Because I don’t have enough of my own family’s photo albums and scrapbooks to sort through, I like to bring home other peoples’ photo albums and scrapbooks and plop them on my living room floor, where they sit for months until I do something with them. That day is today, people!
I spotted these photo albums and scrapbooks at a garage sale in Traverse City earlier this year (not the family’s garage sale), and, well, I couldn’t bear the thought of them ending up in a dumpster headed to their final resting place. So, of course, I brought them home. I’m hoping some family will be delighted that I’ve rescued their precious photos and memories, and overjoyed when I drop them off to wherever they might live.
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Here’s what I’ve been able to deduce about these photo albums and scrapbooks:
- They belong to Patricia Elliott and her family. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Elliott, and they lived on Sixth Street in Traverse City in the 1930s and 1940s.
- It appears that they also had a log cottage on a lake somewhere. I made a note earlier in the year that it might be Long Lake, but didn’t find that reference when I looked through the photos this morning.
- They had an adorable dog named Ricky.
- They had kin in Ironwood, Michigan, and Sandusky, Ohio.
- They were related to or friends with the Wilhelm family; specifically, Gloria Wilhelm and Dorothy Wilhelm.
- They were friends with Mary Lou Strang and Mozelle Sawyer, who I believe grew up to be a violinist, and whom I may have played with in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra in the 1970s.
- Patricia – noted as “Pat” in all the photo albums – went to MSU and was there in the mid-1940s. She had a date with Fred Linderman, at some point during her college days.
- She took fencing at MSU and also taught a fencing class to the sophomores.
- She was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority.
- She worked at the Traverse City Record-Eagle when she was home on vacation.
So there you have it. Anyone know any Elliotts who lived on Sixth Street in the 1930s and 1940s? Can you help me get these family archives back to them?
Feel free to leave a comment in the comments section at the bottom of this story, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. They look like a lovely family. Check out a few photos…