Merry Christmas!

On Christmas Eve, 1912, Irvin Haines, my first cousin twice removed (according to my genealogy program), snapped this photo of his Minnich nieces and nephews surrounding the Christmas tree at the kids’ grandparents’ house, which was just down the street from where I’m sitting this morning. I thought I’d share it with you this Christmas morning. The candles had just been lighted, and everyone looks to be in a good mood for Santa’s arrival.

Florence (1902-1924), Olive (1906-1971), and John (1910-1977) Minnich, probably at Christmas 1912. Note John is wearing a dress, common for young male children before World War I. The photo was likely taken at the home of their aunt, Annie Minnich Haines, at North Adams and Second Street, Oswego. Florence died of tuberculosis. Photo probably taken by irvin Haines. Part of the Homer Durand Oswegorama Photo Collection.

From here on North Adams Street, Merry Christmas, and have a Happy New Year, too while you’re at it!

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  1. Bert Gray

    Look at that tree …. the classic strings of popcorn and cranberries(?) 🙂

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    • RAM

      Nathaniel pointed out to me all the things going on in that photo sort of behind the scenes, including the fact that Irvin Haines, the photographer, built our house for his aunt and uncle, my great-grandparents. And I can’t imagine how dangerous it was to have open flames ON the tree! Holy cow!

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