Saturday, February 13, 2010

sepia saturday: my wild irish rose

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!

for a list of all the sepia saturday players this week visit the new sepia saturday blog!


Poetry24 said...

These are two great photographs. Let's hope that there are more safely nestling in the albums of your other family members.

The census returns are mines of information aren't they? Even with ten years in between, we can still get a pretty clear picture of the movements and fortunes of our ancestors.

Alan Burnett said...

That second picture is so memorable - you could look into those young faces for ages and imagine what the years to come would bring for them. Wonderful post - classic Sepia Saturday.

Anonymous said...

I thought that was a camera! Still have to go thru' our second box but as far as I know, I'm the only shutter-bug now. Pop liked to fiddle with the movie camera, so I guess I got it( the "bug" ) from him...

Intersting on the census to see how the family moved about :)

tony said...

I Love The way the Girls Pose!.I always think you can tell something of the personality of a photographer by the subtle reaction&expression of his subjects.Stephen looks to be a jolly & humourous fellow...they look so relaxed.

Barry said...

Your grandpap's photo of the McCarthy girls is quite remarkable. They are obviously at ease with him and their playfulness shines through.

They were obviously enjoying their experience.

Kat Mortensen said...

So, Kimy; you must have inherited your shutterbugging talent from him. Yes?
I laughed at the "Newlywed Game". My dad loved, "Wheel of Fortune", but it was strictly because of Vanna White. (He was the same sort of Ladies' man as your granpap.)
We can only hope for such a "good death".

Tess Kincaid said...

Ah, yes, I can see you have the photographic DNA, just like I do! We can't help it. :)

Betsy Brock said...

This was fabulous! What a handsome man your grandpa was...and a talented photographer. The girls in the next photo just make me smile! Loved that he had an optimistic attitude and lived a long life...wonderful!

Leah said...

Absolutely fascinating. I especially enjoyed your analysis of the census data. A real piece of primary source investigation!

The pairing of the song and the photos was lovely.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I love the photo of Stephen, especially his bow tie and cap. Not unlike how I dress today. :)

Thanks for mentioning Grit newspaper! Apparently it's still around. My grandmother subscribed to it and Capper's Weekly, which was very similar. She would turn her nose up to the New York Times, Time and all other periodicals and saw these has her window on the world. I'm not sure that they had a particular political bent, but they were huge among rural populations well into the late 1970s.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

martin - I'm hopeful that since 2010 is a new census year that means the 1940 census data will now be available to the public through public portals. that's how i got the 1900-1930 census sheets that pertained to my family

I can get lost in census (and other types of data) for hours, days, weeks - geez actually months and years if I consider various research projects!

alan - i'll have to ask my dad next time i talk to him and see if he remembers what happened with all the mccarthy girls - of course they were all grown women when he came into the world, but lofty was (and still is) a very close knit community....although today it's a pretty tiny community!

subby - i wonder if any of the cousins have grandpap's camera - who knows it may still be somewhere in the house! will have to ask uncle george. my father wasn't too much into movies, but he was trained as a photographer for the navy ....which actually will be a good subject for an upcoming sepia saturday! I have some good documents that pertain to that - although I'll have make sure they don't breach national security!

tony - grandpap had a wickedly fine sense of humor!! he was absolutely the best!! you might be able to tell, i adored him....still do!

barry - and the girl gazing at the daisies - how sweet is that!

kat - and my dad!! see comment to subby - my dad gave me my first camera when i was 8.... it's a bond we still share, although sadly his days of taking photos are over, but he still loves to look at photos and now a days loves to be my subject! which is a fair turn about seeing that all the family were his subjects while we were growing up!

willow - i wonder where the photographic gene falls in terms of the dna sequencing!

betsy - grandpap taught us that optimism & pessimism was contagious and he believed best to be optimistic!

leah - i have so much fun matching a song to a post! glad you liked the pairing today!

junk - ah, maybe that's why i like you so much you remind me of grandpap!

in reading the wiki blurb on the grit - it's now a slick glossy bimonthly!!!! specifically:
Beginning with the September 2006 issue, Grit converted to an all-glossy, perfect bound magazine format and a bi-monthly schedule. The revamped editorial policy encompasses more of a contemporary rural emphasis on content, rather than the nostalgic themes of the previous decade. With a print run of 150,000 and Time Warner as the national newsstand distributor, Grit is now displayed and sold at general newsstand outlets, bookstores and specialty farm feed and supply stores, including Tractor Supply.

yikes!!! will have to check it out next time i'm in a tractor supply! maybe lehman's in kidron, ohio carries it - that place is even better than tractor supply.

Unknown said...

The photo of the young women is remarkable for its good spiritedness, & there is a gentle bearing in your grandpa's portrait that meshes with your description of him. Great census detective work, & apparently seamless photo restoration!

California Girl said...

interesting bit of history and the photos to make it real. my father was born in 1910. he probably knew who Chauncey was. he certainly knew that song tho' we're not Irish.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Meri said...

The second picture certainly shows a bevy of beauties. Wonder who the fifth girl is -- a cousin, a neighbor? Your grandfather sounds like an interesting and charming man.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

john - love census data - of course my academic background would predict that - ha ha!!

cg - was a favorite song of my ma

meri - i'll have to check out the census data and see if i can figue out who the 5th girl is....sounds like a movie - ha ha!

Steve Reed said...

Great family history! I'm impressed you have those census records...interesting. I'm sure many of your grandfather's photos are still meandering around out there...

Stephanie said...

Oh I enjoyed that!

lettuce said...

he sounds like a wonderful character and a lovely grandfather.
and the maCarthay photo - that could be the basis for a short story couldn't it?

L. D. said...

Very interesting to see Grandpa a young photo maniac. The box camera is wonderful. The second picture is great. Almost a magical scene in the way it was taken.

Anonymous said...

My Wild Irish Rose. It appears your grandfather did quite well with the ladies! :) Happy Sepia Saturday! The Bach