Family Story: True or Not?
Have you ever been told a fascinating story about a member of your family and attempted to verify it, only to be frustrated by what you found or didn’t find?
My grandmother shared many intriguing stories throughout my childhood, which in turn, ignited my love for genealogy.
However, this particular story is about my grandmother’s sister, Margie, and the photograph of her posing in front of Colonel Lindbergh’s plane, the Spirit of St. Louis.
The Flower Girl 🌺
I was told that Margie was chosen to be a flower girl when Charles Lindbergh made his historic visit to St. Thomas.
I can imagine how delighted she must have been to be a part of such a festive occasion! She was only eight years old.
Col. Charles Lindbergh ✈
In December 1927, Colonel Lindbergh began a goodwill tour of Latin America and the Caribbean.
When he departed New York, he flew almost 8,000 miles visiting ten South and Central American countries and five Caribbean islands.
He landed in St. Thomas on January 31st, the fifth island on his itinerary.
Cheering fans and hundreds of spectators watched as he touched down at the western end of Mosquito Bay!
Herman O. Creque, my Great grandfather witnessed this incredible event and snapped the photograph of his daughter.
Researching the Story
Being the family historian, I wanted to know more and thought it would be fun to corroborate the story by researching further.🔎
At the Caribbean Genealogy Library, I was excited when I found the newspaper articles for January 1928.
To my surprise, it mentioned the names of the flower girls involved with the ceremony but made no mention of my Great Aunt.
The Names of the Flower Girls
The actual flower girls were Miss Florence (Flossie) Miller and Miss D. Lamb.
Surely, there must be some truth to the story our grandmother shared?
It’s possible that Margie wasn’t a part of the official program and simply presented the famous aviator with flowers that she brought. 💐
While I can’t verify my grandmother’s account of that day, having this special picture in our family is a treasured gift.
This week will mark the 92nd anniversary of Colonel Lindbergh’s visit to our islands.
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There are lots of amazing books about his Trans-Atlantic flights! 📚
* A special thank you to Margie’s daughter, Mary Alice B. for permission to use the photograph.