Thursday, August 20, 2015


To all my loyal readers –

I have not posted anything to this blog since June 12th of this year. Several of you have been kind enough to contact me to see if everything is OK.  A couple of things have happened recently to unfortunately push Under Every Stone to the back burner.

The main reason for not posting is that there have been significant changes at work.  I work long hours and when I get home I am exhausted – too exhausted to even write any blog articles.  Over the weekends I still work on Find a Grave photo requests as well as photographing other Chicago area graves of interest, but that doesn't leave much time for blog research.

The other reason for the delay in posting, is that the “angel” who got all the death certificates for me moved out of Chicagoland, and the replacement she recommended didn’t work out.  So you will probably not see as many death certificates in future articles of mine as you have in the past.

Rest assured, however, that I am still dedicated to this blog and to telling the interesting stories of these forgotten folks.  I plan to post an article this fall that I am currently finishing up.  It’s the story of Roy Cooley, the founder of the popular Cooley’s Cupboard restaurants in Evanston and the Tally-Ho restaurants in Evanston and Park Ridge.

It is unlikely in the near future that I will be able to match my past schedule of one posting per week.  Going forward it is more likely that I will post 1-2 articles per month to the blog, so sign up to be a Follower to make sure you receive everything as it becomes available.

If you wish at any time to contact me directly, my email address is  If you reply through the blog I have no way to get back to you unless you give me your email address.  Blog owners are unable to get the email addresses of people who post replies to their blogs.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support.  I have more great stories to tell and I will continue to keep this blog alive as time permits.

Jim Craig