Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Esther!

My maternal grandmother, Esther Bleken Ruud, was born on this day in 1907. I thought it would be fun to post some photos of her. Above I believe is a group shot of her confirmation class. Esther is seated second from the left in the front row. She is probably twelve or thirteen years old.

I'm not certain of the reason for this studio portrait, but I think it may have been taken for the occasion of her engagement to my grandfather, Knut Oleson Ruud. If so, this is fall of 1929 and she is 22 years old.

Looks like all the ladies had fresh perms for this photo! I'm guessing my mother, in the back to the right, is around the age of eleven, making the year 1941-42. What a handsome family!

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