Thursday, March 27, 2014

Grandma’s Photo Album Page 41 - Paper House, Snyders and Broyhills in Wilkes County

(Top left) The paper piano at The Paper House in Rockport, Massachussets.  I believe my uncle Jim sent this postcard, since he lived in Gloucester and Rockport is nearby.  The Paper House is still a tourist attraction - see this web site:

(Top right) Uncle Jim (James Neil Snyder, 1922-1993) and his wife Kay (living).  I believe this photo was taking in the front yard of my grandparents' farm house on Pleasant Home church road, Millers Creek, Wilkes County, NC.

(Bottom left) This woman was a friend of my Uncle Ralph (Ralph Lewis Snyder, 1932-1996).  He brought her to meet his parents, but we don't know her name.

(Bottom right)  The four oldest daughters of Wanda Barnett Broyhill (1920-2010) and Louis Elmer Broyhill (1918-1999). All these girls are living, so I'll just give their first names (left to right):  Myrtle, Mary Louise, Adrian, and Vicky. 

I remember playing with Vicky when I spent a week each summer at my grandparents, attending Vacation Bible School.  Bible school was only in the mornings, so I had lots of free time every afternoon.  I would sometimes go over to Vicky's family farm and we'd play for a while, but she had chores to do.  One time, we were walking along, and came upon an old neighbor lady on her front porch.  She was plucking a chicken, and asked me to hold it while she went to fetch more hot water.  As a city girl, I found that very yucky!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Grandma’s Photo Album Page 40 - Snyder Family in Gloucester and Wilkes County

This page has photos of my grandparents' children.  My grandparents were Wiley Thomas Snyder (1892-1988) and Nora Bessie McNeil (1900-1992).  They were both born and died in Wilkes County, N.C.

(Top left) James Neil Snyder (1922-1993), my uncle, and two friends at the Gloucester monument..  I think Uncle Jimmy is the one on the right.  He joined the Coast Guard in 1939, when he was 17.  I always wondered how a boy from the mountains decided to join the Coast Guard.  He made a career of it, so I guess he didn't get sea sick! 

I think the other three photos were taken in Wilkes County, N.C., probably on my grandparent's farm in Millers Creek.

(Top right) Mozelle and Bette (both living). 

(Lower left)  Mozelle and my mother, Carrie Snyder (1926-2001).

(Lower right) Left to right:  Mozelle, Carrie, Jimmy, Jimmy's wife Kay (living), Ralph Lewis Snyder (1932-1996), and Bette.