Thursday, January 7, 2010
Photo Number Seventy-Five
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).