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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Class Photo

Class Photo

One of my favorite images from my collection. I'm guessing it to have been taken between 1890 and 1910 based upon the style of clothing. I'm assuming that this is a class photo taken right outside of the school.

All I know is that it was more than likely taken somewhere in New Jersey. One of the children (the girl with the somewhat severe haircut in the gray overcoat with the white collar to the lower left of the teacher) appears in other photos in the collection I was given with an older boy, most likely her brother. Oddly enough, the photos of her seem to stop at around the age of 10 or so, where photos of the boy take him into adulthood. Perhaps she died at an early age.

I find it fascinating that a classroom from over 100 years ago is so racially diverse. More likely than not, the majority of these children are from immigrant parents from around the globe and may themselves be first generation born in this country. I find this photo rather historic on that level.

Shoeshine

Shoeshine

My father in Havana, Cuba, around 1940. He's on the far left.

Grandmother Antonia Domeneche

Grandmother Antonia Domeneche

The only surviving photo of my paternal grandmother taken in the early 1920's in Havana, Cuba.

My Namesake

My Namesake

My great-great-grandfather Hutcheson, my namesake, in the early 1950s with my great-aunt. He came to America from Scotland in 1882. Worked and lived in Chicago putting on slate roofs in the Highland Park area. He was a proud member of the Freemasons. Note how dignified he was.

Texas Church Leaders, 1947

Texas Church Leaders, 1947

1947. Elders, Deacons and Minister of the Church of Christ in Hedley, Texas. That's my father, James Lee Willett, the minister, at left.

Betty Sue Haile -1946

Betty Sue Haile -1946

My mom in 1946 at age 17 in Joiner, Arkansas. I got a chuckle out of the Joe Terror Whiskey Store in the background. Also, this is the sister of the Young Navy Sailor (see below). She is the one that signed the papers for my Uncle to go into the Navy.

Little Boy, Big Fish

Little Boy, Big Fish

I found this in a box of old family photos. A note on the back of the picture states "Homer Hall and 47-pound catfish caught in Aug 1927." The Hall family (one of whom was married to an aunt of mine) lived in Hudson, Wisconsin, along the Mississippi River, so I imagine that is where the photo was taken.

 
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