Aunt Marian’s Family and Home

The family of Caroline and Frank Solomon- Front (l to r):  Naomi, Ruth, Caroline, Frank, Marion. Back (l to r): Paul, Florence, Martha, Margaret, Dorothy, John
The family of Caroline and Frank Solomon- Front (l to r): Naomi, Ruth, Caroline, Frank, Marion. Back (l to r): Paul, Florence, Martha, Margaret, Dorothy, John

Aunt Marian was born in 1899 and was the sixth child of Frank and Carolyn Solomon. In all there were 11 children. Another way of putting it is that Marian was the middle child in a family of 11 children.

Marian had six sisters (the oldest, Lillian died of the flu in 1918) and three brothers (though one, Leroy, had died before she was born).

The family lived on a farm in central Pennsylvania. The farm was located in the southern part of Lycoming County near Montgomery.

Recent photo of the farm house where the Solomon family lived
Recent photo of the farm house where the Solomon family lived

30 thoughts on “Aunt Marian’s Family and Home”

    1. The walls of this house would definitely have some interesting stories. This old Solomon farm has gone through a lot of changes across the years–and that’s almost a story of it’s own. One of the things on my “to do” list is to research the farm history a little more so that I can share it with you.

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  1. Love the photo Sheryl. How sad that 2 of the 11 children died young. I guess it wasn’t uncommon for that to happen back in the day though. Wow 11 kids, that mom should get a Purple Heart!
    Diana xo

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    1. I absolutely love telling family stories. I really like social history, and think that it’s so important to tell the stories of ordinary people–and I find it especially interesting when those people happen to be my relatives.

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    1. I learned something new. I hadn’t realized that Philadelphia was one of the hardest hit cities. Thank you for sharing the link. I really enjoyed reading the post and the video you shared was wonderful (in a sad way). It’s hard to imagine what it must have been like with so many healthy young adults getting sick and dying in such a short time period.

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  2. Mama may look fragile, but those women were tough. And, children grew up much faster. There was none of this silly business about “stay on your parents insurance until 26 years of age.” Children helped take care of their younger siblings. When my mother’s mother died when Mom was sixteen, she raised the rest of her sisters. I think the youngest would have been ten. All of that took place during the Depression, and they were dirt poor, too. But they survived.

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    1. You’re right–women were strong back then. They often had very large families and needed to organize their households so that they operated smoothly. Both then and now, it’s sad when a parent dies relatively young. It had to have been difficult for your mother, but it sounds that she did what she needed to do, and raised her sisters well.

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  3. I have enjoyed this though went through it backwards. I see they also lost a daughter to flu and yes Pa was very hard it. It has only been in the last couple of decades that they figured out why so many young healthy adults died, Their immune systems went into super drive and began rejecting vital things.

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