Thanks for all the looking up, TD. We've looked again at my end ( two pairs of glasses ) and come up with more variations. "Ball" or "Hall" has an "all" as a surname ending but very hard to decipher the beginning of the surname and separate from the initials. " Nathan J---ez" could be Nat Ramllez: the Nat crashes into the surname. The R could be a K. G.J. Caulsee is fairly clear as that name. B. Youngleer also fairly clear. J. M. Ockley could be J.M. Ochley A.L. Horte could be A.W. Forte E.A. Chapman could be E.D. or C.D. There's a smudge. A.J. Fabricius. It is a stylish F: a long line with a crossing stroke. If that was a mistake then it would be Labricius, but I doubt it.