Ophelia’s Son-in-Law’s Cousins

Ophelia’s daughter Dorothy Grace O’Neil was married to Edwin Gilchrist Sykes. Photographs of two of Edwin’s cousins are in the batch I bought at a “mega flea market” at the Maryland State Fairgrounds over the 4th of July weekend.

Betty Sykes Michaels front

Above is Elizabeth B. Sykes (1898-1987), the daughter of Edwin’s paternal uncle, Richard Eddy Sykes (1861-1942). This photograph appears to have been taken on 27 July 1925, the day she married Ralph Harold Michaels (1893-1970) in Canton, NY. Elizabeth’s obituary informs that she “was an artist and made two illustrations for children’s books. In fact, she was the illustrator of two children’s books.

One was Patty Reed’s Doll: The Story of the Donner Party by Rachel K. Laurgaard, published in 1956 by The Caxton Printers, Inc., Caldwell, ID. A signed first edition goes for $125, plus shipping. Amazon.com will let you “look inside” of the 1989 paperback edition to see Elizabeth’s illustrations.

The other book was Lummi Indian How Stories by Ethel Fyles Beck, also published by The Caxton Printers, Inc., in 1955. You can see the cover and buy a used copy here for $28.

The Pittsburgh Press-Republican, Plattsburg, NY edition of 28 June 1945 published a photograph of Elizabeth after she was elected as an alumni trustee for her alma mater, Saint Lawrence University where her father had been president.

19450628 ESM Newspspaper Photo

The following photograph was sent to me by Lenora Lynam, archivist of the Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, KS, who spent her Covid-19 summer “trying to find new homes for things that don’t have a close connection to Lindsborg or McPherson County.” She found my family tree containing Elizabeth and sent me the photograph of her.

Elizabeth Sykes, gift of the Esther Tillman Miller Family to Old Mill Museum, Lindsborg, KS

The young lady in the following photograph is Margaret L. McKindley (1893-1953). She was the daughter of Edwin’s paternal aunt, Nellie G. Sykes (1859-1935) and her husband James N. McKindley. Margaret married Walter G. Amundson (1884-1967) who became a director of the Duluth Linen Company in 1930 and started his own company, The Amundson Company, which manufactured clothing. Margaret, her husband, and her parents are buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Duluth, MN.

Margaret McKinley Amundsen front

As usual, the following are the reverses of the subject photographs in the order they appear above.

Betty Sykes Michaels back
Margaret McKinley Amundsen back

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