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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Evelyn at 94

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Evelyn Hauer Kerr was born 116 years ago today. She became a great-great grandmother in 1988, shortly after her 94th birthday. Her memory was very poor by that time, but I think she always recognized her daughter Mary even on her worst days.

That was to be the last year of her life. She died December 19th and two days later was laid to rest beside her beloved Rosmer.

Today I'm celebrating Evelyn's birthday with Paint Shop Pro. The five-generation photo above was taken at the nursing home where Evelyn lived. Actually, it's cobbled together from a few snapshots taken that day, only one of which had baby Kim's whole head in it. The others had Evelyn's elbow instead! And I'm sure I don't have to tell anyone how hard it is to get one picture that everyone looks good in.

To make matters worse, Evelyn's red print dress and Brenda's aqua print blouse were in serious contention with the flowered drapes in the background. Really, the snapshots were horrible! And in the olden days, children, that would have been the end of the story. In 1988 I never would have imagined that I would someday be able to fix that mess and end up with a fairly satisfying five-generation portrait. Goodbye, heinous background! Auf wiedersehen, clashing colors!

Still not perfect, but much improved!


Joan said...

And I thought you were lucky or had a great photographer!! All the techno joys of life. That's a great photo, cobbled together or not --- and rather like one would like to remember it --- all looking good!

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Such a treasure! Happy birthday to Evelyn.

Cheryl said...

TK, this is great and a fine tribute to your grandma. To have 5 generations able to be in a photo is wonderful. Your grandma would be proud.

Renate said...

That's a great picture, T.K. I'm going to take some tips from your photo-shopping!


Wendy said...

This is a wonderful photograph, and you have done a great job with it!

Apple said...

So far photo editing is beyond me but you've done a wonderful job with this!

T.K. said...

Thanks for stopping by, fellow geneabloggers, and for your comments!

Blog Archive


Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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