But I always remember the next door neighbors of my grandparents, the Stubblefield sisters. I have very few memories of them and until I started researching, I didn’t even know their first names. The only ‘detail’ I had was that one (or maybe both) was my dad’s teacher at one time. And I remembered that neither of them had ever married.
Ethel Lacy Stubblefield was born 31 October, 1897 in New York; Gertrude Scott Stubblefield was born 2 November, 1903 in Oklahoma. They were the children of James and Mattie (Lacy) Stubblefield, who were married 11 September 1895 in Cuyahoga, Ohio. Another child, Frank, was born in February, 1999 but, sadly, only lived until 1 October, 1900. And the sadness continued when Mattie died in 1909.
I’ve done some research to try to validate the memories I have of them and found them in Fresno where they seemed to move around a bit. Ethel was, in fact, a teacher at Fresno High School at the time my dad was there (early 1940’s) so that is probably the sister who was my dad’s teacher. Although I thought I remembered she was his teacher in grammar school. But my memories are fading so I could have that wrong. In her later years she was a Consultant at the Board of Education.
Ethel Stubblefield, 1946 Owl (Fresno High School Yearbook)
Gertrude seemed to spend the majority of her teaching years at Theodore Roosevelt High School and Fresno City/Junior College. Since my dad never attended of those schools, the connection must have been Ethel.
Fresno City College Yearbook, 1959
I’ve tracked these two sisters from 1340 Linden Avenue to 727 Terrace Avenue to 4640 Wilson and finally to 1561 Echo Avenue, next door to my grandparents.
If I hadn’t pulled up these photos (I even have the 1946 Owl in my collection since my mom graduated from Fresno High School in 1946), I might have zero memory of what they looked like. I have come across a few photos of my grandmother with some friends and I’ve wondered if they were the sisters.
What do you think?
That’s Loraine in the middle (with her mink, of course) and my mom directly behind her. The other ladies standing are my dad’s two cousins (Hermina and Gilda) with Gilda’s husband standing behind them. And I think Gilda’s two daughters in the front. Not sure about the other older woman.
Are these the Stubblefield sisters? I would so love to get in contact with a descendant but since they had no children and no nieces or nephews, I’m not sure there is anyone out there looking for them.
Ethel and Gertrude are interred together at Los Gatos Memorial Park, coincidentally not far from the home I grew up in.
You are not forgotten, Ethel and Gertrude Stubblefield.