Ethel Wight Collection – Part 4

Appleton, Armstrong, Ames, August, and a crashed car.

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

This week for Photo Friday, I identify five more envelopes of negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The images were converted to positives using a lightbox, a Nikon camera, and Adobe Photoshop Essentials.

Gail Appleton – ca. 1937.

Miss Gail Appleton

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Gail Appleton – State Street Hospital – #662.

The Portland, Maine, City Directory for 1934, indicates Gail Appleton residing at 166 Kelsey, South Portland.

The Portland, Maine, City Directory for 1935 indicates Gail Appleton is a student nurse at 62 State, Residence 52 State.

The Portland, Maine, City Directory for 1937 indicates Gail Appleton is a student nurse at 62 State, Residence 52 State.

The Portland, Maine, City Directory for 1938, indicates Gail Appleton is a nurse employed at 1151 Brighton Av and a nurse at 166 Kelsey, South Portland, and is residing at 166 Kelsey, South Portland.

These types of photos were typically taken about graduation, so I place the photo as circa 1937.

From these records and the 1930 and 1940 Census records, I’m sure this is Gail Appleton, Born 22 July 1915 in Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, to Maurice Dwinell and Annie Belle (Grady) Appleton. On Family Search, she is ID: GM5T-D6P.

Mona Armstrong

Miss Mona Armstrong

This photo is from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection. The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Mona Armstrong – Nse. Gen Hospital.

Mona Armstrong is not listed in the 1934 Portland, Maine, City Directory.

The Portland, Maine, City Directory for 1935, indicates Mona Armstrong is a student nurse at 22 Arsenal, Residence (ditto).

The Portland, Maine, City Directory for 1936 indicates Mona Armstrong is a student nurse at 22 Arsenal, Residence (ditto).

The Portland, Maine, City Directory for 1937 indicates Mona Armstrong is a student nurse at 22 Arsenal, Residence (ditto).

The Portland, Maine, City Directory for 1938 indicates Mona Armstrong married Carl Matthews. I believe the photo to be circa 1937.

I am confident this is Mona Luella Armstrong (1914-2001), daughter of Orville George and Amber Flora (Rich) Armstrong. She married Carl Eugene Matthews on 24 January 1838. On Family Search, she is ID: G7LK-ZLL

Phillip Ames & Daughter – ca. 1934

Mr. Phil Ames & Daughter

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Phil Ames – 92 Concord St. Portland – #440.

A review of the Portland City Directories found:

  • 1934 Portland, Maine, City Directory, Page 121 – Philip L (Madeline V) prop 12 Monument Square Room G, home 92 Concord.

Which confirms that Philip L lived at 92 Concord. The 1935 directory indicates that Philip and Madeline lived at 27 Crosby, suggesting the photo was taken in 1934.

The 1940 Census indicates that Philip Ames lived at 119 Leland St. with his wife Madeline; Daughter, Donna (age 7); Son, Alan (age 4); and daughter, Dian (Age 8/12). So Donna would have been 1 to 2 years old in 1934, dating the photo to ca. 1934.

No other Philip Ames lived in Portland during this time.

Philip Linwood Ames has a Family Search ID LKZT-11B

Edith August circa 1936

Miss Edith August

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. E. August – 16 Salem St, Portland – #322.

The Portland, Maine, City Directory for 1936 indicates that Adolph J. August and his wife, Edith C. lived at 16 Salem in Portland.

The 1940 Census indicates that Adolph August and his wife Edith were living at 35 Taylor Street. With them is a 9-year-old daughter, Edith, who this appears to be a photograph of.

There is not a profile for Edith August on Family Search. It appears that four trees on Ancestry include Edith in their tree. I will contact them with a link to these photos after it posts to this blog.

No People – Just a Damaged Car

The envelope this negative was in says, “B. Applebaum – 58-60 Howard Ave, Roxbury, MA – #93.

When I first saw this envelope, I thought how odd that a Roxbury person would have their photos taken in Portland. Then I looked at the photo and realized that it was clearly a photo of a car which recently was in an accident and there were a couple of photos of probably the road where the accident occurred.

A sign on the garage where the car is at says Vesta Batteries. To the left of the Car is a sign which reads “RUSCO.” I don’t know my auto makes, so I don’t know what kind of car it is. If you know, I’d be interested in learning the make/model.

Final Note

So, it was a good week. Five photos – five people were identified.


Endnotes

[i] The Wight Studio was in Portland, Maine. Many thanks to Ethel Wight’s family for access to and permission to use their great aunt’s collection.

Ethel Wight Studio – Part 3

Adams, Adams, Andreasen, Allen, & Ames

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I look at identifying five negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The images were converted to positives using a lightbox, a Nikon camera, and computer software.

This was an excellent week for my Photo Identification Project. I identified all six of the individuals in five photographs.

Eleanor Adams – #329

This negative envelope says, “Miss Eleanor Adams – 48 Danforth St, Portland  #329.”

The 1940 Census shows 23-year-old Eleanor Adams, living with her father, Gregory Adams, and sister, Margaret, at 48 Danforth St. Portland. No doubt, this is the correct Eleanor Adams. Eleanor was a salesgirl at a retail novelty store. She was born in Maine; however, her father was born in Albania.[ii]

There were three other Eleanor Adams’ in Maine during the 1940 Census. Because of the identification due to address, I considered none of the others.

I could not find a profile on Family Search nor a memorial on Find a Grave for Eleanor. I found one tree in Ancestry, Squire Wilber Andrews Family Tree, that contained references to her.

I’ll post the image to Flikr, to my web site, and I’ll send a copy to the Squire Wilber Andrews Family Tree owner.

Louise Adams – #267

This negative envelope says, “Miss Louise Adams – 125 Grant St Portland – #267.”

In 1937, Charles W. Adams and his wife, Margaret E., lived at 125 Grant, Apt 12[iii].

The 1940 Census shows Charles W. Adams, his wife Margaret, his daughter Louise Oaks, and two grandchildren, Elizabeth Jean Oakes and Eleanor Louise Oakes living with him in Sanford, York County, Maine. However, Charles, Margaret, and Louise lived in Portland during 1935. Louise was divorced[iv].

Louise M. Adams married Durmond L. Oakes on 4 August 1934, suggesting that the “Miss Louise Adams” photo was taken before that[v].

So, I believe this photo to be of Louise M. Adams, daughter of Charles W. and Margaret Adams, who was born in Massachusetts about 1917 and the photo was taken before August 1934.

Family Search ID GSDC-P6B, Louise Mildred Adams (1917-1998), the daughter of Charles William and Margaret (McAvena) Adams, fits that criteria, so I’m confident these are photos of her.

Clifford L. and Edna I. Andreasen – #877

The envelope this negative was in said, “Mr. C. L. Andreasen – 10 Water St, E. Deering – Ethel Wight Collection – #877.”

The 1930 Census indicates that Clifford L Andreasen, his wife, Edna I., and daughter Betty D. were living with his wife’s father, William W. Wing (or Wrig), at 102 Presumpscot Street, Portland[vi].

In 1940, Clifford Andreasen lived with his wife Edna, daughter Betty (age 10), and son Clifford (age 7)[vii].

The 1937 Portland City Directory indicates that Clifford L. Andreasen and his wife Edna I lived at 10 Water Street, which confirms this is the correct family unit[viii].

Family Search ID LYQQ-35J, Clifford L. Andreasen (1932-2013), the son of Clifford Laurits Andreasen and Edna Isilda Wing fits that criteria, so I’m confident this photo is of him and his sister. Betty is not identified in Family Search.

Dorothy Mae Allan – #392

The envelope this negative was in said, “Mrs. Angie Allen – 47 Mayo St. Portland – Ethel Wight Collection – #392.”

Angie S C K Allan lived at 47 Mayo Street in Portland, per the 1933 and 1935 city directories.[ix],[x].

The 1940 Census indicated that Charles W. Allan lived at 61Veranda St, Portland, Maine, with his wife Angie S and 2-year-old son, Erik H[xi].

Charles W. Allen married Angie S. Taber in Gray, Maine, on 13 June 1932.

A review of Family Trees on Ancestry indicated that Charles Weldon and Angie Susan Collins (Taber) Allen had two children. Dorothy Mae Allan was born in 1932, and Erick “Buddy” Allan was born in 1938. This photo appears to be a girl about three years old, suggesting Dorothy’s picture about 1935. If it were taken after Erik’s birthday, I would have expected Erik to be included.

Dorothy Mae Allan (1932-2002) does not appear to have a profile on Family Search nor Find-a-Grave. She does appear in four Ancestry Public Trees.

  1. Reagan Blackmore Marsh as DOROTHY MAE ALLEN
  2. Porter Family Tree as Dorothy Mae Allan
  3. Doucette Family Tree as Dorothy Mae Allan
  4. Virginia Doucette Family Tree as Dorothy Mae Allan

I’ll post Dorothy’s photo to my website and Flickr and tell the owners of the above trees of the image.

Donna E Ames – #714

The envelope this negative was in said, “Mrs. Philip Annis – 92 Concord St. Portland – Ethel Wight Collection – #714.”

In 1938, Robert Gardenier lived at 92 Concord.

In 1937, Robert Gardenier and his wife Dorothy lived at 92 Concord. Also, Mrs. Louise J Dewolfe lived at 92 Concord.

In 1934, Philip Ames and his wife Madeline V. lived at 92 Concord. Clearly, what appeared to be Annis on the envelope was Ames.

In 1940, Philip L and Madeline Ames were living in Portland at 119 Leland Street with their three children, Donna E (age 7), Alan A (Age 4), and Dian P (age 8/12).

I believe this photo to be Donna (ca. 1935) and not Alan (ca. 1938). If the picture were taken in 1938, I would expect both children to be in the photo.

Consequently, I believe this photo to be of Donna E Ames, daughter of Philip Linwood and Madeleine Vivian (Marsh) Ames, ca. 1935.

There does not appear to be a profile for Donna on Family Search or Find-a-Grave. However, there are 27 public trees on Ancestry that include her parents, Philip and Madeleine.

I intend to post the image to Flikr and my website and then inform various tree owners of the picture.


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] “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMM4-V1K : 28 February 2020), Eleanor Adams in household of Gregory Adams, Ward 5, Portland, Portland City, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 3-71, sheet 10B, line 62, family 157, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1475.

[iii] Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.  Portland, Maine, Cityy Directory, 1937, Page 100 – Adams, Charles W.

[iv] Year: 1940; Census Place: Sanford, York, Maine; Roll: m-t0627-01497; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 16-72 – Page 6B – Lines 48 through 52 – Charles W. Adams (and family).

[v] Ancestry.com. Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1996 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003. Search Louise M Adams & Oakes – https://www.ancestry.com/search/categories/34/?name=Louise_Adams&count=50&name_x=s_s&spouse=_Oakes

[vi] United States Census, 1930, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XM8P-T7T : accessed 23 October 2020), William W Wing, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 83, sheet 19B, line 61, family 453, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 831; FHL microfilm 2,340,566.

[vii] “United States Census, 1940, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMMW-MXQ : 28 February 2020), Clifford Andreasen in household of Clifford Andreasen, Falmouth Town, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 3-23, sheet 5A, line 15, family 77, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1474.

[viii] Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011 – Portland, Maine City Directory, 1937 – Page 113 – Andreasen, Clifford L.

[ix] Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Portland, Maine City Directory, 1935 – Page 116 – Allan Angie S C K Mrs. R 47 Mayo

[x] Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Portland, Maine City Directory 1933 – Page 144 – Allan, Angie S C K

[xi] United States Census, 1940, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMMC-XGW : 28 February 2020), Angie T Allan in household of Chas W Allan, Ward 9, Portland, Portland City, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 3-117, sheet 4A, line 33, family 79, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1476.

Ethel Wight Studio – Part 2

Connie Acito & Two Adams Girls.

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

This week for Photo Friday, I identify two more negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection[i]. The images were converted to positives using a lightbox, a Nikon camera, and computer software.

Miss Connie Acito

The photo envelope, “Miss Connie Acito – 66 Cumberland Ave. Portland – #256.”  The photo is by “Ethel Wight Studio, Portland, Maine.”

There was a Constantina Acito, born about 1914 in Italy, who lived at 240 Washington Ave., Portland, ME with her parents, Donato and Anna Acito. She had a sister Antoinette Acito.

Constantine F. Acito also appears in the 1943 Portland City Directory, living at 240 Washington Ave.

It would be nice to find Connie on Cumberland Ave sometime in the 1930s to confirm the identification. However, it appears that Constantina’s father, Donato, frequently moved, having lived at several locations during the 1930s.

I have not successfully found any other individual who could be called “Connie Acito” in Maine during the 1930s. So, I’m confident this photo is of Constantina F. Acito, daughter of Donato and Anna Acito.

Constantina, Donato, Anna, and Antoinette are not identified in Family Search. However, they do appear as a family unit in the Grant Family Tree on Ancestry.

I added her photo to her memorial on Find-a-Grave.

Children of Mrs. E. B. Adams

The back of this photo says, “Mrs. E. B. Adams – 12 Crosby St Portland – 2 Girls – #888.”  The photo is by the “Ethel Wight Studio.”

The 1939 Portland City Directory shows Earle B. Adams living at 12 Crosby Street in Portland. His wife was Dorothea M. Adams.

Family Search indicates that an Earle Bishop and Dorothea M. (Thompson) Adams had two daughters, Earlene Ann Adams and Mary Ellen Adams, born in 1931 and 1934. The two girls in this photo appear to be about 3 and 5, and the photo was taken about 1936, so I’m confident these are Mary Ellen (younger) and Earlene.

Additional searches found no similar family units.

  • Earlene Ann Adams (1931-2014) – Family Search ID: LBPR-F1G
  • Mary Ellen Adams Coughlan (1934-2014) – Family Search ID: LBPR-5KB

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.

Ethel Wight Studio – Part 1

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

I was recently given access to some negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio of Portland, Maine from the 1930s. The photos were identified by the person who paid for the photo, not the person in the photo. So, there is “no guarantee the person in the photo is the same person who paid for the photo.” I’ll add, besides the Studio in Portland, Ethel also had a studio in Old Orchard Beach (Ocean Park) during many of the same years. These two photos probably came from the Portland studio.

I was asked to see what I could do with these photos if I added them to my Photo Identification Project. So, I digitized the negatives and inverted them to positives. I then used the information from the envelopes to determine who the image is most likely to be. As a test, or proof of concept I took a look at two envelopes with three images.

Howard Abildgaard – #667

The envelope says 476 Washington Ave | Portland

The 1930 Census shows Howard P. Abildgaard, son of Emil L and Serine Abildgaard living at 476 Washington Ave.[i] Howard was 18 years old. By the 1940 Census, Paul Howard had married, had a son, and was living at 3 Lennox Street, Portland, ME.[ii] I believe that this photo is of Paul Howard Abildgaard from between 1930 and 1939.

Paul Howard Abildgaard has a Family Search ID of G91G-G6F. I have uploaded the photo to his profile.​​

Margaret Ackerson – #742

The envelope says State St. Hospital | Portland

I was unable to find Margaret Ackerson in Portland, Maine during the 1930 or 1940 Censuses. However, I did find Margaret in the 1936 Portland City directory. She was a student nurse at 62 State and had a residence of 52 State, about two blocks from Mercy Hospital.

Further research found Margaret Ackerson, age 30 living in Bronx, New York during the 1940 Census. She was a Nurse living at a “Nurse’s Home” on Lafayette Avenue. She had lived in Cumberland, Maine in 1935 and had been born in Maine.[iii]

However, further research was not successful in determining Margaret’s parents with certainty. As such, I was not able to positively her. Items I believe I know:

  • Name: Margaret Ackerson
  • 1910 – Born in Maine ?
  • 1935 – Attended Nurse’s school in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.
  • 1940 – Worked as a nurse 60 hours a week at Hunt’s Point Hospital, and boarded at 1325 Lafayette Ave.

I have added her photos to Dead Fred.

Dig Up Your Relatives at DeadFred.com - The Original Genealogy Photo Archive

Final Note

Many thanks to Ethel Wight’s family for access to and permission to use the collection of their great aunt.


ENDNOTES

[i]  “United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XM8P-12Q : accessed 8 October 2020), Howard P Abildgaard in household of Emil L Abildgaard, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 85, sheet 8B, line 62, family 187, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 831; FHL microfilm 2,340,566.

[ii] United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMMC-RR1 : 28 February 2020), Paul H Abildgaard, Ward 9, Portland, Portland City, Cumberland, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 3-117, sheet 8A, line 30, family 161, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1476.

[iii] Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Census Place: New York, Bronx, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02477; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 3-643