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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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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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Photograph Showcase: Grandmother Folkman

THOMASEN, Maren with the Shurtliffs

l-r: Haskill Heber Shurtliff, possibly Wilford Haskill Shurtliff, Annie Christine Folkman, Maren Katrine Thomasen

Maren Katrine Thomasen is my 3rd great-grandmother.  Here she is with her oldest daughter, Annie Christine Folkman, and Annie’s husband Haskill Heber Shurtliff, and their child.  Annie and Haskill’s oldest child was Wilford Haskill Shurtliff, born in 1886.  Maren was about 50 when Wilford was born.  It seems likely that the child in this photo is Wilford.

Maren was born in Denmark in 1837.  She joined the LDS church in Denmark in about 1862 and emigrated about two years later arriving in Utah in 1864.  She married Jens Peter Folkman the following year as his second wife.  Together, they had four children: Annie Christine Folkman, Josephine Christiana Folkman, Joseph Moroni Folkman, and Jane Zina Petrina Folkman – who went by Petrina.  Petrina is my 2nd great-grandmother.

The really exciting thing about this photograph is that it is only the second photograph I have ever seen of Maren!  On FamilySearch, there are only two photos of Maren.  I have not found any other photos so far online or elsewhere.  What a treasure!

 

 

Happy Thursday, I hope you find a way to preserve and share a precious photo today!  xoxo

 

 


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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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Photograph Showcase: Thomas & Lettie Peterson

Thomas William Peterson & Lettie Taylor are my 2nd great-grandparents.  They were both born in Utah, Thomas in 1872 and Lettie in 1883.  They married in 1901 in Salt Lake and went on to have four sons.  I descend from their son Rulon.

I love the details of their clothing in these photos.  They aren’t dated so I can’t be certain of the occasion on which they were both taken.  But that white tie definitely screams special event.  What do you think?

I do know that these were not taken at the time of their wedding.  I have a photo from that day and Thomas is sans mustache.

Thomas William Peterson

Thomas William Peterson & Lettie Taylor on their wedding day, 10 April 1901.

I think they look older in the first two photos.  What do you think?

 

 

Happy Thursday, I hope you make a fantastic photo discovery very soon!  If not, I hope you will preserve and share a favorite photo.  xoxo

 

 


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Ellis Album, Photo 26 – Margaret, the Graduate – Part Two

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Mary Margaret Ellis

There is something about a scroll that I really love.  Maybe it’s the fragile nature and the need to handle the scroll with care.  My Grandmother is definitely handling this scroll gently.

When I graduated, I was handed an empty diploma case.  No care required.  How about you?  Scroll or case?

Also, that cap looks quite substantial.  A lot sturdier than the one I had.  I’m no fabric expert, but when I was editing this photo I had zoomed way in on the cap and it looked like it was made of wool.

 

 

This photo comes from the fourteenth page of the album.  Here are pages fourteen and fifteen 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 25 – Margaret, the Graduate

ELLIS, Mary Margaret

Mary Margaret Ellis

I love this graduation photo of my Grandmother.  But, it’s a bit puzzling.  There is a photographer stamp on the back of this photo with the date, 27 June 1947 in Ogden, Utah.  My Grandmother was born in 1927.  I am fairly certain that she graduated in 1945.  I know that she also graduated from Weber College with a degree in Science.  Possibly in 1947…?  Or, is there an even simpler explanation?  Did her parents order the print of this photo two years after her High School graduation?  I have so many boxes from Grandma that I am positive the answer is somewhere in there.  Now I just have to decide if I interrupt my current work to dig around or if I just accept that for now, I don’t know when and why this photo was taken.  Hmmm…

 

 

This photo comes from the thirteenth page of the album.  Here are pages twelve and thirteen 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.