Nora Castle's Children

I’ve “rescued” an old photograph of two children belonging to Mrs. Nora CASTLE of Philomath, OR. The photograph was taken at the Crawford & Paxton Studio in Albany, OR sometime in the 1890’s most likely. The two children appear to be about 3-7 years old at the time it was taken. Notes on the back of the photograph indicate that the family lives “at sawmill 9 miles west” and that they wish to have a crayon bust drawn from the photograph of the girl. Based on limited research I was able to gather the following information regarding this CASTLE Family:

Leonora “Nora” WILCOX CASTLE was b. 25 Sept 1866 in Brownsville, OR to parents Thomas J. WILCOX (1815-1896) and Martha Ann STEPHENS (1828-1900). Nora was one of 8 children born to this couple including, Zenes S.; Sheldon a.; Robert Jurson; Seth W.; Ralph; Ulysses Grant; Leonora “Nora”; and Joel B. WILCOX, all born between 1847 and 1869. Nora died 26 Jun 1933 in The Dalles, OR and is buried in the Coburg IOOF Cemetery in Coburg, OR.

Nellie C. CASTLE FRANZ was b. 3 Jan 1889 and died 27 Dec 1968 and is buried in the Coburg IOOF Cemetery in Coburg, OR. Nellie was married twice, first to Edward Curtis WALKER (b. 1882) and a second time to John C. FRANZ.

Raymond W. “Ray” CASTLE was b. 4 Apr 1891 to parents William N. or M. CASTLE (b. 1864) and Leonora “Nora” WILCOX (1866-1933) in Philomath, OR and died 23 Feb 1934 in Fresno, CA and is buried in the Coburg IOFF Cemetery in Coburg, OR. Ray died of injuries sustain in an automobile accident. Ray’s family moved to Irrigon, OR when he was 14 years old. Ray joined the Army in 1916 and served in France until his discharge in 1919 and he moved to Fresno, CA in 1924. Ray was married to Emma (b. 1896). Ray’s obituary indicates that his Father and a sister Nelle C. FRANZ of Coburg, OR survived him.

Census records provide the following details:

1900 census of Philomath, OR:

William N. CASTLE, age 35, born Jul 1864, married 14 years, born IN, parents born IN/OH, a Farmer
Leonora CASTLE, wife, age 33, born Sept 1866, married 14 years, 2 children/2 living, born OR, parents born OH/MO
Nellie CASTLE, dau, age 11, born Jan 1889, born OR, at School
Raymond W. CASTLE, son, age 9, born Apr 1891, born OR, at School

1910 census of Irrigon, OR:

William M. CASTLE, age 45, married 23 years, born IN, parents born IN/OH, a Farm Laborer
Leonora CASTLE, wife, age 43, married 23 years, 2 children/2 living, born OR, parents born OH/MO, a Dressmaker
Ray W. CASTLE, son, age 19, born OR

1920 census of Irrigon, OR:

William M. CASTLE, age 55, born IN, parents born PA/IL, a Government Inspector
Lenora CASTLE, wife, age 53, born OR, parents born OH/MO, a Dressmaker
Nellie CASTLE, dau, age 30, divorced, born OR, a Laundry Bookkeeper

1920 census of Ogden, UT:

Raymond W. CASTLE, age 28, born OR, parents born IN/OR, a Railroad Conductor
Emma CASTLE, wife, age 24, to USA 1919, Vosges, parents born Vosges
Nelle CASTLE, sister, age 31, born OR, parents born IN/OR

1930 census of The Dalles, OR:

John C. FRANZ, age 47, married at age 39, born Germany, parents born Germany, to USA 1885, a Hotel Clerk
Nelle C. FRANZ, wife, age 40, married at age 32, born OR, parents born IN/OR

1940 census of The Dalles, OR:

John C. FRANZ, age 57, born Germany, a Hotel Clerk
Nelle C. FRANZ, wife, age 51, born OR

I’m hoping to locate someone from this family so that this wonderful old treasure can be returned to its rightful place with family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me.

Date & Place: in Philomath, Benton County, Oregon United States 97370
None / Unknown

Updated May 15, 2018

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Castle children, Oregon, late 1800s - boy and girl?
May 15, 2018 · Reply
Mark Cramer
How dare you lay gender labels on them.
May 15, 2018 · Reply
Susanne Anctil-Huntington
Give me a break! Its a picture for crying out loud.
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Mark Cramer
Susanne Anctil-Huntington hahahahahaha.. I did not make up the new libtard Rules.
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Ree Young
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Well, if these are Nora's children, according the census listings, the little one is Raymond and the older one is Nellie. Nora had only 2 children, both living into adulthood. There's only 2 years between them. Raymond looks to be about 3, so Nellie would be 5, and the picture taken around 1894.

What's interesting about the 1920 census record is that Nellie was counted twice. She was divorced and living with her parents and counted there at age 30. Later in the year she was also counted as living with her brother and his wife. Since her birthday as January 3rd, I doubt the first census taker arrived on the 1st or 2nd of January, but if the census taker came to count her brother's family in late December, Nellie might have just figured she was close to 31 and gave that as her age. So, she must have moved from her folks' place in Oregon to her brother's in Utah during that year.

Then the following year, at age 32, she got married again. But it doesn't look as though either Nellie or Raymond had children, not unless Nellie had a child after the age of 40, but that would have made a child 10, at the most, by the 1940 census. The census records usually list how many children a woman had and how many were still living.

So many possibility! I love these mysteries!
May 15, 2018 · Reply
Melissa Lowman
Just looking at the picture I though the younger one was probably a boy.
May 18, 2018 ·
Linda Woody
In Victorian times through the early 1920s, boy babies and toddlers wore gowns or skirts to aid in diaper changes and later toilet training.
May 15, 2018 · Reply
Stephanie Johnston
Pale blue eyes!
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Suilyaniz Cintron
The older girl is so beautiful! Amazing eyes.
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Wayne-Marcia White
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Maggie Worth
Wow, their eyes really are amazing.
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Marie Passmore Strupith
Wow those eyes. So beautiful.
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Lynda Lerum
Those eyes...
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Pat Braun Campbell
Those haunting eyes, beautiful.
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Trudie Cruey
the eyes are just beautiful
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Nancy Laaja DeMille Fisher
Silver eyes they call it today.
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Mike Stephens
Did you ever think that they might have been part of a estate sale where they weren’t any family left? Yes, it’s sad but it’s also realistic
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Jayne Dale Muir
Blue eyes!
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David Phelps
Both Seem ready to fight!
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Marie Grentz
I enjoyed the share immensely.
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Becky Kelly
Love these old pictures.
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Sara Kuhanen Soikkeli
Lovely eyes 😍
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Geleta Froehlich
The The cover on the small girls left hand could it be a bandage? Or just part of the sleeve
May 16, 2018 · Reply
Ree Young
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It's an optical illusion created by the tall leaves crossing in front of the child's hand. Because it's all sepia tones, it's harder to see that the part above the leaves is just smooth skin.
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Nola Masters-Marchment
Beautiful photo
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Virginia Barrette Powell
In photographs of small children, boys' hair was parted on the side, and girls' hair was parted in the center.
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Love those eyes
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Love those eyes
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There eyes Marina Robles
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