Lorenzo Hill Hatch was my great-great grandfather. He was an early pioneer of Lehi, Utah. He then helped found the town of Franklin, Idaho where he was elected to the Idaho Legislature. He was then called to serve a mission in northeastern Arizona. He helped found the town of Woodruff where his wife Catherine lived and the town of Taylor a few miles away where his wife Alice lived. All of his life he kept a journal. This is a transcription of those journals.
During his lifetime my father, Dan Reed Olsen, wrote extensively about his life and his family. He grew up in the Depression, lost his mother when he was 16, sailed to China in the Navy, served a mission for the LDS Church in Denmark, and found purpose in life when he married my mother. After a long career in banking started over as a turkey farmer. When Mom died he married Cindy. Through all of this he was dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This is his story in his own words.
These are the journals that my grandfather, Lars Alexander Lorenzo Olsen kept during his lifetime. He also kept several photo albums. Pictures from those albums have been interspersed with the journal text where appropriate.
I transcribed them, keeping the spelling and language pretty much the same as he used.