Karen Stark is a lifelong resident of Weber County, currently living in South Ogden. She is a former social worker, experienced volunteer in many organizations, an amateur genealogist and now a blogger.
One Saturday afternoon in January 2011, after having lunch in downtown Ogden with my daughters, my youngest and I decided to go across the street to an antique store before heading home.
We were wandering around when I heard her call to me, "Mom you gotta see this, it has Eggleston on it."
I hurried to her to see what "it" was. She had picked up an old postcard book with the name Vedia Eggleston on it. Eggleston is my maiden name, so of course I was excited. The book was filled with postcards sent to Vedia from other family members. I recognized many of the names.
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This store sold things on consignment, and this album was priced rather high, intended to be sold intact. There were other old postcards being sold individually, and I guess they thought the book was worth the cost of all the individual cards. Anyway, it was more than I was ready to pay. I talked to the store owner and left my name and a message for the album’s owner. I requested that person not sell the book or any of the cards before I could talk to him.
After getting home, I contacted my cousin Donna Tolman. I had met Donna months earlier and realized this was her more immediate family. Over the next few weeks, we made contact with the book’s owner and even visited him at his home. He couldn't give many details about how he acquired this postcard book, and he did not have any direct family connection. He made Donna a deal, and she purchased the entire postcard book.
Through the wonders of technology, we can share these postcards. Vedia (sometimes spelled Veda) was a daughter of Orson Hyde Eggleston and his second wife, Mariett Farley. She was born July 17, 1897, in Afton, Wyoming. She married John Benjamin Jones on June 28, 1916, in Malad, Idaho. Many of the postcards are from her siblings. A few are to or from her husband.
These postcards give an interesting picture of life and communication in the early 20th Century. Think of these as emails, text messages, tweets or Facebook updates accompanied by photos or memes. Postcards were an easy way to send greetings to family members who were away from home during the holidays.
Vedia grew up in Afton, Wyoming. She had siblings who sent greetings from their homes in Utah. Apparently Vedia was going to school in Malad, Idaho, in 1915 and 1916, and spent the Christmas holiday there. Family and friends from her home in Afton, Wyoming — as well as siblings living in Utah — sent Christmas and New Year’s postcards to her those years.
You can see some of the postcards in the gallery below.