Lottie Belle Nixon

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This photograph depicts Lottie Belle Nixon (1894-1976), according to the inscription on the back. Lottie was born in Blairsville, Indiana County, PA, the daughter of Daniel K. Nixon (1855-1918) and Mary Catherine Dennison (1870-1949).

Lottie’s only child was Daniel Kitten Kerr (1913-1978). Daniel’s father was Milton Clark Kerr (1894-1922), the son of Charles Foreman Kerr (1853-1926), an engineer on the West Penn Railways, and Phoebe Jane Flemming (1870-1942). A newspaper in Indiana, PA reported on 11 March 1914 that “Milton C. Kerr pleaded guilty to fornication and bastardy and was given the usual sentence of paying the costs of prosecution, a fine of five dollars, and to Lottie B. Nixon the sum of twenty-five dollars lying-in expenses, and five dollars per month for five years for the maintenance of the child.” Milton never married and died young of tuberculosis.

Lottie married Paul S. Davis (1898-1937) and outlived him by almost 40 years after he died in a car crash in Pittsburgh.

Daniel Kitten Kerr married Harriet May Kay (1915-2003) in 1937 in San Diego where Daniel was serving in the U. S. Navy. The couple settled near Lake Tahoe in the early 1960s and were partners in several hotels in the area. They had a great deal of impact in South Lake Tahoe, CA. You can read Harriet’s obituary here.

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Lottie Belle Nixon

Reuschlein and Wolfe and Great Hats

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The beautiful people above are Albert Charles Fredrick Reuschlein (1875-1948) and Bessie M. Wolfe (1875-1967).

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Albert was the son of George Reuschlein (1847-1936) and Anna Margaret Schneider (1847-1892). All four of Albert’s grandparents were born in Germany. Bessie was the daughter of Samuel Y. Wolfe (1847-??) and Susan Carlin (1847-??) who were born in Pennsylvania as were all four of her grandparents.

Albert and Bessie grew up in Cumberland, MD and married there in circa 1900. They both performed in vocal ensembles of various configurations at the First Presbyterian Church on Washington Street and at the Y.M.C.A. Albert worked as a clerk, timekeeper, and statistician for the B&O Railroad and retired on 3 July 1940 after 43 years of service. Bessie worked as a dressmaker and stenographer. Albert was a member of Ohr Lodge No. 131, A. L. & A. M for 35 years. They had one daughter, Elizabeth Carlin Reuschlein (1903-1977). She married Clinton Leroy Ewing, Sr. (1898-1989) and they had one son, Clinton Leroy Ewing, Jr. (1925-1983).

Bessie and Albert moved from Cumberland to Baltimore around 1920. They were buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in plot which is also the final resting place of Carlin and her husband (findagrave.com memorials 157268103-6).

Bessie and Albert were great hat people. Below they’re posing with Carlin.

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Here is Carlin and an unidentified man:

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I bought these photographs at an antique store on The Avenue in the Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden.

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Reuschlein and Wolfe and Great Hats

Feete Family

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The above photograph depicts Carrie May Feete (1869-1962) according to the inscription on its back:

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Carrie was the only daughter of Henry Calvin Feete (1838-1924), a constable and undertaker in Middletown, MD, and Mary Elizabeth Null (1841-1907). Carrie’s six siblings were all brothers.

Carrie married William Hamilton Leatherman (1868-1928). William was a farmer who died on the farm where he was born. William was the son of George Leatherman (1827-1907) and Rebecca Elizabeth Johnson (1827-1908). George was known as Elder George Leatherman and was a farmer and a minister in the Dunkers church, also known as the German Baptists or Church of the Brethren. There is much material about the Leathermans of central and western Maryland available on the Internet and in libraries, so I won’t go into a lot of detail here. If you want more dope just ask me. Generally, there were two Leatherman clans which intermingled together and with the Harshman and Warrenfeltz families. Below is William:

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Carrie and William had four children. Two of them, Carroll Feete Leatherman, Sr. (1898-1977) and Leslie Daniel Leatherman (1900-1940) are pictured below:

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Carroll married Eleanor Martha Hedges (1901-1988) and they had one child, Carroll Feete Leatherman, Jr. (1933-2014).

Leslie Married Pearl Elizabeth Harshman (1901-1923) in 1922 and she died suddenly the next year. In 1924 Leslie married Nellie May Leatherman (1898-1975) and they had one son, Richard Lee Leatherman (1926-2010).

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Carrie’s brother Alva Daniel Feete (1873-1942) married Lulu K. Welton (1876-1932) and they had no children:

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Carrie’s brother Charles Henry Feete (1867-1947) started his professional life as a telegrapher for the Mutual Union Telegraph Company offices in Ellicott City and Rockville, MD. After bookkeeping in Chicago for about two years he returned to Frederick County in 1899 and, following in his father’s footsteps, established the C. H. Feete and Brother “ambulance and undertaking” business in Brunswick in partnership with is brother, William ((Null)) Feete (1873-1906). Charles’ obituary says he was “long considered Brunswick’s ‘first citizen.'” When he died he left the business to his sons who are pictured below, Charles Floyd Feete (1894-1954) and Bernard Lee Feete (1899-1963). The stamped name “Carroll H. Feete” refers to another of Carrie’s brothers, Carroll Hoffmeyer Feete (1878-1924).

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I bought these photographs from an antique dealer in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore in March 2017. It came with a number of other photographs of more distant family members and associates which you will see in these pages at some point down the road.

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Feete Family