Orson and Jeannette Poulsen had a very fun week. On Monday, Orson helped Eli Anderson with an open house for anyone from the public who wanted to see Mr. Anderson’s museum of old, but restored wagons, tools, harnesses, toys, etc. Orson called himself “kind of a tour guide.”
Tuesday was quiet (this is fun, too!)
Wednesday through Saturday began a conference of the National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association. Orson and Jeannette toured and traveled on established stagecoach routes and studied the freighting industry in Northern Utah during the time period of 1840s to the 1880s. The railroad basically took over the freighting industry after the 1880s.
Thursday night, the Poulsens went to the Lodge in Perry for the Stagecoach and Freighting Association dinner.
Friday morning, Orson and Jeannette watched the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the driving of the golden spike on television at 11 a.m..
Friday afternoon, the people from the association toured Eli Anderson’s museum, and Orson helped as a tour guide then, too. Friday night, Orson and Jeannette had dinner at the Anderson home for the Stagecoach and Freighting Association representatives.
Saturday was another day of lectures on freighting in Utah from the time period of the 1840s to the 1880s.
“Sunday seemed like the nice day of rest it is supposed to be,” Orson says, “just church.”
Boyd Udy helped wife Kris Udy most of Wednesday and Thursday morning at the Golden Spike National Historic Site. Kris was the hand of the volunteers for the huge 150th celebration of the driving of the final spike to complete the transcontinental railroad. She and daughters Jessica and granddaughters Kynzee, along with the many other volunteers, helped pass out more than 200 pallets of bottled water. Kris, Jessica, and Kynzee stayed in a train during their service there.
Thursday afternoon, Boyd went to a cow cutting at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden. He was there to push cows to the competitors on Friday and Saturday. He got home late Saturday night. He also stayed the nights in a trailer house there. Boyd says there was a need for 650 cattle total for the two days. “It was a good, big event,” Boyd says.
Then on Sunday, Boyd went back out to the Golden Spike National Historic Site to again help Kris. He also helped Eli Anderson take home his collections of old artifacts Sunday afternoon. Boyd says that there were 7,000 visitors to the Spike on Friday, 6,000 visitors on Saturday and probably 3,000 visitors on Sunday. He says Kris, Jessica, and Kynzee were thrilled to see and hear President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, give a talk and drive the copper Utah spike into its place.
Laura Wheatley and three youngest daughters went to the Bookmobile in their yard last week. All enjoyed picking out books to read or hear read, as the case may be.
The Wheatleys have a new SUV. They needed new tires for it, so they drove to Commercial Tire in West Haven, west of Ogden. Ruby referred to the store as the Hot Chocolate Store since the little girls were treated to cups of hot chocolate while they were there.
While the family was driving in Bothwell, Laura stopped to talk to Mrs. Newman, who used to teach at Bear River High School. “I was glad to have the chance to talk with her,” Laura says. Laura also says, “Hi, and thanks for reading the Promontory Pointers.”
Laura loaded up her three youngest daughters on Friday and took them with her to the divide in the road that leads to the Golden Spike or down Promontory Road, to see all the cars going up to the Spike. They only stayed for a few minutes.
On Saturday, the “Wheatley Seven” went to the park on First West and Fifth North in Brigham City for a picnic. All enjoyed their time there.
On Mother’s Day, Laura’s daughters gave her presents they had made. Ruby, however, was very sad not to have anything to give. Laura told her a hug was one of her very favorite gifts, so Ruby gave her a big hug.
All four of Zane and Laura’s oldest girls sang in the Mother’s Day Sacrament Program at the Thatcher-Penrose 2nd Ward. The songs were beautiful and the children of the Primary sang enthusiastically. Then the Wheatley family went to visit Susan Hendricks (Laura’s mother). The girls sang the songs they had learned for the Mother’s Day program.
Tuesday was Winnie Richman’s grandson Zach’s birthday. He turned the milestone of 18. He worked and then celebrated quietly with his family. Winnie gave him a card with his present in it.
Tuesday, also, Winnie drilled alfalfa seed in the piece she had prepared. She was going great guns when she began to worry about the amount of seed left in the seed box. She climbed off the tractor and checked the seed. She needed to put more into the box. She drove to her car and loaded some seed in each end of the drill, but couldn’t figure out how to climb up into the middle with seed. All of a sudden, she looked up and saw a wall of black clouds coming south from the Northrop Grumman main buildings. She got back on the tractor and found where she had left off drilling and began to finish the piece. She hoped the seed would even out in the drill and be enough to finish the piece of prepared land. As she headed south a few minutes later, she felt rain, then tiny hail. “Oh, dear,” she muttered. That’s not all she said as the hail got to be as big as the end of her finger! “Ouch!” wasn’t very expressive, but visibility wasn’t good so she concentrated on finishing drilling (no one had ever told her not to drill in the rain!) The hail had laid a pretty good cover to the land, and the rain soaked Winnie through. She finally finished, did chores and watering and got up to the house as the rain stopped.
On Wednesday, Winnie and dear friend Carolyn Carter drove to art. Winnie signed her 2019 Christmas card canvas and Carolyn again made great strides towards the middle ground of her picture.
Winnie’s hoped-for surgeon refused to operate on her back, instead prescribing six weeks of physical therapy at AOS in Brigham city. She meets with the staff led by Marc Larsen twice a week. She is stiff and sore day and night. She can’t figure it out; the exercises are easy to do and not too many of them, but …
Winnie had to go to town Friday. The traffic going to the Golden Spike Celebration was bumper-to-bumper all the way to the Conner Springs turn-off. Then nothing. How interesting.
Saturday Winnie drove up Blacksmith Fork Canyon to a lovely park. She witnessed, with many of her extended family and daughter Heather’s family, and son Lyle and his son Brantzen, the wedding of Suzzette Irell Richman and Dean Jones. It was wonderful! The bride (Winnie’s niece) was radiant! The groom was very happy, too. A very nice lunch was served afterwards.
Mother’s Day at church was great. The sacrament program was wonderful. The talks were so focused and the Primary sang songs, too.
Sunday afternoon, Winnie took a nap and woke up to find a chrysanthemum on her table from son Aaron and family. She hurried out and found him and April cleaning out the drill. Aaron then separated the black bull from his red friends and put him in with Winnie’s heifers. Then he shooed the red bulls up on the mountain with the cows.
Then Aaron planted some of Winnie’s red petunias, two geraniums, and some bare root stock to grow in the shade of the trees and house. “Thank you, Aaron and April,” Winnie says. “It was a wonderful Mother’s Day!” Son Lyle also came with a card and conversation.