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The Daughters of Utah Pioneers hold regular meetings from September through May. A potluck luncheon meeting was held at the Lovell Annex on May 11.

Shirley Busteed shared that the best way to get through life each day is by laughing, not crying. Savanna Nash reminded us that John F. Kennedy remarked that any destruction of our nation would not come from the outside but from the inside. She then led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Louise Card of Burlington shared a very short personal history. She was educated at Brigham Young University. She and her husband have been on numerous missions for the LDS Church. Having five sons, she was involved with scouting, as well as having positions in the Relief Society and the church's Young Women's program.

Cathy Thompson told us a little about a great-great-grandmother who was born in Denmark. After joining the LDS Church she was badly beaten. She and her children sailed from Liverpool, England, in 1857. Her daughter Olivia was 5 years old. It was that daughter who later married into the Lemon family in 1866. Life brought many hardships into the union. She was a midwife and in 1882 she suffered the death of her husband. She came to Wyoming in 1902 with the Allred family. She died in 1931.

The subject of guest speaker Dorothy Winter-holler was "The Clarks and Farmington Revisited." Ezra Thompson Clark, a giant among men, was one who exhibited profound loyalty to family, church and community. At age 25, he spent his first winter in the Utah Territory where he knew well the taste of sego lily bulbs and spring weeds. He moved his family to Farmington, Utah.

Ezra's great strength and vitality allowed him to help establish three communities, build a flour mill and a molasses mill and fulfill five missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His personal financial assistance alone to the church's Perpetual Emigrating Fund helped no fewer than 75 converts come to Utah, and a yoke of his black oxen made seven trips across the plains to help poor emigrants on their way west.

He was very secure in his financial dealings and, along with others, founded the Davis County Bank, where he served as president. Ezra was born Nov. 23, 1823, the 10th child of Timothy and Polly Clark. He died when he was nearly 78 years old on Oct. 17, 1901, in Farmington, Davis County, Utah.

His father was a soldier in the War of 1812. His grandfather was a soldier of the revolution. The Clarks moved to Ottawa, Canada, in 1825. From there they ventured to Plainsfield, 111, and Ezra's father started the first stage in that district, which ran from Chicago to Ottawa, through Plainsfield.

Timothy built the first frame residence in the little lake port that later became the city of Chicago and it was for him that Clark Street was named. Ezra married Mary Stevenson in Clarksville, Iowa, on May 18, 1845. They lived in Montrose, which was across the river from Nauvoo, 111, and also in Winter Quarters.

They migrated to Utah in the year 1848. Farmington, Utah, was settled in Sept. of 1847 by Hector C. Haight and his son Horton D. Haight. It is a farming settlement located between Salt Lake City and Ogden. The Lagoon Amusement Park is located close to Farmington.

The DUP Jubilee will be held on June 8 at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center in Lovell at 1 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a sack lunch. The next regular DUP meeting will take place on Sept. 14 in Lovell. A convention, including a visitor from Salt Lake, will be held in Byron later that same week.

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Original Publication Date: June 4, 2015

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