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Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime

I love the oldies music and one that brings on thoughts of the warm season of the year is the Jamies’ song, Summertime. Actually, I love the song, but had to look up the group and I’ve never heard of the James! But, I digress.

I am digging deep into my old family photos to share a few that are about 100 years old. First, here are a couple of Dave’s grandmother and great grandmother in Texas:

Pearl Brasher, sitting in a tree with
Aulton Horne, half brother, c1916

This might have been taken when Pearl graduated from Floydada, Texas High School in 1916. I just love this picture, even though it is only about 2 x 3 inches and isn’t terribly sharp and crisp. How many young ladies would be all dressed up to be photographed sitting in a tree?

Ed and Wanda Stufflebean with
Grandmother Minnie Mae Horne
Hillsboro, Texas, c1927

Ed definitely looks ready to go play with the overalls rolled up and bare feet! Minnie was living at 303 North Church Street in Hillsboro, Texas at the time. A quick look at Google Earth shows only Church Street, no north and south. The houses may have been renumbered because I can’t find one that has the two upper windows seen in the background.

Switching gears here, we are now in Maine and this is the oldest photo in today’s group:

Carl Ross, right, with Vernon Adams, c1910

Vernon, my grandfather, looks like he and friend Carl were having a great time playing in the area around Calais, Maine. I have tried to find a Carl Ross, born around 1900, who lived around Calais at that time, but haven’t had any luck. It’s very possible that Carl was Canadian and lived across the river.

Here is another Maine photo, probably taken at one of the lakes in the area around Calais, perhaps Meddybemps Lake. Hazel Coleman Adams, my grandmother, is with her best friend, Clara Dwelley. I think that is my Aunt Barbara in the foreground, so that would place this picture around 1926.

Clara married a man named Forbes sometime between 1930, when she was single and 1940, when she was a widow. It appears she had no children, which is a shame because I would have loved to share this picture with a descendant.

Hazel & Clara at Lake
Clara Dwelley with Hazel Coleman Adams

Next, we are making one more big jump in location to Passaic, New Jersey.


TwoFriendsWithJuliaSaboLeftCenterAndAnnaKosteckyRightCenterJulia Scerbak, 2nd right in top photo
and 2nd left in bottom photo, c1911-1914

Anna Kostecky, one of my Nana’s best friends is the shortest young lady in both pictures. Nana came back to the U.S. in November 1910 and married in September 1915, so this picture was probably taken in the 1911-1914 time period. I have no idea who the other two girls were, but someone was taking a lot of pictures that day because I have several others of one or more of this group.

The foliage in the pictures looks a bit too overgrown to be someone’s yard. I am guessing that they were either enjoying a day somewhere along the Passaic River or perhaps they went to Garrett Mountain, which is not far away.

Although I enjoy summer, I can’t remember a single one that looked quite as idyllic as any of these!

Parking the Car Inside the Store – Wordless Wednesday

Along with photos, my in-laws saved a lot of newspaper clippings – obituaries, engagements and weddings and other social happenings. I came across this one while I was looking through the stacks of paper and it’s almost too hilarious for words. Pearl Hatfield was Dave’s grandmother, who would have been 77 years old at the time. No one was hurt, but it just screams to be shared on Wordless Wednesday:

The Norman Transcript, 12 December 1975

The caption says it all: Fred Brier, assistant manager at C.R. Anthony’s downtown store, surveys the damage this morning after an over-eager shopper put her car in the wrong gear and went through the front display window with her automobile. Mrs. Pearl Hatfield, 1122 Fay Avenue, said she’d been driving since “Model T days and never got a ticket. Now look what I’ve done!” No one was injured – just surprised – and Mrs. Hatfield added, “It sure was a queer feeling when I landed in that window.” (Transcript Photo by Steve Sisney)

Mail Call! September 3, 1918

Pearl Brasher Stufflebean kept many photos and letters from her youth and early married years. Pearl was born on 9 February 1898 in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas. Her parents divorced when she was a little girl and she moved several times after that, living for a while in Floydada, Floyd County, Texas and then Noble, Oklahoma, where she graduated from high school.

Sulphur Springs is east of the Dallas-Forth Worth area and you can see it on this map. Point A is Floydada and Point B is Noble, which is near Norman, Oklahoma. These town were hundreds of miles apart and I’m not sure how her mother determined exactly where they were going to live and how they ended up making such long moves.

However, as a young girl, Pearl was apparently good friends with Gladys Felton, who no doubt was a classmate in Floydada. They also shared a love of music, based on Gladys’s letter.

A quick check online found that Gladys L. Felton married Travis Plato Collins sometime between the 1920 census, when she was single and at home and 1923, when their son, Travis Pat Collins, was born.

I would have loved to have shared this letter with someone in the Collins family. However, Travis Sr. died on 4 June 1979, Gladys died on 8 January 1992 and their only child, Travis Jr., predeceased them both, passing away on 18 February 1973. All three spent their lives in Floydada, where they are buried.

Here is Gladys’s letter to Pearl:



Floydada, Tex.
Tuesday, Sep. 3 (1918)

My Dearest Pal,

Did you just think I had forgotten you. Well I sure haven’t and I never can forget my old Pal for it would be impossible fer (sic) me to meet another person in the world to whom I love any more than I do you. And I know I couldn’t meet any one with any more virtures (sic) than you and honestly Pearle I have heard more good tings said of you since you’ve left here than any other one person. So often those girls we used to go to school with speak of you and they say such nice things about you. Sometimes I getting to thinking of those days when we were together so much and I hate to think we can never live them over again but I guess you shouldn’t think of the past though. And I do hope some day in the future we can be together again. Say I have so many things I could tell you if I could just see you. So much has happened since last I saw you. I have been in Floydada abut a month and a half since I left school. I had been in Dallas, Tex. Almost a year studying in a music conservatory and I sure did enjoy my work. I took music from a Norwegian man who has just been in America a few years and he certainly is good. Pearle I have the dandiest sweetheart you ever saw. I went with him all the time I was in Dallas and of course like him much better than I ever liked any boy. I have some good looking pictures of him. He is in the Army now at Trenton New Jersey and I miss him so much but I hear every day now but he is going to sail for France soon and then I won’t hear so often. You ought to feel sorry fere (sic) we girls now for nothing is left for us to do but stay at home and be lonesome for all the boys are gone we ever knew.

So many people have left here since you were here. I know you must have heard by this time of Ada being married. She is now living in Pueblo Colorado and has a boy about six or eight months old and it sure is a darling baby we think. Ada visited us a few months ago and she ask (sic) me if I ever heard from you. Said she sure would like to see you so much. Say how is your baby. Certainly would be glad to see him and also would like to see your husband. Pearle I just can not realize you are married and are a mother so (soon?) my life st? dosen’t (sic) seem that you are at all. Say write me and tell me how you are and tell me something of your husband for I would like to know what kind of a man you have and what does he do as an occupations. Tell me every little thinig for I am so interested to know about your affairs. I sure would like to have your picture if you have any of your baby too. Pearl I hope sometime you can visite (sic) me for you don’t know how much I would like to be with you. Some day when the war is over and I get married [if I ever do] I hope I will not be so far that you can not visit me. Say how is your mother. Surely wish I could see her and your baby brother Alton once more. I wonder if he ha forgotten me. Where is your mother. Tell me all about her. Now dear write to me real soon. Your Friend always, Gladys Felton, Floydada, Tex.

It is clear to me that Gladys considered Pearl a good friend and Pearl likely felt the same since she kept this letter until she died in 1989. However, to be honest, I was looking forward to reading a nice, newsy letter and I can sum up what Gladys said in way less than 6 pages:

1. We had a great time hanging out together and I miss you.
2. Ada (no surname) married, had an infant son and moved to Pueblo, CO.
3. Gladys had an unnamed boyfriend in the Army, stationed in NJ and being deployed to France.
4. Gladys took studied at a music conservatory in Dallas with a Norwegian man.
4. She wants to know all about Pearl, her husband and her infant son.

That’s about it!