Photo Friday – Two Ridlon Boys and the “Webber Lodge”

Ethel Wight Collection – Parts 155b & 155c
Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Everett & Wesley Ridlon, c. 1936.

Today, I examined another photo package from the Ethel Wight Studio in Portland, Maine[i]. The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. E. N. Ridlon, #1027 – 27 Providence St. In another pen and hand is a note: “Saco?” The photos appear to be of two boys, one 11-14 and the other 7-10 years old.

What I learned while analyzing this photo package:

  • The 1940 US Census lists Everett W Ridlon and his family living at 29 Providence Street in Portland. The household included Everett, his wife Annie J, and his two sons, Everett G. (age 17) and Wesley W (age 8).
  • The photo package number, #1027, suggests the photo was taken about 1936.
  • Everett Gilbert Ridlon was born on 10 Dec 1922 and died on 27 Jun 2004.
  • Wesley Wallace Ridlon was born on 3 Jun 1932 and died on 21 Jan 2023.

I am sure this photo, taken in 1936, is of Everett and Wesley when they were 14 and 4.

Ancestry has 12 public trees that refer to Everett Gilbert Ridlon. Ancestry has one public tree that refers to Wesley Wallace Ridlon. Family Search has profile G7Y9-QSG for Everett and profile G7Y9-MNC for Wesley. I uploaded this photo of them to their Family Search Memories.


Mrs. Howard – Mr. Webber’s Lodge – 1940 (Saco?)

A third photo envelope in this week’s examination read, ”Mrs. Howard – Mr. Webber’s Lodge – Bay [rim?] – 1940 ‘Saco’”

Writing on Envelope

After extensive searching, I have been unable to find a Webber’s Lodge or anything similar in the Biddeford-Saco-Ocean Park area. I found nothing in “Boarding and Rooms,” “Cottages and Residences,” or “Hotels” in the 1939 Biddeford City Directory.

This photo package consists of two photos of a beautiful home/lodge and five photos of the beach area and some beachgoers.

Photo of cottage/lodge.
Photo of sun bathers on beach, circa 1940.
Two photos from the “Mrs. Howard” package.

I posted one photo of the lodge/inn/cottage and one photo of beachgoers here. I posted the rest of the images to my Flickr Photostream.

I would love to hear your reaction if any of these photos are of your family member or if you believe you know where this cottage/inn/lodge was located. Ultimately, my goal is to reunite the pictures with family members who may have never seen the images.


[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.

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