Written History of Bert N. Whitney


It didn’t take as long to finish the upstairs, and we partitioned it off to make living quarters which replaced the café.   From there I started working on the house.  One unique feature about the house and garage was that even though the garage was freestanding from the house, there was an underground cement tunnel connecting the house to the garage.   As each section of the house was finished, we moved in to that section.  After six years it was completed and we were completely moved in.  We had a lot of fun family gatherings in that house.  We could fit the whole family in our home.

I had the opportunity while living in Logandale to help people fix things in their homes.  At one time as I was driving down the street, it was amazing to me to realize that there was hardly a home I passed that I had not worked in. I taught at Moapa Valley High School and enjoyed having my daughters come into my room at lunch time to eat lunch with me.  In 1980 the whole family gathered for Annalee’s mission farewell.  It was the last time the family would be complete.  [end of history as written by Bert Whitney]

Tuesday Jan 29, 1980 [from Bert's Journal]

The past several weeks have been quite eventful.  After the Christmas season was past Anne and I went to Salt Lake in response to a call from the stake president to attend a seminar concerning name extraction from German records.  The seminar was held in the church office building on Jan. 8th, 9th, and 10th.  We then returned home with a charge to master the reading of German records and teach it to other members of our stake so that names can be submitted to the church for temple ordinance work. It is hoped that we can start the training program in the next few weeks.

On January 25th the personnel at the school where I have been working (J.D. Smith Jr. High) held a retirement party in my honor marking my official retirement from Clark County School District.

April 1981 Glimpses

“Even knowing the glories of the other side doesn’t make it easier to let go of that which we know and love.”  This quote from the April 1981 New Era even though from a fiction story strike within me a responsive chord.  I feel I would modify the statement to “Even being taught the glories of the other side doesn’t make it easy to let go of that which we know and love:” Nevertheless, the thought conveyed tugs at our heartstrings as we contemplate the empty place left in our earthly family unit when we lost little Jeff two year ago.

In his teaching, Joseph Smith says, “In my leisure moments I have meditated upon the subject, and asked the question why is it that infants, innocent children, are taken away from us; ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT SEEM TO BE THE MOST INTELLIGENT AND INTERESTING.  The strongest reasons that present themselves to my mind are this:  This world is a very wicked world…The Lord takes many away, even in infancy, that they may escape the envy of many and the sorrows and evils of the present world; they were too pure, too lovely, to live on earth. . .” (Pages 196-197, Teaching of the Prophet Joseph Smith, caps added)

Recently Joy and her mother were contemplating the sorrow that some of our ancestor parents must have felt as James C. Earl Sr. blessed his baby boy James C. Earl Jr. on Christmas day, 1851 in Springville Utah, apparently supposing the baby’s death to be imminent. (He did die as an infant.)

As they each shed a few tears, I couldn’t help reminding them that they have long since been reunited and were probably enjoying the blessings of eternity together.  Joseph Smith points out that “The only difference between the old and the young dying is, one lives longer in heaven and eternal light and glory than the other, and is freed a little sooner from this miserable wicked world.” (Ibid. p. 197)

This life surely does have its trials, but the unity and love of a family usually lightens the burdens.  It can also provide us with feelings of great joy as we work out our salvation together, sustaining and supporting each other.

Thanks for being such great individuals; my love and blessing going out to each of you.  Dad

In our family, it’s a tradition to always read the Christmas story from the scriptures.  How about an Easter tradition of reading the Easter story from the scriptures?

June 1981 Glimpses

We have discussed our relocation plans face-to-face with most of our children, but we thought we had better put it in writing for clarity of communication.

We will remain in Orem until Marilyn graduates from high school.  During this time we hope to complete negotiations for quarters in Mesa which we plan to occupy each winter.  Present hopes are that our Mesa place will be an efficiency type, self contained unit attached to John and Jill’s new adobe home.

Your understanding and support in these matters is greatly appreciated.

Mom and Dad

Mom felt like Sam McGee last week-Dad and Mel made a “hole in the glowing coal and stuffed her in.” They packed a bed in the van and put Mom on it and moved her up to Orem.  Mom said the trip was fine and didn’t really feel like glowing coals after a while-although summer has come to Nevada.


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