Archive for April, 2006

The Crabtrees Travel to Nebraska

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

This is an image I (Cal Bivens) have never seen other than in the family album, and the fact that the image is a little soft says to me that it probably isn’t of the postcard types like the soddie and the Indians. I know they added those as representatives of some of their life experiences. My best guess, is that it is an authentic shot of them on the trail. They did come by wagon. The buckboard in the photo does not appear to be the same one in later pictures, but it is difficult to say as Great Grandpa’s [John Crabtree] has the top removed.

There is a photo of a wagon and a buckboard in the old family album and an anecdote of the trip with it. The story tells of an incident one night when the wagons made camp too close to the rairoad track. They seem to have followed the course of the railroad—a sensible thing to do. The horses were unhitched and the seat removed from the wagon so the folks would not have to sit on the ground. Along came a train and the shriek of the locomotive’s whistle spooked the horses which got loose and bolted through the camp, leaping over and narrowly missing a couple of the children.—photo and comment from Cal Bivens

Amanda Myrtie Crabtree, My Grandma

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

This is a favorite photo of my grandma, but I don’t know when or where it was taken.

Miss Myrtie Crabtree, Teacher and Friend

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

John Crabtree takes daughter Myrtie to school to teach.

A class with Myrtie Crabtree as teacher. Some of the students are younger Briggs children.Thanks to Ron Horton for the photo.

Here is Myrtie with a friend.

Myrtie Crabtree 1918

Photo Myrtie had taken for Irwin who was in France in WWI.

Myrtie with Charlotte and Verna Briggs

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Amanda Myrtie Crabtree, My Grandma

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Myrtie, as her folks called her, was the daughter of John and Ida Higginson Crabtree. She was born in November 1891 in a sod house in Nebraska.

Four year old Myrtie.

Myrtie with her parents John and Ida Crabtree.

Johnie Abel Crabtree, son of John and Ida Emily Crabtree

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Johnie (and that is the correct spelling) was born in Bonesteel, South Dakota. He was the second child of John and Ida Crabtree.

Johnie Crabtree, 1902.

Johnie Crabtree in High School.

Johnie Crabtree working on the yearbook.

Johnie’s yard in Healdsburg, California.