After our Fabulous Family Reunion in Pennsylvania, we flew to Minneapolis to visit more relations there. My grandma Ruby Lundquist Smuin has a sister named Elsie Gladys Lundquist. Aunt Elsie has a daughter named Frances, who was my mom’s first cousin. Frances will be 89 next month. Her husband, Wally was a family historian, who left boxes of his work behind. I was interested in finding some original photos that he published in some of the histories of our family written many years ago.
So, we planned a trip to visit Frances, her son Larry and his wife Marie, and their son, Matthew and his family. We had 2 wonderful days, talking, sorting and discovering treasures. I am so grateful for my family and for the bonds between us.
The first thing I noticed in Larry’s home is this wonderful collection of our ancestors:Here is the key to who’s who:Frances is living in this assisted living center in Columbia Hills, MN.My dear Aunt Frances!We spent 2 days going through generations of histories.
Here is one of the best treasures we found–pages from a scrapbook kept by Frances’s mother, Elsie. In it were original photos of her mother, my great-grandmother, Grace Honor Bushman Lundquist.I had never before seen this photo of Grace Honor Bushman Lundquist. She died at age 38, leaving 8 young children.Here are more photos of their family. My Grandmother Ruby is in the top left photo in the white dress. These photos are a slice of my family’s history. I am so happy to get to see these. Larry is letting me take some of these treasure home to digitize for the family.Monday evening Marie prepared a delicious dinner and we met their son, Matt and his beautiful family. Both Larry and Matt are serving as Bishops right now. They are good and busy men.
What a gift it is to be connected to families. This last week of reunions has felt like a slice of heaven on earth!