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UPDATE July 24, 2022:

Through diligent detective work, the current holder of the Sarah Dibble Conley albums has identified some of the photos shown here. I've labeled them with the new information. This may help researchers because Sarah, to some extent, grouped members of related families together in her albums.

This page contains unidentified photographs that were part of several albums belonging to Sarah Dibble Conley. Sarah was a daughter of Alonzo Dibble of Stanton Township, Goodhue County, Minnesota. Alonzo came to Minnesota from Switzerland County, Indiana, with his brother Jonathan, in 1854.

Among the identified photos in Sarah's albums are Dibbles from both Goodhue County, Minnesota and Switzerland County, Indiana; Searcys, Smiths and Powells from Switzerland County; Conleys from Minnesota and Iowa; Kowitzes from Goodhue County; Ahlers from Goodhue County and the Dakotas; Chapmans from Redwood Falls, MN; and members of many related families.

So I assume that we have many more people from those families here. These photos appear in close to the same order in which Sarah placed them in her albums, so photos that are near to each other in the sequence may come from the same family, but that, and in some cases, the locations where the photos were taken, are about the only clues we have.

There are lot of photos on this page. Some browsers on some computers may have difficulty displaying all of them at once. Please refresh your browser as necessary to bring them into view. I apologize for this problem. This is a temporary display, intended to stay up only as long as it takes for people look over these photos and respond. I didn't want to take the necessary time to reduce the size of all of these image files. Thank you for your patience.

I am distributing links to this page to as many individuals and groups that I can think of in the hope that people can identify some of these photos.

Please send any information or thoughts you may have to:

Ken Dibble
krdibble@stny.rr.com

Thank you for your help.

1. Female child seated with left arm on chair arm. A similar chair appears in other photos on this page.




2. Male child seated wearing suit, tie and high buttoned shoes




3. Baby on ornate rattan chair




4. Young woman portrait




5. Young woman seated with right elbow on a white table, her cheek against her right hand




6. Young woman portrait with metal pendants; from a Northfield MN studio (probably Sumner)




7. Young woman with black dress and feathered hat leaning on a masonry fence post




8. Old rocking chair




9. Young woman portrait; long curls; from Peake's studio in Zumbrota, MN




10. Young man with curly hair, loose tie, high collar and 3-piece suit




11. Baby seated on a plush upholstered chair




12. Young man with parted slicked hair; from Phillips studio in Red Wing, MN




13. Little boy standing with his right hand on a book on a chair. Handwritten on the back is "Hatcher Winona"




14. Young woman, standing, in a white and black dress with a white hat; from the D. K. Walton studio in Rising Sun, IN




15. Young woman, standing, in a black dress with a white collar, behind feathers; taken in Rising Sun, IN




16. Young woman portrait, with a frilly collar and a feather in her hair; from the J. R. Gougas studio in Madison, IN




17. Middle-aged man seated with legs crossed; light hair, drooping moustache, homburg hat. A similar chair is seen in several other photos.




18. Young man, seated, with a dark suit and white tie; his right arm resting on a plant stand; studio photo




19. Young man portrait, curly hair and large tie knot




20. Young woman profile portrait facing right with her long hair tied back; this photo is in a diptych with a photo of George S. Dibble of Switzerland County, IN




21. Young woman portrait, short hair, curled bangs, and a long pendant; from the Meason studio in La Crosse, WI




22. Young woman portrait, long flowing hair and frilly stuff at her neck; this photo is in a diptych with a photo of Edgar Dibble of Switzerland County, IN. From Frank Cabell studio, Portland, OR




23. Boy, about 12 years old, with short parted hair and full lips




24. Baby on fur-covered chair playing with foot




25. Young woman, profile portrait, with flat curled hair and a frilly white collar; from the Phillips studio in Lake City, MN



26. Young woman with long curly hair and high lace collar; from the W. J. Hillman studio in Richland Center, WI




27. Young man, 3-quarter profile, with short parted hair, bow tie and wool suit jacket; from the F. Jay Haynes studio in Fargo, ND




28. Young woman portrait, with dark dress, flat curls, dark ruffle at neck and large pendant earrings; from the F. Jay Haynes studio in Fargo, ND




29. Baby seated on upholstered chair, labeled "4 months old"; from the E. J. Christman studio in Waterville, MN. Handwritten caption looks like "Guy Eldridge"




30. Young woman with short curly hair and curly bangs, high tight collar and dark dress with big buttons




31. Middle aged woman portrait, with flat curls, lace collar and a ruffle at her neck; from the A. B. Rugg studio in Minneapolis, MN




32. Baby with an extremely long dress; from the Rugg studio in Minneapolis, MN




33. Young girl about 12 years old, portrait, standing with very long curls and a very large white lace collar; from the Hooker studio in St Paul, MN




34. Sarah Ann Clark (June 20, 1862 - November 18, 1935) and her husband Alonzo Ahlers (September 22, 1855 - August 24, 1923). Alonzo Ahlers may have been named for his brother-in-law, Alonzo Dibble of Stanton Township, Goodhue County, MN, whose first wife was Alonzo's sister Louisa Ahlers of Hay Creek in that county. Alonzo Ahlers and Sarah Ann Clark were married on November 11, 1878 in Zumbrota, Goodhue County, MN. They moved to Webster, SD between July 1880 and May 1882. Several Alonzo Ahlers descendants lived in and around Webster.




35. Some sons of Alonzo Ahlers and Sarah Ann Clark Ahlers. Standing, L to R: Julius Alton Ahlers (May 6, 1882 - August 6, 1963), Leon Edward Ahlers (July 13, 1880 - October 1961), Sidney Earl Ahlers (March 19, 1885 - October 3, 1966). Seated: Courtney Pearl Ahlers (October 23, 1888 - August 16, 1954). This photo was taken around 1891 or 1892.




36. Little girl standing, hands on arm of couch, dark dress; from the Kellogg studio in Red Wing, MN




37. Young woman portrait profile looking left with dark dress and a silver chain at her neck; taken by Nye Haskins, traveling photographer




38. Young woman with a white collar, seated in an upholstered chair with hanging braids under the chair's arm and seat; from the W. H. Lathrop studio in La Crosse, WI




39. Man about 30 years old with a 3-piece suit, short parted hair and moustache




40. Young man portrait, with a dark jacket, light tie, short wavy hair parted, and an unkempt moustache; from the Montfort and Hill studio in Burlington, IA




41. Young woman portrait, with a white blouse, some large frilly stuff at her neck, her hair in a curled bun; from the Montfort and Hill studio in Burlington, IA




42. Young man portrait, with short curly hair parted; from the W. H. Hillman studio in La Crosse, WI




43. Old woman portrait, her hair pulled back, with a twisted mouth; from the W. J. Hillman studio in Cannon Falls, MN (yes, Hillman had locations in both La Crosse, WI and Cannon Falls, MN)




44. Middle aged woman portrait, with wire rim glasses and hair in a long braid piled on top of her head




45. Young woman, seated, her right arm resting on an overstuffed sofa arm, with a macrame bow at her collar; from the Kellogg studio in Red Wing, MN




46. Young man with chin beard and wavy hair, in a wool corduroy jacket; from the Kellogg studio in Red Wing, MN




47. This photo, taken in Red Wing, MN, may be of Maria Sophia Ahlers (March 30, 1838 - April 26, 1906), a younger sister of Alonzo Dibble's first wife, Louisa Ahlers. The Ahlers family immigrated from Germany to the United States in 1853, and settled in Hay Creek, Goodhue County, MN in 1854.




48. August Gottlieb Bucholtz (1836 - 1912). He married Maria Sophia Ahlers (see photo 47, above) in 1857. This photo is from the Kellogg studio in Red Wing, MN.




49. Middle aged couple; a woman standing and a man seated; from the J. A. Brush studio in Minneapolis, MN




50. Child, about 3 years old, with short straight hair with bangs; from the Phillips studio in Red Wing, MN




51. Baby with long dress, labeled "5 weeks 12 pounds"; from the Edwards & Mertens studio in Appleton, MN




52. Boy and girl about 5 years old seated close together; from the Sumner studio in Northfield, MN




53. Three prepubescent children--one boy, two girls, with a large rock; from the Sumner studio in Northfield, MN




54. Young woman portrait, with checked collar and large glass buttons; from the Phillips studio in Red Wing, MN




55. Boy, about 4 years old, with blond crew cut and velour jacket, wearing a dress and leaning against large log. This photo was between photos of Richard "Dick" Dibble's first wife Ella Coplin and "Dick" Dibble, both of Goodhue County, MN.




56. Young man, colorized portrait, with short hair, parted, a moustache, and a corduroy jacket; from the R. J. Lavin studio in Northfield, MN




57. Young child with baby, seated, with plaid skirt; from the Phillips studio in Red Wing, MN




58. Old man, portrait, short thinning hair and wide tie; from the Walton studio in Rising Sun, IN




59. Old woman, portrait, hair in bun witha a large pin at her neck; from the Walton studio in Rising Sun, IN




60. Young woman, portrait, with large broach at her neck; from the Walton studio in Aurora, IN (yes, Walton had studios in Rising Sun, Ohio County, IN, and Aurora, Dearborn County, IN)




61. Middle aged woman, portrait, with short hair and dark dress; from the Dedrick S. Potts studio in Indianapolis, IN




62. Old woman, portrait, with flat curls and white lace on top of her head, wearing a corset




63. Young man with short wavy hair, parted, a trim moustace, white tie and high collar; from Dedrick S. Potts studio in Indianapolis, IN




64. Young woman with curly hair and a shawl pinned to her hair and draped over her shoulders




65. Young woman, portrait, with short wavy hair, high-shouldered dress; from Dedrick S. Potts studio in Indianpolis, IN




66. Young man with thinning short-cropped hair and thick moustace




67. Baby on an upholstered chair, his or her left hand raised to his or her temple; from the Peck studio in Zumbrota, MN




68. August Gottlieb Bucholtz (1836 - 1912). He married Maria Sophia Ahlers (see photos 47 and 48, above) in 1857. This photo is from from the Brown studio in Appleton, MN, where the Bucholtz family lived in the 1890s and 1900s (and perhaps earlier).




69. Maria Sophia Ahlers Bucholz (March 30, 1838 - April 26, 1906) in middle-age. A younger sister of Alonzo Dibble's first wife, Louisa Ahlers, she married August Gottlieb Bucholz (1836 - 1912) in 1857. This photo is from the Brown studio in Appleton, MN. See also photos 47, 48, 68, 70 and 71.




70. Walter A. Bucholtz (born about 1872), a son of Maria Sophia Ahlers Bucholtz and August Gottlieb Bucholtz. The photo is from the Moe studio in Appleton, MN, and was probably taken in the early 1890s. See also photos 47, 48, 68, 69 and 71.




71. Edward J. Bucholz (1867 - 1913), a son of Maria Sophia Ahlers Bucholtz and August Gottlieb Bucholtz. This photo is from the Moe & Lee studio in Appleton, MN and would have been taken around 1890. See also photos 47, 48, 68, 69 and 70.




72. Young woman, portrait, with a black high-shouldered dress and curly hair; from the H. W. Thune studio in Ada, MN




73. Young couple, portrait, the man with a full moustache and beard; the woman with curly hair and a light satin dress; from the H. W. Thune studio in Ada, MN




74. Young woman, portrait, with a very large lace collar and ruff and flat curls; from the Kellogg studio in Red Wing, MN




75. Young woman, portrait, with large lace collar and large buttons; from the Kellogg studio in Red Wing, MN




76. Young woman with short curly hair and black lace at her throat




77. Young woman, portrait, with short hair parted in the middle and wide lace collar; from the Kellogg studio in Red Wing, MN




78. Young woman with baby seated on her lap; from the Miller studio in Minneapolis, MN




79. Old woman with a tight bun and high collar; from the Miller studio in Minneapolis, MN




80. Middle aged man with full beard and no moustache; from the Miller studio in Minneapolis, MN




81. Man, about 30 years old, with full beard, no moustace and a 3-piece suit




82. Middle aged woman, portrait, short curly hair and dark dress with brocade; from the J. Wesley Bennett studio in Indianapolis, IN




83. Middle aged woman, portrait, with short thin curly hair and black satin dress; from the Kellogg studio in Red Wing, MN




84. Middle aged woman, portrait, with tight bun and thin lips; from the Miller studio in Minneapolis, MN




85. Alonzo Ahlers (September 22, 1855 - August 24, 1923) with his daughter Naomi Ahlers (December 29, 1894 - January 5, 1969). This photo was probably taken around 1900 to 1903 in or near Webster, SD (see photos 34 & 35, above, for more information).




86. Young man, portrait, with short hair, parted, a trim moustace and white bow tie; from the Reynolds & Keene studio in Redwood Falls, MN




87. Young woman, faded portrait, with high-piled hair; from the W. B. Andersen studio in Redwood Falls, MN




88. Young man, portrait, with short hair, parted, a moustace, and patterned bow tie with plaid jacket; from the Kellogg studio in Red Wing, MN




89. Baby with inquisitive expression seated in upholstered chair with braided arm; from the R. J. Lavin studio in Northfield, MN




90. Young woman, portrait, in a dark dress and fur collar, with a pompadour; from the R. J. Lavin studio in Northfield, MN




91. Middle aged man with greying hair, long beard and moustace, standing, with a three-piece suit and watch chain




92. Young woman, seated, wearing a long necklace, with a little girl, standing, in a white dress




93. Baby, seated, with toddler, standing; from the A. J. Lavin studio in Northfield, MN




94. Middle aged woman, standing, in a dark corseted dress, next to a large rock, with a parasol; taken in Cannon Falls, MN




95. Young woman with curly hair and a white rectangular pin at her neck




96. Middle aged man with full beard and moustache, short hair, parted, and thin bow tie




97. Toddler, seated, in white lace dress with hair parted in the middle; taken in Waterville MN




98. Baby, portrait, posed in grass and wildflowers; from the Phillips studio in Red Wing, MN




99. Baby, nearly bald, in a white dress, seated, portrait; from the Phillips studio in Red Wing, MN




100. Little girl with bow and arrow (among photos from a Conley family reunion)




101. Young girl in a white dress and bonnet, leaning against a cloth-draped table; from the Jones studio in St Paul, MN




102. Young girl, about 5 years old, portrait, with short curly hair and a white dress; from the Hartley studio in Chicago, IL




103. Young couple with two babies on their laps; from the W. E. Sparrow studio in Phoenix, NY




104. Toddler with big ears and white dress, seated on the arm of a sofa; from the Kellogg studio in Red Wing, MN




105. Baby with short combed hair and white dress, seated with left hand raised; from the Sumner studio in Northfield, MN




106. Two young boys on a leather armchair; from the Kellogg studio in Red Wing, MN




107. Baby, portrait, in s white dress with combed hair; by "Geo. P. Nelson Artist"




108. Young woman, portrait, with short curly hair and large shoulder flounces; from the Sumner studio in Northfield, MN




109. Couple; wedding photo; the groom with short combed hair and full moustache; from the Phillips studio in Red Wing, MN




110. Little girl and baby together in an upholstered chair; from the Sumner studio in Northfield, MN




111. Young girl, portrait, about 6 years old, with a ribbon in her long hair; from the Miller studio in Minneapolis, MN




112. Little girl, seated, in a dress with a little boy, standing, in a plaid dress and lace collar; from the Boice studio in Hastings, MN




113. Couple with young boy and girl; the man has a moustache; the woman has a pompadour; from the Sumner studio in Northfield, MN




114. Young man with long vandyke-style moustache and chin beard, and dark bow tie




115. Young man, portrait, with wire rim glasses, pompadour and white tie; from the Ferguson studio in Cannon Falls, MN




116. Two young women with boyish haircuts, their heads touching; from the Sumner studio in Northfield, MN




117. Young woman, portrait, in a dark dress with high-piled hair and a white ribbon at her neck; from the Pryor studio in La Crosse, WI




118. Young woman or teenager, portrait, with frilly satin dress; from the Sumner studio in Northfield, MN




119. Young woman, portrait, with short curly hair and an apron-style frock; from the Sumner studio in Northfield, MN




120. Young woman, portrait, with a high pompadour; from the Phillips studio in Red Wing, MN




121. Middle-aged couple, portrait, the man with short combed hair and a handlebar moustache, the woman with short curly hair; from the Sumner studio in Northfield, MN




122. Four prepubescent children, two girls and two boys, including a girl with very long curls; from the Sumner studio in Northfield, MN




123. Prepubescent girl, portrait, with long hair, white dress, and pearl choker; from the Phillips studio in Red Wing, MN




124. Young girl, about 4 years old, portrait, with long curls and a white dress; from "Geo. P. Nelson, artist"




125. Middle aged woman, portrait, hair parted in the middle, with a broach at her throat; from the Palmquist studio, taken December 1894




126. Teenage boy, portrait, with short curly hair, parted, wearing a three-piece suit; from the Haynes studio in St. Paul, MN




127. Boy, about six years old, with a baby, on a bed; from the Sumner studio in Northfield, MN





128. Middle aged couple in chairs, the woman in a full white dress, the man with thinning hair and a big bushy moustache; from the Paul?) Engstrom studio in Cannon Falls, MN




129. Young woman, portrait, wearing a fancy patterned dress; from the Miller studio in Minneapolis, MN




130. Middle aged woman, portrait, with flat curls and a dark dress; from the Kellogg studio in Red Wing, MN. Handwritten on the back is "Ahlers".




131. Side of a house with outbuilding and 1920s-era car


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