Here we see the children of Mr. And Mrs. Ben Darvey. Darvey was a Civil War veteran. I'm not sure how he served, but he would have been 19-24 years old during the War. Farvey married his wife in 1911. He was 67 and she was 23 years of age. We do not know any of the detail about the marriage, but quite a number of younger women married Civil War veterans, in part to qualigy for widows bemefits. Darvey was still going strong when this photograph was taken. The family was photographed February 17, 1931 at their home in Waverly, Illinois. Darvey was born in 1842 and was 86 year old when this photograph was taken. The couple had eight children, but only these four survived. The children are left to right: George (age 6), Mabel (age 13), Ruth (age 15), and Robert (age 16).
A reader writes, "A fascinating photo. I think my mother dressed me for school
very much like George Darvey at age 6--but with two differences. George is wearing heavy black ribbed stockings with his short pants while I wore lighter-weight cotton tan stockings which were more form-fitting and less bulky. I didn't have to wear long underwear under the stockings, which George apparently does. Notice the bulges
around his ankles and knees."
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