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Looking Back: Planting Time on the Frank Trombley Farm, circa 1911

June 17, 2014

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The Frank Trombley farm was located on Jefferson Avenue near the northern border of St. Clair Shores.  Frank and his son Albert were photographed as they rested a moment from plowing the fields with their horses. A steam-driven harvester was borrowed to help bring in the crops. At the time the 1910 U.S. Census was taken, Frank, 66, and his wife, Pauline, had been married for 36 years. They had three children still living at home: Albert was 22 and helping on the family farm, daughter Netti was 25, and William was 32. Older son Frank, Jr. had left the farm.  Life was hard during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Pauline listed six children on the Census, with four still living. Two children had died: Ida in June, 1883, and George in November, 1881.  Frank Trombley Sr. died in March, 1915, about four years after this image was taken. Many of the Trombley family members rest in St. Gertrude Cemetery on 12 Mile Road.

If you want to learn how to trace your family genealogy or learn more about local and Michigan history, stop by the Local History Center in the St. Clair Shores Public Library during its scheduled hours of operation. Visit the St. Clair Shores Public Library website for information and also a link to the Digital Archive.

Submitted by: Cynthia Bieniek, Archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library

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