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Alma Henry and Alice Drake West:  This may be the most confusing of histories.  Alma was born December 18, 1884 in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory to Alma Henry and Mary Adelaide Fullmer West.  Alice was born April 5, 1891 in Corinne, Utah Territory to Simeon and Mary Jane Wadrup Drake.  They were married September 16, 1908 in Salt Lake City and had six children: Frances, Virginia, Dorothy, Alma, Richard and Joy.  On New Year’s Day, 1934, when her youngest was almost five years old, Alice passed away. 

Alma married Gertrude Adele Earl Hansen on June 7, 1937.  Gertrude was born February 16, 1890 in Farmington, Utah Territory, to Charles W and Hattie Adele Leonard Earl.  She learned to play the piano and organ and accompanied her dad, who played fiddle for most of the dances and activities in the Fielding Ward.  She later formed a five piece band and they traveled around northern Utah playing for dances at all the churches.  She married Ariel Wilford Hansen on February 7, 1912.  Ariel was born in Manassa, Colorado August 7, 1890 to Willard Snow and Annie Christensen Hansen.  He was a representative in the Utah State Legislature and he owned a sheep ranch in Fielding.  They had six children: Alta, Ariel Earl, Adele, June, C Farrel and Dolores, then shortly after being called to be a counselor in the Bishopric, he died of appendicitis on January 23, 1928.

She kept busy with her small farm with apple trees, raspberries, a large garden, cows, pigs, chickens and sheep.  Her father helped her as much as he could but he was old so most of the work was up to her.  On June 4, 1937, after being a widow for nine years, she married Alma West.  He worked for Utah Power and Light at the Cutler Plant about five miles from Fielding so they moved there.  Soon he was transferred to the American Fork Canyon Power Plant so they moved to Highland around 1940 (#70 on the 1958 Highland map).  People they met told them not to attend Highland Ward as they would not like the people there but they attended anyway and grew to love the people.  In 1943 Gertrude was called as the Relief Society President and she chose Kate Rogers and Esma Strasburg as her counselors.  They had great times in Highland and were acquainted with Becks, Adamsons, Greenlands, Halls, Larsons and many others.  They remember playing ball on the corner across from Johnny Greenland’s store-where the Golf Course is now.

Gertrude’s son Charles Farrel, served in the Sunday School Superintendency in 1940-41 and her daughter, Delores was a Sunday School teacher in 1939-43, beginning when she was 13 or 14.

Alma died November 10, 1946 and Gertrude soon moved to California to make a home for her son Farrel who had not yet married.  She lived in the Hollywood Ward and one of the Ward members was Paul H Dunn, who was Farrel’s Stake Mission companion for a time.  She was able to take a trip to Alaska to visit her daughter before her death on October 7, 1971.  She is buried in Logan City Cemetery with her first husband, Ariel Hansen.

LaRae West:  She appears on the Sunday School record as a teacher in 1944-45.  I found a LaRae West, born May 5, 1901 in Pleasant Grove, Utah to David Fisher and Caroline White West but by 1940 she had married Freddie O’Dell Kirkham so it doesn’t seem like a good match.

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