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In "The Way It Was", 3-Jessie (J'Mae or Ditta) Garris 1914-2011, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), STORIES on September 27, 2015 at 7:25 am

Not going to school, I grew up in an adult world. It was rare that I ever played with anyone. My sister Jessie who I called “J’Mae” played with me some but I remember we were always working.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter 3: “My Elementary Schooling,” 1999

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In "The Way It Was", 2-Minnie Anna (Sister) Dodd Garris 1874-1957, 3-Evelyn Floy Garris 1910-1997, 3-Howard Garris 1906-1990, 3-Jessie (J'Mae or Ditta) Garris 1914-2011, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE), POSTS BY LOCATION, Round O, STORIES on September 27, 2015 at 7:23 am

I can remember playing many times on the roof of the house upstairs until Mamma would come and make me come down. I used to slide down the banister from up stairs all the time. Since the other children boarded away from home for high school years and I stayed home through high school, I was there for a long time by myself as an only child and I remember doing things by myself . I used to sing and dance on the back porch alone imagining that I had a great audience and I was a great star.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter 1: “THE HOUSE,” 1999

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In 1930s & Before, 2-Minnie Anna (Sister) Dodd Garris 1874-1957, 2-William B. Garris 1879-1949, 3-Howard Garris 1906-1990, 3-Jessie (J'Mae or Ditta) Garris 1914-2011, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE), FAMILY: PATERNAL LINE (BEE), PHOTOS BY DECADE on September 27, 2015 at 7:22 am

FAMILY

FAMILY back

(Editor’s note: The back of this photograph reads “William ‘Billie’ Benjamin Garris, Howard, Minnie Anna Dodd Garris, Jessie Mae, Willie B.” Do you think this was taken at Round O? How old do you think Bee / Momma / Grandma is here?)

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In 1930s & Before, 3-Evelyn Floy Garris 1910-1997, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), PHOTOS BY DECADE on September 20, 2015 at 8:41 am

floy in frame

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floy headshot

floy headshot BACK

floy headshot tiny

(Editor’s note: All these photos are of Bee / Momma / Grandma’s older sister Floy. Where do you think they were taken,  and in what year? The second photo has been posted before, and it was determined then that in that photo Floy was most probably in her late teens or early twenties.)

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In "The Way It Was", 2-Elizabeth (Bess) Dodd 1885-1980, 2-Jessie Hodges Dodd 1892-1992, 3-Evelyn Floy Garris 1910-1997, 3-Howard Garris 1906-1990, 3-Jessie (J'Mae or Ditta) Garris 1914-2011, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE), POSTS BY LOCATION, Round O, St. Matthews, STORIES on September 20, 2015 at 8:40 am

My sister Floy  boarded in St. Matthews with Aunt Bess and J’Mae boarded with Aunt Jess during their High   School years and both finished at St. Matthews High School.  So you can see that this made me an only child at home for extra years since I went to high school there..

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter Seven: “My BRother HOward,” 1999

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In 1930s & Before, 3-Jessie (J'Mae or Ditta) Garris 1914-2011, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), PHOTOS BY DECADE on September 20, 2015 at 8:36 am

jessie young garris tree

jessie young garris tree BACK

jessie garris copy

jessie garris BACK

(Editor’s note: Both of these photos are of Bee / Momma / Grandma’s older sister Jessie, also known as J’Mae. Where do you think each was taken, and in what year?)

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In 1930s & Before, 3-Howard Garris 1906-1990, Charleston, S.C., FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), PHOTOS BY DECADE, POSTS BY LOCATION on September 13, 2015 at 8:09 am

howard at citadel cracked

howard at citadel cracked BACK

(Editor’s note: The back of this photograph reads “Howard Garris at Citadel.” What year do you guess this would have been?)

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In 1930s & Before, 3-Howard Garris 1906-1990, Charleston, S.C., FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), PHOTOS BY DECADE, POSTS BY LOCATION on September 13, 2015 at 8:07 am

howard at citadel

howard at citadel BACK

(Editor’s note: The back of this photograph reads “Howard F. Garris.” Given that Howard is in uniform, would you guess it was taken at The Citadel? What year do you guess that this would have been?)

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In "The Way It Was", 1-Lizzie Dodd, 3-Howard Garris 1906-1990, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, Charleston, S.C., FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), POSTS BY LOCATION, Round O, S.C., St. Matthews, S.C., STORIES on September 13, 2015 at 8:04 am

My brother Howard was 12 years older than I and always my ideal.  He boarded with a great aunt Lizzie in Walterboro to go to High school.  He won a Scholarship to the Citadel by making the highest grade on a Competition Exam for the whole County.  I can remember how happy we all were that he had won this and could go.  I must have been 5  when he left.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter Seven: “My BRother HOward,” 1999

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In "The Way It Was", 2-Minnie Anna (Sister) Dodd Garris 1874-1957, 2-William B. Garris 1879-1949, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE), FAMILY: PATERNAL LINE (BEE), STORIES on September 11, 2015 at 7:12 am

I used to work every problem in the Math book , all evens and odds. I remember I wished I were in public school so I could have a report card and desk.  Mamma got the report cards made them out monthly and Daddy signed them.  I still have them. Also I still have my high school reports I can remember sitting in the double swing on the front porch studying my spelling.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter 3: “My Elementary Schooling,” 1999