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Friday, November 20, 2020

STACY, Leland Johnson (DeKalb, NY)




PHOTO TAKEN: Cunningham Photographic Studio, Ogdensburg NY, circa 1912-1914

PURCHASED: 2017 Traditions Antique Mall, Wildwood FL

UPDATE - All three related STACY photos have been claimed by family and are going home!

This is the third STACY surname photo acquired at the same time from the same booth at an antique mall. The other two were: JOHN S. STACY and CHARLES P. STACY.

This is LELAND JOHNSON STACY, SR., born 11 Aug 1889 in St Lawrence County, NY. He is the son of George Arthur Stacy (1859-1942) and Minnie Johnson (1865-1923). His father George is a son of William Maurice Stacy, who is an older brother of John S. Stacy and Charles P. Stacy (previously researched). Leland is a great-nephew of John and Charles.

The photo was taken at a studio identified only as "Cunningham", but I believe this was the studio of John Cunningham who operated in Ogdensburg NY, a mere 20 miles north of De Kalb where the Stacy family lived. The fashions worn suggest a time period of between 1911 and 1914, and the sitter appears to be in his early to mid 20s.

Leland would have completed High School around 1908, so this was probably taken during his college years. At age 25 (circa 1914), Leland was working as a Chemistry and Physics teacher at the Ivy League prep school Horace Mann in The Bronx. And in 1917 he is found in the University of Chicago yearbook, and is shown having earned a Fellowship in Physics.

He was a commissioned Lieutenant in WWI.

In midsummer 1919 Leland married Mary Elena Elliott in Missouri. They resided in Essex County NJ and had the following children:

 1920 Alma May Stacy (d. 1979)

 1922 Leland Johnson Stacy Jr. (d. 2009)

 1925 Susan Stacy (d. 2006)

 1926 Emily Ann Stacy (d. 1989)

Leland died in Sep 1965 in Norfolk VA and is buried in a family plot in Missouri.

STACY, Charles P. (San Francisco, CA)




PHOTO TAKEN: Swasey Photographic Studio, 26 Montgomery St, San Francisco CA, circa 1890

PURCHASED: 2017 Traditions Antique Mall, Wildwood FL

UPDATE - All three related STACY photos have been claimed by family and are going home!

Looking first at the physical clues present in the cabinet card, I noticed right off that the dark maroon/brown Card Stock is thin, has rounded corners, and a gilded beveled edge. The beveled edge was most popular from 1885-1895. The dark maroon cards were introduced in the late 1880s, first with only the front of the card colored, but by 1890 cards were being produced with the same dark color front and back (as this one does).

About the photographer: There is a Fred Park SWASEY appearing on the San Francisco 1880 Federal Census. His occupation is "Photo retoucher" and he lodges at 14 Turk Street which is about 6 blocks away from the Studio address given on the front of the photograph. He appears also on the 1880 Voter Register, same address, occupation "Photographer". I find news of his death in 1900, wherein he is reported passing from typhoid malaria in Redding CA where his brother Frank is owner and editor of the Redding Free Press. His obit mentions that he had a business in San Francisco for a few years, "a while back". So I think a close estimate for a timeframe on this photo is very early 1890s.

Charles P. Stacy, I find, is a brother of previously researched John S. Stacy. Their photos were acquired together at the same Antique Mall.

Their parents are Pelatiah STACY (1792-1872) and Jerusha TANNER (1800-1877). Children of this couple are:

 1822 James A Stacy (d. 1858)

 1824 Jerusha Stacy (d. 1899)

 1826 Lydia Stacy (d. 1901)

 1828 William Maurice Stacy (d. 1892)

 1830 Isaac Warren Stacy (d. 1898)

 1833 John Seeley Stacy (d. 1910)

 1835 Erastus W. Stacy (d. 1896)

 1837 Mary Ann Stacy (d. 1913)

 1840 Elisha Henry Stacy (d. 1908)

 1843 Maria Catherine Stacy (d. 1899)

 1845 Edson Elmer Stacy (d. 1864)

 1845 Charles P. Stacy (d. 26 Jul 1903 in Chicago IL)

1880 Federal Census, Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa shows Charles P. Stacy and wife Frances. His occupation is "Commercial Agent." They also have two sons Robert (7) and George (2).

Charles and his wife Frances are found on the 1885 Iowa State Census in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa where his occupation appears to say "Commercial Travel". They still have only two offspring; Robert (11) and George (6).

Charles and his wife Frances are found on the 1900 Federal Census as boarders in Chicago. His occupation is Traveling Salesman. No children in the household at that time.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

STACY, John S. (San Francisco, CA)




PHOTO TAKEN: Morse's Palace of Art, 417 Montgomery St., SF, circa 1877-1878

PURCHASED: 2017 Traditions Antique Mall, Wildwood, FL

UPDATE - All three related STACY photos have been claimed by family and are going home!

The cabinet card is fairly thin, with straight-cut edge, rounded corners and thick gold border that extends to the edge of the card, suggesting a time period from 1878-1885. 

The man's bow tie tucked under the shirt lapels was fashionable during the decade of the 1870s.

The Photographic Studio Morse's Palace of Art on Montgomery Street is mentioned in the San Francisco City Directory of 1877. Proprietor is George D. Morse who worked as a photographer in San Francisco from the 1860s to at least the mid-1890s. The embossed name G.D. Morse can be seen at lower right front if the photo is held at an angle to the light source.

Also found in the 1877 City Directory is John S. Stacy. He is described as an attorney at law at firm whose office was located at 401 California. His home was Oakland. In 1875 he was part of the Law Firm of Stacy & Tripp (with Dwight K. Tripp). His firm in 1876 was called Stacy & Hart (with William H.H. Hart) and in 1877 the firm was called Stacy, Thompson & Hart, having added James D. Thompson to the shingle.

From History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 580.

JOHN S. STACY, attorney and couselor at law, Anamosa. Judge Stacy was born on the 13th of May, 1833, at De Kalb, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y.; his parents were Pelatiah and Jerusha Tanner Stacy. The paternal ancestors were from Massachusetts, thence to Oswego, N.Y., and his grandfather was one of the first settlers in De Kalb. His father served a short time in the war of 1812, at Ogdensburg. His maternal ancestors were settlers in the vicinity of Cooperstown, N.Y., and the remains of many of them rest in the cemetery in that town. In boyhood, John S. Stacy had a great taste for reading, but was accustomed to the hard work of a farm, with only a few months at school each year until he was 16, when he attended an academy at Gouvernenr, N.Y., there preparing for college; he attended one term at Oberlin, Ohio; then entered the Sophomore Class of Union College, and graduated in 1857; it was during President Nott's administration that Mr. Stacy was at Union College. He taught school several terms, studying law at the same time and during vacations. Immigrating westward, he spent a short time in teaching at Dover, Bureau Co., Ill., and, in the spring of 1858, located at Anamosa, Iowa; he entered the law office of Hon. E. Cutler, and was admitted to the bar in the autumn of the same year; he accepted an invitation to become a partner of Mr. Cutler, and the law firm of Cutler & Stacy commenced business on the 1st of January, 1859, which terminated in the autumn of 1862, by Mr. Cutler entering the military service. In 1864, Mr. Stacy engaged in banking, in connection with the practice of law, continuing until the autumn of 1873, when the panic compelled him to surrender. He was actively engaged in the building of the Iowa Midland Railroad, as attorney and Director. He was also President of the Iowa & Minnesota Railway Company, which had so far succeeded as to secure the preliminary negotiations, in London, for a loan that would doubtless have resulted in the success of the enterprise, but for the panic just alluded to, which put a stop to a great many important enterprises. In 1874, Mr. Stacy went to California, and spent two months there; he returned to that State again in 1875, and remained nearly two years, practicing law with success in San Francisco. Mr. Stacy was elected Judge of Jones Co., in 1861, and served one term. Judge Stacy has always been an ardent and active Republican. He was a Delegate to the National Convention which re-nominated Mr. Lincoln in 1864, and was one of his most hearty supporters. In 1858, while in Dover, Ill., Judge Stacy united with the Congregational Church, and, on settling in Iowa, transferred his membership to the Anamosa Church; he is an active Christian worker, and foremost in all philanthropic measures. On the 16th of November, 1862, he married Miss Charlotte A. Kellogg, a daughter of Rev. E. W. Kellogg, who, for forty years, was a Congregational minister in Vermont; she is a lineal descendant of William Bradford, second Governor of the Plymouth Colony; is a woman of fine mental culture and exalted Christian character, a worthy representative of the best Puritan stock; she has three children, who feel daily the molding hand of a Christian mother.

Friday, September 25, 2020

SWEZEY Family (Decorah IA)

Grandma Swezey, Ruth & Paul

IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO: "Grandma Swezey, Ruth Swezey, Paul Swezey, 1905"
PHOTO TAKEN: E William Spurr Studio, Decorah, Iowa, 1905
PURCHASED: 2016 Hollywood Antiques, Eugene Oregon

This is Bertha M Ranney-Swezey (born 1867 to parents Harmon Ranney and Julia Ann Cook). She was married to Dr. Andrew Jackson Swezey (born 1869 to parents Samuel George Swezey and Nancy Ann Burnett). Her two children are Ruth Ellena Swezey and Paul Howard Swezey.

My first stop in searching for this family is the 1900 Federal Census of Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa. The Swezeys are found living at 404 W. Main Street at a boarding house operated by a Norwegian immigrant family named Wulfsborg.

1900 Federal Census > Iowa > Winneshiek > Decorah
WULFSBORG, Einar, head, Dec 1841, 58, born in Norway, mgr Public House
WULFSBORG, Christiana, wife, Mar 1841, 59, born in Norway
WULFSBORG, Sira C., daughter, Mar 1876, 24, born in MN of Norwegian parents
WULFSBORG, Clara H., daughter, Jun 1877, 22, born in MN, clerk at bookstore
WULFSBORG, Frida M., daughter, Jan 1881, 19, born in MN
WULFSBORG, Einar, son, Feb 1882, 18, born in MN, at college
WULFSBORG, Jacob, son, Jun 1884, 15, born in Iowa, at college
CHRISTOPHSEN, Annie, servant, Mar 1864, 34, born in WI of Norwegian parents, servant
SWEEZY, Andrew J., head, Dec 1863, 36, born in NE of Iowa parents, physician
SWEEZY, Bertha M., wife, Apr 1867, 33, born in MO of NY parents (2 births, 2 living)
SWEEZY, Ruth E., daughter, Mar 1897, 3, born in Iowa
SWEEZY, Paul H., son, Feb 1899, 1, born in Iowa
STEPHENSON, Sophia, servant, Mar 1883, 17, born in Iowa of Norwegian parents, servant
EASTON, James H., lodger, Nov 1833, 66, born in NY, capitalist

By the 1910 Census, the family has their own home at 113 Water Street.

Ruth's birth certificate shows her official name as: Ruth Ellena SWEZEY, born 27 Mar 1897 to parents Andrew Jackson Swezey and Bertha M. Ranney.

1920 Federal Census > West Virginia > Cabell > Huntington
SWEZEY, Dr. A.J., head, 50, born in Iowa of OH & IA parents, Physician
SWEZEY, Bertha, wife, 52, born in MO of NY parents
SWEZEY, Ruth, daughter, 22, born in Iowa, physical director YMCA
SWEZEY, Paul, son, 20, born in Iowa, student at school

Father Dr. Andrew Jackson Swezey died 16-Oct-1924 in Huntington WV.

1930 Federal Census > Pennsylvania > York > York
SWEZEY, Bertha M., head, 63 widowed, no occupation
SWEZEY, Ruth E, daughter, 33, single, recreation director

This story was found in the Wilkes-Barre Record, August 27, 1937.

1940 Federal Census > Pennsylvania > Luzerne > Kingston
SWEZEY, Bertha M., head, 73, wd, no occ.
SWEZEY, Ruth E., 43, single, athletic director community welfare
BENNETT, Helen K., ward, 18, single, born in NJ, not employed

Bertha died in 1943, in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania but is buried in Huntington WV next to her husband.

Ruth retired in 1959 and was was feted by the Parks and Recreation Association in Wilkes-Barre PA.

Ruth apparently never married, and died in 1972. She is buried in the family plot in Huntington WV. 

As she had no children of her own, I will have to turn to her brother Paul if I am to find descendants of this family.

Paul followed in his father's footsteps and became a doctor, specifically an osteopath. He served in WWI.

He married Helen Marguerite Gerken (dau of John Gerken) 24 Aug 1921 in Marietta Ohio, where Paul was attending college. The couple moved to Des Moines for a short time while Paul attended a Medical School of Osteopathy.

Paul's descendants are:
   - John Swezey (born abt 1923) m. Shirley Mae Peters
 - Barbara Ann Swezey (1953-1987) m. Raymond Neil Allen. Lived in Eugene OR. She died age 33. No children.
 - David C. Swezey (-) lived in Portland OR area.
   - Mary E. Swezey (born abt 1928) m. Richard Stephan and lived in Clemente, California.

Paul died 23 Oct 1981 Massillon Ohio.

Son John A. Swezey went to Anapolis Naval Academy, per this newspaper insert of 25 Feb 1940. 

He married Shirley Peters and lived in Eugene Oregon (where this 1905 photograph was found). Shirley died in 2012, and John  died in 2013. 

As I acquired the photograph in 2016, I can presume that it was in the possession of John Swezey up to the time of his death, and is most likely his hand which wrote the information on the reverse side.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

WELLS, Wallace & Phyllis (Eugene OR)



IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO 1: "Wallace Wells, 1 1/2 years"
PHOTO 1 TAKEN: Rothchild & Co, Chicago IL, circa 1900
IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO 2: "Phyllis / Wells Harland J"
PHOTO 2 TAKEN: Unknown photographer and location, probably Eugene OR, circa 1927
PURCHASED: 2016, Antique Peddlars, Springfield OR

In photo #1 is Wallace Wells (1899-1959). He is one of three sons of Jesse G. Wells (1867-1942) and Emma A. Cruse/Kruse (1865-1950). The parents are from Illinois and lived in Chicago 12 years before moving to Eugene Oregon. Their three sons were born in Chicago:

- 1893 Robert Raymond Wells (d. 1972)
- 1896 Harold Jesse Wells (d.1973)
- 1899 Howard Wallace Wells (d. 1959)

1910 Federal Census > Oregon > Lane County > Eugene
WELLS, Jesse G., head, 43, born IL of NY and PA parents, Lawyer
WELLS, Emma A., wife, 45, born in IL of German parents, no occ.
WELLS, Raymond R., son, 17, born in IL
WELLS, Harold J., son, 14, born in IL
WELLS, Wallace H., son, 11, born in IL

On the WWI Draft Registration, Wallace gives his names as "Howard Wallace Wells", born 27-Oct-1898. He is employed at the Eugene Fruit Cannery. The registrar remarks that Wallace is medium height, slender build, blue eyes, light hair, and has no obvious physical disqualifications.

1920 Federal Census > Oregon > Lane County > Eugene
WELLS, Jesse G., head, 52, born IL of NY and PA parents, Lawyer
WELLS, Emma A., wife, 54, born in IL of German parents, no occ.
WELLS, Raymond R., son, 27, born in IL, partner at Auto Garage
WELLS, Harold J., son, 24, born in IL
WELLS, Wallace H., son, 21, born in IL

1930 Federal Census > Oregon > Lane > Eugene
WELLS, Jesse G., head, 62, Lawyer
WELLS, Anna A., wife, 63
WELLS, Wallace, son, 31 single, no occ.
PETERS, Nettie G., sister-in-law, 57 widow, born in IL of German parents, no occ.

1940 Federal Census > Oregon > Lane > Eugene
WELLS, Jesse G., head, 72, Lawyer
WELLS, Anna A., wife, 73
WELLS, Wallace, son, 41 single, no occ.

Wallace's WWII Draft Registration (at left) states he has never been employed, which is not what he said on the WWI Card.

The fact that Wallace is grown, single and has no occupation on the 1930 and 1940 Census reports, makes me wonder if he might have been physically disabled in some way. There is a column on the 1940 Census bearing employment codes, and Wallace is shown as "U" which stands for "unable to work." Perhaps he served in WWI and was injured?

This news insert in the Eugene Guard, 21 July, 1959 reports on the death of Wallace Wells. He apparently never married and had no children, as only two brothers are mentioned as his survivors.

(Father) Jesse G. Wells became a lawyer in Eugene, running his own practice. Afterward he served as Justice of the Peace until his retirement. Emma died in 1950 at the home of her son Robert where she resided since the death of Jesse in 1942.

Photo #2 is labeled "Harland J Wells" but I believe this is a typo for "Harold J Wells", and also bears the name "Phyllis". This cannot be a photo of Harold as a child because the photo is not old enough to show a toddler in the 1890s. It was taken in the late 1920's. The name "Phyllis" holds the key. Harold Jesse Wells did indeed have a daughter named Phyllis, born about 1925 in Eugene OR. 

Extra notes - Harold was in France during WWI. In 1922 was elected Commander of the Lane County American Legion post. His wife's maiden name was Schaffner.

This newspaper story appeared in the Eugene Guard, 16 Feb 1931. (Click the image for a larger version.)

When Phyllis was 3, this news insert appears in The Eugene Guard newspaper.

The 1930 Federal Census shows this family:

1930 Federal Census > Oregon > Lane County > Eugene > 542 Lawrence Street
WELLS, Harold J., head, 34, married at 28, born in IL of IL parents > Lawyer
WELLS, Bertha E., wife, 29, married at 22, born in SD of OH & IN parents
WELLS, Phyllis, daughter, 5, born in OR

1940 Federal Census > Oregon > Lane County > Eugene > 542 Lawrence Street
WELLS, Harold, head, 44, born in IL, attorney
WELLS, Bertha E., wife, 39, born in SD
WELLS, Phyllis Eileen, daughter, 15, born in OR
WELLS, Charles Jesse, son, 10, born in OR

The photograph on the left is Phyllis Wells from her 1943 Senior Class yearbook at Eugene High School. She was active in Band, Orchestra and A Capella. 

The second photo is from the 1946 University of Oregon Yearbook.

Friday, September 18, 2020

WELLS brothers, Clarence and Harold (Houston TX)


Clarence Asa Wells & Harold Earl Wells

IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO 1: Clarence Asa Wells, age 4 1/2 months
IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO 2: Harold Earl Wells, age 6 months
PHOTO TAKEN: unknown photographer and location, circa Dec 1915 & Nov 1919
PURCHASED: 2017 Wildwood Antique Mall, Wildwood Florida

UPDATE - These two photos have been claimed by family and have gone home!

As suspected, these are siblings, brothers, whose parents were Clarence A. Wells (1884-1974) and Elizabeth Marie Jones(1888-1972). Both parents were born in Licking County Ohio. Clarence Sr was an accountant.

Clarence Asa Wells Jr. was born 23 July 1915 and grew up to be a Chemical Engineer for an asphalt company in Houston TX. He lived to age 62. His death certificate says he is married, so I may be able to find some descendants.  This photo of Clarence Wells was located in the 1932 San Jacinto High School yearbook, senior class. He was in Spanish Club and Band, in which he played alto saxophone.

Harold was born May 18, 1919 in Houston TX. At age 21 he was a University of Houston student working during the summer at Houston Lighting & Power Co. and was fatally burned in a workplace accident in which a pump switch exploded. He is buried at Forest Park Cemetery, Houston TX.

This photo of Harold Wells was located in the 1937 San Jacinto High School yearbook, senior class. He was in the Booster Club and Spanish Club.

Here's something interesting, found along the way .... When Clarence Jr was a Senior at San Jacinto High School in 1932, he was in the same band class as a young Walter Cronkite (a junior at the time) who played baritone sax. I will throw his photo in for the heck of it.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

PEACOCK, Phoebe (Moravia, NY)



IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO: "Miss Phoebe Peacock" / "Phoebe Peacock"
PHOTO 1 TAKEN: Tuthill & Teed Studio, Moravia & Boliver NY, circa 1882-1884
PHOTO 2 TAKEN: unknown location and photographer, circa 1894
PURCHASED: 2017 August Madison-Bouckville (NY) Antiques Week

The first photograph was taken at the studio of Tyrus T. Tuthill who resided at and operated a studio in Moravia, Cayuga county, New York from at least 1870 through at least the mid-1890s.

The writing on the back of photo #1 appears to have originally said "Mrs. Phoebe Peacock", but over-writing it is the word "Miss". I wonder if the "Miss" indicates this photo was taken before or around the time of her marriage.

The fashions worn in photograph #1 date it to the early-to-mid 1880s.  The woman appears to be around 25-30 years of age, putting a projected birth year at 1855 to 1860, or thereabouts.

Photo #2 was clearly taken about a decade later. The dress style worn by Phoebe dates to around 1894.

I searched,, and others and could only find one Phoebe Peacock in this region. And Peacock was her married name.

Phoebe L. Curtis (Nov 1861 - Mar 1943), daughter of Calvin Curtis (1827-1893) and Fidelia Church (1826-1868).

- Wife of Jesse Peacock (1863-1933, son of John Peacock and Lavina Culley) m. in 1882 in Moravia.
- Mother of:
   - Clinton Jesse Peacock (1883-1953) m. Leora Morton (1880-1947)
   - Frances Ruth Peacock (1908-1992)
   - Harold C. Peacock (1899-1901) died age 1
   - Homer Peacock (1902-1902) died as infant

The 1870 Census, Moravia, Cayuga County, NY, shows the Curtis family:
CURTIS, Calvin, 43, farmer
CURTIS, James, 13
CURTIS, Phoebe, 8

Phoebe was married in 1882 to Jesse Peacock.

On both the 1910 and 1920 Federal Census, Jesse and Phoebe are living in Syracuse. Jesse is 58 in 1920, born in NY of English immigrant parents. His occupation is Machinist at a gear factory. Phoebe is 59, born in NY of NY parents, no occupation.

After the death of her husband Jesse in 1933, Phoebe lived in Ossining, Westchester county, NY with her son Clinton Peacock and his family. She is found on the Ossining NY Census 1940 at age 78, widowed. Her son Clinton is a Printer, and his wife Leora is a public school teacher.

Phoebe died 2 Mar 1943 in Cayuga County, and is buried at the Quaker Church Cemetery in Moravia.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

HARLOW, Bernice (Charlottesville VA)

PHOTO TAKEN: Rufus Holsinger, University Studio, Charlottesville VA, circa 1899-1900
PURCHASED: 2018 February, Wildwood Antique Mall, Wildwood FL

This appears to be Bernice "Bernie" Edgar Harlow, born 31 Aug 1899 at Albemarle VA. He was residing in Charlottesville in 1942 when he registered for the WWII draft. Employer is Charles King & Son Co., a wholesale grocery, where he works as a shipping clerk. He would work for the company his entire life, from age 15 to 80, by which time he had risen to the position of President of the company. He lived to age 93 (1993).

His parents were (factory worker) James Henry Harlow (1864-1943) and Mary Christianna "Anna" Maddex (1874-1944, dau. of Richard H. Maddex and Sallie Wingfield).

Bernice had two sisters:
... Annie Ruth Harlow (Mrs. W.W. Glass) 1897-1967
... Ora Texanna Harlow (Mrs. W.L. Marion) 1905-1994

He married Lula R. Johnson. They had two daughters, Pearl Daniel Harlow (d. 1986) and Arlene Harlow-Peebles (1924-2004). (Arlene had two sons)

from "The Daily Progress" Charlottesville VA, June 8, 1980.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

RYAN, Della and Lenore (Clay County, KS)


IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO: "Della and Lenora Ryan"
PHOTO TAKEN: Ringer Studio and others, Baldwin KS, circa 1904
PURCHASED: sent to me by Ms. Kleppinger; friends of her grandmother

A follower of this blog recently sorted through photos left by her grandmother and found several identified ones of people not related to her family. These were her friends and classmates in the early 1900's in mostly Kansas and Iowa. Ms. Kleppinger was very generous in gifting these to me, so I could start the research on them, and hopefully re-unite some of them with their families.

A second photo of Della is shown at right.

These two lovely young ladies are known to have attended the wedding of Miss Flora Ream (my friend's grandmother) in Topeka KS in 1913.

These sisters are daughters of Rev. Joseph Mason Ryan (1853-1932) and Clara Louise Lapham (1859-1925). 

1895 Kansas State Census > Clay > Clay Center
RYAN, J.M., 41, born in IN, came here from Iowa, teamster
RYAN, Clara, 35, born in Wis, came here from Wis, housewife
RYAN, A.L., 16, m, born in KS, at school
RYAN, Hattie, 11, f, born in KS, at school
RYAN, Della, 9 f, born in KS, at school
RYAN, Nora (Lenora), 7, f, born in KS, at school

I find these two on the 1905 Kansas State Census in Clay County. Della Ryan is 20 and Lenora Ryan is 18. 

In late June 1913, the Misses Della and Lenora Ryan went to Topeka to attend the wedding of Florence Ream. Florence was a daughter of Reverend TJ Ream. I believe it is likely that the families knew each other, that Florence's father was an acquaintance of Rev. Joseph Ryan, and may explain the connection, and why Florence possessed photographs of the Ryan girls. This newspaper insert was located in the 24 June 1913 edition of the newspaper "Dispatch-Republican" of Clay Center Kansas.

Mary Della Ryan attended Smith College (Class of 1919) earning a BA degree.

June 1922 Lenore Maude Ryan, at that time a teacher residing in Berkeley California, married Constantine Panunzio (born in Italy, 1885-1964, to parents Nicole Panunzio and Angela DeFelice), a professor at Willamette University, Salem Oregon. They divorced in 1936. Lenore Panunzio died in 1968 and is buried at Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego.

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Della never married, and died at age 69 on Mar 25, 1955. She is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center KS.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

BADSKY, Lena (Lawrence KS)


IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO: "Lena Badsky, BU Graduate 1907"
PHOTO TAKEN: Ringer Studio, Baldwin KS, 1907
PURCHASED: sent to me by Ms. Kleppinger; "friends of her grandmother"

A follower of this blog recently sorted through photos left by her grandmother and found several identified ones of people not related to her family. These were friends and classmates of her grandmother in the early 1900's in mostly Kansas and Iowa. Ms. Kleppinger was very generous in gifting these to me, so I could start the research on them, and hopefully re-unite some of them with their families.

There were two photos of LENA BADSKY in the group. The other is shown at left. A note sent with these two images explains that "BU" is Baker University in Baldwin City, KS. A quick Google search finds that Baker is a Liberal Arts College.

Lena S. Badsky was born Sept 1885 to parents Jacob Badsky (1850-1933) and Nancy Sizer (1859-1949).

The family is found on the 1900 Census in Elk, Osage County, KS, some 20 miles west of Baldwin.

1900 Census > KS, Osage > Elk
BADKSY, Jacob, head, Oct 1850, 49, born in WV of German parents, farmer
BADSKY, Nannie, wife, Nov 1859, 40, married 22 yr., 4 of 4 children living, born in VA of VA parents
BADSKY, Bertha T., dau, Jly 1880, 19 s, born in KS of WV and VA parents, at school
BADSKY, Carrie A., dau, Mar 1884, 16 s, born in KS, at school
BADSKY, Lena S., dau, Sept 1885, 14 s, born in KS, at school
BADSKY, Mary A., dau, Mar 1887, 13 s, born in KS, at school

This photo of Lena was likely taken around 1903, and was found elsewhere on the internet at a website called "Slices of Time" which is engaged in the same project that I am.  Slices of Time also has a photograph of Lena's parents Jacob and Nannie.
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Lena opened a China Shop after graduating from Baker. This story from the Lawrence Daily Journal was published 05 October 1908.

By the time of the 1910 Census, the family is residing in Lawrence KS.

1910 Census > KS > Douglas > Lawrence
BADKSY, Jacob, head, 58, born in VA of German parents, stock man
BADSKY, Nannie, wife, 50, born in VA of VA parents, artist - china painter
BADSKY, Bertha T., dau, 30 s, born in KS, no occup
BADSKY, Carrie A., dau, Mar 1884, 16 s, born in KS, at school
BADSKY, Lena S., dau, 24, born in KS, artist - china painter

Married to Talmadge DeWitt FUNK Jan 14, 1914.

1920 Census > KS > Douglas > Lawrence
FUNK, T D, head, 36, born in IL of IL parents, undertaker
FUNK, Lena, wife, 35, born in KS, no occup
FUNK, Frances E., dau, 4yr11m, born in KS
FUNK, Lena B., dau, 1y6m, born in KS

Her daughter Frances married a Cummings.

Lena Badsky-Funk died July 23 1981 and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.