Posted by: marthabernie | November 8, 2014

STEVENSVILLE, MONTANA 1906-07 School Photo

Stevensville, Montana 1906-07This photo appears to be a school photo, and at first, I thought the building in the background of the photo was a church–it was not unheard of to conduct school classes at the local church.  However, the structure is clearly a two story building, and the bell at the top could have been the schoolhouse bell.  The photo has Stevensville 1906-07  written on the reverse side, and my great aunt’s son, Oscar Faulkner, is in the lower right of the photo (cropped inset below).

My great aunt, Anna McMenus Faulkner, moved with her family, (husband Lon, daughters Ednah and Ethyl) in 1906 from Conway, Missouri to Stevensville, Montana.  They changed the family name from Forkner to Faulkner.  My mother always alluded to a rather sordid reason as to why they packed up and moved, but I won’t go into that here.  They stayed in Stevensville for several years before moving on to Oregon and then Washington, Annie divorcing Lon in 1918.  Aunt Annie spent the next five years working at various occupations, including restaurant owner, nurse, cook, housekeeper, domestic sciences teacher, and she took a course and became a chiropractor.  She ended up in San Francisco with her daughter Ednah and grand daughter Ruthanna in 1923 and met Walter Tweddell through a “correspondence club” for single people.  He proposed by letter, they met for the first time on November 12, 1923 and they married on November 14, 1923.  Aunt Annie moved with Uncle Walter to Los Angeles that same week, and they lived happily ever after!


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