Monday, January 30, 2012

Remembering Mom's Clothes line ! Submitted by Carol Corcoran

My mother would hang clothes outside and in the winter down the basement. We only had a “ringer washer until” about 1968 then we got an automatic washer and a dryer!
I still hang my clothes on the line outside! But I don't need to worry about Freeze dried.

I'll bet you remember "the clothes line!"

Remembering Mom's Clothesline

There is one thing that's left out. We had a long wooden pole (clothes pole) that was used to push

the clotheslines up so that longer items (sheets/pants/etc.) didn't brush the ground and get dirty.

You have to be a "certain age" to appreciate this one....

(But you YOUNGER ones can read about "The GOOD ol' days"!!)

I can hear my mother now.....


(If you don't even know what clotheslines are, better skip this.)

1. You had to hang the socks by the toes... NOT the top.

2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs... NOT the waistbands.

3. You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes - walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.

5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail! What would the neighbors think?

6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, or on Sunday, for Heaven's sake!

7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)

8. It didn't matter if it was sub-zero weather... clothes would "freeze-dry."

9. ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were "tacky"!

10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with

the next washed item.

11. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.

12. IRONED???!! Well, that's a whole OTHER subject!

Friday, January 27, 2012


Martha Brothersen

September 12, 1917  ~  January 23, 2012

Martha Webb Francom Brothersen passed away at home in Mt. Pleasant, UT January 23, 2012 at the age of 94. She was born September 12, 1917 to John Leonard and Dulcie May Webb Francom in Lehi, UT. She married Charles F. Brothersen September 9, 1942 in Malad, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple February 21, 1949. Charles passed away January 19, 2004.
Martha had a great love of learning, graduating from Utah State University. This gave her the opportunity to teach school in Denver, CO; Fairview, UT; North Sanpete High School and in Davis county. She was an avid reader all her life. She was a devoted member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served all her life in many capacities. She had a trained singing voice and sang in many choruses and groups. She was a member of DUP in Layton and Mt. Pleasant. She spent 20 years after retirement as a tour guide at the Beehive House in Salt Lake. She learned to snow-ski in her 50's and loved camping with her family. Martha loved to travel and toured many places in the U.S. as well as three trips to Europe and many to Central America.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles, sisters Phyllis Christensen and Beth Tolley, brother Paul Francom.
She is survived by children Charlene (Kenneth) Palmer of Mt. Pleasant, UT; Carl Brothersen of Logan, UT; and Bruce (Becky) Brothersen of Brigham City, UT; 21 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and brother Alan (Connie) Francom.
Funeral services will be held Monday, January 30th at 1:00 p.m. in the Mt. Pleasant Stake Center (295 South State). Viewings at the church will be held Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. preceding the services. She will be laid to rest at her husband's side in the Mt. Pleasant cemetery. Online condolences available

Mt. Pleasant Pioneer Historical Association ~ Newsletter of 1927

Thursday, January 26, 2012


We are helping Zane Zabriskie with his Eagle Scout Project.  He is taking pictures of all the stones and submitting them to Gen Web Tombstone Project.  His older brother, Sebastian,  started this project a few years back.  My roll is to enter the data on a form and send it to UTGENWEB ARCHIVES.  I am one of many who are helping with this wonderful project. It is a great opportunity for us all to benefit and use the pictures here on the blog.

The following are from the Page Family.  There are no Page families currently living in Mt. Pleasant that I know of.  However, from the History of Mt. Pleasant, the Page Family was very active and influential in Pioneer times. These seem all to be children.  In Family Search,  Deseret Page is listed as both the father and mother; obviously wrong.  Grandfather was Daniel Page. Daniel Page appears on the Mt. Pleasant Pioneer monument as one of the original pioneers. It makes me sad as I wonder about their living situation; as these children were born in the late 1800s and lived only a short while.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Female Relief Society ~ January 22, 1877

Meeting held the 22nd January 1877

Opened with singing..
Prayer by Sister Peel

Sister Morrison opened the meeting and said that this was our business meeting and we would attend to that first.  The collections were read and the expenditures also.

After that Sister Morrison read a letter from the Sisters of Ephraim as  requested by Sister Elise snow to take shares of the book that was called: "The Women's of Mor.....  The latter said that the Sisters throughout the territory will take shares and each share is 25 #.  Manti offered one share and Ephraim also.  So the Sisters counseled together and found best to take one share and have dances until we have raised the.....#.

It was also moved and seconded that Christiana Jorgesen was appointed as one of the visiting Sisters and it was unanimous.

After we were through with the business, several of the Sisters bore their testimony.  Then after singing and prayer the meeting was adjourned until  February.
C.M. Morrison, Pres
Louise Hasler, Secretary

Female Relief Society ~ January 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 gratified to have an opportunity to meet again with the Sisters in the New Year and was more glad to see so many of the Sisters together and hoped that with the Spirit of the Lord we could have a good meeting

She said there was things she would like to talk about, but she would like to hear the Sister's Testimonies.  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 ........where we can be at work, and we are placed on the earth for the purpose to do good.  Therefore, let us be faithful, that we not be as the foolish virgins that had no oil in their lamps........ Behold the Bridegroom comes.

She made 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 show 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 this good attendance will continue in the new year so that we will have meetings that the Sisters can be benefitted by.

Most all of the Sisters present bore their testimony, not one rose to speak that had not a good desire to do better in the New Year.

Sister Seely and Sister Row from Dusschvally (probably Indianola) were present both felt well and pleased to meet with their Sisters and ..... opportunity they long missed.
Sister Rowe brought some very good report from the Lamanites there, that were anxious to hear from the Gospel of  Jesus Christ and showed themselves willing to every good thing that were taught to them.

All the Sisters went home with cheerful countenance, showing that a good spirit prevailed in our meeting.
Meeting was closed after singing and prayer.

M. Morrison President
Louise Hasler, Secretary

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Kindergarten 1951

Those I recognize are:  1.  Arthur Candland,  2. Ted Poulsen, 3. Rex Christensen, 4. Mrs. Rasmussen, 5. Bruce Larsen, 6. Michael Porter,  7. David Ream.

I am somewhere in the picture.  Probably in the above area where we played house.  Do you remember our little cubes where we kept our blankets .  I remember the sand pile where I accidentally flipped a shovel full of sand into Tyler Tuttle's face (don't see him here).  I remember Mrs. Rasmussen full of anger and would not believe it was an accident.  I remember Michael Porter always coming to school with socks that always matched his shirt. I was so envious.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Pea and Alfalfa Crops as Remembered by Leland Stansfield

Above is a photo of early farmers cutting peas with horse-drawn mowers in Idaho.
Photos of the pea mower,   courtesy USU Special Collections 

Sunday, January 22, 2012



Lucie Swensen

December 9, 1921  ~  January 18, 2012

Lucie Wheeler Swensen passed away at her home in Orem, UT on January 18, 2012 with her loving family at her side. She was born in Tucson, AZ on December 21, 1921 to Joseph Eward and Kathina Hazel Williams Wheeler.

Lucie married Max Clayton Swensen Dec. 9, 1941 in Mt. Home, ID and later sealed in the Logan, UT Temple on Jan. 23, 1942. Max passed away on August 2, 2008.

Lucie is preceded in death by her husband, Max; her parents; one brother and three sisters.

She leaves behind a great posterity including her children Linda (Keith) Leavitt, Susan Swensen, Paula (Ritchie) Sorensen, Allan (Diane) Swensen, Janis (Larry) McTeer, Gayle (Spencer) Schmutz, Dayle (Pam) Swensen; 36 grandchildren and 75 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mt. Pleasant North Stake Center, (461 N 300 W Mt. Pleasant, UT) . Viewing prior to services will be held from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the church. She will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband in the Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered at
Send Flowers | Leave a Condolence

Early Mt. Pleasant Schools as Remembered by Ellice McClenahan Carter

Hamilton Elementary School built in 1896

Saturday, January 21, 2012

WHY MEN ARE SELDOM DEPRESSED ~ submitted by Lloyd Nelson

 : Why Men are Seldom Depressed!!!!

    narcissism - Give of your SELF to others

Men Are Just Happier People --
What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all theirs.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can be President.
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
One mood all the time
(if they remember to take their medications)
Phone conversations are over in 30seconds

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you,
He or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough..
You almost never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes..
Everything on your face stays its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives On December 24 in 26 minutes.

· If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
· If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman ..
· When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
· When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.
· A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
· A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.
· A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
· The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337.
 A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.
· A woman has the last word in any argument.
· Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
· A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
· A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
· A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
· A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.
· A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
· A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
· Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
· A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same thing!
No wonder men are happier.
Send this to the women who can handle it
And to the men who will enjoy reading it.
Men Are Just Happier People

Friday, January 20, 2012

Hamilton Elementary 1953 ~ Fern Jacobs First Grade

This is my class (Kathy Rigby Hafen)  and I don't even recognize me.  I think I might be # 12 or #21.  Anyway, If anyone out there can help identify these, please do.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Soren M. Nielsen ~ Mayor of the Month ~ January 2012 ~ Serving as Mayor 1948 -1950

Soren M. Nielsen was born is Visborg Denmark on June 4, 1886.  He was the son of Soren Christian Nielsen (Gade) and Johanna M. Jensen.  He was the third child in a family of four.

While his father was working in America, an LDS missionary from Mt. Pleasant called on Soren's mother.  The missionary was her sister's son.  Soren's mother, brother and sisters joined the LDS church, sold their home in Denmark and sailed to America.  They arrived in the United States on November 6th, 1895.  They made their way across the United States and settled in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.

In the fall of 1896 Soren started school in the building which later became the Mt. Pleasant City Hall and later Ursenbach Mortuary.  Soren attended school for one year and then went to work for Peter Jensen and occasionally returned to school for the next two years.  This was the end of his formal education.  At the age of 12 it was necessary for him to work alone in the Utah desert, herding sheep.  Later he worked as a miner, then back to livestock in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado.

In 1908 Soren went to work for Ericksen Meat and Grocery on Main Street in Mt. Pleasant.  He managed the store until 1925 when he returned  to the livestock business having large sheep herds and later, cattle in both Millard and Sanpete Counties of Utah.

In 1911 Soren enlisted in the Utah National Guard, along with several other businessmen, to help keep the unit in Mt. Pleasant.  He served seven years and helped patrol the Mexican border as captain of Troop E., First cavalry.

In 1913 he married Florence Ericksen in the Manti LDS Temple.  They had five children:  Forence (Charles E. Peterson), Howards. (Lorine Uhlig), Don E. (Carol Braithwaite), Grant E. (Verna Aiken) and Marjorie (Joseph Beck).

In 1915, Soren became the city marshal, For ten years Soren served on the Utah State Water Storage Commission.  Soren was elected Sanpete County Commissioner in 1932 and served for two years.  During that time he was elected Chairman of the Board of Sanpete County Commissioners.

In 1914 Soren was called to be the Ward Superindendent of the YMMIA in the Mt. Pleasant South Ward.  During this time he was called to be the scoutmaster.  Later he became Scoutmaster in the North Ward.  A short time later he was appointed Scout Commissioner for the North Sanpete Stake.  In 1923 Soren was sustained as President of the North Sanpete Stake after serving as Stake Superintendent of the YMMIA for two years.  He served as Stake President ofor 13 years.  During these years, scouting was organized on a council basis and the Bryce Canyon Council was formed with Soren as President.  Soren received his Siolver Beaver in 1935.  In addition to his church work, Soren was also serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Snow Junior College.

Soren later went to work as a bank examiner and was assigned to the liquidation of the BeaverState Bank at Beaver and the Bank of Iron County at Parowan.

Soren was elected Mayor of Mt. Pleasant and served in that position from 1948 to 1950.  During this time Mt. Pleasant saw the addition of Sanpete Valley Hospital and the first street lights were installed.

In 1950, Soren, with two of his sons, transferred his ranching operations to Meeker, Colorado, incorporating under the name "Nielsen Land and Livestock Company.  He spent every summer in Meeker until his health prevented further trips to "the ranch".

He was able to return to his beloved homeland in 1960 while his son, Don and his family were stationed in Germany with the United States Air Force.  His final years were spent living in Salt Lake City with his daughters, Florence and Marjorie.  He died April 14, 1975 at the age of 89.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Hamilton Grade School ~~~ Class of 1934 ~~~ Public Library Fund-Raiser

This fundraisers was headed by Lee R. Christensen and his committee to raise funds which were ultimately used for shelving that was badly needed at the library.  Lee's sense of humor particularly in the post script pages show his natural ability to unite his class in a great cause. 

mt. pleasant library 2

Monday, January 9, 2012

Farnworth Family Reunion July 15, 1915 ~ Yellowstone Park ~ sent in by Richard E. Jackson

The history behind these two pictures is:  The George Farnworth Family Reunion first met on 15 July, 1915 in Ashton, Idaho.  and after several days of family reunion fun and activities they all got into their wagons and headed for Yellowstone Park.  The larger picture is of the group resting along the trail on their way to the Park.  The smaller picture was taken at the Park.  I will also send you a third picture with them on the trail in their buggies heading to the Park, and fourth picture of their camp.  I have several more pictures that were taken on this 1915 Farnworth Reunion trip to Yellowstone Park.  Many of the Farnworth family in these pictures were born or lived in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.

Deena Sutton posted two pictures on the Relic Home Blog.  I have attached the pictures with the names that I have identified.  I love your blog!

Richard E Jackson
Farnworth Family Historian and Genealogist
(4 attached pictures)

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