The Family Jewels

Some families, although none personally known to the author, possess priceless family jewels that have been passed down from generation to generation.  Apparently, the jewels are seldom worn but are often put on display.  The Lyle and Joyce Miller family has its own family jewels.  As jewels go, they are extremely large.

A very ornate family jewel, now residing in Cedar City

A very ornate family jewel, now residing in Cedar City

Joyce had many of these porous rocks in her various rock gardens.  According to Dana’s best recollection, all of these treasures originated in Wellsville Creek up “Davenport”, southeast of Avon, Utah. The rocks were apparently deposited over time by a mineral-rich spring that fed into Wellsville Creek.  Some of the rocks may have been on the 38 West 2nd South property when Lyle and Joyce acquired it but Dana remembers helping Dad (Lyle) break a few rocks loose from their source and hauling them home over the boulder strewn road back down through Davenport.

Joyce delighted in getting various plants to take root in the rocks.  One of the kids’ favorites was the small, succulent “hens and chickens.”  These family jewels, despite their weight, have become some of the kids’ prized family possessions, moving with them from home to home.

Another prized family jewel, complete with hens and chickens

Another prized family jewel, complete with hens and chickens

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