Sepia Saturday 300 – The Missing Posts

Saturday, October 10, 2015 marks the 300th Sepia Saturday. In reviewing my contributions for the past 100 Saturdays, I found that I did not participate in 19 of them. I decided to post photographs for those 19 missing prompts.  Most of the photographs are more recent than my usual offering. The only sepia picture is from a 1975 newspaper photograph.  Click any image to enlarge.

204couple couple verso“Feb. 21, 1947 – Winter Carnival/ Center Couple – President Gellerman and his wife who’ve just crowned the king and Queen – Bet you can’t find me! F.M.H.”

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kris held up by daddy“Kris May 1947” I was viewing the world from on high, not quite as high as the men in the prompt but it seemed very much so to me.

232stadtluft macht freiTaken by the railroad tracks between my house and my daughter’s house.


henry_napsHenry Cleage under the Illustrated News at Old Plank house. 1963.


testimonialThe family table at the testimonial dinner for my father, Rev. A.B. Cleage Jr. 1963.  No Christmas tree, but lots of lights up there in the ceiling and food on the table. Henry with the cigarett, my mother in front of him.  I am across the table from her. My aunt Barbara is looking towards the camera. Uncle Eddie Evans eating at the end of the table.


henry cleage courtAtty. Henry Cleage in a court room.


ife_sculptsDaughter Ife sculpting in Florida studio.


valentine cardA valentine card from me to my mother given when I was in elementary school, 1950s.


cabralosazeNot a parade, but my family walking down Cass Ave in Detroit, after eating at a Lebanese restaurant near Wayne State University. Women and girls in the front, guys way back. And me at the very end, taking the photo.  Osaze does not have a swan head on, but he is wearing a cap.


support busing march 1975 detroitThis is a newspaper clipping I found of a demonstration in support of school busing. I recognize only General Baker, right front, holding his daughter.

271Ernest_horses head downCousin Ernest with unidentified girl and a few horses with their heads down.


Cousin Warren on tractor.Cousin Warren on a tractor.


Photo I took last year near Atlanta's West End.Lines and wires near Atlanta’s West End.

277jilo with football helmetsDaughter Jilo wearing football helmet, a gift from her Aunt Pearl. 1972 Atlanta, GA.


EPSON DSC pictureGranddaughter Tatayana rolling out pie crust in Idlewild, MI.

283tunnel at Sullivan's islandGranddaughter Sydney looking into tunnel like opening in the fort on Sullivan’s Island, SC. This is where many enslaved African’s entered the United States.  Our “Ellis Island”.

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302695_2029517013007_3702801_n-1On my grandchildren’s birthday, we give them a dollar for each year, plus one to grow on.  When I turned 66, they gave me a dollar for each year, plus one to grow on. Here I am counting it up.  About as close as I have been to piles of cash.

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bay bridgeSmall photo my parents sent home to their parents when they lived in San Francisco, CA in 1943.

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The Graham Sisters and Their Dog Bonzo

Bonzo, MV and Doris Graham. 1936. Backyard of Theodore, Detroit,MI
Bonzo, MV and Doris Graham. August 1932. Backyard of Theodore, Detroit,MI

My mother Doris and her sister Mary Virginia with their dog Bonzo.  The picture was taken in August 1932, about 6 months after their brother Howard died of Scarlet Fever.  Mary V. was 12 and Doris was 9.  The sisters were granddaughters of Jennie Virginia Allen Turner, who was the daughter of Dock and Eliza Allen.  My mother later had a sister-in-law named Gladys Cleage, who will celebrate her 93rd birthday this Saturday.  I could not find a photograph of her with a sister and a dog, but here she is with sister Anna.

Gladys and Anna Cleage, about 1930 beside their home on Scotten, Detroit.
Gladys and Anna Cleage, about 1930 beside their home on Scotten, Detroit.

Gladys and Anna were the grandchildren of Lewis and Anna Cecilia Cleage, and great granddaughters of  Frank and Juda Cleage of Athens, TN.

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Hanging Up The Laundry – San Francisco 1944 & Mississippi 1977

My mother hanging up clothes in San Francisco, 1944.
My mother hanging up clothes in San Francisco, 1944. Photos of my mother by my father, Albert B. Cleage jr
My mother with her clothes box after hanging up the clothes.
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Me posing with a basket of laundry to hang up. About 1977.  Photos of me by husband James E.Williams
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Me hanging up or taking down clothes in the rain? About 1977.


Two other posts about my parent’s time in San Francisco

My Parent’s Time In San Francisco

Newspaper Clipping of My Parent’s Arrival in San Francisco

A post about my life on St. John’s Road, Mississippi

R is for Toute 1 Box 173 & 1/2


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Mershell Cunningham Graham Jr. Death Certificate

Mershell, Mary V. and Doris Graham on their front steps. 1926.
Mershell, Mary V. and Doris Graham on their front steps. 1926.

Mershell Cunningham Graham - Death Certificate

Mershell Graham was born June 10, 1921 in Detroit Michigan.  He died on November 2, 1927, at St. Jopseph Hospital, also in Detroit, from traumatic cerebral hemorrhage resulting from a fracture at the base of the skull during an automobile accident.  Mershell was described as a single, colored male, a school boy age 6 years 4 months and 23 days old.   He lived at 6638 Theodore Street with his family.  He was buried in Detroit Memorial Park Cemetery on November 4, 1927. Both of his parents, Fanny Turner Graham and Mershell C. Graham were born in Montgomery Alabama.  His father, my grandfather, Mershell Cunningham Graham, was the informant.

You can read more personal memories and descriptions of my Uncle Mershell’s death at these links links  –  Births, Deaths, Doctors and Detroit Part 1;   1940 Census – the Grahams – Supplemental Material;   Go Bury thy sorrow – complete words and tune.  Mershell Cunningham Graham

Hugh Cleage Wrapped Up

My Uncle Hugh outside my Uncle Louis’ cottage in Idlewild, Michigan. Wonder where that blanket is now.  My uncle Louis bought several blankets on trips out west.

I’ve written other posts about Idlewild which you can see here:  Building Uncle Louis’ Cottage, On Lake IdlewildIdlewild 1953 – Sentimental Sunday

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Howard Alexander Graham Death Certificate

Howard Alexander Graham, 1930
Howard Alexander Graham, 1928 – 1932
Howard Alexander Graham's death certificate
Howard Alexander Graham’s death certificate

Howard Alexander Turner was my mother’s youngest brother. Howard was born September 7, 1928, in the year following his older brother, Mershell’s death by trauma after being run over by a truck on the way back to school.   My grandparents felt that Howard had been sent to fill the space left by Mershell.  Unfortunately he died of Scarlet Fever, exacerbated by  Diabetes

Howard died at Herman Kiefer Hospital in Detroit. He had been ill for fifteen days before his death. He is described as a single, colored male age 3 years, 5 months and 27 days old. His mother’s maiden name was Fannie Turner and his father was Mershell Graham.  Both were born in Alabama. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and lived at 6638 Theodore St. in Detroit.  He died at 5:05 AM on March 4, 1932.  His father was the informant.

I wrote more about Howard in these, much more personal posts with copies of his mother’s thoughts and memories:

Fannie Mae Turner Graham’s Bible

Births, Deaths, Doctors and Detroit

The Red Wagon – 1950 & 1954

Pearl and Barbara in the wagon. Kris (me) and Dee Dee standing.
Pearl and Barbara in the wagon. Kris (me) and Dee Dee standing.

This photograph was taken in 1950, the year before this other wagon photograph 3 in a wagon.  This time Dee Dee the photographer appears with us. My sister Pearl and I had just moved to Detroit from Springfield, MA.  We spent most Saturdays at our maternal grandparent’s house with our cousins Dee Dee and Barbara.

Fast forward to 1954 and there we are in the wagon again.
Fast forward to 1954 and there we are in the wagon again.
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Mary V’s Shoes

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Mary V. wearing little black shoes. This picture was taken in 1921. She would have been about 1 year old.

My mother said that after a difficult birth, her sister Mary V.’s foot was turned inward.She did not  know if this was the fault of the doctor or not, but Mary V. wore a brace for years.

Mary V’s grandson, Ahmad Elkins, posted the pictres below on fb recently.  They are his grandmother’s well worn baby shoes, saved through the years.  Amhad shared his photographs with me and gave me permission to post them here.

shoes side by side shoes - side view

Two other posts about Mary Virginia Graham Elkins are:

Mary Virginia Graham Colorized

Old County Building and Mary V. Elkins

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