Monday, June 09, 2008
125 Years Ago Today
June 9, 1883, in Ojata - a place where freight trains paused and no longer exists, in Grand Forks County, North Dakota - this lovely lady was born. Winnifred Lucy Kirkland Tisdale, likely named after her brother, Winfield Scott Kirkland, who died before her birth and her great grandmother, Lucy Parks West, was my great Grandmother. Sadly she died 9 months before I was born. I would have enjoyed meeting this lovely, Godly woman who was married to a school teacher and raised 4 children, including my Grandma Hopkins. This photo was taken about 1904 before she left Grand Forks to move to Toledo, Washington with her Father Hiram Kirkland and her brother Ralph Kirkland. She played organ in the local Methodist church and fell in love with the pastor, Frederick Tisdale. They married at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington January 19, 1905 and began their adventurous journey which eventually led to me!