Nielsen Hayden genealogy

Ericka Joyce Nielsen

Female 1955 -  (65 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Ericka Joyce Nielsen was born 2 Jan 1955, Chamberlain, Brule, South Dakota (daughter of Victor Louis Nielsen, Jr. and Barbara Jean Crandall).

    Ericka married Craig Wendell Parker 16 Oct 1976, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; divorced Yes, date unknown. Craig (son of Clyde W. Parker and Myrtle Elizabeth Petersen) was born 31 Jan 1955, Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet]

    Ericka married Dennis Leo Barber 17 Oct 1987, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; divorced 22 Feb 2007, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. Dennis was born 19 Feb 1949, Oakland, Alameda, California. [Group Sheet]


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Victor Louis Nielsen, Jr.Victor Louis Nielsen, Jr. was born 25 Apr 1927, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska (son of Victor Louis Nielsen, Sr. and Hazel Ethel Coston); died 15 May 1985, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Notes:

    US Navy, just after World War II.

    Victor married Barbara Jean Crandall 31 Oct 1949, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. Barbara (daughter of Paul Leslie Crandall and Barbara Allen) was born 3 Jun 1926, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Barbara Jean CrandallBarbara Jean Crandall was born 3 Jun 1926, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona (daughter of Paul Leslie Crandall and Barbara Allen).
    Children:
    1. 1. Ericka Joyce Nielsen was born 2 Jan 1955, Chamberlain, Brule, South Dakota.
    2. Teresa Barbara Nielsen was born 21 Mar 1956, Chamberlain, Brule, South Dakota.
    3. Victor Louis Nielsen, III was born 7 Apr 1957, Chamberlain, Brule, South Dakota.
    4. Matthew Crandall Nielsen was born 21 Jun 1958, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    5. Paul Mitchell Nielsen was born 16 Apr 1960, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Victor Louis Nielsen, Sr.Victor Louis Nielsen, Sr. was born 20 Oct 1893, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska (son of Martin Wilhelm Nielsen and Frederikke Marie Kirstine Pedersen); died 5 Oct 1979, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Green Acres, Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Notes:

    Battlefield ambulance driver, World War I. Also known as George.

    Victor married Hazel Ethel Coston 31 May 1926, Kountz Memorial Lutheran Church, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska. Hazel (daughter of John Mitchell Coston and Viteline Joubert) was born 29 Jun 1898, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; died 24 Jan 1970, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Green Acres, Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Hazel Ethel CostonHazel Ethel Coston was born 29 Jun 1898, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska (daughter of John Mitchell Coston and Viteline Joubert); died 24 Jan 1970, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Green Acres, Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona.
    Children:
    1. 2. Victor Louis Nielsen, Jr. was born 25 Apr 1927, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; died 15 May 1985, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    2. Joyce Nova Nielsen was born 21 Nov 1928, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; died 21 Jan 1990, St Louis, St Louis, Missouri.
    3. Mitchell Frederic Nielsen was born 17 Mar 1930, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; died 6 Sep 2017, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas.

  3. 6.  Paul Leslie CrandallPaul Leslie Crandall was born 28 Nov 1901, Safford, Graham, Arizona (son of Myron Marcellus Crandall and Clara Mabel Packer); died 26 Aug 1987, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Paul married Barbara Allen 6 Jun 1924, Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona. Barbara (daughter of John Seymour Allen and Barbara Ann Phelps) was born 5 Oct 1903, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 12 Feb 2003, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet]


  4. 7.  Barbara AllenBarbara Allen was born 5 Oct 1903, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona (daughter of John Seymour Allen and Barbara Ann Phelps); died 12 Feb 2003, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Notes:

    Barbara Allen Crandall, in her own words, written 1995:

    I was born in the two-room house on the 20 acre farm at the southwest corner of Stapley and Broadway in Mesa, the fourth child of Barbara and John Seymour. I was three when we moved to the Lamb Ranch.

    My first five years of school were in Mesa, then in 1915 we moved to the ranch south of Gilbert and I started school there. Dad had a large dairy, 40 to 60 cows, so when I was in the eighth grade, I was milking ten cows every night and morning and riding my little mare to school with neither saddle nor bridle.

    My eighth and ninth grade years I went to Chandler. I started at Tempe Normal in 1921 and in 1923 graduated and began teaching in Ocotillo. I married Paul Crandall in 1924. Paul rented an 80-acre farm from George Lewis for two years, but the farm depression was severe and he went broke both years. Paul held down various jobs during the depression--drove an ice truck, Mesa city street sprinkler, fuel and feed sales, bought a service station, delivered Union Oil, supervised county highways and then went back to farming, his true love, with his brother Lee.

    I held church positions from 12 years of age when I was secretary of the Primary. I taught various classes then was called to the Primary Stake Board before I was married, where I served for 20 years, ending as Stake President. I had one daughter and five sons during those years.

    In 1943 I went back to teaching to help out for a year or so during World War II. I retired 27 years later. During this time I was MIA president six years, Junior Gleaner teacher six years, and Genealogy director for five years. I then directed travel tours for nine years. Paul served in the bishopric of Mesa First Ward for 13 years. In 1952 our fourth son, Charles, died of Hodgkins' Disease, and in 1971 Don was killed in an auto accident in California.

    We had served as ordained Temple workers for five years then we were called to the Tulsa, Oklahoma Mission in December 1979. Paul developed high blood pressure, so we were released after one year. He developed prostate cancer five years later and died August 26, 1987.

    We have 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. I am 92 years old, and have been a Relief Society visiting teacher since I retired from school teaching. My four living children come to my home for lunch every Tuesday, a great delight to all of us.

    Obituary, The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb 2003:

    Barbara Allen Crandall, 99 year old Mesa native, died on Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at her Mesa home.

    Born October 5, 1903, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul L. Crandall, two sons, Don Ashael and Charles Lee.

    Barbara rode a horse bareback to Mesa and Gilbert elementary schools and graduated from high school and got her teaching certificate in 1923 from Tempe Normal School, now ASU in Tempe. While there she was on the varsity softball and volleyball teams.

    Her first teaching job was in Ocotillo, and on June 6, 1924, she married Paul L. Crandall. They made their home and reared six children in Mesa. In 1937 she was contacted by Joe Jarvis, newly named Mesa recreation director, who asked her to organize a recreation program to keep the kids busy during the summer. This was the beginning of the Mesa Parks and Recreation program. She recruited a small group of volunteers workers and they taught games, dancing and songs, played sports and went swimming on Wednesdays. Each season wound up with staging of a production involving all of the children in costume. In all, Barbara directed the program for seven years.

    Barbara worked for a while in Maricopa County politics, was an attache in the State Legislature, a precinct committeeman and was vice chairman of the Maricopa County Democratic organization for a year.

    With World War II manpower shortages, Barbara went back to school, teaching fifth grade in Lehi. Besides classroom subjects, she went onto the playground and taught the boys football, baseball and basketball. The girls were instructed in volleyball, dodgeball, Jump rope and softball. Her teaching philosophy was that every child participated and had a costume in any activity. She wound up her 27 year teaching career at Lowell school in Mesa.

    Barbara held many ward and stake leadership and teaching positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was active in the Primary for 20 years and later in the Mutual Improvement Association (MIA), the youth organization of the Church. She was presented a Golden Gleaner recognition award for service. In 1979-80 she filled a mission with her husband for the Church in the Tulsa Oklahoma Mission. They were also ordinance workers for several years in the Arizona Temple in Mesa. She was a charter member of Phi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma, teachers' sorority.

    In 1978 she was named Mesa Merit Mother and was runner-up for Arizona Mother of the Year. She was a charter member and first secretary of the Mesa Historical Society. After her retirement from teaching, Barbara organized the Arizona Ramblers Travel Club and conducted bus tours, primarily for senior citizens, throughout the United States and Canada.

    She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Nielsen, three sons, Paul L. Jr., Wilford M. (Wil). and Dr. John A., all of Mesa, one sister, Mary Hardison, Vallejo, Ca, one brother, Russell H. Allen of Mesa. She has 19 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

    Viewing will be held at Meldrum Mortuary, 52 N. Macdonald, on Monday, 6-8:00 P.M., (also one hour prior to services at the Church). Funeral services will be held Tuesday February 18, at 10:00 A.M. at Centennial Ward, 422 E. University.

    Interment will be at Mesa Cemetery 1212 N Center.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mesa Historical Society.

    Children:
    1. 3. Barbara Jean Crandall was born 3 Jun 1926, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    2. Wilford Myron Crandall was born 21 Oct 1931, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 5 May 2005, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    3. Don Ashael Crandall was born 31 Jul 1933, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 7 Mar 1971, Ramona, San Diego, California.
    4. Charles Lee Crandall was born 21 Dec 1935, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 7 Oct 1952, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Martin Wilhelm NielsenMartin Wilhelm Nielsen was born 29 Sep 1864, Randers, Denmark (son of Hans Peter Nielsen and Amalie Ludovica Gjert); died 12 Apr 1953, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; was buried 15 Apr 1953, Westlawn Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: Sankt Peders, Randers, Denmark
    • Alternate birth: 29 Oct 1864, Randers, Denmark

    Notes:

    He and his wife appear to have emigrated to North America in 1892 or 1893.

    Martin married Frederikke Marie Kirstine Pedersen 16 Oct 1892, Hammel, Gjern, Skanderborg, Denmark. Frederikke (daughter of Laurs Pedersen and Masina Kirstine Madsen) was born 10 Apr 1867, Voldby, Virklund, Vrads, Skandenborg, Denmark; died 19 Jan 1932, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Frederikke Marie Kirstine PedersenFrederikke Marie Kirstine Pedersen was born 10 Apr 1867, Voldby, Virklund, Vrads, Skandenborg, Denmark (daughter of Laurs Pedersen and Masina Kirstine Madsen); died 19 Jan 1932, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 10 Apr 1867, Hammel, Gjern, Skanderborg, Denmark
    • Baptised: 20 Apr 1867, Hammel, Gjern, Skanderborg, Denmark

    Notes:

    "Denmark Church Records, 1484-1941" on familysearch.org gives the "Event Place (Original)" for her birth as "Voldby, Ã…rhus, Denmark."

    Children:
    1. 4. Victor Louis Nielsen, Sr. was born 20 Oct 1893, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; died 5 Oct 1979, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Green Acres, Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona.
    2. Violet Flida Nielsen was born 2 Nov 1895, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; died 16 Apr 1981, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.
    3. Frederick Edward Nielsen was born 2 Jul 1898, Joliet, Will, Illinois; died 25 Dec 1976, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  3. 10.  John Mitchell Coston was born 22 Aug 1864, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana (son of John Coston and Abigail Hatton); died 6 Dec 1942, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska.

    Notes:

    Listed as James M. COSTON in the Apr 1910 census for Omaha, 45 years old, occupation: lumber yard laborer.

    Listed in the 1934 Omaha city directory as "watchman, Beacon Press", when he would have been 70 years old.

    John married Viteline Joubert 2 Sep 1888, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska. Viteline (daughter of Louis Joubert and Emilie Bastien) was born 16 Sep 1867, Murphysboro, Jackson, Illinois; died 7 Mar 1958, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska. [Group Sheet]


  4. 11.  Viteline Joubert was born 16 Sep 1867, Murphysboro, Jackson, Illinois (daughter of Louis Joubert and Emilie Bastien); died 7 Mar 1958, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska.

    Notes:

    According to Vernon DuBar, she was also known as Addie. DuBar spells her first name "Vedeline." Frequently spelled "Vitelline" in other records.

    Children:
    1. Arthur Mitchell Coston was born 27 Jun 1889, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; died 29 Jan 1933.
    2. Edward Edgar Coston was born 26 Jun 1891, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; died 26 Sep 1972, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska.
    3. Edith Edna Coston was born 26 Jun 1891, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; died 22 Jul 1982, Bella Vista, Benton, Arkansas.
    4. 5. Hazel Ethel Coston was born 29 Jun 1898, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; died 24 Jan 1970, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Green Acres, Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona.
    5. John Francis Coston was born 23 May 1901, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska; died 7 Aug 1928, Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska.

  5. 12.  Myron Marcellus CrandallMyron Marcellus Crandall was born 2 Oct 1875, Springville, Utah, Utah (son of Hyrum Oscar Crandall and Harriet Guymon); died 11 May 1951, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Notes:

    Known as "Cellus." Worked as a teamster; owned his own horse and wagon.

    Myron married Clara Mabel Packer 22 Dec 1896, Safford, Graham, Arizona. Clara (daughter of Alonzo Hamilton Packer and Lydia Ann Parker) was born 26 Jun 1878, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah; died 30 Dec 1929, Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried 1 Jan 1930, Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet]


  6. 13.  Clara Mabel PackerClara Mabel Packer was born 26 Jun 1878, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah (daughter of Alonzo Hamilton Packer and Lydia Ann Parker); died 30 Dec 1929, Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried 1 Jan 1930, Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Notes:

    Died of injuries sustained in a car accident.

    Author unknown -- the Relief Society president referred to is Clara Mabel Packer, and the "Lee Crandall" mentioned is her son Lee Alonzo Crandall:

    "Grandma Nichols was on the way to the temple for the wedding of her son Lee in the Mesa Temple, when the accident occurred at the corner of Main and Gilbert Road, which was way out in the desert. She was serving as a counselor in the ward Relief Society at the time and she and the Relief Society President were on the way to the temple for the wedding. The RS President was driving the car then they were hit and killed. The wedding had to be postponed until after the funeral. One of the older gentlemen in our ward who became a great friend of mine because he was always studying the gospel and knew the latest discoveries about the Book of Mormon, etc. His name was Lee Crandall, and he was always giving firesides etc. He was awesome. We shared books back and forth and one day we were talking family history and I related mine and he about fell out of his chair -- his mother was the Relief Society President that was driving the car when she and Grandma were hit and killed. Small world isn't it."

    According to an account of the life of Clara Packer written by her daughter Zelma (b. 1904), in papers of Paul Leslie Crandall now held by P & T Nielsen Hayden, the accident happened on 10 Oct 1929, and while Viola Nichols died in the hospital three hours after the accident, Clara "was seriously injured and never fully recovered, but was able to come to [the Gilbert Relief Society] meeting on Nov. 5, and did not miss a meeting until the end of the year. She presided for the last time on December 17, 1929."

    According to the same account, on 17 Jan 1928 Clara Packer succeeded Barbara Allen as president of the Gilbert Relief Society. Barbara Allen had herself been elected on 13 Jul 1927, but moved to Mesa in January 1928. We believe this Barbara Allen to be, in fact, Clara Packer's daughter-in-law, TNH's grandmother.

    Children:
    1. Myron Hamilton Crandall was born 28 Nov 1897, Safford, Graham, Arizona; died 22 Nov 1962, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    2. Floyd Oscar Crandall was born 18 Dec 1899, Safford, Graham, Arizona; died 4 Nov 1962, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.
    3. 6. Paul Leslie Crandall was born 28 Nov 1901, Safford, Graham, Arizona; died 26 Aug 1987, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    4. Zelma Crandall was born Abt 1904, Arizona.
    5. Loise Crandall was born Abt 1906, Arizona.
    6. Loree Mary Crandall was born 6 Apr 1906, Bisbee, Cochise, Arizona; died 31 Dec 1978, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    7. Louis Packer Crandall was born 7 Nov 1909, Safford, Graham, Arizona; died 11 Oct 1974, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    8. Genevieve Crandall was born 13 Nov 1911, Safford, Graham, Arizona; died 15 Jul 1988, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    9. Lee Alonzo Crandall was born Abt 1914, Arizona.
    10. James Clarence Crandall was born 31 Aug 1922, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 22 Sep 2002, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  7. 14.  John Seymour AllenJohn Seymour Allen was born 27 Nov 1870, Richmond, Cache, Utah (son of Charles Hopkins Allen and Elizabeth Adelaide Hoopes); died 22 Jan 1966, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Notes:

    "John Seymour spent his first eleven years in Cove before his family moved to Mesa, Arizona. He has been extremely active in missionary work and colonization. He has made his livelihood by farming and canal building. His first mission was in the Southern States; the second in the Eastern States; and the third in the Southwest Indian Mission among the Pimas. He and his wife have financed twenty-one years of missionary work and have contributed funds for temple work. No request from the church was refused whether great or small. He has been a faithful ward teacher for fifty years without missing one month. While supporting one missionary he prospered greatly and was so encouraged that he supported two more after the first had returned. His financial status reversed and he became almost bankrupt, barely able to keep the missionaries out. Later he was asked why he had not become discouraged in the Gospel because of this situation and he replied, 'Whether I get rich or go broke while I keep a missionary out doesn't change the fact that the Gospel is true.'

    "His wife, Barbara Phelps, came to Mesa from Montpelier, Idaho when she was a year old. They suffered the rigors of pioneer life including a smallpox epidemic. She recalls having her shoes blacked with soot and grease before she could go to Sunday School and Primary. She was energetic and capable with a nice singing voice. Their marriage has been humble and devout. Ten of their twelve children grew to maturity and are active in the Church. She milked cows to support herself and family and to supply her husband while he was on two missions. She joined her husband on his third mission and they did a splendid job among the Indians at Santon, Arizona. She has worked in all the auxilaries and at present, at the age of seventy-five, she is still teaching Primary." [Ancestors and Descendants of Andrew Lee and Clarinda Knapp Allen]

    "Allen was proud of his large family of 12 children, which included [his] seven sons. While living in Gilbert, in 1934, he organized and coached the Allen family basketball team and challenged any family in the church to a game." [Images of America: Latter-Day Saints in Mesa, by D. L. Turner and Catherine H. Ellis. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2009.]

    John married Barbara Ann Phelps 2 Oct 1895, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. Barbara (daughter of Hyrum Smith Phelps and Mary Elizabeth Bingham) was born 26 Aug 1877, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho; died 31 Jan 1957, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet]


  8. 15.  Barbara Ann PhelpsBarbara Ann Phelps was born 26 Aug 1877, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho (daughter of Hyrum Smith Phelps and Mary Elizabeth Bingham); died 31 Jan 1957, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Notes:

    "Barbara Phelps (later Allen) arrived in Mesa in 1879 and a 16-month-old infant. At age 12, she received an accordion for Christmas. She then earned money by playing with her father, Hyrum Phelps, for dances in Lehi, especially at Christmas. In later life, she organized the Granny Band, which performed at events around town." [Images of America: Latter-Day Saints in Mesa, by D. L. Turner and Catherine H. Ellis. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2009.]

    A memoir by Barbara Ann Phelps Allen:

    My parents were Hyrum Smith Phelps and Mary Elizabeth Bingham Phelps. I was born August 26, 1877 at Montpelier, Bear Lake County, Idaho. I was just sixteen months old when the family reached Mesa. The first house Father built was on the east side of Hibbert Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

    Among my first recollections of this place was the first Sunday School I attended, It was held in the school house, a one-room adobe. Hannah Peterson (Miller) was the teacher. We recited the alphabet from cards. We were seated on a low bench in front of the room. I attended my first Primary with my sister Lucy. We were very devoted to each other. One never went without the other. Each week we listened anxiously while the secretary read the program for the following week, but we were never on it.

    When I was nine years old, the school put on a program and every child in the room was given a part but me, I felt disgraced, and I never even told my mother. I always remembered the feeling I had and in the sixteen years I presided over the Primary I always favored the backward child and never slighted anyone to my knowledge.

    Father built a long room on the back of the house to accommodate the growing family. Grandma Bingham lived with us awhile before moving into a house on Broadway just east of Mesa Drive. We children were staying with her after Father was taken to Yuma to the penitentiary. The officers came there one night looking for Mother; they had a warrant, and Grandma wouldn't take it, so they threw it on the floor. I thought she wasn't very polite.

    When I was twelve years old, Mother gave me an accordion for Christmas. I soon learned to play it. A few years later, she and Lucy gave me a larger one which I kept until after I was married.

    One time Father went to Tempe and bought a bolt of cloth called Zephyr gingham; it was a beautiful plaid. As I remember, five of us girls had dresses alike. Lucy and I always dressed alike. Most people thought we were twins. The first M.I.A. I attended had only one class for everyone. Pres. Charles I. Robson told the story of Joseph Smith's first prayer. That was the first time I had heard it, and I have never forgotten how it impressed me.

    Soon after this Lucy and I were asked to sing at one of the meetings. We sang, "Write Me a Letter from Home.' After that I think we were asked to sing at every public entertainment held in Mesa until after I was married. Lucy and Grandma Phelps bought us an organ which I learned to play by ear. Father and I played for the dances at Lehi a few times. I earned $2.50 over the Christmas holidays playing out there. I left my organ there during that time so I wouldn't have to carry it back and forth. Lucy and I joined the choir when I was sixteen, and I sang with them for twenty years. I memorized 200 hymns besides the anthems we sang.

    I well remember the first dress I made; it was a real pretty blue and I wore a blue ribbon around my waist. Mother's sister, Anner LeSueur sent me the ribbon because they told her I looked so much like her. In the summer of about 1891 there was a conference held at Pinetop, and Mother and Aunt Clarinda in company with quite a large group of saints, attended. Brother William took them. It took six weeks to make the round trip. Amy was about four years old. While they were gone, I made Amy a dress. I made it a plain tight waist with a full skirt that came nearly to her ankles, and it was so tight I could hardly fasten it. She had it on when mother came and when mother saw her she began to cry, and she said Amy looked like we had starved her. One night at a dance, John S. Allen, known as Seymour, came into our lives. He rushed across the floor, came up to me and said, "Come on , Caddie, let's dance." Then he saw his mistake, and after an apology, asked me to dance. From then on he never failed to dance with Lucy and me. Later on he began making regular visits to our home, but we did not know which of us he was most interested in. We had a lot of good times together. One night he asked if he could take me home. Up to this time he had never taken us any place. He had a lady friend and we were just side issues, but after this night we knew which was his favorite.

    John S. and I kept company for about nine months and were married on Oct. 2, 1895. We had a quiet wedding at our home on the corner of Hibbert and East First Avenue. Only close relatives were invited. The ceremony was performed by Bishop James Malen Home. We stood at the head of the table, and the guests were seated around it, ready to partake as soon as the ceremony ended. Mother and Lucy had cooked a very fine dinner. When we went through the kitchen to be married, Mother and Lucy were standing by the stove. Mother was crying and Lucy looked sad, but I couldn't see anything to feel sad about. One week after we were married, we started in company with Eli and Medora Openshaw for the St. George Temple. It took six weeks to make the round trip.

    When we returned home we started housekeeping in a two-rooms of the house built for Warner and Fannie Allen. It was here our first child, Charles Ashael, was born July 31, 1896. At this time the monthly fast meeting was held on the first Thursday of the month, and he was blessed by Grandpa [Charles H.] Allen.

    We moved into a 2-room lumber house with a lean-to on the back that Father had built on 20 acres Grandpa Allen had given Seymour at the corner of Broadway and Stapley. On Feb. 15, 1898, Blanche was born. When she was four months old, J. S. was called on a mission to the Southern States. He left in June and I milked eight to ten cows while he was gone. Esther stayed with me and cared for the babies all the time. Mother was very good to me. I used to wonder how I could get along without her. I did all the sewing for the six girls, Lucy, Hattie, Amy, Esther, Clara, and Gertrude. At this time Lucy was working in Johnson's store and did a lot to help the family.

    I was blessed while J. S. was gone. We all enjoyed good health. When it was time for him to be released, I went to Utah in company with my parents, Father Allen and his wife, Annie. Uncle Perry Bingham met us at Price, Utah and took us to Vernal where I stayed until I heard from John S., then I went on to meet him in Cove, Utah. After we returned home, Seymour and Warner went into partners and bought eighty acres on Baseline. Hyrum Loren was born Oct. 7, 1901 and Barbara Oct. 5, 1903.

    John R. was born Oct. 29, 1905 and was just a few months old when Seymour sold the 20 acres and bought 60 acres two miles east of Mesa on the Apache Trail from Mr. Lamb. This was where Gove Liahona was born July 26, 1907. Then John Seymour was called on another mission, this time to the Eastern States. President Ben Rich was his mission president both times. I was left this time with more work and more responsibilities. Ashael was a big help to me. One of my sisters stayed with me most of the time and helped.

    J. S. came off his mission June 1909, and Mary was born Sept. 1,1910. On March 27, 1912, Eldred Phelps was born, but lived only six weeks. This was the first real sorrow to come to us. July 8, 1914 Russell Hoopes was born. In the Summer of 1915, we moved to a 320 acre ranch four miles south of Gilbert.

    Seymour had gone into partners with his older brother Warner and acquired a 320-acre farm four miles south of Gilbert. This was entirely alfalfa at the time but was later planted to cotton.

    December 2, 1915 Ashael left for a mission to the Southern States and June 5, 1916 Ben Rich Allen was born, and November 5, 1917, Joseph Seymour was born. Two babies were born while Ashael was away.

    When Joe was about eight months old, I took a little motherless baby, Robert Southers, four months old, to raise. I kept him nine months, then his aunt, Mrs. Ellingbow, wanted him so badly that J. S. told me I shouldn't be selfish and keep him, so I let her have him.

    After several years the depression came on and we decided J. S.'s brother, Benjamin, should live with us for a couple of years. J. S. sent him on a mission. Chancy, Seymour's older brother, lived with us a lot. October 11, 1920, Della, our twelfth and last child was born three days after Loren had left for a mission. He labored in Louisiana.

    We struggled along for several years. The depression came on and we decided to rent. The boys wanted to finish school. As J. S. couldn't run the ranch alone, he decided to rent it out. We bought us a home in Mesa at 48 West Second Street and lived there for a year or more.

    J. S. and his brother Jim took a job building a fence along the railroad. It was at this time that the next great sorrow came when Della died of mastoid infection Nov. 21, 1925.

    We sent Gove on a mission to the Eastern States and in February 1935 we sent Russell to the Samoan Island to fill his mission. Before he returned home, we sent Ben in March 1938 to Argentina. All our family have very fine companions. We are very proud to have them to associate with. In all our family gatherings, they are with us one hundred percent. We are very proud of our family and their families, and always pray for their success in righteousness.

    October 29, 1945, we held our Golden Wedding Anniversary, the first time all the family had been together for a long time. For the reception, Ashael came from the Spanish American Mission, Ida from Los Angeles, Russell from Kirtland, New Mexico, and Mary from Vallejo, California. We had a dinner at the ranch home. All ten of the family and twenty-seven of the grandchildren were present. We all had a lovely time. After this gathering Ida was called to labor with Ashael in the mission, taking George with them.

    My mother was very strict about us attending our duties and being punctual. Because of this, the Sunday School Superintendent called me to be a substitute teacher when I was quite young. When I was seventeen I attended Conference and they reorganized the Stake Y.L.M.I.A. and I was surprised when they sustained me as secretary. I served in that capacity for twelve years underfive presidents, Ann Eliza Leavitt, Jannett Johnson, Lulu Macdonald, Fannie Dana and Mary Hibbert. Soon after I was released, I was chosen stake secretary for the Relief Society. I held that position for about six years. I was released to be president of the Mesa First Ward Relief Society. I served about a year and we moved to Gilbert. There was no Gilbert Ward then, and we were in the Chandler Ward. After this I served about sixteen years as president of the Primary for Chandler, Gilbert, and Mesa Wards. I was superintendent of Religion Class in Gilbert the same time I was President of the Primary. At this time John R. was attending high school in Gilbert and he assisted me with religion class.

    We rented our ranch and bought us a home in Mesa, but stayed only a year or so. At this time I was president of the Primary in Gilbert and Bishop Haymore asked me to preside there until Barbara came home from vacation, and before she came I was made president of the Mesa First Ward Primary. I presided over both of them for about six weeks. I have been president of the Gilbert Relief Society two different times, second counselor to Grace Nielson and then president in the Mesa First Ward Relief Society, second counselor to Adelaide Peterson in the Stake Primary, and I held several other positions. Now at the age of seventy-four, I am a Relief Society district teacher and a Guide teacher of four boys in the Primary of the Mesa Ninth Ward. I am very thankful for the many opportunities I have had to serve.

    March 1942 was the Centennial celebration of the Relief Society, and the General Board requested that pioneer stories be brought before the public as much as possible. I was president of the Gilbert Relief Society at that time. I read several good stories and decided to put them into a pageant. I had fine cooperation, and it turned out to be a success. We played it in six different wards. I also wrote two other pageants which were very successful, an Easter pageant and one on the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood. In doing this work I received some of the greatest joy of my life. Another thing that I enjoyed a lot was putting on entertainments with the Primary children. I found a lot of work doing these things, but when it was all over, there was unspeakable joy that came to us seeing the happiness that came to the children.

    The Lord has been good to me for which I am grateful. We have been relieved of pain through prayer and being administered to many times. My first relief came when I was first married. I had an ulcerated tooth which was so severe I didn't think I could stand it any longer. John S. administered to me and relief came instantly. Another time when I was alone on the ranch with the little children, I became very sick. My head pained so badly at times I wasn't conscious. John was nine years old. He went off by himself and prayed for me. All at once a quivering feeling went through my body and with it went the pain. I couldn't account for it until he told me he had prayed for me. John had been instantly relieved twice when his father administered to him when he had gathered ears.

    One time when we had been helping the Chandler Ward top maize to pay off on their piano, we came home after dark and found Loren crying with pain. As he drove the cows around the haystack, they loosened the derrick fork and it swung around before he knew it, striking him on the leg and puncturing the bone. The pain was so severe he couldn't stand to have us walk across the floor. He immediately called for his father to administer to him, which he did, and the pain left as he took his hands off, and it never returned. For these and many more blessings too numerous to mention, I am grateful.

    Children:
    1. Charles Ashael Allen was born 31 Jul 1896, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 28 Jan 1969, Farmington, San Juan, New Mexico.
    2. Blanche Allen was born 15 Feb 1898, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 26 Mar 1991, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    3. Hyrum Loren Allen was born 7 Oct 1901, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 9 Oct 1963, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    4. 7. Barbara Allen was born 5 Oct 1903, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 12 Feb 2003, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    5. John R Allen was born 29 Oct 1905, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 19 Dec 2001, Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona.
    6. Gove Liahona Allen was born 26 Jul 1907, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 26 Sep 1951, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
    7. Mary Allen was born 1 Sep 1910, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    8. Eldred Phelps Allen was born 19 Apr 1912, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 18 May 1912, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    9. Russell Hoopes Allen was born 7 Jul 1914, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    10. Ben Rich Allen was born Abt 1916; died 25 Mar 1972, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    11. Joseph Seymour Allen was born 5 Nov 1917, Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona.
    12. Della Allen was born 11 Oct 1920, Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona.