The original image that came to me is at right. It almost looks like a painting or drawing but I think it was a photograph that had been painted on. For the photo at top of this post I removed the background, straightened the oval, and added a little contrast. Since I don't have the original photograph there's no way of knowing how close to the original the photograph I received is.
Fred and Elvira are seated in the center of the photo. If the suggested date of 1892-1893 is accurate Fred would have been 44 or 45, Elvira about 38 or 39. She would yet have three more children after this photo was taken. There is no doubt that the parents are Fred and Elvira based on other identified photographs. The children were identified by one of Fred and Elvira's grandchildren and it's possible they are mislabeled, but the apparent ages and gender of the children fit with their known family.
In this photo of their living children only twins Alfonzo (Fon) and Alonzo (Lon), the second and third oldest children, are missing. They would have been 18 or 19. Here's a little information about the others in the photo, beginning with the back row and coming forward. All ages are based on the assumed date of 1892 or 1893.
- John, born in November, 1882, and would have been about 10 or 11.
- Lana, born November, 1875, would have been about 16 or 17.
- Edward, born July 1877, would have been about 15 or 16. Though married, he died in November, 1917, before having children.
- Ida, born May, 1873, would have been about 19 or 20. She died in October, 1904, a few years after marrying and having a daughter. She was Fred and Elvira's firstborn.
- Della, born February, 1879, would have been about 13 or 14.
- Mary Alma, born January 1881, would have been about 11 or 12.
- Fred, born September, 1848
- Bessie Leota, born June 1884, would have been about 8 or 9.
- Elvira, born May, 1854
- Warren, born July 1890, would have been about 2 or 3.
- Ethel Claire, born May 1892, would have been about a year. She died in April 1897.
- Mabel, born May 1886, would have been about 6 or 7.
- Beulah, born September 1888, would have been 4 or 5. She died April, 1913.
I'm impressed by the fact that every individual is looking at the camera, almost as though they are look through time, directly at all who view the photograph. This is the only photo I have of both Ida and Edward. Looking at their beautiful faces and knowing they both died in young adulthood tugs at my heart. And there are the others who died so young -- Beulah and Clair. Photographs are such a blessing.
This photo came from Jeanine, a descendant of Beulah's brother Warren. I'm so very grateful to her for her willingness to share this treasure and that she volunteered permission for me to post it. Thank you, Jeanine.
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