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.

For other jewelry laden photographs, or in some cases pet laden, visit Sepia Saturday click the photo below of a woman wearing more jewelry than anybody in my family album wore.


23 thoughts on “Lillian Louise Reed Shoemaker – Sepia Saturday 181#”

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

  2. 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?

    1. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!).

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

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