LIFE, ACHIEVEMENTS AND PHILOSOPHY of DR. REUBEN D. LAW (President, Church College of Hawaii) by Mabel Law Atkinson, 1955
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LIFE, ACHIEVEMENTS AND PHILOSOPHY
of DR. REUBEN D. LAW
(President, Church College of Hawaii)
On the morning of March 19, 1903, in a beautiful ranch home in the mouth of East Canyon, Avon, Utah, a father and seven children ranging in ages from two-and-a-half to fifteen, and including a pair of twin girls "going on six", stood around the mother's bed in the best room looking lovingly and reverently upon the miracle of a new baby. The peaceful contentment in the mother's eyes and her gentle smile spoke that she had lately been near the gates of Heaven, and had again found the "shadowed valley" rewarding.
The father's face, filled with tenderness for the loved companion et in front of that lever, and the boss should definitely have known better. Good intentions are not enough. They must be supported by intelligent action. Apostle Widstoe used to say, 'No faith is worth the having unless it be an intelligent faith.' It is evident that my faith in Mr. Roberts' direction was not sufficiently intelligent at the moment."
Further evidence that this loved brother of mine was divinely given the mission he is now performing is found in these words from his Patriarchal Blessing which he received when a young man from the Presiding Patriarch of the Church: "You shall stand for truth and righteousness in strange lands and among strange peoples."
The life and experiences of Dr. Law have prepared him for his presidency of the Church College of Hawaii.
He was reared in a Latter-Day Saint home where the Gospel was lived; where family prayer was an institution; where the Sabbath was a joyous, reverent experience, with all members of the family attending Sunday School and Sacrament meeting unless illness prevented; where Church authorities were upheld; where never an unclean word was spoken.....
He, himself, has been active in Church work all his life: As a babe he went in his mother's arms. As a child he attended regularly Sunday School, Sacrament Meeting, Primary, and Religion Class. As a youth scouting and Mutual Improvement Association activities were added. He was a Bishop's councilor in his early twenties. Church positions he has held include the following: Many teaching positions in ward organizations; President of Bear River Stake M-Men, 1923-24; Y.M.M.I.A. Stake Board in Bear River Stake, 1924-27, and Woodruff Stake, 1929-32; Councilor in Tremonton Ward Bishopric, 1927-28; Sunday School Stake Board, Woodruff Stake, 1933-35, and Utah Stake -- Assistant Stake Supt. of Sunday School, 1937, 38; Scout Commissioner, Duchesne Stake, 1935-36; Provo Stake High Council, 1938-40; Teacher Trainer, Thirty-third Ward of Bonneville Stake, Salt Lake.
LIFE, ACHIEVEMENTS AND PHILOSOPHY
of DR. REUBEN D. LAW
(President, Church College of Hawaii)
On the morning of March 19, 1903, in a beautiful ranch home in the mouth of East Canyon, Avon, Utah, a father and seven children ranging in ages from two-and-a-half to fifteen, and including a pair of twin girls "going on six", stood around the mother's bed in the best room looking lovingly and reverently upon the miracle of a new baby. The peaceful contentment in the mother's eyes and her gentle smile spoke that she had lately been near the gates of Heaven, and had again found the "shadowed valley" rewarding.
The father's face, filled with tenderness for the loved companion who had walked arm in arm with him their road of years since their marriage and thankfully welcomed each new life born of their love, still reflected the anxiety of the past few hours when he had assisted, with his priesthood, God and the midwife in bringing his wife again from the very gates of death which touch the portals of Heaven. He looked at his three oldest daughters, his first-born son, nearly nine, and at the little brother holding his hand who hadn't yet managed a smile, whose eyes held only wonderment, for this was an entirely new experience to him, then at his twin girls whose faces were already reflecting the joy they anticipated in having a baby, a real live doll, to tend. Again he looked at his wife and at his third little son resting on her arm and his eyes illumed with tears of gratitude.
The reverent spell was broken by the mother's loved voice saying, "Frank, what is wrong with this baby? He's sweet, but he's different."
Such a scrutiny as followed! It took but a few minutes to discover that his head was completely bald, not a single hair on the symmetrical roundness of it! It was the mother herself who made the discovery that he lacked eyebrows and eyelashes also. He was completely hairless, an adorable bald and bland picture of dimpled pink babyhood.
Little did the group around that bed realize they were looking upon the future president of the Latter-Day-Saint College to be built in Laie, Oahu, Hawaii -- Dr. Reuben D. Law.
I was one of those joyous twins girls, and I feel sure that God and his angels knew, for events and incidents in his life show that a divine providence has been continually watching over him that he might fulfill the mission assigned him upon the earth.
As we were gazing in rapt wonderment and concern over the new baby's absence of hair, Father's voice came with its calm reassurance, "Just give him a little time, my dears; his hair will grow along with his stature." And it did. It wasn't long until he was a handsome little blonde with soft, silky, golden-white hair and long, curling blond lashes.
There is but one word which seems entirely to describe his infancy and childhood, and that is the much overused word, sweet. Truly it applied to him. He was always "meek and mild just like Jesus," my twin and I used to say. Even his cries as an infant held no notes of spunk as did those of the little brother who preceded him and the two darlings I remember who were later welcomed into our home.
An incident which is crystal-clear in my mind, which portrays his disposition to sweetness, occurred when he was two. My third oldest sister, Minerva, got him ready to go to Paradise with the two older girls, Nomah and Stella, in the one-horse buggy. As she dressed him in his best boxpleated "boy dress", she regaled him with the delights of the drive and of the store where the girls would shop. When he gave a little whimper of pain as she pinned his garter to his underwear to keep up his home-knit stockings, she shushed him with, "Hush! Remember you're going to Paradise.!"
Such a weary little brother he was when he returned home! Mother looked at him and gathered him in her arms saying, "What's the matter, Reuben, didn't you enjoy the ride?" He answered meekly in the affirmative. I can still see the startled look of love's compassion in Mother's eyes when she discovered the reason for his weariness: The safety pin of the garter had pierced through and gone under the skin of his thigh.
"No wonder he sat so still between us and didn't even want to get out and go in the store, and pulled such a wry face when I lifted him down!", exclaimed Nomah, "How dreadful!" But the guilty little third sister laughed like the mischievous happy little sprite she was. "To think I did such a thing!", she said as she kissed him.
I tell this incident to bring out the fact that from the very beginning of his life he seemed to be endowed with the grace to calmly ignore or endure whatever seemed unalterable. Always he has faced every crisis with calm yet compassionate mien.
This same philosophical calmness was illustrated the summer he fell in the river which ran through our yard. We were frantic until we found him sitting between a large rock and the bank with the water almost up to his armpits. After he was rescued and we asked him if he had been afraid, he answered, "No, but I was afraid my feet would drown."
The next vivid recollection I have of this brother occurred the summer he was past two. Mother and my oldest sister, Nomah, were at Hyrum after fruit. The second sister, Stella, was caring for the family during their few hours absence. I remember Reuben hadn't been feeling too well for a few days. While he was running from the house to the summer kitchen he fell down. When Stella picked him up he was in a convulsion and jerking terribly. She immediately sent my oldest brother, Joseph, and me to get Father who was binding grain on the dry farm which was almost literally on the tops of the hills. We were crying as we told him why we had come. He remained outwardly calm yet his voice shook and his movements were tense. Keeping himself perfectly under control, he unhitched the team from the binder, hitched the horses to the white-top buggy and we drove home. Reuben was still in the convulsion and showed no signs of coming out of it. Father administered to him and he revived, but seemed not to notice any of us.
When Mother came home shortly after, he did not know her. For three days he kept coming out of one convulsion only to go into another a few minutes later.
I can still see Father with Reuben in his arms walking beneath the large Box Elder trees, and hear him pleading with the Lord to spare his life. I can see him anointing with oil the jerking little head with the set eyes, and hear him sealing the anointing, his voice trembling with emotion and faith. The power of God was victorious. Later, Father said that during those three days, he had felt the presence of death where God had decreed life, that in his soul he had known that his son was to live and fulfill a special mission, so he could not cease praying until God's power triumphed.
The day of November 2, 1905 will ever be recalled with a feeling of joyous awe, for on that day my twin sister Myrtle and I were baptized in the Logan Temple (in beautiful white dresses Mother had made us especially for the occasion) and Reuben received a blessing from Brother Roskelley. I remember he took him in his arms and praised him saying what a fine looking, manly little fellow he was. Then he gave him a blessing and promised him that he should have no more convulsions; that he should live and be a fine man of faith and a peacemaker; that his whole life should be a mission; and that he should be a living witness to that Temple.
He never had another convulsion. When he was eight he was baptized, and when a young man was married in the Logan Temple, truly a living witness to that sacred structure. Later events have and are still fulfilling the part of the blessing about his entire life being a mission. All who know him know he has ever been and is a peacemaker. Mother called him her peacemaker in our home.
This blessing given him in the Temple was vividly recalled to my mind when I saw him pictured with President David O. McKay and others, and read the article of the ground-breaking ceremonies for the new Church College in Hawaii in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin for Monday, February 14, 1955. In his remarks as reported, when he visited the Laie Temple in 1921, and that it would be a means of promoting peace among the islands of the Pacific. Perhaps my brother's great work as a peacemaker lies before him.
I remember again when Reuben was seven how near he came to leaving us during a severe attack of Scarlet Fever. We were living in Logan, that is Mother and we children were, with Father driving over from the ranch in Avon on Sundays to attend church services with us and take provisions and clean clothes back with him. Father and Mother had unitedly decided on this plan in their project of educating us children. The two oldest had graduated from the Brigham Young College, two more were attending, and the next year my twin and I would be ready to start with four more to begin at later intervals. Father maintained that children needed their mother with them, so he had purchased a home in Logan and moved us that fall. We moved back to the ranch at Avon each spring. So Father was not with us with the Priesthood to rebuke the power of the destroyer the night Reuben passed the crisis. It seemed the cold presence of death was in the room where he lay stricken. Even Mother, a woman of great and abiding faith, wondered for a moment as to the outcome. He seemed to be sinking. Then came the words of Brother Roskelley to her remembrance, "You shall be a living witness to this Temple." Fear and doubt left her and faith that touched knowledge filled her being as she prayed. Reuben then smiled at her and went to sleep. When he wakened, the fever had subsided and he mended rapidly.
I shall now relate two rather humorous incidents in Reuben's life. To look at him now -- at the intelligent and dignified Dr. Law, President of a college -- you would never dream that at one time he came nearly being demoted in school, put back a year, into a lower grade, because as the teacher said, he could not do the necessary work of the grade he was in. It was in his second year of school when he was in he first grade that this trouble occurred. He had attended the Beginners Grade at Avon, then we moved to Logan in the fall of 1910. It took an extra year to graduate from the Elementary grades at that time.
After Reuben had been attending the Woodruff School in Logan a few weeks, the teacher asked him if he would like to go back into the Beginners Grade. "No Maam", he answered quickly. So the teacher told him to ask his mother to come to school and talk with her.
Mother listened to Reuben's story and went with him to school the next day. She knew her boy was too intelligent to be put back a grade. Smilingly and calmly she talked with his teacher before school and asked what seemed to be the trouble. She found there was no complaint about his reading, writing, spelling, numbers, etc., but that he wasn't able to comprehend or get the meaning of words as the others could. To prove this she showed Mother the papers she had had handed in the previous day with this remark, "I had this list of words written on the board. The children were to copy and illustrate them. Mother looked at several the teacher showed her with one hundred written on them. They were neatly done and correctly illustrated: opposite baby was drawn a baby; by tree was a tree; by cat was a cat, etc. The teacher then handed her Reuben's sheet marked with a big zero. Mother looked and saw equally neat writing and pictures, but opposite house was a tree, and opposite baby was a cat. Mother knew Reuben was too intelligent for that and told the teacher so, very kindly. Then insight or intuition, or some such thing, gave Mother the answer and she asked, "Have you explained to Reuben what you mean by 'illustrate'? Perhaps his teacher last year never had him do such work and he doesn't understand what he is to do. I think he has looked at those seated near him drawing cats, trees, babies, etc. and has thought all he had to do was draw a picture -- any picture -- by each word. I wish you would do the same thing today, have them illustrate words, and explain what you expect them to do: draw a cat by the word cat, and a baby by the word baby, etc. Then if my boy cannot grasp the meaning and do his work correctly, I shall willingly consent to his being put back a grade."
Mother stayed and visited school all morning. When it came time to illustrate words, she watched Reuben closely. As the teacher was explaining what she meant by "illustrate these words" she saw his eyes light up, and with a smile he eagerly began his work, looking neither to the right nor left. And he handed in a perfect paper! From then on he was considered a top student. In fact he became so superior in his work that he skipped the third grade entirely, being promoted from the second to the fourth grade.
The other incident happened in the summer when we were at the ranch in Avon. Reuben was a pretty good sized lad at the time, big enough to milk cows at least. It was early in the morning in our girls' bedroom before we were supposed to be awake. The three boys -- Vernon, Reuben, and Orville -- paused on their way through our room to the kitchen to examine Minerva's corsets which she had left in plain sight on top of her clothes instead of underneath them as we girls were supposed to do. I was awakened by their audible whispers and looking, saw them examining garters, laces, steels, and all that went to make up the innocent offenders. I heard Reuben ask, "Why do you suppose girls wear such things? I don't see how they stand them." "To hold their stockings up, of course", came in an equally loud whisper from Vernon examining the garters and testing their elasticity, and giving a practical reason as was his wont. "I think it's to make them stick out in front--here." And Orville indicated his chest as he spoke in the loudest whisper of all. Then came the first whispered voice again -- Reuben's -- saying, "Perhaps it's to hold their stomachs in." He was feeling the strength of the strong front steels as he added, "Gosh! I'd hate to wear them." By this time I was giggling under the covers. I didn't want them to know I was awake, for I desired to hear all those three young philosophers had to say. But that was all I heard for they left the room to go through the kitchen and outside in the cool canyon air of a new day to do the milking.
I shall now return you to the serious aspects of my brother's life by relating an event which indicates that a divine providence was watching over him. In the fall of 1922 Reuben, with Father's approval, went to Drummond, Idaho to work for Lawrence Kid who a few years before had moved from Avon, to help finance himself through winter and spring quarters at the Brigham Young College. He had enough credits to finish the sixth year course in the two quarters. At Drummond he drove a binder in the wheat harvest, then five head of horses on the gang plow. The work was finished and there was still some time before winter quarter commenced so he decided to go to Sugar City, Idaho and try to get a job in the sugar factory. He arrived there and, while waiting to see the foreman, a man by the name of Roberts, a dry farmer, came and offered him the sugar factory wages plus room and board if he would go with him twenty-five miles east to his dry farm on the bench land and help him operate his combined harvester and thresher. He would drive the horses and Reuben was to handle the sacks and straw. Reuben accepted.
When they started to work, Mr. Roberts tried to pull back the lever which raised and lowered the cutting table on the combine. Not being able to muster enough strength to pull the lever by himself, he foolishly directed Reuben to momentarily leave his position on the machine, go around in front of the big lever and push while he pulled. This Reuben did without pausing to realize there was possible danger. The two together got the lever back raising the table to the desired level. Mr. Roberts thought he had it caught in the proper notch and both let go. The lever held in place only a split second and before Reuben could move it came down on him with terrific force, hitting him across the mouth knocking him to the ground unconscious. Had it hit him on the top part of his head or on either temple, it would probably have killed him. When he regained consciousness, he was limp in Mr. Robert's arms and he was struggling to get him to the house afraid he was dead or was going to die.
In telling of this incident later, Reuben said: "I surely looked a mess. I'll never forget how I looked when I got to a mirror in the house. The lever had cut through both upper and lower lips into the gums, knocking out one upper tooth (one I'd paid twenty dollars to have swung in not too long before) and breaking off the corresponding lower tooth. (I never did find the tooth.) I had four lips instead of two and they were bleeding and so swollen that I was an awful sight and thought I never would look decent again. I took clean handkerchiefs and bandaged myself as best I could while the boss, Mr. Roberts, hitched a team to the buckboard. He took me twenty-five miles to a doctor in Sugar City who did a better job of sewing me up than I dared hope he could do."
Reuben's mouth healed remarkably well and rapidly. Mr. Roberts and his wife kept him at their home for a few days until the stitches could be taken out. Mr. Roberts promised the doctor he would pay the bill.
In commenting on the "moral" of this incident, Reuben, today known as Dr. Reuben D. Law, had this to say: "Think before obeying a wrong instruction. I should have stopped to realize it was dangerous to gCity, 1940-41; Councilor in Stake Presidency of Provo Stake, 1941-42; Deseret Sunday School Union Board, 1942-45; Bishop of University Ward, Utah Stake, Provo, Utah, 1945-54.
Dr. Law's work in the field of education -- his schooling, teaching, and administrative activities -- form a background of knowledge and inspiration from which to draw in his present task.
His education thus far has been received in the schools, colleges, and universities of Utah and California as follows: Avon Grade School; Logan City Schools; Brigham Young College of Logan where he graduated from high school in 1921 and from college in 1923 at which time he received his Junior College Diploma; Utah State Agricultural College from which he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1928 and his Master of Science in 1933; University of Southern California at Los Angeles from which he received his Doctor of Education degree in 1941; University of California at Berkley where he took post doctoral study in 1951 when he was writing one of his books while on Sabbatical leave from the Brigham Young University.
Dr. Law is the author of three books: Personnel Records of Teachers, Content and Criteria Relating to Professional Teacher Education, and The Utah School System, It's Organization and Administration.
He has enjoyed a varied and extensive teaching experience which includes the following: Elementary school teacher and principal at Penrose and East Tremonton, Utah, in the Box Elder District, 1923-25; High school teacher and coordinator at Bear River High School, Tremonton, Utah, 1925-28; Principal of South Rich High School, Randolph, Utah, 1928-31 and 1934-35; Superintendent of Schools, Rich County School District, 1929-35; Visiting instructor in Education, U.S.A.C. Summer School, 1933; U.S.A.C. extension courses teacher, 1933-36; Superintendent of School, Duchesne County School District, 1935-36; member of the faculty of Brigham Young University at Provo, Utah, 1936-54 -- Dean of the College of Education since 1946; Utah State Director of School-Community Relations and Libraries while on leave from the Brigham Young University, 1940-41; Visiting Professor of Education, British Columbia Summer School of Education, Victoria B. C. Canada, 1943; Visiting Professor of Education, University of Southern California Summer School many times since 1940.
Many educational honors justly earned have come to him. He claims membership in the following: Phi Kappa Phi National Scholarship Fraternity; Phi Delta Kappa, National Professional Education Fraternity, President, Tau Field Chapter, 1940-41; National Education Association, life member; Utah Education Association; Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters; Utah Conference on Higher Education; American Association of School Administrators; American Association of College Teachers of Education; Association for Childhood Educational International; National Association for the Study of Education.
He has received recognition on many committees for the advancement of education: He served on College and University accrediting teams for Northwest Accrediting Association and A.A.C.T.E.; Coordinator for Utah for American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; Chairman, Utah Educational Research Council, 1952-54; Chairman, Central Committee and Professional Relations Committee of U.E.A. for a number of years; member of many U.E.A. and N.E.A. Committees and state curriculum committees.
He is listed and written up in Who's Who in America, International Bluebook, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in Education, and Leaders in Education.
No sketch of the events and achievements in the life of Dr. Law would be complete without including his marriage and family life which have been important factors in his steady upward climb.
When he was Principal of East Tremonton School, 1924-25, Miss Leda Call was a teacher under him. He was attracted by her intellectual, vivid, and cheerful personality. His interest was heightened when he learned her father, R. V. Call of Bountiful, was a grandson of Anson Call who colonized for Brigham Young. Her mother, Gertrude Rice Call, came from Farmington.
Of their meeting and subsequent relationship, Dr. Law said, "I was not especially impressed on first meeting Leda, but she grew on me, and later became such an important part of my world that it was unthinkable not to have her forever. That first year I missed her so much during Christmas holidays that we became engaged when I returned to Tremonton from Logan the first part of January. We took an extension course in Astronomy together that year and have been doing things together ever since."
They were married 29 July 1925 in the Logan Temple -- Reuben Deem Law, son of Francis Joseph and Anine Mantine Deem Law, and Leda Ethelwyn Call became Mr. and Mrs. Reuben D. Law. So began a satisfying and rewarding life together, a companionship that has grown and enriched with the years. Together they have reached the place where they now stand; together they enjoy the fruits of their labors; together they will continue to serve that they may ever enjoy a harvest; together they will journey eternally.
To them have been born five children. They are: Zola Rae, now the wife of Dr. Grant Ash; Ronald Dee, who married Colleen Benson; Nena Flo, Leda Marie, and Rose Lynette. They have three grandchildren -- Terry Kay and Allyn Ash, and Lauralee Law.
When asked to what he attributed his success, Dr. Law gave this list: (1) A highly desirable home training. (2) Opportunities in Church, school, and community for activity and study. (3) A genuine and sincere interest in people and their progress -- a desire to be helpful. (4) A willingness to work hard and long with definite objectives in mind. (5) Attention to details in relation to the larger whole. (6) A wife and family who have cooperated. (7) The positive, constructive approach rather than the negative. (8) In a spirit of humility I gratefully acknowledge that I have been richly blessed with good health, vigor, and strength, faith, responsibilities to carry, and plenty of opportunity to exercise friendly helpfulness."
In his own words his philosophy of life briefly stated is: "I believe in the improvability of persons and peoples; in eternal progression with a recognition of the fact that today is a part of eternity. Man is that he might have joy. Joy comes from service to others, from right living, and from progress. The 'straight and narrow' way of life means essentially going straight to the heart of truth in thought and action and that in any given situation we should intelligently narrow our activities to those things which will bring desirable results -- progress for others and ourselves. The positive, constructive approach is much more potent in achieving results than is the negative approach."
When asked the question, "What do you think of these times?", with his characteristic optimistic philosophy, this unassuming and kindly man of God -- student, teacher, peacemaker -- who ever keeps the common touch, answered, "We shall continue to have problems to meet, but we shall move forward to better things."
--- Mabel Law Atkinson, 1955
Brief Biographical Sketches of the Children of Francis Joseph Law and Anine Mantine Deem
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Nomah Deem Law
Nomah Medora Law Jackson was born in Eden, WeberCo., Utah on Nov. 22, 1887, the first child of Francis J. Law and Anine Deem Law. When she was 2 years old she moved with her parents to Cache valley in the very south and to a place called Paradise. It was later named Avon by Pres. Snow's wife. This valley had attracted many pioneers because of its lush growth and plentiful water supplies. Avon was almost a valley within a valley, surrounded by mountains on almost all sides. Nomah's father settled on some property at the mouth of East Canyon, on the banks of the East Fork of the little Bear River. A creek of clear canyon water flowing past the house was used for home and irrigation supplies. Also it was a used as a pastime to fish those streams with their meager fishing equipment.
Nomah was the oldest of ten children born to these goodly parents, both of whom had embraced the gospel and taught their family as our Heavenly Father desired. The names of her brothers and sisters were Stella, Minerva, and Joseph, then identical twins named Myrtle and Mabel, and following them were Vernon, Rueben, Orville, and Rozella.
School and church were built near the center of Avon which made it quite a distance from the "Ranch" as it was so aptly named. The ranch was in a beautiful setting with a well built, brick home which still stands at this writing, although no longer occupied. The Law family traveled to church and other places in a white top buggy. An extra seat was added to accommodate the entire family. Mother remembered those rides and of the brush of trees and shrubs whipping at them as they drove down the canyon.
Mother’s parents were industrious people. They worked hard and made of what they needed. Mother tells of wearing dark woolen stockings that her mother had knitted, and of her memory of disliking them greatly because they made her skin itch. She was taught early in life to sew, and yes, even her underwear was made at home.
Mother's education began in the first school house in Avon. It was a one room, one teacher school which included all eight grades. This first school house was built small and was used for church as well as school. It soon became too small so they built a frame church house and later a brick school with two rooms upstairs and two downstairs This is the one in which Mother taught school after graduating from BYC, her father built a lovely brick home in Logan to make it possible for the rest of the children to gain an education. Grandfather stayed at the Ranch during the summer months, coming to Logan on Saturday night to be with the family. After graduation from the eighth grade in Avon in 1904, and attending BYC for two years, Mother took and passed the State Normal Examination which qualified her for teaching. She taught for one year at College Ward, then returned to BYC for two years and graduated with high honors.
Mother was taught from childhood the virtues of honesty, truthfulness, fair play, and service. These she practiced and in turn liberally taught her children these choice attributes from her heritage.
Her childhood was filled with responsibility which she learned early. Being the oldest child she was trained to set the example. Each child in the family was given tasks to do. When asked about chores in an interview on tape she replied as follows: “Well I didn’t milk so many cows as my sister Stella did. In the morning Father was churning. A lot of the farmers sold their milk, but Father used to put his milk through a separator, and then he got the skim milk to feed the pigs and sometimes the chickens. We used to take butter to Brigham City many years ago, and sell it. When I got old enough to handle the horses, I used to put the horse on the buggy and take the butter and cream over there. Father used to take Stella out to help him until Joseph got big enough to help him, and left me in to get breakfast and help Mother. So I got kind of spared with the outdoor work. We just did what we were asked to do, never argued or hesitated or anything. If we were told to do a thing, we generally asked how long of a time have I got to do it. When told we just went ahead and tried to get it done as fast as we could, and do it right.”
Worthy of note was the relation of the family members with each other. Their home seems to have been full of love and unity with working together. Mother always spoke very highly of her parents, and also her brothers and sisters. I’m sure there was some teasing and playing of tricks by the children as they grew up, but their love for one another was obvious.
Mother was very frugal and thrifty. I remember my Aunt Anne telling several times of the gift Mother had of making an excellent meal out of practically nothing. Mother sat up many nights making coats and dresses out of hand me downs or from clothes passed on to her by friends and family. They were beautifully tailored, being made far better than commercially made clothes. I remember her when I was a young child going shopping with her. She truly knew how to shop to get the most for her money. She always counted the change returned by the clerk, and was just as quick to give back any over the amount she had coming to her.
After graduating from the BYC (she and her sister Stella graduated the same year) she returned to teaching. Her assigned work took her to College Ward and Avon in the next two or three years. When she taught in Avon there were two teachers. She taught grades one through four, and the principal taught the upper grades. She had forty students in the four grades. We as children profited from her training and experience. Through her endeavors we loved learning. She shared in our success and also our failings. But we were taught always to pick ourselves up and try again, or in success to look for another goal and not to rest on our laurels. Many nights we sat around the kitchen table receiving her help with our homework. She always had a deep interest and unending desire for us to achieve. Mother was an excellent teacher. Her concern for others was sincere and she shared her abilities and talents joyfully with everyone who showed a desire for them. I met several of her students in later life and they always praised her efforts and accomplishments.
While teaching, a former acquaintance returned from a mission, and she and my father, Alma Obray Jackson, began dating. My father attended BYC for a while. Their courtship ripened into love and on 4 October 1911 they were married in the Salt Lake Temple at October Conference time. They moved into one room of my Grandfather Jackson’s home and set up housekeeping while the house we all grew up in was being built. They moved into their home when two rooms were finished. I remember in my very early years that the floor of the third room was not entirely finished until the year Mother boarded a school teacher named Fern Rawlins. The upstairs was not in the house until I was in High School, and the water (no bathroom) was not in the house until I was in College. My Mother gave birth to six living children; Orrin Alma, born 5 Oct. 1912; June, born 1 June 1914; Marvin, born 2 June 1917; LeRoy, born 5 Aug. 1919; Esther, born 3 July 1922; Vernice, born 13 Nov. 1926. A stillborn son was born 19 Jan. 1916.
She always wanted more children, but this was not to be. In this desire, for several years after the birth of Vernice, she had frequent miscarriages which weakened her general health considerably in her later years.
Mother’s life was not easy. Life on a farm had many hardships. For years she carried water inside the house to use and back outside to throw out after use. She carried wood, many times chopping it herself. She killed and cleaned chickens and rabbits to cook for dinner. She worked in the vegetable garden, washed clothes on a scrubbing board, cooked on a coal stove, ironed with old flatirons heated on that stove, tended and fed baby animals, and many other laborious tasks. It was a constant struggle to get things done and to try to make the money stretch over necessities. Later she had a flock of chickens and sold eggs. This was her money with which she kept the house supplied. She was eager to do her share.
She helped her family to gain an education, helping in any way she could. Three of her children graduated from college, and one other daughter graduated from beauty college. She also loved her grandchildren and took great pride in their achievements.
Her life was consistently an example of living the teachings of the gospel. She also had a deep sense of feeling when her loved ones were in danger. In 1937 I saw her rather distraught and on her knees several times. She knew something was wrong. When they brought my father out of the canyon with a severe skull fracture, we all knew the reason for her anxiety.
Mother was active in the LDS church and had a strong testimony. She and my father were dance directors in the MIA during their early married life. She served a s a teacher in various organizations, also as Relief Society Secretary, as Relief Society President, MIA counselor and others.
The last several years of her life she was pretty much homebound with arthritis and worn out hip sockets. Her independent nature kept her going as long as she possibly could. Medications did not seem to agree with her, so she relied on Bufferin to relieve the edge of almost constant pain. The last two years of Dad’s life was a constant care for her as he developed heart problems, uremic poisoning and low blood pressure. She cared for him, never complaining, until he died at the age of 79 on 5 Jan. 1959 after suffering a stroke.
Her husband preceded her in death by thirteen years. Much of this time roy was living at home and helped care for her until he married. She would visit her daughters’ home for a while, but she as happier in her own home, so here she remained until about seven months prior to her death. Then she was cared for by her three daughters in their homes. She died at the home of her youngest daughter, Vernice, on 18 Jan. 1972 at the age of 84. She was buried in the Paradise Cemetery between her husband and a son, Orrin, who preceded her in death.
In her funeral service she was aptly described as being “a noble strength to her family and those who lived around her” Her life has been a guide and strength to her family as they have tried to follow the example that she set.
---Esther Law Jackson Anderson
Stella Anina Law Rasmussen
Stella Law was born in Avon, Utah, on February 8, 1890. She was the second child of Francis Joseph Law and Anine Mantine Deem. She was blessed April 3, 1890 by Samuel Oldham. On February 8, 1898 she was baptized in the Logan Temple by M.D. Hammond, and confirmed by George Baugh.
Mother grew up in Avon, and enjoyed a happy home life. She helped care for her younger brothers and sisters. There were ten children in the family, six girls and four boys, so there never was a dull moment. The children’s names were Nomah, Stella, Minerva, Joseph, Myrtle, and Mabel (twins) Vernon, Reuben, Orville, and Rozella. Grandmother Law used to ring a bell to call them to meals, when they were outside.
Mother graduated from District School in Avon, the first one to graduate from 8th grade, and the only one that year. She then attended Brigham Young College in Logan, Utah, for two years, and graduated in 1910 with honors. She was second in scholastic standing and gave the class paper in graduation exercises. She said the best part of graduation was that she and the valedictorian were excused from taking all of their final examinations in their classes. She taught school in Logan for one year, and for one year in Millville, Utah.
In October 1911, while teaching in Millville, she met a young man when he returned from his mission. It was Joseph J. Rasmussen. He said mother was a beautiful brunette, with blue eyes, and five feet six inches tall. He was immediately attracted to her. He escorted her home the night of his welcome home party. They were married May 22, 1912 in the Salt Lake Temple by Anthon H Lund. they remained in Salt Lake City for a three day honeymoon. Their first home was in College Ward, Utah, where father farmed some rented land. Their first child, a daughter was born here on June 17, 1913, and was named Violet Stella. The next spring the family moved to Sublette, Idaho, where they homesteaded, and lived in a large tent until a log home could be built. Mother missed her own family, and did not like the sagebrush, wind and dust, nor the howling coyotes. Dad brought mother to Logan for the birth of the second child, a daughter, named Mae Luella, who was born in the Francis J. Law home on October 22, 1915. It was a very difficult birth, and neither mother nor child were expected to live, but the Lord blessed them and they both survived.
In the spring of 1916 in Sublette, Violet, then three years old, followed the cat out into the sagebrush and was lost for many hours. Mother couldn’t find her although she carried her young baby and searched and called. Mother was afraid the coyotes would attack Violet. When Dad finally cam home from work, he got men to help him search. They found little Violet just before dark a long way from home. Her foot was caught in the sagebrush, but she was holding onto the cat’s tail and softly crying. Again the Lord had blessed them.
Their first son was born May 30, 1918, in Sublette, with a mid-wife helping with the birth. They were so happy for a boy, and named him Milton Joseph.
In a couple of years they mortgaged their homestead, returned to Millville and bought an irrigated farm with a small home on it. Another son was born here on June 25, 1924, but to their sorrow he died at birth. He is buried in the Millville-Nibley cemetery.
Mother and Dad were so happy to again live in beautiful Cache Valley, to raise their family here, and give them a good education. They worked hard to pay for the farm, and in 1936 they built a beautiful new brick home. Mother loved her now home, and enjoyed taking care of it until her death on July 27, 1960. Mother died of a stroke in the Logan Hospital. She was buried in the Millville-Nibley cemetery.
Mother loved the church and had a testimony of the gospel. She was thirteen years of age when she was put in secretary of the Sunday School in Avon. She was the youngest secretary in the Hyrum Stake and served for 1903 to 1910. She also served as secretary in the Sunday School in the Logan 6th ward for two years. She was President of the Y.L.M.I.A in Sublette, Idaho, in 1914, and Y.L.M.I.A. Adult leader in Nibley ward in 1923-24. She also taught Religion classes in Millville in 1911-12.
Mother had a big influence on the lives of her children. She taught us to have high ideals and standards. She wanted us to have an active religious life and encouraged us to go to church. She always talked of a temple marriage for her children, and was grateful when we were all married in the temple. She enjoyed doing temple work for the dead, and was happy when she and dad were called to the Logan Temple for a special temple mission. She had her own temple clothes and they were always clean, pressed and ready to use. Mother also had her children’s temple clothes ready for them when they were to be married in the temple. She thought it would encourage them to go to the Temple more often, if they had their own temple clothes to wear. I thought of this every time I went to the temple and wore the clothes my mother made for me.
Mother was happy that dad had fulfilled a mission for the church when he was a young man. It brought happiness to her when Milton went on his mission to California, and again when Dad went to Southern California on a six months mission. She stayed part time in Richland, Washington with Milton, and part time with me in Nephi, Utah. I will always remember their happy reunion when dad came to our home, when he was released from his mission.
Mother instilled in us a desire for an education. She said that an education was something that no one could take away from you. She was proud that she had been a school teacher, and also that all of her brothers and sisters had been school teachers. It was a struggle for mother and dad to send us to college during the depression. I remember dad hauling potatoes he had raised to Utah State Agricultural College to pay for Violet’s tuition. Mother used to say “where there is a will there is a way.” Violet and I both taught school in Millville, and Milton became a chemist.
Mother encouraged us to study hard and to get good grades. She would say “Do your best”, but sometimes she would say, “That is good, but I know you can do better than that”. So we would try harder.
Mother was an excellent housekeeper. She had a place for everything, and everything was kept in its place. When we wanted to know where a certain thing was mother could always tell us.. She taught us to clean a house thoroughly, and I still think about it when I am cleaning. She used to tell us that when Grandma Law came to see us she would look in the corners to see if they were clean. We loved our Grandmother, so we put forth extra effort to get it clean. This happened when Violet and I were small girls, just learning to do the housework.
Mother taught us to be thrifty and to spend money wisely. She said that a wife could throw more out the back door than a husband could bring into the front door, if she did not save and be thrifty. She also said to buy quality things instead of quantity.
Mother loved to cook, and she was a very good cook. I remember coming home from school and the wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread. Dad used to say her bread tasted as good as cake, and indeed it did.
Mother took a course in sewing and was an excellent seamstress. She did a lot of sewing for herself and family. She also taught her girls to sew, and in turn I have taught my daughters to sew, because of my mothers teaching. In her later years mother made a lit of quilts and gave some of them to her grandchildren.
Mother loved her children, their spouses, and her thirteen grandchildren. She was happy when they came to see her. In the cool evenings she would light a fire in the fireplace, and let them roast marshmallows or pop corn. When they were ready to go home she gave them peanuts and lemon drop candies.
Mother enjoyed her beautiful home and hated to leave it very often, even to go visit her children for many days at a time. She would get homesick. Sometimes she would say she’d get homesick at even thinking of going away for a trip. She said her home was so nice and peaceful. Dad said mother’s home was her castle.
Mother enjoyed the beautiful yards around her home. Dad always took care of the flower gardens, but mother enjoyed the beauties of his work. She would say “Your father always knows how to do it.”
Mother had a strong desire to do what was right, and she wanted others to do it also. Thirteen years before she died, when she was so very sick and delirious and did not know what she was saying, she kept repeating “But I want to do what is right.” After she had recovered she told me that her parents had come for her, but she told them “Joe needs me, but I want to do what is right.”
Mother was very sorrowful when her oldest daughter Violet died at the age of thirty one, and left two small children to be cared for. Mother helped to care for them until the father married again.
Mother used to tall us stories of her life. She said once she and grandma Law were riding in the buggy from Avon to Logan, to deliver some apples. The horses became frightened and grandmother lost control of them. The horses ran straight for a telephone pole. the tongue of the buggy broke, and to their sorrow it took all the profits from the apples to fix the buggy.
I am so thankful for a wonderful mother, and for the good influence she has had on her family, and on the lives of others.
When mother was in the 7th grade one of the boys wrote her a note asking for her company during the coming winter. Mother took the note home and showed it to grandmother, who in turn showed it to the mother of the boy. The boy was angry with mother for showing his love note as he called it.
The main amusements for young people when mother was a teenager was going to shows and dances in the meeting house. Sometimes a group of young people would ride in a white top buggy pulled by horses, and drive to a dance in Paradise or Hyrum.
Mother told me about one of her school teaching days in Millville before she and dad were married. It was in the springtime, and dad was cleaning an irrigation ditch by the school. One of mothers students had eaten some lickerish and had smeared it on his face and hands. Mother sent him out to the ditch to wash and clean himself up, but he returned without having washed. Naturally mother sent him out again to clean up, but her returned the same way. Mother then asked him why he didn’t clean up, and he cried and yelled “That great big fellow of yours won’t let me.” That night when dad came to see mother she asked him about it. Dad explained that he thought the student was going to run away from school, so to do her a favor he had sent the kid back into the schoolhouse. They had a good laugh over the incident.
Mother told me how she enjoyed making her wedding dress. It was lilac in color, and of silk marquisette over silk satin. The dress had a high waist line, high neck line, elbow length sleeves, and a full gathered skirt, and trimmed with a deep lavender fringe. It was a beautiful dress, and our youngest daughter, Julee, modeled it at a Homecoming Program in 1967. This dress is a treasured keepsake of mine.
---------Mae R. Nyman
Minerva Law Ormond
having been born of goodly parents, (Francis J. Law and Anine M. Deem) Minerva arrived at their home in Avon, Cache County, Utah on 17 July 1892. She was the third girl, Nomah and Stella were both older. She had seven younger brothers and sisters.
The family had two homes in Avon, one on the Ranch and one in town. Minerva attended school in Avon until she was old enough o attend Brigham Young College in Logan. When she was about twelve years old she became ill with a bad cold, sore throat, etc. which developed into Rheumatic Fever. this left her with a bad heart, which dampened her robust constitution for the rest of her life. Her spirit was as strong as ever and she never complained about her problem but noticed others who were worse than she was. Several people offered cures for her heart condition, and someone suggested some kind of “black medicine” which her parents gave to her. This almost killed her. Her father administered to her and her life was spared. Later, the Doctor couldn’t understand why the medicine hadn’t taken her life. Nomah, Vernon, Rozella, and Reuben all told me this story. Her mission on earth was not complete so she lived.
She enjoyed helping her father and mother with the chores around their farm. She and her brothers and sisters milked and tended the cows. One time when they were sent to bring the cows home from the pasture, one cow could be located. They had been warned by their parents not to wander too far as bears were in the area. They saw what they thought was a bear and ran for home with the cows they had, and excitedly told their father that a bear was up in the fields. He got his rusty sawed-off gun and went in pursuit of the “bear”. When he arrived in the field the “bear” was the family’s lost cow. He came back bringing the cow, and laughing.
Minerva enjoyed a good home life where love for one another was taught. They loved each other dearly and were considerate of each others needs. Minerva’s brother Joseph was her special charge. As a child she played a few tricks on her younger brothers and sisters Several have told me of her hiding under the table and telling them to come under with her and she would give them a treat. Then when one would come under with her, she would give them a spoonful of dry mustard. Myrtle wrote in her history, “sometimes I think big sisters tease little sisters too much. Once when we were asleep, Minerva pinned Mabel’s nightgown to mine with a safety pin. In the night when Mabel tried to get up she thought I was lying on her gown. She woke me up and I found I couldn’t move very far from Mabel. Soon we really fought, each thinking the other was lying or holding the other’s gown. Finally there was a rip, and we understood. Once, accidentally Mabel swallowed a button and I swallowed a bean. Minerva told us that if we went to sleep, the next morning I’d be a bean and Mabel would be a button. We believed her and what worry filled our little hearts as bedtime approached. We begged to be allowed to stay up, not telling mother the reason. She insisted on our going to bed. We went into another room trying to hide, but mother found us and off to bed we went. We resolved to stay awake all night but soon or eyes went shut in spite of ourselves, and we slept until morning . When we awoke Mabel said to me, ‘Am I a button?”. I looked at her and said, “No, am I a bean?”
Even though she teases them at times, she loved them all dearly and was very proud of their accomplishments. Whenever Cache Stake conference was held in Logan, the family would climb into their three-seat White Top with their mother’s good fried chicken and potatoes salad tucked away in the box under the front seat, and head for Logan some seventeen miles away. they all looked forward to these trips, along with an occasional trip to see a circus or attend a fourth of July celebration. Their father and mother felt an education was important, and soon purchased a home in Logan where the family could live in the winter and the older children could attend Brigham Young College.
Each fall the family would load their wagon with their belongings that they would need, tie a cow to the team, and leave the Ranch for the trip to Logan. The mother stayed with the children and would churn butter and sell it in Brigham City. The father would come over on weekends. He would bring wood for their stoves and whatever else they needed. When there was work to be done on the ranch, such as picking potatoes, or planting to be done their father would come after the boys on Friday so they could work on Saturday, but always returned for Sunday.
Minerva took the regular normal course offered at BYC to become a school teacher. She taught 1913-14 school year in Avon, Utah; 1914-15 and 1915-16 school years in North Logan, Utah; 1916-17 and 1917-18 school years in Smithfield, Utah 1918-19 and 1919-20 school years in Dayton, Idaho. While in North Logan she boarded with Ezra J. Palmer and his wife Sadie Palmer. Minerva was rather lonely with them and asked a friend, Della Maughan, if she could move in with her, and she then lived with Della and her mother Hannah Maughan. Minerva first came to North Logan in the fall of 1914. James W. Seamons was the Principal, with Minerva and Ethel Shepard as the teachers. One of her friends, Eliza King, would have her over for dinner and to visit. The Kings had a buggy and as Brother Andrew King worked in Logan as a truant officer, it wasn’t any bother to take Minerva to Logan to her parents home so she could do her laundry or get a few belongings that she needed. During her teaching years she bought an Edison record player for her family. She wanted them to enjoy good music. Vernon and Reuben laugh about buying her a record so they could listen to it. It was called “I’ll take you home again Kathleen”.
At one time she worked at the Golden Rule store that was located where the Low-Cost Drug Store now stands. During some summers she worked as a bookkeeper in Pocatello, Idaho for a Creamery. While teaching school in Smithfield she lived with Lou and LaVon McCann. Her friend Della Maughan met and married William Ormond. They came to visit Minerva at her parents home in Logan. They brought Hyrum, Will’s brother with them in August 1917. Shortly after Hyrum left for the military service. He later said “While I was in France and she was in Pocatello, love started.” After his return from the military, they were married in the Logan Temple, 16 June 1920 by Joseph Shepherd. After their marriage they loaded her belongings that were in a brown wooden box onto the wagon and left to make a home on the Rainey farm north of Smithfield where Hyrum was farming. After a short stay here they moved to Logan where their first child, Mary Gwen, was born on 16 Dec. 1921. They moved next to the Daniel’s place in North Logan where their son Hyrum Ray was born on a rainy night 14 May 1925. When Ray was a bout 18 months old they moved to Avon to run the Law farm. they returned to Logan where Parley Reed was born 21 Oct. 1927 they then moved back to North Logan where they built a small two room home on the highway, where they lived for about three years , and then were able to obtain land in the town are of North Logan where they spent the rest of their lives. The window in the entrance of this home has a window from the old Law home. It’s still painted green.
Minerva taught a Relief Society lesson for a time when her health permitted. She also sold Excelcis Beauty products for pocket money. She believed in living the teachings of Christ and never felt that fighting for ones personal rights was the Christ-like thing to do.
Minerva was blessed by her father, Francis J. Law, 4 August 1892 and was baptized by Peter Hansen 17 July 1900 in the Logan Temple and confirmed the same day be Sanford Porter. I’m sure this was a very special day that she never forgot all of her life. She received her patriarchal blessing from Joseph E. Cardon 15 July 1916.
Minerva spent many days fighting for breath, but had faith that the Lord could and would help her. She believed in the blessings of the priesthood and called on the Elders to come often to bless her. She knew financial reverses and hardships, but they seemed somehow to provide the necessities for their family. Hyrum helped much in the home with housework, canning, etc.
She was proud of her family, both children and grandchildren. She helped whenever her health would permit to tend the grandchildren. She came when our children had the measles and I was in the hospital when Mareen was born. Her last trip out of her home was to American Fork, Utah, to tend Mary’s children while they went south to the funeral of Glen’s mother. She caught cold and never could get her strength back. She was with us the rest of the summer, and passed away on 9 August 1957 in the Logan Hospital. She loved life.
Many people were cheered by her sweet comforting words of love and counsel. She was always willing to share with those who had less than she. Minerva had a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and tried to the best of her ability to live it and teach those she came in contact with to live it too. She was a good mother and the grandchildren loved to visit with her.
Francis Joseph Law, Jr.
Francis Joseph Law, Jr. was named after his father, Francis Joseph Law. He signed his name F. Joseph Law and was called Joe by family and friends. His father was called Frank. Joe was born May 10, 1895 in Avon, Cache County, Utah. His mother was Anine Mantine Deem. She was called Nina. Her parents last name was Dam in Denmark, but changed to Deem in America because Dam was used as a swear word. Joe’s father, Frank homesteaded on a ranch in Avon, Utah, up East Canyon about one mile. The family lived in a small frame home at a crossroads point where the road divided to go to either East or South canyons. This home was close to the center of activities, church and school. They also built a home on the ranch along the creek which was made of brick. This was a most beautiful setting, the stream was used for water needed for family and animals as well as keeping things cool in summer. A private dirt road left the canyon road on the south of the canyon, going into the home about two blocks. It was necessary to ford the stream at the creek to get to the house. A foot-bridge was built over the stream. There was also a road going up the north side of the canyon that was easier to use during winter months.
Joseph was the fourth child in the family and the first boy. Nomah, Stella, and Minerva were older than Joe. The twins, Myrtle and Mable followed him in the family; then Vernon, Reuben, Orville and Rozella. This family included children, and grandchildren of pioneers to Utah. They were raised by strict Latter-Day-Saint standards. They worked hard to clear the land of sagebrush, chokecherries, rocks and timber so they could raise grain and alfalfa and pasture the animals. The rodents, rock-chucks and gophers were busy in the fields. Skunks, coyote and bobcat roamed the country and mountain slopes. They were proud of their white-topped buggy which family used to travel up and down the canyon and to Paradise, Hyrum or Logan for needed things. Anine sometimes drove over the Mantua Divide so that she could sell her butter and eggs in Brigham City or see her brother in Willard.
Their property was mostly dry-farm, but some of it sub-irrigated by the East Canyon Creek and springs. They cleared the upper and lower dry farm of sage-brush, and year by year had more land for farming. The big dry-farm was on the steep mountain side, and the lower dry-farm was just east of the house. The lower land had lush meadow grass and choke-cherry on it. In the spring of the year there was high-water to contend with making it difficult to ford the stream which ran just in front of the home. In the hard, cold winter snow drifts made travel so difficult that they lived in the frame home near the school and church, and Frank would go to the ranch to take care of the stock during the best time of the day. As the children got older it was necessary for Anine to live in Logan with the children, while Frank drove back and forth to keep up the homestead.
Rattlesnakes loved the rocks and warm side of the canyon walls until warm summer days, and then they cooled off in the lower fields and meadows. They posed many problems to the workers in the fields or to the women around the home and yard. Wild flowers, bluebells, buttercup, dock. larkspur, Indian paint brush, sego-lilies and other flowers grew everywhere. How they all loved this beautiful spot called home in Avon.
Anine was a very good cook and immaculate homemaker. She and girls made bread, cooked vegetables from the garden, cooked meat they processed, hauled water for household needs. They kept the garden which included peas, beans, corn, carrots, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, berries, currants, which they canned and dried for winter use. They made their clothes and make hand woven-rugs and patchwork quilts.
They were an intelligent family and sought after education. All of the ten children at one time, became school teachers. Joseph went to BYC or Brigham Young College in Logan where he graduated. In 1915-16 he took an extension class at Utah State Agricultural College in Logan. This began his college career there. He began his teaching career in 1916 in Garland, Box Elder county, Utah at age 19. He boarded with the Frank Munns family, and met Joanna Cerella Bingham. She was a beautiful red-head and they caller her Cerell. Her father was Sanford Hall Bingham and her mother Joanna Catherine Hansen Bingham. Her brothers and sister were Ferd, Lou, and twins Elliot and Elsie. They lived in the north part of Garland on a farm. Joe and Cerell fell in love that year and were married May 9, 1917 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Joseph went to summer school in Logan in 1917 at Utah State Agricultural College, shortened to AC. He and Cerell lived with Joe’s folks. Frank and Anine had built a lovely, brick home in the southwest part of town near the church. Joseph taught at Bear River City, Box Elder county, Utah the next year, and their first child, a daughter they named Dorothy was born February 24, 1918. The next year, Joe taught in Elwood which was located just a few miles north of Bear River City.
F. Joseph Law then transferred to the Brigham City, Central Grade School. He was principal of that school from 1919 to 1926. His only son, Jay Basil Law was born February 20, 1921 in Brigham City, Box Elder county, Utah. Joseph continued studying at the AC with an extension class in 1922. He went to Logan and attended summer school in 1923, 1924, and 1925. The family with other teacher friends lived one summer in a tent in the orchards in order to be together and allow Joe to continue his education. He had advanced standing credits from the University of Utah in 1925 and others from Brigham Young University. His degree was conferred in 1926 in the school of Arts and Sciences with a major in education.
Joe and Cerrell purchased a lovely, brick home in Brigham City at 136 East 1st South, just across the street from the County Court house and County Jail. Their neighbors included Dr. Reese Merrill, the Knudsens, Sherriff Zundell, Gleaves, Mathias and Harmons. The families became very close friends as their children grew up together and the adults carried on in church, school and community affairs. Cerell’s mother came to live with them after her husband, Sanford, died in November 8, 1930. Joseph worked in the MIA of the church and on the stake Sunday school board. He taught in the teacher education class.
Joseph was transferred to Box Elder High School where he taught American and World History and Social Problems. He became head of the Social Science department there. He was a strict disciplinarian, but the students respected and loved him. Dorothy and Jay, his children, took classes from him, and learned to appreciate him as a teacher, as well as a father.
He worked under Principal Hinckley, and became his assistant. He is remembered by students as one who had control of affairs like assemblies, truancy, scholarship, sports and graduation. He loved the sports programs and served as timekeeper at the football and basketball games. He was a sponsor of the boy’s B’Iver Club and took his turn with the many school activities. He worked as secretary and later president of the Box Elder Teacher’s Assoc. He worked for improved salaries and teacher retirement. In 1934 he was a state delegate to the National Education Association convention in Washington, D.C. He took the whole family in their car, they drove back there and spent a month in Washington and surrounding places visiting historical spots as well as Niagara Falls and Chicago. In 1937, he took son Jay to Detroit to another NEA convention where they picked up a new car and he acted as a delegate to the convention. Dorothy married November 24, 1937 to Marvin Hughes Peters. Joseph was elected to the Utah Education Association Board of Trustees in 1938.
Joseph desired to enter politics. He was always an active Democrat, and he taught his students to actively participate in government. His first venture for an elected office was for two-year councilman in Brigham City from 1933 to 1935. In this he was successful. While a councilman, Mayor J. Wesley Horsley resigned, and Joseph accepted the appointment of mayor January 22, 1937. After this term ran out, he ran for the office of Mayor and was elected November 3, 1937 for his own term. He enjoyed the political challenge. He did a lot for Brigham City and the people did a lot for him. He was a very, busy, hard-working man serving as mayor, educator, member of Lion’s Club and Brigham Chamber of Commerce as well as rancher in Avon.
As mayor, he was instrumental in making improvements city-wide. Some of which are improvements to Rees Pioneer Park where an arbor and beautiful rose garden were made and the baseball area was improved. Water and sewer lines were improved. Tree plantings were made along Main and Center streets. A new fire station and city hall were in building plans. Some of his concerns were the hydro-electric plant, cemetery improvements and curb and gutter. He was very active in 1938 and 1939 with semi-professional baseball where he actively attended their games and tournaments. In 1939 he served as 3rd Vice president, then 1st vice president and Director of the State Municipal League. In this organization, state and city leaders met to improve conditions throughout the state.
Peach Days, an annual Brigham City and box Elder county celebration, was always held in the fall of the year at the time of the Peach crop harvest. Joseph loved to visit with friends from all over the city, county and state at this time. He made a point to be out in the town where he could talk to people. He also initiated a spring “Blossom Day”. He kissed several Peach Day queens, and shook state governors hands as well as church visitors, such as Heber J. Grant. He participated on the reviewing stand with the dignitaries during the parade.
F. Joseph Law was elected to serve in the Utah State Legislature in 1945 and 1946. This was the 26th session, and he represented the 1st District in the House of Representatives. He served on agricultural, education, and school financing committees. During this time, one special session was held. He and Cerrell lived in Salt Lake City during these sessions where he worked at the State Capitol Building. Cerell was a very supportive, sweet wife during all of these busy days. She was a great strength as mother to the children, active in city affairs and wherever she could help Joe. He came home for his lunch, and she had meals ready for him to eat during his short break. She kept his clothes immaculate and pressed. She shopped, went to Civic Clubs and Relief Society as well as accompanied him to various school and city functions.
Joseph took over the Avon property from his widowed mother, February 15, 1936. Frank had died October 18, 1935. Going back to the old homestead and adding new property purchased from Shandrew fulfilled one of Joseph’s dreams. The family went to Avon during the summer months to plant and harvest grain as well as haul hay. Joseph’s brother Reuben lived with the family during some of those busy summers hauling hay and harvesting grain. Cerell cooked for all, and Jay worked along with the men. This was not a favorite experience for Dorothy but she was part of it all. Jay learned how to work and take responsibility. He fixed many meals when his mother stayed in Brigham. Jay collected a cigar box full of rattleers from the snakes they killed out in the fields as they threw the hay up onto the wagon for hauling to the barn. Joseph broke his leg with a multiple fracture when the hay wagon turned over as they were coming off the big dry farm up on the side of the mountain. He spent most of that summer in the Pearce hospital in traction and mending. They followed the horse and plowed, harrowed by hand. They got some of the earliest farm machinery to help them plant and harvest, and were a part of the threshing crew to remove the straw and chaf from the grain.
Ross Summers and his wife Jeanette became great help as they lived nearby and Ross needed work. Fencing, and taking care of the cattle were all part of the work, and Ross did many things when Joe and family were not able to be in Avon. Joe and Jay spent many weeks “batching it” while Dorothy and Cerell stayed in Brigham. They made many, many trips by car over the old Sardine Canyon through the Wellsville mountains in the summer and winter to irrigate, feed stock, sell hay and grain, and do the necessary things to keep the place going. Many of Joe’s family including Nomah Jackson and husband and family, Vern and Winona and family remained in Avon year round on their own farms. He had many boyhood friends in Avon and Paradise.
Joe’s great desire seemed to be to improve the place and pass it on to son, Jay. They worked very hard together to this end. Jay was willing to do this hard work for he knew it would be his someday. they acquired 1156 acres of property, there, some the old homestead and also the Shandrew place which was more accessible year-round to the road. In fact, the surfaced road ended at the gate to the barnyard. A very rough dirt road went on up teh canyon as far as Mineral Point where trucks from the mine brought out minerals.
The house, barn, chicken coops and graineries became the center of activity and became known by Joe’s family as the lower place. A nice spring started in the middle of the field above the house which furnished nice water for family and stock use. Twenty-below-zero weather was one of those temperatures to expect in the winter. But on those delightful spring and summer months. They raised beautiful gardens, but could expect early and late frosts, that is late spring and early fall. this made the growing season short, and a constant worry to these farmers. this short season went along well with Joe’s teaching year, however.
When son Jay Basil Law and Loraine Baird of Willard, Utah were married May 8, 1942 they moved to Avon to live year round. Milk cows were purchased to provide income. Jay lived across the street in Bankhead’s 3 room home. Loraine fixed meals when Joseph was at the farm without Cerell. This house burned Jan. 11, 1943, however, and they had to move into the Shandrew house without electricity and other conveniences. Joe tried with the available help to improve the place to make it livable for the kids. Jay, however, went January 1944 to serve in the Navy in WWII. Loraine went to live in Willard and Ogden with her parents. Joseph quit teaching school, sold his home and came to live in Avon to take care of the cows and make things succeed at the ranch. It soon became too much for him, however, and discouraged he sold the cows and again resumed teaching at Lincoln Grade School in Brigham until an opening came at Box Elder High School again.
This was a difficult time for Joseph. He was a tall and very thin man. His muscles were strong and trained to do hard work, but physically the farm was too great a strain on his heart condition. He had rheumatic fever as a boy, and he now had a recurrence. He suffered a sick spell and was hospitalized a short time. When he returned home he suffered from cerebral thrombosis, May 23, 1950 and died. he was 55 years of age and just finished his 33rd year of teaching. He was buried May 26th, 1950 in the Brigham City cemetery.
Myrtle Deem Law Story of my Life
I was born at 12 O’clock, noon, on Tuesday Nov. 17, 1897, at Avon, Cache Co., Utah. I was the fifth child in a family of ten. My twin sister was born three and a half hours later. I weighed 61/2 pounds, and my twin, Mabel, weighed 8 pounds. However, I came into the world in better condition than she did, for her life was despaired of. In fact when she was born she was apparently dead. But mother knew she would live for when she was blessed in the Temple, before her confinement, she was promised that her increase should live. At the time mother noticed that increase and not child was used.
Father says that at our birth the two powers were strongly manifested, both the power of evil and the power of the Lord. It was a terribly stormy, windy day, and the roads were muddy, when he set out in the buggy, to get the midwife, who lived at Paradise miles away. It seemed like Satan tried to prevent his getting help for the buggy tongue came down, the horse kicked, and the cover nearly blew off the buggy.
When Mabel was born she seemed lifeless, but father anointed her and rubbed the Holy Oil along her little back and administered to her, promising her that she should live and that promise has been fulfilled.
I was blessed in the Avon Ward meeting House, by my father, Francis Joseph Law, Jan. 2, 1898. While Papa was giving Mabel her blessing he again promised her that she should be a mother in Israel.
Of course I do not remember much that happened during the next few years. But I very well remember when my brother Vernon was born, September,. 1900, for I was terribly put out because he slept in my cradle. Mother had to watch me, for several times I attempted to pull or tip him out of it. I also recall having some wonderful little red shoes and stockings.
My schooling commenced at Avon, Utah, September 1903, when I was nearly six years old. As I remember, school was held in the meeting house, and one teacher taught all eight grades. The work seemed easy for me, and I recall getting my work done and being idle such a lot of the time. I adored Mr. Seamons, my teacher. In fact I always did like my teachers, even the poor ones. And my marks or grades usually excelled those of my classmates. So did my sister’s. (Not taking credit to ourselves) When I was in either the fifth or sixth grade, my name was in the paper because I had received the best marks of any pupil in the Avon school.
I was baptized Tuesday Nov. 21, 1905, when I was 8 years 4 days old. I was baptized by William Seamons in the Logan Temple, along with Mabel of course. (Our lives always were intertwined, for we were always together, our clothing was just alike, and our hair combed the same.) Father and mother had all ten of their children baptized in the temple as near their birthday as possible.
The morning of the 21st was a snowy blizzardy morning. But mother wanted us baptized that day, so she couldn’t be persuaded to stay at home. So the horse was hitched to the little black top buggy and Mother, Mabel, Rueben, (the baby) and I, started out for Logan which was fifteen miles distant. Stella carried Reuben out to the buggy and said, “Mother, it’s wicked to take a baby out in a storm like this.” The storm was terrible for a while, then it ceased snowing, and the day was calm and lovely.
Mabel and I were baptized in wonderful white dresses, trimmed with yards and yards of lace. That day I learned to love and reverence the Temple. How vividly the memory of the oxen and font stayed with me. And I determined then that some day I would be married in the Temple. As we left the building I felt like I just had to be a better girl than before. Something of its sacredness seemed to stay with me.
The fall before I was thirteen the folks bought a home in Logan in order to better give their children the advantage of higher education. So after that we spent each winter in Logan and each summer at the ranch in Avon. How glad I used to be when spring came, because then we could move to the ranch. The happiest memories of my childhood and youth are connected with it. Father, bless his unselfish heart, stayed, alone, at the ranch in winter and milked the cows and looked after things. Usually he came to Logan for Sundays. But it was a lonely life he led, so that we his children, might have a better chance in life than he had. I wonder if we can ever repay him?
Mabel and I hadn’t attended school very long at Logan before we were given a special promotion. We were promoted from 7th B to 7th A.. That year, Mr. Sorenson my teacher, told mother I had the best and most uniform marks in my grade. We graduated from the 8th grade in Jan. 1912, but did not receive our diplomas until graduation exercises the next spring. We were among the very few, who, having the best marks, tried out for the valedictory. Not being so good on delivery, we did not get it. And we were really glad.
The next Sept. we commenced our High School work at the Brigham Young College, taking a Normal Course, as we wanted to be teachers. We graduated from High School June 1916, the same time that Joseph completed two years of College Normal work.
The faculty of the B.Y.C. said that Mabel and I were the smartest students that had ever attended that school. Mabel received the valedictory. I was only a fraction of one percent behind her in my grades. The professors had to go to our daily marks to find a difference.
I received my patriarchal blessing Dec. 27, 1916. Mother gave me a dollar for Christmas, and I spent it for my blessing.
In June 1917, I ended one year of college work at the B.Y.C. I was secretary of the college class that year. During the year in Psychology Lab Prof. Hickman tested the mentality of all his students. Mabel and I came at the very top of the list. He said we were wonders, and could accomplish most anything in life.
Mabel and I were on the College Class Basketball Team. We came out second place in the championship of the school. We should have had first place!
On Friday June 1, 1917, I was promised the school at Treasureton, or rather the Primary Grades, at $75.00 per month, by J. E. Winger, Trustee. The promise was made over the phone. $75.00 was considered exceptionally good wages at that time.
On June 2, Mabel and I left Logan for Albion, Idaho to attend summer school there. Miss Truman, teacher in classroom management said, “I don’t know hardly any of my class, but when two big brilliant twins come into my class, I have to know them.” Miss Jeffrey’s said, “You are mental marvels. Go on in education and don’t get married.”
On Sept. 13, 1917, Mr. J.E. Winger of Treasureton met me at Preston and took me to his place at Treasurton. The next day I secured a boarding place with Margaret McCarrel, a widow. Mon. Sept. 17, 1917, I began my career as a School Teacher. I liked teaching then, and I still enjoy it.
On Friday night Feb. 16, 1918, I went home from a show at Treasurton, with Alf Cole. Thus our courtship began. This is what I wrote of him in my diary after I had been out with him the second time. “Everybody up here seems to like him and quite a few have wanted me to go with him. He is a trifle shorter than I, rather heavy set and light complected. On the whole a good looking fellow.”
We were engaged Wed. May 16, 1918. I got my ruby ring July 22, 1918, at the ranch in Avon, by the creek, in the moonlight.
We were married by W.A. Noble, in the Logan Temple, Thursday Sept. 12, 1918. We were the only young couple to get married that day. I’ll never forget that peaceful, sacred day. not the contentment that filled my soul as we went through that holy house. And how proud I was of my marriage certificate, and my wedding ring, and my man.
I don’t think we would have been married until the following spring, if it hadn’t been for the war. But we wanted to be married before Alf went. Then the Armistice was signed just before he had to leave, so I didn’t get to be a soldier’s wife.
How I wanted children, at least ten of them! Alfred wanted children too, but none came. So I’ve taught school for eleven years, ten years since my marriage. I am considered a very successful teacher.
On March 17, 1921 I was blessed for motherhood in the Logan Temple. I was promised that I should be a mother in Israel, but that it would be in the Lord’s own due time; that God was reserving some of his most choice, noble spirits for me.
On May 23, 1921 I was operated on by Dr. Randall of Logan. He said I could never have children in a hundred years unless the operation was performed. So I was operated on, for I wanted a large family. But no children came after that.
On May 27, 1923, Mabel and I graduated from College Normal at B.Y.C. We finished up the needed work through correspondence.
I attended National Summer School at the U.A.C. in 1925, and received A in all my subjects.
On Aug. 5, 1929 I left home to fill a short term mission in the Western States. I was set apart for my mission by Apostle Melvin J, Ballard, on Aug. 6. I returned home Feb. 6, 1930, feeling very thankful to my maker for His goodness to me. Pres. Woodruff said I was a splendid missionary; a very outstanding one; one of the very best he had ever had, that I accomplished more in 6 months than most missionaries do in two years.
Aug. 28, 1932
On the second Sunday of every month during the past year, I have visited different wards in the Stake in the interest of Genealogical work. The Lord has surely helped me with His spirit while speaking. I hope I have helped others some. I know I have received much development myself. I am the supervisor of the Junior Genealogical work in the stake (Oneida). At present this work is being carried out in half of the wards in the stake.
Since last August, I have been through the Logan Temple many times doing endowment work for the dead. On July 19, I was baptized for 47 of my dead ancestors. That same day I assisted in the sealing of fifty couples. Two weeks before this I copied 571 names of my kindred dead on temple sheets ready for sealing. How I enjoyed doing it! This past winter and spring I have spent considerable money doing research work through the Genealogical society of Utah. I have been instrumental in finding four new progenitors and several ancestors and family groups.
On Tuesday, Jan. 5 I got results from the first $5.00 I spent it this work. This is what I wrote in my diary that evening. “I am so thrilled I must write in this diary right now. I’m so happy I’ve been crying and praying. Over a month ago I sent $5.00 to the Genealogical Society of Utah, asking them to hunt up my progenitors. Tonight the reply came and they are almost certain they have record of my second and third great grandparents on papa’s side, and are real certain they have discovered two more generations on mother’s side. Oh I’m thankful that I am a genealogical worker!”
On April 1st I completed another year of teaching the Primary Grades in Treasurton School. My health was very poor, but I know I did good work. I received an offer to teach next year, but turned it down as I want my health back. We only had seven months of school, on account of lack of funds. At the present time we have not been able to cash school warrants issued since February. (Depression!)
On Jan. 1st, 1932 we installed an R.C.A. Radiola in our home, and how we have enjoyed it since then.
As I recall last winter, I think of snow, snow, snow! It was the hardest winter I have ever seen. For a time, cars couldn’t be used at all.
On March 17 I was leader in a one act play for Relief Society Annual Day. The play was “Dead Expense”. I was “Ma”, Myrtle Kirby was bald headed “Pa” Jeanette Bosworth was Sally and Etta Williams was “Mannie”. It went off very well. Since coming to Treasureton I have been in 5 plays.
On March 20 I was Pageant Reader in Primary Conference in our Ward. I memorized the entire part, and it was long. The pageant was, “The Light of the World”. On this same Sunday I was sustained as an aid in Primary. I have the Trail Builder’s class.
I purchased a Maytag Washer (gasoline engine) on April 11, for $149.00 cash. I traded school warrants for it.
On April 22, I was a judge in the Oneida Stake Public Speaking Contest.
July 23, I nearly stepped on a big rattlesnake right behind our house. It was the first rattler I’d seen in years and years.
Memories of Aunt Myrtle
My Aunt Myrtle (Myrtle Law Cole) was so very special to me. I remember the summers spent with her and Uncle Alf. I was very young when I first spent a month in the summer with them in Treasurton. I spent many summers with them and loved to be with them. Their house was set in the mountains and to get to it, one had to go through a long lane that had three gates to open and shut after going through with the car. On each side of the lane, beautiful tall holly hocks, and choke cherries grew wild. Such an array of beautiful colors. The hills were beautiful with their covering of wild flowers such as the sego lily, Indian Paint brushes, and bluebells. She and I would gather beautiful bouquets of them. There was a fruit orchard. I remember picking cherries and apples and pears. She had a good garden. She was famous for her fried chicken. She raised her own chickens and so they were the best. There were many trees. A large hammock hung between two large trees and many good times were spent laying in the hammock with Aunt Myrtle telling me stories and reading to me, and talking about our Heavenly Father and observing the beautiful things of nature that He created. Sometimes we would watch a squirrel as he ran up the grain shed and disappear in a little hole in the shed. We also watched a Red Headed Woodpecker busy at work. Aunt Myrtle loved children and many climbed over the hills to visit her. She always had something good for them to eat and some fun games to play.
The house was nice and was nestled among the hills. It had an upstairs and a balcony. I remember going upstairs and playing record on the windup Edison phonograph. Aunt Myrtle had a guitar and she would play it and sing and yodel. The house had a long stairway which was really something for those days. The bathroom fixtures were pale lavender and I thought they were the most beautiful I had ever seen. A white picket fence circled the house and each summer she painted it. She let me help her and I thought it was such fun to paint. Rose colored ever bearing sweet peas covered the white picket fence and made the home so attractive.
Aunt Myrtle milked the cows when Uncle Alf was away hauling grain. She and I would ride the horse and go get the cows and bring them to the corral for milking time. One of the cows had a bell around her neck and we would listen for the bell and be able to find them. The corral was made of wooden logs and we would put the cows in and milk them. Then the milk was taken to the summer kitchen and run through the separator. The hand turned separator would separate the milk from the cream. The kittens were always waiting around for their bowl of warm skim milk. The new calves were also fed the warm skim milk from a bucket.
Sunday was a very special day. We took our lunch when we went to church. AS everyone traveled several miles to church, they would hold all the meetings before anyone went home. After Sunday School everyone sat on the church lawn and ate lunch, then went back in the church for Sacrament meeting. It was a fun time seeing everyone and visiting.
Each summer as I left Aunt Myrtle to return home to Dayton, I was fitted out with new clothes. She was so generous. These were the Depression years and I will always remember her kindness to us. I remember her bringing new shoes for all of us when we were barefoot. She had a new wither 1929 or 1930 Model Ford Coupe. It was a beautiful turquoise blue color. We always looked forward to having her come and visit us and have a ride in her new car. Aunt Myrtle had a sense of humor and was fun to be around.
The sad part of her life was that she had no children of her own and wanted to have children so much. She was an influence for good for other peoples children and I will never forget her and the great lessons of living that she taught me.
After being ill for some time, Aunt Myrtle passed away Feb. 4, 1939, in Prove, Utah. She was staying at the home of her brother, Rueben D. Law. Death was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage caused by hitting her head on the bathtub. She had evidently taken a dizzy spell and fell.
The wonderful times we had together will always be remembered. She was such a good influence on all who knew her.
Erline Atkinson Whipple
Personal History of Myrtle Law Cole taken from her Book of Rememberence
Born at Avon Cache Co. Utah, Nov 17, 1897 daughter of Francis Joseph Law and Anine Mantine Deem.
Blessed by Francis Joseph Law, Jan 2, 1898
Baptized by William Seamons, at Logan Temple, Nov. 21, 1905.
Confirmed by Thomas Morgan, Nov. 21, 1905
Schooling commenced at Avon, Utah, Sept. 1903
Graduated from the Lowell School at Logan, Utah, Jan. 1912
Graduated from High School, at Brigham Young College, June 1916.
Ended one year of college work at B.Y.C. June 1917.
Attended summer school at Albion State Normal, June-July 1917.
Graduated from College Normal, at B.Y.C. May 27, 1923.
Attended National Summer School at U.A.C. summer of 1925.
Patriarchal Blessing by Joseph E. Cardon, Dec. 27, 1916.
Married to Alfred Cole, Sept. 12, 1918. ceremony performed by W. A. Noble, at the Logan Temple.
Mission for the L.D.S. church to the Western States, August 5, 1929. Returned from Mission Feb. 6, 1930.
Taught Primary Grades of the Treasureton Idaho School the following school years
1917-1918; 1918-1919; 1920-1921; 1922-1923; 1923-1924; 1924-1925;
1925-1926; 1926-1927; 1927-1928; 1928-1929; 1930-1931; 1931-1932
Comfort Blessing by James L. Williams (Patriarch) August 14, 1932.
Teacher in Sunday School at Logan, Utah, winter and spring of 1917.
Supt. of Religion Class in Treasureton, Idaho from 1917-1919.
Teacher in Religion Class from 1917 to 1929 (with the exception of 2 years.)
Secretary of Religion class from Oct. 1924to May 1925.
Supt. of Religion Class from Oct. 1928 to May 1929.
Aid in Primary 1917-1918.
Secretary in Primary 1918-1919 also teacher.
Second Counselor in Primary 1919-1921. (July) also teacher.
First couselor in Primary from Aug. 1921 to Nov. 1926 also teacher.
Teacher in Sunday School at Treasureton from 1919 and released as Sunday School Teacher Dec. 10, 1933 on account of ill health.
Class leader in Y.L.M.I.A. during years 1918-1919.
First Couselor in Y.L.M.I.A. from Nov. 23, 1919 to Oct. 1920 also class leader.
President Of Y.L.M.I.A. from Oct. 1920 to July 10, 1927 also class leader.
President of Y.L.M.I.A. from March 1929 to Aug. 16, 1931.
Secretary of Relief Society from June 26, 1920 to _____________.
Member of Ward Amusement Committee from 1919to 1923.
Seagull Advisor Jan. 1923 to Nov. 1926.
Bee Keeper from Nov. 1924 to July 1927.
Bluebird leader from Oct. 1925 to Nov. 7, 1926.
Guardian of Trail Builders from Oct. 1925 to Nov. 1926.
Junior Class Leader in Mutual from Sept. 1926 to July 1927.
Gleaner Class Leader in Mutual from Aug. 1928 to Aug. 16, 1931.
Stake Genealogical Committee - summer of 1930.
Guardian of Trail builders – March 1932to __________.
One of two members of the Treasureton Relief Society Decoration Committee Jan. 8,1933 to ________.
Mabel Law Atkinson
The story of my life
I was born at 3:30 in the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Avon, Cache Co. Utah. I was the sixth in a family of ten children. My twin sister, Myrtle, was born three and one half hours before I was. She weighed six and one half pounds while I weighed eight. When I was born I was apparently lifeless but Mother knew I would live for when she was blessed in the Temple she as promised that her increase would live. Mother noticed that the word increase and not child was used yet it never entered her mind she would have twins. In those times if a woman approaching motherhood desired and was worthy she could be washed and anointed and blessed by women set apart for that work in the Temple. Father anointed me with holy consecrated oil, then sealed the anointing. As he was administering to me he felt impressed to rub the oil along my spine and did so. In the administration he promised me by the power of the Priesthood that I should live and be a Mother in Israel. That promise has been fulfilled for I am now a mother of five, two boys and three girls.
I was blessed and given a name when eight days old at home by my father, Francis Joseph Law, and again in Fast and Testimony meeting in the Avon Ward meeting house, where Father again gave the promise that I should be a mother in Israel.
I do not remember much that happened during the next few years. But I do remember I felt secure and wanted and loved by my family.
I also remember having beautiful little new dresses for every fourth of July, and generally a new Christmas dress also, all made by Mother with the inside looking almost as neat as the outside. I remember each birthday, a gift would be by our plates at the table, Father’s usually being a quarter hidden under the plates which were turned over when the table was set in those days.
My schooling commenced at Avon, Utah, Sept. 1903, when I was nearly six years old. School was held in the meeting house and one teacher taught all eight grades. I remember I liked school always, and liked every teacher, much credit for this was due to home influence. My twin (Myrtle) and I always led the class. Our marks excelled, due to our hereditary powers and the help and encouragement we received at home I suppose. Mother had had me doing different things at home even before school started. We would have pencil and paper at the table while she was making pie or cookies, and she would help us do anything we desired to do. She used to teach my small ones the same way and how delightful a pleasure it was to them!
I was baptized Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1905 when I was eight years, four days old. I was baptized with my twin in the Logan Temple by William Seamons and confirmed by Thomas Morgan. (both of us were baptized by the same man and confirmed likewise.) We were always together and always dressed alike. Our hair was always combed alike and we wore the same kinds of ribbons always slept together and sat side by side at the table.
Schools Attended: Beginners to the seventh grade at Avon, Utah. Woodruff and Lovell Schools at Logan, Utah. Graduated from the eight grade Jan. 1912. Brigham Young College, Logan, Utah graduated Preparatory Normal, June 1, 1916. Attended one year college at B.Y.C. Logan, Utah. Albion State Normal- June, July 1917 at Albion, Idaho. Graduated from College Normal at B.Y.C. May 27, 1923. I won a Gold Medal for debating at B.Y.C.. I was valedictorian of the class of 1916. Myrtle and I were on the college Class basketball team. I was tallest of those in the team so I was center. Myrtle and I were exceptionally good guards. Our class took second place in the championship of the school.
I received my Patriarchal blessing Dec. 27, 1916.
On Sept. 7, 1917 I went to Dayton, Idaho to teach school.
Sunday the 9th of Sept. 1917 I first met Earl Atkinson. the evening of July 2nd at the ranch house in Avon, in our large kitchen and dining room combined, Earl gave me my diamond set high tiffany style in yellow gold. By this time we were very much in love with each other. I was proud as could be to wear my ring and let people know Earl was to be mine, and that I was to be his wife. We were married August 1, 1918.
Our first child, Erline was born at Grandma Law’s home in Logan, Utah. Our second child, Melvin Boyd was born May 27, 1921 at Logan, Utah. Our third child, Joyce was born Jan. 9, 1925 at Grandma Law’s home in Logan, Utah. Our fourth child, a beautiful curly haired baby boy weighing ten pounds was born Sunday morning on Mother’s day May 12, 1929 at Dayton Idaho. Our fifth and last child, a beautiful baby girl was born Dec. 31, 1935. She was given the name Frances Myrtle by her father. She was born at Dayton, Idaho as was the fourth child Sherwin Joseph. My motherhood was my greatest blessing.
the spring of 1933 we moved into our very own home – first home- a little two- roomed house (12x 24 ft.) We had moved on to our acre of sage brush land, where the old tithing store house had been built years before but had been taken down before we bought the land, Earl paid the church twelve and one-half dollars for that dry acre with an old creek bed running through the back half of it. The children have always felt a special interest in that first little home, even later when a larger house was moved and joined to it and it became their bedrooms, because they paid the greater part of the $100.00 which it cost by drawing out their savings from the bank. It was not many seasons before that acre was a place of beauty. The sagebrush cleared, trees and flowers planted and a huge garden. It was really home to all of us.
I spent many years as a school teacher in Dayton, Idaho and also held many church positions.
After the age of fifty, I began the serious study of becoming a poet. My articles, poems and stories have been published in the Relief Society magazine, Improvement Era, Ideals, newspapers and many others.
An authority once said that no life story was complete unless it included the philosophy of the person whose life was written or told. It is hard for me to put my philosophy or what I live by in works, but I will state a few of the beliefs or things I hold as a part of the inner me. With the poet Browning I believe it is better to wear out than rust out; that all of life, not just the first or youthful part, is to be lived and enjoyed. I believe one should stand mind-tall and squarely face the present and future knowing God is directing the affairs, the ultimate affairs of His creations. I believe that hardships and sorrows and trials have the alchemy to bring out the best within us if we accept them without bitterness and dare to conquer all of them we have any power over.
I have done no heroic things. I never expect to, but I do try to give my kind, appreciative words to people, my flowers while they are alive and can enjoy them. One little thing I have always remembered to do when I have been so nervous I wondered what to do, and that has been to “do something for somebody, quick.” And it has worked, no matter whether it was writing a letter to Mother or some other loved one, making a batch of cookies for the children, or weeding a row of garden.
In my life I have tried to make no compromises where the principles of the Gospel are concerned but have been lenient and tolerant always with all people, and have tried to remember it is high to be a judge. Forgiveness is in my heart always and I crave forgiveness, for at times I fall far short of being what I desire to be.
In concluding my philosophy I will say that I believe this is a beautiful, wonderful world filled with gracious people, that life is good, and earth can be Heaven here and now.(Taken from the book of Remembrance of Mabel Law Atkinson)
Memories of my Mother (Mabel Law Atkinson)
I will always remember my mother for her teachings. She always stood for right. She taught me the value of work and being organized in whatever I tried to do. She taught us the value of prayer and righteous living. There were the five children, myself, Melvin Boyd, Joyce, Sherwin Joseph and Frances Myrtle. She believed in Education, thus Joyce, Frances and Sherwin graduated from college. Joyce and Frances were school teachers and Sherwin was employed by the U.S.A.C. Poultry Division where he still works.
Joyce, Sherwin and Frances also filled full time missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. Joyce has filled two full time missions and Frances a mission before marriage and a work mission with her husband Henry Berghout. This made Mother very happy.
Melvin Boyd was killed in a car accident in California. He was 21.
Mother and Dad taught us to want a temple marriage. Sherwin, Frances and I were married in the temple. I married Walter Legrand Whipple and I have five sons; Walter Legrand Jr., William Lorin, Weldon Lavon, Wilford Leon, and Wesley Lamar. All five sons have been on missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. They all attended college. Walter has a Doctorate in Music, William a masters in Bookkeeping and Accounting, Weldon a masters in music theory and another masters in music library, Wilford a journeyman electrician, Wesley a graduate of Ricks College and attending BYU this fall.
Frances and Henry have six children, Corie, Laine, David, Daniel, Larry and Jamie.
Sherwin married Elva Kerr and they have three children, Ivin, Linda and Diane.
Mother loved her grandchildren and they loved her. She had only five grandchildren while she was living. Frances and Sherwin married after Mother had passed away.
Grandpa and Grandma Law worked hard and saw to it that their ten children had an education. All ten children were school teachers. Thus the desire for education has passed on down to future generations.
I was fortunate to have Mother as my teacher in the second and sixth grade at Dayton School. She was really a good teacher and I loved her. She was so kind to the unfortunate children in her school. I remember her bringing lunches for some of them (depression years) also clothing to keep them warm. She taught us by example to help the ones in need.
She was handy at sewing also and made our clothes, sometimes made overs out of clothes others had given us. She always made them look good and they didn’t look like they were made over. She taught 4-H club sewing for three years, and my sewing took first place in Franklin county and at the southeastern Idaho 4-H fair. She taught well.
I also remember the good peach and apricot pies she would make, and walk to the beet field where we were working, in the middle of the afternoon, bringing these pies for us to eat and cold water to drink. This made our day much more pleasant. We would look forward to her afternoon visit and could work with renewed energy.
She really had a green thumb. Her flowers and yard in Dayton was like a paradise. She enjoyed working in the yard and loved everything beautiful.
When Mother took up writing at the age of 50, she showed us we are never too old to try something new. She was very successful at writing poetry and short stories and columns for newspapers. She published three books of poetry and there are many of her children’s stories that are not published. We cherish all her writings and many times we read them and she still seems to be near in our memory.
Her last years were years of ill health, but she still kept busy each day until the last three months of her life she spent in the Preston hospital with cancer. It was memorial day, May 30, 1962 she passed away at the age of 64. She was conscious of everything until the very last day of her life. She is a wonderful mother.
-----------Erline Atkinson Whipple (1979)
Some Things About Vernon Deem Law
On September 8, 1900, was born a beautiful baby boy, so beautiful in fact that the mothers in the town of Avon, Cache county Utah said he was pretty enough to be a girl. Therefore, I , Vernon D. Law, having been born of goodly parents, do in this year of 1979 set down a few of the things I remember.
One of the earliest things I can remember is a big disappointment. On my tenth birthday anniversary, September 8, 1910, Father Law moved the family to Logan, Utah for the extra advantages the Logan City Schools gave over our two-room school in Avon. And not once all day long did anyone even mention my birthday.
Perhaps the earliest experience I remember was with fire. Cedar posts with cedar bark were plentiful then and with some older boys to roll the cigarette and light it, and me to draw in with my might, I produced a flame that scorched my eyelashes and eyebrows. And with my eldest sister as my teacher, it didn’t take long before Dad and Mother knew all about it.
My older brother, Joseph, was fond of telling about how glad Father was when he, Joe, was born. Three daughters preceded Joe in the family and Joe said Dad was so happy when he, Joe, was born that he jumped high and kicked his heels together twice before he lit (lighted). It took me a long time to master that trick, but I finally did it.
How well I remember Joe and his dating days. While he was grooming and inspecting himself at the mirror before going out, I would extract his wallet from his back pocket. Then when he was at the front door ready to leave, I, at a safe distance, would shout, “Joe! Have you got your wallet? One quick feel for the wallet and it would come flying across the room to him. He never failed to catch it while I easily escaped. I am certainly glad I didn’t turn out to be a pickpocket. A number of years later when he married, his wife was the first girl I ever kissed.
The entire school system gave a two-week vacation for topping beets. Reuben, Orville, and myself always topped beets and became fast and good at it. When we got to the end of three 40 rod rows we had to lie on our backs to get straightened up. but the boys who thinned beets said we didn’t know anything about lame backs compared to what they knew. One fall we three brothers earned enough to buy two new ranger bicycles. One other fall I earned enough to pay my tuition and books at the Brigham Young College and my spending money past Christmas.
In the spring of 1921 I signed a contract to teach in Box Elder County. My assignment was to be principal at a two-room school in Penrose. I rejected a contract to teach for the following school year, thinking I had had enough of school teaching. On the last day of the school year I received a letter from my Dad stating that the bishop wanted me to go on a mission. Dad put no pressure on me to go but made this statement. “Son, if you want to fill the call I will put up the money.” Of course I went and my Dad fulfilled his promise, too. At the time, I remembered something Dad had said in 1917. The schools were closed in 1917 because of flu, and I had persuaded Dad to let me be operated on for hernia. When the operation was over and I was alive and out of the hospital, Father said, “Perhaps this will fix you up so you can fill a mission for the church.”
I was sent to the Eastern States Mission in July of 1922. B. H. Roberts was mission president. He certainly impressed on my mind that the gospel and the elders were there to save and not to damn people. I was put in conference (district) president after serving only nine months in the mission field. I returned from the Eastern States Mission in July of 1924.
I married Winona Pulsipher in the Logan Temple on June 3, 1925. Our first child, a boy, LaRay Vernon, was born July 24, 1926. He blessed and cheered our home for three months, then whooping cough and complications took his life. He was three months and three days old when he died in my arms. I shall never forget how he hunched up, smiled, and reached out his arms in welcome to someone he knew.
By June 1, 1966, I had taught in elementary school 44 years and had become that one man told about in Isiah, Chapter 4, verse 1, wherein seven women shall cling to one man’s coat tail, etc. I had a wife and six lovely daughters, and in the process I had lived in the following places:
My Dad’s farm home in Avon, Utah.
On South Main in Logan, Utah.
Mendon, Utah – hired man to Bernard Hardman.
Treasureton, Idaho – started teaching again. LaRay and Donna were born at Winona’s parent’s home in Avon, Utah.
Amalga, Cache County, Utah – still teaching.
Smithfield, Jane Read’s place. JoAnn born in the hospital while living here.
Avon, Utah at Ole Olsen’s place. Elaine born in the hospital while living here.
Smithfield, Utah, at Cliff Simpson’s place – still teaching.
Avon, Utah, teh Leon Orton farm. Linda and laWana born the hospital while living here.
Logan, Utah, 385 East 2nd South. Sustained as high councilman and bishop.
Logan, Utah, 1751/2 South 4th East – while building new home.
Logan Utah, 175 South 4th East –and here we be. For how long, I wonder. We are both temple officiators in the Logan Temple and still teaching and have been for years. The temples are God’s universities for teaching eternal truths. 13 places, and now in the 13th Ward. How lucky can one be.
Vernon D. Law
Brief Summary of Reuben Deem Law
Reuben D. Law was born in Avon, Cache County, Utah, 19 March 1903, the eighth child of Francis Joseph Law and Anine Deem Law. In 1910 his parents purchased a home in the Sixth Ward of Logan, Utah, following which the family spent the months of each school year in Logan and the summer months at the ranch home in Avon.
Reuben was baptized and confirmed in the Logan Temple 21 March 1911. He was ordained a Deacon 31 January 1915, a Teacher 28 Nov. 1917, a priest 27 Oct. 1920, an Elder 15 Jan. 1923, and a High Priest 12 Feb. 1928. He and Leda Ethelyn Call of Brigham City were married for time and all eternity in the Logan Temple 29 July 1925 by President Joseph R. Shepherd. from this happy marriage were born Zola Rae, 27 June 1926, Ronald Dee 14 July 1929, Nena Flo 4 March 1934, Leda Marie 11 Dec. 1938, and Rose Lynette 5 Aug. 1941, all of whom were married in the temple. Ronald Dee was a missionary for thirty-two months in the French Mission. Great sorrow came with the cancer death of wife and mother Leda 17 May 1973. Shortly before her death Leda requested that Reuben marry again.
Another happy marriage began when Reuben D. Law and Lue Groesbeck were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple 12 September 1973 by President Harold B. Lee. Lue was head of children’s music at B.Y.U. and a member of the Primary General Board of the Church. Great happiness was followed by another great sorrow from Lue’s death 27 June 1978. Fulvia Call Dixon who worked with Lue on the Primary General Board, Dr. Harold Goodman, Chairman of the B.Y.U. Music Department, and Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Council of the Twelve spoke at the funeral. Bishop Ronald Dee Law sang beautifully “How Great Thou Art”. Leda and Lue are both buried in the Logan City Cemetery, one on the right and one on the left of the grave site reserved for their eternal mate.
As this is written Reuben is now very happily married to another wonderful wife, Fulvia Call Dixon, Leda’s cousin whom he had admired greatly for many years, the same Fulvia Call Dixon who spoke at Lue’s funeral and widow of Howard B. Dixon of Provo. The time marriage was performed in the Provo Temple by President Eran A. Call, Fulvia’s brother, who is a sealer at the temple and a former mission president in Mexico.
Among the church positions in which Reuben D. Law has been privileged to serve are the following; Deacons Quorum president, Teachers Quorum president, Priests Quorum secretary, and “M” Men president in Logan Sixth Ward; stake “M” Men president, Bear River Stake; Sunday School Teacher, M.I.A. teacher, priesthood advisor, Boy Scout Committee, and home teacher in quite a number of wards; drama director, Penrose Ward; Bear River Stake; member of genealogical committee, Tremonton Ward; Counselor in Tremonton Ward Bishopric, Bear River Stake; member of M.I.A. Stake Boards of Bear River Stake and of Woodruff Stake; member of Sunday School Stake Boards of Woodruff Stake and of Utah Stake; Duchesne Stake Scout Commissioner; Assistant Stake Superintendent of Sunday School, Provo Stake; Teacher Trainer, Utah Stake; member of High Councils of Provo Stake, East Provo Stake, Santa Ana Stake, and Newport Beach Stake; Teacher Trainer, Thirty-third Ward, Bonneville Stake; Counselor in Stake Presidency of Provo Stake; member of the Sunday School General Board of the Church; Bishop of the University Ward, Utah Stake for nine years; President of the High Priests Quorum of Oahu Stake, Hawaii; High Priests Instructor, Seventh Ward of St. George; the first Stake Executive Secretary of St. George East Stake; Officiator and Sealer in the St. George Temple; Sealer in the Provo Temple; High Priests Instructor in the Pleasant View Third Ward of Provo.
Reuben attended beginners grade at the Avon School and the first, second, fourth (skipped third), fifth, and sixth at the Woodruff School in Logan, Utah. He completed seventh through eleventh at Logan Junior High and Senior High and then graduated from the High School Division of Brigham Young College in 1921. He was awarded the Junior College Diploma (third highest in his class) in 1923 by Brigham Young college, Logan Utah. He participated in athletics, yearbook staff, oratorical contest, dramatics, and other activities. He had the leading male part in the college play in 1923. The B.S. degree, with membership in Phi Kappa Phi National Scholarship Fraternity, was conferred upon him in 1928 by Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University). He received the M.S. degree in 1933 from the same institution. He received the Doctor of Education degree in 1941 from the University of Southern California, again qualifying for recognition by Phi Kappa Phi National Scholarship Fraternity. In 1951 he did postdoctoral study at the University of California, Berkeley.
Professional and Civic Responsibilities
Space will permit only a listing as follows: Principal and teacher at Penrose School and at East Tremonton School, and coordinator & teacher at Bear River High School, Box Elder County School District 1923-28; City Justice, Tremonton, Utah 1927-28; Vice Chairman, Utah Association of High School Coordinators 1927-28; participation in Tremonton Community Theatre 1924-28; Member of Tremonton City Library Board 1926-28; Principal of South Rich High School, Randolph, Utah 1928-31; Superintendent of Schools, Rich County School District 1929-35; Extension Instructor, Utah State University 1933-36; Program Chairman, Rich County Fair Association 1931-35; Rich County Chairman, Federal Emergency Relief Administration, Utah 1930-32; Vice Chairman, Federal Housing Administration, Rich County, Utah 1933-35; Superintendent of Schools, Duchesne County School District 1935-36; member of central committee, Uintah Basin Industrial Convention, Utah 1936.
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of Education, Brigham Young University 1936-60 (on leave 1954-59); Chairman, Department of Elementary Education, B.Y.U. 1937-46; Chairman, Department of Educational Administration, B.Y.U. 1946-54; Dean, College of Education, Brigham Young University 1946-54; Secretary, Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Fraternity, State of Utah, 1939-40; President of State Phi Delta Kappa 1940-41; Visiting Professor of Education, University of Southern California, many summer sessions and full year of 1958-59; State of Utah Director of Public and School Libraries and School Community Relations 1940-41 (On leave from B.Y.U.); member of the Advisory Committee of the United States Office of War Information during WWII; member of Advisory Board, National Institute for Parent Training 1938-42; Vice President, Utah College Guidance Association 1938-39; National Education Association Committee on Supply, Preparation, and Certification of Teachers 1939-43; Visiting Professor of Education, British Columbia, Canada, Summer 1943; Visiting Professor of Education, Weber College Summer Session 1944; Chairman, Higher Education Section of Utah Education Association 1944-46; Chairman, Professional Relations Committee, Utah Education Association 1948-52; Chairman, Utah Education Association Committee on teacher Education and Professional Standards 1950-54; Chairman, Utah Educational Research Council 1952-54; State Liaison Officer for Utah, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education 1952-54; President, The Church College of Hawaii 1954-59; Assistant Superintendent, Costa Mesa Union School District 1960-66; Director of Special Education, Newport Mesa Unified School District, Calif. 1966-68;
Evening Lecturer, Chapman College, Orange California 1966-68; member Utah State Board of Education and member, Utah State Board of Vocational Education, January 1, 1973 to December 31, 1978; Vice Chairman of both these state boards 1975-76 and Chairman of both these state boards 1976-77.
Dr. Reuben D. Law has written six books and co-authored three books. He has written many newspaper articles and has published a large number of magazine articles as well as joining with others in a number of magazine articles. His published bulletins and significant official reports number more than thirty plus twenty-seven more with which others have helped.
He has received biographical recognition in such publications as Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Leaders in Education, The International Blue Book, and Dictionary of International Biography, none of which he has sought.
In the Education Building of the University of Southern California a special has been named the Reuben D. Law Seminar Room.
On special occasions of recent years in Hawaii, Salt Lake City, and Provo, President Law has been recognized and honored as the first and founding president of the Church College of Hawaii which in now Brigham Young University- Hawaii. At the recent rededication of the David O. McKay Education Building at B.Y.U. following the completion of a new addition to the building, he was given special recognition as the Dean of the College of Education when the original building was planned, approved, named, constructed and equipped.
With the strength of humility he, of course, recognizes that true and lasting goals must be goals of helpful service, growth, and progress now and forever, not the direct seeking of honors.
Reuben D. Law is now happily engaged as a sealer in the Provo Temple.
Reuben D. Law
Rozella Law Fuhriman
I was born May 12, 1908 on Avon, Cache Co. Utah, the tenth child of the family of Francis Joseph and Anine Mantine Deem Law. When I was born Mabel and Myrtle (my twin sisters) told me they were outside playing catch, and that each time they threw the ball they sang out, “We have a new baby sister.” They also told me I had pick cheeks so Mother called me her ‘rosebud’ which evolved into my name when Father blessed and named me on July 15, 1908 in that little one room church house.
I like to remember the one room church house, and how it had a bell on top in a little steeple. We could hear this bell two miles up the canyon road to the ranch and each Sunday morning people would set their clocks by this bell. There were no radios then to give us the time, and we had no telephones. I remember how people came early to Sunday School and meeting and would talk and visit out by the gate and in the shade until the bishop called us in. Our Bishop was George Nuhn.
In Sunday School we sat where our class was to be held. When class time came a curtain on a wire was pulled right down the center isle and curtains from each side were pulled to the center, so each class had a curtain between. Sister Amelia Fredrickson was my teacher in the Book of Mormon class. Her sincerity and testimony helped me to know it was true. When the sacrament was passed I like to remember how my mother took the water. When the sacrament was blessed there was a beautiful cut glass pitcher and several glasses full of water. these glasses were passed around from one to another and we each took a sip. When it came to mother she always had her lace-edged handkerchief ready and wiped off the glass. this was synonymous with the cleanliness she demanded of herself and our home.
On June 3, 1916 I was baptized in the Logan Temple by Jacob Miller and confirmed by Thomas Morgan.
I will always remember the terrible flu of 1918-19. How we were all so terribly ill, even mother, and how father never left us alone to take his rest. He would just lie down on the floor to sleep a little. When Myrtle heard about us she came from Treasureton to take care of us. Later when the danger of contagion was over, Mabel came in with her baby, Erline and cooked such good food for us. Many died from this flu but our family recovered form it.
From 1910-1924 our family moved twice a year. We spent the summers on the ranch in Avon and the winters in Logan, Utah to be able to attend school. Father would stay alone at the ranch in the winter and come to Logan on Sundays and always in time for church. Then after a good dinner and church, he loaded up many loaves of homemade bread and many other goodies and went back to the ranch to milk the twenty cows again. This way of living was hard for both father and mother, but it showed their love for us was big enough to give us a chance to go to school. I remember the peaceful summer evenings on teh ranch. the family would gather in the kitchen and read until bedtime. We had no electricity so we had several coal oil lamps. Then just before bedtime we had family prayer when father prayed he always asked for the special blessing of waking in the morning well and strong and ready for another day of work. In the morning before breakfast we always kneeled around the table for family prayer. Never were family prayers forgotten.
I completed grade school, high school, two years of normal school and at the age of twenty, I was ready for my first job as a second grade teacher at Dayton, Idaho. After many evening classes and summer schools, I received my bachelor and masters degrees in Education from Utah State Agricultural College at Logan, Utah. I have taught school a total of thirty six years. Teaching school was very enjoyable to me.
After teaching four years I was married to Albert Gustave Fuhriman in the Logan Temple on June 29, 1932. this was during the depression years and times were hard. On April 11, 1933 Elinor was born about 2 p.m. in the Budge Hospital at Logan, Utah. This beautiful baby was mine and I was humbly grateful for such a blessing. Because of the depression I knew that I must find a job. It was against the policy then to hire married women as school teachers so I found a job at the Logan Garment Co., cutting out ladies expensive knit dresses. I made $35.00 a month plus $9.00 store credit. this money went a long way, two pounds of hamburger for twenty five cents, eggs twenty five cents a dozen, milk five cents a quart, etc. I worked until Elinor was four years old. Karen was born April 2, 1938, weighing 10lbs 2oz. She was a strong healthy baby. For two more years I was able to stay home and enjoy my two beautiful girls. then I needed to go back to work again. So in 1940 I secured a job in Kamas, Utah teaching 6th grade. The next September I began teaching first and second grade in Providence, Utah. At this time all able-bodied baby sitters were working in war plants and I couldn’t get a baby sitter so I took Karen to school with me. She played with her toys in the back of the room. Elinor was across the hall from me in the third grade. I taught until the Christmas of 1942. Susie was born July 14, 1943 about 5 p.m. About eighteen months later Anine was born on January 23, 1945. When spring came it was so fun to put my two babies in the buggy and go for walks. I was so proud of my two ting blond girls and my two big girls with dark brown hair. Karen and Elinor were such good baby tenders.
I can still hear in my mind how clear and sweet, Elinor sang as she pinned on the clothes line all those baby diapers. Elinor swept and scrubbed, washed dishes and even cooked a little to help me when the babies were so little. Susie cried a lot her first few months and I can still see in my mind, five year old Karen wheeling her up and down our kitchen until Susie went to sleep. Karen would tiptoe to the door to go play and Susie would cry again and back came Karen. She wouldn’t leave Susie until I took over.
This was WWII time and many restrictions were placed on us. We were rationed with meat, shortening, butter, sugar, soap, toilet tissue, and gasoline. People stood in lines in hopes of buying nylon hose, levi trousers were scarce. All kinds of cloth was scarce. I could buy white muslin oftener so my girls had white dresses trimmed with scraps of percale I had on hand. Every scrap of waxed paper from around the cereal boxes and store bread was saved to line baking tins so we didn’t have to use the precious shortening for greasing them. Electric appliances were almost impossible to buy. Instead of refrigerators, we could buy ice boxes that resembled a refrigerator. Building materials were frozen.
On April 7, 1934 was my Father’s 75th birthday. I asked my family to all come with their families, bring pot luck and celebrate his birthday. Father was really pleased. He couldn’t believe I was able to get 75 candles on his cake so he counted them. Father was so happy to have his family together. We set a date, the first or second Saturday in September to meet at Torgensons Photography shop to have a family group picture taken, which we did. this was the last time Father, Mother and all ten children were together. On October of 1935, father died. Then on April 14, 1943 when mother died I really felt alone. I missed talking with her and the moral support she always gave me.
In the spring of 1956 I went to Attorney L. Tom Perry for help. He had been my Stake President. I was granted a divorce on May 21, 1956 and on March 3, 1958 President David O. McKay cancelled my temple sealing.
I have lived most of my life in Avon, Logan, Providence, Salt Lake City, and Westminster, California. I taught school for twelve years in Huntington Beach, California. I have spent forty five years in teaching positions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. Mainly the Beehives, Gleaners, Sunday School and Primary.
August 8, 1928 Idaho First Class Teaching Certificate.
June 3, 1949 Received my Bachelor of Science in Education and received membership in Phi Kappa Phi, on honorary scholastic society.
June 7, 1958 Degree of Master of Education
May 6, 1971 A General Elementary Life Certificate for the state of California.
Recognition for Service
December 1968 Listed as teacher of the month for Ocean View School District
February 9, 1970 Honorary Life Membership in P.T.A. for outstanding service to children and youth.
November 2, 1973 Selected by Ocean View Teachers Association Representative Council to be a delegate to the “Good Teaching Conference” held in San Francisco.
My children have really honored me by the way they are living their lives. I love them and my nineteen grandchildren and my eight great grandchildren so very much. Since the last of my girls were married and I have lived alone, that one chance a year to go visit them has made life worth living for me. I pray that all of them will always stay close to the church and live as Jesus has asked us to, because then they can’t help but live happy and useful lives. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, our church is the only true church on the earth. I know that Spencer W. Kimball is a true Prophet. I know that he receives direct revelation from the Lord.
November 5, 1982