Military Postcard from Eli McKenney to Mabel Clair McKenney

Eli McKenney postcard. Image courtesy Larry McCombs

Eli McKenney postcard, reverse. Courtesy Larry McCombs.

This postcard is one that would have been sent from Eli to his niece, Mabel Clair McKenney. The postcard was undated so would have been possibly enclosed in a letter. I’m unable to determine which soldier is Eli, or if he is even in this postcard. He was tallish and slender and the only potential would appear to be the man standing at the top of the hill.

How do you like the looks of the boys in field uniform? Aren’t they a happy looking bunch? No I think the picture Wells sent Miss Sapp was one of private Elmores. Elmore is the homliest man in Co. but a fine fellow, and expert shot. They are about same sise. Your Uncle,

McKenney

I’m unable to locate any Sapps in the 1900 Chautauqua Co. KS census or in the Osage area in Oklahoma. There is a Daisy Sapp, age 12, in the KS. State census of Caneyville, Chautauqua CO., KS, in 1895. She’s living in the household of C.T. Kiger 39, from Ohi8o, and S.E. 47, from Ohio. Another individual in the household is Susan Stewart, 39, also from Ohio, as is Daisy.

The 1900 census of the 32nd Infantry in the Philippines, shows neither a Wells nor an Elmore so I’m not going to be able to ID the people mentioned in the note.

Lewis Brewer with Mule Team in Dade County, Missouri

Lewis Brewer, b. 1880 May 19th in Barton county, Missouri, was a sibling of Bettie Brewer Noyes, and son of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana L. Jane Fowler. This photo, contributed by Jim and Dieanna Swearngin, would likely have been taken in Dade County, Missouri, where Lewis lived. He died May 19, 1932 so we’re looking a date some time in the 1920s I imagine.

Lewis Brewer with mule team

Lewis married Pearl Eva Jones on 1902 July 4 in Everton, Dade, Missouri. She died 1966 May 10. Their son was Clyde E. Brewer b. 1904 in Missouri.

The 1920 census shows Lewis in Pilgrim, Dade, Missouri, living not far from his sister Jessie Brewer Jones, married to Levy Jones.

66/68 BREWER Lewis Own 39 b. MO father b. IN mother b. IL Farmer
Eva P. 34 b. MO parents b. MO
Clyde E. 16 b. MO parents b. MO

73/75 JONES Levy Rent 37 b. MO parents b. MO Farmer on General Farm
Jessie 32 b. MO father b. IN mother b. IL
Herman 13 b. MO parents b. MO
Herbert 9 b. MO parents b. MO
Berton 2 and 3/12 b. MO parents b. MO

The 1930 census again shows Lewis in Pilgrim, Dade, Missouri. He appears to be living next to his nephew, Davie Brewer, born about 1902, who was a son of Daniel Brewer and Rose E. Trent. Daniel Brewer was a son of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana L. Jane Fowler.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Pilgrim, Dade, Missouri; Roll: T626_1185; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 11; Image: 0154.
40/40 BREWER David head Own 29 married at 24 b. MO parents b. MO Farmer not a veteran
Flossie B. wife 29 married at 24 b. MO parents b. MO
Anna B. daughter 4 b. MO parents b. MO
Alpise J. daughter 3 b. MO parents b. MO
41/41 BREWER Lewis Own 50 married at 22 b. MO parents b. MO Farmer, not a veteran
Pearl wife 45 married at 17 b. MO parents b. MO
Clyde E. son 26 b. MO parents b. MO

If this is Lewis Brewer’s land, I’m wondering if that hill in the background isn’t instead an Indian mound. The shape is suggestive of one.

Herman Jones with Mule Team

Herman Jones, b. 1906 in Missouri, died, 1977 in Selah, Yakima, Washington, was a son of Levy Jones and Jessie Brewer Jones. The photo shows Herman with a mule team and likely would have been taken in Dade County, Missouri before the move to Washington State.

Jessie Brewer Jones was a sister of Bettie Brewer Noyes, and daughter of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana L. Jane Fowler.

Courtesy of Jim and Dieanna Swearingen

Touched up

Photo courtesy of Dieanna and Jim Swearngin.

Before 1939 Brewer, Spurling and Jones Family Gathering

This photo of a family gathering, supplied by Nancy Benton, is of an event which would have occurred before 1939 as Delana Fowler Brewer is shown and she died November 4, 1939 at Oscaloosa in Dade County, Missouri.

The first photo is the original.

Brewer-Spurling-Jones Family Gathering

Just wanted to show that because I needed to mock up a lower part of the photo in order to not cut out the gentleman on the left.

Original. Courtesy Nancy Benton.

Below, to add some definition, I did a quick color job, nothing detailed as the photo is too lo-fi.

Brewer-Spurling-Jones family gathering, tinted

Now for identifications supplied by Nancy Benton. The third man over in the back row (with the hat) is Charles Bryant, b. 1890, husband of Pansy Ruth Noyes. In front of him is Delana Fowler Brewer, b. 1854, the matriarch of this clan photo. The woman behind the smallest girl is Edith Gilmore Brewer b. abt. 1894, wife of Robert Walter Brewer, b. 1890, a son of Delana’s. Next to her is Bettie Brewer Noyes, daughter of Delana, b. 1877. Between and behind them is Pansy Noyes Bryant, b. 1895. The man next to Pansy (looking over Bettie’s left shoulder) is Walter Brewer and Jessie Brewer Jones, another daughter of Delana’s, b. 1888, is to the right of Bettie.

I think the man on the far right would be Levy Jones, b. 1883, husband of Jessie Brewer Jones.

All the individuals to our left of Delana are unidentified, as is the woman with the curly dark hair standing to the right of Delana. The two girls in front are unidentified. The man standing hidden behind the two women in the middle of the photo is unidentified. The young man limbing the house is unidentified, as is the young man behind Jessie Brewer Jones.

The Spurlings are Mary Katherine Brewer Spurling, b. 1872, another daughter of Delana’s. She married three times, to a George Spurling, and they had a son named Earl, and also to a man named Rhodes (this was before 1939) and a Robert L. Trent. I don’t know the order of the marriages.

If Mary Katherine Brewer Spurling is in the photo, she is in her 60s and is either going to be the woman on the far left or the woman standing to the right of Delana (just left of center of the photo).

Dorothy Noyes McKenney (a daughter of Bettie Brewer Noyes) and her husband, Lloyd, aren’t in the photo. Also, Ray Noyes, husband of Bettie Brewer Noyes, wasn’t identified by Nancy Benton as being in the photo.

The reunion was perhaps to honor Delana, who died at the age of 85 in 1939. I don’t know the location of the photo but it is likely in Dade county, Missouri.

Another photo from the same gathering shows Bettie Brewer Noyes, sister Jessie Brewer Jones, their mother Delana, and an unknown individual. I imagine it is one of Delana’s sons, possibly Robert Walter who is seen in the family group picture as well but his face is obscured in the second row.

Courtesy of Nancy Benton

Photos of David Nathaniel Brewer, Rachel Jane Brewer Henderson and Lewis Brewer

The digital file of this photo came to me via Dieanna and Jim Swearngin. They were uncertain of who the woman in the photo was. Fortunately, I have a photo of Rachel Jane Brewer Henderson from this era and it matches her in appearance. David Nathaniel Brewer b. 1850 Oct 31 at Pleasant, Steuben, Indiana, was a sibling of Rachel Jane Brewer b. 1852 Oct 6 at Terra Haute, Vigo, Indiana. She married Atwell Henderson 1866 in Moutrie, Illinois and they settled in Chautauqua County, Kansas. David married Delana L. Jane Fowler 1869 March 1 at Osage Mission, Neosho, Kansas and they settled first in Central, Barton county, Missouri and then in Dade county, Missouri. I’m currently uncertain where this photo might have been taken, but as it passed down through the Levy Jones and Jessie Brewer Jones family it may have been taken in Dade county where Jessie and Levy lived.

Courtesy of Jim and Dieanna Swearingen

Above is the original photo. As with almost all my files, it was a small digital file but I thought it might be nice to try touching it up just a little in order to distinguish David and Rachel just a little from the surroundings.

David Nathaniel Brewer and Rachel Jane Brewer Henderson, retouched

Another photo appears to be from the same day and shows three unidentified men.

Image courtesy Dieanna and Jim Swearingen

I did a little fixing up of it.

Brewer men

My guess is that Lewis Brewer is the individual in the middle, b. 1880, son of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Fowler Brewer.

Here is a group shot of David and Delana’s family showing Lewis Brewer. He is the man in the middle of the top row. To learn more about the below photo click here.

Family of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Jane Fowler

David Nathaniel Brewer was the father of my great-grandmother, Bettie Brewer Noyes.

Possible Photo of Robert Walter Brewer and Edith S. Gilmore

Dieanna and Jim Swearingen sent me the below photo, which came down through the Jessie Brewer Jones and Levy Jones family, hoping for a possible ID. I was unable to make one at the time but I’m now of the opinion it is possibly a photo of Robert Walter Brewer and Edith S. Gilmore. I have an earlier Brewer family photo that is of very poor xerox quality but shows Walter and it looks to be the same person, accounting for a difference in age and hair part.

Courtesy of Dieanna and Jim Searingen

Thought the digital file had enough pixels to try for a touch up. Is that a lapel pin? I couldn’t tell so left it there.

Possibly Robert Walter Brewer and Edith Gilmore Brewer

I am basing my identification of Walter by two other photos, one being a 1909/1910 family photo which shows Walter in the middle bottom row between his parents.

Family of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Jane Fowler

More on that photo is here.

Robert Walter Brewer, son of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana L. Jane Fowler, was a brother of my great-grandmother Bettie Brewer Noyes. He was born 1890 Nov 15 in Barton county, Missouri and married Edith S. Gilmore who was born about 1894 in Missouri.

Walter and his family lived near Oscaloosa, Missouri, when I was growing up. They moved to Joplin sometime during the 1940’s. Walter was a some-time preacher.
(Nancy Benton, great-niece)

The 1920 census shows Walter and Edith in North, Dade, Missouri.

1920 MO DADE NORTH
page 73
92/93 BREWER Walter 29 b. MO father b. IN mother b. IL farmer
Edith 25 b. TX father b. MO mother b. TX
Earnest 8 b. MO
Robert 6
Alvie 1 and 1/12

The 1930 census shows them in Polk, Dade, Missouri.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Polk, Dade, Missouri; Roll: T626_1185; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 12; Image: 0165.
74/74 GILMORE, Paul R. Rent 24 married at 22 b. TX father b. MO mother b. TX Salesman, wages
Laura J. 19 married at 17 b. MO
Forrest A. 10/12 b. MO
75/75 BREWER Walter R. Own 39 married at 20 b. MO father b. IN mother b. IL Farmer, general farm, not a veteran
Edith S. 36 married at 17 b. MO father b. MO mother b. TX
Ernest 17 b. MO
Robert A. 15 b. MO
Alva A. 11 b. MO
Paul L. 4 b. MO
Alice 1 and 4/12 b. MO

More information on the couple may be found here and by using the tags.

Possible photo of Elmer Brewer and Rosa Bell Jones

When Dieanna and Jim Swearngin sent me this photo, I was unable to make a positive identification, but my thoughts are now that it is possibly Elmer Brewer and Rosa Bell Jones.

Image courtesy Dieanna and Jim Swearingen

I did a little touch-up of it below. The photo is fuzzy on Elmer’s left side of his face (our right).

Photo of possibly Elmer Brewer and Rosa Bell Jones

I am basing identification on Elmer in the below photo made 1909-1910 when he was about 26 years of age. He is on the far right in the top row. More information on the photo is here.

Family of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Jane Fowler

Elmer’s parents were David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Jane Fowler (my great-great grandparents). He was their 8th child, born 1883 Dec 25, probably in Barton county, Missouri. he married Rosa Bell Jones in Everton, Dade, Missouri. She was born 1885 July 25 and died 1939 May 13.

Elmer died 1919 May 1 at the age of 35, the result of an accidental gunshot wound sustained when he was cleaning his rifle, unaware it was loaded. The gun fired into his leg. An attempt was made to save his life with the amputation of his leg but he didn’t live.

Rosa Bell married again after his death to Clifford York.

A post on Elmer Brewer’s family is here.

Family of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Jane Fowler

Courtesy of Nancy Benton is the below image of the family of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Jane Fowler.

Courtesy of Nancy Benton

Here, I’ve tried to add a little more body to it.

Family of David Nathaniel Brewer and Delana Louise Jane Fowler

Rarely do I have a photo showing a full family and am lucky to have this as it has enabled me to make possible identifications on other photos.

Shown in the photo are top row, left to right: Dan, Bettie, Lewis, Jessie, Elmer. Bottom row left to right: Mary, Dave, Walter, Delana, John.

This was taken, what, circa 1909 or 1910 in likely Dade county, Missouri.

A post on the family is here.

Daniel b. 1874 was the third child, Bettie b. 1877 was the fifth, Lewis, born 1880 was the 6th child, not shown is the 7th child named Lois who only lived 1880 to 1881, Jessie b. 1888 was the 10th child, Elmer b. 1883 was the 8th child. Mary b. 1872 was the 2nd child, Dave is the father b. 1850, Walter was the 11th child b. 1890, Delana is the mother b. 1854, and John is the eldest child b. 1869.

Not shown also is Alva who lived from 1885 to 1909. My belief is his death was likely the inspiration for this family photo. Robert Walter was driving a buggy through a creek, and the buggy overturned, throwing “the boys” out. Alva, trying to help the horse out, stepped into a deep hole and was drowned and not found until the following day.

Note that in the front row we have the eldest daughter sitting beside her father, the eldest boy sitting beside the mother, and Walter, the youngest, who was with Alva when he drowned, in the center between his parents.