Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Photos From the Kathy Rigby Hafen Collection

My Birthday Party 1952
I'm not sure my memory of all is very good, but here we'll try:
Back Row l to r: Unknown, Tammy Frandsen (hiding behind), Darlene Frandsen, Dennis Cloward, Doyce Coates, unknown, Kathleen Burnside, Me,  Virginia Allred, Gary Larsen
Second Row  l to r: Dorothy Frandsen, unknown, unknown, Tommy Larsen, Donny Larsen
Front and Center:  unknown
Possible unknowns:  Ted Burnside, Scott Frandsen, Gary Brown, Wally Frandsen
Me and my older brother Dick Rigby

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Annie Christine Christensen Monsen

Many thanks goes to  Beverly McIntosh Brown for sending in the histories of Annie Christine and Dorthea Marie Nielsen (Christensen).  These were the two wives of Peter Mogensen (Monsen).  Peter was Pioneer of the Month in January 2010.  We will link all these histories together for research purposes.

Annie Christine Christensen Monsen

Wife of Peter Mogensen (Monsen)  You can find his history here:

Originally compiled and typed by F. Fern McIntosh Jacobs

Retyped by Belva Jones McIntosh June 2000

Most parenthetical comments and highlighting done by Beverly McIntosh Brown

Annie Christine Christensen Monsen was born October 8, l848 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the daughter of Catherine Amalie (Trine) Rasmussen Borresen Christensen Fecher (her story typed separately) and Peder Henrick Christensen. (Annie was the second wife of Peter Mogenson.)

Her Mother, “Trina” as she was called, was born October 18, 1826 in Denmark, and her father was born January 15, 1823 in Sanby, Lolland, Denmark. The Christensen’s became the parents of two daughters, who were born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Annie Christine Christensen was born October 8, 1848 and Jensine Sophia, born December 30, 1850.

They became converts to the Restored Church and soon after, in company with the Borresen families, set sail for Zion in America. The day happened to be Christmas Day.

After a time, they landed at New Orleans, Louisiana, and soon the Saints were sailing up the Mississippi River. There they saw burly Negroes loading barrels of molasses and huge bales of cotton onto ships for transportation. Also they saw alligators sunning themselves on the riverbanks. These were strange and interesting sights for these immigrants from afar.

Soon after landing at Winter Quarters, these families joined a pioneer company bound for Utah. There was much sickness in the camps of these saints. Now it was the father who became ill and passed away on April 5, 1854. So, sadly, Trine had her beloved husband, Peder Henrick Christensen laid to rest enroute to the Salt Lake Valley. Cholera took its toll, and death occurred among many of their friends.

Annie’s mother became acquainted with a very fine man, a German immigrant, John Frederick Fechser. He was kind to her and while they were in Salt Lake she became his wife on January 14, 1855.

In March 1859, Fechser’s family, with others from Salt Lake Valley and Utah County, came to Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County. They helped to build the fort in Mt. Pleasant, and in the summer of 1859 it was completed.

After the Manti Temple was completed, it was a great joy to Trine Christensen Fechser when she, accompanied by her daughter could go to the temple and be sealed for eternity to her dear former husband, Peder Christensen, who died enroute to Utah.

Annie Christine went to work at the home of Peter Monsen when they moved to Mt. Pleasant. He and his good wife Dorthea Nielsen were the parents of five children. Christian who was buried at sea at the age of 16 months while they were on their way to America, and Anne Christina, Peter L., Joseph Moroni and Sena M. It was the order of the Mormon Church at that time for the worthy members to enter into plural marriage. Since Dorthea was not well, and Annie needed a good home of her own, it was decided that Annie should become his second wife in plural marriage. Annie was very fond of both Peter Monsen and his wonderful wife, so their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple the 2nd of January 1864. Dorthea was like a real mother to her, and whenever she was troubled or needed help, she was the one who gave her love and consolation and encouragement. Dorthea had three more children – James, Dorthea M. and Carolena.

Annie gave birth to thirteen children. Annie lived in a little house one block west of Dorothea, and they enjoyed a very pleasant relationship at all times. Annie helped Peter Monsen down at the farm, and many times the babies slept in the shade of the bushes of a wheat stack while she worked hand in hand with her husband. Dorthea, who was not well enough to work in the fields, often assumed the responsibility of all the children while Annie worked. Annie wore her husband’s old shoes tied to her feet, and didn’t know what it was to have a beautiful new pair of her own.

Both women were excellent dressmakers, and did all of their own sewing. The last pat of Annie’s life was very hard because the practice of plural marriage or polygamy was abolished and she had to hide from the officers for fear of being arrested. She slept in many different places at night and exposed herself to all kinds of weather. She died in 1888 at Mt. Pleasant at the age of 40 of childbed fever, a couple of weeks after the birth of her 13th child, Esther. When she died, Peter Monsen was in Indianola preaching to the Indians, and John, 13 years of age, rode to there on a horse to get him.

It was a real tragedy, and much sorrow filled the hearts of these children when their dear mother was taken from them so young. Dorthea tenderly took care of her children until she died, November 10, 1912. Esther said that if ever there was an angel on earth, it was this wonderful stepmother. She said,”All I knew about my stepmother was beautiful. She was so kind and patient and helpful to all of her children and stepchildren, even though she had not known a well day for the last 40 years of her life. She need not be afraid to meet Annie and give a good report on the care of her wonderful children.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Levi Burt Reynolds

REYNOLDS, LEVI BURT (son of James Burkley Reynolds and Eliza Ann Lawrence of Maryland).

Born Feb. 22, 1831, Fayette, Ind. Came to Utah 1851.

Married Hannah Johnson Sept. 4, 1853, Pleasant Grove, Utah (daughter of William and Elizabeth Johnson of Lye, Worcestershire, Eng., who came to Utah 1850).

She was born Jan. 5, 1832.

Their children: Hanna E., m. Don Carlos Seely;

Charlotte L., m. William H. Seely;

Levi B., m. Emilie Rosenlund;

Harriet Anna, m. Henry Spencer;

James B„ died;

Francis M., m. Diantha Andersen;

Rosa May, md. Moroni Farnsworth;

George Willard, m. Augusta Lewis;

Fritz Earl, m. Nellie Moore;

Jesse B., m. Emilie Petersen.

Family home Mt. Pleasant, Utah. )

President 66th quorum of seventies;

missionary to Kentucky 1881-83.

Miller and carpenter. Died July 1, 1903.

(info found in Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah)

(Levi came to Utah with his brother, William Fletcher Reynolds in the James C. Snow wagon train company of 1852:

William F Re[y]nolds Anna Renolds Enis Renolds George W Renolds Levi B Renolds, 5 in family, 1 wagon, 4 cows.

The following are excerpts from Mt. Pleasant History by Hilda Madsen Longsdorf:

Fortunate were the pioneers in having among them so many fine musicians, who willingly contributed their talents toward the amusement of the colony. John Waldermar played the violin, flute,

and cornet. James Hansen, who prior to his coming to Mount Pleasant, had belonged to the Brass Band in Salt Lake City, also played the violin, flute and cornet. Lars Nielsen, known as Lars Fiddler, played by ear, became very popular and had many
invi­tations from other settlements to locate there. He, with John Waldermar and James Hansen, played for all the important gatherings held in Mount Pleasant during the first sixteen years.

Among other prominent pioneer musicians, who also contributed necessary pioneer music were Levi B. Reynolds, violinist; George Nielsen, tambourine; Orin Clark, the Jaw Bones of an Ox on a stick; Alma Staker, Bone Clapper; Rudolph Bennett, Triangle; Bent Hansen, Bass Fiddle; Soren Hansen, Clarinet; Andrew Bram­sted, Violin; and August Mynear, Violin.  p.63

November 21st, (1863) the 66th quorum of Seventies was organized at a meeting in the home of John Tidwell, Sr. The following were chosen as Presidents: Henry McArthur, P. M. Peel, N. Peter Madsen, Levi B. Reynolds, Orange Seeley and Nelson Tidwell.  p.82

During this year John Fredrick Fechser, William and Levi Reynolds erected a flour mill on Pleasant Creek, about midway between Main and First North on First East, just above the old fort, Pleasant Creek affording the water with which to operate the mill This' mill was known as the City Mill and was operated for a number of years by Mr. Fechser, who later sold to the Reynolds Brothers, and the mill became known as the Reynolds Mill. It was built on the north side of the stream with a spillway on the south side. The water, passing into a tunnel, furnished power to run a chopping mill, owned by August Lundberg, west of State Street. p133

In 1884, a group of jolly young people left Mt. Pleasant in five covered wagons, each carrying a bride and bridegroom to be, for they were all enroute to Salt Lake City to be married and had decided to make an outing of the trip. At Thistle station, where they camped the first night, they were caught in a heavy snow storm, and later in Salt Lake valley the drifted snow covered all traces of the road. They had to dig one wagon, not belonging but traveling with the group, out of the snowdrift. They camped the second night at Dunyons, and were three days on their trip to Salt Lake City, where, on the 14th day of February, they were married. The couples were: Wm. D. Candland and Annie Peel, Bert Rey­nolds and Emily Rosenlund, (This is the son of Levi Burt Reynolds) Edward Day and Maria Johnson, Silas McArthur and Stena Jensen, Richard H. Spencer and Annie Reynolds. Their return trip to Mt. Pleasant was made by way of Salt Creek Canyon. Returning home, they gave a wedding dance in the dance hall over the Co-op Store, to which almost everyone in Mt. Pleasant was invited. p 162

They proposed to get a church bell before the next year. A committee was appointed to get men and teams to level the north side of the church square, and to further beautify the grounds by planting suitable shade and pine trees. A committee was also appointed to supervise the painting of the fence." Note: The fence was built by Levi and William Reynolds, and was extra high. p164

Friday, August 26, 2016

Journey Of Faith ~ David R. Gunderson

With permission of David R. Gunderson, we include the following book to our blog.   I will do a few increments at a time, as I have done with the Andrew Madsen and James Monsen histories.  I will also paste the pages over to David's own blog page: http://davidrgunderson.blogspot.com/
This book will be of interest to not only the Gunderson Family but also to the BrothersonEricksenPeel,   Madsen, Larsen and more.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


It appears from the limited record of the first administration that land matters, boundary lines and fences, were matters of concern. This from the record of March 7, 1869, "Moved and seconded that the south fence of the old field be removed to the north side of the street. Carried. Moved and seconded that the fence around the old field be rebuilt and that the land be squared up. Carried."

That the original council had extensive jurisdiction and varied duties is evidenced by a resolution April 4, 1870.

During the ten-year term of Joseph Page, considerable atten­tion was given to street and bridges. The supervisor, Paul Dehlin, "complained that he couldn't get teams to go after timber for bridges." Cyrus Wheelock suggested that they request the Bishop to make a call on the brethren. Someone else proposed to levy a tax instead. The proposition to tax won the day, and one-half per cent tax was levied.

In January 1871, the City Council granted to A. Day & Com­pany, the right to take water from Sanpitch River, to water land on the west side of the river to Moroni. The city had jurisdiction in those days three miles south and three miles east to the Colo­rado state line.

There is an odor of booze comes floating over the years since Joseph Page's administration. On December 24, 1873, a license was granted to A. O. Neyberg.

The "old settlers" as they are called in the record, had appro­priated the waters of the five creeks to lands lying below town. Appropriations were made of surplus water to higher lands by the "new settlers" and then the trouble began. At first appeared a spirit of generosity and the city council was inclined to grant liberal appropriations. During the six year term of C. N. Lund, the question evidently became one of bitter controversy. The record is fairly saturated with water.

I do not know what salaries were paid to the city officials in those days, whatever they were, I am sure they were earned in meetings with water-masters, aggressive appropriators of water, and "old settlers" and in carrying on their shoulders the burdens of all the irrigation systems in those days of struggle.

In 1889, the citizens were ordered to move their wood piles off of the streets.

While John Carter was mayor for two years, Plat "C" was added to the city. An estimate of the cost of building a water­works system was made at $20,949.64.

Cemetery improvement was given attention. A suggestion made by N. S. Nielsen was formulated as a motion and" carried to enclose the cemetery in a fence and the next spring, M. F. Rosenburg was authorized to obtain three hundred trees from Proctor's for plant­ing in the cemetery.

In January 1894, the city entered into contract with the Mt. Pleasant Electric Light Company for electrical service for lighting streets, and the old oil lamps were discarded. The first year's service cost was $441.00. In the same year, mention is made of a fire department.

During N. S. Nielson's term, 1896-1897, they had their hands full of business in connection with floods. A site for a flood dam cost $50.00 the record shows, and the expense items for 1896 con­tains one for $868.00 for damages caused because of the dam.

Ferdinand Ericksen's administration effected the purchase of a building from the school, made over into the City Hall, and created the first debt that appears on record. A note for $1,000.00 was given.

While John H. Seely was mayor, a piece of ground containing a spring, adjoining the cemetery, was purchased, and the water piped into the cemetery.

During George Christensen's term, they had no small job on their hands in constructing the waterworks system. A bond of $1,800.00 was floated but the system was not completed until the administration of H. C. Beaumann.

When James Monson became mayor, we were still wading in mud and getting up town as best we could. Sidewalk paving districts 1, 2 , and 3 were created, and sidewalks constructed.

While Ferdinand Ericksen was mayor, Mt. Pleasant voted to abolish the liquor traffic.

While James W. Anderson was mayor, the electric light plant became an accomplished fact. A bond of $38,000.00, was voted.

Daniel Rasmussen was mayor during the construction of the Carnegie Public Library. The City Hall was remodeled to its present condition. The bonded debt amounted to $56,000.00. The waterworks bonds were refunded by a serial issue so that one $3,000.00 bond could be paid each year, and one bond was paid.

The flood gave W. D. Candland and his associates financial and other troubles. A $25,000.00 bond issue was voted for the purpose of piping pure spring water into the waterworks system.

And now my friends, we are in the hands of the undertaker. (Note: The mayor at that time, Bent R. Hansen, was also an undertaker. )

Monday, August 22, 2016


Mt. Pleasant City Council, from the organization in May, A. D. 1868, under a charter granted by the Legislature of Utah, Feb­ruary 20, 1868, to the first Monday in January 1939, inclusive:

1868-9. Mayor, W. S. Seely; Councilors, Jacob Christensen,   
           Peter M. Peel, Jens Jorgensen, N. P. Madsen and Joseph Page.
      1870-1. Mayor, Joseph Page; Councilors, Abraham Day, Cyrus
           H. Wheelock, Andrew Madsen, Alma H. Bennett and Joseph  
           S. Day.
   1872-3 Mayor, Joseph Page; Councilors, Andrew Madsen, C. H.
            Wheelock, Orange Seely, A. H. Bennett and Joseph S. Day.
            (1) William F. Reynolds.
      1874-5. Mayor, Joseph Page; Councilors, Orange Seely, Peter
            Mogensen, A. H. Bennett, Andrew Madsen and Paul Dehlin.
            (2) John Waldermar.

      1876-7. Mayor, Joseph Page; Councilors, Andrew Madsen,  
           Orange Seely, A. H. Bennett, Peter Mogensen and
           Christian N. Lund.
      1877-8. Mayor, Joseph Page; (3) W. S. Seely; Councilors,
           Andrew Madsen, A. H. Bennett, Peter Mogensen, C. N. Lund,
           (4) John Carter, Edward Cliff, and J. W. Seely.

      1879-80. Mayor, W. S. Seely; Councilors, Andrew Madsen,
           A. H. Bennett, Peter Mogensen and N. P. Madsen.

      1881-2. Mayor, W. S. Seely; Councilors, Andrew Madsen,
            A. H. Bennett, Peter Mogensen, (6) Soren Jacobsen,
            J. W. Seely, N. P. Madsen, (7) Edward Cliff.
    1883-4. Mayor, W. S. Seely; Councilors, Andrew Madsen, J. W.
             Seely, Edward Cliff, A. H. 'Bennett, (8) E. A. Day, (9) J. K.
             McClenahan, Soren Jacobsen, (10) Joseph Page.
     1885-6. Mayor, C. N. Lund; Councilors, Andrew Madsen,
            John Carter, Hyrum Winters, Soren Jacobsen, Mortin   
            Rasmussen, (11) Niels L. Lund.
     1887-8. Mayor, C. N. Lund; Councilors, Andrew Madsen, Soren
            Jacobsen, L. J. Jordan, Alif Ericksen and S. H. Allen.

1889-90. Mayor, C. N. Lund; Councilors, Andrew Madsen, Soren Jacobsen, L. J. Jordan,  (12)Andrew J. Snydergaard, Alif Ericksen, (13) Hans Poulsen, S. H. Allen, (14) Peter Mogensen, Niels L. Lund and M. G. Rolph.
1891-2. Mayor, John Carter; Councilors, Andrew Madsen, Niels L. Lund, Hyrum Winters, M. G. Rolph, John H. Seely, Lars P. Madsen and Geo. Christensen.
1892-3. Mayor, Abram Johnson; Recorder, O. C. Anderson; Treasurer, H. C. Beaumann; Marshal, Thomas Braby; Assessor and Collector, W. E. Watson; Justice of the Peace, .Ferdinand Clark; Councilors, L. J. Jordan, N. S. Neilson, W. D. Candland, John H. Seely and Rudolph Strom.
1894-5. Mayor, Abram Johnson; Recorder, J. D. Page (*); Marshal, Thomas Braby; Justice of the Peace, Ferdinand Clark; Treasurer, H. C. Beaumann; Assessor and Collector, W. E. Watson; Councilors, N. S. Nielson, Abner Crane, Peter Matson, F. C. Jensen, W. D. Candland.
1896-7. Mayor, N. S. Neilson; Recorder, C. J. Jensen; Treasurer, Erastus Kofford; Marshal, Joseph Monsen; Justice of the Peace Andrew Neilson; Councilors, Hans J. Brown, Ferdinand Clark, H. C. Beaumann, Christian Jensen, William Olson.
1898-9. Mayor, Ferdinand Ericksen; Recorder, C. J. Jensen; Treasurer, Candace B. Wilcox; Marshal, Joseph Monsen; Jus­tice of the Peace, Andrew Neilson;" Councilors, James Larsen, William Olson, George H. Marshall, Rasmus Anderson, C. W. Sorenson, (15) F. C. Jensen.
1900-1. Mayor, John H. Seely; Recorder, J. M. Boyden; Treas­urer, Mrs. Christine Tuft; Marshal, John Knudsen; Justice of the Peace, C. J. Jensen; Councilors, James Monsen, L. P. Mad­sen, H. C. Beaumann, Ferdinand Clark, George Christensen.
1902-3. Mayor, George Christensen; Recorder, J. M. Boyden; Treasurer, Mrs. E. Ellis Day; Marshal, John Knudsen; Justice of the Peace, Andrew Neilson; Councilors, S. E. Jensen, Ferdinand Clark, Thos. Braby, Geo. P. Peterson, Andrew C. Madsen.

1904-5. Mayor, H. C. Beaumann; Recorder, A. H. Maiben; Treas­urer, E. Ellis Day; Marshal, Andrew S. Jensen; Justice of the Peace, A. B. Waldermar; Councilors, A. E. Mcintosh, (16) Joseph Monsen, A. C. Madsen, George H. Marshall, (17) A. C. Wall, S. E. Jensen, Bent R. Hansen.
1906-7. Mayor, James Monsen; Recorder, A. H. Maiben; Treas­urer, Sarah E. McClenahan; Marshal, Richard Hendricksen; Justice of the Peace, A. B. Waldermar; Councilors, Christian Johansen, A. Merz, A. O. Madsen, George Brand, Joseph Monsen.
1908-9. Mayor, James Monsen; Recorder, Lauritz Larsen; Treas­urer, Mrs. Rhea Wambolt; Marshal, Hans Poulsen; Justice of the Peace, A. B. Waldermar; Councilors, Thos. West, N. P. Madsen, E. W. Wall, Christian Madsen, Christian Johansen.
1910-11. Mayor, Ferdinand Ericksen; Recorder, Daniel Rasmus­sen; Treasurer, Authinal Carter, (18) William Hansen; Justice of the Peace, Justus B. Seely, (19) John Carter; Councilors, Lauritz Larsen, Christian Madsen, Jas. W. Anderson, Jas. D. Simpson, Thos. West.
1912-13. Mayor, James W. Anderson; Recorder, Daniel Rasmus­sen; Treasurer, Mrs. Elizabeth Larsen; Councilors, H. Leroy Neilson, A. E. Mcintosh, Justus B. Seely, (20) George C. Sorensen, A. Merz, Lauritz Larsen.
1914-15. Mayor, Abram Johnson; Recorder, Daniel Rasmussen; Treasurer, Elizabeth D. Larsen; Councilors, Nils Larson, four years; E. C. Johnson, J. C. Jordan, H. Leroy Neilson, Joseph Monsen. (Abram Johnson resigned during his term and Jos­eph Monsen was made mayor and Andrew Larsen became a councilman. )
1916-17. Mayor, Daniel Rasmussen; Recorder A. O. Neilson; Treasurer, Hannah Barnette; Councilors, A. E. Mcintosh, four years; Andrew Larsen, Parley Hansen, W. W. McKerahan, Nils Larson.
1918-19. Mayor, W. D. Candland; Recorder, A. O. Neilson;   
     Treasurer, Hannah Barnette; Councilors, John Gunderson, four


years; A. E. Mcintosh, James Monsen, O. M. Aldrich, Bent R. Hansen.
1920-21. Mayor, Thomas Braby; Recorder, N. O. Clemenson; Treasurer, Pauline M. Petersen; Councilors, H. C. Jacobs, four years; Bent R. Hansen, O. M. Aldrich, John Gunderson, Wm. L. Madsen.
1922-23. Mayor, Thomas Braby; Recorder, N. O. Clemenson; Treasurer, Effie R. Larsen; Councilors, P. A. Poulsen, four years; Earl H. Seely, Joseph Monsen Wm. L. Madsen, H. C. Jacobs. .
1924-25. Mayor, Robert H. Hinckley; Recorder, Calvin Christen­sen; Teasurer, Effie R. Larsen; Councilors, O. F. Wall, four years; P. A. Poulsen, Joseph Matson, M. C. Petersen, Joseph Johansen Jr.
1926-27. Mayor, Joseph Seely; Recorder, Calvin Christensen; Treasurer, Effie R. Larsen; Councilors, M. C. Peterson, four years; C. L. Stewart, Paul Monsen, Joseph Monsen, O. F. Wall.
1928-29. Mayor, Bent R. Hansen; Recorder, James Jordan (re­signed, and Calvin Christensen appointed; Treasurer, Effie R. Larsen; Councilors, Paul Monsen, four years; M. C. Peterson,
       E. W. Wall, Wm. L. Madsen, J. D. Meyrick.
1930-31. Mayor, Bent R. Hansen; Recorder, Calvin Christensen;
       Treasurer, Annie B. Syndergaard; Councilors, E. W. Wall,
       four years; Paul Monsen, O. M. Aldrich, Joseph Lund, Chesley
       P. Seely.
1932-33. Mayor, W. P. Winters; Recorder, Daniel Rasmussen;
       Treasurer, Pearl Larsen; Councilors, H. P. Olsen, four years;
       Ed. Johnston, John Fowles, Willis N. Madsen, E. W. Wall.
1934-35. Mayor, Ed. Johnston; Recorder, E. W. Wall; Treasurer,
       Pearl Larsen; Councilors, Willis N. Madsen, four years; Henry
       P. Olsen, John Fowles, Parley Hansen, Daniel Rasmussen,
       (21) Lawrence Winters.

1936-37. Mayor, Justus O. Seely; Recorder, E. W. Wall; Treas­urer, Mata Hutchison; Councilors, J. H. Stansfield, four years; P. A. Poulson, (Dr.) A. L. Peterson, Lawrence Winters, Bert Wright; W. K. Peterson and Sheldon Monsen appointed city Marshals.
1938-39. Mayor, Justus O. Seely; Recorder, E. W. Wall; Treas­urer, Mata Hutchison; Councilors, P. A. Poulson, four years; J. H. Stansfield, (Dr.) A. L. Peterson, (Dr.) L. A. Phillips, W. C. Olsen.

(1)William F. Reynolds appointed vice Joseph S. Day, re-si­gned.
(2) John Waldermar appointed vice Paul Dehlin, died.
(3)W. S. Seeley appointed vice Joseph Page, resigned. 
(4)John Carter appointed vice C. N. Lund, resigned.
(5)J. W. Seely appointed vice Edward Cliff, resigned.
(6)  Soren Jacobsen appointed vice Peter Mogensen, resigned. 
(7)Edward Cliff appointed vice  
    N. P. Madsen, resigned.
    E. A. Day appointed vice A. H. Bennett, resigned.
(8)E. A. Day, resigned. 
(9) J. K. McClenahan appointed vice
(10)Joseph Page appointed vice Soren Jacobsen, resigned.  
(11)N. L. Lund appointed vice Morten Rasmussen, died.
(12)  Andrew Syndergaard appointed vice L. J. Jordan, re­signed.
(13) Hans Poulsen appointed vice Alif Ericksen, resigned. 
(14)Peter Mogensen appointed vice S. H. Allen, resigned. 
(*)M. A. Boyden appointed vice J. D. Page, resigned. 
(15)F. C. Jensen appointed vice 
      C. W. Sorensen, resigned.
(16)Joseph Monsen appointed vice A. E. McIntosh, resigned.  
(17)A. C. Wall appointed vice G. H. Marshall, resigned.
(18)William Hansen appointed vice Authinal Carter, re-­
(19)John Carter appointed vice Justus R Seely, resigned.  
(20)George C. Sorensen appointed vice Justus B. Seely resigned.
(21)Lawrence Winters appointed vice Willis N. Madsen, died.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Mary Louise Madsen Seamons

Mary Louise and Her Family 2014

11 April 1930 – 9 August 2016

Mary Louise Madsen was born to Willis Neil (1903-1934) and Louise Dolorus Frandsen Madsen (1907-2002) in Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah, on 11 April 1930.

Mary Louise’s father died when she was 4 ½ years old. Her mother remarried when she was 6 years old. Justus Olson Seely (1895-1981) and her mother presented her with a brother Justus Frandsen Seely (1941-2002).

Mary Louise married Oleen Seamons 2 September 1950 in her childhood home in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Mary Louise and Oleen were blessed with four children: Debra Anne, Randall M, Sherri Lou, and Jerry Oleen. The marriage was later solemnized and the children were sealed to their parents in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple. Oleen and Mary Louise later divorced.

Mary Louise attended Hamilton Elementary School where she was the twirler for the band from second through sixth grades. She continued twirling during her junior and senior high school years. Mary Louise graduated from North Sanpete High School where she served on the yearbook staff. She earned her associate degree in business from Utah State University (USU). She returned to school later in life to earn her bachelor’s degree in history from Brigham Young University (BYU).

Mary Louise was Mt. Pleasant’s Centennial queen in 1947 and was a participant at the first Utah Girls’ State that same year in Logan, Cache, Utah.

Mary Louise’s first job while a high school student was at the turkey plant in Moroni, Sanpete, Utah. During her early married life, she worked as secretary for Vera C. O’Leary at Twin Falls Junior High (later O’Leary Junior High) until the birth of her first daughter. She also worked as a secretary at the Beneficial Life Insurance Company office in Twin Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho. After moving to Orem, Utah, Utah, she accepted a job as production secretary at the BYU Motion Picture Studio. She later transferred to the Education Department at BYU where she worked as the department secretary and completed her career as an advisor to the elementary education students.

Mary Louise was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving as organist in her seminary class and the Primary and Jr. Sunday School organizations and ward librarian in Twin Falls. She used her secretarial skills to type the ward bulletins for her ward there and served as secretary to one of her bishops in Orem. She was an avid genealogist. Her family stories regularly appeared in the “Saga of the Sanpitch”, a writing contest in Sanpete County, Utah, from 1969-1998 and she wrote and published a book about her maternal grandparents (It Takes a Heap o’ Livin’).

Mary Louise belonged to book clubs in Idaho and was active in the PTA program when her children were in school. She was a member of several vocational organizations, a past president of Utah Valley Historical Society, and a lifelong member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers and the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society. During her retirement, she served as a volunteer at the BYU Museum of Art and as a poll worker. She traveled the world with her mother and later with close friends. Her children remember family trips closer to home.

Mary Louise passed away in the early morning hours of 9 August 2016. We appreciate the staff and administrators of Cascades of Orchard Park (formerly Orchard Park Post-Acute Rehab) who treated her with kindness and compassion and helped her to be comfortable during the last year and a half of her life.

Preceded in death by her parents and step-father, brother, a grandson, and two great grandsons. She is survived by her children: Debra Seamons (Orem, Utah), Randy/Cyndee Seamons(Glendale, Arizona), Sherri/Greg Kielsmeier (Draper, Utah), and Jerry/Lori Seamons (Eagle Mountain, Utah), fifteen grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren as well as her sister-in-law Averil Seely and many extended family members.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all who came to visit our mother/grandmother while she was recovering at Orchard Park. She loved people and enjoyed having them come spend time with her.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, August 27, 2016 with a viewing from 9:00-9:40 prior to the services at the Cherry Hill Stake Center, 1700 South 400 East in Orem, Utah. An additional viewing will be held from 6-8:00 pm Friday, August 26 at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State, Orem, Utah. Dedication of the grave and burial will take place in Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Utah following funeral services.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

25 Family History Questions You’ll Really Want to Ask

See: 25 Family History Questions You’ll Really Want to Ask

  1. What are some of your lifetime regrets?
  2. Growing up, who was the person you most adored or respected?
  3. What is the greatest change that you have seen in your lifetime?
  4. What did your parents believe in?
  5. How did your family celebrate holidays?
  6. What's the most memorable gift you received as a child?
  7. What did you want to be when you were young?
  8. What are the values with which you were raised?
  9. As a kid, what was your favorite treat to eat?
  10. How did you learn how to ride a bike? Drive a car?
  11. What are some of your greatest achievements?
  12. If you could ask your ancestors something, what would it be?
  13. Which ancestor would you most want to meet?
  14. What will people say at your funeral?
  15. What was your favorite age and why?
  16. What was the greatest tragedy  in your lifetime (personal/community)?
  17. Are you happy with your career choice?
  18. How have people surprised you over time?
  19. Who has had the greatest impact on your life?
  20. What's your favorite thing about every decade that you've lived in?
  21. What do you want to pass on to your children?
  22. What's your most valuable possession?
  23. Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
  24. What's your favorite memory?
  25. Who would you want to be with if you were stranded on a deserted island?
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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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