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.
Amanda Emilie Jorgensen Swensen (1872-1945)
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.
Coley Cabin near Richmond, Utah
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!