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Side-Eye Sally: 1899

Side-Eye Sally: 1899

Circa 1899. "Ekin, Mrs. L.M." Whose particulars may be divined and delineated after a jot of judicious Googling. (Hint: A Sally not really.) 5x7 inch glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

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Her Mother's Features

Martha’s only child, daughter Emma Josephine, displayed her mother’s features, as seen in her college yearbook photograph.

Josephine played the cornet in the Vandergrift High School Orchestra and graduated from West Chester State Teachers College in 1927.

Josephine [Ekin] Floyd, 99, formerly of Allegheny Township, died April 13, 2007, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Born in Charleston, W.Va. on September 1, 1907, she was the daughter of the late Lorian and Martha (Agnew) Ekin, and had lived in the Kiski Valley most of her life, until moving to the Greensburg area in 1993. Mrs. Floyd was a graduate of West Chester University and had taught second-grade math and science in the Vandergrift School District. She enjoyed golfing and ballroom dancing with her husband, Charles C. Floyd, who died in 1995.


Mr. Lorian Moreau Ekin married Martha Lucile Agnew in 1899 in Huntington, West Virginia. L.M. Ekin became a professor of shorthand and stenography at Indiana Normal School in Indiana, Pennsylvania, before entering private law practice in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. He held statewide positions in the Knights of Pythias fraternal order, while dabbling in local politics. In 1932, running for a seat in the Pennsylvania legislature on the Prohibition Party ticket, he finished seventh out of seven candidates. Lorian died in 1943, and Martha in 1960.

Poker Face

For some reason the instant I saw her I thought of the queen in a deck of cards.

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