This is obviously a graduation photo, and the man was most likely a student at Yale, based on the location of the photographic studio. My guess is that the photo was taken between 1910 and 1915.
A bit of research revealed that this is Oscar Adolph Sandquist, a remarkable individual, who was a son of immigrants, and who became a Yale graduate, a civil engineer and Naval Officer.
I find him first as Oscar SANDQUIST living in New Haven CT located on the 1900 Census for that town. The members of the household were:
- John (b. 1856 in Sweden, immigrated in 1883.) a cabinetmaker.
- Helen (Irene Helena) (b. 1852 in Sweden, immigrated in 1883)
- Oscar (b. 1887 in Connecticut) age 13, at school.
- Betsey (b. 1889 in CT) age 11, at school.
- Helen (b. 1891 in CT) age 9, at school.
- Jennie (b. 1893 in CT) age 7, at school.
In 1908, his name appears in the Yale Pot Pourri Yearbook as "Oscar Adolph Sandquist" and is listed as a student at Sheffield Scientific School. Wikipedia: "Sheffield Scientific School was founded in 1847 as a school of Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut for instruction in science and engineering."
He apparently graduated in 1910.
He is listed in the 1918 Naval Register with a description of "Asst. Civil Engineer, Ensign."
By the time of the 1940 Census, Oscar is living in Coral Gables, Florida, with wife Gertrude, 25-yr-old daughter Barbara, son-in-law Richard McGlathery (a Naval Officer), and grand-daughter Sandra A.
From the book "Who's Who in Civil Engineering" comes this wonderful biography.
Oscar died in 1970 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His stone reads:
Oscar Adolph Sandquist
Aug 22, 1887 - Mar 6, 1970