Crittenden County, KY Historical Society Album 2

 

 

Crittenden County, KY Historical Society - Album No. 2

 

The Album

     This album is the second of two that reside in the Crittenden Co., KY Historical Society collection.  I was kindly allowed to use a laptop and a scanner to copy the photos. 

     The original owner of the album is not known.  It almost goes without saying that the original album owner was female.  Males generally did not and generally still do not collect mementos of their youth or even keep up previous or youthful friendships, as these photographs represent.

      The album is found to contain the photographs of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, her husband (or husband-to-be) William B. Yandell, her father James Perry Pierce, her mother Emeline (Rolston) Pierce, and her brother Ira Tilden Pierce.  But the album does not appear to have been kept by Florence herself, since her photos are marked with her name and the name of her husband, as if she was an acquaintance of the album owner, but not in the immediate family of the album owner.  Florence kept a large number of photographs loose rather than in an album.

     The presence of such a large number of Pierce and Yandell photos does indicate that the album owner was someone close to the family, as mentioned, not in the Florence (Yandell) Pierce's immediate family, but perhaps a cousin or other distant relative.  The large number of photographs from the Douglass studio, Evansville, Indiana suggests that the album owner lived in or near Evansville, Indiana or its near neighbor across the Ohio River, Marion, Kentucky, where, apparently, either Douglass had a branch or people traveled to Evansville for their photos.

     The large number of photos of teenagers from the W.S. Lively studio in McMinnville, Tennessee implies that the album owner probably attended the girls' school in McMinnville.

 

Numbering

     The photographs within this album comprise part of three collections of photographs from Crittenden Co., KY and associated with Florence (Pierce) Yandell or her family, referred to as:
     1) FPY Loose Photos - a collection of loose photographs originally belonging to Florence (Pierce) Yandell (1861-1938), which were found in the attic of the house she formerly occupied,
     2) Crittenden County Historical Society (CCHS) Album No. 1, an album in the collection of the Crittenden Co., KY Historical Society, and
     3) Crittenden County Historical Society (CCHS) Album No. 2, another album at the Crittenden Co., KY Historical Society.

     Within this the overall collection, photos from the Florence (Pierce) Yandell loose photos are numbered FPY 001 through FPY 192; photographs from the Crittenden County, Kentucky Historical Society Album No. 1 are numbered CCHS 197 through CCHS 248; photographs from the Crittenden County, Kentucky Historical Society Album No. 2 are numbered CCHS 249 through CCHS 279.

 

Order of the Photographs

     The order of numbering of the CCHS photographs in the two albums was as they appeared front to back in the album.  In this case, some photos might have been mounted  adjacent to each other,, e.g.,,a husband and wife facing each other in sequential pages. or children next to parents.  Therefore, the order of CCHS photographs may have significance, and should be kept in mind during identification.a husband and wife facing each other in sequential pages. or children next to parents.  Therefore, the order of CCHS photographs may have significance, and should be kept in mind during identification.

     The FPY photographs were loose and not apparently arranged in any kind of order.  They were first reviewed in the order received.  Later, some photos were pulled out and grouped with other photos, using one of the following criteria: photos containing similar-appearing or the same person, photos having the same type of mount, or photographs of a similar era, e.g., CDVs.  Finally, all photos not pulled into a grouping were placed at the end, according to age - CDVs, then cabinet cards, then later mounted cards, and last, unmounted photos.  For this reason, the order of the FPY photographs has no significance, and should be ignored.

 

Identification

     Most of the photos are not identified, but a few were either marked on the back or by inscriptions on the album page. 

     The filename of each photograph is given to the right in order to keep the notes associated with the correct photo.  These filenames may have names and appear to identify the subject, but they were tentative guesses made at the time of scanning and may be completely wrong.  Please pay attention to the notes below the filenames, which represent the most recent identification and reason/logic for the identification.

     Where such a back or album inscriptions was present, it is described in the notes to the right of the thumbnail.  Since a photograph is not generally removed from its place in the album (which tends to rip the album), such back inscriptions are assumed to have been written by the original album owner and written contemporaneously with the photography.  Therefore, back inscriptions are assumed to be correct unless overwhelming evidence shows them not to be.

     Where there is an inscription on the album page, it was usually added by a member of the historical society.  Such an inscription would have been added much later than the year when the photograph was taken.  The inscribing person might be basing the identification on knowing the person during their lifetime and recognizing them at a younger age, or basing the identification on having seen a copy of the same photograph or other photographs of the subject that had been already identified.  Album inscription are therefore dependent on the memory of a local person, and tend to be correct, but not necessarily so.

     When a photographer's logo or name is present on the photo mount, it is also quoted in the notes; the location in which a photo was taken often provides an important clue as to the identity of the subject, as well as a probable important location in the life of the subject, such as a school location.

     The firmest identifications of unmarked photographs are those involving the James Perry Pierce extended family, for which there exist a large number of other photographs that were identified and mounted by a member of the family shortly after the photographs were taken.

     When the identity of the subject of a photograph is uncertain based on other photographs that are already identified, a primitive facial recognition method is used, in which the photo to be identified is 1) cropped so that the eyes are exactly horizontal, 2) sized so that the head top to chin distance is the same as an identified photograph to which it is to be compared, 3) copied and pasted to a photoshop file containing the identified photograph, and finally, 4) comparing the width of the eyes, the width of the cheekbones, the position of the nose, the position of the mouth, and the presence of any other facial features, such as a cleft chin, freckles, moles, etc. 

     Leaps of logic, tenuous connections, and similar guess have been liberally used.  All identifications are to used with a grain of salt.

 If I have made errors, and you have correct or additional identification/information, please contact me (mathew_brady@msn.com and allow me to correct the errors.

 

Cast of Characters:

     This album contains photographs mainly from the children and extended family, and perhaps friends and acquaintances of Florence (Pierce) Yandell (1861-1938) and her husband, William Bennett Yandell (1857-abt. 1930) :

 

 

 

 

 

249

 


CCHS 249:
  Cabinet card (4x6"), marked on back: "Norval Lee Pierce Jan. 28, 1888 Age 16".

Photographer:  On the front: "Douglas, Evansville, Ind."
     CCHS 249 is printed in brown ink on buff background, the "Douglas" simulates a signature; the remainder is printed in all caps.  CCHS 257 has the exact same design and font except that it is gold ink on black background.

Subject:  Norval Lee Pierce (1871-1951), son of James Perry Pierce (1841-1916) and Emeline F. (Rolston) Pierce (1840-1895), and husband of Margaret Ramey (Bond) Pierce (1874-1970).

Date:  c. 1887.

Lower Image:
      Comparison of images known or suspected of being of Norval Lee Pierce (1871-1951), in order of increasing age from left to right.
      The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 209) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): ALBUM 4 PT1 0057, CCHS 214, ALBUM 4 PT1 0058, CCHS 249, ALBUM 4 PT1 0067, FPY 021, FPY 155, FPY 022, ALBUM 2 0059, and ALBUM 2 0058.

250 



 

CCHS 250:  Cabinet card (4x6"); unmarked as to subject or date.

Photographer:  "Klauber, Photo. Louisville", printed on the front bottom of the card.  There are three Klauber cards in this collection: CCHS 214 Norval Lee Pierce (1871-1951), CCHS 227 Cora A. Pierce (1869-1915), and CCHS 250 Florence Emeline Pierce (1861-1938).  CCHS 214 and CHS 227 are both CDVs, having an identical light green card; CCHS 250 is a cabinet card having a pink card.

Subject:  Florence Emeline Pierce (1861-1938), identification from comparison to identified photographs.

Date:  She appears to be in her early 20's, consistent with c.1884, the estimate for the other two Klauber photos.

Lower Image:
     The tentative identification comes from a comparison of all known or suspected images of Florence, in approximate order of age, which is shown in the lower image.
     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 217) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 054, CCHS 268, FPY 068, CCHS 250, FPY 092, CCHS 217, CCHS 216, FPY 008, CCHS 224, CCHS 225, and ALBUM 3 PT1 0019.

 251



CCHS 251:  Cabinet card (4x6"), unmarked as to subject or date.

Photographer:  Wybrant, 329 W. Walnut St., Louisville, Ky.  Three cards in the entire collection bear the imprint of Wybrant: FPY 088, CCHS 251 (a duplicate of FPY 088), and CCHS 272.

Subject:  This photograph is a copy of the same image as in
FPY 088

He is one of the eight sons of Jacob Ayhart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira (Oliver) Pierce (1845-1929).

The sons can be distinguished using two images that unambiguously identify the eight brothers: Miscellaneous Image 003 and Miscellaneous Image 004.

These show that this photo is of Richard Miles Pierce (1874-1959), son of Jacob Ayhart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929).  He was a farmer in Livingston Co., KY until his 50's, when he and his family moved to Detroit, MI.  In 1930, He and wife Jessie are listed as  performing janitorial duties in the Union Trust Bldg.

Date:  c.1895

Lower Image:
     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Richard Miles Pierce (1874-1959), , in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  See MISC 025 for details.

 252



 

CCHS 252:  Cabinet card (4x6"); unmarked as to subject or date.  Same image and photographer's imprint as FPY 035.

Photographer:  "R.E. Clark, Owensboro, Ky."  Owensboro is the county seat of Davies Co., KY, and lies on the Ohio River, about 77 miles from Marion and Crittenden Co.  It is roughly the halfway point to Louisville if you are travelling by boat.

 

Subject:  Probably Joseph Oscar Pierce (1872-1950), son of Jacob Ayhart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929).

Date:  c.1904.  He appears to be about the same age as he does in MISC 003 and MISC 004, dated to c.1904.

 

Lower Image:

     Comparison of all known or suspected images of Joseph, in approximate order of age left to right.  See MISC 009 for more discussion.

 

 


 253

 



CCHS 253:
  Cabinet card (4x6"); unmarked as to subject or date.  My note at first pass: "Looks like the same man as in CCHS 213."

Photographer:  "Clarke, photographer, 151 Canal St., New Orleans"

Subject: 
James Wilson Flynn (1879-1952), son of Mahlan Flynn (1835-?) and Ann Newton Shirley (1839-1911), and husband of Berna (Langley) Flynn (1884-1967).

Date:  c.1905.

Lower Image:

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of James Wilson Flynn (1879-1952), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  See MISC 032 for details.


 254



CCHS 254:
  Cabinet card (4x6"), unmarked as to subject or date.

Photographer:  "Elrod  Extra Finish  1891  Louisville, Ky."  Images FPY 090 and RW 009 are also cabinet cards from the Elrod studios, but not the same design as this one.

Subject:  Same as the man in another cabinet card, from the Ruth Winslow Album, an album from Carroll Co., KY, designated (by me) as RW 009.

 

     RW 009 is identified as Dr. David A. Garrison.  David Allen Garrison (1864-1937), son of Samuel Alexander Garrison (1819-1903) and Jane Hunter (1838-1901), husband of Mary Juanita Coltrane (1873-1948).

 

     He apparently was born, lived his entire life, and died in North Carolina.  It is not known how he came to have his photo taken in Louisville on at least two separate occasions, and have a cabinet card from each occasion end up in two albums a number of counties and over 200 miles apart.

Date:  c.1891 from the printing on the card, might be the date, or might be something that happened before the photo was printed.

 

 255

 


CCHS 255:
  Cabinet card (4x6"), inscribed on the back: "Your Friend - John".  FPY 086 and CCHS 255 have identical card design.

Photographer:  "McFaddell, Opposite Opera House, Paducah, Ky."

Subject:  Unknown.  FPY 086, having an identical card design and therefore possibly taken at the same time, is thought to be Richard Miles Pierce (1874-1959), one of the eight sons of Jacob Ahart Pierce.  This card does not seem to be one of the sons, though, and certainly not the one named John - John Stanton Pierce.

Date:  c.1885.

 

 256

 


CCHS 256:
  Gelatine-silver print (~2x3"); mounted on buff card (~3½x4"), unmarked as to subject or date.

Photographer:  "Stewart & Ringo, Marion, Ky."

Subject:  Unknown.

Date:  c.1890.




 257

 


 

CCHS 257:  Cabinet card (4x6"); unmarked as to subject or date. 

Photographer:  On the front: "Douglas, Evansville, Ind."
     CCHS 249 is printed in brown ink on buff background, the "Douglas" simulates a signature; the remainder is printed in all caps.  CCHS 257 has the exact same design and font except that it is gold ink on black background.

Subject:  Jacob Marion Pierce (1878-1968), son of Jacob Ahart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929), and husband of Sallie B. (Summers) Pierce (1881-1939).

Date:  Possibly c.1920; he appears to be going grey, so he may be in his late 30's or in his early 40's.  But cabinet cards were not generally made in 1920, so the grey look may just be a artifact of the light in the studio.  His face and its lack of wrinkles looks more like he's in his 20's, in other words, c.1905.

 

Lower Image:
     Comparison of all known or suspected images of Jacob Marion Pierce, in approximate order of age left to right.  See MISC 024 for discussion.

 

 258

 

 

CCHS 258:  Cabinet card (4x6"); unmarked as to subject; inscribed on back: "Harry Johnson, September 2, 1886". 

Photographer:  On the front: "Mr. & Mrs. Jas. Hitchcock, Mt. Vernon, Ills."  James Hitchcock and wife Annie are both listed as photographers in the 1880 census of Mt. Vernon Dist. 049, p.1 of 44, household #5.

Subject:  Harry Johnson, a young man appearing to be about 20 years old.  There is a Harry L. Johnson (11 b.KY) in Mt. Vernon Dist 049, p. 38 of 44, son of George Wesley Johnson (54 b.KY), school teacher, and Louisa S. (46 b.IL).  George Wesley Johnson's family lived for a while in Caldwell Co., KY.

Date:  1886

 

 

 259

 


CCHS 259:
  Cabinet card (4x6"), unmarked as to subject or date.

Photographer:  "Douglas  Extra Finish  Evansville, Ind."

Subject:  Unknown, a man about 40 years old.  He looks similar to Richard Miles Pierce (1874-1959), but the facial metrics are not right.

Date:  c.1891.

 260

 

 

CCHS 260:  Cabinet card (4x6"); unmarked as to subject or date.

 

Photographer:  Printed on bottom: "J.L. Stewart, Marion, Ky."

 

Subject:  Probably Miriam Elizabeth Pierce (1898-1987), daughter of James Perry Pierce (1841-1916) and his second wife Ella J. (Cox) (Langley) Pierce (1861-1928), and wife of William Harold Dobyns (1902-1933).

 

     Why is it probably Miriam?  Of the four other cabinet cards in all of the Crittenden Co. photographs on this entire web site that are this exact Stewart design and color, the subjects are: 1) Stanton, Jacob Ayhart, Willis & Willis Pierce, 2) George Collin Pierce, 3) Emeline and Florence Pierce, and 4) Miriam Pierce as a baby.  Another Miriam as a baby is the likeliest subject.

 

Date:  c.1898, her birth year.

 

 261


 

CCHS 261:  Cabinet card (4x6"), unmarked as to subject or date, but noted to be the same man as in CCHS 205.

Photographer:  Poole Art Co., Nashville, Tenn.

Subject:  William Bennett Yandell (1857-1940), husband of Florence Emeline (Pierce) Yandell (1861-1938).  Since the albums and photographs in this collection are associated with Florence Yandell, there are a relatively large number of photographs of her husband.  For identification, see lower image.

Date:  c.1885.

Lower Image:
      Comparison of images of William Bennett Yandell (1857-1940), husband of Florence Emeline (Pierce) Yandell (1861-1938) from various sources in this collection of images.  See MISC 006 for details.

     The photo on the far right is definitely identified as Yandell, from a written description contemporary with the photo.  The remainder were added working backwards in time comparing photos to the right and left until reaching the photo on the far left, at his youngest.
 

 262

 

 

CCHS 262:  Cabinet card (4x6"); unmarked as to subject or date.

Photographer:  "Brands Studios  Extra Finish", Chicago, IL, in script on the front bottom of the card.  As indicated by the pose and the high contrast, this is a cabinet-sized copy made from the smaller CDV FPY 006.  Another copy identical to this one is FPY 007.

Subject & Date:  possibly Eli Bettis (1791-1869).  See FPY 006.

 

 263

 

 

 

CCHS 263:  Gelatine-silver print or printing-out paper print (~2½x4"), mounted on textured off-white card (~3½x5½").  Unmarked as to subject or date. 

 

Photographer: Unmarked.


Subject: 

 

     John Stanton Pierce (1869-1944), son of Jacob Ayhart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929).  He married Rosa Clark Duley (see CCHS 265 and MISC 037) about 1902.

 

     He was a first cousin of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

 

     The identification of this photo as John Stanton Pierce was made by comparison to two images (MISC 003 and MISC 004 in black & white) from captioned and identified half-tone reproductions in an article or book about the Jacob Pierce family written by Jennie Dorothy (Pierce) Chlore (1897-1991), the daughter of Willis Champion Pierce, one of the eight sons of Jacob Ahart Pierce.

 

Date:  c.1902; probably a photo commemorating his wedding.

 

Lower Image:

     Comparison of images known or suspected of being of John Stanton Pierce, in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  See MISC 010.

 

 264

 

 

 

CCHS 264:  Cabinet card (4x6"); unmarked as to subject or date. 

Photographer:  On the front: "Douglas, Evansville, Ind."
     CCHS 249 is printed in brown ink on buff background, the "Douglas" simulates a signature; the remainder is printed in all caps.  CCHS 257 has the exact same design and font except that it is gold ink on black background.

Subject:  Jacob Marion Pierce (1878-1968), son of Jacob Ahart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929), and husband of Sallie B. (Summers) Pierce (1881-1939).

Date:  c.1918; he appears to be about 40.

 

Lower Image:
     Comparison of all known or suspected images of Jacob Marion Pierce, in approximate order of age left to right.  See MISC 024 for discussion.

 

 265

 

 

 

CCHS 265:  Gelatine-silver print or printing-out paper print (~2½x4"), mounted on textured off-white card (~3½x5½").  Unmarked as to subject or date. 

 

Photographer: Unmarked.


Subject: 

 

     Rosa Clark (Duley) Pierce (1871-1929), daughter of Henry Hamilton Duley (1840-1927) and Mary L. Hardin (1840-1894).  She married John Stanton Pierce (see CCHS 263 and MISC 010).

 

     She was a the wife of a first cousin of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, who probably collected the albums and photos at Crittenden County Historical Society.

    

     One indication that this is Rosa (Duley) Pierce is CCHS 263, a matching photo (having the exact same size, card type, photo size, photo color or toning and even the same pose).  Such a match almost always is from a husband and wife pair.

 

     A confirmation that she is Rosa (Duley) Pierce is the comparison to a known image of Rosa (MISC 004) from a captioned and identified half-tone reproduction in an article or book about the Jacob Pierce family written by Jennie Dorothy (Pierce) Chlore (1897-1991), the daughter of Willis Champion Pierce, one of the eight sons of Jacob Ahart Pierce.

 

Date:  c.1902; probably a photo commemorating her wedding.

 

Lower Image:
     Comparison of images known or suspected of being of Rosa (Duley) Pierce, in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  See MISC 010.

 

 266

 

 

 

CCHS 266:  Cabinet card (4x6"), unmarked as to subject or date.

Photographer:  "Genelli, 928 Olive Street, St. Louis, Mo.".

Subject:  Probably Wirt Ahart Pierce (1878-1968), son of Jacob Ahart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  He married Rosa Lucille Lee Farris (1876-1970).

Date:  c.1905; he appears to be in his 20's.

Lower Image:

     Comparison of images known or suspected to be of Wirt Ahart Pierce, in approximate order of increasing age.  See MISC 037 for details.

 267





 

CCHS 267:  Unmarked cabinet card (4x6").

Photographer:  Willis & Coquilette - a studio photograph using a painted backdrop; location unknown.  The only Willis & Coquilette photographs in this entire collection are FPY 002, CCHS 267, and CCHS 268).

Subject: 
     CCHS 267 and CCHS 268 are two adjacent photos in the album, having identical Willis & Coquilette labels.  They appear to be mother and daughter.  There is only one other Willis & Coquilette photo in all the Crittenden Co. photographs, and that is FPY 002, a photo of James Perry Pierce.  Considering the rarity of the studio here, it is highly likely that these three people visited the photographer together and the photos were taken on the same occasion.  This suggests that the people were in the same family.
     Comparing 267 and 268 to photos of James Perry Pierce's wife Emeline and first daughter, Florence, e.g., FPY 084, it appears that CCHS 267 is indeed Emeline (Rolston) Pierce (1840-1895) and that CCHS 268 is indeed daughter Florence Pierce (1861-1938), probably before her marriage to William B. Yandell.
     I had made a note "mother of 268 and same as in 238".  Sure enough, CCHS 238 is a standing figure of this same woman, Emeline (Rolston) Pierce.
     This image is included in the image strip used to compare known and suspected images of Emeline Pierce (see MISC 013).

Date:  I had previous estimated the date of FPY 002 as c.1880.  Emeline would be 40 in 1880.  Her appearance is consistent with 40 years old.

Lower Image:
     Comparison of images known or suspected of being of Emeline F. (Rolston) Pierce (1840-1895), in order of increasing age from left to right.  See
MISC 013.

 268


 

CCHS 268:  Unmarked cabinet card (4x6").

Photographer:  Willis & Coquilette - a studio photograph using a painted backdrop; location unknown.  Willis & Coquilette are the photographers for FPY 002, CCHS 267, and CCHS 268).  Considering the rarity of the studio here, it is highly likely that these three people visited the photographer together and the photos were taken on the same occasion.  This suggests that the people were in the same family.

Subject: 
     CCHS 267 and CCHS 268 are two adjacent photos in the album, having identical Willis & Coquilette labels.  They appear to be mother and daughter.  There is only one other Willis & Coquilette photo in all the Crittenden Co. photographs, and that is FPY 002, a photo of James Perry Pierce.  Considering the rarity of the studio here, it is highly likely that these three people visited the photographer together and the photos were taken on the same occasion.  This suggests that the people were in the same family.
    Looking at the family in question, it appears that the subject is Florence Emeline Pierce (1861-1938), identification from comparison to identified photographs (see Lower Image).

Date:  c.1880.  This is the date that the other Willis and Coquilette photographs appeared to have been taken.  Florence would have been 19 then, and, indeed, her appearance is consistent with 19 years old.

Lower Image:
     The tentative identification comes from a comparison of all known or suspected images of Florence, in approximate order of age, which is shown in the lower image.

     The source of the images (e.g., CCHS 217) are overlain on the images.  They are (left to right): FPY 054, CCHS 268, FPY 068, CCHS 250, FPY 092, CCHS 217, CCHS 216, FPY 008, CCHS 224, CCHS 225, and ALBUM 3 PT1 0019.

 269

 

 

 

CCHS 247:  Cabinet card (4x6"), unmarked as to subject or date.

Photographer:  Printed on front bottom: "Douglas,  Evansville, Ind."

Subject:  John T. Franks (1860-1926)., son of John Marshall Franks (1822-1883) and Nancy Tate Moore (1828-1886), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  He married Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Loving (1869-1944).  His identity was confirmed by his photo and name in an ad for his campaign for sheriff in the Crittenden Press.  See MISC 039.

Date:  c.1890; he looks about 30 years old.

 

270

 

 

CCHS 270:  Cabinet card (4x6"); inscribed on back: "Geo. H. Simmons"; unmarked as to date.

 

Photographer:  On front of black card: "Kimsey, Henderson, Kentucky".  Henderson is in the metropolitan area of Evansville, Indiana, just across the Ohio River in Kentucky.

 

Subject:  George H. Simmons (1866-1906).  Rev. Dr. George H. Simmons was a pastor in Henderson, Ky, relatively near Crittenden Co.  He was also involved in business in Western Kentucky.  Florence (Pierce) Yandell, the likely assembler of this album, was not related to him as she was to so many of the other subjects of these photographes, but may have met him in church or through her husband's or father's business.

 

The Paducah Sun, 6 Feb 1906, p.1:

-Former Kentucky Man Suicides-

-Rev. George Simmons Killed Himself at Peoria, Ill.-

-He Was a Prominent Man and Was Interested in Several Enterprises.-

-He was born in Kentucky-

     ------------------------

     Peoria, Ill., Feb. 6 - Rev. Dr. George Simmons committed suicide last night and his body was found in bed this morning.  He had taken cyanide of potassium.  He was pastor of the First Baptist church and president of a savings bank and recently was chosen to take charge of the Yates senatorial campaign.

 

     Sunday morning complaint was made to the attorney general that Simmons had been corrupting the minds and morals of a number of small boys who belonged to the Baptist boys' brigade.  Simmons at once resigned as pastor and from several other organizations.

 

     He was born at Shepardsville, Ky., and had been preaching since he was seventeen years old.  He had held pastorates at Henderson and Louisville, Ky., Jackson, Tenn., and Terra Haute, Ind.

     ------------------------------

     The Rev. George Simmons, the preacher mentioned above, was well known in Paducah.  Several years ago he held a protracted meeting here at the First Baptist church, and will be remembered by many of the older members of that church.

 

 271

 

 

 

CCHS 271:  Cabinet card (4x6"), unmarked as to subject or date.

Photographer:  Unmarked.

Subject:  Possibly Henry Walter Pierce (1866-1943), son of Jacob Ahart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929), in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  He married Georgia Ann Farris (1868-1934) in 1889..  His identity was confirmed by his photo and name in an ad for his campaign for sheriff in the Crittenden Press.  See MISC 040.

Date:  c.1890; he looks to be in his 30's.

 

Lower Image:

     Comparison of images known or suspected of being of Henry Walter Pierce, in approximate order of increasing age from left to right.  See MISC 040.

 

 272

 




 

CCHS 272:  Cabinet card (4x6"), unmarked as to subject or date.

Photographer:  "Wybrant, 329 W. Walnut St., Louisville, Ky.".  Three cards in the entire collection bear the imprint of Wybrant: FPY 088, CCHS 251 (a duplicate of FPY 088), and CCHS 272.

Subject:  The other Wybrant imprinted photographs are of sons of Jacob Ahart Pierce, and one can see three sons being on the town in Louisville, and stopping in for portraits.  However, comparing this image with known images of the sons, MISC 003 and MISC 004, he does not seem to match any of them.

 

Therefore:  Unknown

Date:  c.1890.

 273

 


CCHS 273:
  Cabinet card (4x6"), unmarked as to subject or date.

Photographer:  On front bottom "Douglas, Evansville, Ind."

Subject:  Unknown, a man about 35 years old.

Date:  c.1890.

 

 274

 


CCHS 274:
  Cabinet card (4x6"), unmarked as to subject or date.

Photographer:  On front bottom "A.G. Roberts, Henderson, Ky".  Henderson is in the metropolitan area of Evansville, Ind., and just across the Ohio River from Evansville.

Subject:  Unknown, a man about 35 years old.

Date:  c.1890.

 

 275



CCHS 275:  Cabinet card (4x6"), unmarked as to subject or date.  Written lightly in pencil on the bottom front: "[Che?] my child".

Photographer:  Unmarked.

Subject:  Joseph Oscar Pierce (1872-1950), son of Jacob Ahart Pierce (1842-1930) and Elvira Oliver (1845-1929).
    
     The identification was made using the usual characteristics, e.g., distance between eyes, distance from nose to lips, distance between lips to chin, fullness of lips, etc.  He also has a very peculiarly shape ear, the same wavy hair in the same style with the part in the same place, and a  bump in the top of his nose.

Date:  c.1895.

Lower Image:
     Comparison of all known or suspected images of Joseph, in approximate order of age left to right.  See MISC 009 for more discussion.

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CCHS 276:
  Cabinet card (4x6"), inscribed on the back: "7 years 10 mo August 1891".  This would be someone born in October 1883.

Photographer:  "Heeger, Cor. Third & Locust Streets, Evansville, Ind."

Subject:  The persons in Marion, KY in 1900 that were born in Oct 1883 are:

Rebecca V. Dunnican

Hattie B. Duvall

Selveser Elkins

Zena Hubbard

Stella Jacobs

Annie D. Rankin

Hattie Smith

Carrie Woodall

Neva Woodside

and it is probably one of these, but none appears to be connected to Florence (Yandell) Pierce, whose album this may be.

 

     It could also be Lucy Lenora Yandell (1883-1950), daughter of Thomas Jefferson Yandell (1825-1913) and Lovisa Elmira Armstrong (1843-1917).

 

     She was born in July 1883, so it isn't precisely Oct. 1883. 

 

      In her favor, she is a 2nd cousin of Florence, and her photograph is available for comparison, which comparison shows similar measurements for inter-ocular distance, nose to mouth and mouth to chin distance, general nose shape, and right ear contour.

 

     This is just a wild guess, made in the absence of anything solid.

Date:  Aug. 1891.

 

 

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CCHS 277:
  Cabinet card (4x6"), back is inscribed: "Jake"; unmarked as to date.

Photographer:  On front bottom "C.H. Johnson, Anoka, Minn."

Subject:  The back of the card says that this is Jake, now in Minnesota.  Anoka is just north of Minneapolis-St. Paul. 

 

     If we assume that "Jake" is kin (that is, from Kentucky), there are only a few native Kentuckians in the Anoka, St. Paul & Minneapolis area in the 1900 and 1910 censes.  No Pierces or other close kin are apparent.

 

     One possibility is Jake Mount Lee (1880-1971), son of George S. Lee (1853-1940) and Felicia Orr (1860-1910), and his wife Nellie Lois (Miller) Lee (1885-1974), daughter of Frank Seymore Miller (1850-1905) and Anna Mae Cary (1858-1927).

 

     Oddly, Jake M. Lee is not from the Pierce side of the family, but rather from the Bond side of the family, so was born in Carroll Co., KY rather than Crittenden Co., KY, hundreds of miles away.  In the 1890's, he was a boyfriend of Margaret Ramey Bond (who kept and filled Albums 1-6.  She married Norval Lee Pierce from Crittenden Co., KY in 1912.

 

     Norval's middle name is Lee, and, as someone from Kentucky, one would think that it was from Robert E. Lee.  Yet his father fought for the Union in the Civil War, which would make Robert E. Lee an unlikely namesake.  Maybe there was already some friendship been Jake's family (who actually are related to Robert E. Lee) and both the Pierces and Bonds before the Bond/Pierce marriage.

 

     Regardless, there is a photo of Jake M. Lee in Margaret's Album 3, and it very well could be the same person as in CCHS 277.  (se comparison at the left.

 

     Nellie also appears to be in photo CCHS 278.

Date:  c.1911.  This cabinet card is undoubtedly a wedding photograph, and they were married on 29 Aug 1911, pretty much in the waning years of cabinet cards.

 

Lower Images:

 

     Top, comparison of known and suspected images of Jake M. Lee, in approximate order of age left to right.  See MISC 0041 for more discussion.

 

     Bottom, comparison of suspected images of Nellie Lois (Miller) Lee, although neither is known to be her.  See MISC 0042 for more discussion.

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CCHS 278:  Cabinet card (4x6"), unmarked as to subject or date. 

Photographer:  Unmarked.

Subject:  Possible  Nellie Lois (Miller) Lee (1885-1974).
    
     Nellie is in a photograph that appears to be of her and her husband (CCHS 277).  This card was adjacent to the wedding photo card in the album.

Date:  c.1905, while she would have still been living in Wisconsin.

Lower Image:
     Comparison of suspected images of Nellie in approximate order of age left to right.  See MISC 042 for more discussion.

 

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CCHS 279:  Cabinet card (4x6"), unmarked as to subject or date.

Photographer:  Unmarked.

Subject: 

     Unknown, three young women and three young men, all near 20 years old old.  Crops of their faces are shown below the image of the card.

     The three men bear a striking similarity to each other, as do the women, as far as can be discerned.  They are undoubtedly siblings.  They apparently haven't been born very far apart, even though there are six of them.  We are therefore looking for a family of at least three daughters and three sons, all born within a few years of 1870 (assuming that this card is c.1890 as so many have been).  Such a family is probably related to or friends with Florence (Pierce) Yandell, the person who may have made the album.  At the very least, such a family should be from Crittenden Co.  Two such large families with strong connections to Florence are:

1) the children of John Augustus Yandell

     John's first wife, Margaret E. Crouch, died in 1863, leaving one daughter and two sons who survived past 1885.  He married Sarah Bishop in 1864, and she gave him another six children by 1877, of whom at least three daughters and two sons survived after 1885.  Florence (Pierce) Yandell married the eldest son of John Yandell, William Bennett Yandell.

2) the children of Lewis Walker

     Lewis Walker and his first wife, Mary Gober, had three daughters and five sons between 1858 and 1871 who survived after 1885.  (He also had twelve children with his second wife, Mary L. Belt, who were probably born too late to be in this photograph, but their guardian was Judge James Perry Pierce, the father of Florence (Pierce) Yandell, after 1896.)

     The men in the photo appear to have light-colored hair, despite being slicked down with product.  This suggests the Yandells, of whom a suspected photo of William Bennett Yandell has a description on the back referring to "strawberry-blonde hair".

     In fact, that photo, CCHS 212, bears a resemblance to the man standing in this cabinet card (see comparison below).  And, it just so happens that the oldest six of his surviving children (of two mothers) are three daughters and three sons.  So the persons in this photo could be possibly:

 

Fanny Yandell (1856-1930)

William Bennett Yandell (1857-1940)

Thomas Jefferson Yandell (1859-1934)

Pressley Yandell (1865-1897)

Hattie Yandell (1868-1914)

Margaret Yandell (1872-1912)



Date:  c.1890.

 

Lower Images:

 

     Six close-ups of the persons in the photo.'

 

     Comparison of a photo (CCHS 212) thought to be of William Bennett Yandell to the man in the top row of the photo. 

 

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