A group. The travelers in the car must be on the right. City cousins come to see the relatives in the country!
at Mrs. Ellen AnkersThanks for stopping by. Do come again:)
It is stated this item was purchased in Erhard, which is a small town in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. Also in Otter Tail County there is Clitherall Township, wherein there is a cemetery known as Leaf Mountain Cemetery. In that cemetery is buried Mrs. Ellen [nee Thompson] Anker. Ellen Anker [3/15/1851 - 3/1/1940] was the second wife of Iver Anker [1831 - 1907] who is also buried in Leaf Mountain Cemetery. The photo appears to have been taken in the early or middle part of the second decade of the twentieth-century. Since that was after Mr. Anker's death in 1907, it makes sense that the item was labeled as being taken at Mrs. Ellen Anker's place.
Ellen was born in March, 1851 in Norway and immigrated in 1893. She died on 01 March 1940 in Nidaros, Otter Tail, MN. By 1895, she was the second wife of husband Iver Olson/Oleson (ugh!) (b. March, 1831 d. Nov. 5, 1907) and with son Thomas Marinus Anker (b. Jan. 11, 1895 d. Feb. 19, 1976). By 1930, she left widowed and is living as a boarder with another immigrant from Norway named Gina Hatleskog, who was born in 1857 and immigrated in 1892.
If this photo was taken at Ellen Ankers place, it was likely taken between 1907 and 1918. I suspect the other ladies are likely fellow immigrants, church ladies, and/or family (but it is unlikely to be Ellen's)