Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Remember When: Grandma Great

When my sister was a little girl she called our great grandmother, Nellie, "Grandma Great" and that name always stuck. This is her and my mother or one of my aunts.

I'm not even sure where this was. It's one of those photos I wish I'd talked to my grandmother or others about when I could.

When I look at photos like this I spend as much time looking at the background as I do the people. What was going on? What were all those things in the background? Why is that stuff piled on that table?

I love these little "slice of life" photos and perhaps one day I will sit down and use this one as a writing prompt and make up my own stories about "Grandma Great."

Memoir Prompts:

What "slice of life" would show up in photos of your present life?

Write a story, real or imagined, about one of your ancestors.

Who do you need to talk to about your family and the old photographs while you still can?

Draw a map of your childhood neighborhood.

Describe your elementary school.

What did you call your grandparents and/or great grandparents?

What nicknames did your family members have?


  1. Rita, Do you know where this was taken? It had to be Fowler right? But is it behind the Keith house? I think Grandma Great lived in a separate house for awhile in Fowler, but this doesn't look like the Kieth home.

    1. I agree it isn't the Keith House. I was wondering if it was the back of the telephone office. I know she had a little apartment there. I also thought it might be one of the towns where our grandparents lived and she was visiting.

  2. It seems you have a number of photos I don't have. Are you willing to copy these for me? I would happily pay.

    1. Kay, I am working on getting them all scanned, identified, and put on cds for the family. It takes so much time. Can you tell who the girl is?


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