I have these two photos of the 1955 Coley Reunion in Richmond, Cache, Utah. These two pictures are obviously of the same group, the black and white one of much better quality, but I thought I would include the color one since it can add a dimension to the black and white (since it is pretty blurry). The first picture seems like it was just for Coley descendants, but then spouses sneak in to the picture, so I really do not know what was the thinking for the shot. The second photo has a few more people I will need help naming, especially the younger ones. Let me know if there are corrections. (Click on the photos to see them closer)
Now comes the fun part of linking everyone together. I will only link together those in the photo, so this is not the entire family.
Martha Christiansen Coley (1879 – 1961).
Evan Reed Jonas (1928 – 1999), son of Lillian, married to Lona Rae Jensen Jonas (1930 – 2012).
Edna Coley Andrus Neilson (1900 – 1983), daughter of Martha, married to Olof Alma Neilson (1891 – 1960).
Carrie Christiansen McMurdie (1906 – 1992), daughter of Martha, married Joseph Lorus McMurdie (1905 – 2000).
Hannah Marie Coley Thomson (1909 – 1982), daughter of Martha, married to William Surgeoner Thomson (1903 – 1985).
William McBlaine Thomson (1928 – 2001), son of William and Hannah, married to Lillian Moss Thomson.
Susan and Doug Thomson, children of William and Lillian Thomson.
Ivan Stephen Coley (1912 – 1994), son of Martha and not pictured, married to Clara McMurdie Coley (1914 – 2012).
Clarene RaNae Coley, daughter of Ivan and Clara.
Oley Lloyd Coley (1918 – 1998), son of Martha, married to Verda Anderson Coley (1918 – 2013).
Alice Maxine, Betty Jean, Lloyd Dean, and Nina Rae Coley, children of Lloyd and Verda. (Is Verda Gay in the picture?)
Arthur Christiansen Coley (1921 – 2004), son of Martha, married to Mary Popwitz Jonas Coley.
Stephen Coley, son of Art and Mary Coley (Is Ronald Gary in the photo?).
Bob Jonas, son of Irwin John Jonas (1921 – 1944, son of Joseph Nelson Jonas and Lillian Coley Jonas Bowcutt) and Mary Popwitz Jonas Coley.
William Golden Coley (1924 – 2009), son of Martha, married to Shirley Hall Coley.
Shirley Kathleen (Kathy), Joy Ann, David Lynn, and Janice Coley, children of Golden and Shirley Coley.
Do you know the ? individuals in the photo, if so, please let me know.
Here is another class picture of my Aunt Jackie. As the sign tells, this picture is from Southwest School in Burley, Cassia, Idaho taken in April 1970. The names were written on a piece of paper inside. If they are incorrect, please let me know. I would be happy to update the information. First, a copy of letter from Ms. Rue.
Margaret Jane Daven Rue (1914-1985)
Bruce Harper (1959-1975)
This class photo is one of several in my Aunt’s photos that she gave to me so I could scan them. Since there is not really a great way to keep all the names on the photo with it, I thought this would be the best way. This picture was taken at the old Miller School located in Burley, Cassia, Idaho. I believe this photo was taken in March 1972. Jackie has written on it that she was age 11, and the broader photo has St. Patrick’s Day items on the walls. If anyone has more information about people in the picture, please let me know.
Bruce Harper (1959 – 1975)
Gerald Heward (?-?)
This is Glacus Merrill’s class from what I believe is 1936. He taught class at Park School in Richmond, Cache, Utah. Several individuals have assisted me to name the individuals I have so far. There are too many unknowns that I hope to clarify in the future. If anyone can help, I would certainly appreciate it. My Grandfather, Norwood, and his brother, Irwin, are both in the photo. Irwin died in World War II, and I assume some of the rest did as well.
I have listed all the individuals below with some limited information I could find on them. At the very bottom is Glacus’ obituary.
Ira William Hillyard (1924-2009)
Robert “Bob” Jay Johnson (1924-2009)
Junior “Pete” Lee Petterborg (1923-1990)
Irwin John Jonas (1921-1944)
Norma Kaye Funk (1924-2002)
Anna May Lawrence (1924-1988)
Nadine Johnson (1924-2005)
Darrel Wilmot Smith (1924-2008)
Lyle Wilding (1924-2002)
Mary Afton Sorensen (1923-2008)
Wilburn Norwood Jonas (1924-1975)
Alvin Chester Spackman (1923-1994)
Bernice Frandsen (1924-2002)
Glacus Godfrey Merrill (1905-2002)
Joy Erickson (1924-2002)
Allen Elijah Spackman (1923-1997)
Garr Dee Christensen (1923-2002)
Victor LaMar Carlson (1923-2008)
Harold Gail Spackman (1924-1991)
Warren Thomas Hamp (1924-2009)
Here is a copy of the obituary I found for Glacus. Wow, I wish my school teachers had been this amazing.
LOGAN – Glacus G. Merrill, 96, died of causes incident to age in Logan, Utah on Saturday, February 9, 2002. He was born May 27, 1905 in Richmond, Utah to Hyrum Willard and Bessie Cluff Merrill. He is a grandson of Marriner W. Merrill, a pioneer prominent in the settling of Cache Valley, an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the first president of the Logan LDS Temple. He married Constance B. Bernhisel in 1925, and they were later divorced. He married Marie B. Bailey, March 24, 1945 in Washington D.C. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple.
While attending school, he participated in track and football at North Cache and Brigham Young College, where he graduated in 1925. Glacus graduated from Utah State University in 1935 and also attended the University of Utah and Chico State College in California. He is a graduate of the REI Radio Engineering School in Sarasota, Florida. He was the principal of the Richmond Park School for 11 years and served in the U.S. Navy for four years during World War II. He served an LDS mission to California from 1954-1955. While living in the East, he served as President of the West Virginia Farm Bureau and the State Black Angus Association. He is an honorary Kentucky Colonel. He also served as President and District Governor of Lions Clubs in Utah and West Virginia, and was a member of the Lions Club for 42 years. Glacus was Vice President of the West Virginia Broadcasters Association, and is a member of the USU Old Main Society. He established a Scholarship Fund in the Communications Department at USU. The Montpelier, Idaho Jaycees presented him with their outstanding Citizen’s Award. He was also a member of the Montpelier Rotary Club, Utah Farm Bureau, VFW and American Legion. He is a member of the “Around the World Club” having traveled around the world with his son, Gregory. He and his wife, Marie traveled extensively. Merrill was a popular Rodeo announcer in his early days. He authored the book “Up From the Hills” which was finished in 1988 and is available in area libraries.
Honored by the Utah Broadcasters as a pioneer in Radio Broadcasting, Merrill started his broadcasting career in 1938 as part owner and Program Director at KVNU Radio in Logan. After serving four years in the Navy, he built his first radio station Clarksburg, West Virginia. He owned and operated 11 other stations in West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Idaho and Utah, including stations in Montpelier, Idaho and Logan, Utah. He was well known for his frank and outspoken editorials, news and comments on KBLW in Logan. He has given over 7,000 newscasts and editorials always ending them with the saying, “Have Good Day Neighbor.” In 56 years of radio broadcasting, he trained several young broadcasters who are now making good.
As a hobby, wherever he lived, he operated a cattle ranch and farm. He served in many civic and church activities including counselor in the LDS Stake MIA, counselor in the East Central Stake Mission Presidency, 5 years as a Branch President and 11 years as District President in West Virginia. He also served as Deputy Scout Commissioner in Idaho and for 12 years taught the High Priest Class in the Logan 3rd Ward and served for several years as the High Priest Group Leader. He was an avid supporter of many missionaries in the area.
His wife, Marie preceded him in death on April 22, 1993, as well as six brothers and one sister. He is survived by his two daughters, Darla D. (Mrs. Dennis Clark) of Logan; Madge (Mrs. Melvin Meyer) of Smithfield; one son, G. Gregory (Joan) Merrill of Logan; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon on Thursday, February 14, 2002, at the Logan 3rd Ward Chapel, 250 North 400 West, with Bishop Grant Carling conducting. Friends and family may call Wednesday evening, February 13th, at the Nelson Funeral Home, 162 East 400 Norther, Logan from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday at the church from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Richmond City Cemetery.
Here is a picture of the Plain City, Weber, Utah school student body in 1895. Apparently this was the entire student body and this photo was reproduced in the 15 March 1959 copy of the Ogden Standard-Examiner. I have a couple of relatives in the picture and that is probably why my Grandpa and Grandma Ross pulled it from the paper and have kept it with their possessions. The names all come from that same paper caption although both of the unknown Rogers just have Miss. If anyone knows where to get a clearer scan of the photo, I would appreciate it as this 60 year old paper isn’t the best version. I do not think the school in Plain City had another name besides the Plain City School.
I looked up the information for each individual. I found most of them, except for a couple whose names were just not in Plain City or they must have only been there a short time. Sometimes with those old clippings whoever gave them the names might have put a married last name rather than a maiden. Hopefully someone can correct the rest of the names. The two principals I could not nail down because of the difference in age I could not define and there were so many with the same name within 30 years of the age of most of these students. I put the one I think is most likely but welcome corrections.
Eva Edwards (?-?)
Ada Myrtle Skeen (1885-1977) married Daniel Popple Williams (1881-1919) and Edsin Byrum Allred (1881-1960).
Isabell Electa Skeen (1889-1963) married Thomas Etherington Charlton (1887-1956).
Unknown Rogers (?-?)
Cecile May Richardson (1888-1975) married Robert Clyde Hellewell (1887-1967).
Grace Elizabeth Draney (1887-1972) married James Burt Atkinson (1880-1935).
Aseal Andrew Ipson (1889-1981) married Lucy Isabell Knight (1883-1989).
Mary Lew Beatrice Cottle (1887-1971) married Claud Leslie Kimball (1885-1958).
Ethel Garner (1886-1968) married Ephraim William Manning (1884-1970).
Josephine “Josie” Trena Bramwell (1887-1973) married Joseph Herman McCowan (1886-1964).
Mary Edna Garner (1888-1948) married Horace William Wayment (1885-1969).
Unknown Rogers (?-?)
Amanda Christine Olsen (1888-1968) married George Daniel Moyes (1889-1958).
Rachel Ann Garner (1889-1980) married George Leo Sandberg (1887-1949).
Freda Wheeler (?-?)
Murald Vinson Hodson (1887-1970) married Elda Herriot Barnett (1895-1979).
David Alfred Skeen (1885-1969) married Bertha Kerr (1885-1976).
Francis “Frank” Freedom Vause (1883-1974) married Vera Jaquetta Child (1885-1961).
William Thomas Knight (1881-1973) married Eliza Alzina Taylor (1886-1963).
Clarence Richardson (1883-1976) married Louie Marie Rawson (1881-1982).
Martin Grant Hansen (1883-1925) married Alice Maud King (1881-1951).
James Hunt (?-?)
Delwin Sharp (1884-1969) married Violet Grieve (1881-1964). Obviously related to my Sharp line.
William Delbert Skeen (1884-1940). Not sure this is the right William Skeen, but pretty sure.
Chester Davis (1883-1948) married Nellie Clark (1891-1950).
William “Ace” Hamilton Draney (1885-1979) married Ethel Skeen (1883-1979) and Vera Ann Toombs (1895-1977).
Levi “Lee” Alfred Boyd (1883-1972).
Eli Edgar Lund (1884-1955) married Mary Millie Hutchins (1882-1947).
Thomas Richard Bates (1884-1969) married Dora Evaline Taylor (1885-1981)
Alfred Jonathan Coy (1882-1957) married Mabel Adella Ipsen (1885-1954).
George Parley Hansen (1886-1968) married Criesta Zenobia Anderson (1889-1979).
George Edward Folkman (1885-1914) married Florence Evaline Maw (1888-1969). Florence’s mother was a Sharp.
Jesse Leander Lund (1886-1918) married Myrtle John Hawkley (1895-1960).
Charles Bramwell (1885-1971) married Annie Myrtle Shupe (1888-1968).
Estella Dora Hodson (1887-1981) married Parley Paul Taylor (1886-1974).
Etta Letitia Lund (1887-1968) married Robert Alfred Witten (1873-1937).
Ella Doris Hodson (1887-1968) married James Earl McFarland (1889-1951).
Luman Peter Green (1886-1980) married Veda Jane Walker (1888-1981).
Walter Maw (1887-1912) married Della Neal (1888-1961).
Charles Maw, I think this is Charles Edward Maw (1875-1950). Principal.
Ruby Stoker (1885-1965) married George Angus Spears (1878-1943). She is a relative through our Stoker line.
Annie Jane Cottle (1881-1974) married Joseph Pierce Stock (1878-1954).
Edna Rebecca Hansen (1884-1958) married John Elmer Robson (1884-1930).
Susan “Susie” Emma Boyd (1885-1969) married August Steiner (1874-1949).
Gertrude Knight (1886-1970) married Hyrum Ezra Richardson (1886-1962).
Hazel Spiers (1885-1941) married Austin Tracy Wintle (1884-1977).
Rose Liljenquist (?-?)
Millie Maw (1884-1951) married Charles Joseph Buckley (1884-1959).
Martha Catherine Hansen (1887-1963) married Henry Merwin Thompson (1885-1976).
Mabel Adella Ipsen (1885-1954) married Alfred Jonathan Coy (1882-1957).
Maude Marriott (1880-1972) married Wallace Ridgeway Bell (1881-1947).
Daisy Louise Coy (1884-1968) married Hyrum Parley Hogge (1883-1941).
Alminda Drucella Lund (1881-1966) married Harold Waldermar Johnson (1888-1967).
Joseph Skeen, I think this is Joseph Lawrence Skeen (1857-1915). Assistant Teacher.
Here is another photograph from Park Elementary in Richmond, Cache, Utah. Fortunately, with the help of several we have been able to name all the individuals of this 7th Grade Class of Mr. Grant Lyle Bagley. I believe the list is correct, hopefully with correct spelling of names. This photo was roughly the spring of 1943. The ones without dates I assume are all still living because the databases I check do not show anything on them. Although some have common names which does not help. If I have it, I have provided additional information after the names. I am happy to add more if anyone should know more.
Dallin Ray Bell (1931-1988) married Elaine Blanche Tew (1930-2005).
Lowell Andersen (1930-Alive) married LeRita Mary Jonas (1932-Alive).
Earl Delbert Egan (1931-1990)
Robert Henry Anderson (1931-1990) married Julia Corinne Cowger (1924-2004).
Tess Carlson married Wade Christensen
Burt Erickson married Ardell.
Grant Lyle Bagley (1903-1949) married Nellie Adelaide Cartwright (1908-2009). Poor lady was widowed for 60 years!
Afton May Bright (1931-1994) married John Cleve Olson (?-Alive).
Shirley Spackman married Darwin Rawlings (1919-2011).
Shirley Albiston married Gary H Larsen (1931-2005).
Beverly Thompson (1930-1970)
Ludean Burbank married Christensen.
Renee Murray (1931-1996) married Harry Lawrence Holloway (1929-1996).
Lillian Jonas (1930-2009) married Ray Laurence Talbot (1926-1980).
Monte L Merrill married Eunice Tidwell.
LaVar Hadley Spackman (1930-2011) (Backwards with Dick Skidmore??) married Kathryn Bell and Theola Newman Buttars.
Dick Skidmore (Backwards with LaVar Spackman??)
Claine Bullen Skidmore (1931-2012)