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Photos of Mary Jane Brees Watts and her family

The Family of Squire Brees & Ellen Rutan

Ed & Mary Brees Watts Family1903Daughter Elsie was born July 6,1902. People in photo are Edward Watts, Mary Jane Brees Watts, and children (in age order) Merton, Earl, Jesse & Elsie.
Ed Watts Family1914 approxParents in front are Edward & Mary Jane (Brees) Watts. Daughter is Elsie Watts, born in 1902. Sons L-R are Merton (1894), Earl (1895) & Jesse (1896). ID's from Dorothy Watts. Guessing that daughter Elsie is about age 12. From descendant Vicky Clark: "Earl died in 1918 in France from either the "spanish flu" (The Pandemic Flu of 1917-18) or of pneumonia. He was waiting to be shipped out after his stint during World War II. The picture looks like it had been taken on the edge of the lake (which we call "The Big Lake") in the LaSalle Valley about 15 miles from the now Itasca State Park. My Dad (Howard, son of Merton) grew up in this area on a homestead about a mile from this lake. After the house was abandoned, and 40 yrs. later, my Dad (Howard) and Grandfather Merton made it into a summer cabin at which my siblings and I spent many a happy summers there. It is still being used. The land is still owned by the Watts family."
Earl Watts abt 1917Earl Watts, son of Ed & Mary Jane Brees Watts. Earl was killed in France in 1918 in WWI
Brees Siblings

Sept 1919

Children of Squire & Ellen Rutan Brees. Probably taken at the time of Ellen's death in September 1919. Left to Right: Philena "Linnie" Breese-Allen, Inman Brees, Mary Brees-Watts, Luther Daniel Brees, Kitty Alice Brees-Dix, Fredrick Melvin "Fred" Brees. Not pictured: Sylvester "Vet" Brees. He may have taken the photo.
Elsie & Jesse Watts

1922 approx

Children of Ed & Mary Jane Brees Watts. Elsie Watts & Jesse Watts. Guessing on year.
Merton Watts Family

1938 approx

Familes of Ed & Mary Jane's sons Merton & Jesse Watts. ID's by Dorothy Watts.
L-R Adults: Hildur Carlson Watts holding baby David Watts, Sena Julson Watts, Merton Watts, Mary Jane Brees Watts.
L-R boys: Howard Watts, Clifton Watts, Richard Watts.
L-R girls: Dorothy Watts, Ruth Watts, Carol Watts
Jesse not in photo - was possibly taking the picture
Children of Merton & Sena are: Howard, Ruth, Dorothy, Clifton, Richard
Children of Jesse & Hildur are: Carol & Frank

Watts Family

1944 approx

Descendants of Edward & Mary Jane (Brees) Watts. Ed died in 1932 and Mary Jane died in 1942.
 Jesse Watts Family  
Jesse & (wife) Hildur Watts & Elsie Watts Hall