A Washington State woman posted the photo here on EG Patch's Facebook page this week hoping someone would recognize the photo or the name Frank A. Wesley. The woman, Shelley Thorpe Cardiel, would like to return the photo to a descendent.
Cardiel added this note:
"I’ve 'rescued' an old photograph identified as that of Frank A. Wesley, which was taken at the Horton Bros. Studio in Providence, Rhode Island. The photograph is dated 1894 with Frank likely in his teens at the time. The photograph was discovered with others belonging to the East Greenwich Academy Class of 1894 and I do find that Frank A. Wesley did graduate from that school with the class of 1894. I am hoping to locate someone from Frank’s family so that this wonderful old treasure can be returned to the care of his family. If you are a member of this Wesley Family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me."
The photo was so compelling, I had to reach out. Cardiel lives in Kirkland, Washington, and has no connection to East Greenwich or Rhode Island, as it turns out.
"I bought a group of photographs on Ebay including many that appear to be of EGA classmates/graduates," she wrote. "I do this as a hobby and am not connected to any of the families (that I know of) just hoping to get them all returned to family members."
The East Greenwich Academy served as the town's high school from 1802 to 1943. Many of the school buildings are gone, but Swift Community Center was the school's gymnasium and the Olney House, on Church Street beside Academy Field, remain.
Cardiel said she has posted other EGA photos on Rhode Island geneological Facebook sites.
You can contact her by sending her a message on Facebook, or send me an email and I'll pass on the information!