Toddler Jerry Chapman (Matt’s maternal uncle, by marriage) here, walking with his pull-toy and giving a nice look of wonder or curiosity back to the camera.
Jerry appears about 1.5-2 years old — so I place this around the transition of winter to spring in 1941. There’s a recent rain or a melt of snow on the sidewalk.
He’s pulling a wooden toy with a double horse hitched to wagon motif — I can find lots of similar toys, but not an identical match — which makes me wonder if this was home/family-made. I do think it was likely inspired by this type of design from the 1930’s:
I like the detail of the woman walking further down the sidewalk — it appears she’s wearing a hat and perhaps pushing a stroller. I wondered if this could be his mother, Hilda Rumbaugh (Chapman) walking ahead, but he didn’t think so.
For location, I talked to Jerry about this during our recent Ohio trip — and he recalled living on Bank St in Lodi — couldn’t recall the address, but said Ohio St was a near cross-section.
Well I dug into the 1940 census and it provides an address of 604 Bank St
From the census data, you see the Chapmans owned the home (O) and a Hurd family was renting (R) space in the home — their son, James, was only 1 year older than Jerry.
Here’s the home as it now appears:
As for location of the shot — I did some virtual driving up and down Bank St on google maps — it looks plausible that this was taken right outside their home.
The roof has the correct gabled orientation and no dormers — it also doesn’t have a close/adjacent neighbor; and there’s a rear add-on. The window positions aren’t quite exact on the modern home — so, while these could have been altered by remodel, I could also be wrong.
Modern similar angle on the home below:
- What does Jerry remember about living in the Bank St house?
- Does he remember the older boy James Hurd who lived there?
- Do I have the location right — is it taken simply near their own home?