Category Archives: Non-Family Old Photos

Burlington Vermont Foursome

Another photo I bought online because it’s from a town where my family lived:  Burlington, Vermont.  To my surprise, when I opened the package the photo had the names of all four people on the back.

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Freida Andrews, Elmer Dewey, May Crandall, Orville Bosworth c1889

Freda Andrews, Elmer Dewey, May Crandall, & Orville Bosworth c1889

The photo, taken at the Atwood Studio in Burlington, Vermont about 1889, shows four young people, May F Crandall (upper left), Orville Dustin Bosworth (upper right), Freda Edora Belle Andrews (lower left), and Elmer Caroll Dewey (lower right).  From what I can tell, all of them were living in the town of Berlin, Vermont (41 miles from Burlington) about the time this photo was taken, so they may have been schoolmates or friends.  You can see that Freda is wearing a rather elegant dress, and May is posing a bit like she’s on the cover of Vogue.   That’s what caught my eye about this photo.

I’ve been able to put together some information on the four of them, although I haven’t looked into it extensively at all.  There are a couple connections I’ve been able to find besides all living in Berlin, Vermont.  Freda’s sister Grace Lillian Andrews married May Crandall’s brother Charles T. Crandall.  Freda got married in Malden, Massachusetts and May moved to Arlington, Massachusetts about 20 miles away.  Both Elmer and Orville moved to Whittier, California where Elmer was a citrus rancher and Orville was a carpenter.

Here is the information about them I’ve been able to put together so far.

Freda Edora Belle Andrews
b 23 Jun 1868 Berlin, Vermont
f Edmund E Andrews b 1823, Vermont
m Lucy Ann Benjamin b 1830 Vermont
oo James F Madden 24 Oct 1894 Malden, Massachusetts
1870 Census for Berlin, Vermont
1880 Census for Berlin, Vermont
1900 Census for Little Falls, New Jersey
1910 Census for Little Falls, New Jersey
1920 Census for Ridgewood, New Jersey
1930 Census for Ridgewood, New Jersey
1953 City Directory for Andover, Massachusetts

Frieda’s sister Grace Lillian Andrews married Charles T Crandall (brother of May).

Freda Andrews Passport Photo, 1922

Freda Andrews Passport Photo, 1922

Elmer Carroll Dewey
b 24 Sept 1866 Berlin, Vermont
f Charles Freeman Dewey
m Julia Elma Jameson
oo Alice Bertha Covill 13 Aug 1896 Vermont
1870 Census Berlin, Vermont
1880 Census Berlin, Vermont
1900 Census Berlin, Vermont
1920 Census Whittier, California [Listed as a citrus rancher]
1930 Census Whiiter, California
1940 Census Whittier, California
d 27 May 1954 Whittier, Los Angeles, California

Marion Florence “May” Crandall
b 1 Oct 1873 Duxbury, Vermont
f George Henry Crandall, b 1836
m Adeline Almira “Addie” Turner b 1833
oo Bert Seldon Currier 25 Dec 1893 Vermont
1880 Census Berlin, Vermont
1900 Census Boston, Massachusetts
1920 Census Arlington, Massachusetts
1930 Census Arlington, Massachusetts
d 9 Mar 1949 in Florida

Orville Dustin Bosworth
b 9 May 1871 Berlin, Vermont
f Joseph L Bosworth
m Harriet E Dustin
oo Cynthia Ethyl Benedict 16 Jan 1895 Vermont
1880 Census Berlin, Vermont
1900 Census Williamstown, Vermont
1920 Census Whittier, California [House Carpenter]
1930 Census Whittier, California
1940 Census Whittier California
d 5 Nov 1952, Los Angeles County, California

 

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Ebbe Hanson Family – 1905

This is another antique store photo I rescued recently from an establishment in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  This family is not related to me, but there was enough information on the picture that I could identify the people in it.  So I present to you the family of Ebbe Hanson, taken about 1905.  The back of the photograph says “Hanson Family.  Back Row: Clarence (behind his mother), Amelia, William.  Front row: Agnes or Aggie between parents.”

Ebbe Hanson Family, 1905

Ebbe Hanson Family, 1905

Here’s what I’ve been able to find out about this family:

Ebbe Hanson
b Sept 1859 Denmark
d 15 Jun 1950 Wisconsin
f Hans Hanson
m Mary Hanson
oo 16 Apr 1884 Brandon, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
Agathe Marie “Mary” Kristevisen b Apr 1858 Denmark

Children:
William Hanson b Aug 1884 Wisconsin
Amelia Hanson b Sept 1886 Wisconsin
Clarence Hanson b Oct 1891 Wisconsin
oo Ruth b 1893 Iowa
Agnes “Aggie” Hanson 1902 Wisconsin

Immigration 1882

Residences:
Markesan, Green Lake, Wisconsin 1900 Census
Stanton, St. Croix, Wisconsin 1905 Census
Stanton, St. Croix, Wisconsin 1910 Census
Stanton, St. Croix, Wisconsin 1920 Census

Clarence & Ruth in 1930 Census for Stanton, St. Croix, Wisconsin


Vintage Portraits – Wausau Edition

Time for some more old photos that are not (to my knowledge) related to my family.  As usual, if you can identify anyone in these photos, please drop me a line.  These photos were all taken in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin.

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Antique Store Photos – July, 2014

Another in a series of blogs where I post old photos I found in antique stores or online and then give some details about the people in them.  My hope is always that someone from the family will find these photos and give them a good home.  Here we go!

The first photo was taken in South Belvidere, Illinois about 1875:

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Agnes Rae née Marshall

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Agnes Marshall was born in Scotland in June 1814.  She married John Rae (b 1813) on 23 Nov 1838 in Nielston, Renfrew, Scotland, and they immigrated to the US about 1842.  She and her husband John are in the 1860, 1870, and 1880 census for Boone, Illinois.  John Rae died in 1884, and Agnes can be seen in the 1900 census for Hyde Park, Illinois with her niece Hannah MacGregor Waddell.  She is listed as having had no children.  Agnes died in 1901 and was buried next to her husband in Poplar Grove Cemetery, Poplar Grove, Illinois.


The next photo was taken in Chicago, Illinois.

"Ellsworth Loomer"

“Ellsworth Loomer”

There’s a bit of a mystery here.  The back says “Ellsworth Loomer”, which is a sufficiently rare name that I was very confident I could find out all about this man.  As it turns out, I can find quite a bit about Ellsworth Loomer, but I’m not sure it’s him in the photo.

Ellsworth Loomer was born in 1864, in Millard, Walworth County, Wisconsin, the son of Leonard Loomer (1818-1894) and Aseneth Sophia Loomer (1823-1899) [Loomer is her maiden name].  He is in the 1870 and 1880 Census for Sugar Creek, Walworth, Wisconsin.  He died in 1891 and is buried in the Millard Cemetery in Millard, Walworth, Wisconsin.

My issue here is that even if this photo were taken in 1891, the year he died, he would have only been 27 years old, and this man looks somewhere between 45 and 60.  It could be that the photo belonged to Ellsworth at one point, so it could be one of his older brothers, or perhaps even his father.

I say this because I purchased another photo from the same stack, totally oblivious that the two photos were related.  There was no reason to suspect they were related since the last name was different and the town where it was taken was totally different also.

"Mary H Wright"

“Mary H Wright”

The back of this photo says simply “Mary H Wright”, but I found a marriage record for her that indicates that she was Mary H Loomer, sister of the above-mentioned Ellsworth Loomer.

Mary Helen Loomer was born 26 May 1852, in Millard, Walworth, Wisconsin, daughter of Leonard and Aseneth Sophia Loomer.   She married Oscar D. Wright (1850-1920, son of Henry Wright and Abigail Child) on 1 Oct 1884 in Wisconsin.  She is in the 1860 and 1880 census for Sugar Creek, Walworth, Wisconsin.  She is in the 1900 Census for Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin living next to her sister Ellen.  She is listed as married and as having had no children, but her husband is not in the Census with her.  She is listed again in the 1920 census for Janesville living with her sister.  Mary died in 1922.


The final photo is a post-card photo taken in the town of Aledo, Illinois.  On the back it says, “Clarence F. Smith & Grace”:

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"Clarence F. Smith & Grace"

“Clarence F. Smith & Grace”

Aldedo is in Mercer County, Illinois.  The photo certainly has the look of being more recent.  Based on the clothing and style of photograph, I’d guess more like 1910-1920.  I have a photo of my great-grandfather’s first wedding (taken in 1918) which looks very much like this.  They look like a young couple, so I’d put their birth years between 1890 and 1900.

I’m fairly certain I have information on Clarence F. Smith.

Clarence Fair Smith was born 28 May 1894, in Sunbeam (Ohio Grove Township), Mercer, Illinois to Sylvester Fair Smith (b Sept 1867 in Illinois, d 1955) and Dorthula Moore (b 8 Jun 1868 in Warren County, Illinois, d 14 Nov 1936 in Rock Island, Illinois).  Clarence’s parents were married in 1891 and Dorothula was listed as the mother of 4 children, 3 living in the 1900 census.  Clarence can be found in the 1900 Census for Ohio Grove Township, Mercer, Illinois, and the 1910 Census for Millersburg, Mercer, Illinois.  His 1918 WWI Draft Card, lists his residence as Joy, Mercer, Illinois, and he is listed as single at that point.  He is in the 1920 Census for Millersburg, Mercer, Illinois with a wife Lucy Duncan (b 1900 in Oklahoma), and a daughter, Mary Pauline Smith who was born in 1900.  Clarence died 26 Feb 1978, in Santa Clara, California.
I don’t really know who Grace Smith was.  A first wife, perhaps?  There is a record for a Grace Smith b 22 Oct 1895, who died Apr 1978 in Mercer, Illinois.  But that’s a long-shot given the common nature of the name.  So far I have nothing on a “Grace” linked to Clarence.

 


Montello Postcard From Clara Young (Wells Lowe)

This is another non-family item that I’m posting purely for its historical value.  This postcard, sent from Montello, Wisconsin, was purchased on eBay.  It was sent by Clara Malinda Young to Miss Ina Cool on 2 Nov 1914.  It’s nearly certain that my Zierke relatives knew Clara since Montello is not a large town and the Zierkes lived in and around Montello from 1865 to the present day.

It shows the impressive, imposing, and lovely old Montello High School, taken during the construction of a newer school adjacent to this one.  Interestingly, as of this writing you can buy the newer Montello High School for about $70,000.  The postcard indicates the new school cost $19,000.  So… you know… $51,000 for 100 years of use?  Not bad.

Old Montello High School, 1914

Old Montello High School, 1914

The postcard reads:

“Miss Ina Cool, Berthoud, M, Colo.  Montello, Nov 2 1914.  Dear friend, Irvine(?) wrote me some time ago you was [sic] called home on account of sickness, and I hope all are well now.  It has been a lovely Fall.  No frost ’till a week ago, and a hard thunder-shower tonight.  This is our old school house.  A new $19,000 one erected this Summer at the right of this one, and both are in use.  Mrs. Clara M. Lowe.”

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Some information about Clara:

Clara Malinda Young was the daughter of John C Young (b Burrell, Rhode Island to Othniel Young and Ruby Southwick) and Eliza Walcott (b Brookfield, Vermont to Zebina Walcott and Clarissa Ingalls).  Clara’s parents were married in Andover, Massachusetts on 11 Dec 1851 [link].

Clara was born 8 Aug 1852 in Wisconsin.  She and her family are in the 1870 Census for Shields, Wisconsin.  She married Barney Herbert Wells in Montello about 1874, and they had the following children:

Walter Warren Wells, 1874-1885
Willis Wilson Wells, 1875-1968.
Wilber Walcott Wells, born 23 Dec 1879 in Montello, died 1900 in Montello.
Mary Elizabeth Wells, born 7 Jan 1884 in Montello.
Unnamed Son (possibly stillborn), born 4 Nov 1887 in Montello.

Clara and Barney are in the 1880 Census for Montello, Wisconsin with their first three children.

Barney Wells died 18 Nov 1890 in Montello, and Clara remarried to George Leroy Lowe in Montello on 15 Jun 1897.  Clara died 15 Mar 1917 in Wisconsin, likely in Montello.

For her part, Ina Cool seems to have been born in 1894 in Minnesota, the daughter of Willis Cool and Susan E Vroman.  They can be found in the 1900 Census for Nekoosa, Wisconsin and the 1910 Census for North Berthoud, Colorado.  Ina’s father Willis was born in Wisconsin, and he can be found in the 1870 Census for Adams, Wisconsin.

Ina apparently married Everett M Haworth in Berthoud on 27 Jan 1915.


Winooski, Vermont Photographers

I have several photos from Winooski, Vermont from various photo studios and I thought it might be a good idea to know when these photographers were in business.  Knowing when the studios operated can help with dating photographs taken there.

Here are entries from the city directories for two photographers in Winooski, Hector Huard and Ezra T Langlois.  They were in business together briefly as “Huard & Langlois”, but both broke out on their own after that.

Hector Huard

1888 – Hector Huard, employee of WG Brown, lives in Winooski [Burl Dir]
1890 – Hector Huard, owner of Huard & Langlois
1892 – Hector Huard, owner of Huard & Langlois
1894 – Hector Huard, owner of Huard & Langlois
1896 – Hector Huard, photographer W. Allen Street & North Main Street.
1898 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard), W. Allen N Main
1900 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard), W. Allen n Main
1902 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard), W. Allen n Main
1904 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard), W. Allen n Main
1906 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard), 10 W. Allen Street
— Langlois moves to 35 1/2 Main.
1908 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard), W. Allen Street c Main.
1910 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard), W. Allen Street c Main.
1912 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard), W. Allen Street c Main.
1914 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard), W. Allen Street c Main.
1916 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard), W. Allen Street c Main.
1917 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard), W. Allen Street c Main.
— Langlois retires
1918 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard), W. Allen Street c Main.
1920 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard), W. Allen Street c Main.
1922 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard, Prop), 1 W. Allen Street c Main.
1924 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard, Prop), 1 W. Allen Street c Main.
1926 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Sr and George J Huard), 1 W Allen, c Main.
1928 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Sr and George J Huard), 1 W Allen, c Main.
1929 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Sr and George J Huard), 1 W Allen, c Main.
1930 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Sr and George J Huard), 1 W Allen, c Main.
1935 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard Sr, Prop), 1 W Allen.
1938 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard Sr, Prop), 1 W Allen.
1939 – Huard Photo Co (Hector Huard Sr, Prop), 1 W Allen.
Died 11 Nov 1939

Ezra T Langlois

1888 – No entry
1890 – Ezra Langlois, owner of Huard & Langlois
1892 – Ezra Langlois, owner of Huard & Langlois
1894 – Ezra Langlois, owner of Huard & Langlois
1896 – E. T. Langlois, photographer W. Allen Street & Main Street.
1898 – E. T. Langlois, photographer, W. Allen c Main.
1900 – E. T. Langlois, photographer, W. Allen c Main.
1902 – E. T. Langlois, photographer, W. Allen c Main.
1904 – E. T. Langlois, photographer, W. Allen c Main.
1906 – E. T. Langlois, photographer, W. Allen c Main.
— Langlois moves to 35 1/2 Main.
1908 – E. T. Langlois, photographer, 35 1/2 Main.
1910 – E. T. Langlois, photographer, 35 1/2 Main.
1912 – E. T. Langlois, photographer, 35 1/2 Main.
1914 – E. T. Langlois, photographer, 35 1/2 Main.
1916 – E. T. Langlois, photographer, 35 1/2 Main.
1917 – E. T. Langlois, retired.

 


Winooski Tintypes

As people who read this blog know, I have a fascination with old photographs… even when they are not from my family.  Recently I saw two tintypes for sale from the E.T. Langlois studio in Winooski, Vermont, and I jumped at the chance to buy them.  One of the photos is very interesting, for reasons I’ll explain.  The photographs are both the same size, small, and are both in the original paper envelope which has the E.T. Langlois studio stamp on it.  The stamp says “E. T. Langlois, Photographer, 2 Winooski Block[?], Winooski, Vermont”.  Ezra T Langlois was born in Québec, Canada in November, 1859, and immigrated to the US about 1888, so his studio wasn’t in existence prior to that.  I’m guessing the photos were taken right around 1888 when his studio was starting.

E.T. Langlois Envelope

E.T. Langlois Envelope

The first photo shows a well-dressed young man.  The envelope seems to say “M. Compagnon, cab lum to m 75”.

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No idea what that means, but there was a Michael Compagnon, son of Joseph Compagnon and Vitalena Tetreault, born in Canada, who married Mary Ballard and who lived in Winooski.  It’s possible this is his photograph.


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There are no markings on the other photo, but it’s reasonable to assume they were taken together and may be related in some way.  What I find very interesting about this photograph is that it has been scratched to give the illusion of “luster” to the jewelry the women are wearing.  You can see the scratches in the shape of a necklace on one woman, a pin on the other, and bracelets on both of them.  The illusion is that these things are gleaming and gold-colored.  I’ve never seen that before.  The two women appear to be sisters.  Perhaps even twins.

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Winooski Sisters - Detail

Winooski Sisters – Detail

If anyone comes across this and has more information on these photos, please drop me a line.