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
Cousin

Hugh Main
Uncle

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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Friday, February 17, 2017

Snow Family 1890's, Dallas, Texas



These are two photographs of the Snow family. The first photograph was most likely taken in the early 1890's, while the second was taken later in 1899.
John and Rachel Snow married in 1884 and had four daughters: Rosa L, the eldest, born 1887, Cora Ell born 1891, Annie Blanche born 1893, and the youngest, Florence Ada, or "Crickett", born 1897.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Ellis Family 1910's, Caddo, Oklahoma





"Left to Right
Pocahontas Theo Docia Ellis
Henry Charles (H.C.)
Hardenia Virginia Cherlene Ellis Mason
(Mamma) Delphine Eugenia Hunter(????) Mugler Ellis"

I always enjoy photographs of houses, as they often have a lot of interesting details. The house number is listed above the door- 528. On the porch is a baby carriage, metal tub, and a small rocking chair. Posing in front of the home is the Ellis family.

Delphina Mugler was born in Caddo, Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma, to Francisco and Theodocia Mugler. Both she and her mother are listed as Native American. In 1903 Delphine married Charles Victor Ellis. Their first son, Pushmataha Francisco Ellis, was born in 1904. Daughter Pocahontas Ellis was born in 1907, Hardinia in 1911 and son Henry Charles was born in 1915. I believe the baby is a younger daughter, Delphine, born in 1918.

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