Tuesday’s Child’s Family Heirlooms: Great-grandfather Roop’s Art

Since I am presently concentrating on the RUPP, RUPE, ROOP, ROUP, ROOPE, ROUPE, RUPPE families I thought I would share heirlooms that are still in the family only not in my possession.

My great-grandfather Walter F. ROOP was a blacksmith, coal miner, artist, poet, photographer, and cartoonist. He left us precious memories including this photo of the Gauley River. Walter took three photos at Jodie in Fayette County, West Virginia, in 1921, tinted them by hand, and put them together to make this panorama view.

“Homemade” panorama titled “Gauley River” by Walter F. ROOP
The year 1921 was a very productive year for my great-grandfather. Not only did he make the panorama photo of Gauley Bridge, but he also made ink drawings which were passed on to his children and are now in the possession of two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
“Panther and Deer” by W. F. Roop dated December 26, 1921
“The Grizzly” by W. F. Roop

His granddaughter Peggy Jean Ramsey Baker recounted how the Panther and Deer and The Grizzly drawings were copied from pictures in a big book. She saw the pictures which were approximately 2×2.5 inches in size in the book that may have been a history book as a child. She believed there was a third drawing of “some sort of cat in tall grass.”

When I wrote my post on Walter in 2014 my cousin Linda Roop let me know she has the third drawing and shared a photo of it. It’s in the original frame made by Walter F. ROOP but she was not able to get a good photo as it is behind glass and large.

“The Leopard” by W. F. Roop

Isn’t it wonderful how the three drawings are now united even though they are in the homes with Walter’s descendants through his children Edith Estelle, Myrtle Hazel, Walter Gordon, and Alfred Lee?

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

16 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Child’s Family Heirlooms: Great-grandfather Roop’s Art”

  1. Nice review of Walter Roop’s artistic talents. Would be nice to see the frame on the “Leopard” picture to see if it is the same as or similar to the other three pictures you have shared.

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    1. Thank you Amy. I know of one distant cousin, a descendant of Walter’s great-grandfather, who paints. We have some musical talents as well: Earl Scruggs, the bluegrass banjo master, and a family or group of sisters who sing but I can’t remember the name right off.


  2. Cathy, I have one maybe two poems he wrote about his wife Rebecca. I believe her wrote them after she died. Will look them up and e-mail you a copy.

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