And another piece of the puzzle

Today I’m featuring another piece of the puzzle that is the C. Murray Album. This cabinet card is also by Dewey and Dewey in Manhattan, KS, and is of a lovely woman in an 1890’s dress with puffed sleeves and velvet trim. This is Almeda Jane Reed Streeter, wife if Alfred C Streeter.

This is the notation on the back, and so we might assume the album belonged to one of the children of the Streeter brothers and sisters, although which child is impossible to tell, and again, the album was found in California, not Kansas. Almeda and Alfred did not have any children. Here’s the little bit about Almeda that I could find.

Almeda Jane Reed was born October 15, 1854 to Samuel and Mary Johnson Reed of Shawnee, OH. She was one of two children that I’ve been able to identify at this point. Almeda can be found on the Federal Census records as living in Ohio until 1870. After that time, she was not enumerated again until 1885, when she was the wife of Alfred C. Streeter. Almeda and Alfred were married in 1881. Alfred was a stock raiser, and in about 1888, he passed away.

After that, Almeda disappeared from the census records until 1920, when she is living in Long Beach, CA, with her brother, David Reed, aged 73. Almeda owns the home and lists herself as widowed, so she never remarried after Alfred’s death. She shows up again on the 1930 census, living with a lodger, Emma J. Smith, aged 79. It’s interesting, on the later census records, Almeda provided a variety of locations of her birth (Ohio, Iowa), as well as the birthplace of her parents (to include Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia).

At the age of 88, Almeda passed away in Los Angeles, CA, 1943. I believe this album to have been her’s, since so far she’s the only family member to have lived in California that I can verify. She passed away far from home and far from family, but I hope that she was with people who loved her.

During the course of her life, Almeda saw the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War 1 and part of World War 2; 19 presidents (of which only 3 of them she was eligible to cast a vote); the expansion of US from 31 to 48 states; the introduction of electricity, the telephone, the washing machine, and indoor plumbing as standard in all residences; major immigration due to social issues in Europe, and the Indian Wars, to name a few. We can only hope that her life was as full and interesting as the world around her was.

UPDATE: After trying different spellings of her name, I found that Almeda (AJ, Elmeda, Almed, Elmed, Elfred!) lived in Kansas at least until 1905. She owned a farm and her brother David and two nieces lived with her. Her nieces were Kate and Clora, although I’ve not yet identified their mother. At the time David started living with her in about the 1890s, he was widowed. The search continues.

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Who have we here?

Up for your perusal today is another photo from the C. Murray Album. This photo is about the size of a cabinet card, so that’s what I’m calling it, although it’s not the exact dimensions of a standard cabinet card. It’s about 1/2″ shorter, and a smidge wider. The edges are also quite rough and unfinished.

The card is white with the photographer name Dewey & Dewey of Manhattan Kansas embossed on the lower edge. It was difficult to read, so when I took the card out of the album to get a better look, I was delighted to find this on the back:

So, we have another firm identification from the album, and a relation to two of our previously identified subjects. Alfred C (A.C. Streeter) has a brother named Charles A (C.A. Streeter), so this made tracing them a tiny bit challenging, but you know I enjoy a challenge! This is going to be exciting, so here we go.

Lewis A Streeter (b 1827) a farmer from Vermont, married Mary Avery (b 1833) in March 1850. They had together several children, including Charles (b 1852), Alfred (b 10-20-1853), Abbie J (b 10-6-1855), Eva (b 1856), and Arthur (b 1865). Hmm, do you recognize some names there?

By 1870, the Streeter family is living in Riley County, Kansas and was enumerated on the Federal Census as a farming family. The 1880 Federal Census has most of the right people but with radically different spellings to the names. For instance, the 1880 names are Lucius A Streator, and only Alfred and Arthur are living at home.  The next I found Alfred Streeter was on the 1885 Kansas State census, at which time he was 31, married to Almeda, and his occupation was stock raiser.

After 1885, there ceases to be information on Alfred. Of course, my thought is that he passed away sometime between 1885 and 1890 when the next census was taken.

This information resolves some of my questions about the album. It is most certainly a Streeter family album. We have seen photos of Abbie Moses nee Streeter and her family (husband George, children Clyde, Flora and Abbie); and Arthur and Kate Streeter nee Parish. Looking at all the photographs, I am now convinced that the first two photos in the album are most likely Lewis/Lucas/Lucius Streeter and his wife Mary. When I look closely at the faces, I think I am beginning to see family resemblances. This weekend, I will have another photograph and some biographical information that may explain how the album came to be in California.

I’ve posted some updated information on the identified photographs, to include birth, marriage and death dates that I have found. There’s also some other interesting information that I can’t quite connect to the family, but here goes.

  • Royal C. Streeter of Vermont, had a child named Flora Streeter in 1857 and who died in 1860. Royal and Lewis may be brothers or cousins. You may remember that Abbie & George’s daughter was named Flora.
  • In 1865, Alfred Streeter (probably the father of Lewis) of Vermont was assessed taxes on a carriage and on cattle brokering, totaling $13.00. The next line in the tax record is an assessment on Lucius Streeter for $2.00 on a carriage.
  • A family tree I found lists the patriarch of the family as Lucas Streeter, a combination of Lucius and Lewis.

In Vermont there are numerous Streeter families, which appear to have emigrated from England. Alfred Streeter is a very popular name in England.

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