Several years ago when my great Uncle Floyd was still alive, we corresponded fairly regularly over the family genealogy. I was just beginning to receive some of the pictures from Gladys’ collection and I didn’t know who everyone was. Email wasn’t too convenient then (I didn’t own a computer!) so our correspondence was done via snail mail. I would photocopy several pictures and then mail them to Floyd. He would look the pages over and let me know if he recognized anyone, then mail them back with his notes written on the margins. I still have these pages in my research binders. It is probably a good thing that we didn’t have email as they would have probably been lost or deleted at this point.
The older woman in the photograph is Elizabeth (Schwartz) Yegerlehner. The other woman and the children are unknown. Floyd’s comment on the photograph was that they likely belonged to the Wolfe families. Elizabeth’s oldest daughter (and Floyd’s aunt) was Rosina (Yegerlehner) Wolfe. Rosina had eight children. The only child of Rosina’s that would have had three children before Elizabeth died in 1922 was Mary. Assuming that all three children in the picture were Mary’s, then the picture was probably taken about 1919. But I will never know for sure until my cousin bait trap catches something….
Recently I have been organizing my immense photograph collection. I am the family archivist so all the family pictures have been migrating in my direction. This summer when I traveled to the east coast, my dad presented me with several boxes of photographs. In the evenings in my hotel room, I dutifully packed up the photographs into priority mail flat rate boxes. There were seven by the time I was done. Those boxes remain untouched. I figure I need to get the other piles of pictures organized and scanned before I can even think of opening the seven new ones.
I have inherited pictures from both my maternal and paternal sides. The organization of them has been scattered at best. Some of them have been scanned over the years but many have not. So, I decided I really needed to get cracking on this project. I am not definitely getting any younger and my office is not cleaning itself. So far, I have probably scanned between 200-300 photographs. This is not a quick process. Since I am going for preservation quality, I have been scanning .TIF files and at a higher dpi (600-1200 range). I also purchased archival photograph sleeves. Once the pictures are scanned, they get to live in their own little protective envelope. I can see the pictures but I don’t have to worry about touching them. In the next round of organization, I will label and catalogue. Right now, it is all about the scanning.
The above picture comes from the Yegerlehner/Foster pile. I have considered that the girl might be Juanita McCammon or Romaine Mutchler. But I am not sure. The girls’ ages do not quite match up to the time frame. Romaine was born in 1925 so she would have been too young. Juanita was born in 1915 so she would have been too old. The baby could be John or Mark which would date the picture around 1930-1933. The length of the girl’s dress ages her younger rather than older. On the back of the photograph, the printer’s mark is “BROWN the photographer Linton, Indiana.”