Helen (often called Ellen) LaPlace McKay Bartlett, first wife of Bert Bartlett, is standing next to Dessa.
This photo, taken about 1950, is one of the very few photographs I have of Helen. She was born in 1881 at Fort Collins, Colorado. She first married James McKay at Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1903. James McKay died in 1906 prior to the birth of their daughter Thelma. In 1913, Helen married Bert Bartlett. The marriage is believed to have taken place in Denver. She passed away in Renton, Washington in 1953.*
*Historical family records.