Friday, December 10, 2010

Doing the Genealogy Happy Dance

Just found a portrait of Van Epps Hugunin on Historic Mapworks from a Phillips County Kansas Atlas from 1902 :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Granddaddy Cone

Today is Granddaddy's 112th birthday! Charles Newton Cone was born in Worthington, Nobles County MN on 6 Dec 1898. He was named for his maternal grandfather, Charles Shepard Newton. His older brother had been named for the paternal grandfather, William Warner Cone.

He really grew up in Mapleton, Utah where his family including grandparents and even a great-grandfather (John Champion Clarke) had moved in 1900. The family had gone there as lay missionaries for the Presbyterian Church to save Mormon women from polygamy. Granddaddy often talked about the difficulties of growing up one of the only gentile families in the area south of Provo, Utah.

One of the stories I remember him sharing about his birthday talked about the celebration in 1941. The family waited until the next day, Sunday Dec. 7th to have a late afternoon dinner at the Multnomah Club and celebrate. My siblings will remember eating there nearly every time we visited our Cone Grandparents. The family was enjoying their meal when the word came that Pearl Harbor had been attacked shocking everyone.

So... Happy Birthday Granddaddy!