Amelia Ayles was the owner of the postcards I found at my grandmom’s. She was my grandfather’s mom, on my mom’s side. She was an English teacher, and emphasized education for all 8 of her children. 3 sons became attorneys, 1 son was in insurance, my grandfather was an engineer, and all 3 of her daughters were teachers. She also had one son, a 9th child, who died at 3 years old from diabetes. The picture of her to the left is when she was in her 80’s.
Daughter of John Ayles and Rose Schumacher, Amelia grew up in Philadelphia and lived in Woodbury, New Jersey on Delaware Street when she was older. She married Josiah DuBois, an expert appraiser and banking representative in Camden, New Jersey. Josiah is featured on the picture to the bottom left, probably in his 40s. The postcard of the Conistoga Traction Co. Bridge in Marietta, Pennsylvania was sent to her from Joe in 1911, before they were married. The message reads “This certainly is a slow old town.”
Once married, Joe built the white house (bottom right) in Ocean City, New Jersey and they spent their summers there. It was built before the depression in either the late 19teens of early 1920’s. The small white garage on the left of the postcard is the servants quarters.