Saturday, March 28, 2015

Photo Number 1862

This is a Cabinet Card from Craig’s Collection.

Grandma Hibbard Craigs

AM Rothschild and Co. were the photographers in Chicago.

Grandma Hibbard Craigs back

I will guess this was taken about 1890 and she looks to be 60 years old +

Too bad Grandma didn’t have a first name.


Fellow Blogger and Old Photo Collector Who Were They has some info on AM Rothschild.

A.M. Rothschild was a Department Store in Chicago and it opened in 1881.  AM Rothschild would commit suicide  according to the July 29 1902 NY Times.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Photo Number 1861

This is a photo from Craig’s Collection.
CL Harpham Craigs

Gowdy’s Studio was the photographer. In an unknown town. Ann Arbor Michigan
CL Harpham Craigs back
I know it is hard to see it is written in pencil .  It says C.L. Harpham
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Update from Iggy:
Charles Leroy Harpham (Dec. 23, 1875 in Michigan - Dec. 15, 1951 in Albany, NY)

Educated at the University of Michigan AB 1904; WWI Army major, Ordinance; Investments; Manager of F.C. Huyck & Sons Woolen Mills 1920; lived in Londonsville, Albany County, N.Y. 1930.

He and his wife Shirlee Beatrice Wheeler Harpman (1882 - 1955) had one child.
 Their son, Joseph W Harpham (Jun 28, 1918 - Nov 28, 2003) attended Dartmouth College (Class of 1938). He was an airline pilot in the mid-1950s for Colonial Airlines, later Eastern Airlines. He died in Kennett Square, PA (actually, not far from me). I think his wife's name was Esteri. They had four children.

Photo Studio Update : Albert Grant Gowdy, a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Photo Number 1860

This is a Cabinet Card from Craig’s Collection.
Etta Smith  Craigs
The photographer was Geo. L. Lamson at LaFargeville N.Y.
Etta Smith is how the photo is marked.
I will guess that it was taken around 1890 and that she was 30 years old.
We had another Smith in this collection Number 1847 was Anna V. Smith they may be related…who knows.
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Update from Iggy:
The 1880 United States Federal Census shows an Etta Francilia Smith, age 23, born abt 1857 in New York living in Orleans, Jefferson, New York, with her parents Simeon Smith and Electa nee Priest.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Photo Number 1859

This is a Cabinet Card from Craig’s Collection.

Eleanor henry Craigs

Robinson and Roe at 77 Clark St. were the photographers in Chicago.

Eleanor henry Craigs

Eleanor Henry

I bet she had the most beautiful eyes.  She must have had naturally wavy hair or had a way with styling hair well before finger waves became popular.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Full Circle 110

This Full Circle began when Karla left a comment on the blog that Rena was a relative.

Rena Ensby DL Ant Number 1573 (2)

Rena Ensby  Photo Number 1573

Karla wrote:

I am very interested to find out about the photo 1573. My great-great grandmother was Berti Simonsdatter Ensby born 1850. Her sister was Ronnog Simsonsdatter Ensby born 1854- the Rena Ensby in the picture I believe.  Where did it come from? Do you have others? How can I get a copy? I have attached a photo of Berti to this email. It is a picture of Berti with her husband Teodore Mathisen and two children, Frank and Pete.

Thank you so much! Karla

Here is the photo she emailed me.

berti (2)

Berti (Ensby) with her husband Teodore Mathisen and two children, Frank and Pete.

I answered her questions, the photo came from the antique shop in Detroit Lakes Minnesota.  I am unsure about others.  Although Photo Number 1572 is wearing the same dress as Rena in Photo Number 1573.   They must have been  friends or the dress was store bought and it is a coincidence that they wore the same dress.

Karla wrote:

Thank you so much!  I am so excited!  And that other photo 1572 certainly looks like the exact same person- but I don't know about the info printed there. I will certainly get looking into that!  Again thank you so much!!

I sent off Rena’s photo to Karla.

She wrote back:

Mar 8

Yes! The photo arrived and it is beautiful! I apologize that it has taken me so long to respond. The truth is I have spent many hours of research trying to find out more about her!! My searching is far from over, but this is what I do know:

Ronnog Simensdatter Ensby was born in Oslo, Oppland, Norway on 17 February 1854 to Simen Iversen and Ingebor Larsdatter. Her siblings:

Ane: born 1841

Agnete: born 1844

Iver: born 1846

Lisabet: born 1848

Berti: born 1850

Sicil: born 1856

Anna: born 1859

Pauline: born 1862

Ronnog (or Rena) emigrated 15 May 1885. She was living in Spokane Washington at 1207 Riverside as a "domestic" in 1890. I have not been able to find any marriage record or death record or anything else about her really... But I will continue searching and would love input from anyone who might know something else!

I would love to get the picture of Ana Ensby too! I don't know too much about her either: Ana was born 15 March 1859 in Oslo, Oppland, Norway as well. She is found on the Ensby farm in the 1865 and 1875 census. Then I found a naturalization intention record for her 1888-1907 in Swift County, Minnesota. She also is listed in the Spokane Washington directories from 1892-1907 as a domestic. I cannot find any marriage or death record on Ana.

Berti is my great great grandmother- I have quite a bit of information on her if anyone is interested. Thank you so much, Karla

P.S. I have sent a check to thank you and cover postage for sending the picture of Rena Ensby (and the one for Ana if that is possible!)  Thank you again so much!

I mailed off Anna Ensby’s photo also.

Anna Onsby DL Ant Number 1575 (2)

Anna Ensby  Photo Number 1575

March 21 Thanks! I got the picture of Ana today! I am beyond thrilled!! Thank you for this great service you do! Karla

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Photo Number 1858

This is a photo from Craig’s Collection.

Ellen Sanderson Craigs

Mrs. Ellen Sanderson

This photo is most likely from the late 1910’s-1920’s.  She looks about 40 –50 years old?

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Photo Number 1857

This is a photo from Craig’s Collection.

Cousin Julia Craigs

Cousin Julia Craigs back

Cousin Julia

Now Mrs Milton Erickson

There is no photographers mark.  The photo folder is quite large it is 5 inches x 11 inches.

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