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-Annie Sclimid Kunz, Oct 11, 1925 



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Appreciation to these sources: 

• Family history records gathered and compiled by Oliver Kunz, Ezra Kunz, 
Maxine Kunz Blazer, and Thekla Kunz, with a few changes by Paul A. 

• Family history records, journal entries and notes of Myrtle Kunz Steckler, 
letters, scraps of paper and anything else we could find! 

• Highlights from Histories of Kunz arid Schmid Ancestors, written & compiled by 
Foster M. Kunz 

• "Life Sketch of Anna Landeri Schmid," 

by Verona Schmid Hayes 

• "Life Sketch of Karl August Schmid" 

by Verona Schmid Hayes 

• Missionary Journals of John Kunz I1J 

• Original accounts and memories written by Ivy Kunz Jensen, Wiilard R. 
Kunz, nieces, nephews and grandchildren of William J. and Annie S. Kunz 

• Other published sources as noted 

" The Kunz Family: Johannes Kunz and Rosina Katharina Klossner Kunz, Their 
Ancestors and Descendants, by Phillip R. Kunz 

• The LDS Family and Individual Record of John Kunz III; "Journal of My Mission," 
John Kunz 111 

• "The Swiss Background of the Family of John Kunz I and Rosina Katharina 
Klossner Kunz," by Paul Anthon Nielson, as found in The Kunz Family: Johannes 
Kunz and Rosma Katharina Klossner Kunz, Their Ancestors and Descendants, by 
Phillip R. Kunz 

"What we do for ours while we have them will he precisely what will render 
their memory sweet to the heart when we no longer have them." 

— J, Qodet 

"though we may not he appointed Church Historians, we are all 

responsible to he historians in the Church, Each of us is charged with the 

responsibility of recording our own history and providing a written record 

that can serve and benefitothers who may read therefrom. . . 

"Xhe family hooks of remembrance in Latter-day Saint homes today 

should rate in importance second only to the standard works, "these 

family records are supplements to the scriptures, aiding in teaching the 

gospel of^esus Christ to the posterity of faithful members of the Church. A 

knowledge of the written testimonies and spiritual experiences of family 

members and of the proved genealogies of the fathers serves to bind the 

hearts of the children to their fathers and helps them to unders tand the 

doctrines that pertain to the exaltation of the family. 

"Sn it should be found the story of the family, especially the story of its 

spiritual life, written by inspiration. 9t should also contain a genealogy of 

the family so that the children may have an opportunity to acquire 

knowledge of their fathers. (9.E. April 1966, pp. 294-295.) 

Corrections, When you see errors in dates, information, typing errors, etc., please let 
me know so that appropriate corrections can be made. 

Dianne Steckler Rasi-Koskinen 

1744 Richard Road • Sandy UT 84093 



Printed in USA 199?; Apple Color LawrWrit 

The William J. & Anna Schmid Kunz Family Story 

"The home of William j. and Annie S. Kunz was a haven to the lonely and oppressed; a home where 
the rich and poor were entertained and welcomed with no distinction to class or rank. Great numbers 
have crossed their threshold and could testify to the kind and generous and friendly hosuitalitu extended 
to them. 

"Through a "heap oflivin"' their home was created, and now lingers in the memories and hearts of 
each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild who experienced the influence of this atmosphere. 
Treasured arc the traditions, recipes, and cultural influence brought with them from their beloved 
Switzerland. The depth of their faith and conviction concerning the restored gospel is attested to by the 
sacrifice and trust in the goodness of the Lord evident in their lives. We their'posterity are pleased 'to 
honor them." 

Special thanks... 

V To my cousins, who each ha ve a place in my heart. . . 

V To each one who has written, called or contributed 
in any way.. . 

V To Kalevi, who has carried boxes in and out, made trips to 
the copy shop at odd hours, proof read, listened to bits and 
pieces when maybe he'd rather be doing something else — 
and to my children who have been willing to share my time 
with this project and whose interest has encouraged me... 

T To Phillip R. Kunz, who has been an influence in preserving 
family records through the years and is a solid resource for 
Kunz family information. He has been a particular help to 
me with this project... 

" To dear friends Mark & Mary Linnell (Apple Computer), 
Gale Stradley of Printing and Cassette Services for service 
and materials which made this project a possibility, and to 
Bonnie Holt and Kathy Samsel (proof reading, comments 
and support) 

V And finally, to Aunt Ivy Jensen, who is herself an 
inspiration, and whose life, love and support gives 
inspiration and encouragement... 

If interested in further information: some source records are 
available on computer disks. Macintosh, Microsoft Word 5.1. IBM compatible, 
Word Perfect 5.xx; or IBM/Macintosh ascii text. Possibly available [future) in the 
lnfobase format, either IBM or Macintosh.) 

Audio tape. Sources: the 90-minute audio tape includes a 
phonograph-recorded interview with William J. Kunz. Originally 
recorded in 1948. Tape transfer 1997. A little "noisy" in sound. About 
20 minutes. Also included: about 70 minutes of a 1996 interview with 
Aunt Ivy Jensen. 

Thank youl Thanks to you for your interest, support, and spoken or 
written contributions! This has been a delight! 

Dianne Steckler Rasi-Koskinen. 

1744 Richard Road • Sandy UT 84093 



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their "...voice from the dust" to us — still here — still on our "mission" 


Alma 37:37 Counsel 

with the Lord in all 

thy doings, and he 

will direct thee for 

good; yea, when 

thou liest down at 

night lie down unto 

the Lord, that he 

may watch over you 

in your sleep; and 

when thou riyest in 

the morning let thy 

heart be full of 

thanks unto C lud; 

and if ye do these 

things, ye shall be 

lifted up 

at the last day. 

...if you get the Slues read Alma 26 
Chapter, Practis what you find in Alma 
37:35-7 So M.... 

. , .Now Dearfsj thanks for the . . .Lovely 
Tribute given me it is more than 9 Deserve 
& 9 have done no more than A Christian 
Aught to doo. Only Sorrie for the mistakes 
9 have made in Life & did not give more 
atentlon to the Other & Older Children, hut 
If Scan have the Chancein the future to 
Show my Repenance 9 will asure you 9 will 
do more for the hapiness of the ffamily . . . 

...we received the good 
news that you got an 
honerable relees from your 
Missionary Labors. . . . We are 
all jubelentover your home coming looks like this life is made up of 
partings ups & downs & dissapoinments 
of all kinds & 9 believe each one thinks his 
or her burden is the heaviest one, but 9 do 
hope rf2 prau that we may alwags be able 
to aknoledg the hand of the Lord in all 
things & that each & every one mag be 
found worthie at the end ofourjourneg. 

Mau Qod blesse gou mu dearfsj & help 
gou do whats right & mag he also helpe us 
so we mag stand true & faithful at all 

Lovinglg gour mother father 

. . . mag Qod ever watch 
overgou mg dearfsj. ..good 
bg lovinglg Mother. 


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William J, Kunz — 2 blessings 

No 206 Bern Bear Lake County Idaho 
Aug 26th 1885 

A blessing given by John Smith 

Patriarch upon the head of William 

Kunz Son of John and Magdalina Kunz 

born Niderstoken [sic]Canton 

Switzerland March 14th 1865. 

Brother William in the name of Jesus Christ I 
place my hands upon thy head and seal the 
blessing of Abraham Isaac and Jacob upon thee 
for they are thine through of lineage and I say 
unto thee be firm in thy mind and steadfast as 
the rock of ages in every good word and work 
for the Eye of the Lord is on thee and it is His 
will that you become a mighty man in Israel 
and assist in gathering scattered Israel and 
the honest in heart out from Babylon and I say 
unto thee Honor thy Parents and seek inform 
thy mind and prepare thy self to labor in the 
ministry and thou shall have great faith in 
the ordinances of God's house. Thou shall be 
mighty in healing the sick by the laying on of 
hands for this shall be thy Gifts through 
prayer and faith. Therefore it behooves thee 
to be upon thy guard for the adversary has 
great power in the Earth and will lead Estray 
if possible the very elect. Thou art of Ephraim 
and entitled to the blessings of the new and 
everlasting covenants with all the gifts and 
privileges promised unto the Fathers in Israel 
and if thou will study the law of nature thy 
days and years shall be many and thine 
intellect shall be bright thy memory strong 
and wisdom shall be given thee above many of 
thy brethren and thou shalt preside among 
them and in due time thou shalt have a 
companion to suit thy condition. 

Thy Posterity shall grow up around thee and 
have thy name in Honorable remembrance and 
if thou will seek in humility before the Lord 
to know thy duty and his will thou shalt be 
prospered in thy labors. This blessing I seal 
upon thee in the name of Jesus Christ I seal 
thee up to eternal life to come forth in the 
moming of the first resurrection. Even so, 

Williamsburg Idaho 
23 June 1917 

A blessing given by Samuel Kunz Patriarch 

upon the head of William John Kunz Son of 

John Kunz and Magdalena Straubhaar born 

March 14 1865 at Niederstocken Bern 


Brother William in the name of Jesus Christ I 
lay my hands upon thee and give thee a 
Patriarchal Blessing. The Lord is pleased 
with thee for He has seen thine effort to 
overcome temptations and if thou wilt be 
obedient to the Priesthood of the Son of God, 
thou shalt be able to overcome all things. For 
thou shalt grow in faith, thou shalt be filled 
with knowledge and wisdom from on High and 
the Spirit of the Lord shall be with thee. For 
thy sins are forgiven thee. Thou shalt have 
the power to heal the sick. For thy testimony 
of the Gospel shall become a positive 
knowledge within thee. Thou shalt yet hold 
responsible positions in the ministry. Thy 
tongue shall be loosened and thou shalt have 
the power to expound the principles of life and 

I seal the blessings of health and strength 
upon thee. Wisdom and knowledge shall grow 
within thee, that thou shalt marvel over the 
things that thou art able to accomplish. 

Thou shalt be blessed in thine children and 
comforted in their well being. They shall grow 
up to maturity and give thee satisfaction and 
they shall bless thee for thy worth and 
goodness to them. Thou shalt be blessed in 
temporal things, that thou shalt have the 
wherewiths to give to those in need. For thou 
art of Ephraim and the blessings of Ephraim 
shall attend thee, eternal life shall be thy 
portion in our Father's Kingdom. 

I seal this blessing upon thee by the authority 
and power of the Holy Priesthood. Even So, 


Anna Schmid Kunz — 2 blessings 

No. 227 Bern Bear Lake County 
August 26th 1885 

A blessing given by John Smith 
Patriarch upon the head of Anna 
Schmid daughter of Carl A. and Anna 
Schmid born in Bern Canton Zurich 
Switzerland May 7th 1867. 

Sister Anna not withstanding thou art in thy 
youth thou art numbered with the daughters of 
Zion and the Lord has a work for thee to do if 
thou art faithful thou shall see his arm made 
bear in behalf of his people and know of a 
surety that he knoweth the secrets of thy heart 
and will reward all according to merit. It is thy 
privilege to live to a good old age to become a 
mother in Israel whose fame shall be known far 
and near therefore be prudent, listen to council 
and be upon thy guard, and run not after the 
illurements of the world for the adversary will 
lay snares for thy feet and cause wicked persons 
to strive to lead thee into by- and forbidden 
paths. Thy guardian angel will warn thee of 
danger, give thee council in time of need, and 
power over evil and unclean spirits, if thou will 
listen to the whispering of the still small voice 
of the comforter, and thou shall have joy in thy 
daily avocation, and thy table shall be spread 
with the bounties of the earth and no one shall 
be turned from thy door hungry, and in due time 
secure unto thyself a companion whom thou 
shall delight to honor. Thy sons and daughters 
shall grow up around thee, be a comfort with 
thee and bear thy name in honorable 
remembrance. Therefore be upon thy guard for 
thou art of Ephraim and thy inheritance is 
among the saints and thy days arid years shall 
be prolonged according to thy faith and the 
desires of thy heart, and if thou wilt seek to 
know the will of the Lord concerning thee in 
humility thou shall have the gift of 
discernment and evil designing persons shall 
not deceive thee and thou shalt choose well 
thy part through the journey of life, and 
complete thy mission upon the earth. This 
blessing I seal upon thee in the name of Jesus 
Christ and I seal thee up to come forth in the 
morning of the first resurrection. 

Even so, Amen 

Williamsburg Idaho 
23 June 1917 

A blessing given by Samuel Kunz 
Patriarch upon the head of Anna Kunz 
Daughter of Karl August Schmid and 
Anna Landert born May 7th 1867 at 
Berg Irchel Switzerland. 

Sister Anna in the Name of Jesus Christ, and by 
the Power and Authority of the Holy 
Priesthood within me, 1 give thee a 
Patriarchal Blessing and I say unto thee dear 
Sister be comforted for thy sins are forgiven 
thee. The Lord will be mindful of thee the rest 
of thy Days. For thy last Days upon Earth 
shall be thy best Days. Honor and obey the 
Priesthood of the Son of God, and thou shalt 
have Joy and satisfaction in seeing all of thy 
Children grow up to Manhood and 
Womanhood, and they shall all be within the 
boundary of the fold. Thou shalt be exceedingly 
blessed in warding off the Destroyer from them. 
For the Blessings of the Lord shall be with thee 
in thine administering unto them. 

Thou shalt be a shining light among those of 
thy sisters. And thou shalt be a help in thy 
Community in Administering unto the Needy, 
and those that are in distress Thou shalt be 
blessed with Temporal things for thine bread 
Basket shall never be empty. Thou shalt be a 
wise Counselor to thine Husband and the Spirit 
of peace shall be with thee. 

For thou shalt be called a Peace Maker among 
His Saints. Thou are of Ephraim. Thou shalt 
live in mortality until thou art satisfied and if 
thou wilt keep the laws of health thou shalt 
not sleep in the dust nor thy body see corruption. 
Eternal life shall be thy portion in thy 
Father's Kingdom. 

I seal this blessing upon thee in the Name of 
Jesus Christ, Amen. 

President Karl G. Maeser spoke of the 
patriarchal blessings as "paragraphs from lite 
book of your possibilities. " If we read our 
patriarchal blessings, we will see what the spirit 
of prophecy has held up to as as to what each of us 
can become? 

. Lee, Sland Ye In Ho\y Places, p. 117 

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of our grandparents, parents, aunts & uncles, and our cousins. 


Aunt Myrtle Steckler 

Uncle Ben and Aunt Rosanna Kunz 
Gordon Kunz 

Aunt Mabel and Uncle Ratio Thomas 
Cecil Thomas, Lynn Thomas, 
Dorothy Mariano 

Aunt Sylvia and Uncle Louis Kunz 

Aunt Sophie and Uncle Bert Bateman 
Janyce Bateman Fox 

Aunt Libby and Uncle Louis Eschler 
Thelma Banks, Betty Westenhaver 

Uncle Willard Kunz 
Lorena Kunz (infant) 

Uncle Alf Jensen 

Alfred Jensen (infant), Don K. Jensen 

Uncle Joe and Aunt Ethel Kunz 

Uncle Karl August Kunz (infant) 

Uncle Les and Aunt Lillian Kunz 

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Montpelier Examiner 
Thursday, May 7,3, 1937 

"BERN— Mr. and Mrs, 
William J. Kunz, residents of 
Bern, celebrated their golden 
wedding anniversary here 

More than 100 relatives, 
including 10 children, 20 
grandchildren, and one great- 
grandchild, gathered at a 
reception in the family home, 
followed by a program in the 
Bern LDS chapel. They were 
married in the Logan LDS 
Temple, on May 5th, 1887..." 




July 1997 cannot in your 

present state 


eternity. ..but ye can 

get some likeness of it if 

ye say that both good 

and evil, when they are 

full grown, become 

retrospective. ... all this 

earthly past will have 

been Heaven to those 

who are saved. ...[And] 

all their life on earth 

too, will then be seen 

by the damned to have 

been Hetl. That is what 

mortals misunderstand. 

They say of some 

temporal suffering, "No 

future bliss can make 

up for it," not knowing 

that Heaven, once 

attained, will work 

backwards and turn 

even that agony into a 

glory. And of some 

sinfii [pleasure they say 

"Let me but have this 

and I'll take the 

consequences"; little 

dreaming how 

damnation will spread 

back and back into their 

past and contaminate 

the pleasure of the sin. 

Both processes begin 

even before death. 

The good man's past 

begins to change so 

that his forgiven sins 

and remembered 

sorrows take on the 

quality of Heaven: the 

bad man's past already 

conforms to his 

badness and is filled 

only with dreariness. 

And that is why, at the 

end of all things, when 

the sun rises here and 

the twilight turns to 

blackness clown there, 

the Blessed wiil say, 

"We have never lived 

anywhere except in 

Heaven," and the Lost, 

"We were always in 

Hell." And bath will 

speak truly.... 

"Ah, the Saved.. .What 

seemed, when they 

entered it, to be the 

vale of misery turns out, 

when they look back to 

have been a well; and 

where present 

experience saw only 

salt deserts memory 

truthfully records that 

the pools were full of 

water." — C.S. Lewis 

At some point in time I became the custodian of 3 "home made" phonograph records 
which were recorded one afternoon at the home of George Kunz [William J/s youngest 
brother] in Bern, Idaho. I don't believe that tape recorders were available at that time 
(1948), and thus this event came about because Uncle George had recording equipment that 
would record on blank phonograph disks. 

Grandpa William J. and some other family members (Uncle 
WilLard, Aunt Lorena, my mother [Aunt Myrtle], Heber Kunz, George 

6 Edyth, of course, and it seems to me that Aunt Sophie was there 
too — and maybe others) gathered at George's home for the purpose of 
recording Grandpa's voice and some of his memories. J. *U>nM~ •*&**- £*-f- 

These records were recorded from the inside (center post) to the 
outside. Years ago many phonographs would play them OK, but 
through the years, manual changers were replaced by automatic 
changers, and the time came when we could not find a phonograph 
that would play the entire recording without "rejecting" and missing a 
part of each record. 

Those recordings have been on a shelf for quite some time and have been saying to me: 
"We belong to the posterity of William J. Kunz: do something about it!" 

As Aunt Ivy wrote: "Memories are souvenirs that time turns into Treasures" 
Many of my best memories include YOU (my cousins and loved ones)! I also have some 
treasured items, as do you. In my "box of treasures," I have tiny walnut-sized ball of 
natural-colored yarn with a note, in my mother's handwriting, pinned to it: "This is yarn 
my mother carded and spun." There is a small chocolate box full of letters the family 
exchanged while my mother was on her mission in 1925-27. Among them, a little note from a 

7 or 8 year old Max, with X's and O's all across the bottom. There is a letter from a youthful 
Drucilla written from Williamsburg. When I opened that letter, I was amazed to see two 
little yellow flowers with fine green leaves, pressed between its pages! hi those letters 
there are expressions of love, references to the daily work, and a bit of humor. 

Grandpa writes: "We talk to Libbie & Bens every day as we have the Phone handy over 
at the Station." Uncle Willard wrote: "I suppose you heard that Less got in a little 
automobile accident the night of the fourth, with Abel's ford, and smashed it up pretty 
badly but no one was hurt. It cost the boys each $7.50 to fix the car up, besides hireing it" 
You'll read several excerpts from some of these letters — "in their own words." Included also 
are some newspaper clippings, one of which Grandpa himself clipped and wrote notes on. 

You each have your own memories and treasures of times past. I hope these pages about 
this part of your heritage and the tape recording can be added to your own "box of treasures" 
you have accumulated to be handed down to your posterity. Thank you so much for your 
participation, interest and support. 

With love, 

Your c 

)usin Dianne 

Dianne Stockier Rasi-Koskinen 
1744 Richard Road 
Sandy UT 84093 

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Left: a newspaper clipping with Grandpa William J.'s hand written notes; right: a typeset copy for easier reading 

The Pasture heme f/±/ 
strange to find the pasture lane 
Choked with weeds and uncropped grass 
Only memories remain /Tfp ^vVuU/4£#/. 

Where [owing cauic usoa to pass, 

No hoorpi-Ints hieroglyph thft 3r*rn> 
Down which the farm lad tlrov* the herd 
But Jjoyhocd memories remain, 
Too |Kfclg£B4lit for Ihe vocal word 
Strange to conn: ;iL cJld of il;*y 
To silence and art c-mpiy l;me 
And echoes from a world away 
Of coxvhetLs tinkJirtc in Uie rain. 

Tfie Pasture Lane 1^1 

of VJilii'ak^bura 

Strange to find the pasture lane 
Choked with weeds and uncropped grass: 
Only memories remain Crf Lar)<2£ LrQQk 
Where lowing cattle used to pass. 
No hoofprints hieroglyph the lane 
Down which the farm lad drove the herd 
But boyhood memories remain, 
Too poignant for the vocal word 
Strange to come at end of day 
To silence and an empty lane 
And echoes from a world away 
Of cowbells tinkling in the rain. 

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a poem/song loved by Grandpa and Grandma and by their children 

The Stepstone 

1 stand on the doorstep at eventide now, 

The wind whispers by with a moan, 
the fields will be whit/ning but I will be gone 

To roam o'er the wide world alone. 
I stood on this doorstep when schooltime was o'er, 

And longed for the time to go by. 
And now it has gone and 1 stand here tonight 

To bid this dear stepstone goodby. 


Goodby to this stepstone, goodby to my home, 
God bless those I leave with a sigh: 

I'll cherish dear mem'ries when I am away — 
goodby, dear old stepstone, goodby. 

It is hard to be parted from those that we love, 

When reverses in fortune have come, 
And the strongest of heartstrings are broken in twain 

By the absence of loved ones at home; 
But l'Ll bid this poor heart cease repining in vain, 

And hushed he each deep heaving sigh, 
Tho' the pain it will cost me, none ever can know, 

To bid this dear stepstone goodby. 

There are many temptations with which 1 may meet, 

And sad mournful scenes ev'ry day, 
And the faces at home, oh, I never shall greet,, 

Their forms will be so far away; 
But I'll think fo the dear old stone step at the door, 

And oft drop a tear from my eye, 
1 will stand in my dream as I stand here tonight 

To bid this dear stepstone goodby. 

Grandpa William j. and Grandma Annie on the stepstone of 
their summer home al the middle dairy, Williamsburg 

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by Wayne Steckler Memorial Day Weekend, May, 1989 

Our folks used to talk about the "Stepstone" out at the Dairy. After a few years that was 
all that was left of the home they knew for so many summers of their lives. 

Yesterday I visited a 
"stepstone" in my life. It 
sits at the top of a long 
narrow lane. The warm 
yellow has faded to a 
weather worn brown. 
The windows that 
watched 3 generations of 
beloved family arrive 
and leave now stares 
vacantly at a weed 
choked yard lined with 
broken and rusted 
farming equipment. 
The door to the 

kitchen is blocked with a too! box from the bed of some pickup truck, but the door to 
Grandpa's bedroom yielded to a firm shove. Gone was the rope that Grandpa used to help 
himself out of bed and used by countless grandchildren playing Tarzan despite dire 
threatenings of loving aunts and uncles who are mostly gone, too. Gone are the homeopathic 
medicines that could make any hurt go away. Gone too are the "Go to Hells" created by 
older cousins much to the delight of the little ones. (How tolerant they were of their grand 
children.) Gone was the Christmas cactus that bloomed so faithfully under Grandma's 
green thumb. 

The door hangs crookedly 
between bedrooms and kitchen. 
Gone is the stove that pro- 
duced countless nourishing 
meals under the loving hands 
of one who would never allow 
a visitor to leave without par- 
taking of a meal, be they 
stranger or friend, noteworthy 
dignitary or innocuous 
neighbor. Gone is the table 
that groaned under 
Thanksgiving dinners, re- 
sounded to the good natured 
banter of a lively game of 
pinochle or solo, that drew 
loving brothers and sisters to 

its side for unceasing conversation. Where stories were told, memories were relived, 
was given, generously interspersed with expressions of love, encouragement, praise, 
laughter and even tears. 

Gone are most of the physical things we knew. The shingles are gone from the roof that 
sheltered us. The hearts that gave this place life are stilled. The plaster has fallen 
showing a skeleton of lathe. But in spite of what my earthy eyes see, my heart and mind 
see and hear all the life and love this house has witnessed. I have visited my "stepstone" 
and all these memories come flooding back to me. Though the earthly things may crumble, 
the heart still beats in the living of my memory. The laughter and love still ring in the ears 
of my mind. I have visited my stepstone and I am at peace. 


1986 Schmid Reunion 
To Annie Schmid Kunz 

by Donna Kennett 
(to the tune "I Open Wide My Pigeon House & Let My Figeon's Fly". . .) 

When I was a young girl in Switzerland, 
We were happy as could be, 
I worked very hard and thanked the Lord 
For all he had given me. 

Our family was 

Lutheran, we 


Until the day we had 

And we learned of 

the truth and 

knew it was right 
And were baptized 


Their dream was to 

come to America 
and help build Zion 

But, alas, they were poor and had not the 

to make the journey long. 

The way was made clear for two young 

girls, dear, 
To leave all they knew and come over 

Annie, just sixteen, and Mary so small, 
Two brave girls who gave their all. 


They worked and they saved for their 

family to come 
And live in this great land, 
Tears of Joy and relief when at last they all 

In a meeting that was grand. 

Annie married Will in the Temple of the 

She knew the truth and lived the word, 
She was loving and kind, a friend to all 
And answered every call. 

Ben and Mabel — Sylvey and Sophie, 
Libby and Myrtle were born, 
Then Willard, Ivy, Joe and Les, 
And a Tithing baby boy was given to the 

And not to her caress. 

Now little Anna Lucy needs a 

"Ma" for a while, 
Annie loved and cared for 

that precious little child, 
Annie's joy was full as 

through her life 
She was loved as "Ma" and 


Will you look and see some of 

her posterity 
Who honor her this day? 
How can we show our thanks 

to a Grandmother Dear 
Who showed us all the way? 

We must follow her example and strive 

each day 
To live and serve in a pleasing way, 
That she will know her sacrifice 
Was a blessing to our lives. 

Words written by Donna 
Eschler Kennett for the Schmid 
Reunion celebrating the 100-year 
anniversary of the arrival of Karl 
and Anna Landert Schmid in 
Idaho. Reunion held in Paris, 
Idaho. Donna wrote these words 
one day on her way into town; as 
they came to her, she would pull 
the car over to the side of the road 
to write them down. She said it 
took her half a day to gel to her 
destination! (At least, that's the 
way I remember it.) 

f///w as& a/e. . t 

This is our Grandfather, 
William J. Kunz. 

He was born in Switzerland 

where his family joined the 
Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints, They 
emigrated to Zion when he 
was eight years old. He lived 
in Ovid, Bern, Williamsburg, 
and Montpelier, Idaho, from 
1873 to 1952. 

This is our Grandmother, 
Annie Schmid Kunz. 

She was also born in 
Switzerland; she joined the 
Church there and came to 
America when she was 16 
years old with her 11-year 
old sister, Mary. She worked 
and earned money to help 
bring the rest of her family to 

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Benjamin William Kunz 
Uncle Ben & Aunt Rosanna 
Anona, Gordon, Merna, 

Mabel Maryanne Kunz Thomas 
Aunt Mabel & Uncle Ratio 
Cecil, Dorothy, Lynn, 

Sylvia Magdalena Kunz Kunz 

Aunt Sylvia & Uncle Louis 

Sophie Olive Kunz Bateman 
Aunt Sophie & Uncle Bert 
June, Ruth, Loa, Duane, 
Dawn, Joyce, Janyce 

Anna Elizabeth Kunz Eschler 

Aunt Libby & Uncle Louis 
Thelma, Verda, Max, 
Theda, Betty, Donna 

Anna Schmid Vigos, niece 

of William J. and Annie; lived with "Ma' 
and "Pa" after her mother's death 
(Anna is the daughter of Conra 
Shumwny and Robert Schmid) 

Myrtle KunzSteckler 

Aunt Myrtle 

Wayne, Dianne 

Willard Robert Kunz 

Uncle Willard & Aunt Lorena 
Babv Lorena Grace 

Ivy Kunz Jensen 

Aunt Ivy & Uncle Alf 
Don, Elaine, Baby Alfred 

Joseph John Kunz 

Uncle Joe & Aunt Ethel 

Leslie Amasa Kunz 

Uncle Leslie & Aunt Lillian 

Karl August Kunz * 

Child #10: died as an infant 

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We have written our memories and compiled a short history in honor of these 
grandparents. By so doing we remember them lovingly and strengthen the bonds of 
love with each other. 

To those who follow us, we invite: Read our stories and the history of our family. 
Feel the love, loyalty, and great faith that is your heritage. 

"Train up a child in the way he should go — and away he goes!' 

Attributed to her mother toy V\da ^ox Glawson, a grand daughter of tfrigkam Lfotstrrg. 

Time line / lliilliilales of (liililmi & linimtcliililiTii nl' milium J. & limit 1 S. 


11 May 

Benjamin William Kunz 


23 Jan 

Mabel Mary Ann Kunz Thomas 


16 Feb 

Sylvia Magdalena Kunz Kunz 


7 Aug 

Sophie Olive Kunz Bateman 


25 Jul 

Anna Elizabeth Kunz Eschler 


15 May 

Myrtle Kunz Steckler 


7 Aug 

Willard Robert Kunz 


23 Dec 

Ivy Kunz Jensen 


6 Dec 

Joseph John Kunz 


7 Jul 

Carl August Kunz t 


25 Jun 

Leslie Amasa Kunz 


16 Jun 

Drucilla Kunz Savage- 


4 Sep 

Cecil Thomas* 


8 Dec 

Anona Kunz Clawson 


7 Aug 

Thelma Eschier Banks 


24 Dec 

Verda Eshcler 


2 Jun 

June Bateman Black 


1 Jan 

Gordon Kunz* 


26 Apr 

Ruth Bateman Beck 


2 May 

Lynn Thomas* 


27 Aug 

Max J. Eschler 


21 Sep 

Glenn W. Kunz 


18 Aug 

Merna Kunz Glade 


31 Aug 

Dorothy Thomas Mariano* 


12 Dec 

Loa Bateman Uremovich 


24 Mar 

Deltha Kunz Dunker 


21 Mar 

Theda Eschler Leak 


25 Aug 

Duane Bateman 


3 Jul 

Verlene Kunz Baker 


28 Jun 

Betty Eschler Westenhaver* 


5 Oct 

Blaine Kunz 


18 Apr 

Donna Eschler Ken nett 


13 Jun 

Venlta Thomas Paget 


7 Sep 

Don K. Jensen* 


25 Jun 

Dawn Bateman Brown 


8 Jul 

Elaine Jensen Bolton 


27 Jan 

Wayne Steckler 


29 Jul 

Joyce Bateman Burkinshaw 


29 Jul 

Janyce Bateman Fox* 


3 Oct 

Larry P. Kunz 


30 Nov 

Dianne Steckler Rasi-Koskinen 


11 Feb 

Lorena KunzJ 


20 Sep 

Sandra Kunz Martin 


13 Jan 

Ronald Ashley 


4 May 

Alfred Jensent 

$ Died as infant 

Sffes/tem&er. . 

by the children and grandchildren of William J. and Annie S. Kunz 

Ivy K. Jensen 
1082 Hwy. 36 
Ovid ID 83260 
b 23 Dec 1904 

Ivy Kunz .ton 

May 11, 1997 

LikeNephiofOld, I 
might say 'Having been 
born of goodly Parents,' 
I was doubly blessed 
and privileged to be 
reared and raised in a 
wonderful home, not 
filled with fancy 
furniture, or worldly 
comforts, but filled with 

Love, respect, faith, High Ideals and 

honesty — and some work. 
These were not taught by big long lectures, 

but by every day examples of living, by 

wonderful, humble parents. 
We as children tried to pattern our homes 

after what we had loved and enjoyed in 

their home. 
Today being May 5, 1997 holds very 

special memories for me. On this date 110 

years ago, my Father and Mother were 

married and sealed in the Logan LDS 

Both of our children chose that date for 

their marriages. Don, 1947, Elaine 1949. 

"Memories are souvenirs 
that time turns into Treasures" 

Mine is a treasure chest filled to capacity. 

Being the last of eleven children living, I 
must share of my memories along with all of 
yours. Being number 8, 1 had older and 
younger family members to love and teach 
me and help me. 

One of my choice memories is of all the 
family gathered around the old pump organ 
in the evening — one of the older sisters 
playing the organ and all of us singing, 
mostly church hymns and some old time 
ones, too. 

Father used to play the 
accordion and he would sing 
some dear old Swiss songs 
that were so dear to him and 

he would teach us the Swiss words also. He 
loved music. 

I remember the old phonograph with the 
huge horn and the cylinder records. It was 
beautiful, I recall "I'll take you Home again, 
Kathleen" and "Old Folks at Home." 

My mother had a 
sweet, gentle voice. She 
loved the church songs. 
Her favorite was 

After Grandma's sister Mary, 
died in 1920 during a ilu 
epidemic, Grandma didn't sing 
for a iong time. Some time 
passed and then orte day 
Aunt ivy heard her humming 
once again.... 
"Oh Ye Mountains High," which ends: 

"Noiv my own mountain home, unto thee I 
have come, all my fond hopes are 
centered in thee.' 

She was so grateful. I fancy I can still hear 
her humming a tune as she went about her 
daily duties. 

Another memory is of their f r j 

unwavering faith in the power of 
the priesthood. As a rowdy little 
5 year old, I went dashing through the house 
and stumbled as I neared the organ, where 
there was a very sharp point protruding. It 
hit me on the left temple side of my head 
and I went down and was totally 
paralyzed. They didn't call a Doctor or rush 
to a hospital. My Father and Uncle Johnny 
Kunz administered to me and my Dear 
Mom was my nurse. After three days I was 
able to sit up and walk again. An example 
of their unwavering faith. 

One Mother's Day, Willard came with a 
beautiful set of red glass dishes for Mother. 
She was so surprised and shocked and 
happy and of course said, "why did you do 
this?" He said, "Well, I didn't get to your 
Wedding Shower, so now this is your gift." 
He was so thoughtful to all of us, but 
especially our parents. 

Volumes could be written of these special 
memories and tid-bits. My special hope and 
prayer is that 1 absorbed a few of these 
blessed traits, and with the aid of my 
Wonderful Companion, Alf, could pass 

them on to our children and 
grandchildren and posterity, 
and all who enter our home. 

Uncle Alt and Aunt Ivy Jensen 


Donna Kennett 
852 W, Baseline Rd. 
Paul, ID 83347-6784 
b 18 Apr 1928 

eating watermelon in the bowry 

6 April 1997 

Some of my fondest 
memories of the Dairies 
are of G-ma out feeding 
the chickens and having 
us gather chips for the 
fire. I remember G-pa in 
the drying room turning 

the cheeses and letting us think we were 

On Sundays at the 

Dairies Uncle Willard 

would come out in his 

car and bring a 

Denver Post (I think) 

and a large bag of all- 
day-suckers, and in 

the Fall of the year he 

would treat us to 

watermelon. Nothing 

could have been 

better, than eating 

watermelon under the 

bowery. How blessed 

we were. G-ma always had a garden and 

she put out sumptuous meals, never a 

shortage of food. She used to make a dish 

of ground spinach flavored with garlic and 

as a child I hated it but now my mouth 

waters to think of it and what a treat it 

would be now. 

G-ma always wore near ankle length 
dresses and slips and on her slip or 
petticoat she always had safety pins for 
whomever needed one. I don't ever 
remember G-ma being cross. The only time 
G-pa was cross with us was when we 
would jump from the hayloft onto his new 
hay and knock off all the leaves. What 
rotten kids we were. 

On Thanksgiving once at Bern we were all 
in on stealing a pie from the pantry and as I 
remember, Wayne took all the blame for it. 
Sorry Wayne!!! 

G-pa dearly loved to fish, play SOLO and 
say, "pooh, I pass." He studied 
Homeopathic and many people from each 
area who were ailing came to him for advice 
and medicine. G-ma had a long haired cat 

whose name was "Mitty," and this has 
carried on through all of my family — each of 
my 5 children and I have a cat, mine is even 
long haired. Kristen's is named "Mitty." 

Some of the Swiss traditions of the 
grandparents are practiced in my home and 
most of our children's homes, i.e.: Easter 
eggs colored with onion peelings and coffee 
grounds, Wecca, Bratzeli's, and the old 
favorite and stand-by — Rushty. (I'm sure 
none of these words are spelled correctly. 

I could tell they were devoted to each other 
because of their large and loving family and 
for being together over 
fifty years. Their lives 
weren't easy, they 
were always working 
but never complaining. 
There was a warm and 
loving atmosphere in 
their home and in the 
homes of each of their 
children that I have 
tried to duplicate. I am 
thankful to them for 
recognizing the truth of 
the gospel and for 
their sacrifices in 
leaving Switzerland and coming to America, 
for their fine example of family life, loving 
and caring for others and in general, for the 
fine people they were. 


! April 1997 


Blaine Louis Kunz 
497 Adams Street 
Montpelier ID 83254 
b 5 Oct 1926 

An early memory of Grandpa 
at the Dairies. I had helped 
myself to tools in his 
workshop. He confronted me 
asking if I knew where his 
pliers were. Honestly I answered that I knew 
but said "I won't tell you." You can tell by my 
answer that I was VERY young age. The next 
thing I knew we were walking back to the big 
house and he had his pliers and one other tool. 
Nothing of a harsh nature took place but there 
was a very great FIRMNESS in his voice and 
manner that must have made a GREAT 
impression on me. For I had hidden them in the 
willows down by the creek below the saddle 


"We do let time 

and distance rob 

us of the closeness 

we once enjoyed 

with each other. 

We have been a 


FAMILY from our 

earliest years." 

I remember getting the milk cows from the 

pasture and returning them after. 

Mealtime memories. Early breakfasts in the big 

dining hall/kitchen. Grandma at the big 

stove covered with fry pans, mountains of 

rush tie. 

Family get-togethers. The Sunday times when 

the Girls helped Grandma with the cooking 

for all the families that gathered. 

Unique personality. Grandpa's "Hey Ho" when 

something special happened. 

Once Grandpa Caught me ... . He caught US riding 

the calves out in the Bern corral. Too close 

to the watering trough and the new 

decorations in the corral . 

Most memorable thing about Grandpa. The way he 

listened to the scratchy radio at the dairies 

to get the news. 

Most memorable thing about Grandma. Her pleasant 

humor and her kindly expression. I can still 

see her!!! 

Grandma wore: Her apron was almost her 

trade mark. 

Grandpa wore: His suspenders are fun to try to 


Skills Grandpa had: Cheesemaking was a 

gourmet art. 

Skills Grandma had: Sage hen with Rushtie; 

trout with Rushtie and Thanksgiving for 


I think Grandpa really loved — to fish. Grandma loved — 

to have her family with her. 

I remember the big leather chair with push 

button in the arm to recline the back. 

Favorite food: Cheese, cream, sage hen, trout, 

but none of these complete without 


My special memory of Grandpa: At age 15 — with a 

15-year-old partner, we were his "Home 

Teachers" after Grandma had passed 

Elaine J. Bolton 
P.O. Box 265 
Paris ID 83261-0265 
b S Jul 1S30 

11 April 1997 

We each have ["Grandparent 
Memories"], but probably don't 
take the time to reflect on them to 
the point where we could share 
them with family members. 
...what a wonderful idea to 
commemorate Grandpa's 

In our early school years 
the subject of 'Grandparents' often came 
up, and it was always with pride that I 
could share with classmates the fact that I 
had these kind, loving people who just 
happened to be my Grandparents. They led 
such exemplary lives, and we have felt so 
fortunate that we lived close enough to be 
able to spend lots of time with them and to 
experience their great personalities. 

While directing my thoughts along the line 
of 'Grandparent Memories,' these are some 
of the memories that are special to me: 

• The Sunday afternoons and evenings, the 
Birthdays, the Thanksgivings when all the 
family gathered at their home in Bern, 
were some of the most memorable days 
in my life, where we could play with all 
the cousins, and enjoy the Grandparents, 
aunts and uncles. We all remember the 
wonderful meals — the breakfasts with 
the 'rushtie,' etc. And because Dianne's 
Birthday was so close to Thanksgiving, 
this 'doubled the pleasure.' 

• Grandpa's dogs had chased a kitten to 
the top of a telephone pole, and no effort 
could bring the cat down over a period of 

two days. Finally, Grandpa couldn't 
have the kitten suffer anymore, so he 
brought out his shotgun and brought 
it down. There were a number of us 
little crying children watching that 
added to Grandpa's stress. 
What fun it was to stay overnight at 
Grandpa and Grandma's, and to see 
Grandma put on her freshly ironed 
apron, and then sit in her rocking 
chair, brush out our pretty black hair, 
then braid it, ever so neatly, twist it 

Wc think: Donna, Betty, Grandpa, Blaine, Grandma 
Venita, Elaine, Don 


into a bun on the back of her head, and 
fasten it with her neat combs. 

• Another big attraction at the 
Grandparents' home were the new litters 
of animals — baby kittens and puppies. 
We played with them for hour upon hour, 
mothering them. 

• We considered " w ' Ml •' S™1 blessing 

, , , -, Gwttdpa and Grandma 

ourselves lucky when Kwlz ! u ,„ s ,„ , mJ ti f e j m . the 

Grandpa harnessed many lessons me learned 

ar, *. „ . ., . from llmu, and tor She 

Peanuts to the cart knowledge that we were 

and took us with him loved unconditionally. Each 

. . .1 r- i j , time I make ' Wecca or 

down to the field to Bratseilles," the memories 

irrigate. He was SO of earlier times tie m even 

,r , .,, , closer to liiosc ccri/ special 

patient with us, and Grandparents." 
probably gave — Elaine Bolton 

Grandma a little breather, too. 

• I still have vivid memories of Grandma 
and some of her daughters working 
around the large kitchen table, sometimes 
making butter and placing it into molds, 
or making fruitcake for the Christmas 
season. They loved being together and 
had such fun whatever they were doing. 

• f wonder if all of us experienced the 
sandwiches Grandma made for us from 
her yummy bread and butter, so that we 
could either hike up to the Peak, or down 
to the Outlet to fish, or wherever. And to 
come into their warm happy home after 
sleigh riding or trying our luck on the skis 
was very welcome. 

Wayne Sleekier 

Wayne Steckler 

4185 Ben Armine Cir 
South Jordan UT 84065 
b27 Jan 1931 

17 April 1997 


My earliest memories of 
Grandpa and Grandma 
were from 1936 to 1940 
when we lived in their 
home. The reason I 
mention those dates is 
because I had to calculate 
them. I don't have the memory of Grandpa 
who could tell you the date, time of day, 
and the weather on that day when he 
recalled a simple thing like the visit of a 
friend. To this day I marvel how he could 
pull dates and minute details from his 
memory with such ease and precision. 

My memory of the clothes they wore for 
the most part is just an impression. I believe 
grandma wore a long dress that came to her 
ankles; it may have been black with small 
flowers. Grandpa wore dark trousers with 
suspenders and perhaps a flannel or plaid 
shirt. I definitely remember he wore wool 
socks that Grandma knit for him and 
slippers or slip on shoes because of his 
tender feet. 

My early memories of grandma are her 
quietly going about the house constantly 
working. Even when she sat down, which 
wasn't often, she would pick up her knitting 
or darning. 1 can remember her sitting in her 
chair of an evening carding wool into (rolls,) 
I can't remember what they were called. 
And then spinning them into yarn and then 
knitting them into socks for Grandpa. She 
used to let me card once in a while and 
never complained about the misshapen, 
(was it batts they were called?), that I 
made. She probably had to redo them, but 
she didn't do it when I was around. One 
thing I could do was to hold the skein of 
yarn on my outstretched hands while she 
wound them into balls. 

Grandpa was just as reluctant to scold or 
criticize. One summer he offered to pay me 
25 cents for each post hole 1 dug to repair 
the fence on the South Field. I don't believe 1 
made a dollar for my whole summer. All 1 
remember was his disgusted "Eh Hell, Pooh, 

I did get him angry enough to scold me one 
time. Grandpa used to let the calf suckle 
just enough to get the cow to "let down her 
milk" and to "wet the tits." Well, it was my 
job to keep the calves headed (herded) 
away after they had that tantalizing taste 
of mother's milk, while Grandpa milked the 
cow. I didn't have that job long. I was trying 
to keep two calves in the corner of the corral 
by the chicken coop, when one went right 
and the other went left. Well, I stood there, 
stick in hand, and watched that miserable 
calf run up to the cow's left side and 
"bump" the cow's udder so hard that it 
lifted her feet from the ground, causing her 
to kick and knock Grandpa off his one 
legged milking stool. Through his pain 
Grandpa let out the worst oath I ever heard 
him use. He called me a little "bleep bleep." 
I believe I tried Grandpa's patience more 


than all of his children and maybe even his 
grandchildren combined. 

One of my favorite memories comes from 
the time when Grandpa got on the phone to 
several of the uncles and told them that the 
"possum" were running. They gathered at 
Grandpa's and with their shotguns went up 
in Abie's field at the bottom of the peak 
where Grandpa had seen several flocks of 
sage hens fly in. They nearly filled a wash 
tub with the "chickens" they shot. They 
dumped the feathers etc. in the outhouse. 
They figured if the Game Warden got wind 
of their possum hunt he would be a little 
reluctant to gather the evidence. Oh what a 
meal we had. 

We usually ate simple meals, made with 
what was available. We had breakfasts of 
boiled eggs and rushty. I had to have my 
eggs hard boiled until my tastes matured. 
Now my favorite breakfast is soft boiled 
eggs and rushty all mussed together like 
Grandpa did. 1 still like to make my own 
sauerkraut and prepare it with the old 
fashioned wieners (with the tough skins) 
and milk gravy and boiled potatoes. 

To this day I regret that my tastes did not 
mature in time to eat the "faggots" 
Grandma made with ground liver and 
onions wrapped in the "net" from a pork. 
Another favorite meal I remember was 
"upfulmous" (apple mess). This was hot 
applesauce topped with whipped cream 
and cinnamon, served with boiled potatoes 
and milk gravy on the same plate, thus the 
name "upfulmous." 

Another thing 1 
remember and miss are the 
bottled crab apples and 
the cider Grandma and 
Grandpa made from the 
crab apples. When they 
moved into Montpelier 
Grandpa sent me down 
into the cellar to break all 
the bottles of applejack 
that had been setting on 
the shelf for years. You 
know every year they 
would make many bottles 
of cider. They would be 
placed on the shelf in front 
of the old and we would drink the cider as 
fast as we could before it turned hard. Well 

Don, Diannc, lilaine, (..ail, & YV.iyne 

there was always more made than we could 
drink and some of that cider was many 
years old. It was no longer applejack, but 
had become a clear apple brandy. 

I did as Grandpa asked, but I secreted a 
couple of bottles behind the boards along 
the stairs. For a while I walked from our 
home in Bern out to Grandpa's to milk the 
cows. I moved those bottles of "cider" to a 
badger hole along side the road and would 
take a nip or two on the way out and a nip 
or two on the way back. I don't think Mom 
ever realized that I was not complaining 
about having to go all the way out to 
Grandpa's every day to milk the cows or 
why I was so cheerful when I got back from 
this onerous task. 

I remember Grandpa's dog Bussy, and his 
team of mares, Polly, a sorrel, and Bess, a 
black. I will never forget Peanuts. I don't 
remember what Grandpa called him before 
Don and Elaine, their cousin, I can't 
remember her name, but she was Ace 
Jensen's daughter, and Dianne and I were 
riding all together and chanting in time to 
his trot — "Peanuts, popcorn, Cracker Jacks, 
five cents." The name stuck. 

Peanuts was the horse Grandpa used with 
his "bougally wagon." One time Grandpa 
and I went out to "Hoopgouble" to get some 
firewood with Peanuts and the bougally 
wagon. I don't remember much about getting 
much wood, but I remember our encounter 
with the porcupine. Grandpa had his 
double barreled 4-10 along just in case we 
saw a "chicken." All we saw was a 

porcupine. Because they were 
blamed for eating the bark and 
killing pine trees, Grandpa got rid 
of this nuisance by shooting it at 
close range. We went on up the 
canyon, got our little load of dead 
quakies and on the way back saw 
that the porky had crawled up the 
hill for 25 feet and up a quakie 10 
or 12 feet before it died. He was 
used to killing animals when 
j necessary or for food, but it really 
9 bothered him to think that the 
poor animal had suffered so long. 
I remember one animal it became 
necessary for Grandpa to kill. 
Grandpa had an old red boar that had 
gotten so big that he became dangerous. He 


had tusks I swear were two inches long. 
Grandpa was not generally afraid of 
animals, but this boar had him worried. He 
took a bucket half-full of grain and lured the 
hog into the barn where he could shoot it 
with the 25-20. I don't remember what was 
done with the hog, but I don't think it was 
usable for food. 

In any case, Grandpa didn't waste food. 
About all that he threw away when he 
butchered a pig was the squeal. I don't 
remember them ever cleaning the entrails to 
make sausage skins, but Mom told me they 
used to. I do remember the head cheese. I 
can remember Grandma carefully cleaning 
and scraping the pig's head including the 
ears. This was then boiled in a large pot on 
the stove until the meat literally fell off the 
bone. This meat including the ears and 
snout was ground up and pressed into a 
loaf between a couple of plates with a rock 
on top. Now I could eat this with relish (or 
rather with mustard) and enjoy every bite — 
and I couldn't eat faggots? 

I ate limburger cheese with Grandpa and 
Grandma, but I couldn't eat scrambled eggs 
and brains. I could eat tripe. In fact I have 
made pickled tripe many times. I like boiled 
tongue and boiled heart (which disgusts my 
family.) I didn't like the dark meat on a 
chicken or turkey as a child, but now will 
eat white meat only if there is no dark. 
Among my favorite parts of a chicken or 
turkey is the heart, gizzard and like my 
mother, the neck. 

I can remember holding hands in a prayer 
circle around Grandma's bed when she was 
near death (from gall stones.) The doctor 
had told us that her gall bladder was as big 
as a football. I remember the simple faith 
that was shown at that time. I don't 
remember much about her final illness. I 
think we kids were encourage to take our 
noise and confusion elsewhere. 

I do remember their tolerance with us 
when we turned their bedroom (in Bern) into 
"Go-to-Hells" instigated by some of the 
older cousins, and being repeatedly 
cautioned against swinging from the rope 
Grandpa used to help himself out of bed. I 
remember being called a "havely ghurker?" 
("pot-looker") when I kept interfering with 
the food preparation, carrying a fork in my 

hip pocket to steal tastes of the food being 
prepared for Thanksgiving. 

Betty Eschler 

unknown date: found in Myrtle's 
personal papers 

Betty Eschler 

b 28 Jun 1926 
d 11 May 1985 

How I wish at this time 
to have the pen of 
Longfellow or Browning 
in attempting to write a 
few lines of my beloved grandparents. There 
will not be one of us in trying to write that 
will not say, "It's impossible to put on 
paper how we feel about them." 

Front: Venita, 

Middle: Betty, 
Donna, Blaine, 
Back: Deltha ?, 
Dorothy, Theda 

Of Grandma, I would tell of the 
innumerable times she sat so patiently as 
we each took our turn in combing and . 
braiding her lovely, long, black hair. It 
seemed that each Sunday night before we 
would get into the cars to go "back to 
town," we must have our own turn at 
combing her hair. She would flinch now and 
then, but, when we would all have had our 
turn, she would stand up and say, "That's 
all for now." My favorite picture of her is 
sitting in the "big chair" with her cat, 
"Mitty," dozing in her lap as she made her 
knitting needles "click" over the many pairs 
of mittens and sox she turned out. Now as I 
raise my family, I long to take them to her 
knee and hear her exclaim over them as I'm 


knee and hear her exclaim over them as I'm 
sure she would have done. How sorry I am 
that she died before I was old enough to 
really appreciate her. 

As Grandma was quiet and retiring, 
Grandpa was of a more spirited nature. His 
bright blue eyes would fairly shine as he 
told of some wonderful adventure in his 
early life. Never enjoying perfect health and 
many times in poor condition, he would still 
tend to his chores, cattle, and the tilling of 
his fields. Grandpa was a most generous 
man. At the time he won the surrey given 
away by the "Consolidated Wagon and 
Machine Co.," he treated the children of 
Bern to a dance and wooden pails filled 
with candy. Although he never knew riches, 
he always provided amply for his family. 
Each of his children was special to him, 
and, in turn, each grandchild and great 
grandchild was always called by name and 
made to feel as though they were his 

Of all their wonderful traits and habits, 
there is one thing about them that outshines 
all others, and that was their never-ending 
faith and trust in the Lord. To have left 
their beloved Switzerland is a testimony in 
itself. They truly loved the Gospel and 
instilled this same love in the hearts of their 
children. How they respected the authorities 
of the Church! Their pictures and sermons 
could be seen at all times in their home. It 
was as if they knew each one personally. 
We can never repay them for so whole- 
heartedly accepting the Gospel. ...Yes, 
Grandma and Grandpa were loved, not 
only by each one of their descendants but 
also by whomever their lives touched in any 

In closing, I would like to add that all four 
of my grandparents were together on the 
day they were married in the Logan Temple. 
In fact, the two couples made the journey 
from Bern to Logan together. Little did they 
know how united their families would one 
day become. How proud I am to state that 
each of the four left their homes and 
families in far-off Switzerland to embrace 
the Gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints. 

— Betty Eschler Westenhaver 

Merna Kunz Glade 
2966 East Louise Ave 
Salt Lake City UT 

841 09 
b 18 Aug 1919 

llmiii kunz lilaili 1 

19 May 1997 

I have many fond 
memories of Grandpa 
William J., but perhaps 
the most outstanding 
occurred in June of 1944. 
Melvin and I were to be 
married on the 15th of 
June 1944 in the Salt Lake 
Temple. Grandpa was 
down visiting at Aunt 
Sophie's at that time. He 
desired to come to the Temple to be at our 
sealing. I am not sure of all that had to be 
done to make it possible for him to come to 
the Temple. I do know that Anona's 
employer, Julian Clawson, called Grandpa's 
Stake President to make it possible for him 
to come. Aunt Sophie brought him to the 
Temple that morning. We asked him to be 
one of the witnesses, which he graciously 

How I cherish the memory of his presence 
at that happy time. Besides that, I have his 
precious signature on my marriage 

— Merna Kunz Glade 


May 1944 — read at Grandma Annie's Funeral 

My Grandm 

She never spoke an unkind word 
To anyone that I have heard. 
She always had a smile of cheer 
For stranger, friend, or children dear. 
She saw the good in those who failed 
When all of us their shame had hailed. 
She'd listen to our tales of woe, 
And soon they'd melt away like snow. 
She'd always fix an extra plate 
At meal time, if someone was late, 
Find extra quilts to make a bed 
After the evening prayers were said. 

Thelma Eschler 

b 7 Aug 1914 

d Oct 1995 

She lived an honest noble 

Altho 'twas filled with 

toil and strife. 
She loved us all, and we 

loved her so, 
But now the Lord has called her to go. 
She's happy there with those she knew, 
But I'm sure she misses Grandpa, too. 
Her memory will inspire us, 
to keep that sacred holy trust. 
That we will meet her there some day, 
And for sufficient strength, we pray. 

— Thelma Eschler Banks 



Theda Eschl&r Leak 
8305 South 2700 West 

Salt Lake City UT 84088 
b21 Mar 1922 

Theda Eschler Leak 

unknown date [used with Theda's 
permission. She is recovering from a 
broken shoulder J 

My happiest memories 
of Grandpa and 
Grandma Kunz were at 
the Dairies where we 
lived right by them and 
spent a lot of time with 
them in their home. I remember Grandpa 
with his snowy white hair and twinkling 
blue eyes. Although he had quite poor 
health when he did feel good he enjoyed 
being busy and spent a good deal of time 
outside. When others were busy, Grandpa 
always lent a hand and would help catch 
and saddle a horse for us to ride. I 
remember him most sitting in his wooden 
arm chair by the window — sometimes 
dozing in it, but usually listening to the 
radio or reading his newspaper. He took a 
very keen interest in world events and spent 
many hours cutting out interesting items 
from the paper. Often when he'd find 
something of interest, he'd read it aloud to 
those in the room. During World War IT he 
had a world globe that he studied and 
could point out where the fighting was 
taking place and where each of his 
Grandsons were stationed. 

I remember how we would all listen to 
Grandpa relating his experiences in the 
past. He could remember happenings and 
dates as if they had happened only a few 
days before. 

I remember Grandma with shinning black 
hair that she kept neatly brushed and 
braided. She usually wore a nice starched 
slip apron. She 'was one of the gentlest 
natured persons I have ever met. She always 
had a smile for her children and 
grandchildren and a kind word. I don't 
think she was ever idle. She was known by 
all for her hospitality and was usually busy 
cooking meals or doing some household 
chore. When she sat down, her hands were 
still busy. We loved to watch her card wool, 
then spin it on her spinning wheel and last, 
knit it into useful items. It was a wonderful 
gift to receive a pair of home made mittens 
from Grandma. We liked very much to help 
her churn the cream and watch her make the 
pounds of butter. She'd always give us a 
cool drink of buttermilk when it was 
finished On Christmas she always sent a 
box to each family with her home made 
sugar cookies and a loaf of wecca bread. It 
was a wonderful treat for all. 

These are a few of the outstanding things i 
remember about Grandma and Grandpa 
Kunz. — Theda Eschler Leak 


Proverbs 31:10-31 Who 
can find a virtuous 
woman? for her price is 
far above rubies. The 
heart of her husband doth 
safely trust in tier, so 
Ihat he shall have no 
reed of spoil. She will do 
him good and not evil all 
the days of her life. She 
seeketh wool, and flax, 
and worketh willingly with 
her hands, She is like the 
merchants' ships; she 
bringeth tier food from 
afar. She nselh also while 
it is yet night, and giveth 
meat io her household, 
and a portion to her 
maidens. She considered 
afield, and buyeth it: with 
the fruit of her hands she 
plantelh a vineyard. She 
girdeth her loins with 
strength, and strenglh- 
enetfi her arms. She per- 
ceivelh that her mer- 
chandise is good: her 
candle goeth not out by 
night. She layeth her 
hands to the spindle, and 
her hands hold the 
distaff. She stretcheth 
out her hand to the poor; 
yea, she reacheth forth 
her hands to the needy. 
She is not afraid of the 
snow for her household: 
for all her household are 
clothed with scarlet. She 
maKeth herself coverings 
of tapestry; her clothing 
is silk and purple. Her 
husband is known in the 
gales, when tie sifteth 
among the elders of the 
land. She maketh fine 
linen, and selleth it; and 
delivereth girdles unto the 
merchant, Strength and 
honour are her clothing; 

and she shall rejoice in 
time to come. She 
openeth her mouth with 
wisdom; and in her 
tongue is the law of kind- 
ness. She looketh well to 
the ways of her house- 
hold, and eatetti not the 
bread of idleness. Her 
children anse up, and call 
her blessed; her husband 
also, and tie praiseth her 
Many daughters have 
done virtuously, but thou 
exeellest them all, Favour 
is deceitful, and beauty is 
vain: but a woman that 
feareth the LORD, she 
shallbepraised. Give her 
of the fruit of her hands; 
and let her own works 
praise her in the gates. 

21 May 1997 

Max John Eschler 

1000 Eclipse Way 

Salt Lake City, Ut 84116 

b 27 Aug 1918 


Here are some of my 
memoirs of Anna 
Schmid Kunz — an elect 
lady. She had many 
great attributes. Some 
of them are patience, 
kindness, always a peace maker, and 
what a hard worker! I never recall seeing 
my grandmother idle. She was either 
darning or knitting or spinning or washing 
wool or carding wool or cooking or baking 
or sewing or whatever, but she was never 

She had great faith in the gospel of 
Christ. When many of the family would 
gather at Bern, Idaho, for Saturday or 

Grandma always 
said to one of us 
boys, "Now, 
who will take me 
to church?" So 
one of us would 
throw the leather 
on a pair of 
trottin' ponies, 
and either in a 
sleigh or 
wagon — buggy, I 
mean — no matter if there was mud, snow, 
or heat, grandma would go to church 
while she lived in Bern. 

To anyone who has never met Grandma 
Anna Schmid, I would like to refer you to 
Proverbs, chapter 31, verses 10 through 
31. This essentially describes Anna 
Schmid Kunz. 

Here's a particular item: when we lived 
at "The Berg," Grandma would get up 
about 30 minutes before the crack of 
dawn while it was still murky — you 
couldn't see. We could hear her starting 
her fire in her large big black kitchen range. 
And after the fire got crackling and she 
got her "rushty" going — she prepared huge 
bowls of rushty the night before — then she 
would come to the bed room door and 
say, "Now, boys, it's the time of the day 
to get up." 

The corral at the Middle Dairy 

No one stirred a muscle. No one blinked 
their eye. They just put their head deeper 
in the pillow. Grandma would go back 
and work maybe five, ten more minutes, 
and come back, and with her voice just a 
little louder and a little bit more 
authoritative: "Now boys, get up!" No 
one hardly stirred again. 

Then the third time Grandma would 
come, and she would make it definitely 
known that it was time to get up. 

Grandma would set her breakfast — put 
her fire on low, if you can put a wood fire 
on low, and then she would go to the 
corral where she would milk her set of 
cows — 10-12 cows. A half an hour before 
the final milking, she would again tidy 
herself up, go up to the kitchen, and when 
everyone else finished milking their cows, 
she would have a huge great big nice 
breakfast — 
rushty (who 
could ask for 
anything better 
than Grandma's 
rushty?) with 
everything else! 

One of my 
assignments at 
The Berg was to 
get up very early, 
get a pony out of 
the horse pasture, and then start rounding 
up the milk cows. We would be milking 
110, 125 cows. They could go practically 
anywhere during the night, which they 
did! So my job would be to get on that 
pony and start rounding in the cows. 
Sometimes I wouldn't get the stragglers in 
until the milkers were almost through. 
And then another job I had and some of 
the other boys had, would be to what we 
called "take the cows off." The cows and 
calves were separated and then we would 
again get on the cow horse and drive the 
cows maybe half, three-quarters of a mile 
to the west. The calves would stay up in 
the meadow and then they would stay 
that way for the day. 

I can still remember coming in, a starved 
young teen-ager, and smelling that 
breakfast from over by Myrtle's 
homestead or on the Muddy. These were 


great experiences. The smells and the 
thoughts never die of Grandma and The 

Grandpa William J. had an injury, a very 
incapacitating injury when he was a young 
man. A horse fell "with him, drug him, gave 
him a severe hernia which he never really 
had repaired any time during his life. And 
so Grandpa Will J. never entered 
into any of the heavy work such as 
logging or the milking or the real 
heavy work. But Grandpa was a 
man who was a "fixer" of things. 
He fixed harness, wagons, buggies. 
He oversaw the butchering of the 
pigs and cattle. 

He had one thing that I remember 
especially. When we "went to 
canyon," we called it, we'd bring 
out wood to heat the dairy to make 
the cheese, Grandpa would have us 
bring some nice straight grained 
quaking aspens — dry, dead. And 
then out in the north end of the 
drying room he had his vice and a razor- 
sharp drawing knife. And there, hour after 
hour, he would sit and make shavings so 
that when the girls built the fire under the 
vat, under the cheese, it would start easy 
with those shavings- 
Grandpa had one hobby, or one of his 
labors, was making "spouts." That is, 
drilling holes through 10 to 12 feet of 
straight pine, yellow pine. He had a 
special auger — I never did ask where he 
got it. It was maybe eight feet long, had a 
special receiver cup on the end. He had a 
contraption he had built himself. He 
would lay that 10-15 foot log — they 
weren't logs, they were smaller pipes, 
maybe 5 or 6 inches in diameter — and 
then he would center his auger in the heart 
of that yellow pine, and start drilling, 
turning by hand this long auger. We would 
be there, the boys would be there, and 
every few minutes he would pull out a 
core or whatever, and he would inspect it 
to see which side of the heart he was 
drilling. And then he had some crude 
adjustments where he would move his 
pegs a little down or sideways, and he'd 
go back and hit the heart again. 

These pipes were tapered on one end 
and flared out on the other end. They 

were laid from a branch of Lander Creek, 
which was across the canyon, and where 
water was piped across Lane's Creek, 
and over to the dairy for the making of 

This was quite an art. I was working on 
my church one day with two experienced 
carpenters. I told them about how my 

Grandpa Will J. had drilled these yellow 
pines and made pipes out of them. They 
laughed at me! Ha! They'd never heard of 
such a thing. But that is one thing, Will J.'s 
the only man I ever saw drill "spouts" 
before or after. It was quite an art that I 
suppose he learned as a boy in 
Switzerland and then again as a young 
man in Bern, Idaho. — Max Eschler 

Willard R. Kunz 

b 7 Aug 1902 
d 2 Nov 1982 

written to his sister, Myrtle, 

fora 14February1978 Relief 
"Myrtle, Do you Remember?" 

When, as kids, we 
had our own fun games, 
such as "Hop Scotch," 
"Kick the Can," Hide and Seek," and 
"Horse Shoes." Playing Horse Shoes was 
always my favorite game, and probably 
because we did not furnish enough 
competition for you, it always took 
considerable coaxing for you to enter into 
the game of horse shoes with some of us 
younger ones, but when we were 
successful, it was always interesting. 

"Do you Remember" the Sleigh Box full 
of school kids from "Rabbit Holler" on 


our way to school without, it seemed, a 
worry in the world? Even though there 
were deep snow drifts to go through, to 
my knowledge, we were never late. The 
teachers, whom we considered as super 
beings, were always there before us 
arranging for an interesting day. Such 
teachers as Joseph P. Patterson, Oliver C. 

Willard, Joe, Ivy, AK 

Dunford, Mary Collings, Eloise Paulsen, 
Reuel V. Kunz, Charlotte and Ruth Hulme, 
and their brother Ben Hulme, were among 
those whom we respected and would 
have patterned our lives according to their 
teachings. To you mathematics and other 
subjects seemed to come easy, and 
mathematics was the toughest for me to 
handle. Your help in this subject will 
always be remembered and appreciated. 

"Do you Remember" that as soon as 
school was out our thoughts and activities 
turned toward moving to Williamsburg for 
the summer. To us younger ones it seemed 
to be an outing, with camping out and 
horse-back riding, etc. But to the more 
mature ones of the family it was serious 
business. To pack up bedding, food, and 
clothing as well as other things to set up 
housekeeping for the summer. One wagon 
was usually loaded with pigs and 
chickens. Others were loaded with trunks 
and boxes, etc. The White-top buggy 
usually carried the food and other smaller 
items, and room for passengers. About a 
hundred head of cows with their calves 
were trailed down the west side of the 
valley to Georgetown, and up Georgetown 
canyon to the "Big Spring." This was one 

of the beautiful camp sites on our trip, 
where good food and plenty of bedding, 
with the quiet and peaceful surroundings 
of the canyon, were enjoyed by everyone 
after a hard day's work. The next day 
was spent in reaching the Grandfather 
Schmid Ranch on Slug Creek, where we 
were greeted by him and his family who 
had spent the winter on the 
ranch and were as happy as we 
were for the reunion. It took two 
more full days to reach 
Williamsburg, or "the Dairy," 
as we called it. 

"Do you Remember" all the 
details needed before the first 
batch of cheese could be made? 
The cleaning up of the dairy 
itself. Getting the metal vat, the 
heating equipment in shape, 
along with the cheese presses. 
Also getting Lander's creek 
piped into the dairy through 
home-made wooden pipes, for 
a distance of about one-quarter 
of a mile. These things besides 
milking about a hundred cows by hand, 
and making cheese from the milk, which 
was a big job in itself. It included stirring 
the rennet and Coloring into the milk after 
it reached the correct temperature. Then 
after the milk "set" it was cut into small 
squares with curd Knives, when more 
stirring was carefully done under proper 
temperature and until a certain texture of 
ripening was reached. Then occasional 
stirring was done, and when the curd was 
"ripe" as we called, the whey was then 
drained from the curd in what we called a 
"sink." The proper amount of salt was 
added and stirred into the curd and it 
was placed in metal "hoops." These were 
placed in a press which completed 
squeezing the remainder of the whey out 
of the Curd and formed the solid cheese, 
which were left in the press for about 
eighteen hours, and then they were 
transferred to the "drying room" to cure. 

"Do you Remember" that there were 
other enjoyable activities, such as making 
ice cream with a hand-turned freezer, 
when sheep men would bring snow in 
canvas pack bags from the higher 
mountains? Some of these fellows used 
the excuse of bringing snow or a leg of 


lamb to the place in order to see the girls 
in the family. There were a few other 
diversions such as going to Wayan or 
Grays Lake for the July 4th and 24th 
celebrations where people came from all 
directions to enjoy visiting, horse races, 
kids' foot races, plenty of pop and candy 
and firecrackers, and closed with a 
baseball game which was always exciting. 

"Do you Remember" that the Henry 
Stampede was the big event of the 
summer? Our parents would do the 
milking and cheese making with a skeleton 
crew and most of us would attend the 
rodeo, which was one of the most 
advertised events in Idaho, and drew 
contestants and a crowd from all the 
western states. 

On horses: Bert & June A Louis K & Druie 
Mabel, Sophie, Sylvie, Ivy, Grandpa. Front: Les. Joe 

These experiences were all part of a 
"Family Affair" which included all facets 
of life. Dr. Reed J. Rich once said, "if a 
member of the Kunz family is sick, they 
are all affected. If a member of the Rich 
family is sick, no one gives a d-darn." 

We want you to remember that we 
appreciate your great spiritual strength and 
example which has helped all of us. 
Sincerely, Willard. 

Deltha K. Dunker 

536 Top Notch Cir. 

Pocatello, ID 83201- 


b 24 March 1921 


Delliiit kunz llunkrr 

27 May 1997 

Our Grandparents 
' *^^M were special, even 
though we might be 
considered prejudiced. 
They did so much for 
everyone with so little. 
We were closer than 
most families due to 
their love and caring. 
The memory of Grandfather that has 
stayed with me was at Williamsburg 
— standing in the hot sun while he sat in 
the shade of the bowry, and pouring water 
over the grinder wheel as he sharpened 
knives, axes, etc. — being told repeatedly, 
'pour it steady, girlie.' Grandmother was of 
wisdom gained through the years, by life 
and her whole-hearted love for her family. 

We have treasured and used her 
'homilies' through out my life and they still 
hold true. 

One was about things not always going 
as pleasant as we might like: "If it rained 
soup, our plates would be upside down!" 

Another, if we made statements we 
might not be able to fulfill: "Don't drive the 
peg too deep; you might have to dig it out 
with your nose." 

The oft repeated one: "One girl is a 
whole girl, 2 girls are a half girl, and three 
girls were no girl at all." She had lots of 
experience in that area! 

Of course, we all remember the one about 
ducks under water! nm 

I can still hear her telling Mother when 
she was about to correct Blaine as a little 
boy, "Das nit, Sylvie, das nit." 

— The memory of the dainty glasses of 
chokecherry wine she 1 served Theda and I 
one Thanksgiving. 

So many of us still make wecca, and how 
pleased she must be as we vie with 
memories of hers and our own Mothers to 
achieve their excellence. So many carry on 
the tradition. 

— The onion skin Easter eggs are a ritual 
with us. — Deltha K. Dunker 

How thankful we 
are for the trials 
and hardships 
tlrey endured that 
we are able to 
enjoy the 
comfortable lives 
we live and pass 
on these 
memories tn the 
generations who 



One morning in 

Bern, Anna — in 

search of Ma — ran 

past Uncle Willard 

and Uncle Joe 

who were 

engaged in 

separating the 

cream from the 

milk. They had an 

abundance of 

foam and 

decorated Anna 

so that only her 

black eves were 

visible. [They 

even took a 

picture.] Well, she 

got cold and 

called for Ma, 

who came and 

rescued her, 

properly scolding 

the boys, who 

were about to 

wash the foam off 

with the cold 

water hose. 

Anna L. Vigos 
3705 Wasatch Bivd 
Salt Lake City Ut 84 

My Ma and Pa — Mrs. 
Anna Schmid Kunz 
and William J. Kunz 
I hey accepted me 
into their home when I 
was thirteen months 
old — after the death of 
my mother, Conra Shumway Schmid. 

This was after they had raised their own 
family of ten and Pa's health was poor. It 
was a time when they should have been 
preparing to enjoy these "Golden Years." 

Instead, they acquired me. I'll be 
eternally grateful for their loving care and 
understanding. I pray God has prepared a 
specially beautiful, restful mansion for 
them. They have truly earned it. 

From Ma I learned the true meaning and 
joy of homemaking. She could perform 
any task she desired and perform it to 

I was enchanted to be with her when she 
was cooking. Her fine Roesti (fried 
potatoes), noodles, chicken soup, 
delicious bread, Wecca, Braetzlies, sugar 
cookies, deep fried wild chicken, 
sauerkraut, etc. 

I liked to tag along with her to milk her 
special cows, feed her chickens, gather 
eggs, hang washing, etc. 

By the hour she would card wool, spin it 
and knit stockings, gloves, scarfs, etc., for 

her family, Uncle Johnny's family and my 
father, her brother Robert. This she so 
generously did with her beautiful little 
hands that were always busy in service 
for others. 

Even during quiet time, she would sit in 
her rocker and scrape apples for me to 
enjoy. What a selfish little critter I must 
have been, but I enjoyed every moment of 
her love and attention. They are some of 
the most precious moments of my life. 

I well remember kneeling with the family 
for prayers as we gathered around the 
dining table. Pa officiated and there was 
such a peaceful sweet feeling there. 

It was very important to Pa to keep up 
with national and world news. He had 
this old, old radio with a headset that he 
listened to between crackling static. By 
watching his expressive blue eyes, I knew 
if he liked the news he received or not. 

Ma and Pa had a loving, kind close-knit 
family and their hospitality was known 
throughout Caribou and Bear Lake 

I remember running little errands for Pa 
and Aunt Libby when they were working 
in the drying room. They were turning and 
checking the cheese. Pa was very 
particular in the making and care of the 
cheese he and his family manufactured. 
Oh how I loved the warm curd — or when 
it was toasted on an iron — scrumptious! 

Pa was so good to his grand-daughters 
and me in allowing us to ride his beautiful 
Buckskin mare "Goldie." How we loved 
that horse. We would ride her and dream 
the grandest dreams. 

Lane's Creek provided 
water for the Williamsburg 
dairy and it also provided 
us with a swimming pool. 
This pool was really 
enjoyed during the hot 
summer days — of course 
"Au Naturale." From the 
banks of the creek we found 
clay and made play dishes. 

Pa taught us to create 
whistles from the green 
willows that grew along the 

Swimming hole at Lane's Creek w/litt!e swimmers 


While doing this, he would entertain us 
with stories of his past. 

Even today it is agonizingly painful to 
me to remember their love and caring of 
me. I love them dearly and appreciate all 
that was done for me. 

May 1997 [telephone 

"When we would visit 
Williamsburg, we liked 
to swim at the old 
swimming hole. I was 
always losing my shoes. 
When Grandpa had 
found them for the hundredth time, he 
gave them to me saying, 'Now, girlie, if 
you lose them again, I'm going to nail them 
to your feet!' And he meant it," said Loa. 

June B. Black 

388 E 5900 South 
Murray UT 84107 
b 2 Jun 1916 

June Ihilriiiiiii Him L 

6 July 1997 [telephone 


■PT* We lived next to 

i,- iMt I Grandpa and Grandma 
4Ml#M in Bern when 1 was a 
I little girl. I remember 
getting up early in the 
mornings before others 
were awake, walking in 
bare feet to their house, 
going upstairs where Ivy and Mytle were 
sleeping, and saying to them: "It's the time 
to get up!" They would take me into bed 
with them to get my little cold feet 
warmed up. Once while they slept I 
looked at some Easter Eggs they had there 
in their room. They were decorated with 
little candy or frosting mice. I nibbled 
them off! 

Later, when we lived in Utah, Ruth and 
I would be so excited when we went to 
Williamsburg. We did pretty good until 
we got to Uncle Johnnie's place at the 
lower dairy. From there on, we would 
jump up and down in the back seat and 
scream the rest of way until we got there. 

While we were there we would sleep with 
other cousins in the sheep camp next to 
the house. Nothing was better than 
visiting grandpa and grandma. 

We would be so lonesome to go to see 
them that when a rancher we knew was 
going up there, and he would ask if 
mother wanted to go up with him, we 
willingly rode in the back of his truck all 
the way, and thought nothing of the long 
ride in the open truck 

I remember the family prayers, with all 
kneeling around the table. There would 
often be sheepmen visiting and invited for 
a meal; regardless of who was there, they 
would kneel with us while humble prayers 
were said. 

Larry P. Kunz 

6395 S Braxton Way 
Salt Lake City. UT 

b 3 Oct 1 934 

Lam I*. Kmi/t 

1 September 1997 


It had been a very 
long time since I really 
focused on my 
memories of Grandma 
and Grandpa Kunz. 
When I did so, as I had 
promised Diarvne I 
would, I experienced a 
flood of recollections. 
Actually, they were 
more like flashbacks. Some were of events, 
some of things. Most were very pleasant. 
All were fun to think about. 

Knives: He had the sharpest knives 
imaginable. Many were ground down to 
pencil like widths. He used a large 
grindstone on which he sat and peddled 
while he sharpened away. I try to have my 
knives the same way. 

The rope: He had a rope attached to the 
ceiling above his side of their bed by 
which he would pull himself up. I recall it 
had a large knot on the end for better 
gripping. I was fascinated by the rope and 
thought it would make an excellent 
Tarzan swing. Dianne and I may have 
even tried it out. 

The chair: His was a captain's chair. I 
remember that as he grew older, he almost 
came to be shaped like the chair he used 
so much. 


Newspaper clippings: After Grandma 
died and Grandpa lived down the street 
from Sylvie and Mabel, I remember he 
liked to clip out newspaper articles. The 
problem was the old papers tended to 
pile up. Every so often, the "girls" would 
have to come in and persuade him to let 
them, throw them away. I sensed it was a 

Hand knitted mittens: Oh what a 
treasure they were! I think Grandma had a 
hard time keeping the supply equal to the 
demand. That Grandma knitted them was 
special by itself, but they were also 
wonderful to wear. The only problem was 
that one could only make so many snow 
balls before little ice balls formed on the 
wool. Remember? 

Fresh, hot biscuits: These were 
absolutely to die for and just thinking 
about her scones makes me hungry today. 

Breakfasts: Farmer's breakfasts that is. 
Rerschsti, fried meats and eggs. Always 
plenty to go around. 

The radio: Particularly in Bern, I 
remember Grandpa sitting in his captain's 
chair, cupping his hand to his ear and 
listening to his radio. I always wonder 
what would have happened if he'd been 
doing so when lightening struck the house, 
traveled down the antennae and burned 
out a spot on the outside of the radio. 

Fingertip coats: Either in the late forties 
or early titties, fingertip coats were a 
fashion item and Grandpa had one! It was 
medium blue with double, contrasting 
stitching at the bottom. It hung at finger- 
tip length and he looked very continental 
as he walked the streets of 'Pelier, cane in 

It seemed to me the family had a lot of 
traditions, even rituals. One in particular 
that I recall was the slaughtering of a hog. 
Everyone seemed to have certain duties. 
Grandpa's exclusive job was to dispatch 
the animal, which he did with a single 
shot to the forehead from a .22 rifle. The 
critter was dressed then hoisted with a 
pulley and lowered into a large drum of 
scalding hot water, whereupon all of the 
hair was scraped from it's hide using 
Grandpa's specially sharpened, large 

There were other traditional events I 
recall: making sauerkraut with Grandpa's 
cabbage slicer and his 2x4 prepared for 
breaking down the cabbage; noodle 
making where several families would 
gather, roll the dough, cut the noodles and 
hang them all over the kitchen to dry. 

A special recollection is of the cattle 
drives to the Dairies. As I remember, the 
men would go ahead with the cows and 
the rest of us would rendezvous in 
Georgetown canyon. There would be big 
bonfires, good food with singing and story 
telling. We kids somehow always 
managed to get in to the stinging nettles. 

I could go on and on but as I recalled 
these things and others (tromping hay; 
playing fox and geese on the crusted snow 
drifts; Grandma fixing fresh deer liver 
after the deer hunt), visiting each of the 
families on Christmas day, I am left with 
the profound sense of a very close family 
with great values and a rich history of 
loving each other. I hope it can continue. 

Phillip R. Kunz 

Dept of Sociology 

Brigham Young 


Proyo. UT 84602 


3 July 1997 

(son of Parley S Hilda Kunz, 
nephew of William J.) 

Uncle Will and 
Aunt Annie 

When I was a Blazer 
in Primary I went to 
Montpelier wi th my 
parents and they dropped me off to visit 
with Uncle Will for a requirement in the 
Primary program. I "interviewed" him 
regarding the family coming to America 
and his early experience. He told me 
about the copper kettles they brought to 
make cheese in and the material they put 
in the milk to make it curd. The material 
was called rennet. He told me about the 
crossing of the ocean and I recall that I 
was amazed at how good his memory 
was for being such an old man. He had 
white hair and what I considered to be a 
brown mustache. At least it was tinged a 
bit that color. Aunt Annie was always so 
kind and seemed to be interested in Parley 
and Hilda and their family. 


While they still lived in Bern, we used to 
go to their home, South of the cemetery, on 
occasion and Aunt Annie was always 
working. She made me at least two 
different pair of mittens that I remember. 
Sometimes they would come to our home 
on a winter's night and I remember always 
having a good feeling when they were 

In the later years of their life I can still 
see Uncle Will walking across the field as 
he was going fishing down on the Bear 
River on the South side of the Bern road. 

I wish I could have that interview over 
again now. I wish I had my notes for the 
report or the worn little mittens. We 
should be careful what we discard. 

Love Phil 

Sandra Klin/ i 

Sandra K. Martin 

1374 Austin 

Idaho Falls, ID 83401 


b 20 Sep 1937 

30 June 1997 

I don't have as many 
memories of Grandma 
and Grandpa as the 
rest of you because we 
didn't live right there 
and I was the youngest 
grandchild. Grandma 
died when I was either 4 or 5, so there 
aren't a lot of memories. I can remember 
going to see them in Bern and the lane 
being either muddy or snow-covered and 
grandpa coming to the end of the lane in 
the wagon or sleigh to bring us to the 
house. I liked to ride in the sleigh pulled 
by the horse. 

I remember Grandpa more. I can 
remember he had his shoes on the wrong 
feet and when I asked him why, he said 
they kept their shape better that way. 
Mom took a picture of him that day and 
you could see his shoes turning the wrong 

I also remember one time Mom and Dad 
took him fishing for the day. We fished for 
a long time in one spot in the boiling sun. 
Then we moved to a nice shady spot and 
Dad could see this great big trout under a 
bridge; he got Grandpa set up there to 
fish. He fished for a couple of minutes 
and then scared us when he hollered "Oh, 

my, Oh!" We thought he was sick. They 
decided he probably needed to rest and 
have some lunch. But he insisted he go 
back to where we were fishing before to 
rest. When we got back to the first place, 
they were trying to hurry and get him 
some lunch and make him more 
comfortable and he said, "Now while you 
fix lunch, I'll go fish." They laughed so 
hard because he just wanted to fish in the 
spot he wanted to and wasn't sick at all! 

I remember 
Grandma not 
having any or 
very much grey 
hair, and I 

wondered why 
she had dark 
hair and my | 
other Grandma 
had snow white 
hair. I can 
everyone being ■ 
at their house 
in Bern for 

dinner' I also grandchildren, with Dianne & Larry 

remember Grandpa used to let me sit on 
the arm of his chair and comb his hair. 

Verlene K. Baker 

1426 Mound Street 
Alameda CA 94502 
b 3 Jul 1925 

ferlene Kmiz linker 

1 July 1997 

Some of my treasured 
memories of dear 
Grandpa William J. and 
Grandma Annie: First 
of all, I would like to 
say that like Nephi, T 
am so proud to be born 
of goodly parents and grandparents. 
What a blessing that is. Some of my 
earliest memories of going to visit 
grandma and grandpa and walking into 
the house where there were always hugs 
and lots of love. There was no question 
that we were loved. They were never too 
busy to pay attention and listen to the 
things we wanted to tell them. I remember 
on one visit that grandma took me into the 
bedroom and we sat on the bed and just 
had a good talk. I really don't remember 


what we talked about but 1 do remember 
her loving arm around me and knew how 
much she cared. I also remember one or 
two trips to the Dairies and how much 
fun it was and how excited we would all 
be to go there. 

We moved away when I was quite 
young, but I am grateful for these few 
happy memories: horseback riding, 
watching the cows being milked, the 
cheese making and getting to taste the 
curd, the wonderful smells in the kitchen 
and all the yummy food grandma was 
always making. I also remember the 
special prayers that were always said and 
maybe we had wiggles, but they were 
precious memories. We are all very 
blessed to have had these two wonderful 
caring people as our grandparents!! 

Dianne S. 

1744 Richard Rd 
Sandy UT 84093 
b 30 Nov 1935 


6 June 1997 

One of my early memories is that of 
sitting alone in the early morning sun on 
the front cement steps at Grandpa and 
Grandma's Bern home to lace up my 
brown shoes. I can still "see" down the 
lane and across the fields to the 
mountains east of Montpelier. I think I can 
still smell the mingled fragrances of dew- 
on-grass, sweet hay and sun-warmed 
earth. I hear a meadow lark call. Alone I 
sat there, but still not alone, because I 
knew "the folks" were in the house going 
about their business — this memory has 
multiplied in my mind the sweetness of 
the memories of those days together with 
a longing for the sweetness of associations 
now suspended. Today, "alone," but still 
not alone, I treasure the promise that "the 
folks" are there going about their business 
— and that those associations will resume. 

My only memory of Williamsburg is 
visiting there once or twice, long after 
Williamsburg was "retired." When the 
family would talk about it, I always felt I 
had missed out on something really great. 
(One of those times, with Duane as the 
driver, we got stuck in the mud. Even with 
a cast on his broken arm, he was the only 

able-bodied one, so he worked in the mud 
to get us out until his cast was 
replastered — with mud!) My own 
memories are all associated with Bern and 
Montpelier. When I was four years old, we 
moved from Grandpa and Grandma's 
home in Keller Holler, where my mother, 
Wayne and I had lived for four years, to 
the "post office" in Bern. I went back as 
often as I could to visit Grandma. Once I 
took a great risk and tried to sneak a visit 
after my mother had said "No" because 
Grandma was not feeling well. But I was 
sure I would be welcomed. Mother caught 
me before I could get there — and I received 
a public spanking for my effort! 

One lunch time I recall Grandpa had 
great difficulty cutting butter to spread on 
his bread, only to discover that the 
"butter" was a piece of swiss cheese. The 
way I remember it is that he scolded a 
little that Grandma had put cheese on the 
table as butter. On reflection, I'm not sure 
whether it was her "mistake" or his, but it 
made an impression on me. And yes, I do 
remember sitting at Grandma's table 
ready for dinner or lunch, and upon 
learning the menu asking "Potato soup — 
again?" [Now I love potato soup.] 

Sitting behind Grandma in her big chair 
and combing her hair seems to be a 
memory many of us have — the 
granddaughters, at least. I also loved 
riding in the "boogley wagon," and never 
got enough of it. 

Do you remember the "umbinder" 
Grandpa wore under his hat on windy or 
cold days? or when he went fishing? My 
first ironing job was to iron his big blue or 
red bandanas. Did you ever pick "cow 
slips" somewhere down the "shreg lane"? 
[What was the name of that lane, anyway!} 
Or hike to the peak or Bear Holler with 
hard boiled eggs, salt, pepper & mustard 
for a lunch? 

I loved best when Grandpa, Grandma, 
and the family would assemble up the 
canyon to "burn a weenie" as Uncle Joe 
would say — with the aromas of rushty 
frying, one savory meat or another cooking 
on the camp stoves, the coffee brewing — 
intermixed with the sights, sounds, and 
smells of the great outdoors — ahhh. Or the 
family gathering at Grandpa's in Bern, for 


dinner — and on occasion to listen to 
conference on the radio — the adults 
visiting and listening, the cousins running 
in and out, up and down — having a great 
rime. I remember anticipating those 
visits — looking out the window and down 
the lane to spot the car or cars coming 
from "town," sometimes running part way 
down the lane to meet them, riding back 
on the running board. I remember sitting 
around their large table after a meal and 
playing "spoons." I won't ever forget the 
look on Aunt Ivy's face when she would 
quietly pick up a spoon and wait for 
every one else to catch on. 

I loved sauerkraut-making gatherings — 
the adults taking turns running crisp 
heads of cabbage over the sharp blades of 
the cutter — the cut cabbage put in the 
barrel; everyone, including the children, 
taking a turn pounding the cabbage until it 
was bruised and exuding cabbage juice; 
the sal ting and tasting and 
asking each other if they thought 
it had enough salt; weighting the 
lid down on top of the full 
barrel. Then of course there was 
the far-too-long wait for it to 
ferment before we could eat it. I 
loved sauerkraut sandwiches, 
sauerkraut with potatoes and 
milk gravy — maybe the only 
thing I didn't like was the 

I think Grandpa and Grandma 
loved Yellowstone Park. I 
remember going to Yellowstone 
with them when I was five years 
old. Uncle Willard invited 
(persuaded) Grandpa, 
Grandma, and my mother 
[including Wayne and Dianne] 
to go on an unforgettable trip — 
bears and geysers are all 
combined in this memory with Grandma's 
cooking on the camp stove, rushty and 
fish frys, fishing off Fishing Bridge — and 
Aunt Lorena feeding the bears! 
[marshmallow/graham cracker sand- 
wiches, spaced and placed appropriately 
to lead the bears closer to our car!] 

After Grandpa moved to Montpelier 
many Saturdays (during my Saturday- 

morning-piano lesson days) we'd have 
lunch together (sometimes at the Burgoyne 
Cafe) and then go to a matinee at the Rich 
Theater — that is, if the matinee was a 
western! The price of admission for me 
(under age 12) and for Grandpa (a senior 
citizen) was the same: 9c. The plan was 
that we were to take turns paying, but 
when we approached the window to buy 
the tickets, Grandpa would say: "Now 
girlie, I think it is my turn." It seems like it 
was always his turn. We never sat 
together — he would sit in the back where 
he could make use of the hearing aid 
facility, and I would sit wherever I 
wanted. We both liked Gene Autry, 
Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes, lot's of horses, 
and the Sons of the Pioneers. "Tumbling 
Tumble Weeds," and "Cool Water" were 

During one of my visits I decided to 
"help" Grandpa by mopping his 

bathroom floor. A big sliver 
from the mop handle lodged 
in my hand. Not wanting to 
tell Grandpa, I left the mop 
bucket, wet floor, etc., and 
told him I had to go see 
Aunt Libby. He could see 
this was a very sudden 
decision and coaxed the 
reason out of me. I cannot 
remember if he removed the 
sliver himself, or if he just let 
me go on to Aunt Libby's. 
But I do remember the kindly 
way he looked at my hand 
with the sliver and that he 
did not impose any action 
on that sliver that I did not 

Visiting Grandma and 
Grandpa — with the 
accompanying aunts, uncles, 
and cousins — was the best activity I could 
think of! 

I believe we will all visit Grandma and 
Grandpa again — and enjoy the best of 
that which we enjoyed together in the 

Grandma, Grandpa, Dianne 

at Old Faithful. Grandma was "all 

dressed up" with a fresh apron, her hat, 

and carrying her purse. 


S/ em/?/ <zwa/ uwtrrf). 

A good friend of mine read parts of our "Memory" collection. She said: "Your family 
has the most delightful words!" And she repeated a few of them. She could say them 
just about right, because we have each done our best to spell them phonetically, even 
when we don't know what the correct spelling would be. Can you think of other words? 
Do you have a better idea of how to spell them? 

our words 

• angst 

• boogeley, bou 



• bratzlis 

• "shturm" or "exshturm 

• gutz 

• habisduna 

• hoogha 

• kneeblatz [ku 


platz) or 


(I once thought the name 
was "For- Ronnie-cookies") 

ruschty, rushty, 





Spelling/meaning (if known) 

Anxiety, fear Our family had "the angst" (we pronounced "ong- 
sht") long before it became the fashionable term in American society 
"Angst" (often pronounced "ang-st"with an "a" as-in "after") to 
designate the anxiety or nervous moving force that drives the artist, 
author, etc, to pursue his art. 

two-wheeled wagon hitched up to one horse (Peanuts) 

thin, lemon or anise flavored sugar /butter cookies, cooked on a 
Braetzli iron 

confusion., agitation (??); [close German word; "sturm" means 
"storm," "tempest," or "to ring the alarm bell"] 
? just a "gutz" of this or that 

cabbage dish, cabbage cooked on pastry with cream and ??? butter? 
[If you know how, speak up!] 

pie dough (left over?) baked with cream /butter/ sugar/ cinnamon on 
top (or even canned milk?) 

kneepatches, light airy delicate flaky pastry rolled and stretched thin, 
deep fried [little "blisters" or puffs form], sprinkled with sugar or 
sugar/cinnamon; stored in bushel baskets 

Someone once explained that the baker would stretch the dough over 
his aproned-knee to get the desired thin texture before frying: thus the 
name "knee patches' 

TOSchti, roesti, rOSti [spelling from a cookbook, no less!] 

boiled potatoes, fried in butter w/wo onions/chives; 

chives — Schnittlauch [see footnote next page] 

a wooden foot stool 

It's what we called a scarf: um (around) binder: around-the-head- 
binder is my guess. 

egg/butter bread, braided and baked with an egg or cream wash — a 
Christmas necessity! 

Boogeley Wagon 

There is a German 
word "bugfieren" 
which means "to 
take in tow." 
Could this be the 
root word? 


Peanuts Himself 

The Boogeley Wagon with Thelma, Druie & Verda 
(I think), ami Peanuts, of course. 


</Z&w fa..* 

How do you make onion skin Easter eggs, that spinach- garlic dish Donna speaks of, the oft- 
mentioned "rushty/' sauerkraut, or the tripe Wayne talks about — well, no, I don't want to 
know how to make that! Wecca, bratzlis and the rest...???? 

Zen and the Art of Making "Rushty" 

A travel brochure I A friend, while proof-reading these "memories/ called one Sunday 
proclaims: "rbschti, afternoon to ask me what in the world "Rushty" was. She wondered if it 
the golden light was ambrosia. I was unavailable, and so Kalevi told her, "Well, it's fried 
Swiss version of potatoes. " She hung up the phone and said to herself, "Fried potatoes! Why 
hashbrowns in the world would anyone be so enthusiastic over fried potatoes? "This lias 

—a regional caused me to wonder — why are we so in love with Rushty? Well, if we were 

speciality of Zurich." | [ Q fry i answer her, what would we say? We could say "It's the butter." 
We could say that. We coidd say "It's the way they were served." We could tell her it's in the 
seasonings. Still, many of ns feel we just don't cook a great pan of Rushty— like Grandma did. 
Is their a missing ingredient? — Rendered butter? Could it be... ? Just as when someone gives 
you a loaf of homemade bread and you know that someone loves you that much — just so, could 
it be that it has something to do with the love and nurture and acceptance and generosity that 
enveloped us as we sat together to eat it? Someone said about gifts: "It's not the gift, but the 
warmth of the hand of the giver" that is the real gift. What would be your answer? 
...Still — rushty like Grandma made — YES! it is something to be enthusiastic about, to fall in 
love with! 

• Rushty as Grandma Kunz taught the Eschler girls 

Melt generous amount of butter in skillet, just as it is turning brown add preboiled and 
shredded potatoes. Add Schnittlogh 1 if you Like. When browned on bottom turn once only 
and brown as desired. 
Salt and pepper to taste. 

• Swiss Easter Eggs as Libby Eschler did them. 

Have ready about a 10 xlO inch square of newspaper for each egg. (Any type of paper will 
work; newspaper was readily available and cheap.) In a good sized kettle put the dry 
brown-yellow onion skins that fall off the onions (all sizes and shapes), coffee grounds, and 
a "gutz" of vinegar. (You may need to save those dry onion skins all year to have enough by 
Easter; if you don't have enough, and do have friendly grocer, you may be able to get a sack 
full from his produce department.) Barely cover all with water and kind of mix it up. Using 
clean raw eggs, cover each egg completely with a generous layer of the soaked onion peel 
and coffee grounds mixture. Wrap each onion-skin covered egg individually in a square of 
newspaper and just put some string around it to hold it together. Place these egg "packages" 
in a large kettle. Cover the newspaper-wrapped eggs completely with water. Bring to a 
boil slowly and boil until hard cooked. (Cooking time depends on how long it takes to hard 
boil eggs at your elevation; if egg packages float on top of water, you may want to cover the 
pan, as there have been some reports that the eggs did not fully cook in the usual length of 
time; covering the pan should help with that problem.) Remove from kettle. After you 
remove the wrappings, dry the eggs and lightly grease them so that they shine. 

I remember 
reading a short 
story by WilLa 
Catner — 
Rosicky." During 
lean years made 
even worse by 
drought and crop 
families resorted 
to selling the 
cream skimmed 
off their milk in 
order to make a 
little extra money. 
Neighbor Rosickv's 
wife resisted that 
temptation, saying 
that she did not 
want to raise pale 
children. I 
thought that 
meant she wanted 

to give the best she 
had to her 
children. That 
feeling of love and 
willingness — even 
eagerness — to give 
generously the 
best describes 
Grandma Annie. 
— No, Grandma 
didn't raise "skim- 
milk" children, 

Thanks to Donna 
Kennett for the 
Rushty and Easter 
Egg instructions. 

My spelling. But wait! 1 found the word in the German/ English dictionary!! "Schnitt" is a derivative of "to cut," and "Lauch" is the 
German word for "leek." Scrmittlauch! But Schnittlauch is a word all by itself. 


'Mam^s S&nnie <br. misix 

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Ceave gabylon. Qather to 2ion 

That was the call of the restoration the Kunz and Schmid families heard. Leave 
the "world"' — worldliness with it's enticements — power, getting gain, digging a pit 
fox your neighbor, pride. Gather to Zion — -have the comfort of "knowing God" and 
the peace of a pure heart and pure intent. How well the early converts understood that 
call! The patriarch to the church blessed John Kunz III, William's father, thus: "...thou 
art one of the noble Spirits that was present in the Grand Counsel that was held in 
heaven when the Morning Stars sang together, and the Sons of God Shouted for Joy, 
and you voluntered at that time, to come upon the Earth in this last Dispensation and 
take upon thyself a body of flesh and Blood and Bones an nerves and Sinewes in 
Order to ' work out thy Salvation and obtain for thyself a far more exceeding and 
eternal weight of Glory' and inasmuch as thou has left thy Native Country in Order 
to obey a commandment that the Lord has given wherein he has commanded his 
Saints to gather out from Babylon, and flee to the Land of Zion, where they can be 
taught the Laws and ordinances that pertain to life and Salvation and be free from 
the Calamities that are about to come upon the Nations of the earth, and if thou wilt 
listen to the Counsel of those that God has called and set apart to bear Rule in His 
Kingdom, ...thou shall be blest pertaining [to] thy labors in the Ministery even in thy 
own native Country, . . . and thou shallt become a Savior upon Mount Zion even a 
Savior unto many of thy friends and relatives that have died without a knowledge of 
the Truth and thou shall be blest in helping to build Temples and in lengthening the 
cords and strengthening the Stakes of Zion." 

Switzerland to America. Babylon to Zion. If we look only at the journey of miles, 
we miss the greater adventure. The "Babylon to Zion" journey is one we each will 
make. "Come!" their call resonates with Him who issued the call first, and we hear it 
echo across the veil. 

"Come, my dear ones, come..." 

Leave Babylon. Build Zion. This is our legacy from Annie Schmid and William 
John Kunz. We will see how they set a course to find the " . . .comfort of being 
together in peace and plenty.. ." under God — not a bad working description of Zion. 


1802 Dec9 birth of Rosina Katharina Klossner [wife of John I] 

1803Sep16 birth of John Kunz I 

1819 Jun 20 birth of Rosina Knutti (who md, John Kunz II) 

1823 Jan 20 birth of John Kunz II 

1830 Apr 6 

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints organized by Prophet Joseph Smith 

1837 Mar8 

birth of Magdalena Straubhaar 

1837 Sep 24 birth of Karl August Schmid 

1841 Nov 13 deat h of J akob Kunz (father of John I)| his widow Susanna waits 3 days 

1842 Oct 22 

1843 May 4 

John Kunz II [at age 19] md to Rosina Knutti, dght rof David Knutti and Katharina Man! 

birth of Anna Landed 

1844 Feb 7 

birth of John Kunz III 

1862 Jun 22 

John Kunz I & daughter Rosina baptized by Uirich Buehler 


1863 Jun 12 

John II joined mob at his father's home protesting presence of Mormon missionaries; John I told his son to go to his home [he did] 
Katharina Kunz [twin of Rosina] baptized by Elder Uirich Buehler 

1865 Mar 14 

birth of William J. Kunz 

1867 May 7 

birth of Anna Schnnd 

1 868 Mar 21 John Kunz I ordained a priest by Elder Willard B. Richards 

1868 Nov 11 John Kunz I ordained an elder by Elder Karl G. Maeser; appointed Presiding Elder of the Branch and served until his death 

1868 Nov 15 Rosina K.K. Kunz baptized & confirmed by Elder Karl G. Maeser 

3 Nov 15 John III and Magdalena Straubhaar Kunz baptized 

1869 Feb 27 

John II 8. Rosina Knutti Kunz baptized by Elder W illard B. Richards; confirm ed by E lder Christian Willie 

1869 Mar 30 John II ordained teacher by Elder Karl G, Maeser 

1869 Nov 4 John II ordained elder by Elder Karl G. Maeser 

1 870 Jul 6 John II [wife & 8 of 1 ch ildren] left for America [SS Victoria] 

1871 Feb 17 death of John Kunz I [in Sw itzerl and] 

1873 Jun 30? So phia Straubhaar baptized by Joh n III before he emigrated to Zion 

1873 Jun < 

William J. baptized by his father 

1873 Jul 2 ? John III 8. family |William J.| emmigrated to Ame rica | SS Nevada] 

1 874 May 22 death of Magdalena Straubhaar Kunz [William J.'s mother]; blessed by Wilford Woodruff & Charles C. Rich; buried in Ovid Cemetary 

1 874 Oct 26 John III marries Sophie Straubhaar [in USA] 

1 876 winter William baptized for restoration of health 

1878 Jun 3 

John II ordai ned a Bishop June 3, 1 878, by Apostle Charles C, Rich [Bern, Idaho] 

1 880 May26 Karl August Schmid baptized [Swi tzerland! 

1880 Jun 25 Anna Lander! Schmic' D3:;'izec [Switzerland] 

1880 Oct4 

1883 Jan 18 
1883 August 

Anna Schmid [Kunz] baptized [Switzerland] 

death of Rosina K.K, Kunz at age 81 ; buried in Logan cemetary [widow of John Kunz I; great grandmother to William J.] 
Annie ]16)& Mar y [11] arrived in Paris Idaho 

John III serves mission in Switzerland 

1886 Jun 9 

Schmid parent s [ Karl, Anna] & 3 child re n arrive in Montpelier 

1887 May5 

William J. & Annie Schmid married in Logan temple 

1890 Feb 16 death of John II; buried in Ovid Cemetary, Ovid, Idaho 

1890 Jun 15 John Kunz III ordained bishop Bern Ward by Eld er John Taylor; served next 26 years in this calling 

1893?? William J. moved his family to Williamsburg— the "middle dairy" 

1 894 Feb 4 death of Rosina [wife of John II]; buried in Ovid, Idaho 

1 895 Jul 31 Indian up-rising at Williamsburg 

1899 Mar27 Schmid family relocates to ranch at Slug Creek 

1906 *Bought land to build home in Bern at "Keller Holler"; first frame home in Bern 

1911 Jul 4 

death of Anna Landed Schmid [burial Georgetown, Idaho] 

1913 Jan 25 death of Karl August Schmid [burial Georgetwon, Idaho] 

1917Dec Annie begins 15 years service in Relief Society 

1931 Jan Electricity comes to Bern, Idaho 

1933 William & Annie "retired" to home in Bern 

1944 May 23 

1952 Mar 15 

death of An nie Sc hmid Kunz 2 weeks past 77th birthday [buried Bern Cemetary] 
death of William J, Kunz, 1 day past 87th birthday [buried Bern Cemetary] 


Chapter One — Marriage, children, and. ..40 years of curd's 'n whey 1 

The Way It Was (1925-1927) .. .in their own words 5 

In sickness and in health 11 

"We will kneel..." — A Postscript 15 

The comfort of the temple sealing of our grandparents 17 

The rest of the story 18 

Chapter Two — ...about Mothers and Grandmothers 20 

"Ma" —Annie Schmid Kunz (1867-1944) 20 

Annie and Mary leave Switzerland 20 

Annie's parents and family 22 

The Schmid family hears the gospel 22 

Grandpa and Grandma Schmid's home 24 

Chapter Three — ...about Fathers and Grandfathers 25 

"Pa"— William J. Kunz (1865-1952) 25 

John Kunz 3rd's conversion 26 

John Kunz 2nd's conversion , 26 

"... deliverance from Babylon" 27 

"...remember the fear and the trembling..." 28 

Baptism for restoration of health 29 

Making a living in Bear Lake 30 

Places we need to know 33 

Chapter Four — The Pioneer Life 35 

Food, Clothing and Family Activities 35 

Making Cheese 35 

Life at Williamsburg 36 

Summers in Williamsburg 37 

Appendix — People, places, and things 1 

Kunz, John, jun. (3) 1 

Bern Ward 1 

Steamship Nevada 2 

Sailing date John Kunz 3rd w /family 3 

Karl G. Maeser (1828-1901) — Quotes and Biographical Facts 4 

Silas Wright 5 

Charles C. Rich , , 5 

Montpelier gets its name 5 

Chief Washakie 6 


The year 1997 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the 

first Mormon pioneers in Utah on July 24, 1847. Throughout the 

church world-wide, the almost-ten million members are 

remembering the "Faith in Every Footstep" which brought those 

pioneers here. From 1847 to 1868, an estimated 58,574 pioneers 1 

crossed the plains. Oct. 24, 1868, brought the last wagon train 

company of pioneers to Utah. They traveled from New York by 

train to Benton, Wyo., where they formed a wagon train to Salt 

Lake. The following year, on May 10, 1869, the railroad linked the Atlantic to the Pacific 

oceans, thereby ending pioneer migration by wagon and handcart. 

Just a little over one year later, on July 13 , 1870, John Kunz II and his large family set 
sail from Liverpool on the steamship Manhattan to cross the Atlantic, arriving July 26. 
From Castle Garden, New York, the company, now enlarged to 275 saints, traveled in 
eight railroad cars to Salt Lake, where they arrived 5 August 1870. The train "is so full 
that in steep parts of the Rocky Mountains, the men had to get out and walk." Even so, 
" ...the combination of steamship travel and the railroad. . .made the act of getting to the valley 
faster, . . .easier and safer." 2 The Kunz party then traveled by wagon to Providence, Utah, 
where they spent the winter, and the following spring, continued to Ovid, Idaho . . . 

C"71re descendants of William J. and Annie S. Kunz trace their grandparents' "footsteps 

Uof faith" in this short history. Those "footsteps" led from Switzerland to Zion, and 
put in place the heritage that brings their posterity "here" to this point in time — enjoying 
life blessed by the church and gospel that their fathers recognized and chose to live by — 
enjoying the freedoms and privileges this country offers as it nears the beginning of a 
new century. The physical miles they traveled and their hardships were evidence only of 
an outward journey. The inward journey is one we all must make. 

To discover their dreams, feelings, hopes; what they found strength in; their faith; 
what made them the kind of parents they were; what they would wish for us, their 
children, grandchildren, great grandchildren — would be to discover their inward journey. 
Though we cannot know it fully, we can learn something about them — and consequently 
something about ourselves as we view scenes from their lives. In their sacrifice we find 
strength and example to fortify ourselves in our own journeyings. 

. . . .we will begin to see how their journeys parallel our own. There are lessons for us in every 
footstep they took — lessons of love, courage, commitment, devotion, endurance, and, most of all, faith. 
Is there a lesson in the pioneer experience for us today? I believe there is. The faith that motivated the 
pioneers of 1847 as well as pioneers in other lands was a simple faith centered in the basic doctrines of 
the restored gospel, which they knew to be true. That's all that mattered to them... 

Life isn't ahvays easy. At some point in our journey we may feel much as the pioneers did as they 
crossed Iowa — up to our knees in mud, forced to bury some of our dreams along the way. We all face 
rocky ridges, with the wind in our face and winter coming on too soon. Sometimes it seems as though 
there is no end to the dust that stings our eyes and clouds our vision. Sharp edges of despair and 
discouragement jut out of the terrain to slow our passage. ... Tapping unseen reservoirs of faith and 
endurance, we, as did our forebears, inch ever forward toward that day when our voices can join with 
[theirs]... 3 

One day "...when you've completed your life here and return[ed] to that better world," 
proposes a pioneer woman to us in our day, "I'm sure we'll embrace and say through 
our tears: 'How did you ever do it? I doubt that I could have!'" 4 So too will be the 
meeting between us and our grandparents, William J. and Annie S. Kunz. 

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*]ohn Kunz 1 (Johannes Kunz) 

"... deliver ence from gabylon" 

The first member of the Kunz family to seek out and join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
[1862]. Did not emigrate. Regarding the 'departure of his oldest son and family to go to the land ofZion, 
quote: "For which event he was very thankful to his God for seeing the deliverance from Babylon of such a large 
number all at once. There being in the company who emigrated about fifteen of his nearest blood relations." He died 
the following year at age 68 in Switzerland. His widow, Rosina, later emigrated with her grandson, John 
Kunz III, and his family. 

*]ohn Kunz 2 

special interest: "...raising his f amity in the Jear of the Cord" 

The last to be converted, but the first to emigrate. "He was instrumental in bringing 
the first Latter-day elder into his Father's house although personally he was opposed to 
the Gospel for next seven years. Was baptized in 1869 and emigrated following year 
leaving Father, Mother, Brothers & Sisters and some of his children behind. On arriving 
in Ogden he was met by President Brigham Young (5 Aug 1970), who called him on a 
mission to help settle Bear Lake Valley and introduce there the industry of making 
Swiss Cheese. He built and owned the first house in the Bern Town Site, at which place 
he spent the rest of his days in peace, were it not for the fact that in the fall of 1884 he 
married a second wife while the first was yet living and as a consequence thereof spent 
his last years mostly on what is known of as the 'Under ground,' a good part of which 
time he spent in the Logan Temple doing work for his kindred dead. In 1878 John Kunz 

I was set apart as president of the Bern Branch. He acted in that capacity until his death, which occurred Feb. 


John Kunz IT 

emigmtcd to Zionii 


First Kunz family 
member to 
join the church 
(no picture known 

to exist) 

Rosina K. Kunz 

First to emigrate, 
although the last 
of the 3 John 
Kunzes to be 


John Kunz 3 "...we proceeded to start pioneer life" 

Joined the Church 7 years after his grandfather and about 4 months before his own 
father and mother. Emigrated to Zion in 1873. He wrote: "Thankful to the Lord in 
preserving our lives up to our arrival in Zion, being my Grand Mother was a fellow-passenger in 
my care in her Seventy-first year of her life and my Wife with ruined health and three small 
children and rejoicing to meet Father, Mother, seven Brothers and one sister. All well. We 
proceeded to start pioneer life. We built the first house in the Bern District, Bear Lake County, 
Idaho which we used for a dwelling the following year. " 

John Kunz III 
emigrated in 18.73 

Karl August Schmid 
Anna Candert Schmid 

Baptized 1880; emigrated to Zion June 1886, three years 
after their daughters Annie [16] and Mary [11] emigrated. 
Son Karl emigrated in 1885. 

Anna and Karl opened their home to the missionaries 
to hold gatherings of the saints " dear Parents always 
treated the missionaries to the best they fiad & loved & 
respected them..." Annie Schmid Kunz. 

. . . The Schmid ranch home was a haven for many a traveling rancher. Many tired, hungry travelers 
called at their door and were never turned away, but invited in for a meal. Anna was loved for her kind- 
hearted hospitality, which was also expressed by her husband. [Idaho] 

John Kunz III 

First family 
member to serve a 
mission [to 

Karl August & 
Anna Landert 

First Schmid 
family members 
to join the church 


Annie Schmid. 
The first of the 
Schmid family to 
emigrate along 
with her 11 vear 
old sister, Mary. 

&ntyiJet' one- 

Marriage, children, and.. MO years of curd's 'n whey 

Idaho was in the 
throes of seeking 
statehood in 1887. 
Though Mormon 
settlers had been 
in Bear Lake since 
1862, they had 
been deprived of 
the rieht to vote in 
1885 by aruS- 
Mormon political 
leaders who 
feared their vote 
in the statehood 
campaign. The 
infamous "Test 
Oath" kept 
members of the 
Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter- 
day Saints from 
voting, holding 
office, or serving 
on juries for the 
next seven years. 

The Logan 

Temple was 

dedicated M<iv 

17-19 1884 by 


John Taylor. 


president of the 

Temple officiated 

at their marriage. 

At this tirhu 


grandfather was 

the bishop or 

presiding elder in 

Bern; Annie's 

parents had been 

in Zion for just 

over one year, and 

were living in 


We make a record of them because we 
love them. And we have assurance that they 

love us. ". . .surely those zvho have passed beyond, 
Can see more clearly through the veil back here to 
us than it is possible for us to see them from our 
sphere of action. I believe we move and have our 
being in the presence of heavenly messengers and of 
heavenly beings. We are not separated from them. 
...we are closely related to our kindred, to our 
ancestors, to our friends and associates and co- 
laborers zvho have preceded us into the spirit ivorld. 
We cannot forget them; we do not cease to love 
them; we always hold them in our hearts, in 
memory, and thus we are associated and united to 
them by ties we cannot break. . . . [They] can see us 
better than we can see than- — . . . they know us 
better than we know them. They have advanced; we 
are advancing; toe are groioing as they have grown; 
we are reaching the goal that they have attained 
unto; and therefore, I claim that we live in their 
presence, they see us, they are solicitous for our 
welfare, they love us now more than ever." 

(Gospel Doctrine: Selections from the Sermons and Writings of Joseph F. 

Smith (Salt Lake City: Descrct Book, 1978), 430-31 .) 

Every romance has a "story." But just 
exactly how and when they first met and fell in 
love, I have not discovered. Even if we were to 
have asked them, they may not have given us 
the answer we look for. I think of Tcvye 
("Fiddler on the Roof") asking his wife: "Golda, 
do you love me?" And her answer: "For 25 year? 
I've washed your clothes, cooked your meals, 
cleaned your house, given you children, milked 
your cow. ..if that's not love what is? do I love 
you, well I suppose I do." While we don't know 
the "story" of our grandparent's romance — we 
do have the accumulated "evidence" of their 
faith in God, their devotion to each other, and to 
their family. 

By May of 1887, he had been in America 
for 14 years, and she for 4 years. Although 
they had been born just two years apart and in 
cities that were only about 80-100 miles 
distant from each other, they may never have 
met each other in their native Switzerland. 
Yet, for their testimonies of the restored 
gospel, they journeyed 5000 miles or more to 
come to Zion, where they did meet. William 
was working in the family cheese-making 

endeavor in Bern, Idaho. Annie was now working for William's uncle, the David Kunz family, 
milking cows and fulfilling other duties — also in Bern. Bern was a small community. (Even 40 
years later on Dec. 31, 1930, Bern ward membership was 147, including 33 children.) They 
couldn't help but notice each other — he with the twinkling blue eyes, his hair already beginning 
to show grey at the temples, she of the gentle ways, warm brown eyes and shinning long black 
hair! On August 26, 1885, eighteen year-old Annie had received the first of two patriarchal 
blessings and had been promised: ".. .thou shall .. .in due time secure unto thyself a companion whom 
thou shall delight to honor. Thy sons and daughters shall grow up around thee, be a comfort with thee and 
bear thy name in honorable remembrance." William's blessing, given that same day, promised him: 
"...thou shalthavea companion to suit thy condition. JThy Posterity shall grow up around thee and have 
thyna?ne in Honorable remembrance ..." And thus it was (whatever else of the story we don't know) 
that William, now age 22, found in Annie a companion to suit his condition, and Annie, age 20, 
found in William the companion whom she would delight to honor; they were married in the 
Logan LDS Temple, on May 5th, 1887. Together they began a family that would grow around 
them, be a comfort to them and bear their name in honorable remembrance. 

\ J hey made their first home in Bern, where William J. contracted to make cheese for two or 

l^three years for the Kunz Brothers Dairy. The Kunz Dairy made over 400 pounds of cheese a 
day from the milk produced by about 270-300 cows. Milk was supplied to the Dairy by the 
several Kunz families living in Bern. Some cows were "rented," or the milk provided on shares, 
their owners paid in produce — cheese. William was already experienced in the work of making 
cheese. His fathers before him in Switzerland had been cheese-makers and had been in the 
dairying business. So it was that, in 1884 when his own father, John III, was called on a mission to 
Switzerland, 19-year-old William, the oldest son, was placed in charge of affairs at home. He had 

Short History of William J. and Annie S. Kunz 

the responsibility of caring for the family and their business. Wm J., with the help of 2 girls, made 
up to 450 pounds of cheese a day durimg this 2 year period. 

...bear their name in Honorable Remembrance 

The first three of their eleven children were born during this first stay in Bern: Benjamin 
William Kunz (May 11, 1888), Mabel Maryanne (January 23, 1890), and Sylvia Magdalena 
(February 16, 1892). 

William J. then moved his family from Bern to a farm in Geneva. In 1892 or 93 (one account 
says 1894), William J. traded that farm for his Uncle William's place in Williamsburg, Idaho. 

According to William J.'s youngest brother, George, the Kunz family had "learned of this choice 
summer grazing country in about 1883. Located about 55 miles north of Bern, it was ideal for grazing milk 
cows. It was on Lanes Creek at the head of the Blackfoot River. There are a number of streams running, 
with the river flowing off the mountains." The streams include the Diamond, Browns, Sheep Daves, 
arid Chippie creeks. George continues: "The Williams brothers [had] built a sheep [station there] 
where the sheepmen could have their herds dipped as they came from Utah. ..before they were allowed to go 
into the forest.... They also had a store, a saloon, a rooming house, and a 'red light house,' which is where 
the name J Chippie Creek' came from — and, the coitntn/ was named after Williams, or 'Williamsburg.'" 

Following the lead of other Kunz families 
[mostly John Ill's brothers, including brother 
William], William J., John IV, and their father 
John Kunz III also bought land (then added to 
it by homesteading) there in the Lane's Creek, 
Caribou County, Idaho. The three families 
started separate dairying operations. The log 
building which had been the store and saloon 
owned by the Williams family was bought by 
Johnny Kunz and moved to the lower dairy to 
be used as a "drying room" for cheese. 

An interesting side light is related by 
George Kunz: for many years, John Kunz III 
had an agreement with Joseph F. Smith, 
President of the Church. President Smith 
bought 12 (or more) cows which John brought 
up from Salt Lake. He tended to them, milked 
them, and gave President Smith 300 pounds of 
cheese a year. John kept the calves and when 
the arrangement ended, he was to sell the 
cows, giving their selling price to President 
Smith. This contract lasted until John's death, 
at which time sons Parley, Abel, and Heber 
were not engaged in making cheese. When 
they sold the cows and completed their 
father's contract, they received an 
appreciative letter from the President. He 
stated how "that good Bern cheese" would be 
missed, and commented that their fairness 
and cooperation had been greatly appreciated. 

William J.'s dairy was known as the 
"middle dairy." The "upper dairy" was 
operated by his father, John Kunz III; the 
"lower dairy" was owned and operated by 
brother John IV (Uncle Johnny) who was married to Annie's younger sister, Mary. These two 
families were especially close. The children were double-cousins, sharing the same heritage and 
much the same living conditions during these years. 

Here at the middle dairy, without the aid of a doctor, Sophie Olive was born on August 7, 
1894. One Mrs. Stanley from Soda Springs acted as mid-wife. Of the seven additional children 
that were born into their family, two more were born at Williamsburg: Willard Robert (7 August 
1901), and Leslie Amasa (25 June 1910). Anna Elizabeth (25 July 1896), Myrtle (15 May 1899), Ivy 
(23 December 1904), and Joseph John (6 December 1906) — were all born in Bern. Their tenth child, 
Carl August, born 7 July 1909, died that same day. Grandma Annie, it has been retold, referred 
this little one her "tithing baby." 

In the beginning, 
these diaries made 
Swiss cheese 
exclusively; in 
later years, 
however the 
demand became 
great for 
American cheese 
which each of the 
Kunz Dairy 
produced for 
many years until 
large co-op dairies 
were established 
and it became 

§ood business for 
airy farmers to 
sell milk to the co- 
ops. Daughter 
Myrtle wrote "The 
price of their 
produce [cheese] 
ranged from 6tf a 
pound in early 
days to 34c. In all 
their cheese- 
making career 
thev never 
realized half of the 
high price of the 
pre.sent day 
article. (Cousins 
Alvin M and later 
Reed K continued 
making cheese in 
Bern for the entire 

community for 

some years after.)" 

1910. On June 23 
President Gordon 
B. Hinckley was 
born, two clays 
before Uncle "Les. 

fT/p a young girl in Switzerland, Annie had feared emigrating to America because of stories 
C-/*she had heard of Indians. That fear left her after her baptism, but here, several years later, 
at the middle dairy, she would have encounters that surely must have rivaled the very fears she 
had fifteen years earlier as that young girl in Switzerland. 

One time an Indian rode up to the dairy where Wm J was making cheese. He spotted a nice 
new saddle hanging on the wall, asked to use it on his trip to see C.C.R. [Charles C. Rich, we 
presume], indicating he would bring it back in 2 moons and 1/2, marking time on his fingers. 
With some misgivings Grandpa Wm J allowed the Indian to take the saddle. The Indian, as good 
as his word, returned the saddle on the appointed time. 

"The family 

followed the 

admonition of 

Brieham Young 

which was, that 8 

was better to feed 

than fight them. 

Which they did 

and bv their 

kindly and 


treatment, they 

made and won the 

friendship of 

many a red man 

and family who 

came year after 

year to pay their 

annual visit and 

get their liberal 

supplies." —Myrtle 

They were 
"angered," as it 

turns out, with an 
cause. See note. 

Chief Washakie, 

a prominent 

Shoshone Indian 

chief, played a 

role in the friendly 

early .settlement of 

Cache Valley and 

Bear Lake Valley 

and was a friend 

to Brig ham 

Young; he was 

baptised By Amos 

Wright , an early 

missionary and 

bishop of 

Bennington and 

an ancestor of 

Bear Lake 

educator Lewis 

Munk. The chief 

died in 3900 at the 

age of 102. He is 

represented on the 

'This Is the Place 

Monument" in 

Salt Lake City. 

His son Charles 

and his 


attended the 

dedication and 

their presence was 

acknowledged in 

remarks that day 

by President 

George Albert 

Smith[1947] 6 

Marriage, children, and 40 years of curds 'n whey 

On another occasion when Wm J was absent from home, an intoxicated Indian came into 
their home and demanded of Grandma Annie that the "white squaw give white buck's gun" to 
him, Settlers had reason to fear the actions of a drunken Indian — one with a gun would be doubly- 
feared. It took courage and faith for her to stand firm in her refusal. Annie tried to get his mind 
off the gun by giving him food arid coffee. Then, in answer to her prayer, a sheep man came 
along and he walked the Indian out of the house to his camp, sobered him up and sent him on 
his way. 

A well-documented encounter at the middle dairy was recorded by Uncle Robert Schmid in 
his journal. Aunt Myrtle's account of it is as follows: "On July 31, 1895, retiring to a well-earned 
rest from their hard grueling tasks of the day, the family was awakened by the shouts of 2 men on 
horseback who had ridden from Star Valley, Wyoming, to warn them of the Indian trouble, 
calling them to awaken and make the preparations to leave their home, as a band of 200 Indians 
on the warpath were headed their way. Their home lay in the path of the approaching Indians 
and there was no telling what the Indians would do, once angered into action. Preparation to 
leave was commenced immediately. Wm J with his young brother in law [Robert Schmid] went 
out (on the one cow-wrangling pony always kept staked close by) into the unfenced country in 
search of the band of horses that was running loose on the range. Just as dawn was beginning to 
appear over the mountain tops, the horses were located near the 'Saddle,' and brought in to be 
hurriedly harnessed. 

Three teams and wagons were prepared for each of the 3 families to evacuate their homes at 
the upper, middle & lower dairies. "By seven o'clock they were making their way [south] to Bear 
Lake. The wagons had been loaded with food, clothing and some bedding and the women and 
children — each wagon with one of the men driving. They, of course, had to leave their summer's 
earnings — the cheese — unattended in the open drying room. Fearing the Indians would overtake 
them, the calves were turned out with the cows and haste was made to depart. Little did they 
know what might befall them if they fell into the hands of angered red men, whose appearance 
they expected momentarily." Uncle Rob Schmid recorded that he drove a nearly new sheep camp 
with many of the children and women. He stopped to rest the teams twice during this 60-mile 
journey, arriving in Bern by 9:00 pm. Myrtle continues: "Days went by and when members of the 
families went back to look the situation over, they found the Indians camped in the meadow 
above the middle dairy. Their feelings were eased when they saw [there were] women and 
children with them. They felt safer to talk with them. Chief Washakie, who had previously been 
on very friendly terms with the dairymen, was sullen and angry with downcast eyes, untaLkative 
when approached. [The Indian chief was] surly, kept saying 'white man heap S-of a b-.' Several 
large cheese were cut up and divided among the Indians, as a peace offering. The Indian 
condition had been reported to the authorities who sent a Negro militia to gather them up and 
return them with police escort back to the reservation. Though they generally got along well with 
the Indians, early settlers did dread such uprisings. This Indian scare of 1895 seemed to be their 
most narrow escape. " — Myrtle Kunz Steckler 

\ / or 40 years these families lived in Williamsburg during the summer months. They would 
/ j trail large herds of milk cows to the grazing land at Williamsburg in the spring, and then 
move to Grays Lake (in the earliest years) for the winter. Winters were far too harsh to remain at 
Williamsburg. Quoting George Kunz again: "One year Samuel Kunz and his family decided to stay the 
winter at Willaimsburg. It was a severe winter with no means of getting anywhere. The snow was so deep 
[that when] crusted, they could walk from the top of one house to another. As time went on, they ran low on 
food and ...had to do something. Samuel... cut four small poles and fashioned some crude snowshoes. His 
two oldest boys left to go to the Austin Wooley ranch on the Blackfoot river." They did reach the ranch 
and obtained some flour. The trip back through blizzards was very dangerous, but they made it 
through the storms and returned to their home. Williamsburg was no place to be in the winter. 

In the fall of 1906, Will and Annie bought land and built a home in Bern at "Keller Holler." 
Keller (or Rabbit) Holler is about one mile south of present center of Bern, and just down the 
hillside to the south of the Bern Cemetery. From that time on they spent winters in Bern where 
the children would attend school, and continued to spend summers in Williamsburg engaged in 
dairying and cheese-making. There, the families both milked the cows and made the cheese. Cows 
need to be milked twice daily — -by hand at this time, of course. Milking so many cows twice daily 

Siiort History of William J. ami Annie S, Ktinz 

created the need for almost everyone to be involved in the milking — the children learned to milk 
at a very young age. It is difficult for us today to understand how relentlessly demanding is the 
all-weather every-day job of feeding, rounding up, milking, and managing a herd of cows. 
Everyone had to be involved in the making of cheese, as well. And then there was the cooking 
and bread-baking on a wood-burning stove, cleaning, and washing for the large family — all this 
while living in a dirt-roofed home constructed of logs— amidst flies, mosquitos, with no running 
water, electricity, or plumbing, and a cheese "factory" housed in another log building. This was 
their arduous work routine for some 40 years. Family life revolved around it. A close family life 
revolved around it... 

We can view scenes from the life of this extraordinary family in excerpts from letters written 
by family members to Myrtle, who served a mission in California from 1925 to early 1927. These 
letters, like journal entries, reveal details of daily life and family relations during this time period. 
Love, consideration, support, and involvement one with another stands out in each little detail. 
Every grandmother will relate to Grandma Annie's several comments about her grandchildren, 
such as this one: "Ben & his folks come to visit had dinner with us we alt had a nice time we had spinach 
for dinner & I was sure amused at Garden he told us how spinach and Cabbegg [were] the better in the 
rough slat were the only vegatabels that contained the three vitamins which the body so needed. . . ." 

Sometimes we can even hear a bit of Swiss accent in phrases, words and spelling as Grandma 
Annie writes of daily life: "...we sure had a dandy visit with dear Mabel & children she stayed a 
week as she was a littel worried about Ratio being alalone & she expected Jesses Boys to get there 
to helpe put up the hay, we got a nice letter from Suff the other evening they were well but its 
hot there too, Thursday Joseph & Libbie Theda & Verda left for Bern Joe to helpe Leslie with the 
hay & Libbie to cooke for them & perhaps put up a few Cherries if there ar some yet, well no 
doubt Ben has told you all about their new Baby [Verlene, bom July 3, 1925] we never learned of 
the happening until the 4th as the phone is out most of the time, we got a letter last night from 
Anona stating they were getting along pretty good all but her Papa he is troubeled more or less 
all the time with headach & stomachach. Mabel talked with him over the pfon the day she left 
here & he told her he had to see Kackley right away poor Boy my heart achs for him . . .but you 
know he doesnt say very much. Pa Willard & Ivie are sleeping just now Iv had my rest. I rest & 
sleep early afternoon... we scrubbed the mud off the walls today what rayned in of lat & Ivie & 
Sylvia scrubbed all long bevor dinner. . . " [Notice that each child in the family is mentioned in 
this letter to Myrt] It may be amazing to us that they found time amidst the work to write 
frequent letters! But, as Joe explains in a letter, "I just got back from the post office tonite and there 
wasnt any mail from any of you ladies so ma feels kind of blue. " 

Grandpa William J. writes of business as well as of family life "...Willard is working on the 
Road with 4 horsis geting 6.50 Per day. Yes we are furnishing the Road Camp again about like 
last year. 150 #beef 10# Butter. 5 gal milk. 2 quarts of Cream 3 gal Buttermilk a week. Our cows 
have Droped in the milk. I guess the flies & heat, the feed is Better than it has been for 15 years, 
but Our Cheese is Slow Moving no Sale or no Demand, lots of it made in Idaho. We have Our 
Drying Room Full & 50 at Johnnys & sent to Bear Lake 65 Large to Rich & Shepherds & Some to 
Largalliers. We are Furnishing Frank K. Ortons Laws & Jensen with Butter & Cheese. Yes Harold 
Ipsen sent the prettiest Black & white Lamb down for you. We are Raising it & will keep it untill 
you come home it is Sure a nice lamb. %. .Louis K Sylvia & Leslie & Children went to Mabels on 
the 24th al well there. . . .% for work we are doing no more than we aught to doo. I feel sorrie 
for Ma She has all She Can doo & I am afraid a little more than she can. the Girls Libbie & Sylvia 
are helping us all they can. [July 27, 1925] 

They express their faith in the Lord and the restored gospel; I think we can conclude it is the 
foundation of their life and relationships. "Glad to learn you are ...scattering the Gospel News & 
Cheering Some Poor lonly Soul that is Starving for the Want of a Comforting Word..." writes William 
on July 27, 1925. He writes to daughter Myrtle of his gratitude that she represents his family 
" spread the News that the Lord Lives & that he has again Spoken from the Heavens in onrday...." He 
tells her he has a witness of God's blessings when we serve him in these words: J ' doo not 
worriefor us. and doo not think that it is a hardship on us to suport you in the mission field, no Dear Girly 
it is a Privelige & a Blessing to us ...I am sure the Lord will Provide. Turns have Came Our way that 
Proved too me that things are turned for Our & Your good...." Grandma's gratitude for and love of 

In early 1925, 
Grandpa William 
J. was 60 years 
old, and Grandma 
Annie was 58. 
Youngest son 
Leslie was just 
going on 15, 
Joseph was 18, 
and Willard was 
23. Youngest 
daughter Ivy was 
20, and would be 
married to Alfred 
Jensen the 
following year in 
November of 
1926. This was the 
"Home Team," 
although the 
married children 
were involved in 
the work of 
quilting, canning, 
cleaning, dairying 
to one extent or 

grandchild Duane 
Bateman was soon 
to be two. 
Three new 
were born during 
the time covered 
by the letters: 
Verlene, Betty, 
and Blaine. In 
letters not printed 
here we find some 
discussion on 
what to name 
Aunt Libby's new 
baby. Drucilla 
"sure hope[s] they 
name her Donna," 
and says if they 
name her "Betty," 
Uncle Louis wants 
to add "Jo" to the 
name. Libby asks 
Myrtle to send 
.some more ideas 
for names. We can 
conclude the 
result, as we have 
a "Betty" that 
summer, and then 
a "Donna" later. 

Alma 37:37 Counsel 

with the Lord in all 

ihy doings, and he 

will direct thee for 

good; yea, when 

thou liest down at 

night lie down unto 

the Lord, that he 

may watch over you 

in your sleep; and 

when thou risest in 

the morning let thy 

heart be full of 

thanks unto Cod; 

and if ye do these 

things, ye shall be 

lifted up at the last 


"...can't hardly 

believe we will 

soon have a girl 

five years old. Her 

and Merna have 

to have their daily 

half hour visits ]f 

they dont they 

sure miss each 

other. Well hope 

they can always 

be chums." Hilda 

to Myrtle, 17 Apr 


Hilda, & 


Marriage, children,, and 40 years of curds 'n whey 

the gospel is expressed over and over in life and can be found in her letters. In one letter, she says 
this: " .../ do hope & pray that we may always be able to aknoledg the hand of the Lord hi all things & that 
each & every one may be found worthie at the end of our journey." And again: ".../ sure wonder somtimes 
what would have become of us poor sinners if the Gospel hadent of reached us in the old country & how 
thankful we aught to be & how we should try & live it better day by day,, , " [Nov 23, 1925] In another; 
" Well we are in a New Year again and we have ever so much to be thankful for, for we have been blessed in 
many different ways in obtaining means in our doyly labors and we've ben proteked from deses and death 
efen tho we have our tips and downs we have much to be thankful for I do pray the Lord will be mindful of 
us poor sinners in the future as he has ben in the past... I am truly thankful that my dear Parents always 
treated the missionaries to the best they liad & loved & respected than./' [lune 4, 1926] 

As you read, remember the way it was — 

fJte Way St Was (1925—192?) their own words 

4-241925 William 

Bern Ida: 
Dear Myrtle! 

...if you get the Blues read Alma 26 Chapter. Practis 
what you find in Alma 37:35-7 B o M, ... 

Ma & all send thanks & Love & kind greeting to you 
girls. May the Lord Ever Bless you is Our wish & Prayer 
from Pa 

7/23/25 Ivy WmsBurg 

Dear Mirt. ... Every one is quite well here. Ma had 
another attack of appendicitis the other nite and she didn't 
even wake any of us up. She never quit working but she 
was awful sore and still is. We hope she won't be 
bothered any more. 
...Bill is down on Tineup working and we are here 
milking like hell. Joe & him are going to take turns 
working. ... 

July 28, 1925 William Williamsburg 

...we sure had a surprise when Bean Drove up to the 
Correll last night & had Sophie & Children in his car. 
Some jabering & talking going on... Except Kissis & 
Huggs & Love from all of us. 

Aug 16 1925 Annie Williamsburg 

when I write I feel almost as you were near me ... 

...Pa has an awful headach to day so the girls & the 
shildren ar at Libbis & it is. a Iittel quiet here we ar sure 
doing some talking & visiting & Ob for the confusion at 
limes maybe you can about imagine when the Kitchen is 
slam jam fill & everyone trying to out do the other one, 
Mabel may leave to day or to morrow Ratio & Cecil went 
to the round up yesterday & then home Ben came out the 
other evening stayed with Ratio one night & was going 
there again last night he is trying to do some [insuring??] 
Suff got a letter from Bert this morning & monic to go 
home on he looks for her next thursday in Salt 
lake. ..Louis O. Louis E. left for Soda & Lava this 
morning to look after some sheepe, Oh yes & All" came 
jusi bevor the roundup & is here yet & for all the Pcopcl 
that ar coming & going you cant imagine wev had a great 
big slorrn again it started Sun & dident quit till friday 
evening & Oh Boy for the mud wading it just simply hurl 
me to see Mabel & Suff wade around in it bul nothing els 
would do. We sure appreciate ther help, Joe has ben 
working on the road the past two weeks when he could on 
acount of the storm thy had a cloudburst there the other 
day, to morrow Willard will start again on the road it may 
not last much longer. JMon 1 7 I come to a sudden halt 
because it got dinner time & Pa wok up feeling a bit better 
lo day he feels pretty fair & is talking of mowing hay 
f...Alf Mabel & children are going to leave in a liltei 

while, well my dear Id like to tell you a whole lot but 
there is lots of talking going on & I am somwhat 
confused. ..Christoverson tooke 25 hundert lbs of Cheese 
& Louis E in our car 500 lbs to Skags in Pocalello for 21 
1/2 Cents per lbs Cheese is in good demand now we just 
got a letter from Ogden for a ton but that would have to 
be boxed & a 1/2 cent les don't know what Pa will do 
about it... 


..we sent them down 

9/8/25 Ivy 

We received your two dear letters., 
to Mabel to read,., 

Well we are looking for our Salt Lake sports tomorrow 
sometime. Sylvia, Libbic, Drucilia, Thelma, Verda Mabel 
& Dorothy decided it was their turn lo step so they went 
to Midvale. 

Left Sept 4 and have to be back Sept 8. The O.S.L. [??] 
gave rates $4.50 round trip from Montpclicr. Some rates. 
They thought it was good so they jusl picked up and left. 
We were glad that they could go because 1 know Sophie 
will enjoy their hide visit. 

We have been rather short handed with the work, but the 
cows aren't giving much so we get along fine. The little 
boys and girls have been just fine, not a bit lonesome. 

But we have had some more rain for a change. We didn't 
milk many last nite and we had to leave milking several 
times this morning. The corrals were quite muddy. But ii 
has cleared offline and hasn't rained any more tonite so 
we believe it is over for a few days again. Man but it 
looked terrible this morning. The fog was way down on 
the mountains and it looked like it might rain forever. 

Bill is down on the 
road again. ...They 
sure are tickled to 
get the work. 

Ma went down to 
Mabel's last week. 
She said she had a 
dandy visit only not 
long enough. She was just there one nite and part of 2 
days. You see Pa wasn't able lo go down so she couldn't 
be persuaded to stay any longer. 

I guess Mabel will leave for Malad Sept 1 2. She sure 
hates to go but the boys must be in school. I sure am glad 
she decided to go to Midvale. She has wanted to go there 
so long. You can almost imagine how Sophie looked 
when all those ladies made their appearance at the home. 1 
suppose just a little was said and done those two days 
while they were iherc. Oh 1 am so glad they could go. 
Nite nity Love Ivy. 

. Pa wasn't able to 
go down so she 

couldn't be 

persuaded to 


Short History of William J. and Annie S. Kurtz 



" '. . .if one was sicke 

the others would ail 

pitch In c£ helpe. " 

Monday, Sep 14 [925 
My Dear Daughter 
...The folks have been doing some chokecherrying 
Friday & Sat.... we've made thirteen quarts of lovely jei lie 
with a few krabappel with it wished we could just give 
you a quart my dear. Pa Sylvia, lvie & the older littel girls 
went again this afternoon. I am home baking bread & 
preparing Supper for the crowd, - here they arc as the 
storm has drove them home it ceartunly looks awful 
stormy again but they brought lovely berries again. ... 
Louis E. & Libbie left for Ogden with 26 hundert lbs of 
cheese to the same house that we sold bevor 1 sure hope it 
will proof satisfactory ...Louis K. went to Soda after them 
as they have to leave the truke in Soda the children are 
with us at home they are not a bit lonesome. Ben is here 
for a few days he's been helping US milk 

...well its gelling to 
look awful fall like 
but I sure hope we'll 
be abel to milke an 
other month yel it 
seems like this summer has gone so fast we have 
eeartainly ben blessed in our labors in spite of the many 
setbacks we've had but you know everybody has ben 
willing to helpe if one was sicke the others would all pitch 
in & helpe. 

...tues Sep. 15... Ben brought the mail and with it an ever 
welcome letter & Picture from you. Well Myrt we read 
every word... Glen sat for the longest while and looked at 
the Picture & this morning he come &. told me he 
dreemed you came home but 1 told him it would yet be a 
long while I'd rather not think of it, so he said its a good 
thing the years arc getting shorter, so you sec how he 
looks at it.... 

9/19/25 Myrtle Sacramento 

Sept 19, 1925 

Dear Ones all at home 

. . . When 1 read about, the choke cherrying. I just wanted 
to put on my overalls & go to. Yes I believe I would be 
willing to stand for two hours and cook jelly just to taste 
il. Member how I sometimes hated to make it? ha. ha. 

...dear old Glen, couldn't I love him for saying those 
few little words, such things are more precious to me than 
wealth or fame. 1 told the Elders how he said he was glad 
the years were getting shorter. - . 

Sept. 22, 1925 Joe to Myrtle Billiesburg Idaho 

Ma talked me into the notion of writing 
so here goes. Please excuse as this is the 
second time I have written or tried to 
write to you. I will try to do better in the 
future than in the pasture ha ha. We are 
all well at the present and hope you are 
the same. 1 just got back from the post 
office tonite and there wasnt any mail 
from any of you ladies so ma feels kind 
of blue. Tonite we didn't milk the correl 
Joseph is pretty muddy. It has been raining for 

two or three days and Mon it tryed to snow the old Caribo 
was snow white this Morn, but I believe it is going to be 
nice again for a while. Bill is still working on the road and 
we will have to get the road camp a load of hay from ['.''.'I 
Sampsons place tomorrow. Sunday Louis Eschler Louis 
Kunz &. Ivy took the 3 girls in to school Libbies are 

slaying at Aunt Nellie Schmid and Drucilla is at Robert 
Kunz the girls are going to milk a while longer if possible. 
Oh. and Alf came out with them today. I guess he will 
camp awhile. Well it is looking like fall again all the 
sheep have pulled off the reserve and not much doing 
here, a little lonesome. I don't know just when we will 
move, I guess not for a while yet. Oh say Less &: I have 
>eeii play ing Sam Kunz a little we have caught three 

big rats] up lo now. Well there isnt much news here. 
Wish I knew some. I'll write more next time. As ever Joe 
[a PS on the back of letter: "Go take a Swim in the ocean 
for me, I need it. Its too cold to bath here."] 

Sun Oct 11, 1925 Annie to Myrtle: 

"...Well my dear Girl, our job is about over with it has 
ben quite strenious but we were abel to resl some every 
afternoon & we had lots of comfort of being to gcther in 
pease & plenty its cearlanly ben lonsomc sinse the Girls 
& their families left & the way I understand they feel 
quite lonsome in there too... I am glad for everyone that 
had the Privelige [of hearing "conferenz" reports], we will 
try & read the sermons later... Uncle Johnis left yesterday 
with all their belongings I think about friday will he 
leaving if the storm will permitt. 

Monday the 12 1925 
Joe is going to the 
P.O.. ..a bit 

disapointcd on 
acount of the storm 
yesterday afternoon 

" ...&we had lots of 

comfort of being to 

gether in pease & 


it lighlend & ihunderd hailed raind & snowed & then 
raind again the biggest part of the night it was pretty hard 
work to milk this morning but now we turned cows & 
call's together & no doubt the last cheese is being made lo 
day the milke of three days but they expect to make 6 
large & 3 smal I am sure sorry we have to quit but so it is. 
Ivie and Louis are doing the dinner dishes we had a Roast 
Potatos, carrots & Cabbage we enjoyed it very much... 
Pa just now said I'm tiekeld to think I dont have to go in 
the old correl anymore this fall & we are all one with him. 
Ivie talked with Ben & Libbie yesterday... its eeartainly 
good that those women & children are away from here. 
Well Myrt 1 wished I could write a better letter but you 
keeppc on writing & overlook all my foolishness. May 
God blesse you my dear Girl & help you do whats right & 
may he also helpe us so we may stand true & faithful at 
all times. 

Lovingly your mother father Brothers & Sister 

October 24, 1925 Ivy Bern Idaho 

Yes we are here once more and it seems pretty good too. 
The weather wasn't so bad Lho last Fri when Willard left 
the dairies with the cows [294 cows] it started snowing 
and acting terrible just a real old blizzard, but it cleared 
off again in the evening and the next day was really a 
lovely day. The teams left Sat. morning and we left in the 
car. Joe, Less, Louis K & Delphin drove the teams and 
Bill and Louis E. were with the cows. They had a fine trip 
in never lost any cattle and everything is delivered and it 
makes it very nice... .We haven't started to Kalsomine 
yet I think tho that we will try and do it next week. The 
girls said they would come and help us so we will gladly 
accept and then help them in turn.... Leslie is a hired man 
now and he is rather tickled. He is plowing for Harry gets 
2.00 a day. He thinks he is quite a man. I am glad for him 
because he can make use of it and it keeps him out o( 

...Oh. 1 forgot to tell you. We have got new curtains for 
the house and drapes for the bedroom, quite cute I think 

In 1925 there were 
613,572 members 
of the church in 94 
stakes and 28 
missions. Myrtle 
was one of 1,313 
missionaries set 
apart that year. 
Tliis was the 
largest number of 
missionaries set 
apart in one year 
until 1946, when 
over 2000 were set 
apart. She was set 
apart by Aposle 
Orson F. Whitney. 

"May Qod 
blesse uou ... 
c£ help ljoia do 
whats right & 

may he also 
heipe las so we 
may stand 
true dZ faithful 
at all times..." 

Duane Batcman v 
Grandpa, 20 Jan 1925 

Young Leslie 

and we are going to try and get linoleum tor the kitchen. 
It will make it so much nicer and easier to keep clean.... 

Oct 29, 1925 William Bern Idaho 

...We have moved once more and all went well... we are 
all .settled down for the winter... the mountains arc White 
with snow down to the tooth ills... we have nearly sold all 
our Cheese & Beef.... Ma has made $5.00 worth of Butter 
since we came here.... The boys are harvesting our big 
crop of weeds... 

...We got a letter from Sophie. June has the Chicken Pox 
& She is Weening Dwain. he said Darn Hell Cant have 
tidy anymore. Loa Prayed for us when we was moving 
that Our feet would not get Cold & that the Cows would 
not Seller So Grandpa would not get the head ache & that 
the Lord Should tell us they would Come up to See her 
Folks at the Dairys. 

...Mabel is doing a Land Office Business with her 
teachers... she made 80.00 in One Month. ..Ben is 
working at the Ice house for a few days 

Nov 23, 1925 Annie Bern Idaho 

...I .sure wonder somtimes what would have become of 
us poor sinners if the Gospel hadent of reached us in the 
old country & how thankful we aught to be & how we 
should try & live it better day by day...Josefp & Les left 
friday morning for Midval thyll be home again to night, 
Les fell in Uncel Johnies cellar thursday night hurl 
hi mseff pretty bad but went to a show anyway yet I sure 
hope he didenl have any bad results so as to spoil his long 
looked for tripe & visiL you know hes never ben on a train 
bevor now.. ..we ceananly apprcciat the box with all the 
good things in it. ..the nuts & candy Oh my but they wer 
good we are saving those in the botlel for the Christmass 
cake. . . many thanks for every thi ng God blesse you for 
your kind & tender feelings for us all.... say but when you 
wrote about picking grapes along the road how I could 
place myself bake in the old country walking along & 
sniping a few bunches every now &. then fall was always 
a wonderful time for me in the old country where there 

"...fait was always a '' ' 

wonderful time for 

me In the old country 

... butnotthatS 

wish myself bake 

Oh no mot once ..." 

but not that I wish 
myself bake Oh no 
not once ... 
...Glen & Max 
stayed with us from 
friday evening till 
yesterday morning 
they sure like to stay 
with us &. they ar 
always so good when thy are here. After meeting the Girls 
& the children came out & wc had supper together & had 
a nice evening. Ben & his folks ar all well he is still 
working at the Iccplant...Unel Rob gave us a young 
rooster for you so I roasted it yesterday hope & trust it 
will taste all right will send it off this morning Roseana 
sends you a botlel of jeflic & 1 tryed to make a cake For 
you & Sylvia put on the dressing now I hope it will reach 
you allright and youll be abel to enjoy it... Lovingly your 
mother father Brothers & sisters. 

Dec 10, 1925 Ivy to Myrtle: 

"...Yes Myrt 1 agree with you that you have changed. 
Sitting in a meeting for 4 hours and enjoying it. Ha Ha. 
Member how we used to want to send some one home for 
a lunch when we would have an extra long sacrament 
meeting? huh??? ...Our City Lads arrived home line. 
Leslie's hip didn't bother him very much tho I guess it 
was pretty painful the day they went down. The folks 

??/// would go up 

and whisper in 

Ma's ear..." 

Marriage, children, and 40 years of curds 'n whey 

were just fine and mighty tickled to see the boys. They 
sure did take in the sights while they were there. And now 
they tell some of Duanes little Lricks every once in a 
while. He must be some lad. I wish we could see them 
once more. 

...the Boys wouldn't 

take me to the show 

lom'le Dang it.. ..Bill 

would go up and 

whisper in Ma's car 

and say "you know, she can't go or she will be Ka'fluey 

again tomorrow." They sure are crazy, a real circus when 

they get started. So Pa is reading. Ma is spinning & I'm 

writing and eating pop corn. Want sonic? Alright. 

19261/19/26 Annie Bern 

...I know it makes anyone feel good when wc can help 
someone in need. 

...this afternoon 
will go [to Belva's] 
to mend and iron. 

...our summer has 
final y turned into 
winter snow, It 
started to snow and yesterday we had a real old Bear Lake 
blizzard & it doesnl look very good this morning... well I 
can't think of any more to write except scribbling and bad 
spelling. May God blesse you my dear with every needed 
blessing is always the sincere wish from your loving 

. . .9 know it makes 
anuone feel good 
when we can help 
someone in need." 


Bern Idaho 

March 15-26 

Dear Myrtle! 
...We got home from Logan [attended a funeral | We 
came home Satterday the 1 3th. Started at 9 am & got 
home I 1 :30 pm by way of MeCaminon & Bancroft but 
Oh the Roads they were bad worse coming home than 
going. Mud. Mud. Mud. We were stuck in mud l 1/2 
hours while Ben walked 2 1/2 miles & got a team too pull 
us out. 

...We had quarterly Conference Apostel George Albert 
was in attendence gave us good wholesome council and 
Advice. ..we had a great Lreel. 

■Now Dear " . . .V Will do mOKe 

Oirly...we read r 

[your letters] with fOf the kapineSS Of 

joy & gladness* tHelamlllA . . ." 

many thanks for the -^ 

Lovely Birthday Card &. the Lovely Tribute given me it is 
more than I Deserve & I have done no more than A 
Christian Aught to doo. Only Sortie for the mistakes I 
have made in Life & did not give more atention to the 
Other'& Older Children, but if 1 can have the Chance in 
the future to Show my Repenance 1 will asure you I will 
do more for the hapiness of the Family... with Bushels of 
Love from us all We Remain as Ever ... 


Bern Idaho 

Dear Myrtle! 

Well the boys Willard & Less [left] for Dingle after 
cows this morning and wc are geting ready for the Move 
again. The wether is nice Over head & all are in good 
health. I still have a little Pain in my hipe & side where 1 

Short History of 'William /. and Annie S. Kunz 

wrenched myself 2 weeks ago, but I am nearly over it 
Our sheepe are doing line lots of good fresh feed makes 
them look better. We now have over 100 Lambs, the little 
Nannie Goat had 2 nice Kidtis & doing fine. Joseph is 
hearding the Sheep & helping with the Chores. We have 
14 Pigs - 9 pel Lambs to feed 3 times a day & Other 
Chores too look After. 

Ben has been working on the Road & is going again 
today & to Morrow if he can Stand it but he is afull weak 
yet &. Lame in his legs but is gradual y geling belter but 
slow. Ratio is at the Dredge Ranch for a while too helpe 
& show [????] man how to Harness & hitch up a horse & 
how to Plan & doo Farm work as he never done any of it 

...I can hardly sence the eondishiion that you Dear 
Girly can stand on a street corner or curbing & Preetch to 
a moving Crowd of People — -I would like to Stand in the 
Crowd onobserved & listen to you.... 

...Now Dear Girt doo not Fret & Worrie for us we will 
be alright. The Boys, will take the Cattle & teams out & 
Ma, Ivie & I will go by Car. I understand the Roads are 

Monday morning May the 17th Annie Bern 

My Dear Girlie. 

Wei! today we are going to set sail for the dairies if all 
goes the way we've got it out lined and the devil wont 
have any objections. Oniel will take Sylvia Drussa & 
Dellha. Pa & I & [vie & 1 think Louis E. is also coming. 
The Boys got out there all O.K. last night Uncle Johnie 
called and let us know I guess we've told you Glen had 
the Buggy teem to drive out there some young driver. 
We went to 
meeting and S.S. 
yesterday in the 
afternoon. It was 
Aaronic Priesthood 
meeting and I 
thoroly enjoyed it. It 
was just splendat the 
way the littel dekens took part. Gorden was the first one 
to give Josefps first vision and so on. I am afraid I'll miss 
meetings more this summer than ever bevor....Pa I Sylvia 
& Ivie & Alf all went [to visit in St. Charles] we did want 
Libbic to go with us abernec... [the children had had 
teeth pulled & were not well!] 

'Vt was jus t splenda t 
the wau the littel 
dekens took part. 

Qorden was the first 



May 20-26 

Dear Myrtle: 

...I will drop a line to let you know how we got out 
here. The boys left Bern on the 14 with the cows got here 
Sunday Fve 16. All O.K. Glenn drove the Bugie all the 
way out. We left Bern on the 1 7 & got to the Dairy by 
3:30. All O.K. Ivie drove our carr & Oniel took Sylvia & 
Children... all well except Ben he is still sufering with 
rumatics his hands swell up and he is in Pain all the tiinc. 
He went back to Bern to get his carr &. things that he will 
need out here as he has taken a job from Quail! to put up 
something like 3 miles of Fence... we are milking about 
65 cows Sylvie is milking 8. So you .see we are not 
overdoing ourself. We could not get more cows. Last year 
we milked 145 or 150 Quite a difference — Yesterday we 
made our first batgc of cheese 73# & today we have a 
littel more.... We had some Thunder & Lightning storm 
last night & rained like everything but today it is cloudy 
and cold, but afull wind a bio wing... we arc ail well & 
glad we are out hear again. The feed is fine & what cows 
we have will ^ive lots ol milk there are some things I 

" Cess&Qlen 
beried it down ha the 
old garden ..." 

am forgeting as Joseph is in a hurrie to go too 
Wayan. ..Your Father Win J Kunz 

May 21, 1926 Drucilla Wayan, Idaho 

Dear Aunt Myrtle 

...We left Bern Monday. Ivy drove Grandpas ear and 
Oneal drove us out. Glen and dady came a few days 
before with the loads. Glen drove the buggy out all the 

We got out here all right the road was a little rough 
between Uncle Johnies and here. Grandma and Mama say 
that there was the best mess here they had ever found. We 
got here at three thirty. 

We are all straightened so is the drying room and dairy. 
The folkcs got the bedroom kalsamincd this fomoon and 
scrubbed 1 don't think they will do the kitchen. We ate 
dinner at Grandma's. 

...The folkes 
started making 
cheese on the 19th 
but today they are 
not making any. A 
big black lamb of Deltha's died and me Less & Glen 
beried it down by the old garden Grandpa and us have 
still gol forteen. 

Its sure nice to look around here with the spy glasses. 
We can see Quails and Agusts just as plain and the peak. 

Those wild flowers are what Williamsburg offers us. 
Ha Ha. [two little yellow 70-year-old flowers 
pressed in pages of letter?} 

...Aunt Libhies might not come out this summer it was 
like a funeral when we left there. Everything is the same 
out here. It's sure lonesome. ..we usually have a few 
pretty good times any way out here if it wouldent be so 
darn far from knowhere. . . .Glen and Del t ha arc playing in 
the mud as usual. ...Everyone says to teli you hello. With 
love from your Niece, Drucilla 
P.S. They are calcimining the kitchen today. 

6/28/26 Annie Williamsburg 

My Dear Daughter 

(Les wishes to thank you & will try &. write sometime, 
but it is hard for him to settle down that long) 

... I must scribbel a few lines to you now I have been 
very lazic and neglectful in writing of letters, haven't 
written a line to anyone since Ivie left for Bern some three 
weeks ago, I simply left it all to her therefore 1 beg 

...Thelma has been here for a few days, but went home 
Sat. with Ben. Also Louis Aunt Kaddie visited with us 
till Sat. Then she went to Uncle Johnnies we sure had a 
dandy fine visit with her. 1 tell you she is some entertainer 
and quite energetic for her age she washed our dishes 
mornings and evenings and baked bread when necessary. 
Remember, she'll be 79 on the 20th of September. She 
has such a wonderful memory you would be surprised to 
listen to her, she thinks you write wonderful letters, She is 
getting very anxious to go to Bern to see all of her kin 
especially her Brother Rob. George Kunz got hurl pretty 
badly Sat. He had a runaway with a team & hay rake. He 
was picked up unconscious one of the teeth tore a big 
gash in his mouth. The Doctor had to put in 6 stitches and 
he is otherwise badly bruised up but is reported a littel 
better this morning. I went over to the station this 
morning &. talked with Libbic and Ben. They arc all well 
yet, but are exposed to measles and mumps. Libbie is 

May 17, 1926 
[from Sophie] 
'...Bert basent his 
teeth yet ...his 
mouth is awful 
soar So it will be 
some time before 
he cancel his 
other Teeth. I'm 
sure anxious for 
him to have them. 
Pa says his are in a 
cup in the cabenet 
most of the time It 
must be an awful 
thing to get used 

May 16 [from 
June] ...Mamma is 
curling her hair to 
keep it out other 
eyes. Loa Ruth 
and I went to 
Sunday School..." 

Gordon Kunz 

a "littel deken" 


...From Bill: 

...Sam Miller and 

his family brought 

AunL Kate Chivers 

up to the place the 

other day. He and 

his family went 

back the? next day 

but aunt Kaddy 

stayed with us for 

a whole week. She 

is quite art 

entertainer. We 

enjoyed her visit a 

great deal. 1 didn't 

think she was as 

interesting as she 

is. She's a great 

talker and real 

spry for an old 

girl like she is. I 

believe about 79 

years, and when 

Ed Jensen asked 

her what she 

thought about this 

world and told 

her he thought she 

would live quite a 

while yet, she told 

him she wasn't 

tired of life and 

that this was the 

best world she 

knew anything 

about. She's real 


awfully worried Tor Max especially [???]. 1 do hope 
they'll escape it. Ben would have brought his folks out to 
day if it wasent for die exposure. We are having awful hot 
Sl dry weather the last week & still is, the horse Hies and 
mosquitoes arc terribel bad and [milk??] dropped about a 
third. We only had a fier yesterday white we cooked 
breakfast, but this forenoon I had bread to bake, so it is 
pretty warmjust now. ... stay well and happie. Best love 
and wishes from us all. Write when you can. 
Lovingly Mother, father, Brothers & Sisters. 

7/2/26 Willard Wayan 

Dear SisLer Myrtle: 

...Ma went to Bern a couple of days ago. Joe and Les 
took her in and came out the same day in time for 
milking. Maybe I forgot the most important part of this 
ietter; Lihby has a baby girl! They say it is just a little 
midget, it weighed six and a half pounds. Ma went in to 
help them for a few days. We haven't so much to do right 
now so we can spare her nicely as they couldn't get a girl 
in there. 

"We will have to do 

better in the future 

than we have in the 

pasture, ha!.,." 

...We haven't had 
any kind of 
excitement here 
since we came out. 
They have had one 
dance in Wayan, but 
we did not attend. 
We will have to do better in the future than we have in the 
pasture, ha! ...the cows have nearly gone dry (?). 

The Hies have been bad though and we are short a 
couple of small cheese on account of it. and besides we 
haven't enough feed for our hogs, we had to take six of 
them down to Uncle Johnny's place. A man came along 
the other day and offered Pa $60.00 for those four pigs 
that he raised on the bottle last winter, but he didn't take 
as they only weigh about 130 pounds yet. 

Ben is almost through with his fencing job. I believe he 
has done pretty good at it, for the time he has spent. He 
has put up about three miles offence nearly along since 

wc came out. He gets twenty-five cents a rod 

Your loving brother, Bill 




My Dear Ones 

Just a line to say that I am here with Libbic and the 
folks. We left the Dairies Wed stoped in Georgetown a 
few minutes & went to Montpelier, done some shopping 
got to Bern 2 a cloke had some dinner & Joe and Less left 
a few minutes after 3 to get home in time to eat supper 
and helpe with the milking, that's going some eh? The 
folks were all well when I left hope & praye they'll stay 
that way, all are doing well here. Max is improving nicely 
and Libbie and Baby are just doing fine. The Baby is the 
smallest one she's ever had with clothes [on] 5 1/2 lbs. 
But poor Libbie had an awful time of it for 4 hours... they 
had instruments ready but finaly after an other hypo and 
administering it went natural for which wc are mightie 
thankful. Poor Suff has had an other blow. Maybe you 
heard that litlel Ruthie broke her arm sometime last week. 
She must have suffered terribel, but last reports were was 
resting Hue, altho she has the measles too. It looks like it 
never rains but what it poors for some People. 

Marriage, children, and 40 years of curds 'n whey 

■ ■ ■ Tl ' esi ! ay u "^ou know how 9 

evening who should ~* , , , 

come to our place enjOtj Q VISit With 

but Johnie BisholT. Q ^ f f \ enc i S ^ % , " 

his wife & their two ' 

youngest children, a girl 15 and a boy 20 bright & 
inteligent children too & Oh we certainly had a dandy 
visit. You know how I enjoy a visit with old friends. It is 
so nice to meet them after many years of separation. Last 
night Sister Jensen & Alt' paid us a littel visit they expect 
Brother Jensen home in 10 days then she said he'd have 
to stay home & she would go visiting. She is a fine 
woman. Rhoda and Sister Clarke came to see also 
yesterday. They put up 57 quarts of fruit at Mamie's in a 
few hours. I asked about Brother Clark and she said he 
got home night bevor last but the house was locked and 
he simply went into a [tent?] bed so they never saw him 
till morning. Quite a reception believe I would have left 
the latch string on the outside if I would have expected 
my old huby [? yes, the word looks like "tsuby"] Well 
enougf [???] & there is work awaiting so good by my dear 
hope you are well & happie best love &. wishes from all 
here Ma 


Midle Dairy Idaho 


Dear Myrtle! 

Acording to Promise 1 will try & Cribel a few lines, we 
are all well. ...Our cows are draping in there milk on 
acount of the Flyes Oh they are bad. 1 just Sold Our 4 
Bottle Pigis we wrote you in the winter for $80.00. Pretty 
good [wasn't] it. We think so. We Still have the Old Sow 
&. her 9 small Pigis. She had in March. They arc growing 
fast too. About all we can feed at present if the cows keep 
going down we will be short of Pig feed. 

Our feed is drying out fast & we are not geling very 
mulch rain Rather fail like — & yet it could be worse so 
we will be thankful! for what we arc geting 8l what we 
have. We butchered one of our little kiddie goats 
yesterday to have a treet the first goat meat I have had for 
54 years. — 

We sure all injoyed it fine. Wc still have another one 
for thanks giving day. I wish wc could have given you a 
fill of it. We sure have lots of Bears all around here. They 
kild 3 big fat sheep for Frank & 3 for Louis Eschler Night 
befor last. Some Bear Country ha. 

Willard is mowing hay. I guess they will be hauling 
tomorrow, if all is well. Sylvia is still milking cows Louis 
K & Frank went to Blackfoot City 

We talk to Libbie & Bens every day as we have the 
Phone handy over at the Station. They are all line Libbie 
exspects to come out in a week or so to stay a month or 6 
weeks. Oh a big celebration at Freedom on the 24. for all 
of Star Valley Grays Lake Soda Springs & cerounding 
country. Some wild time. ... 

. . .doo not skrimp to mutch we want you to have plenty 
too cat & wear ... we don't want you too go hungery. 

We had a visit from the Old Indian & Squaw Jack 
Anderson. They stayed a day & a half. Now I can't think 
of more. We all wish you well as you doo for us too. 

Except our love and Kisses & Hugs. & Stay well & 
don't over doo yourself Aspecialy by this heat. Take it 
Slow & mind your health. Lovingly From Father. 


Short History of William /. and Annie S. Kunz 



...The boys got 
back from putting 
up the hay the other 
day maybe you 
didn't know that Joe 

Dear Myrtle: 

I suppose you think I have been too busy lo write, and 
you thought right if you did, because we have surely been 
doing things since the last time I wrote... 

...We had [the drying room] chuck plum full the other 
day. We parrafined about 190 big cheese; I should say I 
did the work the others just carried them to me and then 
back. Ha! 

Uncle Johnny just hot himself a new Dodge car the 
other day in Montpelier. it is sure a good one. I just wish 
we had one like it, boy it goes nice. 

...Ben came out night before last and went back 
yesterday with his car full of cheese, Louis Kunz went in 
with him they took in 41 big cheese and a few little ones, 
and we still have plenty to handle here besides 50 at 
Uncles' place.... 

Vt cost the boys 

each $750 to fix the 

car up..." 

went in to help Less, because Ben didn't feci well enough 
to help him. They got 20 loads of hay. I suppose you 
heard that Less got in a little automobile accident the 
night of the fourth, with Abel's ford, and smashed it up 
pretty badly but no one was hurt. It cost the boys each 
$7.50 to fix the car up, besides hireing it. 
We have been to one shin dig down to Wayan this year, 
and it goes just the same. ...The folks say to tell you 
hello. Your loving Bro. Bill 

Aug. 18, 1926 Ivy Wayan 

...Everyone here is fine., .we have had quite a bit of 
company of late. Hazel & Lucy and their men & Kiddies 
were out... They went up to the upper dairy and looked 
things over. Pa &. Ma & Uncle Johnnie went with them 
and I guess it looked quite queer to see everything run 
down and not a soul there. ( |We are having October 
weather... the clouds are hanging low and the Caribou has 
a cap on it just like in the fall before a big snow storm. 
1 Weil we have been to the round up once more and really 
I am glad its over with. "We went all three days and nites 
and just had a wonderful time & left the work for Pa & 
Ma. Oh we managed to gel home & milk in the mornings 
and do the scalding and then we would beat it... .we took 
our lunch and wc would have supper between the sports 
and dances and play the games & everything. I never got 
any Kupieslhis year, just candy & candy & other Utile 
dinkies. If you don't think we were a blearcy eyed bunch, 
Red eyes & weary legs. We've just laid around ever since. 
Last nite Less &. Willard got ambitious and started for 
Thayne but the car refused about half way down Tineup 
so they come back home. The poor guys they didn't know 
what to say. But I guess they will live thru it and try 
another Lime. ')[ Bill is going lo take a car load of cheese 
into Bear Lake tomorrow. If the weather is so he can. 
<J[ We got a letter from Sophie Mon. The poor thing sure 
feels terrible that she couldn't come home. ...She sent a 
five dollar bill for you so it will come with your next 
check. ... I was getting ready to go to Soda to meet them 
when they phoned and said she wasn't coming. Alt' & I 
■were going in. You know the folks have adopted him. Ha! 
Ha! He went home this morning to visit his folks for a 
while. Tee! hec! He said to tell you hello when I wrote. 
1 Say Leslie said to tell you thanks for the Birthday easiest time 
for all the many 
wev come out 

present you sent him. He said maybe he would write Or 
else wait until you came home.... 

August 25 1926 Annie Laneskreek 

My Dear Daughter Myrtel. ... Rceicved your ever 
welcome letter & Picture a few days ago we are very 
much pleased with the Picture altho you have sertanly 
changed very much dont know wether its all du to the 
Glasses Leslie says no Mission for him if that brings that 
big a change... 

...don't think that 
we are working very 
hard our milking 
dont amount to very 
much enymorc wc 
are oniy making 
about 65 lbs of 

cheese per day this has realy ben my easiest time for all 
the many years wev come out here altho I am doing quite 
a bit of cooking in my way as we arc seldom without 
visitors only Mabel & Stiff cant come ... may God ever 
watch over you my dear... good by lovingly Mother. 

1/31/27 Annie Bern Idaho 

...1 attended Priesthood meeting Sat we had the 
Theologe Lesson & the Literarie lesson given & Oh so 
wonderful I only wished all the Sisters could have taken it 
in it wasgreat.,.1 trust this will find you enjoying Pease 
& plenty health & strength. ..lovingly mother & the whole 
bunch... Dear 
Myrtel... I must tell 
you we all miss Ivie 
when she goes 
espesialy the Boys 
you know they help 
me with the worke 
considerabel Pa & them so the other day they all spoke 
up & said it was about lime for Myrt lo come home as we 
are in need of a dish wiper ha what do you say you 
know they talke lots espesialy Less. . . 

2/16/27 Annie Bern Idaho 

My Dear Myrtel... even tho you had to part with near & 
dear friends again looks like this life is made up of 
partings ups & downs & dissapoinments of all kinds & I 
believe each one thinks his or her burden is the heaviest 
one, but I do hope & pray that we may always be able to 
aknoledg the hand of the Lord in all things & that each & 
every one may be found worthie at the end of our journey. 
You know Aunt 
Sophie I William" s 

that we may always Aunt and step- 
he able to aknoledq "p*^ used t0 . u 

~ t> thinkc parting with 
the hand Of the Lord dear friends was one 

in all things & that of ^ wocst trials - > 
each & every one 

may be found 
worthie at the end 

..we all miss 9 vie 
when she goes 
espesialy the 

. 9 do hope & pray 

often have lo think 
of the dear good 
soul &. espesialy 
when you first lefl 
us & even that I 
over come altho it 
took a long while 
...We got your box of clothing OK... put it in your big 
tru nk to wait your ari val . . . I am glad you have made up 
your mind to go thru the Tempel which will also prove a 
blessing to you. I thinke Uncel Rob will send you the 
name of my dear mothers Sister, she rejected the Gospel 

of our journey." 

Ivy and All 
were by now 

married [3 Nov 
"1926 in the Logan 

Note "Scsquicentermial" 

. . .even littel Theda 
sang 9 am at pease 
with the world .. ." 

in this life hut she may see different by now She's been 
dead for a good many years. 

Col letters from 
Mabel & Su IT 
Libhie has 
neuraalgic & her 
Baby has a cold 
poor littel Betty Sylvias are well her Blaine is growing to 
beat the band Bens folks are we!l....lvie has been here 
with me for 10 days... Alt' came & joynd us we had a real 
enjoyabel time [a Relief Society party] we served 
.sandwiches fruit salad sweet pickles Ice cream & Cake 
had a dandy program some games & dance afterwards 
even littel Theda sang I am at pease with the world. 
was great & lots of other good parts. 

Well today is Sylvias birth day 35 years old [2/16/27] 
when I think of how old some of my ehidlren are getting 
then I realize that I am loo getting oid....We had a regular 
old Bear Lake blizzrd.,.but in spite of all that Joe Dclmar 


Marriage, children, and 40 years of curds 'n whey 

&. Delfin went to Paris after their Girls & then Less had to- 
go with the bunch after the dance they dident get in till 
after four acloke the roads were so bad. . ..Stay well, Parly 
gave me 5 Dollars last night for you... God bless you & 
peace be with you lovingly mother & all 

2/22/27 William Bern Idaho 

Dear Myrtle! ...we received the good news that you got 
an boncrablc relces from your Missionary Labors.... We 
are all j undent over your home coming... you aught to 
have heard the children. Oh Myrtle is coming 
home. ...Hope you will have a good visit with Bert & 
Sophie & kiddis, as well with Ratio & Mabel & Children, 
then of course we will be long and anxious by that time... 

'J/.-/X t c— / 


indelible pencil 

"Give her of the 

fruit of her hands; 

and let her own 

works praise her 

in the gates." 

W Heir lives demonstrated the qualities that build a solid family life. Showing an understanding 

lof parenting that predates the best parenting counsel from today's experts, Grandma Annie 
wrote to Myrtle: " . . At loould be to bad if yon cotddent tell father & mother how you feel & we are 
ceartainly one with you we would like to share your joyes & pleasures as well as should you have 
disapointments which come to all of us at times..." [Williamsburg, August 27, 1925] From one view, 
Williamsburg looks like work work work mud mud mud. But there is another 
view. Of the Williamsburg years, Vera Kunz Knutti wrote: "It was atxoays a happy and pleasant 
experience to move to the dairies. I don't know why because there was a lot of work involved..." Drucilla 
wrote: " ...we usually have a feio pretty good times any way out here if it wouldent be so darn far from 
knowhere...." Grandma Annie wrote: " ...we are only making about 65 lbs of cheese per day this has 
realy ben my easiest time for all the many years wev come out here altho 1 am doing quite a bit of cooking in 
my way as we are seldom without visitors...;" and again [12 October 1925]: " ...our job is about over 
with; it has ben quite strenious, but we were abel to rest some every afternoon & we had lots of comfort of 
being to gether in pease & plenty. It's ceartainly ben lonsome since the Girls & their families left.. .Pa just 
now said I am tickeld to think I dont have to go in that old correl anymore this fall & we ar all one with 

".. .we had lots of 

comfort of being to 

gether in Pease cQ 


Is it only those of us who did not really "live" and "work" 
there that have fond "memories" of those days? It is true that 
in retrospect, the "romance" of the Williamsburg life- 
removed from us today by distance and time — may blur the 
reality of the tired aching muscles and hands, sore backs, 
muddy corrals, flies, mosquitos, the sweat, the smell of cows, 
milk, the dairy and cheese making, and yes — the manure. With 
Grandpa, we can be "tickled" not to go in "that old correl anymore." For those who lived it there 
were the unexpected "wild flowers" — the honest labor, a closeness unexceeded, family 
togetherness, the swimming hole, dances, the round up — fun and good times. We may well come 
away with Grandma Annie's summary statement of that summer long ago: " ...we had lots of 
comfort of being together in peace and plenty." Perhaps that's our "take home" thought. 

On sickness and in health.,. 

It has been said that "most of the work in the world is done by people who aren't feeling very 
well." 7 That appears to be an almost universal truth — the family life of William and Annie not 
excluded. Indeed, their family and contemporaries were well acquainted with sickness and 
disease — from colds, flu, mumps and other childhood diseases — -to accidents, "Rheumatics," 
stomach problems, nervous condition, headaches, back pain, food poisoning, appendicitis 
kidney stones, gall stones, and deadly typhoid and diphtheria. William J. and daughter Ivy 
particularly suffered from headaches that could last for days. I3en struggled with poor health, 
also. A description of William John Kunz in the L.D.S. Family Record Book kept by John Kunz III 
is of interest to us: Vocation — "Dairyman & Stock-raiser"; Height— 5 ft. 8 in. ; Weight — 160; 


Siiort History of William J. and Annie 5. Kunz 

Chest Size — 40; Color of Eyes — Blue; Color of Hair — Blond, [really? was he blond?}; Specially 
interested in — "Raising a good & honorable family/' and that he had migrated from 
"Switzerland to Land of Zion 4 July 1873." Of present interest is this comment: "General 
Condition of Health — Very Poorly." [page 40] This last statement could be somewhat surprising 
to us if we were to look only at his longevity — 87 years and 1 day. However, many corroborating 
references have been made regarding his health concerns. One such reference comes in a letter 
written by Ivy on April 23, 1926: 

...Pa has had a pretty bad sick spell since Tuesday nite. He plowed a few rounds Tue afternoon & he 
hit a rock that jarred him up pretty badly. But he felt fine until 10:30 that nite. Then he started with a 
terrible pain above his right hip & from there both ways. He was just in awful agony all nite. I guess its the 
worst pain there is. So zoe called the Dr. Wed morning. He said thai the jar had started a tiny kidney gravel 
down a tube & it was cutting as it went. Well he was just nearly wild so he gave him a hypo so he could 
sleep. He said there was not danger only the suffering until the gravel would work out & just as soon as the 
morphine works off, he just nearly goes wild with pain. So we have called the Dr. each time. He was over 
again last nite about 7:30 and he slept until 3:00 now he woke up & says the pain is gone only the soreness 
is left. We feel thankful that it went thru as soon as it did because the Dr. said they have taken as high as a 
week. But these have been three terrible days and nites. But Oh how good it seems to see him loith out pain 
once more. You can surely tell that he lias suffered lots of pain & he is so nervous he just can't hardly hold 
still. But how much better he does feel now. He is asking about the sheep and talking about 
everything. . . . what a difference in a home where all is well or wliere there is one just moaning and hollering 
with the most agonizing pain and you know there isn't a thing to be done. The Dr. said it was much worse 
than gall stones. But we feel so good to think he can lie still now & not be throwing himself with that awful 
pain. ...fBen is getting better and is gaining a little strength and ...joe is lots better with his rheumatism, 
too. Oh joe said to tell you we are going to start gathering cows on May 3rd. Want to Help? It won't be 
much longer now until we will be leaving again. It kinda worries me until we ivill be moved in again. We 
still have 4 quilts to make. I sure wish they were done and then zoe have some sewing to do too. 1 1 must 
quit and help get breakfast.... 

In another letter written about a month earlier, Ivy vividly describes this harrowing episode 
of food poisoning: 

Bern, 30 March 1926. Just a few lines to. ..tell you that zoe are very thankful that zoe still have our dear 
Mother with us. She has had another of those terrible ptomaine poison spells. It ivas much zuorse than any 
she has ever had. She ate some meat yesterday for dinner and it wasnt long after that she felt pain .... But 
she never said a zvord until after 5 o'clock when her hands zuent cold and stiff and [she] had a terrible 
diarrhea. The Boys had no more than gone to priesthood meeting when she wait into a convulsion. Les was 
in bed sick & Pa & I zoere here alone. Well, zoe were wild. She couldn't come to. So Pa administered to her 
& then she began to breathe again. We called Uncle Johnnie, & the Boys& Girls & Ben & Aunt Emma & 
Uncle August Because zoe didn't think she zoould last much longer. She would come out of one convulsion 
& go into another, & just kept getting worse. So about 10 we called Ashley: He came & injected Morphine 
in her arm cV it seemed she suffered worse from then on until about 3:00. Oh, Myrtle, how she did suffer. 
Her poor old face is so drawn & cold. But zoe are so thankful that she is the way she is this morning. She 
can take a little Buttermilk now 6V it zoill stay down & Oh My, how she did vomit. JHer jaws were locked 
& she was vomiting & strangling and Ben just had to pry her mouth open & help her or she zoould have 
choked. IBut she says she is feeling so much better this morning & I think zoith plenty of rest & care she 
will get along fine. But it will take a long time. She is so weak. JBtrf we are glad that our prayers were 
anszoered and that she is still zoith us because zoe zoould be such a helpless poor bunch without her. ...Ma 
said to tell you zoe would inform you often. . .Aunt Emma is here now. The Girls zoere here until 3:00. So 
we have plenty of help. ...Uncle Rob zoas poisoned Sat nite. ...he was about as bad as Ma.fOh Myrtle there 
could be such a different picture here today instead we are thankful & feel that zoe are Blessed. . . . 

Six days later, William J. wrote to Myrtle: We are all well at home very thankful! that Ma zoas 
spared again for Our Sake. 1 that She had packed her Gripe for Good & it looked that way to all. Dr. Ashley 
told Bienzis that Ma had a Close Call. They have ahoy at the Beinz home. Ma is feeling prely good again 
but aful zveek yet, but Poor Ben is Sick in Bed with Rheumatism sufering intens Pain first hear and then 
there Mainly in his legs & hips, lie lias been tliat way for 5 or 6 days. Ivie was up with him Sunday night & 
Earl was ther last night, he thinks he is alittle better this Morning, but very week.. .we zoill all exersize our 
faith & Prayer for him. . . 


Marriage, children, and 40 years of curds 'n whey 

These are but two accounts relating to illness and health. We can, however, begin to see why 
Dr. Reed J. Rich said to Willard: "If a member of the Kunz family is sick, they are oil affected .. .." The 
rest of his statement: "If a member of the Rich family is sick, no one gives a d-darnl" in the very least 
points out his opinion of the closeness he observed in that family. They were a close family — in 
sickness as well as in health. 

Joseph and Ethel 

Foulsen were 

married 3 Jul 1933: 

Willard and 

Lorena Parker 

were married 17 

Feb 1936; Leslie 

and Lillian 

Poulsen were 

married 32 Dec 


**Ben's daughter 

Merna was on a 

mission at the 

time of her 

father's death, and 

missed attending 

his funeral. 

"...Thy sons and 

daughters shall 

grow up around 

tKee be a comfort 

with thee and bear 

thy name in 



...thou shalt have 

Joy and 

satisfaction m 

seeing all of thy 

Children grow up 

to Manhood and 

Womanhood, and 

they shall all be 

within the 

boundary of the 

fold. Thou shalt be 


blessed in 

warding off the 

Destroyer from 

them. For the 

Blessings of the 

Lord shalrbe with 

thee in thine 


unto them, 

Annie's Patriarchal 


(~\ jp ftliam and Annie "retired" from cheese-making in the year 1933. They sold the 

KVWilliarnsburg property to their son-in-law, Louis Eschler, who continued using it for 
grazing purposes. All of their children were now married, except "The Boys." Joseph was 
married that summer of 1933, Willard and Les were married in 1936.* However, Myrtle, divorced 
in 1936, returned with her two children to live with her parents until 1940. 

Each family settled to its own pursuits. But the bonds forged in those years of living together, 
working together- — quilting, milking, canning, cooking, cleaning, sharing each other's concerns 
and burdens, only strengthened as time went on. After retiring, William J. kept on farming, 
milking cows, and raising poultry and hogs at his home in Bern. Both William and Annie were 
engaged in Church activities all their lives. Grandpa Will was superintendent of the YMMIA, and 
assistant superintendent of the Sunday School for 14 years. Grandma was a member of the Relief 
Society presidency for many years. 8 In June, 1942, the family sorrowed with Aunt Rosanna and 
children at the death of son, brother, husband and father Benjamin— at age 54.** 

Due to Grandma's ill health, they rented a home in Montpelier to be nearer medical care. 
Long months of illness followed. We read of those final days from the journal of her brother, 
Robert Schmid, as copied by Myrtle Kunz Steckler. 

Robert Schmid's journal Entries 

April 30. Sylvia called up from Tozon requesting that [we] administer to her Dear Mother, which we 
quickly did according to Sier request. . . . President and Sister Wright dropped in to see Sister 
Annie. We again administered to her at her request. President Wright encouraged her and praised 
her for her good zuorks in life. 

May 4. . . . Poor Annie had an awful spell. One of the worst ever, she . . .spoke in German, somewhat 
incoherent, seemingly in an other world. . . . She asked me to kneel down and pray and commit her 
in to the hands of the Lord. . . 

May 7. I went to see Sister Annie who lias her 77 Birthday A nniversary. All her children came to see 
her, even Sophie from Midvale was up. ...had a nice visit with Annie & Sophie and all the rest of 
the family. .. .Anona and her little daughter and Verlene were up to see their Grandma and 
Grandpa. Lorena, Willard's wife, made Annie a beautiful Birthday Cake with 77 candles on it. 

May 10. . ..she had a bad day ami was terribly weak. 

May 11 . ... she is terribly short winded which distresses her so much. 

May 16. . . .Annie was quite poorly all day. Quite distressed when she eats anything. 

May 19. Stayed in town all afternoon with sister Annie who is sinking fast. We had prayer in behalf of 
Dear Sister Annie and committed her again into the hands of the Lord at her request. That's pretty 
hard to do. 

May 20. ... Upon Will's request I asked Brother Joseph F. Smith 9 our presiding patriarch who came up 
to represent the First Presidency to come up and administer to her, which he gladly did, 
accompanied, by President Sidney E. Burgoyne. Annie talked to Brother Smith and thanked him. 
He left a splendid influence in the home. 

May 21 . Sunday. I found Annie much weaker, though she rested pretty good. I could see a great 

change in her. . ..Had dinner at Will's and Annie's after conference session... she is sinking sloioly 
every hour. 

May 22. . . .Sister Annie is very low in a coma since last night. 

May 23. Dear Annie is just the same only weaker... her pulse is about 1 to my 3. ...About 10 minutes 
to 12 o'clock tonight our Dear Sister Annie passed away, surrounded by her children and husband 
and Sister Emma. ...Willard called meat that tune. It is a great relief to Dear Annie and to all of 
US that her suffering came to an end. 


Short History of William /. and Annie S. Kunz 

May 26. . . -Dear Sister Annie saved up $45.00 in money that was given her on Birthdays and so on. 

Told Will it would come in handy for him after she was gone....] Clawson brought a beautiful box 

of flowers from Salt Lake. 
May 28. [Sunday] ...arrangements for the funeral at 1:30. ■ ■ .Sister Estelle [Kunz] read poem that 

Thelma Eschler Banks composed. . .a beautiful thing. . ■ .After the services our Relief Society 

[served] ...a nice lunch to over 75 people at Will's place.... everything went off in a nice quiet way 

with all due respect .. . 

With her family around her, Grandma Annie passed away on 23 May 1944, two weeks after 
her 77th birthday. Her funeral was held on Sunday, May 28, 1944, with Bishop Orlando N. Kunz 
conducting. Speakers included Elder Eugene Ruger of Bancroft, Bishop James Kunz, Cedron, and 
William's uncle, Robert Kunz of Logan. President Silas L. Wright, a family friend, also spoke. 

Grandpa moved back to Bern for a short time, but soon sold his Bern home and bought a 
house near five of his children who lived in Montpelier. (Willard, Joe, Sylvia, Mabel, Libby). He 
maintained his own household, grew raspberries in the backyard, and enjoyed having his family 
about him. The family relied on his counsel and advice in many of their problems. He enjoyed 
visiting with friends — old and new. He welcomed the opportunity to tell of his experiences and 
give information to all who asked. He delighted in participating in fishing and hunting 
trips made possible mostly by his sons and grandsons. He often enjoyed riding up Montpelier 
Canyon with Uncle Willard, sighting deer on the hillside. 

All his sons and daughters made frequent visits. Then son Joseph became seriously ill. On 
July 22, 1950, this young father and husband passed away at the age of 44. The family and 
community mourned with Aunt Ethel and Larry at his passing. 

William J.'s remaining children and grandchildren filled his last years with frequent visits 
and family gatherings. Grandpa filled his time with listening to the radio, reading, studying, 
clipping newspaper articles, poems, stories of interest, and working on genealogical records. 
When he became so very ill, his children took turns staying at his side. On 15 March 1952, one 
day after his 87th birthday, he died at home in Montpelier. On March 18, 1952, many residents of 
Bear Lake, family members, extended family and friends gathered in Bern, Idaho, to attend his 
funeral. He was known and loved as "Pa," "Grandpa," "Uncle Will," and "Will," by those who 
belonged to him. Lyman Berrett [bishop of his Montpelier ward] conducted the services; he told 
those assembled that "a son-in-law of Brother Kunz told me that he had told the family that at his 
passing it would he his wish that not a tear would be shed, because he had lived his life fully, he had raised a 
very, very fine family , and the life which he expected to go was far better than this earth life. ..." 

President Silas L. Wright also spoke, telling those in attendance: "William ]. Kunz was my best 
friend, though there was some difference in age, but he urns a fast friend. He mas a loyal and true friend. He 
rejoiced in his family. I think he's told things about every member of his family to us. One that impressed 
me. ..was when Willard was called into the stake presidency as stake clerk. He said to me 'Brother Wright, I 
want to talkto you.. ..From the bottom of 'my heart I want to thank you for calling one of my children into 
the stake presidency as [stake] clerk.' I told him that I hadn't called him, but that he had made good on the 

"He rejoiced in his 

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family . . . he's told things 

about evertj member of 

his family to us. ...he 

had something about 

each one of them that 

he thought was so 

lovely of them .. ." 

Brother Kunz appreciated that. And he had something about 
each one of them that he thought was so lovely of them, and he always 
mentioned that." 

President Wright also told of his association over the years 
with the family; "It xoas always a delight to go to Brother and Sister 
Kurtz's. It seemed that it was the greatest pleasure of Sister Kunz to 
see hoio many they could have for dinner on Sunday or some other 
important occasion. I thought it ivas a marvel to see the large number 
of children they had, plus visitors, and she'd laugh and go about her 
-work. And her concern would be was even/body being filled up. And 

I'm here to say that there was no one who ever left Sister Kunz's table without fond remembrance. And I 

visited her and Brother Kunz many, many times." 1CI 

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"...Thy Posterity 
shall grow up 
around thee and 
have thy name in 
remembrance and 
if thou will seek to 
be humble before 
the Lord to know 
thy duty and his 
will thou shall be 
prospered. ..." 

William's Patriarchal 

"...thou shall 
have joy in thy 
daily [evocations], 
even thy table 
shall be" spread 
with the bounties 
of the earth and 
no one shall be 
turned from tliv 
door hungry... ' 
Annie's Patriarchal 

Standing just al Iheir graveside, you 
see this view of Iheir Bern home. 

/ remember one hoi day carrying 
lemonade Grandma had made up into 
(he field where Grandpa was harrowing, 
I think, i found him at the top of the field, 
just by the cemetary fence line— just 
across the fence from the sagebrush you 
see in the foreground of this picture. 


Marriage, children, and 40 years of curds 'n whey 
William and Annie are buried side by side in the cemetary in Bern, Idaho. 

C\ Jpfth gratitude that we belong to such parents, we recall again the words of Joseph F. Smith 

YV" . . .we are closely related to our kindred, to our ancestors, to our friends and associates and co- 
laborers who have preceded us into the spirit world. We cannot forget them; we do not cease to love them; 
we always hold them in our hearts, in memory, and thus we are associated and united to them by ties we 
cannot break. . . . [They] can see us better than we can see them — . . . they know us better than we know 
them. They have advanced; we are advancing; toe are growing as they have grown; zoe are reaching the goal 
that they have attained unto; and therefore, I claim that we live in their presence, they see us, then/ are 

SOHcitOUS for Olir lOelfare, they love US HOW more than ever." (Gospel Doctrine: Selections from the Sermons and 
Writings of Joseph F. Smith (Sail Lake City: Deseret Book, 1978), 430-31.) 

President Wright and others spoke of their gracious hospitality in the midst of pressing work. 
They leave us an enduring example of love, life, work and faith. Were they successful? Which one 
of us has not noticed and felt the awesome family loyalty and love that the children of William 
and Annie had for their parents, for each other, for their own children and nieces and nephews — 
MS? They created a life for their children and posterity that is rare and most precious. 

'We wilt kneel..." SI postscript 

May 5, 1984, tvas the 97th anniversary of the marriage of William /. Kunz and Annie Schnud 
in the Logan Temple. That morning at 10:30 a.m. William J. Kunz family members assembled at 
the Logan Temple for a very special purpose. Among those present were Aunt Sylvie, Aunt Libby, 
and Aunt Ivy. Several nieces and nephews and their spouses attended as well (Uncle Les, Aunt 
Myrtle, and Uncle Willard had just passed away within the last three years. Uncle Ben, Uncle foe, 
Aunt Mabel and Aunt Sophie had passed away earlier.) The family gathered at the request and 
direction of Elder Theodore M. Burton, an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve and then a 
member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had 
responsibilities in the Confidential Records area of the church. His request unfolded a story not 
previously well-known to many family members. 

The Test Oath 

B. H. Roberts, 
Hist&ry of the 
Church, Vol.6, 
Ch.168, p.213- 

"The expression of 

Mr. Fred T. Dubois, 

was tittered tifew 

days a$o.;jhe 

making of the 

assertion heiii\> 

admitted by him in 

open court under 

oath." (Deseret 

News, weekly, of 

May 19th, 1886, p. 

279; see also News 

of Nov. 17th, 1886. 

p. 659, and Ibid 

for 7th and 14th of 

November, 1888.) 

On the 3rd of February, 1885, Idaho territory had passed the celebrated "test oath." It had for 
its purpose the disfranchisement of the Latter-day Saints in Idaho and was based on not only 
the practice of polygamy, but on the belief in polygamy. These Idaho Latter-day Saints were 
political victims not only because their detractors despised polygamy, but because these 
opponents feared they would vote as a block in the fight to bring Idaho to statehood. Its 
constitutionality was affirmed by the courts of Idaho, and the result had been that the Latter-day 
Saints in that territory were practically disfranchised. 

So, iii the election of 1888, in order to rid themselves, if possible, of intolerable political 
conditions, large numbers of the Latter-day Saints withdrew from membership in the church, that 
they might qualify as electors by taking the test oath to the effect that they were not only not 
bigamists or polygamists, but that they were not even members of "any sect or organization 
which teaches, advises, or encourages the practice of bigamy or polygamy, or any other crime 
defined by law, as a duty or privilege resulting, or arising from the faith or practice of such order 
or organization." In some counties those who thus withdrew from the church were permitted to 
register and vote. In others they were denied that privilege by the arbitrary action of the 
registration and election officers. [This was the case in the town of Preston, which later became 
the county seat of Franklin when that county was established in 1913.] Large numbers of them 
voted, however, but failed of the attainment of their purpose since the anti-"Mormon" candidate 
for congress, Fred T. Dubois, Republican, was successful at the polls, over Jas. H. Hawley, 
Democrat. The successful Republican candidate, Fred T. Dubois, is the same man who a short 
time previously, while United States marshal for Idaho, and a bitter anti-"Mormon," boasted in 
open court that under the legislation then "law" in Idaho, that "he had a jury impaneled to try 
unlawful cohabitation cases that xoould convict Jesus Christ if he were on trial.." He admitted having 
made the assertion when confronted with it in open court, and under oath. The boast reveals the 
spirit in which these laws were administered in Idaho. 


Short Hislonj of William /. and Annie S. Kunz 

The test oath itself was repealed in 1895. However, other attempts to keep Mormons from 
voting continued until March 24, 1908, when efforts to get the courts to prevent Idaho Mormons 
from voting on constitutional grounds failed. Idaho's constitution still contained the anti- 
Mormon Test Oath until 1982, when it was finally removed! There was some publicity associated 
with this final removal. About this time, the account of the "... remarkable action [in 18881 of the 
Latter-day Saints of Idaho in withdrawing from the church to effect a political purpose. .." was 
brought to the attention of the dcscendent families who were thus affected — through the offices 
of Elder Burton. Grandfather William J. had been one who had voluntarily taken that step, just a 
short time after the birth of his first child, Benjamin. It should be noted that through all the 
subsequent years of his life, he and the church both considered him to be a member in good 
standing, as witnessed by the fact of the offices he held, temple attendance, priesthood held, and 
so forth. This seemed to be the case with others who had also withdrawn membership at that 
critical time. But now the family would comply with the request of church authorities issued 
through Elder Burton that temple blessings for the William J. Kunz family be restored through 
the sealing ordinance in the temple. 

Thus the remarkable purpose for that gathering May 5, 1984, in the Logan Temple. Those 
who participated as proxies that day were: William John Kunz (Blaine L. Kunz); Annie Schmid 
(Norinne T. Kunz); Mabel Mary Ann (Dorothy T, Mariano); Sylvia Magdalena (herself); Sophie 
Olive (Ruth B. Beck); Anna Elizabeth [Libby] (herself); Myrtle (Dianne S. Rasi-Koskinen); Willard 
Robert (F. Wayne Steckler); Ivy (herself); Joseph John (Gordon W. Bolton); Karl August (O. Louis 
Kunz); Leslie Amasa (Raymond Beck). The sealing was performed by Lynn A Thomson and the 
witnesses were Michael L. Steckler and Nolan R. Ballard. Others present: Verda Eschler, Elaine J. 
Bolton, Venita T. Paget, LaVelle Steckler, Mrs. Michael [Lorraine] Steckler. 

For account of the 
remarkably action 
of the Latter-day 
Saints of Idaho in. 
withdrawing from 
the church to 
effect a political 
purpose, and the 
comments for and 
against such 
action, see the Salt 
hike Herald and 
Tribune from 1st to 
the 14th of 
November, ISSd. 

See also Leonard J. 
History of Idaho, 
Volume 1. 

Oldest son 
Benjamin William 
was born 11 May 
ISSS, before the 
election of 1888 
wherein Grandpa 
William J. 
withdrew his 
name from 
records of the 
church, and it was 
therefore not 
necessary for arty 
further action to"" 
be taken in his 

Now had come the time for the 
sealing of the children to their 
parents. Aunt Sylvia (92 years of 
age) and Aunt Libby (88 years old) 
were each seated in a wheel chair 
to make it easier for them to move 
about in the temple that morning. 
They were told that they could 
approach the altar for the sealing in 
their wheel chairs. The sisters 
exchanged a look between them 
that said (without words) "Not on 
your lifeV As if by agreement they said "We will kneel." And they did. The sealing ordinance 
took place with the three sisters and the afore-mentioned proxies in their places at the altar, 
extraordinary opportunity to go back in time and ""witness" the sealing of our family! 

Libby, Drusilla, Ivy, Sylvia; Drusilla visits P 

other and two aunts 


In that look exchanged between sisters and in their words is 

embodied the whole spirit of determination and devotion and dignity 

and humility and obedience and sacrifice and loyalty that 

cliaracterizes the family that William j. and Annie Schmid Kunz 

began May 5, 1887, and have nurtured even until today. 


"We mill kneel. 


Marriage, children, and 40 years of curds 'n whey 

The comfort of the temple sealing of our grandparents... 

President Spencer W. 
Kimball quoted these 
lines: It is said that the 
very hairs of your head 
are all numbered; is it 
not to teach us that 
nothing, not the smallest 
things imaginable, 
happen to us by chance? 
But if the smallest things 
we can conceive of are 
declared to be under the 
divine direction, need 
we, or can we, be more 
plain!/ taught that the 
greatest things of life, 
such as the manner of 
our coming into the 

■Lir parents, the 
time, and other 
circumstances of our 
birth and condition, are 
.ill according to the 
eternal purposes, 
direction, and 
appointment of divine 

Small Acts of Service," ENSIGN 
(December 1974): 5, quoting William 
Law, A Serious Oil! to a Devout mid 
Holy Life (Grand Rapids, Mich.: 
Sovereign Grace, 1971), 

"When a seal is put 

upon the father and 

mother, it secures 

their posterity, so that 

they cannot be lost, 

but will be saved by 

virtue of the covenant 

of their father and 


—Teachings of the Prophet, 321, 
Wdrds of Joseph Smith, 242. 

Jesus had not finished 
his work when his body 
was slain, neither did he 
finish it after his resur- 
rection from the dead; 
although he had ac- 
complished the purpose 
for which he then came 
to the earth, he had not 
fulfilled all his work. 
And when will he? Not 
until he has redeemed 
and saved every son and 
daughter of our father 
Adam that have been or 
ever will be born upon 
this earth to the end of 
time, except the sons of 
perdition. That is his 
mission. We will not fin- 
ish our work until we 
have saved ourselves, 
and then not until we 
shall have saved all de- 
pending upon us; for we 
are to become saviors 
upon Mount Zion, as 
well as Christ. We are 
called to this mission. 

— Riwd K. Packer, "The Brilliant 
Morriing-Cif R>r K ivensfss." ENSIGN 
(November 1995): 20-51, quoting 
Joseph r. Smith, Gaspei Doctrine, -5th 
ed. (Salt Lake city: Desertt Bonk, 
1939), 442; emphasis added) 

Elder Boyd K. 

Packer quoted the 

Prophet Joseph and 

expanded on this 

principle: "We cannot 

overemphasize the 

value of temple 

marriage, the binding 

ties of the sealing 

ordinance, and the 

standards of 

worthiness required 

of them. When 

parents keep the 

covenants they have 

made at the altar of 

the temple, their 

children will be 

forever bound to 

them.— Cmfemtm Report 

(April X992): 94-95. 


Short History of William }. and Annie S. Kunz 
T/ie rest of the story... 

Grandpa William J. 
sketched out a chart 
[dated January 9, 
1943] on the back of a 
United States 
Department of 
Agriculture "Happy 
Holidays" letter. 
He put down the 
statistics of the Kunz 
family in the church 
as of that date as he 
knew them. 

[See chart.] 

A few years ago, 
Phillip R. Kunz and 
his daughter, Jenifer 
Kunz, undertook the 
same venture, but on 
a scale to match the 
growth of the family. 

In 1980, Foster 
Kunz wrote that 
"The Kunz family 
with its descendants 
is the largest family 
of Swiss descent in 
the Church today, 
and it is reported to 
be among the 100 
largest families in the Church." 

In early 1995, Phillip and Jenifer estimated that the descendants or family of John Kunz II and 
his wife, Rosina Knutti Kunz, were now 16,500 strong and that there have been over 3000 full- 
time missions served by Kunz family members. Hundreds of others, they state, if not thousands, 
have served responsibly in a variety of Church positions including regional representative of the 
Twelve, Patriarch, Stake President, Mission President, Bishop, Relief Society President and other 


The article will be 

published in the 


Historical Review, 

February, 1998. 

The title will be: 

"The Kunz 

Family: Over A 

Hundred Years in 

Mormon sim," by 

Phillip R. Kunz 

and Paul A. 



Marriage, children, and 40 years of curds 'n whey 

The results of the Kunz study and other information on the Kunz family will be published in 
an upcoming issue of The Swiss-American Historical Review. 

Their survey also shows that 95 missions were served by descendants of William J. and Annie 
S. Kunz. This number includes also missions served by spouses of descendants, stake missions, 
and multiple missions served by the same individual. We note that other decendants have 
entered the mission field since 1995. 

What would Grandpa William J. say today about the missionary service his family has given 
to the church? In 1925, with one missionary daughter in the field, he wrote: 

"I. . .am glad to learn you are . . .interested in your Work. I am happy to think zoe have a Representative 
in the field in helping to spread the News that the Lord Lives & that he has again Spoken from the Heavens 
in our day, but I Realize too that we aught to have done more in that line in the Past than we have, but I 
say again it makes me feel good to think we have a Representative in the Field from Our Family." [Wayan, 
Idaho, Sep 1, 1925; letter #12] 

Every missionary who has served since then, everyone who has aided or supported the 
missionary endeavor in any way, and every new missionary from our family who enters the 
mission field could read what Grandpa William J. wrote, and could know and feel that he or she 
carries his blessing, and, I believe, his gratitude. The rest of our missionary story has not been 
written. We are writing it as we go. 

Locations of missionary service given by the descendants of William J. and Annie S. Kunz: 

Argentina Buenos Aires 

Costa Rica 


Norway Oslo 

Arizona Tucson 

Denver Colorado 

Italy Milano 

Oakland California 


Des Moines Iowa 


Oakland Stake 


Eastern States 

Japan Sapporo 


Brazil Brasilia 

El Salvador 

Mississippi Jackson (2) 


B Y Un. Stake 

England Birmingham 

Montana Billings 

Toronto Canada 

British North West 

England Coventry 

Nashville Tennessee 

University Second Stake 

British South West 

Finland Helsinki 

New England 


California (3) 


New England Central 

Uruguay Montevideo 

California Anaheim 

Germany North 

New York New York North 

Washington DC 

California San Diego 

Great Lakes 

New York Rochester (2) 

West Central States 

Canada (2) 


North German (2) 

West Spanish American 

Canada Halifax 

Hartford Connecticut 

Spain Barcelona 

Zurich Switzerland (2) 

Canyon Rim Stake 

Kentucky Tennessee (3) 




Switzerland 1972 

Survey information courtesy of Phillip R. and Jenifer Kunz 

Note: some mission locations were not indicated by mission name, or they may have been listed 
only by country, so if you or your family member served before 1995, and if you do not see your 
mission listed here, that does not necessarily mean that it was not counted. 

When John Kunz I found the gospel and joined the church, he was one of 68,780 members of the 
church in 4 stakes and 7 missions. When grandfather William John was baptized as a child, there 
were 101,538 members of the church in 9 stakes and 7 missions. I find it awesome to think that 
our ancestors were among the first 68 to 100 thousand valiant spirits sent to earth to assist in 
laying the very foundation of Zion in the latter days. Today their descendants are among ten 
million who are building on that foundation as the millennial day draws nearer. (If one in ten 
million makes you feel any the less important in the work, compare it to the billions living on 
earth today: the role of each one of the ten million very important.) 

Victor Hugo is reported 
to have said: "9fuou 

...about Mothers and grandmothers 

"Sometimes it is the privilege of ... mother to help her child to transfer his allegiance, measurably at least, 
from herlself] to God. Mother is really another name for God in the minds of little children, but there will 
come a time when she will not be with than. They lean on her; they trust her; they receive nourishment 
from her; but tlie time will come when they must rely on someone else. The adept mother... prepares the 
child to transfer his affection and his dependence to their Heavenly Father." [Hugh B. Brown, The 
Abundant Life, p.202] 

How did William J. and Annie come to be the "Ma and Pa," the "Uncle Will and Aunt 
Annie" — the "Grandpa and Grandma" that were known, loved, and respected? We can look for 
clues as we read of their early lives, parents and grandparents. 

"Ma" —Annie Schmid Hum (1869-1944)" 

The second child in the family of eight, Grandma Annie 
was born 7 May 1867 13 in Berg-am-Irchel, Zurich Canton, 
Switzerland, and named after her mother, Anna. She was WOidtd Civilize Q Wl&Yl, 

known through her life as "Annie." She emigrated from , . , , 

Switzerland at the age of 16, accompanied by her younger 

sister, Mary, age 11. These two young sisters developed a rllS QfGAVldvYlOtHer . "" 

special bond through this difficult time of being separated 
from the rest of their family. 

Little Annie started school in Switzerland at age six, and an 8- or 9-year-old Annie started 
working in a near-by knitting factory. It was while she was working there [at about age 11], that 
she had a serious accident. She worked at a large knitting machine having many needles. One 
needle of her machine broke, and a glancing splinter hit her eye. The family, though very poor, 
arranged for the necessary operation. As she lay on the table, [under anesthetic, we presume], she 
had a dream: she felt as if someone were lifting her off into space with a door knob, which was 
attached to her back. . .; in reality the surgeon had lifted the eye out of its natural place and was 
removing the splinter. 14 The operation was over and was generally successful, but the sight in her 
right eye was greatly impaired for the rest of her life. 

As a young girl, Annie listened to the conversations that the "Mormon" missionaries had 
with her parents. She listened and knew they taught something remarkable. They also spoke of 
the land of Zion. Zion was ill America, she knew, and Annie's idea of America included stories of 
Indians; she also imagined the land to be infested with snakes. When her family was to be 
baptized after their conversion, she hesitated a few months — not because she doubted the 
truthfulness of the Gospel, but because all those she had known that joined the church had left 
Switzerland and gone to Zion — in that land that frightened her. She did not want to go to 
America, and she told the Elders so. They promised her that she would not have to go if she did 
not want to. On October 4th, 1880, Annie was baptized and confirmed a member of the church be 
Elder Eerdinant Oberhansli. 

Annie and Mary leave Switzerland 

After her baptism she began to have different feelings toward America. Now she wanted to 
go very much; die desire to emigrate came to her and the fear left her. The missionaries heard of 
her desire and made plans for her to go. They loaned her the money necessary, and she, in return, 
would work in America and repay them. It was decided that her young sister, Mary, would 
accompany her. Coming to America was one of the outstanding features of her life. 15 At the age 
of 16 she and her sister, Mary, 11, left Schaffhausen, their parents, loved ones, and homeland for 
the unknown voyage across the ocean to Zion. It was an emotion-filled parting for the parents 
and the young sisters. They left their family not knowing when or if they would be reunited. 

"...Thou shalt be 

blessed with 

Temporal things 

for thine bread 

Basket shall never 

be empty. Thou 

shalt be a wise 

Counselor to thine 

Husband and the 

Spirit of peace 

shall be with thee. 

For thou shalt be 

called a Peace 

Maker among His 


Annie's Patriarchal 


"...a mother in 

Israel whose fame 

shall be known far 

and near therefore 

be founded and 

listen to council 

and be upon thy 

guard and run no't 

after the 

allurements of the 


Annie's Patriarchal 



. . .nbout Mothers and Grandmothers 

They traveled with the missionaries, two Mormon families (the Wilkers and the Housers), and 
other converts to the unknown and formerly feared America. 

Arriving in Paris, Idaho, in August, 1883, they did not speak English, nor did they know 
anyone there. Mary found work with the Wm. B. Shepherd home, working there for nearly three 
years. Annie had begun working as small child and knew how to work, too. She first worked for 
the John Norton family and then the William Rich family. Later (for health reasons according to 
Aunt Ivy Jensen), she moved to Bern to work for the Dave Kurtz family — milking cows, doing 
house work, and tending children. Her wage was at first 50c a week. From her earnings, she sent 
money to her parents from time to time. Annie kept her commitment and repaid the missionaries 
who had loaned her the money to come to America. She did this out of her small weekly wage, 
while also saving her money faithfully so that within about two 16 year's time she had sent to her 
family in Switzerland $90 17 for their passage to come to America. [That fund also contained $40 
that someone had placed to be used for brother Robert. 18 When Robert was a ten or eleven year- 
old boy, Elder Jacob Hafen of Mt. Pleasant, Utah, had wanted to bring him to America, but 
mother Anna, who had already said her good-byes to three of her children, objected immediately; 
life, she said, was too uncertain, and she couldn't see another of her children leave their home.] 

Myrtle's notes relate the following: In spite of her eye injury, Annie was a great reader of the 
scriptures and became skilled in many arts. Besides being an excellent homemaker, dressmaker 
and cook, she spun the yarn and knitted it into socks and mittens not only for her family, but 
many others enjoyed the benefit of her labors. Sewing for six daughters required much time and 
effort. After the family had retired to their beds, she would sit by her Singer sewing machine by 
coal oil lamp light, sewing for her family. 

Her patriarchal blessing is like a history in reverse — literally fulfilled. She was promised that 
she would become a Mother in Israel and her children would call her blessed — she would feed 
the hungry and clothe the naked and be a mother to the motherless; her bread basket should 
never be empty. "It astonished us many times when unexpected guests arrived how skillfully she 
could prepare a tasty meal out of a meager supply at hand — no one ever left her home hungry, 
and always they left filled with encouragement and cheer and a warm feeling in their hearts for 
the love and good will extended to them." 

Her faith in the Priesthood of our Father in Heaven was 
demonstrated over and over, as sick children were 
administered to and made well; one time, when they were 
living at the dairy — miles away from any one else, Father had 
to be away from home on business for several days, leaving 
Mother and 6 children alone. The baby, Willard, about 1 1/2 
years old, took very sick. Nothing she could do helped, and 
how she prayed for someone to come by that might be able to 
administer to him. Late that night a knock came at the door; 
hoping yet fearing to answer, she went to the door. A woman 
and her son plead for lodging. In the course of preparing a late 
snack and making extra beds, she was told the young man was 
a returned missionary 19 . Her prayer was answered and the 
administration was effective. The baby [Willard] grew to 
manhood, honored and respected by all who knew him, a 
great comfort and blessing to his parents, family and friends. 

. . . the words of her unfailing 
morning prayer: Heavenltj 

father, bless all thy 

covenant people on the 

face of the earth from 

the greatest of thy 

leaders to the least 

member of thy whole 

Church ..." 

— Max Eschler, from morning 
prayers at the Dairies 

Her life was made up of "others." Many there are who remember her unselfish and untiring 
efforts in easing and helping where help was needed. Through sickness and death, or in the 
homes of the motherless, her quiet visits always bore fruit. No task was ever too great or 

She served 15 years from December 9, 1917, to July 16, 1929 and from October 1930 to July 16, 

1933 as a counselor to Emma C. Kunz in the Bern Ward Relief Society. Living in the scattered 
settlement of Bern, it was necessary in making the monthly visits to drive long distances with the 
team and sleigh. Snow, wind, or cold freezing weather never daunted their spirits. Over the years 
they become familiar figures, with the people looking forward to their visits. Father was always 


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on hand to put the team up after she returned, or to harness it up when she needed to go, thus 
supporting her in her dedicated service. 

Many hours she spent visiting the sick and helping in their homes. When there was no longer 
anything to do for them in their homes, she would bundle up the laundry and carry it home — to 
return it a day or so later, ironed and mended. 

[Electricity and all it has made possible — microwaves, electric irons, washing machines, dryers, stoves, 
central heating and air, television, radio, computers. . . Annie Schmid Kunz had lived 64 years, lived on two 
continents, had saved meager earnings from milking cows to aid her family come to Zion, married and 
reared 10 children to maturity with all the cleaning, cooking and laundry a family needs — all this before 
electricity was introduced into Bern in January of 1951,] 

Many there are who agree with her posterity in saying, "Yes, she truly loved and served her 
Father in Heaven and her fellow men." Her life was devoted to her family and her church, 
serving faithfully and willingly in every calling. Passed away, May 23, 1944, at Montpelier, 
Idaho. 20 — Myrtle Kunz Steckler 

Annie's parents and family 

Karl August Schmid was born 24 September 1837 at Berg-am-Irchel, Zurich Canton, 
Switzerland. He was the son of Heinrich Schmid and Cleophea Eberhard. Anna Landert was born 
4 May 1843 at Rorbas, Zurich Canton. Her parents were Hans Jacob Landert and Anna Baur, who 
were staunch members of the Lutheran Church. They regarded drinking and card playing to be 

very evil. 

Karl and Alma were married in Rorbas on 18 January 1864. He was 27 arid she was 21. Their 
first son, Karl (Charles), was born in a small town Frienstein, near Berg. Tine next four children, 
Anna, William, Mary, and Robert, were born at Berg. William died as an infant only two weeks 
old. They moved to Rorbas, where daughter Emma was born. Their seventh child, August, was 
born after they had moved to Schauffhausen. Anna had been baptized and confirmed a member 
of the Lutheran Church and age 16, and was sincerely devoted to it. These parents instilled in 
their young children a love for the Bible. 

A tailor, Karl August followed his trade in each city where they lived. Anna had learned the 
art of silk weaving and handiwork in textile mills. This experience gave her an opportunity to 
work and earn as her health permitted, along with keeping her home and raising her family. The 
ability to weave and spin, to sew and mend which she acquired as a young woman, became an 
essential part of her home making skills; her daughters learned these arts, as well. 

Schmid family 
information from 
the writings of 
Verona Schmid 

There were 
just 133,628 
members of the 
church at this 
time, with 15,855 
of them located in 
the mission field. 

the Schmid family hears the gospel 

It was while they were living in Berg (1880) that missionaries Stoker and Heppler introduced 
the Schmid family to the restored gospel. On several occasions the elders of the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter-day Saints visited the family. They discussed the gospel. Anna's husband, Karl, 
readily saw that this restored gospel was different arid that there was something outstanding in 
the beliefs they taught. He leaned very much toward these teachings, but Anna didn't see as he 
did. Karl was baptized on 26 May 1880. But for Anna, membership in her church still seemed 
satisfactory to her needs. 

Elder Stoker, a local elder, called at her home one evening, and found Anna and the small 
children at home alone. The youngest child was just two weeks old. She, in the course of the 
conversation, told him that she planned to very soon have the baby baptized and confirmed in 
the Lutheran Church. Elder Stocker told her this was not necessary to baptize infants, and that 
sprinkling wasn't the correct method of baptism. She seemed cool toward his teachings, and 
insisted that it must be done. As he was about to leave, he asked her if she would object to his 
kneeling with her and the children and having prayer. She said not, and so knelt with her 
children and Elder Stocker while he offered prayer. Later, in relating it to her family, she said that 
she believed she would never forget the wonderful prayer that he offered, and how deeply it 
impressed her. It ignited a spark that caused her to become interested in the truths that the 
church had to offer which led to her acceptance of the gospel. 

The baptismal in the Church 
at I3erg-am Irchel where 
Anna would have had her 

baby baptized in the 

Lutheran Church. Photo bv 

David K Schmid, 1994. 


. . .about Mothers and Grandmothers 

. . .It seemed as though his faith was passed on to her, to an extent. . . Consequently, on 
25 June 1880 she was baptized a member of the church by Elder Ferdinant Oberhansli. As 
mentioned earlier, after a four month delay for Annie to come to terms with her fears of 
emigrating, she too was baptized and confirmed a member of the church on October 4th, 1880, 
also by Elder Ferdinant Oberhansli. After their baptisms in the church, Anna and Karl opened 
their home to the missionaries to hold gatherings of the saints. They enjoyed the fellowship and 
spirit that was brought into their home by the elders. 21 Years later, Annie wrote of her parents, 
" dear Parents always treated the missionaries to the best thei/ had & loved & respected them...." 
(According to Annie's brother, Robert, it was also in 1880 that Karl started keeping a journal, 
which Robert then continued all throughout his life — becoming a 68-volume set.) 

The Schmid ranch 
home was located 
in a cattle and 
country. Many 
tired,' hungry 
traveling rancher's 
called at their 
door and were 
never turned 
away, but invited 
in for a meal. 
Anna was loved 
for her kind- 
hospitality, which 
"was also 
expressed by her 

On May 17, 1886 — three years after Annie and Mary left, parents Karl, Anna, daughter 
Emma (6), and two sons, Robert (11) and August (2) left their home in Schauffhausen, on 
their way to gather to Zion and to join their three children who had previously emigrated to 
America. [Son Karl, known as Charles, had also emigrated 1885, at the age of 19]. In the city of 
Basil, Switzerland, the family met and visited with Elder John Kunz III and Elder David Kunz, 
whom they had entertained many times in their home in Schaffhausen. They sailed May 22 from 
Liverpool, England, on the steamship Nevada, spending eleven days on the ocean. They traveled 
with many other families from Germany, Switzerland, England, and Denmark — 279 saints in all, 
with Moroni L. Pratt as leader, and arriving in New York on June 1. 

Twenty-two days after leaving Switzerland, they arrived in Montpelier, Idaho, on the 9th of 
June, 1886. William J. Kunz and his uncle, Will Kunz, met them at the train and escorted them to 
Bern. They recalled that between Montpelier and Bern there was a great deal of water which at 
times came into the wagon box as they drove through it. Arriving in Bent, great was their joy to 
be reunited with daughter Annie, now 19 years old. They stayed at the homes of Sister Louisa 
Kunz, wife of David Kunz who was still in Switzerland, and also with Uncle Will Kunz and Mary 
Ann Roberts Kunz; they "were treated royally." A week after their arrival in their new country, 
John Kunz II moved them to Paris, Idaho, where sister Mary was working. She could not 
understand a word of German anymore, but it soon came to her again. Both father and mother 
wept with joy in this happy reunion and meeting. Brother Charles came from Evanston, 
Wyoming, in a month or two to complete the happy family reunion, Karl again took up his trade 
of tailoring, the children started school, and began getting accustomed to their new surroundings. 
Here they made their home for the next thirteen years. 22 On 5 September 1888, Karl and Anna L. 
Schmid were sealed in the Logan Temple by Marriner Wood Merrill. While in Paris, another son, 
Joseph, was born, but lived only two months. 

On March 27, 1899, they sold their home in Paris, and bought a ranch at Slug Creek, Caribou 
County, Idaho. It was located through the canyon about seventeen miles from Georgetown. This 
move made it possible for their boys to have ranch work, but still be at home. After having lived 
in populated industrial cities and towns all their lives, this must have been a great contrast. At 
first it seemed rather a lonely place, as their only neighbors were on adjoining ranches which 
were several miles apart. 

They made the ranch a home, just as they had done in 
every other place they had lived. The little log home that they 
moved into was kept spotlessly clean and tidy by Anna, as she 
had always done all her life. Her husband and sons were now 
iii the cattle and sheep business; she and daughter Emma, who 
was still at home, cared for the home. 

"She didn t believe m being 

idle. . .she made home- 
made noodles, . . . washed 
and carded wool. . .knit 
mittens and socks ..." 

She didn't believe in being idle. From eggs that she 
gathered from, her chickens, she made home-made noodles, 

which she stored in flour sacks. They washed and carded wool, and spun it into yarn. From this 
Anna and her daughter Emma would knit socks and mittens for the boys. They never knew what 
it was to be without them. 

Anna enjoyed her family being around her. Her grandchildren were a great source of joy to 
her. They enjoyed having her read to them just to hear her mispronounce English words. She 


Short History of William /. and Annie S, Kitnz 

knew that they enjoyed it, so would laugh with them, and go on reading in broken English. She 
in turn was amused when they would try to repeat the words as she pronounced them. 

Slug Creek was part of the Georgetown Ward, however because of the distance, they were 
unable to attend meetings very often. On a Sunday they would hold meetings themselves, and 
during the summer quite often families from Georgetown would drive out to the ranch to spend 
the weekend with them and join in their worship service. They lived for each other and their 

She exemplified thrift and saving. This story was related [to Verona Schmid Hayes] by Dr. 
Ellis Kackley in his office — many years after it happened: he was called to go out to the Schmid 
ranch due to illness of a member of the family, and upon arriving with Robert and August, he 
noted how Anna carefully wound the string off the packages they had brought home, into a nice 
firm ball and laid it away in its accustomed place, that when needed she would know where to 
find it. 

Dr. Kackley reported that she treated him so well, always sending foods home with him after 
his visits to attend her. He promised her that he would stay with her in her last illness until her 
death, which he did. 23 

grandpa and grandma Schmid's home 

When we traveled to and from Williamsburg, we stopped overnight at my Grandpa and 
Grandma Schmid's home in Slug Creek. Uncle Rob, Uncle August and Aunt Emma would often 
sing to us in the evening, and we would join with them. I remember that Uncle Rob and Uncle 
August had a phonograph with a huge horn on top of it. They played tube-like records on it, and 
we enjoyed hearing them. 

The Schmid's had a fat herd of beautiful tame cattle. They would take the children to pet 
them. They also had dogs and cats. One of the dogs sat on a chair near the table while the family 

Grandpa Schmid was a tailor, and when his family came to America, they settled in Paris 
where he worked as a tailor. He often told me I looked like Grandma Schmid did when she was a 
girl. He said she was a slender little "slip" of a girl when she was young and a sweet, quiet, 
humble person. Grandpa Schmid was a short, heavy man with small bones and a bald head, The 
Schmids had an unusual bed, and they were particular about it- It had a thick cover of good 
quality ticking which covered the whole bed. This was filled with fluffy feathers and was soft and 
warm. Aunt Julia was given this after Grandpa Schmid died, and she made two very nice pillows 
for my Mother from it. Mother prized these pillows highly and gave them to me when I was 

My grandparents were meticulous housekeepers. Everything was spotless and in its place. 
The "tack" house in which they kept saddles, bridles and harnesses was in good order and clean 
throughout. They even had paper cut in small squares and stacked neatly in their outdoor toilet. 

Sausage, bologna, hams and others kinds of meat were cured in a smoke house — the smoke 
from burning hard woods. 

On one occasion when Sylvia and I were small girls, we stayed with our grandparents for a 
few days. Grandma asked us to mop the wooden floor in their home. We did but not to her 
satisfaction. Our mopping left streaks on the floor, so she showed us how to do it so it was 
perfectly clean and had us do it over to remove all streaks. 

At the time of 
Anna Schmid's, 
death there was a 
flour sack full of 
knit mittens and 
socks, that 
provided for her 
family's needs for 
a long time after 
she was gone. 

written by Amy 
Kurtz (Aunt 
Mamie; daughter 
of John Kunz IV 
and Mary Schmid 



"...thy days and 

years shrill be 

many and thine 

intellect shall he 

bright thv 

memory strong 

and wisdom shall 

be given thee 

above many of thy 


thine children 

...shall bless thee 

for thy worth and 

goodness te 



Pa triardial 



One month later, 

April 14, 1865, 


Abraham Lincoln 

was assinated. 

William's great 
John I, had been a 
member of the 
Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter- 
day Saints for 
almost three 
years. (An account 
of his conversion 
will be given 
(John II) who was 
a son of John I, 
opposed William's 
baptism and 
membership in 
the church. 
William's father, 
John ITI— a 
crandson of 
John I— 
entertained these 
same feelings of 

.about Jathevs and QrandfatheYS 

I follow a famous father and never a day 
goes by 

But I feel that he looks down on me 

To carry his standard high. 

He stood to the sternest trials, as a brave 
man can; 

Though the way be long, I must never wrong 

The name of so good a man. 

[Newspaper clipping in Myrtle Steckler's scrapbook] 

Our feelings of love and respect for 
Grandpa William J. are represented in the 
words of a poem that daughter Myrtle clipped 
out and kept in her scrapbook. "I follow a 
famous father. .." Just what is the role of 
"father," and how did he fill it in the way he 
did and with the results we are witness to? On 
the role of fathers, Alan Hawkins writes, "...the 
ability to love and care for others. ..the capacity to 
love in ways that are committed, unselfish, and 
without condition doesn't just happen. The capacity 
to love beyond self-interest develops as a person 
takes on the tasks of . . .learnling] to care for the 
next generation. " 24 "Caring for the next 
generation" — How did Grandpa William J. do? 

"Pa"— William <J. Kunz (1865-1952) 

William John, the first son of John Kunz III and Magdalena Straubhaar, was born on March 
14, 1865. William John was born in Niederstocken, Berne Canton, Switzerland, at the home of 
Peter & Johanna Eggen Straubhaar, his maternal grandparents. He was welcomed and loved, as 
shown by his mother's recorded feelings: 

" ...on March 14, 1865, I became the 
mother of my 1st child, a nice bright baby 
boy, who soon became the ideal of every 
member of my father's and mother's 
family. " 

In the Spring of 1866, the year 
following William's birth, John III and 
Magdalena Kunz and their two sons, William John and new baby Jacob, moved to the lower 
"Blatten" farm at Zwischenfliih (which was apparently vacated upon the emigration of Anna 
Wampfler Klossner and her children to Utah), hi the words of Magdalena as recorded in the IDS 
Family and Individual Record Book of John Kunz III: 

In 1866 my husband and 1 commenced to keep house together, having each lived more or less zoith 
our parents till up to that time. On April 1 7, 1866 my second son was bom. In May 1867 my first 
daughter Rosina was born. My second son Jacob, being a corpse in the house at the time. In 1 867 I 
contracted fever through my father's family, being a very sick woman almost unto death for over three 
months, and my health being ruined through it for the rest of my days here on earth. The year following 
in 1868 the Gospel found my husband and myself and my husband and grandmother being baptized 

At the "Blatten" farm, they were close neighbors to John's grandparents and twin aunts at the 
"Schwand" — as the lower part of this narrow valley was known. Rosina [Kunz Morrell], one of 
the twin aunts from the "Schwand" was especially helpful to Magdalena at the death of one year- 
old Jacob and the birth of Rosina. "Aunt Rosina" had joined the church in 1862 at the same time 
her father, John I, was baptized. A close friendship developed, and it seems likely that 
Magdalena, who was only a few months younger than the twin aunts of her husband, gradually 
learned about the teachings of the restored gospel. 

William had two brothers, Jacob and John, and two sisters, 
Rose and Magdalena Matilda. Jacob died at the age of 
about one year, and Matilda lived to be one month old. 

J. Jacob 
Rosina (Rose) 
John IV 

Magdalena M. 

17 April 1866 
16 May 1867 
14 July 1869 
11 October 1871) 

died as infant 
{Aunt Rose) 
(Uncle Johnny) 
died as infant 


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When the elders came to the nearby "Schwand" farm of grandfather John Kunz I to conduct 
business and teach, she understandably desired to attend a meeting and hear the visiting 
missionaries in person. Mission president/missionary Karl G. Maeser (known to us today 
primarily for his role with Brigham Young University) was there that November of 1868. (Elder 
Maeser had come to Europe the previous year to preside over the Church's Swiss and German 
Mission. 25 Other missionaries So the family were Christian Willie [born 3 December 1843 in Berne, 
Switzerland; emigrated to Salt Lake in 1872], Willard B. Richards [bom 25 January 1947 at 
Winterquarters, Nebraska — a son of Dr. Willard Richards who was with the Prophet Joseph 
Smith in Carthage jail], and Henry Home.) 

During this visit on the "Schwand" farm, Elder Maeser ordained 
Johannes (John I) to the office of an Elder on November 11th, 1868. 

*John Kunz 3rd's conversion 

Magdalena persuaded her 24-year-old husband to accompany her to 
the home of his grandfather for a meeting — in spite of his being filled with 
the same spirit of opposition his father, John II, had. John III smoked his 
long pipe so much during the first meeting that the air was clouded with 
smoke. He later said he thought to "smoke them out." He was, however, 
moved by the teachings presented by Elder Maeser. 

Only four days later (November 15, 1868), John HI and Magdalena Straubhaar Kunz 
acknowledged their testimonies of the truthfulness of the restored gospel and were baptized by 
Elder Maeser. Rosina Katharina Klossner Kunz, wife of grandfather John I, was also baptized at 
this time. The three were baptized in the November-cold waters of the creek or stream called 
"Grundbach," (Maeniggrundbach) which runs through that part of the hamlet of Zwischenfluh 
(Diemtigen Parish) known as Schwand — just below the farm houses. (Later, in his journal, 
John III acknowledged the influence of his wife with these words written in her behalf: "My 
husband claiming thai 1 had been instrumental in bringing indirectly his conversion about as well as that 
of his grandmother/') 

'John Kunz 2nd's conversion 

John Kunz II still vigorously opposed the Church. His father and sisters had joined the 
church; his son and mother had just been baptized. So, he and his wife invited their just- 
converted son (John III) to come to Riedern (the "Moos" farm) and get them a load of wood for 
winter — knowing he would have to stay overnight with them. This would give them time to 
show him what a mistake it had been to join the "Mormons." 

While at their home, they asked John III numerous questions and tried to prove from their 
understanding of the Bible that he had made an error in being baptized. John III had learned from 
the missionaries and studied on his own and defended his baptism and membership with 
scripture. When John II realized that his efforts were futile, he became angry and raised points 
based on falsehoods and abuse. Nevertheless, before John III left he bore a strong testimony of the 
truthfulness of the restored gospel to his parents. His mother told him tearfully that she knew he 
was right. 

The sincerity of his two sons (John III, and young Johartn Gottfried, who had been baptized 
earlier at age 13), his parents, and his twin sisters touched him sufficiently that he and his wife, 
Rosina, agreed to meet with the missionaries and listen to what they had to say. Upon receiving 
the invitation to come to the "Moos" farm, Richards and a local Elder made their way through the 
mid-winter snow to Riedern. Elder Richards' taught them in his broken German with translation 
by his companion. John Kunz II and Rosina Knutti Kunz understood and accepted their message. 

On February 27, 1869, Richards baptized them and their 20-year old daughter Kaeti in the icy 
waters of the Kirelbach Creek — nearly seven years after his father and his sister, Rosina, had 
joined the Church, and only three months after his son, John III, had joined. They were confirmed 
by Elder Christian Willie. Before being baptized (it is told in the family) he told President Maeser 
that he was willing to join the Church on the condition that he and his family would not be 
required to leave their native land for America as others had done. Elder Maeser assured him that 


in 1868 there were 

84,622 members of 

the church, five 
stakes and eight 
missions. This 
number of saints 
would fill the DYU 
football stadium 
about 1 Sz 1/3 

In 1869 there were 
88,432 members in 
the church, 9 
stakes and 7 

Willard B. Richards 

John II was the 
last of father-son- 
grandson John 
Kunzes to be 
baptized, but the 
first of the family 
to emigrate. 


. ..about Fathers and Grandfathers 

he need not leave his home unless he desired to do so. As a respected Simmental cheesemaker, he 
could have at any time taken advantage of an opportunity to emigrate to Russia, as three of his 
cousins and many friends and associates from the community had done during the first half of 
the 19th century. John Kurtz II apparently did not consider such a possibility. 

Although he had not wanted to go to America before his baptism, the spirit of gathering 
came upon him shortly thereafter. Sixteen months later, early in July, 1870, his family, including 
eight of his ten children (his two oldest children, John Kunz III and Rosina Kunz Bischoff were 
married) became the first members of the Kunz family to leave Switzerland and emigrate to 
America. (John H's twin sisters, Susanna Klossner from the upper "Blatten" farm and Gottlieb 
Agenstein and his wife [of the Klossner family] and their family were also in the emigrant group.) 

"... deliverance from tfabylon" 

His father's [John Kunz I] feelings and thoughts regarding the departure of this oldest son 
and family to go to the land of Zion are recorded thus: "For which event he was very thankful to 
his God for seeing the deliverance from Babylon of such a large number all at once. There being 
in the company who emigrated about fifteen of his nearest blood relations." How grateful he was 
to see this son who had been so openly opposed to the church and at odds with him, now join 
together in the same faith! He rejoiced in what was to be a final earthly separation, as only a 
parent can do, when that separation is in the interest of the a benefit to that child. Seven months 
later, this faithful mail — the first of the Kunz family to recognize the truth of the restored gospel, 
the great-great-great-grandfather of our generation, John Kunz I — died on Feb 17, 1871. 

Family members walked in a funeral procession down the steep road from the home to the 
place of burial. Oldest son, John II, had just emigrated to America; oldest grandson, John III, was 
away from home serving border duty. So city officials honored the next-in-line 5 year-old 
William John. Since it was too steep and too far for him to walk, he was placed on the casket, 
where he rode until it reached the place of burial. In addition, he sat with these same dignitaries, 
who drank a toast to hint at the home prior to the funeral, As an adult, our grandfather William J. 
had a vivid memory of this event, being seated on the casket of his great-grandfather. 26 

After the death of John I, John III reportedly moved his family from the lower Blatten farm to 
the Schwand farm of his widowed grandmother, Rosina. 

During the summers in Switzerland, William J. helped herd goats on the hillsides of the Kunz 
family's alpine dairy farm. At the age of six he started school, which required a walk of three 
miles from his home. During the two years which he attended school in Switzerland, he studied 
the three R's and also the fundamentals of music — this, along with the four or five winters which 
he attended school in America, comprised his formal education. With a keen interest in life, and a 
remarkable memory, he continued learning. 

William J. was baptized June 4, 1873, by his father, and was confirmed by Henry Reiser, a 
missionary — also in the "Grundbach." Shortly after, his father, mother, their three children, and 
his father's grandmother {Rosina, widow of John Kunz I) started for America in July, 1873, from 
Basil, Switzerland. They sailed the River Rhine to Rotterdam, Holland, on the shores of the North 
Sea, where they boarded a boat for Liverpool, England. Here they stayed over night, and the next 
day they embarked on the steamer Nevada for the 11-day crossing of the Atlantic. 27 

As the Nevada passed Ireland, several little boats came out to seli fresh fruits. Eight year-old 
William J.'s father bought some gooseberries from them, and he and William, went on the brow of 
the ship to eat them. A sailor warned them to hurry down below, which they did. At the next 
moment a large wave swept over the ship, and would likely have swept them off had they not 
gone below. William remembered that the water in the hallway was up to his knees. 

The day after they arrived in New York, they boarded a train for the West. Upon reaching the 
Mississippi River, the tram crossed die river on a ferry. On the other side of the river, the train on 
the ferry lined up with the tracks and went on its way. This operation made a vivid impression 
on young William. No one in their party could speak English, and so when they arrived in Ogden 
they were so happy to be met by Uncle Sam [Kunz] who spoke English well; he had made 
arrangements for them to go to Logan on the Utah Northern, a narrow-gage railway which had 


Short History of William /. and Annie S. Kurtz 

just been built. They arrived in Logan at the home of Aunt Rosie K. Morrell [John Ill's aunt] on 
the 4th of July 1873 [this date is in question: some records suggest the month was August], where 
they stayed for two weeks. Teams then came from Ovid to take them to Bear Lake. Being heavily 
loaded with their belongings — which included two large copper kettles needed for cheese- 
making — they received additional help when Peter Jensen, 
grandfather of our uncle, Alfred O. Jensen, met them on the Mink 
Creek Divide, and they were able to continue to Ovid. 

Those 2 large (1000 lb capacity) copper kettles brought with them 
from Switzerland would be put to use by John Kunz II, who had 
settled in Ovid, Idaho, and was already engaged in cheese-making. 
With the help of his wife, 7 sons and 1 daughter, he had made the first 
ton of Swiss cheese that was made in Bear Lake Valley, using a large 
boiler borrowed from someone in the area. 

The borrowed 
boiler was a large 
cast iron kettle 
that had been 
used for making 
soap, so says 
Maviii Sparks in 
his 1995 Booklet: 
"The Cheese 
Makers of Bern 
and their Lanes 
Creek Dairys." 

Bion: "...we proceeded to start pioneer life..." 

They were welcomed in Ovid at the home of William's grandfather, John Kunz II. Grandpa 
William J. recalled: "When we got to grandpa's place in Ovid, I'll never forget that J could fill my belly 
with all the fresh cows' milk I could drink. To a nearly half-starved kid, it was something I'll never forget." 

Of their safe arrival, William's father, John III, wrote: "Thankful to the Lord for preserving our 
lives up to our arrival in Z/on. Being my Grandmother was a fellow passenger in my care in the 
seventy-first year of her life, and my wife ivith ruined health, and three small children, and rejoicing to 
meet Father, Mother, seven brothers, and one sister all well, we proceeded to start pioneer life...." 2 ^ 

The newly-arrived family lived in Ovid for a time, in a log cabin without a floor. By October, 
1973, they had moved to a little two-room log house on Aspen Creek, located east of the present 
site of Bern, Idaho [near where the present "Outlet" is]. 

William's father, John III, wrote: " We built the first home in the Bern district, Bear Lake County, 
Idaho, which we used for a dwelling the following year, but my wife (Magdalcna) leaving us through her 
death on May 22, 1874 brought an entire change into our family affairs.. . ." 29 

William's mother, Magdalena — already in poor health — again became seriously ill, On March 
15, 1874, she was taken to Ovid to be cared for. John III recorded "On May the 22 1874 at about 1:30 
pm the Lord made manifest his power through two of his servants of the Quorum of the Twelve. Wilford 
Woodruff and Charles C. Rich administered to this, my wife, who was apparently in a condition with no 
prospect of release from her pains and sickness. But these brethren administering to her were scarcely 
through with their work when a great change took place and according to the promises made, she was a 
corpse at 6 pm." 

They promised her that the door would be opened for her to inherit the Celestial Kingdom. 
After the administration, she raised herself up in bed and stated that she was ready to go. She 
asked that they call her husband out of a meeting he was attending. After he arrived she bid them 
all good-bye and asked her husband to be kind to the children- Then she passed on. Another 
account records: ". ..she quietly passed away, after kissing her children good-bye." She was 37 years old. 

During this visit 
of the authorities 
from Salt Lake, 
William j. saw 
Brigham Young 
who was in the 
party. Three years 
later, August 29, 
1977, Brigham 
Young died at his 
home in Salt Lake. 

A page in the IDS 
family n-cordbook 
[written or dictated 
by her husband | gives 
a few details about 


It was written of her: "[She] was a woman of unusual spirituality, blessed with many talents, one 
being a beautiful singing voice." William J. was now just past his ninth birthday, hi later years he 
said that he couldn't remember what his mother looked like. 

"...remember the fear and the trembling 30 .,." 

They essayed to pioneer in a new country and had accepted this pioneer life in exchange for 
the life they had known in their beautiful Diemtigen Valley home in Switzerland. There, for 
generations, the Kunz family had been known and respected as hard-working good citizens. 
They had enjoyed family support and the established comforts and conveniences of the day. 



Chest Size 

Color of Eyes 

Color of Hair 


Ve ry apod &. 

Faithful Wife 3nd 


5ft 1 1n 



Hazel Brown 


Excellent- up to 

21 yesr of her life 

A phrase attributed 


. ..about Fathers and Grandfathers 

Pictures of their attractive homes and beautiful surroundings contrast greatly with pictures of 
their log-cabin Idaho homes, and with what we know of their pioneer life. This change they had 
willingly, even eagerly, made because of their testimonies of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus 
Christ. But now, John III, with three young children, had to face the pioneer life — a struggle just 
to survive — without the spiritually strong, capable wife and mother that Magdalena was — just 
less than a year after coming to Zion! Would this not be a trial of his faith in the goodness of God? 

Some ten years later, John III recorded in his missionary journal: ". . ./ had to see my dearly 
beloved wife Magdalena pass away from this earthly Life something that has up to this Day surpassed 
anything of a trial to me, she had suffered of a very painfull Disease being a Chronical Dropsy, and she had 
been my Lifes Companion for ten years and had passed through hard times and Sickness with me and 
caused me to investigate the Gospel ofjemis Christ and consequently it seemed to render my heart in 

During that summer of 1874 the children lived in the homes of different relatives in Bern and 
Ovid. Their father wrote: "Having to leave my children in the care of relatives, and seeing that time 
would bring a barrier between my children and myself, I married my deceased wife's sister, Sophia 
(Straubhaar), to fill, at least in part, the Solace of a mother to my little children, which she very nobly 
did." 31 In the fall of 1874 a home was again established when John married Sophie Straubhaar, 
their mother's sister. Of this decision, John records in his journal: " ...but as I had three small 
Children I again needed a Mother to them arid I had hundreths of times prayed to the Lord for that 
Purpose .,." With goodness and love, she endeared herself in the hearts of these grieving children. 

We see further into his heart and the quality of his faith from words he wrote as he returned 
to Switzerland as a missionary himself, and visited his former home: 

". . . it seemed the same old Place But as we walked along by •> ^ \9\arp nfrVJU first 

Rentigen I Could hardly keep my self from Crying for seeing ' ' ' i J I 

stoken so plain, and this being the Birthplace of two of my Lo\IQ, arid the place of 

beloved women and of my oldest two sons, and the Place of my fffl<t ^trytrt'M/2 

first Love, and the Place of my last Sloping where I Baptized the ™ P i? ■ ■ ■ 

last night I was there before emigrating to Zion, two Persons one of them being my so dearly beloved 
Wife Sophia. It brought many reflections in my heart and I Could hardly keep from Cryeing, 
place affected me near as much as the one before mentioned, although when we a while after Dark, 
Came up to the old Place below Schwand my heart beat and I again made reflections but right there ive 
bowed down by the fence and prayed the Lord that we may be received good by our Uncle and family, 
and the Lord heard our Prayer, and we where well treated there." 

tfaptism for restoration of health 

In the winter of 1876 William became ill with mountain fever, which was so severe that he 
lost consciousness. Since everything that was known to those around had been done, it was 
decided that he be baptized for the restoration of his health. A hole was chopped in the ice and he 
was baptized. From that time on he improved, until he completely regained his health. 

It is interesting to note that just six years earlier anouher incident of baptism for restoration of 
health had occurred in the family. This is how it came about. William J.'s grandfather, John II, 
and his family arrived in America in July 1870. When they arrived in Farmington (on the way to 
Salt Lake City), the First Presidency — Brigham Young, George A. Smith, and Daniel H. Wells — 
boarded the still-running train, met and shook hands with all the emigrants. 32 Later, in Salt 

. . .Not knowing where to place the cheese-making Kunz family immigrants, Bishop Edward 
Hunter and Elder Karl G. Maeser consulted ivith President Young. He remembered that in Bear Lake 
there were many good cows and no one to take care of the milk. He said: "this fellow will find a way to 
take care of this milk better than it has ever been taken care of before. Now we will have an outlet for 
the milk." (Milk products had been mishandled and had been of a very poor quality.) Following 
President Young's directions to "put them on a train to Ogden, have the Bishop ofOgden ready with 
two teams, and send them to Bear Lake," they got as far as Providence, where they decided to stay that 
first winter. They got jobs to earn "money" — threshing, gleaning wheat — but, mostly they were paid 
in wheat and had but one quart of milk a day for the entire large family. 


Short History of William J. and Annie S. Kunz 

The baptism for health occurred at this time. John 11 injured himself lifting a fork full of hay. 
Tlie rack floor gave ivay and he fell through, "Inflamatory rheumatism set in and he was laid up all 
winter," wrote his youngest son, Robert. "After being laid up three or four months he had a dream that 
if Henry Flamm would baptize him for his health, he would get well, f About a month after this dream 
Henry Flamm came to visit him. Father told him the dream. Brother Flamm said, 'Why didn't you 
make this knozon? In all probability you would have been well by now, but it is not too late to doit. We 
will do it right away.' He went home, got his team and wagon with hay, straw and blankets in it. Then 
lie came after father. Father couldn't walk a step. They took him up to the center mill and carried him 
down the flume of the mill. He baptized him in that cold mountain water for his health, and then 
carried him back to his bed in the wagon. Then they took him home and put him to bed again. ...he had 
a terrible sweat for three or four days, and from that time on he began to get well." 33 

Perhaps they recalled this event as they undertook to baptize young William J. 

Flashb ack to 
July 1870— 
another baptism 
tor restoration of 

Making a living in gear Cake 

The climate in Bear Lake Valley and the elements were less man hospitable. In early pioneer 
days a man known as "Peg Leg" Smith lived on what is now known as Peg Leg Island, a small 
island in Bear River, between Dingle and Wardboro. He was a mountain trader, a blacksmith and 
surgeon. On one occasion he made a saw wherewith he cut off his own leg, which had been 
frozen during one of his expeditions. He was still living on his island in Bear River when the 
Latter-day Saints settled Bear Lake Valley in 1863.... (Andrew Jenson, Encyclopedic History of the 
Church..., p.195) 

Making a living took a lot of effort. As a challenging agricultural venture, Bear Lake was 
settled by hardy folk — they had to be, or they could not have survived. Living conditions were 
difficult. Long cold winters with heavy snows and blizzards shortened growing seasons. Killing 
frosts in early Spring and late Summer imposed many hardships on those who settled there. 
Grasshoppers devoured early crops. In 1875, two years after John III had moved, John II and his 
other sons, on the advice of Ovid's bishop, N. C. Edlefson, had also moved North from Ovid 
three miles and settled in what they called the Bern district. Here they found more grazing area 
for their stock. John Kunz II purchased all property in Bern bounded on the North by the Sand 
Hill Lane from Bishop Edlefson who held "squatter's rights" on it. Property on the North end of 
Bern was purchased by Christian Kunz from William L. Rich who was representing Charles C. 
Rich. In 1874, John II built a dairy and made cheese on a continuing basis thereafter. [Foster M. Kunz 


"President ffrigham 
young promised. . . the 
land would be blessed 
and climate would be 

[Farming] was ... started on a small scale. A small piece of 
land was plowed with hand plow and oxen in 1876, planted 
into wheat, cut with a scythe and tied in bundles — all by hand, 
and threshed with a flail. Flour and other food supplies had to 
be brought over Emigration Canyon from Preston on snow 
shoes: the climate was unfavorable to farming — which was 
very discouraging. 

Many people left Bear Lake to make homes elsewhere. 
President Brigham Young promised those who would remain that if they were obedient to their 
callings and worked and did their best, the land would be blessed and the climate would be 
suitable and they would raise their food even to the heartier fruits. "This promised blessing we 
are now enjoying," wrote Myrtle. 

The land was used mostly for growing purposes. Some meadow lands were protected for 
wild hay to be cut and stacked for winter reeding of their milch [milk] cows and dry stock. The 
first hay cut by the Kunzes was done with a hand scythe and hand pitched. Not until 1884 did 
they have the use of a haystacker, which was brought into the valley. The Kunzes were the first to 
own and use a haystacker in Bear Lake Valley and many came from far and near to witness the 
miracle and later other stackers were brought in to the valley. 

The interest of the people all through the valley was aroused by the skillful hand-made 
equipment which he [John III] used to carry on his [cheese] business.. . . They settled the little 

Myrtle's hand- 
written notes. 

An interesting 
note: An early 
proposed name 
lor Montpelier 
was "Clever," 
because of the 
abundance of wild 
clover. However, 
Brigham Young 
with reference to 
his early life in 
New England. 


...about Fathers and Grandfathers 

town of Bern, named after their native home, and resumed the same business on a larger scale as 
they had acquired more land and stock ...and built up the business to a thriving industry. 

m/mme£ twz ce/i/ermft/t mee. . 

There is so much more to our grandparents' lives than I have been able to find, to process, to 
understand, to write about. Each of us have some piece of it. We each have some part of them. 

We find a great comfort in blessings promised them in their patriarchal blessings that concern 
us. Li addition, they were blessed that their children would honor them. 

" ...have thy name in Honorable remembrance.. .. " "Thou shaft be blessed in thine 
children and comforted in their well being. They shall grow up to maturity and give thee 
satisfaction and they shall bless thee for thy worth and goodness to them. Thou shall be 
blessed in temporal things, that thou shall have the wheretviths to give to those in need." 

Patriarchal blessings of William J. Kunz. 

"... Thy sons and da lighters shall grow up around thee, be a comfort with thee and bear 
thy name in honorable remembrance. . ..thou shall have joy and satisfaction in seeing all of 
thy Children grow up to Manhood and Womanhood, and they shall all be within the 
boundary of the fold. Thou shall be exceedingly blessed in warding off the Destroyer from 
them. For the Blessings of the Lord shall be with thee in thine administering unto them. " 

Patriarchal blessings of Annie S. Kunz 

Eleven extraordinary spirits came into their home. The ten who lived to maturity we know 
well. They were willing to work and to honor their parents. They worked together for the good of 
the family and to bear one another's burdens. They played together, as well. They are great 
personalities. We honor them also. 

Others have joined us in describing William and Annie as "humble" (not proud nor arrogant 
nor pretentious), "grateful," (not demanding nor seeking "entitlements"), "generous" (not stingy, 
nor willing to withhold what they had — nor did they operate under the world's "scarcity of love" 
myth, i.e. "there's not enough to go around"), "faithful" (not fearful, but knowing the Tord to be 
good and that he would fulfill his promises). 

Although they were of the earth, they were yet not earth-bound — feet sometimes muddy, but 
not stuck in the mud: they knew there was a Zion. The words of Grandma Annie's loved hymn tell 
us how she felt about Zion: "Now my own mountain home, unto thee I have come, all my fond hopes 
are centered in thee." The central relationship of her life that made all the other relationships 
"good" was the one she had with Him who has said to us, "Come unto me." Her fond hopes 
were centered in Him. She prays for us: ". . .1 do hope & pray that we may always be able to 
aknoledg the hand of the Lord in all things & that each & every one may be found worthie at the 
end of our journey." 

As a patriarch to his family and his descendants, Grandpa William J. tells us: "I will asure 
you I will do more for the hapiness of the Family." We feel mis is exactly what he did in life, 
and beyond. 

So, in these pages, we take part in having their names in honorable remembrance. And so, 
Grandpa William and Grandma Annie, we your descendants honor you and your children. There 
is a Zion, and we will yet know "lots of comfort of being to gether in pease & plenty." 



Pansies: flowers 

of thoughts or remembrance 


Short Histoiy of William J. and Annie S. Kunz 

People we need to know 

These are direct-line ancestors of William J. Kunz; they are yours, too! 

• NIKLAUS KUNZ (1730-1808) and MARGARITHA KLOSSNER (1730-1805), second cousins once 
removed and both from the Bernese alpine hamlet of Zwischenfluh, were married on February 
1762.... Of [their] three sons who married and raised families of their own, Jakob was the 

• JAKOB KUNZ (1774-1841) married MARGARITHA KLOSSNER (1779-1818), his third cousm, on 
February 6, 1798, in the Diemtigen Parish church. They made their home at "Tschuppis" along 
with Jakob's elder brother, Christian Kunz (1767-1838), and his family. Niklaus Kunz 
(1764-1832), their eldest brother, lived with his family nearby at "Rossackcr." 

• The first son and daughter of Jakob and Margaritha Kunz died a few months after birth, and a 
second son was born in 1802. Their third son, JOHANNES KUNZ (1803-1871), known by his 
posterity in the United States as John Kunz 1, was born on the "Tschuppis" farm on 
September 16, 1803. Tragedy struck the family at "Tschuppis" on Christmas day in 1818 when 
shortly before she turned forty years of age, Margaritha Klossner Kunz died, giving premature 
birth to her eleventh child, who was stillborn. At the time of her death, Johannes was just 15 
years old, his youngest brother not quite three. The anguish and despair which Jakob Kunz 
sensed through the early loss of his wife and the mother of his eight surviving children 
mellowed only through his devoutness and piety. 

• 62-year old widower "Tschuppis JAKOB" [Kunz] remarried (summer 1837). His second wife, 
Susanna Weissmueller Zumbrunnen Kunz (1785-1846) was the widow of David Weissmueiler 
of Wimmis and Johannes Zumbrurmen (1769-1836) of Erlenbach in Simmental. 

• As upright and God-fearing members of the Reformed Church, Jakob and Susanna Kunz 
continued their practice of regular reading in the Bible. According to family tradition, they 
particularly concerned themselves with a comparison between the teachings of their pastor 
and their own interpretation of the true gospel of Christ as they had understood it through 
studying the scriptures. Imbued with their faith, they agreed that whichever one died first 
would return and inform the remaining partner whether or not the true gospel was on the 

• ...upon Jakob Kunz's death at Enetkirel (where he had moved from "Tschuppis") in 
Zwischenfluh on November 13, 1841, Susanna waited by his coffin to receive his message. 
Discouraged after three days of waiting to no avail, Susanna expressed her disappointment 
"Achl Der kommet der neut." M ' J ("I guess he is not coming to let me know.") After uttering her 
disheartenment, she heard the voice of her deceased husband, who told her mat he could not 
communicate with her until she spoke first ("Yes, I've been here all along but I could not speak 
until you spoke first. Religion is important. Our children will find the truth") and that indeed, 
"The true gospel was on the earth" and that their posterity would accept it. The gospel had 
been restored to the earth some eleven years prior to that time. Johannes Kunz (John I), son of 
Jacob, passed this account on to his children and grandchildren and by them it is known to his 
posterity, (recorded by Robert Kunz, Paul Nielsen, Foster Kunz, and also related by Douglas Larsen) 

• JOHN KUNZ THE FIRST JOINS THE CHURCH. Twenty-one years later, in 1862, Jacob's son, 
JOHN KUNZ I, and grand daughter Rosiiia, found the gospel and were baptized. Rosina had 
been suffering from a persistent spine or back ailment which doctors had not been able to cure. 
According to one account, her brother, John Kunz II, who was already high in the Alps 
making cheese, heard of a religion, the representatives of which had the power to heal through 
faith and administrations. He is reported to have written a letter to his father telling him of this 
Church- John Kunz I made contact with Elder Ulrich Buhler, who lived near Thun. 

March, 1789: 
Exactly one month 
after Jakob and 
Kunz's marriage, 
Napoleon's troops 
began their 
occupation of 
Bern and the 

In 1841 there were 
19,856 members of 
the church, 2 
stakes, and 2 
missions. That 
number would fill 
only about 1/3 of 
theTJYU football 

In 1862 there 

were 'A/Wi 

members of the 

church, 4 stakes 

and 7 missions. 

This is just about 

3000 more than 

would fit in the 

BYU football 

stadium, or the 

number of 

attendees and 

participants at one 

night of the 1997 




...about Fathers and Grandfathers 

Elder Buhler was the Presiding Elder ofthe Church of Jesus Christ of 

Latter-day Saints in that area and was a native o f Switzerland. Brother Buhler 

told the story of the restoration to John Kunz I and Rosina. John listened and 

recognized the truth of the restored gospel. Brother Buhler administered to 

Rosina for her health and promised that she would be made well Through thel 

blessing and her own faith, Rosina became entirely well, and on June 22, 1862 

she and her father, John Kunz I were baptized members of the Church by 

Elder Ulrich Buhler. (Paul A. Nielson) 

JOHN II, upon hearing that his father and sister had joined the Mormon Elder Ulrich Buhler 

Church — about which there were many false rumors circulating — said that he wished the pen 

with which he had written his father [about the missionaries] had been in the bottom of the 

ocean. He continued to resist and oppose the Church, and on one occasion joined an angry 

mob of men from the area who went to his father's home intent on driving the Mormon 

missionaries who were there out of the area. His father refused to let members of the mob into 

his home, and told them the only way they could reach bhe missionaries was over his dead 

body. Looking out through the open top half of his two-part door, he saw his son among them. 

He told him in a firm voice that he should leave and go to his home without causing trouble. 

John II retreated. Missionaries continued to visit the home of John Kunz I in relative safety. 

places we need to know 

• Bern Canton (Switzerland), a state which 
includes the Bernese Oberland — high in the 
Bernese Alps. 

• Niederstocken — home of Peter and Johanna 

Eggen Straubhaar (there are also towns in the vicinity 
called "Oberstocken" & "Hinterstocken." "Ober" means "above, 
aloft." "Hinter" means "behind" or "after." "Nieder" means 
"low or below." The Stockhom mountain chain is nearby and is 
clearly visible. Those "-stockens" are likely named in relation to 
the Stockhom. (In his missionary journal, John 111 writes about 
seeing the old "stocken") Sec map below. 

Simmental-Diemtigtal [Niederstoken in foreground] 

The Simmenlal, which derives its name from the "seven springs" of the Simmen source, stretches 
from the narrow part the valley near Wimmis up to Iffigensee at the foot of the Wildstrubel massif. 
Nesting between the Niesen and the Stockhom chains, Ihe Simmental is one of the mildest, most 
fertile and longest of all Ihe valleys in the Bernese Oberland. It is... bordered by beautiful farmland, 
delightful villages and lush fields and meadows. —(Travel Brochure) Diemtiglal branches off and up 
[which in Ihis map is south rather than north] from the Simmental. Thun is indicated in the foreground 
Almsoldigen lies part way between Thun and Niederstocken, but is not identified on this map. 

Diemtigen — city/village in Diemtig Valley (The 
pastor in Diemtigen noted that John Kunz II was 
engaged as a cheese maker in Amsoldingen, a 
village halfway between Thun and Niederstocken.) 

Zwischenfliih, a hamlet/ region of the Diemtig 
Valley (Diemtigtal) in Bern Canton 

"Diemtigen is a political and ecclesiastical community 
covering the Diemtigen valley or the Diemtig Canyon 
within the Canton of Bern. It is divided into seven areas 
among which are the villages of Oey Zwischenflueh, 
Riedern, Schwenden, and Niederstoken. The entire 
Diemtigen area is only one valley in the vast Bernese 
Oberland. Oey is a typical Swiss village nestled in the 
lower portion of the valley. At this point, the Filderich, a 
low rushing river, flows down from the Diemtigal fed from 
countless high mountain streams. 

"The valley varies in width from a few hundred yards to a 
few miles with smaller valleys going off in either direction 
from he main valley. Today the road winds around hills 
and mountains following the river with the valley opening 
up at intervals as one climbs higher into the mountains. 
High mountains rise on both sides, some covered with 
dense tall pines, others appear to be solid rock. Most are 
steep and rise to impressive heights. 

"In the distance, the tall rugged Alps covered with snow 
are clearly visible. Every ravine carries a rushing stream 
of cold water tumbling down steep slopes and over 
shining rocks. 

"After leaving the Filderichbach, the road follows the 
ICirelbach, a rather large stream one or two feet in depth 
and eight or ten feet in width. Zwischenflueh has a post office and school house today and a number of 
small homes in the valley. From Zwischenflueh the road follows along the side of the mountain with 


Short History of William /, and Annie S. Kunz 

steep drop-offs to the side. About one and a half miles above Zwischenfhieh are the old Kunz homes "im 
oden." Here nestled in a narrow valley high in the mountains is a relatively flat saddle-like area between 
two mountains where the Kunz families built their homes and lived." 35 

• Thun — city where Ulrich Buhler was found by John I and his daughter in their search for the 

• "Tschuppis" farm — home of Jacob Kunz, father of John 1 

• "Schwand" farm — in lower area of the Dicmtig Valley (valley /canyon), where John Kunz I 
later lived 

• upper "Blatten" farm— a part of the Diem tig Valley; the home of Susanna and Jakob Klossner, 
Johannes' niece and nephew, who were also faithful members of the Church; 

• lower "Blatten" farm- — where John III, Magdalena and family lived, near the "Schwand" farm; 
a part of the Diemtig Valley 

• "Moos" farm at Riedern — home of John Kunz II and his son, Johann Gottfried Kunz; also 
referred to as in Simmental . [/ don't know Swiss or enough German to make a reasonable 
conclusion, even so, isn't it delightful that dairying people lived on a farm called "Moos"?] 

m ■'- , 

i i 

Note written on 

the back of photo 

by Grandpa 

William J, Kunz 

William < J. Kunz ancestors' baptism dates 

John Kunz. J, son of Jacob Kunz, John Kunz 1J, oldest son of John Kunz 1; John Kunz EH, oldest SOU of John Kunz I; William John, oldest son of John Kurtz 111 

bap. 22Jun 1S62-H 

John Kunz K [ne picture available 
Rosina Klossner Kunz 

bap. 22 Feb 1869-H 
bap 22 Feb 1869-W 

John Kunz II 
Rosina Knutli Kunz 

bap. 15 Nov 1868-H 
bap. 15 New 1868-W 

John Kunz III 
Magdalena Straubhaar Kunz 

[no picture available] 

bap. 04 Jun 1873-H 
bap. 04 Oct 1880-W 

William J. Kunz 
Annie Schmid Kunz 


"Maeniggrundbach/' the likely 
place of baptism of John III, his 
wife Magdalena, and his 
grandmother, Rosina K. Kunz on 
November 15, 1868. William J. was 
probably baptized here, also. 

Debby Swofford, daughter of Larry P. 
and TeSS Kunz, writes: "Surely the area 
of Zwieschenflueh looks much the same 
as when our relatives lived there. Paul 
[Nielsen] pointed out several chalets 
where the children of our ancestors or 
their brothers and sisters live. The 
grazing fields on the sides of these 
mountains are trimmed and fawny green 
next io leafy trees and pines. Up the 
narrow canyon to the Kunz homes we 
stopped to hike to the only likely place for 
baptism here. It is secluded and deep 
enough. The water whirls in the aqua 
pool. It is believed likely that John III and 
others were baptized here by Karl C. 
Maeser and [Willard B. Richards]. ...It 
looked glacier cold!" 

Photo by Scott Swofford, 1995 



Road where the coffin of William John's great 

grandfather John Kunz I was drawn. [1871] 

Five-year old William J. remembered riding on 

the coffin from the home to the place of burial. 

One account says this was an honor that befell 

him as the oldest great-grandson, since John I's 

oldest son (John II) was not present, having 

emigrated to America, and neither was his 

oldest grandson (John III), who was away 

serving, border duty. Another version explains 

that while the place of honor would have been 

to walk behind the casket, the five-year old boy 

was placed on it because it would have been too 

great a distance for him to have walked. 

Photo by Scott Swofford, 1995 

T Did not emigrate to America 

^Zhe pioneer Cife 

The Pioneer Life 

(excerpts from the 

family history 

compiled h'v 

Foster M. Kunz 

and Devirl Kunz, 

sons of Amy M. 

Kunz. it includes 

memories written 

by the children of 

Uncle Johnny and 

Aunt Mary — 


concerning the 

"pioneer life our 

own grandparents 

and parents lived. 

So much is 

applicable to 

them, and is thus 

is included here as 

a matter of 

interest — - 

especially the 

references to life 

at Williamsburg. 

These are the 


of the children of 

William J. and 

Annie Kunz. The 


described are 

essentially the 

same for both 


George Kunz 

adds: "...the next 

morning it was 

removed from the 

hoops and put 

into the drying 

room which was 

cool and dark 

with wide 

shelves." About 

three times a week 

the cheeses would 

be turned over. 

After sixty days 

the cheese was 

dipped in hot 

paraffin, ready to 

sell. Or course it 

could still 

continue aging 

until it became "so 

sharp it would 

melt in your 

mouth 1 

remember when it 

sold for tOtf a 

pound. Cheese so 

good you could 

Tiear the angels 

sing when you ate 


Jood, Clothing and Jamily Activities 

by Amy Kunz [Aunt Mamie]; daughter of Mary, the sister of Annie Schmid Kunz, and John William Kunz [Uncle Johnny] 

I would like our grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know something of the foods we 
prepared, how they were made, and the clothes we made and wore.... 

When we were small and growing up in Bern and Williamsburg, we churned butter from the 
cream produced by our cows. Just before the cream would turn to butter, it would become thick 
like whipped cream. We enjoyed spreading it on bread then covering this with a light sprinkling 
of sugar and cinnamon. This made a tasty treat which we thoroughly enjoyed. 

Mother would render gallons of butter which we then used as shortening for frying potatoes, 
eggs, fish, sage hen, chicken and meats. Rendered butter could be kept for long periods. 

In Williamsburg, we had a lot of mountain trout which we caught in the streams near our 
home. Sage hens were plentiful and the boys enjoyed hunting them. They were delicious, 
especially the young tender birds. 

We also made ice cream from time to time. One of the boys would take a pack horse into the 
higher wooded areas above our home and get a pack saddle full of snow from snow drifts among 
the pines. Salt crystals used for livestock were mixed with the snow to freeze the fresh cream we 
had in abundance. The cream was placed in a smaller container which was then placed in a large 
bucket filled with the snow and salt crystals. The small container with the cream was spun back 
and forth until the ice cream had formed to the right consistency. Mother liked to eat bread with 
her ice cream. 


Amy M. Kunz 

JVlaking Cheese 

...The cheese was made in a large double vat which would hold hundreds 
of pounds of milk. My job was to see that the milk was heated to 84 degrees, at 
which point I added coloring and rennet in the exact amount required 
depending on the volume of milk. The coloring turned the milk to a light 
yellow color, and the rennet curdled the milk into a solid thick layer which 
came to the top and separated from the whey. After the coloring and rennet 

were added, we stirred the milk carefully using a special metal scoop which had a blade about 10 
inches in width and a short handle fust long enough to hold it while stirring. 

After this was done, the milk was left to solidify. The solid milk was then cut with special 
rectangular knives about 8" by 20" in size. Each knife had thin wires spaced about 1 inch apart, hi 
one knife, the wires were horizontal, and in the other, they were vertical. Using these knives, we 
were able to cut the solidified milk into cubes. When heated again and gently stirred, the curds of 
cheese would form. 

When the curds reached the proper texture, determined by 
squeezing a handful together and placing it against a hot rod, 
it was then ready to be removed from the vat. If the curd made 
fine strings as it was pulled from the hot rod, it was "ripe" and 
ready to be removed. It was then dipped out of the vat and 
into a wooden sink (about 3' by 6' and perhaps S inches deep). 

A large curd cloth, placed in the sink, let the whey drain from the curd. Salt was added and the 
curd stirred to cure. Then it was placed in large hoops and pressed to form the cheese. Every once 
in a while the press was tightened, compressing the curd and squeezing out the rest of the whey 
from the curd. The cheese was left in the press overnight. 

"Cheese so good ljoia 
could hear the angels 
sing when ljou ate it!" 

— QeorgeS. Kunz 


Short History of William }. and Annie S. Kunz 

We made two different sizes of cheese. Young Americans weighed about 10 pounds each, 
while the large-cart-wheels weighed from 23 to 25 pounds. Fiametta and I each had to make four 
cheese cloths daily when we were old enough to do it These were made from, large bolts of 
gauze-like material. The cloth used for the large cheese was a tubing which had to be cut and 
tucked together on one end. 

Sheep men and ranchers traveling through Williamsburg would often give us a half mutton 
in return for meals mother prepared for them. In addition, we always had plenty of beef, huge 
stores of cheese, milk, some eggs and plenty of butter. We didn't have a garden because the 
growing season was too short, so we didn't have many fresh vegetables. However, we had plenty 
of potatoes and we ate them with every meal. 

When a young beef was killed for food, we used nearly all edible parts. We ate the heart and 
liver from all beef and enjoyed them. We even made food called "tripe" from the stomach 
muscles of young beef. The muscle was cleaned thoroughly, then boiled and the inside lining 
removed, after which thick pieces of meat were cut into small pieces suitable for serving. These 
were cooked thoroughly and pickled in vinegar. The result was a tasty item which we enjoyed. 
We also boiled beef tongue and sliced it for sandwiches. 

When we killed a pig, we made delicious "head cheese" from the meat on the jaws and 
around the head of the animal. To this was added fat, salt and pepper, and all of it was ground 
together. Then we formed it into a tasty mold which could be sliced for individual servings as 
desired. We also pickled pig knuckles and preserved them for later use. We made some sausage 
and bologna from meat scraps and fat. These were seasoned and smoked. 

We made our own laundry soap by boiling large vats oi fat in which we poured lye. When 
the mixture cooled, we cut the solid product into bars and stored them for use in washing our 

We also made starch from raw potatoes which were grated like powder. Then we poured 
boiling water over the grated potatoes. The liquid was drained off and bottled for use in starching 

My mother was an excellent seamstress. By the time she came to America at [11] years of age, 
she and Aunt Annie who was then about [16] years old, had already passed certain requirements 
as seamstresses. Mother brought with her a piece of linen about twelve inches by eighteen inches 
in size which had beautiful hand stitching, neatly sewed button holes and embroidery stitches of 
all kinds. She had been taught to do this work in her school in Switzerland, and was required to 
demonstrate her ability to pass the class. . . . 

Mother's father was an excellent tailor. He was particular with his work and did beautiful 
sewing. Mother made nearly all our clothes. They were well made and fit perfectly. I remember 
that she also made dresses for Lucy, Hazel and others. She made her own clothes. 

Cife at Williamsburg 

by Vera Kunz Knutti 

Our family continued to go to Williamsburg each year until I was 18 years old at which time 
my father sold the ranch. It was always a happy and pleasant experience to move to the dairies. I 
don't know why because there was a lot of work involved, and it placed a heavy burden on 
father. But each Spring we were excited as we planned for the move and looked forward to it. We 
prepared for weeks before each move. We prepared foods, bedding, clothes, equipment and we 
took with us everything necessary to sustain us for a time after we arrived. We made large piles 
of dry noodles, for example. Mother [Mary Schmid Kunz] had done this before she passed away 
and we continued to do it. From large amounts of dough, rolled into sheets and dried, we cut thin 
strips of noodles. After it was thoroughly dried, we would put it in flour sacks. One time we had 
to put it in clean pillow cases because we had opened and hemmed all the flour sacks for use as 
dish towels. We generally had enough noodles to last all Summer at Williamsburg. 

We used to buy Bear Brand Syrup in 2 or 3 gallon cans which had large lids. Two or three of 
these would be filled with cookies to eat on the way out. We also made many loaves of bread and 

Annie's and 
Mary's brother 
Robert didn't ever 
want to become a 
tailor, like his 
father; When he 
was a small child 
and attending 
school, tht 1 boys 
played marble 
games. He didn't 
have marbles, so 
he cut the buttons 
off his trousers in 
order to play. 
When he went 
home, his mother 
made him sew 
them back on. 
This happened 
more than once! 
Tailoring was not 
something he 
enjoyed! [As 
related by Anna 
Vigos to her 
brothers and 


The Pioneer Life 

filled two or three 10-gallon milk cans with baked bread so we would have plenty for the trip and 
for a time after we arrived. 

We usually took three or four wagons loaded with supplies, crates of chickens and even pigs. 
Pigs were placed in one of the lower beds of a wagon and the chickens in crates above them. We 
also took a buggy which Rhoda normally drove with the small children. Ireva used to drive one 
of the wagons, and I remember how it worried her. Father would give her instructions and 
caution her to exercise care. She was always concerned about fording the Blackfoot River, and it 
was a great relief for her and the rest of us when we safely crossed this river. The wagons and 
buggy would lead out ahead of the cattle. Father and the older boys would bring the cattle 
behind us. ... 

At meal time, father would leave the boys with the cattle and would come help us prepare 
the meals. At night we would build a fire, cook our meal and make camp. Our first stop was 
generally up Georgetown Canyon at the big Spring. Uncle August, Aunt Emma and Uncle Will 
would come join us, and after supper we would sing and have a great time. 

We tried to reach Slug Creek the next night. If it was raining, we would pull our wagons into 
a large barn on the Bennion ranch near there. From this place we would go on to Williamsburg 
the next day. We were always happy to reach Dave's Hill from which we could see the dairy in 
the distance. This was a happy occasion, and when we arrived we were very glad to be there. 

Our home and other buildings had to be cleaned and made ready for use on our arrival. 
Sometimes people would stop there during the Winter. One time someone had chopped up our 
chairs for firewood. Each Fall we stored our cheese hoops and other dairy supplies in the attic 
over the drying room. All had to be assembled and put together so we could make cheese again. 
There was a lot of work to be done, but we enjoyed this beautiful area, and we didn't mind the 
work. My father was a good organizer and he would outline the work to be done. Each of us 
knew what we had to do, and we did it. 

Since there was only one bedroom in the house, Ireva and I would often sleep in a sheep 
camp next to the bedroom door and near the "Drying Room." The boys would sleep in a 
bunkhouse located just South of our home. There was a long narrow stove in the bunkhouse. The 
top would turn to one side so wood could be put in. We used it for cooking when needed, and I 
remember making candy on it. 

The wood floors in our home were not covered. We would scrub them with lye water, then 
rinse with clear water. When dried they would be almost white. Later we put linoleum around 
the stove. . . . We made a lot of cheese arid always had a drying room full of it. . . .During the 
Summer father would take loads of cheese to Soda Springs and Montpelier where he would sell 
or trade it for supplies. We were left alone in Williamsburg during these trips. I am sure it was a 
big worry to him, but we took care of things while he was gone. 

Summers in Williamsburg 

by Denzil A. Kurtz 

"Bach Spring in early May, father and the boys would ride to Fish Haven to gather cows and dry stock 
from people who lived on the West side of Bear Lake. We would take a team of horses, a buggy, riding horses 
and dogs. We carried a "grub" box and other supplies in the buggy. We pitched their tents on property just 
North of the resort area where they would stay overnight." At night a big fire was built and they 
cooked their meals on it. People would come from the surrounding area to talk to their father. He 
was well known among the communities along the Lake. In the next two days, cows, calves and 
dry stock were gathered from the farmers who didn't have enough feed for the stock during the 
Summer and from those who wanted the cheese which would be produced from the milk of their 

As each animal was brought in, his father [Uncle Johnny] made detailed notes in a notebook 
which described the brands and markings on every animal. Denzil remembers how his father 
would sit on his horse with one leg wrapped around the saddle horn so he could make notes as 
the stock was brought in. The name of the owner of every animal was carefully recorded so that 
in the Fall each animal could be returned to its rightful owner. In this manner, they would receive 


Short History of William j. and Annie S, Kurtz 

hundreds of head of livestock to take to the dairies each Spring. Cows which were in production 
or "with calf" were taken "on shares" meaning that cheese produced from their milk would be 
shared with the owners. Cows and cattle were loaned by the Hansens, Madsens, Osmonds, 
Batemans, Pugmires and many others. 

Cows, dry stock, wagons and all supplies were gathered together in Bern ready for the long 
drive and move to Williamsburg. In later years, Rulon and John S. went to Wardboro where they 
gathered dry cattle from the Keetch families. These cattle were taken to Georgetown where they 
joined with those being brought from the Lake and Bern by his father, Denzil, Delphin and Dan, 

East of Georgetown at the Big Spring, the wagons and cattle would stop for their first night. 
Cattle were "bedded down" in this staging area where a large corral was later built by the 
government. Before the corral was built, one of the young men had to watch during the night to 
hold back any cows or calves who attempted to leave. They also had to watch that animals didn't 
stray off and leave the herd. 

Later other ranchers going to the feeding areas in Williamsburg, Dry Valley and Diamond 
Creek followed the same routes and used the same facilities which had been used by the Kunz 
families for years. 

Normally the family took about 500 head of "dry stock" and 100 to 125 head of milking cows 
to Williamsburg each Summer, 

In the early Spring when these moves were made, grass was just beginning to grow. There 
was usually snow over the Georgetown Divide. Sometimes they had difficulties getting their 
wagons through. It was always a cold, wet and miserable trip to make. Parley Peterson, Uncle 
August Schmid, Ernest Joneli and others would help from time to time either driving a wagon or 
helping with the stock. 

. , .father was an expert in riding and handling horses and cattle. He insisted that the boys 
always watch to prevent losing calves who, when they were tired, would lie down in the bushes 
along side of the road. It was difficult to trail that much livestock over the 50 miles from Bern to 
Williamsburg. Riders had to be moving along side of the herd, in front at times, and always in the 
rear to be sure cattle were not lost. 

The second night out was usually spent at Slug Creek with the Schmid family until they 
moved away. He remembered how happy they were to be with their relatives at the Schmid 
home, and how good Grandpa and Grandma Schmid were to his father and mother and 
everyone. These were great occasions which were enjoyed by all. The Schmid's were a loving 
family, and they enjoyed these visits from his parents [Johnny and Mary] and also when Uncle 
Will and Aunt Annie and their family would stop in their travels to Williamsburg. Later when 
the Schmid's had sold their ranch, overnight stops were made at the Bennion ranch where there 
was a big barn, a large fenced area and water. 

As the herd and wagons approached the Lower Dairy, they stopped at Lane's Creek where 
dry cattle were separated from the milk cows. The milk cows were taken on to the dairy and the 
dry stock was moved off into the grazing areas. 

In the Fall of each year, the family would move back to Bern the same way they went out 
each Spring. Cattle were first brought in from the ranges where they had been grazing. This 
would take many days. They were all brought to pasture land near the home, wagons were 
loaded again with smaller animals and supplies, and the trek back home would once again begin. 
Someone generally had to stay behind at the dairy to look after the cheese which was not taken 
with the first loads; also to care for a few animals which might not have been able to travel 
because of sickness or injury. Their mother [Mary] would often stay behind to keep watch until 
their father would return. She would keep the little tots under school age, and those old enough 
to go to school would return with their father and the wagons and cattle. When they arrived in 
Bern, his father and the older boys would take the cows and dry stock back to their owners up 
South and along the Lake. After this, he would then return to Williamsburg to pick up the 
remainder of the family and the remainder of their supplies. ... 

[Theyjwere] paid 
53.00 per head for 

f [razing dry 
ivestock. Later 
this was increased 
to S5-00 per head. 
Owners of 
milking cows 
were given about 
half the cheese 

Firoduced from 
he milk of their 
cows. Some cows 
came with calves, 
others did not 
have calves. The 

latter were called 
"strippers" and 
had to be milked 
each day while 
they were 

Crossing the 
Blackfoot River 
W55 a hazardous 
experience, This 
crossing was 
always reared and 
dreaded. The 
water was deep 
and flowing at a 
rapid rate where 
they made their 
crossing. Calves 
and smaller stock 
would have to 
swim and it was 
necessary for one 
or two of the 
riders to be in the 
river below the 
herd to keep 
animals from 
being pushed 
downstream by 
the current. 


The Pioneer Life 

. . .[There] were a lot of people passing through Williamsburg or going to and from the ranges 
near by. Residents from Star Valley, Freedom and Afton came through often. Among those he 
remembered were the Robinsons, Raineys and Lallatlns. The Robinsons trailed large herds of 
cattle from Star Valley to Soda Springs each Fall. Many of these and others would stop as they 
traveled through to get supplies or fruit from Cache Valley. Parley Price, the Butlers, Charlie and 
Walter Steadman, Nels Davis and their families would come and stay for days. Whenever visitors 
were there, they would join with the family in the evening to sing songs and have fun. He 
[Denzil] said his father and mother both had good voices and loved to sing. Everyone would 
gather around the organ and sing together. . . . 

After they had finished singing, his father would invite all who were there, whether they 
were rough sheepmen, cattlemen, or whoever, to join with the family in their evening prayers. 
Everyone would kneel on the hard wooden floors around the table, at a long bench, or next to an 
old trunk they had, and his father would offer the prayer. Never did anyone refuse to join with 
the family in prayer. ... 

Uncle Will and Aunt Annie were very kind to his father and the family. Aunt Annie would 
spin yarn, make mittens, dam stockings and make other articles of clothing to help out as much 
as possible. She often invited all of them to her home for meals, and she always remembered their 
birthdays. He said that Aunt Emma Kunz who was president of the Relief Society was like an 
angel to the family. The whole Relief Society would often come to their home after their mother's 
death, and they would sew, patch clothes, or do anything the family needed to have done. 



--Annie, I.ibbv. Soph it?, Mabel, Myrtle, 

Joseph, Willard, William holding 



Back- Thelma Tschler, Foster Kunz, 

Drusilla Kunz, Vera Kunz, Verona 

Schmid, 3 Steadman girls , Vcrda techier 

Front- Devirl Kunz, Glen Kunz, Max 

Eschler, Steadman Baby 


Short History of William J. and Annie S. Kunz 



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Short Histon/ of William J. and Annie S. Kunz 

Foster M. Kunz 

Chronology for the 

same date 

•Grasshoppers did 


damage in Utah. 

• O. Porter Rockwell 

died in Salt Lake 


People, places, and things... 

These entries appear in Andrew Jenson's LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, on page 534: 

Kunz, 'John, sen. (2) 

Kunz, John, sen., presiding Elder of the Bern Ward, Montpelier Stake, Idaho, from 1878 to 1890, 
was born. Jan. 2, 1823, in Bern, Switzerland, the son of Joharm Kunz and Rosine Catherine 
Klossner. He came to Utah in 1870 and was ordained a Bishop June 3, 1878, by Charles C. Rich. 
He died Feb. 16,1890. 

Kunz, "John, jun. (3) 

Kunz, John, jun,, Bishop of the Bern Ward, Montpelier Stake, Idaho, from 1890 to 1915, was born 
Feb. 7, 1844, in Diemtigen, Canton Bern, Switzerland, the son of Joharm Kunz and Rosina Knutti. 
He was baptized Nov. 15, 1868, came to Idaho in 1873, and filled a mission to Switzerland and 
Germany in 1884-1886. He was ordained a High Priest June 15, 1890, by Wm. Budge, and a 
Bishop Nov. 10, 1890, by John W. Taylor. He died Jan. 16, 1918. 

Summary of Marriages and children of John Kunz 3: 

1. Magdalena Straubhaar, married 11 November 1864, bore five children: William J., 
Joharm Jacob, Rosina Katharina, John William and Magdalena Matilda. Magdalena died 
22 May 1874. 

2. Sophia Straubhaar, married October 26, 1874 following the death of Magdalena. Sophia 
adopted one child and reared the three living children of Magdalena - William J., Rosina 
and John William. Sophia died 25 October 1893. 

3. Magdalena Linder, married November 2, 1874, bore four children: Mary Magdalena, 
Catherine, Eliza Rosetta arid Wilford John. Magdalena died February 6, 1920. 

4. Louisa Weibel, married November 8, 1883, bore no children of her own, but reared the 
five living children of Elizabeth Boss who died May 13, 1900. 

5. Margaret Lauener, married September 5, 1888, bore ten children: Charles Crockett, 
Lovina Hannah, Abel Chester, Heber Christian, Melvin, Milton Lyman, Jessie Amasa, 
George Sidney, Ursula Grace and Lula. Margaret died March 19, 1949. 

6. Elizabeth Boss, married December 19, 1888, bore six children: Agnes Ruth, Julia Esther, 
Parley Peter, Hedwig Hazel, Lucy May and Lydia. Elizabeth died May 13, 1900. 

J?e#-n Ward 

Andrew Jenson, Church Chronology 

June 1, 1878 (Saturday) & June 9, 1878 (Sunday) 

Berne, Bear Lake Co., Idaho, was organized as a branch of the Church, with John Kunz, 

sen., as president. The branch was organized into a Ward in 1890. 

Andrew Jenson, Encyclopedic History of the Church..., p.61 

BERN WARD, Montpelier Stake, Bear Lake Co., Idaho, consists of Latter-day Saints residing 
in the small settlement of Bern, situated on the west side of Bear River, about six miles northwest 
of Montpelier. Most of the inhabitants of Bern are of Swiss origin and the little town is named 
after Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The entire population of Bern are Latter-day Saint farmers 
and stock-raisers. 

Bern was first settled in August, 1873, by the Kunz family, who came out to improve a ranch 
which Apostle Charles C. Rich had located some time previously. The first settlers of Bern 
attended meetings at Ovid, and when the Bear Lake Stake of Zion was fully organized in 1877, 
Bern was continued as part of the Ovid Ward. In 1878 John Kunz, sen., was set apart as president 



of the Bern Branch. He acted in that capacity until his death, which occurred Feb. 16, 1890. After 
his demise John Kunz, jun., acted as presiding Elder until Nov. 10, 1890, when he was ordained a 
Bishop and set apart to preside at Bern, which on that occasion was changed from a branch to a 
ward. Bishop Kunz was succeeded in 1915 by Robert Schmid, who on July 13, 1930, was 
succeeded by Parley P. Kunz, who still presided Dec. 31, 1930. On that date the ward 

membersh ip Was 147, including 33 children. (Robert Schmid is 3 brother to Annie Schmid Kunz; Parley V. Kunz is a 
brother to William J. Kunz.) 

Steamship JVlanhattan 

Single-screw steamship: 2869 tons: 
335 x 43 x 28 feet 

Built 1866 by Palmer's 
Shipbuilding & Iron Co. at 
Newcastle, England 

Andrew Jenson, Church Chronology, 13 July 1870 
"The steamship Manhattan sailed from 
Liverpool, England with 269 British, 
German and Swiss Saints, under the 
charge of Karl G. Maser. The company 
arrived at New York July 26th, and at 
Salt Lake City Aug. 5." 

Family members sailing on the Manhattan 

• July 13, 1870. John Kunz II and his party. 
Arrived in Utah August 5, 1970. Karl G. Maeser, 
returning from his assignment as Mission President of 
the Swiss-German mission was also on this sailing and 
led the 269 members of this company of emigrants on 
to Salt Lake. "Six emigrant companies — totaling 1308 
Saints — crossed the Atlantic aboard the steamer 
Manhattan of the Guion Line. These companies ranged 
in size from 35 to 482, and the passages from Liverpool 

to New York averaged 14.7 days. The first voyage began on 21 Jun 1867, and the last on 4 
December 1872. . . . Among the prominent Mormons who traveled aboard this ship were Dr. Karl 
G. Maeser, a prominent Utah educator, and Lorin Farr, mayor of Ogden, Utah, for many 
years.... she was a sharp model with three decks, an iron hull, inverted engines, two masts, one 
funnel, a clipper bow, and a speed of 10 knots. She accommodated 72 first- and 800 third-class 
passengers."- 16 

"With the combination of steamship travel and the railroad— replacing sailing vessels and 
wagon trains— the journey in 1869 from Europe to the Deseret Territory was cut from three to 
five months, to about 24 days. By 1877, the trip was about 17 days, says Richard L. Jensen, 
associate professor in the BYU Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History." [Church News, 
July 5, 1997, p 13] 

Steamship filevada 

Family members sailing 
on the Nevada 

• July 10, 1873. John 
Kunz 111 and his 

party. Arrived in 
Utah August 1, 1973 
[See "Sailing date..." 
for further 


steamship: 3125 

tons: 345 x 43 x 28 


Built 1868 by 


Shipbuilding & 

Iron Co. at 



[23 days from 


to Utah] 



* 17 May 1886. Karl and Anna Landert Schmid and three children [date left Switzerland; 
exact sail date note known. Twenty-two days after leaving Switzerland, they arrived in 
Montpelier, Idaho, on the 9th of June, 1886 

This steamship was built with an iron hull, three decks, two masts brig-rigged, one funnel, 
and inverted engines. . . . The steamer ran between Liverpool, her home port, and New York. 
Among the thousands of emigrants who came to America in this vessel were James E. Talmage, 
later an apostle, and Niels C. Sonne, forbear of two general authorities.... [Nevada] averaged 11.5 
days on her thirty-five passages. ...Her speed was 11 knots.... 37 

"Three Guion Line steamships carried a third of all Mormon emigrants to America.. . .During 
the years between 1840 and 1890 three steamships transported almost one-third of the Latter-day 
Saint emigrants across the oceans to America." Of the three vessels. . . the British steamer Nevada 
had the second largest total of Mormon passengers, numbering 9,600. It made 35 known 
passages. "...The Wyoming made at least 38 voyages and brought more than 10,000 Latter-day 
Saints across the Atlantic... the Wisconsin carried some 8,900 Saints in 33 crossings." 38 

Sailing date John Kunz 3 t£t wlf amity 

Some question has arisen as to the sail/arrival dates of John Kunz III and his family. It is told 
in our family that they left soon after Grandpa William J.'s baptism in June, 1873, and arrived at 
Aunt Rosie K. Morrell's place in Logan on 4 July 1873. There was a sailing of the Nevada on June 
4, 1873, arriving in New York on June 16. However, the ship's manifest list of passengers and 
other sources show the following: 

Andrew Jenson, Church Chronology, July 10, 1873 (Thursday) 

The steamship Nevada sailed from Liverpool, England, 
with 283 Saints, in charge of Elijah A. Box. The company 
landed in New York July 23rd, and at Salt Lake City 
Aug. 1st. 

From the roster of passengers for that sailing: 

Note from Phillip Kunz: 

"Grandpa [John III] and 
family sailed on 10 Jul 1873 from 
Liverpool on the Nevada. They 
arrived in New York 23 Jul 1873 
and in Utah 1 Aug 1873. 

"The Millennial Star Vol 35, p 459 

& 60 is a letter from E. A. Box, 

who was in charge for the Church. 

Writing to President A. Carring- 

ton, he says: 'We organized four 

Wards,. ..and brother John Kunz 

was appointed chaplain, and brother Abraham Baumarin captain of the guard for the Swiss 

Saints.' Baumarm is listed on the roster of passengers on the ship, as are the other Kunzes except I 

cannot find John on the list. This matches the list from Der Stern...." — Phillip Kunz. 

Der Stern, Vol 5, July 1873, pp 111-112 

excerpt from "Auswanderungsliste fur 1873." 

Kunz, Johannes, von Zwischenfliih 

— " MagdaL, 

— " J. Wilh., 

— " R. Kath., 

— " Johannes, " 

— " Rosa Katharina, (Mutter), von Zwischenfliih 


Magdalena Kuntz 





Joh. W 





















Karl g, Maeser (182S-1901) — Quotes and biographical Jacts 

Karl G. Maeser's association with and influence on the Kunz family is documented by the teaching, 
baptisms and ordinations recorded for the first Kunz family members who joined the church. He was 
respected by our Grandparents — in fact Grandpa "renamed" baby Karl August Kunz, changing his name to 
Karl Maeser Kunz. 1 heard he did so unbeknownst to Grandma, and I'm not sure that the change stands on 
the records. 

"Everyone's life is an object lesson to others," 
Maeser told students. "Don't be a scrub." 

Harold B. Lee, Stand Ye In Holy Places, p.117 

President Karl G. Maeser spoke of the patriarchal 
blessings as "paragraphs from the book of your 
possibilities." If wc read our patriarchal blessings, we 
will see what the spirit of prophecy has held up to us as 
to what each of us can become. 

Leonard J. Airing ton, BYU Studies, Vol. 16, No. 4, p.460-G3 

The first permanent principal [Brigham Young 
Academy] was Karl C. Maeser. Maeser was bom in 
Saxony, now East Germany, the son of an artist and 
master painter of Dresden chinaware. After graduation 
from the public schools in his small town, he was invited 
to attend the Dresden High School for the gifted, and 
finally to the Schullenerseminar, where prospective 
teachers took an intensive curriculum. 

His teacher's diploma completed with high honors, 
Maeser tutored the children of prominent Protestant 
families, taught a district school, became headmaster of 
the Budig Institutes, and married the daughter of the 
principal of that famous school. Hearing of Mormonism, 
Maeser sent persistent requests 10 European Church 
officials who responded by sending William Budge there 
in 1858, in spite of considerable personal danger. 
Knowing they would be "scourged from the city" when 
their conversion became known, the Maesers and another 
convert family left Germany in 1858 under cover of 

After two detours, one to Scotland and another to 
the American southern states to preach the gospel, 
Maeser finally reached Utah in 1860. He entered the 
picture just as the educational renaissance provoked by 
Brigham Young was beginning. Teaching in one of the 
ward schools in Salt Lake City, the German intellectual 
got his initiation to the life of a territorial schoolmaster. 
A saw and a mop as standard equipment for a teacher 
were strange to Maeser, but he adjusted and began to 
promote not only an enlarged physical structure but also 
systematic instruction by which elementary schools 
would feed students into high schools and colleges. 

After small successes, large failures, and 
interruption for another mission 55 , Maeser was teaching 
in 1873 at the Twentieth Ward Institute in Salt Lake 
City, which he had made into a competent teacher 
training school. In April 1876 an explosion at the old Salt 
Lake Arsenal on the hills north of Salt Lake City shook 
the whole northern half of the city, causing extensive 
damage to the Twentieth Ward schoolhouse. Maeser 
went at once to report the matter. Finding President 
Young, he said, "As you can see. I will not be able to 
leach school until the building is repaired." "That is all 
right," the President answered cheerfully, "I want to give 
you a mission to teach in the Brigham Young Academy 
at Provo." The next day Maeser was formally appointed 
by the Board. 

It is doubtful that Maeser realized fully what he had 
committed himself to do. Arriving at the academy in 

April of 1S76. he found a badly run-down building 
surrounded by a half-built fence, a sparsely furnished 
office, "no records, not much system, certainly no 
regularity, the former principal being so busily engaged 
with his court duties that school began at any time 
between 9 and 1 1 o'clock, and sometimes not at all." He 
soon learned that the building doubled as an 
entertainment hall, shaken by round dances on the upper 
floor while students tried to study downstairs. Only 
twenty-nine students showed up for Professor Maeser's 
first term. The first student to register, incidentally, was 
Reed Smoot, later to serve for thirty years as United 
States Senator from Utah. Reed was the son of A. O. 
Smoot who, as stake president mayor, and chairman of 
the Board of Trustees, did more than any other person to 
keep the academy alive during the poorly financed years 
of the 1880s and 1890s. 

"...saints, gentlemen, and scholars..." 

Maeser's most formidable challenge was his 
students. An early student who later distinguished 
himself as an associate justice of the United States 
Supreme Court described himself and fellow students 
then as shoeless, self-sufficient country boys who were 
careful to wear their hats in the classroom, and, when 
they weren't in school, were cutting wood, milking cows, 
carrying swill to the pigs, currying horses, plowing 
fields, hoeing corn, or picking potatoes. ...Zina 
Huntington Young, another of Maeser's early students, 
described the first upperclassmcn as "eager, manly, and 
... ignorant." These were the persons the converted 
German schoolmaster was supposed to tarn into saints, 
gentlemen, and scholars — in that order. 

Without question Maeser was well-chosen for the 
task. On one rare occasion when he was late for class — 
because they were always penalized when tbey were 
late — some of the boys hurried outside to search the 
neighborhood for a donkey, which they brought back to 
the classroom and tied to the teacher's desk. Then they 
waited in anxious silence. When the professor finally 
entered the room and saw the newcomer, he turned to the 
class and dryly remarked in his thick German accent, 
"I'm happy you chose the smartest student in the class as 
my replacement. " 

Maeser was more interested in students than in 
ideas, and his work "bore exceptional fruits in character." 
A generation of Mormon leaders remembered Brother 
Maeser as the promoter of their spiritual and civic 
achievement. "Everyone's life is an object lesson to 
others," Maeser told students. "Don't be a scrub." 

As good words about the academy got around, more 
young students enrolled. By the end of Maeser's 
administration, Brigham Young Academy included a 
kindergarten, an elementary school, a high school 
featuring teacher training and college preparation, and a 
college department of offering either four years in 
academics or three years normal training. 

Dr. Maeser's basic philosophy became the 
foundation of the Church's approach to education: 

Karl G. Mnt/ser 
(1828-19(11), a 
German educator 
who joined the 
LDS Church and 
moved to Utah in 
1860, was 
appointed the 
second principal 
of Brigham Young 
Academy, later 
University, in 

One of these 
countrv boys who 
attended the 
academy in its 
early years was J. 
Golden Kimball; 
destined to 
become senior 

President of the 
irst Council of 
the Seventy of the 
Church. This six- 
foot- three-inch 
lovable beanpole 
of a man, who had 
previously been a 
freighter and mule 
skinner, received 
his training from 
Dr. Maeser; and it 
is certain that 
some of his fire, 
his tolerance, and 
his conviction, as 
well as his 
creative wit and 
wisdom, are a 
product of his 
days at Brigham 
Young Academy. 

Douglas F. Tobler, 

BYLTStudies, Vol. 

17, No. 2, p.172 

concern for the moral as well as the intellectual well- 
being of the students. Under Maescr BYA became an 
institution, with loyalties and alumni, and provided 
teachers for scores of common schools throughout the 
West. But Macscr's indelible contribution was the 
spiritual architecture of the academy. It was his emphasis 
on practical religion that became a distinctive 
characteristic of Brigliam Young Academy. 

... He [Maeser] had undertaken to prepare a lecture 
or thesis on the distinctive characteristics of the many 
and varied churches of the day. By a fortuitous 
coincidence, during the time of his research he came 
across a newspaper story relating to the Latter-day 
Saints, depicting them in a very unfavorable light, even 
mis-representing them by such epitaphs as fanatical un- 
Christian-likc, dishonest and immoral generally, but the 
writer of this article, which was intended to be 
calumnious and derogatory told also of the wonderful 
growth and development of these strange people in the 
valley of the Rocky Mountains, of the growing 
commonwealth they had planted in the desert, of their 
achievements in agriculture and industrial areas. With the 
analytical vision of a trained reasoner and moreover with 
the open and unbiased mind of an honest man, a lover of 
truth, Karl G. Maeser saw the inconsistency of these 
contradictory assertions. ""I knew, 1 ' he has said to mc 
many limes, "thai no people could develop and thrive as 
the facts showed the Latter-day Saints to have done and 
at the same ti me be of a degraded nature and base 

The story of Maeser' s investigation of Mormonism 
and conversion to the Church in 1855 is well-known, The 
spiritual manifestation which followed the ordinance, the 
speaking in tongues with Elder Franklin D. Richards, 
provided a supernatural benediction to Maeser's quest to 
know of God and his will which nourished him, his 
family, and his students for several generations. As 



Eduard Schoenfeld observed, from that time Karl G. 
Maeser was a changed man. 

Silas Wright 

Silas Wright was a friend of the Kunz family and 
spoke at both Annie and William's funerals. He was the 
second president of the Montpelier stake, after having 
served as bishop and then counselor in the Montpelier 
Stake presidency. 

Biographical Information; 

Wright, Silas Lloyd, second counselor in the Montpelier 
Stake presidency, Idaho, from 1919 lo 1930+ , was born 
March 16, 1884, in Bennington, Idaho, the son of Silas 
Wright and Ida Ellen Oakey. He was baptized Aug. 14, 
1892, and after being ordained an Eider filled amission 
to California in 1906-1908. He was ordained a High 
Priest and Bishop in March, 191 1, by Jos. F. Smith, jun., 
and presided over the Bennington Ward from 191 1 to 
1919 or until he was set apart as second counselor in the 
Montpelier Stake presidency. 

At the funeral of William J. Kunz, President Wright 
related the following: ''President Rich was very near to 
Brother Kunz. and his family. 

"Joseph Rich (President Rich's father) did all my 
legal! work. When it was done, I asked 'bow much do I 
owe you?' He would always say, 'bring a little piece of 
cheese.' So ail his legal work had been done for a little 
piece of cheese. He felt he had underpaid, and I suppose 
Brother Rich fell he had overpaid. But this is how their 
close association came to be. Many times I would go 
with President Rich as he just want to stop by Brother 
and Sister Kunz's to renew the friendship." (Silas Wright 
quoting William J. Kunz, March 18, 1952. ) 

Andrew Jenson, 
History of the 

Church.., p.195 

Charles G. Kick: 

his early association with tyear Cake 

In the autumn of 1 863 he [Charles C. Rich] 
explored Bear Lake valley and moved his family there 
the following spring. He was a natural pioneer and was 
the leader of the original settlers of that valley, where he 
resided until his death, continuing to be the main director 
in the establishment of towns and settlements in that 
region. Rich county, the extreme northern county of 
Utah, was named in honor of him. During the early years 
of the Bear Lake settlements, the only means by which 
the residents could get their mails from, or have any 
communication wilh the valleys farther south, when the 
snow was deep in the mountains, was by crossing on 
snow-shoes. When others would shrink from the 
dangerous undertaking of traversing the mountains at 
such seasons, when terrific storms prevailed. Brother 
Rich would set out. His wonderful strength and great 
powers of endurance, of which he never seemed to know 
the limit, and his almost intuitive knowledge of the 
country, always enabled him to go through, though in 
doing so he sometimes bore fatigue enough to kill an 
ordinary man. He made many of these hazardous 
journeys over the mountains; indeed for a number of 
years that was his usual mode of traveling when going to 
Salt Lake City to attend the session of the legislature, or 
returning from the same. 

"Peg Ceg" Smith 

In early pioneer days a man known as "Peg Leg" 
Smith lived on what is now known as Peg Leg Island, a 
small island in Bear River, between Dingle and 
Wardboro. He was a mountain trader, a blacksmith and 
surgeon. On one occasion he made a saw wherewith 
[p. 1 96J he cut off his own leg, which had been frozen on 
one of his expeditions. He was still living on his island in 
Bear River when the Latter-day Saints settled Bear Lake 
Valley in 1863, occupying two log cabins. 

Montpelier gets its name 

Andrew Jensen. Encyclopedic History of the Church..., p.528 

Montpelier was first settled in (he spring of 1864 by 
a number of Latter-day Saini families who had wintered 
at Paris. Sixteen men with their families arrived on the 
site of Montpelier about the middle of April, 1864, and 
look up farming land in what is known as the Montpelier 
South Field. Soon a townsite was surveyed by Joseph C. 
Rich, on which the people at once commenced to build. 
About 30 families spent the winter of 1 864- 1 865 [p. 529] 
in Montpelier, where John Cozzens was the first 
presiding Elder. An attempt was made to name the place 
Clover, owing to the extensive fields of wild clover 
which grew in the locality. Later the name of Bellevue 
was suggested, but Pres. Brigham Young, who passed 



through the valley in 1864, suggested the name of 
Montpelier, the name of the capital of his native state 
Vermont. Charles R. Robison was the first Bishop of 
Montpelier, his appointment dating back to 1 874; he was 
succeeded in 1883 by Samuel Matthews, who was 
succeeded in 1886 by William L. Rich, who was 
succeeded in 1893 by Wilford W. Clark, who presided 
until 1909, when Montpelier was divided into two wards, 
viz., the Montpelier I st and the Montpelier 2nd wards. 
The dividina line between the two wards was Main St.. 

or Washington Avenue, running east and west through 
the center of the town. Later the Montpelier 3rd and 
Montpelier 4th wards were organized. These four wards 
had on Dee. 31,1 930, a total membership of 1 .69 1 . 
including 322 children; the total population of the East 
and West Montpelier precincts was 5,125 in 1930; in 
Montpelier City alone, 2,436. 

Chief Washakie 

Because the William J. Kimz family had a reported 
encounter with Chief Washakie / 1895], we include some 
information about him. 

Andrew Jenson, Encyclopedic History of the Church..., p.925 

That part of the Malacl Valley in which Washakie 
is now located was for many years, like the rest of 
the valley .... Most of the Indians who now reside at 
Washakie arc descendants of a branch of that 
powerful tribe of Indians known as the Shoshones, 
whose chief was the great Washakie, known all over 
the western country as one of the most intelligent and 
able Indian chiefs. He is sometimes termed the 
ll George Washington" of the Indians, and became 
acquainted with the Latter-day Saints soon after their 
first entry into the Rocky Mountain country. He was 
their friend from the beginning. These Shoshone 
Indians, under Washakie, roamed over the country 
extending from Bear Lake to Great Salt Lake and as 
far to the northwest as Raft River. 

At the dedication of the 'This Is The Place Monument, 
President George Albert Smith made the following 

The monument itself is finished this day, and 
with the blessing of our Heavenly Father, it will be 

We have several of our associates, citizens of this 
country, men who are faithful and have done great 
work in many ways, with us. I may say to you that 
among those that you do not see is the son of 
Washakie, the Indian Chieftain. Charles Washakie is 
over there by the monument with his wife and 
granddaughter. In other words we have two 
generations of the Washakie family here, and we are 
glad they are here, because they will find on the 
monument an heroic statue of Washakie, the great 
Indian who said to those who wanted to have him 
discourage the people from settling here, and to drive 
them out: "I have never encouraged my people to 
destroy the white men," and he refused to be a party 
to such proceedings. He was always a friend of the 
white man, and we welcome Charles Washakie and 
his wife and grand-daughter here this morning on 
equal terms with all the rest of those who are 
honored. George Albert Smith, Sharing the Gospel Willi Others. 
p. 128- 129 

Chief Washakie and his Shoshone braves. 

Washakie was friendly to the white 

settlers in Bear Lake and other parts of Idaho and Wyoming and many of his people were 

baptized by LDS missionaries who preached among them. 

Amos Wright, bishop of Bennington, baptized Washakie himself.' 9 


1 Church News, week ending July 5, 1997, p. 4 

2 Ibid.,p. 13 

-^RusseJI M. Ballard, April 1997 Conference Address. 

4 From unpublished play written by Janene Brady, 1997. 

5 July 24, 1995; Aunt Ivy Jensen tells the event that caused 
the uprising: Two [while] men in Jackson [Wyoming] 
attacked and killed an Indian girl. There was a baby on 
her horse, the horse turned loose and returned to the 
camp. The child was also killed, I believe. The Indians, 
of course, were out-raged. An additional reference to 
this event is recorded in a newspaper article about Uncle 
Robert Schmid's journals which recounts the same 
incident. Details available if you want to know more, 

^Russell R. Rich, Land of the Sky Blue Water, also Deseret 
News Church Almanac 1997-98, Pioneer 
Sesquicentennial Edition. Salt Lake City: Deseret News 
Press, 01996, page 212. 

7 Jeffrey R. and Patricia T. Holland "Sonic Things We 
Have Learned — Together," BY U Speeches of the Year 
1984-85 ...A student once walked into the office of 
Harvard Dean Le Baron Russell Brigas and said he 
hadn't done his assignment because tic hadn't felt well. 
Looking the student piercingly in the eye, Dean Briggs 
said, "Mr. Smith, 1 think in time you may perhaps find 
that most of the work in the world is done by people 
who aren't feeling very well" (quoted by Vaughn J. 
Fcathcrstonc, "Self- Denial," New Era, November 1977. 
p. 9) 

8 Many of the preceeding and following details are from a 
notebook kept by Myrtle Kunz Steckler. 

y Sixth patriarch lo the church. Served from 8 Oct 1942 to 6 
Oct [946; bum 30 Jan 1899-died 29 Aug 1964) son of 
Hyrum Mack Smith and Ida E. Bowman. 

'^Transcribed from a phonograph recording of the funeral 
of William J. Kunz. 

1 Joseph Smith \s New England Heritage , "John Smith '.v 
Family History" Chapter 7. 

l2 Much of thai which follows was written by Myrtle Kunz, 

1 3 She was christened 1 9 May 1 867 (Vol 3 of the parish 
registry. Berg am Irchel). 

14 Family story related by Myrtle Kunz. Steckler and 
recorded by Dianne S. Rasi-Koskinen 

l3 AIice Schmid, "Tribute to Anna S. Kunz, Mother's Day, 
9 May 1943, on the occasion of her 76th birthday. 
Original document. 

l6 A quick calculation tells us that $90 equals 3 1/2 years 
(52 weeks each) of a 50c per week wage. Later on 
Grandma was paid more than the original 50£ a week; 
this still leaves not much for her to live on. In any case, 
it was a "great sacrifice" for her, as Alice Schmid's 
tribute reports. 

"Alice Schmid' s Tribute to Grandma Annie 

'^Record of Robert Schmid prior to 4 March 1 947, and of 
Amy K. Kunz Family Record Book 

19 "That young man is now" [at time Myftfc wrote this] "a 
patriarch. Crazier Kimball, living in Draper. Utah." 

20 Myrtle's handwritten note 

21 From "Life Sketch of Karl August Schmid," by Verona 
Hayes Schmid 

22 lbid. 

"Verbal account from Anna Schmid Vigos 

24 Hawkins, Alan J. & Kathryn Pond Sargent, "Within the 
Walls of Our Own Homes: the Father s Involvement in 
Child Care, p. 129. 

2 ^Maeser had been tutor in Europe before his conversion, 
and had been engaged as a private tutor to Brigham 
Young's family [1801-1 877] prior to being mission 

2f This is the way our family tradition tells the story; 
another source says simply that it was too steep and too 
far for the young child to walk, and that John 111 was 
present. I give you both accounts. 1 don't know which is 
correct, y 

^Missionary Journal of John Kunz III states they left 
Niederstocken on July 2, 1873; passenger list of SS 

. Nevada has them on a July 10th sailing, arriving in Utah 
on August I, 1973. Grandpa William J. recalled arriving 

in Utah on the 4th of July. We are still checking out this 

2S His own words in The L.D.S. Family Record Book of 

John Kunz III 
29 Ibid. 

30 A phrase attributed to Kicrkigard and quoted by John S. 
Tanner, in BYU devotional address, 3 March 1996: 
"One Step Enough"; "...We distort the trials of 
Abraham (or of anyone else) if we read them from the 
comfortable retrospective or history. Rather, as 
Kierkegaard reminds us, we must remember the fear and 
trembling. We must flee with Abram from Haran, not 
knowing whither we go, with eternity as our rock; we 
must wander with Abram in Canaan, living on 
increasingly incredible promises about possessing the 
land and a great posterity; ...We must, in short, become 
"contemporaneous' with Abraham in his trials. 

Only then will we begin to understand why Abraham is 
the rather to the faithful, the model for all those who, 
like him, die in faith, not having received the promises, 
but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of 
them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were 
strangers and pilgrims on the earth." 

31 His own words in The L.D.S. Family Record Book of 
John Kunz III 

?2 Kunz, Foster M. Highlights from! he Histories of the 
Kunz and Schmid Families. Compiled and written by 
Foster M. Kun/„ wiLh modifications by Phillip R. 
Kunz. Self-published 1980. Quote: In 1870 "Elder 
Karl G. Maeser had charge of the whole company 
comprising 245 souls; he" put Elder Lewis M. Grant in 
charge of the Swiss Saints." In this party was John 2nd, 
his wife and 8 children. "In Farmington tbey were met 
by the First Presidency: Brigham Young, George A. 
Smith, and Daniel H. Wells. While the train was 
running, Brother Maeser had the honor to make the 
saints acquainted with the First Presidency, they shaking 
hands with every one in the car." (recollection of Robert 
Kunz, son of John 2nd) 

■^Robert Kunz, quoted in Family History Records, 
compiled by Oliver, Kunz, et. al. 

n A& told in Switzerland on Sunday, 28 Sep 1980. by 
Elder Douglas Larseit, former patriarch of San Lcandro 
Stake, to Kunz Family Tour group members at a 3: 00 
pm Fireside. 

"Kunz, Foster M. op cit. 

^Sonne, Conway 13. Saints on the Seas, A Maritime 

History of Mormon Migration 1 830-1 890. University of 
Utah Press/Salt Lake City/1983, p. 1 18. 

37 Sonne, Conway B. A Maritime History, p. 152 

?8 Sonne, Conway B. Saints on the Seas, p, 127 
Perhaps this was the mission wherein John II was 
baptized. See Foster M. Kunz record. "In 1868. ..Eider 
Karl G. Maeser who was then President of the Swiss- 
Italian- German Mission and Elder Willard Brigham 
Richards visited the Kunz families in Lhe Diemtigen 

3y Rich. Dr. Russell R. Land of the Skv Blue Water, A 
History fo the L.D.S. Settlement of the Bear Lake Valley, 
Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1963. 


" by one we are 

all gathering on the 

other side..." 

—Elder Boyd K. Packer, Sep 3, 1997 

Pedigree Overview 

William J. KUNZ Family 

Thu, Oct 2, 1997 



P=Sealed to Parents 

S=Sealed to Spouse 

C=A11 Children's Ordinances 

Karl August SCHMID -253 

Born: 24 Sep 1837 
Place: Berg,Zurich, Switzerland 
Marr: 18 Jan 1864 -[95] 
Place: Berg,Zurich, Switzerland 
Died: 25 Jan 1913 
Place: Slug Creek, C, Idaho 

Anna SCHMID -12 


Born: 7 May 1867 
Place: Rorbas, , Switzerland 
Marr: 5 May 1887 -[4] 
Place: Logan, Cache, Utah 
Died: 23 May 1944 
Place: Montpelier, BL, Idaho 
William John KUNZ -11 

AnnaLANDERT -254 


Born: 4 May 1843 

Place: Rorbas, Z, Switzerland 

Died: 4 Jul 1911 

Place: Slug Creek, C, Idaho 

NOTE: I do not have complete 
information available; you may have 
more up-to-date information 
concerning temple work, etc. Please 
use these pages for reference. 
Dianne Rasi-Koskinen 

Heinrich SCHMID -276 

Heinrich SCHMID -264 


Born: 3 Feb 1810 

Place: Berg,Irchel,Z,Switzerland 

Marr: 1 Jun 1835 -["I 


Died: 8 May 1873 


CleopiaEBERHARD -265 


Born: 5 Nov 1809 

Place: Klolen, , Z, Switzerland 



Hans Jacob LAMDERT -262 


Born: 20 Jan 1808 

Place: Rorbas, Z, Switzerland 

Man: 18 Nov 1934 -[96] 


Died: 13 Nov 1871 


1 J 

1 4 

AnnaBAITR -263 


Born: 24 Oct 1813 

Place: Berg, Lrchel, Switzerland 

Died: 6 Nov 1869 



Born: See Notes 

Place: Berg, Irchel,Z, Switzerland 

Marr: 18 Nov 1800 -1100] 


Died: 17 May 1817 


Elizabeth VATERLAUS -277 


Born: 26 Sep 1769 

Place: Berg,Irchel,Z,Switzerland 



Hans Heinrich EBERHART -274 




Marr: -1991 




Dorothea HUBMANN -275 






Hans Jacob LANDERT -312 


Born: 25 Jul 1769 

Place: Rorbas, Z, Switzerland 

Man: 5 Nov 1789 -[121] 


Died: 4 Jan 1840 


MagdalenaWEIDMANN -313 



Hans Konrad BAUK -310 




Marr: -1120] 

Maria MUELLER -311 







Thu, Oct 2, 1997 



P-Sealed to Parents 

S -Sealed to Spouse 

C=A1] Children's Ordinances 

John III KUNZ -13 


Born: 7 Feb 1844 
Place: Z, Bern. Switzerland 
Marr: 11 Nov 1864 -151 
Place: , , Switzerland 
Died: 16 Jan 1918 
Place: Bern, Bear Lake, Idaho 

i John KUNZ -11 


Born: 14 Mar 1865 
Place: N, Bern Ct., Switzerland 
Marr: 5 May 1S87 -14] 
Place: Logan, Cache, Utah 
Died: 15 Mar 1952 
Place: Montpelier, BL, Idaho 
AnnaSCHMID -12 



Born: 8 Mar 1837 
Place: N, Bern, Switzerland 
Died: 22 May 1874 
Place: Ovid, Bear Lake, Idaho 

John II KUNZ -343 


Born: 20 Jan 1823 

Place: Z, BC, Switzerland 

Marr: -1132] 


Died: 16 Feb 1890 

Place: Bern, Bear Lake, Idaho 

o Johannes (John I) KUNZ -344 

JBom: 16 Sep 1803 
Place: Diemtigen, B.Switzerland 
Marr: 9 Feb 1821 -[6] 
Place: Diemtigen,B, Switzerland 
Died: 17 Feb 1871 
Place: , , Switzerland 

Rosina Katharina KLOSSNER -349 


iKNUTTI -16 


Born: 22 Jun 1819 

Place: Schlunegg,S,, Switzerland 

Died: 4 Feb 1894 

Place: Bern, Bear Lake, Idaho 

Peter STRAUBHAAR -359 


Born: 12 Aug 1804 

Place: N, Bern, Switzerland 

Marr: 22 Aug 1829 -[136] 


Died: 29 Sep 1868 

Place: N, Bern, Switzerland 

Johanna ECiliEN -360 


Born: 22 Feb 1809 

Place: N, Bern, Switzerland 

Died: 25 Nov 1875 

Place: Ovid, Bear Lake, Idaho 

I 5 


Born: 9 Dec 1802 
Place: Z, Bern, Switzerland 
Died: 18 Jan 1883 

Place: Logan, Cache, Utah 
David KNUTT1 -396 

Born: 29 May 1775 

Place: Schwenden, Switzerland 

Marr: 26 Mar 1819 -[1541 

Place: Diemtigen, B, Switzerland 

Died: 19 Mar 1846 

Place: Schlunegg,S„Switzerland 

KatharinaMANI -397 


Born: 2 Apr 1784 

Place: Senggi, S, D, Switzerland 

Died: 1 Dec 1843 

Place: Schlunegg,S,, Switzerland 

Peter STRAUBHAAR -364 

Born: 24 Mar 1776 

Place: N, Bern, Switzerland 

Marr: 11 Aug 1797 -[138] 


Died: 23 Aug 1823 


Susanna STRAUSS -363 


Born: 19 Jan 1772 

Place: Reutigen, B, Switzerland 



Johannes EGGEN -361 


Born: 7 Apr 1782 

Place: N, Bern, Switzerland 

Marr: 30 Apr 1804 -[137] 


Died: 31 Jul 1850 


Johanna KERNEN -362 


Born: 20 Sep 1775 

Place: Reutigen, B, Switzerland 

Died: 28 Jan 1852 


"On the tenth Day of October 1884 Myself and my oldest 
Son William went into the Mountains above Liberty into 
what is Called Emigration Canon where we where told by 
tSro. Walter Hoge, Marvin /Hired and some others that my 
brother David and myself where Called to go on a Mission 
to Switzerland to preach the Qospel. We where feeling the 
Weight of their News so much so that we only took what 
Cogs we allready had choped and went home, 9 __->-- 
had my Suissniss all in a very loose Condition, *?< 
9 was not prepared to go at all unci soon 
found out 9 had but a few Days time, so /p ;.; 
with the help of Qod and my father and / 
my brothers and Sisters it was made 
possible for me to go and 9 shall 
never forget all the helping hands in 
those Days whom assisted me in 
Qathering Means to go, and so 9 
say to Day Qod may reward 
them ail for it and S know he will 
do it for 3 am employed here in l 
his Service and he will never for- 
get even a drink of Cold Water 
given to one of his Servants and 
Christ says whatsoever you do to 
these one of my humbliest 
Servants the same have you done 
unto me.... S must remark here 
that my family each and every one 
of them took a very active part in 
helping me off and the Lord first of all 
blest them with his Spirit, so much 
that they all felt it was nessesary to go, 
and met the enavitable with courage and 
determination to Stand like good and faith- 
full Latter Day Saints. 


...On the 24 Day of October 1S84 in the Morning Six 

Oclock SI took leave of my Dear Beloved ones at home, they 

accompanied me so far as my fathers house, and itseemed 

to me a trial which 9 was not able to bear butSI faced it with 

Determination and 9 shall never forget my last look on to 

their beloved faces, it was most to hard but for the Sake of 

the Qospel of Jesus ChristSwas willing to do it, and to face 

—~^^ still more, but 9 also felt, that it was a trial for my 

'*X- family also. ...We again met my oldest Son 

x William in Emigration Canon, where we said 

and where my eyes 

< the last farewell look, on the last of 

•j family member which 9 had the 

'hance to see untill my return again 

with encouraging words 9 said the 

|| last good bye to him, and we trav- 

\ eled to Smithfield that Day . . . 

. \ Sept. 1J 118851. Postagassc 36. 

i kfem. Weather beautiful clear 

and plesant Have had a Dream 

of being in a filthy Cell impri- 

sioned even in Chains felt my 

If hands and writsts where swollen 

i I by my wife Sophia 

I and my oldest Son William and at 

.. f fast 9 came out of the affair tri- 

•7 umphantiy, felt like SI should do 

j something to spread the Qospel. 

' Concluded to write a letter to my 

Cousin Sacob Kunz Schoolteacher in 

2augqernried in Order to introduce the 

Qospel to Him. 

— Missionary Journals of John Kunz 999 

"I am the Son of respectable and Godfearing Parents and they have taught me to serve the 

Lord our God from my early Childhood on, and my Mother learned me to pray to God, 

which I shall never in my Life forget. I was horn in Zwischenfliih Diemtigen 

Canton of Bern Switzerland and was learned to work with my hands to Sustain Life. 

I learned the Trade of a Cheesemaker..." 


On October 1 0, 1 884, John Kunz ER and David Kunz. his brother, were called on a mission to Switzerland ant! Germany. Neither had any money, but both had 
faith in their Father in Heaven. They worked diligently for a few days and ]eft for Salt Late City. On October 29, 188, they left Salt Lake City by rail for New 
York City with John in charge of a group of the Elders. They boarded the steamship "Wyoming" and sailed November 4, 1884, arriving iii Liverpool, England 
where they met President John Henry Smith. From there they went lo Bern, Switzerland. On December 21 and 22, 1884, a conference was held in Bern at which 
John was erne of the speakers. A portion of the address given by John Kunz ID during the closing session of the conference was recorded in the Church publi- 
mbers, DerStem (Vol. 17, No. 3. 1 February 1885) 

We have met here together at this conference where God has poured out His spirit in rich abundance upon us. 
It is necessary that we assemble from time to time to receive new strength and encouragement in the gospel. 
If we consider the small number of Saints in comparison to the large majority of mankind, we come to the con- 
clusion that this gathering is very necessary, in order that we might receive the strength to swim against (he 
mainstream of the world. I testify in the name of Jesus that God has again raised prophets to whom He has 
given power and authority to bind on earth, which bindings shall also stand in heaven. 

The world calls us fanatics, as though we were mere dreamers in our thoughts and in our faith. We desire to 
teach the world in order that they might see these things and learn of them. I would like to admonish you inves- 
tigators to ask God for a testimony about His work, for it is impossible to receive a testimony of the truths but 
from Him. Everyone who has received such a witness should warn his neighbor. Let us not tire in this endeav- 
or, and not weaken if we cannot emigrate as speedily as we would like to. 

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