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A photo of Bertha Henrietta (Thein) Rutledge and William Larkin Rutledge
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A photo of Genevieve Heinz
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Genevieve Mary (McKeon) Heinz
May 18, 1892 - Dec 16, 1975
Peosta, Iowa
Cabinet card found in an antique store in Texas. Extensive family information written on the back by three or four different people. "Amanda Lucas Freeman born Oct 5, 1799 at Cazanovia [sic], Madison Co. N.Y.: died Mch 24, 1863 at Sperry Tps, Clayton Co Iowa near Valga [sic]. (Our father's mother.) Please return. Mother of John Jay Freeman. Mother of Elmena Freeman (St. John)"
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Amanda (Lucas) Freeman
Oct 5, 1799 - 1863
A photo of Patrick Gallagher
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Patrick Gallagher
April 1882 - May 26, 1908
IA, United States
A photo of Lloyd Charles Peerboom and Rosemary and their daughter Bobette when she was 4
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Lloyd Charles Peerboom
Feb 12, 1923 - May 5, 1989
El Segundo, CA
A photo of Scanlan brothers in team photo - Rock Valley Iowa Football Team
A photo of Bessie Lillian 'Lillie' Dyer Amelang and Husband Robert Edward Amelang.
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Bessie Lillian Dyer Amelang
Mar 11, 1885 - Sep 1, 1974
Ottumwa, IA
A photo of Christian & Caroline Berdin
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A photo of Great grandpa Christian Burden.
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A photo of Caroline Madsen Berdin
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A photo of a student at the Traer Iowa High School
A photo of an unknown student in a high school in Traer, Iowa.
A photo of another unknown Student at Traer High school.
A photo of an unknown student at Traer High School.
A photo of Ora E Johnson
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Ora E Johnson
Sep 21, 1880 - Dec 15, 1966
Dunlap, IA
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. Thanks, Shelley
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Paul George Duker
May 14, 1905 - 1978
A photo of Paul P Amelang
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Paul P Amelang
Oct 10, 1876 - Feb 2, 1950
A photo of William Embry (A) Amelang
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I’ve “rescued” an old photograph identified by his signature as D. W. BOUCKART (first initial is difficult to read could be “L” ) which was taken at the Ensminger Brothers Studio in Independence, IA. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1870’s with the man in the photograph appearing to be in his 20’s or 30’s at the time it was taken. I’m hoping to locate someone from this family so that the photograph 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
A photo of Clarice Berdin at 1 year old
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A photo of Wilkie & Clarice Harper strutting their stuff Ames or Des Moines Iowa - Steppin Out. Love the hats!!!
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Wilkie LaTrobe Harper
Aug 17, 1887 - Jul 4, 1968
A photo of Clarice H Berdin
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A photo of Clarice Berdin Harper - My grandmothers school card
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A photo of Wilkie Harper in a Fairy Ring - Iowa State College 1945
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Wilkie LaTrobe Harper
Aug 17, 1887 - Jul 4, 1968
I’ve “rescued” an old photograph which was taken at the Cundill Studio in Maquoketa, IA sometime in the 1880’s. The photograph is of three men all appearing to be in their 30’s to 60’s at the time the photograph was taken. The names Seley, Gred B., and Charls are written by each along with the name ELISE written at the top. The oldest man is sitting so I’m wondering if he is the Father and others sons? Or If they are all brothers? There is definitely a family resemblance between them. Is ELISE a surname? Or their Mother’s first name? or maybe it is who the photograph was gifted to? I am hoping that someone can help solve this mystery so that the photograph can be returned to the care of family. If you know who this family is and can help solve the mystery please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
This is a self-portrait of Wilkie LaTrobe Harper
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Wilkie LaTrobe Harper
Aug 17, 1887 - Jul 4, 1968
Pearl Rambo was a carnival entertainer from Council Bluffs, IA. She was billed as the heaviest woman in the world. She died in 1918 of the Spanish Flu.
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Pearl Rambo
Died: 1918
A photo of Henry W Dierenfeld In 1949 my grandmother, Ruby Dierenfeld Kreun, visited relatives in Storm Lake, Iowa. This picture was in her album about that trip.
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Henry W Dierenfeld
Jan 4, 1928 - Jul 5, 2002
Aurelia, IA
A photo of John C Provenzano
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John C Provenzano
Apr 20, 1909 - Mar 20, 1976
IA, United States
I've "rescued" an old photograph of Roy, Olga, and Alta SMITH which was taken at the W. J. Reynolds Studio in Nevada, IA. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1880's with the three children from infant to 5 years old at the time. Based on limited research I know the following about this family: Olga Alga SMITH was b. in 1888 in Story Co. IA to parents Dr. Francis “Frank” Salmaron or Salmeron SMITH (1853-1943) and Ellen Mary WELLS (1853-1889). Olga was one of three children born to this couple including, Roy Wells; Alta; and Olga SMITH, all born between 1883 and 1888. Olga’s Father remarried after her Mother’s death to Amanda Sarah WELLS (1867-1955) and two additional children were born including, Ella Salmeron SMITH MCCONNELL (1891-1987); and Lt. Col. Donald Wesley SMITH (1899-1973). Olga married twice, first to J. K. WEAVER and then to Claud Harmon STUDEBAKER Sr. (1885-1934) and she died in 1918 in Scranton, IA and is buried in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery in Nevada, IA. Her sister Alta SMITH BOYD was b. 13 Jul 1885 in Nevada, IA and married George Douglas BOYD (b. 7 Oct 1874 in Ames, IA) on 4 Sept 1912 in Nevada, IA. Alta and George had 4 children including, Robert Henry; Donald Frank; Margaret Ruth; and Stanton Wells BOYD, all born between 1913 and 1918 in Iowa and South Dakota. Alta died 28 Jan 1965 in Seattle, WA and is buried in the Sunset Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Bellevue, WA. Census records provide the following details: 1900 census of Nevada, IA: Dr. F. S. SMITH, age 46, born Jul 1853, married 10 years, born PA, parents born NY/Canada, a Medical Doctor Amanda SMITH, wife, age 32, born Jun 1867, married 10 years, 5 children/5 living, born IL, parents born IL Roy W. SMITH, son, age 16, born Dec 1883, born IA, parents born PA/IL, at School Alta SMITH, dau, age 14, born Jul 1885, born IA, parents born PA/IL, at School Olga SMITH, dau, age 12, born Oct 1888, born IA, parents born PA/IL, at School Ella SMITH, dau, age 7, born Nov 1892, born IA, at School Donald H. SMITH, son, age 1, born May 1899, born IA +1 Housekeeper 1910 census of Nevada, IA: F. S. SMITH, age 56, 2nd marriage 20 years, born PA, parents born NY/Canada, a Physician Amanda SMITH, wife, age 42, 2nd marriage 20 years, 2 children/2 living, born IL, parents born IL Alta SMITH, dau, age 25, born IA, parents born PA/IL Olga SMITH, dau, age 22, born IA, parents born PA/IL, a Public School Teacher Ella SMITH, dau, age 18, born IA Donald SMITH, son, age 10, born IA I am hoping to locate someone from this 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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Olga Alga Smith
1888 - 1918
A photo of Jennie Ethel Miller
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Jennie Ethel (Miller) Morgan
May 1, 1880 - 1965
A photo of John William McVicker Jr.
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John WIlliam McVicker Jr.
Nov 14, 1866 - Oct 31, 1941
A photo of Agnes Hamilton Watson
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Agnes Hamilton Watson
Jan 14, 1831 - Apr 7, 1916
A photo of Hazel Crooks
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Hazel Crooks
Jun 18, 1918 - Apr 21, 2007
Saint Joseph, MO
I've "rescued" an old photograph of F. C. RATH in front of his grocery store. The photograph was likely taken in the early 1900's. He is pictured along with two of his employees. I believe that this is Gottfried “Fred” C. RATH. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding Fred and his family: Gottfried “Fred” Christian RATH was b. 18 Jan 1871 in Dubuque, IA to Godfrey or Gottfried “Fred” RATH (1846-1888) and Johanna LAPE or LOEB (1850-1920). He was one of 8 children born to this couple including, Ann F. RATH WEICHOLD (1869-1952); Fred Christian; Frederick; Franklin “Frank” RATH (1873-1945); George RATH (1875-1950); Thomas; Envina; and Emma Elizabeth RATH (1879 or 1881-1923). Fred married Margaret or Margarette Ellen KEIDERLING (b. 1877 in Sommerville, NJ-1938) and together they had 3 children including, Harold Gottfried RATH (1895-1896); Gordon Brandon RATH (1897-1983) and Andrew Plattner RATH (1900-1991) all born in Iowa City, IA or Waterloo, IA. Fred died in June 1948 and is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Waterloo, IA. Census records provide the following details: 1880 census of Dubuque, IA: Gotfried F. RATH, age 34, a Pork Packer, born Prussia, parents born Prussia Hannah RATH, wife, age 29, Keeping House, born Prussia, parents born Prussia Anna RATH, dau, age 11, born IA Fredrick RATH, son, age 9, born IA Franklin RATH, son, age 6, born IA George RATH, son, age 4, born IA Envina RATH, dau, age 9 months, born IA 1900 census of East Waterloo, IA: Fred RATH, age 29, born Feb 1871, married 5 years, born IA, parents born Germany/IA, a Packing House Clerk Margaret RATH, wife, age 22, born Aug 1877, married 5 years, 2 children/2 living, born IA, parents born Germany/Ireland Harold RATH, son, age 4, born Dec 1895, born IA Gordon RATH, son, age 2, born Jul 1897, born IA 1910 census of Waterloo, IA: Fred C. RATH, age 39, married 15 years, born IA, parents born Germany, a Grocery Store Merchant Margaret E. RATH, wife, age 33, married 15 years, 3 children/3 living, born NJ, parents born Germany/NJ Harold G. RATH, son, age 13, born IA Gordon B. RATH, son, age 12, born IA Andrew R. RATH, son, age 10, born IA 1920 census of Waterloo, IA: Fred RATH, age 49, born IA, parents born Germany, a Grocery Merchant Margaret RATH, wife, age 33, born NJ, parents born Germany Harold RATH, son, age 24, born IA, a Grocery Store Salesman Gordon RATH, son, age 22, born IA Andrew RATH, son, age 19, born IA 1930 census of Castle Hill, IA: Fred C. RATH, age 60, first married at age 24, born IA, parents born Germany/IA, a Packing House Foreman Margaret E. RATH, wife, age 52, first married at age 15, born NJ, parents born Germany/Northern Ireland 1940 census of Castle Hill, IA: Fred C. RATH, age 69, a widower, born IA, a Meat Packing Foreman I am hoping to locate someone from this RATH Family so that this wonderful old photograph 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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I've "rescued" an old photograph of Charles HARRIS which was taken at the Brown Studio in Webster City, IA. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1890's with Charles likely in his 20's at the time it was taken. Based on limited research I was able to gather the following information regarding Charles and his family: Charles A. HARRIS was b. 1867 in New York to parents Charles H. HARRIS (b. 20 Feb 1835 in Paterson, NJ) and Helen Maria JOHNSON (b. 22 Mar 1845 in Lansing, MI). Charles was one of 8 children born to this couple including, Charles A.; Ida L.; Walter C.; Finley L.; George H.; Clara; Ilo Claude; and Edward Lawrence HARRIS, all born between 1868 and 1890. Charles d. 1939 in Bettendorf, IA and is buried in the Graceland Cemetery in Webster City, IA. His obituary indicated that he had one daughter, Mrs. E. C. HANSEN of Fort Dodge, IA; a Sister Mrs. George SPRAGUE of Webster City, IA; and three brothers, George H. HARRIS of Pittsburgh, PA; Edward L. HARRIS of White Fish, MT; and Ilo HARRIS of Webster City, IA. He also had a half-sister, Mrs. Pearlie ABNER of Marshalltown, IA; and a half-brother Roy C. BARBER of Waterloo, IA. Charles was the Justice of the Peace in Webster for many years and owned and operator a Barbershop there for many years as well. Charles previously lived in Des Moines, IA and Clarion, IA. Census records provide the following details: 1900 census of Williams, IA: (boarding in the home of Andrew J. and Margaret WRIGHT) Charles A. HARRIS, age 32, born Aug 1867, born NY, parents born NJ/MI, a Barber 1925 census of Webster City, IA: Charles A. HARRIS, age 57, a widower Gladys R. HARRIS, dau, age 22 1930 census of Webster City, IA: Charles A. HARRIS, age 62, a widower, born NY, parents born NJ/PA, the Justice of the Peace I am hoping to locate someone from this HARRIS Family so that the photograph 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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Charles A. Harris
1867 - 1939
Harvey was only 2 years & 8 months when he sadly perished from juevenile diabetes on January 5, 1944.
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Harvey Harland Heacock
Apr 21, 1941 - Jan 5, 1944
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