Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lena Rossow

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society and Tom Rainford.

Someone has written on the front of this photo: "Lena Rossow." Who was Lena Rossow? I wish I knew.

The photographer was August Haase, so the photo probably dates between 1902 and ca. 1912. It looks like a confirmation portrait, or maybe eighth-grade graduation, so Lena was probably about 14 years old. And it has come down to us through a descendant of Clara Rossow Hendrix, so Lena was probably related to Clara.

That's as far as I've gotten.

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[4/24/2015 update] Mystery solved — see the comment to this post, and the DeWell family archivist reached the same conclusion independently.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

I looked through and there was a Lena Rossow born about 1889 that married a Richard Ockerlin. By the 1930s they had moved to Logansport. The 1940 census shows Lena Ockerlin living in the Logansport State Hospital for the insane. I'm not sure if it's the same woman, but the birth date seems to match, and there aren't many people with the name Lena Rossow in general.