This is Patty Richardson Wingo...my 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 dress...it 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.