Feenie’s Photo Album

Taped into the front cover of Feenie’s album, I found this photo:

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The album is packed full of photos of the family on fishing trips. The guys really got into it, but the women appear to have gone along only to dress up and wear enormous hats. There are no photos of the women holding up one end of the stringer in triumph. Josephine doesn’t appear to be even a little interested in the catch. I love it that the guys wore neckties to go fishing.

My first impulse after scanning this photo was to crop it a little closer, leaving only the people, but when I noticed the barrel on the bench in the background, I just had to keep that. What did they buy in barrels back in the early 1900s that they would take with them on a fishing trip? This is before prohibition, so it could be anything, but I suspect it’s beer, or perhaps cider. They’ve thrown a coat or blanket over it, maybe to keep it cool.

Rolland was usually called Rollie, but here he’s labeled “Roll,” which I presume was pronounced RAWL and not ROLE. He rarely appears in any of the photos in this album without a cigar, either clenched between his teeth or dangling between his index and middle finger. Josephine stands beside him, looking down at Ella, the girl sitting by her feet. I’m not sure who she is, but I suspect she might be Maud’s daughter. Frank Seyk, Maud’s husband, stands beside Feenie. I have no idea who the guy on the right is.

The little boy sitting on the ground between Josephine and Frank is my grandfather, Frederic Bach.

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Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at 3:44 pm CDT
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