|The McKean Family circa 1905|
July 18th and 19th
This was one of the main highlights of our trip homeward. I was really blessed to see and meet-up with my cousin Patty and her family. She is so young! Patty wasn't even born when I was there last. She's not much older than my oldest children, but we have so much in common, more than family and that's weird. Patty walks just like Grandma O'Connor, so do I.
|My great grandma McKean and my grandma O'Connor on the rt.|
|Patty, Samantha, and I in front of Grandpa McKean's Barn|
|Richard Winslow McKean|
|Great Grandma McKean Holding My Uncle Dan|
The picture above has Patty's mother on the left,
and my mom sitting on the ground and
Patty's twin sister Aunt Marion, on the left.
|One kid outta' Patty's Fainting Goat Herd|
|I raise LaManchas, but adore Fainting Goats!|
|The same porch that my grandmother rocked my Uncle Dan|
|My great grandpa barn & great view of Miller Mesa behind.|
Carol told us all about the place and it was the first time I had ever seen the inside. I stood where I know Grandma stood and Steve took a picture of me on the front porch. I saw all the bedrooms, everything but the addition. We ran-out of light.
|The pond was added by the new owners of the ranch|
|The View Out The Window is Amazingly Beautiful!|
|Me, Where GGrandmother Stood and Grandma's Lilac Bush Right|
|Memorizing The Stairs|
|Diningroom Now Was My Mom & GGrandmother's Bedroom|
|Cows, Sheep, and Horse Barns|
|Hay & Grain Barn (mostly wheat grain)|
|Aunt Marion, My Mom, center, and Aunt Mary with A Cat|
|My Mom's first Horse Ride|
|Additions to the side and back of the Main House|
|The Right Side is Where The Bottom Photo Was Taken|
|1st Day of School. Aunt Mary, Mom, Aunt Marion, Uncle Dan digging the dirt.|
|Deer In GGrandma's and Grandpa's Pig Pens|
|A Pair--This is the Doe|
We were awake so early, I couldn't go back to sleep. I think we ran through a fast food place for breakfast because I just wanted to get back to see Ridgway and my family. We saw more of the old homestead and we were able to see all of the remodeling done to the hay barn that I've heard about my whole life.
|Going Up On The Loft In the Grain Barn|
|Carol Decorated This Whole Place and It's All Amazing|
|Mom, Aunt Marion, GGrandmother Mary E. McCarty O'Connor, and Aunt Mary|
|All the Hay Was Stored In The Loft of This Barn|
|Basically, It's the same. My grandpa Milked His Cows Here|
|The Inside Here Has a Few Extra Modern Things|
And I saw the sheep pens, the big barn that my grandfather built himself with the logs still showing, but the outside was beautifully painted and decorated all around. The barn inside was original. I could see right where Grandpa O'Connor milked his Jersey cow. The pig pen had a pair of deer living in the lean-to. What a great surprise to see jump right out in front of us. The deer are so much bigger in Colorado. Carol added a pond and Steve drove me around in Carol's cute John Deere ATV-type, fast golf cart, people mover around the pond. I walked over the little stream that went through the yard. I know, every place has a stream, but it was real and not at all something we, in Santa Paula would put in for landscaping and then recycle it so it would run by us again with pipes. Fake streams in California are pretty popular, the stream here was real.
|Sheep Ramp With Walkway Along-side|
|Miller Mesa Beautiful|
This is the cabin that was up on Joe Rosetti's place on Miller Mesa, Ridgway, Colorado. The way to get there was up the Cold Creek Canyon where the McKean's got there water supply for their home.
This is the cabin where my grandmother almost fought a bear. My mother said that my grandmother didn't t looked scared to her, but I'm sure she was. Grandma O'Connor was cooking and a very hungry bear tried to get in the cabin. My said that she had all her little children sit over by all the bed area, in the one room log cabin and tried to keep all quiet until the bear went away. Mom has said that the "bear incident" seemed like a long time because the bear ran around and around the house and would run across a long piece of tin on one side. The bear sounded like a real noisy pig and kept that running and clawing up, clear into the night. It was a hostage situation and made a lasting impression on their idyllic summer cabin adventures. My thoughts were where the heck is Grandpa O'Connor.
I have to add this is simply, "Kid History" at it's finest. I don't know any if this information first hand, I wasn't there.... and I'm not sure of all the details. Please, if any of The O'Connor's need for me to delete what isn't exact or add more information that would make me really happy, honest.
In this picture is on the left, my mother, Adrian F. (O'Connor). Wellman (Boby to everyone) Then, Aunt Marion (O'Connor) Slivkoff McAndrew behind her, Grandma O'Connor (Winnifred Lyle McKean) and Mary (O'Connor) Gore Phillips on her right. The little red-head boy with the hat is my Uncle Dan O'Connor that my grandma called "Sunny" and the little baby is my Uncle Terry O'Connor. Frank Charles O'Connor, named after his father, isn't in the picture because Grandma wasn't 39 yet. Picture was taken in 1939.
Aunt Mary is holding Uncle Terry and Uncle Dan's riding a horse with my mother, Boby. 1945 Rosetti Ranch. Mom said that all the kids loved to ride Snip because he was young and fast, but the older one, Dude, was the better horse and saved her once. Snip was dragging mom through the trees. She had hit a low branch and her foot became stuck in the stir-up. Dude hurried and ran in front and stopped Snip. The only time she thinks that Dude hurried, ever.
We went up on the Dallas just for a few moments and I wished Steve could've seen more of the great mountain range there. My focus was on my great grandparents young baby or child that had died while the family was living on the "Upper Dallas" I wanted to find the grave and record it in my Family History. I took pictures of their gravestones and walked the whole cemetery. Not too much walking around because of the high altitude and the obvious other reason is that it's about as big as our roping arena. We have to come back and Steve promised we would.
|Chimney Rock and Courthouse Rock|
|A Long Range Close-up|
|I'm Missing The Fall Splendor Mt. Sniffles|
These three pictures were taken by Patty, my cousin. This is her view of the mountains around her home and that's just down the street from where the McKean ranch or Elk River Ranch is located. I just felt I needed to post them because my camera seemed to be on all that was eye level. I did see Chimney Rock and Courthouse Rock and Mount Sniffles. At the time I was in Ridgway I was anxious to be at the place where my family walked and tried to remember all the details. It was even more fun to match them with the old pictures that were in my mother's and my aunt's photographs.
The town of Ridgway, Colorado
Bits and Pieces
|Steve and Susan Wellman Lazenby 7/19/2011|