Lynn Beach, Essex County, Massachusetts
circa 1931 and 1933
My Mom is the adorable little girl in the photo above on the top right. The little boy running away from the camera is her older brother, Robert E. Henry, Jr. (1930-1997). The good-looking couple in the middle-left photo is my grandparents -- Robert E. Henry, Sr. (1905-1976) and his first wife, Elizabeth Marilla Henry nee Smith (1912-1932).
Robert Henry was born in Milam County, Texas in 1905, and had been working as a cowboy in West Texas before travelling to Dallas, Texas in 1927 and enlisting in the United States Navy. It is highly doubtful that he had ever seen the ocean before making that drastic change in his lifestyle.
While in the Navy, he met and married the 17-year-old Maine beauty who was to become my maternal grandma -- Elizabeth Marilla Smith. They married in July of 1929. Their son was born in May of 1930. Robert was discharged from the Navy in January of 1931. Mom was born in January of 1932. And Elizabeth died 3 days later.
Based on the photos we are blessed to have in our family, it would seem that they must have spent a large portion of their very brief time together playing on the sandy beaches of Lynn, Massachusetts, as well as at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. One of the tidbits of information that was passed to my Mom about her mother was that Elizabeth was a talented swimmer, and loved the water.
I'm not sure about the date of the photo of that baby girl in the above collage, but it must have been taken during the summer of 1933.
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