Photo Friday –Williams (née White), Williamson, & Wilson

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 100

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Wow, Part 100. This post is actually “Part 101” because I had two “Part 20.” I only analyzed two photo packets in the first two installments of this series. However, because I analyzed an additional five people in part 20a, with this installment, I will have analyzed 99 photo packages and shared the photos with family members through Family Search, Ancestry, Dead Fred, Flickr, and my website.

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.


Dorothy Wilson, circa 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Dorothy Wilson, 16 Ponce St #227.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Dorothy Wilson, circa 1934

    The 1933 Portland City Directory lists Dorothy M Wilson, a waitress at 285a Cumberland Ave, residing at 16 Ponce. Also at 16 Ponce is a Mrs. Margaret E Wilson.[iii] Margaret is listed as the widow of Philip H Wilson.

I am confident this photo is of Dorothy May Wilson, daughter of Philip Harold and Margaret E (Lowell) Wilson, about 1934 when Dorothy was about 21 years old.

Ancestry has 11 public trees that refer to Dorothy May Wilson, born on 19 February 1913 in Gorham, Maine.  Family Search has profile G7ZL-69H for Dorothy May Wilson. I have uploaded two photos of Dorothy to her Family Search Memories. 

Eleanor Wilson, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Eleanor Wilson, 300 Woodford St #562.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Eleanor Wilson, circa 1935.

    According to the 1935 Portland City Directory, Clifford Wilson and his wife Helen lived at 300 Woodford.

  • The 1940 US Census lists 21-year-old Eleanor Wilson living with her parents, Clifford and Helen Wilson, at 85 Glenwood. All were born in Maine. Eleanor is listed as a “new worker.”
  • The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME) reported, on 9 Sep 1940, page 17, that Eleanor Wilson, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Wilson of Glenwood avenue (Portland), married D Edwin Christie.

I am sure this is Eleanor Wilson, born on 12 August 1918 in Portland, Maine, about 1935, when she was about 17 years old.

Alternate Individuals.

The 1935 Portland City Directory lists an Eleanor L Wilson as a stenographer at 443 Congress street, Room 412, and residing at West Falmouth. That Eleanor was born on 9 February 1914 and would have been 26 during the 1940 Census.

Ancestry has eight public trees that refer to Eleanor Wilson, daughter of Clifford and Helen (Smith) Wilson. Family Search has profile G3KG-78Q for Eleanor Wilson, born 12 August 1918. I have uploaded two photos of Eleanor to her Family Search Memories.

Stanley Williams, Circa 1935

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Stanley Williams, 77 Mackworth #611.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Stanley Williams, Circa 1935.

    The 1935 Deering High School Yearbook has a photo of Stanley W Williams. He is wearing the same suit and is clearly the same young man.

  • The 1930 US Census lists Stanley Williams, the 12-year-old son of Leon and Laura Williams, living at 77 Mackworth.

This photo is clearly Stanley White Williams, the son of Leon and Laura (White) Williams, and was born on 31 October 1917 in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine.

Ancestry has five public trees that refer to Stanley White Williams. Family Search has profile LBVW-T5Y for Stanley White Williams. I have uploaded two photos of Stanley to his Family Search Memories.

Unknown Child (probably related to Grace Williamson) circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Grace Williamson, 469 Brighton Ave #684.”

What I looked at:

  • Unknown Child (probably related to Grace Williamson) circa 1935.

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists 2 Grace Williamsons. One is the wife of George S and lives at 51 Park, apt 12. The other, Mrs. Grace F Williamson, lives at 122 Oxford.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists two Grace Williamsons. One is the wife of George S and lives at 262 Brackett, Apt 5. The other Mrs. Grace F Williamson lives at 148 Cumberland.
  • The 1935 Directory lists ten people living at 469 Brighton. None are surnamed Williamson. They are:
      1. Millet Cummings Apt 4
      2. Melvin D Chatto Apt 3
      3. Philip I Tibbetts
      4. Melville R Babb Apt 6
      5. George W Goodall Apt 7
      6. Walter S Hamaker Apt 8
      7. Victor E Hewitt Apt 9
      8. Perley R McLellan
      9. Harold E MacMillan Apt 11 and
      10. Vera G Robinson. Apt 12
  • The 1936 Portland City Directory available at Ancestry is missing pages 892 through 896. The Directory lists eight people living at 469 Brighton. Again, none of them have the Williamson surname. They are
      1. Vera G Robinson Apt 1
      2. Lillian P Flanders Apt 2
      3. Melvin D Chatto Apt 3
      4. Alan W Titcomb Apt 5
      5. Melville R Babb Apt 6
      6. R Winthrop Andrews Apt 8
      7. Victor E Hewitt Apt 9 and
      8. Harold E MacMillan Apt 11
  • The 1940 Census lists George and Grace R Williamson living with their 8-year-old daughter Constance. The couple was 35 and 30 years old, making them too young for a grandchild. It also lists a 51-year-old Grace Williamson, who lives at 104 Franklin St. No children are living with her.
  • The 1930 Census lists Grace Williamson as the 41-year-old mother of 20-year-old William H Williamson. She lives at 104 Franklin Street.

Because neither Grace Williamson that I’ve discovered appear to have a relationship with 469 Brighton nor appear to have a child the age of the young girl in the photo, I cannot identify the child in this photo.

I have not identified the individual in this photo sufficiently to upload to either Family Search or Dead Fred, so I only include the individual’s image here. 

Laura Williams, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Leon N Williams, 77 Mackworth St #495.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Laura Williams, circa 1935.

    The 1930 US Census lists Leon and Laura Williams living at 77 Mackworth.

  • Ancestry family trees suggest this is Laura M White, born about 16 May 1893 in Superior, Wisconsin, and is the wife of Leon N Williams.

This appears to be a photo of Laura (White) Williams, about 1935, when she was about 39 years old.

Ancestry has five public trees that refer to Laura M White.

Family Search has profile 9JBZ-17J for Laura Mary White, born 15 May 1893 in West Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin. Her profile does not include her marriage to Leon Williams nor her son, Stanley Williams, mentioned above. But I am confident this is Laura Mary White.

I have uploaded one photo of Laura to her Family Search Memories.


 Conclusion

  • I fully identified four All of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories
  • I was unable to identify one of the images.

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.

[iii] There are also four other people at that address.

Photo Friday – Whittier (née Simpson, née Orne), Whittingham, Willett, & Williams

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 99

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.


Doris Willett, Student Nurse, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Doris Willett, Me Eye & Ear Infirmary #472.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Doris Willett, Student Nurse, circa 1936

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Doris Willett as a student nurse at 79 Bramhall (Maine Eye & Ear Infirmary).

  • The 1942 Nashua, New Hampshire, City Directory lists Doris Willett as a student nurse living at 15 Kehoe ave. The 1940 City directory indicates that Doris lived at the same address as Melvin and Gladys Willett.
  • The 1940 Census reports 19-year-old Doris Willette as a trained nurse at the Nashua Memorial Hospital and Nurses Home.

I believe this photo is of Doris Willett, daughter of Melvin and Gladys (Stone) Willett, about 1936 when she attended nursing school.

Alternate Individuals.

The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Doris M Willett, the wife of Ralph J Willett. The 1940 Census indicates that Ralph and Doris M Willette lived in the same house as they did in 1935 and had a six-year-old, Ralph (Jr.). Because the envelope clearly says “Miss” and that Ralph and Doris lived at 23 Hemlock in 1935, and their son was born about 1934, I do not believe this is the correct Doris Willett.

The 1937 Meadville, Pennsylvania, City Directory lists Doris J Willetts as a student nurse living at 895 Park Ave.

Decision

Ancestry has 12 public trees that refer to Doris Gertrude Willett. Family Search has profile L1MM-9SG for Doris. I have uploaded a photo of Doris to her Family Search Memories.

Hope Williams, Student Nurse, circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Hope Williams, Me. Gen. Hospital #865.”

Why I believe this to be the individual:

  • Hope Williams, Student Nurse, circa 1936

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

  • The 1939 Portland City Directory lists Hope Williams as a nurse at 807 Congress.
  • In 1939, Hope Williams of Searsport, ME, married Edward B Duff of Portland, Maine.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Edward and Hope living on West Street. Hope was 23 and had three years of College. Both lived in Portland in 1935.
  • Hope’s 2008 Obituary indicates she was “a distinguished registered nurse.”

I am confident this photo is of Hope Ann Williams, born 12 September 1916 in Milo, Maine, and who married Edward B Duff in 1939.

Ancestry has eight public trees that refer to Hope Ann Williams. Family Search has profile G974-NCD for Hope. I have uploaded a photo of Hope to her Family Search Memories.

Confirmed to be Hope Williams by a niece. 

“Baby” Williams, unidentified.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Williams – Nov 1943.”

About this photo:

  • “Baby” Williams, unidentified

    This photo was initially a reprint request. It isn’t clear if the date, November 1943, is the date the photo was taken or if it is the date the image was submitted for reprints.

  • Additionally, there are so many “Mrs. Williams” that it will be impossible to determine which Mrs. Williams this is without an address or first name.

Marion Whittier (Née Simpson) & daughter Beverly (born Orne) circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. C. P. Whittier, 20 Grand St. #520.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Marion Whittier (Née Simpson) & daughter Beverly (born Orne) circa 1935

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Carroll P and Marion () Whittier living at 20 Grand. Carroll is a baker.

  • The 1940 US Census lists Carroll, Marin & Beverly, his 11-year-old daughter, still living at 20 Grand.
  • Hope F Hotham of Portland and Carroll P. Whittier married on 3 September 1921. Hope was 23 years old and was born in Blaine, Maine. Her parents were John F and Marjorie (Tompkins) Hotham, both living in Blaine, ME, in 1921. Hope then married Byron O Ireland in 1933, making her Mrs. Ireland before this photo was taken.
  • I have found no evidence that Hope and Carroll had any children.
  • Carroll Whittier and Marion Simpson married on 22 November 1932, several years after Beverly was born. She would have been “Mrs. Whittier” when this photo was taken, about 1935. Further research found that Marion Simpson was married in 1927 to Reginald Orne. She and Reginald had a daughter, Beverly Orne.
  • This photo was taken about 1935 when Beverly was about six years old. Her stepmother Marion Simpson (Whittier), would have been about 27 years old. Mother and daughter, both surname Orne, appear to be living with Marion’s father, Benjamin Simpson, in Falmouth, Maine, during the 1930 Census.

I am confident this photo is of Marion Whittier, née Simpson (born 20 June 1908), and her daughter Beverly (born Orne in 1928 & died Whittier in 1941). The photo was taken at the Ethel Wight Studio in Portland about 1935.

Ancestry has 35 Public trees that refer to Marion Simpson, born on 20 June 1908. Family Search has profile LKGT-39J for Marion I. Simpson. I uploaded the photo of Marion and Beverly to Marion’s Family Search Memories.

Beverly J Orne, born in 1928, appears in two public Ancestry trees. She does not have a Family Search Profiles. However, Beverly J Whittier, born in 1928, died in 1941 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Yarmouth, Maine. She is buried near her step-father, Carroll P Whittier, who also died in 1941 in Portland. Her obituary indicates her as Beverly June Whittier. Carroll Whittier’s obituary, who died the previous January of pneumonia, mentions his widow, Marion, but not a daughter.

Marion and Donald Whittingham, circa 1935.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Louise Willey, 17 Mechanic St. #954.”

Why I believe this to be the children of Louise M Willey.

  • Marion and Donald Whittingham, circa 1935.

    The Ancestry.Com images of the 1936 Directory is missing page 1197, which would include 17 Mechanic Street. The 1935 and 1937 directories do not indicate that the Willeys lived there.

  • However, the 1937 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Louise M Willey as a waitress living at 477 Cumberland av, Apt 5. The 1940 Census lists Louise Willey, a 33-year-old Maine-born waitress and the mother of a 13-year-old Maine born. Mary L Whittingham. They lived in Bangor in 1935.
  • In the 1930 Census, Donald R Whittingham and Mary L Whittingham were boarders at the home of Lulu V H Faunce in Auburn, Maine. Donald was 4; Mary was 3.
  • Further research indicates that Donald Robert Whittingham, the son of Frederick and Louise (Maloon) Whittingham, was born on 21 March 1925 in Lewiston. His sister, Marion Louise Whittingham, was born on 15 February 1927. Their mother, Louise Marion (Maloon) Whittingham, married Turner A Willey on 10 November 1930.

I am confident this photo of Donald and Marion Whittingham would have been taken about 1935 when Donald was about ten and Marion about 8.

Ancestry has 15 public trees that refer to Donald Robert Whittingham. Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Donald, so I have uploaded his photo to Dead Fred.

Ancestry has 17 public trees that refer to Marion Louise Whittingham. Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Marion, so I have added her name to the image I uploaded to Dead Fred.


Conclusion

    • I identified six of the seven individuals. Three of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories. One of those photos included mother and daughter.
    • Two did not have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded a photo of them to Dead Fred.
    • One individual was not identifiable due to a lack of information provided.

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 – White, Whitehead, & Whittemore

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 98

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.


 Laura White, circa 1935

The envelope this negative was in says, “Laura White, 218 Park Ave #735.”

What I found – Surname:

  • Laura White, circa 1935

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Laura M White, the wife of Elmer M White, living at 96 Cumberland Ave.

  • The 1933 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Laura White as a waitress residing at 19 Parris.
  • The 1932 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Laura White, the wife of Frank White, residing at 101 Danforth, Apt 5. It also lists Laura as the wife of Elmer, living at 185 Cumberland.
  • The 1931 Portland City Directory lists Laura E White, the wife of Frank A White, residing at 11 Casco.
  • The 1930 Portland City Directory lists Laura, wife of Frank, living at 336 Brackett.

Address:

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates that 218 Park Ave was “The Albert Apartments.” There were 12 individuals listed. None named Laura nor non with the White surname.
  • The 1936 Portland City Directory available at Ancestry is missing pages 1201, 1202, and 1203, which would show the residents at 218 Park Ave.
  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists no one with the name Laura nor the surname White living at 218 Park Ave.

I failed to connect the Laura White in this photo to the address cited. Thus, I can’t determine which of the several Laura Whites who lived in Portland, Maine, during the 1930s this is a photo of. So, I uploaded her photo to Dead Fred. 

Mrs. Charlotte White, daughter of Mrs. Alice J Lamar

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Charlotte White, 278 Veranda St (Mrs. Lamar’s Daughter) #99.”

What I found in my searches for this individual.

Lamar Search
  • Mrs. Charlotte White, daughter of Mrs. Alice J Lamar

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Alice J Lamar living at 278 Veranda.

  • The 1927 Portland City Directory lists Arthur Lamare and his wife Alice J Lamare living at 278 Veranda.
  • The 1924 Portland City Directory lists Arthur Lamar and his wife, Alice J Lamar, living at 278 Veranda. He was a theatrical manager and Alice was an actress.
  • The 1 May 1928 issue of The Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, FL) reported that “Theater Man Dies – Portland, Maine, April 30,— (ap)—Arthur Lamar, 62, theatrical promoter and business manager for prominent stage artists, and manager of the original Peck’s Bad Boy company, died here Saturday [28 April].
  • The 1930 US Census lists Alice J Lamar and her sister, Charlotte M Lawton, living at 278 Veranda Street Alice is 60 and Charlotte was 54. Both were widows who were born in Massachusetts, while their parents were born in Maine. Alice was a theatrical actress.
  • No Lamar’s are listed in the 1923 Portland Directory.
White – Charlotte, wife of Philip P White.
  • Charlotte M White appears in the 1940 US Census. She is the 59-year-old wife of Philip P White. She is the apparent mother of Donald White (Age 26) [Born c. 1914]. They live at 36 Pleasant. They have another son, Clifford, who doesn’t live in the household. All three were born in Maine and lived in Portland in 1935.
  • Ancestry Trees suggest that Philip Prescott White was born on 5 March 1881 in Portland. He married Charlotte May Murch (1881-1957). They had several children, including Donald and Clifford. Charlotte’s parents were Francis H and Effie M (Cotton) Murch.
White – Charlotte, wife of Harvey A White.
  • Alternately, Charlotte White, the 40-year-old wife of Harvey A White (age 39), appears with her two sons, Robert (14) & Kenneth (11). All were born in Maine.
  • Ancestry Trees suggest that Harvey Allen White married Charlotte Mary Webber in 1936. Charlotte Mary Webber’s parents were Charles and Hannah (Sweeney) Webber.
Lawton – Charlotte, sister of Alice J.
  • The 1927 Portland City Directory indicates that Mrs. Charlotte Lawton moved to Jacksonville. The 1926 Directory is not available. The 1925 Directory does not include a Charlotte.

I have not determined which Charlotte White this is in either Ancestry trees or Family Search. I uploaded her photo to Dead Fred.

Allen White, circa 1934 (age 2)

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Wm White, Son Allan, 81 Morning St. #12.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Allen White, circa 1934 (age 2)

    The 1932 Portland City Directory lists William C and Ruth E White living at 81 Morning. William is president at 18½ Custom House wharf.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists William C and Ruth E White in New London, Connecticut.
  • The 1940 US Census lists William C. and Ruth E White living at Groton, New London, Connecticut. He is a Government worker; living with them is a daughter, Althea (see Ethel Wight Collection – Part 97), and an 8-year-old son, Allen C White.
  • This photo was taken about 1934 when Allen was about two years old.

I am pretty sure this is Allen C. White, son of William C and Ruth E White, about 1934.

I have not found Allen on Family Search or Ancestry Public Trees. However, his parents are in seven Ancestry Public Trees. I uploaded his photo to Dead Fred.

Edward Whittemore, circa 1934 (Age 1).

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. J. C. Whittemore, 32 Fellows St. #149.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Edward Whittemore, circa 1934 (Age 1).

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists John C and Elizabeth P Whittemore living at 32 Fellows.

  • The 1940 Census lists John C Whittemore, his wife Elizabeth, and five children. Two daughters and three sons. Edward is six years old and would have been about one when this photo was taken in 1934.

I am confident this photo of Edward Payson Whittemore, born on 26 May 1933, was taken about 1934.

Ancestry has nine public trees that refer to Edward Payson Whittemore. Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Edward, so I uploaded his photo to Dead Fred. 

Confirmed to be Edward by a niece.

Mrs. Whitehead’s Grandchildren

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Whitehead’s Grandchildren, Whitney Ave, #510.”

What I looked at:

  • The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Charles W Whitehead & wife Florence M, living at 183 Dartmouth.
  • The 935 Portland City Directory lists Charles & Florence with no change, but a new entry Lorimer E (Harriet E) Whitehead, lived at 89 Newton.
  • The 1936 Portland City Directory list Charles & Florence without change, but Lorimer & Harriet are now at rear 905a Forest Ave.
  • In 1937 Lorimer & Harriet lived at 361 Woodford. Reviewing various Ancestry Family trees suggested that Lorimer was born in 1898 and Harriet was born in 1903. Both would be too young to have had adult grandchildren in 1935.
  • I was unable to associate any Whiteheads with Whitney Ave. Thus unable to identify any of the seven females in this photo.

I have only uploaded the photo of them to my Flickr photostream.


 Conclusion

This is possibly the worst day of identifying photos I’ve encountered. I uploaded four pictures to Dead Fred. Eight unidentified individuals and no uploads to FamilySearch made a bad day.

If 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 – Watson, Welch, West, & White.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 97

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.


Myrtle Watson, circa 1935

This negative envelope says, “Miss Myrtle Watson, 74 Winslow St. #405.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Miss Myrtle Watson, Circa 1935

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Myrtle L Watson as a clerk at 477 Congress, Room 1109, and residing at 74 Winslow.

  • The 1939 and 1940 Portland City Directories list Myrtle residing at 72 Park Ave. The 1941 Directory lists 72 Park Ave as the Berkeley Apartments. Living there were Napoleon Roy, Samuel Lelansky, and Abraham Bernstein.
  • The 1941 Portland City Directory lists Myrtle living at 47 Revere. Also living at 47 Revere St is Mrs. Mattie A Watson.
  • The 1930 US Census lists Mattie A Watson living with her 22-year-old daughter Myrtle.
  • Maine, U.S., Marriage Index indicates that Myrtle L Watson married John E Neilson on 17 September 1941.
  • Ancestry Trees suggest this is Myrtle Louise Watson, born 28 January 1907. This photo was taken about 1935 when she was about 27 years old.

I am confident this is Myrtle Louise Watson, born 28 January 1907, daughter of Horace Vernon and Martha (Faulkner) Watson, and wife of John Edward Nielson.

Ancestry has 12 public trees that refer to Myrtle Louise Watson. Family Search has profile  LBP4-NQN for Myrtle L Watson. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories. 

Unknown – Surname probably Welch

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Carl Welch, 28 High St. Portland – #944”

 

What I discovered while researching,

  • Young Girl, circa 1935, probably related to Carl Welch.

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists William H Welch (and others) living at 28 High Street with his wife, Anna. He was an agent at 142 High, Room 423.

  • The 1940 US Census lists William Welch, a 32-year-old time clerk with the WPA. He, his wife Ann, and two daughters, Carol and Joan, live with him at the rear of 29 High Street.

    Young Woman, circa 1935, probably related to Carl Welch.
  • Young Woman, circa 1935, probably related to Carl Welch.
  • Find-a-Grave indicates that William Henry Welch was born on 26 September 1907 and married Anna M. Jacobs in 1933. His parents were William Henry Welch (1864-1918) and Maude M. Savage (1872-1937).
  • I found no children or siblings of William named Carl.

Alternate Individuals.

Older man, circa 1935, probably related to Carl Welch.

There was a 31-year-old Carl Truman Welch, married to 27-year-old Marguerite (Pretty), who lived in Mexico, Oxford County, Maine, during the 1940 Census. He lived in Mexico Town in 1935, also. A review of his Ancestry family trees indicated no connection to Portland, Maine. Carl Truman Welch’s parents were George Milton and Elizabeth (Booker) Welch. He had no siblings named William.

Woman, circa 1935, probably related to Carl Welch

There was a 28-year-old Carl Welch, the single son of R. L. and Hattie Welch, who lived in Sanford, York County, Maine, during the 1940 Census.

There was a 27-year-old Carl Welch, the single son of Harold & Ethel Welch, who lived in Sherman, Aroostook County, Maine, in 1940.

I have not identified the individual in these photos, so I’ve only uploaded them to my Flickr photostream.

Esther West, Student, Class of 1939.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Esther West – Dec 1938.”

What I learned about this individual.

  • Esther West, Student, Class of 1939.
    Gorham High School Photo from 1939 Yearbook.

    The 1939 Gorham High School yearbook shows a photo of Esther West, that is the same young woman in the Ethel Wight Collection.

  • I have failed to find her in any other records.

Probable Identification?

There is an Esther West, who, during the 1940 Census, lived with her parents, Oliver and Ida West, in Wells, York County, Maine. (Wells is about 35 miles south of Gorham.) This Esther was 21 years old and born in Maine. She lived in the same house in 1935. She also appears to have lived in Wells during the 1920 and 1930 Censuses. Absent any connection to Gorham, I cannot ascribe this Esther West to my photo.

Another photo package is labeled Oliver West, RFD Wells. That suggests that Oliver West and his family used the Ethel Wight Studio, which makes it very likely that Esther West is the daughter of Oliver & Ida West of Wells, Maine.

I found Esther Emily West in five Ancestry trees (2 private); possibly one of those researchers can confirm this Esther is the same person that graduated from Gorham High School However, without positive identification, I could only upload her photo to Dead Fred[iii].

Probably Oliver West of Wells, Maine, 1945.

The negative envelope says, “Oliver West – Oct 1945.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • (Probably) Oliver West of Wells, Maine, 1945, with team of horses pulling a plow.

    This image is a reproduction for Oliver West. Research for Esther West suggested that her father is Oliver West of Wells, Maine. Another photo package included photos for Oliver West of Wells, Maine. As I believe these photos are all related.

  • The 1940 Census indicates Oliver West of Wells was a 56-year-old farmer.

Consequently, I believe this photo is likely of Oliver West of Wells, York County, Maine, plowing his field with two white horses; however, it might show Dewey Crepean, his hired man. Because of the distance from the subject, I have only uploaded this photo here.

This package has four additional photos of trees and trees reflected in the water. No animals or people that I have available. If someone is interested in them, I can send copies.

Althea Grace White, circa 1934.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Althea White, 81 Morning St. #61.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Althea

    1934, 1935, and 1936 Portland City Directories list Mrs. Jennie Goldstein living at 81 Morning Street.

  • The 1930 US Census lists Althea G White, born c. 1919, living with her parents, William C and Ruth E (Wood) White, at 81 Eastern Promenade.
  • The 1934 Portland City Directory lists William C & Ruth E White relocated to New London, Connecticut.
  • Althea Grace White, the daughter of William and Ruth (Wood) White, was born on 3 September 1918 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.

I am confident this photo was of her in 1934. She was probably dressed for a party around St. Patrick’s Day based on the clothing, hat, and shoes.

Ancestry has four public trees that refer to Althea Grace White. Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Althea; however, her parents are listed as IDs LTFK-SDQ and
9VJB-S6Q. I have uploaded one photo of her to Dead Fred. I also uploaded two additional pictures of Althea to my Flickr Photostream.


Conclusion

  • There were eight individuals in five photo negative packets this week.
  • I fully identified four of them sufficiently to find them in Ancestry Family Trees.
  • One of those four had family Search profiles, so I uploaded the photos to their Family Search Memories. Two of them did not have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their pictures to Dead Fred. One was too distant to identify, so I only uploaded it to this blog page.
  • Finally, I failed to identify four individuals; however, I believe they are somehow related to a Carl Welch.

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] I have four more photos of Esther West I can provide family members if fully identified.

Photo Friday – Walsh, Wark, Waterman, Watkins, & Watson

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 96

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week, for Photo Friday, I identified the people in four 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.


 James F Walsh, circa 1936 (age 6)

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Philip Walsh, 24 Maplewood St. #809.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • James F Walsh, circa 1936 (age 6)

    The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Philip E and Dola I Walsh living at 24 Maplewood.

  • The 1940 US Census lists Philip E and Dola I Walsh living in Portland with their 10-year-old son James F Walsh.
  • The 1930 US Census lists zero-year-old James F Walsh living with his parents and grandparents, Francis B & Lillian E Gallant.

I have not found James Walsh, the son of Philip E and Dola I (Gallant) Walsh, in Ancestry trees or Family Search. However, I have found his parents on Ancestry. His mother, Dola I (Gallant) Walsh (1902-1972), is found in 5 public trees. She is also Family Search ID KCC1-84K, the daughter of Francis B and Lillian (Stubbs) Gallant. I uploaded James’ photo to Dead Fred.

Phyllis Wark, Nurse, circa 1935

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Phyllis Wark, ME Gen Hospital #740.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Phyllis Wark, Nurse, circa 1935

    The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Phyllis Wark as a student nurse at 22 Arsonal (Maine General Hospital).

  • The 1940 US Census lists Phyllis Wark, a 23-year-old nurse at the Brooklyn Hospital Nurses’ Home in New York, Kings County, New York. She lived in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, in 1935 and was born in Maine.
  • The Portland (Maine) Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald, for 15 August 1948, in Section C, Page 2, the paper reports Phyllis Wark, RN, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. B. E. Wark of Caribou, married Harry E. Graves.

This photo is of Phyllis Wark, Nurse, circa 1935.

Ancestry has five public trees that refer to Phyllis Wark. Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Phyllis N Wark, daughter of Benjamin E and Louise _McDougall) Wark. So, I have uploaded her photo to Dead Fred.

Waterman family photos.

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Waterman 1946.”

What I researched:

  • Probably Mrs. Waterman

    This photo set is unusual for this collection because Ethel Wight did not take the photos; instead, they were marked “Copy & Enlarge.” The photo set includes three people, a man about 30, a woman about 30, and a child about two to three years old.

  • The 1947 Portland City Directory lists ten women as “Mrs. Waterman.”
    • Victoria E, wife of Albert W. (of South Portland)
      • Victoria appears to be 48 years old.
      • There is an Albert W and his wife Ruth B living in South Portland. They have a son, age 15.
    • Barbara, wife of Alfred, 9 Salem
      • Barbara and Alfred are found in the 1950 census living in South Portland. Alfred is 27, Barbara 26, and their two sons are two and ?.
    • Probably Mr. Waterman

      Ella H, wife of Charles (retired) (of South Portland)

      • Charles and Ella Waterman appear living in Pinellas, Florida, during the 1950 Census. They are 72 and 70.
    • Leonora, wife of Donald H (of Gorham)
      • A Dolan H and Leonora L Waterman lived in Buxton during the 1950 Census. They had three daughters, Laverne, 19; Dorothy, 12; and Diana, 4.
    • Bella A, wife of Ellis E, 58 Deerfield Rd.
      • The 1950 Census indicates Bella was 67 years old.
    • Betty, wife of Fred W (Cape Elizabeth)
      • The 1950 Census lists Fred W and Bridget living in Cape Elizabeth. Fred is 57, and Bridget is 54. They have no children living with them.
    • Probably Baby Waterman

      Mayme, wife of Louis, 158 North

      • The 1950 Census indicates that Louis was 71 years old.
    • Esther L, wife of Maurice O, 63 Brentwood
      • The 1950 Census indicates Esther was 47 years old, and her sons were 20 and 18, too old to be the child in these photos,
    • May O, widow of Charles W, 367 Stevens ave.
      • The 1950 Census indicates May was 77 years old.
    • Lunetti, wife of Verdell E, (of Gorham)
      • Lunnette and Verdell appear to be 52 and 61 years old, living in Gorham during the 1950 Census.
    • None of these Waterman families appear to contain three people, a man about 30, a woman about 30, and a child about two to three years old in 1946 or slightly earlier.
    • It is possible that one of Mrs. Waterman ordered the photos of her son, daughter, and grandchild.

In any event, I cannot determine who the individuals in these photos are. As such, I am posting them here and on my Flickr Photostream.

Probably Mr. Waterman, Mrs. Waterman, and a Waterman child.

Fred Watkins.

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Fred Watkins, 827 Stevens Ave #464.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Fred Watkins

    The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Fred O Watkins as a traveling salesman residing at 827 Stevens, Ave.

  • The 1940 US Census lists Fred O Watkins, a 50-year-old widower residing at 278 Woodfords in Portland. He was born in New Hampshire.
  • Ancestry Family Trees suggest this is Fred Oliver Watkins, born in Milford, New Hampshire. His wife, Ida (Gaffron), died in 1934. He was the son of Eli and Sarah (Barrett) Watkins.

I believe this photo is of Fred Watkins. The negative was damaged, and the image has cropped.

Ancestry has nine public trees that refer to Fred O Watkins. Family Search has profile G3DM-74Z for Fred Oliver Watkins. I have uploaded a photo of him to his Family Search Memories. 

Richard George Watson, circa 1936 (age 2½)

This negative envelope says, “Miss Helen Watson, 3 Danforth St. #1143.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Richard George Watson, circa 1936 (age 2½)

    The 1930 US Census lists George H and Hanna Watson living at 5 Danforth St, with their 12-year-old daughter, Helen.

  • Maine Birth Records indicate that Helen Watson, daughter of George and Hannah Watson, was born on 3 October 1917 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine.
  • Maine Marriages indicate that Helen married John Stephen Lacey on 1 June 1939.
  • The 1940 Census indicates that Helen and John had one child in their household, John S. Lacey, Jr., who was three months old.
  • This photo was taken about 1936 before the Ethel Wight Studio in Portland closed. In 1936, Helen’s brother, Richard, was married to Helen Cunniff Watson. They had two boys, Richard George, born on 25 December 1933, and Donald Thomas, born on 10 May 1935. The child in the photo appears to be too old to be Donald, so I believe this to be Richard, age 2½ or so.

I believe this to be Richard George Watson, circa 1936. I also think that Ethel either mislabeled the photo envelope with “Miss Helen Watson” instead of Mrs. Helen Watson or that Helen’s sister-in-law, also Helen Watson, took the child to the photo studio for the photo shoot.

Ancestry has eight public trees that refer to Richard G Watson, son of Richard Henry and Helen T (Cunniff) Watson. Family Search has profile LTQP-7PD for Richard George Watson (1933-1985). I have uploaded the photo of Richard to his Family Search Memories.

Confirmed to be Richard G Watson by an immediate family member.


Conclusion

  • I fully identified four of the seven individuals. Three appear in Ancestry trees, and one has parents in Ancestry trees.
  • Two of the individuals have Family Search profiles. I uploaded their photos to their Family Search Memories. Two individuals did not have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded those photos to Dead Fred.
  • Finally, I failed to identify three of the individuals (the Waterman group). I uploaded those images 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.