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(Postcards from Sullivan:
Parks )


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Title Front Back Transcription/Comments
Pifer's Park: Water Wheel Postmark:

Sullivan Nov. 1 9PM

Addressed to:

Miss Ethel Burtner
c/o T.V. Davis
R. R. 36


At Sullivan to football game
Newman 25 to 0.



Ethel was born about 1891, the daughter of William and Ella Burtner. The sender is presumably from the same community, but has not been identified.

Pifer's park was located between Sullivan and Allenville. Though I haven't determined the exact location, it may have been on Daniel M. Pifer's land, section 8, East Nelson, 3/4 mile south of the Masonic Home. Like Wyman Park, it was a popular site for picnics and concerts; unlike Wyman however, it also provided cabins for extended vacations.
Wyman Park Bandstand, early 1920's Postmark:

Sullivan asdfasdfasdfApril (rest of date illegible)

Addressed to:

Goldie Shipman
1064 Franklin St.
Decatur Illinois


Hope you many happy birthdays from your grandma

The 1920 census confirms the Shipmans' Decatur address and indicates that Goldie was born about May, 1916, the daughter of Ray and Allie Shipman. Therefore, while the postmark year is not legible, this would probably have been mailed in the 1920's.

The bandstand stood near the entrance to the park, and was demolished in the early 1960's to make way for the Civic Center.
Wyman Park Bandstand, about 1930 Postmark:

Sullivan Ill. ??? 1930 1 PM

Addressed to:

Miss Mary K. Miller
Valley Station
Rout 1 Box 298


2110 Jackson St. Sullivan Ill.

Dear Mary K -

I hope you are enjoying yourself as much as I am. I play golf - fish - go to shows etc. I won the ladies golf prize yesterday. It was a round free today none of the good players were out -- was the reason. See you 1st Tues in Aug.

Mrs. Wimp

Census records provide three possibilities for Mrs. Wimp, and six for Mary Miller; consequently, their identities are undetermined.
Wyman Lake, looking east Unused

Wyman Lake, looking north Unused

Wyman Lake, looking west Addressed, but no postmark

Addressed to:

The Nurses
Otis Hospital


The water is fine but the weather is cold.

M. McCoy.

Though undated, the style of the postcard indicates that this is an early view, showing the park as it originally looked.

I have been unable to identify the sender. A picture of the hospital is here.
Wyman Lake, looking west Postmark:

Sullivan Ill. Aug 13 1957 1:30 PM

Addressed to:

Dick Jones
% Earl Mortimore
R. R. # 2


Hi Dick & All

Just ate dinner with Daddy. Sure is warm here - thought it might rain but not yet. Be good & help Barb & mind your manners. Will write more later

Love to all


Earl Chalmers Mortimore (b. c. 1917) was the son of Charles Ovid and Nora Agnes (Baucknecht) Mortimore.

The sender's signature is unclear, as it's overlayed with the postmark, but appears to be M??mie, where the question marks are ambiguous letters.

Sullivan Civic Center, undated The Civic Center, housing a gymnasium and swimming pool, was built in 1965 on the site of the old bandstand.