Ethel Wright Collection – Part 6

Baker, Baldwin, Bangs, Barry, & Bassett

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

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 important to analyze the photo and information to positively identify the photographs.[ii]

Child of Mrs. Leroy Baker
(Probably) Richard Baker (1933-2018)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Leroy Baker – 684 Forest Ave., Portland.”

Child of Mrs LeRoy Baker ()

The 1936 Portland City Directory reports Leroy R. (Alice A) Baker living at 684 Forest Ave., Portland.

The 1940 Census reports Leroy R. Baker at the Maine State Prison.

The 1940 Census also reports Alice A. Baker living with her mother, Isabell Boyle, a brother, Lawrence, and Alice’s three children; Richard L., Barbara J., & Isabell R. ages 6, 5, and 2 respectively.

I believe this child is either Richard or Barbara. I believe that because the photo is of a single child it was taken about 1934 of Richard. If it had been taken in 1935/6, I believe the photo would have been taken of the two children together. I see the bonnet and the sweater, however, the dress at that time is not sufficient to persuade me to believe it is a photo of Barbara.

I found a person online (at Ancestry.Com) in who appears is a grandchild of Leroy and Alice. I’ve asked that person if they can identify the apparent uncle/aunt in the photograph.

I created a profile for Richard Baker (1933-2018) on Family Search but have not uploaded the images to that profile, however, I have uploaded them to my Flickr Account – See Photo 1 & Photo 2. I hope that the descendant of LeRoy and Alice can confirm the identity of the child in the photo.

Nancy Baldwin (1934-2012)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Wm Baldwin – 51 Morning St, Portland #679”

Nancy Baldwin ca. 1934

The 1937 Portland City Directory shows William G. Baldwin and his wife Gertrude J. residing at 51 Morning in Portland.

The 1940 Census shows William and Gertrude living on Morning with their five-year-old daughter, Nancy.

Family Search suggests this couple is William George Baldwin (1910-1970) and Gertrude J. Quinn (1916-Deceased)

Several Ancestry Trees suggest that Nancy Baldwin is the child of William and Gertrude and that she was born 25 May 1934 and died 7 May 2012. As such, I’ve created a profile on FamilySearch, LYWL-4K3 and uploaded one of the images to that profile.

Mrs. Blanche Bangs

The envelope this negative was in says, Mrs. Blanch Bangs – 92 Vesper St., Portland.”

Mrs. Blanche Bangs

The 1920 Census shows Blanche Bangs, wife of H. John Banks, living at 92 Vesper Street, Portland. Blanche was born circa 1893 in Canada.

The 1930 Census shows Blanche living at 92 Vesper, but she was a widow.

The 1940 Census shows Blanche still living at 92 Vesper, and still a widow.

In 1935, about when this photo was taken, Blanch would have been about 43. The woman in this photo appears to be in her 40s to me, so I believe it to be Blanch.

A quick search for Blanche on Family Search failed to yield a clear result, so I took a closer look.

1930 Census – Blanche Bangs Age 37 Widow, Married at age 27. She was born in Canada. Her father was born in England and her mother was also born in Canada. She came to the states in 1911.

Looking back on the 1920 Census, Blanche’s mother, Roxanna M. Bangs was living with the family. That helps confirm a Record of Marriage that indicates H. John Bangs married Blanch Halstead on 26 November 1919. H. John’s mother was Roxanna Bangs. Blanche’s parents were Joseph Halstead and Julia A. Noble, who were living in Portland at the time.

Blanche Halstead, the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Noble) Halstead, has a profile on FamilySearch, LYL4-KL1.

Alice M. Barry

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Alice M Barry – 407 Chapman Bldg, Portland #79.“

Alice M. Berry – ca. 1934

First, the Chapman Building is the original name for the Time and Temperature building in downtown Portland, Maine. It is a fourteen-story building at 477 Congress Street.

The 1940 Census indicated three “Alice M Barry’s” in Cumberland.

  • Alice M. Berry, Age 55, Wife of Edward C. Berry. She lived with her husband at 174 Edwards Street in Portland.
  • Alice M. Barry, Age 38, Daughter of Thomas E. & Nellie T. Barry. She was a clerk typist for the Government in 1940. She lived with her parents at 218 Pine in South Portland.
  • Alice M. Berry, Age 45, wife of Norris J. Berry, lived at 277 Maine Street, Westbrook.

The Portland, Maine, City Directories for 1933 through 1937 complete the identification.  reports

  • 1933 – Alice M Barry – Sten[iii] r 218 Pine SP
  • 1934 – Alice M Barry – Sten 477 Cong Room 407 – R 218 Pine SP.
  • 1935 – Alice M Barry – Sten r 218 Pine SP
  • 1936 – Alice M Barry – Sten 317 Cong r 218 Pine SP

From the city directories, we can be certain the photo was taken in 1934 or 1935. From the directories and the 1940 census record, we can be certain this Alice M Barry is the daughter of Thomas E. & Nellie T. Barry. In 1940, Alice was 38 which suggests she was about 32 in this photo. The woman in the photo seems to be in her early 30s, so I’m confident this is her.

Family Search has an Alice M Barry, born 3 September 1902 to Thomas Edward and Nellie “Ellen” T (O’Donnell) Barry. Her profile on FamilySearch is G9F3-LM4.

Hope Cleone (Bassett) Shedin (or Sheddin)

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Hope Bassett – Me Gen Hospital City #318.”

Hope Bassett ca. 1934

A search on Ancestry quickly found a high school yearbook photo of Hope Cleone Bassett in the 1932 Augusta, Maine yearbook. That photo is clearly of the same young woman who was born October 9, 1914.

In 1935 Hope was working in Augusta as a nurse and in 1938 she had moved to Portland where she was a nurse employed at 22 Arsenal which was the Maine General Hospital, the predecessor of the Maine Medical Center.

The 1930 Census indicates that Hope C Bassett, of Augusta, Maine was the daughter of Jacob P. H and Anna E. Bassett.

Hope died on 13 September 1977.

Hope did not have a profile on Family Search, however, her parents did. Because I learned that Hope died, I created a profile for her on Family Search – ID 27VJ-8CT and uploaded the images of her that I have.

Final Note

If any of these photos are of a family member of yours, I would love to hear your reaction. Have you seen the photo before. Do you disagree with my assessment?


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] “Sten” is the abbreviation for Stenographer used in these directories.

Ethel Wight Collection – Part 5

Austin, Axelsen, Axelsen, Baird, & Baker

Photo Friday
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.This week for Photo Friday, I look at identifying 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 important to analyze the picture and information to identify the photographs positively.[ii]

Not William L. Austin

Unknown – Probably Not William L. Austin

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. William L Austin – 44 Brown St. Portland – #724.”

William Austin does not appear in the 1934 or 1935 Portland City Directories.

The 1936 Portland City Directory indicated William Austin was the householder at 53 Franklin, Apartment 9. Likewise, the 1937 City Directory shows William at 53 Franklin, Apt 9.

The 1938 Portland City Directory indicates William Auston residing at 7 Tolman Place.

The 1940 Census indicates William L Austin living at 7 Tolman Place as a widowed lodger. He was 75 years old.

If the photo were taken about 1935, as the other pictures in this collection were, then William L. Austin would have been about 70 years old. The man in this photo is definitely not near 70 and appears, to me, to be about 50.

So, I have no idea who this person is.  Although the photo was paid for by William L Austin, I do not believe it is of him.

Alfred J. Axelsen

Alfred J. Axelsen circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mr. Alfred J Axelsen – 45 Randall Ave, Portland #252”.

The 1935 Portland City Directory indicates Alfred J Axelsen was a painter employed at 228 Sherwood and resided at 45 Randall, which confirms his identity.

The 1930 Census enumerates Alfred J. Axelsen living with his Father Jens Axelsen, apparent mother Maren, and a sister, Laura.

Further research indicated that Alfred Julius Axelsen was born on 8 October 1908, married Margaret Winslow in 1933, and died 5 November 1983. I am confident this photo is of him.

This individual has a profile on FamilySearch, ID GQW1-GCV; I posted two photos of Alfred there.

Mildred Christine (Weston) Axelsen

Mildred Christine (Weston) Axelsen ca. 1937

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. A. M. Axelson – 237 Sherwood Street, Portland #1054.”

The 1937 Portland City Directory is somewhat confusing. It indicates, in part:

  • Axelsen, Alfred J painter 237 Sherwood r 45 Randall
  • August M (Mildred C) painter 1754 Wash av h do
  • August M (Caroline E) mold maker 54 York h 43 Dorset
  • —Niels jr r 237 Sherwood

The 1940 Census places August M. Axelson and his 40-year-old wife, Mildred, at 45 Randall St. It also places August M. Axelson, and his 49-year-old wife, Caroline, at 43 Dorset Street.

The 1930 Census places August M Axelson living at 237 Sherwood Street with his wife, Mildred. August M. Axelson and his wife Caroline are residing at 43 Dorset Street.

So, it is clear Mrs. A. M. Axelsen is Mildred. Mildred was born about 1899, so she would have been about 36 in 1935. The woman in the photo appears to be about that age, so I believe this to be Mildred C. Axelson.

Mildred Christine Weston married August Mienerdt Axelsen on 1 June 1927.

Mildred has a profile on FamilySearch, ID L2JB-L79, and I have uploaded my photos there.

Elsie (McLeon) Baird

Elsie (McLeon) Baird, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Mrs. Elsie Baird – 20 Vesper St, Portland #656.”

The 1937 Portland City Directory indicates that Elsie M. Baird was the widow of John H. Baird and lived at 20 Vesper.

Further research indicated that Elsie M Baird (nee McLeon) was born about 1887 in Scotland. She had a daughter, also named Elsie, who was born in 1910. If the photo were taken about 1935, as many of the pictures have been taken, Elsie the mother would have been about 48, and Elsie, the daughter, would have been about 25 years old. The woman in these photos appears to be in her 40s, so I believe it is Elsie, the mother.

Elsie does not appear to have a profile on Family Search; however, she does have a memorial on Find-a-Grave. I uploaded copies of the images to Elsie McLeod Baird – Memorial 152470097.

Eleanor Baker

(Or possibly Beatrice E. Baker)

Possibly Eleanor Baker, possibly Beatrice E. Baker.

This negative envelope says, “Miss Eleanor Baker – 130 Highland St Portland #986.“

The Portland City Directory for 1936 shows an Eleanor residing at John Decker Ocean House Rd, CE, p o SP

Eleanor does not appear in the 1935 Portland City Directory; however, a Beatrice E. Baker does appear living at 130 Highland in the Directory. The Directory suggests a family consisting of:

  • Beatrice E. Baker, Stenographer at 289 Forest Ave. Residing rear of 130 Highland.
  • Elmer S. (Ruby A) Painter emp 362 Cumberland av householder 130 Highland.
  • Harold F (Florence V) Carpenter householder rear 130 Highland.

Beatrice E. Baker married Wilton J. Rosenblad on 23 August 1935, explaining why she doesn’t appear in any subsequent city directories.

A review of many individual trees revealed no individuals name Eleanor in the families. That aside, I believe that “Eleanor Baker” of the photo is Beatrice E Baker, born 12 May 1913. The image had to have been taken before 23 August 1935, so her age in the picture had to be about 22 years old.

Beatrice E Baker is in 9 public trees on Ancestry.Com and if any of them know of Beatrice’s middle name or can identify her in the photo, I will have confirmed her identity.

Final Note

If any of these photos are of a family member or clarify my identification, I would love to hear from you.

There are additional photos on my Flickr Site. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/dontaylor50/albums/72157716308896207

 


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. Individuals may use these photos in their genealogical endeavors.

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.