Friday, August 26, 2016

Francis Hawkes Certificate of Citizenship

I had wondered about citizenship regarding my Pioneer Ancestors from England and Wales.  So I was pleased to find this Certificate of Citizenship for Francis HAWKES on


Saturday, August 6, 2016


Black Rock Beach

As a child my family Mom, Dad, kids and we had 5 then Amy, Leona, me (Camilla), Ensign and Myrle - Would take frequent trips to the great Salt Lake - to go swimming.  I remember thinking how great I was because I could sit up right in the water and not sink.  Dad told us not to splash the water in our eyes or drink it because it would hurt.  We were at Black Rock a beach resort and it had a big wooden tub filled with fresh water.  It was big - or I was small.  One time I got under the water and got salt water in my face and throat.  Dad picked me up by the seat of my swimming suit and dunked me up and down in the fresh water in the wooden tub.  Boy what a relief.  To get all that salt water off.  When we would go home we would all hang our salty swim suits on the clothes line and mom would turn the hose on them to wash out the salt.  [If not rinsed our suits would dry stiff as boards.] At that time early 1930's Great Salt Lake was a wonderful each resort with at least three separate beach resorts to go to.  We went to the beach at Black Rock frequently as a family.  (From hand written Journal History of Camilla Smith Wood.)  

During the Taylor era Heber C. Kimball's old ranch house was used as a hotel, and the resort had swings and a merry-go-round, pulled by a horse.

Black Rock was opened by H.J. Faust in 1876, but this resort didn't catch on for long. Black Rock was located a few miles northeast of Lake Point. It went out of business several time. Alonzo Hyde, President John Taylor's son-in-law and his son David John Tayor took over Black Rock in 1880.  The larger and grander Saltair resort opened in 1893 and put Black Rock out of business by 1895.  But Black Rock was resurrected for a time in 1933 and enjoyed frequently by the Smith family. Saltair was described as the "biggest amusement value in the world" during the 1930s. Camilla's mom and dad had honeymooned at Saltair in 1918.  (See: Deseret News, Resorts flourished at Great Salt Lake During 1800's, March 29, 1989.)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Baby Sisters and Brothers

 Wood sisters 1953
with mother of 
  R. sisters 1988
with mothers of
 C. brothers 2015
W. sisters and brothers 2015
A. dreams of being a brother 2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

In Black and White and Read

 “If it is not recorded it only takes three generations to forget a loved one.”  Write it down so it can be in black and white and read.  (See Oral Family History Fades in Just Three Generations.) 

Keep a Journal 
Your Journal is your personal history and testimony of you life so far. It is your record—sort of like Nephi’s record of himself and his family and people.”

"Perhaps one reason our parents love us as much as they do is that they saw our early histories developing. They lived through our fevers as babies, our struggles with school and friends, our adolescent triumphs and despairs. Although we have not been as much a part of our parents’ early histories, we can share with them their remembered childhood feelings and experiences through oral or written records of them as children. As we come to see our parents as people—as individuals, not just as mom or dad—we come to understand and appreciate them more". (Hidden Benefits of Keeping a History, Gawain and Gayle J. Wells, July 1986.)
Dancing Shoes
C, L, D
I wanted to grow up to be a ballerina. When I was three maybe four years old I was taking a dance class at the University of Utah. My dad would take me to the library with him. He would study for his masters classes and I would draw on a magic slate. When it was time I  would walk to my dance class just across the grass from the library to the P.E. building.  One Saturday the teacher lead us through a locker room and I was left behind. All alone it was like a bad dream.  Even now more than 60 years later.  I remember looking up at rows and rows of tall lockers and door knobs I couldn't reach. I couldn't find my way out.  I thought all the doors were locked.  I found a stairway that lead to a door I opened and saw there was an older dance class in progress. Afraid to interrupt I waited until the class was over to make my escape. When I got home I told my mother I didn't want to take dance any more. When she asked why I said I would rather watch the Fairy Princess show on Saturday morning television. My mother didn’t ever know what happened.  After that I was sent to a neighbors house for a couple weeks, it was me and the her two daughters, I don't remember any dance class structure. One Christmas I get a beautiful long yellow ballerina dress it had a satin top with sequins and puffy tulle skirt. I wore it out. A few years latter my older sister was taking piano so mother sent the other three of us to took a tap class with Virginia Tanner.  We got our picture taken but could not afford the costumes to be in the recital.  
(Keeping a journal my way is to write a memory in a paragraph or a page. Add a title and a photo.  Post it on our private family blog and print it out  and put it in my personal history binder. Memories come to me during Sacrament meeting I need to write more of them down.)

"Just a couple sentences every couple days would give your descendants a picture of yourself they wouldn't other wise have, but a journal is not just four our descendants; it is for all of us to live and grow spiritually and receive revelation from the Lord." (Keeping a Journal Your Way, Tara Walker, Ensign July 2014.)

Ways to Record your Story
Traditional Journals
Online Journals
Photo Journals
Audio Journals
Video journals

Saturday, June 4, 2016

4 Generations abt 1917

Grandmother Mary, Aunt and Cousins

clock wise: Mary DUNN ENSIGN 1833-1920, Effie Celestia ENSIGN MERRILL 1871-1965, Lola Ensign MERRILL WEBSTER 1895-1984, baby Edna Lucille WEBSTER 1917-2004.

Ancestry Chain: Mary DUNN, Harriet Camilla ENSIGN, George Ensign SMITH, Camilla SMITH, Lark, JR.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Little Tea Pot

This Tea Pot belonged to 

It can be seen in the Logan, Utah 
Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum.