Bushman Family Manti Temple Trip October 1889

Manti Temple Morning Valley - airpanoIn October of 1889, John Bushman traveled from his home in St. Joseph Arizona to attend General Conference in Salt Lake City.   He was having trouble with a cancerous growth on his left eye.  After Conference, on October 6th he had his eye treated at the Deseret Hospital in Salt Lake. After conference, where they cut away the fleshy growth around his eye and sewed it up.  As it healed, he visited friends for a few days, then he traveled to Lehi to see his family members there.


Writing in 3rd person, John Bushman recorded:

John went to Lehi and visited relatives and friends, and spoke at Church.  All seemed pleased to see him.  On 17 October, with his brother Martin and wife Lucinda Bushman and their sister Sarah B. Rhodes, John went to the Manti Temple.  At Fairview they got their brother Jacob to go along with them to the Temple, arriving there 21 October.  The next few days they were shown through the Temple and John was baptized for several of his ancestors.  On 23 October they all performed Temple work, having their children sealed to them–President Daniel H. Wells officiating.  It was a grand sight–the nine children all dressed in white kneeling around the altar with President Wells, with white hair and beard, sealing the children to their parents for time and eternity.  After the Temple sessions on 24 October they visited Lucinda Dalton and Ellen Jakeman.  Apostle Anthon H. Lund and others administered to John’s eye which seemed as bad as ever to him.  When John went through the Temple again next day he went alone to the prayer room, kneeled at the altar and poured his soul out to God, grateful for the blessing and mercies and praying to have his eye restored.  After their joyous experience in the Manti Temple they all went home arriving in Lehi on 29 October.

Daniel H. Wells:
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The Manti Temple was dedicated on 17 May 1888.  The Salt Lake Temple wouldn’t be completed and dedicated until 1893, so this was the first opportunity these siblings had to attend the temple. Their parents, Martin and Elizabeth were endowed and sealed in the Nauvoo Temple on Christmas Day in 1845.  Now 43 years later, these children were sealed to their parents in the Manti Temple.  These were glorious days for the Bushman family.

Children of Martin and Elizabeth Bushman, left to right:  Jacob, John, Sarah, Martin and Elias Albert Bushman.

These siblings and their spouses were each endowed in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City prior to this temple trip.  Martin Benjamin Bushman and his wife, Lucinda were endowed 21 March 1863.  His second wife, Martha was endowed 2 March 1867.  Jacob and Charlotte were endowed 12 March 1864.  John and his wife Lois were endowed in 11 Feb 1865.  His second wife, Mary Ann was endowed 2 Marcy 1877.  Sarah was endowed 25 Jan 1869.  Elias and his wife Margaret were endowed 27 March 1879.  endowment-house-1The Salt Lake Endowment House

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Jacob Bushman, Autobiography, Typescript, BYU, Pg. 5:
I will now give you some of the other three girls that was younger than father. Sarah Bushman, born March 12th 1804; died Feb. 1887. She married John Stanton, had a large family. Some of their children are alive yet. Anna was born Sept. 10th; died very young. And Ester was born May 5th, 1808 and married Scott Ewing. Did not have a very large family, She died April 6th, 1877. Grandfather was leaving with her when he died. How grandfather and all of his children was all poor and humble and honest and hard working and none of them ever joined the Church, but the work has all been done for them in the Temple. And I hope they all have received it by this time. We have done our part so far. And may the Lord help us to be faithful to the end is my constant prayer.


Read here about Martin and Elizabeth Bushman’s temple visit on Christmas Day in 1845.

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Life Sketch of Wanda Dickerson Bushman

History of Lehi, Part II, Including Biographical Section up to 1950
Published by the Lehi Pioneer Committee
Written by Hamilton Gardner
The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1950, p. 701

Wanda Dickerson Bushman was born October 21, 1905, in American Fork, Utah, the twelfth child of Sarah Ann Conder and William Edward Dickerson. When Wanda was six months old her father died. She was baptized a member of the Latter-day Saint Church November 3, 1913 by Thomas E. Hanson.

She attended school in American Fork and graduated from the American Fork High School in 1924 and attended Brigham Young University. She was secretary of the American Fork First Ward Sunday School several years before she was married.

April 28, 1926, she was married to Suel J. Bushman in the Salt Lake Temple. Six children were born to them: Melvin S., Beth, Richard D. (deceased), Margaret Ann, Mark A., and Don J. She has worked in most of the auxiliary organizations of the Church. She was a Sunday School teacher in 1926, until the fall of 1926 when she was sustained as second counselor in the Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association to Rose Lott. She was a Primary teacher many years, a mutual teacher, also a Relief Society teacher. In the fall of 1943 she was sustained as second counselor in the Fifth Ward Primary to Elva Allen.

She served as president of the Primary from 1944 to 1946. In June, 1946, she was sustained second counselor in the Primary to Gladys Peterson, and in 1949 she was sustained as first counselor in the stake Primary. She has spent approximately 20 years in the service of the Primary.

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Jason Turley, b. 20 Oct 1842, d. 25 Oct 1843. Son of Mary Clift and Gustavus Hills.

Jason Turley was the son of Mary Clift and Gustavus Hills.  Mary had become pregnant  by Gustavus, who was disfellowshipped for seducing her.  He was ordered to pay for her upkeep and the child as well.  The child, Jason, took Theodore Turley’s name when Mary was sealed to Theodore.

Mary Clift Memorial

Mary Clift Memorial Transcription:

Mary Clift Daughter of Robert & Clift Born
in G
Mary Clift sealed to Theodore Turley in the House of
the Lord in Nauvoo of the 19th day Jan^y 1846
Jacon Turly Died 26^th of October 1843 Born 1841/2 October 20^th

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Henry Fowles b. 18 Oct 1844, Pershore, England, m. Sarah Erminnie Bushman


HENRY FOWLES – By Peggy Stewart Mower

Henry Fowles, third son of Timothy and Eliza Sanders Fowles, was born in Pershore, Worcestsershire, England. When he was eighteen he came to Utah with his mother, brothers Edward and John, and sister Marcella. The father had not joined the Church. He stayed in England.

They sailed on the ship “Amazon”, and spent seven weeks on the ocean, arriving in New York 18 July 1863. This was the ship’s maiden voyage. On its return trip it caught fire and sank.

Henry came across the plains as a teamster (he drove for another person), in captain White’s Company. His mother and family were in this same company.

Upon arriving at Salt Lake, the Fowles family camped near a farm. They asked the Farmer if they could buy some potatoes. He would not sell them any, but gave them potatoes and other vegetables to last through the winter.

fowles-elizabeth-graham-b-1844  Elizabeth Graham

They only stopped in Salt Lake for a short time, then moved to Moroni, Sanpete, Utah. While living there he met Elizabeth Graham from Fairview, Utah. He found it was only a short six mile ride through the hills between the two towns to do his courting. They were Married 20 February 1866. Because of the Black Hawk War, they waited until the next year for their sealing in the Salt Lake Endowment House.

In 1867, they moved to Fairview where Henry worked on shares for a time. He bought 10 acres that he soon increased to 100 acres. Their home was Located at 2nd East 1st South.
Henry was called on a mission too work on the St. George Temple. He spent a year there. He and Elizabeth did not have children of their own. They raised a nephew, Charles William Fowles.

They were called on another mission to help settle St, Johns, Arizona. Elizabeth died there 13 November 1887.

fowles-sarah-e-with-henry-henry-harmon  Sarah Erminnie with son, Henry

He married Sarah Erminnie Bushman, the daughter of Jacob and Charlotte Turley Bushman in the Logan Temple. They made their home in Fairview. Three children were born to them. Henry Harmon, 25 March 1889 who died 6 January 1892; Timothy born 1891; and Ruby Rosamond 30 April 1894 who died 29 April 1910.

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Henry died 15 May 1899. Sarah continued on alone. She was the Fairview Relief Society President from 1908 until 1919. During this time Sarah Adopted a daughter Lillian Grace who was born 14 July 1909.

Sarah built a brick home, which still stands at 185 East 100 South, Fairview. Sarah died 18 July 1947. The family is buried in block 01 lot 105 Fairview Cemetery.


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Clara Roxanna Sabey Doyle b. 16 Oct 1888 in Lehi, Utah

The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 486-487

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Clara was born Oct. 16, 1888 in Lehi, Utah. She married James William Doyle on May 7, 1907 in American Fork. James is the son of James A. and Adeline Anderson Doyle.
Clara Doyle, through circumstances, was required to raise and support her young family without assistance. She accomplished this rather difficult task by working as a practical nurse, seamstress, and domestic. Later she became a dormitory supervisor and counselor for young men at the Utah State Training School in American Fork, Utah, She was instrumental in establishing the school lunch program for Alpine School District, Utah. Clara acted as a judge at voting polls for many years. She was secretary of MIA, president of MIA, and secretary of Lehi Service Star Legion. She was much sought after and appreciated for her reading and recitation talent.

James William Doyle was a miner, construction worker on the American Fork Canyon Power Plant, and later, a supervisor for Shell Oil Company. He possessed and utilized many musical talents.

Children of Clara Sabey and James Doyle:
Della Doyle Smith, born Febr. 29, 1908
John William Doyle, born Oct. 26, 1910; married Martha Street
James Frances Doyle, born March 21, 1912
Albert Smith Doyle, born Feb.5, 1914, died young
Maxine Vivian Doyle West, born Sept. 4, 1915
Sherman Sabey Doyle, born April 4, 1919




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Catherine Elizabeth “Peggy” Conley Lewis Life Sketch

 by David Lewis, son, for for Peggy’s funeral 3 June 2005

Conley, Charlotte with Ruby and Peggy
Charlotte, Ruby and Peggy Conley

Catherine Elizabeth Conley was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 12, 1920 to Charlotte Meisel and Philip Conley.  Her mother Charlotte and the entire Meisel family had immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1909 after joining the LDS church. At an early age, Charlotte decided that Catherine looked more like a “Peggy” and the new name stuck.  It probably made sense given her older sister’s more playful name “Ruby.”

Without a father in the home, the burden and blessing of raising Peggy rested with Charlotte and Ruby. There is no doubt that the hardship of a sacrificing mother supporting a family during the depression played a large part in shaping mom’s gentle but resolute personality.  Although they lived modestly, Charlotte gave the girls all the love any child could want and imparted much of her German heritage to Ruby and Peggy by making Pfefferneuse and Streussel treats on special holidays and taking trips up the canyons to walk in the woods or sit by the creek.

Charlotte and her two daughters moved to Los Angeles in the Fall of 1927, living with relatives or renting homes until Charlotte’s salary as a seamstress enabled them to buy their first home in the Wilshire area in 1935.  Not much is written about mom’s early teenage years, but we do know that her good looks and “sweet” personality soon attracted the attention of many boys at Los Angeles Polytechnic High School.  Several boys noted in her yearbook that although they enjoyed their friendship with Peggy, they wished they could have been “closer” friends.  Even though we have an image of Peggy as a terribly shy woman, her 1937 yearbook shows her as extremely popular and active.  She was:

-member of the girls volleyball and field hockey teams;

-one of the lead actresses in a school play;

-VP of the Kelita Klub; and

-a member of the Girls Advisory Board and Athenians.

Lewis, John & Peggy wedding day

By early 1941, dad had met mom and, after a couple of weeks of intense dating, asked to marry her.  Mom’s response was typical: “Don’t Rush Me.”  It seems she had a boyfriend who was attending Harvard Business School and would be home in June.  Dad’s spirits were dampened but far from crushed, as rolled up his sleeves and dated her virtually non-stop through the spring and summer.  To make a long story short, dad won the battle and John and Peggy were married in the Logan LDS temple on August 8, 1941.

Lewis, John & Peggy with Christine

While historians tell us the BABY BOOM lasted after WWII from 1946 to 1964, mom began her own BOOM in 1942 with the birth of Christine.  Then Kathryn in 1944, followed by Roberta in 1946, Bonny in 1948, John in 1954, Barbara in 1956, Jeff in 1960, and twins David and Diana in 1963.

As mom noted later: “The war influenced everything the first five or six years of our marriage.”  By the summer of 1945, Dad was carrying 11 draft cards in his wallet.  Each time he was drafted, his employer, Lockheed, would get a deferment.  He figured the only way he could get his military service behind him was to quit Lockheed, which he did.  Fortunately for him and the family, it was on August 14, 1945, the eve of Japan’s surrender, and Dad was able to reunite with his anxious, 5-month pregnant Peggy and their two little girls after only a 26-hour stint with the Army.wilshire ward     Lewis, John & Peggy with 4 girls

Mom and Dad have wonderful memories of the period after the war—helping to build the Studio City Ward, gathering with friends in a monthly “dinner group,” and taking a long vacation in 1949 to Yosemite and British Columbia.  Peggy’s mother Charlotte had joined them for the trip, and loved sliding down the slopes of Mount Rainier on a sheet of cardboard.

It must have been devastating to Peggy when Charlotte was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer at the end of 1950.  For the final three or four months of their mother’s life, Peggy and Ruby were able to nurse their mother, returning the same tender care and devotion that Charlotte had shown them.  Not surprisingly, it was Peggy’s portion from Charlotte’s modest estate that enabled John and Peggy to purchase a one-acre lot in Mesa, Arizona, where the family moved in the Fall of 1951.

The twelve years in Arizona were marked by citrus trees, great friends and, of course, more babies.   Mom served in numerous church callings in the Relief Society (including something called “Cultural Refinement”), but really seemed to enjoy callings that involved music.  Mom also made sure to bring the “dinner group” concept from California to Arizona, spending countless evening hours enjoying the company of the Wrights, Gardeners, and other young couples.  She also sang in a trio with Betty Merrill and Jean Wright.

Lewis, John Family CMS Card

After spending two weeks sleeping in a rocking chair, mom gave birth to a very large set of twins (16.5 lbs) on March 19, 1963, signaling the official end of mom’s 21-year BABY BOOM.  With such a large family and three girls attending BYU, John and Peggy decided to move back to California where dad could earn more money.  A few months later, John, Peggy and their 9 children packed into a station wagon and moved into a four-bedroom house in Sepulveda.  The cramped quarters and another job change forced a move in 1966 to Hacienda Heights.  It was here mom and dad hosted three wedding receptions for Christine (who married Bill Owens in 1968), Kathryn (who married Tom Kimmel in 1971), and Bonny (who married Gary Lassen in 1972).

Lewis, John Family, Mesa

While John and Peggy went through their share of tragedies and setbacks during this time, including a tragic auto accident involving Roberta and a house fire, the Lewises were privileged to associated with some of the best friends on earth, including several who are here today.  Mom was always the driving force behind family trips to the beach, and was concerned about skin cancer long before it was fashionable—applying a nauseating amount of Zinc Oxide to the younger kids’ noses as soon as the beach umbrella was staked in the ground.

Another job change sent the family to Fountain Valley in 1972, followed by a move to Salt Lake City in 1976. Mom made it quite clear to dad that she was not going to move again as she began landscaping the sloped terrain of the house at Brighton Point.  Although mom hated giving talks in Sacrament meeting, she was able to manage four more as she sent her three sons and Barbara on missions. Mom’s weekly letters, written on a 1950-vintage typewriter or in her beautiful handwriting, were priceless. Mom again found a close collection of wonderful friends in this neighborhood.  It was at this house where mom and dad gave away their youngest children in marriage: Barbara to Lowell Camp in 1980, David to Celeste Rose in 1986, Jeff to Kathleen McKay in 1989, Diana to Tak Wakimoto in 1990, and John to Ann Laemmlen, also in 1990.

Lewis, John & Peggy Family .

When mom was the victim of a very serious blood clot in her lungs in 1983 (spending 19 days in the hospital) and breast cancer in 1989, she said: “Don’t Rush Me” and her body agreed.  Following their service as guides at the Jordan River Temple in 1985-86, mom and dad were proud to serve a one-year mission to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1988-89.  Dad was the accountant, and mom’s job was family history research on the early Saints who settled in the Nauvoo area from 1836-1847, enabling visitors to obtain this information and, in some cases, direct them to their ancestors’ land.Lewis, John & Peggy Nauvoo Mission

Mom also loved to travel, and would recount in great detail her trips to visit children and grandchildren located in Chicago, Phoenix, Cleveland, Texas, Virginia, Japan, Minnesota, Vashon Island (Washington), and California.  She also felt herself fortunate to have been to Hawaii and the Caribbean. Old joke about how fish and house guests began to smell after 3 days—not mom. Shattering the myth about mothers-in-law, her 2-week visits after the birth of a baby were always too short, and some of us would beg her to stay longer so we could bask in the peaceful setting she always created. After she and dad began wintering in Arizona, mom settled into a daily routine that included plenty of gardening, reading, and watching news/sports.  If you wanted to give her a gift on her birthday or Mother’s Day, you would be wise to get a plant or gift certificate to Red Lobster.

Lewis, John & Peggy SpFk Cemetery

The greatest hardship mom had to endure was the passing of her daughters Bonny and Kathryn to cancer in 1999 and 2001.  Mom was extremely private with her emotions but told me once that it “just breaks my heart” to say goodbye to them.  Only 10 months after Kathryn’s death, mom’s heart was broken again as she bid farewell to dad, whom she cared for as best she could during the last 2 years of his life when he suffered from mental illness.  Thankfully, mom had the companionship of Roberta and the never-ending compassion of John and Ann next door to keep her going strong until the very end.MomCemetery.2.0605

*Don’t want to end on a sad note, because our memory of mom demands happiness and laughter.  Indeed, it demands a tour of one of her homes to give us a better idea of the person she was:

Tour of home:  Welcome to Peggy’s home.  As you move up the front walkway, you’ll notice the door is open with a screen door in its place  to take advantage of breezes in the mornings and evenings.  Even though mom and dad had central AC, they never really believed in it. Once inside, you’ll see a well used piano in the living room, and possibly a guitar leaning against the wall—instruments that confirm mom’s passion for music and the spirit it creates in the home.  The living room was the scene of several conflicts—battles over the remote control, friction between dad wanting the kids to tear apart the wrapping over the presents on Christmas Day, while mom somehow managed to preserve and recycle box, ribbon and wrapping paper.

As you enter the dining room, instead of china on the table you’re likely to see a puzzle in progress or sewing machine on it, with patterns scattered here and there, and a large wooden yardstick leaning against the wall (had more uses than simply measuring). The dining room was often the focal point for large holiday gatherings (for the adults); children banished to the kitchen table.  Upon entering the kitchen, our attention is immediately drawn to the cupboard, where mom stored the most boring cereal products like Nabisco Shredded Wheat, Rice Chex, and Cheerios.  She was well aware of the connection between sugar and rambunctious kids.  If company was coming over, you’d find a pot of soup on the stove and mom would probably just “throw a cake in the oven.”  If you’re hungry for something in the fridge, don’t make the mistake of holding the door open too long or you’re certain to be chastized (after she calls out every child’s name before landing on yours).

Decorating the walls of the adjacent breakfast nook were two “Paint By the Numbers” paintings that mom had done years earlier, as well as a complete, A-Z set of the 1957 World Book Encyclopedia—chances are good that mom would be reading one of the books in her spare time. In fact, one of the few geography debates I ever won against mom was when I finally convinced her that she was applying her knowledge of a 1957 map against my updated sources.  Walking down the hallway toward the bedrooms,  you would find dozens of framed photographs of her children and grandchildren.  The furniture, carpet and wallpaper throughout the house would be well worn, another testament to her frugality. Going down to the basement, you would find many beds and artifacts from distant periods of time, as well as unsolicited woodworking projects completed by dad.  But the discovery that you would find most remarkable is the boxes upon boxes of fabric and sewing patterns.  Mom was unable to discard the smallest scrap—just this morning, I found this “Mr. Goodbar” hidden in a box of fabrics in the Orem farmhouse. I’ve also recently come across addressed (but never sent) envelopes from 1998 which enclose newspaper articles of interest to me.

Stepping outside from the back door, you would notice several large pine trees, Aspens, and broad collection of daylillies, tulips, snapdragons, roses, peonies, and delphinium.  While mom allowed John to help her design railroad-tie steps, and let me dig large holes for her trees, Jeff was the only son she trusted with transplanting her daylillies.

The sun’s going down quickly now, and we’d better get back to the house, where family and friends have begun arriving to celebrate a birthday, holiday, or any excuse to get together and laugh. As we walk up the flagstone steps leading to the back porch,  we see mom and dad relaxing in their swinging lounge chair, enjoying the sunset and admiring their colorful surroundings. We smile because we see that mom has persuaded dad to slow down and take in the beauty around him. While we ache to be with them as they enjoy some well deserved rest from their earthly labors, we take comfort in knowing they are together with other loved ones, and that we best honor their memory by caring for our own families and living Christ-centered lives.

 When Chris recently asked mom what was the “most important lesson or advice you have learned that you might pass on to others,” mom replied:

Take your time making decisions.  Consider all the angles.  Stay close to good people, whose example will be good for you.

I am grateful for the privilege I had of staying close to a good person like Peggy Lewis, whose example will remain with me forever.

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Wilfred Paul Laemmlen, b. 12 October 1935

Laemmlen, Wilfred & Ruth 1935

Elsa Laemmlen with twins, Wilfred Paul and Ruth Elsa b. 12 Oct 1935

On this day, 12 October, in 1935 my Grandma Elsa had twins, Wilfred Paul and Ruth Elsa Laemmlen.  They were born in Selma, California.  Sadly, baby Ruth died on pneumonia on 10 February 1937 when she was 1 1/2 years old.  Wilfred joined my father, Arthur b. 1930, and Henry b. 1932.  In 1938, Franklin was born, completing the family.

Here are some photos of my Uncle Will:

Laemmlen, Wilfred, elementary school

Wilfred Laemmlen, Windsor School

Laemmlen, Wilfred, young boy

Wilfred Laemmlen, school boy

Laemmlen, Wilfred RHS

Wilfred Laemmlen, Reedley High School Senior Picture

On 23 November 1960, Will married Violet Gwendolyn Doyel “Gwen” in Carmel, California.  She and her daughter, Donna joined the Laemmlen family.

Laemmlen, Will & Gwen 1963 scrapbook

Wilfred and Gwen Wed 23 November 1960 in Carmel, CA

Laemmlen, Will, Gwen, & Donna Passport 1963

Gwen, Donna and Wilfred Laemmlen

Laemmlen, Wilfred YM with beard

Wilfred Laemmlen

Wilfred and Gwen were school teachers in Sanger, California.  Here are a few family school pictures:

Laemmlen, Wilfred Family school pictures

Will and Gwen, Donna and Elly school pictures

Laemmlen, Wilfred Family 1979

Will and Gwen Family 1979

Laemmlen, Will & Gwen 1999  Laemmlen, Will & Gwen Yosimite

Laemmlen, Wilfred Family 2003

Wilfred and Gwen Family 2003

Laemmlen, Wilfred Family Nov 2014

Laemmlen, Wilfred Family Nov 2014

Laemmlen, Will & Gwen kissing Nov 2014

Will and Gwen, Nov. 2014

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