Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fred Wix—Taught us to Enjoy!

Hosting one of the nation’s longest running TV cooking segments, Fred Wix, AKA Gabby Gourmet, tempted his culinary audience on the KUTV News at Noon (CBS) in Salt Lake City for 25 years. (1977-2002). 
Fred’s mother remarried when he was quite young and her new husband adopted Fred. He happily grew up with the Wix family, knowing nothing more about his biological father than his name. Digging a bit into his paternal biological family history, it appears 
that Fred’s professional life aligns more closely with his blood father than his adoptive father. Interesting because Fred knew nothing about his biological father or what he did for a living.
In the early 1920s, Fred’s paternal great grandfather, Thomas Henry Fritzinger built up a successful bakery in Hazelton, PA. 

Fred’s grandfather Howard Elias Fritzinger, carried on this bakery and became a prominent baker throughout Pennsylvania. Unknowingly this is may be where Fred got his culinary flair.
Interestingly enough, Fred’s culinary career was his second career after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years. Again, Fred had no idea that he was carrying on a lengthy military tradition of his maternal ancestors.  
In 1662, Fred’s 7th maternal great grandfather, Abraham Hathaway, played a major role in King Philip’s War sometimes called the First Indian War—between the Mayflower Pilgrims and the Native Americans. Then in 1690, Abraham served as Ensign and organized military companies for King William’s War between France and England for supremacy in North America. 

Fred’s 6th great grandfather, Captain Abraham Hathaway Jr., continued on with his father's work and signed the Oath of Allegiance, which kept the fighting contained between the France and England. 

Fred’s 9th great grandfather, Samuel Wilbore, emigrated from England in 1633. Still subject to England, Samuel worked to keep peace with the Indians in the new land. 

By 1638, Samuel was one of the 23 founders of the state of Rhode Island and signed the Portsmouth Compact, which is considered “the first government in the world to allow and to insure to its citizens civil and religious liberty.”

Samuel finished out his life serving as constable for what are today Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

It appears Fred was able to carry on the success of both sides of his biological family without knowing anything about them. Does this give validity to one’s genes, or was Fred wise enough to see his inner strengths without any historical information? Perhaps both.

These historical threads of military service and culinary entrepreneurship are interesting and may even be coincidental, but the strong family bond between extended families members is very evident throughout the generations of Fred’s family. And what is more interesting is that this is the family line that Fred knew nothing about.

Due to family circumstances at the time:
• Fred’s great grandfather took in and cared for his granddaughter Mary I. Fritzinger.
• A widower, Fred’s grandfather took in and cared of his stepson Howard Slusser.
• Fred’s father lived with and cared for his elderly aunt Mary Mager.
So it was not surprising to learn that Fred was proud to be the father figure in the life of his granddaughter Jillian.

Isn’t it interesting how many experiences and actions we repeat unaware of the characteristics we share with our ancestors? Look to your family and ENJOY!!

Special thanks to Jillian Whitmore and Jean Corley-Wix.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Example of True Service: Robert Harvey

He stood 6'3" tall, but never looked down on anyone.

He never attended college, but knew all the answers to your problems.
He was never wealthy, but rich with love and compassion.
He made this world a better place.

Robert Harvey, Jr., 85, passed away peacefully December 20, 2014 at his home in Holbrook, Arizona surrounded by his family. His life was a life of service to The Lord, his family, his community, and everyone he encountered. Throughout his years as an Army Medic, a DPS Officer and a Judge, Bob encouraged and influenced those around him. Even as a Judge, he never judged the person, only the pertinent offenses and then encouraged offenders to reach higher and do better.

Enlisting in the Army during the Korean Conflict in 1959, Bob served as a medic, rescuing his fallen comrades in the field. When his jeep was hit by a land mine, during a rescue mission, Robert received shrapnel to the back of his head and neck. After receiving a Purple Heart, he was honorably discharged from the Army.Bob spent the next 25 years as an officer for the Arizona State Department of Public Safety. 

He ended his public career in 1997 after 17 years as the City Magistrate for Holbrook, Arizona. For the following 17 years until his death, he was devoted to lightening the loads of his family and community.
Bob's great grandfather Isaac Brown was devoted to good works towards his fellowman and a proud member of the Modern Woodmen of America (Lodge 12290.) As a doctor and the medical examiner for Ballinger Texas, Isaac did a lot of charity work particularly for tuberculosis victims. During the tuberculosis epidemic of the early 1900s, Modern Woodmen opened a 1,000-acre facility in Colorado Springs in 1907. The facility cost $1.5 million to create and was named one of the most outstanding institutions for the treatment of tuberculosis by the American College of Surgeons. From 1909 to 1947, the sanatorium provided free treatment to more than 12,000 victims. It offered board, lodging, treatment, medicine, dental work and laundering, all at no expense to the patient.

If you look closely at the picture above, there is a telephone on the wall behind the gentlemen. The card above the phone reads:
"There's so much bad in the best of us and so much good in the worst of us, it little behooves any of us to speak ill of the rest of us."

This was not bad advice especially since the phone lines at the time were party lines, which meant anyone could listen to your conversation. For many years this doctor’s office was the only medical facility in Ballinger. Though Isaac was a family man with a large family, he served his community faithfully throughout his life. 

Isaac is seated on the right, notice the operating chair in the back room.

Robert Harvey's grandson, Josh, has followed his grandfather and great grandfather's examples of devoting time, talent and energy in serving his fellow man. After the passing of Robert Harvey, Josh stepped into the big shoes left behind to protect, console and care for his grandmother. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Celebrating Nellie 'Cenntenial' Cornish's Cenntenial

Today's blog entry is dedicated to the woman behind the 100-year-old Cornish institution that many know simply as Miss Aunt Nellie.

Cornish College of the Arts, in its earlier heyday, was the only American college where all branches of music (instrumental and vocal), dancing (ballet, interpretative, character, and folk), and theater (play-acting, play-writing and play-production) were all taught under one roof. Today the school continues to offer not only a strong program in modern dance and contemporary ballet but offers a full schedule of classes for students seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Music in art, dance, design, music, theater or performance production.

To put the timing in perspective, Nellie was born just over a week after the United States celebrated its Centennial in 1876 – thus she was given “Centennial” as her middle name. To celebrate the United States’ 100-year anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, France delivered the first part of their gift to the U.S. – the raised hand and torch of the Statue of Liberty. The statue would not be fully assembled for another decade.

During her childhood, Nellie lived  in a sod house in Nebraska, on a sheep ranch in Oregon, and in an apartment above the bank that her father founded in Washington. The family weathered a pattern of comfort followed by dissolution, of boom or bust, and it shaped her life. She learned that nothing is secure, but at the same time, that no matter how bad things get, they can always be fixed.

Nellie remembered her father as a lover of literature and theater, who devoted evenings to instructing his children. He questioned teachers for assigning rote memorization of textbooks and was determined that his children learn to think for themselves. His lessons stuck – Nellie began to study. 

As a young adult, due to money constraints, Nellie gave up any thought of attending college. She tried her hand as a typist, but found more success teaching piano. Unfortunately, living in Arlington, Oregon, Nellie's students were miles apart, forcing her to trek long distances in buckboards and rowboats. 

“I went all over Seattle, often making my way over dirt piles and potato patches. Manners 
were wholesome but simple. Often lessons took place after dinner, with ‘Papa’ sitting in the same room in his red woolens and usually in need of a shave, chewing tobacco while reading his evening paper. Children and dogs ran in and out. When the telephone rang, I was expected to halt my lesson and remain silent until the conversation ended.” 

Nellie’s father taught her differently.

Nellie believed the time had come to establish a western school where music and the other arts would be taught in accordance with the best modern methods of education, and by the most efficient teachers of recognized superiority; a school which would bring to the extreme West the opportunities for higher education and culture which previously had been obtained only in the old, long-established educational centers of other parts of the world. Nellie moved to Seattle in 1900, and took a studio in 1902 in the Holyoke Building (the center of Seattle music instruction at the time), which gave her a chance to meet the city’s leading music teachers. 

In 1914, Nellie founded the Cornish School of Music in Seattle, where students could experience the interrelatedness of the arts, including all branches of music, drama, the visual arts, and dance. She maintained that creativity should be developed in the average person, as well as in the talented, and that art’s ultimate purpose was enrichment for everyone – not just the privileged elite. 

Always struggling financially, often on life support, Cornish School continued to play a role in the community, but after World War I, slowly came to face competition—for students, as the land-grant universities built their arts departments into virtual conservatories of their own; and for donor dollars, as local performing arts institutions grew in notoriety. But with Nellie’s optimism, persuasiveness, fearlessness, intellectual curiosity and artistic vision 600 students had enrolled within 3 years and had become the country's largest music school west of Chicago.

To accommodate the influx of students, the location and the structures changed over the next 25 years, while Nellie continued to serve as the school’s director for a quarter of a century. 

In 1977, the school became Cornish Institute of Allied Arts, a fully accredited college offering Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees. In 1986, the college was renamed Cornish College of the Arts. Cornish College opened a new campus in downtown Seattle in 2003. 

Nellie’s motherly manner showed warmth and generosity, sparkling eyes, quick wit, and enormous energy. Hundreds of students called her “Miss Aunt Nellie.” She lived in an upstairs apartment at the school. She welcomed students into her home, and frequently invited groups of them for coffee, home-baked cookies, and informal meetings with famous guest artists. She was also quick to help students with tuition costs, since she thought it wrong for artists to have to justify themselves economically. 

When asked how she was able to maintain her persistence throughout her life she was quick to respond. 
One such pioneer ancestor was Nellie’s father Nathan A. Cornish. Nathan resided in Alkali, Oregon at the mouth of Alkali Canyon. Local residents did not consider the name Alkali suitable for a growing community, and at a town meeting Nathan suggested that the town be named Arlington, supposedly because there were a number of southerners living in the community at the time and it was the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. However years later, Nellie confessed the name was selected to honor her father, whose full name was Nathan Arlington Cornish. The town of Alkali became the town of Arlington in November 1885 to honor the courage and entrepreneurship of her father in tirelessly organizing the town into a thriving community.

On a more personal note it was Nellie's father, a lawyer with a love for the stage, who instilled in her the philosophy of "education on an individual level."
Arlington, Oregon, before 1900
Nellie recognized her ability to follow the spirit of her father in growing a community for good. “Some 20,000 pupils passed through the School during my 25 years as director. I am inclined to think that the school infected them with wanting to see, explore, and do things.”

Today Cornish College consists of 145 faculty members working with 750 students towards their Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Music in art, dance, design, music, theater or performance production.

GlitterStories typically end highlighting one person who is currently carrying the sparkle and inspiration of their heritage. Aunt Nellie’s sparkle touched too many to single one out. 

Congratulations Alumni and Cornish!!!!!

Special thanks to Cornish College of the Arts Directors: Hollis Near and Karen Bystrom

Miss Aunt Nellie: The Autobiography of Nellie C. Cornish, Ellen Van Volkenburg Browne and                          Edward Nordhoff Beck; Seattle: University of Washington Press, ©1964
Cornish School Essay by Mildred Andrews ©1998
University of Washington Archives

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood lives on

Mr. Rogers was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host. Most famous for creating and hosting Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968–2001), he featured his gentle, soft-spoken personality and directness to his audiences. Rogers was honored extensively for his work dedicated to children’s education. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor; a Peabody Award; and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. In 1996, Mister Fred Rogers was ranked #35 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

Fred Rogers grew up in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Heavily influenced by the Rogers family, this community, exemplified a strong, hard-working, and faith-driven culture. The Rogers’ family was steeped in a strong sense of service and strong ties to community, friends, and relatives. 
Fred Rogers remembered his youth well.
“As a youngster, there was nothing better than Sunday afternoons at Ding-Dong’s (Grandpa McFeeley) rambling farm in western Pennsylvania. Surrounded by miles of winding stonewalls, the rustic house and red brick barn provided endless hours of fun and discovery for a city kid like myself.

“So the boy wants to climb the stone walls? Let him climb! He has to learn to do things for himself. “Now scoot on out of here.” Ding-Dong said to me with a wink. “And come see me when you get back.”

For the next two and a half hours, I climbed those old walls—skinned my knee, tore my pants, and had the time of my life. Later, when I met with Ding-Dong to tell him about my adventures, I never forgot what he said. “Fred, you made this day a special day, just by being yourself. Always remember, there’s just one person in this whole world like you—and I like you just the way you are.”

Initially educated to be a minister, Rogers was displeased with the way television addressed children and he set out to make a change. In 1968, The Public Broadcasting System developed his nationally-aired show and over the next three decades, he became an indelible American icon of children's entertainment and education, as well as a symbol of compassion, patience, and morality. 

After a decade working in children’s television, Fred's reputation as a champion of high standards – for children’s programming and for television in general – was established. When WGBH held an open house for Fred Rogers and his crew in Boston, they expected about 500 people to attend. They were overwhelmed with 10,000 visitors lined up outside the station.

In 1969 Rogers appeared before Congress with the following powerful plea for better television.

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood lives on for today’s youngsters on PBS’s “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”  Designed for the 3-4 year-old audience, the show is meant to be a youngster’s first television experience. It carries on the legacy of Fred Rogers and his characters through the experiences of their offspring. 

• Daniel Striped Tiger’s son is Daniel Tiger
• Henrietta Pussycat’s daughter is Katerina Kitty
• King Friday XIII and Queen Sara Saturday’s son is Prince Tuesday
• X the Owl’s son is O the Owl 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Glitter found in the Scriptures: Enos

There are in our lives reservoirs of many kinds. Some reservoirs are to store water. Some are to store food, as we do in our family welfare program and as Joseph did in the land of Egypt during the seven years of plenty. There should also be reservoirs of knowledge to meet the future need; reservoirs of courage to overcome the floods of fear that put uncertainty in lives; reservoirs of physical strength to help us meet the frequent burdens of work and illness; reservoirs of goodness; reservoirs of stamina; reservoirs of faith. Yes, especially reservoirs of faith so that when the world presses in upon us, we stand firm and strong; when the temptations of a decaying world about us draw on our energies, sap our spiritual vitality, and seek to pull us down, we need a storage of faith that can carry the terrifying moments, disappointments, disillusionments, and years of adversity, want, confusion and frustration. . . . Parents are expected to lay foundations for their children and to build the barns and tanks and bins and reservoirs. These reservoirs are filled with prayer habits, study, activities, positive service, truth and righteousness.  Faith Precedes the Miracle by Spencer W. Kimball pgs. 111-112

Such reservoirs were used throughout the posterity of Lehi.

. . . In the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah . . . Lehi, having dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days; and in that same year there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people that they must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed. Wherefore it came to pass that my father, Lehi, as he went forth prayed unto the Lord, yea, even with all his heart, in behalf of his people.

Lehi was carried away into a vision, even that he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne. . . he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his luster was above that of the sun at noon-day. And the One came and stood before Lehi and unto him a book, and bade him that he should read.

And he read, saying: Wo, wo, unto Jerusalem, for I have seen thine abominations! Yea, and many things did Lehi read concerning Jerusalem—that it should be destroyed, and the inhabitants thereof; many should perish by the sword, and many should be carried away captive into Babylon. After reading and seeing many great and marvelous things Lehi exclaimed:

Lehi and his wife Sariah built and filled reservoirs for their children. Two of their sons, Laman and Lemuel, using their free agency and ignored their parents teachings. Another son, Nephi, were strongly fortified and drew heavily on the reservoir built and filled by worthy parents.

Jacob, another son of Lehi, also drew heavily from the storage inherited from his parents.

Jacob kept his reservoir full and passed it unto his son Enos. Enos struggled and sinned but wanted the same reassurance and testimony his father had.

Enos prayed all day and into the night before receiving an answer.

The prophet Enos, son of Jacob and grandson of Lehi and Sariah, learned that forgiveness of sins comes through faith in Jesus Christ. Enos obtained forgiveness by drawing heavily on the reservoir of faith his parents had set up for their children.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jay Call

 In less than 20 years, Jay Call turned a small, leased gas station in Willard, Utah into the
largest retail distributor of diesel fuel in North America. In 2008, the privately-owned Flying J reported sales in excess of $18 billion. Of the 10 million privately held companies in the nation, Forbes magazine ranked Flying J among the top 20 companies in America.

By December of the same year, The Flying J franchise filed for bankruptcy.

Jay’s daughter Crystal stepped away from her own successful company—Crystal Inn and handled the impending demise of Flying J. In the space of 18 month, Flying J had repaid in full and with interest $1.4 billion owed to creditors.
"You will find that your integrity and reputation will do more for you than all of your wealth."

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