At some point late in their mother’s life, the Stout brothers and sisters gathered at the Stout farm in Guernsey County. It was an important occasion, because Tom Stout came all the way from Wyoming, and Frank (John Franklin) Stout came from Omaha Nebraska. Not only did the four boys have their picture taken together, but I also discovered another Stout family picture. That photo includes the aging Emeline Stout. I have shown the picture of the Stout boys earlier, but mistakenly thought they might have gathered for Emeline’s funeral in 1905. I now know the four brothers were together somewhat earlier than March, 1905, when Emeline died.
These Stout brothers are (clockwise from top left) Tom Stout, rancher from Wyoming; John Franklin (Frank) Stout, a lawyer from Omaha Nebraska, Dr. George Stout from Guernsey County, Ohio and my great-grandfather William C. (‘Doc’) Stout from Holmes County, Ohio.
How do I know with such certainty the photos are from the same day? The photographs were taken in the same studio in Guernsey County and framed in the same cardboard frames. The three brothers who are in both photos are wearing identical clothing.
Here’s the Stout family picture I just found, with Emeline and five of her seven living children, plus a son-in-law.
Great-great grandmother Emeline is squinting her eyes, because she had lost most of her eyesight later in life.
Judging by the leg of mutton or gigot sleeves on the two younger women, I believe this photo was taken in the last half of the 1890s. A velvet vertical trim adorns Aunt Sade’s double-breasted jacket . Aunt Lib’s outfit is even more elaborately adorned, with flaps extending out from the shoulder over the tops of the large gathered sleeves, light-colored embroidery trim on the jacket and collar, and a light-colored ribbon bow on her right side at the waist. It looks like she has a chain, but the locket is tucked inside her jacket.
The women look as though they are wearing winter clothes, however the four sons posed on a porch. Perhaps that was not a real porch, but a staged set at the photographer’s studio? Whether they went to the studio for their picture, or the photographer went to Emeline’s farm, I am certain that the family portrait was taken in Emeline’s home. I can see a photograph on the wall which is part of my collection of old photos. Emeline also had a lovely patterned wallpaper on the wall.
Interesting that the two Ohioans are wearing the string bow tie, and the two westerners the large four-in-hand.
I am curious about the star-shaped dangle on a watch chain worn by rancher Tom. I’m guessing it is the symbol of some fraternal organization. Anyone out there have a clue?
One More Photograph
It was quite a day for photographs. My great-grandfather, W.C. (Doc) Stout also posed for an individual photograph on that day.
Besides not knowing the exact year of the Stout family picture, some mysteries remain.
Addison, Quaker City, it says on the front of the cardboard frame of the Stout family picture. Quaker City was the town nearest the Stout farm in Guernsey County, Ohio. Many times I get help dating pictures by looking at lists, particularly Langdon Road, that list old photographers. However, I have not found a reference on line, so know nothing about the Addison Photography Studio in Quaker City.
The Missing Siblings
Where was brother George in the Stout family picture? Since he was a doctor practicing in Guernsey County, perhaps he was called out for a patient.
Where were sister Martha (Mattie) Stout Cunningham and her husband? They lived in Guernsey County.
Why was Aunt Sade‘s husband the only spouse included in the family portrait? It is quite possible that Tom’s and Frank’s wives did not make the long trip from out West, but W.C. Stout and Dr. George Stout and Lib Cunningham all lived nearby, yet their spouses are not pictured.
And the biggest question of all–what brought this family together? It was not a wedding, nobody had died in the late 1890s, Emeline would have turned 70 in 1898. Could the family have gathered for her birthday? I’m missing something here. Something that was important enough to draw the entire family together, and commemorate the event with a photograph. Emeline’s 70th birthday seems the most likely.
Meanwhile, however, I have the photograph to add to the others of Great-great-grandmother Emeline Cochran Stout.
How I am Related
- Vera Marie Kaser Badertscher is the daughter of
- Harriette Anderson Kaser, the daughter of
- Vera Stout Anderson, the daughter of
- William C. Stout, the son of
- Emeline Cochran Stout
William C. Stout is also brother to
- Tom Stout
- John Franklin Stout
- George Stout
- Elizabeth (Lib) Stout Cunningham
- Sarah (Sade) Stout
- Martha (Mattie) Stout
who are therefore my 2 X great-uncles and 2 X great-aunts.
All photographs are in the possession of the author.