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 La Rue Munk Walker

La Rue Munk Walker

Birth
Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Death 1 Mar 1986 (aged 89)
Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot B-37-018-06
Memorial ID 86904 · View Source
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LaRue was born in Manti, Utah to Elizabeth Crawford and Joseph Christian Munk.

On August 26, 1925, LaRue married Paul K. Walker in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I was born on the 26th of Sept. 1896 in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, in a rock house on south main street that my father had purchased just previous to his marriage. I was the third and last child of my parents, Jospeh C. Munk and Elixabeth Crawford Munk. When I was four, our family moved across the street west to the Galbraithe place. It was while living in this place that my memory opens to an experience on my fifth birthday. My brother, Carlyle, brought the mail to Mother who was placing out stoned plums to dry. She was back of the old rock house. I was by her side, My mother handed me a brthday letter from my sister, Josie, who was attending the agriculture College at Logan. I was so excited over this letter which I discovered had a lace hanky inside that I ran across the street to show it to Father. On the day I bumped into a boy riding on a bicycle and we both fell into the street. I was embrassed but still clutching the letter and hanky. I righted myself and reached the Galbraithe place to display the graious gifts.
Not loong after this incident my father bought the Ellingsford place on First West and Second Street, a seven-room rock house. To me it was always the most wonderful place in the world, a place we were laways returning to, until Mother died.
When I was older, midsummer borught the pleasant experience of riding on our wagon several miles north of town to our hay meadows.
My school days started at the Presbyterian Church. The teachers were trained in the east of this work and were friends of mothers. I graduated from eighth grade May 29, 1911. All the eighth grade students who met requirements in the South Sanpete School District held their annual commencement exercises in one town. The class of 1911 held exercises in the Tabernancle in Spring City. Forty-two graduated from our class in Manti.
In the fall of 1911 I registered as a freshman in high school. These were happy years of study and socail activity.
In winter time our crows had the fun of oyster suppers at Manti bakery, skating parties in the north swamps, and sleigh rides in a wagon box with hot bricks at our feet.
My mother was ill in the fall of 1915 so i cared for her and did some of the house work, only registered for a foods class and took piano lessons. I graduated with a class of 1916 I started with in the first grade. In my senior year I was elected editor of the high school year book, the Clarion. With encouragement and help from our Engliash teacher, Inez Clark, we also published a school paper.
The fall of 1916 a cousin and I left Manti for logan to attend the U.S.A. C. We paid $15 a month for board and $5 for room, ate our lunch at the school cafeteria. These prices are quite different from the prices for the same things today.
When I arrived home in the spring Superintendent E. T. Reid offered me a contract to teach in Manti. This was tempting and I accepted. When this year of teaching was over I returned to college determined to finish. But it didn't work that way. In October and Novemeber there was a serious epidemic of flu; the college closed. Thinking it would soon re-open I obtained work but soon fell ill with the flu myself. I was recovering when the armistice was signed Nov. 11 ending World War I. I well remember the bells ringing and the noise and rejoicing in the streets. But the flu was still raging and the college remained closed, so I when I was well enough, I returned home. Just after Chirstmas, Superintendent Reid asked me to to Axtell for the remainder of the year and teach. I took place of a teacher who had died with the flu. That was the end of my winter schooling. I attended summer schools at teh U of U and later to BYU.
The next winter I taught first grade in Gunnison. In the spring I recived a call to the California Mission. I was set apart for my mission July 13, 1920. This mission proved a great blessing to me in many ways. My prayers were answered and I was given health and strength to fulfill assignments given to me. I labored in Long Beach and later in San Pedro for a year. then I was trasnferred to San jose where I received my release August 14, 1922, having served for 25 months. I arrived in Ogden in time to be with my sister when her first baby was born.
Superintendent Reid had sent a contract to me for a position in the Manti schools. I arrived home just in time to attend Institute and then to make my mission report to my ward and stake.
It was while attending summer school at the BYU that Paul K. Walker invited me to go on a hike to the summit of Timpanogos. I accepted and it proved to be never forgotten event, for it was on the summit of this mountain while we were looking over the beautiful valley below that our romance began.
Paul & I were married August 26, 1925. He attended school that winter in Provo and I continued to teach in Manti. We have 3 children.
The first winter we lived in Nephi I served as Gleaner class leader in the North Ward MIA. When we moved into the Center Ward the next fall, I was asked to do the same work there until I was called to serve as Manual Counselor. While we ived in Neohi, I also served on the Primary Stake Board and the last year there on the Relief Society Stake Board. We moved to Springvill in August of 1936. Paul had made arrangements for the erection of a home of our own. It was a happy day when we moved into this new home August 15, 1940.
Mother was injured in an automobile accident while journeying to Springville to visit us. We cared for her several months before she was able to return home. Mother was never well after this and spent the winter months in our home returning to Manti in the summer , she died April 22, 1945. Teachers were hard to obtian in the fall of 1946. The superintendent of Nebo District offered me a contract to teach in Springville, I taught school for the next four years. In 1956, I was appointed Secretary -Treasurer of the Stake Relief Society Board and served in this position six years. I teach the Theology class in the Fifth Ward Releif Society and hold the office of historian in the Sierra Boneta Daughters of Utah Pioneer Camp. I am deeply grateful for my pioneer hertiage and the many other blessings that God has bestowed upon me- a good home in my youth, kind and loving parents, the privilege of a mission, opportunities to serve in the Church, a good husband and three fine children.

By LaRue Munk Walker

She passed away 1 Mar 1986 in Pleasant Grove, Utah and buried by her lovely husband in Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, USA



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  • Maintained by: SRBentz
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86904
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for La Rue Munk Walker (26 Sep 1896–1 Mar 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86904, citing Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SRBentz (contributor 47051679) .