Monday, April 28, 2014

Photo Number 1556

I purchased a large album of old photos from the antique shop at Kabekona Corner near Laporte MN.  We are regulars at that shop, the owner Dave saved this album for me.
old photo albumn seen better days
The album has seen better days.  But it held 50 photos.  Only seven of those were marked with names.
Laporte men
This is a postcard of nine men.  It is an Azo Postcard with triangles pointing up in the stamp box,  they were used from 1904 to 1918
Laporte men back
Kjos, Clarence Quam, Kjos, Gilbert Grove, Louis Grove, ____, Bert Ness, Jens Quam, Henry Quam.
I wonder if they are all salesmen?  Or classmates?  The postcard seems to have been sent to someone in Kenyon Minn but the name has been erased.  Kenyon is in Goodhue County.  The photographer was Austinson’s of Owatonna & Kenyon.
Thanks for stopping by.  Do come again.
Update from Iggy:
Louis Andreas Grove (Dec. 27, 1888 - Jan. 16, 1973 in Goodhue County, Minnesota) was the son of Peder T. Grove (1849 - 1913) and Maria P. Overboe Grove (1858 - 1914). His wife was Gurena Fenne Grove (1892 - 1956). His brother was Gilbert Christian Grove (1891 - 1951) 
Both brothers are buried in Dale Lutheran Church Cemetery, Wanamingo, Goodhue County, Minnesota.

Clarence J. Quam ((1894 - 1947) is buried in the same cemetery as is Henry Christopher Quam (1890 - 1957).

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  1. Louis Andreas Grove (Dec. 27, 1888 - Jan. 16, 1973 in Goodhue County, Minnesota) was the son of Peder T. Grove (1849 - 1913) and Maria P. Overboe Grove (1858 - 1914). His wife was Gurena Fenne Grove (1892 - 1956). His brother was Gilbert Christian Grove (1891 - 1951) and is listed with him on his Find A Grave Memorial# 52431765.

    Both brothers are buried in Dale Lutheran Church Cemetery, Wanamingo, Goodhue County, Minnesota.

    Clarence J. Quam ((1894 - 1947) is buried in the same cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 52001528) as is Henry Christopher Quam (1890 - 1957).

    Find A Grave Memorial# 35724790 shows a number of Kjos family members of the same age as the men above that lived in Kenyon.

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    1. The majority of the men appear to have been farmers. Perhaps this is a Church group photo?

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    2. I might have a clue - The Kjos family started and operated the Farmer's Elevator in Kenyon.

      "Kenyon - The annual meeting of stockholders of the Kenyon Farmers Mercantile and Elevator Company held an enthusiastic annual meeting last month The meeting was largely attended Reports of the officers showed a very satisfactory year's business A dividend of 10 per cent was declared Business to the extent of more than $760,000 had been transacted by the company this last year.

      Grain and Feed Review, Volume 8 (1918)"

      Perhaps someone at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenyon-Area-Historical-Society/180871241463 would have a further lead?

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  2. Excellent! How nice of that shop keeper to save it for you.

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  3. Kjos was a last name of a family that lived around here 20 years ago., The album is going to be fun to explore and discover. My one album of the two leaves me a name card with the last name of Webster. If I had the time I would quit talking about it and figure out the family line.

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  4. What a great find! You certainly have a friend in that shop owner. It's wonderful that the postcard included the names of some of the men. Wonder what the occasion for the picture was...

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  5. I also wonder what the occasion was. The photo reminds me of some pictures of singing groups or choirs that I've seen in old yearbooks.

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  6. Kjos, Quam (Kvam), Ness, Overboe (Øverbø/Øvrebø), are all Norwegian names. Grove (Grov) could also very well be Norwegian. So maybe that is the connection.

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  7. I sent an email to Dan Quam this evening. I attempted an email to Rex Quam also with no luck. We will wait and see what happens.

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  8. There is a file at FamilySearch for Henry Christopher Quam from the 'United States World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918':

    https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K87F-YCF

    Maybe the photo was taken at this occasion, that they all had a draft registration and were about to go to WW I.

    By the way, a Canadian nationality is given there for Henry Christopher Quam. Here is a file where he was residing in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1911.

    https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/27X5-63X



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