This picture is of my great- great-grandmother, and great-great- step-grandfather Halverson. The baby in the picture is my grandfather, Ed Craig.
Charles E., (Ed) Halverson, left Missouri, and came to the Bruneau Valley, Bruneau, ID in 1881 at the age of 21.
In 1889 Ed married Mrs. M.C. Thompson; Susie. She was a widow who had three children, all girls. Their names were Effie, Edna, and Lillie, who drowned. Edna was my great-grandmother who I always knew as Granny. I never even knew I had a great Aunt Lillie until I asked my Dad for a little history on Susie and Ed Halverson.
If any family members or older Bruneau people would happen to have a picture of Lillie Thompson, I would love to have a copy.
Susie and Ed Halverson homesteaded 40 acres east of town. They first raised cattle, and then sheep. This is the homestead I always knew as the “Craig homestead.”
Susie was always called “Gran Halverson” by her grandchildren. The notation on the back of this picture refered to her as “Missouri Susie.” I am assuming that was a nickname given to her by Ed who came from Missouri, but I’m not sure of that. I also am assuming that my grandfather Ed Craig, was named after Ed Halverson, but I am not sure of that either.
I love these glimpses into my family’s history. I wish I could have known my great-great- grandparents and knew a little more about them. I wish I knew what their personalities were like, what things they experienced in their lives, whether they liked dancing, or what hobbies they enjoyed.
If any family, or family friends have any memories of these people, please share them in the comment section. Thank you so much.