The above orphan photograph was found in the photo album of my grandmother, Agnes Laura (Keyes) Sigford. Although there is a look of familiarity about the young woman, there was no notation in the album, nor on the back of the photograph, as to identification of the young woman. The photographer M. (Milton) W. Glendenning was found in the 1900 Federal Census, Oregon, Benton County, King's Valley Precinct. He was listed as living with his wife Ruth P. and children.
My grandmother's Keyes grandparents and related families have lived in Benton County, Oregon since the mid 1860s. The Keyes family left Tennessee for Oregon some time in the mid-1860s. Many of the Keyes' friends and family followed them to Oregon's Benton County and later to The Dalles and Wheeler counties in eastern Oregon. Some of the associated family surnames, in addition to Keyes, were Ward, Donnelly, Doran, Butler, Dick and Newton.
I am hoping that a descendant of this pensive young woman recognizes the photograph and will contact me at the email address at the top left corner of this page -- and tell me her name and stories of of her life. Until then, the young woman remains "The Lady Photographed by M. W. Glendenning, Benton County, Oregon, circa 1890s."
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