Sunday, June 24, 2012

Scottish Shepherd Comes to America

Bill Millar with horse and buggy on the Seely Ranch east of Mt. Pleasant

The following tells how Bill Millar  from the village of Eagle in Renfrewshire  Scotland came to America.

NEBCA News - Volume 28, Issue 4.  December, 2010


Pioneering Scottish shepherd in New England by Joe Evans   
At the turn of the last century, The New England Farm Stock Company established itself in Greenfield, Mass -  seemingly a cooperative of investors and farmers. 
Organized by the Greenfield Board of Trade, the company owned 7,000 sheep, mostly Rambouillets.  The ewes were  shipped from the West as were some of the rams that were crossed with others imported from Scotland.  These sheep “were placed on shares with farmers in western Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.”  The company made the initial capital investment, the farmers received “their share of the wool and increase for caring for the flocks.” The American sheep industry watched this experiment with interest.  One of the principle challenges was to prevent losses to packs of uncontrolled dogs that terrorized the sheep-farming communities in New England at the time. Massachussetts law determined that farmers should be compensated by the counties for sheep killed by roving dogs out of funds generated from the dog license fees.  The problem lay in the farmers’ lack of success in collecting their compensation as claims were subject to investigation that were mostly inconclusive. 

The New England Farm Stock company believed they could solve this problem by importing a professional shepherd and his highly trained sheepdogs.  (It was a commonly held misconception that Border collies could act as guard dogs as well as herders.) 

The man they chose was William Millar from the village of Eagle in Renfrewshire just south of Glasgow in Scotland.  In 1906, Bill Millar with two of his Border collies and a beardie emigrated to the Leyden hills of Western Massachusetts between Bernardston and Greenfield. 

Like his father and grand-father before him, Mr. Millar was born a shepherd.  Whistling and commanding collie dogs was integral to the Millars work.  Millar’s brother, Alexander was the International Supreme Champion in 1925 as well as the Scottish National a number of times. 

Millar’s arrival was keenly anticipated.  His expertise was to support the effort to bring prosperity to the blighted hill town sections of the region. Whether he succeeded in that is not clear.  However, Bill Millar became something of a local  celebrity in the agricultural community.  His leading sheepdog was Pate (renamed Pete over 
here), a talented two year old dog worth $60.  His bitch Fleet was valued at $50.  He also worked with his bearded collie, Bruce. Millar was dismissive of local sheepdogs.  He felt they were “practically good for nothing for caring for sheep.”  In his opinion, some were only good “as pets. You have to have the right breed and the right training in order get the right kind of shepherd dog.” His ability to work with his dogs, Pete in particular, attracted much attention. He was featured in a lengthy article in The Boston Globe in 1906. It didn’t take Millar long to establish himself on the nascent sheepdog trialing circuit either.  At the 1907 Vermont State Fair he beat Walter Burns, a stockyard worker who had dominated trials and exhibitions in both eastern Canada and New England.  Millar’s arrival heralded a greater concentration on breeding and training Border collies for the tasks of shepherding and trialing. 

Millar stayed in New England for seven years before moving to Idaho as a shepherd and a “fitter.”  In those days, fitters were the superstars of the sheep world, their primary task being to prepare rams for shows and auctions.  Their activities often set high prices for  their charges -  a Rambouillet ram fitted by Millar fetched a record $6,200 at a Salt Lake City auction in 1918. 

Millar lived a long life training, working and selling sheepdogs right up to the 1950s.  No doubt his legacy can still be felt here in the northeast. 

Acknowledgments: Penny Tose, Mr. & 
Mrs. Bert William “Bill”  Sorensen family 
papers, The Boston Daily Globe, July 8, 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Remembering Bill Millar

The following article is found in "2010 National Finals Program Guide"
United States Border Collie Handlers' Association p.17.

And now Neita and Bill Sorensen will share with us contents from that old trunk during the next several months.  So stay tuned in.  To those who remember Bill Millar and his dogs, he was "the master dog trainer".

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Have I Done Any Good? Music Video Celebrates Service

  The wonderfully talented Alex Boyé and former American Idol Carmen Rasmusen have teamed up to create a fun new take on a favorite Mormon hymn which celebrates the joy of service. Their music video features the Mormon Helping Hands program.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Page From One Of Our Many Obituary Books

When you come to visit the Relic Home, ask to see our obituary collections.  You might just find an ancestor. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

GLEN HARDY ~ Mayor of the Month ~ June 2012

Glen Hardy was born May 20, 1914 in Moroni to Walter and Mae Hardy.  He married Maxine Johansen on February 14, 1939.  They had three sons and one daughter, with only one son growing to adulthood.

He went to school in the old red building for seven years.  From there he went to the Moroni High School from which he graduated.  He played basketball and the team went to the state tournament three years in a row.  He played basketball for the Norbest Turkey team also.  They had beautiful uniforms, blue and gold with a big turkey on the front.  They won a few games, lost a few.

He was second counselor to Bishop Winkler for about six years with Reeve Norman as first counselor.  Then he was called as bishop of the Second ward for about 10 years.

He served as mayor for four years.  During this time the sewer system was installed.  The engineers wanted to put the lagoons below town.  He said, "Nothing doing.  They should be put south, out in the rocks."  Dean Johansen was the contractor.

His wife, Maxine passed away in 1985

Glen died April 10, 2004

Royal Jay Lott ~ A Wonderful Friend

Royal Jay Lott

06/01/1939 – 06/13/2012
Jay, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, returned to his Heavenly Father on June 13, 2012 quietly at his home due to complications of cancer. He was born June 1, 1939 in Huntington, Utah to Annie Ruth Gordon and Royal John Lott. He graduated from North Sanpete High School. He married his Sweetheart, Lynda Mae Harding on July 19, 1957. They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple on Oct. 29, 1966. They had 7 children and many others that called him Dad.Jay was a ‘Jay’ of all traits and a master of many. He worked in construction, building contractor, painter, was a logger for many years, and was the manager of Snow College Activity center for 27 years. Not least, but most of all, was his lifelong passion of horses, which connected him with many friends and family throughout his life. Jay loved the gospel and had a strong testimony of eternal families. He served in many callings in the church. He loved missionary work, but his favorite calling was working with the young single adults.
Jay is survived by his wife, Lynda, children Virgil (Diana), Ron (Leslie), Barbara (Travis), Mike, Judy (Daniel), Victor (Caroline), and Aaron (Kay), 22 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, sister Lovina (Keith), brother John (Libby), and sister Kay. Preceded in death by parents, daughter Cheryl Lyn Lott Olsen (Barry), granddaughter Chaelyn Kathleen Lott, sister Ruth Lott Clement, & brother Carel Lott.
Funeral services will be held Saturday June 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mt. Pleasant North Stake Center (461 N 300 W). Viewing will be held Friday June 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday preceding the services from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Interment in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Online condolences are available at

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Page From Our Obituary Folder Includes "First White Man Born at Fairview Dies" ~

Mt.Pleasant Relic Home Obituary Directories

Both Tudy Standlee and Donna Brunger have been busy scanning the old Mt. Pleasant Pyramids looking for the obituaries and adding them to several folders of obituaries divided into different time periods.  Those of you wishing to research you family ancestry can come to the Relic Home, find names in our main directory and see if there is an obituary for your ancestors.  Much information can be gleaned from the obituary such as siblings, parents, photos, activities and a little about their history or biography.  We hope you will visit the Relic Home and take advantage of this wonderful resource.
 The following is one page out of one of the obituary directories.  

13, January 1928

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cedar Creek Falls

 This past Saturday our family took a hike up to the waterfalls in Cedar Creek.  Not many people know they are there and you have to own property in Pine Mountain Land Owners Association to get thru the many gates that are there.  The Hafen family owns a few acres where the old archery range was located. 
 Our Son, Jon took these photos with his I phone. Here he captured the sun as it shown through the arch.  The arch was created by water cutting through the rock.  There is a crack in the arch and we fear that it may break some day.
 There are three drops to these falls. When you follow the trail up the north side it gets you to the bottom of the second fall where there is a large pool not shown here.

The trail itself is quite a thrill;  Steep in spots and a lot of climbing over fallen trees and large rocks. 

 I didn't know if I would make it this year, but I did and feel that it was quite an accomplishment.  

The water this year is low.  Other years when there is a heavier runoff you can hear the roar of the falls quite a distance away.  Then when you get to the end of the trail it is spectacular and gives you a rush with the roar and the mist  that fills the air. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

From Ephraim Co-op Local Artist ~ Tauna Anderson


Featured Artist ~ Tauna Anderson

Crafter Tauna Anderson has been a member of the Co-Op since the first year it opened!  She first started making pressed floral art after spending a summer picking and pressing flowers with her sister.  She later experimented with the flowers she was pressing and created her own artistic designs.

Her business Pressed for Time was born.  She has been creating pressed floral art for the last 20 years.

She has always loved being in nature and watching things grow.  Flowers and herbs are her favorite.  She has enjoyed growing, picking, and pressing flowers in her own garden and has loved sharing this art with her children and grandchildren.

Tauna at work

Friday, June 8, 2012

Beth Lorraine Johansen Clark Passed Away

Beth Lorraine Johansen Clark 1

Beth Lorraine Johansen Clark 1 : Utah News from the Daily Herald Newspaper

Lee R. Christensen's Book "You Knew Me As Buddy" ~~~~~~~~~~Preface~~~~~~~~ Letter to Dorothy Jacobs Buchanan ~~~~~~~~~and Her Reply ~~~~~~~and obituary

Dorothy passed away September 18, 1997 in Salt Lake City.
Dorothy Jacobs Buchanan, age 91, beloved teacher, writer and community leader, died peacefully at home in Salt Lake City, on September 18, 1997 after enduring many months of pain and suffering due to myasthenia gravis and Parkinsons Disease. She was born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada on October 27, 1905, to Alberta Larsen and Henry Chariton Jacobs Jr. She was given the name, Dorothy, meaning "Gift from God." Aptly christened, she has lived up to that name, bringing Gods gifts of learning, joy, love and compassion to all those whose lives she touched. She grew up in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, savoring the beauty of the mountains and the choice people who nurtured her mind and soul. She received her B.A. in English from BYU, where she won the coveted Elsie C. Carroll Award for short stories. Dorothy began her teaching career at Richfield High School, where she taught English and journalism and began her love affair with the red hills, the people and the history of the area. She married Robert Dell Buchanan on February 28, 1930 in the Manti LDS Temple. A unique combination the farmer who loved the land and the lady, who loved to teach. Theirs was a union of love and mutual support. He died on July 7, 1979. Dorothy returned to teaching during World War II. She also found time to write. She is a published poet, one of two persons whose poetry is published in all seven volumes of UTAH SINGS. Her articles have appeared in THE UTAH HISTORICAL QUARTERLY, SAGA OF THE SANPITCH, and other publications. She organized the Richfield chapter of the League of Utah Writers. She wrote the first history of Richfield and contributed to GOLDEN SHEAVES FROM A RICH FIELD, a 1964 centennial history of Richfield. She served on the Richfield Public Library Board for 27 years; was responsible for the selection of all books purchased for the library during that time. Throughout her 65 years in Richfield, she was active in the Richfield Study Club, DUP Camp Cove and other organizations. She was a member of the BYU Emeriti Board. An active member of the LDS Church, she served in all the auxiliaries. She and her husband were ordinance workers at the Manti Temple.
She was adored by her two daughters, who survive her, Dorothy Kay (Mrs. J. Thomas) Greene and Marianne Buchanan, both of Salt Lake City; six grandchildren and their spouses; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Dr. Briant S. (Barbara) Jacobs of Provo; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Her parents; brothers, James L. Jacobs and Chariton Jacobs, precede her in death.Friends may call to visit with the family, Monday, September 22, from 6-8 p.m. at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 23, at 1 p.m. in the Neal S. Magleby & Sons Mortuary Chapel, 50 S. 100 W., Richfield, where friends may call prior to services Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Richfield City Cemetery.
During her illness, Dorothy was helped by more kind doctors, nurses, aides, relatives and friends, than we can possibly name. She loved and appreciated all those who so sweetly attended her. Her family is also deeply appreciative.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that donations be made in Dorothy's name to the Richfield Public Library, 83 East Center, Richfield, Utah 84701.

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

L.D.S. Temple

L.D.S. Temple
Manti Temple