Do You Recognize Any of These Missionaries and Relief Workers?

Missionaries and relief workers in Talas, Turkey circa 1919

I know the two women on the left, but need help identifying the others. It’s likely they are Americans, though one or two might be Canadian. Do you recognize any of these missionaries and NER relief workers in Talas, Turkey circa 1919?

Update October 5, 2017: Three new identifications! See #3, #6 and #7 below.

Update January 26, 2018: Almost a year later, all but one (#10) have been identified, once I discovered their passport photos.

The two are on left are Stella Loughridge and Susan Wealthy Orvis, principal and teacher respectively of the ABCFM Girl’s Boarding School in Talas, Turkey. Stella was from Lincoln, Nebraska, and Susan claimed Dubuque, Iowa as her hometown though she was born in Atlanta, Illinois and grew up on a farm near Roseland, Nebraska.

missionaries and relief workers - full photoFrom the women’s hairstyles and length of their clothes, and the uniform of the man on the far right, I’m guessing the photograph was taken in 1919 or 1920. Correct! Susan was forced to take an early furlough when she was trapped in Constantinople in the summer of 1914, and it’s unlikely an American soldier would be in Talas in the winter of 1913-14. Judging by the star on the man’s arm (photo below), I’m guessing he was in the US Army. Do you recognize his uniform?

Here’s a list of missionaries and relief workers in Talas and Cesarea around that time, and the city and state, province or country they were associated with (according to ABCFM and NER records):

7 Joseph Wickliff Beach, Cambridge, Massachusetts Thanks to grandson John Wickliff Beach, we can match Joseph and Blanche Easton Beach to their photos.
4 Elsey Lois Bristol, Black Earth, Wisconsin
Fannie E. Burrage, Arlington, Massachusetts
Ruth Compton (née McGavren), Missouri Valley, Iowa
Carl Cisne Compton, Stuart, Iowa
Emma Darling Cushman, Burlington, New York
Mary Dodd (née Carter), New York, New York
William Schauffler Dodd, Smyrna, Turkey
Adelaide S. Dwight, Constantinople, Turkey
3 Blanche Stewart Easton (married Joseph Beach 1922), (possibly: New York) Thanks again, John!
8 Katharine Fletcher, Hartford, Connecticut
Caroline Fowle (née Farnsworth), Talas, Turkey
James Fowle, Newton, Massachusetts
Mary Fowle, Talas, Turkey
Alden R. Hoover (brother of Sarah Ryan), Muscatine, Iowa
Esther F. Hoover (birth name unknown), Iowa
Herbert Irwin, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Genevieve Irwin (née Du Val), Winnipeg, Manitoba (born Delaware, USA)
11 Rachel King (married Edward Martin 1921), (unknown location)
1 Stella Loughridge, Lincoln, Nebraska
5 Edward F. Martin, (unknown city) Wisconsin
Rachel B. North, (married Wilfred Trudeau, 1920), Minitonas, Manitoba
2 Susan Wealthy Orvis, Dubuque, Iowa
Clara Richmond 190912 Theda Phelps, Cheyenne, Wyoming (born Greenville, Michigan)
Annie Post (née Stabb), Brooklyn, New York
Wilfred McIlvaine Post, Beirut, (now) Lebanon
9 Clara Childs Richmond, Dalton, New Hampshire
Henry Harrison Riggs, Sivas, Turkey
Arthur Clayton Ryan, Grandview, Iowa
Sarah Ryan (née Hoover, sister of Alden), Muscatine, Iowa
Lillian Sewny (née Cole), Montclair, New Jersey
Helen Talboy (birth name unknown) (lived in Iowa circa 1920)
James Talboy (doctor in Iowa circa 1920)
6 Henry Wingate, Janesville, Wisconsin Thank you Brian Johnson, librarian with American Research Institute in Turkey, for finding the photo of a younger Henry (below).
Jane Wingate(née Smith), (married in Madison), Wisconsin
13 Henry R. Murphy, Lawrence, Massachusetts

Please pass on the link to this post, either by email or any other platform. It would be so helpful to put a name to a face. You can post a reply on my Facebook page, or contact me directly if you can identify someone #10 in the photo. Thanks!

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Group of 13: Amerikan Bord Heyeti (American Board), Istanbul, “Personnel records for Susan W. Orvis,” American Research Institute in Turkey, Istanbul Center Library, online in Digital Library for International Research Archive, Item #15359.

Young Henry K. Wingate, courtesy of Carleton College Archives.

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