Photo Corner, 14 July 2008

Mary Thistle LorimerContributed by Gayle Hardin
This is my grand-aunt, Mary Thistle Lorimer, taken where the family resided for the early years in Canada. This picture was taken by a professional photographer in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, around 1910. My mother attended her wedding at age three months in 1914.

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Marie Louise Vesely Hilpert and Evelyn Marie Hilpert LewisContributed by Gayle Vernon  
Marie Louise Vesely Hilpert was my maternal great-grandmother (grandmother’s side). She was born in 1889 in Nebraska and died in 1966 at Long Beach, California. She is holding her daughter Evelyn Marie Hilpert Lewis born 1910 and died 1970. This beautiful photo was taken in 1910.

10 thoughts on “Photo Corner, 14 July 2008

  1. Love the hat in picture # 1. It is great to see the styles in the early pictures.

  2. Gayle, I hope you are a Hardin by birth. I am. My brick wall is my gr, great grandfather John Hardin, born in 1771 in what he swore was Kentucky. I know as statehood goes, things didn’t happen that early. His Kentucky may have been the territory still owned by Virginia. He had restless legs and they took him all over the place. He built homes in Kentucky and Tenn.ans Ark. At age of 49 he moved with his wife and children from Tenn. to Ark.(Crawford county)about 1824. I believe Old John Hardin died after the 1850 Arkansas state census.I can’t find our family or much of it in 1860 censuses anywhere in Ark. or Texas. The Hardin’s are related to the Hart and Vass families of Kentucky. My cousin is Her name is: Linda Brammer. maiden name Linda Harden. Her grandma Martha C.Hearne Harden changed the spelling of her new surname.We may be really distant cousins. I have not had the occasion to research New York state for ancestors yet but, one of the early people sent to our new country ” way back when” was named Hardin. Just about in the 1600’s. We will always be the Hard working Hardin’s, with not much money, if any. Lots of kids. Nothing as famous as we’d like. but we are happy.You have to think positive no matter what the Good Lord throws at you. Just smile!!

  3. Gayle-
    Marie L.V. Hilpert was one very attractive lady…and that hat!!! I’ll bet two things: #1. Marie had a really fun nickname; #2. Evelyn was naturally happy all her life. – With a Mom like that, you can see she was off to a great start!

    My Dad was born in 1910 also. – We were the best of friends.

    Thanks for sharing that great photo!

    Phil Scott-Smith

  4. Mother and Baby both look happy – that’s unusual for the period. A lovely picture in every way!

  5. How fortunate to have a photograph from that period with the subjects smiling and naturally posed and exhibiting some personality! Such a treasure.

  6. I also love that hat! ! and agree about the beautiful smiling Mom and baby. I love those dresses of long ago.[both ladies] I know they’re not practical in this day, but they were just so elegantly dressed.

  7. Thanks to everyone for the commnents on my grandma and great grandma. Yes they were fun people and had real pioneer spirit. Even though she had beautiful clothes and such a hat!…she then lived in Bountiful, Utah in a little cabin in the middle of nowhere. The women in the family are all strong and had a sense of fun. Unlike many photos of the time, I never saw a stern photo of(or experienced a stern moment with) either one of them.

  8. Gayle,
    Thank you for contributing such lovely pictures. The Wedding dress looks so simimilar to my Grandmothers who had her wedding dress copied from her husbands grandmother, by a stage designer, and also sewn by hand. The original was sewn by all the girls in the family and

  9. Gayle,
    Thank you for contributing such beautiful photographs. The wedding dress was so similar to my Grandmothers I had to look twice. We forget that in that period women were not married in white. My grandmother had her husbands grandmothers copied by a stage designer. Also sewn by hand taking several months. Lulu Karolena married Fred F. Goodsell in 1905 in Berkley, Ca. The original undergarments included a slip, an underskirt of ruffles, bloomers, and camisole, which were as beautiful as the exterior. The dress also was in two pieces with a cumberbund. It also has been worn by 3 generations and I hope to be the 4th, arriving and leaving the church in a horse drawn surrey.
    Both photographs definitly are a reminder of a slower paced society and certainly are treasures, now only seen in museums.

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