Divided Back, Real Photo Postcard, unused. AZO stamp box. Circa 1913 – 1917.
Lillie May, daughter of John L. Findahl and Nancy A. Hammontree, was born December 8, 1897 in Sheridan, Wyoming. John was a native of Denmark and Nancy was from Tennessee. Lillie married Claude Olan Realing in 1918 and they had one child, their son Lyle, who was killed in action during WWII when his ship, the U.S.S. Indianapolis, was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Lillie was a lifelong Sheridan resident, and died in 1986. This postcard will be a great find for anyone researching the Findahl family.
Also of interest: A movie was made in 2016 starring Nicholas Cage, based on the true story – U.S.S. Indianapolis: Men of Courage.
Sources: Ancestry.com. Web: Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2016 .
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Indianapolis:_Men_of_Courage (accessed September 17, 2022).
Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55435835/lyle-olan-realing: accessed 17 September 2022), memorial page for Lyle Olan Realing (1925–30 Jul 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 55435835, citing Sheridan Municipal Cemetery, Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming, USA; Maintained by Marsha Hanson Dillon (contributor 46953066) .
“Lillie M. Realing.” The Billings Gazette obituaries. August 15, 1986, Friday, p. 12A.