Seriously… what can I say. 1970s fashion at it’s best? Look at those ruffles!

This is my Uncle Michael dressed for Prom. His was the third child after my dad and third to last of my Grandparents large family. He was also unfortunately the first to pass, in 1993.

Happy hunting,

Jess

Someone’s birthday is this week!

Trotter Uncle, 1966Happy hunting,

Jess

Elnora (York) Trotter, c. mid-1940s

We’ll miss you, Grandma!

Elnora (York) Trotter, 1926-2013

Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother

Enjoy the time you have and ask questions while you can!

Jess

Grandma & Grandpa Trotter, 1972Today is the 66th anniversary of my grandparents wedding. On January 18, 1947 they married at the home of my Great Aunt Rachel (York) Elliot in Palestine Township, Bradley Co., Arkansas.

This is a shot of their 25th Anniversary party at their home in Detroit, Michigan. They were married 41 years and raised 8 children before Grandpa died in 1988.

Happy hunting,

Jessica

Grandma & Grandpa Trotter, c. 1981

I’ve been a bit bogged down with deadlines and the creeping ick that seems to be common this time of year… but I didn’t want to miss Wordless Wednesday. And Grandma Trotter has been on my mind lately.

These are my grandparents Elnora (York) and Levie Trotter enjoying the swings at a Trotter-Johnson picnic outside of Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan in 1980 or 1981. It’s a bit fuzzy but it brings back fond memories.

Happy hunting,

Jessica

I was going through pictures again and these two struck me as an interesting pair. The first is my mother and the second is me. I had more hair and teeth… and yes, I am rocking Oscar the Grouch on my dress. But, yeah, we’re related.

Happy Hunting,

Jess

     OscarMe

I’ve been scrounging through photos lately and I keep coming back to this set. I don’t know who everyone in the pictures is but these were taken around my Great Aunt Rachel (York) Elliot’s funeral in 1971 and the majority of the men are York brothers and in-laws.

Can any Yorks/Trotters or other Bradley County folk recognize any of my unknowns? Or, for that matter, correct our identifications?

Happy hunting,

Jess

Between Dad & I, we think we have identified…

Grandpa Levie Trotter & the York Brothers, c.1971

Picture 1 (L to R): Oscar York, Levie Trotter, Arverse York, Preston York, UNKNOWN, and The York Brothers, c.1971Herman York

Picture 2 (L to R): Arverse York, Preston York, UNKNOWN, Herman York, Ernest York, UNKNOWN, and UNKNOWN

The York Brothers, c.1971

Picture 3 (L to R):  Herman York, Ernest York, UNKNOWN, UNKNOWN, and UNKNOWN

I’m the product of a two child household so the concept of a Christmas for a family of 10 (8 kids) is a bit foreign. Check out this tree… to my eyes the presents go on forever. This is taken in my grandparents home in Detroit, Michigan during Christmas of 1971.

Happy hunting and happy holidays!

Jess

I cannot express how much I love this shot! Grandma all dressed up and and Daddy looking too cool for college in front of his Duster. This was taken on the campus of Michigan State University around 1973.

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