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1885 cabinet card, widower James Cochran and his children (l-r) Bertram, Earnest and Dwight, posing with an enlarged portrait of his wife and the boys’ mother Ella Carile Newell Cochran. who died at the young age of 34 on December 14, 1884. The cabinet card of Ella on the right was used to make the enlargement.
The previous year, in May of 1883, the Cochran family lost their young daughter Mabel at only 5 years old. A premortem photo of a very ill Mabel being comforted by Ella is available on our website, here. Thanatos Archive membership is required. Not yet a member? Review Thanatos Member options here ).