Found Film: The Alberts – Two Weddings

For the last couple of months, I have been sharing photos believed to have been taken by Raymond Albert, circa 1950.  This latest post shares the photos he took of two different weddings, a few years apart.

All of the “conclusions” I have reached about who is pictured is pure guesswork, based on who is in which photos. We know that Raymond had a younger brother Donald (by 8 years), in addition to two older sisters, and I believe this is a set of photos from Donald’s wedding.

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As I said, it’s just a guess – but it’s based on the following picture, which I believe to be father Willa and his two sons, and another male relative.

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For the wedding, everyone dressed up in their Sunday best, including young Louise – who doesn’t exactly look enthused about having had to dress up.

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Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 13

As for the second wedding, I believe that to be that of Jules A. Fisher.  According to the 1940 census, Jule [sic] was the younger brother of Cecile, Raymond’s (the photographer’s) wife.  I can’t find any record indicating he was married or the name of his wife, but he appears to have enlisted in the Army in 1943, eventually left as a sergeant, and would have been close to 30 at the time of the wedding.  He ended up settling in nearby Turner, Maine, where he died at age 66 in 1991.

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Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 14

The wedding took place in the magnificent (yet oddly empty – looks like it was an intimate gathering!) St. John’s Catholic Church, just down the road, which – side note – appears to have some pretty stunning stained glass windows.

Here’s a family shot, followed by some interior shots, probably from the reception held in the Fisher home.

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Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 14

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 14

I haven’t really written much about Cecile Fisher Albert, who was married to our photographer.  Born in 1923, she was 3 years older than Raymond.  With her older sister Pauline, and younger sisters Marguerite and Therese, she grew up just a couple of blocks away from Raymond, in this house:

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I found it interesting that her parents were named Alfred and Cea (Durand) Poisson. Alfred’s parents were born in Canada, he spent time in Michigan, and at some point they must have all changed their names to “Fisher” – an opportunity still today offered to immigrants when they naturalize as citizens of the United States.

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Another photo of Cecile Fisher, in her late 20s, taken by her husband. Cecile died in 2003, predeceasing her husband by 11 years.

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