Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Charlie Brown Christmas Tree and a Nonagenarian -- UPDATED

From the John Holly Williams Collection, LLF Library

The library caption reads: "Betty Price Dunn Cake and Christmas Tree, December 20, 1936
Betty Price Dunn, identified as the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Price and Rebecca White Price, is sitting by a large birthday cake with candles. A small Christmas tree is seen behind the cake. She was the wife of Samuel Dunn, Jr. This photograph was taken on her 90th birthday."

To do the math, this means she was born in 1846.  If anyone has information on her background, please feel free to leave a comment here or on my Facebook page.

Here is an article on Mrs. Dunn's mother on the occasion of her 100th birthday.  It seems longevity runs in the family.  The bottom of the second column contains information on Mrs. Dunn and the home in which the top photo was most likely taken. 

The above article is from the Bicentennial Special Edition of the Daily Leader (1976), courtesy of Bettie Hatcher Cox via her mother's archives and scanned in by Deenie Tallant.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I love it when I find pictures of my great grandmother and my great great grandmother in the same setting. I have both of these pictures and I am always surprised that others would find them interesting. In the early fifties, Brookhaven had an event called the Gay Nineties (somewhat similiar to pilgrimage in Natchez and Bettie Price Dunn home was one of the homes that was on tour. She raised a large family there and there is a family cemetary across the road. Descendants of these pioneers still live in the area and many more are scattered throughout the south. But their quiet dignity and strength and sense of family has been repeated over and over.