Saturday, April 7, 2012

Young Patty

This is Patty Richardson grandmother. This photo was sent to me by my sister, Linda, via e-mail some time ago and I've been trying to restore it with Photoshop. My sis is a much more capable historian and researcher than I am and when our mom passed away, Linda took the family's collection of photos home with her. I'm glad she did and I'm glad that she's interested in the family history.

I got to meet and know our grandmother but she passed away when I was very young so my memories are a little fuzzy. Linda and I think this photo of Patty shows her in her wedding seems to fit the styles of the time and, as you can see, Patty is quite young here. I can't recall how long my grandparents were married before they had their children but my dad (the oldest of three sons) was born in 1913 so this photo is over a hundred years old. As was the norm in those days, Patty had a lot of grit! Widowed at an early age and with three young boys to raise, Patty seems to have been up to the job. She worked as a station agent and telegrapher for the Texas and Pacific Railroad and lived through some wild times. She worked, mostly, on the western division of the T&P and often worked nights with only her dog and a Colt .32 automatic pistol for company...quite a gal, I'd say and I'm so glad I got to spend a little time with her!

I've been doing this blog about 3 years now and I think this is the first time I've posted a photo that I didn't take. I guess there are all kinds of ways to judge your success as a photographer...if 100 years from now, one of my photos can evoke the feelings that I have for this photo...I will have done a great job!

The mighty Cormorant...from Sunday's trip to the harbor.

The mighty Sunflower...also from Sunday's outing.


Paula said...

Very interesting entry. I like the old pictures with the dresses and hair styles from back then. We had neighbors in Somerset, Texas by the name of Richardson in the 50's.

Wendy said...

Love it, she was gorgeous! It is amazing how strong our early ancestors were and what they did to survive! So glad you shared this with us and a terrific job fixing the photo! Love the photos you took too!! It's been beautiful lately!

shutterflycutie said...

I see a strong resemblance in you of your grandmother. Hope my grandson favors me as much! I miss my grnadmother and my grandson...