Friday, May 17, 2013

Catch-Up Post

I wanted to document a few things that have happened over the past couple of months that I forgot to blog about:
Cate played the youngest daughter, "Iris" in a production of The 12 Dancing Princesses.  She did a wonderful job and absolutely loved her costume!

As a special gift, Papa gave her this purse pin that belonged to my mother.
As a family we made a visit to my Aunt Helen that is staying in a care center.  The minute Sarah heard that we were going to visit - she started to make a card and gift (made of all things purple, Helen's favorite color).  All the kids sang a song - Sarah sang a solo.    They really enjoyed visiting my sweet Aunt Helen.
My dad with his older sister.

Isaac and Sarah had a little sibling swimming time.
Sarah did an animal diorama for kindergarten.  Take a wild guess as to what animal she chose!
Yep, a cheetah.
Addie was in a production of Oklahoma! at school.  She was in the ensemble and was a "dance captain."

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Anniversary Trip to.....Oakley, ID - Where Else?

Wes and I recently celebrated our 18th anniversary!  We didn't have time to do anything extravagant so instead we took a quick trip to Oakley.  I was anxious to show Wes the charming town and surrounding area.  We stayed at the Haight Home Bed and Breakfast.  Hector C. Haight (father to Elder David B. Haight) built this home in 1895 and with his wife raised 8 children here.  It's been beautifully restored and we had the whole house to ourselves!  (A couple of these pictures come from their website.)
 The Haight home is one of several Victorian-style homes still standing in Oakley.
The sitting room.
The dining room where we ate our homemade breakfast each morning.
The bathroom was actually quite luxurious!
The master suite.  The whole house is filled with lovely antiques.

One reason why we wanted to visit Oakley was to take a look at a historic Clark home that was for sale.  This home was built by my grandfather's cousin John C. Clark around the turn of the century.  It also has been beautifully restored - maintaining a lot of it's original charm.  As much as we were enamored with the home, we decided it was too far away and would require too much maintenance. 
After picking up some food at Clark's for Shopping for a picnic lunch  - we drove to the Oakley reservoir.  From there we started down the dirt road to City of Rocks.  We had been on the road about 15 miles when all of a sudden we heard rushing air and realized we had a flat tire.  Ugh.  We changed the tire and then headed about 60 miles to Burley where we had to replace all four tires!!!  
This rock is the culprit.
Two hours and several hundred dollars later - we finally made it to City of Rocks.  We went on a pretty hike and watched some rock climbers.
We had dinner at the Almo steakhouse (Pioneer Puddin' for dessert) and drove back to Oakley.  We went on an evening stroll, got an ice cream cone and wandered by the Howells Opera House where they were auditioning for their summer musical - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  Wes even tried to audition - beard and all!  Of course they were thrilled but we had to break the news that we were only visiting.  But they were nice and it turned out that I was related to one of the women!  Small towns...
On our way back to the Haight home we ran across the woman who owns it.  She gave us a lot of interesting information.
We left early the next morning for home.  My dad stayed with my kids while we were gone and boy did he keep busy!  Look at what he did to our yard!  It has never looked better!  Thanks dad!!!

A few days later...the yard looked like this.  Yep - it's cotton season and it's only just begun.  Ugh.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Oakley, Idaho - Part Three: Other Oakley Sites

The hospital where my dad was born.  It was a bank after that and it is currently the Oakley city offices.
My dad remembers the hospital being next to the jail.

The Howell mansion (one of many Victorian homes still standing in Oakley) surrounded by the classic Oakley poplar trees.

My dad and cousin Tom visiting Clark gravesites at the Oakley cemetery.
We drove up to the Oakley Dam to see the reservoir.
We also visited the Oakley museum.  The sign says this bench was seating for shoe fittings at the Oakley Merc.
This organ was removed from the Oakley tabernacle before it burned down.
An old fashioned hair curler!
The Oakley Fire Station.

The Day home - my uncle's relatives.
The John C. Clark home (my grandfather's cousin).  This home is actually for sale and we seriously considered purchasing it but we decided against the idea.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Oakley, Idaho - Part Two: Clark's For Shopping

Oakley is a small town located in Cassia County in South Central Idaho.  The population as of two years ago was under 800 people.  David B. Haight was born and raised in Oakley.   Marion G. Romney (my father's uncle), Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman all trace their roots back to Oakley.  Oakley is famous for its quarries of a quartzite building stone known as "Oakley Stone."  According to Wikipedia, "Today, many people remark that Oakley is the very last 'Mayberry' left in America, and is frequently visited for its Victorian homes."  

On with our journey...
After we spent some time touring my father's childhood home, we continued on Main Street until we came to the old Clark's store.  In 1885 the Oakley Co-op operated out of a log store at this location.  In 1889 this stone building was built and held an outlet of the Zion Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI).  In 1924 my grandfather, Charles and his brother John bought the store and so began the legacy of the Clark's store (also known as the "Oakley Merc").  The store was located in the bottom floor of the building and in the top floor was a youth center where dances and other activities were held.  Clark's for Shopping is still a working grocery market to this day - run by my father's cousin's son.

How times change...
It was Sunday when we pulled up to the store so it was closed.  We peeked in the windows, anxious to see the inside.

I loved this blue logo on the side of the building but my dad said it wasn't there when his family owned the store.
My dad started working at the family store when he was 7 years old.  His jobs were stacking the canned food on the shelves and sweeping.  This building behind the store is the old ice house.  It is currently used for storage.
Dad remembers this building across the street from the store was the town saloon.  As a child he used to watch with wide eyes as shady customers went in and out.
Looking back down Main Street.  You can see Clarks on the right and the old saloon on the left.  Two blocks down, my dad's house is on the right.  My dad said the stop sign is new :-)
We eventually made our way to my dad's cousin Tom's home.  He is the one that took over the store after my grandfather left.  He was kind enough to open the store for us to take a look around.  Dad said that most of the interior of the store has changed.
But the ceiling is the same (he thinks that the ceiling is original to ZCMI).
The original floor was made of wood.
There are a couple of displays with some old photos and antiques.  This is a photograph of Heber J. Grant.  He sold the Clarks an insurance policy for the store.  The original signed letter still exists.  It is about 3 lines long - much different than the pages and pages of insurance policies today!
These meat lockers were originally located in a meat market that was down the street from Clark's (run by my grandfather's brother).
The butcher shop.  Clark's for Shopping is known for its fresh cuts of meat.

Cousin Tom
Tom told us that this photograph of the old Oakley tabernacle was taken right before it burned to the ground.  He pointed out the black smoke coming out of the window on the upper left side.  The tabernacle was the pride and joy of Oakley and it was devastating to the community when it burned down.  The tabernacle stood right next to the Oakley 1st ward chapel.  The fire station stands there today.
A blast from the past.
What do you know?  A sign from The Naturalist gift shop!!!
My dad remembers this old check protector machine.
Harlow brought out some old photographs to show us.

This is a photograph of the old Clark's store - by dad's brother Dal can be seen wearing a white apron.  You can see the original ceiling.
This is a picture from when the store was ZCMI.  Can you see those wire baskets holding produce?  There were a bunch of those hanging in the storage room of the store and I tried to convince our Clark relatives to sell me one - no such luck.
The store was mostly filled with the same products that we see in our grocery stores.  But they did have this charming old fashioned candy display.  Not only was the candy old fashioned but the price tags are original to the old store.

So I stocked up for the kids.
Kip picked up a few goodies himself.
Of all the different parts of the store we saw - my dad said that the one place that hasn't changed a bit was the bathroom.
In another display there are two pictures of our ancestors from England:  John William Clark and and Ann Mickelwright Clark.