Outdoors, standing near a fence, barn-like structure in the back — here you find Burt Dague and Bertha VanMeter (Dague) (two of Matt’s maternal great-grandparents) in formal dress during what looks like summer time around — I’ll guess based on age appearances —- 1914. Burt (1883) would be 30-31 years; Bertha (1882) would be 31-32 years. A large margin of error — maybe within +/- 8 years of that. There’s no supportive information on the back of the photo.
They married in 1906 with first child, a daughter, Geraldine, being born in 1908. Looking at census data from the era — 1910 places the couple in Chester township, Wayne County, Ohio while 1920 places them in Lodi, Medina County, Ohio on Prospect St. (I presume the familiar 109 Prospect St, Burt’s childhood home). Given the rural surroundings, I would presume the photo is taken at the Chester township location. Hopefully will dig up some clues in the future that lead to a more precise location.
Here is a link to a 1908 Wayne Co Ohio map — there are some fun tools here, where you can overlay the historical map onto current google map satellite imaging, zoom in/out, and change the opacity, etc. Chester is located along the western side of Wayne County — some familiarity there given our own 1980’s home in Ohio was nearby and I attended elementary school for a year in the Chester area.
Terri Chapman commented that this was acknowledged by Betty Dague (DeVoe) to be from their wedding day.
From records, this was on November 28, 1906. It’s good to see that “neither parties is an habitual drunkard, epileptic, imbecile or insane, and is not under the influence of any intoxicating liquor or narcotic drug.”
If this is the date of the photo, then Bert is 23 years old and Bertha is 24 years.
- What precise location did Burt and Bertha live in in Chester area of Wayne county? I think she originated from there in her family, so there’s likely a connection.
- What prompted the move to the Prospect St house prior to 1920?
- Did they have an outdoor wedding?