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Have you considered contacting her nursing schools. Some may have had yearbooks or photos from clinic or even class photos. This is a Guide to Gordon Keller School of Nursing. Unfortunately it may be later than the person you are looking for. https://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0032113/00001
From what I read, it looks like Florida Women's College is now part of Florida State University so if she graduated from there they may have records or photos.
I did a quick Google search. Ancestry may have some documents.
First of all, I appreciate you taking the time to send me this email. I have not yet tried contacting the schools. That makes sense. I did find the USF digital library and none of the posted photos from her era had any identification. It may take a trip to Tampa... will be there in June. Last year, I checked the archives of the Tampa public library and that was not product. I am an Ancestry user and I check their content for Lola photos a couple of times a month if not more often. Lola had two husbands and two children. There was a lot of estrangement in the family. My best bet had been Lola’s grandkids and nieces/nephews, but I have mostly been striking out with those who do not have photos and those who do not care. But I get it.
I keep hoping Ancestry will acquire some high school year book photos for pre-1920s.
I may need dig in the Hillsborough County school system when I am in town. I am impressed at the amount of photo content added over the past few years but it is just the tip of the iceberg.
Hi Tom- It's too bad family won't cooperate. That would certainly make your job easier. When I was searching yesterday there appeared to be a newspaper article on Ancestry about Lola but I couldn't read it because I don't subscribe. If you can find it there may be a photo.
Yep, there may have been dysfunctional relations between Lola and family members since the 1940s. I DO have a good photo of Lola’s sister, Estelle, and maybe that will have to suffice. The last time I saw Lola was about 65 years ago.
I expect the newspaper and other content on Ancestry is probably mine (or my cousins) because I appear to be one of predominant Lola Stockin authorities on the planet. Everything but a photo ;-) anyway. While the only existing pics of Lola may be sitting inside a cardboard box on the top shelf of someone’s closet somewhere in Louisiana, my search will continue.
I will try family members again because one never knows.
It never hurts to beg and plead especially if you appeal to their decency and sense of family history. After all, this generation will be gone at some point and it would be helpful to descendants to pass down the family history. In my family, my grandmother wrote off many family members. I never knew my grandfather's sister (my great Aunt) and her family. I have many,many family members floating around the U.S. who I will never know.
Dear Mr. Curtiss,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We suggest that you search the Gordon Keller School of Nursing records; History of Florida State University; and The Guide to Gordon Kelly Nursing Records at the University of South Florida websites for the photographs of Lola Erie Stockin.
We also suggest that you search the Florida Historical Society: About Us; Historical Societies and Museums: Florida History Network; and Tallahassee Historical Society for more information.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!