||Edwin B. Worthen Collection
"As our New England villages changed so did the inhabitants. To my mind one of the great changes is the passing of what we used to call "Town characters." Better transportation, travel, education, radio all played their part in bringing this about. I do not mean the town fools but persons who always remained of a former generation, in dress, arts or talk.
Lexington, in my boyhood days, had its full share of characters and I have here a picture of one of them, Miss Louise Angier, the old lady in the shawl. The picture was taken at Castle Island where Miss Carrie Fiske and her sister had taken her for a day outing.
Louise was born in 1835 - lived in East Lexington and never married. I remember her well, the shawl, very much bent over and her face badly twisted to one side - which gave her a most curious appearance. What little money she had was earned by making patch-work quilts. All day, until gently told to move on. 'Angiers Express' - little cart."