George Gorton II made these blocks for his children, and they generally celebrate/commemorate the birth of each of them. In addition, there is one for his mother, Lizzie Buffham, Which lists here address (at the time) as Bloomington, IL.
My personal favorite is one of blocks (page 22) for Betty. On one side, the caption is "There was a little girl, that had a little curl, righ in the middle of her forehead - and when she was good, she was very good indeed, and when she was bad, she was HORRID".
The blocks were stored in
this box for many years. It
is labelled "Property Betty
Gorton July 4, 1927"
It also says (much more faintly,
elsewhere) "Doll clothes"