Monday, December 10, 2012

1890s Autograph Album of Hattie C. Bergman of Oneida County, New York


1890s autograph album of Hattie C. Bergman of Vienna, New York.

The album is approximately 6-1/2" x 4" and includes 53 signed pages, plus several pages with floral decorations interspersed throughout.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.



From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome!]

Hattie C. Bergman was born 14 August 1882 at Ava, New York, the daughter of Charles H. and Florilla or Flora M. (Wyman) Bergman.  Charles died in 1884, after a period of failing health.

I don't have information on Charles' birth date and place or his parents.  

Flora M. (Wyman) Bergman was the daughter of Simeon T. and Harriet (Brown) Wyman.  Both Flora and her father Simeon signed pages in Hattie's autograph album.  Simeon dated his page 27 December 1891.





About 1887, Flora married Arthur Douglas Wheeler, son of John and Ann Jane (Haskins) Wheeler.  Arthur Douglas Wheeler signed a page in Hattie's album at Christmas 1892.



Arthur Douglas and Flora M. (Wyman) Bergman Wheeler had two children, Maud A. Wheeler and Charles E. Wheeler.  Maud signed a page at the age of six in Hattie's album.



About 1903 Hattie married George Wickman.  They were living at Rochester, New York, at the time of the 1910 Census.  George was shown as working as a house painter, and Hattie as a worker in a grocery store, perhaps that of her stepfather.

Sadly, Hattie, according to her obituary, suffered ill health for a few years before her death from the flu in 1918.  Her husband was too ill himself to attend her funeral.

The second to last page in the album was signed in 1898 with the initials of Hattie's family: Arthur Douglas Wheeler; Flora M. Wheeler; Maud A. Wheeler; Charles E. Wheeler; and Hattie C. Bergman.


Several of Hattie's relatives signed pages in her album.

Hattie's mother's brother George Wyman and his wife Jennie [Tomar) Wheeler of West Branch, New York, signed pages in 1891.





Hattie's mother's sister Lillie Wyman of Vienna, New York, signed a page in 1894.




Hattie's stepfather Arthur Douglas Wheeler's younger sister Gladys L. Wheeler of Vienna, New York, signed a page in 1896.



Hattie's teacher Lena J. Cook of Vienna, New York, signed a page in 1895.



Alphabetical list of signers: [note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alpha order.]


  • Alfred, 1898
  • Josephine, 1895
  • Mattie, 1896
  • Marvin of Vienna, New York, 1895
  • Hattie's Aunt, 1894
  • Lora; schoolmate
  • G. H. or G. H. A.
  • Leila Alexander of Durhamville, New York, 1898; schoolmate
  • E. N. B., 1897
  • Hattie C. Bergman of Vienna, New York; album owner
  • Lillian Bridenbaker, 1897
  • V. H. Brown, 1897
  • Lillian Chilson, 1897
  • Ralph Chilson, 1897; schoolmate
  • Dora Chilson, 1897
  • Eugene E. Collins of Vienna, New York, 1895
  • Lena J. Cook of Vienna, New York, 1895; Hattie's teacher
  • Lucile Cook of Vienna, New York, 1895
  • Lizzie G. Cook of Vienna, New York, 1895
  • Mabel Felts, 1898
  • Florence Felts, 1900
  • Floyd F. Felts of Durhamville, New York, 1900
  • Matie Gifford of Vienna, New York, 1895
  • Mahala Gifford of Vienna, New York, 1895
  • Linda Haskins of Vienna, New York, 1895
  • Leonard Hicks of Durhamville, New York, 1898
  • Clara B. Hillock of Vienna, New York, 1897
  • Emma Hoffman of Durhamville, New York, 1898; schoolmate
  • Teresa Hofmann
  • Louis H. Loomis of Vienna, New York, 1896; schoolmate
  • Abyrom T. Loomis of Vienna, New York, 1895
  • Floyd Oatman, 1898; schoolmate
  • Louise Shaub
  • Mamie Shaub, 1897
  • Anna Shaub, 1898
  • Ella Shaver, 1897; schoolmate
  • Roscoe Smith
  • Charles Smith of Durhamville, New York, 1900
  • Lizzie Stevens of Vienna, New York, 1895
  • Bessie Pauline Haulstead Suits of Higginsville, New York, 1895.  I found people named Halstead in the area, but no Haulstead.
  • Arthur B. Thomas of Vienna, New York, 1896; schoolmate
  • Lizzie Thomas of Ava, New York, 1893
  • W. W.; not sure of middle initial
  • A. D. Wheeler, 1892.  Hattie's stepfather Arthur Douglas Wheeler
  • Flora M. Wheeler; Hattie's mother Flora M. (Wyman) Bergman Wheeler, married to her second husband Arthur Douglas Wheeler, who also signed a page
  • Gladys L. Wheeler of Vienna, New York, 1896; sister of Hattie's stepfather Arthur Douglas Wheeler
  • Maud Wheeler of Durhamville, New York, Hattie's six year old half sister Maud A. Wheeler
  • A wonderful page signed by the entire family: Arthur Douglas Wheeler; Flora M. (Wyman) Bergman Wheeler; Maud A. Wheeler; Charles E. Wheeler, and Hattie C. Bergman
  • Lillian Wright, 1898; Hattie's schoolmate
  • Jennie Wyman of West Branch, New York, 1891; Jennie (Tomar) Wyman, wife of Hattie's maternal uncle George Wyman
  • Uncle George; George Wyman, Hattie's maternal uncle and husband of another signer, Jennie Wyman
  • S. T. Wyman, 1891.  I believe this was Simeon T. Wyman, Hattie's maternal grandfather.
  • Lillie Wyman of Vienna, New York, 1894; Hattie's maternal aunt Lillian Wyman
Vienna, New York


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