Monthly Archives: July 2012

McCollum Family – Tenn

These were purchased July 2012 in an Antique Shop in Phoenix, Az. This store has oodles of photos and postcards all over the place at reasonable prices. So my guess is many more of the photos went to this same family but I grabbed a couple with the best writing on the back to identify them. Meet the McCollum Family.

Backside reads

Ike McCollum

Nanie McCollum

Left to Right

Edgar, Bertha, Flossie, Anie, Emmie,

In front of Ike on Nanies Lap Aultie

Single Photos

1. Ike says on back “Mrs. Onie Mullins Grandfather”

2. John McCollum brother of Isaac McCollum , photo is out of Texas

Marriage records search turns up

September 16, 1889 Isaac S. McCollum married Nancy “Nannie” McCartney in Gibson County, Tenn

Also have this info from another site

After Mary came Nancy Caroline (Nan) McCartney.  Nan was born on December 7, 1873, in Gibson County, Tennessee.  Isaac C. McCollum began courting Nan and the two purchased a marriage license on September 16, 1889, from the Courthouse at Trenton, Tennessee.  The two were married on September 17, 1889 by J. W. Crowford, Minister of the Gospel.  Nan and Ike’s children were: Bertha Etta McCollum, Edgar Luther McCollum, Onie Bell McCollum, Altie Leona McCollum, Flossie Lillian McCollum, Emmie Irene McCollum, and Lona Mae McCollum.



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Dorothy Stackhouse, Bessie T. Benson and William Sacia Farm

Pictures found in a large batch that came with a fancy Gold Upright Album in a Stand. Click on the images for a closer view

Labeled Dorothy Stackhouse Jr. and Junior and her nurse Alberta

Last one has the name Dorothy but dont know if this is the same one, Says Dorothy at seventeen.

These 4 all have the same style writing on the back.

I will transcribe them the best I can.

Top Left Photo  – This is 406 Lake St. I am on my little porch. Have dawn an ? on side of my front door you see here are his front steps. We did mine me and Lewis, we are on a corner, am I not lucky to get a deep lot like this for 15 a month? I think I am”

Bottom Right Photo – This is Uncle William Sacia’s farm, about a mile from grandfathers on same road. I am sorry it doesnt have more of the shade trees. There must be a dozen of the most beautiful trees I ever saw. Uncle William planted them all the house set back 100 ft from street. Its a lovely farm, its where I spent about a summer when 15 yrs old.

Top Right Photo – I look just like a Salvation Army Teacher and Edith says she “Looks as if she had a whiff of something offensive” but its ……? we wanted you to see”.

Bottom Right Photo – This is Grandfathers farm houses, where your father and mother were married about seventy years ago. It is just as grandfather built it. The first house has a log house, after a few years he built a small frame house and before our mother was married, grandfather built his one which in those days was considered a fine home.

So the only clues we have are Uncle William Sacia on the back. I googled the name and did find some similar names, have no idea if they are related but maybe someone doing net searching will come across this blog to see if they link up in anyways, found the following.

Town of Concord, Wisconsin. William Sacia one of the first town officials claimed to be the first pioneer settler in the Town of Concord. His old farmstead is located on Hwy. E adjacent to the Oconomowoc River.


Writing on backside reads

Bessie T. Benson and B.T. giving the crowd the “Once over” Seattle, Wa 1927

Mrs. B.T. Benson. Miss Hensly, ? and Mr Gunther and his car, he comes and takes us for a ride sometimes.

Same crowd with Mrs Bronson on the Right.

There is a Bessie T. Benson listed in the 1930 census in Seattle, Wa. She is listed as a widow, age 63. Born around 1867 in Wisconsin.

New found info possibly linking these two last names together

Betsy’s parents are George Taylor B. England & Eliza Herron .
Eliza’s parents are David Herron & Sarah
In 1850 census of their household is living Sabrina Sacia…b 1776 NY


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Momus Wedding, Jacobs Photo Shop, Seattle, Wa

These are 8 x 10 photos. Stamped on the bottom right hand corner with “Jacob’s Photo Shop P.I. Bldg Seattle, Wa.

I have not found any info on this photographer other then different photos of his in Washington State Archives

It is a wedding, but in an oriental style building. One picture says the word “Momus” over the doorway.

I have no other info other then these came in the batch of photos from the Stapleton, Baumgartner and Caughell Collection I have.


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Caughell and Grand View Hotel

(UPDATE 2015 – Items have been re united with family that read this blog)

These came out of a large batch of photos. I got these in an online auction. I do not know if they are all related or not.

Ive been sorting through last names on the photos and trying to group the ones with writing on the back together and then comes the detective work.

The album in the batch is very fancy and sits on a stand. And then the stacks of loose photos have all types, my guess from the clothing and pictures, people with more money at the time from the way they are presented. There are 2 last names I have not been able to link up with the people in the album but there is a marriage license and a letter in the envelope. These contain the last names Way and Cage. A Cage married a Way in PA.

So here are some that contain information on them.

John D. Caughell, Grand View Hotel, August 1901. I had to adjust the color some as its very faded. Click the image to view it larger.

Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin

Each of the people in the photo are numbered over their heads. The photo is fading, but still a great one. Here are the names the best I can make them out on the back to identify each person.

1.Lulu Meith – Pastry Girl

2. Chris Meith – Pastry Cook

3. John D. Caughell – Steward and Chief Clerk

4. Howard Harris – Chef

5. Merlou Wallace – Pan Washer

6. Wm Murray – Watchman

7. Richard Fox – Second Cook

8. Mrs. Fox – Asst Second Cook

E.C Gruer – Mgr.

Colored Service in dining room

When I googled the hotel I found this


Thursday, April 21, 1904

The Grand View Hotel company is a corporation which was recently organized thru the influence of Irving P. Lord, John D. Caughell and Wallace H. Lord, and has purchased the real estate and all personal property and other belongings . The Messrs. Lord and Mr. Caughell, are all well known in this city and community….. it is believed that they can operate the hotel more economically and with greater success than can anybody else.  Mr. Caughell, who has so successfully managed the Grand View Hotel during the past two years, will continue to hold the position of general manager, and as he is a hustler as well as being immensely popular, he will certainly increase the patronage of this popular resort.


Then there are 2 other photos.

One says “November 22, 1935 Otter Rock, Oregon, Beach Home” Other reads “Salem, Oregon. Nove 22, 1931. Maude E. Caughell and dog – Bobbie”

After doing some internet research John Degrove Caughell was born around 1873. He married Maude Eleanor Rowe. There is a photo of Maude Rowe inside the album that is on a cabinet card and says she is 2 yrs and 11 mos old.

Census records said they had a child John Rowe Caughell, who was born April 1, 1904 at the Grandview Hotel.

John died February 18, 1943 in Marion, Oregon

Maude died Jan 4, 1942 in Jackson, Oregon

More pages to come! As I believe I found some names linked together, Stapleton married a Caughill(variations in spelling) so look for an upcoming entry on the Stapletons.


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Prairie Gem Country School 1908

Written on backside

Prairie Gem Country School 1908. 5 miles from Bladen, Nebraska

Left to Right

Back Row – Roy Kershnir, Edith Wachter, Earl Derr

Front Row – Mabel McCord, Fred McCord, Pearl Pope – Teacher

From internet research it looks like the school was located in Mount Pleasant, Missouri.

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