After submitting my story to your newsletter a couple of weeks ago, I am excited to report that the 1899 photo I described has found its way home! The photo depicted a dogtrot log cabin with four adults at the fence in front of the house and I was pretty sure the location was somewhere in Texas. I received four responses, and one of them was a sure thing. A lady named Suzy in Wichita Falls told me her mother had related stories about her grandmother, Margarett Davis Lowrey (Margarett spelled with two "t"s just like on the back of the photo!) growing up in a dogtrot cabin with a separate kitchen. There is a small building next to the cabin in the photo that is most likely the kitchen. Her grandmother was one of the women standing at the fence in the photo. The family became estranged and years later a fire burned what few family mementos remained.
I came upon this photo because decades ago my grandparents took care of an older couple in a nursing home who had no one else to look after their needs. When they both died, my grandparents received their few possessions. This photo, a wedding ring, and a cameo brooch were among them. With my grandparents gone, my mother and I are pleased to pass on to Suzy all three items as links to her long lost family. She says she even has the same eyes and square jaw line as her grandmother and great grandmother in the photo. I want to thank TIAS newsletter for giving us the chance to link up in this way. It has been very satisfying and a whole lot of fun, and someday I even hope to meet Suzy. May I take this opportunity to remind everyone to write full names on the backs of photos with pencil or an acid-free pen (can be purchased in any crafts department). Please don't assume the people in your photos will forever be recognized.....Daisy
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