Can You See Him in This Old Photograph?

Looking for articles about my grandfather in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives, I was surprised to see this clipping that said he was the best man at the Sanborn-Austin wedding in 1926. He was only 28. I guess I don’t think of him as being “young.”

Sanborn-Austin wedding notice, Boston Herald newspaper article 27 June 1926
Source: GenealogyBank.com, Boston Herald (Boston, Massachusetts), 27 June 1926, page 26

The article reports:

“The home of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Austin of 28 Woodland Avenue was the scene of a pretty home wedding…”

So – the wedding was held at the Austin family home. It is still standing in Laconia, New Hampshire.

Thanks to Google Maps we can easily see it and start to feel more about the scene of the wedding.

Photo: 28 Woodland Avenue, Laconia, New Hampshire
Photo: 28 Woodland Avenue, Laconia, New Hampshire. Source: Google Maps.

I also see from this article that the groom’s family lived at 46 Province Street in Laconia.

Wait, that was just a few houses down from my grandfather’s boyhood home at 66 Province Street.

Looking deeper, I see that the groom, Hobart Sanborn, was born on 1 June 1898 in Laconia and my grandfather was born on 7 June 1898 in Laconia.

Small world.

They were born just days apart and lived just a few houses away from each other.

Here they are in the 1920 census.

Source: GenealogyBank, “United States Census, 1920,” database with images, GenealogyBank (https://genealogybank.com/#), Hobart D. Sanborn, Laconia Ward 5, Belknap, New Hampshire, United States. (Original index: United States Census, 1920, FamilySearch, 2014.)
Source: GenealogyBank, “United States Census, 1920,” database with images, GenealogyBank (https://genealogybank.com/#), Hobart D. Sanborn, Laconia Ward 5, Belknap, New Hampshire, United States. (Original index: United States Census, 1920, FamilySearch, 2014.)

Notice that the first column of the census gives the name of the street: Province Street.

The next column gives their home number. There is the Sanborn family at number 46 – and looking down the page, there is the Huse family living at number 66 Province Street on the corner of Edwards Street.

I grew up just a block from there and have walked by these homes thousands of times.

But wait, there’s more.

Hobart Sanborn’s family has posted photographs from his childhood on FamilySearch and Ancestry.com

One of these photos is his 5th Grade Class photograph taken at the Batchelder Street School in Laconia.

Photo: 5th Grade Class at the Batchelder Street School in Laconia, New Hampshire, May 1908
Photo: 5th Grade Class at the Batchelder Street School in Laconia, New Hampshire, May 1908. Source: Hobart Family Photos, Ancestry.com.

I easily spotted Hobart Sanborn, the 4th boy from the right in the 4th row.

So, my grandfather must also be in this photograph.

Here is a photograph of him as a young man.

Photo: Walter D. Huse
Photo: Walter D. Huse. Source: Thomas Jay Kemp.

Do you see him in this 5th Grade Class photo?
If so – which boy do you think he is?

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