This week’s Sepia Saturday photo prompt of a hurling team presented a real challenge for me since I have NO hurlers in the family, if you can believe that. I did consider this photo of my grandfather’s cousins who appear ready to HURL themselves off the Skyline Drive to the valley below:
|I don't know what year this was, but it must have been|
in the early years of the Skyline Drive. The overlook
appears not to be paved yet.
OK, so they don’t look like they’re in any hurry to jump. I really just needed an excuse to use this picture!
|I wish I knew who these 2|
boys were. It is dated 1925.
They were either cousins or
neighbors of the Davis family
in Shenandoah, Virginia.
The flat caps worn by the 1921 Leinster Senior Hurling team of the prompt photo caught my eye. Many young boys of Page County, Virginia wore the flat cap in the 1920s, too.
Judging by my collection of old family photos, the flat cap was the signature accessory of several generations of Davis men.
and as a young man, probably a teenager,
His father and my great-grandfather Walter Beriah Sylvester Davis owned at least one such cap. Here he is swinging on the front porch of the Sears catalog Craftsman-style home that he built sometime in the early 1920s. My aunt (widow of my uncle Orvin Jr.) still lives in that very house in Shenandoah, Virginia.
A day along the river in the spring of 1927 could find all three generations of Davis men in flat caps. Here’s Walter with his first grandchild, my uncle Orvin Jr. who was wearing a flat cap just like the big boys.
|Grandma's toes were gripping the ground|
as hard as her fingers were gripping
Orvin Jr's strong little hand.
It seems Orvin Jr. was determined to hurl himself into the river!
Grab your hat and hurl yourself over to Sepia Saturday to see how others have been inspired by the hurling team of Kilkenny.