I’m squeeeing a little bit… And I have a new project to tackle!
1885, Burton KS. The man in the yard (left) is my great great grandfather Emanuel Johns. The little girl beside him is my great grandmother Helen. On the porch is my great-great grandmother Mary Brisben, holding their infant son Victor (for whom Victor Falls, WA is named), which is how I know the year the photo was taken. That’s the Johns family home, which GGG Emanuel built.
A while back, through the magic of Ancestry.com and Facebook and a couple of coincidences in between, I “met” the woman (not a relative, just someone who loves history) who currently owns the home, and has been rebuilding it after it was gutted by fire and had sat empty for 10 years. She just sent me some photos of the progress to date.
I’m shipping the old photo to my photo restoration guru brother Ron, and then I am SO going to make an engraving of it, to send to her as a housewarming gift!