Donetia Hurt was surprised by the amount of people who called The Lima News last week, trying to help her find the identity of two children in an antique picture frame.
The 79-year-old Lima woman has a theory behind all those calls.
“People realize how important families are,” she said. “One of the good things that has come from this pandemic is we’re reminded of that … understanding what’s important.”
Donetia contacted The Lima News after a friend of hers discovered the frame in the bottom of a box she purchased for $1 while antique-hunting in Tennessee. The frame was identical to one hanging in the family room of Donetia’s home. On the back of the Tennessee frame was a notation, “M. Davis. Lima.”
“I knew in my heart that someone likely would be excited to recover part of their family history,” Donetia said. “I’d love for them to have that photo and frame.”
We printed a story last Monday along with a photograph of the frame and two children. The phone started ringing that morning and didn’t quit for two days.
Many of the callers had recollections of the Davis family that owned Davis Drugstore, which had five locations in Lima. Eventually, the search centered on identical twins, Darolyn Kae and Caroline Rae Davis, the daughters of Argyle and Regina Davis.
Edward Fields was among a group of callers who believed the Davis twins were the two toddlers in the frame. He pulled out a 1952 yearbook from South Central High School to check out any resemblances. “It could be them,” he said, also noting they had a sister, Beverly, who was six years older.
By midweek, we were pretty much convinced we had identified the two toddlers in the photo. Now it was a matter of finding them or any of their children, aunts or uncles, who were still alive.
We didn’t have to wait long.
Roger Thompson, whose father had partial ownership in the drugstores, called from Port Clinton. He showed the photograph to Beverly Davis, who is still alive.
“She’s 92 and still very sharp,” Thompson said. “She said it was not Caroline or Darolyn in the photograph. I asked her three times.”
That news left Donetia Hurt disappointed, but still hopeful.
“I still think it says something about the value of family. Complete strangers were trying to get this in the right hands. Who knows, we still may find that family.”
ROSES AND THORNS: One person’s snow pile is another person’s rose garden.
Rose: To the Apple family of Leipsic: Steve and his wife Jenny, their son Seth and three daughters, Lydia, Morgan and Sydney. The elaborate snow sculptures they build – including a truck with working headlights this year – always leave neighbors wondering what’s next.
Rose: To Linda Scott of Lima, the widow of Shannon Scott. She told Marquez Pritchett, who was found guilty of the fatal shooting of her husband, that she forgave him.
Rose: Edna Alspaugh, 89, was alone in her room at Lockhaven Assisted Living in Lima last week when she looked out the window and saw family members James and Chrystal Poling and their three children — Landon, Easton and Adison — building a snowman. “It was right in front of my window … brought sunshine to my day,” said Edna.
Rose: Just one day apart, two Delphos couples celebrated 60 years of marriage:
• To Carol and David Higbea, of Delphos, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb.3.
• To Teresa and John Burnett, of Delphos, who celebrated 60 years of marriage on Feb.4.
Rose: Allen County was one of the first counties in Ohio to begin immunizations for teachers and school staff. Vaccines began last Monday and continue through this week.
Thorn: Lima is seeing a growing problem of vehicles being parked over the curbs or on the treelawn area of city homes. Part of the problem is that residents only face a $7 fine for the violation.
Thorn: Of the 10 fatal traffic-related crashes in Allen County during 2020, seven took place after dark, six involved drugs or alcohol, and three involved suicide.
PARTING SHOT: If it is not Valentines day and you see a man in a flower shop, you can probably start up a conversation by asking, “What did you do?”
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.