Sunday, July 30, 2006

Jail or Prison Guards

This is an old AZO Real Photo Post Card dating from sometime between 1904 to 1918. It was addressed to Mr. Fred Jackson in Centerville Delaware and has a short message on the reverse. This card was not stamped or postmarked, but probably enclosed in a letter, judging from the message.

The scene is an interesting one, featuring a group of guards pictured outside of a jail. You can see one prisoner looking through the bars on the window. The photo is most likely from the Delaware or Pennsylvania area.

I wonder if this could be the old Kent County Jail... the one used before the Morris Correctional Institute in Dover Delaware (now known as the Morris Community Correctional Center) was built. It is very likely that Frederick Jackson isn't around any longer to tell us, so if anyone recognizes anything about this old photo, please leave a comment or send me an email. Calling all Delaware Corrections Officers, how about a little help here?

If you are interested in finding out about the Jackson Family, check out Genforum.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Delaware Dentistry, 1880's

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This is a Victorian era trade card featuring painless dental procedures by Dr. Honeywell. Dr. E.C. Honeywell operated Dental Parlors in Wilmington Delaware, Philadelphia and Harrisburg Pennsylvania in the 1880's. In Wilmington, his parlor was located at 703 Market Street, the location of present day Cavanaugh's Resturant. You can find him listed in the 1889 Wilmington City directory, in the business section under Dentists.

Back in the 1880's you could get all your teeth pulled for free by Dr. Honeywell as long as you agreed to buy a good set of replacement teeth for just 5 dollars. Dr. Honeywell, who stayed open until 8 in the evening, would clean your teeth for just 75 cents and could fill a tooth for just 50 cents. Oh my... inflation has been cruel to us 21st century chewers considering the price for dental care these days. My dentist will probably read this so let me also say, "Hey Doc R... you're the best, and yes I recognize that there have been tremendous advances in your science since 1889 (see you in October)".

But getting back to this old trade card, doesn't "Dental Parlor" have a better sound to it than "dentist office". Not that it will lower those painful modern fees, but from now on I plan to refer to my dentist's office as the Dental Parlor. The Dental Parlor, I like that.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Bowers Beach Post Office

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This old card looks to be from around 1910 or so and it features an old scene of the post office in Bowers Beach Delaware. There's no message on this card (it was never mailed) but a nice old image just the same.

Have you been to Bowers Beach lately? Maybe its time to go fishing or to browse the Bowers Beach Museum.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Felton Delaware .. 1908

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Felton is a wonderful old town that takes its history and its Little League baseball very seriously indeed. One summer evening about 4 years ago, my wife, her Dad & Mom, and I made the short trip down the road to Felton. We took along this old postcard of the Felton High School, a couple more of the railroad station and another postcard that I can't think of presently (perhaps an old hotel). With these old postcards to guide us, we tried to imagine Felton as it was back then. We compared the images with modern Felton, and I can tell you that much has remained the same over the last 100 years. I don't think that we found this old structure though.

That was a nice evening.

Dad is gone now, but his postcard is still here. An old card, like thousands of others, passed down and around these past hundred years by sentimental family members and eventually sentimental postcard collectors like Dad and me. A person can make a real connection with the past just holding such a thing and reading the words spoken from it. Don't get me wrong, I do not exactly yearn for them good ole days, but I do believe that it is important to try to understand, or at least recognize, the sacrifices and hard work of our long-dead predecessors. Without them where would we be?

This old postcard was mailed from Felton Delaware on July 17, 1908 and was sent to Miss Tina Roe in Federalsburg Maryland. Tina's Papa told her to be a good girl and that her Mama was "up to Felton today".

If you are a part of the Roe family, you should take a look at the Roe discussion at Genforum.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Huntington - Wheeler Bible

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Caroline's sister Marjorie gave this Bible to Caroline Huntington for her birthday, October 31, 1937. As you can see, she has written the name of her husband, Talbert Huntington as well as her maiden name, Caroline Wheeler. Caroline and Talbert were married on September 3, 1925, in Athens Pennsylvania... when Caroline was just 21 years old. The couple had three sons, Rollin Lee Huntington, Kenneth Albert Huntington, and John Allen Huntington.

I wonder how the trip was made by this tattered old Good Book ... from the loving hands of Caroline into a stranger's home. Her Bible tells us more than a little of her life, not only from the entries important to her family, but the notes, verses and poetry she has written on the end papers for herself. You can feel the shadow of Caroline's emotions, her fear and her faith lying just beneath these pages. One cannot read her words without reliving some of her life.

If only myself could talk to myself
As I knew him a year ago,
I could tell him a lot
That would save him a lot
Of the things he ought to know.

Learn more about the Huntington Family at RootsWeb or find them also on Genforum.
Find more Wheeler Family History on RootsWeb or Wheeler Family History on Genforum.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Victorian Calling Cards

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Also known as "visiting cards", these old cards were carried by both women and men in the 19th century when they went calling on friends. It was customary for a married lady to leave her husbands card, or if calling on another married woman, to leave one of her own cards and two of her husband's cards (one for the husband of the hostess). Of course, these old things were also used during courting. As hard to believe as it may be, there were no text messaging, emails, telephones or even penny postcards when the calling card was in its glory.

These particular cards were left by Samuel H. Burk, Annie Lehman, Miss Edna P. Hurst, Ida M. Bonard, Mr. Clemen Miller (covered with a victorian scrap), and Anna Borntrager.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Wilmington Delaware Unknown Photos

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These two unidentified ladies were photographed by A. P. Beecher, 315 Market Street, Wilmington Delaware sometime between 1858 and 1869. The photo numbers are consecutive (4681 and 4682) and there is a family resemblance between the two, so I'm betting they are sisters. Please, if you can identify these two Wilmington women, leave a comment or send me an email.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Atkins Family Letters

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What we have here are four old letters written to the Atkins family over a 34 year period starting from the Civil War era (1861), through the late 19th century (1895). It’s so bittersweet to read the old things... heartwarming letters that somebody treasured for all those years.

The oldest letter is without it’s envelope but was sent to Mr. Atkins somewhere in Delaware, probably Dover. The sender was Mollie A. Orr in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and this letter is dated July 15, 1861. Mollie hopes to make the trip to Dover Delaware “by the Boat” and hopes to see Mr. Atkins while she is in town. She speaks a little of Mollie Tindal, who felt a little delicate about writing to Mr. Atkins for fear he may be married or engaged. She confided that Miss Tindal did not want to be challenged to a duel for writing to Mr. Atkins, should that be the case. Miss Orr planned to meet Miss Tindal at the Felton Station while down this way and she also mentions plans with Mr. Harrington. Miss Orr speaks of a question left unanswered and promises a reply in person.

The next letter was written by Cora and addressed to Miss Mary Atkins in Berlin Maryland. The date on the letter is May 5, 1887 and there is an envelope with this one, postmarked from Wilmington Delaware. The letter begins, “Dear Mamie” and both Cora and Mamie are discussing young men, school, religion, death, her painting and life around here in the 1880’s.

The third letter was written to Miss Eva Atkins on January 28, 1895 by Charlie from Seaford Delaware. Charlie worked at the Bank and mentions a friend Joe Baker as well as a challenger for Miss Eva's attentions, a Mr. Collins.

The final letter was sent to Miss Eva R. Atkins, Deals Island, Maryland. The envelope is postmarked from Seaford, Delaware on March 5, 1895. It begins, “My Darling Eva”, and was written by an infatuated young Charlie. This is a love letter, pure and simple. He complains a little about her long absence and about her plans to visit her sister in Berlin when she returns (most likely Mary Atkins from the previous letter). There’s more than a little jealousy obvious when he speaks of another young man she has met.

Whispers from the past, indeed.

Trust for more Atkins family history.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Unknown Delaware Girl

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This real photo postcard was published by Ed Herberner, a Newark Delaware photographer. The photograph features a young girl sitting on a tricycle, in her "Sunday Best". She is holding a really large cat. Please... if you recognize this little girl, leave a comment.

The photographer, Edward Herberner, was one of the pioneers of the postcard business according to the Newark Post of February 9, 1910. Mr. Herberner operated a Post Card and Music Shop in Newark and, his trademark “Best Series” postcards featured typical Newark scenes and scenes and people from Lower Delaware as well, including Clayton in Kent County and Greenwood in Sussex County.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Unknown Young Man. Dover, Delaware

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Judging from the notched mount, this cabinet card photo is from sometime around 1895. It was taken by R. C. Holmes, Photographer, Dover Delaware. I have other photos showing the Holmes business address on State Street in Dover. On the reverse of this card has been written in pencil, "Mrs Alvin Jarrell, Felton Delaware". There are still Jarrells in the Felton area of Kent County today. Perhaps Mrs. Jarrell was his sister or aunt or another loved-one.

There is also another name written on the reverse, but I can't uncipher it at all. If you know this young fellow, please leave a comment.

Find a discussion about Alvin Jarrell on Rootsweb .... or learn more about the Jarrell Family at .

You can see more Dover Photos on earlier blogs of mine, including this one.

Monday, July 17, 2006

V. L. Culbutson

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On the reverse of this Victorian era Cabinet Card has been written "1881" and V.L. Culbutson. The writing is in that old time style, and the first initial could be something else, but I'm fairly confident that it is a "V", perhaps for Victora, Viola or Virginia. There is no photographic studio identified on the photo, but Lloyd, my wife's late father, found most of his photos in the Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey area.

Please comment if you recognize this lady.

More Culbutson, (sometimes as Culbertson) history can be found on Genforum.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Hotel at Woodland Beach Delaware

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This century-old postcard was mailed from Smyrna in Kent County Delaware on July 30, 1907. It was sent to Miss Bertha Clough in Henderson Maryland. It is an undivided-back postcard. Other cards to Miss Clough include the famous cat postcard and a postcard featuring East Main Street in Bowers Beach DE.

Join in the search for more Cloughs at Genforum.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Railroad Station, Dover Delaware

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This old postcard was sent by Lena Lambertson from Camden Delaware, and it was postmarked on October 19, 1914. Lena sent her card to Mr. and Mrs L. Bloom in Hartly Delaware and her note begins, "Dear Uncle Louis". I did find a Louis Bloom, 1867 - 1946, buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover, in Kent County Delaware. Constance Bloom is buried there as well.

It's difficult for most of us to understand just how vital the railroad was around here in those days. Around that time, there were 75 to 100 trains steaming daily to Dover carrying passengers or freight. Here is another view of the station.

If you're interested in the Lambertson Family, see the McDowell, Lambertson, Kerns, Schwenker, Reichert web site, or check out the discussion at GenForum. Greg Lambertson also has a very large data base filled with Lambertsons from Delaware to Denmark.

Learn more about the Bloom Family at Rootsweb. Happy hunting... and thank you for looking here.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Garrett Family of Wilmington Delaware

I am very happy to tell you that the Garrett photographs have been rescued by Bob Seeley, a Garrett Family member and relative to famed abolishionist Thomas Garrett. Mr. Seeley has graciously donated these wonderful old photographs to the Delaware Historical Society in Wilmington Delaware. See my earlier Blog for the Garrett Cabinet Card Photos and the Garrett Cartes-de-visite.

Find more Garretts at RootsWeb.

Even more Garretts at Genforum.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Emmitsburg High School Yearbook, 1928

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The Emmitsburg Broadcaster features the Class of 1928 and also contains a class history starting from 1924, listing boys and girls who had to drop out and sometimes a reason. Besides the individual photos of the graduates of 1928, the Broadcaster also contains class photos of the classes of 1929, 1930, and 1931. There are team and faculty photos as well. Some wonderful old pages filled with Frederick County Maryland's children of 1928.

Contact me if you are interested in this old yearbook.

The Class of 1928 included: Clara Ann Adams, Naomi Grace Martin, Sara Frances Pryor (Pete), Henry Lloyd Hoke, Dorothy Marie Agnew, Mary Margaret Zacharias, Aimee Ohler, and Raymond Clare Eyler. Mention is made of Ruth Valentine (who left school for farm work), of Catherine Troxell (who left to care for her mother), Clarence Troxell, and Charles Barrich (who left for farming), of Edward Poulson (who came down with "voluntary inertia"), of John Kugler (who left to earn money for a business course), Samuel Wagerman (who wondered what was the good of a high school education). Others who left school included Anna Waybright, Tresa Manning, Catherine Weddle, Walter Dorsey, Donald Diller (sporting with the girls), and Marion Ashbaugh.

The class of 1929 included: Nina Jane Baumgardner, Mary Etta Franklin, Helen Forest Maxell, Carrie Miller, Charles Richard Bollinger, Rachael Lavinia Smith, Helen Alma Stonesifer, Harriet Ruth Waybright, and Rosie Irene Warrenfeltz.

The class of 1930 included: Mae Fisher, Anna Holk, Pauline Baumgardner, Frances Hoke, Thomas Bollinger, Roy Shoemaker, Harry Troxell, Meade Eyler, Wilson Franklin, Everett Martin, Helen Higbee, Barbara Hoffman, James Pryor, William Krom, Mabel Naylor, George Cool, Elizabeth Kugler, Margaret Sharrer, Dorothy Caldwell, Clara Stonesifer, Carol Troxell, Clifford Shriver, Mae Roger, and of course Mary Fuss who also is pictured on the Volley Ball Team photo.

The Freshman class of 1931 included: Alice Wagerman, Alicia Winn, Charlotte Shriver, Charles Smith, Dorothy Troxell, Dorothy Wastler, Daniel Naill, Donald Trout, Evelyn Eby, Elizabeth Troxell, George Gingell, Herbert Angell, jessie Crouse, Lillian Brown, Margaret Franklin, Oldrich Tokar, Ralph Fitez, Ruth Hoke, and Weldon Shank.

The alumni of 1925, 1926, and 1927 are also listed with a short note as to their where-abouts. Those names include: Higbee, Naylor, Franklin, Dern, Baumgardner, Hays, Adelsberger, Staumbaugh, Orndorff, Martin, Harner, Fuss, Rogers, Shoemaker, Naill, Zimmerman, Hauver, Hoke, Burroughs, Shriver, Eyler, Eyster, Grushon, and Kugler.

Find more Frederick County Maryland roots at RootsWeb.

Or visit Genforum for more discussion on Frederick County MD.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Old Photos, Smyrna Delaware

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Two old carte-de-visite photos taken in Smyrna Delaware. Neither person is identified; however, these were most likely taken during the late 1860s or mid 1870s. The photograph of the young lady was taken by R. H. Blair of Smyrna, in Kent County Delaware. The photograph of the young gentleman was taken by G. W. Bradford in Smyrna DE, "Successor to R. H. Blair".

Please let me know if you can help identify either of these two photos. Thank you.
If you are interested in Smyrna Postcards, please see my Smyrna Postcard Blog.

Explore your Kent County Roots on RootsWeb

Check out some unidentified Dover photos Here.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Mrs Waters, Pottsville PA

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A carte-de-visite photo of a civil war era lady, taken in Pottsville in Schuylkill County Pennsylvania. If you recognize this lady or think you may know her first name, please leave a comment. Thank you.

There is a connection between this photo and the photo that I posted of Mrs Hoffercamp earlier. The writing on the reverse of each is in the same handwriting, and of course, both photos were taken in the 1860's in Pottsville Pennsylvania by A. M. Allen, Photographer.

See what they are saying about the Waters Family Roots at Genforum.

Learn more about your Schuylkill Roots at RootsWeb, or visit the Schuylkill Page at GenForum.

Mrs Hoffercamp

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This old carte-de-visite is from the 1860's time frame from the studio of A.M. Allen, Photographer in Pottsville PA, in Schuylkill County. Written on the reverse in pencil is, "Mrs Hoffercamp" (aka Hofferkamp) I have two other photos from this photographer, one from this era and identified as Mrs. Waters in the same handwriting.

A.M. Allen set up Pottsvilles first photographic studio in 1860.

Learn more about your Schuylkill Roots at RootsWeb, or visit the Schuylkill Page at GenForum