Helen Hoagland in Tom Thumb Wedding

Helen Marie Hoagland, second child on the left side of this photo, was my biological paternal grandmother. She took part in this “Tom Thumb Wedding” in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois.


2 thoughts on “Helen Hoagland in Tom Thumb Wedding

    RoseMarie said:
    March 4, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    cute photo of the children of long ago in their mock wedding. what do you think is the approximate date of your photo? and on what street is this house on? it took a lot of preparation on some adults’ part to do this.
    may I have permission to use some of your pix here in my book, “Elgin In My Heart” by RMA Henricksen -Bartels -Faith? thank you for sharing this interesting photo.


      TRose responded:
      March 14, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      Hi, RoseMarie! I would guess the date for the Tom Thumb wedding was about 1913ish. Just by taking Grandmother Helen’s DOB and adding a few years – she looks about six?? I would love for you to share the photos if credit is given to my blog and I would love to know when your book is published so I might purchase it. I do not know anymore about the photo. It was sent to me by my grandmother’s sister just before she died and I have no information other than her telling me my grandmother was the second child on the left. Such a bummer… I had contacted her with questions and never heard back from her. There is no one in the family other than me that is available to share the history. A census I have shows the family living on West Champs in 1910, but, this photo could have been somewhere else. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions. I do have more about this family that is not yet posted on my blog. I have a family tree on Ancestry.com – Wings of Angels that started with this family. Thanks so much for contacting me!


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