This picture is of Keith’s grandmother Mary McDonell holding a baby. On the photo is written 1911. This means that the baby is probably my father, Keith. Unfortunately he is looking away so we cannot see his face. He would be about a year old. It would be in International Falls because Mary came with her family from Canada in 1901.
The real pleasure is studying my great-grandmother in her long dark skirt. Her wonderful face. She is intently looking at the photographer. There is snow on the ground and she is out in the weather without a coat. I take that to mean she was hardy person or it was a warm day.
This photo was among Keith’s photo collection so it probably did have some meaning to him. I love it for this is one of two photos of her that I have. The first one was the formal portrait of the family shown in an earlier post.
This photo is a little more of her personality. My Aunt Eddie, Mary’s granddaughter and sister to Keith told me one day of an older lady who lived upstairs in their house and smoked a pipe. I believe that lady to be Mary.