1506 Church Street, Baltimore, MD

This undated photograph, probably from the 1920s, depicts part of 1506 Church Street in the Curtis Bay neighborhood of Baltimore City. At first I thought the building was a private residence. It turned out the building is part of a church. Described as a “Greek Catholic Church” in the MD Department of Assessments and Taxation record, it is identified as the Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church according to this website.


Here is what the building looks like today:

1506 Church Street

This photograph was in a box of stuff I obtained from Strawberry Fields, the same box where I found the Venice Etta Thayer Steward post card. The box contains material associated with the family of William T. Upton Sr. (1888-1973) and his wife Ruth Ann Griffith (1893-1984). There are dozens of photographs of Uptons and Griffiths, many inscribed on the back by the same hand as the above photograph. Watch for more on these families, unless a family member who wants this material comes forward.



1506 Church Street, Baltimore, MD

Venice Etta Thayer Steward

I never knew a lady whose name was Venice.

Venice Etta Thayer front Venice Etta Thayer PC back

Venice Etta Thayer (1895-1978) was the daughter of Herman Thayer (1865-1945) and Clara A. Thompson (1870-1948). Charles Herman Thayer (1903-1997) was her brother.

Venice married Fremont Phiness Steward (1895-1982) in 1915 and they apparently had one child, Doctor Edith Etta Steward (1927-2008) who died in CA.

Here is a photograph of the Thayer family tombstone in Whitefield Cemetery, Whitefield, ME:


I picked up this postcard at Strawberry Fields off The Avenue in Hampden, Baltimore, in late 2015. It was apparently never mailed.

There were five other postcards in the box which Venice had received from others. The most interesting of those was this one depicting the brand new Waterville Senior High School which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. Venice’s unnamed correspondent marked a window with an “X” where she had place a banner.

To Venice back To Venice front

These postcards were in a box with a bunch of stuff associated with a Baltimore area family and I have not yet discovered the connection between that family and the Thayer family of ME. Perhaps there is no connection and they were mixed in with that bunch by fate. As I work through the box perhaps a connection will be revealed.


Venice Etta Thayer Steward

John Barton Montgomery, Sr.

Bart Montgomery 1 front Bart Montgomery 2 back

I think the above young gentleman is John Barton Montgomery Sr. who was born in KY in May 1887 and died in IN on 8 March 1951. He was variously known as John, Bart, and a combination of these two. He had a son whose name was John Barton Montgomery Jr. (1926-2009) according to what is written on his tombstone.

“Bart” married Heathy E. Mitchell in September 1916, and they had four sons and two daughters.

If you’re  a member of this family and would like more information, just give me a holler.

I purchased this photograph during Thanksgiving week 2015 at Sturgis Antiques on The Avenue in Hampden, Baltimore, MD.

***Update on 28 March 2016*** Today I heard from some of John’s grandchildren who live in Georgia and I mailed them the photograph this afternoon.

John Barton Montgomery, Sr.