|Great-grandmother Louisa Petitjohn Smith and our darling grandmother, Mary Smith Raney, c 1907, probably at the boarding house they ran in Fredonia, Kansas. Note Mary with a root vegetable and knife in her hands.|
|Mary Raney with baby Geneva on her lap and 4 yr-old Mary Agnes at her feet|
|Louise Raney, age 7|
|Paul and Dennis Raney ages 12 and 10|
|Our grandfather Frank Raney nearly hidden|
|Our great-grandmother Louisa Petitjohn Smith (1849-1931)|
|Geneva Raney on a pony on Nora Street. The photographer came along and someone must have had 25 or 50 cents to purchase a photo. Mom looks to be about 11 years old, so c.1936|
Christi Nail, a descendant of Whitman Hill Dyson, our 2nd great-grandfather, and father of Nancy Dyson Raney pictured below, sent me a group photo, which I edited for this close-up.
John Whitman Dyson (1897-1971). See my blog about Whitman and his three wives HERE. John and youngest brother, Leonard Dyson (1901-1977), which Whitman had with his 3rd wife Ella. aren't pictured in the photo below because they hadn't been born. Based on the ages of the three boys pictured, the photo was taken about 1896, which places the large photograph of Whitman Dyson that hung in Grandpa's house to the same photo session
Willard Dyson (1879-1936), son of 2nd wife Sarah Jane, making him 3rd wife Ella's half-brother. Ella was Sarah Jane's deaf-mute daughter. Boy on left Joseph Alva Dyson (1891-1970), boy on right Grover Dyson (1890-1857). Sarah Ellen "Ella" Roy Dyson (1865-1934) and our 2nd great-grandfather, Whitman Hill Dyson (1836-1914)
Here's the same Dyson family at home in Pike County, Indiana, in 1897 when Ella was pregnant with John. Note that she hung her wash on the fence behind her. Christi said the house was burned after the coal mining company purchased the land and the family moved on. The boys were our 2nd great-uncles.
I'll end with the group photograph from 1919, probably at James and Nancy Raney's house because they're in the middle. Most of these people are our relatives. Nancy had four older sisters; perhaps one or more are in the group. Ella, Whitman Dyson's widow, is sitting behind our pretty great-aunt Esther. Scroll to the right - the white-haired man with the hat on his lap might be Peter Dougan (1845-1922), James Raney's mother's brother. Whitman's son Christi's grandfather, John Whitman Dyson (1897-1971), and his first wife (the droopy girl), are in the middle in the back row; to their right with all the hair is Willard Dyson and probably his young blond wife. The others, unidentified, are all gone now. Always put the names on the backs of photos.
I invite you to scan and email me old photos you have of our extended family and I will eventually post them on this blog. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You when young, your parents, your kids. Just make sure they're in focus so I can crop them for close-ups. We'll finish with the song "Picture on the Wall" HERE
Postscript: Cousin Pat tried to comment, but it appears the blog isn't currently allowing comments, so he emailed me. He wrote:
Yes, they raised rabbits and chickens. Grandpa built the hutches and coops, but it seemed that Grandma, Paul (my dad) and Denny did the work. They did this twice at the rental houses in Yardley. Dad related that he attended junior high in east Spokane, Chief Garry, and rode the trolley in to school. But twice a week he dressed two rabbits, carefully wrapped them in freshly laundered cloths and placed them in his satchel. He rode the trolley into the city and sold the rabbits to the head chef at the Davenport Hotel before returning to school. This helped supplement the income of the family.
I have noticed how much your mother resembled a young Mary (grandma) and in the picture that you posted, the is a resemblance of my sister, Sandra. In other views, I see a notion of my Dad’s face. Genes run deep.