Wednesday, December 28, 2011



1/4 lb butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed cooked pumpkin
1 tsp lemon extract
1 cup nuts

Sift together:
2 cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp soda

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and pumpkin and dry ingredients.
Blend in extract and nuts.
Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

HERE'S A PUZZLE.. a tin type sent in by Joanne Hafen Granger

If you look to your right behind the house, we believe to be Horseshoe Mountain.  
Can you identify the people?  
Can you identify the location?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Shopping With Hilda ~ From Hilda's Scrapbook

Awake I have worried, fussed, fumed and planned.
Asleep, I have sought over sea and  land.
Wherever I went, when I told them the price,
Clerks would smile, show sympathy and try to be nice.

I have been at the Wasatch, The Progress, and Squires
I have looked at all things a human admires.
At Gunderson's, at Biddle's and over at Pete's, too,
I asked to see their goods, both old and new.

I went to Penney's and then to the Sanpete.
I am quite sure I visited all places on Main Street.
I roamed North and South, and up and down,
Almost decided to go to some other town.

At last discouraged and in despair,
I searched mail order catalogs from everywhere.
But whenever I saw an article I thought would do,
I found that aft' their price, there was Uncle Sam's postage too.

I have seen radios, automobiles, blankets and mitts,
But darned if I could find anything for only two bits.
Today I decided on this present  plain and queer.
Here is wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 18, 2011


3/4 cup dark molasses
3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 unbaked 9 or 10 inch pastry shell

Combine molasses, water and baking soda.
Combine flour and sugar
Cut in butter.

In pastry shell alternate layers of molasses mixture, flour mixture starting with the molasses layer and ending with flour layer.

Bake 375 degrees about 30 minutes

Anthon Madsen Dies in Scofield ~ 1923

Mrs. Grace West Madsen Passes Away ~ June 10, 1929

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dr. George Bertram Madsen ~ Mayor of the Month ~ December 2011

Dr. George Bertram Madsen, practicing physician in Mt. Pleasant for 28 years, was born November 14, 1901 in Mt. Pleasant, a son of George and Addie Tebbs Madsen.  He passed away January 11, 1961 while performing surgery at the Mt. Pleasant hospital.  He had previously practiced medicine in Arizona and Mexico.

Active in civic affairs, he served as Mt. Pleasant mayor from 1947 to 1949, and also served as a city councilman.  He was instrumental in the establishment  of the North Sanpete LDS Hospital in Mt. Pleasant and had worked on many other projects including a flood dam for the area.

Dr. Madsen was a member ot the Utah State, Central Utah and the American Medical Associations.  He was a former member and past president  of the Lions Club.  Dr. Madsen was the school physician for Wasatch Academy for 11 years.

He graduated from North Sanpete High School and University of Utah, receiving his medical degree from the Louisville Kentucky Medical School in 1925.

Dr. Madsen married Thelma Beauman of Mt. Pleasant on September 15, 1936 in Soda Springs, Idaho.  They had three daughters:  Roberta (Bobby) Reeves of San Diego, California, Thelma Ann (Tammy) Harley of Dallas, Texas and Lynne Keene of Bakersfield, California.

Some of his favorite hobbies were flying, fishing, hunting, and traveling with his family.  He enjoyed the local mountains and, in his younger years, had spent time herding sheep in them.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

White Fruitcake

1 pound butter (2 cups)
2 cups sugar
6 egg yolks

4 cups flour sifted
1 bottle 1 1/2 ounces lemon extract
6 egg whites
1 pound candied cherries
1/2 pound glazed pineapple
1 package (1 pound) bleached raisins
1 pound of pecans

Cream butter, sugar and egg yolks.  Add sifted flour and lemon extract, mix well.  Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.  Dredge candied cherries, glazed pineapple, raisins and pecans in flour, ad to batter.  Place batter in brown paper bag lined ungreased 5x9 inch loaf pans.  Place pan of water on the top shelf of the oven.  Bake at 300 degrees for one hour and 16 minutes.

Reset oven to 350 degrees and bake an additional seven minutes.  Turn off oven and leave  for seven minutes.  If cake does not test done, reset oven to 300 degrees and bake a few minutes .  Do not overbake. Decorate with whole pecans and cherries.  Store in paper lining.  Makes 3 loaves

Family Tree ~ A Favorite Post ~ From Alice Hafen's Collection

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Relief Society Held January 8, 1877

Meeting held 8 Jan 1877.  Opened with singing "Come the Glorious Day of Promise.
Prayer by Sister Madsen.
Sister Morrison addressed the Sisters and felt grateful to have an opportunity to meet again with the Sisters in the new year and was more glad to so many of the Sisters together and hoped that with the Spirit of the Lord we would have a good meeting.
She said there was many things she liked to talk about, but she would also like to hear the Sisters  bear their testimony.
One thing presses upon her mind as we have began a new year, we will try to ...... to every call and duty, there is a short time that had no oil in their lamps.....before the Bridegroom comes.
She made some valuable remarks about being united and .......not to talk against one another's feelings. Also to learn our children to do the same by prayerful and be a good example in all things.  Then she gave place for the Sisters to talk.
Sister Madsen said that she felt so pleased to see so many of the Sisters here and hoped that the good attendance will continue in the new year so that we  will have meetings and that all Sisters can be benefited.
Most all the Sisters present bore their testimony. Not one rose to speak.  That ......a good desire to do better in the new year.
Sister Seely and Sister Rowe from Indianola....were present, both felt well and pleased to meet with their Sisters and more as opportunity ...... they were long missed.

Sister Rowe brought such a very good report from the Lamanites there.  That
there were so many anxious to hear from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and willing to do every good thing that were taught to them.

All the sisters went home with cheerful countenance showing that a good spirit prevailed.  Our meeting was then closed after singing and prayer.

Louise Hasler, Sec.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Shared by Carol Corcoran


  The link below
will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of “GOD BLESS
AMERICA.”But before you watch, you should also know the story of the song. The
time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was
taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we’d have to go to war. It was a
time of hardship and worry for most Americans.
      This was the
era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around
their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers – and no
entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith. Kate was also large in size,
and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, “It ain’t over
till the fat lady sings.” Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of
TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her
      Kate was also very patriotic. It hurt her to see
Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope
for America , and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to
cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin
(also wrote “White Christmas”) and asked him to write a song that would make
Americans feel good again about their country. When she described what she was
looking for, he said he had just the song for her. He went to his files and
found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before - way
back in 1917. He gave it to Kate Smith and she worked on it with her studio
orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by
the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from “God Bless
America ”– any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years,
the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this
      This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the
radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for
the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her
voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie,
“You’re In The Army Now.” At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in
the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper – it’s Ronald Reagan. Frank
Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said when he and
a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless America ”on the radio, they
all pretended to have “dust in their eyes” as they wiped away a tear or
      To this day, “God Bless America ”stirs our patriotic
feelings and pride in our country. Back in 1940, When Kate Smith went looking
for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt she realized
just how successful the results would be – for her fellow Americans during those
years of hardship and worry, and for many generations of Americans to follow…
Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you will enjoy it and treasure
it even more. God Bless America !



Friday, December 2, 2011

Marie Wilhelmina Catherine Krause Madsen ~ Pioneer of the Month ~ December 2011

MARIE WILHELMINA CATHERINE KRAUSE 350 Born: 27 April 1847 Svenborg, Fuenert (Fynn), Denmark Age: 9 Hodgett Wagon Company. Wilhelmina's biography is taken mostly from a well researched account written by two of her granddaughters, Pearle M. Olsen and Aleen M. Summers. All accounts speak of Wilhelmina as a very "comely" and beautiful girl. Her parents were both from Germany, her mother, Anna Lucia Simonsen Abel, having been widowed previously. When Anna's first husband died, she inherited a wheelwright nail factory. Anna advertised in the "Danish Star News" for a manager to take care of the business and Johan H. F. A. Krause answered that advertisement, was hired, and proved to be very capable. He and Anna married and became the parents of six children. Wilhelmina went to her father's nail factory one day and picked up a red-hot nail that had dropped on the floor, thinking it very beautiful. It left a terrible scar the rest of her life. Another incident at the nail factory would also influence the course of Wilhelmina's life. A crowd had gathered outside the factory where two "Mormon" missionaries were passing out literature and announcing a meeting they would hold in the woods that night. Wilhelmina's mother and her friend, Marie Frandsen, attended and participated in the singing. A mob of persecutors soon came with ropes and clubs, but the missionaries were able to escape and find shelter in the woods. Anna and Marie -learned where the Elders were hiding, took food to them, and invited them to Anna's home to hold another meeting. At this meeting, the same mob came, broke the door to the Krause home, and told the missionaries to leave the country. Before leaving, the missionaries gave each of those present some literature and a song book. Wilhelmina received one of those books and cherished it throughout her life. She loved to sing and had a beautiful singing voice. Other missionaries soon came and taught the gospel to the Krause family. Johan was not interested, but Anna requested baptism, and did not tell her husband. She secretly attended meetings for about two years and finally revealed her actions to her husband, requesting that he take her to "Zion" to gather with the Saints. Johan did not wish to leave his successful business, but he was also a kind man who didn't like to see his wife unhappy. She would often sing from her little book this hymn: "Oh, Zion, when I think ofthee, I long for pinions like the dove, And mourn to think that I should be so distant from the land I love. A captive exile, far from home, for Zion's sacred walls I sigh, With ransomed kindred there to come and see Messiah eye to eye. While here I walk on hostile ground, the few that I can call my friends, are, like myself, in fetters bound, and weariness our steps attends. But yet we hope to see the day When Zion's children shall return. When all our grief shall flee away, and w~ a~ain no more shall mourn. The thoughts that such a day will come makes e'en the exiles r£f£"i:Mi'~weet; Though now we wander far from home, in Zion soon we all shall meet." Johann finally decided to sell the business and go to the United States to begin a new business in St. Louis, Missouri, making wagons and handcarts for the Saints to use in crossing the plains. This relocation and reestablishment of a business required so much money for this family of eight that it was decided to let one child remain in Denmark with friends and go to America the following year with those friends. The children drew lots to see who would stay and the lot fell to Wilhelmina. The rest of the family left from Copenhagen in 1855 with a company of four hundred Saints aboard the ship Charles Buck. 1855 was a terrible year for cholera outbreaks in St. Louis and two of Wilhelmina's little sisters and her mother died in July of that year. From Wilhelmina's biography we read, "Thus, 351 -'" Wilhelmina Krause - Page 2 Anna's hope and cherished dream of gathering to Zion with the Saints was not to become a reality, but her great faith paved the way for her daughter, Wilhelmina, to be among those whose names were to be carved in Utah's history." Meanwhile, in Denmark,Wilhelmina was unaware of the tragedy in her family and was preparing to sail with the Frandsen's when Marie Frandsen's brother tried to prevent Marie from going to Utah by telling the officials that Marie was stealing a child to take with her. The police officers took Wilhelmina's clothes and precious song book and placed her in an orphanage with little but a gray uniform. The missionaries were finally able to make the truth known and obtained her release, but the Frandsen family had been compelled to leave Denmark in the meantime. The Elders arranged for Wilhelmina to travel with the Lars (62) and Bodil (50) Madsen family in the next emigrant group. Wilhelmina became very close to Brother Madsen. One morning while waiting out the bad weather and unloading of the wagons at Devil's Gate, Wilhelmina went with Brother Madsen a ways from the camp. When he collapsed in the snow, Wilhelmina cried and wanted to stay with him, but he took his cane and pushed her away, telling her she couldn't stay. By the time she returned with help, Lars had died. Wilhelmina stayed with the widow Madsen's family and eventually married her son, Niels Peter. They settled in Mt. Pleasant where they had a home in town and also homesteaded a 160- acre piece of property. Wilhelmina and the children did a great deal of the work and became quite self-sufficient. She developed an infection in one eye, causing her to go blind in that eye, but she continued to read to her children from the Book of Mormon every night and work very hard. Her children said that many times they saw her crying as though her heart would break, then going to her bedroom to pray and coming out smiling, feeling God had given her strength to bear her troubles. Eventually, Wilhelmina placed an ad in a St. Louis, Missouri, newspaper to advertise for her family. Her father was notified and soon he and his daughter, Augusta, arrived in Salt Lake City. They stood on the steps ofthe Deseret News Building each day for a week, inquiring of passers-by for infonnation. They were about to give up when they met a man from Sanpete County and asked him if he knew a George Frandsen. The man knew the Frandsen's and Wilhelmina and after 32 years this family was reunited. Her father stayed for a month. When Johan Krause returned to Missouri, he still maintained that the "Mormons" had stolen his daughter and he was embittered toward them. He and his step-son, Frederick Abel, had become wealthy in St. Louis, having pioneered the plumbing business. They were both reputed to be millionaires and bought one of the first Pierce-Arrow automobiles in that area. Frederick visited Wilhelmina a few years later and offered her anything to renounce her faith and return with her children to St. Louis where she would be given every advantage but she refused. She did keep up communication with her sisters, Augusta and Caroline, in St. Louis. Caroline sent her a gold band ring and told her if she didn't see her in this life she would know her by her ring in the next world. After Wilhelmina's very full, but happy life, she was buried with the ring on her finger. "Sister Mina" served as Relief Society President and I,. .. " was beloved by all. She played her accordian and sang to her neighbors. Her children wrote in a tribute to her: "By her teachings and her good example she instilled into our hearts the good things of life, and taught us to live the Gospel which was so dear to her. She has been a beacon light to us all our lives and made an impression on us that will always be with us. She had a testimony of the gospel. She knew it was true and that there is a God who answers prayers. She paid a full tithing and she kept the Word of Wisdom and we never heard her swear or even use s[ang." Lars & Bodil Neilsen Madsen

The following  information is taken from "Madsen Family History"

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