Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Aunt Effie

I appreciate all your interest when I show
you some of the pictures of my ancestors I inherited
and the stories of their lives.
I told you last week about 3 of my Aunts
that I am so intrigued with.

So today I want to introduce your to
Effie Lenora Wilson Larabee
born 1869 and died 1937 at what I 
consider a young age of 68.
She was only four years old when her Mother passed away.
I wonder if she remembered her Mother?
She was very close with her sister my Great Grandmother
Here is her family
Aunt Effie is on the left and my Great Grandmother on the right
with their father and 2 brothers
She married the local school teacher 
Robert Larabee
she was 22 and he was 30
They lived near my Great Grandparents
This is there home, with them working out in the yard of their new home.
Aunt Effie and Uncle Robert never had any children.
But they so loved their nieces and nephews.

They traveled with my Great Grandparents
Here they are in Colorado
Niagara Falls August 1911
Aunt Effie, Uncle Robert, Great Grandparents James and Catherine
Wawona California
They seem happy in the company of each other

How cute, she is tempting him with an apple.
They were such a handsome couple.
Times were so happy, then the depression came then
illness came.
Uncle Robert became ill in 1934
I have the letters she wrote when he was away in the hospital
and she was visiting him. The pain in her letters for her 
beloved Robert. I even have trouble reading them,
the sadness in her words just leap off the page at you.
She would live 3 more years after his death.
Days spent with my Grandmother and her sister.
I am sure this was the only Christmas they were not together.
I found this only last week in a box.
They lived in Ashmore and Charleston is only 10 miles away but it might as well
of been an ocean away that Christmas.
1934 Christmas present to her sister was their Mothers bible.
I am now finding poetry she has written.
This is was sent to her brother John.
He must of given it back to her for now I have it.
I also now realize the bookcase that was always
in my Grandparents dining room, that my 
brother now has belonged to Aunt Effie.
All these things I learn by reading
                                            Aunt Annie's (her niece) diaries about our family.

This is the last picture I have of Aunt Effie
she was coming thorough Union Station in 
St. Louis and had it made.
10 Mar 1937
She died in November and 
was laid next to her beloved Robert.

Before I knew her through Aunt Annie diaries, she and
Uncle Robert were mythical to me.
I would see all those travel pictures and postcards from them
and think what an interesting couple.
I think they were......


Olive said...

The Great Depression did untold damage to so many. My Joe's parents lived through it and were painfully frugal throughout there lives. They saved and saved then gave each of Joe's kids a huge savings bond upon graduation from high school. They never forgot what it meant to be hungry. Your Aunt lost her dear Robert as a result of that time it seems.

On Crooked Creek said...

The photo of the house looks exactly like my husband, "Mr. Ed's" grandparents home. What a lovely tribute to your Aunt Effie.It is raining here and this made such a good read with my tea! Thank you, also for your sweet comment and visit On Crooked Creektoday! Stop by again , soon!

Anonymous said...

HI Ann! Oh, what a wonderful story of your Aunt Effie. Love all of your pictures and how marvelous you have them. Your family looks like they had a great time.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cheryl said...

It is so great that you know so much about your great Aunt! I have gone to auctions that have the old family photos that none of the family knows who they are so they get auctioned off to people who are no relation, that is so sad to me. Make sure to keep the info with the pictures for future generations.

I love seeing old pictures and it's even more special when I get to hear the stories of the people in the pictures.

Take care.

DearHelenHartman said...

I adore your stories. They remind me so much of the stories of my own family. It always makes me sad when I meet people who have no sense of family history, of where they came from or what the people before them went through to get them here. It just feels like they are adrift when they could be part of something bigger, something finite and still eternal - a family.

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful story. It is these stories that keep our families alive for us. What a wonderful tribute to your Aunt Effie- xo Diana

Sara said...

This is wonderful Ann. I love seeing all the pictures and you tell their story so beautifully. :)


Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Hi Ann,
You are so very lucky to have such wonderful pictures and stories of your family... I LOVE when you share with us, I feel like we are in those pictures with them. LOVE the one on the donkeys and them sharing an apple...
Thank you for letting us be a part of your history,
Big Hugs,

Curtains in My Tree said...

I do enjoy family pictures and stories
it's so interersting to find old pictures I always think

we only have a hand full of old pictures and my youngest sister has them HID in her house LOL