A Photo Album Belonging to William Henderson Reece & Mary Lavina Montgomery – Part 1

An album of amazing photographs has been passed to me, and I need help identifying most of the people in the photos. Please let me know if you can identify anyone! It belonged to Mary Lavina Montgomery Reece and her husband William Henderson Reece.

Here’s the cover sheet:

Cover Sheet

The album itself:

IMG_0951 IMG_0949 IMG_0950

I’ll start with photos that include identification:

MONTGOMERY John William FRANKLIN Martha VictoriaThis is indicated to be John and Martha, and on Ancestry.com I found this same photo attached to John William Montgomery and his wife Martha Victoria Franklin. The photographer was Eckles Brothers in Lamar, Missouri.

John is the brother of Mary Lavina Montgomery Reece, the owner of the photo album.

 

 

 

MONTGOMERY Mary Lavina and sisters  MONTGOMERY Mary Lavina sisters back of photo

MONTGOMERY Samuel Phoebe Original  MONTGOMERY Samuel Phoebe BACK
Photographer: Scribner’s New Art Gallery, Altanta Illinois

GUMMERE Alice Written on back in pencil: Alice Gummere

Research shows she is Celestia Alice Gummere, who worked for the Creston Post Office along with her father. There’s a website devoted to the photographer, Caleb Agnew/Agnew Studios of Creston, Iowa, here. There’s also a page about the Creston Post Office that shows this photo. I don’t know yet if she’s related to the Reece or Montgomery family.

 

 

Here’s the start of the photos in the book which need identification. We will call these Photo 1 (Kerr’s Studio, Lincoln, Illinois), Photo 2 (Kerr’s Studio, Lincoln, Illinois), and Photo 3 (Nora, Coates, Cerro Gordo.)

REECE MONTGOMERY album 1  REECE MONTGOMERY album 2  REECE MONTGOMERY Nora

We will call these Photo 4 (on front it says Mina & Etta, on back it says Mary Billy Reece, photo by Peoria Portrait and View Company, Mathis Bros, Peoria, Illinois), Photo 5 (Farley Photgrapher), and Photo 6 (E. N. Kerr, Lincoln, Illinois):

Mina and Etta  Baby  Music Man

Check out Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. I look forward to hearing from anyone who can identify someone in these photos!

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