Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Photo Number 504

Last Sunday, I went back to the Antique Mall in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota where I got the Lockwood Photos from.  I thought that there might be one or two more.  I was right..we will look at them and then I will mail them off to Greg.

This is another photo of Greg’s Great Grandmother Esther Lockwood, it is a Cabinet Card. Esther Lockwood second photo DL Antiques

Esther Lockwood Second photo back

Esther Lockwood Cab card  DL Esther Lockwood second photo DL Antiques

Here I put them side by side so you can look at them together. Which photo is of the older Esther?

This latest photo has very interesting “trims” ..I have not seen anything like them before. The photographer is Dunn from Vincennes, Ind.

We know that Esther was born in 1873.  Here is the Link to the Walnut Hill Cemetery where she is buried, if you scroll down to photo number 4847 you will find Esther and her husband Stephens grave markers in Gibson County, Indiana.

I am not sure WHY? I was supposed to find these added photos. I guess more of this story waits to be told.

The fellow in the Antique Shop thinks that the Lockwood's were relatives of some of the big Bonanza Farm Owners in North Dakota.  The Bonanza Farms were popular in the 1870’s onward, they raised wheat and shipped it out on the railroad.  The farms were usually owned by companies and or groups of individuals that had General Managers and hired young strong Midwestern boys as workers.

On a personal note:  The farms were beautiful. The houses were large and the outbuildings plentiful..grainerys and machinery sheds..lots of old buildings to explore.  In 1995 when we were looking for a “place” in the country, I fell in love with a Bonanza Farm near Ayr, North Dakota.  The house had been updated, it was huge, six bedrooms and four baths, with a game room over the garage, a formal parlor, a kitchen with a butlers pantry and a breakfast nook, a formal dining room, living room and a lovely four season porch with many French doors. The grounds were beautiful with gardens and fruit trees, a creek ran through the property..it was perfect.  It seemed that the Bonanza Farmers also thought it was a perfect central location.  Perfect for a Funeral Home..evident by the crypt space in the basement…apparently this is where they brought the bodies of the young workers that died while working on the Bonanza Farms.  My husband did not see what I saw in that place, he thought it was much too large for two people ...I thought it would be perfect for Murder Mystery Weekends. We bought a place on a small lake in North Dakota instead.


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  1. Wonderful photographs, but it is the back-story that is so fascinating.

  2. It would indeed be interesting to unravel how the photos got to Minnesota. You think perhaps via, North Dakota?

    A bonanza farm is a generic term for a VERY large (1,000 acres plus) farm - and there are/were a number of them in ND as they were common in the late 1800s. An average sized farm at the time in North Dakota was 200-300 acres.

    http://www.wahpetonbreckenridgechamber.com/visitor_bagg.htm has information on a preserved farm.

    http://www.fargo-history.com/early/bonanza.htm has some very interesting photos of the many teams of horses used to plow the fields of these huge farms. The link to "Grandin Farm" shows the endless row of farming teams heading to the distant horizon - on flat as a table top fields.

  3. Esther improved with age. I believe she is older in the most recent added photo as her style is understated, yet richer looking. She has the beautiful look all women have at around thirty, when they are at their peak of beauty, don't you agree?

  4. going by clothing alone, I am confident that the photo on the left is the older version. It is an 1890s fashion with the big puffed sleeves. These were not popular in any previous era of women's clothing. The photo on the right shows the smooth lines of the late bustle period - everything busy was happening on the skirt and the bodice was relatively plain, as is seen here. That trim is odd, I agree. Never seen that before.

  5. I agree with ME, she looks older in the second photo. These are such wonderful photos.


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