Tuesday, May 31, 2011

From Wilhelmina Morrison Ericksen Pioneer Record Book

Just in case the explanation on the last half of the page is unreadable, I have transcribed it below:
The first five of these children died in infancy of whooping cough and scarlet fever.  The two boys in Scotland, the three girls of Cholera in St. Louis,  Missouri, U.S.A.  Father had these children adopted (sealed) to them in the St. George Temple.  Also, those of the family that were not born under the covenant. So, that work is complete.  (signed) Wilhelmina H. Morrison Ericksen  (continued on page 6)

My father was a Mt. Pleasant Pioneer of 1859, whose name appears on the Pioneer Monument.  He was the 1st Ward Clerk of Mt. Pleasant, also had charge of distributing of the mail that came while living in the Fort that was built as a protection from the Indians.  They moved to their new home on the city lot in the spring of 1963, where his first wife remained until her death with her three remaining children, died Jan 10th, 1910.  He was called to go and help colonize Sevier Co.  (continued on page 7)

 Settling in Richfield, where he built homes for his 2nd and 3rd wives.  He was appointed 1st probate judge of Sevier Co., Utah by Brigham Young.  He remained for a time until driven back through Indian hostilities, when again they returned continuing their labors and improving in every way to build up a community while holding many positions of honor and trust until his death which occurred August 26th, 1889.
2nd wife:  Caroline Christena Iverson died (Richfield) Jan 1916.
3rd wife:  Annie Maria Hansen died (Richfield) 2nd Dec. 1904

Mt. Pleasant Pioneer Historical Association Individual Record Book ~ 1915

We recently came across two of these record books that were owned by Wilhelmina Morrison Ericksen.  Apparently they were handed out in 1915 to members of the Mt. Pleasant Pioneer Historical Association who had filled out a genealogy blank for the giant record book which is housed at the Relic Home.  The purpose, as noted below, was to perpetuate a genealogy record from generation to generation.  Also, for the purpose of  gathering a record of ancestry of those who have passed beyond.

I wonder how many of these books have been destroyed....hopefully very few.  If you should come across one and not want it, please donate it to the Relic Home.  If you have one and would like to share the contents of yours,  we would like to keep these record for future generations fulfilling its original purpose.  

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Flanders Fields ~ Shared by Lee R. Christensen


The reason poppies have become associated with Armistice Day and with this poem in particular is because red poppies began to bloom like crazy in the field in Flanders where men had fallen and been buried–where they hadn’t bloomed like this before.


                               Kathy:    And yes, we have a Mt. Pleasanter buried there, Charles Rutishauser, KIA               June 1944.  And by  comparison, a trivia note,  three versions of the poem, page 152, my  book.

Ardennes American Cemetery

Charles Rutishauser
ID: 39835671 
Entered the Service From: Utah 
Rank: Technical Sergeant 

Service: U.S. Army Air Forces, 526th Bomber Squadron, 379th Bomber Group, Heavy 

Died: Sunday, June 18, 1944 
Buried at: Ardennes American Cemetery 
Location: Neupre (Neuville-en-Condroz), Belgium 
Plot: D Row: 16 Grave: 4 

Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, 
Purple Heart

T/Sgt Charles E. Rutishauser is also remembered with a marker here in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

Thanks Kathy .  Your picture added  much to the posting.   I don't think any
of the Rutishausers  still around.  I've looked for James a number of times
over the years and have never found him.  I have the action report on the
mission from which Charles did not return.  He and two  others  went down
with the plane, five others POW's.

   Mission over Hamburg

Fun Ads from Utah Gazateer 1888 ~ Shared by Kaye Watson

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Three Anderson Brothers Die Within Six Days From Typhoid Fever ~ Sons of Rasmus and Ane B. Anderson

November 1908

1904 - 1905 Mt. Pleasant Schools Report Card for Fremont Anderson

We found this report card in the attic of the Relic Home.  It has the signatures of Mina Hasler, Joseph Hughes and Mrs. R. Anderson.  It is a first-grade report card.  We have left off the grades, but can say that Fremont  did very well in art.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

What's Going On? Or Should We say "Off" on the South Side of Main Street Between State Street and First West?

picture taken May 5, 2011

The old "Senior Citizen Center", "Liberal Hall" "Presbyterian Church", "Wasatch Academy" seems to have lost its facade.

Click to enlarge

Taken from Hilda's Scrapbook

                              taken from Mt. Pleasant History by Hilda Madsen Longsdorf

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

1945 North Sanpete High School and Mt. Pleasant L.D.S. Seminary Commencement

1941 North Sanpete Stake Seminary Graduation Exercises ~ Shared by Betty Gunderson Woodbury

Bernice Coates Passed Away March 14, 2011

 Bernice Coates
June 26, 1915 - March 14, 2011
Elfreda Bernice Coates, 96 of Mt. Pleasant, passed away at Autumn Park Assised Living Center in Mt. Pleasant on March 14, 2011. She was born June 26, 1915 to Alfred Jr. and Katie Larsen Johnson. She married Grant Claud Coates, January 20, 1935. Their marriage was solemnized in the Provo Temple April 24, 1982. Grant passed away December 31, 1972. Together they had one daughter, Phyllis Etta (Duane) Shelley. Phyllis passed away in 2003.
She was very active in the LDS church and served in many different capacities. She loved to garden and share her produce with family and friends. She loved to work on puzzles and always had a puzzle in progress on her card table. She was an avid quilter and she crocheted hundreds of Afghans for the church humanitarian program. She served as the secretary for the senior citizens program for many years and also served as a voting judge for local elections.
She is preceded in death by her husband, daughter; sisters Betty Eleanor Tuttle and Alice May Olsen; brothers Alvin Johnson, John Loften (Nina) Johnson, Kenneth George (Faun) Johnson, Glen Victor (Jean) Johnson.
She is survived by son-in-law Duane Allen Shelley of Mt. Pleasant; brother Ray Alfred (Kathy) Johnson of Bountiful; sisters-in-law Jean Johnson of Fairview and Nina Johnson of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren Abby Shelley of Mt. Pleasant, Amanda (Skyler) Nelson of Pleasant Grove, Chet (Nicole) of Lehi; great grandchildren Boston Shelley and Jacoby Nelson.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday March 22, 2011 at 12 noon in the Mt. Pleasant 5th ward church (Red Church 49 South State). Friends may call from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the church preceding the services. Interment in the Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery. Online condolences are available at www.rasmussenmortuary.com

Monday, May 16, 2011

Eric L. Clitheroe ~ Another Wasatch Academy Graduate -1927 ~ Making Headlines at Wasatch Academy, Westminster College, Coe College and Purdue University

Eric was an honor student with the following credits to his name:

And in the Salt Lake Telegram May 24 1928, we find him making headlines again

            Salt Lake Telegram 1928-05-24 Elections Held at Westminster

In 1937 we find him In Carroll Iowa to speak at Presbyterian Pulpit

Carroll Daily Herald
Publication Date:
Friday, August 20, 1937
Newspaper Location:
Carroll, Iowa, United States Of America
Dr. Eric Clitheroe , Parsons College, To Speak Aug. 29 Will Fill Presbyterian Pulpit Here; Noted Scholar, Speaker FIELD PIECE SHOWERS DEATH ON TIENTSIN-So casually do Japanese troops take the battle.


In 1948 we find him as a Guest Minister from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Rev. Gwaltney returned Monday
 from his vacation Guest minister
during his absence was Dr
Eric Clitheroe professor of Bible
studies Coe college, Cedar Rapids,

And beginning in 1951, we find him as a Professor at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana.  
And a Scholarship in Philosophy Continues to this day in his name.

Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University
The Eric L. Clitheroe Scholarship in Philosophy

This merit scholarship was created in 1987 in honor of Prof. Eric L. Clitheroe, who was a member of Purdue’s Philosophy Department from 1951 to 1973. Each year, it awards at least $500 to an outstanding undergraduate philosophy major. Friends and former student’s of Prof. Clitheroe’s established the initial endowment for this scholarship.

Eric died June 1986, Lafayette, Ind.    

A big "Thank You" goes to Lee R.  Christensen for helping me   with this post.  If anyone would like to spotlight someone from Mt. Pleasant, Utah's past.  Let us know.  

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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