This is a tintype that has been hand-colored. It was found in Markle, Indiana. Written on the reverse is “Mrs. Sarah Huff, Artist, Leavensworth (sic), Ind.”
Based on the young woman’s fashion, I loosely date this photo as being taken in the 1870s. This is a curious case, as there were several women named Sarah Huff residing in the Leavenworth, Indiana area during this time.
The first Sarah Huff, married to Mack Huff, was born about 1859, and fits the age of the sitter. However, she resided in Sterling, 17 miles from Leavenworth.
Two of those Sarahs were a mother and daughter living in Leavenworth. The daughter, 18 years old in 1870, was, of course, a Miss Sarah Huff, not a Mrs. The mother was 40 years old in 1870, so she could not be the sitter. Is it possible the person who penned the writing mistakenly wrote Mrs.? Or is it possible the writing signifies the person who hand-colored the photo, and not the identity of the sitter? That could explain the notation of “Artist.”
This dandy cabinet card was discovered in Goshen, Indiana. The sitter screamed, “Take me home! I’m bold and interesting!”
William Francis Hostetler, born in La Paz, Indiana in 1870, was a hustler, in a good way. He was an enterprising person, determined to succeed, a real go-getter.
Which is why I was surprised to find that William’s death certificate listed his only occupation as a farmer. I’m sure he would have been surprised as well, and disappointed, considering he spent the majority of his adult life as a teacher. In addition, for quite a few years, while also teaching, he sold insurance for the New York Life Insurance Company, and he was self employed, offering penmanship services for individuals and businesses.
“Aunt Margret Newkirk” is written on the back of this cabinet card that was found in Auburn, Indiana. The sitter is Margaret (nee Warwick). The inscription leads me to believe this photo belonged to Maud Kelley, a foster daughter, who lived in the Newkirk home for some years, and who fondly referred to the sitter as Aunt Margret (a variation of Margaret.)
Margaret Newkirk was a daughter, a wife, and a mother. But, she wasn’t defined by the traditional roles of women in the 19th century. You see, Margaret was a suffragette!
On January 27, 1890, Emma (nee Berger) Toomey, aged 26, died after being run over by a train. Almost two years later, on December 23, 1891, her husband, Michael Toomey, was also “killed by the cars.” It’s believed they were struck because they couldn’t hear the train coming, as both Emma and Michael lost their hearing as the result of childhood illnesses.
This cabinet card was found in a Goshen, Indiana shop and features Lizzie and Emma Boeckling during happier times; I uncovered a sad tale during my research.
Lizzie and Emma were two of six children born to John and Johanna Boeckling of LaPorte, Indiana. They were the middle children, with the eldest being Carrie and Albert, and Frank and Hattie, the babies of the family. Tuberculosis, also known as consumption, took five of them to the grave. And strangely, Carrie, Albert and Lizzie, the first three to succumb to the disease, each died when they were 30 years old.
Well, doesn’t he look spiffy! He’s even sporting a cane! I fell for this cabinet card the moment I saw it in an antique shop in Auburn, Indiana. I was thrilled when I flipped it over and found the sitter was identified.
Jackson “Jack” Milford Beams lived in Spencerville, Indiana. He was married on Valentine’s Day 1889 and died on Christmas day 1940.