Ethel Wight Collection – Part 73

Kitchen, Knight(2), Konan, & Korpinen

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] My goal is to reunite the photos with family members who may have never seen the image.

Bertha Ellen Korpinen, Nurse, circa 1936

The envelope this negative was in says, “Miss Bertha Korpinen, Me Gen Hospital #685.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Bertha Ellen Korpinen, Nurse, circa 1936

    The 1936 Portland City Directory lists Bertha Korpinen, a student nurse at 22 Arsenal (Maine General Hospital).

  • The 1940 Census lists Bertha Korpinen as a 26-year-old Registered Nurse working in Private Duty. She lived in “Same Place: in 1935 and was born in Maine.
  • Ancestry family trees suggest there were two different Burtta Korpinenm, both born about 1915.
    • Burtta V Korpinen, daughter of Matti and Kaaisa Korpinen. This Bertha married John Scantz in 1935 and lived in Holden, MA, in 1935 and 1940.
    • Bertha Ellen Korpinen, daughter of Onni and Ida Korpinen. She married Roger Standard in 1949. She died, and her obituary says she graduated in 1938 as an R.N. from Maine General Hospital.

This is a photo of Bertha Ellen Korpinen about 1936.

Ancestry has 12 public trees that refer to Bertha; Family Search has profile GQR9-LJT for Bertha Ellen Korpinen.  I have uploaded her photo to her Family Search Memories.

Madeline Genevra McDonald Knight, circa 1935

This negative envelope says, “Miss Madeline Knight, 23 Lafayette St. #270.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Madeline Genevra McDonald Knight, circa 1935

    The 1940 Census lists Madeline Knight, the 21-year-old daughter of Albert and Blanche Knight, living with her parents at 23 Lafayette.

  • The 1930 Census lists Madeline McD Knight as the 12-year-old Adopted Daughter of Albert and Blanche Knight. It indicates she and her mother were born in Maine, but her father was born in Canada (English). Albert and Blanche were both born in Maine.
  • Madeline Genevra MacDonald’s birth record indicates she was born on 17 Apr 1917. Her father is Albert William Knight, and her mother is Blanche Peaks.

This photo is of Madeline Genevra MacDonald Knight about 1935 when she was about 18 years old.

Ancestry has two public trees that refer to Madeline Knight;  Family Search has profile LZXY-218 for Madeline Genevra Knight. So, I  have uploaded two photos of her to her Family Search Memories. I also uploaded a third photo of her to my Flickr Photostream. 

Jadwiga Antonina “Veno” Konan, 1936

This negative envelope says, “Miss Veno Konan, 39 Summer St. #1074.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Jadwiga Antonina “Veno” Konan , 1936

    The 1936 Portland High School yearbook has a photo of Jadwiga Antonina Konan, aka “Veno,” that is clearly the same young woman. She is even wearing the same sweater.

  • Ancestry Family Trees indicate Jadwiga Antonia “Veno” Konan was born 30 Sep 1918 to Ignacy and Antonia (Yonaskeviza) Konan.

This is a photo of “Veno” in 1936.

Ancestry has nine public trees that refer to Veno; Family Search has profile L1XK-8NK for Jadwiga Antonina Konan. I uploaded two photos of Veno to her Family Search Memories and a third photo of Veno to my Flickr photostream. 

Ronald Harold Knight, circa 1936 (Age 5)

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. Harold Knight, 23 Ocean Ave, #1067.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Ronald Harold Knight, circa 1926 (Age 5)

    The 1936 Portland City Directory indicates that Harold E and Leona M Knight lived at 23 Ocean. Harold was a barber at Elite Barber Shop, 272a Congress.

  • The 1940 Census finds Harold and Lucille separated. Leona is boarding with Sydney & Phyllis Hancock on Adler Street in Portland. Harold Ellsworth Knight and his son, Ronald Harold Knight, live with Harold’s mother, Gertrude (Barter) Hutchins, at 27 Federal Street in Brunswick, ME.

This is a photo of Ronald Harold Knight about 1936 when he was about five years old.

Ancestry has 22 public trees that refer to Ronald Harold Knight; Family Search has profile LRW5-1KQ for Ronald. I uploaded one photo of him to his Family Search Memories, which joined two other photos of him.

Jacqueline Harriett Kitchen, circa 1935

This negative envelope says, “Mrs. John Kitchen, Loring Ave. #570.”

Why I believe this to be the individual.

  • Jacqueline Harriett Kitchen, circa 1935

    The 1934 Portland City Directory lists John Kitchen living with his wife Florina at 16 Loring Ave, Portland.

  • The 1940 Census lists John and “Florence” Kitchen living at 8 Grammer Road in Portland. With them is their 10-year-old daughter, Jacqueline.
  • Jacqueline Harriett Kitchen’s marriage record confirms her parents were John Robert Kitchen and Florina

This is a photo of Jacqueline Harriett Kitchen about 1935.

Ancestry has no public trees that refer to Jacqueline Harriet Kitchen or her parents. Family Search does not have a profile for Jacqueline, So I have added Jacqueline’s photo to Dead Fred. Jacqueline’s parents, John and Florina (Murray) Kitchen, do have profiles on Family Search. They are G3VV-9WB and G3VN-KDX, respectively.


  • I fully identified all five Four of them have Family Search profiles, so I uploaded their images to their Family Search Memories.
  • I identified one individual that did not have a Family Search profile nor appeared in Ancestry trees, so I posted her image to Dead Fred.

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.

Due to software limitations, the images uploaded to Family Search, Dead Fred, and Flickr have a higher image quality than the images linked here.

For all postings of the Ethel Wight Collection, please see here.


[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.

Happy Birthday – Ida Mae

24 March 1874

Ida Mae Barber Montran, Fisher, Holdsworth, Knight

Happy Birthday to my Great-grandmother, Ida Mae Barber. She was born on March 24, 1874, in Michigan.

She married Max E. Fisher in 1897, Joseph A Holdsworth in 1904, and Harvey Watson Knight in 1910.

Ida died on 13 October 1953 in Detroit, Michigan, and was buried at Woodmere Cemetery.

Key Sites for Ida include:

#Genealogy #familyhistory #barber #knight #holdsworth #fisher  #detroitmi


100 Years Ago – Ida Mae Barber Knight – (1873-1953)

23 December 1914 – Ida Mae Barber Knight

Ida Mae Barber Knight

One hundred years ago Ida Mae Barber (Montran) (Fisher) (Holdsworth) Knight was living with her husband, Harvey Watson Knight, in their new home on Lawndale Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. At the time it was 628 Lawndale[1]. In 1923, Ida’s daughter Madonna (Donna), registered a song “Beautiful Mother of Mine” and indicted her home address as 1456 Lawndale. At first I thought this was very confusing, that Harvey and Ida would move eight blocks away on the same street. Then, when I looked at their neighbors, I saw that many of the neighbors also moved the eight blocks with them[2]. That made me realize that the street was renumbered sometime between Feb 1920 (Census Date which said 628 Lawndale) and Feb 1923 (Donna’s song registration which said 1456 Lawndale.)

The Knight household in 1914 consisted of Ida and her husband Harvey. Ida’s daughter from a previous marriage(?), Madonna (aka Donna), was in California working in the movies and working as a Mack Sennett bathing beauty. Ida’s father, Franklin, had died previously. Harvey’s parents are believed to still be in Chatham, Kent, Ontario, Canada. (There is no evidence that I have found that puts them anywhere else.) Ida’s Mother, Sarah H Blackhurst (Barber) had been living at 1419 Clay Avenue in 1910 with Ida, Madonna, and “Boarder” Harvey Knight. According to the 1920 Census, Sarah was living in Manhattan with Madonna who was on the road in a Vaudeville act. So in 1914, it is possible that Sarah was living eight miles away from Ida on Clay Ave or possibly living with Ida and Harvey on Lawndale. Ida’s sister, Eva Louisa Barber Goff, was probably living with her husband and daughter, about three and a half miles away on 15th Street.

Harvey Watson Knight’s
WWI Draft Registration
Thanks to Ancestry.Com and the
National Archives and Records Administration.

It doesn’t appear that the 40-year-old Ida worked outside of the home and is presumed to have been a housewife. Her husband, Harvey, was an engineer. In 1914 he probably worked for Ireland Matthews at Beard & Chatfield Aves., which is about 1 mile away. (He was working there in 1917 for certain – See WWI Draft Registration.) Today, that site is the location of the Roberto Clemente Academy a Pre-K to 5th grade which was built in 2001[3].

Of course the international news of the day was about the war in Europe. On this date, 23 December 1914, was the beginning of the now famous “Christmas Truce.” A German soldier, Karl Aldag, reported that both sides had been heard singing hymns in the trenches. German troops coming into the lines bring Christmas trees. Some men begin to place them on the parapets of the fire trenches. Local truce on the front of 23rd Brigade.[4]

Nationally, the country was still talking about the Boston Braves. A newspaper article in the New York Tribune on December 20th described how mid-season trades made by Boston Braves manager George Stallings helped the team move from last place to first place. According to Wikipedia, the 1914 Braves are the only team to have been in last place on the 4th of July and go on to win the pennant. The Braves continued on to be the first team to sweep the modern World Series. In 1953 the Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee.

Detroit Front.jpg
Detroit Front” by W. G. MacFarlane – Postcard.
W.G. MacFarlane, Publisher, Buffalo, N.Y. Toronto.
Scanned Postcard, dated 1914.
Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The Detroit Tigers finished 4th in the American League in 1914; however, their famous outfielder, Tyrus Raymond “Ty” Cobb, took the batting title with a .368 season. Movie goers were anticipating the release of Mary Pickford’s “Cinderella” The Campus Martius Park was opened. See Photo on right.

Also in 1914 Detroit the “inter urban” cars of the Detroit, Almont, Northern R. R., which linked Detroit with Almont, about 50 miles to the north began service.

First interurban cars on the Detroit, Almont and Northern Railroad, Almont, Michigan, July 1, 1914..jpg

[1] 1920 Census,, 1920; Detroit Ward 20, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: T625_812; Page: 19B; Enumeration
District: 613; Image:. Harvey Knight

[2] 1930
Census,, Year: 1930; Census Place:
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: 1061; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0716;
Image: 77.0; FHL microfilm: 2340796.
[3] See
it to believe it Detroit Public Schools
[4] “The
Christmas Truce of 1914” –

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Bio – Harvey Watson Knight

Biography – Harvey Watson Knight
Harvey Watson Knight was the fourth husband of my great-grandmother, Ida Barber.
He was born on 4 March 1873 in Canada as the third child of Harvey Milton and Mary F. Harsen Knight.
He immigrated to the United States in 1884 and was naturalized in 1894.
Harvey married Ida Barber (Fisher) (Holdsworth) (Montran?) on 27 August 1910 in Detroit.
In 1910, Harvey was a “boarder” with Ida Barber Holdsworth her daughter Madona Holdsworth. And her mother Sarah Barber. Harvey and Ida Barber (Fisher) (Holdsworth) (Montran?) were married on 27 August 1910.
On 20 Nov 1915, Harvey and Ida celebrated the birth of a son, Harvey Milton Knight.  He was clearly named after Harvey’s father. Sadly on 25 September 1916, Harvey Milton died of accidental poisoning of Mercury dichloride.
Family tragedy struck again the following year when on 8 Nov 1917, Ida’s younger sister Eva died of TB.

In September 1918, Harvey registered for the WW1 draft; he lived at 628 Lawndale Ave., Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He worked as an engineer for Ireland Matthews at Beard & Chatfield Aves, Detroit, Michigan. He is described as Medium height, grey eyes, and black hair.

In 1920, he still lived at 628 Lawndale, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA (Ward 20). He was working as an engineer at an auto shop.

In 1930, his address is 1456 Lawndale, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA. It does not appear that he moved though. Most of his neighbors are the same as in the 1920 census, so it appears that the street addresses were changed. He still worked as an Engineer at an Auto Factory.

He remained in the same house in 1935 and 1940 where he worked as a Stationary Engineer at an auto body plant.

His mother, passed in 1941. It is unknown when his father passed.

He died at the Ypsilanti State Hospital, Washtenaw, Michigan, USA on 19 May 1942.

He is buried with his wife Ida Mae and his son, Milton in Plot 154, Oak Ridge Section, Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.