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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

TOLLE, Joseph Augustus


Identification on photo: Joseph Augustus Tolle
Photo taken: Johnson Studio, Springfield IL, Dec 14, 1906
Purchased: 2017 Wildwood Antique Mall, Wildwood FL

Inscription identifies the child as "A yearling" and was clearly taken on the occasion of the boy's 1st birthday.

Joseph Augustus Tolle was born Dec 14 1905 to parents Harrie Fisk Tolle and Caroline Editha Hills. His siblings included Corning, Robert, Martha and Mary.

His occupation is clergyman. In 1927 he married Elizabeth Pearl Gates (1907-2010) and they had at least five children. had among its records this photograph of Joseph A. Tolle in 1960, taken from a passport or travel application. (At left, I do not possess this image and show it here for comparison purposes only).

Joseph died in 1981 in the Tampa FL area.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

TAYLOR, Olga, Russell & Helen (Cedarville, Cal)

Identification on photo: OLGA TAYLOR
Photo taken: E & N Snelling Studio, Cedarville CA, circa 1905
Purchased: 2016 Springfield OR, Antique Peddlars

These two photographs of OLGA TAYLOR, taken at different points in her life were both acquired at the same Antique Shop in Springfield Oregon.

The first is of a young girl around 9 years old. The inscription on the back of this photo identifies Olga Taylor, but also says "Mrs. J W Taylor, Eagleville Cal, near Mrs. Lowry" and was perhaps destined to be delivered to Mrs. J W Taylor.

She is found in the Census of 1910 with her parents.

1910 CENSUS > California > Modoc > Dewey
TAYLOR, John W., head, 45, born in NY of English parents, farmer
TAYLOR, Lola, wife, 42, born in CA of Missouri parents
TAYLOR, Olga M., daughter, 14, born in CA
TAYLOR, Helen C., daughter, 12, born in CA
TAYLOR, Russell V., son, 4, born in CA

An interesting note is that the next household on the census is the Lowry family.

The other photograph was taken when Olga was around 17 or 18 (best guess).

She married George Eschtruth (1893-1988).

1940 Census > California > Santa Clara > San Jose
ESCHSTRUTH, George, head, 46, born in Oregon, (no occupation given)
ESCHSTRUTH, Olga M., wife, 43, born in CA
ESCHSTRUTH, Paul J., son 6 mo., born in California

City Directories show that from at least 1932 through at least 1972, George and Olga lived in the same house at 243 S. 18th Street San Jose CA.

Califoria Death Index shows:
Olga Maude Eschstruth, born 2 May 1896, died 6 Nov 1981. Father J W Taylor, mother Lola Vaughn.

Her son Paul Taylor Eschstruth (b. abt Oct 1939). In 1957, he was named National merit scholar as a student at San Jose High School.

UPDATE - From the same booth at Antiques Peddlars came these two photos which also bear the surname TAYLOR. These turn out to be Olga's siblings which are listed with her on the 1910 Census in Dewey California.


Russell was born 10 Oct 1905 in Eagleville CA, to parents JW Taylor and Lola Vaughn.

In 1940 Census for Gerlach, Washoe County, NV, he is listed with wife Dorothy (Brannon or Barron) and a daughter Gwendolyn who was born abt 1933.

Russell died 9 Jan 1983 in Nevada.


Helen Taylor was born in 1898 (died 2001). She is shown in the image at right. --->

She married John James Thrasher, a native of Arkansas (1909-1956). They had a daughter named Ruth Thrasher.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

THOMPSON, Frank, Lizzie & George

THOMPSON FAMILY - Frank, Lizzie & George

UPDATE - this photograph has been claimed by a relative and is going home!

Identification on photo: Frank THOMPSON, son George THOMPSON and 1st wife Lizzie BATEMAN
Photo taken: Nugent Studio, Chillicothe OH, circa 1897
Purchased: 2015 Burlington KY Antiques Fair

Inscription on back: "Frank Thompson (son of Elijah and Emma Morrow Thompson), his son George and first wife Lizzie Bateman, Union township, Ross County, Ohio" then at the bottom it is signed "by Dorothy Proctor Paul, May 21, 1984"

This photo was taken around 1897, as the boy in the image appears to be around 6 or 7 years old, and he was born in 1890. Also, the mother in this image died in 1900, so it could not be any later than that.

Frank Thompson was born in Clarksburg OH, May 27, 1870. He was a farmer in Ross County OH.

His first wife, Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bateman was born 17 Jan 1871, the daughter of William Bateman and Rhoda Morrison. She married Frank Thompson in Ross County OH on Oct 31, 1889, at age 19.

Lizzie died of tuberculosis on 22 Jun 1900 in Charlevoix County Michigan, where the family was living at the time. Her death certificate remarks that she was the mother of 3 children, of whom 2 survived her.

Their first child is George Morrow Thompson, who is pictured with them in the photo. He was born Aug 4 1890 in Union Township, Ross County, OH.  His sister Helen was born in June of 1899, also in Ohio. George married Pearl Hildenbrand on 11 Oct 1911 and had a son Edwin R Thompson in Oct 1914. 

George and his family appear on the 1920 Federal Census. George lists his occupation as Laborer at a Tin Shop. George died fairly young at age 32, 24 Feb 1923.

After Lizzie's death in Michigan, father Frank moved his family back to Ohio, and soon re-married to Nancy Fogle (a niece of his older sister's husband.) They had at least 2 sons; Herman and Carvel.

One more thing … the lady who wrote the inscription identified herself as Dorothy Proctor Paul. I have been able to identify her as Dorothy Proctor (1922-2001) a daughter of William Proctor and Clione FOGLE.  Clione was a daughter of Enos Fogle and Frank's older sister Addie THOMPSON.

THOMAS, A. Lywella (Utica NY)


UPDATE - Lywella Thomas has been claimed and is going back home to a relative in Wales.

Identification on photo: A. Lywella Thomas
Photo taken: S.R. Lewis Studio, Utica, NY, circa 1900?
Purchased: 2017 August, Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week

Inscription on back says: "To Rena with best wishes, A. Lywella Thomas"

This is A. Lywella Thomas, born June 1879, died 1967 in Madison County NY. She is the daughter of Welsh immigrants Elias J. Thomas (b. 1842) and Thirza (maiden name unknown) (b. 1845).

At age 23 (abt 1902), she married dairy farmer Robert B. ROBERTS (1880-1967) and they had children:
Stanley Dorrance Roberts (1903-1994)
Alexander Owen Roberts (1904-1942)
Arthur T. Roberts (1905-1974)
Anna L. Roberts (1908-2009)
Catherine Roberts (1911-1993)
Mary Roberts (1912-2001)
Lacy Elias Roberts (1914-2001)

Sunday, December 22, 2019

CLARK, Josephine Augusta (Waterbury CT)


Identification on photo: Josephine (Josie) Augusta Clark, 1 yr 2 mo
Photo taken: Bronson Studio, Waterbury Conn. circa 1915-1920
Purchased: 2018 Aug Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week

I found more than one Josephine Clark living in New Haven County, CT at around the correct time period. But I believe the correct one is this one:

1930 CENSUS > Connecticut > New Haven > Prospect
CLARK, Clifford P., 46, born in CT of MA parents, farmer (son of Halsey Clark)
CLARK, Clarabel (Shepard), 43, born in CT of CT  parents
CLARK, Josephine, 14, born in CT (born 1-Sep-1915)
CLARK, Alfred, 9, born in CT
CLARK, Gertrude, 3, born in CT

Interestingly, Clifford P. Clark is a son of Halsey Steel Clark, whose photo was found at the same sale and has already been researched and sent home to a relative.

1940 CENSUS > Connecticut > New Haven > Prospect
CLARK, Clifford, 56, woodchopper on a farm
CLARK, Claribel, 53
CLARK, Josephine, 24, clerical work at brass mill
CLARK, Alfred, 19, milk salesman at dairy
CLARK, Gertrude, 13
CLARK, Halsey S., father, 85, farmer

Josephine married Peter A. Collins, and died 14 Sep 2016 Naugatuck CT, buried in Prospect CT. I see no evidence of direct descendants.

Survived at the time by her younger sister Gertrude and her family.

Friday, December 20, 2019

CAHOON, Gladys Claire (Vermont)


UPDATE - this photo of Gladys Cahoon as been claimed and sent home to her grandson!

Identification on photo: Gladys Cahoon
Photo taken: The Jenks Studio, St Johnsbury VT, circa 1925-30
Purchased: 2018 Feb Traditions Antiques, Wildwood FL

This is Gladys Claire CAHOON (born in Hudson WY abt 1907) to parents Walter CAHOON and Viola HUFF.

The family appears in the 1920 Federal Census. Vermont > Caledonia > Walden
CAHOON, Walter S. Head, 34, born in NY of NY parents, farmer
CAHOON, Viola E., wife, 34, born in WY of NY parents
CAHOON, Leland J., son, 15, born in WY
CAHOON, Gladys C., dau, 12, born in WY
CAHOON, Florence A., dau, 7, born in WY
CAHOON, Barbara M., dau, 2, born in VT

She married Henry Walter PECK on 14 Oct 1926, and they had at least 2 daughters.

Gladys died in 1968.

UPDATE - the above photo (Gladys) was acquired nearly two years ago. Remarkably, I stopped by the same antique mall this weekend (Jan 2020) and the first photograph I found was identified as "Grace Cahoon" who is Gladys' youngest sister, not born yet at the time of the 1920 Census.

Grace Cahoon was purchased and sent today to the grandson of Gladys who received the first photo on this post.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

SEVERS, Mabel Gibson and EXLINE, Estle

Identification on photo: Mabel Gibson Severs 1918 (back is also inscribed; Mabel A. Gibson, To Lorena M. Gibson)
Photo taken: unknown studio & location, 1918
Purchased: 2016 Springfield OR, Vintage Industry

(Click for larger)
Mabel Ann GIBSON (1899-1951) was born in Illinois to parents Wilbur Malcom Gibson (1870-1956) and Minnie J. Solomon (1875-1962).

She married Everett Austin SEVERS (1898-1988, brother of Estle Severs-Exline) and had children:
 -- John Everett Severs (1919-1997)
 -- Eugene A. Severs (1921-1937) died at 16
 -- Mabel M. Severs (-) m. John Marsh

This 1951 obituary for Mabel Ann Gibson-Severs was found:

Identification on photo: Mabel Severs and Estle Exline (Daddy's Sister)
Photo taken: snapshot, unknown location, circa 1947-1950
Purchased: 2016 Springfield OR, Vintage Industry

I believe Estle is the one in the dark skirt, and Mabel is in the light dress.

Estle Elizabeth Severs was born and died in Moulton Iowa. She is the daughter of Perley Clarence Severs (1875-1953) and Huldah Ann Baldock (1874-1967). Her siblings include:
 -- Everett Austin Severs (1898-1988) m. Mabel Ann Gibson
 -- Earl A. Severs (1904-1971) m. Ellen __
 -- Lucille L. Severs (1911-1971) m. Frank Bowlin
 -- Thelma Severs (1914-1925)
 -- Glenn Severs ( - ) m. __ Murray

Estle married Lawrence Exline (1896-1985) and had the following children:
 -- Lowell Exline (1915-2003)
 -- Geneva L. Exline-Stewart (1920-2013)
 -- Ronald J. Exline (1921-2009)
 -- infant son (d.1929)
 -- Marilyn Exline-Davis (1929-2006)
 -- Lawrence C. Exline (1931-2001)

This newspaper clipping is from Escondido CA Weekly Times-Advocate in 1947 and mentions Estle Exline coming from Iowa to visit the local Severs. This may have been when the snapshot of Estle and Mabel was taken.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

HETRICK, Eva (Mrs Harvey Swartz) (Quakertown PA)


UPDATE - Eva Hetrick has been claimed by her granddaughter and will be going home!

Identification on photo: Eva Hetrick, Mrs. Harvey Swartz
Photo taken: Weidner Studio, Quakertown PA, circa 1907
Purchased: 2019 Brandywine River Antique Mall, Chadds Ford PA

My research finds that Eva Stull Hetrick was born 11 Jun 1889 in Trumbauersville, which is a southwest suburb of Quakertown. She appears to have lived her entire life in and around Quakertown.

She appears to be around age 17 in this photo, and it may have been a school photo for her graduating class' submissions for their yearbook.

Eva's father was a widower, Jacob Hetrick. Her mother was Leonora Stull, who died in 1908.

Her spouse was Harvey Daniel Swartz, and they had children Raymond Jacob, Harvey Jr., and Robert Charles.

1910 Census for Trumbauersville finds Eva and Harvey, and their 15 mo old son Raymond living with Eva's father Jacob Hetrick, and Eva's maternal grandmother Judie Stull. Jacob, Eva and Harvey are all employed at a cigar factory.

NOTE - this photo is a bit stained with unknown source. I have tried to gently clean it with cotton swab, but it made no difference.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

HARSHMAN, Mamie and Chauncey (Manson IN)


UPDATE - This photo is on its way to  Mamie's granddaughter !

Identification on photo: Mamie & Chauncey Harshman, Manson IN
Photograph taken: Heichert Studio, Frankfort IN, circa 1889
Purchased: Dec 2019 South Florida Fairgrounds Antiques Show

These charming children are Mamie Ethel HARSHMAN (1885-1939) and her brother Chauncey Earl HARSHMAN (1887-1968).

Their parents were Edgar McClellan Harshman (1863-1942) and Dora Ann Payne (1865-1890). They had another sibling named Oliver Jackson Harshman in 1889. Sadly mother Dora died in November of 1890, leaving 3 very young children with their father.

Edgar remarried Nellie Mynes around 1892 and had many more children with her.

Mamie grew to adulthood and married William Jefferson CRULL (1886-1954), and produced daughters Emma and Martha. Mamie died in 1939 at age 53.

Obit mentions survivors:

  -- Mrs. Robert Murray (Emma Crull)
  -- Martha Dora Crull

Chauncey married Lola Edith EMERY (1895-1971) and had three sons; Chauncey Jr., Francis and William, and one daughter, Opal. Chauncey lived to age 80.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

RAUSCH, Alta Irene (Lichti) (Tuscarawas OH)


Identification on photo: Alta L. Rausch
Photo taken: unknown photographer, circa 1895
Purchased: 2015 Burlington KY Antiques Fair

UPDATE - I have determined this is Alta Irene (Lichti) Rausch of Tuscarawas OH (1874-1948).  Here is her memorial at Find-A-Grave:
Alta has been sent home to her great-nephew, who has also emailed me the following images of Alta for comparison: