Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Photograph of Geneva May Teague, by Lewiston, Maine studio

[This post now contains amendments from the original to include clarifying information supplied by reader Ed.]

c1904 photograph of a young woman identified on the reverse as Geneva M. Teague.  The photograph was taken by the Harry L. Plummer studio of Lewiston, Maine and appears to be a graduation photograph from H. A., which reader Ed discovered was Hebron Academy, at Hebron, Maine.  

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

Geneva May Teague was born 23 Jun 1885 at Turner, Maine, the daughter of Herbert M. and Annie Lydia (Farrar) Teague, who were born at Turner, Maine, and, possibly, Paris, Maine, respectively.

Her paternal grandparents were, I think, Richard and Betsey (Campbell) Teague, although Betsey would have been in her mid 40s when Herbert was born, so I worry that I missed an intervening generation.  

As far as I know, Betsey, or Vesta, was Richard's second wife.  His first wife was Lydia Lombard, with whom he had a son Judah Dana Teague, born 1821.  Judah was named after Richard's father.

As the photograph indicates, Geneva May Teague graduated from Hebron Academy in 1904.  Reader Ed found an online image of a lengthy article in the Lewiston [Maine] Evening Journal about the  commencement, which indicates that  Geneva had the honor of giving the address to the undergraduates. 

An earlier blog post concerned one of Geneva's fellow graduates, the valedictorian Roscoe Henderson Hupper of Martinsville, a village in St. George, Maine.  Roscoe went on to Bowdoin and George Washington Law School and became one of the foremost admiralty lawyers of his day.

On 15 April 1908 at Madison, Maine, Geneva May Teague married Harry Clifford Dunbar, son of Charles F. and Olive (Durrell) Dunbar.  Harry was born 20 March 1881 at Embden, Maine.

At the time of their marriage, Geneva was working as a stenographer at Madison, Maine, and Harry was an attorney at Boston, Massachusetts.

The couple raised at least one child, a daughter, in Massachusetts.  

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

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  1. Hebron Academy it was! She gave the address to undergraduates. Nice article with her complete speech and the same photo in this article from the Lewiston Evening Journal, June 14, 1904, which says Geneva is "of Madison".,6000325

    Ed H

  2. Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900 at familysearch says about Herbert R Teague:

    baptism/christening date: 09 Feb 1862
    baptism/christening place: TURNER,ANDROSCOGGIN,MAINE

    son of Richard Teague and Betsey.
    So it looks like you didn't miss a generation

  3. Fast work again, Ed!

    Earlier in the month, I wrote about Roscoe Henderson Hupper of Martinsville in St. George, Maine; he graduated from H.A. in 1904. At the time I wondered if H.A. was Hampden Academy since he had relatives in the Hampden, Maine area, but now I wonder if perhaps he might have been a Hebron Academy graduate as well...

  4. Good guess, Roscoe was the valedictorian. Same article and link as Olive.Same picture of Roscoe as the one you have, and they have his speech too.

    Here's the link again,6000325