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This notebook created by Everett Block has a listing for each of the intact glass negatives found in the Thompson House. Any information he was able to obtain on the images is written next to it. Additional information he gathered in interviews is…

Note bright lower left hand corner and streak through the center of print. Also noteworthy, the accoutrements of an artistic young lady: tea serving set, parlor guitar, and violin.

A little house on the prairie. Note the hats lying in the grass in the foreground.

In the History of Sidney, 1827-1976 the
house in this image is identified ‘as a cottage in Sidney now the home of Mrs. Eva Prior (1976).’ Eva Prior
(1892-1988), wife of Frederick Hilbert Prior (1892-1958), was born in Carlisle, Indiana. She lived…

The Kammin family lived in the farmhouse where the glass plate negatives were found from the 1920s-1930s. William Kammin (1902-1988) had removed thirteen glass plate
negatives from the attic and taken them with him when he moved. He loaned these…

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Everett C. Block (1921-2000) was born in Champaign County to Hilbert and Ella Lehmkuler
Block. He was the great-grandson of August Block for whom Block Station was named. Besides collecting
and curating an extensive collection of glass plate…

John Wrisk (1857-1926) was
born in Madison, Indiana, but lived in the vicinity of Sidney nearly all his life. He owned a farm near the
corporate limits of Sidney. In 1897, he married Lettie Burnes (1870-1915) of Sidney and they had five

One of the three original negatives developed by the University of Illinois photo lab.

After the Sidney Spring Festival, Block continued to display the photographs and speak to local community groups.
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