These people are Oral Smith's brothers, sisters, and parents. From, left to right, back row: Oral Smith, Tom Smith, Curtis L. Smith, Lewis Lloyd Smith, Nettie Mae Smith, Melba Smith, and Wilma Smith; front row seated, left to right: B. F. Smith (father), William Hartwell Smith, B. V. Smith (Cap), and Mae Belle Smith (mother).
"That picture is at least forty-nine years old," Oral Smith said. "We were tenant farmers. We were very poor people, but we had a lot of pride like a lot of people did back then and we wanted a family picture. But we didn't have the money." So, the Smith family baled four tons of hay for the photographer at $3.00 a ton to get twelve pictures, according to Oral.
The picture was made during a light rain at Stanford Studio in Farmersville.
(March 18, 1983, The Celeste Star)
Submitted by Sarah Swindell
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