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[Ancestral Link: Ira Michael Schow, son of Michael Juel Schow.]

Michael Juel Schow holding twins Sterling and Stanley Schow

Michael Juel Schow and Christina Hansen

May 12, 1925, Mantua, Utah
Funeral services for Michael J. Schow, former bishop of Mantua, who died last Wednesday were held at the Mantua ward chapel Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, under the direction of Bishop Conrad Jeppson. The spacious meeting house was filled to capacity, and there was a wealth of floral tributes. The services opened by the choir singing, "How Firm a Foundation." Prayer was offered by Patriarch E. P. Cordon of Willard, after which the choir sang "Sweet Hour of Prayer." The speakers were C. M. Jensen, A. E. Jensen, Nels Madsen, Hyrum Hansen, Patriarch Denmark Jensen, P. O. Hansen, Patriarch E. P. Cordon, Patriarch Brigham Wright, Pres Wm. C. Horsley and Bishop Conrad Jeppson. The special musical program included the solos, "Leave It With Him," and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," by Ed Lee. After the closing song by the choir, "Shall We Meet Beyond the River," benediction was pronounced by Alma Jensen. Interment was in the Brigham Cemetery, P. O. Hansen dedicating the grave.
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Michael Jewel Schow life
Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia
Volume 4

Stake and Ward Officers
Box Elder Stake
Sederholm, John Carlos

Schow, Michael Juul, Bishop of the Mantua Ward, Box Elder Stake, Utah, from 1899 to 1908, was born September 12, 1845, in Aalborg, Denmark, the son of Niels Christian Schow and Marie From. He was baptized September 16, 1854, in Aalborg, emigrated to Utah in 1854, and located later in Brigham City. He filled a mission to Scandinavia in 1894-1896, was ordained a High Priest February 14, 1897, by Rudger Clawson, and ordained a Bishop November 20, 1899, by Anthon H. Lund, and died May 7, 1925.
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From Biography of Ira Michael Schow

Ira Michael Schow's father, Michael Juel Schow "was born 12 September 1845 at Aalborg, Denmark. He came across the plains to Utah with a handcart company at the age of eight, he grew up in Box Elder County and was with the first company of saints to settle in Mantua, Utah. He was Bishop there for many, many years and lived a worthwhile and serviceable life."

"When he (Ira Michael Schow) was yet a boy his father was called on a mission. Dad took over the family farm and helped support his father while in the mission field."
Written by Edna Schow Jones

Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956 for Michael Joal Schow
Name: Michael Joal Schow
Titles and Terms:
Death Date: 06 May 1925
Death Place: Mantua Precinct, Box Elder, Utah
Estimated Birth Year: 1846
Death Age: 79 years 7 months 20 days
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Race or Color:
Spouse's Name: Christena Hansen
Father's Name: Nels Christian Schow
Father's Titles and Terms:
Mother's Name: Marie From
Mother's Titles and Terms:
Film Number: 2259475
Digital GS Number: 4121333
Image Number: 934
Certificate Number: 44
cause of death: valvular disease of heart, aortic insufficiency, mitral insufficiency.
Occupation: farmer, retired.
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United States Census, 1880 for Michael Schow
Name: Michael Schow
Residence: Willard, Box Elder, Utah
Birthdate: 1845
Birthplace: Denmark
Relationship to Head: Self
Spouse's Name: Christina Schow
Spouse's Birthplace: Denmark
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace: Denmark
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace: Denmark
Race or Color (Expanded): White
Ethnicity (Standardized): American
Gender: Male
Martial Status: Married
Age (Expanded): 35 years
Occupation: Farmer
NARA Film Number: T9-1335
Page: 78
Page Character: A
Entry Number: 268
Film number: 1255335

Household, Gender, Age
Michael Schow, M, 35
Spouse - Christina Schow, F, 36
Child - Mary Ann Schow, F, 11
Child - James T Schow, M, 9
Child - Sucy L Schow, F, 7
Child - Michael P Schow, M, 5
Child - Armena Schow, F, 3
Child - Niels Wm Schow, M, 1
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United States Census, 1900 for Michael SchowName: Michael Schow
Titles and Terms:
Residence: Mantua, Calls Fort, Lakeside, Honeyville Precincts, Box Elder, Utah
Birth Date: September 1845
Birthplace: Denmark
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Spouse: Christine Schow
Spouse's Titles and Terms:
Spouse's Birthplace: Denmark
Father's Titles and Terms:
Father's Birthplace: Denmark
Mother's Titles and Terms:
Mother's Birthplace: Denmark
Race or Color (expanded): White
Head-of-household Name: Michael Schow
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 32
Estimated Marriage Year: 1868
Mother How Many Children: 9
Number Living Children: 8
Immigration Year: 1859 for Michael; 1862 for Christine
Enumeration District: 0204
Page: 7
Sheet Letter: A
Family Number: 109
Reference Number: 47
Film Number: 1241682
Image Number: 00192

Household, Gender, Age
Michael Schow, M, 54
Spouse - Christine Schow, F, 46
Child - Anne Schow, F, 22
Child - William C. Schow, M, 20
Child - Ephraim S Schow, M, 19
Child - Elmer C. Schow, M, 16
all can read, write and speak English
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Items of Interest About the Michael Juel Schow Family
MICHAEL JUEL SCHOW: At age 8, accompanied parents from Denmark to Utah, 1854. Learned English while working for a British convert, Carlos Loveland, living North of Brigham City. During the 1860s transported converts to Utah from Omaha. Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, 19 July 1871. Mission to Scandinavia, 12 Oct 1894 - 1 Sep 1896. Bishop's Second Counselor, Mantua Ward, 1898 First Counselor, 1899 Bishop Mantua Ward 1899 - 6 Dec 1908. As Bishop, personally taught after school religion class. In charge of Mantua sale of War Bonds, World War I. Died of coronary occlusion.
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MICHAEL JUEL SCHOW, Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1854
Birth Date: 16 Sep 1845 Death Date: 6 May 1925 Age: 8 when he crossed the plains Company: Hans Peter Olsen Company (1854) Pioneer Information: Known as
Schow, Michael Juul, Bishop of the Mantua Ward, Box Elder Stake, Utah, from 1899 to 1908, was born Sept. 12, 1845, in Aalborg, Denmark, the son of Niels Christian Schow and Marie From. He was baptized Sept. 16, 1854, in Aalborg, emigrated to Utah in 1854, and located later in Brigham City. He filled a mission to Scandinavia in 1894-1896, was ordained a High Priest Feb. 14, 1897, by Rudger Clawson, and ordained a Bishop Nov. 20, 1899, by Anthon H. Lund, and died May 7, 1925.
Mikkel Juel Schon on ship's roster Sources: "Former Mantua Bishop To Be Buried Sunday," Deseret News,I 8 May 1925, 10.
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 Letter to Michael Juel Schow from his father Niels Christian Schow
Panguitch, August the 4th, 1873 Dear Son and Daughter, I take the opportunity to write a few words to you and let you know that we are all well and feel fine and wish to hear from the same from you. We have waited for a long time to hear from you, as you have not written us since you left us, but as yet it has been in vain, so I thought I would write a few words to you. We were almost ready to go to Salt Lake with Andrue and Stine to be baptized for our dead ones in June and then visit you, but then Stine got sick and we had to put off the trip for this time, as we could not do anything without Andrue and Stine, and I don't know if we can go up there this fall, as I am thinking of letting my mules go with the thresher, and by the time they will finish there, I think it will be too late in the year, although it is very much on our minds to get this work done for our dead ones, but we must wait till the time comes. We are beginning to grow old and our health is not so good, but we have the necessities and are alright. We have got a little son since you were here and he is well and growing fine. Your mother and I long very much to see you and our friends up there, although we do have all our children here and that is a great joy to us and a great comfort for us, but we do miss you being here too, but I suppose we can expect our joy to be completed by seeing all our children gathered here. The crop stands pretty good although it has been a very dry summer this year. Today we have had the best rain we have had this summer and I think that if we can only be without frost we will raise double what we raised last year. I should tell you hello from all your brothers. Christian is building a frame house like the one in Panaca. He is building it on his land and expects to move in last part of this week. His land is fenced with lumber and so is Andrue's. Christian has also built a barn there. Christian's and Andrue's fields are fenced separately and they both live there so it is a pretty little place. Jens has dug a well 28 feet deep and they have fine water close to the house. Andrue is digging a well but has to go deeper. He is 34 feet down now, but I think he will have to go deeper as he lives much higher. Jens desires -- if it is possible for him -- to go to Bear Lake this fall with the family to visit, but he has a lot to do here before he can go. I should tell you hello from Stine. She has been very sickly this summer but is better now, all her children are well. By the way, we are all well and feeling fine. Christine Marie, Christian's wife, had a baby girl the 9th of June, your mother's birthday, and she has been named after my mother. Her name is Anne. I should tell you hello from Josef Emile. He was just here now and he said that he was going up to City this fall and if he could get hold of you he would give you a real good pounding for you have forgotten to write to him as you promised him. We wish now that you would write to us and not completely forget us. If we cannot have the opportunity to see you then, let us now and then hear from you. Give our regards to Rasmus Nielsen and family and all good friends and especially do we send you, your wife, and your little children our love. From your mother and Anne and me, your father. //signed// Niels Christian Schow Give our regards to Soren Hansen and wife P. Jensen and wife, P. Chr. Jensen and wife, and August Nichold and Rasmine and all good friends. I wish August would write to us and let us know how everything is in the family. Found on
 Panguitch, January the 12th, 1874 Dear son and daughter, As it is a long time ago we heard from you and maybe you think we have forgotten you, I will write you a few lines and let you know how we are here. We are all in good health, although your mother is somewhat weak, but she is up and around, so we are alright and we have the necessities and live united. Our desire and longing is to come up to Salt Lake to get our work done for our dead ones, but it is a long way and hindrance always comes in the way for us, but I do hope it may happen this year. I have got one of Hoves sewing machines for 85 dollars, and I have had so much to do tailoring, much more than I could do and that is the reason I have not written before. Andrue and Christian have been busy with their thresher. They have threshed almost 16,000 bushels of grain and have made 300 bushels of grain each of them. I should tell you hello from them all. They are in good health and are fine and the same is the case with James and family. Everybody is fine. The pill James came with from Panaca and gave his wife last spring when he came home has become a big girl who weighed 9 1/2 pounds. She was born the 8th of December 1873. (Annie Hansen Schow had baby girl, Sissie Christina Schow). I suppose you remember Stine wrote about that pill in her letter. I should also tell you hello from her. Circumstances taken into consideration, she is well, but she has got a pill. (Christina Rasmine Schow Henrie had baby boy, James Nathan Henrie on 28 April 1874 in Panguitch.) We are having a pretty hard winter here. James' little daughter came with a terrible snow storm so there was more than a foot of snow and that has stayed on the ground since because of the bad frost we have here, but there is not so much left of the snow now. We are having a pretty hard winter here. James' little daughter came with a terrible snow storm so there was more than a foot of snow and that has stayed on the ground since because of the bad frost we have here, but there is not so much left of the snow now. I hope you will write us again and let us know how things are up there. We hope you are in good health and live united. Last Christmas Eve your mother said that one year ago we had you among us here and she wished she might see the day when you, your wife, and children would be gathered with us, because until then her joy would not be complete. We pray that you will tell hello to all good friends from us. Tell hello to August Nichols and family and thank him for all the letters he writes us. We can hardly get them read through. Our Anne wishes to greet her sister Rasmine. Anne feels sorry that not one in her whole family writes to her and not even has answered her last letter. Tell them all hello from us. Anne is in good health and feels wellbeing with us. Now we send you, your wife, and your little children our love and we wish you all a Happy New Year. May happiness, luck, yes, peace and joy Over crown your honor. God let you this year be blessed Wherever you go. The above is a verse: Gid lykke, held, ja, fred og fryd Maa stedse krone aerens dyd Gud lader eder I dette aar Velsignet vaere hvor I gaar. //signed// Niels Christian Schow Translated by Osa Hansen Found on

Panguitch, the 3rd of August 1874 Dear son and daughter, With joy we can tell you that we came home happy and well Saturday the 24th of July without any harm whatsoever, and James came home yesterday and 2nd of August. All are well with the exception of our children, who all have the whooping cough, and it is pretty hard on them, but we hope they will soon get well again. We are happy there was a man who came in here before us and his children had them too, so that we did not get the blame for having the sickness here. It rained almost every day we were on the trip, but the rain was either in front or in the back of us so it did not wet us much, but the road was very muddy where it had rained, but the last day we drove, it rained almost all the time and we were glad to come home. I was quite surprised to see our place for it had rained so much here that the crop, the potatoes, stood so fine, so I hope, if all goes well, we will have a good crop. There is grass here close around, fine, so the cows will grow fat and give plenty of milk, so everything was better than we expected. The United Order has been organized here. Bishop Sevy is president and James Henry first and Hatch second Vice President. These men as well as the other officers are all nominated by the people. I for one have great faith in them, and I believe the rest of the people have the same. I do not hear anything to the contrary, and I believe they will do the best they understand to the satisfaction of the people and as The Lord will give them wisdom. Many of the people have given their pro rata to the order and many will as soon as they can get ready for it. Christian, Andrue, and I have put in our names and will give our pro rata as soon as we can. It has been decided to put up a wool factory as soon as possible and other machineries as Josef A. Young, our president, says that this place is the best to be found on the Seven Rivers for machineries. Now our dear children and all our dear brothers and sisters, how can we repay you for the good way you received us when we were amongst you? It will long stand as a dear memory with us, and the only thing we can pay with an the present time is to pray that the Lord's blessings may be with you both temporally and spiritually. We heard from James and Emma and Niels Anderson's wife were not better which we are sorry for. We wish you will write us soon and let us know how they are as we long very much to hear from them. Tell sister Ingeborg Jensen hello and say we talked with a man from Ritzfield (Richfield?) as they have a house and lot and land there and go into the order. I should tell you hello from your mother. She feels pretty good after the trip, but she has never longed for you as now and especially for your children, and she asks you to kiss them from her. She was glad to see James come home, but she would have been more glad could she have you with her as her heart is with her children. Do not forget to tell hello to P. Christian and Stine P. Jensen and Marie S. Hansen and wife and Damse and R. Nielson and P. Nielson and family and Holler Jensen and family and all good friends and now all our love to you, your dear wife, and your dear children from us. Your father and mother and all your brothers and sisters, //signed// Niels Christian Schow - Found on FamilySearch.orgPanguitch, February 19th, 1875 Dear son and daughter, As it is long ago that I have written to you, although I have often thought of writing, I will begin to write a few words to you and let you know how we are. We thank you for the last letter that we have received and James Henry received his the 16th of February, and I shall tell you hello from James Henry and Stine that they are very happy to hear from you and see that you are all well, for which we all feel gratefulness. We can also tell you the same. We are all well. There has been a little sickness at Andrue's and James' children, but they are almost over it now. We have got us a little son, but it is hard to raise him as his mother has no milk for him, so it goes slow but he is healthy enough. His name is Carl Frederick. I have sold my team wagon and harness for 370 dollars. I have received some of the payment so I have paid for most of my sewing machine and I am supposed to receive the rest of the payment the 1st of April for the team. By the way, we are all well. Your mother's health is not too good but she is up and goes around among her children and feels well and only wishes to be able to come up and see you again next summer. We all feel well and have the necessities. The harvest has been small here. The frost came too early so most of the seed was killed, but we get along pretty well. We have had an open winter, not much snow. I have had so much tailoring this winter that I have not been able to do it all and much of it I have had to let go. Now about the United Order here in Panguitch. It is started and they are working in it but none of us here have gone in, but Andrue, Christian, and I have gone in with James Henry at Mammoth Spring 15 miles from here and that is no more than 10 miles from Mammoth Spring to the (Hedt of de Severrever - Head of the Severe River) a little higher than this place but a good place for stock, good lumber, good farm country and not quite as cold as it is here judging from what Brother Hatch and several say who have lived there more than a year. They are there where the Co-op sheep herd is. I, Andrue, and Christian have been up there and seen the place and I am satisfied with it. Brother Hatch is elected as President and James Henry, Vice President, and tomorrow the 20th we are going to elect the officers of the board and then go over to Parowan the 1st of March to be qualified. There has been put in as Capital Stock to begin with $50,000 of which 1/4 is put in as bonds that we have put in property for and after the officers are qualified. All our property will be voted into the order. The way we are going to work is that every man will have his stewardship and is responsible for what he owns before The Lord. We follow as much as possible the revelations that are given and do not wish to take away any man's free agency but go by degrees as we can stand it as time goes. We are not going to move up to Mammoth right away but we are going to seed all our land here this summer and raise our grain here and some up there, as much as we can handle and also to build up there so we do not move from here until we have houses to move into up there and we are selling out here when we can. James has not joined yet, but I hope he will. He has sold the one team of his mules, the smallest, for $200, has exchanged his wagon and got a new wagon, the rest in money. Now your mother and I wish with all our hearts that it be possible to see you and your family join the Order with us here, as I think it is right that the family join together, but if that cannot be done we should like to hear anyway that you will join the Order somewhere, as it is very important for us to see our children join the Order and do what The Lord has told us as this is our exaltation. Dear children, let us be faithful and let our thoughts be our one and only, to do what The Lord asks us. Mammoth Spring is the place that President (Jung) Young has counseled Brother Hatch and James Henry to settle when we left (Medovelle) Meadow Valley and he said if we would go and settle this place we would be blessed and Brother Brigham is very happy to hear that we are going to settle it. We feel sorrow to hear there is so much sickness up there and several dead, though we don't know where they are. Tell hello to all our brothers and sisters and friends from us. We wish that The Lord may bless you all. The reason I have not written is that I would wait and see how it would be with the Order and also I have had so much to do. You write that you would like to go in here with us but don't know who you should get away from there. Well, if it is your desire and your free will, we wish that you and your Stine must be united at this point, then I hope ways can be found. If it helps with a team to get here, then I think we can help you and if it is selling out, then do the best you can. We do not look so much for the means as for a good will and I know that you can work and help yourself and what you cannot do, you and every man will be helped when they do their best. That is our Order. To you and your dear wife and children, we send our love from us all. //signed// Niels Christian Schow Write us soon and let us know your circumstances and do not forget to greet all our friends. Found on

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  • Set Apart: 12 October 1894
  • End Date: 1 October 1896
  • Priesthood office: Seventy
  • Quorum: 59th
  • Priesthood: 59th Seventies
  • Called From: Mantua, Box Elder, Utah, United States
  • Set apart by: Geo Teasdale
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By Iris W Schow, his granddaughter

As a child Grandfather walks Aalborg's streets
With I s Granma pointing it out to him
That the arrow swings on the weather vane
To report the wind's most recent whim.

The elders come when the fields are white
For the harvesting.  Now the great sails fill,
And the westward wind in the bright sun's wake
From newness to newness glides out, until

A journey starts where the voyage ends.
The wagons roll; Grandpa's young feet plod;
And far, and farther behind them lies
Old Grandma's grave in the prairie sod.

His tough, tanned feet follow kine and ploy;
The whims of man and of wind are learned;
A course is charted' a wife is won;
And slowly a farm and a home are earned.

The wind blows warm and the wind blows cold;
The lean years follow the fat years by;
His beleaguered parents bequeath good gifts,
The roots of faith and the will to try.

The old age gone, but the striplings thrive;
And the farm work falls to the willing young.
When his call arrives, and he journeys back
To phrase ancient truths in his childhood's tongue.

Dear old Grandpa's step are slow but firm,
As he hoes his hard-earned bit of earth,
And our day approaches to take our stand
In the ceaseless conflict and prove our worth.
Found amongst pictures belonging to Beth Schow

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