I remember “Millie,” my maternal grandmother, pretty much as pictured in this family shot. (I suspect it was taken on the Berkeley campus somewhere, but perhaps Peter will have a better memory than I on this.) Millie, whose real name was Anna [nee Straub] Holl, was a warm and friendly person — despite what was, I suspect, a life that included more than a little hardship. I have very little on Millie in my family files. It’s a shame. She’s perhaps best remembered for the painting of an old barn with a flock of geese strolling outside it, which she painted as a student and which has an ornate and lovely (in my opinion) carved gold-gilt frame. Peter and Sonja have this painting at their Tahoe Keys home.
Here are two pictures of her as a younger woman, a portrait and a shot by a river — perhaps the Rhine, with her brother Max:
Peter, perhaps you could send me a photo of the barn-and-geese painting and I could add it to this post. Heidi, if you have anything on Millie you might like to add, I’d be glad to add it too.
Here, below, are three more items I scrounged out of photo albums.
The first is a family group — obviously a very old picture — identified on the reverse side, and in my mother’s handwriting, as ‘My Mother’s Father’s family Straub.” Also, in the same handwriting: “My M.F. [mother’s father] Peter Straub From Hunsruck” [with an umlaut over the “u”]. If genealogical work ever discovers these people’s names then we’ll have a face to attach to them.
The second is a shot of Millie and her three sibs, taken, I’d guess in their 60s and 70s.
Finally, here is a shot of mom flanked by her mother and father, Millie and Peter Joseph Holl. The reverse side says Portola Valley in 1962.