Saturday, November 29, 2008

Family Thanksgiving Recipes

We hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving Holiday. Here at the Hafen Household we work for two days cleaning, cooking, decorating, and setting a beautiful table with the finest china and silverware. We sit down, give thanks to the Lord, and then it takes about twenty minutes to devour it all.

It was just Grandma Great (Alice), Peter and myself at the table this year. Pretty boring, huh?
Our children rotate spending Thanksgiving with us and spending Christmas with us. We get them all for Christmas this year. However, they all seem to show up for leftovers, games and Grandpa Pete's famous pies.

One of our family favorite recipes is Grandma Rigby's Danish Sweet and Sour Cabbage. Well lets say, it is a favorite of some. But Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without it. I used to tease Grandma Rigby about the smell. You can't enjoy the beautiful smell of turkey roasting in the oven if sweet and sour cabbage fills the air. So, this year we did the cabbage on a campstove out in the shop about 150 feet away from the house.

Here is the recipe. Nothing is exact. Subtract or ad as you like: One head of red cabbage. Remove the outer leaves and chop it into chunks of about two inches each. Put the cabbage in a large pot with about two cups of water. Put on the stove at medium heat and let the cabbage steam and decrease in size. Then add vinegar and sugar to your taste. Bring all to a high heat to encourage the sugar and vinegar to carmelize the cabbage. (easier said than done). Add a little crumbled bacon, apple juice and whatever to suit your own taste. Serve hot. Watch for the reaction of your guests. They either love it or they absolutely hate it.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Special History !!!

                                            Joseph  and Alice Thalmann Farnworth

On November 17th I posted the photo of Joseph and Ann Dutton Coates. I had no history to share and so I wrote Pam Gardner and she sent me the following histories and a new photo. It also includes the History of George Farnworth and Susannah Coates Farnworth. Also, Alice Thalman Farnworth and James Albert Farnworth. We will call these our Thanksgiving Special. Thank You Pam !!!

James Coates Jr.
Born October 12, 1812 in Chesterfield, England
Died June 6, 1865 in Mt. Pleasant, UT

Anne Dutton Coates
Born February 24, 1817 in Chesterfield, England
Died March 16, 1876 in Mt. Pleasant, UT

Joseph Coates Jr. was born in England to Joseph Coates Sr and Hannah Cantrell Coates.

His father Joseph was born May 11, 1777 in Chesterfield England. He passed away April 7, 1852 in Chesterfield England.

His mother Hannah was born January 9, 1780 in Chesterfield England. She passed away January 2, 1848 in Chesterfield, England. Joseph and Hannah were married December 25, 1801 also in Chesterfield, England.

Anne was born in England to George Dutton Jr and Elizabeth Coates Dutton.

Her father George was born April 8, 1817 in Chesterfield, England.

Her mother, Elizabeth was born March 13, 1794 in Chesterfield, England. They were married January 24, 1814 in Chesterfield, England.

Joseph and Anne were living in Chesterfield, England when in 1839 the family was taught the Gospel by Parley P Pratt and Brigham Young, who became their first converts in Chesterfield along with Joseph’s brothers James and John and their families. Every member of the family came into the church willing and gladly. A few years after accepting the Gospel, Joseph’s brother James died and his family remained in Chesterfield, but Joseph and Ann had partaken of that irresistible spirit of gathering in Zion. His brother John also stayed in Chesterfield as he was unable to afford the move. So in early 1847, Joseph, Anne and their three children, Susannah, George and Elizabeth set sail for Zion. (6 children had previously died and were buried in Chesterfield. 4 were yet to be born)

Fifteen years after leaving England, Joseph and Anne found the means to assist his brother John and family to come to American where they came directly to Mt. Pleasant.

After nine weeks at sea, they landed in New York and took a steam ship to Dry Hill, MO where they lived for three years. Their twin sons, Thomas and William were born during this time. In 1852, the family came to Utah with the James J Jepson 2nd Company. After living in Salt Lake City for a time, they moved to Battle Creek UT, now called Pleasant Grove. Here they lived for nine years and were quite comfortable. But Brigham Young called for settlers to go south to Mt. Pleasant or Hambleton as it was called then. The Coates answered the call.

They were received with a hearty welcome and given their allotments of one city lot and 20 acres of land as was stated in the Mt. Pleasant History Book.

Joseph was a large man of stature, weighing nearly 200 lbs. He was a mason and builder by trade. He built many of the towns best homes and structures. Some of those may still be standing. During the early stages of Mt. Pleasant, the homes were all built in the fort.

Life was very rough in Mt. Pleasant during the early years. They had a lot of trouble with the Indians. Many of the settlers were killed, and many fought in the Black Hawk War. The peace treaty to end the war was signed in Mt. Pleasant during this time.

Joseph was appointed to preside over the High Priests on March 25, 1860. He held that position until he passed away on June 6, 1865 in Mt. Pleasant.

Anne passed away on March 16, 1876 in Mt. Pleasant. They are buried side by side in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

On March 4, 1917, an act to pension the survivors of the Black Hawk War was approved. Joseph Coates was named to that even though he had passed away years earlier.

Children of Joseph and Anne Coates were……

Mary Ann,
William (twins)
Hyrum Levi,
Eliza Jane
Emaline Ann,

George Farnworth

Born January 24, 1818 in Landreton, Lenord, France
Died July 11, 1903 in Mt Pleasant, UT

Susannah Coates Farnworth
Born December 12, 1836 in Chesterfield, England
Died November 2, 1998 in Mt Pleasant, UT

George was born in France, even though he was English. He father was in the English Army and stationed in France at the time of his birth. George had one younger brother, William Richard who was born in Ireland on July 3, 1820. His parents were Joseph and Margaret McBride Farnworth.

Susannah was born in England, the daughter of Joseph and Anne Dutton Coates. She was one of fourteen children. Her brothers and sisters are; Charrlotte, James, George, Mary Ann, Elizabeth, Everett, Joseph, John, Thomas and William (twins), Hyrum, Eliza Jane and Emaline Ann.

George was a blacksmith by trade. He married Elizabeth Bustard on June 24, 1840. Elizabeth was born in Sheffield England.

George and Elizabeth heard the Mormon missionaries and joined the church. They had one son, Earl in 1847. That same year, they set sail for America. They lived in St Louis, MO where Elizabeth and their son, Earl passed away in 1849.

George then married another Elizabeth, Elizabeth Hitchins in 1850. Elizabeth was born in Glowschester, England. They did not have any children and on March 7, 1853, Elizabeth passed away in St. Louis.

George came to Utah alone, arriving on July 18, 1853. He was baptized or re-baptized as was the custom back then, on October 30, 1853 in Salt Lake City. Here he met Susannah Coates. They were married on December 12, 1853 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, UT. In 1855, they moved to Battle Creek, UT or Pleasant Grove as it is now called. In 1856, they were called by Brigham Young to help settle a new town called Hambleton or Mt. Pleasant as it was commonly called. They were received with a hearty welcome and given their allotments of one city lot and 20 acres of land. George continued to work his trade of blacksmith. He was know to be “an excellent shoer” by many in the town. He helped keep the oxen and horses shod. George and Susannah had 13 children….

Susanna Ellen
Rosella Anne
Eliza Jane
Un-named twins who died at birth
William R.

In 1860 he was chosen to be on the committee for the 24th of July celebration. During the celebration George gave the two following quotes.

“May the people of Mt. Pleasant, like the parts of a well-made machine, work together”

“May Mt Pleasant be noted throughout the world for ingenuity and industry”

George was very active in both civic and church. Many records are found in the Mt. Pleasant History book. He was a major in the Black Hawk War, sent out to track down Indians. He was one of the first Sunday School teachers in 1865. He was elected first City Recorder in 1868. He was ward choir director, Tithing Clerk and Bishop. Many times he was called to help pioneers coming to Utah. He had to deal so much with the disease Cholera. One trip so many parents died of Cholera, there were 53 children left for him to find homes for.

George wrote a letter that was published in the Deseret News on March 3, 1871. He said that on an account of a very mild winter, fears of the scarcity of water during the coming summer for irrigation purposes have been very general throughout the Sanpete Valley. But all such fears have been dispelled by the abundance of snow which has fallen during the two or three weeks prior to the date of this letter.
On February 22, 1861, George took a plural wife, Mary Jane Allen. They were married in Mt. Pleasant. George and Mary had eight children, John William, Charles Henry, Nephi, Brigham, George Heber, Mary Violet, Alfred Lorenzo and Susanna. The children from George and Susanna treated these children as their full brother and sisters. They called his plural wife, Aunt Mary.

On August 2, 1884 George was set apart as Bishop of the Mt. Pleasant Ward. In 1890 he served on a committee for an old folk’s party.

When the Manti Temple was completed George began doing for his kindred dead. One day on his was to the temple to do the last names he had, a wonderful thing happened. This is in his own words. This morning about 10:00 while traveling between Pigeon Hollow and Ephraim but the grave yard, I felt a very strange sensation, as I have never before experienced. Under this influence, I went along and as I looked ahead, it seemed that right in front of me there was a vast multitude of men. To the right and a little in front stood a large man, who would weight about 242 pounds. He waved his hand and said, “They are your kindred and we have been waiting for your temple to be finished. We want you to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. You have had the privilege of hearing the Gospel of the Son of God. We have not that great blessing.” Just then I looked at them and saw that they were all men and through it strange that there were no women. I tried to recognize some of them, but knew none. I was thinking, “how can I find out their names?” when it appeared that a voice by me said, “When that will be required, it will be made know.” Just then the tears were rolling down my cheeks and in the humility of my soul I shouted, “God help me. God being my helper, I will do all I can.” It seemed as if the whole host shouted as if one voice, “Amen”. I cried and cried aloud, while wiping my eyes and face. After I could control myself, I looked ahead and all had gone. When I got to Ephraim I felt so over come, I had to tie up my team and rest before I could go to Manti.

When George arrived at the temple, the recorder handed him some sheets of names and said, “Brother Farnworth, these are for you.” The recorder was Moses Franklin Farnsworth. He had just received them from England. Some of the names went back to ancient times. He was their representative, to help them attain perfection. George and his family were faithful in performing the ordinances for them. There were 300-400 names on the list.

George lived a full and productive life. He passed away July 11, 1903 and was buried in Mt. Pleasant.

Alice Thalmann Farnworth
Born March 22, 1866 in Thurgau, Canton, Switzerland
Died September 3, 1953 in Bountiful, UT

Alice was born the 4th of six children to Johanes and Susanna Winkler Thalmann in Switzerland. Her brothers and sisters were;

Anna Selina
John Jacob

Her parents were converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When Alice was seven years old, she immigrated with her family to America. Her family settled in Mt. Pleasant, UT where a lot of other Swiss immigrants had settled. It was a hard life going up here, but they still loved the town. At the time she was growing up, they still had a lot of trouble with Indians, but it was home to them and they were surrounded by members of their beloved church.

On January 23, 1889, Alice married James Albert Farnworth, Sr in the Manti Temple. This was a wonderful union. Alice had a sister named Lucetta who five years earlier had married James’ brother Joseph. So now, they were not only sisters, but sisters in law as well. Alice and James had three loving children;

Florence Susanna – January 25, 1890 – September 26, 1978,
James Albert Jr March 1, 1893 – February 7, 1975
Estella Lucetta March 8, 1897 – February 5, 1927

Sometime before 1897, Alice, James and their family along with Lucetta, Joseph and their family bought a farm together in West View, a town just outside of Gunnison, UT. Here they raised sheep and farmed.

In 1904, the two families decided it was time to move again. They moved to a large, nice farm in Joseph, Wallow Co, OR. Here they raised hogs and sheep. The farm was beautiful. They really loved it here except for the fact there were no other Mormons around. They would have missionaries every once in a while. Alice would read to the children every Sunday from the bible. Alice and James really felt the family needed to attend church so they decided to sell this wonderful farm and moved to Idaho. The lived in Marysville and Ashton ID for may years. Here they regularly attended church services and were involved in many church activities.

Years later, Alice and James decided to sell their farm in Ashton and move to Woods Cross, UT. Here they continued to farm, raise cattle and sell milk to the local dairy.
A few years later, they sold the farm and retired and moved to Salt Lake City.

James and Alice celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 23, 1939 with a dinner and reception in the home at 567 East 5th South in Salt Lake City which was attended by two of their children, Florence and James, Jr. Estella had passed away in 1927.

James and Alice always went everywhere together. Many people have said that he seemed to rely on her help and suggestions. They were very congenial together. So when James passed away four short months after their 50th anniversary, it must have been very hard on her.

Alice passed away on September 3, 1953 at the age of 88. She was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, next to her beloved James.

James Albert Farnworth Sr.
Born January 14, 1864 in Mt Pleasant, UT
Died May 21, 1939 in Salt Lake City, UT

James was the fourth of thirteen children born to George and Susannah Coates Farnworth. His brothers and sisters were;
Rosella Ann
Eliza Jane
Unnamed twins who died at birth

James grew up in Mt. Pleasant, UT. His parents were very poor and did not have the money for a lot of things. They also had a very large family to raise. Many times James and his siblings did not even have shoes. They would wrap sacks around their feet to keep them warm. James helped his parents work their farm a young boy. He would also have to help out his mother with the children. In his teens, he also worked at a saw mill.

He married Alice Thalmann on January 23, 1889 in the Manti Temple. James and Alice had three children, Florence Susanna, James Albert, Jr. and Estella Lucetta. The family continued to live in Mt. Pleasant where James continued to farm and work in the saw mill. After a while, the family, along with James’ brother Joseph and his family decided to move to a small town outside of Gunnison, UT. James continued to farm and began working at another saw mill. He along with his brother Joseph also had a herd of sheep.

In 1904, James, his brother Joseph and their families moved to Joseph, Wallow Co. OR where they bought a large farm together and raised hogs and sheep. James and Joseph had married sisters, Alice and Lucetta, which was one reason they were so close and would move around together. In Joseph, OR, there were no other Mormons so they only ones they ever saw other then the family were occasional missionaries. This was very hard on James. He felt his family needed to attend church. So in 1907, James decided to move to Marysville, ID where he bought a farm. After a couple of years in Marysville, James and his family moved to Aston, ID where he bought another farm. Here, their farm prospered greatly.

James took part in many church affairs. He was very active in the church as was his family. He was very happy he moved his family so they had the influence of other members of his church. The family continued to live in ID, where they prospered for many years. Years later, James and Alice decided to move to Woods Cross, UT where they farmed, raised cattle and sold milk to local dairies.

James retired from farming and bought a home at 567 East 5th South in Salt Lake City, UT. James was a very generous man. James would always help others and give them whatever they needed. James and Alice had a very loving relationship with each other. They were very dedicated to one another.

James passed away at the age of 75 of a heart ailment on May 20, 1939. He was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

When Sheep Fueled the 1920s Economy

In 1918 John H. Seely of Mount Pleasant had sold a two-year-old ram for a record $6,200 at the National Ram Sale in Salt Lake City. It was a French Merino type sheep known as Rambouillet, and Seely had introduced the breed to Utah and Sanpete County.

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Whether a resident of Sanpete or a traveler of the Western United States, who doesn't remember this popular landmark at Thistle Junction?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


A little over a year ago we displayed various artifacts gathered over the years from the various mills once located in Mt. Pleasant. This article was found on the internet. It tells of a very important part of Mt. Pleasant History.


The McClenahan Mill was built according to certain specifications recommended by the territorial authorities. It was a two story building with a granary and ample space for wheat and bins for graham, corn meal, and ground feed, also a 20 foot reel for bolting flour. The mill, which was equipped with two elevators, operated with water power from Pleasant Creek, using a Leffell wheel, a wooden flume and penstock.The flour was good and found a ready market with quantities being shipped to Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Pioche, Nevada. It was not long until the mill operated on a twenty-four hour basis and required three extra men on the force.One policy of the McClenahan Mill, while under grandfather's jurisdiction was that no family man was ever to be refused flour or feed, whether he had the money at the time of delivery or not. There was no record that any man extended this kindness ever defaulted in his obligation to grandfather. Furthermore, grandfather never reminded anyone of an obligation by sending them a statement of debt.An excerpt from a "tribute" to James Kemp McClenahan and Catherine Orthelia (Kidd) McClenahan on their wedding anniversary. This tribute was written by Ellice Adelaide (McClenahan) Carter.Source: Information copied by Dorothy H. Erickson from the files of Blanch McClenahan (Mrs. Frank) of Toulon, Stark Co., ILL. Mrs. McClenahan is now deceased. Records in possession of Mrs. John Montgomery, Rockford, ILL.

My grandmother, Catherine Kidd McClenahan was a true southern lady and to the "manor born." She bore no resemblance to the "Sure 'nough, honey chile," or the "you all" types so often dramatized. She and the well-to-do and aristocratic James Kemp McClenahan were true examples of the Old South.My grandparents life together was a beautiful one and a "love affair to the end." In referring to the hardships of pioneer life, Grandma always said, ---"Kemp felt we should settle here, and I think Kemp was right."Sometime after 1856, the James Kemp McClenahan family left Provo, Utah, where they had been for a time and located in Mount Pleasant, Utah. Here in 1866 James Kemp McClenahan began the operation of the milling business. In the beginning when the mill was almost ready to operate they were unable to secure any bolting silk which was necessary to complete the process of turning wheat into flour, and what to do was the question.Grandma had the solution. She offered to sacrifice her beautiful (voluminous) white silk wedding dress as a substitute for the silk bolting cloth, which was not available elsewhere. There was no alternative, sentiment must be made to serve a practical need, the wheels of industry must turn that the people might be fed. (Note: The author remembers seeing in the museum at Marietta, Ohio, beautiful old wedding gowns older than the one above, made of bolting silk. First settlers in Marietta 1790)While Grandma gave her lovely white silk dress, her dress of romance, to be used as bolting silk in the mill, she always kept the foundation, a stark naked wire frame, which we called hoops. It remained a sentimental reminder of the nman she loved and cherished, It was part of her "wedding dress," a wedding dress which helped in our city settlement.Among the first houses built in Mount Pleasant, Utah after it had had been surveyed and platted was Grandma and Grandpa's house. It was a large house made of adobe facing North on Main Street. It was built close to the street with pine trees on either side. While the house very plain with no verandas, it had an air of distinction. On the back of the lot was a barn, chicken coop and smokehouse all built of white adobe. The hop arbor was of light lumber. Between these buildings and the house was a garden.My grandmother's home was always rather special with its grandfather clock, its round rosewood center table and horsehair sofa, which was not too comfortable. One of Grandmother's prized possessions was a walnut cupboard with glass doors which held her best dishes. In the bedrooms were four posters and marble topped bureaus and wash stands. Grandma's room was rather special. It had a walnut four poster tester bed with canopy and ruffled valances with walnut bureau and wash stand. In the dining room the chairs were arranged geometrically along the wall.Guests were always welcome at my grandparent's home, either for supper of afternoon tea. If a casual caller came in to see the house or wait for her husband to pick up his grist at the mill, she was served tea with cinnamon toast by Grandma, gracious as always, in a starched white apron, which was the mode in those times.Very humbly and with great appreciation I record the following tribute to my grandparents, which was given at my grandmother's funeral in 1912. In tribute to her and my grandfather's contribution to the success and early settlement here it was said: If all the flour and mill products that were given to these good people, and all the money given and loaned without security, together with contributions they made to the needy, had instead, been put in the bank at compound interest from date of settlement of Mt. Pleasantm until the present date (1912), the remaining members of the McClenahan family would be the possessors of great wealth.Such kindness and consideration for his fellowmen remind us of these words, "Charity suffereth long and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil." I Cor. 13:4 - 5.And thus passed the original family of McClenahans who helped build Mount Pleasant, Utah. The name has been immortalized on a beautiful monument bearing proof that the McClenahans were there.Source: Information copied by Dorothy H. Erickson from the files of Blanch McClenahan (Mrs. Frank) of Toulon, Stark Co., ILL. Mrs. McClenahan is now deceased. Records in possession of Mrs. John Montgomery, Rockford, ILL.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Hamilton Grade school 5th grade, 1932 - 1933

Front row lf to rt: Marland Zabriskie, Shrol Erickson, Billy Hansen, Buddy Christensen, Arthur Oldham, Que Barton, NewelNelson, Phil Squires, Allen Olsen, Rex Christensen, Blain Shelley
2nd row lf to rt: Alice Johnson, Jane Brittan, Miriam Candland, Carol Anderson, Geraldine Staker, Llavon Draper, Mareen Tidwell, Florence Peterson, Barbara Beckstrom, Lavon Carmbon, unk, Mary Hafen, Mayre Mckay, Betty Jensen
Back row lt to rt: Andra Sorenson, Mary Kathrine Christensen, Elaine Sorenson, Beth Lund, Alma Johansen, Evelyn Jensen, Fern Olson, Hilda Roberts, Charles Rutishauser, Kenneth Johnson, Wayne Peterson, Boyd Johansen, Lon Simons, Cataract Olson Marsden Allred, teacher

Treasured Photo - Joseph Coates and Ann Dutton Coates - 1846

This photograph of Joseph and Ann Dutton Coates was taken in England in 1846.

It has been requested many times by members of the Coates, Averett, Dutton and Farnworth families. As you can see, it is a real treasure.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Grandma Peel's Bran Beer

5 gallons of warm water
1 quart bran
1 handful hops
1 quart honey
1 package of dry yeast

Brown bran in oven. Put the browned bran and hops in a cloth sack large enough to allow for swelling, and put in warm water. When the strength is all out of the bran and hops, lift them out of the water and add the honey. This mixture should be hot. When cool enough, add the dissolved yeast. When this mixture is cool, skim and bottle. Set away at room temperature.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Hamilton Elementary - Fire escape view

Hamilton Elementary many memories..the slide, playground, band class, fire drills, Marsden Allred, Mr. Little, Mr. Brunger, Mrs. Dase, Josephine Peterson, Fern Jacobs, Alta Jensen, Mrs. Stevens, Mrs. Winterbottom...the list goes on....and on.........
This is our most requested picture. Seems as though everyone wants to include it in their personal memoirs. It was torn down in the 1960s. We are happy to share the picture and the memories. We invite you to do the same.
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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