Friends & Life Long Friendships

Friendships are the most important relationships, second only (sometimes) to family. These snapshots of buddies and pals are sure to remind you of your lifelong friends. See more...


I get by with a little help from my friends. - The Beatles, 1967

Aristotle described a true friend as a “single soul dwelling in two bodies.” Time and/or distance don't matter in a real friendship. You can see each other once a decade and pick up right where you left off. Sure, common history may bind you but that history doesn't have to be consistent. What makes a true friend is a lot of other attributes: an interest in the same things, common values, supporting and encouraging each other, being committed to each others' happiness, and the same principles. A friend makes you be your best self. You laugh together, cry together, and have fun together.

A good friend will be there when you need help, will grieve with you at the loss of a loved one, accepts you for who you are, is loyal to you and your friendship, is always honest with you, and is someone you can always count on - in good times and bad. This poem shows how we feel when we are with friends:

The pleasures of friendship are exquisite,
How pleasant to go to a friend on a visit!
I go to my friend, we walk on the grass,
And the hours and moments like minutes pass.

- Stevie Smith

We make friends at school, at work, at play, at church, in the armed services and just about anywhere we go. Sometimes, our best friends are also family members. Celebrate friendship through these images of friends throughout time.

A photo of Alta Dillion's slumber party taken 28 Apr 1898 Prineville,Crook,OR. back l-r: Hazel Pollard, Nettie Summers, Edra Williamson & Beulah Crooks middle l-r: Louise Summers, Wilda Soloman, Ione Elliott, Elizabeth Powell, Gertie Hodges & Alta Dillon front l-r: Verna Cline, Agnes Elliott, Maude Van Gesner & Winnie Lewis
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Added Apr 14, 2016 by: Sue Allen
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A photo of Richard C Vorel with buddies John J. McGhee, Harold G. Johnson, and Franklin R. Pardue.
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Aug 10, 1923 - May 30, 1945 1923 - 1945
Added Jan 24, 2016 by: Edson Bellis
Edson Bellis
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A photo of Frank Earl Lucas (far left) with his friends in high school ca. 1929 in John Day, Grant, Oregon.
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Added Jan 19, 2016 by: Kirsten Bullins
Kirsten Bullins
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A photo of Ruth E Wheeler (left) and Bess Darn at Cedar Point, prior to 1924.
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Aug 26, 1906 - May 12, 2001 1906 - 2001
Added Jan 4, 2016 by: Fek Neim
Fek Neim
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A photo of an two unknown men - 109
Added Dec 29, 2015 by: Drenda Medina
Drenda Medina
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A photo of unknown girls - 171
Added Dec 29, 2015 by: Drenda Medina
Drenda Medina
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A photo of Walter R Bosley. Hamming it up Onstage.
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Oct 23, 1924 - c. Sep 27, 1993 1924 - 1993
Added Nov 11, 2015 by: David Bosley
David Bosley
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Unknown family photo - no date, place or names. This one is a tintype photo. One of these men might be the name of Bettis.
A photo of Catherine Matheson with Marion, Martha, and Doris. This is a studio photo of my ancestor Catherine Matheson (born 1874) and her friends, possibly all teachers in New York, taken in the 1890s or 1900s. I have drawn a blank with Catherine for a good few years and hope that the other young ladies in the photo will have some descendants who will recognise them? The names were written on the back but unfortunately there are no Studio/Photographer names to aid further identification. Thanks for looking.
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Rachel Easingwood's tenth birthday party, 1908, New York State.
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A photo of John Nelson Gregg (center - 1827-1923) He was a Civil War Veteran and he lived in Monroe County, Alabama.
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1827 - 1923 1827 - 1923
Added May 14, 2015 by: Cecilia Dossett
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A photo of Louise Allen Bauer. She did a lot of Broadway productions from a very early age and she loved large hats.
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Added Jul 31, 2014 by: Cynthia Vaught
Cynthia Vaught
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A photo of Eva Isabelle (Brittain) Hanson
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A photo of Dad, Tibor Nemeth, and the guys back in Bridgeport, Connecticut (he emigrated from Hungary).
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Nov 2, 1936 - Apr 2, 1995 1936 - 1995
Added May 26, 2015 by: David Nemeth
David Nemeth
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Myrtie Adams Atha lived from 1899 to 1961. With friend, mailed card from Cincinnati, OH to an Aunt in Boone County, Kentucky. Postcard 1920s
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Added Sep 26, 2015 by: Peggy Hefner
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A photo of my maternal Grandmother, Anna Byers McNally. with work place friends. She emigrated with parents and sibs from Germany in 1882 when she was 6. They settled in Penn. and got into the silk mill business. Anna was evidently in charge of a processing room from a picture we have.She met my grandfather, Ernest V McNally,from Conn. who also was in the mills . Married on 07 and moved to Belding, Michigan where the Belding Bros mills were set up. My mother, Helen McNally was born there and her brother, Valentine was born in Penn.After the silk Mills closed in the early 30's the couple managed the Hotel Belding until it closed in early 40's.Don't know the theme of the photo.
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A photo of Howard J. Parker, at right, with two unidentified men.
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Added Apr 21, 2015 by: William Parker
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A photo of George Benning, age 16, holding up his girlfriend. We don't know who she is. :(
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Apr 21, 1898 - Aug 23, 1946 1898 - 1946
Added Jan 1, 2001 by: Mj Benning
Mj Benning
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Unknown family photo - no date, place or names. Appears to be pre-WWI. One of these men might be the name of Bettis
A photo of my grandpa Julian Leos on horse with his friend. Posing like he's Tom Mix!
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Added Mar 26, 2015 by: Lorene Perez
Lorene Perez
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A photo of Georgia Spitzer and Olga V. Fegley. Georgia is sitting. Olga is standing.
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Jan 19, 1896 - Oct 17, 1994 1896 - 1994
Added Oct 24, 2018 by: Andy Scott
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I’ve “rescued” an old photograph of Florence CHAMPLAIN and Pauline BENHAM of Portland, OR which was taken at the Cousin Studio in Portland sometime in the late 1890’s or early 1900’s. The two appear to be in their teens at the time the photograph was taken. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding these two women and their families: Florence CHAMPLAIN was b. 1887 and married Frank H. IRWIN (1881-1941). Florence died 27 Mar 1968 and is buried in the River View Cemetery in Portland, OR. Pauline BENHAM was b. 24 Oct 1882 in Portland, OR and was married to W. L. JOHNSON. She died 6 Aug 1921 in Humboldt County, CA on board the steamer “Alaska” which sank of the coast of California and is buried in the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Mausoleum in Portland, OR. Probate Court records list her Mother as Mrs. Ella May HUTCHINSON and notes that her husband was killed as well when the steamship sank. Her husband was identified in records as an invalid at the time. The couple owned property in Tillamook County, OR at the time of their death. Census records provide the following details: 1900 census of Portland, OR: Ella BENHAM, age 40, born Feb 1860, divorced after 20 years, 2 children/2 living, born IA, parents born NY/WA Pauline BENHAM, dau, age 19, born Oct 1881, born IL, parents born IA/IN Author A. BENHAM, son, age 17, born Oct 1883, born OR, parents born IA, a Shipping Clerk Martha MORRIS, mother, age 70, born Oct 1830, born IN, parents born IN/IA Josiah ATKINSAN, age 77, born Feb 1823, married 24 years, born VT, parents born England, a Capitalist Jennie ATKINSAN, wife, age 42, born Mar 1858, married 24 years, 4 children/3 living, born CA, parents born Scotland Florence CHAMPLAIN, step-dau, age 17, born Dec 1882, born OR, parents born MA/CA 1910 census of Portland, OR: Joseph M. ARTHUR, age 51, 1st marriage 21 years, born WI, parents born IA/WI, a Machinery Merchant Amelia A. ARTHUR, wife, age 53, 2nd marriage 21 years, 2 children/2 living, born IL, parents born IL Charles B. ARTHUR, son, age 19, born OR Frank H. IRWIN, son age 31, married 4 years, born KS, parents born Canada/IL, a Wholesale Machinery Salesman Florence H. IRWIN, dau-in-law, age 26, married 4 years, no children, born OR, parents born France/OR 1920 census of Astoria, OR: Frank H. IRWIN, age 40, born CA, parents born Canada/KS, a Commission Broker Florence B. IRWIN, wife, age 33, born OR, parents born France/CA 1930 census of Portland, OR: Frank H. IRWIN, age 49, married at age 25, born CA, parents born Canada/KS, a Motor Company Manager Florence B. IRWIN, wife, age 44, married at age 22, born OR, parents born France/CA 1940 census of Portland, OR: Frank H. IRWIN, age 58, born CA, a Retail Hardware Salesman Florence IRWIN, wife, age 52, born OR I’m hoping to locate someone from one of their families so that the photograph can be returned to its right place, with family. If you are a member of one of their families or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
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1887 - 1968 1887 - 1968
A photo of the Pigeon Key School class, thought taken 22 December 1923, L-R: Katherine Kyle, Dan Sneed, Ken Kyle, Edna Hines, Edith Carmen (teacher) Anne Kyle, Esther Hines, Mildred Sneed, Peavy boy. This group is also in a DVD video clip 'The Railroad That Went to Sea' (A Ride Down The Keys clip) by Historic Tours of America, however, the movie appears to be reversed, kids saluting flag with 'left' hand. The Kyle children are those of the chief bridge tender of the 7 Mile Bridge, Robert Kyle, his older daughter, Tessie Kyle, (married: Tessie Frentzel) was the first schoolteacher on Marathon in 1928 after quite a few years without a school. Tessie Kyle also grew up on Pigeon Key and had brothers Zollie and Robert.
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Added Mar 15, 2015 by: Tommy Dale
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Barbara Ann "Cooley" Seated in 1935-37?: Do you recognize these children...could they be other adoptees just as my Mother Barbara was. Her DOB is given as 10/21/1931 (?) Not positive this is true. Locations would be PA, WV or Ohio. Looking for Birth Family! Thank you, Suzan, Barbara's daughter. Update: The boy in the back is Robert Hitchens from Wheeling, WV. His Uncle Herbert M Cooley adopted my mother Barbara. He does not remember the other children in the photo.
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c. Oct 21, 1931 - Unknown 1931 - ?
Added Mar 9, 2014 by: Suzan Chilcoat
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My father (smoking) and his friends/family his brother is 2nd from the right.
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Added Mar 26, 2014 by: Donna Amrine-Hurley
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Louisville and Jefferson county , Kentucky Children's Home Band . My Uncle Robert is playing baritone next to the drum on the left. My dad, Bradley and 2 brothers grew up in the Home.
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Added Nov 11, 2015 by: David Rafferty
David Rafferty
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A photo of Ola Webb Lucas with Co-workers at Bethlehem Ship Yard, South San Francisco California 1942
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Mar 4 - 1992 ? - 1992
John Robert "Joe" Cocker seen singing "With a Little Help from My Friends" at the 1969 Woodstock festival at approximately 2pm Sunday. Joe Cocker is a famous British signer most known for his cover versions of songs made popular by the Beatles.
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May 20, 1944 - Dec 22, 2014 1944 - 2014
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