||"In 1905 the Indian Reservation (Uintah) was opened
for homesteading. Father and his younger brother, Uncle Will, went out and took up claims. The
next year they went out and did some work on their places. On April 2, 1907, father left for
his new home. I, Myrtle, and a younger sister, Preal, just turned sixteen, went with him...We
had a hard trip, took three days to make the journey [from Woodland to the Duchesne River]. It took
another day's travel down the Duchesne River Valley before we reached our homestead.|
"Right away father began plowing a piece of sage brush ground to plant a patch of wheat. Preal
and I pulled and piled up brush ready for burning...Later in the summer Father brought Mother
and part of the family out for a short time...In the spring of 1908 Father moved his family
to the new home."
(Written by daughter, Myrtle Lizetta Michie Wilcken)
MICHIE family portrait, taken
in 1905. Front: Hilda, Lambert Moroni, Rula (baby), and Violet. Center: Robert
Moroni, father, Elena Dorothy, mother, and Preal. Back: Eugenia, Fern Elena, Marvin
Robert, Genevieve, and Myrtle Lazetta.|
Note: Two other children were born to this family:
a stillborn in 1893; and a boy, Asael Trevor, born in 1907 and died in 1910. All children in
the photo lived to maturity.
|Above and below: Scans of snapshots of
haying at the "Tabby" homestead found among the photos belonging to daughter, Violet.
||Left: Another scanned snapshot from Violet's
collection - Elena D.L. MICHIE standing just outside the doorway
of the cabin at the homestead. |
|= = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
For some recent photos of the homestead, please go to
Or return to My Views of Utah Index
*Unless otherwise noted, all photos on this website were taken by
Venita, who also holds the copyright.
Should you wish to download any of them for any reason (other than your own enjoyment),
please credit Venita
as the photographer and add my URL:
Comments are appreciated!