Ebay is an occasional genealogical temptation.
Today I made another discovery on Ebay and gave into temptation. The image used in this post is from a postcard postmarked 1909 in Tioga, Illinois. The note on the reverse side of the card indicated that the image is of what is now known as the Bethany United Church of Christ in Tioga and the adjacent church parsonage. The cemetery is not pictured, but it would be to the right of the home in this picture. The image was made facing towards the north east.
Next time I visit the cemetery I’ll have to take a picture of the church myself. I’ve been there several times as five of my ancestors are buried there. I’ve taken numerous photographs of their stones, but never a picture of the church. The church would have standing when my great-great-grandfather Trautvetter was buried from there in 1916. Now to determine if this was the building standing when Franciska Trautvetter was buried in the church cemetery in 1888 and when her mother-in-law, Sophia (Derle) Trautvetter was buried in 1877.
One picture always begs more questions.