52 Photos Week 52: Resolution

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Time for the last 52 Photos challenge!

52 Photos and 52 Ancestors sharing bacgesThis week's theme:


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I wish I had seen this sooner. I have a lot of photos.
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19 Answers

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This is a photo taken about 1930 of my grandmother Nellie Long Marvin and her younger sister Nora Long. They often quarreled, and there was a long time jealousy between these two sisters, but in their later years when family heath problems occurred they resolved these, and there was a loving bond between them.

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (139k points)
Thank You Alexis for sharing this story, glad about the loving bond between them later
I love this photo and the story Alexis.  Perceived slights and unkind words can really create a wall between siblings.  I am so glad that they found that love is greater.
Wonderful story; wonderful photo. Thank you for sharing both.
Susan, Nora lived with us when my mother was sick, so I could stay in school. She was absolutely the best friend my grandmother and mother could have had, and there was true love throughout my mother’s illness.
You are so right Caryl, I was glad that I got to see them mend their past relationship and love each other.
Robin thank you for your sweet comment .
Glad they sorted it out.  Thanks for sharing, not this photo, but the whole year!
Thank you SJ, you made the year a good one with your wonderful comments, especially when it came to the military.
Alexis, I have loved getting to know you over the last 52 weeks. Thank you for sharing so many pictures and memories.
Cheryl, I have also loved getting to know you. I would guess the 52 Photos and Ancestors will continue, and we will find more in common. Merry Christmas!
+13 votes

Photo week 52 photo 

Photo taken 1934 Copenhagen 

When My husbands uncle was Young, He want to study, but there was no money so his parents find a resolution and put  him in a manufacturer shop, the photo is the first shop he work from he was 14  years, he died this year 99 years old,he stop working when he was 95. 

by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)
edited by Susan Laursen
Thank you Susan for sharing your fabulous photo. I love all the dresses hanging outside.
Awesome photo and story Susan.  Thanks for sharing it with us.
Thank You Caryl for your sweet comments
Susan, thank you for sharing this wonderful photo -- so much to see.  And thank you for sharing your uncle's story.  It's wonderful that he lived such a long and productive life.
Susan, I want to know when you're opening the museum of your famiy heirlooms; I'll be the first visitor!  Amazing the things you come up with!
Thank You a Robin for your sweet comments,
You make me laugh SJ thank You for your kind comments

I will invite you to my museum.

My trouble is I ask family about old photos, and paper I really are terrible that way
Susan, once again you found the perfect picture for the last week of the year. Thank you for sharing. Your pictures are always enjoyable, and crystal clear and I have really enjoyed every single one of the 52 that you have shared this year

Thank you again.
Thank You sweet Cheryl for your wonderful comments
+11 votes

52 Week Photo Challenge - week 52.

My parents married young.  Dad was 19 and mom was just 17 years old and pregnant with my oldest brother when they married in 1955. Not many expected their marriage to last.  They resolved to never go to bed angry at each other and to work through the challenges that life gave them.  They maintained a loving marriage for almost 60 years. 


by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (179k points)
Caryl your parents where beautiful wow what a gorgeous couple, thank You for sharing this sweet story
Caryl, thank you for the sweet story about your parents, so many people can not work through things like your parents were able to. They both have movie star looks, so glad they loved each other, and thank you for sharing them with us.
Caryl, your mother is beautiful and your father so handsome.  They must have been mature beyond their years to be so young and yet have a successful marriage.  Though it was a different time then, it still would have taken a lot of love and understanding.  Thank you for sharing this.
Beautiful photo and story!  We can learn something from them!
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Again this week I'm featuring my husband's paternal grandfather, William Arthur Shaules.  From the time William was a small child he lived with his grandfather and his wife.  After his grandfather died, and he found life with his parents unbearable, he made a resolution to leave home and never return.  He did exactly that and made quite a life for himself filled with adventure.  Because of that we have no photos of him until he was about 40 years old.  Here is the earliest one we have.

This photo was taken in about 1904 in the Kendall, Montana assay office where William worked.  There was "gold in them thar hills" and William had a big part in the mining town.  He is the man kneeling on the right.

by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (603k points)
Robin thank you for sharing this interesting photo. The miners and their stories are certainly ones with adventure.
Wow!  What a story, what a photo!

That's a hot kiln in the back and I'm assuming those white sacks on the floor are full of gold dust to be melted into ingots.
Robin that is so sad, imagine never return to your parents.

I am happy you had this amazing photo to share

Thank You for sharing this sad story
Thanks for that info, SJ. It makes sense to me. I figured it was gold, but I didn't know what they were doing with it.
Susan, you have a big heart! I'm afraid the break was major as he rarely if ever talked about his family. It is sad. Thank you for your concern.

The oven looking thing - you can see the chimeny to take away the smoke.  It is likely heated by coal and there is probablly a fan below to keep the coals red hot.  The kiln is probably made of brick with an iron case - the bricks radiate the heat back in and insulate the heat in - it takes a lot of heat to melt gold.  What looks like cake frosting dripping out of the opening is most probably gold that has spilled and then solidified.  Every now and then, as the pieces get big enough, they'll get knocked off and added into the mix.

The man at the bottom left has what looks like a hand press.  I have no idea what he's doing.  This man appears to be wearing gloves, probably made of leather.

The man in the top right has  a long pair of tongs for putting the pouring cup (crucible) into the kiln and then to pour the gold into the mold.  Once the gold is in the mold and solidifies just a bit, the man with the tongs flips it over and the man on the left hits it with that hammer and the gold pops out.  Then it is picked up by the tongs and dropped into a bucket of water.

Wash, rinse, repeat.  I suppose that the idea is to get as much gold turned from dust into ingots as quickly as possible so as to save on fuel costs as it takes a lot of engergy to keep a kiln in gold melting temperature.

The man in the far left is probably weighing and recording the weight of each ingot.  I can't say for sure but the mechanism to the left of the pillar on the left could be a scale.

On the (wood?) block next to your husband's grandfather's head you can see the molds.  They look like cupcake pans and are in the shape of inverted cones.  Looks like they were making some conical shaped gold ingots.  At the end of the tongs, you can see the pouring cup next to the mold.

The clyndrical object on the left is intriguing.  There seems to be another cylinder "ghosted" inside of it.  At first I thought that the larger item might have an inner cylindar and a screen cage around it.  But after studying it for some time I think that it might be a solid brass cylindar and shiny enough that it is reflecting the other vertical cylindar that is lower below the photo.

This man and the man with the tongs are both wearing pocket watches.  The tongs man is also wearing a big fat (probably gold) ring.  It is amazing how much detail you can dig out of these old photos and they are a boon of information for understanding how things where done and how things looked in the time period.

Here's the modern version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU_d27GyKfk

Wow, SJ!  Thanks for this explanation.  I really looked a lot closer at the photo after this explanation and then attached what you wrote to the comments in the photo on William's profile page.  I also appreciate the youtube.com link -- very interesting.

You're welcome!

What a wonderful collection of photos and docs you've found for him.  What a colorful life!  I particularly like the foiled gas station robbery winkyes

I wish I could have known him -- sounds like quite a guy.
Robin, another extraordinary picture. I have loved walking through 52 weeks of your pictures and learning about your family.

Thank you so much for sharing. It has been so much fun.
Cheryl, thanks for your always kind comments. I too have enjoyed your photos and you, my friend.
+11 votes

I resolve to break down our family tree brick wall:

My 3x great-grandfather Samuel H. Baty (abt. 1830 - 1912).

Family legend has that he was orphaned but we have some DNA leads.  I started a space page to weed out all of the possibilities and I need to finish it.  The answer is in there somewhere:

Finding the parents of Samuel H Baty 1830 - 1912

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (767k points)
Thank You cousin for sharing this wonderful photo
Hi SJ, Your space page makes for an interesting read. Is there a connection to the Dow Chemicals family ?
None that I know of.
+9 votes

The original of this daguerreotype of my 2nd great-grandfather was a small, circular picture in a frame.  Multiple relatives tried many resolutions on the photo to make it larger and clearer, and they finally got it looking perfect:

by K. Anonymous G2G6 Mach 9 (92.7k points)
Wow, K, your relatives did an awesome job !! Just one little thing, you haven't told us the name of this gentleman.
Amazing work; it looks like a full size photo.  Thanks for sharing - what a treasure to have!
Oops-that's right!  His name is Johan Christian Geisenhener, later changed to Geissner.  He's the paternal grandfather of my maternal grandmother.
K., I swear I have seen this picture somewhere before. I don't know if you have shared it or I have seen it as an unknown while researching.

Do you know where he lived?
Hi Cheryl,

He was born in Saxe-Meiningen and lived in Wisconsin for most of his life.  I've used this picture on another prompt, but I also had a historian/writer contact me asking permission to use it in his book dealing with Civil War photography.  I said he was welcome to use it.
Thanks, K.  Maybe I just remember it from your other prompt because it is so distinctive.  Thanks for replying and I hope you had a great Christmas.
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In 2020, I have resolved to break down the brick wall on Phebe Onions' family in Shropshire. With a name like that you wouldn't think that it could be so difficult...

by David Urquhart G2G6 Pilot (130k points)
Good luck in your research!
Gorgeous photo David what a treasure of a photo thank You for sharing
Thank you Susan. I saved this one from a bonfire as well.
Wow David I am happy, the photo are so amazing a shame if it was burn

Merry Christmas to you

Merry Christmas to you too Susan. Family Christmas lunch at my mother's in three hours time. laugh

Enjoy your family Christmas, our just end it is night in Copenhagen
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This was my grandmothers half first cousin, Raymond (Chub) Stephens (1930 - 2019) from Invercargill, New Zealand.  He was rumoured to have had 12 siblings. I resolve in 2020 to find out who all of Chub's 12 siblings were, as well as their spouses and children. 



by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (705k points)
What a noble task to take on; good luck in your search!
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I have really struggled with the Drake branch of my family tree ... I typically joke that my great grandfather, Johnson Radford Drake (1864-1950)) must have been in the "government Witness Protection Program".  It seems he just appeared out of no where.

I have found a few details ... and went down several paths that ended up being dead ends or not true ... am having a difficult time finding the good, reliable, believable sources of information.

So, my resolution for 2020 is to put in more time to try and pin down my Drake linage.

Below is a photo of Johnson and his wife, Nancy Jane Humphrey-Drake (1867-1951).

I do have the Humphrey family going back to the Revolutionary War ... William Humphrey is one of my Patriots for joining the SAR.

by Bill Sims G2G6 Mach 5 (52k points)
Good luck Bill.
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Merry Christmas everyone! This is a photo of my grandpa Les Dettmer. He loved his cows and was very dedicated to his work on his dairy farm. He played country music to them as he milked and sang to them. He was determined that he be the one to milk them every morning and they yielded more for him than they did for other people! 

by Erin Johnson G2G6 Mach 1 (12.3k points)
Erin thank You for sharing this wonderful photo of your grandfather
He must have been a commercial dairy operation, this looks like a clean setup. My uncle's operation was nowhere near this clean (the clothing, the cow, etc), but most of the milk was for their own pail calves, occasionally their own use, and none of it cleared for resale.
Thanks, Susan! It’s my pleasure to share. :)
That’s interesting, Rob! I don’t know if his farm was commercial or not, but I bet you’re right.
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52 Photos Week 52: Resolution

My husband's father, Wallace "Popsy" Hess, was the father of 12 children. 


Early in his marriage to Margaret, he made a resolution that he would take care of her, that she would never be hungry and would always have a roof over her head. This was something that he instilled in his seven sons, and the six sons that married all followed in their father's footsteps.

He built a house for Margaret. He had a form that would make cement blocks. He would make four or five blocks a night, until he had enough blocks for the garage and for the basement of the house. The rest of the house was built from material from the Hess Lumber Company. So the Hess house was built. And the children came. One by one - no twins.

Popsy worked at the hog house in town, was the Chief of Police, worked on the Street and Alley department and local grocery store. Many times holding two and three jobs at a time.  My husband, who was the last of the 12, told me that he didn't really get to know his father until he retired.

by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Thank You Cheryl for sharing this wonderful photo and story

I love the photo
Thank you Cheryl, for sharing Popsy Hess; he and Margaret were certainly amazing. Providing for twelve children and working two or three jobs would certainly have to be done with resolutions.
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This is my great-great Grandfather, Peter Winebrenner. He was a circuit rider with the Christian Church in Noble county, Indiana in the 1800's. He was a man of many resolutions.


As part of the Eel River conference, the organization passed tangible resolutions at their annual meetings, such as that passed in 1961, after the address by Peter Winebrenner: "Resolved, that we hereby advise the churches of this conference to have their organization incorporated, at least before they build a meeting house, and to deed their property so that it will become the property of the conference when the church shall have lost its visibility."

And, when Peter Winebrenner retired as secretary to the conference in 1893, "Resolved--that this conference tender a vote of thanks to Rev. Winebrenner for his faithful twenty-four years work as secretary of this conference." (Both of these recorded in "History of the Eel River Christian Conference" 1902, News Publishing Co., Huntington, Indiana

It was also the fashion of the day to have religious "discussions" with titles like "Resolved, that the Kingdom of heaven is set up on earth" (argued by Rev. Winebrenner), (mentioned in his bio in "Counties of Whitley and Noble Indiana: Historical and Biographical" (Chicago: Battey & Co, 1882) by Weston Arthur Goodspeed and Charles Blanchard.)

by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 5 (57.6k points)
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By the time the year is over, my goal is to know more about the parents of John Powell.

I thought I had his father's family figured out, but now I'm not so sure. So I'll try his mother next, and see if that opens up any clues to both his parents!

by Jessica Hammond G2G6 Mach 2 (28.6k points)
I'm trying to figure out what they're standing in front of.  Are those wicker baskets, or maybe gunny sacks filled with something?
I've wondered about that too!
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In the 1930's in southern Saskatchewan, this vehicle and others like it travelled from farm to farm to bring a form of church school to the children. The teachers/drivers were dedicated missionaries from England, who had made a resolution to bring faith teaching. In harsh conditions, down prairie roads that were little more than dirt trails, these ladies and others like them did what they could. My mother, her brother and sister are in the picture.

by Harold Claffey G2G6 Mach 1 (10.3k points)
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This year I resolved a long standing (80+ years) mystery of who my mothers grandfather was.

George Ferris Anderson (aka Robert Harrison)

Next year I resolve to focus on breaking down the brick wall of my 2nd great grandfather, 

John Christopher Boushon
by Azure Robinson G2G6 Mach 9 (94.5k points)
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My great grandmother Susan Cockram resolved to marry James Porter in 1877 and did so.

by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 5 (50.8k points)
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I have two close brickwalls, one with photograph and I resolve to solve at least one of them this year:

Amanda Moriah (Smith/Schmidt) Eastman) (Smith-108584)


or Ruby (Foster) Babcock) (with no photo). Foster-7755

by Judy Bramlage G2G6 Mach 9 (91.5k points)
+4 votes

I recently made a resolution to stop procrastinating and convert my family videos to digital format.  For one thing, it seems fairly stable to convert them into files stored on the computer.  Previously it was best to convert them to VHS for viewing, then I made DVDs for a while.  Both of those formats are fading from use, but now we have affordable disk space to store them as computer files.

My method, and I hope it lasts, is to use my old Sony camcorder which converts 8mm, digital 8 and hi-8 into a format that my old Mac can use (I need the old Mac because it has Firewire (IEEE-1394) input).  I then do some organization and light editing with Final Cut Express.

by Rob Neff G2G6 Mach 3 (35.1k points)
edited by Rob Neff
+4 votes

This is my grandmother Louisa Banks Flintoff Shane and her mother-in-law, my great grandmother, Alice Melissa Elliott Shane.  This is just after my grandfather got home from serving in WWI and near when he and my grandmother were married.  My great grandmother is smiling more in this photo than in any other that I have of her.  I wish the resolution was good enough for me to be able to tell what it is that my great grandmother is holding in her hand.

by Susan Yarbrough G2G6 Mach 2 (25.5k points)
I wonder if it could be a medal or something her son had earned in the war?

Nice picture, your grandmother certainly appears happy and relaxed, I'm sure because the war is over.
I've wondered that, too, Rob, but I can't see it well enough to be sure!  

Yes, I'm sure both of them were very happy to have him home safe!

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