By all accounts, these two sisters grew up emotionally entwined and were often thought to be twins by others. They shared clothes and shoes, school and girlfriends. They grew up proud and poor - but always together. The death of their sister Elizabeth (January 9th, 1937) profoundly affected them as well as the deaths of their mother and father all within fourteen months during the Great Depression.
Then as adults, they married...Etta to Art St Hilaire and Dottie to Art Mylott. In the beginning of their marriages, Etta and Art had beautiful children. Dottie and Art had none so they became very fond of their niece and nephew, Ann and Arthur III. Then something happened, exactly what and when it was we will never know because both sisters were pretty vague when retelling her version of the story. Whatever it was caused Dottie and Etta to stop speaking to one another and having any interaction with each other and with spouses, children for ten years with one exception. Dottie Mae and Arthur attended Etta 's daughter's wedding.
|From the left: Dorothy, little brother Larry, Etta|
|First Communion at St Joseph's, Cohoes|
|Etta and Dorothy|
|from the left: Dorothy, Etta, and Joan Cranney|
|With Lilacs in Spring|
Dorothy on right, Etta on the left, Unknown in middle
|Dressing Up for Fun|
Dorothy on the left, Etta on right
|Celena Beauvais, on the left, holding her grandson, Arthur III|
Etta holding her daughter Anne
|Anne St. Hilaire|
|Bill, on his wedding day|
|Bill and Anne on their wedding day|