Medora Blanchard (1866)


Birth23 Feb 1866 at Springville, Utah, Utah, USA
Death27 Jun 1936 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
Burial27 Jun 1936 at North Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA

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Medora Blanchard (1866)

Written by her daughters Della H. Barker and Florence Jensen–March 1, 1961

Note: This was written in 1961 before we had more accurate information. I have simply corrected a few dates and places and provided full names without further comment. JBO

Medora Blanchard Hickenlooper was born in Springville, Utah County, Utah, 23 February 1866, oldest daughter of Emma Bocock and Alma Moroni Blanchard.

The Bocock family lived in Yorkshire, England. Emma’s father, William Bocock, was born 29 February 1796 at Rasen, Lincolnshire, England and was a tollgate keeper. He died 13 May 1847 leaving his widow and three daughters, Emma being four years old. Her mother, Sarah Brough Bocock was born 5 April 1799 and lived in Sheffield, England; she was the daughter of Jane Bowskill and James Brough. Sarah Brough Bocock died 8 March 1852, leaving three orphan daughters; Hannah – 21 years, Elizabeth – 14 years, and Emma – 8 years old. The daughters continued to operate the tollgate for their livelihood. All people, vehicles, sheep, swine and cattle were charged a fee to use this road, or bridge or bar.

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Couple Honored On Anniversary By Ward Leaders—Mr. And Mrs. C.A. Hickenlooper Celebrate Golden Wedding

Dec. 19, 1933

High priests and the genealogical society of the Second L. D. S. ward honored Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Hickenlooper at a celebration in the ward chapel on Wednesday, which marked the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage.

They were married in Salt Lake, December 13, 1883, and at present reside at 619 Park street.

Mr. Hickenlooper

Mr. Hickenlooper, a son of the late Bishop William H. Hickenlooper of the Sixth L. D. S. ward and Mrs. Ann Ham Hickenlooper, was born in Salt Lake January 23, 1862. When he was 18 years old he moved to Pleasant View, Weber county, where he became active in L.D.S. church and civic affairs.

In 1897 Mr. Hickenlooper was appointed counselor to Bishop E. W. Wade of the Pleasant View ward, and in 1901 was made bishop of the ward, which position he held until 1913. He also had fulfilled a mission to Tennessee, and at present is active in genealogical supervision work in the Second ward. He had served as fruit tree inspector for Weber county, a member and secretary of the state board of horticulture, and on the state fair board.

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Funeral Talk for Medora Blanchard (1866)

Talk given by Brother. C. Jorgensen

My dear Brothers, Sisters, and Friends, I feel highly honored this afternoon being asked by the family to say a few words on this solemn occasion.

About nine years have passed away since I moved into the Second Ward,’ just across the street from Brother and Sister Hickenlooper. They were the first to call upon us. Brother Hickenlooper made a special visit to see who the neighbors were, and I certainly appreciated his visit. I soon became acquainted with his worthy companion. They made their home my home, and made me feel that I belonged to the Second Ward, I supposed that a Sunday of two might have passed away before I attended church had it not been for meeting these worthy people. Brother Hickenlooper invited me to come out to meeting and meet our splendid Bishopric and the good people of the Second Ward. I learned to love them very much. It was not long until I became active in again in Church work. I have enjoyed myself in the ward exceedingly.

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History of the Hickenlooper Family

By Della H. Barker

According the family tradition, the Hickenloopers were among those persecuted for their religious beliefs in Wurttemberg, Germany; they were put aboard a raft and floated down the Rhine River to Holland. At any rate they sailed from Holland-Amsterdam, on the ship “Peggy” 16 October 1754(Pa.B Vol. 1 p.637)Vol. II contains the orginal signatures, in facsimile, of all the passengers. My ancestor signed his name Andreas Heckenleib. It is spelled the same when he took the Oath Of Allegiance to the king. (Pa. 84Vol. 17 p 440), and also in the book “30,000 names of immigrants in Pa.” by Rupp. This name is found in various spellings in the counties of Goeppinger, Wurttemberg, and Waeschenbeuren, and spelled Heckenlaible, Hoeckenlaible, Huckenlaibe, as well as Heckenleib, as above. In the first census of the United States in 1790 he is listed from Manallan township, York County, Pennsylvania, and name is Andrew Hickenloover. His wife’s name was Katherine and from this union came Andres, Jr., Adam, George, Mary, Ann, and Margaret. They were Luthean.

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Florence Hickenlooper Jensen tells about her father Charles Hickenlooper's mission

Grandma Jensen liked to tell this story about her father’s mission. At the time Grandma was a little girl, missionaries weren’t called when they were young men of 19 or 20. Missionaries were most often married men with families. In the summer of 1895, Grandpa Charles Hickenlooper received a mission call to the Southern States. He had to leave his wife and family of five little children with a sixth child due to arrive in a few months. Grandma Medora Blanchard Hickenlooper and the children, William, Luella, Della, our grandmother Florence, and little brother Ray had to take over running the farm and the children had to work hard. They also worried about Grandpa Hickenlooper. The missionaries carried very little money – that’s what “without purse or scrip” means – and they depended on the kindness of strangers to give them a meal, let them wash up, and put them up for the night even if it meant sleeping in the barn. Mormons were yankees and outsiders and some of the elders had been mobbed and two had been lynched. But Grandpa Hickenlooper was safe. He carried a picture of his children that he showed to the people he met.Read more →