1897: a family summer picnic

by Alden Cole on July 16, 2015 · 0 comments

“The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and to beget.” – William Osler (1849-1919)

1890ColeFamilyGroupWPThe year is 1897; the four oldest Cole brothers – Warren, Willard, Wallace, and Winfield – and their sister Helen have joined a group of friends (and Warren’s wife Janie) for a little “dejeuner sur l’herbe.” However, unlike Manet’s painting of the same name, this summer picnic appears to be very conservative and proper. After all it’s New England, not Paris. Below, identification of the individuals:

Back row: Al Blaisdell, Helen Cole [Waterhouse] (1875-1927), Warren Foss Cole (1867-1931), Emina Smith, Frank Huston, Wallace John Cole (1871-1918).

Sitting: Mrs. Stone, Winfield Lee Cole (1872-1944), Janie May Waterhouse [Cole] (1872-1953), Lizzie Fogg, Jennie Huston, Hettie Frances Cole [Dow] (1876-1946).

Front: Nora Meserve, Willard Clark Cole (1869-1903), Mary Meserve, Florence Smith

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