Adelaide M. Atkinson

18 Feb 1856 - 27 Aug 1949

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Adelaide M. Atkinson

18 Feb 1856 - 27 Aug 1949
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Matilda Adelaide Sperry Atkinson-1856-1949 written by Mabel L. Atkinson (daughter-in-law) Many will remember this loved old lady, who for years was the oldest person in Dayton. She passed away Aug. 27 1949 at the age of 93. Grandma Atkinson, as she was lovingly called, lived to a ripe old age, belov
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Adelaide M. Atkinson

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Dayton Cemetery

Highway 36
Dayton, Franklin, Idaho
United States
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BarbaraLeishman

September 21, 2013
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September 20, 2013

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Matilda Adelaide Sperry Atkinson

Contributor: BarbaraLeishman Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Matilda Adelaide Sperry Atkinson-1856-1949 written by Mabel L. Atkinson (daughter-in-law) Many will remember this loved old lady, who for years was the oldest person in Dayton. She passed away Aug. 27 1949 at the age of 93. Grandma Atkinson, as she was lovingly called, lived to a ripe old age, beloved by all who knew her. She saw prophecy fulfilled and history made. She lived through three wars. She lived in the days of the spinning wheel and loom, of soap and lye making, of white—top buggies and wagons, of meager schooling, and also in the days of cars, great manufacturing houses in the west, fine schools, and educational advantages, beautiful homes, churches, etc. But she ever loved to recall the days of neighborliness and wholesome, joyous leisurely living of the horse and buggy age. She loved to tell of the races women would have in doing a washing. Men used to bet their wives could not be outdone in different things, and see who won the bet by having their wives contest against each other. Grandma Atkinson entered these contests herself when she was young. She used to tell how she beat a certain woman in a washing race and how proud Fred was of her; of how he patted her on the back and said, ‘I knew you could do it, Add.” ( Adelaide) One woman would divide the clothes to be washed, in two piles. The other would take her choice of the two piles. The other would take her choice of the two. Each would be given a boiler of hot water and the soap needed and a tub and washboard. At a given signal both would start and work as fast as possible with the husbands urging them on to even greater speed. The one who got all her clothes on the line first, won, providing her clothes were the whitest also. When she was 76, this attractive old mother told her story to certain of her grandchildren who wanted the interesting facts of her life to record in their “books of remembrance,.” Her daughter-in-law wrote down word for word as she told it, and part of this story is Quoted here: “My grandfather, Ransom Van Luven, was a friend of the Prophet Joseph. He knew him real well. He said the prophet talked to him of his revelations and of how he came by them. The prophet used to come to his place, he said. “Grandfather wanted to come to Utah • He dreamed that his brother Fred, would give him $20.00 to go on, but that he would have to keep it from his wife. Grandfather had firm faith that he would get the $20. but no more. The next morning he went to his brother ‘s place a short. distance away and his dream came exactly true. This, with what he could make other ways, enabled him to come to Zion with his family. My father and mother and others came with ox teams. Grandmother Van Luven got a sunstroke while crossing the plains when she was baking bread out in the sun. Her eyes swelled badly and when the swelling went down, she was blind and never saw again. She never saw. her last three children. Father and mother settled in Ogden. “When I was four, we moved to Providence, Utah • While we were there the Civil War broke out . I remember that several families used to gather at Pot Bowen’s place to read the newspaper to find out about the war that was about to take place. The prophet Joseph Smith had said that the first gun would be fired in South Carolina. I shall never forget how one night a large crowd at Brother Bowen’s read in he paper that the first gun had been fired. All were eager to find out where. How thrilled we were to find the prophet ‘s words were true. Pot Bowen was the only one taking a newspaper at that time. “It was at Providence that the Indians used to bother quite a bit. I was living at Providence when war broke out between the whites and the Indians. I remember seeing the soldiers march right under the mountain over the low hills east of Providence. I almost see them now, marching by, and hear the Indians swearing at them. Yes, they knew how to swear and used white men’s swear words. My mot her doctored three old squaws’ wounds • One old squaw had seven bullet holes in her body. Mother melted mutton tallow and poured in the wounds. She doctored them for quite a while and when they left they said she was “Wino sikus ‘ meaning she was a good woman. “When I was eight or nine, we moved to Paradise, Utah. I remember we used to make our own soap and even make our own lye out of ashes. At Paradise mother would spin yarn and old man Oldham had a loom and would the weaving. “When I was 13, we moved to Clifton. I drove an ox team all the way. My father drove a team just in head of me. He was considered one of the best oxen trainers in the country. The names of the oxen I drove were Ellick and Brandy. This was in 1869.. “When I was 17, I met Frederick H. Atkinson. I first saw. him at grandfather Van Luven’s place. I saw him often after that and we soon fell in love. I had many fellows, as we called them in those days, but after I met Fred no other boy looked good to me. Of course I still went with some of them, but it was mostly to tease Fred and make him jealous. Fred was a handsome, clean, industrious young man. It was almost a case of love at first sight with us. We were married on New Year’s day in 1874, in father’s log house by Judge Edwin Hooker. We moved in Franklin after our marriage and lived there for five years, then came to Dayton which has been our home ever since. “I have had 11 children and been glad for each one. We had five boys before we got a girl, but Fred always smiled and said ‘I’m glad this one is a boy’.When the sixth was a girl someone said, “I guess you wanted this one to be a boy too?” ‘No, said Fred, “I wanted this one to be a girl.” . One of our greatest sorrows came when our Willie had to have his leg amputated. ‘Twice it had to be operated on and more taken off. He tried to be cheerful about it and got so he could get around quite well with a crutch. God took him Home to Him when he was twelve years old. When Dora, our first girl, was 16 she didn’t seem to feel to good but was not sick. She fell one day while walking across the floor. When we picked her up she was dead. We all missed her very much but Fred seemed to take her death the hardest of all. This in February. The following September he contracted typhoid and left us too. Then I knew real loneliness, but had to keep on. “1 have always been blessed with good nerves, and they saw me through my hard years. I was never afraid, not even when lightning struck me down when I was fixing fence in a thunder storm. It hit me on top of my head, and I went down as though struck by a heavy hammer. My small son who was with me was so frightened that it was years before he got over his fear of lightning. “I remember the first time I rode a train. Fred and I, and my brother, John Sperry, and his wife went together. We took our food in baskets on our arns and went to Salt Lake City• to the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple.” On 26 Jan l893, Frederick and Matilda went to the Logan Temple and were sealed and had their children sealed to them........ Atkinson, Frederick Henry born 10 Nov 15l at Stanground, Hunts, Eng. Sperry, Matilda Adelaide born l Feb 156 at North Ogden, Weber, Utah Children Sealed: 1. Frederick Henry 19 2. William Charles -deceased 3. James Alvin-15 L. John Richard-deceased 5. Samuel Hyrum -11 6. Dora Matilda-9 7. Nora Ann-8 8. Frank Walter-3 Other Children were born after this sealing and they would be born in the Covenant. Frederick Henry Atkinson and Matilda Adelaide Sperry were sealed as Husband and Wife the same day as these children were sealed to them. This is found in Book A “Living Sealings” Page 329. . .

Life timeline of Adelaide M. Atkinson

1856
Adelaide M. Atkinson was born on 18 Feb 1856
Adelaide M. Atkinson was 5 years old when American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces. The American Civil War was a war fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865. As a result of the long-standing controversy over slavery, war broke out in April 1861, when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina, shortly after U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated. The nationalists of the Union proclaimed loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States, who advocated for states' rights to expand slavery.
Adelaide M. Atkinson was 24 years old when Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Adelaide M. Atkinson was 28 years old when Eruption of Krakatoa: Four enormous explosions destroy the island of Krakatoa and cause years of climate change. The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies began in the afternoon of Sunday, 26 August 1883, and peaked in the late morning of Monday, 27 August when over 70% of the island and its surrounding archipelago were destroyed as it collapsed into a caldera. Additional seismic activity was reported to have continued until February 1884, though reports of seismic activity after October 1883 were later dismissed by Rogier Verbeek's investigation into the eruption. The 1883 eruption was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history. At least 36,417 deaths are attributed to the eruption and the tsunamis it created. Significant additional effects were also felt around the world in the days and weeks after the volcano's eruption.
Adelaide M. Atkinson was 36 years old when Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Adelaide M. Atkinson was 50 years old when Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the special theory of relativity. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.
Adelaide M. Atkinson was 58 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
Adelaide M. Atkinson was 74 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
Adelaide M. Atkinson was 84 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Adelaide M. Atkinson died on 27 Aug 1949 at the age of 93
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