Thursday, May 26, 2016

Andrew Ephraim Nyborg and Laura Elizabeth Hansen

 Andrew Ephriam Nyborg was born 12 July 1861 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.  His parents were Anders Olsson Nyborg (b.1827) and Ingar Hansdotter (b. 1835).  He married Laura Elizabeth Hansen 12 Feb 1891 in Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah.  The following children joined their family: Ephraim Eleel (1892); Mildred Johanna (1893); Kirksel (1894); Andrew Percy *(1896); Indra Elizabeth (1897); James Shirley (1899); Alfonso Hansen (1906); Theodore Lloyd (1907) and Laurinda Jensen (1886) the older half sister.  Laura Elizabeth brought Laurinda from her first marriage to  Andrew Peter Jensen (1883) who died in 1886.  Andrew  Ephriam Nyborg died 5 Oct. 1918 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. He was buried 7 Oct. 1918 in the Wilford Cemetery, Fremont, Idaho.

Life Sketch: Andrew was the oldest of 5 children. His parents both joined the Mormon Church and emigrated from Sweden to Utah in 1857. During this journey, they married in Iowa. They left Salt Lake City for Mt. Pleasant in early 1863 when Andrew was a toddler. He married in 1891 and then moved his family to Twin Groves, Idaho in 1900. He drove a team and wagon with all their worldly goods and put his young family on the train. They arrived in St. Anthony on July 4th. His son Percy writes “We moved into small log house at Twin Groves until father could get a home built on the land that he had bought” but his daughter Mildred writes “I was born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah in a house my parents had fixed up from a granary, on grandmother Nyborg’s place. Later grandmother gave them a piece of land about a mile from the edge of town, where father built a large brick house, where we lived until 1900 when we moved to St. Anthony, Idaho. .. Here I have lived on farms east of St. Anthony, first on the south part of the Ephraim Davidson homestead, 3 1/2 miles from St. Anthony where we lived in the same house with John Rosenlof family, later moving to the Mickelsen homestead two mile east of St. Anthony, where we lived until father bought the north part of the Ephraim Davidson homestead where he built a large frame house.”

Andrew also helped to build the schoolhouse in Twin Groves, the Church House in Twin Groves, and probably helped to construct the Yellowstone Stake Tabernacle in St. Anthony. His daughter Mildred remembers a Twin Groves 4th of July celebration where she was chosen as the Goddess of Liberty and rode on a float that was pulled by her father and two of his “large beautiful horses”. In 1901, with two of his friends, he bought 200 acres of land in Squirrel country, now in the Fremont District. They ran their cattle on it during the summer. In a couple of years Andrew’s brother William married and bought the land from Andrew and his friends, Mr. Rosenholf and Mr. Hansen. Then Andrew bought 40 acres of school land adjoining it.  In 1910 Andrew purchased another adjoining 120 acres. His son Percy moved up to the ranch during the summer full time.

In July 1912 his wife passed away suddenly, which was a great shock to the family. His son Eleel married that same year on Nov. 12 to Jessie Freer.   Andrew raised the younger children with the help of the older children. He passed away in a hospital in Salt Lake City Oct. 5, 1918, three days after his son Andrew Percy was wounded in France during World War I. It took six weeks for Percy to learn of his father’s death.

Sources - Sketch of Life of Mildred Johanna Nyborg (Peterson) written by her in 1937 
- Son Andrew Percy Nyborg’s writings in possession of Janis Palmer

Laura Elizabeth Hansen (Nyborg) born 12 March 1865 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.  Her parents were James (Jens) Hansen (b.1828) and  Johannah Marie Domgaard (b. 1838).  Laura Elizabeth was married 12 February 1891 to Andrew Ephraim Nyborg.  She unexpectedly died 16 July 1912 at the age of 47.  She is buried July 1912 in the Wilford Cemetery, Fremont, Idaho

Life Sketch: Laura’s parents both emigrated from Denmark. Both her parents (not married at the time) came to Utah in 1854 sailing from Liverpool on the ship Benjamin Adams. Johannah was James’ third wife. Laura had 9 immediate siblings (6 brothers and 3 sisters), but only 6 lived to adulthood. Johannah, Laura's only sister to survive childhood, married Laura’s husband’s younger brother, Axel.

After a few years in Salt Lake City, her father James sold his piece of land that was located where the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Depot is located for a team of mules and left in 1859 for Mt. Pleasant with the first twenty families to settle that area. It was in Mt. Pleasant that Laura was born. Laura married Andrew Ephraim Nyborg on February 12, 1891. Andrew moved the family to Twin Groves, Idaho in 1900.

Her daughter Mildred describes her home life as happy “we were not rich, but we had plenty to eat and wear.” She talks about helping her mother, Laura, “with housework, washing and ironing, picking berries, working in garden and also helped herd cows, helped with milking and worked sugar beets for father.” Mildred recounts that there was a large pond near their home which provided a lot of fun in the winter. She also mentions a tame pigeon that the children took to school. It would “stay there until we were out at night and then go home with us. One day it came into the school house lighting on the stove which was hot, causing some excitement among the students.” Mary may have had a little lamb, but the Nyborg children had a tame pigeon.

An unidentified great-grandchild wrote the following: “Great Grandpa (Andrew Ephraim Nyborg) had many long trips to make to the seat of the county, St. Anthony. Great Grandma (Laura Elizabeth Hansen) would bundle up the babies and went along. They left feed and water for the chickens, but took the sow with them, tying her to the wagon. Great Grandma put in her churn with some cream in it and the lurching motion of the wagon furnished them with butter, which was passable, although decidedly not as good as when cooled in spring water. Great Grandpa took his double-barreled shot gun along and killed prairie chickens on the way; which Great Grandma, as she sat in the back of the wagon, picked to cook for supper. ‘It’s a good thing we’re not trying to run away from the law,’ she called out to Grandpa, ‘for we could be traced clear across the country by a trail of chicken feathers.’ For Christmas she saved the husks of corn and kept them in the barn till Christmas, then getting them out and making a family of dolls for the daughters. She made the bodies, heads, and limbs from the husks and braided the corn silk for hair. A man, a lady, and a baby she made and dressed for them.”

Laura hemorrhaged to death unexpectedly on July 12, 1912 at the age of 47 and is buried in the Wilford Cemetery.

Sources - Sketch of Life of Mildred Johanna Nyborg (Peterson) written by her in 1937 
 - Son Andrew Percy Nyborg’s writings in possession of Janis Palmer

Monday, May 23, 2016

Anders Olsson Nyborg and Ingra Hansdotter

Anders Olsson Nyborg was born  17 February 1827 in Kraft District, Lund, Malmohus, Sweden.  His parents were  Ole Torstensson and Ingar Jacobsson. He married Ingar Hansdotter on 13 January 1858.  The following children were born to them: Andrew Ephraim*(1861); Nephi Thorston (1863); Emily (1866): Axel Orson (1871); William (1874) Andrew Olsson died on 17 March 1883 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah and he is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sanpete County, Utah.

Life Sketches

Born as Anders Olsson, Andrew Olsson Nyborg was also known as A. O. Nyborg.

He took the surname of Nyborg sometime before 1853. There are rumors as to why he changed his surname but no real facts. In Denmark there is a town by the name of Nyborg. The baptismal record of the Lund Branch in Sweden has him being baptized as Anders Nyborg on the 7 February 1853, when he was 26 years old. He sailed for America on May 30, 1857 on the S.S. Tuscarora. The ship’s manifest shows his age as 28 and his occupation as that of stone cutter. Correct math would put his age at 30. He arrived in Philadelphia July 3, 1857 and proceeded by rail to Burlington, Iowa. On January 13, 1857 he married Ingra Hansdotter. She also arrived in America July 3, 1857 and probably was on the same ship. They arrived together in Salt Lake City on August 29, 1859 in the James S. Brown Company.  Andrew received his Patriarchal blessing February 7, 1860 and was ordained a seventy in the 7th Elders Quorum on February 18, 1860. He and his wife were sealed in the Salt Lake Endowment House on December 2, 1860.

***Note:  The Family Search info found on "Memories" states they were married in Sweden and coming a year or two later.

Their first child, a son, Andrew Ephraim was born in Salt Lake City in July 1861. Early in 1863 they moved to Mt. Pleasant, Utah where the rest of their 5 children were born. In 1859 the Mt. Pleasant Ward was first organized and by early 1862 the Swedish Revolt or Rebellion occurred when two and then other Swedish members were excommunicated or apostatized for what they considered trivial or unjust reasons. This took place before the Nyborg Family arrived in 1863, but perhaps influenced their lives.

Church records show that Nephi Thorston Newborg, son of Andrew and Emily Newborg was blessed by a Peter Jensen, a member of the ward bishopric, on July 26, 1863. Although Andrew didn’t bless his son about one month later, the record shows him blessing a new baby girl in the ward. In 1864 it shows him performing baptisms and confirmations for new members in the ward. Ingar, Andrew’s wife started using the name of Emily and records show that on April 8, 1866 Emily Newborg, daughter of Andrew and Emily Newborg, was blessed by Peter Jensen. From 1866 forward there are no records about the last two sons, Axel and William being blessed. Nor are there further membership listings or ordinance work for the other family members.

Joseph Page was mayor in Mt. Pleasant from 1870-1878. His administration issued some liquor licenses. Once account relates, “there is an odor of booze comes floating over the years since Joseph Page’s administration,” it also includes that “on December 24, 1873 a license was granted to A.O. Newberg.”  Historical accounts show that A.O. Nyberg along with several others constructed the Liberal Dance Hall, for which perhaps the liquor license was obtained. Andrew died in Mt. Pleasant in 1883 at the age of 56 and is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Source– History written and researched by Gerald Nyborg, great-grandson

***More information found in Memories section on Family Search

Ola Torstensson was born in 1779 in Malmohus, Sweden. He married Ingar Jacobsdotter in 1818 in Malmohus. They are listed in FT with 8 children, all born in Malmohus: 1819-1833. At least four of those children died before 1851. Daughter Martha, born in 1821, married James (Jons) Jeppesson Stohl in Jan 1853. Four of the family converted to the LDS Church. Daughter Martha and son Anders Olsson Nyborg, born in 1827, were baptized 7 Feb 1853, at ages 31 and 25. James Jeppesson Stohl was baptized 17 Feb 1853. Daughter Kersti was baptized in June 1853. Kersti died 26 May 1857 at age 33. There is no record in FT of a marriage. Anders Olsson Nyborg, born in 1827, married Ingar Akesson 3 Jan 1858 in Kraft, Lund, Malmohus, Sweden. Of the 8 children of Ola Torstensson and Ingar Jacobsdotter, only two married. The families of those two converted to the LDS Church and immigrated to the US and to Utah. We haven't yet been able to find Anders Olsson Nyborg and Ingar Akesson (born Ingra Hansdotter) on a Mormon Migration ship. Perhaps they are listed with a variant surname spelling. Anders Olsson Nyborg and Ingar Akesson are listed on the trail website in the James S. Brown Company of 1859.

 Birth and death dates of the parents of Anders Olsson Nyborg:
Ola Torstensson 16 June 1779 – 27 December 1834
Ingar Jacobsdotter 16 October 1788 - 23 June 1856

Ingra Hansdotter 
Ingra was born 6 October 1835 Kyrkheddinge, Malmöhus, Sweden.  

She died 19 October 1909 in St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho.  She was buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah.  Her husband preceded her in death 17 March 1883 in Mt. Pleasant where he is also buried.
Many members of the Nyborg family had moved to southeast Idaho in the early 1900's including her son Andrew Ephriam Nyborg and his family including his son, Andrew Percy Nyborg who is my grandfather.  Special note, all three Nyborg men died at a relatively young age,  A. O. and his son, Andrew Ephriam, in their mid 50's.  Andrew Percy died at age 59 shortly before what would have been is 60th birthday from a heart attack.
Ingra lived to be 74 years old and was a widow for 26 years.  I have not be able to locate a photo of Ingra.  I was, however, able to find a photos of A. O.'s sister,  Martha, the only sibling who also immigrated to Utah and Mt. Pleasant.

Martha Olsdotter, Wife of James (Jons) Jeppesson Stohl
Sister of Anders Olsson Nyborg

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Beach Boys, well two of them

One of my first dates with my husband was a Beach Boys concert at the University of Utah special events center.  It was so much fun!  They were going to be at Tuachan in St. George at the end of April so we decided it would be a great way to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary.

We invited Glen's sister, Wylene, and her husband, Leioni, to join us.

It was a rainy evening but Wylene, the ever loving Disneyland fan, pulled out her Disneyland ponchos to help keep us dry.

Glen, Wylene, and Leioni all grew up in Hawthorne, California just like the Beach Boys.  They knew that beach balls were a must so we each smuggled one in under our jackets.

After a lot of hot air . . .

they were launched much to the delight of the crowd.  Mike Love even punched one back into the crowd later in the evening.

This outdoor venue sits in a red rock canyon and is a great place to be.

We enjoyed ourselves so much, rain and all.  There just may be two of the originals touring with this group, but the extra band mates were true musicians.   It was a bit like the Beach Boys on steroids.  They also played straight thru for over and hour and a half.  Who needs an intermission when it is raining?  Great evening with a great date and with one of my favorite couples!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Views from New Harmony

For years my husband and I have traveled from Utah to Arizona and back on Interstate 15.  Before or after Black Ridge, we find ourselves driving through a beautiful valley.  The signs point out Kolob Canyon on the east and New Harmony on the west.  We've exited at  Kolob Canyon many times but west to New Harmony,  never.  On this trip, we decided that it was time and yes it made us so happy!  We fell in love with this lovely place.  All of the pictures are shown in the order taken.

By going west, you look back on this incredible view of Kolob Canyon.

Truly an amazing panorama.

Who knew that Kolob Canyon could be viewed in its entirety by driving five miles or so west.

New Harmony has a history dating back to the 1850's.  It is a charming small town.

It snugs up to the base of Pine Mountain on the west, so one has mountain views looking west.

And Kolob Canyon looking east.  This is a win, win situation.

There was new home construction  happening.

Easy to see why.  I wondered if I needed to move for a moment or two.

While in the town of New Harmony, it feels a bit like being back East with gurgling streams and lots of deciduous trees.

There were dark rain clouds above the mountains.

But it was blue skies over Kolob Canyon.  If you have never taken the drive right off of  Interstate 15 you must do so.  If you want a distant view, then go west and look back from New Harmony.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Arbor Day with the grands

My son's Arizona neighborhood has an Arbor Day Celebration each year.  I was their escort this year as their parents were on a weekend adventure in another state.  I didn't mind as it was a beautiful Arizona day.

My little buddy loves trucks and apparently tractors.

He couldn't wait to drive this antique model.

This neighborhood used to be a great big ranch and their is still a Farm Bureau set up including silos all by an artificial lake and beautiful park.

Home Depot was there with a project for the kids and aprons to wear and take home.

Nice tool box sweetie!  We had a great time doing many of the activities and a wonderful couple of hours outside enjoying each other and the sunshine.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ceci turns one

We recently celebrated a special brithday.

My sweet granddaughter turned one.

She was delighted to have cake and a candle.

Big brother was happy to join her in blowing out her candle.

Daddy helped her eat her cake.

Sweet little girl, your first twelve months went by way too quickly.

Touquerville Fallls

We travel monthly between Utah and Arizona.  We have enjoyed many little side trips during those travels.  However, our drive to Touquerville Falls felt pretty adventurous with most of it in 4 wheel drive.  It was beautiful with rushing water from previous rain and snow melt.

There are actually two falls with a flat area in between.

It is possible to drive on the flat part at the top of the bigger falls to cross to the other side.

Touquerville Falls is found by taking the road next to Ash Creek on the north side of Touquerville and traveling about 6.5 miles on an adventurous road.  One crosses over rocky hills to the falls which are part of LaVerkin Creek.  To learn more go to

Wukoki Ruins

A month ago we visited the Wukoki Ruins north of Flagstaff, Arizona and Sunset Crater.

I took many pictures with my phone and it was later in the car that I discovered I had done so in black and white.  Now that it has been a month, I think they are pretty cool after all.

I included the informational signs to share the facts about this site.  Just click on the picture to read.

This structure was built on a bit of a hill near a sometimes stream and with great views in all directions.

The dates given as to time built and used are 1100 through 1200 + AD.

Fascinating structural elements and angles abound.

Wood for supports above doorways and windows would have been available in the Ponderosa pine forest to the south.

The shadows helped to define the features.

The stream bed to the west and a hundred plus feet down is on the left in this photo.

The structures are built on the north side of a fairly flat stone area.

This flat area would have provided winter sun rays for warmth and a place to work and play.

It was a majestic castle like place and with many tales to tell.  The Sunset Crater was believed to have been created during volcanic eruptions in about 1200 AD which may account for Wukoki's desertion.