Tuesday, March 19, 2019

1853 Autograph Album of James S. Pegg of Bloomingsport, Indiana; Student at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana


Autograph album started in 1853 by James S. Pegg of Bloomingsport, Indiana, a student at Friends Boarding School in Richmond, Indiana.  Friends Boarding School, established in 1847, changed its name to Earlham College in 1859.

Perhaps Bloomingsport is place now known as Bloomingport, Indiana.

The homemade album measures approximately 6-1/2" by 4" and is missing its back cover and perhaps one or more inscribed pages.  An alphabetical surname list appears below and 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]FFosterPPatterson
BBaileyGGarretsonPegg
Binford [4]HHamptonPool
BransonHarveyPrichard/Pritchard
Brown [2]HillPritchard
Bruff [2]JJohnsonSStanley
CCoxMMarmonStreet
CrowMendenhallWWest
EEvans [2]MooreWildman

James S. Pegg was born April 24, 1836, or April 24, 1837, in Indiana, the son of David and Jane (possibly Sanders) Pegg.  I found Quaker records for each birth year.  Both parents had connections to North Carolina; read more on the migration of Quakers from North Carolina to Indiana here.

James S. Pegg is buried in the New Garden Friends Cemetery in Wayne County, Indiana, with his parents and sister.  I don't know if this particular James S. Pegg ever married or had children.  Hopefully a reader will share information in the comments.

Sources
U.S. Federal Census
U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
FindaGrave

Four people with the surname Binford inscribed pages in the album:

P. Binford of Damascoville, Ohio; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in the 3rd month of 1853

M. A. Binford of Crawfordsville, presumably Indiana 

Jesse Binford of East Westville, Ohio

Aquila H. Binford of Crawfordsville, Indiana; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in the 3rd month of 1853

The last page showing in the album:

1)  John ? [looks like Winslar; could be Winslow] of Richmond, Virginia; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in the 3rd month of 1853
2)  William Cox of Dublin, ?, possibly Dublin, Indiana; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in 1853

If you have information to share on any of the people mentioned or on Friends Boarding School/Earlham College, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Inscribers in the Album
  • Too faint to decipher
  • unsigned
  • Melissa of Greensboro, Indiana; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, on the 9th of the 3rd month of 1853
  • too faint to decipher
  • Callie
  • John ? [looks like Winslar, could be Winslow] of Richmond, Virginia [Virginia is spelled out]; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in the 3rd month of 1853; shared the page with William Cox of Dublin ?, possibly Indiana
  • ? Bailey, possibly Quiney Bailey, of Cincinnati, Ohio; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, on the 22nd of the 3rd month 1853
  • Aquila H. Binford of Crawfordsville, Indiana; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in the 3rd month of 1853
  • Jesse Binford of East Westville, Ohio
  • M. A. Binford of Crawfordsville, presumably Indiana
  • P. Binford of Damascoville, Ohio; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in the 3rd month of 1853
  • Elizabeth R. Branson; inscribed at Chester, possibly Chester, Indiana, on the 20th of the 3rd month of 1853.
  • Ann E. Brown; inscribed on Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, on the 10th of the 3rd month in 1853
  • Mary Ann Brown of Waynesville, Ohio; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in the 3rd month of 1853
  • E. Bruff; inscribed at Friends Boarding School in the 3rd month of 1853
  • S. Bruff; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in the 3rd month of 1853
  • William Cox of Dublin, ?, possibly Dublin, Indiana; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in 1853; shared the page with John ? of Richmond, Virginia
  • Samuel Crow of Paoli, Indiana; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in 1853
  • George T. Evans of Waynesville, Ohio; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana
  • Joseph Evans of Waynesville, Georgia; perhaps a student at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana
  • J. C. Foster of Ogden, Indiana; perhaps inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana
  • Lizzie Garretson of Waynesville, Ohio; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana
  • Sarah Ann Hampton of Chester, Indiana; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in 1853
  • Charles Harvey of Richmond, Indiana; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, on March 25, 1853
  • Allen Hill of Carthage, Indiana; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, on the 24th of the 3rd month of 1853.
  • Rebecca N. Johnson of Waynesville, Ohio; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana
  • Mollie Marmon of Richmond, Indiana; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in 1853; shared the page with Sallie Jane Prichard of Raysville, Indiana
  • William C. Mendenhall of Centreville, possibly Indiana, inscribed at the Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in 1853
  • Joseph Moore of Canton, Indiana; inscribed at Friends Boarding School in Richmond, Indiana, in the 8th month of 1853
  • James Patterson of Carthage, Pennsylvania; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, on the 22nd day of the 3rd month of 1853.  
  • James S. Pegg, album owner, of Bloomingsport, Indiana; presumably a student at the Friends Boarding School, later called Earlham College, at Richmond, Indiana
  • Lizzie Ann Pool of Richmond, Indiana, inscribed on March 8, 1853
  • Sallie Jane Prichard of Raysville, Indiana; shared the page with Mollie Marmon of Richmond, Indiana
  • David Pritchard of Raysville, Indiana; not sure of middle initial, possibly P.
  • Vierling K. Stanley of ? Indiana, possibly Speerland; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in the 3rd month of 1853.
  • Mary Street of Carthage, Indiana; inscribed at Friends Boarding School in the 3rd month of 1853
  • M. D. West of Wilminton, Ohio; possibly a student at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana
  • William Wildman of Selma, Ohio; inscribed at Friends Boarding School at Richmond, Indiana, in 1853


Monday, March 18, 2019

1882-1890 Autograph Album of Adna Ames Smith of Vinalhaven, Maine; future Wife of Charles Hanley Thomas


1882-1890 autograph album of Adna Ames Smith of Vinalhaven, Maine, received as a birthday present on October 21, 1882.


The album measures approximately 6-1/4" by 3-3/4" and contains the sentiments of 63 of Adna's relatives, friends, schoolmates and teacher.  An alphabetical surname list appears below and an alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

Surnames in the Album

?GGearyPPease [2]
AArey [3]Glidden [2]RRoberts
BBrownGraffamRolfe
Burgess [2]GrantSSmall
CCalderwood [4]GreenSmith [12]
ClarkGriffithSpear
CollieHHall [2]Stevens [2]
Crandall [2]HopkinsTThomas
Creed [2]JJenkinsTibbetts
CrockettLLynchTilton
DDolloffMMahoneyTreat [2]
DuntonMansonVVinal
EEatonMerrithewWWise
NNorthrop

Adna Ames Smith was born about 1871, perhaps on either of the islands of North Haven, Maine, or Vinalhaven, Maine, the daughter of Charles B. Smith (1845-1913) and Eliza Jane (Dyer) Smith (1852-unk).  Each of Adna's parents inscribed a page in the album, as did her sister Lillian L. Smith and brother Leslie Francis Smith and several other relatives.

 Eliza J. Smith, who inscribed her page at Carvers Harbor, Vinalhaven, Maine, on October 21, 1882; Adna's mother Eliza Jane (Dyer) Smith

Charles B. Smith, inscribed on October 22, 1882 at Vinalhaven, Maine; Adna's father

It's possible that the Jane C. Smith who inscribed a page in 1885 at Vinalhaven was Adna's paternal grandmother Jane Calderwood (Carver) Smith (1822-1896).


Refer to the List of Inscribers, below, for the names of other relatives who inscribed pages. I've stated the relationship where mentioned and teased out other some relationships, but if you know of more, please leave a comment so I can amend the information.

On September 24, 1910 at Vinalhaven, Maine, Adna married Charles Hanley Thomas, son of David Thomas and Aldanah Crocker (Dyer) Thomas.  I didn't find children for Adna and Charles, nor a death year for Adna, whose husband Charles indicated on the 1940 U.S. Census that he was a widower.

Someone with the initials W. H. W. or W. H. M. sketched a scene of the Rowing Club in action.


Adna's teacher Rena A. Eaton inscribed a page in 1883.


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

Inscribers in the Album
  • Sketch of four rowers, "The Rowing Club", by W. H. M. or W. H. W.
  • Bessie Arey of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on January 6, 1886
  • Edith V. Arey of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed at school, O.S. C., on January 6, 1886 - presumably Orono State College, now the University of Maine
  • Alice E. Arey; inscribed on January 7, 1886
  • William H. Brown of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on September 27, 1890.  His handwriting is that of an elderly, ill or visually impaired person.  Presumably the William H. Brown who served in the Civil War.
  • Lisetta A. Burgess of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on January 20, 1887; Adna's schoolmate
  • Mabel Burgess of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed at school on January 6, 1886
  • Hattie L. Calderwood of Vinalhaven, Maine; middle initial might be S rather than L.
  • Lottie H. Calderwood of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on April 23, 1885
  • Lottie M. Calderwood of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on June 1, 1886
  • Maurice F. Calderwood of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on January 27, 1887
  • John H. Clark of Vinalhaven, Maine
  • Jessie J. Collie of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on June 8, 1886
  • Adelbert C. Crandall of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed at school on February 3, 1887
  • Emma B. Crandall of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on May 31, 1886
  • Eva B. Creed of Vinalhaven, Maine
  • Sadie E. Creed; inscribed at Vinalhaven, Maine, on June 1, 1886
  • Carrie M. Crockett; inscribed on January 7, 1886
  • Ella L. Dolloff of Jackson, New Hampshire; inscribed at Vinalhaven, Maine, on August 19, 1887; Adna's school friend
  • Nellie R. Dunton of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on December 12, 1882
  • Rena A. Eaton; inscribed at Vinalhaven, Maine, on November 5, 1883; Adna's teacher
  • J. T. Geary, of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on October 20, 1886
  • A. H. Glidden; inscribed at Vinalhaven, Maine, on February 13, 1887 [or 1889].  Possibly Amanda H. (Cooper) Glidden, wife of William Lane Glidden
  • W. L. Glidden of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on February 17, 1887
  • Carrie C. Graffam of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on 1-4-87; initials O. S. C. in upper left corner - presumably Orono State College, now the University of Maine
  • Mary B. Grant; inscribed at Vinalhaven, Maine, on October 26, 1882
  • Mamie A. Green of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on January 28, 1887
  • Ethie Griffith of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on June 8, 1886
  • Ethie S. Hall of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on February 3, 1887
  • Ivory L. Hall of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed at school on February 7, 1888
  • L. M. Hopkins of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on January 27, 1887
  • Ira A. Jenkins of Monroe, Maine; inscribed at Vinalhaven, Maine, on October 19, 1887
  • Charles L. Lynch of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on February 3, 1887
  • Mertie E. Mahoney of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on June 11, 1886; Adna's schoolmate
  • Evelyn Manson of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed in February
  • W. H. Merrithew of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed at school on October 21, 1886
  • Willie E. Northrop of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on October 19, 1888
  • Lizzie M. Pease of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on June 15, 1886
  • Mamie N. Pease of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on June 9, 1886
  • Emma F. Roberts of VInalhaven, Maine; inscribed on October 23, 1882.
  • Georgia Rolfe of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on May 12, 1887
  • Frank L. Small of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on October 20, 1886
  • Adna Ames Smith (1871-unk) of Vinalhaven, Maine, autograph album owner, which she received on her birthday on October 21, 1882, presumably from her parents, who both inscribed pages.  Adna was the daughter of Charles B. Smith (1845-1913) and Eliza Jane (Dyer) Smith (1852-abt 1938) and future wife of Charles Hanley Thomas (1872-1940)
  • Bertha Smith of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on April 23, 1885; Adna's cousin.  Presumably Bertha Etta Smith (1870-1928), sister of Minnie Carver Smith (1872-1936)
  • C. M. Smith of Hyde Park, Massachusetts; inscribed on July 17, 1885.  Presumably Charlotte M. (Bodwell) Smith (1862-1932), wife of Adna's uncle Eugene Leslie Smith (1860-1944)
  • Charles B. Smith of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on October 22, 1882; Adna's father Charles B. Smith (1845-1913)
  • Eliza J. Smith, Adna's mother; inscribed at Carvers Harbor, Vinalhaven, Maine, on October 21, 1882, Adna's birthday.  Eliza Jane (Dyer) Smith (1852-abt 1938)
  • Eugene L. Smith of Hyde Park, Massachusetts; inscribed on July 26, 1887. Presumably Adna's paternal uncle Eugene Leslie Smith (1860-1944)
  • Fannie Stella Smith; inscribed on January 6, 1886
  • Jane C. Smith of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on July 17, 1885.  Writing a bit shaky, so possibly Adna's paternal grandmother, Jane Calderwood (Carver) Smith (1822-1896), wife of George Washington Smith (1814-1897)
  • Jennie F. Smith of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on November 16, 1885.
  • Leslie F. Smith of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on November 10, 1883.  Adna's brother Leslie Francis Smith (1873-1924), who would marry Eva Bertha Emery (1873-1958)
  • Lillian L. Smith of Vinalhaven, Maine.  Lillian L. Smith (1868-1938) was Adna's older sister.  Lillian would marry Lee Monroe Treat (1868-1920)
  • Minnie C. Smith of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on February 7, 1889.  Minnie Carver Smith (1872-1936).  Adna's cousin
  • Jennie R. Spear of Vinalhaven, Maine
  • C. E. Stevens of Lewiston, Maine; inscribed on June 4, 1886.  His wife inscribed the left facing page as Mrs. C. E. Stevens
  • Mrs. C. E. Stevens of Lewiston, Maine; inscribed on October 22, 1886; her husband C. E. Stevens inscribed the right facing page.
  • Lillie Thomas of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed at school on June 8, 1886.  Possibly Lillian May Thomas (1872-1976)
  • Annie G. Tibbetts of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on January 13, 1887
  • Angie L. Tilton of Burnham, Maine; inscribed at Vinalhaven, Maine, on November 24, 1882
  • Julia A. Treat of Belfast, Maine; inscribed on October 13, 1887; presumably Julia Ann (Sanborn) Treat, wife of Upham Stowers Treat, who also inscribed a page.
  • Upham S. Treat of Belfast, Maine; inscribed on October 16, 1887. Upham Stowers Treat, whose wife Julia A. (Sanborn) Treat also inscribed a page.
  • Maggie L. Vinal of Vinalhaven, Maine; inscribed on June 17, 1886
  • Emma A. Wise of Belfast, Maine; inscribed on May 11, 1885

Sunday, March 17, 2019

1929/1930 Photograph Album of Emilia Jane Waymouth (1906-2002), then of Puerto Rico and New York; future Wife of Edward Schmidt (1915-1995)


1929/1930 "Snap Shot" photograph album containing 42 photographs that belonged to Emilia Jane Waymouth (1906-2002), "Emily", a native of Puerto Rico, who moved to New York City around 1930.  This album is labeled "No III".


The album dates from about a decade before Emily married Edward Schmidt (1915-1995), a native of Brooklyn, New York.

The album, which measures approximately 8" by 6", is missing the back cover, plus possibly a page or more.  The photographs range in size from 5-1/2" by 3-1/4" to  4-1/4" by 2-1/2" down to 2-3/4" by 2".

People mentioned in the identifications include:
  • Mr. Cruickshank
  • Ines Carmen Waymouth (1905-1986), Emily's sister; Ines would marry Robert Steeneck
  • Ramon Abay, or Ramon Aboy, whose house is pictured after a cyclone had struck it
  • Susita, presumably Emily's friend or relative
  • Clenice or Clennie or Clemmie [?], presumably Emily's friend or relative
  • Ines, Martha and Florence at Vassar College - Emily's sister and two youngn women who are either relatives, friends or schoolmates

The photographs depict:
  • family members at home and away; including several with the family dog
  • tropical scenes, including post-cyclone
  • trip up the Hudson River
  • scenes at Vassar College and at Columbia University
  • New York City landmarks, including views from Emily's office

Emilia Jane Waymouth, "Emily", was born in Puerto Rico in 1906, the daughter of Thomas George Illidge Waymouth and Emily Buenaventura (Finley) Waymouth, who were born on St. Kitts and in Puerto Rico, respectively.  Emily moved to New York City and worked as a stenographer before marrying Edward Schmidt, a native of Brooklyn, New York.   The album identifies Emily's older sister Ines Carmen Waymouth (1905-1986) in several of the photographs, and some of the other people, partially identified, may also have been relatives.

Emily or Ines may have attended Vassar College or Columbia University, as these two colleges appear in several photographs.  In later life, Emily lived in Connecticut, where her husband died, and then New Hampshire, where she died.

For reasons of copyright, I'm not showing the actual photographs.  If you comment, please be careful about posting information about people living or recently deceased.

Sources: 
New York, New York Marriage License Index
Passenger records
U.S. Federal Census
Social Security Death Index

Monday, March 11, 2019

1862 Bible of Edward L. Colson and first wife Mary Edna (Harriman) Colson, "Edna", of Bucksport, Maine


Bible, printed in 1862, that belonged to Edward L. Colson and first wife Mary Edna (Harriman) Colson, "Edna", of Bucksport, Maine.

The birth dates of Edward and Edna were entered after the fact, but entries marking the births of their two children were presumably written at the time of the events.


Edward L. Colson married Mary Edna Harriman, "Edna",on September 12, 1867 at Bucksport, Maine, or Orland, Maine.  Edna was the daughter of Harris Hatch Harriman and Hannah (Harriman) Harriman of Bucksport, Maine.  After Mary Edna's death, Edward married her older sister Laura A. (Harriman) Harriman, widow of Ozias Harriman.

The handwriting is hard to decipher; if you have a different interpretation, please advise.

A page, below, recording births in pencil.

  • Edward L. Colson was born 19 January 1843
  • Edner [Mary Edna Harriman (Colson)] was born 10 August 1848
  • Annie Colson was born [29 ?] July 1868
  • George Colson was born June 26, 1872

No entries on the page below.


A page, below, recording the same birth information as above, but in pen.

  • Edward L. Colson was born 19 January 1843
  • "Edner" [Mary Edna Harriman (Colson), "Edna"] was born 10 August 1848
  • Annie Colson was born [29 ?] July 1868
  • George Colson was born June 26, 1872

A page, below, recording deaths in the family.

  • Annie Colson died 14 August 1872
  • Mrs. Mary E. Colson [Mary Edna (Harriman) Colson, "Edna"] died October 18, 1878
  • George W. Colson died July 25, 1892, age 20 years, 1 month

Edward L. Colson, as mentioned above, in 1895 married Edna's older sister, Laura A. (Harriman) Harriman, widow of Ozias Harriman, with whom she had had several children.  Edward and Laura had no children of their own.

Sadly, Edna Colson outlived one of her children, and Edward outlived both of them.  He died in 1917 at Buckport, Maine, and is buried in the Evergreen Hill Cemetery there, with Edna and their daughter and son.

Sources
  • Maine Marriages, 1771-1907 - marriages of Edward L. Colson and Mary Edna Harriman; and Edward L. Colson and Laura A. (Harriman) Harriman
  • Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 
  • U.S. Federal Censuses
  • FindaGrave

If you have corrections to the information above, or more information on the Colson family, please leave a comment or contact me directly.



Wednesday, February 20, 2019

1901 Diary of Clara Sproul Gay (1864-1955) of Waldoboro, Maine


1901 diary of Clara Sproul Gay (1864-1955) of Waldoboro, Maine.  Only a few pages have entries.

Images of all of the pages which have entries appear at the end of this post.


Clara entered her name on the appropriate page, shown below, and added an emergency contact of John F. Libby of 12 ? Square, presumably 12 Court Square, Boston, Massachusetts.  Attorney John Fuller Libby (1863-1906) was the husband of Clara's younger sister Gracia Dana (Gay) Libby (1867-1951).


Clara Sproul Gay was born May 11, 1864 at Waldoboro, Maine, the daughter of merchant John Tyler Gay (1837-1914) and Ann Young (Gracia) Gay (1842-1913), who were born in Waldoboro, Maine, and Cushing, Maine, respectively.

The entries show that Clara traveled to Boston on occasion, by way of a boat from Bath, Maine.  She also made a visit to Lewiston, Maine, in July to visit Mari and returned with Mari and Mrs. Nash.

Names in the diary:

If you have additional information on the Gay family of Waldoboro, Maine, or a theory as to the identity of any of the people mentioned above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.




















Monday, February 18, 2019

Two 1870s Letters from Annie (Hayden) Hyde (1841-1915), wife of Brig. Gen. Thomas Worcester Hyde, of Bath, Maine, to Ida Gertrude Mansir (1858-1943) of Pittston, Maine


1870s Letter from Annie (Hayden) Hyde (1841-1915), wife of Brig. Gen. Thomas Worcester Hyde (1841-1899), of Bath, Maine, to Ida Gertrude Mansir (1858-1943) of Pittston, Maine.  Ida would marry Daniel W. Reed (1853-1925).

Images and transcriptions appear at the end of this post.

The letters are among a collection of letters to and from members and friends of the Mansir family of Pittston, Maine, which also include letters from:

In one of the two letters featured in this post, Annie (Hayden) Hyde was writing to offer the position of "second girl" to Ida Gertrude Mansir, at the same wages as that of a higher paid "cook", the position originally offered.  Annie was willing to pay more than usual due to the fact that the "second girl" spent more time with the family, and Ida was well-liked and would fit in.  Annie asked Ida not to reveal details to the other employees.

In this same letter, Annie mentions that two of her children have been ill: John and "little Arthur".  They were John Sedgwick Hyde (1867-1917) and Arthur Sewell Hyde (1875-1920).

In the other letter, Annie mentions that the family has arrived home and is at the hotel, waiting for Ida to arrive, before leaving for "the house".

Annie was the daughter of John Hayden and Martha Ann (Brown) Hayden) of Bath, Maine.  In 1866, Annie married Thomas Worcester Hyde (1841-1899), a Brigadier General in the Civil War, who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Antietam.  He later founded Bath Iron Works, a shipbuilding concern still in operation today, under General Dymanics.




Bath, February 23
Dear Ida
I was very glad to get your letter and to know that you certainly intend to come back to us. With regard to your work, I suppose you would like as well to do second girl's work at the same wages, as to cook.  Would you not?

Addie gets on very well with the cooking. Mr. Hyde seems to like it very much, so that, as he is willing to have the washing put out, I think we shall get on very well through the summer.  With regard to your wages, please keep it a secret between you and me (I do not mind your family at home knowing) but I prefer that no one here should know it, for I cannot afford to give it forever, and of course if it became known, the next second girl I had could expect the same. I am willing to give it to you because I like you so much, and I must have some one who is personally agreeable to me because a second girl is so much with me and the children. I hope you will come as soon as possible. You can't come too soon for me, and I hope to see you the 1st day of March, if possible.

I am quite worn out, for I have had very little sleep the last four or five nights. John has been ill. He is quite well today, however, but little Arthur is sick in bed. He has had a high fever, and a great deal of head-ache. The Dr. thinks he is getting better today. I am too tired now to be writing, but I did not want to delay writing you, because we want you to come as soon as possible. Hoping to hear from you in a day or two that you are coming immediately.
I am
Always your true friend,
Annie Hyde 



Saturday, Aug 30th
Dear Ida,
We arrived home last Tuesday, and are at the Hotel, patiently awaiting your arrival, which we all hope will be on Thursday next. We shall moe up to the house on that day, feeling sure you will come, as agreed upon.  Should anything prevent your coming, please send a dispatch to me in the morning, which of course I will pay for.  Hoping you have enjoued your visit home, and are quite refreshed, I am
Very truly your friend
A. H. Hyde

If you have more information on the Hyde family of Bath, Maine, or the Mansir family of Pittston, Maine, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Photograph Album of Floyd E. Dole (1917-2008) of Bangor, Maine; 19 Photographs of Military Life, Mountains, Farm


Photograph album that belonged to Floyd E. Dole (1917-2008) of Bangor, Maine.

The album contains 19 photographs, a business letter addressed to Floyd's father, Eugene M. Dole, who worked for the old Bangor Hydro-Electric Company, and a student accident insurance plan brochure.


The photographs:
  • mountains, perhaps in Piscataquis County, Maine
  • a stone tower with an American flag at the bottom
  • three photos of young children: one of a baby; another of a baby held by a woman; and the third of two young children.
  • Clarendon Street in Boston, in deep snow; perhaps taken while Floyd was attending Bentley Business School of Accounting and Finance, which until 1968 was located in the Back Bay section of Boston
  • three military photos: one of a man in uniform; another of a group in a mess hall; and the third of two men idling in front of a doorway
  • a man and a young woman in a nurse's uniform
  • two men walking on a rutty dirt road past a farmhouse

For more information on the photograph album, please contact me.