Ethel Wight Collection – Part 19

Blaney, Bonney, & Booker

Photo Friday
Ethel Wight Collection
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I identified 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 important to analyze the pictures and information to identify the individual therein.[ii] Ultimately, my goal is to reunite the images with family members who may have never seen the photo.


Alberta Isabell Blaney (1913-2007)

This negative envelope says, “Miss Alberta Blaney – St. Barnabus Hospital #298.”

In the 1934 and 1935 Portland City Directories, Alberta Blaney is a student nurse at 231 Woodford and was residing at 20 Norwood.

On 20 September 1936, Alberta I. Blaney of Portland, ME, married James A. Murry of Portland, Maine. However, on 7 May 1938, Alberta Blarney of Portland married Bruce L Wilson of Portland. The 1930 Census shows only one Alberta Blaney in Maine, a 16-year-old living with her parents, John and Edna (Clark) Blaney, in Baileyville, Washington County, Maine. The 1940 Census indicates Alberta living with her husband at 103 Washington Ave. So, I’m convinced this is the correct person.

Family Search identifies Alberta I. Blaney, daughter of John Lindsay and Edna Elizabeth (Clark) Blaney, as ID LRYX-DCY. I am quite sure this is Alberta, about 1935 or 1936. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search profile.

Bradford Bonney, circa 1935

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Bradford Bonney N. Falmout RFD #5 Woodfords #361.”

During the 1930 Census, 16-year-old Bradford Bonney lived with his parents, Luther C. and Katherine B. Bonney, in Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine. By 1936 Bradford appears in the 1936 City Directory residing at 113 Glenwood Avenue. That and the photo number of 361 dates the photo circa 1935.

Family Search identifies Bradford Bonney, son of Luther Isaac and Kathryn Bradford (Bigelow) Bonney, as ID 2S4K-FXC. I am quite sure these photos are from about 1935. I have uploaded two pictures of him to his Family Search profile. Additionally, I have uploaded three more photos of him to my Flickr photostream.

Annie Parks Booker – circa 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Anna Booker – Eastern Prom #649.”

The 1934 Portland City Directory indicates that Mrs. Anna P Booker was the head of household at 166 E Prom (Eastern Promenade). Residing at the same address was Chester H. Booker. The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates that Mrs. Anna P Booker made her home at 197 Spring.

The 1930 US Census indicates that Anna P Booker is a 46-years-old married woman with three children, including Chester H, with Dugan’s surname. Maine Marriage Records show Mrs. Annie Dugan married Walter H. Booker in Lewiston, ME, on 28 July 1909. It was Annie’s second marriage; she was a widow. Her father was John Parks, and her mother was Esther McAnaw.

Annie I. Parks, the daughter of John H and Esther (McAnew) Parks and Walter Bowker’s wife, is ID: LC72-8L7. I have uploaded one photo to Family Search.

Annie (Parks) Booker, circa 1937

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Anna Booker – State St, Portland #50_(?)”.

The 1936 & 1937 Portland City Directories indicate that Mrs. Anna P Booker made her home at 197 Spring. The 1938 Directory shows Anna lived at 32 State. That suggests she moved to State between 1937 and 1938 and that the photo dates from 1937.

The 1930 US Census indicates that Anna P Booker is a 46-years-old married woman with three children. Maine Marriage Records show Mrs. Annie Dugan married Walter H. Booker in Lewiston, ME, on 28 July 1909. It was Annie’s second marriage; she was a widow. Her father was John Parks, and her mother was Esther McAnaw.

Annie I. Parks, the daughter of John H and Esther (McAnew) Parks and wife of Walter Bowker, is Family Search ID: LC72-8L7. I have uploaded two photos of Anna to her Family Search profile. Additionally, I have uploaded four more pictures of Annie to my Flickr photostream.

Chester Booker, circa 1935

The envelope this negative was in says, Mr. Chester Booker, Morning St., Portland #586.”

Chester Herman Booker graduated from Portland High School in 1935. These photos appear to be from the same sitting. Chester was born on 19 February 1915 to Walter and Anna (Parks) Booker. He married Marion Fulton on 10 June 1940. Marion died on 7 November 2006. Her obituary indicated that her first husband, Chester Booker, predeceased her.

Family Search did not have a profile for Chester Booker, so I created GH1V-43M and uploaded two photos to his profile. I also uploaded one photo of him to my Flickr Photostream.

Conclusion

I had an excellent week analyzing photos:

    • Five successful identifications, which I posted to Family Search.

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 18

Conley, Connaway, Conroy, Consoli, & Constantine

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 images with family members who may have never seen the photo.

Thomas, Annie, and Philip Conley, c. 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. M. S. Conley, 58 Gray St, Portland, #456.”

The Conley Children, circa 1937

The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Michael S (Anna E) Conley residing at 58 Gray.
The 1940 US Census lists Michael (born c. 1905) and his wife Annie E (McArdle) (born c. 1906) still living at 58 Gray Street. With them are five children. One child is too young to have been included in this photo. The other four children are:

  • Thomas Joseph, Age 13 (Born 3 September 1926) (Died 14 June 1996)
  • Annie Elizabeth, Age 12 (Born 4 December 1927) (Died 10 June 1992)
  • Philip James, Age 10 (Born 11 September 1929 – Died 21 January 2008)
  • Katherine, Age 7

A photo numbered 456 is probably from about 1937, which would suggest the youngest child to be about 4, making Philip 7, Annie 9, and Thomas 10. That appears correct.

Family Search had profiles for Michael S. Conley L8TY-1LF and Annie E. McArdle L1DM-3M5; however, they were not linked as a married couple.  I linked them.

I then created profiles for Thomas, Annie, and Philip per above and associated the photo with their profiles.

Jay Hill Connaway (1893-1970) circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Jay Connaway, 602A Congress, Portland, #622.”

Jay Hill Connaway, circa 1936

The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Jay H. Connaway as an artist living with his wife Louisa at 15 Willard, South Portland. It also lists Art Associates being at 602a Congress, Room 204.

Jay Hall Connaway is a famous painter who had a studio in Portland sponsored by Bartlett Arkell and Robert Macbeth in 1931. Later in the 1930s, he located to Monhegan Island, where he started the Connaway Art School.[iii] Mr. Connaway was born 27 November 1893 in Liberty, Indiana, and died 18 February 1970. This photo was taken about 1936 when he was about 43 years old.

Family Search identifies Jay H Connaway as ID G9YB-XV9. I am quite sure this is of Jay about 1936. I have uploaded two photos of him to his Family Search profile. I uploaded two additional photos of Jay to my Flickr Photostream.

Mary A. Conroy (1909-___)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Mary Conroy, 108 Newberry St., Portland, #136.”

Mary Conroy circa 1936

The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Mary A. Conroy, a clerk working at 594 Congress and residing at 108 Newbury.

The 1940 US Census reports Mary Conroy, the 30-year-old daughter of Christopher and Annie Conroy, living at 92 Federal Street.

Family Search identifies Mary A. Conroy, the daughter of Christopher and Ann (LNU) Conroy, as ID GWQD-S2T. I am quite sure this is her about 1936. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search profile.

Rita Consoli, circa 1936

This photo is from the Ethel Wight Studio, Portland, Maine.

Rita Consoli

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Rita Consoli, 536 Cumberland Ave., Portland, #403.” The photo appears to be of a woman in her 20s.

I was unable to find Rita Consoli in Portland during the mid-1930s.  A review of the address, 536 Cumberland, found various people[iv] living there during the 1930s, but none had a surname similar to Consoli or Rita’s first name. There was a considerable turnover of the units there, suggesting Rita may well have been there for only a short time.

Alternates

A Filomena Rita Consoli was born 22 May 1905 in Lagonegro, Italy, and immigrated to the United States on 2 August 1926. She is a possible candidate to be the subject of this photo.

A Rita Consoli was born about 1921, who graduated from Wakefield High School (Wakefield, MA) in 1937. The woman in this photo looks considerably older than high school age. She is an unlikely candidate to be the subject of this photo.

The 1930 Census found the 14-year-old Rita Consoli living with her parents, Fred and Josephine Consoli in the Bronx, New York. It also found a 10-year-old Rita Consoli residing with her parents, Samuel and Adeline Consoli, in the Bronx, New York.

I don’t believe either of these is the correct Rita Consoli, so I have added her photo to Dead Fred.  I also uploaded two photos of Rita to my Flicker Photostream.

Unknown Boy – [Child of Anastasia Constantine (?)] c. 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Anastasia Constantine, 453 Cumberland Ave., Portland, #192.”

Constantine (?) Child circa 1937

The 1938 Portland City Directory lists James and his wife Bessie J., living at 453 Cumberland.

The 1940 US Census lists James Constantine and his wife Bessie A. living at 453 Cumberland Ave. It lists no children.

The 1937 Portland City Directory lists James and his wife, Bessie A., living at 256 Danforth.

Likewise, the 1930 US Census lists James Constantine and his wife, Bessie, living in Portland (256 Danforth St.) with no children.

I am not convinced that Bessie’s middle name was Anastasia. Additionally, I can find no evidence that James and Bessie had any children. That leads me to speculate that James may have had a sister-in-law named Anastasia who was visiting James and provided his address. In any event, determining this child’s identity eludes me.

I have added this child’s photo to Dead Fred and posted a second copy to my Flickr stream. I posted another photo of this child to my Flickr Photostream.

Conclusion

I had:

    • Three successful identifications where I could post five profiles on Family Search
    • One probable identification posted to Dead Fred.
    • One non-ident also posted 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] Wikipedia – Jay Hall Connaway – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Hall_Connaway

[iv] Joseph and Amelia Ryan, Beneva Mishoe, Stela Martin, Carl Strout, Charles MacGrath, James Stamos, Mrs. Nellie Harding, Mary Hannigan, and several Grants.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 17

Ferejohn, Farnham, Farr, Farrar, & Farren

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I try to 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 important 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.

Mary Ferejohn circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Mary Ferejohn, 8 Cedar St. #1090.”

Mary Ferejohn, circa 1936

A search at Ancestry found the 1936 Portland High School yearbook for showing one of the exact same photos for Mary Ferejohn. Her college preference was Columbia University, and her hobby was “listening to the radio.” The 1933 Portland City Directory finds Michael and Annie Ferejohn living at 8 Cedar in Portland. The 1944 city directory lists Mary Ferejohn loving at 150 Front in South Portland. Also at the same address are Michael C. and Annie Ferejohn. The 1940 Census indicates that Michael was 49, born in Greece, Annie was 19, also born in Greece, and Mary was 21, born in Maine.

There is no profile for her on Family Search, nor are her parents identified on Family Search. I added her photo to Dead Fred. Additionally, there is one private family tree on Ancestry that appears to include her. I will contact that owner and let them know about these photos. I also added three additional photos of Mary to my Flickr photostream.

Eldena W. Farnham (1915-1992) circa 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Eldina Farnman, Maine General Hospital, Portland #301.”

Photo of Eldena W. Farnham (1915-1992) circa 1934
Eldena W. Farnham (1915-1992) circa 1934

The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Eldena Farnham as a student nurse at 22 Arsenal, residing at the same place. 22 Arsenal was the address for the Maine General Hospital. The 1930 US Census lists Eldena W. Farnham as the 15-year-old daughter of William and Mary Farnham of Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln, Maine.[iii] The 1940 Census indicates she is back in Boothbay Harbor with her parents and loving in the same house as she did in 1935. That suggests she completed her nurse’s training before 1935.

Family Search identifies Eldena W. Farnham, the daughter of William E. Farnham and Mary A. Gould, as ID GW8D-JSC. I am quite sure this is Eldena about 1934. I have uploaded a photo of her to her Family Search profile.

Howard Farr, Jr. circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Howard Farr, 316 Congress St., #997.”

Photo of Howard Farr, Jr., circa 1937
Howard Farr, Jr., circa 1937

The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Howard R and Corinne L Farr living at 316 Congress, Apt. 2.  The 1940 US Census found Howard and Corinne residing at 87 Franklin with their five-year-old son, Howard Jr. Howard R Farr, Jr. was born on 14 June 1934. This photo was taken about 1937 when Howard Jr. would have been about three years old.

I have added his photo to Dead Fred and will contact several people with trees on Ancestry that appear to include him.

Ethel Florence (West) Farrar (1898-1982) circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Ethel Farrar – 17 Glicker Road, #610.”

Photo of Ethel Florence (West) Farrar (1898-1982) circa 1937
Ethel Florence (West) Farrar (1898-1982) circa 1937

The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Lincoln B. and his wife Ethyl F. Farrar living at 17 Gleckler Road. Ethel was born 29 January 1898 in Virginia and died 8 November 1982 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine. This photo was taken about 1936, so she would have been about 38 years old, and the woman in the picture appears to be in her late 30s or early 40s.  I am confident this is Ethyl Florence West, the daughter of George Washington and Ella (Thomas) West.

Family Search identifies Ethel Florence West, wife of Lincoln Benner Farrar, as ID LBLF-QM4. I am quite sure this is Ethyl about 1937. So, I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search profile. I also added a third photo of Ethel to my Flickr photostream.

Verna Farren circa 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Verna Farren, ME Gen. Hospital, #317.”

Photo of Verna Farren circa 1934
Verna Farren circa 1934

A thirteen-year-old Verna M. Farren appears as a daughter in the household of Roy E. and Bertha W. Farren of Cherryfield, Washington County, Maine. Verna Farren married Charles E. Bayard on 13 September 1935. Verna was from Cherryfield, Maine. In 1940, Verna lived with her husband Charles in Steuben and reported she lived in Steuben in 1935.

I can find nothing that relates this Verna M. Farren to the Verna Farren that was at the Maine General Hospital about 1934.

I added her photo to Dead Fred and will ask people with Verna M. Farren in their trees if this could be the same Verna Farren.

Conclusion

It was a poor week for my identifications.  I had:

  • Two successful identifications where I could post to Family Search
  • Three probable identifications – enough so I could post the photos to Dead Fred and contact other researchers for possible confirmation.

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] 1930; Census Place: Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln, Maine; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0003; FHL microfilm: 2340570.

 

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 16

Dyer,  Eadon, Edgerton, Eveleth, & Fantasia

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I try to 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 important to analyze the pictures and information to identify the individual therein.[ii] Ultimately, the goal is to reunite the images with family members who may have never seen the photo.

John Edward Dyer (1933-2005)

This photo is from the Ethel Wight Studio (Portland, Maine) Collection. The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Hilda Dyer, 22 Mayo St. Portland #1021.”

John Edward Dyer

The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Merle E. Dyer, and his wife Hilda C., living at 22 Mayo. The 1940 US Census lists Merle and Hilda as having three children, John (age 6), Merle (age 3), and Pearl (age 1).

The boy in this photo appears to be about 4 or 5 years old, and the picture was likely taken before 1940, so this must be a photo of John.

John Edward Dyer was born 1 August 1933 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, to Merle E and Hilda C. Nystrom. He died on 4 August 2005.

Family Search did not have a profile for John, so I created GHLS-R3V and uploaded one photo to his profile.

Dorothy Eadon (or Eadore) ??

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Dorothy Eadon, Me Gen Hospital, Portland #706.” Alternately, the envelope may “Miss Dorothy Eadore.”

Nurse Dorothy Ea???

Portland City Directories from 1934 through 1938 does not list anyone named Dorothy with a surname beginning with “E.” I have been unsuccessful in identifying this individual or even finding viable candidates for this nurse.

If you know of this individual, I would love to hear from you.

I have added her photo to Dead Fred.

Amy Norton (Smith) Edgerton (1878-1972)

The envelope this negative was in says, Mrs. A. S. Edgerton, 467 Stevens Ave, Portland #525 – DSCN3235P

Amy (Smith) Edgerton

The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Amy S. Edgerton living at 467 Stevens. The 1930 Census lists Aimee Edgerton as the 51-year-old daughter of Daniel Smith, residing at 467 Stevens.

Family Search identifies Amy Norton Smith, who had married Earl Samuel Edgerton in 1905 as ID 9V6D-WFJ. I am quite sure this woman is Amy about 1935. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search profile.

William Phillip Eveleth (1916-1972)

This photo is from the Ethel Wight Studio, Portland, Maine. The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. William P Eveleth, 50 Roberts St. Portland #244.”

William Phillip Eveleth

The 1935 Portland City Directory lists William P Eveleth living at 51 Roberts. The 1934 Portland High School Yearbook includes William Philip Eveleth, and the photo is clearly of the same person. The 1930 US Census finds 14-year-old W. Phillip Evelyth living with his father, Robert H. Evelyth, (apparent) mother, and three sisters.

Family Search has a profile for William, LT1W-W25. I have uploaded two photos of him there and one more to my Flickr photostream.

Frederick Fantasia (1912-1996)

This negative envelope says, “Frederick Fantasia, 94 Smith St, Portland #201.”

Frederick Fantasia,

The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Fred J. Fantasia living at 94 Smith.

The 1930 Census has the Fantasia family living at 94 Smith with Antonio and his wife, Antonette. With them are seven children, including their 17-year-old son, Fred.

This photo was probably taken about 1934 or 1935 when Frederick was about 21 or 22 years old. The 1934 Portland City Directory lists Fred’s job as a messenger at 8 Preble. The Postal Telegraph and Cable Company had an office at 8 Preble. So, it appears that the hat and coat Frederick is wearing is from his messenger job.

Frederick Fantasia has a Family Search profile, G925-5LC as Alfred G. Fantasia, born 19 October 1912, died 2 April 1996. I have uploaded his picture to his profile.

Conclusion

I had:

  • Four successful identifications where I could post images to Family Search for the family to find.
  • I posted one photo 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 15

Duddy, Dunbar,  Durgin, Dugan, & Duran

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

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

Clara A. Dunbar (1917-1998)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Clara Dunbar – 94 Morning St., Portland #26.”

Miss Clara Dunbar

The 1933 Portland City Directory shows Harry S and his wife Eva J Dunbar living at 94 Morning Street. Also living there were Harold A Dunbar and Maurice P Dunbar.  Living nearby, at 85 Morning, was Lawrence E and Nettie I Dunbar.

The 1930 Census does a great job of showing the Dunbar relationships.  Harry and Eva are the parents. Maurice and Harold are sons and Elizabeth and Clara are daughters. Clara was 13 years old during the 1930 Census. So, if this photo were taken in 1933 or 1934 (when the Dunbar’s were living at 94 Morning Street), Clara would have been about 15 or 16 years old, which fits nicely.

Clara has a profile on Family Search — LYSD-2J3. She was born on 25 March 1917 and died on 19 May 1998. I uploaded two photos of Clara to her Family Search profile.

Dorothy M. Durgin (1911-2006)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss D. Durgin – ME Eye & Ear Infirmary, Portland – #633.”

Nurse Dorothy Durgin

The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Dorothy Durgin, a student nurse at 79 Bramhall and residing at 804 Congress. The directory also lists the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary at 79 Bramhall and the nurses’ homes included 804 Congress.

The 1930 Census for Portland, Maine, lists Dorothy M. Durgin as the daughter of Morris B. and Albena T. Durgin. Dorothy was born on 13 July 1911 and would have been about 26-years-old in this photo. I am confident this is a photo of Dorothy.

Family Search has a profile for Dorothy May Durgin with an ID of L5FT-GCD.  I uploaded two photos of Dorothy to her Family Search profile. I also uploaded one additional photo of her to my Flickr page.

Helen M. Duddy (1914-2004)

This negative envelope says, “Miss Helen Duddy – 184 Congress St, Portland #220.”

Helen Duddy

Last week, I analyzed photo #219 of Anna Toomey Duddy. Photo #220, being the next photo in order, appears to me that two sisters came in to be photographed simultaneously. Sure enough, Anna had a sister, Helen M. Duddy, who lived at Anna’s same address. Clearly, this is her.

On Family Search, Helen M. Duddy’s profile is RMS-HJL. I uploaded two photos to her profile there including this one.

Marion (Platt) Dugan (1906-___)

This negative envelope says, “Miss Marion Dugan – 32 Crescent St. Portland #566.”

Marion (Platt) Dugan

The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Marion G. Dugan as the wife of ironworker John P. Dugan living at 32 Crescent.

The 1940 Census finds Marion and John living with Marion’s mother, Lillian Platt. Lillian is married to Frank J Platt. Living with them are Marion, Ella M. (a sister), and Marion’s two children, Shirley and Richard.

Marion and John were married in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, on 17 December 1932. Lillian’s maiden name was Cleveland.

Marion Gertrude Platt has a profile on Family Search, ID: L556-WSV. Marion was born on 4 September 1906, so this photo was taken when she was about 31. I uploaded two pictures of Marion to Family Search. I also added one additional photo of Marion to my Flickr page.

Mrs. Audry (Loyne) Duren (1910-1992) & daughter, Eleanor Duran (1929-2013)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Audry Duren, 4 Horton Place, Portland – #650.”

Audry Duren

The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Mrs. Audry L. Duren residing at 4 Horton Place.

The 1930 Census for Portland identifies Audrey Duren, Dean R. Duren’s wife, and a daughter Eleanor, age 0.

Dean R. Duren and Audrey T. Loyne married on 24 February 1929 in Rochester, New Hampshire. Audrey’s parents were Fred P. and Elena (Thompson) Loyne.

Audrey Thomson Loyne was born 8 January 1910 with a Family Search profile of GQ9Q-XX5.

Audrey & Eleanor Duren

Audrey’s daughter did not appear to have a profile on Family Search. However, other records indicate Eleanor Lou Duran died on 14 November 2013. So, I created a profile, GHVN-P9F, for Eleanor. I uploaded a photo of Audrey to Audrey’s profile and a picture of Audrey and Eleanor together to both profiles. I also uploaded one additional photo of Audrey to my Flickr account.

Conclusion

Wow. This is my first time to have 100% identification. Actually, it was 120% identification, as I identified six individuals in five photos and uploaded all six images to Family Search.

Final Note

If any of these photos are of a family member, I would love to hear your reaction. Especially if this photo is of a loved one for whom you haven’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 box, a Nikon Coolpix camera, and Adobe Photoshop Elements.