Photo Friday – Morrill, Morris, Moulton, & Mouton

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 92

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week, 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.


Celestine Morrill, Nurse, circa 1934.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Celestine Morrill, Children’s Hospital #295.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Nurse Celestine Morrill, circa 1934.

    The 1940 US Census lists Celestine L Morrill as a nurse at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire.

  • The July 1, 1941 edition indicates Miss Celestine Louise Morrill, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Morrill of Amesbury, Mass., married Rene Loiselle. It also mentions that the bride was a nurse at the Exeter hospital.
  • Massachusetts Birth Records, 1840-1915, indicate Celestine was born May 7, 1911, in Amesbury, Mass.

This photo is of Celestine Louise Morrill about 1934 while she studied at Children’s Hospital in Portland.

Ancestry has four public trees that refer to Celestine Morrill. Family Search has profile GSLP-YBZ for Celestine Louise Morrill. I have uploaded one photo of her to her Family Search Memories.

Dorothy Moulton, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Dorothy Moulton, 130 Highland St #947.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Dorothy Moulton, circa 1935.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Dorothy M Moulton living at 130 Highland.

  • The 1930 US Census Lists Dorothy M Moulton as a 22-year-old lodger at 27 Pine Street. She was born in Maine and did not have an occupation.

I believe this to be Dorothy M Moulton, born September 24, 1907, in Kittery, Maine. to Frank Asa and Mary Alice (Kimball) Moulton.

Ancestry has 22 public trees that refer to Dorothy M Moulton. Family Search has profile LR5K-J3V for Dorothy Moulton. I have uploaded a photo of her to her Family Search Memories.

Mary Morris, Nursing Student, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Mary Morris, St. Barnabas #659.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Mary Morris, Nursing Student, circa 1935.

    The 1935 and 1936 Portland City Directories list Mary Morris, a student nurse at 231 Woodford, residing at 20 Norwood.

  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Mary E Morris as a nurse living and working at 467 Stevens Ave.
  • The 1940 Portland City Directory lists Mary E Morris, a nurse who married John F S Horton.
  • The Maine Marriage Index, 1892-1996) indicates Mary and John married on October 2, 1939.

I’m confident this photo is of Mary Elizabeth Morris, born on February 3, 1916, in Portland, Maine.

Ancestry has 11 public trees that refer to Mary Elizabeth Morris. Family Search has profile LBQR-171 for Mary Elizabeth Morris. I have uploaded two photos of Mary to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded a third photo of her to my Flickr Photostream.

Charles Morris, circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Chas. B. Morris, 72 Chestnut St #204.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Charles Morris, circa 1934.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Charles B Morris, a clerk, residing at 72 Chestnut.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Charles B Morris, a clerk at 603 Congress, residing at 86 Elm.
  • The 1937 Portland City Directory list Charles B, and his wife Helena W, Morris as a clerk at 603 Congress and living at 11 Deering ave.
  • Maine Marriage Index, 1892-1996, indicates Charles B Morris and Helena M Woodhill married on May 30, 1936. Both lived in Portland.
  • In 1938, Charles was a box maker at 73 Bell. He and Helena are living at 7 Belden.
  • The 1950 US Census lists Charles & Helen Morris still living on Belden in Portland.

I am confident this picture is of Charles B Morris, who was born on March 31, 1914, in Portland. He was the 3rd child of Charles and Grace (Moffat) Morris. They lived at 11 Boyd Place when he was born.

Ancestry has four public trees that refer to Charles B Morris. Family Search has profile G7SL-C6T for Charles Morris, son of Charles & Grace (Moffat) Morris. I have uploaded two photos of Charles to his Family Search Memories.

Barbara Mouton, circa 1935 (age 3).

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Francis Moulton, 41 Pine St. Portland #407.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Barbara Mouton, circa 1935 (age 3).

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Frances E Mouton residing at 41 Pine. It also lists Mrs. Mabel G Horslin living at 41 Pine.

  • The 1940 US Census lists the divorced 27-year-old Frances H Moulton and her mother, Mabel G Horslin, living at 621 11th N. in St. Petersburg, Florida. Both were living in Portland, Maine, in 1935. Living with them is Mabel’s granddaughter, seven-year-old Barbara Mouton.

Barbara Ann Mouton was born in 1933. Her mother, Frances E Horslin, was born May 12, 1912, in Portland, Maine. She married Raphael Canedo Moulton on December 12, 1931. This is a photo of Barbara about 1935 when she was about 3.

I have not found Barbara Ann Mouton in Ancestry trees. However, I did find profile GZFQ-9XG for Barbara Ann Montore [sic] on Family Search. So, I uploaded a photo of Barbara to her Family Search Memories. I did find Barbara’s mother, Frances E Horlin, in 6 public trees.


Conclusion

I fully identified all five individuals. They all have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories. I had three photos of one of the individuals, so I uploaded her third photo to my Flickr Photostream. One individual did not appear in any Ancestry trees; however, her mother does, so I’ll let some of those tree owners know about the photo.

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.

Photo Friday – Modes, Montpelier, & Moody

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 91

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week, 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.


 Miss Goldie Modes, circa 1935.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Goldia Modes, 197 Franklin St #759.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Miss Goldie Modes, circa 1935.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Goldie I Modes residing at 197 Franklin. Also living at 197 Franklin were Harry S Modes and Hyman T (and wife Alice) Modes.

  • The 1910 Census lists Hyman and Alice Modes. Living with them is their 11-year-old daughter, Goldie, and their 15-year-old son, Harry, all residing at 197 Franklin.

I believe this photo is of Goldie I Modes, born 23 April 1908 in Russia, the daughter of Hyman and Alice (Antin) Modes, about 1935, before she married Myer Pachowsky in 1936.

Ancestry has ten public trees that refer to Goldie I Modes. Family Search has profile G8WT-WTD for Goldie Modes.  I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories. 

Margaret C Moody, Nurse, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Margaret Moody, St. Barnabas Hospital #574.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Margaret C Moody, Nurse, circa 1935.

    The 1933 and 1934 Portland City Directories list Margaret C Moody as a Student Nurse.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Margaret C Moody as a Graduate Nurse.
  • I have not found Nurse Margaret Moody in records after 1936.

Suspected Identification:

There is a Margaret Clara Moody, born in Monroe, Waldo County, Maine, on 16 Oct 1913 to Harold E and Lucy M Moody. She married Donald A Pratt on 14 November 1936 in Falmouth, ME. Her marriage would answer why she doesn’t appear in any later City Directories. However, I have been unable to find any references to this Margaret being a nurse. I suspect this is Margaret Clara Moody but can’t prove it. Hopefully, a family member will be able to identify her and let me know.

Ancestry has 26 public trees that refer to Margaret Clara Moody. Because of this, I uploaded her photo to Dead Fred.

Alton Moody, circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Alton Moody, 471 Auburn St #221.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Alton Moody, circa 1934.

    The 1930 US Census lists Alten E Moody living at 471 Auburn St in Portland. He is living with his parents, Aquila A and Lucinda A Moody.

  • Maine Birth Records identify Alton Elwood Mood, born 5 Jan 1911, in Portland as the son of Aquila E and Lucinda A Moody.

This photo is of Alton Moody, born 5 January 1911.

Ancestry has 18 public trees that refer to Alton Elwood Moody. Family Search has profile 9JDP-YYK for Alton. I have uploaded two photos of him to his Family Search Memories. 

Stewart & Irving Modes, circa 1935 (ages 6 and 3).

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Jos. Modes, 119 Grant St. #407.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • and 3).

    The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Joseph L and Rose H Modes living at 119 Grant.

  • The 1940 US Census lists Joseph and Rose Modes living at 724 Linwood Ave. Besides a 13-year-old daughter (Sonia), they have two sons, Stuart and Irving, ages 11 and 8.

I am confident this photo is of Stuart and Irving about 1935 when they were six and three years old.

Neither Stuart nor Irving appear to be in Ancestry public trees. However, his father, Joseph L Modes, is found in 11 public trees. Family Search does not have a profile for Stuart; however, Irving has profile GDTP-S36. I have uploaded a photo of the two of them to Irving’s Family Search Memories. I also uploaded a second photo of the boys to my Flickr Photostream. 

Arthur & Lewis Montpelier, circa 1936 (ages 5 & 3).

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Camile Montepiler, 23 Anderson St #845.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Euseb and Marie L Montpelier living at 23 Anderson. Also at that address is Yvonne F Montpelier, a music teacher.
  • The 1930 US Census lists Engel Montpellier living with his wife, Mary L, daughter Yvonne, and 24-year-old son Camille.
  • The 1940 US Census finds 33-year-old Camille, his wife Alice, and three sons, Arthur G (age 9), Lewis C (age7), and Peter C (age 1), living in Norway, Oxford County, Maine. All (except Peter) lived in Portland in 1935.
  • The BIRLS Death File indicates that Lewis was born on 6 March 1933.

This photo was taken about 1936 when Arther was five and Lewis about three.

Lewis C Montpelier (1933-1999) is found in 4 Ancestry public trees. Arthur does not appear in any public trees. Lewis is ID GMRX-JV9 on FamilySearch. Arthur does not appear to have a FamilySearch profile. I posted this photo of the two boys to Lewis’ Family Search Memories.


Conclusion

  • I fully identified Six of the seven individuals in these photos. Four appear in Ancestry trees, so I’ll contact some of their potential family. Two of them do not appear in Ancestry trees, but their father does. I will contact their possible family also.
  • Four individuals have FamilySearch profiles, so I uploaded their photos there. Two did not have photos, but their sibling did have a family search profile.
  • One person I was uncertain about them, although I do have the person’s name. Because of the uncertainty, I uploaded her image to Dead Fred.
  • One individual did not have a Family Search profile and did not appear in any Ancestry trees. I uploaded those photos here and to my Flickr Photostream.

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.

Photo Friday – Michoud, Mercer, Merrigan, Milliken (Née Feeney), Sargent (née Mitchell)

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 90

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week, 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.


 Hope Mercer, Nurse, circa 1935.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Hope Mercier, Children’s Hospital #796.”

Why I believe it to be this person:

  • Hope Mercer, Nurse, circa 1935.

    The handwriting on the negative envelope is difficult to read. Some people see her surname as Mercieu; I thought it looked more like it might be Mercier. In any event, I could not find either surname in the Portland area in the 1930s.

  • However, this was a Hope M Mercer, who was a nurse at EMGH (Eastern Maine General Hospital) listed in the 1939 Bangor City Directory.
  • Records of Aliens Pre-Examined in Canada, 1904-1954 indicated Hope May Mercer was born in Norton, New Brunswick, Canada, and was 20 years old when she arrived in the United States in 1934. Her mother’s name was Ada I. Mercer; she was a student nurse heading to the Aroostook Hospital. [iii]
  • The 1921 Canadian Census shows Frank and Ada Merson [Merser] living in Norton, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada, with their 7-year-old daughter, Hope.

I’m confident this is a photo of Hope May Mercer, born about 1934 in Norton, New Brunswick. She was the daughter of Frank (Francis) James and Ada Isabella (Menzie) Mercer.

I have not found Hope May Mercer in Ancestry trees or Family Search. I believe she is the twin of Harry Whitfield Mercer and the daughter of Francis James and Ada Isabella (Menzie) Mercer. However, because she does not have a profile on Family Search, I uploaded a photo of her to Dead Fred. I also uploaded two additional pictures of her to my Flickr photostream. 

Mabel Michaud, Student Nurse, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Mable Michaud, ME Gen Hospital #789.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Mabel Michaud, Student Nurse, circa 1935.

    The 1937 and 1938 Portland City Directories list Mabel Michaud as a nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).

  • Maine Marriage Index indicates that Mable Michaud married Donald J Webber on 1 November 1939.
  • The 1940 Census lists Donald and Mabel Webber living at 30 Cedar, in Belfast, Waldo County, Maine. Mabel was 24 years old and born in Maine.
  • Ancestry Trees suggest that Mabel M. Michaud was born on 4 April 1916 at Island Falls, Aroostook County, Maine. Her parents were Denis and Lucille (Gendreau) Michaud.

I am confident this is Mabel M Michaud, born 4 April 1916, about 1935.

Ancestry has 51 public trees that refer to Mabel M Michaud. Family Search has profile GSHG-WBQ for Mabel Michaud. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories.

Pauline Merrigan, Circa 1934

This negative envelope says, “Miss Pauline Merrigan, 176 Oxford St #482.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Pauline Merrigan, Circa 1934.

    The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Pauline E Booth, the wife of Arthur A Booth, living at 176 Oxford.

  • The Maine Marriage Index indicates that Pauline E Merrigan married Arthur A Booth on 29 September 1934.
  • Ancestry Trees suggest this is Pauline Eleanor (Merrigan) Booth, born 22 November 1915.

I believe this photo is of Paulene Merrigan, about 1934, just before she married Arthur Booth.

Ancestry has 21 public trees that refer to Pauline Eleanor (Merrigan) Booth.  Family Search has profile LVFG-CPH for Pauline Eleanor Merrigan. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories. 

Gertrude Milliken, (née Feeney) circa 1935

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Perley Milliken, 289 Deering Av – #766.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Gertrude Milliken, (née Feeney) circa 1935

    The 1940 US Census lists Perley Milliken living with his wife Gertrude B Milliken at 287 Deering. Gertrude is 53.

  • Maine Marriage Records include Gertrude B Feeney marrying Perley P Milliken on 17 June 1920. Her parents were John E and Adelaide M (Etchingham) Feeney.

I am confident this is a photo of Gertrude (Feeney) Milliken about 1935 when she was about 49 years old.

Ancestry has two public trees that refer to Gertrude B Feeney, born in November 1886.  Family Search has profile 9V8B-855 for Gertrude Bernice Feeney. I have uploaded two photos of him/her to him/her Family Search Memories.

Dorothy (née Mitchell) & Robert B. Sargent, circa 1941.

This photo is from the Ethel Wight Studio, Portland, Maine.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Mitchells Daughter’s Baby – Sept 1941 – Mrs. Robert E Sargent 130 Chatillon Road, Rome, GA.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Dorothy (née Mitchell) & Robert B. Sargent, circa 1941.

    The World War II draft card for Robert Edward Sargent indicates he lived at 130 Chatillon Road, Rome, Floyd County, Georgia. The person who would always know his address was Mrs. M. Ella Sargent, 22 Fountain St., Havehill [Haverhill], Mass. Robert was born on 25 October 1902 in Haverhill.

  • The 1940 US Census lists Robert E Sargent and his wife Dorothy living at 130 Chatillian Road, Riverside, Floyd County, Georgia. Dorothy was 33 and born in Massachusetts. With them is their son, Robert B. Sargent; the baby was 0/12 in age, indicating he was born in March or April 1940.
  • Ancestry Trees suggest Dorothy is Dorothy Mitchell, which confirms the child is Mr. Mitchell’s Daughter’s Baby. Dorothy’s father was Clarence B. Mitchell, and Dorothy was born on 23 September 1906.
Robert B. Sargent, circa 1941.

I am sure this photo is of Dorothy (Mitchell) Sargent in 1941 with her son, Robert.

Dorothy Osgood Mitchell is found in 10 Ancestry public trees; however, her son, Robert B Sargent, is not. Likewise, Family Search has profile L58Z-KY9 for Dorothy Osgood Mitchell but not one for little Robert. One of the photos includes what appears to be a photo of Dorothy with the baby, so I uploaded it to Dorothy’s Family Search Memories. I uploaded a picture of the baby to Dead Fred. I also uploaded another photo of the baby to my Flickr photostream.


Conclusion

  • I fully identified all six Four have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories. Two.
  • Two individuals did not have Family Search profiles and did not appear in any Ancestry trees. I uploaded those photos Dead Fred and to my Flickr Photostream.

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.

[iii] Records of Aliens Pre-Examined at Saint John, New Brunswick, Prior to Admission at the U.S.-Canada Border, compiled ca. 1917 – ca. 1942. Micro Publication A3450. RG 85. 7 rolls. NAI: 3931198. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. This image is very difficult to read. See https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29500456?h=6d55bb

Photo Friday – Mathews, Matthews, Maybury, Meddes, & Meloon

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 89

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week, 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.


Dr. Robert Maybury, Dec. 1950.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Dr. Robert Maybury – Dec 1950 – DSCN4116.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Dr. Robert Maybury, Dec. 1950.

    A Death Notice for “Dr. Robert Maybury – Retired Maine Physician Who Became a Railroader” appeared in the September 11, 1951 edition of the Boston Globe. The article indicated he died on 8 September at Hampton, N.H. He was a native of Springvale, ME, and interned at Mass. General Hospital. He retired about 1941 to pursue railroading. He had a son, Richard D. Maybury, and a daughter, Mrs. Leavitt Emmons. He was 63 when he died (born circa 1888).

  • Robert Lincoln Maybury, born 27 November 1887, died 8 September 1951. There are several Ancestry trees that indicate he was born on 27 March 1887. That date appears to have been taken from a SAR application; however, it is difficult to read and could be “Nov” as easily as “Mar.” His WWI Draft Registration clearly reads Nov 27, 1887.

This photo is of Dr. Robert Lincoln Maybury in December 1950.

Ancestry has 16 public trees that refer to Robert Lincoln Maybury. Family Search has profile KCXX-K18 for Robert Lincoln Maybury. I have uploaded a photo of him to his Family Search Memories. 

Bertha Mathews, Student Nurse, circa 1934

This negative envelope says, “Miss Bertha Mathews, Me Gen Hospital #316.”

  • Bertha Mathews, Student Nurse, circa 1934

    A Bertha Matthews married Frederick F Hellier on 14 October 1938. Both were from Portland, Maine.

  • Bertha does not appear in any Portland City Directories from 1934 through 1937.
  • Additionally, I have not found any person named Bertha Mathews that is a nurse.

Alternate Individuals.

The 1930 Census appears to have three Bertha Matthews in Maine.

  • The 53-year-old wife of John P Matthews.
  • The 29-year-old daughter of John P Matthews.
  • Bertha Babcock is the 15-year-old step-daughter of Harold Matthews.

None of these appear to be the correct Bertha Matthews.

Because I am not sure of the identity of this person, I uploaded her photo to Dead Fred as Bertha Mathews, the name on the photo envelope.

Florence Matthews, circa 1934

This negative envelope says, “Miss Florence Mathews, 3 Park Place #268.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Florence Matthews, circa 1934
  • The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Florence L Matthews living at 3 Park Place. Also in the directory is Florence D Matthews, the widow of Elbridge Matthews.
  • The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates that Florence L Matthews married Bartley P Flaherty.
  • Florence Matthews is the daughter of John Graham and Ellen (Coyne) Matthews. She was born on 21 Aug 1914 and married Bartley P Flaherty on 18 April 1934.

This is a photo of Florence in about 1934.

Ancestry has 18 public trees that refer to Florence Louise Matthews. Family Search has profile LTXY-BKW for Florence Matthews Garland. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories.

Confirmed to be Florence Louise Matthews by a granddaughter.

Frances Meloon, Nursing Student, circa 1936

This negative envelope says, “Miss Francis McLoon, Me Gen Hospital #973.”

Frances Meloon, Nursing Student, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Frances Meloon as a Student Nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).
  • The 1930 US Census lists Frances Meloon living with her parents in Kezar Falls, Oxford County, Maine. She was born about 1918 in New Hampshire to Ernest and H Louise Meloon.

I believe this is Frances Louise Meloon, born 14 Jul 1917 in Effingham County, New Hampshire, about 1936, while she was a nursing student.

Ancestry has nine public trees that refer to Frances L Meloon, born in New Hampshire to Ernest and Helen Louise (Cutting) Meloon. Family Search has profile LT3W-269 for Frances Meloon. I have uploaded a photo of her to her Family Search Memories.

Sally Meddes (possibly Celina S. Bouchard) circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Sally Meddes, 305 Pine St #248.”

This identification has been one of my more confusing projects.

  • Envelope identifying Sally Meddes.

    I cannot find any references for Sally Meddes or Sarah[iii]

  • The 1934 Portland City Directory finds Theodore Meddes, a chef, living at 1 Shepley. He does not appear in the 1933 Directory. He appears in the 1935 Directory residing at 570½ Congress. The 1936 Directory indicates he moved to Bangor.
  • There doesn’t appear to be a 305 Pine Street in Portland, nor is there any other street in Portland that ends in “_ine,” so doing a reverse lookup isn’t possible.
  • The “Maine Marriage Index, 1892-1996” indicates that Celina Meddes married Stanton E Bartol on 2 September 1935. The confusing part is that the “Maine Marriage Index, 1892-1996” also reports Stanton E Bartol married Celina Bouchard on 2 September 1935. The 1940 Census indicates that Celina was 32 in 1940; thus, she would be about 26 in 1934 when the photo was probably taken.
Sally Meddes (possibly Celina S. Bouchard) circa 1934.

I suspect that Celina S. Bouchard also went by “Sally.” My review of the sources provided in 5 Ancestry Public Trees indicated the following:

  • Celina Bouchard was born on 6 September 1907 to Joseph and Anna (Regan) Bouchard in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
  • Celine Bouchard appears in the 1910 Census as the 3-year-old daughter of Joseph and Annie Bouchard.
  • Two trees report Celina’s name as Celina S Bouchard (Meddes). (One of them is a private tree.) The public tree doesn’t have any sources listed for the source of the “Meddes” surname, but possibly they or the private tree person have references for the Meddes surname.

Possibly, Celina married Theodore Meddes for a short time, divorced him then married Stanton Bartol in 1935. In any event, I will need confirmation regarding this possible scenario from family members.

Ancestry has eight trees that refer to Celina S Bouchard (Meddes). Because I am not certain of the identity of this person, I uploaded her photo to Dead Fred as Sally Meddes, the name on the photo envelope.


Conclusion

  • I identified three of the individuals. They have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories. One I
  • I failed to identify two individuals adequately, so I posted their images 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.

[iii] Sally is a common nickname for Sarah.

Photo Friday – Martelle & Martin

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 88

Photo Friday
Ethel Wight Collection
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week, 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 of 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.


Cora Martin, Nurse, circa 1935.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Cora Martin, St. Barnabus Hospital #522.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Cora Martin, Nurse, circa 1935.

    The 1940 US Census lists 35-year-old Cora E Martin, a Trained Nurse, living with her parents, Wilbur L and Mame W Martin at 94 Cottage Street, Westbrook.

  • The 1938 Westbrook City Directory lists Cora E Martin employed in Portland, and residing at 94 Cottage.
  • Cora married Charles M Austin, of Bethel, ME, on 21 September 1940.

This is a photo of Cora taken about 1935 when Cora was about 30 years old.

Alternate Individuals.

Ancestry has 15 public trees that refer to Cora Martin, daughter of Wilbur and Mimie (Clemons) Martin. Family Search has profile GQ8R-1B7 for Cora Martin. I  have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories. 

Memorial, 121383629 for Cora Martin Austin on Find-a-Grave includes a high school photo.

Eva Martin, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Eva Martin, 84 Clark St #420.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Eva Martin, circa 1935.

    The 1930 US Census lists Maine-born, 14-year-old, Eva B Martin, the daughter of Charles W and Dora M Martin living at 84 Clark Street, Portland.

  • Ancestry Family Trees suggest this is Eva Beverly Martin, born 10 December 1915.

This photo is of Eva Martin, about 1935 when she was about 20 years old.

Ancestry has nine public trees that refer to Eva Martin, born on 10 December 1915. Family Search has profile LK1Y-8QZ for Eva. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories.

Ida Martelle, Nursing Student, circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Ida Martelle, 195 Holm Ave, #249.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Ida Martelle, Nursing Student, circa 1934.

    The 1930 US Census lists 16-year-old Ida Martella living with her parents Peter P and Rosie Martella at 195 Holm Ave. Ida was born in Colorado.

  • Ancestry family trees suggest that this is Ida Martelle, born 1 April 1914 in Pueblo, Colorado. She is the daughter of Pietro Paul “Peter” and Rosina (Petrill) Martelle.

I believe this photo is of Ida Martelle, circa 1934, while she was a nursing student.

Ida Martelle is found in 25 Ancestry public trees. Family Search has profile G9V3-C4V for Ida Martel, daughter of Peter and Rosina (Petrille) Martella. I uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories.

Millicent Martin, Nursing Student, circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Millicent Martin, ME Gen Hospital #324.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Millicent Martin, Nursing Student, circa 1934.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Millicent Martin as a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).

  • The 1940 US Census lists Millicent Martin, a 25-year-old registered nurse at the Maine General Hospital.
  • The 1930 US Census lists Millicent M. Martin, as the 15-year-old daughter of Carrol R and Charlotte B Martin, living in Caratunk, Maine.

Ancestry has 14 public trees that refer to Millicent Mae “Millie” Martin, born 13 November 1914 in West Forks, Maine. Family Search has profile LKWX-QHC for Millicent. I  uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories.

Millicent Martin, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Millicent Martin, ME. Gen. Hospital #1052.”

  • Millicent Martin, circa 1936.

    This is the same woman as above about two years later with the same name, and same location as in 1934.

Ancestry has 14 public trees that refer to Millicent Mae “Millie” Martin, born 13 November 1914 in West Forks, Maine. Family Search has profile for LKWX-QHC. I uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories.


Conclusion

I fully identified all four individuals in five different photo packages. All of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories.

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 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.