Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mule Days in Ralston are a Big Deal

Plus I forgot to mention annual Mule Days rodeo, parade, and mule auction, when one lane of highway blocked off for two block long parade, attracts mules from all over the country, a major mule event. Unfortunately, Jimmy Dunton's bar is extinct. I will include further details and advantages of Ralston as I become inspired to mention them. Beats the traffic on I-15 in Salt Lake City, fer sure.

Those who already know what this little
building is will know what this little building is

Ralston remains the place of choice for a retirement
villa. Many options, low population, pub, convenience
store, gas station, railroad track, highway, luxury dwellings,
what more could one ask?

New Powell High School

New Powell High School. Long, low building so could only take a far-away photo. Reeks of blandness but probably nice. Steve, Maxine Morris informed me she was your fifth grade teacher. That's all she said so don't know implications.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Old Dewey Riddle Ranch in Sunlight, Wyoming

Louise and I were just talking about her recent trip to the class reunion in Powell. Cheryl and Lynn took her over Dead Indian into Sunlight, where our great-aunt Elsie (Krajicek) and her husband, Dewey Riddle, had one of the first dude ranches in the area. Dad worked on that ranch, and it was there one summer that Mother came to work as a cabin girl, in between teaching school. Mail was received at a little post office called Paint Creek. I thought that I had posted this website on the blog before, but couldn't find it - goodness, we have a lot of postings!
Anyway, if you will go to this website, you will find the picture of the present-day area; then click on "history", and you will find a brief history of the ranch.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sugar Beets and President Monson

Today when the mail came, I opened the new Ensign fully expecting to find information regarding the church in Ghana. That is what the cover depicted. But I stopped short when I saw the title of the First Presidency Message: "Sugar Beets and the Worth of a Soul". It is a President Monson special.

Quoting the first few paragraphs:

"..........Picture with me,...a farmer driving a large open-bed truck filled with sugar beets en route to the sugar refinery. As the farmer drives along a bumpy dirt road, some of the sugar beets bounce from the truck and are strewn along the roadside. When he realizes he has lost some of the beets, he instructs his helpers, "There's just as much sugar in those which have slipped off. Let's go back and get them!"

...The sugar beets represent the members of this Church for whom we who are called as leaders have responsibility; and those that have fallen out of the truck represent men and women, youth and children who, for whatever reason, have fallen from the path of activity. Paraphrasing the farmer's comments concerning the sugar beets, I say of these souls, precious to our Father and our Master: "There's just as much value in those who have slipped off. Let's go back and get them!"

"Right now, today, some of them are caught in the current of popular opinion. Others are torn by the tide of turbulent times. Yet others are drawn down and drowned in the whirlpool of sin."

"This need not be. We have the doctrines of truth. We have the programs. We have the people. We have the power. Our mission is more than meetings. Our service is to save souls."

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Rest of The Story

Does this complete the story of the pictures from Mother's Day many years ago?
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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Blood Family Grouping for Father's Day

Sorry that Dwight isn't in these pictures - he was off working, or in Laramie, or some such. Louise was earning money working for R.E.A., and I'm wearing her suit from the Duschene Woolen Mills from Utah. Judy has her blue organdy from the May Day program from school (she sang a solo in the show). However, this picture was not taken on Father's Day - it was taken on Mother's Day way back in the early '50's. We were all preparing to go to Cowley to Stake conference, when it was discovered that the neighbor's cows had taken advantage of a poor fence job, and had gotten into our strawberry beds. Since we raised strawberries to sell to the local grocery stores, this was a major disaster. So, Dad donned his old sweat-stained Stetson, and proceeded to get things straightened around. He didn't go to Conference, but he did stop to take a picture of us in our Sunday finery, and to pose with the family while I snapped the bottom photo. The fact is that Dad was very proud of his family, and cheered their accomplishments. He worked very hard for us, trying to give us a better life. So this seems like an appropriate picture to post for Father's Day -

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Back to a long-ago 4th of July

These pictures were part of a treasure trove that was found in an old album that Uncle Norman gave to me. The Fourth of July may be a few weeks off, but I wanted to post these pictures while I have the pcitures out. I do not recognize all of the people in the pictures. The bottom one, of course, is Ann and Neal in the box in the tree. As usual, Ann has a smile on her face, although this probably wasn't her choice of what to do. The middle picture shows our gray Ford (on the left). You can always pick out Dad because of his light felt Stetson (hat), which he wore everywhere. And Judy is obvious, with her plaid coat. Enlarge the other pictures and let us know who you see????

Friday, June 12, 2009

It's 45!

This picture is not an appropriate one to display for an anniversary, since it shows only 1/2 of the Tanner couple who are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary today. (This picture was taken of Ann by Dwight at my granddaughter Sara's wedding dinner in Ogden a few years ago. ) So this gives us a picture of Ann, but Paul's picture is still downstairs in my picture files which are in terrible disarray. (I hope you all read Pickles this morning - I'm afraid his philosophy is mine at the present time.) Ann asked me this morning if I remembered where I was 45 years ago - and with that prodding, I remembered that we were with Mother and Daddy, Louise, Ann, and Paul, and Paul's family, in the Salt Lake Temple. 45 seems like way too many years ago, but there has been a lot of water under the bridge in those years. With their family of seven children, there have been a lot of growth in those years, but the important thing is that they've made it to 45. The next biggie is 50, right?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New and Improved

This measures 16 inches by 40 and hangs on the high wall in our stairway. Lettering was created with the wonderful new must have for all creative people. It is called a Cricut Expressions by Provo Craft. The potential is unlimited.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Mother had these orange poppies planted in her garden by the raspberries and gladiolus. I had a terrible time growing them, so last year I finally gave up and RIPPED them out. I guess they liked it because this year they have grown and bloomed as never before.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Health Habits as Prescribed by Professor Hill

As you can see, there are wonderful items of knowledge to be gleaned from Hill's Book....

"1. CLEANLINESS. Have always a pint or quart of water in the sleeping room. In the morning, after washing and wiping hands and face, then wet, with the hands, every part of the body. Cold water will not be disagreeable when applying it with the bare hands. Wipe immediately; follow by brisk rubbing. The result of this is the blood is brought to the surface of the skin, and made to circulate evenly throughout the body. You have opened the pores of the skin, allowing impurities in the body to pass off, and have given yourself in the operation a good, vigorous morning exercise. pursue this habit regularly and you will seldom take cold.
2. INFLATION OF THE LUNGS. Five minutes spent in the open air, after dressing, inflating the lungs by inhaling as full a breath as possible, and pounding the breast during the inflation will greatly enlarge the chest, strengthen the lung power, and very effectually ward off consumption.
3. DIET. If inclined to by dyspeptic, avoid mince pie, sausage and other highly seasoned food. Beware of eating too freely of soups; better to eat food dry enough to employ the natural saliva of the mouth to moisten it. If inclined to over-eat, partake freely of rice, cracked wheat, and other articles that are easily digested.Eat freely of ripe fruit, and avoid excessive use of meats. Eat at regular hours, and lightly near the hour of going to bed. Eat slowly. Thoroughly masticate the food. Do not wash it down with continual drink. Tell your funniest stories while at the table and for an hour afterwards. Do not engage in severe mental labor directly after hearty eating.
1. EXERCISE. Exercise, not to violent, but sufficient to produce a gentle perspiration, should be had each day in the open air.
2. CONDITION OF MIND. The condition of the mind has much to do with health. Be hopeful and joyous. To be so, avoid business entanglements that may cause perplexity and anxiety. Keep out of debt. Live within your income. Attend church. Walk, ride, mix in jovial company. Do as nearly right as you know-how. Thus, conscience will always be at ease. If occasionally disappointed, remember that there is no rose without a thorn, and that the darkest clouds have a silver lining; that sunshine follows storm, and beautiful spring follows the dreary winter. Do your duty and leave the rest to God, who doeth all things well."
Could you ask for better advice on how to get along in this world today?

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Etiquette for 1874 - And Today?

The cover for this book is really much darker, but this gives you a better view of the pictures and wording on the front. This book was purchased by our grandfather, James Brooks Wasden in "Butte City, Montana" in 1897, a year before he married our grandmother. I'm so glad that he wrote in the flyleaf so that we would have that information. Since he was there to work in the mines, and those workers were usually a pretty rough lot, he may have felt the need to learn more about the social order of things in the polite world - who knows? Anyway, I can remember Mother borrowing the book from Grandma when we were fairly young, and we read gems from it's pages that seemed so antiquated that we had many laughs about the contents. I fell heir to the book, and have enjoyed leafing through it from time to time. Ann is preparing for a little stint that required something different, so I typed some of the more interesting bits for her, and thought I might include a few here for your entertainment:
“To what do you attribute your success?” “To an admonition given me by my father, when a boy, which was this:
“First, to attend strictly to my own business. Second, to let other people’s business alone. Observing this, I incurred no ill will by inter-meddling with others,….”
“Be very sparing of letters of advice. As a rule, you will have enough to do to attend to your own affairs:…”

SLEEP. Give yourself the necessary amount of sleep…Avoid feather beds…To maintain robust health, sleep with a person as healthy as yourself, or no one..

I will add more from time to time.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Czech Ancestor?

And who might this lady be? There are no notes or marks on the back side. It was among the photos Mother acquired from Dad's relatives.....most likely from Rose. Could this be...Anna Mach? The time period would be right. What do you think? And if I have done this before, forgive me.