Tuesday, January 6, 2015

(ROBERTS) The Quarterback

My great-grandparents, Earl Raymond Peter and Eva Irene Laws, were deaf. They met while attending Kansas School for the Deaf (KSD) in Olathe, Kansas. 
Kansas School for the Deaf, circa 1900
KSD opened in 1861 and had more than 200 students when Earl and Eva attended in the early 1900s.
KSD Class of 1914. This photo belonged to Eva Laws Peters.
No names are listed, but I believe the man seated in
the center, looking to the right, is Earl.

KSD continues to serve deaf students today. The school has also digitized a large collection of historic photos. It was through these pictures that I discovered that Earl was on the football team. The photo also notes his position: quarterback. 
KSD Football team, 1913. Earl is at bottom, center left

Earl from above photo 

This game was before Earl's time, but the field and uniforms probably looked similar when he played 10 or 15 years later.
Football game at KSD, circa 1900

I don't know anything 
else about their time at the school, but how awesome to learn a little about my great-grandpa's high school experience. 


Photos from jocohistory, Kansas School for the Deaf Collection, http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/ksd . Accessed 31 Dec 2014. 

http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/ksd/id/4459 is the campus photo. 

http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/ksd/id/1411 is the 1913 football players

http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/ksd/id/4454 is the football game 

Photo of the Class of 1914 is in my possession. 

Line of descent:
Earl Raymond Peter, born 1893
Dolores Mae Peters (later Roberts), b. 1927

Friday, January 2, 2015

(SMITH) The Headstone That Answered a Prayer

"God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs."1

Eliza R. Snow, Lucius's wife's cousin, reflected on Joel's funeral. [2]

On May 10, 1844, Lucius Scovil suffered a tragic loss: his 14-year-old son, Joel, died. 

About a year-and-a-half after Joel’s death, the Scovils decided to place a headstone on his grave. Lucius went to a local stonecutter, Charles Lambert, with the commission.[3]

Lucius Scovil
His timing was more inspired than he could have guessed.

Earlier that day, Charles had arrived home to find his wife in tears. She said “she could stand anything but this (that was the children crying for bread and she had none to give them). I replied ‘why do you not go and ask the Lord to send you some? why do you not go with me?’” The couple repaired to their bedroom and petitioned the Lord.

“In about an hour after, Br. Lucious Scovil came and…said he would like me to make a grave stone to mark the place where his son was buried”. 

Lucius did not have any money. Without knowing anything about the Lamberts' earlier prayer, he offered to barter for the headstone with precisely what they needed:  Lucius paid Charles with four bushels of wheat. As Charles later wrote of this compensation, "Thus our prayers were answered."

Most of Joel's headstone survives today. The inscription
reads: In memory of Joel F. son of L. N. Scovil.
Died May 10

Truly, "God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs."1

Line of descent:

Lucius Nelson Scovil, born 1806
Asa Brigham Scoville, b 1861
Lucia Naomi Scoville, b 1889
Alice Zemp, b 1925

All genealogical information is from familysearch.org.

1 - Spencer W. Kimball, "Small Acts of Service," Ensign, December 1974, https://www.lds.org/ensign/1974/12/small-acts-of-service?lang=eng

2 - Times and Seasons, vol 5 #10, May 15, 1844,

3 - The entire story about Joel's headstone is from Stonecutter and Lucius Scovil "THUS WAS OUR PRAYER ANSWERED”,

4 - Photo from findagrave.com. Joel is buried in the Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=14722638