Sunday, October 7, 2012

1890s Autograph Album of Josie E. Howard of Deer Isle, Maine



1890s autograph album of Josephine E. Howard, "Josie", apparently  used while she was a student at Deer Isle High School.  The album covers are red velvet with a decorative metal band.

Notice Josie's name handwritten at lower right.

                           

The album is approximately 6" x 4" and contains 41 pages signed by Josie herself, her relatives, friends and schoolmates.   An alphabetical list of signers appears at the end of this post.

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

Josephine E. Howard was born 9 December 1877 at Deer Isle, Maine, the daughter of Freeman E. and Clara E. (Small) Howard.

Josie's paternal grandparents were Thomas Verrill Howard and Lovina (Greenlaw) Howard.  Her maternal grandparents were John Calvin Small and Ann (Greenlaw) Small.

On 23 December 1896 at Deer Isle, Maine, Josie married Charles L. Saunders, son of William Henry H. Saunders and Sarah H. (Lane) Saunders.  He was born in March of 1875.

Charles signed a page in Josie's album in 1895, as C. L. Saunders.

Sadly, Josephine died of apoplexia on 9 May 1897, about a month after she delivered a daughter, Helen Josephine Saunders.  Helen would also die young in 1931.

Josie's sister Alberta, "Albertie", signed a page at Deer Isle in January 1896.  In April of that year, she would marry Alpheus Cole, who also signed a page in January 1896.



Several signers indicated they were Josie's cousin.  E. H. H. signed a page in 1895.

Cousin Carrie Johnson of Beverly [Massachusetts, I assume] signed a page in 1896.

Cousin G. E. S. signed a page in 1896.

If you have corrections to the information above or insights into the Howard and Saunders families or on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Complete list of signers in alphabetical order [given names within a specific surname may not be in alpha order.]

  • Yar, 1895; friend
  • E. R. B., 1893; Josie's friend
  • K. B. B.; schoolmate.  Very fancy initials that I hope I've interpreted correctly
  • Nora E. Carman of Deer Isle, Maine, 1895; friend
  • Alpheus Cole of Deer Isle, Maine, signed a page in 1896.  In April 1896 he would become the husband of Josie's sister Alberta, who signed a page as Albertie Howard also in January 1896
  • Lettie M. Dow; friend
  • Charles A. Ferguson of Deer Isle, Maine, 1895
  • Lina M. Greenlaw of South Deer Isle, Maine, 1895
  • B. Harry Gross, 1895; high school
  • E. H. H., 1895; Josie's cousin
  • Evelyn J. Haskell of Deer Isle, Maine, 1895; schoolmate at Deer Isle High School
  • Phil Haskell, 1895; high school schoolmate
  • Arthur B. Haskell of Deer Isle,  Maine, 1895; high school schoolmate
  • Lenora E. Haskell of Deer Isle, Maine, 1895
  • Josie E. Howard of Deer Isle, Maine; album owner
  • Albertie Howard signed a page at Deer Isle in January 1896.  In April 1896 she would marry Alpheus Cole, another signer
  • Juliette M. Jarvis of Deer Isle, Maine, 1895
  • Carrie Johnson, Beverly [Massachusetts?], 1896; Josie's cousin
  • Amasa Lane of Brooklyn, New York; signed at Deer Isle, Maine, 1895
  • Herbert O. Lattimer of Knobbs Beach Life Saving Station, Newburyport, Massachusetts
  • Lottie C. Lattimer of Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1896
  • Arthur W. Libby of Green's Landing, Maine, 1895; friend.  A couple years later, Green's Landing would be incorporated as Stonington, Maine.
  • A. A. Littlefield, 1895
  • Ethel and Mabel Lufkin of Sunset, Maine, 1895; schoolmates
  • Joanne McCue, Kathy's daughter
  • Susie B. Morey of Deer Isle, Maine, 1895; Josie's schoolmate
  • Beulah M. Pressey of Deer Isle, Maine; Josie's schoolmate at Deer Isle High School
  • Gertie Pressey, 1895; friend
  • Frank H. Pressey of Deer Isle, Maine, 1895; friend
  • Mrs. Annie L. Pressey of Deer Isle, Maine, 1895
  • Edward E. Pressey of Deer Isle, Maine, 1895
  • Helen L. M. Richardson, signed at Deer Isle High School, 1895
  • R. L. Robbins, friend
  • G. E. S., 1896; cousin
  • C. L. Saunders, signed at Deer Isle, Maine in 1895; friend.  He, Charles L. Saunders, would become Josie's husband on 23 December 1896 at Deer Isle, Maine
  • W. H. H. Saunders, signed at Deer Isle, Maine in 1895.  He was William Henry Saunders, son of Joseph and Harriet Carman (Haskell) Saunders, husband of Sarah who signed another page
  • Mrs. Sarah H. Saunders of Deer Isle, Maine, 1895; friend.  She was Sarah Hill Merriam (Haskell) Saunders, married to William Henry Saunders, who signed another page
  • Belle M. Sawyer; Josie's friend
  • Ethel R. Sellers of Deer Isle, 1895
  • Lillian M. Spofford of Deer Isle, Maine, 1895
  • F. Leon Sylvester, 1895; friend
Deer Isle, Maine


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