This week's Sepia Saturday theme suggests that we go through our old photos and post some of those "unknowns" that always pop up in any collection.
All of the ones that I have chosen for today came from our family photos, except for the very first one. My Mom found it at a thrift store in Eugene, and couldn't leave it behind. It was rather irresistible, since the "Artists" studio where it was taken was in Yoncalla, Oregon. I am having trouble finding out about the studio, though there are plenty of Helliwells to be found, including an Ernest Helliwell, born December 2,1872 in Minnesota, and died April 26, 1972 in Yoncalla. Ernest is buried at the Applegate Pioneer Cemetery, and at one time he owned Boswell Springs, in partnership with some of his brothers.
So, does anybody out there recognize these sweet little girls?:
2. This photo was in one of husband's family albums. Though there are plenty of hints, nobody recognizes who this group actually is:
3. & 4.: The next two very old photos came from my Great Uncle John's stuff, and I am guessing that they are some of my ancestors. Were they Hedricks, Letsoms or somebody else in Umpqua County, Oregon (now Douglas County):
5. I don't know who this proud couple is, but look at the huge fish they caught:
6. Mom thinks that the guy with the white hat on the left is most likely her Grandpa Ben Hedrick. The woman behind him could be Granny Talitha Letsom Hedrick. Who are the other fine gentlemen, and who's house is this?:
7. Some of these folks present even more of a challenge, with their heads being invisible, but I think that this was taken at the same home as the photo above, only the bushes were totally pruned or removed:
8. This could be Granny Litha, below, but I am not sure. Mom is pretty sure that it was taken at Jack Creek Ranch, owned by Ben and Litha Hedrick. I really like all the details in this photo, as rag-tag as it is. Check out the white picket fence:
9. Mom said that this picture was taken during a hop harvest, but we don't know who all these guys are. Grandpa Ben is the third from the right, and Mom thinks that my Great-Uncle Homer and Great-Uncle John are next to him. Are the other men some of our Tin Pot Valley guys?:
10. We are led to believe that the cuties in the wagon are Elma and Edward, but who are the rest of these people and where is this picnic being held?:
11. Is this lady at the same picnic or at just sitting in a yard at a different location?:
12. This picture was just taken in 1955, so these cute kids may be easier to place. Mom said that they are probably relatives of Aunt Signa Woods Hedrick, Uncle John's wife:
15. Ah, more sand ... beach bums with buns:
16. "Care for a massage, fine sir?" These two have now been identified as Harry Cave and his niece Joella:
So, there you are, my friends. If you enjoyed this story, please visit my Sepia Saturday friends by "CLICKING HERE" to find other neat photos and stories. To read more about my family and other stories featuring old photos, memories and more, please look for this picture of me and my dad on the left-hand sidebar to read whatever else catches your fancy. Thanks so much for visiting!
~ Kathy M.
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