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Dorothy Ferguson Kroetch with Baby Elaine Kroetch

Updated Feb 11, 2024
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Dorothy Ferguson Kroetch with Baby Elaine Kroetch
Studio photo of Dorothy Ferguson Kroetch (wife of Hollis Kroetch, daughter of George Ferguson and Nancy Boggs Ferguson) taken with her infant daughter, Elaine. Elaine was born in 1924, followed by 3 more siblings - Fred, Frank, and Juanita (known as Norma). This photo was probably taken in Hoquiam or Aberdeen, Washington.
Date & Place: in Hoquiam, Washington USA
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This is THE photo to try and replicate for all mothers with their children...this is simply beautiful.
Yes it is very beautiful
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Elaine Marguerite (Kroetch) Bell Gillett
Elaine Marguerite Kroetch was adopted by the Bell family when her mother died (she was age 8). Since her younger sister was also adopted (by the Dahlquist family) and her brothers Fred (who lived with his Aunt Wea) and Frank (who lived for a time with his Aunt Thelma) were sent to live with family, even at the young age of 8 Elaine insisted that she and her siblings see each other often. And they did. They always told stories of the mischief they got into as kids. As a result, they were close all of their lives and so were their children ("the cousins"). Although only Frank and Elaine lived in Washington state as adults (Norma lived in San Diego and Fred lived in Dayton Ohio), they spoke on the phone often and visited often. Fred died first (lung cancer), then Frank (cardiac arrest), then Norma, then Elaine. Although her mother's family didn't like our grandfather and therefore obtained an order from a (family friend) judge to keep him from the children, they did see my grandfather as adults. My dad (Frank) and Fred saw him often. The girls still held a grudge against him.
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Dorothy Elaine (Ferguson) Kroetch
Dorothy's father was George W. Ferguson and her mother was Nancy Marguerite (Boggs) Ferguson, both of whom were born in Kentucky and moved to Whatcom County, Washington circa 1900.
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