Here are some photos from when May and her first husband John Diddy ran the Flintlock Inn, a teamster stop, near Ingot in Shasta County, California. Their children were Leslie (born 1902, but possibly not to May), Amy (born 1903) and Austin (born 1905). May worked very hard to run the Flintlock Inn, despite being unhappy in her marriage to a man 20 years older than her, and not of her choosing. In 1918, May took the very bold step of divorcing John Diddy.
Below, a lovely snap of Amy and Austin in the shade on a hot (no doubt) summer’s day at the Flintlock Inn near Ingot:
A school photo, Ingot. Leslie Diddy is on the far left, Amy is in the centre between two younger girls, and Austin is on the far right. This must be ca. 1909 or so.
Here is a photo of May and her youngest, Austin, from about 1909/1910. It was made into a postcard that she originally sent to her good friend Ida M. Calkins, whose husband ran the store in Ingot. Below the photo is the verso of the postcard, with some later notes by my granny, Amy.
Austin and Leslie in the wintertime, Ingot, about 1914:
In my grandmother Amy’s published recollections of the Flintlock Inn, she said that her father John Diddy was a fine carpenter, a blacksmith, and made all the family’s shoes as well as the animals’ harnesses. May did the cooking, baking and washing for the family and their paying guests, kept the animals and grew vegetables, and made all the family’s clothes. (From “The Diddy Family of Flintlock Inn,” in The Covered Wagon, Shasta County Historical Society, 1984.) Below is an undated photo of John Diddy:
Below are two photos of Amy, at 15 years old, upon her graduation from Ingot School. These photos must have been taken just months before May left Ingot (and John Diddy) and took the children to Sacramento. It must have been a very difficult time.
The site of the Flintlock Inn is now Diddy Wells firestation: