This month our lens focuses on Sister Teresita in a photo taken in 1936. Originally named Maria, she was the daughter of Stephen (a brother of Evelyn's paternal grandfather) and Susan. Evelyn (Val's mother) recalls that Sister Teresita eventually became Mother Teresita, having risen in rank to the higher position at her convent.
Evelyn adds: "Her father, Stephen, owned a tavern in Manhattan, IL, which was destroyed by fire. During Prohibition, he set up shop somewhere else; I think it was Wilton Center. It was illegal but I don't think he was ever caught.
He owned one of the finer homes in our neighborhood on the hill in Joliet, IL, a beautiful brick bungalow on a wooded corner lot a couple of blocks from where I lived."