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Illinois Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home Home Band, 1930

ISSCS band, 1930.

The Sunday April 3, 2016 Pantagraph recounted the story of the Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home Band, organized in 1897-98 and active into the 1960s. This state-run home in north Normal changed its name to the Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s School (ISSCS) in 1931.

It’s believed this photo, the only known image of the Home Band in sailor suits, was taken in 1930. The older gentleman in the back row, far left, was longtime bandmaster Prof. H.O. Merry of Lincoln, Ill.
If you didn't see the article in the Pantagraph, check it out here!…/article_50306ac0-44bc-5dab-921e…

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History


Mary DeWitt2/23/19 1:39pm

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) Photo Project volunteers have been seeking family members and friends of SP4 John Andrew Johnson, who died in Vietnam in 1968. At the time of his death, he was reported to be a ward of the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Children’s School, in Normal, but his father and his stepmother lived in Lexington. His mother, identified as Wilhelmina M. Wilkins, took herself off to Los Angeles CA at some point. His father, John Andrew Johnson, Sr., married Ruby Alice Brown (Hardesty-Johnson-Smith) just three months before his son’s death, so it is unlikely that her children knew SP4 Johnson. John A Johnson, Sr., predeceased his wife, and she subsequently remarried.

We remain hopeful that someone knows where a photograph of John Andrew Johnson (1947-68) might be so that it can be posted at the Wall of Faces JOHNSON>.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the Photo Project.

Best wishes,
Mary DeWitt Volunteer
(870) 376-2990

Caroline byrne maiden name was pierce1/02/20 5:55pm

I became a ward of the state in the early 70s was placed here did not know so much history

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