Posted in Biographical, Familysearch

“Define Your Dash” with FamilySearch’s New #52Stories Project

"Define Your Dash" image from the FamilySearch blog
“Define Your Dash” image from the FamilySearch blog

I’m really excited about this! FamilySearch has just announced the #52StoriesProject, which is a fun and easy way to begin to write your personal history.

FamilySearch has 52 weeks’ worth of questions, each template with a different theme such as Goals and Achievement, Love and Friendship, and Events and Milestones.  Here’s a glimpse of one set of questions in the Home and Hearth category:  Continue reading ““Define Your Dash” with FamilySearch’s New #52Stories Project”

Posted in Biographical

Happy Birthday Annie Marie Tanner Pomeroy!

On Granny’s Trail has to give a shout out to my very own Granny on the 112th anniversary of her birth.

Annie Marie Tanner was born at Tuba City, Coconino, Arizona on 18 Aug 1901 and died 7 Jul 1996 at Claremont, Los Angeles, California.  She eloped with Franklin Ivan Pomeroy on 12 Aug 1923 at Globe, Gila, Arizona.   Continue reading “Happy Birthday Annie Marie Tanner Pomeroy!”

Posted in Biographical, Photos

I Can Do Hard Things

Today is the 112th anniversary of my Granny’s birthday.  Kathleen Matheson (Gooch) was born 14 May 1901 in Parowan, Iron County, Utah.  Because of her example, I know I can do hard things.

Kathleen Matheson portrait 1

When Kathleen was 36, her husband  of 16 years, Allen Lee Millard (Nig) Gooch, was killed in a flash flood in Clifton, Greenlee County, Arizona.  She was now faced with supporting herself and her son Millard Earl Gooch (my father), who was 13 years old at the time.  Kathleen had an 8th grade education.

Nig died 21 Sep 1937, and by December Kathleen had paid $90 tuition for cosmetology school in Los Angeles, California.

Kathleen Matheson Cosmetology School receiptWP

Her son stayed with his grandparents in Arizona while she studied to be a beautician.  She began school 3 Jan 1938, and earned her certificate 14 Sep 1938.  She was licensed 20 Jan 1939.

Kathleen Matheson cosmotology school certificateWP Kathleen Matheson Cosmotology licenseWP

It is my understanding that she then set up a little salon in the back of a barber shop in Safford, Arizona.  I admire her great strength at a very difficult time, when it would have been easy to fold.  Instead she took action.  It must have been hard to leave her son and travel alone to a big city to get the training she needed.  It must have been hard to adapt to the new role of breadwinner for her family.  I am in awe of her.  She was active in civic groups for businesswomen, and later worked in retail after her beautician days were over.

Kathleen and son Earl in her beauty salon, est. between 1944-1946

I think the portrait at the top of this post exudes strength and beauty, and great class.  I also love her hair—which I inherited, by the way!

Kathleen Matheson Gooch lived independently all her life, was mentally sharp, had very few health problems, and died at age 98 on 19 Jan 2000.  Her life spanned the entire 20th century!

Kathleen Matheson birthday 3Happy Birthday, Granny Gooch!

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Thanks, Mom!

Just thinking about my amazing mom and her influence in my life. She passed away 10 years ago but I think about her almost every day. Here are a few pictures to pay tribute to her love for life, her fun personality, and my love for her.
Here she is, staying with me after I had my first baby. She was announcing, “Dinner is served!”:

Doing the Bunny Hop with the grandkids at Easter:

Happily playing the organ:

Splash Mountain with the grandkids:

Showing the grandkids how to pick strawberries in her beautiful yard:

Coming home:

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

Posted in Biographical, Newspapers

‘House Beside the Road’ Monument to the Past: Joseph B. Tanner family

Today I am posting a newspaper article about my great-grandparents, Joseph Baldwin Tanner and Nora Almeda Foutz, describing the home they built and lived in, in Kirtland, New Mexico.

It appeared in the Farmington Daily Times (Farmington, New Mexico) on 14 Oct 1959, p E5. The article includes photos of the family home and a family portrait, along with wonderful biographical information.