Two farm girls near Saline have their day at photo studio

Helen Goltz, left, with her older sister Esther, about 1909. Photo donated by Janice Harwood to the Saline Area Historical Society.

Helen Goltz, left, with her older sister Esther, about 1909. Photo donated by Janice Harwood to the Saline Area Historical Society.


By Martha Churchill

These cute little girls were dressed up in their best outfits for their photo session in Ann Arbor. They were the daughters of Henry and Christine Henzler Goltz, who married in 1899.
Notice both girls are wearing shiny boots that lace up tightly above their ankles. The dresses have a lot of trim. Helen’s dress is a little loose, perhaps it was a hand-me-down, but it displays some attractive trim.
Both dresses accentuate the shoulders with fabric designs.
It must have been their dad or a grandparent who took them to the photo studio, probably boarding the electric interurban from downtown Saline to Ypsilanti and then to D. E. White studio in Ann Arbor where they had this formal portrait done.
The girls’ mother had died about a year before.
In 1912, when the girls were teenagers, their dad remarried. He was 40, and his new wife, Bertha Jadele, was 32.
Eventually Helen married Herman Lenebert, a truck driver. Esther married Stanley Reed, a student.
Thanks to Ancestry, Find a grave, Saline Area Historical Society, marriage records, census records, and city directory listings.

Martha Churchill can be reached at mc [at] marthachurchill [dot] com

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