Black & White Portrait Pike Sisters Farmington NH

Title

Black & White Portrait Pike Sisters Farmington NH

Description

A black & white portrait of the Pike Sisters of Farmington, NH smiling and standing together, finly dressed in day attire dresses. A back of a chair is being used as a prop to the right of the sisters. The photocard is quite elaborate with a marbled effect and an inner decorative frame around the photo that seems to pull from the Art Nouevou period.


From Forgotten NH:

Ellen (Pike) Murphy (1912-1948) and Madeline (Pike) Clarke (1911-1996) were born in Farmington, New Hampshire to parents John and Elizabeth (Cloutman) Pike.

Biddeford-Saco Journal (Biddeford, Maine): "Mrs. John Murphy Dies At Age Of 35. Mrs. Ellen Pike Murphy, 35, wife of John P. Murphy, died Sunday at the Glencliff sanatorium, Glencliff, N.H., after a long illness. She had been in failing health for the past 15 years, and had been at Glencliff for two years. She was born in Farmington, N.H., the daughter of J. Elver and Elizabeth Ellen C. Pike. She graduated from Farmington high school, and Hesser Business College, Manchester, N.H., and the New England School of Fine Arts. She came to the city in 1930 and was employed as a secretary-stenographer until they move to Farmington. She married in 1936 and has one son, L. Michael, 6. Besides, her husband and son, she is survived by her father; a sister, Mrs. John L. Clark., this city; a brother, John E. Pike, New York City, and a nephew and three nieces. Funeral arrangements will be announced later."

Madeleine Pike was married twice—to John Lewis Clarke (three children) and Gerald E. Miller. Records indicate that she was a student nurse in 1930, worked as an attendant floor lady in 1940, and as an office worker for an automobile salesman in 1950.

I purchased this well-preserved portrait taken at a studio in Biddeford, Maine at an antique shop in Scarborough, Maine several months ago. The Pike Sisters’ excited cousin in The Granite State will be receiving their photo this week!




This is a digital file and does not reside in the physical museum collection.

FHS- Kyle Leach

Creator

H.P. Poisson, Photographer, Main Street Biddeford, ME
Digital File Forgotten NH

Publisher

H.P. Poisson, Photographer, Main Street Biddeford, ME
Digital File Forgotten NH

Date

Early 20th Century

Contributor

H.P. Poisson, Photographer, Main Street Biddeford, ME
Digital File Forgotten NH

Files

The Pike Sisters of Farmington NH.jpg

Citation

H.P. Poisson, Photographer, Main Street Biddeford, ME Digital File Forgotten NH, “Black & White Portrait Pike Sisters Farmington NH,” Farmington Historical Society-Museum of Farmington History, accessed June 14, 2024, https://farmingtonnhhistory.omeka.net/items/show/658.