Another cabinet card

I like history…especially Victorian history.  But, the history I like best is the personal stuff.  Not which politician signed which treaty or declaration of war but what those events meant to the people in their daily grind.  That’s what I like about cabinet cards.  They are actual photos of real people.  These very people touched these photos at one time.  They decided if they hated that photo of themselves or loved them.  They decided how many copies to buy and to whom they’d give them to.  My next flea market cabinet card was a gift from an aunt and uncle.

Looks like a wedding photo doesn't it.

 Judging by her clothes I’d say this photo was done around 1900-10.  Just a slight pigeon front to that gown wouldn’t you say.  I didn’t include this in the photo but on the bottom right hand side of the card is the photographers name and location J. H. Hopkins of St. Thomas Ontario.  I did a google search of him and found him fairly quickly. 

JH Hopkins photographer

If you want to read his obit click on the link below.

http://www.oocities.org/mikebrown1@rogers.com/Genealogy/bpbrown/whbrown_daughter3_husband_obit1927.html

Mr. Hopkins started in the photography business when he was 14 years old, first as an apprentice then as a partner.  In 1883 he took over the business continuing until his retirement in 1917.  The shop was at the corner of Talbot and Elgin in St. Thomas Ontario.  There is a sub sandwich store and cash advance business there now. 

The real interesting thing is what was on the back of the card…

I read the inscription as Aunt Margaret and Uncle John K Bell

 It took some time but I found this link http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/tom-stout/montana-its-story-and-biography-a-history-of-aboriginal-and-territorial-montan-uot/page-93-montana-its-story-and-biography-a-history-of-aboriginal-and-territorial-montan-uot.shtml

You have to scroll down a little if you want to read about this Mr. Bell.  The condensed version of this link is that a John K Bell was born in County Donegal,  Ireland, June 6. 1867.  On 22 Nov 1899, in St. Thomas, Ontario, John Bell married Miss Margaret Courtenay, who was born in 1877, Belfast, IR.  John was a sheep farmer and later a banker in Saco MT and he went to St Thomas to get married.   John and Margaret Bell had no children.  There were no pictures for me to compare my card with.  But, the fellow in my card could be 32 and the lady could be 22.  The census’ from St. Thomas around that time did not show a John Bell…That would make sense if they moved to the states where John was from.  So how did my card end up where I live?  If this is the same people then both John and Margaret had family living in a few places in Canada.  The way the card is labeled (with Margaret’s name first) I’d guess it was sent to her family. 

If someone from the Bell family stumbles across this photograph and can confirm that this the correct John and Margaret Bell I’d love to hear from them!  I’d even be willing to get it back into the hands of the family where it belongs!

 

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6 thoughts on “Another cabinet card

  1. Russ Courtney says:

    Hello,
    I was excited about seeing the picture of my cousins, John K and Margaret Bell. The only picture I have of Margaret is from 1957. I would love to have the picture if you would be willing to part with it. Margaret was the daughter of Sam Courtenay. Sam was my Great-Grandfather’s Andrew’s brother. They were born in Ireland and Sam went to Canada and Andrew went to Pittsburgh. They never saw each other again, but kept in contact via letters from Margaret. She was a very prolific writer (I have over 200 letters she wrote – some on stationary and one on a postcard of the Lusitania mentioned in John’s biography. I have pasted the info we have for Margaretbelow. Thanks, Russ Courtney

    Immigrated to St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada in 1895 with her parents to join up with her half- brothers, Thomas and John. She married a John K. Bell and moved to Saco, MT in 1899. They had a ranch there of 1177 acres. Over 700 acres were in wheat, oats, and barley. The balance was in hay and pasture. They eventually owned over 13,000 acres there. After her husband died, she had a man run the ranch on a partnership basis. The ranch also had four natural gas wells. She sold some of it for profit but used it free to heat her house and other uses around the ranch.
    Lived there balance of her life. Margaret was a prolific letter writer and wrote to all her Courtney relatives often until her death.
    She returned to the old country, Northern Ireland in 1910 for a visit. On her return home, she sailed on the Lusitania, the ship the Germans sank in 1915 to start WWI.

    New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
    about Margaret C Bell
    Name: Margaret C Bell
    Arrival Date: 23 Sep 1910
    Estimated birth year: abt 1880
    Age: 30
    Gender: Female
    Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
    Ship Name: Lusitania
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Line: 22
    Microfilm Serial: T715
    Microfilm Roll: T715_1560
    Page Number: 44

    New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
    about Margaret Bell
    Name: Margaret Bell
    Arrival Date: 8 May 1929
    Estimated birth year: abt 1877
    Age: 52
    Gender: Female
    Port of Departure: Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Ethnicity/Race/Nationality: Irish
    Ship Name: Albertic
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Nativity: Ireland
    Line: 1
    Microfilm Serial: T715
    Microfilm Roll: T715_4487
    Birth Location: Ireland
    Birth Location Other: saintfield
    Page Number: 229

    New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
    about Margaret Bell
    Name: Margaret Bell
    Arrival Date: 12 Apr 1936
    Estimated birth year: abt 1877
    Age: 59
    Gender: Female
    Port of Departure: Belfast, Ireland
    Place of Origin: Northern Ireland
    Ethnicity/Race/Nationality: Irish
    Ship Name: Caledonia
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Nativity: Northern Ireland
    Line: 1
    Microfilm Serial: T715
    Microfilm Roll: T715_5787
    Birth Location: Northern Ireland
    Birth Location Other: Randalstown
    Page Number: 182
    Friend’s Name: Mrs. Eliz Brown
    Port Arrival State: New York
    Port Arrival Country: United States

    New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
    about Margaret Bell
    Name: Margaret Bell
    Arrival Date: 25 Sep 1932
    Gender: Female
    Port of Departure: Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Ethnicity/Race/Nationality: Irish
    Ship Name: Caledonia
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Nativity: Northern Ireland
    Line: 2
    Microfilm Serial: T715
    Microfilm Roll: T715_5233
    Birth Location: Northern Ireland
    Birth Location Other: Belfast, Ireland
    Page Number: 70

    • I’d be happy to get it back into your family! I didn’t spend much on it so I wont count it as a loss…It will be a small price to pay for the joy of knowing it found it’s home. Keep the story of how it came back into the family alive…I’d like to think my part is alive in another family’s traditions. I’ll try to figure out how to contact you via email so I can get your mailing address.

      • Russ Courtney says:

        You are so kind. I will definitely add the story to our Family Genealogy book. Excited to share it with others in our family.

  2. […] other thing that made me happy is an up date to an earlier post.  I posted this cabinet card in March. Nice […]

  3. Mrs Marvel says:

    This is fantastic! Congratulations on reuniting a photo with its family!! What a great feeling.

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