Friday, July 7, 2017

Charles and Alice Tackels 1882, Amboy, Minnesota


Charles Tackels and Alice Crook were married on October 20th, 1882 in Amboy, Minnesota. I believe this is a wedding photo, so it was probably taken that same year. They had one daughter, Verna, born 1895. Charles died in 1906 and in 1930, Alice is living in St. Paul, Minnesota with Verna, who is a public school teacher.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Jennie Swagerty 1911, Ripley, Oklahoma


"Jennie Died May. 9 1922
Miss Jennie Swagerty
taken in Ripley Okla
Feb. 19, 11
Age 16
to my Sweetheart-"

Jennie Swagerty was born in Missouri in 1894 to parents John and Etta Swagerty. She worked on the family farm in Cimarron, Oklahoma until 1911, when she married Ray Buxton (probably the "sweetheart" mentioned on the card). The marriage certificate gives Jennie's age as 18, which means the age written on the back of the card may be incorrect. She died in 1922, at only 28 years old.

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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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