Accession number: 2017.16.20
Object type: B&W
Date: circa 1926
Measurements: 30 cm L x 18.5 cm WL: 30 cm
W: 18.5 cm
Marks/Label: Handwritten on front: "F.E. Garber."
In black ink at bottom right hand corner printed: "Gertrude Marie Joudrey Age 1 year."
Reverse has printed: "1/2 901-082"
Subject: Bridgewater, People, Gertrude Marie Joudrey, Gordon E. Joudrey, Graham McCulloch, Frank E. Garber, Portrait, F.E. Garber, Photographer
Narrative: Gertrude Marie Joudrey was the daughter of Gordon E. Joudrey and Ruth Inez (Mortson) Joudrey. Gertrude Marie married a Mr. Lawlis and was living in Los Angeles, California in May 1974 when her father died. In her mother’s obituary in 1977, Marie is listed as their only daughter and has five grandchildren.
Frank Elam Garber was born 29 May 1877 to Emmanuel and Mary Eliza (Hebb) Garber in Newcombville, N.S. He set up a photo studio and office in Bridgewater in 1904 on the second floor of a building at 559 King Street. Like many professional photographers, Garber took studio portraits as well as scenes of the area. He also documented the town’s community events, festivals, activities, and the changing downtown business area for over 50 years. Following a devastating fire on 24 September 1952, where his studio, office, and his irreplaceable negatives were destroyed, Garber retired to his home at 255 King Street but continued to photograph from his home. Married twice: first to Martha Helena Wile in 1902, and had a son, Ray, and daughter, Fern; second to Hilda Maude Conrad in 1922, and had a son, Lowry. Garber was regarded as an able businessman and was involved in many aspects of the community. He sat on the Bridgewater Town Council for three terms from 1934 to 1939, and was a major supporter of Bridgewater’s Hydroelectric Plant. An ardent curler, Garber was a founding member of the Bridgewater Curling Club, serving as its President from 1938-39. As a young man, Garber joined the Canadian Order of Foresters and throughout his life was active in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, singing in the choir. Frank Garber died 3 June 1964 and is buried in Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater.
Description: Black and white photograph of a young female child, seated. Blunt short hair cut,wearing a white dress and white socks, with black shoes. Child has left hand positioned on top of a stuffed bear. Identified as Gertrude Marie Joudrey age 1 year. Photographer signed F. E. Garber on bottom right side of photo.
History of Use: Taken to document child.