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Sunday, November 06, 2016

The Two Portraits from Koehne Bush Temple Studio in Chicago

Yesterday I shared a portrait of Anna Grace Pettis. It was in a photo folder which identified it as having been taken at the Koehne Bush Temple Studio at 800 N. Clark Street, Chicago. There was another folder, identical, in the Alice Wilcox Collection, but there was no photograph in it.

This morning I sorted all the photographs into categories: men, women, children, groups, places, and (the most exciting category) photos with identification written on them. And into to this last category, I was able to place some unidentified photos which appear to be identifiable by comparison.

And once again, there was no mistaking Rufus James Haight when I came upon his portrait. It's the one missing from the Koehne Bush Temple folder, surely taken at the same time the portrait of Grace was taken.

Grace and Rufus were married on 16 June 1921, when Grace was almost 59 years old. To my knowledge, it was her first marriage. Rufus was a publisher and a widower, his first wife, May Fox, having died in 1919. It seems likely to me that these portraits of Rufus and Grace would have been taken around the time of their wedding.

At Find-A-Grave,  burial records for Rufus and both of his wives indicate that all three were buried in the Fox-Haight plot at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan. The death notice below was found at

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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