Family pictures and portraits–don’t you love them!? A couple weeks ago, my sister found a small album, about 3″ x 5″, full of old family pictures! The picture above is one of those pictures! I love that picture, but who are those folks?! What a treasure! There were maybe 50 pictures–but only two were actually labeled as to who was in the picture! Now my sister and I are in our 70’s—born in the 1940’s, as was my older brother. Our younger brother was not born until 1955. These pictures look like they were mostly taken in the early 1920’s! Some people looked familiar, but we are just guessing! A treasure and a puzzle!
Our Mom died in 1980, Dad in 1988. After Dad died we cleared out the house that had been ours for 60 years, and sold it. Items were divided among several family members, including pictures. We thought we had accounted for them all. My sister found this little album of pictures in a box of papers, that we may never have gone through except in a cursory manner. We were shocked! It may have even been my grandmother’s, my paternal grandmother lived with us until she died when I was about 15, in 1964. Her name was Helen Blanche Hogue, and she had married my paternal grandfather, Edwin Spear Youngblood–I was lucky enough to inherit portraits of both of them, my namesakes. Looking through the pictures, my brother Cecil thought he recognized several, and with the two labeled, we realized they were probably all either Hogue or Youngblood family members. All I had to do was look at who was living in the 1920’s–ha!–and maybe find the matches!
The two pictures that were labeled on the back, are shown below. The first is my Great Grandfather Robert Fulton Hogue, with his son, Robert Fulton Hogue Jr. b. 1921–called “Bobby”–that is what it says on the back of the picture; (and yes, he was 70 years old when he fathered Bobby) Since the child in the picture was born in 1921, we figure it must be about 1922 when that picture was taken–his father died in 1924.
Below is the other picture that was labeled. It says this picture is of my father’s sister, Helen Marie Youngblood, 1907-1978, who married first Edward Riddick Webb, and second George Combs. She is pictured below with her horse. Robert Fulton Hogue is her maternal grandfather. It looks like this picture could have been taken also in 1922, like the other, as she would be 15, about how she looks.
Here are some of the others, and I do not yet know who they are! They are not in any particular order! I am working on it!
Here are eleven unidentified pictures of family members! Now what should we do? And there are many more! Really great pictures! I think I will lay them all out here this time, in hopes that someone might just see them and identify them! In the next couple of posts, I will begin to work on them myself and see if you agree! Come back, I need your help! I have also found a photo-comparison site that you and I might find useful!
In the next post I’ll share some ways that we have begun to identify some of these folks. If anyone reading this blog thinks they can identify any of these people, please let me know! Helen