Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Bittersweet Photo of 3 Year Old Twins Doris Edna Challans and Morris Edward Challans, Waverly, Illinois
Circa 1910 photograph of 3 year old twins Doris Edna Challans and Morris Edward Challans of Waverly, Illinois. No studio marking on the photograph.
From online research, hopefully correct:
Doris Edna Challans and twin brother Morris Edward Challans were born 26 November 1907, possibly at Waverly, Illinois. Their parents were John Richard Challans and wife Fanny Jane (Taylor) Challans, both Illinois natives.
The twins' paternal grandparents were George and Mary Ann (Woodcock) Challans. Their maternal grandparents were William and Alice (Harris) Taylor. All of their grandparents were born in England, but died at Waverly, Illinois.
Sadly, Morris Edward Challans died before his fourth birthday, on 17 January 1911.
About 1922, when she was 14, Doris Edna Challans married Ora Lee Vankirk (or Lee Ora) of Missouri. He was born 10 May 1901 at El Dorado Springs, the son of Henry Mills Vankirk and wife Allena Leota (Scott) Vankirk.
In the 1930 Census, Doris and Ora Lee were living at Elgin, Illinois, with three children listed with them. Also in their household were Doris' father John Challans and Ora Lee's brother George and his wife and two children. If I'm reading the entry right, Ora Lee was a chrome plater, as was his brother George.
Doris Edna (Challans) Vankirk died fairly young in 1951. Ora Lee was not far behind her, in 1959.
If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding any of the information presented here, please leave a comment or contact me directly.
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