Raising the dead…

Background HERE. Post informed guesses as to years/location in comments below.



Coop thinks the Model T’s are from 1915-16 and 1917-18. I hadn’t realized they were even different cars.

Picture 2 of 28 – “This is a 1915 or 1916 Model T.”

Picture 3 of 28 – “This one is at least a ’17 or ’18 Model T, but I’m not schooled enough to spot the minor differences, and they were pretty similar year to year. The main difference from the earlier T in the other photo is the embossed grille shell, stamped fenders and the rounded hood.”

Scott Huffhines “digs up” the following:

Re: the graveyard shot. Definitely from Maryland since she was referenced in a 1944 Sun obit (which I didn’ want to pay for).
My guess the obit was for one of her children or relatives but not for her.

Rob Sherwood:

Number 3 has a license plate, which reads “OHO 256825 1920” I think. I’m researching that, assuming that OHO refers to “Ohio” and 1920 is a date.

Looking at “http://www.worldlicenceplates….“, the OHO is common in ohio but a 6 digit plate number is only listed on the 1921 license plate.

Christopher Mealie:

What a great find. Nice scans too. From clothing and autos they seem to be 1910s.

A reader named “Jack” that wasn’t able to post for some reason peels a sharp eye on the scenes:

I’m sorry to get this to you via email, but I was unable to post comments when I logged in. These are interesting. You may have already noticed these things, but…

I think the woman in photo 20 is the same woman years later in photo 23 who is sitting on the right. She has the same mouth and the same hairdo. Although the hairdo was probably common back then, the facial similarities seem convincing.

The dog in photo 23 appears to be the same one sitting next to the boy in photo 19. The boy in photo 19 looks like the toddler in photo 27.

The man sitting on the left with the woman’s arm around his shoulders is the same guy standing in the middle in photo 24. Judging by that dimple on his chin and his overall looks, he is also the same guy wearing the hat in photo 11. That could also be him on the horse in photos 13 and 15.

The same little boy appears in photos 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 12. There may be some more repeat subjects but I’m not sure.

The rustic wooden bench in photos 20 and 21 is interesting. That would be a cool heirloom to have, eh? This isn’t really important, but the bench seems to have moved when you compare it’s position relative to things near it on the ground such as twigs, holes in the dirt, etc. Based on the way the man and the woman are dressed in those two shots, I’m thinking they may have gone to church that day. If so, then the paper leaning up against the leg of the bench may be the program for that day’s service. I’m not enough of a historian to know if churches could afford to do that back then though.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1450060469 Jack Donovan

    18 is my favorite. These are great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1450060469 Jack Donovan

    These are great. 18 is my favorite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1150696404 Rob Sherwood

    Number 3 has a license plate, which reads “OHO 256825 1920” I think. I’m researching that, assuming that OHO refers to “Ohio” and 1920 is a date.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1150696404 Rob Sherwood

    Looking at “http://www.worldlicenceplates.com/jpglps/USA_OH_GI2_1920’s.jpg”, the OHO is common in ohio but a 6 digit plate number is only listed on the 1921 license plate.

  • http://www.kevinislaughter.com/ Kevin I. Slaughter

    Ohio, Clara Ditman, 1921

  • http://www.kevinislaughter.com/ Kevin I. Slaughter

    Just contacted the Henry County Historical Society about these photos to see if they’re from the area, and if so, to offer the originals and high-res scans.

  • Christophermealie

    What a great find. Nice scans too. From clothing and autos they seem to be 1910s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.rolker Jack Rolker

     I ran the name “Ditman” through a website called the same site I used to research my ancestors, FamilySearch.org, and learned quite a bit about the family. The man with the prominent ears and the close-cropped hair who appears in several of the photos (and in the middle in photo 24) was Carl L. Ditman of Oxford, Butler County, OH. He was born on December 31, 1876. According the 1900 census record, he served in the army as a trumpeter in 1900. He was stationed in Cuba, so that explains the palm trees in the background. The saddle on his horse matches the ones that were manufactured in the late 1800’s. moved back to Ohio and married Clara Seidel (some time before 1908) and she died during childbirth in 1908. One sight actually had a photo of her at her viewing, but you had to join and pay in order to bring it up.  Carl was single for a few years, worked as a house painter (as reported on a marriage certificate) and then remarried Clara Dimwiddie Smith in 1915. That marriage didn’t last long because he got divorced and remarried to Ethel Hazelett in 1917 (an old marriage license confirms this). They had a son named Homer in 1918. An obituary search reveals that Homer lived in Catonsville, MD and died in 2007. His wife, Rita, died in Feb. of 2011, so maybe the glass negatives were in her attic, basement, etc. and moved out and sold after she died. Carl’s parents were William and Mary Ditman. It looks like William and Mary were the farmers. I’d bet that the older guy with the tanned skin is William. Carl had a brother named Luther (b. 1881) who died in Oxford in 1946. The “informant” listed on Luther’s death certificate was their brother, Maurice Ditman (b. 1884) of Westminster, MD. Maurice’s wife was also named Ethel; she was 33 in 1920. Carl died in 1958 and was buried in Baltimore National Cemetery. It didn’t say where he was living, but I assume that he moved his family to Maryland some time after 1920. The last census record I found for him was in 1920 when Homer was 16 months old and they still lived in Oxford. So the little guy in the photos is probably Homer. I was unable to track down the street address of where they lived because a lot of the old census takers neglected to take down street addresses, especially in rural areas. The marriage licenses just listed the town and county of residence, and Luther’s death cert listed his residence as a nursing/old age home.Ethel was 28 in 1920 and Carl was 43, so he had his first child at a pretty old age for back then. He also outlived the life expectancy for a guy born in 1876 as he died at 81. Ethel is listed as being buried right next to him. She died in 1965. There is an Earl H. Ditman buried in a separate section. He was born in 1922 and died in ‘44 – most likely in WWII. I found a record online of Homer being enlisted too. I couldn’t find any obituaries for Carl and Ethel, so I don’t know where they lived in Baltimore. He may have been retired and collecting a pension by then too, so there wouldn’t be any old, published listings for a business he owned, etc. The internet has made research easier, but I love a good mystery. 

    • http://www.kevinislaughter.com/ Kevin I. Slaughter

      WOW! Thanks! That’s terrific.

      Man I need to fix the color of the type on these comments…