Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Family Photographs - Post 28

I'm posting old family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here is one of the most precious (to me) images from my Seaver family collection:

These are the first three children of my grandparents, Frederick W. and Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver. From left to right, the children pictured are Marion Seaver (born 1901), Stanley Seaver (born 1905) and Evelyn Seaver (born 1903). I think that the picture was taken in 1907 or 1908. It's difficult to tell what the setting was, although it must be in or near Leominster, Massachusetts. Their father, Frederick W. Seaver, probably took this picture.

This is the only picture I have of Stanley Richmond Seaver (1905-1910), who died of scarlet fever locked away from his family. Marion always remembered touching his hand through a slot in the door when he was quarantined.

This family photograph was found in the collection of my parents in the 1988 time frame. My mother passed it to me then.

1 comment:

Sally J. said...

"Marion always remembered touching his hand through a slot in the door when he was quarantined."

Oh Randy, what a heartbreaking anectdote. I am literally holding back tears. This one sentence speaks volumes about what life was like 100 years ago. Thank you for sharing it.

I feel so fortunate to live in an era (and a part of the world) where it's normal to expect all of our children to survive into adulthood.

Hmmm. Maybe we should call it "Wednesday + Words."