Friday, October 30, 2009

In Memory of Dale Brough Rex (1922-1944)

In the process of dismantling Helen Rex Frazier’s disintegrating scrapbook I’ve puzzled over what to do with some of the things that meant so much to her. Like this page. Filled with clippings she collected about her cousin Dale Brough Rex.
Born February 4, 1922 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Samuel Wayne Rex
(1915-1967) and Elizabeth [Aunt Bess] Smith (1890-1973).
He was killed December 18, 1944 in Saarlautern, Germany during World War

Reminders of the loss of her brother, John Morgan Rex, three years earlier. There aren’t dates, or the names of the newspapers these clippings came from.

Yesterday cousin Yara S. sent me this link to a 1944 News Real. Thank you, Yara! News shorts were projected onto movie theater screens before the main feature in those days. The first item on this clip is American General Irwin presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Dale Rex.

Earlier posts about Helen’s brother, John Morgan Rex follow here:

John Morgan Rex Remembered

John Morgan Rex, Brother and Soldier

John Morgan Rex, Broome, Australia, One Day War

History, Descendants, and History of William Rex & Mary Elizabeth Brough of Randolph, Utah, compiled and edited by Ronald Dee Rex, 1999, pgs. 206, 208, 213.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Helen Melvina Groesbeck Morgan, little girl's white dress 1921

Another of Helen Melvina [Mellie] Groesbeck Morgan’s great great great granddaughters will be baptized this weekend. Emma will wear the white dress Mellie made for her granddaughter, Helen Rex Frazier, on the occasion of her baptism in 1921.

This embroidered white pinafore and dress, with scalloped tiers, and sashes tied at the sides, is typical of Mellie’s work. Her granddaughter, Winifred, guesses it might be the last dress her grandmother made. Mellie received this prize for it in the Utah State Fair that year.

Some years ago I laid the dress on a copy machine and got the following picture.

I’ve tried to put together in my mind Helen Rex Frazier’s baptismal day. Her lovely white dress and the canal on the south side of Randolph. When we traveled, as a young family, from Randolph towards Woodruff, we crossed the bridge spanning the canal. Helen frequently reminded her children that it was in that canal where she was baptized. According to family records it was on September 4, 1921.

Recently reading her cousin, Amy Rex Gerber’s, account of her own baptism the following year, helped me see how it could have happened. Amy Rex Gerber (1914-1998), daughter of John Oseland and Edna Josephine Brown Rex was born 1 May 1914.

Amy wrote, “Since the death of cousin Helen, I have been the oldest living Rex granddaughter [of William and Mary Elizabeth Brough Rex]. … I was baptized 2 July 1922 by Henry Hoffman and confirmed the same day by Bishop John C. Gray. Dad took me on a horse to the canal south of town, after Sunday School, to be baptized and then home, all wet, to prepare to go to Sacrament Meeting for the confirmation at 2:00 p.m.”

Cousins Helen Rex, Amy Rex, and [unknown] in their Easter bonnets in Randolph, Utah.

History, Descendants, and Ancestryof William Rex & Mary Eliabeth Brough of Randolph, Utah, compiled and edited by Ronald Dee Rex, 1999, pg. 245. Pictures from Helen Rex Frazier collection.

Monday, October 26, 2009

John Hamilton Morgan Journal entries. 1885 Part 2 of 2.

Manassa, Colorado's first log cabin church and school house.

[Editor’s note: John Morgan continued with his responsibilities in the Southern States Mission from June 21, 1885. On August 27, 1885 he met Mellie (wife, Helen Melvina Groesbeck) and two of their children (one is Nicholas G.) in Pueblo, Colorado. They traveled together to the Colorado and Arizona settlements where John Morgan participated in multiple conferences. On September 14 they traveled from Snowflake to Taylor, Arizona, when he wrote the only comment he recorded about his family during that time. Our boy has caught the sore eyes. On September 19, 1885 they were back in Pueblo, Colorado.]

September 19
Took 7:40 train for Pueblo. Arrived at 10 a.m. and went over to North Pueblo and bought some things for Mellie and the children. At 12:30 p.m. saw them on board West bound train. Accompanied them as far as Canon City. Returned and started east at 4:45.

September 24
[Chattanooga since September 21, 1885] Attended to some writing and other business connected with the mission. Sent Annie $100.00 to come home on.

September 25
Went to Knoxville on the 10 a.m. train. Met and talked over the Christensen case with Gen. Thomburg and decided to try to stop prosecution by taking advantage of error in Court record. Returned to Chattanooga at 10 p.m. [This journal entry appears in Part 1 of this post.]

November 5
Busy during the day attending to mission correspondence and informing brother [unknown] Kimball of the details of the duties devolving upon him. In the p.m. received a telegram from A.M.M. [Annie Mildred Morgan] from N. Y. [New York] announcing her arrival. Started on the 10:20 p.m. to Kansas City to meet her.

November 7
Arrived in Kansas City at 9:20 a.m. Called at Mr. Moss’s office and coming up by the Cable Ry. Had an oyster stew for breakfast. Walked about town some and secured a boarding place at 805 Wyandotte Street. At 7:30 p.m. met A. M. M. and baby and accompanied them to our room. Pleased to be with them again.

November 10
[in Kansas City] Had a horse and buggy and rode out to Blair and Kauffman’s Nursery four miles from the city to see about some fruit trees. In the p.m. went to the Museum. Pleasant weather.

November 11
Met Mr. Blair of Blair and Kauffman, Nurserymen, and arranged for some fruit trees to ship to Manassa. In the p.m., attended Bartholomews Equine show at the Gillis Opera House, one of the finest shows I ever saw.

November 12
Very cold this a.m. Some little snow fell. Was out but little. Visited the slaughter pens and packing house of Amour and Co. and saw a big establishment for butchering cattle, hogs, and sheep. The baby is a little unwell with a cold and I find I am taking a heavy cold and feel quite feverish.

November 13
Walked out on the street with Annie and the baby twice during the day. ...

[November 14-19, John Morgan appears to leave Annie and their baby in Kansas City. He travels to Memphis and Chattanooga, conducts mission business, and arranges for emigrating saints.]
November 20
Arrived in Kansas City at 10:20 and met Annie and Ray. Had to lay over until 10:10 p.m. Visited two or three points about the city during the day. Left on time and all well.

November 22
Came in sight of the snow-capped mountains at daylight. Crossed LaVeta Pass in six inches of snow. Arrived at LaJara at 10 a.m. and went to Richfield. Held meeting at 2 p.m. After meeting drove to Manassa and held evening meeting.

November 23
Visited around among the saints during the forenoon and went to Antonito in the p.m. to buy some furniture.

November 24
At work at a house to move Annie into and had brother D. [Daniel] R. Sellers doing some carpenter work and Elihu Ball ? the crevises [sic].

November 25
At work at the house until late in the evening. In company with Pres. [Silas S.] Smith, and Elders Bean and Jolley, drove to Ephraim and held evening meeting.

November 26
Working about the house and getting ready to move in. Quite cold and blustery today.

November 27
Moved in today and put down the carpet and stayed at the house for the first night.
Part 1

J. Golden Kimball

Silas S. Smith

Picture of Manassa log school and church and John Hamilton Morgan Journal, Marriott Library, Special Collections, University of Utah. From The Life and Ministry of John Morgan, by Arthur M. Richardson, copyright 1965, Nicholas G. Morgan, Sr., pg. 146, Daniel R. Sellers, president, United Order of Pueblo (1877-78).

Thursday, October 22, 2009

John Hamilton Morgan, Journal entries, 1885, 1 of 2 Parts.

[Editor’s note: After an April 13, 1885 departure from Salt Lake City for the East, Annie Mildred Smith Morgan and baby Annie Ray (1884) are with John Morgan as he leads the Southern States Mission and stays away from the Marshals in Salt Lake City, Utah. While I was looking for the material for “Something Further about C. F. Christensen” I realized Annie spent months of her first year as a mother with John Morgan in the Mission Field. It appears that Annie and baby stayed in the Wm. R. Manning home a great deal of the time, some miles outside of Rome, Georgia. Would that be in the Haywood Valley? They spent a great deal of time traveling on trains throughout the mission. He took her with him to visit some nice places.]

April 21
Up at 5 a.m. and made ready for the start which was made at 6:25. Had a pleasant days run by way of Cleveland, Rome, and Calera, Ala at which point our car was side tracked and waited two or three hours. Our party divided. Some taking a train waiting for N. O. [New Orleans] We laid over until 9 p.m. when the down train picked us up for N. O.

April 22
Got up early this a.m. and read paper and talked with the folks in the car for a while. Arrived at N. O. at 10 a.m. and put up at 310 Canal Street, (?) Slept a while and walked considerably trying to get a baby carriage. Succeeded at last, walked up Canal Street late in the evening.

April 23
Attended the Exposition and had a very pleasant day. Enjoyed ourselves in viewing the wonderful collection from all parts of the world. Returned to the city by boat and made preparations to leave for Chattanooga tomorrow morning. Cool during a great part of the day.

May 5 [in Chattanooga] At work mailing papers, writing letters, etc. In the evening we walked down to the river and saw the May Excursion come in. Received the news giving an account of the trial of A. [Angus] M. Cannon, including the ruling of Judge Zane, that the Edmunds Law was aimed exclusively at the saints.
May 27
Wrote some answers to questions to publish in the N. Y. Herald and other papers. At 10:35 took train for Rome, Ga, where I arrived at 1:30 p.m. Obtained a buggy and drove out to brother Wm. R. Mannings where I met Annie and the baby and the members of the family. Spent the evening pleasantly talking to the folks.

June 17
Attended to mailing some tracts, collars, cuffs, etc. to the Elders and took 10:25 a.m. train for Rome where I arrived at 1:30 p.m. going by carriage to brother Mannings where I arrived at 4 p.m. and found Annie and Ray well.

June 18
At brother Mannings all day. Did some considerable writing. Fixed a lot of reading for people in Carter County.

June 19
Wrote some this a.m. and at noon started for town. Made the 2:50 p.m. train and arrived in Chattanooga at 6 p.m.

June 20
Attended to some business at the street and at 10:25 a.m. took train and went to Rome and met Annie and Ray. Waited until the 5 p.m. train and came up to Cohuttah where we took a sleeper and slept comfortably and nicely until reaching Bristol. At 6 a.m. I left the train and Annie and Ray went on to New York and from there to England.

[Editor’s note:
I do not know if Annie’s trip to England was planned prior to when they left Salt Lake City, or came about for other reasons. Of which I can see many. I assume she went to England to visit her parents, who she lists as Joseph Smith and Sophia Perry, Penkridge, Staffordshire, Eng. in the Conejos Co. Church Records, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members list 1909, Book I-M.]

June 21
Remained at Bristol during the forenoon and at 12:25 p.m. took train for Chattanooga where I arrived at 10 p.m.

(To be continued.)

Part 2

John Hamilton Morgan Journal at the Marriott Library, Special Collections, University of Utah. 2009 summer picture from LDS Church Plaza gardens, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Susan Frazier (October 20, 1951 - November 26, 2006)

Glenn and Helen Rex Frazier with daughter Susan. Helen is holding granddaughter, Evette, 1969, about the time Susan wrote the following.

Autobiography of Susan Frazier from her Book of Remembrance. Written about 1969.

It was the start of the deer hunting season. Dr. Webster, my mom’s obstetrician, and my father, Glenn Frazier, were both deer hunting, so my mom and I decided to do everything by ourselves. I was born [October 20, 1951] in the hallway on the way to the delivery room at the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, Utah. I’ve been very independent ever since! We went home to a very proud father and an excited brother and sister, Glenn Rex and Bessie Lynne. There is one year and one week exactly between my brother and sister and then nine years later I come along. Besides being independent, I’m very spoiled, due to the fact that I had loving parents and a brother and sister that spoiled me. At one month, my mother [Helen Rex Frazier] and I went to visit the doctor. After listening to my heart, he about fell through the floor. “That wasn’t there at birth,” he exclaimed. My poor mother was also about to fall through the floor, when he told her. I had a ventricular septal defect. At age ten, I went to a heart specialist. He wanted me to have open-heart surgery and because heart surgery was not very specialized in Salt Lake he wanted me to go the Mayo Clinic at Minnesota. This came as quite a shock to my parents. My father sent my name into the prayer circle at the Salt Lake Temple. After many tests, it was decided that I did not need the operation. I truthfully believe that it was through the power of prayer that I did not have to go.

My mother is from a small farm town in northern Utah. Her father’s family is pure pioneer stock from the country and her mother’s family is pure pioneer stock from the city. I never had the privilege of meeting my mother’s mother (Grandma [Bessie Morgan] Rex) in this life. She was a great lady and I’ll be very happy to meet her on the other side. My Grandpa [Percy Harold] Rex is a man of very strong character. At the present, he is my only living grandparent. His fine posterity shows the good life he has lived. He married a very sweet woman after my Grandma Rex died, Aunt Mary. She is always making something with her hands when I see her. I’ll never forget when my cousin, Flora Lee, and I used to play Russian spies and wear her hats and shoes. Ten miles from my mom’s small town is my dad’s small farm town. His mother [Emily Rufi] was from Salt Lake but went to live in Woodruff (name of small town) when she got married. My grandfather [Frank Union Frazier] was never a member of the Church, but he always allowed my grandmother to take the kids to church. His father [Stephen Vestal Frazier] was one of the first settlers in that valley. Because he was not a Mormon the early members of the church were not too hospitable, so he told all of his children NEVER to join the church. A father’s advice and counsel were upheld in that day because none of his children ever did join. I don’t remember my Grandpa Frazier but I’m very excited to see him because I’ve been told he’s a very generous and kind man. He always helped his neighbors (whether they were Mormons or not) and I’m sure He’s very happy now since my brother has been baptized for him. I’m very grateful to my Grandma Frazier because it was through her endurance and faith that kept religion in the home. She died when I was twenty and I’ll never forget the fine example and good life she led. I had the honor and blessing to play an organ solo at her funeral. She was a fine lady in everything she did. I love and miss her very much.

My mother was the very serious, quiet type. My father was the big athlete-stud, Casanova. I don’t see how they ever got together. I’ll never forget the story, my father always tells us kids, when my mother went to a dance with her father. My dad asked her to dance and then asked if he could take her home. Her reply was “I’ll go home with the one that brought me!” She was quite prim and proper besides serious. She became the first queen of the fair and rodeo because my dad bought all her penny votes for queen. They were married during the depression when my father was working in California. My mother went down to Oakland and they were married. One year later, they went through the temple when they came up for my grandmother’s (mother’s mother) funeral. They went back to California where my brother and sister were born. After living there for approximately seven years they came back to ‘Zion’ where I was born. We lived in Provo for a couple of years and then moved to Salt Lake where we’ve lived ever since. We all attended Madison Elementary, Central Junior and Granite High Schools. Fifth grade was my year! I won the hopscotch tournament for the fifth grade, got the only “A” in history and was on the championship times-tables team. In Junior High Vicky Comes and I became life long friends. We shared our seventh grade locker together. The locker was three feet high, nine inches wide and one foot deep. We fit all our books, two pairs of boots, two coats, one umbrella and two briefcases in. It was quite a squeeze! I’ll never forget those briefcases. (We looked like the seventh grade geniuses with our cases.) Vickie Page, (now Smith), Vicky Comes (now Hodgson) and I were the only students in the seventh grade with briefcases. I was on the honor roll and was one of thirteen key scholars in ninth grade. I played Cinderella’s ugly step sister in the school play. Vickie Page and I were on the school police for CE and I was the secretary for the Seminary. In high school I was in the pep club, madrigals, concert choir and symphony debs.

In the early days, I remember my brother and sister use to fight a little. She used to chase him out of the house and then she and I would stay inside while he stayed outside and tried to come back inside. I always thought this was such fun! I have some of the choicest spirits for a family. My parents have taught me by example and with love. Besides being my parents I consider them two of my most closest friends. My brother is a spiritual, financial and personality giant. My sister is a psychologist, writer, antique collector, upholsterer and gardener (plus too many other things to write down.) I really don’t understand how I fit into this family, but I do!

Picture and Susan Frazier Book of Remembrance in my possession.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Jacob and Anna Margaretha Tuck Rufi, Part 2 of 2

Active Church Worker
Answers Death Summons

Mrs. Jacob Rufi
[Deseret News November 14, 1919.] Mrs. Anna Rufi, widow of Jacob Rufi, 240 south Ninth East, died this morning at a local hospital. Mrs. Rufi was born in Germany 67 years ago and came to Utah 41 years ago, where she has since resided. She has been an active worker in the Eleventh ward for the last 37 years and was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter-day Saints.

Mrs. Rufi is survived by six children: Mrs. Annie Frazier, Jake Rufi, and Emily Frazier of Woodruff, Utah; Agnes Frazier of Salt Lake; Wm. and David Rufi of Oakland California; also 14 grand-children. Funeral announcement will be made later.

The actual obituary, which follows, was too difficult to read. I snatched the picture (above) from Mother's picture pedigree chart.

Thinking I might find information about Jacob and Anna from early Eleventh Ward records I spent a few days at the Church History Library.

An early Minutes book (L2569, series 11) of the Eleventh Ward, organized April 26, 1882, John Coulam, Sec., has the following entry, Jacob Rufi ordained Elder, January 25, 1884 by John Coulam.

Anna Rufi is listed in the minutes of the Eleventh Ward Relief Society (L2569, series 14) between1884-1885. She is counted among the sisters in Block 9. At each Relief Society Teacher’s Meeting recorded, her visiting teachers, Sister Mary Nelson and Sister Mary A. Nelson, frequently list Anna and her contribution; soap, tea, or money; usually 15-25 cents. Accessing and reading those records on microfilm at the Church History Library is tedious and time consuming. I’ve enjoyed the course, but haven’t more time for it. I trust the obituary. And await another descendant coming forth with additional information.

I obtained a copy of Anna Margaret Tuck Rufi’s hand written patriarchal blessing. It was given to her in Salt Lake City, April 7, 1902 by Patriarch E. A. Richards.

Jacob died at home at 244 South 9th East, Salt Lake City, Utah on May 19 1916. The cause of his death on his State of Utah Death Certificate L664 isn’t legible, nor is much else. His wife Anna’s signature is clear and the only time I’ve seen it. I wasn’t able to find an obituary.

Anna died at LDS Hospital on November 14, 1919 at 1:40 a.m. She was operated on there November 12, 1919 for Cholecyptitis [sic] by Doctor George W. Middleton. A Cerebral Embolism was the cause of death. Her State of Utah—Death Certificate P-1727 was signed by Mrs. Thos. Frazier [daughter Agnes Rufi Driscoll Frazier]. Anna was living at 240 So 9th East, which was with Agnes. That was next door to the home she and Jacob raised their family in, 244 So. 9th East. Her age was listed as 67 years, 10 months, 26 days.
This 1975 picture of their adobe home at 244 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, Utah was taken by grandson Glenn Frazier. The home was demolished soon after and replaced by an apartment building. This home home had Jacob's "shoemaker" sign in front of it.

This large upright marker is in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, marking plots R_1_5_1,2_E. It is in the R block about 270 North [Grand Avenue] and 1100 East Street. Some of their descendants are buried near them.

This lovely portrait of their children was probably taken when they gathered for their mother's funeral in 1919. L-R, William, Annie, Emily, Jake, David, Agnes.

Part 1

Friday, October 16, 2009

Jacob and Anna Margaretha Tuck Rufi, Part 1 of 2.

Jacob Rufi
19 Sep 1853, Saanen, Bern, Switzerland
p. Christian Rufi, Margaretha Dubi
m. 17 Jul 1879, Salt Lake City, Utah
wife. Anna Margaretha Tuck (Tueck)
d. 19 May 1916, Salt Lake City, Utah
b. 21 May 1916, Salt Lake City Cemetery

Anna Margaretha Tuck (Tueck)
18 Dec 1851, Neuendort, Schleswig, Holstein, Prussia
p. Christopher Tueck, Anna Geschen Jungmann
d. 14 Nov 1919, Salt Lake City, Utah
b. 14 Nov 1919, Salt Lake City, Cemetery

Jacob Rufi is listed as a passenger on the 1877 Wisconsin voyage.
#128. Jacob Rufi, 22, M, Plasterer, Switzerland, Steerage. He is the only Rufi listed.

The steamship Wisconsin sailed from Liverpool England, with 714 Saints on June 25, 1877 in the charge of John Rowberry. The company arrived at New York July 7th and at Salt Lake City July 14th.

471 Scandinavian emigrants “boarded the steamship 'Wisconsin,' together with a number of British, German, Swiss, and Dutch Saints. Bishop John Rowberry was appointed captain of the whole company, while Elder Erik F. Branting was continued as captain of the Scandinavian emigrants. The 'Wyoming' [Wisconsin] sailed from Liverpool, June 27th, and arrived in New York, July 7th. From New York the journey was continued by rail westward the same day and the emigrants arrived safe and well in Ogden and Salt Lake City, July 14th.”

One passenger recorded “There were nearly a thousand emigrants of all nationalities on the boat. We had a pleasant trip with very little seasickness and arrived in New York as near as I could figure out, 7 minutes past 7 in the morning, on the 7th day of the 7th month, year 1877.”

How and when Anna arrived in Salt Lake City I haven’t discovered. According to Family Search she and Jacob married 17 Jul 1879, Salt Lake City, Utah.

In the 1880 Salt Lake City census they appear in the 18th Ward.
Jacob Rufy, self, married, male, 28, birthplace Switzerland, works in shoe factory
Anna Rufy, wife, married, female, 26, birthplace, Holstein, keeping house

L-R, David (1890-1945), Jacob (1883-1965), Annie Margaret (1880-1969), Emily (1886-1972), father, Agnes (1882-1966), mother, John William (1888-1955).

By the time I tried to come up with a history of Jacob and Anna Margaretha Tuck Rufi, nobody who was still living remembered them. In 2007 I talked with their last (I believe) surviving granddaughter, Helen Frazier Scott, who passed away that year. She told me her grandparents were gone before she was born, and she could no longer remember their names.

The R. L. Polk Salt Lake City directories told me a lot about the family. A nearly 30 year picture of their employment, and the roll Z.C.M.I. played in their lives. Emily told me her father’s shoemaker sign posted in their front yard embarrassed her. She delighted in going to Saltaire with her family to the yearly Z. C. M. I. employee parties. It was there her father yodeled as he had in his native Switzerland. Emily also told me her father gave each of the children a ring. Notice all of Annie's rings. You can read Emily's biography here.

Definitions: Boot Laster: a person who makes a shoemaker’s model for shaping or repairing a boot. r, res, bds, rms = resides

1893. Rufi Jacob, mach opr ZCMI, res. 244 9th East

1894-95. Rufi Jacob, shoemaker ZCMI, res. 244 9th East

1898. Rufi, Annie, trimmer ZCMI, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob, shoemaker ZCMI, res. 244 S 9th East

1899. Rufi, Annie M [Margaret], mach opr ZCMI, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob laster ZCMI, bds 244 S 9th East

1900. Rufi Agnes, stenog Patterson & Moyer, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Annie M, mach opr, AXMI, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob, shipper SL Portrait Co, bds 244 S 9th East

1901. Rufi, Agnes, stenog Patterson & Moyer, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Annie M, Mach opr ZCMI, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob, laster ZCMI, res 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob, shipper SL Portrait Co, bds 244 S 9th East

1902. Rufi, Agnes, stenog Patterson & Moyer, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Annie Mach opr ZCMI, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Emily, student, U of U, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob, laster ZCMI, res 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob Jr., shipping clk SL Portrait, bds 244 S 9th East

1903. Rufi, Annie, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Emily, student U of U, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob, laster ZCMI, res 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob Jr., clk SL Portrait

1904. Rufi, Agnes, stenog Patterson & Moyer, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Annie, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Emma, student U of U, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob, laster ZCMI, res 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob Jr., clk SL Portrait

1905. Rufi, Agnes, stenog Patterson & Moyer, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Annie, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, David, emp ZCMI, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Emily, packer Sweet Candy Co, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob, laster ZCMI, res 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob Jr., packer SL Portrait
Rufi, Wm, moved to Randolph, U.

1906. Rufi, Emily, bds 244 S 9th East

1907. Rufi, David clk SL Modeling & Art, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob, shoemaker ZCMI, res 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Wm, helpr Royal Laundry

1909. Rufi, Jacob, emp ZCMI, res 244 S 9th East
Rufi, David, clk Herbert Bros, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Wm, usher Colonial Threatre, rms Savoy Hotel

1911. Rufi, David, laund, bds 244 S 9th East
Rufi, Jacob, laster ZCMI, res. 244 S 9th
Rufi, Wm, washer, rms Hotel Heron

1912. Rufi, David, lab, bds 244 S. 9th East
Rufi, Jacob, laster, res. 244 S. 9th East

1913. Rufi, David, hlpr Utah Imp Co bds 244 S. 9th E
Rufi, Jacob, shoemaker res 244 S 9th so
Rufi, Jacob, jr. hlpr Utah Imp Co, bds 244 S 9th east
Rufi, Wm. Laund Star Lndry, r 934 edison

1914. Rufi David, hlpr Utah Imp-eh Co b 244 S. 9th E
Rufi, Jacob, shoemaker r 244 S. 9th E
Rufi, Jacob jr., tmstr, r 244 S. 9th E

1915. Rufi, David, clk Utah, Imp-Veh Co b 244 S 9th E
Rufi, Jacob, lab, r 244 S 9th E
Rufi, Wm, emp Royal lndry, r 2 Iretta Ter.

1916. Rufi, Annie (wid Jacob) r 244 9th E
Rufi, Jacob, died May 19 1916, aged 62.
Rufi, Wm, laund Star Lndry, r 934 Edison

1919. Rufi, Annie (wid, Jacob) r 240 s 9th East
Rufi, David chfr b 240 S. 9th East

1920. Rufi, Anna died Nov 14, 1919, age 67.
Rufi, David b. 240 So 9th East

Polk Directories list the name, address, and occupation of Salt Lake City residents, but married women were not listed, unless they were widows.

(To be continued.)
Pictures from Glenn and Helen Rex Frazier collection, Salt Lake City R. L. Polk and Co. Directories in the Utah State Historical Society Library. Family dates and 1880 census from FamilySearch. Anna Margaretha Rufi Utah state death certificate. S S Wisconsin Immigrant Ship List. Please let me know of information that needs to be corrected.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

John Hamilton Morgan Journal, something further about C. F. Christensen and $5

[Editor’s note: This August 14, 1885 journal entry answers the question Bruce Crow posed here. I’ve added the additional John Morgan journal entries about the Christensen case I found through the end of 1885.]

August 14
Arrived at J. C. [Johnson City] at 5:30 a.m. Had my boot heels fixed by a red headed shoemaker and at 6:30 took train for Elizabethton. Arrived at 7:00 a.m. Had breakfast at the Snyder House. Met C. C. Collins and had a talk with him on the Christensen’s case. At my request he examined the court record and found that it read that C. F. Christensen is bound to the State of Tenn. in the sum of five dollars and Wm. Green in the sum of five. Met quite a number of friends and was introduced to a number of Mrs. Ingles. Had a very pleasant talk with Simmerly and others.

August 19
Started early this a.m. and accompanied by brother Rouche, walked to Roan Mt. station and came to Elizabethton on the cars. Had dinner at the Snyder House and a talk with Collins. Wrote quite a number of letters. Warm.

August 20
Met Collins and had quite a talk with him about the case. Afterwards walked to depot and took train to Johnson City. Had dinner at the Hoss House. Took train for Chattanooga and arrived at 10:20. Hot and dusty.

September 25
Went to Knoxville on the 10 a.m. train. Met and talked over the Christensen case with Gen. Thomburg and decided to try to stop prosecution by taking advantage of error in Court record. Returned to Chattanooga at 10 p.m.

October 12
Arose at 4:30 and went out to the Depot in an awful rain storm and at 5:37 took train for Chattanooga. Had breakfast at Round Mountain and dinner at Newport. Met Col. Thomburg at Knoxville and held a consultation on the Christensen case. Arrived in Nooga at 10:10 p.m. Tired.

[Note: This doesn’t look like it has ended yet. But my copy of this part of John Morgan’s journal ends on January 3, 1886. There is no further mention of the Christensen case through that date. I can tell I’ll need to return to the Marriott Library, which I really enjoy doing. When and if I discover further mention of this incident I’ll share it here.]

You can get a good look at, and a bit of history about, Col. Thornburg by reading about this incident at The Ancestor Files. John Morgan’s rn must have looked like an m to the typist who transcribed his journal.

It appears C.C. Collins was a local court official.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

John Hamilton Morgan descendants gather.

Yesterday, October 11, 2009, descendants of John Hamilton and Helen Melvina Groesbeck Morgan gathered in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. They included 2 granddaughters, 2 great grandsons, 4 great granddaughters, and one great great great granddaughter. We had a perfect autumn afternoon to become acquainted and renew with one another. We visited the grave sites of John Morgan and his loved ones, paying tribute to them and reviewing their histories. Thank you Cousin Karen M. for your beautiful pictures and recollections, two hours sped by.

The Prophet Joseph Smith’s contemplations of his own father from last Sunday’s Teachings of Presidents of the Church, Joseph Smith, “Family: Sweetest Union for Time and for Eternity,” Lesson 42, pgs. 484-5 are applicable.

“I love my father and his memory; and the memory of his noble deeds
rests with ponderous weight upon my mind, and many of his kind and parental
words to me are written on the tablet of my heart.

“Sacred to me are the thoughts which I cherish of
the history of his life, that have rolled through my mind, and have been
implanted there by my own observation, since I was born. Sacred to me is his
dust, and the spot where he is laid. Sacred to me is the tomb I have made to
encircle o’er his head. Let the memory of my father eternally live.

We visited the grave sites of John Hamilton Morgan, Helen Melvina Groesbeck Morgan, and children John, Elizabeth, Flora, Ruth, and Eliza; Mary Ann Linton Morgan and son Harold, his wife Jessie, and additional family members; Annie Smith Morgan, and children Annie Ray Morgan Heislet, Joseph Smith Morgan and their spouses. We visited Groesbeck grave sites; Nicholas and Elizabeth Thompson, and more children and descendants than I can number.

Grave sites of Nicholas G. Morgan Sr. and his wife Ethel brought to mind gratitude for their inclination to gather, preserve, and share John Morgan’s journal, papers, pictures, etc., and their descendants' inclination to do the same.

I took this picture in 2008.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Frank Union and Emily Rufi Frazier, Part 7.

Excerpts from Frank. U. Frazier 1947 Journal, continued . Original spelling and punctuation retrained. The last entry from this journal is posted here.

Fri., Sept 5--I help Emily wash this fore noon and raked this after noon. Elmer got through Mowing. We bought our peaches this morning from Mr. Hasting 7 bu peaches, ½ tomatoe, ½ concord grapes.

Sat., Sept 6—[No entry. I wonder if he helped Emily bottle fruit? Too tired to write?]

Sun., Sept 7--Went up and cut Francis lambs out. Went to Ogden and stayed all night.
Lambs weighed 92 fats
feeders- 74
743 head
got $25.35 for fats
$21.75 for feeders

Fri., Sept 12--Rich County Fair. Elmer took sheep down with Ray Cox’s truck. Jake, Bill went with Me in car- 1 Grand Champ, 4 First, 5 Seconds, 4 thirds. The parade was surely a dandy. Dell Adams was representing Jim Bridger.

Thurs., Sept 18--We came home today, roads was surely bad on the Mountain, got home to Night found All well.

Fri., Sept 19--Elmer, Francis went up to finish Nick with last heard and stayed all night. I cleaned the Coop and put some straw in. Shelby brough his car for Emily to use while our car is in hills.

Sat. Sep 20--I finished the Mowing third crop Lucurn over Creek and raked the hay in R.R.

Sun., Sept 28--The Folks all went to Sunday School but Me and Brenda Dee. Delora’s boy came down for a while. Afternoon Elmer, I, boys went to Randolph to look at some cows- Elmer sold two buck lambs to Tayle McKinnon for $100.00.

Sat., Oct 4--I went out and helped Lyn Huffaker thrash grain in afternoon. Fixed fences in the Morning. Verla folks came out and stayed all night.

Mon., Oct 13--Started to dig potatoes for Arthor Dean.

Fri., Oct 17--I went to Kemmer with Fredricks, Shelby, Will Rex and stayed with them to a banquet, got home at 15 to 12. Dr. Hawkins, Herald came last night, also Dale’s Boys.
Sat., Oct 18--I went with the Dr. up in Deanholler this Morning. Elmer sold 6 bucks to Charley Francis for $300.00. Quite a lot people had their treatments today.

Sun., Oct 19--I went to Union Meeting at Evanston, Gerli, Putman, Dorthy Dean went with me had a flat coming home, got home at 1 o’clock

Picture of Elmer Frank Frazier with dogs on Frank Union Frazier's farm truck in front of the "old yellow house' at the Frazier Woodruff Ranch, about the same time as the journal, from Glenn and Helen Rex Frazier collection. Frank Union Frazier 1947 journal in my possession.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Frank Union and Emily Rufi Frazier, Part 6.

Excerpts from Frank. U. Frazier 1947 Journal, continued here. Original spelling and punctuation retrained. The last entry from this journal is posted here.

Thurs., Jun 26--Leon. Loyal- Boy came about noon. Elmer, Verla, Harvey, Marry went to Coalvill for a check up- Marry stayed down. I raked all day over Creek got done about 6,30 didn’t get Milking done till 9,30.

Wed., Jul 9--Elmer & I went to Sam E. Chornius Funural at Tremonta Nick was sure glade to see us come. 202 miles. Nick has sure got a swell house.. didn’t have a bit of trouble with car run like a top.

Mon., Jul 14--Washed today- had quite a time with washer- Frankie, Mark finished J. Arthor Dean hay- and started Jake Rufi hay- I put the wheels under the derick and got ready to go up after the sheep in Francis heard- Frankie, I.

Tue., Jul 22--Emily Birthday- 61 years old- we all went up to Delora for supper- Gordon, Aunt Maud came their after supper. Elmer, boys went to show. Rain today. Arthor, I put a bridge across the little creek.

Sun., Aug 3--My birthday we had a dandy time togather. First I went to Sunday School and then came back to dinner. Aunt Maudie, Bruce, Delora was here when we came back, Elmer sold some cull ewes to Gale McKinnon for $12.00. 18 head

Wed., Aug 6--Elmer started to Mow the second crop on Island, over Creek, broke oil line on the tractor also three sections we started to put the hay up over creek. I finished Mowing the back south and Island North of the stackyard. Aunt Maude, Emily, Sherlay, Brent, Frankie and myself went to show, Mark came back with us.

Wed., Aug 20--Elmer took Verla to Coalville this Morning to stay. Glenn, Helen went with them, going to stay with Winnie place toNight. I sold three cows for $170.00 a piece or $510.00. May, Nick, Nola. I mowed some hay down in R.R. for Frankie.

Sat., Aug 23--We went up to see some cows of Rowlens Sims, they are Very good Cows. Fixed window in car. Glenn, Helen, children went to Randolph for a while.

Sun., Aug 31--We took Glenn, Helen, children up to Delora’s and had birthday dinner for Elmer and put them on “the train at 9,30” Sure had a swell time while he has been out. Dillon Terell came to see us this Morning.

Picture of Emily Rufi Frazier and daughter-in-law, Verla Madsen Frazier at the Frazier Woodruff Ranch, about the same time as the journal, from Glenn and Helen Rex Frazier collection. Frank Union Frazier 1947 journal in my possession. Are those dresses Emily and Verla wearing made from the same fabric. Who do you think made them?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

John Morgan Journal, missionaries jailed, 1885; May 14-22.

Red Butte Garden trail, Salt Lake City, Utah, September, 2009

[Editor’s note: Motivated by these two very interesting posts at Amateur Mormon Historian and The Ancestor Files, I decided to add the following information from John Morgan’s Journal.

In an earlier post John Morgan and his wife, Annie Smith Morgan (married 1884) and their baby Annie Ray (born 14 Dec 1884), are making a second attempt (April 13, 1885) to travel East to the Southern States Mission.]

May 14
[Chattanooga, Tennessee] Went out with Annie trading this a.m. During the day received a telegram from Elder C. F. Christensen stating that he had been arrested in Carter Co., Tenn. for preaching polygamy. Wired him in reply and wrote him and Gen. Jno. T. Wilder in regard to the matter. Mailed a circular letter to the Elders in the mission.

May 15Called on Maj. McGuffey and showed him Elder Christensen’s letter and had a talk with him on the subject.

May 16
Received a letter from Elder Christensen stating that they had been sent to jail at Elizabethtown, Carter Co. … I have now done all I can for the brethren here and leave tonight on the 7:10 p.m. train to go to them, trusting in the God of Isreal [sic, probably typo] to protect us.

From May 14-21, John Morgan details his course in his journal. He approaches one official to obtain a letter of introduction to the next, ultimately acquiring the needed introductions, letters and signatures to proceed. Satisfying each demand, President Morgan traveled from Chattanooga to Johnsons City, to Elizabethton. He returns to Chattanooga, then to Knoxville, and back to Johnsons City, and on to Elizabethton on May 21, accompanied by the needed authorities, signatures and papers to free his missionaries. In the following journal sample President Morgan describes meeting his jailed missionaries. (Click on the following image to enlarge. Hopefully you will be able to read this poor copy.)

May 18 Bought the boys some lemon and sugar to make a drink.

May 21 [arrived Elizabethton] … at 7:55 a.m. I went directly to the jail and met the brethren. Both of them were quite well and feeling well and after a short interview, I went to the Hotel and met Mr. Collins on the way. Together we went to the Synder House and had quite a talk on the subject. Col. T. [Col. Jacob Thomburg, of Mess. Thomburg and Andrews of Knoxville] had gone out into town to make an impression and look around. About 11 he returned and the bond was shown to him and in a few moments it was presented to the jailor with Col. T. as security. It was accepted and the brethren were immediately released. All of us met at the Snyder House for dinner. Feeling splendid at the result of our labors which, through the blessing of the Lord, had results in their release. After dinner, we walked out to the spring above town and called on the jailer and wife and thanked them for courtesies extended. At 3:20 the Col. And myself took train for Johnsons leaving the Elders to return to their fields of labor tomorrow. Arrived at Johnsons at 4 p.m. and wrote a few letters. Afterwards went to bed to rest until the 1:55 a.m. train arrived.

May 22
Took train at Johnson at 1:55 and came to Chattanooga parting with Col. Thomburg at Knoxville. Found Annie and baby well. …

[Note: This section of my John Morgan Journal copy ends June 17, 1885. When the additional pages I’ve ordered from the Marriott Library, Special Collections, are available I will look for an entry that might answer the Amateur Mormon Historian’s query, “I wonder when President Morgan went back to eastern Tennessee and noticed the court records.”]

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

John Hamilton Morgan, Manassa, Colorado, fishing trip, visit from the First Presidency, August 7-17, 1890, Part 2 of 2.

John Morgan fields at Manassa, Colorado. This picture probably taken in 194o-50's.

August 7
Bought a second hand buggy from Cutler to come and go from the ranch without stopping the team. Stayed tonight at the ranch.

August 8
Finished hoeing trees and garden. Have concluded to go fishing next week and have a four days out.

August 9
At ranch today, and night. In the afternoon drove to LaJara and met brother George Goddard who comes to attend our Sunday School Conference.

August 10
Conference convened at 10 a.m. A slim attendance owing to the failure of others schools to attend, for fear of the measles. Two sessions held during the day, and appointments made at Antonito and Sanford.

August 11
A party consisting of B. H. Roberts and family, William Spry and family, sister Josie [Josephine Groesbeck] Smith and family, myself and family, the three Vance boys, and J. [Joseph] F. Thomas started up the Conejos this a.m. Brother Goddard was also of the party. We drove thirty miles to McIntyre’s ranch and made camp. Caught enough fish for supper. Songs and recital of experiences occupied the evening.

August 12
Left the women and children in camp under the care of brother Goddard. The rest of us drove seven miles farther up and started fishing. Caught 130 fish and returned to camp by 3 p.m.

August 13
Drove up five miles this morning and started to fish. Had lunch at noon and most of us went to camp. The Vances remained to fish. At night it was found that we had caught 345 fine trout during the two days.

August 14
Started on our return home at 9 a.m. A part of the company went direct to Manassa, brother Goddard and I accompanied brother and sister Spry to Antonito. They to take the train for Utah while we remain and hold meeting to a big crowd at the school house. On our way home, called at brother Bradys whose little girl had just died from the effects of an accident, wherein she lost one of her feet in a mowing machine. Arrived home at 12:30 a.m.

August 15
Drove to Sanford today and held meeting at 4 p.m. with the Sunday School children. A fair attendance. Returned late in the evening.

August 16
At work about the corral hanging some gates, etc. President [Wilford] Woodruff, [George Q.]Cannon, and [Joseph F.] Smith accompanied by brother Wilkin and Winters arrived at 4 p.m. from the south to attend the Quarterly Conference which convened tomorrow. Brother [George] Goddard and I called and had a pleasant interview with brother W. [Wilford Woodruff] and C. [George Q. Cannon]

August 17
Sunday School met at 9 a.m. A fair attendance addressed by President Woodruff and Cannon. Conference met at 10 a.m. President Woodruff spoke a short time and was followed by President Cannon in good advice and counsel. At 2 p.m. a large crowd in attendance. Brother Smith spoke and I followed. President Cannon spoke briefly. A Priesthood meeting convened at 7:00 p.m. President Woodruff and Cannon.

Part 1


B. H. Roberts biography

Scroll down here for information and a picture of the entire first presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1889-98), President Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, and Joseph F. Smith.

Three Vance boys: There are 32 Vances listed in the Manassa, Colorado cemetery; perhaps Zebedee, Vance, and Abner.

John Morgan Journal and Manassa fields picture from the Marriott Library, Special Collections, University of Utah. Hand drawn map from Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, September 2007 Lesson, Settlement of Colorado by Utah Pioneers, page 20.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

John Hamilton Morgan, Manassa, Colorado, July 5-August 17, 1890, 1 of 2 parts.

John Hamilton and Annie Smith Morgan with their family; Annie Ray, Myrtle in front, and John Albemarle on his mother’s lap. This picture was taken June 19, 1890, at Marshall’s Gallery, Denver, Colorado.

Because of the John Morgan journal we know more about this 1890 picture of John Morgan’s family. His journal offers glimpses into family life such as this one, and the passing of Myrtle five weeks later. Perhaps they typify events, even pictures, with other family members that are yet to be discovered.

It is evident that John Morgan “catches up” at different times in his journal. These entries are exactly as they appear in the typed version of his journal at the Marriott Library, University of Utah. This 2 part post begins the day after John Morgan returned from a trip to the Manti Temple that is posted here.

July 5
Have finished tearing down the old building and the men are getting out the cellar for the new rapidly. [The old building is the Morgan Commercial College. John Morgan will build the Morgan Hotel on the same site.]

July 6 to 22
Have been busy with my building work and other duties. On the 22 started for Colorado over the U. P. at 5 p.m.

July 23
Had breakfast at Rawlings. Changed cars at Cheyenne and arrived at Denver at 7:45 p.m. Left for Manassa at 11:30 p.m.

July 24
Arrived at the crossing at 12 m. Team met me and learned that little Myrtle had the measles and was quite sick. On arriving home found her very sick with pneumonia. Labored with her the rest of the day and night. She suffered severely but was very patient.

July 25
Continued nursing Myrtle who seemed satisfied only on my lap. She showed some better indications today.

July 26
No improvement in our little one’s condition. Still we are doing everything we can to help her.

July 27
Myrtle worse this a.m. and very seriously sick. Have had her administered to and doing everything in our power.

July 28
As the first rays of the sun shone through the window our darling died in my arms, quietly and peacefully falling asleep. A dear gentle good spirit, all too good for this world of sin and misery. The friends and neighbors came in and did all they could for us showing every kindness.

July 29
Funeral at 2 p.m. today. Brother [probably Brigham Henry] Roberts and [probably William] Spry were the speakers, having arrived on the noon train. A large attendance and everything that loving hands could do, done.

July 30
Rained and very wet so that it is almost impossible to do anything.

July 31
At work trying to get the weeds out of the trees and garden that are about to take everything.

August 1
Still at work with the weeds, and received a telegram notifying me of brother [probably George] Goddard coming.

August 2
Both the other children taking down with the measles, the baby breaking out heavy. Ray complaining.

August 3
Both children in bed with measles, but doing well.

August 4
Ray, up and about the house. Got the trees plowed out and trimmed.

August 5
At work about the corrall [sic] and making hayracks, preparatory to haying.

August 6
Plowed the potatoes and hoed them. The children much improved.

(To be continued.)

John Morgan Journal and picture from John Morgan collection at the Marriott Library, Special Collections, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.