Monthly Archives: August 2011

Ed and Alden Lake Trip 1920s-30s – Sepia Sat Post

This weeks Sepia Saturday post inspired from

Finding old photos becomes addicting.
I have been back and forth from California to Arizona often,  around Phoenix are oodles of antique shops, vintage stores, thrifts, you name it.
I ventured a little farther using one of those antique store brochures showing numerous stores and maps and ended up at another store, when I first started to browse I thought “Ugh, wrong store” it was very nice, more upscale, really expensive antiques. I wanted to turn around and leave, but I wandered my way around. Came across a few old framed photos that were in the hundreds to purchase, No thanks.

I got to the end of the third row and found a booth with lots of books, paper items, I walked in and off to the side was a box full of photos! It was wedged in a spot hard to get to and no room to really lay them out or look thru them, nowhere to sit so I went one by one stacking them on the books in piles. I made an awful mess too! I dont think these had been looked through in sometime and old photos have crumbling edges or cardboard sleeves and little pieces falling off, leaving a pile around me. After I went through one basket for sometime, I crouched down to find some larger photos, oh no! Sighhh, I love this stuff, I want it all, but the pocket book will not allow. I am heartbroken by so many dispersed lost family photos, and this stack had photos 5×7, 8×10 and larger ones.
Then after I finished that stack, I saw another basket up high, that was it, i went up front to ask if someone could get it down, and also if there was a place I could sit and look through them. They allowed me to use a leather chair in the booth across the way and I just made piles on a trunk next to me.

After that I saw the locked cases, and in it were albums! I loveeeeee LOVEEE Loveeee photo albums complete with the photos still intact. I was so excited, the man brought three over to me, 2 of them were full of postcards(Im sure that excites all the postcard collectors here) but I wanted photos so I put those 2 back in the case, and found a wonderful album I had to have. If I left with only one item this would have been it. I have never seen so many old photos in one booth before in any antique store I have visited, this is the vendors specialty it seems. I could have stayed forever. I picked out photos as usual with info on the backs so I could do detective work, and then whittled my pile down gradually as it was too expensive to get all of them.

So today’s Sepia Saturday post is from the album I found in Phoenix, Az. When I looked at the theme for the week, I immediately knew what I was going to use! A storefront!
As this was in the album I just brought home. This is one of those leather covered, string bound with holes through the center and black paper with pretty white ink captions written on the pages. It seems to be “Ed and Alden’s Trip 1931”

At first the album was full of first names but no last names on the photos of these 2, Until I found a page with “Ma and Pa Lake” in some photos, so I did a search on “Alden Lake” and bingo! I matched up 3 other names of the siblings to others in the photos and Im quite sure a perfect match as to who they all were.

I tried to find a good shot of the two fellows together but most are separate, so as i browsed some more there are some earlier pics of them and some of them 7 plus years older. Please meet “Alden and Ed August 1925 Dirty Friends”

From all that I can gather, Alden and Ed were brothers or Ed is a friend, but Alden did have a brother named Edmund.

From Family Search 1920 Census Records I have found them living in Providence,  Rhode Island

Llewellyn R. Lake – Pa

Harriet E. Lake – Ma

Richard B. Lake – Son

Alden R. Lake – Son

Edmund M. Lake – Son

Milton H. Lake – Son

Photo of Alden, Ma Lake, and Aunt (cant make out other word?) 1932. Love the way this one is posed

This  next photo has the caption “Ed in Montreal 1931”   

I wish I could fully see the sign! But all I can make out is the words SODA, Orangeade? , Shops, maybe someone will recognize what this was and can chime in. Perhaps some Canadians can assist this go around as some of the photos in the album are in Canada along with the USA.

Next photo says “ALDEN in Montreal 1931” and I can make out “THE THREE MUSKETEERS TAVERNE” , Dawes Lachine” and “Broadway Billard Room” on the glass also.  From internet research I can find some info on Dawes Brewery in Montreal but my guess this is probably a location that served their brew? Not the actual spot, since I have found pics online of the actual Brewery. ” The “Dawes”, Lachine’s first industry, was founded in 1811 by Thomas A. Dawes.”

This photo says “Val’s Boston Store 1927-28”  it is “The Great Atlantic & Pacific” also know as the “A&P” which my Mom spotted right away as she remembers these stores, but said they just called them the A&P. Val is family or friend as I see his name on other photos in the album.

And to close, some fun photos of Ed…

Ed in his room 1932

Love this one below, with the camera man in the mirror and Ed laying on his dresser, had a little fun and it appears these fellows had a little flair for the dramatic, some of the photos appear to be from plays or acting. Hope you have enjoyed just a tiny peek into this album!


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J.L. Miller House Ottawa, Kansas Postcard Photo


I really wanted to comb through my albums and find some tree photos but time was sparce this week and so I had to go with something else I had already worked on and not put up yet. I feel left out if I dont post on Sepia Sat!

I love old photos of houses, I always wonder if the home is still standing. Was it saved? Preserved, torn down? What became of it?

I love to look for old photos of my hometown, compare ones still standing, or what used to be.

Is this some photo relatives never knew about and could look back into time, a time they never knew and see the old home of relatives?
I am particularly attached to old homes due to my experience with both my Grandparents old homes, I was able to see them both, one is still standing, but is gradually withering away, but amazing its still there from the late 1800s. But my other Grandmas home fell into the ground, My mom said the house was already 100 yrs old when her parents got it when she was a kid, so it was certainly old, and fell into the ground full of stuff. Me and my sister joke that its an archaelogical dig, but really Im not kidding when I say that. Family still reside on the property beside what fell in the ground.

Im working on a blog about my family and the old homes, it will be a detailed treat once Im done!

So for now you get to see this photo Postcard. This one came out of Cambria, California, some antique shop. It says it is the “J.L. Miller House, Ottawa, Kansas”

Have done some minor research on the family search site, several Miller families come up in the area in census records but no exact initials to match. I did a google search and their is one post on ancestry of someone with photos from 1915 of a J.L. Miller Birthday Party in the same town.

It looks like 2 small children are up near the house.

Enjoy the Miller home, with some scattered trees in the scene, and is that a water tower in the back?


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Love and Romance Sepia Style – Sepia Saturday

This weeks Sepia Sat theme is Love and Romance as seen on
We are going to visit “The Colonel” who can be found on some other posts, the beach theme is another featuring pictures from his albums.
Im still pretty new to buying old photos, but have my hands on quite a few Albums, I love finding photo albums with pictures still in them. And many appear to be of military men. I also have 2 albums now that have some level of secrecy it appears to them. And it makes me wonder if this was common in the past, for people to have a past they hid in photo albums, whether it was an affair, or if these are just documenting their life before they settled down and were married.
Women are typically more sentimental to save momentos and journal things in an album, not to say a man wouldnt, but I wonder who put these albums together and then I wonder who kept them all these years? Was it a woman or the man?
Well when it comes to the Colonel, they were with the man and this was told to me along with my purchase.

Welcome to a little Romance with the Colonel……

Says “Miss Miriam Hutchins” on the side and Camp Dick, Dallas, Texas, Dated June 29, 1918

Im not sure what branch of military by his uniform so maybe a reader can chime in. So my guess is this is a pile of Hay or something of that nature because they had fun posing with it as you will see. Miriam looks VERY young from the photos in this album and there are many of her. A cute and pretty little thing. I wonder what every happened between the Colonel and her, well because this album seems to showcase other women the Colonel was with, but Miriam does reappear several times.

Here we have the Colonel again but who is this? Its not dainty little Miriam with her curls. Hmmm appears the Colonel likes to take the ladies to the same spot? The side of the Haystack photo reads “Quit your kidding!” and the second photo his hat is on the ground and he is holding a puppy, rabbit? a small animal of some sort?

Now who do we have here? I do not think this photo is Miriam or the other girl, but maybe one of the girls you can see in the Beach theme post I did a few weeks back. This page in the album is a bunch of small photos that are torn along the edges but still placed in the album. A bunch of tiny torn scraps but this one is the most complete of the bunch.

Was the Colonel a Lady Killer back in the early 1900’s? What I do know is I have all his life possibly premarriage or out fooling around, and then it skips to an album of him as a family man. With the wife and child being the showcase of the last album. And the wife is none of the ladies in these photos.

The albums reak heavily of cigarette smoke, but are in wonderful condition and were kept in a safe place and protected well.

I did do some searching sometime ago for a Miriam Hutchins since her full name is contained in the album and the location of Dallas, Tx in the one photo in the early 1900’s.  I used the Family Search website to obtain census info, there was a Miriam Hutchins in Travis, Texas in 1910 and 1920. She was born around 1903, so if I do the math from the photo if its her, that would make her 15 yrs old in the pictures which looks about right. Her parents were James and Annie Hutchins and she had a younger sister named Anna Belle.

I must close with this photo, a little snippet into my family.

July 1956, Iowa, My Mother and Father. Mom had her dark hair and cat eye glasses, holding a puppy. And Dad, a much slimmer version of the Dad I have always know with his arms around her and laying a kiss on her cheek.

My how times change.

I have never seen my parents like this other then in a photo.

That part of their life when smiles and kisses were on their faces with the thought of one another is long gone.

But its still amazing to see such a photo, it tells a story from long ago. A story I know bits and pieces of.

Photographs often show happy times, or everyone plastering on a fake front for the camera, but often times the stories behind them arent always Rosey.


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Glenn Ranch – Lytle Creek, Ca, Camp Weber and a Scrap

Sepia Sat Post – Off topic this week, but always old photos and clues behind them are to be found here!

Found these photos in Temecula, Ca. They all were found in same spot and were sold by one person so they may have been from the same collection.

I love this one, it says “Frosty and Bill after a scrap” on the back. Does scrap mean food or a fight? Frosty has quite the big hat on and she looks like a tough woman with some attitude, with her arm draped behind the chair, her hand looks perfect to hold a shot glass but it looks empty? Bill looks like he just lets Frosty do her thing and looks away, probably rolling his eyes. I have no idea what the thing next to them on the table is.

Next we have a really neat long shot. It says “Camp Weber” on the sign nailed to the tree.


I found this info on the net when I googled “Camp Weber”…….. “This trail provided another connection with the Cattle Canyon Trail and was used by people who liked to hike and stay over night at a number of camps, such as “Follows” and “Webers”, which offered food and accommodations. These camps were located in the upper reaches of the east fork of the San Gabriel Canyon.”
This photo is unmarked but it looks like these 2 ladies are willing to work and get dirty.

Last photo is a great group shot and a larger photo. Says stamped on back “ This view was taken at the beautiful mountain resort Glenn Ranch, Lytle Creek Canyon by Halladay and Pierce”. My big sis has stayed at Lytle Creek camp grounds so I knew this was in California. In handwriting it says “Anna Getz, July 14, 1908. The Christian Endeavor People a Merry Bunch of Fourteen”

You can click the images for closer view, I like how it says a “merry” bunch yet they are all so serious faced. I think the most MERRY looking of the group is Lady #1 seated on the right, she shows a tad of a smile on her face.

First clue to this photo is “Christian Endeavor People” when I google this there is some mention that it could be some of the foundation of the AA Alcoholics Anonymous Movement.

I looked up Glenn Ranch and found this info

Yeah a little family jealousy and murder makes for a great resort eh?
“A Traveler’s Paradise – On the right side of the road is Mountain Lakes, a present day resort. This membership only RV Park has a set of trout ponds, swimming pools and arcades. Mountain Lakes Resort has a long history in Lytle Creek with vacationers traveling to the ranch for over 150 years. Silas Glenn was the original owner. In 1865, his family planted orchards of apples, raised livestock and entertained traveling families with dances, camping and fishing. Many railroad travelers would make the stop at the Keenwood Station and take a horse and buggy over to the early day resort as a reprieve from their travels.

Silas Glenn turned over his ranch in the Cajon Pass area to his son-in-law, James Applewhite instead of his own sons, and the Glenn brothers were worried that he would also deed the resort to Applewhite. One night the two sons called Applewhite out over the matter, but Applewhite had the upper hand. Both sons were shot and killed. Forty years later, the bullet holes could still be seen in the front door. ”

In 1903, J.R. Lane, who had taken over the management of the Glenn Ranch when Applewhite died two years earlier, requested an easier road be built. By July of that year, the “new” Applewhite Road was built.

Over the next decade or so, the Applewhite Road saw frequent use as families from as far away as Los Angeles, hoping to escape from the intense summer heat, came to stay at the mountain retreat for two weeks and sometimes for a month at a time. Vacationers often arrived with their suitcases and trunks, hammocks to hang underneath the shady trees and fishing gear.

By the 1920s, however, the old stage route fell into disuse as the vastly improved Lytle Creek Road transported rail passengers from Rialto up to the ever-popular Glenn Ranch. Today, Applewhite Road is a seldom-used Forest Service road.”



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