The teachers’ meeting was originally a monthly gathering of ward/block teachers (we know them as home teachers) who reported on their visits and the needs they had observed in their visits. By 1901 in this ward, at least, it had evolved to a kind of ward council, with reports on official visitors, auxiliary activities, and announcements of all kinds. There are so many wonderful brief obituaries in this particular volume — hundreds of them — that I’m thinking of compiling and posting them all just to make them available to Googling family historians.
Ogden 2nd Ward Teachers’ Meeting, 1 November 1901
Nov. 1st, 1901
To the Presidency of Weber Stake
Dear Brethren: –
We held our regular teachers meeting on Wednesday October 30th, Bishop McQuarrie presiding. There were present Coun. W.G. Child, 27 visiting teachers and representatives of the Y.L.M.I. Assn, Primary Department and Teachers and Deacons Quorums. Reports were given by the teachers showing that 74 per cent of the families in the Ward had been visited. We have had considerable sickness among the saints, Scarlet and Typhoid fever in many families, but all are now on the improve, and conditions are encouraging.
The Relief Society has been doing good work among the people, and their meetings are well attended. The Bishop visited with them on the 24th.
The Lesser Priesthood are holding meetings weekly.
The Y.M.I.A. report shows some decrease in attendance. Elder Burns, missionary for the County, has been visiting among the delinquents, and good results are looked for. He visited 65 young men. President J.L. Herrick and Heber Scowcroft, Willard Scowcroft and T.Y. Stanford had visited the Association during the month.
The Y.L.M.I. Assn. report fair attendance, and they look for some improvement in the near future.
The Primary Assn. and Religion Class are both in good condition and well attended.
The Sabbath School is in good condition and the officers are alive to their duties. During the month they have been visited by members of the stake board, viz: – Sisters Hilda Nordquist, Belle S. Ross, Brothers C.J. Ross, Rollo Emmett, B.H. Goddard, F.L. Scoville; also Bishop McQuarrie and Coun., W.G. Child, and H.F. McCune, Asst. Stake Supt. of Juab Stake.
Committees have been appointed to visit the ward in the interest of the singing class, and they will report their labors at the next meeting.
Fast services were held Sunday, Sept. 29th, Coun. W.G. Child presiding, Bishop McQuarrie being absent on account of sickness, having held two funeral services during the day. The attendance was rather smaller than usual, but a good spirit existed and many testimonies were borne.
Elder W.T. Stillwell left for a mission to England on Thursday, Oct. 8th. A party was given him by the Ward on the 4th and enough means raised to take him to his field of labor.
Elder Benjamin C. Critchlow left for England on the 30th, and the ward met in a social capacity on the 25th and he was provided with means to assist him on his journey.
Bro. C.J. Ross and wife, and B.H. Goddard visited the Ward meeting on the 27th in the interest of Bro. Ballantyne’s singing class.
Removals: 15, and 1 under age
Marriages, 1 person, civil
Children Blessed, 3
Cash received for Poor, $25.50
On Wednesday, Sept. 25th, Brother John Ellis passed peacefully away. Deceased was born Jan. 5th, 1828, in Derbyshire, England. Emigrated to St. Louis in 1851, where he was married to Mary Ann Emmett in 1853 and baptized in 1855. Came to Utah in 1856 in the first hand cart company and settled in Ogden. He took an active part in the Echo Cany9on War, and was on detail duty at the time of the move south. He was a member of the High Priests Quorum and had enjoyed all the privileges offered in the Temple. His life was devoted to the work of the Lord, and his character was above reproach. Services were held over his remains in the Meeting house on Friday the 27th, Coun. W.G. Child presiding. Presidents Shurtliffr and Middleton, and Elders Joseph Parry, Charles Welch, Joseph Hall and Geo. E. Browning took part in the services.
On Wednesday, Sept. 25th, Sister Ethel Ford died of Typhoid fever. She was the only daughter of Lorenzo and Madeline Lowe Ford. Born in Ogden January 23rd, 1884. Deceased was a bright and accomplished young lady and beloved by all who knew her. Services over the remains were held in the Ward meeting House on Sunday the 29th. The floral offerings and expressions of sympathy testified of her worth and character.
On Thursday, Sept. 26th, Sister Mary Calvert Carr died of general debility at the residence of her son, 2766 Jefferson Ave. Deceased was born April 27th, 1831 in Yorkshire, England. Was baptized by Elder John Jackson Aug. 26th, 1876, at West Hartlepool, England. Emigrated to Ogden May 1st, 1882. Services were held over the remains on Sunday Sept 28th, in the Meeting House. Sister Carr was a faithful member, and leaves 8 children and many grandchildren to mourn her departure.
On Tuesday, Oct. 87th, Brother David Gowens Moyes died of Typhoid Fever. Deceased was the son of William and Robina Gowens Moyes, and was born in Ogden June 28th, 1883. He was a teacher in the Public Schools, and an exemplary young man. Services over his remains were held in the Meeting house on Friday the 11th. The services were very impressive, and the speakers testified of the faith and general disposition of the deceased.