Ethel Wight Collection – Part 13

Dorler, Dostie, Doucet, Doughty, & Dove

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I look at identifying more negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The names on the envelope are of the individual who paid for the photos, not necessarily of the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is important to analyze the photo and information to identify the photograph subject positively.[ii]

Daisy Doreen (Trenholm) Doughty (1908-2000)

The envelope the negative is in says, “Miss Daisy Doughty – 214 High St, Portland #270.”

The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates Daisy Doughty is the wife of Albert Doughty. She is employed in Westbrook and resides at 214 High.

On 24 June 1933, Albert B. Doughty, residing in Gray, ME, married Daisy D. Trenholm, also living in Gray, ME.

The 1940 Census shows Albert and Daily living in Lynn, Essex County, Mass. It also indicates both lived in Gray, Maine, in 1935. Daisy was 32 years old in 1940.[iii]

Family Search shows Daisy Doreen Trenholm, wife of Albert William Doughty and daughter of Chester Orlando and Sephronia (Wilkins) Trenholm, as ID LB8T-GLB.

I uploaded three photos of Daisy to her Family Search ID.

Delphine Ida Mae Dostie (1915-2002)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Delphine Dosti – Eye & Ear Infirmary.”

The 1935 Portland City Directory shows Delphine Dostie as a student nurse at 79 Bramhall and residing at 804 Congress. Clearly, Ethel misspelled the surname. The online version (Ancestry) of the 1936 Portland City Directory is missing pages 294 and 295, where the Dostie surname would appear.

Delphine Dostie appears in the 1930 Census, age 14, living with her parents, Joseph H and Marie E Dostie, in Fairfield, Somerset County, Maine.[iv]

Family Search shows Delphine Dostie, daughter of Joseph Henry Dostie and Marie Elizabeth Landry, as ID GQZS-2Z3. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search ID.

Pauline Agnes Dorler (1910-1990)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Pauline Dorler – 82 Myrtle St, Portland #506.”

The Portland City Directory for 1935 lists Pauline A Dorler as a clerk who married Archie McLeod.

Ancestry Family Trees indicate that Pauline Agnes Dorler married Archibald N. McLeod on 10 Nov 1934 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.

Family Search shows Pauline A. Dorler, the daughter of John Joseph Dorler and Bridget Agnes Kelley, as Family Search ID: LFN8-HRR. I saved three photos of Pauline to her Family Search ID.

Able Seaman H. Dove of the HMS Dundee.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. H. Dove – H. M. S. S. “Dundee” #483.”

The HMS Dundee was a British Navy Sloop that entered service in 1933 and was sunk by a German submarine in September 1940.[v]

The good news is H. Dove was not listed as being aboard the HMS Dundee when it was sunk.[vi]

However, I have been unable to find a crew list that might provide Dove’s first name. I think H. Dove’s rank was Able Seaman, but I’m not sure. (Anyone know Royal Navy Markings?)

I uploaded the photo of (Seaman) H. Dove to Dead Fred.

Maria Ann (Theriault) Doucet (1890-___)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Marie Doucet – 13 Grant St., Portland #391.”

The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Marie A. Doucet working as a waitress and living at 13 Grant, Apt 4.[vii]

Marie Anne (Theriault) Doucet was 47 years old when she applied for US Citizenship. She was born on 5 Feb 1890, in Grand-Anse, New Brunswick. Her husband was Joseph Luke Doucet.[viii] The photo was taken about 1936 when she was about 46 years old.

Marie Anne (Theriault) Doucet is listed in Family Search as ID: KG6V-NTV. I have uploaded three photos of her.

Conclusion

I had a good week with:

  • Four successful identifications I could post to Family Search.
  • One partial identification posted to Dead Fred.

Final Note

If any of these photos are of a family member, I would love to hear your reaction.


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] See: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4V1-YMV

[iv] See: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMDZ-QQF

[v] Source: HMS Dundee (L84)”. 2021. Wikipedia.Org. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Dundee_(L84). Bottom of Form

[vi] Source: “Crewlist From HMS Dundee (L 84) (British Sloop) – Ships Hit By German U-Boats During WWII – Uboat.Net”. 2021. Uboat.Net. https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship.

[vii] “Ancestry.Com. https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2469/images/13892653?usePUB=true&_phsrc=GKy2735&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&pId=851343381.

[viii] National Archives at Boston; Waltham, Massachusetts; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: RG 21; NAI Number: 594499; NAI Title: Naturalization Records, Maine, 1790-1945 https://search.ancestry.com/collections/2899/records/1109505/

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 12

Dexter, Dixon, Dodge(2), & Doherty

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I look at identifying more negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The names on the envelope are of the individual who paid for the photos, not necessarily of the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is important to analyze the photo and information to positively identify the photographs.[ii]

Mrs. G. N. Dexter – 129 Pleasant St., Portland, ME

Copy of Envelope Writing

This photo is from the Ethel Wight Studio (Portland, ME) collection. The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. G. N. Dexter – 129 Pleasant St., Woodfords #34.” (Woodfords is a neighborhood in Portland, ME.)

Mrs. G. N. Dexter – 129 Pleasant St., Woodfords.

I have been completely unable to identify this individual. The low ID number (34) suggests the photo was taken about 1934. I have not found any individual named G. N. Dexter, nor any Dexter who has the middle name starting with “N.” Likewise, searching for address 129 Pleasant did not reveal anyone with a similar name.

Image posted to Dead Fred.

There were two additional photos of Mrs. G. N. Dexter which I have uploaded to my Flickr Page.

 

Cynthia Alberta (Brimmer) Dodge (1893-1986)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs Ira Dodge – Crosby St, Portland # 768.”

Mrs. Ira Dodge

The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Ira J. Dodge and his wife Cynthis B., living at 28a Crosby.

Cynthia Alberta Brimmer, (born 16 April 1893) married Ira James Dodge in Brewer, Maine on 29 April, 1922. Cynthis was the daughter of George W. and Isabel (Carr) Brimmer.

I’ve posted Cynthia Alberta Brimmer’s photos to her Family Search profile L5Z8-KKW.

Martha Dodge – circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Ira Dodge – Daughter Martha – Crosby St Woodfords #10.”

Martha Dodge – circa 1937

I looked at Mrs. Ira Dodge of Crosby Street (above), so this identification was easy. The 1940 Census indicated she had two children, Patricia and Martha. Martha was 12 years old during the 1940 Census. If this photo was taken about 1936, she would have been about 8 years old, about right for the image.

Martha R Dodge has a profile on Family Search, ID L5Z8-KVL. I have uploaded three of her photos to her Family Search profile.

Wendel Wallace Doherty (1887-1949)

This photo is from the Ethel Wight Studio (Portland, Maine) Collection. The envelope this negative was in says, “Wendell W. Doherty – 562 Congress St., Room 613 #82.”

Wendell W. Doherty

The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Wendell W and Agnes C Doherty was a music teacher at 562 Congress, Room 613 and sec 249 Middle. His home was at 249 High.

The 1940 Federal Census indicates Wendell Doherty of 249 High Street was 53 years old, born in Maine, Married to Agnes C. Doherty, and has two children.

Further research found Wendell Wallace Doherty was born June 21, 1887, in Mechanic Falls, Maine.

Wendall W. Doherty married Agnes Catherine La Rochelle on 27 Dec 1915 in Portland, Cumberland County Maine. His marriage record indicated his father was John A Doherty and his mother was Sarah Waldron.

There was no profile for Wendall Wallace Doherty in Family Search. However, John A Doherty and Sadie Waldron.

I was able to confirm the relationship by the 1900 Census, which shows 13-year-old Wendel living with his parents John and Sarah with several siblings.[iii]

I created a profile for Wendel on Family Search, GH8T-WJ8 and uploaded his photo to that profile.

Unknown [Dixon?] – circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Chas A. Dixon – 170 Bolton St, Portland #880.”

Young Woman, possibly related to Charles and Nellie Dixon of Portland, Maine

The 1937 Portland City Directory reports Charles A. D. Dixon and his wife Nellie G loving at 170 Bolton.

The 1940 Census found Charles A. D. Dixon living with his wife and son, Charles at 156 Brentwood Street. Nellie is 54 years old. The photo is clearly of a girl much younger. So, the 1940 Census does not provide a likely subject’s name.

The 1930 Census found Charles living with his wife and two sons at 11 East Kidder Street. Again, the census records do not provide a likely subject for the person.

This photo is of an unknown person, possibly related to Charles and Nellie Dixon. Possibly others who know the family will be able to identify the individual

Conclusion

I had:

  • Three successful identifications where I could post to Family Search.
  • One partial identification posted to Dead Fred.
  • One unsuccessful identification.

Final Note

If any of these photos are of a family member, I would love to hear your reaction.


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] https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MML4-3JC

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 11

Davis (3), Derosier, & Dexter

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I look at identifying five more negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The names on the envelope are of the individual who paid for the photos, not necessarily of the individual portrayed in the image. As such, I try to analyze the photo and information to positively identify the people in the photographs.[ii]

Mary Derosier (1914-1994)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Mary Derosier – State St Hospital, Portland #743.”

1936, 1937, and 1938 Portland City Directories list Mary H. Derosier, as a student nurse at 62 State, residence 52 do.

The 1930 Census indicates a 15-year-old Mary H. Derosier lived in Berlin, Coos County, New Hampshire. She was born in New York and was the daughter of Peter (age 51) and Elizabeth (age 51) Derosier.

Likewise, the 1936 City Directory for Berlin, New Hampshire indicates Mary H. Derosier, a nurse, living at 800 Second Ave, the same address as Peter D.Derosier.

Further research indicates that Mary married Howard C. Plummer, Jr., on 25 April 1938 in Maine. Mary Helen (Derosier) Plummer died on 3 June 1994.

I was not successful in finding Mary Helen (Derosier) Plummer nor her parents in Family Search. However, I did find her identified in 8 trees on Ancestry.

There were four photos of Mary Helen Derosier in the collection. I have posted all four to my Flickr Photostream. I have posted a photo to Dead Fred.

Donald Davis (1907-1972)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Donald Davis – 51 Jackson St, Portland #503.”

The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates that Donald W. Davis was a clerk at 585 Congress Street and lived at 51 Jackson.

The 1940 Census shows Donald W. Davis living at 51 Jackson Street with his mother, Flora E. Davis. Donald was 32 and working as a meat cutter.

The 1930 Census shows Donald W. Davis, a 23-year-old musician, living at 51 Jackson Street with his parents James W. and Flora E. Davis.

Family Search finds him to be ID: LYT1-9JG. I added this photo to his Memories section.

Four children of Hartley A. & Mary T. Davis of Portland, Maine.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. H A Davis – 269 Ray St. Portland # 861.”

The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Hartley A. Davis and his wife Mary T, living at 269 Ray.

The 1940 Census shows Hartley and his wife Mary and their four children, Jacqueline, Robert, Sterling, and Caroline living at 269 Ray Street.

There is no doubt this is them, Robert, Caroline, Jacqueline, and Sterling (left to right).

Sterling has a profile on Family Search, LYBT-G8V. I’ve uploaded the photo there.

Child of Max & Evelyn (Stein) Davis – Photo circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Max Davis – 155 Dartmouth St., Portland.” The negative also says “News” and “Mail Proofs c/o Mrs. Jno Stein, 36 Surfside Rd, Lynn, Mass.”

The 1935 Portland City Directory list Max D. Davis and his wife Evelyn S. living at 84 North, Apartment 2.

The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Max D. Davis living at the Falmouth Hotel. Page 274 of that directory is not in the Ancestry image set, so the location of Evelyn is unknown.

1937, 1938, and 1939 Portland City Directories list Max D. Davis with his wife, Evelyn S. living at 286 State, Apt. 3.

The 1940 Census has Max with his wife and two daughters, Bernice I. and Joseph A., ages 13 and 8 respectively.  Note: although Max is listed at 72 years-old in the 1940 Census, that is in error. He is 32 in the 1930 Census.

Max’s wife’s maiden name was Stein, so sending proofs to her family in Massachusetts makes sense.

The photo appears to be of a boy about 4 or 5 years old. That age fits to be Joseph, assuming he is a boy and not a girl as the 1940 Census suggests.

There is not a profile for Joseph in Family Search. There appear to be 3 family trees on Ancestry which have Max and Evelyn (Stein) Davis.  I will contact each of them and let them know when this posts.

I have also posted the photo of Joseph Davis to my Flickr Photostream. Also, I’ve posted the photo to Dead Fred.

Muriel Loretta (Simmons) Curtis Dexter’s children

Barbara, Ruth,  & Walter Curtis and Stanley Dexter – c. 1935

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. C. S. Dexter – 61 Hampshire St. #1070.”

The 1937 Portland City Directory shows Carroll S. Dexter and his wife Muriel L living at 61 Hampshire.

The 1940 Census shows Carroll Dexter and his wife Marril living in Portland with their five children, Barbara (11), Ruth (9), Walter (8), Stanley (4), and Marchia. Marchia was a baby, only two months old, and wouldn’t have been in the photo. Barbara, Ruth, and Walter are all step-children with the surname of Curtis. Stanley was 4 during the 1940 Census. The baby in the photo appears to be under a year (probably 6 to 8 months).

Carroll Stanley Dexter Jr. was born on 26 May 1935 to Carroll Stanley Dexter and Muriel Loretta Simmons. So, I’m certain the baby in the photo is him. Muriel was married before to Walter Stewart Curtis (1895-1961). She had several children with him including Ruth Pendleton Curtis (1930-2006).

On Family Search, Muriel Loretta Simmons is ID GQNB-VQS

I have posted a second copy of the children to my Flickr account. 

Conclusion

I had:

  • Six identifications where I could post to Family Search.
  • Two identifications where I could contact other researchers.

Final Note

If any of these photos are of a family member, I would love to hear your reaction.

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.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 10

Dahlgren, Daigle, Dallachie Davenport, & Davis

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I identify the people in five more negative envelopes from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The names on the envelope are of the individual who paid for the photos, not necessarily of the individual portrayed in the image. As such, I analyze the photo information and use my genealogical skills to positively identify the people in the photographs.[ii]

Eva Mae Dahlgren (1916-2007)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Eva Dahlgren – 24 Arsenal St, Portland

  • The 1938 Portland City Directory indicates Eva Dahlgren is a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital) and resides at the same place.
  • The 1939 Portland City Directory indicates Eva Dahlgren is a nurse at 763 Congress and resides at the same place, suggesting that Eva graduated from nurse’s school in 1938.
  • The 1930 Census lists an Eva M Dahlgren, age 13, living with her parents Godfrey E. and Grace H. Dahlgren at 193 Hines Street, Washburn, Aroostook County, Maine.
  • Social Security records indicate Eva was born on 18 December 1916 to Edwin G. Dahlgren and Grace H Wilson. She married Rodney D. Gurley and died 16 February 2007 as Eva Mae Gurley.

I found Godfrey and Grace on Family Search, but not their daughter Eva, so I created a profile for Eva Mae Dahlgren, born 18 December 1916, died 16 February 2007. It is L7SN-P92. I uploaded one photo of Eva in the collection to that profile. I also found her on Find-a-Grave (Memorial 40160600 and uploaded her photo there too.)

Carmen Daigle (1915-1985)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Carmen Daigle – St. Barnabas Hospital, Portland, #528.”

  • Carmen D’Aigle appears in the 1935 and 1936 Portland (Maine) City Directories. She was a student nurse at 231 Woodford and resided at 20 Norwood. It seems this to be the correct Carmen Daigle.
  • She appears again in the 1937 Portland City Directory as Carmen Daigle. She was still a student nurse at 231 Woodford and resided at 20 Norwood.
  • The 1938 Portland City directory has a new person, Rita Daigle, a student nurse at 218 State and residing at 681 Congress Street.
  • A review of the 1930 Census found a 15-year-old Carmen J. Dangle, who had a sister, Rita M., who lived in Limestone, Aroostook County, Maine. They were the daughters of Paul and Clara Daigle. I’m confident this is the correct Carmen Dangle.
  • Further research shows she was born on 24 February 1915 in Corinna, Penobscot County, Maine. Her mother’s name was Clara Thibodeau. And she died in 1985 and is buried in St. Louis Cemetery in Limestone, Aroostook County, Maine.
  • Another Carmen Daigle was born 19 April 1915 in Aroostook County. Sho married Leon Desjardins in 1935 and died in 1972. She should not be confused with Carmen (Daigle) Howard.

I am confident enough that Clara Daigle, daughter of Paul and Clara (Thibodeau) Daigle, born on 24 February 1915, is correct that I created a profile for her on Family Search. Her profile is GHQ9-9CM. I uploaded her photo there, plus I uploaded one of her photos to her memorial (#121577026) on Find a Grave.

Charles E. Dallachie (1930-2003) &
Sibling (?)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Chas. Dallachie, 99 Concord St., Portland #146.”

  • 1932, 33, and 34 Portland City Directories indicate Charles A. Dallachie and his wife Isabel lived at 99 Concord St.
  • This appears to be Charles Austin Dallachie, born 21 August 1896 in Massachusetts. His wife was Isabel McCulloch Allan. The boy then would be Charles E. Dallachie. Charles E. Dallachie was born 9 March 1930 in Maine. He died 28 September 2003 in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

I have not been successful in determining the baby in the photo with Charles. I have found several individuals who have Charles E. Dallachie in their family trees. I have contacted three of them to confirm or repute my identification.

I posted the set of three photos to my Flickr account. See: https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=57229592%40N03&view_all=1&text=Dallachi

Carolyn Davenport (1918-2014)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Caroline Davenport – Me. Gen. Hospital, Portland, #913.”

The 1937 and 1938 Portland (Maine) City Directories list Carolyn Davenport as a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital). The photo is by “Studio Name and Printed info if present.”

The 1939 Portland City Directory indicates she is a nurse who works and lives at 261 Vaughan. That and the high negative number (#913) suggest the photo is from about 1938.

Further research found Carolyn in a 1935 yearbook for Canton High School, Canton, Oxford County, Maine. The photograph of her in the yearbook indicates the same young woman as the photos.

The 1930 Census finds Carolyn Davenport, 11 years old, living in her brother-in-law’s household and her 24-year-old sister Marjorie Lavorgna in Canton. The 1920 Census shows Carolyn residing with her parents, Frank R. and Helen M. Davenport, in Hartford, Oxford County. Her sister’s name in this census is Marcie.

A Birth record for Carolyn May Davenport indicates she was born, 5 May 1918 in Hartford, Oxford County, Maine. Her parents were Frank Davenport (GQL4-QJK) and May Shaw (LL96-G4Q). She was May’s third child.

Carolyn married Norman M. Tilbor and died 4 April 2014 in Barrington, RI.

I created an entry for Carolyn on Family Search, GHQ7-PLK, and have two uploaded photos of her there.

Donald William Davis (1907-1972).

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Donald Davis – 51 Jackson St, Portland #502.”

  • The 1940 Census lists 32-year-old Donald Davis living at 51 Jackson in Portland. His mother, Flora E. Davis, is living with him.” Also, Donald was born in Maine.
  • The 1930 Census shows Donald living on Jackson Street with his parents James W, and Flora E Davis.
  • Donald William Davis’ birth record indicates he was born on 23 May 1907 in Bethel, Oxford, Maine.  Donald died on 29 August 1972.

So, I am confident this photo is of Donald William Davis (1907-1972).

Donald William Davis has a profile on Family Search, LYT1-9JG. I have uploaded two photos of him there.

Conclusion

I had:

  • Four successful identifications where I could post the photos to Family Search.
  • One probable identification – I have contacted other researchers for confirmation.
  • One failed identification (the younger sibling of the probably identified person). Again, I’ve contacted other researchers for help in identification.

Final Note

If any of these photos are of a family member, I would love to hear your reaction.


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 (Photoshop Elements).

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 9

Bibber, Billings, Bixby, Blaisdell, & Blake

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I look at identifying five more negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The names on the envelope are of the individual who paid for the photos, not necessarily of the individual portrayed in the image. As such, it is important to analyze the photo and information to positively identify the photographs.[ii]

Nina Lucile Bibber – Photo ca. 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Nina Bibber – 56 Paris St. Portland #776.”

There was a Nina L. Bibber, daughter of Waitstill D. and May S. Bibber during the 1930 Census living in Harpswell, Cumberland County, Maine. Nina was 9 years old during the 1930 Census.

Nina L. Bibber married Harold Valentine Smith on 29 September 1936. She appears to have married him a second time on 24 August 1940.

As such, I am confident this is Nina Lucile Bibber, daughter of Waitstell Douglass and Sarah Mae (Brown) Bibber. She was born 9 April 1919 in Harpswell and died 12 April 1994 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Nina has a profile on FamilySearch, G4HH-R38. I have uploaded her two photos there.

Eva Billings – Nurse – Photo ca. 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Eva Billings, St Barnabus Hospital, Portland #542.”

The 1935 and 1937 Portland City Directories list Eva Billings as a student nurse at 321 Woodford and residing at 20 Norfolk.

The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Eva Billings as a nurse at 19 Dow, apt 5 and residing at the same place.

She is not listed in the 1939 or 1940 Portland City Directories.

I have been unsuccessful in identifying Eva Billings as related to other individuals. It appears she came to Portland to become a nurse, worked shortly, and left Portland.

I have posted a photo of Eva to Dead Fred and to my Flickr page.

Donna Bixby, February 1943

The envelope this negative is in says, “Mrs. Bixby’s Baby – Feb 1943.”

The child in the photo appears to be four or five years of age.

A search of Bixby families in the 1940 Census with a child 1 to 3 years of age yielded one living in Portland. Donna Bixby, daughter of John and Harriet Bixby. They lived at 93 Oxford Street during 1940.

Donna Bixby has a profile on Family Search, GS1V-SCB and has two photos posted there. The photos on FS seem consistent to me to be the same person as in these photos. I contacted the individual who contributed the two photos to Family Search (James Shine) and he concurred it to be Donna Bixby. I have posted additional photos of Donna to my Flickr page.

Harold Blaisdell – Photo ca. 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Harold Blaisdell – 145 A Spring St, Portland #244.”

The 1934 Portland City directory has Harold F and his wife Barbara B. Blaisdell living at 145a Spring. The 1935 city directory has them at 542½  Congress Street, apt 20 in the 1935 directory. The 1936 Directory doesn’t list Harold, but the 1937 directory puts him back to Spring Street, with a different wife, this time he and Dora I. Blaisdell are listed living at 152 Spring, Apt 11. Again, Harold doesn’t appear in the 1938 Directory, however he and Dora are at 32 University during the 1939. Finally, He and Dora appear in the 1940 Directory at 17 Tyng.

Harold and Barbara Dyer were married on 24 September 1930.
Harold and Dora I. Taylor were married on 25 June 1934.

The 1930 Census finds Harold as a 24-year-old lodger in the household of Peter Dyer. In the same household is Barbara Dyer, a 23 year-old daughter of Peter.

It appears that this is Harold Franklin Blaisdell (5 Jul 1905-1 Feb 1992) and with a Family Search ID of LRRG-7R3. I have uploaded two photos of Harold to Family Search.

Elizabeth Blake – Nurse – Photo ca. 1938

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Elizabeth Blake – Me Gen Hospital #967.”

The 1936 Portland City directory lists Elizabeth Blake as a student nurse at 22 Arsenal, residing at 22 Arsenal. She should not be confused with Mrs. Elizabeth T Blake, the wife of Freeman H. Blake. She is also listed in the 1937 and 1938 Portland directories. She is not listed in the 1939 or 1940 city directories.

The 1940 Census indicates there were 13 Elizabeth Blakes in Maine.

  1. Elizabeth H Blake – 17 year-old daughter of William E. and Annie M. Blake.
  2. Elizabeth Blake – 40 year-old wife of Freeman Blake.
  3. Elizabeth Blake (nee Browne?) 43 year-old divorcee and daughter of Emma F. Browne.
  4. Elizabeth Blake – 86 year old widow living in Westbrook.
  5. Elizabeth Blake – 24 year-old daughter of Arthur & Huldah Blake. She had completed 4 years of high school, but was not working. Possibly her but unlikely.
  6. Elizabeth Blake, 16 year-old daughter of Thomas C Bake.
  7. Mary Elizabeth Blake – 18 year-old daughter of Carlton and Helen Blake.
  8. Elizabeth F Blake – 24 year-old wife of Ernest G. Blake.
  9. Elizabeth Blake – 43 year-old wife of Leslie Blake.
  10. Elizabeth Blake – 17 year-old daughter of Ethel Blake.
  11. Elizabeth Blake – 22 year-old wife of Albert L. Blake.
  12. Elizabeth Blake – 16 year-old daughter of Verna S. Blake.
  13. Elizabeth Blake – Baby daughter of Ernest & Barbara Blake.

Looking Nationally, the 1940 Census indicates there was

Elizabeth Blake, a 28-year-old Registered Nurse in the Brookville Hospital and Nurses Home in Brookville, Pennsylvania. Alternately, there was a 31-year-old Registered Nurse living with her mother, Mary L. Blake, in Brookville and working at Brookville Hospital. I suspect this is the same person and was enumerated twice, once with the hospital and once in her mother’s home.

So, I have two potential Elizabeth Blakes this could be, however, neither is a strong enough match for me to accept an identity match.

Conclusion

I had:

  • Three successful identifications where I could post to Family Search.
  • One partial identification posted to Dead Fred.
  • One inconclusive identification (two potential candidates).

Final Note

If any of these photos are of a family member, I would love to hear your reaction.


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 to invert the image.