These two photographs came in a collection I purchased from the Campbell and Bedford Counties, Virginia area and are now kept in my private collection, along with WWII letters. I am not in pursuit of any living family members, however if you believe that someone pictured is your relative, feel free to download and repost. I only ask that you contact me (so I will then know who they are!) and, if you repost, please link back to The Georgia Anna Project.
The reason I chose these two photos is because they both contain a wealth of information, even though one is not labeled.
This first photograph is actually labeled with the service mens’ names. I believe it was taken around 1944.
I searched military records, but I was unable to pinpoint any of these men (without their first name).
This second photograph isn’t labeled, but with a little bit of research I was able to find that it was taken right around 910-914 Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia. I believe this photograph was also from around 1944.
On the right side of the photograph you can see the H. Schmerling Jewelers, which was owned by Herman Schmerling. That section of Broad Street now appears to house Time In Design graphic designs, Classic Impression Portraits, a tattoo shop (I have no clue which one because I cant read the sign), Rebel Lions Den Culture Jewelry, Brigan’s Land of Enchantment and Pops (a fantasy store), and Ruben’s Department Store. The clock on the left side also shows the shop name. In the background on the left is the historic Lamar Building (more information about the Lamar Building can be found by clicking here!).
This photograph came in the lot I purchased from Utah County, Utah. The back of the photograph has the name Lydia Williams. The front of the photograph has Hann (or possibly Haun) Studio 1913 signed, which gives us the year it was taken.
Unfortunately, There is no further information. I’m hoping someone will have another portrait from the same studio, with the same signature, that can at least give me an approximate location!
I enhanced the signature in Photoshop for easier viewing.
UPDATE! This photograph is currently on it’s way home to Des Moines, Iowa!
A friend purchased and sent this photograph to me from the Jasper and Polk Counties area in Iowa.
What is exciting about this photo is that it came with a decent amount of information in just a few lines.
Francis age 5 Born Dec. 1923
Hartsel age 8 Born Nov. 14 1920
Wilbur Hartsel Hittle
Francis Marion Hittle
Wilbur Hartsel Hittle (born November 14, 1920 in Lovilia, Monroe County, Iowa ) and Francis Marion Hittle (born December 16, 1923 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa) were the sons of Jesse Rowland Hittle (1884-1948) and Lillie Mae Williams (1889-1982). Both brothers served the US Army during WWII.
I am unable to find any marriage information for Francis. As late as 1960 he was living in Des Moines with his widowed mother.
I am unable to find a marriage record, but it appears that Wilbur married a woman named Elizabeth.
Francis Marion Hittle died on September 16, 1983. He is buried at Osborn Cemetery, Lovilia, Monroe County, Iowa. His headstone shows his name as Marion Francis Hittle.
Wilbur Hartsel Hittle died on May 18, 2000. He is buried at Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.