The Kahler Boys Grown Up

Kahler brothers, Rush & Will, of Pennsylvania

We’ve met these men before, but they were much younger. This is Rush and Will Kahler, profiled with their parents in a previous post, Henry Kahler & Family. At the time of that family portrait the boys were about 2 and 5. These more recent pictures I found for sale from gretacarbo on eBay (Link to eBay auction). See the auction for more pictures and the back of the photos – some are fuzzy but readable.

In the above photo Rush is on the left and the middle and right are of Will. The middle one has “uncle Will Kahler” written on the back. I wonder who the owner of these photos is, maybe the seller knows. The pictures were taken in Pennsylvania, so apparently the boys still lived there. There were a LOT of online trees with the Kahler family so hopefully these photos will be a welcome addition.

Laura Mason Culp

Laura Mason Culp of Ohio

This is a wonderful picture of Laura Mason Culp, wife of William H. Culp and mother to 6 children that I could identify. I found this for sale at ebay (link to sale here). With so many children, I was surprised to find that no online trees had Laura represented in them. But I know this, one day a great-great grandchild of Laura’s will get the genealogy bug and they will be glad to have this photo!

The photograph, as you can see, was taken in West Jefferson, Ohio. Her name in full is written on the back. Laura was born in Ohio in 1854. I have not discovered who her parents were yet. She married William H. Culp on December 15, 1873 – there is a beautiful marriage license online. Over the next decade + she had at least 6 children from what I can tell: Elverson, Mason, Mary, Willard, Dittwell Earl, Sarah – not necessarily in that order. Laura died relatively young in 1892 and is buried in Silent Home Cemetery in Franklin County, Ohio. Her gravestone is online at

Now to find those hidden genealogy buffs in the Culp family! Good luck Laura.

James Whelan

James Whelan #114

James Whelan, another Westbrook Academy student from 1925, was born in New York in 1908. His parents were Richard and Catherine/Katherine Whelan. The family lived in Olean, New York in 1910, 1920, and 1925 according to the census records. For some reason Mr. Whelan (Richard) didn’t live with the family in 1925, but appears in all other census. In 1930 they had moved to Buffalo. James had about 6 or 7 siblings – including a pair of twins on the end (named Mary & Joseph!)

Father Richard was from Ireland and worked as a machinist in a steel company. In 1930 James was a clerk in the steel industry as well. There are several James Whelan’s in NY in 1940 both born in 1908 one married to Elizabeth with 2 kids, working as an accountant, one married to Geraldine with no children – not sure which one is the right one, but I’m sure his family does.

Hope to reconnect James with some descendants!

Shuster & Bordeaux

Two more classmates from the 1924-24 Westbrook Commercial Academy in Olean, New York: these ladies are Mary Shuster #71 and Viola Bordeaux #56. Disappointingly, I was unable to find any information on Mary in the online records. Such a cute … Continue reading