I did some browsing at Whoopee Bowl Antiques a couple of months ago.  They have a lot of wild stuff there.

No, I did not come home with a snowman or a crystal ball.  Instead, I bought this photograph.

I have no idea who these people are, but I love old photos and I couldn’t resist buying it. Besides, it was taken by the “Photographers to the Queen” – Done & Ball (successors to Brown, Barnes, + Bell).  How could I pass that up?

  • Mariann Regan - May 8, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Those are amazing photos from Whoopee Bowl–even a bit scary, if you think about it. Christ collected along with Hitler. Oh my.

    I’ve never bought old photographs, but I can definitely see the appeal. Ancestors are mysterious, and history is mysterious, whether known or unknown.


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Katherine M. Thornton Renze was born in November 1860 in Illinois (probably around Alton, Madison County).  She died in 1933.  She was married to Herman Renze, and was a daughter of James Patrick Thornton, a native of Ireland.

  • Mariann Regan - May 8, 2013 - 9:48 am

    From Illinois to Nebraska is a long trip! I am wondering if Renze is an Italian name.ReplyCancel

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Marriage License

Campbell A. Davidson of Leavenworth County, Kansas, age 28
Mary M. Haas of Leavenworth County, Kansas, age 18

Married 2 March 1873

  • Mariann Regan - May 6, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    A 140-year-old document. I still find it amazing that documents can last hundreds of years.

    And I notice that it seems to be good for only 30 days. Never realized there was a time limit.ReplyCancel

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Dessie Robertson Warren was my great-great grandfather, John Robertson’s sister. She was married to Dana Wyman Warren, a photographer. He apparently left her in 1911.

I think that this verdict was so interesting.  Have you heard of a woman suing another woman for alienating the affections of her husband?  I wonder if she actually got the money.

This articles is from the Omaha World Herald, 13 February 1916.

Brought Suit Against Clara E. Graham for Alienating Husband’s Affections

Lower Court Grants Verdict for $4,875, Which High Court Cuts.

Special Dispatch to the World-Herald.

Des Moines, Ia., February 12.- The Iowa supreme court today affirmed a verdict of $2,000 in favor of Dessie Warren, against Clara E. Graham, appelant, Sioux county. Mrs. Warren charged that Miss Graham alienated the affections of her husband, Dana Warren.  He disappeared Christmas 1911. The last heard of him he was at Reno, Nev., and was still going west, the court says.

The Warrens lived at Sioux City, Hull, and Fort Dodge. The jury awarded Mrs. Warren $4,875, but this the supreme court cut to $2,000.


  • Mariann Regan - May 6, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    This probably shouldn’t strike me as funny, but I do so like the phrase “at Reno, Nevada and still going west.”

    I have heard vaguely of “alienation of affection,” but I thought people were kidding about that. I didn’t know it was linked to an actual law. Besides, I would think you’d be suing your spouse instead of the “other woman.” You’ve taught me something from this 1916 newspaper article . . .

    I don’t think it could be a law today. Could it??ReplyCancel

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Ellsworth Pierce was a brother to my husband’s great-grandmother, Lillian Pierce Cossaboon. This article is from the Bridgeton Evening News, dated 30 January 1918.

It sounds like he was quite the character!!

Ellsworth Pierce, of Fayette street, has experienced the unique sensations of a bath in the snow without any bad effects thus far developing.

Mr. Pierce is an enthusiastic follower of the science of physical culture and on arising Monday morning he saw a fine opportunity presented and embraced it by going into the yard clad primarily in nature’s garb and for fifteen or twenty minutes enjoyed himself by rolling and cavorting in the snowbanks.

Mr. Pierce has always enjoyed perfect health and says it is because he obeys the laws of nature and lives close to nature.

More of this he says will result in better health, stronger physique, and less doctor bills.

  • Mariann Regan - May 6, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Well, I must confess that this post made me laugh out loud. “Nature’s garb . . . close to nature.” Quite a mental picture. I even chortled.ReplyCancel

  • Angie Booco - September 17, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    Oh My!! I love the rolling in cavorting in the snowbanks part…back then I bet this was quite the scandal!

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