[singlepic=276,270,190,,right]We’ve had several phone calls today alerting us to who was in this photo. It was taken by photographer Richard Holtzclaw of Mint Hill. Merle Austin Haney told us it was Ann Ross Maxwell and the picture was taken as Ross was being crowned Carrousel Queen in 1948. Haney said she went to school with Ross’s sister Sue at Bain Elementary and noted that all 24 of the Ross children were good looking. Jeanette Driggers also called us and said she tried to reach Ann Ross Maxwell to get her the photo from Mr. Holzclaw. The Ross’s grew up on land next to Bain Elementary School, where Hal Ross, Ann’s brother, still lives.
Richard Holtzclaw came by the office this afternoon with a picture he took from the1950s or 1960s. It’s of a young woman in a beauty contest who is representing Mint Hill. Holtzclaw, an amateur photographer for many decades, can’t remember taking the photo but would like the person in the photo or a relative to have it. If you know who she is, call Tim Long at the Mint Hill Times, 704-573-4606.