Sunday, May 8, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Unknown Bride and Groom 1930's, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

These lovely people don't have names, but I do know the photograph was taken in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and was found in a box with another photograph from there of Jess and Frank Cook- I wonder if they're related. The bride has a big bouquet of calla lilies which was especially popular during the 1930's, as was the long train on her dress.

If you know who this couple may be, let us know in the comments!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Found Family: Munselle Family 1900's, Texas

I was recently able to return this photograph after coming across a page about the Munselle family on while doing some research. I contacted Nancy and she confirmed that these were indeed her ancestors. The family lived in Bangs, Texas around the time this photo was taken. Lawrence (Zona) and wife Ada Shipp had three children: Leland, Joe Howard, and Mark, who is listed on the back but was likely born after the picture was taken.

 I'm glad I was able to safely return the photograph to its family!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Aunt Jess and Uncle Frank Cook 1900's Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Jessie Rowe and Frank Cook were married in 1902 and had two sons, Robert F and Clifton R. In 1910, Frank was a house painter and in 1920, he was a janitor for a post office. Judging by Jess's hairstyle, this is definitely early 1900's and could have been a wedding portrait.

If you know who this lovely couple may be, let us know in the comments!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Women Out for a Walk 1940's-50's

"To our only
girl cousin
Love ya,
Nell and Ca????"

Though there aren't any last names or locations on this photo that might help identify the subjects, I couldn't help but love it. This is an almost candid shot, the women with their feet stepping forward, breeze blowing their hair as they stroll down a busy street. The woman on the left holds a purse and what looks like shopping bag. I'm trying to determine based on their clothes and hair whether this is from the 1940's or 50's. What do you think?

If you know who these ladies may be, let us know in the comments!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Laura P Smith 1898, Monmouth, Maine

Back reads:
 "Laura P Smith
MHS and A '98"

Laura Smith was born in 1879 in Monmouth, Maine to Abbie F Smith and Henry S Smith, a farmer. She had two older siblings, Annie C and Harry J. I'm going to guess this is a graduation photo, as she would have been about 19 when this was taken and MHS could be Monmouth High School. In 1910 she is living in Middlesex, Massachusetts with her uncle Charles W Smith and aunt Mary E Smith, as well as a cousin Helen, two lodgers, and Abbie F Smith, Charles's sister-in-law. Laura is working as a spring breaker in a watch factory. In 1920 she is lodging with George and Jannie Blake and she has become a bookkeeper at the watch factory. After that, I can't find any more about her.

If you know who this may be, let us know in the comments!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

John (Johnnie) Gamel 1870's, Mason County, Texas

"Johnnie Gamel-
Son of
John W. Gamel and Katherine Crosby Gamel
Brother of Arch Gamel
Grandson of William Gamel
and Katherine Tucker Gamel"

John Gamel was born in 1868. His father John William Gamel was born in 1845 in Georgia, and his mother Katherine was born in 1843 in Ireland. John William was a wealthy cattle rancher and civil war veteran who served in the thirty-third Regiment of the Texas Cavalry in 1862 and 1863. To quote his obituary:
"He made his fortune in the cattle business and was one of the influential men of his time. He was recalled by old timers in Dodge City, Kansas as a "flamboyant, forceful Texan" who celebrated at the end of cattle drives by lighting cigars with ten dollar bills, declaring he had "enough money to burn a wet dog." Meaning he was really, really rich. 

Johnnie and his older brother Arch were sent away to school during the conflict of the Mason County War around 1875, when he was 12 and his brother was 14. (If you get the chance, read up on the Mason County War. It's fascinating, though a little bloody.)

When John was 25 he married a Katherine, just as his father and grandfather had (was it a family tradition?). They had three children: Clayton, Byna, and Henrie. In 1900, they are living in Upper Labante, Converse, Wyoming and his occupation is listed as farmer.

If you know who this may be, let us know in the comments!