Saturday, June 4, 2011

Congratulations, Graduates!

John Shaw Welch, Utah Agricultural College (now Utah State) class of 1911, chemistry
Frank S Hatch, University of Utah class of 1907, electrical engineering
Hannah Grover (Hegsted)

BYU 1995
Although both our parents and all of our siblings attended BYU, we have strong ancestral ties to Dixie, Utah State, and the U (Frank Hatch, above, helped design the U on the mountain).

Congratulations to all graduates!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Happy 158th Birthday, Annie Scarborough Hatch (1853-1939)!

Unita Welch's grandmother

Annie is our link to the pioneer era--she crossed the plains as a child, and my grandmother knew her as a child.

Happy 210th Birthday, Brigham Young (1801-1877)!

No relation

statue of Brigham Young near his grave
Brother Brigham runs through these pioneer lives and stories as a close personal and mutual friend of many of our ancestors, as well as religious and governmental leader and master puppeteer in their lives.  Several named children in his honor.  

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Happy 187th Birthday, Bertha Poulsen (1824-1907)!

John Welch's great-grandmother

Until I found this photo of her, I had only focused on Bertha's daughter Mary.  In the past few months, her story has come alive to me.