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The Three Amigos: 1908

The Three Amigos: 1908

November 29, 1908. Boys working in the Eureka Cotton Mills at Chester, South Carolina. Rob Dover (tallest boy) has been in mill eight or nine years. Melvin Reilly (middle) in mill one year. Boyd McKowan is about 15 years old. Been in mill five years. Witness Sara R. Hine. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

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Boyd McKeown

Thanks to the spelling suggestion from John Robinson, from the SSDI we find:

Boyd McKeown
born: 14 Jul 1892
died: Mar 1967
last residence: Great Falls, Chester, SC
state of SSN issue: South Carolina

Rob Dover

Actually, Robert (Rob Dover) died in 1958. This is the correct reference for him. He was my great great uncle. He worked for Springs Industries his entire life.

Also, his younger brother, John Washington Dover (known as Wash and Washey in the Lewis Hine picture from the same visit to Eureka in 1908), was born in 1899 and died in 1937 at the Gayle mill, also in Chester. That photo is available on the Lewis Hine descendants site.

Also, Lewis appeared not familiar with Southern pronunciations of traditional Scottish names. Boyd McKowan's name should be spelled McKeown. His descendants also still live around Chester.

Found them

Some records for Robert Dover:

#1 - b. 10 Nov 1894, d. Mar 1981 York, SC

#2 - b. 08 Mar 1893, d. Feb 1958 location unknown

Both had SS# issued in South Carolina.

If I change Boyd's last name to McGowen (k to g and a to e) I find:

b. 12 Aug 1896, d. Jun 1971 Michigan, SS issued in Michigan.

[Good work! Shorpy salutes you. - Dave]

Rob Dover and Boyd McKowan

Rob Dover and Boyd McKowan turned up nothing in a SSDI search result. However, I got four hits on Melvin Reilly. Seems like Melvin is a unique name. Three out of four records may match the date of this picture.

#1 - b.17 Aug 1899 d.Dec 1972 Pittsburgh
#2 - b. 7 Aug 1901 d.Jul 1980 Huron, SD
#3 - b.15 Mar 1897 d.Jan 1963 New Jersey

[Good work! Maybe Boyd's last name was really McGowan. - Dave]

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