Report of the 2011 Milo Andrus Family Reunion

July 12, 2011

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. 

Report of Wife Line Reunions Held June 2007

October 2, 2007

Wife line reunions were held June 15, 2007 in conjunction with the Milo Andrus family reunion. Here is the report on each of the reunions held:

Abigail Jane Daley

The get-together was held in the cultural hall of the LDS Chapel 650 E. Stadium Ave. in Provo from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   Our theme was to “Meet, Greet, Munch and Mingle”    A reminder was mailed about a week before to the 145 people on the mailing list identified as being from Abigail’s children. Since this was the first meeting for Abigail’s descendants in many years, we had no idea how many families to expect.  We planned refreshments for about 100 and about 35 people attended; so there was plenty of food.   We were pleased to get acquainted with these descendants/cousins during the evening.

A large banner welcomed all who came to the reunion. Display tables were set up for each of Abigail and Milo’s 5 adult children with a color-coded sign for each child.  The color on the descendant’s name badge, which they received when they arrived and signed in at the “Welcome” table, made it easy to see from which child they were descended and find others with the same color.  Pictures and written biographical stories were displayed at each of the 5 children’s tables.  Round tables had been set up to enjoy visiting and eating during the evening.  Families had come from the Denver, Colorado area, Vernal, Ogden, Cottonwood Heights, Ivins, Bluffdale, Riverton and Provo, Utah.  The person from the furthest distance was from Escondido, California.

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Are You Coming to the 2007 Reunion?

May 6, 2007

Poll for May 2007

The great 2007 family reunion is this June. Are you coming?

For more information about the reunion, check out the 2007 Reunion page.

2007 Reunion Information Updated: Wife Line Meetings

April 22, 2007

Reunion_2007_2The 2007 Reunion page has been updated. As part of the 2007 Family Reunion we will be holding meetings for each wife line. They will be held Friday, June 15, 2007 in various locations.

Check out the information on the 2007 Reunion page, and then join us for what will be a great family experience.

2007 Reunion Information Updated with Temple Sessions

April 15, 2007

Bountiful_temple_2 The 2007 Reunion page has been updated.  As part of the reunion, for descendants of Milo who are members of the LDS Church, we have made arrangements to participate together in temple sessions on Friday, June 15, 2007, at the Bountiful and Salt Lake Temples. Arrangements have been made for sealings, endowments, and baptisms for the youth. Check out the information on the 2007 Reunion page, and then join us for what will be a great family experience.

Announcing the 2007 Milo Andrus Family Reunion

March 24, 2006

Salt Lake City, UT
June 15-16, 2007

Come connect with your heritage.

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Activities will include:

  • Touring Milo Andrus’ home at “This is The Place” Heritage Park
  • Making new friends and connecting with old ones
  • Reports on the newest genealogical information
  • Election of new family organization officers
  • Displays and presentations on Milo and his family
  • Wife line meetings

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Schedule
(All activities are provided to you free of charge.)

Friday, June 15, 2007

All Day
Attend the Bountiful and Salt Lake Temples
(For descendants of Milo who are members of the LDS Church. See below for information on organized sessions. Update: There will be no oragnized sessions, however, we encourage you to attend sessions in small groups or on your own.)

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Evening
Individual Wife Line Meetings
Various locations (see details below)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

8:30am-9:30am
Pancake Breakfast
LDS Chapel — 4032 S. 2300 E., Holladay, Utah. See map below.

Picture displays for each wife line will be set up during breakfast (if you have pictures to show related to your wife line, please bring them, they will also be used in displays in the afternoon)

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9:30am-11:00am
Business Meeting
LDS Chapel — 4032 S. 2300 E., Holladay, Utah. See map below.

  • Genealogical Research Update
  • Financial Report
  • Web Site Report
  • Election of General Officers (president, vice-president, secretary/treasurer, research coordinator, and information coordinator)
  • Reports from Wife Line Representatives
  • Preview of the events of the rest of the day

11:00am-3:00pm
Free Time
Suggested activities:

  • Visit Milo’s grave site in Holladay (See map below.)
  • Tour “This Is The Place” Heritage Park with your family. (See map below. Admission to the park will be provided by the family organization.)
  • Lunch on your own

1:00pm
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Registration Opens — “This is The Place” Heritage Park

The Bowery at “This is The Place” Heritage Park
(See map below.)

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1:00pm-3:00pm
Historical Displays, Entertainment, and Brief Presentations About Milo and His Family
The Bowery at “This is The Place” Heritage Park

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3:00pm-4:00pm
Program: “The Life and Wives of Milo Andrus” — a new play written about Milo Andrus and each of his wives. Written and researched by DeLane Andrus Hyer and Laura Anderson, it represents hundreds of hours of work and will be fantastic.
The Bowery at “This is The Place” Heritage Park

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Admission to “This is the Place” Heritage Park will be paid for by the family organization. When entering the park, identify yourself as part of the Milo Andrus family.

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This information will be updated as more details become available.

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Maps

Breakfast and Business Meeting

LDS Chapel
4032 S 2300 E
Holladay, Utah

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This chapel is across the street from Olympus High School, near the LDS Seminary building.

“This Is the Place” Heritage Park

“This Is The Place” Heritage Park is located at the entrance of Emigration Canyon, in the north east area of Salt Lake City. It is just south of the University of Utah and accross the street from Utah’s Hogle Zoo.

For more information about the park visit the “This Is The Place” Heritage Park Website.

Milo’s Grave Site

Memorial Estates Cemetery, 4900 Memory Lane, Holladay, Utah

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Wife Line Meetings

Friday, June 15, 2007

Abigail Jane Daley

  • Place: LDS chapel, Pleasant View 1st/2nd/3rd Ward, 650 East Stadium Avenue, Provo, Utah (north side of Provo MTC.)
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Contact for more information: Dale C. Andrus (pdandrus@connect2.com)

Sarah Ann Miles

  • Place: LDS chapel, Holladay 18th/28th Ward, 2625 East Milo Way, Holladay, Utah (turn east on Holladay Blvd. at 4910 South.)
  • Time:4:00pm-8:00pm
  • Contact for more information: Irene Witmer (irenewitmer@yahoo.com)

Lucy Loomis Tuttle

  • Place: LDS stake center, 4th North and 5th West, Spanish Fork, Utah
  • Time: 5:30pm-9:00pm
  • Contact for more information: Cyrus Milo McKell (cmmc1@xmission.com )

Adeline Alexander

  • Place: LDS chapel, Bountiful 12th Ward, 1476 North 300 West, Bountiful, Utah
  • Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Contact for more information: Berwyn Andrus (berwyn@xmission.com)

Mary Ann Webster

  • Details coming soon.

Ann Brooks

  • Place: LDS chapel, Holladay 18th/28th Ward, 2625 East Milo Way, Holladay, Utah (Turn east on Holladay Blvd. at 4910 South.)
  • Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Contact for more information: Katherine Bowthorpe (foursocks1@hotmail.com)

Jane Lancaster Munday

  • Place: Benson Grist Mill, 325 Highway 138, Stansbury Park (Tooele County), Utah (Directions: Take I-80 West from Salt Lake City. Take Exit 99 to State Route 36 South. Turn right on State Route 138 in Mills Junction.)
  • Time: The reunion will begin at 5:00 p.m. The park will be open from 3:00 p.m. for your use.
  • Dinner: There will be a very large grill for cooking meat. Everyone should bring their own meat dish to cook on the grill. In addition, everyone should bring a pot luck dish of their choosing. Plates, cups, utensils, drink and dessert will be provided. If you live close by you might think about providing dishes needing refrigeration and those from further away could provide items that do not require it. There will be activities for children, a short business meeting, and lots of time for visiting.
  • Contact for more information: G. Rich Andrus (andrusr@srv.net)

Margaret Ann Boyce

  • Place: Olympus LDS stake center, 2675 East 4430 South, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • What to Bring: Historical photos and family histories to share.
  • Contact for more information: Afton Buchanan (bawk3683@sbcglobal.net)

Emma Covert

  • Place: The home of Ronald M. Morgan, 1158 Moyle Drive, Alpine, Utah
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Contact for more information: Ronald M. Morgan (ronrilla@comcast.net)

Francenia Lucy Tuttle
(Combined with the Lucy Loomis Tuttle meeting)

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