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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

LAKE, Harry (Bedford IA)



IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO: "Harry Lake, Bedford Iowa"

PHOTO TAKEN: unknown location and photographer, but likely Bedford Iowa c. 1904

PURCHASED: This image is part of a group of old photos sent to me by Carol Kleppinger, and are assumed to be friends of her grandmother Florence Ream.

This is Harry Clifford Lake, born 27 June 1882 in Conway, Iowa, to parents Albert Enos Lake (1850-1940) and Sarah L. Reed (1848-_).

The family is found on the 1900 Federal Census:

1900 Federal Census > Iowa > Taylor > Bedford

  • LAKE, Albert E., head, Sept 1850, 49, born in Mass of Mass parents, County Treasurer
  • LAKE, Sarah L., wife, July 1848, 51, born in Mass of RI & MA parents
  • LAKE, Walter H., son, Mar 1878, 22 single, born in Iowa, Deputy Treasurer
  • LAKE, Harry C., son, Jun 1882, 17 single, born in Iowa, at School

Harry married Harriet "Maud" Barr, and they had two daughters and two sons:

  • Julia Lake (1921) m. Ferringer
  • Harriet Alberta Lake (1922-2009) m. John R. Morgan
  • Harry J. Lake (1924-2000) m. Mary Grace Gangemi
  • Clifford John Lake (1928-2002)

The family is found on the 1930 Census:

1930 Federal Census > Pennsylvania > Indiana County

  • LAKE, Harry, head, 47, born in Iowa of Mass parents, specialty salesman food products
  • LAKE, Harriet Maude, wife, 34, born in PA of PA parents
  • LAKE, Julia, dau, 9, born in PA
  • LAKE, Alberta, dau, 7, born in PA
  • LAKE, Harry Jr, son, 5, born in PA
  • LAKE, Clifford J., son, 1yr 7mo, born in PA

Harry died 1 Jun 1976 (age 93) in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. His memorial at Findagrave can be found here.

LAKE, Viola (Mrs Foster) (Mankato KS)




PHOTO TAKEN: Ladd Studio, Mankato KS, 1924

PURCHASED: These three images are part of a group of old photos sent to me by Carol Kleppinger, and are assumed to be friends of her grandmother Florence Ream.

This is Viola Matilda Lake, born 9 Aug 1904 in Jewell County Kansas to parents Ralph Emmet Lake (1884-1959) and Bertha Viola Watson (1884-1964).

1920 Federal Census > Kansas > Clay > Chapman

  • LAKE, Ralph E., head, 38, born in Kansas of Iowa parents, farmer
  • LAKE, Bertha, wife, 35, born in Kansas of Scottish & Irish parents
  • LAKE, Viola M., dau, 15, born in Kansas
  • LAKE Emmet Charles, son, 13, born in Kansas

Viola Lake married on 8 Sep 1925 to Jay Madison Foster (1896-1959).

This Marriage Notice was in the 10 Sep 1925 edition of the Belleville Telescope, Belleville KS.

1930 Federal Census > Kansas > Republic > White Rock

  • FOSTER, Jay M., head, 33, born in Kansas of IL and IA parents, farmer
  • FOSTER, Viola M., wife, 25, born in Kansas of Kansas parents
  • FOSTER, Mary E., daughter, 3, born in Kansas
  • FOSTER, Dean R., son, 2, born in Kansas
  • FOSTER, Delpha J., daughter, 10m, born in Kansas
  • FOSTER, Mary E., mother, 67 widow, born in Iowa of IN and NC parents
  • FOSTER, Roy H., brother, 46, born in Kansas of IL and IA parents, farm labor

Two eldest children c. 1933-34

By the time of the 1940 Census, the family is farming in Madison Co. Ohio.

1940 Federal Census > Ohio > Madison > Deer Creek

  • FOSTER, Jay M., head, 43, born in Kansas, farmer
  • FOSTER, Viola M., wife, 35, born in Kansas
  • FOSTER, Mary E., daughter, 13, born in Kansas
  • FOSTER, Dean Riley, son, 12, born in Kansas
  • FOSTER, Delpha June, daughter, 10, born in Kansas
  • FOSTER, Warren Everett, son, 9, born in Kansas
  • FOSTER, Evelyn Bertha, daughter, 7, born in  Kansas

All 5 Foster children c. 1933

The children:

FOSTER, Mary Elizabeth (1926-2004) m. William Banks in 1952
  - BANKS, Nancy, m. Robert Cowee
  - BANKS, Karen, m. Richard Terhune
FOSTER, Dean Riley (1927-2011) m. 1) Mary Moberly, 2) Mildred M. Brockway
  - FOSTER, David
  - FOSTER, Paul m. Maria
  - FOSTER, John m. Maria-Diana
FOSTER, Delpha June (1929-1998) OSU Graduate 1951, dietician in NY hospital
FOSTER, Warren Everett (1930-1984) was in the army
FOSTER, Evelyn Bertha (1932-1955) teacher, died age 22 in auto accident in Colorado

Viola died 12 Nov 2003, age 99, at Columbus OH. She is buried at Deer Creek Township Cemetery, Lafayette, Madison county, OH. 

Her memorial at Find-a-Grave

Saturday, December 26, 2020

PUTNAM, Leslie R. (Bedford IA)



PHOTO TAKEN: unknown photographer, circa 1904

PURCHASED: This is part of a group of old photos sent to me by Carol Kleppinger, and are assumed to be friends of her grandmother Florence Ream

As you can see, the lower third of this photo card is broken, but it's hanging in there.

The photographer's mark appears to say "Midder's" but no location is given. Leslie Putnam attended a number of colleges, and this could have been taken in any of those locations. There were multiple people named "Leslie R. Putnam" but I am certain I have the correct one because this one went to high school in Bedford Iowa, the same school as Florence Ream, in whose possessions these photographs were kept.

Leslie R. Putnam, born 6 May 1885, on the 1900 Census for Bedford Iowa. His father is Henry Harrison Putnam (1840-1911) and his mother is Cornelia Ann Chamberlain (1848-1928).

1900 Federal Census > Iowa > Taylor > Bedford

  • PUTNAM, H., head, Aug 1840, 59yo, born in VT of Mass and VT parents, farmer
  • PUTNAM, Cornelia A., wife, Nov 1848, 51, born in NY of Mass and NY parents
  • PUTNAM, Etta G., dau, Dec 1872, 27, born in IL, asst county supt school
  • PUTNAM, Irving E., Oct 1878, 21, born in Iowa, at school
  • PUTNAM, Charles H., son, Jul 1881, 18, born in Iowa, at school
  • PUTNAM, Clyde C., son, Apr 1883, 17, born in Iowa, at school
  • PUTNAM, Leslie R., son, May 1885, 15, born in Iowa, at school
  • PUTNAM, Stella B., dau, Jan 1891, 9, born in Iowa, at school

Leslie married Neva Vay Smith (1889-1970), daughter of Stephen P. Smith and Lucy L. Stapleton.


One of the most beautiful home nuptial events which have taken place in Morrison in recent years was the wedding of Professor Leslie Ray Putnam of Helena, Mont., and Miss Neva V. Smith, which was solemnized at the residence of the bride's mother on North Base street. The ceremony was performed by Rev. I. E. Putnam of the Albany Park M. E. church of Austin, a brother of the groom, assisted by Rev. W. J. Abel, pastor of the M. E. church in this city. The vows were taken at 8:30 o'clock in the presence of a number of relatives and close friends of the contracting parties. The couple was attended by Miss Veda Maud Smith, sister of the bride and Rev. Charles Putnam, pastor of the Bethel M. E. church of Chicago, a brother of the groom. Mr. Putnam, as well as his bride, is a graduate of the College and Conservatory at Mt. Vernon, Ia., and at the present time he is one of the professors in the Montana Wesleyan University at Helena, having supervision of the music and teaching history. Mrs. Putnam has been elected instructor in the conservatory and will give instruction in voice culture and on the piano. Those from out of town who attended the wedding were; Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Putnam of Bedford, Ia., Rev. I. E. and C. H. Putnam of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Orton Chamberlin of Lyndon, Charles, Fred and Edward Stapleton with their wives of Edgely, N. D., Madge Shafer of Port Byron, Hiram Smith of Fulton, Louise Lte of Amboy and Miss Coral Allen of Sterling. [The Sterling Evening Gazette, Sterling IL,  24 Dec 1910 Pg 2]

1930 Federal Census > Iowa > Jefferson > Fairfield

  • PUTNAM, Leslie R., head, 44, born in IA of PA? parents, Teacher at Public School
  • PUTNAM, Neva, wife, 39, born in IL of PA and IL parents
  • PUTNAM, Paul L, son, 18, born in Montana
  • PUTNAM, Loren S, son, 16, born in IL
  • PUTNAM, Louise V, dau, 7, born in SD
  • SMITH, Lucy L, mother in law, 68, widow, born in IL of English parents

Their children:

  • Paul Leslie Putnam (1912-1897) m. 1) Betty Ann Phillips, 2) Frances Smith
  • Loren Smith Putnam (1914-2006) - Professor of Zoology at Ohio State Univ. 1935 Graduate of Murray State College, m. Mildred Miller.
  • Louise V. Putnam (abt 1923-2000) m. Herbert L Carter

WWII Draft Registration shows a lot of useful information. His middle name is Ray. He was born 6 May 1885. At that particular time he was employed by Murray State College in Kentucky.

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An article in The Paducah Sun 1966, covering a Benefit Concert to be held in nearby Murray KY, had much to reveal on Leslie Putnam's background. In part it said "Born at Bedford Iowa, he earned the BM and BS degree from Cornell College; did graduate work at Northwestern University and Garrett Biblical Institute where he received a music degree. He was awarded the MS degree in education at Kansas State College and studied voice at Chicago Musical College, Lamont School of Music in Denver and was baritone soloist with the Cornell College Choral Society and the Kansas State Choral Society."

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There was a music scholarship at Murray College named in his honor.

Leslie died 21 Nov 1969 at age 84. He and his wife are buried at the Murray City Cemetery, in Murray Kentucky. Obit is from The Paducah Sun, 21 Nov 1969.

Friday, December 25, 2020

KIRKPATRICK, Charles (Bedford IA)



IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO: Charles Kirkpatrick, 1904, Teacher Bedford High School

PHOTO TAKEN: Siegel-Cooper & Co., Chicago IL, 1904

PURCHASED: This is part of a group of old photos sent to me by Carol Kleppinger, and are assumed to be friends of her grandmother Florence Ream

Charles Kirkpatrick was born 1876 in Spencer, Clay County, Iowa to parents Dougas Kirkpatrick and Cordelia E Davis.

He was a teacher or professor at Bedford High School for a number of years before relocating to Seattle around 1906, where he also taught and worked in school administration. It was in Bedford Iowa that he would have been acquainted with the above-mentioned Florence Ream. He clearly made an impression upon her as she kept his photograph among those of her other friends. She must have valued his memory.

Charles' first wife was Mabel Cordius Hardenbrook (b. 1876 in Iowa) to whom he was married 4 years up until her death in Seattle in 1909.

His second wife was Seattle socialite Edith Lilian Allen (b. 1887) to whom he was married 3 years up until her death from illness in 1916.

(It is believed that neither wife produced any offspring, so I will not be finding descendants who might wish to receive this photograph. Perhaps a relative will step up and offer him a home.)

In 1919, Charles who was at that time principal of the Broadway High School in Seattle (see image at left), tendered his resignation owing to his own ill health. 

Charles Kirkpatrick died in 1924 in Washington State, and is buried with family at the Riverside Cemetery, Spencer, Iowa.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

LOW, Elizabeth (New Berlin NY)



UPDATE - This photo of Elizabeth Low has been claimed by a relative and is being sent home.


PHOTO TAKEN: Talbot's Studio, New Berlin, NY, circa 1905

PURCHASED: 2018 August, Madison-Bouckville Antiques Week

This image is of a young woman around 14 or 15 years old. It appears to have been taken a bit before the New Berlin High School photos of 1909, so I place it about 1905. That means the young woman was born around 1890.

Checking in at, a likely suspect comes up immediately. I believe this is Elizabeth Lowe (or Low), born 16 Jan 1890, died 1939, at the age of 49.

Her parents were Mark Lafayette Low (1858-1917), a farmer, and Ella Agnes Barber (1858-1920).

On the 1910 Census, I find that Mark Low's farm was directly adjacent to that owned by Fred & Charity Matteson (previously posted here) and looking back at that post, I see that Charity Matteson had a maiden name of Lowe (or Low). She was a daughter of Thomas Lowe (1820-1891) and Elizabeth Ann Phillips (1826-1892), as is Mark Low, so they are siblings. This also further verifies that I have the correct Elizabeth Low, as the photos were acquired at the same time, and at the same antiques booth.

Also, Elizabeth's mother Ellen Barber is a sister of William Barber (previously posted) and of Charlotte Barber who married Howard Kneeland (previously posted).

Elizabeth married Ray Leslie Chapin in 1911, who operated a dairy farm in nearby Pittsfield, Otsego County, NY (about 7 miles away from New Berlin. Ray is a brother of Lester Chapin (Previously posted).

Elizabeth and Ray had two sons; Robert (1917) and Donald (1924).

It has become evident to me that the person who collected all these "New Berlin" photos that I had previously posted and bought all together (and seemed to be related in some way) is Elizabeth Lowe (1891-1939). She would have been a classmate of those pictured in the Class of 1909 photos . Her father was Marquis Lafayette "Mark" Lowe (a brother of Charity Lowe) which makes her a niece of Uncle Fred and Aunt "Chat" Matteson, and may have written the inscription on the back of that one. I have already sent hone Fred & Charity, and I did not keep a digital image of the inscription. Elizabeth married Ray L Chapin (a surname on other photos found in this same batch). 

The most convincing piece of evidence is the handwriting of Elizabeth which is beautiful and distinctively leans backward. Here is the back of the photo of Edith Pope , one of Elizabeth's high school pals.

Compare this with Elizabeth's own signature, taken from her Wedding Certificate in 1911.

I am not sure why she died so young. 

Elizabeth is buried at Fairview Cemetery in New Berlin, Chenango County, NY.

Friday, November 20, 2020

STACY, Leland Johnson (DeKalb, NY)




PHOTO TAKEN: Cunningham Photographic Studio, Ogdensburg NY, circa 1912-1914

PURCHASED: 2017 Traditions Antique Mall, Wildwood FL

UPDATE - All three related STACY photos have been claimed by family and are going home!

This is the third STACY surname photo acquired at the same time from the same booth at an antique mall. The other two were: JOHN S. STACY and CHARLES P. STACY.

This is LELAND JOHNSON STACY, SR., born 11 Aug 1889 in St Lawrence County, NY. He is the son of George Arthur Stacy (1859-1942) and Minnie Johnson (1865-1923). His father George is a son of William Maurice Stacy, who is an older brother of John S. Stacy and Charles P. Stacy (previously researched). Leland is a great-nephew of John and Charles.

The photo was taken at a studio identified only as "Cunningham", but I believe this was the studio of John Cunningham who operated in Ogdensburg NY, a mere 20 miles north of De Kalb where the Stacy family lived. The fashions worn suggest a time period of between 1911 and 1914, and the sitter appears to be in his early to mid 20s.

Leland would have completed High School around 1908, so this was probably taken during his college years. At age 25 (circa 1914), Leland was working as a Chemistry and Physics teacher at the Ivy League prep school Horace Mann in The Bronx. And in 1917 he is found in the University of Chicago yearbook, and is shown having earned a Fellowship in Physics.

He was a commissioned Lieutenant in WWI.

In midsummer 1919 Leland married Mary Elena Elliott in Missouri. They resided in Essex County NJ and had the following children:

 1920 Alma May Stacy (d. 1979)

 1922 Leland Johnson Stacy Jr. (d. 2009)

 1925 Susan Stacy (d. 2006)

 1926 Emily Ann Stacy (d. 1989)

Leland died in Sep 1965 in Norfolk VA and is buried in a family plot in Missouri.

STACY, Charles P. (San Francisco, CA)




PHOTO TAKEN: Swasey Photographic Studio, 26 Montgomery St, San Francisco CA, circa 1890

PURCHASED: 2017 Traditions Antique Mall, Wildwood FL

UPDATE - All three related STACY photos have been claimed by family and are going home!

Looking first at the physical clues present in the cabinet card, I noticed right off that the dark maroon/brown Card Stock is thin, has rounded corners, and a gilded beveled edge. The beveled edge was most popular from 1885-1895. The dark maroon cards were introduced in the late 1880s, first with only the front of the card colored, but by 1890 cards were being produced with the same dark color front and back (as this one does).

About the photographer: There is a Fred Park SWASEY appearing on the San Francisco 1880 Federal Census. His occupation is "Photo retoucher" and he lodges at 14 Turk Street which is about 6 blocks away from the Studio address given on the front of the photograph. He appears also on the 1880 Voter Register, same address, occupation "Photographer". I find news of his death in 1900, wherein he is reported passing from typhoid malaria in Redding CA where his brother Frank is owner and editor of the Redding Free Press. His obit mentions that he had a business in San Francisco for a few years, "a while back". So I think a close estimate for a timeframe on this photo is very early 1890s.

Charles P. Stacy, I find, is a brother of previously researched John S. Stacy. Their photos were acquired together at the same Antique Mall.

Their parents are Pelatiah STACY (1792-1872) and Jerusha TANNER (1800-1877). Children of this couple are:

 1822 James A Stacy (d. 1858)

 1824 Jerusha Stacy (d. 1899)

 1826 Lydia Stacy (d. 1901)

 1828 William Maurice Stacy (d. 1892)

 1830 Isaac Warren Stacy (d. 1898)

 1833 John Seeley Stacy (d. 1910)

 1835 Erastus W. Stacy (d. 1896)

 1837 Mary Ann Stacy (d. 1913)

 1840 Elisha Henry Stacy (d. 1908)

 1843 Maria Catherine Stacy (d. 1899)

 1845 Edson Elmer Stacy (d. 1864)

 1845 Charles P. Stacy (d. 26 Jul 1903 in Chicago IL)

1880 Federal Census, Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa shows Charles P. Stacy and wife Frances. His occupation is "Commercial Agent." They also have two sons Robert (7) and George (2).

Charles and his wife Frances are found on the 1885 Iowa State Census in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa where his occupation appears to say "Commercial Travel". They still have only two offspring; Robert (11) and George (6).

Charles and his wife Frances are found on the 1900 Federal Census as boarders in Chicago. His occupation is Traveling Salesman. No children in the household at that time.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

STACY, John S. (San Francisco, CA)




PHOTO TAKEN: Morse's Palace of Art, 417 Montgomery St., SF, circa 1877-1878

PURCHASED: 2017 Traditions Antique Mall, Wildwood, FL

UPDATE - All three related STACY photos have been claimed by family and are going home!

The cabinet card is fairly thin, with straight-cut edge, rounded corners and thick gold border that extends to the edge of the card, suggesting a time period from 1878-1885. 

The man's bow tie tucked under the shirt lapels was fashionable during the decade of the 1870s.

The Photographic Studio Morse's Palace of Art on Montgomery Street is mentioned in the San Francisco City Directory of 1877. Proprietor is George D. Morse who worked as a photographer in San Francisco from the 1860s to at least the mid-1890s. The embossed name G.D. Morse can be seen at lower right front if the photo is held at an angle to the light source.

Also found in the 1877 City Directory is John S. Stacy. He is described as an attorney at law at firm whose office was located at 401 California. His home was Oakland. In 1875 he was part of the Law Firm of Stacy & Tripp (with Dwight K. Tripp). His firm in 1876 was called Stacy & Hart (with William H.H. Hart) and in 1877 the firm was called Stacy, Thompson & Hart, having added James D. Thompson to the shingle.

From History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 580.

JOHN S. STACY, attorney and couselor at law, Anamosa. Judge Stacy was born on the 13th of May, 1833, at De Kalb, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y.; his parents were Pelatiah and Jerusha Tanner Stacy. The paternal ancestors were from Massachusetts, thence to Oswego, N.Y., and his grandfather was one of the first settlers in De Kalb. His father served a short time in the war of 1812, at Ogdensburg. His maternal ancestors were settlers in the vicinity of Cooperstown, N.Y., and the remains of many of them rest in the cemetery in that town. In boyhood, John S. Stacy had a great taste for reading, but was accustomed to the hard work of a farm, with only a few months at school each year until he was 16, when he attended an academy at Gouvernenr, N.Y., there preparing for college; he attended one term at Oberlin, Ohio; then entered the Sophomore Class of Union College, and graduated in 1857; it was during President Nott's administration that Mr. Stacy was at Union College. He taught school several terms, studying law at the same time and during vacations. Immigrating westward, he spent a short time in teaching at Dover, Bureau Co., Ill., and, in the spring of 1858, located at Anamosa, Iowa; he entered the law office of Hon. E. Cutler, and was admitted to the bar in the autumn of the same year; he accepted an invitation to become a partner of Mr. Cutler, and the law firm of Cutler & Stacy commenced business on the 1st of January, 1859, which terminated in the autumn of 1862, by Mr. Cutler entering the military service. In 1864, Mr. Stacy engaged in banking, in connection with the practice of law, continuing until the autumn of 1873, when the panic compelled him to surrender. He was actively engaged in the building of the Iowa Midland Railroad, as attorney and Director. He was also President of the Iowa & Minnesota Railway Company, which had so far succeeded as to secure the preliminary negotiations, in London, for a loan that would doubtless have resulted in the success of the enterprise, but for the panic just alluded to, which put a stop to a great many important enterprises. In 1874, Mr. Stacy went to California, and spent two months there; he returned to that State again in 1875, and remained nearly two years, practicing law with success in San Francisco. Mr. Stacy was elected Judge of Jones Co., in 1861, and served one term. Judge Stacy has always been an ardent and active Republican. He was a Delegate to the National Convention which re-nominated Mr. Lincoln in 1864, and was one of his most hearty supporters. In 1858, while in Dover, Ill., Judge Stacy united with the Congregational Church, and, on settling in Iowa, transferred his membership to the Anamosa Church; he is an active Christian worker, and foremost in all philanthropic measures. On the 16th of November, 1862, he married Miss Charlotte A. Kellogg, a daughter of Rev. E. W. Kellogg, who, for forty years, was a Congregational minister in Vermont; she is a lineal descendant of William Bradford, second Governor of the Plymouth Colony; is a woman of fine mental culture and exalted Christian character, a worthy representative of the best Puritan stock; she has three children, who feel daily the molding hand of a Christian mother.

Friday, September 25, 2020

SWEZEY Family (Decorah IA)

Grandma Swezey, Ruth & Paul

IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO: "Grandma Swezey, Ruth Swezey, Paul Swezey, 1905"
PHOTO TAKEN: E William Spurr Studio, Decorah, Iowa, 1905
PURCHASED: 2016 Hollywood Antiques, Eugene Oregon

This is Bertha M Ranney-Swezey (born 1867 to parents Harmon Ranney and Julia Ann Cook). She was married to Dr. Andrew Jackson Swezey (born 1869 to parents Samuel George Swezey and Nancy Ann Burnett). Her two children are Ruth Ellena Swezey and Paul Howard Swezey.

My first stop in searching for this family is the 1900 Federal Census of Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa. The Swezeys are found living at 404 W. Main Street at a boarding house operated by a Norwegian immigrant family named Wulfsborg.

1900 Federal Census > Iowa > Winneshiek > Decorah
WULFSBORG, Einar, head, Dec 1841, 58, born in Norway, mgr Public House
WULFSBORG, Christiana, wife, Mar 1841, 59, born in Norway
WULFSBORG, Sira C., daughter, Mar 1876, 24, born in MN of Norwegian parents
WULFSBORG, Clara H., daughter, Jun 1877, 22, born in MN, clerk at bookstore
WULFSBORG, Frida M., daughter, Jan 1881, 19, born in MN
WULFSBORG, Einar, son, Feb 1882, 18, born in MN, at college
WULFSBORG, Jacob, son, Jun 1884, 15, born in Iowa, at college
CHRISTOPHSEN, Annie, servant, Mar 1864, 34, born in WI of Norwegian parents, servant
SWEEZY, Andrew J., head, Dec 1863, 36, born in NE of Iowa parents, physician
SWEEZY, Bertha M., wife, Apr 1867, 33, born in MO of NY parents (2 births, 2 living)
SWEEZY, Ruth E., daughter, Mar 1897, 3, born in Iowa
SWEEZY, Paul H., son, Feb 1899, 1, born in Iowa
STEPHENSON, Sophia, servant, Mar 1883, 17, born in Iowa of Norwegian parents, servant
EASTON, James H., lodger, Nov 1833, 66, born in NY, capitalist

By the 1910 Census, the family has their own home at 113 Water Street.

Ruth's birth certificate shows her official name as: Ruth Ellena SWEZEY, born 27 Mar 1897 to parents Andrew Jackson Swezey and Bertha M. Ranney.

1920 Federal Census > West Virginia > Cabell > Huntington
SWEZEY, Dr. A.J., head, 50, born in Iowa of OH & IA parents, Physician
SWEZEY, Bertha, wife, 52, born in MO of NY parents
SWEZEY, Ruth, daughter, 22, born in Iowa, physical director YMCA
SWEZEY, Paul, son, 20, born in Iowa, student at school

Father Dr. Andrew Jackson Swezey died 16-Oct-1924 in Huntington WV.

1930 Federal Census > Pennsylvania > York > York
SWEZEY, Bertha M., head, 63 widowed, no occupation
SWEZEY, Ruth E, daughter, 33, single, recreation director

This story was found in the Wilkes-Barre Record, August 27, 1937.

1940 Federal Census > Pennsylvania > Luzerne > Kingston
SWEZEY, Bertha M., head, 73, wd, no occ.
SWEZEY, Ruth E., 43, single, athletic director community welfare
BENNETT, Helen K., ward, 18, single, born in NJ, not employed

Bertha died in 1943, in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania but is buried in Huntington WV next to her husband.

Ruth retired in 1959 and was was feted by the Parks and Recreation Association in Wilkes-Barre PA.

Ruth apparently never married, and died in 1972. She is buried in the family plot in Huntington WV. 

As she had no children of her own, I will have to turn to her brother Paul if I am to find descendants of this family.

Paul followed in his father's footsteps and became a doctor, specifically an osteopath. He served in WWI.

He married Helen Marguerite Gerken (dau of John Gerken) 24 Aug 1921 in Marietta Ohio, where Paul was attending college. The couple moved to Des Moines for a short time while Paul attended a Medical School of Osteopathy.

Paul's descendants are:
   - John Swezey (born abt 1923) m. Shirley Mae Peters
 - Barbara Ann Swezey (1953-1987) m. Raymond Neil Allen. Lived in Eugene OR. She died age 33. No children.
 - David C. Swezey (-) lived in Portland OR area.
   - Mary E. Swezey (born abt 1928) m. Richard Stephan and lived in Clemente, California.

Paul died 23 Oct 1981 Massillon Ohio.

Son John A. Swezey went to Anapolis Naval Academy, per this newspaper insert of 25 Feb 1940. 

He married Shirley Peters and lived in Eugene Oregon (where this 1905 photograph was found). Shirley died in 2012, and John  died in 2013. 

As I acquired the photograph in 2016, I can presume that it was in the possession of John Swezey up to the time of his death, and is most likely his hand which wrote the information on the reverse side.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

WELLS, Wallace & Phyllis (Eugene OR)



IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO 1: "Wallace Wells, 1 1/2 years"
PHOTO 1 TAKEN: Rothchild & Co, Chicago IL, circa 1900
IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO 2: "Phyllis / Wells Harland J"
PHOTO 2 TAKEN: Unknown photographer and location, probably Eugene OR, circa 1927
PURCHASED: 2016, Antique Peddlars, Springfield OR

In photo #1 is Wallace Wells (1899-1959). He is one of three sons of Jesse G. Wells (1867-1942) and Emma A. Cruse/Kruse (1865-1950). The parents are from Illinois and lived in Chicago 12 years before moving to Eugene Oregon. Their three sons were born in Chicago:

- 1893 Robert Raymond Wells (d. 1972)
- 1896 Harold Jesse Wells (d.1973)
- 1899 Howard Wallace Wells (d. 1959)

1910 Federal Census > Oregon > Lane County > Eugene
WELLS, Jesse G., head, 43, born IL of NY and PA parents, Lawyer
WELLS, Emma A., wife, 45, born in IL of German parents, no occ.
WELLS, Raymond R., son, 17, born in IL
WELLS, Harold J., son, 14, born in IL
WELLS, Wallace H., son, 11, born in IL

On the WWI Draft Registration, Wallace gives his names as "Howard Wallace Wells", born 27-Oct-1898. He is employed at the Eugene Fruit Cannery. The registrar remarks that Wallace is medium height, slender build, blue eyes, light hair, and has no obvious physical disqualifications.

1920 Federal Census > Oregon > Lane County > Eugene
WELLS, Jesse G., head, 52, born IL of NY and PA parents, Lawyer
WELLS, Emma A., wife, 54, born in IL of German parents, no occ.
WELLS, Raymond R., son, 27, born in IL, partner at Auto Garage
WELLS, Harold J., son, 24, born in IL
WELLS, Wallace H., son, 21, born in IL

1930 Federal Census > Oregon > Lane > Eugene
WELLS, Jesse G., head, 62, Lawyer
WELLS, Anna A., wife, 63
WELLS, Wallace, son, 31 single, no occ.
PETERS, Nettie G., sister-in-law, 57 widow, born in IL of German parents, no occ.

1940 Federal Census > Oregon > Lane > Eugene
WELLS, Jesse G., head, 72, Lawyer
WELLS, Anna A., wife, 73
WELLS, Wallace, son, 41 single, no occ.

Wallace's WWII Draft Registration (at left) states he has never been employed, which is not what he said on the WWI Card.

The fact that Wallace is grown, single and has no occupation on the 1930 and 1940 Census reports, makes me wonder if he might have been physically disabled in some way. There is a column on the 1940 Census bearing employment codes, and Wallace is shown as "U" which stands for "unable to work." Perhaps he served in WWI and was injured?

This news insert in the Eugene Guard, 21 July, 1959 reports on the death of Wallace Wells. He apparently never married and had no children, as only two brothers are mentioned as his survivors.

(Father) Jesse G. Wells became a lawyer in Eugene, running his own practice. Afterward he served as Justice of the Peace until his retirement. Emma died in 1950 at the home of her son Robert where she resided since the death of Jesse in 1942.

Photo #2 is labeled "Harland J Wells" but I believe this is a typo for "Harold J Wells", and also bears the name "Phyllis". This cannot be a photo of Harold as a child because the photo is not old enough to show a toddler in the 1890s. It was taken in the late 1920's. The name "Phyllis" holds the key. Harold Jesse Wells did indeed have a daughter named Phyllis, born about 1925 in Eugene OR. 

Extra notes - Harold was in France during WWI. In 1922 was elected Commander of the Lane County American Legion post. His wife's maiden name was Schaffner.

This newspaper story appeared in the Eugene Guard, 16 Feb 1931. (Click the image for a larger version.)

When Phyllis was 3, this news insert appears in The Eugene Guard newspaper.

The 1930 Federal Census shows this family:

1930 Federal Census > Oregon > Lane County > Eugene > 542 Lawrence Street
WELLS, Harold J., head, 34, married at 28, born in IL of IL parents > Lawyer
WELLS, Bertha E., wife, 29, married at 22, born in SD of OH & IN parents
WELLS, Phyllis, daughter, 5, born in OR

1940 Federal Census > Oregon > Lane County > Eugene > 542 Lawrence Street
WELLS, Harold, head, 44, born in IL, attorney
WELLS, Bertha E., wife, 39, born in SD
WELLS, Phyllis Eileen, daughter, 15, born in OR
WELLS, Charles Jesse, son, 10, born in OR

The photograph on the left is Phyllis Wells from her 1943 Senior Class yearbook at Eugene High School. She was active in Band, Orchestra and A Capella. 

The second photo is from the 1946 University of Oregon Yearbook.

UPDATE - - It is now five years later, and upon returning to the same antiques shop in Springfield Oregon, I have located and acquired several more photos from the same family as Phyllis and Wallace WELLS.

Most of the background research is already outlined above. 

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I have sketched up this family tree to help me see how these are all connected. (Those indicated by yellow blocks correspond to photographs I have in my possession.)  I came away with two images of JESSE G. WELLS (lawyer in Eugene Oregon), taken several years apart. I have posted the younger photo at Findagrave.

Here is his wife EMMA ANNA KRUSE WELLS. There was an identical photo in the same booth, and it was marked "Grandma Wells" but I both the one that gave her full name and dates of life, "Emma Wells, 1865-1950, age 84 yrs". I also posted this image at Findagrave :

And Emma's sister JEANETTE KRUSE, who married a man named PETERS:

Here is Jesse G. Wells' year-younger brother SCHYLER WELLS:

And this is EDWARD L. WELLS, but I am not able to determine how he is related to this family. 

Lastly, I'd like to show the back of each image so you can see that the hand-writing appears to be the same on each photo.  (Feel free to click the image for a larger version.)

Friday, September 18, 2020

WELLS brothers, Clarence and Harold (Houston TX)


Clarence Asa Wells & Harold Earl Wells

IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO 1: Clarence Asa Wells, age 4 1/2 months
IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO 2: Harold Earl Wells, age 6 months
PHOTO TAKEN: unknown photographer and location, circa Dec 1915 & Nov 1919
PURCHASED: 2017 Wildwood Antique Mall, Wildwood Florida

UPDATE - These two photos have been claimed by family and have gone home!

As suspected, these are siblings, brothers, whose parents were Clarence A. Wells (1884-1974) and Elizabeth Marie Jones(1888-1972). Both parents were born in Licking County Ohio. Clarence Sr was an accountant.

Clarence Asa Wells Jr. was born 23 July 1915 and grew up to be a Chemical Engineer for an asphalt company in Houston TX. He lived to age 62. His death certificate says he is married, so I may be able to find some descendants.  This photo of Clarence Wells was located in the 1932 San Jacinto High School yearbook, senior class. He was in Spanish Club and Band, in which he played alto saxophone.

Harold was born May 18, 1919 in Houston TX. At age 21 he was a University of Houston student working during the summer at Houston Lighting & Power Co. and was fatally burned in a workplace accident in which a pump switch exploded. He is buried at Forest Park Cemetery, Houston TX.

This photo of Harold Wells was located in the 1937 San Jacinto High School yearbook, senior class. He was in the Booster Club and Spanish Club.

Here's something interesting, found along the way .... When Clarence Jr was a Senior at San Jacinto High School in 1932, he was in the same band class as a young Walter Cronkite (a junior at the time) who played baritone sax. I will throw his photo in for the heck of it.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

PEACOCK, Phoebe (Moravia, NY)



IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO: "Miss Phoebe Peacock" / "Phoebe Peacock"
PHOTO 1 TAKEN: Tuthill & Teed Studio, Moravia & Boliver NY, circa 1882-1884
PHOTO 2 TAKEN: unknown location and photographer, circa 1894
PURCHASED: 2017 August Madison-Bouckville (NY) Antiques Week

The first photograph was taken at the studio of Tyrus T. Tuthill who resided at and operated a studio in Moravia, Cayuga county, New York from at least 1870 through at least the mid-1890s.

The writing on the back of photo #1 appears to have originally said "Mrs. Phoebe Peacock", but over-writing it is the word "Miss". I wonder if the "Miss" indicates this photo was taken before or around the time of her marriage.

The fashions worn in photograph #1 date it to the early-to-mid 1880s.  The woman appears to be around 25-30 years of age, putting a projected birth year at 1855 to 1860, or thereabouts.

Photo #2 was clearly taken about a decade later. The dress style worn by Phoebe dates to around 1894.

I searched,, and others and could only find one Phoebe Peacock in this region. And Peacock was her married name.

Phoebe L. Curtis (Nov 1861 - Mar 1943), daughter of Calvin Curtis (1827-1893) and Fidelia Church (1826-1868).

- Wife of Jesse Peacock (1863-1933, son of John Peacock and Lavina Culley) m. in 1882 in Moravia.
- Mother of:
   - Clinton Jesse Peacock (1883-1953) m. Leora Morton (1880-1947)
   - Frances Ruth Peacock (1908-1992)
   - Harold C. Peacock (1899-1901) died age 1
   - Homer Peacock (1902-1902) died as infant

The 1870 Census, Moravia, Cayuga County, NY, shows the Curtis family:
CURTIS, Calvin, 43, farmer
CURTIS, James, 13
CURTIS, Phoebe, 8

Phoebe was married in 1882 to Jesse Peacock.

On both the 1910 and 1920 Federal Census, Jesse and Phoebe are living in Syracuse. Jesse is 58 in 1920, born in NY of English immigrant parents. His occupation is Machinist at a gear factory. Phoebe is 59, born in NY of NY parents, no occupation.

After the death of her husband Jesse in 1933, Phoebe lived in Ossining, Westchester county, NY with her son Clinton Peacock and his family. She is found on the Ossining NY Census 1940 at age 78, widowed. Her son Clinton is a Printer, and his wife Leora is a public school teacher.

Phoebe died 2 Mar 1943 in Cayuga County, and is buried at the Quaker Church Cemetery in Moravia.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

HARLOW, Bernice (Charlottesville VA)

PHOTO TAKEN: Rufus Holsinger, University Studio, Charlottesville VA, circa 1899-1900
PURCHASED: 2018 February, Wildwood Antique Mall, Wildwood FL

This appears to be Bernice "Bernie" Edgar Harlow, born 31 Aug 1899 at Albemarle VA. He was residing in Charlottesville in 1942 when he registered for the WWII draft. Employer is Charles King & Son Co., a wholesale grocery, where he works as a shipping clerk. He would work for the company his entire life, from age 15 to 80, by which time he had risen to the position of President of the company. He lived to age 93 (1993).

His parents were (factory worker) James Henry Harlow (1864-1943) and Mary Christianna "Anna" Maddex (1874-1944, dau. of Richard H. Maddex and Sallie Wingfield).

Bernice had two sisters:
... Annie Ruth Harlow (Mrs. W.W. Glass) 1897-1967
... Ora Texanna Harlow (Mrs. W.L. Marion) 1905-1994

He married Lula R. Johnson. They had two daughters, Pearl Daniel Harlow (d. 1986) and Arlene Harlow-Peebles (1924-2004). (Arlene had two sons)

from "The Daily Progress" Charlottesville VA, June 8, 1980.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

RYAN, Della and Lenore (Clay County, KS)


IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO: "Della and Lenora Ryan"
PHOTO TAKEN: Ringer Studio and others, Baldwin KS, circa 1904
PURCHASED: sent to me by Ms. Kleppinger; friends of her grandmother

A follower of this blog recently sorted through photos left by her grandmother and found several identified ones of people not related to her family. These were her friends and classmates in the early 1900's in mostly Kansas and Iowa. Ms. Kleppinger was very generous in gifting these to me, so I could start the research on them, and hopefully re-unite some of them with their families.

A second photo of Della is shown at right.

These two lovely young ladies are known to have attended the wedding of Miss Flora Ream (my friend's grandmother) in Topeka KS in 1913.

These sisters are daughters of Rev. Joseph Mason Ryan (1853-1932) and Clara Louise Lapham (1859-1925). 

1895 Kansas State Census > Clay > Clay Center
RYAN, J.M., 41, born in IN, came here from Iowa, teamster
RYAN, Clara, 35, born in Wis, came here from Wis, housewife
RYAN, A.L., 16, m, born in KS, at school
RYAN, Hattie, 11, f, born in KS, at school
RYAN, Della, 9 f, born in KS, at school
RYAN, Nora (Lenora), 7, f, born in KS, at school

I find these two on the 1905 Kansas State Census in Clay County. Della Ryan is 20 and Lenora Ryan is 18. 

In late June 1913, the Misses Della and Lenora Ryan went to Topeka to attend the wedding of Florence Ream. Florence was a daughter of Reverend TJ Ream. I believe it is likely that the families knew each other, that Florence's father was an acquaintance of Rev. Joseph Ryan, and may explain the connection, and why Florence possessed photographs of the Ryan girls. This newspaper insert was located in the 24 June 1913 edition of the newspaper "Dispatch-Republican" of Clay Center Kansas.

Mary Della Ryan attended Smith College (Class of 1919) earning a BA degree.

June 1922 Lenore Maude Ryan, at that time a teacher residing in Berkeley California, married Constantine Panunzio (born in Italy, 1885-1964, to parents Nicole Panunzio and Angela DeFelice), a professor at Willamette University, Salem Oregon. They divorced in 1936. Lenore Panunzio died in 1968 and is buried at Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego.

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Della never married, and died at age 69 on Mar 25, 1955. She is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center KS.