lost family of fredonia
Sackett-Mason Photograph Collection
Visit Lost Family of Fredonia: The Sackett-Mason Photo Collection, posted on Flickr as of 19 March 2009... still a little helter-skelter, with info to be added.
The Sackett-Mason Photograph Collection consists of about 300 photographs accumulated by the Mason family, who lived in the historic house on 119 Temple St, Fredonia NY. The photos span the 1850s through 1919 and include daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, albumen prints, and silver gelatin prints. The collection consists mainly of the following groupings:
Early portraits. The older 19th century photos are largely members of the Sackett and Newton families. The Sacketts were an early American family documented in the genealogy “Sacketts In America.” The photos include daguerrotypes and ambrotypes in leather cases or cartes-de-visite and tintypes in a family album. There are many unnamed relatives from New York State and the Midwest.The album introduces the sisters Minnie and Matie Sackett as girls.
Charles Mason family. The majority of photos were taken around the turn of the century and feature the family of Charles O. Mason, his wife Minnie Sackett Mason, and their son George Sackett Mason. Charles owned a photography studio in Fredonia and took many of the photos, with particularly striking portraits of his wife and son. According to the 1930 census, Minnie was a piano teacher. George Mason became a pilot in World War I. A note indicates that one of the portraits in this collection was published in “Flying Heroes of the U.S. Navy, 1917-19” (Naval Aviation War Book Commission, Washington DC, p. 212), which also says he went to MIT.
Also featured is Minnie’s sister Matie, who married Charles’ brother Eugene. Matie and Eugene had a son Laurence, who is in many photos with George. By 1910 they had moved to Washington DC, where Eugene was a labor lawyer.
Mason also photographed beautiful interiors of the family homes on Temple St.
Photography studios in Fredonia. CO Mason was preceded in his Fredonia photography business by H. McNeill and EK Hough. The collection includes some interesting local photography by these men. Three photos document a disaster that destroyed much of downtown Fredonia, including CO Mason’s studio.
Ephemera. A few papers and an autograph book are included in the collection and have helped establish relationships and dates.
These photos were in possession of the owner of the house on 119 Temple St, Fredonia NY (who we believe to be Eunice Mason, from Chautauqua Co. historical data). During July, 1979, upon the death of the last known family member, the photographs were obtained by neighbors and passed along to antiques dealer Wm B Nestle of Bergen NY. They photos were then re-discovered a few at a time by a photographica collector in Rochester NY.
The collector identified and catalogued the photos, to the degree possible, and reconstructed the family tree.