Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Image #2 from the C. Murray Album. A woman who sat for her portrait in Clay Center, Kansas. She’s all angles and sharp edges, but I wonder if she really was soft and sweet at heart. I found that Kalin was in business at least between 1890 and 1913 by two separate photos with dates. One photo from 1913 was actually a photo of the studio. Interesting.

I wonder who she was.

UPDATE: Thanks to reader Jamie Robinson, we now know that this was Lucia Jane “Lucy” (Avery) Elkins, born 1841 in Vermont. Lucy was one of 10 children born to George and Delilah Avery. Much of the family (if not all) relocated to Kansas, which is where we pick up her sister Mary’s family in the Streeter family album. For more Avery and Streeter photos, please click on the page heading “C. Murray Album.” 

6 thoughts on “Who was she?

  1. She looks so thin. I like the way to find the photographer..first stairs west of the Post Office. :)


  2. Jamie Robinson says:

    An identical photo is on ancestry.com, identified as Lucia Jane “Lucy” (Avery) Elkins. I have additional photos of her, one with her husband Riley Elkins, copied from another’s tree. I found your site while looking for more info about the studio, so I could better guess the year it was taken.


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      This is so interesting – and fortuitous. I will update the image with her information. I have no connection to the family except for being the caretaker of a photo album. I created a tree on ancestry.com so I could figure out relationships though. It’s called Streeter Family Tree and has all the people I could identify in it.


  3. Jamie Robinson says:

    Lucia Jane “Lucy” (Avery) Elkins was born Dec 1841 in Vermont, the daughter of George and Delilah (Cummings) Avery. She died 19 June 1926 in Manhatten, Kansas. If you’d like to see other photos of her, will send an invitation to my ancestry tree.


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      Lucy and Mary Avery are sisters – Mary Avery Streeter is also pictured in this album and on the Ancestry tree I created. I will be updating Lucy’s profile with this photo as well.


  4. What a nice outcome, Mrs Marvel! I am happy to read about it.


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