Monday, September 2, 2019

Another round of pruning family photos, Part 1

Putting on my Sisyphus sneakers, I did another round of sorting and pruning the family photographs today. With each round, fewer photos survive the cut, as I try to work toward "completing" this project and putting a big check mark next to it. ✔✔✔

I ended this round with a healthy stack of old photos that have been voted off the island. These are obscure family members, the ones who are way too tangential to the tree. Some of them aren't family members at all. And some of the photos have no information or identification, so they'd be better off as someone else's mystery ephemera at this point.

But, before those snapshots head out the door, I want to share some of them on Papergreat. Because of course I do.

Also, because I've been doing this for so many years (by which I mean both sorting and blogging), there's no guarantee that some of these aren't Papergreat repeats.

1. Erma V. Seeds. A friend of the family, I reckon. She's mentioned in a short article with the headline "Rural Children Become Interested in Health" in the January 13, 1927, edition of The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware: "Miss Erma V. Seeds who is in charge of the Modern Health Crusade work in New Castle and Kent counties visited Felton and left materials for 85 pupils to take part in the crusade."

2. Gertrude Horsey Winder (1881-1963). She was the aunt of my great-grandfather, Howard Horsey “Ted” Adams (1892-1985). I recall other family members telling stories about "Aunt Gertrude."

3. James A. Morgan (1865-1935). He was Aunt Gertrude's first husband, and she was his second wife. James had six children with his first wife, but only two of them lived past age 3.

4. Marjorie Elliott Simmons Kane (1887-1970). She was a cousin of my great-grandmother, Greta Miriam Chandler Adams (1894-1988). Marjorie was born and buried in Wilmington, Delaware. But, according to her obituary, she was a longtime resident of Saranac Lake, New York. She outlived her husband by about 34 years.

5. Utterly unknown.

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