Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pioneer Day Assorted Photos

Just a few of the photos I took on Pioneer Day.
Sorry I didn't get everyone's names.
Next year I'll take a note pad and pencil with.
Some names of the women are their maiden names.

Anetta and Peggy Peterson

Doug and Anita Olsen

LaRae Jensen Johnson and her sister

Linda Ream and husband

Minnie Jo, Shirley, Carol and Jan

Peter (behind) and his Pulham Cousins

R.L. Taylor and wife

Ron Porter (far right) and family

Monday, March 30, 2015

Pioneer Day ~ A Huge Success

Verla Marx, Oldest Lady at Pioneer Day
100 Years Old.
Roxey Washburn in the Hat presented the corsage to Verla.

Duane Peterson,  Oldest Man at Pioneer Day
91 Years Old
Roxey Washburn presented the boutonniere accompanied by
Miss Mt. Pleasant.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

"Old Folks Day"



"The happy custom, originated in Salt Lake City a number of years ago, of amusing the aged by inviting them to participate in a party, has been adopted in this, our city. A few weeks since a committee of a number of our worthy people was selected to prepare a programme and make arrangements for an enjoyable time. They at once went to work with a will and yesterday was the date appointed for the pleasant event.

"At 12 o'clock sweet strains of music by our brass band were heard at the spacious bowery on the meeting-house square, wel­coming the invited guests, and soon afterward over three hundred sat down to partake of the bounties of life, which had been plenteously provided.

"There were present two over ninety years old, seventy-five over seventy years old, and eighteen over eighty years old. Badges were placed upon their breasts, white, blue and red-designating the ages.

"Twenty-four young ladies dressed in white, with blue ribbon tied in a bow around their left arm, were seen rushing about the tables with genial and pleasant countenances, each trying to outdo the other in serving and waiting upon the aged, who were seem­ingly relishing their dinner.

"All the widows, about seventy in number, and the mission­aries were there. The wives and husbands of those 
over seventy, and the invited guests, made up the party.

All creeds and denominations were included, no partiality having been shown in extending invitations, the committee having requested the presence of all the old people in our community. Our citizens in general made manifest their liberality in subscrib­ing the needed supplies.

"After all had satisfied the inner man, great quantities of food were yet remaining. This was distributed among the sick, who could not attend.

"At 2 p. m. all gathered in the meeting house, where a very interesting program, consisting of speeches, songs, music by the brass band, violin duets by our accomplished musicians, Mr. Almertz and Miss Beckstrom, recitations, etc., was rendered.

"Twenty-nine presents were distributed among the most aged.
which made their hearts glad.

"The feeble and infirm were conveyed to and from the party
in carriages provided for that purpose. .

"In the evening a dance was given in the Assembly Hall, where
all, young and old, who desired, shook the light fantastic toe.

"Bishop C. N. Lund and counselors graced the party with their
presence and had a kind word for all.

"We cannot speak too highly of the work of the committee. which was composed of the following ladies and gentleman: the Bishop, George Farnsworth, C. H. Wheelock, C. J. Anderson, Ed. ward Cliff, James Gunderson, Mrs. Margaret F. C. Morrison, Mrs. Caroline Simpson and Mrs. Bothilda Nielsen. Although them­selves getting up in years, they labored assiduously in making the party a grand success, and the most pleasing and enjoyable
time ever witnessed in our city. F. E. (Ferdinand Ericksen)

Friday, March 27, 2015


February 1906, the North Sanpete Bank was incorporated with a capital stock of $50,000.00. W. D. Candland, president; A. J. Aagard, vice president; and H. C. Beaumann, cashier. They were installed in their new building on the north side of Main Street, midway between State and First West.

July 15, 1931, the Mt. Pleasant Commercial and Savings Bank closed its doors, and July 20th, the North Sanpete Bank failed to open.

Mt. Pleasant History, Longsdorf  pp203-204

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hyrum and Adolph Merz Fountain

See related article here: http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=823365018368490611&postID=3136510531583009047
Hyrum and Adolph Merz donated this carved fountain to the city of Mt. Pleasant in 1909. It was placed in the center of the middle intersection of the older portion of the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. It was then removed and placed on the northeast corner of the Relic Home property.

The placque reads: This Water Fountain was carved from stone from the hills north of Moroni. It was made by Hyrum and Adolph Merz and presented to the City of Mt. Pleasant in 1909.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Reva Cox Fillis Dies in Mission Viejo, California

Reva Fillis
1923 - 2015 | Obituary |

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Reva and her son Russell at Pioneer Day last year.

March 29, 1923 ~ March 16, 2015
Reva Cox Fillis, 91, of Mount Pleasant, Utah, and Mission Viejo, California, passed away March 16, 2015 at her home in Mission Viejo.
She was born March 29, 1923 in Fairview, Utah to Newel B. Cox and Olea Day Cox. She married Elmer Fillis November 22, 1950 in Lampasas, Texas. Together, they had three children, David, Amy and Russell. She was a graduate of North Sanpete High School in Mount Pleasant, Utah. During World War II, Reva assisted the war effort making parachutes for the military in Manti, Utah. She later lived in Salt Lake City, where she was employed by Western Electric Company. Her childhood included several years living in the mountains east of Fairview on the family property. There, Reva would enjoy many fun outdoor activities with family and friends. She continued to visit and spend time there regularly for the remainder of her life. Reva and Elmer lived in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Mission Viejo and Mount Pleasant while raising their family and later enjoying retirement.
In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Reva was a talented gardener, maintaining beautiful yards and gardens in her Utah and California homes. Reva performed compassionate service to others throughout her life, and counted many life-long friends among her associations.
She is survived by sons, David Fillis, Lake Elsinore, California; Russell Fillis, Mission Viejo, California; a sister, Lorraine Cox Hansen of Houston, Texas; brothers Newel Dee Cox, of Mount Pleasant, Utah and Odell Cox, of Fairview, Utah. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Amy, and husband Elmer.
Graveside services and internment at Mount Pleasant City Cemetery will be held at a later date.

MY BLESSINGS ~ From Our Most Popular Posts ~ David Peterson

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

ALL ABOARD ~ Mt. Pleasant HomeComing (PIONEER DAY) ~ March 28th ~ All About The Sanpete Swift

 ALL ABOARD.....for the Annual Mt. Pleasant Pioneer Day, Saturday March 28th at the Mt. Pleasant North Stake Center, 461 North 300 West.  Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for visiting.  Lunch will be served at noon at the cost of $7.00.  Those over 80 years old will eat free as they are guests of the Mt. Pleasant Pioneer Historical Association.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day ~ Submitted by Dave and Kathryn Gunderson

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to One and All
March 17, 2015

The 17th of March, or the “wearing of the green”, as it is often called, has come around again with its promise of the return of spring. It seems appropriate to me, that the coming of spring should be heralded by a festival whose symbolic color is green.

My first experience with St. Patrick’s Day was in my kindergarten year and it was not pleasant a pleasant one. My mom got me all ready for school that morning, but forgot to give me something green to wear.
When I got to school that day, the mean kids that knew about St. Patrick’s Day rushed at me from every side; pinching me as hard as they could.

I was incensed and just getting ready to teach them that they couldn’t treat me that way, when the   teacher came to the rescue. She made me a shamrock, out of green paper, that I wear for protection for that day.
 The teacher also told great stories about St. Patrick’s Day, especially of Leprechauns, often called the little people, and their stunts. She also told how we could get their troves of Gold coins by theft. Those stories made me feel differently about St. Patrice’s Day, and I have loved it “ever since”.

I have often thought about the pinching custom and how out of harmony it is with the spirit of love and forgiveness shown in the life of St. Patrick himself.

I have also wonde-red how “stealing”, the life savings of a poor little old fellow could be justified.

 My next memorable encounter with St. Patrick’s Day was when I was interviewing with Bell Labs. I had a free day in Manhattan on Saturday March 16, 1967, (the day St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated that year) and my friends and I decided to go to the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  I recall, there was a freshly painted green line down the middle of the 5th avenue and that platoon after platoon of Irish American Mounted Police and band after band from the local Irish American Catholic high schools marched down the Avenue. 

I also recall that, there were policeman stationed at about 10 foot intervals all along 5th Avenue to “keep the peace” and that Macys & Gimbals had changed their names to O’Macys & O’Gimbals. Some people had dressed up as Leprechauns and every bar & restaurant in town advertised that green beer was available. Nearly everyone had a badge that read “Kiss Me I’m Irish”.

The flower shops in the subway stations were all selling little cups of live shamrocks. (I was surprised to see that shamrocks were really small clover. I had imagined them to be about 2 inches wide and about 2½ inches tall, like the one my kindergarten teacher had made for me). In any case, everyone assured me that on St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish.

One of my good friends at the Labs always wore Orange on St. Patrick’s Day, because his family heritage was from Northern Ireland. He was never harassed about this. People at the Labs seemed to think that “each should be left to their own”.

After moving to New Jersey, I was assigned to make monthly visits to several Mormon Irish American families. I was often invited to enjoy “corned beef and cabbage dinners” with them on the “Great Day”. I always looked forward to this each year.

One of the families I visited even decorated with strings of shamrock shaped lights, (like Christmas lights). They also had bunches of living or stained glass shamrocks decorating their home. Truly it was an occasion to be remembered.

The true story of St. Patrick is a bit vague but it seems that he was born near the west coast of Britain, just across from the Isle of Mann, between 380 & 390 AD; at about the time the Roman Empire was collapsing.

At about age of 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold into slavery. He remained as a slave for about 6 years, before he could   escape. One account said that he felt that he had committed some sort of sin in his youth, for which his slavery was a just punishment. (I can’t help wondering what kind of sin would have justified 6 years of slavery.)

His father and grandfather were both Christian clerics and after his escape, he also decided to become a priest, and carry the Christian message back to Ireland. After several years of study he was ordained a Bishop and returned to the place, where he had been held as a slave, to bring the great message of Jesus, the message of love, equality and forgiveness.

One of the great stories of his ministry is how he used the tiny shamrock to explain the Trinity.

March 17 461 AD is accepted as the date of his death. His life spanned some 75 years and it was full of service. Since his birth date is unknown, his death date is used to commemorate his great life and service.

So Erin Go Bragh (Ireland Forever) to everyone, wither they are Irish, or only Irish for the day. Let the great message of St. Patrick, the message of love and forgiveness, truly last forever for all of us.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day
to all, to the Irish and
to those who are only 
Irish for the Day,  

David & Kathryn Ann  O’Gunderson

P. S. I think that it is ironic that Ireland’s most
             famous son was actually born in Britain

Home of Soren Jacobsen 2nd and wife Annie Mina Christensen (Mikkelsdatter) Researched and Compiled by Tudy Barentsen Standlee

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Joseph Wilcox and Candace B. Wilcox Genealogical Record

I (Kathy)  found this amongst Johanna Madsen Hafen's items.  Joseph Wilcox would be the head of the family, Candace B. Rowe would be his wife, and the rest would be their children.  There was only one page (above) inside.  Joseph and Candace would b e Johanna's paternal grandparents.  Anna Wilcox who married Nileso Moroni Madsen was Johanna's parents.

                   Candace Blanchard Rowe Wilcox

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Female Relief Society ~ October 14, 1878

Meeting held Oct. 14, 1878

Opened with singing
Prayer by Sister Peel
Sister Morrison opened the meeting in the usual manner.  Minutes from  former meeting were read and accepted.

Sister Morrison talked about Conference coming up soon and we would get our report ready of the temple and wished by no m....s to be behind in this respect, advised the Head teachers to get as many units as possible for the Temple; said every little was accepted.

Talked about Hanah T...gaard, that she was fitted out to go to the city and get her endowments.  Urged the Sisters to remember our wheat donations and advised the teachers to see about it while teaching; time will soon be over.

Sister Migglean brought us in the report of the donations of the North Ward.

Sister Peel made some short remarks from what was said, and felt well and pleased that we were able to do a little something for the building up of the kingdom.  She only wished that the Sisters would take more interest to coming to meeting because it was their duty to do so.

Sister Frandsen bore her testimony and said she would do all she could to gather  something for the temple in her district, and hoped that the sisters would respond to their calling

Meeting then dismissed with singing and prayer.

MFC Morrison,  Pres.
Louise Hasler, Sec.
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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