Kindergarten, Kiddie Kollege, Paul, Idaho

Back row (l-r): Sandra Berg, Danny Wright, Jim Cueva, Jared Fairchild, Bobie Jones, Erin Zemke, Jodie Larson, Hazel Patterson, Keri Jo King, Judy Moller; Middle row: Marshall Neilson, Deanne Williams, Bayden Neilson, Brandon Rogers, Logan Schenk, Desirae Paoli, Charlyn Maughan, Charlyn Robertson, Robyn Olson; Front row: Jacob Timmons, Benjamin Wilcher, Jesse Jensen, Michael Jurgensmeier, Paul Ross, Jedediah Lewis.

 

I mentioned this before, Bobie (Jones) Story let me scan some of our common school pictures.  All mine were lost in a flood of our basement. I am happy to have copies again.  (I am still missing Ms. Suhr for 3rd grade and Mr. Mendenhall for 6th grade.  If you have a copy, please let me scan!)

This is our Kindergarten class picture from the Kiddie Kollege, Paul, Idaho.  This was the 1984 – 1985 school year.

The Kiddie Kollege building is still there, northwest corner of N Main Street and W Idaho Street in Paul.  It was converted to a laundromat for quite a few years, now being repurposed into some other building.

Normally I organize photos with married names and dates.  Since all are still alive (as far as I know), I will forgo any of the dates.  I have added the married last name for the ones I know.  If you have corrections, please let me know.

Mrs. Sandra Berg

Mrs. Judy Moller

Jim Cueva

Jared Fairchild

Jesse Jensen

Bobie Jones married Story

Michael Jurgensmeier

Keri Jo King

Jodie Larson married Brunson

Jedediah Lewis

Charlyn Maughan (not on the class list but I am pretty sure I recognize her in the photo, an extra girl, missing a boy)

Bayden Neilson

Marshall Neilson

Robyn Olson married Powell

Hazel Patterson

Desirae Paoli

Charlyn Robertson married Darrington

Brandon Rogers

Paul Ross

Logan Schenk

Scott Spaulding (apparently in the picture, but I don’t have an unnamed boy)

Jacob Timmons

Benjamin Wilcher

Deanne Williams married Kennett

Danny Wright

Erin Zemke married McKindree

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Goodbye Manti Pageant

Ross Clan at the last Manti Pageant

After the church announced that 2019 would be the last year of the Manti Pageant, at least sponsored by the church generally, we decided we wanted to make sure we made it down with the kids.

I have written about my previous experience with the Manti Pageant and the unfortunate crossing paths with roadkill on the trek home to Logan that night.  While I enjoyed the pageant in 2004, some of the parts were not well done and became distracting.  But the overall spirit of the Pageant was one that I wanted my children to experience.

We went down and attended on Thursday 13 June 2019.  I am glad we went down on a Thursday, we hoped the crowds would be a little less, and they were.  We arrived plenty in advance, got seats, as you can see above, about half way back in the seating.  It was a great location, we got to know our neighbors for the show and I made three trips back to the van to change dirty diapers before the show started.  A good bus driver from Salt Lake City took this photo of us while we waited for the festivities.

The show went on and I was impressed with Aliza and Hiram, they paid particular attention through the entire show.  Most of it is a great review of church history, the restoration, and particular moments the writer thought important to include.  Even afterward Hiram said to me he felt drawn to the pageant and learned some things.  I hope they will never forget we attended the Mormon Miracle Pageant.

One part of the show that struck me was the interaction between Brigham Young and James Allen and the recruiting process.  The Saints were fleeing the country that refused to protect them.  There had even been some suggestions that the Saints would side with a nation willing to defend them.  But President Polk became convinced to try and use some of the Saints to build relationships between the Saints and the United States.  Young quickly jumped on board and sought a battalion to defend the United States and help preserve the moving church.  It proved to be very inspired, not only in the basic enlistment, but in all Young’s promises to the battalion.

As I sat there watching that scene, I was again reminded of our duty to not only build the church and the kingdom, but also of supporting and sustaining the United States.  As I drove home, I once again evaluated whether I could enlist and serve my nation yet.  I am not sure I am in a position to do so, but I am certainly happy to encourage my own children to serve their nation as well as their church.  I am also reminded of James’ baby blessing where he was given certain promises that would seem to include military service.

I am sad the Mormon Miracle Pageant will not occur at least every couple of years.  Even more sad that The Man Who Knew is already gone and that my children will not get to experience the powerful Clarkston Pageant telling the story of Martin Harris.  Even now I get chills when the Spirit confirms to me my witness of the Restoration.

The other powerful part of the Manti Pageant is the testimony of the temple watching over the pageant and the audience in attendance.  The two seem to go well together.  Just like Clarkston is powerful for Martin’s grave nearby, or Hill Cumorah Pageant for the location.

I snapped this photo as we were leaving.  Future visits to Manti will likely be confined to temple attendance for special events.  I wonder how Manti will do losing a major event each year.  Like most towns, they will revamp, revisit, and move forward.  I wonder how I can find other ways as powerful as this to help my children gain testimonies of the Restoration, Revelation, and the beautiful world and plan in which we live.

Manti Temple, Jun 2019, after the Manti Pageant

James Thomas Ross/Meredith

I have written previously on my third great grandfather James Thomas Ross (1869 – 1951) at this post.  You can read about his life and the disputes regarding his name.

Amanda had planned a trip to Southern California and I told her we could go on the condition that we came home through Fresno.  No trip is complete without a cemetery visit!

Our trusty Nissan Quest visiting our road trip cemetery at Belmont Memorial Gardens, Fresno, California

I knew he was buried in Fresno, Fresno, California.  Through the website FindaGrave I was able to find he was buried in Belmont Memorial Gardens.  I was also able to pinpoint the location of his grave in the cemetery through BillionGraves.  We arrived on the evening of 9 May 2019 and located the grave after about 10 minutes.  It was too late for photos so we returned the next morning.  I had never been to his grave.  I don’t get through Fresno that often (never).

Paul, Amanda, Aliza, and Hiram Ross at the grave vicinity of James Thomas Ross

Here we are with the actual grave.

Paul, Aliza, and Hiram Ross at the grave of James Thomas Ross, aka James R Meredith

Here are three descendants of this enigma man.

Grave stone for James R Meredith

James was born 22 September 1869 in Snowville, Pulaski, Virginia and died 13 April 1951 in Fresno, Fresno, California.  After his wife Damey Catherine Graham passed in Marysville, Yuba, California, he remarried and eventually relocated to Fresno.

While there he remarried to Martha Elnora “Nora” Cackler (1877 – 1974) who was married and known by Brewer.  They were married 14 July 1947 in Fresno.  Her first husband Daniel Gordon Brewer had passed away in 1943.

Grave stone of Martha Elnora Cackler Brewer Meredith

Interestingly, within only feet, her father John Nelson Cackler (1851 – 1934) was buried.

Grave stone of John Nelson Cackler

Also near was her former husband, Daniel Gordon Brewer (1863 – 1943).

Grave stone of Daniel Gordon Brewer

As well as her son Merle Melbourne Brewer (1904 – 1988).

Grave stone of Merle Melbourne Brewer

As well as Merle’s wife Mayme Jones Brewer (1907 – 1997).

Grave stone of Mayme Brewer

4th Grade, Paul Elementary, Paul, Idaho

Back Row (l-r): Brandon Rogers, Erica Jones, Paul Ross, John Hayhurst, Shana Thompson, Jeff Hayden, Shane Ball, Alissa Anderson, Robin Anderson; Middle Row: Amber King, Bobie Jones, Deanne Williams, Kody Nielsen, Cesar Boroquez, Dustin McClellan, Jamey Price, Jesse Jensen, Grace Williams; Front Row: Amanda Moore, Brandi Cole, Archie Winnett, Jennifer Gebauer, Shaun Bettazza, Erin Zemke, Rigo Arteaga.

As I mentioned before, Bobie Story let me scan some of our common grade school pictures. All mine were lost due to a flood of our basement while I was away in the England Manchester Mission. I am happy to have copies again. (I am still missing Ms. Suhr for 3rd grade and Mr. Mendenhall for 6th grade. If you have a copy, please let me scan!)

This is our 4th grade class picture from Paul Elementary, Paul, Idaho. This was the 1988 – 1989 school year.

Normally I organized photos with married names and dates. Since all are still alive, I will forgo any of the dates. I have added the married last name for the ones I know. If you have corrections, please let me know.

Miss Robin Anderson

Alissa Anderson

Rigo Arteaga

Shane Ball

Shaun Bettazza

Cesar Boroquez

Brandi Cole

Jennifer Gebauer

Jeff Hayden

John Hayhurst

Jesse Jensen

Erica Jones married Thorson

Amber King

Dustin McClellan

Amanda Moore married Kriwox

Kody Nielsen

Jamey Price married Crystal

Brandon Rogers

Paul Ross

Shana Thompson

Deanne Williams

Grace Williams married Wittman

Archie Winnett

Erin Zemke married McKindree

2017 Family Portrait

Ross Family, July 2017

I realized I never shared this photo and little James turns two years old this month.

Here is our July 2017 Ross family portrait.  We shared it on Facebook and other social media, but here it is for my website.

Paul, Amanda, Aliza, Hiram, Lillian, and James Ross.  This is at Dad’s place with some amazing dandelions in seed along with the 1956 Dodge Coronet.  Fun times under the apricot tree, outhouse in the background.

I am a lucky man!

Photographer was Brandi Teuscher of Burley, Idaho.  She did a phenomenal job.

Meredith Recovery of Support, Pulaski County

Another break-through in documentation on the Meredith family line.  As you can see in my 2006 post I was grappling with the Meredith families in the Pulaski County, Virginia, vicinity.  I ultimately started trying to piece together ever Meredith family in all Pulaski County, and outside if they were linked as well.  It was time-consuming and I stored/shared all the information in what is now FamilySearch.

By the time 2012 rolled around, I felt I could write the history of James Thomas Ross.  I was convinced by the information in that post that James Thomas Ross, aka James R Meredith, was the son of 1805 James Meredith.  Of course, this is not without its disputes.  But this latest discovery very much confirms that earlier belief of 1805 James Meredith as the father.  Sallie, James wife, indicates a bastard son by the name of James R Meredith.

First is this Court filing:

“To the Hon – John K Fulton

“Judge of Pulaski Cir. Court –

“Humbly Complaining

“Sheweth unto your Honor your Oratrix Sallie Meredith that in the year 1818 or about that time she intermarried with one James Meredith by whom she has had 7 children all of whom have long since married leaving your Oratrix and said husband living at the old homestead.

“Your Oratrix says she has always been a dutiful and affectionate wife true to her marriage vows and strictly observant of all the duties pertaining to her marriage relations.  That she has until afflicted by age and infirmities, always been a hard laboring woman often making a hand in the field besides doing her own housework.

“That after her love, continuance, and obedience towards her husband, he has been grossly negligent and brutally cruel toward your Oratrix who further charges that for about 15 years he has been continually and grossly guilty of adultery.  Your Oratrix further says that she is brought to this humiliating necessity of charging that for the greater part of the 15 years her said husband has treated her so inhumanly by harsh language, threats, blows, and more especially by bringing lewd women (for his own lustful designs) to your Oratix’s home, that she has been compelled to leave her own home and seek support and the protection of her children to whom she is indebted for the same.

“That she is aged and feeble and constantly requires especial help and support which her said husband refuses to give as he has long since threatened he would do.

“Your Oratrix further insists that it is very hard that she should be thus cast off and neglected in her old days after he has largely contributed by her labor and economy, in assisting her said husband in acquiring considerable property, which said property was conveyed in part to her son S. W. [Sebastian W] Meredith and in part (the Homestead tract) to one James R. Meredith a bastard son of her said husband, which said conveyances your Oratrix charges were Made and accepted with the intentions of depriving your Oratrix of any means of support.  See copies of several deeds filed herewith and and prayed to be taken as part of this Bill.

“She insists upon her own upright conduct as a wife, upon the brutal and adulterous of her said husband and upon the inhuman and collusive action of S. W. Meredith and James R. Meredith in an effort to deprive your Oratrix of any means or hope of support.

“Your Oratrix is advised that a court of equity will interpose and enter such orders as will give her such relief as she requires, beit to that end will set aside the deeds herein named.

“Being without remedy at law and remediable only in a court of equity where matters of this kind are alone cognizable, to the end that she may obtain relief your Oratrix prays that her husband James Meredith and also S. W. Meredith, and James R. Meredith herein named being made parties defendant in this Bill and be required to answer all its allegations fully upon oath.

“That because of your Oratrix age, and necessities your Honor will order the proper party or parties to pay to your Oratrix a sum of money sufficient to enable her to carry on this suit and also for her support and maintenance during its pendency.

“That your Honor will also make such decrees and orders as may be necessary to provide for her future support, and if proper, to discharge her indebtedness for her past support and maintenance during the time the same has been withheld by her husband, and if necessary set aside the deeds herein named.

“May your Honor grant the [not sure the word, looks like ‘Cmmn’s’, Commons?] Writ of [not sure, looks like Sfa or Spa] directed and grant all such further general and special relief as to equity belongs and the nature of the case may require.

“And as no duty bound your Oratrix will even pray be.

“Sallie Meredith by Cecil P [M or Y]

The outside of the paperwork is scanned:

“Cecil

“Sallie Meredith vs James Meredith et als

“Bill and Ex’s.

“September Rules 1882

“Bill filed De nisi

“Octo Rules Bill taken for confessed and cause set for hearing

Summons:

Summon of Sallie Meredith to recover property from James Meredith and James R Meredith

Another page of the case:

“Sallie Meredith vs James Meredith et als } In chancery

“All the matters in controversy in this cause having been compromised agreed and settled by consents of parties, it is adjudged, ordered, and decreed that this suit is dismissed and the cash of the defendants, provided in legal attorneys fee shall be taxed herein.

Then this affidavit:

“Sallie Meredith vs. James Meredith et als } Affidavit in Chy

“David C Meredith and Louisa Covey make oath and say that they have heard the Bill in the above named cause read and that the allegations herein contained are substantially true.

“Affiants further state that the Plaintiff Sallie Meredith is very feeble and is entirely dependent upon the charity for a support and that she is greatly in need of assistance.

“Sworn to before me by David C. Meredith and Louisa Covey this 8th day of Sept 1882

“Walter [Ssipton?] [N?] P. for Carroll Co. Va

Another affidavit:

“Sallie Meredith vs. James Meredith et all } Affidavit

“This day Willem [Witten] Cecil and John G. Cecil personally appeared before me in my County of Carroll and make oath and say that they have heard the Bill read and in the above named cause read and that the allegations therein contained are substantially true.

“Affiant further state that they live near said Sallie Meredith and know that she is aged and in feeble health and is greatly in need of assistance.

“W. H. Sunderland Clerk Carroll County Court.

Then attached are the deeds mentioned in the Complaint.  First is the one to S. W. Meredith of about 6 acres dated 28 July 1881.

Then the deed to James R. Meredith of 40 acres for $10 on 26 July 1881.  This deed also tells that it is part of a tract of 1,000 acres, so James Meredith Sr had quite a bit of land.

Then another deed to Sebastian W Meredith of about 60 acres dated 7 February 1870.

 

 

Red Rock Pass

Aliza and Hiram Ross on the rock at Red Rock Pass in Bannock County, Idaho.

On a trip to Preston, Idaho, I stopped with Aliza and Hiram (the only two with me) at Red Rock Pass.  Stopping at Red Rock Pass was a stop that was regular when I was a child.  I dare say every time we drove past Red Rock Pass, no matter who was driving, we stopped.  I remember the long walk up those stairs, I remember trying not to take the stairs.  If Grandma was with me, we would always walk around to the little cemetery around the back.

Hiram and Aliza Ross climbing Red Rock Pass.

I remember Grandma telling me that when they would drive to Downata or up to Lava Hot Springs as a kid, they would also stop at Red Rock Pass.  At least a third generation now does the same.  Every time I drive past, even if alone, I like to stop.  I hike to the top and look around.  Even when I had difficult times at Utah State University and needed a drive, sometimes in the night, I would drive to Red Rock Pass and gaze at the valley around me.  It connected me to the past, nature, and perspective of the world I live.

Grandma taught me early on Red Rock Pass was the leak, the drain, the overflow spot of massive Lake Bonneville.  It was here that erosion eventually drained the lake and completely changed landscape of the Snake River Plain.  It was here that northern Utah completely altered as well.  This one place changed the face of the earth.  Even in geography I learned that Lake Bonneville was so large that it actually indented the face of the planet and the release of this lake also changed the mountains and valleys as the load of the water displaced to elsewhere on the planet.  Part of the basin and range moved not just by plate tectonics, but also by redistribution of weight.  There I would sit imagining the Bonneville Flood.

It is at the cemetery behind this large rock left in the middle of the valley that Jefferson Hunt and many of his family are buried.  An early pioneer of the church he was at Far West, Missouri.  He lived in Nauvoo, Illinois, and served in the Mormon Battalion.  He helped found many communities (San Bernardino, California; Huntsville, Utah).  He lived in Oxford, Idaho, just to the south at the time of his passing.

It was later in life that I learned I had a missionary companion who descended from Jefferson Hunt (he was adopted).  As if that wasn’t enough of a direct influence on my life, Garrett Smith also affected me in his death.

Red Rock Pass is a place of reverence for my history, the history of the world, and the ongoing effect we have on each other’s life in the future.  It would help me overcome vain imaginations and the self-doubt that come to us all.  I plan to continue stopping at this little reminder of our little place in this very big and ancient world and the long-lasting influence we can leave upon it.

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