Ellis Album, Photo 3 – All Four Ellis Children


ELLIS, children of Claude & Blanche, WWII

The four children of Claude Albert Ellis & Blanche Octavia Huband.  Back, l-r:  Mary Margaret Ellis, Dale Huband Ellis, Beth Louise Ellis; front: Claudia Ellis.

I have so many questions when I look at this photo.  My Grandma is on the left.  She is wearing a corsage made of gardenias.  It appears to be three gardenias.  For their entire married lives, my Grandpa would buy her a double gardenia corsage for Mother’s Day.  In fact, it was such a habit, that the first Mother’s Day after my Grandpa died, the florist delivered a double gardenia corsage to my Grandma.  She called her boys to thank them who then called the florist to thank him.  They took care of it for the remaining Mother’s Days of her life.  When she passed, the florist made her one last double gardenia corsage.  Was the gardenia corsage in this photo from my Grandpa?  Did the tradition start before their first Mother’s Day as a married couple?

Uncle Dale was in the Navy during WWII.  Was this photo taken when he was on leave?  About to ship out?  There is nothing written on the back.  I know that his ship went down and the family spent some uncertain time – weeks? – hoping to hear from him.  In the end, he made it home safely.  Now that I look at this beautiful photograph, I want to know more!!  Hopefully, I find more details in the letters from this time period.

Isn’t Claudia so adorable?  She was born more than a decade after my Grandma, the next youngest sibling.

I love the way that photos cause me to ask questions I hadn’t thought about before.  Studying old photos can be a great way to prompt new research questions.




ps – I’ve been deep cleaning/organizing my office.  I found three more Ellis photo albums.  I may need to rename this series.  Maybe – Red Ellis Album…?  😯😍



Here are the first two pages of the album 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.


Photograph Showcase: Polaroid Surprise

PETERSON, Amberly, July 1978

I visited my parents over Christmas.  While I was there, my mom and I looked through a few different things and this stray polaroid was mixed in with some other random items.  That is a picture of me that I had never seen before.  I was instantly taken with this image of my cute little toddler self.  There is something special about seeing a picture of yourself for the first time.  A happy discovery for sure!


A Nurturing Time of Year


It’s that time of year.  A time for planting and as a mother of school age children, a time for transitions.  Transitions from one school experience to summer.  A saying goodbye, a moving on, a time for nurturing from the mama bird.  And if all of that weren’t enough, one of my fellas is actually preparing to leave the nest.

So I’m busy nurturing my flowers and my people.  My blogging will be sporadic until school starts back up in late August.  I’ll be around when I can.

Here are some images of my porch.  We’re mostly off to a good start.  I have two containers that aren’t very happy.  I think the snails are having a grand old time with them.  Hopefully I can get that under control.

I’ll try to remember to post photos at the end of the summer.  My porch looks AMAZING by the end of the summer.  Well, by June actually, but it just keeps getting better all summer long.

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you make a fabulous genealogy discovery today!!


Ancestral Flower Choices

Frank Duval, September 1946

Frank Duval, September 1946


Yard work has been consuming me for about a week now.  I’ve been cleaning out flower beds and planting flowers in the pots on my porch.  I’ve been down in the dirt working hard to make my little corner of the world beautiful.  The late spring planting is my favorite time of year.  I love to have my yard and porch overflowing with flowers.

Yesterday I transplanted some pansies and cleaned up another flower bed.  As I worked I tried to think of the flowers my grandparents usually planted.  I was able to remember a few things.

My dad’s parents had several rose bushes and they would plant impatiens near the back patio.  My mom’s parents moved quite a bit and I only remember one outdoor plant – the lipstick plant.  My grandma called it that, and so that is the name I called it – fun name right?  I didn’t know for many years that it is actually called fuchsia.  It’s interesting to me that of the flowers I can remember from my grandparents homes, I have planted them all.  I planted one rose bush in the front yard of the first home we purchased.  In our current home I plant impatiens and fuchsia in pots all over my porch.  I often think of my two grandmothers when I tend my fuchsia and impatiens.

As I was caring for my pansies yesterday, I wondered if I had any photos of my grandparent’s flowers and found this photo of my great grandfather near a flower bed filled with pansies and small rose trees.  I have planted pansies every spring since we moved into our current home.  They are frost hardy so they make a good choice for early spring in Utah.  After looking at the flowers in this photo I imagine that next spring when I plant my pansies I will be thinking of my great grandparents.

I wonder what other flower choices my ancestors made?

Do you know what flowers your ancestors planted?