Mara Seirp Breitenstein had an album with this photograph of her husband, John Louis Breitenstein as a little boy. It is one of a multitude of porch pictures taken on that porch. John is the little boy on the horse. My wonderful second cousin, Mara Sprott, send me a scanned copy of this photograph, which I had never seen, since it was taken ca. 1899 in rural Jefferson Co., Kentucky. My grandfather wasn’t born yet and isn’t in the photo.
From left to right, Edward Lorenz, Theodore Peter, Mike Breitenstein Sr. (sitting), Lawrence Jacob, Elizabeth (sitting), Mike Jr. and John Louis Breitenstein on the horse. This photograph ca. 1899, possibly late 1898, is the earliest photo I have seen of this group. I wonder who might have an older one of any of the Breitenstein, Fischer, Bodeman or Meier families from the greater Louisville area?