A Baker’s Dozen

Week 12: #52 Ancestors – 12

By Eilene Lyon

The year 1961 was tragic for my grandmother, Reatha (Gusso) Halse. She lost her husband, her mother, and her father-in-law. Then I, her first granddaughter, screamed in under the wire on December 31.

How’s that for timing? A little grace note at the end of a thunderous tympanic roll call to the grave. Okay, perhaps that’s a tad melodramatic. At any rate, I never got to meet my grandfather, Everett Halse, or his parents, Guy and Mabel.

The photo above has an even dozen people. It shows Guy Halse (my great-grandfather) and family in 1952. The one person missing is the mother of the eleven others in the picture: Mabel Pearl (Cutting) Halse. Guy and Mabel were actually second cousins, which narrows the family tree a little when you go back a few generations.

Guy is seated right of center. To our left of Guy are Howard and Hazel. On the right is Inez. Back row (L to R): Doris, Alvin, Everett, Charlotte, Evelyn, Amy, Myron, and Lloyd.

Mabel and Guy spent most of their lives in South Dakota, but after many of their children had moved to Oregon, they took up residence at least part of the time in Trout Lake. Guy and Mabel were visiting their daughter, Hazel, in Hermiston when Mabel took ill and died on April 26, 1946.

Mabel Halse Family
Halse clan gathered at the Guy Halse home in Trout Lake for Mabel’s funeral.

Eight of her eleven children, with spouses and children, attended the funeral in Trout Lake. Her body was then returned to Dexter Township in South Dakota for burial.

Headstone for Mabel and Guy Halse in the Dexter Cemetery, South Dakota. (E. Lyon 2012)

The photo below is the entire “baker’s dozen” assembled in 1923. Back row (L to R): Everett, Amy, Lloyd, Howard, Myron, and Hazel.  Front row: Evelyn, Guy, Alvin, Doris, Mabel (Cutting), Charlotte, and Inez.

HalseGuyFamily 1923

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  1. Eilene,

    These photographs make me wonder. When did family pictures become something less than the standard? I realize lots of people still partake, but in the same numbers? Of course, there are a lot of variables to consider.

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    1. I know my family had a portrait done in the mid-1970s. My younger brother also organized a professional family portrait in 2006. I think now that everyone’s a photographer (cell phone cameras) and wanting instant pictures, formal portraits have largely disappeared.

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  2. I noticed those neckties too! I’ll have to look, but pretty sure all my old photos show rather mundane ties, nothing as creative as those. I particularly like Everett’s flowered number in the first photo. 😀

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