Archive for November 21st, 2014

The Gold Mine in the Closet: 2009 “I” Street

November 21, 2014

Sugar has photos in the gold mine in the closet.

He’s shown this photo to me before.

Sugar's grandmother Mary "Leslie" Basinger Lawton and an unidentified lady.

Sugar’s grandmother Mary “Leslie” Basinger Lawton and an unidentified lady.

He said that it’s a photo of his grandmother in front of the 2009 “I” Street house in Washington, D.C., where some of the Garnett relatives lived.

So of course I’m curious as to why his grandmother had a photo made in front of a house where several of her relatives lived, but the photo has only one relative?  And how does he know it is 2009 “I” Street?

There are things we know.  We just know them without having to be told.  Perhaps it’s because we’ve been told them so much that we don’t remember the hearing of them, we only remember the knowing of them.

He simply knows that it’s the “I” Street house, but he doesn’t know who the woman on the right is.

So I ask who would she have her photo made with, and why isn’t there anything written on the back?  Maybe because everyone KNOWS who the woman is.

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In Athens, Georgia, on the campus of the University of Georgia, where Margaret Roane Garnett Basinger’s oldest daughter lived with the daughter and son-in-law, Mag and Charles Strahan. Circa 1925.

William Starr Basinger and Margaret Roane Garnett.

William Starr Basinger and Margaret Roane Garnett.

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See the newspaper in front of the window? Sugar said his grandmother liked to read the paper, to stay up on current events. Later in life she had a tiny black-and-white television. She would watch the news, then turn the TV off when the news was over.

Then I look at him and say:  That’s her mother.  THAT’S MARGARET ROANE GARNETT.