Relic Home and Blacksmith Shop

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


2 lbs of ground cherries
1 qt of sugar
Water (as little water as can be used to dissolve the sugar)

Boil to the proper consistency then add the juice and rind of one
lemon or the amount needed for desired flavor.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Banking in Mt. Pleasant

In 1901,The Mt. Pleasant Commercial & Savings Bank was incorpo­rated with a capital stock of fifty thousand dollars, with N. S. Nielsen as President; F. C. Jensen, Vice President; Soren Nielsen acted as Cashier until the following February when, while at his mother's home, someone from the outside shot through the win­dow, wounding him. He died from the effects some weeks later. The murderer was not convicted. The bank at this time was in a building at the northwest corner intersection, Main and State Streets. Ferdinand Ericksen succeeded Mr. Nielsen as Cashier.

February 1906, the North Sanpete Bank was incorporated with a capital stock of $50,000.00. W. D. Candland, president; A. J. Aagard, vice president; and H. C. Beaumann, cashier. They were installed in their new building on the north side of Main Street, midway between State and First West.

With the depression of 1929, 30, 31, and 32, came many changes in the business world of Mt. Pleasant; established, old and reliable business firms, from choice or necessity, discontinued business. Many buildings where businesses had formerly flourish­ed were unoccupied. There were closing-out sales and auctions. All over the nation, people were financially failing and banks were closing. The great depression was felt everywhere, and there was gloom and sadness among the people.

July 15, 1931, the Mt. Pleasant Commercial and Savings Bank closed its doors, and July 20th, the North Sanpete Bank failed to open.

The Great Depression would claim as victims scores of the country's businesses and, during its first four years, would cause the collapse of nearly 11,000 of the nation's banks, but First Security would not be one of them. In fact, to a certain extent, the fledgling banking concern prospered during the Depression.

In 1932, Dr. P. L. Holman purchased the building built and occupied by the Mt. Pleasant Commercial and Savings Bank, and established his office there.

The Fairview Bank, incorporated in Fairview in 1914, with Andrew Lassen, president; A. R. Anderson, vice president; Peter Sundwall Sr., cashier; located March 4th in the building formerly owned and occupied by the North Sanpete Bank. In 1938, they moved into their new building, 41 West Main. The officers at that time were Peter Sundwall Jr., president; A. R. Anderson, vice president; and Lionel Peterson, cashier. It served as the Fairview Bank, the Sanpete Valley Bank, and then First Security Bank until 1972, when it was sold and became the North Sanpete School District Office.


The roots of First Security stretch back to the father of Marriner and George Eccles, David Eccles, who arrived in Utah with his parents, after emigrating from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1863. Converted to Mormonism, the Eccles clan settled in Utah, with David emerging as the most financially successful of the seven Eccles children. By the time of his death in 1912, David Eccles had amassed a small fortune through several investments, including a founding interest in Utah International, a portion of Amalgamated Sugar, and two banks. These investments and the two banks were bequeathed to his nine children, the eldest of whom, Marriner, then 22 years old, immediately ascended to the position of family patriarch and oversaw the family's business interests.

On January 18, 2000 - First Security Corporation
and Zions Bancorporation announced according to (UNITED STATES
Washington, D.C. 20549 FORM 8-K
that BancWest
would acquire 68 Zions and First Security branches and
associated deposits and loans in Utah and Idaho. The sale was required to
ensure that the merger of equals of First Security and Zions would not have any anti-competitive effect in any market to be served by the new First Security.

First Security Moroni and First Security Mt. Pleasant were among these sixty eight branches.

Mt. Pleasant now has two banks and one credit union to serve its population.

Wells Fargo Bank
of Mt. Pleasant is now located in the building where First Security built in 1972 on the corner of first west and Main Street. (110 West Main Street)

Far West Bank located at 210 South Main.

Moroni Feed Credit Union (Mt. Pleasant Branch) 1050-3 South State Street.

Will history repeat itself?

Monday, February 9, 2009

1934 Hamilton School Band - Marsden Allred Band Instructor

Does anyone recognize the bandmembers by name?
(photo sent in by Lee R. Christensen) Thanks Lee.

As I remember them;
1st row left to right;  Gordon Brunger trumpet, unk but I think a Seely, unk, , unk, Croft Larsen snare drum, Perry Peel bass drum, unk, Frank Nielsen trumpet, ,  unk unk.
2nd row left to right:  - Fowels clarinet, Don Johansen clarinet, Kenneth Jones clarinet.  _ Anderson clarinet, Buddy Christensen clarinet, Phil Squire clarinet little Boyd Seely clarinet and Wayne Peterson clarinet .
Back row:  - Anderson sax, unk, Micky Nelson sax, unk, Beth Lund sax, Unk bass horn, unk, unk, Rex Christensen trombone, Shroal Erickson trombone and I think Don Burnside trombone.
   Marsden Allred director.   

Elmer Fillis  gave me some help I d ing this group years ago but I’ve lost his notes and again forgotten some of them.  We had two Boyd  Seelys one a year ahead  of me and one a year behind.  Little Boyd was a year behind.  Of the two Andersons the clarinet player was the youngest brother of Reese Anderson who may have been teaching in your day.  The sax player was son of Andy Anderson and they had  left town by your day. 

By my count and guess ,six of this group are sixth graders, six are fifth graders and the rest forth or maybe even third graders.  And  Marsden got “music” out of all of us>!     lee

Monday, January 26, 2009

Pioneer of the Month --- February --- Andrew and Johanna Anderson Madsen

Johanna Anderson Madsen --------------Andrew Madsen Sr.

Andrew Madsen was born on March 3, 1835 on his father's farm, located near the little village of Svinninge, Osherred, Denmark. His fathers before him had been free men of the soil, holding their land in every sense of the word: ambitious, clean, hard-working, kind, honest and deeply religious. Young Andrew assimilated these traits. Of his early childhood, he later wrote, "I received my education in a village school house and worked upon the farm, assisting my fater in earning a livlihood. Later, I worked for my uncle two years at a salary of $1.25 per month, including my board. For one year I then worked as a carpenter's apprentice and received no pay other than learning the trade, and boarding myself."

With his parents and brothers and sisters he joined the Mormon church in 1854, he being baptized on December fourth. Andrew's conversion was very real. After the family unanimously decided to gather to Zion, Andrew, with his brothers, Niels Peter and Niels and sisters Margrethe and Jacobena left their home on November 23, 1855, they began their journey to Utah. They set sail from Liverpool, England, December 6, 1855, in a company of 508 converts. Andrew recorded "Many of us became seasick. The voyage was not a pleasant one and our vessel was not equipped for so many people, so we suffered many disadvantages. We had tiers of bunks aroound the sides and boxes in the center. We were all compelled to eat off the boxes we had to sit on ... our rations were very coarse and simple, and our water supply became low, owing to the long journey."

On the nineteenth of that month a bad storm developed and continued for several weeks. On the first day of the new year, 1856, the storm became much worse and a mast cracked under the violent force of the wind. It was wrapped tightly with a chain so it could serve for the rest of the voyage. Then fire broke out under the captain's cabin and filled passenger quarters with thick suffocating smoke. With extreme effort it was extinguished. under pressure with these troublesome events, the Captain forbade all praying and singing of hymns. Andrew later wrote in his journal "This did not prevent us from fasting and praying in secret, and afterwards, better weather prevailed." On February 24, 1856, after eleven seasick weeks, filled with the dangers of storm and fire, with nearly sixty dead, they thankfully landed at New York City.

Andrew and his party proceeded to St. Louis, arriving there March 1, 1856. None of his family could speak English and it was difficult to get along. Those able to work did so when worked could be had. Andrew found work on a steamboat and was paid $2.50 per day; later he worked on a farm for $15.00 per month. About June first, President Knute Petersen gathered a company and they went to Winter Quarters (now Florence, Nebraska) where they organized to continue on to Utah. Their outfit consisted of sixty wagons with two yoke of oxen, andsix to ten persons to each wagon.

On September 16, 1856, nearly ten months after leaving their home in Denmark, Andrew and his brothers and sisters arrived in Salt Lake City. Andrew had the thrill of his lifetime when he met Brigham Young, and he was especially thrilled to realize he could understand many of the words of the Prophet.

Andrew and his family were poor when they arrived in Utah, having "one dollar in money between them." according to Andrew. However, when Lorenzo Snow was to build a fine home in Brigham City, Andrew and his brothers presented him with a keg of nails, which they had brought all the way from St. Louis. In pioneer Utah, a keg of nails was truly a rich gift. The Madsens stayed in Salt Lake only briefly, then moved to Kaysville where they divided their remaining posessions. Andrew received a pair of young steers as his share of their common property, and moved to Brigham City, where he worked as a carpenter. He was paid twelve bushels of wheat and his board, for his winter's work.

On December 21, 1856, the brothers and sisters learned that their mother, Bodil, and brother Christian had arrived in Utah and that their father, Lars, had passed away in Devil's Gate, Wyoming, when traveling with the Hodgetts oxen company. After Bodil and Christian were with them, the brothers and sisters all moved to Brigham City, a devoted and happy family. The following September 13, 1857, their brother Mads reached Salt Lake City, safely. There was a great rejoicing, for the whole family had completed the journey to Utah.

In 1857 when the United States government sent troops to the Territory of Utah, Governor Brigham Young declared the territory under martial law, and forbade the troops to enter Utah. Andrew's brothers andsisters were by then married and in March of 1858 they moved to Fort Ephraim, but Andrew stayed in the north to help the militia. They planned to burn their homes and destroy their property if thearmy actually threatened the people. While in the militia Andrew did some trading with the Indians, obtaining a red flannel shirt andsome buckskin trousers, his first suit of clothes purchased in Utah. By June the difficulties between the United States and Utah were peaceably adjusted, and the militia disbanded. Andrew took his gun, his knife and blanket and walked from Brigham City to Fort Ephraim,a distance of about two hundred miles, where he was reunited with his mother, brothers and sisters.

On December 26, 1858, Andrew was married to Johannah Elizabeth (Widergreen) Anderson. Johannah was born 15 December 1840. To them were born ten children. They were:

Hannah L- - - - - Born: September 27, 1859

Louisa B. - - - - - - - - - - August 10, 1861

Andreas- - - - - - - - - - - September 15, 1863

Annie- - - - - - - - - - - - - October 20, 1864

Emma - - - - - - - - - - - - July 15, 1866

Andrew C.- - - - - - - - - May 4, 1867

Lawritz L.- - - - - - - - - - August 2, 1869

Neil M.- - - - - - - - - - - - September 21, 1873

Hilda E.- - - - - - - - - - - - November 28, 1877

About the last of February, 1859, Andrew and a venturesome group of people left Fort Ephraim and moved north. They finally camped on the present site of Mt. Pleasant, March 20, 1859. there they built a good substantial fort to live in, following the counsel of Brigham Young. The fort walls were twelve feet high, made of good stone,andenclosed five and one half acres. Very little farming was done that first year, according to Andrew, for first the land needed to be cleared of giant sage brush and fields needed fencing.

From 1865 to 1868, Andrew participated in the Black Hawk War, and his history of that Indian uprising has been a reliable source of information.

Andrew and his brothers worked tirelessly for then common good of the community and became interested in the first steam powered saw mill, mowing machine, hay bailer, threshing machine, binder and reaper, molasses mill, and piano brought to their valley. Recognizing their need for fuel, Andrew also become interested in opening the first coal mine eat of Mt. Pleasant. Realizing the benefit a retail establishment could be to the community he helped organize the Mt. Pleasant Z.C.M.I. and was its first superintendent. When it was later dissolved, Andrewtransferred his holdings to the newly formed Union Mercantile Company, which later became the Madsen Mercantile Company. Seeing the value of rapid communication, Andrew and his brother, Mads sub scribed stock in the new telegraph line in 1865. They cut telegraph poles, transported them to and erected them on the proposed sites, to pay for their stock.

Andrew owned a two thousand acre ranch at Indianola and a twenty-five thousand acre ranch at Scofield, Utah. He owned several herds of sheep and cattle. He helped organize the first Sanpete County agricultural association and was its first treasurer. He served on the Mt. Pleasant City Council for twenty four years and acted as the first city treasurer.

In 1909 the citizens of Mt. Pleasant held a big celebration honoring their pioneers, on the fiftieth anniversary of the city, and Andrew originated a movement to erect a monument honoring the settlers of the city and preserving their names on it. He was always interested in preserving history and tradition and to this end, wrote extensive personal and community accounts in his records. They became the basis for the Mt. Pleasant book, compiled later by his daughter, Hilda. That the fellowship of the pioneers and their descendants might be preserved, Andrew organized the Mt. Pleasant Pioneer Historical Association in 1909, and served as the first president until his death six years later. In recognition of his outstanding leadership and community service he was especially honored by the Association on March 13, 1915, on his eightieth birthday, and he was presented with a gold watch, in appreciation.

Andrew was a tall, well proportioned man, his hair, light brown and eyes a gray-blue, with a clear tanned complexion and ruddy cheeks. He was strong and healthy and enjoyed wrestling with his sons. Even when grown men, they were unable to overcome him in their bouts. His active, long and eventful life closed when he passed away December 6, 1915.

(excerpts taken from the Madsen Family History)

Andrew Madsen Home

(also, Hilda Madsen Longsdorf Home, a daughter)

Mt. Pleasant's Original South Ward Meeting House

On December 9, 1900, Mt. Pleasant was divided into two wards, the North and the South. The original South ward chapel was built and dedicated in 1908. Lars P. Madsen was made Bishop, with Thomas West and Joseph Seeley as counselors of the North ward, and James Larsen, Bishop, with Christian Johansen and James Monsen as counselors of the South ward.

February 23, 1937, the South Ward L. D. S. Chapel was destroyed by fire, and on Sunday, March 27th, the corner stone for the new chapel laid. Although the new building was not complete, the opening social was held there May 12, 1939. In excavating for the new building, it was found that all that had been placed in the corner stone of the former building had decayed and the cement box had filled with moisture.
Rocks from the old building were used in constructing the west wall at the cemetery, a W. P. A. project.

1877, W. S. Seely, Bishop; Counselors, Jacob Christensen, Wm. F.
Reynolds, C. N. Lund, Peter Mogensen (Monsen).

December 1900, James Larsen, Bishop; Christian Johansen and
James Monsen, Counselors.
1923, A. Merz, Bishop; A. E. Mcintosh and J. W. Anderson, Coun­selors.
1914, A. E. Mcintosh, Bishop; Clarence Stewart, Kimbal Johan­sen, Mads Anderson and Louis A. Peterson, Counselors.
1926, Andrew L. Peterson, Bishop; Clarence Stewart and Joseph Johansen, Counselors.

The South Ward as seen today (or Mt. Pleasant Stake House)
photo by David R. Gunderson

(Excepts taken from the Mt. Pleasant book by Hilda Madsen Longsdorf)

Photos available at the Mt. Pleasant Relic Home


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