Jean Hennesy Kearns’ Sunday School Class in Camden

Sunday school class

Annie Jean Hennesy Kearns, daughter of Esmond and Ethel Hennesy, has given this as a Sunday school class photo in Camden, Ouachita, Arkansas. She is 4th from the left, the girl smiling with her hands clasped over her chest, and looks absolutely delighted with the photo shoot.

This is a photo taken after an Easter egg hunt one Sunday after church.

Jean was born in 1931 and Shirley Temple had been prime entertainment for several years on the big screen, as can be seen in the Shirley Temple curls of the middle child who has ruined her mother’s care with her very important photo day appearance by looking somewhat dour and skeptical, but so does the girl standing next to her. Their perspective was obviously different from the girls on the left and one wonders how this was so. Perhaps the girls on the left had a teacher or someone else encouraging them from the side.

Jewel Hennesy’s Obituary

Jewel Hennesy obituary

The Daily News Bogalusa, LA. Monday April 9, 1979. Volume 52, No. 61. “Jewel J. Hennesy, 77, died this morning at 3:05 in the Bogalusa Medical Center. He was a resident of 705 St. John Street. He was a native of Franklinton, a retired tour foreman for Crown Zellerbach, a member of Superior Avenue Baptist Church and Center Lodge No. 244, F&AM, and Bogalusa Chapter No. 61 of the Royal Arch Mason. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Madie F. Hennesy, two daughters Mrs. Douglas (Jewell) Fortenberry, Baker; and Mrs. Billy (Charlotte) Cathern, Bogalusa; two sons, James Andrew Hennesy, Denver, Colo.; Leonard R. Hennesy, Bogalusa; one sister; Mrs. Lucille Fairley, Wilmington, Del.; one brother, Ezzie Hennesy, Natchez, Miss. and 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was also the brother of the late Mrs. Roy Middleton and Mrs. Wilbur Knight. Calling hours at Poole’s Funeral Home will begin at 6:30 today until 11 o’clock tonight and tomorrow at 8 a.m. until services in the Poole Chapel at 3 p.m. Rev. Sollie Smith and Rev. Roy Mooneyham will be in charge of funeral rites. Masonic services will be held tonight in the chapel at 7:30.”

The House in Arkansas

The Washington Parish, Louisiana family of the Hennesys began branching out geographically in the 1930s. Esmond’s paper mill job took him to Lafayette, Ouachita, Arkansas. This is the house they lived in. I would imagine that at a later date someone returned and took a photo, and that this is not a photo from the 1930s.

A big difference from Washington Parish, Louisiana.

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Annie Knight Simmons, 1904

Annie (Knight) Simmons (22 Feb 1888 – 1 Sept 1961) as a young woman. Wife of Lucius Theodore Simmons. Estimated date, around 1904.

There was no indication of photographer or date on this very damaged photo. I am guessing it was taken perhaps on the same day she married Lucius at the home of her parents, 1904 Nov 17, in Washington Parish, Louisiana. We have a wedding photo and her hairstyle and appearance looks much the same.

She’s wearing here what I think is probably a very nice and stylish dress for the time which hints of how her father was said to be fairly well to do.

Annie Knight Simmons original

Annie Knight Simmons

I tried to do a restoration. This was just when I was beginning to work in Photoshop a number of years ago. I didn’t do a great job but I think I deserve some kudos for the effort.

Annie Knight Simmons retouched

Annie Knight Simmons tinted

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E. E. Hennesy Before Car


Another photo of Ezzie Hennesy before a car. He is older than seen here, has shed the vest, has a skinnier tie, somewhat better fitting suit, but is still sporting a road cap.

The car looks like a 1923 or 1924 Ford Model T Runabout, which has a very distinctive rear. It also looks like it has seen better days, so this photo is going to be difficult to date. Based on his appearance in a 1927 photo, I’ll give it a perhaps date of 1926-1927.

Photo of E. E. and Ethel Hennesy circa 1936

There are enough images of Esmond Hennesy beside cars that I’m inclined to think he must have been fairly fond of autos. This time he’s with his wife Ethel and he looks cockily dressed to the nines with a fancy hat and tie and striped socks. Perhaps they were out for a Sunday drive.

I’ve looked through images of Fords from the 30s and there seems to be a major design change that happens between 1934 and 1936 to a more rounded form, and based on images of cars I’ve seen from that time period I’m inclined to date this about 1936. A person who really has some knowledge of autos may correct me on this.

In 1936, Ezzie would have been about 33 and Ethel about 30.

Photo of Annie Knight Simmons and…

This photo was originally identified by family to show Annie Knight Simmons and the widow of Desera Simmons, Rosa Lee, at his gravesite at the Lang-Simmons Cemetery.

I have to place a caveat with the original dating of this photo which would have been 1932, at the time of Desera’ death. Annie Knight would have been 44 and I think the photo belongs more in the range of the mid 1940s.

Desera’s gravesite

If anyone has any information on the photo, please let me know.