JOHN VAN WAGONER SR.
John Van Wagoner was born September 13, 1849, at Pattawattomie
County, Iowa. He was the third child of a family of ten.
In the year 1852, his father, John Halmah Van Wagoner, and his mother, Clarissa Tappen, crossed the plains with ox teams. As grandfather was only three years of age, he does not remember any thing of the journey. They settled in Provo.
On July 17, 1863, he was baptized by William Wood, and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by his half brother, David Van Wagonen.
In 1864 he came with his parents to Wasatch Valley and settled in Midway at what was known then as the Lower Settlement.
In 1866 the call came for the Lower and Upper Settlements to come together on account of the Indian trouble, so they came "Midway", thus giving the town its name. The same year he went to Montana where he worked for sometime and where he suffered greatly from home-sickness. He was a very young boy at this time and was with men that were not of the "Mormon" faith. After his return he went to Salt Lake City, and with ox team hauled rock for the temple.
In 1868 Grandfather John went with eight others by ox teams to meet the last immigrants that crossed the plains with ox teams. They waited on the Platt River for seven weeks having provisions and teams for them. Six immigrants died the first trip and were buried in the river bed. They were just wrapped in quilts and buried in a trench. On his return, he went to work on the western railroad at Humbelt.
The 13 March 1872 he was married to Margaret Ann Fausett by Bishop David Van Wagenen, and some years later, they went to the Endowment House. Fourteen children were born to them. The first died at 18 months, leaving a great sorrow in their hearts.
Margaret Ann was the second child of John and Mary Ann Shelton Fausett, born 26 Feb. 1854 in Provo, Utah. Living there a short time, then came to Midway. Being on of the first five families in Midway. They came from Pennsylvania for the sake of the gospel. Her mother was baptized by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Margaret walked nearly all the way across the plains. Grandmother (Margaret) endured the hardships of the pioneers, working hard all her life. She had a strong testimony of the gospel and honored the priesthood. She always prayed her family would never have to stand the test of wealth. In giving birth to her fourteen children she never had a doctor. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, with a merry twinkle in her brown eyes.
Grandfather worked in the mountain logging and had the contract for the first hundred cord of wood used at the Ontario Mine.
He and his brother, William, burned lime, and for a number of years made brick together with his sons. He made brick used in his own home and in many other buildings in the county. He also laid brick and did plastering. He bought a lot from Mark Smith for $2.50 and built his own home. He and his sons made brick in Heber for two years. Labor was cheap and he labored 65 days on the Second Ward meeting house at Midway for $1.00 a day, 10 hours a day. Grandfather passed through the hardships of early pioneer life of the town.
For 16 years he was a ward teacher. He also taught a Sunday School class. He was very honest and taught his children to be honest. He was also charitable, his only regret was that he wasn't able to help more where people needed help. He had a great amount of faith and many were healed through the Priesthood that he held.
Grandfather and Grandmother raised thirteen children to man and womanhood. All were married, but one daughter, Grace. When the first epidemic of "flu" came, they lost three children within five months. Aunt Grace was the first to die. There were just three weeks between the death of my mother, Ann Eliza, and Uncle Joseph.
March 13, 1922, Grandfather John and Grandmother Margaret Ann celebrated their golden wedding day in the Midway meeting house, having a big dinner in the basement (it was not then separated in classrooms). Most of the children and grandchildren were there, and many relatives and friends, too. At night there was a dance in their honor at the amusement hall.
One year later Grandmother passed away.
Grandfather and Grandmother passed their lives in Midway and during their married life lived in the same house grandfather built just after they were married. He suffered a very serious sickness about four years prior to his death. At that time his son, Dean, with his wife Ella, were living with him. He was bloated up with Bright's Disease. It was at this time that his friends came to see him and sent him flowers that filled his room. His children were certainly good to him. His legs broke and ran, and for months he wasn't able to have his shoes on. Many prayers were offered in his behalf. His legs were healed. His doctor marveled at it as he had never known any one's legs to heal before.
The last few years of his life he spent in Pleasant Grove and Heber with his children. Three of them, John, Dean, and Albert having moved their families to Pleasant Grove, after Grandmother's death. Aunt Mary had lived there many years. He spent much of the time at the home of his daughter, Luella V.W. Clyde, at Heber, and died there December 20, 1928.
The funeral service was held in the Midway 1st Ward, and the building was crowed with relatives and friends. Grandfather was buried in the Midway Cemetery.
The following poem was written by William Lindsey and read at the Golden Wedding of my grandparents, March 13, 1922:
Dear Brother John, it don't seem long.
But some fifteen of our emigrants
The names of our dead comrades are as follows: William Moulton, Willard Carroll, Brigham Hamilton, Ammanuel Richman, and Benjamin A. Norris. The following were living when this poem was written: JohnVan Wagoner, George Noakes, and William Lindsay. This was the year the Union Pacific Railroad was built. We got our immigrants at the end of the railroad at Benton on the North Platte River. (Above article written by Hannah Margarette Hair Hansen)
JOHN VAN WAGONER, JR.
John Van Wagoner, Jr., son of John Van Wagoner and Margaret Ann
Fausett, was born in Midway, Wasatch County, Utah, December 16, 187? The second child in a
family of eight girls and six boys. Margaret died in infancy.
He was baptized and confirmed a member of the L.D.S. Church July 1? 1883 at Midway, Utah.
He attended grade school in Midway and then the B.Y.U. extension classes which were held in Heber City. These classes were given because there were no high schools at that time and traveling to larger centers was very difficult. Later he attended one year at Provo, Utah.
John married Margaret Young of Heber City, January 13, 1897 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were the parents of ten children and one adopted child. Three children preceded them in death.
In his early life he worked in the brick yards and lime kiln which were owned by his father and his Uncle Will. Later in life he bought and sold live stock and real estate. With his brother, will, he built the building on the North side of center street in Midway: a grocery store, mercantile store and butcher shop. Later the drug store and picture show were added. They also built the theater in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
After he had been married twelve years, he was called on a mission to California for the church. He left in 1909 and returned 1911. He was a High Priest, a member of the High Council, and served as the Bishop of the Midway First Ward for thirteen and one half years.
John and his wife Margaret lived the gospel every day of their lives by example. They never missed an opportunity of telling others about the doctrines of the Latter-Day Saints. They lived the principle - "If ye have done it unto the least of these - ye have done it unto me."
Most of his life was spent in Midway, but he lived for a time in Pleasant Grove, Provo and in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was living in Salt Lake City at the time of his death, November 18, 1946, which was caused by cancer, on month before turning seventy-three. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery.
LEO VAN WAGONER
Leo Van Wagoner, son of John Van Wagoner, Jr. and Margaret Young,
was born November 3, 1898 in Midway, Wasatch County, Utah. He received his education in
Midway and Wasatch High School, also the U.S.A.C. in Logan, Utah.
Church records give his baptism date as November 3, 1906. Leo served a mission to the Hawaiian Islands for three years. He married LaRee Chipman on May 25, 1932 in the Salt Lake Temple. They reside in American Fork, Utah. Here their three children were born, two sons and a daughter.
Leo was Chief of Police a number of years.
Leo was interested in mining and leased property in American Fork Canyon for fifteen years. Worked seven years for the State of Utah before he retired.
MARGARETTE BONNIE BLOOMQUIST GRAY
Margarette Bonnie Bloomquist Gray, daughter of June Van Wagoner, was
born November 16, 1938 in Salt Lake City. She attended all her schools in this city,
including Irving Junior High and South High. She also attended LDS Business College.
Her favorite recreation is fishing, the same as her fathers, which is a family outing through out the year. She also enjoys golf and bowling. Bonnie's special talent is playing the piano. Her hobbies are reading, sewing and creating anything which involves beauty or pleasure.
Being active in the LDS Church affairs, Bonnie has played the organ and piano for all organizations. She has been a teacher of Relief Society, Mutual and Sunday School, at present Teaching Primary. She was baptized on March 29, 1947.
During her life she has been seriously ill with encephalitis and knows her life was spared through the blessings of the Lord.
Gary Wayne Gray became her husband on April 3, 1958 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have two sons and one daughter. Gary taught school in Price, Utah and in the granite District, Salt Lake City. He later gave up teaching to become a salesman.
DALE LEILANIE VAN WAGONER, JR.
Dale Leilanie Van Wagoner, Jr., son of Dale Leilanie Van Wagoner and
Helen Pauline Bloomquist, was born November 16, 1940 in Long Beach, California. He
attended the McKinley Elementary School, the Lincoln Junior High and graduated from South
High School in Salt Lake City. At present he is attending the University of Utah.
Dale was married to Anna Sue Isenhour by Elder LeGrande Richards 16 March 1964 in the Salt Lake Temple. He was baptized a member of the LDS Church on 23 March 1949. They live in the Ensign Ward and Stake. Both Dale and Sue served a mission for the church to Brazil from 1960-1963. They met in Rio de Janeiro. Sue was from Statesville, North Carolina.
To relax Dale enjoys reading. He loves to play the piano. His hobbies are rock and coin collecting.
HISTORY OF MARY ANN VAN WAGONER (CULMER)
By Edna Culmer Harding
Mary Ann was born on September 24, 1875, in Midway, Utah. She was
the third child of Margaret Fausett and John Van Wagoner. She had a kind sunny
disposition. Much of the work fell on her young shoulders. Many times while the other
children played, she would scrub the old wooden floors and always helped prepare the
morning meals. Mame, as she was nicknamed, helped with the washing and ironing as the
family grew. Scrubbing clothes on the board and using the old fashioned iron heated on the
coal stove. Because of being needed at home she did not receive the education she desired
from the Midway schools.
"Mame" met Edward (Eddie) Culmer of Pleasant Grove in the early 1890's. He hauled fruit and peddled it to the people of Heber Valley. It was during one of these trips they met. He was taken by her sweet charm, quick wit and big brown eyes. Eddie had the qualities she was looking for in a Latter-day Saint. They were married December 4, 1895, and on January 13, 1897, they went to the Salt Lake Temple.
Soon after their marriage they moved to Peidmont, Wyoming to work on a ranch, then back to Midway for several years. Here they had three children-Stella, Clara and Glade, Clara died at age six months of whooping cough. Eddie worked at the Ontario mine in Park City. In 1902 he was picking into a missed hole and the dynamite which was in the hole exploded filling his face and part of his body with gravel, which burned him badly. As a result he lost the sight of one eye.
Sometime later they moved to Provo, Utah. Mame kept boarders who were attending the Brigham Young University. While living there, Edna their fourth child was born.
In 1912, they moved to Pleasant Grove, here they leased a large hotel and called it the Culmer Hotel. This they ran for thirteen years. Many hard days were spent here. No one left hungry whether they had the money to pay or not. Eddie started selling pianos. Phonographs and other musical instruments for Daynes Beebe Music Company of Salt Lake. While on a business trip to Richfield, Utah he suffered a heart attack and died April 18, 1926.
Mame spent her declining years with Edna and husband, Jesse Harding, in Pleasant Grove. Her Grandchildren loved her songs and stories. She never wanted to be a burden to anyone. She had to be busy doing something useful.
Mary Ann Van Wagoner Culmer died February 22, 1950, in Pleasant Grove and was laid to rest there.
STELLA GARDINER LEWIS
Stella Gardiner Lewis, is the daughter of Stella Culmer and Roy
Hughes Gardiner, she was born May 3, 1927 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Stella was raised by
Uncle Hyrum and Aunt Sarah Winterton as her mother, Stella was raised by Uncle Hyrum and
Aunt Sarah Winterton as her mother, Stella, died when she was born. They took her when she
was five days old. She was reared with a wonderful family who loved her as their own. She
attended the Woodland and Kamas Elementary School and graduated from Kamas High School.
She enjoys rearing her little family. Dancing and horseback riding are also her pleasure.
Stella was baptized a member of the LDS Church on May 8, 1935. She served in the Sunday School and Primary organizations.
Malin "D" Lewis married Stella in the Salt Lake Temple on September 3, 1946. His occupation is a salesman. They have two children, a girl and a boy.
HISTORY OF ANN ELIZA VAN WAGONER (HAIR)
Mother was named for her fathers' sister, Ann Van Wagoner Bagley,
and her mothers' sister, Abigail Eliza Fausett. She was born on February 24, 1877, in
Midway. Utah, the fourth child of John and Margaret Ann Fausett Van Wagoner. Mother
attended school until she was seventeen under on teacher, Attwall Wooton, Sr. She helped
teach the younger children. She took an active part in church and in all the
organizations, always welcoming opportunities to serve.
Mama, as we children called her, commenced keeping company with father four years before they were married on November 10, 1897 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Papa was born June 16, 1873 in Scotland to Samuel Hair and Hannah Mulholland. He sailed with his parents, six brothers and two sisters, converts to the Latter-day Saints Church, on borrowed money. Father paid his portion shortly before he was married.
Ben and Eliza paid for their two room Pot Rock home the day after it was occupied. Furniture for the home was purchased at Salt Lake City and brought home by covered wagon. As the family increased the house was enlarged and made modern, the first modern home in Midway. Eliza was largely responsible for this. There were eight children born to these parents between 1899 and 1915 while they lived in Midway. One daughter, Flora Priscilla died at age two.
Both parents were active in church and civic affairs. They set a wonderful example of thrift, industry, honesty and integrity for their children. Their testimonies were strong and they manifested the same in their good works.
In October 1916 the hair family moved to Provo, Utah to benefit from the better climate and to attend the Brigham Young University. After renting two homes, they purchased a place near the University.
Work was scarce, so we lived from the money coming in from the milk of four cows, the canvassing father and mother did with aluminum ware, and mothers photo coloring. Although we did not have much we were happy. Our health was better here, and we enjoyed school.
In 1919 the "flu" came to our own home. Mother had helped to care for so many that had the "flu", including some of her own children. Then she became ill herself. She seemed to recover from the "flu", but took pneumonia, later kidney and liver trouble set in. Mother died March 14, 1919.
We were thankful we had been taught the principles of the Gospel. It now gave us that assurance that if we so lived we would meet our loved one again. We were also thankful we had been taught how to care for children, and to keep house. She was a wonderful mother, neighbor and friend. We acknowledged the hand of the Lord and felt that her earthly mission was finished. She had completed much Temple and Genealogy work.
DELMAR "B" HAIR
Delmar "B" Hair, son of Ann Eliza Van Wagoner and Benjamin
Hair, was born 30 January 1897 in Midway, Utah. His grade schools were Midway, Heber and
Provo. He attended B.Y. High School and the Brigham Young University. He played trumpet in
the band. He made the Cross Country Run. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Science.
Delmar married Zelma Dagmar Johnson 19 August 1925 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have reared six sons and one daughter. They have lived in Provo, Hiawatha, Mapleton, Lindon, Panquitch, Salem and now American Fork, Utah. He was city recorder in Salem. His occupations have been teacher, farmer, salesman and custodian.
His relaxation has been bicycle and horseback riding, reading, landscaping, fishing and music especially choir and conducting.
Quoting Delmar: "I was baptized into the LDS Church 30 January 1907. I've a knowledge that Jesus is the son of God and the Redeemer of the earth. That He atoned for the sins of all mankind. I know if I prove faithful I may be resurrected and have eternal life. I've filled three Stake missions, served in the Quorum and auxiliary organizations, except Relief Society and my wife Zelma was president of it five years. We attended the Temple about twice a month."
Eldon their youngest son completed a church mission in the Gulf States.
Zelma passed away 20 February 1965.
Delmar married Inez Trevort Brough 3 September 1966.
ALLEN DELAMAR HAIR
Allen Delamar Hair was born 17 April 1928 in Provo, Utah. The son of
Delmar "B" Hair and Zelma Dagmar Johnson. He attended Spanish Fork High School
and the Brigham Young University. He obtained his degree in Industrial Arts.
Allen married Florence June Neagle 7 September 1951 in the Manti Temple. They reside in Spokane, Washington where he is a navigator for the United States Air Force.
He served an LDS Mission to the North Central States. He was baptized 6 June 1936.
His favorite activities are woodwork and skiing.
ILLA JEAN HAIR NIELSON
Illa Jean Hair Nielson was born 8 September 1926 at Mapleton, Utah
to Delamar B. Hair and Zelma D. Johnson. She received her education at Salem and Spanish
Fork, graduating from High School. At present she is attending Utah Technical College
taking a business course.
She was baptized 28 October 1934, and is an active member of the church. Her positions have been Primary Teacher, Stake M Men and Gleaner Leader. Music Director and Junior Sunday School Teacher.
Illa was married to Merivin LaMar Nielson 15 November 1945, in the Salt Lake Temple. They have four daughters-Lois Ann, Barbara, Bonnie Jean and Lorraine. Her hobbies are singing, sports, sewing and enjoying her daughters.
REYNOLD GARTH HAIR
Reynold Garth Hair, residing in Orem, Utah County, Utah is the
fourth child and third son to be born to Delamar B. Hair and Zelma Dagmar Johnson. Born
October 9, 1932 at Lindon, Utah. He was educated in Spanish Fork, Utah and graduated in
1950. He enlisted in the United States Army January 1951, serving for a time in Korea.
After his discharge from the service, he received a mission call to the British Isles. He
served in Northern Ireland and England.
Garth married S. June Turner in the Salt Lake Temple 13 June 1957. He has served as a Stake missionary and secretary to the 295th Quorum of Seventies. He has also been a ward and home teacher.
S. June Turner, eldest daughter, was born 20 June 1930 to Albert E. and Eleanor Turner in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She received her education in Belfast and was very active in church activities. She served a local mission prior to her departure for America May 1957.
Their children, two daughters and one son, are active in the church program.
PAUL JOHNSON HAIR
Paul Johnson Hair, was born 9 November 1936 at Salem, Utah, son of
Delamar B. Hair and Zelma D. Johnson. He attended Spanish Fork Elementary School and
Graduated from Spanish Fork High School and Seminary. He also attended B.Y.U. He enjoys
hunting, fishing and caring for livestock.
Paul married Karen Lucas 19 August 1959 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have three sons and one daughter, and live at Salem, Utah.
He has served as LDS Mission to Northern California, Elders Quorum President, Seventies President and served a Stake Mission in Spanish Fork. He is now assistant Superintendent in the Stake Sunday School and is a Home Teacher.
Paul has been manager of Taylor Carpets and Furniture nine years. He has served in civic activities as president of the Spanish Fork Kiwanis Club, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Red Cross Drive.
ROY JOHNSON HAIR
Roy Johnson Hair was born April 8, 1941, in Salem, Utah County,
Utah, the son of Delamar B. Hair and Zelma Dagmar Johnson. When Roy was about two years
old, the family moved from Salem to 649 North 100 West in Spanish Fork, Utah where Roy
spent his growing-up years. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints 28 May 1949, and has always been very active in the church. He attended
the Central, Reese and Thurber Elementary schools, and the Spanish Fork Junior High and
High School. He graduated from High School in May, 1959. He served six months active duty
with the National Guard, being stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Roy received his
Temple endowments November 1, 1960 prior to entering the Mission home October 31, 1960. He
completed a two year mission in New Zealand.
Roy met Linda Faye Knuteson of Spanish Fork, and they were married October 11, 1963 in the Manti Temple. He attended Brigham Young University for one year and is presently employed by the United States Post Office as a letter Carrier.
Roy and Linda have a son Shawn Roy, born 24 August 1965 and a daughter Kimberli, born March 31, 1968. They are now living in Provo, Utah.
BENJAMIN EARL HAIR
Benjamin Earl Hair - The Son of Belamar B. Hair and Zelma Dagamar
Johnson, was born 9 November 1930 at Panguitch, Utah. He attended Salem, Utah grade
school, Spanish Fork Junior High and High Schools and two years at the Brigham Young
He served an LDS mission to Eastern Canada. He was MIA Superintendant, Second Counselor in the Palmyra Stake Mission, Stake MIA Secretary, Counselor in the Ward Sunday School and MIA, General Secretary of the Ward and Financial Clerk, and a member of the fiftieth (50) Quorum of Seventies. He was baptized 4 February 1939.
Benjamin married Joan Christensen 28 June 1955 in the Salt Lake Temple. They live in Spanish Fork, Utah. They have two sons and two daughters. His occupation is Consentration Operator U.S. Steel Manufacturing Chain Link Fencing. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club. His favorite recreation is hunting, fishing, and camping. His hobbies are woodwork and plastics.
HANNAH MARGARETTE HAIR
By Mamie Hair Blackett
Hannah Margarette Hair was born December 14, 1900 in Midway, Wasatch
County, Utah. She was the first daughter and second of eight children born to Benjamin
Hair and Anna Eliza Van Wagoner Hair.
She served as a teacher and organist in the various organizations. She gave piano lessons and participated in school and church dramatics, was a member of choral organizations including the Tabernacle Choir at one time. She was a graduate of the Brigham Young University.
The family moved to Provo in 1916 so the children could attend the University.
When Margarette was 18 years of age her mother died and she took over the responsibilities of the home until her father remarried August 15, 1922 to Martha Gordon Priestly.
On August 29, 1923, Margarette married Lester Hanson in the Salt Lake Temple. They were the parents of two sons, Lester Burton and Richard Paul Hanson, both born in Provo, Utah.
In 1930 Margarette became interested in genealogy work and held positions as secretary and second counselor in the ward genealogy committee. She loved this work and devoted her life to it in furthering research on her own line and helping others. Lester and Margarette spent his days off from the Columbia Steel Company in visiting relatives collecting family group sheets. She wrote innumerable letters collecting information and kept accurate records.
After the birth of her first baby Margarette suffered a breakdown but was desirous of having more children. She recovered somewhat after having her second child, but when she lost her third baby another breakdown followed and she never recovered her health.
LESTER BURTON HANSON
Lester Burton Hanson, was born April 2, 1925 in Provo, Utah County,
Utah. He is the eldest son of Lester Hanson and Hannah Margarette Hair. He was married to
Helen Burdett August 2, 1950 in the Logan Temple, Logan, Utah. Helen was born January 19,
1923 in Ogden, Weber County, Utah, the daughter of Arthur Jackson Burdett and Elizabeth
Marie den Hartog.
Helen and Lester are the parents of four sons: Raymond Lester, Born October 20, 1953 and Kent Burdett, born January 17, 1955 both in Philadelphia, Penna.; Thomas Arthur, born July 15, 1957 and James Richard, born July 30, 1960 both in Abington, Penna.
Lester graduated from White Pine County High School, Ely, Nevada and then spent three years in the U.S. Navy. From 1946 to 1950 he attended the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated in Engineering Physics (EE) and later did graduate work in electrical engineering. Lester worked for one year in San Carlos, California and then moved to the Philadelphia area. He is employed as an Electronic Engineer at the U.S. Naval Air Development Center, Johnsville, Penna. In addition he operates a real estate brokerage business in Langhorne. Penna.
Helen fulfilled a mission from 1947 to 1949 for the L.D.S. Church in the East Central States. Both Lester and Helen have held many L.D.S. Church Positions. Currently Lester is a Seventy and teaches the Gospel Doctrine Class; Helen is Junior Sunday Coordinator. They reside at 524 Lacebark Street, Trevose, Penna.
RICHARD PAUL HANSON
Richard Paul Hanson, son of Margarette Hair and Lester Hanson, was
born 26 September 1929 in Provo, Utah. His schools were, White Pine High, Ely, Nevada,
Dixie Junior College, St. George, Utah and University of Utah. He achieved Associate of
Arts in the Physical Science division at Dixie Junior College. His Activities are
swimming, tennis, photography, engraving and scouting.
Richard married Joyce Carrol Gray 26 June 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have three sons and one daughter. He is employed as the factory service man. Licoln Welder, for C.W. Silver Company.
A member of the LDS Church, he was baptized 13 November 1937, and has filled a Stake mission, worked in Genealogy and Scouting.
He spent one year in Germany while serving in the United States Army from 1951-53. He had the opportunity to accomplish some Danish Genealogy while there.
ELIZA DONETTA HAIR
Eliza Donetta Hair Anthon, was born 16 August 1903 in Midway, Utah,
a daughter of Ann Eliza Van Wagoner and Benjamin Hair. She attended Midway public schools.
Franklin Central and Brigham Young University. Her favorite sports are camping and
fishing. She loves music, singing and playing the guitar and handiwork.
Donetta was baptized 11 August 1911 in the L.D.S. Church. She was married to Niels Foster Anthon 20 January 1926 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had three children.
Foster purchased a home in Provo, living there 23 years. In January 1951 they moved to Springville, Utah to make their home. They have always been active in the church, holding many positions. They filled a two year Stake Mission.
ROBERT EDWARD ANTHON
Robert Edward Anthon was born in Provo, Utah January 20, 1939. He is
the son of Niels Foster Anthon and Eliza Donetta Hair. Robert was baptized February 23,
1947. Four years later he received the Aaronic and later the Melchizedek Priesthood at the
hand of his father.
Robert attended school until the 6th grade at Provo, Utah. He moved with his family to Springville, Utah and here he graduated from the Springville High School and the L.D.S. Seminary. He served a mission to the North Central States from January 20, 1959 until January 20, 1961. During his mission he served as mission secretary for eight months of the two years.
He had attended the B.Y.U. for one and one half years before his mission, and returned to the B.Y.U. upon his return graduating in the spring of 1964 with a major in Banking and Finance.
In the fall of 1963 he met Gail Pickering from Bountiful. They were married June 19, 1964 by Paul C. Child in the Salt Lake Temple. Gail was born June 26, 1939 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the daughter of Vern Brigham Pickering and Florance Gwynn. She graduated from the Bountiful High School and took some evening classes at the University of Utah. Gail worked at the Utah State Road Commission as a Stenographer, then for Ford Motor district sales office as a teletype operator.
MARY GLADS HAIR BLACKETT
Mary Glads Hair Blackett, (known as Mamie) is the daughter of Ann
Eliza Van Wagoner and Benjamin Hair, was born 9 November 1905 in Midway, Utah. She
attended Midway schools, Parker and Provo High and Brigham Young University. She excelled
in speech, drama and music. Her interests are reading, handcraft, sewing and Temple Work.
She enjoys bicycling, fishing, gardening, and is an experienced grandmother baby tender.
She was baptized into the LDS Church, 9 November 1913.
Mamie married Elmo Reed Blackett 23 March 1927 in the Salt Lake Temple. Before marriage she worked in a real estate office. She has been active in P.T.A., assists in civic drives and belongs to 'We Readers Club.' For twenty years she served in Primary, twelve years in MIA, Sunday School, Relief Society and currently is age Group counselor in Stake MIA.
Quoting Mamie, "My husband and I served on the Ward Missionary committee twelve years - wrote and received many letters that made us love and appreciate missionary work. We have tried to repay in small way the blessings we have received from our forefathers accepting the gospel, through the missionary system. I have a strong testimony of the gospel truth. My Patriarchal blessing says I shall have a care among the young people. I love and have faith in them. I've received my seven year medallion in WYMIA. I'm grateful for my heritage of being born under the covenant and pray we may be worthy of the blessings that can be ours if we live for them".
They have reared a son and daughter.
JOAN B. LACKETT SUMSION
Joan B. Lackett Sumsion, daughter of Mary Gladys Hair and Elmo Reed
Blackett, was born 18 January 1929 in Provo, Utah. She attended Springville High School
and four quarters at Bringham Young University. Her favorite sport is skiing. She plays
the piano and enjoys knitting, gardening, genealogy and dressmaking.
Joan married Richard Mead Sumsion 9 December 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple. They reside in Springville. Their union has been blessed with one girl and three boys. Richard is a 'Highway Contractor.'
The Church records gives Joans' baptism date 28 February 1937. She is the Sunday School Teacher trainer leader. Her past record is Primary and Junior Sunday School organist, she worked in MIA eleven years in the capacities of Age Group counselor, secretary and president. She taught genealogy and assisted her husband as ward genealogy chairman. Joan also served eight years in PTA.
STANLEY ELMO BLACKETT
Stanley Elmo Blackett was born April 4, 1938 to Mary Gladys Hair and
Elmo Read Blackett in Provo, Utah. Stan was raised in Springville, Utah. He received the
Individual Aaronic Priesthood Award for seven consecutive years. Active in scouting and
received the Silver Explorer Award, Deseret Recognition, Duty to God, Eagle Scout,
scouting highest rank, and the Bronze Award. He graduated from Seminary and from the
Springville High School.
In the summers Stan worked road Construction for J.M. Sumsion & Sons. After completing two years at B.Y.U. he received a mission call to Finland. He received an honorable release after two and one half years. He then continued his studies at B.Y.U. where he met his future wife, Diane Prince. They were married in the Manti Temple on February 1, 1963. He graduated from B.Y.U. in June 1963 in Economics and Business Management and Accounting.
Diane was born May 1, 1943 to Lillian Terry and Jesse Fenton Prince at Provo, Utah. She was raised in Orem, Utah. She attended the B.Y.U. for one and one half years.
Stan went to work for Walker Bank and Trust Company in Salt Lake City soon after marriage, where he has been employed for five years. Recently he was promoted to Assistant Cashier, at the Pioneer Branch in charge of the consumer loan department.
They have two children: Annette was born May 28, 1964 and Mary Ann was born September 18, 1966 - both in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Stan is an Assistant Ward Clerk and Diane is the Mia Maid Teacher in the Midvale 1st Ward.
WILLIAM WARBURTON (BURT) HAIR
William Warburton (Burt) Hair was born May 5, 1909 in Midway,
Wasatch County, Utah. He was the second son of Benjamin Hair and Ann Eliza Van Wagoner. He
lives in Provo for several years and attended Provo schools. He started as a paper carrier
at the Provo Herald and worked his way to head machinist-linotype operator. Then he moved
to Logan and was employed by the Herald Journal.
On January 2, 1930 Burt married Jessie Marie Schaub. On September 29, 1936 they were sealed in the Logan Temple. Burt and Jessie are the parents of two children. Belve Marie and Benton Keith - both born in Logan, Utah.
Burt was connected with the Scrippe league of Newspapers in the mechanical department. He decided he needed a change. He changed from lead, ink and graphite to flour, sugar and shortening. He and his brother, Rulon Dean Hair, took the franchise for Spudnuts in Idaho, built their own shop in Pocatello, but in the past years, with the able assistance of his wife Jessie and son Benton, Burt operated the Spudnut Shop in Pocatello. He also owned and operated the Ace Printing and Rubber Stamp Co., and spent as much time as he could on his 160 acre farm at Downey, Idaho, driving tractor, etc. for 'recreation'. Burt enjoyed hunting and fishing and his travels into Canada and Mexico. After a brief illness Burt suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 56, October 28, 1965.
BELVA MARIE HAIR
Belva Marie Hair was born January 11, 1931 in Logan, Utah. Belve is
the daughter of William Warburton Hair and Jessie Marie Sdhaub. Belva attended grade
school and Junior High school at Logan, Utah. Graduated from Pocatello Sr. High school in
On June 16, 1950 Belva married Donald Howard Davis in Idaho. Donald was born January 18, 1926. He is the son of Dewey Donald Davis and Emma Elenore Saxton, of Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho.
Belva and Donald are the parents of two children: Brent H. born in Pocatello, Idaho September 29, 1952 and daughter Corey, born December 22, 1955 in Pocatello, Idaho. They own their own home in Alemeda, Idaho. Don works for the Mountain State Telephone Company in Idaho. Belva works part time at Idaho State University Bookstore.
Don and Brent love hunting and fishing and do plenty of it in the "hill" of Idaho. Belva is a golfer, and has both her children playing with her. The whole family likes swimming and the out of doors. During the winter Mom and Dad stay at home while the kids ski.
BENTON KEITH HAIR
Benton Keith Hair was born February 7, 1932 in Logan, Utah. He was
the second child of William Warburton Hair and Jessie Marie Schaub. Benton granduated from
Pocatello High School in 1950. He went to Idaho State College one year and then served in
the U.S. Marines from 1951 to 1953. He attended ISC another year followed by one year at
Brigham Young University.
He married Barbara Ruth Tree October 25, 1957 in Syracuse, Davis County, Utah. Barbara was born January 11, 1937 in Ogden, Weber County, Utah. They were sealed March 1, 1966 in the Idaho Falls Temple. Benton and Barbara have three children, Brian Keith born May 19, 1959, Burkley Todd, born February 4, 1961 and Kimberly born April 18, 1964 all born at Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho.
Benton worked with his father in the Spudnut Shop and on the farm in Downey until 1965. He took over the Ace Rubber Stamp Company and is employed by the United States Post Office as a clerk. He is active in the Latter-Day Saint Church and Scout work. He enjoys relaxing on the golf course.
RULON DEAN HAIR
Rulon Dean Hair was born July 26, 1912 in Midway, Wasatch County,
Utah. He was the third son and seventh child of Benjamin Hair and Ann Eliza Van Wagoner.
When four years old, Rulon moved with his parents and family to Provo, Utah. At the age of six, Rulon's mother passed away from complication from the "flu". Rulon was next to the youngest, and was a very lonely little boy. When he took the cows to the pasture he would stay away for hours - something he never did when his mother was living.
After graduated from Provo High School, Rulon took a business training course at Henegar's Business College. It was at this time he met Mildred Egbert. They were married February 14, 1936. Mildred was born March 5, 1916 in West Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah. She was the daughter of William LeFayette Egbert and Clara Jane Farmer.
Rulon served in the Merchant Marines, worked as a salesman, then was employed in the Spudnut business by Al Pelton. Soon he built his own shop in Pocatello and had the State of Idaho as his territory. Soon afterwards his brother Wm. W. hair (Burton) went into partnership with him in Pocatello. Later Rulon was offered the State of Washington and he and his family moved to Lake City in Seattle, Washington. Later they purchased a home at Kirkland where Rulon and Mildred served as Activity Counselors in the M.I.A. Later they built a lovely home on the Lake Front and Rulon served as Financial Clerk in the Branch. For many years they operated Spudnut Shops throughout Washington. The last few years Rulon has been working in the Real Estate Business. Rulon and Mildred had one daughter of their own. Burdene was born March 16, 1937. They enjoyed this happy little girl for eleven years. She suffered a tragic accident while vacationing with friends in Portland, Oregon. She died June 14, 1948. They feel so fortunate to have been able to adopt two lovely children: Ronda Jean was born March 16, 1951 in Seattle, Washington, and Ronald Dean born January 12, 1954 in Seattle, Washington.
LUELLA BELL HAIR WHYTE
Luella Bell Hair Whyte, daughter of Ann Eliza Van Wagoner and Benjamin Hair, was born 12 August 1915 in Midway, Wasatch County, Utah. She attended Provo High School and the LDS Business College, Salt Lake City. Her favorite hobbies are sewing, gardening and knitting. Her Recreation is family outings. I must say here, Luella has an infectious laugh and love of people. She was married to Andrew Whyte, Jr. 21 January 1939 in the Salt Lake City, Utah, where they made their home. They have one son and two daughters. Activities to keep her busy besides her home and family are Credit Manager and Bookkeeper in a Medical Center. Editor of her Ward paper also she is Editor of the John Van Wagoner Family organization Newsletter. Luella has a special interest in genealogy. She was baptized a member of the LDS Church 19 August 1923.
STEPHEN A. WHYTE
Stephen A. Whyte was born on February 11, 1956 in Salt Lake City, Utah the first child of Andrew and Luella Bell Hair Whyte. Stephen was educated in the Salt Lake Public School System. He graduated from Highland High School in May of 1964. After graduating with a B.S. in Business and Industrial Management in May of 1968 from University of Utah, Stephen expects to continue his education in the Masters Program. He will receive his Masters of Business Administration in June of 19--. Stephen has been employed by Kennecott Copper Corp. while he completed his education. When taping books at the blind center, Stephen met his future wife. Margaret Ellen (Peggy) McReynolds and Stephen were married on July 29th, 1967 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Peggy was born January 2, 1945 to John and Ilah McReynolds in Moline, Illinois. Peggy and her family moved to Salt Lake City in 1945. She graduated from East High School and attended the University of Utah. Presently she is helping with the finances while Steve finishes his schooling, working for the Federal Civil Service Comm. Steve is an Elder in the Granite Park Ward. Peggy is a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
WILLIAM L. VAN WAGONER
William L. Van Wagoner was born in Midway, Utah, on the 25th of May
1879 to John Van Wagoner and Margaret Fausett Van Wagoner. He was 5th of 14 children,
thirteen of whom lived to adulthood, and were active in church and civic affairs. The love
and unity of this family was outstanding. The fine training they received from their
beloved and respected parents is now being reflected in the many families that comprise
their numerous posterity. The boyhood days of William (or Will as he was called) were
spent in Midway. He attended grammar school there and later attended the Brigham Young
University at Provo, where he took a course in business. For several years he worked with
his father, brothers and two uncles (Bill and Henry) making brick, burning lime, and
helping build. Many of the homes in Midway and Wasatch County were constructed from the
brick and lime processed by the Van Wagoner Family. In the spring of 1900, William met the
girl who was later to become his life companion. Charlotte Sharp was the daughter of
Jonathon and Annie Jowett Sharp. She was born in Heber, Utah the 18th of January 1882.
They were married September 19, 1900 at Midway, Utah by Patriarch Nymphus Mordock. That
evening they were honored with a reception at the Old Van Wagoner Hall. They were endowed
at the Salt Lake Temple May 1, 1901. In the fall of 1901, William received a call to go on
a mission to the Eastern States. This was about a week before Arthur, their first child
was born. This was difficult decision for them to make since they were without finances,
and faced with unhappy prospects of being separated for two years of their young marriage.
They prayed about it, and talked it over with the family and friends who encouraged them
and promised help. Will left for his mission in November 1901 and returned November 1903.
He kept a daily journal while on his mission which is filled with many interesting and
faith promoting incidences. During his life he was always active in church and civic
affairs. He served as president of his deacons quorum, Supt. Of the Young Men's M.I.A. and
later as Supt. Of the Sunday School for several years. For nine years he served as
counselor to Bishop Frankum and Bishop Henry T. Coleman. He served on the High Council
under President Joseph Murdock and David A. Broadbent for 16 years. He served as Stake
Missionary for several years and was also Chairman of the Stake Genealogical Comm. He
taught the adult class in Sunday School for many years. He was active and progressive in
civic affairs. He was a trustee for the Midway town for severral years and was on the
Wasatch County School Board. He was elected to the State Legislature for three terms; and
sponsored the bill that divided Wasatch County and made Duchesne County. Will was
extremely proud of Lottie (his wife) and his family. Charlotte Sharp was a wonderful home
maker and extremely devoted as a wife and mother. She was noted for her cooking ability
and wonderful hospitality. Friends, relatives and Will's business associates were always
welcome to sit at her table. The neighborhood children called her Aunt Lottie and loved to
be in her home. She taught M.I.A. and served in the Primary. For many years she served as
a Relief Society visiting teacher - a calling she loved. The family enjoyed many
activities during the years the children were growing up. One of their favorite was the
trips they would take out to Strawberry, to fish and camp. Will was a great fisherman. He
loved to fish on the Provo River where he enjoyed the quiet and beauty of the valley in
the early mornings and evenings. He always said that it was the perfect time to meditate
and feel the presence of his Heavenly Father. Ten children were born to Will and Lottie:
Arthur William, Lester Hyrum, Mable Ann, Paul Halma, Ammon, Belva, Ezra Earl, Grant,
Virginia and Joseph Alfred. One of the most important, and rewarding experiences was his
association as a business partner with his brother John. It was while they were in a
retail grocery and meat business that John went on a mission to California. Later Will and
John built the Drug store and picture show house now standing in Midway. At one time they
owned the fish hatchery and the adjoining "Nelson" farm which they ran for
years. Later they built a picture show building and furniture store in Pleasant Grove,
which they lost in 1929 due to the depression. Will never acquired wealth but he built a
constructive and happy life for himself, his wife, his family and many others. He was a
gifted speaker and was called many times to speak to church services and especially at
Will was a realtor most of his life and a successful one. He was appointed as U.S> land appraisor in preparation for the Deer Creek Dam project on the Provo River.
Perhaps his greatest project and one of his great loves was missionary work. He kept four sons on missions (three of them in the 30s during the depression). Arthur went to the Southern States, Paul to the California Mission, Ammon to the California Mission and Ezra to the Central States Mission. Paul went on a second mission for six months to California. Will and Lottie was very proud of them, they all served with credit and honor. Joseph did not have the privilege of a mission because of the army.
ARTHUR VAN WAGONER
Arthur Van Wagoner, born 14 September 1901 Midway, Utah to William
L. Van Wagoner and Charlotte (Lottie) Sharp. I attended grade school in Midway, High
School in Heber and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I served a mission to Ohio
from November 1921 to February 1924. I worked at a variety of jobs, Mines in Park City, a
carpenters helper in Phoenix, Arizona, on the Los Angeles Examiner Newspaper, and with the
Nevada Construction Company on the Mt. Carmel Tunnel at Zion Park;
It was here I met my wife, Winnie Jones. From there I went to Los Angeles in 1928 to work for a Dairy Produce Company, Winnie and I were married in the St. George Temple, 15 February 1929. We lived in Los Angeles intermittenly seven years, coming home to Utah for a short period because of illness and operations. We moved back to Utah in 1936. Our sons Drew and Richard were born in Midway, Utah; Our daughter Joan in Glendale, California.
I have worked at various jobs since that time, six years in the mines, a dairy in Salt Lake, at the Steel plant in Utah County. Itel McCullough Radio Tube Plant at Tooele, The Navy at Clearfield, Utah, then for the Granite School district until June 1967.
My church assignments have been varied, teaching, Sunday School Supt. several times, Bishop and High Councilman.
Winnie Jones was born in Hinckley, Millard County, Utah, 5 March 1911 to Annie Laura Stout and Philetus Jones. She attended Dixie College, St George, Utah and BAC Cedar City, Utah. She has served in many church positions, to name some: MIA and Primary President and Counselor in Relief Society. At present Winnie and I are teaching the Gospel Doctrine Class in Sunday School. She is active in daughters of the Pioneers.
DREW ARTHUR VAN WAGONER
Drew Arthur Van Wagoner was born March 23, 1930 to Arthur William
and Winnie Jones Van Wagoner. Drew was born in Midway, Wasatch County, Utah.
Since graduating from Davis High in 1948, I have attended Weber College, Brigham Young University and Utah State University. A.B.S. degree in Music Education was granted to me in 1958 by B.Y.U. In 1961 U.S.U. in Logan gave me a M.S. Degree.
My college education was interrupted twice. The first time in 1950 to 1953 when I served a mission in the Netherlands. A two year tour of duty in the Army during 1954 and 1955 was a second interruption.
While attending BYU in 1956, I met and married Nancy Neville in the Salt Lake Temple. Since that time Ann, Jeff, Jon, Carol and Kurt have blessed our lives by becoming members of the family.
Nancy and I have done a fair share of moving during our marriage. Teaching jobs in Ogden and Layton, Utah were my first two assignments. In 1962 my family and I went to the Tongan Islands where I taught in the Liahona High School. My next job was a four year sojourn in Rexburg, Idaho. I'm presently teaching at South High in Salt Lake and am living in Bountiful. This is our second year here.
Working in the church has always kept me busy. I've worked as a teacher in the Priesthood or auxiliary organizations. I've served as superintendent of the Y.M.M.I.A. and counselor in the Sunday School. I'm presently on the M.I.A. Stake Board serving as music director and am also music director now.
RICHARD J. VAN WAGONER
Richard J. Van Wagoner, was born in Midway, Utah on March 14, 1932.
His Parents are Arthur William Van Wagoner and Winnie Jones Van Wagoner. He has a brother,
Drew and a sister, Joan.
Dick graduated from Davis High School, then went to Weber College. He received a B.S. degree in Art from the University of Utah in 1954. In 1958 he received his M.S. degree, again in Art, from Utah State University. He has, since that time continued his study of Art.
He has taught in the secondary schools of Weber County, as guest instructor at East Central State College, Ada Oklahoma, and at the University of Utah. He is presently an Associate Professor of Art at Weber State College, Ogden, Utah.
He has exhibited, and received much recognition and many awards throughout the United States, Canada and Bolivia. His paintings, both oil and watercolor are in many public and private collections.
Dick married Renee Hodgson and they are the parents of four children Christine and Kelly, Richard and Robert.
Dick is at present, first counselor in the Bishopric of the Ogden Forty Fifth Ward.
JOAN DALE VAN WAGONER
Joan Dale Van Wagoner was born in Glendale, California, January 23,
1936 to Arthur William and Winnie Jones Van Wagoner. She has two older brothers, Drew
Arthur and Richard J. Van Wagoner.
Joan graduated from Davis High School, then went on to Weber College. She was active in music and sang the leading role in the High School Opera. She was chosen "Miss Layton: and competed in the Miss Utah Contest. Later at Weber College she sang the leading role in the Opera, and studied voice and piano. Following Weber she attended Brigham Young University.
She married Calvin Alder, son of Della Winterton and Clyde Alder of Midway, Utah. They have four children: Gregory, Steven, David, and Julie Ann. They are living in Grace, Idaho, where her husband is owner and manager of the International Harvester business there.
At present Joan is Music Director in the M.I.A. and assistant Teacher Trainer in the ward.
PAUL HALMA VAN WAGONER
Paul Halma Van Wagoner, son of William L. Van Wagoner and Charlotte
Sharp, was born at Midway, Wasatch County, Utah 9 January 1909. Attended schools in Midway
and graduated from Wasatch High School in 1927. The following year 29 October I went to
California and served 28 months as a missionary for the LDS Church, in 1933 I returned to
California and served a short term mission for six months.
In March 1935 I met Phyllis Murdoch. The following 19 September 1935 we were married in the Salt Lake Temple. From this union were born six children, one William John died in infancy. We have lived in Layton, Salt Lake and Heber City, Utah, where we now reside. Most of my life has been engaged in cutting meat.
While Living in Salt Lake City, I served as Bishop of Imperial Ward six years, where we built a new Chapel. Prior to this I served as Stake High Councilman in Wasatch, After moving back to Heber I served a second time as High Councilman under President Call. In January, on my 59 birthday, President Call asked me to serve as Bishop of the Heber 3rd Ward, where I am now serving at the present time.
As I look back over the past, the joys that have come through Church activities and the friendships enjoyed have been most rewarding.
I appreciate my heritage and my noble parents and hope to be able to remain true and faithful in helping to build the Kingdom and further the work of our Heavenly Father.
Phyllis Rachel Murdock, my wife, was born in Vineyard, Utah to Joseph A. Murdock, and Martha Ellen Fortie 21 August 1914. She was baptized in Utah Lake.
She has been a Relief Society Visiting Teacher since her marriage, and has held positions in all the auxiliary organizations as a teacher, organist or chorister and choir member.
AMMON VAN WAGONER
Ammon Van Wagoner was born 27 May 1911 in Midway, Utah, the son of
William L. Van Wagoner and Charlotte Sharp. He gained his education at Heber, Wasatch High
School. His scholastic achievements were band and orchestra, where he excelled with the
drums and zellaphone. He plays for dances, with the Swiss Day Orchestra and Wasatch County
Marshall band. His favorite sport is fishing.
Ammon married Renae Smith 21 February 1947 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have three Children: Susan, Ammon Kim and Cynthia. He also has a son Stephen by a former marriage. They reside in Midway, Utah. He is a meatcutter by profession.
He served a mission for the church to California. At present he is Senior Aaronic Secretary and project Temple Teacher. He was baptized 27 May 1919.
BELVA VAN WAGONER HARPER
Belva Van Wagoner Harper was born March 26, 1913 in Midway, Utah.
She was married to Thomas L. Harper June 8, 1932 and endowed in the Salt Lake Temple one
week later. They had four children: Charlotte, Barbara, William and Alan. Belva has been
active in primary and Sunday School activities and enjoys sewing as a hobby.
Thomas Harper (Tom) was born in Walsburgh, Utah. He is active in the High Priest Quorum and has been a café operator for the past twenty-five years. Now he is a meat inspector for the State of Utah.
Their first daughter, Charlotte, when she was only three years old, passed on. Their younger daughter, Barbara, is married and has five of her own children. Bill is married and has one son. Alan is presently working and attending college. He is also very active in the M.I.A. of which he is an officer. His hobby is art and music.
The Harpers live in Salt Lake City.
BARBARA HARPER WERNLI
Barbara Harper Wernli was born in Heber City, Utah, the 29th of
August, 1935. She attended the Brigham Young University and married LeRoy Wernli the 27th
of July, 1955. Barbara and Lee were endowed and had their children sealed to them in 1963
at the Logan Temple.
They have lived in various places, since Lee is a Captain for United Air Lines. They are presently living in West Dundee, Illinois, where Lee is the First Counselor in their Bishopric and Barbara is M.I.A. President.
Lee loves flying and enjoys photography as a hobby. Barbara enjoys art and sewing.
They have five children: four boys and one girl. Steven is 12, a Deacon and a member of his school band. David is now approaching eleven, enjoys art and playing the organ. Jeffery is nine and likes adventure and a good joke. Timmy is approaching eight and is looking forward to being baptized, he also enjoys teasing his brothers and sister. Lee Ann is four and enjoys charming her family. She takes pride in her dolls and keeping her brothers on their toes. She's the delight of the whole family. The whole family loves to go camping and for a nice boat outing in their boat.
WILLIAM THOMAS HARPER
William Thomas Harper was born in Heber City, Utah, the 17th of
February 1939. He attended the Brigham Young University and served a L.D.S. Mission in the
Central States. Bill worked in the M.I.A. after his return from the mission field.
Bill worked at Hercules and then with Occidential Life Insurance Company. On the 19th of April, 1963 he married Colleen Renee Fox in the Logan Temple. Later Bill went into the service station business. At the present time he is attending college full time and hopes to go into law.
Colleen was born the 13th of October in Murray, Utah. She has worked in Junior Sunday School as a teacher and coordinator, the M.I.A. and is presently working in the Primary. Both Bill and Colleen are leaders in the "Young Marrieds" in their wards. Colleen enjoys cooking, sewing, playing the piano and riding her horse.
On August 19th 1964 their son, Shon, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they now live. Shon is now three and a half years old. He takes pride in his toy trucks, his very own pony and adult-level conversations. He is the joy of his mother and father's life. The whole family enjoys riding their own horses together.
VIRGINIA VAN WAGONER THACKER
Virginia Van Wagoner Thacker was born 23 July 1919 to William L. Van
Wagoner and Charlotte Sharp. She attended Wasatch High School.
She married Afton M. Thacker 11 December 1936. They later went to the Salt Lake Temple and were sealed 5 December 1960, Afton was a World War II Veteran. He has served in the Heber 6th Ward Sunday School Superintendency for ten years. He has been serving on a Stake Mission and has just been made President of the Stake Mission.
Virginia and Afton have worked on the Wasatch Fair Board Committee for ten years, also parades and talent shows.
They are the parents of four daughters and a son.
ANN THACKER CLYDE
Ann Thacker Clyde, born 13 August 1937 in Midway, Utah, daughter of
Afton M. Thacker and Virginia Van Wagoner, was married to John Ross Clyde 6 September 1956
in Heber City, Utah. They have three daughters, Kathleen, Judie and Jodie.
Her husband John, is a Captain in the Air Force. They are stationed in South Carolina. He served ten months in Vietnam and was awarded eighteen medals. They now have their orders to go to London, England for three years.
CAROL THACKER BONNER
Carol Thacker Bonner, daughter of Afton M. Thacker and Virginia Van
Wagoner, Born 25 December 1941 in Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah. She Gained her
education in the Heber Schools.
Carol married Richard Glade Bonner 17 July 1957. They are the parents of four sons, Steven, Troy, Todd, and Scott.
LARRY J. THACKER
Larry J. Thacker, was born 8 December 1942 in Heber, Utah, a son of
Afton M. Thacker and Virginia Van Wagoner. He attended the schools of Heber graduating
from Wasatch High School. He also attended Weber College.
Larry married Sandra Lyne Sweat 8 September 1967 in the Salt Lake Temple. They live in Ogden, Utah where Larry is apprenticing at the Chapel of the Flowers Mortuary. They have alovely baby daughter, Andrea Lyne.
SANDRA LYNN SWEAT THACKER
Sandra Lynn Sweat Thacker, wife of Larry also graduated from Wasatch
High School and Seminary. She was a member of the Pep Club. Her special interests are
cooking and sewing and camping.
She was born 8 January 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of Theon Sweat and Donna Rae Van Wagoner.
CLARISSA VAN WAGONER (PYPER)
Written by Son George
Clarissa was born 26 September 1880, in a beautiful little town
nestled in the valley of the Wasatch Mountains, the sixth child of John Van Wagoner and
Margaret Ann Fausett.
Mother attended the Midway school, which included the eighth grade. There were no high schools at that time.
Grandfather John was a mason by trade and built many of the homes in Midway. Mother, with her brothers and sisters, helped turn up brick to dry, and many times pitched them to someone in the wagon. Then they were hauled to the kilm for baking. They tried to make a game of it, but it was still hard work.
Her parents raised their children with kindness, love, and wisdom and were united in rearing their family. Mother said she never remembered her father laying a hand on her in anger.
As a young girl, Clarissa remembers many instances when the Indians came to her parents home to beg for food. One squaw in particular would come. Mother always ran and hid. One day this squaw cornered her and asked why she did this. Mother was to frightened to answer, but within herself she knew it was fright of all Indians.
The Children were fortunate to have one good dress and a pair of shoes. Each night they had to scrub their feet before going to bed. Saturday night they cleaned their shoes to be ready for church Sunday morning.
Clarissa met James Thomas Pyper while working for George Smith, her first paying job $1.00 a week. She was a beautiful young lady-small in stature, five feet three inches tall, dark hair and black eyes. Their courtship was a happy one attending dances and parties by buggy in summer and by sleigh in winter. They planned to be married February 7, 1900 in the Salt Lake Temple. Everything was arranged. Then a small pox epidemic caused the closing of the Temple. Through the advise of the Bishop and Stake President, they were married by Bishop John Watkins. Two months later, they were able to go to the Temple and were sealed April 5, 1900.
For a time they leased a farm. Then later, bought a hill-side and river bottom farm. It was here they reared their large family. This land had to be cleared of timber, brush and boulders. All was done by hand, but with hard work and love of farming, they had a prosperous farm. Using some of the first crop rotation in the valley, they raised wonderful crops of potatoes and truck garden and hay. Also fat cattle and hogs and chickens.
Clarissa and James were known far and wide for their hospitality by young and old, relatives and friends. They loved people and quickly made friends. She was well known for her delicious cookies and pies.
Everyone enjoyed dances at the ward and it was the favorite weekend entertainment. The 24th of July was always celebrated with a pioneer parade, covered wagons, a brass band, Indians and everything in pioneer style. It all ended at the public square. There a baseball game proceeded for the adults and races for the children, all kinds of sports, from climbing a greased pole to catching a greased pig. Then there were teams racing around the town square. There was fun for all with plenty of Lemonade and Popcorn.
With their large family there was plenty of sewing and cooking. In her spare time, Clara loved making quilts. When canning time arrived, everyone pitched in and helped including Dad, until it was finished.
Both Mother and Dad were active in church affairs all their lives. Mother being teacher, chorister, Relief Society Counselor and working on the Genealogy Committee.
In later years, when her husbands health failed, they sold the farm, moved to Salt Lake near the Temple. There they could spend time doing Temple work as set apart temple workers doing over 3,500 names before they quit counting.
As James became more frail, they bought a home in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He died there, April 14, 1956. They had eleven children.
Mother still lives in her little home in Pleasant Grove enjoying visits from family and friends. Her posterity: 44 grand children; 102 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren.
RALPH DELOS PYPER, SR.
Ralph Delos Pyper, Sr. was born 26 July 1901 in Midway, Utah, the
eldest son of Clarissa Van Wagoner and James Thomas Pyper. He attended the Midway and
Wasatch High School. He loved fishing and hunting.
Delos married Ruth Jenkins 3 December 1925 in the Salt Lake Temple. Ruth is a very jolly person. She is an accomplished pianist. To them were born five handsome sons. They spent their life together in Salt Lake, wherethey built their home. Delos was department manager for Sears Roebuck and Company until his retirement. He was an Elder in the LDS Church. He died 22 July 1966.
RALPH DELOS PYPER, JR.
Ralph Delos Pyper, Jr., was born in Salt Lake City, the 6 April
1926, his parents were Ralph Delos Pyper and Ruth Jenkins. He attended South High School
and the University of Utah. His interests are gardening and fishing.
Ralph married Audrey Gwynn 14 February 1952 in Salt Lake City. They reside in Salt Lake and have one daughter and three sons. Ralph is an Elder in the LDS Church and was baptized 10 June 1934. He is Department Manager of Mens wear for the Paris Company.
DUANE BARTON PYPER
Duane Barton Pyper, born 7 October 1931 in Salt Lake City, a son of
Ralph Delos Pyper and Ruth Jenkins. He attended the University of Utah three years. His
special interests are fishing, hunting and golf. His talent is music. His occupation is
Service Manager of National Cash Registers.
Duane married Joyce Colton Jackson 30 March 1956 in Salt Lake City. They have five children and reside in Goleta, California. He was baptized a member of the LDS Church on the 2 December 1939.
CRAIG WALLACE PYPER
Craig Wallace Pyper, son of Ralph Delos Pyper, Sr. and Ruth Jenkins
was born 22 July 1933 in Provo, Utah County, Utah. He attended the University of Utah and
is an Accountant by profession for which he has a B.A. degree. He is a member of the
Junior Chamber of Commerce. His interests are fishing, hunting and music.
Craig married Suzann Zoe Lambert 26 October 1957 in St. Charles, Kane County, Missouri. They have three daughters. They reside in Taylor, Michigan. He was baptized a member of the LDS Church 27 September 1941.
PAUL GARDNER PYPER
Paul Gardner Pyper was born 19 January 1940 at Salt Lake City, Utah
to Ralph Delos Pyper and Ruth Jenkins. He is attending the University of Utah - Major
Music - Minor Mathematics. His interest is quartet singing Acapella. His profession is an
Paul married Janice Elaine Owens 4 September 1964 in the Salt Lake Temple. They live in Holliday, Salt Lake, Utah. He is a member of the LDS Church, baptized 28 April 1948. He filled a mission to the New England States.
JENNIE LUELLA PYPER JOHNSON
Jennie Luella Pyper Johnson was born March 23, 1904 in Midway, Utah:
The daughter of James Thomas and Clarissa Van Wagoner Pyper. She spent the early years of
her life in Midway. On August 13, 1924, she married George W. Johnson in the Salt Lake
Temple. She was always active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, She
served as organist, chorister, teacher and secretary of each of the auxilliary
organizations of the Church at one time or another during her lifetime. From 1944 to 1954
she was Relief Society President in the Midway First Ward. She was Ward organist for many
years, and she gave many, many hours of service playing the piano in various capacities.
Mother was widely known for her many talents. Besides being an excellent pianist and singer she wrote fine poetry, some of which was published. She also composed plays, pageants and skits, and wrote words for songs. She was a scholar, always reading, studying, learning, and improving herself. She was an excellent cook and many, many homes have been blessed by something from her kitchen. She sewed well and did beautiful handiwork-quilting, crocheting, tatting, braiding rugs-most of which she gave away. She lived for others. Many people have letters of encouragement or consolation, which she wrote to them in their time of need. She was blessed with the spirit of discernment with an understanding heart, and she loved her fellowmen and served them. People often came to her for advice and counsel and went away blessed and helped. She had poor health all of her life, but she lived and worked hard without complaining, often doing things which she was not really able to do.
Mother was a member of the DUP and served as a volunteer for many civic services. She loved people and was blessed with numerous friends. Everything she did she did well.
She was the mother of five children. Two of them preceeded her in death: Keith, who died in infancy, and Ruth Anna, who died when she was eighteen. Her remaining children are Max George Johnson, William Lowell Johnson, and Georgia Dawn Johnson Clegg.
She died on her birthday, March 23, 1963, in Midway, Utah. (This article was written by Georgia Dawn Johnson Clegg.)
CLARA PYPER EDWARDS
Clara Pyper Edwards, I was born on 11 September 1905, the fourth
child of Clarisssa Van Wagoner and James T. Pyper. I went to school and completed the
eighth grade in Midway, then Wasatch High School until I was married. I enjoyed cooking
and sewing. Decorating cakes was my speciality, many of these I gave to others for their
I was married to Joseph Parley Edwards 11 June 1924 in the Salt Lake Temple. We lived in Charleston, Utah. To this union five children were born. Ralph, Juanita, Drew, Van and Lee. I was baptized a member of the LDS Church in 1913.
RAY VAN PYPER
Ray Van Pyper, at fifty-four years of age, died at his home in
Charleston, 1 December 1963 of Natural Causes. He was born 20 January 1909 in Midway,
Utah. He was the son of Clarissa Van Wagoner and James T. Pyper. He lived in Midway all
his life, and attended the Wasatch School, until 1962. Then he moved to Charleston. He was
a farmer, dairyman and rancher.
Ralph was an active member of the LDS Church serving in the Superintendent of the Sunday School, as a Stake Missionary and 2nd counselor in the Midway First Ward Bishopric several years. He worked with the Senior Aaronic and had a deep, sincere interest in people.
He married Ruth North 26 September 1932 in the Salt Lake Temple. Seven children were born to this union.
ALMA LELAND PYPER
Alma Leland Pyper, son of Clarissa Van Wagoner and James T. Pyper,
was born in Midway, Utah 17 February 1912. Here he attended the grade school and Wasatch
High, Heber, Utah. His interest are rock hounding and gem polishing. His occupation is a
Alma married Blanch Chivell 13 December 1930, in Coalville, Utah. To them were born a son and daughter. His second marriage was to Derene Rosamond Root, 8 February 1948 in Los Angeles, California. Their son Ronald Keith was born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan. After Derenes death he married Arline Chapel 13 June 1959 at Scottsville, Michigan. They were sealed 9 January 1965 in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. Their home is in Mesa. Alma is an Elder in the LDS Church and was baptized 17 February 1920.
ROSS JENKINS PYPER
Ross Jenkins Pyper was born 2 May 1928 in Salt Lake City to Ralph
Delos Pyper, Sr. and Ruth Jenkins. He received his education at South High School and five
years at the University of Utah studying Secondary Education, Language, Arts Composite.
His favorite recreation is tennis and fishing. His talent vocal music. His hobby is coin
Ross married Josie LaRae Stoker in the Salt Lake Temple 28 September 1951. They have three children: Lee Ross, Robin Kay, and Melani. They reside in Salt Lake. His professions are Seminary Teacher, coin dealer and barber.
His LDS Church affiliations are counselor in the Bishopric and a member of the Stake High Council. He also served a mission to New Zealand and Central Pacific Mission. (Japanese Mission to Hawaii)
CHLOE PYPER FINLAYSON
Chloe Pyper Finlayson, twin of Clyde, eighth and ninth child of
Clarissa Van Wagoner and James T. Pyper, was born 31 May 1914 in Midway, Utah. I shall
always believe it was thru the power of the priesthood that I am here today, when eight
days old, mother said I was dying she sent for grandfather, John Van Wagoner and her
brother John to administer to me. I was a sickly thin child, but through loving care lived
to be happily married.
I was married to Earl Taylor Finlayson 1 March 1935 in the Salt Lake Temple. We are the grateful parents of eight children; two daughters and six sons in that order. We still have Clair, Barton, Dan and Coleen at home as well as Howard Black, our Lamanite foster son.
Clair is now filling a mission for the church in New Zealand. Coleen has just recently returned from Alaska working for VISTA. She filled a Northern California Mission. Barton is in High School, Dan is in Junior High School.
We have made our home in Provo, Utah County, Utah. Both Earl and I have been active members of the Church, especially enjoying Temple work.
Mother has been a tremendous influence on my life and the lives of our children. She is in my thinking one of our Father in Heavens very choice spirits sent here to bring joy to so very many people. May He ever bless her.
CAROL JOYCE FINLAYSON LARSEN
Carol Joyce Finlayson Larsen, daughter of Chloe Pyper and Earl T.
Finlayson, was born in Provo, Utah 15 December 1935.
She married Leonard A. Larsen, Jr. 14 August 1959 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of three children: Terry Kent, Joyce and Ann. They live in Billings, Montana. Both are very active in the Church. Leonard is Chief Technologist in the Deaconess Hospital. He is also Yellowstone County Corner.
RICHARD P. FINLAYSON
Richard P. Finlayson, was born 5 October 1939 in Provo, Utah, son of
Chloe Pyper and Earl T. Finlayson. His vocation is Diestal Mechanics.
He married Jamie LaRee Guymon 14 April 1961 at Ucon, Idaho. They have two children: Vicki and Brian.
KEITH P. FINLAYSON
Keith P. Finlayson, second son of Chloe Pyper and Earl T. Finlayson,
was born 4 June 1942 in Provo, Utah. He is an Industrial Arts Teacher in Provo High School
and enjoys his work.
He married Carolyn Voegele 8 November 1962 in the Manti Temple. They have a daughter, Tonya and a son, Mark.
MERRILL P. FINLAYSON
Merrill P. Finlayson was born 16 May 1944 in Provo, Utah, the third
son of Chloe Pyper and Earl T. Finlayson.
He filled an LDS Mission to the Eastern States. While in New Jersey he met a sweet little girl, Joanne Elizabeth Lawson, Who was to become his wife. After completing his mission they were married 18 July 1947 in Booklyn, Kings County, New York. Later they were sealed in the Manti Temple on the 4 March 1966.
Clyde Pyper, son of James T. Pyper and Clarissa Van Wagoner, was
born 31 May 1914 in Midway, Utah on his fathers farm.
He was reared with ten brothers and sisters. He helped on the farm and graduated from Wasatch High School.
He started singing at an early age with his twin sister, Chloe at church and social gatherings. The family usually ended most occasions singing around the piano in the old front parlor. The family song was the Yellow Rose of Texas. He took part in Opera, Minstral Shows and plays, both in church and school. While living in Daniels, Wasatch County, Utah The Wasatch Quartet was formed with Reed Kohler, Karl Probst, Ray Huffaker and Clyde. He also sang duets with Roy Huffaker at church, weddings and funerals. His beautiful baritone was known and loved by many. His sister Jennie was his accompaniest. While living in Pleasant Grove he belonged to the Compadres quartet, bringing pleasure to the Provo area with their singing. Clyde is a Charter member of the "Utah Valley Airs" group of Utah County.
His hobbies are fishing, horses, rock hunting, flower gardening, grandchildren and Barber Shop singing.
Clyde married Marjorie Casper 1 March 1939 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have one son, Mark and reared a nephew from five years of age until his marriage. They farmed a while in Midway, then moved to Salt lake to work at Remington Arms plant; then Geneva Steele in Provo. When World War II broke out. Clyde served in the Navy in the Pacific Area. When he returned home he bought a farm in Daniels, Wasatch County, Utah. Later they sold the farm and moved to Pleasant Grove. Here they owned and operated the Wasatch Café for ten years. Marjorie became famous for her delicious pies. When the new freeway came thru Utah County they closed the Café and went to work for the Metropolitan Water Users.
Clyde served an LDS mission to the Southern States, also two Stake missions while living in Daniels, Utah. He has served in many Church positions.
Marjorie, his wife, learned to love the Church at an early age and accepted and carried out any assignments given her, taking part in MIA plays, retold stories and reader for many pageants, teacher, counselor and Timpanogos' Sunday School Stake Board member.
MARK CLYDE PYPER
Mark Clyde Pyper, son of Clyde Pyper and Marjorie J. Casper was born
2 August 1943 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He spent the first three years of his life in
Midway, Utah. His folks purchased a farm in Daniels, Wasatch County, Utah and he lived
there twelve years, attending the schools in Heber City.
When he was four years of age his cousin Jim came to spend a vacation and stayed the rest of his single life. Mark generously shared all his possessions with Jim and they grew up together, with love and companionship, closer than most blood brothers.
The family moved to Pleasant Grove, Mark was very active in the Church and school activities, playing in the band and singing in musical groups. He graduated from Pleasant Grove High School and Seminary and was active in sports. After graduation he went to work for Sperry Rand in Salt Lake City. Now he is employed by Geneva Steel in Provo, Utah.
Mark married Shirley Boren, His high school sweetheart, 19 July 1963 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have one daughter, Kristy Lee. He and his wife are dance directors in their ward. They are both active in Church Work.
He is an avid fisherman, belongs to a rifle club, Pleasant Grove Auxiliary police and the Utah Valley Airs Barber Shop Group.
GEORGE ARTHUR PYPER
George Arthur Pyper, was born 17 June 1917 in Midway, Utah, the
tenth child of Clarissa Pyper and James T. Pyper. He graduated from Wasatch High School.
He moved to Salt Lake in 1935.
He married Dorothy Young 16 February 1938. They had one daughter, Sherie Pyper Minson. They were divorced. George married Maxine Molly Nelson 14 October 1955. This marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. They have three children: David Russell, Dennis Laurence and Debra.
George has held many church positions, serving in the Presidency of Mutual and his Elders Quorum. Sunday School Superintendency, and now in his ward Bishopric.
He spent three years in the Service of his country during World War II. His occupation is a salesman in Salt Lake City most of his life.
MIMA PYPER RASBAND
Mima Pyper Rasband, daughter of Clarissa Van Wagoner and James T.
Pyper, was born in Midway, Utah 28 October 1919. She attended the schools in Wasatch
Mima was married to Lincoln A. Rasband 1 October 1937 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have six children; four daughters and two sons. They've lived in Heber through out their married life. Mimi and Lincoln operate the Crown Café in Heber. Lincoln teaches History and Science in Park City High School.
SARAH VAN WAGONER
I was the seventh child in a family of fourteen children and was
born on June 29, 1882. My parents were John Van Wagoner and Margaret Ann Fausett.
Father bought a lot where he built our home from Mark Smith for $250.00. One large brick room, later there were five rooms added to it. Mother kept beautiful shrubs, roses and flowers surrounding it.
We enjoyed many fishing trips with our parents and brothers and sister on the river between Charleston and Midway. Sometimes we spent the night camping.
As children we were taught the principles of the gospel; to pay tithing, to have faith in the Priesthood and when ill to ask for a blessing. We were told never to refuse to do anything in the church, no matter how small the task. We were expected to attend Primary and Sunday School. There was always family prayers.
My schooling was limited. They didn't graduate us from the 8th grade, but kept us coming until we quit. My education continued through reading good books, study and from my teacher in various organizations. My greatest aid was through prayer.
I was active in church organizations through-out my life beginning at 17 years of age as assistant secretary in the Relief Society. I loved genealogy work.
At Christmas time we always had a community Christmas tree and a childrens dance. In the summer, the Sunday School would put on celebrations sometimes at the Hot Pots or up to Huber Grove in Snake Creek Canyon. What fun we had jumping the rope, large swings in the trees, playing pony, picking wild flowers and berries. Then a good picnic lunch and a program.
Large crowds of young people came to our home, different ages. We would have spelling matches. I was pleased to sometimes win. We would play the organ and sing. We learned many songs, especially when the McEwan boys and girls came from Provo.
I was 19 years old when Hyrum came from his mission in July. We had not gone steady before he left, but I attended his farewell and it seemed I heard the words "He will be yours for time and eternity." He came to see me the 25th of July, we became engaged that night. We were married September 3, 1902 in the Salt Lake Temple. We had nine children: five boys and four girls and also raised a niece' baby daughter five days old.
Our home was at Charleston, Utah where all of our children were born. Then later, before moving, bought the Fitzgerald and Van Tassel ranches and moved to Woodland. Then bought the Woodland Store. In 1930, the home and store BURNED TO THE GROUND. Stella, my nieces baby and my daughter Graces baby, LaVon, came nearly to being burned. We suffered financially but were thankful the babies lives were spared.
Hyrum was successful as a cattleman and stock raiser taking many prizes at the fairs.
Stella and I spent several winters at St. George doing Temple work.
January 10, 1944, Hyrum and I filled a mission to the Southern States, laboring at Booneville, Mississippi. Again in December 1946, we returned on a short term mission, this time at Winter Haven, Florida. Hyrum was Branch President, I Relief Society President. Many wonderful experiences came to us.
Sarah died October 27, 1951 of a terminal illness at her home in Woodland. Cheerful, though suffering to the end. She left a large Posterity. (Written by Sarah Van Wagoner Winterton about herself)
GRACE ELLEN WINTERTON
Grace Ellen Winterton, born at Charleston, Utah 17 November 1907,
the eldest daughter of Sarah Van Wagoner and Hyrum Shurtliff Winterton. I was a member of
a family of nine children. When our cousin Stella Culmer passed away leaving a baby
daughter, we took her into our home loving and rearing her as a sister.
I had a very happy life, attending Wasatch High School and participating in many school plays, being dramatic leader when a sophomore. Completing high school, I helped mother as her health was poor at this time. I planned marriage but my fiancee was called on a mission to the Northern States. On his return we were married in the Salt Lake Temple 5 June 1929. His name, Merlin D. Simmons, son of John Simmons and Phebe Daybell.
Much of our married life was spent in farming in the early years, a farm in Woodland. Then in the spring of 1933 farming in Charleston, and back to Woodland for the winter. Our son LaVel was born 2 December 1932, when a few weeks old he contracted pneumonia and died. In January 1934 our baby girl was born, we named her Luana, but we're saddened as she only lived one day. We sold the farm and moved back to Woodland.
In 1946 we bought a home in Heber, but rented it and went to Granby, Colorado to run a big ranch. We took our three sons and seven young boys from Heber to help us, staying the summer, but returning in the fall for school. Merlin bought the "Old Farm" where he was born and raised. We stayed here seven years but had to move as all the family had hay fever.
July 1954 we moved to Logan, Merlin worked in the timber and then for State Agricultural College as carpenter in maintenance work. Then in 1957 we took over the LDS Stake Welfare farm in Riverton, Utah. This was four years of very rewarding work for our family.
Then we moved to Snyderville to manage the Stake farm. Our son LaVon and family worked with us here for three years. Next we managed a dairy farm just out of Park City. Later we moved to Sandy, working for the Willow Creek Country Club as custodians. At present we are working for the Granite School district as custodians.
I've always been active in the church, especially enjoying participation in group singing in the wards. I have been Stake and Ward Choristers in Sunday School, Primary, Relief Society and MIA, also Primary and Mutual President, always active where ever we lived. I am Relief Society Chorister at the present time. While living in Charleston I joined the Adeline Chorus from Heber City, Utah, and remained a member while living in Charleston.
MERLIN LAVON SIMMONS
Merlin LaVon Simmons, son of Grace Ellen Winterton and Merlin D.
Simmons, was born 25 April 1930 at Heber, Utah. He attended the grade schools in Woodland
and Kamas and graduated from Wasatch High School.
He was baptized a member of the LDS Church 31 December 1938. He graduated from the Wasatch Seminary, Heber, Utah. He was ordained a Seventy by ElRay Christiansen 15 May 1955.
Merlin LaVon married Colleen McGuire 6 June 1949 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of four children: two sons and two daughters. LaVon has helped his father farm, living for a time in Taylorville, due to ill health they moved to Tempe, Arizona. With LaVons health much improved they purchased a home there.
His church activities have been varied, Ward Clerk, Scout and Explorer Leader, Sunday School Superintendent, Ward MIA Counsellor, Stake Superintendent in MIA, Stake missionary. He is now secretary of his Seventies Quorum and Explorer committee member.
OREN H. SIMMONS
Oren H. Simmons, son of Grace Ellen Winterton and Merlin D. Simmons,
was born 2 June 1931 in Woodland, Utah. He attended Wasatch High School and was a graduate
of Wasatch Seminary. He served in the Marine Corps from 1952-1954.
On May 25, 1953, Oren married Janyce Carlson in the Salt Lake Temple. They have two sons Kim B. and Oren Tony. Janyce and Oren achieved the Golden Gleaner and Master M Men awards in Granger, Utah where they reside. He has spent many years serving in the MIA, as superintendent and both counselor, four years on the Stake Board and as General Secretary to the Senior Aaronic Group. He has been dance director in both ward and stake, secretary of the Elders and most always had a home teaching district.
Oren decided to be a barber and has his own shop in Granger. He has won various trophies for barbering and mens' hairstyling. He has been very talented with his hands, this has made it possible for him to build his own home, road show scenery and many other projects.
Jack Simmons, son of Grace Ellen Winterton and Merlin D. Simmons,
was born 30 April 1937 in Provo, Utah. He received his education in the Kamas and Heber
elementary schools and attended Logan High and Wasatch High school, from where he
graduated while living in Charleston and working on the farm with Calvin Probst. After
graduation he went to Riverton to work on the Stake Welfare farm, being managed by his
He accepted a mission call from the LDS Church and served in the Northern States. Completing his mission , he enlisted in the United States Army. He received 'Boot" training at Fort Ord,, then Aberdeen, Maryland for additional training, graduating as an honor student. He was assigned to Seoul, Korea where he spent twenty-four months.
Jack married Sharen Denney. 20 June, 1963. Their sons are John Merlin and Tom Marlin. Jack enjoys a good hunting or fishing trip anytime.
Clair Simmons was born 23 January 1947 in Heber City, Utah, the son
of Grace Ellen Winterton and Merlin D. Simmons. Living in Logan and Riverton he attended
the elementary schools there and Junior High at West Jordan, Utah. He graduated from
Seminary at Park City and had three years of high school there. His last year was at
Granger High where he graduated. He enjoyed sports at school.
He worked with his father on the Canyon Rim Stake Farm. Then moved to Salt Lake.
Clair filled a mission for the LDS Church in the Alaska Canadian mission. When this was completed he married Janet Holgate 23 February 1968 in the Salt Lake Temple.
RALPH DELOY WINTERTON
Ralph DeLoy Winterton, son of Sarah Van Wagoner and Hyrum Shurtliff
Winterton, was born 12 April 1909 in Charleston, Utah. He attended Charleston grade and
Wasatch High School. His occupation is Cattleman and Rancher. He enjoys riding the range.
He's been President of the Hereford Association of Utah also President of the Intermountain Hereford Association, Director of Utah Cattleman Association, and President of Uintah Nation Grasing Association.
Ralph married Elma Mary Rolfe 11 June 1930 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have one daughter and four sons. Their home is in Kamas, Utah. He was baptized a member of the LDS Church 15 April 1917. At the present time he is a member of the Stake High Council.
DEE R. WINTERTON
Dee R. Winterton, was born 25 1936 in Provo, Utah to Ralph D.
Winterton and Elma May Rolfe. He received his education at South Summit High and the
University of Utah. He graduated with an AABS in Language Arts and is currently working on
a Masters Degree in theatre. His special interest is travel. His talents are music and
dance. His current occupation is teacher and student.
Dee married Maureen Shepherd 17 March 1960 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have three sons. De was baptized a member of the LDS Church 25 July 1944. He served a mission to the Central Atlantic Stakes.
LYNN R. WINTERTON
Lynn R. Winterton, son of Ralph D. Winterton and Elma Mary Rolfe,
was born in Charleston, Utah, 17 March 1942. He attended South Summit High School and the
University of Utah and Wel Tech college of Electronics, completing the course. He is
currently attending the University of Utah. His special interests are livestock and
outdoor sports. His talent is music.
Lynn married Carolyn Walker 27 November 1963 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have a daughter. He fulfilled an LDS mission to the Gulf States. He is employed at Litton Industries, Salt Lake City, Utah.
SARAH LUELLA WINTERTON
Sarah Luella Winterton was born 7 December 1910 at Charleston, Utah
to Sarah Van Wagoner and Hyrum S. Winterton. She attended Charleston grade and Wasatch and
South Summit High Schools. She played the Saxaphone in the school band. Her special
interests are her family, dancing, music and art. Her hobbies, photography, handiwork, and
her flower garden.
Luella was married to Clarence LaMont Walker 19 October 1931 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have three children. They've lived in Peoa and Woodland, Utah. They operated a grocery store in Woodland. She has been a member of the South Summit Health Council and Counselor to Janet Kirton Sugar House Region Wefare.
To quote Luella: "We were close to our children and interested in helping them develop their talents."
"While I was Stake Relief Society Work Counselor, I helped set up our Stake Cannery, working in it five years. For Five years we had outings at the Stake farm, and were over the banquets serving to eight wards in the hayfields."
To my children I want to say, "Though the trials were many and the aches plenty it is the greatest work in all the world. To do that which is asked of you, in this great church, without grumbling, and Our Father In Heaven will bless you.
LOWELL WINTERTON WALKER
Lowell Winterton Walker was born 3 May 1933 in Heber, Utah to S.
Luella Winterton and Clarence LaMont Walker. He received his education at South Summit
High and the Brigham Young University. He won First Division in the regional meet on the
clarinet. He won a scholarship in music to the B.Y.U. He enjoys swimming, camping and
fishing. His talents are the organ, piano and the clarinet.
Lowell married Helen Cornelia Snel 21 June 1955 in the Salt Lake Temple. Five children blessed this union. They've lived in Woodland, and Provo, Utah, Walnut Creek, California and now in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the Brighton area. He makes his living as underwriter and Insurance Manager.
In church affiliations Lowell is an Eagle Scout, was Ward Clerk in Walnut Creek and Young Marrieds Counselor. Ward Chorister and MIA, Explorer teacher in Salt Lake. He was baptized 4 May 1941.
Lowell says: "I spent two years in the Army during the Korean War." "While stationed in California I met the lovely girl who was to become my wife." "I worked with Olympic Insurance in Salt Lake. Moved to California for five years and had the privilege of serving a two year LDS Stake Mission." "I was transferred back to Salt Lake to become manager of the Commercial Union Insurance of New York, over Utah and Idaho." "I spent my extra time on the stake farm and new stake house."
DARRELL WINTERTON WALKER
Darrell Winterton Walker, born 3 December 1939 in Heber, Utah, a son
of S. Luella Winterton and C. LaMont Walker. He attended South Summit High and the Brigham
Young University. His interests are football and other sports, music and truck driving. He
played on the football team in High School, and was chairman of Entertainment, when a
senior. After graduation from college he received a grant to complete his Masters degree.
He has received a fellowship to get a P.H.D. at Ohio State University.
Darrell married Sarann Adams 16 October 1961 in Elko, Nevada. Later they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. He is active in Church work. His occupation is Mechanical Engineer. They have two sons.
MONTA LOU WALKER FRAZIER
Monta Lou Walker Frazier was born 3 August 1936 in Woodland, Utah,
to S. Luella Winterton and Clarence LaMont Walker. She attended South Summit High School
and Brigham Young University. She attained the High Honor Roll, Top Ten at B.Y.U. for two
years, and received a three year scholarship. Her favorite recreations are dancing and
swimming. Her talents are music, singing, piano and clarinet.
She has been an active member of the LDS Church, choir an singing mothers, organist, Stake Sunday School chorister and member of the Primary Stake Board. She was baptized the 5 August 1944.
Monte was married to VerNon LaMar Frazier 15 September 1955, in the Salt Lake Temple. They have three sons and a daughter. VerNon is the Brigham Young dairy manager. Monta teaches piano lessons in her home. She loves working in the church and has many friends. They've lived in Provo, Utah the last seven years.
OMNI OVERTON WINTERTON
Omni Overton Winterton, son of Sarah Van Wagoner and Hyrum Shurtliff
Winterton, was born 11 June 1913 in Charleston, Utah. He attended Charleston and Woodland
grade schools, Kamas High and Seminary. His interests are cattle feeding, showing and
Omni served a two year LDS Mission. He lived in Charleston until fourteen years of age, then moved to Woodland with his parents. In 1939 he moved to Roosevelt, Utah. Here he served in the Uintah Basin Indian mission and as Branch President of the Randlett Indian branch, four years.
He married Harriet Carma Wilson 14 November 1940 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have two sons and two daughters. Their eldest, Marily, is married to Clifford G. Edmonds, Jr. Omni is a rancher and stockman. They still reside in Roosevelt, Utah.
BURTON VAN WAGONER
Burton Van Wagoner, son of Joseph Van Wagoner and Edith Bronson, born in Midway, Utah. Attended Midway and Heber City Schools. Learned the meatcutting trade and worked in a market in Heber City. Married Lorna Watkins of Midway and has spent his entire married life in Midway. Father of four children: Harvey and Doyle of Midway; Dallas of the mid-West: Madelyn Pickford of Ogden, Utah. He was bishop of the Midway 1st Ward for over 12 years; during this time he built a new chapel. At present he is a high councilman on the Wasatch Stake High Council. He operates a meat-cutting business but manages to spend a few weeks in Mesa, Arizona each winter doing Temple work.
EVA LUELLA VAN WAGONER HILL
Eva Luella Van Wagoner Hill---daughter of Joseph Van Wagoner and Edith Bronson, born in Midway, Utah. Attended Midway and Heber City Schools; received the pearl "W" given at graduation for highest grades during the four years. Married Norman Winebarger July 20, 1931. Lived 14 years in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Helped organize the Sunday School at Coulee Dam. Organist there for 4 years. Helped with many church projects in Seattle. Divorced in 1947. Returned to Utah where she spent many years in restaurant, motel and retail stores serving the public. Married Lynn F. Hill May 17, 1957 and raised his son, Brent Hill, from the age of 12. At present time they are living in Heber City, Utah.
MARTHA ESTELLE VAN WAGONER TURNER
Martha Estelle Van Wagoner Turner---Daughter of Joseph Van Wagoner and Edith Bronson---Born in Midway, Utah. Attended Midway and Heber City Schools; received the "W" at graduation for high grades during the four years. Married Rona A. Turner 14 March 1930. Mother of two children: Shirley Dodson of Salt Lake City, and Brent of Tustin, California. Lived in Salt Lake City for two years; Billings, Montana on year; Heber City, Utah for about sixteen years where they built and operated the Turner Motel and Restaurant. Moved to Santa Ana, California in 1949 where they built and still operate the Orange Acres Motel. Was President of the Santa Ana 2nd Ward Relief Society for three years and Visiting teacher Message Leader for six years-a position she still holds.
JOSEPH FAY VAN WAGONER
Joseph Fay Van Wagoner---son of Joseph Van Wagoner and Edith Bronson-Born in Midway, Utah. Attended Midway and Heber City schools. Married Marie Allen and except for a few years in Heber, has lived his entire life in Midway, Utah. Has one son, Allen, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Active in Church and Civic affairs. He is presently serving as Town Trustee, a position to which he has been elected several times.
MARK ELROY VAN WAGONER
Mark Elroy Van Wagoner---son of Joseph Van Wagoner and Edith Bronson---Born in Midway, Utah. Attended Midway and Heber City schools, also Weber College and Brigham Young University. A musician, he played with an orchestra in California, later returning to Utah where he taught school in Uintah County. He married Owena Young and is the father of a son. He spent two years with the Army, stationed in London, England during World War II and upon returning home continued his teaching career. He is now employed in the Wasatach High School as a teacher of music, sociology and guidance and counseling. He served on the City Council from 1960 to 1964 and is again serving in that capacity. He is active in Church affairs, having served in both Stake and Ward in the Music Department. His son, Mark, is serving on a mission in Uruguay.
FERRIN DEAN VAN WAGONER
Ferrin Dean Van Wagoner---son of Joseph Van Wagoner and Edith Bronson---Born in Midway, Utah. Attended Midway and Heber City Schools, Weber College and Brigham Young University where he received his Doctor's degree in Education graduating with highest honors. Taught music in Uintah County schools where he later became principal. Married to the former Venice Moon, parents of six children: Annette Casper of Heber City, Gordon of American Fork, Kendall, Sherrilyn, Kerry and brett, all of Heber City, Utah. He taught at Wasatch High School and was principal there for a few years; has served as Superintendent of the Wasatch School District for the past 15 to 16 years. Dr. Van Wagoner is currently serving on several lState Committees working with various facets of the educational program. He has also been active in church work, teaching the Gospel Doctrine Class and conducting a Teacher Training Class and Special Child Development Courses.
SHIRLEY LOU TURNER DODSON
Shirley Lou Turner Dodson---Daughter of Martha Estella Van Wagoner and Rone A. Turner---Born in Provo, Utah. Attended Heber Schools where she was Salutatorian of the graduating class. Upon graduation, the family moved to California. Attended Santa Ana Junior College and Brigham Young University where she graduated with honors. Married Neil G. Dodson in February of 1957 and is the mother of four children: Mark Gene, Denise, Lyle Madison and Clark Bronson. Has been active in several Church positions: Stake MIA Gleaner Leader, Social Science and Theology Teacher in the Relief Society, and at present, is teaching in the Primary organization. Lived for several years in Santa Ana, California and is presently living in Salt Lake City, Utah.
BRENT R. TURNER
Brent R. Turner---son of Martha Estelle Van Wagoner and Rone A. Turner---Born in Heber City, Utah. Attended Heber and Santa Ana, California Schools, Santa Ana Junior College, and Brighham Young University. Married Dorothy Gish in 1959 and is the father of three children: Brenda Lee, Robert Brent, and Nolan Dean. All of Tustin, California. He has always been active in sports; playing in many trophies for his skills. He also excels in trap and target shooting. Worked as a counselor at Juvenile Hall in S.A. for approximately the past 8 years. He is presently in business for himself as owner and operator of a drive-in milk depot in Tustin, California.
DAVID FRANCIS VAN WAGONER
David Francis Van Wagoner was the son of John and Margaret Fausett
Van Wagoner. He had five brothers and seven sisters. He was born the 17th of April 1886 in
Midway, Wasatch County, Utah, where he lived all his life.
His boyhood was spent as most boys of that time, assisting his mother with the gardening, and many home chores. He attended the District School, but was unable to go farther, as there was no High School in Wasatch at that time. As he grew older he assisted his father and older brothers in making bricks.
Brother and Sister Van Wagoner were very loving and kind parents, taught their children to honor and obey them, to love the Lord and obey his commandments and honor the priesthood of God. David had a happy childhood, loving his parents and brothers and sister. He also had many boyhood friends.
At the age of eight he was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. At age 12 he was ordained a Deacon and subsequently a teacher & priest. When 20 years old he was ordained an Elder, 12 November 1906 by Henry L. McMullen, Benjamin Hair was Ward Clerk. From then on he received his advancement in the Priesthood, attending to his various duties faithfully. At the time of death he was a member of the High Priest Quorum of Wasatch Stake.
Dave went to Kamas at 19 years of age with Henry Van Wagoner, his Uncle, to make brick. Here he and I met. After a short courtship we fell in love and were married in the Salt Lake Temple, 19 December 1906. We made our home in Midway. We had born to us two sons and four daughters. Our first daughter died soon after birth.
Dave went into the wholesale meat business. Teaming his meat to Park City over the dirt roads or covered with snow. He would leave home at 4 a.m. returning at 9 p.m. This work was more pleasant in summer.
During World War I he sold his dappley grey team, of which he was very proud, to the Army. They had to weigh so much and stand so many hands high. He received a very good price for them. This money was used to buy our first truck. On of the first in the valley.
He went out of his way to be honest. One instance, going down Provo Canyon, he purchased gasoline. Driving several miles he realized he'd been given a dollar over change. He quickly turned about to right the error, even though he'd been passed this was on his return trip. He always set this example for his children. Dave lived the Golden Rule implicitly.
His greatest pleasures were hunting deer and fishing. He also loved camping and picnics in our beautiful canyon among the pines and quaken asp. The large Van Wagoner family was very happy and congenial. Making several camping trips to Strawberry to fish.
David was assistant Sunday School Superintendent several years, in the Midway First Ward. Also when the church took over the dance hall in the Stake, Dave was appointed supervisor of the Midway Hall which was heavily mortgaged. He hired outside orchestras and though extensive advertising, drew crowds from all over. These were high class dances held weekly. Through his efforts the hall mortgage was cleared completely.
David was a kind and loving father and grandfather. An honorable man whom his children loved and respected. He was a very fine looking man - six feet tall, weighing over 200. He had large blue eyes, wavy snow white hair and well formed features. David loved people and he loved life. (written by his wife Celestia)
JOSEPH MONROE VAN WAGONER
Joseph Monroe Van Wagoner was born December 26, 1883, a son of John
and Margaret Van Wagoner, in Midway, Utah.
He married Edith Agnes Bronson, August 29, 1906, in the Salt Lake Temple. He died April 6, 1919.
During his childhood and early life, Joseph took an active part in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He also exhibited interest and participated in the dramatic program sponsored by the town of Midway.
Near the end of World War I, Joseph contacted influenza and died, another victim of the great epidemic that swept the country at that time.
Although his family of six children and wife were deprived of a father and husband, his memory lingers on. The family has been thankful many times for the fine heritage that he left them.
Edith spent her early life in a home where she was taught Christian principles by parents of Latter-Day Saint faith. Her mother was president of the Relief Society for many years.
Edith and her sister Luella attended church faithfully and during their early life were especially interested in choir work, singing with the Midway 2nd Ward for many years.
After her husband's death, Edith found the years ahead very trying and difficult. It was necessary for her to spend much of her time providing an income for her family. However, she found time to serve her God. She was president of the mutual and Secretary of the Relief Society, in the Midway 1st Ward. She also served as a teacher in later life.
Most of her later years were spent in Heber City where she moved to find employment. She had been school lunch supervisor for the Wasatch School District for several years at the time of her retirement.
A devoted Latter-Day Saint all of her life, she often gave her last penny to her church for tithing, secure in the knowledge that the Lord would provide for her and the family she so faithfully supported and gave every opportunity, often a the expense of her own comfort.
On March 7, 1959, Edith died of a heart attack while in Park City having pictures made for genealogy. Her death was typical of her entire life, ending while engaged in rendering service to others. Her only claim to fame was her devoted and unselfish service to her family and community and her unswerving loyalty to the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
DELISLE VAN WAGONER
DeLisle Van Wagoner was born 6 February 1909 in Kamas, Summit
County, Utah. The eldest son of David Francis Van Wagoner and Clestia Pack. He was an
honor student at Wasatch High School. His interest are Fine Arts, playing the organ and
piano, golf and dancing. He and his wife are members of the Elks Club in Reno.
Delisle married Blanch Marovitz the 8 January 1930. They have a son, William. They've lived in Utah, California and are now making their home in Reno, Nevada. DeLisle was baptized a member of the LDS Church 26 May 1917.
When living in Salt Lake he operated his own meat-cutting shop. In Reno DeLisle and his wife Blanch own and operate "Mr. Vans Fashions". A ladies ready to wear shop. Prior to this they owned two shops. These were both demolished along with all the other business houses on Sierra Street, when a gas main exploded. This occurred on a Sunday morning and there was no loss to lives.
WILLIAM D. VAN WAGONER
William D. Van Wagoner, son of DeLisle Van Wagoner and Blanch
Marvitz: was born 30 May 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bill attended the schools in Utah
and California. He graduated from the University of Nevada with a B A degree in Business
Administration. His interests are fishing and tennis.
Bill married Sheryl Singer in 1961 at Reno, Nevada. They have a son Scott and a daughter Lisa. They reside in Fesno, California where he manages a store for Roos Atkin Company and is supervisor of three other stores for them. He has since been made vice president of personal over 40 stores, for the Roos Atkin Company.
He attended Officers Training School in Rhode Island and was commissioned a Lieutent J.G. He served on the Kersarge and the Bon Hom Richard Air Craft carrier. He was an Air Ground Officer, and was in the service four years.
MIRIAM VAN WAGONER MAXFIELD
Miriam Van Wagoner Maxfield was born 8 January 1912 to David Francis
and Celestia Pack Van Wagoner. I was the third child in a family of six. I attended the
lementary school at Midway, and one year at the Madsen School in Salt Lake, and graduated
from the Wasatch High School at Heber as Valedictorian. My senior year I was vice
president of the student body.
Following graduation I was employed by Mrs. Turner at the Heber Drug Store. While there I was a sewing 4-H Club Leader. Our team went to the State Fair in Salt Lake to compete in the sewing demonstrations. At this time my Uncle Walter Horton asked me to come and work for him in his grocery store. It was while working there, and living in the home of Uncle Walt and Aunt Leone I met LeGrande and we were married 7 April 1933, making our home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our marriage was soleminized 11 May 1934 in the Salt Lake Temple.
LeGrande is an employee of the News Paper Agency where he has been a pressman for almost 34 years, with the exception of one year spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1951.
LeGrande loves his religion, and was first counselor in the Fort Wayne Branch Presidency. He has filled two Stake missions, served as welfare ward clerk, First Counselor in the Fourth Quorum of Elders, and as one of the Seven Presidents of Seventies of the 390th Quorum of Seventies. At present he is a High Priest.
I was baptized a member of the LDS Church 17 February 1920. My activities began when I was twelve years old as Secretary of Primary. Since then I have taught in Sunday School, Primary and MIA. I have been Secretary of Primary and Sunday School, Coordinator in Junior Sunday School, Work Counselor in Relief Society and Relief Society President.
We have been blessed and had miraculous healings in our family. Our greatest blessing have been our heritage and membership in the LDS Church in a land of freedom. Both LeGrande and I were raised where there were close family ties and love in our homes, and it has been a blessing to us and to our children. Always great faith and humility were taught to us and made a part of our lives.
NOLAN LEGRANDE MAXFIELD
Nolan LeGrande Maxfield, son of LeGrande and Mirian Van Wagoner
Maxfield was born 14 April 1936 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended Salt Lake Grammar
School, Irving Junior High, and East High School. He also attended the University of Utah.
He was baptized a member of the Latter-Day Saint Church 20 May 1944, and has been ordained in each phase of the priesthood until presently he is a High Priest. His church appointments have been: Counselor of YMMIA at Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1959 Aaronic Priesthood Advisor of the Murray 14th ward and 2nd Counselor of Sunday School Superintendency and later 1st Counselor.
March 1960 he was sustained as 2nd Counselor of Murray South Stake Sunday School. He was released from this office when they moved to Midvale.
The 27 January 1963 he became 1st Counselor in the East Midvale 3rd Ward Sunday School Superintendency. On 10 November 1963 he was sustained as 2nd Counselor of the Bishopric. At the division of the Stake November 1965 he was called to be a member of the High Council.
Nolan married Connie Bird, who was his sister Diane's best girl friend. She was the daughter of Leon and Inez Starr Bird. They were married the 1 October 1955 in Salt Lake City, and had their marriage solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple 17 April 1957. They were blessed with three boys and one girl.
Connie has been a faithful Church worker continually. She has been affiliated with Primary, MIA, and Relief Society. At present she is work Counselor in Relief Society.
Nolan has been with the Air National Guard at Salt Lake Since 1953, when enlisted. He was advanced to a Staff Sergeant in April 195- His present rating is Tech Sergeant. He has been employed by the First Security Bank of Utah, and at present is Assistant Manager and Assistant Cashier of the Beehive State Bank in Tooele
DIANE MAXFIELD LINDHOLM
Diane Maxfield Lindholm, daughter of LeGrande and Miriam Van Wagoner
Maxfield, was born 2 July 1937 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"Since I was taught to never say "No" to church work, I began holding positions at an early age. Then, too, living in Indiana in a small branch of about 110 helped, too. I was secretary for the M.I.A. when I was 13. The next year in Utah, I was librarian in Primary and then went on to being Nursery teacher to two year olds in Junior Sunday School. With the children, I have moved up to older classes each year and have taught each age group in Junior Sunday School up until I was married.
From there I graduated to Primary, my main interest, and taught the Guide Patrol Class, ten years, and Blazers and Treckkers with my husband, Reed. He took over the scouting for me while I taught the priesthood lessons. I was 2nd Counselor in Primary for about ten months. I am also an assistant Brownie leader and looking forward to Cub Scouting in another year. My work in Relief Society has consisted of being Quilting Chairman for three years and a visiting teacher for six years. I am thankful that our church gives us the opportunity to develop by working in various capacities.
Reed and I met when I was 17 years old and working for UncleVerNile and Aunt Kathryne in Tooele, Utah. We had my freshman year and Reed's Sophomore year at Brigham Young University together where I could keep an eye on my prospective MRS. Degree.
Reed has taught Sunday School, been active in his priesthood quorum holding various offices in these, and been a counselor in the Y.M.M.I.A. when he was 18 years old. He has fulfilled an L.D.S. Mission to the Navajo Indians in New Mexico and has been on a Stake Mission for Sandy East Stake. He has also been Y.M.M.I.A. President for a year and at Present is Deacon's Quorum Advisor.
I have been employed in the Purchasing Department of the Church office as assistant secretary to Gordon Burt Affleck Church Purchasing Agent, and then worked for Dr. Boyd G. Holbrook, as a receptionist. Reed has worked for the Post Office in Tooele and Salt Lake and for Safeway Stores, Inc.; in Tooele and Salt Lake until he broke his ankle in February 1967. He is currently employed by Boy Scouts of America in Topeka, Kansas as District Executive over the Hickory Point District.
We have been blessed with four children, two girls and two boys, ReAnn, Mike, Douglas, and Sheila. Each of us are enjoying our scouting experience in Kansas and enjoying our new friends. Our children are in Half Negro half White Classes and have learned no racial prejudices at their early age. They are being unknowing teachers to their parents who have to learn to meet all situations."
CARLA MAXFIELD CHRISTENSEN
Carla Maxfield Christensen was born May 30, 1939, in Salt Lake City,
Utah, the third of four children born to LeGrande O. and Miriam Van Wagoner Maxfield. I
have been blessed with a rich heritage and owe much of my testimony of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints to my wonderful ancestors who had such strong testimonies
I had a wonderful childhood full of many warm and wonderful memories. We were not rich materially, but we were and are still rich in the love we have as a family. I was fortunate in being taught the Gospel in my home from the time I was very young. My mother used to gather us around evenings when my father was working and spend countless hours reading to us and teaching us. We also had home evenings when we would play games together or draw and paint together. I learned to appreciate the beautiful things in life by seeing them through my parents eyes.
My service in the Church began at the age of eleven when my family and I were living in the mission field in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Due to the Branch being so small, I was asked to be chorister in the M.I.A. even though I was younger than Mutual age. During the ten months we lived in Indiana our appreciation and testimonies of the gospel grew tremendously because of our closeness and constant service in the church. Since then and prior to my marriage I served as a Primary teacher, Sunday School teacher, and Junior Sunday School organist. Since my marriage I have served as Relief Society Chorister, Sunday School teacher, Leterature teacher and Social Science teacher in Relief Society, 2nd Counselor in Primary, Stake M.I.A. Chorister, Primary teacher, Junior Sunday School Chorister, and Social Relations teacher in Relief Society.
I was married August 4, 1960 in the Temple to Ned Lewis Christensen, a returned missionary who served in Japan. We both worked while he completed his education and on December 30, 1961, our first child, Vicki,was born. Since then we have been blessed with two more children. Jeffrey Asahel, who was born December 15, 1962, and Michelle, who was born February 13, 1966. I feel that I have been truly blessed in my marriage. My husband has a strong testimony of the Gospel. Since our marriage he has served as Teachers advisor, Young Men's M.I.A. Superintendant, Wark Clerk, Priest Advisor, 2nd and 1st Counselor in the Elder's Quorum, Elder's Quorum President covering a three ward area, Explorer's Advisor which he is presently doing along with serving as 2nd Counselor in the Bishopric.
My husband completed his education at the University of Utah in Accounting and later became a C.P.A. Since that time we have lived in Milbrae, California, South San Francisco, Belleview and Spokane Washington, and are presently living in Oklahoma City where my husband is a special agent for the F.B.I.
There is nothing more important in our lives than the Church. We both know beyond any doubt, and our testimonies grow stronger each day, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true church on the earth today; and we know that anyone who studies and prays with a sincere heart can know this too. I leave this testimony with you in the name of Jesus Christ.
DAVID HARLO MAXFIELD
David Harlo Maxfield was born in Salt Lake City, the first of June
1948, the son of LeGrande and Miriam Van Wagoner Maxfield. Miriam and Loree were living as
neighbors at the time, as he had two families anxiously waiting to welcome him into this
world. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 18 June
Harlo was caught in the tide of fellows who were anxious to get in and get his army life over. His friends were either marrying young or going into the service. Harlo enlisted in the United States Army as a medic on 20 January 1966. He received a 120 point rating in his army tests. 115 was sufficent to qualify for officer's training but Harlo was to young. He trained in Fort Bliss, Texas and Fort Sam Houston, then Fort Lewis. While in Fort Lewis he married Launa Thomas, the daughter of Clarence Laun and Hazel Warburton Thomas. Launa was able to go to Fort Lewis until time for Harlo to go to Viet Nam in May 1967.
In December 1967 Harlo was put in charge of the Aid Station at Lai Khe. His present rate is SP/5. He should return in May 1968 to Launa and Moreen Ann, his little girl. They have until January 196- with Harlo in the service, at which time he plans to complete his schooling.
LOREE VAN WAGONER ORULLIAN
Loree Van Wagoner Orullian, was born in Midway, Utah 24 July 1914 to
David Francis Van Wagoner and Celestia Pack, goodly parents, who taught us high ideals and
a love of the gospel. The morning of my birth the people of the valley had just received
word that the United States had entered World War One. I attended Wasatch Seminary and
High School. Playing the Clarinet gave me participation in the Western Area B and Contest
and a parade of bands in Denver, Colorado.
I was married to Jack A. Dickson in 1929, then sealed in the Salt Lake Temple 23 February 1933, divorced in 1952. We had a son Jerry Jay and two daughters, Marilyn and Rosemary.
In March 1953 I was married to Joseph Halold Orullian in the Salt Lake Temple. Our home is in Salt Lake City. Joe's parents were converts to the church from the Old Country. He was born on the outskirts of Palestine. He had two sons by a former marriage, Joseph and Robert. Our family is married and we now have twenty-two grand children.
It has been my privelege to always be active in the church. Serving as President of Relief Society, MIA and Primary. Work Director, Twice in Relief Society, Visiting Teacher, Chorister, Choir member, Teacher, on the Genealogy Committee and two year genealogy mission with my husband.
Joe has served two Stake missions, served in the Sunday School Superintendency, in the Seventies Quorum Presidency fifteen years, and six years in the High Priest Quorum Presidency. At the present time we are the Genealogy teachers of our ward.
I've been a seamstress in my home, making custom made drapes for twelve years. This has aided my husband to retire from the United States Post Office this year, 31, December 1968.
Being busy is my hobby with sewing, cooking, homemaking, grandchildren, music, art flowers and camping. I leave genealogy last, though it is my special interest.
After father passed away, mother came to live in Salt Lake. When Joe and I were married he invited mother to live with us. This she did until she passed away June 1965. We were glad to make her life less lonely.
I am proud of my heritage. I have a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and am grateful for the blessings and purpose it gives to life.
JERRY JAY DICKSON
Jerry Jay Dickson was born 10 December 1930 in Murray, Utah, the son
of Loree Van Wagoner and Jack A. Dickson. He moved a great deal with his parents. Living
in Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. He attended Irving Junior High and Granite Seminary, Granite
high and South High School. He joined the Navy before completing his last year at South,
but graduated by taking his final year with an extension course.
He has many interests, music, Vocal and guitar, fishing, hunting, bowling, boating, swimming and water skiing.
Jerry married Joan Elsie Squire 15 March 1952. Before the birth of their daughter they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple, August 1958. They have two daughters, Cathy and Linda. They live in San Diego where Jerry is now stationed.
During the time they lived at Bainbridge, Maryland Jerry was Group leader of the LDS Branch. He has served as Scout Master, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Ward Clerk and Choir member. At present he is Senior Aaronic leader and Home teacher. Joan is Primary President.
On December 10, 1947, Jerry 17th birthday, he was recruited into the United States Navy at Salt Lake City, Utah. His basic training was the Navy Training Center, San Diego, California. His tours of duty have been Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for two years. The U.S.S. Gorduis ARL-38, U.S. Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, then Training Command, same base and was an instructor there. He went to Sea as RM 1 on the U.S. Burdo APD-133, then the USS Achnernar AKA-53, then USS Marquette AKA-95, making several six months Cruises to the Mediterranean Sea. After taking the Marquette thru the Panama Canal Zone up to San Francisco Naval Shipyard, to put her out of Commission Jerry along with his wife were transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for another two years. While there they enjoyed many hours fishing and sight seeing. Taking one trip to the Magic Isle of Jamaica. In 1957 he was transferred from Cuba to Bainbridge Navel Station, where he was an instructor in Electronics three and a half years. Then he attended Radio B. School (Advanced electronics). At Bainbridge he was advanced to Radio Man Chief Petty Officer.
His next duty was the USS Arnold J. Isabel at the yard at Bremerton Washington. Then he was transferred to the Staff of Commander Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla Seven for a four year tour of duty, which included two seven month cruises to the Western Pacific, visiting Japan, the Phillipine Islands, Hong Kong, China and Viet Nam. One cruise the ship was at sea 70 days, off the Viet Nam Coast, firing her big 8" guns at the Viet Cong, in support of our fighting forces there.
In January of 1966 he was transferred to US Electonics Laboratory at San Diego. On August 8, 1968 Jerry Jay Dickson Radioman, Chief Petty Officer retired from the United States Navy, after having served honorably for twenty years and eight months. He is now teaching Seminary, going to Photographers school, and commencing a photography business. Joan aids his in his work coloring photographs. She too is active in the church serving as Primary President and Teacher.
MARILYN DICKSON LUND
Marilyn Dickson Lund, daughter of Loree Van Wagoner and Jack A.
Dickson, was born the morning of the 4th of July 1933, while the town boys were setting
off dynamite caps, in the town square and strains of the Marshall Band were playing thru
the valley. She attended the grade schools in Idaho and Utah, Irving Junior High and South
High School, Salt Lake City. Her interests are music, vocal solos, sewing and writing
poetry. She loves family outings, Picnics and camping. Before her marriage she was a
bookkeeper at Deseret Book Company.
Marilyn was married to David Mordell Lund 14 March 1952, in the Salt Lake Temple. They have three sons and four daughters. Their eldest son David has just become an Eagle Scout and achieved his Duty to God Award. She was baptized 19 October 1941. They are both active in the church, Marilyn has achieved the Golden Gleaner Award and David is a Master M Man. She is counselor in Relief Society, David was Sunday school Superintendent. He is now High Priest Group Leader and a Temple Worker. They have lived in Dugway, Salt Lake, Bountiful, and Idaho. Their home is in Idaho Falls. David is employed by Idaho Nuclear. Marilyn has served with the PTA enlistment committee and is a 'Pink Lady Hospital Auxillary member.
Quote Marilyn: "I am thankful my great great grandparents had the foresight to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I thank them for all the hardships they endured for the sake of the gospel and for the testimonies they left. I know the gospel is true. I know Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, that the Book of Mormon is true and that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. I appreciate every opportunity I have of working in the church and furthering the gospel here upon the earth.
ROSEMARY DICKSON LUND
Rosemary Dickson Lund, was born 6 August 1934, daughter of Loree Van
Wagoner and Jack A. Dickson. She attended grade school in Springville, Provo, and Salt
Lake, Irving Junior High and South High in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her interest and talents
are children, teenagers, swimming, camping, cooking, sewing and music.
Rosemary was married to Merrill LaNae Lund 13 December 1954 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have one son and five daughters. They live in Murray, Utah. LaNae is employed by the Mountain State Telephone Company.
Civic activities for Rosemary are Publicity Chairman for the Democratic Committee, Vice chairman of Judge of Election and P.T.A. Each year she has a Halloween party in her home for all the children on her street.
She was baptized a member of the LDS Church 29 August 1942. Her church activities have been varied, Secretary of Stake mission, Stake Girls Program and Stake MIA Secretary of Junior Sunday School and Cub Scouts. Den Mother, Editor of Ward Paper, Member of the Ward Finance Committee and Genealogy Committee, Teacher, MIA Drama Director, Age Group and Activity Counselor, Relief Society Visiting Teacher, Work Director and Activity Counselor, Relief Society Visiting Teacher, Work Director and at present Luncheon Chairman of Relief Society. LaNae is Explorer leader.
MERRILL YOUNG VAN WAGONER
Merrill Young Van Wagoner was born July 9, 1917, Midway, Wasatch
County, Utah. The son of David Francis Van Wagoner and Celesta pack.
Midway District School; Wasatch High School; Freshman President, Wasp editor, valedictorian 1935.
Brigham Young University 1935-1939; majored in French, minored in German; also studied Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Assyrian; chosen valedictorian; received both B.A. and M.A. degrees in four years work; served as teaching assistant in Latin, French, and German; was Staff worker on the "Y" News. Remained as teaching assistant for an additional year, then received a Fellowship to Yale University in 1940.
At Yale, studied under professor Leonard Bloomfield, Albrecht Goetze E. H. Sturtevan, F. Edgerton, J. Obermann, G. L. Trager, Bernard Block, Ludlow Bull. Languages studied, in addition to general linguistics were Greek and Latin comparative grammer, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Hieroglyphic Egyptian, Hittite, Babylonian and Assyrian, and Sumerian. In 1945, received Ph.D. degree in General Linguistics under Lenard Bloomfield.
In 1944 and 1945, he was a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies stationed at the U.S. Army Language Office, New York City where he wrote the "Spoken Iraqi Arabic" course for the Army. This book was published by Henry Holt and Company, and is still in print. It was used for ten years as a primary Arabic course by the Army Language School, at the Presidio, Moneterey, California. On the basis of this book, which is considered a pioneering work, he is listed under the article "Arabic Language" in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
In 1945 and 1946, he was linguist supervising teaching of Japanese in Army Specialized Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
In 1946 and 1947, he attended Cornell University Medical School, New York City, an did part-time work at Rockefeller Institute. At that time, printed in booklet form the article "The Inspired Revision of the Bible" which he had written in 1940 while still at the B.Y.U. Studying under Prof. Sidney B. Sperry, and which appeared serially in the "Improvement Era".
In 1948, he joined the Arabian American Oil Company as Senior Linguist, and was in charge of Arabic training for American employees at the Aramco Training Centers at Goshen, New York, then at Riverhead, Long Island, New York, and in 1951 to 1953 at Sidon, Lebanon.
In 1953, he transferred to Dhanhran, Saudi Arabia, where he supervises Arabic training. He has produced original teaching materials in Spoken Saudi Arabic, Spoken Lebanan Arabic, and Classical Arabic. He instituted the program of teaching Arabic as a Second Language in the Aramco Schools Grades 1 to 9. His adult students are achieving distinction at the Middle East Center For Arab Studies of the distinction at the Middle East Center for Arab studies of the British Foreign Office, Shemlan, Labanon.
In 1959 he enjoyed a course at the Art Students League, New York City. His interests include are, music appreciation, archeology, and travel.
He is a member of the American Oriental Society, and the Modern Language Association.
He taught in Sunday School Classes in the Manhattan Ward in 1943 and 1944; and in May of 1965 was set apart as Presiding Elder of the Saudia Arabia Area.
CAROLYN LETITIA YOUNGER
Carolyn Letitia Younger, wife of Merrill Young Van Wagoner, was born
July 1, 1914, New York City. Daughter of Casper Swift Yunger, of an Allentown,
Pennsylvania family of Holland Quaker origin; and Frieda Augusta Schaus, first generation
daughter of a 500 year old North German seafaring family; combines Dutch, German, Scotch
and Irish Ancestry.
Attended Hunter College High School in New York City, entering ninth grade at the age of twelve. Graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. degree in mathematics and physics, followed by an additional degree in chemistry at Hunter College in nighttime courses while employed as an actuary for General Motors.
In 1941-1942, was administrative aid at Voss Ice Machine Works, then producing minesweeper parts for the U.S. Navy.
From 1942 to 1949, was an oil processing engineer with the M.W. Kellegg Company (World-wide oil refining experts, and staff group for the Manhatten Project which created the atom bomb for the United States) in New York City. At that time, she was the only female member of the American Society of Chemical Engineers.
In 1949-1950, she was technical adviser to the Engineering Library, Sperry Gyroscope Corporation,, Great Neck, New York. On August 7, 1949 she married to Merrill Young Van Wagoner, in the rectory of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Westhampton Beach, New York. They reside first in East Quoque and then Westhampton Beach.
On April 24, 1958, she was baptized by Dr. Sidney B. Sperry, in the Tabernacle Font, while staying in East Stratford Ward (Bishop John E. Buehner) with Loree and Joe Orullian.
During year 1953-1960, she achieved company-wide recognition as a caterer.
From 1960-1967, she was a member of the Dhahran Hospital Group, making weekly visits to the Arab children's ward in Dhahran, Health Center, to play with, and amuse the children; and to the Arab Women's ward to provide materials and teach them sewing-a pioneer social work in this area-giving hundreds of hours to cutting out fabric for this project. Also a member of the Tuesday Night Service group of women who made night gowns and receiving blankets for Arab babies born in the Dhahran Health Center. Also a member of the Protestant Fellowship Choir and Relief Pianist; teacher in Fellowship Summer Bible School; 1964-1966 President of the Y.L.M.I.A. She studied and became proficient in Spoken Arabic; in addition speaks and writes German and reads French and Latin.
Enjoys cooking, sewing and music; and is an avid reader. Has a keen appreciation for animal life, continuing from earliest childhood which was spent daily (never mind the weather) in the Bronx Zoo, so that the keepers came to know her well, and granted he special favors. She was a member of the New York Zoological Society until moving to Sidon in 1951. Enjoys traveling, and has been able to cultivate at first hand her long interest in archeology.
JOHN MERRILL VAN WAGONER
John Merrill Van Wagoner was born September 10, 1952, Beirut,
Lebanon. John is the son of Merrill Young Van Wagoner and Carolyn Letitia Yunger.
In 1957-1958, attended kindergarten in Salt Lake City; grages 1 to 8, in Aramco Schools; entered American Community School, Beirut, where he is now a Sophomore. Has a strong leaning toward graphic art. Was ordained a Deacon in East Stratford Ward, Salt Lake City Utah, and then a Teacher. Spent two months on his Uncle Theons farm in Center Creek after sudden evacuation from Beirut in June, 1957having traveled alone by air.
Merrill, Carolyn and Young John have traveled every two years from the Middle East to Utah, visiting at various times Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Cretc, Jugoslavia, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Majorca, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, England, and Canada. In 1949, Merrill went to Ur of the Chaldees, sat on the steps of the Ziggurat there, but was unable to climb to the top because he was coming down with pneumonia. In 1955, they drove from New York, via Canada, to Utah and back. In 1963, they traveled by boat from Port Said, Egypt, through the Suez Canal to Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan. They have crossed the Atlantic Ocean three times by boat, and twenty-three times by plane; but have flown across the Pacific Ocean only once.
The Future plans for the family are that they have purchased land in American Fork and in Midway, where they will live after retirement.
DONNA RAE VAN WAGONER SWEAT
Donna Rae Van Wagoner Sweat, daughter of David Francis and Celest
Pack Van Wagoner, was born May 19, 1927, at Heber City, Utah. She attended Midway
Elementary School in Midway, Utah until 8th grade. She graduated from Wasatch high School
and Wasatch Seminary.
Donna Rae married Theon C. Sweat March 19, 1945 in the Salt Lake Temple. At this time Theon was serving with the United States army in World War II. He received his training at Camp Fannen, Texas. They were sent to Germany.
When Theon returned they lived in Salt Lake for a short time. Theon then found employment with Geneva Steel at Orem, Utah, as a crane operator. They purchased the David Van Wagoner home in Midway and lived there for ten years. As their children came along they wanted some ground, so they bought a farm in Center Creek, Utah. They have two daughters and three sons. Sandra Lyne, their eldest married Larry J. Thacker, September 8, 1967 in the Salt Lake Temple. Their sons David and Allen runs the farm with the direction and aid of their father. This enables Theon to continue his work at Geneva Steele.
Donna Rae has been active in church and civic affairs, serving on Wasatch Stake Primary Board, Counselor in Primary, and Counselor and teacher in M.I.A. Relief Society President and President of Wasatch Junior High P.T.A.
Theon has been counselor in M.I.A. one of the Seven Presidents of Seventy's Quorum, a Stake Missionary and served as Wasatch Stake High Councilman for 13 years, first with President Clay Cummings then President J. Harold Call. He was senior member when released.
NANCY JANE VAN WAGONER HAUETER
Nancy Jane Van Wagoner Haueter was 78 years of age at the time this
history was written. She was born in the home her father built, December 8, 1889 in
Midway. The tenth child of Margaret Ann Fausett and John Van Wagoner.
At age six she started school at the old one room school house where the Town Hall now stands. The pot-bellied coal stove froze one half the room, while the other half was tot hot. This was vivid to her memory as she and her sister Luella, when neither were very old, were janitors at the school. They had to carry the wood and coal, keep the fire stocked, dust the crude hand made benches, sweep and scrub the old wooden floors, which had wide cracks and would lose the water as they scrubbed. Nancy graduated from the eighth grade April, 1906. She was in the first graduating class from the Midway Elementary School.
Following graduation, Nancy worked for six years in the store belonging to her brothers Will and John.
Nancy had a testimony of the Gospel from the time she was a child. There were many faith promoting incidents in her life. The priesthood was honored and revered in her father's home. Family prayers were held night and morning. Nancy was married July 21, 1911 in the Salt Lake Temple to Frederick O. Haueter, son of Frederick Haueter and Anna Stoll. They lived most of their lives in their home on Main Street. At age 80, Fred completed their new home next door. Fred had been a builder, bricklayer, farmer and jack-of-all-trades. He worked hard all his life. He built fine pioneer memorials in the community, donating his labor. He served a mission to Switzerland. Was active in the church as long as health permitted. Nancy was active in church and community affairs all her life. Teaching kindergarten in Sunday School at age 14. Was counselor in Relief Society, a block teacher fifty years. Served 12 years as President or in the Presidency in the M.I.A. They had four sons, 17 grand children, 17 great grand children. (Written by Margaret Clyde Rasband)
LEE H. HAUETER
Lee H. Haueter, son of Nancy Jane Van Wagoner and Frederick Otto Haueter, was born 27 April 1927 in Midway, Utah. He attended Wasatch High School. His interests are hunting and horseback riding. He was baptized a member of the LDS Church 10 January 1926. He has served as first Counselor to the Mission President of Roosevelt Stake and in the Seventies Presidency. Bernice Carlisle, of Heber, became his wife 24 June 1944. Later their marriage was solmnized in the Salt Lake Temple, 13 February 1947. To this union were born one son and six daughters. They lived in Roosevelt, Utah. Lee is a farmer. He has been superintendent of the Moon Lake Water Users Association and director of Central Utah Water Conservancy District.
REX A. HAUETER
Rex A. Haueter, was born in Midway, Utah 25 August 1942, a son of Van F. Haueter and Dorothy Buys. With his parents he moved to Vale, Oregon then Harper Oregon. He attended the grade schools of both towns, then graduated from Harper High School in 1960. His favorite pass times are fishing, hunting and horseback riding. Rex married Ethel Marie Marchal 27 May 1961. Later they were sealed in the Temple on the 19 February 1962. They have two sons. Rex is an Elder in the LDS Church and was baptized 3 September 1950. His occupation is Ariaries (Bee-Man).
LUELLA VAN WAGONER
Luella was the 11th child of John Van Wagoner and Margaret Ann Fausett, born December 18, 1890, in Midway, Utah. Luella received her schooling in Midway, graduating from the 8th grade. Her former education stopped here, but she availed herself of every opportunity to study. Through much activity as a teacher in the church, she became well educated. Her marriage to Earl Clyde on June 2, 1916 took place in the Salt Lake Temple. Their early married life was spent at Wolf Creek where Earl worked for his father herding sheep. They moved to Midway October 6, 1917, where their son Bill was born. They then moved to Heber where two more children were born. During the 1st World War, when the influenza was so bad, Luella & Earl went from house to house caring for the sick. At this time, two of her sisters and a brother died from the "flu". Her sister Grace had been living with her while she worked at the bank prior to her death. Then Earl became very ill, Luella had to care for him alone. Several days she couldn't even remove her clothes or get any rest. At the birth of their 3rd child, Earl left his father's employment to be come Game Warden for the State. They bought a larger home where Luella still lives when in Heber. Hers was a gracious home. No one was ever turned away hungry. One and two hobos a day came to her door. Later she found they'd marked her barn designating "good lady within." Many times she took food to the sick and the old folks. Luella's invalid father lived with her several years before his death. Earl left home in the early 1940's. This necessitated Luella to become self-supporting. She took in boarders for awhile. Later moved to Salt Lake securing work packing war materials. After returning to Heber, she met Canute Peter Brienholt. They were married in the Mesa Temple January 2, 1947. Luella has, and is living a rich full life. Beloved by her children and grandchildren. She loves the Lord and has served Him diligently in various capacites through-out her life. She has served on a Stake mission, and has spent many days doing Temple work at the Mesa Temple. "Aunt Luell" as her nieces and nephews lovingly call her, has also taken an active and useful part in genealogy work through her life. Like her brothers and sisters she teaches by example. (This article written by Margaret Clyde Rasband & Deaun Clyde Haueter)
KATHLEEN S. CLYDE LIDDIARD
Kathleen S. Clyde Liddiard was born the 9 August 1937 in Salt Lake City, Utah, a daughter of William E. Clyde and Jenet Scott. She acquired her education at Brigham Young University. She participated in the Pageant "Americas 'Witness for Christ'" in 1957. Her talents are speech and drama. Kathleen was married to Gary Dennis Liddiard 11 April 1958 in the Salt Lake Temple. She was baptized into the church 6 August 1945. She is serving as Relief Society President in her ward. They have a son and two daughters. Their home is in Burbank, California.
PATRICIA SCOTT ARNETT
Patricia Scott Arnett was born 25 July 1941 in Salt Lake City, a
daughter of William E. Clyde and Jenet Scott. She attended Brigham Young University,
attaining her Masters degree, and Arizona State doing graduate work. She graduated with
high distinction, was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Education Honorary Fraternity. Her
favorite recreation is music and family. Her talents are vocal music and piano.
Pat attained her Golden Gleaner award. She is a piano and private voice teacher. She participated in the America Witness for Christ Pageant in 1960. She is a member of A Capello Choir and was Social Chairman at B.Y.U. Class of 1963.
Patricia was married to William Walter Arnett 9 March 1963 in the Mesa Temple, Arizona. They have a son. Their home is in Mesa.
She was baptized into the Church 6 August 1949. Her Church service has been Ward Chorister, MIA Activity Counselor, Primary and Relief Society teachers.
MARGARET ELOISE CLYDE RASBAND
Margaret Eloise Clyde Rasband was born 16 May 1918 in Heber, Utah, a
daughter of Luella Van Wagoner and Robert Earl Clyde. She attended Central Emementary and
Wasatch High School, Heber and the Brigham Young University, where she obtained her B.S.
degree. Her specialty is cooking, at which she excels.
Margaret was married to John Curtis Rasband 16 May 1941 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have one daughter and two sons. They built a home in Heber, where they live. Here she keeps a hospitable home and teaches school.
PHYLLIS CLYDE BECK
Phyllis Clyde Beck, was born 6 August 1928 in Heber, Utah, a
daughter of Luella Van Wagoner and Robert Earl Clyde. She attended Wasatch High School and
the Brigham Young University. She played in the High School Band. Her special interest is
Phyllis was married to Alton Paul Beck 27 December 1948 in Elko, Nevada, later 29 June 1949, being sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. She was baptized into the LDS Church, 9 August 1936.
Quote Phyllis: "We lived in the Valley View 9th Ward, Salt Lake, but will be moving to Seattle, Washington in the spring of 1968 to make our home. Paul makes our living as a General Contractor." I have served in Sunday School, Primary and MIA, both Ward and Stake. We have five energetic, talented children." We love the gospel and pray always we maybe worthy of our blessings.
TERRY LOU HAUETER GLAD
Terry Lou Haueter Glad is the daughter of Deaun La Rae Clyde and
William Ray Haueter. She attended the grade schools in Heber to the 4th grade. Then moved
to Salt Lake with her parents. She attended Irving Junior High a short time. Then she
completed her schooling in the Jordan School District, where she graduated in 1958.
Terry married Claude David Glad 3 April 1962 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have two daughters, and reside in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was baptized a member of the LDS Church 10 October 1948.
DEAN DEOS VAN WAGONER
Dean Delos Van Wagoner was born 9th July, 1897 in Midway, Wasatch
County, Utah, the 13th child of John Van Wagoner and Margaret Ann Fausett.
In the summer of 1923, Ella Johnson of Canada came to Salt Lake City. She was about 18 years of age. She stayed with Aunt Sarah Pyper and worked at one of the stores. That Christmas she went to Midway to visit Aunt Clara Pyper, (Dean's sister) and Uncle James, Sarah's Mother's brother. While she was there Dean came to pick up two of the girls for a sleigh ride and invited Ella to join them. This began their courtship. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple 11 June 1924.
They lived in the family home where Dean had lived since birth. Dean's father lived with them most of their married life. Here Arlene and Le Dene were born.
Shortly after this, they moved to Pleasant Grove where Dean and his three brothers, William, John and Albert went into business. They built the show house, hotel and movie house. While in Pleasant Grove, their son Bryce was born 4 July 1928. Ella was anemic. In December she came down with the "flu" and died in 8 days. Dean didn't know what to do. Some of the brothers offered to take the children, but he didn't want them separated.
Alta Elizabeth, Ella's sister, came and took care of the children for six months. Then she and Dean were married in the Salt Lake Temple the 5th June 1929.
While still in Pleasant Grove, Elmo was born 7 July 1931. A short time later the family moved to Lehi where father and Uncle Albert managed the theater and Van Cash & Carry Market for sometime. Father and Mother Alta had three more children: Brent, Gae and Leon.
During the rest of his life, Dean traded in cattle, and was always enthusiastic about what he was doing.
Father had to go to American Fork on business. Leon, only 4 years old, was going with him, also Cliff Tomlinson, a friend. Later that night, I received a telephone call at the nurses home in Salt Lake. They had been hit by a train enroute, in our truck. Two days later Dean passed away 17 May 1944.
We remember Daddy as a person blessed with a sweet spirit. He had special love for people. If we had a problem, he had a special way of helping to solve it. He had a love of his fellow men and would give whatever he had to help you. During a hard time, he hold two cows for $50.00. It was Christmas. There were many things our family needed. There was another family having a hard time also, and just as many children. Daddy divided the money with them.
Daddy loved his family. He had a great sense of humor. He loved sports, and was a good runner. A few months before his death, Bryce and Elmo were helping him chase some horses and he out ran them. He loved nature, and enjoyed his trips through the canyons.
We all have our faults - I'm sure Daddy had his also, but we feel that if we could take from his life a little of the love he had to give, and use it the way he did, we would have a more beautiful world to live in.
He was a Seventy at the time of his death, and was ordained by Rulon S. Wells 8 June 1930.
BRYCE VAN WAGONER
Bryce Van Wagoner, son of Dean Delos Van Wagoner and Ella Rose
Johnson, was born 4 July 1928 in Provo, Utah. He attended Lehi High and South High Schools
Salt Lake, Utah, also the LDS Business College. Bryce is self employed, being owner of the
Olympic Glass Company.
Bryce is married to Luacine June Rasmussen 15 February 1954 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have five children; three girls and two boys. They reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was baptized 2 August 1936 and has been an active member of the Church. He served as Bishop in his former Ward.
ARLENE VAN WAGONER CRABTREE
Arlene Van Wagoner Crabtree, was born April 2, 1925, to Dean Delos
Van Wagoner and Ella Rose Johnson, in the old family home of Grandfather, John Van
Wagoner, where my father was born. By the time I was two, we had moved to Pleasant Grove,
where we lived until I started school at the age of six.
At the age of three, my mother and grandfather died, and even though it was within a short time of each other, I didn't remember my mother, but I did remember my grandfather rocking me. He was the only grandparent alive when I was born.
About six months later my father married mother Alta Johnson, the sister of my mother Ella Rose. She taught me many things that have helped me through my life. At the age of six, we moved to Lehi, where I attended school until I graduated at the age of eighteen in May of 1943.
In June of 1943, I moved to Carlson Hall in Salt Lake City, and started in nursing school at the University of Utah. The following year, I was called home as daddy was in an accident. Two days later, he died. My brother Leon, was also in the accident, and I had to stay in the hospital another night with him. I think it was the hardest thing I had to do, as I did so want to go see daddy, but I knew that his room was empty.
Mother, with her wisdom insisted that I return to finish my nursing course; which, I graduated from in June of 1946.
I met Clent Crabtree in July of 1946, while visiting a friend of mine in Logan. Clent was in the Auto Business in Ogden. We were married December 27, 1946. I traveled with Clent, until we had our first little girl, Chris in 1952. We were blessed with two more little girls, Geri in 1953 and Linda in 1955.
Ten years later, we had two wonderful little boys, Alan in 1965 and Ricky in 1966. I have always been active in the church and feel that I have truly been blessed.
LA DENE VAN WAGONER MARTIN
La Dene Van Wagoner Martin was born 3 August 1926 in Midway, Utah, a
daughter of Dean Delos Van Wagoner and Ella Rose Johnson.
William Carlton Martin was a young officer in the US Navy and was on leave visiting with his family in New York. I, LaDene Van Wagoner was a hostess and at the time living in Florida. We met in New York and were married by the Justice of Peace in July 26, 1951. Two days later we were married in a religious ceremony, in Salt Lake City, by my cousin Arthur Van Wagoner.
Our first nine months of Military life began in Hawaii. This is where our daughter was nearly born---at the last minute the Navy sent us by air and Gae was born in New York.
Our next assignment was Norfork, Virginia. Then on to the West Coast for the next 12 years---San Diego, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco.
Bill had command of several ships and took a Division of ships to the Orient. During this voyage, at sea our Heavenly Father blessed us with the privilege of adopting our son Jeffrey at the age of 3 days and what a choice spirit.
We were then assigned to Charleston, South Carolina where Bill had command of a ship and was selected as Capt. In the U.S. Navy.
Our next and last assignment was New York such great blessings were in store for us. We were delighted to adopt Allen at the age of two and one half years and this past Christmas another choice spirit entered our home. Yes, Sarah was only three months old and is our little peace maker already.
Bill retires from the Navy this summer. The church has given us such a firm foundation which has given us comfort and joy throughout our journey.
BRENT J. VAN WAGONER
Brent J. Van Wagoner, son of Dean Delos Van Wagoner and Alta Johnson
was born February 14, 1936 in Lehi, Utah.
I spent the first eight years in Lehi, Utah. Then upon the death of my father the family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. I spent four years in the U.S. Air Force, two and one half years on a mission for the LDS Church in Holland. Periods of time were spent in Groningen Leewarden, Rotterdam, Eindhoven (Branch President), and the remainder of the time in Utrecht, Holland as District President.
I attended Weber College and the University of Utah. Through my work as a manager of Beneficial Finance Company (starting in Salt Lake City) I was transferred to Ogden, Utah, where we are presently living.
My wife is Maria Sophia Sieverts Van Wagoner and we have one son, J. Blair. My wife is from Amsterdam, Holland.
ELMO J. VAN WAGONER
Elmo J. Van Wagoner, son of Dean Delos Van Wagoner and Alto Johnson.
I was born in Provo, Utah on July 7, 1931. The first year of my life was spent in Pleasant
Grove, Utah. From there we moved to Lehi, Utah where we lived in three different homes. I
attended Grammar school in Lehi. When I was twelve years old, my father was killed in a
train-truck accident. At that time, my mother and her seven children moved to Salt Lake
City. There I attended Junior High, Senior High School and LDS Business College. I worked
a variety of jobs during my school years and after my graduation I worked on construction
jobs in Utah and Colorado. I then spent five years in the U.S. Navy. At the age of 21,
while still in the Service, I married Audrey Monroe 8 November 1952 in Elko, Nevada. We
were sealed in the Temple 22 April 1957. We lived in California for five years and in
Idaho for one year. Since that time we have been living in Ogden. We now have six
children. I work for the New Your Life Insurance Company. Audrey is an X-Ray Technician.
We both serve in the church, and have held various positions. We love the gospel of Jesus Christ and know it is true.
ALBERT VAN WAGONER
Albert Van Wagoner, son of John Van Wagoner and Margaret Ann Fauset
was born September 22, 1899 in Midway, Wasatch County, Utah. I was the fourteenth child in
a family of six boys and eight girls.
My father made brick and lime and also ran a general store. The store was in Midway and the bricks and lime were made in Heber and Midway. He made most of the brick in that area.
Some of my childhood memories were the games of kick the can, run sheep run, and hide and seek. We played with Dean Bronson, Bliss Titus, Carl Bronson, Eugene North, Earl Provost, and brother Dean and my three nephews who were about my age, Delemar Hair, Leo Van Wagoner, and Arther Van Wagoner. I remember having played store and shows and taking pins and bottles instead of money. I had a dog which would pull me in a dog cart in the summer time and on a sleigh in the winter time. He would really run (like a streak of lightening).
Not everyone completed high school when I was a boy; I completed the 8th grade. I worked with Will and John on the farm and also helped my father in the store. I remember being paid three cents for each mouse I killed in the store grainery.
When I was fifteen years of age I became interested in Anna Priscilla Turley who was teaching the third grade in Midway and living with the Clark Bronson family. She was a native of Colonia Juarez, Old Mexico and had attended Murdock Academy in Cedar City. After keeping company with her several years, we were married in the Manti Temple January 2, 1918. Our first home was in Midway. We had no bathroom in our home and had to carry all our water from a well a block away.
Our first child Grace Maxine (Powell) was born November 6, 1918, a pair of twins (a boy, my only son and a girl) were still-born Februray 2, 1923. They were lovely big babies weighing seven and one half pounds. That fall we built a lovely modern brick home on Midway Main Street. Another pair of twins were born March 20, 1925 two girls, Anita (Fitzgerald) named after her mother Anna, and Alberta (Eastmond) named after me, her father. While living in Midway I was the President of YMMIA and had an outstanding record in the stake in ward teaching.
Will and John built and managed the general store and show house in Midway. Dean and I worked in the store. I ran the show for several years, three nights a week. Anna sold tickets for me. Three reels made a show. We had two pot bellied stoves one at each end of the building. A gramophone furnished the music for the show. John and Will operated the store for many years then they organized the Citizens Mercantile out of it. Bishop Jacob Probst, James B. Wilson and Wilford Van Wagenen bought and operated it for three years. At the present time it is owned and operated by Guy Coleman.
In 1925, John, Dean and I moved to Pleasant Grove where we built the Alhambra Theater, Café and store which we leased to Dixon Taylor Russell Company. While living in Pleasant Grove another daughter Shirley (Dunn) was born June 24, 1930
While I was in Pleasant Grove I was Superintendent of the Sunday School.
We leased the theater to Frank White of Provo and we moved to Lehi where brother Dean and I went into the grocery business. Later I leased and operated the Lehi picture show. As a side line I sold cars.
Anna and I were busy in Lehi in church activities. I was in the Superintendency of the Sunday School for many years. Anna was a teacher in the Sunday School.
In 1935 Anna contracted pneumonia. We gave her the best care possible, had a night and a day nurse, had her administered to several times; the Sunday School officers and teachers had prayer meeting in her behalf; we put her name in the Salt Lake and Mesa Temples, relatives and friends all prayed for her, but nine days later she passed away, March 23, 1935 leaving four daughters, Maxine 16, Anita and Alberta 10, and Shirley nearly 5 years of age. The funeral was held in the Lehi Fifth Ward and she was buried in Midway Cemetery, Wasatch County, Utah.
In 1936 I met Orah Giles of Heber City, and one year later June 2, 1937 she became my wife. We were married in the Salt Lake Temple by Stephen L. Chipman, President of the Salt Lake Temple. Our daughter Anna Loye (Vance) was born May 29, 1938.
In May 1944 I sold my home in Lehi to my daughter Maxine Powell and her husband Keith. September 8, 1944 we moved to our present home in Provo where I sold cars for several years for Naylor Auto C. Later I went into the real estate business with my brother Will until he passed away two years later. I have continued on in that business up to the present time.
Since living in Provo the past twenty-two years I have held the following church positions: High Priest, President of Seventy, Ward Group 8 years, Stake Quorum 1st councilor of High Priests, Genealogy ward chairman and have done many endowments for the dead in the following temples: Manti, St. George, Los Angeles, Mesa, Salt Lake and Logan. One year my wife Orah and I did more endowments than any one in Provo Stake.
For the past several years I have been the President of the John Van Wagoner Family organization, in helping promote the Family News Letter which has helped keep family ties more closely knit together.
At the present time I am grandfather to 32 grandchildren and four great grand children.
Orah Giles Van Wagoner was raised by parents who loved the gospel, and taught these principles to their children. Her mother was a convert from Wales, Great Britain.
Orah's life has been one of service to family and the church, always in a happy cheerful way. Her church positions have been many. Chorister, teacher, councilor and President in the various auxiliary organizations, Relief Society President in Wards and Stake and also President of the LDS Organization in Provo.
GRACE MAXINE VAN WAGONER POWELL
Grace Maxine Van Wagoner Powell, daughter of Albert Van Wagoner and
Anna Priscilla Turley, was born 6 November 1918 in Midway, Utah. She attended the grade
school in Midway and Pleasant Grove, the 8th through 12th in Lehi. She graduated as Honor
Maxine was married to Keith Powell the 13 December 1937 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have resided in Lehi through out their married lives. Eight children were born to this couple, two girls and six boys.
In civic activities she served in PTA two years and was a member of the Literary Club fifteen years. Active in the LDS Church, she was counselor and secretary in MIA taught Primary and Sunday School and is beginning her fifth year as councilor in the Stake Relief Society Presidency. She was baptized 6 November 1926.
Her talent is homemaking, sewing and cooking. She enjoys crocheting and knitting.
Two sons have filled missions for the church. Antoine T. Powell - North British Mission - 1960 - 1962. Darrell G. Powell - Spanish American Mission - 1961 - 1964.
ANITA VAN WAGONER FITZGERALD
Anita Van Wagoner Fitzgerald, daughter of Albert Van Wagoner and
Anna Priscilla Turley, was born 6 November 1918 at Midway, Utah, a twin to Alberta. Her
education was obtained in Lehi, graduating from High School and Seminary. She also
attended a year each at the B.Y.U. and University of Utah.
Anita married Bliss Griffith Fitzgerald 27 April 1949 in the Salt lake Temple. They have three sons and four daughters. Their home is in Lehi, Utah.
She has served in PTA as secretary and taught 4-H Club three years. She is a Golden Gleaner and is now a Primary Counselor. Anita has filled an LDS Mission. She was baptized 20 March 1933. She enjoys singing, handicraft and sewing.
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