Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Utah County Fires

Payson Utah LDS Temple
(Cloud of Smoke seen behind the Temple) 


All residents living in Woodland Hills, Elk Ridge, the Covered Bridge community near the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon and along U.S. Highway 89 in the area from Nebo Creek to Thistle Junction are under mandatory evacuation.
Both Payson and Santaquin canyons are closed, and the Nebo Loop Road in Nephi Canyon is closed. Sheep Creek, Santaquin Canyon and Payson Canyon remain closed, along with Nebo Loop Road in Nephi Canyon.
The Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires joined together in two places along the Nebo Loop Road late Saturday evening, although the two wildfires are being treated as separate incidents. The Pole Creek fire has burned 61,248 acres and is 2 percent contained as of Sunday morning. The Bald Mountain fire reached 13,509 acres at 0 percent containment.

The following evacuations and closures are still in place:
  • Santaquin Canyon is closed. 
  • Payson Canyon is closed.
  • Nebo Loop Road at SR-132 in Nephi Canyon is closed.
  • US Highway 89, in Spanish Fork Canyon, is closed from mile 312, at Thistle Junction, to mile 298, at the Utah /Sanpete County line.
  • Right Fork Hobble Creek Canyon is closed
  • All homes from Nebo Creek to the Thistle Junction
  • Covered Bridge Canyon community
  • Woodland Hills
  • Elk Ridge
  • Diamond Fork, Sheep Creek, and Right Fork Hobble Creek Canyon 
  • For residents in these areas who have urgent need to get to their home (For medications or to remove pets or livestock, for example), access points are set up at 11200 S Woodland Hills Drive for Woodland Hills, and 11200 S Elk Ridge Drive (1600 West) for Elk Ridge. Access to Covered Bridge may not be available because of ongoing fire operations. A deputy will escort those who have these needs.
  • Left Fork Hobble Creek Canyon is under a PRE-evacuation notice. (“Be ready in case” status.)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Robert B. Menzies and Margaret Ann Morris Menzies ~ Grandparents of Les Seely

Kathy:  This is a picture of my grandparents the day they got married in 1902; Robert B. and Margaret Ann Morris Menzies. They were Marred 64 yrs., had 11 children plus raised a grandson. I am sorry I never asked them more questions of their lives.   
   Thank You-----Les Seely

(Right Click and open in a new window to Enlarge the following)

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't wish I had asked my grandparents as well a my parents more questions.  Kathy

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Stereoscope At Our Relic Home

The Relic Home has one of these  and a few dozen slides.
It is one of the visiting children's favorite relics.
We also have a few dozen slides to view with it.
Come in and try it out. 

The following comes from Wikipedea:

stereoscope is a device for viewing a stereoscopic pair of separate images, depicting left-eye and right-eye views of the same scene, as a single three-dimensional image.
A typical stereoscope provides each eye with a lens that makes the image seen through it appear larger and more distant and usually also shifts its apparent horizontal position, so that for a person with normal binocular depth perception the edges of the two images seemingly fuse into one "stereo window". In current practice, the images are prepared so that the scene appears to be beyond this virtual window, through which objects are sometimes allowed to protrude, but this was not always the custom. A divider or other view-limiting feature is usually provided to prevent each eye from being distracted by also seeing the image intended for the other eye.
Most people can, with practice and some effort, view stereoscopic image pairs in 3D without the aid of a stereoscope, but the physiological depth cues resulting from the unnatural combination of eye convergence and focus required will be unlike those experienced when actually viewing the scene in reality, making an accurate simulation of the natural viewing experience impossible and tending to cause eye strain and fatigue.
Although more recent devices such as Realist-format 3D slide viewers and the View-Master are also stereoscopes, the word is now most commonly associated with viewers designed for the standard-format stereo cards that enjoyed several waves of popularity from the 1850s to the 1930s as a home entertainment medium.
Devices such as polarized, anaglyph and shutter glasses which are used to view two actually superimposed or intermingled images, rather than two physically separate images, are not categorized as stereoscopes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Piss Poor ~~~ Submitted by Tudy Barentsen Standlee

Where did “piss poor” come from ?  

Us older people need 
to learn something new every day..   

Just to keep the 
grey matter tuned up.

Where did "Piss Poor" come from?


They used to use 
urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot   

And then once a day 
it was taken and sold to the tannery...   

if you had to do 
this to survive you were "Piss Poor".
But worse than that were the really 

poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot...   

They "didn't have a 
pot to piss in" and were the lowest of the low.   

The next time you 
are washing your hands and complain because the water 

Isn't just how you 
like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some facts about 

the 1500s

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly 

bath in May, 

And they still 
smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell, 

Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
Hence the 

custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted 

of a big tub filled with hot water.   

The man of the house 
had the privilege of the nice clean water,   

Then all the other 
sons and men, then the women and finally the children.   

Last of all the 

By then the water 
was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.   

Hence the saying, 
"Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

Houses had thatched 

roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.   

It was the only 
place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small 

(mice, bugs) lived 
in the roof. 

When it rained it 
became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.
Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing 

to stop things from falling into the house.   

This posed a real 
problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings   

Could mess up your 
nice clean bed. 

Hence, a bed with 
big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some 

That's how canopy 
beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had 

something other than dirt.   

Hence the saying, 
"Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get 

In the winter when 
wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their 

As the winter wore 
on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door,   

It would all start 
slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.
Hence: a 

thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those 

old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the 

Every day they lit 
the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables   

And did not get much 
meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers   

In the pot to get 
cold overnight and then start over the next day.   

Sometimes stew had 
food in it that had been there for quite a while.

Hence the 

“Peas porridge hot, 
peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old”.
Sometimes they 

could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.

When visitors came 
over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.

It was a sign of 
wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon."

They would cut off a 
little to share with guests

And would all sit 
around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of 


Food with high acid 
content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food,

causing lead 
poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes,

so for the next 400 
years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided 

according to status. 

Workers got the 
burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle,

and guests got the 
top, or the upper crust.
Lead cups were used to drink ale or 


The combination 
would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.

Someone walking 
along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for 

They were laid out 
on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around

and eat and drink 
and wait and see if they would wake up.

Hence the custom; 
“of holding a wake”.

England is old and small and the local folks started 

running out of places to bury people.

So they would dig up 
coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the 

When reopening these 
coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks

on the inside and 
they realized they had been burying people alive.

So they would tie a 
string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin

and up through the 
ground and tie it to a bell.
Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard 

all night (the graveyard shift.)

to listen for the 
bell; thus, someone could be,

“saved by the bell” 
or was “considered a dead ringer”.

And that's the truth.

Now, whoever said 
History was boring!!!
So get out there and educate someone! 


Share these facts 
with a friend.
Inside every older person is a younger person 


'What the heck 

We'll be friends until we are old and senile.

Then we'll be new 

it gives your face 
something to do!

Genealogy Quote

"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."

~Alex Haley

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