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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lillie and Walter

Lillie and Walter are my great-grandparents. They were married on the 26th of  November 1913 in the Salt Lake Temple.  Here is one of their wedding pictures:

(Aside: I first saw this photograph a few years ago and was fascinated by it.  They both look so young.  And BTW, I am so glad that we have the technology that allows us to share and copy so easily things like photos.  I doubt whether I would have ever seen the photo without digital scanning technology that lets me have my own copy.)

They look so serious in the photos, but I like to think they were an idyllic couple, and I don't have any reason to doubt that they were.

Lillie was of Swedish extraction (surname Fernelius) and Walter was of Welsh (surname James) extraction.  They had one child, a daughter, named Afton, my paternal grandmother.

 Lillie (on the left) before her marriage (with sister Ellen in the middle and a friend on the right. Pay no attention to the wastebaskets on their heads)
 Walter before his marriage
My grandmother, Afton, was their only child because tragedy struck early in their marriage.  My great grandfather was killed in a hunting accident on 1 September 1915 in Mountain Green, Utah.  Afton, born on 17 January 1915, was only nine months old when her father died.

After Walter died, Lillie and Afton left Evanston, Wyoming where Walter had worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a fireman (shoveling coal into the firebox of the locomotive) and returned to South Weber to live with her parents.

Lillie eventually remarried a few years later (October 6, 1920) to a widower named Charles Hunt, who had two young children (Charles and Bernice).  He had lost his wife in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918.

Since Lillie and Walter were married for time and eternity in the Salt Lake temple by the authority of the priesthood and with the sealing power of Elijah, I believe that they are together as husband and wife in heaven.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe that families can be eternal through covenants made in temples, just like the one being built right here in Brigham City

Lillie and Afton
Pictures of Afton as an infant and child:

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Week 87

Landscaping, topsoil placement, window sealing, planting, rock work - these things were all going on Friday at the temple block.  Maybe I am just anxious for the temple to be completed, but sometimes I think the work is going quickly and other times there doesn't seem to be much progress, at least from the outside.  I'll just have to content myself with observing.

Lights in front of the South sign
Rock work on the Northwest corner
Yeah, I figured it out.  The square part is in the center of the round fountain (See last week's post)
Preparation for the next pour for the North parking
OK, I also figured out what was going on with the windows.  It appears that they are sealing them with expanding foam.
More capstones for the rock walls
They replaced the rusty post caps with new ones.

Lots of rock work on the Northwest corner.  I think this is the last of the walls to be faced with stone.

The Southwest corner looks ready for planting.