Chapter V
Myra Elizabeth (Henrie) Olson

      MYRA ELIZABETH HENRIE, 2nd child of Daniel & Amanda (Bradley) Henrie, was b. 27 Jan. 1852, in Manti, Sanpete Co., Utah [bapt. 25 May 1861, end. & S to H. 12 Dec. 1870]; d. 1930s, in Moroni, Utah, and bur. there Feb. 9. She m. 12 Dec. 1870, in Salt Lake City Old Endowment House, John Olson, s. of Swen & Ann. (Peterson) Olson. He was b. 23 Sept. 1845, in Stockholm, Sweden [bapt. 12 Feb. 1859, rebapt. 25 Aug. 1878, end. 12 Dec. 1870], and d. 3 May 1896, in Moroni City Cem.

      The following life sketches of Myra Elizabeth Henrie and John Olson were presented by Callie O. Morley.

      The City of Manti was scarcely three years old when Myra arrived in it. Her parents had built a big one-room rock house and they felt grateful indeed for this fine shelter and the big open fireplace which served both for heat and cooking.

      Myra and her older sister Mary, grew up to be very close to each other and worked and played together constantly.

      Most of Myra’s early remembrances were of Indians. It seemed they were always around, always a constant, threat to peace, and always begging for food or clothing. It was nothing to see seven or eight, hundred Indians’ wickiups on the outskirts of Manti, just east of town, and it was not unusual when 12 or 13 Indian children would walk into the Henrie house and demand biscuits if the door was not locked. One day when this happened, the children said “Give biscuit, want biscuit” and tried to grab one from the table, but Amanda Henrie picked up the fire shovel and told them to stand back and wait until she was ready to give them one. After she had given each child one, they called her a brave squaw and a fine squaw and then left.

      When Myra and Mary were just little girls they learned to glean wheat left in the fields at harvest time. One day they were very startled to hear baby’s cry in a nearby irrigation ditch. They followed the sowed. and came upon a new born little black haired Indian girl. The mother had given birth to her and then abandoned her, leaving her on the damp sand in the bottom of the ditch, hidden from view by tall grass and sweet clover. The girls took her home to their mother, who cared for her and reared her as one of her own.

      On another occasion, an old Indian brought his little girl and wanted to trade her to the Henries for a bag of flour He said he was hungry and the papoose was a nuisance but could be of good help in the house. Whether she was stolen from another tribe or was his own they never knew, but they took her in, fed and clothed her, and let her help with the work. They were afraid if they didn’t, she would be killed, for that was the Indian custom with hostages they could not trade off.

      Whether this child or the little Indian baby they found was little “Sally” is not known. The Henries raised little Sally until she was grown. [p. 57]

      She developed into a beautiful girl and a wonderful seamstress. Later she married a white man by the name of Rustus Curtis and died with her first child.

      As time went on other sisters and brothers were born into the Henrie home, and Mary and Myra were taught how to spin and weave cloth, and would spend days at a time doing nothing else, while the others gleaned wheat or picked wool, cooked, and sewed clothes.

      Their brother Jerome used to like to play with the Indian children every chance he got. He would run, wrestle, and tumble around with them, and it never failed after one of these bouts that he did not have to submit to a going over with a fine comb for lice he acquired from the Indians. When he became a little older the town gave him a job as lookout, to spot the approach of hostile Indians. He was given a big bass drum and when the settlers heard him beating it and with big gusto, they knew that Indians were coming down Willow Creek or from up north in Thistle Valley, and they had better be prepared.

      Myra’s father. Daniel Henrie, owned quite a bit of land around Manti and often to help new settlers he would let them run ten acres of his land and keep all it produced, and in several cases he never asked for the land back but let them keep it. He used to run a butcher shop and when he would make a fresh kill, he would ring a bell which he had hung outside, and people from all parts of the town would hurry to get their choice cuts. But when he killed a nice calf he would save the brains for himself, because calf brains fried in butter were a favorite dish of his. [p. 58]

      In 1867 grasshoppers came to plague the Henries and the other settlers, and they fought desperately to save their crops. “They came again in 1870 and were so thick as to darken the sun,” and many people went hungry. Myra and her family, like many others, dug and ate sego lily roots and often even ate the green buds of greesewood. Often after eating the latter they would become very sick, throw up, and still be hungry.

      As a girl Myra always loved to go to Moroni and stay with her grandma, Betsy Bradley, because grandma’s house was big and sine always had more food than most people. She was always a good manager and often there was the excitement of visiting church dignitaries. Brigham Young and his councilors always stopped at Bishop Bradley’s over night on their way to conference or business in the southern part of The state. And even though Grandma had a hired girl, there-was always many things Myra could help her with because she was always heavy on her feet and tired quickly. But she presided over her household almost as efficiently from her rocking chair as she did when moving about.

      Myra learned many things from her grandmother, Betsy Bradley. She showed her how to do things and told her stories of their pioneer hardships coming across the plains and of how her own life had been saved by some medicine brought to the wagon by an old lady, and how it healed the big sores of black canker that were the size of half-dollars on her body. This was in the year 1846 when they had crossed the Mississippi River for the “indefinite West.” George W., Betsy, Amanda Abiah, Jerome, and other small half-brothers and sisters were in the party and traveled around Iowa and ultimately reached [p. 59] Winter Quarters, where they stayed till 27 May 1848. Then they set out for the West, poorly equipped and poorly provisioned. They suffered many hardships, but passed through large herds of buffalos, some of which were killed for food. They arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake on 15 Sept. 1848 with the First Division of the group of 100 people.

      Grandma Betsy told Myra of Grandfather Thomas Jefferson Bradley’s death, and of how his brother George W. had taken care of them all and of how she had finally married him before they started West. She told her of how her mother, Amanda, had driven the ox team a good part of the way across the plains but also took her turn walking with the others in her bare feet.

      Grandma Betsy told how the Bradley family, the Edwin Pace family, and the Daniel B. Funk families had moved their families in wagons about six miles north of Salt Lake City (to South Bountiful) and built log houses near some springs. They called this place the Willow Settlement at first, but later it was named the Sessions Settlement. They did this 15 Sept. 1848. They took up fifty acres of land and immediately planted four acres of corn. (Reference: Bountiful Ward History of 1848, by Andrew Jensen.)

      In the Spring of 1849 the Bradleys moved to Salt Lake where they built another log house and acquired their allotment of twenty acres of land in the big field at Liberty Park. (Reference: Historical Pamphlet, May 1942.) They sold this land for a wagon and a span of mules when President Brigham Young called them to go and help President Isaac Morley settle Manti. They built the second log house in Manti. (Brother and Sister Seth Taft who had left the main company at Cannal Creek and arrived ahead of the others built the first one.)

      Betsy told of how Amanda had married her hero of the Mormon Battalion, Daniel Henrie, before the company left and so had stayed on in Salt Lake for a while. She also told of the harrowing experiences Amanda went through when she and Daniel returned to be caught and snowed in at Salt Creek Canyon for six weeks. One of the wagons pulled by a fat team got through, but it snowed hard every day and night and finally the Bradley teams were blacked and did not have the strength to pull the loaded wagons further.

      Gustavus Dodge and the friendly Indian Tabanaw wrapped their feet and legs in socks, and wrapped up as best they could. After days of walking on the sharp crusted snow, which cut their foot protection to ribbons and left blood marks in the snow, the Indian finally reached Manti, but was found exhausted and nearly frozen, and was returned to the settlement by a hastily organized rescue party on snowshoes. Jerome contracted pneumonia from this trip and never completely recovered from this illness.

      His was the first burial in the Manti City Cemetery (but not the first death in Manti. Nelson Higgons’ child was the first death.) He was a favorite with the Indians and spoke their language fluently, and as many of them as white people followed his corpse to the cemetery. He was 20 years and 9 months old. (This happened three weeks before he was to have been married.)

      Amanda Henrie was expecting her first baby, but she as well as the others were in fair condition considering their experiences. She was pulled out of the canyon on a hand sleigh by her husband, her step- father, George W. [p. 60] Bradley, and D. B. Funk, for a distance of 40 miles. Later she gave birth to a daughter, Mary, who was the second child born in Manti. (The first child was born to Clarinda Washburn and husband.) (Reference: article written for Manti Sentinel by G. W. Bradley, Mar. 7, 1890.)

      Grandma Betsy also told Myra of how she and her three-year old son Hyrum had seen a personage in white, on a white horse, mysteriously appear on the brow of the stone quarry when President Isaac Morley and others were trying to decide on a suitable place to recommend to President Brigham Young for a site for the Latter-day Saint Temple. It disappeared just as mysteriously. Everyone said they thought it was the Angel Moroni, but little Hyrum said, “It was the Lord.”

      She told Myra of how rattlesnakes crawled from their holes by the hundreds when they were camped near temple hill and how they made torches of pine knots and used clubs and hunted them at night. In this way they killed countless numbers.

      Grandma Betsy often told of that terrible first winter before Myra was born, when the snow was so deep that only the tops of the willows along the ditch banks could be seen. and snow was four feet deep on the level. Cattle died only to be carted away and eaten by the starving Indians almost before they were cold.

      She told of how Chief Walker, one time friend and guide of the settlers, became unfriendly when he saw the white man settle on and claim what he thought was Indian land. He took a special liking to “Father Morley’s baby son Simeon,” and decided to have him for his own. He said either he would have the child or there would be a war and all of the settlers would be massacred. Isaac Morley and Hannah, his wife, and their family were beset with fear, grief, and desperation, for they knew the Indians were not trustworthy and even though they had been as good as they could be to them, and had even made treaties with the Chief, the number. of Redmen camped on the outskirts of town could easily wipe them out in no time. So Father Morley (as he was fondly called by his people) counciled with his family and then knelt in family prayer before giving a decision. When at last he faced Chief Walker, Father Morley said, “Better that one child be lost to his people, even though that child be his own, then this whole settlement be wiped out and destroyed.” So Chief Walker took the child and left. and for three days, filled with anguish and sorrow, men and women soberly stood watch with loaded guns. “Aunt” Elvira Cox said she never slept a wink and there were others in the same fix. They knew they could not depend on the Indians even now and all expected trouble. On the third day Chief Walker returned the child to its parents and said, “It has been a test of friendship” and that from then on he would do all he could to preserve peace between his tribe and their white brothers (But he did not keep his promise.)

      All these experiences and many more Grandma Betsy related to her granddaughter Myra. Then one morning Grandma Betsy told her to come and she would show her how to make the life-saving cancer medicine that she had been given while crossing the plains but that she must never give the recipe away. And from then to the end of her days Myra made and sold canker medicine to everyone in town who needed it, but she always kept the “know-how” a secret.

      One day in the late summer of 1869, excitement in Moroni ran high, for [p. 61] the townspeople were celebrating the safe return from the Missouri River of their young men, John Olson, Mons Monson, Andrew Jensen, and one other. They had volunteered to escort immigrants back to Utah from the railroad terminals at Kansas City, Missouri, and they had nearly lost their lives while crossing the Green River by ferryboat. Cattle had stampeded to one side of the boat and capsized it. mere had been trouble before and they had been warned in advance not to take the boat over unless they were good swimmers, and this ability saved their lives. Several others from Mt. Pleasant had not heeded the warning and were drowned.

      John had gone on these trips before and was noted for his skill at driving oxen. He was about six feet tall, with an athletic build, and had brown hair and hazel eyes. He was ambitious and a hard worker. He loved music and dancing and was always taking the lead in organizing things for personal and civic improvement. He had immigrated to Utah with his parents and six brothers and sisters. They had come from Halmstad, Malmohas, Sweden on the ship William Trapscoot, and traveled west by wagon in the Robert F. Neslen Company arriving at Salt Lake on Sept. 15, 1859.

      Myra was a pretty, dark auburn, curly haired, blue eyed girl of eighteen now and was again visiting with her grandma. She, like everyone else, wouldn’t have missed this welcome home dance for the world. She helped her grandmother fix the plate of sandwiches they were to take for refreshments, and in her best Sunday dress she sallied forth to the dance.

      The fiddlers and harmonicas were playing and people were laughing and talking and greeting each other around the edge of the dance floor as they came in. Myra looked quickly around the hall and her eyes fell on John Olson. He was already looking at her, and in Myra’s words, “He looked at me and I looked at him and it was love at first sight.”

      From then on the next few months John Olson kept the road between Manti and Moroni pretty well traveled. Roney Bradley, a grandson of Betsy’s, took a Manti girl too, so the two of them got together and took turns furnishing the outfit to take the trip.

      Meanwhile Myra milked cows for John Lowery to buy her first pair of store shoes. She spun and wove linsey sheets and clothes for her trousseau. She also spun, wove, dyed, and made a fine black suit for John. It was to be her wedding present to him.

      On Dec. 12, 1870, they were married in the Endowment House at Salt Lake City and John wore the fine new suit Myra had made and given to him. Myra’s sister Susie and Byron Cox traveled with them to the city to get married too, but Susie cried nearly half the way there and at last Byron said, “Well, Susie, if you feel so bad as all that about it, I’ll take you back home and we won’t get married.” Then she said she was sorry she had been acting that way, but she was already homesick. However, she did dry her eyes and was more cheerful for the rest of the trip. They made the journey in a white-topped buggy, pulled by a pair of oxen, and they all got married the same day.

      For the next few years Myra was busy indeed, for she had eleven children, four of whom died at various ages. She milked ten to twenty-five cows, fed stock, and kept affairs running smoothly while her husband freighted to the [p. 62] gold and silver mines of Nevada, at Ely, Cherry Creek, Silver Reef, Pioche, and Caliente, and in Utah at Fristies near Milford and St. George.

      Myra churned butter with an old dasher churn all one summer and put it in jars, then kept jars and all in salt brine until there was enough to make a load for a prairie schooner. There was great demand for this butter and it brought a high price when it was sold in the mining camps. On this one load John made enough money to buy a fine new wagon with iron rimmed wheels. On other trips he loaded up with flour, eggs, ham and bacon, vegetables, and almost anything that was in demand at the camps. He and Lars Johnson and three or four others always traveled together so they could help each other through rough country roads and also as a protection against robbers. Miners wives were especially glad to see them when spring came, for the fresh vegetables and supplies were scarce; and they would run for a couple of blocks to meet them to be sure they had a chance to get what they wanted before the freighters were all sold out.

      On their return trip, John and his friends would hide their gold in their water barrel or else in a secret place they had made under the wagon, and then they would go to the mane company’s mills and let them place 3000 lbs. of lead and silver bullion bricks in the bottom of the wagon and they would haul it free of charge back to the train terminal at York, Juab Co. (just north of Nephi at Mountain Point). Sometimes a company prairie schooner would meet them at Fillmore and take over the load, and they were always very glad to get rid of it, for it was about all their oxen and mules could pull.

      When John was home he was the dance floor manager, and tickets were paid with firewood, vegetable produce, chickens, or whatever they had. They would dance the schottische quadrille and jig till the wee small hours while the children, wrapped in quilts and blankets, slept through the calling and fiddling till it was time to get into the buggy or sleigh and head once more for home, Baby sitters in those days were just an unknown luxury, unless there were older members in the family who cared to stay home.

      As John’s financial position became a little more secure, he invested in land and sheep; and he and four others, Andrew Jensen, Peter Anderson, and Albert Cloward, bought the first horse-powered threshing machine in Moroni. It was operated by six span of mules and John was the driver. When it was his turn to thresh, it always took three or four days , and Myra always cooked huge pots of roast meat, potatoes and gravy, and either pies or cakes. Sometimes there would be preserves or rice pudding, a hot drink, or milk. It was always a big job to cook for them.

      John and Myra loved horses, and when Zack Kemp and Henry Potter brought a pretty sorrel race horse from California, they bought her. Her name was Florie and all the town turned out to see the race that was arranged between her and Carl Draper’s horse. Old Florie won the race for she was so fleet she could run down a deer and jump over brush like a jack rabbit. The boys of Myra’s family were as excited about this new horse as their parents were, and no celebration was complete without a race from her, from then on, as far as they were concerned. The Indians around Moroni were just as big a menace as they had been around Manti, and it did not take Myra long to learn that she should keep the [p. 63] hook on the screen door locked or old Green Blanket, Tabaona Joe, or Saupitch might walk in and help themselves. These Indians camped two blocks away, down by the depot, and usually were peaceful but could be very mean when they wanted to be.

      John had had much experience with the Indians around here; and a short time before his marriage, he and his brother Ole and others had fought a running gun battle with some of them who had stolen some of their cattle. He had also been in the encounter with forty-eight other men at Salina Canyon when two white men were scalped during the Black Hawk War.

      Myra in her premarriage days had one day waved good-by to two Manti boys who went out to try to get back their cattle, and whose horses returned with their dead bodies tied to the saddles. Their scalps had been lifted and their hearts had been cut out, and all this as a warning to the whites not to interfere with them or they might expect the same treatment.

      Uprisings and trouble were still prevalent, and so when John, who was a captain of the minutemen, went to drill at the point of the west mountain almost every night, Myra and the boys took over the chores. Many a time she and tile girls baked hot soda biscuits for the returning hungry men.

      When the United Order broke up and the co-op store and co-op sheep herd were organized, John went to sheep valley (a place about twelve miles north and east of Fish Lake). Here he took care of his own and the company’s sheep and also he homesteaded hundreds of acres of land and proved up on all the waterholes around in the vicinity. Many years later, after the government survey, his son Daniel L. was able to acquire this country, with consent of the other heirs, for one dollar per acre.

      Ho also took up land west of what was called the big-duck spring pasture and later incorporated it into the Moroni Pasture Company in return for shares in the company. He became president of this company and retained this office for many years. He was president of he Moroni Irrigation Company, .and general manager of the Moroni Co-op store end the Moroni Cc-op sheep herd. He was also the founder of the old Co-op cattle herd, and each spring and fall when drives were made to round up the cattle and put them in the town corral to be called for by their owners, it was like a holiday and visiting and joviality abounded everywhere.

      On November 2, 1882, John was called on a Latter-day Saint mission to Sweden, where he labored in the Skane Conference. James Yorgensen, Jim Hague, and Lars Swensen, all of Sanpete County, worked with him. While he was gone, John had arranged that Myra’s brother, Jerome Henrie, should come to Moroni and help her.

      Jerome was given a pinto pony to ride and soon made fast friends with Joseph Nelson, Amasa Morley, Henry Potter, and Dave Nicklas. In the winter time after work was done they would go skating down in the pasture on the ice which had formed over the big holes from where the blue adobe mud had been taken. Jerome was the best ice skater in town. He could skate just as fast backwards as forwards, and could cut figure eights and fancy di-dos that amazed all who watched him. [p. 64]

      In the summer time Jerome helped Myra’s boys haul with oxen the wild hay from the meadows down near the point of the west mountain. One day when he had on an extra big load, the hay shifted as he went over a rickety bridge. He and the whole load of hay were tipped over into the canal. No one was hurt, however.

      There were never any fruit trees in Moroni to amount to anything, but in the Henrie yard at Manti there was a lovely orchard. Father Daniel had been farsighted enough to bring and plant peach and other pits on the first trip to the settlement and as a result raised the first peaches in the valley. He also had plums, apricots, and apples. Each year when the fruit came on, Myra would hitch up horses to the white- top buggy and with her two little girls, Euphemia and Edna, she would travel the entire distance alone in the hot summer sun and with the children seeing imaginary Indians behind every tall sagebrush along the way. All were mighty relieved and thankful when they arrived at their destination. She would leave all the older children at home in the care of the oldest daughter, Loretta, and once she decided to make this trip she was gone for a week or ten days at a time so she could preserve and dry the needed fruit to take back home with her.

      When John returned from his mission, Myra had her sister Malinda staying with her. Since plural marriages were encouraged by the Church at that time, John suggested to Myra that perhaps he should take “Lyn” as a second wife, but Myra said, “No, one wife was enough for any man.” So that was that.

      It seemed now that John was even busier than before. Myra and the boys John and Dan, and her brother Jerome, had kept things going pretty well on the farm and with the sheep, but now so many church and civic jobs were his responsibility. At different times he was superintendent of the Sunday School, president of the YMMIA, and president of the Seventies Quorum. He served as city councilman and second treasurer of the school board, and was in various local enterprises.

      When they started to build the Manti Temple, John took his team and went to the rock quarry to supervise some men while they got rock out for the building. It was during this period that his ears (which had been frozen while he had been out with the sheep one fall) became worse. As they had thawed and healed, a sort of scale had formed and this itched, and he would scratch and rub it. One day he went to the doctor, and he cut half or his ear off without antiseptic and charged him $20. John thought it was an outrageous price for the service he rendered, so he never went back to him.

      He was administered to by several of his brethren and blessed and administered to by Brother Blackburn of southern Utah who had done so many wonderful things for other people, but all to no avail. When the pain got worse and worse, he consulted other doctors and found he had cancer.

      A call came from the heads of the Church at this time for him to head a company and settle Arizona, but because he had been away from his family so much and because of his illness, he begged to be released from this assignment. He did, however, completely outfit another family to take his place on this mission. From then on, John and Myra did everything they could to get relief for [p. 65] him from this ravenous disease. He went to Colorado to bathe in the hot mineral springs and he sent clear to Germany for medicine. Nothing seemed to help. His boys, John and Dan, Jeff and Ellis, had long since taken over the part of running his farm and sheep, but he had always been able to counsel and guide them until now. He died on May 3, 1896, at the age of 51.

      Myra had always been a sensible, hard-working woman, but now she was faced with her greatest challenge. She was left with eight children: John, Daniel, Loretta, Euphemia, Edna, Effie, Jeff, and Ellis. She had 90 acres of irrigated land and 700 sheep besides other stock, property, and responsibility. John and Daniel now were 18 and 16, respectively, and they knew how things should be done, for they had been doing them under the counsel of their father for a long time, but it was pretty hard for them to always get the younger brothers to see things their way and work with them.

      So Myra had her troubles, as all mothers do, “pouring oil on troubled waters.” But she was wise and tender-hearted and always willing to do anything she could for anyone. She had a natural talent for home nursing and medicine, and though she was never schooled in the art her advice and help were sought far and wide. It seemed she never thought she had time to attend church much, even after her husband moved her across the street from the chapel especially so she could go. But she did take part in Relief Society and was a visiting teacher. John had been very diligent in his church duties and it was largely through his determined efforts and large contributions that the new chapel was started.

      One by one Myra’s children married until she had just Jeff and Ellis home. Then one night she was called to help her neighbor. Jacob Anderson’s wife was giving birth to a baby, but there was trouble. The doctor saved the baby’s life but the mother passed away. Myra brought little Anna home with her to take care of her. She raised this child as her own, but never adopted her for she did not want to take her own name away from her. Anna was a fine girl and grew up to be a great comfort to Myra in her old age.

      One day while visiting Anna in Spring City, Myra went to sweep the steps. She slipped on the icy step and hurt her hip. She was laid up for a long time but eventually recovered.

      Her two youngest boys had long since sold out most of her holdings in Moroni and invested the money in property in Idaho, and when Anna married and moved away, she was very lonely. Different ones of her grandchildren (mostly Lucile Morley and Effie Olson) took turns living with her until 1931 when she moved to the home of her son Daniel. Her health failed more and more, and for the last months before her death she was bedfast and was taken care of by Dan’s wife and family. She died Feb. 6, 1936, at Moroni, and was buried by the side of her husband in the family plot of the city cemetery. She was 84 years old, and a fine tribute was paid her by the large crowd of townspeople, friends and relatives who attended the services.

      Myra and John had 12 children all b. in Moroni, Utah:

1.       Amanda Lovina Olson, b. 15 Sep.. 1871, d. 14 Apr. 1874.

2.       John H. Olson, b. 31 July 1873. He was about 19 years of age when [p. 66] his father died and his mother was left with eight younger children. He took over much of the responsibility of running the farm and caring for the sheep. When Jeff and Ellis became old enough to run the farm, John, who was disappointed in love, decided to go to Idaho. He went to the Lost River country and remained there for a while, then sold out and returned to Moroni. In the year 1919 he went to Hazelton, Idaho, and from there to Artesian near Murtaugh where he homesteaded and bought land, and developed water, He went broke on this project and returned to Moroni again for a short time. Then with his horses and all his belongings he headed for Canada. He got as far as Trout Creek in Montana. Here he bought unbroken land for $10 an acre and settled down again. He was in Montana when he took a stroke and was ill for two and a half years. He died at the Warm Springs Hospital, near Thompson, in Montana, in 1937-38.

3.       Loretta Olson, b. 2 Dec. 1874-75 (one family reference gives her name as Myra Loretta); m. Aury Draper.

4.       Daniel Lafayette Olson, b. 2 Mar. 1876; m. Dorothea Elizabeth Nelson.

5.       Euphemia Annie Olson, b. 13 Oct. 1879; m. Ross R. Anderson.

6.       Jerome Bradley Olson, b. 27 June 1882, d. 30 Apr. 1883.

7.       Ethel Olson, twin, b. 21 June 1885, d. 29 Mar. 1889.

8.       Edna Olson, twin, b. 21 June 1885; m. Wilford Leroy Morley.

9.       Emerson Olson, b. 18 Sept. 1837, d. 4 Aug. 1889.

10.       Effie Rozella Olson, b. 5 Sept. 1889 [bapt. 21 July 1898], d. 11 Nov. 1899.

11.       Jefferson Olson, b. 24 Feb, 1892; m. Mary Faux.

12.       Ellis Ephraim Olson, b. 9 Apr. 1894; m. Edna Kump.


      LORETTA OLSON, 3rd child of John and Myra Elizabeth (Henrie) Olson, was b. 2 Dec. 1874-5, in Moroni, Sanpete Co., Utah [bapt. 28 Nov. 1893, end. & H. 29 Nov. 1893]; m. 1893 to Aury Draper, s. of William & Mary Ann (Manhart) Draper. He was b. 17 Oct. 1869, Moroni [bapt. 28 Nov. 1893, end. 29 Nov. 1893]. Aury Draper worked for the U.S. Indian service for 20 years and was retired when 67 years old. They had 6 children:

1.       Aury Kenneth Draper, b. 21 Feb. 1895, Moroni, Utah; m. Laura Williams. He is employed as engineer in the Indian Service at Ft. Hall, Idaho and has been in the government service since 1919. They had 4 children: [p. 67]

(1)       Aury Logan Draper, s. of Aury Kenneth & Laura (Williams) Draper, b. 1918, Myton, Duchesne Co., Utah

(2)       Venice Mary Draper, b. 1921, Myton.

(3)       Kenneth Darrel Draper, b. 1924, Myton.

(4)       Margaret Draper, b. 1934, Fort Hall, Idaho.

2.       EVE MILDRED DRAPER, 2nd child of Aury & Loretta (Olson) Draper, was b. 2 Apr. 1898, Moroni, Utah; m. George P. Morris, b. in Denver, Colo. He d. 1920 at Myton, Utah. For several years Eve was employed as assistant post office clerk at Myton. No children.

3.       MYRA ORA DRAPER, b. 21 Sept. 1900, Moroni; m, at Myton, Utah, Syerl Dennis, s. of Daniel Dennis. Myra was a postal clerk at Myton for several years. She d. 1940s, at Myton, and bur. there Jan. 18. They had 4 children all b. at Myton:

(1)       Clayton Dennis,

(2)       Kay Dennis.

(3)       Gail Dennis.

(4)       Norman Floyd Dennis.

4.       WILLIAM GLEN DRAPER, be 24 Sept. 1905, Summerville, Union Co., Ore.; m. Evelyn Johnson, dau. of Axtel & Clara Johnson. William was employed in the U. S. Reclamation Service as bead accountant; has held this position since 1926. They had 2 children, both b. in Myton, Utah

(1)       Ida Jean Draper.

(2)       Elaine Draper.

5.       JOHN FLOYD DRAPER, b. 11 Feb. 1908, Summerville, Union Co., Ore., d. 1920s. He was injured in an auto accident while driving a school bus for the high school at Roosevelt, Utah He d. at Myton and was bur. there.

6.       EMERSON OLSON DRAPER, b. 1910s, Moroni, Utah; m. Norma Battridge. They had 1 child:

(1)       Karen Draper, b. in Boise, Idaho.


      DANIEL LAFAYETTE OLSON, 4th child of John & Myra Elizabeth (Henrie) Olson, was b. 2 Mar. 1876 [bapt. 5 Nov. 1899, end. 8 Nov. 1899]; m. 8 Nov. 1899, in Manti (L.D.S. Temple) to Dorothea Elizabeth Nelson, dau. of Jens C. & Karen (Christensen) Nelson. She was b. 10 Feb. 1881, Moroni, Sanpete Co., Utah [bapt. 30 July 1889, end. & H. 8 Nov. 1899]. They had 10 children, all in Moroni, Utah: [p. 68]

      Children of Daniel Lafayette & Dorothea Elizabeth (Nelson) Olson::

1.       Daniel Dale Olson, b. 1 May 1901, d. 1 June 1901.

2.       Callie Almyra Olson, b. 10 July 1902 [bapt. 1910s, end. & H. 1 Apr. 192 5]; m 1920s, to Lafayette Morley, s. of Amasa Allen & Sena (Hansen) Morley. He was b. 8 June 1901, Moroni Utah [bapt.; end. 1920s]. No children.

3.       Lola Davada Olson, b. 9 Oct. 1904 [bapt. 1910s, end. & H. 1920s]; m. 1920s, to Dr. Merrill Lee Oldroyd s. of John Jolly & Mary Ann (Morgan) Oldroyd. He was b. 16 May 1904, Fountain Green, Utah [end. 1920s]. Lola received her early education in Moroni, Utah; was president of the junior class, active in chorus and dramatics. (Continued on p. 75.)

4.       LaRue Olson, b. 2 Apr. 1906; m. John Ezra Nixon.

5.       Camille Olson, b 24 Mar. 1908; m. Maurice Owen Justesen; m. (2) Ellis Claud Jensen.

6.       Perry Lafayette Olson, b. 1910s [bapt. 1920s], d. 1930s, at Moroni, Utah.

7.       Effie Rozella Olson, b. 1910s [bapt. 1920s]; m. 11 Nov. 1431, Bountiful, Utah, to Ray C. Nielson, s. of Niels Christian Nielson or Neilson & Mary (Marker) Nielson. He was b. 1910s, in Manti, Utah They had 1 child:

(1)       Dell Ray Nielson; b. 1930s, Manti.

8.       Ruby Leanor Olson, b. 1910s; m. George J. Madsen

9.       Eva Neal Olson, b. 1910s [bapt 1920s, end. abt. 1944-5]; m. 1930s to Frank B. Allred. They had 4 children:

(1)       LaRee Allred, b. 1930s, Moroni, Utah, d. 1940s at Long Beach, Calif.

(2)       Richard W. Allred, b. 1930s, Salina, Utah.

(3)       Terry Allred, b. 1940s, Salt Lake City, Utah.

(4)       Judy R. Allred, b. 1940s, Long Beach, Calif

10.       Phyllis LaVerne Olson, b. 1920s [bapt. 1930s]; m. 1940s, to Doyce L. Oldroyd, b. 1920s, at Fountain Green, Utah, s. of Charles Leonard & Minnie Melinda (Morley) Oldroyd. Phyllis attended schools at Moroni until 18 years of age; then she completed a course in beauty culture at the Huish School in Salt Lake City; she has held positions in the Church as teacher in Primary, Y.L.M.I.A., ward and stake secretary of Primary; has as a hobby the study of art. Doyce attended schools at Fountain Green and Moroni; is a farmer, sheep and cattle man; is a talented singer and accordianist; has entertained at various programs; member of an orchestra. [p. 69] Phyllis and Doyce own their own home in Fountain Green and have resided there except for a short period in Salt Lake City and in Tooele, Utah. They adopted a baby girl on 23 June 1953 from the Children’s Service Society of Salt Lake City and are very happy with her:

(1)       Paula Jean Oldroyd, b. 1950s, Salt Lake City.

      LaRUE OLSON, 4th child of Daniel Lafayette & Dorothea Elizabeth (Nelson) Olson, was b. 2 Apr. 1906 [bapt. 1910s, end. & H. 1920s]; m. 1920s in Salt Lake City (L.D.S. Temple), to John Ezra Nixon, s of James William & Effie Dean (Woolley) Nixon. He was b. 8 Apr, 1904, Huntington Utah [bapt.; end. 1920s] They had 4 children:

1.       Ezra John Nixon, b. 1930s, Del Norte, Rio Grande, Colo. [bapt. 1930s]; m. Charlotte McDonald.

2.       Franklin Daniel Nixon, b. 1930s, Del Norte, Colo., d. 1930s.

3.       Dorothy Dean Nixon, b. 1930s.

4.       Karen Colette Nixon, b. 1940s.

      CAMILLE OLSON, b. 24 Mar. 1908 [bapt. 1910s]; m. (1) 14 June 1935, at Moscow, Idaho, to Maurice Owen Justesen, s. of Joseph A. & Geneva (Hyde) Justesen. He do 31 Oct. 1949, in Ogden, Weber Co., Utah, and was bur. 3 Nov. 1949 at Spring City, Utah. She m. (2) Ellis Claud Jensen, on 14 Feb 1953, in Ogden, Utah.

      Camille graduated from Moroni High School in 1927. She attended Brigham Young University in 1928 and Snow College in 1929, graduating with a B.S. degree and a First Class Teachers Certificate for Elementary Grades; was a teacher in North Sanpete School District for 6 years. After marrying Maurice Owen she moved to Moscow, Idaho, where her husband worked and attended the University of Idaho, s.,udyirg commercial dairying. They later moved to Ogden, where he took a job whith Arden Sun Freeze Creameries as an ice cream maker. In 1942 Camille went to work at Ogden Arsenal, where she is still employed. After Mr. Justesen died, she m. Ellis Claud Jensen, who works at Hill Air Force Base as a position classifier in the Personnel Dept. They reside at Ogden.

      Camille and Maruice Owen Justesen had 1 child:

l.       Alan Morris Justesen, b. 1930s, Payson, Utah

      RUBY LEANOR OLSON, 8th child of Daniel Lafayette & Dorothea Elizabeth (Nelson) Olson, was b. 1910s [bapt. 1920s]; m. 1940s, Las Vegas, Clark Co., Nevada, to George J. Madsen, s. of George J. & Addie (Tebbs) Madsen. He was b. 1910s, Mt. Pleasant, Utah. [p. 70] Ruby Leanor Olson attended college two years at Brigham Young University and two years at University of Utah. George attended the University of Utah for four years. They were married in 1944 while he was serving in the U.S. Navy as Lt.J.G. in the Medical Corps and she as an Air Hostess for Western Air Lines. They were married by President Byron Bunker in Las Vegas and left there for Los Angeles, where George returned to the Navy and Ruby to her job as hostess. He then served 2 years in the Philippine Islands. Because of business opportunities in Las Vegas, George opened offices there for the practice of general medicine and surgery. Having a strong desire to become an ophthalmologist, he returned to California for further study. Upon completion this adventure and two and one-half years as resident eye surgeon at San Diego, California County Hospital, George and Ruby have returned to Las Vegas where he has been practicing for the past two years. They had 1 child:

1.       Pamela Joan Madsen, b. 1940s, Glendale, Los Angeles Co., Calif.


      EUPHEMIA ANNIE OLSON, 5th child of John & Myra Elizabeth (Henrie) Olson, was b. 13 Oct. 1879, Moroni, Utah [bapt. 10 June 1888, end. 18 Sept. 1901]; m. 18 Sept. 1901 in Manti (L.D.S. Temple); to Dr. Ross Anderson, s. of Peter H. & Esther (Smith) Anderson. Ha was b. 23 Apr. 1879, in Manti, Utah, d. 1920s, Salt Lake City, and bur. Nov. 12 in the Wasatch Lawn Cemetery in Salt Lake City [end. 18 Sept. 1901]. They had 3 children

l.       John Ross Anderson, b. 22 May 1903, Baltimore, Md,

2.       Elliott Vernon Anderson, b. 17 June 1906, Salt Lake City.

3.       William Ray Anderson, b. 27 Dec. 1908, Salt Lake City.


      EDNA OLSON, 8th child of John & Myra Elizabeth (Henrie) Olson, was b. 21 June 1885, Moroni, Utah. She was a twin to Ethel Olson who died when a child. [Edna was bapt. 29 July 1894, end. & H. 11 Dec. 1907.] She m. 11 Dec. 1907, in Manti (L.D.S. Temple), Wilford LeRoy Morley, s. of Amasa A. & Sena Hans (Hansen) Morley. He was b., 27 Jane 1886, in Moroni, Utah [bapt. 11-16 Aug. 1894, end, 11 Dec, 1907].They had 6 children, all b. in Moroni:

1.       Gordon LeRoy Morley, b. 23 Jan. 1909; m. Melba Lund.

2.       Edna Lucile Morley, b. 1910s; m. J. C. Nelson.

3.       Elbert Henrie Morley, be 17 Jan, 1913; m. Mary Dennison.

4.       Bernice Morley, b. 1910s; m. Henry Worthington.

5.       Ethelyn Morley, b. 1920s; m. Dern Chapman.

6.       Royce Evon Morley, b. 1920s; m. Aden V, Johnson [p. 71]

      GORDON LEROY MORLEY, eldest child of Wilford LeRoy & Edna (Olson) Morley, was b. 23 Jan, 1909, Moroni, Utah [bapt. 1910s]; m. 1930s, to Melba Lund, dau. of James & Greta (Sorenson) Lund. She was b. 1910s in Moroni. They had 4 children, all b. in Moroni:

1.       Boyce Gordon Morley, b. 1930s [bapt. 1930s], m. Mary Eudean Jackson on 15 Feb. 1952, in Fountain Green, Sanpete Co., Utah She was a dau. of Alvin Lyman & Velda (Oldroyd) Jackson, b. 1930s, in Fountain Green. He served with the 45th Div. in the Korean Battle zone for 1 year, and received the Korean Service Medal with 3 bronze service stars, and the United Nations Service Combat Infantry Badge; he attained the rank of PFC; was released from active duty Apr. 1953 at Fort Ord, Calif.

2.       LaJune Morley, b. 1930s [bapt 1940s, end. & H. 1950s]; m. 1950s in Manti (L.D.S. Temple), to John Bert Larson, s. of Harris B. & Mary (Ruesch) Larson. He was b. 1930s, in Moroni [bapt. 1930s, end 1950s]. John served with the 10th Div. in the Korean Battle zone for 9 months; he attained the rank of SFC; was released from active duty 27 May 1953 at Camp Stenemead, Calif. He received the Korean Service medal with 2 bronze service stars, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge.

3.       Greta Carolyn Morley, b. 1930s [bapt. 3 Sept. 194 5].

4.       Sharon Morley, b. 1930s [bapt. 1940s].

      EDNA LUCILE MORLEY, 2nd child of Wilford LeRoy & Edna (Olson) Morley, was b. 24 Apr 1910, Moroni, Utah [bapt. 1910s, end. & H. 1930s]; m. 1920s, to Jay C. Nelson, s. of Ephriam & Kerstine Marie (Jensen) Nelson. He was b. 29 May 1907, in Moroni [bapt. 1910s, end 1930s]. They had 3 children:

1.       LaVon Nelson, b. 1920s, Moroni [bapt. 1930s, P. 1930s]; m. 1940s, to Orris Anthony Winters, s. of Anthony & Gladys (Hansen) Winters. He was b. 1920s, Fountain Green, Utah [bapt. 1930s]. He served in World War II as an airplane armorer gunner in campaigns over the northern Apennines, Po Valley, and Rhineland Central Europe. He received the following decorations and citations: American Theater Ribbon, European-African       Middle Eastern Ribbon with 4 bronze battle starts, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 1 bronze oak leaf cluster, World War II Victory Medal. LaVon and Orris Anthony had 2 children:

(1)       Kathleen Winters, b. 1940s, Payson, Utah.

(2)       Marilyn Winters, b. 1950s, Nephi, Utah.

2.       Jay Gerald Nelson, b. 1930s, Garfield, Utah [bapt. 1940s]

3.       Edna Marie Nelson, b. 1930s, Garfield [bapt. 1940s]. [p. 72]

      ELBERT HENRIE MORLEY, 3rd child of Wilford LeRoy & Edna (Olson) Morley, was b. 1910s, Moroni, Utah [bapt. 1920s], m. 1930s, in Manti, Utah, to Mary Dennison, dau. of Rowland & Louisa Catherine (Metcalf) Dennison. She was b. 1910s, in Sterling, Sanpete Co., Utah. They had 6 children, all b. in Moroni:

1.       Elbert Kayle Morley, b. 1930s [bapt. 1940s].

2.       Deon Morley, b. 1930s [bapt. 1940s].

3.       Patsy Lee Morley, b. 1940s [bapt. 1950s].

4.       Mary Lou Morley, b. 1940s [bapt 1950s].

5.       Joan Morley, twin, b. 1940s.

6.       Jo Ann Morley, twin, b. 1940s.

      BERNICE MORLEY, 4th child of Wilford LeRoy & Edna (Olson) Morley, was b. 1910s, Moroni, Utah [bapt. 1920s, end. & H. 1930s]; m. 1930s in Manti (L.D.S. Temple), to Henry Worthington, s. of Joseph F. & Florence (Warner) Worthington. He was b. 1910s, in Nephi, Utah [bapt. 1920s, end. 1930s]. They had 3 children:

1.       Ned Henry Worthington, b. 1940s, Nephi, Utah [bapt 1940s].

2.       Jay Morley Worthington, b. 1940s, Payson, Utah [bapt. 1950s]. .

3.       Craig Worthington, b. 1940s, Payson.

      ETHELYN MORLEY, 5th child of Wilford LeRoy & Edna (Olson) Morley, was b. 1920s, Moroni, Utah; m. 1940s, in Elko, Elko Co., Nevada, to Dern Chapman, s. of Welcome & Sarah LaVerne (Mathis) Chapman. He was b. 1920s, in Fountain Green, Utah. Dern served in World War II, as St.Sgt, army military occupational specialty, machine gun sector leader. He served in Rhineland and Central Europe. He received the following citations and decorations: American Theater of Operations, Service Ribbon, European, Africa, Middle and Eastern Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and Victory Medal. He was released from active duty Jan. 1946. Dern and Ethelyn had 2 children:

1.       Suzanne Chapman, b. 25 Oct . 1941, Moroni, Utah [bapt. 1950s].

2.       Linda Chapman, b. 1940s, Mt. Pleasant, Utah.

      ROYCE EVON MORLEY, 6th child of Wilford LeRoy & Edna (Olson) Morley, was b. 1920s, Moroni, Utah [bapt. 1930s, end, & H. 1940s]; m. 1940s, Manti (L.D.S. Temple), to Aden V. Johnson, s. of George J. Olena (Larsen) Johnson. He was b. 1910s, in Fountain Green, Utah [bapt. 1920s, end. 1940s]. [p. 73]

      Aden V. & Royce Evon (Morley) Johnson had 5 children:

1.       Judith Evon Johnson, b. 1940s, Mt. Pleasant, Utah [bapt. Mar. 1953].

2.       Aden David Johnson, b. 1940s, Mt. Pleasant.

3.       Peggy Lynn Johnson, b. 1950s, Mt. Pleasant.

4.       Randy LeRoy Johnson, b. 1950s, Payson, Utah

5.       George Kim Johnson, b. 1950s, Nephi, Utah.


      ELLIS EPHRAIM OLSON, 12th child of John & Myra Elizabeth (Henrie) Olson, as b. 9 Apr. 1894, Moroni, Utah [bapt. 19 June 1904, end. 1910s]; m 1910s in Nephi, Utah, to Edna Kump, dau. of Zachariah & Mary Catherine (Cloward) Kump. She was b. 8 Oct. 1895, in Chester, Sanpete Co., Utah [bapt. 5 June 1904, end. & H. 1910s]. They had 8 children: Ellis is a good manager; a religious man; spends much time helping others.

1.       Katherine Olson, b. 1910s, Moroni, Utah [bapt. 1920s]; m. 1930s, to Emery Edward Carson, s. of Forest Edward & Gussie (Reynolds) Carson He was b. 1910s, Dayton, Wash.; he is a car salesman; member of the Lions Club, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Elks Lodge, and Minidoka Co. Mounted Posse; has held numerous positions in all organizations; was Seaman 1st Class in the Navy, World War II, and served at Farragut, Ida., for 22 months. Katherine was secy. of M.I.A., taught Primary, member of PTA and Federated Women’s Club; graduate of Rupert, Idaho, High School. They had 1 child:

(1)       Karla Rae Carson, b. 1940s, Rupert, Minidoka Co., Idaho [bapt. 1950s]; a student of ballet.

2.       Emmerson Jay Olson, b. 1910s, Moroni, Utah [bapt. 1920s]; m. (1) 3 July 1937, in Idaho, to Wave Young, dau. of Mr. & Dora (Johnson) Young. Wave was b. 1920s, in Shel1y, Idaho. They had 1 child:

(1)       Gary Jay Olson, b. 1930s, Burley, Idaho, d. 1930s.

      Emmerson m. (2) Maxine Short, the widow of Herbert Dean Moore. She was b. 1920s, Rupert, Idaho, dau. of Bert & Dora (Read) Short, she is secretary to the County Supt. of Schools. Emmerson is a Rupert High School graduate and was a student for a time of the Idaho University; he is now a car salesman and farmer.

3.       Elvin Ellis Olson, b. 1910s, Moroni, Utah [bapt. 1920s], m. 1930s-39, in Hailey, Blain Co., Idaho, to Margaret Shirley Dickson, dau. of Lewis Franklin & Elsa (Hoog, Hoag) Dickson. She was b. 1910s, in Pocatello, Idaho, Elvin Ellis is a Rupert High [p. 74] School graduate; he participated in band and orchestra. He served in World War II with the Navy for 26 months, with the rank of 3rd class radioman; spent his entire service time on the President Jackson troop ship. He was in contact with Iwo Jima when the flag of the U.S. was raised to indicate the battle of Iwo Jima was won. He was in 3 invasions and received the presidential citation. After his return home he engaged in farming. Elvin Ellis and Margaret had 1 child, b. in Rupert, Minidoka Co., Idaho:

(1)       Karen Lenia Olson, b. 1930s.

4.       Faye Olson, 4th child of Ellis Ephraim & Edna (Kump) Olson, was b. 1920s, Rupert, Idaho [bapt. 1930s]; m. 1930s, to Reynold Edwin Chambers, b. 7 Apr. in Burley, Cassia Co., Idaho, s. of Reynold Richard & Elaine (Burt) Chambers. Faye graduated from high school in 1939; active in 4-H work. They had 3 children:

(1)       Vickie Sue Chambers, b. 1940s, Pocatello, Idaho [bapt. 1950s].

(2)       Jacquelyn Faye Chambers, b. 1940s, Rupert, Idaho.

(3)       Kathleen Elaine Chambers, b. 1940s, Burley, Idaho.

5.       John Olson, b. 1920s, Rupert, Idaho, d. 1920s.

6.       LaMar K. Olson, b. 1920s, Rupert, Idaho [bapt. 1930s, end. 1940s]; he married 28 Nov. 1945, in Logan (L.D.S. Temple), to Arva Seaman, dau. of George & Nora (Pitcher) Seaman. She was b. 1920s, Smithfield, Utah [bapt.; end. & H. 1940s]. LaMar graduated from Rupert High School; was Fireman 2nd Class on U.S.S. Columbia during World War II; participated in 2 invasions; active in church as counselor in M.I.A., ward teacher, Priesthood class leader, ward choir leader; has studied voice and sings for public gatherings; is a successful farmer. Arva is counselor in the M.I.A. They had 2 children, b. in Rupert, Ida.:

(1)       Diana Kay Olson, b. 1940s.

(2)       Kenneth LaMar Olson, b. 1940s.

7.       Myrtle Louise Olson, b. 1920s, in Rupert, Idaho; m. Kenneth Glen Allen, 28 Dec. 1948, Rupert, Idaho. He was b. in Burley, Ida., s. of Harmon Franklin & Mary Lucille (Pitts) Allen. [Myrtle Louise was bapt. 1930s.] She graduated from Rupert High School in 1947 and attended Albion College; is a teacher in Sunday School; active in Camp Fire and 4-H Club. Glen served 18 months in the Army; one year was spent in Korea; is employed with Peterson Tractor Co., Tremonton, Utah; hobbies: golf, baseball, and hunting.

8.       Larry D. Olson, b. 1930s, Rupert, Idaho [bapt. 1940s]. He graduated from Rupert High School in 1953; was prominent in high school activities, especially as cheer leader for 3 years; farmed with his 2 brothers and desired to attend college the second semester of 1953. He loves to fish and hunt. [p. 75]

      LOLA DAVADA OLSON, 3rd child of Daniel Lafayette & Dorothea Elizabeth (Nelson) Olson-- continued from p. 68. She was chosen Queen of May when 10 years of age, Sego Lily Queen at 15, Miss Utah at 16, and Goddess of Liberty or the 4th of July celebration when 18 years of age. She was elected vice-president of the high school student body; attended Brigham Young University in 1924 and University of Utah in 1925. She taught school at Box Creek, Piute Co., Utah, and then at Moroni. While her husband was attending medical school, she assisted financially by caring for apartments in Salt Lake City and later in Chicago; she took in boarders; and worked at a hospital until he graduated. In the L.D.S. Church she has served as a Primary teacher; member of stake Relief Society, second counselor to president (Nebo Stake). In civic offices, she has been secretary-treasurer for 4 years of the County Medical Auxiliary; president of Taylor School P.T.A.; and P.T.A. council vice-president (1954).

      Merrill, her husband, graduated from Moroni High School. After completing two years at the University of Utah, he accepted a call to fill a mission in the Eastern States; was secretary of the mission for 18 months. After his return, he decided to study medicine and again entered the University of Utah. After his graduation in 1930, he enrolled at the University of Chicago - Rush Medical School. He interned at Salt Lake General Hospital in 1934. He then commenced his medical practice in Payson and built a home. He was Health Physician in Payson from 1942-1952; president of Utah Co, Medical Assn.; 2 year Councilman of Payson, bank director and stockholder of Commercial Bank of Utah since 1940. They had 3 children:

1.       Marilyn Oldroyd, b. 1920s, Salt Lake City [bapt. 1930s]. At an early age she showed talent in dramatics, taking leading parts in school plays, and other activities. In high school she was honor Thespian, won the Tolhurst award for oratory; was queen of her class on Girls Day; served on the Junior Prom Committee and graduation committees; graduated with high honors and gave the valedictory address; was awarded a scholarship to the Brigham Young University. She was chosen Miss Payson for Payson Home Coming Days. After entering college she continued her dramatic art studies, privately, under Kathryn Pardoe and received a superior rating in pantomime. She was sent by the university on a Good Will tour through Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and California She studied piano under J. J. Keeler. Was initial Bell of the Y; vice-president of the B.Y.U. Student Body; took leading parts in college plays; and read “Mary, Queen of Scotts” for the Mask Club. After graduating in 1951, she taught at Forrest School in Salt Lake. She trained as a stewardess of United Air Lines and held the position for 2 years, flying from Seattle to San Francisco, Los Angeles to Denver. Has been chorister, organist, Sunday School teacher, and a Golden Gleaner. She also served as a substitute teacher in Seattle.

2.       John Jay Oldroyd, b. 1930s, Payson [bapt. 1930s]. He hen been active in dramatics and athletics, in both Junior and senior high school. He earned a superior rating in the regional speech meet 2 yrs. in succession, radio speaking. Was sports director and writer for school and radio station KOVO for 2 yrs; was football captain and played basketball and tennis. He graduated from Payson High School with high honors, the highest marks in school; was an honor Thespian. He has been active in Church duties and civic societies; also a member of the National Guard.

3.       Mark Lee Oldroyd, b. 1940s, Payson [bapt. 1950s]. [p. 76]