Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sorry for the hiatus

I give you Kenneth and Ruthe Cooper with Jimmy Fennimore, circa 1941.  Kenneth is decked out in his Kemper Military Academy gear.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ruthe on the phone

Phone were a bit less central to everyone's lives in the 1940s, so I guess it's picture-worthy.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ben Meeker's family

Trudy holding John and Ginny.  I like this picture because Trudy and Ginny look so happy and beautiful.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Overlooking the Missouri River

The caption for this picture reads "The only bridge we ever play."

Friday, October 29, 2010

Kenneth and Ruthe's Boonville apartment

I think that they had an apartment that people in Chicago call a garden apartment.  People in the suburbs call this the basement.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


A neighbor from Boonville, 1942

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Honeymoon at Lake of the Ozarks

 The scenic Government Beach at the Lake of the Ozarks, where Kenneth and Ruthe camped for their honeymoon.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Harold after dinner

Apparently, Ruthe's dinner hit the spot.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Homer the cat

There's an entire page dedicated to Homer the cat (or at least I think all of these are pictures of Homer).

Monday, October 11, 2010

The happy young couple

Sharing the chore of washing and drying the dishes.

Monday, October 4, 2010


What the bride expected after the wedding.

What married life turned out to be.

(I cannot take credit for these captions - Kenneth wrote them in the photo album.)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A bad picture of very good bread

My grandmother's homemade bread was the best thing ever. Or at least I always thought so.

Grandpa thought so, too, and he took a rather blurry picture of it early in their marriage.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Harold, Josie and cats

One of the things about the photo albums that I always find interesting is the editing that was done over the years.  There are often two different hands in the captions -- and I like the inclusion of "Kenneth's mother" rather than Josephine or Josie.

Friday, September 17, 2010

He holds his liquor

A picture from Ruthe and Kenneth's honeymoon at Lake of the Ozarks

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I do not know whom Goozums belonged to, but there he is in the album.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Dorothy and Gladys


What's they're doing is beyond me, and the photo album lacked a caption on this one.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Old Yearbooks

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has digitized a number of old yearbooks, including the Chowan's.  While it's not family photos, it's still really cool.

One of my favorites from the early years at Chowan:

1915 Basketball team

Friday, September 10, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Dorothy, with cat


One of the things that I love about this side of my family is that it doesn't matter whether it's the Coopers or the Meekers, there's frequently a cat around.  It makes my huge number of pictures of my own cats look slightly less obsessive.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cooper family, early 1940s

Will, Harold, Josie, Kenneth, Dorothy and Gladys

Monday, August 30, 2010

Before Cooper

Ruthe, early 1940s, before she married Kenneth