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
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Transition Years of Snow College as Reflected in the Career of J. S. Christensen
Description He attended Snow Academy 1910-12, where he served as studentbody president, and graduated in the Normal field, prepared to teach. During 1912-l4, he was instructor and principal to the Chester school. May 28, 1913, he married Mary Bendetta Beal in the Manti Temple. They lived frugally to enable him to attend the University of Utah, 1914-1916. It was here that I, their first child, was born. He taught in Magna, 1916-17. He didn't graduate from the University until 1917, the nec-essary hours completed by correspondence while teaching. His major was chemistry; his minor, English. They moved back to Sanpete, the area they loved, where he taught one year in Fountain Green. In 1918 they came "home" to Ephraim where his life became irrevocably joined with the life of Snow College. Five different names reflect its development. First, Sanpete Stake Academy, financed mostly by the Stake;2 second, Snow Academy because it had outgrown its name, for students from other counties and states attended;3 third, the Normal school grew in importance so it became Snow Normal College; fourth, Snow Junior College, accredited by the State Board of Education, and Normal graduates received first-class teacher certificates. One year later, March 17, 1923, it became Snow College. When father cane to Snow, he taught high school classes. In 1924 the high school and college were separated; he then taught only college subjects.5 Until 1932 it was an L.D.S, school. For teachers, every day began with prayer meeting; these meetings were both de-votional and regular business meetings which were opened and closed with prayer." Faculty members were required to pay full tithing, and live exemplary lives as examples for stu-dents. Moral codes for school and church were identical. Faculty members chaperoned dances; often my father sold tickets as well. If we danced too close, he or another would tap us on the shoulder. When I was young, father took me to basketball games in the old Gymnasium. We stood on the elevated race track where he allowed me to slip large cardboard numbers into slots to *Dee Anderson Business Building. -52-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325481
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