Birthday Postcards to Vedia Eggleston

Vedia Eggleston was born July 17, 1897 in Afton, Wyoming. She was the daughter of Orson Hyde Eggleston and Mariett Farley.  Vedia received many postcards in her early life. She preserved these in a Postcard Book which was miraculously acquired by the family some years ago. These are Birthday postcards to Vedia.

Happy Birthday to Vedia!

These first two undated cards were from sent from friends. the first from Esther. It does not have an address or postmark. It may have been included in a package or envelope which was mailed, or possibly was even hand delivered. The message includes news about this girl’s chickens and pet lamb.

The second card is from a friend named Vera. It was sent from Afton, Wyoming to Vedia when she was in Tremonton. Vedia was possibly there with her sister Connie. The handwritten date is hard to read and may be 1910, 1915 or 1916.

This next card sent for Vedia’s 16th Birthday, has a simple greeting to Aunt Veda from Eldred. It was postmarked 1913 from Sandy, Utah to Afton, Wyoming. Eldred was a son of Vedia’s sister Nellie and Wallace Gardner. He would have been just seven years old.


This next card is dated July 17, 1915, which would have been Vedia’s 18th Birthday. It was sent from Tremonton from Ma, who mentioned that they were in Tremonton. They were probably visiting Connie and her family. Vedia was in Malad, Idaho where she attended school and apparently stayed the summer.

Happy Birthday to Mrs. Jones

This last card was sent in 1916 from Vedia’s sister Connie who was in Deweyville, Utah to Vedia in Malad. Vedia had married John Jones in June, so the card was addressed to Mrs. John Jones. Connie mentioned that she had gone to Lagoon, a popular place, then and now.

The Life of Joseph Smith Eggleston

A life sketch of Joseph Smith Eggleston adapted from one written by his son DeLoss which was included in my book.

Joe’s Birth and Childhood

Joseph Smith Eggleston was born on the July 5, 1885, in Eden Weber Co. Utah, to Annie Christine Johnson and Orson Hyde Eggleston. There was some question as to the date, maybe because the 4th of July was often celebrated on his birthday. His father Orson’s journal and his death certificate place it on the 5th.

Birth of Joseph Smith Eggleston

Birth date of Joseph Smith Eggleston in the middle of the right page.

Joseph was the second son of Orson and his third wife Annie Christine Johnson. The first child, David Orson was born June 15, 1883 and died November 3, 1884. Annie’s father, Peter Johnson, was a counselor in the bishopric with Orson. He also was working on the bridge over the Ogden river at the head of Ogden Canyon. He got caught in a storm and came home cold and wet, caught pneumonia and died December 17. 1878. Orson lived in a home they bought from Richard Ballantyne.

Orson H. Eggleston’s home in Eden, where Joseph may have been born

Probably due to the pressure on polygamists Orson moved his family to Star Valley Wyoming. They were some of the first settlers of the town of Afton.

Young Joe Eggleston

I do not know much about Dad’s childhood in Afton. I guess that it was normal. He did break his arm and had it in a cast for several months. When they took it out of the cast he couldn’t straighten it out so he carried a bucket of rocks around for a while to get it straight. This is why for the rest of his life his shoulders were not square they were low on one side.

Homesteading Mormon Row

In his late teens Joe became interested in the Jackson Hole area. There was no road, only a very rough trail up the Snake River canyon. So the way into Jackson hole was over the Teton Pass where Grandpa and Great Grandpa Wilson and Cheney had built the road. Dad carried the mail over this pass and became acquainted with the residents of the valley. He had many stories about going over the pass in the winter and fighting the snow. I do not know when he moved into the valley.

The first land grant on what is called Mormon Row was granted in 1896. Several grants were made in that area. By 1910 Dad and his uncle Jacob Johnson had built a cabin on the land to which he later got a homestead title in 1916.

Land Grant for the Mormon Row Homestead

Dad and Jacob dug a 100’ well for their drinking water. On June 13, 1910 Joseph Eggleston and Jacob Johnson appropriated four cubic feet per second of water from Ditch Creek, sufficient to irrigate four 70 acre parcels. They dug a ditch to carry the water to their farm. You can still see the ditch.

The Johnson-Eggleston Ditch in 2004

The church was right across the street from their place as was the store. The town was called Grovont which is a corruption of the name of the river Gros Ventre which runs south of Black Tail Butte into the Snake River. This area is now part of Teton National Park.

During this time Dad did many things including feeding the Elk on the reservation just north of Jackson. He told me that he learned that the Moose would not bother you if you looked them in the eye but if you turned your back they would attack you. I don’t know if that is true and I don’t think I will try it. He also helped build roads in the area including the Hoback road.

Marriage to Cuma Cheney

Cuma and Joe Wedding photo

Marriage License for Joseph and Cuma











Dad married Mom, Talitha Cuma Cheney, in the Salt Lake Temple January 15, 1914 and she moved into the home on Mormon Row. They worked in the Church and Mom became Relief Society President. Dad was president of the Sunday School, among other jobs.

While they lived on Mormon Row they had four children, Alice, Wesley, Lola, and Orland. Life in that area was interesting but the winters are rough. The decision was made to move back to Utah and settle in Eden. When Dad left that area he sold the farm to Jacob who later sold it to the Chambers who lived there until it burned down about 1936. It was used briefly as a post office.

Back to Eden

In 1919, Dad and Mom made the move from Jackson Hole to Eden. They bought the place in Middle fork where they lived until dad died. This turned out not to be the best move. Dad bought a herd of cows and hay to feed them for the winter. The next spring the bottom fell out of the market and the value of the cattle dropped. Dad always felt that he would have been better off if he had done nothing that winter. It took a long time to get out of that debt.

I regret that we don’t have a good picture of the house. This is Dale and DeLoss in front of the house

I have always been amazed at all Dad did. The house he bought was not a big one. It was one story with outside plumbing. He dug basement walls and poured cement for the walls and foundation then diverted the irrigation ditch to wash the dirt out of the basement area then poured the basement floor. He dug a huge septic tank on the side hill bellow the house and dug a 30’ well on the north side of the house. Then he put in a pump and we had running water and an inside toilet. The girls slept upstairs and the boys downstairs.

Four more children were born in Eden: Laura, Melvin, Dale, and DeLoss. Actually, I was born in the Dee Hospital in Ogden. When Dad bought the place light was from a carbide tank in the yard by the granary. Electric power came in so that was not used. I don’t know how he could afford some to the things he bought like a milking machine and a Maxwell sedan car. However, I do not remember the car running. It was in the barn and we used to play in it. Our transportation was horse and wagon or buggy or in the winter a sleigh.

View of the barn and other buildings on the Eden farm

The Milk Route

In the middle to late 1930’s Dad became interested in hauling milk for the dairy. By 1938 he had a contract with Weber Central Dairy to pick up the milk in Eden and transfer it to a truck to take it to the Dairy in Ogden, That year he also got the contract for Liberty which included the trip to the Dairy.

This was a daily job, early in the morning you milked the cows, always at least 22 head, then you took off for the milk route. Dad always left first to go to Liberty because it was farther and more milk cans. Then Orland or Melvin and Dale would take the Eden route and meet dad and put all the cans on his truck to take them to the Dairy. By the time I was 16, I went with Dad on the Liberty route while Melvin and Dale took the Eden route. Then, when school was on, we would go to school while Dad went to the Dairy. In the summer someone would go with Dad to the Dairy.

We used the truck from the Eden route to haul hay etc. By 1943 Melvin was in the Marines and Dale was in the Army. I ran the Eden route and Dad ran the Liberty route. Then without a word to me he gave up both routes. I thought I had a job for life but that changed.

Although I never heard him, Dad did play the violin and must have been good at it.

I did not know it but Mother had health problems. I still do not know what they were but in the fall of 1940 she went in for surgery. There were complications and she died November 4, 1940. This was a blow to me. Dad never talked much with me but he had a hard time also.

Marriage to Stella Cheney Robinson

August 20, 1941 Joe married Stella Cheney Robinson, my mother’s niece. She had four children, LeGrand, Dell, Edith, and Lee. LeGrand was just a few months older than I was. I left home in 1943.

Stella and Joe with Alice

Dad settled down and seemed to have a good life with Stella. They were active in the ward and did well. There was a plot of ground in Eden that was covered with Morning Glory. This weed is hard to get rid of but Dad made a deal with the owner that if he would let him use it he would get rid of the weed. Dad started by plowing it often and then he planted strawberries and raspberries on that ground. Records show that many years he supplied the church welfare with strawberries and squash from that ground.

Back in the 1930’s Dad’s uncle Peter Johnson, who had been running their ranch since his mother had died, became so senile that he could not take care of himself. His brothers and sister had their own lives, so Dad took care of Peter. We also started to take care of the farm. He became so bad that they brought him to live with us. This did not work so he was committed to the Hospital in Provo where he died in 1939. We continued to run the farm until it was sold to Dr. Wikstrom mainly to pay our debt to him.

Last Days of Joseph

Joe in his later years – as I, Karen, remember him

The last of February or the first of March 1967 there was a big snow storm. Dad had made an appointment to have his truck inspected for the State inspection. There was about 8” of snow on the road but he had an appointment so he started to drive to Huntsville. Just past our pasture he skidded off the road and rolled the truck. It did not do much damage but he was upset. He got it inspected but the worry and accident upset him and he developed bleeding ulcers. It got so bad that they put him in the Hospital at St. Benedicts and started to give him blood. They would not operate on him because he was too old (only 81). He kept getting worse until the blood was just going through him. On March 4, 1967 he passed away.

Obituary of Joseph S. Eggleston

Joseph was buried in the Eden Meadow View Cemetery next to his wife Cuma. Stella was later buried on his other side.


My book is The Joseph Eggleston Family: Seven Generations from Joseph (d.1767) of Stonington, Connecticut to Joseph (1885-1965) of Utah and Wyoming (Including Maternal Lines: Hill, Burgess, Titus, Sammis & Johnson) 2010.

Cemetery Tour – South Park Cemetery, Jackson, Wyoming

A virtual Cemetery Tour of the South Park Cemetery, the resting place of many of our Wilson and Cheney ancestors.

My Introduction to this Cemetery

My first visit to the South Park Cemetery in Jackson, Wyoming was in August 2002. Our family had enjoyed vacationing in Jackson Hole for years before I learned enough of our family history to search out graves of our ancestors. For this particular trip, my father joined us. Because he is an early riser and my husband and children are not, nor were they interested in being drug through a cemetery at any hour, Dad and I went alone early one morning.

South Park Cemetery, Jackson, Wyoming

The cemetery sits on a hill, south of the town of Jackson, in the area known as South Park where Sylvester Wilson settled in 1889. There are spectacular views from this point. The cemetery itself is not large and most of it was rather overgrown. A fence enclosed many of the Wilson family graves.

The Beginning of the Cemetery

The Wilson and Cheney families had come to Jackson Hole in 1889. They had two years before there was a need for a cemetery. That need came because of a diphtheria epidemic. This started on the Idaho side of the Tetons. Sylvester’s son John had gone to meet his sister Rebecca who had not seen her family since her marriage in 1889. She wanted to come visit the family. The nearest railroad stop was Eagle Rock. For some reason Rebecca was not able to make the trip. John received this news when he arrived at Eagle Rock. He then decided to visit his Uncle Nick Wilson. Nick was away from home  doctoring victims of this epidemic, while three of his children died at his home.

John was exposed to this disease and carried it across the mountains. When he returned home he bathed and thoroughly washed his clothes before entering the house, but still the disease spread. It claimed two of the Wilson children, thirteen year old Sarah Ellen “Ella” on June 12, 1891, and ten year old Joseph on June 30, 1891.

There is a lone pine tree which stands out on the hill and can be seen for miles around. I recall being told a story about this tree being planted when these children died. I now can’t find any details of that story. The tree still stands, however, and is very large as can be seen by the contrast with the truck parked by it.

Marker Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Cemetery

1891       SOUTH PARK CEMETERY      1991

This, the first cemetery in Jackson Hole, was begun in 1891 during the diphtheria epidemic with the deaths of Sarah and Joseph Wilson. It is hereby dedicated in its centennial in honor of their parents:

1840 Sylvester Wilson 1895

1844 Mary Wood Wilson 1915

Sylvester led the first families to settle in Jackson’s Hole over Teton Pass in November 1889, in the first assembled wagons to come into the valley. He was a faithful member of the Mormon Church and organized its first branch here in 1893. The first school was held in his home in 1892, and he was instrumental in getting the first County School District in the valley. He brought the first hand operated sawmill and riding plow into Jackson Hole. He was a musician and played the fiddle at community affairs. He was a leader of men. Mary was a midwife and administered to the sick. They had 12 children and strove for the best possible education for pioneer families. They were hardy, public-spirited pioneers, prominent ranchers and stalwart pillars of Jackson’s Hole, contributing greatly to its progress, it’s productivity and its culture.

This old stone was probably one of the first placed in the cemetery

Sylvester and Mary Wood Wilson

There are two large Wilson markers within the fence. The one has Sylvester Wilson on one side, Mary Wood Wilson on another side as seen in the smaller photo, and Ellen and Joseph, the children who died in 1891 on the other side showing in this photo.

Sylvester Wilson A Minute Man in Every Sense of the Word

This other marker with a fancy top, also appears to be for Sylvester Wilson.

Mary Wilson










There are smaller markers for Sarah Ellen and Joseph, the children who died in 1891.

Wilson Family Members

The South Park Cemetery contains graves of many members of the Wilson family. I did not take photos of all of them. Most can be found on Find a Grave. Uncle Nick is my exception. His grave is here as well as markers commemorating his experience with the Pony Express.

The Pony Express Markers




A colorful chapter of American history was the Pony Express. For a year and a half prior to completion of the first transcontinental telegraph, young men riding fast horses carried the mail between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California via Salt Lake City, Utah.

Clad in red shirts, blue denim trousers and leather boots, these courageous youth rode at breakneck speed through darkness or night and blaze of day, in storms, wind and sun, across burning deserts of sand and alkali, over snow-covered mountains, through roaring swollen streams, and through hostile Indian country. Several of the 114 riders lost their lives to Indian attacks.

Among those severely wounded was Elijah Nicholas “Nick” Wilson (1842-1915), a young Mormon boy who had lived with the Shoshone Indians in Idaho. He later founded the town of Wilson, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His autobiography, “The White Indian Boy” or “Uncle Nick among the Shoshones” is an American classic.

This Pony Express plaque was issued in his honor. It was presented to Utah State University in 1974 by his sons, Charles A. and George W. Wilson

Selar and Mary Alice Wilson Cheney

Selar Cheney took his family to Jackson Hole along with his wife Mary Alice’s family. They both died and were buried here along with most of their children. Mary Ellen died in Castledale, Emery County, Utah before the family came to Jackson Hole. Talitha Cuma Cheney Eggleston died in Ogden, Utah and is buried with her husband in the Eden Meadow View Cemetery.

Cheney, Ralph Wilson 1882-1919 May L. Sanborn 1877-1929 Ralph Sanborn 1914-1987 Irene Anderson Sullivan 1916-1974 Wyoma Rose Baley “Mrs. Gus” Lieutenant Army Nurse Corp. W. W. 2 Eto 66 Hospital Train 1919


David Henry Cheney Aug 5, 1888- Jan 3 1941 Lila Josephine Cheney Dec 14, 1887- July 2, 1984


Joseph H. Cheney Wyoming Pvt. 145 Field Artillery 40 Div W. W. 1 June 30, 1891 – July 3, 1949 Cheney, Pearl E. Mangum, wife of Joseph Howard Aug 2, 1905 – June 3, 1976 2nd marriage H.N. Hamilton


John F. Cheney Jan 4, 1885-Jan 31, 1937

I made another trip to this cemetery years later. On the drive up, I was surprised to see land being cleared in preparation for some kind of development. I wonder what our ancestors would think of their peaceful cemetery on a hill now surrounded by homes and I think a golf course. The view is still beautiful, if you look up.


Photos and information about these families is in my book Cheney Wilson Family History Book.

Talitha Cuma Cheney Eggleston

My grandmother, Talitha Cuma Cheney Eggleston died at a young age. At least from my present perspective it seems a very young age. I never had the privilege of knowing her. When I was compiling histories for the Cheney Wilson Family History Book, I realized that she was the only member of that family no one had written about. So I set out, as one who had not known her personally, to write a history of her life. This is taken largely from that account, with some additional photographs.

Early Life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Talitha Cuma Cheney was born May 3, 1893 in South Park, Wyoming. She grew up as on only daughter, with several brothers, all but one older than her. Her parents, Selar Cheney and Mary Alice Wilson, had another daughter Mary Ellen, but she had died as a child in Wilsonville, long before Cuma was born.

family of Selar and Mary Alice Wilson Cheney

Talitha Cuma is sitting on her father Selar’s lap. To the right of her is her grandmother Talitha Cuma Garlic Avery, whom she was named after. Other family members are Howard, David, Mother Mary Alice holding Fleming, and Selar Sylvester and Ralph standing in the back.

Talitha Cuma was named after her grandmother, Talitha Cumi Garlick Avery Cheney, though she went by the name “Cuma”. In some places it was written Cumi or Cumy, though her daughter Alice said she preferred Cuma to Cumy.

Fleming, Talitha Cuma and Howard Cheney

Cuma with her brothers Fleming and Howard

At the time Cuma was born, the South Park community consisted mostly of her extended family, so her childhood would have beenspent with her brothers and several cousins.

Education was very important to this family. The first school was organized in Jackson Hole in 1896. Cuma was too young to attend when the school first started, but was privileged to have this available from the time she was ready to start school. A 1899 souvenir card of School District No. 37 in Jackson lists 16 pupils with Cumy Cheney listed last, as she was probably the youngest.


Marriage to Joseph S. Eggleston

Cuma met Joseph Smith Eggleston, the son of Orson H. Eggleston and Annie Christine Johnson, who had been raised in Star Valley, Wyoming. Joe and his uncle Jacob Johnson homesteaded on a place called “Mormon Row” in Jackson Hole. This area is now within the boundaries of Teton National Park. The first land grant there was made in 1896. According to the Homestead Act, they were able to purchase 160 acres of land with the requirement that they build a dwelling, improve the land, and remain there for 5 years. After that time, a title to the land could be obtained.

By 1910, Joe and Jake had built a cabin and an irrigation ditch, known as the Johnson/Eggleston Ditch.  They later built a 100 foot well for drinking water and Joe built a two story home. Joseph Eggleston received a title to this land January 5, 1916.

Talitha Cuma Cheney and Joseph S. Eggleston

Wedding Picture of Cuma and Joseph Eggleston

Cuma was married to Joseph S. Eggleston, January 15, 1914 in the Salt Lake Temple. That would have been quite a journey to the Temple at that time, in a sleigh pulled by horses.

Life on Mormon Row

After their marriage, Cuma moved in with Joseph at Mormon Row. Joseph became Postmaster and for a time the Post Office was in their home. When the application was made for a Post Office, the name of Grovont was given to this community. The store was across the street from their home.

Grovont, Wyoming Post Office

Grovont Post Office. This may have been the Eggleston home

A branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized and the Church was also right across the street from their home. Cuma was called to be Relief Society President. Though the flock was small at that time, they were also quite isolated, so Cuma would have had a great deal of responsibility to care for the needs of these families through sicknesses and deaths as well as organizing activities. Cuma also played the piano and lead music at times. Joseph was the President of the Sunday School there.

Grovont Sunday School. Cuma Eggleston standing second from the left holding baby Aice. Joe Eggleston is standing 3rd from the left.

Four children were born to Cuma and Joe at Mormon Row: Alice Christine was born November 20, 1914; Joseph Wesley was born April 26, 1916; Lola was born December 15, 1917 and Selar Orland was born May 5, 1919. Alice remembers being in the Post Office (one room in their home) while her mother took care of the mail, and being outside with her while she hung out the clothes to dry.

Though Mormon Row is a beautiful place, life was not easy there. Irrigation was necessary for any farming and the growing season was very short. Winters were very severe. Alice remembers the snow reaching their second story windows. She recalls her father shoveling a trench out to the barn and one time when he hitched the team and they sank in the snow. They were almost buried and he had to dig them out. There was an Elk reservation just north of Jackson. Joseph worked feeding the Elk there. The elk did not stay confined to the reservation however, and during the winters they would often feed on the hay these settlers had grown for their livestock.

After Joseph’s father died in February 1917, he brought his younger brother Theron to Mormon Row to live with them. Theron was about eleven years old and stayed with them for a few years, before going back to Afton to live with his sister.

Move to Eden, Utah

Joseph and Cuma decided to move to Eden, Utah where he had been born. They moved in 1919, traveling on a train, and bought a farm on Middle Fork. Joe bought a herd of cows and feed, but the next year the bottom fell out of the market and the value of cattle dropped. It took a long time for them to get out of debt. They had 20-30 milk cows as well as chickens, pigs and rabbits.

Joe and Cuma in 1930 with what appears to be the barn in the background

They lived in a small one story house with outside plumbing. Joe eventually dug a basement, dug a septic tank and a well, and installed indoor plumbing. Transportation then was mostly by horse and wagon or sleigh. Joe later bought a car, which they rarely used, and a truck for use on the farm.

While living here Cuma had four more children: Laura was born November 20, 1920; Melvin was born April 7, 1922; Dale was born May 19, 1925; and DeLoss was born July 10, 1926. All of her children were born at home, except DeLoss, who was born at the Dee Hospital in Ogden.

Cuma continued to serve in the Church while living in Eden. She taught Primary. Alice said of her mother:

“Mother was always active in the church. She had a strong testimony and love for the gospel. I think she was as near to a lady as any woman could be. Her language was correct and she used no profanity. She was a good example for her children. She did not send us off to church, she took us and made sure we behaved.”

Eden Ward records show that July 24, 1925, the Relief Society work day was spent sewing clothes for Sister Cuma Eggleston’s children, as sister Eggleston was ill at the time and the children needed the clothing to start school. (History of Eden Ward p. 239) Dale would have been just two months old at this time.

Cuma had some difficulties in bearing children, resulting in scar tissue. She did go to the hospital to have some surgery after Dale was born and could have still been recovering at this time. She was advised not to have any more children, but 13 months later DeLoss, her last child, was born. There was a need for further surgery later, but because money was scarce, she put off having this surgery.


Cuma in 1937

Grandma did live long enough to become a Grandmother, but Alice lived in California with her children. Other grandchildren who lived closer in Utah were born not long before she died. She did not have much time or opportunity to enjoy her grandchildren.

Cuma with her grandson








Cuma and Joe with grandson Fred

Her Final Days

Alice recalls that her mother went without many things for her children. Cuma finally went to the hospital for surgery in the fall of 1940. There were complications, including pneumonia in both lungs. She died November 4, 1940 at the age of 49. The day Cuma died was election day and Alice recalled her being concerned about voting. Lola recalled that on Sunday her mother was sitting up in the bed crocheting and on Tuesday they got word that she had died.

Talitha Cuma Cheney Eggleston was buried in the Eden Valley View Cemetery.

Easter Greetings from Vedia Eggleston’s Postcard Book

As Spring began to bring new life back to the earth and people prepared to celebrate Easter, festive greetings were sent through postcards to friends and family who were away. These cards from Vedia Eggleston’s Postcard Book contain Easter Greetings.

Easter Cards from Sister Lettie

This card was sent to Vedia in Afton from her sister Lettie with wishes for a good time on Easter. The postmark is smeared, but appears to be 1914 from Deweyville.

Easter Postcard Easter Postcard 1914










This card dated April 2, 1915 and addressed to Dear Sister and signed with an L. It was probably also from Letter. She talks of plans for summer visits. Vedia was in Malad, attending school.

Easter Postcard









Postcards sent to Vedia in Deweyville from Friends

This card was sent to Vedia in Deweyville, Utah from her friend Kathryn who was still in Afton. Vedia would have been with her sister Connie and husband Jesse Dewey, whose name is also by the address.

Kathryn gives Vedia a bad time for not writing “Why don’t you write have you for-gotten me. Part of this message sounds like it could be a poem:

The hills are getting bare “really don’t you know”

Papa and Mama have gone to the show

Easter Postcard Easter Postcard










This card was sent March 31, 1912 from a friend in Afton. It s addressed to Miss Vedia Eggleston, Dwey, Utah. I assume this was also when she was in Deweyville with her sister Connie and husband Jesse Dewey. How this card managed to find her is remarkable to me, and for 1 cent, even.

Easter Postcard Easter Postcard










So I share these cards with you for no cost at all, with my added greetings for a Happy Easter!

Ephraim Johnson

Early Years in Eden

Ephraim Johnson and his twin brother Jacob were born March 20, 1876 in Eden, Weber, Utah to Peter Johnson (Jorgensen) and Ane Marie Madsen. Their father, Peter Johnson, an immigrant from Denmark, had a farm there. Peter died in December 1878 after he was caught in a snow storm and became ill. Thee twin boys were just over two years old when their father died. Their younger sister Agnes was just a baby.

Ane Marie Madsen Johnson, Agnes, Jacob, & Ephraim Johnson

Ane Marie Madsen Johnson with her younger children, twins Jacob and Ephraim and daughter Agnes

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Jacob Johnson

Early Years in Eden

Jacob Johnson and his twin brother Ephraim were born March 20, 1876 in Eden, Weber, Utah to Peter Johnson (Jorgensen and Ane Marie Madsen. Their father, Peter Johnson, an immigrant from Denmark, had a farm there. Peter died in December 1878 after he was caught in a snow storm and became ill. These twin boys were just over two years old when their father died. Their younger sister Agnes was just a baby.

Ane Marie Madsen Johnson with her younger children, twins Jacob and Ephraim and daughter Agnes

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Constant Ann Stephens Eggleston McBride

Constant Ann Stephens Eggleston McBride

Constant Ann Stephens Eggleston

Early Life

Constant Ann Stephens was born February 17, 1849 at Council Bluffs, Potawattamie Co. Iowa, the daughter of John Stephens and Elizabeth Briggs. She was the ninth of twelve children.

Constant’s father had a farm at Council Bluffs. She crossed the plains at the age of two, arriving in Utah October 14, 1851. Her father was a Captain of ten in the Orson Pratt Company. The family resided in Weber County. Her father built the first reservoir in Weber County in 1856.

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Vedia Eggleston’s Postcard Book – Early 20th Century Valentines

In the early 20th Century Valentines were sent thought postcards to special people who were far away. Vedia Eggleston’s Postcard Book contained several Valentine postcards.

To My Valentine


to my Valentine


Vedia’s sister Lottie was good to remember her on Valentines Day. The written messages were not very newsworthy. They were probably continuations of other conversations sent through postcards and letters. The intent was to keep in touch. A a colorful card with a message was a special remembrance.

Veda from Lottie Valentine greeting








My poor heart To Veda from Lottie

The First Christmas in Jackson Hole

The First Christmas in Jackson Hole was celebrated with elk steaks, doughnuts fried in bear grease, music and dancing.

The Wilson & Cheney Families

Sylvester Wilson had settled in Emery County, Utah in 1877 at a place that became known as Wilsonville. After almost 12 years in this drought stricken area, Sylvester Wilson decided to move and start again somewhere else.

Sylvester Wilson

Sylvester Wilson

Mary Wood Wilson

Mary Wood Wilson










Sylvester and his family left Wilsonville at the end of May 1889. The group included Sylvester and his wife Mary, 9 unmarried children (the youngest being three) and two married children and their families. Mary Alice had married Selar Cheney August 10, 1879. They had four children, but one died before they left. Ervin had married Mary Jane Davis June 26, 1888 and she was expecting their first child as they left. Their son James was born September 12 in St. Anthony, Idaho.

The family left Wilsonville with 5 sturdy wagons and about 80 head of cattle. They also had at least 20 race horses, which Sylvester had taken as partial payment on their Wilsonville property. The trip to St. Anthony, Idaho was over 400 miles. They averaged about 10 miles per day, trailing their livestock.

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