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Last group photos of the Woodruff sisters, early 1950s

My garage clear-out yielded these two group photos of my grandmother Fannie B. Woodruff and her five sisters, Jennie, Flora, Mildred, Cecelia, and Bertha—the children of William Earl Woodruff and Wealthy Ann Angus. The photos were damaged and faded, but some “Photoshopping” has helped to revive them a bit. Oldest sister Jennie died in October 1955 so the image was obviously taken sometime prior to that. Sister Flora Ulrich lived out in California, so maybe this photo was taken to commemorate her visit to New Jersey or to mark some other special/solemn occasion, perhaps even the death of one of their spouses. My grandfather died in May 1951 and Jennie’s in December 1953. The location I am not sure of; but I think it may have been my grandmother’s home in Scotch Plains, NJ. I think it’s somewhat sweet that in the top photo they are all looking in different directions as if trying to catch their best sides. In the photos I have of them in their much younger years, all heads were always pointed in the same direction.

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Front Row: Jennie Bell Woodruff Coleman, Fannie Bishop Woodruff Brodhead, Flora May Woodruff Baker Ulrich /// Back Row: Bertha Winans Woodruff, Wealthy Mildred Woodruff Brown, Cecelia Russum Woodruff Van Horn

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Front Row: Bertha (daughter #6) and Jennie (daughter #1) Back Row: Cecelia (daughter #3), Mildred (daughter #5), Fannie (daughter #4), Flora (daughter #2)

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The Woodruff Sisters

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From Boys to Men

These two photos are precious, and when placed side by side, even more so. Charles Brodhead–son of Frank M. Brodhead and Fannie Woodruff–is pictured together with his cousin Richard “Dick” Brown, son of Dr. G. Carlton Brown and Wealthy Mildred Woodruff (“Aunt Mil”). The second photo was taken on July 4, 1942, Charles’s last time home until November 1944. He went overseas with the U.S. Marines (Pacific theater) a month after this photo was taken.

Mid-1920s: Charles Brodhead with "Pete" on the left, and Dick Brown on the right

Mid-1920s: Charles Brodhead with “Pete” on the left, and Dick Brown on the right

Charles Brodhead with cousin Dick Brown (their moms were Fannie Woodruff Brodhead and Mildred Woodruff Brown)

Charles Brodhead with cousin Dick Brown (their moms were Fannie Woodruff Brodhead and Mildred Woodruff Brown)

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