The Meeting: Cal and Margaret

Calvin Hutchings was attending BYU, majoring in pre-dent when he met Margaret Clark. He was living with the Hansen family in Pleasant View; this was close to where the BYU stadium stands today. Three young men had lived with the Hansens, but they liked Cal the best. Brother Hansen was a geology professor at the university. He had a daughter named Carol who was a good friend of Margaret’s younger sister, Bobby.

One evening Bobby went to stay overnight with Carol; together they plotted how to get Cal and Margaret together. Carol had a crush on Cal and was always sneaking friends in to see this good-looking guy. The girls told Cal that Bobby had a cute older sister and he should consider taking her out. Cal seemed willing, but wondered how to go about meeting her. They told him Margaret was a clerk at Firmage’s department store in downtown Provo, and set him up to go there. In the meantime, Bobby and Carol had been telling Margaret about this cute guy staying at the Hansen’s house. They kept encouraging her to meet him and Margaret was interested.

Calvin went to Firmages to check out this girl he had heard so much about. He followed Margaret around for a while and then finally introduced himself. Cal asked her to go out with him. Margaret was a junior in high school at the time. When her Mother found out she said, “You can’t go out with him, you don’t know anything about him.”   Margaret replied, “He’s staying at the Hansen’s house, you can call and ask Mrs. Hansen all about him.”   Her Mother did just that and was given a beaming report on Calvin.

Cal and Margaret dated for two years. Calvin had previously enlisted in the V-1 Naval program in 1942 following graduation from High School. This program allowed him to continue his education without being drafted. After he finished his pre-dental courses at BYU, he was called up to report for duty to the naval base in Seattle, Washington. While there, he met Margaret’s brother, Grant, also in the navy, and they became good friends.

During this time, Margaret graduated from high school and went to work at the telephone company. Cal was in Washington at the naval hospital for nine months waiting to get into dental school. During this time, he and Margaret corresponded frequently. When fall came, he was sent to the University of Iowa.

It was a lonely time for Calvin who was far away from home and his girl. Just before Christmas, he called and proposed to Margaret over the telephone. Margaret hesitated, she wanted to wait until spring, but Cal said, “Now or never!” So she said, “Yes.”Calvin & Margaret

Calvin flew into Salt Lake the day before Christmas, his parents picked him up at the airport and took him home. On Christmas day he drove to Margaret’s home in Provo and they immediately began making wedding plans. They decided to be married on Thursday December 28th, that day the Salt Lake temple was having a special session for servicemen home on leave. Margaret recalls it being a busy, but exciting time. The day after Christmas they rushed around, first they went to get their blood tests and then a marriage license. This was followed by an interview with the bishop for a temple recommend. With so little time to prepare, Margaret’s Mother, Laura, called the Dixon-Taylor department store and arranged for someone to open up that evening just for Margaret and her mother. That night the two of them went shopping for some of the necessary items Margaret would need to set up housekeeping.

The big day arrived: December 28, 1944, Calvin and Margaret were married in the Salt Lake temple surrounded by loved ones from the Clark and the Hutchings families.

The ceremony was beautiful. Margaret wore a white skirt and blouse she had purchased for the temple. She recalls that the sleeves were short, so the sisters at the temple put something over her arms. She tells how her dear sister, Cecil, had stayed up the night before, sewing her a burgundy skirt and top for the wedding breakfast that would follow the temple ceremony, and then she drove to Salt Lake the next day.

DaCosta, the only one of her brothers home at the time, arranged for a wedding luncheon at Hotel Utah for the two families. Mother remembers the lunch being very lovely. She said, the wedding cake, which was made in the hotel bakery, was beautiful and had a lovely taffy candy ribbon around it.

That evening, Calvin and Margaret returned to Provo and stayed at the Clark home. Margaret recalls, “We had just fallen to sleep when the furnace started smoking. The snow had been falling all day and water seeped into the coal causing it to stick together. I had to get out of bed, go down to the basement and stoke the furnace to get it going again.”

Their was no time for a honeymoon for the very next day Margaret and Calvin took a train back to Iowa City. The cars were packed full of servicemen traveling to the east coast where they would be shipped overseas to the war front. Margaret was the only woman onboard and even though she had paid for a ticket, the train conductor said all the seats were for servicemen. During the trip, Dad or one of the other men would let her take their seat for a time, but when the conductor came around she had to sit on her suitcase. The trip took two days and a night. There were no sleeping cars open so they sat up all night.








Pearl Harbor

“Elizabeth and Nephi were very concerned. German warplanes were bombarding the southern portion of England. Germany was trying to blockade England’s ports in hopes of starving the country into submission. German U Boats were raiding cargo vessels in the Atlantic and Caribbean.” Elizabeth was naturally concerned about her family members in England.

Many changes were happening in our country as factories geared up to produce war materials. “Our battleships were convoying fleets of cargo across the Atlantic with orders to fire upon enemy vessels that interfered.” The United States was in an undeclared war.

JN,Elizabeth,&Calvin Hutchings
Calvin in his naval uniform with his mother, Elizabeth Bird, and father, Joseph Nephi Hutchings

“Stanley and Velma moved to Downey, Idaho where Stanley had secured employment at the high school to teach aeronautics and other subjects. They were expecting their first child. Calvin was a senior at Jordan High. He was 18 years of age. In the event of war both Stanley and Calvin would be subject to the first draft. ..”

“On October 17th German torpedoes sank the destroyer Kearney; two weeks later they sank the ship Reuben James. A total of 115 lives were lost. On December 7, 1941 at 7:49 a.m. Japanese warplanes bombed Pearl Harbor. Seven battleships were damaged or sunk. One hundred and eighty eight aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 lives were lost and 1,178 people were wounded in the attack. America was shocked. Roosevelt asked congress to declare war against Japan. He said, ‘Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy…’ Then he rallied the nation with these words, ‘With confidence in our armed forces, with the undoubting determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God.’ On this dark and gloomy day, Velma gave birth to Dennis.”

As the armed forces recruited men, Stanley was deferred since he was teaching aeronautics. Calvin enlisted in the V-1 Naval program, which permitted him to continue his education. He graduated from Jordan High School in 1942 and entered Brigham Young University in June. He chose to study pre-med which would qualify him for entrance into dental school. When he finished his studies at Brigham Young in the summer of 1943, he was ordered to go to Portland, Oregon to attend dental school. He and the other midshipmen had to find their own living quarters as the navy had no facilities in Portland. After six months Calvin was transferred to the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He was on the V-12 program as well as a dental student…”

Read about how World War II affected Calvin’s future wife, Margaret Clark.

Shadows of War

Pretty girl, Maggie Clark
Margaret Clark

Mary Margaret Clark was a lovely, brown-eyed brunette, barely sixteen and a sophomore in high school. She was good natured, easy going and dependable. Her mother had come to rely heavily on her following her father’s death four years earlier. Besides Margaret, their were five older brothers, DaCosta, RG, Kyle, Albert and Grant, and three sisters, Cecile, Edith and Bobby. DaCosta, RG, and Cecile were married.

Normally Margaret took the day to day happenings of life in stride, but this was to be a day that would change their lives. It was December 7, 1941, when the small city of Provo came alive with news that the naval base, Pearl Harbor had been bombed by the Japanese. So far the United States had managed to stay out of the war begun two years earlier.   What would happen now, would the President declare war? And how would it affect their lives if he did? There was fear and anxiety in every heart.

America’s response was immediate, war came and so did the need for soldiers. Margaret’s brothers R.G., Kyle, Albert, Grant, her brother-in-law, Harry, and her sister Edith’s boyfriend were all drafted. In a matter of weeks everything changed

at home, her brothers left for war, and her older sister, Cecile, moved back in with the family. The household consisted of five women, like many others of the time, they were forced to fend for themselves without male support.

Grant age 18
Grant Clark in his naval uniform

Margaret became the household handy-man. It was her job to keep the huge coal burning furnace operating during the long, winter months; repair broken appliances, faucets etc., along with attending school and working.

The war period was a time of ration books and shortages in almost everything, from tires to gelatin dessert. Every person learned how to make do or do without. Common food at the Clark home included tomato soup, bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches, and sometimes bread and milk. A beef roast was purchased once a week and was made to last several days. Not a crust of bread was wasted!

The one constant, they all shared, was the nagging worry for family members overseas. It was especially burdensome for her mother. An activity that helped raise their spirits was preparing packages to be sent to the boys. This was a significant event as candies, steamed puddings and fruit cakes were lovingly created, packed in tin cans and sealed to stay fresh for the long journey.

The Clark family was blessed, with the eventual safe return of all four sons and their son-in-law. Her sister Edith’s boyfriend did not make it back. This had a major impact on her life.

Mother’s memories of circumstances surrounding World War II are some of the first family stories she shared with me as a child. They touched me deeply and I have never forgotten them.

Read about Margaret’s future husband, Calvin’s, memories of World War II.

Basic Hutchings Family History for Dummies

Find out more about the history and background of Calvin and Margaret Hutchings.


Calvin was the youngest of six boys born to Joseph Nephi and Elizabeth Hutchings. Cal had a wonderful childhood growing up on the family farm with his brothers. He was taught early the value of hard work and laboring with his family for a common goal.

Cal was a senior when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. Knowing that he was prime for the draft, he enlisted in the V-1 Naval program, which permitted him to continue his education. His parents strongly encouraged and sacrificed for their sons that they might have college educations. Calvin graduated from Jordan High School in May 1942 and entered Brigham Young University in June. He chose to study pre-med which would qualify him for entrance into dental school. It was while he was in Provo that he met Margaret Clark. Cal and Maggie fell in love and were married December 28, 1944, during the turbulent years of WW2. They spent 4 years in Iowa City where Cal attended dental school. He graduated in 1948. They had two children at the time, Karen and Clark. They moved back to Utah and Calvin set up a dental practice in Riverton, they lived at 11917 Redwood Road not far from Grandpa and Grandma Hutchings.  Kenny joined the family June 4, 1950.

That same year Cal received a letter calling him up for active duty, due to the Korean conflict. Calvin reported to the naval base in San Diego,  February 1951. The family loved the 2 years they spent in California. By the time they returned to Utah, Margaret was pregnant. They didn’t find out until a few months later, that she was having twins. Jeff and Jenny were born in April 1953. Back in Utah Calvin and his brother, Stanley decided to go into practice together; they set up their office in Midvale at 80th and State Street. In 1955 Margaret and Calvin moved to Cornell Drive. Joseph joined the family two years later in 1957 and Julie in 1965.


Margaret was the daughter of James Cecil and Laura Clark; her entrance into the Clark family was a rather dramatic one. She was born on Sunday October 11. Her brother, DaCosta’s was having his missionary farewell that day. If that wasn’t enough, the house caught on fire and the fire department came on the scene. But despite all Margaret arrived safe, sound and healthy.

Margaret was raised in a large household with eight siblings. Her Father, whom she dearly loved, was a doctor, overworked and seldom at home. James Cecil passed away in 1938 when he suffered a major heart attack, Margaret was only 12 years old; J.C.’s death was a great blow to the family, Margaret took it especially hard.

The next great shock to the family occurred three years later when the United States declared war on Japan following Pearl Harbor. With the dawning of World War II, a major change took place in the Clark household. Margaret’s four brothers -R.G., Kyle, Albert, Grant  and her brother-in-law, Harry joined the military. These were difficult years. This situation left the Clark women alone to fend for themselves.

Margaret, who was 16 and in high school, took on additional responsibilities at home.  She also found a job at a department store in town. Margaret met Calvin in 1942, while he was attending Brigham Young University in the Pre-med program and Margaret was in high school. They courted for 18 months before they were married.

Basic Clark Family History for Dummies

Discover the basic background of the Clark family.


Lorenzo Clark was born in 1806 in New Hampshire, the son of Francis and Abigail Kimball Clark. The Clark family moved to Upper Canada or Ontario. Lorenzo met Beulah Rogers, whom he married in 1830. While there he met the missionary John E. Page. They were baptized in 1837 and emigrated about a year later to Far West, Missouri where they landed themselves in the middle of the mob persecutions. Lorenzo was a member of the Nauvoo Legion and The Mormon Battalion. In 1849, they came west with the saints to Utah. In 1856, Lorenzo took a second wife, Mary Ann Hunt, a new convert from England. This is where our line begins. In 1861 they were called with 300 other families to help establish the Cotton Mission in St. George. They had eleven children.

Their son, Albert D. married Mary Ann Brown, daughter of John Brown, their children were: Amy, Nellie, Laura (my grandmother), Zella, Albert and Vera. They moved from St. George to Panguitch, where Laura Clark met James Cecil Clark. They were married September 27, 1905. At this point the two Clark lines converge. J.C. and Laura had nine children: DaCosta, Riley Garner, Kyle, Cecile, Albert, Edith, Grant, Margaret (my mother) and Barbara Clark.


The Samuel Clark family has deep roots in America. The earliest Clark’s came from Suffolk, England about 1660 to New York. Over the generations the family was centered in New Jersey where Samuel was born in 1798. The Garner family, also early arrivers, was living in the Virginia Colonies by 1650; they emigrated from Shropshire, England.

Samuel and Rebecca Garner Clark, who were of the Quaker faith, moved to Cincinnati County, Ohio, where Riley Garner, Sr., was born July 29, 1829. His family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Martinsville, Ohio in 1832 and emigrated to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1843 where the family endured the hardships that the saints were subject to at that time. The persecution became so violent that the leaders of the church decided there was no other course than to evacuate the city, this was in the early spring of 1846. The family moved west with the saints and settled in Council Bluffs. It was here that their sons Joseph and Riley Garner Clark joined the Mormon Battalion.

After the family arrived in the Salt Lake valley Riley Garner Clark married Amanda Williams they were the parents of sixteen children. Their son, Riley Garner Clark Jr., married Margaret Houston. Margaret and her family being converts from Scotland. There were thirteen children born to this couple. Their son, James Cecil, was my grandfather. He married Laura Clark in 1905.

Basic Weber Family History for Dummies

Here’s a little immediate Weber history to get you familiar with the family.


Henry Weber and his wife Elizabeth Hofferber were born in the Village of Frank west of the Volga River in the district of Saratov, Russia. The history of the German colonies dates back to 1763, during the reign of Catherine the Great. Catherine, a German herself, invited her countrymen to colonize in Russia. In return they were promised free lands, no taxation for 30 years and exemption from military service for themselves and their descendants. The first Weber to answer the call was Johan Heinrich and his wife, Maria Tetsch Weber, from Kurpfalz, Oberklinten (Überlingen, Germany) they arrived in Russia in 1766. They came on the same boat at Johannes Hoffarber, his wife, Anna and their three children, Elizabeth’s ancestors, from Erbach, Samptbach, Germany. A century later our Heinrich Weber was born. By 1874 the last vestiges of the promised privileges to the German colonists had been revoked and many colonists were leaving to find better opportunity abroad.

Henry and Elizabeth were part of the large groups of Germans immigrating to the United States, Canada and South America from the Russian colonies during the 1870’s to 1917. As the situation became increasingly unfriendly toward the German colonists and the military draft was reinstituted many decided enough was enough it was time to find a new homeland, a place where they could make a better life for their families or join family members already living there. According to his naturalization petition, Henry and Elizabeth arrived in the United States in October 1901. The Weber’s settled in Ellinwood, Kansas where Jacob & Anna (Hofferber) Stroh, Elizabeth’s sister and her brother Jacob Hofferber lived. The German settlers chose the plains states: Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, where they could carry on their agricultural livelihood. Five of Henry and Elizabeth’s children were born in Ellinwood, Kansas, including Gary’s father, Jacob Adolph Weber.

By 1937 Jacob had moved to Worland, Wyoming. He met Violet Packer who was attending high school. We don’t know how they met, but they were married May 16, 1938, Violet graduated a week later on May 24, 1938.


The Packer Family has been part of this country since 1683 when Phillip Packer II immigrated to the colony of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Oxford, England. The first four years Phillip served as an indentured servant for which he received 50 acres of land. He married Hannah Sessions in September of 1685. The Packers belonged to the Society of Friends or Quakers except for a brief 40-year period from 1760 to 1800. This included the years of the Revolutionary War. Because they were not Quakers at the time Aaron and his son Jesse served in the Colonial Army in the war against England. Had they been Quakers at the time they would have been disowned for this act, as Quakers do not believe in taking up arms.

The Packers remained in Pennsylvania for several generations until Moses Packer moved his family to Perry Township, Ohio 25 miles from Kirtland. It was here in Ohio that Moses Packer’s three youngest sons – Nathan Williams, William Hamilton and Jonathan Taylor joined the newly organized Mormon Church, and moved west with the saints to Utah. Our line goes through William Hamilton while Boyd K. Packer’s line is through Jonathan Taylor.

Oliver Burgess followed his father to Utah. In 1872, he married Josephine Florence Warner. Oliver and Josephine lived in Idaho for a while, next we find them in Vernal, Utah where Frederick Glenn was born in 1885. By 1894 the Packers were residing in Worland, Wyoming. It was here in Worland that Frederick Glenn Packer met Adelia Wostenberg.

Adelia was born in Julesburg, Colorado, the daughter of Henry Wostenberg and Louisa Loudan, immigrants, from Mecklinberg, Germany. Frederick and Adelia married in 1907. They stayed in Worland where they had six children. Their youngest daughter, Violet, was born in 1920. When she was just a year old Violet’s father passed away and shortly after her seventh birthday her mother died too. Violet spent the next eleven years of her life being shuffled from one family member to the next. It was a difficult time for her.