Donna In the News – Evansville, IN – 27 September 1922

Donna In the News – Evansville, IN – 27 September 1922

Donna in the News
by Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.“Donna in the News” is my reporting of newly found newspaper articles and advertisements regarding my grandmother, Madonna Montran (aka Donna Montran and Donna Darling). I am always excited to find a new venue for my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s.


This week from the Evansville Journal (Evansville, IN), dated 27 September 1922, on Page 12, I learned that Donna was coming to the Victory Theater and opening on Thursday (28 September). 

VICTORY VAUDEVILLE BILL CHANGES THURSDAY

Ad showing Dona Darling & Co. playing at the Victory Theatre – The Evansville Courier, 28 September 1922, via Newspapers.Com

— A new bill opening Thursday consists of “The Runaways”; Twyman and Vincent, “Pancakes and Flapjacks”; Casson and Clem, “Mirth Melody and Song”; Dona Darling Co., “As You Like it”; Cantwell and Walker, “Vou vez vous”; and Carl Emmy’s “Mad Wags.” Trained pets.

The following day, September 28th, the advertisement for the show included Dona Darling & Co.

Because of those newly available online articles available through Newspapers.com, I was able to add another venue for Donna’s exciting vaudeville career.

New information added to her career list:

September 28-30, 1922 – Evansville, Indiana – Victory Theatre “As You Like It.”

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 86

MacWilliam, Maddocks, McMannis, & McNeill

Photo Friday
Ethel Wight Collection
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.For Photo Friday, I identify the people in five more envelopes from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The envelopes contain the names who paid for the photos, not necessarily the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is vital to analyze the pictures and information to identify the individual therein.[ii] Ultimately, my goal is to reunite the photos with family members who may have never seen the image.


Eula S. MacWilliam, circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Eula McWilliam, 492 St. John St, #168.”

Eula S. MacWilliam, circa 1934

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1940 Portland City Directory list Eula S MacWilliam, a mail, living at 492 St. John. Also living at 492 St John are John F, Edna A, and Norman D. MacWilliam.
  • Eula MacWilliam, daughter of John Franklin and Edna Amy (Ellis) MacWilliam, was born on 28 April 1913 in New Hampshire.

This photo is of Eula in 1934 when she was about 21.

Eula S. MacWilliam is found in 18 Ancestry public trees. Family Search has profile GM5H-NWS for Eula Sarah Mcwilliam. I  have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories.

Edna MacWilliam (Née Ellis), circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. McWilliam, 492 St John St #176.”

Edna MacWilliam (Née Ellis), circa 1934.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1940 Portland City Directory lists John F and Edna A MacWilliam living at 492 St. John.
  • The 1940 US Census lists John and Edna Macwilliams living at 492 St. John Street. Edna was 46 years old.

This photo is of Edna Amy MacWilliam (née Ellis) in 1934 when she was about 40.

Edna Amy Ellis is found in 24 Ancestry public trees. Family Search has a profile for Edna Amy Ellis. I have uploaded two photos of Edna to profile ID LH89-TMB’s Family Search Memories. 

Theda Maddocks, Student Nurse, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Theda Maddocks, ME Gen Hospital #915.”

Theda Maddocks, Student Nurse, circa 1936.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Theda Maddocks as a student nurse at 22 Arsenal and residing at the same place.
  • The 1934 Wilton Academy yearbook shows Theda Mae Maddocks. The photo of her there suggests this photo is of her a couple of years older.
  • A review of Ancestry Public Trees suggests that this is Theda M Maddocks, daughter of Harry Anderson and Etta (Springer) Maddocks, born 21 Jul 1917.
  • She married Herbert Alonzo Marble on 11 July 1937.

I’m sure this is a photo of Theda Mae Maddocks about 1936.

Ancestry has 17 public trees that refer to Theda M Maddocks. Family Search has profile GD6G-HX8 for Theda M Maddocks. I uploaded s photos of Theda to her Family Search Memories.

Evelyn McMannis, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Ethel McMannis, 14 Alder St, #1002.”

Evelyn McMannis, circa 1936.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists J. Everett, and his wife Ethel G., McMannis living at 14 Alder.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Joseph E and Ethel G McMannis living at 12-14 Alder, in Portland, Maine. Living with them is their eight-year-old daughter, Evelyn R McMannis.

I am confident this is Evelyn Regis McMannis, daughter of Joseph Everett and Ethel G (Millett) McMannis, born on 27 February 1932, about 1936, when she was about four years old.

Ancestry has four public trees that refer to Evelyn Regis McMannis. Family Search has profile GSKN-MQF for Evelyn Regis McMannis. I have uploaded a photo of Evelyn to her Family Search Memories.

Kathleen Marie McNeill, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. H McNeill, 21 Summer St (Mary McNeill) #690.”

Kathleen Marie McNeill, circa 1935.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Herbert A and Delia A, McNeill living at 21 Summer.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Herbert McNeal living at 21 Summer with his two sons and two daughters,15-year-old Kathleen and 11-year-old Mary.
  • When this photo was taken, about 1935, Kathleen would have been about ten and Mary about six. The girl in the picture appears to be much older than six, so I believe this is likely Kathleen, although the envelope says “Mary McNeill” give me some doubt. Kathleen’s Christian name is Marie, so I believe this is a photo of Kathleen Marie McNeill about 1935 when she was about ten years old.

Ancestry has nine public trees that refer to Kathleen Marie McNeill. Family Search does not appear to have a profile for her. Because of that, I have uploaded a photo of Miss McNeill to Dead Fred.


Conclusion

    • I identified all five of them. Four have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories
    • One individual did not have a Family Search profile, so I posted her image to Dead Fred.

If any of these photos are of your family member, I would love to hear your reaction. Especially if this photo is of a loved one for whom you hadn’t seen this photograph before.

Due to software limitations, the images uploaded to Family Search, Dead Fred, and Flickr have a higher image quality than the images linked here.

For all postings of the Ethel Wight Collection, please see here.


Endnotes

[i] The Wight Studio was in Portland, Maine. Many thanks to Ethel Wight’s family for access to and permission to use the collection of their great aunt.

[ii] These images were converted to positives using a lightbox, a Nikon camera and computer software.

Ancestor Sketch – Addie Beatrice Gleason

Raidt-Langford Project
Raidt-Gleason Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Addie Beatrice Gleason is my son’s maternal great-grandmother. She was born on 4 November 1896 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. Her father, John Michael Gleason, was 42 and her mother, Addie Jane Raymond, was 29. She had four sons and one daughter with Gilbert F. Raidt. She lived her entire life in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She died on 7 April 1896 and was buried in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Addie Beatrice Gleason is found in 44 Ancestry Public Trees and is Family Search profile 9VZL-NVT


Raidt Project – Ancestor #13

List of Grandparents

  • 6    –  Grandfather: Jerome Gilbert Raidt (1924-1994) – See Family Search
  • 13  – 1st Great-grandmother: Addie Beatrice Gleason (1886-1962)
  • 26 – 2nd great-grandfather: John M Gleason

Addie Beatrice Gleason (1886-1962)

Addie Beatrice Gleason was born on 4 November 1896.[i] Most of the records she appears in indicate she went by Beatrice. She was the oldest of four children of John M and Addie (Raymond) Gleason. Her father was married before and had five children with Fidelia[ii] Ethlyn Lucia, so Beatrice had five older half-siblings, John Lucia, Mary Fidelle, Caroline, Clara, and Helen. Fidelia died in 1893.

Children of John M and Addie (Raymond) Gleason (Full Siblings)

Name Born Married Died
Beatrice A 1896 Gilbert Raidt 1962
Grace Catherine 1898 Harold Hawley 1986
Raymond A 1901 1938
Alma Magdalene 1903 P. J. O’Hanlon 1987

Childhood

1900 Census

The 1900 US Census found John and Addie Gleason living at 2617 16th Ave So.,  Minneapolis, Minnesota. The household consisted of John’s seven oldest children, his sister-in-law, Caroline Branchard, and a 20-year-old servant girl. John owned his home free and was an undertaker.

1905 Minnesota Census

Minnesota held a census in 1905. Eight-year-old Addie was attending school. Her half-sister Helen was still at home, but her other half-siblings had moved out of the house.

1910 Census

The 1910 Census indicates that John and Clara had moved back home, making the household:

      • John M Gleason    Head     M    57
      • Addie J Gleason    Wife       F     43
      • John L Gleason     Son        M     26
      • Clara T Gleason     Dau.      F     21
      • Helen Gleason       Dau.      F     20
      • Beatrice Gleason   Dau.     F     13
      • Grace Gleason      Dau.       F     11
      • Raymond Gleason Son     M     9
      • Alma Gleason        Dau.      F     6

1920s

Beatrice Gleason, 1920. Photo courtesy The Gopher, Volume 33, 1920, Page 119

The 1920 Census indicates that the family was much the same. John L was also working as an undertaker. Clara was a school teacher. Also living in the household was Beatrice’s maternal grandmother, 81-year-old Emily Raymond.

Beatrice was an Alpha Gamma Delta sorority member and graduated from St. Clara’s college, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota, Class of 1920.

Marriage

Beatrice married Gilbert Frank Raidt on 13 October 1920 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Minneapolis. by Rev. J. P. Valley at 10 o’clock. Her sister, Grace, was the maid of honor. Harold Hurd Hawley, later to be Grace’s husband, was Gilbert’s best man.

Children of Gilbert and Beatrice (Gleason) Raidt

Name Born Married Died
Francis Joseph 1921 2005
Jerome Gilbert 1924 Elenor Langford 1994
Mary Beatrice 1926 Paul Theurer 2008
Richard John 1928 Audry Schaeffer 2001
Robert R 1930 1955

Adulthood

The 1930s

The 1930 Census finds the Raidt family living at 4215 Stevens Ave. Robert was born shortly after the enumeration date. Gilbert is a building contractor who owns his home.

Beatrice’s mother died in October 1932.

Beatrice was also a member of the Incarnation Women’s Club.

The 1940s

The 1940 Census found the Raidt family still at 4215 Stevens Ave. Francis is working as a bookkeeper for a grain Elevator company. The other children are at home and are attending school.

Gilbert’s Draft Registration Card mentioned Mrs. G. F. Raidt (Beatrice) in 1942.

The 1950s

315 Diamond Lake Rd, E., Minneapolis.

The 1950 Census found the Raidt family still at 4215 Stevens. Mary, Richard, and Robert are still at home. Mary is a nursery school teacher at a private school, Richard is a truck driver for an oil co-op, and Gilbert is still a building contractor.

It appears the Raidt home on Stevens was taken to make way for Interstate 35W in South Minneapolis because today, the site of their home is a sound suppression wall. In any event, between 1950 and 1962, the Raidts moved from Stevens Ave to 315 E. Diamond Lake Road, a 1547 square foot, three-bedroom home

Death/Burial

Beatrice (Gleason) Raidt died on 7 March 1962. Her obituary mentions that besides her membership in the Incarnation Women’s Club, she was also a member of St. Mary’s Friends of the Sick Poor and the Altar and Rosary Society of Annunciation Catholic Church.

She was buried at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Events by Location

Minnesota, Hennepin, Minneapolis – All known events in Beatrice’s life took place in Minneapolis.


Sources

  • 1900 Census, Various, John Gleason – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, ED 76, Sheet 15B. “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9SN-GW2 : accessed 17 June 2022), John Gleason, Election District 3 Minneapolis city Ward 7, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 76, sheet 15B, family 308, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,768.
  • 1910 Census (NARA), Family Search, John M Gleason – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. (Accessed 17 June 2022), John M Gleason, Minneapolis Ward 7, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 120, sheet 10B, family, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 703; FHL microfilm 1,374,716. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M257-N7Y.
  • 1920 Census (NARA), Family Search, John M Gleason, Head – Hennepin, Minnesota. (Accessed 17 June 2022) John M Gleason, 1920. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWYV-1XB.
  • 1930 Census (NARA), Family Search, Gilbert F Raidt, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X3ZB-WJN.
  • 1940 Census (NARA), Family Search, Gilbert Raidt – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSKD-7MG.
  • 1950 Census, Com, 1950, Gilbert F Raidt – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. The United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: 3852; Sheet Number: 71; Enumeration District: 89-853. https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29052751?h=4a8758.
  • Find a Grave, Internet, Beatrice Marie Gleason Raidt – Memorial #157188096. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 July 2018), memorial page for Beatrice Marie Gleason Raidt (4 November 1896–7 March 1962), citing Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA; Maintained by Matt (contributor 47205810).
  • Irish Standard, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1911-06-17, Page 5 (Beatrice Gleason). Accessed 17 June 2022. https://www.newspapers.com/image/610521466.
  • Little Falls Herald (Little Falls, MN), com, 1920-10-22 – Page 4 – Gilbert Raidt & Beatrice Gleason.
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Internet, 1920-10-14 – Page 13 – Cathedral Candles and Autumn Leaves Setting for Wedding – Beatrice Gleason. https://www.newspapers.com/image/181524749/.
  • Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1932-10-10, page 4 – FUNERALS – Mrs. John M Gleason. The Minneapolis Star (Minneapolis, MN) 1932-10-10 – Funerals, Mrs. John M. Gleason [Addie Raymond] -. https://www.newspapers.com/image/187350072.
  • Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1962-03†“08, page 49 – Obits – Mrs. Beatrice G Raidt. https://Newspapers.com.
  • Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980, Family Search, Addie Beatrice Gleason, 1896 – No Image. Addie Beatrice Gleason, 4 November 1896 (accessed 17 June 2022). https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FDSF-GJC.
  • Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002 (Minneapolis, Minnesota Department of Health), Family Search, Beatrice G Raidt (née Raymond). Accessed 17 June 2022 – Beatrice G. Raidt, 7 March 1962; Ancestry; citing Hennepin, Minnesota, record 1494631, certificate number 023149, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V4ZW-HRD.
  • Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001, Family Search, Death – Robert R Raide – 25 March 1955 – No Image. Accessed 17 June 2022 – citing Death, Minnesota State Department of Health, St. Paul. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:W532-9HT2.
  • Minnesota Official Marriage System (https://moms.mn.gov/, ), MN.GOV, Gilbert F Raidt & Beatrice Gleason.
  • Minnesota State Census, 1905, Family Search, Addie B Gleason – Minneapolis Ward 7, Hennepin County, Minnesota. Addie B Gleason, Minneapolis, Ward Number: 07, Hennepin, Minnesota; citing p. 171, line 2, State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm 928,785. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SP39-PBN.
  • Minnesota, Death Records, and Certificates, 1900-1955, Family Search, Death – Robert R Raidt – 25 March 1955 – No Image. (Accessed 17 June 2022. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FD6H-XPP.
  • S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1938 – Gilbert F Raidt. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/1018568082:2469.
  • S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Jerome Gilbert Raidt (1924-1994).
  • S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Ancestry.Com, Gilbert Frank Raidt – 25 April 1942.
  • University of Minnesota – Umedia – The Gopher 33, 1920 – https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/item/p16022coll339:22861

Endnotes

[i] Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980, Family Search, Addie Beatrice Gleason, 1896 – No Image.  Addie Beatrice Gleason, 4 Nov 1896 (accessed 17 Jun 2022). https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FDSF-GJC.

[ii] Possibly Fidella.

James Dallas Howell in the 1950 Census

Census Sunday
Howell Research
Howell Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I’ve been finding it quite fun to find family members during the 1950 Census. Often, it contains information I knew part of but not all of the story.

For example, I knew grandparents, James Dallas & Mary (Hobbs) Howell, lived in Maryland in the 1950s. I didn’t realize that they were living with their daughter, Mary, and her husband, Don Wright, in what must have been a new home.

1950 Census[i]

The household lived at 1617 Belvedere Blvd. Silver Spring, Maryland, the 1,280 sq ft house was built in 1948.[ii]

The house has no alley, no garage, and no parking.

Name                   Age  Role             Born         Employed

Don O Wright       32      Head            Ohio         Manager, Standard Oil St.
Mary H Wright      24      Wife              NC
Helen E Wright     2       Daughter       Wash. DC
James D Howell    70      Father-in-law NC           Clerk, Reconstruction Fin
Mary H Howell      65      Mother-in-law   NC
Frank A Howell     34      Brother-in-law  NC         Electrician, Inter-office Com.

Mary was entered on Line 4, so additional sample data was collected from her that included:

    • In 1949 she lived in Washington D.C.
    • For education, she completed the 12th
    • She also served in the military during World War II and either before or after the war.[iii]

Endnotes:

[i] 1950 Census for Wheaton, Montgomery, Maryland – ED 16-144, Sheet 2, Lines 3 thru 8. – Don Wright Head. Via Ancestry.Com. https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29038454?h=256a1f

[ii] Internet – Zillow entry for 1617 Belvedere. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1617-Belvedere-Blvd-Silver-Spring-MD-20902/37288773_zpid/

[iii] This Census question was intended to be asked only of males over the age of 14. However, its answers are entered for Mary. I need to research further to learn if Mary served, or if Don served and Mary’s answers pertained to her husband.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 85

McDonald, McKague, McLaughlin, McLean, & (possibly) McKinney

Photo Friday
Ethel Wight Collection
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.For Photo Friday, I try to identify the people in five more envelopes from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]this week. The envelopes contain the names who paid for the photos, not necessarily the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is vital to analyze the pictures and information to identify the individual therein.[ii] Ultimately, my goal is to reunite the photos with family members who may have never seen the image.


Kathleen McDonald, circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Kathleen McDonald, 26 Union St #258.”

Kathleen McDonald, circa 1934.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Kathleen V McDonald as a clerk at 93 Kennebec and residing at 26 Union.
  • The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates that Kathleen V McDonald married Daniel J Carr, Jr.
  • Kathleen Veronica McDonald was born on 2 June 1904 and married Daniel Joseph Carr on 2 June 1934.

This photo is of Kathleen McDonald about 1934 before she married Joseph Carr.

Kathleen Veronica McDonald is found in 11 Ancestry public trees. I added her photo to Dead Fred.

Lillian McLaughlin, Nursing Student, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Lillian McLaughlin, ME Gen Hospital #697.”

Lillian McLaughlin, Nursing Student, circa 1935.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Lillian McLaughlin, a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).
  • The 1938 Portland City Directory that would list Lillian McLaughlin (page 517) is missing from the image at Ancestry.
  • The 1940 US Census lists:
    • Lillian McLaughlin is a 20-year-old Nurse Maid living in Bronx, New York. In 1935, she lived in the Bronx also.
    • Lillian McLaughlin is a 23-year-old stenographer living in Queens, New York. In 1935, she lived in Queens also.
    • Lillian McLaughlin is a 29-year-old accounting clerk living in Paterson, New Jersey.
    • None of these appear to be the correct Lillian McLaughlin. The 20-year-old would only be 16 when this photo was taken, and she seems older than 16.

I added her photo to Dead Fred and an additional image to my Flickr photostream. 

Unknown Child (possibly McKinney), circa 1943.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Richard McKinney, Saco? Feb 1943.”

This photo is different from most photos in the Ethel Wight collection because it appears to have been a request for reproduced photos brought in about 1943. I think this child was probably born about 1940 to 1942. It is likely either his name was Richard, or his father’s name was Richard.

What I did to try to identify this child.

  • Unknown Child (possibly McKinney), circa 1943.

    The 1950 US Census lists six individuals with the surname McKinney born between 1940 and 1942.

    • Eight-year-old Gene McKinney is the son of Freda J. McKinney, living in Pittsfield, Maine
    • Seven-year-old Tyrone McKinney is the son of Freda J. McKinney, who is living in Pittsfield, Maine.
    • Eight-year-old Gordon McKinney is a boarder living with Benjamin & Marie Griggs, living in Freedom, Maine.
    • Eight-year-old John F McKinney is the son of James & Frances McKinney, living in Durham, Maine.
    • Donna McKinney is the seven-year-old daughter of Jeremiah & Elizabeth McKinney, living in Fort Fairfield, Maine.
    • Rose McKinney is the nine-year-old daughter of Valentine & Marguerite McKinney, living in Brunswick, Maine.
  • I believe this photo is of a male, so I’m eliminating Donna and Rose. Also, their father is not Richard. John’s father isn’t named Richard either. That leaves only Gene, Tyrone, and Gordon.
    • Gene and Tyrone’s parents were Carrol and Freda Jane (Green) McKinney.
    • I can’t find any information regarding Gordon McKinney.

I can’t determine this child’s name or his parents’ names. 

Ronald McKague, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Alfred McKague, 21 Linden St Woodfords, #778.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Ronald McKague, circa 1935.

    The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Alfred N (and Evelyn R) McKague living at 21 Linden.

  • The 1940 US Census lists the household of Alfred N McKague, living at 21 Linden. With them are their six children. Based upon the ID (#778), this photo was taken about 1935. Assuming the child is less than two years old, it is likely Ronald W. McKague.
  • Ronald Wayne McKague was born on 9 December 1934 in Portland, Maine.

Ancestry has two public trees that refer to Ronald Wayne McKague (1934-2018). Family Search does not have a profile for Ronald, so I have added his photo to Dead Fred.

McLean Child, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. H. S. McLean, 113 Franklin St #1022.”

McLean Child, circa 1936.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Harry S. and Helen B. living at 104 Franklin.
  • Ancestry Family Trees suggest that Harry is Harry Shirley McLean (1887-1050) and Helen is Helen Bernedette Hassett (1894-1973)

I am unsuccessful in finding any children for Harry and Helen.

Ancestry has 15 public trees that refer to Harry S McLean. Without the first name of this child, I only uploaded it here.


Conclusion

    • I identified two photos sufficiently enough to post the image to Dead Fred.
    • There were two photos I didn’t identify the individuals.

If any of these photos are of your family member, I would love to hear your reaction. Especially if this photo is of a loved one for whom you hadn’t seen this photograph before.

Due to software limitations, the images uploaded to Dead Fred and Flickr have a higher image quality than those linked here (unless not uploaded elsewhere).

For all postings of the Ethel Wight Collection, please see here.


Endnotes

[i] The Wight Studio was in Portland, Maine. Many thanks to Ethel Wight’s family for access to and permission to use the collection of their great aunt.

[ii] These images were converted to positives using a lightbox, a Nikon camera and computer software.