Tuesday, January 5, 2016

c1900 Photograph of Brothers Walter and Harold Slocomb, on a Bicycle; Presumably Malden, Massachusetts

Candid photograph of two boys on a bicycle, identified on the reverse as Walter and Harold Slocomb.  I believe they were Walter James Slocomb and Harold Isaac Slocomb of Malden, Massachusetts.

The photograph measures approximately 4" by 3", and is mounted on cardboard that measures about 6" x 5".

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

Walter James Slocomb, Sr., was born March 19, 1890 at Malden, Massachusetts, son of Isaac L. Slocomb, Jr. and Lyona F. (Diffin) Slocomb, who were born at Port George, Nova Scotia, and Robbinston, Maine, respectively.

Walter's younger brother, Harold Isaac Slocomb, was born December 18, 1895, also at Malden, Massachusetts.  The brothers were still at Malden by the time of enumeration of the 1910 Census.

On June 20, 1916, Walter James Slocomb married Marie Adelaide Williams, daughter of Albert Miles Williams and Mary Adelaide (Nichols) Williams of Boston, Massachusetts.  Marie Adelaide was born December 9, 1894.  Walter and Mary Adelaide would have three children.  Marie Adelaide died in 1950.

Several years later, Walter James Slocomb married widow Faith Gertrude (Channell) Stoddard, daughter of Carleton James Channell and Minnie Maude (Blinn) Channell.  Faith had a daughter with her first husband Seth Perkins Stoddard.  Walter James Slocumb, Sr., died in California in 1978.

Harold Isaac Slocomb served in the U.S. Army in World War I and later joined the Coast Guard.  At the time of the 1940 Census,  he was serving at Rockland, Maine on the US Coast Guard Cutter Travis.  On his World War II registration card, he indicated he was living at Norfolk, Virginia and was retired from the Coast Guard.  His gave his next of kin as his mother, Mrs. Lyona Slocomb, 2 Floral Avenue, Malden, Massachusetts.

On February 2, 1942, at Norfolk, Virginia, Harold married Susie Ellen (Butterfield) Harmon, daughter of Scott and Josie (Fickett) Butterfield.  Susie was born at Industry, Maine.  The record indicates that both had been married before, which might account for an unsourced mention in an online family tree of Harold's marriage in 1928 to Henrietta Ethel Thorne.  Harold died May 24, 1954 and is buried at Forestdale Cemetery, Malden, Massachusetts, according to an application for his military headstone.

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

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