My Views of Utah

Tabiona Homestead

of Robert Moroni and Elena Dorothy Lambert MICHIE
page two

Photos taken July 1999

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The old Tabby homestead is still in the extended Michie family - the current owner, Arvel Rhoads, is a nephew to the previous owner, Marvin R. Michie. I made a visit there on a cloudy, rainy day in July 1999 to see if I could still find it and if there were any recognizable buildings left. Not having driven there for several years, I was pleased to discover the old cemetery, then the familiar road that leads to the farm, and finally the farm itself. What a deja vu!! It felt like I was coming home.

Uncle Marve's house

Above: The house, known to me as "Uncle Marve's house," was still there, but obviously unoccupied and neglected. He and his family lived here during my younger years.

Uncle Marve's house, side

Above: The back of the house, with the wash house built above the old root/fruit cellar, is barely visable through the overgrown trees. The other brown building was built as an office for the Chevron oil pump station in nearby Hannah. Uncle Marve moved to his farm later where it was used as an additional bedroom, an apartment, and later as a work and storage building.

Granary

Above: Turning to my left I see this farm building. Was it the granary? Or was it the barn? Cousin Robert confirms that it was a granary which had three bins for grain, a work area and pigeon nests built above. The attached lean-to was for storing gas and oil barrels, the fuel for farm machinery. I remember the outdoor privvy being near here.

Cabin

Above: After climbing over a rail fence and walking around the granary, I find this old log building. It is the original cabin that Grandpa Michie built! When Grandma and Grandpa moved here with their 11 children, they left a fine two-story house in Woodland. In 1911, when the family had lived here for three years, grandpa promised Grandma he would build a new home for her the next summer. Unfortunately, Grandpa died in February of 1912, and the new home was never built.

Grandma stayed in the cabin till about 1920. The oldest children were married by then, and the younger ones were teenagers. With the help of some of her children, she bought a home in Provo and moved there. Uncle Marve took over the farm and the cabin. When he built a new home for his family, the cabin was moved from its original position to here where it has been used for a chicken coop among other things. For the whole story, read Grandma Michie's history.

Pasture

Above: Looking southwest provides a vista of pastureland and hayfields which probably look much like they did a century ago. The distant row of trees along the edge of the fields marks the course of the Duchesne River.

Hollyhocks

Above: On the way back to the car, I found this single Hollyhock plant, bravely blooming among the grass and weeds near the old well.

Old Tabby Road

Above: Back on the road heading generally south, I'm aware of Tabby Mountain on my left where my mother, Violet, hiked and rode her favorite horse, Knight. A couple of miles ahead is the Tabiona Cemetery, first laid out for the burial of the youngest Michie child, Asael Trevor, who died in 1910 at the age of three.

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There are several family headstones in the Tabiona Cemetery.
Please turn to page 3.

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Many thanks to my cousin, Robert A. Michie, of Boise, Idaho, for his corrections and additional information about these photos. He was raised on this farm, a son of Uncle of Marve.

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