June has blown right by with little thought on my part for anything in the way of regular posts. The only excuse I can provide for the chirping of electronic crickets at this end was the unusual weather we’ve been enjoying here in SW Oklahoma. We have certainly seen the mercury rise, eleven days over 100° so far (37.7° Celsius for my metric using friends), but other than those few days, when all I wanted to do was to hunker down and ride out the heat, it really has been a balmy spring. Now my definition of balmy may differ somewhat from yours, but trust me on this one, it’s been a season worth remembering.
Weeks ago I mentioned the existence of a key to the much celebrated Saucier Family photograph. Both photo and key were generously contributed by Glen Cowan, but time has unfortunately gone into overdrive since I made that promise. At last, today is the day for the unveiling.
Here’s the photo once again, this time accompanied by the key that was provided by Aunt Mabel’s daughter, Mary Virginia “Ginny” Cowan Wahl (b. 17 June, 1922 – d. 12 September, 2011). Aunt Mabel is seated in the bottom row, third from the left.
Go ahead and click on the image for a larger view – as you will see, there are question marks and omissions in the key. One glaring error is the line, “Grandfather Saucier… died two years after picture”. It is known that Eugene F. Saucier died in 1913, so the supposition that this photo was taken in 1911 is, I think, slightly off-base due to the ages of the identified children.
At the same time there are a few tasty tidbits included that give us a glimpse of the people we came from: great grandfather Eugene F. played the violin, his father played the organ at the Old Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri. Stumy lived for nearly 100 years – a jaw-dropping 98 years to be exact – and may have played the fiddle as well. Charles was killed in World War I (in the first days of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive); and two of the Saucier boys, Stumy and Wayne, together with a third man by the name of Dan, bought the Old Mill Farm (aka the Twin Springs Farm) and paid it off in a year. So here’s yet another mystery – who in the world was Dan?
I had hoped, by some incredible stroke of luck, that the mysteries of the Saucier Family photograph would be unraveled by now. That hasn’t happened, but perhaps the key will kick-start someone’s memories, or simply spur somebody to step forward to help set the record straight. Stranger things have happened, and the eternal optimist (yours truly) refuses to give up on this particular little pipe dream.
One of the side benefits of this discussion has been the surfacing of family photographs. I’ll wrap up today’s post with a few of my favorites:
Here is a photograph of my grandmother, Ida Louise Hoffmann Saucier (b. 23 June, 1888 – d. 14 September, 1963). Ida married James Garfield Saucier on 16 February, 1909 at Union, Missouri. James is located top row, far right in the Saucier Family photograph. And yes, you have my permission to giggle or chortle over the hat that she’s wearing – I do, every single time I see it!
Josephine Saucier who married Eugene Cowan, Sr., photographed at her home in Columbia, Missouri (which, by the way, is still standing at 406 Conley Avenue). Aunt Jo was one of the eight daughters of Eugene F. and Louise A. Saucier. Unfortunately, Jo does not appear in the Saucier Family photograph.
Lastly, from another of Josephine’s grandchildren, a photograph said to be of a much younger Jo Saucier with an unidentified man. The photo captures the final moments of a profitable day spent hunting – I spy pheasant, rabbit, possibly raccoon or maybe just a tangle of squirrels, in addition to some unidentified bits and pieces.