Click on the thumbnail photos below for an enlarged image.
this photo, which appears to have been taken in a studio, I have
three others of Charles Sr. All of them include a large group of
people, some of which are probably other family members. I will
include them on this page, hoping one day someone will be able to
identify some more of the people in the photos. I have never seen
a photo of Charles' wife Agatha Grieshaber, who passed away in 1909.
Charles died in Feb. 1931 in Wilkes-Barre at age 77.
are photos of Charles Mehm and his descendants.
I have no idea where this photo was taken. It appears to be someone's
front porch. My great-grandfather Charles and my grandfather's brother
William in back row identified as numbers 1 and 2. My brother believes
that number 3 is a Klein, who could have been the photographer,
using a long remote shutter release.
2. Again, no idea where taken. My great-grandfather in the back
row with number 1 on his hat. My grandfather's brother William second
from left with number 2 on his jacket.
3. Could have been taken at a church picnic or outing. My grandfather
Charles is in the front row of men behind the kids, with number
1 on his shirt. My great-grandfather Charles Sr. in the third row
of men, with number 2 on his jacket. My grandfather's brother William
in the last row, fourth from right. Number 3 on his shirt.
These photos could have been taken for a newspaper article, or perhaps
a church newsletter. Maybe one day someone will recognize one of
is a photo of my grandfather Charles A. Mehm and five of his
brothers and sisters. The photo is courtesy of Tom Klein,
a second cousin of mine. Tom's grandmother was Mary (Mehm)
Balz, the oldest girl in the photo. Charles is on the right,
with William the oldest boy in the middle. The boy on the
left would be Frederick (Fritz). The two younger girls are
Anna (lower) and Helen (upper). Missing from the photo are
Harry, born 1896 and Edward born 1898. I would guess the photo
was taken about 1895 or 1896 before Harry was born. Mary Mehm
Balz is also shown seated in number 6 photo below, with her
husband Charles Henry Balz also seated.
Some technical information on the photo. The
photo is an albumen print on a cabinet card, approx. 4 1/4"
x 6 1/2". The card is a heavy card stock material with
the photography studio's name imprinted on the card: "Griffin's
Art Gallery 5 South Main Street Wikes-Barre, PA". It
also has the words "Crystal Type" imprinted, which
may refer to the type of card or the imprinting.
My dad Harold and his siblings. Jean, Harold and Charles at the
Mary and Jeannette center and brother Jackie at the bottom. (Jackie
died at age 3, so this was probably taken about 1921/1922).
5. Three youngest of the Kline sisters, Grace, Ruth and
Jennie. Jennie was my grandmother. (photo taken somewhere
6. William Mehm and Elizabeth Walter wedding photo. (on
the right). (don't have names of their sponsors on the left). William
was my grandfather's brother. (photo taken April 1913).
7. Charles A. Mehm's wedding photo (taken
about Feb. 1911).
8 . Jennie (Kline) Mehm's wedding photo (taken about
My grandparent's cottage (Charles and Jennie Mehm) at Harvey's Lake.
Located a short distance from Sandy Beach. ( photo
includes my aunt Jean Mehm Dowey, her son Jim on left and myself
on the right.).
10. My grandfather Charles Mehm with a group of men and
boys at Harvey's Lake. Flag represents 109th Field
Artillery Battalion, Company C, of the Penn. National Guard, which
my grandfather belonged to. (photo taken around 19xx).
11. Closeup of the same photo showing my grandfather Charles,
back row center, with an arm hanging over his shoulder.
12. My father's three sisters, Jean (Dowey) top, Mary (Pahler)
on left and Jeannette (Zamites) on the right. (photo
taken around 19xx).
photos on PAGE 2
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