Today's amusing history thread started with this handsome photo of J. White Sprong. Sprong you might remember from previous posts lived in a lovely Victorian home that still stands on Kenwood Avenue. He was an executive with the D&H Railroad. After noticing his watch fob and rimless eye glasses, my gaze went to the signature of the photographer: Gustave Lorey.
A little noodling around on Google led me to this charming photo from the Albany Institute. It is dated 1925 and is by Lorey.
Maybe, I thought, this is Bethlehem's Cedar Hill - wouldn't that be neat.
A little bit more noodling around on the newspaper websites turned up some facts about Lorey. He was a well known photographer in Albany and Saratoga Springs. Born in 1868, Died in 1937. Married to Mira Ingalls. No children. His studio carried on well after his death. I found a reference to the Gustave Lorey Studio as late as 1960.
And then I found this interesting tidbit after looking under Mira Ingalls Lorey.
It is from the Albany Evening News, Monday January 31, 1927. Gustave and Mira are dining with the Hakes and Wheelers - prominent families at Van Wies Point in Glenmont and the Lyons - a very prominent family of, you guessed it, Cedar Hill.
So, maybe, just maybe, that charming Halloween photo is from our very own Bethlehem.
So, I published this on a Monday afternoon. The next day I am at my church, Delmar Reformed, and see this plaque over in a corner. Notice a familiar last name? I am being haunted by Sprongs!