Miami University class of 1868

I want to share a really cool story. You know I occasionally buy old photos for the shop. Recently I acquired a stack of photos that included quite a few from the mid to late 1800s.  As I went through the stack I noticed that some photos had the same photographer’s logo. I began to put those to the side.  Fortunately, some of these had writing on the backs. A little Google work and my account connected me to one man related to TWO of these students.  You see, these are all classmates from the 1868 class of Miami University.  It was the sweet words written about A.L McLain on the back of his photo that unlocked the Miami University mystery.

Joseph Matthews Hibben; Dr. James Lafonts McLain; Alvan Leander McLain (died young of consumption); George Robinson; Daniel Addison McMillan; ? Brown; Federick J Picard; James Clinton Boatman.

I know several of you will really appreciate this post! At least a few of us spend significant time trying to preserve old photos!

Enjoy this day!

9 thoughts on “Miami University class of 1868”

  1. Wonderful that you could and did, do this!!!!!!!!!!

    I always find old photographs, for sale, to be so sad. But you did something wonderful, with these.

    Luna Crone

    1. Thank you, Luna! I am so happy to get some of these photos back with their families! I am working on the others. xo Lynn

  2. I agree with the others, you are a real detective! The faces are all so young and fresh, one wonders what they ended up doing with their lives.. a interesting post for sure… Have a good day, Terry

  3. Thank you so much for sharing! James Lefonts McLain, MD and Alvin Leander McLain were brothers and my great great uncles from Union Township, Champaign County, Ohio. Love the photos!

    1. Hi Stephanie! I am so glad to hear from you. I would be glad for you to have these photos! They belong to your family! I am always happy when I can get photos back to the families! Lynn

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