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The Houdinattie

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 03, 2014

From the Relief Society Magazine, February 1962 –

The Houdinattie

By Maryhale Woolsey

The spelling of the name was Mother’s guess, and nobody ever questioned it. It was, she explained, a mental picture of a word somehow derived from the name Houdini, the famous magician grandfather greatly admired. “Sure the handiest man ever I heard of!” he used to say.

And that Houdinattie was the handiest, Mother thought, of all Grandfather’s tools. It was a special kind of hammer, all metal, shiny nickel finished, shaped like a long letter “T,” with its stem split at the bottom. Its crossbar, heavy and squared at the ends, made the double hammer head, and the split stem made the claws. Not curved as all the usual hammers’ claws, but flattened to sharpness at their ends. They could pry up nails and loosen nailed-on box covers the quickest and cleanest any hammer ever could. It had an unusually good balance for nail driving, too.

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A Boy, A Train, and the Articles of Faith, 1928

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 03, 2014

Last week a batch of 1927 minutes from Menan, Idaho reported one speaker who “Told of small boy, who was sneeringly asked by man what he believed in. Boy recited the Articles of Faith, man was so impressed that he investigated and became converted.” That prompted a comment or two about whether that was a Mormon legend. I noted that I had read of something generally similar, but that it had occurred so much later than 1907 that it couldn’t be the source of that man’s report.

Here’s the first person account of a 1928 incident, reported in March, 1933. I’ve been sitting on it for a while because I had hoped to find some evidence of the continued Church activity of the little boy, John Hangartner (1918-2005). I have been able to trace him through adulthood thanks to his uncommon name and the fact that he stayed in California, but I have been unable to find him in any of the records that normally indicate 20th century Latter-day Saint activity. Perhaps posting the story here will lead to a family member’s finding it and commenting some day.

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In Our Ward: Lesson 9: “God Will Provide Himself a Lamb”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 02, 2014

Lesson 9: “God Will Provide Himself a Lamb”

Abraham1:1, 5-20
Genesis 15-17, 21-22

Purpose: To help class members better understand Heavenly Father’s sacrifice in offering his Son as they learn of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac.

Lesson Development

[1. Abraham is nearly sacrificed by the false priests of Pharaoh.
2. Abraham has children through Hagar and Sarah.
3. God commands Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.]

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Venus in Tahiti: 19 June – 23 July 1918

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 02, 2014

(Previous installment)

Wed. June 19

Gave 4 lessons. Ern & the Elders commenced painting the porches, also varnished the staircase & wood work in the hall & parlor and all of the parlor & dining room furniture. Ruita Estall commenced organ lessons.

Thurs. June 20, ’18

Australian transport anchored at Papeete. I showed several soldiers through the Church, and gave them some shells & fruit. Had a talk with Daha, entreating her to be a little more particular of the girls she associated with, and to remain home more of her time.

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Bacteriological Verse

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 01, 2014

This isn’t Mormon poetry, but it was published in the Juvenile Instructor in 1902, taken from some unrecorded publication (it’s marked as “selected” poetry; Googling shows some sources giving credit to the Washington Star). My Facebook friends enjoyed it so much that I’d better post it here for everybody. You can sing it to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It” – if you come up with another tune that fits, please suggest it.

Modern Carol

Oh, let us all be joyous while we may,
Though the scientists annoy us every day.
For they agitate the topic
Of these creatures microscopic,
’Till we’re getting misanthropic, old and gray.

So now to drown our sorrow let us try,
Lest some microbe on the morrow should draw nigh,
Let the song and dancing thrill us,
Let’s forget that a bacillus
Hopes with all his heart to kill us by and by.

 

Funny Bones, 1946 (6)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 01, 2014

A Rose by Any Name

“When I got out of college, the dean told me that there was an opening in the world for me.”

“And did you find it?”

“Yes, I’m in a hole right now.”

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Tommy’s Triumph

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 28, 2014

From the Children’s Friend, February 1924 –

Tommy’s Triumph

By Elsie Chamberlain Carroll

For several weeks the Sixth Grade had been studying about great heroes – particularly about Washington and Lincoln because their birthdays come in February.

“To be a hero one must be brave,” the teacher had said over and over. “One must have courage. Courage to do difficult things – almost impossible things. Heroes are never cowards.”

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Read! Study! Prepare!

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 28, 2014

From January 1928 —

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Communists (?) Infiltrate Newfoundland, 1949

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 28, 2014

The newspaper liked big headlines:

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But the truly startling story of that day – 14 August 1949 – was buried on an inside page:

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Seagulls

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 27, 2014

Seagulls

By Merling Dennis Clyde

Winged as the wind they wind through the skies,
White as the drifted snow,
Careening in great stately flocks they fly
Here and there, where the plow-shares go.

Screeching, screaming, they scan long rows of brown
Where weary horses plod,
Lightly, as feathers blown by wind, come down
Gracefully on the upturned sod.

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