Sunday, January 26, 2014

Heritage Recipes: Velma Tyler Glenn (1906-1996)

This is another post in my project to preserve favorite recipes that have been passed down in my family. Here are some recipes that have been passed down from Velma Tyler Glenn.

Fredericksburg Graham Bread

2 T. yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 T. shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 T. salt
1/3 cup molasses
2 cups cooled, scalded milk
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 egg, well beaten
3 to 3 1/2 cups white flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water. In bowl combine shortening, brown sugar, salt, molasses, scalded milk, whole wheat flour, dough enhancer, and gluten. Mix well. Stir in egg and yeast. Mix for 5 minutes.

Add white flour to make a stiff dough. Knead 5-7 minutes. Place in greased bowl. Let rise for one and a half hours. Make into loaves and place in greased pans. Let rise for about 40 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Makes three pans that are 7.5" x 3.5".

My Aunt Cherise (daughter of Velma's son Derald) said: 
"I also add:
1 1/2 T. dough enhancer
2 T. gluten

"The dough enhancer and gluten are not necessary, but I find that they improve the texture of the bread. I have found them at Macey's grocery store.

"This recipe can also be used for white bread. Use white sugar instead of brown. Use light Karo syrup in place of molasses. Use all white flour."

My mom (married to Derald's son Kevin) got this recipe from the Glenns after she married my dad and she always made it when I was growing up. She used 2/3 cup powdered milk and 2 cups of water instead of the 2 cups scalded milk.

Applesauce Stack Cake

1 C butter
2 C sugar
4 eggs
2 T milk or cream
4 or 5 C flour
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla

Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and beat well.  Add flour, baking powder and vanilla.  Mix all together.

Make into 8 balls--same size.  Bake in round cake pans.  Put a ball of dough in pan and use hand to press the ball out to fit the pan.  Cook about 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees.  Remove from pans and cool. Spread applesauce between layers.  Make cake four layers high.  The applesauce should be thick.

Note from Marcelaine: One of my most vivid memories of Grandma Velma is a time when we visited her at her house and she had made this Applesauce Cake. I don't know how tall the cake actually was, but at the time it seemed like it was about a foot tall. The cake gets better if you freeze it and let it age in the freezer so that the flavors blend.

Heritage Recipes: Jenna V Jensen Warthen (1926-2003)

As I read these histories of my ancestors, one of the things that I often think is, "Okay, that's interesting that she liked to make that, but where's the recipe she used?" Then today I remembered that I have a few inherited recipes and I have decided to share them here on this blog alongside other resources about these people. Please feel free to share any recipes you have inherited from any of the people I have talked about on this blog. I think you can learn a lot about a person from the recipes that he/she loved to make and eat.

So here are some recipes that have been passed down from my grandmother, Jenna V Jensen Warthen.

Grammy Jenna's Cheese Ball
2 8-oz. packages cream cheese
2 Tbsp. pimiento cheese spread
1 Tbsp. Miracle Whip
1 Tbsp. Accent
3/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup finely diced green pepper
2 Tbsp. finely diced green onion

Blend thoroughly. Form into a ball. To do this, line a small bowl with plastic wrap and put the spread in the bowl. Pull up the plastic wrap to form a ball. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Take it out of the plastic and roll in sliced almonds or chopped pecans.

Pineapple Cheese Ball
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 1/2 oz.  can well-drained crushed pineapple
2 Tbsp. chopped green onions
1/3 cup finely chopped green pepper
1 tsp Accent
Chopped pecans
Blend together and roll in pecans.  Refrigerate.

Use cheese balls as a dip for crackers. We always had them with Christmas Eve dinner.

Some notes from Marcelaine about the ingredients:  
  • Pimiento cheese spread can be hard to find in the store. I have never put it in the cheese ball and it turns out just fine. Grammy used to buy those cheese spreads for special occasions and we would put them on celery, so that's a special memory. She saved the jars to use as small glasses. They looked pretty!
  • Accent is by the spices. Full disclosure: it is MSG. I do think it enhances the flavor, but if you object to that then you can try substituting some salt or just going without.
  • The nuts are the best part! Usually I just put the cheese ball in a bowl instead of shaping it and I sprinkle nuts on top whenever they've been scooped away.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Biography of Gardner Snow (1793-1889)


Written by
Ruby Snow Jensen
His Great Granddaughter
Mapleton, Utah

Gardner Snow, son of James Snow and Abigail Farr, was born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, 15 February, 1793, and grew up in this same town with his brothers and sisters, ten in number, which made a large family in those pioneer days. There he grew to young manhood and in the year 1814 he and Sarah Hastings daughter of Jonathan and Salome Burt Hastings, were married. They lived in Chesterfield, New Hampshire for four years and were made happy in their home by the advent of the arrival of three sons during these four years, all born in Chesterfield, new Hampshire. (Bennett. Family Exaltation, pp. 268-269.)

Jonathan Hastings Snow     Born 25 May, 1815
James Chauncey Snow     Born 11 Jan. 1817
Warren Stone Snow     Born 18 June 1818

The hardy and restless pioneers were now hewing their way into the vast somber forests to the west. They were frontiersmen of strong will and adventurous temper, accustomed to the hard, barren, yet strangely fascinating life of pioneers in the wilderness. Gardner Snow, his wife and small sons, left Chesterfield in the late summer or early fall and with his father and mother and part of their family, joined the seekers in their trip westward for new homes and a place where they might be able to get property, land and cattle for their families.

St. Johnsbury plain was an unbroken wilderness before 1787. At that time, on the 7th of May of that year, a man built his camp near the north end of the plain and cleared seven acres of forest land and planted some corn. Thus started a new settlement which was named St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The first man to start this settlement was James Adams.

In the travels of the Snow families westward, they stopped at this small settlement in 1818 and started to build their homes. In the year 1818 a meeting house had been erected. Gardner Snow's father and mother both died in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

Gardner Snow and Sarah Hastings had four more children born to them while living in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. They were George, Eliza, John and Martha.

In the year 1900, two men called at No. 6 Park Street asking for information of their parents. These two young men were grandsons of Zerubbabel Snow and Mary Trowbridge. They told the man at Park Street that their parents had been baptized in the old First Church. They also said they were Mormon Elders from Utah, sons of William Snow, who was born in 1806, and Erastus Fairbanks Snow, born in 1818 at St. Johnsbury. The following is what they learned:

St. Johnsbury had lost sight of her distinguished sons of Mormondom, but after this visit of the Snows, interest was aroused and some facts gathered about the Mormons.

Their headquarter was in the Chesterfield District, north of East Village, and the Snow farms were in that District as they had all settled together and perhaps the name Chesterfield District came from their old home in New Hampshire.

One of the barns belonging to the Snows was used for a meeting house by the missionaries. Many people were converted to this new religion and were baptized in the stream of water which ran across the Snow farm near the barn. Quite a few families sold their homes and farms, including the Snows, and went off with Joseph Smith to the promised land. (The Snows were called the leading advisors of Brigham Young by Congressman Landis of Indiana. He remarked, "They were the most consistent Mormons in the whole branch."

After the migration of the Snows, there was nothing left to make the Chesterfield District a popular resort.

A man in his 83rd year told this of the old meeting house: "There was a large crowd gathered in the old Snow farm for Sunday Night Meeting. The Mormon Elders sat up on the high beams and the women and children sat in the hay. The men and the boys were packed in anywhere. It was Sunday, but a regular holiday. The old barn is still standing."

William Snow was one of the first two men to enter Great Salt Lake Valley, and a brother, Zerubbabel, born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, was one of the first Justices of the Territory of Utah, appointed by President Fillmore. (This bit of history was taken from Book        St. Johnsbury, Vermont.)

Gardner Snow and wife and children were converted to the Mormon Church by the Mormon Elders and with the other Snow families, started westward again with the Saints.

In 1833 Gardner Snow was baptized, confirmed, and ordained a Priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1834 (winter) he was ordained an Elder by John Badger to preside over the branch of the church at St. Johnsbury, Vermont. In 1836, with his family, he moved to Kirtland, Ohio.

In the year 1837, he was ordained to the Quorum of Seventies in the attic story of the Temple. In the month of April, 1837, he received his endowments in the Kirtland Temple. In 1838 the family moved to Adam-on-Diahman, Davis County, Missouri.

A son, Gardner H., was born in Ohio on the journey.

"I saw the remains of an alter [sic] which Father Adam created while on this earth after he was driven from the Garden of Eden, and here in this place my little son Gardner died and was buried by our hands, by reason of mob violence."

In the winter of 1839, they moved with the Saints to Illinois. In January, 1840, Elizabeth C. Snow was born. On the 23rd of October, 1840, Gardner Snow was ordained Bishop by Hyrum Smith.

In 1845 they were again driven from their home into Nauvoo, suffering a great loss of property with others in the general conflagration. In 1846 he received his washings and annointings in the Nauvoo Temple. In the spring of 1846 they left their home in Nauvoo and moved to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, to a place we called Council Bluffs, but had been named Cartersville. He was called upon to resume his office of Bishop in that place, which he did until 1850 when the family came to Utah and settled at Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, November 6.

He took an active part in the Black Hawk War, was a councilman and was elected Probate Judge of the county. He was a High Councilman a number of years and on the ninth of July, 1874, was ordained a patriarch in Salt Lake City, which he filled until his death, blessing his sons and many of his grandsons.

He married Obedience B.                                 before 1850. She died in 1850. Notation in Manti Ward record calls her "second wife of Gardner Snow. Died before his arrival in Salt Lake City."

After the death of his first wife, he married Carolina Maria Nelson Twede 24 July, 1855, sister of                                          who lived in Mapleton, Utah. (Bennet, Family Exaltation, p. 268).

He died 17 November 1889 at Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, and was buried in the cemetery there near the temple.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sarah Elizabeth Whiting Snow (1840-1918)



Springville, Utah
March 15, 1892

I was born January 2, 1840, in the town of Nelson, Portage County, Ohio, the fourth child of Elizabeth Partridge Tillotson and Edwin Whiting, my parents having joined the Church before I was born. They soon joined the Saints at Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri. While there, my Father with others of the brethren, were forced to lay down their arms by order of Governor Boggs.

My Father moved from this state into a small settlement called Lima, Illinois. While in this place, the mob came and burned our houses, first allowing the women folks to carry their beds and furniture outside. Although very young at the time, I can well remember this scene, also the burning of my Father's chair factory.

Our next resting place was at Nauvoo, Illinois, living there one year. Here my brother, Edwin Lucious, was born. My Mother, one of the first to give consent for her husband to take more wives, my Father married Mary cox in the temple at Nauvoo. From here we journeyed west, stopping at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa, where we lived for three years.

My parents passed through all the drivings and mobbings in Missouri and Illinois. In the spring of 1849, we started across the plains with one team, arriving in Salt lake City the last of October. The same fall Father was chosen to continue our journey, in company with Father Morley, to make a settlement in Sanpete Valley, having to make the roads and encountering storms. We arrived at the place now called Manti late in November. The brethren hastily dug out some holes in the south side of the hill, where now stands the beautiful temple, putting on dirt roofs where we lived this winter.

In the spring we built on our city lots, but were forced to build forts and move into them as the Indians had become hostile. My father suffered a great deal from the loss of stock that the Indians drove off.

I was married to Warren S. Snow, April 20, 1857, age 17. My husband being one of the first to join the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when a boy of 15. He lived for some time with the Prophet Joseph. He arrived in Manti in the year of 1854, soon after he reached Manti he was ordained a bishop, which position he held for over six years.

(When the Black Hawk War broke out, he was appointed general. While in a skirmish with the Indians, he was wounded in the arm. He, with others, lost many cattle, horses and property at the hands of the Indians.)

I am the mother of three children:

Edwin Marion Snow, born at Manti, November 21, 1859.
Clara Elizabeth, born January 5, 1862, Manti. Moved to Springville in 1865.
Daniel Wells Snow, born April 18, 1873, at Springville.

I became a member of the Relief Society soon after joining the Springville Ward.

I have now been an acting teacher for more than ten years.

My son Edwin married Frances Evaline Perry 9 April 1883 in the Salt Lake Endowment.

Clara Snow married William Thomas Tew January 31, 1884.

The following is written by Ruby Snow Jensen

To my children and grandchildren:

She was a Relief Society worker for twenty years in the Springville Ward and then the Springville First Ward. The family home was where the Art Building now stands. They moved to Mapleton in 1894 and in 1904 she was made second counselor in the Relief society of Mapleton, working with Caroline Warren as president and Annie Whiting as first counselor about four years. She was lovingly called Aunt Sarah. She died (from flu) November 23, 1918.

Biography of Warren Stone Snow (1818-1896)

Note: If you look on Warren Stone Snow's page on Family Search, he has many more sources and biographies. One person even wrote a master's thesis about him at BYU. Just take some of the documents with a grain of salt. I've been doing some reading, and I think it's hard to say how accurate the castration story is. At any rate, here is the biography written by Ruby Snow Jensen, his granddaughter.


Written by
Ruby Snow Jensen
His Granddaughter
Mapleton, Utah

Warren Stone Snow, son of Gardner Snow and Sarah Hastings, was born 15 June, 1818, Chesterfield, New Hampsire [sic]. He lived with his parents in Chesterfield until nearly one year of age when they moved with other pioneers westward and began a new home in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Here, in the year 1833, when Warren was 15 years of age, they first heard the Mormon Elders and in the same year Warren was baptized a member of the Mormon Church. He lived with the Prophet Joseph Smith for a few months. He started westward with the members of the Church and his parents and brothers and sisters, living for two years in Kirtland, Ohio, moving on to Adam-on-Diahman, Davis County, Missouri, in the year 1838 and in the winter of 1839 moved to the State of Illinois.

In 1841 he was married to Mary Ann Voorhees, daughter of Elisha Voorhees and Nancy Ann Leek, in Hancock County, Illinois, in Lima Township on the 23rd day of December.

They were the parents of seven children, Joseph Smith Snow being the oldest son. He was born 16 January, 1845 in Lima, Hancock County, Illinois. He married Lucy Ellen Van Buren.

The family moved to Pottawattamie county, Iowa. Here Franklin was born 23 April, 1850. They now started westward with the Saints and their next child, a daughter, Elizabeth Ann, was born 28 August 1852 while they were traveling across the plains. She was born at Cottonwood, Platte River, Wyoming. She died in the year 1863.

The family arrived in Utah in 1852 and went to the Town of Manti as this was where Warren's father and mother were living in the year 1854. Warren Stone Snow was ordained Bishop of Manti and for many years he presided over all of the settlements in Sanpitch County.

His four youngest children were born in Manti.

Samuel P.: 25 Dec. 1854
Mary Ann: 13 Mar. 1857
Mallissa Jane: 24 Apr. 1861
Luella: 12 Aug. 1865

Warren Stone Snow was endowed in the Nauvoo Temple 6 January 1846. His first wife, Mary Ann Voorhees, was endowed the same day. They were sealed 5 August, 1854.

In April, 1857, he entered the order of plural marriage, taking for his second wife Sarah Elizabeth Whiting, daughter of Edwin Whiting and Elizabeth P. Tillotson. They went, and I suppose this was their honeymoon, to the Salmon River Valley in Idaho, where they were called by President Brigham Young, in company with about 400 other settlers on an exploring and colonizing expedition. They only stayed in Idaho about one and one-half years when they returned to Manti. Here their two oldest children were born. Edwin M. Snow, 21 November, 1859, and Clara Elizabeth, born 3 January, 1862, while her Father was in England. In 1861 Warren Snow was called on a mission to England. He returned in 1864, being captain of a train of emigrants.

After returning from his mission, he moved his wife, Sarah Elizabeth, and their two small children to the settlement of Springville, Utah, where her parents had made their home, and thus he had his two families separated by a distance of some 80 miles.

In Springville, their youngest son, Daniel Wells, was born in the year of 1873.

Edwin M. Snow and Clara Elizabeth married and moved east of Springville three and one-half miles on the Union Bench, later called Mapleton, and then in the year 1896, the youngest boy married and he and his mother sold the family home and also moved to Mapleton. Here Sarah Elizabeth Snow died 23 November, 1918.

Warren Stone snow married three more women, Drucilla Higgins being his third and by her he had two children, Eva and Warren.

Mariah Baum was his fourth wife and by her he had two children, John and Hannah.

Mary Ann Brown was his fifth wife and by her he had one daughter, Rosina.

Warren Snow served several terms as member of the State Legislature. During the Black Hawk War he was a general and received wounds in the battle.

From the time of the settlement of Manti, the settlers in the Sanpitch Valley were troubled with the Indians stealing their cattle and taking their supplies. Chief Walker caused much trouble and loss of life and many settlements were abandoned between the years of 1850 and 1855 when Chief Walker died and ended what was called the Walker War. His brother, Aropine, took command of the Indians and deeded all of the valley to Brigham Young. He said he loved Brigham Young and the white people and they signed a treaty of peace, but Indian treachery is proverbial and the redmen did not keep the treaty long which was given by Chief Aropine. They continued to attack unarmed travelers and Aropine demanded more beef, biscuits and clothing, or in the event that they were not furnished war would commence. In September, 1855, the Indians started the Black Hawk War by attacking the settlement of Moab. Small attacks were made at different times until the settlers never felt safe to get very far from the fort in the settlements. This warfare was kept up for seven years.

In the spring of 1865, the Indians who were camped near Manti became very troublesome and insulting to the people. Many threats were made and the Indians indicated that they would start war on the smallest pretext.

On April 9, John Lowry, with others, had a quarrel with Jake, an Indian, about some stolen cattle. This was enough to start the war and Chief Blackhawk gathered his warriors and the conflict was started. A party of men was sent out from Manti to gather the cattle and were fired upon by the Indians and the cattle were stolen. Some were killed. Warren Snow was a colonel at that time and gathered some men and pursued the Indians and returned with part of the cattle. He, with his command, went back to the scene of the battle and got the bodies of the slain men. On July 15, Colonel Warren S. Snow was made Brigadier General and immediately took command of the Militia and the Minute Men. They pursued the Indians into Grass Valley and on the 18th, engaged in a pitched battle, killing twelve Indians.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Frances Evaline Perry Snow (1864-1945), Part 3

Excursion to the St. George Temple, December, 1880

We left Springville 15 December, 1880 to work in the temple. In our company was my Father, Aunt Ann, her son, Charles, and I, and Edwin Whiting, Aunt Elizabeth Whiting, or Grandma, as we usually called her, Uncle Lucious and Aunt Clara were with them.

It was a long, cold trip for old people at that time of the year, camping out most every night, nearly freezing. Father and Charles would sleep on the ground, Aunt Ann and I in the wagon. Grandma Whiting and Aunt Clara slept in the wagon. Grandpa Whiting and Uncle Lute on the ground. It was a great sacrifice to make at that time of the year, but we enjoyed the trip.

A young man from Springville was along with us. He was going to St. George to bring his mother home. She had been down there visiting her daughter. He had a stove in his wagon, so us young folks would ride with him part of the time where it was nice and warm. We used to have good times around the camp fire at night, singing and telling stories. Uncle Lute was as young as the rest of us and seemed to enjoy it just as well.

While at St. George we got acquainted with a lot of young folks and went out to parties and had enjoyable times while there.

I went through the temple and did my own work on the 28th of December, 1880, working every day the temple was open for work after that while we were there, working and being baptized for the dead. We were there the last part of 1880 and the first part of 1881.

In May 1882

The summer before I was married Aunt Clara and I went to the canyon to cook for our brothers and some other young men. We first went to Millfork in Spanish Fork Canyon, getting out ties for the railroad. We girls went with Ed on a load of bailed hay, with two yoke of oxen, taking us two days to go a distance of 35 miles, where they go in an hour or two now. It was the year before we were married, but I have always called it our honeymoon, as when Ed and I were married the next April, the crops had to be planted and there was no time for a honeymoon.

Frances Perry Snow
18 January 1938

Frances E. Snow

For seventy years I've been plodding along
Perhaps not amounting to much; 
But I have tried with a smile
To do something worth while
That will leave a magical touch.

And if I have succeeded in any one thing
That will help my family so dear
I will try to press on as long as I live
To try to comfort and cheer.

May I help my dear children, with their many cares
In raising their children, so dear;
That they will grow up to honor and bless
Their God-given parents, so dear.

My grandchildren, too, with their little ones,
May they protect them from sorrow and sin,
May they grow up to be as the limbs of a tree,
From which their parents have come.

Dear brothers, sisters, friends and relatives dear,
May I help you down life's rugged road;
May you always press on in the work of the Lord,
Holding fast to the Golden rod.

I have tried all my life to be a good wife,
My husband to comfort and cheer
I do hope and pray that I have lived every day
To merit a blessing from God.

Copy of verses written to 
Frances Perry Snow by her Brother
Lewis Rosalvo Perry
while on mission to Pennsylvania - March 20, 1898

O sister, dear sister the words sent to me
Was surely a comfort as I don't feel free.
The people I labor among, some do say,
That we are the outlaws in Pennsylvania.

They think that we should be mobbed out of Town
Because we are distributing our tracts all around.
God being my helper, if this is his will
I hope to be able this mission to fill.

Now since I have been in this rough Town
The families visited I have put down.
This number when told is two hundred or more.
Claiming to be Christians and kind to the poor.

Now in my travels for two weeks around
In the city of Pittston few friends I have found.
I have labored with patience for their own good,
To show them the way to get back to God.

But all seems in vain, the message they won't heed.
They say they have all the gospel they need.
But if they don't repent of the ways they take
God won't receive them when they meet at the gate.

Thirteen months ago today
I left my home and was hurled away
Leaving my friends and relatives dear,
Hopeing [sic] to find some others to cheer.

This I have done and done it with care
For God has heard and answered my prayer.
There is a few souls that have been saved
From the firey furnace by the liquid grave.

Much sickness and trouble we have to endure.
And if we are faithful, Salvation is sure.
There is cares, there is trouble, there is sorrow and pain.
We must endure them all and honor His name.

And now in conclusion I wish to say
May God bless the people and hasten the day
When they will give heed and listen
To what the Mormon Missionaries may say.

Frances Evaline Perry Snow (1864-1945), Part 2


Written 6 April, 1936, by Frances Perry Snow
Copied by Ruby Snow Jensen

History before I was married

History of Frances Perry, daughter of Stephen Chadwick Perry and Mary Boggs Perry.

I was born in Springville, Utah, April 26, 1864. Our home at that time was where Bagley and Huntington Photograph Gallery now stands. My grandfather's (Asael Perry's) house was just east on the same block.

When I was six weeks old, my mother moved out with Father's first wife, Aunt Ann. She was a wonderful woman. She was just like a mother to my mother and us three children, Hyrum, George and myself, she having five of her own.

We lived there until my grandfather died, then mother moved into his house, it being on the same lot. Their home was on the lot where Brother Hide and Mrs. Ellis now live adjoining the Second Ward Church.

I lived there the early part of my life. When I was 13 years old, my parents moved to Mapleton in April 1877 with their family, Father, Mother and ten children, when all at home, living in a two-room house as long as I was at home. We first lived in one room. It was not finished, only had the sheeting on the roof. There came a heavy snow storm on the 12 of May. When we got up the next morning, the sun came out, the snow began to melt, and you can imagine what shape things were in with the water pouring down on everything. We had to load our few things in the wagon and go back to Springville. They put on two span of horses and it was about all they could do to pull us back to town. Our peas were up and in blossom when this snow storm came. My brother Hyrum was bringing our cows out the night before and it was snowing. There were no roads then, only one or two running zig-zag across the bench, and it being covered with sagebrush and the blinding snow, he lost his way. But he hollered and was close enough to make us hear, so we answered. He was not far from home, but didn't know just where he was.

We returned to Mapleton as soon as the weather would permit. They shingled the house and built another room later. I often wonder how we got along, but we enjoyed ourselves working and trying to help each other. I have helped to pile and burn sage brush, to help to clear off the ground, to put in crops, to raise food stuff. I have helped to drive the grasshoppers into trenches. Father and boys would dig long trenches, put in some straw, then we would drive the hoppers in and burn them.

There was very little water for crops in those days. We would have to carry our water for the house from Mrs. Streeper's well and some times from Oak Springs until our folks dug a well.

My Father and Mother were sturdy pioneers or they never would have stayed out here and worked so hard for years to raise their family and to help to make the desert blossom as the rose. My Mother was an original pioneer of 1847, coming with the second company, in Daniel Spencer's company, her father coming with the first company of pioneers and her mother and her with the second. It has all been pioneer life to her, and she was a woman that never complained of her circumstances and tried to make the best of things as they came along. She used to say the happiest time of her life was when she got the children in bed and could sit down and mend their clothes.

Before we moved to Mapleton, my Mother and I had gone down in the fields and gleaned wheat. We would break the heads off and put them in sacks and carry them home. And we gathered ground cherries, would bring them home, scald and dry them to sell.

We washed and ironed for people to try to earn a little money to get things with. I used to work out most of the time. I first got 25 cents a week, then 50. As I grew older, I got a little more. I worked for one woman for six weeks and did all the work, washing and ironing, took care of the family while the mother went to work with the father, making men's clothing. When I got through, she paid me $2.00 a week. I was surprised to have 12 dollars all at once. With my money, I bought Mother cloth for a dress and a set of goblets which I have now. They have been in the family over fifth [sic--fifty?] years. (Three of the goblets I have [Ruby Snow?]. Ella had the others.)

I have worked in a lot of the best homes in Springville and was always treated fine. I used to help my sister-in-law wash when I would have to stand on a piece of plank so I could rub on the board. I helped to do the knitting for the family, and wove the first carpet my mother ever had.

I never had much chance to go to school, having to work for my clothes and help the others. My first teachers were my sister, Coliste Boyer, Aunt Caroline Bromley, and later Aunt Mary Whiting and Mary Crandall, and they were all wonderful women. We used to move back to Springville for winter so the children could go to school. Father and Mother moved down the first fall, taking the little children with them, leaving us older ones to look after the place and take care of things until they got things moved for winter. We had some corn and some hay fenced in a little stake yard. There was loose stock running around. We used to have to get up in the night and get the cattle out of the stacks. One night when we went to drive them out, we heard such an awful whooping and yelling, it nearly frightened us to death. We thought it was Indians. We knew they were camped up on the table near the mouth of Maple Canyon. We found out they were drunk. My brothers Hyrum and George, my sisters Luella, Lucy and I were there. Father found out about it the next day and came out and took us to town. There used to be lots of Indians camped up there and at the big hollow in those days.

We had to go to Springville to meeting and Sunday School as there was none here for years. I have walked down in the morning for Sunday School many times. I belonged to the Young Ladies' Improvement Association, as it was called then, first being called Young Ladies' Retrenchment Society. I belonged to Brother George Harrison's choir for years with Aunt Clara, Tryphena and Julia Crandall, Liza, Isabell and Christabell Johnson, Kate Houtz, Celia Oakley, Drucie Harrison, all of them being gone; Kate Miller, Susie Bird, Anna Kindred, Orvilla Harrison and David Wheeler. I think he is the only man living that belonged to the choir.

Well we moved back to Mapleton in the spring and went to work again on the farm. We were among the early families of Mapleton, then called the Union Bench. It was completely covered with sagebrush. There were very few families when we moved out. Olive Fullmer and Family, William and Don Fullmer and families, Charles Malmstrom and family, Teinaman and Family, but in a year or two a few more families began to come out here and then it didn't seem so lonesome. Uncle Charles and Aunt Abbie Bird moved out in their little one-room house. They were our nearest neighbors and we used to have a good time with them. They were always full of fun. I have lived with them a lot when their first children were small. Then the Williams family moved out with their young folks and we used to enjoy ourselves visiting together.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Frances Evaline Perry Snow (1864-1945), Part 1

Written by her Daughter
Ruby Snow Jensen

Edwin Marion Snow and Frances Evaline Perry were married 9 April, 1883 (61 years ago today) by Daniel H. Wells in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. Father worked the summer of 1883 in Park City. He owned eight acres of land on the Union Bench, now Mapleton, and in the spring of 1884, Father and Mother moved out on this land and lived in a tent on the north end of the tract of land. They started to build a home. This was the first brick home built in Mapleton. Father worked at the saw mills to get the lumber for the home. He hauled the brick from Provo. This must have been quite a job with oxen for horse power. They lived by a big ditch that had water in it all the year round, but they built the house about 40 rods south on the road. Water for culinary use was always a problem. This house had four large rooms in and was finished by fall. I was born in this new home 29 November, 1884.

This home is now owned by Bessie Thorn and is much the same as when built, except they filled in the two porches and made more rooms. My Brother Eddie was born 23 February 1887 and my sister Ella on 10 September 1900. When she was two years old, she had inflamatory [sic] rheumatism. Her joints were swollen so badly that she was laid on a pillow and when she had to be moved, they moved her on this pillow. My Grandfather Snow was up from Manti and he and Father administered to her and she soon became better. All our family believed in the administration by the Elders.

Mother must have been very happy with all this room in her home, as her Mother and their ten children had lived in two rooms. Aunt Ann, Grandfather's first wife, died in July, 1884, so my grandmother and the children moved back to Springville and lived in the home there which had four rooms in it. The spring of 1884 Mother's brothers Hyrum and George and her sister Luella were all married, so that only left six in the Perry family to move back to Springville. Mother had rag carpets on the floors, a table that father had made, and a good cook stove. She had a very nice walnut bedstead and a bureau. When we children got older, they had another nice bedstead.

Although I was small, I remember riding to Springville in the back of the wagon with Mother and Father, but we did not go often as the horses were always tired from the farm work.

Father had a high pile of lumber in the yard near the house and of course we children played on it, but one day it tipped over and Eddie was pinned under some of the lumber. Of course I was screaming and Mother came out of the house and held some of the lumber up and sent me to get some help over to Uncle Lewis Perry's as Father was away. I ran as fast as I could and the men came and got Eddie out. He wasn't hurt very bad.

There was a ditch across the road that had water in about once a week, so when the water came down, Mother always filled up some barrels. One of the barrels had wood ashes in and by keeping this filled, there was always soft water for laundry. We had to carry our drinking water from Aunt Phene Whitney's home.

In 1900 Father and Mother bought an organ. They always liked young folks around them and the young people came for an evening's entertainment and enjoyed the music. There was always corn to pop and molasses to make candy. I can remember they all had so much fun at these parties. They were all much older than I was, but I remember some of them. Gertie and Erma Perry, Fan and Hattie Jensen, Bessie Bird, Lula Perry and Jessie Whitney, Ardilla Gallup, Mary Curtis, and of course their boy friends, Hite and Les Manwaring, the Robinson boys who were all musicians and had just come from England as converts to the Church, Francis and Lester Ashcraft, and some of Mother's brothers who were all good singers. Father and Mother enjoyed the parties too. Sometimes they sewed carpet rags at these parties.

There was a ward organized in Mapleton and so there was Sunday Schools and meetings held in Mapleton.

On April 6, 1896, Mother had a baby boy, but there was something wrong with him and he only lived a week, dying April 13.

When Uncle Lute Whiting died in February, 1896, they had to reorganize the Bishopric and Uncle Will Tew was made the Bishop and he chose Father for his first counselor and William P. Fullmer as second counselor. This was on April 19, 1896, and Father was set apart for this position by Joseph F. Smithh, the President of the Church at that time. Father bought a black top buggie [sic] so we had a better means of travelling and when they went to conference to Provo, they always took all the people they could load in with them.

By now they had bought a piece of land closer to the church and school house and they began in the spring of 1896 to build a new home on this land. Father was again away part of the time at the saw mills getting lumber for the new house. Of course this left Mother with the chores to see to with what us children could do to help. They hauled the rick for the foundation from the slide in Maple Canyon, got the sand and slacked the lime to make the mortar (it did not come in bags) to lay up the walls, again hauled the brick from Provo and the adobes from Uncle Lew's brick yard. The Whitney brothers and their father did the carpenter work.

Father's brother, Wells, helped him a lot with this building and the home was finished by the fall of 1896, but Mother had been in bed with typhoid fever most of the summer and the doctor did not want her to move into the new home until spring.

Mother had saved and cut and sewed enough carpet rags to make a carpet for three rooms in this new home. There were six rooms and a bath room, although no running water, but there was still a room where we could bath in privacy. They had saved money enough to buy an ingrain carpet for the dining room, a table and six chairs and a bedroom set. The furniture from the old home furnished the two bedrooms and they bought a new maple bedroom set. The kitchen range that they had only had about two years nearly filled the kitchen. I think it was the biggest and blackest range I ever saw. The organ and a nice small table went in the parlor. All their life they only added two good rockers and a couch to this furniture.

Mother was a Relief Society Teacher for many years and was Treasurer in the Relief Society and was first counselor in the Relief Society when Eugenia Roundy was president, in 1808-1814. She was always with Father in any of the Priesthood work he was called to do. When Father was made second counselor in the Kolob Stake Presidency at the organization November, 1924, Mother was by his side to help in any way she could. When the quarterly conferences were held in Mapleton in the summer time, Mother had the presidency and their wives and the visiting authorities at her home for dinner. At one conference Brother John A. Widstoe of the Council of the Twelve and his wife were there and another time Apostle George Albert Smith was there. Mother was very happy that she could entertain these people.

It was a very happy home for all of us. Some of mine and Ella's and Eddie's friends were always there and very welcome and when my husband died, I came back home with my little children and was made very welcome again. By now the children and grandchildren were going home to see Mother and Grandmother, but on December 11, 1928, Father died after an operation in Salt Lake City. This was very hard on Mother, but she still had Eddie at home to help her. We went as often as we could and some of the grandchildren stayed with her much of the time. She was a widow seventeen years, but I don't think she was ever alone at night during that time. Her health was very good until the last three years of her life when she had trouble with her legs and was unable to walk. She died on the 19th of September, 1945. She now has a posterity of four children, 17 grandchildren, 65 great grand children and 47 great great grandchildren.

Mother was a very good seamstress, making all of our clothes. She was a very good cook and homemaker.

Father and Mother were very good pioneers. They built two of the best homes in Mapleton, also helped to build the two churches, and Eddie and Mother helped with the building of our present meeting house. Mother attended the dedication. Mother lived to see the ward grow from a few homes to a large community. She was 81 years old at the time of her death. Mother's birthday is on April 26 and she would have been 100 years old this year. My Grandmother Perry's birthday is April 12.

Mapleton, Utah
April 9, 1964

Ruby Snow Warren Jensen (1884-1966) Autobiography, Part 5

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Through the study of our lineage, I find that my chain of mortal life came down from Adam, through Enoch and Noah, and Shem. Through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, through Joseph and Ephraim.

My heritage through Ephraim, if I am faithful, entitles me to a heritage in my Father's house, gives me a right to mingle with the Prophets and Holy Ones, and, if faithful to my covenants, all of the privileges of the Celestial Kingdom. Through the blessings which were given to Ephraim, my grandparents and great grandparents had the gospel message brought to them by the missionaries. They embraced the gospel and received, in time, the ordinances of the Holy Priesthood in the Holy Temples of the Lord. And so it was my heritage to be born in the covenant, through a line of good parentage. It is my privilege to work in the Holy Temples for the salvation of my dead kindred, those who died before the restoration of the gospel. I may be a Savior to those who cannot do work for themselves and thus gain blessings for myself and salvation for those for whom I work.

I have enjoyed my work very much during the past year in our class work and have gained much valuable information through the efforts of our class leaders.

Through my research in this years [sic] study, I have over two hundred (200) new progenitors and for this I am very grateful. I hope I may be able to gain much information in our next years [sic] course of study and that I may be able to be of help to others, that I may be able to pass on the good things I have learned, as the greatest joy in life comes from rendering service.

Service was the great work of the Savior, who gave all he had, even his life, for our joy and salvation.

If we do research for our dead kindred, prepare the records and ordinance sheets correctly, then see that all the Temple ordinances are performed, we will have done a little in following in the footsteps of our Savior. We will greatly enrich our lives, enlarge our souls and earn the reward of "Saviors on Mt. Zion."

May our class have a Happy New Year of research and Temple work for 1934.

New Years Resolutions:

That I will get my lessons prepared in the spirit in which they are given, thereby showing the leaders of our class that I appreciate their labors.

That I will make my life better by helping others, back up ward and stake officers by doing what I am asked to do.

That I will know my progenitors better than anyone else knows them.

          Ruby S. Jensen