Monday, March 10, 2008

Cousins, all dressed up!

Even though none of my ancestors are included, this is one of my favorite family photographs. I love the hats and the dresses. And just look how small their waists are!

Hazlette Wise, Grace Zinsmeister, and Ethel Wise.
Not dated but I'd guess about 1905-1910.

Hazlette Wise (1885-1977), daughter of William P. and Sophia (Dunfee) Wise, married Harlo Burns on October 10, 1911 in Whitley County, Indiana. They had two sons: Maurice Wise Burns who was born on July 31, 1912 and died on October 2, 1912. The other son, Thagrus Burns, was born in 1917 and recently celebrated his 91st birthday. My grandmother, Hazlette Brubaker, was named after Aunt Hazlette, who was in turn named after her great-grandmother Sophia Elizabeth Hazlett Dunfee.

Grace Zinsmeister (1888-1983) was the daughter of Rosilla "Rose" Wise and John Zinsmeister. Rose was the sister of William P. Wise. The Zinsmeister's moved to Lorain, Ohio just prior to 1900 and lived there the remainder of their lives though, apparently, they made several visits to the folks back in Indiana. Grace was a school teacher in Lorain for many years.

Ethel Wise (1882-1966) was the daughter of James Roscoe and Miriam Minerva (Blain) Wise. Ethel married George Weick in 1919, when she was 36 years old. They owned and operated a shoe store in Columbia City.

The parents of the girls (William, Rose, and James) were the children of Jacob and Malissa (Stem) Wise.


Lidian said...

What a lovely photograph, I can see why it is one of your favorites. Thank you for sharing it with us!

footnoteMaven said...


Those cursed corsets and to die for hats certainly make for a beautiful Edwardian photograph.


Chery Kinnick said...

To quote Louisa Trotter, the gourmet cook and main character in "Duchess of Duke Street" (a Masterpiece Theatre production about Edwardian England): "[The tiny waist] comes from nothing more than tea and toast for dinner, my dear." Well, I don't really know how those ladies did it, but it had to have been a combination of very tight corsets and lack of eating. I hope it was worth it for them, because I can't imagine...