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#51 Kevin Beyer

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 09:06 AM

New addition to the collection:

1928 - Kankakee, Illinois

It identifies David H. Harper as Department Commander 1927

 

 

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 06:26 AM

Kevin,

 

You have been on a collecting tear recently.  Kudos that you have found some really nice, and diverse, badges for your collection,  It seems to be either feast or famine with me.  Either I am finding multiple items or a lot of nothing.  Good work!

 

 

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 11:23 AM

George,

 

Tell me about it!  At this point in my collecting I typically add one new piece to each of my four primary collection per year.  I have added four new badges to this G.A.R. Department of Illinois collection since January.  I hope my luck stays with me.  :-)

 

That being said, my entire Dept of Illinois collection is on display in this thread.  If anyone has any badges that aren't represented, please post them.  I really would like to see what a complete collection would look like.

 

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 02:46 PM

New additions to the collection:

1896 - Cairo, Illinois

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I have managed to determine that this badge depicts 1895 Department Commander W. H. Powell according to the Roster of the Department of Illinois, GAR, 1896.



#55 Kevin Beyer

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 02:51 PM

New addition to the collection:

1894 - Rockford, Illinois

It depicts H. H. McDowell as Department Commander 1893 Department Commander E. A. Blodgett as listed in the Roster of the Department of Illinois, GAR, 1896.

 

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Unlike many of its decedents, this pendant is lightweight and made of aluminum.  This badge also appears to retain some of an original makers label.  I do not know who the manufacturer was.

 

 

 



#56 Kevin Beyer

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 05:49 PM

New addition to the collection:

1903 - East St. Louis, Illinois

It depicts Harvey Marion Trimble as Department Commander 1903.  Trimble went on to become the G.A.R. Commander-in-Chief for the 1911/1912 year.

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#57 Kevin Beyer

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 06:52 PM

New addition to the collection:

1931 - Aurora, Illinois

It depicts A. C. Best as Department Commander 1930.  Mr. Best was the proprietor of A.C. Best & Son, Monument Builders in Princeton, Illinois, since 1869.

 

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 07:20 AM

Another neat badge Kevin.  Congrats!



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Posted 23 February 2019 - 05:35 PM

Kevin- Do you have one of the 1872 Remington rolling-block Springfields that were the parade guns for the comrads?  As I remember there were about 20 of them.  Yes I have one and know the story.  Ken W.A.H. S. class of 1959.

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Posted 24 February 2019 - 08:28 PM

Hi, Ken,

 

I am not familiar with the aforementioned Springfields.  To whom did they belong, where were the kept, and how were they used?  From the sound of it, they might belong in a class that exists a few levels above my own meager collecting!

 

Kevin



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Posted 04 March 2019 - 07:16 PM

The third one from Aurora I believe you are looking for is "Souvenir." I can't seem to upload it due to the file size.

Perhaps I'll try to write up a list of the Aurora G.A.R. Post #20 badges and its related affiliations.

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 07:20 AM

Kevin- Sorry I am so late but:  These were US m/1872 Remington .50-70 rolling block rifles.  They were kept in a glass case that I think was on the east side of one of rooms in the GAR building.  I assume they were used for parades and funeral duties.  An Aurora dentist was able to get the city/? to sell the whole lot for an under valued amount.  This was about 1960-62.  If you know of old-time Aurora antique arms Cliff Stoner, he was able to locate one of the original GAR Remington's for me in the early 1970's.   I am sure the rest of the lot went to the four winds and their Aurora GAR connection is lost to history.

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 10:40 AM

New addition to the collection:

1929 - Rockford, Illinois

It identifies Charles T. Marsh as Department Commander 1928

 

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 10:46 AM

Beautiful badge in great condition. My compliments. Mike

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 05:07 PM

Heres a couple I have for your record.

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 04:14 PM

These are great.   Anything from the 93rd Illionois Vol Infantry?   My Grandfathers, Grandfather served in that, along with his brother.

 

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 09:46 PM

My collection only contains reunion badges from the G.A.R. Department of Illinois.  I have not obtained anything from particular units, or corps.  On my collecting budget, I need to keep a tight focus!




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