Edna Violet Gulbrandsen – Baby Edna’s Miraculous Healing

Halvorine & Edna“In the spring of 1908, Dad was called on a mission to Norway. Mother and five children were left home. In the spring of 1909, Edna was stricken with pneumonia, so the doctors thought. It later was diagnosed as spinal meningitis. One cold wintry night, Mrs. Williams, a neighbor, came over to help mother as Edna was so ill. It was almost midnight when Mrs. Williams said, ‘I am afraid she is gone.’ Mother put her head under the mattress and cried ‘No Dear God, no!’ I had been taught about prayer and about the elders of the Church. So I ran a half a block up the street to Bro. George R. Emery with bare feet and snow up to my knees, and asked if he would come and bless my sister. He put his coat over his long night shirt and carried me home. As he put his hands on Edna’s head and started to pray, I stood by and watched her little white face so still. All of a sudden, little red streaks started up from her mouth and then a gasp. She relaxed into a sleep for the first time in weeks. This was my first testimony and answer to prayer and I knew God heard and answered prayers … Edna was always very precious to me from then on. My interests were always for her.”

(As told by Edna’s sister, Lillian, from The Hansen & Gulbrandsen Family History – Ancestors & Descendants of Edna Violet Gulbrandsen & Harvey Ralph Hansen, compiled by: Jana Greenhalgh, Dona Losee, Ray Hansen, 2014, pg 133. Photo contributed to FamilySearch.org by Jana Greenhalgh) #AncestorClips

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Lars Charles Josephson – Hard Wholesome Pioneer Life

Josephson FamilyLars Josephson came by train…to Brigham City. There he worked on the railroad…then drifted northward and took up a 160-acre farm at St. John, Idaho…He got a job in Star and Marsh valleys to pay for a yoke of black oxen…Crossing the Bear River, one of the oxen got stuck in quick sand and they were unable to save him, so he had to work some more…He married Anna Isaacson in 1871 in Salt Lake City in the Endowment House. They…had 12 children: 4 girls and 8 boys. He was quite a religious man and [rode] 15 miles to Portage to Priesthood meetings and went to Malad to conferences…They dug an 80-foot well and drew the water up in buckets. He was a shoemaker…and made all the…harnesses they used–also mended shoes for the neighbors. He helped build 2 reservoirs and had good water rights for his farm. His home, barns and sheds were all made of logs which he hauled…by ox team…He had to haul his crops long distances to Corrine to the railroad…very long cold trips of two and three days and they had to sleep by a campfire in all kinds of weather…They always had plenty of flour, cured meats, honey, fruits, and vegetables and large cheeses. He was generous and shared much with his neighbors…[On] December 2, 1902, their home burned to the ground. They saved a few things and the people turned out and helped build a two-roomed log house in a short time with some logs Charles had there. They lived in a tent until the house was finished…He was of normal temperament and seemed to have a good understanding of the gospel. He had a lot of friends, and his family was well behaved. He loved his horses and drove them on a trot and sang as he went.”

Excerpts from History of Charles Lars Josephson as remembered by Hannah Anderson and Emma McLane and compiled by Charlotte McLane, Emma’s daughter, contributed to FamilySearch.org by HolmanNaDaraJackson1, 27 May 2015. Also see The Anderson and Josephson Family History by Losee. Photo contributed to FamilySearch.org by kbq30 of Murray, Utah. For reader reference, Lars Charles Josephson is a 2nd great-grandfather of Joan Losee Hardman. #AncestorClips

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Annie Lillie Clark Walker – Builder of People and Quilts

FullSizeRender“Lillie’s life was not an easy one, but she knew how to find joy in work, in her family, friends, in service to others and many other little things. She loved the beauty around her and worked to keep her garden and flowers a delight to all who came to call. She created beauty with her hands, sewing many quilts as gifts and as a means of support for herself. One year, 1948 she quilted 26 quilts, made three more tops, braided and hooked 10 rungs and tatted four hankies. In July 1956 she got prizes on two of the three hooked rugs at the county fair. Her hands were never idle, and she gave of herself diligently to make life happier for those around her. [She] worked hard through her widowed years to sustain herself. She cared for mothers and their new babies, spending ten long nights and days for $25.00; the size of the family was no problem for her… While spending the last of her mortal life at Edna’s and Elmer’s just three nights before she died, as they knelt to have their family prayer, she said, ‘Let me pray tonight.’ And mind you she was very sick at this time. She said, ‘Dear Father, I am ready to die, and I want you to send my husband to get me…’ ”


Excerpt from Life Histories of William Wallace and Annie Lillie Clark Walker, Compiled by Dorothy Griffin Hardman, a grand-daughter, August 2001. “This shortened version was compiled by Dolores for her own children and grandchildren.” Website accessed Sep. 2, 2017: http://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/21838656

Framed photo, poem, and quilt piece: In possession of and imaged by Ken Hardman, great-grand-son. I presume that I received this framed work from my mother, Dorothy Hardman. I do not know whether she created the framework, or received it perhaps from her mother, Ella Mae Walker.


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Francis Ann Coon Hardman – Part 1, Childhood

Screen Shot 2017-08-24 at 10.15.47 PMIn 1848, five-year-old Francis Ann Coon and her siblings tried to cross the Garner pasture, but the bull saw them and charged. They ran for safety. Her sister “Permilia…climbed [a] tree and…[her brother] John handed all the younger children up before he climbed up himself” narrowly escaping the animals wrath.1 The Coon family, in route from Nauvoo to Council Bluffs was selected to go with the first pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley, but then Brigham Young assigned father Abraham Coon to remain a few years in Pottawattamie “to run a mill and help provide for the Saints…”2 The “corn was scarce,” but the “bluffs, glens, and running streams” were “picturesque.”3 Francis observed her father, Bishop Coon,4 a former member of the Nauvoo Legion and guard to Joseph Smith, faithfully help operate the Indian Mill on Big Mosquito Creek and care for families whose men had gone to serve in the Mormon Battalion2 including William Garner, the likely owner of the bull.3 At this young age, Francis experienced the faith of her parents, their determination to be endowed in the temple before leaving Nauvoo,2 and their sealing in Winter Quarters.5 After fulfilling their assignment in Iowa, Francis and her family walked1 most of the way to Salt Lake to carry out their hopes and dreams in Zion. It was in Salt Lake where Francis would meet her future husband.

1. Hardman Biographies, Ancestors of Sidney Glenn Hardman and Dorothy Mae Griffin, 2009, pg. 53, Adapted from histories written by Lehi and Francis’ daughter Amelia Hardman Sadler, as included in Goble’s Coon book.
2. FamilySearch, “Rachel Caroline Coon,” Memories, https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/KWNF-WQY, Biography by Handy, Annette Cooley, accessed 8/24/2017
3. Keatley, John H., History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, Chicago, O.L. Baskin & Co, 1883, pg. 330
4. “Settlements – Pottawattamie County, Indian Mill,” BYU The College of Life Sciences, http://winterquarters.byu.edu, Winter Quarters, accessed 8/24/2017
5. Newman, Jessie Coon, FamilySearch.org
6. “Pottawattamie County, Iowa Genealogy,” https://www.familysearch.org/wiki, accessed 8/24/2017


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Jacob Bischoff and Maria Jensen – Dusty Roads

Screen Shot 2017-07-23 at 9.38.33 PMDusty Roads – by Brent Greenhalgh (a tribute song to Jacob and Maria)

Jesus walked upon the water,
they had faith to sail the sea.
Jesus walked the dusty roads,
they did the same for me.
Their legacy of love,
for Christ lives on in what I do.
With faith in Christ
like they, I’ll see my own trail through.

Dusty roads walked the elders,
found a Denmark family
who would hear
what they had to say.
Maria, Jacob embraced their message,
the truth restored anew,
with four children
from their land bid adieu.

On the dusty roads near Omaha,
their trail became sore,
all four children died of measles,
this journey there no more.
Broken hearted they buried,
with no shoes on their feet,
their precious children trusting Jesus
their feet he would keep.

Dusty roads they walked to Zion,
with steadfast faith in Christ,
Knowing one day with their children
who had passed.
Maria knit four pairs of stockings
in their home in Fountain Green.
She was buried with these booties
with her children as foreseen.

Jesus walked upon the water,
they had faith to sail the sea.
Jesus walked the dusty roads,
they did the same for me.
Their legacy of love
for Christ lives on in what I do.
With faith in Christ
like they, I’ll see my own trail through.

Armed with power in great glory
humble saints lived quietly,
Trusting God in all they did,
they lived for you and me.
Now with feet planted forward
on our own dusty trail,
we face our future with faith
that all is well!

(written by Brent Greenhalgh, for the 2017 LDS Lehi Utah Stake Handcart Trek, photo from FamilySearch.org contributed by Loretta Bischoff. For more information about this family: https://familysearch.org/tree/person/KWJD-WQJ/details) #AncestorClips

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My Birthright – by Anna Jane Josephson Goodliffe


Anna Josephson GoodliffeI have been reading biographies and autobiographies about my wife’s ancestors, Lars Charles Josephson and Anna Isaacson, and their 12 children. I am very inspired by them. At first, all I could see was how brave they were and how difficult life was for them (from my perspective); but the more I read, the more I realized how noble and good and great they are. My wife and children are part of this great heritage. Here is a tender composition by their oldest daughter, Anna Jane.

“As I lay one glorious night thinking seriously concerning the wonders about me and delving into the endless deep blue above, where twinkled far more stars than I could count, a testimony was born to me of a Divine Providence governing, creating, and shaping all these–and even the wondrous earth upon which I had made my bed that particular evening. I marveled, thrilled and worshipped in the very depths of my soul the maker and giver of all things. Words faileth to express how plain it was to me that power greater than mans truly existed…”

(Continued at: https://familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/7284022) (Story excerpt from familysearch.org contributed by Lynn G. Robbins, with photo contributed to familysearch.org by Dorothy Ellen Hammond) #ancestorclips


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Ferril Losee – A Brilliant Engineer

Ferril Losee EngineerOn the farm young Ferril was taught by his father “to work hard and be a good person.” In addition to farming, football, dancing and music, Ferril was good “with [his] hands and could do construction and other tasks… The principal… once said, ‘I never had a son, but if I had I would like him to be just like you.’” Before graduating, with books in hand he hitchhiked each afternoon to learn about electricity and motors at a vocational school. With good grades in science, Ferril received a scholarship to BYU. He completing his undergraduate work at the University of Utah in his strongest subject, electrical engineering, where he “helped to run a student/faculty lounge, where we would electrocute hot dogs—the best hot dogs you ever tasted—with our electrical gismos.” In 1953 he earned his bachelor of science degree, complimented by the Outstanding Engineering Graduate award from the Institute of Radio Engineering, and received job offers from all seven of the companies with which he interviewed. Ferril chose Hughes Aircraft Company where he, “invented things and headed up the first satellite communications group,” completed his master of science degree at the University of Southern California, and for six years “did other things that were exciting.” At Aeroneutronics he “had an enviable record of getting new business, and that was very good for [him] financially.” After another 6 years, “I was shocked,” when “I received an offer to be the Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department,” at BYU. He built what “eventually became one of the outstanding electrical engineering schools in the country.” Ferril taught for a couple decades and consulted for government agencies and industries. His specialties were radio, radar, and x-ray. In his retirement, he wrote two successful editions of an engineering textbook, in which he wrote, “there is both a desire and a need to learn about this important subject as completely and as easily as possible.”

(by Kenneth R. Hardman, Reference: The Losee Family History – Ancestors and Descendants of Lyman Peter Losee and Mary Ann Peterson, compiled by Ferril A. Losee, Jana K. Hardman Greenhalgh, Lyman A. Losee, 2001) #AncestorClips

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