I MARY HARRIET "HATTIE" CRITCHLOW JENSEN - 1864-1948
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Orson Pratt Brown's Niece
Mary Harriet "Hattie" Critchlow Jensen
Hattie Critchlow Jensen , a granddaughter of and was born on January 31, 1864 in Riverdale, Utah. Hattie is the daughter of William Fuller Critchlow and Mary Eliza Brown Critchlow. Her paternal grandparents are and Harriet Hawkins Critchlow. As a girl she attended public and private schools in Ogden, Utah; the University and State Agricultural College of Utah, and a special course in kindergarten methods in Salt Lake City.
The eldest of fourteen children, she was reared in Ogden, Utah on a two acre lot, on which all of her brothers and sisters were born, ten boys and three girls. Her childhood curiosity was to know what made things go so one day she took the family clock apart and put it together again; she liked to do things but liked more to know how and why they were done.
Early in life she learned responsibility. At nine to sew and to knit, at thirteen she took a course in dressmaking and thereafter made dresses not only for her family but also for others at the rate of fifty cents a day until she had earned sufficient money during the summer vacation to purchase material and make her own clothes. Later she worked in a tailor shop which was a great help to her when she started making clothing for her brothers and later for her five sons and three daughters.
Her church activities have been many and varied. At fourteen she was ward secretary of her Primary and in a few months was organist. Later she was Secretary and organist of the Y.L.M.I. A. and was serving as Ward Organist prior to her marriage to Ephraim Peter Jensen [4 Nov 1857-24 Oct 1939] on 1 May 1884. She was a Sunday School teacher in all grades wherever she chanced to be living, from primary to adult classes over a period of fifty years, likewise in M.I.A. and Relief Society. For twenty years she served in the Salt Lake Stake Relief Society, as Stake Missionary, supervisor of mother's work, Stake Counselor and Stake President. Four times was made President of the Y.L.M.I.A. Other positions she held were: Counselor in the Box Elder Stake Y.L.M.I.A., Stake Secretary of the Relief Society in Blackfoot, Idaho; President of the Relief Society in Ocean Park, California, and Counselor in California Mission Relief Society. She was a member of the Salt Lake Stake Genealogical and Temple Committee, Chairman of the Salt Lake Stake "Book of Remberance" Committee and President of the Utah Women's Press Club for one term.
To be a school teacher was her great ambition so at sixteen she passed the teacher's examination and began teaching in the country and at the Central School in Ogden until she married and moved to Brigham City. When her first baby was five months old she taught Junior High School for two terms in Brigham City and kindergarten in Logan for some time.
Music, art, literature have all been exceedingly alluring to her. She was given music lessons, her mother paying for them as she did her dressmaking course, with garden vegetables. Her first public appearance was during Primary Stake Conference of the Weber Stake at the Ogden Tabernacle . She became so frightened she could't see the keys of the organ. Fortunately most everyone knew "Gladly Meeting, Kindly Greeting" and by the time the first verses had been sung she was recovered sufficiently to continue her accompaniment
She had given music lessons, had classes in oil painting, published a small booklet of poems and sold one short story for $50. In her youth she longingly wanted to become a novelist but let the more absorbing work in the Temples and doing genealogical work take up much of her time. Over the past forty-five years she has obtained more than 3000 progenitors of the Critchlow Family in a direct line, compiled the Family Record of Captain James Brown, and Mary McRee Black Brown and has done the ordinance work for many of this number. In the Logan Temple she worked as an ordinance worker and has visited all of the LDS Temples except the Hawaiian and the Idaho Falls. She has traveled in the U.S. and Europe. In her sixty-fifth year she climbed to the top of Mt. Vesuvius.
Her eight children lived to maturity , married and had increase exept Don, who died of a ruptured appendix at 17. Her sons are all over six feet tall varying from 6 ft. 2 in. to 6 ft. 4.5 inches. Three of her sons chose the law as a profession and three were in World War I. She has sixteen living grandhildren.
At the age of 83 (1946) she says she still enjoys living but is ready to pass on when her call comes.
[Mary Harriet "Hattie" Critchlow Jensen died on April 4, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah as a result of a house fire.]
(Figure #6.) #10921 --Picture of hair work in the shape of a tree. Fashioned by Harriet "Hattie" Critchlow Jensen, granddaughter of Captain James Brown and William Fuller Critchlow, pioneers of 1847, this most unusual hair design is a beautiful work of art. In its ornate white and gold frame, this unique hair picture was presented to the Salt Lake Temple where it hung in the main entrance until the time of the temple remodeling in 1967. It was presented to the Pioneer Memorial Museum in 1970 by Ruth Jensen Clawson and can be found on the north wall of the Manuscript room.
PAF - Archer files = Captain James Brown + (6) Mary McRee Black > Mary Eliza Brown + William Fuller Critchlow > Mary Harriet "Hattie" Critchlow.
PAF - Archer files = Captain James Brown + (7) Phoebe Abbott > Orson Pratt Brown.
Brown Family Book of Remembrance written by Hattie Critchlow Jensen and Louetta Brown Tanner prior to 1948. Louetta is the daughter of James Stephens Brown and Elizabeth Mary Clegg Brown.
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