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Saturday Remix, 1917

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 18, 2014

The Way of Life

I used to think I knew I knew,
But now, I must confess,
The more I know I know I know,
I know I know the less.

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Welcome the Task: Chapter 3

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 17, 2014

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Previous Installment

Chapter 3

Synopsis: Jennifer Miles, disquieted by a discussion with Steve Rey, the young man she had been dating, has gone to Houston to visit her mother’s widowed cousin, Bea McPherson. Bea’s stepson arranges for Jennifer to go on a blind date to the Astrodome.

Bea seemed amused by the look on Jennifer’s pretty young face. ‘now what could you have done that is so bad?” she asked smilingly.

Jennifer kicked her shoes off. Oh, Bea,. have you ever laid eyes on that Jim Long?”

“Jimmy Long has been in the ward for a number of years, and he is good looking. have you fallen for him already?”

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Utah State Auditor, 1920

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 17, 2014

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Father Patrick Michael Cushnahan (Utah history)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 17, 2014

Patrick Michael Cushnahan was ordained a priest on his 32nd birthday in 1881. He immediately left his native Ireland for California, where the San Francisco archdiocese assigned him to Ogden. Father Cushnahan devoted the rest of his life to ministering to the Catholics – to anyone who needed him, really – of Utah.

In 1881, Cushnahan found only a handful of Catholics in Ogden, including a few Sisters of the Holy Cross who conducted the struggling Sacred Heart Academy. Cushnahan made his first home in one room of the small frame building used as a chapel. Over the next 25 years, Cushnahan built a new Sacred Heart Academy, a substantial church, a parish house, and St. Joseph’s School. Father Cushnahan became Monsignor Cushnahan in 1916 upon his appointments as vicar general of the Salt Lake Diocese.

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Blind

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 16, 2014

Blind

By Hilda N. Bingham

When she had lost the sight of day,
She found God’s hand to lead the way;
And trustingly she walked along
To heights of faith, and joy, and song.
She faltered not when came the night,
For in its place came heaven’s light
Which brings the joy that surpasses
The understanding of the masses.

(1942)

“I Take Up My Pen”: Seattle Stake, 1942

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 16, 2014

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But the Fun Was Not Rationed

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 16, 2014

During World War II when many commodities were in short supply, nations issued ration books to fairly distribute what goods were available among all their citizens. You couldn’t buy shoes or sugar or gasoline without turning in stamps or coupons from a ration book (or having your book stamped, or punched, or otherwise cancelled), and then you couldn’t buy more of that commodity until the next ration period, when another coupon in your book would become valid. Taking care of your ration books was incredibly important because they governed your quality of life – but they also must have been incredibly frustrating, as people tried to keep track of which coupons were valid on what dates, and tried to plan decent meals and wardrobes based on what could be purchased in a given week or month.

One ward in Salt Lake City, though, had a little fun with the concept of ration books in 1942. That ward issued mock ration books — a strip of cardstock folded into four pages — for a ward entertainment –

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Welcome the Task: Chapter 2

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 15, 2014

Welcome the Task

By Michele Bartmess; as told by Annette Giles

Previous Installment

Chapter 2

Synopsis: Jennifer Miles is disquieted by a discussion with Steve Rey, a young man whom she has been dating, who tells her he is not ready to marry. Although she is in no hurry to marry, for she is convinced that there is something else she must do first, his attitude worries her. Her parents sense that Jennifer is uncertain about several things and suggest a trip to visit Bea McPherson, a recently widowed cousin, in Houston, Texas.

Jennifer settled herself in the luxury of the beautiful home that John McPherson had left his wife. The air conditioning felt too good for words to express. Jennifer commented on the beauty of the large, exquisite home.

“Yes,” Bea said, “it is lovely. While John was alive it was full of happiness and sunshine, but now it seems too big and too lonely, although I would hate to give it up.”

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“I Take Up My Pen”: Scandinavian Meetings, 1921

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 15, 2014

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The Trials of Cora Birdsall, part 15

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 15, 2014

There is an entry in the district court minute book of Sevier County, dated 26 July 1907:

In the matter of the Insanity of Cara Birdsall, Incompetent. On this matter the guardian of the person and estate of Cara Birdsall appears in open Court and makes a petition verbally by counsel I.J. Stewart for an order of delivery of said Cara Birdsall. Upon hearing the matter the Court issues its order for the delivery of the said incompetent to Isaac Birdsall her guardian.

After all she’s been through, and they can’t even get her name right!

But never mind that; Cora came home. The State Hospital’s records don’t tell us when she was released, or what condition she was in when she came home. Had her mental health improved at all? I don’t know. Who went to Provo to bring her home, and how was her behavior on the way home? I don’t know. Since Mary Birdsall was with her daughter through everything that had gone before, I think she must have gone to Provo to retrieve Cora – but this time, whatever Cora’s behavior, she would not have had the assistance of the sheriff who had helped deliver Cora to the hospital in the first place.

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