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 Ancestry.com 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!
Just dropping in with a few lines. Looking forward to live music tonight, a surprise from my sweetie! Off work. All the birdbaths are all scrubbed clean and filled. The hummingbirds have fresh food. The tomatoes from the garden are fine. I continue to work on closing down the shop and transitioning to a private studio. I think a Friday nap may be in order. Or wait…I have time to go shopping! The Steelbender is prepping for a lesson anyway.
Oh, and I am still working on family history. Pictured is one of my McNeill ancestors: Thomas McNeill born in 1849, my great-great-grandfather. His wife was Martha Jane. ❤