Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hattie Langlotz Imken and Friends 1900's, Fayettville, Texas

Top Row: "Hermina, Georgia, Mary"
Second Row: "Lillie, Hattie, Clara"

Back of the photo reads:
"Hattie Langlotz

There are many ladies in this photo, but only one of them is identifiable.
Hattie Langlotz Imken was born Oct 12, 1883 in Fayetteville, Tx to Herman and Agnes Hillebrand Langlotz. Both parents were German immigrants. Hattie married George C. Imken, a farmer, sometime after 1920. They had no children. This photo was likely taken in the early 1900's, when Hattie was in her 20's.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

"Ruth" 1930s-40s

This adorable baby picture was found at an antique store in Galveston, Texas. The name is written in pencil but was erased or smudged, making it difficult to read. The first name starts with a B (Beverly maybe?) and the last or middle name is definitely "Ruth". Anyone else think they could figure it out?

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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Unknown Family 1860's, Decatur, Illinois

This is a carte de visite of a couple and their young son or daughter. The photograph was taken by T.H. Butler in Decatur, Illinois. Unfortunately there are no names on the photo so I couldn't identify the family.

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

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Everett Schadt 1930's, Galveston, Texas

"Everett Schadt
on the 'Morgan'
horse at
Frazier Ranch in
Bosque County,

Everett Schadt was born in Galveston, Texas in 1902. He had four older siblings: Charles, Lillian, Myrtle, and William F,  and one younger brother Louis. His mother, Emma Ida Schadt, was also born in Galveston to German immigrant parents. His father William died in 1917 when Everett was only 15.  Everett married Lillian Martin sometime after 1920 and died in 1991 in Manchaca, Travis County, Texas.

I looked up Frazier Ranch in Bosque County and according to one article I found, "In Bosque County Frasier and a Mr. Steiner were partners in raising horses...The nearest market for horses was Galveston, so Frasier and Steiner drove their horses from Clifton to Galveston." It makes sense that Everett Schadt would have visited there since the ranch was so close to his home in Galveston.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Riley and Rose Ridgway 1890s, Illinois

This couple is George Riley and Rose Ridgway, married in 1893, around when this picture was likely taken.  George was a farmer and later a Methodist minister. He and Rose had five children: Huron, Thomas, Lilly, Oral, and Fern.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Maria Santana de Reyna 1940, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

"agosto 11- 1940
San Luis Potosi
Sr Catarino Santana
hermano aqui te mando mi
retrato como cariño de tu
Maria S de Reyna"

(very) Rough Translation:

"August 11- 1940
San Luis Potosi
Mr. Catarino Santana
I send my brother this
portrait, your loving
Maria S de Reyna"

This is a picture postcard of Maria (Santana) de Reyna. Maria was born in 1908 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico to Francisco and Anizeta Santana. She had a younger sister, Guadalupe, and an older brother Catarino, who she is writing to here. Unfortunately I can't find anything else about her after 1930, though I'm assuming she married since her name has changed to Reyna.

If you know anything else about this woman, let us know in the comments!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers Day everyone! I hope to be posting more photos soon.

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.

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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?

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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!