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A Few Minutes in the Ogden 2nd Ward, 1901

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 15, 2014

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
Received, 5
Baptized, 4
Births, 1
Deaths, 4
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.


Robert McQuarrie



  1. I noticed the two deaths from Typhoid fever, and did some checking to see if there was a general epidemic in 1901. It doesn’t appear that there was, but it is interesting to see that in 1900, New York City had a population of almost 3,500,000, compared to Salt Lake City at about 35,000, yet had almost half as many deaths from Typhoid as Salt Lake City for a several year period. That’s a death rate in SLC of almost 200 times that of the bigger city. It would be interesting to dig into that more.

    Also, it’s great to have a story about my home town.

    Comment by kevinf — May 15, 2014 @ 9:51 am

  2. I suspect that one reason for the difference, kevinf, is the almost violent reaction of Utahns against vaccination. While it’s “mama knows best” today and was “I’m not putting that filth into my babe’s pure body” then, anti-vaxxers have a lot of blood on their hands.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 15, 2014 @ 10:03 am

  3. Forgive them for they know not what they do.

    Comment by The Other Clark — May 15, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

  4. I was interested to see that one of the deceased, a young man born in 1883, who died just four months after his 18th birthday, had been “a teacher in the Public Schools.”

    What a difference 100 years makes! Nowadays he wouldn’t be considered for a teaching job until he had finished a bachelor’s degree, and then he’d have to get a master’s degree within five years if he wanted to keep the job. Of course, all that formal education has caused such great improvement in the quality of teaching that it surely must be worth it.

    Comment by Mark B. — May 15, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

  5. It appears that the first vaccine for typhoid was developed in Britain by Almroth Edward Wright in 1896, and that an American, Frederick Russell, developed an improved vaccine in 1909. It seems unlikely that the earlier vaccine was available in significant numbers by 1901–or even in New York a half-decade later, when Typhoid Mary had her date with infamy.

    Maybe the folks in Utah were anti-vaccine, but it’s not likely that opposition to vaccination against typhoid had much to do with low vaccination rates in 1901.

    Comment by Mark B. — May 15, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

  6. To prove your specific point, Mark, here’s a 1901 Deseret News article that speaks of a typhoid vaccination as a hypothetical, so it was likely unknown in Utah as you suspect. But it appears in the context of opposition to a state compulsory vaccination bill, for smallpox, perhaps, that illustrates what in fact did happen within a few years. Even when the typhoid vaccination became available, Utah still suffered epidemics into the 1930s, I see by other hits in the newspaper database, due to such widespread opposition to vaccination.

    My supposition was a few years premature. What do YOU think explains the disparity in typhoid rates between New York and Salt Lake at that time?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 15, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

  7. “I’m thinking of compiling and posting them all just to make them available to Googling family historians”

    Yes, please. How ’bout the Teachers’ meeting right after 4 December 1894?

    Comment by Grant — May 15, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

  8. Actually, I probably need the Ogden 10th Ward. I’ll have to get over there (CHL) myself.

    Comment by Grant — May 15, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

  9. It’s possible (but not likely) that vaccines were available in New York City in 1901 but not the hinterlands. It’s also possible that physicians were better equipped to treat typhoid patients, so the death rate was a smaller fraction of the infection rate than in Utah.

    But since vaccination was probably not generally available anywhere in the world in 1901, the explanation probably lies in better public health measures in New York: cleaner water, including better means for disposal of sewage. For example, the Croton Aqueduct was completed in 1890, which brought water from northern Westchester County down to the city, providing a source of clean municipal water to most parts of the city. I don’t know where people in Salt Lake City or Ogden got their water in 1901

    Comment by Mark B. — May 15, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

  10. “are alive to their duties” — What a wonderful phrase. I may adopt that.

    Comment by bfwebster — May 19, 2014 @ 10:26 am

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