The Ogden Family

Reflections on life and family history

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

They Believed - We Believe

Chico Stake Trek 2009

Edward and Betty Gledhill once again traveled the pioneer trail to the Salt Lake Valley. Their first trip was in 1868 when they left their home in Lancashire, England with a desire to join the saints in Zion. The second trip was 141 years later in July of 2009. However, this time they were represented by a Ma and Pa, also known as Brad and Teri Ogden, and 7 youth of the Chico California Stake. I am the Pa or father of this family and therefore had the opportunity of choosing the pioneer family we were to represent. I chose Edward and Betty Gledhill for reasons I will explain later, but it could have been Ramsay, or Johnson, or Ogden, or the Niels Anderson family or even the Ola and Anna Anderson family. But on this trek, at least for three days, we were to be Gledhill’s and we had a great experience.
Edward and Betty left England in May of 1868 and traveled on the ship Emerald Isle, arriving in New York on Aug 11, 1868. They then booked passage on a train, traveling in cattle and box cars to the end of line at Fort Benton Iowa. There they were met by Edward Mumford and his mule teams that would take them the final 3 weeks to the Salt Lake Valley. I suppose we tweaked historical facts a bit to suit our situation. We skipped the part about travel by ship and train, and went right to the part about the wagons. But a mule train can be somewhat difficult to handle for a novice, so we opted for handcarts, which was the only thing we had anyway.

Actually the original handcart era was from 1856 and 1860 so we were even a little out of sync there, but the Gledhill’s had six children with them and we had seven, so score one for close family size at least. We did have an auntie Kay, and they must have forgotten theirs. And we had blisters, which I’m sure they did also, and our nights were every bit as cold as theirs.

When we stopped along the trail we had a chance to talk about what it would be like to be a stone mason in England, how the family lived, and the closeness they must have had for each other. We discussed the dream of coming to America to live in Zion, and joining the other family members who had left 3 years earlier. We learned what the Perpetual Emigration Fund was and how that creative concept helped many to immigrate. Also we discussed the dream that Betty had of 2 young men with briefcases that would come to their door with a message, and how when it happened three months later, it changed their lives forever.

Overall we agreed that being part of a Trek re-enactment was a great experience. It helped each of us better appreciate the history of the great western migration of the Latter-day Saints. We had fun be we also had many, many, learning and teaching opportunities. It strengthened faith and testimonies and even built a little character. We even made a few new friends.

Ma and Pa Gledhill 1868
aka Brad and Teri Ogden 2009

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The 5K bullies sneak into Richfield

Another 4th of July in Richfield! Each year I tell myself that it will be the last and we need to move on to new adventures. But its a great place and we love it there. Kristen, Emily, and Nathan all ran in the 5K race and by the looks of this pre-race stretching picture, the stress just wasn't there. Nate had no "nemesis" to compete with and his relaxed attitude was contagious to the other two.
He took the gold by a comfortable margin and the biggest problem was that he kept running into the back of the police car escort. He may have set a course record but they forgot to turn on the timer. Kristen took 1st in the women's division and Emily 3rd. They may have to give out more than little sweat towels to get us back next year. On second thought... maybe they don't want us back!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Just to help separate from any personal blog stuff from the family history stories and events, I have created a separate blog for the Ogden/Anderson history.
Here is the link:
Ogden / Anderson family history

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

My Brother, My Plumber

My younger brother Patrick Floyd, is a true renaissance man. DaVinci would be proud of him. It has been said by those familiar with such things that he knows more about school budgets and financing than any other person in the state. I have no doubt that he probably knows even more than they realize. It is a lesson in humility to even be related to him.
I am one of the few that realize that his secret desire is to really be a plumber. He is constantly finding new challenges to learn from and plumb. During a recent experience he shared with us some important lessons on what to do (or not do) when you attack a common household water issue:

Ben, Bear, and I made a quick trip to Richfield to fix the sprinklers. I wanted this to be a bonding experience -- one where I could pass along my extensive plumbing knowledge and hopefully make Ben a little proud of his old man. So, knowing that we have sprinkler problem, we dig up the sprinklers, right?

Lesson #1 how to dig a hole.
After digging a very nice hole, we took apart the sprinklers.

Lesson #2 how to use monkey wrenches. We identified a likely malfunctioning valve and took it two plumbing parts stores to get a replacement.

Lesson #3 sometimes trying the new place in town is a waste of time. Better to start with the old reliables. At Peterson’s plumbing we learned our replacement part cost $95.00. That was the bad the news. The good news was that Donny was pretty sure that part wasn’t our problem.

Lessons #4 consult the professionals. So, instead of buying the part, we asked Donny what our problem was most likely to be. He just thought the whole thing weird and could only come up with a possible rock in the system.

Lesson #5 professionals don’t always have a good answer.

We went back home and tested our old part. It seemed to work just fine. Also checked for rocks, couldn’t find any. We puzzled and puzzled until our puzzlers were sore. Finally decided that maybe the whole system (outside and in) was suffering from low pressure. Decided to call the city and have them check the water pressure.

Lesson #6 when the chips are down, it’s ok to ask for help from the government and, to paraphrase Sherlock Holmes, when you’ve eliminated all other possibilities, the remaining possibility, no matter how improbable, must be the right one. In less than an hour, Ken Blackett (or, at least that who Charlie told me it was) came to check the water pressure. Instead, he took one look and said that he thought he knew what our problem was. He said that someone a couple of blocks away had the same problem just a few days ago. He took out our pressure reducer and, instead of replacing it, (said we really didn’t need it) merely bridged the gap with some PVC pipe he had in his truck. And, it worked. Pressure increased significantly. Ken told us not to mention what he did since technically we should have paid a plumber to do the work.

Lesson #7 sometimes the government does help.

Next, we had to reassemble the sprinklers that really didn’t need to be disassembled in the first place. Of course, we broke a pipe trying get things put back together.

Lesson #8 when you mess with something long enough, you’ll eventually break it. While I went to buy parts, Ben mowed the lawn. Once we got the parts, we managed to reassembly the sprinklers without too much more fuss.

Lesson #9 PVC pipe is one of the greatest inventions of 20th century! I filled in the hole (the one that didn’t need to be dug in the first place) while Ben showered, packed our bags and cleaned the house.

teamwork makes the jobs go faster. We left Richfield at 6:00 which tickled Ben since he thought we wouldn’t be leaving until much later. All in all, we had a productive trip. I couldn’t have done the job without Ben’s help and Bear’s supervision.

Thanks Pat. Anybody want to buy a house?? Strategic porch viewing area for all funeral processions to City Cemetery!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Gophers Beware

An Open Letter to all Gophers in my Backyard

Today I worked in the backyard and much to my horror discovered the recent evidence of your occupation. Please note that you are not welcome here and should vacate said premises immediately. You are welcome to inhabit any of my neighbor’s lawns as far as I am concerned. But I take great pride in my yard. Because you cannot seem to reside in a place without doing unsightly damage with many holes and mounds of dirt, you cannot stay here! You are a PEST! (and I mean that literally).

Here is a sampling of what I currently have stockpiled:

Maccabee spring loaded traps (not the catch and release kind!)
Spring loaded dagger traps
Adapters to attach hose from burrow to auto exhaust
Huge rat traps
16 gauge shotgun and lots of patience
Poison gopher gas bombs
A Propane gadget, that fills tunnels with gas, ignites the gas, and blows your toothy little carcass to "kingdom come”.
Satellite imagery

And let me close with a final warning. I have uncles who are ferocious hunters who will drop everything at my request to travel here and join the fray. We stick together like Tell, Tyrell, and Orin Sackett of the old west fame. Consider yourself warned of my wrath!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Technology and antiques

Another series of projects to come out of Patrick's tech lab are video clips of Mom describing various pieces of antique furniture that she aquired throughout many years. Patrick had the foresight to interview her several+ years ago and record her answers and item descriptions. We miss her greatly, but it is such a joy to hear her speak in such a clear confident voice and bring back many memories. I am amazed at her lack of hesitation in negotiating with old farmers, cranky neighbors, etc., and then transforming what we called junk into real heirloom treasures. Thanks Mom for all that you did and all that you taught us. And thanks Pat for putting wonderful memories in a permanent form.

Renee and her antiques

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Miss Bailey makes Lemon Bars

Recently my younger brother Patrick has found some extra time on his hands. Fortunately for us he has used those moments for some creative endeavors. One particular incredible project is a recent video of his daughter Bailey (7) performing in her own cooking show. Its a real hoot and here is where you can find it on Youtube: Bailey cooking lemon bars

Another project has been to work with with me as a co-publisher on a family history web-site (still in production and almost ready for "prime time.") He handles the task of webmaster, Chief Executive, technical detail guy, etc. I act as, uhmm....... key grip operator. The website is called "Family Chaos - Sorting the Nuts on Our Family Tree". (rest assured that you are probably not one of the "nuts"!) It you want a peek it can be accessed at You will also need a user name and password. If you want a unique user user name, contact me. Otherwise you can log in using "guest" and the password "password". We are putting pictures, stories, headstone pics, as well as names, dates, and relationships. It's fun as well as useful and we will continue to add and refine as we can. We really want some feedback so please send any comments.

And finally the wonderful OTHER section and some odds and ends. I have posted a large selection of pictures (93) that we recently scanned and uploaded to a Picassa website. Most deal with Anderson's, the mountain, or the fifties and sixties. There are others that I can likewise post if anyone shows interest. If you want to get printed pictures you can copy and send via download to Costco, Walgreen's Photo, even Office Depot, and pick them up in a matter of hours. If you live in Sigurd however you are tough out of luck! Here is the Picassa link: Anderson photos

And the last good news is that the conclusion to the Murder in Zion Mystery has now been finished and posted at this site: Murder part 2.

If you didn't read the first it is at
Murder part 1

Send me any ideas for something else you want to see. I am especially interested in collecting digital copies of family pictures. Send them or tell me what you might have.