Ethel Wight Collection – Part 38

[Chaffey], Cummings, Curran, Currie (2), & Curry

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 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.

Florence Margaret Curran, 1936

This negative envelope says, “Miss Florence Curran, 41 Park St, Portland #1080.”

Miss Florence Curran, 41 Park St, Portland, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • This photo was used in the 1936 Portland High School Yearbook as the photo for Florence Margaret Curran “Floss.”
  • Maine Birth Records indicates that Florence Margaret Curran was born 29 July 1917, the daughter of William and Ruth Curran.

Family Search identifies Florence Curran, the daughter of William Francis and Ruth Annie (Blanchard) Curran, as ID LY9Q-WMX. Florence Margaret Curran Michaud is also found in 14 trees at Ancestry.Com.

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

Frances L. Currie, circa 1935 (age 9)

This negative envelope says, “Miss Frances Currie, 323 Spring St, Portland #255.”

Miss Frances Currie, Circa 1935

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Frank E and Alice Currie living at 323 Spring.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Frank E and Alyce B Currie living in Gorham with their 15-year old daughter Frances L Currie.
  • This photo was taken about 1935 when Frances was about nine years old.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Frances Currie, the daughter of Frank and Alice Currie. However, Frances L. Currie is found in six trees at Ancestry.Com.

I have added her photo to Dead Fred.

Mary Edith Currie, circa 1934 (Age 17)

This negative envelope says, “Miss Mary Currie, 128 Brentwood St, Portland #199.

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Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1934 Portland City Directory lists James E and Alice M, living at 128 Brentwood.
  • The 1940 US Census enumerated James E and Alice Curie living at 55 Whitney Ave, in Portland. With them is their 23-year-old daughter Mary, who was born in New Hampshire.
  • Based upon the negative number, this photo was taken in 1934 or 1935. So, I’m sure this is a photo of Mary Currie about 1934 when she was about 17 years old.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Mary Edith Currie.  Mary Edith Currie, the daughter of James E. and Alice M. (Clemons) Currie, does appear in 17 Ancestry trees.

I have added a different photo of her photo to Dead Fred.

I also uploaded two additional photos to my Flickr photostream.

Ralph Curry, circa 1935 (age 24)

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Ralph Curry, 19 Sherman St, Portland #320.”

Mr. Ralph Curry, circa 1935

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1934 Portland City Directory listed J. Ralph (and Leda) Curry living at 19 Sherman.
  • The 1938 Portland City Directory listed Ralph J. (and Leda) Curry living at 163 Frances.
  • The 1940 US Census enumerated the 29-year-old Ralph and his wife Leda living at 1542 Congress Street. Ralph was born in Massachusetts.

James Ralph Curry, born in Massachusetts and married to Marie Leda Gallant,  appears in 25 family trees at Ancestry. Ralph James Curry, born 18 January 1911 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, is LYD7-L4R on Family Search.

I have uploaded two photos of Ralph Curry to his Family Search Memories.

Ethel Gilbert (Chaffey) Cummings, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs . F. E. Cummings, 49 Concord St, Portland #781.

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Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Francis E. Cummings living at 49 Concord with his wife, Ethel G. Cummings.
  • The 1940 US Census enumerated the 59-year-old Ethel G Cummings living with her husband at 49 Concord Street, in Portland, ME.
  • Ethel Gilbert Chaffey was born on 9 June 1881 and married Major Francis E. Cummings on 19 September 1910.
  • This photo was probably taken about 1936 or 1937 when Ethel was about 55 years old.

Family Search identifies Ethel Gilbert Chaffey, born 9 June 1881, as ID LBVR-T7C. Ethel Gilbert Chaffey also appears in 17 trees at Ancestry.Com

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

Conclusion

  • I fully identified three individuals and was able to post their photos to Family Search
  • I identified two individuals that didn’t have Family Search profiles, so I posted those photos to Dead Fred.

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 from negatives to positive images using a lightbox, a Nikon camera and computer software.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 37

Croteau, Crowell, Crowley, & Crozier – Also, the Cumberland Club

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 four more envelopes and a building 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.

Florence Crowell, circa 1936 (age 25)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Florence Crowell, 42 Fernald St., Portland #674.

Florence Crowell, circa 1936 (age 25)

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Florence S Crowell as a clerk at 419 Congress street who resided at 42 Fernald.
  • The 1930 US Census enumerated the 18-year-old Florence Crowell living at 26 Fernald with her mother, Susie Crowell.
  • The 1920 US Census enumerated the 8-year-old Florence Crowell living at 26 Fernald with her parents George M. and Susie Crowell.)

This photo must be of Florence Crowell, the daughter of George Milford and Susie Batchelder (Cummings) Crowell, about 1936 when she was about 25 years old.

Family Search does not have a profile for Florence; however, Family Search identifies her parents as LWG5-5PY and 9V68-116 (George and Susan). Also, 19 Ancestry trees refer to Florence Sybil Crowell (1911-1968).

Besides this photo, I have added one additional photo of Florence to Dead Fred.

Comment: One of Florence’s children confirmed this to be a photo of Florence. 

Mary Crowley, circa 1936

The negative envelope says, “Miss Mary Crowley, 18 Summer St., Portland #618.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Bartley J Crowley living at 18 Summer with his wife, Mary.
  • The 1930 US Census enumerated Bartley and Mary Crowley living 18 Summer with their four children. Patrick, Mark, Mary, and Martin. Mary, the daughter, was 20 years old, which fits the apparent age of the woman in the photograph.
  • Mary Crowley was born on 8 December 1909 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine. The third child of Bartley and Mary (Concannon) Crowley.

Family Search identifies Mary Crowley, born 8 December 1909, and the daughter of Bartley J. and Mary (Quincannon) Crowley, as ID L1ZP-3K6. Also, 9 public Ancestry trees refer to Mary Concannon/Quincannon.

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

Willis, Phyllis, and Herbert Croteau, circa 1936.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. James Crotean (or Croteau), 186 Washington Ave, Portland #1007.

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • I was not able to find James Croteau in the Portland City Directories. The 1938 directory indicates that Frances E Croteau, a seamstress at 155 Brackett, lived at 115 Washington Ave. Another Croteau listed was Willard J, an agent at 477 Congress, room 903, who apparently resided in Skowhegan.
  • The 1937 Portland City directory lists Croteau, Wilfred L (Frances F), employed by the City of Portland who lived at 115 Wash Av.
  • The 1936 Portland City Directory is missing page 256, the page that Croteau should be on.
  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Wilfred L (and Frances F) living at 186 Washington Ave.
  • The 1930 US Census lists Wilfred L. and Frances M Croteau living at 218 Presumpscot Street with their two children, Phyllis (age 1) and Herbert (age 0). The 22-year-old Wilfred was born in Canada, and his 17-year-old wife, Francis, and the children were all born in Maine.
  • The 1940 Census lists Frances Croteau, living at 115 Washington Ave with her daughter Phyllis and sons Herbert and Willis. With them is Frances’ 62-year-old mother, Maude Merrill. Frances is listed as divorced.
  • I’m convinced this photo is of Phyllis, Herbert, and Willis Croteau about 1936. Phyllis would have been about 8, Herbert about 6, and Willis about 3. I am not sure who James Croteau is that ordered/paid for the photograph.

Family Search does not appear to have profiles for any of the children of Frances E (Merrill) Croteau.

  • Phyllis M. Croteau, born 29 December 1928, is found in 3 Ancestry Trees
  • Herbert J. Croteau, born in 1930 to Wilfred and Frances E (Merrill) Croteau, is found in two Ancestry trees.
  • I did not find Willis in any Ancestry trees.

I have uploaded this photo to Dead Fred.

Joseph, Margaret, Robert, Katherine, and Philip Crozier, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “ Mrs. J. B., Crozier, 31 Taylor St., Portland #497.

Joseph, Margaret, Robert, Katherine, and Philip Crozier, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Joseph B. Crozier and his wife, Mary H., living at 31 Taylor.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Joseph and Mary Crozier living at 31 Taylor Street with their five children
    • Joseph     18
    • Margaret 18
    • Robert       17
    • Catherine 15
    • Philip          14

This photo was taken about 1936 when the children were about four years younger.

Family Search does not appear to have profiles for any of the children nor either parent (Joseph or Mary).

The children of Joseph Francis Benedict and Mary Harriet (Faye) Crozier include:

Besides this photo, I have uploaded a second photo of the five children to Dead Fred. I’ve uploaded two more photos of the five children to my Flickr photostream. Additionally, I’ve uploaded one photo of Margaret and Katherine to Flickr. It is somewhat damaged, but Katherine’s image in the photo is really nice.

The Cumberland Club – 116 High Street, Portland, ME, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “ The Cumberland Club – High St. Portland #344 – Taken for Miss Noyes, The Sherwood, Park St.

As a change from researching people, it was fun to see a building and see how much it hasn’t changed in the past 85 years.

The Cumberland Club is a private social club in Portland, Maine. It was built in 1800 as a private residence and organized as a club in 1877. This photo was taken about 1936.

The 1940 Portland City Directory indicates that The Cumberland Club was at 116 High Street. A look at that address on Google Maps proves that the building still stands.

I uploaded a second photo of the building to my Flickr photostream. This photo is a bit clearer, but it is damaged on the right side.

Conclusion

  • I identified one individual whose photo I posted to Family Search
  • I identified nine individuals whose photos I posted to Dead Fred.
  • One photo was of a building. I did identify the structure and posted two images of it 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.

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 36

Crandon, Crawford, Creamer, Croft, & Crosman

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.

Dorothy Creamer, Nurse, circa 1937

This negative envelope says, “Miss Dorothy Creamer, State St Hospital, Portland #863.”

Dorothy Creamer, Nurse, circa 1937

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Dorothy Creamer as a student nurse at 62 State and residing at 52 State.
  • The 1940 US Federal Census reports 23-year-old Dorothy Creamer as a Registered Nurse lodging at 145 Spring Street.
  • The 1930 US Federal Census reports 13-year-old Dorothy L Creamer living with her parents, Milton J. and Hattie E. Creamer, in Waldoboro, Lincoln County, Maine. Additionally, the census reports Dorothy A Creamer as the 13-year-old niece of Everett P. and Myrtle Creamer living in Embden, Somerset County, Maine.
  • Dorothy L Creamer married Merrill S. Harrington on 28 February 1942. Dorothy A. Creamer of Calais, ME, married Earl F. Gaddis on 21 November 1936.
  • So this photo must be of Dorothy Creamer, daughter of Milton J. and Hattie E. Creamer and later wife of Merrill S. Harrington about 1937 when she graduated from nursing school.

Alternatives

I do not believe this is Dorothy Creamer, daughter of Everet and Myrtle Cream, because she married Earl Gaddis in 1936 and appears with him in the 1940 Census.

Disposition

Family Search identifies Dorothy L. Creamer, the daughter of Milton James and Hattie Elsie (Rines) Creamer, as ID L2FJ-5YB. I uploaded this photo to her Family Search Memories. Eight trees at Ancestry.Com mention Dorothy Creamer.

Charles J. Crandon, ca. 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Chas Crandon, 35 Pennell  Ave, Portland #573.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Charles J. Crandon, ca. 1937
  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Charles J. Crandon (and his wife Nina E.) living at 35 Pennell Ave.
  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Charles and Nina living at 25 Cypress.
  • The 1940 US Census enumerated the 35-year-old Charles, still living with his wife, Nina, at 25 Cypress.
  • Charles J. Crandon, the spouse of Nina Leola Elwell, was born on 28 May 1904.
  • This photo was taken about 1937 when Charles was about 33 years old.

Family Search identifies Charles J. Crandon, husband of Nina Leola Elwell, and who lived in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, in 1940 as id LT32-VF6. Seventeen trees at Ancestry.Com mention Charles J. Crandon.

I have uploaded two photos of Charles to his Family Search Memories.

W. J. (William Joseph) Croft, circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. W. J. Croft, 150 Park St, Portland #203.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

W. J. (William Joseph) Croft, circa 1937
  • The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates that Mary A Kyle married William J. Croft.
  • The 1936 Portland City Directory reports William Croft, an account investigator at 515 Congress and residing at 150 Park. It is odd, but not unheard of, that he is listed, but his wife is not.
  • In the 1940 Census, William J. Croft and his wife Mary lived in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • William J. Croft, born in England, lived in Baltimore, but died in Portland, Maine, on 23 August 1956. His high requiem mass was held in Portland, and he was buried in Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.[iii]
  • William Joseph Croft, who died on 23 August 1956, was born on 31 December 1904. This photo was taken about 1937 when William Joseph Croft was about 33 years old.

Alternative Individuals

There was a William Croft, born about 1889 in Canada and immigrated to the US in 1904. In 1910 he was a private in the US Army stationed at Fort McKinley. I do not believe this is the same William Croft as the man in the photo looks younger than 50, and there are no other references to that William Croft in the Portland, Maine, area.

Disposition

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for William Joseph Croft, born 31 December 1904 and the husband of Mary Ann Kraft. However, two trees at Ancestry.Com refer to him.

I have included W. J. Croft’s photo here and also uploaded it to Dead Fred.

Genevieve Crosman, circa 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Chas. Crosman, 459 St. John St., Portland, ME #379.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Genevieve Crosman, circa 1934

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Charles S Crosman, a clerk at 516 Congress, living with his wife, Bernice, at 459 St. John.

  • The 1940 US Census shows Charles S Crossman and his wife, Bernice, living at 51 Roberts Street. With them is their six-year-old daughter Genevieve L Crossman.
  • Further research found that Genevieve Lillas Crosman was born on 8 October 1933 to Charles Staples and Bernice M (White) Crosman.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Genevieve Lillas Crosman; however, her parents are identified – Charles S Crossman as id L17D-8T3 and Bernice M White as GSQP-PLSOne tree at Ancestry.Com refers to Genevieve Crosman.

I have uploaded one photo of Genevieve Crosman to Dead Fred.

Elizabeth J. Crawford, circa 1937 (age 8)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. J. C. Crawford, 128 Glenwood Ave, Portland #102.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

Elizabeth J. Crawford, circa 1937 (age 8)
  • The 1936 Portland City Directory lists John C Crawford, a Manager at 615 Forest Ave, and his wife, Gladys E, living at 128 Glenwood Ave.
  • The 1930 US Census lists John C Crawford, his wife Gladys E, and their daughter Elizabeth J. Crawford.
  • Further research found that Elizabeth J. Crawford, daughter of John Caleb and Gladys E (Legrow) Crawford, was born on 3 July 1929.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Elizabeth J. Crawford. There are nine trees at Ancestry.Com that refer to Elizabeth J. Crawford, the daughter of John C and Gladys E (Legrow) Crawford.

I estimate this photo was taken about 1937 when Elizabeth was about eight years old. I have added her picture to Dead Fred.

Conclusion

    • I identified two individuals with Family Search profiles that I uploaded photos to their “Memories.”
    • I also identified three individuals that did not have Family Search profiles, so I posted those photos to Dead Fred.

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.

[iii] The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) 26 Aug 1956, Page 37.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 35

Coyne, & Cram(4)

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.

Phyllis Katherine Cram, circa 1936 (age 20)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Phylis Cram, 11 Wolcott St, Portland #763.”

Phyllis Katherine Cram, circa 1936 (age 20)

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Phyllis K. Cram, a clerk working at 55 Forest Ave and residing at 11 Wolcott.
  • The 1930 Census lists Phyllis K. Cram as the 13-year-old daughter of Harris W and Emily I Cram living at 11 Wolcott.
  • Maine Birth Records show Phyllis Katherine Cram, daughter of Harris and Emily (Moses) Cram, was born on 9 July 1916.

This photo must be of Phyllis about 1936 when she was about 20 years old.

Family Search identifies Phyllis K Cram, the daughter of Harris W and Emily Isabella (Moses) Cram, as id LT9P-FGV. Three trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Phyllis Katherine Cram, who was born 9 July 1916.

I have uploaded her two photos to Family Search Memories.

Phyllis Clara Cram, circa 1937 (age 24)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Phyllis Cram, 219 Brackett St, Portland #640.”

Phyllis Clara Cram, circa 1937 (age 24)

Why I believe this to be the individual.

    • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Phillis C Cram as a teacher of expression at 219 Brackett and residing at the same address. The directory also shows Frank H Cram, and his wife Nellie, living at 219 Brackett.
    • The 1930 US Census enumerated Frank H and Nellie M Cram living at 219 Brackett Street. Their 17-year-old daughter, Phylis, is living with them.
    • Maine birth records indicate that Phyllis C. Cram was born 19 April 1913 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.

Family Search identifies Phyllis C. Cram, born 19 April 1913, as id G4T2-B92. I am sure this is Phyllis about 1937. Four trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Phyllis Clara Cram, born 19 April 1913 in Portland, Maine.

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

Sara “Sadie” A. Coyne, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Sadie Coyne, 269 Danforth St., Portland #521.”

Sara “Sadie” A. Coyne, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Sadie A Coyne residing at 269 Danforth.
  • The 1930 US Census enumerated James B and his wife Delia A Coyne living at 269 Danforth. Living with them is their 20-year-old daughter, Sadie.
  • The 1937 Portland City Directory reports that Sadie A Coyne married Charles Hannaford and moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut.

I am sure this is a photo of Sadie about 1936 before she married and moved to Bridgeport.

Family Search identifies Sara (aka Sadie) Coyne, daughter of James & Delia Coyne, as id GCMX-68K. Also, four trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Sadie A Coyne.

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

Beatrice M. Cram, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. H. W. Cram, 11 Wolcott St, Portland #753.”

Beatrice M. Cram, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

    • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Harris W and Emily I Cram living at 11 Wolcott.
    • The 1930 US Census enumerated Harris and Emily living at 11 Wolcott with their two-year-old daughter, Beatrice M Cram.

Family Search does not appear to have a profile for Beatrice M Cram, the daughter of Harris William and Emily Isabella (Moses) Cram. Three trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Harris and Emily (Moses) Cram.

I have uploaded two photos of Beatrice to Dead Fred.

Emily Isabella (Moses) Cram, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. H. W. Cram, 11 Wolcott St, Portland #779.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Harris W and Emily I Cram living at 11 Wolcott.
  • The 1930 US Census enumerated Harris and 37-year-old Emily living at 11 Wolcott.
  • Emily Isabella Moses, the wife of Harris William Cram, is identified in 4 Ancestry Trees. According to them, she was born 24 April 1892 in Gorham, Cumberland County, Maine.

Family Search identifies Emily Isabella Moses, the wife of Harris W. Cram, as ID LTMJ-JBS. I am sure this is Emily about 1936.

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

Conclusion

I had:

  • Four successful identifications which I posted to Family Search
  • I posted one photo set to Dead Fred.

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 34

Cotton, Coughlin, Couillard, Courtney, & Coyne

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.

Bernice Coughlin, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Bernice Coughlin, 45 Kellogg St., Portland #553.”

Bernice Coughlin, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Bernice H Coughlin as a saleswoman at 544 Congress and residing at 45 Kellogg.
  • The 1940 US Census reports Catherine Coughlin as the head of a household including six children, including 27-year-old Bernice.
  • This photo was taken about 1936 when Bernice was about 23 years old.

Family Search did not have a profile for Bernice Coughlin, the daughter of Catherine (Connell) Coughlin. Eight trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Bernice Helen Coughlin (1912-1995).

Besides this photo, I have uploaded two additional photos of Bernice to my Flickr photostream.

Miss Courtney

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Courtney, 1942.”

Miss Courtney, 1942

Sadly, there isn’t enough information with this negative package to determine who this individual is a photo of. Because the photo appears to be a nurse, I searched several different ways to find a nurse named Courtney (forename and surname). Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in finding any likely candidates.

I have added her photo to Dead Fred.

Margaret Mary Coyne, circa 1936

This negative envelope says, “Miss Margaret Coyne, 269 Danforth St, Portland #325.”

Margaret Mary Coyne, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Margaret M Coyne as a clerk residing at 269 Danforth. There are also Margaret Coyne (a maid), a Mrs. Margaret Coyne, Margaret E Coyne, and a Margaret K. Coyne that could be confused with the Margaret living on Danforth.
  • The 1940 US Census finds 27-year-old Margaret Coyne living with her widowed mother Delia Boyne and two brothers.
  • The 1930 US Census finds 17-year-old Margaret M. Coyne living with her parents James B. and Delia A. Coyne.

This photo was taken about 1936 when Margaret was about 24 years old.

Alternative Individuals

Do not confuse her with Margaret E. Coyne, born in 1913 in Portland, Maine, to Michael and Mary Coyne.

Photo Disposition

Family Search identifies ID GCZH-K75, the daughter of James and Delia Coyne. I have uploaded two photos of her to Family Search Memories. I also have uploaded a third photo of Margaret Coyne to my Flickr photostream. Six trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Margaret Mary Coyne, daughter of James B and Bridget “Delia” (Kyne) Coyne.

Update: A first cousin, twice removed confirmed, he’d “be fairly confident [I’ve] identified her correctly.

Mr. A. B. Cotton, circa 193

Image from the negative envelope. If you read it as something other than Mr. A. B. Cotton, I would love to hear from you.

“Mr. A. B. Cotton, Marine Hospital, Portland #619.”

The United States Marine Hospital was at 331 Veranda.

An exhaustive search of city directories from 1934 to 1940 for an A. Cotton, or any Cotton surnamed individual associated with the Marine Hospital or 331 Veranda, failed to yield any results. Furthermore, a search of the 1940 Census did not find a man with the surname Cotton and a first initial of “A” living in Portland, Cumberland County, or the State of Maine. Likewise, a review of the 1930 Census failed to yield such a candidate. As such, I believe this man, in his mid 30’s or early 40’s was possibly a patient at the Marine Hospital and not staff there.

With no identification and no clues to further research, I have uploaded two photos of Mr. A. B. Cotton to Dead Fred.

Edna N. (Huston) Couillard, circa 1936

Edna N. (Huston) Couillard, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Edna Couillard, 13 Walton St, Portland #757.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

    • The 1937 Portland City Directory listed Edna N Couillard, the wife of Arthur E Couillard, as residing at 13 Walton.
    • The 1930 US Census places Edna and her husband living with her parents Fred and Sarah Huston at 13 Walton St. Edna was 35 years old.

Family Search identifies id KZVG-BRM as the daughter of Frederick and Sarah (Erskine) Huston and married to Arthur E. Couillard. She was born on 16 March 1895.  I have uploaded two photos to her Memories on Family Search. Fifteen trees on Ancestry.com refer to Edna N. Huston.

Conclusion

It was a lousy week for my photo identification with two failed photo sets that I could not identify. However, I did have three successful identifications, two I posted to Family Search and one I posted to this site and to my Flickr photo stream. I had:

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 tracing lightbox, a Nikon camera and computer software (Photoshop Elements).