Some Information about Arnold Spencer Dransfield
Colaborador: MargieW Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
Written by grandson Kenneth Dransfield after interviewing Anna Lee Mitton Dransfield.
Arnold Spencer Dransfield is my grandfather on my fathers side. He went by his middle name Spencer for most of his life. He died before in 1984 before I was born. He was born on March 20, 1925 in Ogden Utah, to Arnold Dransfield and Jennive Clark. He spent most of his life growing up in the Ogden and Lehi Utah area. His father was an immigrant from England who spoke with a thick British accent.
Both of Spencer's parents were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. However, at some point his father, Arnold, was offended and became inactive. Although inactive, his father always encouraged his mothers' activity in the church to the point where they still would pay tithing.
Spencer's father worked for a laundry delivery service and would often only come home during the weekends. Spencer would spend most of his childhood doing most of the work on the family's farm. Spencer's younger sister would often comment that she felt bad for Spencer because he did not get a chance to have much of a childhood.
During World War II Spencer was in the fortunate position of being exempt from the draft because he worked on the farm. However, Spencer wanted to serve his county so he volunteered to join the Army and he wanted to become a pilot. He started training as a pilot but the war began to wind down before he finished pilots training so he was reassigned. He was very disappointed that he never got to fly planes.
Spencer met his wife Anna Lee Mitton on a blind date, while he was at college. They were married on February 4th 1949 in the Logan Utah Temple. Spencer received a degree in agronomy shortly after they were married. Spencer worked and supported his family as a soil scientist for the Bureau of Reclamation.
Spencer and Anna Lee had 5 children; Joann, Arnold Robert, Roy Thomas, James Spencer, and Mary Lee. Spencer was a very loving father and raised his family in the LDS Church.
Spencer died after about a 6 month battle with esophageal cancer on November 11th 1984 in Henderson Nevada.
Memories of Mary Lou- Written by Anna Lee Mitton Dransfield- a cousin
Colaborador: MargieW Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
Mary Lou had big brown eyes, curly brown hair, and a winning smile. She was friendly and outgoing, and never lacked for friends. We are first cousins through our mothers and second cousins through our dads. She grew up in what used to be a small town, Logan, Utah. She lived in the days when there was no need to lock doors and we were not afraid to walk home alone after dark.
This was in the days before TV, so we made our own entertainment. We played games like Hide and Seek, Run, Sheepy Run, Tag, Jacks, Kick the Can, and Hopscotch. We spent hours playing house with our dolls, and taking them for rides in our doll buggies.
We had favorite programs we would listen to on the radio. One favorite was “Little Orphan Annie”.
Mary Lou was always a good student. She loved to read, and would spend time in the library picking out her next favorite book. She owned many books, and as children would love the BobbsyTwins series. When we had the opportunity to get a new book. we always been sure it was one of the series that the other did not have, so we could trade back and forth.
In the winter, there was a park nearby where they flooded the field and we could go ice skating. When we got old enough, and brave enough, we would go to go sledding on Temple Hill. The traffic was blocked off and the road was quite steep. When the weather was nice. It was an adventure to take a lunch and ride our bikes to the fish hatchery. In those days it seemed like a long way out there.
Our relatives, the Hubbards, had a sawmill in Idaho. One summer, we stayed at the sawmill for a few days without our families. Aunt Bessie was a wonderful cook. During the day we had a great time playing with their cousins. Shirlee and Noreen, and the other children. But at night when the lamp went out, it was so dark and quiet. We became very homesick. I was the first time we knew what it meant to be homesick.
We love going with family and friends to Willow Park. There we could play, and drink “iron water” from the faucet. We really didn’t like it, but it was fun to taste anyway. Logan Canyon was always a favorite place. When we are old enough for Mutual, each summer would go to girls camp in the canyon. That was our kind of camping- with indoor plumbing, warm showers and good beds. One summer, they took us on a hike, and there was a rattlesnake by the trail. We were all scared, but had to walk by it anyway.
We like to go to the Saturday matinee movies. For 10 cents we could see cartoons, newsreels, and serials - where they always left you with a cliffhanger so you would come back next week- and the van the feature film, such as Hopalong Cassidy or Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
One summer we signed up to pick strawberries. A bus would pick us up just before dawn and take us to the fields. Everything is wet with dew, and we got paid by how many cups we filled. It was not very profitable, and was very hard work. We preferred babysitting for 10 cents an hour. We would feed the children, do their dishes, put the children to bed, do her homework, and get home after midnight- and not even earn a dollar!
Mary Lou was also very artistic. She liked taking art in school. When she was in high school, she worked for Max Brunson’s photography studios tinting or coloring sepia portraits. She also worked at theaters-the Roxy, Lyric, and Capital. We thought it was great because we started out at 35 cents an hour. We also had a big responsibility at the Capitol theater-we’re in charge of the candy case. At the time when candy was in short supply, we were responsible for keeping track of inventory and ordering the candy for that huge candy case.
Mary Lou was a good seamstress and made many of her own clothes. In those days, a girl wore long tan cotton socks in the winter, and Bobby Sox or knee highs with saddle shoes when the weather was warmer. Girls and women never wore pants-just dresses and skirts and blouses and sweaters. We must’ve gotten our first slacks (as we called them) when we were in junior high or high school. We thought we were being quite daring. We went window shopping a lot, as that was all we could afford to do. When we were in high school we would go into the store to see if they had any new size 9 dresses, and sometimes try them on-but rarely bought one. I wonder if the clerks got tired of us?
Mary Lou love to go to the dances at church, junior high, and the high school.
One time we met two cute boys from another high school. We went on a double date to a movie and then, instead of taking us home, they drove us to the cemetery and tried to kiss us. We were determined we were not going to kiss those boys, so we got mad, got out of the car, and started to walk home-a very long way. But we were not going to kiss those boys. I think the boys began to worry about the trouble they would be in when we got home, so finally they promised not to kiss us, and took us home. There were no more dates with those boys.
Then along came Pearl Harbor in World War II. Life didn’t seem so carefree anymore. We would buy saving stamps for $.25 and put them in a book. When the book was full, we could turn it in for a War Bond. There were many things that were rationed, such as shoes, sugar, shortening, gasoline, and tires. Everything was in short supply because of the war effort. Mary Lou I worked at the U.S.O a few times, helping to serve drinks and snacks to the servicemen who would come in. We thought the men in uniform are very handsome, but we didn’t date any of them.
As the boys would graduate from high school most of them would enlist in the Armed Forces or be drafted. Mary Lou and I were in charge of the servicemen’s pictures in the school library. These were pictures of servicemen who used to go to Logan high. When one was killed, we noted that by their picture.
Being active at church was always a big part of Mary Lou’s life from primary to MIA and beyond. In those days, the chapels in Logan did not have baptismal fonts. We were privileged to be baptized in the Logan Temple’s baptismal font font. After that we went many times to baptized for the dead. When the temple was remodeled, they removed the old baptismal font, and it is now in the church history Museum in Salt Lake City
Mary Lou graduated from seminary. After graduating Logan high school, we both went to school at Utah State Agricultural College, now known as Utah State University. There she met her husband to be, Bertin Bateman, and on a blind date, introduced me to my husband to be, Spencer Dransfield.
Mary Lou had a strong testimony of our Savior. She knew where she came from, why she was here, where she was going. When our husbands graduated from college, we both went different directions and our paths did not often meet. But when we did, it was as though we had never been apart. I am sure that is how it will be again on the other side of the veil-Eternal Friends.