This Full Circle began when I left a message at Find A Grave for Mary Jo.
She replied to my inquiry:
Oh my, that is amazing! I have never seen that photo. That's Myrtle for sure. She always cocked her head that way. I've never seen a young photo of her or one that young of Johnnie. I would love to have it!!
The picture must have been to Maud Cudworth. This is Johnnie's writing on the back. I recognize that. Lindesmith/Lindersmith was used interchangeably.
Johnnie and Myrtle Lindersmith/Lindesmith Photo Number 1884
I mailed off the photo on April 23 2015.
Thanks so much for the wonderful picture of my great-grandparents, Johnnie & Myrtle Lindesmith! I received it 3 days ago. I couldn’t wait to share with it my sisters and cousins. What a precious find! I am so glad you do this!
It’s interesting that it was found in an antique shop in California. Johnnie & Myrtle were both from southern Missouri. He died there in 1924 and she moved to Colorado, then to California. No one in my family has ever seen this picture. It is the youngest picture we have of either of them.
This picture was taken in 1903 when they had just been married 4 years and my grandmother was a baby. They actually were in Texas visiting relatives when this picture was taken, but they soon made their way back to Missouri.
Johnnie was a good man and much loved by his family, but he died fairly young at the age of 46. Myrtle never remarried. She got a job at a Dude Ranch in Colorado as a cook and later moved to California. She died in 1957 and they are both buried in Douglas County, MO near their old home.
I am mailing a separate letter with a check for shipping, etc.
Thanks for stopping by.