Relationship: Carl (Charles) Frederick Mangelson is my Great Grandfather; his son, Charles Adolph Mangelson is my grandfather; his daughter, Vera Mangelson Christensen is my mother.
In order to fully appreciate grandfather’s long and useful life, a clear understanding of two choices he made in his early life is of great importance.
The first of these choices had to do with the religious faith he would follow throughout his life. Carl was born into the Lutheran church and had been carefully schooled in that faith by his aunt. He was fortunate to have been reared by this good woman who instilled in him many of the Christian virtues such as honesty, order, punctuality and cleanliness of body and thought. Even though his aunt was bitterly opposed to the new religious sect that came to
, it could be said that she was indirectly responsible for his final decision with his wife to join that church. She had taught him to be spiritually minded and to be honest in thought and action. As he began to apply these attributes to the Lutheran religion, he was disappointed when in a number of ways it failed to measure up to the standards he had set for himself. Lutheran teachings concerning God and responsibility for one’s own actions were among the Lutheran teachings he found difficulty in reconciling with his own ideals. Denmark
Just prior to his marriage, Carl had served in the Danish army in its war with
over the Schleswig-Holstein area, between the two countries. Carl himself was German by nationality, although he was a citizen of Germany . He had sisters living in Denmark in the occupied area of Schleswig-Holstein. Germany
At a church service conducted for the army, a priest from the Lutheran church of which he was a member, prayed that the Danish army would be able to kill all of the Germans. This prayer outraged grandfather’s feelings. He could think only of his three sisters and their families living in the occupied area. This incident, added to other disappointments found in the Lutheran religion led to his leaving the church of his childhood. This was an extremely difficult decision for him to make. It would have been so much easier to make allowances for the church’s short-comings in favor of the good things it taught. Then, too, all of his friends and loved-ones were Lutherans. To leave the Lutheran church and especially to become a Mormon would undoubtedly mean the turning away of many friends and loved ones.
But Carl, with the stubborn honesty taught him by his aunt, had weighed these dangers carefully. He applied the same honesty of thought to the new religion. In this religion, he found a concept of God and man’s relationship to Him, a doctrine of free agency of man, and a corresponding responsibility of man for his own actions that squared with his sense of justice and truth. He felt that on such a foundation he could build a good life for himself and his family in keeping with what he believed was his heavenly Father’s wishes. He made this important decision in full cooperation with his wife’s wishes. In fact, it was his wife’s father and mother who brought the gospel of Jesus Christ to Carl and Eliza, his wife.
Emma Eliza Nielsen
The next important choice came in Carl and Eliza’s determination to come to
. After they were baptized into the Latter-day Saint’s church, they strongly desired to go to America to live where they might associate with those who believed as they believed. Zion
This again was not an easy decision. By this time, the young couple was comfortably located in
. Carl had a good job in a dairy. There were other problems, too. Already one child had been born to them. Soon after its birth this child contracted whooping cough and died. Denmark
Balanced against these problems in his way was the promise of the Lord recorded in Saint Matthew 6:33. “But seek ye first the
, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Undoubtedly Carl and Eliza knew of this scripture. Their calm confidence in the wisdom of the big step they would be taking reflected the faith they had in the Lord’s word. kingdom of God
When the decision was made to immigrate to
, Carl went to his employer to ask for a loan of money to assist with financing their journey. His employer tried to discourage him. He said, “Why you don’t even know that you will be able to get a job when you reach this country.” America
Grandfather answered quietly, “I’ll get a job alright.”
When it was evident that Carl could not be persuaded to remain in
, the employer agreed to loan him the money. Thus the first important decision once made gave direction and strength to the making of the second. Denmark
Carl Frederick Mangelson was born July 16, 1839 in Dronninglund,
. His parents were Hans Tram and Margretha Pederson Mangelsen. Carl lived with his aunt until he was married as his parents died of cholera while he was still quite young. He was only three years of age when his mother died and seven when his father died. Carl could not go to the funeral of his father because he had to herd the geese that day. Hjorring, Denmark
So his parents were unable to be much of an influence in his life. The real influence came from his aunt who took him into her home at the death of his parents. This aunt was a person of character. She spoke the German language in her home since she had come originally from
. She was a devout Lutheran and saw to it that her nephew was reared with a strong Christian background. She was a very orderly person, and Grandfather was taught in his childhood to have a place for everything and everything in its place. This trait of character was projected in all Carl did throughout his life. Germany
In this home he received training in honesty, order, punctuality, personal cleanliness and kindred virtues that became part of his character from childhood. He grew to be a young man with a rigid code of honor, honesty, moral in his actions, and with a kindly attitude toward his fellow men.
At the age of twenty-three or twenty-four, Carl was inducted into the Danish army to fight against
in the Schleswig-Holstein War. His own ancestors were German and now he was fighting against Germany ! It was during this time that he contracted typhoid fever and was very ill for some time. Germany
During an interlude in the war, Carl had an opportunity to visit with his sisters who were living in the Schleswig-Holstein area. He had not seen his sisters for some time, so the reunion must have been a happy one. Grandfather was not too well at the time due to his recent illness, and his sisters urged him to desert the Danish army and remain with them. This he said he could not do. First, he was loyal to his country,
, and to its army. Besides he had a sweetheart in Denmark to whom he was betrothed. Denmark
His sisters told him that if he went back to the Danish army, they never wanted to see him again. He did go back to fulfill his duty in the army, and he never did see his sisters again.
After the war ended, Carl went back to
to become part of civilian life there. It was not long until he had a good job in a dairy. His future seemed secure. Besides he was looking forward to marriage with the girl he had become engaged to prior to his service in the army. Denmark
He was married to Eliza Nielson on March 27, 1864, when he was twenty-five years of age. The marriage took place at Hestoher Vero, Linderum Ooglit Sogon,
. Since both he and his bride belonged to the Lutheran church, they were married by a Lutheran priest. Carl’s uncle gave them a home at the time of their marriage. Hjorring, Denmark
Soon after their marriage Carl’s father and mother-in-law joined the Mormon Church. They persuaded Carl and Eliza to sell their home and come to live with them, so they could all study the Mormon religion together.
The first real sadness to come into their married life came during the say in the parent’s home. A child was born to them during this time. The child lived only four months when she was stricken with whooping cough. There was little they could do to relieve it, and the child died.
Soon after this, Carl’s uncle died, and his aunt wanted them to come to live with her. This they did, so they could help care for the woman who had cared so well for Carl in his youth. It was here their second child was born January 28, 1867. They named her Emelie.
Carl’s aunt was bitter against the Mormons, but in spite of this opposition, he and his wife continued to study the new religion. Finally they were converted and were ready to join the church. They could not be baptized while in Carl’s aunt’s home, so they moved in again with Eliza’s parents. Now they could be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After they had become members of the Mormon Church, the young couple was determined to come to
. They wanted to be with those of their own faith, because it was difficult to live with people they had known who had now become so bitter against them. America
To leave their native land and move to a strange, new land so far away was quite an undertaking for Carl and Eliza, but they had made up their minds and immediately began preparing for the journey to
They had to sell their cow, furniture, household goods, and all the little things that were so dear to them for almost nothing. After they had gathered together all the money they could from their savings and the sale of their belongings, they were still short of funds. Actually they had to have money for three expeditions: one across the North Sea to
England, another from England to New York, and a third from New York to Utah, the as it was then called by the saints. land of Zion
To secure the additional funds necessary, Carl decided to go to his employer and ask for a loan. But his employer was not anxious to lose a good dairy man, so he tried to discourage Carl in the venture. First he reminded him that in
he had a good job and would be secure here with his family for life. Then he expressed doubt that Carl would be able to find work in Denmark . When this failed to discourage Grandfather, the employer offered him a promotion to director of seven small diaries, each one involving from eight to twelve diary cows, and each one run by three or four women and two men. A fine team of horses would be furnished to him and his work would be to travel around among the dairies and direct the complete operation. America
It was a very good offer, and Carl acknowledged it as such. He thanked his employer for the confidence placed in him. But he declined the generous offer. He told his employer he and his wife had made up their minds they would go to
and live with the saints there. Utah
When it was evident that he could not change Carl’s mind, the employer agreed to loan him the money needed. However, when Carl informed his friend of his intention to go to
alone, and then send for his wife later, the employer strongly advised against such a plan. “You can’t go to America without your wife and child. I’ll loan you enough to pay their way too.” So the plan was changed to include Grandma and the little one. America
Grandfather was to repay the loan of one hundred dollars from the first money he earned in
. When Carl offered to sign a note to secure the loan, his employer reminded him that a note would be without value so far away unless he was determined to repay it. He said, “I am loaning you the money because I trust you. If I didn’t trust you, I would not let you have it.” Carl never forgot this experience, but he signed the note for his employer anyway. America
Finally the time for the long journey arrived. They had to cross the North Sea to get to
. The trip was to be made in a sail ship. They were three days in route, and the weather was so bad they had to turn and go back. Everyone on the ship was very ill. When the weather was better, the trip to England was made successfully. They were met in England by Mormon missionaries and were given a lunch of bread and milk. They then crossed England England by rail to Liverpool. Here they boarded a steam ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. There were many immigrants on board who were going to . Several Mormon missionaries were in charge of the immigrant passengers. They were thirteen days crossing the ocean and had a very pleasant trip. The weather was good all the way and none of the party suffered form sea sickness. America
After landing in
America, they stayed for two days in and then started west by train. New York City
The train was carrying the first train load of immigrants to
, and people all along the way mocked and jeered at them. At one time some men on horses rode along by the train shouting curses at the Mormons. One of the parties shot at the train. The bullet went through the window where Eliza was sitting with her baby in her arms, and the glass from the shattered window fell in the seat to the side of them. Utah
The young couple was particularly worried about their luggage. Everything was strange to them in this new land and their baggage was all they had in the world.
At this time the railroad was built to a place in
Utah called Ogden Hole that was located just a short distance from the city of . Here they were met in July of 1869 by friends from Ogden who knew they were coming. They stayed in Denmark Ogden a few days and then traveled to by team. Brigham City
It was urgent that Carl find work soon as funds brought with them were exhausted. They eagerly accepted a job with a man they met in
by the name of Jim Hansen. While Carl worked on the Hansen farm, his wife carded wool and wove it into cloth. They worked long hours and lived right in with the Hansen family. It was here that their first son was born on July 5, 1870. They named him Charles after his father. The custom was to hire out for a year at a time. That was the length of time Carl and Eliza stayed at the Hansen farm. At the end of the year they were paid one hundred dollars. Carl promptly sent all of it back to his former employer in Brigham City to clear his debt. He had kept his word to the letter to pay this debt from the first money he earned in Denmark . America
When Carl made known his intention to leave his first job, Jim Hansen offered him two-hundred dollars a year if he would stay for a second contract. But Carl refused. He realized, now, that Hansen had taken advantage of him that first year.
After the debt back in
was paid, Carl and Eliza had just enough money to buy a stove and a homemade bed. They rented a small place and worked at odd jobs as they were able to find them. Denmark
About this time a man by the name of George Mason invited Carl to come and work for him. His ranch was near the
Idaho line, and the job was quite similar to the one Carl had left in . He was to care for a small diary. Carl and his wife were glad to get steady work again, so they moved to the Mason ranch. Denmark
There was plenty of work to do on this ranch. They had to milk fifty cows, make forty pounds of cheese and also butter every day. There were chickens to tend and of course the dairy cows. But there was always plenty to eat and Carl was given a separate room for his family. Their wage was a share in the profits. They had a good living while they were here, but it was hard to turn the produce they earned into cash.
When Carl began his life in
, he decided to Americanize his name. He wanted to be called Charles instead of Carl, so his first name was changed to Charles. He also changed the spelling of his last name to Mangelson instead of the German spelling Mangelsen. America
They stayed in this position for about two years. During this time another son was born, September 16, 1872. He was given the name of Lorenzo.
During the early years of
’s history, railroads did not reach many parts of the West, so stage coaches were used to carry mail and passengers. Each day these stage coaches passed by the ranch where Charles worked for George Mason. A stage station was nearby where the horses were changed. Such stations were built every fifteen miles. The horses had to travel fast, so they had to be changed often. Utah
When an opening came in the nearby stage coach station, Charles was able to get this job. The pay was sixty dollars a month—almost as much in one month as Grandfather and Grandmother had earned in a while hear a the Hansen farm. It was a real opportunity, because the pay was in actual money, a commodity that was always hard to get.
At the stage coach station there was plenty of work to be done. There were no regular vacations. Each time a stage came in the horses had to be unhitched and fresh ones hitched to the coach. Then the tired horses had to be fed, watered, and curried until they shone like velvet. The harness had to be cleaned and polished. Two stages came in each day, one from the north and one from the south.
After Charles had worked at the station for a short time, the schedule changed, and the passengers were to stop at the stage station for lunch. One stage came in at ten in the morning and the other at twelve. Usually there were two or three passengers and one stage driver. Eliza was assigned to do the cooking for them.
In 1874 and after the Mangelsons had worked at the station for about two years, Eliza’s mother and father and her brother and sister came from
. They stopped off in Denmark . Charles and Eliza were able to get a week off from their job to meet the family. They took with them the stove they had bought as they were using the stove at the station. They also took forty pounds of cheese and a quilt as gifts for Eliza’s family. It was a happy reunion. The Mangelsons returned to their work at the station at the end of the week. Here on February 8, 1875, a daughter was born. She was given the name of Mary Eliza. Salt Lake City
In the spring of 1875, the railroad across the continent was completed and the stage coaches were eliminated. Charles and Eliza were again out of work.
This time, however, they had some money saved—in fact, they had been able to save nearly all the money earned at the stage coach station. With this money they planned to buy a home.
In the meantime, the Nielsen family had moved to
, and had secured a home there. They wrote to Charles and Eliza urging them to come and make their home in Levan. Because Grandfather and Grandmother wanted very much to be near their folks, it was decided that they too would move to Levan. They bought a fine team of horses, harness, and a wagon for the trip. Then as they came through Levan, Utah , they bought what furniture they could afford. Salt Lake City
At Levan they purchased a four-acre lot with a small log house. With this purchase their savings were gone, and times were hard. There were literally no opportunities for making money in Levan. Charles and Eliza because very discouraged and perhaps wondered at the wisdom of coming here to live. But Levan was to be their home for the rest of their lives. Here five more children were born; Charity Matilda, September 23, 1877; Martin Wilford, February 23, 1880; Dora Otilia, July 6, 1882; Edna Christince, December 123, 1884; and Fred Vance, March 3, 1887.
Charles immediately took up some land, but he found it necessary to go back to
area to work for a time in order to earn money necessary for the care of his family. When he returned he began to farm the land he had homesteaded. This required a lot of hard work. The land was covered with sage brush that had to be cleared off before it could be plowed. The plowing itself was tedious and tiresome as it had to be done with a small hand plow drawn by a team of horses. But Charles was young and strong and full of determination. When he made up his mind to do something, he had a way of pushing obstacles aside. But often the returns from his labor were as discouraging as the summers were hot and dry. The lack of water for irrigation to mature the grain crop was the chief source of his worries. Brigham City
But Charles labored on, adding to his farm as he was able, to make of it an adequate support for his growing family. After some years his sons were able to help him with the farm work. Also, new and improved machinery was coming into use that lightened his work considerably and made it possible for him to farm additional ground. Grandfather bought the first reaper and mower in Levan. He also bought the first binder. With his son, Lorenzo, he did custom work cutting grain to add to the family income and to help pay for the machinery purchased. With this binder it was possible to cut an average of fourteen acres per day.
Part of the land Charles had homesteaded west of Levan, he was later able to sell for one dollar and fifty cents per acre. He drove a pipe thirty feet deep on the farm and struck water. The water came up to a height of six feet in the pipe.
Grandfather took considerable pride in his home. He was continually making improvements in the house itself and in his barn, stable, grainery, and tool room. Here again he encountered serious problems. His barn and sheds burned down twice. After each burn out he patiently replaced the buildings, using the misfortune as an opportunity to make improvements in the buildings as they were reconstructed.
He only attended school for three days during his lifetime. This did not mean in any sense that he was uneducated. His life was a continuous self-education project. He not only learned to speak the English language, but also to read and to write it effectively. Because of his determination to improve himself, he was called to a number of positions of responsibility during his life.
Charles had come to this country because of his religion and all during his life he tried hard to apply its principles to his own actions. These principles, so important to him, he did his best to teach to his children. He encouraged them to accept responsibilities in the church. The Sabbath day was strictly observed in his home, and careful preparations were always made on Saturday so it could be observed properly. The principle of integrity and dependability he had learned so well form his aunt in the old county, he now sought to make part of his children’s lives. He had never forgotten the lesson he had learned in the value of having a good name as he had learned it from his employer in
. Strict honesty was an important part of his religion not only because God had required it, but also because it made very good sense to him. He taught his children that to be honest meant that they pay their small debts each year and then pay interest on the larger ones. His advice concerning the paying of interest is noteworthy since at that time little interest was paid or expected to be paid. Denmark
Grandfather not only taught his children that they should accept church assignments willingly; he set the example for them. He worked in the Sunday School and also served as the Elders Quorum President of the Levan Ward. He made several trips to
by way of team for the purpose of attending conferences at the church headquarters. The trip to the conference took three days and the return trip four days. Thus he traveled seven days in order to attend four days of conference meetings. Salt Lake City
In 1910 Charles and Eliza completed the sealing of their four oldest children to the family unit for time and all eternity. The sealing took place in the
. The five younger children were born in the covenant since the parents were sealed together in 1875. Manti Temple
Charles performed many duties required in a pioneer society beyond the scope of his religious activities and the responsibilities involved in operating his farm. He spent considerable time working on canyon roads in order to make timber in the canyon available to his neighbors and town people. He carried the mail from Levan to Juab from ten to twelve o’clock each night for several years. He served as justice of peace in Levan for a number of years. The fact that he had succeeded in educating himself without formal schooling. But his greatest contribution made as justice came because of his real concern for his fellow men. Often his natural friendliness toward others saved him from serious trouble. A good example of his wisdom in dealing with people is reflected in the advice he often gave. “Put a good fence between you and your neighbor and you will always be friends.”
He served for some time as the manager of community dances. At that time dances were under the supervision of the Church and only square dances were permitted. One waltz, however, was allowed at each party. This restriction often caused friction and Charles had a hard time satisfying the young people with but one round dance. There were further dance restrictions too. Not enough space was available in the dance hall for everyone to dance at once. Each person attending the dance was given a number. Then before each dance number participants were admitted to the floor by grandfather’s calling out just enough numbers to fill the sets. At times someone would “ring on” and then Charles would have to get the guilty ones off the floor.
During one of the dances, it was reported to grandfather that some men were going to lay for him after the dance. When he was ready to leave, the men were waiting on the steps. He approached them without hesitation as though nothing were wrong. “Isn’t it a nice night,” he said. “Did you have a good time?” The men turned and walked away without a word.
For each of these dances that Charles managed he was expected to arrange the benches, sweep the floor, clean the coal-oil lamps and light them, besides managing the dance. For this service he was paid fifty cents per evening.
At one particular Relief Society dance a group of rough characters decided they were going to break up the dance. They first slipped around unnoticed and blew out all the coal-oil lamps, leaving the hall in darkness. Finally the lamps were re-lighted and the dance continued. Then the group came right onto the dance floor and engaged in fights with the dancers. One man, Chris Timker, was pretty badly beaten up in the fracus that followed. After the dance two of the intruders came to Tinker’s home and demanded that he come out. They were determined to settle a grudge. Tinker’s wife called back, “No, he isn’t coming out tonight.”
The next morning when Tinker went out to his corral, the two men stepped out from behind the hay stack and began to shoot at him. One of the bullets just whizzed by Tinker’s head. He ran back to the house for his own gun. Pushing the barrel through the window, he began to shoot. One of the two men was killed, but the other one jumped behind the haystack and got away.
Tinker then came to Charles’ home and told his story. He had come to give himself up. Grandfather took him to the jail in Nephi. When grandfather was ready to leave for home, Tinker broke down and cried, “You can’t leave me here alone. They have sworn to kill me if it is the last thing they do.” So Charles stayed overnight in the jail with a man who had just killed another man to protect himself. This story is an indication of grandfather’s concern for others.
Tinker was taken to Manti to stand trial. He was released as a free man by the judge. During the trial it was reported that the two men came into Tinker’s bedroom and struck matches to see how badly he was hurt. The judge told Tinker that was the time he should have killed them both.
After Charles had served as justice of peace for a time, he was asked to give up that job to become constable. This was a real difficult and dangerous job. Needless to say, such a position was not easy to fill. But Grandfather had deepened his understanding of people while he was justice. He felt confident that he could handle the position that was offered to him.
At that time Juab was the terminal point of the railroad. It was a rip-roaring frontier town. It had three saloons and always managed to produce its share of rough characters. At one time Anton Brown, one of Juab’s saloon keepers called Charles at Levan. He reported that there were three men who were drinking heavily and disturbing the peace who should be taken into custody. He advised Grandfather to bring a wagon and some help as these men were real hard characters.
When Grandfather had the men pointed out to him, he approached one and said, “You have been disturbing the peace and I have a warrant for your arrest. I am here to take you to the jail in Nephi.”
The man laughed and said, “You are not going to take me anywhere.”
Grandfather warned him that if he refused to come peacefully, he would be put in handcuffs. Again the man laughed, “Why don’t you do that,” he said. So he was put in handcuffs, but he immediately stripped them off again. His wrists were so large in proportion to the size of his hands that the cuffs would not stay on when presser was exerted. Handcuffs were just a game for him.
Charles warned him that he and his companions would be taken to jail one way or another. As he spoke, Charles took out his revolver. The men got into the wagon and started for Levan. Ordinarily, they would have gone straight to the jail in Nephi, but it was so late Grandfather took the men to his home in Levan. Grandmother cooked them a good evening meal and a good breakfast the next morning. The men slept on the kitchen floor and Grandfather slept on the cot in the same room. The next morning the men were taken to the jail in Nephi. They had been treated with kindness, and they caused no trouble. Charles had a way with people, even the rough ones.
Grandfather also served his community as a school trustee and as a water master. One of his grandsons, Reuben Mangelson relates this account of the coming of the first water system to Levan: “They let contracts out to get the trenches dug. Eric Peterson and I took a contract for a half block. We were around the age of thirteen or fourteen years. While we were spading the trench, Grandfather came over where we were working. He never said a word, but walk—to his home, returning in a few minutes with his scoop shovel. He said, “Take this shovel to clean out in the bottom of the trench.” That is the way he would have done it, but we were too little to handle the scoop. When we got the half block done, we were paid thirteen dollars.”
Grandfather had two serious accidents during his life. The first occurred when he was nearly fifty years of age. He was working near the tumbling rod that converted horse driven power to the threshing machine, when he became entangled in the fast-moving rod. The doctor said there were many bones broken as well as numerous bruises. The bones could not be set until the swelling was reduced, which would take several days. During that time, Charles suffered a great deal of pain, and the elders were called in to administer to him. Several elders came to assist and they all knelt about the bed in prayer. Charles bore testimony many times that the bones went into place while the prayer was being offered. As the elders arose to their feet, he said, “I could hear the bones go into place. When the doctor came to set the bones, he was surprised to find no bones that needed to be set.”
The second accident involved a broken leg and came when he was seventy-five years of age. The Reese doctors who attended him told Grandmother to make him as comfortable as possible. They didn’t expect he would ever walk again. However, it wasn’t long before he wanted some crutches, and when the doctor came again, he was in the kitchen. Grandfather lived nine years after that accident and was able to do some work again.
When he was no longer able to farm, he spent his time keeping up the home, gardening, and raising fruits. Many of his children and grandchildren can well remember the fresh vegetables and fruits he used to share with his relatives and friends.
Charles took real pride in the four acres of ground that was his home. His farm buildings were always in good repair, including the barn and stable he had rebuilt after two fires. He was good to his animals and enjoyed caring for the horses, cows, sheep, and chickens kept on the home lot to supplement to farm income.
He was especially fond of horses. It is quite likely that this interest dated back to his work at the stage coach station during his early life in
. Here Grandfather learned first hand how important it was to give good, consistent care to the horses in his care. Only then could they be expected to perform well as stage animals. His day by day care of the stage coach horses taught him to understand their needs and to develop a special feeling for them that remained with him all of his life. He came away from this job with a much greater appreciation of the important role horses were playing in the settlement of the West. America
When the decision was made to move from the Box Elder area to Levan, Charles purchased his first team of horses to haul the family belongings to the new home. He knew, also, that once they had arrived at Levan, the team would be invaluable in getting him established as a farmer. It is not difficult to imagine the pride he took in this first team he had ever owned. They were pinto in color and were named Selaman and Rowdy. Their ancestors were the hardy Indian stock and the heavier animals brought in by Johnson’s army. During the early years at Levan, this fine team served the family well in many ways. They were Grandfather’s pride and joy.
At one time soon after the family’s arrival at the new home, the team got loose and disappeared. Grandfather trailed them clear back to
, a distance of two hundred miles before he found them. With homing instinct they had traveled straight to their birth place. Box Elder County
Grandfather had other horses after Selaman and Rowdy, and he took care of them with the same understanding and concern. His boys grew up to share his feeling for animals. Grandfather taught them that you could expect good service from animals only if you cared for them well. Charles Adolph and Lorenzo, two of his sons, like their father, owned fine horses all of their lives and their care and concern for4 their animals reflected their good home training in this respect.
The farm building that intrigues his grandsons as boys was his tool shop. Here Grandfather’s flair for orderliness was especially evident. He had learned to take good car of materials and equipment with which he worked as a boy in the old county. For his family, Grandfather put this concept of orderliness in the form of a motto: “A place for everything and everything in its place.” He taught the concept well to his children. They, too, always felt uncomfortable with disorder and sought to apply the motto taught to them as they organized their own homes.
As grandsons, Glenn Mangelson and I found real fascination for Grandfather’s tool shop whenever we were permitted to go there with him. He would take time to explain to us the use of each tool that aroused our interest. I remember they were neatly arranged on the walls all around us. We were also permitted to make regular trips to the fruit and vegetable cellar under the grainery and tool shop to help ourselves to the apples stored there. As a youngster, I can recall no greater pleasure than to spend a Sunday afternoon at the home of Grandpa and Grandma Mangelson.
Grandfather’s lot was one of the most productive places in town. One part of it was an apple and fruit orchard that supplied fruit for a large family year after year. A smaller fenced-off area immediately east of the house was always planted to garden vegetables. Then the south side of the lot, east of the barn and corral was usually planted to corn and potatoes.
One of the pictures that remains clearly in my memory is of Grandfather seated at the foot of one of the shocks of tall corn that dotted his backyard. He was well advanced in years at this time, but he was still determined to shuck a little corn at a time to be stored in the grainery for the animals.
I can still see him sitting in his rocking chair by the south window of the living room overlooking his yard and out-buildings quietly smoking his pipe. This was one habit he disliked very much which he had been unable to discard. In his later years doctors had advised against his attempting to break the habit. They feared the shock it would have on his weakened body.
At one time while I was still very young, I became part of an incident later related to me by my mother. I had been watching Grandfather smoke his pipe for a few moments on this occasion when I said to him, “Grandpa, when I get big, I am going to smoke a pipe like you.”
According to my mother, this childish remark distressed Grandfather very much. “Oh no, you’re not,” he said. “You see when I was a boy about your age my uncles placed a pipe in my mouth, filled it with tobacco, and lit it for me. They told me that was the way to be a man. But you have been taught differently,” he continued. “You must always leave tobacco alone. It can bring you nothing but harm and unhappiness.”
In his later years Grandfather tried hard to care for his lot even during the last summer of his life when the least exertion threatened to bring on another heart attack. He was suffering from hardening of the arteries. These conditions gradually became worse until the pain became almost unbearable. He passed to his rest on January 3, 1923 at the age of eight-one and one-half years.
Grandfather’s home was always open to his children, grandchildren, and his friends. Many happy times were spent here. Love and concern for others was the motivating power that directed his long and useful life.
[ the following information was taken from the book History of Box Elder County, 1851 to 1937, written by Lydia Walker Forsgren, a DUP member. Book is located at Family History Library, US &
(quoting from the above book “Mound Springs which was always a good camp site for emigrants and trappers, was first settled in the spring of 1874 by John Tims, James Spencer, Jarvis Mansfield, George Mason and Charles Mangelson. At the time Gilmore and
Salisbury were carrying mail from Salt Lake to , Charles Mangelson was keeper of the mail station at Mound Springs. Mound Springs is located four miles north of Montana ) Plymouth, Utah