|Bessie Ellison Rice April 1898|
The back of this picture & one of Catharine's are dedicated to Mr. J. William Goodman, Jr. - I could not find out who he was. There may be an interesting story here.
|Catharine P. Rice 1898|
|Catharine P. Rice 1897|
|Catharine & Bessie Rice 1901|
In the 1910 Wilmington census Catharine age 27 and Bessie age 26 are both still living with their parents Edward and Mary. After that I could not find a trace of either of them again. I found their parents in the 1920 and 1930 censuses, Edward still listed as an architect even at age 81. A death certificate was filed for Edward listing his death date as 28 Jan 1933. The informant was Elsie Patterson - I'm not sure who this was but Patterson appears to be Catharine's middle name so probably a close relative. All in all this was an interesting story and a fun project, and I really wish I knew what happened to Catharine and Bessie.
**Photographer information: The photographer was Harry E. Bucher, born 16 Feb 1864 in Delaware to Emile Bucher and Lucy C. (Jaquet) Bucher both born either in Germany (as listed on Harry's death certificate) or France as listed on the censuses. Harry was still living with his parents in 1900 at age 36 and working as a photographer. According to numerous Wilmington City directories, he had a studio at 720 Market Street. In the 1882 - 1885 city directory his father was also listed as either owning or working at a saloon. On 14 Dec 1901 Harry married Emily J. Burns daughter of Robert A. and Anna Burns. I did not find him in the 1910 or 1920 census, but in 1930 I found him divorced, living with his sister Louisa G. Mills and occupation listed as retired photographer. According to a Delaware State Certificate of Death he died 10 Mar 1932 in Wilmington, the informant was Louise Mills (sister).