Thursday, November 8, 2012

c1904 Photograph of Karl Byron Porter of Old Town, Maine, while student at University of Maine


c1904 photograph of Karl Byron Porter of Old Town, Maine, taken  while he was a student at the University of Maine, by the Chalmers studio of Bangor, Maine.



From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

Karl Byron Porter was born 13 December 1882 at Corinna, Maine, son of Dr. Charles B. and Georgia Rust (Pulsifer) Porter, who were born at Newport, Maine, and Ellsworth, Maine, respectively.  About 1889 Dr. Charles B. Porter moved his practice and family to Old Town, Maine.

Karl's paternal grandparents were Dr. Byron and Almira B. (Adams) Porter.  His maternal grandparents were Dr. Moses Rust Pulsifer and his second wife Mary Letitia (Berry) Pulsifer.

Karl may have been on a path to a career in medicine himself, as he graduated from the University of Maine in 1904 with a degree in biology.

In the 1910 Census of Old Town, Maine, he was living with his parents, with no occupation listed.

On 19 October 1910 at Old Town, Maine, Karl married Rose Persis Bowman, daughter of Lewis and Rose (Richardson) Bowman.  The couple had a daughter born about 1912.

In the 1920 Census of Old Town, Maine, Rose was living at Old Town with her mother, her sister Lois, and her daughter.  She was listed as was married, but Karl wasn't enumerated in the household.  He may have been the Byron Porter, "single", working as a fireman at a hardware factory in New Britain, Connecticut, at shown in the  1920 Census.

Rose was listed as divorced in the 1930 Census of Old Town, Maine.  In the 1940 Census of Old Town, Maine, when she was living in the household of her daughter and son-in-law, she was listed as widowed.  That Census was enumerated in May.

In the 1940 Census of Bangor, enumerated a month earlier in April, Karl Byron Porter was shown as an inmate at the Bangor State Mental Hospital and was described as divorced.

Whether Karl had died in the month between the two enumerations, to account for the listing of Rose as widowed, I don't know.  However, there was a Byron Porter who died in 1963 at Bangor, Maine, of about the right age.

If you have corrections or clarifications to the information above, please leave a message or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Corinna, Maine


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Old Town, Maine


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