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The Missing Ingredient

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 31, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, July 1961 –

The Missing Ingredient

By Pansye H. Powell

At four o’clock Miss Fannie placed the last jar of cherry preserves on the cellar shelf and stood back contentedly to survey the results of the hard work she had been doing for two days. There they were, lined up neatly in a row all to themselves – twenty pint jars of what she hoped would be the best cherry preserves put up that year in Clinton County.

Her hope was based upon experience. For thirty years Miss Fannie Himes had taken the blue ribbon at the Clinton County Fair for the unsurpassed tastiness of her cherry preserves. She had experimented with recipes, finding none that produced results entirely to her liking, adding to and taking away from the original ingredients, until, finally, she had developed a recipe that never failed to win her plaudits from the judges. The slightly tart, uncloying sweetness of her red cherry preserves had no equal, so the critics had said year after year.

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Guest Post: Family Ghosts

By: Tom Kimball - October 31, 2014

Death is the dusty whiff that
heralds heaven’s tears splattering on bone dry earth.
Grief’s curtains, lavender-grey
absterge1 high desert valleys and earth moves forth.

I grew up in a family where the afterlife was all around us. My father often told about how he had seen an angel. In time, the story retold became an encounter with Jesus Christ. He said that he was visited in the bathroom while shaving, that he could see the angel’s bare chest through an opening in his white robe. Dad would hold out his thumb and index finger measuring an inch, describing how the hair on the figure’s legs stood straight out.

My mother would describe a period early in their marriage when my father would leave for his paper route. She says she would hear Dad’s footsteps exit through the front door, but soon the screen door would creak open again and footsteps would return up the hall. A man with black eyes would come sit on the side of the bed and stare at her, as she lay frozen. She would pray, and the man would eventually disperse through the ceiling.

My siblings took these cues and began sharing their own stories. My oldest brother came to the point where he spoke to angels and other supernatural creatures daily.

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  1. Absterge: To wipe off, to cleanse. []

Spooks A-Creep!

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 30, 2014

From the Children’s Friend, October 1960 —

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St. George Rocked by Crime Wave, 1897

By: Amy Tanner Thiriot - October 30, 2014

PILFERING

Notwithstanding the stringent warning we gave to melon and fruit thieves some time since, there seems to be but little or no abatement in some of their depredations, and we have heard men say that they will SURELY USE A SHOT GUN if the depredations are not promptly discontinued.

We wonder what parents are thinking of that the father has not taken steps long ago to know where their sons are and what they are doing at night, before some one does do the deplorable act of taking away their life for their robberies. (more…)

Big Time at the Recreation Hall, 1942

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 30, 2014

I don’t know which Salt Lake City ward issued this invitation, but I love ephemera like this …it’s a post card/invitation mailed to ward members.

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Welcome the Task: Chapter 8

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 29, 2014

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Previous Installment

Chapter 8

Jennifer had to wait two additional weeks to find out what Jim’s very important question that he had to have an answer to was. He had not been too happy when she had turned down his invitation to the dance, however when he arrived he was all smiles and confidence. Instinctively, Jennifer knew that she was going to be faced with the most important decision of her lifetime. She felt strangely calm.

“Jenny,” he began.

She tried not to appear too eager.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Bullion Beck Mine, 1892

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 29, 2014

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Guest Post: Henry Lavender Adolphus Culmer

By: Glen Nelson - October 29, 2014

For my birthday a few years ago, my friend Mark Graham gave me a gift. It was a 1965 art exhibition catalog from the Salt Lake Art Center titled 100 Years of Utah Painting. Some of the names in the book were familiar to me, but I’d never heard of others. For somebody like me who lives far away from public art collections that feature these regional painters, one way to learn more about early Utah artists is to follow their names in American auction house websites. I set up a watch list on liveauctioneers.com using the exhibition checklist of 100 Years of Utah Painting.

Every few weeks, I get a hit on the watch list. I found one offering particularly intriguing: Henry Lavender Adolphus Culmer. Cool name, but who was he? My old catalog had very little to say about him — three sentences in the body of the text and a short biography at the back — and the 1965 show included only one work attributed to him. Still, I responded strongly to the small watercolor being offered. The bidding started at $150, and so I decided to go for it.

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A Hallowe’en Fright

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 28, 2014

From the Children’s Friend, October 1938 —

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The “Etc., Etc.” Has Grown Since 1921

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 28, 2014

I used to help my nieces and nephews equip themselves for the start of each school year. Their lists required a few more items than appear in this ad from 1921 —

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