History comes alive when someone is able to not only read about the past, but also able to visit the places, see the artifacts, appreciate the images, read the actual words. For most people, history starts with learning about their family or their community. Imagine trying to discover your genealogy without anything tangible to search. Preservation of our heritage is a vital link to cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, and economic legacies — all of the things that quite literally make us who we are. History plays a vital role in our everyday lives. We learn from our past in order to achieve greater influence over our future. History serves as a model of who to be and who not to be — of what to champion and what to avoid. Every day, decision-making around the world is based on what came before us.
Because history matters. ~~~ Steve Berry
Friday, July 31, 2009
Hamilton School Band 1935 or 36 - - - Salt Lake City - - - 24th of July Parade- - - Marsden Allred Band Leader
(photo compliments of Elmer Fillis)
Who planted civilization here!
And how he wrought
And bravely fought
To chase the desert's frown away,
And make for us a better day!
What price he paid
That he might aid
Fair freedom and a home to win
And make a state worth living in.
We honor him,
Let nothing dim
The mem'ry of the Pioneer,
Unto the last we'll it dear!
(taken from Hilda's Scrapbook)
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
A few weeks ago we posted this photo and told you a little about our textile collection. The corset is always a popular subject when visitors see it at the Relic Home. The description you see with the corset in the photo the following:
In Europe the corset has been in use since the middle ages.
In the 1830’s the corset was thought of as a medical necessity. It was believed that a woman was very fragile, and needed assistance from some form of stay to hold her up. Even girls as young as three or four, were laced up into bodices.
Gradually these garments were lengthened and tightened.
By the time they were teenagers, the girls were unable to sit or stand for any length of time without the aid of a heavy canvas corset reinforced with whale bone or steel. The corset deformed the internal organs making it impossible to draw a deep breath. Because of this, Victorian women were always fainting and getting the vapors.
(And that is probably why they invented fainting couches.)
Tight lacing was considered virtuous.
A loose corset was probably a sign of a loose woman.
The most widespread use of corsets was in the 19th Century. Almost all women of every class were users of this fashion device.
(taken from Corset history @victoriaspast.com)
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
The "old armory", now Recreation Center, located on the north east corner of the intersection of State Street and Main was given special treatment by a couple of local artists last summer. Soldiers were painted on the outside walls in a very realistic 3-D effect that actually looks like they have been carved into the exterior wall. On the inside of the building, in the foyer area, the names of all the veterans of Mt. Pleasant are displayed from the Blackhawk War to the present day. Then all along the bottom wall of the building are faux stones which look very realistic and add so much to the aesthetics of the old building.
A lot of hours were put into the project and a lot of dollars to honor our Mt. Pleasant Veterans.
The grounds around the building have been re landscaped. In 1991 the Daughters of Utah Pioneers placed this marker to mark this corner as the location where the Old Mt. Pleasant Fort once stood. All improvements make for a very nice addition to our city.
Back Row l to r: Peter Azel Peel, ? Barton, ?,?.
To see Rabbit Hunt # 1, Click Here.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Niels H. Burrisen - Father of Mrs. Ed Johnston 1927.
Our Friend, Kaye says this man lived in Spring City on Main Street and he is wearing his Blackhawk medal.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
UPDATE: Hotel was located on the north side of Main Street at approximately 124 West Main.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
We'll get more information on this and pass it along. Thank you David...Brings back so many memories.
Some kind of gathering at the Mt. Pleasant Depot. Do you recognize the homes in the background? The one just right of the depot itself is the Oman Home. The home just right of center and above the flag is the Morten Rasmussen Home. What the occasion was, we do not know.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Mary Lou is a descendant of Mads Madsen, John F. Fechser and Abraham Johnson
Monday, July 20, 2009
"NIGHT ON THE TOWN" ..... A Charming story as remembered and told by Louise F. Seely, first published in Saga of the Sanpitch 1998
It was a beautiful spring day - - - just right to begin housecleaning. Aunt Hilda always worked from the cellar up, so her first chore was to go through the fruit jars on the cellar shelves, selecting the good ones to dust and place on clean papered shelves. The fruit that hadn't kept well, that was showing signs of fermentation or mold, was opened and the contents poured into buckets to be disposed of later.
With the cobwebs swept down, shelves washed and re-papered, floors swept, and stairs scrubbed clean, the room was finally finished, the day almost spent. Hilda looked on the room with satisfaction, picked up the bucket of fruit, but just at that moment her big Plymouth Rock rooster helped himself to a beak-full of fruit. Hilda changed her mind and immediately poured the contents of the bucket into the chicken trough. This taste of fruit might be a nice change from the handsful of wheat she fed her chickens morning and night.
Hilda didn't see her chickens again until evening when she went to feed them. What she saw startled her almost beyond reason. There on the ground lay every one of her chicks; roosters, hens and spring pullets. At first glance she thought a skunk or weasel had been in her flock. On closer inspection she saw them sprawled in every unlikely position possible: some lying with wings widespread; some lying on their sides, others cramped in strange, grotesque positions with their heads under their bodies; some on their backs with legs straight in the air; and some had fallen across another's lifeless body.
Had she killed them? She knelt down and felt a body. It was warm. Then she realized she had a drunken flock of chickens. She knew just how it had happened - - - the fermented fruit, of course.
Since the bodies were still warm, her first thought was to cut their heads off and dress them, but she was too tired after her day of housecleaning. So she decided to leave them in the cool night air and finish the job in the morning.
Bright and early the next day she approached the yard and was startled to see the dead chickens up walking around - - - a little wobbly, to be sure, but up and walking. she gave them plenty of grain and fresh water, and by night they were chipper as ever. Who knows, maybe they enjoyed their "night on the town."
Although the pioneers had plenty of hard work, problems and trials, they also made their joys and amusements.
A few days prior to the 24th of July which marked the 12th anniversary of the arrival of the first group of pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, the people of Mount Pleasant assembled and arranged for a grand celebration. Much time and pains were taken in arranging the program and the dinner. A bowery 40 by 60 feet, built of cedar posts, placed upright holding as a shed, and covered with fresh green willows and limbs, was erected in the southwest corner of the fort. Pitch pine wood, to furnish light for the dance and the amusement in the evening, was brought from the mountains by John Waldermar and Christian Widergren Anderson.
On the morning of July 24th, salutes were fired at daybreak and drums were beat. At 9 a. m., the people gathered at the bowery. The program began with singing by the choir. (James Hansen was choir leader at that time.) The invocation was offered by Bishop William S. Seeley; there followed spirited speeches, music, vocal and instrumental, recitations, etc., until one o'clock, when an abundant meal was served. At 3 p.m., everything was cleared away for the amusements and dancing, which continued until 2 o'clock in the morning of the 25th, and with the rhythm of the music, and on the bare ground they really did dance. This celebration was characterized all the way through by the harmony and good feeling that prevailed among the people. (History of Mt. Pleasant by Hilda Madsen Longsdorf pp: 55-54)
Dancing was enjoyed to the utmost, and during the early days of the settlement, dances were also often held in the homes, among them being the John Fredrick Fechser home, which was on the east side in the fort; it was there that Fred Nielson taught the waltz step. James Hansen also taught dancing at his home.
It is said that Hans Y. Simpson had the first board floor in the fort, and that almost before it was finished, the colonists gathered there for a dance.
Fortunate were the pioneers in having among them so many fine musicians, who willingly contributed their talents toward the amusement of the colony. John Waldermar played the violin, flute, and cornet. James Hansen, who prior to his coming to Mount Pleasant, had belonged to the Brass Band in Salt Lake City, also played the violin, flute and cornet. Lars Nielsen, known as Lars Fiddler, played by ear, became very popular and had many invitations from other settlements to locate there. He, with John Waldermar and James Hansen, played for all the important gatherings held in Mount Pleasant during the first sixteen years.
and his son were musicians in the Salt Lake Theatre for many years. (p. 64 HML)
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from."