|1920s image of Edith Norris with her two children, Mary Alice and John, in the rear of 51 North Ritter Avenue|
|51-53 North Ritter Avenue in January, 2013|
Mary Alice Norris was a very serious student. Each school day, she left her home at 51 North Ritter Avenue and caught the streetcar along East Washington Street. She then took another streetcar to Shortridge High School. A brilliant child, she graduated at the age of sixteen and at number one in her class in 1930. She would later go on to university and to medical school. She became an ophthalmologist, one of the few females in the state of Indiana to pursue such a career. At the age of 36, she met a World War II veteran and widower, Joe Surratt. He had two children from his previous marriage and the couple would have two children together. Mr. Surratt, a West Point graduate, fought along side General Patton during the war.
|Mary Alice Norris was Valedictorian of her Shortridge High School class in 1930. She was only 16 years old.|
Eventually, Clarence and Edith Norris saved up enough money to buy their first home in the early 1940s at 906 North Graham. The historic photos are courtesy of Cate Surratt Delaney. The contemporary photos, taken on January 20, 2013, show both homes on a bitterly cold day.
|Clarence and Edith Norris in their later years. This photo was likely taken in the early 1940s perhaps in the backyard of 906 North Graham Avenue.|
|906 North Graham Avenue in January of 2013.|