This is a photograph that my Aunt Miriam has in her collection of her Aunt Nelle (Coffin) Stake, my great aunt, and her two sons Bob and Don on the occasion of Don’s birthday. Nelle, born in Nebraska in 1891, was the younger sister of my grandmother Jennie V. (Coffin) Fleagle. They and their sister Luella and brother Horace grew up in Genoa.
I believe I only met Aunt Nellie once. She married Earl Stake, a pharmacist, and they were both still alive when my dad drove us across the country in the early 1970s. Uncle Earl (my great uncle, technically) and Aunt Nellie lived in Lincoln if I recall correctly, and Earl had a drug store in Adams with a counter and soda fountain. Uncle Earl made sure we kids got a soda.
They were in their early eighties and Aunt Nellie had had a stroke by then; we visited her at their house but she was not able to engage with us much, and the drapes were drawn against the bright summer daylight outside. She died only a couple of years later. It makes me smile to see this image of her in earlier years when she was in her strength. – mdf
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About the physical photograph:
Written on back:
Older handwriting: “return.”[in corner, maybe a request?]
“On Dons birthday
Dale C took this one”
Different ink: “Sept 12 1937” [It may say 1939]
Mim supplied info, Mardi wrote:
“Nell Stake & her 2 sons Bob & Don”