Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Today’s image shows a younger middle aged man identified as Milton Farnsler or Fransler – I’m not 100% on either of these and could be convinced of something else. I say younger middle age because I’d guess he’s between 30-40. He has had time to grow in an impressive set of side whiskers, and his necktie is a smidge old-fashioned for the approximate time of the portrait. It reminds me more of the ties used in the 1850s & 60s. I am no expert on men’s fashions, though, so this could be completely wrong!

The back of the photo is where his name is written. I did find a Milton A Farnsler born 1854 in Pennsylvania. He would have been in his 30s in the 1880s – around the time I suspect this photo was made. If this is indeed Milton A Farnsler, he was married to Elizabeth “Lizzie”, and they had 2 children: Herbert and Eva. Milton A Farnsler died in 1900 at the age of 66, and is buried at the Union Deposit Cemetery in Union Deposit, PA.

The photographer of this image was the M. E. Bare studio in Hummelstown, PA.

Find A Grave page here

2 thoughts on “Milton Farnsler or Fransler

  1. Chris Hocker says:

    Milton Alexander Farnsler was my great grandmother’s brother – her name was Amelia Adelaide “Millie” Farnsler Hocker. There were six Farnsler siblings, with Milton being the only boy, so the Farnsler name from that line has dwindled. Milton had one child, a son, who lived to adulthood, and there are living descendants. The daughter, Eva, died in infancy. Great photo! Besides one of my great grandmother, it’s the only Farnsler photo I’ve ever seen.


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