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AD Hasler Mission Germany 1928

Art served in the LDS German Austrian Mission for 30 months 1927-30

Figure 11: Arthur Hasler, Passport, 1927
(UW-Madison Archives)

His son Galen found this in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives along with a complete record of his correspondence through the years. From the stamps on the passport we know that Art landed in Liverpool England on July 23 1927, and served his mission in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, and back in far Eastern Germany which is now in present day Poland. This passport expired May 23, 1929, but it must have been extended. He left his last area of Breslau East Germany on November 6 1929 for an extended tour of European cities according to the travel bureau itinerary that we have.  That would make his a total time served in the field to be 28 months.  From Church records that he left from Utah on July 8th. 1927. He arrived back in NYC on Christmas Eve according to an article in the Provo Newspaper. After a tour of US cities church records show that he arrived back in Provo about January 18, 1930, so the total time of his mission including travel was ~ 30 months and 10 days. Also note that at 21 he gave his height at 5' 10" He must have matured very late to 6'. In his letters from Salzburg and Linz Austria in 1945 he recalls serving in those cities 15 years earlier on his mission.

Figure 12: Art, Saint Lawence Seaway July 1927

Art left Provo July 8th 1927. He would have taken the train, probably to Chicago where he boarded the Great Lakes Steamer, "The Ocean Wave". The picture above shows him sailing on the "Wave" on the Saint Lawence Seaway.

Figure 13: Art's view of Niagara Falls

Dad's pictures of Niagara Falls were pretty washed out so I inserted one from the same view point from the internet.

When he got to New York he boarded a ship  that put him into Liverpool England on July 23, 1927. A train to the ferry then across the English Channel and on a train to Dresden East Germany to meet with the mission president. By July 25, he would be in his first area in Chemnitz an hour southwest of Dresden.

Art served (or had recreational activities) in the following locations with dates, activities and callings.
The words district and conference were used for the same unit during this period. The months refer to the number of months since he arrived on his mission.

Chemnitz: July 25, 1927 (Arrives in East Germany)
Chemnitz: September 26, 1927 (2 months)
Altenburg/Thuringen: October 9, 1937 (3 months)
Chemnitz: January, 1928 (6 months)
Crimmitschau: June 11, 1928 - Branch President 
(11 months)
Bad Elster: July 4,1928 - Free Day Swim Outing 
(12 months) 
Altenburg: August 1928 (13 months)
Munich: 1928
Salzburg: 1928
Linz : 1928
Steyr: December 1928 (Art Skiing)
Vienna: January 11, 1929 - President of the Vienna District/Conference (18 months)
Prague: May 1929 (visit, coming back from Leipzig)
Germany (present day Poland)
Breslau: July 24th 1929  transfer and became President of the Breslau District/Conference (24 months)
Breslau: October 1929  Picture with Mission President Valentine (27 months)
Art left Breslau for home on November 6,1929 (28 months)

Note: in 1929 Breslau was part of Germany, but in became part of Poland after WWII in 1945

Note2: We only know that he was in Salzburg and Linz from his letters from Europe in 1945.

Figure 14: Germany/Austria Map with Service Areas

Green squares give the locations of Art's service and recreation areas

Österreich is Austria, München is Munich, Breslau is now Wroclaw Poland, Wien is Vienna

Czechoslovakia (In the center above Linz and Wien is not labeled) 

Figure 15: Art & Colleagues, Chemnitz, Sept 1927

AD Hasler and 25 his German Austrian Mission colleagues in Chemnitz, near Dresden in East Germany on September 26, 1927

Art is in his first area, he has only been out two months at this point and has just started to learn German.

Figure 16: Art, Companion, Dresdner Messe, Sept,1927

Art and his companion overlooking the famous Messe Dresden (Dresden Exhibition) that has been going on all year long for over 100 years and has had over 500,000 attendees in recent years. Note: the AFG(Ball Bearings Sign) This was probably during the Werkstoffwoche (Manufacturing Week)

Figure 17: Art and 12 Colleagues, Dresden, January 1928

Third from right, top row on his German Austrian Mission 

Art's Label for this picture: "Chemnizters in Dresden" 

A picture of the missionaries from Chemnitz Germany visiting the nearby capital city of Dresden, January 1928

First Row: Schuenman, Adams, Bromwell, Russell, Biddulph

Second Row: Haddock, Covey, Taylor, Murray, Watkins, Hasler, Pohlman, Godfrey

"For the proper organizing and development of the scout work in the mission" he was appointed District Scoutmaster in Chemnitz (February 29, 1928) from LDS Church records

Figure 18: President Hasler, Crimmitschau, June 1928

Branch President Hasler & his counselors, Crimmitschau, June 30, 1928

While we don't have specific meta data for this image, it is easy to imagine a young 20-year-old Arthur Hasler, only 11 months out on his mission and only recently becoming fluent in German, as the Branch President for Crimmitshau with his two councilors.

June 11, 1928 "Crimmitschau , Zwickau District, was opened  (for missionary work) with a special meeting of all the Elders laboring in this district being in attendance. Elder Arthur Hasler was leading the work." (Quart. Rep., 1928:113)  By Saturday, June 30, "Arthur Hasler was appointed to be the President of the Crimmitzschau Branch." a little over 1 hour by car West of Dresden.
(Quart. Rep., 1928:112)

Figure 18.5 Train Station Crimmitschau, June 1928

Art's photo of the Crimmitschau train station with the city sign visible at the top of the picture, from the 50 or so negatives found in the Limnology deep storage in Stoughton.

There is no meta data for the images, so it is unusual to have an exact location of any of the photographs. We have only the inscriptions on the back of some of the prints or from the photo album for other prints.

Figure 19: Art gets his Eagle at 16, Provo, 1924

Figure 20: Boy Scout Leader, Art, in Germany?, 1928

Arthur often described his mission as working to help young men advance in Boy Scouts.*  From official LDS Church Records:  "With the issuance of an official charter on May 21, 1913, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the first nationally chartered organization to affiliate with the Boys Scouts of America (BSA.) The bridge that would bless the Church and the BSA for the next century was now in place, mutually benefiting both organizations.  The LDS Church had recognized the value of scouting a few years earlier and had developed ways to integrate it into their Young Men's program.  Indeed the church was rolling out the scout program in Germany as well and Arthur was formally involved.  "For the proper organizing and development of the scout work in the mission" he was appointed District Scoutmaster in Chemnitz (February 29, 1928) probably because of his leadership ability and example as an Eagle Scout.

Figure 21: Art & 7 Colleagues, Bad Elster, July 1928

Art called this the "Bathing Review"They were taking a dip in a pond on the 4th of July 1928.

At the Duschzelle (shower stalls) at the pond at Bad Elster 2 hours southwest of Dresden Germany right on the Czechoslovakian border

The sign says that you have to shower your body before you use the pond and no soap allowed in the pond.

Apparently the rules for missionaries in 1928 were different than they are today.

Figure 22: Art, On his Mission, Altenburg, August 1928

Altenburg Germany, 45 min West  of Dresden, August 1928

Figure 23: Art, Elders, Altenburg, August 1928

Art's Title: "In the rain"

Left to Right: Adams, Hasler, Crandall, Covey, Uhlrich, Godfrey

Watkins, Rawsel, Nuhlstein (Seated) Taylor, Bromwell, Radenich, Caeth, Schuenman,

Art served a 30 month (2.5 Years)  mission for the LDS (Mormon) Church in Germany from 1927-29. 

Dad worked diligently studying German and learned it well. He loved German and the German people and defended them even when Germany wasn't popular in the U.S.

I don't know how many times I heard him say this:

"Meine Beziehung zu der deutschen Sprache ist wie mit meiner Frau, ich kenne sie, ich liebe sie, aber ich beherrsche sie nicht."

English translation: "My relationship with the German language is the same as the one I have with my wife. I know her, I love her, but I can't control her"

Professionally dad was somewhat embarrassed by this part of his resumé. When asked about his mission, he would emphasize the work he had done in Germany to promote the Boy Scout program of the LDS Church. However as you can read in this history, you can see that dad served in very important leadership positions on his mission and could have emphasized that part of his service.

Also, some general authorities of the LDS Church were very creationist at the time which did not fit well with his professional scientific theories of evolution and geology, even though dad reported in his oral history that evolution was taught at BYU. Also other issues with the church like the history with polygamy and ongoing (at the time) discrimination against blacks made a career in scientific research and a history with the LDS Church problematic.

In any case his skill with the German language, gained on his mission, was an extremely important factor determining the direction and success of his scientific career.

Figure 24: Art, on his German Mission, 1928

Figure 25: Art, Schornsteinfeger, Germany, 1928

Art with a chimney sweep on his mission in Germany.

Figure 25.3: Art Companion Investigators, Germany 1928

Art Companion Investigators German Austrian Mission 1928

Figure 25.5: French Horn Art Purchased Germany,1928

French Horn Art Purchased on Mission in Germany 1929

Figure 25.6 Art & Companion Sax & French Horn Germany, 1928

Figure 25.7: Art, Companions, Oxen, Germany, 1928

Figure 25.8: Honigwagen_Germany_1928

A urine cart that farmer's use to fertilize their fields

Again not a single automobile in the picture.

Figure 25.9: Kunstgewerbeschule, Strassenbahn, Germany, 1928

Streetcar destination: Art Technology School. I haven't seen a single automobile in any of dad's mission pictures. In this one we see a motorcycle.

Figure 25.95: Attractive Girl in Native Dress, Germany 1928

Warteraum 2nd Cl (Train Station 2nd Class Waiting Room)

Art, Elders, Sisters, Germany, 1928

I'm sure the two other men are Elders because of the "coke bottle caps" on their lapels that we have seen in other missionary pictures. One of the two younger Sisters on the right has one too. I don't know about the older women on the left, but I think this is a serious all missionary team. Maybe Art was the District President (Breslau or Vienna) checking up on some local missionaries under his jurisdiction. 

Commuter Locomotive, & Car, Germany, 1928

A reminder that in Germany in the 20s you didn't drive your car on the autobahn at 100 mph, take the ICE train at 200 mph, or fly in a jet at 500 mph. You would walk, ride a bike, take a street car locally and for longer distance in Germany and the US you would take a train powered by a steam engine.

Art, Companions, Train, Germany, 1928

This could be the inside of the train car on the right of the previous picture. The signs say NICHTRAUCHER (no smoking car) 24 Sitzplätze (seats) and 32 Stehplätze (standing places)

Art, Hanna, Portrait, Germany, 1928

Serious Art studying, with portrait of Hanna on the table.

Art, Dresden?, Germany, 1928

Art's caption: "Look at the women following me!"

Art may have had a big portrait of Hanna his table, but he did notice the women around him.

This is one of very few pictures from his mission where there were automobiles in the background

News Stand Germany 1928

Just a little something to give the flavor of Germany in the 20s.  Don't look too closely at the magazine covers at the top.

Figure 26: Art, Mission Conference, Dresden, 1928

Art is 2nd row from top, middle right 

AD Hasler and 170 Colleagues from all over the German Austrian Mission. At the annual conference, at the headquarters in Dresden East Germany, 1928

Figure 27: Art and Companion, Munich, 1928
German Austrian Mission.

The note on the picture says: "In the rain".

Figure 28: Salzburg Austria, Circa 1928

Salzburg Austria, where Art was stationed in the Army in 1945. At that time Art recalled his mission days there 15 years earlier. We know this from the letters he wrote home at that time: see below.

27 June 1945 Salzburg

Dear Folks and Sylvia (Provo UT)
...... "Salzburg is pretty badly bombed, but many of the cultural things are undamaged, so reviewing my experiences of 15 years ago (on my mission), I find, I remember very litte because very little here looks familiar to me - - that is proof to me that 15 years is a long time. I wonder if my reaction would be the same to a city I know buch better, like Vienna (where he served as Mormon District President apparently for some time) or Chemnitz" (His first mission service area near Dresden in East Germany starting July 1927)

Figure 29: Art, Austrian Costume, 1928

Art is wearing the full Austrian costume with Lederhosen, the long white sox and the cocked hat. I don't think this was standard LDS missionary dress.

 We thought there was a possibility that this was taken during his Germany stint in 1945 (See ring on 4th finger on left hand), but he looks pretty young here, we found other pictures on his mission where he was wearing a ring on the same finger and finally, we found the negative of this image in with his other mission photos.

This should give you some idea of how much dad was a fanboy of Germany and all things German. This worked well for Hanna who was born in Germany and suffered through discrimination as a new immigrant at age 6-8 through WWI.

Figure 30: Linz Austria am Donau, Circa 1928

Linz on the Danube River is only 30 min North of Steyr where Art was skiing (see next figure) It is also only 45 min South of the Czechoslovakian border.

Linz Austria where Art was stationed in the Army in 1945. At that time, Art recalled his mission days there 15 years earlier: see below:

Linz, Austria 3 July 1945

Dear Folks and Sylvia (Provo UT)

    "Some 15 years ago you saw this address on my mail. In the last two days I have been unable to locate my old friend Rudolf Niedermayer who presented me with such a beautiful book on Austria when I left. ..... notice of his death 3 years ago from blood poisoning --- very suddenly. I visited his wife last night ... found her address, she was pleased and looked well."

Figure 31: Art Skiing Steyr Austria 1928 

2 Hr East of Salzburg German Austrian Mission

Figure 32: Art  & Companion, Vienna Austria,1929

AD Hasler & Companion Vienna Austria 
German Austrian Mission 1929

Leadership assignments continued for Arthur, when on January 11, 1929 he was appointed as the President of the Vienna District (Conference.)   In those early days of the lay church in Germany, it was common to call capable young missionary Elders to top leadership positions while the local members matured.

Figure 33: District President Hasler, Vienna, Jan 1929


"Pres Hasler des Öestereichischen Distrikts"
(President Hasler of the Austrian District)

Figure 34: Art 20 months out, Vienna, Feb 1929

Art. 20 months In The field, Vienna, Feb 1929

Inscription on the back to Hanna:

Your "Art" twenty months in the mission field.
         Many greetings for your 21st birthday, May 22, 1929 from your sweetheart in far off Austria

Figure 35: Art & Companion, Investigators, Vienna, 1929

AD Hasler & Companion, Investigators, Vienna Austria German Austrian Mission, 1929

The Millennial Star newsletter dated 12 May, 1929 announced that on March 30 and 31, the Vienna District held its Spring Conference with Mission President Hyrum W Valentine presiding and under the leadership of Vienna District President Arthur D. Hasler.   (Church History Library #M 205.5 5839GER page 143.)

The Millennial Star newsletter, dated 31 March 1932 (No. 3 Vol. 94) reveals that Elder Hasler's appointment continued and involved some traveling. In an article called Praying the Czechoslovak Mission into existence, Brother Arthur Hasler, was described as President of the Vienna District of the German-Austrian Mission. He had just returned from the Priesthood Centennial at Leipzig, Germany in May 1929 and had also recently visited Prague, Czechoslovakia.  He conveyed to the mission the long prayed for news, that Arthur Gaeth had been appointed by President John A. Widtsoe to start investigations for the immediate opening of the Czechoslovak Mission.

This is the only documentation we have that Art was in Czechoslovakia during his mission.

Figure 36: Art & 23 Colleagues, Breslau, October 1929 

By this time Art was out 27 out of his eventual 30 months & was the president of the Breslau District (Conference).  See him here with the President of the German Austrian Mission, Hyrum W Valentine, visiting from Dresden. See below the names of each missionary in the photo and the number of months they had served in the German Austrian Mission.

Figure 37: Backside of previous picture

The picture is from a photographic studio in Breslau Germany about 3.5 hours Souteast of Dresden. Breslau is now located in Poland. We know that Art arrived in London on July 23, 1927 so if we add 27 months the date of this photograph would be Oct 1929.

Valentine is visiting with his wife Ellen and two daughters Besel and Dee. They had all been in Germany/Austria for 3 years (36 months) at this time. I was having trouble understanding why a young sister missionary would have her hand on his shoulder, (too young to be his wife), but it makes sense now that I know that Dee is his daughter.

The Millennial Star reports on July 24th and July 31, 1929 that Elder Hasler was transferred to the Breslau District Breslau, Provience Schlesian, Germany,, where he was appointed President of the District.

The Millennial Star dated 15 November 1929 reports that he was honorably released in Breslau.

Arthur's older brother W. Thalman Hasler preceeded him in the mission serving under President Fred Tadje.  "Tommy" was appointed to preside over the Vienna Conference (predecessor term for District?) December 31, 1925, and June 30 1926 appointed to the Chemnitz Conference,  so the cities of both Vienna and Chemnitz had two Haslers from the same family presiding over them.

Art served the early part of his mission in the Dresden area before being transferred south to Munich in Bavaria and later Salzburg, Linz and Vienna in Austria. Here he is serving out the last months of his mission back in East Germany east of Dresden.

Figure: 38: Art, Itinerary Home, 06November1929

Art spent two months on an extended tour of Europe and the US on the way home from his mission.

He left Breslau for Budapest on November 6, 1929 and made the following stops:

Hungary: Budepest
Austria: Vienna
Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome, Napels, Pisa, Genoa, Milan, Lugano
Switzerland: Luzern, Basel
Germany: Strassburg, Metz, Diedenhofen
France: Verdun, Reims, Paris
Belgium: Brussels
Holland: Rotterdam, Amsterdam
England: South Hampton

Companion, Budepest, November 9, 1929


Canal, Venice, November 13, 1929

Plazza de st Markos, Venice, Nov 13, 1929

Leaning Tower of Pisa, November 23, 1929

Rhine River Boat December 1, 1929

Rhine Side Paddler River Boat December 1, 1929

Paris Carousel de Louvre, Paris Dec 9, 1929

Women & Girls, Holland, Dec 11, 1929

Dutch Boy, Holland, Dec 11, 1929

Figure 39 Art Back From Mission, Provo Newspaper

According to the newspaper article above, he sailed on the U. S. Lines Leviathon for NYC, landing on Christmas Eve.

In the US he toured NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Chicago arriving in Provo on January 18th. He was just in time to start school in BYU for the spring semester. Can anyone explain the picture of dad with the card with the number 1403?

He returns to the US with an excellent ability to understand, and speak German and probably a fair degree of writing skill. With the support of his doctor father, he has made a tour of Europe not that much different than the grand tour of the English Lords.

Figure 40: Card, Art to Hanna, Provo, 1930

16April1930 Card from Art to Hanna celebrating the 4th Anniversary of their first date. Art is home three months from his mission and Hanna is still on her's in Wisconsin.

"Am giving a talk at the Kiwanis Club tomorrow on Scouting in Germany"  

We have no photographs and no other direct evidence from dad during his mission about his involvement with the scouting program in Germany.

Arthur often described his mission as working to help young men advance in Boy Scouts.*    "With the issuance of an official charter on May 21, 1913, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the first nationally chartered organization to affiliate with the Boys Scouts of America (BSA.) The bridge that would bless the Church and the BSA for the next century was now in place, mutually benefiting both organizations.  The LDS Church had recognized the value of scouting a few years earlier and had developed ways to integrate it into their Young Men's program.  Indeed the church was rolling out the scout program in Germany as well and Arthur was formally involved.  "For the proper organizing and development of the scout work in the mission" he was appointed District Scoutmaster in Chemnitz (February 29, 1928) probably because of his leadership ability and example as an Eagle Scout.