Mary was born in September 1883 and Hattie was born in October 1885....I can just vision Mary trying to be a little mother to Hattie. My views of what life was like in the mid-1880's is very "Little House on the Prairie-ish". Growing up in Minnesota and Idaho with lots of siblings close to your age, everyone helping everyone else, the older helping with and playing with the younger...maybe a few cousins living on a farm down the road. Life was not easy for them and
The two pictures posted are Mary and Hattie at youngest age available. Mary is 15 in this picture and Hattie is 23. I wish I had others at younger ages. I have group pictures with all or some of the family but not many individual pics.
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