Martha “Mattie” Kennedy (nee Luney) Holmes was born in Ireland in 1874 and came with her family to the United States as a young girl. In 1894, she married Dr. William Wesley Holmes, who was 30 years her senior. After William’s death in 1913, Mattie worked as a traveling and home nurse.
I’m not sure when Mattie died. She was living with her sister, Edith Cole, in Yonkers, New York in 1930. The last trace I found of her was in 1936 when she was still in Yonkers, but living on her own at 472 Hawthorne.
The Denison Review, Denison, Iowa, February 12, 1913, – William Holmes’ obituary
Yonkers, New York City Directory 1931 and 1936
This photo was found in a shop in Defiance, Ohio. The name Davie Palmer is scrawled on the back. The photographer was Pinder in Garrett, Indiana.
David Palmer was born in 1875 and lived in Richland township, a small community near Garrett. He worked as a railroad section hand, never married and died, aged 45, of sudden heart trouble.
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World War I Draft Registration
Not every photo find yields a fascinating, or even a slightly interesting, story. This isn’t to say that the sitters led uneventful lives. It just means that I’ve not had the pleasure of discovering their full history. This is the first in my Snap Shot series, which will showcase those photos from my collection.
Look at the table detail in this carte de visite. The sitter is Mary Sophia (nee Germann) Schmid. The photographer was J.F. Rank & Co. in Van Wert, Ohio. Sophia was born in 1855 and shares my birth date of March 5.
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State of Ohio death certificate