Pearl Selena Astlin Beall (around age 86 - died the following year).
is what was written about her in Grandma's binder: "She was a good
person, easy-going, a hard worker, very compassionate, and she treated
everyone well. She was tall and thin, with black hair and blue eyes. She
raised her family in the lock house
at Lock 25, where there was no electric or running water. The house
consisted of a kitchen and living room on the first floor and two
bedrooms on the second. There was a cookstove in the kitchen and a
woodstove in the living room. She washed the family's clothes in a big
tub with scrub board and ironed them with a flat iron, which was warmed
on the wood stove, that she used to cook the meals. There was no
refrigerator but there was an ice box. The water was fetched in a bucket
from the well across the road. Meals that could be stretched to feed
nine people were served -- fish, potatoes, beans, biscuits, and
cornbread. In the winter, there was always a pot of soup on the
cookstove. Life was not easy for the ladies of her time. None of the
children were born in a hospital -- they were delivered at home by Aunt
Polly (the black mid-wife that lived up the road) and the local doctor."
This next picture is of five generations of Beall-Poole-Null women. That's
me around 9 months old on Pearl's lap again -- Her
daughter, my great-grandmother Edna Mildred Beall (she's around age 67 here) - Her daughter, my grandmother
Helen Elizabeth Poole (around age 45 here), and my mother Judy
Louise (around age 19 here).