I thought it might be a good time to pick up my research on this lovely little photo album from Nebraska. If you missed the first two posts, they are linked here:
The second photo in the album was Lavern Scott, who was born July 13, 1910 to Jesse Franklin Scott (1882-1955) and Ella Wilson Scott (1878-1963). In 1920, the family was living in Hemingford, Nebraska, and Jesse was working as a “Section Foreman” – I assume for the railroad. Jesse and Ella had two daughters and two sons, one of whom was Lavern Devere Scott.
My delay in researching has allowed me to stumble over a real treasure – the whole yearbook for the Class of 1928 at Hemingford High School! Ancestry has been scanning high school and college yearbooks for quite a while, and in updating my research, I found this one!
According to the yearbook, Lavern Scott played football during his junior and senior years (for which he earned a letter), was a part of his class plays, and was in the orchestra. The “Class History” reflects that Lavern joined the class in its junior year. In the “Senior Will,” it appears that Lavern Scott “consents to the giving up of his prescription on ‘How to Become Strong & Healthy,’ and says he hopes that Bud Badger will take advantage of it – wouldn’t you love to know the story behind that??
In 1930, the Scott family were all still living in the same house, even Lavern, who had graduated from Hemingford High School two years earlier. In 1930, he was working as a laborer and his father was still working for the railroad. Found this great photo of the Hemingford Depot – wonder if this is where Lavern and his dad worked?
In 1932, Lavern married Agnes Jane Harris. According to Agnes’s obituary in 2009, she grew up in and around Berea, Nebraska, at one point living in a sod house. She went to Hemingford to attend high school, and this is where she met “Brownie.” At the time of their marriage, the country was in the early years of the Great Depression and, according to Alice’s obituary (2009), Lavern was a section foreman on the railroad and did a lot of relief work for other foremen.
In 1940, Lavern registered for the WWII draft, while the young couple was living in Belmont, Nebraska. He listed his employer as the Chicago Burlington Quincy RR Co, working in the Alliance Division. He was described at 5’6” tall, weighing 145 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair, and a dark complexion. I was unable to find a service record, so it is possible that Lavern was deemed an essential worker, since he worked on the railroad, and remained in the US during the war. Wonder if this was one of the trains that passed through his division – the Texas Zephyr, from Denver to Ft. Worth:
After the war, Lavern and his family lived in several places around South Dakota and Nebraska before he was assigned his own section. Agnes was a homemaker, and eventually the mother of two sons and two daughters. The family eventually settled in Edgemont, South Dakota. Agnes’s detailed obituary describes a family that was active in their community and their church. They gardened and canned their own produce, and Agnes sewed almost all of their clothes. They were described as living “a helpful, kind life.”
As their children grew up and married, Agnes and Brownie traveled through the United States, camping and soaking up local scenery and history. The only state they did not get to see was Hawaii. They had been married for 73 years when Brownie passed away in 2005. Agnes died in 2009, and they were survived by their four children, nine grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Both Lavern and Agnes are buried in Edgemont. Found this sweet photo of Agnes – I love her grin!
I don’t believe Lavern’s family were the owner of this little photo album, since it was found in New Orleans, and there doesn’t appear to be anything connecting them to New Orleans. So, on with the search!