Thursday, November 12, 2015

Full Circle 131

This is a huge Full Circle.   Huge in numbers of photos returned to a Nephew.

I wrote a letter to two brothers Allen and Doug….one in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin.

A few years ago in an Antique shop in Brainerd Minnesota.  I found and purchased a number of old photographs.   I have reason to believe that there are many photos of Emeline Moline Lilienthal and Eugene Lilienthal when he was in the service.  There is also a partially filled out Wedding book with photos where I discovered a photo of Lloyd...which lead me to you...Allen and Doug from your brother John's obituary...    Hoping that one of you will want the photos.
I believe some of the photos are of  Ben and Katie Lilienthal.   I think that I have a photo of Lloyd when he married Violet...he is in a Navy Uniform.   Turned out to be Lawrence and Angie
I thought about contacting your Dad  but since  he lives in Isle perhaps it was him that donated them or tossed them??  One never knows.
I cannot find any place where Emeline and Eugene had children?   If you know of any could you please contact them and give them my phone number or email? They had no children.
If  your sister Lois is at all interested that would be great too...I gave up trying to find her married name.
Who ever is the history keeper in your family would be thrilled to get these photos. 
Some of the service related photos have already been presented online.  I write a blog that features an old photo everyday. 
My phone number is ----and my email is captainconnie2001atyahoodotcom
Some of the photos can be found at Forgotten Old Photos.  In November of 2011 I featured a number of photos.


One day my phone rang and it was Allen in Minnesota and he was very interested in receiving the photos.


I just spoke with you on the phone and wanted to again thank you for reaching out with the information of the pictures. I look forward to seeing more of them and I will show them to my Dad and Elmer who should know more about them than I do and share the info I find out with you.

Thank you


I mailed the photos 71 snapshots, 18 large photos and 14 snapshots in a Wedding Book.  For a total of 103 photos.

Connie, Thank you the pictures did arrive and that I know several people in the pictures and I hope to get more information when I show them to my Dad (Lloyd) and Elmer Koch who was Cousin Vera Lilienthal's husband. They are the last people I know who were around then.


Allen sent me a check to cover my expenses and a little more to rescue more photos!

Hello Allen, I received your check today!  Thank you it was most generous, yes I will rescue more photos!   I am anxious to hear what you Dad had to say.  I bet it brought back many memories for him.  Connie 

Your welcome I hope it helps.

My dad saw the pictures over the weekend and helped with quite a few of the pictures. He thinks the base/Hospital was Fort Snelling which was the last place Uncle Gene got rehabilitation after he was injured by rocket or mortar fire in Okinawa. He apparently spent quite a bit of time there since it was close to home. I am still going to show pictures to Elmer to get more info the wedding photo dad thought was Lawrence & Angie Lilienthal which is brother to Vera Lilienthal who Elmer was married to for 30 or so years.

This is just a sample of things I found out. Again thank you. None of this would be possible if you hadn't taken the time to look and reach out.

Thank you


96th at Leyte Group photo NUmber 691Photo 3 I think Okinawa Number 692

Photo Number 691  at Leyte                              Photo Number 692 Okinawa

Photo 4 I think  Okinawa Number 693Photo 2 marked Okinawa note the caves in the ridge Number 692

Photo Number 693                                           Photo Number 692 Caves on the ridge Okinawa

Photo Number 1 Okinawa I think NUmber 693Miss Nuss ML Photos Number 694

Photo Number 693                                         Photo Number 694 Miss Nuss

Miss Nuss second LT nurse Green Bay Wisc ML Photos Number 694Shorty and Miss Nuss Nurses Green Bay Wisc Number 694

Photo Number 694 Miss Nuss Green Bay WI and Shorty

Scotty Schosum Ward Boy ML Photos Number 695Scotty Schosum Ward Boy Number 695

Photo Number 695 Scotty Schosum

Robert Bainsworth St Paul Sept 05 1945 ML Photos Number 696Robert Baisworth and Scotty Schosum Aug 31 1945 ML Photos Number 696

Photo Number 696 Robert Bainsworth and Scotty Schosum

Robert BainesworthST Paul WAAC Red from Calif Aug 31 1945 ML Photos Number 697Scotty and Red Number 697

Photo Number 697 Robert Bainsworth and Red, Scotty and Red

Charles Eubanks Little Rock Ark ML Photos Number 698Charles Eubanks Gene ML PhotosNumbewr 698

Photo Number 698 Charles Eubanks,  Charles Eubanks and Gene Lilienthal

fergerson Tex George C Fergerson Number 699Lars Larson Mpls ML Photos NUmber 700

Photo Number 699 “Tex” George C Fergerson     Photo Number 700  Lars Larson

Red Aug 31 1945 ML Photos Number 701Secretary Dorthy Row Chicago Ill ML Photos Number 702Assistant Secretarey ML Photos Number 702

Photo Number 701  Red               Photo Number 702  Dorothy Row,   Assistant Secretary

Sumners sp Minn Gene Mpls Touson Oklahoma Pischke Chicago Number 703Gene Number 704Group Photo Front Number 704

Photo Number 703                     Photo Number 704  Gene Lilienthal        Group Photo

Soldier and his gal Number 705ML Photos Family  with soldier Number 705Soldier and his gal two Number 705

Photo Number 705  Gene and Emeline,  Gene and Emeline with family


A soldier and his bride  ML Photos Number 706Soldier and his bride two Munber 706

Photo Number 706  Eugene Wallace Lilienthal and his bride Emeline Moline April 15 1944

I found this exact photo in a Wedding Book that Emeline kept.   It was that book that spurred me on to do the research.  Emeline Moline was born July 13, 1925 to Paul and Emma Moline.  She married Eugene Lilienthal  born August 7, 1925 he died Feb 10 1989.  Emeline married Donald Moline on August 20 1990.   Emeline died at the age of 82 on May 23 2008.  Allen and I think that the people that cleaned out her home most likely donated all the personal possessions like photos or sold them as an estate.  Going through obituaries I was able to find Gene’s nephews.

A baby ML Photos Number 707ML Photos Unknown Couple Number 708

Photo Number 707   Photo Number 708  I believe both of these photos are Gene and Emeline

Soldier and nice car ML Photos Number 709Group photo San Antonio TX 1946 Number 710

Photo 709 Unknown                            Photo Number 710  Group San Antonio TX in 1946

7 up San Antionio TX 1946 Number 711

Photo Number 711

San Antonio 1946 Number 2 Number 712San Antonio Tx 1946 grabbing the gal Number 712San Antonio TX Grabbing the gal two Number 712

Photo Number 712

All of the snapshots were in a plastic bag marked  Margaret Lundborg My Life 1930.  Apparently is was a plastic bag that was reused.  So far no connection to Margaret has been found.

I was very pleased to return these photos to Gene and Emeline’s nephew Allen.  Allen seemed very kind and was very appreciative of the photos.

Thank you for stopping by.


  1. Everytime you reunite pictures with a family, it brings tears to my eyes. None of my mom's family is living and it would mean so much to me to get pictures even of people I never knew while they were alive.

  2. Wow! What an awesome ending to the story of the forgotten old photos.

  3. A HUGE full circle indeed!! I remember a lot of those photos!

    It may have "sucked" to have been injured, but the nurses were really pretty! No wonder he kept going back to the hospital!

  4. What a treasure chest of history for Allen's family!

    I was thrilled to see this Full Circle post. Well done.

  5. Happy to see full circle ------ love it.

  6. It is quite exciting to see a full circle post like this. I'm sure this family is thrilled to have the photos.

  7. Wow...what a bonanza! How wonderful to see all those photos head back to family.

    I remember the "Margaret Lundborg My Life 1930" bag and what a scramble that no leads whatsoever. Glad it all got figured out. Had no idea you had that many photos stowed away for one family!


Hi, Thanks for the comments, your input on these old photos is appreciated! English only please! All comments will be moderated! Connie