In this fourth cabinet card from Worthington, Nobles County, Minnesota, we have two people identified, and the third left nameless.
It was taken at the E.F. Buchan studio in Worthington circa the early 1890's. "At left - Mr & Mrs. Gene Smith" is written in ink on the reverse. Who is the woman on the right? A daughter? That's a mystery.
I did a quick search in the 1890 & 1900 censuses for a Gene or Eugene Smith in Worthington. Minnesota had a state census in 1905 as well. I found two Eugenes in Worthington in 1900. Neither seem likely to me. I expanded the search to cover adjacent counties. There are several possibilities. Of course Gene could have been using his second name. Or he could gone by only an initial. But would that be "E. Smith" or "G. Smith?" Boy, it sure would have been helpful to have that third person identified. And how wonderful would it have been to have Mrs. Smith's first name.
If any of you über-researchers out there are able uncover additional clues about this family, I'd love to hear from you.
The inscription on this next photo (below) is marginally better than the Smith photograph. We are provided with both a maiden name and a married name. From the back of the photo "Anna Peterson (Mrs. G. Erickson)," taken at the Buchan Studios in Worthington. I'm not an expert on costuming, but I am guessing we're still dealing with a 1890s time frame. Is it just me, or do the younger women in all of the previous Worthington photographs look alike?
I found an Anna Peterson (b. 1872, Sweden) living with the Falk family in the 1895 Minnesota State census. As with the other Worthington photos, it's very difficult to state definitely who she is at this point.