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    Mourning necklace belonging to Ann Booth Gwathmey. Women experienced death and loss regularly on the frontier. They often expressed their grief by wearing mourning jewelry. Ann Gwathmey experienced death many times throughout her life. She married Jonathan Clark Gwathmey in 1800 when she was eighteen years old, and he was twenty-six. She was nineteen years old when she gave birth to their first daughter, who died less than six weeks later. During the next twenty-five years, Ann lost both of her parents, two more pre-school aged children, and her husband. In her senior years, two of her adult children preceded her in death.
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    An unidentified newspaper clipping covering the resurgence of Helen Humes after a several year hiatus in her singing career.
  • North side of Broadway_Stereocard coll_003PC5.37.jpg

    Louisville street scene, showing the north side of Broadway, between 2nd and 3rd Streets. [Samuel W. Thomas notes, "View of the north side of Broadway west of Second Street, now a McDonald's." [February 2004] Taken from The Filson Newsmagazine, volume 4, number 2.]
  • Greyhound station_Frank Wrenick papers_A_W945_3.jpg

    Color image of entrance to Greyhound station.
  • domestic life_grand theatre_proposed front elevation.jpg

    Proposed front elevation for the domestic life / grand theatre building
  • Steamboat at St Louis (1944.3.7).jpg

    Watercolor painting of the steamboat Chester, which was originally named the Cherokee, at St. Louis. The artist is unknown.
  • Fanny Ballard Thruston, n.d. (PC2.0340).jpg

    A carte-de-visite photograph of Frances ("Fanny") Ann Thruston Ballard (1826-1896), wife of Andrew Ballard and mother of Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston.
  • Gunter.jpg

    Genealogical chart traces the Gunter family from approximately 1735 to ca. 1960. The chart traces back to the Gunter family in Germany.
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    Dinner to family and friends of William Sowders on his 50th birthday.
  • 018PC4_16.jpg

    This mounted photograph depicts various members of the Stow family at a family gathering on October 16, 1896. On the photograph, someone has identified some of the members of the family, but the donor of the collection has determined that several of the identifications are incorrect. They have provided a key in identifying all of the people present in the image, moving from left to right, up and down.
    A. Lemuel B. Stow (1866-1934)
    B. Ella Madison Stow (1874-1913) holding Baron H. Stow (July 1896-1962)
    C. Wilbur Stow (December 1894-1979)
    D. Viola Stow Dufour (1841-1912)
    E. J. Howard Stow (1833-October 1898)
    F. Shelomith Stow (1819-1901)
    G. Walter Hutchings (1866-1937)
    H. Minerva Mccauley Stow (1843-1921)
    I. Harry D. Stow (1889-1932)
    J. Minnie Stow (1868-1938)
    K. Horace Stow (1805-December 1898)
    L. Livia Jane Stow Branham (1827-1903)
    M. Nannie Madison Stow Tyler (1865-1903)
    N. W. Dean Tyler (1865-1938)
    O. Horace ""Harry"" M. Stow (1861-1946)
    P. Mary Sanders Stow (1866-1963)
    Q. unidentified (possibly a child or dependent of Harry and Mary Stow
    Also included with this photograph is a detailed explanation of all of the relationships within the family.
    1. All the Stows here, excluding spouses, are descended from Jonah and Livia Stow. Horace and Shelomith were their sons, as were Hiram (d. 1830), Solomon (d. 1846), and Uzziel (d. 1890). Most of the people in this photo, excluding spouses, are decedents of Horace Stow through his son J. Howard Stow.
    2. Livia Jan Stow Branham was a daughter of Horace. J. Howard Stow was a son of Horace. Minerva McCauley Stow was J. Howard's wife.
    3. Lemuel B. Stow was one of J. Howard Stow's sons. Wilbur and Baron are sons of Lemuel (thus grandsons of J. Howard Stow, and great grandsons of Horace). Lemuel's daughter Olive was born in 1906, and thus cannot be in the infant in Ella Stow's arms.
    4. Minnie R. Stow was a daughter of H. Howard Stow and thus a sister to Lemuel. She was Horace's granddaughter. She never married.
    5. Horace ""Harry"" M. Stow was another son of J. Howard Stow, and a brother to Minnie and Lemuel. Harry married Mary Sanders in 1893. The 1900 census recorded that Mary had not given birth to any child as of then.
    6. Loring S. Stow, who died before this photo was taken, was yet another son of J. Howard Stow. He married Nannie Madison in 1888. but died in January 1890. Their only child, Harry D. Stow, was born in 1889. Nannie then married W. Dean Tyler, and Harry D. Stow was raised in his household.
    7. Viola Stow Dufour was a daughter of Uzziel Stow. Her husband Frank Dufour was alive at the time this photograph was taken, but he did not make it into the picture, not did any of their offspring.
    8. Walter Hutchings was neither a relative, nor a suitor. Perhaps he was in the employ of one of the elder Stows."
  • 018PC4_15.jpg

    This is a reversed image ca. 1875 of the home of Uzziel and Catharine Stow. Belle Dufour Stepleton (1883-1979) added the penciled caption probably in the 1940s or 1950s. Her son Donald Stpleton (1909-2003) copied Belle's inscription in ink about 50 years later, adding a few more details. Verso reads: "U. H. Stow home at Stowtown (Stow Triangle Area) (home farm). Left to right, girl named Dickason (hired girl), Amanda English, old lady who lived there until her death, [and] who had lived before coming to the Stows with Henry Clay's family in Kentucky. Always wore her bonnet even at dinner, in doorway Catherine Stow (my grandmother), and grandfather (seated) with Cane, Uzziel Stow, neighbor boy, hired man (B.D. Stephen)." The Stow letters occasionally include a greeting to "Manda" or "Mandy," this being Amanda English (1804-1890) who lived permanently with the Stows from at least 1860 on. We know very little about her, other than the fact that she was a seamstress. Willetta Washmuth's memoir includes an amusing anecdote regarding Uzziel and Amanda (Memories, Cotton's Hollow Press, Vevay, Indiana, 1991; pp. 33-34). However, be aware that Mrs. Washmuth (b.1905) had not know the other Stows personally, and in some instances she conflates Jonah and Uzziel Stow, and makes other factual errors. But her tales reflecting the character of Uzziel Stow certainly have a ring of truth. A photo published in Washmuth's memoir (p. 27) shows the house in its 1870 configuration, but from another vantage point.
  • 018PC4_14.jpg

    This photograph is mounted in a folio and depicts three members of the Stow family, Minnie R. Stow (1868-1938), Minerva McCauley Stow (1843-1921), and Viola Stow Dufour (1841-1912). Viola is seated at right. Minerva, the wife of J. Howard Stow, is in the center, and her daughter Minnie is on the left. If their apparel signifies morning, then perhaps this photograph post-dates Frank Dufour's death in April 1907. (J. Howard Stow had died in 1898.)
  • 018PC4_13.jpg

    This mounted photograph of Viola Stow Dufour (1841-1912) was taken ca. 1910, after the death of her husband and two years before her death.
  • 018PC4_12.jpg

    Mounted photograph of Francis R. Dufour (1836-1907) dating from the early 1900s, was taken at Frank's home, with tobacco and corn crops in view.
  • 018PC4_11.jpg

    Mounted photograph of Francis R. Dufour (1836-1907) standing outside holding hat.
  • 018PC4_10.jpg

    Carte-de-visite of Francis R. Dufour (1836-1907). Image appears to date from ca. 1862, either just prior to his marriage to Viola Stow, or shortly thereafter.
  • 018PC4_09.jpg

    Card photograph of Catharine Manser Stow (1811-1899). According to the family, Catharine is wearing the wig that her daughter, Viola Stow Dufour [018PC4.03] commissioned for Catharine's 50th wedding anniversary celebration. It cost $20 and, due to the Ohio River flood of February 1884, did not arrive in time.
  • 018PC4_08.jpg

    According to the family, Belle Dufour Stepleton, Catharine's granddaughter, identified this photo, but we're not absolutely certain that she is correct. If it is Catharine, she is not wearing her spectacles, and would appear to be in her late 60s or early 70s. Catharine attained the age of 70 in 1881. Both the clothing and the stye of the image appear to date from an earlier era, so we have to consider that Judith Hyde Manser (d. 1871), Livia Hayward Stow (d. 1858), or someone else could be the subject, and that this carte-de-visite may have been copied from an earlier cased image (daguerreotype, tintype, or ambrotype). There is a good chance it isn't Livia Stow as she died before the invention of carte-de-visites."
  • 018PC4_07.jpg

    Cabinet card of Uzziel Hayward Stow (1809-1890) two years before his death, when he was 79 years old. He preferred plain attire and may have been a reluctant subject.
  • 018PC4_06.jpg

    Cabinet card of Catharine Manser Stow (1811-1899) at age 77. She has donned her wig and a modest, lacey cap for the occasion.
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