“How do you like my Merry Widow. I think it is great (big) Cina.”
Addressed to: “Mrs. M. E. Battees, Gladwin, Mich.”
Yes, that is quite a hat! and a wonderful photo of a beautiful young woman posing for a studio photo, in dark skirt and tailored jacket with satin trim, dark gloves and white blouse with high-necked ruffle, and of course, that gorgeous hat; a large brimmed straw, we presume, with two or three layers of artificial leaves and flowers on top.
I couldn’t resist to add in the hubby’s comment as he walked by “Holy smokes! Looks like she’s got the garden on her head.” Very true by today’s standards.
The lady in the photo turns out to be Mrs. John L. Battees of Mishawaka, Indiana, and she sent this card to her mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary E. (Richards) Battees.
Lucina Belle “Cina” Freeman was born in Ohio, September 1889, the daughter of Charles C. Freeman and Jennie Henry. John Louellen Battees was born in Jackson, Paulding County, Ohio, February 11, 1872, the son of John Casner Battees and Mary Ellen Richards. The application for their marriage license shows that John L. was a widower, and had been twice previously married. He was doing general farming, and Cina was working in a factory in Mishawaka.
See Clement F. Kaylor for the photographer’s information.
Divided back, unused with writing, Real Photo Postcard. AZO stamp box. Photographer: Clement F. Kaylor of Mishawaka, Indiana. Circa 1910 – 1915.
Sources: “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZ66-Y8G : accessed 31 January 2015), John C. Battees and Mary E. Richards, 08 Jan 1871; citing Union, Ohio, United States, reference P 491; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 573,777.
“Ohio, Births and Christenings, 1821-1962,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XDB3-6NL : accessed 31 January 2015), John Luellen Battees, 11 Feb 1872; citing Jackson, Paulding, Ohio, reference v 1 p 56; FHL microfilm 925,298.
John L. Battees. Year: 1880; Census Place: North Baltimore, Wood, Ohio; Roll: 1078; Family History Film: 1255078; Page: 41A; Enumeration District: 090; Image: 0311. (Ancestry.com)
“Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZCP-Y3J : accessed 31 January 2015), John L Battees and Lucina Belle Freeman, ; citing county clerk offices, Indiana; FHL microfilm 1,503,526.