Friday, October 30, 2009

Kirkhams: Generation Four

I was very pleased to be able to learn a little more about our cousin Emerson Dale Kirkham recently when his LDS Branch 'spotlighted' him. (His son Richard and daughter-in-law Joyce were at the reunion in Lehi with his history which I did not get over to peruse.)I would like to share a little of that Spotlight. And I would like to spotlight you sometime, as well.

Dale was born August 14, 1921 in Idaho Falls, he weighed over 11 pounds. His parents, Hyrum Russon and Lenora Woolf Kirkham had seven children; Dale was the youngest. Having moved to Salt Lake City Dale graduated from East High School where he me Virginia Koch. When he returned from an LDS mission to Alberta Canada Dale and Virginia were married.

Dale and Virginia are parents of three children: Richard, Patrice and Julia. From these they have 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren (expecting 5 more this fall). Virginia died in 2000.

Dale has a book of the Tabernacle Choir, relating details of that group's activities over a period that Dale was a member. It should not have surprised me. Hyrum Russon's father, George also was a member of the Tabernacle Choir- going with it to the World's Fair in Chicago.

Dale loves music. He was a member of the Choir for 20 years, but also was a member of a quartet with which he sang for over 30! With Virginia he was involved with an ensemble 'Pro Musica'. Dale played piano beautifully without written music; playing a song by ear that he had heard once on the radio! He served as ward chorister for many years and wrote music for many road shows. Between 1945 and 2000 Dale composed 17 songs, the last a song he titled Love Shines Through which he dedicated to Virginia, his sweetheart of 56 years. He played it at her funeral in July 2000.

Dale served the United States during WWII; he was being trained as a Japanese language interpreter when the war ended. He is still able to speak many words from that training. He was an accountant and controller for Water Works Equipment Company for about 35 years.

During Dale's years with the Tabernacle Choir the organist was Roger Darley, father of Margaret D. Kirkham (wife of Robert T Kirkham, gen 5). I know the Tabernacle Choir and Kirkhams have had a long association, though I cannot list the Kirkham family members who have belonged from recollection. I can tell you of ElMone Woodhouse Kirkham singing with that group for 18 or so years. This and the following I learned from his obituary of October 2, 2001.

ElMoine, the son of James Mercer and Kate Woodhouse Kirkham lived 1913 to 2001. He and wife LaPreal Rich Pugmire were parents of Gary P (Nona) Kirkham, deceased, Kate Kirkham and Diane Kirkham Miller (Dennis). This family was raised in Salt Lake in the North 21st Ward. ElMoine graduated from the University of Utah and served an LDS mission in the Eastern States Mission. Known for his music abilities, he was selected to be in the Fireside Four, a quartet of singing missionaries.

ElMoine's career was one of service to his fellows. He worked for the Utah State departments of Public Welfare, Social and Family Services. Additionally he was with the Utah Foundation, Industrial Relations Council. ElMoine's generosity and leadership were also demonstrated in countless hours of professional, community and church service.

My own grandfather, ElMoine's brother James Arno Kirkham was blessed with and by music, and I believe also sang with the Tabernacle Choir. I do know that in retirement he pursued his love of music and singing by taking classes at Golden State Community College. I also am so grateful for the sound of my parents singing in harmony on many family road trips. I did not get that gene, but did get others.

I hope to report on other Kirkhams of generation four and five and six and seven and eight from our grandparents George and Mary Ann Astington Kirkham. I need your help and will oh so appreciate it when you "spotlight" someone from your branch of the family. or 364 W 825 North, Sunset, Utah, 84015

Friday, September 18, 2009

September 18, 1859, cont'd

I have found a description that suits, I believe our interest. It is in The City of The Saints and Across the Rocky Mountains to California by Richard F. Burton, edited with an introduction and notes by Fawn M Brodie, pub 1963 by AA Knopf, NY. This recount of entering the GSL valley begins p209. I believe it is written in 1859, dated August 25 and so is not with our pioneers.

"Hoorah!" Burton writes, "today we are to pass over the Wasatch."
They press themselves against the rougher and steeper road on Big Mountain, four miles from the previous night's camp at Bauchmin's Fork. There are springs that had the gratitude of parched travelers, and slopes grandly wooded with hemlocks, firs, balsam-pines and other varieties of abies. The varied hues of quaking asp, beech, dwarf oak, elders and wild roses. Colors of autumn were mixed with the green of summer.
Big Mountain lies 18 miles from the city, the top is a narrow crest from which the weary pilgrim first sights the object of his long wanderings, hardships and perils.
After a few minutes delay we resumed our travels with wheels rough locked descended what appeared to be an impractible slope.
The pass was cleared of lumber and so was exposed to heat of summer as well as the pests: swarms of devastating crickets, grasshoppers and blueworms. 12 miles from morning camp they came into Big Canyon creek where they drank welcome droughts of cool but rather hard water. their thermometer reading was 103 degrees! The day's travel had taken close 4 hours. From Big Canyon station to the city was "reckoned" to be seventeen miles. We waited till the bright and glaring day had somewhat burned itself out. At noon heavy clouds came up from the south and southwest, casting a grateful shade and shedding a few drops of rain.
After two miles we came to Little Mountain, the near slope shorter but steeper far than Big Mountain. The counterslope easier but by no means pleasant to contemplate with the chance of an accident...ten miles distant from our destination we were miserably bumped and jolted over the broken ground at the head of Big horrid must have been it appearance when the stout-hearted Mormon pioneers first ventured to thread the defile, breaking their way through the dense bush, creeping and clinging like flies to the sides of the hills.
Even then there were evidence of accidents- broken axles, yoke bows. In time the company entered the lower level, now called Emigration canyon which bulges out and its steep slopes fall imperceptibly into the plain. The hour about 6 pm.
The atmosphere, Burton says is touched with a dreamy haze- the mellow radiance of an American autumn, the bright interlude between the extremes of heat and cold diffused its mild soft lustre over the face of earth.
One hundred fifty years ago today, I would not have my ancestors have any other sight as they entered these valleys of the mountains!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

September 18, 1859

September 18, 1859. George Kirkham and his wife Mary Ann Astington Kirkham with their four sons as part of the Robert F. Neslen company arrive in the valley of the Great Salt Lake. We have spoken of them often recently; beautifully at the George (Wm) Kirkham reunion a few weeks ago. What was it like for them? I was in the Provo River canyon today with an activity group, I did not walk more than a mile total and I was parched, dusty, sunburned. Each morning Sunday through Thursday I take a bus/train commute onto the east bench of the Salt Lake valley, up to the university area and very near the place where Emigration Canyon enters the valley- and now stands the This Is The Place monument; on many morning I look out and ask, "what was their view?" Did they see smoke rising opposite beneath the Oqirrhs? I know they did not have such foliage and buildings to block the view, but did they have the scrub oak, dust, grass fire smoke? Had it rained the day before so that the air was rinsed and clean, or had there been no rain so that all the dust from clearing fields and smoke from countless home fires obscured the view across the basin. Was the city by the Great Salt Lake visible, as it is nowadays?
What can I find out?
I have taken down the book MORMON PIONEER COMPANIES 1847-1868 (us/can ref table 289.3016 B29lm 1990) These records are cited for this company:
Kirkham, James [autobiography] in Kirkham, E. Kay, George (Wm) Kirkham: His Ancestors and Descendants to the Third Generation (Provo, J Grant Stevenson, 1973) pp66-67
Miles, Johanne Kristine (Jane), [reminiscences] in Jones, Carrie Mouritsen and Seelos, Jerald Olean, comps and eds, The Mourits Mouritsen Family, 1982, p432
Pedersen, Lars Christian [autobiography] Account of emigration experiences, ms 10770, pp3-4
Tietjen, Eda Fredraca Kruger [autobiography] Our Pioneer Heritage, comp by Kate B Carter vol 3 (SLC, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, 1960) p52; vol 19 (SLC Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, 1976) p371

We have four sources to start with. I was amazed to see the number of copies of E Kay Kirkham's book at the reunion. And I am pleased that it is in demand again. I have been using the FHL copy. I hope to begin a study of the James Kirkham journal on microfilm and look forward to Alan Kirkham's production/publication of that. While I am here I will see if I cannot find these other citations. Will these questions be answered?

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Reunion 2009

On Friday September 4 two small activities were held in Salt Lake City. One group met at the FamilySearch classrooms in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for a short tutorial on the electronic based programs the LDS Church has for family history research, this group then walked up to the new Church History Library on North Temple and Main Streets. A second group had a tour of the LDS Conference Center.

Saturday, September 5 was the main activity of the reunion at Wines Park in Lehi. Ked Kirkham moved tables and put up signs, Jim Kirkham swept away puddles left from city crews power-washing the pavilions. Registration was set up for attendees with name badges for the families of James and Martha Mercer, James and Emma Wootton, George and Mary Russon, George and Sara Russon, Joseph and Tyresha Cragun and Hyrum and Lizzie Ann Wanlass Kirkham. Giving the correct name tag was a challenge for Joan Kirkham, as we all seemed to arrive on cue! By the number of registration packets that were used it appears there were about 58 families attending. An exact number was not taken.
Early steps were taken to set up for ease of reports and visits in one of our pavilions as there was morning rain. When the Kirkhams began to arrive it brightened quickly. Prayerful thoughts were offered by cousin Connie Kirkham Nielsen which included a comment on the rain and it remained at a distance from that point on so that we had most pleasant weather the whole day.
After a few comments and announcements Marjorie Russell Mower of Arizona suggested we introduce ourselves, and give a little lineage to be better acquainted. Marjorie, at 92 was the eldest until it got to the opposite side of the group and Mark Mercer Kirkham at 94 claimed that place.

The story of Mary Ann Astington's inheritance that provided funds for the Kirkham family to gather with the Saints was recounted by Connie Nielsen, who also gave historical background for George Kirkham, pioneer son, and Kirkham homes in Lehi. Connie and assistant Linda Kirkham Mecham had set out flags to corespond with name tags at the Lehi cemetery the previous night.
Many samples of family history were on display as well as books and articles written by Kirkhams. Ked Kirkham has his 'old yellow worksheet' books of remembrance as well as his most recent computer print-out family records which welcomed corrections and additions throughout the day. Janette Kirkham of Lehi had a remembrance/story sharing table for the 4 pioneer lines. Rock J Kirkham and brothers talked shortly of their efforts to learn more of Ann Jeatt, which remains the challenge it has been for past generations of Kirkham researchers. Alan Kirkham spoke of the project to transcribe the journals of James Kirkham. Rich Kirkham and Jason Kirkham will look at moving the George Kirkham website into a wider format to include the other three brothers' families.

The group was warm and sharing and during the pic-nic lunch plates and cups crisscrossed the park assuring no one would be hungry. Annie Pinegar Jones provided entertainment during lunch with a touching rendition of Danny Boy on the trumpet. In the afternoon Margie Kirkham Stevens with her husband and daughter gave an equally enjoyable song The Impossible Dream with violin and keyboard. It must be noted that the keyboard was not what they expected to find when they arrived- and their skills in music were then demonstrated in how they were able to make do- the proverbial sweetest lemonade from small dull lemons.

The afternoon was much specific sharing around the reunion tables. Later afternoon included walking tours of the Kirkham homestead areas in Lehi. For some the last point of the day was a trip to Lehi Cemetery,an especially beautiful place that day for pause and reflection on being Kirkhams in 2009, with the roots we have in 1859.

Kirkham kin came from Arizona, Colorado, California, Idaho as well as Utah. Rainbow Bright ponies and water balloons won the day for children (which pioneer children probably had counterparts for in their day!).

Sunday, September 6, 2009

We have made it, but we are not finished: Reunion as a Beginnig

It is Sunday, September 7. In eleven days 150 years ago the Kirkham Family of our heritage arrived in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, welcomed as we heard again by cheering crowds and a flower bedecked calf.
I know there were many who were unable to be in Lehi this weekend. You were thought of- and missed. It was suggested that we do this every year so that we can get everyone. Think on that for a week or so!
Also think about this: I would like to maintain this blog as a running history blog of the
George (William) Kirkham Families. I will do my best to not allow it to become a Ked Kirkham blog; hopefully my skills at blogging will allow me to add visual portions, sidebars etc.
After a few days rest I will come back and look at what commitment I can make, as I believe it will require that. I do not want to let the reunion go just yet; those who were in Lehi on Saturday perhaps are enjoying the same feelings.
I was SO SO very happy to see and meet you. And thank you to those who took the time to jot corrections and additions to my records.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Correction to Last Post

I wonder if one should ever trust a blogger who writes after bedtime. My last post is evidence for why not to. Sometime in the early morning my brain told me, "hey! that doesn't fit! If the missionary was O Ned Kirkham it could not be WWI, it has to be WWII."
So, here is the correct information, which I had-but not in my head. go to past posts of June 2009 and read the post titled 'Who were the First Missionaries...' I believe I wrote it down correctly as Jun 28. When I opened it, surely enough it speaks of the year 1940. I don't think I gave that information in last night's post, did I? If you tried to locate the story without it you had a very pleasant trip to the West Indies but gained nothing about Kirkhams. My apologies for the latter.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

For Kirkhams of 2009 ...One week- no, less

Things have begun to hop around here. Some related to the reunion, others related to Kirkhams generally.

Please take some time to visit This is the web-site for Brigham Young High School, which I believed was ancient history, but is not. One Larry Christensen made contact with one of us and through that was able to represent Francis Washington Kirkham in a nicely done biography. Go to Biographies on the left hand side of the BY High homepage, it is an alphabetical index, and scroll down to the "K"s.

Douglas Kirkham, of Texas sent in a website for the West Indies mission: that tells of a group of missionaries returning from South Africa because the shipping lanes were closing due to WWI and stopping in the West Indies.

Connie Nielson called tonight and reminds you all to bring folding lawn chairs and umbrellas (for Sun, not rain) Connie will present on our heritage in the early Kirkhams- the band, the homes and other items.

Rock J Kirkham has researched Ann Jeatt and will give a report on that effort.

I hope that the 'stuff' I am working on this week will be sufficient, but I do promise that afterwards I will use this space to report back for those of us at great distances who needed to forgo this activity.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

For the Kirkhams of 1859, one month out.

A cousin recently wrote and pointed out that the Kirkhams did not factually arrive in Lehi until 1860. This is true: they wintered in the area of Sugarhouse, on the east bench of the Great Salt Lake City. (Was this the place of the snake eyes shining between the adobe, does anyone recall off the top your head?) I selected this year- 2009- as significant to their arriving to what was to be their Zion, their refuge in the valleys of the mountains. I have a 60 page descendant list of George (Wm) Kirkham families, so we could do it again next year to give more people a chance to come!

This is a time I wish I could just open up an account and learn where the Kirkhams were, on the trail. That may be possible with the Mormon History Library: that is, each immigrant company had someone keeping track of such things and I believe that this new library was to serve the purpose of making them available. I have not asked them yet. After we here in the inter-mountain region received 3-plus inches of snow last week (o.k., it was pretty high up but it was still August!) I wondered, would Londoners be prepared for that? Would weary travelers? This was the Independent Company, captained by Robert Neslen. The William Tapscott company was composed of English, Danish and Swiss saints, many of whom continued together in the wagon company and were not a group unfamiliar with snow.

Last Monday evening I was in the neighborhood of the North Visitors Center on Temple Square and thought I would catch a screening of Legacy, the film reflecting the trials of the early LDS membership and their movement west. After it was introduced by two sister missionaries, one from Nigeria and the other El Salvador I watched the nearly 1 hour film with the theater to myself. A touching recounting of that saga.

On Thursday I stopped by the conference center to confirm our tour of that building, but unable to do so (Thursday evening the Tabernacle Choir rehearses for their Sunday performance with the Spoken Word broadcast) I did learn that everyone is welcome to attend the Spoken Word broadcast, but must be in their seats by 9:15 AM Sunday. If you are traveling a great distance to the reunion this may give you an activity to enjoy on Sunday before the bustle of travel.

For the Kirkhams of 2009, it is less than 3 weeks out. I think: I should try to fix everything that seems out of kilter. And then I think: it will be what it will be: new faces to meet, new memories to create, a legacy to continue and new generations to appreciate their heritage. Our heritage.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fretting in Advance

I picked up a copy of National Geographic, vol.145 no.4 of April 1974- clear last century! What caught my attention was the article The England of Charles Dickens. I am not suggesting you read Charles Dickens prior to the reunion- but if you have any of the author's writings near to hand you can see the England the Kirkhams were leaving. I am aware that Dickens drew from the extremes of English society- and I do not know where the Kirkhams would have been found in any of his works, but the English cities, conflicts and concerns were there outside the Kirkhams' windows just as they were outside Dickens'.

Having given cousin Connie Kirkham Nielson a completely new name in my last post of the volunteer needs I have also become aware that I have dragged some of our fair cities across county lines in my records, added or dropped letters, and invented geography. Who knows what will be next! All this to say that there will be a line- a long line perhaps- to correct Ked's records. so bring the records you have and we'll share, compare and update. Connie (and Glen), I am sorry for my error. Usually I can claim it is my typing, but not this one. It was the wrong name.

Connie recently gave Mike Jarvis and his wife a tour of Lehi/Kirkham sites. Mike told me it was extensive, meaningful and a pleasure to have that time with Connie, who is knowledgeable of both topics: Lehi and Kirkhams. I appreciate her asking if she could give a report at the reunion and I believe you will come away with good information and insight.

If it has been difficult to respond to this blog; please feel free to address any questions, comments and information to To make a comment, I believe that if you click on the link "comment" it will open the dialogue box. I appreciate the support you all have given me here.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

What can you do at the reunion?

I do not want you to worry about coming to the reunion and just enjoying the day. That is a very good reason to come. I do not want you to feel you don't know enough about the Kirkham family history to take part; that is a very good reason to come as well. And I really do not want you to worry that you won't know anyone there or that no one will know you. I know you! I know when and where you were born, who your parents are and just where to find you in my Kirkham File. For the others, well we'll give you a name tag and soon they will know you too. (If you doubt that I know you so well, then come prove me wrong- and that also is a very good reason to come!)
[Corrections to my information are: a. important, b. helpful and c. welcomed.]

What will you learn about the Kirkhams? Some of what we think about ourselves. And maybe some of what others think of us. Like this note from James Smuin:
" Fine morning, went to Kirkham's to get a news paper to read, and then I went to the adobe yard and I was talking to George Kirkham about a hive he made for me and did not finish. He wanted the money and was not willing to finish his work. I did not feel like paying him seeing that he did not finish his work." James writes this in his 1873 diary.

I do not find a resolution to the disagreement between these kinsmen. Was this the Kirkham & Sons store? Where was the adobe yard? Which George made bee hives? Is this the same George that gave opening prayer at Meeting the following Sunday? James Smuin and George Kirkham continued to live in the community of Lehi and have dealings: church, social, familial. James gives an account of the divorce between his sister-in-law Mary Ann and (George) William Kirkham.

What can you do at the reunion?
I hope we have entertainment in the Kirkham tradition:
Music- as in Kirkham Brothers Band
Singing-as in every Kirkham get together I have ever been to
Poetry and verse
Kirkham is a name in genealogy-
Show us what you have done in words, pictures, stories
Report on a project you are working on
Bring your children and teach them some Pioneer fun. Heck! Teach us all some pioneer fun!
Report on family Heritage:
James/Martha Mercer and Emma Wootton families
George/ Mary and Sarah Russon families - Connie K. Nielsen has stepped up for these
Joseph / Tyresha Cragun families
Hyrum/ Lizzie Ann Wanlass families
Report on family Legacy: Families that E Kay Kirkham ended his book with- the 4th generation
Are you familiar with Lehi? help the rest of us find our way around
Can you come early or stay late? Yeah, you're ahead of me there...
I have asked an Eagle Scout candidate if he could lead a Colors Presentation; willing, he is expecting to have surgery on the 1st- can anyone else step in there? (Scouting is another Kirkham hallmark)

The greatest thing you can do is come- come share yourself. Do you need floor space to sleep? Would you accept lawn space? Is there an obstacle others of us can help you over? You are family and we want you there!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Suddenly It is August 1st...

It is now the point of telling myself to believe that I have successfully reached each of the four lines- James, George, Joseph and Hyrum- of the pioneer Kirkham family about this proposed reunion. With that belief, I am better able to get now to nuts and bolts- literally.

I need to know what size a crowd to watch for. I am so thankful to those of you who have informed me already, as to whether you are or cannot be there. Those of you who will not be able to come to Lehi, I hope I can continue to include you.

I will be sending out e-mail information as well. If you are reading this blog but have not gotten other electronic information please contact me.

I do not think that I will post any further mailings, but I can- if you know someone I have missed. I have sent out roughly 150 different pieces. (and I have learned a few things along the way regarding that!)

I will make a plan to be in Lehi this month to walk through the venue there. I will post that schedule so that you can help with that if you wish. That occasion will include putting together registration packets, as well as getting to know a few more faces prior to the reunion.

Mike Jarvis has produced a great list of places and activities in the Salt Lake area for those wishing to spend more time there- and there is so much to see and do there.

Please let me know if you: a) can represent your branch of the family, b) are willing to or c) know who can and will. Slots are available!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Kirkham Reunion 2009: Proposed Schedule

Before I put this proposed schedule up please feel assured that you have a place in the activities. You have an important, valued place.

Friday Sep 4 2009: Salt Lake City venues
Noon to Evening
2:00 pm, Class: FamilySearch Center in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building
3:00 pm, Tour: LDS Church Conference Center
Options, within walking distance before or after or instead of: Family History Library, Mormon History Library, Temple Square, Church Museum, Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, Garden Tours, TRAX access to the city.

Saturday Sep 5, 2009: Lehi venues
early morning set up (about 7-8 am)
9:00am to noon, The Kirkham Heritage:
Tribute to our citizenship
Displays of Family History - photos, books, objects, histories
Talks and presentations on the Kirkham pedigree (advances, puzzlements, questions, etc)
Talks and presentations on the Kirkham Pioneers (biographies, histories, etc)
Roll call of the 3rd Generation lines (based on E. Kay Kirkham's book: their numbers and highlights,etc)
Games, Entertainment for kids and all
Noon: Lunch with Entertainments
1:00pm to 5:00pm, The Kirkham Legacy:
Highlights of the current generations (biographies, memories, etc)
Exchange of genealogy information (paper, web, blog, etc)
Family Organization business (is there one or two or four? is there an interest? a need? etc)
Tours of the Kirkham homes and other sites
Visits to the Lehi City Cem
Games, Entertainments

Sunday Sep 6, 2009, Salt Lake and Lehi venues
LDS programs at Conference Center and Temple Square
Visit to Lehi City Cem

When I had started this post it dawned on me I could not recall the specific times of the SLC arrangements. I will correct as needed. I also have not confirmed speakers and presenters so YOU may step up if you wish.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

We Advance, Feel The Momentum!

Shortly I will try to get a number. A number of attendees, of addresses, of tables needed, or signs or placards or cups and napkins. Reunions have a very ordinary side to them: things needed. How best to do this part? Shortly I will figure that out and pop the question- questions.
Michael K Jarvis sends this in about the new Mormon History Library:
NE corner of North Temple and Main Street, Open M.T.W. and F. 9am to 5pm; H. 9am to 9pm and St. 9am to 2pm. It has only a small parking lot to the east opening onto N Temple. Larger parking lots within blocks. All public areas are on the main floor ((street level). A 15 min film on the lower level about family and church history. Patrons can pay for and receive copies of Patriarchal Blessings of family members. The library needs volunteer Missionaries to work with the archivists in reviewing manuscripts; writing a brief synopsis of the item for the archivist.
I am going to turn my attention to the earthbound details of the reunion, though I have just been as excited as punch to be meeting new names and dates and events for the genealogy I have been doing in my Kirkham connections. Please watch for that.
But first, one neat event that came to me via Thad and Arlene Kirkham in Utah and Douglas Kirkham in Texas: "Who were the first Missionaries in Trinidad (West Indies Mission)? Elders O. Ned Kirkham, Max Simpkins and Richard Sharp were called home to the States by President Heber J Grant upon news of impending war in 1940..."
They found themselves in Port of Spain, Trinidad when the ship from Cape Town South Africa stopped there in route to New York. The article goes on to report the three missionaries had an opportunity to speak at a local church in that town after identifying themselves as missionaries stopping in that city for only a short time. The article, presented by Richard Sharp points out that the LDS Church Almanac lists the first missionary work in Trinidad commenced in 1977, the first branch 1980 but not the three missionaries of 1940, closing with "and that is the rest of the story..." (Signs of Kirkham Life!) O. Ned Kirkham is a son of Oscar Ammon Kirkham.
And another: Rana Joye Russell Strasser reported learning of the George Kirkham website [ ]through a second cousin and now has word of the Kirkham reunion of 2009. I now have another generation to add to my record.
We advance toward reunion, feel the momentum!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Onto the Trail, Florence Nebraska, 23-26 June 1859

I picked up a booklet "MORMON EMIGRATION 1840-1869" in the LDS Church Museum this week. I have been trying to find information about the loads, the daily mileage, etc. That stuff that I can use at the reunion should there be a lull in the conversation. So now you know I worry.
This booklet had it- or close. Except that it says 'departure Florence Nebraska June 28- Robert F Neslen'.
Had I misunderstood? I went back to what I knew. The Kirkhams arrived in Florence on May 25, 1859. But I was reminded that a 'delay was necessary before they could leave for the west'. It seems that the delay was pretty much one month.
So I came back to the Family History Library to be sure I had other information correct and I was directed to a wonderful site: I have not been to this site before, well, because; but now I will, maybe often. For our purposes here though follow this path:> about the church> (drop down) church history and then at the bottom of the page Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel. Search boxes will give lists, go to Robert F. Neslen Company (1859) and George Kirkham. The new page gives links for a narrative of the company, a list of all the members of the company and of sources.
All this as it is NOW 150 years ago that they were on the plains and our Kirkham family travels toward reunion.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Reunions, Kirkhams and Others

Before I go any further let me open a door to my psyche. Don't worry, I won't won't let it shut behind you! Almost as soon as I told you I figured Lhomond Jones was the first great great- grandchild I had this insistent feeling to verify- and to this end I found verification of my error.
Presently it looks like Gorman Winget was the first to be born in the 5th generation on Jul 29, 1918. Gorman was a son of Dona Alta Crabb, daughter of Eliza Kirkham. Eliza was daughter to George and Mary Russon Kirkham.

I have tried to find a representative household from each fourth generation line to direct information about the reunion. This led me to search Canada for those northern kin. A result of this was coming upon the obituary in the Calgary Herald of Ethel LaRosa Tollestrup Kirkham who passed away May 9, 2009 at the age of 99. She was the widow of Joseph Gray Kirkham, and passed away at the Raymond, Alberta hospital.

I have now several addresses I hope will reach Canadian Kirkhams. There are also more local families I hope I have gotten at least one member the information to, but cannot be sure, really until they respond- or show up. Both will be great!

About my title today. I think reunions have multiple purposes. They reconnect people who may have lost touch or never had been in touch with each other. Do you remember Uncle Alvah Fitzgerald and his real toy car? Or was it a toy real car. We haven't had that broad a reunion since then- have we? There- two purposes: reconnect and fun. Come make fun. How would you do it? Something I wanted to do- and still may is have a display of "Signs of Kirkham Life" where we could show off what we do or have done. Real Estate signs, shop signs, newspaper articles, etc. At one point I thought I would call it "Signs of Intelligent Kirkham Life" but felt that was redundant. Come make fun, bring fun to share. Teach some fun: purpose three. Education should be part of a reunion. The next generation learns their name from the last; can you recite your five generation pedigree? 4 Gen? 6?

I am sure you have your own reasons to attend reunions. Tell us about them. If reunions are important to you I believe you are important to this one. And that you are important to me- kin.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The March of Time

One hundred fifty years ago our pioneer ancestors were upon the plains. I am guessing at the location, though I would enjoy figuring it out- seeing the campsites, gauging the mileage from the last.
I understand that the common immigrant wagon box measured approximately 10.5 feet by 3.5 feet on the floor. I believe each family was allowed only 1,000 pounds weight. My sources on this were a couple of Family History Library missionaries recently. I was glad for their help. Did I mention that there is a wagon replica at the Church Museum? Dare I take a measure tape? 1,000 pounds foodstuff and living needs for three months- and more, as they surely were informed that there were no 'convenience' stores either along the way or in Utah.

Time also marches on in the Kirkham family of 2009. I learned this morning of the passing of Hyrum Lhomond Jones. My figuring is that he was the oldest of generation five- the first of George and Mary Ann's great-great grandchildren.

Time also comes that I need input and help with the reunion! Even as I write this I wonder if I have chased help away. I am inclined to ponder, when it would serve us all for me to say "Yes! Let's do that!" If I give the impression that I want you all to come to Utah just for me- well, that is not the whole story! I hope this idea is one that will reflect the pride I have in the Kirkham name, the Kirkham family - those whom I did not meet, and those I have, and that the reunion will stir such feelings in you.

Friday, June 5, 2009

These Are Our People

I am looking again at E Kay's book; pondering the threads that link me to the Kirkhams of the past. Perhaps you will recognize these kin by the descriptions:
'I remember very well the booming voice of Uncle ***. It resounded like a great bass viol. He was kind and gentle to us kids that visited him as youngsters. '
'The little Kirkham house in lower Lehi was always tidy, with flowers in the summertime'
'*** Kirkham, known and admired by hundreds of young and old in every section of [the]county succumbed in his home... had a varied and active career in church, civic and vocational life... musical talent that enabled him to play the violin as a young man... resulted in his early participation in dance orchestras and community bands... and many young people learned to play instruments under his direction who still play professionally... was an invaluable as well as faithful member of the Lions Club... interested in community beautification he served as president of the Flower Club.'
'Wherever she resided she entered into the life of the community and church... was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and held various offices. She was a booster of community concerts.'
'He had a great love for people and music, served as announcer for the Days of 47 Committee.'
'Our worthy townsman was laid to rest Sunday. Mr P. reports that he never saw such loyalty, cooperation and tribute paid by a community...***'s sudden and untimely death left his little family with loving memories... and a heritage of which they are justly proud.'

I have borrowed- and probably violated copyright- from several sketches in and out of Kay's book. These reminded me of the uncles and aunts I have known, some still with us. At cousin parties (of my dad's) that I joined after moving to Utah I saw the same qualities. While I did not get the music gene, I can recall to mind the "Twins" harmonizing Springtime in the Rockies at the very same Lehi park where I hope you will join us September 5, 2009.

Friday, May 29, 2009

From Rail to Trail, May 25, 1859

"Upon arrival of this young family at Florence, Nebraska a delay was necessary before they could leave for the west. The journal of James Kirkham states how they played in the area with wild flowers, great rivers and other things of interest to small boys who had spent their childhood in the great city of London."
This from E. Kay Kirkham's book, noting that the Kirkham family arrived in Florence 25 May 1859. Kay writes that it is regrettable that the father George did not keep a personal journal of the trip so that we have it from the 'adult view'. But what a benefit to read of this journey through the eyes of the children! Could buffalo herds be any greater? Thunderstorms or stampedes more fearsome? Would you truly prefer the adult to the child view of snake eyes watching you from between the clay walls of their pioneer home?
All the same, Kirkhams, we hit the ground of America one hundred and fifty years ago. Alvin W Kirkham says of the trek, drawing from journals and biographies of George Kirkham and Mary Astington Kirkham: they hiked some 1300 miles from the Missouri River to the Jordan River. "The twins rode most of the way in a Pioneer Two-High-Wheeled-Kirkham-Cart! All other members of the Kirkham Tribe took turns 'pushing or pulling the Desert Cart."
Remember that this was not a modern move wherein the household was packed and loaded onto a van which would arrive well in advance and have all in ready. Their 'all' was what they were carrying, what was going to fit into the desert cart. This also needed to account for food stuff to last from May 25 to September 18. Three months' provisions and then what there was room for of the most basic needs. An iron pot, a frying pan, a baking kettle. Woolen blankets. A few change of clothing. Does anyone have an exact description of their cart? Could we demonstrate what this transport looked like? We can be aware that they had it better in many ways than the handcart pioneers, but know too that this was not luxury. How would we fare? (I just shuddered even to write the question!)
A catchy phrase used at the FamilySearch Center goes something like this: Genealogy: Where Generations Meet. Consider that thought over the next three months, and the meeting of Kirkhams of 1859 and of 2009. What can you bring reflecting The Heritage and The Legacy- OUR Heritage, OUR Legacy?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Gathering More of Kirkham History

A few weeks ago I was asked if there were Kirkham histories beyond the ones that I refer to most often: George Wm Kirkham and James Mercer Kirkham, Highlights.
I was making my way homeward from work in Salt Lake today when I thought I would look up other possible histories at the Family History Library. A new book to me, there is one titled "My tale of two new years, or a thumbnail biography" by Alvin Willard Kirkham. Publication date 1970, FHL call # 929.273 A1 no. 308 found on the first floor in the US/Canada family histories. I did not have the time to read it through this trip- but believe I may have to add more names to my third, fourth or fifth generation rolls. I am delighted to do so.
Another, though not about the Kirkhams but a line of Kirkham cousins I have grown to regard highly is "The Life Histories of Karl Alvin Lemon and Bessie Janet Kirkham Lemon: Including information about their ancestors and posterity" Published 2002 by their children. Bessie passed away in 2000. This book is 929.273 L544 and also in the Family History Library main floor. This copy is presently on loan, and not on the shelf. I will continue to look out for others. Won't you let us know if you have one?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Plans for September 5 and 6 in Lehi

You will have noted my typing skills by now. Perhaps even my math skills: the great grandchildren numbered 191, and not the 91 I reported. I, like this reunion am a work in progress. And progress we have!

The following are scratches in pencil on paper, i.e. they can certainly be refined and improved for our general benefit.

Saturday 9:00 to 10:00 am
  • Set up a registration table to greet and identify participants. This will need 2 or 3 people to help write out names, hand out information and direct to various activities.
  • Set up displays of Kirkham family memorabilia, pioneer era activities for fun and insight. As many as possible- let me know what kind of space you need.
9:00 to 11:00
  • Make new and renew acquaintences with cousins, enjoy activities.
11:00 to 11:30
  • Formal greeting and introductions with background and purpose of this event.

11:30 to 12:30

  • Bring your own pic-nic lunch while listening to music, story telling, other entertainment.

12:30 to 2:30

  • Recounting of the family histories and updates of each of the four Kirkham brothers. 1 or 2 representatives of each family would be good. More would be great! Perhaps recognizing the eldest of the various lines etc.

2:30 to 4:00

  • Ice cream social with home made ice cream, rootbeer etc. We'll need several makers and volunteers.
  • More story telling, music, entertainment.

4:00 to 5:00

  • Information on Family Organizations, future reunions, tutorials on compiling histories, blogs and web-sites.

Sunday 11:00 to 1:00

  • Meet at Lehi City Cemetery for reflection and appreciation with some sort of presentation or program.

This is not cast in stone and I would enjoy your coments!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Note About Our Mothers

As we begin to make our plans for gathering I thought it pertinent that a note be made of our pioneer mothers.
Mary Ann Astington has been mentioned, I hope with the admiration and appreciation due her. She could as easily have had the attitude that the 'neat sum' would ease her lot right where she was- in London, England. Surely it would have- the lot of the whole family. It was no easy thing to bear and raise children in that time. Nor was it any easier in the new place- as witnessed in the loss of children before and after her emigration. ( We need appreciate that it remains a risk to health and life even today, and if we are reading this we have a mother that probably- but not always- met such a risk!)
The four Kirkham brothers of our purposes grew to adulthood, married and reared families. Both James and George entered into plural marriages and endured much relative to their decission to do so.
The wives of these four- and thus our pioneer mothers were Martha Mercer and Emma Wootton, the wives of James Kirkham; Mary and Sarah Russon, wives of George Kirkham; Lizzie Ann Wanlass, the wife of Hyrum Kirkham and Tyresha Cragun, who died after childbirth and Mary Jane Stoddart, wives of Joseph Kirkham.
Returning to E. Kay Kirkham's book we get a glimpse of the pioneer wife's life:
"Our first home in Lehi was a mud hut with a dirt roof...we put up a mud fence...we worked a good deal of time at night. I used to mix the mud while mother held a candle lantern for us to see by.
"Black Hawk and his band of Indians were at war with our people...with a number of our boys I was given fifteen minutes to be readyto join our regiment or that portion that was called. We bid our mothers, fathers and families good bye and with our life in our hands went off to meet our foe. We left our mothers in tears...
"Monday November 18, 1872. Last night my wife was very sick. My mother stopped with us at 12:25 noon and a son was born to us, the mother suffering very much...
"Friday February 16, 1877. In clear Creek Canyon stayed the night at Cove Creek Fort, built by Brigham Young...we went to bed in our wagon without supper and spent a very miserable night. Today our son Albert was born at 15 minutes to 9:00 p.m..."
related from journal of James Kirkham
E. Kay's book has much on the wives of James, I think because it is his direct line. So we will rely on you- from the familes of Mary and Sarah, Lizzie Ann and Tyresha to tell us about them. Should I make this an assignment? Let us not forget or neglect our pioneer mothers! We could not be meeting but for their place in our heritage.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

UPDATE: We've arrived!

May 13, 1859 the ship William Tapscott arrived at the Port of New York City. The next leg of the trip would be to Florence, Nebraska where the pioneers will supply themselves for the cross country trek.

From the book George (Wm) Kirkham we read:
" One of the remarkable things in the history of the Kirkham family is the emigration of this young father and mother with their four sons... Good fortune was theirs when the uncle Thomas Isom left Mary Ann Astington Kirkham 'a neat sum of money' to permit them to emigrate to Zion in Utah.
" To travel several thousand miles by ship, train and wagon with a family of four sons ages seven, five and twins age three was really a remarkable undertaking on the part of this young couple...The sum of money...permitted them to make the voyage without want or a lack of necessities upon arrival in the valley of the Great Salt lake."

What is in a theme?

A HERITAGE AND A LEGACY grew from a re-reading of the book James Mercer Kirkham, Highlights of His Successful Life (which I have referred to as JMK in earlier posts). This book compiled by his family was published in 1961 (FHL call #921.73 A1). It gave a glimpse into his very rich, involved life. Not having the book in front of me right now I can only sketch it for you: name badges and delegate ribbons, business cards, headlines and news articles, photographs. Photographs. And did I mention photographs? Photographs of his children, his wife, his homes, cars, places business, his mission companions, his committees. I cannot recall the specifics but there is a photograph of the genealogy- family tree- of a prize bull! (Hey! He was head of the Genealogy Society, you recall.) Somewhere in this book the authors comment on the number of photographs James Mercer Kirkham left. It was his record. Not out of some vanity, but the material evidence of a life lived. His record/his legacy/my heritage.
We are meeting to reflect on a heritage we share from our pioneer grand-parents: what we have as evidence of their lives; and to highlight their legacy: the evidence that we live our lives in a manner that they would have us. This would be, I believe in they way they conducted their own: rich, involved, generous with time and abilities, concerned about neighbors and communities. Full citizenship!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Asea in 1859

From the book Ships, Saints and Mariners, A Maritime Encyclopedia of Mormon Migration 1830-1890 by Conway B. Sonne (University of Utah Press 1987) we learn this of the ship William Tapscott which 150 years ago today was carrying our common ancestors toward America, Utah, Lehi and us.

1525 Tons: 195' x 41' x 21'
Built 1852 by William Drummond at Bath, Maine

"In three voyages this square rigger William Tapscott transported 2262 Mormon emigrants- the greatest number of any sailing craft. Captain James B Bell was master during these passages. The first began at Liverpool on April 11, 1859..."

"...The William Tapscott was one of the largest full-rigged ships built in Maine in the 1850s. She was a typical 'Down Easter'-sturdy, moneymaking, moderately sparred and designed for carrying capacity. She was a three-decker with a square stern and billethead...After plying the oceans for about forty years the William Tapscott was lost in the English Channel in the early 1890s."

After reading the Kirkham history reported at the George Kirkham Family Organization website, I needed to go back and look at E. Kay Kirkham's book again. I had not recorded the births of two daughters, Maryanne Eliza and Frances, in Utah. These children did not survive the rigors of pioneer life in Utah. When we think of that life can we take a reflective moment for gratitude that we are here at all! All along the way there were opportunities for tragedy between Liverpool and Lehi, between 1859 and 2009. We need celebrate that we made our way.

Roger Kirkham, a descendant of pioneer Joseph asks if there are other Kirkham histories beyond that book by E. Kay Kirkham. I know of JMK: the Life of James Mercer Kirkham,The Journal of George Kirkham that Connie Nielsen brought to the JMK reunion in 2007, a history of May Boyle Anderson Evans. Was there a history of Francis Washington Kirkham? I know that family produced a wonderful book of his descendants. Alan Kirkham took on the task of transcribing and publishing the journal of James Kirkham that E. Kay refers to. I am not sure of his timeline. Rich Kirkham set up the George Kirkham website, is there any other? Bruce Kirkham has asked for copies to pass on- do we hear from anyone wishing to take on a task for us all?

As always you can reach me at Ked Kirkham,
364 W. 825 North, Sunset Utah, 84015-3120

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Events on Friday September 4, 2009

One of the brochures at the LDS FamilySearch Center asks: Who do you think you are? It quickly suggests that you are more than you think. I picked up this handout yesterday while doing a walk about of the Family History Library, Church Museum, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building and Conference Center. I have made arrangements for those of us wishing to learn a little more about using the LDS Church resources for our family research and a group tour of the LDS Conference Center.
This was the first time I have taken a tour of the whole center, which included the roof- well worth the 45-60 minutes it took. Of course I wish I could have you all come in right now as Spring has so much charm here. So will September!
Legacy, a 55 minute film that "depicts the joys, sacrifices, hopes and trials of early Latter-day Saints" from Nauvoo, Illinois to the Great Basin is shown in the North Visitors Center on Temple Square at various times through evening. I have not seen this film but hear good reports. The LDS Church Museum has an incredible installation about the Tabernacle especially related to the restoration project that was recently completed. At the Conference Center, through October is the 8th International Art Competition; very satisfying. All these venues have much to reflect on the Kirkham heritage and legacy. A few minutes walk will also get you to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, the new Church History Library and other downtown Salt Lake City sights and transportation.
Lets take some time to become acquainted before the big event Saturday in Lehi. Soon I will need to know how many to look for, when and where. But just now I want you to figure out your travel plans for getting here!

Monday, April 13, 2009

From Six in 1859 to...

In 1859 our Kirkham family consisted of the six pioneers. Generations 1 and 2. George (Wm) Kirkham and Mary Ann Astington would have 55 grandchildren (Gen. 3). The next generation- their great-grand children numbered 91; in my line through grandson James Mercer Kirkham there are now members of generation 8. What is our number now? How many do you know?

For these numbers I am using my PAF file. What that means is that I might not have identified all the descendants so that my numbers may not be exact. Well, who's surprised? I try to realize every time I read a name, or family group sheet in my Kirkham file that this is family. Some have passed before I got to know them, others will. I want you to know that if I have not identified you, I want to. I want to have a record of our family that includes all people sharing this heritage, that reflects the many paths we have taken in building up the legacy of the 1859 Kirkhams.

Do you enjoy a mystery? Puzzle? Challenge? One of Rock M Kirkham's sons told me he was searching for information of Ann Jeatt, George (Wm) Kirkham's mother. Has anyone else found information on this ancester? Mary Ann Astington Kirkham had a sister Eliza on the ship William Tapscott. From her we have Smuin cousins. Any other kin on that ship? How many sets of twins have we had? Who is the oldest living descendant? Do you have a question- or mystery or puzzle- about our family?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Counting Down, 1859 to 2009

This information comes from the Mormon Immigration Index- Voyages section of Databases at the Family History Library:

Ship: William Tapscott
Date of Departure: 11 April 1859 Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
LDS Immigrants: 725 Church Leader: Robert F Neslen

Among the notes we find this:
On Monday Apr 11 1859 the ship William Tapscott sailed from Liverpool with 725 British, Scandinavian and Swiss Saints on board. . . Elder Robert F Neslen was appointed president of the company with Henry H Harris and George Rowley as counselors. . . the company was blessed with a most pleasant and agreeable voyage. . . Elder Neslen writes that he felt it quite a task when he was appointed to take charge of a company composed of people from so many countries, speaking nine different languages anad having different manners, customs and peculiarities and thrown together under such close circumstances.

Among the passengers we locate the names George Kirkham, Mary Ann Kirkham, James Kirkham, George Kirkham, Hyrum Kirkham and Joseph Kirkham with their approximate year of birth (based on age given in passenger ledger). There is a painting among the artworks in the LDS holdings that represents the shipping docks of Liverpool, England. It is not of a Carnival Cruise advertisement for sure. I will do my best to have a copy of that painting available to help you imagine Monday April 11, 1859 when we meet to recognize and honor these six ancestors.

Monday, March 30, 2009

We Continue to Build Rich Kirkham, of Pocatello, Idaho shares this link for us all. Thanks Rich- and thanks as well for everyone that has helped to build and maintain that information. I am sure that Rich will tell you it is not something one can do alone.

Other projects are being forged that I will try to confirm and pass on. For now I am going back to explore Rich's site and learn what I can.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Join The Celebration: 1859 to 2009

I am gratified by the offers of help. I think it is time to put some order to the plans.

Janette Kirkham of Lehi has reserved two (2) pavillions for us in Wines Park at Lehi for Saturday September 5, 2009. We have these all day.

I thought a time in Salt Lake City to make use of the Family History Library and see the sites of that part of the city would be meaningful. These being the Church History Museum, Temple Square, Conference Center, DUP Museum, and hopefully the new Mormon History Center if it is open. I have reserved some time at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for some help in accessing genealogy and family history services for those new to that activity.

Judi Kirkham of Riverton Utah has asked about having T-shirts as that is a way she has always felt made reunions last beyond the actual day.

Steve Andrews remembers knowing only the immediate family at an earlier reunion and suggests some advance distribution of historical and biographical information. He also wonders if there is any genetic health issues we have identified among our Kirkhams and suggests we give a service to that concern. (The afore mentioned Janette Kirkham is a Diabetes educator and author of literature on that issue.)

At several family occasions I have seen well produced pictoral histories of Kirkham lines. The Francis Kirkham family comes to mind. Are there other books out there? Could you give a tutorial for others? Al Lemon produced a CD of photographs several years ago. (I hope I have the right Lemon cousin on this!)

Scouting has played an important role in many of our lives. Is there a Scout out there- or scouter that would like to set up a presentation?

I have also thought that a visit to the Lehi Cemetery with some sort of organized activity would be appropriate. I finally asked someone who knows such things if a re-dedication would be appropriate and learned that the dedications of the final resting places should hold even for these 150 years.

I am ready to let this blog out of the bag- and seek your thoughts on any and all of this.

Monday, March 16, 2009

I hope I can make this blog space a community project. That is I hope you will take part in the writing of our Kirkham story.

I took for our Kirkham reunion the theme: A Heritage and A Legacy from a presentation at the JMK reunion. In the book JMK, written by his children it is noted that there were many photographs of James Mercer Kirkham, not because of some vanity, but rather because he took part in his community at such a level that the documentation produced this bounty of portraiture. This active life in service to others and community struck me as my heritage from that man, my great-grandfather and I pondered my legacy as his great-grandson.

Some activities that have made the descendants of George (Wm) and Mary Ann Astington Kirkham notable: Church service, Scouting, Political activity, Commerce and Industry, Military service, Journalism and Writing, Civil service.

I am not sure how to classify some of the professions and services we have provided to our many communities. Some have grown up to be cowboys; others to be doctors and lawyers and such as Willy Nelson said it. Tell us about your contributions to the world of 2009!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

150 YEARS: The Kirkham Heritage and Legacy

I hope this reaches all the various families of George (William) and Mary Ann Astington Kirkham. I am excited to venture into this new level of technology to extend my hand in greeting and welcome to a family I have come to greatly admire as I have studied and researched my own roots in our pioneer heritage and its legacy.

The Reunion I have proposed is based on the book compiled by E Kay Kirkham, which introduced me these pioneer grandparents and their four sons James, George, Joseph and Hyrum who came to Utah in September of 1859.

What I tell people, regarding my family history search is that I know who plowed up the sage brush; I want to know who put in the parking lots. Our Kirkhams have done so much more than this glib statement: we have built commerce, educated all ages, supported and defended our country, served our faiths, our communities.

I hope this blog gives us a place and means of sharing our own specific contributions as we approach the reunion Labor Day weekend 2009 in Lehi.