Cute Tykes

These lovely children are placed in the Mearns Family Album next to the photo of Minnie Johns. Considering the news that Iggy found yesterday (that she had suffered from typhoid and her husband succumbed to it) it is unlikely that these were her children. You see, Minnie married Robert T. Groves on February 5, 1890, and in August that year it was reported that Robert Groves had died. Not quite enough time to produce two lovely children. Minnie was definitely a friend of the family as Rutledge Gifford was an usher at the wedding. Perhaps they knew each other from school or church. How sad to be married just seven short months.

Now back to the children. The boy looks a lot to me like the boy in the following photo.

What do you all think? While the pair of children was photographed in Geneva, NY and the small family was photographed in Columbia City, IN, we know that the family and friends of the Mearns lived in both areas. It is possible they moved from Indiana to New York. Tomorrow I’ll show you another photo I think is of this family and you can weigh in on that too.

Our first photographer was Theodore H. Wood and the second was Dot’s Studio.


Ms. Clugston, what is your name?

I am feeling pretty good tonight (thank you Vicodin) so I will try to put in a couple posts. This photo was identified on the back as Marnie or Mamie Clugston and dated January 20, 1890. In the album the person who went around identifying people wrote Fannie Clugston, Indiana. My guess is the name is truly Marnie / Mamie as it was probably written closer to the date of the photo. Her dress is very interesting. It appears to be composed of loosely rusched voile or other lightweight fabric, which was secured to an under layer. The neckband is probably 1 1/2″ high and shows off a lovely brooch and a strand of pearls above it. She may also be wearing earrings, I can’t quite tell.

The photo was made by Dot’s Studio in Columbia City, Indiana. We know that the fancy deckled edges of the card stock were available between 1886-1900 but were most popular in the 1890s. I cannot see the sleeves of the dress to give a better date, but I’ll go with the 1890s.

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