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Tabiona Homestead

of Robert Moroni and Elena Dorothy Lambert MICHIE

small map "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 1905

Above: The 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.

Haying at the homestead

Above and below: Scans of snapshots of haying at the "Tabby" homestead found among the photos belonging to daughter, Violet.

Haying at the homestead

Elena MICHIE at homestead        Left: Another scanned snapshot from Violet's collection - Elena D.L. MICHIE standing just outside the doorway of the cabin at the homestead.

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