Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Castle Valley Pageant

 The Castle Valley Pageant is performed every other year, on even-numbered years (2010, 2012, and so on):

August 2-4 and 7-11, 2012

Pioneer Village activities begin
at 6:00 p.m.

Pageant performance starts
at 8:30 p.m.

Castle Valley Pageant

Discover Castle Valley, Utah, through an elaborate outdoor historical drama that portrays the settling of the frontier. And don't miss the Pioneer Village, where guests learn about the crafts necessary for a pioneer settlement to survive, such as blacksmithing, farming with horse-drawn implements, weaving, and spinning.

4785 North Desbee Dove Rd.
Castle Dale, Utah 84513




More info:

Admission is free. No ticket is required, and no reservation is necessary.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chief Dewey Fillis


Obituary: Dewey J. Fillis

Published: Tuesday, April 17 2001 10:53 a.m. MDT
Dewey J. Fillis, age 79, of Salt Lake City, died Sunday peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.

Dewey was born June 29, 1921 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, to James and Verda Christensen Fillis. On September 19, 1941 he married Marjorie Crocker. He grew up in Mt. Pleasant and graduated from Wasatch Academy in 1939. He excelled in track, tennis, basketball and football and joined the National Guard at the age of 16. He attended Snow Junior College and Brigham Young University on a football scholarship. He went on to receive a distinguished alumnus award from Wasatch Academy and Snow College.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific for 3 1/2 years during World War II. Dewey joined the Salt Lake Police Department in July of 1947 and served in nearly every division. The last 15 years of his career were spent in administration as Captain, Assistant Chief and Chief of Police. He graduated from the FBI National Academy and was an instructor at the University of Utah, Weber State, Brigham Young University and the University of Wyoming. He was a member of the International Chiefs of Police, the Governor's Panel on the Crimes Omnibus Bill, the Travelers Aid Association, the Utah Drug Abuse Panel and was the Department Commander of the American Legion, Post 2. Dewey also served as Chairman of the Utah Peace Officers Standard and Training Council. He was awarded many certificates of commendation, among them the National Reverence for Law Award by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. While Chief, he established many programs and committees geared toward crime prevention.

Dewey loved sports and was active for many years. He was a member of the Alpine Country Club, but was unable to play the last few years because of his health. He was an avid fan of the San Francisco 49ers and the Utah Jazz.

Preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother, Leon. Survived by his wife Marjorie, daughters Marilyn Joyner (Monty), Susan Cook and son Dale (Becky), a brother Elmer (Reva), brother-in-law, Lawrence Crocker (Pat), seven grandchildren and their spouses, 10 great-grandchildren and his nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 12 noon at Evans & Early Mortuary, 574 East 100 South, where friends and family may call one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to their favorite charity. Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Willis Niel Madsen ~ from the Johanna Madsen Hafen Collection

Willis Niel Madsen ~ son of  Nielson Moroni Madsen and Anna Wilcox 
 ~  Husband of Louise Dolorus Fandsen Madsen
Born: 1895
Died: 29 November 1934

Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah, United States

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mountainville History part 16 ~ Compiled by Melba Shelley Hill

                  She has always had a strong testimony of the gospel and has tried to live its teachings in her 
                  everyday life which has had a bearing on her children. 
                  She has been a good mother and homemaker.  She has learned that blessings came from          
                  obedience and when there is a job to do in the church that we should obey and there is
                  is always a way provided to do the work.  She has reaped many blessings.  She has always
                  been dependable.  Her word was always good

                  She has never been afraid of work and has worked hard all her life.

                  August 31, 1958 Fannie B. Shelley was appointed president with LaRue A. Burnside and Erma
                   C. Shelley as counselors..  Verla R. Coates as secretary.

                  She was born 1 December 1911 in Deseret, Utah to Joshua Rudd and Lillie May Hales
                   Bennett.  She married John William Shelley July 20, 1932 in the Manti Temple.  They are
                  the parents of nine children.

                  Fannie always enjoyed being out-of-doors.  She was a friend and teacher to her children,
                  Her life revolved around her family.  She would join in softball games with her children.
                  She would read bedtime stories, wash and iron levis and shirts for eight boys as well as
                  the rest of the laundry, bake the best cookies and bread.  She would find time to help pick
                  strawberries and raspberries with her family to sell during the summer.  When John was
                  away working, she had to help with milking the cows and any other chores that needed done.
                  She made beautiful quilts.  While waiting for John to go around his trap lines, she would wait in
                  the car crocheting beautiful doilies and tablecloths.

                  Fannie loves the temple and has been a worker in both the Provo and Manti Temples for several
                  years.  She has served in the Primary, Mutual, Sunday School and Relief Society.

                  January 3, 1865, Sister Leila Christensen became president with Verla R. Coates and Erma C.
                  Shelley as counselors.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Anderson Family ~ from the Johannah Madsen Hafen Collection

(Uncle Chris Anderson................................Aunt Johannah..............................Nielson Anderson)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Joseph Dean Staker Passes On

Joseph Dean Staker

Our loving father, Joseph Dean Staker, age 96, passed from this life into the next, surrounded by his four beloved children on July 14, 2012 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Dad entered this world in Fairview, Utah on January 10, 1916, as a fourth generation of the Staker family in Utah. He was the son of John Fredrick and Hanna Chloe Carlston Staker. As a boy growing up in the Sanpete valley, his childhood was filled with youthful wonder, swimming in the creek, riding horses, raising pigeons and rabbits, and as he grew into a teenager, hanging out at the local cafĂ© with his buddies. He was and always has been a country boy at heart. He learned the value of hard work at an early age from helping on the family farm. This work ethic followed him through his life. He was sixteen years old (fibbing about his age) when he joined the National Guard in 1932. When the guard was called to active duty in 1941, at the start of World War II, he served in the Military Police with the rank of sergeant. He served in this capacity until he returned at the end of the war in 1945. He met the love of his life, Helen “Ginger” Kelson, at the Dreamland Dance Hall in Ephraim, Utah. They were married December 20, 1938 and later sealed in the Manti Temple on April 14, 1964. Together they raised four children. He was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a High Priest and was proud to serve in numerous callings. He is survived by his four loving children, Nancy R. Smith (Oliver), Vickie Hayward, Ron Staker and Deb Anderson. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, thirty-eight great grandchildren and fourteen great-great grandchildren. He loved his family beyond measure. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beautiful wife, son Larry Dean, sister Cleo Ream, brother Rex Staker, and twin great grandchildren Lauren and Zachary Benson. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm in the LDS fourth ward chapel, 49 South State Street, Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Friends may call Thursday evening at Rasmussen Mortuary, located at 96 N 100 W in Mt. Pleasant, from 6-8:00 pm and prior to the services at the church from 11:00 – 12:30 pm. Interment in the Mt. Pleasant City cemetery with military rites. Full obituary and online condolences available at www.rasmussenmortuary.com
Dad’s family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the staff of Sanpete Valley Hospital and Intermountain Healthcare Hospice, who cared for our father with genuine tenderness and compassion.

Homemade Candles

Ruby Ericksen Celebrates 80 Year Birthday in 1984

Monday, July 16, 2012

From the Johannah Madsen Hafen Collection

On July 1st, Joann Hafen Granger brought Peter and I two huge boxes of photos, documents, and books that had belonged to her mother, Johannah Madsen Hafen.  Like so many others, Joann had held on to these family treasures for several years, but now realizes they need to be shared with others who will also appreciate them.  We thank Joann and her family for thinking of us.  Peter and Joann are full cousins.  Her father, Boyd Hafen a brother to Peter's father, Neil Hafen.  The photos and documents however have more to do with Joann's (Madsen side of the family).  Johannah Madsen Hafen was a daughter of Nielson Moroni Madsen and Anna Wilcox Madsen. 

While some of the pictures are labeled, some were not.  We hope that someone will recognize the unlabeled photos and let us know who they are. We will also post them on the Mt. Pleasant Unknown Photos blog which has many subscribers.

Most of these photos are of tin-type variety .



Annie Madsen

Anton Madsen

Hilda Madsen

 Andrew Pearson
Andrew Pearson


Comment from Anonymous:The fourth pic from the bottom (above) looks to me like it might be Ransom Abraham Stevens and his wife Tranquilla Ann Brady; both lived in Fairview. Their daughter Keziah Frances Stevens married Jacob Hafen and they lived in Mount Pleasant.



Unknown Group of men

Thursday, July 12, 2012

submitted by David Gunderson

Retirement Choices
There are many retirement options.
Here is a guide to help you make the right choice.
You can retire to Phoenix or Tucson , Arizona where...
1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
2. You've experienced condensation on your whiney from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.
6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!


You can retire to California where...
1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house.
2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.

5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
6. The 4 seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought.


You can retire to New York City where...
1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan .
2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.

3. You think Central Park is "nature."
4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
5. You've worn out a car horn. (Ed. Note if you have a car).
6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.

You can retire to Minnesota where...
1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco .
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than one recipe for casserole.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.
You can retire to Texas where...
1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "Y' all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
3. "He needed killin" is a valid defense.
4. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob
, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.
5. Everything is either "in yonder," "over yonder" or "out yonder." It's important to know the difference, too.


You can retire to Colorado where...
1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and so he stops at the day care center.

3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.
You can retire to the Midwest where...
1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?"
5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"
FINALLY You can retire to Florida where.
1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bette Millar Sorensen Graduating Class ~ Wasatch Academy ~

Lee R. Christensen commented:  KATHY:  If todays posting is class of 1947 both Betty and Stanly Gill of Mt Pleasant should be there>??   lee

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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