Friday, April 22, 2016

Photo Number 2217

This is a photo from a antique shop in Fergus Falls Minnesota.
Shirley FF Freeway ant
Isn’t this just the cutest little girl?  I would have purchased the postcard even with out a name on the back.
Shirley FF Freeway ant back
Shirley Ernestine Casteel  Age 3 years
To Uncle Ira and Aunt Mary
This is an Artura Real Photo Postcard that was used from 1910 to 1924.
Thanks for stopping by.
Update from Iggy:
Shirley was born Dec 26 1916 in Colorado to Ernest Harrison Casteel and Louella Pierce Casteel.  Shirley died August 12 1923 at Fairmont Hosp in Almeada County CA.  She is buried in an unmarked grave in Potter Field at San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery.


  1. She died at the age of 6 years on 08/12/1923 at Fairmont Hospital, an Alameda County hospital, and was buried in an unmarked grave in the "potters field" at San Lorenzo Cemetery.

  2. Her mother is
    Find A Grave Memorial# 38744325

    Her father is
    Find A Grave Memorial# 68781141

  3. Uncle Ira and Aunt May are buried nearby

    1. Nearby? Well, sorta... San Lorenzo is in the Bay Area, but Shirley's aunt and uncle were buried over the pass in the Central Valley.

      Still, how sad...and what an adorable photo! I can see why you bought it, Far Side. Wonder what her story was...and why she died so young.

  4. How very sad about her burial. But she is remembered today all these years later by those who see this photo.

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  6. Everyone talks about how we live longer now due to our better lifestyles but I wonder if it is partly due to the deaths of such young children. So many couple lost young children make it to adulthood with better healthcare for children and of course vaccinations and the like.

  7. She is absolutely the cutest. It's sad that she had such a short life - but I'm glad that she is being remembered via this post.


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