This vintage photograph features a family of six dressed in their finest clothing. The family portrait includes a couple and their two teenage daughters and one teenage and one young adult son. This photograph was taken at the C. A. McDannell’s studio in Wattsburg, Pennsylvania. The photo below shows McDannell’s house. His studio was on the top floor. The picture was taken during one of the town’s multiple floods which occurred between 1892 and 1909. Charles A. McDannell (1859-1944) was born and died in Erie County, Pennsylvania. He was married to Jennie Barry. He is buried in Wattsburg Cemetery. The 1900 US census lists McDannell and his 17 year-old son Clyde as photographers. The 1910 US census also lists Charles as a photographer. However, the 1920 and 1930 US census reveals that he had become a postmaster. Wattsburg-tanner.Weebly.com provides a bit of biographical information about McDannell. In addition, the site displays some of his photographs. It is noted that Charles liked taking outdoor photographs. He had a special interest in photographing country life and children. “Photographic Times” (1888) praises a few of his photographs and the “Bulletin of Photography” (1912) reports that he was on the executive committee of the Professional Photographers Society of Pennsylvania. Inscribed on the reverse of this photograph is a family name. I have been unable to search the name due to legibility problems. Any assistance would be appreciated in deciphering the name. ADDENDUM: See comment below. Great genealogical detective work by a cabinet card gallery visitor identified all the members of the family seen in this photograph.

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  1. try Bromley, at any rate it starts with a B and the ending looks like ley, try a xerox and lighten it

  2. The name is Ethmer Bromley. He was born 1847. Married Maria Howard of Wattsburg, PA. They had two daughters – the younger, Edith Mabel Bromley, is on the left. She was born 15 Nov 1878. Her (future) husband, Harley E Brumagin (b. 23 Oct 1875) is standing behind her. Their wedding photo is on Ancestry.com. They were married 24 Oct 1894. The older sister, Elsie Gertrude Bromley, was b. 25 Jul 1870. I assume her first husband is standing behind her. Don’t have his name.

    • Thank you so much for your excellent genealogical detective work.

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