About two years ago genealogist and relative, Chuck Munn of Arizona, sent me a jpg of this photograph. Who are these people? Must be family! But more importantly, there were large family photographs on the walls of the room where it was taken. I tried zooming in with photo software in an attempt to recognize even one person in the photographs. Nothing seemed to work! Surely the people in the photograph belong somewhere in the family.
Sometimes there is a way around unidentified photographs. Chuck has been persistent in sharing this with family members and asking the pertinent questions. Finally it paid off when he received information from a family member in California. She was able to identify all of the people in the photograph, PLUS the people in the photographs on the wall. It isn't often that we get two for one in old photographs, but we certainly did this time.
Chuck estimates that the photograph was taken around 1910-1912. It was taken in what appears to be the parlor of the home of Ellen Josephine Beard and her husband, Perry Marvin Dady, in Nebraska. The women from the far left are Ellen Josephine Beard Dady (1859-1936); Monna Ruth Dady Fisher (1893-1926) standing on the far left; Lorene Josephine Dady Nelson (1902-1980), the little girl between the men. Next to what appears to be a piano is Jennie Florilla Dady Runyan (1886-1965) and seated at the piano is Myrtle Grace Dady Brand (1897-1997). The men at the table are, left to right, Harry Leslie Dady (1895-1990); Guy Dady (1892-1971); Otis Marvin Dady (1888-1994) and Perl Spencer Dady (1885-1940). Perry Marvin Dady (1859-1942) is seated in the chair on the far right.
The framed photograph over the piano is of Spencer Dady II (1835-1890) and Adelaide Wible Dady (1840-1904). They were Perry's parents. The framed photograph on the left is of William Ennis Beard (1818-1864) and Almyra Parish Amsberry (1829-1888). They were Ellen's parents. We cannot identify the photograph directly over Perry Dady.
Not only is this a family photograph, but it contains another generation of ancestors through the photographs on the wall. If only walls could talk! Or old photographs could talk!