Sunday, March 12, 2017

Fort Bridger

                                                             Clifford E Hennis 
Well, It's been just a year since Daddy's death, and I thought it would be nice to share some pictures and memories that I have of him.  I just found these pictures of one of the last times I visited him, so here they are.
   These were taken at Fort Bridger in Wyoming, probably around June of 2015.  An interesting side note is that some of our ancestors came through Ft. Bridger as Mormon Pioneers, when they immigrated to Utah.  I didn't know that at the time that we visited it.  So wonderful to be in the actual spot where they walked!!

                                             Chad Flinders at the memorial for Ft. Bridger

Clifford Hennis, April and Chad Flinders, at the small remaining "Mormon Wall"  at the Fort.

                                        This placard tells about the Mormon Wall

                                                Mormons, leaving the Mormon wall.  :-)

The two above photos belong together.  I thought it was pretty funny!  :-D

Daddy and Chad, relaxing.  Daddy did look tired in these photos, but when we asked if he wanted to go to Ft. Bridger with us, he was definitely up for the adventure.  He was always ready to go explore!! 
Daddy, relaxing in the stables where the Pony Express horses were stabled.

Chad, in front of the bear trap.


So the next pictures are of the little cabins that were built to go along with the Lincoln Highway.  I just thought it was interesting, since I've heard of the Lincoln Highway, but hadn't know where it actually went.

So you would park your car in the little spot right beside your room.

Hmmm...... I wonder where we could rent an overnight stay for $1.00?

The "carpet"  was painted on the floor.

Good-by Ft. Bridger.

Gorgeous Spring coming out of the mountain at Jump Creek, outside of Manila, Utah.
April and Chad Flinders

Me, (Helen Marie), April, and Daddy, enjoying the shade and peace of Sheep Creek Canyon.  One of my favorite places to go when I go visit April.  Daddy always liked taking a ride up there too.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these pictures of Daddy and a little of a day that he enjoyed.
Helen Marie

Monday, March 6, 2017

Thomas K Sullivan

So I started this blog to share the genealogy that I have with family members, not thinking that I would find anything  new that hasn't already been found.  But today I was looking at the site and found this:
   Go to this link and look at the census page (I love that I can see the ACTUAL page!)  It is the 1850 (US) census.
    I first saw Thomas  K Sulivan  (50 yrs old)
                        Caroline Sulivan   (38 yrs old)
                      Joseph Sulivan
                      Margaret Sulivan
                      Lafaette Sulivan
                      Maria A(?) Sulivan
                      Mary Sulivan
                      Sarah Sulivan
                      William Sulivan
All this matches what we already have in our genealogy, but if you look just below this entry, in residence #162, you'll see another Sullivan family:
                      Thomas Sulivan (37 Yrs old)
                      Martha Sulivan   (26 yrs old)
                      Mary E Sulivan
                      William K(?) Sulivan
Now look down at residence #164 and you see another Sullivan family:
                       George Sulivan  (62 yrs old)
                       Sarah Sulivan  (56 yrs old)
Then in residence #165 is another:
                       Thomas Sulivan  (30 yrs old)
(I spelled Sulivan exactly as it was spelled in the Census.)

    So I'm guessing that all these people are related, but I can't tell how:  are they brothers, cousins, father/son?  I guess we'll have to keep our eyes open and see if we can find anything that would show us how they are related.



Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Real Beginning

 From left to right:Hubert Earl Hennis, Helen Marie Bond Hennis, Clifford Earl Hennis, Betty Louise Madsen Moorhouse Hennis, Leila Farmer Moorhouse, Elwin Clarence Moorhouse
     So Lealani Little emailed me and wanted a large picture of Daddy when he was younger.  I had tried downloading this picture months ago with no success, but thought I'd try again today.  And it worked!!  :-)  So this is the beginning of our Family, and Lealani, the pics of Daddy are next! :-)
     Mother and Daddy were married December 11, 1951 in the Idaho Falls Temple.  This is a picture of their reception, and I'm sorry that I don't know where it was held, besides in one of the LDS churches, probably in Kuna, Marsing or Nampa.  (Grandma and Grandma Hennis were probably living near Marsing by then, and Grandma and Grandpa Moorshouse were on the farm outside of Nampa at the time.  At least I'm pretty sure!
   The tablecloth was crocheted by Grandma (Leila) Moorhouse and she dyed it with coffee, so it is a dark tan/ light brown color.  It was also used on Leila May's (maybe also Cecilia's) cake table, and used at my wedding too.  I have it and will lend it to anyone getting married who would like it on their cake table.
    Grandma Moorhouse was a real social person and loved get togethers with her friends, so of course the wedding had to have music and dancing, but Mother and Daddy didn't know how to dance!  They managed to get through that first dance, but you can see in the photo that they both are embarrassed!!  Unfortunately I don't have a copy of that picture, but if I do get ahold of it I'll post it.

     Ok Lealani, here are the pictures of Daddy!  :-)
 Clifford Earl Hennis
High School Graduation
Year (?)
 Clifford Earl Hennis
Flight Training School
World War II

I'm going to show this to Daddy and make sure the info is right, so don't quote me on this for a few weeks.
   Daddy did train on a Stearman airplane in WWII, but didn't make it through the training school to be a pilot because he wasn't aggressive enough.  Of course!!  He isn't an aggressive kind of person!!  :-)  He did pass his gunnery school to be a gunner on a bomber  as the top, second or third (I don't remember the exact info) in his class though.  Luckily for him and us, the war ended before he was actually sent out to be a gunner.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Beginning

                                           CLIFFORD HENNIS &  MARE ISLAND

  A few months ago Paul and I took a ride over to Vallejo to tour a manufactured homes factory, Blu Homes.  I'm not sure how I found out about them, but I did, and that morning in December we we driving onto Mare Island.  Now this was only my second time onto Mare Island, because even though I had grown up in Vallejo and Daddy (Clifford) had worked there, since he was a Civilian worker, we family members didn't have military passes that would allow us to get on base.  So I was very interested in seeing the buildings and machinery that were part of the place that my Dad had worked, but I had never been allowed to see.  So we took the tour of Blu Homes, and afterward drove around the Island, taking pictures.  I even called April to talk to Daddy and find out what shop he had worked at.  He told me it was Shop 31, so we drove all around the base, looking, but to no avail.
       Guard Gate, scrunched right on the edge of the road, ON the Tennessee Street Bridge
Fast forward, a few weeks later:it was a beautiful Saturday, and Paul and I decided to go back, since it had been growing dark by the time we had started looking around on our first visit.
This time, we got lucky and found the Mare Island Museum, and a sweet old lady knew where Shop 31 had been.  What do you know, but it was in Building 680, the same building that we had toured several weeks before!!

                                                        Building 680, home of Shop 31

       Using the scale of the cars out front, you can see that it is a very large building.  The Museum worker told us that it is 1/4 mile long!!  It has been called a cathedral to manufacturing  because of all the glass in the building.  Look closely and you'll see that it is more glass than concrete!  It was cold in there with all those single paned windows and concrete floors.  Knowing how Daddy hates the cold, it must have been hard for him to work in there and stay warm!  It makes me so grateful to him for his sacrifices to provide for us, and I never heard him complain about it once as I grew up!

                                  Here are a few more pictures on building 680, home of Shop 31

                                      The inside, looking down the long, tall center section.

                                                    The inside of one of the side sections

                                                 The outside of one of the side sections

     In talking to Daddy, I learned for the first time that he hadn't been able to drive on base, so he had parked his car at the entrance and walked in.  Now, I didn't have any luck finding the actual guard gate that he had entered through, but if it was the one that was on the bridge, he must have had to walk just over a mile back and forth, rain or shine, to the shop every day!  And knowing how little energy he had, he must have been tired when he arrived to work!   And I never saw an umbrella in his possession eitherso when it rained he must have gotten soaked, and add to that, he usually worked the night shift or the graveyard shift, so he always walked one direction in the dark!  Poor Daddy, he was a much tougher man than I ever realized!!

                        These pictures are of the buildings that he must have passed on his walk to the shop.

The Power Plant

Some of the massive cranes to lift the submarines and ships.  These are just on the other side of the road that he would have walked down to and from work.
Notice the tracks in the pavement where the crane would ride.

Building 106, on the road to shop 31

Bldg. 45, also on the road to shop 31
                      MARE  ISLAND  ONE OF THE GREAT NAVY YARDS.  
                                      DEDICATED  SEPTEMBER 16, 2004

 This monument was placed to commemorate the service of the people who worked and served on Mare Island.  So Daddy, this monument is to you too!!

     I have more pictures posted on my Imgur site:  go there to see all of them if you want.  They're in my Family History album.