August 22, 2013

Sepia Saturday #191: The Stoop Sisters



On the front stoop at 9 York St., Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada circa 1937.

Kathleen (Kay) Harris, born April 17, 1923
Joan Camille Harris, born March 14, 1931 - died, November  23, 2005
Alice Elizabeth (Betty) Harris, born April 6, 1929

Kay, would marry William Hawley in 1944 and raise five children: Kathryn, Bill, Barbara, Anne, Patrick and Lynne

Joan, would marry Malcolm Read and raise five children—Four boys: Stephen, Burton, Kenneth, Stewart, and one daughter, Janis.

Betty, would marry William (Bill) Davison and raise one daughter (me), and one adopted daughter, Nancy.


Kathleen and Janis are devoted cousins who don't get to see enough of each other because they live too far apart.

Janis's only daughter is getting married on Saturday and will carry on the family line.

Kathleen and her husband, Kevin are the end of their respective lines. Maybe that's why she is so fascinated with their ancestry.

Kathleen and Janis at their aunt Kay's 90th birthday party.

Betty and Kay at the party.


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38 comments:

  1. A lovely family. And I do enjoy seeing the word "stoop" used. It's not one we use in Australia. We just use boring old verandah or porch. I've had to go and do some reading !

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    1. Boundforoz, if I'm honest, my mother will probably say, "It's not the stoop, it's the side porch!" I was just being clever - recalling an old 1970s t.v. show called, "The SNOOP Sisters" with Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick.
      Thanks for your visit!

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  2. i'm a former Canadian too and we always sat on the stoop. My husband and his family from the Los Angeles area, also sat on the stoop. Wherever the stoop sister chose to perch, they were three beautiful girls. I wish I could step in and ask them to scoot over and make room for one more.

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    1. Helen, I do too! Thanks for visiting.

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  3. It's always moving for me, lookng at photos of young people and then of them when they have gotten old. Love the stoop photo.

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    1. Thanks, Kristin! It was pretty moving to be at a 90th birthday party and see most of my mom's siblings enjoying each other's company.

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  4. Lovely portraits Kat - and welcome back to SS. The word "stoep," derived from the Dutch, I guess, is often used in Southern Africa, but perhaps applies more to the steps themselves rather than the verandah itself, I'm not sure.

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    1. Thanks Brett! I really appreciate the etymology of the word too. You're probably right about it being related more to the steps rather than the platform.

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  5. Such lovely happy photographs of the sisters.

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    1. Yes, ScotSue; they have always been close.

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  6. That gave you lots of cousins with them having five children each!
    Jackie
    Scrapbangwallop

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    1. Jackie, if you think THAT'S lots of cousins, my dad came from a family of TWELVE! Thanks for stopping in.

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  7. A stoop to me was always the downward swoop of a bird of prey,

    Lovely photo of the sisters, Kat. Makes me want to join them on the stoop.

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    1. Thanks, Bob. That's an interesting use of the word; I've never heard it, but I'm sure I will use it from now on.

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  8. Betty and Kay still have such lovely smiles; I now know where you got yours!

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    1. Oh, what a sweet thing to say. Thank you!

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  9. Nice to see the co-founder of SS here! How lovley that you have that picture of the the girls when young as well as the more recent one. Wonderful smiles.

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    1. Thanks, Nell! Yes, I'm especially pleased to have the early one.

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  10. Betty and Kay are more alike now than they were when they were young! What great smiles.

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    1. Hello, and welcome. You are correct, Boobook, my mother was more like Joan when they were young, but recently, she and Kay both look like their mother.

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  11. A great set of photos that really show that friends come and go but families are forever!

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    1. Thanks, Jackie. Yes, that is very true!

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  12. It is interesting to compare the old and young versions of Betty and Kay. At first they look completely different in the two versions, but the facial features are basically the same in old and young.

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  13. What a wonderful 'Sister Threesome' photo and Family Tree history. It's amazing to see the sisters as they were then and now...very sweet and quite a treasure. Very special cousin photo, too.

    Thanks for visiting CollectInTexas Gal today for Sepia Saturday. Thanks for leaving your comment...I replied on CITexas Gal, but here's a good place too...

    "~Kat...How very special that you and your adopted sibling both got to be Number One. My siblings are still pretty adorable...most of the time."

    Sue CollectInTexasGal~Today's Post~
    Older Sister Syndrome~Sepia SAT Sibling 3Some

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  14. Thanks for visiting, Sue, and for your comment(s). Yes, I love the "cousin" photo.
    I definitely do treasure these photos.

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  15. The first photo is absolutely lovely ---- and then to tie it to the story, and the remaining sisters, again, just lovely --- evocative.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it Joan! Thanks for the visit.

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  16. That's so funny, growing up in Michigan we always used the word stoop, sometimes with front, because some houses had more than one! What a great photo of you with your cousin, and sisters at the end. It looks like you all had a wonderful time there.

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    1. We never had a stoop at the house where I grew up, Karen; it was just a pair of concrete steps. We did have a very small back porch where my mom often stood and nattered with our next-door neighbour.

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  17. "The Stoop Sisters" sounds like a music act from the 40s. Congrats to Janis's daughter!

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    1. You're right, Wendy; it sure does! The wedding was beautiful - perfect weather; perfect day!

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  18. What a lovely post, Kat. I like the before and after shots.

    Kathy M.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! Nice to see you here.

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  19. Very nice happy photo (and a nice verandah, we don't have those in Holland). It's amazing to see a photo of the two of them 76 years later. And Brett is right, 'stoop' is a word brought to America by the Dutch settlers in New York (when it was still called New Amsterdam).

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    1. Ah ha! So now we know. Thanks, Rob! Interesting how the word travelled with the Dutch even though they themselves didn't have the stoop.

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  20. A great series of photos of the sisters and cousins. Then a later one of the sisters later. Very similar to my post. Snap.

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    1. Snap back at ya! Your post was great, although I think I got Florrie and her mom confused.

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  21. Lovely trio!!
    As for genealogy,
    I think it's a calling of some sort,
    to sort out the past and make it a cohesive collection of moments
    to leave to posterity.
    :)~
    HUGZ

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