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A Few Minutes in Mt. Glen, Oregon, 1913

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 08, 2013

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6 April 1913

Sab[b]ath Services held in Mt Glen meeting house April 6th 1913 at 2.30 P.M. Counseler Fred Zaugg in charge. 29 Presant.

Singing O ye Mountains High

Prayer by Elder Robert Leak.

Singing O Jesus the Giver of All We Enjoy. Sacrament was administered by Elders Peter Allen and A.L. Waite. Olive Oil was consecrated for Elder Walter Gibbons By Elder Peter Allen As[s]isted by A.L. Waite. Sister Mary Whiting read a prograhm for next friday night. Counseler Zaugg made a few opening remarks. And encouraged the egg Party for Friday night. Elder John Hendricks Bore his testimony said he was glad he was a Mormon. Elder Robt Leak Bears his testimony says he knows the Gospel is true. Elder Noah M. Feik then spoke a fiew minutes upon the Subject of faith and works. Sister Mary Whiting then spoke of the goodness of the Lord to his People. And how they Appreciate them. Sister Garner Bares her testimoney says she knows it is the true church. Counsler Zaugg then made a fiew Closing remarks says he feels to rejoice in the Gospel.

Singing Prayer is the Souls sincear desire

Prayer By Elder John Hendricks

13 April 1913

Sabath Services Held in Mt Glen Meeting House. April 13 1913 Bishop E.D. Whiting in charge. Singing O ye Elders of Isreal. Pray[er] by Elder Joseph R Beddis. Singing Come O thou King of Kings 39 Presan[t]

Sacrament was administered by Elders Joseph R. Beddes and John S Perry. Bishop Whiting gives Notice of Cottage meeting sub.—Eternity of marriage to be held next thursday evening. Also read a letter from the Y.M.C.A. encourageing young men to educate them selves

Elder Peter Allen then spoke a short time. He says if there ever was a time the world needed good men it is to day. Elder Robt Leak then spoke a short time says we have a Perfect Organized Church. Bro And sister N.M. Feik Favored us with a Song. Beautifull words of love. Counseler Fred Zaugg then spoke says Children should honer there Parents or we will not be united in the Kingdom of god. Also work for the dead.

Sister Perry was Ap[p]ointed to read a chapt. In the Bible next Sunday upon the Second coming of Christ. Singing the Spirit of God. Benediction By Sister Myrtie Feik.

20 April 1913

Sabath Service Held In Mt. Glen Ward Meeting House Apr. 20th 1913.

Councilor Fred Zaugg in charge. 42 present

Singing, “The Happy Day has rolled on.”

Prayer by Elder A.L. Waite.

Singing, “Awake Ye Saints Of God Awake.”

The Sacrament was administered by Elder John Hendricks and Priest August Zaugg. Recommend of Appy Les Waite, Christiana Waite, Les Whiting Waite, and Vernon Appy Waite was read and they were excepted into this Ward. Also Recommend of Charles Maurice Haun read and excepted.

Home Missionaries were present.

Brother Juel J. Hendricks spoke for a short time, that we as Lat[t]er Day Saints should lead good lives and set good examples to the out side world, and that he felt weak but felt like doing the best he could.

Bro. W.R. Lindsey spoke for a time on the beleif of the Christian world and compared it with the teaching of the Lat[t]er Day Saints And of the percecution of Christ and his ressurection, andf some of his missionary experiences.

Bro. Gerrick As a Visitor from LaGrande Spoke for a short time on the mistake that the Jews did and on the coming of Christ, and that the saints should live as an Elder when on mission, and to tell the truth, and keep the commandments of God.

Singing, “glory To God On High.”

Benediction by Elder Peter Allen.

27 April 1913

Sabath Services Held in Mt Glen Meeting house April 27, 1913. Counsler Fred Zaugg in charge. Singing, Glory To God on high. 38 Pres.

Prayer By Elder Peter Allen

Singing, If you could High to Kolob.

Sacrament was administered by Elders John L. Feik And Walter Gibbons As[s]isted By Deacons Harlow Hendricks And Carl Edvalson.

Second Counslers Zaugg Mad[e] a few opening remarks. President Stod[d]ard then spoke of buisness of this Ward conferance meeting, President Bramwell Beintg excused. He also said in this Short life we should all be specialists or what things we must under stand. Farming Mashinest or the things of God &[c]. the Bishop Whiting with Fredrick Zaugg as first and Walter Gibbons as Second counseler was sustained as Bishop Rick of the Mt Glen Ward.

[Large blank space, possibly for filling in names of other ward officers sustained]

Sister Helen M. Geddis then spoke, said she was Pleased to be here to at[t]end this conference spoke of the Success of the Relief society And there Duties in this As[s]ociation Sister George Stod[d]ard spoke a short time She spoke of the Primary work

Sister Geddes favored us with a Song. Rock of Ages

Sup Geddes from LaGrande spoke of the sweetness of a song. Also of the Beauties of our home in heaven. Pres Price spoke of the Sunshin[e] in our Souls. He also spoke of the Beautifull work of the meeting house. First Counsler Zaugg then made a fiew closing remarks. Benediction By Elder W.M. Feik.



  1. I do remember the old days (1960s) when the Ward Clerk would sit up on the stand on the other end from the Sacrament Table and write down stuff during the meeting. I always wondered what he was writing and where it went.

    Comment by Grant — March 8, 2013 @ 7:11 am

  2. It took me a minute to realize that the new bishop’s name was not “Rick.” :)

    Comment by Matt — March 8, 2013 @ 7:42 am

  3. I like the mention of cottage meetings. When I was young they still used that phrase in church. I always thought it was strange, I lived in the tract house filled suburbs of Southern CA, no cottages in sight.

    Comment by KLC — March 8, 2013 @ 8:20 am

  4. For me, the best part of these minutes are the one-liner summaries of the talks. It’s kind of charming to see what the clerk thought was the main message of each speaker.

    Comment by David Y. — March 8, 2013 @ 8:39 am

  5. Some of the songs are ones we might sing today, but several are not. And you would think If I were reading “If You Could Hie to Kolob” straight from the hymnbook, I could spell it right. :) OK, OK, I’ve taken notes long hand. I know how hard it is.

    Comment by Bruce Crow — March 8, 2013 @ 9:16 am

  6. Yeah, Bishop Rick, and “High” to Kolob, are some of those private amusements that bind us to our Mormon ancestor’s, aren’t they??

    I do know about cottage meetings, but I have no idea what the Egg Party was — they sound so homey and old-timey, and I love seeing them.

    Some of the minutes we’ll see are even sparser than these; others give a much more detailed report of talks and announcements. Most of them, despite their general familiarity, will have something different, something local or peculiar to the time. I really hope there is enough reader participation to continue the series indefinitely.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — March 8, 2013 @ 9:44 am

  7. I was noticing that the Zauggs and the Feiks seem to be abnormally involved in almost every meeting. Any idea as to the size of the Ward at the time?

    Comment by iguacufalls — March 8, 2013 @ 10:21 am

  8. Yeah, I meant to say something about that. The average attendance is just under 30. That’s another indication of shifting practices over time — Mt. Glen was apparently considered a ward instead of a branch, despite its small size.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — March 8, 2013 @ 10:53 am

  9. “Also read a letter from the Y.M.C.A. encourageing young men to educate them selves” is a bit ironic.

    Comment by reed russell — March 8, 2013 @ 11:35 am

  10. Interesting that new members had “recommends” read into the wards. I guess this is today’s practice of reading someone’s “records” over the pulpit? I hope it’s not temple recommend worthy or not…

    Comment by The Other Clark — March 8, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

  11. The practice of accepting (excepting!) new move-ins has surely changed. I remember the days when we read the names of new members over the pulpit and then voted by the raise of hands to welcome them into the ward. More recently, we went years without ever reading the names, and with a new bishop, we now read the names of new members for informational purposes only, with no action on the part of the congregation, other than asking us to welcome these now folks into the ward and befriend them.

    Comment by kevinf — March 8, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

  12. Great example of Testimony Meeting as a ritual nexus. Concecrating oil transitioned from prayer circles to testimony meetings over several decades.

    Comment by J. Stapley — March 8, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

  13. Thanks! Your work reminds me that these were all people, real people, trying to live the Gospel in their communities…

    Comment by ji — March 8, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

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