On the left is a photo that I made in 1976 of Cy Crumley at his home at 1003 Buffalo Street in Johnson City. He is in all his glory, holding court for me with his good clothes on, his teeth in, and that cigar fired up. That is his original ET&WNC conductor's cap. For America's Bi-Centennial in 1976, the Johnson City Press published a feature story on Cy Crumley just prior to his 90th birthday.
Years after he passed on, his daughter Ruth wore that cap frequently on her trips to Doe River Gorge. In the center photo is Mr. Crumley's daughter Ruth in 2001 up at Doe River Gorge, wearing her Poppa's hat and carrying his walking cane. These pictures would have disappeared had it not been for her. Ruth Tupper passed away in 2003. She was such a delight and I loved her and we miss her a lot.
Now the third photo is a rare shot!! That great looking gal in the two piece is Ruth and the other lady is her mom, Edith Pauline Tilson Crumley--Mr, Crumley's wife. Mrs. Crumley just about refused to have her picture taken. To have her here in a bathing suit is just about unthinkable. She took sick in the late 50's and Mr. Crumley retired in 1960 to look after her. She died about two months after he retired.
The beach photo was in 1940 at Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Ruth lived there a couple of times in her life.