Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Images from the Past, Part 1 - The Badlands, South Dakota, 1915


Marguerite Hutchins is seen above in her highschool graduation photo.  She attended Northern Illinois State Normal School in Dekalb (which is now Northern Illinois University).  The summer of 1915, when she was 23, she and a group of friends traveled to Yellowstone National Park to work for the summer.  I have her journal and her photos.  This is my attempt to document this period in her life.

June 12, 1915 - Saturday

Took North Pacific line at St. Paul at 10 o'clock at night.  Came through S. Dakota.  Saw Bad Lands in afternoon on Sunday.  Came through Montana.


The above is a photo I particularly like that she took in 1915.  My guess is there are places that still look a lot like this.  But I do wonder what the big building on the left with the bell tower is.  I would hazard a guess to say it is a school as it seems in the middle of nowhere for a courthouse or post office.  Below I have linked the National Park Service's web site and a link to Google images of the Badlands.


Click HERE to be transported to the National Park Service Web Site
Click HERE for images of the Badlands National Park.

I will be hooking up with "Sepia Saturday" every week.  It is a site that gives bloggers an opportunity to share their history through the medium of photographs.

Most Wednesdays I will be posting "Images from the Past".

20 comments:

texwisgirl said...

I'm not sure my first comment went thru so i'll try again.

i'm always amused at how stern or serious folks thought they had to look in photos of that era. your (great?) grandma was quite the adventurer tho...

Carol Blackburn said...

Love the old photos!

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

She appears to have a serious and determined demeanor - don't cross this pretty lady!

lisa said...

This is wonderful Margaret, and I look so forward to seeing more!

nance marie said...

she was so pretty.

justine said...

wonderful old photo, she looks very pretty

Vicki Lane said...

These are charming! Love her dress or blouse.

And your experiments with photoshop are beautiful!

Brett Payne said...

Thanks for sharing these evocative photographs.

Is that "right" a left sort of "right," by the way?

Regards, Brett

Margaret said...

Texwisgirl, Yes, and I have found a few non-posed, truly laughing out loud photos that I will eventually post along with this journal.

Carol, Lisa, Nance & Justine - Thank you. My grandmother was always very pulled together and neat.

Eric - She was serious and determined but in a very ladylike, sweet, quiet way.

Vicki - My grandmother always wore dresses - I never saw her in pants. There is SO much to learn in photoshop...

Brett - Thank you! :) I fixed my "right". It is a left sort of right (LOL)

Kala said...

That second image is so lovely and makes a part of me wish I could have lived back then.

barbara and nancy said...

wow - i love her dress. gorgeous. can't wait to see the other photos you're going to post.
nancy
ladies of the grove

Howard said...

Absolutely stunning, thank you for posting. Marguerite was beautiful, but just look at the blouse she is wearing! is that a shirt waist? whatever it is, the work on it is incredible. Her eyes are particularly striking too. So, she took the photograph? And she took more photographs? you have another new follower!

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

A great post. Truly a beautiful woman and the outfit is lovely. She does look pretty serious.
QMM

Tattered and Lost said...

Looking forward to more of the beautiful girls world.

The large building looks very much like the school in Virginia City, Nevada.

Alan Burnett said...

Love it. You allow us to follow in her footsteps using not only her words but her images as well. What a great idea.

imagespast said...

What a pretty young lady Marguerite was - she is wearing an interesting necklace. Jo

Betsy said...

What a nice post about a lovely lady. Interesting that they called them 'normal' schools back then. My great uncle went to a 'normal' school

have to love the Bad Lands...those layers of rock are amazing!

Nancy said...

Marguerite is just beautiful. A serious pose for a formal photograph at the beginning of her adulthood. It seems 18-year-olds were more mature then than now. (But I think I can see the hint of the laugh that happened just before she adopted this pose.) I can hardly wait to see the laughing out loud photographs! Her dress is gorgeous!

Marilyn said...

She is so lovely, and so beautifully dressed.What treasures her journal and photos must be. I will be interested to leran more about her.

Bob Scotney said...

What a great photo to begin a post. With the Badlands' title I wasn't expecting this.