Milo Andrus Day of Service — March 15, 2014

 

Milo Andrus Day of Service

 

Milo was Born on March 14, 1814 — How Will You Celebrate His 200th Birthday?

Milo Andrus left a legacy of service. Throughout his life he served his family, church and community.  During the month of March 2014 we encourage you and your family to plan a day of service to benefit your family, church, or community.

Take photos of your service project and share them with the Milo Andrus Family Organization (send them to webmaster@miloandrus.org).  We will include your photos in the next family newsletter.

For Those Who Live in the Salt Lake Area

If you live in the Salt Lake area, join us on Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 9am-12pm at the Andrus Halfway House at This Is The Place Heritage Park (2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah). We have the opportunity to perform spring cleaning and yard work at Milo’s house and other pioneer buildings in the park. Here are the things we will be doing and tools needed:

  • General cleanup along creek and elsewhere (shovels, rakes, hoes, weed whackers, etc.)
  • Repairing fences (hammers, nails, drills, gripper screws, saws, pliers, etc.)
  • Pruning fruit trees (chain saws, limb loppers/pruners)

In addition, you will probably want to bring coats, gloves, hats, etc. as it may be cold.

  • We especially encourage youth ages 12-18 to participate
  • Drinks and snacks will be provided

Please RSVP for this activity by clicking here:  http://whoozin.com/WUF-4AW-X7YG.  Let us know how many people you will be bringing.

Spread the Word! Pass this information on to anyone you think would like to come (kids, grandkids, cousins, etc.).

Questions?    Contact Russ Mathis: phone  (801) 968-3779 or email russm1517@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

 

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Fall 2013 Newsletter Now Available

Newsletter Fall 2013The latest edition of the Milo Andrus Family Organization Newsletter is now available on the Milo Andrus website. Click here to access it:

http://miloandrus.org/wp-content/uploads/Milo-Andrus-Family-Organization-Newsletter-2013-December.pdf

We will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Milo’s birth at a special family reunion on June 28, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Make plans now to attend!

 

Obituary: Brent Wakeman

Brenton “Brent” H. Wakeman (Jane Munday wifeline), 71, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, July 15th, 2012, surrounded by family. Death came from complications due to heart and kidney failure.

Brent was born June 8, 1941, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Herman and Verda Andrus Wakeman and spent a happy childhood on a ranch in Grays Lake, Idaho, which always remained dear to his heart.

While attending Soda Springs High School, Brent contributed to the Football team, Track and Field, and the Band. He continued his education at Carbon Jr. College in Price, Utah, where he played football. He then received a Bachelors Degree of Business Management at the University of Utah in SLC, Utah.

Brent spent his life with his high school sweetheart, Caroline Yost of Bancroft, Idaho. They recently celebrated 52 years of marriage, having been sealed in the LDS Salt Lake City Temple.

Following college, Brent began work with the Coleman Company, managing factories in Cedar City, Utah, and Wichita, Kansas. He then engineered and put into operation his own sewing factories in Soda Springs, Idaho, Canby, Oregon, and Salem, Oregon. He retired in Nampa, Idaho.

Brent’s life was filled with travel, having visited all fifty United States, as well as having extensively toured Europe. He and Caroline also visited all 40 County Seats of Idaho in one summer, an accomplishment which they enjoyed very much. He was a great outdoorsman, enjoying camping, fishing, hunting and RV’ing.

Brent belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, most recently a member of the Nampa 35th Ward. He loved to give service in quiet, unpretentious ways and generously donated of his means.

He was a man of few words, yet being gifted with a brilliant mind, his well-chosen words showed great insight and thoughts which ran deeply.

Brent is survived in death by his beloved wife, Caroline; four daughters, Wendy Lynne (Rod) Peatross of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Leslie Adell (Mark) Anderson of Canby, Oregon, Ardith Anne (Brian) Haws of Salem, Oregon, and Suzanne Marie (Duane) Peck of Kuna, Idaho; and one son, Wayne Brent (Lis) Wakeman of Kenmore, Washington; a beloved sister, Sandra (Robert) Christopherson of Farr West, Utah; 16 beloved grandchildren of whom he was most proud; and 5 sweet little great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, and his parents-in-law, Glenn and Frances Yost.

Services for Brent will be held Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Soda Springs, Idaho, at the Bailey Creek LDS Church at 361 S. 3rd East. The Grays Lake Ward Bishopric will be conducting the services. The family will visit with friends at 9:30 am at the church, with funeral services immediately following in the chapel at 11:00am. Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery in Soda Springs.

In memory of Brent, perhaps you might share a quiet kindness with another who is in need.

To share your sympathies, condolences and memories, leave a comment below or visit the Sims Funeral Home website.

Report of the 2011 Milo Andrus Family Reunion

A Milo Andrus Family reunion was held June 18, 2011 at Liberty Park in Salt lake City, Utah. The following report is by Brent Andrus, the outgoing family organization president.
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Upon my arrival early on a cool, slightly overcast Saturday morning the Liberty Park maintenance crew was just finishing their clean up of the Rice Terrace Pavilion.  Gary Ball and family (Margaret Boyce wife line) were already busily engaged in preparing a delightful breakfast.  Don Andrus (Jane Munday wife line) and his group of volunteers—mostly members of his extended family—were preparing for reunion registration.  During registration, special color-coded name badges were given to attendees, identifying them as members of their specific wife lines.

As attendees arrived, they were greeted with friendly smiles at the registration tables along with the pleasant aroma of pancakes, eggs and ham cooking nearby.  Pictures of the several wife lines were also spread out on tables for all to see.  An opening prayer by Craig Anderson (Jane Munday) got things officially started.

 

 

Following the all-you-can eat breakfast, I conducted our family business meeting (see official meeting minutes for all details).  The main order of business was to elect a new president and vice president for the organization.  Craig Jensen (Sarah Miles) was elected president, and Andy Andrus (Jane Munday) was elected vice president.

Newly elected president Craig Jensen (Sarah Miles wife line) and vice-president Andy Andrus (Jane Munday wife line).

Brief reports were then given by the following:

  • Don Andrus (Jane Munday): Financial report
  • Dean Andrus (Jane Munday): Information/Mailing lists
  • Laura Anderson (Jane Munday): Research

Laura also asked each wife line to visit with her in their wife line meetings to discuss ongoing research needs within the wife lines and to encourage further participation.

Family genealogist Laura Anderson gives a research update.

Outgoing president, Brent Andrus, conducts the business meeting.

I reviewed the progress of the organization, including research, communications, expansion of social media, and the need to reach many more of Milo Andrus’s descendants.  Mark Andrus (Abigail Daley), who chaired the reunion committee, then reviewed the events for the remainder of the day.  Don Jensen (Sarah Miles), maestro extraordinaire and game organizer, reviewed the musical and game events for the day.

Wife line meetings immediately followed the business meeting, and then people were off to participate in many activities, including guessing contests, organized games, kiddie rides and paddle boats on the lake or just relaxing for awhile.  I chose the last option and relaxed while listening to Don Jensen’s exceptional string orchestra as they practiced.  Others took advantage of the free time to have individual family picnics or to visit various Milo Andrus historical sites around the Salt Lake Valley.

Newton Andrus conducts the Jane Munday wife line meeting.

Family members discuss genealogy.

Displays of thousands of historical family photos.

Pioneer games.

Three-legged races.

Getting to know new cousins. 

The guessing contests were a challenge for both young and old.

Paddle boats.

Amusement park rides.

Cotton candy, mmmmm.

For dinner, Gary Ball and company returned and cooked up another great meal of hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings.  We were treated to delightful music from Don Jensen and orchestra during the dinner hour.  Then precisely at 5:45 pm (well almost) we gathered for group and wife line pictures.  Try getting 200 people moving in the same direction and lining up so all can be seen in the picture!  Thank goodness for the color-coded name badges! My daughter Lori Barnhurst (Jane Munday) was the official photographer for the day, taking the group photos as well as numerous candid photos.

Dinner was great! It was hamburgers, hot dogs and watermelon, followed by mint brownies (yum). 

Everyone was able to talk and get to know each other over dinner.

The innagural Andrus Family Orchestra under the baton of Don Jensen (Sarah Miles wife line).

Following the group photos (or group chaos, if you prefer) we all settled down for the highlight of the evening, the re-enactment of the play presented at the last reunion, The Life and Wives of Milo Andrus, written and directed by De Lane Andrus Hyer (Ann Brooks).

Performers in the readers’ theater play: The Life and Wives of Milo Andrus.

Following the play, we sang the hymn Come, Come Ye Saints.  After my concluding remarks and testimony, we ended the day as we began, in prayer.

I offer my heartfelt thanks to all who helped in any way with this reunion.  By every measure it was truly a successful event.  It was wonderful renewing old acquaintances as well as making many new ones.  I will sincerely cherish the memory of this event throughout my life, and will always be grateful for the privilege of serving as your president these past four years. 

New Book About St. Louis Mentions Milo

A new book was published in March 2011 entitled The Best of the St. Louis Luminary. It was edited by Susan Easton Black, a professor of church history at BYU.

St. Louis was a major trailhead along the Mississippi River that attracted thousands of Mormons in the 1850s, where they set up shops, practiced their trades, formed congregations, and prepared for the journey West. It was there that Apostle Erastus Snow published the St. Louis Luminary, a weekly newspaper featuring epistles from church leaders, doctrinal treatises in defense of Mormon practices—especially plural marriage—and news and letters from the Salt Lake Valley.

The book includes an essay by Susan Easton Black about the Latter-day Saint experience in St. Louis in the 1850s and the historical importance of the St. Louis Luminary. The rest of the book is made up of highlights from the newspaper: counsel given by the First Presidency, poetry, marriage and death notices and even humor.

Milo served as the stake president in St. Louis from 1854 to 1855. Many of his speeches and letters were published in the newspaper.

In the book, Milo is mentioned in Susan Easton Black’s essay and three or four of his speeches and letters are reprinted.

The book also includes a searchable DVD-ROM of all 52 issues of the newspaper. (To see all of the references to Milo in The St. Louis Luminary, click here.)

The book is available at Amazon, Deseret Book and the BYU Bookstore.

 

 

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