Thursday, December 7, 2017

1887-1902 Autograph Album of Elizabeth Jane Mitchaem of Providence, Rhode Island; student at Providence High School in 1889


Large autograph album of inscriptions dating from 1887 to 1902, most of them from students in the Class of 1889 at Providence High School at Providence, Rhode Island.  The owner was Elizabeth J. Mitchaem, "Lizzie", who received the album as a Christmas gift in 1887.  Either Lizzie or the presenter wrote and stamped her name on the inside front cover


The album measures approximately 8-1/4" by 7" and contains the sentiments of 106 of Lizzie's relatives, friends and schoolmates.  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]HHallPParent
AAngellHallworthPerry
AshHaydenPettis
AustinHogan [2]Phillips
AxeHowardPierce
BBaldwinHowarthPike
BarrettJJamesPowley [4]
BlakeJonesPrestwich
BrittonKKeenan [2]RReilley
BrooksKenyon [2]Richmond
Brown [2]LLeesRobinson
BurkeLewis [3]Rose
BurnhamLindrothRyan
BurtLuftSSalt
Butman [2]MMallally ?Searle
CCarpenterMallaly ?Smart
ClappMarshallSmirl [2]
Clark [3]McCarthySmith [2]
CollinsMcCreadyStafford
CrowellMcDermottTTaaffe
DDanielsMcKeeThompson
Darling [2]McLaughlinVVarney
DarriganMetcalfWWalsh
DurfeeMitchaem [4]Warnock
FForsythMonroeWhitehead
FullerMoore ?Wilkinson [2]
GGatesNNichols [2]Worrall
GloverNickel
GoldingNickerson

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

Elizabeth Jane Mitchaem, "Lizzie", was born, according to a Rhode Island birth record, on April 2, 1875, but her Find-a-Grave memorial gives her birth date as April 1, 1876.  Her parents were Joseph Mitchaem, a native of England, and Catherine (Whalen) Mitchaem, a native of Nova Scotia, according to Census information. 

Four of Lizzie's siblings inscribed pages in her album:  brothers George W. Mitchaem; William Mitchaem and Charles A. Mitchaem, as well as Lizzie's married sister, Ellen S. (Mitchaem) Butman, "Nellie", who was then living with her husband Royal O. Butman at Worcester, Massachusetts.






Several members of the Powley family of Monroeville, Ohio, inscribed pages in the album, father William D. Powley, postmaster at Monroeville, and sons Clarence Le Pla Powley; Clinton Henry Powley; and George S. Powley.  George included a stamp photograph. on the page he inscribed while at Providence, Rhode Island, on June 24, 1892.




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
  • Edna; Class of 89
  • Polly; inscribed on May 14, 1889 at Providence, Rhode Island
  • ?; inscribed on May 27, 1891
A
  • B. E. Angell; Class of '89
  • Nannie Belle Ash of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on February 13, 1896
  • Edithe L. Austin; inscribed at Providence, Rhode Island, on June 30, 1894
  • May E. Axe; inscribed on March 18, 1892 at Providence, Rhode Island
B
  • Henry F. Baldwin of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on May 21, 1889.  Class of '89
  • Hattie E. Barrett of Providence, Rhode Island; Class of '89
  • Lydia M. Blake; inscribed on June 4, 1889.  Lizzie's schoolmate
  • Maggie J. Britton; inscribed on June 24, 1889.  Class of '89
  • Emily J. Brooks; inscribed on December 24, 1894 at Providence, Rhode Island
  • Annie S. Brown; inscribed on June 26, 1889
  • Charles H. Brown; his name stamped
  • Fannie E. Burke of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on June 4, 1889.  Class of '89
  • Lizzie M. Burnham of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on September 21, 1888.  Class of '89
  • Nellie M. Burt; inscribed on May 21, 1889.  Class of '89
  • Nellie S. Butman of Worcester, Massachusetts; inscribed on July 18, 1890.  Ellen S. (Mitchaem) Butman, "Nellie", Lizzie's older sister, and wife of Royal O. Butman who inscribed the right facing page.
  • Royal O. Butman of Worcester, Massachusetts; inscribed on August 5, 1888.  Husband of Ellen S. (Michaem) Butman, "Nellie",who inscribed the left facing page.
C
  • Grace A. Carpenter of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on September 16, 1888
  • Sara Clapp; shared a page inscribed on August 30, 1897 with Carrie M. Kenyon
  • Albert E. Clark; inscribed at Providence, Rhode Island, on February 2, 1896
  • J. E. Clark of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on January 19, 1888
  • William H. Clark of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on February 14, 1888
  • Amy F. Collins; inscribed on January 18, 1888
  • Emmie R. Crowell of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on May 22, 1889.  Class of '89.  Presumably Emiline R. Crowell
D
  • Thomas Remington Holden Daniels of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on June 25, 1889.  Class of '89
  • Ethel M. Darling of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on May 17, 1889.  Class of '89
  • Ray H. Darling of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on January 16, 1888.  Class of '89
  • Maggie Darrigan; Class of '89
  • Hattie M. Durfee; inscribed at Providence, Rhode Island, on November 1, 1891
F
  • G. Forsyth; Class of '89
  • Grace E. Fuller of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on May 20, 1889.  Class of '89
G
  • E. B. Gates; Class of '89
  • Sarah Glover of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on September 21, 1888.  Class of '89
  • Sadie Golding
H
  • Lizzie Hall; inscribed on April 17, 1889
  • Robert Q. Hallworth; inscribed on May 21, 1889.  Class of '89
  • Louise M. Hayden; inscribed on September 21, 1888.  Class of '89
  • Katie A. Hogan of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on January 16, 1888.  Class of '89
  • Mary J. Hogan; inscribed on July 17, 1890.  "Mollie"
  • E. H. Howard; inscribed at Providence, Rhode Island, on June 25, 1889
  • Alice M. Howarth; inscribed on June 25, 1889.  Class of '89
J
  • Charles T. James of Providence, Rhode Island.  Not sure of middle initial
  • W. F. Jones; Class of '89
K
  • Eaver C. Keenan of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on July 15, 1889.  Eaver or Eva Catherine (Weeks) Keenan, whose husband Edwin Alanson Keenan inscribed the left facing page.
  • Edwin A. Keenan of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on July 15, 1889.  Edwin Alanson Keenan, whose wife Eaver or Eva Catherine (Weeks) Keenan inscribed the right facing page.
  • Carrie M. Kenyon; shared a page inscribed on August 30, 1897 with Sara Clapp
  • Evelyn A. Kenyon of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on May 21, 1889.  Class of '89
L
  • Mrs. John Lees; inscribed at Providence, Rhode Island, on May 14, 1889
  • Eva Lewis of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on January 8, 1888.  Lizzie's schoolmate
  • Robert H. Lewis; inscribed on January 8, 1888
  • Susan A. Lewis of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on November 13, 1890
  • Nellie V. Lindroth; Class of '89
  • Minnie A. Luft; inscribed on December 19, 1888.  Presumably Wilhelmina A. Luft
M
  • Mrs. C. B. Mallaly; inscribed at Smith's Hill, Providence, Rhode Island, on September 11, 1890
  • James H. L. Mallally or Joseph H. L. Mullally, of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on September 26, 1890.  The inscriber of the left facing page was Mrs. C. B. Mallaly; note the different surname spelling.
  • Gertie Marshall; inscribed on January 16, 1888.  Class of '89
  • Henry G. McCarthy of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on June 25, 1889.  Class of '89
  • William McCready of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on June 25, 1889.  Class of '89
  • Abby G. McDermott; inscribed on June 24, 1889.  Class of '89
  • Susie McKee; inscribed on February 22, 1895
  • James McLaughlin; inscribed on February 14, 1888
  • Howard T. Metcalf; Class of '89
  • C. A. Mitchaem of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on January 9, 1888.  Charles A. Mitchaem, Lizzie's younger brother
  • George W. Mitchaem; inscribed on January 8, 1888 at Providence, Rhode Island.  Lizzie's older brother
  • Lizzie J. Mitchaem; album owner; given the album at Christmas in 1887.  Elizabeth Jane Mitchaem, "Lizzie", of Providence, Rhode Island.  Born at Providence, Rhode Island on April 2, 1875, daughter of Joseph Mitchaem and Catherine (Whalen) Mitchael, natives of England and Nova Scotia, respectively.
  • William Mitchaem of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on January 8, 1888.  Lizzie's older brother
  • Mary F. Monroe; inscribed on April 15, 1890.  Lizzie's schoolmate at P.H.S., presumably Providence High School at Providence, Rhode Island
  • Anne G. Moore; not sure of given name or surname; inscribed on March 31., 1891.  Could be Amie G. Moore
N
  • Thomas Nichols; inscribed on March 1, 1893.  "Your talent at the Asbury Will long be remembered by me."
  • William H. Nichols of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on February 2, 1893
  • Cora Nickel; Class of '89
  • Louise M. Nickerson; inscribed on June 13, 1891
P
  • Ida Parent; inscribed on January 16, 1888.  Class of '89
  • Etta W. Perry of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on August 12, 1894
  • Ella M. Pettis of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on June 24, 1889.  Class of '89.  Lizzie's classmate
  • Minnie C. Phillips of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on May 15, 1889.  Class of '89
  • W. C. Pierce of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on February 15, 1888.  Not sure of middle initial
  • Grace L. Pike, or Grace S. Pike, of Providence, Rhode Island.  Class of '89.  Possibly Grace Lincoln Pike
  • Clarence Le Pla Powley; inscribed at Providence, Rhode Island, on July 23, 1894.  Son of inscriber William D. Powley and brother of inscribers Clinton Henry Powley and George S. Powley of Monroeville, Ohio
  • Clinton Henry Powley; inscribed at Monroeville, Ohio, in July 1890.  Son of inscriber William D. Powley and brother of inscribers Clarence Le Pla Powley and George S. Powley
  • George S. Powley of Monroeville, Ohio; inscribed at Providence, Rhode Island, on June 24, 1892.  Stamp photograph.  Son of inscriber William D. Powley and brother of inscribers Clinton Henry Powley and Clarence Le Pla Powley
  • W. D. Powley; inscribed at Monroeville, Ohio, in July 1890.  Presumably William D. Powley, father of inscribers Clinton Henry Powley,  Clarence Le Pla Powley and George S. Powley
  • Grace Prestwich; Class of '89
R
  • Emma Reilley; inscribed on June 4, 1889.  Class of '89
  • Eliza J. Richmond; inscribed on February 2, 1893
  • John P. Robinson, or possibly Job P. Robinson; inscribed on "Happynewyears Night 1893"
  • Etta F. Rose of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on August 21, 1888.  Class of '89
  • Minnie E. Ryan of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on May 16, 1889.  Class of '89.
S
  • Alfred E. Salt; inscribed on January 13, 1889
  • Carrie M. Searle of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on October 12, 1891
  • Howard Smart; inscribed on June 24, 1889.  Class of '89
  • Elizabeth Smirl of Providence, Rhode Island, inscribed on September 7, 1902
  • Lena Smirl of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on September 7, 1902
  • Evangeline M. Smith of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on February 13, 1896
  • Ida B. Smith; inscribed on May 30, 1892
  • John Stafford of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on July 10, 1888
T
  • Ella M. Taaffe; inscribed on January 16, 1888.  Class of '89
  • Maria L. S. Thompson of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on March 17, 1892
V
  • Ida W. Varney of Providence, Rhode Island; Class of '89
W
  • John P. Walsh; inscribed on February 22, 1896
  • Samuel Warnock; inscribed on January 14, 1888
  • Clara Whitehead; Class of '89
  • Mrs. Fayette Wilkinson of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on November 22, 1891
  • Frank H. Wilkinson of Providence, Rhode Island; inscribed on November 22, 1891
  • William H. Worrall; inscribed at Providence, Rhode Island, on February 13, 1896

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