My Grandmother, Mary Marguerite Hutchins Beckington, loved books. Before she got married she was a teacher. I don't recall seeing many books in her house, nor do I recollect a bookcase, but she must have had one. One of my earliest memories is visiting her in her small, quaint red house with the cherry trees in the back yard and walking down the sidewalk to the nearby public library. I loved being surrounded by books and I have many bookcases in my house!
I was happy to find a few photos from her Dekalb Normal College (is now Northern Illinois University) album. I believe Marguerite graduated in 1912. These photos are of her friends, she is not in them. I love the photo above - if the photo was captured today, I would assume Bess was texting, but I like to think Bess has a small book of poetry in her hand and Bob is taken with her beauty and possibly eating his lunch.
This post is participating in and linked to "Sepia Saturday"
|Moses, Smith & Sullivan.|
|Ruth and Blonde|
|Thirza and Elsie|
The photo below I added due the sharp eye of Wendy who asked the question if the "Trouble Cleft" flag (above) was a play the two young ladies above might be in, so I went through my grandmother's album and found the photo below. (My guess is it's a fun name for their choral group) I also googled and found a reference that a man named Howard Nash Johnston had been known "the "King" of a group known as the "Trouble Clefts". He graduated 1910 from this same college.
|My grandmother, Marguerite Hutchins (married name Beckington) front, left. (Love that huge hair bow!)|