Charles A. Cobbley

Biography of Charles A. Cobbley
By his Grandson: Charles B. Walker

Sunday morning, April 2, 1937, marked the passing of a life well lived—a long life, beyond the four-score mark—a life which has been filled with service, which has shed great influence for good, a lift which has been honorably lived in keeping and in accordance with the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ—a life wherein nobility of soul has been attained. This is my testimony of the life of Charles A. Cobbley, my grandfather, for whom I was named and whose name I feel proud and honored to carry. Continue reading “Charles A. Cobbley”

William Chappell and Hannah Lake

William Emanuel Chappell (1836 — 1907)
Hannah Lake (1837 — 1928)

William Emanuel Chappell was born at Berry Narbour, Devonshire, England, February 11, 1836. His parents were Emanuel Chappell and Ann Harris.

Hannah Lake was born January 1, 1837 at North Molton, Devonshire, England, of parents William Lake and Emma Court. Continue reading “William Chappell and Hannah Lake”

Life Sketch of Leah Pratt Call

by Willard Call, her husband

In May 1896 while filling a mission in England and presiding over the Norwich Conference, which at that time comprised Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge Counties I learned that my brother A.B. Call then living in Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico, was coming to England on a mission. I wrote to President Anthony H. Lund, describing the kind of an Elder that I thought we needed in Cambridge, one of the college centers of England. Of course I had my brother in mind, and I pictured him so well that when he arrived in Liverpool I think the President recognized him. At any rate Bowen came right on to Norwich. We had two months together, be being introduced around the Conference while I was saying farewell to the hundreds of splendid Latter-day Saints, who had endeared themselves to me during my two years Mission. Continue reading “Life Sketch of Leah Pratt Call”

Merle Alice Rees Call

Written by Merle

I was born in Coalville, Utah, Summit County, in a white house. The third daughter of Joseph and Blanche Rees. My two sisters before me were LaVon and Helen. The only thing I remember about the house was that in the middle of the pantry floor was a trap door that opened up into a dirt cellar where we kept bottled fruit, potatoes, carrots and other vegetables. The period of time was before there were refrigerators or even ice-boxes. Continue reading “Merle Alice Rees Call”

Merle Alice Rees Call

Merle Alice Rees born July 2, 1911

Thoughts and Memories
by Marlene Call Walker

There were many people Mother led by the hand to make sure they felt special, wanted and needed. She gave us a pattern to follow, and taught true and correct principles. Blame said it best when he said, “Where is everybody?” The other 5 of us were in the room but, without mother, the house really seemed empty. Continue reading “Merle Alice Rees Call”

Margaretta Clark

Margaretta Clark of the Edward Martin Handcart Company

From Anson Call and the Rocky Mountain Prophecy

In English cities, LDS missionaries held meetings on the streets. They sang hymns and preached sermons and tried to engage passersby in gospel conversations. Hecklers taunted and ridiculed. But sometimes listeners stopped and wanted to hear more about the new religion which sounded so different from that taught in churches by professional ministers garbed in cleric black. Street meeting drew in the curious, and some believed what they heard. Anson Call had no inkling that this work would affect his life. It was at the same time that he and Mary arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. Call plowed and planted, oblivious to what was happening to two British girls an ocean and a continent to the east of him. Continue reading “Margaretta Clark”

Margaretta Unwin Clark Call

by Willard Call

In 1847 while Mormonism was very young in England, Margaretta Unwine Clark Call, a girl of about 19 years, returning from her work in a factory in the big stocking and lace city of Nottingham, was attracted by a street meeting, the singing, not at all like the chanting in the churches, the hymns so entirely different, the preacher a young man dressed more like a laborer in his best, his manner different, his subject matter different, all had a magnetic power entirely unexplainable to the open mind and unburdened soul of this carefree girl. It fitted in so naturally with her unspoiled self, that she didn’t even notice the newness of his logic; but just hugged to her heart the newfound truth, and with impetuous impatience tried to make her parents and family understand the message now bubbling over in her young heart. In this she had better success than many another has experienced, for her mother, her sisters Ann, Mary Ann and Eliza each espoused the revealed religion of the Latter-day Saints. And through their lives remained true to their new found faith. Continue reading “Margaretta Unwin Clark Call”

Trial in Snow

A fictionalized account of Margaretta Unwin Clark’s experience
by Heather Walker

The following is based on the story of my great-great-great grandmother, Margaretta Clark, who traveled with the Martin Handcart Company in 1856. She met her husband, Anson Call, when he saved her from freezing to death on the plains and brought her to the Salt Lake valley. Continue reading “Trial in Snow”