I have mentioned her brother, Owen Jerome, who, at the turn of the last century, packed up his family and sought his fortune mining for gold in Crook City, South Dakota. My double cousin, Mary Margaret, even wrote a guest blog post for me about him. But she had two other brothers, Dennis and Simon, who were also miners. I just don't know where they were mining or what they were mining for . . . got any ideas?
|Simon (left) and Dennis (right) McDonnell in mining cabin|
|Simon McDonnell outside his mining cabin|
|Blurry cropped and enlarged photo from inside cabin|
To date the photo I used some of the family pictures hanging on the wall of the cabin. I have a copy of the top three photos, and the one on the far right is their brother, Michael who died when he fell from a bridge during construction in Oct. 1896. I know that Dennis is listed in the 1900 census as living with his sister, Mary McDonnell Kennelly in Chicago but with his parents in Clinton in the 1905 Iowa state census. He died in 1907. I have not seen a news article or record that confirms this, but family information is that he was injured when he fell from a bridge being built over the Mississippi when he was working on it's construction. Also, his brother, Owen Jerome's wedding photo is on the cabin wall in the bottom row. He married in 1900 and in the top row is a photo of their father, brother Owen Jerome, and Owen's son so this must be between 1901-1904 I think an analysis of this setting now puts in question whether the baby in the photo really is Owen James, born in 1905, or, more likely, his older brother Ambrose born in 1901. I have never seen any of the center row of photos. So, if any family member can identify any of these, I would be most appreciative.
The canned goods on the shelves are to be expected, and the pin up calendar on the wall is a total lonely bachelor item, but the fresh baked bread sitting on the table is unexpected. This homey photo looks like it was intended to be shown to their mother. . . so she wouldn't worry about them.
By the way. . . who took the photo?