1959, Evansville, Indiana.
My wife Anne Latham and her (blue) bicycle. She was 12 when this image was taken.
Anne’s sister Betsy was cleaning out a drawer and found this photograph and sent it to us. Anne hadn’t seen it or thought about it since it was taken. Amazing how an image can be a wormhole back to another place and time.
This image, left to right: Mary (Latham) Weeks, Margie (Latham) Bosse, Buzz Latham, Betsy Latham, and Anne (Latham) Wanderman (my wife).
Evansville, Indiana at the funeral of Eugene (Gene) Latham (the father of these kids).
Unless an entire extended family remains in the same town or city, it can become rare for larger families to come together except for weddings and funerals and that’s the case with my wife’s extended family.
My father in-law, Gene Latham lived a long life and had been going downhill so his passing wasn’t a surprise. Anne was there with him in his last days.
The images that follow came from Gene’s bedroom and are these kids at various stages in their young lives (late teens to early 20s). You can certainly see who’s who and the arc is amazing.
I tend not to post things like this here but in scanning a lot of the old images I got from family and friends these stood out for a variety of reasons.
Gene was a serious basketball player who in high school was a forward on the Central High School (Evansville) team that went to the Indiana state championships. If you’ve seen the movie Hoosiers, you’ll appreciate what that means. Gene was the last surviving member of that championship team and there were people at his funeral who had seen him play including the mascot of the team.
These Latham kids were extremely popular growing up in Evansville (for obvious reasons) and I was told by many who attended the funeral that their (small) house was the place to hang out.
I can say now, without reservation that hanging out with them (which doesn’t happen often enough unfortunately), even at the occasion of their father’s funeral, was incredible, they’re all special people and I’m honored to have them as my extended family.
Anne Latham (my wife)
LaPorte, Indiana Trailer from Joe Beshenkovsky & Jason Bitner on Vimeo.
My wife’s a Hoosier (from the Evansville at the other end of the state) but this documentary is something I’d be interested in anyway. Thousands of images from a local studio photographer rebuild the history of a town much like a Ken Burns film (it seems).
The trailer reminded me of the movie A Christmas Story which somehow seems like it was filmed or supposed to take place somewhere in Indiana, the middle of middle America.
Browse around and order the DVD here: LaPorte, Indiana: A Documentary Film.
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