I looked through some old photos of mine that I want to write about and share. I stumbled upon some old pictures from 2003 and some more in 2008 of visits to Harlech and thought someone might be interested to see them.
Harlech, Gwynedd, Wales is home of one of the castles built by Edward I. It was built between 1282 and 1289 and played a part is many battles. Wikipedia provides some quick details namely that this castle held an important place in several wars. It withstood seige by Madog ap Llywelyn but fell to Owain Glyndwr. Later it played a part in the War of the Roses and was the last fortification to fall in the Glorious Revolution in 1647. Honestly, I just wanted to go there after hearing Men of Harlech sang by a choir while I lived in Hyde, Cheshire, England.
In 2003, Brad Hales, Amy Hales, and I decided to venture to Harlech castle. Neither of us had ventured south of Porthmadog as missionaries in 1998 – 2000 and thought we would venture down to the castle. We snapped this picture on the road approaching from the north.
Unfortunately, we arrived after the castle had closed for the day. We snapped this picture of the silhouette and the flags from the road below.
Here is another picture of the castle silhouette looking to the north across Afon Dwyryd estuary toward the direction of Penrhyndeudraeth.
Here is a road above Harlech looking in the same direction. Notice the amazing, sturdy stone wall.
This picture is at the same location but shot back towards Harlech. You can see the outline of the castle towers as well as more of the estuary.
Amanda and I visited again in 2008. Luckily, we got there with plenty of time to visit and spend time inside. The day was a bit overcast, but we grabbed some great pictures. You can also see the considerable difference between the film camera and digital camera!
This shot gives you a view of the eastern side with the imposing towers, the gate, the rocky chasm between and gives some impression of how formidable this castle would have been to attack. Ignore the goober in the picture.
When Harlech was built over 720 years ago it was on the Irish Sea. Notice how far the sea is from the castle now, about a mile away. This was taken from one of the castle’s walls.
Another picture, looking south along the western wall.
A shot looking up at the fireplaces of two other floors. The majority of all woodwork is missing in this castle and the stone is all that remains.
You can see the holes in the walls where beams would have been placed in times past.
Looking down into the hollow walls of Harlech castle from one of its towers.
We got quite the kick out of this sign. Would someone really take children on a castle wall? It looks like adults falling off walls or down the stairs, not children.
These stairs were pretty steep.
Here is one of the walls. Funny how no wood in the castle makes it 725+ years but yet a tree can grow out of a tower hundreds of feet up.
I know you are probably getting bored by this point so I should probably wrap it up. This was the entry to the main quarters (king’s?).
The chimneys just came out at the top of the walls. I guess at least the sentinels had somewhere to stay warm when on watch.
Inside one of the towers where the water seepage had worn away the wood and stone over the years to leave this intimidating scene.
One last picture looking out toward the Afon Dwyryd estuary.
Thanks to my cutie for traveling to Harlech with me, I love you! (She is standing on a wall chimney, that is why she is my height. The southern shoreline is behind us.
Similar to what I did for my Mom’s birthday this year, I thought I would catalog some of Dad’s childhood through photos for his birthday. I will only take him through about 1961 when he graduated from high school.
Happy Birthday Dad!
Dad was born in Ogden, Weber, Utah. He and Grandma, Gladys Donaldson Ross, lived with her parents Dave and Dena Donaldson. Milo and Gladys lived in Ogden until 1946 his father, Milo Ross, returned from World War II.
The family then moved to Plain City and lived in a little log house (that Milo Sr was born inside in 1921) on 4200 West. As you can see below, the house now had a clapboard outside.
In 1948 the family moved into a new home on 4800 West in Plain City.
The Ross family moved to the current home on 4100 West in Plain City in 1955. You can see the previous home in the photo above.
I thought I would make this photo available from the a 31 August 1957 Sharp Family Reunion. There are a few unknowns in this photo.
James Sidney Thompson (1888-1964) married Annie Victoria Carlisle (1896-1972). Annie’s grandmother is Isabella Sharp Carlisle (1831-1904).
Fern Janet Sharp Cutler (1918-1989) married Gordan Mackelprang Cutler (1917-1991).
Emily Stevenson McDonald Carlisle (1886-1975) married Harvey Cartwright Carlisle (1866-1935). Harvey’s mother is Isabella Sharp Carlisle (1831-1904).
Evelyn Mae Sharp Poppleton (1911-1977) married Edward Castle Poppleton(1904-1975).
Edith Louise Maw (1893-1977). Edith’s mother is Victorine Mary Sharp Maw (1862-1945).
Delwin Sharp (1884-1969) married Violet Grieve Sharp (1891-1964)
Annie Victoria Sharp Thompson (1896-1972) married James Sidney Thompson (1888-1964) mentioned above.
Edward Sharp (1887-1962) married Lillie Elva East Sharp (1888-1942).
Vernal LaVane Sharp (1908-1971) married Kathleen May Nelson Sharp (1920-2008).
Kathleen May Nelson Sharp (1920-2008) married Vernal LaVane Sharp (1908-1971).
Joy Harms daughter of Kathleen May Nelson Sharp from her previous marriage to Harry Harms Jr (1906-1945).
John Harold Ross (1923-2004) married Colleen Fowers Hancock Ross (1929-1969).
Estella “Stella” Inez Thomas Marriott (1884-1964) married James Oliver Marriott (1881-1965). Stella’s mother is Anne Elizabeth Sharp Thomas (1852-1891).
Iris Maud Sharp Adams (1920-2001) married James Vester Adams (1913-1984).
James Vester Adams (1913-1984) married Iris Maud Sharp Adams (1920-2001).
James Oliver Marriott (1881-1965) married Estella Inez Thomas Marriott (1884-1964).
Francis Milo Thomas (1875-1962) married Isabelle Divina “Devina” Nicol (1878-1975). Francis’ mother is Anne Elizabeth Sharp Thomas (1852-1891).
J. Golden Draper
William and Lucy Miles are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Mary Elizabeth to William Addison, son of Robert and Edie Graham. The newly weds were married 27 November 1867 in Pulaski, Pulaski, Virginia.
Mary Elizabeth Miles was one of at least four children born to Lucinda H Bailey and William Miles on 10 June 1850 in Pulaski County, Virginia. William was a farmer in the Pulaski County area on the 1850 Census. 1860 just lists him as a laborer, not a farmer (like his neighbors). It appears he had a farm on the 1850 Census but not for the 1860 Census. The 1840 shows four individuals in the house, which confirms what we have, there could have been children who died. There is a ten year gap between children, which probably shows there were some lost. Mary Elizabeth is the last child we have any record of, which may not be accurate since her mother would only have been around 38 at the time. We just know so very little about this family. We don’t know where her parents were born or even where they died. It seems her parents moved from Pulaski County to an unknown location.
William Addison Graham was the first of at least nine children born to Edith Booth and Robert A Graham 11 April 1849 in Newbern, Pulaski, Virginia. The Graham family is a massive Western Virginia (which includes the present West Virginia) family that seems pretty well documented. Robert was a farmer in Pulaski County. After Edith passed away, he moved to work in the mines of McDowell County, West Virginia and passed away there.
William and Mary were born and raised in Pulaski County and would remain there until after the turn of the twentieth century when they would relocate to McDowell County in West Virginia. All the censuses for these years 1850 to 1900 were in an area called Wassie, Highwassie, and now mapped as Hiwassie. Hiwassie is small enough that information is given relating to the town of Draper, which appears to be the nearest town of worthy notable size. This family is the opposite of the Miles family (lack of information) in that you have to spend time weeding through all the Graham relatives to make sure you have your right person.
Since there are so many Graham’s in the area, I believe that William and Mary’s family have become commingled with another family, or else Mary was very prolific at bearing children. I hope someone can provide some more information to clarify this, but from the records as I have been able to make out, William and Mary had SEVENTEEN children. While not impossible, the chances of that many seem unlikely, especially with some of the dates between the children. But I will lay it out there and let someone hopefully correct me.
Lucy Bell Graham born 7 April 1870 in Newbern and died in 1917 in Welch, McDowell, West Virginia. She married a W L Dunford in 1891 and James Matthew “Max” Crowder later.
Andrew John Graham born 17 August 1871 in Snowville, Pulaski, Virginia and died 8 March 1912 in Patterson, Wythe, Virginia. He married Luemma Adeline Dean in 1892.
John William Graham born in 1872 in Pulaski County.
Damey Catherine Graham born 25 November 1874 in Pulaski and died 3 February 1933 in Marysville, Yuba, California. She married James Thomas Meredith (also known with the last name of Ross) in 1887.
Robert Graham born 1875 in Pulaski County and died 1884.
James Alexander Graham born 20 August 1875 (a twin?) in Pulaski County. He married Laura Jane Dean in 1892 and Theodocia Elizabeth Flinchum in 1912.
Mary Elizabeth Graham born 31 October 1878 in Pulaski County and died 3 September 1947 in Welch, West Virginia. She married William Harrison Dean in 1895.
Leander Graham born 25 September 1881 in Hiwassie and died 12 January 1970 in Pulaski County. He married Florida Gunter in 1902.
Ellen Graham born 20 May 1882 in Pulaski County and died as a child.
Emma Jane Graham born January 1883 in Pulaski County and died as a child.
Baby Boy Graham born 15 August 1883 in Pulaski County. I assume he died as a child, but have no other record.
Nerva Graham born March 1884 in Hiwassie and died in 1964 or 1965 in McDowell County, West Virginia. She married Ed Gaultney.
Emmet Dewit Graham born 23 August 1884 (another short period between births, maybe a year off?) in Hiwassie and died in 1945. He married Mary Agnes Bryant.
John Perry Graham born 9 June 1887 in Draper and died 18 February 1965 in Cucumber, McDowell, West Virginia. He married Florence Collins.
Richard Graham born 20 February 1889 in Pulaski County. We don’t know if he lived to maturity or anything else.
Nora Graham born 22 May 1891 in Pulaski and died 22 October 1963 in Welch. She married Floyd Claude Richardson.
Grayson Thurman Graham born 24 February 1895 in Pulaski County and died 29 September 1981 in Bishop, Tazewell, Virginia. He married Lora Elizabeth Adams in 1913.
Between 1900 and 1910 William and Mary moved to Adkin (part of Elbert), McDowell, West Virginia. I assume the move was to work in the mines as both the 1910 and 1920 censuses show him as a coal miner.
In the 1920 Census the two had Grayson and Perry, and their families, living with them for a total of eleven living in the home. It was during this time that the picture at the beginning of this post was snapped with these last two photos.
William died 19 December 1921 in Gary, McDowell, West Virginia. I assume this means he died at work in the mines since he walked to Gary to the mines. We do not know where he is buried.
Mary died 16 May 1925 in Elbert, McDowell, West Virginia. Her death certificate indicates she died of paralysis. She was buried the next day at the Murphy Cemetery in Elbert.
For my Grandmother’s birthday today, I thought I would put together a picture history of her life from the photos I have. I don’t think I will write a whole lot, just share photos of her life in chronological order, as much as I can. I hope you enjoy it.
Colleen Mary Andra was born 27 May 1928 in Preston, Franklin, Idaho to Mary Louise Wanner and William Fredrick Andra. The fifth child to her parents. She married Wilburn Norwood Jonas 27 September 1946 in Elko, Elko, Nevada. Three children were born to her and Norwood; Douglas in 1952, Sandra in 1954, and Jackie in 1960. After he died in 1975, she remarried Evan Kay Elliott 9 April 1976 in Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho. After their divorce around 1987, she married Ivan “Bud” Walter Lloyd 31 January 1998 in Dingle, Bear Lake, Idaho. She died in Boise, Ada, Idaho 14 November 1999 and was buried in Dingle on the 18th.
For my Mother’s birthday, I thought I would share a few thoughts about her. I know she is pretty maligned by some, praised by others, and many more just do not know what to be in relation to her. Therefore, I thought I would talk about her with that title, Mother.
The above photo came to me in 2010. This photo was given to my Great Grandmother, Lillian Coley Jonas Bowcutt (1898-1987), probably not long after it was taken. I am guessing before 1960. From my understanding, it hung on the wall of my Great Grandmother in Richmond, Cache, Utah until she had to move in with her daughter, Lillian Jonas Talbot (1930-2009), in Layton, Davis, Utah the mid 1980′s. It still has its original heavy paper frame and original glass. I took the picture out of the frame to scan it and imagined that it was the photographer who placed it there in the late 1950′s, or more likely, one of my grandparents. I can imagine the photo carefully located on Great Grandma’s wall and the love that swelled in her breast as she viewed my Mother and my Uncle Doug. I am sure the scores of other grandchildren hung on the same wall, but these were grandchildren that also lived in Richmond and paid regular visits so there was a personal love as well as that motherly love.
When Great Grandma Lillian moved to Layton, all her photo albums and pictures went with her. When she passed away in 1987, they fell into the possession of her daughter, Lillian. It was almost 20 years later when I knocked on the door and wanted to see photographs. I found the goldmine when she pulled out these albums. I scanned the photo above in 2006, but after Aunt Lillian passed away in 2009, the family thought to give me this actual photograph.
A copy of this same photograph hung in my Grandmother’s house in Paul, Minidoka, Idaho. It sat on a cedar chest in one of the bedrooms. I do not know what happened to that photo when my Grandmother died, but I have this image in my mind of that photo being in my Grandparent’s possession from the late 1950′s as well. Tended, loved, and on the wall overlooking the family as they grew through the years. I know I probably romanticize it as any child does to ignore the pain of their childhood for the faults and inadequacies of their parents. I know my mother romanticizes her childhood and the relationship with her parents. I see in this picture a happy smirk and a couple of contented children. What did my Grandparent’s see in their children? What did my Great Grandmother see in this picture? I will not likely know while I am alive.
As I now have a child of my own and feel great love in the features and form of the child, not to mention the personality, I know how I feel looking at pictures of my daughter. I assume my Grandparents felt the same for their children. I look at this photo with new eyes, especially where I can sense so many similar features between my daughter Aliza and her Grandmother Sandy (and even a few with her Grand Uncle Doug).
Here is another picture of Mom and Uncle Doug outside their home in Richmond. Again, I see two cold, but happy, kids playing in the snow outside the home my Grandpa Jonas lovingly built for the family in the late 1940′s.
Here is another photo of Doug and Mom outside the Richmond home near the front sidewalk.
This photo does not look quite so happy. Mom looks like she is in the same sweater as she was in the first picture above. My Mom had a pretty mangled right-handed ring finger that had not been removed by this point. I imagine she is holding her right hand to hide the the bandages and injury to that finger. That seems to expand my sympathy for her and the somber look she has on her face. No three- year-old should have that type of injury and then keep a mangled finger for 5 years when it finally has to be removed due to doctor negligence and improper care. I think she would have lost it anyway, but the doctor certainly sped things up.
How did my Grandparents view this little girl who was injured? I am sure they loved her dearly. I remember one time after asking my Grandma how she felt about my Mom as a little girl and she referred to her as “her little darling girl.” I am sure it was with heartbreak that this little darling girl now had to live with the pain of a lawnmower almost removing a finger. I am sure a sigh of relief that only one finger was lost rather than all of them.
Here is another picture. This was also taken in 1957, the same year that Mom would suffer the severe trauma to her finger. She still has it in full glory at this point. This picture was from the Andra Reunion which I believe was held in Preston, Franklin, Idaho.
Again, I feel for the family. I sense a contented nature in this picture. Grandpa did not have his life increasingly taken over by alcohol by this point. He looks like a good healthy, strong man. I love the classic late 1950′s clothing they all sport. Doug’s ironed shorts, the patterns in Grandma’s pants, the shirt Grandpa wears with the sleeves rolled, and the one piece jumper Mom wears with its pattern.
Here is a picture of Mom playing with some friends. This picture was taken or developed in August 1958, at least that is what the side of the photograph said. Classic wallpaper, carpet, and clothes of the late 1950′s. I especially love the Crayola crayons box on the table. I wonder where these other two ladies are now and what their impressions of the photo and others are?
Last picture of the childhood of my Mom. This one is probably my favorite.
This photo is also classic of the time with its painted colors. This is obviously a couple of years later, probably even into the 1960′s. Too bad it is slightly blurred, but at least I have it. Oddly enough, the same photo appeared in black in white just this year with this accompanying side shot.
A happy child lovingly tended to and cared for. The years fly by until we hit about 1966. The family’s time in Richmond was slowly drawing to a close.
Although by this time a younger sibling, Jackie, has joined the children. Here is another picture from about 1968, probably shortly before the move to Burley, Cassia, Idaho. Sally (1955-2010) was Mom’s best friend growing up. Dee is Mom’s first cousin.
The family moved to Burley in 1968 when Grandpa secured work on the construction of the new Del Monte plant. I know Mom was not at all excited about the move. At this point, I think I will leave Mom’s time in Idaho for another time. But I have at least documented some of her life from 1954 through 1968. One last picture of Mom and me around 1980.
Happy Birthday Mom.