Thursday, April 23, 2015

TBT Photos of Yesteryear- Ralph Maine Family

Spotlighting photos from my extensive photo archive...
Today it is the Ralph & Minnie (Cole) Maine family

L-R- Thora, Larrie, Minnie & Vernie, Ralph, Blanche, Hiram, Loren  circa 1909

The young family above, probably while living in Southern Minnesota... and below after settling in Northern Minnesota, near Pequot Lakes, when everyone is grown

Back Row L-R- Loren, Thora, Larrie, Blanche, Hiram
Front Row L-R- Ralph, Vernie, Minnie

 In the early years of their marriage, Ralph & Minnie Maine moved from Northern Minnesota, back to Southern Minnesota, and back & forth yet again... before settling for good in the Pequot Lakes area, around 1910. The above studio photograph is the only one I have ever seen for the entire family... though they were regular users of 'snapshot' cameras... so many photos exist today.

Ralph died in 1939, after suffering a sudden stroke at the home of his daughter Vernie. Minnie remained on the homestead alone, until about 1947 when Hiram & family moved in with her, after their nearby farm house burned down. Suffering from dementia in her later years, Minnie died in 1953.

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