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.