Photograph Showcase: Precious Lola


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:

HUBAND children hair - smaller

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




Treasures: A Tribute to the Children of Heber & Hattie Huband

HUBAND children hair - smaller

Years ago, I recall a visit to my grandparent’s home when my Grandma showed me this display she had created.  I remember it was really important to her.  I think I was in college at the time.  Even back then, I loved genealogy.  But I don’t think that love had yet extended far enough to appreciate framed hair.  Because, well, it’s framed hair.  And unless you understand the significance of the framed hair, it’s just framed hair.  But what I wouldn’t give today to go back to that moment and ask my Grandma a few questions.

Like, what is the significance of the yellow satin?  (My Grandma was all about significance so I’m guessing there was some.)  It looks like Hattie must have written the note about Nina, am I right?  The notes about Lola and Montice seem to have been written twice – did Hattie write in pencil and you tried to trace over her writing with pen?  Or possibly Hattie wrote in pen but the ink had faded so you traced over it to darken it, am I on the right track?  When was the bit of your Mother’s hair cut?  Was she a child?  How long had you been planning to create this display before you finally put it together?  What inspired you?  How did these lovely bits of hair make their way to you?

And on, and on I could go.

Why didn’t I understand back then, that I would have so many questions about this wall hanging one day?

I don’t think I even knew back then that it represented my Grandmother’s Grandmother’s loss.  Grandma Hattie buried four of her precious babies at such young ages.  Lola was only three, Nina was just a few months past one, Montice was just two, and Edwin was just a young boy of six.

In that moment, standing in my Grandma’s bedroom next to her as she showed me her treasure, why didn’t I understand?  Why didn’t I soak in some of her memories?  Memories of Hattie.  Possibly memories of Hattie talking about her precious babies that she lost too soon.

Why didn’t I know that moment mattered?

I wish I had an answer.  I wish I had answers.

Instead, I am left to infer, and comment about, and preserve, and hope that by writing about this treasure here, one day, my own granddaughter or grandson will understand why Grandma has a picture frame with bits of hair tied in bits of ribbon with scraps of paper recording the short, but oh-so-precious lives of Hattie & Heber’s children.

I hope.

Grandma, I’m sorry that I didn’t listen better.  I’m sorry I didn’t understand the framed hair.  But I’m so thankful that you shared anyway.

And that you shared again, and again, and again.

I’m so thankful to be the current steward of so many family treasures that you lovingly preserved.  Man, I wish blogging had been a thing when you were still alive.  You would have been an amazing genealogy blogger.  I would have answers to so many questions!

So I’m just going to keep on keepin’ on.  I’m going to digitize and write and share so that as much of our family’s history is preserved as I can get to.  Thank you, for being such an inspiration to me about the ways we can honor and remember our ancestors.  I hope I am making you proud.  I love you!  Save a spot for me up there right next to you.  ❤




Happy Monday, I hope it’s a week filled-to-the-brim with genealogy goodness and happy memories of loved ones!  xoxo




Photograph Showcase: Blanche & Montice, Sisters

HUBAND, Blanche & Montice, about 1899

Blanche Octavia Huband & Montice Cheney Huband, about 1900

Blanche Octavia Huband is my great-grandmother.  Montice Cheney Huband is her younger sister.  Blanche was born 21 May 1895 and Montice was born 7 December 1897.  They are the daughters of Hattie Margaret Cheney & Heber Albert Huband.

While this photo is undated, it was likely taken in about 1900.  Blanche is so clear in this photo, while Montice is slightly blurred.  I imagine it was hard for such a young girl to hold still enough to be in perfect focus.

Hattie & Heber were the parents of eight children:

  • Lola Huband, born 21 August 1890
  • Nina Huband, born 27 April 1893
  • Blanche Octavia Huband, born 21 May 1895
  • Montice Cheney Huband, born 7 December 1897
  • Edwin Perry Huband, born 29 October 1900
  • Lane Augustus Huband, born 16 December 1903
  • Gene Ann Huband, born 30 November 1908
  • Grant Cheney Huband, born 18 May 1911

At the time this lovely photo of Blanche & Montice was taken, they were the only living children.  Sadly four of Hattie & Heber’s children would die as young children:

  • Lola, died 27 July 1894
  • Nina, died 2 August 1894
  • Montice, died 6 November 1900
  • Edwin, died 11 March 1907

I have not seen a photo of Lola or Nina.  I don’t know if one exists.

As much as I love the photo of Blanche & Montice, I feel terribly, terribly sad when I look at it.  How must it have been for Hattie & Heber to bury four of their precious children at such young ages?  However, I’m glad this photo exists.  It is the only known photo of Montice.

HUBAND, Blanche & Montice, about 1899, back

This is the back of the photo.  I do not recognize the handwriting in blue ink at the top.  Could it be Hattie’s?  It doesn’t appear to be Blanche’s handwriting.  The notes in black ink were written by my Grandma, Mary Margaret Ellis, Blanche’s daughter.




Happy Thursday, do you happen to have a precious “only” photo of one of your relatives?  Have you scanned and shared it?  If not, I hope you will today!  xoxo




Ellis Album, Photo 52 – Florence Storey

STOREY, Florence

Florence Storey

Isn’t this portrait lovely?  I feel like I say that a lot.  But man, this album is just filled to the brim with lovely portraits in excellent condition.

This beautiful woman is Florence.  She is my 1st cousin twice removed.  Until I scanned her photo, I had never heard of her.  But it turns out I have two connections to her.

The creator of this album is my great-grandmother Blanche Octavia Huband.  My great-grandfather, and husband of Blanche, is Claude Albert Ellis.  Florence is the daughter of Claude’s older sister Alice Eliza Ellis.  Florence married Joseph Cheney Willis.  Joseph is my 1st cousin three times removed.  He is the first cousin of Blanche.  His mother is Louise Delina Cheney, sister of Hattie Margaret Cheney.  Hattie is Blanche’s mother.  Phew!  Did you follow that okay?



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.




Photograph Showcase: Edwin Perry Huband, our brother


Edwin Perry Huband

Edwin Perry Huband is my great-granduncle.  He is the son of my 2nd great-grandparents Heber Albert Huband & Hattie Margaret Cheney.  He was born 29 October 1900 in Shelly, Bingham, Idaho.  A very short, six years, ten months, and four days later, he died of appendicitis on 11 March 1907 in Logan, Cache, Utah.

The back of the photo reads: “Edwin Huband our Brother” written by an unknown writer, although it is likely that Blanche Octavia Huband may have written it; and “born Oct 29, 1900 died March 11, 1907” written by Blanche’s daughter, and my Grandmother, Mary Margaret Ellis.

Until last week, I did not know there were any photos of Edwin.  I found this precious little picture in a folder created by my Grandma that she labeled, “Huband”.  The photo is a copy of the original.  The original must have been quite damaged.  I cleaned the scan up a bit but you can see that it must have torn or experienced a severe stain of some kind.

I was very happy to see that I had already taken a photo of Edwin’s headstone and shared it on FindAGrave.

HUBAND, Edwin Perry, headstone

Headstone of Edwin Perry Huband in the Logan City Cemetery.



Happy Thursday, I hope you come across a photo of someone in your family for whom you did not know a photo existed very, very soon!  xoxo




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:


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.