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The October Newsletter 2017
National Convention in Centerville, Utah
Our October Newsletter 2017 begins with a review of the National Convention put on by the Centerville Chapter. It was begun with taking a tour around the building, viewing the decorations and memorabilia. A fantastic meal was then served, in proportions almost too large to completely consume. After dinner the Nationally acclaimed singing group “Fire On the Mountain” performed for us.
The rest of the convention was filled with treks, entertainment, business meetings, dinners, and a talk by Glen Rawson.
Our dinner meeting in September was graced by a presentation on the Mountain Meadow Massacre. Dawn Humphries and her husband Buck were our presenters.
The rest of the newsletter contains the calendar for the rest of the year, a continuation of the History of LaVerkin, and a special guess who section, with pictures of some of our members when they were in high school.
The September Newsletter 2017
Trek to the “The Man Who Knew Pageant, and a Wonderful Dinner with Nick Scholzen Presenting about His Families Contribution to the Settlement of Hurricane is found in the September Newsletter 2017
Our September Newsletter 2017, starts out with our activities in the month of August. About 18 to 20 of our group headed out to Clarkston, Utah to view the Clarkston Pageant. Ten of us boarded a van, while the rest went up alone. Most of us met up at the Dinner the city of Clarkston. We had a wonderful dinner of roast beef, baked potatoes, salad, and all the trimmings.
After dinner we all met up at the pageant site, and were entertained with song and dance, and thoughtful presentation of the life of Martin Harris. He was one of the three witnesses to the Book of Mormon. After the pageant, those in the van returned to Ogden, Utah. There we had rented a wonderful home to stay in. (Much more comfortable than a motel!)
The next morning we headed home. However, on the way, Gail and Nita Hinton told us of an SUP Pioneer Village set up in Provo. One of their daughters was a docent there. She was willing to come down and open up the village just for us. WOW! What an experience. The Brigham Young Chapter of the SUP has created a most marvelous place to visit. There were many original pioneer homes and businesses. It was an eyeopening and thrilling experience. From there we continued our trek home, arriving in the late afternoon. Congratulation Dan and Asenith Zaleski, for a wonderful time!
A few days later, we met at the Legion Hall for a sumptuous pot-luck dinner, and a marvelous presentation, given by Nick and Erroleen Scholzen. They told about their families contribution to the history of Hurricane and its growth. Nick is a lifetime citizen of the beautiful community of Hurricane, and like his father and grandfather before him, has contributed a great deal to the betterment of our wonderful little town!
The August Newsletter 2017
The Joys of a 24th of July Celebration. We had no dinner meeting in the month of July, but did have a presence on the “City Center Park”. At 6:00 a.m. on the 24th, a number of our group were at the park setting up the tables and camp stoves in preparation for the events of that morning. At five dollars a plate, we cooked and served up pancakes and eggs with sausage.
The rest of the August Newsletter contains the calendar of events for the rest of the year, as well as a continuation of the History of LaVerkin.
Paula Hirschi Arriola entertains HVSUP Chapter Members on the History of the Hirschi Family in Southern Utah!
On the evening of the 15th of July, our chapter gathered to eat, socialize, and be entertained by Paula, as she expertly, wove the history of her family into the historical fabric of the settlements of Southern Utah. From Ulrich, and his family, who joined the Church in Switzerland during the year 1858, through Waldo who is still living with us here in Hurricane.
Gottlieb, the 2nd in the line, was the first to migrate to Zion, arriving at Castle Garden, New York, where he stayed from August 1859 through May 1860, when they left for Florence, Nebraska. Here they joined the Jesse Murphy Wagon Train, and left in June of that year. He arrived in the Salt Lake Valley about 2 months later. He married Marianna Rupp in September of 1861, just before traveling to the Dixie Mission,
They settled in Santa Clara, but before too long moved to Adventure, a town located near Grafton. They found members of that community already moving to Rockville, so that is where they decided to hang their hats.
Gottlieb and Maryanna had several children, among whom was one named David. Most of Paula’s presentation centered around David and his tremendous contribution to the settlement Hurricane, and the success of the banking industry during a very difficult time in our nation’s economic history. David Married Mary Petty in 1890, and moved to Hurricane in 1921. They had a son they named Claudius (Claud) who married Anna Workman, and was already living in Hurricane. They came to join them.
Claud was one who helped to name the cliffs of Zion, such as “The Three Patriarchs, The Great White Throne, the Great Organ, The Sentinel, and the Altar of Sacrifice. He also became an Icon in the community of Hurricane, taking over his father’s banking interests in the State Bank of Hurricane. He was also a charter member of the Post 100 American Legion, and one of their Commanders.
Our July 2017 Newsletter also gives a continuation of the History of LaVerkin, and the Calendar of Events for the rest of the year.
Leon Lewis entertains HVSUP Chapter Members on Zion & Shunesburg History!
In our June Meeting, We met at the American Legion Hall to listen to F. Leon Lewis regale us with his wit and charm! Leon, an old time resident of Rockville, Utah, took time out of his busy life to tell us about the history of Zion Park, and along with that some of the history of Shunesburg! His opening remark went something like this: “Someone asked me the other day how old I was.” I said, “Well, I’ve been in Rockville, and I have experienced five 100 year floods, you can judge my age from that.”
Leon is a wonderful poet, sage, philosopher and friend. We had a large crowd there to listen to him. He served as one of our presenters on a bus to Zion during the Convention last year. Everyone loved listening to his slow drawl, and down to earth wisdom. We were indeed blessed to have had him speak to us.
The dinner was pot-luck, and scrumptious as always! There are not too many chapters who have pot-luck, and when asked why they don’t, they say it is too risky. They obviously haven’t been to one of our meetings. Only twice in the past 21 years have there ever been problems. One night we had all desserts, and the very next meeting we had all main dishes! Guest who come to our dinners are blown away at how good they are. Our compliments to each chef who helps to provide such successful meals.Download Newsletter
Mormon Prophet Runs for the U.S. Presidency
Our May Newsletter 2017 focuses on Dr. Craig Dunn’s studies about the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith. The fact that it was not just about the destroying of the Nauvoo Expositor was one fact. He said that the major reason for the martyrdom was that Joseph had thrown his hat into the Untied States Presidential Race. Polls taken at the time showed that Joseph’s popularity was growing at an alarming rate. it was a big concern for his competitors. Dr. Dunn’s evidence at the presentation was very compelling. There was a nice crowd there to listen to him. We are grateful for his presentation.
Delicious Meal Served!
The meal, as usual, was excellent, with plenty for all to eat! No one should have gone away hungry. There were numerous main dishes, salads, breads and desserts. Those preparing the dishes for this dinner did an outstanding job!
Our April Newsletter 2017 focuses on two events that took place on the same night!
First: We concluded the Elementary Essay Contest on this evening. For the very first time, all 7 schools in the area participated, including the Water Canyon Elementary in Hildale, and the Common Wealth Home School here in Hurricane. Also, for the very first time, we had a winner in ever single school!! Our participation was nearly double our best year in the past, with 76 participants. All in all, this year was monumental for our chapter as far as the Essays went. Our chairman, Gail Hinton, did an outstanding job correlating all of this. Our deep gratitude go out to him for what he did!
Our overall winner was Dana Grygla from the Hurricane Elementary! She came with her parents and grandmother. When it came her turn, she read her essay in an easy manner, telling about her great great grandfather, Jonathan Heaton. Besides telling us of his life, she applied things in her life today that she felt she inherited from him. Her presentation was flawless, and left us speechless.
For your information, the participation was as follows: Hurricane had 15 participants; Three Falls had 8 participants, LaVerkin had 16, Springdale 3, Water Canyon 3, Common Wealth 1, and Valley Academy Charter School had 30. Of those 76 participants, 15 were selected as winners, with 3 of them taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Each participant received a certificate of participation, and all of the winners received at least $10.00 in presidential dollars. The overall winner received $30.00, and a plaque.
The Second event of the evening was having Wayne Hinton, a professor emeritus at SUU in Cedar City, Utah, speak to us. He reported on the life of Martin Harris, one of the three witnesses. Although there is much known about him, Wayne was able to shed extra light on his life. This report helped us to appreciate more the hardships he and others went through during that time.Download Newsletter
Our March Newsletter 2017 highlights Jim Rhoades, who came as our guest to speak to us about the fascinating story of his great, great grandfather Thomas Rhoades. This man’s role in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in little known. Thomas was indeed a hero of epic proportions, who aiding the the selling of as much property in Nauvoo as he could, for the Saints, before heading west.
His expeditions with the Donner Party, then by himself to get to the Sacramento Valley, finding gold, rescuing the survivors of the Donner Party, returning to Salt Lake City with $17,000 in gold, and donating it to the Church at a very critical time is just a prelude to the great good This man did.
He was later asked to represent the Church to Chief Walkara, and receive gold that the Chief wanted to give to the Church. That part of the presentation was what ignited the flame of interest in the group that night. The presentation was recorded, and will be put on line in the very near future.
Marches event was also advertised, with Wayne Hinton consenting to come and address us on the life of Martin Harris, as we prepare for August’s trek to Clarkston, Utah for “The Man Who Knew” Pageant. We will also honor the winner of the elementary essay contest. The rest of the calendar is also represented. There is also a brief history of the community of Toquerville.Download Newsletter
Our February Newsletter 2017 deals with Antone Bringhurst was presenting the history of the Bringhurst family. This history took them from the time they left Europe, until they settled in Toquerville, Utah. Moreover, it was a fascinating story, detailing the strength of the marvelous families imprint on the history of this area. That, coupled with a delicious pot-luck dinner, it was a meeting that all appreciated very much.
The February Newsletter 2017 gives a small introduction to our March meeting, having Jim Rhoades present his true story. His presentation will be about the Thomas Rhoades and Chief Walker Lost Gold Mine. It is part of the almost lost history of the Church.
The March meeting will honor the Elementary Essay Winner. Also, we will hear from Wayne Hinton on the life of Martin Harris. This in preparation for our trek to “The Man Who Knew Pageant” in August. The newsletter also details the calendar for much of the rest of the year.
This Newsletter also contains the completion of the history of the Hurricane High School.Download Newsletter
Our January Newsletter 2017 includes the Christmas Dinner we had in December. We had the Golden Corral cater the dinner, and they served up a fabulous meal. We give our thanks to the restaurant for helping us celebrate this holiday season!
Jay Evans was gracious enough to bring his brother-in-law and entertain us with Christmas music, and some of his own style of music, some of which he wrote himself. The pair not only sounded great, with Jay on the guitar, and his brother-in-law on the keyboard, but they were very funny as well. We give our thanks to them for the service they rendered to us.
Our January meeting is announced as well, with Antone Bringhurst, a retiring member of our board, giving us information on the Bringhurst family in Toquerville. We look forward to his informative presentation.
February is also loaded with entertainment, as we will hear from Brother James A. Rhoades. He has presented this information before, but it has been several years. He will enthrall us with true tales of the “Lost Rhoades Gold Mine”, or Walkara’s Gold Mine. Jim is the great great grandson of Thomas Rhoades, who was given the responsibility of obtaining the Gold by Brigham Young. His presentation will be of great interest to anyone, and they will be well entertained.
We are reminded of the treks we are going to have during the entire year. Please put these dates on your calendar, and plan to join with us as we learn more about this wonderful area. We will have one two day trek, providing enough sign on.
There is also a continuation of the History of the Hurricane High School, done to and including Wayne Edwards, a member of our chapter!