Among the many items in this fabulous trove of Maplewoodiana that once belonged to William Lyman Thomas are these images that I have put into a file called “People” because I don’t know anything about most of them. Hopefully someone out there will see someone familiar and enlighten the rest of us. There is much to be learned from the comments on Maplewood History, as the readers of this space have seen time and time again.
If you are just tuning in, we all have been given the gift of being allowed to closely scrutinize a large and very important collection of Maplewoodiana that once belonged to the very active and mentally nimble William Lyman Thomas.
Since there is no sense in writing just to be writing, I’ll stop now. As usual the Sutton/Thomas family descendants are to be thanked for allowing us all this wonderful examination of their historic family artifacts.
We’ll look at the images in just a second, but first a note on this column for the detail oriented. Did you notice I used “amongst” in the title and “among” in the first sentence? I had no idea which was correct. Turns out they both are. I favor “amongst” but if you don’t, “among” is there for you. If you caught that one did you also notice the “since” and “sense” in the first sentence of the third paragraph? English. I’m so glad I was born into an English speaking country. Otherwise I would never figure it out.
Now for the images.
There are two tintype photographs among the artifacts in WLT’s collection. I assume they are of members of his or his wife’s (Catherine “Kate” Compton Sutton Thomas) family. I don’t know which. They are of a woman and a man. One might assume they were married but there is no evidence to support that. The woman’s image is a little larger than the man’s.
The case holding the image of the woman.
The reader will note that the man’s image is smaller than the woman’s. What does this mean? Could the images have been made at different times?
One half of the man’s case is missing.
I lightened the images so we could see them more clearly. The woman has a very wide nose. Pardon me, Ma’am. I mean nothing by it. This is in the name of science or rather, history.
The unknown man lightened. Now we’ll compare them to our recently discovered image of James and Ann Sutton.
James Compton Sutton Sr. and his wife Ann L. Wells Sutton. The image of the man could be Sutton, I suppose, but I can’t be sure. The woman seems to not look much like Ann. What do you think? More research is needed. Thanks to Dan Shelton for this image.
In alphabetical order, this gentleman is known as 4a for what is written on the back. I suspect J.S.Lay is the photographer, don’t you?
I believe the 4a is a code of WLT’s that he used in identifying images for his “History of St. Louis County”. Perhaps this gentleman is contained within? I haven’t looked.
She’s identified. All we have to do is figure out whose Aunt Lizzie is she?
Aunt Lizzie’s back.
This charming young woman is known as Brown’s Gallery. Don’t you want to know why?
Charles Samuel Humphreys. There was a Humphreys married to one of JC Sutton’s daughters. Sarah, I’m fairly certain. Then he died and she remarried a Harrison. This is from memory. I’ll have to check it out. A very interesting part of Sarah’s home survives now in the midst of the modernized J.B. Smith funeral parlor. J.B. Smith, under the able management of the Hardy family, is a Maplewood institution. These folks are seriously nice. If you need that sort of service, you cannot do better than them.
Notice another example of WLT’s code, 1H.
H.D. Meduna (Medina?). Sorry the image of the back is blurry. I must have jerked the camera.
J.A. Burke (Bunk, Burk?).
J.A.Burke back. Ah New Orleans. What a fascinating place. What were you doing down there, J. A.?
J.K. Coffman back.
John Thomas. I don’t know if this fellow is a relative of WLT’s. I don’t think he’s a brother.
John Thomas back.
Just old “Buzz”. George V. McGee?
Just old “Buzz” back.
Sunlight Gallery back. There’s another one of WLT’s code numbers. “6H”
Saved the best for last again. “Your faded, Shoot! Warranted to never work.” I have absolutely no idea what this image is about.
I switched it to black & white so you can make out the fellows a little better. Anybody got any ideas on this one?
Whew! That’s 29 images in this post. That is easily the most I’ve ever posted at one time. Much thanks to the Sutton, Thomas, Hayes, McConnell and Shelton families for sharing these images with us. I can’t wait to hear what you readers can tell us about them.
Thanks to everyone who contributes in whatever way. I truly appreciate it.