The middle of July brings summer's hottest days to our pleasant valley. The heat, mixed with moist monsoonal air, clouds the late afternoons. Light showers generally follow, cooling and scenting the air. It is the best part of the day. It is the best part of our Utah summer.
I continue researching our family's history, spending hours every week searching for long forgotten ancestors. I want to tell their stories. I want to know who they were. My discoveries are posted on this blog for all to enjoy. Lately you'll notice a decline in the posted research. No, I'm not growing board with the endeavor, I'm just nearing the end of what's available. For some of our ancestors, a name on our family tree is all we will ever know of them. That, and the fact that they continue to live on to some degree in the very essence of who we are.
The limited information on our ancestors has given me an opportunity over the last several months to post pictures from our recent family history. These picture are posted so the people in them can download them for their own personal histories. Today, we continue by looking at pictures labeled 1985/86.
Joseph Mattson holding his young cousin Autumn DelGrosso
Joseph doing his tricks outside the American Fork Mattson Home.
Brothers Jacob (orange shirt) and Joseph (white shirt) with two friends on their front lawn.
Joseph up to bat
Uncle John and Aunt Beverly Mattson out for a horse ride on the occasion of John's birthday
Jacob Mattson - too impatient to wait for a spoon (Uncle John's birthday)
Joseph caught in the act - his finger getting dangerously close to the frosting on his dad's cake.
The presentation of the Cake (Bev and Kirk)
Another birthday party celebrating Charles Williamson's 1986 birthday at the home of Marvin and Cindy Mattson, Black Hawk, South Dakota.
Charles Williamson at his birthday party.
Grandma Mattson could never get cool enough on a hot June South Dakota evening
Cindy Mattson holding daughter Hallie with Luella Williamson
Uncle Ray (Linda's husband), Uncle Marvin and Charles Williamson
Luke Mattson, eldest child of Marvin and Cindy Mattson
Uncle Marvin with Hallie