The old house at 214 South Kossuth in Osceola, Iowa. It had been vacant so long that the abstract had to be reestablished for it in 1978. A church had inherited from the family 20 or 30 years before and no abstract could be found. My dad bought the property and the house was torn down to make way for his ranch house he was to build.
I have found names in the two albums that were left behind. But yesterday destiny was to be that I found who owned the album. Sticky pages and sales slips do become a problem until you finally unstick the page and lift the sale order slip.
On the left side of the inside of the cover it is inscribed with great information.
From D.W. Webster
Callie Alexander Dec. 25th, 1883
It must have been a Christmas present to her. I know that the Websters owned the funeral home for generations until they sold it in the 70's. D. W. Webster could be her brother or her father. Someday I will know that but for now I am glad to know what I now have in information.
On the back of one of the photos is an order slip for a reprint of this cabinet card. When I lifted it, it said Mr. Alexander, wife of the one enlarged before. There is a first letter to the name of Alexander but the glue is holding the paper on top of the letter.
I do now know that Mrs. Alexander pictured above had the maiden name of Webster. The various photographs throughout the book came from Kellogg, Iowa, Clarinda, Iowa and Graves Photography, there in Osceola. There are a couple of photos from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Children, grandchildren, nieces and maybe even nephews could be possibilities for these people, time will only tell.
All that I shared today is just new information since yesterday. The journey really is in it's infancy. I know that I can eventually pull names from the cemetery that will help match some of the names. The Websters are a long established family in the town so I should find out more. Just like one of my fellow blogger friends, I may actually find relatives to these people out there somewhere.