Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sean Breazeal Photos ~ Christmas Around Town

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Mount Pleasant Christmas Lighting 2002

Shots taken around my home town on snowy evenings in December. Some Photoshop manipulation was done to each image, mainly unsharp masking and level tweaks. All shots were handheld out my car window using a Canon 28-135mm IS lens on a Canon D30 digital camera.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Honey Candy Recipe

This recipe for Honey Candy is by far our most popular recipe.  We are happy to present it to you again.

2 cups of honey 
1 cup of sugar 
1 cup of cream 

 Cook to hard ball. Pour on a buttered platter. Cool. Cut into 1 inch pieces. Note: Do not make candy in stormy weather, as it may not set 
up like it should. From Alice Hafen's Cookbook


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Kennescope 1972 (KENNECOTT COPPER)

Several of our local Mt. Pleasant citizens have worked for Kennecott Copper at various times.  Three that I know of are Boyd (Dutch) Hafen, Francis Carlson and Bud Carlson.  Dutch retired in 1972 with 15 years and 4 months of employment.  I found this in the Johanna Madsen Hafen Collection.

The following is taken from Wikipedia


Kennecott Utah Copper's Garfield Smelter, withInterstate 80 in the foreground

Utah Copper Company had its start when Enos Austin Wall realized the potential of copper deposits in Bingham Canyon, 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah in 1887 and acquired claims to the land. Underground mining in the area was begun in 1890, and Daniel C. Jackling and Robert C. Gemmell, both engineers, examined Wall's properties and recommended open-pit mining. In 1898, Samuel Newhouse and Thomas Weir formed the Boston Consolidated Mining Company.

Jackling and Wall formed the Utah Copper Company in 1903, and the company immediately started a pilot mill at Copperton. With financing from Guggenheim Exploration, the first digging began in 1906. The same year, the Kennecott Mines Company was formed in Alaska, named after explorer and naturalist Robert Kennicott. A smelter was also started at Garfield by the American Smelting and Refining Company(ASARCO) to refine the Bingham ore.

In 1907, the Utah Copper mill in Magna started operation. Utah Copper and Boston Consolidated merged in 1910, and in 1915, Kennecott acquired 25% interest in the company. In 1915, to dilute the railroad's cost and find new ventures for the capital produced by the Alaskan mine, Kennecott Copper Corporation was incorporated out of the various financial interests involved. By this time, the Guggenheims were already actively working copper mines in Chile and Utah. Upon Kennecott's creation, they merged their Braden Copper Co. property in Chile, as well as 25 percent of the Utah Copper Co., into Kennecott. These moves gave Kennecott possession of Braden's El Teniente, the world's largest underground mine, in the Chilean Andes. The Bingham and Garfield Railway opened in 1911 to transport the ore, replacing the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad's line. In 1936, Kennecott acquired all the assets of the Utah Copper Company.

In 1913, in response to labor strikes at Bingham and Tucker led by IWW organizers, Utah Copper hired armed guards led by Axel Steele. The Utah Copper guards protected strikebreakers from IWW violence, and forcefully ran 160 IWW organizers and supporters out of the small town of Tucker, Utah. Steele and some of his men broke up an IWW rally in Salt Lake City by assaulting the speaker on stage.[1]

During World War II, Bingham set new world records for copper mining and produced about 30% of the copper used by the Allies.[citation needed] Many women worked in the mines, mills, and smelters.

On September 9, 1949 three company officers were killed in an airplane bombing known as the Albert Guay Affair in Quebec: the retiring president E.T. Stannard; his designated successor, Arthur D. Storke; and R.J. Parker, a vice-president. Charles Cox, formerly head of Carnegie-Illinois Steel, was hired shortly after to fill the executive vacuum.

By 1961, Kennecott's copper mines included four large open pits in the Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. As the mine in Utah expanded, it subsumed the land on which the town of Bingham was built, and the city ceased to exist in 1971.

In 1981, a world-wide fall in copper prices brought about the acquisition of Kennecott by Standard Oil of Ohio (SOHIO). Production was interrupted from 1985 to 1987. In the latter year, British Petroleum acquired SOHIO, and Kennecott became part of BP Minerals America. In 1989 Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) purchased mining assets from BP. Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation was formed by Rio Tinto in 1989 as a new mining company under the laws of the State of Utah.

Today, as the second largest copper producer in the United States, Kennecott Utah Copper provides about 18-25% percent of the U.S.'s copper needs.[2] Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine is one of the largest man-made excavations in the world.[3] It is one of the top producing copper mines in the world with cumulative production at more than 19 million tons of copper.[2] In 2011, Kennecott produced approximately 237,000 tons of copper, along with 379,000 troy ounces of gold, 3.2 million troy ounces of silver, about 30 million pounds of molybdenum, and about 1 million tons of sulfuric acid, a by-product of the smelting process.[2] Since Rio Tinto purchased Kennecott Utah Copper in 1989 it has invested about $2 billion in the modernization of KUC’s operations. KUC has also spent more than $350 million on the cleanup of historic mining waste and $100 million on groundwater cleanup. Rio Tinto directly employs 2,000 people and contributes to more than 14,000 indirect Utah jobs.[4]

Rio Tinto Group, one of the world's largest mining operations, comprises dual-listed companies Rio Tinto Limited (based in Melbourne) and Rio Tinto plc (based in London). Although each company trades separately, the two Rio Tintos operate as one business.[4]

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Shopping in 1930







Volume VII, No. 3, Spring 1980

Monday, December 21, 2015

Nielsen, Hafen, and Christiansen Family

Niels Peter Nielsen Jr. and Mary C. Nielsen

Carrie Nielsen Hafen's Parents

Grandmother Mary Christiansen Nielsen and 

Bert Hafen 


Grandfather Peter N. Nielsen  Jr.Boyd, Neil and Bert Hafen

Granny Great Nielsen, Boyd Hafen, Carrie N. Hafen, JoAnn Hafen, Donald Hafen, Neil Hafen

Mary C. Nielsen and sister Mary Christiansen

Maria Christiansen

Niels Christiansen, Mary C. Nielsen and Joe Christiansen

L to R back row:  Donald, Bert, JoAnn Hafen

Peter Hafen in front

Little Peter Hafen with his "Granny Great"  Mary Christiansen Nielsen

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Reed W. Brinton

Reed W. Brinton Obituary

7/20/1915 to 12/11/2015
On Dec. 11, 2015, Reed W. Brinton passed away quietly at his beloved Univ. of Utah Hospital. On that day, he had been on this earth 100 years, four months and 21 days. He was born in Salt Lake on July 20, 1915 to Wollerton Huffaker Brinton and Jane Hamilton Brinton. His family moved to Mt. Pleasant, UT in 1917 where he lived with his parents and three younger sisters until he began his college studies at the age of 17. Since his birth, he has been a valued son, brother, husband, father and example for good. He was educated at Snow College and later at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He married Helena Anderson from Fairview in l935, which marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. From 1935 to 1937, Reed served a mission for the LDS Church in the Eastern States Mission.
In l937, following his mission, Reed and Helena moved to Los Angeles where Reed began his 60-year career with New York Life Insurance Co. In l945, they moved to Salt Lake where two of his early NY Life managers were Stirling Sill and Gerald Erickson.
For nearly 50 years, Reed ranked among the top ten agents nationally for New York Life and served on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Company for 41 years. In l946, at the age of 31, he ranked second in the entire nation in sales for New York Life. In 1947 (at age 32), he led the Company in national sales.
At the age of 23, Reed learned to play golf in Los Angeles and continued playing regularly for the next 70 years. He skied until he was 90 and for the past 25 years has played at least three hours of bridge four or five days a week, whether living in SLC or in the Palm Springs area for the five coldest months of the year.
In l958, Reed was appointed by Governor George Dewey Clyde to serve as a member of Utah's Board of Regents - a position he occupied for 24 years. When the Board of Regents was changed in 1982 to oversee all public colleges and universities in Utah, Reed was appointed to the Institutional Council at the Univ. of Utah, where he served another 24 years. He has served the "U" on the U's Hospital Board, the Fine Arts Board, the Pioneer Theatre Board, as well as the Board of the Moran Eye Center and other Special Committees for the past 52 years. When he turned 100, he had nine birthday parties of which we are aware. At the time of his passing (resulting from a fall in London), he was still driving, dating and continued to serve on the Moran Eye Center Board as well as the Fine Arts Board of Directors.
In l998, Reed was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from the University of Utah; he had received its Distinguished Alumnus Award previously (in 1985). In April of 2008, Reed received the Pioneer Theatre Company's "BRAVO! AWARD." In the inscription accompanying the Bravo! Award, the following appeared:
"Reed W. Brinton has a very long track record as a successful businessman, engaged philanthropist, and volunteer committed to causes of the public good that is unmatched in its breadth and longevity. His business acumen and generous heart, combined with the sharing of his time, talents, wisdom, and support have benefitted Pioneer Theatre Company, the arts in Utah, and the University of Utah as well as its Health Sciences Center, for more than 60 years."
Reed and Helena Brinton are the parents of three sons: Robert, John, and Steven. Our mother and brother, John, predeceased Reed. In addition to Robert (Marilyn) and Steven (Joan), Reed is survived by his sister, Jane, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at the Larkin Mortuary (3rd East and South Temple Streets) in SLC on Sunday, December 20th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The funeral will begin at noon on Monday, Dec. 21st at the LDS Federal Heights Ward at Virginia St. (1340 E.) and Fairfax Rd. (335 N.), in SLC (200 yards south of the Shriners' Hospital), with a viewing at the Church from 10:30 am to 11:30 am on Monday morning, Dec. 21st.
In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest a contribution to the Univ. of Utah Development Office, SLC, UT 84108 or the Univ. of Utah Health Sciences Development Office at SLC, UT 84132.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20, 2015- See more at:


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