My theme for the A to Z April Challenge is “In-Laws and Out-Laws – Friends of the Family.” I will be researching friends, colleagues, neighbors - those people who came and went touching my family’s lives in both small and large ways.
Virginia is one of my favorite people whose pictures are dotted throughout my grandaunt Velma Davis Woodring’s college scrapbook. The two grew up together in Shenandoah, Virginia. In 1910, Virginia’s father William Thomas Cole was a fireman for the steam railroad but moved into the retail business by 1920. Virginia was the oldest of four children, and she was the only girl.
Virginia and Velma attended Harrisonburg Teachers College (later Madison College and then James Madison University) and graduated in 1926. That year must have been a mixture of happy and sad times for Virginia. Her mother Bertie Cutlip Cole died in February, four months before graduation.
By 1930, Virginia’s father had remarried and moved to Hagerstown, Maryland. At this point I have lost track of Virginia. I know she married because I saw her name in her youngest brother’s obituary. But can I find that information now? No.
Virginia’s photos give the impression of someone who enjoyed a good laugh.
|Unknown, Velma, Virginia, Thelma Hockman|
|Virginia is thumbing her nose at|
the camera - shame on her!!
But funny too ~
|Velma captioned this "On the Rocks"|
Thelma Hockman, Velma, and Virginia
standing in a stream
|Virginia Cole and Olive Williams|
Virginia and Velma visited Olive
in Martinsburg, WV July 1925
She wasn’t involved in many activities in school but apparently gained quite a reputation as a team player in the Athletic Association and YWCA.
What became of Virginia Cole is a story for some other time, I suppose. (Kicking myself for not making note when I saw it the first time.)
Don’t vacillate now. Please venture to the venerable vanguard of verisimilitude in the vernacular at the A to Z April Challenge to view a veritable vortex of veracious verbalizations before they vanish.