Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday's Faces From the Past ~ Group of Women

This photo was among a few that one of my second cousins inherited when her uncle passed last year. She graciously sent me over some copies. As you can see cousin Bruce has defaced the photo by circling his grandma's face and pointing to her. I think a note in the margin would have been much nicer. I guess I shouldn't complain. Grandma Smedley noted above is actually my great-grandma Ida Buck Smedley.

I have no idea who the other women are, or the three little children for that matter.  The photo was probably taken in Bear Lake County, Idaho somewhere. It was probably taken some time in the 1940s and it's quite possibly a group of Relief Society Women.

If you are a Bear Laker, or have ancestors from that area, it's possible that you may know some of these ladies. Please let me know if you do.

Leslie Ann


  1. Hi, Leslie. I have a tumble/jumble of thoughts about this photo.

    I'm not from Bear Lake so I don't know any of these ladies but it was fun to look at the photo up close and notices their dresses and all the different trims and decorations.

    I suspect that the lady in the center row, fourth from the right, is the mother of those little ones sitting down front. Perhaps they were late arrivals or leaving early because they all still have their coats on. But who knows....

    It's easy to imagine that some of the ladies were born in the 1870s or 1880s, which certainly condenses time in my mind.

    Don't you wish that circle your cousin added had been done digitally? It would have been so easy to remove!

    1. My great-grandmother was born in 1868. I guess I could try to digitally remove the circle from around her face. Thanks for the idea :-)

  2. Grace lived in Montpelier, correct? So perhaps these ladies are likely from Montpelier?

    1. It is my great-grandmother Ida Buck Smedley in the photo, but her and Grace both lived in Paris. There may very well be Montpelier women in the photo cause I don't know where it was taken.



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