Ethel Wight Collection – Part 33

Collver, Comas, Conley(2), & Costello

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.

Harriett Collver, circa 1937 (age 66)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Harrie Collver – Trelawny Bldg #849.”  (Note: The Trelawney Building is 655 Congress Street, Portland.)

Harriett Collver, circa 1937

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Harriett R Collver as an Artist employed at 225½ Middle, whose home was at 655 Congress, Room 328.
  • The 1940 Census indicates that Harriet was born in 1905 in Ohio and lived in the same house during 1935.
  • However, the 1930 Census indicates that Harriett was born about 1891 in Ohio and lived at 655 Congress Street. Her father was born in New Jersey, and her mother was born in Ohio.

Ancestry Family Trees suggests that Harriett Russell Collver, the daughter of David Jayne and Isabelle (Russell) Collver, was born on 2 December 1871.

Family Search identifies ML8W-MM7, daughter of David Jay and Isabel (Russell) Collver, born 2 December 1871 in Green Creek, Sandusky County, Ohio.

Although the age of Harriett appears to have shifted significantly (born in 1905 in 1940 and born thirty-six years earlier, I am confident this is the same person. These photos were taken about 1936. This photo appears to be a woman in her sixties, much older than a woman about 30.

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

Catherine Conley, c. 1937 (age 19)

This negative envelope says, “Miss Katherine Conley, 35 Stone St, Portland #790.”

Catherine Conley, c. 1937

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1938 Portland City Directory reports Catherine Conley residing at 35 Stone. Additionally, the Directory reports Michael J Conley, a longshoreman, living with his wife Kathleen at 35 Stone.
  • The 1940 Census reports Michael Conley, his wife Catherine, and daughter Catherine A. Conley living at 35 Stone. Catherine, the daughter, was born in Maine; Catherine, the wife, was born in Canada. Michael and his wife Catherine are 45 years old. Catherine, the daughter, is 22 and is the oldest of six children living at home. Notably, there are 11 Michael Conley’s living in Portland during the 1940 Census.
  • The 1930 Census reports six Catherine Conley’s. Four of them were born in Maine.
  • Catherine Agnes Conley was born in Portland on 21 November 1917 to Michael Joseph and Catherine (McMahon) Conley.

Alternative individuals

According to the 1940 Census, there were six other Catherine Conley’s living in Portland.

  1. Catherine Conley, Age 17 (b. 1923), daughter of Mary Conley.
  2. Catherine M. Conley, Age 44, (b. 1896), daughter of Michael E. Conley.
  3. Catherine M. Conley, Age 58, wife of Edward Conley.
  4. Catherine E. Conley, Age 30, niece of Mary E. Conley.
  5. Katherine Conley, Age 7, daughter of Michael S. and Annie F. Conley.
  6. Katherine A. Conley, Age 41, wife of Thomas A. Conley.

None of these appear to be the Miss Katherine Conley in this photo.

Family Search identifies L16K-LKK as Catherine Agnes Conley, the daughter of Michael Joseph and Catharine (Mahon) Conley. Because of the linkage to the address, I am sure this photo is of Catherine about 1936 when she was about 19 years old. Catherine is identified in seven Ancestry Family Trees.

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

George P. Comas, c. 1936 (Age 25)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr Geo. Comas, 1 Shepley St, Portland #607.”

George P. Comas, c. 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists George P Comas as a clerk at 570- Congress, residing at 1 Shepley.
  • The 1936 Portland City Directory indicates that he had moved to 204 B.
  • In 1937, the Directory indicates he had married Lucille) and was living at 2 Gray, Apt 6.
  • In 1940, 29-year-old George and his wife Lucille were living at 449 Main in South Portland. George had been born in Maine.
  • In the 1930 Census, the 19-year-old George Comas lives with his parents, Peter and Mary Comas, in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts.

Family Search identifies GQRX-NZP as the son of Peter George and Mary (Stylianakos) Comas. He was born on 27 March 1911. Because George moved from Shepley about 1936, I am quite sure this was George when he was about 25. Fourteen trees at Ancestry.Com refer to George P Comas.

I have uploaded two photos of George to his Family Search profile.

Therese Leonne Conley, circa 1936 (age 7)

This negative envelope says, “Mrs Catherine Conley, 35 Stone St. Portland #710.”

Therese Leonne Conley, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The Michael Conley family, who lived at 35 Stone Street in Portland during the 1940 Census, included his wife and seven children. The two youngest daughters were Therese, age 12, and Ruth, age 15.
  • This photo was taken before the picture of Miss Catherine Conley reviewed above or about 1935 or 1936. Therese would have been about 5 or 6, while Ruth would have been about 10 or 11. The child in this photo is clearly younger than 10, so I am convinced it was a photo of Therese when she was about seven years old.

Family Search does not have a profile for Therese Leonne Conley, daughter of Michael Joseph and Cathleen (McMahon) Conley. However, Therese is found in five trees at Ancestry.Com.

Besides this photo of Therese, I have uploaded a second photo of her to Dead Fred.

Margaret Costello, circa 1935 (age 27)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Margaret Costello, 13 Stetson Court, Portland #259.”

Margaret Costello, circa 1935

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Margaret C. Costello residing at 13 Stetson Ct. It also lists Hannah, widow of Patrick, whose home was at 13 Stetson Ct. Additionally, Miles E. J. Costello resided there.
  • The 1930 Census shows 21-year-old Margret Costello living with her parents, Patrick and Hannah Costello, in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.
  • Further research indicates that Margaret Costello was born on 27 May 1907.

Margaret Costello, the daughter of Patrick and Hannah Costello, does not appear to have a Family Search profile. However, Margaret “Peg” Costello is found in nine trees at Ancestry.Com.

I have uploaded her photo to Dead Fred.

Conclusion

I had:

    • Three successful identifications that I could post to Family Search.
    • Two successful identifications that I had to post to Dead Fred because Family Search did not have a profile for the individual.
    • I was able to find all five individuals in Ancestry Trees. Hopefully, I will receive confirmations on some of these identifications.

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 32

Cohen, Colby(2), Colcord, and Corbin

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 Colby, circa 1935

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Bernice Colby, Me Eye & Ear Infirmary, Portland #234.”

Bernice Colby, circa 1935

I was unable to fully identify Bernice Colby, however I found:

  • The 1934 Portland City Directory shows Bernice Colby as a student nurse at 79 Bramhall (Maine Eye & Ear Infirmary) and living at 804 Congress Street.
  • 1937, 38, 39, 40, and 41 Portland City Directories show Bernice Colby working as an Assistant Technician at 79 Bramhall and residing at 792 Congress.
  • I was not successful in finding her in the 1940 Census.

Alternative individuals?

  • The 1930 Census reports three different Bernice Colby’s living in Maine. One was born in 1929 and cannot be this Bernice Colby. Two live in Bath, Maine, — Bernice E and Bernice M. Bernice E was the ten-year-old daughter of Charles H and Vinettie Colby and is too young to be this Bernice. Bernice M. Colby was the fifteen-year-old niece of George and Annie Chase. There are twelve other Bernice Colby’s
  • There was a Martha Bernice Colby, born 3 August 1914 in South Portland to Herman Colby and Ethel Giggle. She married Thomas Robert Ahern on 15 June 1938 in Manchester, New Hampshire. She died on 15 November 1996. The 1940 Census indicates she and Thomas were living in Augusta in 1935.

I suspect that this is Bernice Martha (Colby) Ahern; however, I am unable to confirm that

This is a photo of Miss Bernice Colby, a nursing student who later worked at the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary about 1934 or 1935. Besides this photo, I have added one additional photo of her to Dead Fred. Additionally, I added one more picture of her to my Flickr Photostream.

Bernice Colby, circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Bernice Colby, Me Eye & Ear Infirmary, Portland #924.”

Bernice Colby, circa 1937

This is clearly the same individual as reviewed above. Again, I suspect that this is Bernice Martha (Colby) Ahern, probably about 1937 or 1938 before she married.

This is Miss Bernice Colby, Technician at the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary about 1937 or 1938. Besides this photo, I have added one additional photo of her to Dead Fred.

 

Marjorie Grace Corbin, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Marjorie Coburn, M. Gen Hospital #560.”

Envelope Writing appears to be Marjorie Coburn.

Initial searches for Marjorie Coburn were not successful. Finally, I searched for Marjorie, a nurse in Portland, Maine, and found Marjorie Corbin, a student nurse at 22 Arsenal, residing at 22 Arsenal. No other Marjorie’s with a surname beginning with a “C” appeared, so I believe this is the correct name for the individual in this photo.

Marjorie Grace Corbin, circa 1936

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Marjorie G. Corbin appears in the 1940 Census as a 24-year-old registered nurse living at 271 Vaughan Street in Portland, Maine.
  • Marjorie G. Corbin is listed in the 1934 and 1936 Oakland (Kennebec County) Maine Directories as a student residing at 293 Fairfield.
  • Marjorie G. Corbin appears in the 1930 Census as a 15-year-old “roomer” with Everett N. Brown in Farmington, Franklin County, Maine.
  • Marjorie G. Corbin appears in the 1920 Census as the four-year-old granddaughter of Edward H and Amelia M. Corbin living in Pownal, Cumberland County, Maine.
  • Finally, Maine Birth Records show Marjorie Corbin, daughter of Edgar and Blanche Corbin, was born 9 December 1915 in Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine.

Family Search does not have a profile for Marjorie; however, ten trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Marjorie Grace Corbin. Besides this photo, I have added one additional photo of her to Dead Fred. Additionally, I added one more photo of her to my Flickr Photostream.

Barbara Cohen, circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. B. Cohen, 482 Woodford St, #1058.”

Barbara Cohen, circa 1937

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates that Benjamin and Bailee J. Cohen live at 482 Woodford. Benjamin was a Boston salesman.
  • The 1940 Census reports Benjamin and Bessy Cohen live in Dunmore, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. However, it indicates they lived in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, in 1935. They have two daughters, Barbara and “Harrette.” Harrette is only three years old and can’t be this girl. Barbara is seven in 1940 and born in Massachusetts,

I could not find either a Family Search profile or an Ancestry Tree that contained either Barbara or her parents. I uploaded her photo to  Dead Fred.

Dorothy (Burgess) Colcord, circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Dorothy Colcord, 142 High St., Portland #1093.”

Dorothy (Burgess) Colcord, circa 1937

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Dorothy Colcord, a hairdresser employed at 142 High, Room 226, living at 214 High.
  • The 1930 Census lists Dorothy Colcord living at 130 Brackett Street in Portland. She was born about 1896 in Maine and was a widow.
  • The 1920 Census lists Dorothy L. Colcord living with her husband, Everett S. Colcord, in Benton, Kennebec County, Maine.

Family Search identifies Dorothy Louise Burgess, wife of Everett Stacy Colcord, with ID LB51-7CH. Ancestry.Com has 23 trees that refer to Dorothy “Dora” Louise Burgell Colcord.

I have uploaded two photos of Dorothy to her Family Search profile.

Conclusion

I had:

    • One successful identification which I posted to Family Search
    • Four partial identifications I 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.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 31

Surnames: Clark (4), Merrill

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.

Wilson Duhamel and Jessie (Pultz) Clark, circa 1934

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. & Mrs. Wilson D. Clark, Eastland Hotel, Portland #169.”

Wilson Duhamel and Jessie (Pultz) Clark, circa 1934

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Wilson D (and wife Jessie P) Clark residing at the Eastland Hotel and their summer residence Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth.
  • The 1930 US Census lists Wilson, and his wife Jessie R., Clark as lodgers at 157 High Street in Portland. That is the address for the Eastland Hotel. (Today, his is the Westin Hotel.) According to the Census, Wilson is 69, and Jessie is 66. Both of them were born in Massachusetts.
  • Photo #169 was probably taken about 1934, so this photo was taken when Jessie was about 71 and Wilson was about 74.

Family Search identifies Wilson Duhamel Clark (1860-___) as ID KG54-WH2. They also identify his wife as Jesse Pultz (1863-___) as ID LVSB-D31. I am quite sure this is Wilson and Jessie about 1934.

Eleven public trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Wilson Duhamel Clark.
Eight public trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Jessie F. Pultz, wife of Wilson Duhamel Clark.

I uploaded one photo of the two of them together to each’s Family Search profile. I uploaded two additional photos of the couple to my Flickr Photostream.

Wilson Duhamel Clark (1860-___) circa 1934

This negative envelope says, “Mr. Wilson D. Clark, Eastland Hotel #171.”

Wilson Duhamel Clark, circa 1934

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • See comments for Wilson Duhamel and Jessie (Pultz) Clark above.

I have uploaded two photos of Wilson Duhamel Clark to his Family Search profile, KG54-WH2.

Jesse F. (Pultz) Clark (1860-___), circa 1934

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Wilson D. Clark, Eastland Hotel #170.”

Jesse F. (Pultz) Clark, circa 1934

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • See comments for Wilson Duhamel and Jessie (Pultz) Clark above.

I have uploaded two photos of Jesse F. (Pultz) Clark to her Family Search profile, LVSB-D31.

 

James Clark, circa 1934

This negative envelope says, “Mr. James Clark, 25 Wood St, Portland #281.”

James Clark, circa 1934

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1933, 1934, and 1935 Portland City Directories all have James C. Clark living at 25 Wood Street in Portland. The 1936 City Directory shows James married to Frances and residing at 20 Gilman.
  • The 1940 US Census shows James, and his wife Francis, living on Powsland in Portland. James is 26 years old and was born in Maine.
  • The 1930 Census shows 16-year-old James living with his parents, James A and Eliza Clark, and three siblings at 1003 Congress Street, Portland.
  • Based on the number of the film package (#281) and James’ marriage and move date, I’m sure this photo was taken in 1934 or 1935 when he was about 21 years old.

Family Search identifies James Cragin Clark, the son of James A. and Eliza M (Coffen) Clark, as profile LBK1-3NG.  Eight trees at Ancestry.Com refer to James C. Clark.

I have uploaded two photos of him to his Family Search profile.

Phoebe Clark & Julia (Brown) Merrill

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Phebe C. Clark, 230 Main St, Amesbury, Mass & Mrs. John F. W. Merrell, Haverhill Ro, Amesbury, Mass.”

The two photos in this envelope are a different size and format than Ethel Wight’s studio photos, so these two appear to be reproduction photos from another time.

Phoebe Clark & Julia (Brown) Merrill

Mrs. Clark

The 1935 and 1939 Newburyport City Directories list Mrs. Phoebe Clark residing at 230 Main in the Amesbury general Directory. In 1936 and 1937, 230 Main Street was where the Religious Society of Friends met for Bible school and meeting. It was known as the Huntington Home. Based upon reading newspaper articles from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s, it appears several people lived at Huntington Home, the Quakers met there regularly, and talks, concerts, and other activities took place there throughout the years that Mrs. Clark was living there.

Today, 230 Main Street in Amesbury is a five-bedroom, single-family home built in 1710.

I have not successfully found Mrs. Phoebe Clark in any censuses or any documents that might provide a relationship of Phoebe to other family members.

I have added this photo to Dead Fred.

Mrs. Merrill

The 1930 US Census enumerated John F. W. Merrill and his 58-year-old wife Julia B Merrill living in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Marriage Records indicate that John F. W. Merrill and Julia Ann Brown married on 10 September 1893. Julia’s parents were Edwin and Mary Harford. She was 21-years-old (c. 1872) and was born at Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.

I am reasonably sure one of the women in this photo is Julia Ann (Brown) Merrill. Julia B, Merrill of Amesbury, MA. Julia died in 1944.

Family Search identifies Julia Anna Brown, wife of John Francis Winkley Merrill, as profile 9KZW-G7V.  Two trees at Ancestry.Com refer to Julia Anna Brown.

I uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search profile.

If you can identify which woman is which in the photo, I would love to hear from you.

Conclusion

I had:

    • Four successful identifications that I could post to Family Search
    • One partial identification that I 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.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 31

Churchill, Cialone, Clancy, & Clark(2)

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.

Miriam M. Clark (1913-1977) circa 1935.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Miriam Clark, ME Eye & Ear Infirmary, #473.”

Miriam M. Clark, circa 1935

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Miriam Clark as a student nurse at 79 Bramhall and residing at 804 Congress. 79 Bramhall was the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary address. Miriam does not appear in the 1936 City Directory, so she appears to have graduated in 1935.
  • There was a Miriam M. Clark, born on 11 March 1913 to Wallace and Melvinia (Kingston) Clark in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.
  • Miriam M. Clark of Portland married Joseph W. Finney on 6 August 1935 in Exeter, New Hampshire.
  • Finally, the 1931 Deering High School (Portland, ME) yearbook shows Miriam M. Clark, vice-president of the Junior Red Cross. That photo and this photo appear to be of the same person.

I am confident this is a photo of Miriam M. Clark (1913-1977) about 1935.

    • Family Search identifies Miriam M. Clark as ID KNXD-X5Y. I am confident this is Miriam about 1935, shortly before she married. I have uploaded one photo of her to her Family Search profile.
    • Twenty-four Ancestry trees list Miriam Melvenia Clark.

Rachael Clark, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Rachael Clark, ME Gen. Hospital, Portland #914 .”

Rachael Clark, circa 1936

A review of Portland City Directories from 1935 through 1938 failed to yield a Rachael Clark. A further study of the 1937 Portland City Directory produced four individuals with the Clark surname who were either nurses or nursing students. They were Bernice, Marion E., Charlotte N., and Bessie M. Clark.

The 1940 US Census found a 24-year-old Bernice Clark, a nurse at the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville, Piscataquis County, Maine. This appears to be Bernice E. Clark, the daughter of Joseph and Emily Clark of Greenville, Maine.

Consequently, I do not believe I can identify Rachael Clark, who was likely a student at Maine General Hospital in Portland, Maine, about 1936.

I have added a photo of her to Dead Fred.

Joan, Barbara, & John Clancy of Portland, Maine, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Frederick Clancy, 70 Waterville St., Portland #460.”

Joan, Barbara, and John Clancy, circa 1935

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1940 Census lists Fred Clancy living at 70 Waterville with his wife Margaret and four children. Frederick Jr. is only one year old and is too young to have been in this photo. The other children in the 1940 Census are Joan (age 10), Barbara (age 9), and John J. (age 6). John appears to be about one. So, this appears to be a photo of the three of them about 1935, which is consistent with the photo ID number (#460).

I was unable to find Joan, Barbara, or John Clancy in Family Search. Additionally, I was unable to find any of the three in Ancestry Public Trees.

Further research found Frederick Joseph Clancy, Jr. was born 5 October 1938 to Frederick J. and Margaret L. (Tierney) Clancy. Again, I have been unsuccessful in finding Frederick Junior in either Family Search or in Ancestry Family Trees.

I have uploaded two photos of Joan, Barbara, and John Clancy to Dead Fred.

Mary J. (D’Amato) Churchill (1895-1998), circa 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Mary J Churchill, 65 Rosemont Ave, Portland #943.”

Mary J. (D’Amato) Churchill, circa 1937

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1935 Portland City Directory lists Mary J Churchill, the wife of Howard L. Churchill, living at 65 Rosemont Avenue.
  • The 1940 US Census lists Mary J. Churchill, born about 1897 in Massachusetts, is living at 115 Mabel Street with her son, James, and daughter, Helen. Howard is a lodger at another location.

Family Search identifies Mary Amanda Jeannotte D’Amato, wife of Howard Lawrence Churchill and mother of James and Helen Churchill, as id LJJX-YSY. Additionally, 20 Ancestry Trees list Mary J. D’Amato.

I am quite sure this is Mary about 1937. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search profile. I have also uploaded a third photo of Mary to my Flickr photostream.

Corp. Dominick Cialone (1916-1997), circa 1943

The envelope this negative was in says, “Corp. Dominick Cialone.” Unlike most photos in this collection, there is no address and no number (which helps date pictures).

Corp. Dominick Cialone, circa 1943

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • I was unable to find a Dominick Cialone associated with Maine during the 1930s or 40s.
  • Dominick Joseph Cialone registered with the Social Security Administration in November 1936. In his application, he indicates his parents are Antonio and Mary (Constantino) Cialone.
  • Dominick Joseph Cialone, born 3 February 1916 in Clinton, Massachusetts, registered for the draft in October 1940. He and his mother lived at 12 Wood Street in Shrewsbury, MA.
  • Dominick J. Cialone enlisted on 12 March 1941. I believe this photo is of him about 1943, possibly before he shipped out.

I did not find Dominick Cialone, born 3 February 1916, in Family Search; however, he is found in eight Ancestry Trees.

I have added his photo to Dead Fred.

Conclusion

I had:

    • Two successful identifications that I posted to Family Search.
    • Four identifications I am confident about that I posted to Dead Fred.
    • One person that I failed to identify adequately. I did post her 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 30

Chadbourne (2), Cheney, Chipman, & Chisholm

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 accurately.[ii] Ultimately, my goal is to reunite the photos with family members who may have never seen the image.

Virginia Lillian Cheney (1917-1990) circa 1936.

Virginia Lillian Cheney (1917-1990) circa 1936.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Virginia Cheney, 12 Winter St., Portland, #1084.”

Why I believe this to be the individual:

    • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Virginia Cheney residing at 12 Winter.
    • The 1936 Portland High School Yearbook shows the same photo for Virginia Lillian Cheney.
    • Maine Vital Records, 1908-1922, identifies Virginia Lillian Cheney, born 9 Feb 1917 in Westbrook, as the daughter of Virgil and Martha (Davis) Cheney.

Family Search identifies Virginia Lillian Cheney, daughter of Virgil and Martha Cheney, as ID LT1H-Q4F. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search profile. I uploaded two additional photos of Virginia to my Flickr photostream. Virigina Lillian Cheney is found in 14 Ancestry public trees.

Dr. Fred J. Chipman (1871-1958) c. 1935

Dr. Fred J. Chipman (1871-1958) c. 1935

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Fred J Chipman, 70 Ashmont St., Portland #130.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Fred J. Chipman as a dentist at 536a Congress, room 31, whose home address was 70 Ashmont.
  • The 1930 US Census enumerated the 59-year-old Fred J Chipman living with his wife, Addie, daughter, Gladys, and son Fred.

Family Search identifies Dr. Fred J. Chipman as ID LZ2M-VPZ. I am pretty sure this is Dr. Chipman about 1935, when he was about 64 years old. I have uploaded two photos of him to his Family Search profile. I uploaded a third photo to my Flickr photostream. Fred Jackson Chipman found in 45 Ancestry public trees.

Note: A relative and a former patient have both confirmed that the photo appears to be Dr. Fred Chipman. (via Ancestry Messages)

Addie Mae (Cram) Chipman (1884-1961), circa 1935.

Addie Mae (Cram) Chipman (1884-1961), circa 1935.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Fred J Chipman, 70 Ashmont St., Portland, #124.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Addie M. as the wife of Fred J. Chipman. Their home was 70 Ashmont.
  • The 1930 US Census enumerated the 46-year-old Addie M. Chipman living with her husband, Fred J. Chipman, and their children, Gladys and Fred.

Family Search identifies Addie Mae Cram as ID LYKQ-KBW. I am quite sure this is her about 1935 when she was about 50 years old. I have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search profile. I uploaded a third photo to my Flickr photostream. 26 Ancestry public trees reference Addie Mae Cram  

Paul, Mahlon, and Philip Chadbourne, circa 1935.

Paul, Mahlon, and Philip Chadbourne, circa 1935.

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Harry Chadborn, 27 Mabel St., Portland #163.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1938 Portland City Directory lists Harry F. (and Clara F.) Chadbourne, a clerk at RMS Union Station, living at 27 Mabel.
  • The 1940 Census identifies Harry and Clara still living at 27 Mabel Street. With them are their three sons, Paul E. Chadbourne (age 16), Mahlon F. Chadbourne (age 13), and Philip F. Chadbourne (age 8).
  • Based upon the photo package number (#163), these photos were likely taken about 1935, when the children were 4, 9, and 12-years-old.

Family Search identifies Paul E. Chadbourne, son of Harry Francis and Clara Susan (Ford) Chadbourne, as ID G7BK-B9S. I am quite sure this is Paul about 1935. I have uploaded two photos of him to his Family Search profile. I have also uploaded one additional photo to my Flickr photostream. Nine Ancestry public trees refer to Paul E. Chadbourne.

Mahlon F. Chadbourne does not appear to have a Family Search profile; however, Mahlon Chadbourne is found in 8 Ancestry public trees.

Philip F. Chadbourne does not appear to have a Family Search profile; however, Philip F. Chadbourne is found in 5 Ancestry public trees.

Dolores Chisholm, circa 1937 (About eight years old)

Dolores Chisholm, circa 1937 (About eight years old)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Lyman Chisholm, 29 Florence St., Portland #841.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • The 1937 Portland City Directory lists Lyman A Chisholm, an electrician employed at 199 Kennebeck and his wife Margarite, living at 29 Florence.
  • The 1940 US Census list Lyman and Marjorie living on Dow with their 11-year-old daughter Dolores F. Chisholm.

Dolores F. Chisholm does not appear to have a profile on Family Search; however, Layman Austin Chisholm and Marjorie Louise Specht are KV24-TTD and 2MPQ-135, respectively. Lyman Chisholm appears in 35 Ancestry Public Trees. I have added two photos of her to Dead Fred.

Conclusion

I had five photo packages to review:

  • Four were successful identifications that posted to Family Search
  • One package was partially identified; 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.