A book about prominent citizens of the area stated of John that, "His efforts as a horticulturist have been attended with gratifying and well deserved success and he has long been numbered among the representative fruit growers of his section."
John died in 1928 at the age of 76. Henrietta died in 1936 at 80.
Paul A. Lilly was born 11 July 1909 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. He was the second youngest of six children born to James Edward Lilly and Margaret Ellen Lynch. Following high school he attended the University of Detroit, earning a BS degree in 1931.
Mr. Lilly founded and for more than a decade headed the Catholic Theater of Detroit, which was described as "the best in non-professional theater." Located on the campus of the University of Detroit, the company produced up to seven shows per year along with shows for children and classes in acting, directing and playwriting. At various times Mr. Lilly was the president, business manager, executive secretary, director, actor and stage hand for Catholic Theater.
During World War II Mr. Lilly worked as a program director for the Red Cross overseas. A newspaper of the time carried a photo of him supervising a French pastry chef who was preparing cookies, presumably to serve at a show for American troops. The article also noted that Mr. Lilly worked in Africa, Italy and France.
Following the war, Mr. Lilly toured with several theater companies and also performed in New York City. He was a senior partner in L.S.P. Productions, which staged the off-Broadway hit play, "Teach Me How to Cry." His other work included stock theater, radio, movies, television, and Broadway shows.
He was a member of Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Paul A. Lilly's business card.
In New York City he appeared in the musical version of "Street Scene" and in plays "The Shrike" and "My three Angels." His last stage appearance was in "Auntie Mame," which starred Rosalind Russell.
He died 19 October 1959 of cancer at the age of 50 in New York, and he was buried in Bradford, Pennsylvania, where he was born.
James Richard "Richie" Walden was born 27 December 1864 in Franklin, Indiana. He was the fourth of twelve children of James Alexander Walden and Francis Branham. His father worked first at farming and then as a carpenter.
On 3 October 1888 he married Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Baker and together they had two sons and three daughters. Except for a short period in 1898 when he served in Cuba during the Spanish American War, Mr. Baker lived all of his life in Franklin. In city directories his occupation is listed as butcher and grocer.
James "Richie" Walden in front of his grocery store in Franklin.
One of Mr. Walden's hobbies was wood carving. He used wood slats from produce boxes to carve and paint whimsical things like birds that he gave to friends and family.
People attending a Baker family reunion in the 1990s talked about the high regard residents of Johnson County had for Mr. Walden. They recalled stories about how generous he was with local people during the hard times of the Great Depression.
Mr. Walden's daughters, Dorothy and Alice working in his grocery store.
Mr. Walden's wife died 8 February 1944, and he died 24 February 1946. They are buried in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, Indiana.
The Painting Contractor
George Lawrence Shank was born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, 3 January 1890. He married Mary Mildred Lilly 5 January 1915, and while living there they had a daughter Marcia Kathleen and a son William Martin Shank.
In 1920 the family moved to Olean, New York, for Mr. Lilly's work as a painter. His daughter Marcia said of her father, "He wasn't educated, but we was one of the best painters, especially in those old homes. He had a certain technique for painting delicate oak." She said that people in their town really "would appreciate his artistic painting."