One day last week I was in the file cabinet – putting a couple of things away, when I came across some old photos. I love old photos.
Here’s some of what I found – and I’ll share what I know this one and the others in future, and hope that some of the family who read here can fill in some of the gaps!
This is Louise Alcock. She was born May 9, 1894 in Marietta, Ohio. She was – I believe – the youngest of George Alcock and Easter Smith’s 11 children. (I really need to do some more research and find out if all 11 are truly George and Easter’s children!) George was the son of Thomas Alcock and Ann Racer. Thomas, interestingly enough, served in the 148th Ohio Infantry during the Civil War. We have his enlistment and discharge papers, as well as a Certificate of Thanks with the signature of Abraham Lincoln and Edwin Stanton on it. Thomas must have been a pretty faithful correspondent – we have a number of his letters, ledgers relating to the farm, etc. He seemed to be a pretty interesting guy. (Thomas’s father – Thomas, was an emmigrant from Cheshire, England – we have his land grant dated 1789 – pretty cool stuff!)
I don’t know much about Louise, sadly.
I know that she married Dwight McBride September 10, 1913 – seven years after the picture above was taken.
And I know that she was mother to two boys – Harold and Charles McBride. Harold was my husband’s Father.
That’s Harold on the left, and Charles on the right.
What’s really interesting about this photo of Louise is that it’s actually a post card. Here’s what the other side said:
It was addressed to Louise’s Aunt Aura Smith Dotson.
Things that make me wonder…
Was it normal to just send a family photo in the mail as a post card? I mean – there’s no message! Just an address!
I also want to know about the rabbits!
I want rabbits!
I think I count 16 or 17 rabbits in the picture.
How did they keep them in there? Wouldn’t they just burrow out? Did they raise them for meat? (That’s what I want to do.)
And what about that post-mark. Do you see the Akron mark? It says September 23, 1906 – and it has the time on it! 5:30 pm! Did they always mark the time on the post mark?
I think it’s interesting, as well, that the Reno, OH post-mark is for the day prior. This little post card covered some ground in pretty quick order!
Interestingly enough – being the nosy person I am – I Googled the address on the card and think I may have found the house that Aunt Aura and family lived in! It certainly is of an appropriate architectural age, if it’s the house.
There’s so much I’d like to know about the generation preceding Louise – I know next to nothing about her siblings. I need to invest some time doing some research on this part of the family!
Gotta love those stashes of old family photos!