Monday, March 29, 2010

Full Circle Three

Another success!  Another photo going home!! Here is the story on Photo Number 130.
This is  Grandma Tjernlund with Ruth Lundin  and Tommy Lundin.  I did find Carl and Helen Lundin in 1938 at which time a girl named Ruth was a College student.  I will date this photo at 1918 based on that info.
The photographer was Waino Hirvela at Hirvela Studio in Ironwood, Mich.  I found a Bernard and Sigrid Tjernlund in Ironwood..they had two boys. .    It is just another one of those little mysteries..

This is the second photo that I have featured with a Grandmother and her Grandchildren..a wonderful tradition as far as I am concerned!  The children in this photo seem well for Grandma..she looks like she is comfortable in her everyday clothing.  I purchased this photo in an Antique Shop in Park Rapids, Minnesota.
Thanks for stopping by, do come again:)
***Update from Abra***
I think I have some of this mystery figured out. I found Ruth Lind, daughter of Carl and Olga, in both the 1920 and 1930 census in Ironwood. Using that information I followed this Ruth in a family tree, to pretty much figure out a lot of details. From what I have found, Ruth is still living, so I will spare some of those details until we can maybe make some sort of connection. She was born in 1918 and last lived in Antigo, WI--I can't be sure that is where she is now. I could not find any Tjernlunds, but when I went through the family tree information, It stated Olga was a Rhenlund (since this info was probably taken from the census, it's quite possible that it was just a misspelling or the name was changed somewhat over the years). I was able to come up with Olga in 1900 & 1910 with the spellings Reuland & Renlund In Ironwood. The reason Carl's wife is listed as Helen in 1938 is because Olga (Ruth's mother) passed away in 1931. Olga's mother's name was Mary (father was Erick), and I believe Mary's maiden name was Johnson. I believe it is Mary pictured in the photo. According to census information, Carl'sparents were Swedish, & Olga's parents were Finnish, but spoke Swedish.

The big mystery here is Tommy. I can't find him anywhere. There is no Tommy/Tom/Thomas Lundin that I could find that fits this age group in Michigan. If at some point we find Ruth, we may get that answer. My guess is that he may have passed shortly after this picture was taken. Since Ruth was 20 months in the 1920 census, I would guess this photo was taken somewhere in late 1919.

Update:  Abra sent me Ruth's Address and also  her son Donald's Address.. I mailed them each a letter with a wallet photo..IF I hear back from them I will mail them the original.  I also requested that they share a story or two.  I sent them this blogs web address..IF they stop by I hope they leave a comment.  

March 27, 2010..I received a letter in the mail from Ruth ..the little girl in the photo. 
Dear Connie, Thank you for the photo. ( I sent a wallet size photo with the letter) This is Grandmother Anna Lundin with Cousin Ken Tjernland and Ruth Lundin.  I was probably One year old and Ken four years old.  Ken had a brother George, who was three years younger than I.  
In this Antique shop did you happen to see two large portraits of Anna and one of her husband Gustav in a large frame?  No one seems to know what happened to them. All Tjernland and Lundin family are deceased including Tom who was a half brother. 
I would appreciate it if you would send me the picture and my son and daughter would like to see them also.  Sincerely, Ruth

I will mail the photo to Ruth today!   This is a case of someone labeling a photo incorrectly..but with enough info for someone to contact the right people.  A big THANK YOU! to Abra for all her research, she is a vital link in getting these photos back where they belong!  I do frequent the Antique shop often where I got this photo and will look around and ask if there are any old large photos. 

Thanks for stopping by , it was another good day on the Forgotten Old Photo come again:) 


  1. I just swell with emotion when I read these letters. Every time you have a successful reunification, I feel positively giddy and it affirms any time spent searching was productive. After reading Ruth's letter, I must wonder even more how the photos ended up where they did. That is probably a mystery we won't solve! I am curious, if you haven't sent the original yet, if you could find out if Ruth knows who Einar is. I thought there could be some connection (friend or family) when I was searching.

  2. It is a very good thing that you can find family for these. I remember looking down at an old composite of seniors, from the school that I taught at a mall sale. It was being sold out like fiddle faddle while I am sure family of one of the kids in the composite would have loved to have it.

  3. Wonderful, heart-warming to reunite the photos.

  4. That is so cool! It must give you great satisfaction to return a photo to a family.

  5. That is just so awesome! You really do a great service for people!

  6. Abra, I will mail a wallet sized photo of Einar to Ruth, and ask her. Yes I was off to the mail early in the day..It was Monday..I am fairly organized on so much the rest of the week.
    Thank you everyone for your comments and for following along on this adventure. The successes are few and far between..but they are worth it!! I still have oodles of photos..:)

  7. The search is so greatly rewarded when you find the correct ownership of a picture. How good that must feel. Good Job!


Hi, Thanks for the comments, your input on these old photos is appreciated! English only please! All comments will be moderated! Connie