Ethel Wight Collection – Part 50

Gordon, Graffam, Graham, Grant, Grove. (née Dyer & née Jenkins)

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.

Helen Graffam, circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Helen Graffam, 62 State St., Portland #937.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Helen Graffam, circa 1937

    The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Helen D. Graffam as a student nurse at 62 State, residing at 52 State.

  • The photo of Helen Dickerson Graffam in the 1933 South Portland High School yearbook is clearly the same young woman.
  • The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Helen D. Graffam living at 80 Highland av, South Portland. At the same address are Walter I. Graffam, his wife Lindora Graffam, and Irving H Graffam.
  • The 1930 US Census shows 17-year-old Helen Graffam living with her parents, Irving and Dora Graffam, at 80 Highland Ave.

Thus, this is a photo of Helen Dickinson Graffam, born on 28 March 1913 in South Portland to Walter Irving and Grace Lindora (Brown) Graffam.

Family Search identifies Helen Dickinson Graffam, born 28 March 1913, as ID GSYH-Q28. Helen Dickinson Graffam appears in 7 Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded two photos of Helen to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded two additional photos of her to my Flickr photostream. 

Harry Grove

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Harry Grove, Portland.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Harry Grove

    A search for Harry Grove in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, 1930 to 1940 failed to yield any results.

  • Expanding the search outside of Maine yielded Harry Grove, who lived in Québec, Canada, in 1940.
  • Further expanding the search to all US in 1930 yielded over 100 Harry Grove’s in the United States. Many of them fit the likely age of this Harry Grove’s.
  • Likewise, there are over 100 Harry Grove’s in the 1940 Census, but none of them appear to have been in Maine during 1935.

I was unable to separate this Harry Grove from others in the United States and Canada. As such, I have added his photo to Dead Fred.

Gladys I. (Dyer) Graham, circa 1936.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Gladys Graham, 335 Cumberland Ave, Portland #701.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Gladys Graham (née Dyer) – 1936

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Malcolm and Gladys Graham living at 295 Cumberland Ave., Apt 4.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory Available on Ancestry is missing page 388, which is the page Malcolm and Gladys Graham should be listed.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Malcolm and Gladys living in Old Town, Penobscot County, Maine. Malcolm is 30, and Gladys is 28.
  • Based upon the photo ID number (#701), the photo was probably taken about 1936, when Gladys would have been about 25 years old.

The woman in the photo appears to be in her mid-20s to me. I believe this is Gladys I Dyer, daughter of Charles William and Lillian (Mudgett) Dyer.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Gladys Dyer. However, Gladys I Dyer is found in 10 Ancestry trees

I have uploaded one photo of Gladys I. (Dyer) Graham to Dead Fred. 

William Harlan Grant, circa 1936 (Age 2)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Clarence G. Grant, 210 High St., Portland #1077.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • William Harlan Grant, circa 1936 (Age 2)

    The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Clarence G and his wife Wilhelmina S, Grant, living at 210 High Street.

  • The 1940 US Census lists Clarence G and Wilhelmine Grant living at 170 Park Avenue. With them is their five-year-old son, William H. Grant.
  • William H. Grant was born on 28 December 1934 to Clarence and Wilhelmina (Stewart) Grant.

This is undoubtedly a photo of William Harlan Grant about 1936 when his about two years old.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for William Harlan Grant, born 28 December 1934; however, he appears in 10 Ancestry trees. His parents and two siblings appear in Family Search so that a profile can be made for him on Family Search by a family member.

I have uploaded a copy of this photo of William Harlan Grant to Dead Fred. 

Susan Gordan (Née Jenkins), 1946

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Susan Gordan, 48 Boston Street, Somerville, 43 Mass – 1946.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Susan Gordan (Née Jenkins), 1946

    The 1940 US Census lists Susan Gordon, a 72-year-old widow living at 48 Boston Street in Somerville, Massachusetts. She is living there with her sister, Jennie Turnbull, and her niece, Virginia Turnbull.

  • Susan F (Jenkins) Gordon of Somerville died in Somerville, 3 March 1948. She was the widow of Frank W. Gordon. 1948.
  • Susie Jenkins was born about 1868 in Nova Scotia. Her parents were Thomas and Christina Jenkins. She married Frank on 2 August 1892 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Family Search identifies Susan (Jenkins) Gordon as ID LZNM-CKV. I was unable to find Susan or her parents in any Ancestry family trees.

I have uploaded this photo of Susan (Jenkins) Gordon to her Family Search Memories.

Conclusion

  • I fully identified four individuals and was able to post two of their images to Family Search Two individuals did not have Family Search profiles, so I posted those photos to Dead Fred.
  • Other than his name, I failed to identify one individual; consequently, I only posted his photo here and to Dead Fred.

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

Final Note

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.


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 49

Googins (5), (nee Barker)

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.

Jessie Ellen Googins, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Jessia Googins Wescott St., Portland #469.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Jessie Ellen Googins, circa 1936

    The 1937 Portland City directory lists Jessie E Googins, an operator at 188 Middle, residing at 18 Wescott. Also living at 18 Wescott is Phoebe A Googins, the widow of Howard T Googins.

  • Maine Birth records include Jessie Ellen Googins, born 3 August 1915, the daughter of Howard T and Phebe A (Barker) Googins.

This photo is of Jessie about 1936 when she was about 21 years old.

Family Search identifies Jessie Ellen Googins as ID: KH44-SFS. Jessie Ellen Googins is found in 11 Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded this photo of Jessie to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded two additional pictures of Jessie to my Flickr photostream. 

Confirmed to be Jessie by a two family members.

Jessie Ellen Googins, circa 1935

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Jessia Googins, 18 Wescott St, Portland #240.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Jessie Ellen Googins, circa 1935

    This photo is clearly the same person as above (#469), just a little earlier (based on the photo ID numbers), probably 1935.

  • This is a photo of Jessie about 1935 when she was about 20 years old.

Family Search identifies Jessie Ellen Googins as ID: KH44-SFS. Jessie Ellen Googins is found in 11 Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded this photo of Jessie to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded one additional photo of Jessie to my Flickr photostream.

Confirmed to be Jessie by two family members. 

Muriel Estelle Googins, circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Muriel Googins, 18 Wescott St, Portland #899.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Muriel Estelle Googins, circa 1937

    This photo is of another of the Googins daughters. It has the same surname, same address, just a bit younger individual. The 1930 Census confirms Muriel E. Googins as the 10-year-old daughter of Howard S and Phebe A Googins (see above).

  • Maine birth records identify Muriel Estelle Googins, born 12 March 1920 to Howard T and Phebe (Barker) Googins.

This is a photo of Muriel about 1937 when she was about 17 years old.

Family Search identifies Muriel Estelle Googins as ID: GWYB-432. Nine Ancestry trees include Muriel Estelle Googins.

I have uploaded two photos of Muriel to her Family Search Memories. 

Confirmed to be Muriel by her daughter.

Donald Freeman Googins, circa 1936 (Age 3)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. F. J. Googins, 527 Brighton Ave, Portland #336.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Donald Freeman Googins, circa 1936 (Age 3)

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Freeman J and Carola F Googins living at 527 Brighton Ave.

  • The 1940 Census lists Freeman and Carola Googins living in Westbrook with their six-year-old son, Donald F. Googins. Also in the household are two daughters, Gloria & Glenna, both five years old.
  • Donald Freeman Googins was born 16 April 1933 to Freeman Jesse and Carola (Hobson) Googins.

I am sure this is Donald about 1935 when he was about 2.

Family Search identifies Donald F Googins as ID: LTH2-J13; he is also found in 8 Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded one photo of Donald to his Family Search Memories. I also uploaded one additional photo of Donald to my Flickr photostream.

Phoebe Adelaide Googins (née Barker), circa 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Howard Googins, 18 Westcott St, Portland #114.”

Phoebe Adelaide Googins (née Barker), circa 1934

After reviewing three other packets of the Googins family of 18 Wescott street, I am confident this is Phebe Adelaide (Barker) Googins (See above). Her husband, Howard Tyler Googins, died on 25 September 1934.

This is a photo of Phoebe Adelaide (Barker) Googins about 1934, when she was about 41 years old, probably shortly after her husband died.

Family Search identifies Phoebe A Barker as ID: G98D-K9Z; Additionally,

Phoebe Adelaide Barker appears in 38  Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded two photos of Phoebe to her Family Search Memories.

Confirmed to be Phoebe by a family member. 

 Conclusion

The Googins family of 18 Wescott was happy with the photos taken at the Ethel Wight studio in Portland, Maine, as three of the four family members had their photos taken there.

I was able to identify the photos in all five photo packages and post their pictures to Family Search Memories. Additionally, I had four additional images of the family members that I could post to my Flickr Photostream.


Final Note

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.

(For all of the Ethel Wight Collection analysis, 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.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 48

Goodall (2), Goodier, Goodridge, & Goodwin

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.

Bettina Nichol Goodier, 1943 (WAC)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Betina Goodier – Copy – 1943.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Bettina Nichol Goodier, 1943 (WAC)

    US World War II Army Enlistment Records indicate that Bettina N Goodier of York, Maine enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps. She was 5’ 8” tall, 154 pounds. Bettina was born in 1920.

  • The US Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 indicates Bettina was born 15 March 1920, enlisted on 4 August 1943, was discharged 18 March 1946, and died 23 May 2002.
  • Maine, U.S., Birth Records, 1715-1922 indicates Bettina Nichol Goodier was born 15 March in Saco, York County, Maine, to Harry and Caroline S. Goodier.

This photo is of Bettina in 1943, after she enlisted in the Army as an Aviation Cadet.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Bettina Nichol Goodier. Also, there do not appear to be any Ancestry Family Trees that refer to Bettina. However, five family trees at Ancestry refer to her parents, Harry and Caroline S. (Nicol) Goodier.

I have added her photo to Dead Fred.

Dora May Goodall, circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Dora Goodall, St. Barnabas Hospital #575.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Dora May Goodall, circa 1937

    The 1934 Portland City Directory indicates that Dora Goodall was a student nurse at 231 Woodford and resided at 20 Norwood. 231 Woodford is the address for St. Barnabas Hospital.

  • The 1940 Census indicates the 26-year-old Dora Goodall is a lodger at 165 Clinton Street, Portland. She was a registered nurse.
  • The 1930 Census indicates the 16-year-old Dora M. Goodall living with her brother, Henry M. Goodall, and his wife Gladys, in Gardiner, Kennebec County, Maine.
  • The 1920 Census indicates 6-year-old Dora M Goodall living with her parents (and brother Henry) in Litchfield, Kennebec County. Her parents are James R. and Violet M. Goodall.

This is a photo of Dora M. Goodall about 1937, probably when she graduated from nursing school.

Family Search identifies Dora May Goodall, born 10 September 1913 in Oakfield, Aroostook County, Maine, to James and Violet M. (Wright) Goodall as ID L1GF-N2B. Dora Mae Goodall is found in 13 Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded two photos of Dora to her Family Search Memories.

Confirmed to be Dora by two cousins of Dora.

Margaret Alice Goodwin, circa 1937 (Nurse)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss M Goodwin, Me. Gen. Hospital, Portland #694.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Margaret Alice Goodwin, circa 1937 (Nurse)

    The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Margaret Goodwin as a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).

  • The 1940 Census lists Margaret Goodwin as a 24-year-old nurse at 22 Arsenal.
  • The 1930 Census lists Margaret A. Goodwin as the 14-year-old daughter of Daniel and Mary Goodwin, living in Eliot, York County, Maine.
  • Ancestry Trees indicates Margaret Alice Goodwin was born on 11 November 1915.

This photo is of Margaret about 1937 when she attended nursing school

Family Search identifies Margaret Alice Goodwin, born 11 November 1915, as ID KHSP-6S1. Margaret Alice GOODWIN is also found in 24 Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded two photos of Margaret to her Family Search Memories.

Confirmed to be Margaret Goodwin who married Joseph K. Lyman by a grandchild of Margaret.

Ralph Wallace Goodridge, circa 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. R.W. Goodridge, 1 Shepley St, Portland #57.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Ralph Wallace Goodridge, circa 1934

    The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Robert Goodridge living at 1 Shepley. It also lists Mrs. Lanva L. Goodridge residing at the same address.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Leuva Goodridge at 1 Shepley, but Robert is not listed.
  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists neither Leuva nor Robert Goodridge.
  • I have been unsuccessful in finding Robert in any other records. A review of various family trees indicates that Leuva had a son, Ralph Wallace Goodridge, born in 1898.

As such, I believe this photo is likely of Ralph Wallace Goodridge, born 8 August 1898 in Gorham, Coos County, New Hampshire, and the 1938 Portland City Directory is in error. This photo was taken about 1934 (based on be number 57), and the man in the picture appears to be in his mid-30s. So, I believe this to be a photo of Ralph just before he married Doris Amelia Kinney in September 1934.

Family Search identifies Ralph Wallace Goodridge, son of Leuva Louise (Plympton) Goodridge, as ID LHLT-JXC. Ralph Wallace Goodridge is found in 23 Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded two photos of Ralph to his Family Search Memories. I also uploaded two additional photos of Ralph to my Flickr photostream. 

Constance May Goodall, circa 1936 (age 2)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Geo. W. Goodall, 47 Bradley St, Portland #834.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Constance May Goodall, circa 1936 (age 2)

    The 1937 Portland City Directory lists George W and his wife Dorothy B, Goodall, living at 47 Bradley.

  • The 1940 Census lists George and Dorothy Goodall living with their two children, Constance M and George W., Jr. Constance was five, and George Jr. was seven months old.
  • Constance May Goodall was born 7 October 1934 to George and Dorothy (Butterworth) Goodall in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.

Based upon the photo ID Number (834), the photo was taken about 1936 or 1937, so it must be Constance about two or three years of age.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Constance Goodall, nor do her parents. However, Constance Mae Goodall is found in 4 Ancestry trees

I have added her photo to Dead Fred. 

Conclusion

I identified all five individuals. Three of them had profiles on Family Search, so I uploaded their photos to Family Search Memories. Two individuals did not have profiles on Family Search, so I posted those photos to Dead Fred. One person had four shots, so I posted two additional images of that person to my Flickr Photostream.

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

Final Note

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.


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 47

Gilman (nee Miller), Gogan, Gokey, Golder, & Goldman

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.

Anna Goldman, circa 1936

This negative envelope says, “Miss Anna Goldman, 88 Vesper At, Portland #761.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Anna Goldman, circa 1936

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Anna Goldman as a teacher at 116 Pearl, residing at 88 Vesper.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory indicates that Anna moved to New York City.
  • The 1931 Portland High School Yearbook, The Totem, includes a photo of Anna Goldman. It appears to be the same person as in this photo.
  • The 1930 US Census indicates Anna Goldman, the daughter of Aaron and Rose Goldman, living at 93 Federal in Portland. Anna was 16 years old and born in Russia.

I believe this to be a photo of Anna about 1936 before she moved to New York.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Anna or her parents. Although identified by her married name, Anna Levine appears in three Ancestry Family Trees.

I have added her photo to Dead Fred.

Virginia Gokey, circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Virginia Gokey, St. Barnabus Hospital, #568.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Virginia Gokey, circa 1937

    The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Virginia Gokey, a student nurse at 231 Woodford (St. Barnabas Hospital) residing at 20 Norwood.

  • Virginia Garnette Gokey was born 23 January 1915, daughter of Garnet Murray. and Bernice Katherine (Mills) Gokey.

This photo appears to be of Virginia Gokey about 1937 when she graduated from nursing school.

Family Search identifies Virginia Garnette Gokey, born 23 January 1915, as ID LKDC-5KY. Virginia is also found in 13 Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded a photo of Virginia to her Family Search Memories.

Virginia Golder, circa 1937

This negative envelope says, “Miss Virginia Golder, ME Gen Hospital #561.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Virginia Golder, circa 1937

    The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Virginia Golder, a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).

  • The 1939 Portland City Directory lists Virginia Golder as a nurse at 812 Congress.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Virginia P. Sanburn, a registered nurse at Bath Memorial Hospital, living with her mother, Mary C. Golder. It mentions that in 1935, she lived in Portland.
  • The 1930 US Census lists Virginia Golder, born about 1916, as the daughter of Scott M. and Mary C. Golder, living in Bath, Sagadahoc County, Maine.
  • Virginia Pauline Golder was born 20 June 1915 in Bath, Maine, the 4th child of Scott and Mary (Miller) Golder.

This is a photo of Virginia about 1937 when she graduated from Nursing School at Maine General Hospital.

Family Search identifies Virginia P. Golder, born 20 June 1915, as ID L4H8-DD8.

There are 38 trees at Ancestry.Com that refer to Virginia Pauline Golder.

I have uploaded two photos of Virginia to her Family Search Memories.

Merrill Gogan, circa 1936 (Age 4)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Geo Gogan, 457 Cumberland Ave, Portland #988.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Merrill Gogan, circa 1936 (Age 4)

    The 1937 and 1938 Portland City Directories list George (and Leora) Gogan as living at 45 or 60 Huntress Ave, South Portland.

  • The 1936 Portland City Directory on Ancestry is missing page 378, which should contain Gogan.
  • The 1940 US Census lists George and Leora Gogan living at 7 Burnwell in South Portland. With them is their 8-year-old son, Merrill, who was born in Vermont. Thirty-year-old Leora was born in Maine, and 40-year-old George was born in New Hampshire.

This photo was taken about 1936 when Merrill was about four years old.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Merrill Gogan, nor do Ancestry Trees. However, eleven trees on Ancestry refer to Merrill’s father, George Gogan.

I have uploaded a photo of Merrill Gogan to Dead Fred. 

Maude Gilman, nee Miller, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Henry Gilman, 499 Ocean Ave, Portland #545.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Maude Gilman, nee Miller, circa 1936

    The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Henry Gilman, a dentist, living with his wife, Maude M., at 499 Ocean Ave.

  • The 1940 Census lists Henry Gilman and his 68-year-old wife, Maud, at 499 Ocean.
  • The 1910 Census indicates Henry and Maude had been married for three years.
  • This information leads to Maude Hellen Miller, born 28 August 1871 and who married Henry Gilman on 20 June 1906.

This photo set is of Maude about 1936 when she was about 65 years old.

Family Search identifies Maude H. Miller, born 28 August 1871 and married Henry Gilman in Portland in 1906, as ID M4X3-3Z9. There are four trees at Ancestry include Maude Helen Miller.

I have uploaded two photos of Maude to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded two additional photos to my Flickr photostream.

Conclusion

  • I fully identified all five individuals. Three had Family Search profiles, so I posted their photos to Family Search Two did not appear to have Family Search Profiles, so I posted those photos to Dead Fred. There were four photos in the photo set of one individual; consequently, I posted those two additional photos to my Flickr Photostream.

For all posts regarding the Ethel Wight Collection analysis, please see here.

Final Note

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.


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 46

Gibb(3), Gilman, McGann, & Quirk

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.

Dr. Henry Gilman, circa 1936.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Dr. Henry Gilman, 499 Ocean Ave, Portland #570.

Dr. Henry Gilman, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Henry (wife Maude M) Gilman as a dentist at 192 State whose home was at 499 Ocean.
  • Henry’s World War I draft registration card indicates he was born 10 August 1873 and lived at 499 Ocean in 1918.
  • This photo, taken about 1936, is of Dr. Henry Gilman when he was about 63 years old.

Family Search identifies Henry Gilman as ID 9MJR-ZXW. He appears in 16 trees at Ancestry.Com.

I have uploaded two photos of Henry to his Family Search Memories. I also uploaded two additional photos of him to my Flickr photostream.

Dorothy M. McGann, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Dorothy McGann, 412 Ocean Ave, Portland #487.”

Dorothy M. McGann, circa 1936.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Dorothy M McGann as a maid at 22 Arsenal and residing at 412 Ocean Ave.
  • The 1930 US Census enumerated Dorothy M McGann as the 17-year-old daughter of James and Mina D. McGann.
  • This photo is of Dorothy about 1936 when she was about 23 years old.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Dorothy M. McGann, born 22 October 1912 in Houlton, Aroostook County, Maine. However, there seem to be four public trees at Ancestry, which refer to Dorothy M. Mcgann, the daughter of James Henry and Almina D. McGann.

I have added two photos of her to Dead Fred.

Mae Louise Quirk, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Mae Quirk, St. Barnabas, Portland #297.”

Mae Louise Quirk, circa 1936
  • Why I believe this to be the individual.
  • The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Mae Quirk, a student nurse at 231 Woodford and residing at 20 Norwood. The directory also indicates that St. Barnabas Hospital is located at 231 Woodford.
  • The 1935 and the Ancestry copy of the 1936 Portland City Directory do not mention Mae Quirk. However, the 1937 Directory indicates that Mae L. Quirk, nurse, married Raymond T. Abbott.
  • There was a Raymond T. Abbott, the 14-year-old son of Arthur W and Mary J Abbott living in Portland during the 1920 Census. He was born on 7 May 1905. Raymond appears in Family Search as id L1DC-PGQ. However, no spouse is listed for him. Raymond’s World War II Army Enlistment Record indicates he was a widower without dependants.
  • Mae Louise Quirk Abbott, born in 1915, died 5 April 1940 at 25 years of age.
  • I am sure this photo is of Mae Louise Quirk about 1936 before she married Raymond Abbott.

Sadly, Mae Louise Quirk does not have a Family Search Profile. I have been unsuccessful in finding Mae’s parents in any records. There are two trees on Ancestry that refer to Mae; however, both indicate her husband’s parents as her parents.

I have uploaded two photos of Mae to her memorial at Find-a-Grave. I also uploaded one additional photo of Mae to my Flickr photostream.

Alexander Stoddart Gibb, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Alexander Gibb, 168 Neal St, Apt 8, Portland #535.”

Alexander Stoddart Gibb, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Alexander S. Gibb Proprietor at 739a Congress living with his wife, Evelyn G., at 168 Neal, Apt 8.
  • The 41-year-old Alexander and his wife, Evelyn, appear in the 1940 Census still on Neal street. Other researchers suggest his surname might be Gibbs and Gibby as notes regarding his name on Ancestry.
  • According to his Naturalization Record, Alexander Stoddart Gibb was born on 12 January 1898 in Scotland. He married Evelyn Grace Coffin on 22 June 1929 in Milford, NH. His two children were Richard Howard, born 156 Feb 1931, and Elain Audry, born 12 November 1933; both were born in Portland, ME.

Family Search identifies Alexander Gibb, born 12 January 1898 in Scotland, as ID G3SB-5R8. I am quite sure this is Alexander about 1936. There are seven trees at Ancestry.Com that refer to Alexander Stoddart Simpson Gibb.

I have uploaded two photos of Alexander to his Family Search Memories. I also uploaded one additional photo of him to my Flickr photostream.

Richard Howard and Elain Audry Gibb, circa 1936 (ages 5 & 2)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Alexander Gibb, 168 Neal St, Portland #509.”

Richard Howard and Elain Audry Gibb, circa 1936 (ages 5 & 2)

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Alexander S. Gibb living with his wife, Evelyn G., at 168 Neal, Apt 8.
  • According to his Naturalization Record, Alexander Stoddart Gibb was born on 12 January 1898 in Scotland. He married Evelyn Grace Coffin on 22 June 1929 in Milford, NH. His two children were Richard Howard, born 16 February 1931, and Elain Audry, born 12 November 1933; both were born in Portland, ME.
  • This photo, taken about 1936, is of Richard Howard and Elain Audry Gibb when they were about 5 and 2 years old, respectively.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for either child, and there are no Ancestry trees that refer to either child. However, their father, Alexander Stoddard Gibb, appears in seven trees at Ancestry.Com.

I have uploaded a photo of Richard and Elain to Dead Fred. I also uploaded two additional photos of them to my Flickr photostream. 

Conclusion

    • I identified all of the individuals in this set.
    • I uploaded two of their photo sets to their Family Search
    • Four of the individuals did not have Family Search Profiles. I uploaded three of them to Dead Fred. Furthermore, I uploaded one to Find a Grave.

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

Final Note

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.


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.