D.U.P. Sto­ries

Or­gan and Stool

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Ja­neene White­lock & Cyn­thia Pea­cock

Mu­sic has al­ways played an es­sen­tial role in the lives of the L.D.S. Saints, even in those early pi­o­neer days when heavy tri­als and dif­fi­cul­ties were a part of their daily lives. From their ear­li­est begin­nings the pi­o­neers found so­lace and com­radery in the mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ences that they shared.

There was al­ways a con­gre­ga­tion of singers among the pi­o­neer groups, and some of the hymns sang to­day were com­posed in the early days of the L.D.S. Church. You would find pi­anos and or­gans in most of the homes of the pi­o­neers.

This beau­ti­ful or­gan was made of wal­nut wood. It has ma­roon ma­te­rial set in back of the wood cutout. It was made by the Chicago Cot­tage Or­gan Company. The stool is black metal with a red vel­vet seat.

This or­gan and stool were do­nated to the D.U.P. on May 6, 1946 by the John and Amelia ers­son Fam­ily.

Joh Persson was born in Swe­den in 1850. He came to Payson in 1877. John was a Tay­lor by trade.

Amelia Jane Keele Persson was born in 1862 in Payson. Her mother was Lot­tie May Wilson. Her grand­fa­ther was Alexan­der Keele, a well known man from Payson.

John and Amelia were mar­ried in 1881 in Salt Lake City. They lived their en­tire lives in Payson.

Nine chil­dren were born to them, but only six lived to adult­hood.

Amelia was a mem­ber of the D.U.P.. She joined the D.U.P. in 1927. Her num­ber was 2,936. She be­longed to Camp One.

Amelia died at age 76, in De­cem­ber 1938. Her hus­band John, died in June 1940, he was 91 years old.

Ja­neene White­lock

John and Amelia Persson fam­ily owned this or­gan be­fore it was do­nated to D.U.P.

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