|By Dianne Weaver|
During the past weeks we have published old photos taken by
Daniels Run old-timer Ferris Barr. The unknown faces from up
and down the tributaries of the West Fork have the presence of
time in the early 1900's, but certainly the "look" of many of our
The pictures were circulated around Calhoun about five years
ago, but few identifications made. The generation which could
have identified them is now gone.
We heard from the daughter of Ferris Barr, Erless Barr
Waldschmidt, who graduated from CHS in 1959 and now lives
in Falls Church, Virginia. Erless has been a long time friend of
classmate Joy Shaffer Starcher, who works in the local school
"It was a delightful surprise to see the article about him and the
pictures. I wish I could make some identification, but sadly I
don't have a clue," she wrote.
Erless said he gave up picture taking long before she came
along, but remembers families coming to the house inquiring if
her dad had pictures of their relatives. He would then haul the
boxes out, giving them pictures they wanted.
"Daddy did have other interests. "He dearly loved to play
baseball as did Uncle Pratt and Fay Barr. They played
instruments in a little band they hand," she said. Her uncle Fay
Barr vanished about 1935, never to be heard from again.
Erless and some of her family are returning to Calhoun in late
May. Her sister in Akron is coming, also two cousins (Pratt's
daughters) Gretchen from San Diego and Betty from Seattle.
She says they are looking forward to a mini-reunion in Sunny
In the meantime, the first new identification of people in
"Unknown Faces" is by Fern Dickel of Parkersburg. In #13, the
bottom photo is William Peter, Lewis W. and Elza Price.
Note: I too have been able to identify some of my family in the
Barr Collection. I have proudly added them in today's series,
# 20. Dianne Weaver