(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Joseph Hollingsworth Family in Tonganoxie

From left to right: Mina, Albert, Roselie, Joseph David Hollingsworth, Ora, Rosanna Jeanette (Pewsey) Hollingsworth.

Their home was in Tonganoxie, Leavenworth county, Kansas.  It is small and simple, but beautifully made.

Mina, Albert, and Roselie were 3 of Joseph and Rosanna’s 5 children.  Ora was their grandson, son of their son Michael, who died of typhoid fever in 1896.

Ora was born in 1894, and Roselie in 1890, so my guess is that the picture was taken in about 1896-1897.

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  • Susan - December 22, 2010 - 9:30 am

    I am completely smitten by this picture. It seems to perfectly represent those families settling on the plains. The house IS beautiful and such a testament to their plans and hopes. I’m rambling here, but this just took my breath away this morning. Thanks for sharing it with us.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Woods - December 25, 2010 - 1:13 am

    Jennifer, the house is still standing in Tonganoxie, Kansas.
    It was built by Joseph David Hollingsworth for his family.
    Little Ora Hollingsworth, is the 1st son of Michael Hollingsworth and his wife, Betsy(?). Their baby boy is sleeping in the house.
    This is in September or October of the year Michael Hollingsworth died. His wife had left after their baby was born.
    The photo was taken by a photographer.
    Mother said her Mother, Rosalie Melissa, said The Photographer has asked them to all stand still and not move. A chicken had walked across the yard, little Ora saw the chicken, never moved his head, but his eyes followed the chicken from one side of the yard to the other.
    Joseph & Rosanna were caring for their 2 grandsons as well as their three other children. Their oldest daughter, Mina Treat,was married and lived in the Caldwell, KS. area with her husband. comments by Granddaughter of Rosalie, “Mom W.”ReplyCancel

  • Jen - December 25, 2010 - 10:35 am

    Thanks! That is funny about the chicken. :) We’ll have to go and see the house next time we’re in KS.ReplyCancel

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