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A photo of Elizabeth Zoe Kinney and family
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Elizabeth Zoe Kinney
Jan 8, 1863 - 1935
A photo of Elizabeth (Smith) Nabbefeldt
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Elizabeth (Smith) Nabbefeldt
Jul 9, 1869 - Sep 3, 1957
A photo of Henrica (VanDeHey) Jansen
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Henrica (VanDeHey) Jansen
Jul 27, 1855 - Oct 21, 1939
A photo of Cornelius Janssen
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Cornelius Jansen
Dec 24, 1877 - Nov 17, 1951
A photo of Nicholas Aloysius Lom
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Nicholas Aloysius Lom
Apr 22, 1882 - Dec 15, 1959
A photo found in an antique store. There is no surname listed for the children. Written on the back: Frank 8 years 7 months Marie 14 months old
This photo has been claimed by Ira Cornelius' family. This photo was found in a central Texas antique store. Written on the back: Milo Casebere and Ira Cornelius, Oneida, Wisconsin. According to Ira's family, Milo Casebere worked at the Indian School that Ira attended.
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Ira Cornelius
Aug 21, 1887 - 1956
Found in an antique store in Texas. From the expression on her face and the way she's kicking her feet, she must have been awfully bored.
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Taken when Tom was single living at home in Shorewood.
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I found this adorable baby in an antique store, but I cannot make out her last name. I'll upload a scan of her name separately so other folks can try to guess it if they want to. EDIT - There seem to be a lot of people named "Creekmur" in that area in the 19th century censuses. That's the closest match to the scribble on the back of the photo.
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A photo of Charles Kuczenski - Family Picnic at August's Sykes farm.
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Charles Alexander Kuczenski
Feb 23, 1921 - Feb 1, 2010
A photo of Edwin J Burke with sons Edwin Jr & Larry (James Lawrence)
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Edwin J Burke
Aug 23, 1896 - Dec 15, 1991
Waukesha, WI
A photo of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Taken in Madison, Wisconsin. Found in Byron Doolittle (1844-1912) scrapbook labeled as friend. Byron Doolittle lived in St. Ansgar ,Iowa.
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I've "rescued" an old photograph of David CLARK which was taken at the Bannister Studio in New Richmond, WI sometime in the 1890's early 1900's. David appears to be in his teens or 20's at the time. In addition to his name, someone has also written "Cousin to Mitchell" on the back of the photograph. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding David and his family: David CLARK was b. abt 1882 in Wisconsin to parents Clarence Philip CLARK (1854-1918) and Phoebe HADLEY (1851-1926). David was one of 9 children born to this couple including, Lillian “Lilly” Dora; Maud LaPearl; David Howard; Ashabel; David; Prudence “Prudie” Rose; Buln; Ray Vaughn; and Vaughn CLARK, all born between 1874 and 1892. David died 29 Dec 1950 in Los Angeles, CA. Census records provide the following details: 1910 census of Glenwood, WI: Clarence CLARK, age 56, married 35 years, born WI, parents born NY, a Stone Works Mason Phoebe CLARK, wife, age 55, married 35 years, 6 children/5 living, born NY, parents born NY David CLARK, son, age 28, born WI, a Farm Work Laborer Bulu CLARK, dau, age 27, born WI Vaughn CLARK, son, age 18, born WI I’m hoping to locate someone from this family so that the photograph can be returned to their care. If you are a member of this CLARK Family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
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David Clark
1882 - Dec 29, 1950
A photo of Clarabelle Twedt. Does anyone know what family this woman belongs to? I only know that she lived by Racine,Wisconsin
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A photo of Gust and Edla Anderson's farm house in Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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Family photo of Edla M. Anderson (birth name Edla Marie Näsman -- sitting down), daughter June A. Paulson (birth name Unne Augustina Anderson -- sitting on the grass), and June's son, Lyle William Paulson (he goes by Bill -- sitting on the grass), and daughters, June R. Paulson (standing to the left) and Gloria M. Paulson (standing to the right) and 3rd sister not present -- Joyce C. Paulson).
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I’ve “rescued” an old photograph of Frank MOSHER which was taken at the Brooks Studio in Waupun, WI. The photograph is dated 1899 with Frank appearing to be about 6 years old at the time. I’m hoping to locate someone from Frank’s family so that this wonderful old photograph can be returned to the care of his family. If you are a member of this MOSHER Family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
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A photo of the wedding of Wlliam A. Paulson and Unne A. Anderson
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I’ve “rescued” an old photograph of Jennie BAKER which was taken at the E. R. Curtiss Art Gallery Studio in Madison, WI. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1870’s or 1880’s with Jennie likely in her teens or 20’s at the time. Based on limited research I was able to locate two possible matches in census records as follows: 1870 census of Bristol, WI: William BAKER, age 37, a Farmer, born MA Lucy BAKER, age 35, Keeping House, born England Ephram BAKER, age 16, at Home, born WI Charles BAKER, age 12, at Home, born WI Louisa BAKER, age 7, born WI William H. BAKER, age 6, born WI Ida A. BAKER, age 4, born WI Jennie C. or A. BAKER, age 2, born WI - OR - 1880 census of Madison, WI: - in College Housing Jennie BAKER, age 18, a Student, born WI, Father’s birth place unknown/Mother born WI I’m hoping to locate someone from Jennie’s family so that the photograph and be returned to their care. If you are a member of this BAKER Family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
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I've "rescued" an old photograph of Ella Amanda PACKARD FULLAM who was the wife of James Arthur FULLAM and Mother of James Phillip FULLAM. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1880's with Ella likely in her teens or 20's at the time. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding Ella and her family: Ella A. PACKARD was b. Jun 1869 in Wisconsin to parents James Knox PACKARD (1846-1933) and Florentine “Flora” Augusta DURRELL (1846-1933). Ella was one of 5 children born to this couple including, Ella; Mary C.; William Sylvester; Almond; and James C. PACKARD all born between 1869 and 1882. Ella married James Arthur FULLAM of FULLUM (1867-1961) and together they had 4 children including, Katherine or Catherine “Katie” Ellen; James Philip or Phillip; John William, and Thomas H. FULLAM or FULLUM, all born between 1889 and 1896. Ella died 14 Feb 1903 in Washington and is buried in the Buckley Cemetery in Buckley, WA. A daughter Catherine Eleanor “Kate” FULLAM WELLS is also buried in the same cemetery with her mother. Ella’s daughter Catherine Ellen FULLAM was married to John Albert SEMMELHAACK (b. 1882 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to parents John SEMMELHAACK and Lucia SCOTT) on 17 Jul 1911 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. John was listed as divorced at the time and 29 years old. Ella’s youngest son Thomas FULLAM b. 1896 married on 21 Dec 1920 in Vancouver, BC, Canada to Alberta Edith HOOEY (b. 1901 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada to parents John James HOOEY and Evered BROOKS). Census records provide the following details: 1880 census of Wood, WI: James PACKARD, age 33, a Farmer, born ME, parents born ME Dorella PACKARD, wife, age 32, Keeps House, born ME, parents born ME Ella PACKARD, dau, age 10, at School, born WI Mary PACKARD, dau, age 8, at School, born WI William PACKARD, son, age 6, at Home, born WI Almond PACKARD, son, age 1, at Home, born WI 1900 census of Buckley, WA: James FULLUM, age 32, born Oct 1867, married 11 years, born WI, parents born Ireland, a Dairy Farmer Ella FULLUM, wife, age 30, born Jun 1869, married 11 years, 4 children/4 living, born WI, parents born ME Katie FULLUM, dau, age 10, born Dec 1889, born WA, at School Philip FULLUM, son, age 8, born May 1892, born WA, at School John FULLUM, son, age 6, born May 1894, born WA Thomas FULLUM, son, age 3, born Jul 1896, born WA Katie BAKER, sister, age 40, born Oct 1859, a widow, no children, born WI, parents born Ireland, a Housekeeper 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
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A photo of Julie Reilly. Julie was only 4 1/2 years old when she sadly perished from a brief illness at Mercy Hospital on May 16, 1966.
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Julie Ann Reilly
May 31, 1961 - May 16, 1966
Janesville, WI, United States
A photo of Vicky Jacobsen. Vicky was only 7 when she sadly perished from her injuries due to being hit by a car in front of her home on May 16, 1966.
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Vicky Sue Jacobsen
Apr 21, 1959 - May 16, 1966
Madison, WI, United States
I’ve “rescued” an old family photograph of three siblings taken at the Wollensak Studio in Milwaukee, WI. Their names and ages are, Otto age 16 ½; Franz age 12; and Lottie age 9 ½ with another name/word that looks like “Tafu” or “Tafo” or “Lafu” or “Lafo” or maybe the “f” is actually the “ss” seen in early handwriting? which may be “Years” in a foreign language? Or a surname? It is hard to tell but it appears after their ages so I think it could be either. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1880’s or 1890’s when the studio was located at 450 National Avenue in Milwaukee. I’m hoping that this is enough information to track the family down and see the photograph returned to their care. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
A photo of James Sylvester Lewis, taken in the Summer of 1902 . Born Dec. 2 1858 in Brooking county Dakota Territory Father of: Sarah Almira Lewis and James Theodore Lewis
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James Sylvester Lewis
Dec 2, 1858 - Mar 4, 1935
I've "rescued" two old photographs belonging to the SMITH Family of Wisconsin. The first is one of Leonard and Emma SMITH which was taken at the Sawyer Studio in Horicon, WI. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1890's with the couple in their teens or 20's at the time. The second photograph is one of Morris SMITH which was taken at the Mason's Art Gallery in Marshfield, WI. This photograph was also taken in the 1890's with Morris just an infant at the time. In addition to his name, someone has written "died at Marshfield" on the back of the photograph. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding this SMITH Family: Leonard John SMITH was b. 2 Jan 1875 in Iron Mountain, WI to parents William SMITH (1837-1916) and Anna Marie LATCH (1846-1896). Leonard was one of 9 children born to this couple including, Caroline; Ruebin; Dagmer; Leonard J.; Florence; Hallie; Willie; Arthur; and Sidney SMITH all born between 1868 and 1882. Leonard married Emma CUNDY (1879-1944) and together they had 5 children including, Morris H.; Alma Alice; Alfred Hiram; Ellen May; and Carol Emma SMITH, all born between 1899 and 1921. Leonard d. 23 Jan 1970 in Port Edwards, WI and is buried in the Hillside Cemetery in Marshfield, WI. Emma CUNDY was b. 28 Oct 1879 in Champion, MI to parents Thomas CUNDY (1852-1916) and Emma HILL (1853-1942). Emma married Leonard John SMITH (1875-1970) and she died 12 Jun 1944 and is also buried in the Hillside Cemetery in Marshfield, WI. Morris H. SMITH was b. 10 Jul 1898 and joined the Army in 1916 and later noted as disabled with TB. Morris’ occupation was noted in records as Mail Clerk. Morris was noted in military records as the son of Lemar J. SMITH and Emma C. SMITH both of Marshfield, WI. Morris d. 27 Sept 1928 and is buried in the Hillside Cemetery in Marshfield, WI. Census records provide the following details: 1910 census of Marshfield, WI: Leonard SMITH, age 30, married 12 years, born WI, parents born Denmark/England, a Teamster Laborer Emma SMITH, wife, age 30, married 12 years, 4 children/3 living, born MI, parents born England Morris SMITH, son, age 12, born WI Alma SMITH, dau, age 6, born WI Alfred SMITH, son, age 3, born WI 1920 census of Marshfield, WI: Leonard J. SMITH, age 44, born WI, parents born Denmark/England, a Grocery Store Merchant Emma C. SMITH, wife, age 40, born MI, parents born England, a Grocery Store Assistant Morris H. SMITH, son, age 21, born WI, a Mail Clerk Alma A. SMITH, dau, age 15, born WI Alfred H. SMITH, son, age 12, born WI Ellen M. SMITH, dau, age 6, born WI 1930 census of Marshfield, WI: Leonard J. SMITH, age 54, married at age 23, born WI, parents born Denmark/England, a Box Factory Laborer Emma SMITH, wife, age 49, married at age 18, born MI, parents born England Ellen SMITH, dau, age 16, born WI Carol SMITH, dau, age 8, born WI Betty SMITH, niece, age 5, born WI I am hoping to locate someone from this SMITH 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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Morris H. Smith
Born: 1899
I've "rescued" two old photographs belonging to the SMITH Family of Wisconsin. The first is one of Leonard and Emma SMITH which was taken at the Sawyer Studio in Horicon, WI. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1890's with the couple in their teens or 20's at the time. The second photograph is one of Morris SMITH which was taken at the Mason's Art Gallery in Marshfield, WI. This photograph was also taken in the 1890's with Morris just an infant at the time. In addition to his name, someone has written "died at Marshfield" on the back of the photograph. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding this SMITH Family: Leonard John SMITH was b. 2 Jan 1875 in Iron Mountain, WI to parents William SMITH (1837-1916) and Anna Marie LATCH (1846-1896). Leonard was one of 9 children born to this couple including, Caroline; Ruebin; Dagmer; Leonard J.; Florence; Hallie; Willie; Arthur; and Sidney SMITH all born between 1868 and 1882. Leonard married Emma CUNDY (1879-1944) and together they had 5 children including, Morris H.; Alma Alice; Alfred Hiram; Ellen May; and Carol Emma SMITH, all born between 1899 and 1921. Leonard d. 23 Jan 1970 in Port Edwards, WI and is buried in the Hillside Cemetery in Marshfield, WI. Emma CUNDY was b. 28 Oct 1879 in Champion, MI to parents Thomas CUNDY (1852-1916) and Emma HILL (1853-1942). Emma married Leonard John SMITH (1875-1970) and she died 12 Jun 1944 and is also buried in the Hillside Cemetery in Marshfield, WI. Morris H. SMITH was b. 10 Jul 1898 and joined the Army in 1916 and later noted as disabled with TB. Morris’ occupation was noted in records as Mail Clerk. Morris was noted in military records as the son of Lemar J. SMITH and Emma C. SMITH both of Marshfield, WI. Morris d. 27 Sept 1928 and is buried in the Hillside Cemetery in Marshfield, WI. Census records provide the following details: 1910 census of Marshfield, WI: Leonard SMITH, age 30, married 12 years, born WI, parents born Denmark/England, a Teamster Laborer Emma SMITH, wife, age 30, married 12 years, 4 children/3 living, born MI, parents born England Morris SMITH, son, age 12, born WI Alma SMITH, dau, age 6, born WI Alfred SMITH, son, age 3, born WI 1920 census of Marshfield, WI: Leonard J. SMITH, age 44, born WI, parents born Denmark/England, a Grocery Store Merchant Emma C. SMITH, wife, age 40, born MI, parents born England, a Grocery Store Assistant Morris H. SMITH, son, age 21, born WI, a Mail Clerk Alma A. SMITH, dau, age 15, born WI Alfred H. SMITH, son, age 12, born WI Ellen M. SMITH, dau, age 6, born WI 1930 census of Marshfield, WI: Leonard J. SMITH, age 54, married at age 23, born WI, parents born Denmark/England, a Box Factory Laborer Emma SMITH, wife, age 49, married at age 18, born MI, parents born England Ellen SMITH, dau, age 16, born WI Carol SMITH, dau, age 8, born WI Betty SMITH, niece, age 5, born WI I am hoping to locate someone from this SMITH 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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Leonard John Smith
1875 - 1970
This photo was found in some of my grandmother's things. Would love to know who they are. We figure they might be Stamper, Fraley, Bowling, Howard or Adkins. They were probably from around Elliott County Kentucky or Wisconsin.
A photo of Alex B. McDonald rescued from an antique mall. Labeled on reverse Alex B McDonald, Chippewa Falls, Chippewas Co, Wisconsin
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Alex B. McDonald
Born: around 1840
I've "rescued" an old photograph of Tilly ENGLISH which was taken at the Sim Mould Studio in Baraboo, WI sometime in the 1890's. Tilly appears to be in her teens or 20's at the time the photograph was taken. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding Tilly and her family: Tillie ENGLISH was b. Dec 1877 in Sauk Co. WI to parents William Thomas or Thomas William ENGLISH (1849-1922) and Irene EVANS (1854-1900). Tillie was one of 4 children born to this couple including, Tillie; Harry E.; Izer A.; and Irene V. ENGLISH, all born between 1877 and 1895. Tillie married Ashley Bassett POWELL (1856-1941). Records indicate that the couple had two children including, John W. and Silas D. POWELL born in 1898 and 1904 respectively, however, I don’t believe that Tillie married Ashley until after the 1920 census so I’m guessing that they were children from a previous marriage. Tillie died 16 Nov 1961 in Reedsburg, WI and is buried in the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Baraboo, WI. Census records provide the following details: 1880 census of Baraboo, WI: Thomas W. ENGLISH, age 29, a Farmer, born VA, parents born VA Izro ENGLISH, wife, age 26, Keeping House, born WI, parents born PA Ellen ENGLISH, dau, age 2, born WI Henry D. EVANS, father-in-law, age 61, a Farmer, born PA, parents born MA + 1 Servant 1900 census of Baraboo, WI: T. W. ENGLISH, age 50, born Jun 1849, married 24 years, born VA, parents born VA, a Hardware Merchant Irene ENGLISH, wife, age 46, born Jan 1854, married 24 years, 3 children/3 living, born WI, parents born PA Tillie ENGLISH, dau, age 22, born Dec 1877, born WI Harry E. ENGLISH, son, age 19, born Oct 1880, born WI Irene V. ENGLISH, dau, age 5, born Apr 1895, born WI 1920 census of Baraboo, WI: Thomas W. ENGLISH, age 70, a widower, born VA, parents born VA Tillie ENGLISH, dau, age 42, born WI, parents born VA/WI, a Nurse Irene V. ENGLISH, dau, age 24, born WI, parents born VA/WI, a Weaver I’m hoping to locate someone from Tillie’s family so that this wonderful old photograph can be returned to the care of her 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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Tilly English
1877 - 1961
A photo of Amelia Matilda Emeline Gabert
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Amelia Matilda Emeline Gabert
around Feb 27, 1858 - around Apr 12, 1914
A photo of threshing on the Henry Johnson Farm, August 1896
A photo of Great Uncle Herman Dieck (1867 - 1946) and great grandfather Henry Johnson (1854 - 1941) had this tintype made in Shawano, Wisconsiin about 1890: Two men posing with girlie magazines in 1890
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Herman Dieck
1867 - 1946
A photo of Fred Henke Barthe. This precious little boy caught my eye at an antique store. I had to bring him home.
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A photo of Emil Brandenburg at his brother's logging camp
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Emil Brandenburg
Nov 20, 1897 - March 1976
Wausau, Wisconsin
A photo of Franklin Charles Bacon
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A photo of Grandfather's Cousins 1906. This group of cousins were sledding down the big hill west of Suring, Wisconsin. There was a photography studio at the foot of the hill and they decided to have their picture taken. These were cousins of my maternal grandfather Leonard Johnson.
A photo of an unknown baby - Front of "unknown 295"
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