Thursday, April 28, 2016

Two Photographs of a Young Girl IDed as Mabel Louise Rowe; by Bangor, Maine, studios

Two photographs of a young girl identified on the reverse as Mabel Louise Rowe in one and Mabel Rowe in another.  The photograph above was taken at the Gerrity & Co. studio at Bangor, Maine.

The photograph below was taken by the Chalmers studio of Bangor, Maine.

Thankfully, the top photo contains her middle name, to differentiate her from several other Mabel Rowes in the Penobscot County, Maine, area.

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

There were at least two women born in the Bangor, Maine area, named Mabel L. Rowe.  One was Mabelle L. Rowe, also shown as Mabel L. Rowe, born about 1885, the daughter of Herbert W. and Tillie E. (Johnson) Rowe.  She graduated from Bangor High School in 1903.

It seems more likely to me, however, that the photographs were taken of a Mabel Louise Rowe born in a later era.   A good possibility is Mabel Louise Rowe, born in 1900, the daughter of Arthur Irving Rowe and Emma Leola (Clewley) Rowe, from, I believe, Brewer,  Maine, or possibly Eddington,  Maine.   Emma Leola died in 1907.  Arthur married Melvina Rich Smith, "Mellie", in 1914.

 Sadly, this Mabel Louise Rowe died in 1923 and is buried with her parents in the Pine Hill Cemetery at Eddington, Maine.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or if you recognize Mabel from your family photographs and research, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

1 comment:

  1. I think you are correct that this is the daughter of Arthur Rowe and Emma Clewley. Family talk had her dying fairly young. Another telling factor is her name. Arthur Rowe's first daughter by his second wife, after Emma died, was Louise Aolia Rowe. His sixth child of the second marriage was Mabel Elizabeth Rowe (who was best known as Betty) . . . So, you can see how Arthur preserved is first born in the names of his second family.