Mystery Photo Details Found

Ross Terry

Last month, I published this mystery photo, which is included in the Montford Avenue bus shelters historic panels. Well, now we know more about this photo. The granddaughter of Pauline Moore—whose parents owned the M.V. Moore house whose photo was also published in the last newsletter—recognized her grandmother in the photo. Here are the details:

Zoe Rhine, Special Collections Librarian, The North Carolina Room, Pack Memorial Library

Our record number for it is K934-8 with this description:

“A group of 21 young people with a dog, ranging in age from perhaps six to sixteen, posing out of doors on a grassy slope. They are all in costume for a play or pageant. The younger girls wear white tights, white dresses with short full skirts and have flowers in their hair. Some of the boys appear to be costumed to represent animals. A taller girl in the rear may represent a witch. Some of the girls may represent flowers, and a prince and princess stand center stage. She believes the scene of the amateur theatrical to be Montford Park and identifies two of the girls as her grandmother Pauline Moore and Pauline’s sister Edith “Bits” Moore. Edith stands seventh from the right (behind the dog), with her taller sister Pauline eighth from right, slightly behind her. Pauline and Edith were daughters of Asheville merchant Matthew VanLear Moore and his wife Edith Clarke Moore. Their home, Hilltop Cottage at 227 Cumberland Ave, was later used as the Greek Community Center. Pauline (1897-1979) married Francis Churchill Bourne. Her diary covers the year 1916 and includes her account of the flood of July 16, 1916. Pauline Moore would have been sixteen in 1913.”