Sunday, June 27, 2010

Clifford William Johnson Year Book Journal 1961

Grandpa taped the following items in the front of this journal:

State of Utah Business License 1961:

United Commercial Travelers Certificate 1961:

American Oil Company Card 1964:

Grandpa did work for the following people:

Dr. Dan Hunter, Western Savings, Southwick,  C. Rich, Fister, Pincock Apts, Berlin, Wm Hall, Ruando Spa, Pugmire, Glade Hansen, Hi Council, Randall, Rich Johnston, Jenson,  Nita, Utterback , Mrs. Basry?,  Layton’s Funeral, Mrs. L.G. Dinwoody, Mrs. Conrad Jenson.

Also the following members of the Eccles Family, which this year included Royal Eccles and George Eccles:

Willard Eccles, Mrs. Joe Eccles, Royal Eccles, S.S. Eccles, George Eccles

Mar. 15th (Wed) 1961 to Mar 24th (Fri) 1961: Grandpa worked 40 hours for a “Norm Bingham”.

The reason why this stands out is because we Johnsons’ are related to every Bingham on the planet in one way or another.

Since Mom is a Bingham (and our family’s resident historian) I placed a call to her and here's what she said:

"Norman Bonneru Bingham is the Bingham in "Buehler & Bingham Clothing Store", which used to be on Washington Blvd. somewhere north of the Egyptian Theater. It was a very high, top notch clothing store.

Grandpa did work for them at their store and their house. Buehler’s house was blue and Bingham’s house was pink. Dad helped Grandpa paint the Bingham house and he hated it because he didn't like the pink. 

As a side note: A poor couple left their baby on Norm Bingham’s porch because they had money. Norm Bingham’s wife Melba Irene Bramwell Bingham heard the baby crying and went out to get it. Instead of taking care of the baby she turned it over to the police who eventually tracked down the young parents."

Mom explained how we’re related, and there’s actually two angles to the relation, the other being through Bonneru, but it’s too complicated to relate here, so suffice it to say we are related.

Grandpa did a lot more work for Norm Bingham later on in the year.

I loved this next entry:

Apr. 15th (Sat) 1961: Dr Dean Flanders 6 (hours). Prepare & hang wallpaper (Grasscloth) private office 10 S.R. @

The reason why I loved this entry is because Dr. Flanders was my doctor all through elementary school.

Whenever I got strep throat, bronchitis or tonsillitis Mom always took me to Dr. Flanders to get penicillin shot in my rear end.

I hated getting shots and Dr. Flanders used to give them to me and say, “Do you want me to pull the needle out now?” and I’d say, “YES!” and he’d say, “I already pulled it out a long time ago!”

Dr. Flanders used to also give me “pig” pennies, which looked similar to real pennies. Mom would keep them in her purse.

Swirled away in the Family History I inherited is the following funeral program for Dr. Flanders:

He was a very nice man. I remember Dr. Flanders passed away about a year after he retired. Mom said Dr. Flanders’s wife Arlene was related to Grandma (Lavell) Johnson through Dr. Conrad Jensen somehow.

Here’s a present day picture of his old Doctor’s Office where I got many shots in the buttocks and a few pig pennies:

Apr. 18th (Tues) 1961: This next entry caught my eye because Grandpa wrote Aunt Gwen’s name, but I can’t decipher what the measurement code and initials next to it mean:

Aug 2nd (Wed) 1961 to Aug 3rd (Thurs) 1961: Grandpa went to “Scott’s wedding”. I don’t know who they are.

Aug 7th (Mon) 1961: Grandpa did work for the patriarch of the Eccles’ Family, George Eccles:

Here are some pictures of George Eccles:

I used to work at the Davis Golf Course with an older gentleman named Pierre that used to do lots of golfing with George Eccles.

Oct. 12th (Thurs) 1961 to Dec. 5th (Tues) 1961: Grandpa worked a total of 186 hours for George Eccles.

Mom said Grandpa did great work and that’s why the Eccles’ Family kept using him and his work was so quality that he got referred around to a bunch of different high-end businesses.


Lyle Wiggins said...

Lots of memories here. Dr. Flanders was our family doctor for years, also. My wife, Jane, is a Bingham through Elisha Gates Bingham and Emma Bonnereu (sp?). Elisha was the grandson of Erastus Bingham, an early bishop in Ogden. Bingham Canyon was named after him. Norman Bingham's middle name appears to connect him with that line. Conrad Jenson Sr. was Great Grandma Hokanson's brother, LaVell and Delorus's uncle. If I remember correctly, Arlene Flanders was his granddaughter.

Chris G. Johnson said...

I really liked Dr. Flanders although he gave me my fear of needles!

Was the location to Dr. Flanders' office I posted the same address you took your family to?

Thank you for mapping out the relations between families. I find it fascinating that we're related to so many people in so many ways.