Monthly Archives: May 2020

Odds & Ends. (20 Photos).

Photographs ©John P. Walsh

April 2020.

St. Joseph, April 2020.

Dry cleaners, Wilmette, Illinois, June 2016.

Yellow table and chairs, Naperville, Illinois, March 2018.

Artist’s table, May 2015.

Skyway, Chicago, July 2016. The Skyway’s main feature is a 1⁄2-mile-long steel truss bridge, known as the “High Bridge.”

Below the fold, November 2017.

July 2018.

Grand Theatre (1925), Wheaton, Illinois, May 2018.

Oak Park, Illinois, January 2018.

August 2015.

Forest Park, Illinois, August 2015.

zipper, Chicago, June 2018.

handcrank organ, c. 1930, Old Stone Church (Methodist Episcopal), 1861, Lemont, Illinois, June 2015.

Bard medallion, Rockford, Illinois, July 2017.

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Dry dock, Wilmette Harbor, December 2017.

necks and scrolls, Wilmette, Illinois, June 2016.

Ruth M. Anderson’s sleeveless wedding dress (left) for her marriage to William Noling on Saturday, June 7, 1924, in Evanston, Illinois. The Charles Gates Dawes House, Evanston, Illinois.

The dress is made of silk satin in an egg shell color. It is accented by an oval medallion with bands also made of silk satin. The medallion is embroidered with faux pearl and other glass beads.

While the wedding dress was very fashionable for the mid1920’s, it probably was not or would not be allowed in one of Evanston’s houses of worship because it was sleeveless and deemed risqué for showing too much bare skin.

The wedding was held in the house of the bride and her parents, Jennie (née Johnson) and Isak Anderson at 1035 Ridge Avenue in Evanston built in 1914.

Isak Anderson was born in Sweden and came to the United States at 20 years old in 1890. The next year he married Jennie Johnson and they had Ruth and another child. Ruth’s father was a bank director and partner in a local tailoring business in downtown Evanston at 608 Davis that today is a noodle shop.  

SOURCES: Dawes House, Evanston Illinois; The Swedish Element in Illinois: Survey of the Past Seven Decades, Ernst Wilhelm Olson, p. 586.

Photograph was taken on October 17, 2015.

Miraculous crucifix, Queen of Heaven cemetery, Hillside, Illinois, July 2016.

The crucifix is today located in a southern section of the cemetery. That it is called “miraculous” started around 1990. The story is told that a retired railroad worker who lost his sight in the early 1980’s later claimed to be directed to the crucifix by one of the Medjugorje visionaries when he visited the Catholic pilgrimage site in Bosnia twice in the late 1980’s. After being directed by the Medjugorje visionary to seek out, discover and pray before a 15-foot-tall crucifix found in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois, he and others reported that it bled. When more visitors also said they saw the cross bleed, cemetery staff investigated but reported witnessing nothing out of the ordinary around the cross.

At the same time, the retired railroad worker was healed of his blindness which bolstered the report that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared there, accompanied by angels, including St. Michael the Archangel. More of these same sort of appearances continued over some time. They were accompanied by other miraculous signs, many defying easy explanations.

Despite an incident of vandalism in 1994 (the feet of Jesus were broken off), these sort of inexplicable occurrences continued to be reported regularly throughout the early-to-mid-1990s at the crucifix site. Even into the 21st century, people still gather whether alone, in smaller groups, or in a crowd to see and often pray at the “miraculous” crucifix.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1991-07-24-9103220302-story.html

wash day, May 2017.

Trains & Motorcycles. (31 Photos).

Photographs and Text ©John P. Walsh

August 2016.

April 2021.

June 2018.

Metra Train 188 (built December 1991). BNSF railway. March 2018. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/locoPicture.aspx?id=2101

July 2015.

July 2018.

The Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 1932 Model G Servi-Car Side-Valve V-Twin. The model ran for 41 years and offered high crown fenders and cargo hold that packed 500 pounds. June 2018.

Captain America. March 2018.

Metra 417, MPI MP36PH-3S, (built October 2003) , Chicago (West Loop), August 2017. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=10585

August 2018.

June 2017.

Chicago, November 2017.

June 2018.

July 2017.

Ride with Pride Motorcycle Run, sponsored by Pridefest and the Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 2018.

BSNF Railway Line, April 2020.

The Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Fat Bob” fuel tank, 1954, called “Anniversary Yellow.” June 2018.

The Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2002 XL883C Sportster Custom OHV-V Twin. Loaded with factory-installed additions. June 2018.

Engine 5795 (built n/a), Union Pacific West Line, May 2018. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=40138

Metra Train 129 (built November 1979), Union Pacific West Line, May 2018. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=9548

Along BNSF Railway (retired trainman, Union Pacific Railroad), May 2020.

Amtrak 4612 “Midwest” (built n/a), Siemens SC-44, July 2020. http://rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=234122

The Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. FLH “Uptight” OHV V-Twin, dated 1958. Customization includes extensive metalwork accents, specialty lighting, chrome-tipped dual exhaust, debut of Duo-Glide front and back full suspension, handlebar riser mounted AM radio, and more. June 2018.

Engine 5071, GE C30-7, (built July 1980), BSNF Railway Line, April 2021. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=63833

Rails (BNSF), July 2020.

Chicago, September 2015.

Polaris’ Slingshot three-wheeler is part motorcycle, part sports car. It has side-by-side seating and a steering wheel. West Chicago, June 2021.

Morning commuter, June 2021.

Locomotive 194 was the first Metra locomotive after 2015 to be completely rebuilt and repainted just outside Patterson, Georgia at the Progress Rail plant. The first F40(PHM) rebuilt “like new” engines were returned to Metra service in September 2016.

The F40PHM locomotives were originally built for Metra by General Motors in 1991 at their Electro-Motive Division plant (now closed) in LaGrange, Illinois.

This locomotive features a short nose and sloped cab improving engineer safety in the event of a crash. These rebuilt locomotives are essentially a brand-new locomotive in their original 1991 frame.

The paint scheme for the F40 was developed by a Metra engineer for earlier rebuilds of Metra F59PH and MP36PH locomotives with slight variations.

These rebuilds offer internal systems that are an improvement over the original—this includes better emissions. Locomotive 194 and the 40 other F40PH-2 and F40PHM-2 locomotives that were under contract to be rebuilt for Metra in 2015 are expected to be in service until around 2030.

The total cost for these 41 rebuilt locomotives was $91 million—that is, about $2.2 million for each locomotive. That is contrasted to the cost of a brand new locomotive (about $7 million each). These F40 rebuilds, which serve mainly on the BSNF line, are familiarly called “Winnebagos” for their sleek style reminiscent of the recreational vehicles of that well-known manufacturer.

https://metrarail.com/about-metra/newsroom/the-signal/welcome-home-locomotive-194 – retrieved June 24, 2021.

bikers, May 2017.

Elevated train (Brown Line), Chicago, October 2017.

The Brown Line (also known as the Ravenswood Line) is part of the Chicago “El” or “L” rapid transit system. The Chicago public transportation train system offers a total of 8 color-named lines (Yellow, Red, Blue, Pink, Orange, Green, Purple, and Brown). All the lines begin in the downtown “Loop” and branch out from there in different directions throughout the city (except, of course, east into Lake Michigan).

The popular Brown Line travels over 11 miles from downtown Chicago to the north and west to the “Kimball” station in Chicago’s Albany Park. There are 27 stations on the Brown Line and the train runs entirely above ground. The Brown Line first opened in 1907.

https://www.transitchicago.com/visitors/ – retrieved June 30, 2021.

https://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/6/ctamap_Lsystem.png – retrieved June 30, 2021.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Line_(CTA) – retrieved June 30, 2021.

METX 183, EMD F40PH-2. The locomotive was originally built for Metra by General Motors in September 1989 at their Electro-Motive Division (EMD) plant (now closed) in LaGrange, Illinois. see – http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=2727 – retrieved July 1, 2021. BSNF Railway Line, July 2021.