This photo is of my great granfather, Lucien Ormsby, the son of Luther
Margaret Ferry (Brown) Ormsby. He was born January 24, 1858 in Howard,
Steuben county, NY. He moved with his parents to Bedford, IA about
1875-1880 where they lived next door to the Elmer Kidder family.
he met his future bride, Edna Rachel Kidder. He indeed married the
next door. Early in his career, he was in the saddlery & harness
business, first hiring out & then owning his own business. He
gained carpentry & contractor skills & was a noted carpenter.
went into the dairy & farming businesses. He was on the move
& often left his young family with other relatives. In addition
to residing in
Bedford, Lucien also resided for brief periods in Mormantown, Blockton,
& Clayton township. This photo was most likely taken on one
business trips about 1891.
From Sharon Jones