This is Jesse in 1911. He’s a dapper young man with a book in his lap and a pen in his pocket. My guess is he’s a student. This tiny postcard revealed his name on the back.
“Dear Grace, this is a card of Jesse I am sending you. Write me soon.”
Not a clue as to who sent the card of Jesse to Grace though. It was mailed from Whittlesey, Wisc. on January 4th, so perhaps the photo is actually from late 1910. Grace Dibbs, the recipient, lived in New Bethlehem, PA.
Was the card from Jesse’s girl? Heh, sorry.
UPDATE: I couldn’t help it. Grace Dibbs was born in 1889 in Illinois to George and Betsey Dibbs, English immigrants. On the 1910 census they lived in Porter Township, Clarion, PA, and she was 21. She was the oldest of four children, so this card was not from a sister or brother. She married John Killius and lived until 1972. She has several surviving children.
UPDATE 2: This could be Jesse Fishbeck, born in Reed Township, Illinois, which is quite close to where Grace Dibbs was born. If this is “our” Jesse, he married Clara and they had two children. Many thanks to Intense Guy, the fantastic researcher!