They say a picture can say a thousand words? Bah. I always have one or two more to add to that, ya know! "Wordless" is a foreign concept for me. So here's the picture...
Some of the explanation is under the picture but I just have to add my few words. I wish I knew for sure who the woman was sitting on the porch holding the two adorable little pudgy toddlers, but I don't. It might possibly be Daisie Catherine (Rush) Browning, the first wife of Roy Browning, my grandfather Virgil's brother. If this is Daisie, she is holding Frederick Leroy Browning (b. 1928) and Esther Mae Browning (b. 1929) and would date the picture to around 1931 rather than the c1929 I have listed. Whoever the lady is, she is smiling a mile wide, though, isn't she? I also don't know the identities of the older boy to the left nor the older girl to the right with her finger to her lips looking puzzled. She's clasping the hand of a smaller girl who is only half in the frame. I don't know who the smaller girl is either. I also like the wagon off in the distance.
I do recognize my grandfather Virgil Joseph Browning in the big hat. He's smiling, too. It must've been a funny moment they captured. And that lady peeking out behind the barn with an impish look about her? My grandmother Beulah Ethel Garrard. At this point my grandparents weren't married yet -- that didn't happen until 1934 -- but they were dating.
Peek a boo, Grandma! I see you!
I also recognize the "old home place," the Browning family farm. Well...I call it the Browning family farm, but it's really the Nichols place. My 3rd-g-grandfather Joseph Nichols bought the land (in 1849) and built the house and established it. It was just passed from his daughter Eliza Ursula (Nichols) Swan down to Ursula's daughter Estella Jane (Swan) Browning and then to Stella's sons Virgil, Roy and Emerson Browning.
I recognize that porch, too, and those dark planks to either side of the door. I remember those well. I played many a day on that porch. This picture sure does make me smile.
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