This wonderful old family portrait, somewhat faded but in generally good condition, was among dozens of photographs and items of school-related ephemera donated to the historical society last fall by members of a family with links to Lucas County pioneers Archibald and Ellen (Zickafoose) Shore.
As is the case with many families, the collection included a number of unidentified images --- including this one.
We've deduced, based in large part on similarities between the patriarch in the big picture and the earlier image of the gentlemen at left, clearly identified as Archibald Shore, that what we have here is a portrait of Archibald and Ellen along with their children, perhaps an in-law and most likely some grandchildren. The words "early 1898" are written on the family photograph but that's all.
We'd really like to know who everyone is, so if you --- and there are a gazillion Shore descendants running around loose by now --- have an identical (or similar) photo in your collection or recognize some of the faces please let us know with a comment on Facebook or on the original blog post. We'll add the idents to the catalog entry for the photo and make sure the information is filed with the photograph, too.
Archibald (1853-1934), born in Huntington County, Pennsylvania, came to Lucas County with his parents, Matthew and Sarah Ann, when he was about 11. He married Mary Ellen Zickafoose (1854-1950), daughter of Jesse A. and Adaline, in 1873, and they had 10 children, one of whom died as an infant.
Matthew and Sarah Ann, Archibald and Mary Ellen, and many other Shores and their relations are buried in Zion Cemetery, east of Williamson in Pleasant Township.