PARLEY PRATT VAN WAGONER

    Parley Pratt Van Wagoner was born at Midway, Utah, on the 6th of November 1863, the son of John Halma Van Wagoner and Nancy Elizabeth Young. On October 24, 1884, he married Emma Slack Jones. They made their home in Provo, Utah, for a time, later moving to Mammoth, Utah, and then to Raymond, Alberta, Canada. To this union were born ten children.
    Parley followed his father’s trade and was an excellent carpenter. It is said he cut so accurately that he seldom had to re-saw a board or re-set a door. He worked in Provo, Park City, and Robinson (Juab County) where he framed timbers for the Grand Central Mine. In 1903 he moved his family to Raymond, Alberta, Canada, where he built many of the first homes and barns. He lived in Canada for 17 years, and could be called a pioneer of that community.
    In 1920 he and his family moved to Long Beach, California; then to Los Angeles, where he continued working as a carpenter and contractor. He built many lovely homes in this area. His wife, Emma, passed away a short time after they moved to California. He later remarried. He died in Los Angeles, California, on the 26th of May 1934.
    His sons, Parley and Lynn Van Wagoner were both contractors and builders. Parley passed away in 1954, but Lynn is still living in California. His daughter, Grace Van Wagoner Swan, lives in the Los Angeles area. Another daughter, Maude Van Wagoner Sorenson, is living in Raymond, Alberta, Canada.

 

EVA ELIZA VAN WAGONER POWEL
Written April 1938 by Eva Powell

    I was born in Provo, Utah, the 18th of March, 1886, a daughter of Parley Pratt Van Wagoner and Emma Slack Jones. After I was four years old father built a home near the Provo Cemetery, where I lived until I was ten years old, when my father go a job in Mammoth, Utah, framing timbers for the Grand Central Mine. We lived there for six years. My father built a number of homes there.
    When I was sixteen we moved to Provo Second Ward, which is now the Sixth Ward, in my Grandfather Jones’ home. We lived here one year. I attended the Franklin School, but my eyes proved to be so bad I was told to leave school by my doctor, which I did in the seventh grade. I had not been able to see the writing on the board except from the teacher’s desk, and I wore glasses from my tenth year, but I have been blessed that I have done all my sewing for my large family.
    Father moved us to Raymond, Alberta, Canada in April, 1903. That same year I met my husband, Ray, he having come that year with his mother and two younger brothers to visit his sister and brother-in-law, Warren Depew, who had come from Payson, Utah, with the Mormons who migrated with Jesse Knight to do farming. I went with Ray three years and we were married Dec. 21, 1906, in the Salt Lake Temple. We spent our honeymoon in Utah visiting loved ones, returning to Raymond one month later in 40 below zero weather. Many hundreds of cattle died that winter. We lived in Raymond 21 years, but never naturalized. My father, Parley Pratt Van Wagoner, moved to Long Beach, California, the spring of 1920, later moving to Los Angeles where he died. Mother died in Log Beach their first year there and was buried in Provo, Utah. Father was buried in California.
    Ten of our children were born in Canada, and four died there. When our first child was one year old, we sent Ray’s brother, Albert, on a mission to Ireland for two years. We took his farm, but we had hail and drought, and had to look elsewhere for work to keep him on his mission. We went on the Mendenhall ranch to work where we earned enough to keep Albert. He completed his mission, and the Lord has blessed and helped us ever since. We have always paid our tithes and have never been hungry and have owned our own home most of our lives. The winter I spent on the ranch I never saw a woman. Indians came to the ranch, but I was not afraid. I felt contentment.
    We returned to Raymond to live. Ray worked on some of the largest farms there, plowing and disking hundreds of acres of land for the Sugar Company, and he also worked in every part of the sugar factory. It was here he learned to take care of electric wiring. He later took a course in electricity by correspondence.
    In 1924 we moved to Payson, Utah. Our daughter, Shirley V., was born there. The following spring he applied for a job as city electrician in Nephi, Utah , and was accepted. After we came to Nephi Mildred, our twelfth and last child, was born. Shirley V. died here at the age of four years.
    On August 24, 1938, my husband was called to be second counselor to Bishop P. B. Cowan of Nephi South Ward. He has also served as superintendent of the Sunday School and as scoutmaster. He was later called to the Juab Stake High Council.
    Eva Eliza Van Wagoner Powell passed away December 6, 1961, at Nephi, Utah. She was buried in Payson Cemetery. She was a woman of great faith. She was active in the L.D.S. Church, serving in many capacities, both Stake and Ward. She was greatly loved by all her friends, and neighbors. She was a woman of great charity, doing many kind deeds for those she loved. She helped in the homes of the sick and visited the old and infirm. She was the first President of the D.U.P. in Nephi, and spent many hours writing histories of pioneers of Nephi who were still living at that time. From the time she was very young she started a series of diaries. She left a wealth of material concerning her life, and the events that happened world wide.

 

IDA MAE POWEL NELSON

    Ida Mae Powell was born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, the first child of Olof Raymond Powell and Eva Eliza Van Wagoner Powell. She attended the elementary grades in Raymond. At the age of 16 she moved with her parents and brothers and sister to Payson, Utah, the birthplace of her father. Her mother was born in Provo, Utah. They family lived at Payson for one year, where Ida attended high school, then he father obtained employment as city electrician in Nephi, Utah, and moved his family there. Here Ida continued her high school education. She also worked in the Nephi telephone office, as an operator.
    She married Spencer J. Brown of Provo, Utah, in the Salt Lake Temple, and they lived for a time in Provo. This married ended in divorce. Later she married Roy V. Nelson. They have two children, Kent and Christine.
    Roy was a career officer in the U.S. Airforce. He served in the 2nd World War. In connection with his service they were transferred to many far away places. They lived for two years in Japan, returning to the United States, and they were transferred to Biloxi, Mississippi. They also lived at Fort Warren, Wyoming, and Ida lived in Bordentown, New Jersey, while Roy spent a year in Labrador. The family moved then to Enid, Oklahoma, and later to Turkey, where they spent two years, returning to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where Roy was retired from the Airforce with the rank of Lt. Col. In 1963. At the present time she and her husband and son and daughter are living in Santa Rose, California, where Roy is employed in the real estate business.
    Ida is an accomplished author, having had a number of poems and stories published. In 1962, she published a book of poetry entitled, "Tina in Turkey." Her poetry has appeared in the Era, Children’s Friend, and other publications. As a young girl, she delighted many audiences with her dramatic readings. She has a lovely singing voice, which was sometimes overlooked because of her popular readings.

 

BERT POWELL

    Bert Powell, son of Olof Raymond Powell and Eva Eliza Van Wagoner Powell, both members of the L.D.S. Church, was born June 20, 1911, at Raymond, Alberta, Canada. My father was born at Payson, Utah, and my mother at Provo, Utah. Their parents were all members of the L.D.S. Church. I was the third child of a family of twelve children. I attended the elementary grades in Raymond, and was baptized a member of the L.D.S. Church June 26, 1920.
    On Wednesday, April 16, 1924, at the age of 12 I left Raymond with my family, and moved to Payson, Utah, where I lived for one year and attended the 8th grade. In 1925 we moved to Nephi, Utah, where my father was employed for about 25 years as city electrician. I graduated from the Juab Stake Seminary in 1928, and the Nephi High School in 1929.
    In the spring of 1933 I joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at Nephi, Utah, and worked for 2 years during the great depression in this organization. I worked as a carpenter building the camp, three months as a horse wrangler, where I took care of six horses and three mules and packed in the food and supplies for a trail crew of about 20 men making trails on Mt. Nebo. In the winter of 1933 and 1934 I worked as a surveyors helper to the camp engineer at Washington, two miles east of St. George, where the old cotton mill was built, the first one in Utah. Then for about two years I worked as the forestry clerk to the camp superintendent. I then attended the L.D.S. Business College for a winter.
    In 1936 I started work for the agent of The Texas Oil Co. at Nephi, as a truck driver, bookkeeper, and salesman, which job I worked at for six years. In 1942 I started work for the Juab County Mill & Elevator Co. at Nephi, as a truck driver, salesman, and bookkeeper, which job I still hold.
    I have been active in scouting for about 28 years, six as a scout, about 15 as a scout master and explorer leader, and about seven years as a troop committee-man. In 1945 I became a counselor in the Nephi South Ward bishopric and spent 4 years as a counselor in three different bishoprics, which was a wonderful experience. At the present time I am a counselor in the Ward MIA, the second time I have held this position. In 1964 I was presented with the Silver Beaver award in scouting.
    I married Florence Belliston of Nephi, Utah, in 1939, the daughter of Ralph Bardsley Belliston and Alice Lillian Farnsworth, both L.D.S. members. We were married in the Logan Temple August 4, 1939. Florence has served in the YWMIA as a counselor, and as a teacher in the Primary, and Sunday School; and for over ten years as the Relief Society magazine representative, which position she holds now. During that time the Ward has gone over their quota of 100% each year.
    We have two children, Robert Belliston Powell, born June 4, 1941, at Nephi, Utah, and Linda Marie Powell, born Sept. 10, 1946, at the Payson Hospital, Payson, Utah. Robert is an Eagle scout, a silver explorer, and holds the Duty to God award. In 1957 Robert and I attended the National Jamboree at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. At Juab High School Robert lettered in track, was editor of the high school paper, and was valedictorian of his class. He also graduated from Seminary. To earn money he had a paper route and was janitor at the local bank.
    In Robert’s junior year he became a ham radio operator, a hobby which he still enjoys. He was awarded a four-year scholarship at the BYU where he is majoring in electrical engineering and is in his senior year. Between his second and third year of college he filled a mission for two years in the Eastern States Mission. While there he participated in the Hill Cumorah Pageant for two years. Robert plays the piano and organ and has completed the L.D.S. course as an organist.
    Linda graduated from Juab High School in 1964. In High School she was very active in athletics, plays, and in her senior year had the lead part in the musical, Oklahoma. Her talent as a piano accompanist was also used extensively. She was also editor of the high school paper, and was drill mistress of the Pro-VITA drill team, a girl’s service organization. She also received a scholarship at the BYU, having graduated from high school with honors, and is now attend school at that college. She was Miss Nephi in 1964. Linda has completed the L.D.S. chorister course and has been assistant Sunday School Chorister for several years, and also has served as Sunday School organist.
    We all have a testimony of the Gospel and know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church on this earth. By trying to live the Gospel teachings and obeying the lord’s commandments we have been greatly blessed and, as a family, have received much joy and happiness. In times of trouble and when members of our family have been seriously ill in our home, the power of the Priesthood of God has been manifested, and they have regained their health and strength, and our troubled minds have been calmed and our burdens eased. We have tried to fully pay our tithing and offerings and have never missed the money but have had joy and happiness in doing so. When financial worries have been great and we have wondered how we would be able to meet certain obligations, the way has been opened up and the seemingly impossible has happened. We know that if we follow the Lord’s words and obey His counsel that we will have joy in this world and peace of mind, and happiness in the life hereafter.

 

ZOE POWELL GIBSON

    Zoe Powell Gibson was born on August 24, 1913, at Raymond, Alberta, Canada. She was the 4th child in a family of twelve children. She attended school at Raymond until the fifth grade, when her parents, Eva and O. Raymond Powell, moved their family back to Utah, the birthplace of both parents.
    The family lived at Payson for a year, moving to Nephi in 1925 where her father had obtained employment as city electrician. Here Zoe graduated from the Juab High school and Juab Stake Seminary. In 1935 she married Roy Elme Gibson, who was a native of Nephi, in the Manit Temple.
    Roy is a printer by trade, and publishes the local weekly newspaper. He is the son of Alice North and Jacob Gibson, and was born in Nephi, December 28, 1911. He attended Logan High School and then was trained in his profession by his brother Abe, who owned the Times News in Nephi. Roy later bought into the newspaper as a partner of his bother. When Abe moved to Pleasant Grove, Roy took over the newspaper as editor. He is a member of the Utah State Press Association, having served as secretary, vice-president, and president of that organization, and is at present a member of their business committee.
    Zoe and Roy are both active in the L.D.S. Church. Roy served as Elder’s President, superintendent of the Sunday School, counselor in the Bishopric of the Nephi Second Ward, and Bishop, and was then sustained as a member of the Juab Stake Presidency, a position that he holds at the present time.
    Zoe has served in numerous ward, and stake positions, including Primary President, a teacher in most of the auxilliaries, seven years as an age group counselor in the MIA, Stake Relief Society board member, and is at present Education Counselor in the ward Relief Society.
    Zoe and Roy have four children. Shirley Rae is married to Clifford R. Birrell. Allan Roy graduated from the high school at Nephi, also the Juab Stake Seminary. He then served four years in the U.S.Navy, where he received special training in photography. He is at present attending the Utah State University at Logan, Utah.
    The two youngest boys, Vance and Daryle are still at home and attending local schools. Vance is interested in music and photography, and Daryle thinks he will be a printer like his father.

 

SHIRLEY RAE GIBSON

    Shirley Rae Gibson, born 30 Aug 1936, is the oldest child and only daughter of Roy Elmo and Zoe Powell Gibson. She graduated from the Nephi High School and Seminary, and also from the B.Y.U. with a degree in elementary education. She taught in several schools; at Rose Park, Pocatello, and Provo, both before and after her marriage. She married Clifford R. Birrell in the Manti Temple. He is a native of Provo, Utah, but spent most of his life in Twin Falls, Idaho, where his parents now reside. They are the parents of two children, a son and a daughter, Mark Roy Birrell, and Dana Rae Birrell.
    Clifford is also a teacher. He graduated from the B.Y.U. and had further training at the University in Pocatello, Idaho. He taught music at a junior high school in Pocatello for two years. Then moved his family to Redondo Beach, California. He is teaching in a nearby high school at Palos Verdes as an instructor in music and speech. He served a mission before he married in Germany. He and Shirley Rae are active members of the L.D.S. Church. Shirley was called to the primary presidency in their Pocatello Ward, and at present is junior Primary chorister. Clifford has been MIA superintendent in both Pocatello and Redondo Beach.

 

PARLEY MAX POWELL

    Parley Mac Powell was born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada on May 15, 1916, the third son and seventh child of Olaf Raymond and Eva Van Wagoner Powell. Migrated from Raymond to Payson, Utah, April 16, 1925. Later moved to Nephi, Utah, where he finished high school. Was employed at a garage in Bakersfield, California, when drafted in the United States Army on February 18, 1941, and sent to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, where he served as mechanic instructor of men in the Signal Corps for ten months. Was transferred to Camp Crowder, Mo., and took first contingent of 21 men to open the camp.
    He worked in the motor pool where he became a Master Sergeant. Received honorable discharge October 30, 1945. Worked as garage foreman, now diesel mechanic. Ardent hunter, outdoorsman, authority on guns and is a shooter and instructor. Is a life member of National Rifle Association. Has worked several years with Boy Scouts and Junior Rifle Clubs. Devoted to his family. Is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    Married Wilma Corine Bulger October 24, 1942, in St. Phillips Episcopal Church of Joplin, Mo. She is the daughter of Phillip Bulger and Jessie Ruth Staples Bulger, born November 7, 1911, in Joplin, Mo. She loves her home and family and friends. She likes to do needlework, and likes flowers. Wilma is an office worker and has worked over 15 years for the Credit Bureau of Joplin. She graduated from Joplin High School and has taken some adult education classes. She is a member of the Episcopal Church.
    Two sons were born to Parley Max and Wilma Corine Bulger Powell. Phillip Ray Powell is married to DeLores Ann Castoreno. Lynn Max Powell was born January 10, 1946, in Joplin, Mo. No. 46-1-80. He graduated from high school in Joplin. Won number of medals and trophies for shooting. Likes to hunt, fish, shoot, and swim. Is a Red Cross Lifesaver. Interested in Scouting. Is an outdoorsman. Attending Kansas State College at Pittsburg, Kansas, studying to do industrial and technical drawing, drafting, etc. Is a member of the Methodist Church.

 

PHILLIP RAY POWELL

    Phillip Ray Powell was born July 9, 1944, to Parley Max and Wilma Corine Bulger Powell. He is No. 44-7-1069 in Joplin, Missouri. He graduated from high school in Joplin and has attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri for two years. He plans to become a teacher. His interests are church, Scouting, shooting, hunting, fishing, outdoor sports, and writing. He is an N.R.A. approved markmanship instructor, and a Thespian. He is a member of the Methodist Church.
    On December 1, 1963, he married Delores Ann Castoreno in the Chapel of the Methodist Church in Carthage, Missouri. They have a son, Scott Felipe Powell, who was born prematurely. Because his digestive system was not developed he was having some difficulty in handling his food.

 

OF DEAN VAN POWELL

    I was born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, June 20, 1918, the son of Olof Raymond and Eva Eliza Van Wagoner Powell, one of a family of 12 children. Dad was a electrician, watermaster, and sometimes served as a Deputy Marshall in the town, a prairie town in South Alberta, close to the U.S. border. Father went to Canada as a young man, punching cows, farming, working in the L.D.S. Sugar Factory and then as electrician.
    We moved to Payson, Utah, in 1924, and to Nephi in 1925. We loved the town of Nephi, population about 3000, at the foot of 12,000 foot Mt. Nebo, and 10,000 foot Red Ledges to the south of Salt Creek Canyon. It is a lovely place to live and grow up. My brothers, Bert and Max, and I spent so much time in the hills and mountains we knew almost every hill and hollow. We loved to fish its streams and Burriston Pond and to hunt deer and pheasants, and to camp in the canyons with our parents and sisters, who loved that locality as we did. Our faithful old dog, King, traipsed the hill trails with us and flushed the birds before our guns in the meadows and fields. I had climbed old Mt, Nebo nine times by my 18th birthday, from the West and the East, and with my brother Max, all three peaks of that mountain.
    We attended Nephi Central School and Juab High School (changed from Nephi High), hauled hay for the farmers, drove tractor for dry land farmers. Bert and I spent some time in the Civilian Conservation Corps, and Max worked in garages and service stations. I worked for A. B. Gibson, and his brother Roy, who married my sister Zoe at a later date, in the Nephi Printing office, "The Times News Printing Establishment." I enjoyed this work and worked there on a part-time basis until after I had finished high school. I enjoyed doing my work from a sitting position and Roy kept me busy retrieving my typesetting stool from the trash heap, where he repeatedly threw it.
    Our family was very close in spite of pretty independent dispositions and some strong tempers. I loved my parents and sisters, Ida and Zoe, Grace, and Mildred, and two dear little sisters that I remembered who died, one less than a year old and one at five. Mother lost three other children in infancy, twin girls, Leah and Reah; and one boy, Raymond Van. The two girls I remember were Vivian and Shirley V.
    I squired several of the Nephi young ladies, but really fell hard for a blonde and beautiful young lady from Fountain Green, Utah, a town about 15 miles southeast of Nephi, elevation over 6000 feet. This young lady, of Danish extraction, with a strong dash of English, was the daughter of Edward Merriam and Ida Delena Llewellyn Hansen. We kept company for about two years and were married on August 22, 1939, in Fillmore, Utah. My wife’s name is Gladys Carol Hansen.
    I obtained employment with my mother’s brother, Lynn Van Wagener, as a carpenter’s helper, in Los Angeles, California. As a carpenter’s helper and soon a carpenter I worked on hundreds of homes and apartment buildings during the first years of World War II. We had two daughters, Carol Ann and Ronnie Jeanne, born to us in Los Angeles, and I worked there until 1943, with one summer spent at Marysville, California, and part on the construction of the Topaz Japanese Evacuation Center, west of Delta, Utah. I worked on the Geneve Steel Mills, west of Provo, Utah, in the fall and early winter of that same year. In February, 1944, I went to Hanford, Washington, to work on a top secret construction job for the government. This later turned out to be a Plutonium plant, where some of the ingredients for the first atomic bombs were manufactured.
    My wife, Carol, and our daughters joined me in Hanford in July of 1944, and we lived for a time in a government housing project in Sunnyside, Washington. Later we moved to the town of Richland, Washington. We have nine daughters and one son.
    I changed employment in November, 1944, and began driving a bus to the atomic plant. I have continued in this work to the present time. In 1947 my wife and I became active in the Church and have continued in that activity. She in the Relief Society and Primary, and I as a counselor in the Stake and Ward Sunday Schools, as Elders’ Quorum President, branch and stake missionary, ward teacher, counselor to a senior members group, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Stake Scouter and committee member.
    We have strong testimonies of the divinity of Jesus Christ, as the son of God, and the restoration of the Church and Priesthood by Him through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and we know that our testimony is true. It has been wonderful to raise our children in the Church.

 

GRACE V. POWELL JACOBSEN

    Grace V. Powell was born on 18 May 1920, at Raymond, Alberta, Canada. She was the daughter of Raymond Olof and Eva Eliza Van Wagoner Powell. When she was four her parents moved back to the United States. She was on of twelve children. She was raised in Nephi and finished high school there. She attended business school in Los Angeles, California, and lived with her Aunt Grace Swan while there. During the first of the World War II years, she worked in Salt Lake City and at Fort Douglas, Utah, but, never one to conform too closely, she then worked in the Panama Canal Zone, Korea, and Alaska.
    Grace and Ernest Jacobsen met in Alaska and were married on June 29, 1950. He was transferred to Florida in 1951. Their three children were born at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and they lived at Valparaiso, Florida. In 1957 they were transferred to Goose Bay, Labrador, where they lived for two years.
    They were fortunate to be sent to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California in 1959. Here, after two years, Ernest finished his twenty years in the service and retired. He took a job as civilian in the same office where he had worked as a Master Sergeant, and finally became Base Director of Ground Safety. They now reside in Santa Maria, California.

 

MILDRED V. POWELL TAYLOR

    I was born in Nephi, Utah, on October 15, 1927. This was to continue to be my home until I was eighteen and left for college. I had a happy childhood since I enjoyed parents who were both religious and loving. I attended grade school and high school in Nephi and graduated in 1945. That fall I went to Snow College and took a business course for one year. Here I met my husband-to-be, Sherrel J. Taylor, whom I married in the Manti Temple on December 18, 1947. Sherrel’s birthplace was in Aurora, Utah on March 23, 1927.
    After marriage Sherrel continued with his studies at the Brigham Young University, and I worked as a stenographer to help him through school. He graduated in December of 1949 with a B. S. degree in elementary education, and we moved to Aurora, Utah, where he began his new career. We stayed in Aurora for five years, during which time two boys and a girl were born to us. They are named Roger, Eileen, and Neil. In 1955 Nevada’s better opportunities for school teachers beckoned to us, and we moved to Ely where Sherrel was to be principal of an elementary school. We were both kept busy in the Church teaching Sunday School, and we were very pleased when Sherrel was called to be Sunday School Superintendent. When my children were all in school, I started working as a stenographer again. I feel that the best thing Ely did for our family was make us realize the great influence for good that our Gospel has in people’s lives.
    In 1961 Sherrel began having trouble with his legs, and after many trips to specialists, it became obvious that what he had was very serious and probably incurable. Since it looked as if his chances for being able to work again weren’t very good, we decided to move back to Utah. We had never felt that we wanted to raise our family in the environment Ely offered, and also felt they would have a better chance of obtaining a college education if we lived close to a college.
    So we made the big decision and moved to Orem, Utah. We bought a home here and hoped we could now put down permanent roots. I began working for Geneva Steel Company, where I am still employed. We have good hopes for the future, although Sherrel is still unable to work. We feel that the most important thing in life is to stay close to the Gospel, which is after all the only sure way to happiness in this complicated world. Our children all seem to have testimonies of the Gospel and are active in their church groups, which makes us very happy.

 

ESTELLA VAN WAGONER GALBRAITH
(Written by daughter, Mildred V. G. Anderson)

    I, Mildred V. Galbraith Anderson, was born Dec. 13, 1913 to David Layton and Estella Van Wagoner Galbraith, at Raymond, Alberta, Canada.
    The Lord took my mother Aug. 28 1923 (she died with complications in pregnancy), and for fourteen years my father raised us four children alone. He instilled into us a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    My father came to Canada with his mother, Elizabeth Layton Galbraith in 1903. His father died in Mexico. David fulfilled a mission in Oklahoma in 1908, and as long as I remember he was Elder’s President in Raymond 2nd Ward. He was a very good, kind, honest man. His teaching was "prepare to live and you’ll be ready to die." He died August 16, 1936, in Raymond, Alberta, Canada.
    My mother, Estella, was a beautiful lady. My memory of her was as her sister wrote: "She pressed her blouses and skirts every day. She kept herself lovely." Her walk, talk, and laugh were beautiful. She never spoke an unkind word. Her bishop remarked, "I have never known a more beautiful character than she." She was referred to as "a leader among young people." She was MIA President at the time of her death.
    She married David Layton Galbraith April 12, 1911. They were married in Raymond, Alberta, Canada. When asked how she knew she loved him, she remarked, "Because I know I can always honor and respect him."
    The date of Estella’s death was the day the Cardston Temple was dedicated. In the Spring (March 7, 1924) Eva Van Wagoner Powell, Estella’s sister, stood proxy and mother and father were sealed and so were we children. How well I remember that day. President Wood turned to us children and said, "Your mother is here. I can see her."

 

BRUCE VAN GALBRAITH

    Bruce Van Galbraith has lived in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, all his life. He attended the University of Utah for one year and Mount Royal College in Alberta one year. His occupation has been farming until 1962 when he received a position with the Canadian Government as a Farm Credit Advisor, which he still holds. He was a member of the Town Council of Raymond from 1949 until 1955. He was a bishop’s counselor from 1947 to 1955, and then was made Bishop of Raymond 4th Ward, a position he still holds.
    He has no enemies. He loves all people and animals, especially horses. He married Beth Heninger in 1936. She is a graduate nurse, and has done a lot of nursing for friends since their marriage. She has also held many positions in the Church, mostly in MIA.
    The Three oldest children, David Brian, Betty Lynne, and John, are married. Paul is at home. He enjoys farming. Margaret is at home, taking grade 12, and all of the rest of the children are in school.
    The children are interested in Speech Arts, and each have won several awards for this. Evelyn is an accomplished horsewoman. She barrel races and jumps her horse at local rodeos.
We’re just a big happy family. We love the Church and our town, and our neighbors are the best.

 

DAVID BRIAN GALBRAITH

    David Brian Galbraith filled a mission in Switzerland. He loved Europe, so went back to France to study after his mission. Then he went to Israel to study the customs of the people and to learn Hebrew. There he met Frieda Kruger, a Dutch girl with some Jewish ancestry. She joined the Church and they were married in the Alberta Temple in 1963. They are both attending the B.Y.U. David has his B. A. degree and is getting his Masters in Political Science. Frieda speaks Dutch, French, German, English, and Hebrew, and is majoring in education and languages. She will graduate in 1965. They expect their first child right away.

 

BETTY LYNNE GALBRAITH

    Betty Lynne Galbraith is also a nurse. She married Keith Palmer, a farmer, and since her marriage, between babies, she also has worked some at her profession. She and her mother often help each other in nursing. If one is teaching a class or needs to be at home, the other responds. Lynne and Keith are both active in the church.

 

JOHN GALBRAITH

    John Galbraith filled a mission in France. Six months after his return he married his childhood sweetheart, Coral Bingham. They are both attending the B.Y.U. Coral will graduate in 1965, majoring in education and music. She is an accomplished pianist.

 

MILDRED V. GALBRAITH

    Mildred V. Galbraith was born to David Layton and Estella Van Wagoner Galbraith Dec. 13, 1913, in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, and came to Utah in 1936. Here she met Leo Vitt Anderson, a returned missionary from Eastern Canada. They were married 22 Sept. 1938 at Cardston, Alberta, Canada. She says:
    "He later told me the day he met me he went on top of a mountain and prayed and told the Lord, "This day I want to meet the girl I should marry.’ He then asked for guidance and help. He had been a missionary with a friend of mine, Isaac Roberts, and he introduced us.
    We lived in Provo until 1943. While here three of our eight children were born. In February of that year we moved to Union, Utah.
    Leo Vitt was a man ‘who was in the world but not part of it." He had very close communication with his Father in Heaven. He was in the Bishopric under two Bishops, Bishop Thomson and Bishop Sterling Stokes. He was Scout leader, Sunday School superintendent, MIA superintendent, High Priest leader; and in 1954 he was made Bishop of Union 2nd Ward. After giving of himself, love and service the Lord made it known to him he was leaving this earth, so in November 1959 he was released as Bishop, and he passed away the following September, 1960.
    Since his death until now, March 1967, I have lived in our house in Union. Five of our children have married. Van filled a mission in Northern Califormia, David filled a mission in Eastern Canada, and James is on a mission to the Central Atlantic States.
    I am Relief Society President. I have worked in MIA as teacher and president, in Primary and Sunday School. I have also been a counselor in Relief Society. My goal in life is to teach my children that they can say as I can that they "know that God lives," and to prepare them to live uprightly so they will "be ready to die," as my father said.

 

DONNA V. GALBRAITH

    Donna V. Galbraith was born May 26, 1919, in Raymond, Alberta, Canada. She is the daughter of David Layton and Estella Van Wagoner Galbraith. On September 6, 1939, she married Clyde Rich Bennett, in Alberta, Canada. They have five children.

 

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