Here are some photos of May’s mother and siblings taken after May left home and married. Below, a postcard that Olive sent to May’s eldest son, Leslie:
The back of the postcard, which was sent to May’s son Leslie, who was about 13 years old:
Olive has written:
[To] Mr. Leslie Diddy
Dear as it is to[o] hot to write a letter I will just write on this beautifull post card. Did you ever see anyone who looked like the people on the other side of this card? Tell your Mama that Mr. Will Allen is very sick with spotted fever. Grandpa and Uncle Leo is stacking hay. Write soon, from your loving Grandma, Olive A. Ripley
Jehu died in 1915, according to my grandmother from being bitten by a spotted tick. I haven’t identified who Mr. Will Allen was, or whether he survived his tick bite.
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Below is a triple photo of May’s brother Ray from his military service in World War One. Ray was much loved by my family. He went on to become a policeman in Portland, Oregon.
Ray and his nephew Austin Diddy (May’s youngest) in Sacramento after World War I:
Finally, here is May’s mother Olive in about 1927, looking terribly elegant. She had lived a hard life, being rescued from the Civil War as a baby, married at 15, and having brought up at least 7 children while constantly on the move west. Like her daughter May, and countless other women of her generation, she made the best of life.