Who are Jack and Annie? And who was Daddy?
It’s a 100-year-old mystery that has Wellington educators wondering.
The puzzle unfolded when a picture was found at the old McCormick Middle School with the inscription on the back in pencil: “Merry Xmas, to Daddy from Jack and ‘Annie’ 1915.” Below a picture of trees, handwritten in pencil, it says: “Moss Oak and Florida.”
Bill Skaggs, superintendent for Ozanne Construction, which is overseeing demolition of the old school, found the picture in the closet of business secretary Jackie Doehr.
Doehr remembers putting the picture in the closet when she began her job about a year ago. The picture sat there until Skaggs came across it tucked away, deep in the closet, after a public auction was held for the building contents.
“The mystery began when he pulled a piece of paper off the back and we could see the inscription,” Doehr said. “We saw the inscription that said ‘Merry Xmas 1915’ and we were a week away from Christmas 2015.”
A little bit of mystery and magic during a magical time of year sparked the imagination of Doehr and others.
“I think it would be cool if the family was here,” she said. “It would probably be great-grandkids.”
Right now, the mystery picture is safely stored in the superintendent’s office awaiting its rightful owners.
Doehr and others may consult folks at Spirit of ‘76 Museum and the Southern Lorain County Historical Society.
Scott Markel, one of the museum’s leaders, agreed to review the picture for the Enterprise. “It could belong to probably anybody who was in the school at that time,” he said, but added: “There is nothing better than a good adventure.”
Catherine Gabe can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @ReporterGabe on Twitter.
Photos by Catherine Gabe | Wellington Enterprise
This mystery picture depicts a scene of Moss Oak, Fla., with an inscription on the back dated 100 years ago.