Wordless Wednesday – Stephen Mirota and Friends, 1928

Stephen Mirota, age about 18, with friends. "That's right take it easy while I'm gone." 1928

Stephen Mirota with friends. “That’s right take it easy while I’m gone.” Photograph copyright Genealogy Sisters.

This photograph was taken in Readington Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, when Stephen Mirota was 17 years old. It was taken at his family’s farm. That is Pickle’s Mountain in the distance. Steve is the handsome lad in the middle. The two other young men look very dapper. They could be friends from Readington Township, or co-workers.

Worldess Wednesday is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneablogger.

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Remembering the slow time of childhood ~ Six Word Saturday

DoranSiblingsB_0001Remembering the slow time of childhood.

Right around now, someone would comment about how summer was half over. When I was a child, back to school was always after Labor Day. Until then, the days seemed endless and time slowed down. Here in this photo I’m the little one standing with my siblings, waiting for the school bus.

There were fields on all four sides of our house, and we were allowed to roam. We spent time gleaning ripe fruit and berries, climbing trees like the elephant tree, riding our bikes with siblings and friends, and also hiking up the small mountain behind our house. My parents had two main rules – always have a buddy with you, and come home before dark.

Hope your summer is a relaxing one. When you have a moment, check out other Six Word Saturday musings, hosted by Cate at Show My Face, by clicking on the image below. Enjoy!

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Elizabeth Doran Rafferty – Irish Beauty

Photograph courtesy of Rafferty family.

Photograph courtesy of Rafferty family.

One of the joys of doing genealogy is connecting with cousins. Sometimes these cousins have photographs of family to share, and I feel like I have just hit the lottery. This delightful photo was sent to my sister and I in 2003, from our second cousin Robin Rafferty Benesh. She in turn had obtained the scan from her cousin, Claudette, and the James Rafferty family. The beautiful lady on the right is supposed to have been Elizabeth Doran Rafferty (1886-1933). She was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and had married Thomas Rafferty there in 1906. This photo could have been taken in Kearny, Hudson County, New Jersey.

The Rafferty family thinks that Elizabeth was in some kind of play. She was noted in the family for having a lovely singing voice, and had won singing and dancing contests in Belfast. The rest of the cast is a mystery!

Wordless Wednesday is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers. Good luck with your photo mysteries!

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