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Mystery Photo Archive

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We Need Your Help!!

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Mystery Woman 

Can you identify the woman in this 1857 Alvah Bradish painting?  We are hoping to identify her as a Rutland area woman. 

Facts indicating a possible Rutland connection.

1. The painting was originally acquired in the 1960s at a Rutland area auction. It graced the home of the buyer for many years and then, the home of her sister. They are from a well-known Rutland family, but are not related to the woman in the painting.
2. The artist’s uncle, Aaron Bradish, settled in Clarendon. His daughter, Jerusha, married a Hinckley and the family was in Mendon in the 1870 census.
3. The artist’s father, Samuel Bradish settled in New York State and the artist’s home town was Fredonia, NY. The uncle of the artist’s wife, Daniel Douglass, married Helen Watkins from an early Rutland family and they lived in Fredonia, NY well as other places.
4. In 1857 (the year of the painting), the artist and his wife purchased and moved into the home of (Rutland’s) Helen Watkins and her husband, Daniel Douglass, in Fredonia and lived there.
5. Helen Watkins’ sister, Louisa, remained in Vermont, married William Liscomb, and settled in West Rutland.

We have additional information on Alvah Bradish, the painter, who was well known for his portrait paintings, but are focusing now on the Rutland connection and identification of the mystery woman. Do you know any of these family names?

 

 

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This photo was taken at the Pico Raceway in 1951. The number on the car is number 4. We thought it may have been a man named Al Romano, but we are not sure. We need your help identifying who "Number 4" is!

If you have any information that might help us to identify "Number 4 ", please click here, type in your information and e-mail it to us.

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Solved!!

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Read below to find out who "Jack" is.

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The mystery of “the airman we knew only as Jack” has been solved after nearly three years. He is Jack Abraham, Jr. of Rutland. Jack was a graduate of Rutland High School, class of 1936, and son of Rutland pharmacist and drug store operator Jack Abraham. Jack married Shirley Higgins, Rutland High School class of 1941, in 1943. Jack was a bombardier and navigator on a B-24. After he had completed his training and was preparing to train in the new B-29, he was involved in a B-24 training crash in Utah. As a result, after has recovery, Jack spent the rest of the war training airmen in the U.S. After the war he settled in the west. After some time as an air traffic controller at the Oakland, California, airport, Jack turned to real estate and became quite successful. He expanded into insurance and other related areas in California. He and his wife Shirley currently live in California with children and grandchildren around them.

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On Thanksgiving Day, the extended family were looking at photos of old Rutland from where Jack came. Suddenly, they are looking at an image of Jack himself in his WWII uniform. Both a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter emailed us with the great news. We are as thrilled as the family must be. Only in the web site age could this have happened.

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