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Friday, January 20, 2017

RETTIG, Philip and Carrie

Philip and Carrie RETTIG
This photo of Carrie and Philip Rettig was located at the Highway 127 Yard Sale in Anderson County, KY last summer.

Philip Marion Rettig was born 17 Apr 1884 in Henry Co. Ohio to parents Jacob Rettig (1853-1914) and Magdalena Hoffman (1862-1929).

Carrie Mary (Ricker) was born 05 May 1885 in Henry Co. Ohio to parents John George Ricker (1847-1915) and Elizabeth Anna Henry (1847-1923).

The couple were married in Feb 1913.

1920 Census in Flatrock, Henry County OH.
RETTIG, Philip, head, 35, born in OH of OH parents, farmer
RETTIG, Carrie, wife, 34, born in OH of OH parents
RETTIG, George A., son, 5, born in OH
RETTIG, Inez E., daughter, 1, born in OH

1930 Census in Flatrock, Henry, OH
RETTIG, Philip, head, 46, born in OH of OH parents, farmer
RETTIG, Carrie, wife, 45, born in OH of OH parents
RETTIG, George A., son, 16, born in OH
RETTIG, Inez E., daughter, 11, born in OH
RETTIG, Erma E., daughter, 10, born in OH

1940 Census, Napoleon, Henry Co., Ohio
RETTIG, Philip, 55
RETTIG, Carrie, 54
RETTIG, Erma, 20, Bookkeeper

Evening Independent, Massillon OH 12 Apr 1943
Daughter Inez (1918-2004) married William Behrens around 1936, and had two sons James and Larry. The family was involved in an automobile crash on April 10, 1943 which killed William and son James. Inez and son Larry were both critically injured, with Larry succombing to his injuries in early May.  Inez recovered and married Robert Clady.

Daughter Erma (1920-2008) married Allen Clady (Robert Clady's brother).

Son George (1914-2001) married Alma Seeman.

Philip died May 18 1947.

Carrie died Oct 3 1975.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

TUTTLE, Edith and Ruth

Edith Tuttle
Ruth Tuttle

These two photos of Ruth and Edith Tuttle were located at the Highway 127 Yard Sale in Anderson County, KY. The photo of Ruth is in a paper cover, and is stamped with the photographer's mark with says "H.C. Grummitt, 56 Center St, Ashtabula, O." On the back of the folder are the hand-written words "Ruth Tuttle, age 4, 1910."

The photo of Edith is just a photograph adhered to a larger sheet of paper (and may have come out of a frame). There is no studio stamp, just the hand-written "Edith Tuttle."

I thought at first this may have said "Edith Little" but it seems to me now that it must say "Tuttle." In fact I believe the same hand wrote both names on the photos. There is simply too much similarity in the letters, particularly in the "th" of both first names, and in the "le" of both last names.

I was able to locate the Tuttle family living in Kingsville, Ashtabula County Ohio on the 1910 Census.
TUTTLE, Charles F., head, 43, born in OH of Ohio parents, salesman of farm implements
TUTTLE, Carrie E., wife, 32, born in OH of Ohio and Penn parents
TUTTLE, Edith M., daughter, 11
TUTTLE, Ruth M., daughter, 4
MORSE, Harriet, aunt, 78 widowed, born in OH of NY parents

The 1920 census find the family still in Kingsville. Aunt Harriet is no longer listed, but they have taken in a niece Marie Colegrove (age 14). Father Charles lists his occupation as Vulcanizing in his own shop.

Full list of siblings:
Edith May Tuttle (1898-1925)
Helen Tuttle (1901-1901)
Beatus Tuttle (1902-1902)
Ruth Marion Tuttle (1906-1987) shows that Charles Francis Tuttle (born 13 Feb 1867 and died 14 May 1948, a son of Duran Hugh Tuttle and Harriet Cook) was married to Carrie Emily Colegrove (1878-1943, daughter of Richard Colegrove and Sarah Jane Clark). They are buried in the Kelloggsville Cemetery.

Edith May Tuttle died 31 March 1925 (age 27) in Akron.

Found online. I do not have this photo.
Ruth grew to adulthood and attended Ohio State University. I find little else about her except that she died in 1987, having never married.


Peekskill, NY

This is a tin-type photo located at the monthly Antique show at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds in Florida. The photo appears to be from around the Civil War era. The young man looks like he is about 20, so a projected birth year would be mid-1840s. has a memorial for Ray T. Austin, born 1847. Died 1911 in Somers, NY (which is a mere 23 miles from Peekskill, where the photo was taken.)  The same stone memorializes his wife Ophelia Dexter (1849-1934). The site mentions one daughter, Mariana Austin (1869-1893), although there was a son Edward (born about 1874) and possibly another daughter Ida (born about 1882?, which I am still verifying). His parents were James Harvey Austin (1821-1881, son of Ralph Austin and Fanny Knapp) and Ann Eliza ___ (1823-1883).

The family appears on the 1880 Census at Somers NY. (either in the same household, or next door to parents James and Ann Eliza.)
AUSTIN, Ray, head, 35. farm labor, born in NY of NY parents
AUSTIN, Ophelia, wife, 32, keeping home, NY of NY  parents
AUSTIN, Mary A., daughter, 10, NY
AUSTIN, Edward, son, 6, NY
VANVORIS, Edward, 33, uncle, farmer, NY

This tells us that Ray's mother's maiden name was likely VanVoris (also seen as Van Voorhis, a latter-day corruption of Van Voorhies). There was a well-known Van Voris family in Schoharie county, and there is a Van Voris Road near Richmondville, NY.

The 1900 Census for Somers lists only Ray T., Ophelia, and a boarder Charles Smith. None of the children remain in the household. We know that Mariana died in 1893, and the other children would have been grown and on their own by this time.

There was a Charles W. Voorhis, of Brooklyn, Kings County NY. born about 1835, married to Eliza. Died around late 1912 - early 1913. There is a Brooklyn newspaper notice 07 Feb, 1913 alerting relatives to be present at the probate hearing. Those asked to attend are: John T. Voorhis, Antoinette Austin, Elizabeth Smith, Minerva Lockwood, Waldren Dexter, Ophelia Austin, Melissa Hadden, George Higby, Charles Voorhis, Nellie Broten, Mary Steers, Frank Voorhis, Anna Slater, Cora Mackey, Ira Voorhis, and Elam Voorhis.

1850 Census, Somers, NY
As a young man of 17, Charles W. Voorhis is found on the 1850 Census. He lived at Somers NY with his parents, John T. Van Voorhis and Clorinda (unknown), and siblings, Marcellus (22), Frederic (14), Sarah (11), John T. Jr. (13), and Edward (6). If they had a sister named Aneliza, or Ann Eliza, she would  have been about 27 and most likely already married and gone.

Nearby, lives the Dexter family, of James (35), Mary J. (25), and Ophelia (7 mo.).

Also in the 1850 Census for Somers, NY:
AUSTIN, James (37)
AUSTIN, Ann E. (37)
AUSTIN, Adelia (13)
AUSTIN, Clarissa (12)
AUSTIN, Thomas (7)
AUSTIN, Ray (3)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

NORTON, Ada Jane & TEASDALL, Cheryl Ann

At the very end of 2016, I found two photos in the Pasadena Antique Gallery on Fair Oaks Avenue. There were several photos in the basket, but only these two had any sort of identification, so I bought them. Both are snapshots, so there is no knowing where the photos were taken.

Ada Jane NORTON (left), Cheryl Ann TEASDALL, 1944 (right)

I looked first for Cheryl. Using I was able to locate a "Cheryl Ann Teasdall" in the California Birth Index. She was born 20 July 1944 in Los Angeles County. And the mother's maiden name was Norton.

Using I was not able to locate Cheryl Teasdall, but I did find a Harry Ervin Teasdall who was born in 1918 and died May 15, 2013 in Riverside, California. His obituary was located next, and it reported that he was indeed the father of a daughter Cheryl who survived him. At that time, Cheryl was living with her husband Ernie Maulson in Temecula CA. Other survivors include Harry's wife Lucille and son William, as well as a number of grandchildren.

Harry's parents were Harry Oliver Teasdall and Ida Ervin. He had a sister named Ione. Harry's full obituary can be found here

Harry Ervin Teasdall is found on the 1940 census of Long Beach, CA, living with his parents on Temple Avenue.
TEASDALL, Harry O., head, 44, born in Nebraska, Distributor at Shoe Polish Mfg. Company
TEASDALL, Ida, wife, 51, born in Pennsylvania
TEASDALL, Harry E., son, 21, born in Canada, stocking in a retail grocery
TEASDALL, Marylyn, daughter, 10, born in Canada,

At the time of the 1940 Census, the Teasdall family was still mourning the loss of 18-year-old daughter Margaret Ione Teasdall who died in an auto accident 24 Nov 1939 just south of Long Beach, along with her companion Alexander Chisholm.

Harry Ervin married Lucille M. Norton in 1943 and had children:
Cheryl Ann Teasdall, b. 1944, married Ernie Hall (Maulson?)
Thomas Henry Teasdall, b. 1947, d. 2009
W.H. Teasdall, b. __

This wedding notice at right is from the Los Angeles Times, 17 May 1943.

Cheryl's grandmother Ida lived to be 100 years old. Born in 1888 and died in 1988.

So who was Ada Jane Norton?

Marriage Notice 1942, Lincoln, NE.
Ada Jane Norton, daughter of late Roy Norton of Kearney NE, married 8 April 1942 to Milton Churchill Blake Jr of Beverly Hills CA. She attended High School in Lincoln NE.

ADA JANE NORTON (1921-2005), daughter of Charles Leroy Norton (1884-1924) and Hazel May Rail (1891-1924). Both parents died when Ada was around 3 years old. The memorial on Findagrave states that Roy Norton was a partner in the Norton & Chase clothing firm, and that his partner had died the day before Roy died of asphyxiation in his garage. Apparently Ada was raised by her aunt and uncle Mr/Mrs Walter Everett Pease of Lincoln NE and later of Redondo Beach CA.

1930 Census Lincoln NE
PEASE, Walter E., head, 37, born in Iowa, of Iowa parents, mechanic at an airplane field
PEASE, Gladys, wife, born in Nebraska, of Penn and Indiana parents
PEASE, Mary Jane, daughter, 16, born in Colorado
PEASE, Jack, son, 12, born in Nebraska
NORTON, Ada Jane, niece, 8, Nebraska of Nebraska parents

(Click for larger image)
This newspaper article, Los Angeles Times, 10 April, 1942, offers proof that Ada Jane Norton had a sister named Lucille.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

WRIGHT, Viola E.

taken in Ellenville, NY
circa 1910? at Wright Photography Studio

UPDATE -  this photo of Viola Wright has been claimed by her family and has gone home!

1910 Census, NY, Ulster, Ellenville
WRIGHT, Van Ness, head, 47, (March 1863) born in NY of NY parents, photographer in Studio
WRIGHT, Dora, wife, 46, (Feb 1864) born in Penn of NY and PA parents,
WRIGHT, Edith, daughter, 21, (March 1887) born in NY, Teacher at a school
WRIGHT, Edna N, daughter, 18, (July 1889) born in NY
WRIGHT, Viola E., daughter, 16, (Sept 1893) born in NY

The photo was undoubtedly taken by Viola's father VanNess Wright, as the 1910 census states he was a photographer at a studio in Ellenville NY.

1930 Census shows Viola is working as a Public School Teacher in Port Jervis NY and boarding with the Francisco family on Pine Street. Also boarding there was Public School teacher Lempi Erikon whose parents were Finnish immigrants.

Her sister Edith married S. Max Taylor.

Her sister Edna married Harold Herkimer.

Viola never married, dedicating her life instead to education. She died 5 Aug 1971 in Syracuse NY. The following obit was located in the Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) 7-Aug-1971, page 3.

PROSSER, Kathryn Louise

Kathryn Louise Prosser
age 6 months, 1917
photo taken at Wade Studio, Youngstown Ohio

This photo was located at the Highway 127 Yard Sale last summer, in Anderson County, Kentucky.

A quick peek into finds that this is Kathryn L. Prosser, born 1 Apr 1917, a daughter of William Robert Prosser and Emma Amelia Griffiths.

Her sisters were Charlotte (1918-2005, married to Stephen King Hawkins) and Rhoda (1924-2000, married to Robert Dale Gustafson).

At the age of 21, Kathryn married John J. "Jack" Walters (1914-1997), an excavating contractor. Jack and Kathryn lived in Hubbard, OH, a neighboring community to Youngstown. They had daughter Kathy Walters (1943-2013), who married M.B. "Ben" Mitcham.

Kathryn died 14 Nov 2005 in Sarasota Florida at age 88. I believe that after her husband Jack passed, Kathryn went to live with either her daughter Kathy who lived in Bradenton Fl, or her son Ken Walters of Sarasota FL.

Monday, December 5, 2016


taken in Beaver Falls, PA
circa 1925

This photograph of Leah Sakulsky was located at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds Antique Show. It is a bit pale, and I tweaked it in Photoscape to bring out more definition.

Leah was born Dec 26, 1908 in Tarentum PA, daughter of Barnett Sakulsky (1883-1956, possible parents Samuel Sakulsky and Annie Shimmerman/Zimmerman) and Mollie Levin (1886-1957, a daughter of Yankf Baer Tcheplavotsky and Tamara Risha Levin).

1920 CENSUS, Westmoreland PA
SAKULSKY, Barnett, head, 36, born in Russia, machinist at a steel mill
SAKULSKY, Mollie, wife, 34, Russia
SAKULSKY, Leah, daughter, 11, Pennsylvania
SAKULSKY, Elhanan, son, 7, Pennsylvania
SAKULSKY, Grace, daughter, 3, Pennsylvania

1930 CENSUS, Aliquippa, PA
SAKULSKY, Barnett, head, 46, no occupation
SAKULSKY, Mollie, wife, 44, clerk in grocery store
SAKULSKY, Leah, daughter, 21, clerk in grocery store
SAKULSKY, Elkanan, son, 17
SAKULSKY, Grace, daughter, 13
SAKULSKY, Jerry, son, 4

Complete list of siblings:
Sophie (1907-1916)
Elhanan (1913-2005)
Grace (1916-1993) married Philip Gordon, Oct 29, 1941.
Jacob "Jerry" (1925-1976)

In the 1940 Census, father Barnett is shown as the proprietor of a retail grocery.

Leah married Martin Goldenfeld (1897-1988), an immigrant butcher from Romania.

They had the following children:
Toba Goldenfeld (born abt 1936), eloped in 1957 with Lt. Joel B. Levinson. Toba ran a used bookstore on Murray Avenue. She was affectionately known as the "mayor of Murray Avenue." They had sons Jeff, Eric, Drew and Mark.
Rita Goldenfeld (born abt 1939), married Joel Silverman. They had son Robert.

Leah died May 29, 1996, at age 87, and is buried at the New Light Cemetery in Etna, PA, next to her husband. This funeral notice was located in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of May 31, 1996.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

WENK, Edward

Baltimore, MD
signed "Compliments of Edward Wenk"

Lovely penmanship, by the way.

This photo of Edward Wenk was acquired earlier this year in Eugene, Oregon, at an antique store named Hollywood Antiques. It was located in the same booth as the framed photograph for Edith (Heller) Rothholz who was previously researched and posted below. Edith Rothholz is Edward's sister-in-law by virtue of his marriage to Lillian "Lillie" Heller.

Edward J. Wenk (1876-1950) was the son of Germany immigrant butcher Jacob Wenk (1835-1896) and Sadie Alberg (1860-1921). He worked as a butcher in Baltimore.

1900 Census, Baltimore MD, Orleans Street
WENK, Sadie, head, Mar 1860, (age 40) widowed, born in Germany, owns a restaurant
WENK, Edward, son, Nov 1876, (23) born in MD of German parents, butcher
WENK, Joseph, son, June 1878, (21) Maryland, teamster
WENK, Carrie, daughter, June 1881 (18), Maryland
WENK, Matilda, daughter, Mar 1884 (16), Maryland, trouser factory
WENK, Amanda, daughter, Feb 1887, (13), Maryland, trouser factory
WENK, Louis, son, Oct 1890, (9) Maryland
WENK, Lilly, daughter, Apr 1892, (8) Maryland
MILLER, William, boarder, Aug 1877 (22) Maryland, butcher

Edward married Lillian Heller in 1902.

1910 Census, Baltimore MD, Fayette Street
WENK, Edward, head, (33), butcher
WENK, Lillie, wife, (33), assistant
The census indicates they had been married 7 years, and had no children to that point.

But they did have at least two children;
  Elizabeth Wenk-Cline (abt 1912-1997)
  Edward Wenk Jr. (1920-2012)

Sometime between 1910 and 1920 his occupation changed from butcher to commercial salesman.

WWI Draft Registration 1918
Edward lists his address as 2648 Guilford Avenue, Baltimore MD, and his occupation as "Traveling Salesman" for the Frances H. Leggett Company (a wholesale grocery and goods importer). His wife is Lillie Wenk.

March 2, 1945 Lillie Wenk died.

In 2012, his son Edward Wenk Jr. (born 1920)  died in Washington State. His obituary reveals him to have been a truly accomplished and remarkable man.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

LEEDS, Sarah Dutton

June 5, 1903
taken at The Hansbury Studio
914 Chester Street, Philadelphia

UPDATE - Sarah has been claimed and is going home to her family. This beautiful portrait was located at the Dec 2015 Antiques Fair at the Palm Beach County fairgrounds in southern Florida.

Sarah Dutton Leeds was born Sept 4, 1887 to parents Isaac Powell Leeds and Elizabeth A. Lippencott.

1900 Census, Burlington County, NJ
LEEDS, I. Powell, head, 22-Oct 1851, 48, NJ, of NJ & PA parents (Isaac & Sarah). farmer
LEEDS, Eliz. A., wife, 2-Apr 1856, 44, NJ, of NJ parents (Josiah & Louisa)
LEEDS, Mary Elizabeth, daughter, 19-July 1885, 14, NJ, at school
LEEDS, Sarah Dutton, daughter, 4-Sept 1887, 12, NJ, at school
LEEDS, Emily Powell, daughter, 5-June 1891, 8, NJ, at school
LEEDS, Beulah Sharpless, daughter, 18-June 1893, 6, NJ
LEEDS, Josiah Lippencott, son, Jan 1895, 5, NJ

1910 Census, Chester township, Burlington County, NJ
LEEDS, I. Powell, head, 59, farmer
LEEDS, Elizabeth A., wife, 54
LEEDS, Sarah D., daughter, 22, teacher
LEEDS, Emily P., daughter, 19, teacher
LEEDS, Josiah L., son, 15

Curious about why Beulah (should be 16 years old) is missing from this census.

Her sister Emily Powell Leeds (a food and canning demonstrator for the State Agricultural Dept) married Franklin William Stillman (manager of Broad Meadow Farm) at Rahway, on Sept 5, 1917. Sarah was maid of honor, Beulah was among the bridesmaids, and Josiah was the best man.

The 1920 Census shows much the same information, except that Mary Leeds is back in the household and works as a manager of a hotel. Sarah is still a public school teacher, Beulah works as a clerk in a drug store and Josiah works for an electrical supply company.

By the time of the 1930 Census, 74 year old Elizabeth is the widowed head of household. (Isaac Powell Leeds died 29-June 1924 at age 73). Living with her at 259 E. 3rd street, are Josiah (35, electrical engineer, and veteran of the great war), Mary (44, proprietor of Summer Hotel), and Beulah (36, a statistician for the Telephone company.) Sarah is no longer in the household.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

VANDE LAAR, Ann May (possibly)

first communion photo
taken in St. Johns, Michigan
circa 1901 ?

Click for enlarged image
This communion photograph was acquired at an antiques fair in Florida, from a vendor named "Breakable Antiques." The photographer is identified as Plunkett, in St. Johns, Michigan.

The surname was a real stumper. I searched and searched for surnames Vander Luc and Vander Lur with infinite variations like Van Leur, etc. I could find no Census records for St. Johns, Michigan. Finally about to give up, I stumbled upon one woman that looks promising.

The only person of a similar name and location that I could find is Ann May Vande Laare of Kalamazoo Michigan, born 1888, died 1975.

She was a daughter of John Vande Laare and Ida Vanzee. Her siblings were Cornelius (1885-1957) and Frederick (1891-1960).

Ann married Edward R. Vander Brook (1886-1978) probably around 1908-1909 and had 3 children:
Milton (1910-2007) married Marjorie Frost.
Virginia (1913-?)
Margaret (1917-1977) married Donald Blodgett.

Minnie Vande Laare
I found a family tree at for this woman, and although there were not photos of her there, there was a photo of her aunt Minnie (shown at right) to whom she bears a striking resemblance. So I think this may be the correct person.

NOTE - I do not own the photo at right, it is only provided here for comparison.