Here are some photos from the years after May divorced John Diddy. In 1921, her daughter Amy married Ethan Papineau. In 1922, May married George Washington Maylone. In 1923, she became the doting granny of Ethan Junior (Ethan Austin Papineau). Her second grandchild, Ruth Ann, my mother, arrived in 1930. (Austin married but had no children, and Leslie never married.) In 1931, there was a Ripley family reunion in John Day. May died a few weeks short of her 54th birthday in 1933.
Below: newly-married Amy and Ethan in Jamestown, California, in late 1921.
Three generations: May and her mother Olive with Ethan Jr., ca. 1925:
On November 2, 1931, there was a Ripley family reunion in John Day, Oregon. This may have been the first time that May had returned to Oregon since she had been sent away to marry John Diddy in 1899. Below, four generations: Olive Perryman Ripley, her daughter May Ripley Diddy Maylone (already thin and unwell), May’s daughter Amy Diddy Papineau, and Amy’s daughter, my mother Ruth Anne Papineau, age one-and-a-half. Everyone looks so well-dressed that it is hard to imagine how rudimentary May’s life in a mining shack was at this time.
Another photo of Olive with her surviving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, from the same day:
Olive had a dear friend in “Aunt Julia,” who was her son Ray’s mother-in-law. Both women were from Missouri, but I haven’t been able to find out whether they knew each other before Ray married Julia’s daughter Maude. Below, a picture of them together at Johnson Creek, Portland, Oregon. (Ray and Maude lived in Portland.)