The Photo Album of Etta Marie Root Hobbs

The Photo Album of Etta Marie (Root) Hobbs

Going through family keepsakes, we discovered a late 19th century photo album, originally owned by Etta Marie Root (later Hobbs) of Yates and Kenyonville. Etta's mother, Charlotte Platten Root, died in 1887 when Etta was only 7 years old and her older sister Arminda ("Minnie") was 14. For the next few years, the girls lived with various aunts and uncles in Orleans County and in Michigan. About 1902, Etta returned to Orleans County for good, marrying Edd Hobbs of Kenyonville.

This album appears contains mostly portraits. Most of the portraits that we have identified so far appear to be related to her mother's Platten family of Yates and Ridgeway in Orleans County, and their relatives that moved to Michigan. Although we recognize some of the individuals in the album, we would appreciate any and all assistance in identifying the rest. If you would like to see a larger version of each picture, please click on the picture or the name. Enjoy!

Page 1

<unknown>
F. Burnette Studio
West Bank St., Albion
John Jr. and Eva Platten
(1836-)         (1861-1960)
(Etta's uncle and aunt, and adoptive parents)
Hughes Studio
Detroit, MI

Page 2

Page 3

Thomas C. Platten
(1851-1902, Etta's uncle)
Hedley Studio
Medina
Mary Mahitable Plummer Platten
(1849-1928, wife of Thomas)
(unknown photographer)
Alice M. Platten Miles and Eleta Grace Platten Axtell, circa 1886
(1876-1973) (1879-)
(daughters of Thomas & Mary)
Hedley Studio
Medina
Ethyl Lula Marjorie Platten Hill and
Perle Dwight Platten,
circa 1895
(1892-1970) (1884-1963)
(daughter and son of Thomas & Mary)
Chamberlain Studio
Medina

Page 4

Page 5

Labelled "Ruth Platten"
(unknown relation)
J. K. Showman
Portland, MI
<unknown>
Cheney Studio
201 Washington Ave. South, Lansing, MI
Lura E. Platten, circa 1889
(1881-1890)
(Daughter of Etta's uncle, William)
A. J. Richards
56 Main St., Medina
Etta Marie Root Hobbs, circa 1890
(1880-1960)
J. N. Heberger
112 East Main St., Rochester

Page 6

Page 7

Labelled "Dutcher"
Stillman Studio
Jamestown, NY
maybe "Dutcher's wife"
Stillman Studio
Jamestown, NY
"Dr. John"
Cheney Studio
56 Main St., Medina
<unknown>
(possibly the same woman as above)
(unknown photographer)

Page 8

Page 9

<unknown>
W. E. Merrill Studio
Ovid, MI
<unknown>
Burgess Studio
Muir, MI
maybe the daughter from above photo?
Taylor Studio
Detroit, MI
<unknown>
C. P. Savage Studio
Salt Lake City, UT

Page 10

Page 11

Labelled "Batema Somerset"
Smith's Studio
76 Main St., Lockport
<unknown>
Smith's Studio
76 Main St., Lockport
<unknown>
P. J. Ward, Photographer
Horseheads, NY
<unknown>
P. J. Ward, Photographer
Horseheads, NY

Page 12

Page 13

Lambert Butts
(abt 1850-, husband of Fanny)
Hedley Studio
Medina
Fanny Hastings Butts
(abt 1851-, Etta's father's cousin)
Hedley Studio
Medina
Ethel Butts Phillips,
Jane Butts Ward,
and LeVanche Butts Lowell

(children of Lambert & Fannie)
E. J. Potter, Photographer
Mansfield, OH
possibly also Lambert Butts?
H. A. Seymour, Artistic Photography
Jackson, MI

Page 14

Page 15

possibly the wife of Noah Hastings
H. A. Seymour, Artistic Photography
Jackson, MI
possibly Noah Hastings
(1832-1889, Etta's father's cousin)
H. A. Seymour, Artistic Photography
Jackson, MI
<empty space>
Funeral Memoir, Noah Hastings
(1832-1889, Etta's father's cousin)

Page 16

Page 17

<unknown>
Hughes Studio
Detroit, MI
<unknown>
C. L. Lewis
311 Superior St.
Toledo, OH
<unknown>
W. McDonald, Photographer
53 Monroe Ave.
Detroit, MI
<unknown>
(possibly the same woman as above)
Unknown Photographer

Page 18

Page 19

Edward M. Ward
(1862-1936, Etta's cousin, son of below)
A.J. Richards
56 Main St., Medina
Edith Handy Ward
(wife of Edward)
A.J. Richards
56 Main St., Medina
William Ward and Mary Ann Platten Ward
(1830-1903, 1834-1920, Etta's aunt & husband)
A.J. Richards
56 Main St., Medina
Edward M. Ward and Edith Handy Ward
A.J. Richards
56 Main St., Medina

Page 20

Page 21

possibly Etta Marie Root Hobbs
(1880-1960)
Chamberlain Studio
Medina
Emma A. Ward Moag and Will E. Moag
(1868-1948, Etta's cousin, daughter of William & Mary Ann (page 18), and her husband, 1863-1956)
A.J. Richards
56 Main St., Medina
<unknown>
Chamberlain Studio
Medina
possibly Charlotte Platten Root
(1838-1887, Etta's mother)
A.J. Richards
56 Main St., Medina

Page 22

Page 23

<unknown>
W.R. Atherton
Detroit, MI
<empty space>
<unknown>
Holland Portrait Co.
Holland, MI
<unknown>
(possibly two of the daughters from the opposing photo)
Martin Studio
Ovid, MI

Page 24

Page 25

"Clara"
(possibly Clara May Hubbard Colman, 1869-1951, Etta's cousin, daughter of her aunt Elizabeth Platten Hubbard [later Colman])
C.A. Stacey, Artist
over 56 Main St., Medina
Etta Marie Root Hobbs, circa 1895
(1880-1950)
A.J. Richards
56 Main St., Medina
<unknown>
(possibly one of Clara's sisters, Cora Belle Hubbard Harris, Lottie Anne Hubbard Plummer, or Ruth Lorinda Hubbard Ames)
Hedley Studio
Medina
Arminda ("Minnie") Root Eager, circa 1895
(Etta's sister, 1873-1955)
A.J. Richards
56 Main St., Medina

Page 26

Page 27

Edward M. Ward
(1862-1936, Etta's cousin, cf. page 18)
C.A. Stacey, Artist
56 Main St., Medina
<unknown>
Godfrey Studio
146 E. Main St., Rochester
<unknown>
A.J. Richards
56 Main St., Medina
(same photo as opposite page)
A.J. Richards
56 Main St., Medina

Page 28

Page 29

<unknown>
(unknown photographer)
<unknown>
(unknown photographer)
Funeral Memoir, William Platten
(1847-1892, Etta's uncle)
Labelled "Manna from Lilliand"
Van-Ogden Studio
Chicago, IL

Page 30

Page 31

<unknown>
Hickok Studio
Ionia, MI
<unknown>
Hickok Studio
Ionia, MI
Funeral Memoir, William Platten
(same as page 28)
<unknown>
C.A. Stacey, Artist
56 Main St., Medina

Page 32

House of John Jr. and Eva Platten in Michigan
Spuhler Photo
5 Washington St., Monroe, MI
John Jr. and Eva Platten
(1836-)         (1861-1960)
(Etta's uncle and aunt, and adoptive parents, cf. page 1)

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