Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Dressed For What?

This is my grandfather, James Hoover, and his first brother-in-law, John Kortright.  The shoes are very fancy.  It just makes me wonder where they were going?  Did they dress like this often?


  1. Betty, I'm guessing no. It's likely they weren't actually going anywhere. It looks like they got dressed in their best and went to the photographer. Notice the tell-tale "mock dock" backdrop and what looks like fabric floor covering? I'd be curious to know the time frame during which this photo was taken. Are there any inscriptions on the back?

    Incidentally - are there any Hubers in your tree? I find that Huber and Hoover get mixed together sometimes, and I have a bunch of Hubers in my tree. Maybe we're related?

    1. My grandpa is the man on the left. He was born in 1893. So I imagine he was in his twenties. So maybe 1915-1920. I think you are right about a photo sitting, but they certainly dressed fancy. I suppose those clothes were for weddings and maybe church, that type of thing. He married my grandmother in 1912 at the age of 19. Maybe those were his wedding clothes.

      I really can't help much with the Hoover name. My grandpa's dad was Frank Hoover and that's the only one I can legitimately trace. They lived in Richmond, Indiana which was full of Quaker Hoovers. I think Hoover started as Huber. Wish I knew more, still working on it. Wouldn't it be great if we were related!


    2. My Hubers came from Germany and eventually settled in South Dakota ... I'll have to check dates when I get home (shhh - I'm at work!). But I know they weren't Quakers, they were Catholic.

  2. I love the photo. I have no clues for you but the boys just look dashing.