Wayne had great-something grandparents join the church in Switzerland in the 1850s. While trying to find more information on them, I came across this little history/biography of two men – Henry Hug and Jacob Tobler – who served missions in Switzerland about that time and then helped settle Santa Clara in southern Utah. It’s quite fascinating, and I wanted to post the link here so I could find it again.
One of the more interesting aspects of the story is how two men with similar experiences reacted differently. One of them became disaffected with Brigham Young, left the church, and moved to Oregon. The other stayed faithful and has generations of descendants who honor him. That’s definitely something to ponder, particularly in how it relates to my own actions and testimony.
One of the resources the author used was a book called “One Hundred Years of Hugs: The Story of the Hug Family in Switzerland and America” which also sounds intriguing. I’m not sure if it’s our actual ancestors, but I’m sure the experiences outlined will be similar. Unfortunately, the closest copy of the book to me is about 1,000 miles away in the Library of Congress. However, there’s also a copy in the Harold B. Lee Library on the BYU campus. I’ll have to remember to look for it the next time we’re in Provo!
I forgot to check when I was in the family history library in Salt Lake City last month, but I did do another Google search and found a digital copy here. Here’s one little tidbit (from page 36) on someone I know is an ancestor.
BLUMENSTEIN We offer herewith a few facts about Robert Blumenstein, who married Mary Ann “Polly” Hug. He was born in Edwardsville, Illinois, in 1857, the son of Regula Nesser and Mr. Blumenstein of Switzerland. His Swiss grandfather came to America with his entire family. His wife died on the plains on the way to Utah. His uncle, Rudolph Blumenstein, was a supreme judge in Switzerland. Robert, who was trained as a blacksmith, moved to Oregon where he married and lived in Elgin. He was a merchant and sawmill operator. He was also postmaster, county commissioner, and mayor of Elgin.