Lucille Cannon (1895-1975), daughter of Agnes McCole and Dennis Murphy Cannon, at about age 4 in Superior, Wisconsin. Lucille became a teacher and spent much of her career at Boys Town, Nebraska, where she taught art.

Art Room, Boys Town, Nebraska

Lucille spent many years in this room, teaching young boys until she retired in the 1960s.


Charles, Neil and Lucille Cannon. circa 1905

Superior, Wisconsin. Charles Bernard Cannon (1900-1982), Neil–Corneilus–James Cannon (1898-1970), Lucille Anastasia Cannon (1896-1973), children of Agnes McCole and Dennis Cannon. Charles in later life resented these pictures of himself in a dress, but that was the ordinary way of clothing a small boy until (like Neil, above) he wore short pants. The hairbow may have seemed worse than the dress. When I, Charles’s daughter, was 5, I was subjected by my mother to the same hair-do, sausage curls wound around her finger (and sometimes painful when they were pulled off the finger).

Lucille Cannon (1895-1975) grew up in Superior, Wisconsin, the eldest child and only daughter of Dennis and Agnes McCole Cannon.  This pre-printed, add-your-own recipe book was designed and illustrated by Louise Perrett and published in Chicago in 1904. Some of the recipes appear to come from Superior friends, such as Mary McKeague, wife of the newspaper publisher, Rose Boyle, and women of the Hughes families.

Each category of recipes was illustrated by Perrrett but Lucille seems to have had no need for the  “Eggs” category which she used for “Desserts.” “The Chaffing Dish” category became “Cookies.  Like all the recipes, these for cookies listed only the ingredients; the home cook was supposed to know how to bake them. The second Oatmeal Cookies recipe notes “add whites last,” presumably the whites that accompanied the egg yolks at the start.

“Tilden Cake” probably came from Aunt Rose McCole, second wife of Lucille’s uncle Jim McCole, who moved from Wisconsin to Nebraska in the 1880s and lived near Tilden.  The surprise in “Surprise Cake” might have been that it turned out like a cookie.

Edmund Cornelius  and Catherine McLaughlin Reardon, Wedding Photograph, August 6, 1924

Edmund (1895-1948), known as Ed, son of William and Nellie O’Keeffe Reardon, married Catherine (1897-1990), daughter of Orin Homer and Ellen Cannon McLaughlin of Rhinelander, Oneida County, Wisconsin, on August 6, 1924 in Rhinelander. They lived in Independence, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, and later moved to nearby Arcadia. Their three children were Francis, Thomas, and Catherine Ellen.

Mary Harietta Cannon, left, and Ellen Jane Cannon, circa 1880

Ellen Jane (Jennie) Cannon, 1862-1930, and Mary Harietta (Mate) Cannon, 1867-1933, were daughters of Anastasia Murphy and Cornelius Cannon  of Caledonia, Waupaca Co., Wisconsin. This tintype in a paper frame shows both girls with long hair, suggesting that that they were not yet “of age.” Jennie married Orin Homer McLaughlin in 1884 and Mate married  William C. Heuer in 1886.  Both women spent their lives in Wisconsin, Jennie  in Rhinelander and Mate in Oshkosh.

Dean Bradley and Patsy

March 31, 2010

Thomas Dean Bradley, 1884-1964, the youngest son of Susan Cannon and Delos Polk Bradley, moved to Superior, Wisconsin, to live with his uncle Dennis Cannon after his parents died in Kansas. Above, he is joined by Patsy, Dennis’s brown water spaniel, about 1895. He married Grace Randall and lived for many years at Klamath Falls, Oregon.