Wednesday, February 26, 2014

From Andrew Madsen Sr. Journal

The following should have been posted  late January, but was accidentally left in the "draft" file:

In this segment, Andrew tells us how land and water was allotted.  
He also share the activities at A Grand Celebration on July 24th 1862.

Andrew Madsen Sr.

May 11, 1862 a committee consisting of Peter Monsen, Joseph Clemens and Amasa Tucker was appointed to see that the public fence was repaired above the field.

On account of the scarcity of water, a meeting was called and it was agreed to build a canal from Fairview down through our field.  It was surveyed by Abraham Day, Companies of ten were organized and foremen appointed to oversee the work.  I was foreman over the first section.  

The water was taken out just below Fairview. The terminus of the canal was in the field south of the county road, leading to Moroni and crossing at a point about one and one fourth miles below the City.

The using of the Sanpitch waters was later discontinued on account of the objection made by the settlers of Moroni.  The upper part of the canal now furnishes the water power for the Fairview Roller Mill, while the lower end of the canal is used in diverting the waters south from Pleasant Creek.

A dispute now arose over the free-for-all, helping ourselves to the wild hay, which grew in the lowlands between Moroni and Ephraim, everyone grabbing for the best and no particular attention was given to its irrigation.

Owing to this trouble President Orson Hyde saw fit to have a division made and allotments given to each settlement.  A committee was appointed consisting of the Bishops of Mt. Pleasant, Spring City, Moroni, Ephraim and Wales, all of whom were interested.  Allotments were given to each.  We at once held a meeting for the purpose of determining how we were to make the division among ourselves of the part which had been allotted us.

Jacob Christensen, Peter Monsen, C. P. Anderson and myself were chosen to survey and stake the land off into lots.  This was a difficult task.  We first obtained the number of lots it would require, then we went over the land and determined its value and the amount of hay it produced and made the division accordingly, ranging from five to eight acres to the lot, and then there was a drawing for the lots.

July 24th, 1862

A committee on arrangements was chosen consisting of George Farnworth, Levi B. Reynolds, Wm. W. Morrel, Neils H. Burrison, James Chapman, J.K. McClenaham and myself, with John L. Ivie acting Marshal of the day.

The Bowery was covered over with a fresh lot of green limbs brought from the mountains.  A program was arranged and everything being in readiness, the people gathered together in the morning at the time appointed.

Services were opened with singing and prayer.  The first on the Programme was an oration rendered by Elder Duncan McArthur, of which the following is in part.

"Brothers and Sisters, it seems to have fallen my lot to address you today, and although I am sensible of my weakness and inability, I am always willing to do my part when called upon by those in authority over me.

I am glad of having the privilege of meeting with the Saints on this the thirteenth Anniversary day  (?) when the Apostles and Prophets landed in Utah, led by inspiration, leaving their temporary homes in Iowa and by the direction of God, came to these valleys in the mountains.

I compare this congregation with the one assembled in Kirtland, when they started the Temple, which stands as a monument today.  The persecution and driving of the Saints from County to County and from State to State and at last from their beautiful city, Nauvoo, where they had been persecuted and driven by the enemy and their Prophet and leader, Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum were killed. By the hand of God, the Saints were then led to these valleys.  We are now permitted to assemble in peace and safety and enjoy the blessings that God has extended us.  Many of us have been in these valleys thirteen years.  All this time have we not lived in the enjoyment of peace and great fortune?   During this time, it is true, Uncle Sam , through false rumor and false representation  of Judges and others, placed here by the Government, accusing Brigham Young and the Saints of destroying public records, sent an army here for the purpose of destroying us.  But did he do it?  No.  Here  the wisdom of God moved upon them and instead of his efforts to injure us, they did us good.  We furnished the soldiers with supplies, assisted them in building up Camp Floyd.  Much clothing and gold and silver was distributed among us for our services and supplies.  They were a blessing, giving those who wished to leave us a chance and thus ridding thousands other difficulties the Saints have passed through.  No wonder that we have been tried and prepared that in future day we might rejoice in the fullness of all glory.

Hail to the land of Columbia, mey the time soon come when righteous principles may again be established and the Lion of the Lord roar from the East to the West".

2nd.  Remarks by J.K. McClenaham:

Touching upon the day of celebration,the landing of the saints in Zion and predicting that the time would come when the bare mention of this great day will carry terror to the hearts of all the enemies of the Saints of God."

3rd.  Toast by Duncan McArthur:

"Mt. Pleasant,  May she become a plant of renown in the midst of the cities of Israel; noble and daring in all her deeds of righteousness."

4th. Toast by A.J. Forsythe.

"Brigham Young, the chosen of the Lord.  When the Lion roar the beasts of the forests tremble."

5th. Toast by James H. Tidwell:

"The City of Mt. Pleasant, May she shine a Star of Brilliant Light."

6th. Toast by George Farnworth:

"May the people of Mt. Pleasant, like the parts of a well-made machine, 'All work together!'"

7th. Toast by James Wilson:

"Governor Alfred Cummings, May he continue to be what he always has been, ' A Friend."

8th.  Toast by George Farnworth:

"May Mt.Pleasant be noted throughout the world for Ingenuity and Industry."

9th.  Toast by Asa S. Hawley:

"The Tree of Liberty.  May its branches spread until they cover the whole earth."

10. Toast by A.J. Forsyth:

"Young Sam, the disinherited boy, who whipped his Uncle, may he ever stand fast in the line of his duty."

 The services then closed with singing and prayer.  The afternoon was taken up in amusements followed with a dance in the evening and was one of the most enjoyable times ever held by the Pioneers.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Female Relief Society ~ February 4th, 1878

Meeting held February 4, 1878
Opened by singing and prayer by Sister Peel.  Minutes from former meeting were read and accepted.  Also donations and disbursements from the last month.  The quilts made by the Society were sold for 9# to the Temple.  Another quilt was appointed for the same purpose.

After discussions ....... .... to Sister Morrison to address the sisters with the best feelings to meet with the Sisters.  Also, she was not able to say much as ........ a bad cold.  She had wished the Sisters would all bear their testimony and speak their feelings.  Sister Peel .....spoke the Danish language and Sister Josephsen bore a faithful to the Latter Day good and wished with all her heart she was able to do all the good she desired to do. 

Sister Jensen also bore a faithful testimony and her only desire was to hold a standing in this church and kingdom(?) in time and eternity,  Many of the Sisters spoke their own language and a good spirit prevailed.  

Sister Morrison addressed the Sisters to take good care of their little ones and said that the ..... was on hand to take them away, hoped the climate would change and eased so much (?).

Meeting was closed by singing and prayer.

MFC Morrison, President

Louise Hasler, Secretary

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Wasatch Academy First Dormitory

Wasatch Academy First Dormitory

Torn down in 1911

It stood on the corner of Main Street and First West
Where Terry Brotherson Construction Office now stands.
Same location as Neil Hafen Conoco and Dr. Gene Speakman Office

Thursday, February 20, 2014

James Monsen's Life Story ~ Written from Memory

James Monsen

In this segment, he tells about his father hiding out from U.S. Marshals, because of his polygamy.
He marries Mary Ann Poulsen.  They go to Salt Lake City, then on to Logan where they are married January 25, 1888

"Oh Lord of Love come from above to this our mountain home".

Dehlin Prayer

photo courtesy of  Justin Carriage Works
Logan Temple

seasons. I have seen it at my home raise to withing five feet of the
The summer was spent in farming and sheep shearing, and in
the fall, at threshing.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

C.C.A. Christensen

For here in America, above all San Pete
Is little of rank and less of elite
Here one can't afford to put on any airs,
The judge makes the pants the criminal wears
If not as a tailor, as the saying goes,
Then the judge as our barber "takes us all by the nose."

Our mayor in peace may be seen with his sheep
While the adjutant probably clerks for his keep.
The priest may not preach as well as he plows,
And the sexton himself doubtless weaved his own clothes.
With them, if a man is as good as his word,
He's the equal of all, and at times may be heard.
                                                            C.C.A. Christensen

Painting of the tarring and feathering of Joseph Smith by C.C.A. Christensen. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lee R. Christensen's Heritage

Fred Christensen ~ Photographer and Lee's Great Grandfather

Below are some of his photographs.


  Also see:

Comment from Lee R. Christensen  ~~~~ Kathy:  What a great lay out you’ve created for today’s presentation.  If Hillary was not a shoo in for President I could run on today’s message.  lee

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Andrew Madsen Sr. Journal

In November (1862), myself, C. W. Anderson,Hans Peter Jessen, James Larsen Sr., George Tuft, Ransom Stevens, Jordan Brady and others started for Ruby Valley in Nevada with oats to be delivered on President Brigham Young's contract to the Overland Stage Stations.
We journeyed south to the Sevier River, near Gunnison, where we camped, and James Larsen took sick.  We traveled  the following day to Scipio and he remained in the same condition.  Here, we thought it best to have him return as we arranged for a man to assist him home, taking his load with us and journeying onward.  Below Deseret where we forded the river, the water was very deep and swift and we came nearly losing our teams, wagons and all .  We, however, reached Ruby Valley safely and were not disturbed by the Indians.

Myself and a few others took our loads over the Diamond Mountain to Deseret Springs, where there was another station.  Returning we joined those who were waiting for us and then started back for home, arriving at our camp on the Sevier River. Mads Peter Jessen took sick and was taken home with us where he died a few days later and on arriving home we learned that James Larsen had also died.
November 21st, the 66 Quorum of Seventies was organized at a meeting held in the home of John Tidwell, Sr.   Seventy of the brothers were chosen and we were ordained Seventies,out of which seven of the number were chosen as Presidents, viz:  Henry McArthur, P.M. Peel, Peter Monsen, N. P. Madsen, Levi B. Reynolds, Orange Seely and Nelson Tidwell.
At this time the Salt Lake Theatre was completed and open for the public.  It was the largest theatre building at this time west of the Mississippi River, being 144 feet long and 80 feet wide.

 A white adobe building was being erected on the south side of the church block and was being built by assessment.  Each one of the families were assessed $20.00.  The work was rushed and the building was hastened for completion before the winter set in.
On the 7th day of December it being completed, a meeting was called and the same was dedicated under the name of "Social Hall".  The program consisted of singing and the dedicatory prayer was rendered by Elder David Candland.  Remarks and short entertaining speeches were made by Elders, J.K. McClenahan, David Candland, Bishop Seely and Duncan McArthur.
A.J. Forsythe was acting as Church Recorder.

Brigham Young
Brigham Young

April 26th, 1863, President Brigham Young in company with a number of the twelve Apostles of the Church, viz: Heber C. Kimball,George A. Smith, John Taylor, and Lorenzo Snow, visited us.  In the morning at 9 o'clock the people gathered at the Social Hall, which was not half large enough to accommodate the congregation, so the meeting was held on the outside of the building.  The saints were first addressed by John Taylor and Lorenzo Snow, who in cheering language encouraged the Saints to go forward and serve the Lord and to make themselves comfortable and happy, after which President Young addressed in a fatherly manner, giving much good advice , especially regarding schools and the bringing up of children, building homes and planting gardens and encouraged the Saints to stand steadfast to the faith.
The meeting was brought to a close by singing and prayer and the President and his company at once started for Manti, via Spring City and Ephraim.

Perry McArthur having resigned the position of Bishop's Councilor February 8th, Justus Wellington Seely was at this time appointed to fill the vacancy.  David Candland was appointed Church Recorder, relieving A.J. Forsythe.

Heber C. Kimball
Heber C. Kimball

George Albert Smith

Lorenzo Snow
John Taylor

All picture added by Kathy.

Friday, February 14, 2014

A John H. Stansfield Painting ~ shared by Lee R. Christensen

KATHY: Here is a photo of the Christensen Family’s Stansfield. Paid for with an old pool table from the Lundberg bldg. about 1934. 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

L.D.S. Temple

L.D.S. Temple
Manti Temple