Other than dust, I have nothing in my house more weathered and aged than Augusta's photo album. I wrote about my great grandmother (Augusta, Grace, Evelyn, Me) this summer. She was born in 1855 and died in 1937.
I can only guess when she acquired it. I like to think that she was a young teen when she chose to include a photo of the late President Lincoln. Some other printed photos may be of other famous people of that era.
Apparently, Grandmother Grace took possession of it when her mother died. She kept it in a chest of drawers and would bring it out on occasion to share with relatives. My eldest brother remembers back in the fifties, sitting next to her while she pointed at and talked about each person. Grace was 99 years old when she died in 1978.
When Birdie, Grace's eldest daughter, died in 1993, my cousin called and offered the album to me. I was very thankful for her generosity. What I didn't know at the time is that my cousin was gravely ill and seeking preservation of our family's historical treasure.
A little white envelope containing two more tin types remains folded inside the cover - likely placed there by Grace. One of the photos is her husbands parents: my great grandfather and grandmother, George and Bernetta. For sure it was taken before 1863 - the year George died of typhoid fever while a soldier in the Civil War.
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And then there is this --
something that came into our
possession this week:
my husbands Great Grandfather's (Papa George) "fiddle."
This is a different George then mentioned above. (1873-1966)
He played a lively tune in the early 1900s, and was well known in the thriving community of Touchet, Washington.
It looks like I'm going to have to do some detective work and find out more about Papa George...AND his violin. I also must find an honored position on the wall for its display.
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