Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mustachio May

Frank Hatch--"handsomest 'stache in Scipio"
To his wife's chagrin, my brother-in-law grows a mustache every May and competes (as The Despot) in a contest found here.  In honor of that competition, I present our own best ancestral mustache photos:

William Hunter

Frank Hatch, electrical engineer

Lorenzo Lafayette Hatch

William Ira Hatch

James Hooper in fur cap middle left

James Hooper older 
Victor Hegsted

Joseph Cramer--who was remembered to have "strained" his coffee through his mustache
Which one is your favorite?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Happy 173rd Birthday, George Henry Mendell (1838-1899)!

Wally Cramer's grandfather

George is our Civil War vet, husband to Margaret.  His portrait has hung in my parents' dining room all my life, so his face is very familiar.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happy 63rd birthday, Israel (1948)!

Any ancestral ties here must be more than centuries and millennia ago, but part of my heart will always be in Jerusalem.

I was staying at the kibbutz Afiqim for the Israeli independence day festivities in 1994, and remember well the festival atmosphere of this holiday and the joy with which it was celebrated.  I relished my studies at the BYU center in Jerusalem that winter and spring.  I returned to Israel four years ago with my husband for a visit.  I marvel at the creation of this state, its ongoing struggles, its quest for identity and clarity and peace.  I miss the sights, sounds, and smells, the sermons in every stone.  And someday I long to return.

Happy 142nd Birthday, Transcontinental Railroad (1869)!

Promontory Point, where the railroads met
As a main source of long-distance overland transportation, the train was an integral part of pioneer life, and the coming of the railroad in the 1860s provided work for several of our ancestors. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy (Fore)Mother's Day!

Charlotte Hatch

Ellen Williams

my grandmother and father

my grandmother and me

Wells women


Welch women

4 generations (plus ancestral pioneer dress!)
me with my mother

Much love to all the women in my life, past and present!