My Grandfather, JTW “Trubie” Mitchell, collected pictures of older relatives. The picture above is identified as showing Finley or Findley Grayson Thompson, who was born in Giles County, Virginia circa 1878; his wife, Mary Morris Thompson (who was born circa 1877 in Bland County, Virginia, and was Trubie’s kinswoman); and Finley and Mary’s daughter, Nola. According to census records, Nola was born circa 1905, so the photograph was probably taken around 1906 or 1907.
The Thompson family lived in Mercer and Logan Counties in West Virginia in the 1910-1930 census records. (Special thanks to John Esca Mitchell for research assistance.)
My Grandfather, JTW “Trubie” Mitchell, taught safety classes in Pittsylvania County (and shop, agriculture, foreign language, and other classes). As illustrations for his safety classes, he staged photographs of fake “accidents.” In the picture above, my father, Henry Helvey Mitchell, pretends to fall out of a chicken house (if you look closely, Henry is laughing).
Trubie also took photographs of real problems — car accidents, children with broken legs from farm accidents, maimed limbs from working with farm equipment, etc. (I may post some of these pictures later.)
Mary Helvey and JTW (Trubie) Mitchell with friends in 1930. This was several years before they got married. The photograph may have been taken at Emory College in Emory, Virginia, but that is not confirmed.
The license plate says Virginia 1930, and Harris Motor Co., Pulaski, Va., is on the wheel cover. I have not yet been able to find any more information on that business.
Photograph by J.T.W. Mitchell of Mary Helvey Mitchell, son John Mitchell, daughter Joan Mitchell (now Keith) and their dog Doc (son Henry Mitchell and other pets had not yet been added to the family). Early 1940s, taken at Chestnut Level, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
This photograph was taken by my Grandfather, James Trubie Wain Mitchell, in the early 1940s, probably in Pittsylvania County. People in the picture are unidentified. They were working on the tobacco harvest.