Life on the farm, early 1900s

by Alden Cole on March 14, 2015 · 0 comments

“If we succeed in giving a love of learning, then learning itself is sure to follow.” – Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913)

1905?HelenonHorseWP1) In a photograph from ca. 1905, great-aunt Helen Cole Waterhouse (1875-1927) tries her hand at riding. The recently erected barn behind her hasn’t even received its finishing touches yet.
1920FamilyWP2) The barn is looking more finished in this photograph from ca. 1920. Standing: Charlotte Cole (1905-2005), Mary Waterhouse (1903-2001), Robert W. Cole (1903-1992), Virginia Cole [Gay] (1908-2003). Sitting: Helen Cole [Hirschy] (1915-2012), Richard Lee Cole (1910-2009).
1924VisitingRelativesWP3) Picnicing in the woods ca. 1924: Helen Cole, Charlotte Cole, the next man and woman are unidentified Bumford relatives, Richard Cole, Elinor Cole, Virginia Cole, Robert W. Cole.
1925Lee&FamilyVisitWP4) Photo ca. 1925 by Gertrude Sherman Cole (1883-1979) of her husband Winfield Lee Cole (1872-1944) at right with their three young daughters – Helen, Elinor, and Phyllis (in his arms). The family lived in Providence RI, paying a yearly visit to the old home place to visit Lee’s mother Mary Weymouth Cole (1849-1937), the matriarch sitting in the back row left. Her daughter-in-law Edeth Waterhouse Cole (1880-1979) my grandmother, sits in the center, holding Elinor, with Charlotte Cole at right in the back row. Front left: Doris Cole [Smith] (1903-1997). Worth noting is the fact that four of the individuals pictured above – Mary Waterhouse, Charlotte Cole, Virginia Cole Gay and Robert Cole – all became educators, helping to instill a love of learning in many with whom they came in contact over the years.

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