Wednesday, February 10, 2010

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 90: Effie Smith of Concordia KS 1885

I'm posting family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless Wednesday posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

I managed to scan about 100 family photographs in the Scanfest in January, and have converted the scanned TIF files to smaller JPGs, cropped and rotated as best I can.

Here is a photograph from the Carringer family collection handed down by my mother in the 1988 to 2002 time period:

This is a photograph on card stock of Effie Smith, taken in Concordia, Kansas (according to the back of the card) in about 1885. She appears to be a young lady in her late teens or early twenties.

My great-grandmother, Della Smith, daughter of Devier J. and Abigail (Vaux) Smith, was age 23 in 1885, and her scrapbook includes calling cards from Effie Smith and other friends.

I don't know anything else about Effie Smith. I don't think that she is related to Della Smith because Devier was an adopted child to Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith, and although he had a sister, he didn't have any brothers (that I know of!). Ranslow had brothers named George and Lyman, and Effie may be a granddaughter of one of Ranslow Smith's brothers. I'll have to double check this, I guess!

Are there any descendants of Effie Smith out there? If so, please contact me at


Sanjay Maharaj said...

You have an amazing colletcion and I have enjoyed looking at all the pictures you have posted. I note the elegant dressing they had in those days, very different in comparision totdays fashion code

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

I wouldn't mind being related... but, not. Sorry. I have been to Concordia, KS,... does that count?

Keep these ancestor stories (and photos) coming!

Bill ;-)
Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"