Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Phoebe Shearer 1890's, Rushville, Illinois

Inscription on the back:
"aunt Phoebe Shearer
Spinster sister of
Grandma (Mary Ann) Smith"

Phoebe Shearer was born in Pennsylvania in 1827. She had many siblings, including her sister Mary Ann Shearer who later married John Keysar Smith. I can't find much else on Phoebe, though the inscription on the back of the photo indicates she never married.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Henrietta Bolz 1900's, New York

Henrietta "Nettie" Bolz was born in Brooklyn in 1886 to parents George and Agnes Bolz. She had 4 siblings: Elizabeth, Margaret, Hannah, and George. At age 24, she briefly worked in an embroidery factory as an embroiderer. She never married and lived with her parents until their deaths.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Unknown Woman 1890's, Erie, Pennsylvania

Fred Pfaff was a photographer in Erie, Pennsylvania from the 1890's to about the 1910's. It seems he did portraits of both white and African American subjects , which was unusual for the time. The scroll of paper framing the woman suggests this may have been a memorial portrait. Unfortunately, there is no information on the woman herself anywhere on the picture.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mabel and Walter Dumm 1885, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

"Mabel S. D. Dumm
+ baby Walter
about 1885 late
This copy sent
from Pierce Dornblaser
home by Mabel Krape
July 1968"

Mabel Shafer Dornblaser was born in Pennsylvania in 1859 to parents Peter and Elizabeth Dornblaser. Mabel was the youngest of eight children: Catherine, Thomas Franklin, Amanda Jane, Luther, Albert, Puella E. and Pierce M. The Dornblaser's appear to be a family of prominent people, in particular Mabel's brother Thomas, who served in the civil war and wrote several autobiographical works. In January of 1883, Mabel married John Martin Dumm, a physician. They had three children: Clarence, born 1883, Walter J, born 1885, and Mabel, born 1889. Mabel S died later that year, at age 30. Walter later married Elizabeth Lord and they had one daughter, Mary Elizabeth.

Happy Mother's Day!

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Rosetta Falkenhagen 1903, St Louis, Missouri

Rosetta Schmuck was born in 1903 in St Louis, Missouri to Randel and Elizabeth Schmuck. She had one sister, Genevieve, born 1903.The family later moved to Galveston, Texas, where Randel worked as a carpenter. In 1924, Rosetta married Charles A Falkenhagen. They had one son, Charles, born 1925. In 1940, Rosetta and Charles are divorced and she is working as a clerk in the Advertising Department of  the Galveston News-Tribune.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Main and Baker Family 1880's, California

Nancy Main Baker
Maggie Baker

Hugh Main

Nancy Main was born in 1852 in Pike County, Illinois to parents William and Permelia Main. She had several siblings, including sisters Letitia and Elizabeth, and brothers Hugh, John, James, and Daniel. In 1868, at age 16, Nancy married Robert Baker. They had 5 children: Margaret (1869), Martha, Lizzie, Lucy, and May.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Bessie and Elvie Hutchins 1896, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

"Howard Dumbleton march 17
1896 on his 10th Birthday from
Bessie + Elvie Hutchins"

Bessie Hutchins was born in 1884. Her sister Elvie was born in 1886. Their father, Myron, was a farmer and later, a traveling salesman. At age 24, Elvie was a grade school teacher and at 34, she was married to Clarence Favell, a musician. Bessie married Ervin Peart, a high school teacher.

The girls have flowers pinned to their dresses and in their hair, and Bessie is wearing a pair of eyeglasses. Interestingly, this is the third photograph I have from Stevens Point, Wisconsin!

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