Monday, February 8, 2010

Smile for the Camera 20th Edition--Valentine

Thank you to Shades of the Departed for hosting the 20th editon of Smile For The Camera. The word prompt for the 20th Edition of Smile For The Camera is "Valentine." Love is in the air, so celebrate with Smile by sharing a photograph of a Valentine; be that person or paper. The interpretation of Valentine is yours.

My parents, George VanGilder Hughes and Martha Jean Stark, attended school together from kindergarten through high school. It was a small school in a medium sized town outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--Avalon.

From old high school newspapers that Mom saved (she was the editor) it appears that Mom and Dad did not attend their senior prom together. Perhaps their attraction bloomed after Dad had already invited another senior and he was already committed. They did date during the summer between graduation and college and then left for separate institutions--Dad to Washington & Jefferson in Washington, Pennsylvania and Mom to Wooster College in Wooster, Ohio.

They dated throughout their college years and married on November 23, 1943. Below is their engagement photograph.

I do believe I get my "pack rat" gene from my Mom. She saved many items--cards, letters, memorabilia. Her college items are carefully contained in a scrapbook. The Valentine's Day card and flowers were sent from my Dad to her at Wooster College on February 14, 1940, which would have been her freshman year.

© 2010, copyright Linda Hughes Hiser


  1. This is proof that being a pack rat is not a bad thing!

  2. Yea, what Greta said! Oh and I am soooooo jealous. Nicely displayed and written about.

  3. What a blessing to be able to see and enjoy so many family treasures!!

  4. That was a sweetheart moment. When my children and grandchildren go thru my boxes and boxes of stuff --- especially when they come to those old waxed corsages from ages ago, I hope they are as pleased as you were. You are a lucky lady.