Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt sent me scrambling for a story of my coal mining ancestors. But despite so many collaterals living in West Virginia, my coal mining cupboard was bare. They were farmers, just plain everyday farmers. My Shenandoah Valley miners were no prize either; they mined iron ore.
|Velma titled this "Us and Our Mothers"|
Standing: Thelma and Velma
Seated: Attie Hockman and Mary Frances Davis
The Hockmans started the Home Fuel and Supply Co, Inc. in 1918. Jake was president and Attie was one of the directors for the company dealing in both building supplies and coal.
In 1927 the Shenandoah Magazine ran a series of brief sketches about the businessmen in Shenandoah. High praise and significant column-inches were given to J. P. Hockman whose business philosophy was to provide “proven material that must stand the test of time and wear.”
|Jacob "Jake" Hockman on the right|
scanned from Shenandoah:
A History of Our Town and Its People
Probably one of Jake’s best customers was my great grandfather Walter Davis. He was a carpenter and house builder who built not only his own home on Sixth Street next door to the Hockmans, but also many of the houses in Shenandoah, quite a few of them right there on Sixth Street.
|More Davis-built homes across the street;|
the one on the right was where my mother grew up
Now after reading about Jake Hockman, I have begun rethinking this lumberyard of Walter’s. So far there is no evidence that he ever owned a lumberyard. However, the description of the location of Hockman’s building sounds much like where we were that day when we thought we were grabbing a piece of the Davis heritage. ~Sigh~ Maybe it’s Hockman heritage.
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