Sunday, March 25, 2012


Sunday, March 25, 2012

the tags on the following pictures are self-explanatory. There are several versions and comments of how this "fob" came to be carved from a peach pitt. Check the directory of this blog for other information. These pictures were submitted by Michael Kirkham, son of Donald Robinson "Bob" Kirkham. The peach stone originally belonged to Lott Kirkham, father of Bob Kirkham. It was carved by George Kirkham, father of Lott. (Incidentally, has anyone tried to carve a peach pit lately, and with such perfection?)

Michael added the following message:
"Lott's stone is hanging in a hutch in his last living child, Bob Kirkham's home in Shelley, Idaho.  If you drop by his home  I'm sure you could see it and they would appreciate the visit"

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


I have been inactive on this blog for several months, but feel the time has come to resume activity.  Therefore, you can expect to see new and/or revised materials and pictures in the future.  I am sorry for this long hiatus, but hope to remedy that now.  Carolyn Johnson Christensen


Oliver George Kirkham was born 9 August 1891 at Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of George and Sarah Russon Kirkham.  Oliver completed his scholastic education in the Lehi, Utah schools.  Later, he applied himself to the sugar making industry and became an expert as a sugar boiler for the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company.  His services were shared in the sugar factories located in Lehi, Utah; Shelley, Idaho; North Dakota, Montana, West Jordan, Utah; and Nebraska.   His Father taught him carpenter trade which he followed later.  He was employed as clerk by Larson Brothers Meat Market for some time in Lehi, Utah.  He gifted as a musician and was a member of the Lehi Silver Band for many years.  The coronet was his instrument.  He and his son Reid played in several orchestras for dances and entertainments in Lehi and neighboring cities. 
Oliver gave his four sons a start in their music training.  He was an elder in the Church and a Scout Master.  Farming was his hobby and he taught his sons farm work.
He married LaVerde Bushman of Lehi and they had an honorable family of four sons and one daughter.
Children of Oliver George and LaVerde Bushman Kirkham
Oliver Reid Kirkham
Avery Bushman Kirkham
Dean Alvin Kirkham
Dale Bruce Kirkham
Dona Elaine Kirkham Parkinson