I only know one definite thing about this picture. It was taken in Clay City, Indiana. It was most likely taken during the 1920s. In the back row, the man second from the right appears to be James Foster. I don’t know what James Foster would be doing with a group in Clay City since he was from Terre Haute. The picture looks like an obligatory office picture, the salesmen, clerks and secretaries. James was a plumbing supplies salesmen after World War II. In the late 1920s, James was a clerk for Crane Co. in Terre Haute. He worked there for many years, eventually becoming a salesman.Then again, I could be completely wrong. But I do know the picture was taken in Clay City, right?
The original photograph is from the collection of Deborah Sweeney.
On the back of this photograph is written “Gladys Foster date uncertain The Tall one.” Even if the picture had not identified Gladys, I would have recognized her. I date this picture around 1918. I have another photograph of Gladys with her niece and nephew which was taken in 1918. Gladys’ hairstyle and dress are very similar in both photographs. Since she was born in November 1905, Gladys would have been 12 or 13 years old around the time that this picture was taken.
I have no idea who the other girl is. My gut tells me that she is related somehow. Her features have a familiar look. However, I don’t really know any girls in the family that would fit. So perhaps the other girl was just a family friend. Maybe someone will see this picture someday and recognize the other girl. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
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….