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Both August and Mary were familiar with hardships and difficult life. August's father died three months before he was born and was raised by a single mother who taught school while he was “farmed out” to relatives. He had a close relationship with cousins, however. Mary's family emigrated from the United Kingdom before she was born, and was raised in Salt Lake City with eleven other siblings. Even so, their life was blessed with happiness and fulfillment amid their trials. They were married on June 1st 1910.
The delicate balance of life and death was a constant reminder of the purpose of life. August and Mary Lucille (Lu) had four children. Thomas Henry was born in 1911, Patten in 1913, Mary in 1919, and Lucille in 1920. Lu's father died just two years after Tom was born and her mother died three years after Patten was born. Mary, their daughter, died at a year old, on her sister, Lucille's birth-day. So caught up in the birth of her daughter, Lu never quite got over the loss of Mary; August took care of all arrangements for her burial while she recuperated from delivery. August's mother passed away just four years later. It may have been these family births and losses that quietly nudged this family towards the temple. On May 23rd, 1929, August, Mary Lucille, and their three children were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity. Death no longer carried the bitter sting of loss, as they became a forever family.
August was a talented and hardworking man. He loved to build anything for his family and others. While he was never secure enough in his talent to work for profit, he built houses, cupboards, tables, desks, and other wood items. Years later, whenever he visited his daughter, Lucille, he would always make any repairs she needed fixed. Professionally, he dug ditches, worked for a contractor, and was hired at Hill field as a carpenter and packer there. He would walk to State Street from home every day where someone would pick him up to go to work. When the depression came, life became more difficult, especially as food was harder to come by. Once, he went hunting with his cousin's husband, and they brought home rabbits to eat. They put them in the tub to clean, which spread tularemia bacteria and they all got rabbit fever. As with many, there was no work to be had. Even so, he always had a garden, they never lacked for food, but it was a struggle. Later, August worked on the LDS Church Granary, still located on the north side of the Salt Lake Valley.
At their home, Lu and August both cared for a prolific yard. They had six or seven apple trees, one specifically that was very good- August had grafted two types of apples into one tree. August also had a shop built behind the house, where he would work on his “Shopsmith.” Even in the winter, when the small garage was heated by a “Heatilator” coal stove. His Grandsons remember the shop, and the house where they spent many Saturday mornings.
Lu was active in primary and served in many positions, she especially loved working with the “Trail Blazers” (the 10 and 11 year old boys). August did not go to church on Sunday. He got aggravated when they would call for volunteers. He would see many offer to attend, but only a few would actually keep their commitment. Although he stopped attending church for a time, he always went to the service projects and appointments. He built on ward chapels, worked service farms assignments, and served wherever he was asked or saw need. August and Lu both sang in the choir, with August singing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a time. After Mary passed away, August attended church faithfully every week. His only sister, Anna died five years before August on April 13, 1973. Although there is not much in the way of writing from either August or Lu, they left a legacy of hard work, dedication, forgiveness, determination, and love.
Information gathered from personal interviews and emails from Lucille Snelgrove, Jay Barr Snelgrove, and R. Lee Snelgrove.