Friday, April 16, 2010

Events, Past Present and Future

Connie Kirkham Nielsen called recently and also sent an electronic note informing of the Lehi area Sons of Utah Pioneers proposal to install plaques commemorating the families of George and Mary Ann Kirkham, and their four sons. A program is scheduled for May 2010. Connie is stirring up enthusiasm and participation from us all and she wants ALL of us enthused. Those who heard her educated and insightful presentations at the 2009 reunion in Lehi will remember her own enthusiasm for Kirkham history. She can be reached: Connie Nielsen 801-768-9624 and for more information. The program in May is a fundraiser for the plaques as well as program to honor the Kirkhams being recognized. Connie especially is thinking there could be a Kirkham Orchestra as in our common history. Do you fiddle around? [Sorry! I have always wanted to ask that of a group, saw my chance.] Musicians and enthusiasts wanted, please get in touch with Connie.

We have had the loss recently of LeLa Christensen Hansen, fourther through George and Mary Russon Kirkham. Her mother was Daisy Bell Kirkham and father Louis Christensen. LeLa passed away in Orem, March 5, 2010, survived by husband Gordon Emil and their four children and families, including 23 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. LeLa served her community and family through many church callings, especially with Primary and Young Women. Her obituary was carried in the Daily Herald (Utah County). We mindfully remember LeLa's close family in their loss.

I was stopped in a salad bar line recently by visitors to our area for the International Dutch-oven Convention in Farmington, who seeing my name badge from work commented that they had been involved in scouting with- and I jumped the gun to say "Oscar Kirkham". No. This couple remembers Rock Kirkham of the Mission Council of BSA and working locally in the Santa Barbara area of California. Scouting is in our heritage- proudly. That organization has just celebrated 100 years. Rock M Kirkham was son of Oscar, but I should have kept my lips still all the same. In scouting it may well have been about half if not all the Kirkham households! Scouting continues today as a Kirkham contribution to our various communities.

A headline from the Salt Lake Tribune: Writ Restrains Judge in Kirkham Case with the additional 'Stays Hearing Set for Monday in Court at Price' under the date Saturday December 16, 1944. Francis Washington Kirkham appears to have been cited by a judge he had upset with a political tract in an election of that time. I have not had the chance to look for the outcome of this- are there any FWK readers that can inform?

In research recently I came upon the Mountain West Digital Library, and while I did not find my objective information did find Kirkhams well represented. Check it out!

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