Mary (?) Coates
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984)
Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981)
Fun-loving John and Mary Coates, just who were you?
|Caption reads, “John and lovely Mary Coates.” 1937, Mexico. Exact location unknown; possibly Taxco, Guerrero? From Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook.|
|Mary Coates, 1937, Mexico. From
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s
Based on the note my great-aunt wrote under a photograph in which all of you were seated at a park fountain, you were American, but where were you from? If you knew the McCormicks before your trip, you might have come from either Illinois, Ohio, or Minnesota; otherwise, it’s anybody’s guess. Or maybe you were simply expats, living in Mexico.
Whatever the case, it seems you and my relatives enjoyed one another immensely and spent a lot of time together. You even hired a guide to take you to various places, including the great Aztec pyramids of Teotihuacán, about 30 miles northeast of Mexico’s capital city.
|John Coates, hamming it up on a park fountain.
1937, Mexico, exact location unknown. From
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook.
I’m sure Aunt Detty loved spending time with you, sharing insights and impressions of your sightseeing excursions, and discussing your families back home.
Did you have children? If so, maybe they or someone else who knew and loved you will find you here one day and enjoy these snippets of happy times shared so many years ago. Maybe they will even share more with us, about you and your life together.
|Left to right: John and Mary Coates, unidentified tour guide, and Benita and Phil McCormick. Caption reads, “4 Americans & Guide.” 1937, Mexico, exact location unknown. From Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook.|
|Left to right: John and Mary Coates and Benita and Phil McCormick.
1937, Teotihuacán, Mexico. From Benita (McGinnis) McCormick’s scrapbook.
Copyright © 2014 Linda Huesca Tully
2 Thoughts to “Friday’s Faces from the Past: Meeting John and Mary Coates”
What a sweet tribute, Linda. Seeing those photographs, I can understand why you'd want to know more about the relationship between this couple and your family. I hope someone from the Coates family has a serendipitous visit to Google sometime soon, which leads them to your (digital) door!
Yes, wouldn't that be nice? I'm big on reuniting people with "lost" photos of their loved ones, and I'd love to see that happen here for John and Mary's family. Thanks for the kind words.