Womenfolk I Know

Ah! Another page of familiar faces. This woman's stare...I have seen it somewhere. The eyebrows are a horizontal accent to an intense gaze. The mouth is held in a slight frown and she has that Minor Roman nose.  Who does this woman remind me of? Sarah Minor, that's who!  My great-grandfather's sister. The story here … Continue reading Womenfolk I Know

That’s Me!!: (almost) Wordless Wednesday

I have scanned a number of family photographs from the early 1900s recently. I paused over this one, and returned to gaze upon this scene, time after time.  The baby of the trio, Paul, appears to have pulled the book, hard, his way, so that he can see what Ivan and Janet are smiling about. … Continue reading That’s Me!!: (almost) Wordless Wednesday

Vannoy Joy: 1911

Bedie Harrington Vannoy was the daughter of Sarah Minor Harrington McClure.  Born in Greene County, Pennsylvania around 1880, Beatrice "Bedie" married John Vannoy in the early part of the 20th century and moved with him to Iowa, where he was a minister.  Bedie kept close touch with her family back home, writing frequently, particularly to … Continue reading Vannoy Joy: 1911

I’m a Big Brother! : Ivan Vannoy circa 1911

  In 1911, Donald Minor's cousin, Bedie Harrington Vannoy, had her third child out in Iowa.  The little boy was eventually named Paul, and returned with siblings Ivan and Janet to visit their grandmother, Sarah Minor Harrington McClure, and their great-grandpa, Francis Marion Minor, with whom Donald lived while his father convalesced from migraines in … Continue reading I’m a Big Brother! : Ivan Vannoy circa 1911