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Tait and Lingenfelters Photo Album – Sepia Saturday

I tend to work on pictures weekly, and sometimes I get lucky and can go along with a theme of the week, other times once I see the theme at Sepia Saturday I go back into other photos not featured yet but that I know will fit perfectly with the theme. After I did my last weeks entry, I got to work on a photo album, I have several albums, but have yet to do a really good entry showcasing an actual album, well let me take that back, I did some of the fellas trip a few weeks back. So my theme is the 100 Theme, These photos arent exactly 100 yrs old, but they are pretty close! The first photo in the album is dated 1915. I would like you all to meet the Tait and Lingenfelters.

There are no names on the couple at the start of the album, the caption is “July 1915”. My guess is that its John and Florence (Lingenfelter) Tait. The photos following have captions centering around the Tait Children (Barbara and Norma are named) with various grandparents. I love this photo that says “Norma and 7 Grandparents” what an amazing photo to have and to have all of those grandparents together all at one time in one photo is such an amazing piece of family history!

While searching Google for any info on Norma, I surprisingly found an ebay auction that has already ended and sold but it was for Norma’s Baby Book! The seller took many photos and on one of them it shows Norma’s newspaper birth announcement! Here is what it says

“Born July 8, 1916. Norma Kathryn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Tait, was born at the M.D. Tait home Saturday afternoon. While she dont know it yet, and at this stage of lifes game would no doubt be quite unaffected by it, the little youngster has nine grand-parents and great grand-parents living-being as follows; Ms. M.M. Bondurant, Mrs. M.E. Lingenfelter, Mr. and Mrs J.V. Lingenfelter, Mr. and Mrs. John Tait Sr., Mrs. M.J. Eichler, and Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Tait”

Also listed in the ebay listing are oodles of photos of the Grandparents, Norma, her baby feet imprints, lock of hair, her first party, The Silver Anniversary of her Grandparents, a stitched piece of cloth, her first card, all wonderfully documented and placed in this album that was sold. I did make contact with the woman who purchased it who is trying to find relatives also.

From what I can recall, Im trying to find info or Norma’s Obituary, but I believe neither of the girls, Norma or Barbara had children of their own, Barbara had step children. So I know the family line may have come to a halt there, but perhaps the Lingenfelter side is out there with some interest. I would think it was Florence Tait who did all of these albums and took such great detail and kept wonderful momentos with the albums. So its nice to know two of us out there intercepted and saved them.

To take a look at the Baby Book (as long as the ebay link is still valid) you can go here to see..

Now back to the album I have.

There are pages that are bare along the way in the album, either stripped out by family or picked out before I came along, I found this album in an Antique shop in Scottsdale, Az. I also see that Barbara Tait died in Mesa, Az not far from where I found the album. Her obituary…

January 16, 1922 – September 30, 2010
Barbara Tait Schwarzenbach
Mesa, Arizona

Barbara Tait Schwarzenbach passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the Joan and Diana Hospice Home in Kingman, Arizona.

Barbara was born January 16, 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa the daughter of Dr. John and Florence (Lingenfelter) Tait.

Barbara attended schools in Des Moines and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1940 and Drake University in 1944. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, P.E.O. Sisterhood and Daughters of the American Revolution. She taught ART in the Public Schools in Iowa, California and Des Plaines, Illinois for several years.

Barbara married Jean W. Schwarzenbach in June 1971. They enjoyed traveling which included many trips abroad. Later they retired to Leisure World in Mesa, Arizona.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Jean; parents, Dr. John and Florence Tait; sister, Norma Tait and her grandparents.

The album is the usual family photos, neighbor photos, home photos, some travel, Swimming in Spicer, Minn, fishing in Hayward, Wisconsin, Norborne, Missouri Tornado Damage of May 1, 1930, and then a series of empty pages with photos removed, then near the end are 2 larger photos. One labeled “Oct 6, 1929 Vienna Austria” and the other a group on a ship posing on deck looking up at a photographer shooting the photo above them all and that reads “December 21, 1929 Homeward Bound”.

My mother helps me out with all of her research skills and sites she belongs to and found a fabulous newspaper article, and I dont have a copy of it, and it was hard to read online and some of the wording was super faint as it was a scanned image of a 1940s newspaper article. As I read the article I was thrilled! Do you know how exciting it is to read something that is shown in an album you have been working on, it makes the pictures come to life, gives you the context and more back story to these people. So please enjoy the newspaper story, I inserted the 2 photo album photos in the appropriate sections.

Newspaper Ames Daily Tribune, Ames, Iowa November 27,1940

Miss Norma Tait, senior at Iowa State and assistant teacher at Ames High School, discloses among her fondest memories a four month’s stay in Austria during 1929 while her father, Dr. John H. Tait of Des Moines, with taking post-graduate work at the University of Vienna.

Miss Tait with her parents and grandmother sailed from Montreal in July. They landed in Scotland and traveled through Holland, Belgium and Switzerland before arriving in Vienna.
There are several points of interest that stand out in Miss Tait’s memory of Vienna. She was greatly impressed by the kindness and courtesy shown by the Vienese people to the tourist trade. She found a definite lack of deparment stores, there being only two in the whole city, but the great number of small quaint shops made up for that.
Miss Tait said that even then there was much political unrest and very often one had to be cautious of street fights. On patriotic holidays they would not leave their home, and great metal shutters protected the windows of shops and homes.
Beggars Day, a day set aside by the officials once a week to rid the street of them was a sight very strange to her, “The lower classes are a poorly dressed and very stricken people” she continued.
“We had planned to be in New York by Christmas but it was rumored aboard ship that we would be late because of a 15 foot crack in the side of our ship making it necessary to come back by way of a southern route to avoid storms” said Miss Tait.

How scary! I wouldnt want to be aboard a ship with a 15 foot crack! Just glad it didnt turn into a tragic story of a sinking ship with guests on board!

I also want to thank the comments from readers about the Charabanc. When I read your comments I had no idea what that was. I had to go look it up and see it is the vehicle transporting everyone in the Vienna, Austria Photo. From Wikipedia

Before World War I, motor charabancs were used mainly for day trips, as they were not comfortable enough for longer journeys, and were largely replaced by motor buses in the 1920s.

The charabanc of the 1920s tended to last only a few years. It was normal at the time for the body to be built separately to the motor chassis, and a number were fitted in summer only, a second goods body would be fitted in its place in winter to keep the vehicle occupied.

Charabancs normally were open, with a large canvas folding hood stowed at the rear in case of rain, like a convertible motor car. If rain started, this had to be pulled into position, a very heavy task, and it was considered honorable for the male members of the touring party to assist in getting it into position. The side windows would be of mica.

The charabanc offered little or no protection to the passengers in the event of an overturning accident, along with a high center of gravity when loaded (and particularly if overloaded), which combined with the popularity of excursions to tourist attractions at coastal villages, etc. approached down steep and winding roads led to a number of unfortunate fatal accidents which contributed to their early demise.

John Tait Obituary
John H. Tait, 77, of 714 Fifty-fourth St. He had practiced in Des Moines for 43 yrs before retiring in 1961, died of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was a past president of the Polk County Medical Society and the Cosmopolitan Club. A horse exhibitor at the Iowa State Fair for 25 yrs, he was a member of that association’s hall of fame.

Florence Tait Obituary

Des Moines Register, Iowa, Oct. 1974

Mr. Florence Lingenfelter Tait, 82, of 714 Fifty-fourth St., the granddaughter of a pioneer central Iowa family. Born in Grant City, Mo. She was the granddaughter of A.C. Bondurant, founder of the town of Bondurant. 2 daughters, Norma Tait of Des Moines, and Mrs. Barbara Schwarzenbach of Park Ridge, Ill. 2 sisters, Mrs. Lela Livingston of Mesa, Az. , and Mrs. Lois Helser of Capistrano Beach, Ca and 2 brothers Fred B. Legenfelter of Rochelle, Ill and Dr. Robert Lingenfelter of Round Roch, Tex.

This photo above had everyones names written on it, and once I checked Census records I had a perfect match…

Lingenfelter in 1900 Grant city, Worth, Missouri Census Records

Father James Valentine
Mother Florence
(her parents- Father: Alexander Conley Bondurant and Mother: Margaret Marilla Brooks)
Daughter Florence E. (who is Florence Tait in first photo of this post)
Son Cleo J.
Son Fred B.
Daughter Lela M.
There is also another son named BEN that is not in the census record

Florence’s Father was Alexander Bondurant, who the town is named after, to get history on the man the town visit this site. I am not sure if both of them are the grandparents in some of the photos but suspect at least Margaret is pictured in the album I have.

There are a couple quotes inside plastic sleeves tucked loosely in the album, one had a quote by N.V. Peale, I slid it out to find a tiny sheet of paper behind it folded in half with pencil writing on it. I transcribed it the best I could, since it was folded for so long the words bled onto the opposite side making it harder to read, I wrote down what parts I could make out as follows…….

“I am not really a person who craves attention. I think speaking out probably would…….

I attain love by being a good daughter to my father and giving love in return. I hug my father and kiss him.


I get support from the Day Hospital by them listening to my problems.


I get acceptance from my family as …. along with what they want me to do and…”

This is my second blog entry to find an old photo of a home and then link it up to a photo of it today. The house below is listed in the album I have

House 747 37th Street, Des Moines, Iowa today on Google Maps, it was built in 1916, I always love finding a home that is still standing and to see with older photos, I just love the old car in the driveway in first snapshot!

There is another home address listed in the ebay auction for Norma’s Baby Book. It says “Our First Real Home, 3312 Highland Ave., Kansas City, Mo” and there are photos of that house front and back in the baby book.

Other identifying information in the album

1. Neighbors children, Franklin and George Sawyer, who are listed in the 1930 Census for Polk, Iowa. Their family is Franklin L. and Martha W. Sawyer. Children are Franklin L., George W. and Edward S.

2. James Lingenfelter – son of Cleo

3. Photo of children – Georgina Munger, Betty Sinclair, Launita Munger and Jane Sinclair

I am by no means done with this album and I want to spend more time on this blog but wanted to get it up in time for Sepia Saturday this week, so please check back if this particular blog interests you as I will be adding more information as I find it.

Photo albums are one of my favorite things to find, and I have a stack of them accumulated now, most of the others are older then this one, 1800s, and very time consuming to work on. One has to be careful just turning the pages on them. I love albums though, they are a story, they are someones life documented, a piece of history, so please please dont ever strip an old photo album apart! Keep it together! And if you have any in your family, PLEASE put notes of those relatives you do know in the album, because if nobody jots any notations, nobody knows who they are looking at for future generations or should these albums end up lost like so many I find. I often wonder if many of these end up in estate sales after someones death with nobody claiming them or finding them and that is how they end up out there lost. Later to be donated to a charity, sold at an estate sale or auction. Fortunately there are many of us nowadays rescuing and collecting them. But I cant imagine how many get stripped apart or tossed in a trash can.


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The Whole Bunch – Family Photo Ca

Found this at the AV Flea Market recently. I didnt realize when I bought it that it contained no last names, sighhhh.

So here we have a black and white photo labeled “The Whole Bunch, John, Bes, Harley, Paul and Alice, Grandma and Billy, Grandpa, Janet and David, Mary Jane and Judith”

My guess is this may be a California shot due to the Palm Tree and Bungalow style homes on the block, plus the guy I bought these from did a lot of buying and selling of old photos here in California. Im just terribly sad I dont have any other information to work with. You would be amazed at time what you can find if you have a location and first names of parents, sometimes you can narrow it down and match the childrens names to the parents in census records of a location. Especially when you have a name that isnt as typical but its only the first name. Wish they had put down Grandma and Grandpa’s first names.

But for now, this will be the “Whole Bunch Family”

Residing in my box with other rescued photos now living again on the Internet, hoping to find their way back home to distant or close relatives.


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Charley and Cora Hoffman – Davenport, Iowa – Photo

Found this photo in Phoenix, Az
I saw this one and thought “What an attractive couple” . Young, but not dour, they dont look hardened and rough. Stylish and attracive. Even with her specs she looks very stylish. Are they a couple? Or are they siblings?
Photographer is J.M. Lenz , Davenport, Iowa

Says “CORA and CHARLEY HOFFMAN” on the back

Using the Family Search website I have following information, which could be them in later years.

Married June 2, 1909

1930 Census for Davenport, Scott, Iowa

Charles H. Hoffman- Father Born 1888. His parents were
Father’s Name: Charles H. L. V. Hoffmann
Mother’s Name: Dora Gerd…

Cora Alma Hoffman (Bertram maiden name) – Mother Born 1883 . Her parents were
Father’s Name: John H. Bertram
Mother’s Name: Anna Meiburg

Children are

Reimer Hoffman Born 1913

Robert J. Hoffman

As always feel free to chime in with comments, any information you may have found on these names or if you believe you may be a relative. I always love hearing from you!


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School Photos – Villanova School, Mallory School Sepia Saturday

This weeks Sepia Saturday photo is a of some children outside of a school.

Perfect time to dig out my School Photos and showcase them here.

Found the first one in a shop in Ventura, Ca

Thankfully it had a note that said “Villanova School” on the price tag. I wrote it down when they took the tag. From internet research and a city nearby where I found this photo there is a Villanova Preperatory School in Ojai, California. I am not sure if this is the exact one, photos of the school that I can see online are at a distance and do not match what I see in this photo. The curved doors and windows, love the metal work on those doors! Anyone have a guess for what year this could have been taken? So if its at the school it would be around a side not shown in other photos of this place. This looks more like a Staff photo then that of students unless the amount of students that attended were very small at the time.

I also wonder if this was taken at a hotel? It looks more like a fancy hotel and staff.

Heres what I have found on the Villanova School website…

Villanova was established in October 1924 at the request of Bishop John Cantwell who invited the Augustinians to California from Villanova, Pennsylvania to open schools and parishes in the early 1920’s. Villanova Preparatory School educates the leaders of tomorrow and is truly a microcosm of global citizenry comprising students from ten different countries.

NOTE ADDED: There are other Villanova Schools, Colleges, University, Monastery, etc, so if anyone recognizes this building please let me know! Ive searched through photos on sites of various places with the name but still no match.

I also have this one, I have strained and tilted this photo in different shades of light, Ive used a loop up close and at a distance, Ive saved it in photoshop as a negative hoping the words would be more visible, and Ive scanned it and zoomed in to try and see, sigh, no luck, this is where I wish I had a handy CSI kit to show me what the faint pencil writing on it says. If anyone else has any suggestions please chime in, there is faint writing in pencil cursive style but I just cannot make out the name, it does says School as the second word, but the first word is so hard to read, it could start with a P, C or E, but still the whole word is difficult to read. I wish there was a solution I could pour onto pencil lead that would only darken to make it surface better. Since the backdrop its written on is gray, flat and grainy its so hard to decipher.

This photo reads on the little blackboards on the ground “Feb. 9, 1907, Mallory School, Walter Womble Teacher”

Found this on the net…

“Mallory Schoolhouse was built in the fall of 1872. One acre of land was purchased from James R. and Mary Freeman for the sum of twenty dollars. The Deed was recorded September 12, 1872. Mallory School District was in the southeast corner of Ray County, Missouri.

The first records were sent to the County School Superintendent in 1907. The first eighth grade graduates on record were DeWitt and Leland McQueen who graduated in 1908.

In the year 1938-1939, the enrollment was 35. In 1945, the enrollment was so small it was decided to close the school and send the children by bus to the Hardin School. ”

Interesting to see the first records were sent in 1907, the same year as this photograph. I have tried looking up the teacher Walter Womble, I can find a few of them in Missouri but didnt find any listed in the census as a school teacher, if anyone else can find anything on him chime in. Since the info on the website gives you the name of the 2 students graduating on record in 1907, there is some info in census records of a “Leland McQueen”, who just may be pictured in this photo. He is 17 in 1910, so this could be about right, he would be about 15 in the photo. Now if we only knew which one was him!

1910 census, Crooked River, Ray, Missouri
William McQueen 71 b VA f VA m VA
Bernecia McQueen 51 s/b Pernicia b MO f OH m MO
James McQueen 32
Maynie McQueen 21
Dewitt McQueen 19
Leland McQueen 17
Helen McQueen 13
John McQueen 10

There is also some history in Hastings, New York of a Mallory Schoolhouse, that has been transformed into a residence and there are photos of online and contained in a book on Hastings.

I like this photo, how the two men are standing on the side of the building as if to be out of sight, almost like a villain hiding dressed in his cowboy hat, but they are still in the shot, and the 2 in the school house window. Is that Mr. Wombles on the right? And what is he holding? Makes me think of a bell or something but Im not sure.

Hope you have enjoyed this week’s school photos. 🙂


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Private Victor Urbanich

Sepia Sat post, this week time is short to prep, so Im just posting a solo photo I found in Az

has the following information written on the back

Pvt Victor V. Urbanich
819 Chem Co.. A.O
U.T.C. 3rd Reg
Camp Sibert , Ala.

Found this info in soc security index records, not sure if it is the same person but there is not a lot that comes up for this name.

URBANICH, VICTOR 14 Mar 1903 Mar 1981 age 77-78 (Southgate, Wayne, MI)
URBANICH, LOUISE 09 Jun 1910 20 Feb 1990 age 79 (Southgate, Wayne, MI)


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Tomlinson Bros Photograph – Hannibal, Mo – Sepia Sat

This weeks photo prompt was of Women in Parliament marching. I was going to just add one of my off topic items Ive been working on. Last night I was sorting many of the old photos I have. I need a system and could not find my plastic sleeves to put in spiral notebooks to have an easier way to find and go through things, so as I opened up one envelope, there I saw a picture that I felt spoke to me as a Sepia Saturday post.

On the Sepia Sat photo the women are all dressed with elaborate type breastplate designs or what have you on their dresses. With their hair pinned up or curls coming down on their head in the front and the back put up.

This is one my no name photos. No writing on back, and it seems the bottom corner is torn off where it may have said what state/place, etc. So all I have on the bottom left corner is “Tomlinson Bros” and nothing more, which Im sure was the photographer. After doing a quick google search, it appears there was one by that name in Hannibal, MO.

She looks almost as if she has some heavy breastplate action going with this dress! Not the usual Im used to seeing, anyone have any idea about this type of dress style? Think its a wedding photo as he is in a tux himself? What year do you suppose this is?

The dress seems so puffy and big, he cant even get too close to her due to the size of it! His shoulder is wedged into her shoulder poof.

Short and sweet this time, I have lots more detailed families to write on but none seemed the right fit this week. Until next time!


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