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Purchased at an antique mall. Labeled Josephine Henke, taken in Chicago in 1910. Per ancestry search: Daughter of Joseph Henke and Anna Nosseck. Married Edward Schenk in about 1938. Had one known son, Kenneth born ca. 1940. Sibling Theresa Henke Bodammer, married to Elmer Bodammer.
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Josephine (Henke) Schenk
Born: around 1910
Found at an antique mall. Labeled on reverse Albert Henry Magerl. Son of William Magerl and Bertha "Birdie" Krausman Magerl. Married in 1930 to Ann Eikmeyer. Does not appear to have descendants. Had a brother George who served in the Navy. George was married to Dorothea Schultz.
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Albert Henry Magerl
Born: around 1903
A photo of Annie Bilbrew
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Annie Bilbrew
Jan 11, 1907 - December 1986
Canton, Mississippi
This is a photo of Carolyn Kochman with her daughter Carrie
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A photo of Carolyn M. (Kocman) Svarz - Carrie - around 1976
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Carolyn M. (Kocman) Svarz
Sep 24, 1958 - around Jan 7, 1978
TX
A photo of Helen L (Larimer) Kensel
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Helen L (Larimer) Kensel
Jun 15, 1912 - May 20, 2005
Paxton, IL
Beautiful Pamela Maurer taken shortly before her death in 1976. She was raped and murdered by Bruce Lindahl, where in 2019, thanks to DNA and genealogy evidence her murderer was finally identified.
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Pamela Maurer
Died: Jan 12, 1976
Bruce Lindahl was successfully identified in 2019 thanks to DNA & genealogy evidence as the murderer of a 16 year old teenager from Chicago in 1981.
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Bruce Lindahl
Jan 29, 1953 - April 1981
Chicago, Illinois, United States
A photo of Elizabeth Rogers
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Elizabeth Rogers
Born: 1950
George and Patricia Crawford and there 5 kids Patti, Paula, Peggy, George and Pamela.
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George Alexander Crawford Jr
Born: Jul 29, 1901
Portrait found in a central Texas antique store. On the back is written: "Compliments of George & Louise, Hello Kid! Here is a Photo of two that didn't have anything else to do. --"
A photo of Donald R Valitus, April 1978
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Donald R Valitus
May 28, 1956 - Feb 18, 1998
A photo of Clara and two of her sons probably Herbert abt 4 yrs and James abt 2 yrs. (guessing on the ages of the boys) Clara died in 1928 at the age of 30. She died of an infection in the hospital after surgery for small tumors.
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A photo of Henry Lawrence Hanson & Clara Schwerin Hanson Parents of Henry William McKenerick (Hanson)
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Henry Lawrence Hanson
Dec 14, 1889 - Mar 15, 1941
A photo of Daddy & me - Just hanging out with my dad.
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Joseph A Richardson
Jan 11, 1940 - Apr 28, 1990
A photo of Pauline "Polly" Frances (Cox) Barbee
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Pauline Frances (Cox) Barbee
Mar 15, 1923 - Oct 8, 2007
Mary Dimple Brown (Cox) -Left- and Pauline Frances Cox (Barbee)-Right. Mary's brother was married to Pauline's sister Freda. Mary married Pauline's cousin Raymond E. Cox so they were not just friends, they were family!!
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This is the photographer's advertisement on the back of the "Hairpiece Lady" cabinet card.
I found this cabinet card in an antique store in Georgetown, Texas. I thought her expression was priceless. She seems to be watching her fancy curls intently as though she is worried about whether they will stay in place for the photo. From her clothing, I'm guessing this was taken in the late 19th century. The photographer is listed as Geo. A. Harris of 150 State Street, Chicago, Illinois. I'll upload the fancy ad on the back separately.
A photo of Grandma Gert Lundberg and kids. Gert Ekstedt Lundberg was a Swedish immigrant who came with her mother and 2 of her brothers. Her mother died when they were in this country about a month. Gert who was 9 became the mother of the 2 boys. She was so bright that Rockford College wanted her to enroll, but she refused feeling she had to be there for her brothers. She was my grandmother and an absolutely lovely, gentle woman!
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Gert (Ekstedt) Lundberg
May 20, 1882 - around November 1964
Rockford, IL, United States
A photo of Henry John Carl William Biermann
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Henry John Carl William Biermann
Mar 9, 1895 - Jun 27, 1974
Photo of Sharon, Emeron, Bruce, and Sandra Sanders
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Sandra Jo (Sanders) Perozzi
Born: Feb 2, 1942
Surprise, AZ, United States
A photo of Asa Milton Compton. Purchased at Antique mall. Taken in Elgin, Illinois
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A photo of Erna Schlavin
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Erna Schlavin
Jul 7, 1917 - Mar 5, 1991
Chicago, IL
A photo of Emeron Lewis Sanders picnic in the park (just prior to the divorce from Sheila based on Scott 's age).
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Emeron Lewis Sanders
Nov 23, 1914 - 1990
Encinitas, CA, United States
A photo of Peter David Miller Elmore and his sons - His birth is: 14 Dec 1855 - 22 Dec. 1931 - he is on the front row, left. He is the Father of John Dowell - 6 Nov. 1891 - 27 Sept. 1966; left back row; Leslie Wm. back row in the middle - 2 Aug. 1886 - 30 Nov 1962; Albert Hartfield (my grandfather back row on the right) 14 Mar 1878 - 28 April 1962; front row right Robert Newton 5 Jan 1876 - 5 July 1925.
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Albert Hartfield Elmore
Mar 14, 1878 - Apr 28, 1962
A photo of Julie Zeithaml and Paul Farley's Wife
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A photo of Janice Armitage - Mom - with her cat in Waukegan, IL. 1962
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Janice Armitage
Mar 13, 1928 - Dec 8, 1987
Waukegan, IL
A photo of William Witting, b. 1893 Chicago, IL disappeared around 1919-1920 son of & Wilhelmina (Minnie) Johanna Reick & Ludwig Carl Johann Witting (the parents had immigrated from Germany around 1885-1890
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A photo of Ralph and Flora Pauley - My great great grandparents
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This is a photo of my dad, Raymond P Valentine, with his first wife and son Raymond Paul Valentine Jr in Illinois
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Raymond P Valentine
Mar 4, 1936 - Feb 27, 2002
Phoenix, AZ
A photo of the children of Jessie Henley Balfour: Em, May, Will, Roy, Fannie, Nettie, Ed, Leat
A photo of Marjorie Deel Been with brother Robert
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Robert Eugene Deel
1922 - 2010
A photo of Marjorie Deel Been with her Grandfather, father, and brother.
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Harry Clyde Ray
1870 - 1929
I've "rescued" an old photograph of Miss Mary ASHBY of Lewistown, IL. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1890's with Mary likely about 2-3 years old at the time. In addition to her name, someone has written "Baby of the ASHBY'S" and "it was at their house I got my head in the bowl of chicken gravy" and "her brothers were Lemuel and Bruce" and "they are our cousins" on the back of the photograph. Based on limited research I was able to gather the following information regarding Mary and her family: Mary Edith ASHBY was b. 16 Mar 1891 in Liverpool, IL to parents Asbury Fulton ASHBY (1849-1929 son of William Asbury ASHBY and Hannah SHELTON) and Catherine “Cassie” Elizabeth ARENDS (1864 or 1866-1937). Mary was one of 7 children born to this couple including, Mary Edith; Alfred; Anna Priscilla; John Hobart or Hobert; Sylvia; and Hazel Angeline ASHBY, all born between 1891 and 1903. Four additional children were born to her father in a previous marriage, they include, William Bruce; Frederic; Fielding Edgar; and Lemuel Asbury ASHBY, all born between 1876 and 1879. Mary married Samuel Calvin “Saul” CLARK (1888-1970) and they had 7 children including, Roy Clifford; Clarence Edward; Harry Dean; Leslie Alvin; and Marvin W. CLARK along with two others all born between 1912 and 1930. Mary ASHBY CLARK died 14 Mar 1968 in Cuba, IL and is buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Lewistown, IL. Census records provide the following details: 1900 census of Liverpool, IL: Asbury ASHBY, age 50, born Dec 1849, married 9 years, born IL, parents born NC/KY, a Farmer Catharine ASHBY, wife, age 34, born Mar 1866, married 9 years, 3 children/3 living, born IL, parents born Germany/MO Lemuel A. ASHBY, son, age 22, born Nov 1877, born IL, parents born IL, a Farm Laborer Bruce W. ASHBY, son, age 21, born April 1879, born IL, parents born IL, a Farm Laborer Mary E. ASHBY, dau, age 9, born May 1891, born IL, at School Anna ASHBY, dau, age 5, born Dec 1894, born IL John H. ASHBY, son, age 3, born Apr 1897, born IL + 1 Boarder 1910 census of Liverpool, IL: Asbury ASHBY, age 60, 2nd marriage 20 years, born IL, parents born NC/KY, a Farmer Catherine E. ASHBY, wife, age 44, 1st marriage 20 years, 4 children/4 living, born IL, parents born Germany/IL Mary E. ASHBY, dau, age 19, born IL Anna P. ASHBY, dau, age 16, born IL John H. ASHBY, son, age 12, born IL Hazel A. ASHBY, dau, age 7, born IL I am hoping to locate someone from this ASHBY Family so that the photograph can be returned to their care. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
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Mary Edith (Ashby) Clark
Mar 16, 1891 - Mar 14, 1968
I've "rescued" an old photograph identified as Great Grandma FIELD which was taken at the Hobart Studio in South Rockford, IL in the 1880's or 1890's. Based on census and cemetery information this is believed to be a photograph of Emily TUCKER FIELD. I’ve found the following information about Emily and her family: Emily H. TUCKER was b. 1823 in Vermont and married Aaron William FIELD (1820-1903). Emily had a son Maurice Dunkley FIELD (1850-1919) and a daughter, Ella A. FIELD (1861-1888). Emily died 7 Nov 1893 in Illinois and is buried in the Cedar Bluff Cemetery in Rockford, IL. Census records provide the following details: 1880 census of Rockford, IL: Morris FIELD, age 30, Delivers Flour, born NY, parents born NY William FIELD Jr., son, age 8, Attends School, born IL, parents born NY/Canada Ralph FIELD, son, age 6, Attends School, born IL, parents born NY/Canada Jennie FIELD, dau, age 4, born IL, parents born NY/Canada William FIELD Sr., father, age 55, a Cooper, born NY, parents born NY Emily FIELD, mother, age 50, Keeps House, born NY, parents born England Ella A. FIELD, sister, age 20, Takes care of Children, born IL, parents born NY 1900 census of Rockford, IL: M. D. FIELD, age 50, born Jan 1850, married at age 26, born NY, parents born NY/VT, a Clerk Lucy FIELD, wife, age 40, born Dec 1859, married at age 18, 4 children/3 living, born IL, parents born England/NY Evans FIELD, son, age 17, born Apr 1883, born IL, an Assistant Machinist Harriet FIELD, dau, age 13, born Oct 1886, born IL, a Student Clyde FIELD, son, age 8, born May 1892, born IL, at School William FIELD, father, age 78, born Nov 1821, born NY, parents born VT/NY I’m hoping to locate someone from this FIELD Family so that this wonderful old treasure can be returned to the care of family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
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Emily H. (Tucker) Field
1823 - Nov 7, 1893
I’ve “rescued” a group of five old photographs belonging to the MCCARRICK, O’CONNOR, and JOHNSON Families. The five photographs are noted as follows: 1 - Joseph MCCARRICK taken at studio in Armourdale, KS in 1870's or 1880's, about 9 years old at the time 2 - John MCCARRICK taken at studio in Armourdale, KS in 1870's or 1880's, about 8 years old at the time 3 - Nellie MCCARRICK taken at studio in Kansas City, MO in 1870's, about 1-2 years old 4 - Mrs. Anna O'CONNOR JOHNSON taken at a studio in Chicago, IL in 1880's in her 30's or 40's at the time - note photo belongs to Catherine O'CONNOR MCCARRICK of Portland, OR 5 - Katie O'CONNOR MCCARRICK of Kansas City, KS dated 1884, photo taken at studio in San Francisco, CA, in her 20's Based on limited research I was able to gather the following information regarding this family: Joseph MCCARRICK was b. 1874 in Kansas to parents Bernard MCCARRICK (1819-1884) and Susan FORAN (1842-1893). Joseph was one of 8 children born this couple including, Mary Ann; Thomas; Catherine A.; Katy; Susan; John; Joseph; and M. W. MCCARRICK, all born between 1862 and 1877. Joseph died in Buffalo, NY. Katie O’CONNOR married Thomas J. MCCARRICK (b. Jan 1863 in Ireland-d. 29 Oct 1911 in Portland, OR) and together they had three children listed in his obituary as Mrs. J. J. RUSSELL; Catherine MCCARRICK; and Lorretta MCCARRICK. I believe that Thomas and Joseph were brothers. Census records provide the following details: 1880 census of Wyandotte, KS: James MCCARRICK, age 34, a Boiler Maker, born Ireland, parents born Ireland Melissa MCCARRICK, wife, age 27, Keeping House, born IA, parents born CT/KY Nellie MCCARRICK, dau, age 7, born KS James MCCARRICK, son, age 5, born KS Alice MCCARRICK, dau, age 2, born KS Ida MCCARRICK, dau, age 1 month, born KS Mary MCCARRICK, mother, age 68, born Ireland, parents born Ireland Ann MCCARRICK, sister, age 32, blind, born Ireland, parents born Ireland 1900 census of Kansas City, KS: James MCCARRICK, age 54, born Sept 1845, a widow, born Ireland, parents born Ireland, to USA 1863, a Boiler Maker Nellie MCCARRICK, dau, age 27, born Sept 1872, born KS, parents born Ireland/IA, a Music Teacher James A. MCCARRICK, son, age 25, born Feb 1875, born KS, parents born Ireland/IA, a House Painter Milford MCCARRICK, son, age 17, born Jan 1882, born KS, parents born Ireland/IA, a Machinist Bernadotte MCCARRICK, dau, age 14, born Sept 1885, born KS, parents born Ireland/IA, at School Edna MCCARRICK, dau, age 12, born Sept 1887, born KS, parents born Ireland/IA, at School Leo MCCARRICK, son, age 10, born Jun 1889, born KS, parents born Ireland/IA, at School I am hoping to locate someone from this family so that the photographs could be returned to their care. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
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I’ve “rescued” an old photograph identified as that of Dorothy CURTIS at age 4 years. The photograph was taken at the Riel Studio in Chicago, IL most likely in the early 1900’s. I’m hoping to locate someone from Dorothy’s family so that this beautiful old photograph can be returned to their care. If you are a member of this CURTIS Family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
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A photo of Madelyn Slee and Elwyn Clark Parlin. This may have been a wedding picture, but date is 1918 when they were in China. I doubt they had a portrait like this taken in China, so possibly record of date on picture was estimated by my mother. I think it may have been taken in Evanston, Illinois after their marriage in June of 1917, but is is also possible, if the date recorded on the picture is accurate, it was taken in China.
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