Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rules: Anything you have done has to be in colored, bold, and/or underlined. How much have you done?
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Played in an orchestra
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a Praying Mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched an amazing lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Ran a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community - driven through several
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (how about Campfire Girl peanuts and chocolate bars for orchestra)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square (probably when we toured NYC when I was in 3rd grade)
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (seemed like it was)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book (Do all the booklets I've made for Nursery count?)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Visited Italy

I added a #6 - thought if playing in a band counts so should playing in an orchestra.
My score: 41 out of 100.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

One At Least or A Day of Discovery

As I was hauling a trash can of garden debris to the street I discovered one sweet pea blossom. I was afraid the weather was getting too hot and I wouldn't get any blossoms. But there it was. The sweet pea vines may not be as lush as I remember Grandpa Cowles' wall of vines, but at least I have one blossom.

On my way in from taking the picture I noticed some unexpected color in one of the flower beds. One of Daddy's epiphyllums (ugly plants but survivors with exotic blossoms) had a bloom. Looks like we will be favored with another bloom soon. (For picture taking purposes the blossom was laid on top of a miniature rose bush - that's why the background is attractive.)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Our Pioneer Ancestry - Samuel and Helen Mar Cutler Henderson

Janet's and my trip to Utah included a stop at the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum in Salt Lake City. Having previously researched via their website which of our Utah Pioneers had pictures and/or personal histories, we came prepared to find things - and we did. These pictures are from their collection and the brief biographies are from biographies I previously had, from those I found there and from websites I have recently discovered. This is my first installment.

These are photos of Samuel Henderson Jr. and his 3rd wife Helen Mar Cutler.

Samuel Henderson joined the church in Missouri and with his father's family moved to Nauvoo in the fall of 1839. Shortly after his arrival there he married Maryetta Coray. They had 3 children - the first died at birth and two others who had died by the time Maryetta left Samuel seven years after their marriage. He left Nauvoo in 1846, reaching Mt. Pisgah where he stayed for apparently two years. He was among the last to leave Nauvoo, probably staying to help harvest the crops and help his father and stepmother. When the mob forced them out of Nauvoo they apparently lost much of their belongings and benefited from the miracle of the quails. In the spring of 1849 he moved on to Council Bluffs. There he met Harriet Hawkins and married her in 1850 before they joined a company going to SLC. They first settled in Kaysville. On May 5, 1855 he married Helen Mar Cutler and Harriet received her endowments. They moved to Brigham City in 1862. In September of 1865 he married Mary Jane Chivers. In the fall of 1886 he went to Star Valley, Wyoming and eventually settled in Dry Creek. He was president of the 70s quorum in Star Valley. He died in 1904 and was taken to Clifton, Idaho for burial.

Helen and Samuel had 10 children together before they were divorced. Helen later married a William Marley.

Helen Mar Cutler was living in Clymer, New York when her family joined the church in 1843. She was 5 years old. They shortly thereafter moved to Nauvoo. Her father, Perley Cutler, died in in October of 1846 in Iowa a couple of months after her younger brother died. A month later, November 30th, another brother, Perley Pratt Cutler was born. In 1850, Helen (12), her mother, Caroline , and brother (3 1/2) left with the Milo Andrus Wagon Company for the Salt Lake Valley. To pay for their food and transportation Caroline and Helen knit socks by firelight and Helen drove an ox team. They first settled in the Sugar House area. Because her mother's health had suffered from the trek west, Helen assumed much of the work to care for the family. Her mother had remarried twice before Helen married Samuel Henderson in 1855. Samuel and Helen lived in Kaysville then the Brigham City area. She lived in Brigham City until she moved to Clifton, Idaho. She died there in March of 1904 and was buried there. (This information was culled from biographies of Samuel Henderson, Jr. and Caroline Sophia Freeman Cutler Van Valkenburgh Thompson Hawkins. The DUP has a personal history for Helen that we didn't have time to get.)

Websites for Samuel Henderson Sr. which include information on Samuel Henderson Jr. :

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