Thursday, January 7, 2010

Photo Number Seventy-Five


This is another very long card type photo, this is another photo that ended up in South Dakota.  It was taken in Chicago..the photography Studio I believe is Sykes.


This is Dorothy...her last name is up for debate.  Porfis..Porfes..Porps ??


I found this on the back of the photo..which would suggest that it is Porbs or?? ..and her husbands name would be elki or olki ?? and she lived in Harmon. Ill, Route #2 Harmon Twp. CB 298
It is a very glamorous looking photograph..I will date it around 1930. Update to 1910.

We have our first match!! Thanks to my friend Abra..a home was found for Photo number seventy..you may want to check it out.  I have asked the family if they could provide me with a little more info about the beautiful Della.  I will set up a watch list ..of photos to watch  for incoming info.  I will put it to the margin on the left!
Thanks for stopping by..do come again:)
***Update from Abra : Dorothy L. Porbs has been found in several censuses—her name spelled differently each time. When listed with her family, it is indeed in Harmon, Lee Co. Illinois. She appears to have been born in Illinois in May 1889. Her mother was already a widow by the time Dorothy was 11(her mother’s name was either Eureka, Ulrika, Ulricag, or Eurdke – depending on which census you believe—researchers can add alternate spellings). She has one brother, William. In 1900, her mother was head of household, with the 2 children, and her father & brother living there (August Neitzke, William Neitzke). In 1910, the father & uncle are not in the Harmon IL census, and neither is Dorothy; Wm is listed as head of household and his mother is living there. Further searching finds Dorothy, age 21, living in Chicago Ward 35, as a boarder. She is a stenographer in the brass goods industry. There is also a Francis Neitzke, age 21, (which I will guess is her cousin/relative ) boarding in the same home. She is also a stenographer, but in the electrical industry. In 1920, Dorothy is back living with her mother, whom is once again the head of the household, and her brother. Both are single. I didn’t find any of them in 1930, but perhaps if I was more diligent, I could (perhaps Dorothy married). 

Different censuses list immigration year of mother differently. Both listed children were born in Illinois—she had three children altogether, but only two living. I do not know when her husband died. Unfortunately, I didn’t find any family trees at this time (they may be private).

9 comments:

  1. I posted an old picture that was sent e-mail of family I didn't know about. Can you look at it an date it?
    Patsy

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  2. That is quite a museum piece that you have there. I have always wanted to take my dad's world war pictures and turn them into an exhibit. They would have to be reprinted into a larger size as the originals are small, but Photoshop really doesn't have a problem with that. The photographer in this picture is really trying to be art nouveau in style with the side view of women.

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  3. What absolutely beautiful hair she has!

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  4. How exciting to hear that #70 is going to family! Congratulations on a job well done. Keep up the good work.

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  5. Dorothy L. Porbs has been found in several censuses—her name spelled differently each time. When listed with her family, it is indeed in Harmon, Lee Co. Illinois. She appears to have been born in Illinois in May 1889. Her mother was already a widow by the time Dorothy was 11(her mother’s name was either Eureka, Ulrika, Ulricag, or Eurdke – depending on which census you believe—researchers can add alternate spellings). She has one brother, William. In 1900, her mother was head of household, with the 2 children, and her father & brother living there (August Neitzke, William Neitzke). In 1910, the father & uncle are not in the Harmon IL census, and neither is Dorothy; Wm is listed as head of household and his mother is living there. Further searching finds Dorothy, age 21, living in Chicago Ward 35, as a boarder. She is a stenographer in the brass goods industry. There is also a Francis Neitzke, age 21, (which I will guess is her cousin/relative ) boarding in the same home. She is also a stenographer, but in the electrical industry. In 1920, Dorothy is back living with her mother, whom is once again the head of the household, and her brother. Both are single. I didn’t find any of them in 1930, but perhaps if I was more diligent, I could (perhaps Dorothy married).

    Different censuses list immigration year of mother differently. Both listed children were born in Illinois—she had three children altogether, but only two living. I do not know when her husband died. Unfortunately, I didn’t find any family trees at this time (they may be private). I may revisit this search later.

    As for my opinion on the picture, besides the fact I think she is gorgeous, I am going to take a shot that it is somewhere between 1910-1920, just because Dorothy was in Chicago in 1910, but apparently back to Harmon by 1920. By 1920, she was already 31, and she looks pretty young in the photo. It sure has a 1920s feel to me, though. Also, given all the variations on the name of her mother, I am guessing the olki/elki might be her mother’s nick-name. I am guessing again, but I think Dorothy probably sent that to her mother while she was working in Chicago.

    Thanks for letting me play your fun game with you!

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  6. Photo Number 27 is of Louise Neitzke her parents were William and Fritzie Neitzke. She was born in 1882. Interesting group all intertwined..I ran onto another photo of Louise Neitzke..I will publish it tomorrow:)

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  7. Looks like I need to do some more research on the Neitzkes. The William living with Della is too young to be Louise's dad, but my guess is August has a brother William, which might lend to his having a son and grandson named William. Family names, while sentimental, can sure lead to confusion for searchers!

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  8. last post shb Drothy, not Della!! Now I'm getting confused again...;-)

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  9. Louise Neitzke (picture 27) has a father William & a brother William. She also has a sister, Francis, who was a boarder in Chicago in 1910, in the same house as Dorothy Porbs (picture 75). Dorothy has an uncle named William Neitzke & a grandfather August Neitzke living with them in 1900. I think William is a family name and I think August has two sons by the name—one older, one younger. I believe Louise’s & Francis’ father, William, is a brother to Dorothy’s mother and a son to August. I did go to family search.org and found a Wilhelm August Neitzke, born March 27 1847 (baptized April 18, 1847)to August Neitzke & Louise Thom, at Pielburg, Pommern, Preussen. This matches the year given in the census, but not the month (though that isn’t uncommon). It also explains Louise’s (pic 27) namesake, and I’ll go out on a limb that the middle initial L in Dorothy’s name is for Louise, as well. The other William, listed as Ulrika/Eureka’s brother (Dorothy’s uncle), was born in the U.S. in 1876. It is fairly common for older and younger brothers to bear the same name, especially when there is a 30 year difference in age such as this one. I wonder if they had different mothers? Confusing, isn’t it? Makes for an interesting search, though!

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