Monday, July 22, 2013

Lorenzen's, Bieber, Lassen County, California

My grandmother, Esther Durfee, was a budding photographer while living as a young woman with her parents in Bieber, Lassen County, California. Her father, Thomas Jefferson Durfee was the postmaster there over many years. When young Esther got her first camera she seemed to have made it her mission to photograph every person within the community, or so it seemed! The first photo album has had all the people who were identified in it, scanned.

Today I would like to introduce you to the Lorenzen's. Photos taken about 1917 (could have been 1918).

This is Lew [Lewis] Lorenzen's oldest: [Could this be Hazel Lorenzen?]

This is Walter Lorenzen 

No burial information was located.


  1. Thank you for sharing the photos!
    Lewis Lorenzen was my great-grandfather. He was an attorney after attending law school in California around the age of 40. He climbed Mount Shasta and had a mountain somewhere named after him. Hazel was my grandmother. She went to Mills College at age 16. She had a younger brother Robert Lorenzen. I'm not sure who Walter is, maybe her uncle? Hazel married Ted Austin Swan and had a son, Theodore, my father. I am his only child and I have four children. -Erika K. Swan

    1. Erika, if you will send me your email address, I'll send you the photos (unless you were able to download them). Leslie


This blogs comment section is moderated. As soon as I have the opportunity to read your message, I'll be glad to post if appropriate.