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This is my first post to Shorpy, so I may as well start with the oldest of the photos I have inherited from my grandparents. This is a daguerreotype of my great-great-grandparents, Maria R. Vaughan and Martin Van Buren Jones on their wedding day in Marion County, Oregon, Oct. 29, 1854. They met and fell in love while crossing on the Oregon Trail in 1852 when he was 21 and she was 14. He was traveling alone, while she was with her parents and siblings, who settled SW of the Portland area. He went down the coast to just south of the California/Oregon border, where he settled and became one of the founders of Crescent City, California. Once settled, he went back north, married her, and brought her back to Crescent City, making her the first bride there. They went on to raise a large family. He was born in New York state in 1831 and died on his timber claim near Klamath, Del Norte County, California, on March 31, 1884. She was born in Peoria, Illinois, Dec. 14, 1837, and died in Crescent City on June 6, 1926. I grew up in her old house. View full size.
My great-great-grandmother, Maria Vaughan Jones (1837-1926) on the porch of her house on H Street, Crescent City, California, about 1906 to 1908. On the back she wrote in her spidery, old fashioned script, "I am waiting at the door for you." The house was built in 1874; she bought it in 1906 and died in it 20 years later. It remained in the family into the early 1970s, and I grew up in it. Starting about 1908, one of her sons and a couple of grandchildren started building additions until it was a rabbit warren of about 14 tiny rooms when I was a boy. View full size.
Like many small towns, Wadena, Minnesota boasted a combination city hall and fire department at 10 Bryant Avenue, S.E. This photo was probably taken in that structure. Mayor Bernard Burch sits to the left of the ensemble, who are gathered around what appears to be a ballot box. Identities of the rest are unknown. Image from the Bernard Burch photo collection. View full size.
A young couple happy to be done with high school (just guessing). From my negatives collection. View full size.
This is from a series of pictures taken on the set of WCSH, Portland, Maine. I think it may have been some kind of amateur hour-type show. From my negatives collection. View full size.
A distant cousin, Emma Bailey, née Scott. 1883 Iowa - 1970 California. View full size.
This picture was taken about 1888, I believe in South Dakota.
Seated left to right: Sophronia Maria Lucas (née Lowe) with her grandson Carroll Mayne Lucas; Parker Lucas; the baby on his lap is Parker Vincent Lucas, his great-great-grandson. The elderly lady is Sylvia Fulton, Parker's second wife.
Standing in the back: the gent staring off into the distance is Aaron Briney Lucas Sr. and the hefty gentleman with the mustache is William Vincent Lucas, Aaron's dad.
I do not know who the two women are standing on either side of the men.