Thursday, January 21, 2016

School Photograph of Boy IDed as Harry Skilling; Presumably Harry Alfred Skillin of Kenduskeag, Maine.

Photograph, presumably a school photograph, of a boy identified on the reverse as Harry Skilling - one of three variants of this surname I found - Skillin, Skilling and Skillings.

What do you suppose Harry's button represents?

The photograph, which measures about 1-1/4" by 1", without its mat, was taken by the Dexter Novelty Photo Company of Dexter, Maine, which may have taken the photograph at the studio or at a branch office or at schools in area towns.

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

Harry Alfred Skillin, Skillingwas born June 5, 1889 at Kenduskeag, Maine, son of John W. Skillin and Sophronia Jane (Brown) Skillin, "Jennie".

Another post features a photograph of an older man identified as John Skillin with mention of Bangor, Maine; he was presumably John W. Skillin.

One of Harry's siblings was Susan Rachel (Skillin) Kendall Knapp, fourth wife of Ora Crosby Knapp and stepmother of Ora's daughter Leda Burrill Knapp.

On October 20, 1915 at Bangor, Maine, Harry married Annie Graham, daughter of John and Harriet (Oliver) Graham.  Harry and Annie lived at Bangor, Maine, where they raised a daughter, born in 1916, and a son born in 1920.

Harry died in 1962 and Annie, I think, in 1970, assuming she is the Annie Skillin buried with Harry and his parents at Mount Hope Cemetery at Bangor, Maine.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or if you believe that the Harry Skilling in the photograph is a different Harry, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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