I have three photos to share with you today. The handwriting on back are all identical, so I feel they are the same family. The above photo reads as follows on back, ‘Loyl Legin at Jasper May’s. Joe took it.’ It’s a possibility the words should be loyal legion. The Loyal Legion is a patriotic order organized April 15, 1865, – 150 years ago today! – after the Civil War. It’s members included veterans of the war and their descendants. Notice the banners in the photo – two behind the group and one on the fence. The Stars and Stripes is flying in the background. One of the banners reads ‘Frances Willard Cardington, 1898’ – should that be Francis? The banner on left is difficult to read, but the word Army is at the bottom.
This photo shows men roofing a house. On back it reads, ‘Joe May ruffing Rhermond’s House.’ Quite an interesting photo – men on the roof, one holding the ladder, some at ground level. Unfortunately there is no indication where these photos were taken. I bought them in Cincinnati, but that doesn’t guarantee they are from Ohio. But we do know the family’s last name was May.
I hope you have enjoyed this trip to a time long ago. Does anyone recognize anyone in the photos?