Susan Alder Archibald
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Susan A. Archibald’s
History of her Family
My name is Susan Jensen Alder (Archibald). I am the fourth daughter and the seventh child born to my parents, Alfred William and Sarah Christina Jensen Alder. I was born in a home built on a 160-acre farm two miles east of Preston (now) Franklin County, Idaho. I was born on the 20th day of July 1897. During my early childhood I played around this home with my brothers, sisters and visiting cousins.
I attended grammar school in a one-room school house located close to our home. They only taught seven grades in this school. However, when I had completed my seventh grade, my father became very ill and it was necessary for me to live with relatives in Preston while my mother took him to Salt Lake City for treatment. It was thought that as I was coming from such a small school and entering a much larger better-graded school that it would be wise for me to spend one half the year in the seventh grade then pass into the eighth for the second half. I knew the seventh grade material well. I never had to open a book. But the promotion at mid-year never took place. So one year of schooling was lost. My eighth grade I attended the Whitney School. This was possible because the south 80 acres of our farm was in the Whitney District.
After graduating from the eighth grade, I went to the Oneida Stake Academy for my high school education. This was an LDS school at the time. The Church had built and supported many such schools here in the West in order to assure educational opportunities for their youth. Later these schools were deeded to the pubic school system.
I started working at the office of Dr. Allen R. Cutler Sr. after my first year at high school. The next year, the frost took most of the crops on the farm. My brother, Alfred, was on a mission so the family asked me to continue working to help out with the added expense of supporting a missionary.
The next year I started back to school again but continued to work for Dr. Cutler after school and on Saturdays. I completed high school graduating in the spring of 1917.
That summer I attended summer school at Albion, Idaho, and obtained a teacher's certificate. In the fall I was offered a position teaching the third and fourth grades in the Dayton Elementary School and I accepted. I roomed with my co-teacher at the home of Sister Phillips. Here I met LeRoy Archibald whom I would later marry. He was a member of the bishopric at the time and had just recently filled a mission to the Southern States under President Samuel 0. Bennion. We would have been married in the spring of 1918 but he was drafted and served in the 145th Field Artillery in World War I. Our marriage was postponed for one year. The next year I taught in the Preston Eastside District. This was the year of the terrible flu epidemic that killed many.
LeRoy returned from the army in January 1919 and we were married on the 5th of June 1919. Our home was a one-room log cabin.
Leroy, our oldest child and only son, was born the 26th of February 1920. He was only eight months old when they came and ask me to take a position in the Dayton Grade School. The school was overcrowded and they needed an extra teacher. We were very happy for the opportunity as a severe depression was on and LeRoy was unable to find work. I continued to teach for four years.
LeRoy regretted the fact that he had never completed his education and was determined to do so. I took him through the 7th and 8th grade material and he took the state examinations and then entered high school. Most of his high school was taken while I was teaching. He completed the four-year course in three years and graduated while I was in bed with LuDean. She was born the 21 May 1925. We were still in our one-room log cabin.
That fall LeRoy attended college at Pocatello, Idaho. Here is where LuDean lost her hand. After one year at Pocatello, LeRoy was offered a position at Mapleton, Idaho. He taught here two years 1926-7 and 1927-28.
Nelda, our second daughter, was born 22nd of April 1927. School was just out and we didn't quite get moved home so she was born at her Aunt Myrtle Dixon's home in Preston, Idaho.
The Dayton trustees had ask LeRoy to be the principal of the Dayton Grade School so we moved back home to stay. The Bishop, George Griffeth, asked me to be President of the Relief Society which position I held for four years. Then my health became so poor I had to ask for a release (1928-33)
Our third daughter, Janeen, was born the 21 of February 1931. She seemed to be a very healthy baby at birth but something struck the baby and myself on the 8th day. I recovered but she never did. The doctors were unable to help her and she passed away at eleven months.
Our last child, Yovonne, was born the 15th of January 1934. My health became quite poor before her birth and became very poor after. The doctors finally decided I had a goiter and I was operated on in 1936 but I was a semi-invalid for about ten years. But by the summer of 1945 I had recovered enough to accompany LeRoy and my family to California and work in the war plants. This was during World War II. When we returned to Dayton that fall one of the teachers died suddenly and I was asked to fill her place. I continued to teach until 1961.
LeRoy was released from the bishopric when he went to school in Pocatello. After his return he was made a high councilman. He was Superintendent of the Westside School for one year and continued in the grade schools until 1958 when he retired. The family continued in education until we all completed college. LeRoy his 5th year and Susan almost.
In 1956 LeRoy was called to officiate in the Logan Temple and in the fall of 1961 we were called on a mission to the New England States. From November to April 1st we spent in Rutland and from then until November 1964 we spent at the birthplace of the Prophet Joseph Smith at South Royalton, Vermont.
After our return LeRoy again became an officiator at the temple and I joined him as an officiator in the spring of 1965. We continued in this capacity until the fall of 1974. LeRoy's health had commenced to fail by this time and by the 9th of February 1975 he passed away.
I have always been active in temple work and genealogy and church work. Some of the positions I have held are: Relief Society Treasurer, Primary Secretary, a teacher in all the organizations, counselor in MIA, ward Relief Society President, and a counselor in the Stake Relief Society.
Our son, Leroy started school in Mapleton. He learned readily and could read before he started school. They gave him a special promotion without telling us anything about it. So at the end of the two years in Mapleton he was assigned to the fourth grade. He finished his grade school in Dayton. He started carrying a newspaper route at eleven and was able to support himself from this income. He was very talented - had a beautiful singing voice, had a good understanding of music and was good in speaking and writing. Three years of his high school was taken in Preston and the fourth year in Weston.
He worked in the Preston J. C. Penny Store as an extra and was well liked there. In 1941 he was called on a mission to the North Eastern states. On his return he married Eda Alene Hansen. She had one child, Edwin Leroy, and then they were divorced. He came back to Dayton and taught two years in the grade school.
He then married Ardell Griffeth. To them were born nine children: Leron G, Rodney Kay, Rozetta, Lynette, Sandra, Ilona, Alden G., Kayelene and Renita.
He has filled many positions in the Church. He worked in the Seventies as one of the presidents for many years. John Longden when setting him apart said tens of thousands would enjoy the blessings of the Gospel because of his work. He was a counselor to the bishop when they remodeled their church and now is an officiator in the Salt Lake Temple.
Two of his children have filled missions. Rozetta was in Australia. Alden was in England.
LuDean received her grade school education in Dayton and her high school in Preston. She worked in the war plants in Ogden for one year. Then she came to Logan and took some college work. In the summer of 1945 when the family went to California she and Nelda worked at the Presidio for the summer. She then went on a mission to Mexico while her boy friend, Vance Campbell, went to the South Eastern States. When they returned from their missions they were married. They have five children: Kathy Mabel, Susan Kay, Karen, Kristine, and Gary Vance. Kristine filled a mission in France.
LuDean has been a counselor in the Relief Society presidency twice and has been a Relief Society President. She has also served on the MIA Stake board as Beehive Leader and secretary. She has served as a member of the Stake Primary Board, as ward president, and teacher. At present she is serving on the Stake Relief Society Board.
Nelda received her elementary education in Dayton and her high school in Preston. She was valedictorian from her eighth-grade graduating class. Her special talent is art. She was married to Leo D. Page and they are the parents of ten children: Leo Kent, Gregg A., Fawn, Ivan A., Janeen, Jacqueline, Todd A., Teressa, Bradley A., and Traci. Fawn, Todd, and Bradley passed away as infants. They have lived in New Mexico, Texas, Idaho and Arizona. Three of the boys have filled missions: Kent in Canada, Gregg in Italy, and Ivan in Australia.
Nelda has been a ward Relief Society president twice, a counselor in a ward presidency, and a stake Relief Society president. She has been a teacher in all the organizations and a counselor in the Primary organization.
Yovonne received her elementary education and high school education in Dayton. She attended college at Utah State University at Logan. There she met Lane R. Pendleton. She graduated in the spring of 1956 and she and Lane were married the 6 of September 1956. They have always made their home in California. They have four children, Jannette Susan, Judith Yovonne (married Scott Catherall), Michael Lane, and Jolene Marie.
Music has always been her special interest. She has always held positions in this field in the stake and ward. She was on the Relief Society stake Board and is currently a counselor in the ward Relief Society.
All the family has completed a college education [at Utah State University]: LeRoy, Leroy, LuDean, Nelda, and Leo in 1950. Susan and Vance 1952, Yovonne and Lane 1956.