in 52 Weeks
Another Favorite Photo
This is my fourth year participating in the 52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks Challenge, therefore this is the fourth time I am writing a post for the prompt “Favorite Photo”. [1, 2, 3] This year I decided to look through my box of old family photos to find a previously not scanned photograph worthy of being a favorite. Looking through the box of photos I realize many have not been digitized because they are out of focus, faded, poor composition, not labeled, or landscapes. However, at the very bottom of the box, I discovered an 8″x11″ photography studio folder with a charming image inside worthy of being a favorite.
A Little Girl and Her Doll
Upon opening the photo folder, I immediately recognized the little girl in the photograph. It is my mother when she was a child. I soon discovered a small slip of paper tucked behind the photograph that confirmed my belief. Additionally, the note indicates the photo was taken in 1930 in South Bend, IN at 481 West Monroe St. My great-grandmother (Ella Rumple King 1869-1962 ) ran a boarding house for a couple of years at 418 W. Monroe St., so I think that is where the photo was taken. The house is no longer there, the city constructed a large ball field (Four Winds Field) where West Monroe once ran.
I am fortunate to be able to consult with the subject of this particular photograph for confirmation. I emailed my mother a digitized version of the photograph and the note, and she told me she does not recall seeing this photo before! How is that possible? She believes the handwriting on the note belonged to her Aunt Elsie, (1890-1984) who also lived in South Bend in 1930.  (Elsie’s address has also been taken over by the ball field.) So, it may be this photograph was in Aunt Elsie’s possession until she passed away. The photograph was probably given to my mother at that time, then promptly put into a box of other old photographs, forgotten about, and subsequently ended up with me when I took possession of most of the old family photos. Whew!
My mother tells me she recognizes the dress she is wearing in the photo as the one she wore in her Uncle Warren’s (1908-1968) wedding. Warren King married on May 31, 1930, which is consistent with the note.  My mother tells me her dress was cream colored. She also says the boutonniere she is wearing in the photo was made of Forget-Me-Not’s. In addition, the doll my mother is holding in the photo is one she received as a gift the previous Christmas and the doll’s dress and bonnet were light blue. Last year, I wrote about a memory my mother has of this doll for the week 39 prompt “Steps.” 
I don’t know why I previously overlooked this photo of my mother. But, I am glad I have now scanned it, shared it, and made it a favorite photo. Finding this photo in a box I have looked through many times is, above all, a lesson for me. I should re-visit my collections and see what else I have overlooked, or have a new context for. Further, while writing this post, I recalled I have a photograph of my father taken in 1930, similarly posed and roughly the same age as the photo of my mother.
More Favorite Photos
William and Uva Lafara
William (1910-1918) and Uva (1913-1991) Lafara were my second cousins, once removed. The children of Jesse Lafara, all three are buried in Summitville, Madison County, IN.
John LaFara, 1910
My paternal great grandfather was a farmer and laborer. Other than his engagement photo, he is always in dirty work clothes in photos.
Earl LaFara, 1907
My paternal grandfather is a teenager in this photo, proving teenagers of all eras can be silly.
Grace Osborne, 1928
My paternal great aunt was lots of fun. Here she is hamming it up with a neighbor child, Mary Ann Buskel.
Pearl Osborne, 1914
My paternal grandmother was just 21 when this photo was taken. I colorized it using PhotoShop and chose to imagine her wearing a dress trimmed in her favorite color.
Homer King, 1885
This is a very small tin-type photo of my maternal great grandfather. He was just 20 years old in this image and it is the oldest photo in my mother’s collection.
Roxie King, 1910
My maternal great aunt was just a teenager in this photo. She seems to be playing dress-up in an oversized coat and hat.
Edith King and Ella Rumple King, 1918
My maternal grandmother and great grandmother posed on a hay rake. I like this image because of the outfits they are wearing.
- Blog post, Family Finds: Rumple Family Photo; https://barblafara.com/rumple-family-photo/
- Blog post, Family Finds: William and Uva LaFara, Favorite Photo;; https://barblafara.com/william-and-uva-lafara-favorite-photo/
- Blog post, Family Finds: Favorite Photo; https://barblafara.com/favorite-photo/
- Profile for Elsie King, ‘Osborn‘ family tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5107441017/facts
- Profile for Warren King, ‘Osborn‘ family tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5109051111/facts
- Profile for Ella Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ family tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5107484524/facts
- Blog post, Family Finds: In The Paper; https://barblafara.com/in-the-paper/
Born Takeo Furukawa on 15 March 1883 in Tottori-Ken, Tokyo, Japan, little is documented of his early childhood. Family oral history stories say that the young Takeo experienced hunger, poverty and the loss of his family. Additionally, the stories tell of friendship, spiritual learning and scholarship.
My great grandfather, David Louis Osborne, lived at over 20 addresses around Indianapolis between 1876 and 1942. I thought it would be interesting to see all the old buildings and homes where he lived in my hometown of Indianapolis.
My great grandfather, David Louis Osborne (1848-1942), was a widower with two young sons in 1886 when he married Jennie Warbington (1857-1918) in Minneapolis on the 27th of May. I decided it was time to put sources to the story.
While working on a family photo project I decided it would be fun to compare side-by-side my father and his parents, at similar ages, to try and discover a family resemblance.
Jesse King was born in Ohio (probably in the vicinity of Chillicothe) in 1805, he was a son of Philip King and Mary Leah Wright, both of Pennsylvania. Philip King was a farmer, he married Leah Wright in 1801 in Somerset, PA, they had six children, of whom Jesse was the third.
A handwritten letter from Sarah Tucker Lafary to the then president of the United States, Grover Cleveland. It was her last appeal for a War of 1812 pension, sadly the pension was denied. The letter gives a glimpse of a woman who had no formal education, a poor farmers wife, then widow, mother of nine, she probably just wanted some independence through an income of her own.
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 2: Challenge
So much about genealogy research is a challenge, perhaps the most common challenge is the ‘brick wall,’ meet Sarah Smith. 18?? – 1846
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 3: Unusual Name
The surnames in my tree are typical of common western European names. However, the name that is unusual among these names is MY surname: LaFara.
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 6: Surprise!
Just when you think you know everything about an ancestor, surprise! I thought I knew most everything about my paternal great grandfather David L. Osborne, 1848-1942.
For all of us who are procrastinating about labeling photos I have one thing to say, “Be considerate of the genealogist of the future!” My maternal grandmother was very good about labeling old family photos, and there is one, in particular, I found very informative.
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 10: Bachelor Uncle
My uncles are the marrying kind, sometimes more than once!
I had to go back four generations for a bachelor uncle, my great-great-great uncle Conrad Rumple, 1833-1911.
Conrad was an older brother to my great-great grandfather on my matrilineal line, William Rumple, 1839-1912.
My great-great grandparents, George Lafary and Catherine Landon, had a relatively small family, three of their six children survived to adulthood. However, they both came from large families of nine siblings and nearly all survived to marry and have children.
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 13: In The Paper
It’s fun to find articles in the paper mentioning one of my relatives. Mostly they are birth, marriage, divorce and death events. But, it’s the oddball articles in the papers I like the most.
52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 14: Brick Wall
We all have a brick wall, that one ancestor who defies all research. I decided I would work at my brick walls by generation, I broke through the last of my 3rd great grandparent brick walls, now I am working on 4th great grandparents.
I realized I did not have a date of death for my great, great grandmother, Catherine Landon Lafary. A fresh search uncovered the date and much more. Out of place, but once discovered, everything fell into place.
I have many favorite photos among my collection of family artifacts. Currently, my favorite photo is of two little children from 1916 who were a complete mystery to me until last spring.