Sunday, October 4, 2015

Blast IV: Goldmine

I have barely begun scanning photos from this large bin I found in our basement.  I had to recruit Ben to help me identify the people, and he has been captivated, looking at pictures he has never seen before.  This is Stephen David Markham, Ben's grandfather who played an enormous role in Ben's life, especially after his father died.  This photo was taken about the time Stephen D. began his mission in the Netherlands.  He served with LeGrand Richards, who is Melissa's ancestor.
Stephen served as a bishop in Spanish Fork for over 25 years.  During this period, he ran a dairy farm, the scene of many growing experiences for his grandson Ben.
Ben's grandmother was Phoebe Isaac Markham, a noble woman.
I cropped this picture of Ben from the photo below.  It was taken when Ben was 17.
Yes, I know:  Heartthrob.  I would meet him 8 years later.
When Ben saw this picture, he was delighted.  He knew everyone and had to name them all for me.  The occasion was in 1963, the 50th anniversary of his Redd grandparents, who are seated in the center.  His mother. next to Louisa on the left, is holding her first grandson, Steve, who we all still miss.  Behind Ida Mar are Ben's sister Judith and her husband George.  Ben is next to them, and a favorite uncle Teek, who I knew, is next to Ben.  I actually met most of the adults in this photo.  This family might look formal and sedate, but let me tell you, they were all kissers, full of bear hugs and laughs, jokes and pranks.
I gingerly handed this photo to Ben.  The original is very small.  Ida Mar was  holding her baby daughter Judith, a child she had long waited for.
Ida Mar noted on the back of this photo that her mother, Lydia, had crocheted the blanket for Judith.
The cycle of life goes backward when I scan in pictures.  Ida Mar is shown here with her brother Preston, who everyone called Pep.
They were raised in Blanding and remained close throughout their lives.
Ida Mar was a darling little girl.  Please notice the boots, the doll, and the cat.
Ida Mar's only sister was Louisa, on the left.
The camera came out on the day that Aunt Alta, their mother's sister, was visiting.  I uploaded this photo to Family Tree, and it was the first photo which had been uploaded for Alta.  In fact, many of the pictures I have uploaded were the only photos for those persons.  If you think I am nagging you to upload your old photos to FT, you are correct.
Louisa and her husband adopted two children.  Ask me about that if you want to hear a fabulous story.  It's highly probable you've already heard it.
I have posted several pictures this weekend of Ida Evelyn Lyman Nielson.  She is shown here with two of her children.  There were no names, but my best guess is that these were two children who died young.
As I've gone through one particular box inside the bin, I've decided I'm looking at Ida Mar's most precious photos.  If you look closely, Ben wrote,. "Love, X" on this photo.  We can safely assume he gave this to his wife.
This picture was taken during a field trip when Ben's father was a student at BYU. The names of these men were labeled on the back.   The instructor, Bertrand Harrison, is on the right.  Ben is #4 from the right. Ben's devotion to BYU football comes from his father, a very loyal fan.
Just a heads up, I've only touched the surface of this goldmine of photos.  This is delicate work, and I'm being very careful.  I have posted in this blog almost every photo I've scanned this weekend.
I am already anxious for the next conference.

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