This post is about a man who was either part of our family or was close to our family, but I don’t know exactly who he is. I have at least eight photos of him (one additional photo is uncertain), and nothing is written on any of these to help identify him. I’m hoping that someone reading this recognizes this man or has additional photos of him, perhaps even some that may yield clues as to his identify.
The man pictured below has resisted my attempts to identify him, so I’d like to share everything I have with you, to see if anyone reading this blog may be able to help me solve this mystery.
The next picture is of the mystery man and Florence Regina (Myott) Askew, the wife of my great-uncle Frank Scott Askew. I believe that they’re standing on the steps of the house of her step-father and my great-grandfather, Clyde Askew. This photo makes it clear that he’s got a relationship with at least some of the Askew branch of my family.
The next picture is of the mystery man and my great-great-aunt, Eva (Scott) Martes. Eva is the sister of my great-grandmother, Gertrude (Scott) Askew. They’re also standing on the steps of what I think is Clyde Askew’s house. This photo suggests that he might have a relationship with at least some of the Scott branch of my family.
The next picture is taken in the same location, but in winter. The mystery man is standing behind two men—my great-uncle Frank Scott Askew (on the viewer’s right), and an unknown boy (on the left). This photo reinforces the link with the Askew family. Perhaps this man is Frank’s father-in-law, Thomas Francis (“Frank”) Myott (1876–1940)?
The next picture is another of the mystery man and my great-great-aunt, Eva (Scott) Martes. Eva is the sister of my great-grandmother, Gertrude (Scott) Askew. They’re standing on the left side of Clyde’s house (the end of the front porch in the previous shots is seen behind the mystery man). This photo reinforces the mystery man’s relationship with the Scott family, and makes it clear that he was a regular visitor to Clyde and Gertrude’s house in Wadena. If this mystery man is, indeed, Thomas Francis (“Frank”) Myott, then why is his wife not with him? Mrs. Myott—Marie Louise (Richard) Myott—outlived Thomas (she died in 1959), so I’d think the two would visit family (or friends) together. Perhaps this isn’t Thomas Myott after all.
The next picture is of the mystery man and my great-grandfather, Clyde Askew. Many of the photos I have of the mystery man were taken at Clyde’s house. Perhaps the mystery man is a relative (or friend) of Clydes?
The next two photos are of the mystery man standing next to my great-grandmother, Gertrude (Scott) Askew, two of her children—Robert Lawson Askew and Beulah Lucille (Askew) Montgomery—and Beulah’s first-born child, Bob Montgomery. Bob wasn’t born until 1943, so this photo makes it clear that the mystery man is not Thomas Myott, who died in 1940.
Robert’s first wife,
Helen Nancy (Trimble) Askew Geraldine (Gerry) Faye (Miller) Askew, trades places with him in the next photo:
The above eight photos are all of the photos I have that are definitely of the mystery man. The next photo is of my great-great-grandfather, Frank Scott (Gertrude Scott’s father), and a mystery man that I believe is one of his friends. The mystery man (who might not be the same as the mystery man in the preceding eight photos) is on the viewer’s left in the photo below.
Any help you might be able to give on the identity of the mystery man (and the unknown boy, for that matter) would be greatly appreciated. He was clearly close to Clyde and Gertrude Askew’s extended family, but was he a relative, a relative by marriage, or just a friend of the family?