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Sweet Family Photo From Crookston Minnesota

minI simply love this family photo!  Mom and dad and the wee one in between.  The lad wears the Little Lord Fauntleroy outfit of the time period.  You can see a hint of the large, leg ‘o mutton sleeves, on the woman’s dress.  And notice the wide tie the father is wearing.

This in itself would be a lovely image to share with you – but I have more!  There are names and other information on the back!

min-2At the very top you can read the last name Taylor.  Grand Dada and Grandmama is written, then crossed out.  The photo was taken January 14th, 1894, in Crookston, Minnesota, by Chafin Photography.  Archie is 2 years old, 6 months and 20 days.  Minnie is 23 years old, 10 months and 21 days.  Jim is 30 years, 3 months and 9 days.  It is exciting to have so much information written on the photo!

taylor-1900With just a short search I found the family in the 1900 census in Spokane, Washington.

James Taylor is listed as 36, born September of 1863, and he and his wife have been married 10 years.  He was born in Canada, his father in Canada and his mother in Ireland.  He immigrated to the United States in 1870 at the age of six.  James is a carriage painter.

Christiana, his wife, (probably known by Minnie) is 30, born in March of 1870, has born and has one child living.  She was born in Minnesota, but her parents were born in Norway.  This would give an explanation of the Grand Dada and Grandmama written on the photo – not your usual grandpa and grandma – it sounds a bit more old-worldish.

Their son, James A., is 9, born in May of 1891.

Even though this is a different locale from when the picture was taken in 1894, it is very possible that the family moved from Minnesota to Washington.

min-3This is the registration card for James Archie Taylor for World War I.  He is still living in Spokane.  His birthdate is May 25, 1891; a natural born citizen from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He is a labor foreman with the Hillyard Company.  He has a wife, Hazel, and daughter to take care of.  His description is stout, with blue eyes and light colored hair.

min-4This is Archie’s World War II registration card.  He is now living in Montana, and car foreman is his occupation.

And thus we can make a little more of this photo than just picture from older days.  We should all write such information on the back of our photos – that is the ones printed out!  I suppose since we live in such a digital world most of our photos are stored on our computers or Ipads or phones.  Perhaps they could be saved with more information!

One Piece of the Puzzle

Pap and me – about 1958!

My grandfather, Jessie Delbert Hill, and I had one of the strongest bonds there could be between grandfather and granddaughter!  I love the man so dearly, and even though he passed away 38 years ago he is still just as fresh and vibrant in my mind as when I was a little girl.  This is the man who loved for us to visit – took us to the strawberry patch above the barn in the spring to gather the luscious red berries, who showed me every vegetable growing in his garden, brought his chair out in the yard to just watch us play!  Pap, as we all called him, gave us a quarter and took us across the road to the little country store for a sack of candy – yes, in that day you COULD buy a sackful for a quarter!  Every visit started with a big hug and sitting on the arm of his chair to listen to his stories – many about how pretty Nannie Bell, my grandmother, was the first time he saw her!  How he told her he would marry her one day – which he did!  They were married at the age of 16 on June 27, 1911 – and lived to celebrate 62 years of marriage together.  There were stories of his days as a school bus driver.  And there were stories from his father, Isaiah, who fought for the Union during the Civil War.  I never tired of them.

Jessie Delbert Hill and Nannie Bell Coulter Hill on their 50th wedding anniversary – June 27, 1961.

Pap called me Tilly – he had a special name for everyone, and I loved mine!  No one else used that name – only Pap!  Probably because no one else could remember two names for the roughly 50 people in the family!  But Pap remembered them all!

Recently I found the draft registration card for World War I for my grandfather.  Even though he was of the age to be involved in that war, I had never heard him speak about it.  He was listed as 23 years old, living in Marion County, near Lebanon, a farmer.  His birthdate was August 8, 1894, born in Washington County, Kentucky.

Question #9.  Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12, or a sister or brother under 12, solely dependent on you for support?  Answer.  Wife, 3 children under 12.  I suppose that was answering the question directly since the 3 children were ages 2, 1 and a newborn – William, Mary L. and Cleaver Hill.

Pap was listed as medium height and build, with brown eyes and red hair.  I’ve always heard about this famous red hair – but, of course, it was snow white by the time I came along.  Whenever a grandchild was born that was the first question asked – what color is its hair?

The card was filled out June 5, 1917, signed by Charles C. Boldrick.  My grandfather couldn’t write – his “X” was attested to by Mr. Boldrick.  Pap was not drafted – he saw no service  during the war.  I suppose taking care of a wife and three babies kept him at home.  How different could it have been otherwise?  If something had happened to him during the war I would never have existed.  My dad was born in 1935, next to the last child of Jessie Delbert and Nannie Bell Coulter Hill.  It seems like a small thing to have one soldier’s life taken during a war – but think of those many descendants who would not be alive today if that had been the case.  There are so many pieces to the puzzle of our genealogical ancestry – lose one piece and the whole picture falls apart.

I hope many of you have wonderful memories of a beloved grandfather or grandmother, aunt or uncle.  Adding documents to the memories rounds out a complete picture of our ancestors – and perhaps teaches us something we don’t know!  What have you found about an ancestor that was surprising?