Friday, August 8, 2014

A Sweet Little Family - Friday's Faces From the Past

I found this photo in a family album in close proximity to some Meinzen photographs.  At first glance the woman looks familiar, similar to several of my Meinzen great-aunts, but she's too young to be one of them.

My aunt seems fairly certain the adults are Dean/Deane and Bertha (Harris) Probert.  Bertha Harris's mother was Wilhelmina/Elizabeth W. (Meinzen) Harris, my grandfather's sister.  My aunt believes the little boy may be their son whom they called J.R.  She's not sure who the girls are.  In my mind there is a family resemblance between all the children and the man in the photo.

Just a little research on the internet indicates that Deane Probert became manager of The Steubenville Herald-Star in 1971.  Unfortunately, the newspaper article in The Weirton Daily Times is at where I don't have a subscription.  I'll do some more sleuthing when I have a little time.

I don't usually spend time searching my mother's cousins' families but since I have this photograph I thought it would be great if I could identify who's in it.

If some family member of this couple happens onto this blog post and can verify the adults and help me identify the children, I would be very grateful.  You can contact me at myancestorsandme @ (minus the spaces).  Thanks in advance.


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  1. Nancy, I have a subscription. Let me know if you want me to find it and send it to you.

    1. Oh, Leah, you are so generous. That would be lovely. It's The Weirton (WV) Daily Times, Friday, April 30, 1971, p. 1. The name is Deane Probert. Thank you so much!


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