52 Photos Week 51: Winter

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)

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+16 votes

Photo week 51

Here is a winter photo of my granddad as santa Klavs  together with my grandmother in the white dress,  and my mother Betty in front from Hong Kong 

by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)
edited by Susan Laursen
Susan, your grandfather is an absolutely fabulous Santa. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photo.
Alexis thank You for always being so sweet
Looks like Santa Klaus!
Thank You SJ he is santa Klavs
Fabulous photo of your family Susan.  Love the "Saint Nick" outfit!!
Thank You Caryl for your nice comments
Thank you, Susan, for another lovely photo. Your mother looks darling in her white outfit.
Wonderful photo, Susan!
Thank You sweet Robin for your wonderful comment
Thank You Laurie you are very sweet
Susan, this is the best winter picture ever. And the best Santa outfit I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Sweet Cheryl for your sweet comments
+18 votes

This is a 1925 photo of my grandfather Scott Marvin Sr. He is with his two children Clarice, my mother far right, and Scott Marvin Jr., who probably is enjoying his first Oklahoma snow. 

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (137k points)
Alexis thank You for sharing this wonderful photo with of your grandfather with his two children.

Look like they have fun in the snow
What a cute photo!
Great shot!  Thanks for sharing this Alexis.
Thank you Susan, my grandfather was from Pennsylvania, so he was used to snow.
Thank you for your comment SJ.
Caryl, thank you for your comment.
Alexis, what a wonderful photo!  It appears the children are much more interested in the snow than in the camera. Thank you for sharing this.
Yes Robin, they certainly look excited to see snow. Thank you for your great comment.
Great photo.   The kids are so curious about the snow,  they don't even care about the camera.
Thank you Peggy for your comment. My grandmother was not one to get out in cold weather, bet she was standing on the porch taking the photo.
Such a great shot. Thanks for sharing, Alexis.
+11 votes

4x great-grandmother Susanna (Wilson) George (abt. 1814) kept a journal while the family migrated west to Iowa and then for some time while they lived there.  Her comments about the 1856/57 winter give some idea of how cold it was.  A crop from the transcripts made by Jerry Sanner:

And a transcript:

March the 1st 1856

A Journal Book

The old cow we got of John Bevans at 35 dollars had a calf the 10th of march was dry only 25 days

our old Sure cow had a calf the 8th of april She was dry 1 month and ole bet had a mare colt on the 10th April and Mr. oliny moved the Same day

January 1857

turned cherry dry feb 21st and turned Sure dry 25th and liney had A calf the 6th of march.

and pride the 10 of the same lucy had a colt the 29 of the same

december 12 1856

butchered our hogs and the boys went to James bevans to a dance that night.

december the 19 1856 the weather was warm and raing in the morning and in the evening it turned cold and blowed and Stormed so that we could not See one hundred yards it was alful in deed.

Wilson was at School and I was uneasy About him he went to James Bevans and stayed that night and on the next Sunday the ------ it was fair and the sun shine in the morning & before Sundown it began to snow and blow and the wind and Snow blew So that we could not see 50 yds and was very cold cyrus Bevans and his wife and webster came to our house the night before & they could not go home for the storm I was uneasy About Wm and James for feare they was on their road home and was in the Storm and Wilson had gone to pella and did not get home that night he had got lost in the storme and came verry near freesing to death and at last he found his way to Mr. garosons and Stayed there til morning the 22 and Riley took cyrus Bevans and his wife home that day went to town the next day to get the horses Shod but it was to cold to shoe them went again the next day I went with him to Mr. porters on A visit did not get the horses Shod that day too many in ahead of him got the promise of Shoeing them the next day which was christmas Riley went to town christmas morning and got the horses Shod & went from there to the timber and got a load of wood and came home and him and the girls went to Mr Meaber to a dance that night the girls complained of not being verry well that that day perhaps they will be better when they come home but I doubt it

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (766k points)
Thank You cousin for sharing this amazing story
Wow!  How cool that you got to read the words of your 4x great grandma.  Such wonderful detail about pioneer life.  Thanks for sharing cousin.
SJ, thank you for sharing such an interesting writing. Having meat to eat and taking care of the horses and the weather was so important. Most of us live so differently now.
They seemed to be pretty fortunate in the cows only being dry for a short time, only a few days without milk, because of the overlap of the different ones--one freshening soon after the other is dried off.
+12 votes

This is a photo of the home of my great great grandmother Ellen White in Corvallis, Oregon taken about 1920 after a snowfall.  

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (179k points)
Caryl this is a fantastic photo of your great great grandmother house home with snow thank You for sharing this
Just a lovely photo!  It looks like it is framed - do you own it?
Caryl, Thank you for sharing such a beautiful photo.
What a beautiful winter photo.  Looks almost like a Currier & Ives print. Thank you so much for sharing it.
Yes SJ I do own it.  Well I should say my Mom owns its. ;)
+12 votes

I just made a page (2 days ago) about my very first Winter in Canada!!



by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (702k points)
What fun! A snowman, snow angel, snowflakes and "snow day" -- I think you've captured a Canadian child's perfect winter day.
Thank you Laurie!!
+15 votes

This photo is of me when I was closing in on two years old.  I was visiting at the home of my maternal grandparents, Otis and Bertha Witcher, in Cotopaxi, Colorado.

I love the old cars in the photo.  The handwriting on the photo belongs to my dad, James Dodge.  It was taken late in 1952.

by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (599k points)
Robin this is a wonderful photo, you are absolutely the cutest little sweetheart. Thank you for this dear photo of you in the snow.
Thank you, Alexis. You made me smile!
Now that's a snowy day! Very sweet photo.
You look adorable Robin what a wonderful photo of you in the snow.

Thank You for sharing
Great shot!  I love your little overalls.  Adorable.  Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Laurie. Funny, I don't remember it!
Thanks, Susan. You're always so sweet.
Thank you, Caryl! I doubt I wore those very often as we were only visiting.
Great snow photo! You can count on it in Colorado!
Alison, that's for sure! Thanks for your comment.
+13 votes

My sweet Nana.  She always looked so stylish and elegant.

by K. Anonymous G2G6 Mach 9 (92k points)
Beautiful photo!  She was very stylish.  I love the hat. Thanks for sharing this with us.
She does indeed look stylish. I like the way the photographer has used the bare branches as a background.
I really liked that, too.  Photography truly is an art.
+14 votes

A picture from my grandmother's Aunt Helen's album, I assume she took the picture.  People cutting ice in Minnesota. 

The ice blocks would be put into a dugout that was layered thick with sawdust on all sides and covered with sawdust. It was closed with a heavy door, and the ice would be kept frozen until summer, when it would be taken out and sold to people to put in their personal iceboxes.  Picture taken probably somewhere in 1900-1915.  I don't know the exact town, but they did have relatives in Hastings, MN.Full size picture.

by Rob Neff G2G6 Mach 3 (35k points)
Terrific archival photo.
Amazing photo Rob taken in the winter thank You for sharing
+13 votes

Sleigh ride in Oakville, Ontario, about 1910. Esther Webster Cruthers and a friend.

by Laurie Cruthers G2G6 Pilot (125k points)
Great photo! I always wanted to do this. Thanks for sharing.
Me, too!
I love this photo Laurie with the horse thank You for sharing
Thanks, Robin and Susan.
I love this photo.  I wish I could ride along!  Thanks for sharing.
Laurie, thank you for sharing your absolutely fabulous photo of “Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh!”
Thanks Caryl. Alexis, I had forgotten that song. It really is a one-horse open sleigh, isn't it?
+9 votes

I have 3 winter and they belong to two profiles one is to Carlyon Patricia Leonard and her profile is https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leonard-9115 and the other is Mikaila Sapp and her profile is https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sapp-887.




by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (454k points)
Linda than you for sharing those wonderful photos
Perfect for a winter theme.
+10 votes

My great-grandfather, Jess Palmer, trained for World War I at Camp Cody, in the New Mexico desert. His division was nicknamed the Sandstorm Division, because the camp was constantly hot and dusty and dry.

Except for two days in January 1918, when there was a freak snowstorm in the desert!

by Jessica Hammond G2G6 Mach 2 (28.4k points)
Wonderful story and photo, Jessica.
What a great photo!  Thanks for sharing it.
+10 votes

My Grandmother, Amy Porter in Hereford, England, Winter 1896


by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 5 (50.5k points)
What a great photo.  I love her outfit especially the puffy sleeves on the coat.  Thanks for sharing!
+7 votes

Winter in SD can be a little of a challenge at times ... below are 2 photos of our home on Lake Kampeska near Watertown, SD ... really shows the difference between summer and winter.

by Bill Sims G2G6 Mach 5 (51.6k points)
Bill, I can't see your photos.
I just went to the site ... and I see they are there... not sure why you can't see them???
I can't see them either.
Perhaps we can't see your photos because they are posted on a private profile.  If so, you might take a look at:


I've done that a couple of times.  Hope that helps...
I added the Space52:.... to the free space on each photo ...hopes that solves the issue
Thanks, Bill. Now I see them. Quite a contrast! Having been born and raised in coastal California, I wouldn't know what to do in SD in the winter.
Yes, I can see them too, and I don't know that I've ever seen such a huge pile of snow, having, like Robin, been raised in coastal California
+7 votes

Living in North Queensland means never seeing a Winter Wonderland. We must either travel south or look at postcards or photographs.

by David Urquhart G2G6 Pilot (129k points)
David thank You for sharing this adorable winter picture
+5 votes

Hi everyone, here is a picture of my grandpa Victor Johnson II and my great aunt Hilda (Johnson) Horne bundled up for winter in Alaska. They are pictured with their mother, Taimi (Santanen) Johnson. I don't know the exact date of the picture but I think it's around 1927 based on Hilda and Victor's birth date and their age in the photo. 

by Erin Johnson G2G6 Mach 1 (12.3k points)
+7 votes

These photos were taken near Radville, Saskatchewan, Canada. There was a lot of snow that year. The plane had skis, not wheels. The giant snowmobile belonged to the Rural Municipality (County).

by Harold Claffey G2G6 Mach 1 (10.2k points)
+7 votes

One of my favorite ancestor pictures so far (even if not that old) is circa 1930 and is a junction of two important families in my lineage. Snow is a rare event in Southeast Texas, so I can only imagine the surprise of the little girls when they awoke to a snow capped landscape so close to the holidays. You can see in the image the "displays" of large snow/ice chunks being displayed on the crates.

The home pictured is a multi-family home that was located in a rural Czech community in Southeast Texas, shared by the Peters and Wolcik families. The young girls are my grandmother Glorine (left, standing and holding her mother's hand [Mary Francis Peters]) and her sister who we grew up calling "Tetička Billy" (being held by her father [Martin Wolcik]).

The other adults in the photo are the immediate families of both Peters and Wolcik, who lived in the house at the time.


by Steve Harris G2G6 Pilot (336k points)
+5 votes

Here's a southern California Christmas! Christmas, 1912, in the Los Angeles area, in Orange, Calif., at my great-grandparents home.


Left to right, standing in back: My grandfather, Peter, before he was married, his brother in law Henry Secrist, Peter's mother and my great-grandmother Rachel (Winebrenner) Stoner, her husband, my great-grandfather, C. C. Stoner, and an unknown person.

Left to right, sitting: Probably Peter's older sister and Henry Secrist's wife, but not 100% sure, as she doesn't look quite right, but who else could she be?--Ella Secrist, Peter's sister in law, and sister of his wife-to-be, Ethel Stoner, 5 months pregnant with her 4th child, below her lying down Ella and Henry's son John Secrist, to his left, his big sister Mae Secrist, on her lap Ethel's 2nd child Paul, standing to their left beside her grandma Ethel's eldest child Edith, lying down on the right, Ethel's husband and my grandfather's brother George Stoner, holding his 3rd child, Henry.

There are some family photos of when it snowed in Pasadena, around Jan., 1934, but my cousin with the scanner hasn't scanned them yet.

by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 5 (57.4k points)
edited by Alison Gardner

Thanks for this photo, Alison! Perfect example of normal southern California winter weather -- not only no snow, but no jackets, coats, hats, mittens, etc.

+6 votes
Sorry; I don't have a pic - just a story: My mother alleges that my first step was toward a blue, spherical ornament on a Christmas Tree. Apparently, I thought it was a ball, and wanted to play catch with it.

Another story: My mother & I often received charitable donations as Christmas approached. One year, students from the L.D.S. Institute of Religion at Weber State College, in Ogden, Utah, brought us a tree taller than our house! I learned then the importance of route recons!
by William Vaughan G2G6 Mach 1 (16.6k points)
+6 votes

52 Photos Week 51: Winter


This is a picture of me with Santa Claus taken in _____.  I will let you guess what year.

Seriously, my grandparents had this picture hanging in their living room forever. Well, at least grandma had it in her living room. Grandpa died in 1989 and grandma continued living there by herself. In 2001, she sold her home and moved to Naples, Florida. That is when she passed the picture to me. So she had it in her house for 44 years right above their TV.  An honored spot, when you consider she had 16 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great, grandchildren.  Oh - and grandma was 2 months shy of 98 years old.  Did I tell you I was the favorite grandchild?  Yep - I was.

by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)

Just looking at the picture, and not reading all your write-up, I say the picture was taken in 2000. wink

Cheryl gorgeous photo of you and santa, you look adorable

What a treasure

Thank You for sharing this wonderful photo
Rodney, you really are a sweetheart. I wish I was that young. You sure know how to butter an old lady though. Thank you, my friend.
Susan, you always say such nice things to me. Thank you my good friend.
The photo was taken in 1957, and you were the sweetest little 6 1/2 year old angel, and the apple of your grandmother’s eye, because she knew you would grow up to be a wonderful lady that she would be proud of. Also, it looks like you may feel that Santa needs to see a picture of what you want for Christmas, so he doesn’t make any mistakes.
Alexis, aren't you the sweetest thing ever? I wish she was still here. She was like your grandmother, very loving, king and gentle. Everything grandmothers are supposed to be. I miss her very much.

I still think we have an awful lot in common.
Yes Cheryl, we were lucky to have our grandmothers; every child should have someone in their life that thinks they are wonderful.

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