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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Family Farmers: 1939

Family Farmers: 1939

October 1939. "Family of Fred Schmeeckle, Farm Security Administration borrower, on their dryland farm in Weld County, Colorado." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.

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The Real McCoy

Dead ringer for Walter Brennan.

Navy Man

Floyd (far right) enlisted and served in the USS Lesuth in the Pacific Theatre.

Schmeeckle family

Fred Carl Schmeeckle was born in Eustis, NE, on Feb 28, 1887. He homesteaded in the Stoneham area of Weld County, CO, in 1910 and, on Jun 17, 1914, married Anna (or Anny) Louise Hanson, who was born in Norway on Sep 9, 1892. They had 5 children:

Leonard H. Schmeeckle - Sep 1, 1915 - Aug 1, 1972 (age 61)
Ruby Schmeeckle Patrick - Oct 3, 1919 - Sep 10, 2003 (age 83)
Floyd Lester Schmeeckle - Dec 8, 1924 - Jan 28, 1997 (age 72)
Glenn O'Neil Schmeeckle - Jun 13, 1927 - Apr 23, 1997 (age 69)
Julius "Jay" Schmeeckle - Mar 23, 1931 - Sep 29, 2016 (age 85)

Anna died on Dec 23, 1953, at age 61. Fred married again, to Christina Lee Carlson on Valentine's Day 1960, and retired from farming. He died in a nursing home in Sterling, CO, on Jul 29, 1975, at age 88. His second wife died 2 1/2 years later.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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