Many of you know I continue to roam the country looking for family photographs. I often whisk a photo album away from an owner for a week or two so I can hopefully preserve the photos digitally. As I do so, often those photo albums contain photos of other families not linked to my own, but linked to the individual who often begrudgingly allowed me to borrow a sacred treasure with a high degree of trust.
I borrowed an album from Colleen Coley Todd of Buhl, Twin Falls, Idaho. I have written of her parents, Ivan and Clara Coley and her relationship to me. Found within her photo albums are pictures of her husband, Melvin “Mel” George Todd, and his family.
This photo is of Mel’s grandfather AW Todd, Albert W (William?) Todd, born 8 October 1875 in Clarkrange, Fentress, Tennessee and died 27 September 1962 in Walla Walla, Walla Walla, Washington.
Click on the picture, I scanned it at a higher resolution. This photo tells us so very much, yet we know so little. That is a cow tied in the trailer, not just tied, but somehow loosely tied down. As if the cow was going to bounce out. A truck with a wagon behind it, extra length tongue. What model is the truck? Did he work for a dairy?
The back of the photo has this written, “George Todd, 441 Teton Drive, Jerome, ID 83338, Man by truck is AW Todd.” At least we know that was written after the early 1960s since that was when zip codes were put in place. George Todd is AW’s son.
At any rate, a fascinating find. Whether taken in Idaho or Washington, it tells its own story. I can saw that AW Todd lived in Tennessee in 1910 and in Twin Falls County in 1920 and 1930, which is the likely location of the photo.