Willow Shade and Cather Family

Artist: unknown

Object Date: circa 1875

Object Type: Photographs


Unknown maker. Photograph of Willow Shade, with Cather family on the porch and in the front yard, circa 1875. Willow Shade was the home of William and Emily Ann "Caroline" Smith Cather, the grandparents of Willa Cather, prior to their move to a Nebraska homestead in 1877. This photo was given to Meta Schaper Cather, the widow of Roscoe Cather, in 1951. The sender identifies Charles and Mary Virginia Cather, a very young Willa Cather, and Elizabeth "Bess" Seymour.

"Auntie Sister" is Sarah Boak Seymour Andrews, the older sister of Mary Virginia Cather


"To Meta for a Valentine
Feb. 1951
Front yard are C.F. Cather & his wife & Willa Cather & Bess* Seymour or Andrews
On porch - C.F. Cather's parents (?)
*daughter of Auntie Sister"

Credit Line: PHO-277-045. Elizabeth A. Shannon Collection. Willa Cather Foundation Collections & Archives at the National Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud, Nebraska.