Ina Sue Robertson and Hiram Lee Farris
Ina Sue Robertson Farris and daughter, Sarah Frances Farris, at their house on Cherry Mountain Street in Forest City, N.C., on a picture postcard. Sarah was born Dec. 15, 1928, so this was around 1930.
Ina in fine style.
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Lee Farris, first name Hiram.
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Written on the front edge of this picture are the words, "Rest for the weary on top of Cherry Mt." Lee and Ina are on the right. The man on the left is Charlie Devinney, and the woman is Ina's friend Jack. Writing on the back has been mostly destroyed. The readable part says, "Ever remember this April 1923 Easter."
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Later in the year ... Written on the back of this photo is, "Made Xmas day 1923 at home of Mrs. Chas. Davis ... Miss Merle Davis ... Miss Ina Robertson." Merle, on the left, married William Bradley Umstead, who served as governor of North Carolina in 1953 and 1954. Umstead died in office in November 1954 and was succeeded by Luther Hodges. Merle was born July 11, 1901, and died April 14, 1988, in Durham, N.C. Mrs. Charles Davis, Merle's mother, was Daisy Tabitha Washburn Davis, better known to some of us as "Aunt Daisy", although she was not related. Charles Davis and Ina both were great-great-great-grandchildren of Benjamin Biggerstaff and so were fourth cousins.
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Lee and Ina at the old Andrews Mill near Sunshine.
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Lee, second from left, with fellow workers for the Clinchfield Railroad.
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Ina, third from right on front row, with fellow workers at Spindale Mill. It is not clear whether Ina was married at the time. "Ina Farris" is written several times in cursive writing on the back. Also written twice on the back, in childish printing, is "N.H. Biggerstaff". That would be Newton Holland Biggerstaff, 12 years younger than Ina and son of Summey Biggerstaff. Ina's co-worker is wearing a key around her neck. Ina is wearing a watch or pendant necklace and something from her belt, probably a key or keyholder.
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"Country boy" Lee poses in the flowers. This picture, as well as the railroad workers picture above, was almost in shreds. Instead of using Photoshop to repair the whole image, I pulled Lee up and touched up just that part. The torn photo is shown so you can see the whole setting. Is that a mailbox on the left or just a blob of white? I couldn't tell.
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"Country girl" Ina poses with a cow.
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William Edwin Farris, Nov. 6, 1926-Nov. 27, 1928, shown in a hand-tinted photograph. Edwin, the first child of Lee and Ina, died at age 2 of diphtheria. He is buried at the Cedar Grove Methodist Church cemetery in Sunshine.
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Ina holds Edwin in this studio portrait.
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Lee and Ina with Sarah and their youngest child, Richard Stanley Farris, who was born June 11, 1941. Richard was about 2 weeks old in this picture.
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Ina, Richard and friend Novella Harrison.
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Ina and Lee posing on the hillside at the driveway.
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Lee relaxes on the back porch and Ina outside their house in Sunshine, probably in the early 1950s.
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Lee and Richard, laid back in the living room.
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