Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wordless (nearly) Wednesday - Hampton, Illinois

Wordless (nearly) Wednesday - Hampton, Illinois

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This is another interesting photo received this week from Will Grapes, one of my Nebraska Smith cousins, from our continuing series of emails. When Michael Smith (Schmitt), our great-grandfather, arrived in the Quad Cities area, before the Civil War, he and his family lived in or near the little hamlet of Hampton, IL. [Reminder: Michael, early on, before he went off the to Civil War, adopted the Smith surname. The rest of his family (parents and siblings) seem to have all retained the Schmitt spelling.]

This photo was apparently taken in about 1970. Most of these building likely were not there when he was, but it gives a 'feel' for the area. Laurel, another of the cousins, added this thought on the photo:
"The brick building far off looks like "Blacks Store" built in 1849. It still stands today and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Now known as Bretton and Black Museum. In fact it looks like all of those buildings are still there. They are located on 1st Avenue right next to the Mississippi River. Between 6th and 7th street."

Families are Forever!  ;-)

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