For the sake of this post, I am going to define beauty as the following:
- Physical Beauty [While it's superficial, I know, it is a real, tangible, and undeniable part of beauty].
- What's Said About You By Others; and
- Your Actions [They really do speak louder than words.]
Whenever I look at this photograph, I am so captivated by the subject's beauty. This is Pearley May "Pearl" [Williams] Pointer, the wife of Harvey Lewis "Harve" Pointer. She is my husband's great-grandmother on his father's side. Wasn't she beautiful? Her skin is so perfect looking and her face is so expressive that I think, sometimes, she looks like she is going to "pop" out of the photograph and into my life. [I wish she would because I have some questions for her...] It is easily one of my favorite old photographs. Pearl was born 21 May 1887 in Fairfield Township, Carroll Co., Missouri, and her family moved back and forth from Missouri to Iowa. She died in Collins, Story County, Iowa 29 Sep 1970. Her maternal line, the Odell family, and her paternal line, the Williams family, can both be traced back to England.
What Others Say About You Can Be Very Revealing About Your Character...
This photograph is of a 125-year old autograph book that belonged to my husband's great-great grandmother Lovina Emaline "Vina" [Richmond] Haley. She was the wife of Daniel Haley [one of 10 children of Irish immigrants, Patrick & Bridget (Foley) Haley], and she was the daughter of James Richmond, Jr. of Indiana and Luvisa Logsdon/Logston of Kentucky. This family heirloom is easily one of my favorites. All of the entries are four line rhymes. The first chronological entry was made 22 Feb 1884 by Della B. Stier, her niece, and it indicates that Della is the one who has given this album to her. Many of the entries are by her nieces, nephews, and sisters right before they left Iowa to live out west. What a precious gift they gave their aunt as well as their aunt's many descendants. By the entries alone, you can tell that she was a beloved aunt. However, these aren't the only entries. There are some by her friends as well as other family members. In fact, 14 Mar 1885 Daniel Haley [my husband's great-great grandfather], her husband, wrote the following:
On this page
The first in this book
I will write my name
In your Autograph Book.
Yours Very Truly,
Daniel and Lovina's son, Wilbert Raymond Haley [my husband's great-grandfather] wrote the following to his mother 3 Jan 1896:
I thought I would write on this sheet of paper to let you see it when
you are old and see how good
I could write when I was nine years old. I will write my name.
And here is one that when I read it to my children, we all got goosebumps:
9 May 1889
One hundred years from now
Where will this album be
Who will look these pages o'er
And think of you and me
[Well, 125 yrs later, I can tell you, it's me!]
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Here is a photograph of Frank Edward Haley, the first son of Daniel and Lovina Haley. He was their adopted son [their biological son was Wilbert Raymond Haley who I mentioned above]. I have determined through a lot of research that Edward was not a blood relation of theirs. Many times, if there was an adoption, it was usually a blood family member of sorts. Well, from the best I can tell, Edward was not a blood relation. Edward was adopted as an infant, and Wilbert came 9 years after that. What love Daniel and Lovina must have had in their hearts to adopt Edward and raise him as their own.
Though I don't have a photograph of Lovina [not yet, anyway], I can tell that she was just as beautiful as Pearl was!