Clinton V. Postiff 1931 – Elvis had nothing on this guy’s hair!

Clinton V. Postiff, Plymouth High School, 1931

Clinton V. Postiff, Plymouth High School, 1931

I do love Clinton V. Postiff’s hair! This is a photo of 18 year old Clinton – born in Michigan in 1913 to a college educated farmer, Walter James Postiff and his wife Mabel Shayman. Walter and Mabel lived in Michigan all of their married lives and had 5 children in all; Clinton was the second oldest and second son. In 1940, the entire family still lived at home with the exception of Clinton. He had married Dorothy and was farming on his own. Dorothy had a 2 year old son, listed as Clinton’s step-son in the census. Zary Owens.

Farming, or something, took the Postiff’s to California. Clinton died in Los Angeles in 1971 at only 58 years of age. His wife would outlive him by more than 30 years, passing away in 2005. Several sibling died out there too, so the move must have been a family affaire. Both brother Allen and sister Mildred died there; Allen in 1935 and Mildred in 2002. I don’t know where they are buried, but Dorothy’s obituary indicates that she and Clinton had at least 4 children – some of whom are hopefully into genealogy research and will enjoy the photo.

Good luck Clinton!

Harvey J. Segnitz in 1931 (any Michigan researchers wanna take this one on?)

Harvey J. Segnitz, in 1931, The Plymouth High School class

Harvey J. Segnitz, in 1931, The Plymouth High School class

Handsome Harvey J. Segnitz, with possibly the rarest last name in the US! When you search for Harvey Segnitz pretty much only he and his dad (also named Harvey) come up. Good and bad news. Good, I’m VERY sure it’s him. Bad, there’s more questions than answers.

Harvey John Segnitz was born on October 4, 1912 in Indiana to Harvey Charles Segnitz and Clara Mohr. He had several older siblings Magurite and/or Beatrice (who apparently died young), Leroy (1911-2000) and Ramona (1910-1992). He also had a much younger brother, Aurthur, who was born in 1930! No trace of him since the 1940 census.

The family lived in Plymouth, Wayne county, Michigan during the 1930 census and Harvey was attending Plymouth High School (hence the photo). His father was a commercial “sailsman” according to the census taker who needed a remedial spelling lesson. Five years later, Harvey married Lucille Moss. They would have at least 2 children, maybe more, William and Richard. Harvey owned “Segnitz & Rodman” filling station in Oakland county, Michigan and worked there as an attendant according to local city directories.

Then in 1958, at the age of 46, he died. I’ve found no record other than the Social Security death index; no obituary, even Find a Grave doesn’t know where he’s buried just that he’s dead. He wife apparently died (either without remarrying or without changing her name) in 1982. No one is searching for the family through Ancestry or other online trees. I hope Harvey J. can find a descendant.

Adele Gertrude Carson, 1931 Michigan – love the curls!

Adele Gertrude Carson, 1931

Adele Gertrude Carson, 1931

This lovely young lady with the gorgeous curls (a la Shirley Temple) is Adele Gertrude Carson. She was born on Independence Day in 1911. She’s probably almost 20 in this photo, although looks younger to me. Adele was the youngest daughter to Charles R. Carson and Mary E. J. Sunderland. The family lived most of their lives in Plymouth, Wayne County, Michigan; which is where Adele was attending High School at this time.

Her family was easy to find and there’s abundant information out there. It’s rare that with so much information I find NO family tree with these people. It appears that most of the Carson children, including Adele, did not marry or have children. Older sister Marion V. Carson (1899-1963) never married, older brother Victor H. Carson (1909-1911) died a baby, older brother Joseph A. (1904-1977) did marry an Ardiss Arnold in 1925 and had one son, Charles Robert Carson (1927) – apparently named after his grandfather.

What’s interesting me about the family was that mom worked frequently. When Charles and Mary married (in Ohio) she was a teacher. In 1930 she worked as an auto assembly worker and in 1940 she was listed as a branch worker in the motor car company. Also, I absolutely LOVE the amount of information that Lucas County, OH put on their marriage records. Check out how much awesome data is on 1/2 a sheet of paper. It’s truly amazing – I wish all my ancestors had marriage records like this.

1898 Marriage record from Lucas County, Ohio

1898 Marriage record from Lucas County, Ohio

Yet still, no one is looking for these people. Little Charles Robert Carson where are you? Did you marry and have a family??

The whole family – or most of it anyway – is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth, Michigan. Photos are on Find A Grave.

Good luck Carson’s!

Elnora J. Sackett from Plymouth

Elnora J. Sackett, 1931 Plymouth, Michigan High School

Ms. Elnora Sackett has such an interesting face. She was a classmate of Viola’s (from the previous post) but a few years older than her peer. Born in 1910, Elnora J. Sackett was almost 20 when this high school picture was taken. She was born on October 13, 1910 – luckily for her that was a Thursday, not a Friday. Her parents were Jay and Mary Sackett. Jay lived from 1889 to 1945. Mary lived from 1883 to 1873, almost outliving Elnora, who died in Livonia, Michigan in 1978. I wonder how Elnora died, at a relatively young age of 68, when her mother lived to 90? All three are buried in Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth, Michigan.

Elnora appears to have never married. She and sister Margaret still lived at home in 1940 (in Plymouth) and worked as press operators for a air rifle manufacturing company – Rosie the Riveters! The family lived in Plymouth all her youth from 1920-1940 and probably longer. Father Jay didn’t live with the family in 1940 but doesn’t die until 1945. He’s likely too old to have been at war though. I wonder if she and Viola were friends?

Mabel from Michigan

Mabel M. V. Webster-Palmer

What you see is what you get with Mabel. Her long name and a location – good info. But sometimes a name like that can be confusing. Did she really hyphenate her name, or was that just for identification purposes? The way it’s written was even a little odd. Was Palmer part of her name or was it a town in Battle Creek County, Michigan? You can learn a lot about geography in the genealogy biz!

Her long name was key in identifying her – if she had just been Mabel Palmer or Mabel Webster we may not be here now. I guesstimated her birth date to between 1895-1905. It’s almost a game now, how close I can get to the actual year! MANY family trees came up, but let’s focus on the evidence first because there’s not a lot of it.

A Mabel Palmer, born April 24, 1899, died in March of 1969 in Battle Creek, Michigan – good match. However, every other census I’ve found a Mabel Webster in is in New York: in 1900 she lives with grandmother Mary Kling at the age of 1; in 1910 and 1920 she lives with parents the Webster’s also in New York. No way to know from my photograph if this is the same woman.

So, in rare form, I’m relying on the family trees to tell the story – not many of which have evidence attached to them. I am sure that this picture matches the woman in their trees at least. To that end, this is likely Mabel Mary Vestella Webster, born (as the SSDI indicated) on 4/24/1899 to George and Mable Webster. She married Lawrence Palmer in New York, and died in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1969 – with probably a lot of great stories in between :)

Good luck Mabel!

By the way, I own Mabel. If anyone wants the photo let me know.

Alfred T. Robinson

Alfred T. Robinson

Another offering from my Etsy friend, Restored Memories. Per her description there are actually 2 photos of Mr. Robinson, which she is selling together – here’s the link to her store.

On the back of this photo is the handwritten name, Alfred T. Robinson and the location on the from is Saginaw, Michigan. While those two pieces of information alone may not always yield a good identification – what helped in this case was that Mr. Robinson never left Saginaw. From the 1900 to the 1940 census he and wife Louise/Louisa and their children are there.

Alfred appears to have been born around 1859 in Michigan. His parents were from England. But in all pre-marriage censuses (1870 and 1880) Alfred and sister Helen only lived with their mother, Mary A. Robinson. There’s no indication if she was a widow or divorced. She was from England however. Finding his father would be a great addition!

Cora & Ethel

Ethel Thompson & Cora DeLudough-Cobb

What an incredibly sweet picture. This is on sale at a wonderful Etsy store for those interested. I was determined to find out who these ladies were and I think I have. The names on the back, according to the owner, are Ethel Thompson and Cora DeLudough-Cobb. I knew I had a chance of finding out who it was when I saw Cora’s last name – what duzy! Initial searches didn’t reveal much – but when I looked for the EXACT spelling of the name (which I rarely do because it’s so limiting) I got a hit. Cora Mae Deludough married James MacCall of Scotland in 1904 in Michigan and was born in 1878 in Wisconsin. Also on the marriage record it had her parents names, Sam Deludough and Carrie Lockridge. Well, that’s not exactly what I wanted. I wanted a husband with the last name of Cobb!

So I looked for Ethel. Now that’s a much more common name, but interestingly there was an Ethel Thompson born in Wisconsin in 1878 and living in Michigan during the 1900 census with a father from Scotland and a mother from Germany. She was divorced. Now we’re getting somewhere! Similar ages, lived in same states, let’s keep going.

I went back to Cora – putting in the birth year and place I’d found earlier along with the name – I now found a Cora May Deludough with an actual copy of the marriage record – same one, to James MacCall. And guess who the witnesses were? A Edward and Carrie Cobb! THEN, as if that weren’t enough, the 1900 Michigan census had Cora and 2 siblings living as step-children with Edward and Sarah Cobb. Clearly this was a name she used frequently after her mother remarried.

I’m confident I know who Cora is. But Ethel still needs some work. There’s a lot of coincidence there, but a little more evidence is needed. And I’m sure I’ll get it!