Treasure Chest Thursday - Connection

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

One of the greatest treasures to me is when you find a new cousin. I did just that yesterday! In fact it is so new, we connected enough information from both of us to realize we share the same great great grandparents! We are third cousins and the relation is on my fathers side of the family.

Our great grandparents are siblings. A brother and a sister. In fact I have pictures of her gr grandfather. She mentioned she does not have any information on Nicholas Hanson(gr gr grandfather). It will be my priviledge to share with her an obituary, grave stone picture, and a couple of pictures of Nicholas himself. Nicholas was born in Sweden.

So for today, my Treasure Chest Thursday is my new founded third cousin.

Happy continued hunting.

We're getting married August 31st!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Wedding Bells - August 31

How many times were the words "We're getting married on August 31!" happen in the family? This is pretty cool if you think about it. There are several weddings in the family all on August 31st! Being that today is August 31st - I thought this the perfect time to share this. We had always known about my sister, parents and grandparents, but what a shock to find even another August 31st wedding in the family! Enjoy!

Happy 35th Wedding Anniversary to my sister, Nancy (Lyon) & Bob Kyte

August 31st, 1975 - Gresham, Oregon

Anniversary of my Parents, Melvin & Marjorie (Davis) Lyon

August 31st, 1952 - Ruthven, Iowa

Anniversary of my Grandparents, Willis & Eleanor (Fahl) Lyon

August 31, 1921 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Anniversary of my Great Great Great Grandparents Robert & Damarias (Rivers) Lyon
August 31, 1830 - Fountain County, Illinois

Super Sister Sunday - The Lyon Sisters

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Nancy, Mary, Susan and Sandy

Today I write about my sisters and me. This picture was taken right before we headed overseas to live in Indonesia for two years. It was taken in Des Moines, Iowa in 1962.

We did not know what to expect going overseas. The only thing I could think of was men with beige shorts and shirts and a helmet! I must have seen pictures of guys like this. Happily that was not the case. Of course on our mind also were snakes and weird bugs. I can remember our passport photo was taken with our mother, Marjorie (Davis) Lyon so for the five of us we only had one passport.

Sometimes us kids would have matching outfits, but most of the time not.

I can remember the touchdown in Djakarta, Indonesia was a terrible landing. The plane totally bounced, which released all the oxygen masks. It probably did at least three big bounces before all wheels were on the ground. Since then, I have had a phobia about flying. We could not believe all the kids and people behind the fences looking at us as we walked by to go to customs. This was the first of many looks and stares during our time in Indonesia.

What an experience!

My sisters are super!

Super Sister Sunday - The Fahl Sister's

Sunday, August 8, 2010

This is my second post for Super Sister Sunday. This time, these sister's are from my paternal side of the family which includes my Grandmother Eleanor (Fahl) Lyon on the far right.

These sister's absolutely LOVED to pose for pictures throughout the years. This one you cannot really tell, but I have some more to share with you. They pose in flower bushes with flowers next to their faces, on their tummy's with their feet up and all sorts of poses. It was fun to see what they came up with next. They were characters for sure.

Of these ladies I never had the priviledge of meeting my Great Aunt Evelyn. She was the stylish sister of the three.

From left to right:

Evelyn Fahl
B March 16, 1908
D August 25, 1971 in Marshalltown, Iowa

Edna Fahl
B September 1, 1901
Died June 17, 1997 in Newbury Park, California

Eleanor Fahl Lyon
B March 4, 1900 in Marion, Linn County, Iowa
M Willis Harold Lyon on Aug 31, 1921
Died June 6, 1989 in Lake Alfred, Florida

You will be hearing more of these lovely ladies in the future.

Surname Saturday - My Husbands Side of the Family

This week for Surname Saturday I will list the names I am researching on my husbands side of the family. These are surnames that have more than 10 each in my family tree.






Super Sister Sunday - The Swedish Sisters

Sunday, August 1, 2010

This is the first Super Sister Sunday I have blogged about. It is something I have wanted to do for awhile. Being one of four sisters - I just love stories and pictures of sisters. I hope you will join me from time to time with your stories and pictures of sisters.

The Swedish Sisters
Here is a great photo taken in 1922 of my Grandma on my mothers side (the one on the right) and her sisters. Their parents came to America in 1890 with their Eldest child Mary (the one on the left) when she was about 18 months old or so. They came to the little town of Ruthven, Iowa where the rest of the children were born. My Grandmother was the youngest of her siblings. They also had two brothers. It was also taken the year before my grandparents married.

On a trip to Iowa in 2008 my sisters and I visited my mothers cousin Bob. I asked him to tell me about his parents. Both his parents died during the same year for different reasons which was a very difficult year for Bob and his siblings. This is the lady in the middle.
She was only 53 years of age when she died.

Back to the Swedish Sisters. Bob told me that the sisters used to drive he and all the cousins crazy because these ladies would either be on the telephone with each other or at family gatherings speaking in Swedish! This was a surprise to me because I never knew my grandmother even spoke swedish. Obviously their parents taught it to them. Plus in those days - if you don't ask, you won't ever find out. I never asked and barely found out! From a cousin of my mom's! Even she did not tell us kids about this.

Here are the sisters. They are actually standing Oldest to Youngest from left to right.

Mary B Nelson
B August 31, 1888, Genarp, Malmohus, Sweden
D December 17, 1971, Spencer, Iowa

Elizabeth Nelson
B June 23, 1896, Ruthven, Iowa
D February 14, 1949, Spencer, Iowa

Laura Marjorie Nelson
B November 20, 1903, Ruthven, Iowa
D October 1, 1979, Spencer, Iowa

All sisters are buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Ruthven, Iowa.