Elizabeth Adda Robinson Ratcliffe
Family Picture Book
``The old home'' South Hollow, Warren, 1949
“This is Warren, Vermont. ‘The old home’ South Hollow, in Warren, Vermont [taken in 1949]. This is where my grandfather [George Henry] Robinson, after his wife [Julia Miller Robinson] died, lived in this house.... On furlough we’d spend some time in Long Beach with my mother’s folks, coming by ship across the Pacific, and then travelling across the country and spending some time with my father’s folks. And I was born—although this is Warren, Vermont, where my father’s father and mother lived; they moved to Warren. And I was born in Barre, because that’s where the hospital was.”
—EARR, Growing Up In China (GUiC), Part II, March 1999

Elizabeth in Warren with her grandmother Julia circa Nov, 1923
“And here is my other grandmother. When we came back [from Warren] to go to China, and this is grandmother [Adda Wooley] Stambaugh, again in Long Beach; 337 Carroll Park West. Does Jim have roller skates? Oh Harold has roller skates [laughs]! Very good. And Jim, looking very proud. And me looking a little weird...befuddled is right: ‘what is all this about?’
—EARR, Growing Up In China (GUiC),
Part II, March 1999
“This is my grandmother [Julia Miller] Robinson. The only picture I have of her.... This was after I was born and I must have had a lot of people loving me at that point.
Elizabeth being held by her grandmother Adda with Jamie and Hal

Harold W. Robinson back home on the farm in Vermont while on furlough
“This is a picture of Grampa [HWR]. When he would go to Vermont he loved to go out and harness up the plow horse or something and go out and pretend to be a farmer, which was supposed to be his...he was supposed to have been a farmer.... But I think it was a later furlough. I don’t think it was when I was born.”
—EARR, Growing Up In China (GUiC), Part II, March 1999

Uncle Guy & Aunt Bess; George Garrison & Adda Wooley Stambaugh, Galts, and Robinsons in Paotingfu, circa 1922
“And, here we are again, still in Long Beach, but Uncle Guy and Aunt Bess have come down to be with Guy’s parents—this is grandfather Stambaugh, and when he was in his nineties he had just as thick an amount of hair as he did when he was a young man. He was a hippie from early times, he pulled his hair to keep it healthy. And if you want to keep yours healthy you’d have to keep pulling it...that’s what he did. And he had his full head of hair when he died, and practically black too, it didn’t turn very gray. And he and his wife didn’t have a very easy time. She was a very good church woman and he was who he was. Harold told me that at some point grandmother Stambaugh actually threatened to divorce him and left him for a while. Which must have been something in those days. I mean these women had got a lot of spunk.
—EARR, Growing Up In China (GUiC), Part II, March 1999
Sidney Stambaugh          Betty Jeanne Stambaugh
“Here’s Sidney who became the ballet dancer. Here’s Betty Jeanne who lives down in, I haven’t heard from her—I think she’s still alive though. She moved out of Mexico City to Cuernavaca.... Aunt Bess and Uncle Guy [were Betty Jeanne’s and Sidney’s parents], and they...must have come down to be with my family as we went back to China [in 1925]...They lived in Deer Lodge, Montana. That’s where Sidney and Betty Jeanne grew up....
“Uncle Guy was a handsome guy and Aunt Bess was a beautiful woman. She looked very Spanish. And they were both country—they lived in the country and they had all these prejudices. Especially, Uncle Guy was totally taciturn, he never talked. But Aunt Bess talked a lot and she really disliked and Catholics and foreigners more than anything. And when Sidney was growing into high school he was very interested in magic, and Betty Jeanne told me, recently, that our grandfather, grandfather Stambaugh, had been a kind of an occultist. And I only knew him as a totally quiet old man that never spoke to me; lay on his couch and spat in a waste basket when he got old. He was a strange man, a very strange man.
“But he had an interest in the occult. And he gave Sidney, when Sidney was maybe 7th or 8th grade, a crystal ball to tell fortunes with that he had had. And it was in a black velvet bag and Sidney valued that more than anything. It was almost—Sidney was recognized by his grandfather as somebody special. And Sidney’s parent wanted him to take over their ranch, their sheep ranch. And Sidney was not that kind of kid. He was interested in magic. He loved the fact that he had these cousins that went to China—China was the most exotic place he could think of. He loved to dress up in costume. His family, to make him a man after he graduated from high school, sent him off to military school to make him a man. He somehow survived that. Then he wanted to go and study dancing and they said, No you can’t study dancing, you have to go to college. So Sidney was very smart, and he said, Okay, I’ll go to college. He went to the University of Washington, where Martha Graham was the teacher and Martha Graham was a great modern dancer. And Sidney became a ballet dancer and travelled with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, all around the world....
“After he’d gotten to be a dancer, with Martha Graham, he was famous, he went back to New York and he lived in New York and he danced with the Metropolitan Ballet Company. He was one of their premiere dancers. And Betty Jeanne wanted to go to New York and study art and the family would let her go because that was safe enough. And she was much more fond of the ranch than her brother was. She’d always loved it. But she was pretty artistic so she went back to New York and Sidney was living there so they thought that was safe. Well who should she meet back there but a foreigner and a Catholic. So she married Bill who was mexican and moved to Mexico and she became a catholic and eventually her parents loved Bill, he was a wonderful man. And they go very, totally appreciative of Sidney’s career because he was a wonderful dancer.”
—EARR, Growing Up In China (GUiC), Part II, March 1999
The Robinson Family comes back to the United States for their second furlough, arriving in San Francisco on June 28, 1932. This is Elizabeth’s first trip back to the U.S. after living in China beginning in 1925. During this visit the family spends time with their cousins, Uncle Guy and Aunt Bess and their children, Sidney and Betty Jeanne Stambaugh.
James, Elizabeth, and Harold Robinson, Betty Jeanne and Sidney Stambaugh visiting Yellowstone Natl Park, circa 1932
Visiting Yellowstone National Park: James, Elizabeth, Harold, Betty Jeanne, & Sidney.
At the Stambaugh's home in Deer Lodge, Montana; l-to-r: James and  Elizabeth, Sidney, and Harold and Betty Jeanne, circa 1932
At the Stambaugh's house in Deer Lodge Montana:
James & Elizabeth, Sidney, Harold & Betty Jeanne.
Family picture; l-to-r: Harold, James, Mary, Elizabeth, Aunt Bess, Betty Jeanne, Harold, and Sidney, circa 1932
Family assembled (Uncle Guy taking photo):
Harold, James, Mary, Elizabeth, Aunt Bess, Betty Jeanne, Harold Jr., & Sidney.
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