THOS WATKINS RESTAURANT BOARDING LODGING

Here is a photograph that should tax the memories of some of the older people of the community. The original is the property of C.C. Yowell of Chenoa and he was able to identify the people shown. At the extreme right is "Uncle Matt Hainsfurther, well known in the community at the time the photograph was taken, sometime before the turn of the century. Standing next is Mrs. Josie Gum, who later operated the Smoot Hotel, now Hotel New Salem. In the middle is Mrs. Gum's daughter, Mrs. Arthur Smedley of Tallula. Next is Mrs. Lilly Yowell, another daughter of Mrs. Gum, and mother of C.C. Yowell. On the left is Mrs. Sarah Kuhns, a cousin of the two younger women.

And now comes the place where "old timers" may come in: Who can locate the restaurant?

[Note: Jose Gum is Josephine Wilcox Watkins Gum, daughter of James & Margaret Hall Wilcox. She is buried in the Oakland Cemetery in Petersburg, Il.]

Original newspaper article provided by Rosanne Mueller, a Yowell descendant. Date the article was run in the Petersburg Observer is unknown, but believed to be in the 1960's or late 1950's.

Many thanks to Jane Shaw Cutright, Editor of the Petersburg Observer who provided a legible photo and reprinted it in the March 13, 2008 Petersburg Observer.

Photo and transcription provided to Genealogy Trails by Carole Martin

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