When the group arrived in Wyoming they had to dig a canal that was over 30 miles long. During that summer of 1900 when my great-grandfather was not working on the canal he built a small cabin for his family in Cowley. He and my Great-grandmother lived there until she died. Then his son Dan moved his wife Ona and their family in to the cabin to help my great-grandfather and great-grandfather’s brother Jimmy. Uncle Danny and Aunt Ona lived in that log home for many years. In the mid-1970’s their children and grandchildren tore down the log home to replace it with a nice modern home.
In 1900 my great-grandparents Robert and Sarah Alice Nelson Baird were called by leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help colonize the Big Horn Basin in northwestern Wyoming. They sold their home in Heber, Utah to travel by wagon train to Wyoming; a distance of over 500 miles.
|My Great-grandparents Robert and Sarah Alice Nelson Baird|
|Uncle Danny and Aunt Ona in front of their log home|
My mother asked for and was given a slice from one of the logs. It sat in her basement until about a year ago when she gave it to me.
|Laurence doing more detailed chiseling with his dremel tool.|
|Laurence busily sanding.....|
|Applying polyurethane. I believe it has close to 8-10 coats.|
The first 2-3 coats soaked in immediately the wood was so dry.
No wonder at 110+ years old!
|Ready for the clockworks|
|The craftsman and my clock|