08 June 2013
Daddy as Big Brother
Don't you love it when photos are fully labeled?! This photo shows the Hegwer's in the front yard of their home at the Utah Power and Light Company power plant at Lifton, St. Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho where my grandfather was the superintendent. The fence posts you can see on the right run along the road and the north shore of Bear Lake would be on the other side of the road. The power plant is a ways behind the photographer.
If Daddy had not labeled this photo, I still would have recognized the location and probably Grandma, but I would never had been sure about all the children, especially my own dad. All my memories of him are with jet black hair! I never knew they ever had a dog.
Both the older cursive note and the more recent (1979) printed note are in my father's handwriting. Daddy has dated the photo as being from the late summer of 1918. However, the info I've found on the births of the children make me think it's much more likely 1919 or maybe even 1920. If I'm right, Daddy is 6 or 7, the baby about 1, Margaret 4 or 5, and Ray is 3 or 4. And, if it's 1920, Grandma is pregnant with Leila.
If my dad's estimate is correct, he would be almost 5, Margaret 3, and Ray less than 2. Don't you think Daddy is older than 5? And, Ray older than 2? And I think it's very possible that Grandma could be about 7 months pregnant.... What I really need is an official birthdate for baby Harry. My father left me with full birthdates for everyone except Harry, which he wrote only as 1918. Census ages are consistent with his being born late summer 1919, which fits well with Grandma possibly looking pregnant here.