Some Prized Pets

I came across some old family pet photos so here’s a little gallery that I plan to expand as I come across more such photos. I find the photo of Button taken in February 1910 quite interesting. The address was 902 Salem Rd in Elizabeth, NJ. Look around–no buildings, barely any trees, just what appears to be farmland which makes sense since the Woodruffs, descendents of Elizabeth’s original settlers, were farmers. And then look at the aerial photo of that part of Elizabeth today (note: the red “A” marks the spot of 902 Salem Rd.).

My, how things have changed. I’m not sure to whom Miss M. E. Woodruff refers. I’d have said Mildred Woodruff, perhaps, but her middle name was Wealthy. In any case, she was surely someone close to William Woodruff about whom I wrote in a previous post about Uzal Trowbridge, his uncle. William had six daughters. The fact that this photo (printed on a quite sizable  piece of cardboard) survives to this day means that the dog and his owner must have been special to the William Woodruff family.

Update 5/2012: I believe ME Woodruff was Mary Earl Woodruff, daughter of Ogden and Phebe Woodruff and a cousin of the Wm Woodruff mentioned above.


Categories: Boles, Brodhead, Elizabeth, Union Co., Pets, Simpson, Woodruff | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Some Prized Pets

  1. Wow, these are great! I especially like the Great Dane! He looks a lot like my Caesar (and if you ever take a hankerin’ you can look up Caesar on the search on my blog!). 😀


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