Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sister Act

My grandfather, Tink Fulford was the youngest son of nine children in his family. He had four sisters and they were the only siblings surviving along with him when this photo was taken on the dock of Fulford Fish Company in Cortez, Florida.

The picture was taken during a family reunion, probably in 1963 or 1964. Tink organized the family reunions almost every summer.

The print isn't very good and this was the best I could do with it. I don't know who took it or if a negative is still available.

The oldest child in the family and the sister on Tink's left is Dora Jane Fulford Adams. She was born in 1889 on Perico Island in Manatee County and died in 1969. She married Willis Asbury Adams, who fished and also managed fish houses in Cortez. They had ten children but one died at birth. Dora was buried in the Palma Sola Cemetery in Bradenton near her parents.

On Tink's right is Bessie Fulford Evans Henning who was born in 1899 in Cortez and died in 1973 in St. Petersburg, Florida. She and her first husband, John Cecil Evans had four children. He was a fisherman in Cortez and then ran a fish house in St. Petersburg. Later she married William A. Henning. She is buried in the Royal Palm Cemetery in St. Petersburg.

On the far right is Grace Mae Fulford Guthrie. She was born in born in 1906 in Cortez and died in 1976.  She married James Ottaway Guthrie who was born in North Carolina, moved to Cortez in the 1920s and ran a fish house in Manatee County. His middle name was for Otway Burns who was a famous North Carolina Privateer in the War of 1812 and distant relative. Over the years someone misspelled the name and it took. They had five children. Grace is buried in Palma Sola Cemetery

On the far left is Sally "Sissy" Fulford Moore. She was born in 1907 in Cortez and died in 1992. She and her husband John Allen Moore had three children. They owned Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant on Longboat Key, Florida. She was the one I knew the best and always enjoyed when she was around. I can remember taking fish to the restaurant many times when I was working at Fulford Fish as a kid. She is also buried in the Palma Sola Cemetery.

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