4th in Ellenboro
“I was allowed to copy this photo
in the early 1960s by Mrs. Ola Humphries Whisnant, who is seated under
the steering wheel in the picture. (This was an early model Maxwell
automobile). The car belonged to her husband, Dr. J.F. 'Fletcher'
Whisnant, who is standing against the car. Dr. Whisnant was a well-known
dentist who had an office in Henrietta. Ola was Dr.Whisnant's second
wife. His first wife died and left him with several children, one
of which is shown in the photo. Her name was Mattie L., and she is
the young girl with the umbrella. She later married Dr. T.C. 'Claude'
Lovelace. Dr. Lovelace was a legendary doctor in our part of the country.
He must have practiced medicine for at least seventy-five years! His
office was in Henrietta, but he had many patients in Cliffside and
the surrounding areas. He delivered several thousand babies, and many
of them were named after him. One that you would know is Claude Lovelace
Bridges. (His twin brother, George Moss Bridges, was named after Cliffside's
Dr. G.O. Moss.)
lady with the big hat in the car is Dicey Waters Beason, wife of Joseph
Pinkney 'Pink' Beason. 'Aunt Dice' was the mother of Estelle, who
married Lee Harrison; Mary Helen, who married Archie Humphries; Madge,
who married Jack Matheney; Clyde; Jud; and John P. Also, it might
interest you to know that Aunt Dicey's sister, Belle, married Henry
McKinney. They were the parents of Jim and Emmit McKinney of the Trinity
“This photo was made in the early 1900s at a 4th of July celebration
in Ellenboro. ” —Ben
Read “Live Cliffside News,”
a 1903 community column in which the marriage of Dicey Waters and
Pink Beason is announced.