S: The Amazing Journey of Ella Pelton Sibley
BC: Made with love for Mom by Sharon Happy Mother's Day! May 13, 2012 | Sharon, Mom, Lauren
FC: Grandma Ella Was Quite A Girl!
1: Grandma (Ella Celia Pelton) was born in Indianhead, Saskatuwan Canada, on June 13, 1902. | (Above) Grandma on the beach at Coronado
2: Grandma's favorite sport was tennis | Grandma loved going to the beach. Here she is (middle) with her sisters, Ida (on the left) and Linda (on the right)
3: Grandma's: Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Flower: Sweet-peas Favorite Perfume: Jasmin Favorite Day of the Year: Easter Favorite Time of Day: Early a.m. - sunrise Favorite Musical Instrument: Violin Favorite Poem: "The Day's at the Morn" Favorite Melody: "Star of the East" "Linda played piano and we all sang to-gether in the parlor (living room) in evenings and on Sunday. My father had a great voice. He studied to be a minister." | Fron left: Ella, Vera, Linda....sisters
4: Ella Pelton.. .she was always up for having a good time with friends
6: My First Trip on an Airaplane Did you ever have a cherished dream come true? Mine did at ten o'clock Monday morning when I gained my parents' consent to go up in an airaplane from Garden City Aviation Field (San Jose). The day could not have been more perfect. Bright and sunny it dawned with not a cloud to cause undue anxiety. I was there on the second, atiptoe with excitement and this novel experience. The machine stood like a huge bird poised for flight and I was soon fastened into a leather cap, goggles etc. Was I frightened? Never a quiver of fear as I climbed eagerly into the snug little seat in front of the pilot and was strapped into it! A chug, whir, and a wave of my hand and we were skimming across the green feild (sic) and then rising - rising upward. My hands gripped the sides of the machine tensely. I fully expected to be sucked from my seat by the rushing wind. Was I dreaming? Where was the fierce hurricane? I found myself floating, gliding slowly upward, the warm, perfumed air bushing my face. My fingers relaxed and I leaned back to enjoy myself. Then I glanced over one side and I cannot describe the feeling that came over me. Thrilled, awed, for there below me was my "Valley of Hearts Desire." (Santa Clara Valley) A billowy sea of fruit blossoms looking like a level floor, mountain rimmed, with a thousand tinted squares and here and there a dash of gorgeous yellow of poppy feilds (sic). Dotted with doll houses and interlaced with silvery ribbon-like roads winding into the foothills. Startled from this vision by the inquiry of the aviator asking if I were all right, I nodded a smiling yes. The machine now began to rise and fall as if we were on the rolling ocean and then with one mighty nose dive we dipped and turned a big loop. A real stunt - I had jokingly asked for one but hardly expected it on a first flight. After circling Mt. Hamilton we swooped down over the feild and skimmed along till we came to a standstill before the aireodrome. It was over, my first flight in the clouds. | This was written by Grandma when she was 16 years old. The flight was a 16th birthday present from her older sister, Linda, who paid $10 for the experience. | This was added to the essay later in Grandma's "grandma" handwriting: "Grandma Pelton watching and waving from her backyard. Linda waiting on the ground for me. We rode home on one of the street cars where my father was motorman."
8: Grandma loved adventures!
10: Grandma played Joan of Arc in college theater. | She graduated from San Jose State Teachers College in 1920.
14: Grandma went to Kauaii in 1921, and taught at Kalaheo School. It was the first paycheck she had ever received. | Grandma's friend, Florence, traveled to Kauai with her.
15: Grandma met the love of her life, Merrill Raymond Sibley (Ray), in Oct. 1922, when she was teaching first grade at Claremont School, in the oilfields of Coalinga, CA.. | Grandma loved children.
16: Grandma was not looking to get married. She wanted to "travel to far away places". Ray was a blind date for a dance in Coalinga the first Saturday night she was there!
17: In the spring of 1923, Grandma's sister, Linda, went with Ray in San Francisco to help choose an engagement diamond ring for Grandma. Grandma and Grandpa were married on Aug. 16, 1924, in San Jose, CA at the Trinity Epscopal Church. | They took a 3 week honeymoon....one week in Carmel/Monterey, one week in San Francisco (where all of their luggage was stolent!!), and one week in Yosemite Valley. | From left: Grandma's college friend, Muriel Sievers, Grandpa, and Grandma
18: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers
19: The Hotel Del Monte was in Monterey. | They met up with a friend, Ray Reed, in San Francisco. | Cutie Grandma on the beach....but who was that peeking out from under her umbrella??
20: First apartment
21: From left: Virginia (Grandma's oldest daughter), Arthur Sibley (Grandpa's dad), Myrtle (Grandpa's sister), Betty (Grandma's younger daughter), Grandpa, Grandma, Lela (Grandpa's sister), Susan Pelton (Grandma's mom) | And then the children came...Virgina in 1926, and Elizabeth (Betty) in 1931.
22: The Sibley family story began...the families met, and they bought a house when Grandpa got promoted to office manager. | fr | From left: Edwin Pelton (Grandma's dad), Susan McClenaghan Pelton (Grandma's mom), Ray James (Grandma's brother-in-law), Mina Pelton James (Grandmas's sister, and wife of Ray James), Grandpa and Grandma | From left: Myrtle Sibley (Grandma's sister-in-law), Grandma, Linda Van Gundy (Grandma's sister)
23: "My greatest ambition after I married was to have 2 cute children and a home of our own."
24: Mother | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Ella Celia Sibley + | Susan Pelton + | Edwin Leslie Pelton + | Betty/Virginia | Merrill Raymond Sibley | Selina Sibley * | Arthur H. Sibley * | Susan (Baker) McClenaghan @ | James McClenaghan @ | Hannah (Walton) Pelton * | John Pelton * | Selina (Boyer) Channing * | Robert Channing * | Rosina (Ridge) Sibley * | Joseph Sibley | * Born in England + Born in Canada @ Born in Scotland | Grandma's grandmother Hannah (Walton) Pelton
25: Great Grand Father | A family photo of Grandpa's family with Grandma.
26: From a daughter to a young girl, to a teacher, a young wife, then a mother....and finally, to our grandma......
28: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. | ....and finally, a great-grandma! | Ella