David Preston: Interestingly enough, this photo was once in
my personal family collection but is now lost to me forever -and with
In the process of doing an Agnew photo interview with Jean Ide in the summer of 2006, I happened to mention that I had this photo of Hattie LaMaster. I told Jean I thought Hattie was a pretty girl with a pretty name and that I'd like to learn more about her someday, if only I could track down someone in the Creston area who might have known her or her mother Laura Kilgore. Well, within a few weeks of the interview with Jean I got an e-mail from her at my home in Seattle. As it turned out Jean knew someone who knew someone who knew the daughter of the little girl in my photo. Just a few e-mails later and I was in contact with a woman named Betty Sinclair, Hattie's daughter, who wanted to purchase the photo for her son Tom.
Instead of selling Betty the photo I gladly gave it to her in exchange for information about my mystery girl Hattie. Betty in turn was happy to provide me with this info, along some additional photos of Hattie. Here's what she told me her mother...
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