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Blast from the past… Mitt Romney in 1958

Wow, time flies! 4 years ago when Mitt Romney was making his first run at being President of the United States, I posted parts of an article I found in an old magazine. Here we are 4 years later and he’s at it again, but this time has made it further in the race.

Anyway, we have a wonderful elderly sister in the ward who has been receiving Church magazines for, well… forever! At one point when I was visiting her I borrowed a few of the old magazines. It just so happens that one of the magazines had an article about George Romney and his family. It includes a picture of Mitt Romney when he was just 11 years old.

Visit The Busy George Romneys – Juvenile Instructor May 1958 to see the rest of the pictures

April 1957 Juvenile Instructor – Draw It With Chalk

As I mentioned before, I borrowed a few old Church magazines from a long-time member of my ward. I previously shared some from a May 1958 issue that had a picture of the Romney family (including a young Mitt).

Here is the cover of the April 1957 Juvenile Instructor (note: this and all other pictures are clickable so you can see a larger version):

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I love the description inside the cover of the picture:

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Anyway, the main reason why I’m posting about this is because of a fascinating article in it called “Draw It With Chalk”.

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Wow, they are both excellent artists! I can’t imagine talking the time to punch holes in a pattern, put dots on the board, then connecting all the dots. In today’s technologically advanced world, it seems so funny to have someone draw something so elaborate on a chalkboard. Today, you’d find a nice picture online and either photocopy it or maybe even show it on a projector.

The one thing I can say, is that I’m impressed the Church was providing this sort of help to their instructors. If you have a teacher who is willing to put in that much time into preparing their lesson, you definitely have a very dedicated, and most likely good, teacher.

The Busy George Romneys – Juvenile Instructor May 1958


Note: Clicking any of the pictures in this post will bring up a larger version

The first in my series of postings is from the May 1958 issue of the Juvenile Instructor. As I was flipping through the magazine, I came across an article called “The Busy George Romneys” by Melba M. Ferguson. Given the recent presidential run of Mitt Romney, the article certainly caught my attention.

The article stated how busy George Romney was (he was president of American Motors Corporation at the time as well as president of the Detroit Stake). Even with how busy he was, his family still made time for family night. Looking over the article, there were several pictures that showed young Mitt, who was around 11 years old at the time.

In the picture above, Mitt is second from the left beside his mother. The picture below (it has a caption) shows Mitt with his shells. I didn’t know he had a shell collection. Why didn’t that come up in the debates?! 🙂

The last picture (below) is a nice family photo. I can’t believe how much the current Mitt looks like George!

My favourite part of the article was as follows:

Things had already begun when Mrs. Romney came home that night from a Relief Society union meeting. President Romney and the boys were in the process of taking down the Christmas tree; and Jane was doing her packing in the living room so she could be near her father and brothers.

As Mrs. Romney took off her hat and coat, she could see Mitt’s dark eyes shine when he requested that the family sing, “In the Good Old Summertime.” President Romney and Scott paused in the act of taking down the decorations, and laughed.

“… Good Old Summertime” in January? With snow on the ground outside, and all the carols there on the piano!

But Mitt had a reason.

He wanted his father to show slides during the past summer, because it made him “warm and happy” just to remember all the family fun at Lake Huron.

…the article continued later on…

President Romney showed beach pictures when Mitt and Scott had selected. They were gay – of the boys and Jane on water skis. Then there some of Lynn in her cap and gown. And some of all the family at various stages of a summer trip west – at Salt Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite.

Refreshments had been previously requested. NO fruitcake! NO cider! NO Christmas candy! But, please, some fresh-popped corn!

Juvenile Instructor series of postings

I was visiting with an elderly couple in our ward recently and noticed an old Juvenile Instructor lying on one of their tables. I picked it up and started to leaf through it. I commented to them that I liked looking through the old magazines. The doctrine has essentially remained the same but the way it is presented is quite different (this is as much a generational thing as it is a church thing). The woman went off and came back with a whole stake of them. I borrowed a dozen or so of them and she says she has lots more. So gradually over the coming weeks/months, I’ll post some of the more interesting things I saw.