Ellen Biggs Teasdale Giles
Contributor: ScottDimmick Created: 8 months ago Updated: 8 months ago
Written by her sister, Florence Pace, her daughter, Edith T. Miner, and son, Melvin Teasdale.
A precious and special Valentine baby daughter, Ellen was born to Thomas and Emily Biggs on February 14, 1895 in Garndiffaith Ponty Pool, Monmouthshire, South Wales, England (United Kingdom, Holly Tree Cottage). Ellen’s father, Thomas Biggs Sr., was born on February 7, 1869 in Blaenavon, Monmouthshire, South Wales. Her mother, Emily Carey, was born on June 5th, 1873 in Garndaiffaith, Monmouthshire, South Wales.
Her brother, Thomas Biggs Jr., was born November 10th, 1893 in Garndiffaith, Monmouthshire, South Wales. A baby sister died in 1896 at two and one-half years of age. Percy was born on November 6th, 1898 and died at two years of age.
Ellen had Black Diphtheria when she was six years old, and had to stay in the country with her aunt and uncle. The country air and food did wonders for her illness, so much more than all the medicine she could have taken.
One incident that happened in our home in England was when my sister, Ellen, took very ill and the doctor had given up on her. At that time mother (Emily) was not a member of the church but father (Thomas) knew where to locate the Elders and he asked mother if he could call them to come and administer to Ellen. He was quite surprised when she said yes. They administered to her and she recovered. Her father was not satisfied until he located the Latter Day Saint missionaries. Soon after that he (Thomas) was baptized. He would walk ten to twenty miles to cottage meetings. He was made a branch President of the Pontypool branch. Thomas wanted Emily (Emily Carey Biggs – Ellen’s mother), Ellen, and a younger sister and a brother to become members of this church. So Ellen, her brother, and sister were baptized September 5, 1909 in a canal in the country town, Goytra. Emily (Ellen’s mother) said she could not join until she could see for herself. She read a few books “Voice of Warning” and talks by Durrant and many others. It was not long before Emily and a cousin of Ellen’s were baptized. Emily was the only member of her family baptized. (Florence Biggs Pace)
The Biggs family was blessed with another daughter, Ethel, born January 22, 1901in Cumtillery, Monmouthshire, South Wales. Her parents couldn’t get anyone to come in and help with the family. So Ellen who was about six years old, and her brother, Tom, who was two years older, along with their father took care of Emily and their new baby sister. Ellen would take her little chair upstairs, place it by her mother’s bed, then ask her mother if she could get her anything or do anything for her.
These children were born while they lived in Abertillery, Monmouthshire, South Wales, Beryl was born November 28th, 1907; Florence on November 13th, 1909; Clarice in 1902, and died in 1904; Willard in 1905 and died in 1907. Three children, Amy, Percey and Clarice died due to lack of antibiotics, and incident to childhood diseases. These must have been sad and difficult occasions for Ellen’s family.
Ellen was the second of eleven children born to her parents – seven daughters and four sons. Her father, Thomas Sr. was a coal miner by trade. He started working in the mines at a very early age. When his children were old enough, they went to work to help support the family.
Ellen attended Grammar School in England and had excellent training from a very interested mother. She started school when she was three years old. When she was thirteen, her parents took her out of school because of illness. The family lived about a mile from the school and the children walked to school, and then home after school was out. They would have to fix their own lunch and do the dishes before they returned to school, and they really had to hurry to get everything done. In those days, if you were late, you had to stand in front of the class and hold out your hand, and your hand was hit with a penny cane. Ellen said she received this punishment many times as it was almost impossible to walk home, get lunch, do the dishes, and walk back in the allotted hour.
Their father didn’t make much money and he had a large family to take care of. Ellen told her daughter, Edith, that often she could have either bread and butter, or bread and jam, but not all three together. Even today, Ellen seldom has jam, as she prefers butter on her bread. Eggs were also quite high so she would only get half an egg.
Thomas Sr. belonged to the Primitive Methodist Church. Ellen was a Wesleyan, but the children went to the Blana Gwent Baptist Church. Thomas Sr. and Emily read about the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and listened to the missionaries. Ellen’s grandfather, Thomas, joined the church after reading the Book of Mormon, some other books, and after listening to the missionaries they had invited into their home. Thomas Sr. and Emily also investigated the gospel and later joined the Church. Other churches didn’t satisfy Thomas Sr. until he found the Latter-day missionaries. He was baptized by the Elders (missionaries) of that church. He would walk ten to twenty miles to attend the cottage meetings.
Thomas Sr. was made a branch President of the Pontypool branch. He wanted Ellen, her younger sister and brother and his wife to become members of the church. The Elders baptized Ellen, her brother and sister on September 5th, 1909 in a canal in the country town, Goytra, England. Emily said she wouldn’t join until she could see the truth of the gospel for herself.
Emily read a few books, ‘Voice of Warning’, and talks by Durrant, plus many others. It was not long before she and her cousin were baptized.
It was hard to leave our native land (England) and come to Utah, where we knew no one. Ellen’s father and brother, Tom, came on the ship, SS Laurentic, April 28, 1910. Ellen, Emily, and children arrived October 28, 1910. To be reunited as a family again was wonderful and all were very happy. They settled in a mining town of Winterquarters, Carbon County, Utah. Things were fine. Two more children were born, Iris, born December 23, 1910 and Wilford George, born October 23, 1912. Both were born in Winterquarters, Utah
Quite a few of Ellen’s family have immigrated to this country, but her father came first. Both her father and brother have filled missions and visited the old hometown. Each year in the month of August there is a reunion for all who belong to the Pontypool branch of the church who immigrated to this country. It is really wonderful to meet these people who have been converted to the church and immigrated to this country to be with the saints.
‘Pleasant Valley Ward’ in the Carbon Stake was the most active Latter-day Saint ward. The Utah Fuel Company owned the one store in the area, and their coal heated the building. This store included a butcher shop, a post office, a huge room that contained four rooms for school, and a well-equipped play yard. Four teachers taught two grades each. They also had a large hall where dances could be held, and movies could be shown. The bottom portion housed an ice cream parlor and candy store. The town inhabitants had a dance band or orchestra, and Saturday night was the dancing evening. Ellen could enjoy these activities as she was at the proper age, but her brother Tom had to accompany her.
Sunday after church, Ellen and a few other young people would meet in different homes. They would sing church songs, visit together and have an enjoyable time. They would walk from Scofield up to Winter Quarters. Among the group was Ellen, Beryl and Tom (her brother and sister), and the Teasdale boys, William and James.
Her mother, Emily became very ill and only lived about four more years, dying on January 14, 1915. Ellen was left to take care of the family, which consisted of her father, six brothers and sisters. This was a large responsibility for a nineteen year old. Ellen’s parents were very strict and would not allow playing cards of any kind in the home. Often Emily (her mother) would have to get down on her hands and knees and beg to go to a dance. Ellen stayed home most of the time. It took the joy out of dancing when you had to wear yourself out begging to be able to go. Her grandfather believed everyone should be in by nine o’clock, not just going out to dances and parties.
Ellen was going with a fellow named Harry Hall whom she thought highly of. Harry had red, curly hair. However, he was in love with someone else and married her. Ellen was going with another fellow, William H. Teasdale who thought highly of her.
In those days, they used coal oil or kerosene to help light the fires. One day when Ellen was lighting the fire, it exploded in her face and burned it quite badly. Instinctively, she shut her eyes. This was the only thing that saved her eyes from being burned. At first the doctors and her parents thought her face would be scarred for life.
When Harry Hall heard about the accident, he stayed away, but William kept coming to visit her. Her face healed remarkably well and before long, the doctors could see no trace of the scar. Harry Hall then came back. Both fellows wanted to marry her, and she was at a loss as to which one to choose. William told her he would give her time to decide, he didn’t want to put pressure on her, but told her to make up her mind. If she would be happier with Harry, he would try not to be too hurt. Ellen debated for a long time and she prayed about her decision. One night, she had a dream and in this dream, the doctor bandaged her face. She heard everyone saying how she would be scarred for life, and then she saw Harry Hall leaving. When things turned out all right and she didn’t have scars left, Harry came back.
After this dream she told William she had no doubt in her mind which one she should marry, and a short time later told him she would marry him. The dream pointed out that Harry didn’t want Ellen because her face might be scarred. The chance of Harry standing by her in grave trouble would be few.
WILLIAM HENRY TEASDALE- Ellen’s first husband
William Henry Teasdale was born August 4, 1889 in Little Houghton, Yorkshire, England. He could play three instruments while very young – the mouth organ, trumpet, and organ. While in his teen years, he played football and enjoyed it very much. He also worked in a grocery store in England. He attended church in England until he joined the Mormon Church August 11, 1900. He and his brother, Jimmy, used to dust the church before meetings. He would play the organ for the meetings. They would hold cottage meetings quite often. He would play the organ and Jimmy would play the violin, and the rest of the people would sing. William immigrated with his father in 1906 and the rest of his family came in 1907. He loved the organ but didn’t care much for the piano, although he could play both very well. After joining the church he was very active in church activities.
A group of young men and women would get together and go to different places. Ellen and her brother, Tom went with this group, which included the Quilters, the Middletons, the Henries, the Teasdale boys, and the Biggs. Jimmy Teasdale was the lovey, dovey type, but William was the quiet type. One night they were all coming home from Scofield and Jimmy was trying to hug and kiss Ellen, but she felt uncomfortable with him. She said, “Oh, get away and let your brother have a chance.” William took Ellen very seriously. She didn’t mind because she liked him better anyway. Jimmy Teasdale started going with her sister, Ethel, and they were subsequently married.
On June 10th, 1915, Ellen married William (Bill) Henry Teasdale in the Salt Lake Temple and they were sealed together for time and eternity. Their honeymoon consisted of ten days in Salt Lake where they stayed with friends.
After Ellen was married, her father was left with six children to care for. Her sisters, Beryl and Ethel took over the duties Ellen had shouldered in the family, and continued to do so until they married. Thomas Sr. wanted Ellen to stay with the family and continue caring for the family. He also wanted her and William to pay $50.00 a month board and room. William put his foot down and said he didn’t mind Ellen helping, but he wasn’t going to have her work for her father, then pay board also. Ellen and William rented a place of their own where they lived comfortably and happily. They lived in Winter Quarters for about ten years.
On July 1st, 1916, while Thomas Sr. was out, his home caught on fire and burned to the ground, taking the life of his youngest son, Wilford George. This was before Ruth arrived in the country. This was a sad time for the family. In those days, they didn’t have the equipment to fight fires as they do now. In Winter Quarters the water supply was very poor. When the fire was discovered, every effort was expended to save what they could, especially the baby who was only four years old. Everything was lost except the clothes they were wearing. No one knows what this is like unless they have had a similar experience. Ellen was in a delicate condition (pregnant) at the time and the doctor advised her not to go over to her father’s place, as he was afraid the shock might be bad for her. Another home was obtained and they started again. He built another home in September 1917.
Their father, Thomas Sr. found that he needed help with the children and turned to Ruth Forward, a cousin for this help. Ruth did a fine job for seven years. Ruth had to have a sponsor whom she could live with in order for her to come to the states from Wales.
William and Ellen’s children were all born in Winter Quarters, Carbon Co., Utah. Amy was born about six days after the fire, on July 7th, 1916. She was the first grandchild on either side of the family and didn’t suffer from lack of attention. Edith Mildred was born September 9th, 1917. She was named after Ellen’s father’s sister, Edith who had died at the age of eleven of scarlet fever. The name Mildred was added as Ellen’s father didn’t care too much for the name of Edith alone. Berniece was born January 3rd, 1920. Each of the children was given nicknames by one of Ellen’s dear friends. Amy was nicknamed ‘Blue Eyes’; Edith’s nickname was ‘Brown Eyes’; and Berniece was nicknamed ‘Curly Locks.’
In December of 1922, Ellen, William and their three daughters went to Denver, Colorado to visit David Brimble’s family and other relatives. William stayed only ten days, but Ellen and their daughters stayed three weeks. They spent one day in Denver before coming home. While there they went on the merry-go-round and on a little train. Ellen remembers telling William about her trip home with three small daughters. They arrived in Soldier Summit, Utah late at night and had to wait until morning to catch the train to Winter Quarters.
By this time she began to feel they were not going to be blessed with a son. However, on November 2nd, 1923, in Winterquarters, Utah a son was born and they were very happy. They named him Melvin James after Apostle Ballard. Although Melvin was the only boy, he was not spoiled by his parents. He was nicknamed ‘Big Boy’ by a friend. . This was a joyful event. In fact, everyone in town was happy and excited.
Ellen and William (Bill) lived on a hill in Winter Quarters from 1915 to 1926. They had so much fun sleigh riding down the big hill. The bad part being that it crossed the railroad tracks, and they had to make certain no trains were coming before starting down the hill, as it was difficult to stop the sled once you were started. When they lived there they would walk down to Madsen’s place to get milk. It wasn’t too bad in the summer, but in the winter it was very cold. They felt frozen before arriving home, but they survived.
When Melvin was about three years old, the mines in Winter Quarters were slow and it was difficult to make a living. We were three houses from the school. We lived in two different houses there. One was filled with bed bugs and they ate (bit) Ellen, so Billie (Ellen’s husband) asked for permission to move to the other home, which was empty. But permission was denied; however, Billie couldn’t stand to see Ellen bitten by the bed bugs so he moved anyway. He then had the home sprayed for bed bugs. Nothing was ever done about his moving without permission. Ellen was much better. So they decided to move the family to Castle Gate in 1926. They lived here for about three years. Ellen worked in the Relief Society as secretary under Bessie Snow, and was a District Teacher. William was the organist in the Sunday School. Ellen served as a teacher in the Primary. She was also the second counselor to Pearl Pearce in the Relief Society while in Winter Quarters.
Harry Hall was quite a character and when he came to visit Ellen and William he always told Melvin (their son) he was going to cut off his ears when he came to their home. Melvin would run into the bedroom and hide under the bed until Harry left. He was always hesitant to be around Harry.
William went to Castle Gate, Utah and got a job in the coalmines, and his family lived in homes provided by the mine. Three homes were built close together and the one they were assigned was the third house from the school.
Ellen, William and their four children went to visit Ellen’s sister, Ethel, who lived in Willow Creek (which is near Castle Gate) and here they had their first encounter with a flood. Some friends drove them to Willow Creek and they arrived just fine. They were enjoying their visit and had a good meal. After they all got settled, it became cloudy and it started to rain. The lightning was flashing, and then came the thunder. It rained steady for two or three hours. As the rains came they could hear water running around the house and thought it was going to wash the house away. The flood did wash the bridge away so no one could get across it. Their family had to spend the night at Ethel’s place and had to go to bed on the floor. It was still raining, thundering and lightning, and the house was shaking. They were all frightened, but after a time they managed to forget it and get some sleep. They had to stay the next day while the bridge was rebuilt so they could get across the creek and go home to Castle Gate.
Visiting with Ellen was always special. She always had a treat for you. Ellen and William enjoyed music and they purchased a Silver Tone record player. Florence, Ellen’s sister enjoyed the song “Whispering Hope.” When their third daughter, Berniece, arrived, they had a special record titled “Can’t You Take It Back and Change it for a Boy?” William played the organ for Saturday night dances. He and Ellen would take the wee baby to the dance so she wouldn’t have to stay at home alone.
Ellen was an excellent cook. She made bread several times a week. She always saved some dough and added sugar, cinnamon, and raisins, and made delicious raisin bread. She used catnip tea for her babies who had colic. She had a large shawl she often used in the wintertime. She would wrap the shawl around her and her baby.
Another convenience they used in the winter was a box, fastened to a sleigh making it easy to pull. It was quite a sport also.
While they lived in Castle Gate, William would take Melvin in his little red wagon to the ballpark where they would watch the ball games. Edith said she thought that this is part of the reason Melvin is such a ball fan. William took Melvin with him almost everywhere he could and they were really close. Melvin was only five years old when his father died. He couldn’t understand why his father wasn’t home with them. Melvin said he doesn’t remember too much about it.
The mines worked well most of the time. Occasionally, one could hear an explosion but William was fortunate and always managed to escape injury.
On February 25th, 1929, William went to work after being off a few days with the flu. Ellen was in the middle of her washing when the doctor came and told her to brace herself for a great shock. He then told her that William had been hurt in the mine. He had been loading coal in the Castle Gate mine, and was riding the last coal car as it was coming out of the mine. When the car reached a certain place, some rocks fell on him and broke his back in two places. William was in very serious condition, but there was a chance he would live. However, if he did, he would probably be in a wheelchair the rest of his life. This would have been hard on him because he loved doing things for himself. On February 26th, 1929 at 6:00 A.M. he died at the Castle Gate Hospital, living only twenty-one hours after the accident. He never regained consciousness.
Billie always said if he were to die before his wife, he wanted to be killed outright and not to be left a cripple. He also wanted to be killed in the mines instead of a car accident, so his wife and family would be taken care of. Both wishes were granted to him. William was a person who didn’t want to be waited on, but would rather wait on others. Ellen knew he was not going to survive and wanted to know his wishes on where he would like to be buried. She hated to ask him, as she didn’t want him to know she felt he would not live. Finally, she asked him and the last words he said were: “Lay me beside my Dad.” William’s father had passed away about two years previous to this time. Their burial plot was purchased as close to William’s fathers as they could get.
After the funeral was over, the family raised the lid of the casket so that all of the people who wanted to view William could do so. Then Ellen brought the casket to Springville for burial and another funeral service was held in the Springville Third Ward church. He was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah Co., Utah.
William and Ellen did almost everything together. About the only places they went separately was to Relief and Priesthood meetings. One fellow who worked in the mine with William and shared many social events (such as church duties) with him said he didn’t believe that you died when it was your time, but when William died of injuries suffered in the mine he said he now believed it. The rock could have fallen anytime, but waited until William was right under it. He said William was a better man than he was, devoted to his wife and family.
After William’s death there was nothing for a widow with four children to do in Castle Gate. William’s mother, Ann Teasdale requested that Ellen come to Springville and live her, and her unmarried son, Joe. Ellen lived with her and helped her in the Teasdale’s Grocery and Confectionery Store. Things went along fine with six people in a small home. Then Joe Teasdale (Ann’s son) married and brought his bride to live there also. Still things went along pretty good for a while. Ellen stayed in Castle Gate until her children finished school that year.
When Ellen and her family lived in Springville and the fire whistle blew, she would high tail it for home. Every time the whistle blew Melvin would usually become very ill.
Joe Teasdale (William’s brother) and Ellen shared expenses and since Ellen was dating they used more lights, etc., so Ellen decided to find a place of her own. She found an apartment to rent about two blocks from Grandma Teasdale’s
Helping in Grandma Teasdale’s store not only helped her grandmother but also took her mind off her great loss and loneliness. This is where she met James Albert Giles, a widower and started dating him. He used to walk uptown every night and purchase something. During their conversations Ellen discovered that Albert’s wife had died about ten days after William had died. The store usually stayed open until nine at night. Albert usually stopped at the store and found that she lived in the same neighborhood he did. One night, Albert asked her if he could walk her home, to which she consented. This went on night after night and their friendship soon ripened into love.
Ellen was English and changing her mind was difficult for her to do once she had it made up. Ellen and her sister, Florence, had disagreed, and Ellen did not speak to her sister for two years. Florence finally came down and insisted that the bad feelings had gone on long enough. They patched it up and began speaking again, and got along really well after that.
One evening Ellen and Albert went to a movie. While walking home after bidding Ellen goodnight he was stopped by the police and it frightened him. That night a robbery had occurred on one railroad that a railroad worker used. However, when the police saw who it was, they let him go. He never walked down Fourth West by the railroad tracks after that. He would go up to Third West, over to First North, then half a block west to his home.
On May 22nd, 1930, Ellen married James Albert Giles in the Salt Lake Temple for time only, as she had previously been sealed to William Henry Teasdale. Ellen and Albert had quite a unique honeymoon after their marriage. They took their six children with them. Albert had two children: Wilbert and Ruth. Ellen’s four children were: Amy, Edith, Berniece, and Melvin. The children had fun with the new parents, as it was very exciting to be on a honeymoon with them. They spent four or five days in Salt Lake City sightseeing on the bus. They went to Lagoon and other places of interest. The family took a train ride to the different points of interest in Salt Lake, as they didn’t have a car. They either went by bus, taxi, or train. They rented a room in the Hamilton Apartments, which had a kitchenette and two double beds. The parents slept in one bed, and the six children slept crosswise on the other one. The children’s ages ranged from twelve to four. It isn’t often children get to go on a honeymoon with their parents.
Four sons were born to this union: Earl Biggs Giles, born February 21st, 1931; Kenneth Biggs Giles, born August 28th, 1932; Max Biggs Giles, born April 4th, 1934; and Richard Marlin Giles, born July 20th, 1935. All were born in the family home at 360 West, 100 North, Springville, Utah Co., Utah.
Together Ellen and Albert raised ten children. There were problems trying to integrate the three families, but they did a good job.
When Ellen had her first child by the second marriage, Edith was just thirteen years old. In the 1930’s, very few women went to the hospital for maternity cases. Ellen had a midwife come at the time of the birth of each of her sons. The midwife came twice a day for ten days to wash, bathe and care for mother and child. Two of Ellen’s daughters took care of the housework: Amy did the cleaning up and ironing; while Edith did the cooking and washing. Ruth and Berniece helped with the children and also did the dishes.
It was quite a surprise to Albert that while Ellen was pregnant; she didn’t have to stay in bed. He was really concerned about her health. At times it would make Ellen upset with Albert because all of the housework she did was with the help of the children. Ellen didn’t have to hire anyone to do the work around the home.
As a family, they made many adjustments. It was very difficult to try to raise three different families in one household and have perfect harmony. It takes time for each to adjust to the others and have all work toward the same goal. It takes special parents to make this work and they did a good job of rearing the children. Some of the children made the adjustment better than others did.
The children never missed any school, as they would do their chores before or after school. Albert was farming at the time and usually stayed with Ellen during the day while the children were in school.
After their marriage, Albert would stay home from Sunday School and prepare dinner (including cake) while the rest of the family went to church. Albert wasn’t used to going to church during his first marriage, as Bertha was ill whenever she was pregnant, and he stayed home to take care of her. Ellen didn’t mind if Albert didn’t go to church, but she didn’t want him to stop her from going. Ellen and the children went to church together. After quite a while, Albert said if it wasn’t for having dinner right at noon, he would go to church with them. Ellen told him that she could arrange to have dinner at noon and the whole family could still go to church.
The family worked together to get the vegetables cooked and set them back on the stove to keep them warm. The roast would be cooked and left on the back part of the stove, away from the direct heat. One of the children would make the Jell-O on Saturday, and when church was out, the family would have dinner soon after arriving home.
A man from Springville paid Ellen a great compliment. He said a Mrs. Pace could set her clock by Ellen, her husband and sons going to church each Sunday morning. The parents and ten children would go to church together. Ellen was active in church, being a counselor in the Relief Society and as a secretary. Ellen and Albert were very active in doing temple work.
Ellen was a hard worker, and living on a farm there was always plenty to do. Work was always plentiful, such as washing, cleaning and cooking for a large family. Ellen would wash twice a week, with Monday being washday when all of the clothes were washed. On Thursdays the baby clothes were washed. Edith said she could remember getting up at five-o-clock on Monday mornings and doing the washing prior to going to school. Then after coming home from school she would gather the clothes off the line and roll them down, and then Amy would do the ironing. Ellen usually did the necessary darning while resting in bed.
Ellen raised chickens and the children sold the eggs. They had cows and she sold the milk. Some of the milk was kept, the cream being skimmed off to make butter, which was sold at the store. The store sold the butter as soon as it was brought in. All the children helped on the farm with thinning, weeding, and topping beets, and hauling hay. Edith helped haul hay, and as soon as the other children were old enough, they helped also. A garden was raised so they never went without food.
Most of the children were healthy except for the usual children’s diseases such as mumps, chicken pox and measles. Two of the children had their appendix out, and two others had rheumatic heart or rheumatic fever.
The main entertainment was going to the movies in the evening. Ellen and Albert enjoyed the ones they attended. Once Ellen was upset with Albert as she wanted to go to a show, but she didn’t tell him about it. He hadn’t asked her if she wanted to go because it was a Monday evening and usually she was too tired to go out after washing all day. Albert couldn’t figure out why she was so upset with him, and when she told him, he said, “Why didn’t you say you wanted to go and we would have gone.”
Albert never owned a car so they had to depend on other people to take them places, or rely on public transportation. In those days, things were close to home and within walking distance, so a car was really not a necessity.
All but one of the first six children finished high school. One daughter married after finishing the tenth grade. Edith went to LDS Business College in Salt Lake and received a diploma. Two sons served in the Armed Forces – Melvin in the Army, and Wilbert in the Navy.
Ellen and Albert started going to the Salt Lake Temple regularly. They would go on the Orem (train) and return the same way. After a session at the temple, they would go to the Coffee Shop across from the temple and have lunch. Albert would always order coffee with his meal. Later on, he said “he just didn’t feel right about ordering coffee after going on a session at the temple.” He started ordering milk or something else to drink and felt better about it. This pleased Ellen very much. While Edith was attending LDS Business College, Ellen and Albert would come up on the Orem train. They would return home on the train and Edith would go back to her apartment. Edith worked for her room and board while attending school, and would return home every other weekend.
Around the 4th of July 1950, Ellen found out that she had uterine cancer. She had Edith take her to Salt Lake for treatments, which consisted of twenty days of x-ray treatments, then four days of radium treatments. After that, she had to go to Salt Lake every three months for a check-up to see if the cancer had spread.
March 20th, 1951, sorrow struck again when she suffered a heart attack and returned to her Heavenly Father. Kenneth was home with her at this time. Ellen was laid to rest on March 23, 1951 in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery. At her funeral, her five sons and one stepson were pallbearers.
Albert was left to raise four unmarried sons. He accepted this responsibility willingly and did a wonderful job.
Many of Ellen’s family members immigrated to this country, but her father was the first one to make this journey. Ellen’s father and brother filled missions and visited the old hometown. In August each year a reunion is held for all who belonged to the Pontypool Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who immigrated to this county to be with the Saints.
Ellen loved the Lord. All ten children have married in the temple and raised fine families. She was a great gal-wife-mother-friend-neighbor and companion. Before her death she was blessed with five grandchildren on the Giles side, and on the Teasdale side, eight grandchildren, making a total of thirteen. Her posterity was great.
Earl Biggs Giles
Contributor: ScottDimmick Created: 8 months ago Updated: 8 months ago
Earl was born in Springville, Utah at the family home at 360 West and 1st North to James Albert Giles and Ellen Biggs Teasdale Giles on February 21, 1931. He has three brothers: Kenneth, Max and Marlin; four half sisters: Ruth Giles Diamond, Berniece Teasdale Bartholomew, Amy Teasdale Murdock, Edith Teasdale Miner; and two half brothers: Wilbert Giles and Melvin Teasdale.
(Compiled from three different records written by Earl)
I was born 21 February 1931 to James Albert Giles and Ellen Biggs in Springville, Utah. I was given the name of Earl Biggs Giles. (One record states that they couldn’t come up with a name for him for about three months and his parents called him ‘Oly’. They also thought of naming him ‘George’). My father James Albert Giles was born in Springville. His father and mother, James Giles and Mary Ann Giles lived next door to where I was born. My mother Ellen Biggs was born at Garndiffaith, Monm., Wales and came to Utah with her parents, Thomas Bigs and Emily Carey. She was married to William Henry Teasdale and they had four children before he was killed in a (coal) mine. She moved to Springville and worked in a store. There she met and married my father. Dad had been previously married to Bertha Mae Powers and they had three living children and two that were stillborn. His wife died in childbirth.
I was blessed 5 April 1931 by Mathias Wahlin, and on 23 April 1939 I was baptized by Claude Joseph Salisbury and confirmed by my father, James Albert Giles the same day.
His parents would put him in the baby buggy whenever they needed to walk anywhere, but it was not long before they ended up carrying him and pushing the empty buggy, as he refused to stay in the buggy.
The boys didn’t like the crust on the bread so they would leave them under the edges of the table.
When I was small I was naughty and my mother chased me with a willow, but I ran and she couldn’t catch me. When I came back she really beat me with that willow. I had one accident. A dog pulled me off a bicycle and bit me on the leg.
The Giles family loved to go up to Schofield and stay at Uncle Tom and Aunt Mable’s home. When they attended church it was mostly with the Biggs family.
I attended 3 years of Primary and won a purse for perfect attendance.
During my growing up years can’t remember much until I reached the age of 5 or 6 years. Max was the only brother we teased all the time. Marlin chased Max with a knife one time and he also threw a shoe at Max and he ducked, the shoe went through a window. Marlin was spoiled. Grandma threatened to paint them black if they didn’t stop complaining about their clothes.
My sister Edith used to take me to Kindergarten on her bicycle. It was quite a ride.
My elementary school teachers were: First grade, Mrs. Roylance; Second grade, Mrs Carson; Third grade, Mrs. Mattie Davis; Fourth grade, Mrs. Rowland; Fifth grade, Mr. Wendell Nielson; and Sixth grade, Mr. Victor Frandsen. I attended all my schooling in Springville, Utah.
Max and Earl made Star rank in scouts. (Earl told me that he never liked scouting). Kenneth, and maybe Marlin made Eagle.
Uncle Tom gave lectures on playing table tennis on Sunday’s when his family would come for Sunday dinner.
We worked on dad’s farm until he went to work for the city. He then rented the farm out to Wallace Harmer. On the farm we cut and put up hay and grain. Harvested peas, beets, corn and just about everything imaginable. We had chickens, pigs, cows, horses, dogs and cats, as well as a big garden. I worked for Wallace Harmer every summer and made enough money to buy clothes and enough spending money for the school year. Ruth worked with Earl and Lloyd Hodson at the celery plant. Ruth would fill the crates with the celery and Earl and Lloyd would put the crates on the truck.
I was ordained a deacon 2 May 1943 by James Albert Giles, a teacher 31 March 1946 by D. Merle Sargent, a priest 9 May 1948 by Glen A. Christensen, an elder 4 March 1951 by James Albert Giles, and a High Priest 10 December 1978 by Jack A. Rampton. I received my patriarchal blessing at the hands of Brother Peter Nielson in the Springville 3rd Ward on 12 Dec. 1948.
We all wanted a car so bad but dad wouldn’t buy one. Now I’m glad because there were six boys and we would have just fought over it.
I like movies, dances and building model planes and cars. The movie ‘Tom Sawyer’ was the most outstanding.
In my junior high school I played on the basketball team. Can’t remember too much in my junior high years. Sophomore year I again played basketball which was my whole life. All my brothers played basketball in front of the barn after the chores were done. I attended three years of seminary.
While a junior in high school made the team again. This was a fun year. Went to the Junior Prom with Ramona Leonard. Took her to the dance in Wilbert’s ‘41 Chev coupe. I was quite fond of a red head by the name of Ellen Loback. She was a telephone operator. Took her home one night. It was snowing and blowing. We didn’t go straight home. We rode to Spanish Fork and on the way home we ran into another car which was stalled on the road and knocked the grill head lights out of my sister’s ‘47 DeSoto. Should have stayed home. I also went to the basketball state tournament in my junior year. We stayed in the Hotel Utah for three days and four nights.
In my senior year (1949) I played ball again. Came down with a cold which ended up in rheumatic fever. The doctor put me to bed for six months, then in 1950 went back to school and graduated. (He missed school for those six months and in order to graduate had to return the next school year).
After I graduated from high school Utah State Rehabilitation came to my home and talked to my parents. They wanted me to take some tests to see what vocation I would be most interested in. I decided to take up jewelry and watch repair. The state then went to see J. Melvin Duke (Duke Jewelry) and I started with him. They paid him $30.00 a month to teach me. They also bought all my tools except a watch cleaner, which my dad bought. Melvin Duke and Earl purchased cameras and loved photography. (Val could never figure out how to use the camera and whenever she wanted to take a picture she would have to call Earl at work to instruct her on each individual setting to use). I worked with Mr. Duke till 1955.
By the way, I met a girl on a blind date while I was working for Duke. Her name was Valeen Ferre. I knew she was the one because she liked to go to church and do the things I did. We later got married on Feb. 17, 1954 (in the Salt Lake City Temple).
Dad died in March 1957. We were down visiting dad on a Sunday night. When we left he stood out in the road for the longest time watching us go home. When we arrived home that night, my sister called and said dad just passed away at my brother’s home (Kenneth). He died in a chair. Mother died 20 March 1951 at my home in Springville. They both died of heart trouble. His mother had radium treatments for cancer for two years. When Ellen died Max was home teaching and Earl was at home and was sent to his sister Edith’s home to tell her what had happened.
Our first car was a ‘49 Chevrolet we bought from my bother Kenneth who was on a mission in the Great Lakes area (Fort Wayne Indiana). Then we bought a 1950 Olds.
Later, Mr Duke took his son-in-law into the business and started to train him. So I left. Didn’t find a job for a while. Then the State Rehabilitation made an appointment for an interview at Hill Air Force Base and I started to work there in April of 1956.
We rented from Jay Webster from ‘56-‘58 at 194 West and 1st North in Kaysville. We then bought a home in Happy Home Subdivision in Kaysville. We paid it off in 1979 and saved 5 years and received $611.00 for paying off the loan early. East winds are bad here and tears up everything.
Blessed with three daughters and one son. Debra Leigh, February 2, 1957; Alan Earl, August 19, 1959; Sue Ann, February 19, 1962 and Sandra Joyce on May 8, 1966. Alan lived only three months and died from Subendocardio-fibroelastosis of the heart on November 21, 1959 and is buried in the Kaysville City Cemetery).
My first job at Hill Field was an instrument mechanic in Bldg. 212. This meant we overhauled test equipment and aircraft instruments. I went from a WG5 - to a WG10; then went to an on-the-job instructor (OJI) WG11. I went TDY in about 1965 (was actually in 1967) to Montana (Miles City), Fortuna, North Dakota, Finley, North Dakota, then back to Glasgow, Montana. While we were in North Dakota, Harlow Hays and his wife and myself went up to Canada to see the Royal Mounted Police Post at Regina, then down to Wolf Creek and than back to Wiliston, North Dakota. Quite a fun trip, which I won’t forget. If it wasn’t for Harlow and his wife I would get more sick than I was. While I was there in Wiliston, Val and Debbie came to stay with me for a week and a half, that was really neat. The little lady I rented from was really super. I had a bedroom upstairs and used her kitchen, also I mowed her lawns and helped with her garbage. Stayed on TDY for 101 days. Sure good to get home.
Then in 1968 moved to Bldg. 100 where I worked in material support as a GS7, then moved in scheduling GS9 where I worked till 1979. My job at present is supervisor for material support as a GS-11. Hard to get used to, because I like to do the work myself instead of getting people to do the work. It is quite an adjustment for me at the age of 49.
Earl was always particular about everything he did. For example, he would mow the lawn in one direction, then mow it again on the diagonal. Once in a while he would ask Debi to mow it while he was at work or we would just decide to do it and surprise him. When he would get home he would go out and critique the job. It never quite met his standard as he was always able to see at least one blade of grass which was a different height than the rest.
Phyllis Whitesides (a neighbor) said that one day Earl stopped to visit with them as he was walking home from work after getting off the bus. She said that in the middle of a sentence he looked toward our front yard and saw Val up in the top of the flowering crab apple tree. He quickly terminated the conversation by saying that he needed to get home and see what was going on as he was afraid she would fall and hurt herself.
Early in 1983 Earl started having health problems and having check-ups at the doctor’s offices, but they could not pin any particular problem down. Over the years he would take a lot of Malox to calm an upset stomach. Every time he would try to swallow pills he would gag. By July of this year he was really feeling upset and was having a hard time eating as he said it was hard to swallow.
In September 1983 surgery was scheduled as it was decided the only way to find the health problem was to go inside and check out the situation.
Earl died on October 28, 1983 at his home which was located at 104 West 250 South in Kaysville, Utah. He was buried at the Kaysville City Cemetery on November 1, 1983.
Positions in the church have been, Y.M.M.I.A. secretary, Elder’s Quorum counselor, 2nd assistant in the genealogy class, ward financial clerk, Sunday School counselor, High Priests 2nd Counselor and served as a stake missionary from 27 April 1969 to March 29, 1972. His missionary companion was John Stewart.
Memories of Earl:
He was always willing to help others in areas where he had some talent, and it was always without thought of payment, except for parts.
Whenever he was ready to start a project he would carefully read all instructions, then think it through step by step before ever starting.
One trait that he had that was very special was the ability to start a conversation with anyone, in stores, on the street, etc. If he came up missing while we were on camping trips, we knew he was at another campground making friends.
Our children’s schooling meant so much to Earl. He would brag about their grades to anyone he could corner. From comments others have made, I know that he talked a lot to those he worked with about his special family.
From Debra and Sue:
Dad taught me to fix a watch. I could take it apart and put it together, but it never worked. He’d put it together afterward and it worked every time.
Dad would ask us to mow the lawn and then mow it again because every blade wasn’t perfect.
Debi taught Sandy to ride a bike and forgot to teach her to stop. Dad was supposed to catch her and he missed. She crashed one block down on DeWayne Jay’s lawn.
No matter what time we came in from dates, Dad could tell us what time it was, and we thought he was asleep.
REFLECTIONS OF MY DAD
By Sue Ann Giles Parsell
My dad was a very special father, but even more, he was my special friend. No matter what time it was or what he happened to be doing, when I needed to talk to him, he was always there. I especially remember these talks at times when the steps seemed steepest such as graduation, college, marriage. He never was one to give me “instant solutions”, he just listened – the kind of listening when I could feel deep inside he understood and cared.
I especially appreciated his sound advice in his letter when I was away at college. If I had to pick the part that helps me most, it would be the following:
“Take advantage of every opportunity you have in this life. Be patient and things will come and fall in place. This life is like a big puzzle, we don’t know where the pieces fit, but pray to your Father in Heaven, work with Him, and it will turn out fine.”
Our family always came first with dad. He spent the majority of his time with us. He was always there when we needed help with anything–be it school work, fixing cars, fixing watches and jewelry or “just being there.” By his actions he taught me how important a family unit is. Dad would rather have his family around than be alone–he disliked being alone.
I remember many times him protecting our family and making sure it was secure. Along with building strong family ties, dad taught me the action verb “work.” He always took us to the Stake Farm, as well as teaching us to tend a garden and yard.
Dad never played favorites. We girls always coaxed him to tell us which of us were his favorite, but he never would. I believe there are qualities in each of us he admired and that he really had no “favorite.”
Dad showed us by how he related to our mother how much he loved her and respected her. He never let us get away with anything that showed even a little disrespect toward her. I know dad’s personality has not changed just because he has moved on. Because of this, I know he misses her now.
As for myself and my personal memories of him, I would want to mention the following:
1. Growing up, I was the “game player” of the family. No one else cared for games except my dad. He taught me to play chess and we spent many happy times being together in a game.
2. Dad had a special humor about him I’ve never seen before. He loved people and was quick to have them feel at ease around him. I was always proud to be with him because of the ability he had to converse with anyone–be it a close friend or a newly met acquaintance.
3. Dad took to teasing well. One day I assured him there was no bucket of water waiting for him as he stepped into the backyard in his suit. Finding a huge bucket of water hitting him as he passed through the door surprised him, but he quickly regained composure and tried to get me back.
4. One camping trip Bill (Naegle) was chopping logs. My dad wanted to be productive, so he went and chopped twigs. Since then the nickname Twiggy has stuck along with other already acquired (Earl the Pearl, Skinny).
5. I remember Dad sitting in the middle of the living room and we girls when we were younger running around him, waiting for him to reach out and try to grab us. Little did we know at the time he made it a fantastic game by pretending he couldn’t reach us.
6. I was never content to sit and visit at the outdoor family parties we went to. I always wanted to hike and see “what was on the other side of the hill.” I never had to beg my dad to come with me even though he usually didn’t feel up to it. He always gladly went just to make me happy.
7. I used to meet him after work on the bike at the bus stop just so he would pump me home.
I thought I had an appreciation of what having a patriarch of the home meant, but now that he is gone and I see the “hole”, I realize even more how our family was blessed to have him in our home.
I remember somehow dad got a turkey and put it in the backyard for awhile. I think he got it as payment for fixing a watch. After awhile he decided it was time to kill it. I can’t remember who he had with him but the two of them chased it around the yard with us watching. I still remember it running with it’s head off.
I often “got” to help dad grease the car. I hated the job because I never held the grease gun right.
Dad and mom would take us camping every year. Mom was always so well prepared and that’s why I’m sure we had such an enjoyable time. One year I remember that we had the tent set up and then someone found a better place so we picked up the tent by the poles and moved it. The other campers wondered what in the world was going on.
Items not in his history:
Earl said he and his friends would hang younger kids on coat hooks at school. He loved to take long walks with his brown and white cocker spaniel, Babs.
Earl said they went to Salt Lake on the Bamberger train one day. They took his mother in one side of Kress’es store and out the other and she was lost. He tried to teach his father how to drive his green Oldsmobile. Instead of watching where he was going, he watched his feet and went into the ditch.
Amy Teasdale Murdock
Contributor: ScottDimmick Created: 8 months ago Updated: 8 months ago
In a small mining town, known as Winter Quarters, Carbon, Utah, a daughter, Amy, was born July 7th, 1916. Her parents were William Henry Teasdale and Ellen Biggs Teasdale. Amy was the first daughter born in this family.
Amy was blessed August 6th, 1916 in Winter Quarters by her father, William Henry Teasdale.
Amy’s father, William, was born August 4th, 1889 in Little Houghton, Yorkshire, England. His father and mother were William Teasdale and Ann Duthoit Teasdale. William Henry Teasdale came to Utah from England and since he worked in the mines in England, he worked in the mines here. He worked for a short time in the mines at Latuda or Hiawatha. The family stayed with their Aunt Beryl. Then William went back to the Castle Gate mine. Amy’s father, William, was killed in a coal mine disaster February 26th, 1929. He had been on the last coal car as it was coming out of the mine. When he reached a certain place, some rocks fell on him and broke his back in two places. He was taken to Castle Gate hospital and lived for twenty one hours, never regaining consciousness. He died at the hospital. The doctors said if he had lived, he would never have walked again. He would have been in a wheelchair the rest of his life. He was very independent and being bedridden would have killed him. Funeral services were held in the Castle Gate Amusement Hall.
Amy’s mother, Ellen Biggs, was born February 14th, 1895 in Garndiffaith, Monmouthshire, South Wales. Her father and mother were Thomas Biggs and Emily Carey Biggs. Ellen married James Albert Giles on May 22nd, 1930, a little over a year after the death of her husband. Ellen’s second husband lost his wife also on February 16th, 1930. There were ten days apart between the two. He had two children, Ellen had four children so that made six children all together. Albert and Ellen had four sons, Earl, Kenneth, Max and Marlin.
Amy started school in September 1922 and attended first, second, and third grades in Winter Quarters, fourth and fifth in Castle Gate.
Amy was baptized December 6th, 1924 at Pleasant Valley Ward Carbon Stake in Winter Quarters, Utah by Nickolas P. Patterson and confirmed on December 7th 1924 by her father, William H. Teasdale.
. They only had two dresses, and had what they needed. They had two pair of shoes, a Sunday pair and an everyday pair. When the Sunday ones started to look shabby, they would wear them for everyday and buy a new pair for Sunday.
When Amy’s mother and father were living in Castle Gate, they went with their Aunt Ethel and Uncle Sam England to Winter Quarters to visit some old friends. They left Amy with her two sisters, Edith and Berniece and one brother, Melvin, home. The three of them had about five cents each to spend. Someone suggested going to Helper, which was four miles away, so they started out. Melvin was only three years old. When they got down to the coffee shop, which was about a mile from home, Melvin wanted to spend his money there and then return home. The others wanted to go to Helper, so Edith told Melvin the candy there wasn’t any good and it was dirty, etc.
They followed the railroad tracks a lot of the way and even stopped occasionally to play on the coal cars. They took the road to complete their trip to Helper. By this time they were all quite tired. They still had a mile or more to go to reach Helper and four miles to get back home.
About this time some teenage boys came along in a car and asked them if they wanted a ride but they said, “No thanks, they would rather walk.” Amy’s mother had warned them time and time again not to accept rides from strangers. They were very tired and would have liked to ride the rest of the way, but they didn’t know the fellows. They continued to walk. The fellows drove a little ways, then would stop and ask them if they were sure they didn’t want to ride. They would always say, “No,” they would rather walk.”
The first shop they came to in Helper was a Bakery so they all bought a donut and then started back home. At times, they would have to carry their brother as he was tired of walking. They arrived home just a little while before their mother and father got home. Amy’s parents asked them how they got along. When Melvin told them they went to Helper to spend their money, Ellen and William Henry were very upset. They told them never to do that again.
Her parents took the family and went to visit Amy’s mother’s sister, Aunt Ethel, who lived in Willow Creek. Willow Creek is near Castle Gate. Some friends drove them up to Willow Creek and had arrived there just fine. They were enjoying their visit and had a good meal. After they all got settled, it got cloudy and it started to rain. The lightning was flashing, then came the thunder. It rained steady for two or three hours. The rains came, Amy and the rest of the family could hear water running around the house. They thought the water was going to wash the house away. The flood washed the bridge out so no one could get across it. Amy’s family had to spend the night at Aunt Ethel’s place and had to go to bed on the floor. It was still raining, thundering, lightning, and the house was just shaking. Amy’s family were all frightened but after a time they managed to forget the noise and go to sleep. The family had to stay the next day with Aunt Ethel. The bridge had to be rebuilt so they could get across and go back home to Castle Gate.
Amy’s grandfather and grandmother, William and Ann Teasdale, lived in Springville, Utah. The family would ride the train when they came to visit Grandpa and Grandma William Teasdale.
Amy’s family lived in homes that were provided by the coal mines. One home that Amy’s parents lived in was infested with bed bugs. Three homes were built close together and Ellen was bitten by the bed bugs. William asked permission to move to the other home, which was vacant. The mine company denied permission. William couldn’t stand to see his wife being bitten by the bed bugs, so he moved his family to the next house. He thought he would take the consequences but nothing was said. The other home didn’t have the bed bugs.
After the funeral was over, they raised the lid of the casket so that all the people who wanted to see Amy’s father, William, could. Ellen brought the casket to Springville to bury her husband, William, as it was his wish to be buried by his father. Ellen held another funeral service in the Springville Third Ward Church and then buried him in the Evergreen Cemetery.
In June 1929, after the death of William, Amy, Ellen, Edith, Berniece and Melvin moved to Springville, Utah. They lived with Grandma Teasdale for awhile.
Ellen was dating a fellow, James Albert Giles. His wife died ten days before Ellen’s husband had died. James Albert would come into Grandma Teasdale’s store and walk Ellen home after she got off work. This soon developed into love.
Ellen married James Albert, her second husband, on May 22nd, 1930. Ellen and Albert took their six children on their honeymoon and went to Salt Lake City for four or five days. James Albert Giles had two children – Wilbert and Ruth. Ellen had four children – Amy, Edith, Berniece, and Melvin. They had fun and stayed in the Hamilton Apartments where they had a kitchenette and two double beds. The six children slept crosswise in one double bed. Albert and Ellen slept in the other double bed. The six children ranged in ages from twelve down to four.
After Ellen married James Albert Giles, the family lived at 360 West 100 North in Springville, Utah.
On March 10th, 1934, Vivian and Ora Bartholomew, Verl Devenish, Wendell Danger-field, Melba Johnson, Amy and Edith went on an Easter hike to “First Springs.” They were going to Third Springs but didn’t get started till late. They were tired when they got to First Springs. They stopped there and cooked their lunch. After lunch, they hiked onto a place called Kolob. They came home a different way than they went up. They had to jump over a ravine to get on the right side to come home. When Amy jumped, she slipped and fell. She rolled about forty feet down the mountain and cut her head quite badly. The group was really frightened. They thought at first Amy was dead, but found out she was only unconscious. She was unconscious from about five thirty Saturday night until four o’clock Sunday morning. She had to have stitches taken in her head and missed about two weeks of school. Amy has had many health problems and Edith felt a lot of it was a result of this fall.
Amy and Edith went down to the tipple and had one of the guides there show them through the newly installed coal washer in Castle Gate. It was very interesting. The coal would go in at one end and down a great big slide with different size holes, which separated the coal into different grades such as nut, lump, slack, etc. Water was running over it all the time. It takes twenty-four hours for a piece of coal to go through this process. They also have a large coal grinder where they prepare the coal that is used in furnaces. At the other end of the washer, below which are empty coal cars, is a movable slide which is used to fill the cars with coal that is shipped to various parts of the state. Amy and Edith didn’t get as much out of this inspection tour as they wanted to. The machinery on the tour made so much noise. It was impossible for the guide to explain anything about it, but regardless of this, it was a very interesting tour. They have railings on all the stairs and of course, Amy and Edith held onto the railing. When they came out, their hands were black from the coal dust that was on the railing.
Amy attended her junior and senior years at the Springville High School. She graduated in May 1936.
On May 21st, 1936, Amy graduated from Springville High School.
During the summer of 1936, Amy worked in the strawberries and raspberries for Mrs. Alex Long and at the cannery. From this time up until Amy was married, she worked for people doing housework and tending children, which she enjoyed very much.
On January 6th, 1943, Amy went to the Salt Lake Temple and took out her endowments. This day was also the day that her sister, Edith, got married. It was a special day for Amy and Edith.
Amy was very nervous at times. Edith can still remember one time that Amy and she went to a genealogical meeting. Amy had a dress that had buttons all down the front. She sat there and pulled all the buttons off.
In April of 1947, while Amy was working for Mrs. Roberta Green, Donald G. Lee came to Amy’s home and wanted to introduce her to a man named John Murray Murdock, whom he worked with at the Geneva Steel Plant.
On May 5th, 1948, Amy married John Murray Murdock, from Heber, Utah, in the Salt Lake Temple.
On March 20th, 1950, Amy’s mother, Ellen B. Giles, passed away suddenly with a heart attack. Amy’s brother, Kenneth, was at home when their mother died.
Amy would ask Max (her brother) to help her fix things for her, as John wasn’t handy at fixing things.
On March 17th, 1957, Amy’s stepfather, James Albert Giles, passed away of a heart attack. Albert was at his son, Kenneth’s, home when he died.
About 1966, John was admitted to Utah Valley for possible surgery. John was unhappy to be there. One day he decided he was going home, so he left. The only clothes that John had on was his hospital gown, slippers, and hat. He walked out of the hospital and was walking home towards Springville. The hospital called Amy and told her that John had left the hospital. They asked Amy if she could find him and bring him back.
Amy just loved to iron. She would do ironing for people. When her mother was ill, or when Amy had her babies, Edith would do the washing and ironing. Edith would rather wash than iron. Amy would rather iron, than wash. Amy became proficient in ironing and Edith became proficient in washing. Amy was always washing, ironing and cleaning for people to have a little extra spending money. She also helped the elderly and the ill.
Amy had many hardships in life that she had to deal with. Amy and Edith went to the temple, and when they returned from the temple, the stroke hit Amy. The stroke left her crippled on one side. This was very devastating to her. She was unable to care for herself and thus it hurt this proud lady. These were hard years for Amy as she went downhill in her health.
John passed away on July 26th, 1993 at the Heritage Convalescent Center. John was laid to rest July 30th, 1993 in the Heber City Cemetery. Amy passed away on May 29th, 1995 at the Heritage Convalescent Center in American Fork. Her funeral was held June 5th, 1995 in Springville, Utah. She was laid to rest next to her husband in the Heber City Cemetery.
History written by Amy’s niece, Shirley (Miner) Wilkey. Parts of history taken from History of Edith M. Teasdale Miner and Amy’s mother, Ellen B Giles History. Material gathered from sister-in-law, Shirley Carroll Giles. Tape information from Amy’s sister, Edith Miner, and her daughter, Shirley Wilkey, transcribed the tape.
Berniece Teasdale Bartholomew
Contributor: ScottDimmick Created: 8 months ago Updated: 8 months ago
In a small mining town, known as Winterquarters, Utah a very special daughter was born January 3, 1920 to William and Ellen Teasdale. Berniece was the third daughter born in this family. At this time the family owned a Victorola record player. Uncle Tom had a record which they enjoyed playing, “Won’t you take it back and change it for a boy,” as they had been disappointed in having another girl. Berniece was six years old when the family moved to Castle Gate where Edith, Amy and Berniece all attended school.
“Berniece Teasdale started school at 6 years of age at Castle Gate, Utah in Spt. 1926 and continued there through the 3rd grade. On Feb. 28, 1929 my father was hurt at work in a coal mine and died 21 hours later after which we moved to Springville, Utah where I finished my education – 4th grade at Lincoln School, 5th & 6th at the Washington School and the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th at the Springville High School. I took and completed a three-year genealogy class from 1931 to 1938. I married Dwight Bartholomew on October 5, 1938 in the Salt Lake Temple. In Aug. 1953 we went to Arizona for 10 months but returned when things didn’t work out as planned or expected.” (from Berniece’s genealogy)
William Henry Teasdale came to Utah from England and since he had worked in the mines in England, he worked in the mines here. He worked for a short time in the mines at Latuda or Hiawathe. Then William went back to Castle Gate mine. It was here he was killed February 26, 1929 from a piece of concrete falling on his back and breaking it. He never regained consciousness and was buried in the Springville cemetery.
The family moved to Springville, as the home in Castle Gate was only for the workers in the mine. They moved in with Grandmother Teasdale (Ellen’s mother-in-law) and her son who was not married.
Ellen was dating a fellow, James Albert Giles, whose wife had died ten days before Ellen’s husband had died. James and Ellen were married May 22, 1930. James had two children (Ruth and Wilbert); Ellen had four children (Amy, Edith, Berniece, and Melvin. This gave them six children to start their marriage Later in their life James and Ellen had four sons, Earl, Kenneth, Max, and Marlin Giles, making a total of ten children in this family. Berniece was in the Junior High and Senior High School orchestra. She played the violin and enjoyed it.
One time Berniece went to Idaho with her aunts Beryl and Ethel for a visit to their sister Iris, who lived in Malad, Idaho. Ellen gave Berniece some spending money and told her not to spend it all. Berniece took her mother’s advice literally and didn’t spend any of it. Her aunts wanted her to buy them an ice cream cone, but she was determined she wouldn’t. Even though the cost was only five or ten cents at the most.
Berniece was very staunch in her beliefs and once she made her mind up about anything, she stuck to it and you couldn’t change her. She was learning to drive a car but later gave up driving, as she was afraid she would wreck it or damage it and she would never hear the end of it.
Berniece had beautiful black hair, but never learned to do much with it. She would pull it back and put an elastic band or ribbon on it to hold it in place. Her hair was naturally curly. Ruth (Berniece’s stepsister) remembers how a person could roll it around a finger and would get a beautiful ringlet.
Springville Utah October 21, 1934
A blessing given by John H. Manwaring, Patriarch, upon the head of Berniece Teasdale, daughter of William Henry Teasdale and Ellen Biggs, born in Winter Quarters, Utah, January 3, 1920.
Sister Berniece Teasdale, I lay my hands upon your head and confer upon you a patriarchal blessing. Inasmuch as you desire a blessing of the Lord, it shall be yours, for God has said whomsoever His servants bless He will bless. Having received this authority to bless those who come unto me in this, the Kolob Stake of Zion in the Church of Christ, I bless you with every blessing that is necessary for your good and salvation that you may realize and know that God’s power is being made manifest, for God is delighted with you, dear sister, inasmuch as you seek to serve him and keep His commandments. If you will cultivate this desire, it will grow within you, and the spirit of the Gospel, even the Gift of the Holy Ghost, which was conferred upon you at your baptism, will enlighten your mind and quicken your understanding and will be a monitor and a guide to your path that you will not go wrong. But if you do things that are displeasing in the sight of God, the Gift of the Holy Ghost will be withdrawn from you, for God will not be mocked. He delights to bless those who seek Him and keep His commandments.
Therefore, dear sister, seek the Lord diligently in prayer, go to the Lord in secret and ask Him for His blessings that you may be enabled to shun the power of the evil one and cultivate the spirit of virtue. Keep yourself clean and unspotted from the sins of the world and rather lose your life than your virtue for it is precious. Others will seek to destroy your life and destroy your virtue, but if you will give way to no evil, cultivate the spirit of truth, listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit which God will give you, He will lead you, as it were, by the hand and bring you out victorious. Crush all evil that is within you through your righteous life. Be obedient to your parents in righteousness. Be obedient to the servants of God, listen unto their counsel, and keep every covenant and obligation that you enter into from day to day and from time to time, for you have covenanted with the Lord when you went into the waters of baptism that you would serve Him and keep His commandments.
The time shall come, if you are faithful and true, that you shall become a mother in Israel. You shall have the choice of a companion and shall go into the House of the Lord according to the desire of your heart and there make covenants that will bring unto you life eternal. You have promised in your pre-mortal existence that you would serve God and keep His commandments, if you were permitted to come upon the earth, and if you will keep these covenants, God will make of you a handmaiden in very deed to accomplish much good in your day and time, and you shall be an example unto others. Therefore, set a good example and be a leader that others will be glad to follow, and be a good follower to those who are leading in the paths of righteousness and truth. Be kind, cultivate the spirit of kindness, love, charity, of humility; these things will make you great.
The time will come that you will be crowned as a princess of peace, an heir of righteousness, in the eternal worlds through your faithfulness. You shall see God if you are pure in heart, for God has promised those who are pure in heart shall see Him. You are one of the children of Israel, numbered among the choice spirits of God, a child of Abraham, through loins of Ephraim and of Joseph who was sold into Egypt. Therefore, dear sister, be faithful, true, prayerful, and diligent, following after righteousness, seeking to do good all your life long, shunning the appearance of evil; and if you will do these things, God will be mindful of you. I seal upon you the blessings of life, health, and strength to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection clothed upon with power and with eternal reward through your faithfulness. I seal you up against the power of the adversary in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
One day Ellen (her mother) suggested they go to Relief Society. When Ellen and her sister Beryl went to visit Berniece, she was busy making bread with the help of her mother-in-law (Pearl Larsen Bartholomew). Berniece was excited as to how her bread turned out.
During the 50’s Berniece and Dwight moved to Mesa, Arizona. They lived there for one year. They picked cotton to earn a living.
They moved back to Springville and Dwight got a job for Provo Steel & Supply Company as a welder. They bought and lived in his dad’s home for the rest of their lives.
Dwight always raised a good garden, fruit trees and other fruits. Berniece spent a lot of time during the summer, canning or freezing the fruits and vegetables they raised. She would put up many many bushels of peaches, pears, beans, raspberries, and cherries into two-quart jars.
Berniece enjoyed her courting days, as Dwight would take her to the shows and the dances. They really enjoyed it and she thought it would continue on after they were married. Berniece got quite a shock when it didn’t continue and one day she asked Dwight why they didn’t go to shows and dances anymore. He told her they both came from big families and now they were married he could put his arm around her at home and not have to go to the shows and dances.
Dwight Bartholomew moved into the neighborhood where Berniece lived, and when he met Berniece and saw how beautiful she was, he said, “She is going to be my wife.” He thought she was really beautiful. Later, they did get married on October 5, 1938. Their first home was a tent home. This was a humble beginning. They didn’t have much money.
After Berniece had her first child, Errol, they lived down on north main. Things were pretty rough. One day Edith went to visit her and since it was getting summer time she stayed thinking Berniece would invite her to eat. But she never was invited. Berniece probably thought Edith wouldn’t like the soup and she didn’t have anything else to offer. Berniece probably hoped Edith would go home so she could get their soup on the table.
Berniece loved children. Shirley Giles, sister-in-law and wife of Max Giles (a half brother) was impressed on how long Berniece served in the Primary Nursery – over twenty years. She would attend another ward so she didn’t miss any of her meetings. She also loved to sing in the ward choir, so after church she would go attend the practices.
Edith asked her one day, why she didn’t get Dwight to take her to shop, she said he didn’t want to wait for her. So she never asked him again. She really shopped and if she could save a penny or two she would go to three or four stores if necessary to save. Edith told her that her time was more important than the few cents she would save by going to more stores.
Berniece loved to quilt. She always helped on the Relief Society quilts Berniece loved baseball games, as she would attend them very often.
Berniece was a pleasant person with a smile on her face and happy to see you. Shirley (Max’s wife) remembers the last time she saw Berniece was April 4, 1992 while shopping at Reams in Springville. It was Max’s birthday so Berniece wished him a good one. They offered to take Berniece home but she refused saying “Dwight is coming.” But they must have misunderstood in their communications with each other. As Dwight was waiting for her at Allen’s store and she was at Reams. She got tired of waiting and started home with the groceries. She got as far as the church on Averett Avenue and collapsed. A young girl saw her, but she didn’t know what to do so she went to the church where they were having general Priesthood in connection with conference and got her dad. He knew Berniece and called the ambulance and then called Dwight. She was taken to the hospital but never regained consciousness. This was on a Saturday and she died on Tuesday, April 7, 1995 and was buried in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery in the new section, April 10, 1992.
She raised five lovely children in the gospel and kept them close to the church. That is a job well done. Dwight followed Berniece in death, December 11, 1995 and was buried December 13, 1995 in the Evergreen Springville Cemetery next to his sweetheart Berniece.
[Put together by sister – Edith Miner, sister; Ruth G. Diamond, sister-in-law; Shirley Giles (wife of Max); and brother and sister-in-law, Melvin & Elaine Teasdale; November 6, 1996]