Saturday, May 21, 2011

Images from the Past, Part 5 - My Grandmother's 1915 Yellowstone Journal

Yellowstone 1915.  Marguerite Hutchins (Beckington) on the far right.

June 19, 1915 - Saturday
Ruth & I work together.  Made 32 beds and cleaned up 8 tents.  75 dudes to-night.

June 20, 1915 - Sunday
Ruth and I worked all morning.  Had 136 dudes to-night.  Sang sacred songs and wrote letters in evening.

June 21, 1915 - Monday
Made 49 beds.  This p.m. Mary, Vera, Elma and I went along lake to hotel.  Took 3 pictures.  Came back way of Sunset Hill.

June 26, 1915 - Saturday
Have had an average of a hundred dudes every night and have been settling bungalows.  Last two days have been very cold.  Mrs. Rhodes came to-night and we were so glad to see her.  Elma, Helen, Ethel S., Jam, and I washed yesterday.   (p.m.) saw the most beautiful sunset Wednesday evening.  Mountains were pink, lake blue.   Farther down, the mountains blue & lake pink.  Beautiful rainbow in the sky!

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My Notes:

Here is my grandmother, far right, and her friends cleaning the tents (bungalows), it looks to me.  All with beautiful smiles on their faces.

I could not find a specific "Sunset Hill" featured in Yellowstone today, so I am guessing it is just one of many that people walk to and enjoy the sunset.  HERE is a beautiful photo of buffalo in a field during a sunset taken by professional photographer Ron Niebrugge - his photo blog in general (HERE) is quite stunning!  Another beautiful set of Yellowstone photos from "Ron" are HERE. of a waterfall and a view from an observation point overlooking a beautiful view of Yellowstone.

This was part of the "Sepia Saturday" fun.  Click and check it out!


texwisgirl said...

i love this look back in time. just the names of her co-workers speaks of an earlier day (Vera, Elma, Ethel). Love it!

Carol Blackburn said...

Great post, Margaret. The photos are beautiful, too.

Little Nell said...

They certainly look a happy smiling bunch of girls.

Karen S. said...

Oh how fun! I so enjoy reading along her journey...what fun they surely had! Such great photos as well. Thank you!

Helen said...

LOVE the way she writes 'dudes.'

Ricardo Miñana said...

Very beautiful pictures full of memories.
a pleasure to spend for your home.
you have a happy weekend.
a hug.

barbara and nancy said...

Yes, they do look happy. But that seemed like a very difficult, physical job. Good thing they were young!
Ladies of the grove

Bob Scotney said...

I find each week that I am looking forward to the next instalment.
The journal is entertaining and the photos and links make it.

Tattered and Lost said...

I love the use of the word "dude" each time. Very funny.

Postcardy said...

That's a lot of beds to make!

Kristin said...

i'm enjoying this journal.

Margaret said...

Thank you. "Dudes" was a term used by everyone referring to the tourists. That is why the "vacation" ranches are called "Dude Ranches" today I guess. When I first saw her use of the wordmi was surprised as my grandmother was very proper and rarely used "slang" words. And another memory I have of her is that nonone made a more "perfect" bed than her. Now I know why! :)


so many beds, so little time!!
but all looked pretty cheerful.
good for them.

my only concern was about "washed yesterday"... didn't they wash up everyday?? eeeew!! i would hate feeling unclean...


barbara and nancy said...

Hey Dude, It's wonderful that they could still enjoy the scenery after making all those beds!

Anonymous said...

wow! lovely to have personal journals of your ancestors. truly fascinating!

Brett Payne said...

This great photo reminds me of some photos of my grandfather camping out with friends at Lake Winnipeg around 1919-1921, which I wrote about here. I guess it was a popular summer activity, even then.

Margaret said...

I'm really busy with graduation, recitals and visitors, but I cant' wait to find the time to swing by all your fabulous posts of late.

L. D. Burgus said...

It is so great that you have this journal and photos too.