PHOTO OF THE WEEK: One of the most exciting benefits to a community project such as Greene Connections, is how the research becomes collaborative. Photograph collections from three families and one repository together, contributed to the identification of these five beautiful Waynesburg College Music Conservatory Graduates, Class of 1916.
|Sara Virginia (Elms) Simpson|
|Phyllis Affery (Beatley) Trescher|
|Helen Delilah (Patton) Leckey|
Helen Delilah Patton was a daughter of Joseph Patton and Ella Rebecca Webb, two long-established Greene County families. Candace's grandfather Howard Louis Leckey Sr. was also a Waynesburg College graduate (Class of 1918) and wrote a the well-known Greene County, Pennsylvania history book, The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families: A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley. Candace went on to share her family photo collection which you can view in full by visiting the Candace (Leckey) McPheron Collection and scrolling through.
|Frances Jane (Fry) Caldwell|
|Goldie Ruth (Loughman) Summersgill|
Watching as each graduate lit up with an identification that reunited her not only with her classmates, but also with her family, was especially fun and rewarding. Please keep this example in mind as you puzzle over unidentified photos. We can work together to solve these mysteries! You must give a little to get a little - share your photos! The context of these 1916 graduates was a vital clue. Watch for context clues in your photo collections. Finally, be patient, persistent and have fun!
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