This is one of those photographs in the Lucas County Historical Society collection that incorporates a few puzzles. It's been around a long time, but we're not sure who donated it. We know this was a Swedish Lutheran Church-related occasion --- that's the Rev. O.A. Elmquist, pastor from late 1907 until the spring of 1910, in the center wearing what appears to be a bow tie --- but exactly what was going on is a mystery.
Since the occasion occurred during the Rev. Mr. Elmquist's tenure, we can date this to 1907-1910, most likely 1908-09 since he arrived from Ogden, Utah, during October of 1907 and departed to Minneapolis during April, 1910.
Some information has been handwritten on the back of the photograph --- but many years after it was taken and the identifications are incomplete and a little confusing.
The header on the back reads, "Swede Hollow Lutheran Church" --- but there was no congregation with that name. People of Swedish descent lived, among others, in Swede Hollow and many, if not most, were Lutheran. But they attended what now is known as First Lutheran Church in Chariton (at the time this photo was taken, what was known as the Swedish Lutheran Church occupied the 1903 building at the intersection of North 8th Street and Roland Avenue).
The oldest notation on the back, written in pencil, reads "Lindquist." So was this a Lindquist home somewhere in the neighborhood of Swede Hollow?
Here are the identifications as written on the back, but they are incomplete. Any help in sorting this out would be appreciated. Just comment on Facebook or on the blog if you have any ideas.
First row: Peter Lindquist, Mrs. Peter Lindquist, Mrs. John Johnson, Mrs. William Swanson, Mr. William Swanson, Mrs. ( ) Johnson, Mrs. Anna Swanson, Esther Hagg, (line), Elmer Swanson, John Swanson, (grandmother), Ruth Hagg.
Second row: Mrs. Bernice Anderson, Carl Johnson, ( ) Soderstrom, John Carlson, Rev. Elmquist, Richard Swanson and baby, Mr(s). Richard Swanson, John Swanson, Mrs. John (Hilma) Swanson, (Father and Mother), Mrs. Robert Hagg, Mr. Robert Hagg, Mr. Frank Swanson, Mrs. Frank Swanson and son.
Third row: Albert Swanson, Mrs. Albert (Minnie) Swanson, John Carlson, Emma Lindquist, ( ) Hagg, Oscar Lindquist, Henry Johnson (brother), Dave Johnson, Dave Lindquist, Freda Lindquist.