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Anniversary Picture

This picture was taken in 1908 at a 35th wedding anniversary party for Enard and Artie Leach… isn’t it wonderful?  Many, many thanks to Dale Leach for making this photo available and for identifying many of the people.

Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls WA, 11/12/2010, All Rights Reserved

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Good Evening,

Tonight I have two pictures to share with you, generously donated by Emily and Nelson Coles.  Thank you!

The first picture features Sidney and Opal Coles with baby Ruby and grandma Veiva Coles.  This picture would have been taken before 1941 when Veiva died.

The second picture is that of  Harrison Coles, youngest son of Elmer Coles and Veiva (Leach) Coles.  The date is unknown.


Again, many thanks to Nelson and Emily Coles for sharing these two photographs.

Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington, October 28, 2010 All Rights Reserved.



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The Buffalo

Hi Everyone,

Here’s my submission for the Postcard Carnival “Quadrupeds.”  This card, with many others is part of a collection my husband inherited from his grandparents.  Some of the cards are photos, like this one, others are elaborate floral designs or holiday greetings.  But a quadruped this fellow is… so here in all his glory is the mighty buffalo!


The card has no writing on the reverse, but the text on the front says:  “KING OF AMERICAN BEASTS, Copyright – 1906. Sumner W.Matteson”  The card was published by W.T. Ridgley Calendar Co., Great Falls, Montana.


Written for the “Carnival of Postcards”  for October, 2009

Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington, October 9, 2009 All Rights Reserved

Photograph is the sold property of Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington

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Aunt Ura

This portrait was among several inherited by my husband from the possessions of his great-grandmother Susan (Leach) Sherman. It’s quite a large portrait measuring 20″tall by 16″wide and you quickly see that the portrait has been touched up to a considerable extent, in fact the clothing looks like it’s been painted on. In comparing her hair style style to picture samples from various eras, it appears that this portrait could have been taken in the 1860’s although that’s far from clear. And her dress with a little white ruffle and bow at the neck compares with dresses from the 1860’s and 1870’s as does the smooth (vs puffed) sleeve. This dignified and stately lady is only identified (on the back of the portrait) as “Your Father(s) Aunt Ura.” Unfortunately we don’t know to whom Susan Sherman was addressing that statement. Since the portrait was in with very similarly styled portraits of Solomon Leach and Susan (Higley) Leach, Charles Leach, and Milton Higley, it’s probable that Aunt Ura was connected to either the Higley or Leach lines. But just what the relationship is we have no idea. Yes, Aunt Ura, we’d really like to know who you are!

Written for the “Smile for the Camera” Carnival of Genealogy, January 9, 2009. Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington, All Rights Reserved.

Portrait is the sole possession of Susan J. and Howard D. Edminster.

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Anna Marie (Neust) Edminster

1884 – 1958

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Beatrice Ruth Sherman

Born June 7, 1907 in Rexton, Michigan

This beautiful little girl was my husband’s Mother, Beatrice Ruth Sherman, known as Ruth. Look at her ornate little stroller complete with a leg rest and beautiful back rest design. What a lucky little lady.


The Sherman Family, Ruth, Johannah and Will

Ruth looks to be about 12 years old in this picture of the family so we assume it was taken about 1919. Quite the young lady. Ruth married George Shelby Edminster and they were parents to my husband and his brother. Sadly, Ruth died of diptheria November 29, 1933 after the stillbirth of twins. My husband was just a little boy then but still remembers his Mother’s body being taken from their home.

Written for “Smile for the Camera” November 9, 2008

Copyright Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington

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Good Evening,

Tonight I have a special treasure to share: a family painting of Susan Viola (Leach) Sherman which was painted many years ago. She made many handmade quilts during her lifetime and you can see her working on one here. We were fortunate to see the picture a few years ago, and be allowed to take a photograph of it; I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.


Susan Viola (Leach) Sherman.

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Hello Again,

This picture was taken in 1933 on the occasion of Lloyd Carr’s birthday and was generously provided here by Dale H. Leach from his collection. I’ve put this in as a thumbnail, so just click on the picture for a larger rendering.


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Charles Leach


Charles Leach, son of Solomon Leach and Mary Maynard died of tuberculosis February 4, 1875 at the age of 23 years and 6 months. Here’s a very nice picture of Charles…. handsome young man and so sad that he had such a short life.


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Leach Family Photographs

Good Evening,

Here are pictures of some of the sons and daughters of Solomon Leach, I hope you enjoy them. Just click on the thumbnail to view a larger picture.

Veiva (Vera) Leach 1865 -
(Dale Leach collection)


Sylvester Leach 1841 – 1928
(Dale Leach collection)


Edgar F. Leach 1842 – 1922
(Dale Leach collection)


Mary Leach 1862 – 1937
(Dale Leach collection)


Enard Leach 1837 – 1920
(Dale Leach collection)


Susan Viola Leach 1859 – 1962



Grant Leach 1866 – 1942


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