Grandma’s photos: 1915-1918

My grandmother, Gladys Corinne Walker, was born in 1897 and grew up on a farm in Argyle, Michigan.

She had a handsome boyfriend, Hugh, whom she loved deeply.

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the beloved Hugh
Hugh helped out one summer at the family’s farm stand.  At the county fair, Gladys’s parents were sure he had stolen money from the stand.  She refused to believe it.

He moved to California and vowed to meet her in Seattle to get married.  Her older sisters Lucy (“Lou”) and Alice had already moved to Seattle, so she followed sometime around 1915..  Hugh sent her a box of oranges but never followed through with his promise to send her a ring.  She later learned he had married someone else.

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young Gladys Walker
When she arrived in Seattle, soon to be broken hearted, she joined her sister Lou working in a Seattle lumberyard for the Timber Views company. This job took place sometime between 1915 and 1919.

“1914 – ‎Lumber trade

Tile Seattle Lumber Manufacturing Company” of Seattle is running its mill full time. in fact, as yet the company has not found it necessary to curtail its output.”

  (New York Y=Times Lumber Trade Journal)
I’d love to know exactly where the lumberyard was.

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Gladys and Lou’s job was to sort out the smaller branches that came down a chute.

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Gladys (right) with a friend

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Lou and Gladys dressed for work

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co workers

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Lou and Gladys

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Gladys Walker on the job at the Timber Views lumberyard

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free time

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fearless

Some more photos which appear to relate to the lumberyard:

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This seems to have something to do with the lumber yard.
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She loved to go dancing and spend time with her friends.

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I think this is from the lumberyard years.

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friendship

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Sister Lou and her friend Bobbi
The following two sets look like photo booth pictures, but can’t be because photo booths weren’t around when she was this young.

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Gladys and Bobbi
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a photo from her album

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another photo from that album

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Gladys (right); this may be a photo from later years
 In 1918, she met Landon Cox, nicknamed “Papa” Cox because he was an older man.  They married in 1919 and a new chapter of her life began.

 

 

 

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