Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nellie Thomas Everley

Nellie Everley

Nellie Thomas Everley

Nellie Thomas Everley, 81, passed away September 17, 2014, in Ivins, UT. She was born November 15, 1931, in Hiawatha, UT, to Levi R. and Nellie Banner Thomas. She married Thomas Lyle Everley on June 5, 1954, in Salt Lake UT.

She was a member of the LDS church. She loved painting and art, enjoyed reading, traveling and camping. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by: her husband Thomas; children, Wayne (Mary) Everley, Jeri Everley, Thomas M. Everley, Ronald Everley; 7 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 8 siblings.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 10:30a.m. at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins, UT.

Friends and family are invited to share condolences online at Arrangements are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah, 986-9100.

Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Sept. 24, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Denise Bearnson Obit

Denise Bearnson
PRICE - Our loving mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend, Denise Bearnson, age 48, passed away Oct. 18, 2013.
She was born May 4, 1965 in Price and was the loving daughter of Dennis Bearnson and Connie (Gary) Kilcrease.
Denise was a beautiful and fun loving young lady who warmed the hearts of many. She was adventurous, happy and a sweetheart to all. She loved her red hair and it was one of her many trademarks that set her apart. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family and friends. Denise will be dearly missed by all and her memory will be cherished forever.
She is survived by her children, Jeffery James Trujillo, Price, Shiela (Josh) Byrge, American Fork; parents, Dennis (Donna) Bearnson, Rock Springs, Wyo., Connie (Gary) Kilcrease, Price; sister, GerryLynn (Eric) Hilliard, Price; brothers, Casey Jo (April) Bearnson, Virginia, Ty Merrill Bearnson, Salt Lake City; granddaughter Macey Byrge, American Fork; special little niece, Alisa Hilliard, Price; her nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joe and June Basso, Merrill and Nina Bearnson; and niece, Alisa Shea Bearnson.
Funeral service, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 2 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home (233 East Main Street) Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Wednesday one hour prior to services. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery, Price. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of Denise at

Pete L. Bruno Oibit

Pete L. Bruno
PRICE - Pete's life of service on earth to God, Country, family and his fellowmen ended Aug. 5, 2013. Pete was born on Sept. 18, 1925 to Pete and Maria Pianfetti Bruno in Spring Glen. He was an example of being happy by assisting others. His service and the amusing stories about him will be a lasting legacy to those who knew him.
His service began at an early age by helping support his family during difficult times. He honorably served during World War II as a medic and saw action on the front lines.
He married the love of his life, Doris Nelson in December 1947. In 1964, they were sealed in the Manti Temple. They provided a home for six children, two foster children and countless family, scouts and neighbors. With the untimely deaths of his wife and daughters he was comforted in knowing that families can be together forever.
He was an active member of the LDS Church. He served as High Priest Group leader for nine years and served in other capacities. He was known for his many Dutch oven dinners for ward parties.
He received the Silver Beaver Award for decades of scouting activity. He was involved in other youth programs such as 4-H, rock hounding, archery and target shooting competitions.
He was the Post Master in Price for 25 years. He was also involved in VFW and DAV for many years where he served as commander. He took pride in the number of miles he drove the van that transported veterans from Price to the VA hospital in Salt Lake. As a volunteer, he drove the van over 60,000 miles.
He is survived by his children; son-in-law, Dale Marx, Shirlie (Greg) Van Wagoner, Marilyn (Dean) Harmon, Joan (Darrell) Keller, Doug (Deborah) Bruno, 20 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents, wife Doris, daughters, Doris Marx and Valerie Bruno, brothers, Dominic and Dan, sister, Mary Ross and sisters-in-law, Marva Bruno and Darlene Bruno, brothers-in-law, Fred Ross and Bill Friend.
The family wishes special thanks to: Donna Homer, Tino Marquez, Phil Dulude and the rest of staff at Community Nursing Services, Barry Powell, Sherry King and Dr. Radley.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday Aug. 10, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Price LDS Stake Center (150 S. 500 E.). A viewing will be held on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Price LDS Stake Center also on Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. prior to the service at the stake center. Interment will be in the Price City Cemetery. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary. Family and friends may sign the guestbook and share memories of Pete at 

Van Johnson Obituary

Van Johnson Gardner
ORANGEVILLE - Van Johnson Gardner, our loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend courageously passed from mortality on July 22, 2013, with Georgia at his side.
Van was the seventh of what would become 12 children born to George Albert and Irene Ann Johnson Gardner. He was born on Aug. 5, 1924, in Huntington. Van married Georgia Humphrey on Oct. 3, 1946 in the Salt Lake Temple.
A faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Van served throughout his life in leadership callings such as 1st counselor in the Bishopric at age 24, Young Men's President, and Sunday School Superintendent. Van and Georgia served a mission together in the South Dakota, Rapid City Mission from 1993-1994. He also served as an ordinance worker in the Manti Temple.
He joined the Huntington Glee Club in 1940. He sang at many events with his brothers, numerous others, as well as singing solo. Van was a coal miner and farmer, and loved his farm and animals. He served his country honorably during World War II as a member of the Army, stationed for 28 months in the South Pacific Theater. He was a member of the American Legion, and a member of the Huntington Riding Club. Van was well known for calling and teaching square dancing. He was a member of UMWA Local 6363 for 43 years.
Van is survived by his wife Georgia, children: Lyndon (Shauna Lee) Gardner, Castle Dale, Joyce (Vic) Staley, Orangeville, and Earl (John) Gardner, Ogden; daughters-in-law: Beth Gardner, Altamont and Natalie (Jay Mark) Humphrey, Orangeville; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Van was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Kathryn, son Darrell, seven brothers, two sisters, and a granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held at the Orangeville 1st Ward, Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 1 p.m. with a viewing one hour prior. A viewing will be held on Friday evening, July 26, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Heritage Funeral Home, 620 North Main St., Huntington. Interment will follow after the service at the Orangeville City Cemetery under the trusted care of the Heritage Funeral Home. Friends and family may sign the guestbook at

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cy and Marie Eardley

Cy and Marie Eardley Honored During National Day of the American Cowboy

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Preserving cowboy and western culture is important to many. For Cy and Marie Eardley, it’s a way of life. For as long as they can remember, the Eardley’s have lived the cowboy way.
Because of the Eardley’s western lifestyle, the couple was honored at the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo on July 20 as part of the National Day of the American Cowboy. Nominated by Coco van den Bergh, John and Sheila Lemon and Tate Weber, the Eardley’s were selected to represent Emery County at this year’s rodeo event.
“We both grew up with a love of horses and livestock,” Marie explained. “I married Cy because he wore a black cowboy hat with a red rose on it. He married me because I was already trained to work the roping chutes.”
Marie explained that as their children grew, the kids began competing in 4-H horse and livestock programs, team roping and rodeo events throughout school. “This helped us make the decision to raise good Corriente cattle which lasted through our grand kid’s high school and college rodeo years.” she explained.
According to the nomination letter, the Eardley’s were one of the first owners of a registered Corriente bull in the United States. Today, they have approximately 200 head of cattle and raise their own hay.
“In our spare time, we make pottery like the Indians that lived here used to do,” Marie explained. “We use primitive techniques and dig clay here on the ranch. I also enjoy making antique looking quilts which I take to the county and state fairs.”
To those who know the Eardley’s, they have not only fulfilled their dream of living the western cowboy life, they also learned to make pottery like the Indians that had lived in the region. They have worked hard and played hard their entire lives for the love of the cowboy heritage and have instilled this love in their children and grandchildren. The Eardley’s are a true inspiration for the cowboy way of life.
Because of their passion, the couple was honored during the National Day of the American Cowboy. This day is designated to honor ranchers, working cowboys and cowgirls who contribute to Western culture in America.
“Our hope is that the country and Western tradition will some how carry on through the younger generations,” Marie concluded. “Let us never forget our roots and the Western way of life that made this country so great.”

Monday, September 15, 2014

John Anderson Obituary

John Frank Anderson(1934 - 2014)

September 1934 ~ September 2014
John Frank Anderson, loving husband and father, age 79, of Bountiful Utah returned to his Heavenly Father on Patriot Day, Thursday September 11, 2014. 
He was born in Hiawatha Utah on September 27, 1934 to Thelma Curtis and Isaac Q Anderson. He graduated from Carbon High School in Price Utah and attended Carbon College and Utah Technical College where he learned to be a machinist. He married Ingeborg Strassner in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 19, 1964.
John loved his country, and served for two years in the U.S. Navy. He was hard working and provided for his family. He worked for over 40 years in the aerospace and computer industries. He had a great appreciation for music, especially the Tabernacle Choir and the big bands. He loved history, both reading it and teaching it to those around him, especially the history of the state of Utah and the United States. He also completed much work in family history. He was always kind, thoughtful, and helpful. He loved the LDS Church and held many callings including serving for 18 years as a ward clerk.
John is survived by his wife Ingeborg, of Bountiful, UT; and two children: John (Marlies), of Payson, UT; and James (Beverley), of Perth Australia. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Adam (LDS mission in Finland), Jessica (Steve), Kristina, Megan, Amanda, and Emma. He is also survived by his sister Beth, of Las Vegas, NV. John was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gail, his twin brother James, and his sister Louise. 
We are so grateful for the many precious memories that we have of him. He will be greatly missed. 
We would like to thank the staff at Avalon Care Center and Inspiration Hospice for their loving service. 
A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday September 19 at Russon Brothers Mortuary in Bountiful Utah (295 North Main Street), the burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. Saturday September 20 at the Bountiful City Cemetery (2224 South 200 West).

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Florence Jernigan "Nana"

Florence Jernigan "Nana"
PRICE - Our loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Florence F. Martino Christiansen Jernigan, age 93 passed away peacefully September 9, 2014 at Pinnacle Nursing in Price.
She was born November 11, 1920 in Sunnyside, Utah to John and Rose Giardino Martino.
Married Torval L. Christiansen August 21, 1943 in Price, Utah. He died April 27, 1970. Later married Hughie Jernigan November 11, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died February 2, 2001.
Florence was a member of the Women's American Legion Auxiliary in Hiawatha and a devout member of the Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening and taking care of her home. Her greatest joy was her family. Florence retired from JC Penney in 1979 after many years of faithful service. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Love you with all our hearts!
Survived by her children, Torval Christiansen, Rock Springs, WY, Vincent Lee (Patsy) Christiansen, Price, Calvin E. (Vicki) Christiansen, Price; step son, Ed (Ruth) Jernigan, Mississippi; brother, Jay (Barbara) Martino, Price; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husbands, Torval Christiansen and Hughie Jernigan; infant son, Elvin E. Christiansen; brothers Sam Sr., Joe ,Pete and Jim Martino; sister Rose.
Funeral Mass, Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. Vigil service, Friday evening 7:00 p.m. Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. Family will receive friends at the church Friday and Saturday one hour prior to service. Committal, Price City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Florence online at

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hiawatha Motor-Car

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In casae you did not see this when Jim Kennick posted it-- It was on the front Page of the Sun Advocate on 11 Sept 2014.  Wally

A rusty chunk of Carbon history leaves for Nevada

A heavy crane gently hoists half of the McKeen Car to a waiting flatbed trailer.
Inch by inch, the motor car section is lowered to the trailer bed.
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A motorcar that was originally sent to Carbon County to send passengers to and from Hiawatha in 1917, and has been sitting in a field south of Price for the last 22 years, left the county for Nevada and a new life on Tuesday.
The motorcar (meaning the car itself contains its own engine) will be taken to Carson City, Nev., where it will be restored and then it will be shipped a few miles south to Mindon, Nev., where it will be displayed along with buildings and other relics of the same era.
The car was purchased by a Nevada corporation for the restoration and for the display. Drivers from the Carson City area loaded the car (which was cut in half when it was moved to the field) on two trucks with the help of a crane from Nielsen Construction.
The history of the car, which caused a good deal of excitement when it came to the area is a varied and interesting one. In late 1916, the strange train car approached Price and it was different from anything most people in Carbon had ever seen. The self- propelled motorcar, called a McKeen Car came into town with some fanfaire. Engineered and built by the McKeen Motor Car Company, an offshoot of the Union Pacific Railroad, the car had been purchased by the Southern Utah Railway/Castle Valley Railway to transport people to and from the coal fields of southwestern Carbon County and northwestern Emery County.
In retrospect, it was the most powerful motor car the company ever built with a six-wheel leading truck and with two of the three axles in that truck powered. The engine, a marine powerplant built by a company in New Jersey and powered by gasoline, developed 300 horsepower, a large amount of power out of a gas engine at the time. Unlike most McKeen cars, which had knife like fronts, this one had a rounded head.
At the beginning of January 1917 the car was getting ready for regular service on the line to Hiawatha. According to the News-Advocate that was published on Jan. 4, 1917 during a test run to the town it "...took the hill in good shape although it stuttered a few times on the worst grades..."
The car was 55 feet long with a passenger capacity of 48. The additional power had been added to the car when ordered because of the grades (up to 4.92 percent) and curvature of the line between Price and Hiawatha for which it was intended.
Unfortunately, even by mid-January the car was not yet in regular service. The News-Advocate (Jan. 18, 1917) noted that the car was "not efficient enough." However soon the car began to run between the towns the next month. While at times the service struggled, it was still important enough to keep it going.
Then came the Mammoth Dam break in April of 1917. The flood from the dam which was located in Sanpete County (just below where the small Gooseberry Dam is now located off of Skyline Drive) failed and water poured down Fish Creek, into Pleasant Valley (where the first Scofield Dam would not built for another decade) and down into Price Canyon. The water severely damaged the Rio Grande rail lines running through the canyon, and then came down into Castle Gate damaging much of the town. It flowed into the Price Valley and took out a number of bridges, including the one that the McKeen car passed over on its route to Hiawatha from Price.. Where the car was located when the flood took place has not been noted, it could have been on either side of the Price River, but later it was used for a while to transport people from the broken bridge to Hiawatha. People who wanted to go to the towns to the southwest had to get transportation to the new start of the line. The car had struggled anyway with both the grades and efficiency, and now with the bridge out its operation really faltered.
On July 13, 1917 The Sun, had an article on the front page of the paper, claiming that the car experiment had been a failure and that it had been discontinued the week before.
"Passenger train service on the Southern Utah into Price was abandoned last Wednesday and mail, express and passenger service is since given Mohrland, Black Hawk and Hiawatha by way to the Utah Railway from Utah Junction, about halfway between Helper and Castle Gate," stated the paper. "Whether or not the new arrangement is permanent is yet to be seen. Officials of the operating department of the Utah Railway say they do not know."
The paper also reported on that date that automobile service had begun to service the towns.
"As yet no effort has been made to repair the Southern Utah Bridge at Price..." stated The Sun. "W.C. Broeker has established an automobile line to the camps south."
It was the end for the short lived experiment. However reports were that the Utah Railway did use the car as late as 1919 on the service from Utah Junction to Hiawatha.
The car was one of the last the McKeen Motor Car Company ever built. It was also the largest. The company went out of business in 1917, in a splatter of legal actions.
What happened after that is not well documented, except that the trucks and engine of the McKeen car were removed and sold off or repossessed, because of some legal squabble within the bankruptcy of McKeen. The car itself eventually ended up in at the rail operations in Martin where it was used to house employee lockers and was a storage room. Then in 1992 an employee of Utah Rail bought the car and took it to his place in south Price, where it was moved from Tuesday.
Now the unique motorcar will get a new lease on life. While the projected finish for restoration is in about a year, other cars that have been restored that are similar to it took a longer time. But sometime, soon in the future it will once again be a show stopper, a unique piece of Utah history, but displayed in west central Nevada.
(Some information for this article came from Don Strack's 

Monday, September 8, 2014

T.C. Jackson Jr's obituary notice.

Hi Wally - sorry it's taken so long, who knew how daunting a task this would be? Thanks for all that you do. Delia Jackson.

Tom C. Jackson passed away in the early morning hours of July 2, 2014 in San Jose, CA.  A resident of Watsonville, CA; Tom was born in Price, Utah on December 9, 1944; the “first-born son” of Thomas & Emily (Christensen) Jackson.  He grew up in Hiawatha (an idyllic childhood) and was proud of his pitching career with local baseball teams.

Tom was a kind man with a gentle spirit.  He leaves his family and friends with many memories of the good times, the love and the laughter we shared.

Tom was well-loved and will be missed by his wife, Delia& by Wiley C Jackson, his devoted canine buddy; daughter, Megan Ketchel (Anchorage, AK); son, Philip Jackson (King George, VA); granddaughters, Skyla Ketchel & Adelyn Jackson; sister, Kim Gyurina (Dave); brother, Mark Jackson; aunts, Zoy Moffitt & Irene (Mike) Dougherty; his former wife & mother of his children, Linda Baran; and numerous cousins, nieces & nephews.

In accordance with his wishes, Tom will be laid to rest with his parents in Price City Cemetery on September 17, 2014 at 1:00pm.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Parley Anderson Obit

Parley Anderson(1926 - 2014)

August 12, 1926 ~ September 1, 2014
Parley G. Anderson of Orem Utah, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2014. He was born on August 12, 1926, in Hiawatha, Utah, the oldest son of Parley Anderson and Elda Bearnson.
He was married to Dorothy Ellen Dickson, of Kewanee, Illinois, on New Year's Day, 1948. Parley and Dorothy have five sons: Jesse B. (Sharon Clark), Farmington; Gavin J. (Jill Richards), Salt Lake City; Cameron D. (Shirley LaCourse), Spanish Fork; Wayne B. (Cindi Clark), Littleton, Colorado; and H. Kelly (Gail Knauer), Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Dorothy died on February 17, 1997, in Provo. Parley married Kathleen McCarthy Peterson, of Madelia, Minnesota, on January 22, 1998; she is the mother of Shirley Peterson, Sara Jacobson, Charles Peterson (Cindy Lou), and Carla Young (Jesse). Dad loved both his families and enjoyed a close relationship with his sons and his step-children.
Parley left home in the last part of WWII and joined the Navy at age 17. He sailed into Tokyo Bay shortly after the surrender in 1945, helped prepare for the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll after the war, and returned to active service for the Korean conflict, serving in Tacoma, Washington. Parley received a Bachelor's degree from Utah State in Industrial Arts Education. He worked for forty years as a plumber and pipe-fitter and was a proud member of the Plumbers' Union for fifty years.
Retirement did not slow Parley and Kathleen down. When he moved to Orem after the death of Dorothy and his marriage to Kathleen, he was very active in community and volunteer activities, including helping out at the Orem Senior Center with the bingo program, organizing bus tours and lunches, and spent some 10 years collecting donated food for distribution to needy seniors. In 2003, Parley and Kathleen were honored with the Walter C. Orem Citizenship award for their distinguished service to the senior center. He was an active member of the Orem Community Church and served on the Church Board.
Parley is survived by his wife Kathleen; five sons; sister-in-law, Donna Anderson, Springville; sister, Valynn Jorgensen (Phil), St George; and brother, Dean Anderson (Jackie), Cedar City. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy, and brother, Lamar Anderson, Springville.
Parley has continued his volunteer service after his passing - he donated his mortal remains to the University of Utah Medical Center so he could continue working and helping others after he was gone.
An informal Remembrance Service will be held at the Orem Community Church social hall on Sunday, September 7th, 11:30 a.m., 130 North 400 East Orem Utah. Family and friends are invited.
We very much love our father, husband, grandfather, brother and friend and we will miss him.

Published in Deseret News from Sept. 5 to Sept. 6, 2014