Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Photo Number 1492

This is a photo from Craig’s Collection.
Jim and Delia Hays CP
The Photographer is I.W. Powell  from Kankakee, ILL
These on the diagonal photos were taken between 1895 and 1905.  This one is probably from around 1895…because of the big sleeves that are almost in the photo and the hair comb or peineta which was a decorative carved comb.
Jim and Delia Hays back CP
Jim and Delia Hays
Mothers Cousins
Cousin of Kate Simpson
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Update from Jacqi:
A possible lead.
I did find a James J. Hays living in Kankakee, Illinois--living in the town of Bourbonnais. He was married to Adelia D. Hays. At the point of the 1900 census, they were in their mid forties. 

5 comments:

  1. This reminds me of The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry because of the hair comb and the similarity of the names! The couple in the story are named Jim and Della.

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    1. You're right! What a great reminder. Loved that story!

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  2. This one seems simple at first glance because of the names given, but is not turning out to be so easy. To read "mother's cousins" for Jim and Delia Hays makes me think they are siblings, but they look older than the customary time for sibling photos. I'm thinking husband and wife.

    I did find a James J. Hays living in Kankakee, Illinois--living in the town of Bourbonnais. He was married to Adelia D. Hays. At the point of the 1900 census, they were in their mid forties, which would make them about five years younger if your guess is right about when the photo was taken (1895?).

    However--although you know me and my eyes--their faces in the photo look to be younger than the forty two and thirty nine that the census couple would have been in 1895.

    I tried looking for a Kate Simpson in Kankakee County, too, but no luck. Again, that could be a married name, versus maiden name. Or the whole bunch of them could have decided to move somewhere else.

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