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Rowe family photographs

Creation: circa 1920s
Accession: 1969-046


Aloysius F. Rowe (1905-1940) worked for the New Bridge Station followed by the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad for eighteen years, he then was employed by the DuPont Company. This collection includes eight copy photographic prints of Rowe family photographs, featuring large group portraits in unidentified settings, presumably the Village of Henry Clay area.


  • Creation: circa 1920s



8 item(s)

General Physical Description

8 copy photographic prints: b&w; 8 x 10 in.

Biographical Note

Aloysius F. Rowe (1905-1940) worked for the New Bridge Station followed by the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad for eighteen years, he then was employed by the DuPont Company.

Aloysius's grandfather, William Rowe (b?-1897) immigrated to the United States from Ireland in 1836. William Rowe worked for the DuPont Company. William Rowe and Susan (Fisher) Rowe (b?-1906) were married on June 30, 1853 in St. Joseph’s Church, Brandywine, Delaware and had fourteen children.

One of William and Susan Rowe's children was Dennis A. Rowe (1858-1922) who worked as a painter and glazier for the DuPont Company. Dennis A. Rowe married Annie N. Wolf (Antonia Nannette)(1871-d?) on November 25, 1891. Annie Rowe worked for Joseph Bancroft and Sons as a weaver. Dennis and Annie Rowe had eight children, five boys and three girls: Joe, Johnnie, Anna, Louise, Catherine, Aloysius, Dennis, and Richard.

Aloysius was the sixth child, he was born and raised in a company-owned house at 1922 Rising Sun Lane in the Village of Henry Clay, Delaware. The house was on the left side directly across the street from Gregg’s store (across the bridge from what is now the Experimental Station). From 1912 to 1914 he lived at 2528 W. 18th Street, Highlands, Delaware and then moved back to the house at Rising Sun Lane.

Charles Godfrey, was a neighbor that lived on Breck’s Lane. Godfrey was a powderman. John (Simon) H. Dorman lived on the other side. He took over present-day Hagee’s Tavern, which was a lodge at one time, then Dorman turn it a store which also contained the post office. Dorman drowned in the creek one winter. Then Hagee’s Tavern was opened by Bill Hagee, whose wife Agnes was Dorman’s niece. Agnes continued to run the tavern after her husband died.

A majority of school-age residents of the area attended the St. Joseph’s School till 8th grade.

Historical Note

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was established as a black powder manufactory in 1802 by Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) and his son Eleuthere Irenee du Pont (1771-1834). The du Pont’s purchased a mill site on the banks of the Brandywine River just North of Wilmington, Delaware. During wartime the company was a major supplier for the United States government. During peacetime, the company marketed their product towards sportsmen and hunters. Throughout the 1900s and 1910s, the company shifted its focus away from gunpowder production and towards chemistry innovations. By 1926 the company officially dissolved the powder production unit, although it had already been inactive for many years.

Scope and Content

This collection contains eight copy photographic prints of Rowe family photographs. The photographs feature large group portraits in various uidentified settings, presumably the Village of Henry Clay area. Identified photographs include: powder workers wives on A.I. du Pont outing circa 1921 to 1922, and St. Joseph's on the Brandywine School Group circa 1924. Settings include unidentified shipdecks, victorian villa style architecture, motor truck or bus, and a post and rail fence. Clothing depicts period dress of early twentieth century.

Existence and Location of Originals

These items are copy photographic prints. Originals owned by Mr. Aloysuis Rowe.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Rowe family photographs
Chase Markee
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Repository Details

Repository Details

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PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA