• “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Dr. Suess

Friday, April 30, 2010


Lists and links to some of my favorites now have a home to the right. What do you like to read?

Thursday, April 29, 2010


1 - Jean Campbell Forsyth  2 - Walton Campbell
3 - Uncle Mike Jensen  4 - Mary Bohne  5 - Henry Magnus Bohne
6 - William David Campbell  7 - Elna Bohne
8 - might be Shannon Lee  9 - Rex Forsyth  10 - Gene Forsyth
11 - Garth Forsyth  12 - Wendel Campbell  13 - Blaine Campbell
14 - may be Robert (Bob)   15 - Anna Campbell
16 - Allen Campbell  17 - Terra Campbell Lee 18 - Darrell Campbell  19 - _______  20 - might be Linda Forsyth  21 - baby - likely Shane  22 - George Lee  23 - might be Randy Forsyth
24 - Flora Campbell Lee  25 - might be Aunt LuRay Bohne Jensen a daughter of Henry Bohne

Granny Bohne was the second wife of Henry Magnus Bohne. This picture (sorry it is so dark) was most likely on her birthday and shows how very small she was - look at how she compares to Grandpa Campbell or mom (they are all standing). 

Even so she was a pretty feisty lady. This is the Grandma with the cane in the car. If we were noisy she would swing it blindly over the back of the front seat whacking anyone unfortunate enough to not duck or move quickly - and I might add it was fairly hard to get out of reach enclosed in a car with 5 or 6 siblings.

We think this may be taken December 1956 - Grandpa Henry Bohne died May 1957. I would be a bit over 2 years old and Shane would be about 6 months. So the young baby Garth is holding is likely Shane.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Who is the oldest relative you remember as a child?
What do you remember about them?


Henry Magnus and 
Mary Hudson Hopkinson Bohne
likely taken in 1942 when married at ages 74 and 79


I remember going to visit Granny Bohne almost every Sunday when I was a child. I don't really have a memory of Great Grandpa Henry Bohne but have often heard others talk about 'Old One Eye'.  My father lived on the South Hill in Cardston Alberta and says that the boys would bother Henry Bohne a little when he would walk past.  He walked to town, from Aetna (approximately 5 or 6 miles) every day to attend the temple.  Dad says he never really thought about it until after he married mom and realized that he was her grandfather.

After Henry died Mary lived in their home with a woman from Mountain View as a care giver for a short time before moving into the Chinook Rest Home.  I remember her coming to stay at our home many times for a week at a time whenever she was really wanting out of there.  She would come out to the farm until she was ready to go back.

When we moved to the Church Ranch in Mountain View (I was in grade 5/6) she went with us.  All her clothes and things were moved in the station wagon. It rained terribly and everything in the big grain truck got very wet. My mother was very relieved that she was able to set up Granny's bedroom and all her things were not damaged in any way. We had no power or water for a few days - the river was close by though.  I can remember little tiny black 'SenSen' throat lozenge we thought of as candies, about the size of a glass pin head and the shape of a pillow.  Mom would have a fit when Granny Bohne would give them to us because they were like medicine - heavily and often discussed.

100 YEARS OLD (about)

When we would visit the Chinook we would go sit outside on the front step and sneak a few flowers from the  huge bleeding hearts there. They dangled so temptingly that they were irresistible to pick. I have always loved this flower.
Granny was flown back east to visit her 2 daughters - both too old and ill to be flown west to see her for the celebration!  It was very cool to be related but it didn't cut any special privileges - I had to stand forever in a line like all the rest of the town and I couldn't be bothered when I would be going to see her anyway on Sunday.  Nevertheless we had to do the formal meet and greet.  Mom and/or Dad  stood in line while we ran around making havoc while one or the other tried to keep us out of trouble.  I can't imagine.

I look at this picture of a centurion and remember how Granny Bohne always looked just so with her hair colored and her high heels on. She was not related to me by blood but I can't help think about how long I might live.  This picture was taken about January 1964 so she would be just past her 100th birthday.  She was born in 1863 on 27 December and died in the spring of 1969.  I was 15 but don't really remember her passing as she did not visit the farm much after she fell and broke her hip (a couple of years before she died). 

In 1967 for the 100th anniversary of Confederation every child was given a coin and at school at a specified time every child across Canada was in an assembly and we all sang a song we had been taught.  The town of Cardston had a couple of ladies that were over 100 and they honored them with a huge reception in the Cardston Social Centre.  

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Many of my blogs will begin with a question from a book received as a gift from one of my daughters titled 'Reflections from a Mother's Heart'.  I try to write in it.  Now I will try to share some of those memories in this new and foreign to me digital format: blogging.  Welcome to the adventure!