Fearless Females Friday – Women’s History Month

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Since today begins Women’s History Month, my blog posts in March will focus on the stories, records, photos and words of my female ancestors.

Above is a picture of some of my Cubbage women, taken in Monessen, Pennsylvania in the mid-1930s . In the back center is Maine Swank Cubbage, the matriarch, who was married to Charles Cubbage. This is the only image that I have of Maine! The women around her are daughters Marian, Marge, and Gladys “Babe.” I believe the woman at the top right is Maine’s daughter-in-law, Gladys “Happy” Griffith Cubbage. Apparently no one named Gladys used that name!

I looking forward to sharing about my fearless, beautiful female ancestors!

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Fearless Females Friday – Girlfriends!

A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. ~Lois Wyse

I am fascinated by the stories of our women ancestors, and those Fearless Females in our family trees. We think of them as mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunties … and also girlfriends.

As November comes to an end, and after the last week’s day of Thanksgiving, I’ve been thinking of how grateful I am for my girlfriends. Through every season these women have shared insight, laughs, feedback and love.

I wonder if my ancestor’s girlfriends were just as important to them? They had sisters, neighbors and friends. And it certainly “takes a village to raise a child.” In very different ways than it does for me.

These women took care of their families, lost children and husbands to death and illness, had sons (and husbands) go off to war, moved across the state (or the world). I would imagine that they absolutely needed that network, and that women’s friendships were just as important to my ancestors as they are for me today.

I have always wished for a journal or diary of one of my ancestors. One that might tell me about their lives. But alas, I do not. Still, I can guess a little about their girlfriends from these pictures.

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My great-grandmother, Elizabeth Linneman Speck, circa 1920. She is flanked by two friends and they appear to be dressed up for something. At the top her daughter wrote “cowgirls? or cowboys!”
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My 2nd great-grandmother Barbara Elizabeth Linneman. She looks so serious, but had been through a lot (I’ll post on her later); her friends had to have been important. She’s with “Mrs. Paul” a neighbor in Monessen in the 1920s.
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My grandmother, Agnes Speck mugging for the camera with girlfriends, circa 1937.
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My grandmother, Elise Gegenheimer Haberkern, having fun with a friend in 1961.
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Agnes Speck Cubbage with neighbors Irene and Virginia in New Providence, 1955.
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Elizabeth Linneman Speck, with her daughter Agnes and fiends. The back of the photo has “Neptune Cottage 1939” written on it.

Treasure your girlfriends and the power of women’s friendships.