Who is Mamie Joseph?
While looking through archives and databases at the Lafayette Historical Society, two photographs of a mystery woman have surfaced. One includes Mamie Joseph in a traditional class photo at the Moraga School, with all participants looking solemnly at the camera. Mamie is named with 17 other identified students, while three of her classmates remain unknown.
The second photo of Mamie is in portrait style. Titled Minnie Joseph, 1893, it was found among Margaret “Jennie” Bickerstaff’s photograph collection. The image is signed “To my dear loving teacher—Mamie Joseph—Age 11—Moraga Valley 1893.” And so, the only absolute information known about Mamie is her birth year, 1882, and her attendance at the Moraga School in the Orinda School District around 1893.
In this second photograph, the subject poses most un-lady like, with one leg resting upon a stone, revealing the inner-fabric of her dress. Dubbed the “Annie Oakley” of Lafayette due to her nonchalant manner and no-funny-business pose, Mamie Joseph has captured the interest of the Lafayette Historical Society.
If you have any information about this mystifying woman, please contact the Lafayette Historical Society at (925) 283-1848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .