I love it when folks come into the Thaxter museum and recognize someone in a photograph. I’m usually able to get some information about their connection, and learn a little more of the intimate island history. It is especially precious when we didn’t know who the person in the photograph was, and we can help complete our knowledge of our archives. That’s one reason I put up the Dreamboats exhibit this summer- so you all can help me identify these folks! (More on lady on the rocks in a future post!)
This past summer a woman in a photograph was identified by her lovely granddaughter, Sandra Smith. Hulda Marie Hanlon is the woman standing in Star Island’s dining hall in the photograph below. Hulda was in charge of the waitresses at the time of the picture. She was also the head of housekeepers after WWII. Her daughter Elsie Hanlon was also a pel, and Sandra Smith’s mom.