Sepia Saturday #328: Dick and Don and Bob


This beautiful card (I think this is my favorite) was given to my Aunt Sadie for her 3rd birthday in September of 1939. Even though it’s a moonscape, the colors of the flowers are vibrant, the roof of the cottage is bright pink, and the blue birds are flying. The scene so reminds me of Sadie’s home at 43 Lincoln Place, Sussex County, New Jersey, nestled amongst the blue spruce trees that lined the property line.

This card is signed Dick, Don, and Bob, the sons of Robert William and Bernice (Strait) Wood. The boys are Sadie’s paternal first cousins. Sadie’s father and Dick, Don, and Bob’s mother are siblings.

The boys were born between 1930 and 1933 so they were slightly older than Sadie (1936) and her brother, Bill.


Bob was born 02 March 1930 in Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey, to parents Robert W. and Bernice Ruth (Strait) Wood.[1]

Bob (1/12 years old) is found in the 1930 census[2] with his parents, Robert W. (24) and Bernice R. Wood (21). The 1930 census was enumerated on 10 April 1930 by a “Wm. Toy, Sr.” The family was living at 21 Sussex Street in a house they were paying $20 a month to rent.

Robert was married when he was 23 and Bernice when she was 20 which means they were married sometime in 1928. Robert was born in New York, his father in Connecticut, and his mother in New York. Bernice was born in New Jersey as were both her parents. Both Robert and Bernice spoke English.

Robert’s occupation was listed as a packer in the limestone quarry. The government code of 77V9 classified the job as an operative in any type of quarry. Robert was working for someone else as opposed to having his own business. He was at work the day before or the last working day. Robert was not a veteran.

Bob (10) is found in the 1940 census[3] again with his parents, Robert W. (34) and Bernice (31) and younger brothers Donald S. (9) and Richard A. (7). Bernice was the informant for the information given to the enumerator, Kate P. Anderson, on 06 April 1940. The family was living at 51 Mason Avenue.

Neither Robert nor Bernice were attending school but the three boys were. Regarding the highest level of education, Robert was listed as H2 and Bernice as H4. Bob had completed 4th grade, Don 3rd grade, and Dick 2nd grade.

Robert was born in New York while the rest of the family was born in New Jersey. Their residence in 1935 was listed as “same place.” This means that on April 1, 1935, they were living in a different house but in the same city, town, or village as at present. The family was not living on a farm.

Regarding the questions relating to the work week of March 24-30, 1940: Robert was at work during that week, Bernice indicated that she was engaged in housework, and Robert was reported as working 48 hours. Robert was working as a lime burner in the limestone quarry. Robert had worked all 52 weeks in 1939 for which he was paid $1,560 in wages. They reported no other income above $50 from other income sources.

Bob met and married Dolores Ulrich and together they had a daughter and a son. Bob passed away on 29 November 2007 in Florida.[4] I have been unable to locate his obituary as of yet.


Don was born 17 June 1931 in Newton.[5]

As seen above, Don (9) is found in the 1940 census with his parents Robert and Bernice and brothers Bob and Dick. He had finished 3rd grade and the boys most likely attended Halstead Street School, the main school building in Newton for a number of years.


Beverly (Terrel) Wood with six of her and Donald’s eight children.

Donald met and married Beverly Terrel and they had eight children together, four daughters and four sons. Donald passed away at a fairly young age of 52. He passed on 11 February 1984 in Jacksonville, Duval, Florida.

His full obituary reads:[6]

“Donald Wood” – Donald Strait Wood, 52, of Jacksonville, Florida, died Saturday after a long illness at the Methodist Hospital Hospice in Jacksonville.  He was born in Newton and moved to Florida 30 years ago, where he owned and operated his own sheet metal business.  He is survived by his wife, Beverly; four sons, Donald of Reno, Nev., James, Mark and Scott, all of Daytona, Fla.; four daughters, Susan Ferguson of Daytona, Linda Bowles, Kathleen and Patricia Wood, all of Jacksonville; two brothers, Richard of Newton, and Robert of Guilford, Me.; and eight grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday in Jacksonvil-”  [clipping ends here]


Dick was born 08 January 1933 in Newton.[7]

As seen above, Dick (7) is found in the 1940 census with his parents Robert and Bernice and brothers Bob and Don. He had finished 2nd grade and the boys most likely attended Halstead Street School, the main school building in Newton for a number of years.

Dick met and married Charlotte A. Ulrich, sister to brother Bob’s wife Dolores. They had two sons. Dick passed away on 21 May 2001 at his home in Newton. It is apparent that the Limestone Quarry provided the Wood family gainful employment. Dick’s father Robert worked at the quarry for years and Dick worked for the quarry for nearly 40 years.

His full obituary reads:[8]

“Richard A. “Dick” Wood Sr., 68, died Monday at home. Born in Newton, Mr. Wood was a lifelong resident. He was a welder and fabricator for Limestone Products Corp., for nearly 40 years before retiring 10 years ago. Mr. Wood was a member of the Blue Mountain Gas & Steam Engine Association, a member of the Limestone 25-year Club, and a past member of the Newton First Aid Squad. The son of the late Robert W. Wood Sr. and Bernice Strait Wood, he also was predeceased by a brother, Donald.  Mr. Wood is survived by his wife of 48 years, Charlotte A. Ulrich Wood; two sons, Richard A. Jr. and his wife, Patricia, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., and Carl and his wife, Deborah, of Stillwater; a brother, Robert of Maine; and four grandchildren. Arrangements are by the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton.”

The concept behind these weekly Saturday posts can be found at Sepia Saturday Intro.
Theme taken from Sepia Saturday photo: House in trees

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[1]  William C. Strait (Lafayette, NJ), interview by Jodi Lynn Strait, 15 July 2000; interview notes held by Strait, Tucson, Arizona, 2011. William, a first cousin to Richard [Dick] Wood, spoke from personal knowledge and co-ordinated with Dick Wood and his wife Charlotte to provide the genealogical information during the interview.
[2] 1930 U. S. census, Sussex County, New Jersey, population schedule, Newton, ED 19-20, page 1B (penned), dwelling 170, family 175, Robert W. Wood; digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 03 January 2015); citing NARA microfilm publicationT626, roll 1384.
[3] 1940 U. S. census, Sussex County, New Jersey, population schedule, Newton, ED 19-22, sheet 6B, dwelling 139, Robert W. Wood household; digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 03 January 2015); citing NARA microfilm publicationT627, roll 2384.
[4] William C. Strait, interview, 15 July 2000.
[5] Ibid.
[6] “Donald Wood,” obituary, newspaper clipping, 1984 (penned), unidentified newspaper [most likely the New Jersey Herald]; Strait family newspaper clipping, privately held by Jodi Lynn Strait, Tucson, AZ, 2011.
[7] William C. Strait, interview, 15 July 2000.
[8] “Richard Wood Sr.,” obituary, newspaper clipping, 21 May 2001 (penned), unidentified newspaper [most likely New Jersey Herald]; Strait family newspaper clippings, privately held by Jodi Lynn Strait, Tucson, AZ, 2011.


Sepia Saturday #327: FAN club


This one-sided card was given to Aunt Sadie from her Aunt Kitty. The signer of this card, Kitty, was married to Adam Otto Repsher on 28 June 1942 in Netcong, Morris County, New Jersey, at St. Michael’s Church.[1] Adam and Sadie’s mother, Beatrice Irene (Repsher) Strait, were siblings. This kitten, with her parasol, has a hat with a feisty pink feather and is coyly hiding behind her moveable fan.

There are so many different types of fans to pick from for this prompt. Box fans, window fans, oscillating fans, handheld folding fans (like the kitten has), attic fans, Elvis fans, ceiling fans, sports fans, floor fans, fans that make Beyoncé and Taylor Swift look spectacular…

In genealogy, the term FAN club is something completely different. It stands for Friends, Associates, and Neighbors. I have lots of photos of Sadie’s mother, Beatrice, with her friends. Beatrice left me her photo album containing pictures of when she was in her late teens and possibly into her early 20s.

I’m sharing some of them here but, unfortunately, I don’t have many names to go with the people in the photos.


Beatrice Irene Repsher with unknown friend/neighbor.


Beatrice Irene Repsher with unknown friend/neighbor.

In these two photos, Beatrice is posing with each of two unknown gentlemen. She is wearing the same dark dress with white collar. The house behind them has a large porch with white railings. In one photo, the man is wearing a suit and the other shows a man in a baseball uniform with his hat sitting jauntily on his head.

The next photo shows a woman that is found in a lot of photos in this album. She is frequently found posing with Beatrice but also figures into photos with Beatrice’s sister Helen. I like that they both have head scarves. It must be fall given that they’re wearing long coats and the noted lack of leaves on the trees in the background. The wooden structure with steps behind them is intriguing.


Beatrice Irene Repsher (right) with unknown friend.

Head scarves must have been a trend for a year or two. Here is Beatrice again with three other girls. I think the girl on the far right is the same girl as above. They’re not quite wearing shorts; the pants are more capri in nature. Beatrice is holding a walking stick.


Beatrice Irene Repsher (right) with three unknown friends.

What good is a friend if you can’t fool around and get a great candid photo with her? I have to wonder how long after the photo was taken did Beatrice end up lying on the ground. Her friend seems to be having fun but it looks like her grip is slipping.


Beatrice Irene Repsher (hanging) with unnamed friend.

The last photo is a group photo probably taken on the shores of Lake Hopatcong or Lake Musconetcong. Beatrice is laying in the front in the foreground, her head resting on her sister’s hip. I like the relaxed feeling this photo gives, like they’ve been out horsing around all day and it’s time to wind down before going home.


Beatrice Irene Repsher (foreground) relaxing after a day on the lake with friends.

So, no ceiling fans, fancy oriental folding fans, or sports fans. Just some “Friends” from Beatrice Irene Repsher’s FAN club.

The concept behind these weekly Saturday posts can be found at Sepia Saturday Intro.
Theme taken from Sepia Saturday photo: Fan

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[1]Anna (Karthaeuser) Repsher, compiler, “Family Record of J. J. Repsher Jr. and Caroline Repsher nee Bonser”; (Handwritten family group sheets, Netcong, New Jersey, 1911-1970), p. 90.

Sepia Saturday #326: Sitting Pretty








This is a Valentine’s Day card that my Aunt Sadie got from her maternal grandmother, Anna (Karthaeuser) Repsher in 1940 in celebration of Valentine’s Day before her 4th birthday in September.

The cute kittens are sitting in a big, wingback chair. No golden curls in this one, just grey fur, flowers and hearts.

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Also sitting in a big chair is Audrey Romine Hunt, Mercedes’ grandmother on her paternal side. I have to say, it is one of the few photos of Audrey in which she’s actually smiling! The photo was taken around 1889 or 1890.

Audrey was sitting in a fancy chair, undoubtably a prop at the photographer’s studio. It had some patterning to the upholstery and the top of the chair back was slightly ornate, almost oriental in style. Audrey was wearing a white outfit with a ruffled bonnet surrounding her cute, pudgy cheeks. She was focused on something in front of her which gives her a great expression. The photo was taken in Sussex County, probably in Newton or Branchville.

Audrey’s middle name of Romine has always interested me. “Romaine” or Roman is a common first name for a man but the variation in spelling for her middle name suggests a family name coming down through the mother’s line. Often, to keep their maiden names from being lost, the children were given the maiden name as a middle name. But, so far, there are no other Romine’s in the family.

I think the clue to her middle name has to do with some of her siblings middle names…

  • Charles Lincoln Hunt, born 11 August 1871
  • Samuel Wilson Hunt, born 29 May 1874
  • Nellie Garfield Hunt, born 12 April 1880

Lincoln is fairly obvious in that Audrey’s father, William Henry Hunt, fought in the Civil War. Charles would have gotten his middle name in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. 

In Samuel’s case, the middle name of Wilson came from a family name. Audrey’s grandmother, Hannah Eliza (Willson) Longcor, had a maiden name of Willson. Samuel’s middle name was a variation of that name.

James Garfield became the 20th president of the United States on 04 March 1881 and would have been campaigning during 1880 when Audrey’s sister Nellie was born. Most likely Nellie’s middle name of Garfield came from this president.

But wait, there’s no president named Romine… I have to wonder if there was someone that William served with during the Civil War that had the name of Romine, a captain or a close friend he made while serving. Some further research into this hypothesis is in order. I’ve put it on my list!

Dang, that list is getting longer…

The concept behind these weekly Saturday posts can be found at Sepia Saturday Intro.
Theme taken from Sepia Saturday photo: Baby in a chair.

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