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Re: McAnally family from Cameron, Texas
Posted by: Raymond Keller, III (ID *****2086) Date: October 02, 2008 at 15:00:35
In Reply to: McAnally family from Cameron, Texas by Lois Jenison of 833


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I was sad to see The Sycamores burned down. I remember the china head dolls as well, especially since that was one of the interests that Lelia and my grandmother (Maureine) shared. They occasionally went on searches in Central Texas to find more dolls heads.

I, too have Lelia's 3 books that you mention. Somewhere, I have a picture what I surmise to be the whole McAnally clan of Cameron, posing in a swimming hole. I can identify my grandmother and a few others but am unsure of others. There are two grown women in 1900s swimming attire sheperding this group. I have conjectured that one might be Ida McAnally. And one might be Lelia, who I think to have been older than the rest of the siblings.

Upon the deaths of Oscar Fides and Ida (Nana, my grandmother, Maureine, told Bettie and I that Ida died of heartbreak), the siblings not of age went into an orphan's home. I have tried to contact the orphan's home where, I think, most of the siblings stayed. I thought it was in Waxahachie, but have not been able to confirm that.

Lelia was the exception. She was too old for the orphanage. The story I have heard is that she went away to Gainesville to a Young Woman's College and that Mr. Batte, who according to stories I have heard, was in love with Ida, pursued Lelia after Ida died.

If you ate in the kitchen or the dining room, you probably knew Millie and Sally.

I am not sure what "the family info" you referred is, or how to access it. I would be interested in it also. Please let me know how to access it and I will respond.


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