These pages are from the first of two autograph books belonging to my great-grandfather, Elton Lee Dunham (1873-1953). Entries date from 1882, when he was nine, to 1896, the year he married.
The earliest autograph is that of Elton's teacher, Ellen P. Kimball, and is dated December 1882. It is likely that the book was a gift from her.
Elton's father, Lemuel Dunham (1830-1915):
Elton's mother, Lydia Ann (Cummings) Dunham (1831-1916):
Signed only "Nom De Plume." Elton's father was acquainted with several local writers who used pen names:
Samuel W. Cummings (1867-1893), Elton's first cousin:
John D. Robbins (1871-1892), a friend of Elton's who lived just up the road:
Undoubtedly Elton's sister, Carrie Estella (Dunham) Swan (1862-1943):
Sibbel B. (Cummings) Swan (1824-1904), Elton's aunt:
Joseph Henry Briggs (1824-1909), the step-uncle of Elton's father:
Bertha Anjannette "Nettie" Swan (1878-1972), Elton's niece:
Bertie Swan, Elton's second cousin:
Gracie H. Bryant (1873-1954), a girl from the neighborhood, also a distant cousin: