This beauty is Fanny Edna Applegate Howell.
She was born in
, on March 25, 1869, the second child of Selah and Nanny Applegate Howell. Her younger brother, William, was my grandfather. Dayton, Ohio
Her father had left college (
) to join the Union army; he drove an ambulance for the Sanitary Commssion during the Civil War and was in the thick of it during the Wilderness Campaign. After the war, he finished his Antioch Antioch degree (a history major), married Nanny Applegate (daughter of the manager of the farm) and started a family. Antioch
By 1880, the family had moved to
Watertown; by 1900 they were in Roxbury, where Fanny’s father taught history at . Boston Latin School
Her father kept a small diary; on August 5, 1902, he wrote, “My darling daughter was married in Jamaica Plain at half past two in the afternoon to Prof. H.O. Hofman.” (Henrich Oscar Hofman was a professor of mining and assaying at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.)
She was a widow by 1924; she raised her two children as a single parent.
I remember Fanny Edna Applegate Howell Hofman, but I knew her as Fantine, a nickname given her by her father (who was a Victor Hugo devotee – think Les Miserables).
This snapshot was taken in 1952, when I was six years old. Fantine was older than rocks and dirt to me – and slightly scary due to her age – but always sweet. I remember that she smelled of lilacs and had a great smile and laugh.
Fantine died on August 5, 1958 in
. Boston, Massachusetts
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