Monday, May 29, 2017


The reason poppies have become associated with Armistice Day and with this poem in particular is because red poppies began to bloom like crazy in the field in Flanders where men had fallen and been buried–where they hadn’t bloomed like this before.

 And yes, we have a Mt. Pleasanter
buried there,
Charles Rutishauser,
KIA  June 1944.
And by  comparison, a  trivia note,
three versions of the poem,
page 152, my  book

Charles Rutishauser
ID: 39835671 

Entered the Service From: Utah 

Rank: Technical Sergeant 

Service: U.S. Army Air Forces, 526th Bomber Squadron, 379th Bomber

Group, Heavy 

Died: Sunday, June 18, 1944 
Buried at: Ardennes American Cemetery 
Location: Neupre (Neuville-en-Condroz), Belgium 
Plot: D Row: 16 Grave: 4 

Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace

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Memorial Day is our Nation's solemn reminder that freedom is never free.  It is a moment of collective reflection on the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last measure of devotion in service of our ideals and in the defense of our Nation.  On this ceremonious day, we remember the fallen, we pray for a lasting peace among nations, and we honor these guardians of our inalienable rights.  
This year, we commemorate the centennial anniversary of America's entry into World War I.  More than 4.7 million Americans served during The Great War, representing more than 25 percent of the American male population between the ages of 18 and 31 at the time.  We remember the more than 100,000 Americans who sacrificed their lives during "The War to End All Wars," and who left behind countless family members and loved ones.  We pause again to pray for the souls of those heroes who, one century ago, never returned home after helping to restore peace in Europe.
On Memorial Day we honor the final resting places of the more than one million men and women who sacrificed their lives for our Nation, by decorating their graves with the stars and stripes, as generations have done since 1868.  We also proudly fly America's beautiful flag at our homes, businesses, and in our community parades to honor their memory.  In doing so, we pledge our Nation's allegiance to the great cause of freedom for which they fought and ultimately died.
In honor and recognition of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer.  The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time when people might unite in prayer.  I urge the press, radio, television, and all other information media to cooperate in this observance.
I further ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.  
I also request the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control.  I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

North Sanpete School District ~ Fourth Grade Classes ~ Visit the Relic Home and Blacksmith Shop

They learned how to make butter

They learned Pioneer Games

They were curious and had many comments about the Relic Home 

They visited the Blacksmith Shop where they all received a "pioneer diamond". 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Glass Plate Negatives ~ Restored by Tudy Barentsen Standlee ~~~ From Our Archives

Glass Plate Negatives ~ Restored by Tudy Barentsen Standlee

Three Unknown Homes ~ Unknown Locations

Your Help would be appreciated !!!

Update:       The home with eleven people standing in front with the white pointed trim on the front windows and door was taken in 1878 or 1879. It is the home of William and Ellen Grames Lake (My great grand parents)The people are my grandparents and the small girl in front of her mother is my grand mother Rosie Lake. Rosie was born in Mt. Pleasant and married Herbert Farnworth the son of George Farnworth. George Farnworth was one of several original families who were sent by Brigham Young to establish Mt. Pleasant. 


My name is Richard Jackson and you have posted a home on the Mt Pleasant Museum web site which I have identified as the one my Grandmother Rosie Lake Farnworth was born in.  It belonged to my great grand parents William Lake and Ellen Grames Lake.  It is located in Mt. Pleasant and I have attached two pictures of it.  The top one is the one our family took in 1966 and the bottom one is the one you posted on your web site.  It appears as though my 1966 picture reveals some remodeling on the home over the years.  The family in front of the home is that of my great grandparents William and Ellen Grames Lake taken about 1878 or 1879.  If you happen to have a high resolution picture of this, I would love to have it so I can print a larger picture with out the graininess.
Thank you so much for posting this picture! 
Richard E. Jackson
Farnworth Family Historian and Geneologist
Farnworth blog: http://FarnworthReunions.shutterfly.comAdd caption


Monday, May 22, 2017

Gunderson Confectionary ~~~ From Our Archives

This is one of those Glass Plate Negatives restored by Tudy Standlee. The plates were discovered in the attic of the Relic Home. The Gunderson Confectionary was located at about 245 West Main.  The building still exists and is now owned by Central Utah Mental Health.

Monday, May 15, 2017

North Sanpete School District Formed and Consolidation of Schools in North Sanpete ~ Researched by Mary Louise Madsen Seamons ~ Photos inserted by Kathy Hafen

                       $20,00 for the building and site in Moroni were approved.

The red-brick North Sanpete High School building, constructed on a piece of land known as "the City Square" which had been purchased from the city at a cost of $2,250.00 was partially completed in 1912.  Some of the upper - floor classrooms were left unfinished because of difficulty with finances.  The foundation was constructed of concrete, a deviation from the usual stone base. 

The completed building consisted of classrooms on three floors, a central auditorium and a gymnasium.  A "mechanical arts" building of white stone was constructed just north of the original high school prior to 1939.  Here the girls were instructed in "domestic science" and the boys were instructed in "industrial arts". Occasionally, over the years, the classes were reversed and the boys took "home economics" and the girls tried their hands at "shop".

The number of students attending schools in Mt. Pleasant during the years 1910 to 1916 varied from a low of 750 in 1915-16 to a high of 803 in 1912-1913.  Although these figures do not give specific numbers attending each grade, it is likely they were more concentrated in grades one through eight as Mt. Pleasant is primarily an agricultural town and students were needed at home during the spring, summer, and fall months to help with farming and livestock chores. 

At the annual school meeting held on Monday, July 12, 1916, the local school board for Mt. Pleasant was officially dissolved "as the County of Sanpete had been by law consolidated into two school districts of the first class".  And a board of five trustees had been appointed.  The first school board consisted of C.N. Lund, of Mt. Pleasant, Jabez Faux Jr. of Moroni, Henry Jackson, of Fountain Green, John S. Blain of Spring City and Elam Anderson of Fairview.  The outgoing board turned over indebtedness of $39,884. 51 to the new members, along with assets consisting of real estate (five and a half lots) valued at $5,000.00, district school buildings valued at $25,000.00, the high school building valued at $40,000.00, furniture and fixtures valued at $4,000.00 and apparatus valued at $650.00. Total assets $74, 650.00. The books were closed.  North and South Sanpete School Districts had officially been organized. (the above information are taken from N.S. School Board minutes.)

As had been true of the early inhabitants of Mt. Pleasant, education of children remained a high priority.  New buildings were provided, existing facilities were upgraded, and citizens and educators kept abreast of new innovations and vital issues in and out of the community.

Students continued to attend both Hamilton Elementary (grades one through six) and North Sanpete High School (grades seven through twelve).  Statistics from 1966 through 1989 show continued growth in the district, with the exception of a slight decline between 1969 and 1972, and the total number of students nearly doubled.  There was a similar slump in the overall enrollment of the State of Utah, though not quite so pronounced.  The total enrollment of the state over the same period also increased almost as dramatically.  Consistently more students attended the elementary school in Mt. Pleasant than in any of the other four elementary schools in the district, but Mt. Pleasant was also the largest of the towns.

Beginning with the tenth grade, students from Spring City attended North Sanpete High School.  Students from Indianola, Milburn, and Fairview joined them in grade eleven.   Other high school students in the district attended Moroni High until the two high schools were consolidated in 1958.  No statistics are available for the number of high school students who were from Mt. Pleasant.

Consolidation of Schools

Early in 1958 the issue of consolidating the high schools in the district was raised.  A study was authorized which resulted in the recommendation to convert the school at Mt. Pleasant into the district high school and the school at Moroni int the junior high school.  Elementary schools were to remain as they were, with the exception of Wales which would be consolidated with the school in Moroni.  That fall the change was implemented.  The transition was made quite smoothly, and no real concerns were broached.  In March of 1980 the Board approved moving the ninth grade to the high school.  

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Peter Azel Peel

Peter Azel Peel was born September 12, 1881 west of Mt. Pleasant, Utah in the bottoms--- as it was called.  He was the son of Christian Fredrick Peel and Mary Miranda Seely.  He attended elementary school that was also located in the bottoms.

Azel had three brothers and two sisters. They were Justus Wellington, Theressa, Orange Frederick, John Henry Lemuel and Jennie Eunice.  When Justus Wellington and Theressa were small children, they became ill with diptheria, and within a week's time of each other, both lost their lives.  They had nothing to give them to check the disease at the time.

Peel Homestead 

In 1894, when Azel was twelve, his father died of rheumatic heart condition.  This was very hard on the family.  Being the oldest son, he took over many responsibilities for a boy of his age.  His mother and all worked very hard to sustain a living on one farm.  Later they  moved to Mary Miranda's mother's home on 5th West and Main Street.
  P.A. Peel is the second from the left on the back row.  
Missionaries to Southern States Mission
Peter Azel attended Snow College for a short time, and then he was called on a mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints --- to the Southern States.  He left for the mission on November 5, 1902.  After serving an honorable mission, he returned home in March of 1905.

On March 18, 1908, he married Mary Margaret Ericksen in the Manti Temple.  They moved down to the farm and were very happy down there, but Mary Margaret's grandmother Morrison was very ill and she was needed to help take care of her.  So they moved to town before their first daughter, Margaret, was born, February 15, 1909.  They had three other girls.  Alice, Lois and Barbara.

In 1916 they bought 10 acres west of Mt. Pleasant, and they moved down there.  There was only a one-room frame building on the lot.  It was used for their bedroom, kitchen and living room  Mary Margaret's father was wanting to build a bigger barn; the one he had was too small, so he gave it to Azel if he could move it.  He moved it by team to their ten acres, putting it nest to the one room.  He built a platform that served between both barn and kitchen.  Azel put planks on half of the barn for a floor, and Mary Margaret covered it with home-made carpet, and that made their bedroom.  The barn was 30 ft by 20 ft.  It was very cold sleeping in the winter, but they all managed to get along.

In the spring and summer of 1923 Peter Azel and a neighbor , Charlie Peterson, Alice and Lois made twenty thousand adobes.  Then Azel dug a basement and made a foundation.  That fall he moved the barn onto the foundation.  He sold ten thousand of the adobes and made enough money for a mason to line the house with the remaining ten thousand adobes.  By winter they were in their new home, and what a happy day it was.

Pete Azel trained oxen to pull a wagon, and he would drive them in the 24th of July parade.  He tanned many different kinds of hides; he used the leather to repair harnesses, braid whip, and make many useful articles.

He purchased his first sheep dog directly from Scotland. He named Scottie.  He proved to be as useful as an extra farmhand.

Azel was also a butcher for Ericksen Meat and Grocery for many years; he also did butchering for many townspeople.  He raised bees; he kept about 20 hives.  He extracted the honey and sold it to help out with their meager living.

He was an assessor for Mt. Pleasant for many years.  He was ward clerk for four different bishops in the Mt. Pleasant North Ward.  He was bookkeeper for Farmer's Equity, the building where he worked was just west of the old D&RG Depot.  He kept beautiful books, he was a very good penman.

Peter Azel loved his fellow men.  He was never too busy to stop his work and help someone who needed something done.  H was always happy; he always looked on the bright side of life.  His nieces and nephews said he was a peacemaker.  He made the remark one time that he had heaven here on earth.  He loved to hunt and fish whenever he had any spare time. 

On February 14, 1954, at age 73, he died of a heart condition.  How we all loved him and revere his name.  (by Alice Hafen, a daughter)

Peel, Missionary book 1Missionary Log Book  
If this book is lost, holder will please mail to Elder P.A. Peel, Mt Pleasant, Sanpete Co., Utah   For it is of value..

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