Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rare Photo of Catherine Leineweber Gulde

Catherine Leineweber Gulde (1857-1943), the wife of Eusebius Gulde, (1858-1954) poses with two grandchildren perhaps in the 1920s. So few images of her exist. She grew up in China, Indiana (Jefferson County) among the German speaking Leinewebers. Her family attended the Catholic Church in China and for a while the young newlyweds even lived there. In the second half of her life she was beset by health problems and she became a somber person. Her grandchildren noted that she stood in stark contrast to the vibrant and sunny Eusebius. He was devoted to her, however, and when she called his name for help, he would be there at her side. More research is needed on the Leinewebers. Thankfully, we have a few pictures of Catherine including this ghostly image.

Carl Gulde in Happier Times

Carl Gulde (1898-1954), although known for his humor and sunny disposition, suffered from injuries or effects from World War I upon his return home. He and his wife Henrietta also grieved over the loss of two babies. These two photos, likely taken in the 1940s, show Carl and perhaps Henrietta Gannon Gulde's family having a good time. It looks like these were taken at the Veteran's Home in Lafayette, Indiana. Take a look at his shoes!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Early Photo of Anna Ayres--c.1912

Anna Ayres pauses to pose on what looks like a nice summer afternoon for this photo. She is dressed in men's clothing! This would not be her last time to do this. The photo was likely taken near Raysville, Indiana around 1912.

Earliest Known Photo of Joseph Gulde--c.1908

This tiny photo found in the Gulde family collection is the earliest known photo taken of Joseph Gulde (1896-1983). His sense of humor is quite evident with this picture as he poses in a bonnet. I am not sure he could have imagined a day with blogs where everyone could see his light-hearted prank, but I hope he would find it funny that his family kept this little gem for over one hundred years.

Joseph Gulde in World War I

Joseph Gulde (1896-1983) served his country during the Great War. He arrived in Europe towards the end of the war. He guarded German prisoners and played the bugle each morning to awaken the troops. At the conclusion of the war, he along with the other doughboys, were kept in Europe throughout the wrangling over the Treaty of Versailles. Like many soldiers, he longed to go home, but he also took advantage of the opportunity to explore his environments. In this photo he and a buddy stand on a hill overlooking the Rhine towards the city of Coblentz, Germany. He spent many months near this city. He attended Catholic mass in the main cathedral of the city and he collected postcards and photos of his time there. The photo was likely taken in 1919. Joseph is standing to left.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Louis and John Gulde in Waycross, Georgia--1911

One of the most difficult moments in Eusebius (1858-1954) and Catherine Leineweber Gulde's (1857-1943) lives came in 1911 when their two older sons Louis (1886-1977) and George (1891-1950) convinced the couple to buy farm acreage near Waycross, Georgia. The Guldes had been farming in southern Rush County on the Anderson property north of Milroy, Indiana when they made the decision to leave the state. Mr. Anderson, who leased the land to Eusebius asked him to reconsider, but the Gulde's had never owned their own farm before.

The family loaded up everything they owned in the world including some farm animals and made the long journey to southern Georgia most likely on a train. Upon their arrival, they were shocked to learn that they had been hoodwinked. The land was a swamp and they lost everything. After realizing that they could not survive in Georgia, the family quietly moved back to Madison, Indiana. Louis and George went their separate ways as well. While the poor business deal did destroy their livelihood, the family still remained close.

In this photo Louis Gulde poses with his cousin John Gulde in Waycross, Georgia in 1911. More research is needed on John. Louis (on the left) had already married Missouri Winscott by the time this photo was taken. Louis and Missouri would eventually settle in Webster, Indiana, a small village in Wayne County.

Rosalia K. Gulde--1892

Rosalia K. (Rose) Gulde (1882-1960) poses for a photo after her first communion mass in Madison, Indiana around 1892. Rose was the oldest child of Eusebius (1858-1954) and Catherine Leineweber Gulde (1857-1943). Madison photographer G.L. Spaulding staged the photo to include important religious relics. In less than ten years she would marry Joseph Risk in 1901. Rose would spend most of her life in and around the Madison, Indiana area. She remained close to her parents throughout her life.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Carl and Rhetta Gulde

Carl Gulde (1898-1954) ran a barber school just west of downtown Indianapolis for many years. His shop is no longer standing. He resided at 944 North Oakland Avenue in the city. That home is still standing in 2011, but may not be long in this world as it is boarded up and in a less than desirable location of the city. His business card reveals that he called himself "Dr." Carl Gulde! I suppose if you put it on your business card then it must be true!

The top image is Carl Gulde's business card. In the second image is a photo of some of his graduates. You may learn more about Gulde's School of Barber Science in a previous post. Rhetta Gulde, his wife, poses for him on the grounds of Veteran's Home in Lafayette, Indiana. The couple would eventually move there due to his health problems. In the bottom photo, you can see that Carl had a great sense of humor. Stories abound among his nieces and nephews of his many pranks. He was clearly having fun in this photo taken around 1945 at the Veteran's Home. Carl remained a devout Roman Catholic till his death. Rhetta, who outlived him by many years, eventually remarried although she remained close to the Gulde's for the rest of her life.

Carl Gulde's Barber School in Indianapolis

Carl Gulde (1898-1954), the youngest child of Eusebius Gulde (1858-1954) and Catherine Leineweber Gulde (1857-1943), operated a barber school for many years in Indianapolis at 472 West Washington Street. He suffered some health problems after returning home from World War I. He had been stationed in Siberia during much of the war. A tall man, he eventually married Henrietta (Rhetta) Gannon in 1931. Unfortunately, none of their children lived into adulthood. Carl and Rhetta moved into the Veteran's home in Lafayette, where he died suddenly in 1954. Some in the family noted that the patriarch, Eusebius died shortly thereafter because of the shock of losing his youngest son.

In the top photo, a group of men pose in front of Gulde's College of Barber Science around 1940. Carl is not pictured here. In the second image, a group of students pose in the school in 1935. Carl is likely one of the tall men standing in the rear and center of the building. In the bottom image Carl Gulde (left) stands next to an unknown person in front of his barber school. He lost his hair prematurely.

Joseph Gulde in his backyard

Joseph Gulde (1896-1983) posed for this photograph around 1958. By this point in his life, his contracting business flourished, but his eyesight deteriorated. Large cataracts kept him from the job sites so he began to rely upon his sons and other workmen to run the business. Depressed by his situation, his daughter Barbara Gulde Schmall (1934-2004) encouraged him to take up art. He had always loved to draw so he started by painting by numbers, a craze that many Americans embraced during the 1950s and 60s. Eventually, he began to paint on his own scenes despite his failing vision. He would be quite prolific and dozens of his original paintings still exist. Many of those will eventually be featured on this blog. In this photo he stands next to Anna Ayres Gulde's (1901-1982) flower garden in the backyard of 330 East 6th Street in Rushville, Indiana. She loved daisies. He also never left the house without a hat.

Father Proudly Holds His Son--1937

Joseph Gulde (1896-1983) proudly holds his son William Franklin Gulde in the spring of 1937. The baby boy had been born on January 30, and was the last child of Joseph and Anna Ayres Gulde (1901-1982). Shortly before his birth, the Great Flood of 1937 struck the state of Indiana. Many people along major rivers perished. The Flatrock River spilled over its banks and emptied into downtown Rushville, but never rose to East 7th Street where the family rented a home. Shortly after the birth of little Billy the family moved into 330 East 6th Street. Bill was named for his maternal grandfather, William F. Ayres.

Joseph Gulde--1943

Joseph Gulde (1896-1983) poses in his backyard at 330 E. 6th Street in Rushville, Indiana. He already had a successful construction business by this point in his life. The house behind him is located on the northwest corner of East 7th Street and Cherry Avenue in Rushville.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Postcard sent from Joseph Gulde to Anna Ayres from Europe

Joseph Gulde (1896-1983) served his country during and after World War One. This postcard confirms that he met his future wife, Anna Ayres (1901-1982), sometime before he left in 1918. Be sure to read his note as it is very funny.

Eusebius Gulde Poses with Daughter's Family

After the passing of his wife, Eusebius Gulde (1858-1954) lived for a brief time with his daughter Rosalia Gulde Risk (1882-1960) in Madison, Indiana near the Eggleston School. In this photo taken around 1944 he poses with daughter Rosalie, and her children and grandchildren, Joan Craver and Dorothy Lynn Craver. I am uncertain as to the name of the child in the photo.

Anna Gulde Poses with Egle Gulde-1917

Anna T. Gulde (1890-1918), the daughter of Eusebius (1858-1954) and Catherine Leineweber Gulde (1857-1943) poses with her sister-in-law Egle Gulde. Egle, a native of Belgium, was married to George Gulde (1891-1950). Anna and Egle seem to be having a fun time in these photos playing dress up. I do not know where these shots were taken. George and Egle eventually settled in Liberty, Indiana. Sadly, Anna died in the Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918 one year after these photos were taken. Few photos exist of her and unfortunately, one of these is damaged so you can not see her face.

Anna T. Gulde--1917

Anna T. Gulde (1890-1918) was the fourth child of Eusebius (1858-1954) and Catherine Leineweber Gulde (1857-1943). Little is known about her life. She was born in Jefferson County and may have died in Henry County. Family lore reveals that she died during the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918. 25 percent of all American households were struck by the Influenza and many with deadly outcomes. In this photo, likely taken a year before her death, Anna (left) poses with her friend Myrtle Trischman.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Gulde Family Gathering in Madison, IN c.1935

Eusebius (1858-1954) and Catherine (seated) Leineweber Gulde (1858-1941) pose with two of their children at the North Madison home. Joseph Gulde (1896-1983) stands next to his sister Rosalie Gulde Risk (1882-1960). Rosalie and her family actually lived with the elder Guldes at 1708 Marshall Street in Madison. The photo was likely taken just a few years before Catherine's death. Unfortunately, the photo is damaged and it is not a good image of Rosalie.

Carl Gulde Poses with a Child c.1922

Carl Gulde (1898-1954) poses with perhaps a nephew around 1922. I do not know where the photo was taken.

Joe Gulde c. 1920

Joe Gulde (1896-1983) stands very formally next to this unidentified young lady. I do not know if he was courting her or if she was a family member. I also do not know where he might have been visiting.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Lowell Ayres and Model Airplane

Lowell Ayres (formerly Lowell Leek) was the half-brother to Anna Ayres (1901-1982). At a young age he showed a propensity for engineering. Around 1917 he built this model airplane from scratch. I do not know if he got it aloft, but it looks great! On the back of this photo, someone has written home place across the road! The Ayres home stood at the southeast corner of Church and Meridian Streets in Raysville, Indiana. The house still stands in 2011 although it has been significantly altered.

Anna Ayres Had Many Friends

Anna Ayres (1901-1982) had many friends while living in the Raysville-Knightstown, Indiana area. In the top photo she poses with her best friend Hazel Bartle in Raysville, Indiana in 1918. In the bottom photo she stands next to an unidentified soldier. She playfully wrote on the back of this photo: Me, ha ha, and one of my soldiers. The photo was likely taken around 1919 or 1920.

Ayres Family in 1913

Members of the Ayres family gather for an impromptu photo in 1913. They are next to their Raysville, Indiana home. The two children in the front are Marjory (1908-2001) and Anna (1901-1982). Standing behind them from left to right are: Lowell Ayres, Nellie Brown ( a friend to the family), William Franklin Ayres (1853-1934) and Grace Clavell Ayres (1875-1941).

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Anna Ayres High School Graduation Portraits--1919

Anna Ayres (1901-1982) graduated from Knightstown, Indiana High School in 1920. She sat for these formal portrait shots in 1919. The photographer is listed as Stone and Dorsey based in Indianapolis.

Anna Ayres--Knightstown High School Photos

Anna Ayres (1901-1982) graduated from Knightstown, Indiana High School in 1920. These three photos were taken of her class during their sophomore, junior, and senior years. Notice the desks, the chalkboards, the clothing, and the teachers. There are so many interesting details in these three photos.

In the top photo, Anna is pictured during her sophomore year. She is standing left of the window marked "1917." In the middle photo taken during her junior year, she is seated in the second row and is the second student from the left. She is looking directly at the camera. In the bottom photo taken during Anna's senior year, she is seated in the fourth row, and is the second student from the left. The photos were taken in 1917, 1918, and 1919. I do not have the names of the other students or the teachers. In the final photo, a World War One veteran stands next to the chalkboard.

Ayres Family poses with Grandfather Moses Clavell--1909

Moses Clavell (sometimes spelled Clevell, Clavelle, Clevelle) poses with his daughter, Grace Clavell Ayres (1875-1941) and his four grandchildren: Lowell Ayres (formerly Lowell Leek), Anna (1901-1982), Norman (1903-1909), and Marjory, (1908-2001). Tragically, young Norman would die shortly after this photo was taken. It is unclear whether the family sat for the photo in Knightstown, Indiana or in Springfield, Ohio. The photographer is listed as "The Bankers."

Moses was a stonecutter for much of his life and lived in the Xenia, Ohio area. For a brief point, he and his wife Harriet Anna Dixon Clavell lived in Knoxville, Tennessee. She likely died there around 1902. He spent his last years in San Diego, California with one of his sons. He died in California.

It is possible that Moses Clavell is not biologically related to Anna Ayres. He married Harriett Dixon six years after the birth of Grace. In one census record, she is known as Gracie Dixon. There is still much to sort out with the Clavells and Dixons.

William Franklin Ayres c.1895

William Franklin Ayres (1853-1934) was the son of Henley and Anna Swain Ayres. He never knew his mother because she died when he was a little over one years old. His father was a Quaker minister, who also happened to be violent. When William was nine years old, he fled his house and ran to a beloved aunt and uncle's home. The Whitworth's allowed him to stay and he finished his childhood in their home. At age 21, he married Marria Barnaby. They had two children together, but only Lucy lived to adulthood. (see Lucy Heathco) Marria died in 1895. More research is needed on her. "Will" married Grace Clavell (1875-1941) in 1900. She had previously fled from a disastrous and violent marriage. She had a son named Lowell Leek, whom William adopted. Will and Grace had three children of their own: Anna (1901-1982), Norman F. (1903-1909), and Marjory (1908-2001).

As a young man he had many jobs in places like a slaughterhouse, in a carnival, and for an undertaker, but his main occupation was as a carpenter and painter in the Raysville and Knightstown, Indiana area. He also served as a road commissioner for Wayne Township in Henry County, Indiana. His granddaughter, Barbara Gulde Schmall described him as tall with sandy reddish hair. He was twenty-two years older than his second wife and he lived to the age of 81.

Anna Ayres in 1918

In this fun photo, Anna Ayres poses behind some greenery. I do not know who took the photo or where she might have been.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Eusebius and Catherine Gulde--c1938

Eusebius (1958-1954) and Catherine Gulde (1857-1943) pose for a photo just a few years before her death. Catherine struggled to walk towards the end of her life and her grandchildren remembered her as a serious person with little patience for them. She was likely in much pain and because they were poor she just had to endure it. Eusebius is remembered as a happy person who loved to smoke his pipe. The photo was likely taken in their North Madison, Indiana home.

Anna Ayres and Hazel Bartle--1918

Anna Ayres (1901-1982) takes time to pose with her childhood friend Hazel Bartle somewhere near Dunrieth, Indiana. The photo was likely taken around 1918.

Two images of Anna Ayres

In the top image Anna Ayres (1901-1982) has her photo taken while visiting friends or family in New Castle, Indiana. The photo was likely taken around 1917. In the second image, she poses for a close up in 1918 or 1919. Years later, she humorously wrote on the back of the photo:

Poor Simp--isn't it awful to look at my two chins?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lucy Heathco at her Knightstown Home--1920

Lucy Ayres Heathco (1878-1962), was the much older half-sister to Anna Ayres. They shared the same father, William Franklin Ayres (1853-1934). Lucy's mother, Marria Barnaby Ayres, died in 1895. William would eventually marry Grace Clavell (1875-1941), the mother to Anna in 1900. Lucy and her husband Roy Heathco (1870-1951) lived at 226 South Washington Street in Knightstown, Indiana. He was a foreman at a local mill. To complicate matters further, both of them had been in previous marriages and had children by other spouses. Lucy had been married to a Mr. Cameron and had a son named Donald Cameron (1900-1989) Anna Ayres and Donald grew up together and remained close their entire lives.

In this photo Lucy Heathco stands next to her Knightstown home. Unfortunately, the home was torn down sometime after her son's death in 1989. Donald Cameron lived as a bachelor in the house until his death. The homes across the street at 211 and 217 South Washington Street are still standing in 2011.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Anna Ayres--1920

This wonderful photo was taken of Anna Ayres (1901-1982) just before her trip to California to visit and stay with her uncles on her maternal side of the family. (The Clavells) She looks quite stylish in this photo. I have no idea where she is or who took this photo.

Anna and Lowell Ayres-siblings

Anna and Lowell Ayres are having fun in this shot likely taken in Raysville, Indiana in 1916. Lowell was Anna's half-brother. They shared the same mother, Grace Clavell Ayres (1875-1941). Grace had to flee a violent marriage and she escaped with her son Lowell to Raysville. William F. Ayres (1853-1934), a widower, and Grace'e new husband adopted the young boy. The young boy changed his name from Lowell Leek to Lowell Ayres. He later married and moved to Plymouth, Indiana.

Joseph Gulde--WW I

Joseph Gulde (1896-1983) served his country during World War One. He was stationed on the Western Front in France and guarded prisoners. I have in my possession his journal of his time in the war. He played the bugle and woke the soldiers each morning. Photos that he took while he was stationed there and in Germany after the war, reveal that he was fascinated by the beautiful architecture especially of the churches and cathedrals. Much more of his service during World War One will be posted on this blog. This photo was likely taken in 1919. In this shot, Joseph poses with a friend. He wrote the following on the back of the postcard:

To Aunt from Joe-

That "A" on my arm is the insignia of the army of occupation.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Anna Ayres riding a horse in 1915

Ogden, Indiana is located on the National Road just east of Raysville. Anna Ayres is seen in this photo riding a horse near that small Henry County village in 1915.

Anna Ayres--1919

After graduating from high school, Anna Ayres (1901-1982) worked briefly with a Knightstown dentist. According to her children, she made a decent income, but she stopped working upon her marriage to Joseph Gulde (1896-1983) in 1921. I do not know much about this photograph, but there are some clues. Note the tiled entryway floor. It is possible that this photo was taken in Knightstown, Indiana around 1919.