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Gerald N. and Florence I. Christiansen mission papers

Gerald N. and Florence I. Christiansen mission papers

Dates: 1896-1979, 1918-1920

Materials from Gerald N. Christiansen's missionary service for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northwestern States Mission and Florence I. Christiansen's missionary service in the Western States Mission, both spanning from 1918 to 1920. Materials include photographs, journals, and assorted books, in addition to various documents from the rest of both Gerald and Florence Christiansen's lives in Idaho dating from 1909-1979. Also contains a missionary weekly report book from David Wheeler, Florence I. Christiansen's father, dated from 1896-1898 in the Southern States Mission.

  • Extent: 2 oversize folders (0.3 linear ft.). -- 2 boxes (1 linear ft.). -- 1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Christiansen, Gerald N. (Gerald Neils), 1897-1967. -- Christiansen, Florence I. (Florence Ida Wheeler), 1899-1979. -- Wheeler, David, 1875-1959
  • Call Number: MSS 9100
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advanced notice. Check with the reference supervisor.
Languages and Scripts
English
Arrangement
Arranged in two series: 1. Gerald N. Christiansen mission papers, 1909-1967. 2. Florence I. Christiansen mission papers, 1918-1979.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Gerald N. and Florence I. Christiansen mission papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Note
The materials where retained in their original order as given by the donor.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 9100; Gerald N. and Florence I. Christiansen mission papers; 20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 9100, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Valine Quinn inherited collection from Gary Christiansen, grandson of Gerald Niels and Florence Christiansen. Valine Quinn donated collection in December 2017.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Valine Quinn; December 2017.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon missionaries--Photographs; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Northwestern States Mission; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Southern States Mission
Genre / Form
Photographs; Diaries; Books
Processing Information
Processed; Hayley Gorham, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2018.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana development policy, II. B. 5. VI.).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS9100
Finding Aid Title
Christiansen (Gerald N. and Florence I.) mission papers
Finding Aid Author
Hayley Gorham
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-10-09 12:29:33 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

David Wheeler (1875-1959) was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southern States Mission and a farmer in Idaho.

David Wheeler was born January 14, 1875 in North Ogden, Weber County, Utah to Calvin Wheeler and Marian Hutchison Wheeler. On December 4, 1895 David married Ida Weiermann in the Logan Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Logan, Utah. 6 weeks later David left to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1896-1898 for 30 months. Upon his return David worked cutting timber for the expansion of the railroad and then later as a farmer. Together David and Ida had 10 children: Florence Ida, David Leon, Roy Calvin, Lorin Marion, Edward Scott, James, Elnora, Dora, Mearl, and Max William Wheeler. David raised his family in Idaho.

David Wheeler died September 26, 1959 in Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho and was buried at the Moreland Cemetery in Moreland, Idaho.

Biographical History

Florence Ida Christiansen (1899-1979) was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, mother and wife.

Florence Ida Wheeler was born the 1st of 10 children on December 28, 1899 in Indian Valley, Idaho to David and Ida Weiermann Wheeler. She attended the local schools, achieving 2nd year of high school, the highest her town offered and creating a love of education she would use to teach her children. Florence planned to go to Ricks College, but received a call to be the first sister missionary from the Moreland Ward for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Western States Mission from 1918-1920 mostly around Denver, Colorado. She chose to serve her mission instead of college. Less than a year after her return, she married Gerald Niels Christiansen on February 17, 1921 and together they had 9 children: Rex W., Lowell G., Beth; Lois; Clyde, Marva, Howard D., Ida, and DeVar Christiansen.

Florence Ida Wheeler Christiansen died January 21, 1979 in Idaho Falls, Idaho and was buried in Moreland, Idaho.

Biographical History

Gerald Niels Christiansen (1897-1967) was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, father, husband and Idaho farmer.

Gerald Niels Christiansen was born August 31, 1897 in Hyrum, Utah to Danish immigrants, Niels and Lucy Maria McBride Christiansen. When Gerald was just 5, his family moved to Idaho where he would continue to live until his death. Gerald went to Rick's Academy from 1916-1918 at which point he decided to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From 1918-1920, Gerald Christiansen served in the Northwestern States mission, and less than a year after his return, on February 17, 1921, he married Florence Ida Wheeler in the Logan Temple. Together they had 9 children: Rex W., Lowell G., Beth, Lois, Clyde, Marva, Howard D., Ida, and DeVar Christiansen. Gerald raised his family in Moreland, Idaho and provided for them as a farmer. Gerald served in many callings for his church including counselor in the Moreland Ward bishopric for 18 years, various teaching positions, and several others. Gerald also served in his community as a member of the Moreland School Board and secretary and treasurer of the Highline Canal.

On May, 27, 1967, Gerald Niels Christiansen died of a heart attack in his home in Moreland, Idaho and was later buried in the Moreland Cemetery.



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