This photo is one I am very familiar with. There is a copy in my Dad’s book of remembrance. I looked through that book so many times growing up, often at the side of my Grandmother who had created it. Even though the photo was familiar, the women were not. It was much later in life that I understood the significance of this photo.
The woman at the bottom left is my 2nd great-grandmother, Hattie Margaret Cheney. Hattie is the daughter of Joseph Thompson Cheney and Louise Maria Austin. Hattie was born in Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho on 9 July 1866. She was the third of eight children. She had four sisters and three brothers.
Here she is seen with three of her sisters – Louise Delina (who went by Delina), Blanche Lenore, and Della Maude. At the time this photo would have been taken, the fifth sister, Octavia Achsa, was no longer living. Hattie would go on to name her own daughter Blanche Octavia – who was my great-grandmother and the creator of this wonderful photo album. Della was the only sibling who never married or had any children.
What a treasure to have a photo of these four elderly sisters together! What makes it even more remarkable is that the four sisters lived in three different states – Idaho, Utah, and California. I wonder what event brought them together? I wonder whose idea it was to have this photograph taken? I would like to thank them. 😉
This photo comes from the twenty-sixth page of the album. Here are pages twenty-six and twenty-seven to give context for this photo:
This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album. You can learn more about the album here. Pages seventeen through twenty-five were filled with twenty-two wonderful photos that all contained at least one living person. Descendants of Paul & Claudia Nye – email me if you would like files of those photos. My address is on the sidebar.