Pictures From The Past: C.W. & Ella Wade of Calera, Circa 1899

Quite frequently I come across pictures in the museum collection that fascinate me.  This picture of C.W. Wade and his daughter Ella Wade is one of them.

I love the expression on her sweet face as she sits on the back of what appears to be an early model Indian Motorcycle.

The Wade family was prominent in Calera.  An obituary for Mrs. C. W. Wade from The Shelby County Sun newspaper on September 7, 1919 states that Mrs. Wade “was one of the best business women of the State, having for a number of years successfully conducted the Wade Hotel at Calera, and was interested and took part in various other business transactions.  She was the wife of C.W. Wade, one of Calera’s most prominent business men, and the daughter of the late J.C. McElroy, who was one of Calera’s oldest and most highly respected residents.”

To see more pictures of the people, places and things that make up the history of Shelby County, stop by the Shelby County Museum and Archives.