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Thursday, March 10, 2011


UPDATE - Sanford Cherry and Archie Cherry have been claimed and are going home. These two were found in the same box in a booth at an antique mall, so I bought them both to keep them together. The first is labeled "SANFORD CHERRY, 1893"

Studio stamp on the front says "Kottmann, 11th Ave & 13th Street, Altoona, PA" (Altoona is in Blair Co.)

UPDATE - there is a Sanford Cherry found on the 1880 US Census records born in either 1865 or 1866 to parents Thomas A. Cherry and Elizabeth Cherry residing in Antis, Blair Co. PA. (Antis is a small township about 6 miles north of Altoona.)

On the 1900 US Census, there is a Sanford Cherry residing in Woodbine Iowa, with wife Nellie E. (born June 1875, 25yo, b. in Wisconsin), son Thomas A. (5) and daughter Adabelle (3). He lists his occupation as Hardware Merchant. He and Nellie were married since 1893, meaning the photo above was taken in the year of his wedding, possibly the same day as his wedding.
ARCHIE CHERRY 5 mo. old.
Studio stamp on front says "Lyon, Woodbine, Iowa"

UPDATE - The 1910 US Census for Boyer, Iowa, (abt 25 mi NE of Woodbine IA) shows a Sanford Cherry residing there with wife Mary E. (35, b. in Wisconsin) (I believe this is a mispelling of Nellie E.). Also in the household 15yo T. Archie (whom I believe is the same person as Thomas A. from the 1900 census), and 13yo Isabelle (whom I believe is the same person as Adabelle from the 1900 census.)


  1. I have a Sanford Cherry in my family history. His father's name was William (Shelbyville, IN). I don't know much about Sanford except that he had a hunting accident where his own gun exploded. I've seen stuff that said he died from it, but he shows up on a later census. I'm not sure if this picture is the same Sanford, but maybe we could investigate it further. It's a great picture!

  2. Please email me at (I forgot to put that in my first comment).