Lillian Louise Reed Shoemaker – Sepia Saturday 181#


My grandmother’s older sister is wearing a cameo broach here, but is otherwise unadorned.  Lillian Louise Reed was born about 1873 in Lebanon, Kentucky. She was the fourth child of Anna Allen Reed. Her father was Palmer Reed.  In 1889, her sister Sarah married James Busby and moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan. On June 10, 1891, Louise married Michigan native, Solonus Shoemaker, in Berrien County, Michigan. She lived the rest of her life there and died in 1938 at the age of  65. Daughter, Mildred, was born in 1899. Son, Floyd 4 years later in 1903.  She is buried in Chrystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Township, Berrien County.

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23 Responses to Lillian Louise Reed Shoemaker – Sepia Saturday 181#

  1. Brett Payne says:

    The very high collar must not have been very comfortable, even if it did make her look very elegant.

  2. tony says:

    Louise had a strong determined look about her, an almost military bearing.I wonder what she was thinking here?

  3. Lorraine says:

    I think she has a lovely face. I wonder where the cameo is now.

  4. Bob Scotney says:

    A collar like that would make you hold your head up, uncomfortable I think.

  5. She does look very determined and yes that collar must have been very uncomfortable. Beautiful picture!

  6. Karen S. says:

    So very elegant, but perhaps not so comfy! Did I mention already, that I really like your header photo, that is especially neat.

  7. Wendy says:

    I didn’t really notice her collar except to admire the cameo until I read the previous comments. Instead, I was drawn to her expression. Louise Lillie was a bright-eyed thing, wasn’t she?

  8. GJOHNS says:

    great pic! .. get in position and hold that pose….? 1-2 minutes and don’t move?

  9. postcardy says:

    I like the way you combined the photos.

    • Kristin says:

      I forgot I had done that until I was looking for a copy of the photo before I cleaned it up to share and found the combined photos.

  10. Jenny says:

    I feel somehow that she was really, really proud of that lovely brooch.

  11. Delightful photo Kristin. I too often look into the eyes of young women, in photos taken at a time in their life when they had no idea how events would unfold, and my heart skips a beat.
    Beautiful brooch and very pretty dress… thanks for sharing.

  12. Hazel says:

    The broach makes an elegant accessory. That and the neck remind me of Anne Shirley of Green Gables.

  13. Little Nell says:

    Maybe the stiff collar was endured in order to show off the brooch for the formal portrait. As soon as the sitting was over she probably unbuttoned her dress and breathed a sigh of relief (in the privacy of her own bedroom of course!).

  14. Tattered and Lost says:

    When once 65 seemed old, now with it clearly in my sites it seems a horribly young age to die.

  15. TICKLEBEAR says:

    Love her posture and expression.
    But this pic would be a nightmare to clean up with photoshop.
    So much to restore.

  16. Margel says:

    I live near Berrien Springs Michigan. Do you have a photo of her tombstone? Or . . .do you even want one? Lovely lady.

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