Phenice Family Circa 1917
This is a picture that was shared with me a few years ago at the Keys Family Reunion. It was an easy enough way to share it – they brought the photo to the reunion and I took a photo of it. I should keep track of who shares photos with me, that way I can thank them properly. I do appreciated whoever it was that brought the photo. It makes me wonder how many other photos are out there that I would find interesting enough to share on my blog.
The reason it was shared at the Keys Family Reunion is because of the woman in the photo. She would be my great grandmother Daisy Keys Phenice. She was born in England in 1876 and moved to America with her mother and siblings when she was 11. The family settled in the Hathaway, Louisiana, area. She grew up, and at the age of 24 she got married to Harry Clifton Phenice. A year later they had their first child Sylvan. In 1903 Grace was born. My grandmother Myrtle was born in 1906. She was followed by Henry in 1909, Orville in 1911, and Warren in 1916. That brings us to the year the photo was taken.
So actually this is H.C. and Daisy with half of their children in 1917. I wish that my grandmother was in the photo, too. Maybe she was taking the photo. She was about 11 years old when this photo was taken and would have been in elementary school with her friend Emily Brown. In old letters they talked about going to school together and riding the buggy. Sometimes Orville and Henry would go along or rode horseback. For some reason I always pictured older brothers riding along for protection, but this is the age that they would have been! At least they had company!