Here are some photographs that I wasn’t able to include in the book, from May’s childhood and teenage years.
Olive Perryman Ripley with her three eldest daughters, ca. 1886. May was about seven, baby Maggie was born in 1886), and Nora was about two. The family was living in Poweshiek County, Iowa at this time.
May Martha Ripley on her 19th birthday (24 Sept. 1898) in Canyon City, John Day, Oregon. She inscribed the photo to her mother, Olive Ripley, and on the bottom of the frame wrote “Guess Who”. Family lore is that May was in love with a Catholic boy in John Day at this time.
Here is a photo of the Ripley family in John Day, Oregon (Canyon City). It must be ca. 1899. Olive Ripley, May’s mother is on the far left. Her father, Jehu, is the man with the beard. May is behind the girl wearing a tartan dress. This was only a short time before her parents sent her off to Northern California to be married to a man named John Diddy. Although it is not a very happy photograph, I love the three kittens pawing at the closed window (close-up below the main photo).
The three kittens in the window: