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.
CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO VIEW AS A SLIDESHOW:
Aerial of Elizabeth, NJ, today
1910: Miss M. E. Woodruff’s “Button,” 902 Salem Rd., Elizabeth, NJ
Simpson family cat
1920s: Charles Brodhead and Dick Brown with “Pete”
CD Brodhead with friend
1942: William Boles with “Snooks”
Boles’ dog Snooks in the backyard of their home at 60 Palisade Rd., in Elizabeth, NJ (home of neighbor (Eugene Wolf) appears in the background)
Lucy Boles, Ben Boles, Alex Boles, and Violet Boles enjoying some puppies, 1943
Jean Boles’ new Ford convertible with Pomeranian “Tara” at the wheel, early 1950s
cir 1950: Frank Brodhead with “Mike”
Mike the Great Dane with ? outside the Brodhead home in Scotch Plains, early 1950s
Mike at the Brodhead house in Scotch Plains, NJ
My father with one of his lambs. His cousin Jennie Belle Coleman stands nearby. Early 1950s.
My grandfather Wm Boles’s sister Jennie (in glasses) holds the little Siamese cat. She is standing next to her cousin Sophie Currie and Sophie’s children. Undated image.
My grandfather’s cousin Violet Boles with a furry friend, 1957.
Smokey the Cat with Charles Brodhead 1958
Tara the Pomeranian and Patty the Belgian Shepherd with Charles Brodhead, circa 1959
Patty the Belgian Shepherd, circa 1964
Bertha W. Woodruff with Fritz, early 1970s
Todd Brodhead w/ Tabby, sweetest German Shepherd ever, early 1980s
George Attempts to retrieve roast chicken, part I, Moscow 1993
George Attempts to retrieve roast chicken, part II, Moscow 1993
Chelby, RIP, 2004–she was one tough cookie
Luigi enjoying an Atlantic beach, 2011