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Artel Ricks

Artel Ricks

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  • Name Artel Ricks  [1
    Born 26 Jul 1920  Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I210017  Full Tree | Andersen Ricks, Larson, Bitter

    Father Hyrum Ricks, Jr.
              b. 30 Jul 1883, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Sep 1939, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Alice Ovanda Cheney
              b. 2 Dec 1886, Huntington, Emery, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 May 1973, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 6 Jun 1907  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F81849  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife Focha Black
              b. 11 Nov 1918, Terminal, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 Jul 2009, El Dorado Hills, El Dorado, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 3 Sep 1941  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Living
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     3. James Lawrence Ricks
              b. 18 Sep 1944, El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 13 Oct 1963, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
     4. Living
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     6. Living
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    Last Modified 17 Aug 2010 
    Family ID F81850  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Jul 1920 - Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Sep 1941 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - James Lawrence Ricks - 18 Sep 1944 - El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend Location Cemetery Hospital Town Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region Not Set

  • Notes 
    • ! (Buisness Management Analyst)
      ! BIRTH:  Birth Certificate
      ! MARRIAGE:  Marriage Certificate
      ! BAPTISM:  Baptism Certificate. Baptized by Donald Fish & Confirmed by his Father on 2 Sep 1928.
      ! PATRIARCHAL BLESSING: 26 Jul 1932 by George T. Wride, which has always been an inspiration.
      ! ENDOWMENT:  Artel Ricks
      ! SEAL SPOUSE:  Brother Christensen officiated.
      ! BIOGRAPHY by Artel's Mother, Alice Ricks. Artel was born on a Monday at 2:40 p.m., weighing 10 pounds and was 23 inches long. Artel's parents were very desirous of having a daughter, being the 6th son, but the Lord knew bes, and he brought his sweetnes with him. And they thought as much of Artel as if he had been a girl.
          Artel was Blessed by his Father, Hyrum Ricks Jr. at home, on 5 Sep 1920, and this is the record the Church has, as his Mother was ill in bed for 4 months after Artel was born.
          When but a child Artel had mumps on both sides in March 1923. Had measles in 1924 (same time Norma had them) just before we moved to California from Salt Lake. Artel's Father was already there, so his Mother had to hire Aunt Klara's mother's sister Young to help her.  Artel had whooping cough in April 1925 and chicken pox in 1926. Artel had pneumonia in 1931, but with good care soon recovered.  Living in California where the air is so damp, he became subject to asthma, from which he has suffered off and on ever since.
          Artel was always active in the Scouts and many of his fondest memories are of outstanding trips he took with the Scout Troop.  Amoung other activities, the troop developed a drum and bugle corps, with Artel as a drummer boy. Artel, along with an older Brother, Welby, built and operaated an amateur short-wave radio statioon.  Artel received his Amateur Radio Operator's License when he was 12 years old, reputedly the youngest in the state.
          The following was written by his wife Focha: "Artel attended grade school and high school in California, and graduated from high school as Valedictorian. He was also president of the debating club and president of the Los Angeles World Friendship Club."
          While attending BYU, Artel met a young red-headed girl with the very unusual name of "Focha". Almost immediatly, upon hearing it, he said "Oh, then you must be 22 years old, and born on Nov 11, 1918" Focha thought he was terribly brilliant, and still thinks so.  While attending BYU Artel was winner of the Tostmasters Oratorical Contest.  Artel attended BYU for two years, then went to Washington D. C. to find work and be near Focha while they continued their courtship.
          Additional educatiion included 4 years of night school at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; 4 years of night school at George Washington University in Washington D. C.; receiving a Bachelor's Degree from Wewstern Reserve (13 Jan 1958); classes at John Carroll Univesity and Dept of Agric. Graduate School culminating in getting an MBA degree.
          Except for a tour of duty in the Navy during WWII (30 Jun 1944 until the end of the war), and a brief venture into his own private business along with his Brother Eldon,a visual education enteporise called "Travelore Films",  Artel worked for the Federal Government. He worked for General Services Administration. He was the Director of the Paperwork Standards and Automation Division (in Washington D.C.), an organization that produced workshops and symposiums attended by hundreds of thousands of Government people, and handbooks that have sold millions of copies.  His responsibility was to find new methods and teach people how to simplify their office paperwork.  He was an "efficiency expert", He and his office received many awards, including the Presidential Citation, for millions of dollars saved the Government.  He made frequent out-of-town trips to speak before various groups in and out of government. His boss at work said there never was a more "loyal, dependable, hard working, fair employee that a man could have".  His office workers knew he was always right and deamnded perfection in all things.  There are no shades to truth, only plain truth, and Artel saw it and followed through in all dealings.
          Artel is 5 foot and 10 1/2 inches and usual weight around 160 lbs.  He was very blonde, but as the years went by, with hair-oil use, it changed to daark blond an became mixed with distinguishing gray.  Artel is firm, kind, and very knowledgeable in his dealings with people.  Everyone admires and respects him at all times.  His goals were to see that his sons all make Eagle Scout, obtain their Duty-to-God awards, and go on Missions, and that his children marry in the Temple.
      ! CHURCH POSITIONS: President of Deacons, Teachers, and Elders Quorums; Boy Scout & Explorer leader; Assistant Super of Sunday School; MIA Director; Branch President of Akron Ohio Branch - 3 years; President of North Ohio District - 4 - years; Stake Mission President 2 1/2 years; Stake Missionary 3years; Seminary Teacher 2 years; Chairman of Building Committee; 1st Counselor in Bishopric - Falls Church Virginia Ward; Bishop of Pleasant Hills California Ward for over six years; Several full time Missions with his wife Focha.
      ! HOBBIES: Debating, drama, writing, ham radio, archaeology, Church History, Scriptures.
      ! RELATIONSHIP:  H. Reed Black (Uncle of Richard L. Ricks b. 1943)is Brother-in-law.

      DW record number: 515 [1]

  • Reference  Bryan S. Larson. "Artel Ricks". Our Family Histories. https://www.ourfamilyhistories.org/getperson.php?personID=I210017&tree=00 (accessed July 19, 2019).

  • Sources 
    1. [S36] compiled by Richard Ricks [(E-ADDRESS), & MAILING ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Cedar Hills, UT, 84062. "Artel Ricks.ged," supplied by Ricks, 10 Jan 2010; copy held by [RESEARCHER & CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    2. [S2613] United States Census Bureau. Census: U.S. Federal Population 1930. Internet [Database Online] at www.ancestry.com, Roll 172; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 1385; Image: 1096.0..


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