In 1944, a photograph was taken on the front porch of a house located in Racine, of the Noble Family. Parents John and Cora Noble were flanked by their six children in the image. That snapshot preserved the moment and the memory.

In 1944, a photograph was taken on the front porch of a house located in Racine, of the Noble Family. Parents John and Cora Noble were flanked by their six children in the image. That snapshot preserved the moment and the memory.
Fast forward to 2018, seventy-four years later and those same siblings gathered together once more at the former home of their grandparents in Racine. And, a new photograph was taken at the same spot.
Joye Noble Routledge, one of those siblings, was inspired to recreate the old photograph.
"Recently, while traveling through Racine, I noticed the house was vacant but for rent. The owners, Sage and Trish Crane, allowed we six children to gather at the house to share our memories," Routledge said.
On Saturday, March 3, the brothers and sisters headed for their grandparents' former home.  The house has an interesting history.
"In the late 1930's or early 1940's, a local man bought the old Schuter's store," Routledge said. "Then he had it moved to a location along K Highway in Racine where it overlooked the town."
Her maternal grandfather, Jasper Gilstrap, was a carpenter by trade and he got to work, transforming the former store into a home for his wife, Minnie and himself. He added a front porch to the structure in 1947 and wrote the date in the wet cement, as many carpenters once did.
The Gilstrap's daughter, Cora, married John Noble. The couple had six children, the siblings who posed for the 1944 photo. T.J., Charletta, Nick, Larry, Wayne and Joye are children in the black and white photograph.
Those six siblings, now ages 74-84, along with their spouses reconnected and shared memories.
"The entertainment was sharing stories about the house, our grandparents, and parents," Routledge said. "This gift of love to us loosened tongues and all shared a story of happy, loving times, stories of plucking chickens and hoboes."
The siblings also shared a meal.
"In honor of our grandmother, Minnie, biscuit and gravy was the menu," Routledge stated.
"With six children, now ages 74-84, along with our spouses, we reconnected with our heritage and made memories for the next eighty years," Routledge said about the special day.