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Spooks A-Creep!

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 30, 2014

From the Children’s Friend, October 1960 —

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St. George Rocked by Crime Wave, 1897

By: Amy Tanner Thiriot - October 30, 2014

PILFERING

Notwithstanding the stringent warning we gave to melon and fruit thieves some time since, there seems to be but little or no abatement in some of their depredations, and we have heard men say that they will SURELY USE A SHOT GUN if the depredations are not promptly discontinued.

We wonder what parents are thinking of that the father has not taken steps long ago to know where their sons are and what they are doing at night, before some one does do the deplorable act of taking away their life for their robberies. (more…)

Big Time at the Recreation Hall, 1942

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 30, 2014

I don’t know which Salt Lake City ward issued this invitation, but I love ephemera like this …it’s a post card/invitation mailed to ward members.

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Welcome the Task: Chapter 8

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 29, 2014

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Previous Installment

Chapter 8

Jennifer had to wait two additional weeks to find out what Jim’s very important question that he had to have an answer to was. He had not been too happy when she had turned down his invitation to the dance, however when he arrived he was all smiles and confidence. Instinctively, Jennifer knew that she was going to be faced with the most important decision of her lifetime. She felt strangely calm.

“Jenny,” he began.

She tried not to appear too eager.

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Bullion Beck Mine, 1892

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 29, 2014

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Guest Post: Henry Lavender Adolphus Culmer

By: Glen Nelson - October 29, 2014

For my birthday a few years ago, my friend Mark Graham gave me a gift. It was a 1965 art exhibition catalog from the Salt Lake Art Center titled 100 Years of Utah Painting. Some of the names in the book were familiar to me, but I’d never heard of others. For somebody like me who lives far away from public art collections that feature these regional painters, one way to learn more about early Utah artists is to follow their names in American auction house websites. I set up a watch list on liveauctioneers.com using the exhibition checklist of 100 Years of Utah Painting.

Every few weeks, I get a hit on the watch list. I found one offering particularly intriguing: Henry Lavender Adolphus Culmer. Cool name, but who was he? My old catalog had very little to say about him — three sentences in the body of the text and a short biography at the back — and the 1965 show included only one work attributed to him. Still, I responded strongly to the small watercolor being offered. The bidding started at $150, and so I decided to go for it.

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A Hallowe’en Fright

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 28, 2014

From the Children’s Friend, October 1938 —

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The “Etc., Etc.” Has Grown Since 1921

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 28, 2014

I used to help my nieces and nephews equip themselves for the start of each school year. Their lists required a few more items than appear in this ad from 1921 —

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“In Exile”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 28, 2014

We usually save poetry for afternoon posts, but, in light of the essays on plural marriage released last week on the Gospel Topics pages at lds.org, I thought I’d ask for your thoughts on a poem, published in 1886 (so, at the height of the federal “Raid” against Mormondom, and four years before the Manifesto), written by Susa Young Gates, a daughter of Brigham Young.

On one level, it’s pretty bad poetry, nearly doggerel, and having said that we probably don’t need more comment on its structure. But I’d like your thoughts on why you think such a poem was published, especially in the Juvenile Instructor aimed as much at children as at their teachers. Is it pure Victorian sentimentality? an attempt to give meaning to the suffering of families divided by the need to hide one or more parents from prosecution by federal agents? a hope of winning sympathy from outside the Church? something else?

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Welcome the Task: Chapter 7

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 27, 2014

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Previous Installment

Chapter 7

Synopsis: Jennifer Miles, a young girl of twenty-four, has taken over the management of her family home following the death of her mother. She has three young brothers, and she finds it a great challenge to be responsible for them. Steve Rey, a long-time friend of the family, and Jim Long, whom she met on a trip to Houston, Texas, now a student in Utah, are competing for her attentions.

It was February, and winter seemed to have settled in the valley permanently. It had been dark and cold for more weeks than Jennifer cared to count. For her it was a time of unexplainable depression. She could not put her finger on any one thing being wrong, but for the first time in the entire six months that she had been responsible for the family, life seemed to be at a standstill. She had resumed her studies, and had been awarded a student teaching position in Springville. If she could attend the summer session, she would be graduated in August.

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