August 20, 2014
BARBARA STOCKS BENNETT
Barbara Bennett is celebrating her one-hundredth birthday on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Winder Ward cultural hall. It will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. She is inviting everyone to come and help her celebrate. Your presence is the only gift requested.
She was born in Preston on Aug. 26, 1914, to Henry and Vinnie Dopp Stocks. She was the fifth of 11 children who lived in the home on 630 S. State Street in Preston. One sister is still living. She attended schools in Preston and graduated from Preston High School in 1932.
Her family moved to Winder where her father owned a farm. It was here that she met Floyd Alton Bennett whom she married on Nov. 22, 1934, in the Logan LDS Temple. They were married 70 years, lacking three months, before Floyd passed away on Aug. 24, 2004. They lived in Winder all their married life.
They had five children while living on their farm. Their children learned the ethics of working hard as they milked cows, fed chickens and gathered eggs for sale, mowed, raked and baled hay, harvested grain, hoed fields of corn and the hardest work of all – thinned, hoed and topped beets.
Barbara and Floyd sponsored the Bennett Cup for many years and enjoyed seeing the young people of Preston High School compete in the different music categories.
She and Floyd performed many musical programs throughout the state and won the Franklin County, regional and Idaho State senior citizen competition in Boise in the best novelty act and were best-over-all winners. They instilled a love for music in their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Barbara is talented in many ways. She has made many beautiful quilts, spending hours quilting them by hand, then giving them away to her children, grandchildren and others. She has won many blue, best of show and sweepstakes ribbons at Franklin County Fairs with her crocheted doilies, embroidery, flower arrangements, antiques and poetry. She loved entering items in the fair and did so until 2010 at the age of 96.
She loved doing genealogy work and researched many names of her ancestors from England, France, and Prussia (Germany). She had many spiritual experiences doing that work. She also was in the extraction program working with the Spanish names, which she truly enjoyed. She was a faithful member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
Barbara served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many capacities including presidencies of Young Women, Primary, and Relief Society, teacher in all organizations and served as an ordinance worker in the Logan LDS Temple with her husband for many years. Their greatest mission was taking care of Lloy, Floyd’s brother, after his parents passed away.
Barbara and Floyd had the opportunity of traveling to many places in the world. They traveled to Western and Eastern Canada, Holy Land, Egypt, Netherlands, Hawaii, along with many other places in the USA.
Barbara’s children are, Carolyn (Ed) Crawford, Pingree, Idaho; Lynn (Alice), Rigby, Idaho; Launa (Rodney) Vaterlaus, Clearfield, Utah; Wally (Carolyn), Rexburg, Idaho; and Gene, Rigby, Idaho. She has 20 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren, and 22 great-great-grandchildren. Altogether with spouses, her family numbers 153 and growing. Included among them are five sets of twins. Seven great-grandchildren are currently serving missions throughout the world.
She has lived a full life and invites all to come and say hello on Aug. 23.
August 13, 2014
ROSS J HANSEN
Eighty years ago, on Aug. 9, 1934, Ross J Hansen was welcomed as the first child of Deloss and Vera Jane Jensen Hansen. He was followed by a brother David C, twin sisters Janet and Janeal and sister Kathy.
Ross attended Preston, Idaho, schools, graduating from high school in 1953. Always interested in electronics, he was often found in his father’s workshop, building a crystal radio or some electronic device, eventually becoming interested in amateur radio. These were the early years of television, which piqued his interest. He raised one of the first TV antennas in Preston on the roof of U&I Furniture. Ross repaired radios while in high school and soon advanced to repairing televisions.
He has always had the entrepreneur mindset, constantly watching for a new business adventure. Eventually, Ross Distributing became known throughout the country and beyond. He was included on the list of the “top ten” dealers for several leading amateur radio companies.
He put Preston on the map, as “ham” radio operators made a detour or special trip to visit the display of amateur radio equipment. He was aided in his business by wife, Karen Bowers Hansen; and children, Kevin, Roxanne, Kimalee, Randon; and by other family and friends. It has been an exciting ride.
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