Ellis Album

Ellis Album, Photo 54 – Louise Delina Cheney

CHENEY, Louise Delina, portrait
Louise Delina Cheney, 1930

As I was editing this photo, my little one walked by and said, “Oh, those look like Harry Potter’s glasses.”  😉  He got that right!

Delina is my 2nd great-grandaunt.  She was born in Utah and lived most of her adult life in Laketown, Utah.  Laketown is a very small town next to Bear Lake.  It is a beautiful place.  I’ve never been there in the winter, but it’s a great place to go in the summer.

This photo was sent as a postcard.  My great-grandmother cut it down, this is the portion that remains:

CHENEY, Louise Delina, portrait, 1930, back

It is dated Dec 25 – 1930.  The message appears to read, in part:

“[Be]st wishes for —- [Ch]ristmas and —- New Year —- [a]nd children”

Where the signature should be, you can see the top of the D, l, and the dot of the i.  I’m guessing that she signed it “Aunt Delina”.  The postcard is addressed to Mr & Mrs C. A. Ellis in North Ogden.  The creator of the album this photo was part of, was Blanche Octavia Huband who married Claude Albert Ellis.

The sideways notation of the year and age appear to have been added later by Blanche.

I love looking at old notes and letters.  I love to see the handwriting of a relative who has long since passed away.




This photo comes from the twenty-seventh 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.



12 thoughts on “Ellis Album, Photo 54 – Louise Delina Cheney”

      1. You are lucky you have sons! I was the worst mother ever when it came to doing my daughters’ hair. I couldn’t make a braid or ponytail to save my life!

        1. Haha! Yes I am. We did have foster children for about a year and two of them were girls. I got a very quick education on doing girls hair. I wasn’t very good at it either. 😉

      2. What a beautiful woman! To answer Amy’s question, my grandmother put up her hair in a similar way. Her hair was thin and very long. The hair is combed up to the crown, twisted, and wrapped into a bun. The trick is to do this when still damp from washing and not do it too tightly so that once the bun is pinned you can push the hair forward to make the waves. The waves can be held in place with bobby pins until dry and fixed.

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