Amy Martha Alberta Oliver Warner was born on 17 September 1889 in South Jordan, Utah to James Albert Oliver and Emma Mary Ann Holt Oliver. She was the third oldest of 7 children born to them, her siblings being, Nellie Maria, Annie Sophronia, James Edward, Jessie Elizabeth, William Albert, and Mary Myrtle. Little else is known about her life other than her marriage and death dates. On 28 August 1907 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Amy married Francis Warner, and together they had 6 children: Francis Doran, Olive Alberta, Elizabeth, James Albert, Dean Arthur, and Myrtle. She died on 24 April 1979 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This is a collection of 8 items pertaining to the Hutchings family and relatives. The items mostly make up a collection of life sketches and family newsletters. All items are primarily typescript photocopies. Amy O. Warner is noted as the author or original owner of 3 of the 8 items. The first item is a 3-page letter by Lenore R. Hutchings, wife of Loman F. Hutchings. It covers the history of Anders Peter Fillerup and his wife, Caroline Rasmussen, and how they met and married on the steam ship, Manhatten. The second item is a 4-page life sketch of Emma Mary Ann Holt Oliver, Lenore’s grandmother, dictated to Lenore. It covers Emma’s birth and early childhood, and describes what life was like having “two mothers,” as her father was polygamous. She shares a story about the birth of one of her siblings at a time when “Ma,” her father’s first wife, was sick and could not help with the delivery. It fell to Emma to clean up the baby, but she was so shocked and inexperienced, it wasn’t until after things had quieted down that the family midwife, fondly referred to as “Aunt,” saw her and helped her with the newborn. The account includes many interesting details about the midwifery and folk medicine practices prevalent in the 1860s-1870s. The third item is a 12-page newsletter entitled, “Fillerup Family Newsletter, June 23, 1979, Vol. 1, No. 1.” It contains a preface, explaining the origins of the newsletter project. It also includes copies of original handwritten journal entries from Andrew Peter Fillerup, as well as typed transcripts of each entry. The editor of this newsletter is listed as “Robert Fillerup, 1732 Bluebird Road, Orem, Utah 84057.” The fourth item is a 12-page biography entitled, “Getting Acquainted with Elias Hutchings,” by Mary K. Timothy (a great- great-granddaughter of Elias). The biography covers how Elias was the first man to discover Mammoth Cave in Edmonson County, Kentucky in 1809, as well as his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It mentions that there are few remaining records of his life. After touching on Elias’ parentage and the history of his birthplace, Winchester, New Hampshire, the biography covers his travels with what little historical record there is to be found. It includes a photocopy of his certificate of marriage to Sally or Sarah Smith, and the last page is a short, autobiographical sketch of himself, finished with note from Shepherd Pierce Hutchings, his son, about Elias’ death. The fifth item is a 51-page collection of various biographical sketches and histories. It includes a list of church leadership at the time of compilation, and “Ten Years of Zion – An Evaluation of Two Family Histories,” written by Lenore R. Hutchings. There is also a “Partial Evaluation of Shepherd Pierce Hutching’s autobiography,” by his second wife, Eliza Ann Pectol Hutchings, and an autobiography of George Pectol, Eliza’s father. Next in this collection is an Award of Merit given to Lenore R. Hutchings on 4 July 1976 in recognition of achievement in Utah History for professional writing from the Salt Lake Tribune. Following that is a short essay by Lenore entitled, “Avalon, Uintah County: My Biggest Challenge as a Teacher,” which Lenore wrote to describe her struggles as a teacher from 1950-1951, instructing diverse classes of students that included, “Ute Indians and ‘non-Indians.’” Previous to this job, she had taught at Provo High School, and had gotten a graduate degree from BYU. The remainder of the essay describes the poor conditions of the Avalon school, and it mentions a recent 3-million-dollar lawsuit against the US government for lands stolen from the native tribes during Utah’s colonization. There is much talk of IQ scores, and Lenore recounts a few experiences she had with individual students for whom she gave extra effort to help succeed. Next in this collection is an essay written by Lenore’s husband, Loman F. Hutchings, entitled, “Early History of Union High School,” where he worked as superintendent-principal for a time in the 1950s. The paper talks about the actions of the board over the years and lists some of the original faculty members. Following this is the “Missionary Journal of Elias Hutchings,” with entries ranging from January 1831 to August of the same year. It details mostly baptisms performed. Last in this collection is a “Biography of James Oliver and Maria Dalley Oliver, given by granddaughter, Amy O. Warner.” It details the birth and life of James, and how he married Elizabeth Wieler after he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He traveled West with the Willie Handcart Company. He married Maria Dalley in 1859 as his second wife. The sixth item is a “history from the diary also a tribute to our father, grandfather, and great grandfather, James Albert Oliver, which covers his life in a 3-page compilation. The compiler is named as Amy O. Warner, his daughter. The seventh item is a 3-page biography of Ida Kirstine Jorgenson Knudsen Rasmussen. It is written by Minnie Rasmussen Farrer, her daughter, with changes and additions made by Ida Mae Rasmussen Christiansen, Ida’s granddaughter. The biography covers Ida’s birth and family, her early life, the family’s conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their immigration to the US and move to Salt Lake City in the 1860s. It also details her marriage, divorce, and second marriage, the children she had and adopted, and her death on 27 March 1938. The eighth and final item is a 2-page “History of Emma Mary Ann Holt Oliver” compiled by Amy O. Warner, Emma’s daughter. It covers her birth, parentage, early life, church activity and her nursing education. It also mentions a car accident she was in while taking Lenore to school one summer, in which she broke a few ribs and hurt her waist. She was never quite the same after those injuries. Eventually, Emma developed colon cancer, and she passed away after an unsuccessful operation in 1934.