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November Newsletter 2017


The December HVSUP Newsletter 2017 

December HVSUP Newsletter 2017

James A. McArthur

  Our December Newsletter 2017 begins with a brief recap of our dinner meeting at the Legion Hall. After a sumptuous pot-luck dinner, James A. McArthur, a native of St. George, Utah, spoke to us of his experiences back in Nauvoo as the President of the Nauvoo Temple. He gave us a brief history of the movement of the Church from New York until they came to Nauvoo.  He explained the Saints desire to see that this temple was built, or its building and destruction. However, it was not destroyed before many of the Saints had made their temple covenants with the Lord.  This blessing made it possible for them to endure the many trials they would have along the Mormon Trail across the country, as they made their way to the Salt Lake Valley and beyond.

The Christmas Dinner is talked about, with the entertainment and new board swearing in that will take place in December.

A brief history of the John Spendlove family, and a short Trivia section of old pictures of current and former members of our chapter.

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November Newsletter 2017


The November HVSUP Newsletter 2017 

 November HVSUP Newsletter 2017

  Our November Newsletter 2017 begins with a brief recap of our dinner meeting at the Legion Hall. After a sumptuous pot-luck dinner, John Naegle, one of our home grown Tocqueville citizens, gave us an extremely entertaining and informational history of his Great Great Grandfather, John Conrad Naile (name later changed to Naegle)

James A. and Denise S. McArthur will be attending our next dinner meeting, and speaking on his time in Nauvoo. The Christmas Dinner is referred to as well.  There are pictures of some of our members when they were young, and also old pictures of the area.  You should find this newsletter informative and interesting.

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October Newsletter 2017


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.

Dinner Meeting

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.


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September Newsletter 2017


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

Dinner Group at the Clarkston Pageant

Posing After Dinner

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!)

Welcome to the SUP Pioneer Village

Pioneer Village Sign

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!

Our Presenter

Nick Scholzen

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!


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August Newsletter 2017


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.


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July Newsletter 2017


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.


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June Newsletter 2017


F. Leon Lewis

Leon Lewis Speaking to the HVSUP

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.”

Hurricane SUP Members Listening to F. Leon Lewis

HVSUP Members at the June Meeting

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.

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May Newsletter 2017


Speaker Dr. Craig DunnMormon 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 PresidentialPresidential Banner for Joseph Smith 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  SUP Groupat 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!


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April Newsletter 2017

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.

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March Newsletter 2017

Jim Rhoades

Our March Newsletter 2017 highlights Jim Rhoades, who came as oThomas Rhoadesur 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 Chief Walkaragold 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.

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