Thursday, August 4, 2016

When penny postcards really were....a penny!


You can take a closer look at this old postcard -- and lots of other early family photographs -- in our Maiden Gallery.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Found during a sojourn to Hulett, Wyoming


It's been 67 years since Jackie Maiden graduated from high school at Hulett, Wyoming.  We recently explored Hulett, which was home for her parents, William J. and Leota Maiden for a few years in the 1940's and '50's.  We were pleased to see "Jocelyn Maiden" and her class photo still adorning the hallway wall at the newest Hulett school building — likely the third school building in the history of the small Crook county community.  To get a closer look at this image -- and other Maiden family photographs -- go to our Maiden Gallery.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Late 1920's photo of Derricks and Maidens

This snapshot was taken on the old Maiden place about 14 miles northeast of Chadron, Nebraska, probably in about 1929.  We can identify several of the people — but not all of them.  The five children standing in front are (left-to-right):  Lettie Maiden, Henry Maiden, Nettie Maiden, Betty Maiden, and Dorothy Maiden.  The dapper fellow standing in the back at left is either Monroe Derrick or his brother William Derrick; others in the back (l-r) are Leota Durham Maiden, Dora Derrick Maiden, William Joseph Maiden, Minnie Maiden (partially hidden), an unidentified lady, and the elderly lady in the black dress at right may be Nettie Derrick Bouma.  The Derrick-Maiden relationships can be a bit confusing.  Here's a simple explanation for the relationships in this photo only:  William (Bill) Derrick (and Monroe) is a nephew to Dora Derrick Maiden, who is the mother of William Joseph Maiden.  Cora Derrick Bouma is a half-sister to Dora Derrick Maiden.  Question:  what are the names of the dogs, to whom do they belong, and — more importantly — who is taking the picture?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ray Scott passes away at age 77

Cousin Ray Scott passed away April 26, 2015 in Olympia, Washington.  He was 77 years old. Ray was the son of Bryan and Minnie (Maiden) Scott.  He grew up in the Kenwood neighborhood of north Chadron, taking a job sweeping out Joe Lichty's barbershop when he was just seven years old — followed by a job of setting pins at the bowling alley when he was 12.

After graduating from Chadron Prep in 1955, Ray married Melody Thomas of Chadron.  He went to work for a time with the Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Company and also had worked for fire departments in Rapid City, South Dakota and Gillette, Wyoming.  In the 1960's, Ray and Melody moved to Orting, Washington,  to where several other family members had moved.  He soon took a job as a fireman for the Olympia fire department, followed by a stint as a fireman for the Boeing Corporation.

Ray later worked as an over-the-road truck driver for Puget Sound Truck Lines and Arrow Truck Lines.  He retired in 2002, but after a couple of years, chose to return to work part-time with a security firm.

Ray is survived by his wife, Melody, and daughters Debby and Ramona, and sons Joe and Robert, as well as 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  A daughter, Mona, died in an automobile accident in 1994.

A classmate of Ray's at Chadron Prep, Doug Wilson of Lincoln, Nebraska, had kept in touch with  Ray, and he also visited with Melody after Ray's passing, noting that "Ray will be remembered for his sense of humor, caring ways, and the interest he took in the well being of others."

A few years back, long after Ray had finally retired, Ray wrote to his cousin, John Miller, and said, "…I've had a whole lot of fun getting to where I'm at; I've got 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and most of them have spent a lot of time crawling all over 'Papa.'  I wish we hadn't lost Mona,, and I wish I hadn't hurt a lot of people that I did, but all in all, if God has got a sense of humor, I think I'll be all right!  Ray."

We wish we'd kept in touch and had known Ray better, but sometimes we allow day-to-day life to get in the way of important things.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to Melody and all of the Scott family.  

Rest in Peace, cousin Ray.



Sunday, March 22, 2015

About Martha Merritt Norman

Labeled "Grandma Norman," this is a photo of Martha Merritt Norman, who lived most of her life in Iowa, giving birth to 10 children, at least eight of them were girls.  Martha's granddaughter, Leota (Durham) Maiden would also raise a large family of mostly girls.  Martha Norman lived from 1835 to 1901.  She died in Cherokee, Iowa.  For a bit more about Martha Merritt Norman -- and a few more photographs as well -- visit our Maiden Gallery (Thanks to Doug Henderson for sharing this picture)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Which Maiden witch is this?


This witch flew in to Sugarland Ridge in Sheridan, Wyoming, on Halloween of 2014.  Scary as she may be in this photo by the Sheridan Press, we're convinced that she's "good witch" Betty (Maiden) Jolovich, accompanied by her daughter Jan (Love) Tenold at left and husband Paul Jolovich at right.  The young princess in the foreground is unidentified.  Witch Betty is holding the new "Stealth 88" broom, which celebrates the number of years she's been bewitching folks.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A WWII-era photo at 6th and King in Chadron

Probably taken in the winter of 1944 at 6th and King in Chadron. This motley crew of cousins -- all grandchildren of William J. and Leota Maiden -- includes (in the back) Ray Scott, Johnny Miller, Leota Scott and (in the front) Linetha Miller.   We're advised that John and Lettie (Maiden) Miller rented the small house that sat on the southwest corner of the intersection at 6th and King Street, across the street west from the Seventh Day Adventist Church.