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.
Unfortunately, the Woodruff sisters (the six children of William Earl Woodruff & Wealthy Ann Angus) did not pose together later in life as they did in their younger years (see previous post). But I do have a photo of four of them together from the 1950s. As time goes by, I will try to piece together more information about them and perhaps do a few more individual posts. (Note: A post about Bertha already appeared on this blog some time ago.) All the ladies made it into their eighties: Wealthy Mildred Brown – 86, Jennie Belle Coleman – 82, Cecelia Van Horn 87+ (still looking for an exact DOD), Fannie Brodhead – 84, Bertha Woodruff – 85, Flora May Baker Ulrich (married twice) – 85.