Continuing the hunt through old family photographs, I found a postcard from my grandmother’s first husband; Otis Sumner. As I noted in a previous post, her first husband was the love of my grandmother’s life. Unfortunately they had been married less than 2 years when he was killed.
The man on the postcard is, in fact, Otis Sumner.
Based on the number of them I’ve found among the old photos, it was apparently common at that time to have prints made on postcard stock so they could be addressed and mailed. None of the cards I have found were ever actually mailed, however. Like the others, this card was never mailed but unlike the others it was addressed. I wish it had been mailed. I would love to have a postmark showing from whence it originated. In the years just before the First World War, I don’t think wooly chaps were a common sight on the streets of Paducah, Kentucky.
In the note section of the card is written “Mr. Otis Sumner to Mrs. Otis Sumner” The name and address inscribed is; “Mrs. Otis Sumner 1009 Boyd St. Paduach, KY.” The mis-spelling of Paducah is interesting.
Written in the upper right is; “+/- 1912” but the ink is different and the handwriting appears to be mine. I don’t recall seeing this picture before but I may have after my grandmother’s death in the late 1980’s. In any event, I now know the date is incorrect. They were married on February 5, 1913. He died on May 31, 1915 so the photo must date from that period of time.
Even though the card was never mailed, from a genealogical perspective there is still new information here. This is the first indication I have of a Boyd Street address. The 1910 Census showed my grandmother still living with her parents. By the 1920 Census she was living with her new husband; my grandfather. Oddly, a different record of the 1920 Census shows her also living with her parents in Illinois. That’s a mystery for another day.