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walnut hill farm
FeaturesBattleship Texas 45 Star Flag
Franklin Pierce Daguerreotype Badge
Electric Farm, Minot, Maine
FMR Mission Furniture
Paul Hayes Family Bible
Souvenir of Victoria Brazil
Voyage of the S.S. Byron
Ambrotype in Union Case
Dagurreotype in Pinchbeck Frame
George F. Getchell's Civil War Record
Mary P. Getchell's Gem Tintype Album
First Oil Painting by DHR
||When going through my uncle's things after he died, we found what looked like an old flag in a box addressed to my grandmother, who was born in 1884. I don't think that any of us took the flag out of the box at that time. Months later when I did take the flag out of the box I found that it was a 45 star flag with a picture of a battleship on it. At first I thought that it was a picture of the Battleship Maine. On studying various images of battleships of that era online I concluded that it was the Battleship Texas, commissioned in 1895 and in service by that name until 1911. Later I noticed that there is a faint inscription at the bottom of the picture that reads "US Battleship Texas". I am curious about whether there are more flags like this, for the Texas or other battleships, and how the flag was used. My first thought was that it was some kind of Spanish American War memorabilia perhaps sold to raise funds for some related cause. Hopefully, I will find more information about this.||
to Miss Kate Strickland
June 27, 1898
|This Spanish American Soldier's letter was found in a box of things belonging to my grandmother, Kate Strickland McBride (1884-1978). The writer and addressee are not known to me. The letter is from John Reeves, a recently enlisted soldier, to his "brother" Thomas Kineary, in South Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. John Reeves was stationed at Ft. McPherson, Georgia, with the 7th US Infantry. The letter is written on stationery of the Army Christian Commission of the International Committee, Young Men's Christian Associations, 3 West Twenty-ninth Street, New York City.||
To: Thomas Kineary
Care Mrs. W.K. Jones
S. Wolfeboro NH
June 30, 1898
Presidential Campaign Badge
The Gen. Frank Pierce for President daguerreotype campaign badge was found in the cellar of my recently deceased uncle's house in December 2010.
The oval metal badge is 2.125" by 2.5", with a reddish brown back. The daguerreotype image is about 1.25" by 1", a 1/16th plate. The metal front has a .125" border with a pattern of flowers and leaves on a ribbed background. The border is gold colored, but the gold color has worn off on the higher points of the flowers and leaves. The .625" to .5" metal rim has the words "FOR PRESIDENT" above, and "GEN.FRANK PIERCE" below. The surface is rough and there is some verdigris corrosion on the right lower quadrant of the rim. As Pierce was not a candidate
for president prior to the start of the convention,
the badge would have been made sometime between the end of the convention
in June 1852, and the election in November 1852.
To date, this is the only Pierce Daguerreotype campaign badge that has been found. Similar badges are known from the previous election The overall appearance of the badge is similar to a mourning badge for Daniel Webster who died on October 24, 1852. It has a similar rim around the edge, but the pattern is different. It is gold colored over the full surface. There are several known very good examples of the Webster badge. The Webster badge may have been intended for use in his 1852 presidential campaign, but he failed to win the Whig party nomination.
The Pierce badge was in a box of my grandmother's mementos. In addition to grandmother's things there were some things that had belonged to her mother and a small box containing letters, a diary, and other things belonging to her grandmother, my great great grandmother Sally York Horne Fernald (1818-1894). The badge was in my great great grandmother's box.
The diary for 1874 belonged to her daughter Melissa Cora Horne (1858-1875) who was a mill worker who turned 16 that year. As it turned out, that was the last full year of her life.
The letters were mainly correspondence with her son, Herbert Melvin Horne (1852-1926) and daughter-in-law Adelina Blake(?). The letters from 1878 to 1884 usually mentioned trying to get a pension for her based on her husband's Civil War service (Thomas Ricker Horne 1824-1868, 12th Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers, Company K).
The year of the badge, 1852, is significant to Sally and Thomas Horne, as their son Herbert Melvin Horne was born that year.
The Gen. Frank Pierce For President badge sold at the Hake's Americana & Collectibles auction on June 22, 2011.
1902, Age 55
The framed portrait at the left was thought to be of
Kate Matilda Strickland McBride. However, the portrait
has a lot of similarities with the recently found
photo of her mother, Sarah Frances Horne Edgerly Strickland Moody.
What do you think?
A portrait of Kate's daughter Velma is on the right.
Dora Hayes married Ralph Osgood Russell. The name Osgood seems to have
come from his great aunt Lucretia York's husband, Osgood Ramsdell.
Osgood and Lucretia were the parents of Edgar Ramsdell who wired up
his Electric Farm in Minot Maine. Ralph and his sister Beulah
visited the farm many
times while they were children,
but by the time DHR
visited it as a young boy in the early 1920's it was no longer in
Article by DHR    submitted to Yankee Magazine.
Article by Dick Murray in Lewiston paper.
||The Hayes family lived at Walnut Hill Farm near Portland Maine. George E. Hayes grew up here, and used to swim near the covered bridge. These photos are from an album he took with him to South America in 1906.||
||The George, Kate, and Dora Hayes lived in Buenos Aires, South America from 1906 to 1907. The photos are from an album of photos taken there. Their return trip in 1907 was on the S.S. Byron.||
The wallet on the left contains some letters written in 1879 to 1884 by Matilda Strickland (shown at the right) in Brigus, Newfoundland, Canada to her brother John W. Strickland in Wolfeboro NH. John was probably from Brigus, as his mother (Cate Butler Strickland), father (William Strickland), an Antie Milk(?) and possibly a brother James were living there during that period. His mother, father, and Antie Milk all died during that period. John Strickland was the father of Kate Matilda Strickland McBride. Several of Kate's report cards are in the wallet from about 1898 to 1903 including two from Brewster Free Academy.
Three more woodcarvings and one painting by Frederick Major Russell were added to the Art Gallery.
On the left is a view from the air probably taken about 15 years ago. I don't know who took the picture.
On the right is a panorama from photos taken November 14, 2005.
||Here are some photos of plants and animals, etc. On the left are Doll's Eyes, and on the right is Rhodora.||
|Frederick Major Russell made several pieces of oak Mission style furniture. This desk is an example. In the photo on the right the items on the desk are Doris' Girl Scout bugle and some items probably from South America: an aboriginal axe with obsidian points, a carved gourd, and a water jug. He also made this oak settle.|
Paul Hayes was born in Alton on January 29, 1800. He married
Polly Otis Bailey and lived near Brooks Maine. Polly and her parents
Abner Bailey Jr. and Polly Otis were from Scituate MA. From the
records of Scituate, they "removed eastward". Her parents are
buried in Swanville ME. Paul and Polly's last child was
George Nathaniel Hayes.
The year that his wife died, Paul Hayes
bought this bible, as indicated in the
inscription. In the bible are recorded
the birth and death dates
for himself, his wives, and his children. On a separate page are
the marriage dates for some of his children.
The bible contains a bookmark
and the Photographic Section of the Boston Sunday
Journal for December 11, 1898 featuring photos of "The Lost Steamer
Portland". The surviving portion of a letter
from Aunt Molly refers to her grandfather, Paul Hayes, and his daughter
Sarah Ann Hayes.
Souvenir of Victoria Brazil, 1907
Although Dora comments in her journal that there didn't seem to be any souvenirs for sale, they apparently did find this primitive carved and painted spoon. The front has a face with the very faint words "Souvenir", "Victoria Brazil". On the back is a drawing of a crab.
Dora, George, and Kate lived for over a year in Argentina from 1906 to 1907.
On their trip back from Buenos Aires, Dora kept a
The tintype at the far right of Dora, Kate, George, and ?
is probably from that trip.
I originally thought that this was an album of pictures from the time the Hayes family was in Argentina, 1906 - 1907. But I am not so sure. The album has 92 photos glued in with no captions. Almost all of the people and places I cannot identify. The second photo is definitely George E. Hayes' house (before the porch was extended around the side) in the background, with probably Kate Pitman Hayes in the foreground. The previous photo might be a younger Kate and her grandmother, and this might be Kate's graduation picture.
For reference here is a photo of the Hayes Family in Buenos Aires.
On the back is the following
written by ?: "No. 4 Dora Hayes, mother,
Mr. Hayes, Mrs. Hayes, Mr. Hartridge, Mrs. Nicholson,
Minon Nicholson - the dog,
Marie and Lousia Petersen. Taken at Buenos Aires
May 7th 1906". The order of the names doesn't match
any possible order of people in the photo. But Dora, George, and Kate
Here is a tintype photo of Dora and her Doll
probably taken between 1888 and 1892.
Two snow storms in the past week left lots of snow on top of
the lots of snow we already had.
George F. Getchell enlisted August 6, 1862 and was honorably discharged
July 8, 1865. The photo shows his civil war service record, epaulets,
a card signed while in service, a poem that he wrote in 1860,
his obituary, and photos of him and his second wife Emma.
This appears to be an Ambrotype in a Union Case.
The subject is probably Aunt Molly or Aunt Grace.
Mary P. Getchell's Gem Tintype Album contains 45 Gem Tintype photos of family members and friends (including Abraham Lincoln!). The book is signed by "Mary P. Getchell, Salem" and the photos are labeled in pencil. Unfortunately, some of the photos have apparently fallen out at some point in the past and have been put back in incorrect locations in the book. So you can't trust the names to match the pictures.
Mary P. Getchell was Lizzie Getchell Hayes' sister. Mary died in 1886 and Lizzie died in 1887. Their mother was Martha A. Parsons. The names Parsons, Getchell, Nutting (relatives of cousin Willie Nutting?), and others are in the book.
Gem Tintypes were the very popular instant photos of the time. You could get an iron metal sheet of 16 photos from a shop or a street vendor for very little money. You would use tin snips to cut individual photos from the sheet.
For more information on Tintypes see the following:
New Art Gallery with 44 photos of art works by family members. [See the newest Photo and Art Gallery here]
Take a look at DHR with his first oil painting and and here too.
Any more FMR wood carvings out there?
New Unknown Gallery with 30 photos of unidentified people. Any ideas who they are?
New Place Gallery with 30 photos of places.The last seven photos are unidentified. Any ideas?
New Portrait Gallery with 30 family portraits
New McBride Photo Gallery with 30 family photos