REMEMBERING LIFE IN BYRNESVILLE














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 This page I would like to dedicate to:
   REMEMBERING LIFE IN BYRNESVILLE
    and what people did for recreation while growing up in the village. We
    enjoyed many of the simplier things in life, such as;
    We had the freedom to roam and enjoy the many acres of woodland
     that surrounded Byrnesville. ----
    Picking huckleberries, blackberries, chestnuts, and a variety of fruits---
    Hunting small game, rabbits, grouse and squirrels. ---
    Riding bicycles, motorcycles, motorized go-karts, sledding, ice skating
    roller skating and building snowmen. ---
    Playing sandlot baseball and basketball outside on grass courts. ---

Welcome!

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RIDING OLD JEEP AROUND MOUNTAINS

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My son riding go-kart in woods

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WE PICKED A LOT OF HUCKLEBERRIES




























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BACK YARD PARTIES WERE VERY POPULAR

Target shooting with BB guns, 22 cal. rifles, and homemade bows and
    arrows. ---
    Bonfires on july 4th. ---
    Potato roast, corn roast, grilling hot dogs on an open camp fire. ---
    Enjoying ice cream cones when the ice cream truck came around. ---
    Climbing trees, hiking, building shacks, playing hide and seek, swimming    in the many water filled holes. ---
    Playing poker and other card games. ---
    Enjoying the many activities at the Byrnesville gun club, trap shooting,
    pigeon shooting and picnics.---
    Playing pinball machines.---

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MIKE REILLEY WITH BASKETBALL

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HERE IS MIKE REILLEY AT PINBALL MACHINE

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THE BOYS AND I BACK FROM A RIDE

While the strip mining of coal caused a lot of dirt , noise and inconvience
it also provided many enjoyable hours of watching giant machines digging
for coal and hauling  away the dirt and the coal.
    After the holes were finished the large dirt  banks that remained were
used by dirt bikers for hill climbing,  for sledding and hiking.

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THESE LARGE MACHINES DUG HUGE HOLES

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CYCLE LOOKS SMALL BESIDE BIG MACHINE

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THIS TYPE OF TRUCK HAULED AWAY THE DIRT

  We also traveled to neighboring towns to swim, go to movies, watch  parades and play in the playgrounds. We traveled to amusement parks such as Reichweins, Buery's grove, Ideal, Springbrook and Knoebels.
  After 1950, television was added to the things to do.
 I am sure that there are many things that could be added to this list and I hope former residents will keep us informed about their experiences either by E-mail or the guest book.
                      THANKS :   MIKE REILLEY
                                                                         mpreil@aol.com
                                                                        mpreil@verizon.net

CHECK THESE OTHER LOCAL HISTORY SITES

Click here to return to Byrnesville index page

DANWALSH SINGING MINER

REMEMBERING THE LAST DAYS OF BYRNESVILLE

THE BYRNESVILLE GUN CLUB

DECEASED RESIDENTS OF BYRNESVILLE

BYRNESVILLE REUNION PICTURES

OLD COAL MINING PICTURES

SAINT IGNATIUS CHURCH HISTORY

ASHLAND PICTURES FROM THE PAST

HOME LOCATIONS IN BYRNESVILLE

CENTRALIA PICTURES BEFORE AND AFTER THE FIRE

      






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It took weeks of work to get ready for the big bon fire

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The bonfire for the July 4th holiday was a big event

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We would walk a couple of miles to see our movies

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Strip mining for coal was a way of life in Byrnesville

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Gathering at one of the porches




























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