S: The Strom Cocks & Geraldine Barney Family History
FC: The Writings of Geraldine Barney Cocks & Her Personal History
1: Annie Laura Pace who married David Christopher Johnson | Left to right: Dave Johnson, his son Bill Johnson, his son-in-law Orin Barney, Orin's wife Opal Johnson Barney, and Annie Laura Pace Johnson | Photo taken at the Johnson Family cabin on Mt. Graham near Safford, Arizona | 50th Wedding Anniversary
2: Margaret Cocks | Storm Christensen Cocks | Geraldine Barney | William Thomas Cocks | Aagot Synove Christensen | Orin Buren Barney | Opal Johnson | Frederick Charles Cock | Louisa Goninan | Otto Wilhelm Christensen | Maren Sophie Opsahl | Orin Elbridge Barney | Sarah Eliza Fenn | David Christopher Johnson | Annie Laura Pace
3: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. | The wedding of David Christopher Johnson to Annie Laura Pace | Margaret Cocks married to Michael Thomas Stroud
4: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Margit Christensen, (on the right) sister of Aagot Christensen. | Margot | Willie | Margit Christensen
5: Margot Cocks | Barney Reunion | Storm in New York City
6: Photos of the most common places the Cocks and Goninan families come from. | England | St. Ives | From medieval times fishing was important at St Ives; it was the most important fishing port on the north coast. | Aagot
7: St. Just Church Built in the 15th Century. | Gwithian Beach | Gwithian is a coastal village in west Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is situated three miles northeast of Hayle and four miles east of St Ives, Cornwall across St Ives Bay. | Gwinear Church | St. Just is one of the most ancient mining districts in Cornwall and remains of ancient pre-industrial and more modern mining activity | Willie Cocks
8: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. | Aagot Christensen | Aagot | Aagot
9: LOUISE GONINON, Storm's grandmother and Mrs. Curnow's mother were sisters, making Storm and her cousins. The Curnows came to Morenci first and were later followed by Charles, Jack and Tom who came from England. Jack was a nickname for John Hosking, brother of William Thomas "Tom" Cocks (Storm's Father). | Frederick Charles Cock and Louisa Goninan | Maren Sophia Opsahl | MAREN SOPHIA OPSAHL was born 1 November 1857 in Oslo, Norway. She was in the real estate business and the fruit business. Her mother was also in the fruit business. She married Otto Christensen and they had 10 children. Some of them came to America. Two brothers, Henry and Einar, had a laundry in New York City where they did linens for several large hotels and two younger brothers worked as coal shovelers on the big steamships that crossed the Atlantic from Norway to New York. They were called the Black Gang and the brothers had huge biceps from all the hard work of shoveling coal for the steam needed for the boat. Storm remembers wrestling with one brother and he really was strong.
10: Aagot Christensen married William Thomas Cocks He went by "Tom". They met when he was in the service and was hospitalized due to breaking his leg. The rest is history. | Aagot Christensen | Aagot Christensen | Aagot Christensen
11: Aagot working in the clinic as an Army Nuirse. | William Thomas Cocks "Tom" | Aagot and her friend. | Aagot on the left.
12: Mother | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Orin Buren Barney | David Christopher Johnson | Annie Laura Pace | Geraldine Barney | Opal Johnson | Orin Elbridge Barney | Sarah Eliza Fenn | William Dydamus Johnson | Caroline Louise Wild | James Orlando Pace | Nancy Orpha Boggs | Walter Turner Barney | Sarah Matilda Farr | John Fenn | Matilda Sorensen | Storm | Mike & Margaret Stroud
13: Father | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Storm Christensen Cocks | William Thomas Cocks | Aagot Synove Christensen | Frederick Charles Cock | Louisa Goninon | Otto Wilhelm Christensen | Maren Sophie Opsal | Thomas Cock | Jane Rule | William Goninon | Grace Hosken | Christen Sorensen | Anne Marie Amanda Finsrud | Erland Christensen | Helene Arnesdatter | Aagot | Margot Cocks | William Thomas Cocks
14: WILLIAM THOMAS COCKS was born 9 June 1889 in Cornwall, England, the oldest of three boys. After his father Frederick died his mother married again to a Mr. Harris and two boys and 1 girl were born in this family, half brothers to Tom. Irene married Tommy Hoskings and stayed in England. James Henry Harris, the second son, came to the United States also, setting eventually in Carlsbad, New Mexico, working in the potash mine there, marrying a school teacher, Myrtle Otiliana Johnson. They had a girl who died in infancy and was buried in the Smelter cemetery in Morenci and a boy, James, who later moved to Hobbs, New Mexico. A brother, Charles Cocks, also came to the US and eventually settled in El Paso, having property in Mexico that he spent time at. I never met him. There was another sister, Dessie Harris, who remained in England. The Cocks family worked in the copper mines in Wales near Land's End in England. Life was probably very hard there and the boys left home, probably when their father died and their mother remarried, and came to the United States to work in the copper mines in Morenci. | Tom Cocks was in the Central Hotel across the river in Clifton one day and Waldo Tiscornia and others in his party came in the hotel to invest some money in a dam of some sort in the area. Tom overheard them talking about their long a trip from Michigan and that the project they were interested in had fizzled. He stepped in and persuaded them to invest the money they had in Dover Mining property he had acquired. I don't know how he had this property. Waldo did and with that money the mine was opened. Waldo and his brother both put money in. It was a 52% Tiscornia and 49% Cocks venture. Tom made frequent trips to Michigan to see Waldo and Storm and family went along. It meant long, long rides, not stopping much as they traveled back and forth. Storm remember them driving in late model cars, speeding along the highway, his father always with a pipe in his mouth, and one finger on the steering wheel and elbow out the window. He also remembers his father sitting him on his lap at a very young age and expecting him to steer the car, which made Storm nervous.The mine was operating at the time of the breaking out of World War II on December 7, 1941. Tom Cocks lived up the river at Potters and oversaw the mine from there. Storm never saw his dad do any work around the house in all the time he was a child.
15: AAGOT CHRISTENSEN was born 11 October 1888 and died 12 December 1940 of a stroke. She left Norway around 1910 for North Dakota. Like all the Norse she wanted to travel and see the world. She went back to Norway in l914 and studied her profession, that of a physical therapist. In 1915 she went back to the United States and joined the Army as a Physiotherapist. She served during World War I, working in Fort Worth, Texas, and in Camp Carney, California. While working in the hospital in Texas she met Tom Cocks who was recovering from a broken leg, and married him on the 9th of August 1919. They had 3 children, Margot Sophia, born 7 May 1921, Wilhelmina Louise born 19 July 1923 in Los Angeles, and Storm Christensen born 21 October 1925 in Morenci. Storm was born in the old Morenci Hospital. Aagot had a friend who named her child Storm and she took his name from this friend. Aagot often used the name Von Vaug instead of Christensen as her surname. It was the custom of Norwegian people to take the name of the town they lived in as a last name. So in a sense her name was Aagot from Vaug, (Shipvet, Norway).
16: Storm in Morenci | Ann, Tulla and Margot | Storm on the far right. | Tante Margit, Willie, & Storm | Margot, Storm, & Willie | Billie Bud and Margot with Eina's Girls. (Aagot's brother and 2 kids)
17: Storm, Margit & Willie 1928 - Morenci,Arizona | Willie Cocks New York | Aagot Christensen Cocks | The middle X is above Louisa Goninan. (William Thomas Cocks' mother.)
18: Storm Christensen Cocks Born October 21, 1925 Morenci, Arizona Died June 4, 2000 Safford, Arizona | Storm | Aagot
19: Storm's mother Aagot | Storm's car in High School | Aagot
20: STORM CHRISTENSEN COCKS was born in Morenci, Arizona, on October 21, l925 to William Thomas Cocks and Aagot Christensen. He was the third of three children and was born in the old Morenci hospital. His father was a miner, having come to Morenci from Cornwall, England, when he was about 17 years old. He served in the military, having met Aagot there in El Paso Texas while he was recuperating from a broken leg. Mr. Cocks was a miner and set about gathering property that had mining potential. Storm’s earliest memory is when he was about 2 years old. He remembers standing in his crib and his father beating him with his hand. When Storm was three years old Mr. and Mrs. Cocks separated and Aagot took the three children back to New York City to stay with her younger sister, Margit Helene. Storm has a vivid recollection of that trip on the train. He slept in the little luggage hammock in the berth. Margit was also a physiotherapist and had a school on Madison Avenue. During the 5 years that Aagot and the children lived in New York City, they moved several times, always staying in the vicinity, but moving to a larger or smaller place as their finances dictated . This was during the great depression of 1928-33. Storm could ride the subway anywhere in New York City for 5 cents. He went to school and they took the bus as it was a long walk. However, many times he and his sisters would walk and save the nickel it took for bus fare to buy a treat. When it snowed in New York City the snowplow would pile the snow half on the sidewalk and half on the curb. Storm and his sisters would walk to school sometimes all bundled up against the cold. Storm would walk on the piles of snow lining the road. They were usually frozen and hard but sometimes there would be a soft place and he would sink down in the snow and have to climb out. | Storm, Willie, and Margot with Lilly a friend of his Aunt Margit who lived in New York. | Storm would roam the streets on his own while his mother, aunt and uncle worked. He frequented Central Park which was very close. He said he used to roam all over it playing on the swings, sailing ships on the ponds, running over the hills and pathways all over with his friends of the streets. When the dirigible Hindenberg first tied up to the Empire State Building in l9?? Storm was there. He was asked by a man from a radio station to say what he thought of the big dirigible and was given a nickel for his comment. His comment was that he wished he was up in it.
21: Our Ancestors | Margot, Storm, and Willie by Central Park in New York | Margot, Storm, and Willie with Lilly a friend of his Aunt Margit. | MARGIT CHRISTENSEN, Storm's aunt, had a school where she taught physiotherapy or massage therapy to students. She also had a clientele of wealthy patrons who sought her out for therapy. Storm remembers a room with a pommel horse, weights, the rings and bars for exercise as well as a steam cabinet where the patron was placed with only his or her head sticking out. There were also rooms where the patient could be massaged and manipulated around the muscles. Storm's uncle and his mother worked for his aunt and were quite busy with their work. Margit was a patron of the arts and had a huge grand piano in her living room. A maestro, as he was called, would come to her home regularly and give her lessons, both on the piano and voice. He wore a long black cape which he flipped back as he paced during the lessons and he always held a long cigarette holder to his lips. He also wore a hat on his head with a wide brim and one side turned up, rather sporty like. Storm remembers his aunt doing the do re me scales and he could hear her a block away as she practiced. | Tante Margit Christensen | Tante Margot, Storm, and Willie in New York | Margit Christensen
22: Storm was always eager to work and earn money. As a child he put together a shoe shine kit and tried shining shoes in New York City for a while but the competition was tough as lots of kids had the same idea. He did not do this for long. There wasn't much a small child could earn money at so competition was fierce. He remembers about breaking even with his venture. At other times he and other boys would haunt the entrances to the big hotels in his area where the rich people would stay while in the city or some permanently. His favorite trick was to spot a car coming up to the hotel door and run over and open the door for the passenger before the doorman had a chance to do his job. As a result he might get a nickel for his quickness. He would also get a dirty look for the doorman who missed out on the tip. One day Storm remembers running into a building and cutting his head. He ran home and as his family was working he ran into a little room and fell on the bed face down, burying his head in a pillow and fell asleep. A worker came upon him and turned him over, leaving the impression he may have smothered had she not come along at that time. | At the end of 5 years Mr. Cocks came to New York City and took his family back home to Clifton. They lived there a while and then moved to Potters probably in 1936 or 37, 2 miles up the San Francisco River where Storm and I would move years later. Waldo Tiscornia, his dad’s partner in mining property, came west on occasion to check on the property and the Cocks' went out East to visit him. Storm remembers Waldo taking him to a baseball game where major league ball was played in the summer. Waldo bought Storm a program from the game and the star, a man called Slater, I think, autographed his program. He also tells of driving a stake body truck alone from the mine to Duncan where he picked up a load of dynamite and he set the nitro caps on the seat beside him as he jounced his way back over the winding, dirt roads of the county. He worked at the mine every summer picking up the workers and driving them to the mine. | Storm | Storm | Storm
23: Storm had to milk the cow each morning before he went to school. He remembers walking, not going on the road, but following the river itself to save lots of steps. He would grab a turnip from the garden on his way and eat it as he walked,. If he wanted to play football or basketball it meant walking home and back after the games and practice. Someone gave Storm a little black puppy dog named Nigger and they became close companions. They went everywhere together and he was a good companion for Storm as he grew up in this isolated spot. Tom Cocks had two thoroughbred greyhounds, though, and the grown dogs fought a lot. Storm had to get rid of his dog to avoid the dog fights. My dad, Orin Barney, came there delivering a washing machine or fridge to them from Sears where he worked and was offered the dog. Dad still remembers turning that last curve, leaving the Potter place, and seeing that lonely little boy staring after his dog in the car as it rounded the bend. Storm remembers his mother getting up way before daylight and preparing bread to be baked for breakfast on a huge old wood stove in the kitchen. And of getting warm around the same stove in the big old drafty house. As there were two fireplaces he tells of his dad bringing in a big log about 5 feet long and stuffing one end in the fireplace instead of chopping it into the right lengths. As it burned he shoved the wood log in to the fire. As a boy at Potters Storm had to go out and start the cantankerous old pump out in the wooden pump house and try to keep it turning. He also remembers driving the Model A out in the field, using it as a tractor pulling a plow to get the fields plowed as they had no tractor. Storm's mother died when he was 15 years old and Mrs. Tysoe was hired to take care of the kids and keep the house and cook for Mr. Cocks for a while. Wanting to earn money, again Storm and other kids around his age set up a lemonade stand in Clifton and sold lemonade for a few cents on the hot summer days when school was out. They squeezed the lemons and added the sugar and water for their venture. Most of his friends were older kids. He never took a kid to his home for a visit. He always went to their homes. He never felt a child would be welcome in his home nor he did not want them to see what went on there. Mr. Cocks was abusive to his wife and to Storm and his language was foul when his temper was high which was often. Whatever Storm did as a child was not right with his dad. It was never good enough or he was told if that's as good as you can do, don't do it. Something was always wrong so he stopped trying to please him. | Storm
24: The mine was still going but the war started and Storm decided to volunteer when he turned 17. His dad had to sign for him to join. However, it was Waldo who took him to Tucson so he could enlist. The day he left, Storm got up early all alone, got his breakfast, and went to the bus stop alone. His father did not even get up to see his son off to war. He went alone. Boot Camp in San Diego lasted 6 weeks. They were made to run the obstacle course in their white uniforms and of course the rule in the Navy was "no dirty uniform". So he had to wash and scrub his uniform every night to keep them clean which was no easy task after a day on the obstacle course. The Sargeant was mean and barked out his orders and flaunted his authority, causing Storm to do a reverse action when he was placed over men. He believed in being fair, polite, complimentary for good work and getting the job done with praise, not punishment. This was his philosophy in the Navy, as a Master Sargeant in the Army and as a foreman and Master Mechanic for Phelps Dodge Corporation. He always told th e men the job he wanted done, gave them time to solve it their way, checked on it and if there were problems he would offer suggestions or solutions. That way the men could learn and then get help. He would always praise his men, giving them credit for a job well done. Needless to say he was liked by his men wherever he worked. Upon enlisting Storm was told he could get in whatever trade he chose. Storm's dream had been to work on airplane engines When he finished boot camp he was given a choice of small boats or cook and baker. Naturally he chose small boats, a far cry from what he had anticipated. He worked his way up in the ranks quickly, seeming to have a talent for knowing what to do and how to please and accomplish the job quickly and accurately. He became bosun mate. In war zones the men had shifts of 4 hours on watch and 4 hours off to sleep during the night hours. They were always sleepy. They had to do their regular work during the day as well as the watch during the night. If there was general quarters (attack positions) they had certain duties to fulfill. After GQ they had to do watch duty again and sometimes that would mean even longer hours without rest. It was not uncommon to sleep standing up. Storm could doze with pair of binoculars held to his eyes. He could sleep laying across the gun he was ready to fire. He could sleep sitting up or laying down in his net hammock below deck. | USS Ormsby - Storm served on this ship | Storm was the Boatswain's Mate
25: Storm's job during WW II was to drive a Higgins boat from ship to shore unloading men and machines. The battle ships way off shore would bombard the Island relentlessly for several days to soften the landing that would follow. When the battle ships stopped their fire the Higgins boats would carry troops of men from ship to shore, under heavy artillery from the enemy on shore. On the night before a landing, the drivers of the boats would check their boats to make sure everything was working okay. Storm checked his boat thoroughly. On the morning of the battle on Guam, Storm was to carry a vehicle and its crew ashore. With hearts pounding the boat took its position in the wave that would go in together. As the line of boats began their journey toward the shore amid the shells breaking overhead Storm's boat began taking on water from the heavy load and he turned on the bilge pump to pump it out. The water became deeper and things were beginning to float in the bottom of the boat. The bilge pump was not working properly. Storm asked the men to bail out the water with their helmets but the water was coming in faster than it was going out. Storm looked in at the bilge pump and found a combat boot stuffed up the pipe. He knew he would have to pull out of the wave as they were taking on too much water to land with the other boats. So he took his bearings and headed for that part of the beach he had been told to head for in case of trouble. Seeing the direction the boat was taking the officer aboard said, "No, go more to the left." Storm told him he had been told to head in the direction he was going. The officer argued and became adamant. "More to the left", he said. "More to the left!" Storm, 17, finally followed the officers directions and headed in that direction. When they landed not one part of their force was in sight. They were on an isolated stretch of beach. The front of the boat was dropped down into the water and the crew of the vehicle got aboard and drove it off. It stalled when it hit the water, half on the ramp and half off. The men could not get it started again. As a result the boat took on even more water as it poured in from the open front ramp of the boat. The boat settled deeper in the water and the men bailed with their helmets in a futile effort. The boat and men were trapped targets to any enemy fire that could find them. Soon the tide came in enough to get the boat off the beach. With a damaged propeller they drove in elipses until they met the tender boat that helped with disabled boats and it pulled them back to the ship where the propeller was quickly repaired and made ready for the next wave. The stuck boot probably saved Storm's life. One of the Lord's tender mercies.
26: Storm & Geri Cocks
27: Geraldine "Geri" Barney | Storm & Geri | Geraldine Barney | Storm Cocks
28: GERALDINE BARNEY was born May 10, 1927 in Thatcher, Arizona. My daddy wanted a boy and I was always told he almost traded me to his Mother-in-law because three weeks earlier she, my grandmother, had given birth to their sixth boy in a row. They were hoping for a girl. The trade did not come off and it is a good thing because Daddy had 3 boys after I came. My brothers were Wayne K., born October 1, l929, Bevan Orin born August 29, 1934, and Kenneth, born July 12, l936. My parents were Opal Johnson Barney and Orin Buren Barney, both from the Gila valley. My grandparents were all Mormons and farmers. We lived next door to Grandma Johnson and since her youngest son, Keith, was my age we played together a lot. My Aunt Ruth also had a son who was a month or so younger than I. He was there a lot also and we did a lot of things together The year was 1931. We lived next door to Grandma in a little two-room frame house that Dad had traded something for. It had a tiny living room, a tiny bedroom, and a kitchen as big as a minute. How the four of us, Mom, Dad, Wayne and I, fit in it was a miracle We lived a number of places when I was a child. For a while we lived at Glenbar a number of miles west of Safford. We had a house there with a pump in back and there was a cement bandstand for dances. I remember sleeping outside in the front yard on hot summer nights when there was not a breath of air stirring. There were no coolers and any cool air would have to circulate through the house from windows placed on all sides of the house. Dad would move two beds out on the lawn next to the porch under a big tree and we would sleep there. In the second grade my teacher was Miss Evans. When the school, first grade through sixth grade, put on their annual play at night for the parents I was chosen to be the ringmaster to a bunch of worms. The play in the third grade was a fairy fantasy and I was a fairy. I can remember standing in the hall at the side of the school and waiting for our turn to go on. I can remember Mother putting mustard plasters on my brothers when they were sick, usually with bad coughs or colds. She would take a clean white cloth and wet it in hot water and then spread the yellow mustard paste in a thick coating all across it. Then she would spread it across the chest or back of the sick one and wrap him up. When we had a sore throat we used to get it swabbed with a stick with cotton dipped in creosote on it. Whew! With the money from the farm dad built a 3-story house in Safford with FHA and we moved in with the upstairs unfinished. He also bought a music store and went into business. Miss Houck was my fourth grade teacher and she was big and roly-poly and single and I loved her. I remember getting to read the Wizard of Oz to the class each Friday afternoon. I was a good reader and got to do most of the reading to the class.
29: I can remember getting my tonsils out. I had to take a molasses smelling iron tonic for a month before they did it. I was so anemic and skinny I was in no condition for even a simple operation. I used to sit at the table for hours trying to get the courage to take a spoonful of the vile stuff after I ate. During this time my mom took me to a doctor and they said I had a spot on my lungs, determined from my first x ray. I needed to rest during the day to see if the spot would go away. My dad would pick me up at school and I would eat and then lie down to sleep for 2 hours and he would take me back to school. Dutifully I got undressed and in my slip got under the covers and closed my eyes. I could never sleep during this time. I got nervous just trying. So mom had me just rest. I never did sleep well after that. This passed also with time. I don't guess the spot increased because the next year I did not have to do it any more. I was also elected as secretary to my class, Spanish Club, Honor Society, Student Council most every year. My junior year I was secretary to about 7 organizations. I always took minutes and then got to read them back when we had our next meeting. I don't know how I kept them all straight but I guess I was good secretary material. I used to go to Mesa and stay a month in the summer with grandma and grandpa Barney. Going to Phoenix took 8 or 9 hours. Roads were narrow and winding and dirt and cars boiled on steep hills. Grandma Barney always hugged and kissed us a lot. She liked us kids also. I don’t remember Grandma Johnson ever hugging me or kissing me or telling me she loved me. She was just there and fixed our meals and such. Grandpa Johnson was the same. He sang a lot but I never remember sitting on his knee or having him hug me. My mother was sort of like her parents. She was not a hugger or kisser. We knew she loved us but she never told us. On the other hand my dad was always hugging and kissing and telling me he loved me. My freshman year I worked in the office at school during study hall as I was on the honor roll. I was picked for this honor. I typed, filed, picked up attendance slips, did reports and errands during this time. My dad organized teenage dances at the Wagon Wheel on Friday nights and I used to go to these. The mobs of kids were great and we had good times. Finally, my dad decided to sell the Bar because of the influence it could have on us kids (a member of our ward wrote to church authorities) and Spencer Kimball wrote Dad and advised him to get out of the business. I started going out with Gene Cosper when I went to work at the bank. All the kids my age were in the service or gone to school. He was at our house all the time as he and Wayne were best buddies. Gene was on the football team, the basketball team and the tennis team, very involved in sports as well as band and made straight A's. He was a good student.
30: The summer, 1946, Gene Cosper invited Wayne to go to Carlsbad to visit an aunt with him. The day after they left Storm came riding down our street in his model A and stopped in front of the house where I was on the porch swing reading the Sunday funnies. He slowly went by one time and then circled the block and came back, stopped in front, and talked to me from his car. He asked me if I would like to go on a picnic up the trail. I guess I said yes as I soon made sandwiches and he bought chips and sodas and we got in the topless Model A and went up the trail. We went to Cherry Lodge and hiked up a little canyon there and ate our lunch and talked. I guess you can say Storm stole me away from Gene. Our first baby, David Wayne Cocks, was born on June 14, 1949. Storm was serving in the Army Reserve as a Master Sergeant. I lived with my parents at the time. I was afraid to bathe David. I was afraid of the dried cord attached to his navel. I was afraid I would pull it off and stuff would fall out. Oh I was nervous about a baby. Finally it fell off. Mom had to go home and so after l sleepless night at our house without mother, Storm and I moved to Clifton and stayed with her a week or so. David slept in a dresser drawer that we padded for his bed. His nice new crib was unused up on the hill. I still was afraid to hold the baby and when he cried it terrified me. We started another baby who would be born on June 24, l953. I woke up in the night with light cramps and got up and bathed and washed my hair. I woke Storm up around midnight and we alerted Mom who came up and took David and we left for the hospital. Diane was borne around 5:30 AM as I recall. She was early as she was due July 4. But we were glad to have her. She weighed 8 lbs 8 oz, the same as David. Margaret was due July 4 but she came early also. I went to Primary that morning. As it was summer we had a dancing program for the kids after classes. That meant we had to move all the chairs to the side so the kids could dance in the main hall or chapel. I moved chairs and the kids danced. I got home from Primary around noon and I was very tired. I fixed lunch and lay down and started getting cramps and knew what that meant. I got a bath, called Storm and my mother. They both got there around 3:15. I said goodbye to the kids and we went to the hospital. Margaret was born around 4:30 that evening. Now it was a 3-day stay in the hospital and they got you right up and walking around and to the bathroom. No more binders on baby or mother. | Geri & Storm | Buffy & Munchie
31: Diane's Family | Gramps & Grandkids | David"s Girls | The Cocks Family | Connie Fuscious | Hawaii '83
32: Left to Right: Kenneth, Geraldine, Bevan, Opal, Wayne, Orin | Opal and Orin Barney Family | When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Orin & Opal Barney | Orin & Opal Barney | Opal Johnson Barney | Opal
33: Dave Johnson, David & Storm Cocks | Dave Johnson, Storm, Gramps & Diane | Opal Johnson | Orin | Kenneth, Bevan, Geri, Wayne, Opal | Wayne, Bevan, and Kenneth | All four kids
34: OPAL JOHNSON was Born in Thatcher, Arizona to David Johnson and Annie Laura Pace on January 11, 1907. She was the 2nd oldest of 10 children. She raised most of her siblings and decided she didn't want a large family of her own as she had already raised several children. At age 17 she served a mission for the LDS church in St. Louis, Missouri. It was a long way from home for such a young farm girl. She was strong willed, feisty, and knew what she wanted in life and was willing to do whatever it took to obtain it. "Granner" as she was know by her grandchildren was a funny lady. She has quite a sense of humor but would never let anyone get the best of her. She loved flowers and plants and had a large greenhouse in her back yard. She sold plants and made flower arrangements for people. She was a hard worker. In her later years she owned a beauty salon and a Merle Norman cosmetic store that also sold clothing and jewelery. Prior to the beauty shop, she and "Gramps" owned a movie house. The grandkids favorite part of the building was behind the big screen as that was where all the candy and gum for the concession stand was stored. One day her grownup son of 6 foot plus was showing her how to defend herself. She being short, perhaps 5 ft. 6 or 7 inches took Bevan by the arm, following his directions precisely, flipped him over her aged body and broke his arm as he landed flat on his back. Needless to say she was a fast learner.
35: I have a Kooky Grandma, Who lives just down the street. No one could replace her, Her kind just can't be beat. (She's the greatest!) When driving down the road with her, She gives me quite a fright! The only time I feel real safe, Is on a dark, dark night. (When I can't see anything!) When I go down to visit her, She keeps me up is stitches, She says such funny kooky things, I nearly split my britches. (She's a riot!) She pulls out in front of cars, ThisI cannot bear. She says, "They can see me, So why should I care?" (She's dangerous!) Yes, she impresses me, But not in normal manner. There is none better in the world, Than my mother's mother, Granner. | In 1973 Margaret Cocks had an assignment in High School to write a poem about someone who impressed her. She wrote the following poem about her grandmother, Opal Barney. Opal died one year later, in July of 1974, of Ovarian Cancer | Top Photo: Granner and Gramps in April of 1974. The middle photo: Granner painting. A hobby she took up in the later years of her life. The bottom photo: Granner was in the Tucson hospital getting chemotherapy treatments. Margaret sent her a disguise kit so she could sneak out of the hospital and come home.
36: Storm & Geri Cocks Family | Diane | Diane | Diane | Diane & David | Diane & Granner | Margie 8th Grade | Margie
37: Diane | Diane & David | David | David, Geri, Margie | David & Margie | David & Margie | A the San Diego Zoo | All 3 kids | Margie
38: ORIN BARNEY was born October 15, 1904 in Morelos Sonora Mexico. His mother had to rush home from church as he was almost born in the wagon. His mother was the second wife in a plural marriage. He lived in a separate house from his father’s first wife. His home was made of adobe with a dirt floor. Orin had a sister named Lillian that was born in 1902 but only lived 6 weeks. He had one other brother born in 1906, named Jesse. In 1908 another girl, Alta, was born but only lived a few hours. Around age 4 Orin was too young to be afraid. He took his dog to the river to go fishing. One day when the river was high, Orin was playing on the bank. All of a sudden his mother came and grabbed him from the river’s edge. Just as she did the bank of the river gave way and Orin was saved from being swept away. His dad had a big hunting dog named Shep. One night the dog was barking wildly. Orin’s dad, along with his Uncle Moroni, went outside to see what was going on. The dog had a big mountain lion at bay, dad shot it and when back inside. Orin’ family had several cows and started milking cows at 6 years of age. His drinking water came from a well about a quarter of a mile away. His family raised grain, peanuts, alfalfa, grapes, and had a large fruit orchard. One day Orin disturbed a nest of Bumble Bees. They chased him far, but one managed to find a hole in his shirt and stung him. Orin remembered the time his father was taking the horses puling their wagon across the river to the church. The river was so high the horses had to swim and the wagon floated down river faster then the horses. His dad had to jump in the river to get the team of horses and wagon back in control. School started for him in 1910 and he rode a horse to school. On his way he would take a can filled with cream to the store to sell. In 1911 and 1912 Poncho Villa, Carranza and their comrades were fighting for control of the government. They came through raiding the settlement and killing livestock for food. In Sept. 1912 they put seven cannons on the hill and told everyone they had 24 hours to get out before the blew up the town. Dad loaded up 8 kids, from both of his wives, and headed to Douglas, Arizona. We stayed there a few days and then moved to Solomnville. We put up tents there and started farming. We walked 2 miles to school. Sometimes we would hitch a ride with a friend by hanging onto the outside of his truck. His mother did washing and housework to help pay the bills. He and his brother Jess would plow the land with a horse. They raised corn, potatoes, sugar cane and made molasses and sold it for food. In 1916 the river came up and washed away 30 of their 40 acre farm, leaving only the garden. In 1917 Orin’s dad bought him a cheap violin. Shortly after beginning violin lessons the war broke out and his teacher joined the service. | Gramps & His Brother Jesse
39: The Solomonville School was small. Orin’s class only had 3 kids in the 3rd grade. In 1918, Aunt Annie, dad’s first wife died, so her sister (Orin’s mother) stepped in and took care of all the kids, nine boys and one girl. Orin got a job as janitor of the school for 20 dollars a month. He swept, mopped and dusted the school. That also included starting the fire in the morning before school. Orin got a brand new saxophone from driving the school bus which a wagon pulled by horses. He learned to play the saxophone by locating the notes in a piano book. In the summer of 1942 Orin worked for Uncle Alvae Fenn at the government at a dairy where he milked 40 cows every morning and evening. It was hard getting used to milking so many cows. The first 2 weeks his hands swell up from using muscles he never knew he had. Orin started a little band to earn money playing 3 or 4 nights a week. He also played in an old pool hall. He played all over southern Arizona and in Mexico for dances. One time Orin and his brother Owen took 4 sticks of dynamite Owen has snuck out of the mine in his lunch box. They lit them up on the 4th of July and blew up some trees. The blast was so loud it rattled the windows on his house. In the fall of 1923 it was his senior year. He dated Opal Johnson quite frequently. His best subject was “Opal”ology. Her father sent her on a mission to St. Louis when she was only 17 years old so she would not marry Orin. When Opal came home from her mission in 1926. Opal went up to pick up Orin one day and went riding around. Around 5:00 pm and they decided to get married right then. So they both went home and got dressed up, got Pres. Payne to married them at 7:30 pm at Orin’s dad’s house on 27 July 1926. Opal’s parents were invited but they did not believe them so they didn’t go. Orin had to play for a dance that night in Glennbar. Opal and Orin spent their first night together on a haystack out in the field. Two years later on February 1, 1928. Orin made a living playing for dances. He would make 1 dollar a day working on the farm, but could make 10 dollars a week playing for dances. On New Year’s Eve he could make 50 dollars in one night. Needless to say he played for dances. Opal gave birth to 4 children. Geraldine, Wayne, Bevan, and Kenneth. Geraldine was born in Opal’s parent’s home in Thatcher, Arizona. She made all of Geraldine’s dresses. Orin started painting cars for 10 dollars a piece to make a living after the depression. He gradually expanded into painting houses and roofs. Money was tight and the family lost their brick home because they could not make the payments. So it was back to playing for dances. It was something he enjoyed doing all his life. He worked for Sears, the Gas Company, and a Furniture store, sold insurance, owned a Night Club, but music was always his passion until the day he died. | Geri & Gramps | Great Grandkids
40: Orin Barney "Gramps" turns 70 years old! | Leta & Orin Barney | Gramps, Jesse, Leta | David, Gramps, Storm | Storm, Geri, Gramps Diane Sabrina, Symantha, Mylinda, Mia, and Nathen
41: David, RObert, Bevan, Kathy (Bevan's 2nd wife), Ann Jamie, Kenneth Margaret (Bevan's 1st wife) Leta (Gramps's 2nd wife), Gramps | Ronnie, Allison, Polly, Wayne, Cheryl,Leta, Gramps, Keith, His wife | Bevan, Gramps, Geri, and Wayne | Strom and Geri, Gramps and Leta, David and Carrie, Diane and her kids, and Margie
42: Grandma, (Sarah Eliza Fenn) was short and a little heavy. Grandpa (Orin Elbridge Barney) was tall and so thin. They always had smiles on their faces. I never saw them angry or heard them shouting at anyone. Grandma had very thin hair. She used to heat a curling iron on the stove and crimp her hair to make it have more body. I remember visiting Grandma Barney and watching her weave rag rugs there on the front porch. She had a big loom and we saved rags for her. She would sit there and make small rugs for everyone with the rags. There was a large pump and windmill and cement storage tank for water behind the house. Grandma had to haul water to the house from this pump. My dad dug a water line and put water in to the sink and also put in a bathtub with running water. He also bought a new electric stove for my mother, it was her pride and joy. Grandpa Barney was always good for a hug and a kiss whenever you saw him. Grandma Barney was the really affectionate one. She opened her arms and hugged Wayne and I any time we saw her. I was her first grandchild and she showed it. As she was in a plural marriage she had other grandchildren by her husband and her older sister but she really had affection for her "real ones". I always felt very special around her. She loved us kids. Grandma and Grandpa Barney retired to Mesa and I used to stay with them a month some summers. Grandpa's house was small. Outside steps up the side of the house went to a second story screened bedroom where we all slept. | Remembrances of Sarah Eliza Fenn & Orin Elbridge Barney by Geraldine Barney Cocks
43: There were several double beds there and screens on all four sides to let in the cool night air. Grandpa always had us kneel and say our family prayer and then we would lay there and talk until we fell asleep. There were no fans or coolers. I remember giggling into the night as Grandpa joked with us. He was fun to be with and teased us a lot. I always remember he had a smile on his face and really liked us. We said prayers at breakfast, too, which was usually ground whole wheat with no sugar, just skim milk. I hated it and ate as little as I could get by with. Sometimes we could get some honey on it but I still didn't like it and I always got a talking to about how good it was for me and how lucky I was to have it. Needless to say, I didn't eat much breakfast there but then I don't think I ever ate much breakfast until I got married. Grandma and grandpa went to the temple every day. They did not own a car so they walked. They lived quite close to the temple. They worked in the temple and I can still see Grandma standing over the ironing board in the small living room ironing their white clothes for the next day. It was hot and she washed and ironed every day to keep them white. Grandmother was diagnosed with stomach cancer. The doctors could do an operation and cut out her intestines and put a little bag at the side to drain her body waste but she said no, she didn't want that bag there and would prefer to die. She suffered a lot before she finally died. Mom told of one time the doctor gave her such a large dose of morphine that he said she would not come out from under it and Grandma heard every word they said. She had to have larger and larger doses of morphine to cut the pain. Before she died she had the Relief Society ladies make up her burial clothes and tried them on to see how she would look in them. | Mesa Arizona Temple
44: Lewis Barney the 2nd child of Charles Barney was born Sept. 8, 1808, in Niagra County, New York. He married Elizabeth Turner, (She was born July 1808) April 11, 1833. Lewis and his wife Elizabeth Turner first lived in Lake Fork, Sangamon County, Illinois. There Walter Turner was born 18 Sept. 1836. Later they moved in close to Nauvoo, Illinois. Living near Nauvoo, they often came in for church and to attend to business. Walter Turner Barney then a lad of eight years, remembers well of seeing the Prophet Joseph Smith, of going to conference in the Nauvoo Temple before it was finished. When he was eight years old the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed. In the spring of 1845 the Barney family moved near Council Bluffs, on the Missouri River. There they lived during the winter of 1845 and 1846 working in Missouri for corn and pork to live on. During that time Walter Barney, Walter Turner Barney's Uncle was called into the Mormon Battalion. While there Walter T. Was baptized by Orson Hyde and confirmed by Elder Bickford. The family remained in this place while his father, Lewis Barney, went to Utah with the first company of saints. In the fall of 1847 he returned to Council Bluffs and after many hardships arrived with the family in Salt Lake Valley in the Fall of 1852. In 1866, in Salt Lake Endowment House, Walter and Matilda Barney were sealed and received their endowments. That fall they moved to Kanosh where he secured some farming land and built a log house. Later he built a saw mill, and a nice comfortable home. While here Orin, Azelia, Van Buren, Chloe and Lilly, their children were born. In 1884 Walter T. and family were called by the Church Authorities to go to Arizona. When he arrived in the Gila Valley he homesteaded 160 acres of land near Solomonville. | Brief History of Walter Turner Barney | Nauvoo
45: In the early pioneer days in Arizona the Apache Indians were very hostile. Excited by Geronimo they often were on the warpath and killed and plundered at will. One night the Barney family was expecting a raid so they took their bedding and slept in the field. The Indians came in the night and stole some ducks and not finding the people went on. Orson Barney, Walter's brother in Circleville, a boy of fourteen went to take the cows to graze across the Sevier River, the Indians spied him and began shooting at him. He ran like a deer but they struck him in the back with an arrow, stripped him of his clothes and left him dead. Three other men were killed so the saints pursued the Indians and took seventeen captives, holding them in a guarded school house. In 1913 Chloe's husband and son Bryan died, so she and her other two children lived with her parents. The 23 of May 1914 Walter's wife died of a cancer of the bowels. She died at the home of her daughter, Delilah, in Thatcher, but was buried in Layton Cemetery. Chloe and her children continued to live with her father, Walter Turner Barney, until his death. In October 1914, Walter T. received his second anointing in the Salt Lake Temple. Delilah was sealed to her parents the same time. In August 1920 Walter T. had his land surveyed and appraised. The one hundred sixty acres was valued at $85,000. The children deeded their mother’s share to him, then he divided the property between his children. Attorney Sprigs issued a deed to each child for their share, which deed was valid at the death of the father. Walter T. Barney died May 19, 1922 at his home near Solomonville, Arizona and was buried at Layton, Arizona at the side of his wife. He was 85 years and 8 months old at death. | Endowment House
46: Storm | Geri | Mildred Johnson | Storm | David & Diane | Var & Keith Johnson | Frank Harris , Dessie Cocks, Frederick Charles Cocks & Louisa Goninon
47: Diane | David Cocks | Jack Cocks & Desie | Storm | Margot | Louisa Goninon
48: Margit Christensen | Storm | Cocks Family | Storm | Geri | Granner | Aagot Christensen | Tom Cocks
49: Cocks Family Pedigree