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C.H. Truesdell HOME

 Clarence Henry Truesdell Home


I found these 2 cards in the Stapleton, Caughill batch of photos. These are Christmas and New Years Cards. No year is noted.(Click on any of the photos to see them enlarged)


Mr. Truesdell died in 1917. Not sure how long his wife and kids remained in the home or if these cards were sent AFTER his passing. I love photos of old houses and love trying to see if I can find them still standing today. All I had was 2 photo cards with a name in them. Well to my surprise this home has been beautifully preserved and and turns up on a website of historic preservation for the area!

Clarence Henry Truesdell

Born Sep. 30, 1866 Wisconsin and Died Mar. 24, 1917 in Mississippi

Wife Jennie (Browne) Truesdell

This info was found on the internet, website noted below.

“Born Sept 19, 1863 Waupaca, Wisconsin Died 1964 OH. (Clarence Henry) Truesdell was born in Kenosha on September 30, 1866, where he received his early education in the public schools. He then attended Beloit College, and later the Chicago College of Pharmacy.

On September 13, 1892, Clarence Henry Truesdell had been united in marriage to Miss Jennie Browne, the only daughter of the Honorable E. L. Browne, and they became the parents of three children:  Mary, Edward B., who died in 1901 age four years, and Philip.

(A side note, E. L Browne, Jennie Truesdells Father was also was of note in Waupaca. There is a law office still standing today on the historic register that he and his son E.E. Browne practiced law at, and this name will pop up in later) E. L. Browne Law Office photo



For seven years Mr. Truesdell was the successful proprietor of a drug store  in Chicago; this gave him the experience that he needed in compounding physician’s prescriptions.

Truesdell came to Waupaca in 1894, and opened up a drug store in the north one-half of the newly-built Waupaca County National Bank building, that was located on the northwest corner of East Union and South Main Streets. This building is presently the headquarters of Coldwell Banker Petersen Realtors.

It is here that Truesdell supposedly had the first soda fountain in Waupaca.

Truesdell’s lease ran out on April 1, 1914, and was not going to be renewed because the bank had plans for expansion and needed the extra space.  Truesdell moved his drug business to the Masonic Block, to the building that had just been vacated by the W. H. Laabs Grocery Store.

According to the Waupaca Record Leader, on May 13, 1914, Clarence H. Truesdell moved his drug business to 107 N. Main Street, the first door north of the Star Bakery.  The Star Bakery, that operated at 105 N. Main for many years, is now (1993) the south one-half of the Stratton Drug Store.

  1. H. Truesdell remained at this location for just over a year, when illness forced him to retire. On September 1, 1915 he sold the business to Frank O. Stratton.  Death cut short the young life of Clarence Henry Truesdell at his winter home at Biloxi, Miss., on March 24, 1917.

“He died at age 51 of Diabetes. The body was brought to Waupaca by Congressman E.E. Browne, who went from Washington to Biloxi for that purpose, and interment took place under Masonic auspices.” (from old newspaper archives)

Congressman E.E. Browne who brought the body also has a historic home preserved in the area.


Statement of Significance: The C. H. (Clarence Henry) Truesdell home began construction in 1900 and was completed in 1901. The home is one of the more prominent in Waupaca, closely reflecting the taming of the era in Queen Anne Architecture. Home styles were becoming more subdued by 1900. C. H. maintained a Pharmacy in Waupaca from 1894 until 1915. He and his wife Jennie (Browne) were prominent in the community. Jennie was the daughter of E.L. Browne.


Winter Snow Photo of the  Truesdell home on the second card I found.


Period of Home: 1900-1901

Address:  702 S. Main Street

Current Photo on the Internet of the home


I hope you can keep all the notes and photos straight in this blog. When I start looking something up I sometimes end up going down other paths linking others together. Seeing as these cards came in such a large batch of photos of so many families you never know if more that lies in the photo collection contains the Truesdells or the Brownes.

The following info is from the historic site descriptions of the Truesdell home.

Exterior Description:  The exterior of the C. H. Truesdell home “appears” original (wood construction) in physical appearance from the exterior. However, closer inspection shows that a majority of the house has been re-sided in vinyl. The scale of the siding is similar to that of the original clapboard, and does not detract from the home’s historic presence. Only the clapboard portions were covered. The gabled portions of the home maintain their original trim, as do the bargeboards and windows. The front (east) porch maintains its original appearance as well as the 2nd story east balconette. All window openings maintain their original sizes. Most of the home’s windows are original. The northwest room off of the kitchen could be original to the home. It is essentially built over the outside basement stairway. The footings are fieldstone; there may have also been an in-ground cistern here. This room may have originally been the “maid’s quarters.” Overall, the Truesdell home is in very original condition and appearance. The grounds also have a detached garage at the back (west) portion of the lot, which is not original to the home’s building era, the original carriage house probably sat in this same general location.

Interior Description: The Truesdell home has maintained its original floor plan, except for changes made to the kitchen/pantry area. The front (east) entrance is accessed by an original large paneled white oak door with the upper half composed of glass. It is flanked by two side windows. The entry creates a vestibule area that “juts” outward onto the front porch. The foyer is lit by a chained globe, which appears original. The floor is a squared parquet design in, what is believed to be white oak. The floor has a thin (probably stained oak) border that follows the foyer’s floor plan. The stairway is a “half open” design; comprised of most likely white oak and original. The stacked paneled newel with rounded finial is also original and a common design in a late nineteenth (turn of the century) house. The staircase has an interesting small storage compartment below the main stair. The foyer doorway and window trim as well as the 10 inch mopboard are in white oak. The stair also has an unusual feature of a pocket door at the landing, which separates the foyer stair from the kitchen stair. Entry to the front (south) parlor is through double 5 panel pocket doors. The floor has a complex square parquet pattern of possibly white oak with a ribbon border around the perimeter in possibly cherry or maple. The parlor trim appears to be maple or, more likely, cherry. It does have a picture rail and coved ceiling. It has a large east facing “picture” window and south side standard double hung window. Door and window hardware is simple. The room is lit by a six light cast iron round fixture, which is most likely original. From the front parlor is access to the back parlor, which may have been a library or sitting room. These rooms are adjoined by 5 panel double pocket doors. The flooring is identical to the front parlor. Again, there is a picture rail and coved ceiling. The trim is also the same style and wood grain (likely cherry). The room is lit by the same style cast iron round 6 light fixture that adorns the front parlor. The room has a triple window bay style window seat and also a rear facing (west) standard double hung window. The room is dominated by an unusual fireplace mantle comprised of brick and terra cotta with fluted décor. It is flanked to the left (west) by a bookshelf, which appears original. Access to the kitchen can be from the back parlor or the short hallway from the foyer. This short hall also has the basement entry. The kitchen is in the northwest corner of the home. It has been modernized and changed but has a “period” feel. It does have the original pine floor. The kitchen also has access to the central stair. Off of the kitchen, near the dining room, was originally most likely a butler’s pantry, but has been converted into a bathroom. Connected to the kitchen is a back room, now used as a den. It appears to be original to the house or a very early addition. It may have been a maid’s room or served some utilitarian role as it has access also to the basement and a side porch entrance. The dining room is accessed by the foyer by a single 5 panel hinged oak door or by a 5 panel oak swinging door from the kitchen. The dining room has a diamond pattern white oak parquet floor bordered by a darker stained oak ribbon near the perimeter. It has a triple window seat (north) and a large front (east) facing “picture” window. Left of the kitchen entrance is an original china cabinet. All woodwork/trim is of white oak. The dining chandelier has triple shade lighting in a “japanned” finish. It is most likely original. The 2nd floor is comprised of 4 main bedrooms at each corner. The front (east) facing bedrooms are adjoined by a sitting room. All of the bedrooms have their own closets except for the front (northeast) bedroom, which now has a “master bath” which may have been converted from a closet(s). Between the rear facing bedrooms is a full bathroom, which still has its original pine/fur wainscoting. The bathroom has newer fixtures but a “period” feel. Flooring throughout the 2nd floor is 2 ¼-inch maple. Trim/woodwork appears to be of the pine family, possibly fir. Doors are 5 panel. Mopboards are 10 inch. All original to the home. The upstairs newel is also a stacked paneled design with a rounded finial as in the foyer. The stairwell also has its original handrail. Ceiling height is 8’6” on the second floor and 9’6” on the first floor. The basement is a “full”, with a stone/cement foundation and a concrete floor.

This info can be found at….


Browne Law Office Historic building info from

E.E. Browne Home


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Cemetery Stones – Frank M. Coy, John M. Forrest, Nicholas Darter, A.S. Johnston

Found these photos on ebay out of Oregon. They also were in the same batch as the Whitehead photo blog, not sure that there is any relation between those and these photos but I make notes just in case.

Back of Photo reads “Woodburn Cemetery” Mabel Bowles, Frank Coy, Edna Nelson and  Willard Bowles (child)


Photo is at Woodburn Cemetery in Marion County, Oregon. (click on the images to enlarge) It is the grave covered in a large amount of flowers for Frank’s wife EMMA. Born in 1862 and died in 1907. She was 45 yrs old at her death. Im wondering if this was her funeral? Or just visiting the grave. It is a beautiful photo.

Frank is the man in the photo, I believe his daughter Mabel Loretta Coy Bowles is on the left side. (following the order names are written on back). Edna Nelson on the other side is his other daughter.  On findagrave it says that Frank Coy passed away at the home of his daughter Edna’s home in 1948. Willard Bowles is the little boy and is the son of Mabel.  Born in 1915 and died in 2001.


Head Stone for

John Milton Forrest  – Born 1808 Died 1865. Anna Bell Rhea Forrest Born 1810 Died 1866.

You can see their photo on Findagrave at his link, it also says they led a wagon train crossed the Oregon Trail .

Has writing on the back of the photo of the stone that reads “Headstone at the grave of Judge John M. Forrest and Anna Bell Rhea Forrest in Hopewell Cemetery. Albany, Oregon


Last stone photograph says on the back “Memorial stone at the grave of  Nickolas / Nicholas Darter Sr., in the cemetery adjoining the old Saint Johns Church near Wytheville, Va. This stone is still standing (1942) The snap shot from which this photograph was made was taken by Michael E. Darter of Washington D.C. This background is not the original which is tall dry grass. This background was made of an old picture used for the purpose. The foundation has sunken into the ground in the one hundred and twenty three years since it was erected.  Born Mar 12, 1746 Died April 8, 1821.”

You can actually find the will written by Nicholas Darter which is fascinating. Then there is a detailed list of his possessions and their values.

“I Nicholas Darter Sr., of Wythe Co., do make this last will & testament in
the following manner: 1st to wit, After the payment of all my just debts
out of my estate by my executor herein named. I give unto my wife Finwell
Darter $100.00 in money and all my household and kitchen furniture except
two beds, one Cupboard and the clock. 2nd, I give to my sons Nicholas and
John one dollar each and no more. 3rd, I give unto my sons Henry and
Michael and to my daughter Catherine Robinet, Barbara Repass, Elizabeth
Henderson,Rosina Day, and the children of my personal estate to be equally
divided among them and the children of my aforenamed daughter, Magdellina
shall recieve together but one equal share thereof. 4th, Whereas John
Henderson who is entermarried to my aforenamed daughter Elizabeth has
already recieved the sum of $76.00 it is my wish that the said sum be
deducted out of his share and be equally divided equally among my named
children, Nicholas, and John excepted. 5th, I also give to my wife Finwell
my negro woman named Rachel during her life and after the decese it is my
will that the said Rachel shall remain three months with my executor
hereafter mentioned and shall have the privilege during the said time to
choose a master, provided the person chosen by the said Rachel shall be
willing to allow for her what she may be valued to by two disinterested
men chosen by my executor for that purpose and in case the said Rachel can
not be disposed of in that way during the three months, it is my will that
she shall be sold by my executor and the money therefrom divided equally
amongst all my children (Nicholas and John excepted) and allowing to the
children of my daughter Magalene (sic) Repass one full share. 6th, I
constitute and appoint my friend Christopher Brown executor of this my
Will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills and testaments
heretofore by me made.”
More of this will can be found here….

And his photo can be found on findagrave here

These 4 other photos also came in this batch, not sure if there is any relation and there are no markings on them.


2 women and a man walking across a bridge




Man in Old Car in front of trees


This last one looks like a copy of a photo with a note attached that says below “A.S. Johnston”  Autograph found inside the cover of General Johnston’s Pocket-Map of Tennessee, and written three days before the Battle of Shiloh – Probably his last autograph.”

Albert Sidney Johnston

(February 2, 1803 – April 6, 1862) served as a general in three different armies: the Texian (i.e., Republic of Texas) Army, the United States Army, and the Confederate States Army. He saw extensive combat during his military career, fighting actions in the Texas War of Independence, the Mexican-American War, the Utah War, and the American Civil War.

Considered by Confederate President Jefferson Davis to be the finest general officer in the Confederacy before the emergence of Robert E. Lee, he was killed early in the Civil War at the Battle of Shiloh. Johnston was the highest-ranking officer, Union or Confederate, killed during the entire war.[1] Davis believed the loss of Johnston “was the turning point of our fate”.

From Wikipedia (and this is just a section! There is a lot written about him)

Battle of Shiloh and death

Monument to Johnston at Shiloh National Military Park.

Johnston launched a massive surprise attack with his concentrated forces against Grant at the Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862. As the Confederate forces overran the Union camps, Johnston seemed to be everywhere, personally leading and rallying troops up and down the line on his horse. At about 2:30 p.m., while leading one of those charges against a Union camp near the “Peach Orchard”, he was wounded, taking a bullet behind his right knee. He apparently did not think the wound was serious at the time, or even possibly did not feel it, and so he sent his personal physician away to attend to some wounded captured Union soldiers instead. It is possible that Johnston’s duel in 1837 had caused nerve damage or numbness to his right leg and that he did not feel the wound to his leg as a result. The bullet had in fact clipped a part of his popliteal artery and his boot was filling up with blood. Within a few minutes, Johnston was observed by his staff to be nearly fainting. Among his staff was Isham G. Harris, the Governor of Tennessee, who had ceased to make any real effort to function as governor after learning that Abraham Lincoln had appointed Andrew Johnson as military governor of Tennessee. Seeing Johnston slumping in his saddle and his face turning deathly pale, Harris asked: “General, are you wounded?” Johnston glanced down at his leg wound, then faced Harris and replied in a weak voice his last words: “Yes… and I fear seriously.” Harris and other staff officers removed Johnston from his horse and carried him to a small ravine near the “Hornets Nest” and desperately tried to aid the general by trying to make a tourniquet for his leg wound, but little could be done by this point since he had already lost so much blood. He soon lost consciousness and bled to death a few minutes later. It is believed that Johnston may have lived for as long as one hour after receiving his fatal wound. Harris and the other officers wrapped General Johnston’s body in a blanket so as not to damage the troops’ morale with the sight of the dead general. Johnston and his wounded horse, named Fire Eater, were taken to his field headquarters on the Corinth road, where his body remained in his tent until the Confederate Army withdrew to Corinth the next day, April 7, 1862. From there, his body was taken to the home of Colonel William Inge, which had been his headquarters in Corinth. It was covered in the Confederate flag and lay in state for several hours.

It is probable that a Confederate soldier fired the fatal round. No Union soldiers were observed to have ever gotten behind Johnston during the fatal charge, while it is known that many Confederates were firing at the Union lines while Johnston charged well in advance of his soldiers.

Johnston was the highest-ranking casualty of the war on either side, and his death was a strong blow to the morale of the Confederacy. Jefferson Davis considered him the best general in the country; this was two months before the emergence of Robert E. Lee as the pre-eminent general of the Confederacy.

This was a curious grouping of photos. Not sure if the seller just compiled them together or if they were in a group together.


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