This young woman is Mary M. Shipley. She was born in Michigan in November of 1873. This photo was taken between 1898 and 1915.

On 1 September 1896, Mary married Albert Eugene Bickford. Albert was the recorder and clerk for Virginia, Minnesota between 1900 and 1909.

The photographer is Axel M. Turnquist who operated from South Second Avenue in Virginia, Minnesota from 1898 to 1915.


Mr. and Mrs. Bickford adopted a boy they named Robert Marion who never married. Because there are no descendants, this photo has been donated to the Virginia Area Historical Society.



19 September 2018


Hello Jami,


We received your mailing a week or so ago.  We've been busy with a Fall Festival picnic, hence my lateness in acknowledging!!


Thank you so much for your time and effort in sending us the beautiful photo of Mary M. (Shipley) Bickford! The fact sheet time lines of each of the Bickford's is also much appreciated.  I hope to do more investigating of this family, but will have to do so as time permits! (There is never enough time!)  We will put the photo and info into our collection.


In appreciation,


Mary Peterson

Jill Aubin

VAHS  museum attendants

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