Brigham Young University 2nd Ward Relief Society, 1956.
This 45-page scrapbook entitled “First Relief Society of BYU Second Ward Feb. 19 – May 27, 1956” contains photographs, fliers, poems and handouts – both handwritten and typed – pertaining to the members and activities of the 1956 BYU 2nd Ward Relief Society. Notable among the things included in the book are a handful of biographies about some of the members of the group at that time: -Hermine Briggs, the Second Counselor. (Entitled, “Miss Briggs Gets Around”) She was from Magrath, Alberta, Canada, and one of 9 children. Hermine served her mission in the Southern States, and she worked for the Air Transport command U.S. Air Force organization in Alaska. Before coming to BYU, Hermine got a degree from a business college in Calgary, Canada. At BYU, she majored in Business and minored in English and Journalism. While there, she also worked in the office of Dr. William E. Berret, who was the vice-president in charge of religious education of the church. -Carolyn Callister, the First Counselor. (Entitled, “Talented Senior is Personality”) She was a native Utahn, born in Fillmore and raised in Delta, majoring in Business Education at BYU while she waited for her fiancé to return from his mission. She was involved in the Deltone Trio, a musical group which toured the western states, and in 1954, she went to Chicago as the Utah representative in the Farm Bureau Talent Find. Other involvements included her memberships in the Sponsor Corps, Alpha Lambda Delta, and the White Key Service Group. -Gabrielle Beim, an international student from all over the world. (Entitled, “Meeting Our Ward Members”). She was a freshman at BYU in 1956, born 24 October 1937 in Israel. After going to school in Jerusalem for a while, her family moved to Palestine to avoid the troubled conditions of WWII, and during the war, her father served in the British Merchant Navy. Gabrielle also lived in Switzerland, France, New Caledonia, Australia, and New Zealand before joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and moving to Utah to attend BYU. -Johanna Westerduin, an international student, born in Hamburg, Germany on 4 March 1931, and raised in Holland, Germany. After graduating in 1949, she joined the church in 1950, and the following year, Johanna and her parents and younger sister moved to Salt Lake city, Utah, and Johanna served in the Salt Lake Stake Mission. She also worked at the Genealogical Library and after that in the Smith Canning Company in Clearfield, Utah. In 1954, Johanna was called to serve a mission in the Netherlands, working as an interpreter for visiting general authorities and as the editor of the mission magazine. She came to BYU on 1 January 1957 and studied languages. She also played piano and flute. -Harriet Tolles, the senior resident of Broadbent Hall. Harriet came from Ithaca, New York, but she was born on 8 October 1935 in Washington D. C. In high school, Harriet belonged to the New York State Honorary Music Festival, and was on the school paper staff for three years. Growing up, she was a member of the Congregational Church, and it was while she and her family lived in Germany, so her father could teach at a university there, that she became acquainted with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After taking the lessons with the missionaries, she got baptized in Munich, Germany, on 28 February 1954. After attending Cornell University for a year, she transferred to BYU and majored in German. -Dallin and Beverly Gardner, the married “dorm parents” of the ward. Dallin was born 8 May 1933 and was the youngest of 4 children. He served as the president of the Utah State F. F. A., and he raised Grand Champion Steers. He met Beverly in high school, before he graduated in 1950, worked for a year, then began attending BYU. Beverly was born 29 September 1933, and was from Winslow, Arizona, and was the youngest of 3 children. When she was 14 years old, her family moved to Richfield, Utah, where she met Dallin, and where she served as the sophomore class president. In college, she was Dallin’s assistant campaign manager while he ran for freshman class president and was also a Cougarette. They married in the Manti Temple on 4 September 1952, and a year later, Dallin served a mission to the Maoris, in New Zealand. While on his mission, Beverly finished her degree in education and started teaching third grade in Richfield. She also participated in the Hill Cumorah Pageant in 1955. -Diana Hunt, a senior with much musical talent. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on 26 April 1935, and was the second of 6 children. She spent some of her childhood in Spanish Fork on a dairy farm, before returning to Salt Lake in 1949, attending East High School, where she was a member of the A Capella Choir and the Ice Skating Club. While at BYU, Diana majored in elementary education, and was heavily involved in A Capella Choir and in management of banquets and other formal social events at the university. -Kathryn Orme, the Relief Society Organist. She was born in St. Anthony, Idaho, on 27 May 1936, though her family soon moved to Idaho Falls. She was the second of 4 children. Kathryn was involved in dance, pep, and choir clubs while in high school, and during the summers between semesters at BYU, she worked at Pond’s Lodge, Idaho as a waitress. Having studied piano for 12 years, Kathryn was well-prepared to be the organist. She studied homemaking education with the hopes of teaching in Oregon and Washington after graduation.