The Pioneer Association

Week 2: #52Ancestors – Favorite Photo

By Eilene Lyon

Before I began researching my family, I knew nothing about my great-grandmother, Clara P. (Ransom) Davis. She died in 1953, well before I came along. I had never been to Moscow, Idaho, prior to 2013, even though three generations of my ancestors are buried there and my mother was born there.

On my first research visit, I discovered a trove of photos that Clara had donated to the University of Idaho archives, including many of her. I’ve shared most of those in earlier blog posts. I found this image more recently, though it is also in the special collections at the university.

Clara had an interest in history and belonged to the local Pioneer Association. I have a number of stories she wrote about Moscow that I may transcribe and share at some point. This photo was taken in 1926 and it appears that the ladies of the association had a dress-up day for some event. Clara is on the right; she is 49 years old in this image.

Most of the pictures I have of her are much earlier, and a few when she is older. I like having this one taken when her children are grown and gone and she had time to pursue other interests.

Feature image: Women of the Latah County Pioneer Association in 1926. Mrs. Tom Edmundson, Mrs. Matheny, Mrs. W.H. Connor, and Mrs. S.P. Davis (University of Idaho Special Collections Group 28 10-273.

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  1. This picture is fantastic! Isn’t it amazing to discover new-to-you pictures of people who are important to you? I found a picture of my grandparents a few years ago that I had never seen and it meant the world.

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  2. Amazing photo! I love their clothes—though obviously not the styles of 1926. I assume they were dressing in pioneer clothes, but did they make them? Or were these just preserved somewhere for dress-up days?

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  3. That photo is very clear and look at all the details you can see, especially the fabric in the dresses, the wool in the shawl – very impressive find you had Eilene and were able to make into this post. I have a few pictures of my great-grandmother, but they are not as clear and she was dressed for farmwork – a huge apron covering the front of her dress. I have a picture from 1926 of my grandparents holding my mom as a newborn and it clear like this photo.

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