I have already written about Amalie Schoenthal Wolfe, the sister of my great-grandfather Isidore Schoenthal. Amalie was born in Sielen, Germany, in 1847, and came to the US as a young woman in 1867. In 1872 she married Elias Wolfe, and together they had six children, including her daughter Etta Wolfe Wise, who was born in Pittsburgh in 1883.
A few weeks ago I heard from Alan, one of Etta’s descendants, and he shared with me numerous photographs of the family, including two that were labeled in part “Etta’s mother.” I was excited to see photographs of Amalie.
Alan said this one was labeled as Etta’s mother Amalie on the right:
And that this one labeled Etta’s mother Amalie as the woman on the left:
I can see that the two older women in these two photos are the same person—do you agree? The shape of their chins and their cheekbones are the most obvious similarities.
This is Amalie’s daughter Etta Wolfe Wise, my grandmother Eva Schoenthal’s first cousin. It might have been taken on her wedding day, June 2, 1910:
And this is her husband, Max Wise, perhaps taken around the same time:
Knowing what Etta looked like made it easy to identify her in other photos, such as this one. That looks like Etta standing in the rear to our right.
I think that the older woman standing next to Etta is the same woman as the older woman in the first two photos above and so presumably Amalie.
And I think Amalie is also the woman sitting between Etta and Max Wise in the next photo, Max sitting highest on the chair fourth from the left, then Amalie to his right, and then Etta to Amalie’s right.
Here are closeups of the four faces of the older woman cropped from those photographs:
What do you think? Are these all the same woman?
That left me puzzled about the people in the other photos of Amalie. For example, in this one, is that Etta standing next to her? At first glance I thought so, but then I wasn’t sure. Etta has such distinctive deep-set eyes, and the eyes of the woman in this photo looked different.
I think so, although the glasses and her squint make is hard to be sure. She certainly looks like the woman in the last of the cropped photos above.
So…what do you think? Is that Amalie in all those photos? Have I correctly identified Etta in the photos?
If so, then I need to figure out who the other people are in those photographs. To be continued…