I know most people who visit this site are very familiar with Samuel and Emma Blythe, but here is a refresher on their lives. I think it is worth a re-read, to appreciate the lives they lived.
Emma's father, William Bryar Nation came to Oregon in 1871. He was an ivory turner by trade. In his last years he lived with Samuel and Emma.
L.E. on 18th January 2019 @ 8:07am
His beard is back in style. Not so much for her hat.
kmb on 18th January 2019 @ 8:09am
Don't know if it is the case with Emma, but often times that cumbersome bowtie around the neck was to hide a goiter which plagued many women during this era.
Even though they had a house in town, they definitely kept the farm.
They celebrated their 50th in 1923 at Twin Oaks, with a huge celebration, re-enacting their wedding.
Samuel passed away May of 1928 at Twin Oaks Farm.
Emma's obituary in the December 08, 1930 Oregonian says she died at the farm home where she had resided the greater part of the last 55 years.
L.E. on 18th January 2019 @ 9:09am
yes,.....love the hat but how in the world did that work in HR??? was there a tie down?
Arlen Sheldrake on 18th January 2019 @ 10:04am
That hat might be good on a sailboard ~
Kenn on 18th January 2019 @ 10:14am
I have always been a lover of old hats. Used to have a bunch of very old ones and finally on a move I gave them away. Not I am sorry I did.
Goiter was a very common thing in women. Both my grandmother and my aunt had that problem. The old time remedy was to rmove them. I have a thyroid problem but it is controlled by medication. I don't know but that condition seems to run in families. I don't know if it is for certain.
Blythe always does have that distinguished appearance of a Civil War veteran.
I wonder how often he got that beard in his food?
Charlott on 18th January 2019 @ 10:16am
We actually have a sample of Samuel Blythe's hair. No visible sign of food in it, Charlott, but I haven't gotten close enough to be sure. You should have seen me jump when I opened the envelope holding the hair. Not what you expect in a box full of correspondence.
Exchanging locks of hair used to be seen as very romantic.
Arthur on 18th January 2019 @ 3:40pm
Klickitat County pioneer Cody Chapman, in his memoirs, tells about visiting an old Indian in the Yakima Valley. The Indian pulled out a trunk, and asked Cody to look through it. At the bottom of the trunk were skeins of hair. Cody thought someone had cut their hair and saved it. Then he realized the scalps were still attached.
L.E. on 18th January 2019 @ 5:12pm