Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Memorial Day/ I wish to honor a member of the WASP - Women Airforce Service Pilots.

This person was a part of making U.S. history.  She was one of 1,830 women accepted as a pilot as part of the Army Air Force from September 1942 to December 1944.  Because of the demand for male combat pilots and warplanes left the Air Transport Command with a shortage of experienced pilots to ferry planes from factories to points of embarkation a program was approved that would train a large group of women to serve as ferry pilots. 
(Taken from the Woman's Collection, Blagg -Huey Library)

I don’t know what ‘Tommy’s personal experiences were while serving in the Women’s Army Airforce but I did find out that she was a Squadron Commander.  And that she “graduated with class 43-6 and was one of the only a few WASP selected to attend officers training in Orlando, Florida.  She was also stationed at Love Field, Dallas Texas with the Ferry Command.”  (Taken from a personal letter to me by an employer of The Woman’s Collection TWU Blagg-Huey Library)

Just a few facts I found very interesting.  Of the 1,074 that graduated 38 died while in the WASP program.  60,000,000 miles flown.
WASP earned $150 per month while in training, and $250 per month after graduation.  They paid for their own uniforms, lodging, and personal travel to and from home.  

Important quote:
You and more than 900 of your sisters have shown that you can fly wingtip to wingtip with your brothers. If ever there was a doubt in anyone’s mind that women can become skillful pilots, the WASPs have dispelled that doubt.”

- Gen. Hap Arnold, AAF, in a speech to the last class of WASPs, before the program was disbanded in December 1944.

Evelyn's maiden name is Burdette.  She was the second wife of my grandfather George Wherrett Tomlinson.  I do not have the exact marriage date/about 1936/37.  She didn't live with Grandfather long and never divorced him.  He died in 1959. Tommy died in 1973.  More will be told about their lives at a later date. 

She did a service for our country contributing to our freedoms we have today. She should be remembered for her good deeds.   Thank You Tommy. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

ALICE/ The last of the Hepworths

 This picture of was found on posted from someone identified as 'gigistill'.  I am very grateful that this person is so willing to share pictures by having an  'open tree' on Ancestry opposed to a Private Tree.  However, I have found some information errors.  It was posted as 1937; Alice died in 1935.  I did some research on the car and what I came up with is it's a 1925 Model T Ford.  Am I right?  The driver was identified as Harry their oldest son and the passenger Clifford but, Robert would have been 25 years old.  I think the driver is the second son Clifford Frank, he would be about eighteen and the passenger next to him is the youngest son Robert Malcom who would be about seven years old.  In the back is Frank and Alice. Really a cool picture.  I wonder if the house in the background is their own home? I would guess 'Yes.'  Frank was a Construction Engineer and did very well to provide for his family.

In the Salt Lake Telegram,1935-05-01 Deaths 
Alice Hepworth Bletzacker
Mrs. Alice Hepworth Bletzacker, 63 died at the family home, 1409 Thirteenth East Street.  Tuesday at 8:12 p.m., following a lingering illness. 
She was born April 9, 1872, in Salt Lake City, and. with the exception of a five-year residence in Mexico and another five years in Los Angeles, had resided here all her life.  Her parents were Thomas and Mary Hepworth. 
Besides her husband she is survived by three sons, Harry, Clifford F. and Robert M. Bletzacker, all of Salt Lake City and one grandchild. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. 

This has been a long time in between continued posts and it's not going to get any better with summer coming and a long list of 'TO DO' things to get done at home.  I do appreciate everyone who LOOKS in for the latest news on an Ancestor.  I will do my best to post something at least every two weeks.
I've taken on painting the stucco of our townhouse and believe me  it's something I can't do in a couple of days and I blame my advancing age for that realizing I have to pace myself and it's a SLOW pace.   Also, I'm trying to learn a new digital scrapbooking program another thing that doesn't come easy for me to learn quickly and do a good job.   The first 'book' project is about the life of Earl's parents.  Earl and I will be doing a bit of traveling and I am looking forward to get away for a time or two.   Thanks to everyone for stopping by.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Beautiful Alice Hepworth Marries Frank Bletzacker

 Frank Bletzacker and Alice Hepworth
10 October 1894
Alice Hepworth would have spent most of her life living in the very large beautiful Hepworth House built by her parents in 1877.  She was born in 1872.  She married at age twenty two to Frank Bletzacker on 10 October 1894 in Salt Lake City.  
Frank was five years older than Alice and was born in Ohio to German parents.
I have no idea when Frank came to Salt Lake City or why.  The only information I have is a paper trail I have researched and pictures sent to me years ago from a second cousin who is deceased.   Also, found pictures on from another tree which is a benefit of having a public personal tree on Always grateful to people who share pictures.
As stated on US Census Frank is an Engineer by profession both a civil engineer and mechanical.
They were the parents of four boys.
The first one was named Elmo;born in 1897 in Salt Lake City and sadly died in 1898 at nine months in Albion, Idaho of Cholera Infantum.  My thinking is Frank and Alice were visiting a family member of Alice's who lived in Albion when the baby got sick.  This type of sickness can be brought on by hot weather, (it was August) causing vomiting, profuse watery diarrhea; fever.  Can you imagine the anguish this young married couple went through!
Elmo was buried in Salt Lake City.

Another son, Harry Thomas Bletzacker was born on 28 May 1901 in Salt City.  The next son, Clifford F. was born 20 June 1907 in El Oro, Durango, Mexico as you can see in the picture below.    Apparently Frank's job as a construction Engineer took him to Mexico.
By 1910 the Bletzacker family is back in Salt Lake City.

to be continued

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Alice; Lots of pictures of the last born of the Hepworths. This is just a few; ,more pic with her story will continue.

More story about Alice to come.  I only have information that I have found from pictures I found on that others have posted and census records. So grateful to relations to share pictures.  But, she did have a very interesting life even though she died quite young.
To be continued. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Cari Lyn Petersen; Mormon missionary in the Netherlands 1988-1989

Cari Lyn Petersen
.  Netherlands 1988-1989
Always making life fun

Cari lived life to the fullest. Never a moment wasted.  She accomplished so much in her
Forty Two Years here on this earth. 
In 1992 she was awarded "Most Outstanding History Student, Brigham Young University"
 Just a start in paying tribute to her life.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Picture of daughter and grandchildren of Thomas and Mary Hepworth and male friend.

Many many times I have held this picture in my hand looking and wondering;

What year was this picture taken? I am guessing about 1890.

The two girls dressed alike are Mary Olsen (sitting) and Katie Olsen. They are sisters born seventeen months apart;
and died five months apart. Their mother was the first child of Thomas and Mary Hepworth Sarah Julia who crossed the plains when she was just a year old. I have another picture of Mary and Katie and again they are dressed alike.  Did these sisters always dress alike? I'm guessing they were so close and such good friends they did dress alike most of the time.

The pretty girl in black is the two sisters Aunt Alice.   Alice was born in 1872 and was the last child born to Mary and Thomas Hepworth. That would put twenty one years between Alice's oldest sister Sarah Julia and herself.  Being so close in age to daughters of Sarah Julia, I'm sure Alice, Mary and Katie were close friends.  I know they lived almost next door to each other.
This picture was sent to me by a descendant of Mary's.

The boy is identified as Charles Klink but, I cannot find a Charles Klink in the Klink line only John George Klink who married Alice's sister Rose whose story I just posted on this blog. John was born in 1860 which makes him much older than the young ladies in this picture and  John George Klink married Rose in 1889 so I'm sure this young man's identity is incorrect.

My guess it is Fredrick Cashmore Kidgell who is my Great Uncle but, not related to the girls in the picture. He would have known them because his older sister, my Great Grandmother Sarah Ann Kidgell married James Hepworth a brother to Alice and an Uncle to Mary and Katie.   Fred was born in 1871 and I'm sure spent a lot of time at James and Sarah Ann's home who also lived in the same block of the Hepworths.  I have a picture  of him holding a hat that looks very much like the hat he is wearing.   However, this guess is NOT beyond a shadow of a doubt.
     Love the pose.  Love the hats.   Think of the fun times they had growing up together.
Alice and Fred married in 1894; next was Katie in 1896 then Mary married in 1906

At the bottom is the name of the photographer C.R.(Charles Roscoe) who was a renowned studio portrait photographer and famous for photo's of  landscape of the western United States.  Here is a link to his history which is a sad one because his Art Bazaar burned to the ground with all of his negatives and another fire after his death that destroyed all his negatives of the rest of his life.     C.R. Savage Collection  I have been told it is quite an honor to have a picture that comes from the studio of Mr. Savage.  Actually, I have several pictures with his logo.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Rose Hepworth married John George Klink a German; Fine, Fine People.

John George Klink 1860-1923  Rose Hepworth 1868-1910
Married 31 September 1889 Salt Lake City.
This  is the eleventh child of thirteen children of Thomas Hepworth and Mary Fletcher. They named her Rose (aka Rosa) and she is the last child in the Hepworth family who qualifies as being a "Native (Utah) Pioneer" because she was born before
10 May 1869.  Rose was born in Salt Lake City on 25 July 1868.
Anyone who entered or traveled through the Utah Territory between the dates of 24 July 1847 and 10 May 1869 was a Utah Pioneer.  After this date the railroad connected the East Coast to the West Coast; so ended having to travel by wagon and foot.
The Hepworth story began when Thomas and Mary along with Thomas's brother John and Mary's sister Frances Amelia crossed the plains together and entered the Utah Territory in 1852.
 Hepworth Families Cross the Plains

The last two children born to Thomas and Mary were born in 1870 and 1872 therefore, are not considered a "Native Pioneer."

Beautiful Rose married at age twenty one in Salt Lake City on 31 September 1889  to John George Klink (Jr.) who was eight years older than Rose.    I have no idea why John George came to Utah.

John George was born in North San Juan California to German immigrants from Wurttemberg, Germany.   I found it very interesting that John's parents; John George Klink and Anna Sophia Voltmer moved to Virginia City, Storey, Nevada from North San Juan abt. 1865 where they died and are buried there.   His mother Anna died in 1895 at age 72 and his father John the next year 1896 age 73. His father John is listed on the census as a carpenter and not a miner for which both towns are noted for.  He had six sisters and one brother.

In 1900 the Klink family was living with Mary Hepworth in the big house on 725 West and 1st North.  Thomas died in 1895 and I am sure Mary welcomed this family into her large home.  John and Rosa had three children at this time; Vivian age 10, George age 8, and Albert T. who was only 2. John George occupation is stated as a Tinsmith.

By 1910 they are living in their own place on 3rd Avenue in Salt Lake City.  Rose's mother Mary died in 1905 and the big house was sold.  One more child has joined the Klink family a daughter Evelyn Rosa born 7 August 1907.   John's occupation is now stated as Cornice Maker.

Saddly, Rosa died later that year; 11 September 1910 age 42.  The announcement of her death was in the Salt Lake Telegram (Newspaper) 09-09-1910 as follows:
The funeral of Mrs. Rosa Klink, wife of J. G. Klink, who died at Holy Cross hospital Thursday as the result of exhaustion following an operation that was  performed about two weeks ago, will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from St. Paul's Episcopal church, Main and Fourth South streets.  Burial will be in city cemetery.  Mrs. Klink is survived by her husband and four children, Evelyn, Albert, Vivian and George.  Mrs. Klink was 41 [42] years old and was a 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hepworth.  

As recorded on her death certificate the operation was for gall stones and abscess of liver.  I can just imagine how sick she felt and how helpless her family felt in doing everything they could think of to help her recover.
This left Vivian the oldest daughter now age 20 in charge of raising two of her siblings Albert Thomas age 12 and Evelyn age 3.  Her oldest brother George is age 18.

Ten years later in 1920 father John is still living on 3rd Ave. and only daughters, Vivian and Evelyn, are living with him.  His occupation now is stated on the 1920 Census as owner of a Sheet Metal Factory.

Just three years later John George Klink died 2 October 1923.  He was living in Burley, Idaho near his sons and Vivian and Evelyn moved with him.    His obituary was in the Salt Lake Telegram as follows.  1923 - 10 - 04
Funeral Services Friday 
for Former Resident 
Funeral services for John George Klink, 63 died at Burley, Idaho
Tuesday, [2 October] will be held at 3'0clock Friday afternoon
in the Hall-Ricketts mortuary chapel
Mr. Klink was born in North San Juan Cal., and came to 
Salt Lake in 1880, marrying Rosa Hepworth. 
He was a member of Utah Lodge No. 1, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 
For the past two years Mr. Klink has been a resident of Burley.  
He became a member of the firm of F.E. Schoppe & Co., this 
city prior to departing for Idaho. 
The following children survive:
Albert, George, Vivian Evelyn Klink, all of Burley. .......

All of John and Rosa's children remained in the Burley area.  
Their daughters Vivian and Evelyn never married and I want to conclude this outline of John and Rosa's life with information I have on their oldest child Vivian.  She died on 13 March 1978 at the age of 87.  What a remarkable person.  My description of her is a non-complaining person about her lot in life; just an attitude to not dawdle and get on with it with a smile on your face.  
Thank You  to the Klink family who lives in my home state of Washington for sending me this picture. 

This is a copy of  what was sent to me about her life and was read at her funeral.  I have no idea who wrote it or who delivered but I think it was sent to me by a niece Janece who lived in Burley that I was corresponding with some time ago and she died in 2013.  Another very lovely person.   

Funeral Sermon for Miss Vivian Klink/ Twin Fall, Idaho

We come together this morning to give expressions of love and gratitude for the life of our good friend and loved one, Miss Vivian Klink. We can be grateful today that Vivian lived a long life and a good life. It was a life filled with accomplishment and service to others From the very beginning, her life was one of service and responding to the call of duty. As a young person, her mother passed away and she raised her younger brother and sister. Later, when her sister became acutely ill, Vivian responded again by caring for her until her sister's death. In between Vivian went to college and began a career in the teaching profession. She was not only a good teacher, but later became the Principal of Bickel School for many years. Vivian was an extremely dedicated person. Like many of us, she was probably too conscientious for her own good Fortunately, she had a sense of humor that could help her over the rough spots. She was a leader and organizer. She had a strong will to keep going and to do what she could to help. Even in her last years and months at Heritage Manor when many would be content to sit back and take it easy, Vivian was in the thick of things, taking responsibility again, and she had some physical problems of her own.She didn't know how to stop and wherever she was she found ways to help. Vivian always set high standards for herself and she set high standards for others as well. She planned to do her best and she expected others to do their best too. She really drove herself. She was a "doer", and literally could not stand to sit around doing nothing. She was an avid reader and devoted to her family. She was interested in everything and kept herself up with the times. By any standard that one could use, Vivian was a genuine Christian person. Her theology was right and deep and sincere. She found friends in all kinds of people from all kinds of denominations. She she attended church faithfully when she could, and was always in attendance at Heritage Manor services regardless of who was the speaker. She found something good in everyone. Vivian spent herself in service to others, as did her Lord who said, "I came not to be served, but to serve, and give myself." One of her projects we shall miss is that each Christmas she knitted mittens for small children. The Deacons would put in their order each year, and she would respond. And she knitted squares for shut in people that would be sown together to form beautiful quilts. On her bed in the hospital she had a beautiful quilt she had recently knitted for herself. Others were first and she was last. And even though Vivian was a strong person, she also showed kindness and consideration for others. As we come here today, we can be grateful that Viian Klink was part of our lies and such an important part of the lives of hundreds of hundreds of young boys and girls over the years. We will never know how much this teacher has contributed to the life of our community, but we can be sure that it was great. And we can be grateful too, that as she has lived such a faithful and devoted life of service to her Lork and to others, that she is no in his kind and loving care, We come today rejoicing in her good life and its indelible affect on us all and we leave her now to the keeping of our gracious Heavenly Father.
Bickel Elementary (early years)
607 2nd Ave. East
Twin Falls, Idaho   

It's a blessing doing FamilySearch because of the connections I have made with cousins, even if it is only by snail mail, email, facebook or a phone call. Thanks for all your help and support.  If you have more pictures and/or histories please send them on to me.  I will post the information on