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A Few Minutes in the Hyrum 1st Ward, 1946

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 13, 2013

This delightful minute book records all the usual Fast Meetings, Sacrament Meetings, various priesthood meetings, etc., that we find in most minute books – but it also contains minutes for events I haven’t seen recorded anywhere else (yet). Therefore, I’m skipping most of the usual Church meetings and presenting the record of one ward’s life beyond the typical worship services and business meetings.

13 January 1946

Scout Court of Honor was held in connection with Sacrament Meeting. Colors presented at beginning of Scout program.

Meeting commenced at 7 P.M. with Bp. Joseph W. Wright presiding and conducting.

Notices: Old Folks Party next Friday. Cleaning of Church House next Wednesday.

Opening Song: “We Thank Thee O God For a Prophet,” with Otey Bensen as choristor and Muriel Wright at the organ.

Invocation: Reed Olsen

Sacrament Song: We’ll Sing All Hail to Jesus Name.”

Sacrament administered by Alden Baxter and Edward Nielsen. Passed by Reed Jorgensen, Eugene Larsen, Jerry Moss, Don Baxter, Darrel Nielson.

Owen Hall conducted the following Scout Program. Talk Rex Maughan, Musical number from Hyrum 3rd Ward.

Awards were then presented. Troup 21 Wellsville 1st Ward 7 present. Troup 23 Hyrum 1st Ward 15 present. Troup 123 Hyrum 1st Ward 14 present. Troup 25 Hyrum 3rd Ward 11 present. Troup 24 Hyrum 2nd Ward 6 present. Troup 27 Millville 10 present. Troup 28 Nibley 2 present.

Talk by Scout Councilman James Gwilliam.

Remarks by Owen Hall.

Retiring of colors and Taps.

Adjourned at 8:35 P.M.

Benediction by Howard Anderson.

15 January 1946

Bertha M. Jensen died at the age of 90. She was the widow of James L Jensen.

18 January 1946

The Old Folks party and Ward Reunion was held Friday at 12 Noon. The chapel was decorated with potted plants, lamps and flags. A table covered with a lace cloth over blue satin with a centerpiece of yellow snapdragons, and yellow candles in crystal holders added to the occasion.

Melvin Liljenquist of the Ward Committee had charge of the program.

A prelude was played on the organ by Muriel Wright.

Greetings at the door were given by Melinda Liljenquist and Clarice Jensen.

Prayers were given by Bp. Joseph W. Wright and Oliver Taylor of the Stake Committee.

Mrs. Bessie Swanson, Chairman of the women gave the welcoming address. The remainder of the program consisted of readings by Terry Allen, choruses by a Ladies Glee Club from the High School directed by Wm H. Terry. Remarks by Pres. Allen Zibenden, organ and piano duets by Afton Peterson and Venna Gaddis, readings by Mrs Howard Maughan of Logan, Vocal duets by Marge Allen, and Margaret Larsen accompanied by Beulah Jensen. Reading by Isabelle
Wilson, Vocal solos by Claine Clawson, accompanied by Virginia Jorgensen. Duets by John Murphy and Barbara Christoffersen.

A delicious dinner was served to 340 people.

In the evening another program was given consisting of dances in costume by Margo Sorenson and Pat Nielsen accompanied by Lois Patterson. A mixed quartet by Ray Jensen, Ross Liljenquist, Venna Gaddis and Afton Petersen, Duets Venna Gaddis and Afton Petersen, Musical skit by Jackie Benson, Colleen Nielsen, and Luanna Jensen accompanied by Otey Bensen.

Dancing concluded the entertainment and a luncheon was again served to all.

The committee consisted of Mr and Mrs John W. Jorgensen, Mrs Bessie Swanson, Mr and Mrs Floyd Bailey, Mr and Mrs Nelvin Liljenquist, Anna Hall, Onetta Atkinson, and Jack Baxter.

21 January 1946

Funeral Services for Bertha M. Jensen commenced at 1 P.M. Monday.

Ward organist Muriel Wright played the prelude and postlude.

Couns[e]lor James J. Wilson conducted

The Choir directed by LaVeda Nielsen and accompanied by Muriel Wright sang two numbers, “Behold Tis Eventide,” and “O My Father.” Other music given was a vocal duet by Nona Petersen and Rozella Nielsen, an organ duet and an instrumental trio by Dr and Mrs. N.W. Christiansen and Prof S.E. Clark.

Speakers were Dr J Paul Burgess, A Silas Allen, Wilford Larsen, and Cous James J. Wilson.

Prayers were by Lawrence Zollinger and Wm S. Bailey.

The grave at the cemetery was dedicated by Lorenzo C. Petersen.

8 February 1946

Program and dance honoring returned Servicemen commenced at 8:45 P.M. with Lorenzo A. Olsen Chairman of the Servicemen’s Committee conducting.

Opening Song by congregation, “America” with Wm H Terry conducting and Venna Gaddis organist.

Invocation by Floyd Bailey.

Melodiers chorus under the direction of Wm H. Terry and Venna Gaddis organist sang “My Own America” “This Is My Country” “Your Land and My Land.”

Welcome address by Bp Joseph W. Wright.

Ladies Trio – Lars Clawson, Jackie Bensen, and Coleen Nielsen “Symphony Of Love.”

Two Readings – Ann Anderson.

Melodiers sang “Singing In The Rain,” “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” “Sweet and Lovely.”

Response by Clark Peterson.

Silent Tribute to those who gave their lives led by Norma Baxter.

Remarks by Lorenzo A. Olsen.

Melodiers sang “Jingle Bells,” “Bells of St. Mary’s,” “Alice Blue Gown,” “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,” “Home.”

Adjourned at 10:10 P.M. to amusement Hall for dancing.

During dance Alene Morrel played on the Xylophone “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise,” “Moonlight and Roses,” “The Bells of St Mary’s”

28 February 1946

A Farewell Party for Ivean Hansen who is leaving for a Mission to the North Western States commenced at 8P.M. with Melvin Liljenquist conducting. Other members of the missionary committee are LaMar Wright, Willis McBride, LeRoy McBride.

Congregational Singing, “We Thank Thee O God For a Prophet.”

Invocation: A. Silas Allen

Farewell Address: Pres. Edwin Clawson

Vocal Duet, Otey Bensen and Norma Baxter.

Response from Ivean Hansen

Response from Lauretta Hansen

Response from Reuben Hansen

Vocal Trio, Bernice Maughan, Edith Maughan, and Rena Leishman

Response from Bp. Joseph W. Wright.

Everyone adjourned to the amusement hall for dancing.

15 March 1946

Teen-age Banquet

The Banquet Commenced at 8:30 P.M. Eldrid Larsen in charge, introduced Darwin Baxter as toastmaster. Invocation by Darrell Atkinson. Darwin gave tribute to the Senior Scout Basketball team. Gloria and Gladys Jorgensen sang a duet, were accompanied by Virginia Jorgensen. Geraldine Stoddard sang a solo, accompanied by Afton Petersen. Patricia Wright gave a reading, then Bishop J.W. Wright gave a short response expressing his enjoyment of having worked with the young people and hoping that young people had benefitted by the joint association as much as he has benefitted by working with them. LaRae Nielsen, Virginia Jorgensen, and Betty Lou Nielsen then rendered a trio selection and was accompanied by Nina Nielsen. Bishop; Wendell G. Allen gave a short response, referring to one of the songs rendered, “This is your land and my land,” and that this was your church and my church, and that the young people there at the table would be the future leaders of this great work. Margaret Smith then gave a reading, Blaine Atkinson followed with a vocal solo. James Moss gave a reading, then Ramona Lauretzen rendered a instrumental number. One hundred and thirty people were served of this number sixty two were teen age girls and forty seven were teen age boys, the remaining number were the Bishopric members, wives, and the teen age committee members. The banquet was over at 9:30 P.M.

19 April 1946

Testimonial Honoring Retiring Bishopric

The program started at 8:30 P.M. with Bp Wendell G Allen presiding and conducting.

Opening Song “Do What is Right”

Invocation by J Warren Wright

Vocal numbers by Don, Kay, and Mary Gaddis.

Reading, by Paul Wilcox

Instrumental number, Electric Guitar by Ramona Lauritzen

Vocal Solo, “Caroline” by Paul Wilcox.

Reading by Terry Allen

Organ Solo Lois Cowley

Remarks by President Edwin Clawson.

Presentation of Gifts to retiring bishopric by present officers. Response by each.

Corsage presented to the wives of retiring Bishopric by wives of present bishopric. Light refreshments were served. Benediction by L.A. Olsen.

[with the change of bishopric and ward clerk, the minutes fell back to the typical business and worship meetings]



  1. I can hear the voice of Garrison Keillor as he tells us about what Melinda and Melvin Liljenquist have been doing.

    Comment by KLC — May 13, 2013 @ 10:51 am

  2. Xylophones, jingle bells, electric guitars, and lace! Oh my!

    Comment by David Y. — May 13, 2013 @ 11:08 am

  3. Bertha M. Jensen was my great-great-grandmother. Appreciate the reference.

    Comment by Doug Jenson — May 13, 2013 @ 11:57 am

  4. Electric guitar in Hyrum in 1946? Wow, that would be pretty rare. As a guitar afficionado, I wonder what it might have been. This is pre-Fender, so likely a Gibson ES-150 or a copy, some sort of fat, hollow body archtop guitar with probably a single pickup. Pretty progressive for Cache County in 1946.

    Comment by kevinf — May 13, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

  5. Thanks for the local news. This was fun.

    Comment by Maurine — May 13, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

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