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Spencer Farmhouse – Waupaca, Wisconsin Pictures

Various photos out of Waupaca, Wisconsin

First photo reads on back “Ethelyn Spencer” My mothers sisters daughter

In the 1910 Census there is a Fred and Edith Spencer in Waupaca, Wisconsin with a daughter Ethelyn M. Spencer who was age 22 at the time.

I do not know if this one is related to the same Spencer family but contains the same last name in this large batch of photos.

First one reads “South side Spencer Farmhouse, Waupaca, Wisconsin 8/16/1918”

Second reads “North Side of Spencer Home, Waupaca, Wisconsin, Aug 5, 1918 at 4pm”

This photo reads on the back “Elizabeth Roberts, Major Roberts daughter, one of my chums” Waupaca, Wisconsin.

From Census Records there was a Elizabeth S. Roberts born in 1885, in 1900 census in Waupaca, Wisconsin. Parents Robert and Amy Roberts. I also did some research to see if there was any Major Roberts in Wisconsin. Do find mentions on google of a Major Robert N. Roberts, Thirty-eighth Wisconsin Infantry 1865.

From this site

Another Cabinet Card Photo labeled Waupaca, Wisconsin

There are names written in pencil faint at the bottom, it looks like “Aggie and Mamie Holmes”

Miss Bissie or Bessie Taylor



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Edward and Ida Jeffreys – Beatrice, Neb

Found this photo in an antique store in Chandler, Az.

Cabinet Card Photo

Photographer – Taylor, Beatrice, Neb

I purchased this one due to all the information on the back, someone took the time to document and place a post it note on the back.

Reads Uncle Ed and Aunt Ida Jeffreys in pencil on the back of the Cabinet Card Photo. The post it note reads “Edward Duke Jeffreys and Ida Mary Eby Jeffreys. Wedding picture August 20, 1895.”

Info found on rootsweb ..

Edward Duke Jeffreys

  • Birth: 12 Dec 1866 in New Middleton, Smith County, Tennessee
  • Death: 5 May 1932 in Plattsmouth, Cass County, Nebraska
Ida Mary Eby. Ida died at age 41 and they had many children
  • Birth: 19 Aug 1876 in Mendota, Lasalle County, Illinois 1
  • Death: 29 May 1917

Also found this info, has all of their children listed, Ida’s name is different


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Ignac Kubala – Yoakum, Texas

Short and Sweet this week. My husband lost his grandmother a few months ago and we are busy driving about 3 hours round trip to clean out her home. Which is its own historical family discovery of sorts. Hoping to do some family posts at some point.

Anyways, this if off topic, I do have another post with store fronts I did not too long ago that can be found here.

And for this weeks post.

Found in Lancaster, Ca antique shop

2 Cabinet Card Photos

One is a wedding Photo, and the other is a solo portrait of the bride at a another time. Has the name “Ignac Kubala” written on one of them. There is an Ignac and Josephine Kubala listed in Lavaca, Texas in the 1920 Census.

Photographer on her photo is Montgomery, Yoakum, Texas



UPDATE  Jan 2, 2013: I was contacted by a relative and these photos are going to James who also attached a nice letter about his relatives to add to the blog

December 23, 2012

 The wedding photo is of my maternal grandparents, Ignac (Ignatius) and Josephine (nee Maly) Kubala who were married in 1902 in Yoakum (Lavaca County), Texas. The photo of the woman sitting alone is of my grandmother, however the date of that photo is not known.


Interestingly, the English translation of the Czech word “maly” is “small” and Josephine, from what I’ve been told, was a small woman, only about five feet tall, whereas Ignac stood over six feet.


Both Ignac Kubala and Josephine Maly were born in Moravia, Czechoslovakia; Josephine in 1866 and Ignac in 1867. Ignac passed away February 4, 1921 at the relatively young age of 53 and Josephine died September 10, 1942 at the age of 76. They had four children in the following order: John, Joseph, Mary (my mother) and Ignatius. All four of their children are now deceased.


Ignatius, their youngest son, nicknamed “Live Oak”, played professional baseball and their two eldest grandsons (my Uncle John’s sons), Johnny and Raymond, were outstanding football players at West (Texas) High School and at Texas A&M University. In fact, Raymond (Ray) Kubala went on to play professionally for the Denver Broncos (1964-1967).


Needless to say I’m quite thrilled to find the photos of my maternal grandparents, whom I never had the privilege to meet, since I wasn’t born until 1948.




James A. Dewees

Only child of Mary Josephine Kubala-Dewees (1910-1995)

& Adron B. Dewees (1916-1975)


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Photo Album – Musicians, Actors and Performers

This weeks prompt at Sepia Saturday reminded me of a Photo Album I have so it was time to pull it out. It is the most expensive Photo Album I have purchased, found it in Ventura, Ca. It is also in the best condition of any album I do have. I have not really narrowed down who this album once belonged too, there are some photos with names on them, but no related names so far, and there is a variety of different types of photos. Family photos, and what looks like various performer photos, then some pages of tin types.

For this weeks theme Im featuring Musicians and What looks to be Performers. I will add another blog soon with more details from this album and other information. For those who are knowledgeable on instruments or any details surrounding any photos feel free to chime in, any helpful information is appreciated!

Cabinet Card Photo has the name “Frank Simmons” written on the back in pencil. There is no other info nor a photography studio. Photo is faded looking and you can see its poorly centered with the backdrop they used.

This one is a CDV of a man holding a Trombone? Says “Albee Bros.,Machias, ME”

Arent these 2 kids gorgeous? Written on the back in ink is, “Benny and I at the Operetta”, Photographer – A.D. Burk, Cleveland, Ohio. When looking up Operetta I found this on Wikipedia-

Operettas are usually shorter than operas, and are usually of a light and amusing character. Operettas are often considered less “serious” than operas.

The operetta is a precursor of the modern musical theatre or “musical”. In the early decades of the 20th century, the operetta continued to exist alongside the newer musical, with each influencing the other.

The main difference between the two genres is that most operettas can be described as light operas with acting, whereas most musicals are plays with singing.

At first I thought this may have been some type of military uniform but my mother looked it over and said it looks more like a costume rather then an actual military uniform.

This last photo is my favorite in the entire album! Photographer is “James” Iowa City, Iowa”. What do you suppose he is? Makes me think of a Circus Master, or some Snake Oil Salesman pitching his goodies to a crowd. Everything down to his beard and mustache, his top hat, His Polka Dot Bowtie, is fabulous! I really wish this one had some writing on it, I wonder who he was. Some fun creative writing prompts could come from these.

Other photos in the album with information on them include….

Rock Island, Quincy, Illinois

IOWA – Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Clinton, What Cheer

Seattle, Wash Territory

Cornelia F. Follett, 2-19-1865, Providence, R.I. CDV Photo, Woman

Edith Clifton Follett, 2-19-1965 CDV photo, child

Cornelia (born 1833) is the daughter of Leander M. Ware born in 1803 in Mass and Frances C. Ware born and died 3-30-1883, in 1880 Census he is living in Providence, R.I. with Cornelia and her daughter Edit Clifton Follett, born 1861 (last name can also be spelled Follette)

Photo of store, “E.M. Johnson & Son Boots and Shoes” “J. Hanson Dry Goods and Gents Furnishings” address 7000

Ord, Nebraska

Kansas City, Mo

W Lodzi, Nowy Rynek No. 6


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Minna and Eugene Mercier – Lowell, Mass

Cabinet Card Photo found in Chandler, Az Antique Shop

Photographer Fontaine, 475 Merrimack St. , Lowell, Mass”

Back of photo says “Minna and Eugene Mercier”


There was a Melina “Mina” Mercier in Lowell, Mass

Fortin Otto age 24 to Melina Mercier age 23 Oct 08 1904 listed on the net under “Marriage Intentions”

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Elbert Wright, Annie and Sadie – Holstein, Iowa

Just found this Photo in Scottsdale, Az in a box at the Antique Trove. I love this store! If you are into old photos, stamps, postcards, paper, you name it, they are the most organized place Ive seen with oodles of boxes, postcards are in order and by states and themes, and they have chairs to sit in so you can sit and spend time combing through things.

This photo had info on the back but is horribly faded and I can just see it fading away to nothing. So I had to bring it home, I adjusted the color with photoshop so we can make them out better. Im posting the original first.

Here we have Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Wright and Annie and Sadie

Photographer is Muma in Holstein, Iowa


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Kennell Family – Rochester, New York Photos – Sepia Saturday

Sepia saturday post, I broke 2 wrist bones last sat and had surgery tues, so I had a plate and pins put in and now am housebound healing, but still managing to do this one handed, not too shabby eh?

Bought this batch online, ad said

“Offered is a lot of 14 antique photos from an estate” and they were shipped to me from Bloomfield, NY in May 2011

The listing said the photos had writing on them but when they arrived I was sad to see only one photo had writing that said “Sons of Aunt Jennie Uncle Eddie – Earl and Warren”

I was so sad not a last name, state or photographer listed. Didnt know how far I could go trying to trace these people.
But a challenge is always good right? Since the photos that are labeled by a photographer have Rochester, New York, the seller said they came out of an estate, and were shipped to me from New York, I had a starting point! Yay!

So we have these two boys featured in our photo with the clues to trace, I hopped on a family search site, typed in NY and the first names of parents to find any listed in old census records, first names of spouses was just enough to find me a few matches, then if you can find that, you next search through the household listed in the census.

It didnt take too long to find a match!

Edward M. Kennell and his wife Jennie Kennell are in the 1910 census living in Gates, Monroe, NY and have the following children, EARL L.(a match), Warren (another match), Florence, Edna, Norman and the mother in law Margaret Spruce. So now I have 2 names from the family line to work with.

It appears Edward the father of these boys died in January of 1915.  They resided at Brooks Ave, Gates

other photos in this group

2. We also have this cute little girl in the white dress

photographer J.W. Taylor 55 Clinton Ave. S Rochester,NY.

3. Solo portrait of the woman, scuffed up a little, perhaps the mother of the boy and girl in the following photo(similar facial features). Both of those photos were taken at the same studio “Smith-Curry Central Art Studio, Rochester, NY”

2 Cabinet Cards.

4. Man with mustache. Photographer R.H. Furman, 62 State St., Rochester, NY

5. Child. Says “Miller’s Old Stand” under the photo and photographer Welch, 96 state st., Rochester, NY

6. Blurred photo. Group of about 6 gentleman in suits and hats, building and old car in background.

7. There are 5 photos of the same child, no studio listed, 3 had holes punched and were tied together at one time to probably hang on the wall. The little girl doesnt look to happy to pose in any of the shots and in one she is without the coat and hood.

8. Woman in sleeve folder taken by Moser Studio, rochester, NY

9. Postcard photo of 2 girls in white dresses


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