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Latter-day Saint Images, 1915 (2)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 11, 2011

Our family photo album for 1915 includes a snapshot of elderly twins from Pennsylvania, who apparently liked to do things together:



Twin brothers Orlando Fenner (left) and Delanson Fenner (right), age 73

Elder Paul B. Talmage, writing from Pennsylvania on 27 August 1915, says: “Baptismal service was held at Towanda, Pa., July 17. … Brother Delanson Fenner has had the elders live with him for twenty years, whenever they have been in Towanda. His wife has been a member for sixteen years, but he has waited until his brother, Orlando Fenner, was ready to join also.”



We also have missionaries, Sunday Schools, Beehive Girls, choirs, and members in general.


Ogden Tabernacle Choir
Panama Pacific Exposition, San Francisco


Ashton Sunday School, Yellowstone Stake


Albion, Idaho
Beehive Girl Parade Float


Missouri Conference, Central States Mission


Sunday School, Ferron, Utah


Sunday School, Lethbridge, Alberta


Manti North Ward Sunday School


MIA Officers, Jacksonville, Florida


Isawa, Japan
Sunday School (non-LDS)
Teachers (back row): Ether Spackman, Lloyd O. Ivie,
Mr. Naruse (at whose home the school is held), C. Ralph Amott


Halifax, England


Salt Lake 18th Ward Sunday School
Visiting Grave of Brigham Young




  1. This Latter-day Saint Images is one of my favorite series at Keepa. I loved these photos! Thanks.

    It seems somewhat extraordinary that an entire Sunday School group would gather at the Brigham Young grave, no? And this almost 40 years after his death. Maybe the site used to be more visited than it seems to be these days.

    Comment by David Y. — August 11, 2011 @ 9:10 am

  2. The chapel these children met in was just a block away from the cemetery — maybe a five minute walk, even while herding wiggly kids. Perhaps this was near Pioneer Day, or while the Sunday School was studying prophets, or something like that. In any case, it would have been the most convenient historical site for the kids of that ward to visit if the teachers wanted to take a field trip.

    (These kids’ chapel was reconstructed with a few of the original materials up by the state capitol; my ward meets on that site now, in a typically ugly ’70s-style chapel.)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 11, 2011 @ 9:32 am

  3. Apparently Japanese girls like (non-LDS) Sunday School!

    Comment by J. Stapley — August 11, 2011 @ 9:39 am

  4. I don’t think I have ever heard of any ward taking any kind of pictures like these ever in my life. Granted I am only a little bit over a half century old, but maybe not old enough!

    Comment by Cliff — August 11, 2011 @ 10:20 am

  5. Pres. Kimball is in the Central States Mission photo, second row, second on the right

    Comment by Cameron — August 11, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

  6. Joseph Ritchie, subject of this Keepa post, is also in the Central States mission photo; 3rd row, 5th from right.

    I’m still mystified by the guy in the front row that looks like he has a child on his lap, though.

    Comment by The Other Clark — August 12, 2011 @ 10:18 am

  7. Clark, mission president’s children sometimes sneak into these pictures. It looks like there are three missionary couples in this picture, based on the girl-boy-girl-boy arrangement of much of that second row — maybe he’s the child of one of them.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 12, 2011 @ 10:36 am

  8. Here’s another Central States Mission photo from about the same time, Clark. I can’t tell if your ancestor is in it.

    Comment by Researcher — August 12, 2011 @ 11:11 am

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