I've had a passion for my family history since I was in Jr. High School. I have to give credit to my grandmother, Evelyn Williams, for lighting the fire in my heart for my family's history. She told me about the birth of the Maybelline company and how my Great Auntie Mabel, mixed the ashes with Vaseline and dabbed it on her brows and lashes to make them grow. She also told me how my great uncle, Tom Lyle Williams, a 19 year old entrepenure with a small mail-order business in 1915, brought mascara into the world and named his company Maybelline after his sister, who gave him the idea. My grandmother, suggested I tell the Maybelline Story for my speech class. I did and got an “A.” The little Maybelline story won me popularity overnight and from that moment on, I wanted to uncover the secrets about the people who shaped the company and my life.
|Bill Williams, Evelyn Williams, Tom Lyle Williams, Emery Shaver, 1934|