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A Few Minutes in Cedar Fort, 1913

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 26, 2013

[Cedar Fort Ward was in Alpine Stake, near American Fork, Utah]

2 March 1913

Minutes of fast meeting held in the Cedar Valley ward house Mar. 2, 1913. Bishop James E. Garn presided and conducted. Choir sang, “Earth with her ten thousand flowers.” Prayer was offered by Bro. Hyrum Calton.

Choir sang, “Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire.” Sacrament was administered by Elders Alfred Anderson and Hyrum Calton.

Lillie Benson Carson was accepted as a member of the Cedar Valley ward from American Fork second Ward. Vaudis Loraine, daughter of J. Herbert Rodeback and Sophronia Chamberlain Rodeback, was blessed by Bishop Garn.

Bishop Garn said he knew the Lord blessed us with what we needed when we sometimes thought we need other things that would not be for [our] own good. Said we should remember the Lord in all things and study the gospel more fully.

Coun. Lysander Berry bore his testimony that it was a great privilege for us to live in this day and age of the earth and it lay in our power to live pure lives and this was the time we owe a portion of our time in serving the Lord.

Elder Alfred Anderson said he was thankful in having a privilege in serving the Lord. In bearing our testimonies, the spirit of the Lord will be with us, and we should all strive for a testimony. We should rejoice in having the true and ever lasting gospel restored to us through the prophet Joseph Smith.

Closing hymn, “Redeemer of Isreal.” Benediction by Bisohp James E. Garn.

7 March 1913

Minutes of the funeral services over the remains of Jane Clark Hacking, who died Mar. 3, 1913; held Mar. 7, 1913. Pres. Stephen L. Chipman presided and Bishop James E. Garn took charge.

The choir sang, “Dearest sister thou wast mild and lovely.” Opening prayer was offered by 1st Coun. Lysander Berry. Choir sang, “Sweet rest in Heaven.”

Bp. Garn read a brief sketch of the life of Sister Hacking and made a few remarks to the relatives and friends in regards to the esteem in which he held towards Sister Hackings noble work; prayed for the blessings of the Lord to rest upon her family and that they might live so as to be able to meet her in the great beyond.

Being the request of his mother, Bro. James Hacking, the oldest son of the deceased, spoke a short time. He felt that if we only knew why we shed tears we would be very greatful there was another treasure in heaven. It is just 57 years since he received the first mother’s kiss from the one that now lay before us. Said he had tried to live up to the teachings of his mother. Spoke of the last blessing he gave to her and realized that it would perhaps be the last time he should see his mother in this life. Although we shall miss her she has lived a devoted life to her children and to her grandchildren, and all her brothers and sisters. He said that if it were not for the beauties, strength and consolation of the gospel he could not endure many tr[ia]ls he has been called to bare.

Sister Olive Hickman of American Fork rendered a beautiful vocal solo.

Pres. Stephen L. Chipman said in the remarks of Bro. Hacking he was reminded of the words of the Lord to the Prophet in Sec. 62 of Doc. and Covenants and read the same; felt pleased to have the privilege of speaking on this occasion and of visiting the departed sometime ago during her affliction; read a selection entitled “Dr. Mother”; felt that his family was a great benefactor and were good citizens to the community. Also spoke of the honesty and integrity of Bro. Hacking. Read a poem entitled “Heroism.” Felt that Sister Hacking was worthy of these words; asked for the peaceful influence of the Lord to be with the family.

Sister Olive Hickman rendered another solo.

Pres. Geo. H. Brimhall, of the Brigham Young University, asked for the spirit of the Lord to attend him while he should occupy a few moments. Spoke of the remarks of Bro. James Hacking and the testimony he bore of his dear mother. Who was there that had a better right than a mother’s son of telling of her good deeds, love and affection. He could truthfully say that her remains were the most beautiful he had ever looked upon, and he had reviewed many; but had never seen a case where death left so much beauty and expression of “All is well.” Spoke of the noble character and posterity of sister Hacking; thought that this family owed a great deal to their mother; encouraged all to do as she had done, live as near right as she. Showed very vividly the importance of celestial marriage and of the patriarchial order.

Closing hymn, “Shall we meet beyond the river.” Benediction by Bp. James E. Garn. The dedicatory prayer was offered by Elder Byron W. Brown of Lehi 3d Ward.

9 March 1913

Minutes of the sacrament meeting held in the Cedar Valley ward chapel Mar. 9, 1913. Bishop James E. Garn presided and took charge. The choir sang, “Do what is right.” Prayer was offered by Oran Chamberlain.

Singing, “Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire.” The sacrament was administered by Elder Samuel M. Wilcox and Priest Freeman Wilcox, assisted by deacons Wm. Elton and Eugene Johnson.

Oil was consecrated by Bp. James E Garn and Elder Samuel M. Wilcox.

Bishop Garn said he was glad to see so many out to meeting; thought it would be all right to make this a testimony meeting.

Sister Anna C. Wilcox spoke a short time on the gospel and bore her testimony.

Sister Martha Garn bore her testimony, and said she had been glad to have the privilege of being out to sacrament meeting many times.

Bro. Samuel M. Wilcox bore his testimony, said he had had his prayers answered many times.

Closing hymn, “High on the mountain top.” Benediction by Freeman Wilcox.

16 March 1913

Minutes of sacrament meeting held in the Cedar Valley ward chapel Mar. 16, 1913. Bishop James E. Garn presided and 1st counselor Lysander Berry took charge. The choir sang, “Hark listen to the trumpiters.” Prayer by Bro. T. Wm. Hacking.

Choir sang, “O Lord of Hosts.” The sacrament was administered by Elders James E. Garn and Wm. Cook assisted by Priests Oran Chamberlain and Clarence Reid.

Number present 34 souls.

Oil was consecrated by the bishopric.

2nd Counselor Jacob L. Hales said that we fail to do our duty many times because of the lack of faith and vividly showed the importance of faith; gave the experiences of Judas Iscariot and Peter as examples.

Bro. David A. Berry showed the effects of true faith by telling Paul’s missionary experiences and of the persecutions heaped upon him. Showed that through the lack of faith, many saints apost[at]ized in the time of Christ, and in the early days of the restored gospel when the persecutions began to be heaped upon them. Showed that revelation was one of the foundation principles of the gospel.

Bp. Garn endorsed the remarks of the brothern and encouraged all to attend their meetings and duties.

Closing hymn, “Now let us rejoice.” Ben. by 1st Coun. Lysander Berry.

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Minutes of the teachers report meeting held in the Cedar Valley ward chapel Mar. 16, 1913. Bishop James E. Garn presided and took charge. Prayer by Bro. Alfred Anderson.

Bro. Wm. Cook reported having visited seven families out of eight in his district (No. 4) All enjoying good feelings.

Bro David A. Berry reported having visited three famlies out of nine in district No. 3. All enjoying good feelings.

Bp. Garn impressed the teaches with the importance of their being accurate and prompt with their reports. Felt pleased with today’s reports; showed the importance of our attending to our duty and honoring the Priesthood after we have labored to get the privilege and blessing of going to the temple.

Coun. Jacob L. Hales was well pleased with the visit of the teachers and would be glad they would come again.

Bro. David A. Berry spoke of some non-believers in his district who he could not keep on the subject of the gospel and wondered how he could keep their conversation on the gospel. Bp. Garn said that he thought we could only keep their attention on the gospel by baring a strong testimony and explaining it as vividly as possible.

Benediction by Bro. Clarence Reid.

21 March 1913

Minutes of the funeral services over the remains of Bro. James P. Clark, Sr., who died Mar. 18, 1913; held Mar. 21, 1913. Bishop James E. Garn presided and took charge. The choir sang, “Nearer my God to thee.” Pray[er] by 1st Coun. Lysander Berry. Choir sang, “I need thee every hour.”

Bp. Garn read a short sketch of the life of the deceased.

Bro. Wm. Cook eulogized the name of Bro. Clark as being a faithful pioneer and Latter-day Saint, a man full of honesty and integrity and a useful man as the sketch set forth.

Coun. Lysander Berry eulogized his name as being willing to use his vocal talents in singing the songs of Zion; and encouraged the family to follow his footsteps.

Vocal solo by Edith C. Cook Entitled “I have read of a beautiful city.”

Prs. Abel J. Evans vividly showed the neglect of our thoughtlessness in letting our sympathy being unbalanced in neglecting to show our respect to some deserving it; then again we show our deepest sympathy to some less deserving. Told of the accomplishments of science, but the scientists cannot find out how life is caused to exist nor whence it goes. He counsoled those who were caused to mo[u]rn by saying “Time is a great rectifier.” He referred to an article in the Improvement Era entitled “The Prince of Peace” to show the littleness of man’s knowledge compared with the infinite wisdom of God in knowing the workings of nature. He vividly showed the beauties of the gospel in the consolation of there being a hereafter; Emphasized the beauties of a resurrection and the power of the Priesthood; of there being only two churches, that of Christ and that of the devil; Emphasized the importance of celestial marriage. Eulogized the name of Bro. Clark as being one who was true to his convictions and counciled the family to follow his footsteps.

Bp. Garn endorsed the foregoing remarks; and said that Bro. Clark has done good in singing the praises of the gospel since he was ten years old as his sketch shows.

Closing hymn, “There is sweet rest in heaven.” Bp. Garn in behalf of the family thanked all who had assisted them during the departed’s sickness and death. Ben. by Bro. James Peterson. The dedicatory prayer was offered by Elder Alfred Anderson.

23 March 1913

Minutes of sacrament meeting held in the Cedar Valley ward house Mar. 23, 1913.

1st Coun. Lysander Berry presided and 2nd Coun. Joseph L. Hales conducted. Choir sang, “Guide us O thou Great Jehovah.” Prayer by Bro. David A. Berry, Sr. Choir sang, “O Lord of Hosts.”

The sacrament was administered by Elders Alfred Anderson and T. Wm. Hacking assisted by Elder Samuel M. Wilcox and Deacon Robert Reid. Number present 27 souls.

Elder Orson E. Hacking compared the small membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with that of other denominations and bore his testimony to the truth of the gospel and the perfect organization of our church.

Coun. Lysander Berry emphasized and showed the importance of the law of celestial marriage; of living up to the requirements of the gospel; and vividly showed that our reward depends upon our work.

Coun. Hales notified the saints that fast day would be next Sunday.

Closing hymn, “Redeemer of Isreal.” Ben. by Bro. Samuel M. Wilcox.

30 March 1913

Minutes of fast meeting held in the Cedar Valley ward house Mar. 30, 1913. Bishop James E. Garn presided and took charge. The choir sang, “Zion stands with hills surrounded.” Prayer was offered by Bro. Wm. Cook. Choir sang, “Though deepening trials, etc.”

The sacrament was administered by Counselors Lysander Berry and Jacob L. Hales assisted by Elders Hyrum Calton and T. Wm. Hacking.

Oil was consecrated by the bishopric.

Number present 30 souls.

Bp. Garn spoke of the requirements of the Gospel and what they mean to us.

Coun. Berry encouraged all to keep the commandments and requirements of the gospel and bore his testimony.

Coun. Jacob L. Hales showed the result of living up to the teachings of the gospel; bore his testimony to the Gospel; and felt thankful for the blessings he is enjoying.

Bro. Wm. Cook bore his testimony to the prophecies of the ancient prophets.

Sister Sarah Berry bore her testimony to the truth of the Gospel and that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of the Lord, and explained the meaning of the words “Gospel” and “a prophet of the Lord.”

Closing hymn, “Earth with her ten thousand flowers.” Benediction by Bro. T. Wm. Hacking.



4 Comments »

  1. Vaudis Rodeback Liddle (from the March 2nd minutes) was my great-aunt by marriage. Her name came from the book her father was reading at the time, Quo Vadis?

    Comment by John Taber — June 26, 2013 @ 10:43 am

  2. That makes better sense than some unusual names. And it’s always a kick to learn that somebody spots a connection!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 26, 2013 @ 10:57 am

  3. Bishop Garn was a busy guy. Also, I would have thought that attendance at a Utah County ward would far exceed the 30-34 reported. Perhaps weekly attendance was not stressed as heavily then? Or most attended only Sunday School?

    Comment by The Other Clark — June 26, 2013 @ 11:16 am

  4. This was a rural area, probably having a ward organization for a small group of farmsteads only because it was too far to travel to a chapel in American Fork (I don’t happen to know when the ward was organized or when it was dissolved, but it was probably organized long enough before 1913 for travel to be by horse-drawn wagon). I’ve seen similarly tiny congregations of scattered ranchers in Southern Utah where it was probably too rugged to travel to what seems to us like a nearby city.

    That’s my guess, anyway, without having seen any research on the question.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 26, 2013 @ 11:44 am

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