Saturday, June 30, 2012

1924 Memorial Card: Emma Sheppe, age 71


Memorial card on the occasion of the death of Emma Sheppe on May 8, 1924.  There's a blemish after her surname, so it's possible there's an extra letter to Sheppe.


Nothing on reverse; text at bottom indicates the card was printed by H. F. Wandell in Leipsic, Ohio.


"Emma Sheppe, Died May 8, 1924, Age 71 years" - implying she was born about 1853.


I found an Emma Sheppe who was born about 1853 and who was still alive in 1920.  This was Emma Sheppe, married to Paul H. Sheppe and living at Kinderhook, New York.  


Whether or not this is the correct Emma Sheppe, I don't know.  If you recognize Emma Sheppe from your family research, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


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1899 Memorial Card: Mrs. W. C. Longley, age 22


Memorial card on the occasion of the death of Mrs. W. C. Longley on 22 April 1899.  


"Died Apr. 11, 1899, Aged 22 Years"


Nothing on reverse; no maker's imprint.


If you have an idea of who this woman might have been, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


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Memorial Card for Ella Rankins, who died 14 November 1888


Memorial card upon the occasion of the death of Ella Rankins.  "Ella Rankins, Died Nov. 14, 1888, Aged 22 years."


Nothing on reverse; no maker's imprint.


I found a few possibilities for an Ella Rankins born about 1866, but nothing definitive.


If you recognize the name and dates of birth and death from your family research, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


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Memorial Card for Laura Ellen (Clarry) Sweet, who died in Maine in 1888



Memorial card on the occasion of the death of Mrs. Laura E. Sweet on 1 March 1888.  "Mrs. Laura E. Sweet, Died March 1, 1888.  Aged 34 Years, and 10 months".


Nothing on reverse.


From online research, 


Mrs. Laura E. Sweet was born Laura Ellen Clarry [or Clary, as some records show], on 28 April 1853, at Holden, Maine, the daughter of Edward Carpenter Clarry and Caroline H. (Perry) Clarry.


Edward Carpenter Clarry was born 24 November 1822 at Dedham, Maine, son of James and Annie L. (Hitchings) Clarry.  


At present I don't have information on the parents of Caroline H. (Perry) Clarry, or even if Perry was indeed her maiden name.   I found a Caroline Perry living at Sullivan, Maine, at the time of the 1850 Census, daughter of Augustus and Rebecca Perry, but I don't know if this Caroline is the Caroline who went on to marry Edward Clarry.  Sullivan is also in Hancock County but is at some distance from Dedham.  


On 25 December 1876 at Eddington, Maine, Laura Ellen Clarry married Bromley C. Sweet, son of Campbell and Margaret Caroline (Comins) Sweet.  Bromley was born 29 January 1834.  


Bromely and Laura had four children together, I believe.  After Laura's death in 1888, Bromley remarried and had more children.  He died in 1912.


If you have any corrections to the information above or any insights into the Clarry and Sweet families of Maine, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Photograph of Henry Thomas Stiff, Class of 1891 at BHS, possibly Brockton, Massachusetts



Cabinet photograph of a young man identified as Henry T. Stiff, Class of 1891 at B.H.S., which might refer to Brockton High School at Brockton, Massachusetts.  


The photograph was taken by the Munroe and Stiff studio of 64 Warren Street, Boston, Roxbury District.  Henry's father Thomas P. Stiff was a photographer; it must have pleased him to take his son's graduation photograph.




From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]


Henry Thomas Stiff was born 9 January 1873 at Carleton, Ontario, the son of Thomas P. and Charlotte Amelia (Keith) Stiff, who were born at Osterville, Massachusetts, and Middleborough, Massachusetts, respectively.


Thomas operated a photography studio at Ottawa, Ontario, with his brother Philander, for a few years in the 1860s and 1870s.   He's listed in the 1871 Census of Canada at Ottawa.  


Henry's younger brother Walter was born in Canada about 1876/77.  The family returned to Massachusetts not long after that.  They were enumerated in the 1880 Census of Taunton, Massachusetts.


Henry's paternal grandparents were James and Priscilla Stiff.  His maternal grandparents were Jared and Priscilla (Eaton) Keith.


On 14 April 1897, Henry Thomas Stiff married Bessie Cary Packard, daughter of James Willard Packard and Mary Alice (Cary) Packard.  Bessie was born about June 1873 and died about seven years after her marriage, on 1 February 1904 at Brockton.  I don't believe they had any children.


On 5 November 1905 at Brockton, Massachusetts, Henry married for Bessie's younger sister Alice Marie Packard.  She was born about March 1883.


They raised a family of at least three children at Boston, Massachusetts, where Henry was a civil engineer.  By the time of the 1920 Census, Alice Marie (Packard) Stiff had died and left Henry a widower again.  


If you have any corrections to the information above or any insights into the Stiff and Packard families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cabinet Photograph of Arthur Putnam Tenney of Haverhill, Massachusetts



Cabinet photograph of a man identified on reverse as Arthur Putnam Tenney; the photograph was taken by the Vickery studio of Haverill, Massachusetts.




From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]


Arthur Putnam Tenney was born 11 January 1859 at Haverhill, Massachusetts, the son of David Barnard Tenney and wife Caroline (Stocker) Tenney, who were born at Georgetown, Massachusetts, and Bath, Maine, respectively.


His paternal grandparents were David B. and Hannah T. (Little) Tenney.  His maternal grandparents were Timothy N. and Susan (White) Stocker.


On 17 October, 1894 at Westbrook, Maine, Arthur married Helen Mary Foster, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Foster and wife Mary Rolfe (Divine) Foster.  Helen was born 26 September 1862 at Lewiston, Maine.


Her paternal grandparents were Solomon Berry Foster and wife Eunice (Ricker) Foster.  Her maternal grandparents were John and Sarah Jane (Noyes) Divine.


Arthur and Helen settled at Haverhill, Massachusetts where Arthur worked at a bank.  I couldn't find any children for them.


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CDV of Harriet Sherburne Clapp, who married Moses Withington, Massachusetts



Carte de Visite of a woman identified on reverse as Harriet Sherburne Withington.  The ID also includes her date of death: 8 March 1898.  The photograph was taken by the Kimball studio of Concord, New Hampshire.




From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]


Harriet Sherburne Clapp was born 10 July 1818 at Dorchester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Joseph and Betsey (Tileston) Clapp. Some records have her maiden name as Clap.


Harriet became the second wife of Moses Withington on 1 September 1853.  Moses Withington was born 1 December 1810 at Brookline, Massachusetts, son of Enos and Patience (Leeds) Withington.  His first wife, with whom he had at least three children, was Jane Clap, daughter of John and Priscilla (Holden) Clap.


Harriet and Moses had a daughter, Anna Sherburne Withington, born 24 January 1856 at Brookline, Massachusetts.  


I'd like to know how it came about that Harriet was at Concord to have her photograph taken.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

1854 Report of School Committee of Turner, Maine


Report of the Superintending School Committee of the Town of Turner, for the School Year Ending April 1, 1854.  Printed at Lewiston, Maine, by Farmer and Mechanic Press, 1854




The title page, above, has the same text as the cover.




Town officers, of Turner, for 1854
Job Prince, Moderator
Hera Bradford, Town Clerk
George Turner; Archibald Leavitt; B. A. Bradford; Selectmen and Assessors
William B. Bray, Treasurer
Job Prince, Town Agent
Daniel Lara; Daniel H. Teague; Rufus Prince; School Committee


School Money Raised, $1500




Note: A table at the end gives the residences of the teachers named below.


Report


District No. I - Jairus Phillips, Agent


The summer school was taught by Miss Roxy Phillips, with good success as a beginner.  The winter school was taught by Mr. J. L. Woodman.  This school was small and short, being only seven weeks.  The scholars made some advancement; but not rapid.  It was the teacher's first school; and we thought a little more nearness of thought and feeling, toward his scholars, would improve his school.


No. 2. -- Alden Rose, Agent


The summer school was taught by Miss Maria E. Sawtelle, for the second time, which speaks well for her in the estimation of the parents.  One great difficulty in this school has been, in times past, that the scholars read and answered their questions in so low a tone of voice, that they were with difficulty understood.  This was very much improved in this school.  Improvement in other things was quite good.  The winter school was commenced by Mr. Kyes, who was obliged to suspend his labors at the commencement of the second week, on account of ill health.  This school was visited once; and then there was a great lack of discipline.  This school was afterwards taught by Mr. Henry F. Woodman, under whose tuition it was well disciplined; and the advancement in some of the classes good; particularly in reading.


No. 3 - Benjamin Briggs, Agent


The summer school was taught by Miss Flora A. Copeland, and was in every respect a first-class school.  The progress in the several branches pursued was excelled by few, if any, of our summer schools.  Discipline good; and there seemed to be an affection on the part of the scholars, for their teachers, seldom seen in our schools.  This school, taught in winter by Mr. Z. A. Gilbert, prospered well, and was one of our best schools.  It would be fortunate for this school to have his services for another term.




No. 4. - Lee Leavitt, Agent


The summer school was in care of Mrs. Mercy M. Berry.  Judging from her former success, we expected that the school would be profitable, and in this we were not disappointed.  We believe that this lady's faculties have not become greatly impaired, (as some might suppose,) by the change she has recently undergone.  The examination, at the close of the winter term, was one of the most interesting that we ever witnessed.  The performances on that occasion spoke volumes in praise of both teacher and scholars.  We here found a class, numbering 13, that were masters of Greenlief's Arithmetic; and among them boys of only 13 years of age.  It is usually the case that schools excel in some particular branch; but it was not so here; for all classes show an advancement seldom excelled.  The chairman of your committee has no hesitation in saying that this school was No. 1 of those under his immediate supervision.  The winter term was under the charge of Mr. Levi Ludden.  The primary department was taught by Miss Ellen Phillips. - There seemed to be a lack of discipline here, as has generally been the case for a number of years past.  There seems to be an impression among teachers that these scholars are too young to be governed; but your committee think that if this school was put under better discipline, it would add to its welfare.


No. 5. - Isaac Jones, Jr., Agent


The summer school, by Miss Helen M. Bradford, was managed with good success for a beginner.  The discipline and improvement were of no ordinary kind; but such as well pleased your committee. For teaching small scholars she has few superiors.  We think we are safe in recommending her to the consideration of those who are looking for teachers.  The classification of this school, in winter, was necessarily bad.  Considering this obstacle, good improvement was made, especially in reading.  Teacher, Mr. Justus C. Bailey, who, considering that this was his first school, performed his part well.


No. 6. - Wesley Thorp, Agent


The summer school was taught by Miss Hannah L. Bonney, a teacher of much experience.  The school was not so still as we could have wished; which should, perhaps, be 




mainly attributable to there being a large number of very small scholars.  The advancement in some of the branches was good; particularly reading and geography.  We think that the teacher's method of teaching is not so well calculated to create so great an interest among scholars, as some of less experience.  In winter, Andrew A. Child, teacher - This school closed, after keeping eight weeks, for fear of the small-pox.  As it was visited by once, we cannot speak of its progress.


No. 7 - Hiram Phillips, Agent


The summer school, taught by Miss Clara M. Jones, was one of the best disciplined of our summer schools.  The advancement was not so rapid as in many others; but it did not fall to our lot to find one in which, what was done, was done more thoroughly than here.  The winter term was taught by Mr. Horace True.  This school was short; and, considering the fact that it was stopped a number of weeks, from fear of the small-pox, the progress was good.  Teachers are more apt, after having taught some length of time, to grow rusty and unprofitable; but it is not so with Mr. True, for the longer he teachers the brighter he shines.


No. 8 - Daniel C. Dresser, Agent


There was no summer school here.  In winter, Mr. Ezra M. Prince was teacher.  We have no fears of awarding too much credit to either teacher, parents or scholars, in this district; for to each much is deserving.  By their hearty co-operation, this school, though small and short, surpassed anything we have ever witnessed, for general improvement, in any school.  The teacher's great causality, united with a natural aptness to each, rendered it almost impossible for his pupils to pass over anything without thoroughly understanding it.  In consideration of the new and beautiful school-house, built here the past year, and the great improvement, above mentioned, we must give this school the credit of standing second to none in town.


No. 9 - Salmon Rickards, Agent


The teacher of the summer school, Miss Elizabeth T. Ellis, labored hard to make this school a profitable one; and with more stringent government, towards its close, 




would have succeeded admirably.  The girls did well; and if about half-a-dozen of the largest boys had been thoroughly whipped into their places, a more healthy actions would have been given to the whole school.  The winter school was under the care of Mr. Horace C. Haskell, who, although one of our youngest teachers, has won a reputation that might well be envied by many of more experience.  The school was under much better discipline at our second visit, than the first.  The progress in the different branches was very good.  We here saw the most writing books that we ever saw in a school, and they were all a credit to both teacher and pupils.


No. 10 - Merritt Bates, Agent


The summer school, in charge of Miss Flora A. Bradford, made good improvement; and for good order, was not surpassed by any school in town.  The winter school was in care of Miss Arcy Carey. We believe that there are few female teachers better adapted to teach a winter school than Miss Carey.  Her qualification are of the first order; and she seems to possess a faculty to communicate her ideas, in a way that few can fail to understand.  We consider this one of the most essential traits of a teacher - one in which too many fail; and we think that scholars who would not improve under this lady's tuition, had rather limited prospects for improvement.


No. 11 - Edward Packard, Agent


Miss Arcy Carey, teacher.  We have seldom witnessed such systemic arrangement, and so familiar and thorough instruction, as we found here during the summer term.  Indeed it seemed like a domestic scene; the teacher acting the part of a mother, imparting instruction to a family of eager, confiding children.  It was truly a pleasant and profitable school to all concerned.  Excelled in reading and grammar.  The winter term was taught by Mr. O. G. Woodman, with a good degree of success.


No. 12 - Albert Winship, Agent


This school, in summer, was taught by Miss Vose.  At our first visit, the school was not, to our mind, what it should be; and such suggestions were made to the teacher, as was




thought might improve it, with a promise to call again soon, which we did.  At this visit we found it somewhat improved; but still it fails to be all we could wish.  The teacher did not bring to the work either the tact to govern, or to teach, which this school requires.  The winter school was taught by Mr. Charles F. Cushing.  At our first visit we found the "old house" literally jammed with scholars; and we feared that the school could be of little benefit, for the want of proper accommodations; but, at our last visit, we found this difficulty entirely obviated by the absence of about one-half of the scholars.  What were present were under the most perfect discipline, and show an advancement that would do credit to any school.


No. 13 - William Staples, Jr., Agent


We have understood, that there was a summer school in this district; but we received no application for certificate, and, of course, granted none; neither were we notified by the agent, that there was a school; consequently, if there was any, it did not come under our supervision.  Teachers, who manage in this way, will be very likely to cause themselves more trouble than it would cost to obtain a certificate, provided they possess the necessary qualifications.  The winter school was taught by Mr. Leander F. Teague.  This school closed sooner than was expected; consequently was visited but once.  It then appeared well.


No. 14 - Azel Alden, Agent


The summer school was taught by Miss Emma J. Cushing, being her first attempt.  Unfortunately there seemed to have been a slight pre-existing prejudice here, on the part of some, which rendered the teacher's task more difficult to her, and less profitable than it ought to have been to the school.  As a beginner, she performed her part well.  We would suggest the necessity of employing not only an experienced teacher, but a thorough disciplinarian for the coming summer, in this school.  The winter term was under the care of Mr. W. W. Lowe.  The progress of the large scholars was very good, particularly in arithmetic; and, from what we saw, we should judge that they were attended to, to the neglect of the smaller ones.  The school was poorly governed.  It was with difficulty that we could judge of the progress of this 




school, as the house was so cold, that neither teacher, scholars, nor committee, were able to keep from the fire more than fifteen minutes at any one time; and we thought that one reason why the larger scholars made better progress than the smaller ones, was because they could stand the cold better.


No. 15 - Albion Ricker, Agent


This school was taught in summer by Miss Julia A. Barrett, who, though she has long borne the reputation of a good teacher, did not here meet the views of your committee; she lacked, essentially, that vivacity, and energy, so necessary to impart life and healthy action to a school.  The result was, a lax discipline, a want of interest, - and, on the whole, an unprofitable school.  The winter school was taught by one member of our committee, (Mr. Teague) and is reported by another.  We must say, that we visited no school this winter, where we were better pleased with the improvement than here.  The scholars and teacher, both seemed to show a willingness to work; and, when this is the case, with the qualifications of this teacher, a school cannot fail to be a good one.


No. 16 - Isaac Teague, Agent


The summer term was under the care of Miss Mary C. Barrell.  The progress in this school was not so great as we could have wished.  There seemed to be a lack of energy, on the part of both teacher and scholars, which necessarily resulted in but little proficiency in the school.  Mr. Horace True, teacher in winter.  We visited this school near its commencement, and found it well-classed, and in good order; and a prospect of doing well; but, as it closed when the roads were blockaded, we are unable to tell of the proficiency made.


No. 17 - Benjamin Beals, Agent


The summer term was taught by Miss Conduce C. Read.  This school was visited but once.  At that time, there appeared to be a good degree of interest on the part of both teacher and scholars; and from what we saw, we have no doubt of the good success of the school.  The winter term




was taught by Mr. S. G. Hilborn, who, although a beginner, brought to this school all the necessary qualifications of a good teacher.  At our visit, at the commencement of the school, it promised well; and we very much regret that we were not informed of the time of its closing, that we could judge of its progress.


No. 18 - Church P. Leavitt, Agent


The summer school was taught by Miss Elizabeth Cobb.  This school was managed quite successfully, it being her first effort.  She appears to be a lady of good attainments; and, with a little experience, bids fair to become a profitable teacher.  The winter term was taught by Mr. J. S. Lyford.  This school, being only four weeks in length, was visited but once.  It then appeared well.


No. 19 - James B. Walker, Agent


The summer school was taught by Miss Erexine H. Chase.  Miss Chase has superior qualifications for a teacher.  There was not so much system here as in some schools; but we seldom find one that made greater progress, and none better governed; and to those agents that want their schools governed, as well as taught, we would say, give her a call.  The winter school was under the tuition of Mr. James L. Hatch.  Mr. Hatch keeps order in his school, and his scholars attend to their books; and by so doing a school cannot well get along without making improvement.  A great trouble in this school has been, the falling off in attendance toward the close.  We were in hopes that Mr. Hatch's discipline and effort to keep his scholars in school, would have remedied this difficulty; but it closed about as usual.








The remarks above were signed by the Committee, which consisted of Rufus Prince; Daniel Lara; and Daniel H. Teague




The table above contains the names of the agents and teachers, as well as the teachers' residences, their pay and the number of their students.


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Two Cabinet Photos of the Same Young Man or Related Young Men; Norway, Maine studio


Two cabinet photographs of an unidentified young man, one taken by the Bartlett studio on Cottage Street in Norway, Maine, and the other by Miss Libby of Norway, Maine.  


The photograph above shows what I think to be either the older brother of the boy in the photograph below, or the same person at a different stage of life.




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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

1939 Brochure of Orchard Point Farm, standing Thoroughbred Stallion First Flag


1939 brochure from Orchard Point Farm at Chestertown, Maryland, featuring the Thoroughbred stallion First Flag.  Comprised of one piece of paper approximately 12" x 9", folded twice, with text on four of the panels.




Season 1939


Fee $25 - to approved mares payable at time of service
Return privilege for one year if mares proves barren and if horse is still in our possession.
No maiden or barren mares accepted without satisfactory veterinary certificate.
Mares or mare and foal boarded at $39 per month.
Every care taken but not responsibility for accident or disease.
For further information apply to
                 Mrs. Dave H. Morris, Jr., 
                 925 Park Avenue
                 New York City, New York
                           or
                Carson W. Harris
                Orchard Point Farm
               Chestertown, Md.



First Flag
Chestnut Horse
1931

Sire and Dam: Pennant; Betsy Ross
Paternal Grand Sire and Grand Dam: Peter Pan; *Royal Rose
Maternal Grand Sire and Grand Dam: Man O' War; *Escuina

This is a horse of outstanding quality and excellent disposition with good flat bone, a fine shoulder and straight hind legs.  He raced until he was five years old and is free from any transmissible unsoundness.  

A glance at his pedigree shows him to be one of the best bred horses in America.  He combines the best blood-strains of this country, France and England.



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Photographs of Frederick K. Bradstreet and daughter Gertie Blanch Bradstreet of Freedom, Maine


Frederick K. Bradstreet


Photographs of Frederick K. Bradstreet and his daughter Gertie Blanch Bradstreet.  An earlier post featured a photograph of Fred's son Seth Bradstreet.




From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]


Frederick K. Bradstreet was born about July 1846 at Freedom, Maine, the son of Simon and Eunice (Fuller) Bradstreet.  


His paternal grandparents were John and Lucinda (Broad) Bradstreet.  His maternal grandparents were Abraham and Susan (Silvester) Fuller.


On 1 February 1874, Fred married Lizzie M. Harvey, daughter of Asa and Marjorie (Bradstreet) Harvey.  I don't know if they had children.  Lizzie was born 1 February 1852 at Freedom, Maine, and died there on 14 May 1880.


Fred subsequently married Clara A. Harvey, Lizzie's younger sister, who was born about 1861 in Freedom.   Some official sources have her name as Clara, and some as Clora.


I believe Fred and Clara/Clora had five children.  Seth Bradstreet, mentioned above, was the second born, and Gertie was the third born, on 21 December 1886, at Freedom, Maine.


Gertie's birth record gives her name as Gertie Blanch Bradstreet, though some later records show her name as Gertrude.  


Gertie Blanch Bradstreet


I don't believe Gertie married, as her death record shows her name as Gertrude B. Bradstreet.  She spent at least part of her life in Massachusetts teaching school.  Her death occurred in 1977 at Albion, Maine.




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Monday, June 18, 2012

Real Photo Postcard of Otto and Sally Aalto or Salto, possibly of Monson, Maine


Real photo postcard of a two people, possibly a married couple, identified on reverse as Otto and Sally Aalto or Otto and Sally Salto.




If they were surnamed Aalto, and considering that the card was purchased in Maine, I believe they may have been Otto and Sally (Partinen) Aalto of Monson, Maine.  Many Finns moved to the Monson area to work in the slate quarries.


Otto Aalto was born in Finland on 18 June 1892, the son of Sakarens and Ida (Hakenen) Aalto.  I probably butchered Otto's father's first name, but his name on Otto's marriage record is hard to decipher.  If Otto's parents came to Maine also, it would have been after 1915, as their residence on the marriage record was Finland.


Sally (Partinen) Aalto was born in Finland about 1900, daughter of William and Amanda (Alrickson) Partinen, who all emigrated to Monson.


Otto and Sally were married at Monson, Maine, on 27 December 1915.  Three children were listed with them in the 1930 Census of Monson.  Otto worked at the slate quarries in the area.


If you have corrections to the above information or if you feel that the Otto and Sally Aalto or Salto pictured on the postcard are another couple entirely, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


Monson Finnish Farmers Club


Finnish American Heritage Society of Maine


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IDed Group Photograph, taken at University of Maine, January 1951


Group photograph of young men , taken at the University of Maine, East Oak, January, 1951.  8" x 10".




The reverse of the photograph above contains the identities and placement of the men.  The bottom half contained their complete addresses at the time, but I cropped that out.  I indicated their state of residence at the time, in their identifications, below.  


I don't know whether they were graduating seniors, team members, returning alumni or other group.


Shown are:


First Row, left to right: George Sherman, Maine and New York City; Don Anderson, Maine; Norm Brown, Maine; Bill Jordan, Maine; Dick Selleck, Maine; Sid Butler, Maryland


Second Row, left to right: Steve Clark, Maine; Jim Tuttle, Maine; Harry Richardson, Maine; John Milton, Maine; Ben Freeman (Eben W. Freeman), Maine


Third Row, left to right: Al Ingalls, Maine; Stan Eddy, Maine; Chet Norris, Maine


Posts: left, "Gas" Bob Gascoigne, Florida; right, Jim Rice, Massachusetts


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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Photograph of C. F. Dudley of Limerick, Maine


Cabinet photograph of a man identified on reverse as what I believe is C. F. Dudley, though I'm not positive about the middle initial.  




I found a Charles Franklin Dudley living at Limerick, Maine and wonder if he might be the man in the photograph.


From online research, hopefully correct:


Charles Franklin Dudley was born 14 August 1874 at Milton Mills, New Hampshire, son of James Daniel Franklin Dudley and his first wife, Annie (Jenness) Dudley.


His paternal grandparents were Charles and Phoebe (Coleman) Dudley.  His maternal grandparents were Alfred and Bertha (Dexter) Jenness.


On 1 July 1894 at North Parsonfield, Maine, Charles married Jessie M. Richards, daughter of Lewis and Mary (Durgin) Richards.


They made their home at Limerick, Maine; I found two children for them, a son and a daughter.  Charles worked as a tinsmith and plumber.


I found the record of a marriage between a Charles F. Dudley and Florence E. Edgerley in 1918.  On Charles' death record from Chepachet, Rhode Island, he was shown as widowed, with his deceased wife's name as Jessie Richards.  


Perhaps he and Florence divorced?  Perhaps he and Jessie divorced and got back together again later in life after Florence died?  Perhaps it was a different Charles F. Dudley who married Florence?


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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Photograph of Amelia Springer (Merchant) Wasgatt of Corea, Maine


Photograph of Amelia Springer (Merchant) Wasgatt of Corea, Maine.  


She was born 7 September 1904 at Winter Harbor, Maine, daughter of Alfred M. and Emma Isabell (Springer) Merchant, born in Sullivan, Maine, and Hancock, Maine, respectively.


Her paternal grandparents were Solomon and Lydia Sarah (Thorne) Merchant.  Her maternal grandparents were Lewis and Isabel Collins (Dinsmore) Springer.


On 26 November 1924, Amelia married Malcolm Wasgatt, son of Frank Raymond Wasgatt and Millie A. (Young) Wasgatt, born in Eden, Maine (on Mount Desert Island) and Gouldsboro, Maine, respectively.


His paternal grandparents were Ambrose H. and Della (McFarland) Wasgatt.  His maternal grandparents were John Patrick Young and Sophia Hammond (McCaleb) Young.




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c1900 Photograph of Hazel Keyes; Belfast, Maine studio


Photograph of a woman identified on reverse as Hazel Keyes.  The photograph was taken by a studio in Belfast, Maine.




I didn't find a Hazel Keyes in Belfast, but I did find a few possibilities in Maine, who may have been vacationing, visiting relatives or attending a nearby school.


One possibility is Hazel Gladys Keyes, who was born about January 1893 at Old Town, Maine, daughter of Elmer L. and Elizabeth [possibly Isabella Elizabeth] (Neal) Keyes.  


Her paternal grandparents were Elmer and Sarah Esther Keyes.  Her maternal grandparents were John and Margaret (Cochran) Neal.


On 11 January 1913, Hazel married Herbert Ellison Gray, son of Herbert Oliver Gray and his first wife Sarah Emeline (Robbins) Gray.


Sadly, Hazel died not long after her marriage, on 2 January 1919.


If you have any corrections to the information above or if you feel that the Hazel Keyes in the photograph is a different woman from the one described, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


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Vintage Photograph of Two Young Girls from Springfield


Photograph of two young girls, partially identified on reverse as V. R. H. and Vivian Booth from Springfield.


Sadly, no photographer's imprint to give a clue as to which state or province Springfield was located in.




From the identification on reverse:


V. R. H. and Vivian Booth [hope I have her first name right] from Springfield.
My hat was very beautiful cream straw with different colored straw flowers.  Green crepe dress with [a bunny ?] on pocket.


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Vintage Photograph of Young James Atkin and his Sister


Vintage photograph of two adorable children, identified on reverse as Jamsie Atkin and his sister.  Sadly, no photographer's imprint to give a clue to the locale.


The identification was apparently done by a child so I'm not sure if Jamsie or Jamesie was his nickname.  




Jamsie may have been James Atkin, James Atkins, James Aitken or another name entirely.


The numeral 127 was carved or painted on one of the risers of the steps the children were sitting on, in case that might jog someone's memory.  I don't know whether the children lived there or were visiting relatives or neighbors.


If you have any theories as to the identities of Jamsie Atkin and his sister, please leave a comment.  


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1860 Report of Selectmen and School Committee of Auburn, New Hampshire


Reports of the Selectmen and Auditors, and the Superintending School Committee, for the Town of Auburn, for the Year Ending March 1, 1860.


Printed in Manchester, New Hampshire, by the Steam Power Press of Goodale & Farnsworth, 1860.


Names are transcribed after the pages; note: some names appear multiple times on the same page but may be transcribed only once.


The report of the School Committee is an interesting read.




Names on the page above:


Fisk & Stearns
Goodale & Farnsworth
Franklin Crombie




Names on the page above:


David L. Osgood
Pike Chase
Henry L. Boltwood
Clark & Smith
Aziel Goodwin
J. Watson
N. Brown
Clark D. Smith
Hugh Crombie
Nathan Plummer
W. H. Murray
John F. Patten
Rev. James Holmes
Kendrick Emery
Dr. N. Plummer
George Moore
Charles Osgood
Dr. George W. Manter
Samuel Brown
Dr. J. H. Crombie
Archibald Whidden




Names on the page above:


L. Melvin
E. Osgood
Charles Osgood
N. Brown
L. Melvin
Samuel Brown
H. Crombie
Eliza J. Dickey
Matthew T. Leighton
Noah Parker
Henry Dockham
George Moore
Mrs. G. Moore
John Colby
Sally Whorf
Joel Estabrooks
David H. Young
R. Emery
A. C. Wallace
Pike Chase
Stephen Kimball
Amherst Coult
Kidder & Dunklee
N. B. Goldsmith
Daniels & Forsaith
Henry Dockham
L. Melvin
W. H. Murry



Names on the page above:


Nathaniel Brown
E. M. Leavitt
Dennis Donovan
Amherst Coult
E. D. Eaton
George G. Griffin
Lyman Eaton
Elisha H. Burrill
Joseph Brown
John N.l Colman
Jacob Lufkin
Richard S. Clark
Pike Chase
John Clark
Jeremiah Ray
Jacob Buswell
Richard Hall
John Chase
William Moore
Luther Melvin




Names on the page above:


Hazen Davis
George W. Varnum
Stephen Kimball
Charles Thompson
A. Hook
William Vincent
Asa B. Haselton
A. J. Haselton
Amos Chase
W. H. Murry
Clark D. Smith
Samuel F. Nichols
David H. Bean
Benjamin Preston
Henry Plummer
George Wyman
Franklin Sloane
Albert Abbott
Alexander Meek
William S. Norton
Frank Chase
John  Merrill
George W. Marden
William Shaid
J. Ray, Jr.
Hall & Hubbard
Hugh Crombie
Jerome B. Sturtevant
Thomas S. Marshall
Heirs of Hiram McDuffie
John Underhill, deceased
N. Plummer
John Moore
S. M. McDuffee
Josiah Hall
Henry Shannon, deceased
Samuel Brown
Simonds & Clough




Names on the page above:


John W. Noyes
Ira Davis
Jairus T. Shannon
George R. Whicher
George S. Melvin
Stephen S. Reid
Silas M. Haselton
N. B. Goldsmith
D. Cross
Hidden Brown
J. B. McKinley
Charles Thompson
Oraman Hunton
Levi Jones
Thomas Coffin
Dennis Donovan
William Moore
Amherst Coult
E. D. Eaton
A. Hook
Hugh Crombie
John Moore
David L. Osgood
E. M. Leavitt
Andrew F. Fox
Jacob Pingree
J. Brown
John Cross
George G. Griffin
John Clark
Jacob Buswell
Alfred T. Wood
John Chase
John Murry, Jr.
Abraham Hook
William P. Underhill
Nancy Hardy




Names on the page above:


Hugh Crombie
Nathaniel Brown
Enoch Watson
E. Watson
W. H. Murry




Names on the page above:


W. H. Murry
Enoch Watson




Names on the page above:


Clark D. Smith
Hugh Crombie
A. Marcus
Ann McDuffee
R. Emery
John Moore
Treasurer: Hugh Crombie
Selectmen: William H. Murry and Enoch Watson




Names on the page above:


Nancy Hardy
Abby S. Osgood
Judith C. Miles
Pike Chase
Jonathan T. Stevens
R. Emery
John Moore
Selectmen: Hugh Crombie, William H. Murry, Enoch Watson
Auditors: Kendrick Emery, David L. Osgood, Nathaniel Brown








Names on the page above:


Superintending School Committee: Nathan Plummer; John F. Patten; William H. Murry


Auburn, New Hampshire



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