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Occasionally old photographs are found in storage trunks, auctions and garage sales.  Generally without names, but certain clues may exist that could trace the ownerships. Please submit posting requests to me. These pictures are a door to our past, and are too good to simply toss aside. Thus, this site is dedicated to display them, along with as much information as possible. Hopefully you will take a moment to review them, and perhaps they can be identified and returned to a rightful owner. Contact the webmaster for details.



Elite Studio – Butte, MT (c1903-4 Noted for pictures of Josie Chase, vaudeville entertainer)

Picture1,      Picture2

Palmer Photo Butte, MT


Dusseau – Butte, MT


The pictures are mounted in a photo album that is leather bound and measuring 6x6 inches and about 2 1/2 inches deep. The page\photo holders are gold gilded. The engraving on the spine merely says ALBUM in gold.  The album was purchased in a yard sale in Stevensville about 1971. All of the photos were taken at professional studios throughout the Midwest. The majority of the pictures were taken from the studio of William McHenry in Freeport Illinois.

Image five provided the address of the photographer McHenry as being 106 Stephenson Street in Freeport, Illinois. There is a site dedicated to the photographer noted on the Stephenson County Historical Society of Freeport Illinois at:


Accordingly, from the history noted on this site, photo five of the man was taken between 1872-1883.


Photo 1 has a hand written identification on the back of its 4x6 picture. See the attachment. It clearly indicates the location in Corvallis but the name is up for grabs.


The 8x10 (Group photo of the family) has a nice hand embroidered frame that was sent askew trying to get at the name on the back.  See attachment 2.


Other photos were taken at the Doolittle Studio in Landmark, Illinois, some in Nebraska as well as other states. It is nearly impossible to remove the photos from their page without tearing the photo holder\frame.   At least six of the photos are tintypes. The darkened images represent those pictures. The full size picture provides more clarity.

There is a description of a similar album with photos taken by Wm. McHenry at the following site:


Pictures provided from Amelkin 5-19-05:

Photo 4              Photo 5

Photo taken @  Landmark, IL

Back of 4x6 Photo of the couple to the left


Back of 8x10 group photo to the left



The following are mementos from Bernice Lorraine Severson (b 9-28-1914) Grew up in Huntley Project

Bernice’s parents were Sam & Lena Severson. Her siblings were: Doris, Bruce, Elmer, Eugene, George & Mildred. After Sam’s death, Lena was residing in Stevensville, MT (1960’s).


These documents are available to a family member: Common School Certificate, High School & College (MSU-Billings) certificates, graduation records, autograph album, 1933 Rimrock Class Yearbook (MSU-Billings) and letter addressed to Mrs Daniel (Modesto, CA).


These items will be located in the YGF GenRoom at the Parmly Billings Library.


Acquired February 2008 from Wilsonville (Oregon) Public Library, courtesy of Steve Turner.


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Rev: Sunday, March 02, 2008 {Corrected email address)