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Latter-day Saint Images, 1937

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 09, 2011

This page from our family photo album is dated 1937 —

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Elders Sam C. Rudd and Vern G. Taylor
Tracting in Brazil

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David O. McKay, Wilford Wood, Joseph Fielding Smith
Examining Recent Illinois Documents Purchase

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San Francisco, California
Stake MIA Chorus Visiting Santa Cruz

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Upolu, Samoa
Relief Society Conference

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Roseville, California
Deacons/Beehives Swimming Party

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Actor Wallace Beery Signing Autographs
for Children at Rockville, Utah
Near Southern Utah Movie Set

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Rigby 1st Ward, Idaho
Old Testament Class

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Queens, New York Scouts
Serenading Chief Scout Executive James E. West
New Rochelle

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LDS Scout Executive Secretary Oscar A. Kirkham
Heading YMMIA Delegation to Boy Scout Jamboree
Bloemendaal-Vogelenzang, Holland

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Trumpeters at Hill Cumorah Pageant

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Molokai, Hawaii
District Sunday School/Primary Conference

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Las Vegas, Nevada
168th Seventies’ Quorum Welfare Project

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Church Security Sewing Project
Unknown Location

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Pioneer Day
Somewhere in Southern States Mission

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7 Comments »

  1. I always enjoy seeing these pictures.

    I wonder what the story was behind the “recent Illinois documents purchase?”

    Comment by kevinf — December 9, 2011 @ 10:12 am

  2. kevinf, 1937 was the year that the Church purchased (through Wilford Wood) part of the original Nauvoo temple site. Although those documents on the table don’t look like current legal papers (i.e., not a deed, or title insurance, or any newly typed documents), and so probably don’t have anything to do with the temple lot purpose, I suppose Wood scooped up other historical artifacts while he was negotiating the purchase. It would be fun to know exactly what those papers are, wouldn’t it?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 9, 2011 @ 10:25 am

  3. Wilford Wood was my Great Grandmother Addie May’s little brother. (Just another shout-out).

    Also, those horseback Elders in Brazil were likely in Rio Grande do Sul or Santa Catarina as that’s where the missionary work began – which was the area of my Porto Alegre Mission in the 1970s. The other clue is they are wearing coats (they are clearly in the south, in winter – June to August). Up until 1935, the language of the Brazilian Mission was German. Then they started with Portuguese with a full switch in 1939 when the Brazilian Government banned public meetings in German (well, for obvious reasons not having to do with Mormons). My source is at lds.org.br or: http://www.historiadaigreja.org.br/images/stories/historia/resumohistorico.pdf

    Comment by Grant — December 9, 2011 @ 11:09 am

  4. I enjoy these photos, too. It’s great to see these that are further into the century.

    The description “tracting in Brazil” caught me off guard. And seeing a little-bit younger Joseph Fielding Smith was fun.

    Thanks.

    Comment by David Y. — December 9, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

  5. This was an especially great round-up of photos but the Wallace Beery one really tickled me.

    Comment by Mina — December 9, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

  6. The Old Testament class in Rigby is taken on the steps of the old white tabernacle. I remember that grand old building. It was where we held all the events from high school graduations and baptisms.

    It was next to our elementary school, and when they brought the wrecking ball to knock it down, we all went out on the lawn to watch it. It was replaced by a standard stake center. Oh, well.

    I probably know some of the people too.

    Comment by Carol — December 9, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

  7. I’ve posted a 1937 Improvement Era article giving the history of the documents purchase behind the photo of David O. McKay, Wilford C. Wood, and Joseph Fielding Smith.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 10, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

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