Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Cottle Saga Continues


Life Goes On: The Next Generation

A quick Genealogy Note
Henry Cottle (1822-1872) = Mel’s Great Great Grandfather;
Thomas Edward Cottle (1850 – 1908) = Mel’s Great Grandfather;
Thomas Henry Cottle (1887-1918) = Mel’s Grandfather;
Leland T Cottle (1901 – 1990) = Mel’s Father

It seems Henry Cottle will never get over the kidnapping of Elizabeth. He spends much of his remaining life checking on rumors and half truths concerning the whereabouts of his dearly beloved wife. Never does he receive a satisfactory resolution (in fact if you check on newfamilysearch.org today it lists no death date for Elizabeth, only stating that she was “carried off by Indians in Wyoming Territory in 1866)
Henry finally moves on, with stops in Denver, Provo, SLC, Ogden and then, finally, settling in Plain City, Utah with his remaining family; sons Thomas Edward and William and daughter Ann. He tries several methods for making a living, including freighting miner supplies to Butte Montana and other points in the Western States. He always seems restless and can’t settle down. In 1869 he meets and later marries Fanny Washer. They move to Sacramento, California when Henry hopes the change of scenery will help him forget Elizabeth. Three years later, 1872, he dies of consumption (a miners disease – Henry had worked the mines in England) and as his son Thomas Henry put it, “of a broken heart”. He is 50 years of age at time of death. So ends the generation of Cottles that accepted the gospel in England, traveled to “Zion” looking for a better life only to be beset by a life changing tragedy in route to the Promised Land. But all is not lost! Henry’s two sons (Thomas Edward = more about him in the next installment; William Henry Cottle married Elizabeth Drummer and lived in Plain City for most of his life {Craig, remember the Cottles you associated with in Plain City – his Great, Great, Great Grandsons}), and daughter (Ann Cottle married William Robson, they moved about a fair bit, including Medicine Lodge and Moreland, Idaho and then, in 1907, Canada. Ann lived to the ripe old age of 87, passing away in 1943.), go on to live exciting productive lives and continue a linage that includes most of you reading this story. Aren’t you glad they made the trip, and the sacrifice?
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Friday, January 22, 2010

Snow , snow and MORE snow

This is outside Brandons window

It's crazy the snow is up to our windows and is up to the fence in our backyard

This was taken on Tuesday at about 1:30

This was Wed at about 6:30am

This was Wed at about 4:30pm

This was Thursday at 1:30

Thursday at 4:30

Thursay at about 5:30

This was last night before bed about 9:3o

And this is today. And it is still growing!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

An unexpected Bonus

As you may know, we just returned from a brief visit to Hawaii and the island of Oahu. It was fun - sort of like going home. We spent most of the time just checking out all our favorite places and spent little time doing the usual tourist things - since we had seen most of those in the two years we lived at Laie. A side note before I get the the Bonus. Two things about Hawaii, 1) it has the best climate in the world - bar none and 2) it has the worst traffic in the world, bar none!

On with the story. We did decide to visit the PCC since we volunteered there for the two mission years, but that was 4.5 years ago so we did not think we would see anyone we knew. First off the Luau tickets we wanted were sold out and we had to purchase the more expensive Ambassador tickets, which included a small group guide that stayed with us throughout the day. We stepped inside and were greeted by a young lady who's first words were, "I know you guys." It turned out she had been serving a mission at the visitors centre while we were there and on occasion we would feed the young missionaries. We'll that was a coincidence. Next we had our picture taken and the photographer stopped in the middle of snapping the photo and said, "I know you Guys" He was the same person who snapped those photos when we volunteered at the PCC. Then the young lady (I can't remember her name) said she would take us to our guide, "You can't miss him - he is a big Samoan." We arrived just a few minutes late and the guide was already talking to the group. As we walked up he stopped talking and screamed, "Elder and Sister Cottle - I know you guys!" He rushed up an gave us a big hug (another thing I forgot - Polynesians love to hug). I'm tying to place this person - he obviously knew us very well - how could a student still be here from five years ago, that's not possible. And then he laughed - and I knew - Mokilita's son! And he is not a Samoan, but a Tongan - but he is big. Let me explain. Mokilita Santini, a teacher in Tonga was our first scholarship student to come to BYUH and complete her degree. We became fast friends (during our mission time I wrote several e-mails about her and her family, including when we took the family to their first restaurant experience during one of our visits to Tonga, also she gave us her most prized family possion - a tapa cloth) and every time we visited Tonga she would come and see us and bring along her family (six kids). She told all her kids we were their Canadian Grandparents. She is a marvelous person and has lived and thrived through some amazing hardships. Just about the time we left to go back home, her oldest son Nesi, received a mission call to Pocatello, ID. We keep in touch with him through the mission home and supported him with warm clothes and other stuff (he went to Idaho in the winter without even an overcoat). Well the big Tongan hugging us at the PCC was none other than Nesi! He had completed his mission and now a Senior at BYUH majoring in accounting. Finding him was the best part of our whole trip. He had a hard time talking to the rest of the group as we spent the afternoon catching up on the family and all. His sister is also attending BYU, and just before the evening show, she arrived (more hugs) and again after the show and we visited some more. Seeing the two Satini kids after all these years was a great big BONUS!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Alright, it is time to reveal the real author of the Christmas story published in December.
I found the original manuscript buried deep in a box in the closet, while looking for some information for my continuing story of the Cottle Saga (to return in a couple of weeks).
The title is "Stories by Roger Cottle - 1972" and contains several stories.

Also a note of thanks to Craig Cottle for being the driving force behind the fantasy football league. And next year, look out for the Bulldogs!

Also, also - we are headed to Hawaii next Tuesday for our first visit back to the islands since our mission. We are very excited about seeing BYU-H, Temple View Housing (Apt #P150), Cannon Center (where BYU-H plays basketball), PCC, Laie Point, Chinaman's Hat, Sunset Beach, John Bailey, Halewa Joe's, Giant turtles, Turtle Bay, International Flag display at BYU-H as well as all the other things tourists usually visit (and which we have seen many times over). And maybe just going to our favorite beach (not well known to most tourists) and soaking up a little sun.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

GFFL Results

Dateline – WASHINGTON (the state) – With the end of the NFL regular season, the Greyhavens Fantasy Football League finished its playoffs and got their first season in the books. There were lots of ups and downs, but league officials consider their inaugural season a big success.

In the first playoff week, the Championship Bracket saw number one seed Wurstens6 take on the fourth seeded The Burning Legion. In a squeaker, Wurstens6 managed to advance to the Championship game, beating The Burning Legion by less than five points. In a battle of the second and third seeds Dunedain advanced over the Snowmen. In the Consolation Bracket, in what may have been their best week of the season, the eighth seeded Bulldogs upended the fifth seeded The Hand of David team and Safety Blitz barely managed to get by the Bruisers.

In the Championship week, The Dunedain managed to outscore the mighty Wurstens6 to finish in the top spot, while the Snowmen outplayed The Burning Legion for a third place finish. The Bulldogs continued their strong play to win the fifth place game and The Hand of David won their finale to finish in the seventh spot.

There were lots of exciting times throughout the season, from the opening stresses about “how’d I end up with that player” and the “what can I do to get this guy” - to the midseason “oh no, my best starters all have a bye this week” and all the consternation about which players to start - to the final weeks frustrations over the best players sitting out of meaningless games. Everyone that watched felt bad for The Hand of David team in the week they were playing the Wurstens6. At first it looked like they had just barely lost to the Wurstens6, then a scoring change put The Hand of David on top and everyone congratulated them on beating the Wurstens6, only to have the scoring change corrected to put them back to a loss.

The Wurstens6 proved to be the team to beat, scoring 1593.96 points in the regular season, a full 161 points more than the next closest team. Oddly enough, the next four scoring ranked teams were within ten points of each other, the Dunedain at 1432, The Hand of David only five points back at 1427, the Snowmen at 1423 and the Burning Legion only about one point back at 1422.

Some other interesting scoring notes: The closest game played was in Week 11 between the Bulldogs and the Bruisers, when the Bruisers beat the Bulldogs by only 1.14 points. The highest team score for a week came in Week 6, when the Dunedain scored 146.18 points. Somewhat uncharacteristically, the Wurstens6 had the lowest team scoring week when they posted only 32.10 points in Week 4. The highest total weekly score (the two teams combined) came in Week 2 when the Wurstens6 and the Safe-T-Blitz scored a combined total of 243.40 points. The lowest combined score was in Week 4, when the Wurstens6 and the Bruisers combined for only 94.16 points. The biggest blowout came in Week 14 when those same two teams, Wurstens6 and the Bruisers played and the Wurstens6 won by almost 79 points.

For the record, here are the standings at the end of the regular season:

Grand Old Division
Dundedain 9-6
Snowmen 8-7
Bruisers 7-8
Bulldogs 5-10

Junior Circuit
Wurstens6 10-5
The Burning Legion 8-7
The Hand of David 7-8
Safe-T-Blitz 6-9

League officials are all looking forward to an expanded season next year!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Bailey

Just wanted to wish Bailey a very happy birthday!! Hope you have a great day and a terrific year!