Ferren Nickoles Sager
Contributor: gabrielbodard Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago
Written: August 25, 1962
I was the second son born to Bertha Nicholes and John Alma Sager on November 1, 1911, in American Fork, Utah. My other brothers and sisters are John Elmo, Sidney Henry, Amanda Sager Sims, and Barbara Sager Richan. A brother Lewis and a sister Bertha (Bubbles) died in infancy.
I grew up in American Fork where I attended the grade schools and graduated from the American Fork High School in 1929. I attended the Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah from 1929 to 1932. I was given a scholarship to Chicago Musical College, Chicago, Illinois, which I attended for one year. I also received a certificate from Salt Lake Vocational School in Electrical Education.
On November 22, 1933, I married Zora Healey of Alpine, Utah, in the Salt Lake Temple.
Our first home was in American Fork and it was while living there that our first child, Sidney Ferren, was born on November 14, 1934. Thirteen months later on December 1a (sic) 1935, our second son, Richard Karl, was born. About one month later, we moved to Payson, Utah, where I was employed by Dixon-Taylor-Russell Furniture Company.
One June 8, 1938, our daughter, Zora Jeannene was born in Payson.
We moved to Provo, Utah, in 1938, and later that same year we moved to Ogden, Utah. In 1939, we moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Our daughter Sharon Lee was born November 16, 1943, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
I followed the home furnishing business, starting in 1934 with Dixon-Taylor-Russell Co. in American Fork and Payson; Taylor Brothers Co., in Provo; Sears Roebuck Co., in Ogden and Salt Lake City.
During World War II, I worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as Trainman.
It was in September 1945, that we purchased a home at 2267 Hannibal Street in Salt Lake and have lived there to date.
All my life I have been active in church activities, serving in different capacities in the Sunday School, M.I.A., Elders, Seventies, and High Priest Quorums. Several times I have served as choir leader and director. I have worked with the Boy Scout organization and earned my Eagle Scout rank at age 42.
I have been a member of the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir since 1948. This position has afforded me great pleasures, and I feel it has been a blessing to belong to such an organization. While with this group I have traveled and sung in many cities in the United States and Europe. One of the greatest thrills of my life was the trip we took to Europe in 1955 with the choir. Our son, Sidney, was serving on a mission for the L.D.S. Church at the time. We spent several days with him and him missionary companions and friends in Seraing and Liege, Belgium.
Music has been very dear to my heart all my life. I have played the violin and sung at funerals, church, and civic functions. I have also taken leading rolls in plays and musical programs.
My hobbies are many and varied: Among them are flower raising, gardening, painting, palm reading, clock repairing, cooking, sewing, crocheting, working needlepoint, and for many years, I have cut my own and my children’s hair.
My motto has always been, “If it can be done, my hands can be made to di it too!”
My life has developed an interesting study in doubles: Ferren with two “R’s.” I was born the 11th month, November 1, 1911. My father and mother were both age a2 (22?) when I was born. Grandfather Nicholas was age 44. I was married on November 22, 1933. Zora’s father was age 66. President Heber J. Grant married us on his 77th birthday. My social security number ends in8787. Our street address is 2267 Hannibal. Our telephone number is IN6-3636.
Found in Verland Healey Beck's genealogy papers
Autobiography of Ferren Nicholes Sager
Contributor: gabrielbodard Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF FERREN NICHOLES SAGER
Ferren Nicholes Sager was born to Bertha Nicholes and John Alma Sager, Tuesday, November 1, 1911 in an old home on the corner of 3rd West and 1st South in American Fork, Utah County, Utah. Dr. Kelley assisted. Thelma Nicholes, a cousin of mother’s came to help with the housework and to tend my older brother, John Elmo who was born May 21, 1909 in American Fork. Shortly after I was born mother and dad moved to the Tom Martin Farm between American Fork and Pleasant Grove. While living on the farm, a brother, Sidney Herb, and a sister, Amanda, were born. Sidney born October, 1913, and Amanda, December 29, 1915.
While living on the farm we were happy. We all had Chicken Pox and Measles, experiencing staying in a darkened room during the day. I remember this is when I got my first rag doll from a pattern mother had sent for from Montgomery Ward or Sears. During one summer dad obtained a sheep wagon and with a cow and a good team of horses we all went to the Uintah Basin to consider moving out there on a ranch. It took a month to go and come back. I can still remember the bad canyons, the tall pines and the telling of the trials of John Grant losing his wife on just such a trip. We were glad to get back home. Shortly afterward we moved off the farm to Granddad and Grandmother Nicholes’ home at 143 N. 3rd W., American Fork, Utah.
The agreement was for dad to work granddad’s farm on a share basis. Granddad was away so much of the time with his sheep herds. Elmo, Sidney and myself all learned to milk cows, clean chicken coops, weed the crops and we all did our share of the work. It was a nice home for here we had electric lights and a parlor with rugs and linoleum and a Reed Organ. We were close to grandmothers and our aunts and uncles. Especially Uncle Emery Nicholes who was just two years older than Elmo.
I started school at age six and had a fight the first day and was sent home by Sarah Parker, my teacher. Robert Clark called me “freckles” and he got a good licking for it. I was large for my age and all through elementary school I ruled the roost for this first school episode. I remember in the seventh grade when they had a boxing contest. Max Ingersoll and I were to fight and for the championship in a regular roped-off ring. I won easily, they said I was too mean and frightened him by my antics in the ring.
At the age of twelve, mother and dad purchased a violin for me. At the time a very expensive instrument, $225.00. I remember it took a long time to pay for it by the month. My first lessons were from Alfred Swenson who lived in Pleasant Grove. Each week I got on “Old Blue,” an old white horse and rode all the way to P.G. for the lesson. I took only about twenty lessons. To learn to play the violin takes a lot of practice and with others in the family in a three-room house there was no place in particular for me to practice, so many a time there was I forced to go out in the chicken coop where it was warm to do my practicing.
Mother liked the “fiddle” and she tried to make it easier for me to learn it. I’d get up when my dad made the fire in the kitchen stove in the morning and try to learn a little bit then. It was very difficult for a boy with hands that had to milk cows, thin beets and do heavy work to try to learn a violin. These things do everything but help.
I’ll never forget being set to the back of the school orchestra because of the overalls I had to wear and I was told I had the smell of the barn still in my hands, and being told I played like a farmer. But I kept on and through it all I cultivated a tone that eventually in the years stood in a better position than those who were thought to be so nice.
While growing up in American Fork the doctors kept mother down in a bed a lot because of a heart ailment. It fell my lot to help with the house work as Amanda was not old enough to do too much. So as early as the age of eight, I mixed and baked bread, got the breakfast, did the dishes and mopped the floors and dusted. I remember hanging out clothes from the washing when I had to jump to pull the lines down to pin the clothes on.
We had a little brother, Louis born and lived two days only. Then about two years later a little girl, Bertha (Bubbles) was born. She died with pneumonia at eight months, a real shock to us all. I still see her laying so still on an ironing board after she had died. This experience haunted my childhood. I had seen animals killed and for a long time I thought this was the most terrible thing that a person could do. My dad and I had to plan and talk things through and keep me right with him every time we were to even cut down a tree. My dad made me crawl under the houses and drag out my old pet cat that had died. I’ve never liked cats since then.
We as a family were very poor financially. All during our childhood we were the recipients of hand me downs from aunts, uncles and neighbors. I’ll always love Aunt Allie Nicholes for the many times she has come to our home with clothes, gifts and even an automobile when Elmo and I needed to get to Provo and back to attend BYU.
The last of our family to bless mother and dad’s home was a little girl, Barbara, born June 30, 19--. We were all old enough to enjoy this little girl. She was a blessing and a joy as all last children are. Mother was never very well and it came our lot to care for our little sister most of the time.
Mother and dad were married in the Temple and many a time mother came to the temple and did endowment work. Mother was made Relief Society President in the American Fork 2nd Ward. She enjoyed this calling and did much work in building and decorating the ward in its remodeling. My mother would get up each morning with something planned for everyday. The first garment she would put on was her hat, for she said “you must be ready if you’re going somewhere that day.”
My brother Sidney was killed as the result of an automobile accident. He and five others in the car were going to Lehi when they were side-swiped by a wide loaded truck. Sidney was driving with his arm resting part way out the window and it was badly broken by the accident. He died of blood poisoning in the Lehi Hospital, March 15, 1933, six days after being hurt.
I attended Brigham Young University during the years 1929 through 1930 and again in 1932. I was mostly interested in music and enjoyed all activities where music was concerned. Dr. Franklin Harris and Dr. Franklin Madsen helped me obtain a scholarship at the Chicago Musical College in Chicago during the school year, 1931. I enjoyed Chicago during these years very much and reluctantly returned home to help my father on the farm.
I married Zora Healey from Alpine on November 22, 1933 in the Salt Lake Temple. Our first home was a two-room frame in American Fork. We had chickens and part time work at the American Fork Bakery. Later I worked for Glenn Taylor in the Dixon Taylor Russell Furniture store, first as a collector, then a salesman and delivery man, and linoleum layer.
Our first son, Sidney Ferren was born November 14, 1934 in Zora’s mother’s parlor in Alpine. We, or should I say, I shed tears of joy on that eventful day. Our second son, Richard Karl was born December 12, 1935 in the Lehi Hospital. Zora and the two babies were staying with Zora’s mother in Alpine after Richard was born when my father helped me move to Payson, Utah to be where I was to work for Dixon Taylor Russell Company in that area. This was on December 29, 1935 which was my sister Amanda’s birthday. While living in Payson, our daughter Zora Jeannene was born on June 8, 1937. We were very happy in Payson and made many life long friends there.
We moved to Provo, Utah in 1938 and later that same year we moved to Ogden, Utah. In 1939 we moved to Salt Lake City. Our daughter, Sharon Lee was born November 16, 1943 here. John Robert was born almost ten years later on September 3, 1953 in Salt Lake City.
I followed the home furnishing business, starting in 1934 with Dixon Taylor Russell Company in American Fork, then Payson; Taylor Brothers Company in Provo; Sears Roebuck Company in Ogden and Salt Lake City.
During World War II, I worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a trainman.
It was in September 1945 that we purchased a home at 2267 Hannibal Street in Salt Lake City and have lived there to date.
All of my life I have been active in church activities, serving in different capacities in the Sunday School, M.I.A., Elders, Seventies and High Priest Quorums. Several times I have served as choir leader and director. I have worked with the Boy Scout Organization and earned my Eagle Scout rank at age 42.
I have been a member of the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir since 1948. This position has afforded me great pleasure, and I feel it has been a blessing to belong to such an organization. While with this group I have traveled and sung in many cities in the United States and Europe. One of the greatest thrills of my life was the trip we took to Europe in 1955 with the choir. Our son, Sidney, was serving on a mission for the LDS Church there at the time. We spent several days with him and his missionary companions and friends in Seraing and Liege, Belgium.
Music has been very dear to my heart all my life. I have played the violin and sung at funerals, church and civic functions. I have also taken leading roles in plays and musical programs.
My hobbies are many and varied: Among them are flower raising, gardening, painting, palm reading, clock repairing, cooking, sewing, crocheting, working needle-point and for many years I have cut my own and my children’s hair. My motto has always been, “If it can be done, my hands can be made to do it too!”
My life has developed an interesting study in doubles: Ferren with two ‘r’s; born in the 11th month, November 1, 1911. My father and mother were both 22 years old when I was born; Grandfather Nicholes was age 44; I was married on November 22, 1933; Zora’s father was 66; President Heber J. Grant married us on his 77th birthday; my social security number is 825-05-8787; our street address is 2267 Hannibal Street; our telephone number is IN6-3636.