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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Why there is Good Reason to Study Old Photographs #georgiapioneers #genealogy


Why there is Good Reason to Study Old Photographs

Fulton Cotton Mills
Atlanta Cotton Mill
Finding someone you did not know can be interesting. But are you sure that you did not know them? I was looking through some old black and white photos recently and found the picture of a woman standing next to a rather familiar face. I was related stories of how my great-grandfather Crawford Evans and his wife Mattie once came to live with us. It seems that Mattie engaged me to thread her sewing needle. Almost every family owned a sewing machine which provided clothing and linens for the family. Crawford or "Croft" as he was known, had worked in the Fulton Cotton Mills on Dekalb Avenue in Atlanta. In those days, during the world wars and economic depression, education beyond the third grade was rare. Now, old and declining and Mattie nearly blind, they came to live with family. Remembering the stories helped me to recognize the old people. 
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