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Yet Another Favorite Photo

This is the fifth year I have participated in the 52 Ancestors challenge, and therefore the fifth time I am writing about a favorite family photograph. This year I am highlighting a favorite photo of my grandaunt Grace Osborne Flucawa, 1887-1954. [1] Above all, I like this particular photograph because I believe it captures Aunt Grace’s personality. Grace was a happy, fun loving person and I can just imagine her jumping up on a park bench to dance.

Favorite Photo 2024

The photograph dates from 1928 and, in addition to Aunt Grace, includes a girl named Mary Ann Buskel. [2] This information is recorded on the back of the photo. But, who was Mary Ann Buskel? She was no relative of ours. The two of them appear to be having a fun time and I think Mary Ann’s family would enjoy seeing this old photo of her as a child. As a result, I’ve decided to lay down some breadcrumbs for anyone searching for Mary Ann.

Mary Ann Buskel

It was fairly simple to find Mary Ann with a search on Ancestry.com. I knew Aunt Grace lived in Indianapolis at the time the photo was taken, so it seemed reasonable that Mary Ann did as well. She looks to be about 8 years old in the photo, so I looked for her as a 10 year old in the 1930 census for Indianapolis. I soon discovered Mary Ann, age 11, living with her parents, Robert G. and Elizabeth J. Buskel. Robert was 57 and Elizabeth 40. Robert was a carpenter and they lived at 3715 N. Kenwood Ave. Aha! That’s how they knew Aunt Grace, they were neighbors.


A check of the 1920 census confirmed the Buskel’s lived at the same address in 1920 and Mary Ann is listed as 10 months old. From 1916 to 1929, Aunt Grace and her husband, Frank Flucawa, lived at 3732 N. Illinois St. which is the next street east from Kenwood. This means the Buskel’s were, basically ‘over the fence’ neighbors to the Flucawa’s at the time of Mary Ann’s birth until she was 10 years old. Somehow the Buskel’s became friends with the Flucawa’s and Mary Ann may have viewed Grace and Frank as an aunt and uncle. Grace and Frank raised poultry, vegetables, and flowers which they sold at the city market and probably their neighbors. Therefore, I suspect the Flucawa’s were popular with the neighbors, adults and children alike.

Grace Flucawa and Mary Ann Buskel, 1928
1916 Sanborn Map, Indianapolis, N. Illinois and 38th St.

Kenwood Ave. is on the far left of this map image, Illinois St. is the road to the east. 1916 Sanborn Map, complete map leaf #574, Indianapolis, IN.

1916 Sanborn Map, Indianapolis, N. Illinois and 38th St.
1916 Sanborn Map, Indianapolis, N. Illinois and 38th St.

The Buskel’s home at 3715 N. Kenwood Ave. is the fourth house north on the map to the left. The Flucawa’s at 3732 N Illinois St. is the fourth house north of the apartment block. In the close-up above the Buskel home is in the bottom left corner and the Flucawa’s are the fourth house up on the right. The Buskel’s home is now an empty lot and there is now a Burger King where the Flucawa’s house once stood. 1916 Sanborn Map, detail of map leaf #574, Indianapolis, IN.


I hope Mary Ann Buskel’s descendants are researching their family and will subsequently discover this post and the photograph of their great-grandmother. Lastly, besides this favorite photo, I have other photographs that include the Buskel family.

Vitals for the Buskel family:

    • Robert Gall Buskel, 1873-1939
    • Elizabeth Jesse Haines, 1888-1952
    • Mary Ann Buskel Levine, 1919-1994

Read my other Favorite Photo posts:

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

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

Earl LaFara, 1907

My paternal grandfather is a teenager in this photo, proving teenagers of all eras can be silly.

Pearl Osborne, 1914

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

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

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

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. 

Grace Osborne, 1928

Betty Dyer, 1930

My mother as a child holding her doll in 1930. She is wearing the dress she wore in her uncle Warren King’s wedding. The garden is at the boarding house her grandmother managed at 418 W. Monroe St., South Bend, IN.


  1. Profile for Grace Osborne Flucawa, ‘Osborn‘ family tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/-60123978/facts
  2. Profile for Mary Ann Buskel, ‘Osborn‘ family tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/102155076489/facts


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