Assembled electronically by Tom McFarland in March 2003
ORIGINS OF THE MARGE MARTIN ALBUM
Cèsar DeVos and Mary Strobbe, both born in Belgium, independently moved to Montana
in their twenties about 1915, where they met each other and married.
Three of Cèsar's siblings (Medard = Joe, Oscar, and Ghislena) also emigrated to America,
and at least 5 siblings remained in Belgium (Cyril, Maria Magdalena,
Achilla, Bertha, and Irma).
Mary (Strobbe) DeVos kept a photo album covering approximately the period from 1915 to 1945,
and when Mary died, this album was passed to her daughter Margaret (Marge Martin), who kindly
loaned the album for scanning in March 2003. Other photos were
passed to Mary's son Medard (Maynard). Mary's album consists of 104 black-and-white photos,
taken with a hand-held camera. None were professional photos. Many photos were bent at the
edges, many were blurry or cracked, and all but 24 were glued in place so that any writing on the
back would be hidden. The photos did not seem to be arranged by date or theme. No names were
attached to any photos, though a few were dedicated in other ways, such as "cousins, 1932";
two were dedicated in Flemish, and the Flemish was scanned and reproduced here.
The people in the photographs appear to be largely from the families of Cèsar DeVos,
Ghislena DeVos, and the families of the siblings of Mary (Strobbe) DeVos.
The 34 photos reproduced here were chosen for the quality of the images and their historical
importance. More of these 104 photos could be added later. Furthermore, Marge Martin retains
several other photos, some of high quality in frames, which could be added.
Marge Martin was videotaped on March 2003 discussing the history of her family, and these
memories will eventually be available on CD and DVD.