Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dig them crazy shades.

Is this Aunt Eleanor? I think so.
From the look of the fishing pole she's heading out for some deep sea fishing.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Look, up in the sky...

it's the Beyer family!

The caption on the back is just slightly damaged but appears to be written by Aunt Gladys.
Angus and Gladys Beyer with Grandfather and his 2nd wife Ka(te?)
at amus(ment park?) in Bayonne, NJ.
Gee... don't they look like they're having fun?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

They hadn't invented

the weedwacker yet. Too bad, we may have been able to determine where this photo was taken.

However we can see the people alright and I don't have a clue who they are. Anyone else have a guess?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I asked,

a while ago if Babe always stood to Bill's left.

Apparently so.
I'll guess that the top photo was taken somewhere around the Elizabeth, or Newark meadows but I really have no idea.
I think most of us have a pretty good idea where the bottom shot was taken.

Monday, August 3, 2009

As promised...

Charles Edmund Beyer and his 2nd wife Kate.
According to the caption on the back of the photo, this was taken in front of the home of his son, Howard.
The fence looks a lot like the fence in the previous post of Charles Edmund Beyer.
Oh, and about that previous post, I had a chance to look at another, much brighter, copy of that same picture... the lady on the porch may, indeed, be Kate.
I'm still curious what happened to his 1st wife Mary Ellen.
As a dealer of antiques, I'm interested in that "morticed bench" they are sitting on. Wish I could see it better.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

1st American Citizen Beyer of our family line.

This photo is long overdue but I wanted to find a few facts before I posted. I didn't find out everything I was looking for however, thanks to Aunt Eleanor, Joe Castoral and my magnifying glass, I've got more than I had before.
This is Charles Edmund Beyer, born in Prussia 1837 or 38.
In the 1880 census he was 46 years old and living on Staten Island, NY. His occupation is listed as "House Carpenter".
I don't know the date of this photograph but MAY have been taken at the home of his son, Howard. Clearly he was much older than 46 at the time of this photo.
If you look carefully to his right, you'll see a dark figure just to the right of the post and, apparently, seated on the porch.
That figure may be his wife Mary E. (maiden name?) Beyer the mother of Angus A. Beyer Sr.
I have another picture of Charles taken in what appears to be the same location but a "few" years after this one. That photo is marked "Charles Beyer with his second wife Kate, who is a very sweet lady, in front of the home of Howard Beyer".
I spent a loooong time with a magnifying glass comparing the two photos. I don't think they are the same woman... of course, I could be wrong. I'll post the "other" photo in a few days.
At any rate... what happened to Mary? Did she die or was there a divorce?
Now, Joe has asked me if we have any more information about Howard Beyer. Howard is the link between the Beyer and the Castoral family. Do we know anything about Howard? He was 22 years old in 1880 and working in a Sewing Machine factory.
I should mention for all interested parties that the Beyer family had many members employed by the Singer Sewing Machine Co. in Elizabeth, NJ.. This includes my father who worked there after his medical discharge from the army, until the end of world war 2. In fact, it was at the Singer company that my dad got friendly with the lady who was operating the machine next to his... that lady had a daughter named, Anita. I think you can figure out the rest.