Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt features a couple crossing a river. On January 25, 1925, “couples” seemed to be an important theme of the day for my grandaunt Velma Davis (later Woodring when she and Woody became an official couple).
In 1925, Velma was a student at Harrisonburg Teachers College (now James Madison University – Go Dukes!). Even though it was an all girls school, there were plenty of men sniffing around. Some lived locally; others came by bus from nearby schools like the University of Virginia and Virginia Military Institute.
|Top Left to Right: Unknown,|
Thelma Haga, Thelma Hockman,
Bottom: Velma Davis and Unknown
On that Sunday afternoon in January, several couples posed for pictures at “Lucas’s house.” I have no idea who Lucas was. Aware that Lucas is a common surname in the Shenandoah Valley, I searched the 1920 census for Harrisonburg, and sure enough there was a Lucas family who ran a boarding house. Maybe one or more of the young men who were paired up with Velma and her friends were living there in 1925.
|Mac and Skeeter|
Of course, Lucas could be a first name as well, so Lucas COULD be this young man with Thelma Haga, another one of Velma’s college friends. Velma captioned this photo “Quite contented.” If this is Lucas, then they were not content for long. Thelma married a man named Charles Ragland in 1930.
|Thelma Haga and Friend|
captioned: Quite contented
As for Velma and one-half of “Mac and Skeeter,” they didn’t work out either. Two years later – almost to the day – she married Arthur “Woody” Woodring.
Hold on tight as you cross the river to Sepia Saturday.
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