The Sepia Saturday Photo Challenge this week featured a shaggy Old English Sheepdog. Our family album yielded a variety of dogs and even a young coyote. Since I’ve written about most of these before, I’ll be brief this time.
Here’s Bertha McGhee (on the right) in New Mexico with some of the other teachers from the Navajo school.
Teenage Gail with her little sister Carol and a coyote. Location, Bushton KS
I wish I knew more about the photo of Gail Lee McGhee holding a coyote pup. It looks like the photo is from her teen years and that’s her little sister, barefooted Carol Jean, with her. The soil looks sandy and dry. In the distance, there’s an oil tank or perhaps a grain storage bin. Maybe they went with their dad while he was working one day.
Bushton, Kansas has only a few hundred residents these days. Probably there are still coyotes about that rural area. The coyote appears to be someone’s pet as it has a harness on and he seems comfortable being around people.
Our Family Dog Stories
This photo was shared on Facebook by a cousin (his mom is the middle person in the picture, Melba Harlan).
The McGhee sisters – Carol, Melba, and Gail
CJ Garriott – I have no idea whose dogs, names; I would suppose it was our yard. Never saw this photo before! Pretty much no memories from this age.
However, after studying on the locale, this may be the lease northeast of Madison, where we lived when I went to first grade in Madison. Then we moved to the lease where I attended Seeley School until mid-6th grade when we moved to the farm. I don’t remember us having more than one dog at a time.
I do remember Gail and me going into the Madison school, she would go up the stairs to the 2nd floor, and I would go down the hall to my 1st-grade room. I would look back, Gail would wave, and I would then continue, comforted that she would be there when it was time to go home.
Bob Harlan – Our best guess judging by other photos around this one is 1938 or 39.
(Gail would have been 14 or 15, Melba would have been 18 or 19, Carol would have been 4 or 5)