Lyman Keith Somsen (1909 – 1976) &
Viola Anna Anderson (1906 – 1990)
Lyman Keith Somsen
Born: 2 January 1909 at Garland, B...
Lyman Keith Somsen Father’s Sided Ancestors
During the mid 1800’s Keith’s Great Grandparents, from his Father’s side, emig...
Lyman Keith Somsen Mother’s Sided Ancestors
Lyman Keith Somsen (1909 – 1976) 4th
of 10 children Ancestors immigration year...
http://www.beginnersguide.com/utah/salt-lake-city-history/the-early-
1900s.php
In the early 1900’s Salt Lake City’s popula...
At age of 17, during 1926, Keith joined the U.S. Navy
and achieved the rating of Aviation Machinist's Mate,
Third Class, U...
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h...
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VT4F-YDF
1940 Lyman K Sonsen, "United States Census"
name: Lyman K Sonsen
event plac...
1906 Alfred J. Anderson’s at sister Carolina “Lena” Westling home in Murray City, Utah
Alfred, his mother, brother and sis...
Several of Alfred’s family lived in Murray City, Utah, so they moved there. They rented various homes in
Murray, Then on 3...
1912 Anderson Family 1914 Anderson Family
LtoR: Viola, Elsa (back), Elmer (front)
Irvin (back), Ruth (front)
Viola’s parents were hard working but found time for family activities. Father would rent a surrey from
the livery stable ...
Viola Anna Anderson (1906 – 1990)
1906 1909 1912
1914 1932 1935
1931 Sister Ruth, Mother Anna and Viola Anderson
Girls al...
Families frequently got together Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve
Keith & Viola and Jack & Ruth were
married during – 1933
1935 Viola Anna Anderson Parents, Brothers & Sisters
1947-48 Family picnic in the canyon
Throughout their lives the Anderson brothers and sisters got together frequently over holidays or
anytime for a little Swe...
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/84014/DEATH--VIOLA-A-SOMSEN.html?pg=all
Deseret News
Published: Saturday, Jan. 27 1990 ...
Your tombstone stands neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out on polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out t...
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Lyman Keith Somsen
Birth: Jan. 2, 1909, Garland, ...
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Deseret News
Published: Sunday, Feb. 18 1996...
Viola Anna Anderson and Lyman Keith Somsen
Viola Anna Anderson and Lyman Keith Somsen
Viola Anna Anderson and Lyman Keith Somsen
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  1. 1. Lyman Keith Somsen (1909 – 1976) & Viola Anna Anderson (1906 – 1990) Lyman Keith Somsen Born: 2 January 1909 at Garland, Box Elder Co., Utah Died: 6 March 1976 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Burial: 9 March 1976 at Murray City Cemetery, Murray City, Utah MARRIED: 12 September 1933 at Nephi, Utah Viola Anna Anderson Born: 30 January 1906 at Murray City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Died: 26 January 1990 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Burial: 28 January 1990 at Murray City Cemetery, Murray City, Utah Two sons born 1935 and 1936 Keith Lyman Somsen was fourth of ten children born to Levi J. Somsen (1877 – 1951) and Isabelle Maud Tanner (1877 – 1975).
  2. 2. Lyman Keith Somsen Father’s Sided Ancestors During the mid 1800’s Keith’s Great Grandparents, from his Father’s side, emigrated from the Netherlands and settled in the Fox River Valley, Sheboygan Co, Wisconsin. The Grooteboer’s family later, 1860’s, moved on to Southern, Minnesota. The Somsen’s moved to Northern, Iowa 1865-70 and then during 1903-04 on to North Dakota. Before the Somsen family moved to North Dakota (1903-04), his Father, Levi H. Somsen (1877 – 1951), born at Lime Springs, Iowa; had moved on to Southern Idaho, Northern Utah. He met Isabelle Maud Tanner and they were married 25 Nov 1902 at Clover, Tooele Co, Utah. Lyman Keith Somsen Father’s Sided Ancestors Ancestors immigration year / 2 GREAT GRANDFATHER Hendrick Jan Somsen (1801 – 1862) 1851 3 GRANDFATHER Arent Jan (Aaron John) Somsen (1848 – 1930) 1851 / 2 GREAT GRANDMOTHER Johanna Berendina Rensik (1811 – 1863) / 1851 4 FATHER Levi John. Somsen (1877 – 1951) | | / 1 GREAT GRANDFATHER John Grooteboer (1822 – 1876) Before 1849 | 3 GRANDMOTHER Antonia or Jane Grooteboer (1856 – 1930) | 1 GREAT GRANDMOTHER Bernadena Berring Before 1849 | Lyman Keith Somsen (1909 – 1976) 4th of 10 children Lyman Keith Somsen Mother’s Sided Ancestors Keith’s Child’s: ancestors emigrated from England during late 1820’s and first settled at Philadelphia,, Pennsylvania. Then in the late 1930’s they moved to Belleville, Illinois area. There they became members of the LDS Church and joined the immigration to Salt Lake City during during 1853. They settled in to area of Clover, Utah. Keith’s Stookey ancestors immigrated to U.S.A. “many” years ago and lived in the Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland area. During late 1790 they moved to Bellville, Illinois. Enos Stookey married Jemima Elizabeth Child. She was a member of the LDS Church and they joined her Father and sibling immigrating to Salt Lake City during 1855. They also located at Clover, Utah. Keith’s Tanner ancestors live in southern England, near London. During 1843 they became members of the LDS Church and departed England March 1851 and arrived in New Orleans April 1851. From there they took a riverboat to St. Louis, Missouri arriving May 1851. They stayed in the St. Louis area to replenish resources and joined wagon trains during June of 1853 arriving in Salt Lake City during September 1853. They settled in Tooele, Utah, at town near Clover, Utah. Keith’s Grandparents’, Joseph Tanner married Isabel Stookey during 1872. Their daughter, Isabelle Maud Tanner married Levi John. Somsen 25 November 1902. They settled in Garland, Box Elder Co., Utah
  3. 3. Lyman Keith Somsen Mother’s Sided Ancestors Lyman Keith Somsen (1909 – 1976) 4th of 10 children Ancestors immigration year | | / 3 GREAT GRANDFATHER Thomas Tanner 28 June 1807 Newbury, Berkshire ENG | / 1851 - 53 | 3 & 4 GRANDFATHER Joseph Tanner (1844 – 1923) Born 21 July 1844 Newbury, Berkshire, Eng | / 1851 - 53 | / 3 GREAT GRAND MOTHER Mary Cruse (1812 – 1851) Born 1 December 1812 | / Whyfield, Boxford, Berkshire, England | / 1851 - 53 MOTHER Isabelle Maud Tanner (1877 – 1975) Born 3 May 1877 Clover, Tooele, Utah /2 GGF Enos Stookey (1839 – 1889) Born Belleville, St. Clair Co., Illinois 1855 / 2 & 4 GRANDMOTHER Isabel Stookey (1854 – 1889) Born 26 June 1854 Belleville, Illinois 1855 /1 GGGF John Child (1797-1869) Born 7 Sept 1797 Middlesex, England 1853 / 2 GGM Jemima Elizabeth Child (1827 – 1914) Born London, Middlesex, England 1855 1GGGM Eliza Newport (1798-1843) 21 July 1798 London, England DIED 1843 Keith Lyman Somsen was fourth of ten children born to Levi J. Somsen (1877 – 1951) and Isabelle Maud Tanner (1877 – 1975). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garland,_Utah Garland, Box Elder Co., Utah was originally named Sunset and settled in 1890. The first settler was David E. Manning. It was a company town and was renamed after William Garland, the contractor who built the Utah Sugar Company factory at the location, completed in 1903. The company donated land to the LDS Church for a "ward chapel and amusement hall" and also built 14 homes, a hotel, and other buildings. The town had a general store, a bank, a post office, and a newspaper named The Garland Globe in 1906. By 1920s there were other merchants, a flour mill, a Carnegie Library, and a high school When Keith was about age four or five, 1912 – 1915, the family moved to Salt Lake City.
  4. 4. http://www.beginnersguide.com/utah/salt-lake-city-history/the-early- 1900s.php In the early 1900’s Salt Lake City’s population tripled in size and many of its residents were affluent thanks to the booming mining business. During this time many buildings were constructed in the city such as the state capitol. Many parks were also built as well as streets being paved. Sewer lines and street lights were also installed in the city. The Great Depression however halted construction in the fast growing city. Many businesses were forced to shut down and several wealthy families lost everything. That all changed however with the start of World War II. The war brought about revitalization to the city with war industries and military operations in the city. Several shops, restaurants, and theatres opened in the city during this time Trolley lines are installed around a statue of Eagle Gate (Salt Lake City, UT) Brigham Young in Salt Lake City in early 1900s. http://www.utah.com/cities/slc_history.htm Salt Lake began to assume its present character in the early 1900s. The State Capitol and many other historic buildings were constructed. Electric trolleys, garaged at Trolley Square (now a popular shopping mall), were installed to transport people living in the Avenues, Capitol Hill, Liberty Park, and Sugar House areas to downtown. The trolleys were gradually replaced in the 1930s by buses. The last streetcar line was discontinued in 1941. Eagle Gate, which had served to mark the entrance to Brigham Young's estate, was reconstructed to allow traffic flow. City parks were built, sewer systems and street lighting were installed, and streets were paved. Between 1900-1930, the city's population nearly tripled.
  5. 5. At age of 17, during 1926, Keith joined the U.S. Navy and achieved the rating of Aviation Machinist's Mate, Third Class, U.S. Navy before completing his enlistment in 1930. Aviation Machinist's Mates are usually assigned to billets concerned with the maintenance of aircraft engines and associated equipment. They are responsible for the maintenance and replacement of aircraft engines and accessories, as well as performing the duties of flight engineers. 1926 – 1930 was the beginning of carrier based aviation in the U.S. Navy Keith also spend a year aboard the U.S.S. Holland AS-3 Submarine Tenders. Tenders are available to repair, replace or rebuild virtually any part on a submarine in need of service. The USS Holland (AS-3) a submarine tender. The Holland was launched by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, 12 April 1926. She was assigned to base at San Diego, California, tending submarine divisions there with periodic tours to Panama to service submarines based at the Canal Zone. Keith suffered a spinal injury while in the Navy. He was awarded an Honorable Discharge and received a small pension.
  6. 6. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ http://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chapters/from_war_to_war/thegreatdepression.html Utah was among the states hit hardest by the Great Depression of the 1930s. That claim surprises many people, who assume, for various reasons, that it was spared the worst. A few statistics make the point. In 1933 Utah's unemployment rate was 35.8 percent, the fourth highest in the nation, and for the decade as a whole it averaged 26 percent. By 1932 the wage level for those who had not lost their jobs had declined by 45 percent and the work week by 20 percent. Annual per capita income dropped 50 percent by 1932, and in 1940 had risen to only 82 percent of the pre-depression level. By the spring of 1933, 32 percent of the population was receiving all or part of their food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities from government relief funds: 32 of Utah's 105 banks had failed; and corporate business failures had increased by 20 percent. Completing his service with the Navy, Keith returned to Salt Lake City at the start of the “Great Depression”. Time were tough, unemployment high, finding work difficult. However, believing youth conquers all, Lyman Keith Somsen and Viola Anna Anderson MARRIED: 12 September 1933 at Nephi, Utah. Keith worked for a time at Allis Chambers then started work with Yellow Cab Company, which opened for business during 1930. He was promoted to night manager. During 1946-47 Yellow Cab became the Salt Lake City operator/dealer for Avis Rent A Car. Later, Avis decided to directly take over operations and hired Keith to manage and run the Salt Lake City operation. http://www.helium.com/items/1940255-history-of-avis-rent-a-car History of Avis Rent A Car Avis Rent A Car was founded in 1946 by a man named Warren Avis. Avis became the first car rental company to rent vehicles from airport locations. In 1954, Warren decided to sell Avis. Throughout the history of Avis, the company changed hands many times. [ … ] Keith became the Manager for Avis Division, Salt Lake Transportation Co. 1947 to 1972 when he retired: (25 Years). Over the years Keith received considerable praise for his dedication and management skills.
  7. 7. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VT4F-YDF 1940 Lyman K Sonsen, "United States Census" name: Lyman K Sonsen event place: Ward 6, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City Precinct, Salt Lake, Utah, United States gender: Male age: 31 marital status: Married race (standardized): White relationship to head of household (standardized): Head birthplace: Utah estimated birth year: 1909 residence in 1935: Same Place Household Gender Age Birthplace head Lyman K Sonsen M 31 Utah wife Anna W Sonsen F 34 Utah son Gary K Sonsen M 5 Utah son Robert L Sonsen M 3 Utah enumeration district number: 30-41 family number: 226, sheet number and letter: 12B line number: 55 nara publication number: T627 nara roll number: 4224, digital folder number: 005459997 image number: 00029 Citing this Record "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VT4F-YDF : accessed 01 Dec 2012), Lyman K Sonsen, Ward 6, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City Precinct, Salt Lake, Utah, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 30-41, sheet 12B, family 226, NARA digital publication T627, roll 4224. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Viola Anna Anderson Viola Anna Anderson was the third of eight children born to Alfred John Anderson (1872 – 1948) and Anna Erickson (1880 – 1947). Viola’s parents were both born and spent their childhood in Västra Vingåker, Södermanland, Sweden. Viola’s father emigrated from Sweden to Salt Lake City during 1895-96 and her mother emigrated from Sweden to Salt Lake City during 1900. They had not known each other in Sweden, but soon meet and were married during 1901. Alfred J. Anderson had been working in the mines at Park City, Utah. There was a large group of Swedes in Park City. In fact part of the town was referred to as Swede Alley. The Swedes like to get together at large socials and at one of these Alfred J. Anderson meet Anna Erickson. A short time later during 1901, they were married.
  8. 8. 1906 Alfred J. Anderson’s at sister Carolina “Lena” Westling home in Murray City, Utah Alfred, his mother, brother and sisters frequently got together for food, conversation and fun. 1906 Father Alfred J. Anderson holding Viola Anna Anderson
  9. 9. Several of Alfred’s family lived in Murray City, Utah, so they moved there. They rented various homes in Murray, Then on 30 January 1906 their third child, daughter Viola Anna Anderson, was born. Alfred J. Anderson found steady employment at Murray smelter. By about 1909-10 they had saved enough to purchase a one acre plot of land in Murray City and build a nice wood frame house at 4612 So 2nd West. Alfred’s sister Brita Christina and husband Fritz Emil Forsberg lived next door. One bedroom, no indoor bathroom, 2 living rooms, one big kitchen, front and back porches. Later a second bedroom was added for the children and the front porch was enclosed. Viola’s Mother, Anna, was hard working and totally dedicated to her family and LDS Church. She hand washed everyone’s clothing. She had a big tub and metal scrubbing board with corrugated ridges with which she scrubbed everything. She had water from our flowing well, with a fire going under another tub and outside clothes lines. She prepared three meals every day for the family. They also built a small cow barn & pig pen and a small chicken coup (about 40 X 25 feet). There was an irrigation ditch running along the back, west side, of the property. They set about to raise their own potatoes & vegetables, their own milk, except when the cow had the dry period; then they would buy from some neighbor. There was always a 50 gal. wooden barrel with well salted pork to preserve it. They had chickens for eggs and meat. They also loved fish and it was inexpensive in those days. 1909 Anderson Family Alfred J. and Anna Anderson
  10. 10. 1912 Anderson Family 1914 Anderson Family LtoR: Viola, Elsa (back), Elmer (front) Irvin (back), Ruth (front)
  11. 11. Viola’s parents were hard working but found time for family activities. Father would rent a surrey from the livery stable once a year and take the family (10) to a birthday party in Salt Lake, at 7th W. and 7th South. His brother (Erick) and sister (Lena) lived in that area. They would leave early in the morning, and get home before dark. Another yearly trip was to Nibley Park on 7th E. and 27th So. They would take a streetcar and go on a few concession rides and have an ice cream 1. . Businesses in Murray City, Utah early 1900’s
  12. 12. Viola Anna Anderson (1906 – 1990) 1906 1909 1912 1914 1932 1935 1931 Sister Ruth, Mother Anna and Viola Anderson Girls all dressed up ready for dancing or a Church Social
  13. 13. Families frequently got together Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve Keith & Viola and Jack & Ruth were married during – 1933
  14. 14. 1935 Viola Anna Anderson Parents, Brothers & Sisters 1947-48 Family picnic in the canyon
  15. 15. Throughout their lives the Anderson brothers and sisters got together frequently over holidays or anytime for a little Swedish Fika: for Kaffe Kluch (visiting, a little Swedish conversation, laughing, storytelling, coffee or cocoa, some fruit, cakes & sweet rolls). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fika_(coffee_break) Fika is a social institution in Sweden. It means taking a break from one's activities and having coffee and sweet rolls with one's friends and colleagues. Fika breaks in Sweden are sacred and there are usually two or three every day. Family Swedish Kaffe Kluch - Fika 1940 Lyman K Sonsen, "United States Census https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VT4F-YDF
  16. 16. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/84014/DEATH--VIOLA-A-SOMSEN.html?pg=all Deseret News Published: Saturday, Jan. 27 1990 12:00 a.m. MST Anna Viola Anderson Somsen, 83, passed away January 26, 1990 in a Salt Lake care center. Born January 30, 1906 in Murray, Utah to Alfred and Anna Erickson Anderson. Married Lyman Keith Somsen September 12, 1933 in Nephi, Utah; he died in 1976. Active member LDS Church serving in many positions. Her most cherished times were spent being mother and grandmother to her children. Survived by sons, Gary Keith; Robert L., both Salt Lake City; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, Elmer J. Anderson, Midvale; Milton A. Anderson, Murray; Harry M. Anderson; and Ruth E. Gabbott, both Salt Lake City. Graveside services will be held Monday, 11 a.m, Murray City Cemetery, 5600 South 700 East. Friends may call Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State, Monday, 10-10:45 a.m.
  17. 17. Your tombstone stands neglected and alone. The name and date are chiseled out on polished, marbled stone. It reaches out to all who care. It is too late to mourn. You did not know that I exist. You died and I was born. Yet each of us are cells of you in flesh, in blood, in bone. Our heart contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own. Dear Ancestor, the place you filled so many years ago. Spreads out among the ones you left who would have loved you so. I wonder as you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew That someday I would find this spot and come to visit you. Author Unknown
  18. 18. Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56151 Lyman Keith Somsen Birth: Jan. 2, 1909, Garland, Box Elder County, Utah, USA Death: Mar. 6, 1976, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA Burial: Murray City Cemetery Murray, Salt Lake County,Utah, USA Plot: 11 132 8 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36803 Anna Viola Anderson Somsen Birth: Jan. 30, 1906, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA Death: Jan. 26, 1990, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA Burial: Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA Plot: 11 132 7 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  19. 19. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/472317/DEATH-GARY-KEITH-SOMSEN.html?pg=all Deseret News Published: Sunday, Feb. 18 1996 12:00 a.m. MST SON Gary Keith Somsen, age 60, passed away February 16, 1996 at a Salt Lake care center. Born March 15, 1935 in Murray, Utah to Lyman Keith and Anna Viola Anderson Somsen. Married Marcia Crawford, later divorced. Married Shirley Larsen, later divorced. Married Janet Hawke, later divorced. Graduate South High School, where he was a member of the track team and held a long standing 4x4 state relay record. He was a salesman, a member of the LDS Church. He dearly loved his children.Survived by children of Gary and Marcia: Scott J., Stacey A., Stephanie S., G. Brent, Erica J.; brother, Robert L.; grandchildren: Zachary K., Maxx V., Shaylyn E., Megan. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, February 20, 1996, 10 a.m., Veteran's Section, Salt Lake City Cemetery, 4th Ave. & N St. Friends may call Monday 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday 9-9:30 a.m. at the Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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