DATING OLD PHOTOGRAPHS. We had a stroke of luck finding the great granddaughter of one of the owners of the Trappers Cabin!! She has been SO gracious in sharing her family collections and helping us piece our story together. This is her collection of various family members. We think one may be the brother of the man who owned the cabin, but we are still investigating. So back to narrowing down a date. One of the backs says “J.E. Rote, Lancaster, PA.” Off to newspapers.com to see if we could find anything about this photographer. BINGO! We found an article from 1895 discussing J.E. Rote’s state of the art studio and, sadly, his obituary only 5 years later. So we can deduce this photo was taken around 1895!! Also note the details in the obituary. Obituaries are always chock full of genealogy to pull from for research purposes.
Dates are still being looked at for presentation for the Trappers Cabin. Can we get an AMEN that getting anything done this year has been challenging to say the least?!?