Monday, December 4, 2017

Maiden leap-frog fun?

If the lives of the Maiden girls out on White River during the 1930's were challenging, they weren't without fun.  Here, Jackie, Dorothy, Betty and Letty (Lettie) engage in a bit of tomfoolery with a couple of unidentified young people at the bottom of this undated photograph.  This photo was likely taken on the Maiden homestead northeast of Chadron, Nebraska  (Betty Love Jolovich collection)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Betty's Perfect Attendance - 1932

Betty (Maiden) Love Jolovich racked up some enviable school attendance reports in 1932.  These monthly report records were shared with us by Betty's daughter, Janice (Love) Tenold.  To see a larger version of this document – along with other Maiden family images – visit our Maiden Family Gallery.

Friday, March 31, 2017

90-year-old Betty Love Jolovich, dies in Sheridan – the last of her Maiden family generation

They were called the "Greatest Generation."  And in so many ways they were – those durable youngsters who grew up during the Great Depression and who knew the horrors and sacrifices that came with World War Two.

Betty Love Jolovich was of that generation.  She died at her home last week (3/22/17) in Sheridan, Wyoming at age 90.

Betty (Maiden) Love Jolovich
(1926 - 2017)
Born May 27, 1926 in the family farmhouse 14 miles northeast of Chadron, Nebraska, Betty Belle Maiden was the fifth daughter in the family of Bill and Leota Maiden.  She attended school on the home place and later at the Normal Prep School in Chadron.

On June 20, 1944, Betty married Marlin Love, an Army buddy of her brother Henry.  They honeymooned back to his home in Iowa on a motorcycle.  Alas, the old 1932 Harley-Davidson broke down in western Iowa, and they had to hitchhike the rest of the trip!

After Marlin was discharged from the Army, they moved to Sheridan, Wyoming, where they arrived December 4, 1944. The Loves would spend the rest of their lives in Wyoming, mostly in and around Sheridan, where they raised their four children.

Marlin Love died in 2000, and two years later, Betty married Paul Jolovich.

In addition to her parents, Betty Love Jolovich was pre-deceased by her first husband, Marlin Love, and by her sisters Minnie Scott, Nettie Drake, Lettie Miller, Dorothy Lewis, and Jocelyn Allen; brothers David Weston, William Weston, Henry Maiden, and James Walter Maiden.

She is survived by her second husband, Paul Jolovich of Sheridan, and by her children Beverly Reinke and Sandra Mosley of Sheridan, son Matthew Love of Gillette, and daughter Janice Tenold of Rapid City; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Her ashes will be spread near those of Marlin's up on the mountain in their beloved Big Horns, where the couple volunteered for so many years.


Note:  The passing of Betty Love Jolovich marks the end of the Maiden family members who were of that "Greatest Generation."  She was the sole remaining child of Bill and Leota (Durham) Maiden, both born in the late 1800's.  None of the Maiden lives was easy, and that took a toll on some of them.  But it didn't hamper a tremendous sense of humor among a few of the Maiden girls – including Betty.  We'll always remember her infectious laugh, mischievous smile, and her keen wit.  None of us will soon forget this special lady.   We are adding a few additional photographs of "Aunt Betty" to the Maiden Family Gallery.

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.