Sunday, November 13, 2011
Photograph of Woman & Dog at Loveland House, Northfield, Massachusetts
Indistinct photograph showing a woman and a dog on the porch of the Loveland House, a hotel at Northfield, Massachusetts.
The reverse has this inscription: F. V. Wood, Brayon [or Branson ?], F. h., Loveland House, Northfield, Mass.
The woman appears fairly young and handsome. She's wearing a long dress. Whether she is Mrs. F. V. Wood or not, I have no idea.
The focus of the photograph is a Border Collie type dog standing on a porch, perhaps a side porch, as it's rather narrow, and there's no railing. Behind the dog is a bicycle leaning up against the wall.
Researching online, I found a Frank V. Wood or Francis V. Wood who operated the Loveland Hotel at Northfield. He was born about 1859, the son of Oscar and Hester Ann (Britt) Wood.
His paternal grandparents were Ezekiel and Almire (Merriman) Wood. His maternal grandparents were Warren and Laura (Caswell) Britt.
On 24 November 1884 at Northfield, Massachusetts, Frank married Hattie E. Hervey, the daughter of Oramel and Mary Lydia (Slayton) Hervey. Hattie was born in October of 1865, or a proximate year.
Her paternal grandparents were Calvin and Lucinda (Thresher) Hervey. Her maternal grandparents were Reuben and Louise Stowell (Buxton) Slayton.
The couple had at least one child that I could find, a son Lewis Hervey Wood.
If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding any of the information presented here, please leave a comment or contact me directly. Thanks!
The Loveland House and F. V. Wood were involved in a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case involving the raffle of a turkey. It's interesting to reflect that there was once an era when a great deal of attention could be spent on an infraction we today, in our era of clogged courts, might consider quite minor.
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