Friday’s Faces: Samuel P. and Louisa Long Minor

My great-grandfather, Robert Minor (1869-1943), was brought up on the family farm just outside the village of Garards Fort, Pennsylvania.  Just down the red-dog Ceylon Lane stood the sturdy brick home of his Uncle Samuel (1825-1909) and Aunt Louisa (1832-1917) Minor.  Sam and Robert's dad, Marion Minor, were two of John P. and Isabella Minor's … Continue reading Friday’s Faces: Samuel P. and Louisa Long Minor

The One I Know: Florence McClure Titus

The Minor Family Album closes out with portraits of nine children, all taken between 1887-1894.  I can identify, with confidence, only one face. Framed by short bangs and soft, baby curls, the chubby toddler's brown eyes flatly state that she will hold this position but a moment longer. This is Flossie, christened Florence McClure in 1889 … Continue reading The One I Know: Florence McClure Titus

Windows To My Past

Vintage photographs lead to vintage family.  Folks that shared an historical context and proximity, whose connections of love and sorrow shaped decisions that are even now rippling through my time. I love looking at these eyes, windows to my past, staring back into my present. Thomas W Rogers of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania took this portrait of my … Continue reading Windows To My Past

On The Trail of S. A. Stevens : The Minor Family Album

The second, third, and fourth pages of the Minor Family Album were all taken by Oliver Eugene Aultman, in his West Main Street studio, in Trinidad, Colorado.  I made a thorough study of the photographs' internal clues and narrowed down the timeframe for the shoot as being between 1889-1893.  With no annotations to aid my … Continue reading On The Trail of S. A. Stevens : The Minor Family Album