Anna Virginia Jeffries Crips
This is my maternal great-grandmother, at two widely separated parts of her life. The smaller photo seems to be a school picture. My great aunt (her daughter) provided the caption on the back of the photo; no photographer is given. I'm guessing that Anna was about 12-13. The larger photo has no identification on it. I know she lived in Ottumwa, Iowa for much of her life, and I think this may have been Auntie's house there. The date is a guess. Anna lived in Chicago, caring for my mother Marianna during her childhood, as her mother died in the flu epidemic. When Mother became self-supporting, and then married in 1941, her Grandma Crips moved back to Ottumwa, but I don't know if she had her own house, or stayed with Auntie. And this may have been a visit. Either Papa or Auntie could have taken the picture. She does look quite a bit younger here than she does in the four-generation photo I have from 1944. I so wish that I'd started this project while there were still people who could tell me the stories. Hindsight!