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Story of Louis DE GUIBERT [1860-1929] & Mary INGELS De Guibert [1862-1932]

(including Undena DE GUIBERT Eberlein [1881-1937], Davida DE GUIBERT Lester [1885-1947] & Undena's descendants)

NB: Photos & Documents is 1 of 3 interrelated web pages. Click here for Timeline & Sources. Click here for Selected Individuals.

Louis Charles DE GUIBERT [1860-1929] and Mary INGELS [1862-1932] met at Eureka Collge in Illinois and were married on his 20th birthday (July 21, 1880) at her home in LaFayette, Illinois. She was 18. Mary cared for her widowed mother, Mary CARVER Ingels, until her death on January 7, 1907. But in May 1906 she & Louis paid $2,100 for a "Seaside house" and land in Public Landing (a tiny village near Snow Hill, Maryland, on the shore of Chincoteague Bay, 964 road miles from Illinois) where they resided until their deaths -- he in 1929 at age 69 and she in 1932 at age 70.

Ancestors: Louis' paternal grandparents, Louis Alexandre DE GUIBERT and Rosalie BOULIER De Guibert, emigrated from France to Illinois in 1833. His mother's family was named HOSHER and came from Germany. The INGELS line is from England. Many of Mary's other ancestors are also well known. One of her materal lines includes two couples who came over on the Mayflower in 1620: Francis COOKE, Hester LE MAHIEU, James CHILTON and Susanna FURNER.

Descendants: Louis' and Mary's three children were born in 1881, 1885, and 1895. In 1903, their older daughter, Undena DE GUIBERT, went to New York City, met artists and radicals in Greenwich Village, and became actress Jane Gilbert. Both of their daughters married and moved from New York City to Free Acres, a Georgist single tax community founded in 1910 near Berkeley Heights, New Jersey (240 road miles from Public Landing) -- Undena DE GUIBERT Eberlein in 1916 and Davida DE GUIBERT Lester in 1919. Undena had four daughters -- born in 1905, 1910, 1911, and 1916. One of her daughters (Roxane EBERLEIN, called Roxy) worked in Switzerland during World War II, later became the mistress of Adlai Stevenson [1900-1965], and retired from the State Department in 1982. Two daughters (Betty EBERLEIN Brown & Jane EBERLEIN Hall) lived at Free Acres and were killed in the same automobile accident when they and their sister Roxane visited Maryland in 1982. The youngest of the four daughters (Ernestine EBERLEIN, called Gretchen) married profesor Larry BENNIGER and had two children -- Judith BENNINGER, a childless civil rights and women's libertion activist in Gainesville, Florida, and Christopher BENNINGER, a famous architect who moved to Pune, India, in 1976, married an Indian professor, and has one son, Siddartha BENNINGER.

This web page has eight parts: Part 1 is a gallery of De Guibert family photos, mostly from the Internet. Part 2 is "Aunt Mary de Guibert," an essay written about 1970 by Mary's niece, Golda Pauline INGELS Osterberg [1891-1986]. Part 3 contains Obituaries & Biographies of De Guibert and Ingels family members. Part 4 is the outline of a book based on letters and diaries which Christopher BENNINGER found at Free Acres in 1991 and published by Laurel Hessing in 1999. Part 5 is my analysis of 21 photographs saved by Luna May JAMESON Campbell [1869-1939], my grandmother and another neice of Mary INGELS De Guibert. Part 6 shows five pictures of the De Guibert house and bungalow in Public Landing, Maryland. Part 7 shows nine pictures of Public Landing provided by Sylvia Heerens of Free Acres, New Jersey. Part 8 contains a 20 photos of Snow Hill and Public Landing taken by James Auer of Batavia, Illinois, in November 2012, and several items he obtained from H.C. & Ruth Bradford of Public Landing, Maryland. Part 9 analyzes seven old pictures provided by Laurel & Sigmar (Shlomo) Hessing of Free Acres, New Jersey. And Part 10 lists sources of additional information.

Click here for an annotated time line of this family history.

Part 1 - Gallery of De Guibert Family Photos

Grave of Guy A. DeGuibert [1876-1936], brother of Louis Charles De Guibert, Oakwood Cemetery, Woodford County, Illinois. Guy was born & died in the same township settled by their grandfather after arriving from France in 1833. "Member of a pioneer Woodford county family & for some years prominent in local & county affairs, Guy died suddenly at the home of his sister [Rosalie] & brother-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. John Eiben, in Partridge township." (Find A Grave)

Eureka College, Eureka, Woodford County, Illinois, 1904. Louis Charles De Guibert & Mary Ingels met here, and she was still a student when they married. (image from Wikipedia)

Wedding of Louis Charles De Guibert [1860-1929] & Mary Ingels [1862-1932], July 21, 1880, in LaFayette, Illinois. (loose photo saved by Luna May JAMESON Campbell)

Old postcard for LaFayette Home Nursery, LaFayette, Illinois. Mary Ingel's father James Ingels bought this land in 1856, & her brother Irvin Ingels started the Home Nursery in 1883. It shipped flowers to Chicago but today specializes in prairie restoration. Irvin was killed in 1932 while driving to visit Mary in Public Landing, Maryland. Postcard is dated 1963 but looks timeless. (image from eBay)

Mansion House B&B Inn, Public Landing, Chincoteague Bay, Maryland. Louis & Mary De Guibert moved in 1907 to a similar house just to the north of this one and lived there until their deaths in 1929 & 1932. (current image from Mansion House website)

Old postcard labeled "SNOW HILL, Greetings from Public Landing." Mansion House on left (south of the wharf). Former De Guibert house with cupola on right (before it burned in 1965)? (postcard offered on-line for $4.00 by

Old postcard labeled "Cottages on Chincoteague Bay, Snow Hill, Md." "Public Landing enjoyed great popularity during the 1920's & early 1930's, when rides, a bowling alley & other amusements were open. However, a large hurricane in 1933 destroyed the waterfront, [and] Public Landing was overtaken by Ocean City." (JSTARS on eBay & Wikipedia)

Old postcard labeled "Public Landing, Snow Hill, Md." ""This SCARCE white border postcard offers a black & white & blue sky view of boats anchored in front of the Waverly movie theater & other buildings at the public landing in Snow Hill, Maryland! This postcard dates to 1931." (JSTARS on eBay)

Old postcard labeled "Public Landing, Snow Hill, Md." "This SCARCE white border postcard offers a black and white and blue sky view of a water slide and other buildings at the public landing in Snow Hill, Maryland! This postcard dates to 1931." (JSTARS on eBay)

Old postcard showing the entrance to Free Acres Community, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Free Acres is a single tax community founded by Bolton Hall in 1910 on the principles of Henry George. (Free Acres' Photostream)

"Earliest known photo of the Farm House. From 'A Novel Land Scheme' by Bolton Hall in a 1911 issue of "The Independent." During the 1930's, the entire building was raised several feet, and the basement with its increased headroom became "Frank Stephens Hall" where meetings & parties take place." (Free Acres' Photostream)

Red farmhouse, Free Acres. Today, the upper part of the building is mostly vacant & used for records storage, although the room which housed the original Children's' Library is still intact. (image from "Gentle Revolutions" blog - "The remnants of America's utopias (and other fascinating things) as seen from atop my bicycle.")

Map of Free Acres drawn in 1939. The Lester Cabin is on Apple Tree Row on the eastern edge of the community. (Free Acres' Photostream)

Undena de Guibert Eberlein (Jane Gilbert) 1907. Undena & Ernest Eberlein married in 1904 & moved to Free Acres in 1916 with their four daughters. Undena had been an actress & vaudevillian. This is a press shot from her days with May Tully's touring troupe. (Free Acres' Photostream)

May Tully. "Found success in vaudeville even though she didn't sing, dance, tell jokes, juggle or do tricks. May wrote, directed & starred in a series of one act plays that vaudeville often booked for the third spot on the bill. She made the transition to silent films as a scenario writer & director before her untimely death in 1924." (image from

Davida de Guibert 1912. Before her marriage to Charles Lester in 1919, Davida was an artists' model in Greenwich Village & modeled for famous artist Kenneth Frazier in 1912. "Born in 1867, Frazier was an illustrator who worked in a hybrid of Art Nouveau, Impressionist & Realist styles. His watercolours "Portrait of a Fortune Teller" & "Portrait of a Stylish Woman" reflected increasing female sophistication. He exhibited in the 1913 Armory Show in New York City." (Free Acres' Photostream)

Charles Fitch Lester, an illustrator, lithographer & poet. Davida & Charles Lester became Free Acres leaseholders in 1919, and he lived there until his death in 1931. The 1930 brochure of the Free Acres Association names Chas. F. Lester & Mrs. Undina Eberline as "lease holders." Illustrations of the Free Acres swiming pool and children's swing set are credited to Lester. (Free Acres' Photostream)

Lester Cabin, 58 Apple Tree Row, Free Acres, New Jersey. Constructed by Charles Lester & Louis De Guibert in 1921. This is the "Li'l Cabin" where Christopher Benninger found the De Guibert family letters & diaries in the 1990's & which long time Free Acres resident Laurel Hessing made into a book in 1999 (see Part 2 of this web page). Photo taken in 1938. The Lester cabin was a year-round house, heated by a wood stove. It was the last home in Free Acres to have an outhouse as primary sanitation. (Free Acres' Photostream)

"Free Acres became a bohemian oasis that artists from Greenwich Village escaped to in the summer. The legendary James Cagney spent time there. So did Thorne Smith, author of the racy Topper novels, & illustrator Will Crawford. They built their own homes & shacks & teepees, wrote inflammatory newsletters & entertained themselves with outdoor theatre, summer camps & archery. ("Free Acres Is the Place to Be" by Chris R. Morgan)

Swiming pool at Free Acres. "The original pool was simply a swimming hole in the Green Brook. Walls and a bottom were added over the years. This photo was probably taken in the 1920's." (Free Acres' Photostream)

Free Acres Children 1919. Jane Eberlein in front center. Helen Ricalton holding Ernestine Eberlein in back row. Roxane Eberlein 3rd from right. Betty Eberlein in glasses to right of Helen. (Free Acres' Photostream)

Betty Eberlein age 17 (as Bo-Peep?). Photo taken in 1922 by Clifford Clay. (Free Acres' Photostream)

Christopher Charles Benninger & one of his many architectural projects.

Professor Aneeta Gokhale-Benninger, Executive Director, Centre for Development Studies and Activities (CDSA), Pune, Maharashtra, India. (Facebook)

Siddhartha Benninger with friends & fiancée in Pune, India. Right photo June 20, 2012,
when they got engaged. (Left image from Facebook, other 2 provided by Siddhartha.)

Part 2 - "Aunt Mary de Guibert" by Golda Pauline INGELS Osterberg

Here is the full text of an essay about Mary INGELS de Guibert [1862-1932] written about 1970 by Golda Pauline INGELS Osterberg [1891-1986] when she was 79 years old. Golda was a daughter of Mary's brother Irvin INGELS [1859-1932] who established the LaFayette Home Nursery in 1887. This is one of eight short essays which Golda wrote about the Ingels family in LaFayette, Illinois. I received all eight on April 10, 1998, from Gaar Austin INGELS [b.1922] of Beverton, Oregon. After I transcribed them, they were put on-line by Barbara ELWOOD Tunistra of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Click here to see all eight essays.

Boy! was she a character -

She had lived in the big city of Sioux City, Iowa, her husband Uncle Louis [1860-1929] (always pronounced Louie) practised law. When I knew her she came to LaFayette to live in part of Grandmothers house, in the village of LaFayette. [Golda's grandmother, Mary CARVER Ingels, was a widow for 24 years, from 1883 to 1907.]

Aunt Mary [1862-1932] always ate her meals seated in a rocking chair. She would rock up take a few bites and rock back and tell a funny story. She and dad [Irvin INGELS] would razz each other-much the way Sherman and Ada do now. When she came to our house one of us kids had to go across the porch for a rocking chair. Grandmother had built our house too.

She had two daughters, Undena [1881-1937], and a raving beauty, Davida [1885-1947]. Her ambition in life was to get them out of LaFayette and to New York, which she finally did. Undena became a very good actress, but died in poverty and insanity, but her [four] daughters were successful. Roxanne [EBERLEIN] was private secretary to Adlai Stevenson and travelled everywhere with him [circa 1954-1965]. Janie [EBERLEIN], an actress, taught in Evanston for awhile. Davida was an artists' model - not a nude - but when people had their portrait painted she would sit for the hands and gown. She once sat for Harrison Fisher.

[According to Wikipedia, Fisher became known particularly for his drawings of women, which won him acclaim as the successor of Charles Dana Gibson. He was on Motion Picture Classic magazine's 'Fame and Fortune' contest jury of 1921/1922 [and thereby helped] discover 'The It-Girl,' Clara Bow.]

Undena's husband [Ernest August EBERLEIN, 1876-1931] was a lithograph artist. At the first, moving picture shows displayed lithograph of the attractions out in front and he made a mint of money, but that all changed and the use of photographs and he went broke and stayed broke. [Golda may be confusing Davida's second husband Charles Fitch LESTER, 1868-1938.]

To be broke in New York isn't funny. Undena used to make costumes for show people. She came back to LaFayette with her first baby, Elspeth [Undena Lisbeth (Betty) EBERLEIN, 1905-1982]. She put on a play, and I had a part.

Aunt Mary worked hard all her life trying to be an artist, (She had had lessons in Sioux City) and in trying to learn to speak French.

When they first got electric lights in grandmothers house Aunt Mary turned them off and lit a lamp to take a bath. Uncle Louis, being a Fenchman, was some help, but she never did learn to converse in French.

Uncle Louis' people came from [just east of] Chillicothe, Ill. They promoted a marriage [in 1910] between Davida and a distant cousin or friend of the family [John EIBEN -- see Part 3 below]. She came home the next day after the wedding [when?] - No one ever knew why - - but there was plenty of wondering. [Click here for extracts from letters about Davida's first marriage.]

Aunt Mary and Uncle Louis moved to Maryland to a place called Public Landing [near Snow Hill]. It wasn't too far from Ocean City. The house was an old colonial with enormous rooms. (Lighted by kerosene lamps when we visited there in about 1923-4.) The ceilings were very high and when Undena came down then from New York, to have her first baby [Undena Lisbeth (Betty) EBERLEIN, born March 14, 1905], Uncle Louis went out in the woods, cut down a blooming tree, and the mother and child lie [sic] under its branches.

Aunt Mary painted some very pretty pictures and gave lessons in LaFayette.

Without going much out of our way we could stop at her house on the way home from school. One day I got there just in time. She had three big loaves of bread on the door sill and she "hauled off" and kicked them just as far as she could. She said "I always wanted to do that when I had bad luck with the bread."

The Methodist preacher lived next door. He had a kid who true to form was a little hellion - - One day he threw mud on her clean sheets hanging on the line. She told the father and the kid denied it. She grabbed him and gave him a good "lickin" and said, "There's once you got a lickin' for lying."

Aunt Mary had the bluest eyes of anyone in the world. (Mary Ingels [Mary Evelyn INGELS Holt?] has much the same.) All the Ingelses had blue eyes, but Uncle Louis gave his daughters brown ones.- - -

They ended up by parceling out their land [in Public Landing] and selling it at a fine profit, but not soon enough to enjoy it for long. [Uncle Louis died in September 1929, and] Aunt Mary died of cancer of the breast [in December 1932]. [This is incorrect. Maybe they sold off pieces, but the two houses were foreclosed & "sold for $3,835 less mortgge of $2,400" in July 1937. See "Treasures of the Little Cabin," page 272.]

When dad [Irvin INGELS] met his death in his auto [on May 16, 1932], he was on his way to see her. [Mary died on December 3, 1932.] He was to have picked up one of the girls in Baltimore. The accident occurred in Columbus, Ohio.

Part 3 - Obituaries & Biographies of De Guibert family members.

1819-1833 - From St. Mary's of Lourdes Church History, Metamora, Illinois, on-line: The first white family that came to this area was Mr. and Mrs. William Bleylock and their six children. Where they came from is not known, but in the year 1819, they settled in what remained of the destroyed village of Chief Black Partridge [1795-1616]. This white family lived in a wigwam and sustained itself by hunting and fishing. They must have loved the Indians and the Indian way of life for, when the Indians migrated from this part of Illinois in 1833, the Bleylock family went with them. // The first permanent settlers came in the 1820's, from other parts of Illinois and from other states, and they began to settle in the extreme western part of the county in what is now Spring Bay Township. They chose to live in the timberlands because the trees furnished logs for their cabins, wood for their fences, and fuel for their fires. // The first family recorded to have settled in what is now Worth Township was Benjamin Williams who came with his family from the state of Indiana in 1827 and settled near Partridge Creek near the line which now separates Worth and Spring Bay Townships. For a time after their arrival here, they "camped with the Indians and at times had nothing to eat but corn and venison, the latter full of maggots." Years later, in the 1840s, Benjamin Williams became one of the first justices of the peace in Woodford County; his house was used as a voting place. He died here in 1846. The first Catholic family that settled here was the family of Nichoas Phillips who came from Loudray [sic], France, in 1827. He had been born in 1794 and died here in 1874. He and his wife, Mary Anna, were the parents of four children: Margaret Christina, Mary Anna and Jonathon. // The early settlers came here not only from other states in the United States but also from Europe, especially from the banks of the Rhine River and from Bavaria in Germany; from the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, which at that time belonged to France; and from Ireland. They came by boat, by covered wagon, and by stage coach. Emigrants from Pennsylvania made their way mostly with ox teams. Some came to Chicago and from there continued to Woodford County. Some came from the area of Cincinnati, Ohio. Many came by boat to New Orleans and then up the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers and landed by Spring Bay Township.

Map of Woodford County, Illinois.
Partridge, Spring Bay & Worth
are the most western townships on the Illinois River.
Map shows towns of Eureka, El Paso, Low Point,
Metamora, Minonk, Spring Bay & Washburn
Chillicothe in Peoria County is in northwest corner.
The city of Peoria is just off the map to the southwest.

Among the latter were a number of settlers from Lorraine, France, who brought their household goods to the sea shore and had them placed on a sailing vessel. After a voyage that lasted for two and a half months, they landed at New Orleans [Louisiana] and from there continued their voyage [up the Mississippi & Illinois Rivers] to Spring Bay.

--------> Chronological List of [Selected] Early Settlers:
1819 - Bleylock, William - Partridge Township - Lived like the Indians
1822 - Blanchard, William - Spring Bay Township
1822 - Crocker, Horace - Spring Bay Township - Came from New York State
1822 - Dillon, Joseph - Spring Bay Township - Erected corn mill in 1827
1827 - Phillips, Nicholas - Spring Bay Township - First Catholic family. Came from Loudray [sic], France
1830 - Hoshor, William - Spring Bay Township - Came from Ohio; built a flour mill in Spring Bay operated by water power in 1834; built Germantown House in 1850 and Union House in 1855; built a saw mill in Germantown in 1860; was a farmer in 1878.
1831 - Brickler, John - Metamora Township - Came from Lorraine, France
1831 - Engle, Peter - Metamora Township - Came from Lorraine, France; Half-brother of John
1831 - Beisley, "Red" Joe - Partridge Township - Born in France, came from Ohio; "...he came here poor, but at the time of his death he was one of the richest farmers in Woodford County."
1832 - Mueller, Peter - One of 8 original founders of St. Raphael's (Lourdes)
1833 - Guibert, Louis A. - Partridge Township - Wealthy French nobleman; fought at Austerlitz, decorated by Napoleon. In 1833, he built and operated a saw mill in Partridge Township. Buried in Lourdes Cemetery.
1833 -Hall, Rev. Zadock - Worth Township - Methodist preacher from Delaware; built the first frame house in Wood ford County (in Germantown)
1833 - Belsley, "Black" Joe - Spring Bay Township - Cousin of "Red" Joe
1833 - Hoshor, Jefferson - Brother of William

1833-1866 - From Woodford County History, Woodford County, Illinois, 1878: In 1833, Mr. Louis deGuibert [1782-1866] came from France and settled in Partridge [Township], spending his first night at "Red" Jo Belsley's. Mr. deGuibert had served as a soldier under Napoleon, and had fought in the battles of Austerlitz (December 2, 1805), Nina [sic] and Wagram (July 5-6, 1809). Because of his courage he was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. This was presented to him on the battlefield by Napoleon himself. During his childhood, Mr. deGuibert had witnessed the French Revolution, later he enlisted as a private soldier and rose to the rank of captain of the infantry. He had marched and fought over half of Europe, had watched the death of half of his company before a single discharge of artillery at Austerlitz, and in another engagement was one of eight survivors of a company of 71 men. // He came here, then, in 1833, to a pioneer settlement where he endured all the hardships accompanying the life of a frontiersman. But, he was a man of excellent mind and humor, and like so many of the pioneers, was richly endowed with determination and courage. He had brought workmen with him from France, and by the following year had built a saw mill which was long known as the Old French Mill. He lived to see his labors well rewarded and became a man of comfortable wealth before his death in 1866. [In 1859,] his son, Louis A[Alexander] Jr. [1838-1913], married [Elizabeth] Lizzie Hoshor [1843-1922], the daughter of another prominent pioneer [Jefferson Hosher [1810-1872]], and to this marriage were born eight children. It has been said by some of the present residents who are descendents of early Partridge settlers, that to know the history of the deGuiberts is to know the history of Partridge Township.

1838-1880 - The History of Peoria County, Illinois, Johnson & Co., Chicago, Illinois, page 725 (Chillicothe Directory), 1880: BOULIER MARY JOSEPHINE (widow of Henry Boulier, farmer), res. Chillicothe, was born in France May 5, 1825, and is the daughter of Joseph and Adelaide Sauvage, who came to America in 1838, and settled in Woodford Co., Ill.; afterwards removing to Marshall Co. in the same State. Her late husband was also born in France, and emigratred to this country during the Winter of 1837-38, and also settled in Woodford Co., where he married his wife, July 31, 1843. They had eight children, Alexander, Mary, now Mrs. Beckler, Joseph, Isabel, now Mrs. Fagot, all living in Woodford Co., Adelaide, Josephine, Victorine and Anna. Mr. Boulier died Nov. 21, 1871, and in October 1875 his widow, removed to Chillicothe. She owns a one hundred and fifty acre farm in Woodford Co., and a house and two lots in Chillicothe.

1865-1922 - From Find A Grave, Lone Hill Cemetery, Partridge Township, Woodford County, Illinois:

De Guibert, Albert - 24803188 - b. unknown - d. 1865 - He was 2 years old, he is the son of Louis A. and Lizzie (Elizabeth Hosher) De Guibert.
De Guibert, Anna R. - 24803115 - b. unknown - d. 1871 - She was the wife of Louis A. De Guibert, she was 60 years old.
De Guibert, Elizabeth Hosher - 24803147 - b. 1843 - d. 1922 - Wife of Louis A. De Guibert.
De Guibert, Louis A. - 24803131 - b. 1782 - d. 1866
De Guibert, Louis A. - 24803141 - b. 1838 - d. 1913
De Guibert, Sidney J. - 24803495 - b. unknown - d. 1921 - 48 years old.
De Guibert, Talbott S. - 24803074 - b. unknown - d. 1892 - He was 25 years old.

1881-1882 - From Lacon Home Journal, Lacon, Woodford County, Illinois, 1881-1882: Aug. 31, 1881: L. A. deGuibert, Jr. makes annual visit to NE // Sept. 28, 1881: L. A. deGuibert, Jr. killed snake. // Oct. 21, 1881: James Dunn to run L. A. deGuibert, Jr.'s NE farm // Dec. 21, 1881: Seventh son of L. A. deGuibert (Guy deGuibert), seriously sick. // Feb. 2, 1882: Guy deGuibert injured coasting six weeks ago. // March 3, 1882: Mr. [Louis Alexander] deGuibert and invalid son (Guy deGuibert) visit St. Louis.

1881-1884 - From Lacon Home Journal, Lacon, Woodford County, Illinois, 1881-1884: Richland Valley News, December 21, 1881 - Mr. Victor Boulier, not long since returned from France, bringing with him a beautiful bride, (at present visiting relatives in Richland) will try [sic] their destinies in Chicago. Mrs. Alex Boulier is suffering with chronic sore throat. // Richland Valley News, January 17, 1883 - A. Boulier received a kick on the knee from one of his horses, from the effects of which he has to move about on crutches. // Crow Creek News, January 17, 1883 - Mr. Alex Boulier is confined to his room with a very painful knee, caused by the kick of a horse, the calk of the shoe cutting the bone. Mr. Perry Hoshor of Ohio is visiting friends in Partridge [Township]. // Richland Valley News, January 31, 1883 - Mr. Boulier’s limb has taken a relapse, he being one of those individuals that never can give a would time to heal or let good sleighting (sic) to unimproved. // Richland Valley News, February 7, 1883 - A. Boulier has built himself a boat which he will launch and go for the feathery tribe in opposition to Clawson and Jones. // Richland Valley News, May 9, 1883 - Mr. Alex Boulier and son, besides tending their own large farm, have rented quite a number of acres of land from Hoshor (signed: Mrs. L.A.G.) // Richland Valley News, September 19, 1883 - Mr. Alex Boulier returned from his visit to Nebraska like every one else, perfectly transported with that salubrious clime. Mr. L[ouis] A[lexander De] Guibert and son Clarence [De Guibert] will return via Central Illinois, stopping off at Sioux City [Iowa], to see his son Louis [Charles De Guibert] who was admitted to the bar the sixth inst. by the circuit court of that city. // Richland Valley News, October 17, 1883 - Mr. Alex Boulier and family will go to Nebraska, their future home. // General News Item, December 12, 1883 - Alex Boulier will remove to Nebraska and will have a public sale Saturday December 15th. He has a large lot of stock, farm machinery etc. to sell on 9 months time. // Richland Valley News, February 4, 1884 - Alex Boulier and family reached their destination in the west safely, and write that they had a little of every kind of weather upon their arrival. James Dunn formerly of Crow Creek but now of Cedar Bluff, Nebraska, will soon visit here to see relatives and settle accounts with his land lord. Hard work, and economy has always been his watchword, and the consequences is he can buy a good farm any day.

1884 -From Souvenir [of the] Nebraska Legislature, 1901-'02, 1901: ALEX BOULIER, one of the representatives from Saunders county [Nebraska], the twenty-seventh district, is a member of the Peoples' Independent party, and was born in Illinois in the year 1845, coming to Nebraska in 1884. He settled on a farm in Saunders county, where he still lives. His family consists of a wife, five boys, and three girls. Mr. Boulier was town clerk for a number of years and is now a member of the school board. His parents were French, settling in Woodford county, Illinois, in the early 30's. His present address is Cedar Bluffs, Saunders county.

1885 - From Golda Pauline INGELS Osterberg [1891-1986], LaFayette, Stark County, Illinois, about 1970. Great Grandmother [Melinda NELSON] Carver [1810-1885]. Grandmother's mother lived in the house later occupied by numerous hired men and other tenants. Remodeled by Ada [INGELS] and Oscar [Rhudie] and sold to "Little Jamie." (James Ingels VIII.) Grandmother Carver was said to have been known during the Civil War as a news commentator of late wars. She kept up correspondence by pony express [sic] with the front lines and people came from miles around to get the war news. I think it was Great Grandfather Jonathan Carver [1806-1888] who left Kentucky on account of slavery. Later he returned horse back to visit his brother. They argued over the beating of a slave and he returned home next day. A young colored boy followed him home and slept in a closet off grandfathers bedroom. (This tale subject to correction.) Grandmother was killed [in 1885] by pulling a heavy cupboard over onto her while climbing up to get something. (Small house in background recent. Built by Austin Ingels.) Grandmothers peonies and phlox still in yard. I can remember going down there and grandfather would bring wild grapes from the cool cellar. They were very ripe and delcious. Grandfather used to poke around in the leaves and find chestnuts for [my brother] Jim [Ingels] and me.

1889-1944 - From Woodford County History, date?: In 1889, the farm residence...of Louis A[lexander] deGuibert, jr. [1838-1913]...was completed. It was built on the family property just north of the Highland School, and at that time was said to be one of the finest frame residences in the county. There was always lots of activity centered around the deGuibert house. After a few years, Mr. deGuibert had a building put up a little north of his home to be used for recreational purposes. It came to be known as the Midway pavilion, or simply, the Midway. Baseball games were played there, and manv square dances were held. Saturday night was apt to be a lively night at the Midway. After Mr. deGuibert's death, his daughter Rose [Rosalie deGuibert] [1878-1947], and her husband, John Eiben, lived with Mrs. [Lizzy Hosher] deGuibert [1843-1922]. They kept up the tradition of encouraging social activity in the area. Mr. Eiben had Louis Poignant, a neighbor, build a track west of the house across the road, where the farmers raced their horses and probably did a little wagering on the side. Eventually, the Midway was taken down. A little closer to the deGuibert home, John Eiben had a one-room building put up which was used as sort of a meeting place, and many a poker game was played there, just as there was in Isaac Snyder's mill many years before. (In 1951 this building was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Pete DeConnick, who enlarged and modernized it, and it is now the Midway Duck Inn.)... // In December 1911, in order to raise funds for the animal Christmas tree at the Richland School, 15 ladies of the vicinity accepted the offer of Clarence deGuibert [b.1869] to pay them 3c a bushel for all the corn the ladies husked. The ladies went into the field at 8 o'clock in the morning, two of them husking to a wagon, and by 3 o'clock had 600 bushels husked and cribbed. Hose deGuibert [sic] and Clara Hunter were the champions, bringing in 107 bushels... // The gradual improvement of the roads and particularlv the black-topping in 1937-39 of State Route 87 (changed this year to State 26) probably contributed the most toward changing the social life of the community. Before that time, most of the recreation and social entertainment were creatred by the residents themselves. The school houses held many a box social, 4th of July celebrations, and Christmas and New Year's parties. In the winter there was ice-skating, and in the summer there was good fishing from the levee... // In January 1944, the deGuibert home was completely destroyed by fire. It had become such a landmark that the loss of it was felt by many of the area's residents. The house had contained much of the furniture and furnishings brought from France by Louis deGuibert, Sr., as well as his medals, documents and honors. Many items which were of great historical value went up in smoke that day.

1902-2010 - From Find A Grave, LaFayette Cemetery, LaFayette, Stark County, Illinois:

Ingels, Alberta Bliss Taylor - 17503230 - b. May 31, 1904 - d. Sep. 15, 1932
Ingels, Cora Rosella Garner - 9001548 - b. May 31, 1867, Toulon, Stark County, IL - d. Jul. 13, 1913, Kewanee, Henry County, IL - Spouse: Irvin Ingels (1859 - 1932) - Children: Evelyn Rosella Ingels (1908 - 1910)
Ingels, Corliss Sinclair 17503220 - b. Nov. 18, 1904 - d. Mar. 6, 1987
Ingels, Corliss Irvin "Jock" - 17503215 - b. Apr. 11, 1930 - d. Apr. 19, 1998
Ingels, Dorotha I Cochran - 60174561 - b. Jan. 2, 1927 - d. Oct. 14, 2010
Ingels, Eliza B. Ryder - 17503262 - b. Jul. 23, 1859 - d. May 31, 1902 -
Ingels, Elva Lou Fleming - 17503205 - b. Jun. 18, 1928 - d. Jan. 3, 1974
Ingels, Ethel Dora Taylor - 17503236 - b. May 26, 1910 - d. Sep. 1, 1997
Ingels, Evelyn Rosella - 9001564 - b. Jan. 26, 1908 - d. Jan. 5, 1910
Ingels, Irvin - 9001524 - b. Dec. 19, 1859 - d. May 16, 1932, Spouses: Eliza B. Ryder Ingels (1859 - 1902) Cora Rosella Garner Ingels (1867 - 1913) Jessie Anna Cormack Ingels (1883 - 1931), Children: Evelyn Rosella Ingels (1908 - 1910)
Ingels, James - 64877748 - b. Mar. 10, 1821 - d. Jan. 27,
Ingels, Jessie Anna Cormack - 17503200 - b. Jan. 14, 1883 - d. Jan. 30, 1931
Ingels, Mary Carver - 54121189 - b. Jun. 17, 1831 - d. Jan. 7, 1907

1902-1913 - From "The Oppenheimer Family, An essay of a GENEALOGY after the late ISRAEL OPPENHEIMER of Gronau/Hanover [Germany]" by Kert Stern, 1970:
Heinrich Asohor Briesam (Weatpreusnen) ^•12.7.1941 Hexloa
m«27*8*19ol Hannover: Gertrud Oppenheimer b. 23. 9.1879 Hannover d.22.3.1970 V7ashlne- ton S.C.
(changed, after having settled in USA, the famlly name into Ashar)

1) Manfred (now Asher), b.31.8.1902 <^ 'If'' Berliu —unmarried
2) Gerhard, b.23.2.19o4 Berlim
3) Julius Peter (now Peter William Aeher), b.27.2.19o3 Berlin d 'Vi^ [lover? of Roxane EBERLEIN (see "Little Cabin...," p.320) , married ______]
4) Margot, b.6.12.19o6/'Berlin 4- l'\i^ [= Margot ASCHER, friend of Roxane EBERLEIN, married Herman SAWADY]
5) Heinz Theoder (now Enrico Ashor), b. 23. 9.1909 Berlin d ,
6) Gerda Dorothea, b. 12.3.1914 Berlin
7) Irma Ellen, b.8,9.1'913 Berlin

1907 - From Golda Pauline INGELS Osterberg [1891-1986], LaFayette, Stark County, Illinois, about 1970. Grandmother [Mary CARVER] Ingels [1831-1907]. Never was called anything except grandmother. She built the place where dad lived when he was seven years old [1867]. Prior to that they lived in a log cabin where the "packing" shed stood later. She planted a lilac bush in the door yard and the last time I knew it still bloomed. The old house had a sitting room, parlor and "back parlor" which we kids called the seed corn parlor because dad [Irwin Ingels kept seed corn there when he and mama moved in. The parlor had flowered "Brussels" carpet lace curtains and gold wall paper ("Still have samples of the paper-my twin beds are papered with it"). The parlor was opened only on occasions, such as parties, funerals etc. When they brought Grandfather [ James Ingels]s body home from from Florida [in 1883], grandmother was busy having a farm to run. She called up from the 'basement' (always called "cellar") -- Put him in the parlor, I'll be up in a minute. It was a month after she had the word of his accidental death [on January 27, 1883]. It took that long by wagon on slow train to get it back from Florida. [My half-brother] Corliss [Sinclair Ingels] has the letters from his hunting companion. They had to go from the piney woods to Melbourne for a permit, which took time. // Grandmother had a little "hot house" under the kitchen. She raised bautiful plants. In the old days there were no commercial florists in the neighborhood, but she always "aimed" to have some white flowers on hand for funerals. Colored flowers were taboo at that time. Dad used to use the room which had a stove in it for his budding and' grafting. (Before the spring work came on he used to bring the saws into the house to sharpen. You ain't heard nothing until you have lived with that for half a day or so.) // Once from his Florida hunting trip Grandfather brought home an alligator at least six feet long. Restuffed it himself and since its head was badly shot up he carved out a realistic wooden head. Grandmother used to keep it among her plants. When she moved to the village [LaFayette, Illinois] she left it and the boys always used it to scare the wits out of visiting girls (or so they pretended.) // Grandmother always wore voluminous black silk. The (silk was heavy enough to stand alone) after her death Pauline made herself a beautiful suit out of one.) and gold hoop earrings. She was a very homely woman but had a kindly grin. She was described as penny wise and pound foolish. She loved to travel and would bring home "slips" from plants she saw in parks-- concealed in her skirts. She wouldn't give a kid a nickel but might might send them to college. She took an orphan (Jessie's friend) to raise but got her money's worth out of her. // When she was too old and decrepit to do any work, she insisted on keeping all her house plants. The house in town had been built especially with them in mind with lovely south windows. At the landing at the top of the stairs there was a window of ruby glass which turned the carpets and bannisters into a lovely red. // There was a little house down a garden path-- Aunt Mary called it the Garden House. Grandmother called it the "privy." (If you analyze this word it is a very delicate word.) The garden path was planted beside a hedge which kept passersby from one taking the "vessel" to the privy. Said vessel being a necessity kept under the bed. In her parlor she had a white "Brussels" carpet with pink roses. Folding shutters at all windows. She permitted kids to look in. // Dad visited Grandmother religiously every Saturday night. Sometimes he would take me. Grandmother would grin and go to her old fashioned cupboard and bring out two kinds of pies. She didn't consider she had anything to eat unless there were at least 2 kinds of pie in the house. She had an old fashioned organ in the parlor with a big basket of "rolls". I remember only one tune which was "Cats don't know when its half past eight and come knocking at the garden gate." It is such a shame it sold with her other furniture. She would eat no bread except "salt rizeing" - yeast wasn't good for you. (That's where Sherman [Ingels]gets some of his ideas.) She always brot [sic] some with her when she came to our house. It had a very vile smell when rising. // Her riding and driving horse was "Old Bill." We kept him in our barn and one of the boys had to saddle him or hitch him to a buggy and take him to the village about 1/4 mile. She rode side saddle, of course, and had a garment called mackintosh she wore to ride in - It was in two pieces, the top being a sort of cape. I thought she was terribly old, but maybe she wasn't by my standards now. She had no false pride. When she was old, her knees were stiff and when she sat down she did so with a thump and it got so it was almost impossible to get her into the buggy. So dad would go get her in the berry wagon with the tail gate down. She would ride thru the village grinning from ear to ear - thought it great fun. Once she went to Kewanee with Old Bill. She thought he acted a little stubborn, but he stopped at all her usual stops. When they went to unhitch him they found he had never had the bit in his mouth. He was very sway back and so gentle three or four kids were welcome to ride at once. Great to practice circus riding too. // A book could be written about Grandmother Ingels. I never heard a harsh word from her. But I will never forget how I had to spend nights with her when she would be left alone. No one ever suffered more. In her big house, it was built almost exactly alike both floors. And I never knew whether I was on the first or second floor. I had to look at the stairway to see the red windows to tell where I was. The sitting room and bedroom were furnished exactly alike. Her bedroom, as well as the others, were furnished with a big bed and a day bed. So I slept in the day bed with her. (At least I laid there until the first peep of day and then I was off for home). One day she gave me a quarter. I had never had so much before. She became very senile when she grew old but took care of herself until the last few weeks [before her death on January 7, 1907].

1909-1919 - From Metamora Herald, Metamora, Woodford County, Illinois, 1909-1919: May 21, 1909: Mr. and Mrs. L. A. deGuibert, Jr. of the Richland area celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Saturday [i.e. married 1859]. // Jan. 10, 1919: Miss Gladys deGuibert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy deGuibert of Partridge Township was united in marriage to John A. Stauffer of Metamora at the deGuibert residence Thursday.

1913 - From the Stark County News, LaFayette, Stark County, Illinois, August 6, August 1913: Mrs. Irvin Ingels. The news of the death of [the second] Mrs. Irvin Ingels, which occurred Thursday afternoon, came as a shock to the people of our village where the deceased was held in universal self esteem and the sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved husband and the sons deprived of a mother's love and care. Mrs. Cora Resella [Garner] Ingels, daughter of Aaron and Hattie Garner, was born in Toulon, Illinois, 31 May 1867. When a child she moved with her parents to Bates county, Missouri. She united with the Christian church at Virginia, Missouri at the age of sixteen. She taught school in Missouri, , later returning to Toulon and lived with her cousin, Miss Ella Williams, a year or more, where she made many friends. Afterwards she went to Oklahoma and taught near Stillwater for six years. She was married at the home of her sister, Mrs. Henderson, at Stillwater, Oklahoma, to Irvin Ingles 21 February 1904. To this union were born three children, two boys, Robert and Corliss and one girl, Evelyn, who died at the age of 17 months. Besides the husband, there survive her two little sons, six stepchildren, her mother, Mrs. Hattie Garner, of Amsterdam, Missouri, two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Henderson and Mrs. Martha Famuliner, of Butler, Missouri, and three brothers, Lewis, of Butler, Missouri, Grant of Amsterdam, Missouri, and Elmer of Amoret, Missouri. Mrs. Ingles had been failing during the last year but had grown rapidly worse during the last month and was taken to the St. Francis Hospital at Kewanee 24 July and submitted to a very severe operation on the 29th, from which she did not recover, passing away, July 1. The funeral was held at the Christian Church Saturday, 2 August at 10 a.m., the pastor, Professor Gray, of Eureka College and Mr. Lee, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating. The relatives in attendance from from a distance were a nephew, Herbert Henderson, of Indianapolis, Indiana; a cousin, Mrs. Jennie Green and family, of Kewanee, Illinois; E.L. Willett, of Norwalk, Iowa; W.E. Willett, of Cummings, Iowa; S[imeon] E[dward] Callison and daughter, Jessie, of Toulon; Miss Ada Ingles, of St. Paul, Minnesota; Mrs. Golda Osterberg and husband, of Williamsfield; Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Ryder, Mr. and Mrs. John Ryder, Mrs. Sarah Lyon, Mrs. McGinnis, Mrs Frank McClenahan, Mr. and Mrs. William Nicholson, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Baker, Mrs Robert Price, of Toulon; and H.I. Gorham and family, of Galva, were also among the friends who gathered to pay their last tribute to the dead. Interment was made in the LaFayette cemetery. Mrs. Ingels was the president of the local W.C.T.U. and was interested in all work for the good of the community. She was prominent in church work, being a teacher in the Sunday school of the Christian church. She was a true helpmate to her husband, a loving and tender mother, and a noble Christian woman. Among the many beautiful floral tributes was one from the W.C.T.U. and one from the Christian church. The pallbearers were Frank Quinn, Elmer Synder, Alva Janes, Richard Gibbs, William Milliken and Allen Atherton.

1913 - From Metamora Herald?, Metamora, Woodford County, Illinois, 1913: Louis A[lexander] DeGuibert. Louis A. DeGuibert, one of the prominent citizens of Woodford county and a life-long resident of Partridge township, passed away at his home Wednesday afternoon, after a prolonged illness. Deceased was a son of a pioneer settler in Partridge. The elder DeGuibert [Louis Alexandre DeGuibert] came here from France in 1833 and settled in Partridge. Mr. DeGuibert was born Nov. 10, 1838. He was united in marriage with Lizzie Hoshor May 15, 1859. The couple have had eight [sic] children. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the family home in Partridge, in charge of Rev. Jolly of Washburn.

1917 - From "Woodford County Farmers & Breeders", showing name of farmer, name of spouse, township & section, acres (O=owner, T=tenant), name of owner & "in county since."

Eiben, Albert - [no wife] - Partridge Sec 12 - O240a - 1878
Eiben, John - de Guibert, Rosie - Partridge Sec 13 - T200a - de Guibert, Alla Mrs - 1878
de Guibert, Clarence - Eidman, Kate - Partridge Sec 22 - O60a - 1871
de Guibert, Ernest - Seward, Kate - Partridge Sec 10 - T160a - de Guibert, Ella - 1879
de Guibert, Guy - Ellwood, Edna - Partridge Sec 22 - O167a - 1876
de Guibert, Sidney - Foster, Dora -Partridge Sec 10 - O80a - 1872
Hoshor, Albert - Fredick, Louise - Spring Bay Sec 23 - T480a - Hoshor, Perry - 1872
Hoshor, Talbot - Birkner, Rosie - Spring Bay Sec 23 - T80a - Hoshor, Perry - 1884

1918-1922 - From Washburn Leader, Washburn, Woodford County, Illinois, 1918-1922: March 28, 1918, Richland Valley: Ernest deGuibert who has been in failing health for several months with some assiduous disease was taken to the St. Francis Hospital Friday in hopes that good care and a rest from work and worry would restore him to his usual health. His wife [Kate Seward] who has been his faithful nurse, mourns his absence. // March 28, 1918, Richland Valley: Mr. and Mrs. Dan Steffen, C. P. deGuibert and wife [Katherine Eiben] were out autoing making a pleasant call at John Eiben's recently. // Feb. 2, 1922: Another expensive and destructive fire occurred in Richland Valley Township on Tuesday morning between Nine and Ten o'clock when the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence deGuibert burned to the ground with all it's contents. The house was an old land mark which recently had been remodeled and modernized. The fire is thought to have originated through either a defective flue or the electric lighting plant. The opinion is that is was not from a faulty flue since the weather was mild and only a small fire going. Unfortunately all of the men of the neighborhood were at the Stauffer's home a mile and a half away and although called at once over the telephone the fire had gained such headway that everything was lost. One more of the landmarks has passed from this historic corner of old Woodford [County] -- One of the oldest and most pleasing of the comfortable homes built here by the early settlers. In this house once lived Mrs. Sarah Ann Seward-Mettie - a typical French lady, and neighbors recall how delightful were the sweet scented herbs and the flowers about the home. One of her daughters, Mrs. Roxie Moulton, lives in Santa Anna, CA. Rich in historical interest it is with regret that everyone learns of the destruction of such places as this when every care should be taken to preserve them.

1921 - Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, Iowa, October 11, 1921: SIOUX CITY MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT. MILTON DE GUIBERT PINNED BENEATH AUTOMOBILE. RECENTLY MARRIED HERE. Speeding Car Leaves Road and Lodges in Ditch So Securely that It Is Necessary to Use Horses to Release Body of Rainbow Vet. (Special Dispatch to The Journal.) Pisgah, Ia., Oct. 11,-- Milton De Guibert, 103 Kansas street, travelling representative of the General Cigar company, of Sioux City, was almost instantly killed two miles north of Pisgah this afternoon. De Guibert was driving a Dodge roadster and it is said that he was driving very rapidly when his car was seen to disappear in a cloud of dust and settle in the ditch, where it was lodged so tightly, with De Guibert beneath it, that ten men could not lift the car. A team of horses had to be procured before De Guibert was released. He was so badly hurt that he lived but a short time. De Guibert is believed to have been recently married. A photo was found in his clothing of himself in an army uniform and a woman in a wedding gown. ----- The deceased was identified last night as Milton De Guibert, 103 Kansas street. De Guibert had been a resident of Sioux City for the past seven years with the exception of two years spent in the service with the American army overseas. He joined Company H, Second Iowa national guard, when war was declared and was transferred to the One Hundred and Sixty-eighth infantry [regiment]. // The ex-soldier was severely wounded at Chateau Thierry [in France]. With the exception of the time spent in the hospital as a result of his wound, he served continously with that unit throughout the war. He was 26 years old. // De Guibert recently was married [to Gladys HADDEN of Sioux City]. He was employed by the General Cigar company, 1018 Fourth street. The ex-soldier was the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. De Guibert of Snowhill, Md., former Sioux City residents. Mr. De Guibert, sr., was ____ of the First ward here in 1887. ____ his widow, formerly Miss ____ survived by his ____ (Torn off clipping provided 20Oct12 by Laurel Hessing of Free Acres, NJ.)

1922 - From Portrait and biographical album of Woodford County, Illinois, Chapman Bros., Chicago, Illinois, date? : Mr. [Joseph] Boulier and Miss Louisa Hoshor [sister of Elizabeth (Lizzy) Hoshor [1843-1922], wife of Louis Alexander De Guibert [1838-1913]] were united in marriage in October, 1875. Mrs. Boulier was born in Spring Bay, Woodford County, of which her father, Jefferson Hosher, was an early settler. He came of hardy pioneer stock, and was a native of Fairfleld County, Ohio. His father, George Hoshor, was born in either in Pennsylvania or Virginia of German parentage. He was married in Virginia, and moved from there to Ohio in pioneer times, about 1800, and was one of the earliest settlers in Fairfleld County, where he bought a tract of land and established his home in a primeval forest, clearing a farm there, which he made his home till death called him to a higher one. He was a gallant soldier of the War of 1812. The maiden name of his wife was Barbara Mathias, and she died on the old homestead in Ohio at the advanced age of eighty-four years. Mrs. Boulier's father was reared in his native county, and in 1833, when about twenty years of age, he started out into the world to try life for himself, and journeied westward as far as Illinois on horseback. He had fs500 [sic] in cash, and he and his brother, William, bought land in Spring Bay Township, on which they erected a saw and grist mill, the first ever built in this section, and they operated it together some time. At length, Jefferson Hosher sold his share in the mill, intending to turn his attention to farming. He became very prosperous and accummulated much property, and owned different tracts of land in Worth and Partridge townships at the time of his death, which occurred on his farm on section 11, this township, Aug. 12, 1872. The maiden name of Mrs. Boulier's mother was Mary Williams, and she was a native of Indiana. Her father, Benjamin Williams, was one of the first settlers of Woodford County, locating here in 1829. His first settlement was made in Worth Township, and there his death took place. The maiden name of his wife was Elizabeth Curry. She was reared in Cincinnati, Ohio, and spent her last days in Spring Bay with her son. Mr. and Mrs. Boulier's happy home circle is completed by the four children that have been born to them Jessie Winford, Mary Irene, Leslie J., John Stanhope. (Source is part of an e-book by Gabriel Hanotaux.)

1922 - From Metamora Herald?, Metamora, Woodford County, Illinois, March 1922: Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Hosher) DeGuibert. Mrs. Louis A[lexander] DeGuibert, member of one of the oldest families in Woodford county and a resident of the county her entire lifetime of 79 years, passed away at the DeGuibert homestead, where she resided with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Eiben, Sunday evening about 5:30 o'clock. She had been in feeble health, due to age, for several years, but the end was hastened by a paralytic stroke that came upon her four days before her death. Deceased, whose maiden name was Lizzie Hoshor, was born in Western Woodford county January 9, 1843, her father having settled in this county in 1833 and her mother in 1829, both families being among the very earliest settlers. On May 15, 1859, she was united in marriage with Louis A[lexander] DeGuibert, who was also a native of this county, having been born here in 1838. He died a few years ago. Of eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. DeGuibert, four survive, namely, Louis [De Guibert] of Snow Hill, Md.; Clarence, Guy and Mrs. John Eiben of Partridge township. Mrs. DeGuibert is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Eliza [Hosher] Boulier of Nebraska. Deceased held a high place in the esteem of the people of the western part of the county throughout her lifetime and though most of her intimate friends of the long ago have passed away all who knew her held her in the highest respect. She is one of the last in this part f the county who witnessed the departure of the Indians from this county and the pioneer deveolopment of the country. The funeral was held Wednesday, with services at the residence at 1:30 p.m. conducted by Rev. Thompson of Lacon. A large number of friends of the family attended. At the close the body was laid to rest in Lone Hill cemetery, the burial place of other members of her family. // Metamora Herald, March 31, 1922 - A touching feature at the funeral services of the late Mrs. L. A. DeGuibert in Partridge township Wednesday of last week was the tribute of appreciation and prayer by James Stewart, the aged colored man residing in the neighborhood of the DeGuibert home. With dramatic fervor and eloquence the old gentleman recounted the deceased's many excellent qualities and her kindnesses and the prayer that he offered came from a heart filled with emotion and appreciation.

1927-1930 - From Metamora Herald, Metamora, Woodford County, Illinois, 1927-1930: June 24, 1927: A shower was given at the home of Mrs. Lloyd Belsly Saturday afternoon in honor of Miss Cecel Wolpert, who will become the bride of Ellwood deGuibert some day this week. Seventeen attended the shower and bestowed upon the bride to be many useful gifts. // July 1, 1927: MISS CECEL WOLPERT AND E. DE GUIBERT WED. Well Known Young People of West Part of County --- Go To Texas to Reside. On Wednesday evening, June 22, at 6 o'clock the marriage of Miss Cecel Wolpert to Mr. Ellwood deGuibert was solemnized. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Harvey Gabel at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Flora Wolpert at Spring Bay. The couple were attended by Miss Vera Wolpert and Mr. Charles Knaggs. The bride was attired in pale blue taffeta and carried a bouquet of pink roses. The bridesmaid wore peach colored georgette. The groom and best man wore dark suits. Immediately following the ceremony a wedding dinner was served the members of both families. During the evening a wedding reception was held at the home of the bride's mother and was attended by a large number of friends and relatives. The bride is a graduate of Metamora Township High School, class of 1924 and was very popular in school activities. She also attended the IL State Normal University, Normal, and for the past two years has been in training at the Peoria State Hospital, where she was graduated this spring. The groom is a graduate of Washburn High School, class of 1923 and he is also a graduate of Bradley College, Peoria. He is the son of Guy and Edna Ellwood deGuibert, former residents of Partridge Township. The newlyweds will soon leave for Engleton (suppose to be Angleton), Texas, where they will make their home. Their many friends wish them success and much happiness. // May 16, 1930: D. L. Stimpert of Minonk and Miss Amanda Eckhoff of Partridge Township were wed Tuesday afternoon last week at the home of the John Eiben's west of Washburn.

1928 - From Unknown newspaper, Toulon, Illinois, Sepember 1928: Former Toulon Business Man Dies At Age of 82 Years. Following a period of ill health extending over a period of three years, S[imeon] E[dward] Callison [1845-1928], former hardware and harness merchant of Toulon, passed away at 7.45 o'clock Friday morning at his home just north of this city. At the time of his deatrh, Mr. Callison was aged 82 years, 9 months and 2 days. // About three years ago, he was compelled to discontinue active work on account of ill health and two years ago he sustained a slight stroke which left him partially helpless. For the past several months, he had been growing weaker until three weeks ago when he contracted a slight cold. Gradually loosing strength, he suffered another stoke one week before his death which affected his left side, also his speech. After the second day he became unconscious from which he never rallied and passed away peacefully early Friday morning. // A large concourse of friends gathered at the late hope Sunday afternoon at 2.30 o'clock for the funeral service which was conducted by Rev. W. B. Oliver, pastor of the Christian church of Kewanee. // The body-bearers were James Ingels, Gaar Ingels, Louis J. Mawbey, Ora Carico, G. S. Walker and H. W. Walker. Interment was in Toulon cemetery. // Born in Hancock County. // Simeon Edward Callison, the fourth son and fifth member of the family of seven children of Josiah and Mary McClure Callison, was born December 5, 1845. The family lived at that time in a log house on a farm a few miles southeast of Carthage, the county seat of Hancock county, Illinois. A few years after his birth, the family moved to the western part of the county near Warsaw on the Mississippi river. Here he grew to manhood and cast his first vote for General U. S. Grant for the presiden[ink blot] of the United States. // Attends Abingdon School. // Previous to that time, in August, 1860, when 15 years of age, he suffered an attack of sciatic rhumatism and for three years was unable to do an labor and was from its effects ever after unable to enjoy life to the full extent as his companions who were not so handicapped. // When about 17 years of age, he united with the Christian church and ever remained true to the faith, being an elder of the church in Toulon for many years. // In later years, while attending school at Abingdon, he became acquainted with Miss Eliza Dale Ingels, of LaFayette, Illinois, and on November 21, 1872, they were married. With the exception of a residence of six monthe in another county, he had since his marrage [sic] resided in Stark county. A very dark shadow was cast over his life when a little less than eight years after his marriage his loved companion was takn from him by death August 12, 1880. To them was born one daughter, Jessie [Eloise Callison] [1876-1960]. // In November, 1880, he came to Toulon, where he had since made his home. March 29, 1883, he was again united in marriage to Miss Annie E. Newmeyer, of Toulon, who with his daughter still survive him. // He was engaged in the hardware and harness business until 1900 when he retired and moved to a country home a short distance from Toulon where he spent the greater part of his time, being interested in fruit and poulty. // Mr. Callison was always interested in his church, his friends and the welfare of the community and was very much devoted to his home and family. Besides his wife and daughter, one sister, Mrs. Lucy E. Hopewood, of Springfield, Missouri, and a number of nieces and nephews remain to mourn his departure. (Clipping provided 20Oct12 by Laurel Hessing of Free Acres, NJ.)

1929 - From Metamora Herald, Metamora, Woodford County, Illinois, October 19, 1929: Louis C[harles] DeGuibert [1860-1929] was the eldest child of Louis A[lexander] and Elizabeth [Hosher] DeGuibert, well known citizens of Partridge [Township], both deceased. He was born July 21, 1869 [sic] in Partridge township, at the old homestead, and died at his home in Snowhill, Maryland, September 26, 1929. From early boyhood he was eager for study and education, and without urging, at a very young age, started from his home school and entered the Lowpoint academy where he studied as long as this school was in existence. From there he went to Eureka college and graduated in 1881. Afterward going to the Washington university at St. Louis in 1882, he graduated with honors, from the law department in the year 1883. He then moved to Sioux City, Iowa, and practiced law until 1897. In 1907 he moved to a home he purchased in Sinepuxet Bay [sic] near Snowhill, Md., where he lived until his death, a period of 23 years. He joined the Christian church while a student at Eureka and never wavered from the faith. In 1880 while attending college he married Miss Mae [sic] Ingels of LaFayette [Stark County], Illinois, a student at the same college in the music department. Both returned the following school year, finished the course, and graduated with highest honor. She was an accomplished musician and an artist as well. Louis DeGuibert in his youth was considered a most exemplary young man and was given the highest esteem by all who knew him. His was a life of a Christian, gentle, unselfish man, and an interesting and scholarly companion, devoted husband and father, and friend to all mankind. He leaves his devoted wife, two married daughters living in New York City, two brothers, Clarence [De Guibert] of Litchfield, Michigan, Guy A[lexander DeGuibert] of Peoria; Talbott, Sidney and Ernest, having preceded him in death, several years previously, also, Mrs. John Eiben, an only sister who resides at the family homestead, in Partridge township. He was buried in the Snowhill cemetery, on a beautiful autumn afternoon, September 28, 1929, near where the Atlantic ocean rolls and sweeps the shore.

1929 - From unidentified source in Woodford County, Illinois, 1929: A dispatch from Lafayette, Illinois, says: Irvin Ingels [brother of Mary Ingels DeGuibert] has received word of the death of his brother-in-law, Louis DeGuibert, in Snow Hill, Maryland, September 26, after an illness of over a year. Mr. DeGuibert was born in Partridge township, Woodford county, Illinois, in 1860, and was married to Mary Ingels of Lafayette, in 1880. Two daughters were born to them, Undena and Davida, both of whom with Mrs. DeGuibert survive him. Mr. DeGuibert was a graduate of Eureka college, and later took up the study of law, being admitted to the bar in Iowa where he practiced for a number of years, in Sioux City. The practice of law did not satisfy him, so later he took up carpentering which he followed for over 20 years. He lived in Lafayette [Illinois] for 10 years prior to 1907.

1929 - From Climatological Data: Maryland and Delaware Section, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Weather Bureau, Baltimore, Md., September 1929: LOUIS C. DE GUIBERT. In the death of Mr. Louis C. de Guibert, of Public Landing, on September 16, 1929, in his 70th year, the Weather Bureau and the Maryland State Weather Service lose a faithful and excellent observer. Mr. de Guibert began as cooperative observer on May 16, 1920. /// Mr. de Guibert was born near Low Point, Ill., on July 21, 1860. He was a graduate of Eureka College, at Eureka, Ill., one of the Christian Church schools, and was a member of the Christian Church. For a number of years he was a lawyer in Sioux City, Iowa. Upon retiring from the practice of law he did joiner work. The last ten years he devoted to raising chickens and fruit on his farm at Public Landing. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sailing, and was great reader. -- J. B., Jr.

1932 - From Golda Pauline INGELS Osterberg [1891-1986], LaFayette, Stark County, Illinois, about 1970. Irvin Ingels [1859-1932]. There have been several hefty volumes compiling the Ingels Family Tree, but this is a slip that I have taken which should be less impersonal. The Potted Ingelses [sic] -- so to speak, not that they are any less hardy, but so we can keep them separate. The anecdotes are things I remember hearing over and over again, maybe with embellishment, but much is in my memory of to me some very colorful characters. One thing I can truthfully put down is these people were rugged individuals. As far as they were concerned the Jones' didn't even exist. If they made an enemy they were unware of it. These things were especially true of [my father] Irvin Ingels [1859-1932]. He had no pals that I can think of but thoroly [sic] enjoyed the young ministers who came from Eureka College to occupy the pulpit (Christian) on Sundays and always wanted to have them for Sunday dinners. Also the teachers and profs from Eureka. The president of Eureka seemed to like nothing better than to chat with him in his later years. Out under the 80' tall pines. // A ladies man he was unfortunate in having invalids for wives. He married Eliza Bickett Ryder [1859-1902] who, having spent her strength in giving him 6 unusually healthy children [Gertrude b.1882, Jim b.1884, Gaar b.1887, Ada b.1888, Golda b.1891, Sherman b.1893], died at the age of 42. Rose [Cora Rosella Garner, 1867-1913], mother of Corliss [b.1904] and Robert [b.1906], died young [age 46]. Married [Jessie] Anna Cormack [1883-1931], from Glasgow, who gave him Mary [b.1919], the child of his old age and joy. Died in the 50's from cancer of the esophagus. [Anna actually died at age 48 years, 16 days. Irvin died about 16 months later at age 72.] // Dedicated nursery man. My earliest memories he had his nose in a book and hovered over a microscope continually. His older brother John B. [Ingels] 1852-1895] was teaching in medical school in Omaha in his later years. They could not afford microscopes, so Uncle John B. bought 5 or 6 for his classes. Dad got one for selling the rest, or at least at a reduced price. Upon his death he had come into possession of several good instruments. [Irvin created LaFayette Home Nursery in 1887. The business now specializes in prairie restoration but is still operated by his descendants.] // When I was a little girl in the 90's he specialized in orchards, especially apples, and was often invited to address a farmers institute on the subject. Once he traded an orchard to a man for a whole bandful of instruments, demonstrated to us kids how to play a scale on each one and devoted his noon hour each day to practice of the clarinet. After he felt we were making a little progress he hired an orchestra leader to come every Thursday and spend the day giving lessons and drilling our orchestra, which he augmented with two or three young musicians from the Village [of LaFayette]. (One of these was a Beecher - sister of the noted Carl Beecher of the N.W. college of Music. // It always thrilled us kids when he would get packages from overseas, especially from France, also privot hedge from Russia, and always these packages would contain some little treasures besides the ordered items. (We certainly looked forward to these.) ([My sister] Ada [Ingels] [1888-1993] always made herself scarce on these days, but I heroically suffered the violin.) I don't know how well I played in that orchestra because I couldn't hear anything but my brothrers blatting away. Jessie [Eloise] Callison [1876-1960] came once a week all day to give piano lessons to all and sundry. That's the way the trains ran. Nice little rattler, on each way a.m. and p.m. The evening train was called "The Trilby" - you were supposed to hear it only from your bed as it was going thru at about 8:30 -- As time went on it disdained to stop at our village and it was a thrilling sight to see it go through at its amazing speed and echoing whistle. About a mile out of town was the trestle, an awesome structure to us when the train passed over the creek and a by-road. It was there that Pete Wade was killed by the train. It happened as school was just letting out and no one could stop the kids from going there and what they saw haunted all until this day. // Dad was violently opposed to dancing and I think he missed a great deal in his life because he had music and rhythm in his very bones and could never hear a tune without tapping his feet. His feet! Oh, yes, his feet! In the first place they were huge, and in the second place they were flat. When he bought shoes the only stipulation was that they were to be the largest they had. They were ideally constructed for "tramping" down earth around a newly planted tree and in his (obituary) it was pointed out that he had raised most of the trees for a number of the surrounding counties, also for booting the dog out of his flower beds. Once I saw him kick an obnoxious peddler's valise clear over the gate. Loping down to the village for the mail once he rode the horse down and forgot and walked home. Of course all the postmaster had to do was untie the horse and tell it to go home. // We kids had very few bicycles. Dad never bought any for us. We always had horses to ride. When the boys got older they saved up and got one or two, but they were very unsatisfactory on our rutty dirt road and our sidewalks were not good for that because they were beautiful big flag stones that Grandfather had brought at great distance in a wagon. The front steps also were huge stones just as nature made them. // Think that was [Pete] Rhudie [1889-1952] always said "The Ingelses" were nothing but a tribe of bug chasers, flower smellers and horntooters - of trees late for the train and [station master George] Boggs would say - "We can't take them," and dad would say "Well, I can - load them on anyway." // I never heard him swear in my life. His cuss word was ..... "By gravy." - Aunt Mary [INGELS De Guibert] [1862-1932] or some one told me that when he got mad he would run into a wall and bang his head and lift up a heavy plank and beat the ground. // Once the town bad boy said something sassy to mamma and he overheard it. He promptly knocked him down. Once his horse came home without him and he was found in a dazed state. It was thot [sic] to be a stroke of apoplexy. The doctor made him stay in bed for a few days and Austin Grands, the little neighbor boy, was bribed to bring him forbidden things. He read in the paper that there were hopes for his recovery. He was much amused. (Like Mark Twain) When he met his death in his car [driving alone in Ohio in 1932 to see his sister Mary De Guibert in Maryland] [my brother] Jim [Ingels] [1884-1973] always felt sure he had had a stroke. We always felt that sudden death at 72 was OK for him as he could never have liked old age.--- (and he was no sissy either.) // He always wore 10 [cent] store spectacles. I scolded him and one time when he came up still wearing them he looked at me with a twinkle in his eye and reached into his pocket, produced a good pair and said, "Bifocals by gravy" and put them back in.

1932 - From Golda Pauline INGELS Osterberg [1891-1986], LaFayette, Stark County, Illinois, about 1970. Mary INGEL De Guibert [1862-1932]. See Part 2 above.

1933-1973 - From "The Scratch Pad" by Dick Moore in The Daily Times, Salisbury, Maryland, August 19, 1978: It has been many years since last visiting Public Landing [Maryland], a quiet place on Chincoteague Bay. A more pleasant place, where earth and sky and water meet, is hard to find, expecially if your mission is an out-of-the-way safe place to take children for bathing. The water is very shallow, and the only hazard we could see is the possibility of diving from the public pier into the shallow bay. // We took our grandchildren there last week and again this week for a day of cavorting in the water, made tepid by the August sun. Also on the program were crabbing, such as it was, and a picnic lunch. For those who con't have the foresight to carry a lunch, a country store about a mile from Public Landing on Route 365 can supply cold drinks and submarines. // The day brought back recollections of other times at Public Landing, when we took our own children there for the same kind of outing. And, before that when Helen and I, in the counting days, went to Public Landing for dancing. // Public Landing, six miles east of Snow Hill, via Bay street once had all of the facilities of a small resort -- bath houses, a shooting gallery, games of chance, a merry-go-round and a dancing casino, according to Dr. Reginald V. Truitt and the late Dr. Millard G. LesCallette, in their book: "Worcester County, Maryland's Arcadia." // It had been founded by the Spence family about 1855 and for a time it was a place for shipment of farm produce, lumber and cordwood to Philadelphia and New York. For years it was known as Spence Landing. // The hurricane of 1933 destroyed the resort facilities. Some were replaced but economically they failed to survive after World War II. Better roads invited people to other places, such as Ocean City. A hotel, DeGuilbert's [sic], had ceased to operate before fire destroyed it in 1973. // Today, it's a quiet community of several homes, some of them summer places. The noise and litter of concessions are gone, replaced by a peace and quiet that can only be described as a great relief from the hub-bub of a place such as lower Ocean City's area for rides and games and hamburger stands. The picnickers still come with their children. They catch crabs, most of which are too small to keep, and the county maintains the public pier and pavilion where a lunch may be spread out. A small sliding board and a boat ramp are the only other public facilities. A more delightful place where water and sky and land meet is hard to find.

1934 - From Metamora Herald, Metamora, Woodford County, Illinois, August 1934: Katherine (Eiben) DeGuibert. Mrs. Clarence DeGuibert, 52, died at her home in Partridge township Wednesday evening, August 22, 1934, from an affliction of cancer. She had been in failing health for several years. Kate Eiben, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Eiben, was born one mile north of Benson Jan. 30, 1882. She was married to Clarence DeGuibert about 20 years ago and he with a daughter, Vada [DeGuibert], survive. She also leaves two brothers and two sisters: John Eiben of Lowpoint, Albert Eiben of Washburn, Mrs. Wilmer Strunk and Mrs. Arthur Andrews of Peoria. When a young girl, the deceased resided with her parents southwest of Minonk, and later in the El Paso neighborhood. After her marriage she lived in Michigan until her health began to fail. The daughter, Vada DeGuibert, has been attending Minonk high school the past two years and staying at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Stimpert. Funeral services were held at the home Saturday at 2 p.m. and burial was in the Lacon cemetery.

1936 - From Metamora Herald, Metamora, Woodford County, Illinois, July 10, 1936: Guy [Alexander] DeGuibert, 60, member of a pioneer Woodford county family and for some years prominent in local and county affairs, died suddenly at 3:30 last Friday afternoon at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Eiben, in Partridge township. // Mr. DeGuibert had been serving as supervisor of the highway project of the works progress administration in Partridge township. Becoming ill Thursday evening of last week he received medical attention and was advised to remain quiet for a time because of the condition of his heart. Prior to the attack he had been enjoying good health. // Deceased was born in Partridge township Jan. 20, 1876, a son of Louis A. and Elizabeth Hoshor DeGuibert. In his youth he attended Dixon college and afterward settled on the land in Partridge township that has been owned by the family for three generations. His grandfather [Louis Alexandre DeGuibert], who was a soldier under Napoleon I, came from France in 1833 and settled on Partridge creek, where he established a sawmill and engaged in farming, dying in 1866 at the age of 84 years. // On Feb. 14, 1898, Mr. DeGuibert was united in marriage with Miss Edna Ellwood; daughter of Atty. and Mrs. W. L. Ellwood, then of Metamora and later of Peoria. To this union three children were born, Louis E., who died in infancy; Gladys E., wife of John Stauffer of Peoria, and Ellwood E., of Angleton, Tex. Besides his wife and two children he is survived by five grandchildren, Evoli, Doris, Marjorie and Jack Stauffer, and Florence Marie DeGuibert; one sister, Rosalie, wife of John Eiben, and one brother, C[larence] P. DeGuibert, residing in Partridge township. His parents and six brothers preceded him in death. // Mr. DeGuibert was a great lover of nature and in his young manhood was noted as an athlete. He took an active part for many years in township and county affairs and was once a Democratic candidate for sheriff of Woodford County. In later years he spent much time at Angleton, Tex., and in Peoria, but always regarded Partridge township as his home. He enjoyed high esteem in a large circle of friends, who mourn his passing. // 'Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Eiben home, the services being conducted by the Rev. Chas. Monson of Lacon and music numbers were sung by a quartet. Many friends attended the services. At the close the body was brought to Oakwood Cemetery, Metamora, and laid to rest in the Ellwood lot.

1937 - From Dr. Junius Rodriguez, Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois, March 5, 2007: Undena de Guibert Eberlein ("Jane Gilbert") (1881 - 1937). Eureka College student (circa 1900); actress. // If one were asked to identify the professional actors and actresses who are somehow associated with Eureka College, the list might be a short one. The novice would identify Ronald W. Reagan (Class of 1932) and end the list there; more astute responses might include Frances McDormand, daughter of Eureka College alumnus Vernon W. McDormand (Class of 1953) and, more recently, Amanda Wycoff (Class of 1999). Few, if any, would name Undena de Guibert Eberlein, but she may have been the first professional actress to be associated with Eureka College. // Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Undena de Guibert was raised in America's rural heartland during the heyday of the Populist Revolt. She later lived in New York City during the heady years of the Progressive Era that largely impacted and transformed the metropolitan scene. The radicalism of both movements -- rural Populism and urban Progressivism -- seems to have influenced in profound ways the political consciousness of Undena. In addition, to be coming of age as a college woman in the fin de'siecle era as the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth helped to fashion a "new" woman who was a product of modern sensibilities. // Influenced by her mother, Mary (Ingels) de Guibert, who wanted her daughters Undena and Davida (b. 1885) to be able to get out of Iowa and make it to the bright lights of New York, Undena knew that her life had to be fabulous. She had witnessed the frustrated failures of her mother, who had aspired to be an artist and spent much of her life trying to learn how to speak French, and Undena vowed that her life would be one of dreams fulfilled. // When the family moved eastward -- not to New York, but to LaFayette, Illinois, Undena de Guibert had the opportunity to attend Eureka College for a brief time, but she did not graduate from the school. Drawn by the demands of unfulfilled dreams, Undena moved to New York City where she lived a bohemian life in Greenwich Village while she studied acting at the Stanhope-Wheatcroft Dramatic School. In time, she became an accomplished actress on the New York stage and adopted the name "Jane Gilbert." She was a featured performer in the unique one-act plays that the May Tully vaudeville troupe performed. // Undena met and married Ernest August Eberlein (1876-1931), a poster artist and lithographer, and the couple had four daughters born over an eleven-year span from 1905 to 1916. The Eberleins moved from Greenwich Village to the newly-established community of Free Acres in 1919. (The family had "summered" there for three years, living in a tent.) They seemed to be happy in this quasi-utopian "artists' colony" located in Berkeley Heights Township, New Jersey. The Eberleins lived just a few houses away from the actor James Cagney and his wife Billie. // Free Acres had been established in 1910 by Bolton Hall, a New York businessman and reformer who was a disciple of the economist Henry George. Hall and George both disdained the idea of private ownership of property and they sought to establish a community that could be an idealized example of benevolence. Not surprisingly, the community attracted individuals whose politics was left-of-center as socialists and other non-conformists were drawn to Free Acres. Undena continued to be active in theatrical circles as much as was possible for a mother of four young children. She continued to perform in some New York productions and she also organized theatrical events in the Free Acres community. The family's fortunes took a turn for the worse when Ernest's posters began to decrease in popularity as theatres made the transition from the use of lithographs to photographs in the advertising of forthcoming productions. As the family became more and more destitute, Undena ("Jane Gilbert") was forced to start sewing and making costumes for other performers in New York stage productions. // Tragedy, poverty, and despair troubled Undena in her final years. Ernest was broke when he died in 1931, and his family's poverty was unrelated to the Great Depression that was in full swing at the time. Undena and the children moved to Philadelphia in 1934 and lived there until her death in 1937. Her final years were filled with bouts of depression and it is said that she was insane by the time of her death. // Just as Undena's mother had wished a better life for her daughters, several of Undena's daughters did well in their own right. Janie Eberlein eventually became an actress and taught briefly at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Roxanne Eberline served as the private secretary to Adlai Stevenson and traveled with the presidential candidate and United Nations ambassador from 1954 to 1965.

1938 - From Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased During the Year 1938-1939, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut: Charles Fitch Lester, B.A. 1890. Bom October 15, 1868, in Norwich, Conn. Died October 15, 1938, in Scotch Plains, NJ. Father, Giddings Hyde Lester of Norwich, son of Charles Fitch and Mary (Davison) Lester of New London and Norwich, Conn. Mother, Mary Elizabeth (Logee) Lester, daughter of Olney and Mary Salisbury (Martin) Logee of Providence, R I. Norwich Free Academy First Berkeley Premium Freshman year; dissertation appointment Junior year; oration appointment and Lucius F. Robinson Latin Prize Senior year, member Five Minute Club Teacher of classics Canandaigua Academy 1890-91, attended Art Students* League 1891-92, New York Academy of Design, and Brooklyn Art School, maintained a studio in New York City 1897-193 8, since 1920 had resided at Free Acres, a cooperative artists' colony at Scotch Plains, N J , for a number of years his work was predominantly black-and-white illustration of poems and short stories, contnbuted to Godeys, Harper s, and Life, some of his best work was on children's subjects, notably the "Nonsense Ballads" in St Nicholas, about 1900 took up color work to some extent and was an exhibitor at the American Water Color Society in 1908, 1909, and 1910, his work also embraced commercial illustration which became his chief interest in recent years, illustrated Will Rogers' daily "worst story" for the McNaught Newspaper Syndicate and did drawings for the Edelmuth Company, secretary Free Acres Association, treasurer Free Acres Tennis Club, member Second Congregational Church, Norwich, and New England Church, Brooklyn, N Y. Married November 27, 1920, at Snow Hill, Md., Davida Rose Gwendolyn deGuibert (Eureka College ex-o6) daughter of Louis Charles and Mary (Ingels) deGuibert. No children. Death due to coronary thrombosis. Survived by wife and a cousin, Miss Mary Emma Perkins of Athens, Ala.

1939-1940 - From Metamora Herald, Metamora, Woodford County, Illinois, 1939-1940: May 12, 1939: Mr. and Mrs. John Eiben [Rosalie De Guibert] of the Richland Valley area were surprised Sunday by about fifty relatives and friends on their silver wedding anniversary [i.e. married in 1914]. // May 3, 1940: Mr. and Mrs. John Eiben and C. P. deGuibert were Sunday evening callers at the Leo Reising home. // May 3, 1940: Mr. and Mrs. Ora[mell T. E.] deGuibert of Peoria spent several days with Mr. and Mrs. John Eiben and C. P. deGuibert. // May 3, 1940: Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Stimpert and family of Minonk were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Eiben and C. P. deGuibert. // May 3, 1940: John Eiben and C. P. deGuibert were Lacon visitors Monday. // May 3, 1940: Mrs. W. Strunk and son Lowell of Peoria were Wednesday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Eiben. // May 3, 1940: Mr and Mrs. Ellwood deGuibert and [their daughter] Florence of Peoria were Saturday guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Eiben.

1944 - From Metamora Herald, Metamora, Woodford County, Illinois, January 21, 1944: JOHN EIBEN HOUSE IN PARTRIDGE TWP. BURNED TO GROUND. 14-Room Structure Was the DeGuibert Homestead, a Long-Time Landmark. Fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the farm house of Mr. and Mrs. John Eiben, the old deGuibert homestead, in Partridge township Thursday (Jan.13, 1944) afternoon last week. The fire had gained considerable headway when discovered by passersby and only a part of the furniture in the downstairs rooms was removed. Everything on the second floor was consumed. A bus load of war workers en route to the Caterpillar plant were passing at the time and lent what assistance they could give. The trailer home of Mrs. John Call, whose husband is working on the Alcan highway in Canada, was threatened and was moved out of danger. The Lacon fire department arrived on the scene but the fire was so far advanced by that time that no assistance could be given, except to prevent possible spread to other buildings. Mr. Eiben, who operates a tavern across the road from his home, his wife and a brother-in-law, Clarence deGuibert, were the occupants of the 14 room house built many years ago by the late Louis A[lexander] deGuibert [1838-1913]. It was a landmark on the Spring Bay - Lacon road. The only solution as to the cause of the fire advanced is the probability it started from a chimney. F. W. Wagner and Jos. Welte of the Roanoke Fire Insurance associated, in which insurance was carried, made an adjustment Friday. The house was insured for $4,000 and the contents for $1,000. (NOTE; Mrs. Eiben's maiden name was Rose [Rosalie] deGuibert. Florence deGuibert Jones, granddaughter of Guy [Alexander] deGuibert, stated that her Aunt Rose believed the fire stated with faulty wiring to a refrigerator...but is not sure. Florence was in school, at the one-room school house right down the road on St. Rd. 26, and the class noticed the smoke, then one of the students said it was the deGuibert home. Florence said that there was an EXTENSIVE collection of Indian artifacts collected by Louis deGuibert, Jr. and Guy [Alexander] deGuibert. She stated that after the fire she found a pile of arrowheads that looked perfect, but when she touched them they just turned to ash. Also said lost to the fire were the medals given to Louis A. deGuibert, Sr. by Napoleon and many other valubles.)

1951 - From Metamora Herald, Metamora, Woodford County, Illinois, June 8, 1951: Mrs. Edna Ellwood DeGuibert, member of an old Metamora family, a resident of 400 North Sheridan Road, Peoria, the last 20 years, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Proctor Hospital, where she had been a patient six weeks. She had been in ill health several months. She was a daughter of Atty. Wm. L. and Mary Bullock Ellwood and was born in Metamora 74 years ago [in 1876]. She graduated from the Metamora schools and for several years was a teacher in the schools of Woodford county. Her father began the practice of law in Metamora, in which he continued until the removal of the county seat to Eureka in 1894, when he moved to Peoria and practiced there until his death. Her marriage was to Guy [Alexander] DeGuibert, member of an old Partridge family and her home was in Partridge township until her removal to Peoria. Her husband died about 15 years ago. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John Stauffer of Peoria, one son, Ellwood DeGuibert of Angleton, Texas, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Beulah Defenbaugh of Peoria. The body was brought to the Mason funeral home in Metamora, where friends were received Thursday evening from 7 to 9. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Metamora Christian Union Church, with the Rev. Mathilda McNemar of Unity Church, Peoria, officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery, Metamora. Mrs. DeGuibert was an active worker at Unity Center, Peoria, and taught there several years. She was also affiliated with the Illinois Hobby club.

1961-1965 - From "Evidences: A Childhood" by Prof. Christopher Charles Benninger, wedsite: Roxanne Eberlein [1910-1989] was my favorite [aunt] because of all my three aunts she traveled the most; she was the most thoughtful, and she was having an affair with Adlai Stevenson [1900-1965], who insisted on running for President of the United States twice and loosing. The guise of their relationship was her being his confident, executive secretary and advisor. As a child, this was particularly embarrassing on the day after the elections! It happened twice in about four years [1952 & 1956]! He redeemed his position in my childish mind when President Kennedy made him the United States Ambassador to the United Nations [in 1961]! This came along with the Ambassador’s residence on the top of the Waldorf-Astoria Towers, about forty-two floors over Park Avenue, which he used perhaps twenty days in a year, leaving it to the nieces and nephews of his lover, and even to his own children from a past marriage [to Ellen Borden]. Besides my sister and I, who were regular freeloaders at the Waldorf, were Sir Robert Jackson, who was re-organizing the United Nations, and his wife, the economist-Chairperson of the BBC, and the once-upon-a time editor of the Economist, Barbara Ward. Natalie Owings, daughter of the famous architect Nathaniel Owings, along with Stevenson’s son, John Fell [Stevenson], also dropped by. I slept under huge water lilies rendered by Claude Monet in oils from his garden at Giverny [France], loaned to the Embassy [sic] by the Metropolitan Museum of Art!

1963-1968 - From "History and the people who make it: Daniel E. Harmeling," Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, interviewed by Marna Weston on February 13, 2009:. Activism on campus began early in the summer of 1963. It was inspired by the local civil rights movement within the black community and through the organization of the NAACP. The NAACP Youth Council was picketing segregated restaurants and the Florida Theatre in downtown Gainesville because of their segregation and their not serving of black people and no admission to the movie theatre.A group was formed on campus called the Student Group for Equal Rights. One of the first things, it was one of our black students, Jesse Dean, who was a part of the Student Group for Equal Rights, and of course he could not eat at the College Inn and it was determined that a course of action would be to set up a picket, a very regular picket of maybe five to ten people, very orderly, in front of the College Inn restaurant. That began during the summer. There were people from our university, students and faculty also joined the 1964 protests in St. Augustine joining Dr. [Martin Luther] King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference [SCLC]. Marshall Jones was a part of that, my brother Jim and I were also part of that, but there were other names: Judith [Benninger] Brown, Dana Swan, these were all students at the university. A professor who’s still around, David Chalmers also was jailed for a while in St. Augustine as part of these protest.… // In 1965 when we formed our political organization called the Freedom Party, we also had a place just across University Avenue and we named that place Freedom Forum. The police broke into Freedom Forum one night at three in the morning and took out boxes of literature as we found out later on. The only mistake they made was, someone observed at the all-night laundry across the street, came over the next morning and let us know the police were there. So a couple of representatives went down to the police station and said they certainly wanted to find out what it was that the police had reason to break into Freedom Forum. Who authorized this? The police chief apologized and said that was a mistake and they brought everything back. // They said that Marshall Jones had undue influence on students, including a particular family from Orlando. That Marshall had caused one student to marry a black woman. He influenced, unduly influenced, that was me, to marry a black woman. So, in 1968, he was denied tenure and he appealed it. As far as I know, the university association, or there is some academic national group that actually censured the University of Florida for that, encouraging faculty to avoid positions at the University of Florida because of the circumstances in the firing of Marshall Jones. So Marshall Jones went on to take an appointment at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Hershey, Pennsylvania. // UF President J. Wayne Reitz kicked me out of school, he kicked Judy Brown out of school. They dropped my brother Jim, as soon as he finished running for student body president, said he didn’t show enough interest. He had to fight his way back in.

1982 - From The Daily Times, Salisbury, Maryland, August 24, 1982, front page: Two People Die in Shore Crashes. PITTSVILLE -- A Salisbury man and a New Jersey woman were killed in separate crashes over a 17-hour period, Maryland State Police report. // Thomas J. Brophy, 31, of Salisbury, died early today when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his car causing it to run off the road where it hit several trees and overturned near here, police said. // Police said Brophy was driving west on U.S. 50 just east of Main Street in Pittsville when his car ran off the road. // On Monday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 50 and Route 589 east of Berlin, a 70-year old New Jersey woman was killed and two of her sisters injured in a crash with a pickup truck, police said. Two Worcester County men were also injured. // Police said Jane Eberlein Hall, of Berkley Heights, N.J., was driving with her two sisters, Undena Eberlein Brown, 77, also of Berkley Heights, and Roxane Eberlein, 72, of Arlington, Va. As they drove south on Route 589, police said, they crossed U.S. 50 and were hit broadside by a westbound pickup driven by Nelson E. Jenkins Jr., 25, of Willards. He and a passenger, James M. Pyles, 22, of Berlin, were treated for injuries at Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center and released. // Ms. Hall was pronounced dead on arrival at PGHMC, police said, and her sister, Ms. Brown, was reported in serious condition today. Miss Eberlein was treated for injuries and released.

1982 - From Memorial Service for Betty Eberlein Brown and Jane Eberlein Hall on the Common at Free Acres, New Jersey, October 10, 1982: Click here to see poems by Laurel Hessing memorizing sisters Betty Eberlein Brown [1905-1982] and Jane Eberlein Hall [1911-1982], both of whom were killed in a car accident just after visiting Public Landing, Maryland. (Their sister, Roxane Eberlein [1910-1990], was also in the car but survived.)

1990 - From Newsletter of the Friends of the London School of Economics, McLean, Virginia, Spring 1990: AN OBITUARY. Roxane Eberlein ('47), long an aide to Adlai Stevenson, has died in Washington [on May 2, 1990] at the age of 80. A graduate of Mount Holyoke [College], Miss Eberlein went to work for Stevenson when he was governor of Illinois [1949-1953], remained on this staff during his two campaigns for the presidency [in 1952 and 1956] and again when he was ambassador to the United Nations [1961-1965]. After his death in 1965, she aided his biographer, Robert Martin [John Bartlow Martin?], and became an administrative assistant at the State Department. She retired in 1982.

1990 - From Memorial Service for Roxane Eberlein, on the Common at Free Acres, New Jersey, June 17, 1990: WELCOME FRIENDS OF ROXY who wish to share their memories with us all. Davida Roxane Eberlein [April 16, 1910-May 2, 1990]. Tribute by her sister Ernestine (Gretchen) Eberlein Benninger, June 10, 1990: "Roxy was born in her grandparents home on the eastern shore of Maryland, outside of Snow Hill at Public Landing, April 16, 1910. She came to Free Acres from New York City when she was 10 after spending her summers at Public Landing and the other Single Tax colony, Arden in Delaware. Her family had been a long time friend of Bolton Hall, founder of Free Acres. After graduating from Summit High School where she was a straight A student she won the first scholarship presented by the Summit College Club. She went to Mount Holyoke College [in South Hadley, Massachusetts] where she again earned a straight A in her academic studies. She was just sixteen when she went to Mt. Holyoke and wore her hair in a 'Dutch Boy' look which she wore all through college. Roxy won a trip to Germany when she graduated as a German Major in 1930. The President and Dean took her to a beauty parlor and had her hair cut in what was called a 'wind blown' because they thought she looked too young. She spent a wonderful summer seeing the country and living with a German family whom she later helped to get out of the country when Hitler came into power. Roxy worked for the Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation [in Philadelphia] for about five years. After she went to Switzerland she worked for the I.L.O. [International Labor Organization] and the Red Cross. She got a job with the State Department and stayed there all through the war as a code clerk. She was the one who relayed the news of Pearl Harbor to Washington. She was all alone that Sunday [December 7, 1941]. She said that her hand shook so hard when she began to realize what she was getting that she could hardly send the message on. // Before she returned to the U.S.A. she spent a year in England getting her Masters in International Finance from the London School of Economics. She went on for her PhD at Columbia University [in New York City] but stopped in the middle of her dissertation to work for the Democratic Party in Washington D.C., on the staff of the Democratic Digest. It was there that she met Adlai Stevenson and joined his staff soon after. She went with him through his two [presidential] campaigns [in 1952 and 1956] and on to the United Nations in New York [1961-1965]. After Stevenson died in 1965, Roxy worked with his biographer Robert Martin [John Bartlow Martin?]. She then went back to the State Department from which she retired in 1982. Since then she has spent her time traveling and following her hobby enlarging the family tree and transcribing thousands of family letters going back as far as the 1860's." (Click here for poem by Laurel Hessing memorizing Roxane Eberlein at the same memorial service. Both texts were provided by Laurel Hessing on November 11, 2012.)

1991 - From Gainesville Sun, Gainesville, Florida, June 9, 1991: Local civil rights activist dies of cancer. Gainesville attorney Judith Benninger Brown, a leader in the civil rights and feminist movements, died June 1 at her home after a three-year battle with breast cancer. She was 50. // Born in Tulsa, Okla., Ms. Brown graduated from Gainesville High School in 1959 as a National Merit Scholar. She had previously lived in Tuscaloosa., Ala., where she was heavily involved in Girl Scouts. In 1956, she was selected to attend the first major National Girl Schout Senior Roundup. She also was a scout camp counselor. // In 1968, she earned a master's degree from the University of Florida, writing her thesis on black author Zora Neale Hurston [1891-1960]. Ms. Brown was a longitme civil rights advocate, serving on the NAACP Education Committee and coordinating the Student Group for Equal Rights. She participated in successful efforts to integrate many area businesses, including the Florida Theatre. // Ms. Brown was active in a Congress of Racial Equality voter registration project in Gadsten County in 1963. She was arrested and jailed on several occasions during her civil rights work. // She also was active in the Women's Liberation Movement. Her paper "Towards a Female Liberation Movement," co-authored with Beverly Jones in 1968, has bene credited with starting the movement and has been published in about nine feminist anthologies. Along with her friend Carol Giardina, Ms. Brown founded Gainesville Women's Liberation in 1968. Ms. Giardina said the group was the first women's liberation organization in the South. // Ms. Brown was an Emeritus Board Member of Redstockings of the Women's Liberation Movement, and she recently was involved in the publication of a catalog that makes abailable source material from the early years of the movement. // She also was instrumental in the 1988 founding of Stop Child Sexual Abuse, a Gainesville organizaiton sparked by Mr. Brown's advocacy of Garnett Harrison's defense of mothers jailed for attempting to protect their children from abusers. // Ms. Brown earned a law degree from UF in 1974 and began a practice based in Gainesville. She was known for her successful sex discrimination suit against the Independent Florida Alligator. She also defended students arrested in an anti-apartheid protest and students disciplined by UF after an abortion rights protest. She focused largely on child sexual abuse and human right matters in her law practice. // The Judith Brown Women's Liberation Leadership Endowment Project has been established "to carry on her work -- the fight for people and for women in particular to have dignity, equal rights and freedom from want," Ms. Giardina said. Through the project, grants will be awarded to support students doing advanced work toward such goals, she said. // Contributions to the project may be mailed to Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2814 NW 43rd St., Gainesville 32606. Checks should be made out to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship with a natation that the money is for the Judith Brown proejct. // Ms. Brown was a sports lover, playing city league volleyball, softball and intramural basketball. She also wrote poetry. // Ms. Brown is survived by her parents, Ernestine and Lawrence Benninger of Gainesville; and a brother, Chris Benninger of India, in addition to her many friends in the civil rights and feminist movements. // A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the United Church, 1624 NW 5th Ave., Gainesville. Those who cannot attend but wish to have their throughts expressed at the service can send them to Gainesville Women's Liberation, P.O. Box 2625, Gainesville 32602.

2003 - From Gainesville Sun, Gainesville, Florida, July 27, 2003: Ernestine [Eberlein Benninger] Bauer. Ernestine Bauer of Gainesville died Friday at Palm Garden of Gainesville. She was 87. Mrs. Bauer was born in New Jersey and moved to Gainesville in 1953. She was a member of the Baha'i Community of Greater Gainesville, the League of Women Voters, Friends of the Library, the Jane Austen Society and the University Women's Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, and her daughter, Judith Benninger Brown of Gainesville. Survivors include a son, Christopher Benninger of Poona [Pune], India; and one grandchild [Siddhartha Benninger]. Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

Part 4 - "Treasures of the Little Cabin..." by Laurel Hessing

Here, quoted verbatim, is the table of contents -- with highlights of each chapter and biographical notes -- from "Treasures of the Little Cabin, A Free Acres Cabin tells the Story of Those who Loved it and Sought its Shelter," compiled, edited & annotated by Laurel Hessing with translations by Laurel Hessing (French) & Sylvia Heerens (German), copyright 1999 by Laurel Hessing, 43 Apple Tree Row, Free Acres, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 07922, 329 pages. Printable PDF file (421 MB) put on-line by Center for Jewish History (CJH), New York, New York (go to and click "View Item").

This 329-page book is based on letters & diaries found in Free Acres by Charles BENNINGER in the 1990's. I encourage you to read the entire book, but that would take several hours, and I have not yet done so myself. (So this web page does not fully reflect the book's contents, e.g. Davida's first marriage.) To help you know what it contains, I have reproduced the entire table of contents and added hypertext links to other on-line resources.

Chapter I (pp. 4-39): Family History of the people shwo lived in the Li'l Cabin. Mary Ingels and family 1878 to 1879. Mary Ingels and Louis Charles deGuibert letters 1880-1886. Family tree notes. Undena Eberlein writing from [Eureka] College - Eureka Illinois letters circa 1901.

Chapter II (pp. 39-61): Obtaining a a Position as Country School Marm. Letters from Undena teaching school in Benson Illinois 1901-1902. Letters from Mary Ingels deGuibert in Lafayette Illinois to Louis Charles deGuibert on the Road with the International Correspondence Schools.

Chapter III (pp. 61-90): Undena comes to NYC "En Route Pour NY" postals from train 1903. Excerps from Laurel [Hessing]'s family writings to supplement Undena's experiences visiting Lower East Side. 1904 Undena meets Ernest Eberlein at the Straight Edge -- Marriage May 30, 1904. Journal kept by Undena 71 Bank St. NYC. First Mention of Upton Sinclair. Friendship with Potter family from Straight Edge days. Clash betweeen Ernest Eberlein and Wilbur Copeland at the Straight Edge. Birth of Lispeth Undena (Betty) Eberlein. Sham poll for women's suffrage at Harlem Casino. -- News Clipping mentions Undena & baby. Helicon Hall - Fire at Helicon Hall, Upton Sinclair's Utopian Community March, 1907.

Chapter IV (pp. 90-141): Diary of Many Ingels deGuibert 1907-1911 -- (Life on a Maryland farm.) Undena on the road with May Tully's vaudeville troupe. Davida, working as an artist's model helps take care of Betty while Undena is on the road. Letters from Undena about Vaudeville circuit including published critiques of show. News Clippings from Detroit Free Press. Undena sees advertisement Three Acres and Liberty by Bolton Hall. First mention of Bolton Hall. 1908 letters and diary from Mary Ingels deGuibert who had moved with Louis Charles from Lafayette Illinois to Public Landing in Snow Hill Maryland. Much in diary and letters about Sonny, (Will Fawcett) and Phoebe Mount whom he married. Will Faucett had lived with deGuiberts and had fallen out of Mary Ingels deGuibert's good graces. Mention of "Black Mary" whose grandfather was a slave.

Chapter V (pp. 141-170): 1911 -- birth of Jane (Rosalie Jane Eberlein 12/20/11. 1911-1913 Undena's diary from 1912 interspersed with Mary Ingels de Guibert's diary to 1914. Arden news. First letters from Charles F. Lester to Davida. Suffrage Ball, Kit Kat Ball - dances currently in vogue. First mention of Rosalie deGuibert's marriage [in Illinois] to John Eiban who had been married to Davida. Undena and Davida enter hospital simultaneously for different ailments and operations. Letter from Divida to her old Illinois friend, Effie, mentioning the marriage of Davida's aunt Rosalle to Davida's former husband and Davida's uncle Clarence deGuibert's marriage to former husband John's sister Kate Eiban. Florence Garvin & Sarah Cohen from Arden write to Undena. A recently written letter from Mrs. Harry C. Bradford, Jr. of Snow Hill Maryland.

Chapter VI (pp. 170-207): 1917 Arden letter. Milton's war experiences WWI. First letters on family's coming to Free Acres summer of 1919. Milton and his new wife Gladys (was Gladys Hedden of Sioux City Iowa) visit Free Acres. 10 year old Roxane describes a hike to the Muldenke castle, formerly landmark in Watchung. Young Roxane also writes a description of Summit Library circh 1921. Influence of Helen Omara Kissam's Bahai faith on Free Acres children. 1926 - Death of Milton deGuibert - automobile accident. Eberlein's home in Free Acres, (Ryan house) burns down. Eberleins seek refuge in The Li'l Cabin. Letter from Ernestine written June 1960 -- Free Acres 50th Anniversary.

Chapter VII (pp. 207-225): Death of Louis Charles deGuibert. Roxane is at college 1930 -- Letters from Donald Moore. Roxane sails for Germany after college senior year. Jane writes to her German teacher - telling her that Roxy is in Germany describing Free Acres. The Carl Schurz Foundation had funded Rosane's summer in Germany and offered her a job upon her return. Undena has nervous breakdown--Morphone--Bellvue. How the family copes with this problem. Mary Ingels deGuibert's (Danny's) diary 1930-1932. Undena and Ernest Eberlein separate. Undena goes to live in NY 1930-1931. Teen Ager -- Ernestine stays with Davida and Charles Lester in Li'l Cabin in free Acres. Death of Ernest Eberlein Jan. 26, 1931 in cottage on easternmost edge of Free Acres. Mary Ingels deGuibert dies Dec. 3, 1932.

Chapter VIII (pp. 225-252): Roxane works at the Carl Schurz Foundation. Letters to Roxane from Germany 1930. Roxane is concerned about her Jewish friend, Margot Ascher and others in this family who live in Berlin. I [Laurel Hessing] have interspersed excerpts from description of trip to Germany by Free Acreite Fred Scheff from a Free Acres Review circa 1933. Undena becomes depressed and physically ill. Poor Treatment of Undena in a Philadelphia Hospital. Death of Undena Eberlein, Jan. 8, 1937.

Chapter IX (pp. 252-269): Letters from Edna Kroll Heerhartz. Roxane tried to obtain another job. Carl Schurz Foundation influenced by rising fascism in Germany. Roxane's friendship with Hugh Graham, a Free Acreite involved with Hedgerow Theater. Roxane's letters on behalf of Margot Ascher, her German Jewish friend, to many organizations. Roxane correspons with Alice & Frederick L. Pfeiffer. He heads German Dept. -- U. of Minnesota. Rooxane corresponds with Heinz Ascher, Margot's brother who has fled to Amsterdam but must find new refuge when Hilter's racial laws are promulgated there. Escalation of tension for the Ascher family as they scatter to England, Holland, Istanbul Turkey, Switzerland. End Notes including the original German of letters Sylvia Heerens translated including original German of document prepared by the American General Consul in Berlin telling those seeking asylum in USA what documents would be required in order to obtain an immigration visa.

Chapter X (pp. 269-298): Hugh Graham with the Hedgerow Theater. Amy Lou Porter to Roxane from Arden. Letters 1938 to 1940. Adventures of a young Christian German Refugee in America -- Siglunde Ruhl writes to Roxane. Roxane leaves Philadelphia for Europe to work first in the I.L.O. Branch of the League of Nations, in Geneva then for the State Dept. in Bern Switzerland. Letters From Edna Heerhartz 1938 (wife of chief engineer of U-boats in Germany). Letters from Margot Ascher 1938-1939. Lutie Eberlein writes to Roxy on Jan 9, 1939 from Oslo. Letter from Siglunde Ruhl who had gone back to Germany tol attend a friends' funeral (friend had committed suicide). Her letter crosssed to Roxane vis S.S. President Harding. Mailed Feb. 10, 1939 from New York and arrived Feb. 27, 1939. Received by Roxane Eberlein in Geneva, the letter describes the conditions of the German people, the horror of the concentration camps. Margot Ascher leaves Germany April 22, 1939 for England, arrives in US June 1939. April 16, 1940, Letter fromm concerned memeber of Bahai group concerning Lydia Zamenhoff who seems to have disappeared in Warsaw. Lydid is daughter of the founder of the Esperanto Movement. Death of Charles Lester October 15, 1938. Correspondence -- Edna Heerhartz similtaneously writh that of Margot Ascher. Live in the American Legation at Bern. Letters from the home front. Roxane tries to get packages to Gerhard Ascher in German concentration #10 Argeles sur mer Pyrenees Orientales. Dr. Adelbert Ebner writes to Roxane June 29, 1939, asking her to come to Munich. First mention of Marguerite & Jo Roges of I.L.O. I include one of serveral letters from a friend and also from husband of Mrs. Roges -- one from the french front, and one from Vichey (the so-called Free Zone in France).

Chapter XI (pp. 298-329): Events in a changed world 1933-1940. 1940-1941 -- in the Code Room - British interests Telegrams -- War is declared. Dora Hostettler writes to Rolxane and meets with her. My [Laurel Hessing's] essay ends the chapter. Chapter XI's Footnotes include Original French and German of letters translated in the chapter.

Roots and Origins, Biographical notes: There are some facts to note to refer to while reading the book of letters. The grandfather of the four daughters [Betty, Roxane, Jane & Ernestine] of Undena [DeGuibert] Eberlein was Louis Charles deGuibert. According to a simple family tree prepared by Roxane, Louis Alexander deGuibert married Rosalie Boulier in France. They immigrated to Illinois [in 1833]. Undena mentions that her grandfathers' [sic] mother was Rosalie Boulier of France. Undena's grandfather, Louis Alexander deGuibert, married Elisabeth Hoshor in the United States. The children born to them were:

Louis Charles deGuibert (07/21/1860-09/26/1929),
Albert deGuibert (1862-1865),
Eugene deGuibert (1865-1865),
Talbot deGuibert (1866-),
Clarence deGuilbert (1869-),
Sidney J. deGuibert (1862-),
Guy deGuibert (1876-),
Rosalie deGuibert (1878-1947) m. John Elben,
Ernest deGuibert (1879-),
Guy, Rosalie and Ernest were 16, 18 and 19 years younger than Louie Charles deGuibert respectively.

The following list may help you to envision the various members of the Ingels family as you read. It is a good list to refer to when family members are mentioned.

The children of James Ingels (1821-83) and Mary Nelson Carver (1831-1907) were:

1. Rosey Melinda (1849) who married Bruce Jameson and had children.
1. May (1869) married Campbell.
2. Eva (1870) married Otis Carter (1869-) had children Lowell (1895), Elledge 1901), Merlin (1904).
3. Golda (1873) married Kinney.
4. Pauline (1882-?).
2. John B. Ingels (1849)
1. Earl Ingels
2. Fred Ingels
3. Marion Ingels
4. Maud Ingels
3. Eliza or Lida (1854-80) married Sim Callison and had daughter, Jessie Callison (1876)

4. Irvin Ingels (1859-1932) who maried Eliza Ryder and whose children were

1. Gertrude Ingels
2. Golda Ingels
3. Ada Ingels
4. James Ingels
5. Gaar Ingels
6. Sherman Ingels
5. Sherman (1863-) married Mamie Magarity (born 1867-) - had children
1. Ruby Ingels
2. Theodore Ingels
3. Nina Ingels

6. Mary (1/26/1862-12/3/1932) married Louis Charles deGuibert. Their children were

1. Undena (11/25/1881-01/08/1937) married Ernest August Eberlein (06/30/1876-01/08/1931) (born in Hamilton Ohio and died in Free Acres New Jersey)
2. Davida (09/06/1885-1947) married Charles Lester (10/15/1868-10/15/1938) (died in Free Acres on his 70th birthday)
3. Louis Milton - February 5, 1895, married Gladys Hadden of Sioux City, Iowa, died October 11, 1921, in a car crash. He was the "love child" of Louis Charles deGuibert with another woman, raised by Louis Charles and Mary Ingel deGuibert.
Eberlein Children -- daughters of Ernest and Undena Eberlein
1. Betty Eberlein (Lizbeth Undena) 3/14/05-8/25/82
2. Jane Eberlein (Rosalle Jane Eberlein) 12/20/11-8/23/82
3. Roxane Eberlein (Davida Roxane Eberlein) 4/5/10-5/2/89
4. Ernestine Minerva Eberlein Born June 12, 1916 married Lawrence Benniger, had children
1. Christopher Benniger (architect) (Christopher married Aneeta Ghokal of India, had son Siddartha).
2. Judith Benniger Brown 1941 to 1993 -- (divorced - no children) Judith was a lawyer who had devoted her life to Civil Rights and the cause of Women's Liberation.

Part 5 - From photo album of Luna May JAMESON Campbell

Here are scans of four album pages containing 21 photos of Mary INGELS De Guibert and her family. My grandmother Luna May JAMESON Campbell [1869-1940] collected these photos over a number of years (roughly 1900-1930) from her three sisters and their families and assembled them into the album. When my grandfather George Alexander CAMPBELL died in 1943, my mother divided the family's photos, albums, and other papers among herself and her four siblings. The oldest photos & major photo albums were sent to Mom's oldest sibling in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The evening of July 6, 1998, my wife & I visited some of our surviving relations in Minneapolis (who are not related by blood), and they happened to remember some old photos and nicely thought to give them to me. Unfortunately, the album pages are a little larger than the top of my scanner. So some page & photo edges are omitted. I can scan individual photos later if necessary.

Album Page I - Photos (1) - (2)

Album Page II - Photos (3) - (8)

Album Page III - Photos (9) - (14)

Album Page IV - Photos (15) - (21)

Here is a list of all 21 photos with handwritten labels in bold and within quotation marks, plus my annotations:

Album Page I (2 photos)

(1-2) "Diveda & Undena de Guibert." One label for two carefully posed (photographer's studio?) photos (taken 2-3 years apart) of two little girls in fancy dresses and lace collars.

Album Page II (6 photos, each with white border)

(3) "L.C. de Guibert - Snow Hill Maryland. The big house from land side. 52 x 84 ft." Photo shows two sides of large 2-story white house with one porch, central cupola. two chimneys, and a large 2-story wing. /// George Hodeboom (owner of the Mansion House B&B Inn) said July 28, 2012, that this house later became the Bayside Hotel and that it burned down in 1965.

(4) "L.C. de Guibert's house & bungalow fronting bay. Snow Hill Maryland." Shows two sides of a large 2-story white house with two porches (no wing visible) and adjacent 1-story bungalow showing same side as in photos (5) and (6). This photo is enlarged in Part 6 below.

(5) "Left of pictures faces the road. The front faces the Bay - taken in May early." Shows the bungalow from front left. One figure in light dress seated on porch exactly as in photo (11).

(6) "Ada Ingels Rhudie standing in black." Shows the bungalow from front right. One figure in light dress seated on porch exactly as in photo (11), plus one in dark dress standing in doorway. Bungalow has huge picture window to the right of the porch.

(7) "Back of bungalow - right facing the road." Bungalow has finished basement under its mid-third but open crawl space under each end portion. Foreground shows fencing, some immature trees, and grape vines (?). /// George Hodeboom (owner of the Mansion House B&B Inn) wrote Aug. 1, 2012, "The pictures of the Bungalow, on the De Guibert property make me think that it is the present day cottage on the left hand [north] side of Public Landing Road. If that is the case, it was probably the site of the Rendez Vous Bar. I will take a closer look. There are also a couple of outbuildings that date back at least to the 1930's that are still standing. I have some pictures that may be of interest."

(8) "The barn rejuvinated and apple tree in full bloom." Small dark painted barn with many chickens in foreground and another barn partially visible in background.

Album Page III (6 photos)

(9) "Uncle Louis. Charles F. Lester, Davida's husband." Cutting a short log on each end of a 2-person saw. Louis is wearing a stocking cap. Charles is wearing a pith helmet and leggings and is smoking a pipe. These are the two men who constructed the "Li'l Cabin" in Free Acres, New Jersey, in 1921.

(10) "Hugh Mills Aunt Mary Corliss Pauline and Eva behind her - Merlin - and Charlie headless." Mary & Pauline appear to be clowning. The other four adults & a boy are standing behind & laughing. Merlin CARTER (b.1904) is one of Eva JAMESON Carter's three sons. He a young boy in this photo -- the next youngest of any of the people shown in these 21 photos. All the photo shows of "Charlie" is his shirt & two hands; he is probably Golda JAMESON Kinney's husband Charles Noyes KINNEY -- not Eva's husband Charles Otis CARTER. Both were born in 1869 (as was GAC), but Eva's husband was called Otis, and they separated in 1914. Hugh MILLS is Pauline JAMESON's 2nd husband; they married in March 1918 (but I know nothing more about him.) If this picture were taken in 1918, Merlin would be 14 which seems about right (although that's the year that Louis' son Milton was severely injured in World War I. Had Mary not yet received the news?).

(11) "Aunt Mary & Uncle Louis de Guibert. May 1926." Both are seated on the steps of the bungalow. A 1-story frame house is partially visible in the background (presumably behind the 2-story house).

(12) "July 1919. Golda Eva & Pauline and Aunt Mary de Guibert." The three Jameson sisters are standing behind their seated aunt Mary. They really look like sisters (same jaw). Many trees in background.

(13) "de Guibert's sail boat on Chincotaque Bay on a big picnic day." Two-masted sailboat in bay in background. Two figures and a shed overgrown with vines in the foreground. Three smaller boats (two with sails) at pier in right middle ground. At least 20 cars, horses, buggies, and people in tight knot on the shore. This photo appears to have been taken a short distance north of the Public Landing wharf. If so, it could very well have been taken from the De Guibert's property. Compare this photo with the "Extra" painting by Mary De Guibert shown & described above. Both show old sheds, but they are probably not the same shed (unless Mary used artistic license). The shed in the painting is very close to the water, whereas the vehicles in this photo appear to be parked on land between the shed and the water.

(14) "Aunt Mary feeding turkeys near the vertebra we took from whale on beach." The foremost bird is definitely a turkey, but there are chickens nearby. The vertebra is impressively large. There's a porch in the background which must be part of the big 2-story house. The window next to the porch (six lower panes and four upper panes) is the same as in photo (4).

Album Page IV (7 photos)

(15) "Davida, Uncle Louis, Aunt Mary & Poodle." Louis is wearing the same stocking cap and shirt as in photo (9). The two ladies are seated. Could Davida's husband Charles F. Lester have taken the photo? Davida appears to be wearing a fir hat (Russian style). Actually, there are two dogs in the photo, a poodle whose forelegs are in Mary's lap and a little masked dog at the end of Davida's leash.

(16) "Merlin , Elledge & Bettie (Undena's daughter)." All three are children. Merlin (b.1904) in knickers is holding a horse attached to a cart in which Elledge (b.1901) and Bettie (b.1905) are seated. Elledge is holding the reigns, and Bettie is holding a large open black umbrella. Horse, cart & the three children are in front of what appears to be the wide veranda of a store. See Bettie's photo (age 17) in the Part 1 of this web page. She had three younger sisters, one of whom, Roxane Eberlein [1910-1989], was the private secretary and lover of Adlai Stevenson [1900-1965] during the latter part of his public career. Stevenson was divorced by his wife, Ellen Borden Stevenson, in 1949 after three sons. Stevenson's will did not mention his wife and left most to the sons but also left $3,000 to each of two secretaries (including Roxane) and a housekeeper.

(17) "Davida de Guibert." Naked baby holding a musical pipe and sitting on a lacy cloth covering a chaise lounge.

(18) "1905" Small profile of an unidentified lady. Mary Ingels de Guibert?

(19) "Aunt Mary feeding chickens." Yard contains at least six chicken coops of various sizes. Farm fence & trees in background.

(20) "Bathing in Atlantic. + = Lowell. Milton on left. Merlin & Elledge in front row." Five boys wearing chest-covering bathing suits & standing in surf. Lowell, Marlin & Elledge are the three Carter brothers from Iowa. Lowell, the eldest, is farthest out in the surf and has + penned above his head. With him is Milton De Guibert, the third child of Louis (but with another woman, not with Mary). Milton was a Private during WW-I, was severely wounded in 1918, married Gladys Hadden, & died in an automobile accident in 1921. One of the three boys closest to shore is unidentified in the caption.

(21) "Across the road from Aunt Mary____. Crabbing in pots on walk bathing fine. Anna loves to sit & read on far ____." This is a published photo (postcard?). Its published caption is "VIEW OF PUBLIC LANDING NEAR SNOW HILL, MD." Shows two piers in bay with five large trees in foreground. The longer, northern pier is probably the same as in photo (13). I'm not sure who Anna is. Corner torn off along with missing words. Handwriting indistinct. /// George Hodeboom (owner of the Mansion House B&B Inn) wrote Aug. 1, 2012, that this is a postcard of the the front yard of the Mansion House. "All but one of the trees were blown down in the Hurricane of 1933 that wrecked Public Landing & was the beginning of the end of Public Landing as an amusement based resort."


(a) Differing dates indicate that the photos were arranged and pasted into the album at a much later date. (b) I can identify most everyone named in the labels. They include the following 17 people (in birth order):

Louis Charles DE GUIBERT [1860-1929],
Mary INGELS De Guibert [1862-1932],
Charles Fitch LESTER [1868-1931],
Charles Otis CARTER [1869-1943],
Eva JAMESON Carter [1870-1936],
Golda JAMESON Kinney [1873-1958],
Undena LaVergne Elizabeth DE GUIBERT Eberlein [1881-1937],
Pauline JAMESON Averitt Miles [1882-1950],
Hugh L. MILLS [no dates],
Daveda Rosa Gwendoline DE GUIBERT Lester [1885-1947],
Ada INGELS Rhudie [1888-1993!],
Louis Milton (Milton) DE GUIBERT [1895-1921],
Lowell Jameson CARTER [1895-1952],
Corliss Robert KINNEY [1900-1996],
Elledge Houston CARTER [1901-1980],
Merlin Ingels CARTER [1904-1963], and
Undena Lizbeth (Betty) EBERLEIN Brown [1905-1982].

(c) Their appearance in the photos proves that three of the four Jameson sisters (Eva, Golda & Pauline) and their families visited Public Landing all the way from Iowa.

(d) Notably absent from the photos is the oldest sister (Luna May JAMESON) and any members of her family. Apparently, LMJC took none of these photos. They were probably sent to her by her sisters and cousins, left unsorted for some time, then arranged into the album.

(e) Also absent from the photos (with one exception) are any of Mary's close Ingels relatives from Illinois. I assume they visited back & forth -- her brother Irvin INGELS was killed in Ohio in May 1932 on his way by car to visit Mary seven months before her death) -- and that the absence of photos in LMJC's album is simply due to the fact that LMJC was not as closely related to them.

(f) Photos (3), (4), (14), and (15) show revealing details of the De Guiberts' large house. It was situated on Chincoteague Bay opposite one or two wharves just as the Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn is today, and both houses (the one in these photos & the one in the B&B's on-line ads) are large, face the road not the bay, and have 3-4 wings in back. So it would be tempting to conclude that the B&B acquired the De Guibert house. If so, many modifications had to have been made: The cupola removed. The roof is pitched differently. The porches changed significantly. And the windows reglazed. The front windows of the B&B have four lower panes (not six). A phone call to George Hogeboom (owner of the Mansion House B&B Inn) on July 21, 2012, confirmed this theory.

(g) Google images of Public Landing show a large parking lot on the north side of Public Landing Road (probably for a public boat launch). Might the De Guibert's house -- similar in size and shape to the present day B&B -- have been where the parking lot is today? The B&B faces north, & a house on the north side of Public Landing Road would probably have faced south (also toward the road). This is consistent with the label on photo (3). It's also consistent with the vantage point of photo (13), although there's no proof that this photo was taken from the De Guilbert's property -- or that the long pier in the photo is where the long pier is today. Mr. Hogeboom said that the De Guibert house stood "on the high ground" a little further back from the bay. He also reported that it burned down in 1965.

(h) The Google images show no evidence of the De Guiberts' bungalow or where it might have been. If the last conclusion is correct, it would have been between their house and the road and set back farther than the house from the bay. Mr. Hogeboom does not know about the bungalow.

(i) According to Golda Pauline Ingels Osterberg [1891-1986] -- see below -- Louis & Mary De Guibert "ended up by parceling out their land and selling it at a fine profit, but not soon enough to enjoy it for long. [Uncle Louis died on September 16, 1929, and] Aunt Mary died of cancer of the breast [on December 3, 1932]." According to my master family history file (started by LMJC), both died in Snow Hill. According to his obituary published in Woodford County, Illinois -- see below -- Louis "was buried in the Snowhill cemetery, on a beautiful autumn afternoon, September 28, 1929, near where the Atlantic ocean rolls and sweeps the shore."

Part 6 - Pictures of the De Guibert house in Public Landing, MD

Here are five pictures of the De Guibert house on Chincoteague Bay in Public Landing, Maryland. None of the four is precisely dated.

(1) Apparently the "as offered for sale" photo was found in Free Acres, NJ, with 1906 correspondence between Lous DE GUIBERT in LaFayette, IL, and the Register of Deeds in Snow Hill, MD. Laurel Hessing snail mailed a photocopy of this photo for this web page on October 20, 2012. Note the same tree on the north side of the house as in the painting.

(2) The painting by Mary INGELS De Guibert was given to Laurel Hessing by Mary's grand daughter Ernestine EBERLEIN Benninger, and it hangs today in Laurel's home in Free Acres, NJ. Laurel took this photo and emailed it for this web page on October 9, 2012. The painting also shows a two-masted boat very similar to "de Guibert's sail boat" in photo (13) from Album Page III shown above, but it does not show the bungalow.

(3) The photo from the album of Luna May JAMESON Campbell [1869-1940] is an enlargement of photo (4) from Album Page II shown above. Details in the photo (hedge, tree, roof, porches) are virtually the same as in the painting. The photo, does, however, show the bungalow. When was the bungalow constructed?

(4) Postcard ("Hotel Bayview, Public Landing near Snow
Hill, Md., Chas. E. Tilghman, Owner & Mgr."). Tilghman received clear title to the De Guibert propery in 1937 (according to a deed which Jim Auer obtained on November 3, 2012).

(5) The newspaper photo was scanned by George Hogeboom and emailed for this web page on October 10, 2012. The photo was no doubt taken after the death of Mary INGELS De Guibert in 1932 (but obviously taken before the house burned down in 1965). Note significant additions to porches on two sides of the house and to the roof & attic. The shoreline is puzzling. There appears to be hardly any space between the lawn and two sheds and the water in the painting, whereas in the newspaper photo, there appears to be a beach broad & old enough to support a large tree.

(6) The only color photo is enlarged from a photo taken Nov. 4, 2012, in the home of Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Bradford in Public Landing of a snapshot made before 1965 from the public wharf. Like the newspaper photo, it shows additions to porchs and to the roof & attic. Unlike earlier pictures, a portion of the shore between the house and bay appares to be paved (as it is today without the house).

(7) Snapshot. Taken by the Bradfords? Shows fire engines and firemen on roof during the fire of 1973.

(1) "House at Public Landing
As Offered for Sale to L.C. De Guibert, 1906"
Photocopy courtesy of Laurel Hessing, Free Acres, NJ.

(2) Painting (probably before 1924 bungalow)
by Mary INGELS De Guibert [1862-1932]
Photo courtesy of Laurel Hessing, Free Acres, NJ.

(3) "L.C. de Guibert's house & bungalow fronting Bay."
In album of Luna May JAMESON Campbell [1869-1940]
Scanned by Ted Lollis, Knoxville, TN.

(4) Postcard. "Hotel Bayview, Public Landing near Snow
Hill, Md., Chas. E. Tilghman, Owner & Mgr." Photocopy
given Nov. 4, 2012, to Jim Auer by Mr & Mrs Bradford.

Note that

The four pictures in the upper row
show house with truncated roof.

The three pictures in the lower row
show house with fully gabled roof.

(5) "An old hotel now a private residence."
From Baltimore Evening Sun, April 27, Year?
Scan courtesy of George Hogeboom, Public Landing, MD.

(6) Enlargement of pre-1973 photo obtained by Jim Auer,
Nov. 4, 2012, from Mr & Mrs Bradford. Bungalow
obscured by dock & trees. See complete photo below.

(7) Snapshot showing fire engines & firemen on roof
during fire in 1973. Photocopy
given Nov. 4, 2012, to Jim Auer by Mr & Mrs Bradford.

Part 7 - Pictures of Public Landing, MD, provided by Sylvia Heerens

On October 25, 2012, Sylvia Heerens sent the four images shown below from her home in Free Acres, New Jersey. All four images show Public Landing on Chincoteague Bay in Maryland. Two are photos of paintings by Mary INGELS De Guibert [1862-1932], and two are pages of photos from a visit to Public Landing in 1995. In Sylvia's words: "Two of my most valued possessions are 'treasures from the little cabin' -- two charming paintings done by Mary Ingles De Guibert [about 1920]. Even before [Laurel Hessing and I] read in the letters about Public Landing, I had heard about it from Betty and Jane and therefore was curious to see the place when we went on a trip to Maryland. I was with my husband and dear friends Yvonne and Nick Kleinberg who all knew the Eberlein sisters well too. We walked around and imagined how it must have looked when the De Guiberts lived there. We met a couple who did remember them. I think their name was Bradshaw, but I have such a terrible memory that I do not remember more about it."

(Below) Painting by Mary INGELS De Guibert [1862-1932].
Shows Public Landing wharf & Chincoteague Bay in Maryland.
Text of note by Jane EBERLEIN Hall [1911-1982] on back of the painting:
"Oil painting by Mary De Guibert. View of public landing shore line pier and
Cinnepuksen Bay [sic] from De Guibert house - home garden and ivy clad
building in foreground." Compare painting above which shows same scene from
opposite perspective. Image courtesy of Sylvia Heerens, Free Acres, NJ.

(Right) Another painting by Mary INGELS De Guibert [1862-1932].
Also shows Public Landing wharf & Chincoteague Bay. And same
"ivy clad building"? Image courtesy of Sylvia Heerens, Free Acres, NJ.

(Above) 1995 photos provided by Sylvia Heerens, Free Acres, NJ.
(1) Mansion House B&B from the wharf. (2) Unidentified cottage.
(3) Public Landing wharf from north. (4) Same wharf from south?

(Above) 1995 photos provided by Sylvia Heerens, Free Acres, NJ.
(5) Public Landing wharf from the north. Is this what's become of
the De Guiberts' garden? (6) Shoreline from the bay. (7) Map.

Part 8 - Visit to Snow Hill & Public Landing, MD, by Jim & C.J. Auer

On November 3-4, 2012, James and C.J. Auer of Batavia, Illinois, visited Snow Hill and Public Landing, Maryland. Here is Jim's report (followed by 20 of his photographs):

Well, I hardly know where to start...guess I'll take it from the top: We got to the Worchester County Public Library (WCPL) in Snow Hill at 9:30 a.m. [on Saturday] leaving us plenty of time to peruse their records. We met two women volunteers in the genealogical section who were eager to help. There was only one other couple doing research at the time so we shared Jeanne and Theresa. I made copies of the Public Landing files that I found and will send them to you. Included is information on the hurricane of 1933 and pictures of the Mansion House B&B as well as the Hotel Bayview which is what the DeGuibert house became. We also found the deed registration history and other information.

The ladies also directed us to the Christian Cemetery where we found the headstones [of Mary INGELS De Guibert and Louis DE GUIBERT].

Records indicate that the records for the newspaper "The People" [edited by Charles Otis Carter] should be located in the WCPL, but they are not there. No one knows what became of them (film spool records). The Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore is supposed to have film records of "The People," but they are not online.

When our helpers learned that we were heading to Public Landing, they showed us that one of the articles concerning the storm of '33 was written by H.C. Bradford who still lives in Public Landing with his wife Ruth. He is the one that George Hogeboom referred to in one of his letters. (No, I haven't been in contact with George since we last emailed.) Jeanne offered to call Ruth and ask if it would be ok for us to visit her the next day, and of course I accepted and encouraged her to do so. Later that night at our B & B, Jeanne called and said that we would be expected at the Bradfords' at 1 p.m. Then she called back and said that Ruth wanted to talk to me on the phone, so I called her and had a pleasant conversation. Ruth is 91 years old and her husband C.H. is 93, and they are both sharp as tacks, remembering everything and everybody!

The next day [Sunday], we arrived at their house, one house south of the Mansion House also right on Chincoteague Bay. We were welcomed by Ruth and introduced to H.C. Ruth had much information for us. One of the pieces of anecdotal information concerns the localism for the De Guiberts themselves (and their residence). Both were known as the "Diggleberries." Ruth still giggled as she referred to them as such!

She also remembers the fire [in 1965, according to George Hogeboom], started by a squatter supposedly, that ended any future for the De Guibert house. She provided a copy of a picture of the burned house with the fire engines still attending. (I think George Hogeboom may have the original...just a guess.)

Ruth tells of the death of the sisters Betty and Jane Eberlein [in 1982]. They had come to Public Landing to talk to Ruth about their family, just as C.J. and I had. When they left, it was night. They took a wrong turn onto route 313 and were broadsided by a semi and killed! Ruth gave me the newspaper with the story and her notes.

As you know, Ruth has a copy of the "Secrets of the Little Cabin..." Editor Laurel Hessing sent it to her [from Free Acres, New Jersey]. It turns out that Laurel was encouraged in her endeavor to publish the work by correspondence with Ruth, and Ruth gave me the letters! Also, letters from Sylvia Heerens. I'm going to snail mail everything to you.

We also found that the [De Guibert's] "bungalow" is still standing, and it is occupied as well. I took pictures of the bungalow and the location of the [De Guibert's] old house [which burned down in 1965]. There is now a house on approximately the same spot, a bit further north. I also discovered that the steps to the original house are still there. In addition, an old Sycamore and an ancient Cedar are in locations that correspond with the old pictures. I will send you copies of the pictures that I took, and you can decide what to keep.

P.S.: There was damage [by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012] to the pier at the wharf at Public Landing when we visited. Several boards were missing, and it was closed. In the Google Earth pictures, the pier was under construction and it now extends the full length of the wharf on the waterfront. Also, Ruth told me that the Public Landing bridge was under water for two days, and I think there were a few trees down...not much damage, and I didn't see any [damage] besides downed trees behind the River House Inn B&B in Snow Hill..

De Guibert graves, Christian Church Cemetery
East Market Street, Snow Hill, Maryland

MOTHER: Grave of
Mary Ingels De Guibert [1862-1932]

FATHER: Grave of
Louis De Guibert [1860-1929]

Tidal marsh south of Public Landing, Md

Wooden bridge south of Public Landing, MD
(inundated by Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012)

Former De Guibert bungalow (still in use)
as seen from Public Landing Road.

Bungalow at left. Old steps to former De Guibert
house. Old sycamore tree in background.

Bungalow, old steps & old cedar tree

Old photo of Mansion House
from foot of Public Landing Road

2012 photo of Mansion House B&B
from foot of Public Landing Road

Pre-1965 photo of Mansion House,
public wharf & former De Guibert house

Enlargement of photo on left.

Old photo of Mansion House B&B
Compare photo directly above.

Chincoteague Bay w/Jim Auer & his wife C.J.
Debris is from Hurricane Sandy.

Old postcard. "Cottages on Chincoteague Bay"
Compare to photo directly below.

Old postcard of Public Landing waterslide

Mr. H.C. Bradford (93) & his wife Ruth (91)

Old photo of Bradfords on anniversary cake

Looking south w/C.J. at Bradford home

Looking north at Mansion House B&B

On November 12, 2012, Jim Auer mailed the following 18 items:

#1 #2 #3 #4
(1) Date? - Postcard ("Hotel Bayview, Public Landing near Snow Hill, Md., Chas. E. Tilghman, Owner & Mgr.") annotated by Jim Auer "The De Guibert house viewed from the wharf - bungalow to left - tree on left a Sycamore." 1-page photocopy. See photo #1 above.
(2) Date? - Photo album page (punched for 3-ring binder) showing one postcard ("Amusement Pier, Public Landing, Snow Hill, Md.") & four photos (with handwritten labels" "Paddle Club," "Store," "1940's Mansion House," & "Fire Bayview Hotel, E.M. Jones & Mounts." 1-page photocopy. See photos #2 & #3 above.
(3) September 26, 1963 - "Deed and Memorandum of Sale" for "Property of Heirs of Mary I. de Guibert, Public Landing" with legal description and previous deeds, including bankrupt sale on August 21, 1937 by Mary INGELS de Guibert, Charles F. LESTER, Davida DE GUIBERT Lester & Undena DE GUIBERT Eberlein to Charles E. Tilghman. 6-page photocopy. See letters about this sale on page 272 of "Treasures of the Little Cabin..."
(4) August 19, 1978 - Untitled, The Daily Times, Salisbury, MD, from "Scratch Pad" column by Dick Moore, about visit to Public Landing. Selected paragraph: "The hurricane of 1933 destroyed the resort facilities. Some were replaced but economically they failed to survive after 'World War II. Better roads invited people to other places, such as Ocean City. A hotel, DeGuilbert's [sic], had ceased to operate before fire destroyed it in 1973." 1-page photocopy. This gives us the date of the fire (although George Hoogboum said it was in 1965). See full text of this column in Part 3 above.
(5) November 29, 1979 - Maryland Coast Press, pp. 24-25, "Public Landing: Worcester County's other resort" by Ken Terrell with 3 photos. Two of the photo captions: "STILL IN THE SWING--Belle Beach, a vibrant woman of 74, recalls the era when her stately home, the 'Mansion House' was one of two hotels in Public Landing" & "COZY AND QUIET--Once touted as a rival to Ocean City, Public Landing, east of Snow Hill on Chincoteague Bay, today is a tiny hamlet made up primarily of snug bungalows populated by year-round residents." 4-page photocopy.
(6) August 24, 1982 - Entire newspaper, The Daily Times, Salisbury, MD, with front-page article "Two People Die in Shore Crashes" naming "Salisbury man" Thomas J. Brophy (31) and "New Jersey woman" Jane Eberlein Hall (70). "Ms. Hall was pronounced dead on arrival at PGHMC, police said, and her sister, Ms. [Undena Eberlein] Brown, was reported in serious condition today. Miss [Roxane] Eberlein was treated for injuries and released." Original 8-page newspaper. See full text of this article in Part 3 above. .
(7) 1982? - Business envelope inscribed "D.H. Bradford & Son, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863," with handwritten notes of various descriptions including Betty Brown died 8/25/82 age 77, Jane Hall, Plainfield, N.J., killed in accident Rt 50 8/23/82 age 71, Roxanne Eberlein died age 80, Mary Helen Eva Jessie, Judith Brown neice of Roxanne. Original envelope.
(8) Date? - "Mansion House, Public Landing, Private," published architectural descriptions, pages 103-104 & 267-269 of some unidentified book or books. 7-page photocopy.
(9) July 22, 1995 - Dog & cat greeting card, mailed from Sylvia Heerens (North Jersey, N.J.) to Ruth Bradford, with photo of crocheted cloth holding painting of sunrise over bay, snapshot of small boat with pier in background, and note by Betty Brown. Original card & photo.
(10) October 6, 1995 - Monet greeting card, mailed from Ernestine Eberlein Benninger (Gainesville, FL) to Mrs. Harry C. Bradford, Jr. Original card & envelope.
(11) August 19, 1996 - "Hopi Pot" greeting card, mailed from Laurel Hessing (Berkeley Hts, N.J.) to Ruth Bradford. Original card & envelope.
(12) October 9, 1996 - Letter, mailed from Sylvia Heerens (Free Acres, Bolt., N.J.) to Mrs. Harry C. Bradford, Jr, with sketch of "Paul, by his Mom." 2-page original letter & envelope.
(13) 1999? - Scraps with handwritten notes, annotated by Jim Auer "These are Ruth's book marks from the "Treasure" book. 3-page original.
(14) October 8, 2000 - The Daily Times, Salisbury, MD, "Our Perfect Storm: Residents recall the August Storm of 1933, which forever changed the face of Delmarva" by Brice Stump with photos of Public Landing. Two of the hoto captions: "In the aftermath of the Great August Storm of 1933, the shore of Public Landing, looking north, its [sic] littered with wood from buildings that stood on the pier. Remains of the resort's bath house appear at left" & "Taken just months before the August Storm of 1933, these photos shows [sic] the picture-perfect resort of Public Landing, once considered the top vacation spot in Worcester County." "2-page photocopy. See photo #4 above.
(15) December 23, 2000 - "Cardinal Cheer" Christmas card, mailed from Laurel Hessing (Berkeley Hts., N.J.) to Ruth Bradford & Family. Original card & envelope.
(16) May 20, 2001 - Letter, mailed from Sylvia Heerens, DVM (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) to Ruth Bradford, with photocopy of "A review in the New York Times, 2/18/01. One was called 'Suburb,' the other 'Sketches from Utopia,' Laurel's play." 2-page original letter & 1-page photocopy.
(17) August 22, 2008 - The Daily Times, Salisbury, MD, "'In three minutes It was all gone:' The Storm of 1933 created the Inlet, destroyed Public Landing's pier, ruined farmland," by Brice Stump. One of the photo captions: "Harry C. Bradford of Public Landing holds a photo of the amusements that once stood where a pavilion and pier now stand. The buildings were destroyed when the area was hit by the Aug. 23 Storm of 1933." 2-page photocopy.
(18) November 3, 2012 - Website of Maryland State Archives ( annotated by Jim Auer: "Ted - You can go to this site, register as a user and access Md records! Look for records of 'The People.'" 3-page photocopy.

Part 9 - Pictures from Laurel & Shlomo Hessing

On November 17-19, 2012, Laurel & Shlomo Hessing of Free Acres, New Jersey, emailed the following seven old pictures of the De Guibert & Ingels families:

#1 (the "Wedding" photo)

12 people (6 men, 6 women & no children).
Note young couple with flowers in double doorway (church?).

3rd Email by Laurel Hessing 11/17: This is the portrait which looks very European somehow and which I thought might be of a wedding. I annotated this picture, but I do not any longer remember how I figured out who's who in it. It was a long time ago now. I thought perhaps it was dictated to me, but now I think that if there are mistakes on it they are mine trying to figure out who's who. For instance, after the name Rosalie Boulier I have a question mark, so please do not assume I knew anything at all when I annotated this portrait. Here goes: "De Guibert family of Lily, France. [Where the Lily came in I do not know - that was why I thought I had taken down the notes through dictation. There is no such place in France, but there is Lille. Could it be that I meant Lille? I don't know.] Grand Father of Louis Charles Deguibert. Was made chevalier of the legion of Honor of France by Louis XIV. Louis Charles' Father. Became a democratic Political figure in Illinois. Louis Charles. Married Mary Ingels. [I believe that the couple in the doorway are getting married.] Center front Louis Charles sits between his parents, Louis A. de Guibert and Rosalie Boulier," and that is where I put a question mark. Who is the lady who sits between the two gentlemen in the front row? If you can tell me, I would appreciate it.

Comments by Ted Lollis: If Louis Charles "sits between his parents," the "lady...between the two gentlemen" is Louis Charles' mother, n'est-ce pas? But his parents are Louis Alexander [1838-1913] and Elizabeth Hosher [1843-1922] -- not Louis Alexandre [1782-1866] & Rosalie Boulier, n'est-ce pas? This is a very formal and carefully composed photograph: (1) Central beaded man in front, (2) elder couple on either side of him, (3) young couple on their flanks, (4) widely spaced woman-man-woman in second row, (5) woman-man in 3rd row (flanking uppermost couple almost like an heraldic pair), and (6) younger man & woman (each with flowers) in doorway [enlarged in inset photo]. I agree it could be a wedding, and I'm confident that we'll work out much of it. I don't think the photo is from France. "De Guibert family of...France" might just be a way of referring to their heritage years after the fact. I think the elder couple is probably Elizabeth Hosher & her husband Louis Alexander De Guibert (before they constructed their "Homestead" in 1889). Compare first photo below.

7th Email by Laurel Hessing 11/18: The so called "Wedding photo" may not, by the way have been taken at a wedding after all but at some other family gathering.. We thought it might be at a wedding because of the flowers and the couple in the doorway but to identify all the people in the photo might not be so easy. We know that it was taken while Louis Alexander was still living, but Mary is not in that photo which shows that it was either before Louis Charles and Mary married or possibly after their marriage, but she could not attend because of Undena's birth etc. I thought of that too. Whereas Mary is in the photo on page 336 of Treasures, but Louis Alexander is not in the photo, and the page 336 photo is dated circa 1900. A lot to think about.


6th Email by Laurel Hessing 11/18: I believe that the woman with the eyeglasses in the "wedding photo" [third person in second row] may be Melinda NELSON Carver [1810-1885]. I have another photograph, a portrait of Melinda Nelson Carver, very formal portrait photo taken in "Loquist" (name of studio) in Peoria, Illinois. The woman in the photo in question that you already have is seated in the second row from the front all the way on the right, and she seems to be the only woman in the photo wearing earrings. In the portrait, she also wears earrings. The annotation is Roxane's on the back of the portrait photo. It reads: "Photograph of Melinda Nelson Carver, born in Maine in 1810, died in 1885. Married Jonathan Carver. One son: Edwin. One daughter Mary. Mary married John Ingels in Indiana. Had ten children, those who grew up to man and womanhood. John B., Rosa Melinda Jamison, Irvin, Eliza Callison (Jesse's mother), Mary de Guibert born in Illinois in 1862, Sherman who died in 1932 in Maryland." Although the woman in the formal photograph is not wearing spectacles, there is no doubt in my mind that this is the same woman.

Comments by Ted Lollis: I agree (from memory) that the matching photo [inset on far right] shows Melinda NELSON Carver [1810-1885], wife of Jonathan CARVER [1806-1888], mother of Mary CARVER Ingels [1831-1907] et al, and my 3rd great grandmother. (My mother once made a set of photos including one of Melinda made in Galva, Illinois, and I have it somewhere in files that it would take me a long time to find.) Since Melinda is in the large "wedding" photo, then it has to have been taken before 1885, and this narrows our search considerably. Her husband Jonathan CARVER didn't die until 1888. So he should also be in the wedding photo, but where? They moved from Indiana to LaFayette, Stark County, Illinois, 48 road miles from Partridge Township in Woodford County. We still don't know where this photo was taken (but presumably the same place as the wedding). One possibility is the wedding of Irvin INGELS [1859-1932] & Eliza Bickett (Ida) RYDER [1859-1902] in LaFayette on February 5, 1882.

#7 (the "Ingels" photo)

15 people (4 men, 5 women & 6 children).
Note "Ingels" in lower right corner.

Caption near the end of "Treasures..." (1999): Circa 1900. 2nd for left back row Mary INGELS De Guibert. 3rd from left Davida DE GUIBERT. Center Louis Charles DE GUIBERT. 3rd from rt. Rosalie DE GUIBERT (Mr. De Guibert's sister). 2nd from rt. Melinda Nelson Carver Ingels (mother of Mary INGELS). Front roy left to rt. Milton DE GUIBERT. 3rd from rt. Undena DE GUIBERT.

7th Email by Laurel Hessing 11/19: On page 336 of "Treasures..." there is another photo which is annotated, and Melinda Nelson Carver Ingels is named as the lady with earrings but she is listed as the mother of Mary Ingels.. I guess that WOULD make her the great grandmother of Golda Pauline Osterberg would it not? I believe that I still have that photo and will get you a clear copy. The annotation was probably Roxane's I believe.

Comments by Ted Lollis: There are no page numbers after 333, and the photo to which you refer is on the very next page (I think). The mother of Mary INGELS De Guibert [1862-1932] was Mary CARVER Ingels [1831-1907], and her mother was Melinda NELSON Carver [1810-1885]. There is no such person as "Melinda Nelson Carver Ingels" as named (by Roxane?) in the annotation for the photo on page 333+1. // I'd guess that the photo is indeed "circa 1900." Milton DE GUIBERT in the lower left was born February 5, 1895, and he looks about five or six in the photo. I love to interpret old photos like this. One way is to guess each person's age and then find the year which best matches all of the likely candidates, and children's ages are often easier to guess than adults'. // Golda Pauline INGELS Osterburg [1891-1986] was a daughter of Irvin INGELS [1859-1932], brother of Mary INGELS De Guibert. So she's related to the old ladies named above the same as Mary's daughters Undena and Davida.

9th Email by Laurel Hessing 11/19: My daughter Rachel photographed this for me. It is a much better copy than the photo in "Treasures..." I wanted you to have this much better copy. As we noted, Melinda NELSON Carver [1810-1885] is still alive in this photo, but perhaps Louis Alexander DE GUIBERT is not. This should tell us an approximate date perhaps. Mary INGELS is in this photo as are Davida, Undena and Milton. Louis Charles DE GUIBERT is here as well. Do you recognize or can you identify any of the others?

#2 (the "House" photo) 1900

From "Treasures of the Little Cabin..." by Laurel Hessing (1999), pages 21-22: "The house where the deGuiberts lived at the turn of the century in Richland valley Illinois, was large -- about two thousand sq. ft. judging from an old photograph, two stories high with two chimneys. There was an attached carriage house to one side, a section with a bay window then another section with a front porch and above the porch a room with a double bay window and another bay window on the side. There were back steps behind the house and picket fence behind that. The carriage house has a second story also and abay window and is coveren with wisteria or anothr type of flowering vine. There were vines growing on the front porch posts. The house had the typical gingerbread carving oa Victorian cape and some of the windows had stained glass framing the clear panes. In a photograph, Mr. Vetter, who may be a neighbor, and Louis Charles deGuibert [1860-1929] are sitting on a bench in front of the house. Ernest [b.1879] is standing behind them in work overalls. Davida [1885-1947] to the right of the bench is quite beautiful in a long sleeveed white floor length dress. The belted dress shows her as a tall, light haired bauty with her hair pulled back and piled over her head. She has an hour glass figure and must have had perfectly glorious skin, chiseled handsome featgures, a rosebud mouth and a high brow. Her hair was said to have been light chestnut. Old Louis Alexander [1838-1913], the partriarch, sits in an armchair between Davida and Rosalie [1878-1947], who is Louis Charles' sister, younger by eighteen years. She was twenty-two when the picture was taken [in 1900] and Davida was 17 [sic]. Rosalie stands, also dressed in a floor length white dress, holding what appear to be opera glasses. Elizabeth Hoshor [1843-1922], the matriarch, is sitting with a fan in her hand next to Rosalie. Rosalie was not as beautiful by far as Davida. They are all nice-looking people. Louis Alexander wears a mutton chop beard. Louis Charles has a mustache and a goatee. The house behind them is in beautiful condition, a Victorian home of middle class, succcssful people."

2nd Email by Laurel Hessing 11/17: This portrait of the family and the home is annotated "DeGuibert Home, Richland Valley, Illinois. John Vetter, Ernest de Guibert, Louis Charles de Guibert, Davida de Guibert, Louis Alexander de Guibert, Rosalie De Guibert, Elizabeth Hoshor De Guibert."' Underneath that is a family tree showing Louis A. de Guibert's marriage to Elizabeth Hoshor de Guibert [and] their children: "Mr. Louis C., Rosalie, Ernest, Louis C. alliance to Mary Ingels, and then from that alliance Davida and [her] alliance to Ernest Eberlein, and below that the daughters Betty, Roxy, Janie, Ernestine." I believe the handwriting may be Roxane's.

Comments by Ted Lollis: This photo must show the De Guibert Homestead which was constructed by Louis Alexander DE GUIBERT [1838-1913] in 1889, passed on to his daughter Rosalie DE GUIBERT [1878-1947] & her husband John EIBEN, and then burned down in 1944 (consuming medals and papers brought from France in 1833). I cannot identify John VETTER. Could he be a suitor of Davida DE GUIBERT [1885-1947]? Ernest DE GUIBERT (who is wearing overalls & appears to be relatively young) is the youngest of Alexander and Lizzy's nine children. I have just found Ernest in the 1917 directory of Woodford County farmers (by then married to Kate SEWARD & farming 160 acres owned by Ella de Guibert (whom I also cannot identify). Davida also looks young in this photo, and I'll guess that the photo was taken two or three years before 1910, the year she married John EIBEN. Rosalie & Ernest are probably the last two children to get married and are still living at home, i.e. in the "Homestead." That would also also be three or four years before the death of the homeowner and five or six years before Rosalie married John EIBEN in 1914. It's also interesting to note who is not shown, e.g. Mary INGELS De Guibert, Undena DE GUIBERT, and John EIBEN. Richland Valley is the name the family used for their locale in Partridge Township, Woodford County, Illinois. Apparently, the name is no longer in active use.

#3 (the "Eureka College" photo) 1904

From "Treasures of the Little Cabin..." by Laurel Hessing (1999), page 26 et seq.: "Eureka Illinois Sunday Jan. 13, 1900 - Dearest Mama... I have found two of the best girl friends I ever had and I believe they will help me all my life. Ella Lohnes, about 20, teaches in High School and May Swinford, Peric [oratory society], Sophomore and about my age, hair and eyes like mine. Both girls room together across the street and board at Miss Jennie's. Ella has brown eyes too and jet black ahir. She went home (at Minoreh) Sat. and last night I stayed with May. We had the finest time." [The is perhaps the first of many mentions of Miss Jennie and "Miss Jennie's" in letters from Eureka student Undena De Guibert [1881-1937].

5th Email by Laurel Hessing 11/17: I was not sure I should send this to you [since] it is so badly damaged, but if it is too bad then of course simply delete it. Annotation on the back seems to be in Betty [EBERLEIN Brown]'s handwriting. She writes: "At Miss Jennie's, Eureka College. Right (Golda Gideon Horne, Mrs. John Horne). Left: Davida de Guibert. Right John Horn. 1904." At least the damage is not of the characters in the portrait. Perhaps with photo shop you might get rid of the damage? Sorry, but that is how Sylvia and I received these photos.

Comments by Ted Lollis: Mary INGELS [1862-1932] and her older daughter Undena DE GUIBERT [1881-1937] both attended Eureka College. (The year before this photo was made, Undena left Illinois to seek fame and fortune in New York City.) If this photo's annotation is to be believed, Davida DE GUIBERT [1885-1947] followed her mother and sister to Eureka. I cannot identify Davida in the photo. (Compare the two pictures of her immediately below.) Nor can I identify Miss Jennie. Is she wearing the white apron? But -- and you're not going to believe this -- Golda GIDEON Horne is in my family history database! She is a second cousin of Jim Auer's and my grandmother, Luna May JAMESON Campbell [1869-1940], and a second cousin of Undena & Davida DE GUIBERT. Their common great grandparents were John INGELS [1793-1859] and Rosa GAAR [1803-1877] whose farm and graves near Bentonville, Indiana, my mother took me to visit in 1947. According to an on-line index, Golda GIDEON Horne's obituary was published by the Kokomo (Indiana) Tribune in 1954. (If true, my mother could have as easily gone to meet her second cousin once removed -- we passed through Kokomo on our annual trip to Michigan -- but she apparently did not know about this opportunity.) // As with many old photos, this one probably passed through many hand which could have recorded its contents and significance. By the time Betty EBERLEIN Brown [1905-1982] -- or whoever -- annotated it, it's interesting a that, in addition to Davida, only the names of Golda GIDEON, John HORNE, and "Miss Jenny" remained in memory.

#4 (photo of Davida)

1st Email by Laurel Hessing 11/17:
This photo is of Davida De Guibert [1885-1947].
It may be Davida in her role of artist's model
as she posed for an artist. Perhaps she was posing
for [her husband] Charles Fitch Lester?
I don't know.

#5 (painting of Davida) 1911

From "Treasures of the Little Cabin..." (1999), page 92:
"Note by Laurel [Hessing]: Davida's niece, Ernestine Benninger [1916-2003]
of Gainesville [Florida] gave me a portrait Kenneth Frazier [1867-1949]
painted of Davida in 1911. Much damaged by time and the elements,
too costly for me to arrange restoration, it is still beautiful and hangs
on a wall in my living room [in Free Acres, New Jersey]. My Sister
Barbara Millstein tells me that some day I must have it restored and I shall."

4th Email by Laurel Hessing 11/17:
This is our painting of Davida De Guibert [1885-1947] done by
renowned painter Kenneth Frazier [1867-1949] in 1912 [sic].
The painting is badly damaged but only on the edges
of the canvas. It was given to me by Ernestine Eberlein Benninger.
It hangs in our hall [in Free Acres, New Jersey] and is well loved.

Part 10 - For Further Information

Click here for "Woodford County Obits (Page 'D')" from "Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy Trails." Includes published obituaries of Louis Charles De Guibert (see Part 3 of this webpage), his father & and several other De Guibert family members. NB: Eureka College is in Woodford County.

Click here for eight essays (written about 1970) by Golda Pauline Ingels Osterberg [1891-1986], provided by Gaar Austin Ingels, transcribed by Edward W. Lollis in 2005, & put on-line by Barbara Elwood Tuinstra. One of the essays, describing Mary INGELS De Guibert, is reproduced in Part 2 above. Another describes her brother Irvin Ingels [1859-1932]. Paula was a daughter of Irvin & aunt of Mary.

Giardina, Carol (2006), "Judith Brown: Freedom Fighter," biographical chapter in Glisson, Susan M. (2006), edited by, "The Human Tradition in the Civil Rights Movement", Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, pp. 320. Giardina is professor of history at Queens College. Glisson is director of the Institute for Racial Reconciliation & assistant professor of southern studies at the University of Mississippi.

Click here for a brief description of the Undena De Guibert archives (2 boxes) at Rutgers University Library. Does this include some or all of the documents described in Hessing, Laurel (1999), "Treasures of the Little Cabin, A Free Acres Cabin tells the Story of Those who Loved it and Sought its Shelter"? Click here for a catalog of Free Acres archives at Rutgers.

Click here for "Undena de Guibert Eberlein ('Jane Gilbert') (1881-1937)," a Eureka College profile of the alumna who became an actress in New York City. Mentions Ronald Reagan, a Eureka College alumnus who became an actor in Hollywood.

Click here for "Treasures of the Little Cabin, A Free Acres Cabin tells the Story of Those who Loved it and Sought its Shelter," compiled, edited & annotated by Laurel Hessing with translations by Laurel Hessing (French) & Sylvia Heerens (German), copyright 1999 by Laurel Hessing, 43 Apple Tree Row, Free Acres, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 07922, 329 pages. Printable PDF file (421 MB) put on-line by Center for Jewish History (CJH), New York, New York (click "View Item" & accept the "Terms & Conditions of Use" to see the book). See Part 3 of this webpage for more information.

Click here for comments on "Treasures of the Little Cabin..." written by Laurel Hessing in October 2012.

Click here for two poems written by Laurel Hessing in October 1982 to memorialize Betty EBERLEIN Brown [1905-1982] & Jane EBERLEIN Hall [1911-1982].

Click here for "Campbell-Jameson Family History," selected documents compiled by Edward W. Lollis, Knoxville, Tennessee. Robert Bruce Jameson's account of his trip in 1883 from LaFayette, Illinois, to the Suwannee River in Florida to retrieve the body of Mary Ingels De Guibert's father James Ingels [1821-1883] -- killed while deer hunting -- will be posted here, but it has not yet been transcribed.

Click here for "Elwood & Carter Families," by Barbara Elwood Tuinstra, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Includes genealogy of Ingels & Campbell families.

Click here for "Family History of Richard Cookson & Rebecca Clark" by Richard Crookson, Allen, Texas. Includes genealogy of Gaar & Ingels families.

Click here for website of the Free Acres Association in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Click here for Wikipedia page.

Click here for "Free Acres' Photostream" on Flickr. Several pages of old & new scenes & community members. Most photos related to the De Guibert family have been included in Part 1 of this web page.

Click here for "Shoebox Letters: The Ingels in Howard County Indiana" edited by Richard T. Ingels (2009). "A collection of photos, letters, autobiographies, and correspondence about the Ingels family in Howard County Indiana. A short genealogical shetch is also given for the Ingels in Pennsylvania and Kentucky before 1800."

Click here for "Growing Up in Free Acres in the 1920's and 1930's" by Richard Clay. Mentions Charles LESTER, Edmund Livingston BROWN & perhaps other members of the extended de Guibert family.

Click here for website of Mansion House B&B Inn in Public Laryland. Innkeepers are George Hogeboom & Carol Pauley. Click here for Wikipedia article. Click here for an architectural description from the Maryland Historical Trust.

Contact Edward W. Lollis, author of this web page, by email (geovisual @ I don't have much more information about the descendants of Louis DE GUIBERT & Mary INGELS than what is shown above & on the accompanying time line, but I maintain a master genealogy file which contains everyone named on this web page (& many more), and I can answer requests by performing look ups, determining relationships, generating charts & reports, etc. Additional information & photos would be most appreciated.

This web page created July 31, 2012.