Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt invites all Homo Sepians to share photos of people framed in a doorway.
While not exactly IN the doorway, the 1925 varsity basketball team of Harrisonburg Teacher’s College posed framed in the archway of the porch leading to the doorway of their home away from campus while on their Southwestern Virginia basketball tour.
|HTC Basketball Team|
Nashville, Tennessee 1925
The quality of the photo is so poor and the size so small that the who’s and why’s for years failed to pique my interest until I noticed that the people are the same ones as in this official team photo glued to the last page of my grandaunt Velma Davis Woodring’s college scrapbook.
|Official Team photo 1925|
Now THAT picture grabbed my attention. Look at Aunt Velma kneeling on the front row (2nd from the right). She made the varsity team as a freshman. What an athlete she must have been!
So what is a dutiful niece to do but search for the story of her aunt’s contributions in the glory days of the HTC basketball team? Fortunately, the 1925 yearbook printed a summary of the winning season declaring 6 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie.
Culminating the 1925 season was the week-long Southwestern Virginia tour. It was a real road trip, too, beginning at Roanoke and moving on to Radford, both in Virginia. Then the team went to Nashville, Tennessee where they lost to Peabody College but not before Peabody exhausted all its reserve players to defeat the Purple & Gold Basketeers of HTC. HTC then finished the tour in Knoxville with a win over the University of Tennessee. Velma must have been thrilled to be part of such a season and such a team.
Then this dutiful niece saw THIS page of the yearbook:
|from The Schoolma'am 1925|
Then I studied the names of the players:
That’s curious. Velma’s name isn’t there. Nine names. Nine girls in the photo plus the coach. Certainly Velma didn’t quit the team – the photo was taken by a photographer in Nashville.
With the help of the yearbook, I started matching names to faces. And then there it was:
Not Velma at all! It was Jessie Rosen. Shoot!
But wouldn’t YOU think it was Velma too, knowing Velma looked like this: