S: Holdaway Family History
FC: Our Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
1: David B. and Reta Jane Holdaway on their wedding day April 17, 1935 | Darlene Holdaway age 4
2: Great Grandparents | Grandparents | Parents | Darlene Holdaway Christensen Born September 30, 1943 in Tremonton, UT | David B. Holdaway Born December 31, 1912 Died November 4, 1987 | Reta Jane Oyler Born April 17, 1918 Died June 2002 | James Nathaniel Holdaway Born January 2, 1868 in North Ogden, UT Died November 21, 1948 in Deweyville, UT | Louise Braegger Born January 8, 1876 in Wattwill, Switzerland Died March 21, 1964 in Brigham City, UT | Leo Oyler Born April 12, 1892 in Burrville, Utah Died May 13, 1982 in Logan, UT | Lodema Isaacson Born April 2, 1895 in Manti, UT Died October 30, 1981 in East Garland, UT | 1. Daniel Webster Holdaway Born: July 14, 1834 in Greencastle, IN Died: July 3, 1914 in Elwood, UT | 2. Martha Belinda Gardner Born: October 12, 1839 in Washington, PA Died: May 18, 1907 in Deweyville, UT | Married: April 16, 1857 in North Ogden, UT | Married March 6, 1900 in Brigham City, UT | Married June 14, 1916 in Brigham City, UT | 7. Isaac Lars Isaacson Born: March 2, 1866 in Sauby, Denmark Died: January 31, 1953 in East Garland, UT Married: Jan. 20, 1892 in Manti, UT 8. Eliza Jane Robertson Born: June 7, 1868 in Fourtain Green, UT Died: January 20, 1961 in East Garland, UT | 3. Johan Abraham Braker Born: January 3, 1844 in Wattwil, Switzerland Died: February 5, 1907 in Willard, UT Married: April 14, 1863 in Wattwil, Switzerland 4. Salome Brunner Born: June 29, 1838 in Wattwil, Switzerland Died: March 18, 1893 in Willard, UT | 3 | 2 | 1 | 4 | 6 | 8 | 7 | 5 | 5. John Orrin Oyler Born: June 4, 1858 in Rockymount, VA Died: March 13, 1949 in Garland, UT Married: August 24, 1879 in Payson, UT 6. Minerva Jane Bingham Born: Sept. 22, 1862 in Payson, UT Died: March 24, 1949 in Garland, UT
3: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. | Dave and Reta Holdaway 1976
4: Mother | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Lodema Isaacson | Isaac Lars Isaacson | Eliza Jane Robertson | Reta Jane Oyler | Leo Oyler | John Orrin Oyler | Minerva Jane Bingham | Johanna Charlotta Abrahamsdotter | Edwin Robertson | Karon Hanson | Lars Isaacson | Minerva Dixon | Jeremiah Bingham Jr. | Delilah Emily Turnbow | Ammon Oyler Sr.
5: Father | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | David B. Holdaway | Louise Braegger | James Nathaniel Holdaway | Salome Brunner | Johann Abraham Braker | Martha Belinda Gardner | Daniel Webster Holdaway | Elizabeth Eichholzer | Johannes Brunner | Elisabeth Schweizer | Johannes Braeker | Timothy Holdaway | Electa Lamport | Benjamin Gardner | Mary Elizabeth Trent
6: Ammon Oyler Born: January 22, 1820 in Rockymount, VA Died: August 5, 1905 in Loa, UT Married: December 15, 1852 in Rocky Mount, VA Delilah Emily Turnbow Born: March 11, 1835 in Rockymount, VA Died: May 18, 1911 in Loa, UT | Edwin Robertson Born: February 5, 1842 in St. Clair, IL Died: September 5, 1921 in Fountain Green, UT Married: January 1866 Johanna Charlotta Abrahamsdotter Born: June 23, 1841 in Truvhult, Sweeden Died: November 5, 1919 in Fountain Green, UT | Lars Isaksen or Isaacson Born: May 29, 1838 in Soderup, Denmark Died: July 16, 1874 in Saaby, Denmark Married: October 4, 1864 in Kirke-Saaby, Denmark Karen Hansen Born: About 1844 in Aagerup, Denmark Died: July 17, 1925 in East Garland, UT *Lars Isaacson was a guard to the King of Denmark.*
7: Mary Elizabeth Trent Holdaway Born: February 8, 1803 in Rochester, TN Died: May 5, 1873 in San Luis, CA Married Timothy Holdaway Born December 3, 1801 in Jefferson, TN Died: 1835 *Very few records on Timothy Holdaway* | Benjamin Gardner Born: August 19, 1800 in Johnstown, NY Died: July 30, 1875 Married: May 22, 1822 in Erie, PA Electa Lamport Born: March 5, 1800 in Sharon, NY Died: August 8, 1890 in Deweyville, UT
8: Benjamin and Electa Gardner Family | Hanna Gardner Mason | Mahala Gardner Hughes Cole | Milo Van Duzen Gardner | Lucinda Sevella Gardner Leithead | Martha Belinda Gardner Holdaway 1903 | Electa Ann Gardner Montgomery | Joseph Smith Gardner
9: Timothy and Mary Holdaway Family | Shadrach, Daniel Webster, & Charity Holdaway | Elizabeth Ann Holdaway Rabel | David Oscar Holdaway | Headstone of Mary Elizabeth Trent Holdaway
10: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Darlene Holdaway age 1 | Holdaway Family LaMar, Carolyn, Darlene, Justin, Keith, Boyd 1956 | Darlene, 1961 | Darlene, 1st Grade | David, James, Etta, Vesta, & Alice Holdaway | Darlene, 5th Grade, 1954 | Boyd & Darlene 1948 | LaMar, Boyd, Darlene, Dennis & Boyd 1948
11: Dennis, LaMar, Darlene, Boyd, Justin, & Keith Holdaway 1951 | Dennis holding Justin, Darlene, & LaMar Holdaway, 1948 | Holdaway Family, 1979 | Boyd, friend, Darlene, friend, & Justin, 1945 | Friends, Boyd, Justin & Darlene on ground, 1954 | Darlene, 1962 | Boyd & Darlene with neighbor, 1945
12: I was born the 17th of April 1918 at East Garland Box Elder County Utah. The second child born to Leo and Lodema Isaacson Oyler: 1 Reid L., 2 Reta Jane, 3 Vern, 4 Gwen, 5 Leone, 6 Eva, 7 Richard. Seven children came to bless this home but one was not chosen to stay with them. Eva was a twin to Leone and was permitted only a few hours to be here on earth. I remember a lady put her in a shoe box with blankets on the oven door to keep her warm, but she did not live | long. My father made a box for her to be buried in. Father opened th lid of the box for us to see her when going to the Cemetery. Leone was a very small baby. She was chosen to live, and be a special child for the family. There are 3 boys and 4 girls. My mother ws in bed for ten days after they were born. When I was a baby, mother said I had colic and ear aches a lot. Very fussy at night. Mother said I was not a cuddly baby. My hair grew fast, but did not walk very soon. I would always play in the cupboards and pulled out side in a little red wagon. When a small child we lived in East Garland and I attended school in the little yellow school house where the teachers taught all 12 grades. We all attended Religion class once a week at the church house across the road and that was enjoyed. I was baptized in the East Garland Canal that run past the back yard of my Grandparents Isaac L. Isaacson's home. I was baptized on 29 March 1926 and the next day my father confirmed me a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am grateful for having had the privilege of having my father confirm me and for being | permitted in a good Latter Day Saint home. A home where we had family prayer while we were young. My parents found times quite hard when we were small so we were glad for second hand clothes. A canal was between Isaac Lars Isaacson farm my mother's parents. On the other side of the canal, my parents home. They lived in a granary while their home was being built by my father. On the other our home, then John Orrin Oyler's home. Father's parents. Grandfather Isaacson's mother lived with them a few years before she passed away. So I was the one to help her go back to Grandpa Isaacson'sh ome from our home. I remember when quite small I would go up to Grandmas just across the canal and her down to our place. | My mother was a very good seamstress so I had made over clothes which I was very glad for. Big black bloomers were the things to wear and long legged underwear and our long stockings and long waisted dresses. We went bare foot most of the summer so our shoes would last longer. Indians and Japanese came in the Springtime to help thin beats for the Oyler family so we played with little Indian and Japanese boys and girls most of the summer. | Reta Holdaway 1948
13: My brother Reid and our playmates could get me to do most anything. Among all the mischiefs we would get into was getting me to put my head in the empty gas drums and smell the gas fumes. I always went home a pretty sick child. My brother got me to eat some blue Vitriol and then a Doctor was needed. My mother was a teacher in Primary so she always seen to it we were there. It was 1930 we were told the Patriarch was coming to give Patriarchal blessings and it was my desire to have mine so with the permission of my parents Patriarch James P. Christensen gave me my blessing. That always has been an inspiration in my life. My father started doing carpenter work and things began to pick up a little so we could have a pair of shoes or some clothes when needed. My father was counselor in the East Garland Bishopric. While in my Junior year in High School I attended a few basketball games and a dance or two. I loved to dance. Well one evening against my parents wishes I attended an MIA basketball game in the school gym. | That is where I met my future husband. AFter a few dates my parents forbade my dating. Dad even came out to a boys car and ordered me to the house then he told the boy never to come again. I got the razor strap taken to me many times or a big wide board. We had strick discipline and were taught to obey our parents. I was much afraid of my father as a little girl. When I was forbidden dates I ran away from home and walked to Collinston, then caught a ride to Logan. I ended up finding work in the Judges home so my parents soon located me. I started dating David again and the following year 1935 while I was a Junior in High School we were married. | Reta & Reid Oyler | Reta with LaMar & Dennis Holdaway 1944 | Dennis, LaMar, Reta holding Darlene, & Dave Holdaway 1943
14: Wedding dances were popular at that time but my parents couldn't afford anything so we were married in Brigham City, Utah, then came to Deweyville where David's parents had prepared a big dinner for us. We set up house keeping that day in a 2 room house we had rented for $25 a month. That was home to use for one year. Our first child, a son Dennis, was born in that home, October 29th 1935 and it was an early winter so we had lots of snow on the ground. It was hard keeping th house warm for our little child it was so cold. We didn't have a car when we were married for it was sold so we would have a little money to buy some used furniture. We were having a Depression at that time so we didn't have much to go on. We got about $25 a month. Dave worked in the hay for $2 a day. Then David drove the school bus about 5 years making $75 a month. The men worked in the fields hauling hay or working in the grain receiving about $2.50 a day, 10 hours a day. $5 would buy quite a few groceries then and people had about the same things to eat and to wear. | David walked about one mile from our home then to his fathers to get the wooden school bus. Many times in the winter he had to walk in a blizzard to get there. After one year David's father gave us a lot on his farm to build us a two room frame home. David and his father had it built in a few months using just the most common tools. | There were no power tools to work with then. We had to haul water from his parents home for some time before we could afford to dig a well. A hand pump was put in at last when the well got finished how happy we were to have our own home and now to get some water. Trees were then planted in front of our home to give us shade in a few years. We so enjoyed our first son, then two years later we were blessed with a second son, LaMar. He was born in our own little home with the doctor coming from Tremonton to be with me and to deliver the baby. The doctors charged $35 for the first child and $25 for the second. | Loda Oyler, Keith, Leo Oyler, Boyd, Reta & Carolyn Holdaway age 1 | 1979 | 1967 | 1956 | 1964 | Christmas, 1962 | Darlene, Bernice Oyler, Reta and family Bear Lake 1953
15: We didn't have bathrooms in those days so we made our journeys to the little out house. While Dennis and LaMar were small I was asked to teach Primary, so in the winter a box was put on two barrel stays and I would pull the two children to the church house. A little girl came to bless our home in 1943 and we named her Darlene. She also was very much enjoyed. We were then blessed with three more wonderful boys about a year apart, Boyd, Justin, and Keith. We now had a big family for our two rooms. Water was piped from Grandfather Holdaways house to our house for they had a nice spring on the mountain side and water was piped down to his house. Now we had water at last. We piped water into our kitchen and my parents giving us a sink. I had a place to do my dishes. I had been using a dish pan on my table to wash dishes. A coal and wood stove was used to cook on as well as to furnish heat for our home. Many times in the winter months I would have to chop arm loads of wood to keep us warm. The winters we had were cold with lots of snow. One time the snow banks almost reached the telephone wires on the side of the road. Our children had their chores to do winter and summer. We had cows and sheep. Some pigs also once in a while to furnish us in meat. Times were hard and my husband didn't have stead work. Doing mechanic work for awhile and trapping beaver, so I went to work out in the fields helping people. Working in the springtime picking strawberries then planting tomatoes, picking beans, and cucumbers then on into picking tomatoes and picking up potatoes. David Keith was a baby then so the boys, Dennis and LaMAr had the responsibility of tending the rest of the children while I worked. To make a little extra money to help the family I have tended many children in my home. I have enjoyed doing that and times I have helped others with house cleaning or ironing to help the children get a few things needed. In my married life I have taught in the Primary, Junior Sunday School and am a visiting teach in the Relief Society. I have enjoyed my jobs very much and now religion means more to me than it ever has in my life. I just wish we could have had prayer in our home and my partner help me more in raising this wonderful family with more of a religious background. But on their own way they are making good Latter Day Saint children. Journal of Reta Jane Oyler Holdaway dated 1962 | Holdaway Homestead | 1976 | 1986 | Darlene, Carolyn, Lodema Oyler & Reta Holdaway 1979 | Darlene, Reta, Boyd, Keith & Justin 1954
16: 3. Dennis, Justin, Darlene & LaMar, 1947 4. Reta holding Dennis, 1936 | 1. Thanksgiving 1958, Francis Thomas, Dennis, Dave, Justin, LaMar & Darlene | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 2. Darlene, Reta and Carolyn Holdaway, 1980
17: Reta Holdaway, 1963 | Darlene holding Justin, & Boyd Holdaway, 1947 | James & Edith Holdaway, Etta, Bill & Vesta Frost, Ken & Alice Holdaway, & Reta and David Holdaway | Darlene, 1961 | LaMar, Dennis, & Dave Holdaway, 1942
18: Tribute given at David B. Holdaway's Funeral by Rupbert Blackham I have known the Holdaway family since my coming to Deweyville. Always I have felt the deepest respect for Dave, Reta, and the Holdaway family. No greater yardstick exists for measuring the worth of a husband and wife than the children that come from their marriage union. The achievements and accomplishments of Brother and Sister Holdaway's five sons and two daughters reflect the teachings of a concerned father and mother who wanted only the best for their children and who worked constantly to give them just that. Dave had many good qualities. He did not always attend church, but he backed his wife and family in their religious activities. Their leadership positions in the Church and their civic responsibilities speak well for a concerned father and mother. Dave was a good neighbor and friend. He was always willing to do anything asked of him. Fiercely independent, he wanted nothing in return. The motto "give rather than receive" is characteristic of Dave, his father, brother and the Holdaway family. In many respects, Dave was a talented person who did many things during his life. He was a skilled mechanic, as efficient electrician. He understood plumbing, was a valued employee for the Box Elder Road department. Virginia tells me he drove the school bus and acted as guard at Bushnell Hospital in Brigham City. Any job he undertook was done thoroughly and efficiently. During the past years, Dave's heath prevented him from doing many of the things he loved. | His illness caused him much pain and suffering - suffering that only Reta and his family fully realized. The shock of losing a loved one is great. We grieve his passing, and it is proper that we do so. But with Dave's passing he is free from pain and suffering he experienced during these past years. Dave's passing leaves a void in the lives of Reta and this fine family. However, they and all of us can be certain that through the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ we may again recover our bodies and possess them throughout eternal life, this assurance of life to come and of continued family association can do much to buoy us up in such sorrowful times as this. Brother Holdaway possessed those qualities that endeared him to his family and made him the fine person he was. | May you his family always cherish the memory of your husband and father. May you as wife, sons and daughters and we as friends and associates of Dave always remember him for what he was - a good neighbor, a man more interested in giving than receiving. I'm sure Dave is happy where he is, united now with departed family and friends. He can truly say to those previously departed loved ones whom he has already met "The time for my earthly departure is passed. I have finished that course; henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness." | Dave Holdaway in Logan Canyon, 1954 | 1976 | ca 1943
19: Reta and family, may you always continue to revere the memory of your husband and father. May you continue to profile from the many good examples he has set. May you find much comfort in knowing that he lived a life filled with concern for his family and those around him. May you ever be strengthened by the knowledge that in the not too distant future as you well as all of us will meet him and our departed loved ones and continue on in an association much superior to that we experience here in mortality I pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen. | 1969 | LaMar, Dennis & Dave Holdaway, 1942 | 1986
20: Box Elder County road crew, Dave Holdaway far right | Reta Holdaway & Lodema Oyler | Reta Holdaway 1967 | Carolyn, Reta & Darlene Holdaway, Christmas 1962 | Centennial Celebration 1964, Carolyn & Keith in middle | Dave Holdaway shoveling snow | Darlene, Keith & Justin Holdaway, Christmas 1962 | Reta Holdaway at Bear Lake 1954 | Dave with LaMar & Dennis Holdaway, 1943 | 8th Grade Graduation, David Holdaway back row, far right | Boyd, Keith, Justin & Darlene, Christmas 1958
21: David B. Holdaway | Dave Holdaway & dog Tina, 1967 | Top: Richard, Oleen, Darlene Bottom: Doyle, Dennis, LaMar ca. 1948 | David Holdaway & Thora Dewey (Friend) 1933 | Etta Burgess & Reta Holdaway | LaMar, Darlene, Dennis & Boyd, 1946 | Boyd, Justin, Keith, LaMar & Dennis | David Holdaway | LaMar, Justin, Reta, Carolyn, Darlene, & Keith, 1958 | Dennis, Reta, LaMar, Lynda, Marci, Todd & Sheri Holdaway | Reta Holdaway, 2000
22: Boyd, Keith & Justin Holdaway, 1954 | LaMar & Dennis Holdaway, 1941 | LaMar & Dennis Holdaway, 1942 | LaMar & Dennis Holdaway, 1940 | LaMar & Dennis Holdaway, 1943 | Dennis Holdaway 1942 | Dennis Holdaway 1953 | Dennis Holdaway Graduation | Dennis Holdaway 1955 Lowry AFB | Dennis Holdaway 1955 Basic Training | Dennis Holdaway 1988 | LaMar Holdaway 1948 | LaMar Holdaway 1965 | LaMar Holdaway | LaMar & Reta Holdaway | Darlene Holdaway | Darlene Holdaway 1946 | Darlene Holdaway 1951 | Darlene Holdaway age 16
23: Darlene Holdaway 1961 | Darlene Holdaway 1961 | Darlene Holdaway 1961 | Darlene Holdaway 1961 | Boyd Holdaway 1946 | Boyd Holdaway | Boyd Holdaway 1959 | Boyd Holdaway | Justin Holdaway 1953 | Justin Holdaway 1960 | Justin Holdaway | Keith Holdaway 1954 | Keith Holdaway 1964 | Carolyn Holdaway 1955 | Carolyn Holdaway 1959 | Carolyn Holdaway 1967 | Reta Holdaway 1964 | David Holdaway back row far right, 1923 | David Holdaway, All State Band, Logan UT 1932 | David Holdaway, Band Arena Logan, UT 1932
24: Lodema Isaacson Oyler, 1914 | Tribute written and given by Audrey Bair at the funeral services for Lodema (Loda) Oyler, November 3, 1981 Life is filled with wonderful bargains - things that make life seem worthwhile, And into the life of my family came someone who went the extra mile. Sister Loda Oyler, a true bargain of life, one of life's richest treasures and the love and friendship she gave us is priceless beyond all measure. Life does hold enchanting golden moments and it was twenty-four years ago that we moved next door to the Oylers and felt the love they did bestow. A tidal wave of memories rushes through the door as I pause now to reflect on the life of a dear sweet lady - someone I truly respect. Her children were always so thoughtful and stopped in every day just to check on Leo and Loda and their love to them convey. The grandchildren too were special and Loda loved to have them come to hear how they were doing and it was an overnight visit for some. Loda kept her home so cheery and always neat as a pin. And the welcome mat was always out whenever someone dropped in. She was so proud of her family and pictures of each one hung on the wall, and in the kitchen on a special board were snapshots of one and all. There are memories of sweet smelling aromas as she baked bread, cookies, and cake. And there were even samples and a few for my family to take. Her cupboards were always full for she bottled vegetables, jam, and fruit. Her special knack for cooking was truly an attribute. | When the Oylers built their new home the only way to get downstairs was through the utility room, into the garage, and the door led down from there. Loda just knew that from the kitchen there could be made a door, so by moving the fridge a door was made, and Loda was happy you can be sure. Loda's hands were never idle and beautiful handwork she did do. There were many aprons with embroidery work and beautiful afghans too. You could also find her downstairs putting some stitches in a quilt so new for she was making them for grandchildren when a wedding came into view. In Loda I found the treasure of kindness, little deeds with no reward. Yet she wove hope, faith, and charity into a strong and lasting | cord. She loved to go to her church meetings, and it was a pleasure for me to stop and go together when we went to Relief Society. In Loda's flower garden there were flowers of every hue. Petunias, roses, peonies, and chrysanthemums to name just a few. Her beautiful flower garden was her special pride and joy. She made their yard so lovely for everyone to enjoy. And when the fall was over great care she did take to store the bulbs so in the spring there would be another flower garden to make. And this past week as we were raking leaved I couldn't help but recall how many years we worked side by side as we raked the leaves each fall.
25: As the yeaLoda was so kind to the neighborhood children when they used her front step to play. She loved these little children and never sent them away. I remember finding our granddaughter at Oylers' having a ball. For Loda was letting her play with the old baby buggy, and the big baby doll. I remember Loda telling of the fun trips they took in the car. The many times they went to Montana which didn't seem very far. They spent time with other family members at holidays, birthday and such. For this was a close-knit family and everyone loved each other so much. These past few months have not been easy for Loda and her family. But she never lost her sweet disposition and pleasant personality. This lovely lady who lived on our street was dearer than any other, and to each of us she was either friend, neighbor, sister, grandma, wife, or mother. Loda raised a family of good and honorable men and women which to her are a monument, and the love, service, and friendship she gave are gifts that were evident. These are the true bargains of life, these are the things that money can't buy. And she has the satisfaction of hearing "Well done," by our Father who dwells on high. Loda's passing is like the sunset fading in the sky. Yet in our hearts, its radiance, we know will never die; And just as surely as the sun is seen another day, so there will be a tomorrow with loved ones who have passed away. | Talk given by Julie Anne Oyler Udy at the funeral of her grandfather, Leo Oyler Grandpa was preceded in death by our grandma, Loda, who died in October 1981. His oldest son, Reid, died in 1974; a son, Vern, in 1981; and a daughter who was a twin to Leone, died at birth. He was the seventh of twelve children of John and Jane Bingham Oyler. One sister survives. Grandpa attended Logan Agricultural College and played on the football team. He married grandma and built a home in East Garland. He was a mechanic and owned the first garage in Garland. In addition to being a mechanic, he was a farmer, a miner, and a contractor. He was a fine craftsman and built many schools in Cache County and Box Elder County. He also built many churches througout the valley - Portage, Washakie, East Garland, Honeville, Bothwell, and Deweyville - to name a few. He was the supervisor on this stake building, and some of the most beautiful homes in this valley were built by him. Grandpa was a dedicated and prodigious worker, and he expected everyone to be the same. I have heard my father say when he was serving his apprenticeship with him that he quit at least once a week, but he always went back. Many of the fine contractors in this area have learned their craft under his tutelage. In later years, he worked as a supervisor on my dad's buildings. My father used worry that people would think he was pretty mean to work his old dad that way when, in reality, grandpa was very unhappy when he wasn't working.
26: Nine years ago, dad, grandpa, and Thayne built our home. Grandpa was 80 years old then, and he was there every day. He did all the baseboards and most of the finishing work. I used to worry about him working too hard, but dad told me one day, as I expressed my concern, that the more work he had to do, the happier he was. What a wonderful trait he has left for his grandchildren. Many people have come to our home in Brigham City and have told us what a great craftsman grandpa was. For many years, before they could get their cabinets made my machines, grandpa made all the cabinets for the homes he constructed. When my father passed away, Thane took over and grandpa went with him, either to the farm or on construction, until his 87th year. His word was as good as a contract. He was honest and fair in his dealings. He wasn't always the easiest man to work for, as many will testify, but he didn't ask more of anyone than he was willing to give himself. He was known to knock down a whole brick with a crowbar because it wasn't straight enough to suit him. In his early married life, he and grandma loved the outdoors and took their family on many fishing and hunting trips. Thayne remembers he would tackle areas where there were no roads and they would leave toilet tissue along the way so they could find their way back. He instilled in his sons a love of hunting, fishing, good sportsmanship, and an appreciate for the outdoors. Grandpa was not a man who displayed his feelings openly. In fact, he was sort of crusty - but he had such a soft heart. He has been good to each of his children in helping generously, not only with his hands, but with his checkbook if need be. He has left us with a great legacy; a name to be proud of. One that stands for honesty, dependability, skill, commitment, and just enough spice that when we think of him, our smiles are mingled with our tears. Since grandma has gone, he has been cared for by his children. Reta has been there twice a day, Thayne has taken him with him all the time, Gwen has checked by phone in Montana, and Leone has been up every week and taken care of the yard. Everything was done for his welfare and comfort. They can all be proud of the way they cared for him and honored him. His landmarks will only last awhile, but his name will be forever in the great posterity he left behind for all of us to remember. I'm reminded of the song, "In my father's house are many mansions...I'll go and prepare a place for you." There's a mansion waiting for us all on the other side.
27: Life History of Eliza Jane Robertson Isaacson (Mother to Lodema Isaacson Oyler) Eliza Jane Robertson was born on June 7, 1868 in Fountain Green, Sanpete County, Utah. She was the second of twelve children born to Edwin and Hannah Robertson. Her parents were good Latter-Day Saints, believing much in faith and prayer. I remember her telling of a younger brother getting his eye kicked out by a horse and with the aid of a midwife and their family prayers it was put back in and sight was restored. With the cooperation and help of all, they were able to send boys on a mission. When the girls were old enough to work, they were able to work for their neighbors in caring for their children and assisting in general house work. It was while working at the home of President and MRs. Anderson that she met and married her husband, Isaac Lars Isaacson, January 20, 1892, in the Manti Temple. (President Anderson was President of the Manti Temple.) In 1901 they moved to East Garland. The only place available to live in was a one room house. This house they lived in until they could clear their land of sage brush. They then bought the little old school house, which the neighbors helped move to their own property. By remodeling the outside and inside it was made into a more livable place for their family. She was chosen to work in the first Religion Class organized in our Ward and has since been in the Primary. She has always been in the Relief Society, serving many years as a Relief Society Teacher. There has been ten children in her family, seven of whom survived and live near her. Three boys have been sent on missions and one went overseas in World War I. She has taken care of and raised two motherless children, who are as dear to her as her own. When not busy with household duties, she is piecing quilts and making them for someone.
28: Life History of Isaac Lars Isaacson (Father of Lodema Isaacson) I was born in Denmark, on Shellon, March 2, 1866. My father's name was the same as mine, Isac Lars, Isaacsen, he was born May 29, 1838, in the town of Soderup, Roskilde County, Denmark. He died July 16, 1874 and he was a member of the Church. My mother's name was Karen Hansen. She was adopted by an old lady when she was about two years of age, nothing is known of her parents, the last thing my mother remembered of her own mother was she and her sister, trying to follow their mother, and her mother turning back and picking her up and spanking her and moaking her return to the old lady, she never saw her mother after that. My mother gave up with the old lady and later married my Father. A son was born, my older brother his name was Isac Lars Isaacsen, the same as mine, it being custom to use the same name over again in the event of the older child dying, so since my brother died, before I | was born, when I did come along I was given the same name. I had two sister younger than myself, Anne, she is the wife of Jessie W. Fox, still living in California, then a sister Rebecca, who died in the old country, I had a brother Hans, just younger than me, he was 19 years old when he died in Manti, Utah, America. My mother joined the church and belonged one year before my father knew anything it. One day the missionaries called upon mother and father was home, he found out about mother belonging, there was some little trouble but the missionaries made some impression, and my father invited them to call again, about six months later he joined the church. And six months after he joined the church he died. As soon as she could she sold what belongings she had managed to get together enough to bring herself and her two boys and a girl to Salt Lake City, Utah. When we got to Salt Lake City we marched up to the tithing office, where the Hotel Utah now stands, it was in 1875, July 24, about 4:00 p.m. There was quite a company of Saints it was too late in the day to be served food, so we went without until the next day, there were a few shelters built, something like the small chicken coops today, with straw on the floors, and those that were lucky enough to have brought a little bedding with them made beds, the others just lay down. My father had a cousin Mrs. Elizabeth Ficxer, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, and she sent her husband with a team and wagon to take us to Sanpete. We stayed with them a few days, then the Bishop, Seeley, located us a one room house, adobe. He also found as acre of wheat that had already been cut and he got permission for my mother to go there and glean the wheat, to get us some flour, my mother was tickled to death to be given this | chance. Then the Bishop found a man who had cut five acres of wheat and was given permission to glean there, five acres was quite a farm to glean in those days. She took us children along and we helped, she finally got about two bushels of wheat, and the Bishop told her to put the wheat in the little attic that was built in the adobe, to dry, and then she and us children tromped the wheat and blew the chaff, and took it to my father's cousin's husband Mr. Ficxer, who was a miller, and Bishop had made arrangement that we would get some badly needed flour, it was enough to partly feed us for the winter, we were also allowed to get fruit here and there, from kindly neighbors, and my mother peeled and cut and hung them to dry in the adobe. She also got work from the neighbors. We didn't have to worry about heat for our adobe, as we cut wood and there was plenty of it to cut. I can't remember it being a hard winter, so I feel sure that the church must have looked after us, as mother didn't have a penny when she got to Manti. I was eight years old the March before we came to Utah, and was baptized in Manti, shortly after we arrived there. In the spring my mother met a Mr. Ebbie Jessen, a rock mason, and they got married along about the last of Mary. She was his 6th wife, all living, as this time. And now this is where my story begins. We stayed right there in that little adobe house, my stepfather went to Richfield, and located a piece of land, 60 acres, 8 miles north of Richfield
29: near Severe Bridge, the closest neighbors were Kelsey Bird. Then he returned to Mr. Pleasant, and talked my mother into going on to this piece of land, the last of August. He hitched a wagon to two small oxen, and put my mother and use three children in and we went 75 miles to Vermillion, the Oxens names were Old Don and Spec. My stepfather didn't even make the trip with us, we went alone, and it took three days to go from Mt. Pleasant to Vermillion. When we got there, there was no house or anything, mother and us children dug a hole in the ground, sort of a cellar, then we cut willows and sort of build up the walls about three feet, and more willows across for a roof, and then put dirt and mud over the willows, and more willows, and more dirt and mud and leaves, no doors or windows. Mother and us children started to grab the sage brush, and clear the land ready to plow. Lots of real hard work, I don't remember how we managed for food, we must have brought food with us. I do remember she cooked and baked out over an open fire. She tried to plow a little but there wasn't much we could do with a hand plow and all that sage brush. We stayed there all winter. During the winter mother and us children cut and cleared about two acres of land, we used the sage brush we cut for fuel, we had a fire in one corner of the dirt room. In the spring, mother scratched the ground enough to sow some wheat by hand, sort of broadcast it, and borrowed a wooden tooth harrow from our neighbor and hoped to cover the grain. I believe I remember mother telling us that she got about 30 bushels of wheat that winter. In 1878, he sent mother word that he had bought a city lot in Kachirm, Piute County. He said he had sold the farm, and for us to come into town to live, so mother loaded up the old wagon and oxen, and away we went. When we got there there was nothing there, but they | surveyed so far one way and so far another way, making a square divided into four equal lots, and a Brother Seegmiller, a Brother Thurbur, a Brother John B. Maybin and my stepfather Ebbie Jesson each took a square and started a new town, naming it Kachirm. My stepfather still stayed in Mt. Pleasant, leaving us there to forge for ourselves. Mother would go to a place a little out of town to a grove of quaking asps, and cut down small trees, and load them onto our old wagon, and pull them back to town, with our old oxen, and made us a log cabin, again, using the limbs of the trees for the roof again, using hay and leaves and mud and finally making us a comfortable house. I can see my mother now as plain as day, one day an Indian squaw came horseback, right up to our hut, and as close as three feed to our open door, and had a big butcher knife in her hand and threatened my mother's scalp if she didn't give her something to eat. My mother gave her what we had but I can't rightly say just what it was she gave her, I believe all we had was bread made out of wheat that we had brought with us. I also remember years later visiting one of my stepfather's children, who used to often visit us seemed | he liked my mother, and he was just a couple years younger than me so mother and I visited him 20 years later. We were talking about old times, and he mentioned how poor we were, how mother had managed to get hold of two or three chickens and how she had used them for soup, using one little piece at a time, maybe a wing one time, and then some other part another and making soup with wheat for us children. He also mentioned that we had wheat bread, so I can't imagine that we had much to give that indian squaw, but anyway whatever it was, it saved her scalp. Mother finally got on very friendly terms with the indians and they treated us fine and never bothered us. Mother was a good hand with the needle, and she got so she could make those buck skin shirts with the beads and fringe and it pleased the indian bucks so they brought her plenty of work, and they traded deer meat for her sewing. They always brought her something to pay for her work, and at least they were our friends and we didn't have to worry about them harming us. We stayed in Kachirm about three winters, but before we left, about six or seven other families had moved in, and we had managed to build a one room dirt roof meeting house. a Brother George Wright from Box Creek, that was about 20 miles from where we were, was chosen as Presiding Elder. He often came up Sunday morning and held meetings with us. I can remember how hard everybody worked to get that little meeting house finished in time to have a Christmas program in it, and we got it finished just a few days before Christmas. I can remember we had some recitations and a talk by some of the members but no Christmas tree or any
30: presents or candy or nuts, but we were mighty happy just to have a place to meet. Some of the young pranksters, seemed to think it quite a joke and during the night had somehow hoisted an old wagon on top of the church. I can't remember just what happened about that. We left Kachirm in May, mother received word from my stepfather that he had rented a couple of rooms in Manti, right down by the Manti Temple or rather he had been called to go there to run a boarding house for people who came to work on the Manti Temple. He already had two of his six wives there and he needed mother to help cook for his boarding house. In those days, when the church needed something done, they had a plan sort of a United Order which they worked to get it done. Men were called from all the different towns and counties around Manti to go for a week, or two weeks as was necessary and work on the Temple, they donated their time, and they brought their provisions, for the week or two weeks, just what ever time they were to stay, but someone had to cook for them so the food was all brought to this one place, the two rooms where my mother and the other good wives of my stepfather cooked and prepared the meals and washed the dishes and all that goes with running a boarding house. The men were entitled to eat there, since they had brought their food in advance. There had been built a whole block of small one room shacks, each touching the other where the men slept. In the evenings they had camps fires and program of their own making. The Manti Temple was built entirely by donations such as I have described above, all by poor men, who had nothing they could give but their time and what provisions they brought with them. I can remember there were two men who donated cash money $500.00 their names were Smith and Foshay, they were cattle men from Box Creek. I remember them well, they were going to drive a bunch of cattle from Box Creek to Salt Lake City to market, but they needed a boy to drive the hay wagon. They had a big hay wagon along so the cattle could eat any place along the way. My stepfather let me go and so I got to drive that hay wagon, but they sold their cattle at Payson so I didn't get to go clear to Salt Lake. We stayed in Manti about two years, and during this time my stepfather traded our faithful old oxen, Spec and Don, for about a couple of ponies. My stepdad hired me and the ponies to work on the Temple, but his time the Temple was thru with the first floor and ready to start on the second, so I drove the ponies and they pulled those heave stones up to the second floor. Some of them weighed 100 pounds and some 400 pounds, depended where they were to be set. The stones were all finished and cut before they were hoisted up so that when they got up to the second floor all the masons had to do was pull them into place and set them down. I worked there for three years. I was about eighteen years old and I decided to leave home. One of my stepbrothers and myself came to Ogden. In 1883, they were building a railroad down thru Portnip canyon just east of Pocatello. While in Ogden, I became acquainted with two young men, Shaw and Campbell they had a contract for half a mile grade in Portnip Canyon and they wanted us to work for them so we did. I followed the surveyor. I drove a team and filled in the dirt from peg to peg as they surveyed it. They were about thru with that job and we only stayed six weeks and it was completed, then we moved to Pocatello. I helped to build the first y that was built in Pocatello. It was fall by the time we finished that so I hitched up my horse and sort of went rambling around for a while. I went into Nevada, and got a job at a cattle ranch for the winter. I worked for them a couple of years. Their names were Spark and Tennants. They used the wine glass and show sole for their brands on their cattle. I came back for the dedication of the Manti Temple. Mother had a home of her own, a little one, and I stayed with her about a year. I went back out to the ranch in Nevada, and went to work again. I stayed with them almost four years this time. I was 25 years old by this time and I began to think it was time to get married so I went back home to my mother again. I worked at odd jobs but in the mean time I met Jane Robertson, who was at the time working for the wife of the President of the Manti Temple, Brother Louis Anderson. I also did odd jobs at the Presidents home and that is how I met Jane Robertson. She worked for the President five years and I courted her one of those years. I was asked how did you court, well, both Jane and I looked at each other and wondered just what we did do, nothing I guess. If there was any entertainment she had to stay home and take care of the Presidents children so they could go, but I managed to see her many times a day. She says when I was hungry she could depend on seeing me as she would invite me in for a piece of pie or cake and once ina while we managed to take a walk. The family she worked for had boys and I sort of could go over to their place and sort of talk
31: to the girls, and yet we could cast sly glances at each other and say a word to each other now and again. In due time a year to be exact, I asked Jane to be my wife and she said yes. Her folks lived in Fountain Green, but they came to Manti and stayed at Brother Anderson's home where I worked. We were married in the Manti Temple January 20, 1892. We had a little supper for our friends and family at the President's home. We went to Fountain Green to my mother's and father's home and they had a party for use too. My wifes mothers name was Hanna Gwendlen Roberson, Her fathers name was Edwin Robertson. After we visited in Fountain Green for a couple of days we went back to Manti, to live with mother Isaacsen, in her home about two years. We rented a farm in Manti for about a year, Gunnison, Axtel Centerfield and we homesteaded a farm there. Grandma Isaacsen, my mother, went with us. We stayed there seven years. We almost starved to death, we couldn't raise a thing. The sugar company sent some men down to Gunnison to try to get some farmers and their families to move up to Sunset District, and so we came up here to East Garland, first it was Garland, then they finally made a division. That was in 1901 in May. The firs thing we did was to find a place to stay that night. There was an old school house that wasn't being used anymore and so we were given permission to camp in there. At one time the few families that were here had all come over here to East Garland, to church and school, so that was how the old school house came to be built, but by the time we got here they had built a new school house in Garland and now all the folds went over there to school and church. We stayed in that school house about a week, then we met a man by the name of Richard West who had some property and a one room house. He let us move into this one room house providing that we let him room with us. He had a grainery so he slept there and ate with us, of course, when it was cold he came into our house and shared heat with us. He went to West Jordan as soon as all the work was done and real cold weather set in for winter. Our family consisted of myself and wife and our oldest son Lee, Lodie, Etta, Ed and my mother, Grandmother Isaacsen. Our son John was born in that one room house. My wife says we were worse than rats, we were so crowded. We had already bought our farm land in 1900, from the Utah Idaho Sugar Company in November and I came up here and worked for the Utah Idaho Sugar Company on the Cutler Dam. I got $1.80 a day clear for me and my team. They gave me my board and hay for my team. I worked there until April 1901, my wife was down at Willow Creak, living in our own little cabin, with my children and my mother, Grandmother Isaacsen. When I quit working on the Cutler Dam and got my check I bought my seed grain and my hay for my ponies and then I took the team to Willow Creek after my family. When I left here it was the first part of April and it was snowing like heck. I brought all our possessions except one cow and I left her with my sister to milk. The next year I went down to bring her up here. I lead her for two days and almost drug my ponies to death so I loaded her in the wagon and haled her up here. We stayed down in that one room shack for two winters, then the little green school house that we stayed in when we first came here was to be auctioned off. Several families had moved to East Garland by this time and there were quite a few children and so a new school house was to be built. John OYler had ten children and David Cook had five children. Frank Walker had five children, Carl Larson had five and then our for that needed to go to school. Laff Grover also lived here but they had just got married. So when I heard about the old school house going to be auctioned, Ma and me talked it over and we decided to try and borrow the money and go and bid for it. The Superintendents of the Garland School were Peter M. Hansen, N. R. Capener, Moroni Mortensen, so Hansen came to see me and hold me that the school would be auctioned off the next day at 1 o'clock and I always feel that was my lucky day. Next day came and I went up and Peter Hansen said that at exactly 1 o'clock the bidding would start and it was 1 o'clock so he said start your bidding. I bid $100.00 and since Hansen didn't want it and Mortensen didn't appear and Capener hesitated to big, Mr. Hansen said sold for $100.00 and it was mind just like that. I went home and told my good friend and neighbor John Oyler about the deal and he said when ever you are ready we will hitch a couple of teams and move it down on your place. The house was a good house well built, a big heavy building, 36 feet by 19 feed and 14 feet high, the first time we tried to move it we just didn't have horse power enough and we bogged down. The next day we tried again and got a little more horse power and got her down to our place. Then we moved in the next day. The next problem was to fix our houses, so John Oyler and I went over to a place that now belongs to Larsons, John W. Larsons, and there was natural dobey. We scraped out dobey until
32: we had a hole about the size of a tub, then we put the dobey, also we got our kids from both families to come up and help mix that dobey. We then made a wooden frame that would make two dobeys at a time, and made our dobey bricks to build John's and our house. The bricks were about 6 inches by 10 inches. We lined our houses with these dobey bricks, our school house was just boards and this lined the walls and made a good warm house. Oyler had moved into their house but it didn't have walls, so we got his house fixed too. We would wait until we had about 1000 bricks made and then we would haul a load to his house and then a load to my house. The Sugar Company had plowed our ground but it was still covered with sage brush, so my wife and my mother and myself had to clear that off by hand. We would burn what we could but the rest we cleared by hand. When it was plowed it loosened the roots but they were still laying there. We cleared 35 acres that spring and then we planted it into wheat and barley. It was about the 8th of June when we got the last of our crop in, then we started on our dobeys. In 1903, they started to build our new school house. The contractors name was Ben McQuinn. There were five men building it, and they put up tents by the school building and slept there but my wife boarded them. She fed them three meals a day, $.25 a day per man. There were three of them all the time and as they needed more carpenters there were five of them. I can't rightly remember just how long it took them but I am sure we would be safe in saying it took them three months. The first year the school was opened the two school teachers stayed at Sophia Larsons, but the second year and for many years after they stayed here with us. At first we had just this one big room, then we divided it into two, a bedroom and a kitchen dining room combined. We all slept, including my mother and children, in that one bedroom. The old school building was 14 feet high so I lowered the ceiling four feet and we put a floor up there and a ladder and the children slept up there. We finally partitioned the one bedroom and made two out of it and the smaller children and the school teacher shared one bedroom and my mother and my wife shared the other. In the summer the big boys slept out in the loft of the grainery. It wasn't easy to feed a lot of people. There wasn't a lot of food like there is today and when we first came here there was no fruit trees. I remember one year when my wife canned 12 quarts of rubbarb and she thought we were really someone to have 12 quarts of fruit in our cellar. We had meat and grew our own potatoes. My wife made bread. She made two batches a day, when she got one batch into the pans she mixed another. We had to take our wheat clear to Corrine to trade for flour. We planted vegetable gardens and had real good gardens better than we have now. We needed them so we took good care of them. We had a dirt cellar and we put carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes and melons, we even had winter watermelons for Christmas. We grew cabbages and pulled them up and turned them head down and put them in a trench and put straw over them and left them in the ground all winter. We went out and shoveled off the snow when we wanted one. They were as white and sweet as could be. We had plenty to eat of what we had, never knew a time after we got located here that we couldn't find something to eat. When we moved up here the canal was dug from the dam clear around the Penrose. The Hammond Canal was just started that is east of the Bear River. | Life History of John Orrin Oyler (Father of Leo Oyler, husband to Minerva Jane Bingham) John Orrin Oyler born in Franklin County, Virginia on 4 June, 1858, a son of Ammon and Delilah Turnbull Oyler. He came to Utah with his parents while yet a small child. They moved to Southern Utah in the little town of Loa. He went to Payson to work when he was a young man and there he met and married Minerva Jane Bingham. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple.
33: Four children were born to them while they were still living in Payson. They were: John O., Lazetta, Henry and William Albert. They moved from Payson to Burnville, Southern Utah. Later eight other children were born: Joseph, Clara, Leo, Charles, Nora, LeRoy, Virginia, and LeVera. He made his living by dairy farming, running a shingle mill and cutting trees for the railroad. He made cheese and butter and sold it to the Hancock Brothers and they would take it to California and sell it. He kept the butter and cheese fresh by storing it in a cellar dug back in the hillside. The shingle mill was run by horse power. The name of the horse that they used to run the shingle mill was old Pinto. They would also use old Pinto to go up the mountain and help bring the logs back down to the mill. They would bring the logs down to a big cliff, push them down the cliff and then old Pinto would drag them down to the mill. This went on endlessly day after day. Old Pinto was hooked to the sweep and it was the duty of William Albert, one of the sons, to keep him moving. He would go round and round all day long. This motion would make William sick, so he would get of the sweep and instead of whipping old Pinto to keep him going, he would lie down on his back and throw rocks at him so he would keep moving. After the logs were taken to the mill they slpit them into four quarters and stacked them into big steam boxes to make them soft. They were then cut into shingles. The steam boxes were fired with the waste lumber. After the shingles were made, they tied them into bundles and sent them to the railroad for shipping. Later they moved to Axtel, where he bought a farm and there he raised sugar beets and also had swarms of bees. He had a honey extractor and extracted many gallons of honey. He sold honey as well as raising sugar beets. He moved from Axtel, to East Garland, Utah, where he helped to pioneer that part of the country. He bought eighty acres of ground, cleared off the sage brush and built a new home. It took him one son and one son-in-law all winter to complete the home. In the Spring, he and his son-in law, Jim Thompson went down to Axtel, loaded all their belongings into a box car and shipped it to East Garland. He put his wife and part of his family on the train and sent them up to their new home. This home still stands in the same location, now owned by one of his sons. Jim Thompson and another son, Joe, brought two wagon loads of hay and farm machinery pulled by four head of horses. There was not room on the box car for all of this. It took them a whole week to make this journey. On the farm in East Garland he raised beets, hay, grain and also planted a fruit orchard. He had a very beautiful orchard with all varieties of fruit which later brought a nice sum of money. He also grew corn, melons and all kinds of vegetables. He was always a very good provider for his family and a wonderful farmer. After they had lived in East Garland for a few years, he bought a two hundred acre dry farm and he and his boys managed this also. He helped to build the Bear River Canal, which furnishes the irrigation water for that part of the country. There were twelve children in the family: eight boys and four girls. After their family was raised, they sold their home in East Garland to their son John, and they moved to Salt Lake City. He bought a very nice home and also a lot big enough for some chickens. There he sold eggs to make a living. He decided to move back up to Garland later. He built another nice new home there. He planted fruit trees, had a small garden and grew many beautiful flowers. His home was a credit to him. As usual, very well kept, both inside and out. He had a very wonderful and faithful wife and made who stood by his side and labored diligently to help in all his work. They raised a very wonderful family and all were a great credit to them. They lived in Garland until their deaths. He was 90 years old when he died; his wife was 86. They died within two weeks of each other. They were both buried in Ogden, Utah. They have a very large posterity. Written by Mildred Hunter
34: Life History of Minerva Jane Bingham (Wife of John Orrin Oyler, mother of Leo Oyler) Minerva Jane Bingham was born in Payson, Utah on the 22nd of September, 1862, a daughter of Jeremiah and Minerva Bingham. She came from a large polygamist of moderate circumstances. She was a child full of fun. She had a happy childhood growing up in Payson and sharing the fun and pleasures of other children. Many of her dresses were made from cloth woven by her mother. The first white dress she had was made from flour sacks. She was very proud of this dress and wore it to a 4th of July celebration. At the age of 16 she met my father, John Oyler, and was married at the age of 17 on August 27, 1879 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah. They made their home in Payson for about ten years. Four children were born to them there: John, Lezetta, Henry and William. My father thought that they could do better living in a district where they could raise cattle and sell their products to the dairies. Mother gladly consented, so with their little family, they moved by wagon 150 miles south into Sevier County to the little town of Burrville. Here they lived in a two-roomed log house for five years. During this time mother helped to wait on the masons that layed the rock. In this house they lived for five more years. Four more children were born to them while living in Burrville: Joseph, Clara, Leo and Charles. Beside the dairy business, father ran a shingle mill up in the hills about give miles from his home. Mother would accompany him there and help him with the shingles, doing the cooking for the men, and during the berry season, she and the children would gather wild raspberries thimbleberries preserving them with molasses and honey. This was the only kind of fruit they ever had at this time. Mother lived a very active life in this community. Because of the slump in dairy and cattle business, they left this little town and moved to Axtel, Sanpete County. They lived there for six years on a 40 acre farm. Three children were born in Axtel: Nora, LeRoy, and Virginia. The years go by, and by now the older boys were getting to the stage | where they wanted to get something for their selves, as 40 acres of land was not enough for all. They had heard of the Bear River Valley where there was plenty of land and a new sugar factory was being built. So father and the older boys investigated this valley and liked it. Mother counseled with my father and being devoted to her family, she could not bear being separated from them. So they sold their home in Axtel and the whole family moved to the Bear River Valley in 1902, settling in Sunset; father and the boys having first come and built a house. Mother and the children again helped to clear the land of sagebrush before anything could be raised. This was a comfortable home. All worked together raising sugar beets and planting an apple orchard. One more child was born, a girl, LeVera, this making twelve children. All being brought into the world by the help of a midwife. At the time, the East Garland Ward was organized. Mother acted as Second Counselor to Sophia Larson in the Relief Society for a number of years. Mother was always hospitable to every one that came to her home. As young people, we children were allowed to bring our friends home after church to have dinner. We nearly always gathered on the lawn in the summer afternoons. She enjoyed to have them there. Besides cooking, washing and caring for her large family, she knitted stockings for all her children, conditions being such, things as this could not be bought. As large families go, they had measles, chicken pox, whooping cough and all childhood diseases. Then her family was stricken with typhoid fever, several of them; four down at one time, two of them seriously ill. Through her care, great faith, and the administration of the Elders, their lives were spared. Through all the months of illness and strain, she kept her health and strength. To show her kindness to others, my brother Henry filled a mission in Texas. Here he met a family that was very kind to the missionaries. He stayed many times in their home. After returning from his mission, this family, the Virgil Lewis's came to Utah. They visited my brother in mother's home. The Lewis's liked Utah so well that they wanted to stay in East Garland and make it their home. Mother and father let them live with them until they could get a house built. Mother was like a sister to Mrs. Lewis. Mrs. Lewis did not have good health and mother often went to her home to care for her. When she passed away before having lived in her new home for long, mother helped to lay her away. My oldest sister had married; she and mother were more like sisters than mother and daughter. They each had two children near the same age. We had the sorrow of laying her away at the age of 38 | years. She left a small family of five children. Mother cared for these children until the father married again about two years later. Her children are all married now but the two youngest, who were girls. The boys and father and mother decided they should begin to take life easier. They left the farm to the boys and moved to Salt Lake City, buying a lovely home on Yale Avenue. Mother loved her home in Salt Lake and enjoyed her life there working in the Relief Society as a block teacher. During World War I, she made bandages for the Red Cross and knitted 90 pairs of stockings. By this time mother and father had been married 50 years. Their children and grandchildren celebrated with them their Golden Wedding Day at the old home in East Garland, presenting mother with a ruby ring and father a gold watch. Soon after this, my sister, Virginia, lost her husband, leaving her two small girls. Mother reared the girls as her own while my sister worked. After a few years, Virginia married again. A nephew of my fathers, living in Salt Lake, lost his wife, leaving him with a small son. My mother took this small boy and cared for him for five years. it seemed she never tired of caring for children. They loved this little boy and it was hard for them to give him up when his father, Ralph Blackburn, married again and came to take him home. This left mother and father alone again. After a time, father began longing for the company of his boys and girls they had left in Garland. As usual, mother agreed with him and they left their lovely home of twenty years in Salt Lake City and moved back to Garland where they built a nice little home, thinking they would be happier being near most of their children who were so dear to them. They built their home with a lovely yard of shrubs and flowers near the Garland school, enjoying watching the children play at recess time. Here they lived until the age of 90 years for father and 86 years for mother. After all their beautiful years together, they were layed away within eleven days of each other in March 1949, being cared for the last three months of their lives by Clara and Sam Capener and their two children, Max and Connie. (Written by Clara Capener, daughter)
35: Grandfather Isaacson was a captain in the Danish Army. He fought in the war against Germany. While serving in the army he contacted T.B. which they called consumption. He died at the age of thirty-six. After his death my grandmother sold her farm, six acres of land and her live stock and brought her three children to America. She had lost two children. She had relatives in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, or rather her husband's relatives. Grandma and her sister were abandoned when they were very young, left on the doorstep of a tailor by the name of Hanson. He and his wife took the babies and raised them as their own. Grandma went to Mt. Pleasant and lived near the Fisher's but I don't know how long. She later married into poligamy to a man named Jessen or Jason. They didn't have any children but my grandmother worked hard as most poligamy women did. Mother's childhood was very hard and unhappy. People in Manti who knew her and the circumstances told me this. Grandmother lost a son when he was nineteen. He died from pneumonia and was buried in Manti. That left only Uncle Ike, and my mother who went to Salt Lake when she was 18 years old to work in a dressmaker's shop. She had many interesting experiences as it was a time in the affairs of the State of Utah when the government was after the men who were practicing poligamy. Father was going to school in Salt Lake. He and mother were sweethearts in Manti. His folks were prosperous and had left the Mormon church, so both my grandmothers were opposed to the marriage. When they did get married, Dad was about 23 and mother about 21. Grandmother always lived with Uncle Ike and his wife or should I say they lived with her for many years. Then when Uncle Ike moved to Box Elder County in the late 1800's or early 1900 my grandmother went with them and lived there until her death in 1925. I think she was about 91 years old. | Life History of Jeremiah Bingham (Father of Minerva Jane Bingham) Written by Emma J.B. Wilson, granddaughter Jeremiah Bingham was born on the 15th of June 1806 at Cornwall, Addison County, Vermont. His parents were Jeremiah Bingham who was born April 17, 1760, Cornwall, Vermont and Mary Ives, born April 25, 1766, Wallingford, Connecticut. He was the youngest of their ten children, 3 girls, 7 boys. In the Church Historical Office is a history of Payson, Utah written by Franklin Wheeler Young who was sent here to preside by his brother, Pres. Brigham Young. It recorded some genealogy of members of Payson Ward including the family of Jeremiah Bingham. It recorded the name of his parents and his birth, also that he was baptized a member of the church, September 10, 1842, by William Smith. In the Journal History of the church, we find that on April 6, 1852, a conference was held in Pottawattamie, Co., Iowa, and Jeremiah Bingham was chosen marshall during conference. Grandfather Bingham was endowed in the Nauvoo Temple on Feb. 2, 1846. From the sealing records we find that on March 5, 1855, at Payson, there was sealed to him, Abigal Harrington, Sarah Keele and Susan Keele. As the first two were deceased, Susan Keele stood proxy for them. Jeremiah Bingham was ordained a Seventy and became a member of the 16th Quorum at Nauvoo, July 12, 1845. He and his first wife, Abigal, received their Patriarchal Blessings in | History of Lars Isaacson and Karen Hansen (Written by one of Ane Marie Isaacson Fox's children)
36: Nauvoo on March 12, 1845. On Sept. 24, 1845 during a period of persecution, Lucius A. Bingham, next older brother of Jeremiah, and the grandfather of Apostle Harold Bingham Lee, was one of a committee from Camp Creek Branch, an outlying settlement from Nauvoo. On October 8, he was appointed an agent to sell homes, farms, lots, etc. for the Saints who formerly resided at Camp Creek. A brief manuscript record of the camp, stated that the branch was organized May 1, 1842, and on Page 1, in a list of members, we find the names of Jeremiah Bingham, Abigal Bingham, Mary Whipple (probably Ives and later deceased) Lucius and Sarah Bingham. On May 5, 1844, the two brothers, Jeremiah and Lucius, gave testimony in a church trial. My great grandfather, Jeremiah who was born in 1760, had lived in Canada. He fought in the Revolutionary War and was wounded. After the war the parents were unable to support their large family and some of the children were "bound out", as they called it at that time. Jeremiah was bound out to a man who was very unkind to him. He remained with him as long as he could tolerate the cruel treatment he was given and then ran away. He lost his way in a dense forest after wandering about for sometime, not knowing which way to go. Later, he heard a loud call, which he answered and it proved to be a man who was also lost. Together they found their way out of the forest. Jeremiah then went to live with one of his brothers. From "The Bingham Family in the United States", it states that Reuben, Jeremiah, and Lucius became Mormons and later went to Utah. After joining the Church, he married | Abigal Harrington. She later died, leaving six small children. Left alone with his family, he met and married Sarah Keele in Iowa. She died when her fourth child was born and he was left with another young family. Sometime later, he married Susan Keele, a sister of Sarah. She was disowned by her family at the time she joined the Church but later they too were converts and immigrated to Utah. Jeremiah then went to live with one of his brothers. From "The Bingham Family in the United States", it states that Reuben, Jeremiah, and Lucius became Mormons and later went to Utah. After joining the Church, he married Abigal Harrington. She later died, leaving six small children. Left alone with his family, he met and married Sarah Keele in Iowa. She died when her fourth child was born and he was left with another young family. Sometime later, he married Susan Keele, a sister of Sarah. She was disowned by her family at the time she joined the Church but later they too were converts and immigrated to Utah. Jeremiah was in Nauvoo when Joseph Smith was martyred. He was well acquainted with the Prophet and at one time was his body guard. There was but six months difference in their age and they were the same size. At times they liked to wrestle, a form of sport enjoyed on the "Common". Jeremiah Bingham and family joined the pioneer Company of Captain D.A. Miller, having 8 persons in family, 1 wagon, and 12 cattle. He joined on April 6, 1852, but had planned on coming with the first company.
37: Ezra Benson asked him for a load of a horse, which he did, and this kindness caused him to remain behind until he could earn money to purchase another horse. After six months after the departure of the first company, Jeremiah, and his wife, Susan and their children, also Jim Galenger, Tom Harvey and a Snake Indian boy, started for Utah with the second company. Grandfather was a blacksmith by trade, and each night he had to repair the wagons and do other jobs of his trade. One day they stopped for a noon rest and turned the horses loose to feed. When they were ready to continue their journey, they discovered that the Indians had stolen their horses. The Indian boy who was with grandfather left to talk with the Indian Chief, who told him his people were starving and they had taken the horses for meat for his people. Grandfather was a very kind-hearted man and he gave what provisions he could to the Indians who then returned the horses. After that experience they had less trouble with the Indians. When they arrived in Salt Lake, grandfather gave the Indian boy clothes, money and a horse and sent him back to his people. He feared the Utah Indians would kill him because he was from a different tribe. The Bingham Family settled first in Ogden where Jeremiah did what he could to build up the community for a year. They, then came to Payson where he assisted in building the Fort for the protection of the settlers. On July 18, 1853, Alexander Keele, brother-in-law of Jeremiah Bingham, was the first w At the time the Indians were so bad, grandfather was hauling freight from Payson toe Richfield. The Indians never harmed him because he was friendly and kind to them. The closest he came to trouble was when he took a little Indian boy to live with his family. The boy later became very ill. His tribe was camped west of Payson and grandfather went to them and told of the boys condition. He offered to take care of him but they insisted that he be brought to them. and to be killed by the Indians in Payson, which happened while he was on guard duty. He left a widow and five children. The Bishop came later to Jeremiah and asked him to marry and support the widow Minerva Keele and her children. Give children were born to this union, the oldest being my father, Joesph H. Jeremiah later married Mary Reece, who came across the plains with the handcart company. | At the time the Indians were so bad, grandfather was hauling freight from Payson to Richfield. The Indians never harmed him because he was friendly and kind to them. The closest he came to trouble was when he took a little Indian boy to live with his family. The boy later became very ill. His tribe was camped west of Payson and grandfather went to them and told of the boys condition. He offered to take care of him but they insisted that he be brought to them. A few days later they came and told grandfather he could have him again but when he went for him the child was dead. The chief said he must have one of the Bingham daughters to bury with the boy for a wife. He refused of course, but they still thought they should have one of the daughters. It was necessary to maintain day and night for sometime. Grandfather purchased forty acres of farm land on the West end of Benjamin for two of his sons, Alpheus and Charles, and here they lived and reared fine families. My father, Joseph H. Bingham, started working with his father at the age of 18, to learn the Blacksmith trade. His father suffered a broken leg from which he was an invalid for two years, being cared for by grandmother, Minerva, until his death on May 7, 1890, when I was two years old. He worked all those long years to assist in the development of Payson.
38: Their son, Francis Alma was born. Henry Jefferson Keele was born here March 6, 1846. Sometime later the family moved to Pottawattamie, Iowa to join other members of the church. Here on August 24, 1850, William Dabney was born. Shortly after the family started on their on g, hard migration to Utah, their fifth son Alexander Keele Jr. was born in Payson, Utah on Dec. 14, 1853, following the death of Mr. Keele. With the settlement of Payson, which was first called Peteetneet in 1850, the settlers had a great deal of trouble with the Indians. At the outbreak of the Walker War in 1853, a guard was maintained at all times. On the 18th of July 1853, Alexander Keele and Merlin Plumb were detailed to guard the south outskirts of the settlement. Plumb was to stand guard the first watch but he changed places with Keele who took his place at dusk. Soon afterward the sharp report of a rifle was heard in the directions of the southern out-post and Alexander Keele was found dead, shot by one of Arapeen's warriors. The Indians fled to the canyons and the next morning fired on some men who were working at a sawmill where the settlers were getting out wood. They were warned of the danger by Joseph and George Curtis and returned safely. The story is told that early in the evening of July 18, an Indian called at the James McClellan home, located outside the fort, and asked for food. Sarah, a young girl, let him in and her mother prepared him something to eat. He seemed very friendly but upon leaving, went around the corner and shot Keele. On June 11, 1931, a monument was dedicated in Payson Memorial Park in the exact spot in honor of Mr. Keele. It was erected and presented to the city of Payson by Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Minerva Dixon Keele was later married to Jeremiah Bingham, a brother-in-law of her first husband. She was a wonderful help mate to her husband and assisted in rearing children of his previous marriages. | Life History of Minerva Dixon Keele Bingham (Wife of Jeremiah Bingham, Mother of Minerva Jane Bingham) by Emma Jane B. Wilson Minerva Dixon was born November 13, 1823 at Bedford, Tennessee. Her father was Solomon Dixon, who was born Jan. 10, 1793 in Tennessee and died in 1872. Her mother was Sarah Burger (Sally Burger) also of Bluent County, Tennessee. She moved to Greene County, Illinois with her parents in 1829 and there were two other children in the Solomon Dixon family at this time. The family settled about two miles south-west of the present village of Fayette in the farm now owned by Clyde Hembrough, and here they survived the terrible winter of 1830-31, known in Illinois history as "The Winter of the Deep Snow". On March 23, 1841, Minerva Dixon married Alexander Keele. They were both converts to the L.D.S. Church. On Jan. 2, 1842, their first son, John Wesley was born in Greene County, Illinois.
39: As infirmities of age made it impossible to care for herself, she was taken into her home of Joseph and Emma for the remaining years of her life, until the last year when she went to the home of her only daughter, Jane Oyler in Garland. She died there Oct. 2, 1912. Her son Joseph was with her the last month of her long life of 88 years and it brought her much joy. She was buried near her two husbands in Payson City Cemetery. A granite stone marks the family plot, purchased with the money received when the little lot of her home was sold. | Two years before her husband's death, he suffered a broken leg and she patiently cared for him in the period preceding his death, Mar. 6, 1890. Their children were Joseph H. born Jan 8, 1856, Sarah Malinda, Minerva Jane, Charles, and Mary Louise. The mother was exceedingly proficient in the arts of the Pioneer settle. I remember as a little girl seeing her father the tender leaves of dandelion and mustard greens, drying fruit, squash, corn and other vegetables for her frugal living. She carded wool, spun yarn, wove cloth, and knit stockings for the entire family. Jeremiah Bingham was a blacksmith by trade and his shop was located on the corner of Utah Ave. and First West in Payson. The small adobe house was located just south of it and it was here that he died. Their son, Joseph was living in a two room adobe home, one block east and two blocks south of his mother and he had worked in the shop with his father since he was 18 years old. In the fall of 1891, he moved into a new brick home on the same block as the small house. It was just before the birth of their fourth child. He then moved his mother into the old home so they could help care for her. She then rented her own home for many years, giving her a few dollars of income. She always stayed close to home and those of the children who lived near, visited her often.
40: The History of Louise Braegger Holdaway (Wife of James Nathaniel Holdaway, mother of David B. Holdaway) Written by a daughter, Mrs. Vesta Holdaway Frost On 8 January 1876, a baby girl was born to Abraham and Salome Brunner Braegger in Wattwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland. They named her Louise. She was their ninth child. The other children were (1) Abraham born 24 October 1863, at Hemberg, St. Gallen, Switzerland; (2) Susanna or Susannah, born 6 April 1865, at Wattwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland; (3) Johann George or John George, born 20 August 1866, Brunodian, St. Gallen, Switzerland; (4) Lisette, born 5 January 1868, Wattwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland, and died 30 May 1868; (5) Susanna Barbara or Susannah Barbara, born 16 May 1869, Wattwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland; (6) Emanuel, born 9 September 1870, Wattwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland; (7) Johann Jakob or John Jacob. born 10 February 1872, Hemberg, St. Gallen, Switzerland; (8) Lisette, born 2 August 1873, Wattwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland, and died 31 August 1875; (9) Louise, born 8 January 1876, Wattwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland; (10) Gottlieb, born 5 May 1877, Wattwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland; (11) Bertha, born 19 July 1879, Wattwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland. | In Switzerland in 1870 the name of Braker was changed to Bragger. When Henry W. Braegger began to do geneaology work in the Genealogical Society advised him to change the spelling of Bragger to Braegger as there was no typewriter in America that will print the two dots over the "a". By putting the "e" before the "a" it gives the same sound as the "a" with two dots over it. It was in Switzerland that the family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints. They were a poor family. They were persecuted so much that the oldest boys in the family had to go to work to have enough food for the family. At first they had two meals a day, but when the persecution was the worst they could only get one meal each day. Grandfather Braegger worked in a clothing factory. One day when grandfather thought he could not take the rough treatment any longer he bore his testimony to his boss. From then on the tension was relieved and living conditions became a little better. Then Grandfather and Grandmother decided to send one child at a time to Utah with the missionaries. Uncle Abraham, being the oldest child, was sent first. It was not long until he obtained work on a farm. He saved his money and paid back what it cost for him to come to Utah. Then he saved again until he had enough money to bring the second child to America. But that seemed too slow so he would borrow money for the next child and pay that amount back and then borrow for the next one. He did this until the whole family was brought to Utah. Louise and her youngest brother came at the same time with some missionaries. She was seven years old when she came. Louise was very home sick after she arrived here. She did not know the language. Grandpa and Grandma were the last to leave the old country. They brought Aunt Bertha who was the baby with them. So Louise had no one to talk to. Her brothers and older sisters all were working. They had no home of their own so could not take Louise to live with them. Two or three different families took care of her. They thought she was stubborn but mother often said she could not understand what they were saying to her. The older brothers and sisters did not visit her very often because they were working. Finally the Nebeker family took her to raise. Chloe Nebeker first saw her in Sunday School. Chloe was a little girl Louise's age. She returned home from Sunday School and asked her parents if the little girl with brown hair and curls could come and live with them. Brother Nebeker said he would have to see the | little girl first. He said, "I will probably see her at sacrament meeting and then we will decide." After the meeting he asked Louise if she would like to come and live with them. She said "Yes, I would." She said the Nebeker children always shared their toys with her. She especially remembers playing with Chloe's dolls and sitting in her little rocking chair. She and Chloe remained friends all their lives. Even after they were married the two families visited back and forth as often as they could. This closeness remained all their lives. She lived with the Nebekers until she was old enough to go out to work. She always said she was treated like one of the family, and nobody could have been better to her than the Nebekers. When her own parents came to Utah she had forgotten the language, and could not converse with them unless her youngest sister, Bertha, was at home to interpret what was said. Louise went out to work at the age of 18. The only work she could get was house work. She worked very hard. I have heard her tell that she worked for a lawyer's family in Brigham City, Utah. The lawyer's name was Ricey Jones. She had two very large baskets of ironing to do. There were no electric irons at that time. The flat irons were heated on the stove. When they cooled down then they had to be put back on the stove and re-heated. One basket of ironing was all starched clothes and they were very hard to iron. Mrs. Jones was very particular. Louise would stand and do the ironing all in one day and then mix bread at night. The bread would always have to be kneaded one hour. Occasionally Louise would have a Sunday off. Then she liked to go to Elwood, Utah to visit her sister, Bertha, who was married at the time. One Sunday while there visiting my father's sister, Vilate Holdaway Kroksh, asked Bertha and family and also Louise to come over to dinner. Mother went with Bertha and family. This particular Sunday, Vilate's brother, James Nathaniel, was there visiting his sister. This was the first time James and Louise had met. A courtship began. James and Louise were married the 6 March 1900, in Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah. They made their home at Deweyville, Box Elder County, Utah. Their first home was a one room house which James built near the family psring. It was here that their first child was born on 2 May 1901. They named her Etta Louise. Some time later they moved about a mile farther south on what was then known as the Taltic farm. Here they lived in a two room log house. Here their second child was born 27 December
41: 1902. They named her Vesta. They did not live here too long before they moved back on the land just north of Grandfather Holdaway's home. Here they built a large one room house. One day Etta and Vesta were running around playing when Etta took hold of the rod on the coal stove and slid into the oven. The oven was hot and Etta was severely burned on her backside. However with careful care and faith by mother the burn healed and never even left a scar. It was not long until James went again to Logan Canyon to cut and haul logs. As the family grew they felt the need for a larger home. They built the family home on grandfather's property where it stands today. It was a warm home and well constructed, for it was built on the whole log for they were not sawed into lumber. Then father put heavy black tar paper on the inside of the logs as insulation. Then he put lumber boards on the outside. It was in this house that Selma was born 11 April 1905. She never lived as she was stillborn. Then the next child born was Alice on 29 May 1906. Then it was 24 July 1909 when their first son was born. They named him James Daniel. And last of all came David "B" on 31 December 1912. While mother was raising her family she also worked in the church. When they were first married she was president of the Young Women's organization which is now known as the Mutual Improvement Association, and father was president of the Young Men's organization. Then as the children began to come, Mother felt like she was needed in the home. We were still young children when mother was called to be first counselor in the Primary Organization. The president of the Primary at that time was Jane Heusser. | We, children were still young when mother attended Relief Society. I remember going to Relief Society once with mother. All the ladies would kneel in prayer and one would be the spokesman. Mother was called to be secretary and treasurer January 19, 1926. She was released 24 November 1929. Then in 1929 she was sustained as Magazine agent. She was released from this position September 29, 1940. Louise and James lived on the farm nearly all of their married life. Mother helped milk the cows and do the chores. She milked ten cows and took care of the rest of the family while they were sick in bed. Mother had great faith. James Nathaniel and Louise continued to live on the farm and do the necessary work until his death 21 November 1948. He was buried in the Deweyville Cemetery. Louise lived at the old home until her health failed. After that she made her home with her daughter Mrs. Alice Halling of Brigham City and also with her daughter Mrs. Vesta Frost of Spanish Fork, Utah. She passed away 21 March 1964 at the home of Mrs. Alice Halling, Brigham City, Utah. She was 88 years old at the time of her death. She was buried by the side of James Nathaniel in the Deweyville cemetery on the 25 March 1964.
42: Life History of James Nathaniel Holdaway (Written by a daughter Vesta Holdaway Frost) | It was 1870 when Daniel Webster Holdaway and his wife Martha Belinda Gardner Holdaway moved from North Ogden, Weber County, Utah to Deweyville, Box Elder County, Utah. My Grandfather, Daniel Webster was born 14 July 1834 in Green Castle Putnam County, Indiana. My Grandmother, Martha Belinda Gardner Holdaway was born in Washington township, Erie County, Pennsylvania, on 12 October 1839. She married Daniel Webster Holdaway on 16 April 1857 in North Ogden, Weber Co., Utah. They had a family of seven children, the first being Mary Ann born 23 February, 1858 in North Ogden, Utah. She died 25 July 1859 also in North Ogden, Utah and was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery. The family left North Ogden with the remaining four children: (2) Timothy Daniel, born 27 May 1859 in North Ogden; (3) Electa Emeline, born 2 May 1861, in North Ogden; (4) William Benjamin, born 27 September, 1864, in North Ogden; (5) James Nathaniel, born 2 January, 1868, in North Ogden, Utah. The family moved from North Ogden to Deweyville, Box Elder County, Utah when James Nathaniel was 2 years old. Martha Vilate came next, she being born in Deweyville, 20 October, 1871. Hannah Lestie was the last child. She was born 28 June, 1876. The family obtained some land, but without irrigation water they had a meager supply of food. As the children grew up, each one did what he could to help out the family finances. The girls, Electa Emeline, Martha Vilate, and Hanna Lestie worked at a dairy in Collinston, Box Elder County, Utah milking cows and making butter. At the age of 14, James Nathaniel would go with his father to Logan Canyon to cut and haul logs. Then when James was 16, he felt the need of steady employment, so he took the team of horses with a small wagon and his dog and started for Butte, Montana. When he arrived there he obtained work in the mines. He kept only enough of his wages to pay his board and room and sent the remainder home to his mother to use to keep the family. Here he was with older men and in very rough company. All of the men frequented the saloons. James became so lonesome that in the evenings he would often go there too. The men with whom he worked called him "The Kid". When anyone offered him a drink, the men would hasten to say, "He does not drink, now leave him alone." Though they drank liquor themselves, they always protected James from all vices. They trusted the kid very much for each pay day they would give him most of their money to keep for them, so they would not gamble and | drink and use it all up in one night. Father has said that many times he walked the streets on his way to his room with hundreds of dollars in his pockets which belonged to the other men. They would ask for their money as they wanted it and it was always give back to them. Father worked in Butte, Montana for a year or two, then he became so homesick that he returned home at Christmas time. However, he did not notify the family he was coming. He reached home at midnight and as he stepped upon the porch, Grandmother called out, "James, Is that you?" He had not reached the door to knock. Grandmother said later that she knew by his step that it was James. When the weather permitted, he again went to Logan Canyon to cut and haul logs for a while. in 1885, Daniel Webster Holdaway and his wife, Martha Belinda Gardner Holdaway sold 76 acres of land to the Deweyville School Trustees for the sum of $35.00. They also sold 5 acres of land to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Deweyville for the sum of $50.00 so that a church might be built in which to worship. This transaction took place on 9 February, 1889. At this time Utah was still a territory. Also, 8 acres of land was sold to the County for a road for a sum of $10.00 But James was not satisfied. His thirst for knowledge was great. So he decided to go to college for the winter. He was undecided which school to attend. He went to Salt Lake and looked around the University of Utah. There he met Richard R. Lyman, who taught there. James told him of his desires and ambitions. Richard R. Lyman told him if he decided to go to the University of Utah, they would do all they could to help him. All his life he remembered and told how good Richard R. Lyman had treated him at that time. However he decided to go to the Agricultural College at Logan, Utah. He worked his way through college by chopping wood for people. He was very good in mathematics and at the end of the winter quarter he was able to go out as a surveyor. He studied Irrigation Engineering at school. Then for some time he worked for the government throughout Grand Junction, Colorado and parts of Utah. I have often heard him predict that some day the waters of Colorado River would
43: be great and would have to be financed by a great deal of capitol such as the government could do. I am sure he would have been happy if he could have lived long enough to see Glen Canyon and Flaming Gorge when they were completed. After he worked a few years throughout Western Colorado and parts of Utah he returned home. At this time there was an interest in developing the land for not much could be grown without water. Men from Utah and other states formed a company to harness the water from the Bear River. As one company would go bankrupt another one would be formed and they would buy the holdings of the previous company. Several companies tried until the Hammond Brothers got together and bought the holdings of the previous Co. Father did the survey work after the Hammond brothers bought it. He worked on the Dam which was built in the canyon. There were three canals built to take irrigation water to the Bear River Valley. Father did the survey work on the canal on the east side of the valley. It was the first one completed but then only as far as Collinston, Utah. Water was turned into the canal in 1892 but many of the farmers were holding their land for speculation so did not buy the irrigation water at that time. Hammond Brothers then sold part of their holdings to David Evans and John E. Dooley of Ogden, Utah. It was Evans and Dooley who saw the potential of farming. They induced some farmers to settle on their land and experiment with sugar beets. This proved to be successful. It was in 1900 that the Utah Idaho Sugar Company bought 1/4 of the holdings of Evans and Dooley. In 1901 the venture proved so successful they bought all of their holdings. When the Utah Idaho Sugar Company bought the Hammond Rights they completed the canal as far as Collinston in 1902. Hammond Brothers Construction was contracted to finish the canal as far south as Harper Springs just north of Brigham City in 1903. The project not only gave father employment but also gave work to many of the men along it's route. They used their | team of horses to drag and scrape out the canal. Then the people began to prosper. This canal was later extended as far south as Willard, Utah, and brought an additional 20,000 acres of land under irrigation. Later father did some of the survey work on the canal which runs through Elwood, Utah. He worked for the Utah Idaho Sugar Company at different times all during his life. One Sunday afternoon he went to visit his sister Martha Vilate at Elwood, Utah. She had married Charles Augustus Kroksh. Here he met Louise Braegger who was visiting her sister Bertha Burman who was also living in Elwood. They had called to visit with Vilate for a while. A courtship began with this meeting of James and Louise. James and Louise were married 6 March, 1900 at Brigham City, Utah. They rode to Brigham City in a buggy with a horse pulling it. It was a trip of 15 miles to the city. It took a full day to make the trip there and back again. They made their home at Deweyville. Their first home was one room which James built near the family spring. Shortly after they were married Father was put in as president of the Young Men's Mutual Organization and mother was put in as President of the Young Women's Mutual Organization. They held these positions in the Mutual until they began to raise their family and then thought it best that they be home with them. Their first child was born when they were living in this one room home. They named this girl Etta Louise. She was born 2 May, 1901, at Deweyville, Box Elder County, Utah. After living here for a while they moved to a two room log home on what was called the Taltic farm. Later this farm was bought by the Utah Idaho Sugar Company and was called the Utah Idaho Sugar Company farm. It was in this two room log home that their second daughter was born on 27 December 1902 at Deweyville, Box Elder Co., Utah. They lived here for a while. Then father built a large one room house on grandfather Holdaway's property. They named their second daughter Vesta. It was not long until they felt a need for a larger home for their growing family. So father went again to Logan Canyon to cut and haul logs. This home was built of solid logs. They were not sawed into lumber. After getting the logs up for a two room home he also made two rooms upstairs. The home then was lined with heavy tar paper for insulation. It was always a good sturdy home. It was in the home that their third daughter Selma was born on 11 April, 1905. She was still born never | having lived. She was also born at Deweyville, Utah. Their fourth daughter Alice was born 29 May, 1906 at Deweyville, Utah. The family rejoiced on 24 July 1909 when the first son was born. He was the fifth child and was born in Deweyville, Utah. He was named James Daniel. It was on 31 December, 1912 when another son was born. He was born at Deweyville, Utah. They named him David "B". The initial "B" stands for mother's maiden name, Braegger. The family lived in the home father built where it still stands today.
44: In 1900 father was elected County surveyor for the term of four years. He served the people of the County well and was elected for three terms. He served from 1900 to 1912. Many of the corner stones and land marks are still there where he put them. James Nathaniel had a deep love for his country and was very patriotic. When the United States of America was at war with Germany in the first world war, James and Louise had a family of five children. James felt he should serve his country. So he went to enlist but was told he was too old. Then he offered the use of his expensive surveying instruments to the government without charge. This offer was accepted and they used the instruments until one year after the ward was over. They were then returned. While our nation was at war food was rationed. Then father went to this group of men in the county who were over seeing this rationed and reported that he had just taken some wheat to the flour mill to be ground into flour and that he had a few sacks of white flour on hand. He said if it was needed for the boys who were fighting the war the government was welcome to it. But this group of men told him to keep it for he had a large family to support. James and Louise and their children lived on the farm in Deweyville. After growing different kinds of crops for a good many years father decided to increase his dairy herd. And so in later years he became a dairy farmer and doing survey work at intervals. As we children were growing up the Utah Idaho Sugar Company wanted father to be a regular employee of their company. This would have meant that the family would move sometimes. Mother thought it better that they raise us children on the farm where we would be taught to work. There was plenty for us to do. So father declined the offer. All through the years father was interested in seeing the young people get an education. When the Bear River High School was built he made arrangements to drive a school bus so that all children might be able to attend school. The first bus he drove he built the body to accommodate the number of students who expected to ride on the bus. This was before the County kept the roads open during the severe winters we had, so father would get up at 2 A.M. in the morning and go over the roads with a team of horses and a drag to clear the roads enough so that the bus could get through. He always worried for fear the bus would be stalled while it was loaded with children and they would get cold. He drove this bus for about two years when his son James Daniel entered high school. James D. then drove it until he left school. Then the next son David B. drove it. David continued to drive it for several years after he graduated. James Nathaniel and Louise continued to live on the farm and do the necessary work until his death 21 November 1948. He died at Deweyville and was buried in the Deweyville cemetery. He was 80 years old at the time of his death. Louise lived at the old home until her health failed. After that she lived with her daughter Mrs. Alic Halling in Brigham City, Utah and with her daughter Vesta Frost who lived in Spanish Fork, Utah. These two girls took turns caring for her. She died at the home of Alice in Brigham City. She died 21 March 1964 and was buried 25 March 1964 by the side of James Nathaniel in the Deweyville Cemetery. She was 88 years of age when she passed away, having lived longer than any of her brothers and sisters. | Holdaway Homestead | Jimmy, Alice, and Vesta in front of Holdaway Homestead
45: Alice Holdaway, cousin, James N. Holdaway | James N. Holdaway by check mark with surveying crew | James N. Holdaway on left, other two unknown | James and Louise Holdaway family, 1945 | James N. Holdaway with Wendell and Wayne Burgess (Etta's children) | James N. Holdaway standing on the north side of his home | James Daniel, Alice, David B. Holdaway | Louise Holdaway holding Wayne Burgess, Alice, and Vesta
46: Louise Braegger Holdaway holding grandchild | Vesta, Etta, Alice and James Holdaway 1911 | Louise B. Holdaway May 1940 | James, and Louise Holdaway with Ben Burgess, Alice Holdaway Halling, Wayne, and Wendall Burgess | Louise and James Holdaway with horse | James N. Holdaway & Guy Rose with horse in front of old school bus | Etta Holdaway Burgess 1953 | Vesta and Etta Holdaway 1903
47: Dave Holdaway, far left Alice Holdaway kneeling second from left | Vesta Holdaway, Wayne Burgess & Louise Holdaway | Etta Burgess, Alice Halling & Vesta Frost | James Daniel & Alice Holdaway around 1910 | Louise Holdaway & grandchildren, 1945 | David B. Holdaway on left, unknown child on right | Kenneth & Alice Holdaway Halling, 1935 | Vesta Holdaway as missionary | David Holdaway at family home | James Daniel Holdaway | James Holdaway | Alice Holdaway
48: A Letter of Testimony Written by Grandfather Braegger Before I leave this world to go into a better one I desire to bear my testimony to the truthfulness of the gospel. While I was yet able to go to fast meetings I felt prompted many times to arise and bear my testimony but not being able to do so in the English language a feeling of fear held me back. I regret now that I did not obey the promptings of the spirit but desire now to make my feelings known concerning the gospel. I was baptized on 23 August, 1874 by Elder J.J. Walser. From that time to present I have always felt good in the faith not withstanding the many trials which came in my way. I have always been poor. While in Switzerland I had no hope of every immigrating to Zion. Still the Lord who rules all things opened the way and one by one we came to Zion until my whole family was there. The separating of the members of my family was in every respect a great trial to me. But my greatest trials came to me in the Old country. After receiving the gospel Satan did all he could to discourage us. I nearly lost my position in the factory where I worked because I became Mormon. I trusted in the Lord and went to see my foreman and bore to him my testimony and after that all went well. I was so poor I thought I could not pay my tithing. I neglected to pay it for a time but I soon found out that I was getting poorer all the time and that the Lord was not blessing me. I knew that the Lord had said "Prove me now herewith saith the Lord of Hosts if I will not open you the windows of Heaven and our you out a blessing", etc. I commenced again to pay my tithing and I believe I have paid it honestly to the present time. I can now bear my testimony concerning tithing being a commandment of God. Brethren and Sisters do not be influenced to the contrary by anyone. Do not seek for riches and neglect your soul. If you do you will regret it when you lie on your death bed. Seek the treasures of heaven which make you happy in this life and bring Salvation to you in the next. I pray the Lord to bless all who hear my last testimony and all the Saints through out the world to strengthen us in the keeping of his Commandments. I, Abraham Braegger Sr., bear testimony that this gospel is true. | Abraham Braegger Sr. Father | Salome Brunner Braegger Mother | Braker (Braegger) Family Crest
49: Abraham Braegger, Jr. | John George Braegger | Emanuel Braegger | Bertha Braegger | John Jakob Braegger | Louise Braegger | Gottlieb Braegger | Susanna Barbara Braegger | Susanna Braegger | Bertha Braegger | Annie Kaggie, Bertha Braegger, & Abraham Braegger Sr. | Salome Braegger & 2 children
50: Life History of Daniel Webster Holdaway Husband to Martha Belinda Holdaway - Son of Timothy & Mary Holdaway | Daniel Webster Holdaway was born July 14, 1834 in Putnam County, Indiana, the seventh and last child of Timothy and Mary Trent Holdaway, who had come from Hawkins County, Tennessee. It seems that the parents were farm workers who moved from place to place in hopes of bettering their conditions. Timothy Holdaway died in 1853, somewhere in the Midwest, possibly in Illinois, for in November, 1837, his widow, Mary Trent Holdaway married William Lunceford in St. Clair County, Illinois. Daniel Webster Holdaway, with his brother David, crossed the Plains in Captain Edward Hunter's Company, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley on 13 October, 1850. Daniel was sixteen and | David was eighteen years old. According to a "Hisory of San Bernadino County", Daniel's older sister Elizabeth and her husband Henry Rabel, also crossed the plains in 1850 arriving September 17. (I have never been able to find the Company). The only history we have of Daniel Holdaway was written by his son James Nathaniel, and in it he states that his father Daniel left Provo on March 28, 1852 for California. Early in the Spring of 1852 Elizabeth and her husband Henry Rabel also left the Valley for California and it is possible that Daniel accompanied them. By this time David was married. His mother with her second husband and family had not arrived in Utah and Shedrick the oldest brother had just returned from the East with a load of | carding machinery and was living in a wagon box. Henry and Elizabeth Rabel first settled in the Sacramento Valley, but in 1857 moved to San Bernadino in Southern California. Here Mr. Rabel purchased several large tracts of land. When the saints were called back to Utah in 1857, Daniel Webster Holdaway returned, but the Rabel family stayed in California. In January of 1856 a company was formed of Mormons and non-Mormons, known as the B.Y. Express and Carrying Company, which later was abridged to the Y.X. Company. History states that "The purpose of the movement was 'to establish a daily express and passenger communication between the western states and California'." Daniel carried the mail for this company for a period of time. Just how long or to which points we do not know. Daniel Webster Holdaway married Martha Belinda Gardner on April 16, 1857. She was born on October 12, 1839, a daughter of Benjamin and Electa Lamport Gardner. They first pioneered the settlement of North Ogden where Daniel operated a sawmill and helped to build up the community. Here their first five children were born. | In 1870, Daniel with his wife and children moved to Deweyville, Box Elder County, Utah. Here again they were among the first settlers and again went through the hardships of pioneer life. He obtained a considerable quantity of land but water was scarce and his farming venture was not very successful. He operated a threshing machine not only in his own community but also in Cache Valley where he worked until winter set in. A few summers he went to the shores of the Great Salt Lake where he made dikes or leaves to separate the water so that it would evaporate and he would gather the salt, it being three or four inches deep at times and take it to wherever a market for it could be found. In 1855, Daniel Webster Holdaway sold seventy-six acres of land to the Deweyville School Trustees for $35.00. He also sold eight acres to the county for a road for $10.00. On February 9, 1889, he sold five acres to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for $50.00 for the building of a chapel, according to the Deweyville Centennial. On August 6, 1875 the first Relief Society in Deweyville was organized and Martha Belinda Gardner Holdaway was chosen Treasurer. | Martha, beloved wife of Daniel, passed away on May 18, 1907. Daniel suffered from Bright's Disease for many years. After the death of his wife, he made his home with his children. The following is taken from his obituary in the Deseret News of July 21, 1914: "Daniel Webster Holdaway, a pioneer settler of Deweyville, died July 3 of Brights disease, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Charles Kroksh of Elwood. The funeral services were held in the Deweyville meeting house July 6. The speakers were Bishop Fridel of Elwood, J.P. Christensen, Chas J. Dewey and Bishop James B. Dewey. The Ward choir furnished the singing. Christen Hansen offered the closing prayer. A profusion of flowers were presented. Interment was in the Deweyville cemetery." Daniel Webster Holdaway may not have acquired a great deal of this world's material wealth, but he left a large posterity of honest, upright, law-abiding citizens. His son, James Nathaniel said of him, "Father's teaching at home was to be loyal to our Government and chastity should be our way of living." Daniel and Martha were the parents of seven children. | As written by James Nathaniel Holdaway and Edna Holdaway Bentwet | 1903
51: James Nathaniel, William Benjamin, & Timothy Daniel Holdaway | Timothy Daniel Holdaway | Electa Emeline Holdaway Patterson | William Benjamin Holdaway | Timothy Daniel & James Nathaniel Holdaway | James Nathaniel Holdaway | Martha Vilate Holdaway Kroksh | Charles Augustus Kroksh (husband to Martha) | Hannah Lestie Holdaway Rose | Homestead of Daniel W. & Martha B. Holdaway
52: Life History of Benjamin Gardner (Father of Martha Belinda Gardner Holdaway) Benjamin was the son of Nathaniel B. Gardner and Hannah Briggs. He was born August 19, 1800, Johnstown, Montgomery County, New York. He moved with his father's family to Erie County, Pennsylvania in his early days. There were only three houses in the city of Erie at that time. He married Electa Lamport on May 29, 1822. They made their home in Erie County where they built a house and cleared the timber off the land before they could cultivate it. Here then of their children were born. 1. Benjamin Gardner - born November 24, 1823. Died same day. 2. Hannah - born December 19, 1824. Married George S. Mason, March 22,1855 at Weber County, Utah. They made their home at Willard, Box Elder County, Utah, where three children were born to them. She died there April 10, 1861. 3. William Lamport Gardner - born Gebruary 3, 1857. Married Angeline Gould on March 31, 1852 at Council Bluffs, Iowa. They made their home at Willard, Box Elder County, Utah, where three children were born. Later they moved to Brigham where two children were born. 4. Belinda Sophia - born May 16, 1829. Died June 22, 1829. 5. Nathaniel Bradley - born May 8, 1830. Died April 16, 1851 at Council Bluffs, Iowa. 6. Mahala - born February 5, 1833. Married Robert Hughs on March 10, 1861, at North Ogden, Weber County, Utah. They had three children. She married William Cole on April 10, 1868. They made their home at Riverdale, Weber County, Utah. Five children were born to them. She died April 10, 1915 at Ogden, Utah. 7. Milo Van Dussen Gardner - born June 4, 1835. | Married Margaret Montgomery on September 29, 1859 at North Ogden where they made their home. Here four children were born to them. In 1868 they moved to Deweyville, Box Elder County, Utah. Seven more children were born to them. He died March 26, 1908 at Deweyville, Box Elder County, Utah. 8. Lucinda - born May 30, 1837. Married James Leithead on March 7, 1856 at Farmington, Davis County, Utah, where they made their home for many years. Here five children were born to them. In 1868 they moved to St. Thomas, Nevada, from there to Glendale, Utah and from there to Lovell, Wyoming. Four children were born to them. She died April 16, 1917 at Lovell, Wyoming. 9. Martha Belinda - born October 12, 1839. Married Daniel Webster Holdaway on April 16, 1859, at North Ogden, Weber County, Utah. They made their home there and five children were born to them. In 1870 they moved to Deweyville, Box Elder County, Utah where two more children were born to them. She died May 18, 1907 at Deweyville. He died July 3, 1914 at Elwood, buried at Deweyville. 10. Electa Ette - born March 8, 1842. Married John Montgomery on October 27, 1859 at North Ogden, Weber County, Utah. Here they made their home for the rest of their lives. Ten children were born to them. 11. Joseph Smith Gardner - born March 15, 1847 at Vernon, Van Buren County, Iowa. Married Mary Elizabeth Williams March 15, 1869. On June 17, 1840 Benjamin and Electa Gardner were baptized by John M. Adams into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1843 with his entire family he left Pennsylvania to gather with the Saints in Nauvoo. His youngest sister, Margaret, who married Jonathan Sawyer Wells and their entire family accompanied them. While enroute they stopped near Perry, Geauga County, Ohio to pay her father, William Lamport a visit. He was living with his third wife, Annie Turner, and this was the last time Electa ever saw her father or any of her brothers. | They arrived at Nauvoo in early fall of 1843. After visiting the Prophet Joseph Smith, they went twenty miles south of Nauvoo and settled on Bear Creek on Green Plains, Illinois, north of the settlement. Benjamin bought one hundred and sixty acres of land from Mr. Sturg. They lived there until September 10, 1845 when mobs burned their house and destroyed their crop and they were compelled to leave. The family was all sick but two. The mob rode up before sunrise in the morning and ordered them out of their house or they would burn the house over their heads. Benjamin went to the gate and talked to them and told them his family was sick and he had no where to take them to care for them. This made no difference and with an oath he was ordered out. While Benjamin was talking with the mob Nathaniel got out of his bed, crawled out of the back window and hid the guns and ammunition in the corn shock where the corn had been cut and shocked. The mob helped the carry out the bedding and layed it on the grass which was wet with dew. They carried the sick out and laid them on the bedding and then set fire to the house. They left to serve the other families the same way. Electa cooked breakfast over the coals of her burning house while her sick children lay shivering in the cold damp air. They had seventy-five cents in cash but the mob relieved them of that. When the news reached Nauvoo, Jonathan S. Wells came after them with his wagon and team and took them to this house in Nauvoo where they stayed for some time. When they went back after their corn and other things they had left in the cellar it was gone. The mob had taken it. Benjamin was arrested and put in prison. They held him six or eight weeks. Several other men were arrested with him. The jailer, being tired of keeping them without trial, turned them loose in the night to go home. He and his companions traveled in the night and secreted themselves daytimes in corn fields. They arrived home in the night of the third day. While living near Reo Rush, Electa had to take one of the little boys and go to the mill or do other business at Warsaw for if the mob caught the men away from home they would horse whip them. They killed one of them men in this way. I have heard Electa Gardner say that her daughter, Hannah, was working for a wealthy family in Warsaw and when
53: History of the Lamport Family in America (Written by Warren W. Lamport, 1905, son of Ansel Lamport) There are two Lamport families in America. One of English and the other of Irish extraction. The former are the descendants of Benjamin Lamport, and settled in Canada sometime in the first half of the nineteenth century. Later a branch of the family came to Michigan and onto Illinois where they found a permanent location at Momence, Kankakee County. Of this family I have but little knowledge as they are not known to be related to the other branch. The other family are the descendants of one William Lamport, whose father was a linen bleacher in Wexford, Ireland. There are people of the same name still living in England and Ireland, but I have made no effort to trace a connection with them. When William Lamport was a lad some thirteen years of age, about the middle of the sixteenth century, he ran away from home as tradition says and went to sea intending to reach America. The vessel on which he sailed was captured by a slave trader and he with two other boys was taken to Africa to be exchanged for slaves, but off the coast they managed to get away and put to sea in the ships boat. They were picked up by a friendly ship and brought to America where William landed at Bristol, Rhode Island. At that place and the little town of Warren nearby, he grew to manhood and was a blacksmith by trade. William served his country in the War of the Revolution. He was under General Gates over in the campaign against Burgoyne and was at the Battle of Saratoga. It was at Pownal, in southwestern Vermont, near the foot of the Green Mountains that his first child William was born. Other children were born to him and the closing years of his life were spend at Gorham, New York where he died at the advanced age of ninety. He was a Baptist in religious conviction and died in the faith. | After spending a few days in Salt Lake City they went north to Willard, Box Elder County, to visit his sister, Margaret G. Wells, and family who had come to the valley two years before. That fall, 1852, they returned to Weber County and located three miles south of Ogden at Birch Mill where Benjamin worked for Daniel Birch in his grist mill planning the machinery and starting the mill running and was the miller until 1856. He then rented Rufus Allen's farm one or two years. Here his daughter, Hannah, was married to George S. Mason on March 22, 1855. They made their home at Willard. William also made his home here. Here his daughter, Lucinda, was married to James Leithead on March 7, 1856. They made their home at Farmington, Davis County, Utah. Thus, the children began to scatter and make homes for themselves. In the fall of 1857 Benjamin and the rest of his family moved to North Ogden where he worked in Newman Blodgett's grist mill placing the machinery and started the mill running. He was the miller until the mill stopped. He also bought a farm of Mr. Gouldsbrough. Later he bought a house and two lots of Thomas Dunn and moved into the Fort at North Ogden. Here five of his children were married. While Johnston's Army was being held back on Hamsfork and the saints were moving south, Benjamin and his family, with the exception of Milo who was left with others on detail at North Ogden, went as far south as Provo. They returned when peace was restored. Benjamin was Justice of the Peace at North Ogden for many years. In the spring of 1869 he sold his property to David Garner and moved to Deweyville where he spent the remainder of his days. He died July 30, 1875. His body was taken to Ogden and laid to rest in Ogden Cemetery. He was a faithful Latter-day Saint. His wife, Electa, made her home with her youngest child, Joseph, after the death of her husband, but spent some time with her other three children. She died August 8, 1890 at the home of her daughter, Belinda Holdaway in Deweyville. She was taken to Ogden and laid to rest by the side of her husband. They both lived honest, honorable and upright lives, true to their religion to the end of their days. They passed through many trials and persecutions with the other saints but never murmured. | she went to see her daughter she was invited to dine with them. She sat down to a table covered with the best of food but she could not eat. When she thought of her little ones at home without bread or anything to eat her heart swelled within her until she could not eat. In the spring of 1846 Benjamin took his team and wagon and went as far as Garden Grove with President Young and others to help them over bad roads. He was gone three months. The boys worked to help support the family. Nathaniel worked for one-half bushel of corn per day at ten cents per bushel for a Mr. Edmonds. Milo worked for one quart of meal per day in an ox mill grinding corn in a barn. On September 9, 1846 the family left Nauvoo and crossed the Mississippi River in a skif called the Broadhorn and went to Sand Prairie west of Montrose and nine miles from Nauvoo. Here they could hear the firing of the enemy's guns at Nauvoo. From there they went south of Bentansport and worked till the fall when they went back to Bentansport on the DeMoines River, Iowa, where Benjamin worked in a grist mill and his sons, William and Nathaniel, worked in a saw mill for Allender brothers. His daughter, Hannah, worked for Mrs. Allender, the boys mother. Here Benjamin and Electa's youngest child was born, March 15, 1847. They named him Joseph Smith Gardner. In 1847 they moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa. They put in some garden and built a log house. In the fall William, Nathaniel, and Hannah went back to Bentansport and worked for the Allenders all winter. All three of them had the measles and Mrs. Allender took care of them like a mother. They returned in the spring of 1848. Benjamin farmed more land and bought James Leitheads house and lot and also R. Coles house for they continued their journey to the Salt Lake Valley that year. Benjamin also worked in a grist mill for Mr. Cooley. He was president of the North Pidgeon Branch, Iowa. Here son Nathaniel died, April 16, 1851 at Council Bluffs. Here William Married Angeline Gould on March 31, 1852. The same year Benjamin, with his entire family started for the valleys of the mountains leaving their homes and lands for the saints who were following after them. They arrived in Salt Lake City on September 28, 1852. Benjamin was captain of the number ten train.
54: Our Ancestors
56: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.