|My grandmother, Mae McDaniel Griffith, 1898., at age 14. The photo is torn at the lower right corner
Although my blog is usually devoted to interior design, architecture, antiques and Anglophilia, at times I find myself wanting to write about something else, which in this case, is my family. While in the West End neighborhood of Atlanta this past Friday, on my maternal grandmother's birthday, as my daughter Sarah and I rode through Westview Cemetery to place flowers on family graves, I once again started thinking about the family that lived in West End, and what the area means to me.
|Mae McDaniel Griffith and Herman Griffith
One final note: I hesitated to include this last bit in my post, but decided that it is a part of the history of the house as much as my family, and must be mentioned in order to honor those who came after us. 571 East Ontario came to be remembered by many for a tragic event that horrified Atlanta for years. When we moved from West End to College Park, GA, my grandmother sold the house to a Ms. Willie Mathis. On March 5, 1980, Ms. Mathis' son, Jeffrey, age 10, walked up the street to the same Food Town where my grandmother once worked, to run an errand for his mother. He would never been seen alive again. His skeletal remains were found 11 months later, a victim of the alleged Atlanta serial murderer, Wayne Williams. It is hard to imagine that this tragedy occurred on this same beautiful street.
Rest in Peace little Jeffrey
There is a caption with each photo below with details - please read
|This photo, along with many of the photos featured in this post, are from a photograph album my grandmother kept as a young girl. Her handwriting is under each photo. This one is entitled "Some of My Family" - I wish I knew their names
|My grandmother and her son, Robert Frederick (Fred) Nunn, 1933
|My grandmother, pictured 3rd from right on top, with friends, unknown place or people -again, wish I knew
|My grandmother and grandfather, Charlie Ford, US Army, pictured in front of a fountain at Westview Cemetery, 1949
|My grandfather posing at Westview Abbey Mausoleum, 1949
|Ceiling, Westview Abbey Chapel
|Stained glass, Westview Abbey
|Another photograph of the chapel
|The receiving vault at Westview -- this is where the victims of the 1918 Spanish Influenza were held until burial
|Stained Glass - Westview Abbey Mausoleum
|This door is about 10 feet from my great-grandmother's resting place inside the wall of the Abbey Mausoleum
|This is the window on the opposite end of the hall where my great-grandmother is interred
|Another view of the chapel - I have sat here for quite some time - my daughter finds it beautiful
but very creepy - I find it peaceful and lovely
|Chapel - again
|Exterior view of the Abbey
|My daughter Sarah, age 8, 1999, the 5th generation...she never lived in West End but just like those before her, she had her picture made at Westview Cemetery. This sweet photo was taken by my mother. The tradition continues...
|I have no idea who this is -- this photo was in the aforementioned photo album kept by my grandmother - no caption was included, no description - just a precious old photo that I felt I needed to include