Installment number three
A true gem.
A few weeks ago my mother handed me an autograph book. It originated on my father’s maternal side, the Smith family, who lived in Stevens Point, Wisconsin at the time of these writings. The book belonged to the Reverend Charles Smith and his wife Maria Polly Bixby Smith (below). Their oldest son, Josiah, was my great, great grandfather, the son through whom the book was passed to me.
The earliest signature was in 1891, the final in 1913, with signatures written in only six years during that period. With over 50 signatures and many the Smith cousins will want to see, I decided it was worth making into a short series. Enjoy!
Sharing the treasure
An heirloom with cherubs
Did anyone catch what’s different? The photo above is NOT our Smith autograph book (and good eye to those who did!).
The book in the top photo belongs to another family. For each signature inside our Smith book, I wanted to show you something new aside from the signature itself. We recognize most of the people who signed; for some, however, we know little if anything about them or how they are connected. Today’s entry is one such person.
There are many variations of these books. To prevent the repetition of seeing the same book in these posts, I’ll mix it up and post photos of completely different books. Some covers are adorned with birds, animals, and fruit, and many others display various versions of cherubs, just like ours. To see previous photos of our book and the first signatures, click HERE and HERE.
Side by Side
May we stand at the same little door
When “All’s done”
The ways they are many
The end it is over.
Mrs. F. W. Schneider
Fond du Lac March 4 1903
Cousins and family
Should any of you have information about Mrs. F. W. Schneider, please share. We’d love to know how she was connected to our Smith family.
Photo credit for the book above: Store-the gatherings antique vintage.net