Over a month ago I was at a garage sale. There was a box there full of pictures. They were studio pictures. The owner said that they were from the Glenco Minnesota area. He said they were from the the early 1900’s with a few going to WWII time and a few dating into the late 1800’s.
That peeked my interest. My mom’s family lived in the Glencoe Minnesota area over that time. I asked the guy how much he wanted for the box of photos. He asked, “The whole box?’ I said yes…he debated and then said, “Aw…$5”. I decided to buy them. I was hoping that there might be a picture of my family in them.
I was shopping with Kayla. I ended up at her house after shopping so I took the box into her house and we started sorting through the pictures. Sadly, none looked my relatives, but then again, how would I know for sure.
What I did find was LOTS of studio pictures from either Birkland photography studio in Hutchinson
Many pictures seem to be from a Gordon Jungclaus family in Brownton, MN. Here is one of “The old Jungclaus Farm.”
There are LOTS of family pictures. This is the Henry Dunsmore family.
…a wedding picture…
I have confirmation class pictures from 1896, 1900, 1902, 1906 as well as a few other years.
This confirmation picture is labeled on the back.
I don’t want the photos….I had my entertainment with them looking at the large families, seeing the dress of the times and now I am planning on passing them on to one of the thrift stores. There is one where I regularly see family pictures at. Before I did pass them on I thought I would make one last effort to see if anyone wanted them. I am in contact with the McCleod County Historical Society and have asked if they are interested in them. I happily give them away…I so wish there was someone who wanted them.
For me, if this was my family in these pictures I would so treasure them. I feel terrible taking them to the thrift store but alas, I can’t keep someone else’s history. I’m trying to keep mine and that is a struggle.
I thought I’d put something out here on the blog. Maybe someone who reads the blog would be from that area. Maybe someone might recognize some old family names. I know if it were me and my family’s pictures were out there somewhere, I would like a chance on having them….so in light of that, I wrote this post….if anyone wants these and is willing to pay for postage to get them to you, they are yours. Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.