Friday, July 2, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday

Here it is - Rome, Illinois - probably in the early 1920's. The old automobile is headed south on the road to Peoria which was about 20 miles away. This ran right close to the Illinois River for much of the trip. The building on the extreme right of the card is Lawson's General Merchandise which was there for many years. Much later it was located across the street facing the left of the picture and included a hardware store and post office. If the car would have turned left at the street you can see, it would have been about a block to the river. If it would have turned right, it would have driven out into the countryside. In 1984 when my husband and I moved back to Illinois, we actually lived about a mile west from where the old grocery store stands. It was still there but only used for storage. Just south down the road a bit was where my grandparents', the Pearces, had their summer cottage. A family named Ferguson lived in the two story house by the store, and Gerstners lived in the little house on the left. Chillicothe was the town about three miles north and that is where you went to shop and also where the Rome kids went to high school. We had a one room school, grocery store and 3 taverns in our little village. This is where I grew up from the time I was 7 years old. I have fond memories of that little old place. Beth from http://thebestheartsarecrunchy.blogspot.com/ is our host. Happy PFF! and a Happy 4th of July! (Click to enlarge)

7 comments:

  1. Great card! What memories it holds for you! Happy PFF!

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  2. Isn't it wonderful to have a postcard showing part of your history!

    Happy PFF and a happy 4 July too!

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  3. I'm not sure I would be great living in the country. Too quiet!

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  4. It must be wonderful to be able to connect your own memories with a postcard scene! An interesting post!

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  5. That is the kind of place I wouldn't expect to find on a printed postcard.

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  6. Postcardy is right. An unexpected location for a postcard. I associated Rome with Italy till now, but I will asssociate it now also with Illinois and your grandparents (like Paris was after the Wim Wenders film both from France and Texas). Thanks for sharing. Happy PFF!

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