Provo's Oldest Pioneers including Nellie McEwan

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Provo's Oldest Pioneers including Nellie McEwan - PROVO, UTAH COUNTY, UTAH, THURSDAY, MARCH 10,...
PROVO, UTAH COUNTY, UTAH, THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 1955 NATIVE PROVO PIONEERS—These three lifetime' Prove residents are among the pioneers who •wiH be honored on Provo's birthday, Saturday. A dinner and program will feature the local observance. .Seated at the old organ in. the Pioneer Museum is J. Joseph Johnson, 89. With him we Lydia Singleton, 88 and Martha Jones, 88. They' are among five living "native" pioneers 'of Provo—pioneers who wert born in this city before the coming of the 'railroad in 1869. . • West Utah Stake IDS Conference Set This Weekend West Utah LDS State will hold its quarterly conference -Saturday night and Sunday with sessions in the Rivergrove Chapel and Provo Tabernacle, Stake President J. Earl Lewis announced today. General conference sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the tabernacle. No visiting authorities will be present. Speakers will include members of the stake presidency and other leaders, and four returned missionaries, Wallace Scott, Reed Facer, J. M. Perkins and Mrs. Cora Van Buren. Music will be the combined choirs under the direction of Stake Choister Carel A. Waters, accompanied by the •take organist, Mrs. Jean Dixon Saturday «t 7:30 p.m. in the Rivergrove LDS Chapel a meeting is scheduled for men and their wives in the following categories: Senior Aaronic Priesthood, Elders and those men who are unordain- ed. .Mrs. Betty Crandall and Paul Reams will be among the speakers. The meeting will be followed by the West Utah Stake Gold and Green Ball in the Provo-East Provo Stake House. At 8:15 o'clock Sunday morning, still in the Rivergrove Chapel, a .priesthood leadership session is scheduled. Priesthood officers and committee members are urged to attend. •Sunday at 7 p.m. in the tabernacle, an evening session will be held under direction-of the MIA Provo to Note 106th Birthday on Saturday By MILDRED HALL Hundreds 'of cars each day roar past a spot of ground located on the Lakeview road; en route to one of the -wonders'of this modern age, a steel plant. One hundred and six years ago, on March 12, the same spot of ground was humming with the toils of a band of pioneers making their first camp in the area which grew to be the city of Provo. Provo's- 106th birthday. Saturday will be remembered this year with a dinner and program honoring the five remaining pioneers born in Provo before May 10, 1869; the one pioneer who came to Utah in 1863 rod the 17 others who were born in Utah prior to 1869 and who now live in Provo, according to Lyne Roberts, president of. the Sons and Daughters of Utah Pioneers who are sponsoring the observance. The Dinner at dinner will Noon be- served at 12 noon and a short program vill follow at the Pioneer Museum, Fifth West .and Fifth North. Verl Dixon, Utah County commissioner, will .give a brief outline of early Provo. Mayor Aura C. Hatch will speak; Golden Jackman will' sing favorite old-time songs and Judy Ostler, with the theme, "Eternal Happiness is Our Goal." Junior M Men and Junior Gleaners will be featured. who will be eight years March 12, will -give a old on dance number. All of the Pioneers present will be given corsages and badges. Assisting Mr. Roberts • in arrangements' are Mrs. Joyce Harmon, in charge of the banquet Teton Jackman in charge of the program, and Eliza Fillmore in charge of invitations and' cor sages with Melvin Fillmore su pgrvising transportation. Pioneers and escorts needing trans portation may call Mr. Fillmore at 1320. • Special Honor Special* honor will be paid the five native Provo pioneers "who are Mrs. Maria Ferguson, Joseph J. Johnson, 89; Mrs Martha Jones, 88; Mrs. Nellie 'F McEwan, 87. and Mrs. Lydia H Singleton, 88. Other pioneers now living- Provo to be honored, with ages and places Barton, of birth, are Joseph Kaysville; R. A Berry, 88, Iron County; 'Caroline Burr, 97, Manti; Sylvia S. Blair 87. Springville; Mary B. • Clark 95, Lehi; Albertina B. Fisher, 88 Deseret; Fortilda I. Funk, Washington County; Juletta Henrie, 86, Washington County J. . H.- McDonald, 89, Heber Elena L. Michie, 92, Sa'lt Lak City; David W. Nuttall; 88, ber; " Mercy Waters Peay, Mapleton; Amelia R. Taylor, 81 Salt Lake City; Travis Tucker 86, Fairview; George S. Young 87, Salt Lake; Charley Ward,- 88 PROVO'S OLDEST PIONEER —Mrs. Hattie Taylor McClellan, 97, is the only living person in Provo to recall .the struggles of the long trek across the plains to Utah behind the yoke of oxen. She is the only living "original" pioneer in Provo—meaning she was not born here but came to Utah and Proyo j>rior to the coming of the railroad in 1869. THEY Wtti ALSO BE AT TOE PARTY—Mrs. Maria Ferguson, left, and Mrs. Nellie McEwan, born in Provo prior to May 10, 1869 will be among the special guests at dinner and program being arranged for Provo's birthday, Mar. 12. At the right is Judy Ostler, who will be eight-years-old on Saturday, Provo's birthday. She will dance at the program which will follow the dinner, given in honor of the pioneers Saturday at th« Pioneer Museum. Mrs, Ferguson and Mrs. McEwan, with the three pictured at the left of the page, are the five living "native" pioneers of Provo, those who were born here before the railroad came. Other pioneers will be honored .Saturday, but they were not born in Provo or did not come directly iere when .they came to Utah. ' Sacrifice, Hard Work Mark Lives of Six i Living Native and Original Pioneers of Provo Lives of sacrifice and hard work have marked the years of "•rove's six remaining citizens who were born or came to Provo before May 10, 1869. John Joseph Johnson was born Oct. 26, 1866 a sow of J. P. R. and nger Johnson. He 'has always lived in Provo and at present resides at 806 N. 5th W. He was married to Emma Elizabeth Jrown and later, Minnie Brooks. He is-the father of six children. Mrs. Nellie McEwan was born Oct. 20, 1868, the daughter of Thaddious and Julia Ann Turner Fleming, pioneers of 1847. Her ather was a captain in the Black Hawk Indian War. Attends BYA Nellie, attended the Brigham Young Academy under Dr. Karl G. Maeser. Before her marriage she worked in the woolen' mills n the spinning department. She. married John H. McEwan, manager of the old Provo Opera House. Mr. and Mrs. McEwan were members of the old Home dramatic Company and were well mown for their acting- ability. Attending the schools of early Provo and later the B. Y. Academy under Pres. Karl G. Maeser is Martha Jones, who was born in Provo April 6, 1867, the daughter of John G. and Mary John Jones. Martha became • the young mother of her five brothers and sisters, following the tragic death of her own mother in an accident, and aided her father in rearing his children. She was married to C. E. Jones May 15, 1889. Mrs. Jones is the mother of six children, and has 24 grandchildren, and 28 .great- grandchildren, one brother and one sister living. Born in Provo Lydia Harding Singleton is the youngest daughter of Samuel and Mary Stowe Harding. She was born May 31, 1867 in Provo. She received her education at the district schools in Provo. At the age of 16, she was employed by American Fork; Joseph Ward, 86, Salt Lake. Mrs. Hattie Taylor McCleUan, 97, the only original Pioneer left, was born in England. Walter G. Taylor and Dwight Billings of Provo have jeen made honorary pioneers. Under a ruling adopted .in 1947, Utah's Centennial year, a 'native pioneer" is a person born in Utah prior to May 10, 1869, the coming of the railroad, and an "original" pioneer is one who jcame to the state prior to hat time—and of necessity by handcart or wagon train. the. Utah Woolen Mills, where she .worked for seven years. December 10, 1890 marked, the date of .her marriage to Fred Singleton, Jr. Mrs. Singleton is tiie mother of seven children, all living, and now has 17-grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Maria Strong Ferguson looks back on a lifetime -spent in this; community. She was born here Mar. 3, 1867 and attended the early schools and the Brigham Young Academy. It is remembered that as a young woman she was one of Provo's skilled dressmakers. She was married to James M. Ferguson in 1805 and is the mothr er of three children, two of whom are living. 'Original' Pioneer Mrs. Hattie Taylor McCleUan, Now 97, is the only living "original" Utah pioneer in.Provo, (one who came here before the linking of the railroad). Mrs. McClellan, still alert, but unable to be very active, looks back, through the long train of years to 'her arrival in the sparsely populated, area which is now Provo. She was born June 23, 1858 in England, a daughter of George and Elizabeth Nicholes Taylor. She -spent her fifth birthday on board ship coming to America She recalls seeing . her parents build their first home here oi logs,-without doors or windows. Later' the parents fashioned furniture for the home located near Sixth West and Fifth North from logs and other items to be found in the country. Mrs. McClellan was married to J-ames S. McClellan and although she never had a child of her own, she has reared several, some the children of family members and also one foster daughter. It is planned to pay her special honor on Saturday,, if she is able to attend the dinner and program. National Parks Council Plans Two River Trips Utah National Parks Council will sponsor two Colorado River trips late this spring for Explorer Scouts and leaders, according to John Cross, assistant executive of the council. The first of the two planned trips will leave Provo May and return June 4. The second leave Provo June 9 and return June 18. Mr. Cross, who will direct both A $5 deposit will hold the reservation. The exact amount for the trip will be determined later, the scout official added. To be eligible for the trip, a scout must be 14 years old or older, must be able to swim and cook and must have had outdoor camping' experience. 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  2. 10 Mar 1955, Thu,
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