Paul Duker

I've "rescued" an old photograph of Paul DUKER which was taken at the Foehlinger Studio in Burlington, IA sometime in the early 1900's. Paul appears to be about 6 years old at the time the photograph was taken. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding Paul and his family:

Paul George DUKER was b. 14 May 1905 in Burlington, IA to parents William Theodore DUKER (b. 1872) and Frances KEINER (1871-1952). Paul was one of 5 children born to this couple including, Beatrice C.; Brady; Paul George; Carl O.; and Mary DUKER, all born between 1903 and 1912. It appears that Paul married twice, he married Charlotte KALETSCH (d. 1990) and together they had one child, he also was married to Lillian Elaine GRAHAM (b. 20 Oct 1908 in Waynesboro, MS-d. 12 Jan 1973 in Texarkana, TX the dau of Robert GRAHAM and Genie WATTS) sometime after 1940. Paul died 13 Jul 1978 in Texarkana, TX.

Census records provide the following details:

1910 census of Burlington, IA:

William Theo DUKER, age 38, married 11 years, born LA, parents born Germany, a Meat Market Butcher
France M. DUKER, wife, age 38, married 11 years, 4 children/3 living, born IA, parents born Germany/IA, a Meat Market Butcher
Beatrice C. DUKER, dau, age 6, born IA
Paul Geo DUKER, son, age 4, born IA
Carl O. DUKER, son, age 1, born IA

I am hoping to locate someone from Paul’s family so that this beautiful old photograph can be returned to the care of his family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me.

Date & Place: in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa United States
May 14, 1905 - 1978
Updated Mar 13, 2019

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1910's Iowa - this boy's photo was taken with care: book to show he can read, hair combed, suit with short pants (remember those days?), button shoes (aren't they great?) - and yet it's another found photo.
Mar 13, 2019 · Reply
Tfirah VehBaad
Finding family doesn't always turn out how you've might hope it will. Our family found a turn of the century Farm Journal at a jumble sale. We decided to return it to a family member. My family was excited when we were able to locate what appears to be the only surviving relative in the our same state. But in searching and identifying him we also found out he had been arrested as a pedophile. Needless to say we will not be making contact with him and his family Journal is safely tucked on our bookshelf.
Mar 13, 2019 · Reply
So sorry about your experience! But that's highly unusual.
Mar 13, 2019 ·
Tfirah VehBaad
AncientFaces Murphy's Law the first time we have a successful identification it turns out to be this. It was an unpleasant end to an exciting historical adventure.
Mar 13, 2019 ·
Susan Wise
Elaine Kuth. Looks like a younger Logan - from 100 yrs ago!
Mar 13, 2019 · Reply
Jan Archbold
I know it's irrelevant, but does anyone else think the boots look remarkably long in the foot, for the size of the child?
Mar 13, 2019 · Reply
Yeah, I noticed that. Two possible reasons: their hand-me-downs (in pretty good condition!) OR his parents bought them big (a common practice in "the old days" since kids grew so quickly and they wanted the shoes to last a while). :)
Mar 13, 2019 ·
Jan Archbold
Yes, that's what I was thinking. Tricky to walk in, though. 😁
Mar 13, 2019 ·
Jan Archbold Old trick - stuff newspaper in the toe box. Oh, the "good old days"!!! :)
Mar 13, 2019 ·
Linda Collins
So clear,too! But look how big the shoes are. Did children really wear them so large or were they borrowed for the picture? Beautiful child!
Mar 14, 2019 · Reply
Susan Schloss
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What a great photo of a handsome young boy who was obviously loved a great deal!!
Mar 14, 2019 · Reply
Puente Diane
Mar 14, 2019 · Reply
Susan W. Milam
Such a handsome little guy!
Mar 14, 2019 · Reply
Mike Stephens
Has anybody considered the idea that there isn’t anyone alive and these photos were sold at a rummage sale?
Mar 14, 2019 · Reply
Could be - often is! But it's always worth a try.
Mar 14, 2019 ·
Brenda Parnin Bartlett
Adorable Little Man!!
Mar 14, 2019 · Reply
Suzie Wilson Dilly
precious moment in time
Mar 14, 2019 · Reply
Julie Jontz Lang
Looks like a city boy.
Mar 14, 2019 · Reply
Diane Moore
Photographers of that era often had 'Sunday best' clothes and shoes for folks to wear for photo sessions....
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