I’ve blogged about Doris Cecil Dinwiddie Crawford and Graydon Clemson Crawford because their family is at the center of a batch of about 100 photographs I bought at a Baltimore antique shop. In any batch of more than a 100 family photographs there are always a few that don’t connect directly to the family in any obvious way. These two photographs are examples.

The first depicts Winifred “Winnie” Myra Minor (1881-1958) and husband Floyd Rozelle Sprague (1883-1941). In the 1920 Census the Crawford and Sprague families were were both enumerated in McDermitt, an unincorporated town staddling the Nevada-Oregon border. I did not discover a familial connection so perhaps the only connection is that they were friends and riding buddies.

It looks like they are camping. Floyd appears to be photographing the photographer. I was unable to identify the camera type.

Winnie and Floyd Sprague front

The second photograph depicts, from left to right, Winnie’s brother James Dallas Minor (1864-1946), his son Lyle Raymond Minor (1901-1955), his wife Alberta Gillilan (1870-1943) and Lyle’s wife, Margaret Bell Weber (1903-1999).

Minor Couples front

Winnie and Jim D. were children of William Henry Minor (1840-1918) and Philoma Malissa Falor (1842-1915). Jim D. was the oldest and born in Steubenville, OH. Winnie and her twin, Ira William (1881-1971), were the youngest of the nine children and born in Paradise Valley, NV. The family moved from OH to NV around 1879. William Henry’s brother, James Drummond Minor, was already in NV and serving as NV’s 2nd Secretary of State. The family remained active in NV politics for a number of years.

Margaret Bell Weber Minor Kofoed, who would become known to her family as “Ommie,” lived a long life of service in the Eastern Star and Rainbow Girls. She was installed as “Supreme Worthy Advisor, worldwide” of the Rainbow Girls in 1992.

Floyd, who was born in Swartz Creek, MI, was the son of William Albert Sprague (1859-1942).

Winnie and Floyd Sprague back

Minor Couples back


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