Saturday, July 9, 2011

Happy 129th Birthday, Charlotte Cottam Hatch (1882-1970)!

Anna Cramer's mother

Charlotte, known as Lottie, is a great-grandmother with whom I'm still getting acquainted.  I've sympathized with her frustrated ambitions, farming in small-town Scipio but longing for her children to be educated.  I'm intrigued that she gave her maiden name as a middle name to all of her children (7 out of 9 were girls), a feminist statement for the time.  I've wondered about her parenting which seemed to foster learning but wasn't heavy on faith.  

Recently, I visited the Relief Society building in Salt Lake, and in their registers you can find the names of all the 100,000 plus women who donated $5 to build the building as requested in 1947.  Somewhat to my surprise, I found Lottie on the list.  Not only that, out of her meager cash supplies she also donated $10 more on behalf of her two inactive daughters.  Somehow that small gesture has changed my whole perception of this woman.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy birthday to my Tabernacle choir soprano-singing (and flash-mobbing), urban yoga-teaching, headstand-performing, green-smoothie drinking, docent tour-giving, ever-reading, marvelous mother!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy 105th Birthday, George Wells (1906-1966)!

Gawain Wells' father

a vintage milk can from the Wells brother dairy farm

Happy 202nd Birthday, Asa Starkweather Calkin (1809-1873)!

Gayle Wells' great-great-grandfather

Asa is a personal favorite, mostly due to his well-written journal entries, and the mystery of the Deseret alphabet postscript from Brigham Young which has now been solved!

Sunday, July 3, 2011