Flashback Friday.

I think today’s Flashback Friday is my very favorite yet.  The pictures below are of my Great Grandma Ada Elizabeth Ericksen Anderson.

In her history, her brother George wrote,
“I remember Ada making special clothes for herself which were more beautiful than the average girl wore.  She took special care to add an extra touch of embroidery, which I remember was done on the dress she was wearing in the family picture…”
For a time, Ada and her dear friend cooked for a bunch of farm workers, and made themselves these aprons out of oilcloth to wear while they cooked.  I’m sure they made their cute little hats too!

Ada had Scarlet Fever when she was young, which made her heart weak.  She had an enlarged heart.  She passed away when my Grandpa Reid was only 6, also leaving 5 and 1 year old boys.  She was 28 years old.  It makes me happy to think that maybe part of my love of sewing came from her and her talents, even if it was more of a necessity for her than a hobby like it is for me.

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  1. so sentimental! love it. do you know how expensive pictures were back then! awesome. i didn’t know your sister was named after her. great family history

  2. I gave you the Sunshine Award on my blog today – thanks so much for inspiring me!

  3. what a sweet post. that is so awesome sewing runs in your family! I love that she was creative and that u have pictures of it! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Abby: I know Gramma Ada has a special love for all the many grand-daughters she has and will eventually meet after this life! you have created a bond with her! It’s nice that you have helped to keep her memory!

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