I am currently working on a project involving my great-grandmother Mary Foley McMahon’s autograph book from the early 1900s. Mary, or “Minnie” as she was known, grew up in Tara Township. The autograph book includes signatures and inscriptions from friends, relatives, and neighbors. Most are from the years 1903-1905, but there are a few entries from when her children got their hands on the book in the mid-1920s.
I recognize most of the names in the book – they are either relatives of mine or I have seen the names on the Tara plat maps. Fortunately I have many photographs to correspond with the signatures as well.
But, there are several people I don’t know anything about. If you can help me out, please leave a comment. Of course, if you have a photograph you would like to share, even better! I have listed the date and location of the autographs (if given) along with the name.
- Teresa McAuley – Tara, Minn – Aug. 13, 1904
- Lizzie D. – Tara, Minn – Jan. 3, 1904
- Julia Connolly – Ettrick, Wisc – Jan. 3, 1904
- Mary McCant (?) – Feb. 15, 1894
- Thomas Doran
- M.V.D. – Benson, Minn – Jan. 10, 1904
- Katie Kane – Benson, Minn – Jan. 10, 1904
- Mary Fleming – Tara, Minn – Jan. 21, 1904
- Annie Doran – Tara – Jan. 5, 1905
- Celia A. VanDervoort – Tara – Jan. 10, 1904
- J.L. Gaul – Chicago, Ill.
Anyone ever heard of someone with the nickname “Woddle”? Or “Nibbs”?
Let me know if any of this catches your eye…I’d love to hear from you!