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PO Box 812
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

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Barbara Hattono’s Compton Family Photo Collection


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1930 Wheelersburg High School Football Team

WebAdmin Note: No information was made available or request for this image. It is assumed that that the requested information is the names of the above photographed individuals. A cursory search of the Portsmouth Public Library Digital Yearbook Collection yielded no results for 1930 Wheelersburg.

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Unidentified Huffman or Wrightsel Family Portrait

“When my husband’s cousin passed away, two old photo albums were given to us. Most of the pictures were labeled. This picture was loose and stuck inside of one of the albums. It was not labeled. This is a beautiful family picture and we would love to know who they are. The cousin’s name was Roberta Wrightsel and her parent’s were Ralph Victor Wrightsel and Hazel Dell Huffman. This picture could be on either the Huffman or Wrightsel side. If you recognize any of them, please let us know! Thank you.”
Janet Huffman

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Family Link to Portsmouth’s First Blacksmith and Harris Art Gallery

“The photo was found in my father’s trunk after his passing.   His family has a direct connection to Scioto county with my great-great-grandfather, great-grandfather, and grandfather being from the area.  I’m told that Thomas Katon, my great-great-grandfather, is listed as the county’s first blacksmith.  The Katon name has been spelled Caton, Keton, and finally Cayton…..there may even be some other spellings that I haven’t run across yet.

The photo has an embossed matte with the name Harris’  Art Gallery, Portsmouth.   If I could find the time that the Harris Art Gallery/Photo Studio was in operation, I might be able to narrow the time frame, but I haven’t been able to find the right Portsmouth records yet.  The type of clothing design may also help.  The apparel seems to be before the 1900’s and suggests even Victorian collars, etc.—possibly 1880-90’s.  I have both aunts and uncles from that time frame so I can’t narrow the search from that standpoint.    If anyone recognizes either of these faces from this or other photos, I would appreciate a name…….my source for such information is gone.

I would be willing to share digital copies or computer printed images with anyone interested.  I can be contacted by snail mail at
David Cayton
24477 Dixie Highway, Perrysburg, Ohio, 43551
or e-mail at

WebAdmin Note: The Harris Art Gallery in Portsmouth was in operation circa 1903 as evidenced by the 1903 Photo Era Magazine where the gallery was an award winner. There are also several references to this establishment in the Portsmouth Public Library Digital Collection. Research of Portsmouth City Directories for this time period would help establish it’s location and time-frame.

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Miss Moore’s 6th Grade Class Lucasville Ohio Early 1930’s

“This photo that has a notation on the back “Miss Moore’s 6th Grade Class”. I am guessing that it may be of a group of students in the Valley School District (Lucasville). I would guess from the dress that it was taken in the early 1930s. I am hoping that someone will be able to identify persons in this photo.”
Donald H. Caudill
Morgantown, WV.

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Miss Rawley’s 6th Grade Class Valley School District 1930’s

This photo has been identified as Miss Rawley’s 6th grade class. I am guessing that the class is in the Valley School district in the 1930s. If anyone can give a clue, I would appreciate hearing from them. Donald H. Caudill
Morgantown, WV.

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Edwin G. Turner’s Grandparents?

These two unidentified pictures belonged to my Great-grandfather Edwin Godwin Turner (1872-1952), who lived most of his life in Scioto Co., OH. Edwin G. Turner was the son of Martin Slocum Turner and Emaline (Rose) Turner. His grandparents were Joseph and Aurilla (Slocum) Turner AND Simon S. and Mary (Griffith) Rose. All of these lived in Scioto Co., OH. It is believed that these pictures might be of Edwin G. Turner’s grandparents. Any information on these pictures would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,
Chris Robinson

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Ohio Civil War Veterans 1915 Portsmouth Ohio

“I would guess that the church (in the background) might be the Old Methodist Church in West Portsmouth. The third from the right is Abraham Doll, and I think the second from the right is his brother, my great-great-grandfather, Peter G. Doll.” If you know any of the people in this photo, please email
Richard Doll

WebAdmin Note: “Mrs. Rosemary Crabtree recognized the photo (above), posted in the last edition of SCCOGS News. She said it was taken at the Bethany Baptist Church in Rushtown – which is still standing.It is a photo of the members of the Robinson Post GAR. She said she knew that Abraham Doll was in that Post but had info that Peter was in the Bailey Post at Portsmouth, but he could have transferred maybe.” The below Google Streetview image displays that unique stained-glass window and door that is exhibited in the above photograph.

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Family of William T. and Christina Miller Mackey

“This family photo was taken in Portsmouth in early January 1950 after the funeral of my grandmother, Chrisina Miller Mackey. I have long wondered about the location and names of the buildings in the background. Is anyone able to identify the buildings for me?”
Chester L. Sheffer
8611 Arran Road
Richmond, VA 23235

WebAdmin Note: This photograph was taken approximately near 1818 8th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio. The location in the background is the former Excelsior Shoe Factory / Mitchellace building that is now occupied by Sole Choice. The below Google Sreetview helps identify the location. Requestor has NOT been notified of this information and follow-up is necessary to complete this request.

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