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Probably not picking flowers at all!

December 30, 2015

Probably not picking flowers at all!

We are revisiting a picture we showed earlier this month – on December 5th under the heading, ‘Picking Flowers’.

This showed Bertha Moore, daughter of Samuel Moore, fruit grower and jam maker of Easterton and it looked as though she was picking flowers.

Here is that photo again.

Probably not flowers at all

Probably not flowers at all

We received information from Norman, another descendant of Samuel Moore who, first and foremost was delighted to find a photo and possible contact with a lost branch of his family. Norman reckoned the field the people were in was off White Street in Easterton. Norman had, in the past, talked to the present day farmer and had been told that this field had been used by the Moore family.

More likely blackcurrant bushes

More likely blackcurrant bushes

Norman also reckons they weren’t picking anything, but rather they were planting. The suggestion is they are blackcurrant bushes. At one time much of the fruit was grown locally. Samuel Moore had his own plantations and one of the trade names for his jams was, ‘Plantation Jam’.

We are always very grateful if people put us right so huge thanks to Norman for this information.

Picking flowers

December 5, 2015

We were recently sent a photo of a group of people – mostly women – picking flowers.

The picture was sent to us by Margaret who is a direct descendant of Samuel Moore – the man who turned jam making into big business in Easterton. Margaret’s grandmother was Bertha who was Samuel’s youngest daughter by his first wife. In fact, with no written evidence, we’d guess that the first wife, also Bertha, died as a result of giving birth to Bertha. Young Bertha was born in about 1909. She is the central lady in this image.

Picking flowers. Bertha Moore is the lady in the centre

Picking flowers. Bertha Moore is the lady in the centre

We asked Margaret for any further information about this picture and the reply just said, ‘first picking of flowers’.

So we assume this is one of Sam Moore’s fields in Easterton but we were not aware of him dealing in flowers. Bertha, herself, has a fine bunch.

Bertha with bunch of flowers

Bertha with bunch of flowers

Maybe somebody will recognise others in the photo which we’ll guess dates from the 1930s.