Illinois

photo credit: Larry D. Thacker, Jr.
photo credit: Larry D. Thacker, Jr.

“On the left is my father’s father, on the right is my mother’s father. Interesting, long before my parents were ever a thought, both my grandfathers ran around as good buddies with each other. They even witnessed a double murder as teenagers together. Howard, on the left, left Kentucky for Chicago after the Capitol Mines shut down to find work. Walter, on the right, stayed. Both established families that led eventually to my parents meeting. Howard going to Chicago established what still exists as a large part of my relatives in that area. My father ended up being stationed in Chicago in ’69 when I was born, though we all moved back to Kentucky by the time I was a year old. Much of our family then, the Thackers, split our identities between Middlesboro, KY, and Chicago, IL, simply due to one man’s need for work and his bravery for branching out to find it.” – Larry D. Thacker, Jr.

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Header image: map of Northeast Houston in 1922, courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.