Friday, January 19, 2018

W.E. Hall, Alliance, Nebraska 1890's

There were no names, dates, or locations on this photograph other than what is seen in the picture: "W.E. Hall Meat Market". By searching through old newspapers, I found that the W.E. Hall Meat Market was located in Alliance, Nebraska. The man in the photo is likely Hall himself, along with his wife and children.

William Ellsworth Hall was born in Carroll, Iowa in 1864 to parents James and Sarah Hall. In 1884 he married Catherine Luella Banks and the couple had 4 children: Minnie, Mignon, Ward, and Vivian. In the 1900 census, William Hall is listed as a "cattle raiser". Hall died in 1901, probably not long after this photograph was taken. According to the Alliance Herald, the meat market was acquired by Edward S. Wildy in 1902. Catherine went on to become a dressmaker and died in 1938.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Sadie M Kopf 1910's, Kansas

This photo does not provide many clues other than the name, but I believe the Sadie M. Kopf here is Sadie Marie Kopf of Kansas, born 1904. She married Roy Dennis Self, with whom she had five children. In this photo, Sadie is wearing an unusually long knit cap- I've never seen one like it before!

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Grafton Porch 1890's, Johnstown, Pennsylvania


I've decided to start off the new year with a baby photo!

This little boy is Grafton Porch, the son of Annie Lehrman and George Porch, a physician. Grafton was the youngest of four children. As an adult, he became a druggist and married twice, first to Priscilla May Ross (who died of pneumonia in 1925), and then to Opal Miller. He went on to serve in both WW1 and WW2.

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