How handsome, how smart they look! Nanette
looks almost defiantly flirtatious, the bold one of the Thomas girls, apparently.
According to her brother, John Theophilus, Jr., she was the intelligent
one. Millicent, two years older than my grandmother Love, standing
alongside her, seems modest in comparison, but with a trace of a smile--and
she would die not long afterwards, in April of 1901, two weeks short of
her twenty-sixth birthday. Mamie, in the center, seems the serious
one, even a little grim. My grandmother, Love, fixes her gaze on
the buxom Belle. Love was the youngest of the daughters (b. 1882, d. 1968),
about eighteen at the time of this photograph. The inscription above
her head was made by my father.