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Saturday, June 15, 2019

HARRIS Family of Oklahoma 1930s

"HARRIS Family of Oklahoma"

These two photos of the HARRIS family are in the care of Jerry Huffman of California, and were found in his father's possessions after he passed away. I am posting them here in an effort to help him find the family they belong to.  The photos are enclosed in a single paper folder, with no photographer's marks or location found. In ink, the words "Harris Family of Okla" are inscribed on the folder, with the name "Buford" added faintly above in pencil.

Jerry's father Buford "Huff" Huffman (see photo below) left home around age 15 (circa 1930-1931), and met this family in the early 1930's when he went to find work in the oil industry in Texas and Oklahoma. He must have known the family fairly well to have been gifted this photo of them.

The fashions and hairstyles support the 1930 timeframe.

But the question remains - who are these Harris people?

Buford Huffman
BUFORD MILTON HUFFMAN has a wonderfully detailed memorial, created by his son, at Findagrave which shows much useful information.

The paper-trail shows that Buford had returned to New Mexico and was residing in Santa Rosa by 1935.

1935 - Santa Rosa NM (per 1940 Census)

1940 - Santa Rosa NM Federal Census.

1943 - Santa Rosa NM for WWII draft registration. Discharged Jan 1946.

1959 - appears in San Diego city directory.

Does anyone out there recognize the people in the two upper photos?  I welcome your help.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

SHAW, Albert Franklin

Elsie, MI

UPDATE - this photograph of Albert Franklin Shaw has been claimed by a relative and is going home!

Acquired at the 2019 January Antique Show at Palm Beach County Fairgrounds.

The photo appears to have been taken between 1900-1910. The studio stamp says "S. Wight, Elsie MICH". immediately finds the person who matches the clues provided.

Albert Franklin SHAW, born 7 Aug 1907 in Ashley Michigan (a town about 10 miles away from Elsie, MI). His WWII Draft Card states his employer is the "Grand Trunk Railroad". His wife is Mildred Henrietta Shaw (nee Jones).

I was able to locate a photograph of a more mature Albert Shaw on Ancestry. I do not possess this photo of Albert and his wife Mildred, but I show it here for comparison. (On the left.)

Albert's parents are William Shaw (1883-1962, son of Albert Hugh Shaw & Euphema Clark) and Carrie Elizabeth Ackels (1890-1985, dau. of Franklin D. Ackels & Emma Jean Stevens).

Albert died 8 May 1973.