today I want to share two photos from my treasure box of old family photos. the top photo is of my grandpap, stephen yanoshik. stephen was the subject of my first sepia saturday post, in that post I briefly discussed his family of origin. there is so much I didn't mention about grandpap; one thing is that as a young man, I understand he was quite the shutterbug. in the causal portrait above stephen is holding a camera; perhaps, stephen had a friend who shared his interest in this relatively new art form. I can just imagine my grandpap and a buddy traipsing about lofty mountain on 'photo safaris' when all their work was done and it was time for fun. the photo below was a photo taken by grandpap. unfortunately, most of grandpap's photos have scattered like leaves in the wind; I am fortunate to have inherited a handful of grandpap's pictures - I hope there are other photos that are in other treasure boxes in the family.
in addition to stephen's interest in photography, grandpap was also quite interested in the ladies; and consistent with grandpap's reputation as a ladies man, it appears that at least in the photos I have, women outnumber men as the subjects of grandpap's eye. don't get me wrong grandpap was no leech - far from it. grandpap was a kind and sensitive soul. his openness about sharing his interests in nature, gardening, reading, and animals made grandpap my hero, and probably a hero to all his children and grandchildren. when I think of grandpap, I think of long hikes around lofty mountain with him and a whole contingent of grandkids, strolling through his incredible garden, or hanging out in the parlor reading that week's grit newspaper and sharing a chuckle over some zany bit of news. but most of all I associate grandpap with nurturing - people and plants - in his later years his garden was characterized by flowers and vegetables growing side-by-side, in a riotous harmony of color, texture, and scent.
I was very blessed, grandpap lived a long life - of course, not as long as we wished. but his was a long, healthy life, whatever adversities were thrown his way he met with strength and optimism. grandpap died a couple months shy of his 88th birthday; I was away at college at the time; but I heard it was a 'good death' - he came in after working in his garden, went into the den to relax and read the paper and perhaps watch a bit of the game shows (in his latter years he loved the game shows, especially the newlywed game - always the romantic!), and just drifted off and never woke up.
the notation scribbled on the back of the second photo is of "the mccarthy girls, lofty" - no date, but, based on the clothes and when grandpap was active taking photos it was taken sometime between 1914 and 1918. I don't know who the fifth girl is, it may be one of grandpap's sisters or another girl from lofty.
I have printouts of the 1910 census for lofty (referred to as kline township); the census reports four daughters living in the mccarthy family home-rosa, 12; catherine, 13; annie, 16; and mary ellen 17; also listed is rosa, 40, listed as 'wife' and dennis, 38 listed as 'head'. dennis was listed as a "worker" for the rail road. dennis' birthplace according to the 1910 census is listed as 'unknown' and rosa is listed as ireland. in 1910 the census information was recorded in may.
according to the 1920 census, there were still only four daughters living at the mccarthy family home - what is interesting is to compare the information from 1910 to the information on the 1920 census. during 1920, both dennis and rosa are still living (ages 47 and 50, respectively), dennis' birthplace is now listed as "unknown us" and he is listed as "laborer" for the "steam railway." there are subtle differences in the daughters names - they are listed as: mary (27); anna (25); kathryn (23); and rosa (21).
in the 1930 census I found that dennis mccarthy (age 57) was living in the home of john and mary tomlin and his relationship is given as "father-in-law" - by 1930, mrs. mccarthy must have passed away and dennis went to live with the oldest daughter, mary (age 37) who married john (age 34), one of the tomlin sons. in 1930, john and mary had two children, rose, 4-1/2 and john jr 1-1/2 years old. john's occupation was listed as an "engineer" and industry "steam shovel" and dennis was listed as a "laborer" industry now listed as "coalbreaker."
special thanks to lee who has helped me by restoring both these snaps and again proven he is the harry potter of the digital darkroom!
chauncey olcott recorded this almost 100 years ago in 1913 - perhaps at the very time of the photos above!
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