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A Few Minutes in Central Ward, Utah, 1922

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 03, 2013

I haven’t skipped any minutes here – I don’t know whether the ward met only sporadically, or whether the clerk simply didn’t keep minutes every week. Central Ward was in the Saint George Stake. You’ll notice a speaking practice here that is a lot older than I knew …

29 January 1922

Minutes of the Central ward Sacramental meeting held Jan. 29, 1922. Bp Wm Baker in charge. Singing page 28 County your many blessings. Prayer by Sister Lizzie Burgess. Singing page 23, Oh! My Father. Sacrament administered by Bp Wm Baker and Elder Arthur Bracken. Sacramental music.

A chapter was then read from the Church History by Miss Sadie Spanton.

Elder Claud Cannon was then called on to say a few words. Said he wondered how many of us kept the word of wisdom, thought if we would keep the word of wisdom we could call on and recieve blessings from our father in heaven.

Bp Baker made a few remarks. Total present 17.

Singing page 244 God be with you. Prayer by Elder Arthur Kay

12 February 1922

Minutes of Central ward Sacramental meeting held Feb. 12, 1922. Bp. Wm Baker in charge Singing page 313 Oh! Ye Mountains high. Prayer by Con. Leroy Holt. Singing page 272 Up Awake ye. Sacrament administered by Bp Wm Baker and Con Isaac Burgess. Choir sang a song page 218 School thy feeling.

Elder Arthur Kay was called on to speak on the life of Pres. Charles W. Penrose, it being his 90th birthday. Spoke of his early life, and school days; said he axcepted the Gospel at about the age of 18, that he was always a defender of truth. In 1851 he was called to go on a Mission with out purse or scrip; after being there some time he was called to be pres[ident] of a branch of the English mission which position he held for many years.

Elder Henery Holt was called on to say a few words indarsed the remarks of Elder Kay.

Bp. Baker made a few remarks.

Sister Burgess read a sermen gave at April Conference by Pres. Penrose. Total present 18.

Singing page 320 Blow gently. Prayer by Bp. Baker.

19 February 1922

Minutes of Central ward Sacramental meeting held Feb. 19, 1922. Bp. Wm Baker in charge. Singing page 316 Come let us Anew. Prayer by Con. Isaac Burgess. Singing page 187 An angle from on high. Sacrament administered by Elder Henery Holt and Arthur Bracken.

A chapter from the Church History was then read by Sister Mable Chadburn.

Sister Dora Kay was then called on to read a po[r]tion of a sermin gave by Apostle Ivins at the April Confrence.

Murry Bracken and Royal S Hunt were sustained to be set apart to the pr[i]esthood. Total present 19.

Singing page 355 Oh galilee. Prayer by Elder Arthur Kay.

26 February 1922

Minutes of Central ward Sacramental meeting held Feb. 26, 1922. Bp Wm Baker in charge. Singing page 192. High on the Mountains top. Prayer by Con. Isaac Burgess. Singing page 145 Prayer is the souls. Sacrament administered by Elder Arthur Bracken and Con. Roy Holt. Sacramental music.

Elder Henery Hunt and Henery Bowler was with us as home missionaries. Elder Henery Hunt said he thought we should be obident to any call made of us said each one should strive to do all they could to help the Bishopric along in the ward also obey the Lord.

Elder Bowler said he was greatful to meet with us. Said he hoped the spirit of the Lord to be with us. Said he would tell some of his missionaries experences. Said he gained satisfacture as well as experience in his work while obeying his call. Gave some other good instructions.

Bp. Baker indarsed the remarks that had been made. Total present 27.

Singing page 197. Prayer by Elder Kay.

10 March 1922

Minutes of Central Ward Sacramental meeting held March 19, 1922. Bp Baker in charge. Singing page 279. Prayer by Elder Arthur Kay. Singing page 24 Praise to the Man. Sacramental administered by Elder Murray Bracken and Con. Isaac Burgess. Sacramental music.

Sister Burgess read a chapter form the Church History.

The choir sang the hymm Do what is right.

Sister Kay then read a part of the serman given in April Conference by Pres. Penrose.

Henry Holt was then called on to speak gave account of his home mission at Pine Valley and Enterprise, said he knew if we responded to the calls made of us the Lord would bless us said he would encourage the young to learn the gospel. Total present 18.

Singing page 244 God be with you till we meet again. Prayer by Elder Arthur Bracken.

26 March 1922

Minutes of Central ward Sacramental meeting held Mar. 26, 1922. Bp Baker in charge. Singing page 72, prayer by Elder Henry Holt. Singing 192. Sacrament administered by Bp. Baker and Con. Isaac Burgess. Sacrament music. Sister

Lillie Holt read a chapter from the church history.

The choir sang a hymm. The Day dawn is breaking.

Sister Nellie Hunt then read a serman given by Elder Joseph W. McMurrin at the Oct. conference in Salt-Lake.

Elder Arthur Kay was then called on to speak; said he could bear his testimony to the truth of this gospel, he knew Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. Told some of his missionary experiences, gave some other good remarks.

Bro. Murry G. Bracken voted and sustained to be ordained an Elder. Total present 26.

Singing page 252. Prayer by Elder H.J. Holt



  1. Oh, THAT speaking practice (reading from General Conference addresses in Sacrament Meeting). Still, I wonder if the effect was different in 1922 when copies of sermons weren’t maybe so ubiquitous as they are today…?

    One more observation: That Bishop Baker sure was busy. In addition to presiding (or as the minutes say, “in charge”), he’s speaking, praying, and even administering the sacrament. Sounds like a Protestant minister.

    Comment by David Y. — October 3, 2013 @ 7:50 am

  2. Central? That’s a fairly late Washington County settlement. The DUP gives a date of 1904, and notes that it was called Central because it was midway between Enterprise, Gunlock, Veyo, and Pine Valley. (Ah, all the garden spots of southwestern Utah.)

    It became a ward in 1918 with Bishop William E. Baker. That seems to be William Ervin Baker, M.D. (1889-1971). As the attendance numbers note, it was a small ward in a small settlement, and I imagine they must have been delighted to have Elders Hunt and Bowler visit, so they didn’t have to listen to each other talk another week.

    Comment by Amy T — October 3, 2013 @ 8:50 am

  3. I’m glad the clerk could spell “sermon” many different ways. And his “indarsed” makes me wonder how “endorsed” was being pronounced–sort of like the “Fark” in Spanish Fark?

    And, notice that every one of the women who spoke in the meetings was asked to read either from “the Church history” or from a general conference sermon. I hope they read with mellifluous voices, since there’s nothing so conducive to sleep in church as a long stretch of reading.

    Comment by Mark B. — October 3, 2013 @ 8:51 am

  4. I don’t have a good handle on when when women began to regularly deliver sermons in Sacrament meetings. I noticed here that they are giving readings. Was this a possible antecedent to the female sermon?

    Comment by J. Stapley — October 3, 2013 @ 9:25 am

  5. “Indarsed” is the speaking practice that I noticed. I can hear my Aunt Olive speaking now from around the carner.

    Comment by Carol — October 3, 2013 @ 10:22 am

  6. “Lizzie” gave the opening prayer! That’s only been in practice in my ward for less than 8 years or so.

    These insights are so interesting to me. Thanks!

    Comment by deb — October 3, 2013 @ 10:48 am

  7. I like how on the Sunday they commemorated Elder Penrose they sang hymns that he wrote.


    Comment by Coffinberry — October 3, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

  8. In a time where information dissemination was more limited, it would seem to be an honored not a lessor role to have women stand in place of an actual authority and deliver their address. It’s actually quite reminiscent of Priesthood to me. The authority couldn’t be there so someone is authorized to deliver the message in their stead.

    I suppose the other way of looking at it is they weren’t good enough to deliver their own message but to think that you’d not only have to disrespect the women but the authority in the first place.

    Comment by Chris — October 4, 2013 @ 6:07 am

  9. I understand the honorific Elder and Bp. and Sis. and Miss and Pres., but what is “Con.”? Counselor?

    Comment by ji — October 4, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

  10. I think that must be it, ji, since it’s always one or the other of the same two men.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — October 4, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

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