Lavenia Andrus Miller McComb Sondberg Tryon (1854-1939)
My second great grandmother
me --> Bruce Albert Buchanan --> Robert Amos Buchanan --> June Miller Eckstein Buchanan --> Lavenia Andrus Miller McComb
This is a story my grandmother, Gertrude Maxine Wahl Buchanan (Nona), told me. I have no idea if it is true, but I think it makes for great family folklore.
Lavenia had four husbands. When she was married to one of them, (I don't know which one but I don't think it was James Miller or James McComb) she was living in Helper and decided she wanted a divorce. In those days you had to file a claim in Price Utah, about 6 miles away. The cost was $10.
Lavenia saved up her money and hitched up the wagon and set out for the courthouse in Price to get her divorce. On the way she passed by a store and saw a hat in the window.
Lavenia loved hats. She stopped to get a closer look and fell in love with the hat on display. The cost of the hat was $10. She decided she could stand to stay married a little longer, but couldn't go another minute without that hat. So she bought the hat instead of the divorce.
This is how I imagine she looked going back home.
This is what she actually looked like.
Maybe this is the hat she bought that day.