Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Little Bit Irish

St. Patrick's Day 2017

I've always taken a little bit of pride in believing I was 25% Irish.  I grew up believing that my father was 50% Irish and 50% Swedish.  As the story goes my Grandfather, James Edward Sullivan, was born July 4th, 1879 in New York City, New York.  His mother, Mary, died a few years later and his father, James Sullivan, died in a "Blizzard Fire" in 1889 in New York City.  James Edward Sullivan then went to Indiana to live with his "Uncle Sheehan" and work helping to build the canals.  Since James and Mary Sullivan lived in New York City I just imagined them immigrating to the states in the 1870's together or marrying soon after arriving here from Ireland. Oh, how wrong I was.

During this past year my cousin, Dianne, and I had a DNA test done on my Uncle Roger, the brother to my father.  Uncle Rogers DNA says he is 13% Irish.  What???  What happened to the 50% Irish and my 25% Irish.  These test results just totally blew my mind and burst my bubble of being Irish.   Needless to say, Dianne and I have spent hours and hours connecting and collecting our family tree.  So far, we have added about 20,000 names to our family tree but we still haven't connected the correct Sullivan and Sheehan names.  Someday i'll know the complete story and for now "I'm just a little bit Irish".

My favorite five year old grandson at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Price, Utah.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Spring Canyon, Carbon, Utah

Carbon County Historical Society tour

On August 27, 2016 the Carbon County Historical Society made a trip to tour the old town site of Spring Canyon in Carbon County, Utah.  Before we went, we were shown a photograph of what the town looked like, where the homes were, where the stores, mine buildings, church and schoolhouse was located.  When we arrived at the location of these sites it was amazing to be able to know and see what the town looked like.  It is just hard to imagine that people lived here, worked here, went to school and enjoyed living life here.  

I took many photographs of the location and tried to picture the town and the surrounding area.  I wanted to share one of the photographs that I took.  It was just so totally amazing to me how this photo turned out.

A while back a new friend found me.  John collects old postcards and he shared with me several of the postcards he had collected of Carbon County.  One of those photographs was of the aerial tramway in Spring Canyon.  The tramway was built in the early 1900's.

When I left home to go to Spring Canyon I didn't think about the photo or have any preconceived ideas of finding where the photo had been taken from.  When I got home and looked through the photos I had taken, this was one of them.

As you compare the photos you can see that I was almost in the exact same spot as the postcard photo was taken.  Check out the small mountain in the back center of the photo, the large boulders in the middle, and the tall pointy rock at the top of mountain are all still there.  The only differences in the photos is the clouds are missing from the first photo and the tramway is missing from the second photo.

This one photo made my day worthwhile but I do have many more photos to help me visualize life in Spring Canyon.  What an awesome day!!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

(If you are related), you are 
invited to the First ever

John Sigurmunder 
Ethel Singleton
Family Reunion!!!

Date: Sat., Aug. 6th, 2016
Time: 10:00 - meet at the turn-off near the Castle Gate Tunnel

There are a couple monuments at this site.  We will be able to overlook the town of Castle Gate and share remembrances with each other.  We may be able to drive down the Main Street of Castle Gate, then visit the Castle Gate cemetery and take a short walk to the #2 mine portal where the mine explosion occurred on March 8, 1924.  This walk is through rocks and brush so shoes are advised.  Photographs of the town of Castle Gate will be available.

Time: 12:00 - Meet at Helper City Park

We have the Helper City Park pavilion reserved for the rest of the day.  Sloppy Joes, plates and utensils will be furnished so bring a salad, a dessert, or a bag of chips for a pot luck lunch.  Waters will be provided.  Please bring your own drinks.  The pavilion is right next to the Helper City swimming pool for those of you who have children that would like to go for a swim.

Please share this invitation and the maps with your children and grand-children.  We'd love to meet all of our Hreinson cousins.  Bring a lawn chair and plan to sit around, visit and get to know each other.

e-mail Kathy Hamaker at
 if you have any questions or suggestions.  If you would like volunteer to be in charge of a BBQ let me know.  Thank you!

We hope to see all our Hreinson cousins at the park.  Please pass along this blog address to all the Hreinsons that you know.  Thank you.