Grandma Elsa’s Sunbonnet

Pioneer Trek July 2008 1072My Grandma Elsa came to America in 1929 on a ship.  She and grandpa landed in San Francisco after passing through the Panama Canal, not the typical pioneer crossing.  I’ve got a photo of her holding up a huge stalk of bananas purchased in Panama which I will post when I get back home.  She planted a banana tree by her front door in her central valley California home.  It was there for years as I grew up and visited daily.  It never produced a single banana, but I imagine it reminded her of their pioneer crossing.006
I have a sunbonnet Elsa made from a feedsack in the 1930s.  It looks just like the sunbonnets the pioneers wore crossing the plains.  It’s a treasure to me, reminding me of the courage Elsa had to leave family and friends and come to a new land, hoping and dreaming of better opportunity for her family and descendants.

I’ve been on two pioneer trek re-enactments. Each time I wore grandma’s sunbonnet so I would think of her and remember my other ancestors who pushed and pulled wagons and teams across the plains.

Pioneer Trek June 2012   (1)

I am proud of my pioneer heritage.Pioneer Trek June 2012   (2)

Pioneer Trek June 2012   (3)

About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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