I have a batch of family photos from my great-grandparents’ lives in Las Vegas, New Mexico. We enjoy these photos immensely and would like to share the joy with other folks whose family members may also be in the photos. I have made high-resolution scans so that you can zoom in on them to see more detail.
Can you identify any of the people in these images? If so, please let me know! Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org ..
- School or Church Orchestra, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1888-1890.
The only person I have identified in this one is my great-grandmother, Augusta Fleck (later O’Malley), the violinist on the far left of the 2nd row in the dark dress with her hand shown holding her bow. I wonder if it is a school or church orchestra, as there is a nun in the center back. Augusta was born 1883, and she is quite young here, I estimate about 16-18 years old.
- Music Students, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1910-1915. Augusta Fleck O’Malley was a music teacher for over 60 years – she quit school after 8th grade to help support her family by giving piano and violin lessons and taught all the rest of her life. In this photo, she stands behind her seven violin students (her face is partly obscured by the tear).
- Family Picnic and Camping, near Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1910s. O’Malleys and friends camping, maybe in the Gallinas near Las Vegas, NM. In the first image, from left, Charles O’Malley, Juliette Fleck (Auntie), Augusta F. O’Malley with the twins, Charlotte and Augusta in front of her. I think the little boy just in front of them must be Uncle Pat, Charles O’Malley, Jr. On the far right, the dark girl is my grandmother, Josephine O’Malley, she was often dubbed the “Gypsy Child” by her family because she was so much darker than the rest. I don’t know who the other people are. The second image shows some of the children again, I believe the same outing; the O’Malley kids are lined up on the right, Josephine, Charlotte, Augusta and little ‘Pat’. The third image shows the same group again, and boy, they look like they were having fun! I can identify Juliette Fleck on the left holding the baby up (not her own), Augusta and Charles O’Malley with their arms around each other on the right. The kids are holding one finger to their noses for some reason. I think it’s one of the twins on the left, and Josephine in the middle with the dark hair.
- Children’s Play, Mutual Theater (later the Campus Theater), Las Vegas, NM, 1912. From a newspaper article which identifies the following children: Carl and Fred Ilfeld, Alfred Rogers, Stella Frank, Russell Nelson, Herman Bachrach, Ellen Rogers (Drake), Jack Reynolds, Waldo and Herman Speiss, Fred and Mildred Cobb; Tillie, Corrine, Rose, Margarita, and Marie C’de Baca; Josephine, Augusta, and Charlotte O’Malley (my grandmother and aunts). The O’Malley girls (I think) are in the middle of the pack, with Charlotte covering her face with a flower, Josephine behind her to the right a bit, and Augusta directly behind her, looking dramatic.
- Patriotism Play, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1915-1917. I don’t recognize any of these children, it may be a production that Augusta directed? The theme seems likely to have been done during WWI. Does anyone recognize the hall with the bas relief above the stage?
- Las Vegas Cowboy Band, 1916. Maybe this was part of the annual Cowboy Reunion festivities held in Las Vegas between 1915 and 1931. My great-grandfather, Charles O’Malley is the fellow in the dark shirt and white suspenders in the middle back with no instrument. Was he the conductor? By Newman Photo.
- Music Students, Las Vegas, New Mexico, c. 1918-1920. This photo is dated by the apparent ages of Augusta’s three daughters, who flank her in the back row. Augusta herself is in the middle of the top row in the white blouse. Her twin daughters Charlotte and Augusta flank her, and Josephine (with the bow in her hair and a white dress) is next to Augusta (the daughter) on the right.
- Las Vegas, NM, Group of Men in Suits, c. 1914-1920. I don’t know who these fellows are, nor when they gathered, but Charles O’Malley is the guy sitting at the front left. I do know he was heavily involved in civic matters, and was considered a town leader. They look pretty happy, too, so maybe celebrating some significant event.
- Las Vegas, NM, Women’s Club Gypsy Party, church courtyard c. 1940s. Augusta was a member of several women’s groups, and although I’m not certain, I’m guessing it is a church club based on the effigy in glass that appears behind them. I have two group photos of them at their ‘gypsy’ party, one serious, and one just for fun. Augusta is the woman on the end with the accordion in the first image, and in the second she is toward the right, looking back laughing at her friends. Recognize any of these ladies?
- Women’s Club, silly hat party, Las Vegas, NM, c. late 1940s. Augusta looks a bit older in this image, but it may be the same group of ladies, this time all wearing fantastic hats! Augusta is seated in the middle front row with the patterned dress and the lace hat tied under her chin.
That’s what I’ve got – I’d appreciate any help with identifying the people in these images. I also have another batch of photos from the 1914 prize boxing match held in Las Vegas, which I’ll post separately. — Thanks!