Your Guess as Good as mine

From my grandmother’s album.

At first I thought they were my grandparents, Judd and Charlotte VanSickle.

I don’t even know who owned the camera.

In or near Durand, Illinois. Early 1900’s

Adjusting hat for a photo
I thought they were my grandparents.

Women 1916 Durand Illinois

Women Outdoors. Durand, Illinois

The indoors photo was placed in the album before the outdoors photo.

Previously posted on the blog, but I think it’s the same group of women. From my grandmother’s album. “Doris February 1916” ?

Grandmother, Her Sisters and Friends

My son Mark found my mother Marian and her brother John in the photos. My mom was born in 1912 so this photo must be about 1914.

Ancestor born in 1795 – My Father’s Side

Not sure why the info on the back says two years 1862–63 for death date unless it’s an approximation?.

Katherine is from my father’s mother’s line. I wish I knew more.

I don’t see any family resemblance.

My Great Great Grandfather

This commemorative plate now hangs in my grandson Michael’s room, in Columbus, Ohio.

James Armstrong Cannon, born August 6, 1839. served in Co. C 26th Kentucky Infantry Regiment in the “War Between the States”. He was “war wounded and pensioned” and married Louverna Jackson of Shaw’s Point, Illinois. She was born March 25, 1857.

Justice of the Peace, Samuel Cummings officiated their wedding on March 24, 1872 with J.R.Fields and Cordelia Fields as witnesses in Carlinville,Illinois.

James A. Cannon died November 21,1928. his wife Louverna died July 26,1914. They are buried in Bethel Ridge Cemetery near Girard, Illinois.

In a note found by niece Florence Opal Jacobs we read the following: “James A. Cannon and Louverna Jackson Cannon came to Illinois from Kentucky in a covered wagon in about 1884. He was given a land grant in Macoupin County, Illinois for service in the “War Between the States” in which he was wounded and pensioned. They lived just north of Old Rural Church and School, east of Carlinville, Illinois.

My father’s mother, Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks (who taught me to knit) was the first child born to Charles Kerr and Sarah Anna Cannon Kerr (daughter of James A and Louverna) in Womac, Illinois. In the papers I have given to me by my sister, his wife’s name is sometimes spelled differently- Louverna and Laverna but Louverna seems correct as she is listed as daughter of David Jackson 1838-1891 and Rutha Duff Jackson 1830-1893.

James Armstrong Cannon
and
Louverna Jackson Cannon

From My Grandmother’s Album

No identifying marks on the back of this photograph. What is the story of these two women who lived more than a hundred years ago? I don’t think they are my ancestors. But I don’t know. Illinois   Early 1900’s.

Who was Maurice Stalker of Pond Creek, Oklahoma?

My sister sent me an article Titled The Strange Lure of Other People’s Photos (click title to read) written by Bill Shapiro, “Bill Shapiro is a former editor in chief of Life magazine and a co-author of “What We Keep.” Mr. Shapiro has an enormous collection of “found photos”- from other people’s discarded photographs. He has no idea who is in these images but in the Above article you can read how his viewing and thinking of the subjects affect him.

For Throwback Thursday today I’m posting a “found photo” from a box in my own house. I don’t know who the man is in the photograph. Well I know he is Maurice Stalker. But there’s a story there. I just don’t know what his story is and why his photo is in my family’s things.

At least there is information and a name written on the back of the photograph. And his Track and Field stats.  So many of us have unidentified photographs from the past. Will they end up in a flea market or funky shop after being discarded, or a landfill?

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I found “Pond Creek is a city in Grant County, Oklahoma, along the Salt Fork Arkansas River. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 856, a 4.5 percent decline from 896 at the 2000 by Google and saw Mr. Stalker was President of Pond Creek School board in 1948-1949.
since he was born in 1906 and he’s 19 in the photo, this was taken in 1925. He passed in 1978.

He’s not the Maurice Stalker (with the same name) I found In an old 1945 newspaper in Warren PA who committed a murder of his girlfriend‘s mother and wounded the girlfriend and then killed himself.  Oh my.