"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.
That myth is more potent than history.
That dreams are more powerful than facts.
That hope always triumphs over experience.
That laughter is the only cure for grief.
And I believe that love is stronger than death."
~ Robert Fulghum

Friday, April 22, 2011

Family Foto Friday

Every Friday I am going to share my family with you ... photos from the past from my dad's family and my mom's family.  My dad is of Canary Island/ French descent and my mom is of English/Scotch/Irish descent - I am a blend of that - maybe that accounts for my squirrel/shiny things disorder, hmm.

Standing L to R:  Caliste, Arnold
Sitting L to R:  Lucy, Hypolite*, Cecile

Taken 1900 at Harding Studio in Franklin, Louisiana, this is my grandfather, Hypolite (Papa Hipp) Hidalgo with his older siblings.  When I was given this picture and told Papa was the one sitting in the middle I was sure someone was mistaken because that was a little girl.  After looking at other pictures from that same time period I see all little boys wore little dresses at that age.  Papa was two years old in this photo and was the fifth of ten children. 

Papa was from a "sugar" family and some of my earliest memories are visiting my grandparents at their house at the McCall Sugar Refinery where Papa was the Engineer.  McCall's would do the first process of the cane and then ship it to the refineries who processed for sugar companies like Domino's, Imperial and C and H.  McCall's was closed in the 1990's when the sugar industry in Louisiana consolidated sugar processing.

Cane Farm - Mission, TX - 1908
Standing L to R:  Hypolite (Papa), Lionel,
Cecile, Lucy, Arnold and 2 workers
Sitting L to R: Louise and Arthur (Pa Red)
L to R in front of Louise and Arthur:  Florence,
Albert (twin), Paul and Allen (twin) 
Columbia Plantation, Louisiana - 1944
L to R:  Hypolite (Papa), Arthur (Pa Red)
(refurbished photo)
Larry (Daddy) 1946

In 1908 "sugar" took the Hidalgo family to Mission, Texas ... "sugar" took them back to south Louisiana about a year later.  Look closely at the workers in the picture - the man on the right with his arms crossed - I wonder if that could be a relative of Lyle Lovett.

Hope everybody has as very Hoppy Easter!

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