Today is Mom’s 60th Birthday. In honor of her, I thought I would share these photographs, particularly because of how much resemblance I see between Aliza and Mom. Happy Birthday Mom. Here is a link to one of Mom’s baby pictures.
Okay, I admit it, I do a little family history. One part of that family history is the endless search for photos. I guess I am an eternal optimist in that regard. I keep visiting family with the hope that I might find another photo somewhere. Funny enough, as that optimism keeps me visiting people and looking through old photo albums, the eternal pessimist in me is become slightly more and more frantic as I know how often people die and the next generation just junks things. Okay, maybe not everyone throws things away or tears apart the historic photos and giving a dutiful part to each descendant, but it becomes a little harder to track these things down the father we get from the original descendant.
Let me give one example. I have not written more of this family history because I would like to find more photographs. There must be more out there. My fourth great grandparents are Olavus Jorgensen and Hanna Mathe Christensen Jorgensen. They were born in 1830 in Drammen and 1831 in Sonde, respectively, in Norway. Hanna joined the LDS Church in 1866 and members of the family started to join over the coming decades.
My third great-grandmother, Constance Josephine Eliza Jorgensen, joined in 1876. She had married Olle Christiansen in 1874. Both her and Olle joined the LDS Church in 1876. They made their way to Utah and settled in Richmond, Cache, Utah. Tracking down a photograph of Olle, despite 11 children, has been impossible, granted he died in 1900.
In that pursuit, I stumbled upon Amanda Emilie Jorgensen. She is the youngest sister of Constance, and as far as I know, the youngest child of Olavus and Hanna Jorgensen. Olavus and Hanna had immigrated to Richmond in 1896. Amanda had followed about 1898 or 1899 with her husband Albert Sigvard Swensen.
While I could not find a photograph of Olle, I stumbled upon this photograph of Amanda.
I recently posted this photo on FamilySearch and have a number of her descendants contact me asking me where I got the photo! It appears her own descendants do not have her photo. Yet, oddly enough, I obtained this photograph from her grandson. But that one grandson kept it sequestered away since he lives far from Utah to where nobody else knew of it. I found him along with some other relative photographs, and now I am making the photo of her available to more of her line.
The moral of the story is those photos are out there! They must be sought after. You have to make the visits to those long-lost cousins and ask to see their photos.
Back to my main point. I have hoped to find a photograph or two of the old Coley Cabin to the southeast of Richmond. I have my own photographs of the cabin almost completely collapsed in on itself. But this past couple of months, I became aware of a photograph of the cabin that hung on the wall of Sarah Colleen Coley Todd in Buhl, Twin Falls, Idaho. Apparently Colleen was born in the Coley Cabin near Richmond and someone took a photograph of it for her. Here it is.
Unfortunately, the photo is not of the highest quality. It is more of a printer print than a photo print. But I will take what I can get. Now I have to find out who took the original photograph. Maybe they have it in its original photo quality.
Nevertheless, I keep hoping some day I will find some pictures from 50 or 80 years ago of the cabin. Sadly, those pictures of homes (and not of people) are the ones that tend to get trashed when photos pass generations. Nobody cares about a home that there is not a link to. Most of the time, the story of the home is not even known. But here is one that is preserved.
I am still working on the history of Herbert Coley and Martha Christiansen Coley. It is my understanding they built the cabin. But I have so few photos of them and I keep hoping that as I visit family, I can get just another photo or two of them. I do not have many.
Anyhow, here is hoping for the future!
This past week I thought a little about the current political climate and some of the things that are happening. I remembered some lines from McCullough’s John Adams. I thought I would share a couple of photos we took of homes John Adams lived in during his life.
With the new purchase of our home on Fairmont Drive in Burley, Cassia, Idaho, I thought I would throw out a strange connection I have to the street. Fairmont Drive turns into Fairmont Avenue at a 90 degree turn just a block or two east of our home. Within a long stone-throw of our present house sits the home my grandparents, Norwood & Colleen Jonas, lived in when they moved to Burley in 1968 from Richmond, Cache, Utah. In all my photos, I happen to have some pictures of that home.
I am not clear if they had the home built or if it was newly built when they arrived and purchased it. It is my understanding the home was completed in 1969, which is supposedly the year after they moved to Burley.
Lastly, I will wrap up with a family portrait taken in the front room of the home. This one was in an album and the quality is low, hopefully some day I can find a higher quality photo.
The coincidental aspect of this whole post is that a Jonas relative now lives in the home, some 45 years later. Denise Andersen Olsen, niece to my Grandfather (my first cousin, once removed), now lives in the home. Maybe if she will give me permission, I can take a current photo or two of the home. Maybe I can do a then and now post of the photos I have. Maybe even one day, I can get the people in the photos for a then and now too…
Another photo I scanned. Fredrick Aeschbacher born 2 November 1893 in Rexburg, Madison (then Fremont), Idaho and died 31 January 1958. He was buried 4 February 1958 at Sutton Cemetery, Archer, Madison, Idaho.
Joan Holmes passed away last week (7 Jul 1936 – 29 Jan 2014). We spent some great time with the Holmes family in 1999. I visited them again in 2003 and 2008 at their home in Runcorn, England. I thought I would bid my own farewell to Joan with this picture. Rest in peace Joan until we meet again. You were sure a lot of fun. Ray, all the best in this difficult time.
Here are a couple of photos from an Andra Reunion from about 1976. I believe this reunion was in Preston, Franklin, Idaho. These photos were from some tiny 110 film strips so they were pretty hard to scan. The photos are not high quality for that reason. But at least they are available and I can recognize the people in the photo.