FIVE SALVATION ARMY WOMEN AND THREE GUITARS IN MORRIS RUN, PENNSYLVANIA

Five women pose for their photographic portrait at the O’Donnell studio in Morris Run, Pennsylvania. The women are all dressed in a uniform that appears to be consistent with the garb of the Salvation Army. However, none of the women seem to be wearing the customary badge that members of the organization usually wear. Comments in regard to whether their band is part to the Salvation Army, would be welcomed. Three of the ladies are holding guitars. The other two may be singers but one  would expect that they would be holding tambourines as is the style in many music themed salvation army cabinet cards. The photographer is likely Stewart J. O’Donnell who is listed in the 1899  Hamilton Township business directory. O’Donnell’s studio was located in Morris Run, which is part of Hamilton Township and Tioga County. The area was known for its coal mining.

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  1. I have a photo of my great grand parents taken at the O’Donnell studio in Morris Run. Any idea if negatives or any other information is still available about O’Donnell Studio in Morris Run?

    • I would suggest contacting the historical society in Tioga County to learn more about the O’Donnel studio in Morris Run. Good luck.

  2. My background is Salvation Army. I have many photos of Salvation Army ancestors and other relatives, and have done extensive research on them, especially in regards to the Salvation Army. I have no doubt these are Salvation Army lassies, as the ladies were called. Badges were often worn, but this was not always the case. The timeframe is consistent with the studio.

  3. I should have mentioned above that string bands were common in the earlier Salvation Army. Yes, I’d definitely say these ladies are either in the local Salvation Army string band, or they were the whole, local Salvation Army string band.


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