The ladies of Burgess Avenue pause for a tea break in the backyard of Veta Cannavan Stokesberry's home at 352 Burgess around 1944. The leafy retreat provided a perfect respite on what appears to be a glorious sunny Indiana day.
It is a miracle that the Stokesberry home is still standing. A horrific explosion along South Ritter Avenue destroyed three homes and damaged dozens of others in February of 2004. The Stokesberry home sat directly behind the central house that exploded. No one died that night, but one person was severely hurt along Ritter Avenue. The Stokesberry home has since been repaired and new homes now occupy South Ritter.
The people pictured in the historic image from left to right are: Veta Cannavan Stokesberry, May Louiso Markmeyer (her half-sister), Isadora Louiso Cannavan, and Mary Ellen Stokesberry. The young girl (Mary Ellen) seen in the photo graduated from Howe High School and now lives in Hawaii. The historic image is courtesy of Ann Stewart.