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2014-02-12 11:55

Streetcars and people...

My offering for Sepia Saturday 215 are a few old postcards of streetcars.

Which I adore, particularly after the memories shared by my grandmother, Doris Balding Williams, about riding the streetcar with her own mother to shop and pay bills in Little Rock in the nineteen teens...

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Washington St. looking west from Meridian St. Indianapolis

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K. St., Sacramento, Cal.

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Penn Square, Lancaster Pa.
(I see someone had a fine dinner in Lancaster when they sent this card.)

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2013-12-31 09:03

Sepia Saturday 209: Cars and trucks...

Not horse drawn conveyances this Saturday, but the automated kind.

Walter Nathan Brandon, Sr., Ruth Balding Brandon (my grand aunt) and Walter's son, Walter Nathan Brandon, Jr. Photo circa 1932/35.
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The tour bus "at Glen Cove on Pike's Peak" Co. My grand aunt Marion "Murnie" Balding seated back seat, closest to camera. Photo taken 12 Aug 1929.
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The Williams Grocer Co., owned by my great grandfather, Jo Desha Williams, made home deliveries. Photo taken before the business went belly-up prior to 1920.
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2013-11-27 10:22

Sepia Saturday 205: Maybe the moustache made the man?

I have occasionally mentioned frequently whined about my great grandmother Maxie Leah Meek's failure to label so many of the wonderful photos in her photo album.

As I initially paged through it after my mother's death in 2004, I wondered why we had so many photos of Teddy Roosevelt in our album. I can imagine that my Williams great grandparents were supportive of their President, but still, it was a mystery to me.

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And lo and behold...one of them was labeled, like this one in the Williams family photo album.

It was that last one. It said Desha on the back of it.

That was Maxie's husband, Jo Desha Williams.

Here's a photo of the real Teddy Roosevelt.

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As far as I know, I have no kinship to the Roosevelts.

But I believe my great grandfather was a dead ringer for one of them...
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2013-10-31 13:06

Sepia Saturday 201: The places they called home...

Jasper and Julia Herrington house, Clark Co., AR
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George W Burris Jr. house, 8th and Crittenden, Arkadelphia, Clark Co., AR
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Jo Desha and Maxie Williams house, Russellville, Pope Co., AR. Original construction.
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First addition
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Last addition
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George W Burris Sr house, Russellville, Pope Co., AR. 500 Glenwood, after the family moved to town from the farm.
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2013-01-25 22:44
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Sepia Saturday 200: She made hats

This is a photo I estimate to be circa 1868-1875 of the millinery shop owned and operated by my great-great grandmother, Mary Emily (Conner) Meek in Grenada Co., MS. (Click here to read more about her.)

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From comparing the only known photo I have of her to this one, I think grandmama was the lady seated to the right of the post.

But I can't be sure.

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2013-01-08 12:21

Sepia Saturday: Grandma in her bathing suit

This one has got to be one of my favorites...

I understand my grandmother made her suit herself.

She was always good with a needle.

Look at her monogram...

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Doris Geneva Balding, early 1920s



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2012-12-24 10:02

Sepia Saturday: Happy holidays to you

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Jo Desha and Maxie Leah Williams family, Christmas Day 1900
photo by McLeod, the Wild West photographer


Every time I see this one, I just dissolve into gales of laughter.

Can't you just imagine the dinner table discussion a couple of weeks before the holiday?

"Honey, what shall we do this year for Christmas? After all, it's the first Christmas of the new century."

Oh, I don't know. . .hey, why don't we get that McLeod guy to take a picture? We could dress up and go sit outside on some rocks."

"Marvelous idea, darling! And we could put Paul and Cedric on a couple of asses. They've been acting like asses for a few days now. It would serve them right. . ."


The back of the photo has an extensive ad for "McLeod, the Wild West Photographer. . . the man who made Happy Hollow famous the world over."
I don't know how you celebrate this holiday season in your home. However you do it, do it with gusto. Laugh and love and enjoy.

You could do it in Williams family style. Dress up in all your finery and go sit on some rocks. Take a photo. Take lots of photos.

From me and the petting zoo at the cottage, happy holidays.
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2012-11-21 10:10

Sepia Saturday: Louise Herrington and sister Florence

A photo of my paternal grandmother, Addie Louise Herrington (left) and her sister Florence.

Florence was the only daughter of the five born to Jasper Monroe Herrington and Julia Ann Callaway who *was not* a twin.

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Photo circa 1925




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2012-10-13 07:30

Sepia Saturday: My Dad

For most of my younger life, my dad owned his own business. He was a masonry contractor here in Arkansas - mostly commercial construction.

I got this photo yesterday in my email.

I had never seen it before.

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Photo taken September 1958


I had no idea he had the same type of business when he and my mom lived in Florida, where I and my middle sister were born.

That's my 22 year old dad in the driver's seat. The photo was taken in 1958, the same year I was born.

Here's that street address today.

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Dad will be 76 years old tomorrow.

Happy birthday, Dad.

I love you.



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2012-09-08 07:45

Sepia Saturday: Hats

I have a fair number of photos of my family decked out in their hats.

I even have an ancestress who made them.

The millinery shop of my g-g-grandmother, Mary Emily Conner, in Grenada Co., MS, about 1870-1875.

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My grand-aunts, Ocie (left) and Arkie Burris, photo about 1909.

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My grandfather, his brother and their double cousins, Elbert and Earl. Photo about 1905.

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Left to right - Elbert Burris, Homer and George Burris,Jr. (brothers) and Earl Burris (brother of Elbert)



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2012-07-28 12:08
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Sepia Saturday: Marion "Murnie" Chapin Balding, 1929

I'm not even close to on point with this week's theme.

But I am fascinated by this photo of my grand-aunt Murnie on 12 Aug 1929. She was 17.

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I wish I knew who the other folks are. Aunt Murnie is sitting in the back seat, closest to the front of the photo.

I guess the altitude made it cool enough for everyone to be wearing a hat.


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2012-07-14 09:19

Sepia Saturday: Virgie Bliss and baby...

From Aunt Ruth's scrapbook...

Ruth and her family took a trip to Oakland, CA in 1926.

I don't know if they knew Virginia Bliss or not, but Ruth snapped a photo of Virginia and her baby anyway.

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Caption reads, "Virgie Bliss and baby."

From a quick check of the 1930 census, I found Virginia Bliss (born about 1903), wife of James Bliss, living with her husband, 3 1/2 year old daughter, Frances E., and 24 year old brother-in-law, Adam, in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA.

I'll haunt the Ancestry trees to see if I can find descendants to offer them a scan.

Probably will upload to Dead Fred if I can determine if no one in the photo is still living.

If you are related, just right click and save...
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2012-06-16 09:43

Sepia Saturday: Hattie Chapin Balding

Unfortunately, I have no photos to go with the theme this week.

So I offer a photo of my great-grandmother, Hattie Chapin Balding, taken in front of the ruins of a Hopi dwelling on a trip to the Grand Canyon in the 1920s.

Before my cousin discovered an old family album, we had no idea our Mema was such a traveler.

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2012-03-24 11:08

Sepia Saturday: Ruth's first car...

The theme this week is "going out."

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My grandaunt Ruth Balding with her 1928 Essex sedan.

She was 25.




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2012-02-04 10:22

Sepia Saturday: Teddy Balding, circa 1925

Today's theme for Sepia Saturday is dogs...

So here is Teddy, newly discovered among photos in a scrapbook compiled by my grand-aunt, Ruth Balding..

The photos appear to span a period of time from 1922 through the mid-1930s and ~gasp~ are almost all labeled.

Teddy appears in the earliest of the photos, so I'm dating this about 1925.

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Teddy, the Balding family dog, about 1925.

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2011-11-19 18:58

Sepia Saturday: Baldings, circa 1958

Sadly, none of these folks are still living, with the possible exception of the unidentified one.



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Left to right: Ruth Lucille (Balding) Brandon, Eugene Victor Balding, son Larry Eugene Balding, wife Lucille Balding, unidentified, Hattie Belle (Chapin) Balding
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2011-10-28 18:32

Sepia Saturday: St Joe Freewill Baptist Church, Pope Co., AR

While I was at my dad's house, I took pictures of some more of his pictures.

What we believe to be the first building that became St. Joe Freewill Baptist Church - where my g-g-grandpa set up a Sunday school under a brush arbor until they could get a building - and the very beginning of the cemetery, way over to the right.

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St. Joe as I remember it when I was little kid, going to "Decoration" on Mother's Day...

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There's a very nice, modest brick building there now.

And a much larger cemetery.




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2011-10-22 10:26
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Sepia Saturday: Jo Desha Williams

Another little ditty from the Williams' family photo album.

This time, I know who one of the subjects was...

My great grandfather, Jo Desha Williams, and someone who had to be one of his grandkids...

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Ya think the sun was in their eyes?




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2011-10-01 08:14
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Sepia Saturday: From the pages of Good Housekeeping, Jan 1919

Kat and Alan's theme for this week came from an old magazine.

So here is a Campbell's soup ad from page 79 of the January 1919 issue.

As you can see, Campbell's tomato soup kept the troops healthy..

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2011-09-17 07:56
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Sepia Saturday: Postcard to Mom, 1910

I can only imagine it was great-grandma Maxie's idea to take photos of the Williams' family home in Russellville, and turn them into postcards.

So, in 1910, son Paul used one to write Mama from Little Rock:

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Am leaving for H S (Hot Springs) in about an hour. Got here about 11.30. Stayed at Torrey House. Paul.


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