Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday photo of the woman factory worker dressed in white brought to mind a beautiful graduation picture of my maternal grandfather’s cousin, Elta G. Sullivan Farrar.
I’m assuming this was a high school graduation picture, taken before 1920.
My grandparents maintained a lifelong friendship with their cousins, and they visited often. So as a kid, I met a lot of old people. My memories of most of them are rather dim. But my memories of Elta are clear because she was just so darn nice. And friendly. And cheerful.
In the Cradock neighborhood of Portsmouth, Virginia where I grew up, if you wanted to know what was going on in the community, you didn’t need to read the newspaper or wait for the news broadcast. You just had to check with cousin Elta. “Elta the Gazette” – that’s what my grandparents called her.
|Four of the Sullivan sisters|
Back: Minnie Sullivan Breeden
Left to right: Pearl S. Strole,
Elta S. Farrar, Floral S. Merica
Who died? Who is getting married? When is the baby due? The preacher said what? Elta the Gazette was our source for any and all details that mattered. My grandmother could be telling about how many flowers were at so-n-so’s funeral and about some store going out of business. If we asked where she heard that, her answer was usually, “The Gazette.” Oh well, then, it had to be true.
How Elta managed to gather all the latest news (and gossip) from the local community as well as from “back home” in Shenandoah where she and my grandparents grew up was always the mystery. Did she have a Deep Throat source we didn’t know about?
|Left: My grandmother Lucille Rucker Davis|
Right: Elta Sullivan Farrar
Maybe Elta’s knack for getting the scoop was just her sweet and engaging personality that made people want to tell her things.
Be sweet and stop by Sepia Saturday.