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Latter-day Saint Images, 1928 (2)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 25, 2011

Another look at who we were in 1928 —


Rigby, Idaho, Stake Chorus


San Jose, California
Elders and Branch Members


Primary Pageant
University of Utah Stadium


Missionaries of Southern France


Hillside Path to Maeser Building, BYU


Missionaries of North Texas


“Cumorah,” South African Mission Home



Bynum, Montana

Northwestern States Mission Secretary Elwood G. Derrick, under date of July 12, writes: “A recent colonization project by the members of our Church has its center at Bynum, Montana. …

“Among those who are striving to wrest from the ground a livelihood in this community is a widow with a large family of small children. …

“The men brought their farming implements on an appointed day and the women gathered to hold their relief Society meeting. Thirty-eight men brought with them fourteen tractors, seven four-horse teams, plows, harrows, discs, seeders and set to work in the hundred-acre field belonging to the widow. … The Relief Society members, pictured also, contributed to the work and served lunch to the men who were laboring int he field. Thirty-eight men and forty-one women, seventy-nine in all, contributed to the day’s work.”


Centerville 1st Ward, Utah
Boy Scouts


Elders and Officers of Nuremberg, Germany


Missionaries of West Virginia


Hull, England
Missionaries, and Mission President and Sister John A. Widtsoe


Missionaries, Lahaina, Hawaii


Midway, Utah
Cast of Ward Play


Missionaries of Montreal, Canada


Kingston, Utah
Mothers and Daughters Day


Kaysville, Utah
Cast of Ward Play


LDS Boy Scouts
Swiss German Mission


LDS Girls of Stettin, Germany



  1. Yikes! That room for the Centerville Scouts is where I still go for Roundtable! It’s in the basement of the old Centerville Chapel (1879), now referred to in our Stake (Centerville South) as the “White” Church (as opposed to the “Stone” Church on Porter Lane – I’m not sure what they call our 1970s vintage chapel other than the 3rd, 6th, and 19th wards’ building). The trophy heads are gone – probably for the best. I’ll have to check around to see if anybody can recognize any of those Scouts.

    Comment by Grant — November 26, 2011 @ 12:17 am

  2. Zing! Another personal connection to a photo! I love it when that happens!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 26, 2011 @ 12:18 am

  3. I’m going to try to print the Rigby picture to ask people about. I’m too young to recognize people from 1928, but I can see the family resemblance to some people I grew up with. This is going to be fun.

    Comment by Carol — November 26, 2011 @ 7:09 am

  4. such a shame to think of what lay ahead for those Boy Scouts in the Swiss German Mission of 1928.

    Comment by Anne (UK) — November 26, 2011 @ 8:13 am

  5. Isn’t that the truth, Anne? Given their age, they couldn’t have escaped any of it.

    Let us hear if you find anybody, Carol — would love to hear the reaction of a non-ninny who discovers a “new” family picture.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 26, 2011 @ 8:53 am

  6. Any further info about that West Virginia missionary photo?

    Comment by Tom O. — November 26, 2011 @ 8:54 am

  7. Tom, it’s likely that the magazine I took it from did give their names in a caption, but this was scanned before I started trying to capture names.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 26, 2011 @ 10:00 am

  8. Only one sister in that Southern France photo? Quelle horreur!

    Comment by David Y. — November 26, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

  9. It’s even more scandalous than you dream, David — I’m pretty sure she was — *gasp* — living with the man seated to her left. I think that’s Venus Rossiter, wife of Mission President Ernest C. Rossiter.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 26, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

  10. I think I see Pres. Grant in the picture of the missionaries from W. Virginia and also possibly Pres. Samuel O. Bennion in the N. Texas picture. Pres. Bennion is a distant relative of Pres. Eyring

    Comment by Cameron — November 27, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

  11. Yes, the Swiss-German mission Boy Scouts is a bit sobering when one thinks what is in store for them.

    I also find the images of the Stettin branch sad as well. Stettin, as with many areas in eastern Germany enjoyed considerable growth during the 1920s and into the 1930s. The Stettin district in 1925 had over 800 members and even as late as 1935, after several divisions, the Stettin district boasted around 600 members. The Stettin branch itself had weekly attendance of over 100/week as World War II began. However, the war took its toll on the branch. Many members were called to arms. Other lost their lives. Some fled the city for safety elsewhere. By 1942, attendance had fallen to about 40/week. And in March, 1945, with six members in attendance, the branch president dissolved the branch entirely. A sad end to a once thriving and promising area of the Church in Germany.

    Comment by Steve C. — November 27, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

  12. A friend of mine in the ward checked around town with some other friends but was only able to identify six of those Centerville 1st Ward Scouts. But I’ll post it here and maybe some descendants will find them.

    First row: Frank Duncan 2nd from right, Arthur Clayton 3rd from right, and Dale Randall 4th from right. Second row: Frank Lon Walton 3rd from left, Ray Smith 6th from left (adult between eagle wing and flag), and Leon Reed next to Ray (under “Centerville”).

    Comment by Grant — December 3, 2011 @ 10:45 am

  13. It’s remarkable that anyone could identify that many in a picture so old, Grant! Thanks. Now anybody Googling for one of these boys as a grandfather will find an unexpected treat here.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 3, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

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