Emmie (Killed in Hurricane) [ Blog Exclusive ]

Cabinet card photo of Emmie Sophronia Sherwood, dressed as a fairy princess, circa 1898. Emmie, along with both of her parents and her three-year-old brother Charles, were killed on September 8, 1900 during the Great Galveston Hurricane, the deadliest natural disaster in US history. The storm caused between 6000 and 12000 fatalities, most in the Galveston area. High speed winds of over 130 MPH and a storm surge of  8 to 12 feet destroyed about 12000 buildings in the town, more than half of which were family homes.

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Deathbed Drawing, Alexandra Feodorovna

Original deathbed drawing of Alexandra Feodorovna, who was the Empress of Russia and the wife of Emperor Nicholas I.

Alexandra died on November 1, 1860.. but this drawing is clearly dated 1859 🤔 Click on the image to enlarge.

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Grave of Thomas Baymar with Ceramic Photo Insert

Baymar grave in January 2017. Credit Myron Mugele.

The grave of Thomas Baymar, Saint Charles Cemetery in DuBois, Illinois.

Click here to see our 1907 photo of this grave marker, freshly completed, shortly before being transported to the cemetery.

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The Stolen Boy

1879 CDV photo of four-year-old Charlie (AKA Charley) Ross, “The Stolen Boy”. On July 1, 1874, Charlie was abducted from in front of his home in Germantown, Pennsylvania by two men offering him candy and fireworks. Though the family continued to search for the boy for decades, he was never heard from again. The phrase “Don’t take candy from strangers” is said to have come about from this incident. In this CDV, Charlie is shown surrounded by dark clouds, which were commonly used in memorial photography and paintings; at this point, several years after his abduction, most assumed the worst.

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Miner’s Grave, 1863

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[ Half-plate ambrotype, 1863 ] The grave of Thomas Henry Johns, who was born in 1836 in England. Around 1860, Thomas, his two brothers and their wives came over to the US and soon started working as miners at the Minesota (correct spelling) copper mine in Rockland, Michigan.

 
In August of 1863, Thomas died after falling down a mine shaft… (you can make out the word “accidental(ly)” on his grave marker); his wife Ellen was about 5-6 months pregnant at the time, and went back to their hometown of Breage, England almost immediately after Thomas’s burial, where she gave birth to Thomas, Jr., and died 56 years later having never remarried.
 
In 1863, Rockland wasn’t even an official town yet, it was just a few settlements of about 80 houses set up by the Minesota Mining Company for the miners and their families.. you can see some of the homes in the background. In 1864 the three settlements were consolidated into Rockland.
 
I’ve had this ambrotype for years but have never been able to find the exact location of Thomas’s grave.. just that it’s somewhere in the hills around the mine. It looks like it was made of wood, so there’s a good chance that all trace of it is gone now; pics I have seen of the area where the mine was shows mostly overgrown woods where the mine was (https://www.mindat.org/loc-16394.html).
 
I found this early pic online labeled Minesota mine.. the big white building looks like it might be the same seen in my ambrotype.

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