52 Ancestors Week Two - Favorite Photo [closed]

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AJC - This week should be a fun week! The prompt is "Favorite Photo." Tell the story of the people, place, and event in a favorite photo. Where did the photo come from? Who has the original now? How did you get a copy of it?

And please upload the photo to your blog or the profile for that person or family.  Have fun!!

closed with the note: Challenge is now complete
in The Tree House by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (961k points)
closed by Robynne Lozier
I added the tag to my bio but since the security setting is set not show the bio if you are not on my trusted list, most won't see it.
Thanks Linda, I think I changed to the setting to public for Marr-1188  One of the things is really like about Wikitree is the collaborative aspect of the site. I am slowly getting the hang of inputting info the correctly. I am going to go painstakingly slow when entering my GEOCOM. Thanks for the instructions along the way!

I posted a family favorite photo of my grandmother, Ellen Gaddis McDonald for week 2! It is of a time when she was much younger and was not afflicted with Alzheimers. This is the way we remember her...walking in grace and beauty! Here is the link to her profile.
https://www.wikitree.com/photo.php/5/53/Gaddis-281.jpg
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gaddis-281

Jen, anyone who has ever dealt with what that disease know how hard it is on the family.  Hugs and prayers coming your way!
There is no photo on her profile or here, Yes my dad's brother's wife has it and my dad has vascular demetia.  Which is like and similar to Alzheimers. and you are right Laura about how hard it is on the family. It is very hard and difficult on the family and also watching them through this before they die is very hard also. When you watch it every day and deal with it every day. So I know what you are going through Hen and as Laura said hugs and prayers coming your way.
I copied the photo to my comment above.
I can see it!
My favorite photo is one of my great gramma Angie Williams and her husband my ggrampa James E. Long. He was buried without a headstone and so the pic, although grainy ,is precious to me
WEEK 52 FAVORITE ANCESTOR PHOTO,

One of my favorite ancestor's is [[Chesterman-24|Maria Harriett Chesterman Apted]] who married Henry Edmund Apted.  I actually communicated through the mail with Emma G. (Fritz) Parker  Maria's great-grandchildren years ago, which is how I came into possession of the picture of Maria. Emma and her siblings loved Maria and called her "Minnie."  The photo makes her look so stern, yet she was so gentle in person.

It's actually interesting, my fathers, father is Ronald Chesterman Fritz. Ronald's parent's were Jesse Perry Fritz Jr and Caroline Jean Apted.

Jesse Jr's parents are Jesse Perry Fritz Sr and Dorothy Jane Cheney.  Their parents are: Jesse parents  Henry Fritz and Mary Polly Clark , Dorothy parents are: Moses Cheney  and Jane Burton (Frankland) Cheney.

On Caroline Jean Apted side: her parents are Henry E. Apted amd Maria Harriett Apted.

Taylor
Week 2 and answer 2 must be 2! favorites... pics of my dad loaded to his bio at Matthews-4181 as a free mason, and then a copy of a speech given at my maternal grandmothers 80th at Lawrence-5438.

54 Answers

+16 votes
 
Best answer

I'm in for another week. So many photos in my files. Hardly know which one to pick.

Here's one. It is the only picture we have of my maternal grandfather in uniform.

William Rosenberger

by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (213k points)
edited by Bob Keniston
You could pick 2 or 3 of the same person so that they show this person from younger age to various older ages - like I did.

Here are the  photos.All I did was right click on the picture on your profile and then I clicked on copy then when I click on reply here this box here came up I went under where the B for Bold was and clicked on the button looks like a clip board and it said paste and asked for you to allow it to be inserted and it inserted. This is Libby Parks pictures.imageimage

William with his sister, Lillian

Here is your picture.

Thanks, Lucy.
+18 votes
I'll start off again. I have uploaded 2 photos of my grandmother, Lily Burrow. I personally do not remember her at all. She died in 1969 when I was still young, before I had even started school. Her name was Lily Burrow. She was born in 1897.

The first photo is dated 1915 and shows 18 year old Lily chopping or sawing wood at the family home in the Catlins district of Southern Otago. If you look at in the background of this photo, you can see a steep hill and lots of tree stumps and rocks. The family would have had to chop down those trees and move the rocks in order to clear a level space to build their house when they first moved down to this district around 1890.

The second photo shows my grandparents, Lily and Roy Thompson all dressed up for an evening out. The location is their home in Mornington, Dunedin, New Zealand. This photo is undated but would have been taken in the early to mid 1960s, before Lily died in 1969.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Burrow-389
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (961k points)
edited by Robynne Lozier
Doing her chores! What a great photo.
Thanks Natalie.

What gets my goat is how casually her brother is standing there with one foot on the log to keep it still, while she saws or chops!!

I thought the men usually did the outside chores!!! LOL
Well, if she's chopping, he's either brave or stupid!
LOL -- thanks for the giggles. Actually I think she is using a SAW!!
I'd say she knows how to use that saw!

Here is the picture. All I did was right click on the picture on your profile and then I clicked on copy then when I click on reply here this box here came up I went under where the B for Bold was and clicked on the button looks like a clip board and it said paste and asked for you to allow it to be inserted and it inserted.500px-Burrow-389-1.jpg

Thank you Linda!!!!
+27 votes

This is my Great Uncle,  Ben Fullinghim. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Fullingim-5 ​This is actually a post card that read:

"Famed 'Old Ben Fullingim' from Tuolumne County, California, with his donkey 'Nugget' near Tuolumne City, above Turnback Creek.'Old Ben' is a familiar sight in parades throughout Central California."  

He was the archetypical 49er of the modern day.  For many years, he lived alone in a sagging shack he hand-built in the early 1950s on gold claims atop Mt. Eaton Road behind Tuolumne, Ca. 

 

My Mom had an original copy of it.  This is one that I found on the internet in years past.  Once upon a time if you googled old Ben this would popup as number 1.  Now I cannot even find it anymore.

 

I remember going to visit him on his mountain and riding his donkey.  He would take us into his mines show us around.  He had a really cool museum of old stuff too.  When his health failed and he had to move into town looters took everything that wasn't nailed down.

 

He was 99 years old when he died in 2003.

 

 

Here are some more memories of Old Ben

 

www.pbase.com/ken_duckert/image/108443313​  

http://historyishiring.com/old-ben/

 

by Jim Parsons G2G6 Mach 1 (10.8k points)
edited by Jim Parsons
Very Interesting Jim. Thanks.

Also the profile link (the first one) has not been pasted in correctly.
A great piece of your family history. Thanks for sharing this awesome photo.
Great pic, Jim ~
I got it fixed.  I don't know what was causing those extra characters to appear when you clicked on it.
The profile looks great, no. Thanks Jim!!
This is an awesome picture!

Taylor
+15 votes
I've added the 52 ancestors template to our category page. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:52_Ancestors

If you would like to add it anywhere else on Wikitree please use the text below.

{{Image|file=52_Ancestors_-_Coat-12.jpg
|caption=52 Ancestors - 2018|1024px
}}
by Veronica Williams G2G6 Pilot (148k points)
edited by Veronica Williams
WOW how cool is that!!  Thanks Veronica!!

Have added this template to my profile!!

(You do have to scroll down to see it though!!)
Great sticker, Veronica. Appreciate your effort.
+15 votes
Please add the following category to the biography of your ancestor if you want it to be included in our Wikitree category list for this week.

[[Category:  52 Ancestors - 2018 Week 2 'Favourite Photo']]

See :  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:52_Ancestors
by Veronica Williams G2G6 Pilot (148k points)
Excellent, Thanks Veronica.
+25 votes

I'm in. See my comment just posted to my Grandmother Elizabeth's profile. And yes, her grandchildren called her "Grandmother Elizabeth" or, for short, just "Grandmother" (her call, saying she was not going be referred to as a goat! [Nanny being what her children had called her mother-in-law]).

Elizabeth Watkins (standing)

500px-Watkins-1247-1.jpg

https://www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/Watkins-1247-1

by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (473k points)
What a beautiful picture!
Not only do I love this photo but I think I would have loved your Grandmother. She sounds like she was a hoot.
I love that one!
Thanks y'all, she was definitely a hoot. And a bookworm - she gave me a love of mysteries (a favorite author of hers was Agatha Christie) and so much more.

One of my favorite stories is when my Aunt Ann wrote home from Europe during WWII (she was a WAC), she signed her letter "Anne". Her next letter from home was signed "Mothere".
I really shouldn't laugh but the idea of being called Nanny and being compared to a goat is hilarious. I never thought of that before!!

I called my grandmother Nana. I'm pretty sure that is not a goat!! LOL
My sister name is Nancy our immediate family which is my parents, me and my brother would call her Nanny goat because of her name was Nancy. She didn't really like that nickname. But that was my family nickname for her when we were kids.
Gorgeous photo!
What a precious photo. They look stunning.
Thanks y'all! I was thrilled when my cousin sent me the photo. It was neat to see how pretty she was as a girl!
+22 votes

This is one of my favorite family photos, attached to Agnes Vachon Jordan, [[Vachon-419|Agnes Vachon]].  It is of the children of William Henry and Christina Nusbaumer Vachon. 

I just love how their personalities shine through. 

 

by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (861k points)
What a wonderful photo! (And what a handful it looks like they were collectively!!)
Truly a great pictures that shows great personalities, Natalie !
+21 votes

Lois pushing Willis in wagon.

 

Thanks to Linda Barnett for explaining to me how to paste in the photo!

This is a photo taken around 1933, of my mother pushing her big brother Willis in the wagon. He had been pulling her around in the wagon, and then he told her to get out, and he got in, and said "Push me!" Lois was really surprised and delighted that she was able to.

by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 6 (66.0k points)
edited by Alison Gardner
OMG - she is such an adorable little cutie!!

I didn't realise the brother was so much older!!

I am surprised she could push him!!
My mother was a mistake--and the baby in the family. Her brother was 11 years older than her, and her sister 14 years older than her. My mother was very close to her brother. Her mother was not the greatest, and her brother helped to raise her.
That is the cutest!
Precious !
Oh my goodness!!  What a beautiful capture of the moment!  How sweet!!

Here is the right size of this picture.500px-Stoner-631.jpg

Thanks to Linda Barnett for telling me how to paste in pictures!.
I just cannot get over how adorable your mother was as a child, Alison. Everytime I see this photo I cannot help smiling!!
+17 votes

https://www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/Costa_Zana-1-1

This is a photo of my Grandma, Antonietta Maria Costa Zana Smith (farthest left). It was taken  in Houghton County, which is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan about 1917. She and her friends came from Italy and other places all over the world. They were the first generation that learned English and usually translated for the parents. They were also among the first group of women to have the freedom to be in public spaces unaccompanied by men. Despite their household chores or work, they were able to find time for outdoor recreation—including, not only fishing, but skiing and snow shoeing and hiking through the woods. It is a favorite simply because not many photos during this time period show women enjoying outdoor-leisure activities.

 

by Sara Rice G2G6 Mach 1 (10.5k points)
Very nice!!
It's a great shot of the ladies enjoying an afternoon!

Here is the picture.Costa_Zana-1-1.jpg

All I did was right click on the picture on your profile and then I clicked on copy then when I click on reply here this box here came up I went under where the B for Bold was and clicked on the button looks like a clip board and it said paste and asked for you to allow it to be inserted and it inserted.
Thank you!!!!!
+16 votes

My 2nd 52 Ancestors post features my great grandfather, Arthur A. Hicks and a mysterious sketch

Full post is on my blog: 

https://leannecoopergenealogy.ca/2018/01/08/52-ancestors-2-arthur-a-hicks/

by Leanne Cooper G2G6 Mach 3 (35.2k points)
What a marvellous find, Leanne!!  A wonderful post and some interesting history!!
That is amazing sketch to inherit, Leanne !
+23 votes

This is my Uncle Al, my great-grandmother's 2nd husband, in the picture the American Red Cross took when he went into the service in 1942. What always gets me about this is that he wasn't even Scottish, lol. The story as my mom remembers being told is that he and his buddies went out drinking the night before they were to get their pictures and he was dared to get his picture taken wearing a kilt. Well come morning Uncle Al arrives for the picture dressed like this =D

https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Jutrash-1&public=1

by Amanda Frank G2G6 Mach 5 (50.9k points)
This is a fantastic photo!
This is where I wish I had Scottish in my line, Amanda (-:
I might have a little Scottish in my line Maggie but not a lot. Funny thing is there is no evidence of any Scottish in his line at all. His dad was from Austria and though his mom was born in Minnesota both of her parents were born in Austria. In a way knowing that makes this picture even better to me. =D
+17 votes

When Charles Henry Crofutt and Hattie Belle West were thinking about retirement, in the 1930s, they visited their son Kenneth (stationed in California) with the thought that sunny California might be a good place to retire. They must have adventured into the mountains to get this photo. I wonder who got the photos that Charles took with his camera? I think I have an original, it was in my parents collection and had been passed down by my grandparents. I believe that son Kenneth must have taken the photo.

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
I love the amusement in their faces at that snow !
While I was working in Newhall, CA (above LA), a friend said he was going skiing that weekend. Since we were equidistant between Ventura and Big Bear, I asked if he was going water skiing or snow skiing. Since he was a Minnesotan, it really amused him.
+24 votes

This photo is probably the most recent one on all of WikiTree, but it is one of my greatest treasures.  It documents the first time I met my second cousin, Dick Orkin.  He discovered his grandfather's profile here after I had made the thrilling discovery that my grandmother had siblings - lots of them, too!  Dicks's grandfather was one of them and he contacted me.  We rapidly bonded and, although 2,500 miles apart, we met twice in the thirteen months we knew each other, with a third visit planned for this spring ... but that was before Dick suddenly died on Christmas Eve.  I just added this photo to Dick's profile.

by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (945k points)
My condolences, Gaile. At least you got the chance to meet!!!
I'm sorry for your loss. What a treasured photo this is now.
Very touching. It was meant to be that they connected in those last years.
How sad, but its lovely to have those fond memories to look back on.
I even see the family resemblance. It's in the cheeks
Great picture :)
+13 votes

: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leonard-5579 The picture is on it. There is Andrew and Amanda Fine Leonard, Benjamin Leonard, William H and Lydia Leonard Henson , Catherine Jane Hays and Elcanah Martin (Cain) Leonard, Susan Cornelia Leonard, Hester Leonard, Nellie Leonard, Charles E. Leonard, John W. Leonard, Juanita (Nete) Henson, Isadora Henson, Jessie Maude Leonard. My mom has the original and her sister which is dead scanned it in to her tree and made a Leonard Family book for all the women and children of the Leonards. She even made me one to have. The title is Elcanah and Catherine Jane Hays Leonard family in front of someone house. You will see that the family is a big one. There is some in this we do not know or recognize. I think this was a family gathering and decided to have a family photo taking in front of their house.

by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (465k points)
edited by Anonymous Barnett
+12 votes

My favourite photo is up on my father's profile.

by Janet Berkman G2G2 (2.9k points)
Jamet, your fathers photos are all privacy protected and we can only see one photo as a thumbnail - it's very small.

I don't know how to change the privacy level of a photo, so you may have to ask on G2G.
Sorry! Updated the privacy settings.
Much better!!  The Bunny photo is sooo cute!!  Poor man to have to put up with such a nickname all his life!! Thanks Janet.
Bet that "bunny suit" is angora rabbit wool!

Here is the picture.All I did was right click on the picture on your profile and then I clicked on copy then when I click on reply here this box here came up I went under where the B for Bold was and clicked on the button looks like a clip board and it said paste and asked for you to allow it to be inserted and it inserted.500px-Berkman-105-2.jpg

That's adorable
How cute!
What a darling picture! Your Dad was a gorgeous baby! Like one of those antique baby dolls I used to pine for when I was collecting dolls. :) That little outfit must have been very expensive, or perhaps knitted by a doting Grandmama or Auntie.
+12 votes
After a lot of thought I have sorted out  a picture that I wanted to share. Its not the most exciting photograph, and will only be interesting to family members. Its a photograph of my father and four of my uncles. It was probably taken at a family wedding some time in the 1970s. Its special to me because its the only photograph that I have of three on my uncles. I have added it to the profiles of all the five people who are on it and done a bit of work tidying up their profiles.
1. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Williams-47591
2. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Count-19
3. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Count-24
4. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Johnson-54143
5. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Anderson-28753
by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Pilot (123k points)
The only photo of some of your uncles? That is a treasure!!  Great pic, Joan. Thanks.

Here is the picture.500px-Williams-47591.jpg

All I did was right click on the picture on your profile and then I clicked on copy then when I click on reply here this box here came up I went under where the B for Bold was and clicked on the button looks like a clip board and it said paste and asked for you to allow it to be inserted and it inserted.
Thank Linda, I did not know how to add the photo.
+13 votes

My entry for this weeks challenge for 'favourite photo' is associated with the search for my paternal great grandfather.  Read about my progress on my blog.  https://genemonkey25.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/which-noll-is-it-52-ancestors-4/

Here is the Wikitree profile - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Noll-576

 

by Veronica Williams G2G6 Pilot (148k points)
edited by Veronica Williams
Wow Veronica, what an exciting hunt you have. I too think it might be the youngest brother. He looks cute!!  LOL
My Mum thinks so too!
+11 votes

I have many favorite photos, of which one favorite is a portrait image of my great-grandfather who immigrated from Helgeroa in Norway in the late 1880s.  He first settled in Chicago where he worked in a foundry, and later moved to Wisconsin where he farmed, and had dairy cattle.

My grandfather, Ole's eldest son, had begun this genealogy journey in the 1950s.  A few years after Grandpa's death, I asked my Grandmother if I could have the work that he had done, and she gave it to me including the photos.

At present, it's not clear if this photo was taken in Wisconsin, which is the more likely as he is clearly older in the photo, or if in Chicago, as even in his later years, he had gone back to Chicago working in the foundries for extra money while his sons remained to work on the farm.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Nilssen-66

by Bonnie Weber G2G3 (3.5k points)
A lovely portrait Bonnie.

Here is the picture of him.500px-Nilssen-66.jpg

All I did was right click on the picture on your profile and then I clicked on copy then when I click on reply here this box here came up I went under where the B for Bold was and clicked on the button looks like a clip board and it said paste and asked for you to allow it to be inserted and it inserted.
Let me make a note of that - Linda - Thank You!!
+8 votes
What with the eclipse of the sun this past summer, which I went to Oregon to see, I thought I'd post a photo of my grandfather watching the 1923 (or maybe '25) solar eclipse in San Diego, through smoked glass.

https://www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/Stoner-632-2

My grandfather lived in Pasadena, and was the head of the mathematics and physical sciences depts. at Pasadena City College. He had minored in Astronomy at UC Berkeley. I imagine that those with him are probably family or possibly from the school, but the photo does not show faces well enough for me to be sure of anyone other than my grandfather. This photo was sent to me by a cousin, who has taken it upon herself to digitize and disperse to family all the old family photos.
by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 6 (66.0k points)
edited by Alison Gardner
Wow now that really is an interesting photo - how they watched an eclipse back then, compared to how we all watched it last summer!!

This is your second photo for this prompt. Not that you can't post more, becasue of course you can. But just in case you forgot.

Your first photo was the cute one of your mother as a 2 year old pushing her much older brother in the wagon. She was so cute with those blonde curls. She reminded me of Shirley Temple would have been just a few years older at the time.

Thanks Alison.
There was a partial eclipse that my mother got to see as a child, and her father smoked the glass for her to watch it through, over a candle. He warned her never to trust just anyone to smoke the glass--that it had to be smoked until it appeared completely dark, and you couldn't see through it. That many people damaged their vision from using glass that wasn't smoked well enough. (Yes, I knew it was a second, and hoped it was okay.)
As many as you like Alison!!

But you only need to be counted once.

Here is the photo.500px-Stoner-632-2.jpg

All I did was right click on the picture on your profile and then I clicked on copy then when I click on reply here this box here came up I went under where the B for Bold was and clicked on the button looks like a clip board and it said paste and asked for you to allow it to be inserted and it inserted.
+10 votes

Like this? Hope I put the sticker in the right place!

Bremner-458

My nan Catherine Louisa Phillpott nee Bremner.

I love this profile as it has a picture of my nan with me as a baby, and with me as a young child. It also has a picture of her at the beach hut on holiday at Seasalter in the 1950s. I can't quite work out which picture is my favourite ...probably https://www.wikitree.com/photo/png/Bremner-458 

Bremner-458.png

as it depicts a typical Sunday roast dinner...a tradition that still continues!

 

by Michelle Wilkes G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
edited by Michelle Wilkes

Just realised the sticker should go on my profile lol

Great photos on your grandmothers profile, Michelle!!

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