Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's Day tribute to my Dad

I found this book at an estate sale for a dollar. It has been a slow but fascinating read about the Ricks Academy then junior college now BYU-Idaho that is part of my family history. It has also given me a new perspective of my father who has been gone for almost 40 years. Over and over I have recognized the names associated with Ricks who were friends of my father.

He attended college at the University of Idaho where he studied agriculture and eventually bought the family farm between Rexburg and Sugar City. He gave service as he visited and helped with the dairy operation at Ricks via his friendship with J. Wendall Stucki.

He gave service at the Sugar City Ward dairy farm where he was close friends with Marion Forsyth who had also been his advisor in FFA in high school.  

He traveled the back roads of Southeastern Idaho providing services to dairy farmers and sometimes I rode along in his red pickup truck on many of these visits. So I share just two of the names I knew, but there were many more and I realized that my father's life was a short one but a rich one full of good friends and service. Happy Father's Day Dad! It has been great to have this new perspective of your life!

Photos: book cover;  

FFA Club at Sugar Salem High School;  
newspaper article about FFA with Marion Forsyth facing my father Gary:
me and my dad;
great grandfather of my father, Thomas E. Ricks, also founder of Fremont later Ricks Academy.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A family history story of Gervis Bates Mansfield

Today I received a gift.  One I had been hoping for.  I knew a bit about the birth father of my grandpa, George Lloyd Ostler, but had never seen a picture or heard a detailed story.  I decided that I would research more about this elusive man and hopefully learn more about him and his family background.

I found this picture posted to Family Search Memories today.  Finally my desire had been granted.  I could now see what Gervis Bates Mansfield looked like.  The notation on this picture stated,  "My grandmother Thelma Mansfield's keepsake photo of her two half-siblings Gervis and Etta."

Brigham Young Mansfield is shown here with his daughters, Nora and Etta.  He was born in England in 1851 and immigrated to America in 1863.  He settled in northern Utah and eventually the southern Idaho town of Samaria.  His first wife, Henrietta Almeda Douglass, passed away after giving birth over her short lifetime to several babies of whom only two survived; Henrietta Lucretia (Etta) Mansfield and Gervis Bates Mansfield.  Both are pictured as adults in these pictures.

Etta and her husband owned this hotel in Preston, Idaho.  It is here that Gervis (also Jarvis) passed away in his room in the hotel.

The Preston Cemetery is also where he was buried.  Fortunately, he was reunited with his only son, George Lloyd Ostler and his family before passing away.

George Lloyd Ostler was born March 20, 1904 to Lucy Walker Hendry and Gervis.  They had married in 1903 in Ogden, Utah where George was also born.  The couple soon parted ways and Lucy remarried.  Millo Jonathan Ostler became the adoptive father of George.

George did not realize that he was adopted until he was the father of his own boys, Max, Gary, and Paul Ostler all born during the 1930's.  Paul arrived after the father/son meeting thus his middle name of Mansfield. All were  able to travel to Preston, Idaho before Gervis passed away in 1938.

How did Lucy and Gervis meet?  This is conjecture on my part.  This is a picture of sisters Hazel Hendry and Lucy Hendry taken near the time of both their marriages in Ogden.  Hazel married Richard Briggs Douglass, the half brother of Henrietta Almeda Douglass and mother of Gervis Bates Mansfield on November 12, 1901.  Could that be where Lucy first met Gervis?

This is a picture of Gervis and Lucy's wedding certificate of April 27, 1903.  Lucy is using the name Rich which was the surname of her foster family of Taylorsville, Utah at the time.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cora's road trip

During the month of May our newest grand baby traveled Utah to Arizona and back again.  She was a great traveler.

We introduced her to the Arizona Strip and Navajo Bridge.

She was happy wherever we landed.

Walking the bridge with her mom and grandpa.

Giving a smile from her travel seat.

Love these pictures shared by her mother after arriving home.  Isn't she the cutest?  Love her two bottom teeth.

Her cousin, Warren, giving her some of his time.  Everyone loves this happy baby!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Decorating the graves for Memorial Day

We were in charge of two of our grand kids over the weekend while their parents played in Boston.

On Saturday morning we decorated the graves of both sets of my husband and my parents.

Knowing that we would have the little ones, we bought spinners this year rather than fresh flowers. We also added butterflies and dragon flies.

They loved helping and being in this "special park."

The Provo Cemetery is so beautiful as it sits at the base of the mountains. My mother loved Provo.

Ceci decided to inspect all the spinners on our way back to the car.

I love this little adventurous girl!

Our next stop was at the Larkin Sunset Cemetery in Sandy.  My husband's sister and her family happened to already be there.  Great timing on both our parts.  Ceci had the privilege of meeting a second cousin.

Glen was good about explaining about the lives of both sets of parent to Oscar.

Glen's mother's birthday is on May 24th so there needs to be a birthday balloon as well.

Sister Wylene's beautiful family.

Little sister and Big brother.

We were happy to honor both sets of our parents all of who died way too young.  We would have loved to have them meet our grandchildren and for our grandchildren to have met their great grandparents.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mother Daughter aprons

I have three granddaughters born during the last five years.  Their older cousins and their mothers have received aprons in the past.  This Mother's Day I decided to make matching aprons for the moms of my more recent granddaughters as a gift.

The oldest of these granddaughters also received a matching apron for her new doll.

Most of those aprons were made from the Sew Cherry line of fabric by Lori Holt. This fabric line has just been released once again so I could use it as my favorite apron fabric.

In the past I have used the same great apron pattern over and over.  This time I decided to mix it up with Simplicity patterns I picked up for a dollar each at JoAnn's.  I hope that they have enjoyed their aprons.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Cherry Tweet quilt top finished!

Some quilt tops take six years to make.  Yes, I've been working on and off on this project for that long.  It became my General Conference Weekend two times a year project.  This April Conference I finally finished the last of the applique blocks.

So during April, I made the four pieced blocks, cut sashing stripes and corner stones, and sewed it all together including the eight inch border.  Now I need to save some money and find a professional machine quilter who can custom quilt this quilt for me.  At almost 90 inches by 90 inches, it will take some serious money.  I just want all that white space to look amazing.

This quilt has four cherry wreath blocks.  Love cherries.  I didn't know about "Perfect Circles" by Karen Buckley until well into this project.  I just kept going with my imperfect circles as it seemed like the right thing to do.

There are five bird blocks.  So cute and hence the "tweet" part of pattern name.

Four pieced blocks the same size as the cherry wreath and bird blocks.

And eight of these half triangle blocks which are around the edge of the quilt and inside the border.  So when you fall in love with a quilt on the wall of a local quilt shop and decide you must have one, it will take learning how to applique and a whole lot of time.  BUT it will be worth it!  After six years, I still think this quilt is the best.  Thank you Cori Blunt of Chitter Chatter Designs for designing "Cherry Tweet."

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tulip Festival 2017

What would Spring be without tulips?  All that color and form makes the heart sing at winter's end.

In honor of my husband's and my wedding anniversary in April, we were all in for a tulip celebration at the Ashton Gardens part of Thanksgiving Point..

There are always surprises!  It is never quite the same.

The Italian gardens take on a different hue each year.

Our selfie in the Secret Garden.  We are still trying to master the selfie.

I love my new iphone.  It takes lovely pictures.

I am especially in love with the portrait setting where the picture front is clear and the background muted.

Super daffodils!

Texture and more texture.

Color and more color.

I am so happy that this beautiful place is close to home.

Greens and more greens.

There is still snow on the mountains as each rainstorm in the valley brings more snow to the mountains.

He requested this picture showing his rebellious side.  Can you see those red tulips in the distance?

A field of dreams and tulips.

And there are still blooms to come.

This sign says it all!

Yes, these are tulips just really fancy ones.

And some were glass!  We enjoyed our visit immensely.