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1910 Flora & Frank Thum RPPC Photo, Central Hotel, Canton, Illinois


circa 1910  Mystery RPPC Photo of the Central Hotel

On Postcard reverse: "Dear Aunt, here is our hotel, how do you like the looks of it. We wanted to wait until the trees were all leaved, but the photographer had to leave. Are all well. Have had awful old weather and it is raining today. Hope you are all well. love from your niece, Flora" handwritten in old fountain pen ink. Photo type: RPPC Real Photo Postcard Photo. Photographer: Unknown, has a unused stampbox with Kruxo mark. Kruxo was made and distributed by Kilborn Photo Paper Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

This beautiful old photo postcard is a mystery. It shows a beautiful old hotel building with "Central Hotel" clearly seen painted on front window. A couple stand out front, in the summer sun. windows are wide open, with young trees freshly planted along street. 

From the handwriting on back, we know someone named Flora and presumably her husband ran this hotel....and after extensive research, we feel there is a good chance this Central Hotel was in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois.

We have found that Flora and Frank Thum ran the Central Hotel in Canton in the early part of the 19th century. Frank died in 1929 and Flora continued on, and died herself in 1961. This particular Kruxo stampbox on back dates the photo to 1908-1920, which is in keeping with our theory.

Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Frank Thum (1876-1929) born and died in Smithfield, Illinois, died age 54
Father: Jacob Friedrick Thum (born Germany 1833)
Mother: Mercy Ellen Nebergall Thum (born Ohio 1876)
He had two brothers and one sister.
Wife: Flora Belle Thum, born 1881 or 1882-died 1961.

Frank Thum in the U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
Residence Year: 1927
Street address: Central Hotel
Residence Place: Canton, Illinois
Spouse: Flora Thum
Publication Title: Canton, Illinois, City Directory, 1927

Flora Thum in the 1920 United States Federal Census
Age: 38
Birth Year: abt 1882
Birthplace: Illinois
Home in 1920: Cass, Fulton, Illinois
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Frank Thum
Father's Birthplace: Illinois
Mother's Birthplace: Illinois
Household Members: Name Age
Frank Thum 44
Flora Thum 38

Flora Thum, Widow of Frank in City Directories.
Flora Thum in the 1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Flora Thum
Birth Year: abt 1881
Birthplace: Illinois
Marital Status: Widowed
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1930: Canton, Fulton, Illinois
Street address: White Court
Ward of City: 5
House Number in Cities or Towns: 147
Dwelling Number: 209
Family Number: 240
Home Owned or Rented: Rented
Home Value: 15
Radio Set: No
Lives on Farm: No
Attended School: No
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father's Birthplace: Illinois
Mother's Birthplace: Illinois
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: Boarding House
Industry: Proprietor
Class of Worker: Working on own account
Household Members: Name Age
Flora Thum 49
Robt Witherell 22
Evelyn Fetch 15
Alberta Swan 21
John Duffy 34
William Rasmoss 43

Both Frank and Flora are buried at the Baughman Cemetery, Smithfield, Fulton County, Illinois. This photo was found in Walland, Blount County, Tennessee. We would love more info, or if you can verify our research, we would greatly appreciate the help. A stunning photo of an early 19th century American town scene.

Size: 3.5 x 5.5 inches

Debra Clifford Ancestorville Genealogy    Note: Hello from ~debra. I have spent years collecting over 10,000 ID’d lost family photos & paper from US flea markets & antique shops. I do the best gen research I can, but am always open to corrections. This is an original antique item, not a reprint. A new high quality rigid sleeve is included for extra protection, especially during shipping. You may buy a piece alone, or large intimate 300 dpi scans of the front and back sent immediately via email, or both. Please search carefully, as they are often found together and many may be related. I also invite you to join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. Thank you, enjoy! ~Debra Clifford (contact info on top bar)

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