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Vintage photos of:
Parade in Port Huron Michigan, 1906
The woman smiling from the rear seat of the lead car is my great-grandmother, Katherine Saety Kaumeier. Her only child and my grandfather Erwin Louis Kaumeier is the young lad occupying the rear seat of the second car, a 1906 REO Model A. Born in August 1899, ELK would have been six years old when the shutter was tripped on that holiday early in the 20th century. The lap he's sitting on belongs to my great-grandfather, John Christian Kaumeier. JCK was an architect whose career in the building trades started when he was just 13 years old. Katherine's uncle Benjamin J. Karrer is also in the rear seat, wearing a dark hat and a serious expression. Lt. Karrer was a veteran of the American Civil War who served the Union in the 9th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry.
The identity of the other individuals in the photo is unknown, as is the precise date when this shot was taken. Based upon the flags, bunting, and foliage on the trees I'd hazard a guess that the parade was celebrating Decoration Day (now known as Memorial Day) or the Fourth of July. View full size.