Benita (McGinnis) McCormick
(1889 – 1984)
Edward Michael Savage
(1886 – 1915)
but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.
First in a three-part series
|Portrait of Edward Michael “Ned” Savage, date unknown, as it appears
in Benita’s scrapbook. Her caption, written in 1982, reads, “I thought at one
time that I wanted to marry darling Ned. We were very fond of each other.”
“Oh, I had my share of beaus when I was young, yes,” she smiled, her moist eyes studying the picture, “but Ned was different from the others. We had great affection for one another, you know. I might have married him, if only…” Her voice trailed off as she looked away through an invisible window of reminiscences that was hers alone.
Aunt Detty’s scrapbook contains three pages of photographs of her and Ned, and many of Ned himself. She labeled some, but not all of them, so we know that a few were taken while she was traveling in Ireland in the summer of 1913.
When someone keeps a lot of pictures of a person they knew decades, even a lifetime ago, you can’t help but wonder about that person – who they were, where they came from, what they were passionate about, and what became of them.
I already knew the answer to the last question, but that had not seemed enough. As I began to write about Aunt Detty, I kept returning to these photos, a full century after they were taken. I wanted to know more about Ned Savage and his family, who might have been part of my own family if not for a twist of fate.
And, as sometimes happens when family historians start to wonder about these people of our past, something about Ned Savage seemed to say, “Find me.”
So I did what any self-respecting family historian would do. I set off to find him.
Tomorrow: Mystery Monday: The Man She Almost Married, Part Two
Friday: Friday’s Faces from the Past: The Man She Almost Married, Part Three
Copyright © 2014 Linda Huesca Tully