Monthly Archives: April 2012

Yearbook – Asbury College – Denton M. Gerow

Purchased 3 Yearbooks at an Az antique store. From Asbury College dated 1927, 1929 and 1930

One has the name “Denton M. Gerow” written inside. He is a Senior in the 1930 Yearbook.

Now lets meet Denton in his Senior Photo that says “Wilmore, Kentucky, Denton M. Gerow, A.B. Major – Religious Studies”

Pretty neat little clip found when googling his name, Found in some old newspaper articles

“Reading Eagle, April 5, 1940 – President Roosevelt responded to a question sent to him by Rev. Denton M. Gerow, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.. “What in your opinion is the most fundamental need in the lives of the young people in America Today?” Mr. Roosevelt replied “No greater thing could come to our land today than a revival of the spirit of religion- a revival that would sweep through the homes of the nation and stir the hearts of men and women of all faiths to a reassertion of their belief in God and their dedication to His will for themselves and for their world.”

There was more but the paper fades out after the next paragraph

From link,70947

His wife

Marthella Blevins Mayhall Gerow, 84, died Dec. 8, 2010, in Sun City. She born March 21, 1926, in Harlan, Ky. She moved to Arizona from St. Louis about 40 years ago.


So this may be how his yearbooks were in Az and with her death in 2010 may have ended up in the antique store as part of an estate sale or something.


Filed under Yearbooks

Dunham Family, Clinton, Mo and Charles Dennen, Ca – Sepia Saturday

This week I have not had time to prepare a theme. All of my albums are boxed up for the time being, so I was only able to play with a few loose ones I just found. (Click on photos to see them close up)

Photographs found in Lancaster, Ca Antique Store

On back it reads “Aunt Janie and Uncle Henry, Rose and Ora Dunham”

Photographer Ellesworth Marks, Clinton, Mo

Here is some info I have found in Census records, after doing much research, there are many variations of this families names in each census so it took some time to compile where they were during each census.

1900 Census

David H. Dunham married to Lizzie J. Daughters Rose L. and Cora E.

1910 Census research brings up the following

Henry D. Dunham Born in Missouri,  residing in Bethlehem, Henry, Mo, age 49

married to Elija J. Dunham born in Iowa, age 48


Rose Lee Dunham age 19

Ora A. Dunham age 18

I did find this Obituary info, not sure if its related, as there is a Male named Ora, but Mrs Ora had a sister named Rose also, and they are listed as being in the same area as the photograph was taken. So Im compiling everything here and hope someone can eventually put any of the clues together or see if both are related.

January 9, 1914
Clinton Register

Had Lived in Clinton About One Year—
Taken to Old Home in Indiana for Burial.

Soon after 12 o’clock Wednesday night, Mrs. Ora DORHAM died at her home, 902 East Washington street, aged 19 years, being sick about five weeks, though she had lung trouble several years.  Her maiden name was Katherine GILHEM, and she was born in Perry county, Ind. Nov. 8, 1894, and was married to Ora DUNHAM July 9, 1912, and they moved to Clinton about a year ago.  The husband and one child, aged one year, survive her.  She is also survived by her father, three sisters and two brothers, only one of whom, Mrs. Rose PRICE, lives in Clinton, the others in Indiana.  The remains were taken to Indiana today for burial at the old home.

This next photo is of a child and says “Charles Dennen” photographer James Studios, Bakersfield, Ca

Found a  birth

Charles H. Dennen born Oct. 11, 1915 in Kern, Ca

Lastly in this batch, Photographer is Logan, 155 San Joaquin St., Stockton, Cal.

On the back says “Floyd and Clara” on the top, then in writing below it says “Mrs. L.A. Dennen” and looks like possibly directions are the rest of the writing that is hard to make out. So I am keeping these together since the Dennen name and California are both listed on the last 2 photos. Perhaps they are related.


Filed under Loose Photos

Pink and Hawley, Ireland to Iowa – Sepia Saturday

This weeks Sepia Saturday themes are Library and Sleep. Sleep came to mind as I acquired my first Post Mortem photo in this album and its Sleep at its Ultimate Rest. Photo will be seen later, keep reading.

I found these in a Phoenix, Az antique shop.

The green album looks to be done by Constance Dewilde. Even though her name is nowhere listed nor is she featured, this album has documentation next to all the photos and the writer says in one photo “Naomi is my mother” and that is how we narrowed it down as she was the only child. This looks almost as if it was a type of family tree album working its way down documenting the family, several photos are missing but there are still many left. Here is a brief run down of what was written in the album around the photos.

This album starts with Jane Boyce and Robert Pink living in Donaghadee, Ireland. They married and moved to America, first they lived in Chicago and then on a farm in Kossuth County, Iowa. They had 5 children. John, Jane, “Rob”, Ellen and Elizabeth. (Click on any of the images for a closer view)

Their daughter Jane married Henry Issac Hawley and lived on a farm in Kossuth County Iowa and later moved to Mason City. Henry was a brakeman and conductor for the Milwaukee Railroad. They had a child named Naomi Jane Hawley.(daughter in middle in photo below)

The other album is the Old White One in the Photo and inside the front cover it reads ” Henry Hawley and Jane Pink, December 24, 1896, A Christmas Present”

When I first purchased these I didnt even know they belonged to the same family, so that was even more exciting to discover when I got them home and began to study them.

This one is full of Cabinet Card and some CDV photos in the back. Also one Post Mortem photo.

The fantastic part about this one is that someone went along and wrote in pen detailed information as to almost who is featured in every single photo and their family relation. This is amazing to have for such an old album.

Due to the amount of documentation and names posted, I expect there will be some family contacts arising from this blog, will be curious to see what happens, since we have several family names and lines mentioned in these albums.

All that I can gather is that Constance had these albums, and she died having no children. She was born on February 11, 1927 and passed away on January 22, 2011. Her husband Ralph Height Jr. was an organist and was killed in a car accident in Iowa in 1965 at a young age and there is no info to indicate she remarried. So these may have been in her possession until her death and just ended up being sold or gotten rid of in her estate?

There are also some photos missing but details written on those pages also. People are listed as follows. (I have added a few photos at this time, the album is put up now but I at least got all the names listed here)

1. (Blank Photo slot reads “Andy Boyce – My Mother’s Cousin” and another blank slot reads “John Haisley – Mother’s cousin, Grandmother Pink’s Sister” then a photo on opposing page that reads “Mary Haisley” – Sis of John Haisley

2. Walter Melvin Duckett – Post Mortem Death Photo and also a Funeral Card. Died November 13, 1903, Bluffton, Ohio and in the notes says “Fiance of Sarah Boyce died before they married”

Sara Boyce – Andy’s sister, Chicago, Ill

Nina Billings, Waterloo, Iowa, School Friend of Mothers

Maree Amesbury – John Pink’s Daughter

Sadie Tellier – Will Lewis Daughter

Anna Schneider – Grandpa Pink’s brothers Daughter

Uncle Rob Pink

Author or Arthur ? Patterson – Aunt Sarah Patterson’s Son, Grandma Pink’s nephew

Arthor Patterson 1st Daughter

Lottie, Sadie, and Billie Lewis, Louisa and Will Lewis’s Kids

Sandy Pink – Son of Alec Pink, John Pink, son of Rob Pink

Mary Stiles (Mommies Friend)

Jimmy Boyce (Henry Boyce’s son brother of andy and author Boyce)

John Pink age 16

Georgie Grimes (Uncle Dave’s Daughter)

Uncle John Pink

Uncle Jin or Jim Pink (brother of Grandpa Robert Pink)

Mary Ann Cultra (Aunt Mary Morris’s mother and Grandpa Pink’s daughter of his first wife)

Johnny Cultra ( Aunt Mary Morris’s brother, any Mary Ann’s son)

Aunt Lou (Daddy’s Sister and Husband, Charlie Buffhan)

Aunt Lou (Daddy’s Sister)

Uncle John Pink

Daddy’s Fathers Mother Grandma Hawley CDV

Aunt Loo ( Daddy’s Sister) Infant CDV Photo

I believe this is my fathers sister Sarah Pink – Jane

Aunt Lou and Daddy CDV Baby and toddler photo

Grandma Grant and Aunt Lou

Katie Boyce – Andy’s Sister (mini cut out photo)


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