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Josephine Benchoff and Unidentified Girl

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Title

Josephine Benchoff and Unidentified Girl

Subject

African Americans - Virginia - Shenandoah County
Benchoff, Josephine (1916-1938)

Description

Photograph of Josephine Benchoff and an unidentified African American girl in a wagon.
Josephine Benchoff was born in 1916 and paralyzed at a young age. She died May 11 1938. Her father was Howard Benchoff, Superintendent of Massanutten Military Academy and she spent her life living at their residence on school grounds.
The African American child is unidentified, but may have a connection to Katie McGuire Reed who was a domestic servant for the Benchoff family and helped care for Josephine.

Creator

Morrison Studio

Source

Morrison Studio Collection - Shenandoah County Historical Society

Publisher

Shenandoah County Library

Date

ca. 1925

Contributor

Identified by Betty Page, who lived across the street from her in Woodstock (in Riddleberger Hall on the MMA campus) and who remembered Josephine had "beautiful blond, curly hair".
Betty Page identified the African American child as the daughter of Katie Reed. However, further research indicated this could not be Katie Reed's child since her only child died at age 5 before the death of her Husband Jacob in 1918.

Rights

IN COPYRIGHT - NON-COMMERCIAL USE PERMITTED

Identifier

003170

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Glass Negative

Citation

Morrison Studio, “Josephine Benchoff and Unidentified Girl,” Shenandoah County Library Archives, accessed February 26, 2024, https://archives.countylib.org/items/show/29344.

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