Historic Hood River
“Children of John Tostevin”
What great family portrait of the sons and daughters of John Tostevin. According to notes we have Mrs. Harry Brown, Mrs. James Graham, Mr. P.J. Tostevin, and Mr. Nick Tostevin.
We’ve met the Tostevin’s before. They came to Hood River from the Isle of Guernsey. Mrs. Brown was born Adelaide (or Adaline) Tostevin in Guernsey. She and Harry (and son Clarence) lived at an Oak Grove homestead which we’ve seen before in this image. I am having a little trouble sorting out Harry and Henry Brown. I’m not sure if they are the same person or related. A 1915 obituary for Harry Brown, husband of Adelaide and father of Clarence matches this image, though the other image from the same era seems to call Adelaide’s (or Adaline’s) husband Henry. A 1915 legal notice for the estate of Henry Brown lists Clarence as the executor, so I’m going to say they are the same person.
I quickly looked up some information on â€œFind a Graveâ€. Nico Tostevin and his 9 siblings immigrated to the U.S. with their parents in 1847. Nico was 7 years old. He spent much of his life in the Chicago area. Came to Hood River in 1899.
He passed away in 1915, so this photo would pre-date that? He is buried in Idlewilde.
P.J. Tostevin lived in Montana. He passed in 1916. Margaret Graham must have arrived in the Mount Hood area around 1885. She passed away in 1917 and is buried in Idlewilde.
Adelaide and Harry Brown were married in HR in 1887. Harry passed in 1915 and Adelaide in 1918. Both are buried at Idlewilde.
It seems this photo was taken at a good time since they all passed in a relative short time.
James Graham and Margaret must have been the first to come to HR. They came to the area from Chicago in 1884.
Photo looks late 1800s…
One rarely sees heavy set or fat people in those days. Everything was organic by definition, and mostly homegrown. And sugar in moderation.
The daughter Alice, of James and Margaret Tostevin Graham married G.E. Williams of Williams and Brosius Store in August 1900. http://historichoodriver.com/index.php?showimage=53