Photo Corner, 22 September 2008

20080922MaraCuba.bmpContributed by Jeanne Connell 
This is a photo of my grandmother’s brother, Thomas F. Mara, taken in Cuba. He enlisted in the army on 20 June 1899 and served in the 8th Cavalry, Troop M until 8 June 1902. He was thrown from a hay wagon at Fort Riley, Kansas and never fully recovered. He died in 1916 at the age of 38.

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20080922mail.bmpContributed by Shirley Atkinson
This is Frederick William Clark. He was a mail carrier in Detroit, Michigan, from ca. 1890 to 1910.

5 thoughts on “Photo Corner, 22 September 2008

  1. Comment for Jeanne:
    I’d love to know the story of an Irishman such as Thomas Mara in Cuba!I love the picture, but I would guess the story would be very interesting!

    I also have Mara relatives- Borrisokane, Tipperary.

  2. I love the photo of Frederick William Clark. As a neophyte in genealogy I am finding it difficult to trace same name information for common names like Clark. My Clark Ancestry is mostly located in Indiana and Kansas and sprout from a common ancestor- Joseph Clark- who arrived in the USA from Ireland somewhere near the end of the potato famine. In the 1950’s a cousin, Ralph Clark, who was a railroader in Kansas began a research and I have been unable to unearth any of his research -other than the letters exchanged at the time, or any of the family that may still be in the area. I would appreciate any help that could be forthcoming. The photo (FW Clark) has a distinct family resemblance and piqued my curiosity. Thanks, Ontario, CA.

  3. Interesting photo of William Clark. I have two mail carriers in my family: One in England in the very early 1900’s; I don’t have the name in front of me right now, but he married one of my great grandfather’s younger sisters, and the other was my grabdfather Alvin Birt Pauli who carried mail for the Chicago Post Office from the 1920’s until he retired due to health in about 1955. I’ll have to post their photos here. William Clark was obviously proud of his profession to have his photo taken at a photo studio. I wonder if he was allowed to “borrow” the uniform and bag from his job to have his photo taken on a day off, or if he stopped in on a lunch break or while he was delivering to the studio?

  4. I’m so glad to see that these photos were kept in such great shape. The ones we have should be cherished so that future generations can have a glimpse of their ancestors.

  5. A beautiful picture of William Clark. My grandfather George W. Boon was a mail carrier in Traverse City, MI, during that time. I have one picture of him as a mail carrier as he delivered mail in very deep snow. He was so bundled up that the only recognizable part of the uniform is his hat and bag, but his stance is almost identical with that of William Clark. By the way, the cap had ear flaps.

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