Since his death in 1973 in Dayton, I have continued to be curious about his life, and his times. He did not write of his experience, other than in an occasional letter to relatives like his only child, Paul Henry Weaver, my dad, who was born in a home on Main Street in December of 1910. I will be giving this album to Wright State University. In communication with Dawne Dewey of Wright State, she remarked, they house many archives of the Miami River area. And that housing his photos there is a good fit for their mission.
Now, I am identifying as much as I can, prior to visiting there in June. My want it to meet with folks of the West Carrollton Historical Society and the Miamisburg Historical Society, as the Weavers and Gebharts, (my heritage) are big part of the early history of the area. I am calling this the "1908 Black Album of NE Weaver", and will write about some of the highlights here. I plan to continue the conversation in Ohio, with relatives and archivists, such as cousin, Jeannette Allen Weaver of Troy, Cousin, Andy Snow of Dayton, Terry Neuberg and Sarah Allison of the West Carrollton Historical Society as well as Dawne Dewey and other Archivists on staff at Wright State University. My plan is to arrive Sunday June 1, and be in the area of meet. My want is to have enough of the images cataloged, so as to have searchable on line, names to direct folks to WSU and the local historical societies, to encourage family history and story telling in a good way.
Please contact me by email, if you want to meet during my trip....and comment below. thanks
Here is the first photo, page 1, of the 1908 album. An unidentified shoveler on Main Street, looking north I think. Perhaps at 137 Main. My research has NE Weaver living in Miamisburg through 1907 while he commuted to Dayton to work at NCR as a clerk and stenographer. In 1909 he married Edna H Eicher, with their marriage license, Aug 19, Montgomery Co of that year. There are no labels on these photos, and the 1910 Census has Noah E and Edna living at 137 Main Street in West Carrollton. I see the Methodist Church in the background here. Andy Snow, features the church on page 68 of A Flood Of Memories 1913 Flood, the book published in 2013 by the Miami Conservancy District See http://www.miamiconservancy.org/about/news2013.asp
I look forward to visiting Main Street with some of the locals to verify this location.
Here is page 2, with a neighbor girl with the snow being shoveled. Who might this be? The Census Data from 1910 might give us a clue who this is, as Noah and Edna I think rented a corner home prior to the birth of my dad. See below...
Same girl in the above photo. On Page 3 of the 1908 Album by NE Weaver. I see this having a sense of humor and likely something he created in the darkroom with double images. Any comments are very welcome. Thanks...
1908 Big Miami River Flood Plain West Carrollton OH. Emma Esther Eicher, Piles of hats, unknown man, Noah Elwood Weaver with bowler hat. Two unknown women on the tree. Likely taken by Edna Helena Eicher. page 5,
Spring 1908. Flowering dogwood with perhaps Easter Hats in the Miami River Valley. L to R.
Edna Helena Eicher, woman in white, unknown, Emma Esther Eicher, man with coat and tie, dark dressed woman on the stump. Photo by Noah Elwood Weaver, West Carrollton OH
1908 Spring in the wood, Long skirts 2 women on left, Esther Eicher, Noah Elwood Weaver, and with a hood, ?Edna H Eicher, likely a tripod camera, Page 9
Wading with long dresses, the four women in white, with Edna H Eicher on the right. P 13 of the 1908 album. Noah Elwood Weaver Photo
1908 Picnic on the rocky shore, Three women in white now eating water melon with Noah Elwood Weaver on the right. Photo by Edna H Weaver p15
Amelia "Mary" Louisa Brandt Paul 1908-1909 p16. Mary lived at the Paul Farm in Jefferson Twp, Montgomery Co. She was born in 1824 in Germany and came to Ohio in 1847, married in 1848..
P 19 Five women in white with men with bowler hat. Greater Miami River, Edna H Eicher on far right, by NEW
P 23 Split rail fence - local farm, Edna H Eicher, ______?, Emma Esther Eicher by NEW 1908
P24 1908-9 2 Couples Paul Farm Stump Straw Hat By NEW (no labels)