Friday, August 29, 2014


Memories of Edna Lula Seaton Roberson
Life History of Edna Lula Seaton told to daughter Wanda Roberson Reasor. This was at the time she and Mildred Jean Roberson came to visit in Orem, Utah, 1960. Kay and I found it in my records July 1986. Born June 19, 1894 to James Thomas Seaton and Rhoda Helen Baysinger; Grantsburg, Indiana. About the first thing I can remember is sitting as a child and saying "Ma's asleep, Kitty's asleep and baby's awake." Always wore shoes with some holes for laces and hooks-up the rest of the way. Went to school at Pleasant HIll, one year (3rd grade) at Tunnel Hill to Grover Roberson. First school teacher was Minnie Brown. About 9 years old, playing on logging wagon with Dora Grant. Wagon went out of control over the Needmore Hill in English. Dora's dress caught in the wheel. Mom yelled "Dode's killed" but neither one of us was hurt. Pa was alwyas buying Chrismtas pesnets. One time brought home a musical album. Ma told him to take it right back. She wove carpets to help make a living. Pa sold Indian Herb pills. Walked from town to town. I remember one summer Ma was sick and I fanned her all summer long and carried water for long distances. I was about 10 or 11 years old. Asleep one night, heard some one cough, and light went out. I sat on Willie's bed till everyone came home. Slept in the same room with Mom and Dad until I got married. Always afraid when I woke up, would call Ma and Pa. Pa would always say, "what the devil to do you want?" Crawford County Democrat, May 1960: In memory of my husband, Reuben R Roberson who passed away May 2, 1959 Little did we know when we left home That I would be coming back alone To have to love and then to lose Is the hardest thing I ever had to do. Sadly missed by wife Edna and children


My Mom, Edna Seaton Roberson
by Wanda Roberson Reasor
written December 1988 I will now write a little about my children's grandmother, Edna Seaton Roberson. Grandma Edna was a quiet gentle patient and hard working person. I don't remember her yelling at us very much and we always had to wait for Dad to get home to get our whippings when we had been bad. She loved to go to town on Saturday. She would carry her eggs in a bsket and walk the two and half miles to town where she stood with her friends along the street talking and getting caught up on the news (all afternoon). She then would carry, pack, as she would call it, her little dab of groceries home. There wasn't much to buy since we lived on a farm and produced most of our food. There was always a nickel's worth of candy for us kids. Mom sewed and made all of our clothes. I remember sitting on the floor and peddling her sewing machine with my hands. I don't know if that was a help for her or to keep me busy. When the clothes were worn out, she would tear them into strips, sew them together in long strips and crochet them into rugs. She would also tat lace for the babies clothes. I remember her being pregnant, only because she sat around more. She never told us anything about the facts of life. She wore wrap around dresses to hide her pregnancy. They were comfortable and she usually had one at all times for convenience for nursing her babies. She was either pregnant or nursing a baby. She always seemed to be a solid patient influence, always there but nevrr showing much affection to any of us except Dad. I remember many times of feeling that no one loved me. Mom could be very jolly and enjoyed people after she got to know them. She waited on Dad hand and foot. I often wondered how she could put up with some of the things he did and the expectations he had of her and the family. Some of her well used phrases were--"well I declare", this was to express surprise or astonishment, "I'll swanny, for goodness sake, I'll be there directly, hushup, Lordy Lordy." She sang some cute songs to us kids which I have sung to mine. One was, "Over the river to feed the sheep, over the river to Charley;s, over the river to feed the sheep and bake a cake for Charley. Oh Charley he's a very fine man, Oh, Charley he's a Dandy. Charley loves to treat the girls with sugar, wine, and candy." Another was, "First I met was a blind man." You'll have to get the words later if you want them. Dad had rules about us using the battery radio. Mom would listen to Helen Trent, and Our Girl Sunday,both soap operas and one other every day. She loved hill billy music, especially sung by Grandpa Jones. She lived in many homes. Dad had rambling blood and she would pull up and go whenever he said go. She would take the children in the middle of the school year or break up a courtship of one of the older ones. She loved to fish and could be ready in a minute. She loved to quilt, first because of necessity and later just to have someting to do. Just before she died in the hospital, although she had no needle or thread, my sisters said her hands were still going through the motion of sewing. Mom wouldn't baby sit for any of us. She said, "I rasied my family, you raise yours." She was a good cook and none of us can bake bread or biscuits as good as hers. When she baked pies it would be five or six at a time. I don't remember many cakes. She found a recipe for four pounds of fudge. She made that almost every year after that for Christmas. We are still trying to come up with her persimmon pudding recipe. We are getting closer but not exactly. Mom had a sweet tooth. No matter what we had to eat for dinner or supper there would be a dessert. Mom could make a dessert out of nothing. She often made vinegar pie or green tomato pie. All of the Seaton's had a sweet tooth. There were always Seaton/Roberson reunions. They were held in English for years and then near Mt. Carmel, Illinois. We would stay at Aunt Leora's home. I loved to sit and listen to Mom and her sisters and brothers talk. Mom would take salmon patties to the reunion and they were the first things to be gone. Dad liked to find different things to eat. Salmon, oysters were among them. Dad always had a car and it was always full of kids. When we moved to Montana we left our house empty. When we returned from Montana we moved back into the same house. It had sat empty while we were gone. It never did have paint on the outside of it. There was a living room, kitchen and two bedrooms. There was also a cooking/summer porch. Dad moved the stove out there in the summer time. In the one bedroom there was always three beds. We kids slept in there. Mom had to get false teeth when she was very young. She and Amzel went to Louisville on the train and the dentist pulled out all of Mom's teeth. She still walked home two and a half miles from the train station. She had lots of trouble getting used to her teeth. She always kept them in a cup of water at night. She would entertain the grandchildren by slipping them in and out of her mouth, then asking them to try and do the same. She told about one time while fishing in the creek, her teeth fell out and she almost lost them. Kay, this is probably where you got your wonderful first poem which ended, "Oh my teeth! They fell in the creek! The rest of the poem had nothing to do with teeth or creek. Mom and Dad joined the Presbyterian church about 1940. Dad had a heart attack and it scared him into thinking about mortality and death. I talked to Mom when she came to visit us in Orem about our church. Her answer, "It was good enough for Dad, it is good enough for me", meaning the Presbyterian church. They sent us to church with Aunt Annie and Uncle Jim. The only time I remember going to church with them was while we lived in Montana on the ranch. We went quite regularly then and I'm sure Mom would have gone any and all times if Dad would have taken her. We went to the Logan Temple after Mom died. I was proxy for her and Lee was proxy for Dad. It was as if I was going through for the first time. I could not remember any part of the endowment. Always before this I would dream about Mom and Dad and they were never together. Mom would say, "I haven't seen Dad yet." After the work for them was done, in my dreams they are always together. This is a testimony to me that the work was accepted. When I called to tell her I was pregnant with Sandi, all she said was "well". That was about as excited as she ever got. She and Dad are buried in Rest Haven Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky. However, she is nearer to me in my own home than when I visit the cemetery. Writing this has caused me to shed many tears.

Memories of Edna Lula Seaton Roberson

My most choice memory is of the summer of 1961 when I was 14. I went to Louisville, Kentucky on the bus from Provo , Utah to stay with Grandma Edna. We had such a special time together but she really didn't want to be here. She was ready to leave this earth and I really think she just gave up living. Grandma had been sick when I got there. She didn't like being alone and my cousin, Jeannie, had stayed with her most of the school year. My cousin, Phillip, came over to mow the lawn, Aunt Mary did the grocery shopping for her, Aunt Amzel did the bank business. Aunt Marie talked to her on the phone but didn't visit with her the whole summer I was there. Our life was pretty much a routine. I cleaned the house in the morning, which took 30 minutes. We cooked oats and biscuits for breakfast. Most lunches Grandma would have tea and soda crackers. I ate peanut butter. And then I learned to cook supper. She would tell me how to do things and I just listened and did it. I made biscuits, bread, fried chicken, minute steaks, and even made pies. But the most important thing she taught me and that I treasure most today is the fun of piecing a quilt. We sat in rocking chairs facing each in front of the windows, with a little breeze blowing in. It must have been very hot in Kentucky but I don't remember the heat or humidity. We sewed by hand most of the afternoon and evening. As we sewed we talked and oh how I wish those conversations were recorded. I remember trying to understand why she didn't believe in eternal marriage and she showed me in the Bible where it said that marriages are neither given or taken away in heaven. I hope she was pleasantly surprised to find that you can be sealed to your husband. And I hope she and Grandpa Rube are together and happy. She made me sew with a thimble. After several days she watched me for a while and finally came over by me to see what I was doing. I was wearing the thinble on the tall finger, where most people wear their thimble, but pusing the needle with my ring finger. The ring finger was bloody. She said, "Kay put that thimble on the other finger." I have worn it on that finger ever since, and literally cannot thread a needle without a thimble on my ring finger. We watched wome word game show and the news on TV. We read the newspaper in the evening. Sometimes we would go to Aunt Amzels for the afternoon. But Grandma really liked to stay home. Mrs. Hornbuckle, a neighbor, would walk over and visit. I remember thinking how strange that they called each other "Mrs." Towards the end of the summer I spent some time in English and then one week-end with Uncle Lloyd. While I was there Grandma fell during the night and they took her to the hospital. For the next week we took turns sitting in the hospital. Aunt Marie rallied to the crisis and was there with her cot to sleep every night. After about a week Grandma was able to come home. We brought her home from the hospital. Everyone was at the house that day. All the daughters and daughter-in-laws were cooking lunch. I was ironing and packing. I was supposed to leave for Utah the next day. Grandma was resting in her bed. I went in to talk to her for a few minutes and then went into the other room to iron. I was the last person to talk to her. She had a heart attack a few minutes later and by the time the ambulance got there she was almost gone. I felt so alone. I went into the bedroom and prayed and prayed. Aunt Mary found me and we just hugged each other and cried and prayed together. Grandma's funeral was a southern Protestant event. The viewing was several nights long at the funeral home and then they brought her body to her home for the last evening. The sons took turns sitting up all night long. The family gathered in her home that evening. I was so relieved when my parents arrived from Utah and I could share my grief with them. I remember the funeral as being very cold. The minister called her "Mrs. Roberson" but really didn't say much about her. He had visited her once during the summer. This was my first real experience with death and the experience left me cold and wanting to understand the gospel of Christ more. Grandma Edna was a spunky woman. My mother comes by her personality very honestly. Edna loved her children but she loved her husband the most. I think she was greatly relieved to die and not have to be alone any more. She told me the hardest part was trying to sleep alone. She taught me many practical skills but I loved her most for who she was, a hard working, creative loving woman! She loved to fish, dug her own worms, donned a pair of overalls, a big hat and went at it. In later years I would watch my mother's hands as she stitched and realized her hands looked just like her mother's hands. My hands look like my mother's and therefore like my grandmother Edna's hands. What a wonderful reminder of two great women.

Obituary of Edna Seaton Roberson
Obituary: Louisville, Kentucky Courier Journal; died 9 Aug 1961 Mrs. Reuben R. Roberson, the former Edna Seaton, died Monday at 12:45 p.m. at her residence, 7508 Glaser Lane. She was 67. Her husband died in 1959. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Maurice Brown, New Albany, Ind., Mrs. Lee Reasor, Orem, Utah, and Mrs. Joseph McKinney and Mrs. Russell Walts; four sons, Howard Roberson, Rapid City, S.D., Joe Roberson, Miami, Fla, and Chester and Norman Roberson; two sisters, Mrs. Leora Belcher, Mount Carmel, Ill., and Mrs. Bill Roberson, Fredericksburg, Ind.; 20 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The body will be at the McAfee Funeral Home, 3928 Bardstown Road, until Thursday, when it will be taken to the residence. The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the McAfee Funeral Home. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Eulogy of Edna Seaton Roberson
Eulogy: Edna Seaton Roberson the daughter of James and Rhoda Seaton was born June the 19th 1894, at Grantsburg, Indiana, where she spent her childhood days. She was married to Reuben Roberson, November the 2nd 1913, and started a home and family, thinking always of the health and well-being of her family first and herself last. To Reuben and Edna was born 9 children, one an infant lived only a few days. The others have enjoyed the fruits of her labors and her pleasant personality all these years. She joined the Buechel Presbyterian Church on March 22, 1949 to better fulfill her spiritual obligations and remained sincere in her fellowship. A happy smile, and warm personality, honesty and an undying interest in everyone are the rich blessings that will be missed by all those who survive her. Her children . . . Amzel Walts, Chester Roberson, Marie Brown, Wanda Reasor, Norman Roberson, Howard Roberson, Joe Roberson and Mary McKinney; 20 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Leora Belcher of Mt Carmel and Eva Roberson of Fredricksburg, Indiana and many friends and relatives. She departed this life August 7, 1961 at her home in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ancestral Chain: CR / MRR / Wanda Myrl ROBERSON 1921-2012 / Edna Lula SEATON 1894-1961 / James Thomas SEATON 1851-1925 and Rhoda Helen BAYSINGER. 1856-1924

Friday, July 4, 2014

"In God Is Our Trust"

The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics
By Francis Scott Key 1814
Verse 4: 
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

 Neighborhood children's parade in celebration of American Freedom

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Family gathering in celebration of American Independence 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Isaac and Camilla Smith

Isaac SMITH  1857-1914 and Harriet Camilla ENSIGN 1859-1930 
Pictures and articles borrowed from familysearch

Pictures: clockwise Sarah Elizabeth SMITH EVENS 1860-1923, Isaac SMITH 1857-1914, John Wooding SMITH 1862-1884, Susannah SMITH EVANS 1864-1953.

"Isaac Smith was born in Brigham City... He was the son of Samuel Smith and Sarah Jane  natives of England....he grew to be an industrious hardworking citizen.  He held many positions of responsiblility in his youthful days."

"When a youth he learned the trade of Cabinetmaker but quit to become a member of a surveying party that was surveying the route of the Utah and Northern through Bear River Canyon."

 "In 1876 he decided to obtain an education and therefore attended the University of Utah.  He worked hard to get along studying part of the time and teaching the rest of the time.  "

"When the Box Elder Stake was organized in 1877 he became second counselor"  [Age 19.]

 Camilla SMITH with 1st of  her 12 children - Isaac Samuel SMITH 1878-1936

"In the [December] 1877 he married Harriet Camilla Ensign, daughter of M. L. Ensign and Mary Dunn.  At April Conference he was called on a mission to Great Britain he left on the fifth of May, the same year.... He returned home in April, 1880." [Age 20.]

"Parkinson had been a missionary companion of Isaac Smith and he dwelt at length upon the fidelity and faithful work of the departed while laboring as a missionary."

"Dr. W. B. Parkinson said it was hard for him to say anything on this sad occasion as he had been a life [long] companion of Pres. Isaac Smith.  They had labored together as companions in the British mission in 1879.  When it comes to honorable living, no man ever breathed that lived the life of a Latter-day Saint more than this man, said the speaker." 

"In the spring of 1881 he moved to [Logan, Utah] to clerk in the Whole sale department of Z.C.M.I.  In ... 1884 when the Logan First ward was divided into three wards, Isaac Smith was appointed Bishop of the seventh ward..." [Age 26, the second of three children died a month later.] 

"...He had lived here since 1881, when he come to Logan from Brigham City, and since that time had been prominently connected with the affairs of  Logan...Last year he was ordained a patriarch."

"[In] 1890 he was sustained as second counselor to President Orson Smith of Cache Stake [Age 32, father of eight living children.] [Then Apostle Merrill was named as President Isaac Smith was second counselor....When Joseph Morrell was named successor [Isaac Smith] was named his first counselor...In 1906 [Isaac] Smith became President [Age 48.]....He remained in that position until 1911." 

“During his labors with the Z.C.M.I. Mr. Smith was invoice…hardware and crockery departments and later the clothing department.  He was on the road as general sales man for about five years, after which he ran a branch store for the institution on Main street.”

Isaac SMITH standing in Center of Store

Isaac SMITH standing by himself at right

Isaac SMITH behind counter on left

" He leaves two wives and sixteen children, nine by his first wife and seven by the [third]."

" Two families survive Mr. Smith including two widows and [sixteen
] children.  His first wife was Miss Camilla Ensign of Brigham City, who survives him here.  His [third] wife, who was Elizabeth Fuhriman, resides in Riverdale, Ida."

"Isaac Smith is survived by two families, on live in Logan and the other in Riverdale, Idaho.  Beside his wife, Mrs. Camilla Smith, they are the following children: Dr. Isaac Smith [age 35], W.R. Smith [age 29], Wesley E. Smith [age 25]. Sarah Ann Lewis [age 22], Theron E. Smith age 20], Leona E. Smith [age 18], George E. Smith [age 16], Malcolm W. Smith [age 13], and Ruby E. Smith [age 8]."

"The family which survives Mr. Smith at Riverdale are Mrs. Elizabeth Fuhriman Smith, his wife and the following children; Jacob I. Smith [age 18], Joseph F. Smith [age 16], Welland Smith [age 15], Ingraham Smith [age 13], Elva Smith [age 9], Oliver Smith [age 5], Clyde Smith [age 7 months]."

Camilla Smith with her surviving daughters Leona, Sarah Ann called Dolly, and Ruby.

(The name of Ensign given in the new paper as George E. Smith) 

first wife of Isaac Smith
Other wives of Isaac Smith - Annie Elizabeth Carlisle - second and Elizabeth Fuhriman - third 

" Bishop C. W. Nibley [Presiding Bishop of the LDS church] and Elder Charles H. Hart [First Council of the Seventy] were present to represent the general Church authorities."

"The Speakers were President John A. Widtsoe [then of the Seventy, later a member of the Quorum of the Twelve],  Elder Joseph E. Cardon [President] of the Central states Missionl...who was formally a counselor of Isaac Smith in the Stake Presidency; Dr. W. B. Parkinson, Elder C. H. Hart, Bishop C. W. Nibley and Bishop B. G. Thatcher...Dr. Parkinson had been a missionary companion of Isaac Smith...Bishop C. W. Nibley said he know of no man in the church who was more humble and obedient right; nor who had done more to deserve praise and a reputation for sterling qualities." 

The Ice House located on Smith property in Logan, Utah - Isaac pictured just right of door

"Upon retiring from [the off of Stake President] he devoted himself strictly to his business affairs which he had neglected somewhat, and he worked to make things go, applied himself so diligent in fact that his health was undermined and his finally became seriously il someweeks ago.  He was a man who had devoted much of his time to service of the public and he did it unselfishly and without reward for he died a comparatively poor man."

"At the present time he was engaged in a produce, cold storage and Ice business." 

Ice House - Isaac Smith pictured left of door

"President John A. Widtsoe spoke first.  He said that in the death of Isaac Smith, he had lost a lifelong friend and personal counselor and advisor.  He said he has always found a joy in the life labors of this good man.  He spoke of the deceased as one who possessed many virtues that go to make up a complete life.  Pres. Smith has been a man who has done much in this valley to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Pres. Widtsoe said that it was Isaac Smith who first taught him tht man cannot serve tow masters.  He involved the blessings of God upon the family of the departed."

Camilla Smith at age 67 with grandson Sidney Hendricks
Harriet Camilla Ensign Smith 1859-1930

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Places They Lived

The Places We have Lived
Lee and Wanda Reasor

Wanda Myrl ROBERSON and Garland Lee REASOR 

1- Apr 1942, lived in a furnished apartment in Louisville, Kentucky for about 5 weeks after marriage

2- June 1942, another furnished apartment in Louisville for two weeks during an extended furlough
3- July 1942, in San Antonio, Texas, Wanda had a garage apartment and I visited on week-ends
4- Chickasha, Oklahoma lived in a hotel room
5- Houston, Texas, a furnished apartment
6- Winter of 1942, Hondo, Texas we shared a motel with another couple
7- June 1943, Coral Gables, Florida, a furnished apartment.
8- Wayne, Michigan an upstairs apartment with the entry through the family’s living room, very dirty
9- 1943-44, Wayne, Michigan, an unfurnished house. We bought furniture and sold it when we left. Bought our sterling silverware here.
10- 1944-1945, Caribou, Maine, we lived in two connecting rooms in an old hotel
11- 1945, Manchester, New Hampshire, lived in a hotel
Garland Lee REASOR and twin brother Gordan Lloyd REASOR

12- December 1945, lived in a rented place in Buechel, Kentucky
13- Rented a different place in Buechel, Kentucky, bought the sewing machine
14- 1946, St Matthews, Kentucky, purchased our first home. Gathered used furniture and bought the dining room suite
15- 1947, had Rube (Reuben Roberson) build us a house on 1.3 acres in Fern Creek, Kentucky. The house was 24 x 30, one floor with basement and a cistern for water supply.
16- March 1951, returned to USAF and moved to Houston, Texas
17- 1951, San Antonio, Texas in a rented apartment
18- 1952, Topeka, Kansas, lived in a large two story rented house
19- 1952, Bellflower, California , Wanda shared a rented house with the family of a crew member, while I was in Japan
20- 1952, Bossier City, Louisiana rented a duplex
21- 1953, Bossier City, Louisiana, rented a house on Olive Street
22- 1954, Bossier City, Louisiana, bought a new house on Christy Street
    23- 1955, Sacramento, California, rented an old two story house for month of December
      24- 1956, Carmichael, California bought a beautiful new home on Stanton Circle
        25- 1956-1957, Biloxi, Mississippi, rented both sides of a duplex in base housing
          26- 1957, Merced, California lived for 2 months in a used trailer that we bought in Biloxi
            27- 1957, Spokane, Washington purchase a new home because it was the only one we could find with a main floor family room
              28- June 1959, Provo, Utah purchased a new home in Edgemont
                29- Sept 1960, Orem, Utah had a new home built because the people in Provo would not accept our family
                  30- August 1962, San Antonio, Texas we rented a home in Red Horse Ridge outside the base
                    31- 1962-63, moved to base housing on Randolph AFB. Our only experience with on base housing.
                      32- Aug 1963, Aurora, Colorado, we bought a used expensive house
                        33- Jan 1966, back to Spokane, Washington in a rented house until our old house could be vacated
                          34- March 1966, Spokane, Washington moved into the house we bought in 1957
                            35- June 1976, Dunn Rovin, Greenbluff, Washington, moved into our new house we built from scratch

                            eight additional grandchildren yet to be added
                            In the past 35 years we have lived in 35 different homes. My mother has lived in two homes in the past 55 years.
                            LDS Mission Kiribiti

                            36- 1982, Kiribiti, moved into a modernized native house on Moroni Community School campus
                            37- 1983 returned to our home on Greenbluff, Spokane, Washington
                            38- 1983 returned to our home on Greenbluff, Spokane, Washington
                            This completed Lee’s list but we need to include a couple more moves.
                            LDS Mission Nauvoo

                            39- 1989, Nauvoo, Illinois lived in a small restored pioneer home while serving mission
                            40- 1990, moved back to their beloved Greenbluff home

                            Friday, May 16, 2014

                            PIC-NIK PARTY July 24 1857

                            Pres. Brigham Young respectfully invites Shadrach Roundy and family

                            You will be required to start so as to pass the first mill, about four
                            Miles up the Kanyon, before 12 o’clock, on Thursday, the 23rd, as no per-
                            son will be allowed to pass that point after 2 o’clock, p.m. of that day.

                            All persons are forbidden to smoke cigars or pipes, or kindle fires, at 
                            any place in the Kanyon, except on the camp ground.

                            The Bishops are requested to accompany those invited from their res-
                            pective Wards, and see that each person is well fitted for the trip, with 
                            good, substantial, steady teams, wagons, harness, hold-back and locks
                            capable of completing the journey without repair, and a good driver, so as
                            not to endanger the life of any individual.

                            Bishops will, before passing the first mill, furnish a full and 
                            complete list of all persons accompanying them from their respective Wards, and 
                            hand the same to the Guard at the gate.

                            GREAT SALT LAKE CITY, July 18, 1857.

                            Shadrach Roundy was one of the 'Original Pioneers' and at this time was Bishop of the 16th Ward in Great Salt Lake City.  

                            "The Sixteenth Ward was located between South Temple and Second North, and Ran from Second West on the East, to the Jordan River on the west.  A large part of the land was lowlands and covered with water, but after turning the three channels of City Creek into one channel in 1856, and conveying the water along North Temple Street directly to the Jordan River, nost of the lowland near the river was reclaimed and settled.  Originally, the middle channel of City Creek ran through the Sixteenth Ward.  That part of the ward lying west of Ninth West between North Temple and Second North was not inhabited.  Later it was known as 'Agricultural Park,' and still later it was designated as the State Fairgrounds...."

                            "...The organization of the ward dates from 1849.  Isaac Higbee was ordained bishop on February 22, 1849, but acted only for a few weeks.  On April 14, 1849 Shadrach Roundy was ordained bishop...."

                            "...The 16th Ward was the second ward to organize a Relief Society.  It was organized by Bishop Roundy on the tenth of June 1854, and was known as 'The Benevolent Society' (probably so-named in memory of the first Relief Society of the Church organized by the Prophet Joseph Smith.) until January 27, 1855, when the name was changed to the Relief society."

                            "Pattie Sessions was called to serve as the first president.  She was Utah's most famous midwife who safely delivered over two-thousand women in childbirth, having been set apart for this work by the Prophet Joseph Smith in Nauvoo...."  (Tales of a Triumphant People, A History of Salt Lake County, Utah 1847-1900.)

                            July 24, 1857

                            "Holiday traffic jams have a long Utah history. On July 23, 1857, the logging road leading to Silver Lake (now Brighton) in Big Cottonwood Canyon was crowded with guests invited to a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the arrival of the Mormon pioneers. By mid-afternoon, 2,587 people, riding in 464 carriages and wagons, with 1,360 horses, mules, and oxen to pull them, had passed up the canyon road.
                            Serenaded by brass bands from Salt Lake City, Springville, and Ogden, the people set up camp near the lake. Companies of the Nauvoo Legion (the Utah militia) paraded and drilled. At sunset, a bugle call summoned the people to prayer. Brigham Young spoke of the arrival of the pioneers, and how God had blessed them to create a garden in the desert. A prayer of thanksgiving was followed by an evening of dancing in three plank-floored boweries built for the party."

                            "Pioneer Day began with breakfast prepared over hundreds of small campfires. The American flag flew from treetops and from nearby rocky peaks. Just after 9:00, rounds were fired from a small brass cannon in honor of Mormon leaders, and again an hour later to salute a parade of 10- to 12-year-old boys. For the most part, the crowds relaxed in small groups, went swimming and boating, or played on swings suspended from tree limbs.
                            About noon, four dusty horsemen – Abraham O. Smoot, Judson Stoddard, Porter Rockwell, and Elias Smith – arrived in camp, bringing the news for which Pioneer Day, 1857, is best remembered: The displeasure of the federal government with what they believed were conditions of anarchy in Utah had reached the boiling point. A large portion of the United States Army, estimated at 2,500 men, were marching toward Utah, beginning what we know today as the Utah War...." 

                            "....Daniel H. Wells, a counselor to Brigham Young and future mayor of Salt Lake City, announced the news to the assembled campers. They recognized the gravity of the situation, but there was no panic, no angry speeches, and no dampening of the celebration. Soon enough the people of Utah would turn to defending their homes and families against what many considered to be an unlawful, unjustified mob invasion, but for the rest of that Pioneer Day they would celebrate the success of their ten years in the wilderness."

                            "The evening was spent in songs and toasts, 'after which,' according to reporter George D. Watt, 'dancing and general hilarity continued to a late hour.'

                            "Camp was broken early on the morning of July 25th, with a long and orderly train of wagons and carriages proceeding down the mountain and back to the city."  (By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 19, 2008)

                            Ancestry Chain: TR, Lark, Kirt DeMar WOOD 1923-1987, Laura Elizabeth PARKER 1889-1971, Charles PARKER 1853-1935, Almeda Sophia ROUNDY 1829-1912, Shadrach ROUNDY 1789-1872.

                            Thanks to Uncle Hugh for sharing this invitation. 

                            Tuesday, March 4, 2014

                            Recent Family News

                            Jordan and Scott's wedding events were attended by both their missionary siblings as six foot cardboard cutout. 
                            Sister R serving in Alabama and Elder A serving in Mexico

                            This Photo to be added to our growing family as '35 Years'.

                            Monday, February 10, 2014

                            Chinese New Year

                            Family Traditions change and grow with time and marriage.  Marriage and family is basic to God's plan of Happiness.  So with marriage comes the adding and combining of many loved family and cultural traditions.  Thus our posterity celebrate Chinese New Year in Canada with Lucky Money and Grandpa Lee's homemade ice cream on the 4th of July.

                            Lucky Money
                            Homemade Ice Cream