Colon (John Colon Smith) was born May, 1904, about 6 months before his father Charles died. We have found no recognizable communications between Lena and Charles either before or after their marriage, and no photos of Charles with Lena and Colon. They were married in Missouri, but by the time of Colon was born I believe they were living in Middletown, California. Charles had purchased the homesteading acres there in 1900, and it may be that he built a home there for Lena.
Colon was about about 6 months to 3 years old in these pictures, the latter of which were taken in Napa, where Lena was working . He was so cute! In the picture with the stick, Lena wrote her dad, his grandpa (whom he called papa), that that was his "horsie." Lena's parents came out to live in Middletown for awhile around this time, then returned to Missouri.
But this leads into one of the biggest mysteries about Lena: what she did in Napa. Lots of interesting photos of Lena as a beautiful, elegant widow, and lots of her working--but at what. Maybe one of you can help me figure it out.( The work dresses of her and her coworkers are wonderful!) Coming in the next blog!