Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Full Circle Number Six

Alice Lomoe's photograph goes full circle today.  It is in the hands of her niece Julie.  I got an email from Julie yesterday...she wrote:
Hi Connie,
I'm writing to let you know I just picked up my aunt Alice Lomoe's photo at the PO Box today, and it's beautiful.

I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness. If you send me the link to your blog again, I'd appreciate it and would be glad to comment there. I may do a post about this for my own blog too, in which case I'll let you know. I'd love to quote you on why you do this and what you get out of it - either I can take something from your blog or you can send me something by e-mail. You've done more than enough already, though. My heartfelt thanks!

Julie Lomoe
Here is the link to her blog.. Julie Lomoe's Musings Mysterioso
Here is the history of this photo:
This is Alice.  This photo was more than likely taken in Superior, Wisconsin in the Superior World Theater..that became defunct and was occupied by  Millard Berg in 1958.
Shall we all guess at her last name.  Alice Lomoe?  Alice Lomne? Alice Lomone?
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Updates from Abra and Norkio: 
In 1910, Alice was just 1 month old at census time (born March 10, 1910). She has two older 1/2 brothers at the time; she is the first child from her father Oscar's second marriage (to Gunda). I didn't go back to see who his 1st wife is. She was married 8/10/1955 in Pine County Mn to Donald Mitchell. It is unknown if she had children. She died July 25, 2002, in Superior Wisconsin. There is also a scholarship in her name: Alice Lomoe Mitchell Scholarship.

Update : I found out that she was a long time teacher at Superior High School, Superior, Wisconsin. 

Update from Abra:I wonder if this is Alice's teacher photo for a yearbook? I found a few more tidbits. Oscar Lamoe's first wife committed suicide in Itasca WI in April, 1905. I believe he married Gunda (Alice's mother) around 2 years later, as they were married 3 years in the 1910 census. Gunda's obituary is archived as January of 1964, age 82. I found Oscar as the master of the Itasca Free Mason's Lodge in 1925. On August 6 1910, at about 9 PM, Alice's 1/2 brother Orrin, age 10, was electrocuted while playing near electrical wires, which resulted in a negligence lawsuit against the Superior Water, Light, & Power Company. Alice had another older 1/2 brother Wallace, and a younger brother Orville. I found an obituary from 1970 for Mrs. Wallace Lomoe which gives a good deal of information on them & lists her survivors (Wallace & his wife were both in the newspaper industry ). I did more searching and found Wallace's daughter's blog; she is a writer out of New York. Perhaps she could tell you if Alice had children, or if someone in the family would be interested in this photo. I found an article on orville (Bud) Lomoe, who was a managing editor at the Duluth News Tribune. I also found an obituary for Orville's son, Richard who died in 1997. The SS Death Index also lists Wallace as dying in 1975, Orville in 1991, & his wife in 2009. I'll send links in your email. Amazing what one can find starting with a forgotten photo. :-)

Thanks Abra..great work now we will just wait and see! :) 

Update, Monday April 26, 2010 from an anonymous reader..
What an interesing site. Alice Lamoe was our neighbor in Itasca_Superior, Wisconsin. She did not have any children. She continued to live in her mother's house until her death. She was a teacher, counselor, and dean of girls in the Superior School system and music director in the First Presbyterian Church. Her Mother, Gunda was our grandmother's, Olga S., best friend..

Update: April 27, 2010  From Alice's niece Julie!! 
Hi, this is Alice's niece, Julie Lomoe. I'm a retired art therapist and a mystery writer living in upstate New York. Sue T left a comment on my blog post about my father, Wallace Lomoe, with a link to this wonderful site. I would dearly love to have this photo, and I'm thrilled to read all the comments about Alice and Gunda.

You are correct that Alice didn't have any children, but I spent many wonderful summer vacations with her at her cottage at Cranberry Lake south of Itasca and Superior. I have a box of memorabilia she had saved about our family that was passed on to me by my brother after Alice's death. She taught English and was a choir director well into old age. She was a warm, loving person with a good sense of humor, and a lover of cats.

I'll inevitably have to blog about this amazing find and the memories it stirs up. When I do, I'll let you know on this site. In the meantime, please visit my blog!

Julie Lomoe's Musings Mysterioso

I will mail out the photo to Julie whenever she contacts me with her address!  I am just a pleased as punch to have another old photo going home :) 

Another Update : August 19. 2010
 Another message was left from a Great Niece: 
Hello. Alice was my great aunt and wallace was my grandfather. I,too remember the house on the lake in Superior with Uncle Bud and a cat who was over 20 years old. Sha was incredibly kind and Bud seemed humorous. I was quite young but I know this woman was quite loved and admired. Lauren Lomoe-Thompson

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Photo Number 237

Another child on a chair.  I would love to know the date on that calendar in the background.  The exposure time is very noticeable in this photo, enough so it is hard to figure out what is in this child hands..a hat?  This child also has a larger belt.   I will guess that this youngin' is a boy, following the premise that boys hair was parted on the side. This is a real photo postcard, a Cyko card from around 1910.
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Monday, June 28, 2010

Photo Number 236

I am still working on the photos from Daves shop near Laporte.  This is a real photo postcard.  It is a Solio postcard from 1903 to 1920.   On the back of this card it has this writing.  "Does she look like a farm girl, her name is Emma Bohuslavicky."  I wonder if whoever wrote on the card..ended up with just the horse..or the girl too?
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Update from Norkio:  
Emma and John Bohuslavicky emigrated from Bohemia in 1893 and moved to Texas. John was a farmer. In the 1900 census, they had Robert (7), Emma (5)(This would be the gal in the photo!!)  and Anna (1). Also living with them were Rosa Roushal (50) a sister to John, and Annie Skolek (16) his niece. 

The entire street appears to have many Bohemian families, according to the census. This was in Justice Precinct 3, Lavaca, Texas. Modern day Lavaca is a suburb of San Antonio and is not to be confused with Port Lavaca. The history of Lavaca County ( notes that a large proportion of immigrants in the 1890s were Czech speaking Bohemian, and the primary employment was farming, cotton production, and possibly ranching. 

By 1910, the family has moved to Dent, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, and has added Rosa as the youngest daughter. They are still farming.

Now, going further. Robert was born around 1893. I found a WW1 registration card for him, showing he lived in Oklahoma. He listed his birth place as Prague, which ties into the Czech heritage noted in the Lavaca county history. We find Robert next on the 1920 census, married to Rachael and living in Oklahoma. Note that Robert is 27 and Rachael is 18, much more common back in the day! Rachael was born in Texas, so perhaps she is from the larger Bohemian community there. They are farmers in Econtuchka, Seminole, Oklahoma.

I found Robert and Rachael in a family tree with six children all listed as living. Robert passed in 1962 and Rachael in 1979. There are numerous living relatives who would be Robert & Rachael's nieces and nephews, and possibly one of them could put us in touch with his children. I've sent a message to the tree owner and will keep you posted!

This photo went Full Circle 89 on August 26, 2014

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Photo Number 235

Two very dapper looking young men!  This is a real photo postcard, a KRUXO that has clubs in the corners where the stamp goes.  William Hartvig of Hallock, Minnesota took this photo in 1909 or 1910.  I am not sure if these guys are the same ones in Photo Number 232 or not..could be.
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 Photo Number 232

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Photo Number 234

This is a real photo postcard.    It is an Azo postcard from the years 1904 to 1918.  Following the rule of the hair..girls hair is parted down the middle and boys hair is parted on the side..this would be a boy.  So the name that is written on the back makes sense..Ervin Elliason.

I was a bit puzzled about the seemingly huge belt.  My Dad said "Children often wore big belts it was easier to tie them in place that way."  Have you ever heard anything about the use of belts or seen photos of them before?
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Update from Iggy:
I strongly suspect this is Erven L Elliason (11 Jan 1911 - 24 Aug 1971)

Buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Donaldson, Kittson County, Minnesota - he attended the University of Minnesota in 1930-1931.

Find A Grave Memorial# 54988923

This is what Find A Grave says about his father:

Eldor Elliason's true name was Hagamand Melby Edvardson to start with, with the surname changed to Elliason as was his father's. He was called 'Eldor' because he was the eldest son. Eldor married Gustave 'Gusty' before 1909. His mother, Johanna Nickoline Kristine married Edvard Elliason on 03 July 1876 in Bindal. They had 4 sons in Norway, Eldor (Hagamand), Anton, Marshall(Marcellius), and Johannes; and a daughter Emelia after emigrating to the USA in late 1891 or early 1892 to Kittson County, MN.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Photo Number 233

On the back of this photo someone wrote "Here is my boyfriend and his machine."  My Dad says that this is a Model T Roadster a 1926 or a 1927.  It is a very ornate photograph with the fancy border.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Photo Number 232

Poker players, well maybe just card players.  This is a real photo postcard, made by Kruxo and the photographer was Wm. Hartvig of Hallock, Minnesota.  From this information I can safely say that this photo was taken sometime between 1907 and 1910.
Do you notice anything strange about the photo?

I enlarged it and went in to repair the fold on the right side. Then I stopped..there is a different wire chair leg transposed over the wooden must have been some sort of double exposure.  I decided to leave it.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Photo Number 231

This is a great photo, my Dad says the car is a 1929 Chevy.  So this photo could have been taken in 1929 or the early 1930's.  Two of the men are wearing flowers on their lapels.  There is writing on the back.
The names that appear are Verna,  Bill Kasel, Charlet Faber and Frank Jelineh??  Perhaps someone searching for a relative will happen upon this photo..I do hope that someone can translate it. I think it is Czech.  It is written in a foreign language and in English.
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Update from Iggy on November 25, 2010 
 I think Frank Jelinek (b. 02-Nov-1888 d. Jun-1975 in Saint Paul, Ramsey, MN) the most likely one. I think Bill Kasel was William Kasel of McLeod, Minnesota born around 1894.

The relationship between these people is too garbled to me to make out "who is whom". I found a Frank C. Faber of Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, born in 1900. which would make him about the same age as the other gentlemen.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Photo Number 230

Well so much for the wedding photos, this next group I am going to call the Laporte Photos because that is where I got them at a small Antique shop near Laporte, Minnesota..actually Dave's shop is at Kabekona Corners.  We stop there often.

I have no idea what the thing on the one mans head is..a minnow bucket or perhaps he was a tad bald and borrowed his wifes hat.  I love a rowboat, I learned to row as a child, first doing circles..and finally being able to move forward.  Rowing a boat on a lake on a Sunday afternoon was a simple adventure!
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Photo Number 229

I have exhausted my supply of wedding photos, but I do have this one to share..a photo of "THE" place to go on a honeymoon.  Niagara Falls, at least I think it is Niagara Falls.( Thanks to Abra we now know it is Shoshone Falls Near Twin Falls, Idaho! )  I have never been there. Perhaps some of my readers have been?  This photo was probably taken in the late 1940's or early 1950's.  Somehow, I think this is a family photo and not a newlywed photo.  Note the casual bobby socks and the jean roll on the gal to the left!
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Photo Number 228

These may be engagement photos. But I am going to include them in wedding week anyway.  These are huge photographs,  they are about 12 inches by 18 inches.  Harris and Ewing were the first News Service and Portrait Studio in Washington, DC.  Martha Ewing was involved from 1905 to 1915, and George Harris from 1905 to 1955.  They were the largest Photo Studio in Washington.  The Harris Medal which is the highest award in the Professional Photographers Society was named after George Harris.

This young lady must have been celebrating something with all the orchids.( Corrected to Gardenias..Thanks Patsy! ) She seems to be showing off her ring.   This is probably a photo from the 1930's or maybe the 1940's.
I guess he is not important enough for a boutineer...but he is smiling.  Somehow these large photographs made it from Washington DC to an Antique Shop in Park Rapids Minnesota, where they were thrown in a box from which I rescued them.  Perhaps she was a Minnesota gal, that struck it rich in Washington DC..and wanted to show off her flowers and her extra large photographs.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Photo Number 227

This is a cabinet card, I purchased it in an Antique shop in Dorset, Minnesota.  Old wedding photographs are hard to come by at an affordable price, I splurged on this one it was two dollars.  Usually I try to spend no more than a dollar or less per photo. (I am a cheap skate)
Back to the photo, it almost seems as if this was a quick wedding, find some flowers and borrow a veil..and tie the knot.  I believe they both have one glove on and are holding the other. Was this a status symbol? Or just to show off the wedding rings?
I hope Norkio can fill in the blanks on this dress with the plaid inset in the bodice, I believe at one time she said that plaid materials were very expensive.
The bride has flowers in her veil and flowers stuck on the front of her dress..interesting!
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Thank you Norkio for the dress update!! 
Fairly often, women wore their "best dress" for their wedding and also as their going away dress, if they were going on a wedding trip. It doesn't surprise me to see a dark dress used for a wedding. The white wedding dress was popularized by Queen Victoria, but keep in mind it also was quite an expense and a status symbol to be able to make a dress you would only wear one time. Women also often made over their wedding dress into something else, a party dress or evening dress. This portrait is from the time that women of middle class and above still dressed for each part of the day and up to four gowns a day were worn. Now THAT would be a pain in the patoot!
So, I studied this dress, and it appears that there is a plaid lapel on the dress, and there's also a bit of plaid showing at the side of her skirt on the inside of the couple. It's hiding back there. This suggests to me that the era is Late Bustle - 1883-1889. The drape on the front of her dress comes to a point above the pleated trim of the skirt. This long pointed drape is more common in the Late Bustle period from what my research tells me. Next, she has plaid at the cuff of her sleeves and a small plaid collar at the neck. Being such a small amount of plaid used may be because it was too expensive for a full dress (it takes extra fabric to match plaids), it was a remnant, etc.
The plaid at the side of her skirt could be a drape on the back of the skirt, overtop the bustle. Draping many layers was quite popular. It may also have been trim on the drape, again, if she didn't have much of the plaid, this would be one way to tie all the pieces of the dress together. Believe it or not, these dresses were often multi-piece things. A bodice and skirt, overskirt, apron/drape was a very common combination.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Photo Number 226

This photo was taken by Lawerence A. Moran in Duluth, Minnesota on November 08, 1954.  The date is written on the photo folder but there are no names.  A beautiful smiling couple...finally someone that looks happy!
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Photo Number 225

This is a wedding photo that was probably taken in the late 1940's.  It was taken by Otto Hokkanen of Cyko Art Studio in Ely, Minnesota.  Last year I had another Cyko Art Studio Photo, Photo Number 24.  The Minnesota Historical Society listed this studio as being open in the 1920's, that just did not fit the photo or the clothing.  I recently heard from Otto's Grandson Brian, he confirmed that his Grandfather was in business through the 1940's and retired in 1950.  It is always nice to hear from people concerning these photos!

I enjoy all old wedding photos and this one is no exception...I was never a flowergirl..but this dress would have been just perfect.  I wonder what color the Bridesmaids dresses doubt pink..

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Update April 12, 2012 From Adam
My mother is the young woman standing next to the bride. I recall seeing this photo when I moved my parents out of their house in 2006. I believe my mother said she was 15 or 16 when this picture was taken. That would make the year 1951 or 52.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Photo Number 224

This is a old postcard it has lines on the back but no markings.  I bought this at an Antique Shop in Dorset, Minnesota.  I knew right away it was foreign.  I have no idea what all the letters mean..but here they are.
LL. AA. RR, La Grande-Duchesse Charlotte et le Prince Felix de Luxembourg
 Edouard Kutter  Phot. De Le Cour

Translation: Grand Duchess Charlotte married Prince Felix.  She took the throne in January of 1919, after her sister abdicated, on November 06, 1919 she married Felix of Bourbon, Prince of Parma.    This was apparently their wedding photograph. She was born in 1896 so she would have been 23 in this photo. They went on to have six children. She ruled from 1919 to 1964.

Anyway about the photo, she has a lovely bouquet, but I am not sure of the type of flowers, if you click on the photo to enlarge it you will notice that her dress is made from a brocade type material. She has gloves on and is holding something in her left hand, perhaps a handkerchief all folded up..the groom is holding his gloves behind his back.

I did find out the Edouard Kutter was the Grand Ducal Court Photographer.
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Update** Thank you to Intense Guy for an explanation of the letters! :
I know LL.AA.SS. stands for Leurs Altesses Serenissme which means Their Serene Highnesses in French. I think RR is "regal" or "royal" as it would likely be "their Royal Highnesses".

His Royal Highness (HRH abbreviated in the plural LL. AA. RR.) Is an honorific placed before the names of some members of some royal families who are neither king nor queen. The "RR" is "royale(s)"

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Photo Number 223

This young couple was apparently from the Hibbing, Minnesota area.  I did some research on the photographer, Paul N. Aubin, he is listed as a photographer from 1922 to 1926 in Hibbing.  I think he was probably there longer than that, the double breasted suit  was popular from the 1930's to the 1950's.  From the folder that this photo is in I will guess that it was taken sometime in the 1940's.  The bride appears to have  tiny orchids in her corsage.
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Photo Number 222

Well it is June, and June is a time for lets look at some old wedding photos!!

"Let all your troubles be little ones" that is what it says on the back of the car.  This was probably in the late 1920's or early 1930's.
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Photo Number 221

"Myself at Spring Lake"  that is what is penned on the back of this photo.  She doesn't look like she will be doing any swimming. This may be a 1940's photo.
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Photo Number 220

I believe this to be a scene at a popular beach someplace, the ground looks sandy and a pair of shoes has been left behind.  This is probably from the 1940's sometime, my Dad says that the car in the background is a 1942 Chevy, he also said that there is a Ford Pickup Truck parked behind the car..but he cannot tell what year that one is.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Photo Number 219

There is an undercurrent in this photo, three of the ladies have aprons on, so they must be the cooks.  The "city" gal on the end has a real attitude.  This photo really makes me wonder who is who, and who is related to who.  Grandpa seems off in his own world.  I think this is a photo from the 1940's, but I am not positive of that date.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Photo Number 218

I am enjoying these summertime everyday photographs, how about you?  Today's photo is of two gentlemen at some kind of outdoor food stand or perhaps a town picnic.  One seems to be eating a doughnut and the other has a bun of some sort and perhaps a cup of coffee. One had his sleeves rolled up..and one does not.  This looks to me like a photo from the 1930's.  As usual if you have anything to add, please leave me a comment!
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Photo Number 217

What cute puppy, a Cocker Spaniel!  I am not sure that this lady likes dogs, her body language seems to suggest she doesn't but her smile gives her away..perhaps she didn't want the puppy anywhere near her stockings.  Her shoes are open toed, and I cannot figure out if the "spots" on the shoes are tiny holes, or some kind of design?  I think this photo may be from the late 1940's.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Photo Number 216

The same setting and the same children from Sunday's photo, in this one it looks like a few of the children are eating grass or at the very least picking at the clover.
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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Photo Number 215

Kids with droopy drawers and bowl haircuts and a man in a straw hat..with a Model T ( 1908 to 1927) or a Model A ( 1927 to 1931)  in the background.  A summertime gathering, possibly in the late 1920's or early 1930's.
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Photo Number 214

I have many questions about this photo...the man on the right..what is hanging from his pants? The little girls have huge hair bows..weren't these popular in the 1920's?  I am wondering about the pipe behind them, were they standing near a field?  The two gals in the center could be sisters, children usually stand in front of their parents in a photo, and I believe that is exactly what these little girls are doing.
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Friday, June 4, 2010

Photo Number 213

This may be one reason that I do not carry a purse or wear a hairnet. This is probably from the late 1950's or early 1960's.  I have a feeling that this lady was all dressed up to go visiting.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Photo Number 212

Do you suppose these three were a set of triplets?  Or just cousins about the same age?   I think they had red hair!  Cute as a bugs ear!  I am really enjoying these candid snapshots, I am thinking the date on this photo should be sometime in the 1930's ..what do you think?
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Photo Number 211

It is that time of year for Graduation!  I believe this is a photo from the 1950's or early 1960's.  The only reason I say that is because one of the gals on the left has one of those collapsible Polaroid Land Cameras.  I wore the same kind of blue/gray gown with the hat with the point in the front when I graduated from High School in 1969.  The heavy old gowns were kept in the old Civil Defense Shelter in the basement of the High School..they smelled of mothballs. We had to be fitted for our gowns and then take them home to press them.

Seventeen kids..I wonder if this is the entire class or just a small group of friends.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Photo Number 210

This one is the Hollyhock Girl, she also has a skinned knee or a birth mark.   Her dress seems awfully short, perhaps she grew taller over the summer.  Up here the Hollyhocks bloom at the end of the summer.  I will guess that this photo was taken in the 1940's.
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