52 Photos Week 1: Beginnings

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Time for the first 52 Photos challenge of 2020!

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


To participate, simply:

  1. reply below, and
  2. add a photo that fits the theme to this week's free-space gallery.

If you use a social network (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) please share the photo there as well, using #52photos and #wikitree. This can be a great way to involve more family members. If you use a blog, include a link to your blog post in your answer below so we can all read it.

You don't need to participate every week to share a photo. But members who do participate every week can earn challenge badges. Click here for more info. If this is your first time participating and you don't have the participation badge, or if you pass a milestone (13 in 13, 26 in 26, 52 in 52) please post here.

For help with how to add photos, see here.

in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
yahoo!  Thanks Eowyn!

First year first photo first Christmas

Sorry I didn't get my photo in as an answer.

14 Answers

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This is a photo taken about 1923 of my grandfather C. A. Lovelace Sr. He came from Pennsylvania in 1909 to Oklahoma to make money in the oil field business. After several dry wells, he decided to start a new business, and this is the beginnings of Muskogee Auto Accessory Company.

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (137k points)
What a fantastic photo Alexis I love there are so much to look at.

Thank You for sharing
Great photo & story!
Thank you Susan for your comment.
Thank you SJ for your comment. I think he was a happy man even though his plans to be financially rich did not work out.
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This photo of my great-grandparents Arthur Lewis Mampel and Katherine Louisa Geissner marked two beginnings: that of the new century and their 56 year marriage.

by K. Anonymous G2G6 Mach 9 (92k points)

Beautiful photo, what nice lighting and clarity.  The subjects aren't hard to look at either wink

This is one of several photos my uncle found; it was sharpened up very well by him or a cousin.  I always liked this picture because my great-grandmother had the most unique wedding dress I ever saw.
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Beginning a new life in America.  The back of the photo says it all:

And the front of the photo:

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (766k points)
"A nice looking family"! Thank you for sharing this, SJ.
Wonderful photo SJ thank You for sharing
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Here is my father's sister Frances with her first child, in 1922.  This was a new beginning for her as she was new to motherhood but went on to have 6 more children.

by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 5 (50.5k points)
Wow, 7 kids!  We don't see that anymore; certainly a new beginning for her to motherhood!
Frances mother (my grandmother) had 12!
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I am participating again for this year.  Beginnings.

This is my great grandfather Ralph Pruett on the front steps of his parents home in Pendleton, Oregon.   

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (179k points)
Very cute photo!
Gorgeous photo Caryl thank You for sharing
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I'll give it a try this year, my first time.

This photo is of my parents as newlyweds. Taken on 10 October 1942 in Syracuse, New York, the morning after their wedding day. Due to the war, they didn't actually live together until 1946.


by Richard Heritage G2G6 Mach 1 (19.5k points)
A very happy looking couple. Thank you for sharing your parents' beginnings.
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52 Photos Week 1: Beginnings


Ivy Belle Porter was the first child of Martin Miller and Mary Dutcher Porter. She was born August 17, 1884, in Momence, Illinois, making them parents for the first time. Ivy went to Momence rural  schools and graduated from Momence High School in 1903, one of the first graduating classes.


Ivy's graduation picture

Ivy attended Northwestern University and Indiana State Normal University and became a teacher, teaching in Illinois and in Newton County, Indiana, also in Lake Village and Kentland, Indiana.

The above picture is dated February 1, 1912, and is Ivy's wedding picture to Harry D. Brunner of Kentland. I think we are on a third or fourth new beginning.

Ivy and Harry had their first child, Margaret Virginia on April 7, 1919. I am sure they were thrilled to death with their new baby girl, but on March 20, 1920, Margaret died. Their second daughter, Margaret was born September 7, 1922. 

All of this time, Ivy and her husband were moving around, farming property that they did not own. 

It was after the 1940 Census when they were finally able to purchase their first home near LaCrosse, Indiana. From there they moved into LaCrosse where they were living in October of 1958 when Ivy became very ill and  died on December 9, 1958.

by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing these wonderful photos and the story that goes along with their lives.
Thank You Cheryl for sharing this wonderful photo and story
Thank you Cheryl for sharing Ivy with us. I especially love her beautiful graduation photo with her holding her diploma.

Thank you all very much for your lovely comments. All of you are so very nice to me. Robin, Susan and Alexis - you mean the world to me. heart

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This is the first ancestor's photo that I was given by a distant cousin and was, thus, the beginning of my genealogical journey.  It is my 2X Great Grandmother Louisa Banks Flintoff.  

by Susan Yarbrough G2G6 Mach 2 (25.3k points)
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So, I'm trying to do the 52 Challenges. I posted my pictures to the free-spaces for week 1 and week 2. It was then that I saw I was supposed to answer here as well. Week one is a picture of my parents' second marriage to each other marking the fresh start / new beginning for our family. Exactly 10 months later my sister joined the family. 

by Anita Turner-Ayres G2G3 (3.5k points)
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Here's the beginning of one generation and the end of another, in 1921.

This is my grandfather, Ben Mounts, with his mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother in 1921. He said he called his great-grandmother "Old Old Grandma." She would have been about 92 at the time, so she was indeed old.

by Jessica Hammond G2G6 Mach 2 (28.4k points)
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I deviate a little and have not used a photo of family members.

I have taken a photo of a page in a family Bible passed down a few generations.  It is the page that records my grandparents wedding date.  They are James Sims (1889-1962) and Alice Elizabeth Drake-Sims (1892-1981).

This is the beginning of the next potential generations.

by Bill Sims G2G6 Mach 5 (51.6k points)
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The beginning of the 95 year long life of my grandmother.

And also the beginning of me participating in this challenge: this is my first contribution :)

by Filip Beunis G2G6 Mach 2 (21.6k points)
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I don't know when this picture was taken, but I do know the event - it was my great-grandparents first date! Charles Edward Reilly and Kathryn Dunn McHugh had the fortune of having someone photograph them before they left. Unfortunately for me, the friend kept the picture, so we only have a scan of the album since the family would not give us the actual photo. But this marked the beginning of a really great family! 

by Liz Marshall G2G6 Mach 7 (76.6k points)
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Paul & Bonnie McKinize (My parents) leaving the church as newlyweds. My dad always said she was looking at his old girlfriend when the pictures was taken. My mom always denied it.

This is my second entry.

by Jennifer Corl G2G2 (2.8k points)

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