A life without seeing, but full of living -- Isabelle (McKnight) Longfoot spent her adult life as a wife and mother in blindness but raised six children and celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with her husband. While many photographs of her are known, none shows her looking at the camera, and all depict her looking downward. This haunting image, dated 1930, may capture her sense of isolation in a society not equipped to accommodate the sightless.
Born in Uniontown, Fayette County, PA, Isabelle spent most of her adult life in Cuylerville, NY and Wilkes-Barre, PA. There, her husband James worked in the salt mining industry, using skills he had learned in the hardscrabble coal mining industry of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Isabelle's world was darkened even further in heartache when, in 1928, their married daughter Laura Marie Walker died suddenly at the age of 22, leaving behind a husband and two young children. More >>>