Photograph, from left to right, of Irene Schmitz, Frances West, Chester Schmitz and Elizabeth West posing in a clearing in their campsite at Silver Lake. The 4 children stand right-of-center, in a row and hold hands. All look to the camera; Elizabeth West frowns. Behind and to the left of Irene, the camp stove sits on the ground. A pot sits atop one of the stove's burners. Clothes and towels hang over downed tree branches at left. Tall grasses line the back edge of the campsite. A mountain rises in the background.
According to the negative sleeve, the power plant in the accompanying photographs was visited by the West, Schmitz and Lemberger party around 1912. The plant that stands in the images was not completed until 1917. It is more likely these images were taken around 1917 or later.
According to the caption form the negative sleeve, the children, from left to right are: Irene Schmitz, Frances West and Chester Schmitz. They are all misidentified, the children in the photograph from left to right are: Elizabeth West, Chester Schmitz, Frances West and Irene Schmitz.
Photograph, from left to right, of Mary A. West, Chester Schmitz and Kate A. Schmitz in their campsite near Silver Lake. Mary A. West sits nearest the camera at center. She is sitting on the ground, facing right, but turns her head to look to the camera as she rests a hand down to the ground behind her. Pieces of fabric lie about the patch of grassy ground that surrounds Mary. Behind her, a few pots and pans sit on the ground. Further behind her at right, Kate A. Schmitz appears to be washing a pot while Chester Schmitz sits in front of her. A sliver of a stream is visible along the right edge of the frame. Behind Mary and to the left, the camp stove stands; it is viewed from the side. A tent (partial view) and a pile of branches sit even further behind Mary on the left. A mountainside occupies the far distance.
According to the negative sleeve for this set, these photographs are of the San Diego Fair, about 1912. The Home Economy Building, viewed here was not built until 1915. It is likely that this image was taken around 1915. In 1915 and through 1916, San Diego hosted the Panama-California Exposition, for which many of the buildings in this set of photographs were built. The photographs most likely document this event.
Per the negative sleeve caption, this photograph was taken in 1910, the same year that Chester Schmitz was born. He looks considerably older than that, maybe about 5 or 6, in this photograph. The other children also look older than what their age would be in 1910. It is more likely that this image was taken around 1915.
Per the negative sleeve caption, this photograph was taken around 1910, the same year that Chester Schmitz was born. He looks considerably older than that, maybe about 5 or 6, in this photograph. The other children also look older than what their age would be in 1910. It is more likely that this image was taken around 1915.
Per the caption from the negative sleeve, the order from left to right is: Frances West, Elizabeth West, Mrs. A. B. Schmitz (Kate), Mary A. West, Irene Schmitz and Chester Schmitz. This is incorrect. The order from left to right, is: Elizabeth West, Frances West, Mary A. West, Kate A. Schmitz, Chester Schmitz and Irene Schmitz.
Photograph, from left to right, of Elizabeth West, Frances West, an unidentified girl, Irene Schmitz and Chester Schmitz gathered in a semi-circle and gazing at a pet monkey. A slim tree trunk rises in the near distance at center. In front of the tree, a small monkey walks across the ground toward Frances West; it is tethered to the tree by a long, narrow chain. The unknown girl at center stands, bent over, to the right of the tree. She faces left, towards the monkey, as she holds onto its chain. The Schmitz and West children stand on either side of her and look on. Elizabeth and Frances West stand to the left of the tree. Elizabeth leans forward towards the monkey and Frances appears to reach a hand out towards the animal. Irene and Chester Schmitz stand to the right of the girl. Chester stands slightly in front of Irene and Irene is slightly in front of the girl. Both Schmitz children face towards the left and look down at the monkey. The group stands in a clearing that stretches across the foreground. Behind them, trees extend into the distance.