John Webb had died in January 1903. By 1905, Anna Webb had moved her family into the town of Larned and into the Rock House at 219 Kansas Street.
Let’s review the family. Anna was age 38. All five of her children were still living at home – May, 16, Jim, 14, Myrtle, 12, Laura, 9, and Chleo, 4.
The Ideal Steam Laundry
Anna went to work at the Ideal Steam Laundry. So did her daughters. At various times, Myrtle, Laura, and Chleo worked at the laundry.
Anna worked there for quite a few years. We’re so lucky to have this great photo of Anna at work.
Just for fun, here’s a colorized version of the photo…
The laundry prided itself on its modern technology and environment for workers. It ran a pickup and delivery service to small towns surrounding Larned. Here’s the new building, opened in 1916.
In 1910, Anna was living at 219 Kansas Street with four of her children.
Living at home were Anna, 43, Jim, 18, Myrtle, 17, Laura, 13, and Chleo, 9.
May had married Tom Sooby in 1908, so she wasn’t living at home.
Family social events
Anna Webb’s family had parents, siblings, and cousins living in and around Larned. Anna’s mother Catherine Theobald Buhrer was nearby. Sisters and brothers Philipena, Jake, Valentine, and Lucy and their families were living in Pawnee County.
The families visited and socialized often.
By 1915, only Chleo still lived at home with Anna.
Myrtle and Laura married in 1915. Jim worked on relatives’ farms in western Kansas.
In May 1915, Myrtle Webb, age 22, married Carlos Worrell. In September 1915, Laura Webb, age 19, married Oral Baxter.
Jim was born in 1891, so he was age 24 in 1915.
Jim Webb worked as a farmer and rancher. He often stayed and worked on farms of his cousins in Pawnee County and farther west in Kansas.
This is one of my favorite family photos. Jim Webb is on a cattle roundup in western Kansas.
Jim didn’t marry. When Chleo’s husband died, brother Jim came to live with her and help work her farm.
When we were growing up, Uncle Jim was our proxy grandfather.
Nibbles Extra Credit
Did Anna ever smile?
While working on these series of stories, we were reviewing lots of photos. Cathy Jarvis asked me, “Did Anna Webb ever smile?”
Well, it did seem like there were lots of photos without a smile.
I remembered Anna (“Grandma Webb”) when I was a kid. I was age 7 when she died. And, no, I don’t remember her smiling.
I’m sure she smiled. It just wasn’t captured on a photo.
I tried an animation to see if I could get her to smile. Almost…