Friday, April 29, 2011
I was recently introduced to a beautiful Blog called HeritagePaperDolls. I recommend you become acquainted with it. The 1910 popular tailored outfit pictured on HeritagePaperDolls here reminds me of what Bessie is wearing in this picture.
This post is continued from here and includes another note from a letter Nicholas wrote home to his mother, Mellie, a portion is directed to Bessie.
From Washington DC
November 25, 1907 (p3) Last Sunday Mollie [daughter of Harmon and Rhoda Groesbeck] and her hubby were here. We had a fine time. We all went out to Alexandria, the first Capitol of the U.S. It is the quaintest town in the country. It was founded in 1740 or somewhere there about. The same church is still standing that Wash. [presumably George Washington] attended. The old home of Lord Fairfax, where Wash. Did his mechanical drawing after he had been out surveying is still intact and is in very good condition. The streets are all made of cobble rocks and they are certainly the roughest I have ever seen. I saw and stood on and cut a piece off of the platform or veranda where Wash. Stood as he gave his last public address-- 2 months and 3 days before he died. I am enclosing it here with. Give it to Bess and tell her to keep it. She has seen the picture in the history book where Wash. Is giving the address; well this wood is from the great pillar that he leaned his arm against as he read his address.
Note: I went to the pictures I took of Grandmother Bessie’s scrapbook a couple of years ago. (Here is a post with some pictures and a note about the scrapbook.) I don’t recall pictures of, or references to, President Washington, and the piece of wood Nicholas sent home to Bessie, but I looked for them anyway. Bessie was a keeper too.
Below is a picture of an open page in the scrapbook, and the boot-box it ended up being stored in. Recalling Grandmother Bessie’s scrapbook again reminded me of some more treasures I’m planning on posting here soon.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
It wasn’t until I began blogging two years ago, met cousin Karen M., and she sent me copies, that I knew of their existence. They were in Karen’s grandfather Nicholas Groesbeck Morgan’s collection of family pictures. Nicholas was Bessie’s older brother.
Perhaps Bessie wore this smocked dress to the Assembly Hall when she graduated from the 8th grade. She looks like she might be fourteen years old. I wonder who did the smocking on her dress, she or did her mother, Helen Melvina?
You can read other posts of Bessie’s life linked from the Rex Family Index Page here:
This volume contains twenty-five letters written by Nicholas Groesbeck Morgan while he attended law school in Washington D.C. to his mother, Mellie Morgan, in Salt Lake City. The book includes picture postcards, dozens of beautiful pictures, additional historical insights, and is full of wonderful information about the Morgan family.
Nick mentions his sister Bessie (1891-1938) in the following excerpts from his letters. These letters to his mother tell us a little about his younger sister, his affection for her, and their relationship.
Oct 3, 1907, pg3: Bess’s letter was also very welcome and interesting. I offer congratulations on her promotion to head teacher in the kindergarten Dept. at Sunday School. I am afraid tho, that now that Bro. D has been sustained as my successor Bessie will consider him more earnestly and give him another chance. Don’t Bess—don’t turn a fellow down just because he is a Dutchman.
Nov 9, 1907, pg8: How is Bess getting along in her school work?
March 8, 1908: My dearest Mother, I received your dear letter of last Sunday and also Bess’s which accompanied it.
Apr 25, 1908, pg2: I received your welcome letter of the 19th inst and was as usual delighted with its contents. … Perhaps Bess is the most sensible one of us all she seems to be unaffected by the [illegible] smiles of the young gentlemen.
June 22, 1908, pg5: I know Bess will make a no. 1 teacher and also that she will have no trouble in passing the examination. Lots of girls who have developed into the best teachers have started out before graduating.
(To be continued.)
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
William and Mary Elizabeth Brough Rex, West Canyon Street home, Randolph, Utah, and Elizabeth Bott Brough
Mary Elizabeth Brough Rex’s father, Samuel Brough, was a brick maker, and he made the brick for some of his children to build their homes. William and Mary got a lovely two-story brick home on their lot northeast of Randolph by the canal. They probably moved in it near the turn of the century. The only home Kathleen remembers them living in was their home up West Canyon Street, pictured above.
The large two-story brick home, known as the William and Mary Rex home, was then occupied by their son John Oseland Rex, his wife Edna, and their family. The brick house burned down in May 1937. Ada Rex was going to graduate that spring, and she lived with Kathleen’s family [William and Edna Rex family] until then.
Pictures from Helen Rex Frazier collection.