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My mother referred to the house where her mother grew up as "the old Woodsfield House." This photo dates from 1895. The structure still stands (in slightly altered form) at 224 Eastern Ave., Woodsfield, Ohio — although I suspect the street number had not been assigned when the picture was taken. It was known then, and apparently still is, at least among older residents of Woodsfield, as "the Mallory house."
The little blond girl standing in front of the porch and sucking her thumb is my maternal grandmother, Gertrude Mallory Messner (1892-1975). The dapper croquet player in the hat is my great-grandfather, Wickliffe Ewing Mallory (1852-1911), a successful lawyer who built the house and went by his initials, "W.E." View full size.
Dad got this Peugeot as a commuter car to travel from our house in Chatham to Union, New Jersey each day. It had radial tires and a sun roof. With me at the wheel and Mom and sister. View full size.
I was still a year away as my brother and sister get ready for Easter 1946 in Rochester, New York. View full size.
Mom was May Queen at Franklin College, Indiana circa 1936. Had not met Dad yet. View full size.
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. Talk about a moment frozen in time. I'm in there somewhere but I've never been able to spot myself. View full size.
My first foreign holiday, Tenerife, Canary Islands. Picture says Aug 71 but it could well have been taken in 1970 and just sat in my parents camera for a year. I think this is the only picture of all of us that I have ever seen. If it's 1971, Dad would be just 33, mum is 29, my sister Julie 5 and I've just gone 3. Dad died in 1999, so I can't ask him why he looks like he's halfway ready to go to work when we're on the beach.