Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Clint and Myrtle Young 1890's, Lincoln, Nebraska


"Mr. Clint Young
Bethany (?) R1"

With the help of Ancestry.com, I identified this couple as Clint and Myrtle Young of Lincoln, Nebraska. Clint was a farmer born in Illinois. With Myrtle he had three children, Joie, Clifford, and Pearl.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mrs. W.J. Harris 1890's, Rose Hill, Kansas



According to her Find a Grave memorial, Ann Elizabeth Ratcliffe Harris had "No special gifts or peculiarities of mind or body. She was very easy to get along with and made many friends. For amusements she liked to read." and was a "Very active church member." It also says she had "Mumps, Measles in childhood. Dark brown hair, Straight hair, Blue eyes, Blond skin, Right handed. Heavier in old age. Chronic stomach trouble. Good hearing until last few years."

Her obituary reads:  "Mrs. W.J. Harris passed away Friday morning, May 3rd. In the passing away of Mrs. Harris another Land mark has been removed. She was a very active church worker all her life until the last few years. She could not get out but has always shown a great interest and was always asking about her church and regretting she could not help. She was the main factor in organizing the Ladies Aid Society and was the president from the time of its organizing in the eighties until the last few years and held an honorary office up to her death. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. Pents.

Ann Elizabeth Ratcliffe was born in Geneva, New York. She passed away aged 80 years, 5 months and 2 days. She was married October 15, 1856 and moved to Illinois. They then moved to Topeka in 1877 and to Rose Hill in 1879, locating at the present home east of town. The following children survive: W.N. Harris, Mrs. Anna McWilliams, Miss Laura and Miss Sarah Harris, all of Rose Hill; Mrs. Ida Berry of Mecca, Indiana, Mrs. Emma Vickers of Wichita, J.M. Harris of Chicago."

Source: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi 

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Jerry Worsham Whitman 1900's Bowie, Texas


Jerry Worsham Whitman was a merchant in Bowie, Texas. He was married to Leota Whitman and, according to his World War I Draft Registration Card, was tall with a medium build and brown eyes.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sarah Margaret Borah 1890's Grinnell, Kansas


"grandpa Borah
we all called Him= Wife
where mother worked in 1891
The woman who lernt mother
to paint cenry (scenery) + do protrates (portraits) and
mother got good at it and later
painted several pictures and protrates of her grandpa and grandma
which I have to day. Mother
loved the old lady. and rode a bike
from home to Grinnell to be with
her at her death and funeral.
She was John Borah's grandmother."

The story on the back is what drew me to this picture. It makes me wonder where all those paintings are now and if they're still in the family. The woman sounds like she was rather remarkable and well-liked, especially if the writer's mother rode her bike all the way from home just to be with her at her death.

If you know who this may be, let us know in the comments. And a very happy Mother's Day to everyone!

Harvey Jones 1900's Cameron, Missouri


This is a photograph of Harvey Jones taken in Chicago by Klein, a photographer I know was at that address in the 1890's and 1900's. I couldn't find much on Mr. Jones, but someone else might be able to!

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Caribou Monument 1920's, Bowring Park, Newfoundland



This Real Photo Postcard is of the Caribou Monument in Bowring Park, Newfoundland. The statue, a replica of the monument in Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park, was unveiled on July 1st, 1928 as a tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives at the Battle of Beaumont Hamel.

The monument was damaged by vandals last year, but was luckily repaired and returned to it's home in Bowring Park in November.

The Caribou Monument being returned to Bowring Park.
(© — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram)
I know this isn't the kind of photograph I usually post, but it was a picture from my collection that fit the prompt so well I had to share!


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mrs. F.S. Adams 1890's-1900's, Waterville, Kansas

The back says:
 "To Edna
from Auntie,
M.J. Parker Adams

Mrs. F.S. Adams
Waterville,
Kans."

I'm going to assume Mrs. F.S. Adams is the subject of this portrait. (If so, who are Edna and Auntie M.J.?) She is wearing a dress with large leg o' mutton sleeves that became popular in the mid-1890's into the late 1900's.

This doesn't exactly fit with this weeks prompt, but I thought I'd share it anyway!