We visited the Glenwood Cemetery today in Sevier County, Utah to look for our pioneer ancestors. Glenwood is just a few miles from Richfield, Utah where we are living now. George Franklin Hackett was my Grandmother Thelma Marie Woods Reeder’s great Uncle and is one of the early pioneers that helped settle the area in the early 1900’s. It was fun to take my kids to the cememetery and to teach them about part of their heritage. We also found the headstones for two of George Franklin’s siblings who died very young in Glenwood. His older Brother David died when he was barely 2 years old and his Sister Ella Mae died at the early age of 15 years old. We tried to learn more about George Franklin’s wife Effie Louisa Buchanan but it gets tricky since her father Archibald Waller Buchanan had 4 wives and many children when polygamy was still practiced in the late 1800’s.
Afterwards we got our bikes and strollers ready for the annual childrens parade in Richfield. The kids had a great time decorating their bikes with flags, streamers and red, white and blue balloons. Travis had the biggest flag in the whole parade. We attached the big flag on a 6 foot piece of PVC pipe that was screwed to the front forks of his bike. I decided to push Hannah in a stroller because I didn’t think she could make it 8 blocks on her scooter. The site was pretty impressive with more than a thousand children participating. The whole childrens parade is just a prelude to the real 4th of July parade that takes place the following day. It was nice to see how many proud parents and relatives lined main street to support the children and to urge them on to their popsicle reward at the end of the parade route.