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Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime

I love the oldies music and one that brings on thoughts of the warm season of the year is the Jamies’ song, Summertime. Actually, I love the song, but had to look up the group and I’ve never heard of the James! But, I digress.

I am digging deep into my old family photos to share a few that are about 100 years old. First, here are a couple of Dave’s grandmother and great grandmother in Texas:

Pearl Brasher, sitting in a tree with
Aulton Horne, half brother, c1916

This might have been taken when Pearl graduated from Floydada, Texas High School in 1916. I just love this picture, even though it is only about 2 x 3 inches and isn’t terribly sharp and crisp. How many young ladies would be all dressed up to be photographed sitting in a tree?

Ed and Wanda Stufflebean with
Grandmother Minnie Mae Horne
Hillsboro, Texas, c1927

Ed definitely looks ready to go play with the overalls rolled up and bare feet! Minnie was living at 303 North Church Street in Hillsboro, Texas at the time. A quick look at Google Earth shows only Church Street, no north and south. The houses may have been renumbered because I can’t find one that has the two upper windows seen in the background.

Switching gears here, we are now in Maine and this is the oldest photo in today’s group:

Carl Ross, right, with Vernon Adams, c1910

Vernon, my grandfather, looks like he and friend Carl were having a great time playing in the area around Calais, Maine. I have tried to find a Carl Ross, born around 1900, who lived around Calais at that time, but haven’t had any luck. It’s very possible that Carl was Canadian and lived across the river.

Here is another Maine photo, probably taken at one of the lakes in the area around Calais, perhaps Meddybemps Lake. Hazel Coleman Adams, my grandmother, is with her best friend, Clara Dwelley. I think that is my Aunt Barbara in the foreground, so that would place this picture around 1926.

Clara married a man named Forbes sometime between 1930, when she was single and 1940, when she was a widow. It appears she had no children, which is a shame because I would have loved to share this picture with a descendant.

Hazel & Clara at Lake
Clara Dwelley with Hazel Coleman Adams

Next, we are making one more big jump in location to Passaic, New Jersey.


TwoFriendsWithJuliaSaboLeftCenterAndAnnaKosteckyRightCenterJulia Scerbak, 2nd right in top photo
and 2nd left in bottom photo, c1911-1914

Anna Kostecky, one of my Nana’s best friends is the shortest young lady in both pictures. Nana came back to the U.S. in November 1910 and married in September 1915, so this picture was probably taken in the 1911-1914 time period. I have no idea who the other two girls were, but someone was taking a lot of pictures that day because I have several others of one or more of this group.

The foliage in the pictures looks a bit too overgrown to be someone’s yard. I am guessing that they were either enjoying a day somewhere along the Passaic River or perhaps they went to Garrett Mountain, which is not far away.

Although I enjoy summer, I can’t remember a single one that looked quite as idyllic as any of these!

Happy Birthday, Nana!

Today is the 122nd anniversary of the birth of my Nana, aka Helena Anna (Julia) Scerbak Sabo. Nana was a strong, independent woman of whom I’ve written about several times.

Julia Scerbak Sabo

I remember Nana telling me stories about photographers making everyone pose in certain ways, as she described it “this way and that.”

This photo was taken of her sometime between 1910 and her 1915 marriage. I think she would like that I chose this picture, as the look on her face seems to be saying, “Why are you insisting on taking my picture in this dumb pose?”

She lived a good long life, in spite of losing my grandfather to tuberculosis in 1936. Nana survived him by 49 years, passing away on 29 May 1985. I can’t believe she has been gone for thirty years, as I can still hear her voice.

Happy Birthday, Nana!

Century Old Photos: Passaic, NJ

When I seriously began researching the family history in 1980, my grandmother shared with me what she said were all the old photos she had. We looked at them together and she identified most of the people. However, when she died in 1985, I discovered more photos that she must have forgotten she had. Nana was great for storing things in boxes in the closet!

These pictures, I believe, were all taken in the time period after November 1910, when she returned to the United States,  but before September 1915, when she married my grandfather because he is not in any of these photos.

She remained close to family and friends who had left Udol for Passaic throughout her lifetime so I think odds are quite high that these people were from the village. If they weren’t born there, then their parents likely were. I think it is also very likely that they were parishioners at St. Michael’s Church on First Street in Passaic.

None of these photos are marked in any way. The photo below is the only one where the person even reminds me of anyone. During the Depression, my grandparents hired Anna Stanchak as a maid. The photo is too early to be her, as she was born in 1917, according to the census. However, it could be her mother if she looked like her. Each time I see this picture I am reminded of Anna, who I knew.

Anna Stanchak’s Mother??

Unknown #1

This gentleman appears to be dressed for a wedding:

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This picture was likely taken at the same time as the one of Julia Scerbak and Julia Fabian that I posted yesterday and I also think it was in celebration of a wedding.

Unknown #6

If you are related to the Fabian family and/or have ancestors from the Udol-Hajtovka area of Slovakia who emigrated to Passaic, NJ, these might be your relatives.