Sometimes family heirlooms go down the ‘wrong’ branch. An in-law or second spouse ends up with your family photos. After a few generations it’s as if they didn’t exist. This is a photo on which my grandmother wrote “F. A. Dearborn 1892” and later added a street address. There are no Dearborns in our family. In her town of Wayne, Nebraska there is a Pearl Street and a Logan Street near downtown. The town was founded in 1881, so I wouldn’t expect many buildings by 1892. The houses in this photos are spread apart, but are quite large.
The mystery for me is who is F. A. Dearborn. I have found in state and federal censuses a Frank A. Dearborn who lived in Wayne in 1885 and 1900. I’ve sent an email to a researcher who lists that name in her family tree. I hope it is her family. This photo needs to go to its home.