Wayne County, IL


Neal Roth Williams
Aug 31, 1950-Sep 19, 2009

My Cousin,  a friend, Vietnam Veteran, Curator of Collections of the Louisiana State Museum, a rare & true Southern Gentleman, you will live on here with our relatives and ancestors whom you spoke of not as if they were dead but, just on a long trip.

When I Must Leave You

By Helen Steiner Rice

When I must leave you for a little while-
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears,
And hug your sorrow to you through the years,
but start out bravely with a gallant smile.
And for my sake and in my name,
Live on and do all things the same.
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
but fill each waking hour in useful ways.
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer,
and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near.
And never, never be afraid to die,
for I am waiting for you in the sky.

Pictures are Courtesy of Neal Roth Williams

These are copies of original photos in the possession of Neal Roth Williams and were originally the possessions of Virginia Caroline Dickey Reynolds, the daughter of David Ballard Dickey & Nancy A.S. Page Dickey

In November of 1996 Neal sent these pictures to Joan Severa & Leslie A. Bellais, Curator of Costume & Textiles for the Wisconsin State Historical Museum, for assessment, they used the factors of manner of dress, hairstyle and other features to ascertain when the photo may have been taken, and narrow down the time period for each photo. There is a corresponding letter under each picture this corresponds with a letter assigned to the picture description and appraisal.

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  Picture B:  1850-1855; This image appears to have been redrawn, especially the dark lines on the dress.  The sleeve seams are probably the partial diagonal lines low on the shoulder.  Vertical shoulder seams are first seen in the 1870’s.  Everything else about this image makes us believe that it is pre-Civil War.  The plain garment with wide collar, round neckline, and center front closure along with the cap and severe center-parted hairstyle indicate an early 1850’s date.
  Picture C:  c. 1870;  The high waistline and bishop sleeves (tight at the shoulder seam and wrist, full in between) indicate a late 1860’s garment, but the large bow, high white removable collar, and less severe hairstyle (some curls and fullness allowed) are indicative of the early 1870’s.
  Picture F: 1890-1891; Note that the vest is now buttoned very high on the chest and a small narrow bowtie is worn; a style worn throughout the 1880’s.  The indication of the date, however, is the hairstyle which Joan describes as a “buzz” or close cut on the sides with short hair on the crown and a side part.  According to her this was fad of the very early 1890’s.
  Picture G: 1873-1875; Generally it is easier to date photos by women’s clothing, which changed fashion more frequently than men’s.  This woman is wearing a typical mid-1870’s dress, which appears to have a longer waist than “C”, a high collar, coat sleeves (2 seams), and an overskirt/skirt combination or at least the appearance of one.
  Picture H: c. 1862; Joan dated this image based on the bishop sleeves, the round neckline, the full, possibly crinoline, skirt, and severe hairstyle.
  Picture J:  c. 1875; This is definitely an 1870’s image, since the man is wearing a wide-lapel frock coat shows a lot of shirt front.  These were going out of style by the late 1870’s, but would still have been worn by the less fashionable to about 1880.
  Picture K: c. 1878; Note that the lapels are narrower than the previous image and less shirt is showing, indicating a late 1870’s date.  By 1880 there would be even less shirt visible.
  Picture L: c. 1870 This was a difficult photo to date because the man does not appear to be wearing fashionable clothing (note the lack of collar).  Joan primarily based the date on the hairstyle which consists of medium length hair brushed off the forehead and exposing the ears, basically an 1860’s to early 1870’s style.
  Picture M: 1890-1891; The dress the women’s wearing was only fashionable for a brief time.  Its features are the peaked sleeves, tight fit with a center front buttoned opening, and high collar.  Her hairstyle with its flat sided and fluffy crown was fashionable in the late 1880’s early 1890’s. 
  Picture N: c. 1875; Joan and I think this suit and hairstyle are similar to Photo “J”;



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