I was thrilled to find this history of the Kimberly ward at the end of my great-grandfather J. Wesley Glenn's autobiography. I have been looking forward to sharing it ever since I read it. Enjoy!
A HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
OF LATTER DAY SAINTS
AND OF THE KIMBERLY WARD
FROM 1870 TO 1986
Compiles [sic] by J. Wesley Glenn of the Kimberly Second Ward, February 9, 1986
The first pioneers settled in southern Idaho came from Utah in the early 1870s, perhaps some earlier, and settled on what was known as Cassia Creek. A dam was built to store water to irrigate the land. Cassia County was organized in 1879 from Oneida County.
As more people came into the area, the Cassia Stake was organized on 19 November 1887, the 32nd stake with Horten O. Haight as president.
The first person in the area, Mr. I. B. Perrine, who is known as the father of Twin Falls, found a way down the canyon wall on the north side of the Snake River into the Blue Lakes area. He envisioned irrigating the land and widely advertised through out the United States. He and a few others interested invested some capital in financiering the project. Work commenced on the Milner Dam and the canals early 1903 and was completed by the end of 1904. The construction of this dam is quite unique. Timbers were stood on end and team and wagons to fill both sides to the necessary strength to complete the structure hauled dirt, rocks, and gravel. This dam was inspected just a few years back and though it would be well to replace it there is no evidence of it giving way and is safe to continue to operate it, although it is now more than 80 years old. Four horses and two men operating a scraper dragging the dirt out and placing it on the bank excavated the canals. This scraper was four feet long and would hold ten cubit feet of material. The main canal leading out of Milner Dam is about 100 feet wide, 10 feet deep, and carries about 4,000 cubic feet of water passing a given point per second It could be compared to a fair sized river. This stream waters a little more than 200,000 acres or approximately 300 square miles of land. I have been told that Bishop Doyle Morrill’s great-grandfather, Laban D. Morrill, contracted to build the low line canal just south of Kimberly. Water came into the Kimberly area the spring of 1905. The first train arrived in September of 1905.
The arrival of the water and railroad brought more settlers into the area. A branch of the Church was organized as a branch of the Marion Ward of the Cassia Stake under the direction of William T. Jack, President of the Cassia Stake and Bishop Adam G. Smith of the Marion Ward. Magnas P. Swan was sustained as President, Labon D. Morrill, first counselor, Hyrum Strong second counselor, and Edward F. Cozzons, clerk. There was an enrollment of 33 persons. This is the first Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Sings [sic] organized in the Twin Falls area and covered the area from Murtaugh to Buhl. Meetings were held in the houses of the members until a better place could be obtained.
In the platting of the town of Kimberly each of the churches was given a lot on which to build. The Methodist and Christian churches each were given the property on which their buildings now stand across from the City Park. We, LDS, were given one-half of a city block on the edge of town located just to the south of our present building.
In the year of 1906 a school was built and then all the churches held their meetings in the school building, which was located at the intersection of Birch and Jefferson Streets where the large house now stands.
In the Spring of 1908 a 40-foot by 60 foot building was completed at the cost of 900 dollars, which was a large amount for the small group. The Church did not assist as they do now. This building was a little smaller than our present chapel. To divide into classrooms we drew curtains to make the classes. This was the standard practice in the early days. The building was dedicated and the Kimberly Ward organized the 10 May1908 by Francis M. Lyman of the Counsel of the Twelve, assisted by President Jack and Bishop Smith. Eston Briar Wilkens was sustained as Bishop with Samuel F. Strong, First Counselor, Joseph H. Sudweeks as Second Counselor, and Madison M. Fisher as Clerk. Some of the people who were in attendance which we recognize today are: The Morrills, the great grandfather of Bishop Doyle Morrill and the grandfather of Garth, the Morgans, the grandfather of E. J. Morgan, our Stake Patriarch, the Sudweeks, grandfather to Raymond Sudweeks who is now on a mission to Taiwan, the McEwen’s—Orlo’s father Orlo is not with us now but was a member of this ward for many years, in whose home the Branch was organized.
Traveling to church was not easy in the early days of the Ward. Some lived five, six and even seven miles from church. The James A. Stanger family traveled the seven miles to come to meetings. They would travel two hours to get here, attend Sunday School and Sacrament meetings then it would be two hours back home but, they came. Others traveled the four and five miles. During the period of 1908 to 1917, more families settled in the area. In the year of 1917 the automobile replaced the horse and transportation to church was much easier.
During the year of 1912 wards were organized in Twin Falls and Murtaugh, which reduced the size of Kimberly Ward to the Kimberly and Hansen area.
The Twin Falls Stake was organized 26 July 1919, the 76th stake with Lawrence G. Kirkman as President, Edward M. Guest as First Counselor and Raymond McClelland as Second Counselor. The Twin Falls Stake covered the area of the original Kimberly Ward from Murtaugh to Buhl.
Twin Falls Idaho Tabernacle/Stake House
After the death of President Joseph F. Smith, 19 November 1918, Heber J. Grant was sustained President, 23 November 1918. He was called to guide the Church during the uncertain 20’s and the depressed 30’s. His great message was to live the Word of Wisdom as the vices of tobacco and alcohol were coming into prominence. Hedid all he could to encourage the Saints to keep themselves from these vices.
The block north of the Kimberly Ward building had no houses on it. I always wondered why. There were houses on the blocks surrounding this block. The Lord must have been saving it for us (Kimberly Ward) as a building site. In the spring of 1941 James A. Henry, a produce dealer in Kimberly, told us that he thought he could purchase this block of ground for the new building. This he was able to do the summer of 1947 and the title of this land was passed to the Church by that fall. In the spring of 1948 the land was planted to beans and the money was placed in the building fund. Sugar beets were grown on this land the summer of 1949 and again the money went into the building fund. By the spring of 1950 we (Kimberly Ward) had enough to commence building and with the help of many of the ward members we were able to commence the building the spring of 1951 at a cost of $112,000. The chapel (building) was dedicated by Joseph L. Wirthlin, Presiding Bishop of the Church, the 8th of March 1951. He said in his remarks that we should prepare ourselves to stand in holy places. That our temples were holy places and that we could not all be in them so then our chapels would be holy places. But still, we could not all be in them all the time then we should make our homes holy places. We could be in our homes at all times so this should be our goal.
As the stake continued to grow, the Twin Falls Stake was divided creating the Twin Falls West Stake on the 17 August 1969, the 490th stake.
As the years went by the Kimberly Ward continued to grow so that by the end of 1972 we had outgrown this building. Kimberly Ward was divided in April 1972 creating the First and Second Wards. The northern part of Kimberly became the First Ward, the southern part of Kimberly and Hansen area became the Second Ward, with William O. Lyda as our Bishop. This created a problem of scheduling all the meetings to be held, but with the cooperation of all the Brethren, it was solved. The next seven years were continued growth for the two wards, so we were again too large for our building. On the 4th of February 1979, the First and Second Ward boundaries were realigned and the Hansen Ward was created with the Hansen school district being the Hansen Ward. The north half of Kimberly became the First Ward and the south half became the Second Ward with Richard F. Hunt as our Bishop.
The Twin Falls Stake also had grown so large that conference sessions were held one half of the Stake would meet in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The Twin Falls Stake was divided creating the Kimberly Idaho Stake the 11th of February 1979 with David L. Carter as the President. In the Stake are the wards Kimberly First and Second, Hansen, Murtaugh and TwinFalls 11th. The Twin Falls West Stake was divided in 1981 creating the Filer Idaho Stake. Thus has the Church grown in the eighty years of existence.
Now let us look back to the time when the Branch was organized in 1905 and the Ward in 1908 and try to visualize what would be eighty years hence. This, those few Saints, could not do. As I live my life again in my youth, 1985 seems so far in the future I could not realize what the growth would be. Now that we are living in 1986, the same area of the original Kimberly Ward has 24 wards and four Stakes with an enrollment of about 8,000 Saints.
As we project our thoughts into the future, do we realize what will be for us the next eighty years? As I think of the future, I can see the growth of the Church as more wards and states [sic] are organized in this area. Again, let us project our thoughts into the distant future beyond the time when we will beat our spears into pruning hooks and our swords into plowshares when we have overcome our selfishness then more wards and stakes will cover the earth. Then will be the great work of the Saints the redemption of the living and the dead. Ways will be opened whereby we will identify all of those who have lived on this earth and the necessary ordinances will be performed for them. Then will the Father’s work be completed. This is the great mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Let us put our shoulder to the wheel and do our bit to push the work along.
Jerald Wesley Glenn
9 February 1986
Kimberly, Twin Falls, Idaho
I am filled with awe as I read that last paragraph. My great-grandfather had already passed away when it was announced that a temple would be built in Twin Falls, but I suspect that he and all of those early saints who worked so hard to establish the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kimberly were watching when that announcement was made. I'm sure they were filled with joy to see that the time has come when there are not only many wards but also a temple in the area. The work of redeeming the dead is now taking place in a temple just fifteen minutes away from Kimberly.
My mission was in Australia, the land down under. It was all one mission at that time, mostly in the Eastern part, Melbourne, Sidney, Adelaide in Australia, and Hobart in Tasmania. I spent about six months in Hobart, Tasmania, and Melbourne, seven months in Adelaide and 6 months in Sidney. We went by ship, which took us 21 days. We stopped in Hawaii. The sea was awfully rough when we went out. We bucked an 80-mile gale for 4 days. We’d be steaming full speed ahead and make about 4 to 5 knots an hour. We were about 10 hours late getting into Honolulu. We stopped there at 6 o’clock in the evening and left at 10 PM. So, that’s all we saw of Honolulu on the way out. It wasn’t the resort area like it is now. We stopped in Samoa. The Samoans were all down there to meet us. Somehow they always knew when the missionaries were coming and they would be down there to meet the missionaries. Even though we were going to stop, they’d be there. We stopped in the Fijian Islands, the black people, but they are not Negroes. People wondered why some of those black people worked on the New Zealand temple. They are not Negroes, so they could work on the temple, and hold the priesthood. They are Melanesians. That’s about the same as your New Zealand people are, but somehow or other these people’s skin was black, just like a Negro, while in New Zealand they are a very dark brown. Then we landed in Australia 21 days after we left San Francisco. On our mission that is about all we did was tracting. There were no organized presentations. We just taught. I was in the mission field 2 years, plus the 21 days going and 21 days coming home. I came home on the same ship I went out on, the Sonoma, with one smoke stack. It was a big ship when it was built. It was mostly a passenger ship. It took some freight, but not much. When I went out it was on its 81st trip to San Francisco and back. They make a trip every three months. I landed in Sidney, Australia on the 10 January 1926 and started home 10 February 1928. I got home on the 10 of March.
I met my wife to be sometime during the summer. I met her at a dance hall in Twin Falls. The building is Blacker’s Furniture store now (corner of 2nd Ave. E and 2nd St.). George Miller is the one that got us together. We courted about 8 or 9 months. Our favorite things to do were take a ride in the car. That’s about all there was to do. We were married 30 August 1929, in the Salt Lake Temple. We went alone. For our honeymoon Dad let us have enough money and time to drive to Portland, Oregon, and back. We lived on the farm where Kevin Glenn lives now (l mile N, 1/2 E, and 1/4 N, of Kimberly, Idaho). The original farm that Andrew Glenn and Mary E. Tolman Glenn took out of sagebrush), in the house my Dad built. Dad was renting some ground so it seems to me we had about 240 acres to farm. Dad and my brothers, (Wendell, Calvin, and Kimber) and I tried to farm together, but it didn’t work. After my Dad died in 1933, Mother gave us each a share of the farm. Mine was the 40 acres l mile N and l mile W, NW corner, from Kimberly, Idaho, where we lived 33 years. We had a two-room house built there.
Dad and Wendell went to a sugar beet meeting in Twin Falls. Wendell was driving and they parked across from the courthouse by the City Park. Dad got out of the car, walked around and a car hit him right there. It broke three of his ribs and his lungs filled up with water. They didn’t have any way of getting it out then. Now, medically, they could pump it out and save him. This was in 1933. I was 29 years old. It was hard to make a living. We raised, grain, beans for seed, some sugar beets, peas for seed, and alfalfa. We had milk cows, three or four, sometimes five. We had chickens. We lived on stuff we raised. The farm had a lot of Morning Glories on it that we used to salt them to kill them until we could find something better. Then we used to gas them to kill them. I got my first tractor in 1944. Until then I farmed with horses. We had a caterpillar to pull the plow and do the heavy work. It would pull a two-furrow plow. When I got the little Ford tractor, I had a plow built for it with only one plow, but it got the work done. The tractor would pull the small combines that we used then A day’s work began by getting up about six in the morning. Before breakfast we took care of the animals and the irrigating... Then the rest of the day was spent in whatever had to be done. After supper it was taking care of the animals and irrigating again. In the winter time I spent four years of work in the bean (seed beans) house, spent a couple of years sorting potatoes which was done in a cold old ‘spud’ cellar. In 1940 I started working at the sugar factory.
J. Wesley Glenn working on machinery at the sugar factory.
I worked at the filters which filtered the impurities out of the beet juice. The last few years I worked on the generators keeping the pumps running. There were about 50 sets of pumps there. Each one had its job to do. So, you had to watch them, oil them when needed, making sure they weren’t getting too hot, etc. We didn’t have too much problem with them. I worked 20 campaigns (winters). I took a mechanic course by mail, which helped me repair the car and farm equipment. We didn’t really want to leave the farm. Son, Derald, talked us into it. We moved into Kimberly, July 1968, but I still farmed with Derald (Derald Boyd Glenn). It was maybe ten years after we moved into Kimberly that I farmed with Derald. Derald came down from Seattle to work with us in 1957. I let him gradually take over and that was the way it was done. I still irrigate 80 acres. He won’t let me do any machine work anymore. In fact, the machines have gotten too sophisticated for me. Now days the tractors have cabs with heaters when it’s cold and air conditioners when it’s hot. Not like I used to do. I heard one farmer say, “It’s no different than you in your office. Don’t you think I ought to have the same?” Farming used to be hot and cold. In the Spring and sometimes Fall, you’d put on lots of clothes to keep warm while you plowed, in the Summer you wore a straw hat and the sweat would roll off your head and face. There was no protection from the weather. I always wore my overall jeans and blue shirt and still wear them. The thing I liked about farming was that you weren’t tied to anyone thing all the time. In the spring, it was preparing the soil and planting. In the fall it was harvesting the crops. In the summer, it was keeping it wet and weeded. You had to have crop rotation to keep your ground in condition. Derald has about the same rotation now that I did, except for sugar beets and potatoes. Potatoes and sugar beets take too much expensive equipment. When I started farming, the sagebrush had all been clear from the land. When this country started up in four or five years the sage brush was all gone. As we got heavier equipment more leveling of the ground was done. They build what they called a land plane. It was pulled by four
horses. It would be about seven or eight feet long, just boards nailed
together. If you wanted to
dig a hole, you would hold it like this (demonstrating with his hands), it had
a handle on it and a rope
on it to pull it back and you would hold that so it would dig and when you
wanted to dump it, you
would just turn it over and the dirt would gradually spill out. The plane was
not the same thing as
the scoop we used pulled by the caterpillar tractor to dig the basement for the
two rooms we added
on to the house just before Derald was born in 1936. We had to dynamite the big
rocks loose in
digging the basement. We dug two or three basements for other people, as that
caterpillar was the
only thing we had to get in and out of basements with. The old Kimberly Ward
building was built
when we came here, but it wasn’t a ward yet.
and Donald were born in the hospital. Patricia and Derald were born at home. I stayed
at home and farmed when the babies were born. The
cows had to be taken care of and the irrigation water had to be taken care of
regardless. (Dad (Wesley) couldn't be around sickness of any kind. If he cut his finger and it had a drop of blood, he would faint. Patricia).
and I traveled some after the children were grown. When the children were in school,
(college) we traveled to Moscow, Idaho (University
of Idaho) taking them up
to school in the
fall and home in the summer. Had to rescue Moena one Christmas when she was
riding back with
other students and had a car wreck. She telephoned and we drove up to the
middle of the North-South Highway
of Idaho to get them and take them on up to Moscow. Then drove back home
to Kimberly. When Derald and Lois were in Seattle
and Moena and Van lived in Tacoma, Washington,
we traveled a different route each time we went so we’d see more country. We
took a temple
(the ones that were built then) tour, one back east to New York, etc for three weeks.
second mission was different. Velma was my companion. We did no tracting. We spent
our time in the Independence,
Missouri Visitor’s Center.
People would come in and talk to us. When they came
in the Visitor’s Center they were on our ground instead
of us being on their ground. It was much easier to talk
with them. When they came in they were interested in knowing
about the Center so they would talk to us. On my mission
it was hard for me because I wasn’t a talker
and we had no set outline to give. In a survey we did we
found that about five percent of the people we talked to showed
some interest in the Gospel.
J. Wesley and Velma Glenn
last six years I have been in the Church’s extraction
program. That’s quite interesting. We read the films of birth, marriage, or
death records of
different countries and take the information that we need to identify a person
and put it on cards We
need his birth date, and place, his name, his sex, parents, etc. We have to be
able to read (some in
foreign language) enough of what we need. Then we put it on cards and these
cards are checked for
accuracy, then the cards go to Pocatello
and are put on computer printouts and sent to the temple
from there. The temples wouldn’t have anything to do if we didn’t do our work
in extraction. Name extraction furnishes about 85% of names the temples use. I go about 5 days
I try to put 15 to 20 hours a week on it. Ordinarily, I try to leave home about
noon, go to the Kimberly
Stake House 1 1/4 miles north of Kimberly, and come back about 4 PM.
of our children are number one. We love each one of them. We’re probably closer
and Patricia because they have lived close. Moena has been back east for years
we only see her once a year or something like that; Don now lives over in
Jerome. He is so busy that
we don’t see too much of him. Of course, Derald, I’ve been working with him on
the farm since
1957. Moena and Patricia could sing. They went into choral music in school. All
were in band. Moena and Patricia were in percussion. Donald played the clarinet
one thing I would like to leave to my posterity is…Live
That has kept me
going in my life. The older I get the more I see that we need to Live Your
Religion (The Gospel
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). My
testimony is that I Know the Church
is true and that comes by revelation. The more I study it and get into it the
more I know about
the truthfulness of the Church.
From an interview of Jerald Wesley Glenn by Mary Annette Bates Grove, granddaughter, and
Patricia Ann Glenn Bates (Miller),
daughter, summer of 1988. Wesley was 84 yrs. old and lived at
535 Adams St., Kimberly, Twin
grandfather, the first one to join the church was born in Ireland. We
don’t know just where,
we haven’t been able to find the town. He was born there in 1839. They lived
there until sometime
in the 1840s during the potato famine and then they immigrated back to Scotland.
But, if you
want to go back farther, I got a book from Georgia that traced the Glen family
back through Scotland
to 1600 and he found there the two Glen brothers immigrated to Ireland in
1602. Our ancestry
lived there until they immigrated back to Scotland in 1840s. So, it is about
200 years there we
don’t know anything about them. My grandmother was born in Scotland and
they met there in Paisley,
Renfrew, Scotland and were married in
December 1861. And after they joined the church, they
immigrated and landed in Salt Lake
City in 1869. I think they came up through New Orleans, up
the Mississippi to St. Louis, and took a train part way west. I
don’t know how far the train went. Then
the rest of the way by wagon train and landed in SaltLake.
My grandfather worked on the temple block for ten years, he kind of supervised building the wall around the block.
It was 1869 when
they immigrated. My grandfather was Andrew Glen and Ann Craig was his wife. He
of a stonemason. They then moved up to Snowville, which everybody called
It was a poor farming area. They lived there three or four years. My father has
a sister buried
there in the SnowvilleCemetery. We went up
there one time and couldn’t find it. Nobody took
take care of it, so it is just lost. I don’t know what time they moved into Elba, Idaho. Somewhere
about 1880 and that is where my grandfather lived until he died in 1914. My dad
in Salt Lake City in 1873, course he moved with
the family into Snowville and to Elba. Then he
lived there until he married Mary Elizabeth Tolman in 1900. (At the time of this interview the information given by J.
Wesley Glenn was to the best of his knowledge. With the advancement of technology
and the exchange of information, we have
information on the above. Patricia
mother’s side, the Tolmans, as near as I can remember landed in New England in the 1600s.
They lived in this area most of the time. They were among the early settlers.
The Tolmans were
early converts to the Church. The Tolmans were in RushValley,
about 40 miles out of Tooele,
when Mom was two years old, 1882, they moved to Marion, Idaho,
exist anymore, not even the church house.
and Mom left there and moved to Rexburg (Rigby), Idaho. My dad and another man bought
160 acres somewhere around Rexburg. Of course, it was in sagebrush. They
cleared it and farmed
it for two years. My dad sold his 80 to the other fellow for the same as they
had bought the 160.
Then they moved to Sublet, way back in the hills, east of Malta. That was
a cold country. I don’t
think it ever got above freezing. They raised cattle and hay. That’s about all
they could raise. I
was born at Marion
where Mother’s mother lived, but our home was in Sublett. I was born 3 May 1904,
so I am now 84 years old. We lived in Sublett until the spring of 1906.
were about two years between each of us children. Mom had a miscarriage between Wendell
and me. There is a little over three years between us. My Dad was never a real
pal to me. Mom was always too busy. By the time she cooked for all the hired help and all the rest, there wasn’t much time to play with the children. At harvest time when we had hired men to help with the thrashing, Dad would kill a lamb and hang it up overnight. Mom would have lamb chops for breakfast, cook the roasts for dinner and have lamb stew or soup for supper. There would be twenty men to feed, besides her own family, and also the washing, ironing and babies, etc. It was a lot of work.
Then they heard about Emmett country where they could grow fruit. They had never had fruit in their lives. So, they moved up there. About the first thing I can remember was eating peaches off the tree when we lived there. I remember that was the end of the railroad line. The steam engine couldn’t be backed up as they do now. They had a turntable. They would drive them on there where they had power, turn the engine around and drive the engine off. We didn’t like it up there in Emmett. The fruit and all that were nice, but the mosquitoes were big enough to carry you away. We didn’t like that, so in the spring of 1908 we moved to Kimberly.
The town of Kimberly was started in 1905. We moved here the 20 March 1908. The farm is one mile north, one-half mile east, and one-quarter north of Kimberly. Dad had eighty acres in the middle of the square mile. Dad got the 40 in 1908. He bought the other 40 acres in 1912. As I remember, Kruggers cut the sagebrush. When they came in here, they had a big overgrown alfalfa crowner that they pulled with their steam engine. The sagebrush was cut, then raked into windrows and burned. Krugers cleared almost all that whole section. Kruger’s father bought that whole section except for the 80 acres my dad had. He cleared it with that old sagebrush grubber, as we called it. He was a thrasher man in Nebraska, that’s the reason they had the steam engine. He bought his trashing machine and shipped it out here. He thrashed grain for us. The railroad came in 1905 and Kruger’s came in 1910. My dad cleared the first 40 in 1908. He bought the other 40
from a Jewish man in Boise, Idaho. He made the deal to buy it in 1912.
The land was not level after being cleared. There were little bumps all over the ground. We didn’t have the equipment to level it. We did the best we could. We had to dig the corrugates over these bumps. The corrugator was kind of a sled with a couple of 4 x 4’s nailed underneath of it with steel point. It would make two corrugates at a time. Then you would ride it to hold it down. You could only corrugate soft ground.
The first house that my Dad built when he took the first forty acres out of sagebrush was four rooms, two downstairs, two upstairs, and no basement. It was built on the west forty near the canal, because we had to get water. Our household water was from the canal. In 1912, we moved the house down across from Kevin Glenn’s place now, (on the east 40 acres, 50 Highway 50, Kimberly, Twin Falls, Idaho.) Mother had a well drilled after Dad died. When Mom built the house there then we had the well drilled. I was about 16 yrs old when I started helping Dad with the farm work. We milked cows and things like that. Farm boys always learned how to milk. There were always weeds to pull out of the crops on the farm.
When I started school, they had the old brick school building over there by the park. When I went there, there were only four rooms on the bottom, four rooms upstairs, and the auditorium on top (third floor). We used that building until 1917. That is when the old High School building was built. I was only about 17 when it was built. Sometimes we walked sometimes we caught the school wagon on the corner one mile north of Kimberly. If we didn’t see the school wagon coming, sometimes we’d walk on into school and beat the school wagon there. We went to school from 9 AM to 4 PM with an hour off for lunch and a 15-minute recess mid-morning and midafternoon. I did not have any favorite subject. School was kind of a bore to me. Reading wasn’t very interesting, so I didn’t like to read. When I got started reading the Book of Mormon, then I became an avid reader. Out in the mission field I opened up the Book of Mormon to Third Nephi where the Savior visited and I got interested and I thought, well I better find out how it starts, so I went to the beginning and read up to where I had read and read to the end. Then I started reading other little books we had there in the mission home. That is how I got started reading. I got average grades in school. We were taught reading, writing, and Arithmetic. I graduated from Kimberly High School in 1923, going all 12 grades. I graduated from the old High School building. Our class picture hung in the High School building’s main hall for over 50 years. Before the high school was build, high school students had to go to Twin Falls High School.
Kimberly Elementary School--1908
My love of music started in grade school. I had one teacher that knew quite a lot about music. She explained the staff and so forth, and I took that all in. She was good at singing and I like to sing. I had a natural ability to pitch my voice. I picked up the piano later on. I studied maybe three or four years off and on, it wasn’t steady, in Twin Falls. I can play the church hymns and other music. I worked at it on my own. I was chorister most of the time. I was organist for the Priesthood in my later years. I led the Ward choir for a while in my later years. When the children were little, Marjorie Anderson played the pump reed organ in our Ward and I was chorister. We went over to Kimberly 1st Ward when Kevin’s baby daughter, Marceline [sic (that's me!)], was blessed and Marjorie was at the meeting. She was talking with Kevin and learned his name was Glenn. She asked if he knew Wesley Glenn. “Yes, it’s my granddad. He is right over there.” She came over and talked to us for a while between meetings. Couldn’t talk very long as we had to get out of the way for the next meeting.
organ at Oakley, Idaho, where we went to Stake
Conference, was brought from Salt Lake
to Oakley by team and wagon. I don’t know if it
was all one piece or it they had to assemble it after it got
there. It had two manuals and foot pedals. They had
an organist come up from SaltLake to play it the first
time. When I was there, I was about fourteen the summer
of 1918. First Quarterly Conference I ever attended.
Of course, when we got up there, there wasn’t
anyone to pump the organ. President Jack (Stake
President) spotted my Dad and I guess I was willing.
He came down and had me go up and pump the
organ for them. It had a lever that you pumped up and
down while the organ was being played. It had a little
gage on the side and they told me to keep the gage
about so-so. So, I’d watch that gage. If it started to
go down, I’d pump a little harder. It wasn’t hard and
I kind of liked it. There were two session of conference,
so I got to do it both sessions. It took us two
hours to drive to Oakley from Kimberly, 40 miles in
the car. We went up the old mountain road about 20
miles an hour.
were 10 of us in our family, five boys, and five girls. They were Wendell,
John (who was killed), and myself. He was killed after I was married. I don’t
exact year. We lived on the Highway l mile north and 3/4 mile west of Kimberly.
The school bus
came from the East, stopped in front of our house, (you had to get off and
cross the road) a car coming
from behind hit him. They didn’t have all the laws, etc., like they do now.
Buses were a vehicle
with a body on them and that is about all.
the brothers helped on the farm until we left the roost. I went to college for
one year at the
University of Utah. I found out that wasn’t for me. I
was trying to study science and music. I couldn’t
afford the music and figured science wasn’t my lot, so …
sang in the Tabernacle Choir for about six months while I was there in Salt Lake City. I enjoyed
that. I think Cecil Gates was our director. Thelma and Elzina both sang in the
when they were working in Salt Lake
City. Organ music has always been my favorite. While you
were singing in the Tabernacle Choir you didn’t realize the organ was so large.
When Edward P.
Kimball played the organ, you could feel the vibrations through the floor. They
would caution him
not to play so loud, but he still did. He would make the old building vibrate
sometimes, but it stood.
I went to college before I went on my mission.
formal education commenced in September 1910. There were four rooms with two grades
in each room. Later it grew until two buildings were used. I was
only an average student in school and didn’t mix with the other kids
too well. My schooling was rather humdrum judging by the way things
are run now.
thing which I wanted in school was not offered. I wanted to
play the organ and the violin—these were the things which were my
life. English and history were for the birds, as far as I was concerned
then. The stories which were given us to read were dry and
boring. I didn’t absorb much of that either. I liked math and science
quite well. However, I have always liked to work with my hands
better than anything, which might explain why I did not like to read. As I have
grown older I like
to read very much, but it must be something that is worthwhile or I do not care
J. Wesley Glenn
was called to the Australian Mission leaving home the 9 December 1925, at the
age of 21. I
spent two weeks in the Mission Home in Salt
Lake City and left there 18 December for San Francisco,
I sailed from there the 22 December on the S. S. Sonoma bound for Sidney, Australia.
The sea was very rough being
driven by an eighty-mile gale.
The waves were very high and
the propellers were raised out of
the water at times and that would
make the ship shake and tremble.
Lord was with us so we were safe. The Captain of the ship remarked that he was
glad to have Mormon
Elders aboard the ship as he knew he would reach his destination safely. He had
carried a number
of Elders before. Seasickness came over me until I did not care if I stayed on
top of the water
or underneath the water. After four days, the wind ceased. We had clear sailing
the next sixteen
days. The ship stopped at the Hawaiian Islands, SamoanIslands and the FijiIslands.
in the Sidney Harbor 12 January 1926 after twenty-one days on
the waters. Sidney
is a very pretty place indeed. My labors were in
Sidney, Hobart, Melbourne, and Adelaide.
The people were, as a rule,
very indifferent, so little was accomplished except gain a strong testimony
of the Gospel myself which is worth the experience and expense.
I was released from the mission 18 February 1928. There was
a lady who was sailing with us whom I talked to several times. She
bought the Book of Mormon, which I had carried all through the Mission
Field, and seemed to be quite interested. I do not know if she
ever joined the Church or not.
J. Wesley Glenn
Sidney Australia Mission
one gets about so old or a certain age he begins to think about
the more serious things of life such as getting married. I was no exception to
this rule, although
my father thought I had ‘wheels in my head’. However, when the time came they all accepted
the fact that their family was at last growing up and were thinking about the
serious facts of
life. Things had undergone a great change while I was away the two and
one-quarter years. The young
people I had known before had married, which put me in a rather embarrassing
position at times
until I finally learned that people would get married. That situation did not
last for long though
as I was at a dance in Twin Falls
one Saturday night and one of my friends asked me if I would
like to meet a girl who had come into the country that summer. I told him I
would. So I met Miss
Velma Tyler. For some reason she seemed to be different than other
girls I had dated before. This fateful night was 17 November 1928.
After many discouraging tries trying to date and she being new
and not knowing many boys, everything seemed to be set for us to
go together. We became acquainted with each other very rapidly and
soon after the first of the year, 1929, we were engaged to be married.
She worked and bought a few things that summer and I worked
on the farm with my father and the rest of the family and
get much more than my living, which made it rather hard for us
to start housekeeping.
J. Wesley and Velma Tyler Glenn
were married 30 August 1929 in the SaltLakeTemple
George F. Richards, President of the Temple.
Velma is the daughter
of Rufus Black Tyler and Mary Ann Hogan. She was born in
Foster, Randolph, Arkansas, 25 January 1906. She lived in Arkansas
until 1923 when the family moved to Arizona
and then to
1928. Sometimes people must travel a long way to meet the
one they decide to live with, however, that is a good thing for people are
mixed up which builds a
stronger race. Velma was promised in her patriarchal blessing she would have
strong children, which
was the fact. The Lord scatters the Children of Israel so they would be strong
to carry on His
work. After a short honeymoon we settled on the farm with my father in Kimberly
where we lived
until the present (1961). Times were hard at first and things were not as we
expected. There was
quite a little disagreement between the family and myself. They did not realize
that I had a home
to keep and that would cost money, so there were differences. My father died in
and then mother divided the property among the boys. We
had a forty-acre farm all to ourselves. The farm was not too
productive at first as it had been farmed quite hard and not kept
up as it should have been. We worked hard and I would find
work in the winter and that way we made a good living and
reared our family. We are at present living on the same farm
my mother gave us when my father died. I have never been
blessed with much money, but that has been good for us. Had
we had a lot of money, perhaps we would have forgotten the
Lord and be like so many people getting to worshipping the
and thinking of nothing else. The most prized possession
I have in life is the testimony I have of the
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Glenn home in Kimberly, Idaho
have tried to fill the Church assignments as they were given to me. Two stake
assigned to me during the 1930s and 1940s. The assignment I have most
appreciated is the call
to officiate in the Idaho FallsTemple. I was set apart
for this office 19 August 1953 by Brother Albert
Choules of the TemplePresidency. I was blessed
that I would have the finances to travel to and
from the temple, that I would be protected from accident as I traveled on the
highways, and that all
would be well while I was away from home, all of which have been fulfilled. We
traveled the 330
miles to the temple and back usually in one day which required that we leave
home at four in the
morning and we were late in the evening getting back home. It was a very long
day. I have had a
few which could have been accidents in my travels to the temple, but each time
something kept us from
getting hit. One time in particular there was a large steer in the middle of
the road and as it was
night I could not see him until it was too late to do anything, but he just
stood in the middle of the
road and we passed him by about four feet. I immediately thought of the
blessing I was given. The
trip to the temple is a hard trip, but it is different from the everyday
routine of making a living. To
me, although it is tiring, it is restful and relaxing and then the joy of doing
something for someone
else who could not do for themselves is reward enough for me. I do not care if
I spend some
of my income for that. If I did not spend it that way I would spend it some
other way. It would
the beginning of the year of 1956, I was given the assignment to teach the
youth of the ward.
A more important or stimulating assignment I have never had to date. The youth
are always full
of vitality and my class was no exception. I had to really study to meet their
challenge which did
me no harm. I taught this class for three and one-half years and then was
assigned the investigators
class in Sunday School. This was also a stimulating class as they were all
the Gospel and eager to know more about it. I must keep on my toes and read up
on all the doctrine
to be able to answer all the questions they can ask.
this history I wish to leave my testimony to the truthfulness of the Gospel of
of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints. There is no doubt in my mind as to the divine calling of
the Prophet Joseph Smith and the work he did. As I go forth with my callings in
the Church and the
study of the doctrine, everything points to the fact that it is all true. The
more I learn about the temple
ceremony, the more it is impressed on my mind that it is true. I can say
without a shadow of a
doubt that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that Joseph Smith lived and
organized the Church.
I only hope that I can live worthy of the blessings in store for me if I finish
my life faithfully
to the end. This testimony I bear to all of my descendants and to all the world
of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Glenn, daughter, born 15 January 1931
Ann Glenn, daughter, born 17 March 1932
Wesley Glenn, son, born 24 August 1933
Boyd Glenn, son, born 21 October 1936
LINE OF AUTHORITY
was ordained a Seventy by Elder Melvin J. Ballard. He was ordained an apostle
by Heber J. Grant.
He was ordained by George Q. Cannon. He was ordained by Brigham Young. He was ordained
by Joseph Smith and the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith was ordained
by Peter, James and John who were called and sent forth by Jesus Christ.
I am so excited to share this history. It is an autobiography written by my great-grandfather. It was enjoyable to read because I vaguely remember him (he died when I was about three years old) and because there were so many details about Kimberly, Idaho. Grandpa Wesley's parents were some of the first people to settle in Kimberly, and I am in the fifth generation in our family to grow up there. It will always be a special place to me. Many thanks to Patricia Glenn Bates Miller and Lisa Bates Kent, who compiled the document that is transcribed here. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 History of the Kimberly, Idaho Ward
Jerald Wesley and Velma Tyler Glenn, 1980
OF JERALD WESLEY GLENN
Jerald Wesley Glenn - 1961
a lot of persuasion by my children and mostly to please them, I am going to
write a history
of my life. I hope that with the inspiration of the Lord and my own intuition I
will attempt to
was born in the land of freedom of goodly parents on the third day of May in
the year of our
Lord one thousand nine hundred four---3 May 1904—at Marion,
Cassia County, Idaho, the second
child of Andrew Glenn and Mary Elizabeth Tolman.
Jerald Wesley Glenn (left, Abt. 18 months) and his brother Wendell (right)
Andrew Glenn Family
Fern, Wendell, J. Wesley, Ada, Calvin,
Elizabeth, Elzina, Thelma, Andrew
are in the family five boys---Wendell Ammon, myself, Calvin
Rolly, Arvil Kimber, and Burton John in that order. There
are five girls---Thelma Louise, Ora Fern, Ada Bernice, Ina
June, and Elzina. In the order of their birth they are---Wendell,
myself, Thelma, Calvin, Kimber, Fern, Ada,
father was born in SaltLake City,
Utah 23 June
1874, the son of Andrew
and Anne Craig. My father and his
brothers added the extra ‘N’ to their surname
to give it the English spelling instead
of the Scottish spelling. During his
boyhood his father moved from Salt LakeCity to Snowville, Box Elder, Utah and
then to Elba, Cassia, Idaho,
where my Father
lived most of his boyhood days. My father
was very independent as a boy, left home
at an early age, and earned his own way.
It will be interesting to note that grand-father worked in the coalmines in Scotland
before immigrating to America
in 1869. He then worked as
a stonemason on the SaltLakeTemple
for a period of eleven years and made his way into northern Utah
and southern Idaho
where he made his living by farming. Grandmother Glen was a weaver before
her marriage, 31 December 1861, in Scotland.
mother was born 7 January 1880 at Knowles, Tooele, Utah,
(they lived on Settlement Creek
in Tooele County, Utah) the daughter of Cyrus Ammon and Maria
Louisa Pickett Tolman. Mother
moved to Oakley, Cassia, Idaho, about 1882, and lived there until she was
married, 2 March
1900. I know very little of the history of my grandmother except she taught
school. I know nothing
about my Grandfather Tolman.
parents lived at Sublett in rough central Idaho where I started life. It was rather
cold there, although it did not make much of an impression on my young mind.
Dad heard of a nice
place, so he thought, at Emmett, Idaho, near Boise.
In 1906, we moved there. I was beginning to
remember a few things then. Emmett being a fruit country, I can remember going
into the little orchard
and getting peaches and peeling them and like most small boys I would get the
juice on my clothes,
much to the dismay of my mother who had the task of keeping small boys clean.
Dad did not
like that country because of the poor soil and all the pesky mosquitoes which
were large enough to
carry away a small boy. During the fall of 1907, he came to southern Idaho and looked at the tract
of land on which we now live and decided to move back to good old southern Idaho. While he was
here, he got a potato that was large enough to last the family four days. In
the spring of 1908 my
father, mother, my older bother, and myself ‘pulled stakes’ and landed on the
farm one mile north
, one-half mile east, and one-quarter mile north of Kimberly, Twin Falls, Idaho, where I lived until
I was twenty-five years of age.
the early days of the tract, the country looked anything but promising. There
everywhere one looked. The brush was very large, some of it standing three to
four feet in
height. The sagebrush had to be grubbed by using a large pair of blades which
cut a few inches under
the ground. The brush was then raked into rows, piled, and burned. There was
lots of work to
be done, but I was too small to enter therein, although I can remember the
burning and clearing of
the land. The land being new and rough caused an immense amount of work to get
the water upon
the land, but it was worth the effort once the deed was accomplished and the
land forced to yield
of its treasure. The first two years we were in Kimberly the jackrabbits ate
nearly everything that
looked green. They took nearly all the crop and there was not much left to pay
bills and live on.
By 1910, more people came to live nearby, so the rabbits were forced to retreat
and by a lot of hard
work, we were able to survive. I have seen the country grow and today (1961) it
does not look anything
like it did fifty years ago. One looking at the place now could not imagine
what it was
then. The old home place is still in my mother’s possession and will always be
home to me. The
old house where I grew up has been replaced by a newer one, but the old one
still has memories
of it in my mind. It means one never forgets his childhood days; they are the
best time of his
religious training, we attended a branch of the Marion Ward of the Cassia Stake,
into the Kimberly Ward, May 1908. We shared a building with other churches
until our building
was completed in 1909. This building was used until it was out grown and a new
erected in 1950 and 1951. Mud in the spring of the year and the hard work in
the summer limited
our attendance at church meetings. However, as I grew older we would rather
walk the two miles
to church than get the horses in and ride to church. I have walked the two
miles many times. I
think that was good for us as it made us use our legs which made them strong.
do too much riding in the car to keep themselves strong and healthy like we
used to be.
Jerald Wesley and Wendell Ammon Glenn Abt. 1916
was baptized during my eighth year, 31 August 1912, in a
canal which ran through Brother Moroni Morgan’s place—the place
where nearly all baptisms took place—by Elder Joseph H.
and was confirmed the next day, September 1, 1912, by
Elder Samuel F. Strong. I was active in the priesthood quorums
as I became of age. I was secretary of the Deacons and Teachers
Quorum. There was not the emphasis placed on the activity
of the youth then as there is now. We did not get to do the
work that the young boys do now. The Church always progresses
so the youth are now kept active. During the year of 1929,
I was sustained as president of the Elders quorum.
the year of 1916, the sugar company wanted to plant sugar beets. My father
65 acres of them. We had a crew of Japanese people to thin and take care of
them. They did a good
job of it. However, as the fall progresses the weather became colder and
colder. Late in the season,
the ground began to freeze. The leader of the crew told my father to keep
pulled the beets with horses then and topped them by hand—and they would keep
topping them to
get them on top of the ground. The idea sounded very good to my father. He did
that and after they
were on top of the ground and the ground was frozen, they hauled them to the
‘beet dump’. If
they had not done this, they would have had some frozen in the ground as other
farmers did. My father
said that he would get us an automobile if he got all the beets out. To keep
his word he got one
the next spring. It is quite amusing to me now to look back and watch father
try to drive the car. He
had never tried to operate a machine like that before. He had a hard time of
it. The salesman would
drive and show Dad how it should be done, but Dad just couldn't do what he was
do. However, in a few days, it all came to him and he was an old hand at
auto helped us to get to church more regularly.
I was enabled to attend M.I.A. meetings, heretofore
denied. I was secretary of M.I.A. at the age of 16.
The car permitted us to attend Stake Conference in
the headquarters of the Cassia Stake during
the summer of 1912. The main thing I remember about
the conference was that I was asked to pump the pipe
organ for the services. This organ had to be pumped
by hand, as there was no other power there. There
was a long handle on the side of the organ which I had
to pull up and down to build the necessary air pressure
to make the pipes play. It was thrilling to be so close
and watch the organist play. To play the organ has always
been one of my desires of life.
night just before Christmas, the fall of 1917, Wendell and I were at a dance
and as he was
at the right age to be taking girls home, he and a friend took their girls home
and left me with the
car thinking it would be safe. But, to their surprise when they returned the
car was gone and so was
I. I waited for an hour for them to come. I thought an hour was long enough for
anyone to travel
a couple of miles and get back. At one o’clock, I took the car and went home.
The roads were
slick with mud, as it had been raining for several days and there were no paved
roads as there is
now. But, that made no difference to me. I was not afraid of the mud for it was
there first. I drove
slow and easy and kept to the middle of the road so as not to slip off into the
ditch along the side
of the road. There were not many cars on the road then, as I did not meet a
single one on the way
home. I arrived home safely and went to bed. Was Wendell mad at me when he had
to walk the
two miles home! Father took my side and told Wendell he did not blame me as he
would have done
the same thing had he been in my place. I was not left with the car alone
anymore because I could not be trusted to stay