Transition Years of Snow College as Reflected in the Career of J. S. Christensen

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title Transition Years of Snow College as Reflected in the Career of J. S. Christensen
Description TRANSITION YEARS OF SNOW COLLEGE AS REFLECTED IN THE CAREER OF J. S. CHBISTENSEN Afton Christensen Greaves 1904 Herbert Avenue Salt Lake City, UT 84108 Non-Professional Division First Place Historical Essay When I was young, I thought my father knew everything. There was no subject in school he couldn't help me with--except shorthand (not because he didn't know shorthand--"but because he learned Pitman and I, Gregg). I am 67; father died in 1945 at age 61; and I am amazed at his knowledge, and the difficulties he surmounted to acquire it. Joseph Soren Christensen (J. S. to everyone) was born January 4, 1884, In Mt. Pleasant, the fourth of ten children born to Christen and Phylinda Clark Christensen. This same year, the family moved to Chester to homestead. They built a log cabin (which still stands) where the rest of their children were born - one small room with a sleeping loft! In 1896 when father was twelve, his parents built a spacious two-story frame home. Everyone worked hard on the farm to acquire life's necessities. In this humble, loving, good, hard-working family, it is difficult to see how he acquired his dream of an education. He began his schooling where all grades were taught by one teacher in one room. He was in the first graduating class in 1901.1 The following two years he worked for the railroad and herded sheep in the mountains. He always said herding sheep wasn't so bad; although he didn't earn much noney, he couldn't spend it, and time was available for study. He herded sheep again, years later, after we moved to Ephraim; I remember visiting his sheep camp in a beautiful grove of mountain trees. From 1903-05 he attended L.D.S. College in Salt Lake, then served a mission in Hawaii, but was called home early (1906) because of his father's illness and death. Again his education was delayed while he helped support younger brothers and sis-ters as bookkeeper for Utah Construction Company, and again for the railroad. -31-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
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