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This is the project that doesn't require any time outside or in the studio or in the workshop. I can stay where it's cool!
This is labeled "Uncle Arthur's Summer Camp." Taken early 1890s.
From the left: George Joel Wheeler (1860-1911) was my grandfather's father. Seated in the print dress Grandma Wheeler, Pamelia (Turner) Wheeler (1821-1903), was George's mother. Cousin Louis (in hat) is Louis Arthur Wheeler (1878-1960), my grandfather's cousin. Uncle Arthur Leroy Wheeler (1851-1930) was George's brother. Aunt Sarah is Sarah (Crow) Wheeler (1854-1941), Arthur's wife and Louis's mother. Nina Wheeler (1884-1968) was Louis's sister. Mabel is Mabel Pamela Wheeler (1889-1968), George Joel's daughter. She's my Great-aunt Mabel who compiled and labeled all the photos, my grandfather's older sister. "Mother" is Mabel's mother, Alphronia (Drury) Wheeler (1865-1946), my great-grandmother. Charles is Charles Joel Wheeler (1885-1941), Mabel's and my grandfather's older brother, and therefore my dad's uncle. My grandfather wasn't born until 1901, so several years after this photo was taken.
Until I scanned this photo and began figuring out just who everyone was, I didn't realize that Pamelia Turner was in it. Then when I put in the dates, I realized she was born almost 200 years ago! I have a spoon that, according to legend, she cut her teeth on, literally. There are small dents in the bowl supposedly from her teeth. It's badly tarnished and I should clean it up and seal it. I was able to get a couple of fairly decent photos, including one with her name -- it's Pamelia, not Pamela -- engraved on the handle. The metal is very soft and bends almost to the touch. I don't know how it survived a baby's teething!