Sunday, December 21, 2014

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING ~ With HILDA MADSEN LONGSDORF





Awake,  I have worried,  fussed,  fumed and planned.     


Asleep I have sought over sea and land.



Wherever I went, when I told them the price,


Clerks would smile - show sympathy - and try to be nice.


                          ~~~~~

 

I have been to the Wasatch, the Progress and Squires.


I have looked at all things a human admires.  


At Gunderson's  ~ at Biddles  ~ and over at Pete's too.

I asked to see their goods, both old and new.

 
                     ~~~~~

 I went to Penney's, and then to the Sanpete.  

I am quite sure I visited all places on Main Street.

I roamed  North and South, up and down.

I almost decided to go to some other town.

                    ~~~~~~
 
At last discouraged and in despair, I searched 

mail order catalogues from everywhere.

 But whenever I saw an article I thought would be nice,

Uncle Sam’s postage would just add to the price.

                  ~~~~~~


I have seen radios, automobiles, blankets and mitts,


but darned if I could find anything for only two bits.

Today I decided on this present so plain and queer.


Here is wishing you a 


MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR



Hilda and Showman Longsdorf

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Lee's Memories of This Home



Lee R. Christensen's  Photos and Stories From Mt. Pleasant






KATHY;   This was my first home in Mt Pleasant.   When my father finished law school in Chicago (1921 -23) and returned to Utah he ,with his wife and 3 children ,lived with his parents ,J W Christensen, in Fairview until he could open his law  practice in Mt Pleasant which he  did in 23 – 24 by buying out an attorney  I think by the name of Cherry.   He then rented this home and moved us  to Mt Pleasant.   We lived here until Fred Larsen  bought the home.  Your story says 1923 but Fred may have rented it to us until summer of “25 when we moved into  the Borg home Ist West.     I remember my first Christmas here when my grandfather gave me a silver dollar. It is not true that I still have it>?  I learned to tie my shoe laces here, played with the Woolsey kids and Emil Lund.  I still carry a sliver picked up on the backyard fence  in my left wrist.   And I still shudder when I think of all the things that could have happened to me when I crawled across the street thru the newly constructed bridge over the little irrigation ditch that crossed the street near the house.  Too this day I blame the Woolsey kids.   lee   

Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Joe Duncan" Given to Joseph Smith by Moses Martin Sanders~My Fourth Great Grandfather


The picture above shows the Prophet Joseph Smith dressed in his Lieutenant General uniform. The Prophet rode this horse in maneuvers of the Nauvoo Legion and many other occasions.


While living in Nauvoo, Moses Martin Sanders and his wife Amanda Armstrong Faucett Sanders lived as neighbors to the Prophet, Joseph Smith, and they cherished their association with the Smith Family. Moses owned a very beautiful, but unruly horse. As Moses was often away from home, performing church duties, it fell to the lot of Amanda to lead this horse to water and she was really afraid of him. He was very high spirited.


One day the Prophet Joseph said to his neighbor, Moses, "Brother Sanders, give the horse to me and I'll promise that you will never lose by it." Moses Martin replied, "I would, but I am afraid that he may hurt you." Then the Prophet said, "No, he would never hurt me." So Moses tossed him the rope and said, "He is yours." The horse was called "JOE DUNCAN", a very beautiful, intelligent animal.





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