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Ellis Album, Photo 54 – Louise Delina Cheney

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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 53 – Colleen Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH, Colleen

Colleen Ellsworth

Colleen is my 1st cousin twice removed.  Her mother is Gene Ann Huband.  Gene is the sister of the album’s creator, Blanche – my great-grandmother.  This same photo can be seen on FamilySearch.  There is a note attached to that copy stating that this is Colleen’s mission picture.

Surprisingly, I believe this is the first photo from this album that was already on FamilySearch.  There may have been one other, but if I remember correctly, my copy was so remarkably better that I went ahead and uploaded it.

Colleen was certainly beautiful.  As I look at the photo, the word that keeps coming to mind is glamorous.  Not usually the word we associate with missionaries.  😉

 

 

Update:

A week or so after writing this post, I came across the missionary farewell program for Colleen in my Grandmother’s collection.  Inside of the program was a lovely photo of the grandchildren of Heber & Hattie Huband:

HUBAND, Heber & Hattie grandchildren, December 1959

The back of this photo reads:  “Heber Huband Grandchildren Dec. 1959”.  The woman standing at the far left is Beth Louise Ellis, my grandaunt, the woman standing third from left is my Grandmother, Mary Margaret Ellis, the man to her right is her brother Dale Huband Ellis, and the woman sitting closest to the piano is their youngest sister, Claudia.  Based on the date of the photo and the date of the farewell, I would imagine that this photo was taken upon Colleen’s return.

I had to smile when I saw that my Grandmother and her youngest sister Claudia provided the prelude and postlude music for Colleen’s farewell.  Claudia is a fantastic organist.  She is known for being able to play the organ while carrying on a conversation with someone without looking at the music or the organ.  The first time I saw her do that I was so shocked!  But now, 20+ years later, I regularly do the exact same thing and even sing the alto part while I play the hymns on the organ.  I often think of Aunt Claudia as I play.  ❤

 

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: Blanche & Montice, Sisters

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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

 

 


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Photograph Showcase: Edwin Perry Huband, our brother

HUBAND, Edwin

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.

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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

 

 


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Ellis Album, Photo 1 – Blanche & Luella

 

HUBAND, Blanche on right, Luella Orton on left

l-r:  Luella Orton & Blanche Octavia Huband

This beautiful photo is affixed to the inside cover of the Old Ellis Family Photo Album.  Grandma Ellis labeled it as:

“Luella Orton

Blanche Huband”

Blanche is my great-grandmother and the creator of this photo album.  She was born in 1895.  I asked my GrandAunt Claudia, Blanche’s daughter, about Luella.  She shared that Luella was a friend.  If you are a descendant of Luella, please let me know, I would love to know a bit about her.

What a beautiful photo of Grandma Ellis, she is so lovely.  I especially love her hair – it’s so pretty and soft around her face.  And that sweet, subtle, barely-there smile, so much to love in this photo!

 

 

Here are the first two pages of the album to give context for this photo:

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This post is the first in a series as I share this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.

 


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Treasures: The Old Ellis Family Photo Album

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Wow, isn’t she a beauty?

 

That lovely red album up there was created by my great-grandmother, Blanche Octavia Huband.  The cover of the album is very worn, in fact, the front cover is completely detached from the spine, but the inside of the album is in perfect condition.

The photos are pristine.  Many of them are 8x10s or 5x7s.   They are a wonderful collection of the best photos of Grandma Ellis’ children, grandchildren, and other family members.  It is exactly what a photo album should be – the best of the best, representing everyone you love.

Because the album is so well preserved and orderly, I will be scanning the photos in order and sharing the entire album one photo at a time in the order Grandma Ellis has arranged them in her album.

To that end, I’m going to be starting a new series of posts here entitled “Ellis Album”.  This post serves as an introduction to that series.  I think I’ll shoot for one post each week.  I’m so excited to preserve and share this wonderful album.  I hope my distant Ellis cousins will find it here and enjoy!

 

ps – Grandma Ellis was brilliant in her use of photo corners.  She picked good ones, they still work and are still attached to the pages.  ❤️

pps – I know I said I’m going to share every photo in the order she put them in the album, but I’m waffling on one thing, should I share the photos of living people…?  (With permission, of course.)  Or just acknowledge that I have skipped a photo(s) because some of the subjects are living and cousins should reach out if interested…?  Hmmm…