Debord family

Another gem from the book  "Village of Reynolds" 1876-1976 by Lettie Lloyd Bellinger and Irene Davis Rockhold

Not much, but its interesting to see that the Debords are from France.

"Frederick and Mary Owens DeBord and their family came to Illinois in 1874 from Kentucky.
In 1879 they moved to a farm two and one half miles west and one mile south of Reynolds.
The ancestors of the DeBord family came to America from France."

How I relate:

William Bernard Allen (me)

Living Allen (father)

James Elwood Allen (grandfather)

Maude Swartout (great,grandmother)

Alvira A. Debord (great,great grandmother)

Frederick A. Debord - Mary A. Owens great,great,great grandparents (see above)

Below is Alvira's Obit. She died quite young, age 34. It says she suffered an attack from "La Grippe" which is the flu. Maybe the Russian flu?

Death announcement

Thank you Card

The Will L. Allen Family

I'm lucky to have quite a bit of information about my paternal great grandfather "Will L. Allen". In the family biography section of the book "Village of Reynolds" 1876-1976 by Lettie Lloyd Bellinger and Irene Davis Rockhold the first family profiled is great grandpa Will and family.


When I originally posted this, I wondered who the cousins Arthur,Daisy and Lily Bell were and how they fit into the family. I asked my Dad and family if they had heard of them. They had not. So I started digging around to see if I could find how they related to my G,Grandfather Will. I'm happy to say I found all three. They are cousins to Will through his aunt Eunice Timmons. 

Here is Arthur Timothy Bell

Daisy Bell

Lily Bell

Allen Bros. Trucking

The book "Village of Reynolds" 1876-1976 by Lettie Lloyd Bellinger and Irene Davis Rockhold  mentions the Allen family several times. Here is an article about my grandfather Jim and his brothers Harry and Raymond.

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Snow of 1936 Reynolds Illinois

The snows of 1936 are often reminisced among residents of Reynolds who experienced the hardships of that winter. The February storm became remembered as one of the worst blizzards in history because of the two day paralysis brought to most communities. Milk and fuel shortages were feared, people were marooned, snow plows were stalled unable to get through the crusted snows, and sub-zero gales of wind piled snow into sifting drifts for 36 hours.

Reynolds Village Board, February 1936. L.C. Davis paid the following to remove snow:

Notice the fellow in the middle "Will Allen"   3 hours shoveling………….  90 cents!  Sheesh.. 
It looks like Raymond, Will's son, Grandpa Bill's brother made a pretty good amount that day. 

A few pics from the event below