Saturday, January 20, 2018

1880-1890 Autograph Album of Emma Rahe of Madison, Indiana; Married Inscriber Edward Hugh Gibson


1880-1890 autograph album that belonged to Emma Rahe of Madison, Indiana.  Emma married inscriber Edward Hugh Gibson in 1888.  Inscriptions were made by residents of Indiana and Ohio, with one from New York City.

Emma was given the album by her brother Will, presumably William Henry Rahe, at Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 29, 1880.


The album measures approximately 7-3/4" by 5" and contains the sentiments of nearly 70 of Emma's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

Surnames in the Album

? [3]HHildreth [3]RRahe [7]
AAntle ?Hunger [3]Rea
BBelserJJarreisSSchiller
Brocksmith [3]Jones [2]Schofield
CCainKKelschSeidel [2]
CarnageyKestnerStegner
ChampneyKibbyStiening [4]
CochranLLathropTThayer
Cravens [2]LustigWWehrle
DDouglasMMellenWenzler
EEckertMerl [2]Winters ?
FFoltzMiller
Foster [2]Moore
Friedersdorff [2]Muth
GGeilePPeddie
Gibson [2]

From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

Emma E. Rahe was born about April 1858 in Indiana, the daughter Henry Rahe and Margaretha (Stiening) Rahe, who inscribed several pages in Emma's album.




Other inscribers who expressed a kinship with Emma and/or had the surnames Rahe or Stiening: [and there were probably more who didn't express a kinship]
  • Minnie Cain; Emma's cousin
-->J. A. Carnagey of Columbus, Indiana; inscribed on August 12, 1890 at Madison, Indiana. John Albert Carnagey, who would marry Emma's sister, inscriber Clara Elizabeth Rahe in 1890. He inscribed the overleaf to Clara's page.
  • Lou; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on January 2, 1881.  Emma's sister Louisa M. Rahe
  • Clara Rahe; inscribed on January 1, 1881 at Madison, Indiana.  Emma's sister Clara Elizabeth Rahe, who would marry inscriber John Albert Carnagey in 1890.  She inscribed the overleaf to John's page.
  • Louise Stiening; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on July 16, 1884.  Emma's cousin, presumably Louisia Steining, daughter of Christian Heinrich Steining, a brother to Emma's mother Margaretha (Steining) Rahe
  • H. Stiening; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on October 3, 1883
  • L. O. Stiening; inscribed at Lett's Corner, Indiana, on September 27, 1882.  Emma's cousin, presumably Lewis Orlando Stiening who graduated from Franklin College in 1887 and became a minister.

  • On October 15, 1888 in Jefferson County, Indiana, Emma married Edward Hugh Gibson.  Edward inscribed a page in Emma's album shortly before their marriage.


    Emma and Edward raised their family of, I believe, two children in Jefferson County, Indiana.  The page of one inscriber, Hannah Winters, has an intriguing entry along the side, though the date of Emma's daughter Margaretha's birth doesn't quite match up with the date Hannah inscribed her page.  Perhaps a reader will weigh in.  Sadly, Emma's mother died before the birth of her namesake granddaughter.


    Edward died in June of 1944 and Emma in December of that year.  They're buried in the Springdale Cemetery at Madison, Indiana.

    Emma's teacher, Granville P. Mellen inscribed a page on June 15, 1884 at Madison, Indiana.


    If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the inscribers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

    Inscribers in the Album
    • Johannes ?; inscribed at Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 11, 1887
    • ?; inscribed "Moorefield S. S. Celebration, August 25, 1883"
    • Unsigned, "Your Friend in Thy Bond", inscribed on August 22, 1882
    • George Antle, Jr.; not sure of surname.  Inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on April 17, 1881
    • George F. Belser; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on February 13, 1881
    • George F. Brocksmith; inscribed on October 3, 1882 at Cin, presumably Cincinatti, Ohio
    • Georgie W. Brocksmith; inscribed at Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 3, 1882
    • Minnie Brocksmith; inscribed at Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 3, 1882
    • Minnie Cain; Emma's cousin
    • J. A. Carnagey of Columbus, Indiana; inscribed on August 12, 1890 at Madison, Indiana.  John Albert Carnagey, who would marry Emma's sister, inscriber Clara Elizabeth Rahe in 1890.  He inscribed the overleaf to Clara's page.
    • D. V. Champney; inscribed on May 27, 1881.  Possibly DeVernon Champney
    • Marie S. Cochran of Madison, Indiana; inscriber on October 25, 1884
    • Carrie Fidelia Cravens; inscribed on February  9, 1885
    • Minnie Cravens; inscribed on June 12, 1885 at Scottsburgh, presumably Scottsburg, Indiana
    • Mrs. L. A. Douglas; inscribed on Thursday, March 6, 1884 at 5:30 AM
    • Kate Eckert; inscribed on February 14, 1881
    • Amelia Foltz; inscribed on February 23, 1881 at Madison, Indiana
    • Lillie Foster; inscribed on December 24, 1881
    • Madge Foster; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on December 23, 1881
    • Lotta Friedersdorff; inscribed on March 7, 1881
    • Mary Friedersdorff; inscribed on March 1, 1881, or 1887
    • Mollie Geile; inscribed in January 1881
    • Edward H. Gibson of Madison, Indiana; inscribed on March 11, 1888.  Emma would marry Edward on October 15, 1888.
    • Gertie Gibson; inscribed on March 22, 1888 at Madison, Indiana
    • Emma S. Hildreth
    • Madge Hildreth; inscribed on December 30, 1881
    • Rhoda W. Hildreth; inscribed on November 15, 1881.  Presumably the Rhoda W. Hildreth who registered for a license to marry Charles E. Heberhart in Indiana on December 26, 1895
    • Clemens Hunger; inscribed on January 7, 1881 at Madison, Indiana
    • Josephine Hunger; inscribed on January 15, 1881 at Madison, Indiana
    • Matilde Hunger; inscribed on November 27, no year written, at Olean, Indiana
    • E. Jahrreis; inscribed on September 8, 1888
    • George W. Jones; inscribed on 2/1/85
    • Ida M. Jones; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on January 31, 1885
    • Addie A. Kelsch of New York City; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on August 12, 1881.  She sketched an intricate bird and scroll.
    • Clara C. Kestner; inscribed on September 18, 1882
    • Annie Kibby; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on February 3, 1885
    • A. H. Lathrop; inscribed at New Year in 1882
    • Mrs. Clara Lustig; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on February 27, 1881
    • G. ?. Mellen; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on June 15, 1884.  Emma's teacher.  Presumably Granville P. Mellen
    • Lena M. Merl; inscribed a sentiment that spanned facing pages on August 22, 1881 at Madison, Indiana.
    • Teresa M. Merl; inscribed on August 19, 1881 at Madison, Indiana
    • Philip Miller; inscribed on Madison, Indiana, on May 11, 1881
    • Mollie E. Moore; inscribed on June 22, 1884 at Madison, Indiana
    • Lou Muth; inscribed at Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 5, 1882.  Presumably Louisa Muth
    • T. Alice Peddie; inscribed on August 4, 1882 at Madison, Indiana
    • Clara Rahe; inscribed on January 1, 1881 at Madison, Indiana.  Emma's sister Clara Elizabeth Rahe, who would marry inscriber John Albert Carnagey in 1890.  She inscribed the overleaf to John's page.
    • Emma Rahe of Madison, Indiana; album owner, given the album by "Brother Will", presumably William Henry Rahe, at Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 29, 1880
    • Lou; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on January 2, 1881.  Emma's sister Louisa M. Rahe
    • Margaretha Rahe; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on December 8, 1880.  Emma's mother Margaretha (Stiening) Rahe
    • Margaretha Rahe; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on October 20, 1880.  Emma's mother
    • Margaretha Rahe; inscribed on December 9, 1880; Emma's mother Margaretha (Stiening) Rahe
    • Will, who called himself "Brother Will", presumably Emma's brother William Henry Rahe, who gave the album to Emma at Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 29, 1880
    • Mollie R. Rea; inscribed on April 17, 1881 at Madison, Indiana
    • Anna Schiller; inscribed at Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 5, no year written
    • Iva Schofield; inscribed on June 14, 1890 at Madison, Indiana
    • Emma Seidel; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on February 14, 1885
    • Nelda Seidel of Madison, Indiana; inscribed on February 14, 1885.  Presumably the Nelda W. Seidel who married W. Allison Scott in Indiana on September 30, 1891
    • Tillie Stegner of Cincinnati, Ohio; inscribed on September 8, 1882 at Madison, Indiana
    • H. Stiening; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on October 3, 1883
    • J. F. Stiening of Westport, Indiana; inscribed on September 27, 1882
    • L. O. Stiening; inscribed at Lett's Corner, Indiana, on September 27, 1882.  Emma's cousin, presumably Lewis Orlando Stiening who graduated from Franklin College in 1887 and became a minister.
    • Louise Stiening; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on July 16, 1884.  Emma's cousin, presumably Louisia Steining, daughter of Christian Heinrich Steining, a brother to Emma's mother Margaretha (Steining) Rahe
    • Emma G. Thayer; inscribed on February 24, 1882
    • Mary L. W.; inscribed on October 5, 1881 at Madison, Indiana.  Someone, presumably, Emma, added the surname Wehrle, the inscriber was Mary L. Wehrle
    • Jno. W. Wenzler; inscribed on February 25, 1881 at Madison, Indiana.  Jonathan W. Wenzler or John W. Wenzler
    • Hannah Winters; not sure of surname; inscribed on June 14, 1890 at Madison, Indiana.  Also mentions Margaretha, age 7 months; may have been Emma's daughter Margaretha, born in 1890, though she would have been less than two months old by June 14, 1890.  



    Friday, January 19, 2018

    1886-1890 Autograph Album of Frederick Fair, Student at Avalon College at Avalon, Missouri


    1886-1890 autograph album that belonged to Frederick Fair of Missouri, a student at Avalon College, initially located at Avalon, Missouri, and moved, in 1890, to a more convenient location at Trenton, Missouri, which lay along a rail line.

    Fred didn't inscribe a page in his album, but his identity was confirmed by the first inscription in the album, that of his parents, Thomas Fair and Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair, "Nannie", and by inscriber H. M. Ambrose, who directed his sentiment to "Fred Fair".  H. M. Ambrose was Hugh M. Ambrose, first president of Avalon College.



    The album measures approximately 7" by 4-1/4" and contains several illustrated pages and the sentiments of 38 of Fred's relatives, friends, schoolmates and college instructors.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

    Surnames in the Album

    ? [3]PPelzSSmith
    AAmbrosePetersSpears
    BBeauchampRRankinTToomay
    Blaine [4]Reed [2]WWanamaker
    FFair [4]ReeseWashburn
    Forsythe [4]ReevesWilliams
    GGinterRickenbrode [2]
    KKumler [2]Roberts
    MMacklin [2]
    Millay


    From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

    Frederick J. Fair was born July 6, 1871 at Avalon, Missouri, the son of Thomas Fair and Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair.  It doesn't appear that any of Fred's siblings inscribed pages in his album.  However, relatives who did inscribe pages include his maternal aunt, Rebecca Ellen (Shields) Blaine, shown below, and husband William Morrison Blaine, and two of their children, Fred's cousins Harry Elmer Blaine and James Shields Blaine.


    Avalon faculty, other than President Hugh M. Ambrose, who inscribed pages:
    • Mrs. E. B. Kumler; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on December 29, 1887.  She was Emma F. (Bender) Kumler, wife of Franklin Abia Zeller Kumler, who inscribed the right facing page.  She was a member of the faculty at Avalon College
    • F. A. Z. Kumler; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on December 29, 1887.  He was Franklin Abia Zeller Kumler, husband of Emma F. (Bender) Kumler, who inscribed the left facing page, and President of Avalon College starting in 1886
    • G. P. Macklin; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on February 12, 1887.  President of Avalon College, Rev. Gideon P. Macklin.  The Mrs. L. A. Macklin who inscribed a page was presumably Rev. Gideon P. Macklin's wife, Mary Elizabeth (Arford) Macklin, who could have gone by Lizzie A. Macklin.
    • J. O. Rankin; presumably Jabez Otterbein Rankin, Mathematics professor at Avalon College.  His future wife, Hattie Beauchamp, also inscribed a page.
    • F. E. Washburn; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on March 6, 1887.  Member of the faculty at Avalon College.
    On August 12, 1903 at Avalon, Missouri, Frederick J. Fair married Nellie Amanda Miller; they had at least one child, son Frank.  About 1910 Fred set up a law practice at Avalon and practiced for the next 30 years.  Nellie died in 1926 and Fred in 1965.  They're buried in the Ridge Park Cemetery at Marshall, Missouri.

    If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


    Inscribers in the Album
    • Ora; of Asper, Missouri; inscribed on April 15, 1888
    • Ira or Ina; inscribed at Avalon College; Fred's classmate
    • Arthur
    • H. M. Ambrose; inscribed on March 6, 1887.  Fred's teacher.  First president of Avalon College Hugh M. Ambrose.  http://www.livingstoncountylibrary.org/History/County/1886/1886chapt23.htm
    • Hattie Beauchamp; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri.  She would marry inscriber Jabez Otterbein Rankin.
    • Harry Blaine; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on January 6, 1887.  Fred's cousin Harry Elmer Blaine, son of William Morrison Blaine and Rebecca Ellen (Shields) Blaine, sister of Fred's mother Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair, "Nannie"
    • R. Ellen Blaine; inscribed on Easter Sunday, April 14, 1888.  Fred's aunt, perhaps Rebecca Ellen (Shields) Blaine, half sister of Fred's mother Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair, "Nannie", and wife of William Morrison Blaine
    • Shields Blaine; Fred's cousin, possibly James Shields Blaine, son of William Morrison Blaine and Rebecca Ellen (Shields) Blaine, who was a sister to Fred's mother Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair.
    • W. M. Blaine; Fred's uncle William Morrison Blaine, husband of Rebecca Ellen (Shields) Blaine, sister of Fred's mother Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair, "Nannie".
    • ? Fair; inscribed at Cavendish, Missouri, on June 8, 1888.  Fred's cousin, possibly Roxella Fair
    • Frederick Fair of Avalon, Missouri; album owner and student at Avalon College
    • Nannie Fair; inscribed on December 29, 1886, along with her husband Thomas Fair.  She was Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair, "Nannie".  Fred's parents.
    • Thomas Fair; inscribed on December 29, 1886, along with his wife Nancy Isabelle (Shields) Fair, "Nannie".  Fred's parents
    • Arthur R. Forsythe of Tina, Missouri; inscribed on March 11, 1890 at Avalon College
    • Florence Forsythe of Bosworth, Missouri; inscribed at Avalon College on March 11, 1890
    • H. A. Forsythe of Bosworth, Missouri; inscribed at Avalon College on March 12, 1890
    • Loreno Forsythe of Star, Missouri; "way down in Maine"; inscribed on 3-11-1890 at Avalon College
    • H. W. Ginter of Helena, Missouri; inscribed on January 20, 1887 at Avalon, Missouri.  Presumably Henry W. Ginter
    • Mrs. E. B. Kumler; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on December 29, 1887.  She was Emma F. (Bender) Kumler, wife of Franklin Abia Zeller Kumler, who inscribed the right facing page.  She was a member of the faculty at Avalon College
    • F. A. Z. Kumler; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on December 29, 1887.  He was Franklin Abia Zeller Kumler, husband of Emma F. (Bender) Kumler, who inscribed the left facing page, and President of Avalon College starting in 1886
    • G. P. Macklin; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on February 12, 1887.  President of Avalon College, Rev. Gideon P. Macklin.  The Mrs. L. A. Macklin who inscribed a page was presumably Rev. Gideon P. Macklin's wife, Mary Elizabeth (Arford) Macklin, who  could have gone by Lizzie A. Macklin.
    • Mrs. L. A. Macklin; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on January 26, 1877.  She was presumably Mary Elizabeth (Arford) Macklin, wife of Rev. Gideon P. Macklin.  She may have gone by Lizzie A. Macklin.
    • Lillian Millay; inscribed in 1887; Fred's schoolmate, presumably at Avalon College
    • Emil E. Pelz of Stolphe Pommerania, Germany; inscribed at Avalon College on March 6, 1887
    • Maggie Peters; inscribed on 1-3, 87.  Fred's schoolmate, presumably at Avalon College
    • J. O. Rankin; presumably Jabez Otterbein Rankin, Mathematics professor at Avalon College.  His future wife, Hattie Beauchamp, also inscribed a page.
    • Ida Reed; inscribed on January 13, 1887.  Fred's schoolmate, presumably at Avalon College
    • Jimmie Reed; inscribed on January 7, 1887
    • W. S. Reese; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, possibly at Avalon College, on February 17, 1888
    • Anna Reeves of Tina, Missouri; inscribed on June 4, 1888 at Avalon College.  Fred's classmate
    • Gertie Rickenbrode of Avalon, Missouri; inscribed on March 27, 1887
    • H. Rickenbrode; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on March 27, 1887
    • Florence Roberts; inscribed at Avalon, presumably Avalon College, on March 16, 1890.  Fred's schoolmate
    • Myrtle Smith of Los Gatos, California; inscribed on January 18, 1887
    • Lulu E. Spears; inscribed at Avalon College on March 10, 1887.  Fred's schoolmate
    • John B. Toomay of Finney's Grove, Missouri; inscribed at Avalon College at Avalon, Missouri, on January 19, 1887.  Fred's schoolmate.  He became a Congregational minister at St. Louis, Missouri.
    • W. L. Wanamaker; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on December 30, 1886
    • F. E. Washburn; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on March 6, 1887.  Member of the faculty at Avalon College.
    • D. R. Williams of Dawn, Missouri; inscribed at Avalon College on June 4, 1888.  Fred's classmate


    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    1880s Autograph Album of Warren Thornton Hohenshell of Munster, Illinois; with Later Inscriptions by His Daughter Jean Sara Hohelshell


    1880s autograph album that belonged to Warren Thornton Hohenshell of Munster, Illinois; with several inscriptions by his daughter Jean Sara Hohenshell in the 1890s and 1900.

    Warren wrote his name on an end paper and penned a page of welcome to his inscribers.



    The album measures approximately 6" by 3-3/4" and contains the sentiments of about 20 of Warren's friends and daughter.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

    Surnames in the Album

    ? [2]HHepler [2]RReeder
    BBelfordHindmanTTombaugh
    CCoan [2]Hohenshell [4]WWise
    CosseKKoontz
    CosselMMcDermott
    CraftMerritt
    GGibson [2]Morgan

    From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

    Warren Thornton Hohenshell was born on May 3, 1858 in Indiana, the son of George W. Hohenshell and Elizabeth (Coan) Hohenshell.   Warren married Iowa native Ida Mary Eliza Heald about 1888, according to the information in the 1900 Census of Elsinore, California.  Warren and Ida made their home at Elsinore and later in Merced County, where they farmed.  Warren reportedly pioneered the almond industry in his area.  I found a newspaper article about an explosion at his almond distillery that resulted in severe burns to Warren and another man.

    Warren also worked as a photographer at Merced, California, from 19105-1910 and sold Studebakers.  The couple had at least one child, daughter Jean Sarah Hohenshell, who inscribed several pages in the album, including the one below, inscribed on March 4, 1900.


    By 1938, Warren and Ida had moved to Pasadena, California.  Warren died in 1940 and Ida in 1943.   If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

    Sources
    California Death Index, 1940-1997
    California Great Registers, 1866-1910
    U.S. Frederal Censuses
    Links in the text

    Inscribers in the Album
    • ?; inscribed on April 25, 1882 at Wenona, Illinois; sketched a  portly gentleman with cane and expression "Ver'ish Dot Tem Dorg".  Possibly  H. Parrett Del.  There was a Parrett family living at Wenona, Illinois, during this time frame
    • Anonymous friend
    B
    • J. P. Belford; inscribed at Munster, Illinois
    C
    • J. P. Coan of 4,6 & 8 Lake Street, Chicago, Illinois; inscribed on May 22, 1882.  Presumably related by blood or marriage to Warren's mother, Elizabeth (Coan) Hohenshell.
    • Mary Coan of Indiana, possibly Xenia, Indiana; inscribed on September 27, 1881.  Presumably related by blood or marriage to Warren's mother, Elizabeth (Coan) Hohenshell
    • Mame Cosse; inscribed at Munster, Illinois, on June 19, 1882
    • Mattie Cossel; inscribed at Munster, Illinois on June 18, 1882
    • M. ? Craft; inscribed at Streator, Illinois, on May 30, 1883.  Middle initial might be K.  If so, perhaps Martin K. Craft
    G
    • Anna L. Gibson; inscribed at Streator, Illinois, on December 17; no year written
    • C. S. Gibson; inscribed on 9/11/83
    H
    • C. A. Hepler; inscribed at Munster, Illinois, on August 30, 1882.  Warren's cousin, either Charlotte A. Hepler or Christopher A. Hepler, child of Christopher Columbus Hepler and Mary Ann (Hohenshell) Hepler, who was a sister to Warren's father George W. Hohenshell.
    • Keziah A. Hepler; inscribd on September 2, 1882.  Keziah Adeline Hepler, daughter of Christopher Columbus Hepler and Mary Ann (Hohenshell) Hepler, who was a sister to Warren's father George W. Hohenshell.
    • Dora Hindman; inscribed at Streator, Illinois, on September 29, 1883
    • W. T. Hohenshell of Munster, Illinois.  Album owne Warren Thornton Hohenshell, who penned his name on an ownership page and inscribed a dedication page.
    • Jean Hohenshell; inscribed on March 4, 1900.  She was Jean Sara Hohenshell, daughter of album owner Warren Thornton Hohenshell.
    • Jean Hohenshell, 7 years old, Elsinore, California.  Jean Sara Hohenshell, daughter of album owner Warren Thornton Hohenshell
    • Jean Sara Hohenshell, though she did not sign her name.  Daughter of album owner Warren Thornton Hohenshell.
    K
    • G. B. Koontz; inscribed at Munster, Illinois, on September 19, 1881.  Not sure of first initial
    M
    • ? McDermott; possibly Mary McDermott; inscribed at Munster, Illinois, on August 27, 1881
    • William Merritt; inscribed at Glidden, Iowa, on December 26, 1882
    • Thomas S. Morgan of Streator, Illinois; inscribed on October 17, 1881
    R
    • Dell Reeder; inscribed at Streator, Illinois, on April 2, 1884
    T
    • Allie Tombaugh of Odell, Illinois; inscribed at Munster, Illinois, on June 26, 1883
    W
    • Charles Wise of Wenona, Illinois; inscribed on March 28, 1886


    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    1899-1905 Autograph Album with Inscriptions to Albert Gross, Sue & Gaston from Inscribers in Topeka, Kansas, and Buffalo, New York


    1899-1905 autograph album that has inscriptions to three names: Albert Gross, Sue and Gaston; from inscribers at Buffalo, New York, and Topeka, Kansas.

    One of the owners encased the album in a protective covering, shown below.


    Hopefully, the inscriptions in the album and the few kinship clues will lead a reader to identifying Albert, Gaston and Sue.

    The first end paper, in case these initials mean something to a reader.


    Below, examples of pages inscribed to each:

    Mrs. Cassie L. Chadwick; inscribed to Albert Gross on October 27, 1905.  "M.W.G."

    Lizabeth, cousin; inscribed at Topeka, Kansas, on July 9, 1903; inscribed to Gaston

    Mary Gross; inscribed to Sue on December 1, 1900

    The album measures approximately 6-1/2" by 4-1/4" and contains about 30 sentiments of relatives and friends, some of which may be from the same person.  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this post.

    Albert Gross, Sue and/or Gaston may have been involved with the Star Theatre, presumably the one at Buffalo, New York, as the image below appears to have been a work schedule.


    If you can piece together the clues in this album, from the images above and from the list of inscribers below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

    Surnames in the Album

    ?  [24}
    Altman
    Chadwick
    Gross  [2]
    Layton
    Ryan
    Tutton
    Whelan
    Wight

    Inscribers in the Album
    • Gustave, one of the people to whom an inscription was directed
    • Sue, one of the people to whom inscriptions were directed
    • Mame
    • Agnes M.; mentioned on a page with the Monday October 16-26 schedule at the Star Theatre, presumably at Buffalo, New York
    • Sheas; mentioned on a page with the Monday October 16-26 schedule at the Star Theatre, presumably at Buffalo, New York
    • Mildred K.; mentioned on a page with the Monday October 16-26 schedule at the Star Theatre, presumably at Buffalo, New York
    • Irma M.; mentioned on a page with the Monday October 16-26 schedule at the Star Theatre, presumably at Buffalo, New York
    • F. E. W.; mentioned on a page with the Monday October 16-26 schedule at the Star Theatre, presumably at Buffalo, New York
    • Unsigned; inscribed to Albert; mentions Miss Amity
    • Lizabeth, cousin; inscribed at Topeka, Kansas, on July 9, 1903; inscribed to Gaston
    • Unsigned
    • Maude; inscribed to Sue on January 5, 1900
    • Irene; inscribed to her cousin at Topeka, Kansas, on 7/10-03
    • Unsigned; mentions Miss Amity
    • Lizabeth
    • John, inscribed to cousin Albert at Topeka, Kansas, on 7-9-1903
    • Inscribed on October 27, 1905; "M.C.L."
    • Unsigned
    • Cousin Liza
    • Mama; copied some lines of Will S. Carleton
    • Dollie, Albert's cousin; inscribed at Topeka, Kansas, on "7-11th 1903"
    • Florence; inscribed to Al on October 26, 1905.  "F. E. W."
    • Mannie; inscribed to Susan on June 26, 1903
    • Unsigned
    • Lizzie Altman; inscribed at Blairsville on September 26, 1899.  Possibly Blairsville, Pennsylvania
    • Mrs. Cassie L. Chadwick; inscribed to Albert Gross on October 27, 1905.  "M.W.G."
    • Albert Gross, one of the people to whom inscriptions were directed, possibly Albert J. A. Gross
    • Mary Gross; inscribed to Sue on December 1, 1900
    • Mama; copied some lines of Will S. Carleton
    • Mary Layton; inscribed to Sue on January 5, 1900
    • Mary Ellen Ryan
    • H. Gertrude Tutton; inscribed to Albert at Buffalo, New York, on August 6, 1901
    • Josephine Whelan; inscribed on June 27, 1903
    • Edna May Wight; inscribed at Buffalo, New York, on July 25, 1901

    1880s Autograph Album of Elizabeth J. Frutchey, "Eliza", of Wilmot, Pennsylvania


    1880s autograph album that belonged to Elizabeth J. Frutchey, "Eliza", of Wilmot, Pennsylvania.  The album contains inscriptions from Eliza's relatives, friends and teacher from Pennsylvania, with others from Kansas and New York.

    Eliza's name and that of Edward Cotter of Atwood, Kansas, appear on the inside front cover.


    The album measures approximately 6-1/4" by 4" and contains the sentiments of 55 of Eliza's relatives, friends and teacher Loanna V. Dodge, whose page is shown below.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.


    Surnames in the Album

    ? [6]MMckernan
    AArey [3]PPennington
    BBenderPlace [2]
    BilesPotter
    Brown [2]RReam [4]
    CCotterReed
    Cotter ?Richart
    DDodgeRogers
    FFarr [2]Ryder [2]
    FitchSSmith
    FleschhutStevens
    Frutchey [6]Swank
    FullerSweeney
    GGoodrichVVanluvanee
    HHollandVorhis [2]
    LLakeWWheeler [3]
    Lewis

    From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

    Elizabeth J. Frutchey, "Eliza", was born in 1872 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of William Frutchey and Sophronia (Whipple) Frutchey.  Eliza had several siblings, at least three of whom inscribed pages in her album.

    Sister Hattie A. Frutchey inscribed a page that she shared with Bessie Corey.


    Another page was inscribed by B. Corey in December 1882.  Was this another page inscribed by Bessie Arey, or perhaps by Burleigh John Arey, who would become Hattie A. Frutchey's husband?


    Eliza's brother Reed G. Frutchey inscribed a page on February 17, 1884.


    Other inscribers who expressed kinship with Eliza or with the surname Frutchey:
    • Emma V. Farr of Wilmot, Pennsylvania; inscribed on December 11, 1882.  Eliza's cousin
    • Jessie; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on June 10, 1883.  Eliza's sister Jessie Frutchey
    • Dora Frutchey of Wilmot, Pennsylvania; inscribed on November 11, 1882.  Presumably the Dora Frutchey whose father, Christian Frutchey, was a brother to Eliza's father William H. Frutchey
    • Eleanor Frutchey; inscribed on January 19, 1884 at Wilmot, Pennsylvania
    Sometime before the birth of Eliza's son, Martin Elery Brown, in 1894, she had married Martin Luther Brown of Pennsyylvania.  They lived in Pennsylvania and New York.  Martin died in 1934 and is buried in the Wyalusing Cemetery at Wyalusing, Pennsylvania.  Eliza is also buried there, but I can't rmake out the year of her death on her stone.   She was still alive at the time of the 1930 Census of Binghamton, New York.

    If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the inscribers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

    Inscribers in the Album
    • J. H. W. or I. H. W. of ?
    • William; shared the page with G. M. Whipple
    • ?; inscribed on November 26, 1882.  Possibly J. T. or I. T.
    • E. M. W.; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on August 9, 1884
    • Etta Per?, possibly Etta Persun; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on April 24, 1883
    • Abbie ?; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on March 25, 1886
    A
    • B. Arey; inscribed in December 1882.  Possibly the Bessie Arey who inscribed her name on the inside front cover with that of album owner Eliza or perhaps Burleigh John Arey, who would marry Eliza's sister Hattie A. Frutchey
    • Bessie Arey of Terrytown, Pennsylvania; shared the page with Hattie A. Frutchey
    • H. W. Arey
    C
    • Charles W. Bender; inscribed at Mill City on November 28, 1884
    • W. L. Biles of Lime Hill, Pennsylvania; inscribed on December 10, 1882
    • Anna Brown of Terrytown, Pennsylvania; inscribed on October 12, 1883
    • Kittie Brown; inscribed on January 30, 1887 at Wilmot, Pennsylvania
    C
    • Edward Cotter of Atwood, Kansas; name on the inside front cover along with that of album owner Eliza Frutchey
    • Maggie Cotter; inscribed in 1882
    D
    • Loanna V. Dodge; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on April 24, 1883.  Eliza's teacher
    F
    • Emma V. Farr of Wilmot, Pennsylvania; inscribed on December 11, 1882.  Eliza's cousin
    • Norah Farr; middle initial possibly I. or J.; of Wilmot, Pennsylvania; inscribed on December 10, 1882
    • Abilene Fitch of Sugar Hill, Pennsylvania; inscribed on August 8, 1886
    • Eugene Fleschhut; inscribed in September 1887; Burke
    • Dora Frutchey of Wilmot, Pennsylvania; inscribed on November 11, 1882.  Presumably the Dora Frutchey whose father, Christian Frutchey, was a brother to Eliza's father William H. Frutchey
    • Eleanor Frutchey; inscribed on January 19, 1884 at Wilmot, Pennsylvania
    • Eliza Frutchey of WIlmot, Pennsylvania; album owner, whose name appears on the inside front cover along with that of Edwina Cotter
    • Hattie A. Frutchey; Eliza's sister.  Shared the page with Bessie Corey
    • Jessie; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on June 10, 1883.  Eliza's sister Jessie Frutchey
    • Reed G. Frutchey; inscribed on February 17, 1884.  Eliza's brother
    • Alice Fuller; inscribed at Camptown, Pennsylvania, on November 30, 1883
    G
    • Chancy Goodrich; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on October 18, 1889
    H
    • Ella Holland; inscribed on October 12, no year written
    L
    • Fyfe Lake; not sure of name; of Michigan; inscribed on December 9, 1882.  Shared page with Mrs. H. C. Place
    • A. Claire Lewis of New Era, Pennsylvania; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on February 10, 1885
    M
    • Ann Mckernan; inscribed on January 16, 1884
    P
    • Lizzie Pennington; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on April 27, 1883
    • Carrie Place; inscribed at New Albany, Pennsylvania, in April 1883
    • Mrs. H. C. Place of Pennsylvania; shared page with Fyfe Lake [not sure of name]
    • Bell Potter; inscribed on October 12, 1883
    R
    • Mrs. C. E. Ream; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on April 24, 1883
    • Frank Ream of Shunk, Pennsylvania, in Sullivan County.  Shared the page with John F. Ream
    • John F. Ream; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on April 26, 1883.  Shared the page with Frank Ream
    • Mary Ream; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on April 24, 1883
    • M. Viola Reed of Camptown, Pennsylvania; inscribed on October 15, 1883
    • Bernice Richart of Monroeton, Pennsylvania; inscribed on April 11, 1884
    • Mrs. Nan Rogers; inscribed at Sugar Run, Pennsylvania, on October 11, 1882
    • Emma J. Ryder; inscribed on June 7, 1883 at Wilmot, Pennsylvania
    • Susan Ryder; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on November 29, 188x [can't decipher last digit].  Page also mentions name that appears to be Mattie Brown
    S
    • Mrs. W. F. Smith of Molhooley, Pennsylvania, on Sullivan County, inscribed of February 15, 1884
    • Ada Stevens of Laddsburg, Pennsylvania; inscribed on January 16, 1884
    • William J. Swank; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on June 10; no year written
    • Mary Sweeney; inscribed on February 18, 1883
    V
    • Stella Vanluvanee; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on April 24, 1883 [not sure of last digit]
    • Miss Dell Vorhis of Newfield, New York; inscribed on February 8, 1884
    • R. Vorhis of Newfield, New York; inscribed on February 14, 1884
    W
    • Hattie M. Wheeler; inscribed at WIlmot, Pennsylvania, on August 1, 1884
    • Irvin Wheeler; inscribed at Wilmot, Pennsylvania, on August 9, 1884
    • Melvin Wheeler; middle initial L or S; inscribed at Scranton, Pennsylvania, on October 15, 1884
    • G. M. Whipple; shared the page with William