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sune
03-09-06, 14:43
I started my memerbeship in this forum three years ago asking for information about my lost great grandfather Gustav Johansson Portin. He emigrated, left his family behind and vanished.

Now I have more information that might help trace him.

Below is a photo of him that I got from a contact at the town museum in Jakobstad.

The name of the photografer seems to be E. P. Baker. But where? Unfortunally the cardboard frame is torn where the place of the studio is supposed to be.

Gustav Johansson Portin was born May 2nd 1851 and emigrated March 7th 1885. Jan Ehnvall who sent me the picture said that the picture could have been taken in Michigan.

It is of course possible that he didn't use the Portin name in the USA. He could have used his patronymicon, Johansson (Johnson?). To complicate the matter he came from a croft named Smedas and was called Smedas-Gust in Pedersöre befor he emigrated. So Gus Smith is also a plausible name he could have used.

I'll attach the picture and hope for the best.

Sune

June Pelo
03-09-06, 18:46
Sune,

Is this your family line - Familj 50 at:
http://hem.passagen.se/ronny2/portin.htm#30

Found at: hem.passagen.se/ronny2/portin.htm

Gustaf Johansson Portin, b. 5 Feb 1851, Pedersöre.

This is Ronny Norberg's family line. He has a lot of Portin names.

June

sune
03-09-06, 20:10
Yes, June. I'm familiar with Ronnny's research and I have been in contact with him. It is indeed my ggf you refer to in your post. But no one seems to know anything about what happened to him.

By the way, the tie needle in the picture with a "P" could it have some significance e.g. as a indication of memebership in some association or club, or is it just an initial, which would indicate that he used the Portin name after all.

Sune

June Pelo
03-09-06, 22:49
Sune,

I remember as a child that my father used a tie pin to keep his necktie from moving around. He had 3-4 of those pins. So it's possible that Gustaf had a tie pin with his initial on it. I can't think of any club or organization that starts with "P".

In 2003 there was a query on Finlander from someone searching for Isak Gustafsson Porten. Did you see it in the archive?

www.finlander.eget.net/showthread.php?threadid=247

June

Karen Norwillo
04-09-06, 17:13
I posted a query on Ancestry.com message boards yesterday re:E.P. Baker. I received a reply this morning and found that he was a photographer in the Grand River and Grand Haven, MI area in the late 1890's. He did alot of work in this area. If you check out this link, you will find mention of him in the Grand Haven Evening Tribune, with articles from the Grand River Times.
http://www.sandhillcity.com/dbd_3_92b.htm The paper is quite interesting. It's the March 1892 edition. I found a reference to the women's group having a 15 cent supper and raising $22. My how times have changed. Karen

sune
04-09-06, 18:10
Thank you Karen. This is getting interesting. When I "googled" for "E. P. Baker" I found a listing of old pictures at Pennsylvania State University: Here (http://www.lias.psu.edu/speccolls/FindingAids/darrahindex/photoe.htm) There are several pictures by E. P. Baker mentioned. One is titled "Portrait of young man wearing tie pin". That caught my attention and I have sent a query to the university. Today I got an answer and have just sent a copy of the picture there. Let's see what will come of it.

This picture was however taken in Lima, New York. Perhaps Baker was a travelling photographer?

Sune

sune
04-09-06, 18:21
I just checked with Google Maps. The distance from Lima, New York, to Grand Haven, Michigan, is barely over 500 miles. Maybe both my ggf and E. P. Baker went west?

Sune

Karen Norwillo
04-09-06, 23:55
I found Edwin P Baker, photographer, age 51, born MI, parents NY, boarder in the home of another photographer, 1880 Census taken June 1880 in Grand Haven, Ottawa, MI. Karen

sune
05-09-06, 21:42
I got a reply from Penn State U. The picture they had didn't match mine. It was a lpng shot, but had to try it anyway.

Now the most probable place to look seems Grand Haven. Are there any relevant census records for that place after 1885?

Who where the most probable employers there for new immigrants who new no English?

Are there any court or police records available?

Sune

June Pelo
05-09-06, 22:09
Here's a webcam for Grand Haven, MI:
http://www.lakemichigancam.com/ If it was a warm day there would be people on the beach and in the water - it's a popular vacation spot.

Grand Haven Genealogical Society:
http://www.geocities.com/ghgs_2000/Grand_Haven_Genealogical_Society.html

http://www.cyndislist.com/mi-local.htm Look for Ottawa County (Grand Haven is there).

County government:
http://www.co.ottawa.mi.us/CoGov/Clerk/clerkvital.htm

http://www.co.ottawa.mi.us/CoGov/Clerk/death.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_County,_Michigan

June

sune
05-09-06, 22:17
Thank you so much June. This will take some time to go through. I look forward to it. I feel that somehting will turn up soon and a over a century old family mystery will be solved.

Sune