November 28, 2014

The Old Yates Farm Painted From Memory

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I received a wonderful surprise in the mail a few days ago: a copy of a painting done by my cousin Freeda Prantl Mitts that was given to one of our Yates cousins who lives in Ten Mile, TN, Tooter Yates.

I’ve known about this painting for a few years and off and on had asked for Tooter to take a picture of it and just send it to me via email.  He and Sue are such kind people though that they went the extra mile and too it and had it copied.

I suppose some people would say this painting is rather primitive, but to me it’s priceless. Freeda put in things she remembered of the Yates farm near Brandsville in Howell county, Missouri.  She didn’t paint Jim Yates into the picture though, she made a copy of another picture, cut out his image and inserted it into the painting so it stands out and looks a bit 3D.

Sue related yesterday that the pond was still there on the farm. Jim Yates built that house and we have details about the interior of  it from his daughter Martha Yates Scott’s memoir.

This is the original photo of Jim Yates and his wife Cerilda Breelove Yates along with his sister Myra Yates standing behind them.

The lady who painted the picture is the small girl in the front, Freeda; next to her is her brother “Sport”, and behind left to right are her sisters Fran and Buddy. (Please leave a comment and correct me if I got the names wrong!)

If only Freeda was still alive to tell me what kind of trees she put in the picture, and what kind of tractor that was.  Freed lives on because she shared her memories and kindness with all of us.

iPentimento Smile For The Camera – Oh Baby!

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Keyword for the 7th Edition of Smile For the Camera is “Oh Baby!” I have tons of baby pictures for many of my family members. Do you? Some, I find quite amusing, and some just terribly sweet and innocent. It’s hard to pick a favorite, so I will choose some of from the category “people no longer with us” so I can identify them by name. Here goes!

The above is a picture of my dad William Gale Yates when he was just an innocent little baby. He got much less innocent just a few short years later.  Dad was born 16 March 1920 in West Plains, Missouri.

Above: Lydia Yates. Lydia was the daughter of my Great Uncle Lem Yates. She was born 24 December 1918 here in Washington State. Her mother was Della Baughman. The photo was taken by Jeffer’s Studio, Olympia, WA.

And, last but not least, is this baby picture of my Great Aunt Cerilda Yates. She was born 24 December 1900 near Brandsville, Howell County, Missouri to parents Jim and Cerilda Breedlove Yates. My Great Grandmother died a few days later on 02 January 1901 of what they called “*child bed fever”. The younger Cerilda was the 9th child born to Cerilda and Jim Yates. This is one of my favorite baby pictures in the family photo collection because I find it fascinating to see her dress, the chair she is seated in, but most of all, that droopy nipple on her baby bottle.


*Modern Language Association (MLA):

“childbed fever.” Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 06 Nov. 2008. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/childbed fever>.

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