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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:

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This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.

 

 


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Photograph Showcase: Precious Lola

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Heber Albert Huband, Hattie Margaret Cheney, & daughter, Lola Cheney, 1893

Lola Huband is the oldest daughter of Heber & Hattie Huband.  She was born 21 August 1890 in Laketown, Utah.  She died just shy of a month before her fourth birthday on 27 July 1894.  Her younger, and at the time only, sister Nina passed just a week later at the age of fifteen months.

On Monday, I shared this lovely tribute my Grandmother created to honor the lives of Heber & Hattie’s babies:

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When I first received this treasure, a year or so after my own Grandmother passed, I made the assumption that there must not be photos for Lola, Nina, Montice, and Edwin.  Assumption might be the wrong word, maybe it was more of a passing thought.  Either way, I am so delighted to have been wrong!  In the last few weeks, I have happily discovered photos of first Edwin, then Montice, and now Lola.

This photo was actually shared on FamilySearch by my Grandma’s cousin.  He graciously gave me permission to share it here.  I was so happy to see it and realize that I was looking at sweet Lola!

Imagine my further surprise when I realized I had seen this photo before.  I actually used it in a game I created for my family a few years ago.  I knew that Heber & Hattie were the parents in the photo, but I guess I was in such a rush at the time, that I hadn’t paid attention to the child.  But on Tuesday, my little one got the game out and as he spilled the cards, what should I see but this photo of Lola and her parents.

Over the last few weeks, the Hubands have been on my mind.  When I saw this photo on Monday, I finally saw it for what it is – one of the very few traces left of the darling little Lola.

Photos are powerful.  They have the ability to connect us to loved ones who were gone long before we were born in a way that words alone, simply can’t.  Every single photo is a blessing.

And now, I am greedily hoping for one more photo.  This time, of Nina.  She was so very young when she died, I wonder if one exists?

If so, I hope it makes its way to me.  ❤

 

 

Happy Thursday, I hope you make a fantastic genealogy discovery today!  xoxo

 

 


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Ellis Album, Photo 51 – Blanche Lenore Cheney

CHENEY, Blanche Lenore

Blanche Lenore Cheney

Blanche Lenore Cheney is my 2nd great-grandaunt.  She was born 5 January 1886 in Laketown, Utah.  She was the youngest of eight children born to Joseph Thompson Cheney and Louise Maria Austin, my 3rd great-grandparents.  In 1921, she married Farrel Andrew Whitlock.  They had four children that I know of.  Blanche passed away 15 February 1971 in Fullerton, California.  Blanche was the maternal aunt of my great-grandmother, Blanche Octavia Huband, the creator of this wonderful album.  Isn’t this a lovely portrait?

 

 

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:

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This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.

 


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Ellis Album, Photo 50 – Claude LeRoy Cheney

CHENEY, Claude LeRoy

Claude LeRoy Cheney

Claude is my 2nd great-granduncle.  He is the son of my 3rd great-grandparents, Joseph Thompson Cheney & Louise Maria Austin.  Before seeing this photo, I did not know anything about Claude aside from a few scant details that lived in my tree.  After editing this photo and uploading it to FamilySearch I spent some time updating my Ancestry tree and looking at the memories and facts found on FamilySearch about Claude.

Two and a half years before his death, Claude wrote a personal history.  Reading that history broke my heart.  Claude married Ethel Lavina Weir when he was 35.  They had three children together.  Unfortunately, this first marriage fell victim to the Great Depression.  Claude bounced around the US for many, many years trying to secure a job.  At the age of 63, he married again.  He and Mary enjoyed twenty-one years together before her death in 1967.  Less than one month later, Claude also passed.

I am grateful that this beautiful portrait was part of my great-grandmother’s album.  Because of this portrait, I spent a little time learning about Uncle Claude.  I hope this photo will be found and enjoyed by some of his descendants.

 

 

You can read more about Claude’s life here.

 

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:

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This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.

 

 

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Ellis Album, Photo 49 – Four Cheney Sisters

CHENEY, four sisters

Back, l-r:  Louise Delina Cheney, Blanche Lenore Cheney.  Front, l-r:  Hattie Margaret Cheney, Della Maude Cheney.

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:

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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.

 

 


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Photograph Showcase: A Fall Photo

Heber and Hattie Huband October 1924 taken at Blanches home in Ogden

These are my 2nd great grandparents – Heber Albert Huband and Hattie Margaret Cheney.  Heber was born in England in 1860 and arrived in Utah in 1869 and Hattie was born in Paris, Idaho.  They were married in Logan, Utah and then lived in Idaho, California, and then finally settled in Ogden, Utah where they lived out the remainder of their lives.

Heber and Hattie are my grandmother’s maternal grandparents.  This photo was among her things.  She did not label it but I found a copy that her sister had and that copy was labeled: “October 1924, taken at Blanche’s home in Ogden.”  Blanche is my grandmother’s mother.

 


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Photograph Showcase: 42 Years of Happy

Claude and Blanche Ellis

These are my great grandparents Claude Albert Ellis and Blanche Octavia Huband.

The date stamp on the back of the photo reads 9 December 1959.  They had just celebrated their 42nd anniversary on the 22nd of November.  I wonder if the date was the date of printing and this photo was taken in honor of their anniversary?  Either way it’s a lovely portrait of my lovely, happy great grandparents.

Claude is the son of Frederick William Ellis and Susan Kaziah Davis.  Blanche is the daughter of Heber Albert Huband and Hattie Margaret Cheney.