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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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Dr. Ezekiel Whitehead and Hetty Thompson


Husband – Dr. Ezekiel Whitehead. Born Nov 20, 1800. Died May 9, 1883. If you go to Findagrave you can find a younger picture of him on the page.


Wife – Hetty Thompson Whitehead. Born March 31, 1811. Died Aug, 18, 1876. ( The three small female photos are Hetty)


The larger photo in the sleeve is labeled “Elizabeth Whitehead” about 1912 in her wedding dress.


On the back of the old photo of Hetty Whitehead it reads “Hatty Whitehead, wife, of Dr. Ezekiel Whitehead, was raised in Oberlin, O. Her brother George Thompson, my great uncle served 5 years in Mo, Penitentiary for trying to help free slaves. He was also a missionary to Liberia, Africa. His son Dr. W. Thompson was a medical for 37 years in So Rhodesia. ”

Signed “2-2-1950 Howard Whitehead M.D.” who was the grandson of Ezekiel Whitehead and died in 1953

I have tried to find the family tree to link George to Hetty but havent found it yet, but when you google George Thompson there are missionary travels documented by him from the 1800’s


From Findagrave

“He first was a lawyer admitted to the bar in New York in 1827. Later he graduated from Ohio Medical College in Cincinnati in 1842 and practiced medicine until his death.”

Other info found on google pertaining to this family.

Howard Whitehead, M. D., has practiced his profession in Columbus with exceptional honor and ability for a period of almost forty years. He was born at Jersey, Licking County, Ohio, August 21, 1868, the son of William Wirt and Paulina (Woodruff) Whitehead. William Whitehead was born near Jersey, Ohio, in 1834 and died in 1902. He was a prosperous farmer of Licking County for many years and later purchased .a well improved farm in Delaware County, Ohio. He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Whitehead was the son of Dr. Ezekiel Whitehead, one of the best known physicians of the early days in Licking County. He was born in Seneca County, New York, November 28, 1800, and was a graduate of the Cincinnati Medical College. Doctor Whitehead practiced medicine at Jersey, Ohio, for more than half a century and his professional records show that during that period he handled 1200 cases alone in obstetrics. He took a most active part in the church and civic life of Jersey. He died in 1883. Paulina (Woodruff) Whitehead, mother of the subject of this sketch, was born near Black Lick, Franklin County, in 1835 and died in 1928. She is buried in Green-lawn Cemetery, Columbus. Their children were : Howard and Homer, born at Jersey, Ohio, August 21, 1870. He is identified with the Ohio State Journal, Columbus, Ohio. Howard Whitehead spent his early boyhood in Licking County and attended the public schools of Jersey. He later was a student at Sunbury High School and attended the normal school at Reynolds-burg, Ohio, after which he taught school for a period of four years. He then took up the study of medicine at Starling Medical College, now the College of Medicine, Ohio State University, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1893. Since that date Doctor Whitehead has practiced his profession in Columbus and has been located in the neighborhood of his present office throughout that number of years, 2241 West Broad Street. On October 22, 1896, Doctor Whitehead married Miss Emma Slack, of Galena, Ohio, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Slack, both deceased. She died February 7, 1925, and is buried in Green-lawn Cemetery, Columbus. They had no children. In 1926 as a memorial to her, Doctor Whitehead established a scholarship at Ohio Wesleyan University for the aid of worthy students who lacked the required means to complete their education. Later, Doctor Whitehead married Erma White, the widow of Rev. Postle E. White, a prominent minister of the Methodist Church. At the time of his death in 1925 he was district superintendent of the Zanesville district, residing at Newark, Ohio. By her first marriage Mrs. Whitehead has two children : Dorothy E. White, a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, now private secretary to the dean of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio ; and Charles Edward, born in 1921, living with his mother at 2239 West Broad Street. Doctor Whitehead is a prominent member of the Glenwood Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he has served as trustee since the date of its organization, 1893. He is affiliated with York Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Scioto Consistory, and Knights of Pythias. He is also identified with the Columbus Academy of Medicine, Ohio State Medical Society, and American Medical Association. He is a director of the Columbus Y. M. C. A. from Doctor and Mrs. Whitehead live at 2239 West Broad Street, Columbus


Last photo is a newer 8 x 10 portrait in sleeve with “Howard Whitehead” written on it


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Martha and Pete Forland


Sometimes I see photos in shops that are too expensive or are not for sale and are just used as decor or props. This is one such photo at a shop in Phoenix.

I realized, even if I cant afford a photo, it doesnt mean I cant take a photo of it! So I do not have the original but I can still pass along this photo of the Forlands. Because they may end up in another box, put into a collage, used as a tag, etc. Back reads “Martha and Pete Forland”


I found a little bit of info but not sure if its the same people when using genealogy search sites. There is a Martha and Pete that are siblings in the 1940 census in Delaware, Ohio. Says they are from Norway.


That is all I have to go on for now. But maybe someone will google and find them and be able to provide more info.

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1930’s Actor and Actress Photos

I was out antique store shopping today and came across this stack of large photos. They are fabulous and measure around 11 x 14 each.

They seem to be 1930s actor photos. Some have writing on them and some are signed. The person who these all went to appears to be Kendall Northrop. As they are signed to Kendall, but his full name is written on the back of one photo, woohoo! That makes it easier on me. And I did find a Kendall Northrop listed on Playbill, IMDB websites, hes listed as a male performer from around 1927-1931.

This photo is cute with the man and woman and her silly comedic arm/hand pose. It is signed by both actors and reads

“For Kendall, For my sentiments see paragraph two. From Billy Bradford” (excuse the clarity of my photos as my Scanner is out of reach at the moment so Im having to take pictures on my cell phone)



I can find Billy right here on the internet for some plays he was in from 1927-1929 and “Billie” is listed


“To Ken, Knowing you has helped to make the run of “Billie” a happy memory. Best wishes from Phoebe Wallace”

This is all I have turned up so far for Phoebe, its on the playbill website and shows two plays she was in from 1928 to 1932….


This is another great one with the woman and dog that reads “Heaps of Success to Kendall from Brenda and Bebo” ? I cant make out the photographers name but it does say NY.



There are more photos to go through but not enough time so I will post these ones for now and add more as I get to them.



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Bill Beasley – St. Paul


Says on back of photo “Cousin of Virgil Munday”

Bill Beasley

Aunt Liz Hunt Beasley Page’s son and wife

Photo is from St. Paul, Minneapolis

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Rose Dick – Mattoon, Illinois

Says on back of photo ” Rose Dick, Mary Couble’s sister and her husband” photographer is in Mattoon, Ill


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