Barbara Jones Anderson Christensen was born September 14, 1929, the fourth child of X.L. and Elizabeth Maycock Jones, at the old Dee Hospital located at 24th Street and Harrison Blvd. in Ogden, Utah. Two other Pleasant View children were born at the hospital the same week: Glenna Jensen and Donna Barker.
Barbara’s father was a dairy/fruit farmer and raised purebred Jersey cattle and various fruit crops: peaches, cherries, pears, apricots and apples. Fruit season was very busy at the home as the crops were harvested and sold, which required effort from all of the family.
When Barbara was very young, she accompanied her father and brothers, Bernard (Bill) and Raymond, as they displayed their cattle at carious State and National livestock events. In 1939, her father took the Utah State Jersey Herd to the World’s Fair in San Francisco. X.L. and Lizzie attended the fair while Barbara was left at home with her brothers, a sister Ruth Mary, and a goldfish for company.
Pleasant View was a very small town and mostly centered on ward activities. Barbara was always active in the Pleasant View Ward. Her first official calling was that of the ward chorister at the age of 15. Various callings followed over the years.
Barbara’s early years were filled with all kinds of activities with many friends, which included the Humphreys, Jensen, Rhees, Harris, and Cragun families. Swimming at the Utah Hot Springs in Willard and Patio Springs in Eden was a favorite pastime. They enjoyed ice skating on Brown’s Pond, sleigh riding on the “Hill”, and playing softball and other childhood games. One of Barbara’s greatest joys was riding her horse, Old Dan. She learned to ride at an early age and rode in the Ogden Pioneer Days Parade when she was only six years old and then for many years after that.
When Barbara was eleven years old, she began her musical career and studied piano with Norma Maycock. Norma was a very strict teacher and expected serious effort and performance. She entered Barbara in annual recitals, which were graded and evaluated by national music judges. Barbara performed in these recitals for many years. She has shared this talent with others her entire life, including volunteering at the McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.
Pleasant View had one very small grocery store, Barkers, so most shopping was done at Spackman’s in North Ogden when a significant amount of groceries were needed. At that time, most families were quite self-sufficient and trips to the grocery store were a rare occasion. During World War II, essential items were rationed, i.e., meat, sugar, gasoline, tires, etc., so families were issued ration books, which limited the amount of these items they could purchase.
World War II was a difficult time for Pleasant View. The families worked together to help each other while the young men were away from home. When the war ended in 1945, all the young men returned home, with the exception of Jack Runsted, who was killed on Iwo Jima.
In the late 1930’s, the family converted from dairy to range cattle and opened up a whole new world to Barbara. Each spring, she participated in the old-fashioned cattle drives through Pleasant View, North Ogden, and up through the North Ogden Canyon to the summer pasture in Eden on the Ben Lomond Mountain. In the fall, the process was reversed when the cattle were gathered from the summer range and returned to the “Hill” for the winter pasture. Father would make daily trips on a horse-drawn bobsled to ensure the cattle were well fed during the winter.
Barbara attended the old Pleasant View School up until the fourth grade. At that time, a new Junior High School was built in North Ogden, and the elementary grades attended there as well. The Pleasant View children rode the bus to school. Barbara loved school and attended until the tenth grade, at which time, she began attending Weber High School located at 12th Street and Washington Blvd. in Ogden. She was active in speech, drama, and sports. She was awarded a dramatic scholarship, which allowed her to attend Weber College.