Friday, August 31, 2012

Is this Ellen Jackson Carter Seely? Help Needed

The photo is better when shown at the URL below:


I often check the Mt Pleasant website as I'm working on family history.  I
have a small request to make, if possible.

I'm wondering, if by any chance, you could put the attached photo on your
website with a request for the public to solve the mystery of WHO these 2
people are.  Do you ever have an open/public request to see if the public can
contribute info?

There are several of us who are thinking this picture is quite possibly Ellen
Jackson Carter Seely.  (She was in the Martin Handcart Co)  The only pic we
have of Ellen is when she's super old.  There is some resemblence.  We are
speculating maybe THIS is what Ellen looked like as an adult.  We would love
to solve our mystery, especially should it be someone other than Ellen in the
pic.  Maybe the person(s) can be positively identified?

Here is the pic:

It has an adult woman sitting and a girl standing beside her.  The girl has
the cutest doll & buggy & parasol.

Thanks for considering this,
Melanie North

This is the photo of Ellen Jackson Carter Seely that we have at the Relic Home.

Mountainville Tragedies ~ from History of Mountainville compiled by Melba Shelley Hill


              Alec Burnside's barn was struck with lightning and burned.

              Will Burnside's house burned to the ground in 1890.

              Jim Brown's house burned.  Kids lit a match in the clothes closet to find their clothes and              
              started it.

             Inger Christensen was the first death in the ward.
             Jean Cowan died in childbirth Feb. 7, 1890.

             Hartley Syler came from Fairview and lived in Len's orchard.  Their little girl drowned in a sunken 
             swill barrel.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Deseret Evening News 1917 Highlights Mt. Pleasant

A copy of the December 22, 1917 Deseret Evening News  has a wealth of information about schools and businesses existing in Mt. Pleasant during that era. The full copy can be seen at the Relic Home.  In addition to the new North Sanpete High School Building, it tells of Hungerford Hall at Wasatch Academy.  Also included are the following businesses:  Mt. Pleasant Marble Works, Mt. Pleasant Carnegie Library, Weeks Pharmacy, Brown Hotel, Brinkman's Bakery, John H. Seely's registered livestock and more.  We will include some of these in future postings.  Hope you enjoy !!!  

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Piute Indians at Moapa, Nevada ~ On the Salt Lake Route ~ A postcard found in the Johannah Madsen Hafen Collection and History Lesson from Wikipedia

Native American

The Moapa Valley was originally settled by the Anasazi people around 350 B.C. Around 500 A.D., farming supplanted hunting as the major food source for the people known as "Basketmakers". It was also around this time that the art of pottery was introduced. By 600 A.D. the people, now known as "Puebloans", began building their dwellings above ground, using wood and brush plastered with adobe. Farming was a well-established practice with corn, beans, squash, and cotton being the primary crops. The Puebloans also hunted mule deerdesert bighorn sheeprabbits, and rodents using bows and arrows.
Around 1000 A.D. Southern Paiutes moved into the Moapa Valley area. The Paiutes were hunter-gatherers who did not utilize agriculture as a primary source of subsistence. They lived in temporary brush dwellings, spoke the Southern Paiute language, and practiced a style of pottery that was less sophisticated than the methods used by the Anasazi. The Paiutes and Anasazi people coexisted with little effort in the valley.
Sometime around 1150 A.D., the Anasazi abandoned Moapa Valley, possibly due to a drought which gripped the Desert Southwest during that time. When the first European settlers arrived, the Paiutes were relocated to a reservation north of Moapa Town, where they continue to live today.


The first Euroamerican settlers in the Moapa Valley were Mormon pioneers in the latter 1880s. The area has remained heavily populated by Mormons to the present time. Many streets bear the names of prominent Mormon families, including Barlow, Hinckley, Leavitt, Lyman, Perkins [1], Whitmore, Wells, and Andersen. The LDS Logandale Stake has thirteen wards.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Candace Rowe Wilcox Gravesite ~ August 1908 ~ from the Johanna Madsen Hafen Collection

Candace was the daughter of 
Caratat Conderset Rowe
and Mary Napier Rowe
She was born 24 July 1851
Freemont Creek Camp, Iowa
She died
August 29, 1908
She was the wife of
Joseph Wilcox
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

Candace Blanchard Rowe Wilcox was born July 24, 1851 at Camp Creek, Fremont Co.,
Iowa. She with two sisters and three brothers came to Utah with her parents Carratate Conderset
Rowe and Mary Napier Rowe in 1852 with Captain Jolley's Company. Her father was a member
of the Mormon Battalion and also served in the Walker War. They made their home in Payson
until 1860 when the family moved to Mt. Pleasant. Here she was married to Joseph Wilcox,
August 28,1867.
It will be remembered by many that she and her husband were of very jovial natures.
They saw the rays of sunlight rather than the lengthening shadows, and their home became sort of
a social center, many jolly gatherings filled with and life, and overflowing with mirth
were held there.
In 1877 when Mt. Pleasant was first divided into two wards, and the North Ward Relief
Society was organized Mrs. Carolina Madsen was made president with Mrs. Wilcox as secretary.
This office she fIlled faithfully and consciencely for nearly 14 years, or until the wards were
again united in 1890.
Her husband died December 30, 1888 at the age of 41 years, leaving her with eight
children: four sons and four daughters, the youngest a baby three months old. Some times it was
a great struggle to......... Never the less, she with the ambition she had inherited, faced her lot
with an attitude of faith and courage.
In 1898 she was elected city treasurer. This office she efficiently filled for two years.
May 1, 1900, her son David nearly 22 years old was killed in the great mine disaster at
Scofield. This was an awful blow, and caused her much sorrow and grief, but again, with the
attitude; "Thy will be done" she bravely fought the battle of earthly trials.
November 1900 when Sanpete Stake was divided into two stakes; North and South, Mt.
Pleasant was divided again into two wards. Mrs. Wilcox was made president of the North Ward
Relief Society, with Mrs. Botilda Nielsen and Mrs. Annie Peterson as councilors. This office she
filled in deed as well as name working harmoniously"with her co workers for 8 years, until
released by death, August 29, 1908 at the age of 57 years.
Aunt Candace, as we all loved to call.her, was noted for her honesty and her cheerfulness.
She was a ray of sunshine wherever she went. Whether there was sorrow or joy, she was always
welcome. She was especially sought for in the sickroom, as she was very gifted in the art of
caring for those in distress. At one time, it was proposed by the ward that she be sent to take
training as a professional nurse. The people all wanted it so, but her health at that time did not
warrant the strain.
She too, was of a very pleasing appearance. Her eyes were dark brown and her hair, as I
remember it, had turned a beautiful fluffY white. She was erect in form and graceful in courage,
and light in step.
She always had a smile and a cheerful greeting for all alike. As in her early married life,
her home was open to all and so in later years. Her home was a gathering place for the young of
the day. .,
The name "Aunt Candace" is graven deeply in the memory of many. At the time of her
death, she was surrounded by 3 sons, and 4 daughters. The sons have followed to the great
beyond. There are now four daughters, seventeen grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Like rolling wave on wave, the generations pour its tide into a common grave. One day a
babe - the next a man - the next unnamed - unknown; save for a more encrusted line and a
smoldering stone. The lives are swifter than the tale upon the fluttering page. They have just
come to learn the play and then pass off the stage.
Author unknown (1917) Original document on file at the Mt. Pleasant Relic Home.
Some words are so faint that they are unreadable.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lee and Beth Reminisce February 9, 1997

The Following comes from Lee R. Christensen's book:

 "You Knew Me As Buddy and other Tales"

His book is a compilation of letters he has sent to friends over the years.  His memories of going to school at Hamilton Elementary, North Sanpete and Wasatch Academy are filled with his wonderful humor.

Beth is Beth Lund (maiden name)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Johanna Madsen Hafen Collection

Johannah's Friends:  Thelma Bowman Allred, Helen Jones Jolley, Viola Phillips Staker, Evelyn Madsen Jacobsen   ~ taken Sept. 1974

Monday, August 20, 2012

Union Mercantile Store ~ from the Johanna Madsen Hafen Collection

Two of these picture show (before and after) restoration by David R. Gunderson

Here is a gem for historical nuts like many of us.  The Union Mercantile Store operated by Neil Madsen, and his brothers Antone and Andrew.  It was located where the Mt. Pleasant Recreation Center stands now.

The writing on the back says:
Union Store.
Neil Madsen and Lida Hasler and Myra Becks, clerks in the door.
Child on the barrel is Cecile Beck.
The store was owned by Madsen Brothers: 
Theater on the upper floor
Dance Paavillion on the east (right)

The above photo was restored by David R. Gunderson

The Madsen Family also ran a store in Scofield, Utah

the above photo has been restored by David R. Gunderson

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Royal Jay Lott Funeral Program

 Jay Lott passed away June 13th, 2012 after several battles  with cancer.  He was a wonderful friend to everyone.

Friday, August 17, 2012

An Unusual Achievement ~ is made by these North Sanpete Stake members of the Mountainville Branch

The story below comes from Mountainville History
compiled by Melba Shelley Hill

In 1944 an article appeared in the Church News about Mountainville Branch

It is not infrequent that individual wards or branches have unusual records of achievement, 
but here is one that is hard to equal. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sears Roebuck and Co. 1909

Ever wonder what prices were 101 years ago? 
This little catalog will tell you.
The price of the catalog itself surprised me.  For $3.95, you could purchase the catalog.
Last time at J.C. Penney, I could purchase a catalog for $5.00.  And the new J.C. Penney catalog was 50X bigger than this 300 page catalog  which measures 4" by 6".   Well now they have more marketing sense I guess.  Let's see what we can find inside.

Banjos ranging from $2.45 to $19.65.  Wow !!!  I'll take the $19.45 University Glee Banjo.

For the Gun collectors out there!
Remember! You can double click to enlarge.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Peter Monsen ~ Activities Of His Life As Remembered by His Son, James

Peter Monsen (Mogensen)
He was always ready and willing to answer to calls made upon him from church or state.

The first steam sawmill brought to Mt. Pleasant was by Peter Y. Jensen, and placed in Cedar Creek Canyon. But before it could be placed, a road had to be constructed.  Father was the supervisor.

Father assisted in the leveling of the hill where the Manti Temple now stands, after which a sawmill, called the Temple  Sawmill, was placed in Twin Creek Canyon, where lumber was sawed to be used in the construction of the Temple.  The work was carried on winter and summer.  Men donating their work, with few exceptions, who were paid temple-scrip, with which they could buy such commodities as were donated by the people.

Under my observation, father supervised the work in winter time.

The use of oxen or horses to drag the timber from the mountainside was prevented by the depth of the snow, which was at times seven feet.  The trees were felled and cut into certain lengths.  With hand spikes and such appliances as were necessary, they  slid the logs from the hillside to the bottom of the canyon; from whence they were hauled to the mill upon bobsleds, all home made.  The lumber from the mill was hauled to Manti by team, all donation work in which father participated,

When the Snow Academy was built, he furnished teams, with no pay, to haul brick from Mt. Pleasant to Ephraim.

On or about 1863, he and Mads Madsen were called by the church to go to Circleville as colonizers.  I heard father say they left home with each a yoke of oxen and a wagon, arriving in Circleville about April 1st.  They proceeded at once to build log houses in which to live.  They had with them their second wives, my mother and Mads' first wife being left at home to care as best they could for what little they had.

The timber from which they built their homes was not far away; since there were no shingles or lumber available, they were necessarily satisfied with a dirt roof as well as a dirt floor.

The soil there was very fertile.  They broke up and planted enough ground to raise 1000 bushels of wheat.  there being no threshing machines then, the grain was threshed by tramping their oxen over it.  When the grain from the first layer spread out was thoroughly tramped out of the straw, there still remained chaf and fine material which had to be separated from the grain.  So they cleared the ground and when the wind was favorable, with a small hand scoop they cast the grain out against the wind , thereby separating it from the chaff.  When this was done, they took what they could haul in their wagons, leaving the rest to be distributed among those remaining, returning home to Mt. Pleasant in November of the same year.

Father was among the first to build a home outside the Fort. It was a two-room structure twenty-eight feet long, with large beams along the top placed in half roof shape, to carry the dirt which answered the purpose of shingles.  There was also a dirt floor.  Aside from that, he built three other homes.

He was in the city council two terms and councilor to Bishop Seely several years.  He was ready and on hand to serve in any capacity where unto he was called.

During the United Order, he was captain of the men who worked in what is called the Old and South Field.  However, he was one of the first to withdraw from the Order.  I  well remember how deeply concerned mother was about it.  Some of the neighbors went so far as to say that he was on the way to apostasy.

One day in his hounds in the field where men were engaged in irrigating, he arrived at a piece of his own land where a man was supposed to be irrigating, he found the water all going down a dead furrow of summer fallowed land, and no  man in sight.  After searching around, he found the man sound asleep in the shade of the willows, and when he asked how the water was going, he answered, "I suppose it's running to the west.", which was the slope of the land.  That, associated with many similar conditions, drew disgust from my father, to the extent that he withdrew from the order, but not until it had been given a fair trial.

At the age of sixty-six, he went on a mission in Denmark;being gone about twenty months.

After his return he proceeded to care for his small farm as in the past, and continued to do so until physically unable.  He had a few livestock to care for until he died at the age of ninety three past.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hans Peter Jensen , Christian J. Jensen, and Mrs. H. P. Sorensen ~~~~ A revision of the March 2, 2011 post by Judy Malkiewicz

Hans Peter Jensen's (10 Mar 1858 to 26 Feb 1937) father was Christian J. Jensen  (7 June 1825 ~ 3 August 1916) Christian J. Jensen was one of Mt. Pleasant, Utah's earliest settlers. When he died in  1916 his obituary lists a daughter,Agnes Utah Jensen, Mrs. H. P. Sorensen of Mt. Pleasant Utah who was Han Peter Jensen's sister.

Since I sent the picture of the Sorensen children, I have discovered their link to my grandmother, Hazel Theora (Jensen) Anderson Lundberg.

First, let me explain that my grandmother, Hazel Theora (Jensen) Anderson Lundberg was born to Mt. Pleasant, Utah parents:

Hans Peter Jensen (10 Mar 1858 to 26 Feb 1937) and Hilda Jensen Jensen (her maiden name is the same as her married name, 31 Oct 1862 to 18 Mar 1954).

Hans Peter Jensen and Hilda Jensen Jensen gave my grandmother, Hazel Theora Jensen as an infant to Hannah Persson Jensen Anderson (26 Jan 1841) and her husband Claus Anderson (1838-1923) both of Mt. Pleasant, Utah to raise as their own. Hannah Persson Jensen Anderson (1841-1925) was the sister to Hilda Jensen Jensen’s father, Andrew Peter Jensen (1837-1921). My grandmother, Hazel Theora (Jensen) Anderson grew up in Mt. Pleasant never knowing she was adopted by her great aunt and uncle until well in to her adulthood.

This is Hans Peter Jensen's obituary from 1937.


Here are Claus Anderson's Obituaries from 1923. He was also one of Mt. Pleasant's earliest settlers.


Here is Hannah Jensen Anderson's obituary from 1925

We certainly thank Judy for all this information.
We are happy to share it all with our readers.

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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