Sunday, July 5, 2015

Full Circle 121

This Full Circle began with Iggy finding an email address.

He wrote:

I emailed the grand-daughter (I think) of the woman that was the teacher in this photo.  Hopefully you will hear from her soon.  Karl (Iggy)

I heard from Karen later that day.

Yes!  It is a photo of my Grandmother!  Amazing!
Thank you for making it available.

Dear Connie,
Did my comment come through with the old photo site?
Monmouth Iowa. My grandma was primary teacher and grandpa  James VanHorn was the Principal.

Hi Karen, Wonderful to hear from you!  Thank you for sharing the information!   I will add it to the comments. 

If you would like the photo I am happy to mail it to you, I will need your address. 

I found it interesting that a married woman was teaching!  Usually they were single gals!  

I think the photo was taken about 1900 or 1901....what do you think?  


Dear Connie,

I found that interesting also. My mother had to quit teaching in 1929 at the end of the school year after marrying.  Grandma had a large class and I assume they needed her for that year.

You may be right about the year 1900 or a bit earlier. How did you come to have the photo? It is all amazing.  I will send you a photo of their home in Monmouth. Jim and Lulu VanHorn married August 12,1896.


School Kids  Joans

Photo Number 1918

Hi Karen,  I got the Monmouth photo wow that is a wonderful family treasure! 



Monmouth Iowa

This is where Jim and Lulu went to housekeeping.

Lulu  & Mae Panuska on the porch

Jim standing by old Fannie.


I went on to explain how I came across the school photo.

I got the school photo from a gal that buys estates.   She said they were all local people and no one in this area would want the photos so she gave them to me.  (She owns an antique shop and went to High School with my husband.)

I have no idea how it got to Park Rapids, Minnesota. 

I usually write a Full Circle Post after you have received the photo, if you have anything to share about your Grandparents that would be wonderful!  Hopefully I can get your permission to use the old photo you sent.  That would be wonderful, and I am certain my readers would appreciate it also!

I will prepare the photo for mailing and hopefully get it out in the mail Thursday or Friday.  Our local Post Office is only open  for a short time in the mornings.


Jun 5

Hi Karen, I mailed the photo this morning.  You should have it by Tuesday or Wednesday!  Have a good weekend!  Connie

Thank you, I sometimes contact County Historic societies or Libraries.  If I follow through I will see if someone in the Monmouth, IA area wants the photos.  before that however, where do you suggest I preserve them on the internet? 

again, thanks, you have opened up a new adventure.  Karen

Hi Karen, You are welcome.  As for storing the photo online. I am not sure.  I have a copy stored in my backup Simple Saves that I use for all my photos.   Maybe is a free download and you can access it from anywhere.  I used it when I was the Curator at our local historical museum:)  Connie

I received a check in the mail a few days later. With a note:  Connie, Thank you What a delightful surprise!  Karen

Hi Karen,  Thank you for the check it arrived this morning.  I will write the Full Circle post around July 1st...June is always wedding photo month on the blog.  If you have anything to share about LuLu I will be happy to use it.  Thanks again Connie

If any other relatives of the children in this photo want a copy I will be happy to email it to them.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Photo Number 1949

This is a Real Photo Postcard from the antique shop in Fargo North Dakota.
Mc Cook Lake 4th of July Fargo Antique Mall
4th of July Mc Cook Lake
1913?      1900?
Mc Cook Lake 4th of July Fargo Antique Mall
Grandma  Celia Farrington, Aunt Esther, Marvin Norton, Aunt Delia, Uncle Ed, Gramp
Mc Cook Lake 4th of July Fargo Antique Mall
This is a Velox Postcard with diamonds in the corners of the stamp box so I believe it was used from 1907-1914.
That would make it probably 1913 ?
Happy 4th of July from 102 years ago!  Thanks for stopping by.

Update from Sue:
So here is who I believe these to be: Celia Etta Hoxie Farrington(b.1880), Esther Ruthama Hoxie Norton(b. 1883), Marvin Norton(b.1879), Delia Ethel Hoxie(b.1880), a twin sister to Celia (married name unsure), Uncle Ed is possible Delia's husband, or it could be Frank Edward Hoxie, a brother to the Hoxie sisters(I will do more searching), and finally, Gramp would be George Farrington (b.1870), Celia's husband. All of these folks resided in the Sioux City Iowa area.

According to a family tree I found, Marvin & Esther had three children: Ralph(1899), Clifford(1901), Sadie (1902). Esther would have been a young mother if these dates are correct, but I guess that wasn't all that uncommon back then.

I believe Celia and George only had one son, Elmer. Elmer had possibly only two children--Gordon, born in 1927, and Lila Mae, born about 1934.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Full Circle 120

This Full Circle began with an address from Iggy.  I mailed off a copy of the blog on March 19, 2015.  I heard back on March 29 2015.

Greetings Connie,

We received your letter yesterday regarding the old photograph of Charles Rae Muttart, who married Pauline Alberta Hemphill in May of 1919.  This is, indeed, a relative of my husband, Patrick.  In fact, it is his paternal grandfather!  How exciting to learn that there is a photograph of his grandfather out there when he was a young man.  We would most definitely be interested in the original and would not hesitate to reimburse for postage and handling.  One of my husband’s memories of his grandfather was going to sit on his lap while his grandfather told him stories.  The result is my husband is now a great story-teller.

Thank you so much for contacting us!

Susan and Patrick

Charles Muttark Craigs Number 1851 (2)

Photo Number 1851 Charles Muttart


Mar 29

Hello Susan and Patrick, I will get the photo ready to mail in the morning.  Please send me an email after it has arrived safely.  I am so happy you want the photo!!   Connie 

I hope they received the photo!

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Full Circle 119

I have some Full Circles after wedding month is over!  I am always pleased when a photo reaches its “home.”

This Full Circle began with an email.

Jun 16

Hi! My maternal grandfather's family (Taylor) is from Detroit Lakes and my grandfather Edwin Taylor (1899 - 1998) had an older brother who was referred to as "Uncle Busty".  Could it be the same one? Jon

Busty Taylor 1945 DL Ant Number 1280 (2)

Busty Taylor 1945 DL Ant back Number 1280 (2)

Photo Number 1280

Hi Jon, It could be!  The photo was purchased at a antique shop in Detroit Lakes MN.  Does he look like your Grandfather?  Sometimes the resemblance can be the clue?  I am happy to mail you the photo, I will need your address.  Connie at Forgotten Old Photos

You have a nice hobby!  It's tough to tell with the shades and hat in the photo but he does resemble my grandfather.

I mailed off the photo to California.


Hi to you, Connie,

I am putting in a little blurb about “Uncle Busty” for your blog and sending you a small contribution for your expenses.  Jon

“Uncle Busty”, as Busty Taylor was known by his family (two brothers and a sister), was kind of the clan’s black sheep.  Just below is an article from the local newspaper.

March 28, 1940 – An alienation of affections suit for $50,000 brought by C. Ernest Olson of St. Cloud, former Detroit Lakes resident, against W. L. Taylor of Detroit Lakes, drew to a close before a packed courtroom today. Seeking to recover damages, Olson has charged Taylor in the case with the alienation of the affections of his wife, Thelma Roberts of Detroit Lakes, prior to their divorce in October 1939.

Normally a divorce wouldn’t be big news but the packed courtroom says something!

Recently, a distant family member spoke to someone who related this tale:  Every time the local football team beat the Detroit Lakes team, Busty invited the entire team, plus girlfriends, out to dinner.  She (now in her 80’s) attended 3 or 4 such dinners. 

Small world!

Thanks again,


Thanks for stopping by.

Jon asked me to add this request:

Could/would you please add this to my post?

If there are are any relatives of Busty Taylor is the Detroit Lakes, Frazee area, I would love to have a post from you.  Edwin and Howard moved to the Los Angeles area, where the former became an attorney and the latter worked in the television electronics field.  I recently received a phone call from a woman who was married to Grace’s grandson. 

Also, if anyone knows what happened to Wilcox lumber, or if it is still in existence, I’d like to get some information on that, too.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Photo Number 1948

This is the last day of June and so ends or look at old wedding photos. 

This photo is from the antique shop in Pequot Lakes Minnesota.

Glenwood MN couple 1950 Pequot Lakes

On the bottom right is a mark; Vernon Studio Glenwood, Minn.  They were in business in the 1940’s.

The groom wears a double breasted pinstriped suit with a flower and a bit of a fern in his lapel.  The bride wears a white gown with a fingertip veil and she carries a large bouquet of flowers.

I will guess this photo is from the late 1940’s.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Photo Number1947

This is a photo from Dave’s Antique Shop in Laporte Minnesota.

Unknown 1940s  Laporte Ant

Stadin Studio in Cambridge Minnesota was the photographer. Daniel Stadin was a photographer from 1910 to the 1930’s.

The groom wears a pinstriped suit with a patterned tie and a flower in his lapel. The bride wears a dress with frilly trim and a large corsage.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Photo Number 1946

This is a photo from the Antique Mall in Alexandria Minnesota.

Unknown 1950 Couple Yesterdays Alex Antique Mall

The photographer was the Taylor Studio in New Bremen Ohio.  It is displayed in a wonderful Art Deco inspired folder.  I thought at first that this was a 1950’s photo…but now I am thinking it might be from the late 1930’s.

Unknown 1950 Couple Yesterdays Alex Antique Mall

The bride wears a white gown with a sweetheart neckline and a long train. She wears a fingertip veil trimmed in daisies and held high on her head with a crown.  She carries a large bouquet of ferns and carnations.  The only jewelry we see is a necklace with a cross.  The groom wears a single breasted pin stripe suit and a single carnation in his lapel, his wedding band is visible.

Thanks for stopping by.