Here’s a puzzle for you: The photograph on the right is Rachel Sixbee, wife of Ephraim, nee Rachel Jones, born 1794 in New York state (perhaps Schenectady), died 1882 in Adams Co., Wisconsin. The photograph on the left is unidentified. It looks to me like it could be a photo of the younger Rachel. Or it could be one of her daughters (it’s not Meribah Tyler nor is it Rebecca Hannon, but there are two daughters, Jane Purdy and Rachel Armstrong, for whom no image is known to exist). It might even be someone totally unrelated to the Sixbee women. Anybody want to take a guess? If I were the wagering sort, I’d put my money on Rachel Jones Sixbee. Then again, I stay away from casinos and card games for good reason.
Images from a couple more postcards here. The first is of 4th Street in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, from a postcard mailed in 1910. According to the very brief note written on the back, the larger of the buildings was a creamery.
The second postcard shows Water Street in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. The date was obscured on the postmark but it probably dates from around the same time as the above since the sender of the second card died in early 1911.
This undated photo was marked on the back “Oswin and Bertha Bannister and family while traveling”. Originally from Wisconsin, the 1900 census shows the family in Colorado; by 1910, they were in Washington state where both Oswin and Bertha were eventually buried. Judging by the studio imprint, the photo was taken in Nebraska. One might wonder – did the local photography studios make a habit of photographing folks passing through the area or did the Bannisters and their unidentified traveling companions in the other wagon arrange for a photographer to come out and take their picture? Just how did that photo come about?
Bertha Lovina Reeves born 3 Sep 1861 in Adams Co., WI was the daughter of Anson and Julia (Hakes) Reeves. Bertha died 6 Aug 1924 in Rosalia, Whitman Co., WA. Her husband, Oswin Ernest Bannister, was born in Wisconsin 1856 and died in Washington 4 Oct 1942. One of their daughters married into the Pace family; another married into the Riffenberrick family.
One of the family items I was able to copy during my summer travels – this is a century-plus old postcard sent by Maggie (Oakes) Covvey of Hawarden, Iowa to her niece, Alta Oakes, daughter of George H. and Nettie (Wintersteen) Oakes of Adams Co., Wisconsin. The text reads “Dear Alta, Guess you think Auntie did not think much of your little box of arbutus. Oakes has taken all my time for over a month. Thought I’d send you a picture of a bridge I cross every time I go to Hawarden. Aunt Maggie”.
Oakes Covvey was Maggie’s youngest son (1909-1986). Maggie’s first husband and father of her children was William Covvey. As a widow, she married Walter Youngkin.
Although Maggie clearly corresponded with (and apparently received presents from) her young niece, contact between the two families must have been lost somewhere in successive generations because I was unaware of Maggie’s existence until I began researching the Oakes line. Don’t know if there are any of Maggie’s descendants or collectors of old Hawarden postcards out there, but thought I’d post it just in case. Thanks to my aunt for her care of the ancestral postcard album.