Friday, November 30, 2012

Photo Number 1062

This is a snapshot from the antique shop in Brainerd Minnesota.
1912 Buick Brainerd Antiques
1912 Buick Brainerd Antique back
1912 Buick  R.P. Bissell Dubuque Iowa
The fenders have been rounded off at the running boards and running boards removed.  Like the sport cars of the 20s.  That spoiled it.
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Update from Iggy:
Richard P. Bissell is a rather well-know author. Son of Fred and Edith Bissell.

"Richard P. Bissell (28 Jun 1913 - 1977) learned about the pleasures and dangers of towboating on the Mississippi during eight years as deckhand, mate, and pilot. A Harvard graduate, he left the river in 1945 to manage his family's business in Dubuque, Iowa, and to become an author of national acclaim."

Update fro Sam Bissell : 

Actually his birthday is June 27, 1913.
Today is his 100th birthday....and I'm glad I found this so I can share it with my family!

He was an was an author of short stories and novels. His early writings were stories and books based on his life working on the Mississippi, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers, as a deckhand, mate, and Captain. His book, "7½ Cents", was based on his time spent working in the family business, H.B. Glover Co., in Dubuque, IA, which was turned into the Broadway musical "The Pajama Game", which won the 1955 Tony Award for Best Musical. He wrote a book about the experience called "Say, Darling", which chronicled a broadway musical production and featured characters based on those he worked with; this book was also turned into a musical with the same name, in 1958. 
In the 1960s, after other fictional books, he was hired by Holiday Magazine as a featured writer, which lead him to contributing to other travel magazines, as well. He wrote monthly columns for Venture Magazine as well as Travel and Leisure, which were based on his travels and were always humorous in nature.
He passed away well before his time at the young age of 63. He was survived by his wife, 3 sons, and a daughter. 

Thanks for sharing this photo of one of my Dad's old automobiles!
All my best-
Sam Bissell

This photo went Full Circle 76 on November 12, 2013.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Photo Number 1061

Okay..I am out of train photos.  In that spirit of travel we will look at some cars.

Group and a car  Model T DL Antiques

This is a snapshot from the antique shop in Detroit Lakes Minnesota.

The car is a Model T Ford or a  Tin Lizzie.   Model T’s were made from 1908 to 1927.  Mr. Ford wanted the normal working man to be able to afford a car.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Photo Number 1060

This is the last train photo I have for now..and there is no train.

Standing the the Railroad ties PR Antiques

A couple waiting by the tracks perched up on a bunch of rail road ties.  A lady in her hat and muff and a gentleman in a suit.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Photo Number 1059

Another train snapshot!  This one from an antique shop in Motley Minnesota.

Train snapshot Motley Antiques

The Peoria Gateway  Minneapolis and St. Louis

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Photo Number 1058

My husband has a model train collection.  O scale, technically O27.   I have found a few old black and whites of trains..old photos of trains are few and far between.

This is a snapshot from the antique shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.

Group by Train Winnipeg Antiques

A Great Northern passenger car.   I wonder if they got off the train for lunch?  Is that their lunch off to the right stacked neatly?  Where were they going?  Where had they been?

I love to travel by train..I have been to the West Coast several times..there is nothing quite like traveling on the train.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Photo Number 1057

This is a Real Photo Postcard from the antique shop in Erhard Minnesota.  The postcard dates from 1904 to 1918.
Postcard At Mrs Ellen Ankers ML Antiques Erhard (2)
A group.  The travelers in the car must be on the right. City cousins come to see the relatives in the country!
Postcard At Mrs Ellen Ankers ML Antiques Erhard back
at Mrs. Ellen Ankers/Anhers
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Update from The Norwegian Guy: Anonymous Hero
It is stated this item was purchased in Erhard, which is a small town in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. Also in Otter Tail County there is Clitherall Township, wherein there is a cemetery known as Leaf Mountain Cemetery. In that cemetery is buried Mrs. Ellen [nee Thompson] Anker. Ellen Anker [3/15/1851 - 3/1/1940] was the second wife of Iver Anker [1831 - 1907] who is also buried in Leaf Mountain Cemetery. The photo appears to have been taken in the early or middle part of the second decade of the twentieth-century. Since that was after Mr. Anker's death in 1907, it makes sense that the item was labeled as being taken at Mrs. Ellen Anker's place.

From Iggy:
Ellen was born in March, 1851 in Norway and immigrated in 1893. She died on 01 March 1940 in Nidaros, Otter Tail, MN. By 1895, she was the second wife of husband Iver Olson/Oleson (ugh!) (b. March, 1831 d. Nov. 5, 1907) and with son Thomas Marinus Anker (b. Jan. 11, 1895 d. Feb. 19, 1976). By 1930, she left widowed and is living as a boarder with another immigrant from Norway named Gina Hatleskog, who was born in 1857 and immigrated in 1892.

If this photo was taken at Ellen Ankers place, it was likely taken between 1907 and 1918. I suspect the other ladies are likely fellow immigrants, church ladies, and/or family (but it is unlikely to be Ellen's)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Photo Number 1056

This is a group photo from the antique shop in Detroit Lakes Minnesota.

Seven girls DL Antiques

This snapshot must be from the 1920’s.  The ties used as an accessory and the length of the skirts says 1920’s. . possibly 1925.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Photo Number 1055

We might as well keep looking at groups of people gathered for a few days.

This is a Real Photo Postcard.  A Noko Postcard  from the years 1907 to 1920.Postcard Noko 1907 to 1920  Fam,ily Group Memory Lane Erhard Antiques

A group of seven children and their parents.  However the five surrounding the parents look like brother and sisters.  The two gentleman flanking the photo..just might be those sisters husbands.  What do you think?

This photo is from Memory Lane Antiques in Erhard Minnesota.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Photo Number 1054

First of all Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers!

I looked for a photo that would or could be Thanksgiving.  I settled for a group photo.

This snapshot was purchased at the Tin Ceiling in Park Rapids Minnesota.

Family gathering with a prankster Tin Ceiling

I looks like someone has dinner!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Full Circle 65

This photo was returned to family in Norway some time ago.  I was looking back through my notes.  Liv in Norway was happy to receive it!  Gunnar Aarstad went home!
Gunnar Aarstad Cd V DL Antiques
Gunnar Aarstad CdV DL Antiques back
Update From Liv:Ole Olsen and Karine Nilsdatter Olsen have a son born 1859. His name is Nils Olsen.  He married Anette, they had three children Ole Carl Olsen/Aarstad, Gunnar Riis Olsen/ Aarstad b.1896( the boy in the picture) and Aggi Nanna Olsen Aarstad b 1901. That means Karine Nilsdatter is the Grandmother of this boy and my grandfather was his cousin. I have met his sister Aggi in Oslo many years ago.

April 24 2012, I mailed the photo to Liv in Norway

Liv wrote:
Hello Connie ! Thanks a lot for mailing me the photo of Gunnar. He arrived safely, and he's so cute. I have tried to find him, but no success so far.

The minute I have some information on Gunnar, I will let you know.

Best regards, Liv.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Full Circle 64

During the winter of 2011 I featured an entire album of photographs. It was called the Nettie Parks Album.

Antique Photo Album

I purchased the album at an antique shop. 

It held many photographs. They were all mailed to Diane in Washington.

Hi Connie,

I did recognize a few more PARKS family members in the photos, but need to go over more thoroughly.

Thanks again. It is a treasure.



The photos can be found beginning at Photo Number 420 and ending with Photo Number 457.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Full Circle 63

These photos were featured on January 2 and 3 of  2011.
My Cousins Sealia and Lottie Reese
Josiah Reese Family 1886
Hi Connie,
I am a great granddaughter of Josiah S Reese. (1869) You posted a photo # 413 of Josiah S Reese with his wife and two daughters, and one of a Sealia and Lottie Reese # 412. My great grandfather Josiah Seal went by Seal quite often, Sealia was something I haven't seen until this photo!
I mailed the photos to Diana on November 01, 2012.
Diane wrote:
Thank you so much!  I love these photos. finding them is such a wonderful surprise.  We have so little history and writings for the Reese family.  A lot of missing links, but through people like you I’ve filled in some holes! Have a wonderful day and happy hunting!  I know you’ll bring smiles to many faces with this wonderful hobby of yours!  Many Thanks Diana
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Photo Number 1054

This is a Real Photo Postcard from the antique shop in Erhard Minnesota.
Ernest Amundson Memory Lane Antiques Erhard
He has a name!
Ernest Amundson Memory Lane Antiques Erhard back
Ernest I Amundson  Son of Emil Amundson  The photo was taken in Grenada Miss.
I think I may have found him.
His parents were:
Emil Sevrin Amundson (1886 - 1962)
Inga 'Marie' Ronningen Amundson (1890 - 1983)
His siblings:
Ole Edward Amundson (1913 - 1948)*Ernest I Amundson (1915 - 1980)*Arthur M Amundson (1917 - 1999)*Evan Augustin Amundson (1929 - 1990)*Joel Victor Amundson (1932 - 2005)*
And a sister: Charlotte (Ray) Miller
All of his brothers except Ole were in the service. Here is the Find A Grave link to Ernests grave in the Hamar  Cemetery  in rural Rothsay Minnesota..Otter Tail County.

Remember The Woods Farm with the round barn.. Photo Number 962.. this is the same Amundson Family.  I will send Marilyn an email.  She was part of Full Circle 58.

Update from Connie Amundson Peterson:

Ernest Amundson was my Uncle and was a highly decorated World War II Veteran. He served under General Patton during the war and was awarded a Bronze Medal. He was my Dad's older brother. My Dad was also in World War II and worked on the ALCAN Highway in Alaska/Canada. My nephew was given my Uncle Ernest's War Memorabilia so I will make sure that he gets a copy of this photo.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Photo Number 1053

This is a photo from the antique shop in Park Rapids Minnesota.

The Golden rule studio St Paul Mn Park Rapids Antiques

The photographer was Photoreflex Studio – 2nd Floor The Golden Rule in St. Paul Minnesota.  I struck out looking for this studio and the time frame for their business.

I have one more soldier photo for tomorrow.  Then we will do some Full Circles.  I was gone for about a week..I am back now..from Indiana where we visited my husbands sister.  We are usually real “homebodies”..but a few days away does everyone good!  I use Live Writer as a blog writing tool and for this blog I always write the blogs ahead of far it all seems to work for me!

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Photo Number 1052

This is snapshot.  I believe it was amongst the very first batch of photos that I purchased in Park Rapids Minnesota three years ago.

Navy Man Sea Island Georgia

On the back of this photo it says: Taken on Sea Island Georgia. He looks like a Navy Soldier to me.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Photo Number 1051

This is a snapshot from the first antique shop in Dorset Minnesota.

May 04 1944 Soldier Dorset1

I think this soldier may be home on leave.  He also is most likely standing outside his parents house.  I see one Blue Star in the window.  He looks like he is in the Army.

The Blue Star Mothers was formed in 1942.  It was a group of mothers who supported each other and their service member children.  They put a small flag in the window..a blue star for each of their children serving in the armed forces.  A Gold Star was displayed for a son or daughter killed during the war.

This photo was dated May 4 1944.  The war would rage for another sixteen months.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Photo Number 1050

This is another photo in a fancy folder from the antique shop in Brainerd Minnesota.

persian Room San Francisco Brainerd Antiques

This photo was taken on May 6, 1945.  A day later than the previous photo.  The Army Air Corps fellow is in both photos.  I am not sure what branch of service the young lady is in.  Perhaps one of my readers will know.

persian Room San Francisco Brainerd Antiques back

persian Room San Francisco Brainerd Antiques front

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Photo Number 1049

I found this old photo in a folder at an antique shop in Brainerd Minnesota. Persian Room 1945 Brainerd Antiques

The Persian Room was some fancy place for the Army Air Corps to meet the Navy.

Persian Room 1945 Brainerd Antiques  back

May 5 1945..the war wouldn’t be over until September.

persian Room San Francisco Brainerd Antiques front

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Photo Number 1048

This is a snapshot of a service family.

Service Man with wife and two children

Looks like they might have lived or were visiting 2209 Someplace Somewhere with their new baby and toddler.

As a former service wife..I can tell you that having your husband in the service is not easy.  It is hard for children too to have their Daddy away for holidays, birthdays and special days at school.  Sure the men and women in the service sacrifice a lot..but so do their families at home. ( Stepping off my soapbox now.)

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Photo Number 1047

This is a photo that was stuck in the very first box of photos that I purchased three years ago.

Military and a wall

I called it Military and a wall..but I now realize that the soldier is standing on top of a bunker.  It must have been taken overseas someplace.

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Remember to thank a soldier!

Armistice Day:

At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns were silenced and the “war to end all wars” was finally over after four years. The Armistice agreement was signed. The Allies claimed victory and Germany was defeated.  It was called Armistice Day for many years. After WWII it was changed to Veteran’s Day.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Photo Number 1046

This is a Real Photo Postcard from Buggy Wheel Antiques near Lake Park Minnesota.

July 1944 Postcard Soldier Buggy Wheel Antiques

Love David

July 1944 Postcard back Buggy Wheel

Island of Oahu Hawaii Group July 1944

WWII ended on September 2, 1945..I hope this soldier made it home safely.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Photo Number 1045

Today we have a foreign postcard.  I purchased this Real Photo Postcard in Winnipeg last Autumn.

Group with a soldier Winnipeg Antiques

A photo from the late 1910’s or early 1920’s.  Everyone has a hat except for the little boy in the back.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Photo Number 1044

I have two photos..of brothers…I think.  I purchased these at the antique shop in Park Rapids Minnesota.

Unknown Soldier One  PR Antique Shop


Unknown Soldier Two PR Antique Shop

On the lapel of their uniform are the initials CHS.  Neither photograph is marked.

CHS may signify Combat Health Support.

The CHS mission--to conserve the fighting strength-- dictates that patients be collected, triaged, treated, evacuated, and/or returned to duty as far forward as possible.

If anyone thinks differently..please leave a comment.

The photographer was Golling of St Paul Minnesota.  I found a Benjamin Golling who was in business for many years in St Paul Minnesota from 1900 to the 1950’s.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Photo Number 1043

This is a really cute snapshot that I purchased in Duluth Minnesota.

Serviceman  WW2 Army or Army Air Corps  Duluth

The young man seems really happy.  He was in the Army or the Army Air Corps.  This was taken sometime in the 1940’s.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Photo Number 1042

This is a photo from the antique shop in Park Rapids Minnesota.

PR Antiques another unknown soldier

He looks so young!   He appears to be wearing an Army Uniform.  The art deco frame was popular during the 1940’s.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Photo Number 1041

This is a photo from the antique shop in Brainerd.  One of the few servicemen that I have a name for.
Clarence Grieben Brainerd Antiques
Clarence Grieben/ Grisben  had his photo taken in California at Austin Studios sometime during the 1940’s.  He was in the Army.
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Update from Jacqi:
There is an army record for a Clarence Grieben born March 1, 1910, enlisted in the Army April 10, 1942, release date October 7, 1945. 

Update:  I found a Clarence E. Grieben who was born March 01, 1910 and died September 04, 1985.   Possibly he was born or raised in South Dakota. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Photo Number 1040

This is a Real Photo Postcard.  

Postcard WWI

A WWI era soldier 1914 to 1918. 

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I scanned this photo at a higher resolution




Looks like crossed swords on his collar.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Photo Number 1039

This is a snapshot of a WWI soldier.

Military and snow

It snowed someplace.  WWI  took place from 1914 to 1918.  Armistice Day was November 11, 1918.  Hopefully this photo was taken after the war.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Photo Number 1038

Today we begin to look at Soldiers who fought for our freedom.

WWOne Soldiers Dorset Antiques

This snapshot is from the antique shop in Dorset Minnesota.  These are WWI Soldiers or Home Guard Soldiers.  Home Guard Soldiers were groups of men who got together and protected their communities during WWI. I wrote more about the Home Guard here.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Photo Number 1037

I got a request from a reader.  To help figure out a mystery.

My great grandparents gave birth to 4 children between 1910 & 1915...They divorced in 1916

and in doing so they gave up all 4 of the kids..Now we found on the 1920 census that the 2 boys

were found in a childrens home..then 10 years later they are found in a home for the feeble minded.

10 years after that they were back in there home towns with family members...they both married and

had a good rest of there lives..That is until death took them both to early...And when they did they

took the memories of the girls with them...and no other family member will tell us anything ....My

mom lost both of her parents and a sister when she was only 8 years old...So she grew up not knowing

her fathers side of the family which is one of the 4 kids...

Lisa wrote to me asking for help.  I said I would least the information would be out there.  She sent a little info.


Thank You so very much..Will mean a lot to me and my guarantees understood. But hopefully someone will know for sure who these people are.

1 & 2. My mom was told by a non family member that this photo was her Aunts Minnie & Esther Huffman.....all it says on the back is to uncle Willie date given.




3.. we do not know who this baby is. But might be one of the girls or there brother William & Paul Huffman..Nothing written on the back.


4. This might be my moms father William Huffman....But he was never in the military so can't say it is him.


Things we know

1910 William E.Huffman & Laura Sampsel Married

1910 Paul Born

1911 William F Born

1913 Minnie Born

1915 Esther Born

1916 William & Laura Divorce

1920 William F. & Paul in crawford County Childrens home in Ohio

1930 William F.& Paul in Home for Feeble Minded in Columbus Ohio

1940 William F. & Paul Back with Laura under last name Foltz

1944 William F. Gets Married

1945 Paul Married

1956 William F. Dies with wife & 1 daughter

1967 Paul Divorced and dies

No idea where girls went after the divorce of there parents William E Huffman & Laura Sampsel Huffman

All info came from census records from Ohio & Ancestry



My thoughts:

Photo 1 and 2 ..The girls are too young to have been in this photo.  I would date the photo 1910 to 1915. The boys in the photo are unlikely to be one year apart in age.  So I don’t think it is the boys either.  I would look for other family members that would fit this photo..could possibly be friends and not relatives.

Photo Number 3…it could be any of the four children.

Photo Number 4.  Men that were in the CCC often dressed in this type of uniform. Unmarried unemployed  men during the years 1933 to 1942 often worked in the CCC camps.  I wish I could date the car in the background.

If anyone comes up with anything please leave a comment. 

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Since it is November we will start a series of Soldiers photos tomorrow.  Armistice Day is coming up.