Grandma Black and her sister Stella
|Hand colored tintype
Original image size: 2 7/16" x 3 11/16"
Nancy Myrtle Lurhing Black was Lohring and Danica Miller's great
There is a paper accompanying this tintype written in Myrtle Black's
handwriting. One side has a list of names with birth dates. The other
has a list of names with death dates. At this point the only names
anyone recognizes are Myrtle Luhring and her sister. (Dorothy surmises
that the others might be cousins)
Nancy Myrtle Lurhing - Sept., 19, 1879
Ora Estella Luhring - Jan. 26, 1878
On the outside of the envelope in Marie Black Brennen's handwriting is
"Grandma Black (Myrtle Luhring) and her sister Stella. Taken about 1875"
This date is, of course, incorrect, as Myrtle wasn't born until 1879. My
guess is it was taken around 1882 or 83, as Myrtle looks to be about 3
In an early attempt at recreating a matriarchy, Lohring Sherman Miller
was named by his mother for his parents' great-great grandmothers. Of
course it was their patriarchal family names that were used. Hard to
buck cultural traditions even with the best intentions! Dorothy didn't
think to ask about the spelling, which is how Luhring (evidently
pronounced something closer to lo-ring than lure-ring in W. Penna.) was
converted to Lohring.