Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Lee R. Christensen Adds Further Information About Lieut. Dick Ericksen

And our Friend Lee  R. Christensen adds:

  Dick Ericksen was one of three Mt Pleasant boys who learned to fly in 1938/39 and the three may be the first locals who learned to flyt;. The three, Dick, Leon Holman and Don Nielson , all 1938 high school grads took flying lessons thru Snow College sponsored by the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 which may also have paid for the Mt Pleasant airport completed 1938.

Both Dick and Don went on to become military pilots flying for the Army Air Corp . Leon was heard to say "Had I been born to fly I would have had feathers:" and was not known to have flown other than as a passenger ever again.

Dick was well known as a "flyer" around Mt Pleasant years before he took flying lessons;. In the 1930s both grocery stores, Erickson's and Johanson's, delivered their groceries to your kitchen door. Dick was the driver for Ericksons and probably started at age 14 or earlier;. State street was un paved and mostly ungraded until summer of 1938 and was the rub a dub champion of the streets universe;. Dick was well known for driving it at high speeds hoping to just brush the tops of the washboard ridges;. No one did it better than Dick;. But good as he was he frequently broke every egg in his delivery.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bill K. Peterson Story by Lee

A couple of weeks ago, we posted W. K. Peterson's obituary.  Our friend Lee R. Christensen had written a piece in his own book, "They Knew Me as Buddy and Other Tales" about Bill K. We would like to share with all of you now.

As you know Bill K. was the town marshall in our day. One of his routines was to patrol downtown area during the night. His duty station when not roaming the street was in the garage back of the post office - - First West and Main. One night he was surprised by some would-be robbers (he was probably snoozing), ordered to open one of the business houses; tied up and made to watch while they stripped the place bare.

I don't know that they were ever caught. L'Amour would have had a posse catching them as they galloped down Salt Creek Canyon with Bill K. out front waving a white hat. I don't remember any bank holdups so either there was no money in them or Bill K's reputation as a lawman was well known at least during daylight hours.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hamilton Grade school 5th grade, 1932 - 1933

Front row lf to rt: marland zabriskie, shrol erickson, billy hansen, buddy christensen, arthur oldham, que barton, newel nelson, phil squires, allen olsen, rex christensen, blain shelly

2nd row lf to rt: alice johnson, jane brittan, miriam candland, carol anderson, geraldine staker, lavon draper, mareen tidwell, florence peterson, barbara beckstrom, lavon carmbon, unk, mary hafen, mayre mckay, betty jensen

Back row lt to rt: andra sorenson, mary kathrine christensen, elaine sorenson, beth lund, alma johansen, evelyn jensen, fern olson, hilda roberts, charles rutishauser, kenneth johnson, wayne peterson, boyd johansen, lon simmons, cataract olson Marsden Allred, teacher

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Recreational activity sponsored by the Lions Club summer 1929. Instructors, not pictured, were Vernal Christensen and Dee Keusseff Picture taken by Arthur Childs on steps of Johns Gym, Wasatch Academy First row lf to rt: rex matson, buddy christensen, robert christensen, gordon brunger, unk, ray freston, phil squires, dale christensen, leon holman, dewey fillis, allen olsen, shirly madsen 2nd row lf to rt: jake johnson, bob rasmussen, unk, r w christensen, ferd nelson, bry christensen, unk, unk 3rd row lf to rt: unk, doyle draper, don anderson, bry jacobs (white shirt), fred rasmussen, rex syndergarrd, arron jones, emil lund, joe matson 4th row lf to rt: jean brunger, ruth christensen (blurred), leone larsen, beth lund, unk, leslie candland, unk, beth hansen, unk, unk Top row lf to rt: Dr Holman, unk, unk, unk camille holman, miriam candland, unk, unk, Coach Brunger holding tommie brunger, LR Christensen, Joseph Matson,

Monday, June 15, 2009


North Sanpete Junior High 1936-37

FACULTY - 1936-37

Front Row L to R: Verl Johanson (Principal), unk, Merlin Christensen

Second Row L to R: Marsden Allred, unk, unk, Pauline Peterson, Reese Anderson, Max Blaine.

Hamilton Elementary 1941

HAMILTON GRADE SCHOOL BAND 1933-34: Marsden Allred, teacher

Front Row L to R: Gordon Brunger, Edwin Seeley, Unk, Unk, Croft Larsen, Perry Peel, Unk Frank Neilson, Unk, Unk.

Second Row L to R: Robert Fowles, Don Johansen, Kenneth Jones, Keith Anderson, Buddy Christensen, Phil Squires, Boyd Seely, Unk, Wayne Peterson, Marsden Allred.

Third Row L to R: Unk, Micky Nelson, Unk, Beth Lund, Unk, Unk, Unk, Rex Christensen, Shrol Erickson, Wayne Burnside.