Avenue when the then Allied Commander General
Eisenhower was campagining in Chicago. Also in 1952
he broadcast- via
telephone hook up- to the Trans Canada Network via CBW, Winnipeg
as the Queen of Canada came ashore from Royal Yacht Britannia.
Negotiating north and sound bound traffic on the Outer Drive did
cause her entourage to miss the protocols time for arriving at
Buckingham Fountain. Miss Kate Sturges Buckingham, a philanthropist
and art patron donated the fountain.
leif BRUSH, 1954, Fort
Leonard Wood Missouri and before induction;
Acting according to his
Doberman Pinscher breed,
Helmut Demhauf is being posed in a Jacksonville North Carolina
backyard. It was a chilly April and LB was continuing his AM broadcasting
ambition as WJNC's News Director. He eagerly got into his Six
O'Clock news, hostingthe sunday Night Owl Service (classical
music) and Camp Lejeune
Hears (pop tune 'n talk) (mp4s)
Helmut was born in Chicago and I selected him from a local kennel.
He was my tollroad companion from Chgo to Jacksonville. It was
the stop- in his behalf- along the Pennsylvainia section before
heading south, that he failed to return until nearly dark. He
did like to scrunch below the rear wind in the 2-tone, Buick Century
2-door , V8, w/overhad valve engine- made by
Charlie Wilson's General Motors.
July 1956, Ft
Eustis West Virginia, LB
finally made SP3
(While in Fort
Belvoir Virginia, his promotion was put on hold because of
a tape recording he'd made during an indoctrination period prior
to him joining others who were preparing for deployment to Baffin Island,
Canada- in a joint naval and army assignment. He had made mess
hall recordings during a lunch break which also included discriminatory
comments made against one soldier by a non-commisioned master
sargent. The company Adjutant
General ordered me to retrieve the relevant tapes which I
had previously sent to a friend in Chicago. They arrived next
monday by United States Post Office Special Delivery. After the
recordings were listened to by officers , several soldiers were
demoted and or transfered to other units. Some how my pending
promotion was "lost.")
LB in barrack-office
and following his amazing round trip North on the Atlantic ocean
to Baffin Island and returning later to Hampton
Roads,Virginia. We assisted in a miniscule contribution to
the enormous challenge executed in part by the AT&T monoply,
the U.S.Gov (Defense) & other interested parties who combined
partnerships eventually constructed "a shield that would
protect us from incoming
Russian missiles." At the time when we were all disembarking
from our LSD Lindenwald ship-to continue ourindividual journeys-
I never pondered what was buried and left behind for the winters
yet to come. For me, it was my wrap-it-up.
Yet, here, another experiential
unwraping along the New
River where our final home
The sights and sounds which
initially greeted me could be seen and heard while scanning the
river water, looking upward from our camp site and looking into
the mouth of a coal mine above my right shoulder.This was early early sunday morning.
The blue jays, with their widened-voicing reverberates between
the hills in this valley, cutting through the compacted local
ambience and, within me, welled up a slow, smiling, feeling. (add WWNR Radio Show hosting mp4)
at this site, yet another issues, mining: National Geographic
March 2006 V209 #9 p, 104-123
Directly opposite the distant
mine shaft entrance was our army camp walter filtration plant.
We drew water directly from the New River, located below our camp,
and did chemical alterations for drinking from these holding tanks
and whose output was pressurized at the storage site -below- for
use throughout our facility. Photograph was taken by operator
Pfc George Ellmore -from Georgia- who was in charge of purification
operations. Rubberized blanket covers were over
eight tanks and-as shown here- were mounted on a heavily constructed
Pall Mall smoker pauses ouside
the mess hall on a Saturday morning. Fatigues will soon give way
to civilan clothes and then the drive to Beckley radio station
wwnr for my DJ stint for Coca-Cola (where the don't have a Pesi
left is my office, records room and armory; the two huts right
and top right house the troops which are slso stationed here.
My final day before being officially- and
honorably discharged from my 2-year military
obligation. I was cigar smoking Captain Lawler's right hand man, radio operator (btwn
and Camp Prince ), company records clerk and broadcaster over
the camp PA
system. Eventually being driven by Jeep to sign my departure papers, and while In downtown
Beckley, I purchased a one way fare to Chicago. I went via
from Beckleyto Washington and finally aboard a turboprop
Chicago's Midway Airport.
My father died before
I departed the Army of the United States and I was granted two-way
railroad fare from the Red Cross for my travels between Beckley
West Virginia and Southern Illinois.
Dad Brush, whom I never new and recall
his twice visiting the home (Calla
lily) I never knew my motherwho died the same year I was taken
to the above Normal Illinois orphanage.
these photographs are
stills from an 8MM
film camera in which I was able to get the images I sought
on just a 50 foot reel.
The desire to continue
an AM radio career proved to consist of start and end positions
and, at least, I remained on my sound track which resumed from
what follows after considering the following link:
North Carolina-interviewing Amsterdam Lt. General Leiftink when
he visited Camp Lejeune
tape reporter w/mobile
unit Jacksonville (L) pipe smoker in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania
Chicago days, on
the streets, suited up where in the early sixties I did freelancing
using a battery operated Dictet
recorder. I charged six dollars a minute and my tape reports ranged
from at least a minute for a headline item and I did not give
any discounts for my reports over this mimimum time. Most of my
live a/or playbacks were delivered over AT&T telephone wires
into the radio station control room. To do this I unscrewed the
telephone mouthpice and clipped on a pair of alligator clips attatching
them to a pair of contacts. I also used the phone directly call
into stations and these sometimes were accompanied by a steady
series of tones. This technique was an FCC
ruleing which did not make any sense because of the additional
line noise that was always present over these analog circuits.
Time rolled by quickly. I was able to keep moveing from appartment
to aparetment. First car? Years rolled into another, commercial radio interests faded
after the nomination of President Kennedy. Bye bye carbon copy Am radio. An abbreviated interval followed,
wandering around by car as far away as California. An internal
calling and a nudge from a friend, I segued -eventually connected-
w/my second college try: the Schools of Chicago's Art Institute
CHIMES GIVEN AUDIENCE TRIAL "Reprinted
from Radio World
(October 1, 1932)
contrivance, invented by Captain Richard H. Ranger designer of
the pipeless organ and the bell-less carillon, has been installed
in the main control room of the RCA-NBC Building in New York.
If the trial period
proves its operation practical and its precise notes pleasing
to the public, it will be adopted
as permanent equipment at the New York Studios and also installed
in the main control rooms of NBC Studios in all other cities. to
network chime variations.
Surely, not all the complete answers below (do
you have any versions of these answers, or anything to add, click
this if you do ):
hope you'll add your images, rememberances, comments and/or captions
to the photos on this page anytime. Info:Leif Brush
S & S C S reunions?
1a Image furnished by Richard Wachter. An interesting
coloration from this early 1900s lithographed postcard; I recall
both the firescape and the main building as being deep barn red.
1 Drawing from the Felmley Flashes
2 Detail of the Class of 1947
2c Detail of Ken-Way photograph of May 25, 1951 Prom
2b Detail Class of Felmley Junior High Class of1947
Detail of the Class of
4 Detail of 1947 University High school football team
Do you recall these
trees and bushes?
5 6 6a During his appointed
rounds the night watchman on duty had to use the key stored in
this box and was located at the edge of the sidewalk wihich joined
Pershing and Cantigney cottages in the Boys Row. QUESTION: Was
it always there or was it installed- to keep the watchman honest-
during the 1950s7 Aerial views of the grounds prior to
1940. Notice the original water tower. 8 Jane Delano
is top right (remember the black and white photograph
in the hall entryway which showed a missing finger on her hand?),
Alice French lower right, Roth lower left, and Cottowood trees
in 1999 still line the non-existent playground on the right, and
the East side of the Village.
the right order: 4 x 4, with Roth and Alice French as the southern
pair; ? and Jane Delano as the directly above northern pair?
8a Detail of the built Village 1931, 1932, the full scale
model of the environs by Gene Farmer.
9 There as seen in 1954, the southern most manmade structure
in the Village. As you look at this image, Alice French is to
the left and Roth Cottage to the right. Artist Ruth Staub who
also was the cottage parent in Alice French sketched her children
whom she would arrange on this structure.
9a Grace Tucker's Hennie-Pennie was a big hit for all
the children that moved out into the home from Alice French Cottage.
10 Near the sidewalk which was on a straight line between
Alice French and Roth Cottages, and directly beneath a flag pole,
this bronze bas relief plaque faced the stone bench some fifteen
feet further south.
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taken? Administration Building:
Shows the canopy which Lawrence J. East had installed in the mid
12 Year taken? Who knows what year the fire escape got removed?
13 Where is the painted cast iron eagle today? go
to J Anthony Spataro's pages
14 Year taken? A diagonal concrete walk led N.E. from the Bus Stop
to this Main Building view. The Hospital and receiving buildings
were to the north of this angled walkway.
15 Joe the Cook, who else.
16 Coach Foy tells us where to drop our
mousey-grey and scratchy swim suits after our foot bath and group
showering. I'm in the front row, third from the left. Seems like
belts were OK.
17 This photograph shows the swimming pool building joined
to the Gymnasium. Great regular and non-regular swim times here.
But what was this construction
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18 I did have farm and laundry chores. While working in
this laundry, I explored steam pipes which were beneath this building
and the steam system meandered under the major walks throughout
the home. These dark tunnels were ear-witness to quite a few events
which are distinctly remembered. Did you visit these underground places?
19 Pigeon coop is the dome in the top left, Northwest
of Felmley Junior High School.
I have no clue about some
of the structures in this photo; however, Paul Brush and others
did refer to the Pigeon Coop on several occasions. I do remember
that the old water tower overlooked the girls dorm, kitchen, bakery
A courtyard also lead to the cold storage lockers in an old power
plant building, known as the institution store rooms, where we
got our shoes and denim blue shirts. The long shop building where
woodworking, printing, electricity and soldering were taught was
across the treet from the tennis courts. The incinerator was in
a walnut grove north of and ran parallel with the tennis courts.I
cannot remember the building directly East of the water tower.
20 I have no idea what events were going on in these fields
northwest of Cantigny, do you? Richard Wachter: "It probably took place in the
later stages of IS&SCS."
21 Bright's Farm Market on Business Route 66 and what North-South street?
22 This arched entrance to Alice French Cottage had smooth
and rough-hewn bricks (not all white) and a orange-red, curved
ceramic tile roof. The summer house can be seen to the left beyond
the kids, and Roth Cottage is barely visible in the distance on
the far left.
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23 The Living Room in Alice French Cottage with the three
bears slightly visible over the fireplace. Large, dark red and
black linoleum covered this floor.
24 In 1908, and in 1926 there were 30 students attending
Normal High. In 1933, it was called University High.
25 Centered directly south of the main building and west
of the gymnasium (built in 1916), it lay between two large red
maple trees. Also walnut, elm and catalpa. This wading pool was
dedicated July 24, 1925. "... The pool was built at a cost
of $500.00, and included an aquarium, ornamental drinking fountain,
and four cement benches. (Do you think this was also the time
in which the village bench was constructed, also of reinforced
26 The monumental cast iron steps, were supported by piers
of limestone. It had a "tubular style fire escape."
(it had an interior shiny steel slide just like a slides on the
building. Metal ceilings with pressed in designs. Tom O'Connell
27 You tell us.
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Delano was a World War I Registered Nurse. A photograph of her
in a black cape (which also showed a missing finger on her right
hand) use to hang just inside the main door way. RETURN TO PREVIOUS QUESTION
29 Do you know?
30 Do you know?
31 Girls Row: Lincoln Cottage is seen on the right in
this Richard Wachter-furnished Photograph at the top (in progress),
Wood, Fifer, Oglesby, Yates, Logan, Grant, Illinois Number of Girl cottages 9 with Sheridan.
Boys Row: Hubbard, Roosevelt,
Wilson, Pershing, Chateau Thiery (spelling?), Lawton, Bell, Cantigny
Number of boy cottages
8; 9 when Horner Hall was a boy's cottage.
33 Assistant farmer and manager of the Boys' Hall in the
Administration Building, E. S. Palmer was born in Empire township,
McClean County on May 27, 1875. Married Emma Naffziger of Danvers,
Illinois on December 28, 1898 and they were the parents of six
children. Mr Palmer retired from IS&SCS on January 1, 1947
with a record of over 36 years of interrupted service, most of
which was spent in working with his boys in the home. References
to him can be found in the Bloomington Public Library.
34 It was located west of the vocational shop (the guy who taught woodwork, arts and
crafts was Fred Knuppel.
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Roland Grey taught metal crafts, electrical, Max Honn was
the printing instructor, and supervised the printing of the Felmley
Flashes.) building and, together with the incinerator and adjacent
tennis court, they both were parallel to Felmley Junior High on
the north. Tom O'Connell
35 walnut, elm, catalpa, red maple
"The American Legion
an Auxiliary, United Spanish War Veterans, and the Sons of Veterans
planted nearly 900 shrubs -lilacs in the Village- and a number
of trees." (Still
all but gone in 1999 )
36 The laundry was directly west from the coal fired power
37 "...In 1925, the Chicago Daily News Radio Fund
gave the home a master radio. The Department of Illinois American
Legion bought and had telephone lines and speakers placed in all
the cottages, boys' hall, chapel, isolation quarters, and the
38 Prepared in the main kitchen, I was the designated
kid from Jane Delano who was assigned to take a round trip with
a wagon to get the prepared food in a three-stack aluminum container.
Carrying food to cottages.
Children were given the detail of carrying the sectional containers,
at least during the war. We always carried milk to the cottage
in a small milk can. Tom O'Connell
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39 Joe the Cook, and Coach Foy are pictured in this 1936
swimming pool building.
40 Painted plaster plant and flower bas relief
41 September, 1948. A black, 4 door 1949 Buick Roadmaster
with a Dynaflow drive
42 I don't know.
43 Schwinn bikes could be checked out at 6PM from the
Recreation Room helper who hung out beneath the cast iron steps
of the Main building. (Orange Trumpet vines draped both sides
of the steps.) In the distance to the left is the arched, limestone
Gymnasium entrance. Below me, the road leads directly West to
the Bloomington-Normal Bus Lines stop at 400 E. Lincoln Street.
What was the intersecting st. called?. (The modest wooden shelter
was at the edge of Bright's Farm Market property.) Leroy Brush was at the home from 1935,
my brother Richard Brush drove me to Chicago in 1951, and thereafter
I was known as Leif Brush.
44 I was very
interested in sound, electronics and the networking concepts
of the National Broadcasting Company's hookup of radio station
via AT&Ts wires in the US..
It was in 2007 that I first
heard of Paul
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after 1910 S. H. Knox postcard
from IS&SCS Archives
Order your copy of A Place We Called Home
edited and compiled by Ruth
Jill Munro Vernon
Please put "ISSCS History Book" in the subject line.
mail order cost is $23 (includes shipping cost)
Very nice Ruth and I'm very satisfied that with
the inclusion of your a
place called home, that the IS&SCS Annals will sustain a national
(I also heard from a contributor who wrote that she was from the
Does this preclude an epilogue? I hope it remains an inviting
ended opportunity-since it's possible for generational input from
or great grandchildern reader-contrubutors. Sincerely, leif BRUSH
"...Yes, they are still actively
seeking archival material and reminiscences from Home Kids, former
employees, and from family members. You are correct about the
need for the inclusion of memories of the children and grandchildren
of those whose lives were touched by the Home. It's all part of
the ongoing story!"- Ruth Cobb
was/is a special and specific Place: (submit your Internet photographs
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From: RICHARD W WACHTER [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2008 9:00 PM
To: Bill Wachter; ALAN and Helen Ross; blblunk Blunk; Fred Williams;
Janet Wilson; Pat Burnham; Polly Lathrop; Pat Castro; leif brush;
Lou Williams; Joe Green; Joy Robinson; Lill Beebe
Subject: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCORES - Sept. 5 (2nd Week)
Well most of us are back from the ISSCS reunion in
Normal, Illinois and we all who attended had a great
time visiting and telling stories about the good old days
when we were all so young and innocent. My thanks
go out to Patty Burnham and Joe Green and his Mrs.
who traveled such a long distance to be with us. It
was great to see you all and the time spent was well
worth it. To the Williams's, Bill Wachter, and so many
that came I shall never forget the good times we had.
Can we do it again in 2 years when we all get just a
bit older and wiser?
Sorry I am late with the scores but had to wait till
I returned home from the reunion at ISSCS. Yes,
it is still there and will never be forgotten by many
of us. We are all very proud of that place and how
it managed through the years to influence how our
lives turned out. As I said to the last Supt. of that
place, "We all will never forget how ISSCS was such
a high-point in our young lives. There may not be
any orphanages still in existance but they were there
many years ago for the youth of our nation." You
know I think I saw a tear or two in his eyes when
I made that statement while we were there for the
lunch and the dedication ceremonies.
P.S. I have to say something about my grandson
Travis who is now playing JV football for
Gladbrook-Reinbeck in Iowa. He in his first
game gained 120 yards and scored 2
touchdowns in that game which ended
38 to 0 in their favor. He says that his big
goal this season (as a sophomore) is to
block a punt which he came very close to
doing in his first game. So Travis is on his
way to a great season and Grandma and
Gramps hope he successes continue.
Have a great week everyone.
Signing off. Gabby Wachter
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To: RICHARD W WACHTER <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bill Wachter <email@example.com>
ALAN and Helen Ross <firstname.lastname@example.org>
blblunk Blunk <email@example.com>
Fred Williams <muffin1@GreaterBaynet.com>
Janet Wilson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Polly Lathrop <email@example.com>
Pat Castro <Cast3770@aol.com>
leif brush <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lou Williams <email@example.com>
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Joy Robinson <email@example.com>
Lill Beebe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I believe I've caught up today on all of your
e-mail since our time together as ISSCS last Saturday. I deeply
appreciate your motivating me to get there. As you know, I timed
other visits in Bloomington/Normal and southern Illinois to coincide
with the ISSCS event. The lunch table time together was the most
special time at ISSCS for me, but I truly enjoyed the dedication
of the statue and the tributes of various dignitaries to the history
of the Home. You may recall that I lived in Normal again from
1963-1979, so most of those I saw the rest of the week date back
to that later period. One link was Jill Vernon, now on the ISSCS
board as community liaison. She recognized me when I went in to
lunch last week as having been her children's literture professor
at ISSCS! 'guess the totally light gray hair doesn't completely
change one's appearance.
Do you know who the statue sculptor was? After
reading the advance and the follow-up Pantagraph articles and
all of the materials provided last week at the event, I can't
figure out who the artist was. I talked for awhile in the lunch
line with Zelvin Mitchell and note that he's on the board and
participated in the ceremony, but I didn't know at the time to
As part of my longer visit there, a friend and
I walked quite a length of the Constitution Trail and toured what
is now called "Uptown Normal" with a young woman from
the Town offices who described all of the development plans for
the area. When I lived in Normal, I never thought of the town
was having a "Plan." My dad actually served on the town
council in the late sixties, but I never heard such grand plans.
I enjoyed having good conversations with your
brother, Bill, as well as with Joe and Jeanne, Fred, and others.
Thanks once again for your special role in encouraging
me to join you.
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IS&SCS site, west
from the Gymnasium
The original ornament was
a three level concrete fountain dribbling water from the top and
whose overflowing bowls eventually spilled into a concrete basin.
In the photograph below this reservoir has been filled-in with
a sandy-soil-mixture and has several varigated ground covers atop.
The central jet black painted ready made lamp post, does it light
up? I suspect not, it appears to be symbolic of the earlier water-flowing
fountain. The traditional figurative metal works remain as unidentified
bronze statues and tie every past and present home kid in a perpetual
"Circle of Friendship." (e.g./i.e. http://www.bangor.ac.uk/~mas010/thsarticle.html)
These photographs are from the dedication locale.
Here, a few moments
in time of the dedication around the original IS&SCS fountain
site and directly south of our former, and memory-laden, old main
building. Ceremony hosted mostly by native orphans and some of
whom arrived well into the late seventies- before the Eagle came
down. This newly built encircling stone wall sets at the fast
feet of a bronze figurative tableau. A perspiring touch of "realism"
relies on the Green-patinated t shirts on the backs of youthful
energies. The embossed enamel September 2008 plaque underscores
this commemorative Normal Illinois public "stage.".
Left-near the dedication site-
includes Fred Williams. Lous Williams, Gabby Wachter, Paul Goetz,
Bill Wachter, Joe Green & wife, Jim Ahng
Sports reporter Gabby Wachter
gives Zelvin Mitchell a "broadcast" covering his photo
Lou Williams stirred
up some memories (and created new relationships with its current
owners) during an invited visit to the refurbished interior of
his brother Robert's former Boys Row Cottage, Lawton
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