My Mother's Story

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Thomas, Esther, and Wilma

In this photo, taken about 1938, Thomas and Esther pose with Wilma. Notice Esther's attire--and her "saintly" hairdo. Women in the pentecostal church were expected to wear dresses that covered most of the body. They were never to cut their hair. Thomas was determined to return to Indiana to continue his evangelizing, even though Esther was pregnant with Joel. Over Esther's protests, the family traveled in their 1931 Chevrolet across the country back to Garrett, Indiana, where Esther's mother, Maude, refused to let them stay at the Clark house. That episode concluded with Maude expelling Thomas from her home, and cutting off all contact with Esther for several years.

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