Carl Evin Wilberg
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Carl Evin Wilberg was born May 18, 1888 at Castle Dale, Emery Co., Utah, son of Carl and Matilda Johnson Wilberg. At the time of his birth there was no President of the Church (John Taylor died in 1887 and Wilford Woodruff became President in 1889). The President of the United States was Grover Cleveland.
He had the following brothers and sisters; Eva Matilda, Mattie Caroline, Mildred, Cyrus, Rufus, Vida, and Warren.
His father, Carl Wilberg, had crossed the plains after coming from Norway, and while crossing through Nebraska he had his 10th birthday. He attended Brigham Young Academy and with the schooling he received in Norway and Ephraim he was the best educated person in Carbon, Emery County. He was very industrious and independent.
Carl Evin was born in a well-built log house. His mother had such a big influence in his life for good. Although she had not had much formal schooling (only a few years in the grades) she had been the main instructor in his growing up years. She implanted the desire for him to serve the Lord in various capacities. She provided the means for him to attend Church duties whenever the opportunity arose, although church attendance was limited. They lived on ranches away from the town; this made it almost impossible to attend meetings of the various organizations. In the winter they moved to town to go to school and she saw they attended meetings.
They lived a hard pioneer life and Carl Evin worked very hard to help the family make a living. He herded sheep when he was twelve years old and he also tended goats and cows. All through school he had to start two months late and quit two months early to be able to attend to sheep [note from Dexter, ‘he also tended goats and cows]. He attended school at the Emery Stake Academy and the BYU. He had to go to school longer and take heavier loads. He had a life certificate for teaching. On July 16, 1909 he left Salt Lake City for a mission to Norway. He returned home from the mission February 10, 1912. He was on his mission to Norway for two and one half years. At a dance at Castle Dale, Utah, Carl Evin, a young returned missionary from Norway, met the girl of his choice. It seemed to be love at first sight. The summer before their marriage Nettie Tolboe went to Provo to study music and Carl Evin attended school in Salt Lake City. This made things convenient for a summer romance, picnic at Liberty Park (Salt Lake City), or up the canyons or at Salt Aire. In a beautiful setting in a cool shady park in Provo, Utah, Carl Evin proposed to Nettie. They planned their wedding in the fall when they would go to Salt Lake City so Carl Evin could go to Teachers Institute. They could get married and enjoy their honeymoon while there.
Carl Evin married Nettie Lovina Tolboe (the daughter of Peter Tolboe and Hannah Lovice Hudson Tolboe) on 25 November 1914 at the Salt Lake City Temple by Alvin F. Smith.
Their first home was two rooms in Castle Dale, Utah, they added to this as means permitted. Flowers, trees and lawns made this home attractive. It was here that their first child Claudia Fane was born on the 31 October 1915. Carl Evin and Nettie moved around with his teaching jobs in Emery County and with every move it seemed a new baby arrived at their home. Taking little Claudia, they moved to Mohrland, Utah where on 15 September 1917 Heston T. was born. Then they moved to Cleveland, Utah where Chal Berl was born on 11 March 1920 and then back to Castle Dale, Utah where Dexter Lyle was born on a cold January day 11 January 1925.
Many adventures happened to this family rearing their children. Teaching school, and helping with the Wilberg Ranch and Resort at Castle Dale. He taught 4th grade one year and was paid $60.00 per month. He worked during the summers at the resort and also worked on State roads building bridges. He worked in a butcher shop with his father-in-law. He was a home missionary for several years. He sang many solos. He loved to sing and give speeches. He was a teacher in Sunday School, MIA and Chorister for the ward. Then he worked in the Bishopric. He ran a picture show, and was always leading a very busy life. The depression hit Castle Dale, as it did everywhere in the Country in 1929 and 1930. So Carl Evin and family decided to move to Orem, Utah. Nettie’s parents were already there and they had a small fruit farm and grocery store. With very little cash the Wilberg’s Feed and Grocery and Coal Store was opened in Orem, the year 1932. The children were also busy attending school and getting married and this move to Orem proved, as all moves had done, that a boy was on the way. He arrived 26 March 1937 and was called Carl Creed. A new house was being built and their first grandchild, Donald was born. And a new store built, 1937-38 so again, what a busy family. Some serious accidents happened. A car ran through the store – Heston and Chal were badly burned in a gasoline explosion in Heston’s service station. Carl Evin lost a finger in the handmade machine for meat grinding. But this man loved life and he never let anything get him down. He loved to take trips and have family gatherings. Always aware of his Church duties he has done much genealogy work – worked on music assignments, played in Minstrel shows – always active in community affairs, worked on old folks committees.
In 1953, Carl Evin, Nettie, and Carl were called on a Mission to New England States. They had previously served two years as Stake Missionaries in Orem Stake, Orem, Utah. While on this mission they worked very hard on the erection of a Chapel in Portland, Maine which they were proud of. When they returned from their mission Nettie was having trouble with her health. It was discovered that she had the dread disease of cancer. All her loved ones were deeply concerned. As well as friends, neighbors, and church members. Carl Evin was so devoted and cared for her so tenderly. She closed her eyes in death at her home 20 October 1959.
After her death Carl Evin was a sad broken hearted man. And he started working in the Salt Lake Temple to find comfort.
The family was very happy when he found a lovely lady to be his companion again. On 9 November 1960 Carl Evin married Minnie Elizabeth Gordon of Orem. They moved into Minnie’s house and Carl Evin for a while became an industries farmer.
Many interesting trips have been enjoyed by these two and they have continued to work in the Salt Lake City Temple as well as the new Provo Temple. He has often said the greatest joy of his life is to see his family working in different capacities in the Church. Once a month the family gathered together regularly for family home evenings.
Carl Evin has been a High Priest Group Leader as well as their teacher. Always involved in some missionary work. Always loved to go camping and fishing, be outdoors. His love of reading has made him a very educated man with such an outstanding memory. He was truly a ‘digger of facts’ in his studying.
The last two years of his life his health was failing but he wouldn’t give up. Always offering help and advice to his family and friends until the very last.
Carl Evin died at home Wednesday morning September 5, 1973. He is survived by his widow, by one daughter and 4 sons, Mrs Scot (Claudia) Wilkins, Heston Wilberg, Chal Wilberg and Dexter Wilberg of Orem, and Carl Wilberg of Sacramento, California, 54 grandchildren and 60 great grandchildren.
Step children Alta Jolley, Susie Jepperson, Mxine Kitchen, Jennie Ford, Libbie Hawkins and Cumorah Holdaway of Orem and Dixie Smith of Denver, Colorado. One brother Cyrus Wilberg of Castle Dale, Utah and one sister Vida Fowles of Salt Lake City. Three sister-in-laws, Mrs O. F. Johnson of Provo, Mrs. Cyrus (Liza) Wilberg and Mrs. Rufus (Edna) Wilberg of Castle Dale. And many lovely relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Saturday 11 a.m. at the 26th Ward Chapel 400 North and 400 East with Bishop Thomas Carlyle conducting. Buried in the Orem City Cemetery September 8, 1973.
Tribute to Dad
He who loved every minute of life, his family, his home, the flowers, the wind and rain – people both young and old, the many good and wonderful friends and neighbors he has had, and the many good deeds he has done. He who has loved and enjoyed life with such a zest and had the over whelming want of life, he, I can say, “You were a good and courageous man.”
Death to such a man is just a passing through the entry into another beautiful and glorious world. For there is such a world, where human lips may say farewell no more, and such beauty you shall now know.
We are filled with sorrow and tears. Our tears are messages of our over whelming grief and unspeakable love for you. For what greater thing is there in life than the love we share with each other.
We have many happy memories of a wonderful father, and grandfather and great grandfather. Thanks to the example you have set for us.
We now say “Goodbye Dear One” for you have gone in the last phase of this earthly life.
For man creeps into childhood, runs full strength into youth, walks into manhood and then totters into old age, and then slumbers into the cradle prepared him. There to be watched and cared for by God. And now it is time we say our farewell. We say “Goodbye Dear One”
The above was written by Natie Wilberg and typed by Susan B. Wilberg.
The following is a brief history by Carl Evin Wilberg. It may have some duplication but it will be added as it was written.
Carl Evin Wilberg, the 3rd child and 1st son of Carl and Matilda Wilberg was born 18 May 1888 at Castle Dale, Emery County, Utah, in a two room log house on the southwest corner of the block, one block north and one block east of the corner where Main and Center streets cross.
The house was built on fathers homestead. It was small but exceedingly well built. Father was the principal of the school at the time of Evin’s birth, and also was the third grade teacher. They lived in the log house until Evin was about six years old. The Social Hall and the Church were located just across the street, southwest from our home. Matilda was quite prompt in getting her children to Primary and Sunday School.
About 1894 or 95, the Wilberg’s moved into the Nathalia Wilberg Anderson home across the street to the south. At that time, Carl built the brick store building located at 141 E. Main Castle Dale. (At the time it was first built it was just rough lumber, it has since had the brick added.) This two-story building was the largest in Emery or Carbon counties at the time. The ground floor was used as a general merchandise store. The second floor was used as a dance hall. Carl kept his dance floor in excellent condition; the floor was the best in any of the eastern counties. A partition was made in the lower part of the building in the back, making two quite large rooms, where we moved into.
My brother, Rufus, was born in this building in the early morning of 25 July 1899, while a dance was being held above. The dancers were very disappointed when Carl dismissed them earlier than usual, on account of Matilda having given birth to Rufus.
Carl sold the store building about 1897 and the family moved to what is known as the Brakes, three miles east of Castle Dale. The Breaks are the beginning of the broken eastern lands of the San Rafael Section. The ranch was located between two high cliffs, like mountain ranges, along the Cottonwood Creek. This is the beginning of the creek’s cutting its gorge to the San Rafael River, then to the Green River.
On this ranch Evin spent all his summers and part of his winters for several years. He, being the oldest boy, was placed on an Indian pony and with his older sister Mattie, herded the milk cows, other cattle, and horses among the ledges and high hills surrounding the ranch. Many and varied experiences were had here. In the spring they had to cross and re-cross the treacherous, high river. Their Indian pony was always trying to throw them off. At this time Carl began breaking his own horses. Evin broke quite a few saddle horses. He was an excellent rider.
He was quite apt at handling a lasso rope and a 30-30 rifle. He became an excellent shot. His father bought him a saddle rifle, a complete reloading outfit and several boxes of cartridges. Evin always had to save his cartridge shells. When the supply of ammunition was nearly exhausted, he would have to melt the lead that came packed around tea, that he procured from the storekeepers and all the lead they could get hold of and melt into bullets. Then he had to remove the old primer, replace it with a new one, and put the right amount of powder into the cartridge for the game he would be shooting. The bullet was then placed into the reloading tool and pressed and crimped fast into the cartridge or shell. The shells were used over and over until they were completely worn out. This was also done with the shot gun shells.
Evin’s schooling was not as consistent as it should have been. He would always have to start 6 – 8 weeks late in the fall and was taken out early in the spring so he could help on the ranch. Grade wise, he was always a couple of grades behind the kids his age. Some years the family moved into town between Thanksgiving and Christmas, others they lived at the ranch all year round.
Before Evin could go to school in the morning many chores had to be done, i.e. getting horses and cows in from the pasture, milking the cows, and then hitching the horses to the light spring wagon and drive three miles over a rough road, to get to school in time. Quite often they were the first ones to school, but many times they were late or did not make it at all.
Evin’s duties also included hauling hay and grain, plowing and anything else that needed to be done, until the spring of 1902, when Carl purchased a herd of goats. Evin and the other children had to tame the goats. When summer came, Evin had the job to spend it on the mountain summer range with the goats. During this time he again had many experiences, ranging from bad rain storms, hunting lost animals, and frightening away predators. One night the goats took off on a dead run. It took all night and morning to gather them up. There were large fresh bear tracks only a few feet away from where they’d been camped. He also came face to face with a cougar eating a kid she had killed.
That fall the heard was taken off the mountain and Evin went back to school. At Christmas time, however, he spent three weeks with the goats on the east winter range in deep snow.
Spring 1903, Carl sold the goats and traded the Brakes for quite a number of horses and other property. He had a small tract of land near the Marinus Peterson Reservoir four miles north of Castle Dale. The family moved into the Peterson home and began accumulating many pieces of property and holdings, including the Wilberg Resort area and the cattle ranch with all the hundreds of acres of farm land and grazing ground. For the next four years they were involved with breaking up new ground, planting, farming, and cattle tending.
In the spring of 1907 Carl purchased a saw mill up in Seely Creek. This was the second saw mill he had owned. The family took their cattle and moved to the mountains. Evin, along with the others worked very long, hard, ten hour days. There was so much lumber piled up at the end of the summer, plus all that had been hauled out, President Luke remarked at Carl’s funeral he never thought it would all get hauled out.
Evin entered the Emery Stake Academy each winter until he had taken all the courses the Academy gave and it closed in 1909. Evin liked school and was an above average student. He was very active in all the athletic activities at school. He was on the ball team, in the long and short races, shot put and relays and did the broad jump.
While at the academy Evin received a call to go on a mission to Sweden. It was later changed to Norway. On 9 July 1909 Evin, along with his mother attended the Manti Temple and received his own endowments. He left Salt Lake City 16 July 1909 for Norway. He returned home 10 February 1912. He went right back to work on the ranch. In the fall Evin returned to the Emery Stake Academy, taking a very heavy load of classes in order to get enough credits to teach school. He got involved in dramatics, music, and athletics. He received good marks in all his studies.
Evin began teaching fourth grade, 15 September 1913, receiving $60 per month. The second and third years he taught fifth and sixth grades. The third year was very hard year. Sixty three students were crowded into one room. The first threes years were in Castle Dale, the next two, he was principal at Mohrland. This was the period of World War I, so every weekend he spent working for the coal company. He also spent his summers working in and about the coal mine. He also worked as a blacksmith helper, car repairer, track maintainer; whatever needed to be done.
In the fall of 1918, Evin returned to Castle Dale to teach school. School had been in session about two months when a flu epidemic broke out and all the schools and public gatherings were stopped. During this period, Evin did state road construction work until January of 1919. Then the county assessor needed a man to take charge of listing of all county assessments in the role books, this he helped with during 1919. After the flu quarantine was removed, he was called as principal of the Castle Dale Schools.
The next two years were spent as principal of the Cleveland School. The second year the ninth grade was added to that school, the classes divided among the six teachers employed.
During the summers of 1920 and 1921 Evin worked for his father on bridge construction on State Highway 10 between Huntington and South Ferron. During these two summers they constructed seven of the main bridges in Emery County.
In the fall of 1921 just as Evin was preparing to go to Carbon County to teach school, Carl purchased the Union Meat Market at Castle Dale. Evin’s father-in-law, Peter Tolboe was the manager and asked Evin to stay and help him maintain and operate this business. Evin worked as the butcher, and later when Mr. Tolboe went on a mission, he became business manager too.
For the next ten years Evin, along with his brother Cyrus helping him, made a success of the meat market. Evin also had many positions in the LDS church. He served as home missionary for several years. In his own ward he was a teacher in the Sunday School and MIA. He also served as chorister in Sunday School and Sacrament meeting. For several years he was the superintendent of the Sunday School. Evin also was called to be first counselor to Bishop Carl Berg in the Castle Dale Ward.
In the spring of 1929 Carl and his four sons met together and decided to create a resort area out at the Wilberg Ranch. This business venture was very successful and continued until the outbreak of World War II.
In the early 1930’s when the depression was at its worst, a buyer appeared for the Wilberg Meat Market so it was sold. Evin and his wife and son Heston (it is presumed that the other children were with them, this record was compiled by Heston’s wife) moved to Orem in the latter part of June 1932. They leased a store building north of the Canyon Road on State Street and started a feed and grocery store. The “Orem Feed and Grocery Market” was opened 1 July 1932.
The first day’s receipts were $25.00. Even that was more profit than a skilled laborer received for his days’ work. The stock was small and their $200.00 equipment very meager. Evin made the butcher block out of a sugar maple plank 4”x20”x48 inches. He put legs on the plank and painted it neatly. The tools he had were a small meat saw and a kitchen butcher knife. The sausage mill was a wall hand grinder. Later Evin attached a wall washing machine motor to it. The meat case was a used refrigerator Evin had obtained in Salt Lake City. It had four doors, glass in front and was very good. It was about eighteen cubic feet capacity. This was quite adequate and served for a long time for their meat, milk, butter, and frozen fish.
The business grew little by little. By 1935 they had saved enough to buy a ton and a half Ford Truck, Evin and his wife, Nettie went back to Detroit, Michigan to get it and hauled a passenger car back for the Ford Company to pay the expenses of the trip. The new truck was turned over to their son Heston to pay a promise that if he would not use tobacco, his parents would get him a car. Heston then, began to haul coal, hay, and other commodities for the store.
Things went very well for a while, and then a series of misfortunes set in. Nettie had a severe sick spell. Then they had just got a fair line of dry goods in when a panel truck crashed through the side of the store, damaged their equipment, building, and most of their stock (the driver of the truck did not pay for any of the damages). Evin lost the index finger of his right hand in the sausage mill.
In the summer of 1938 Evin’s sons Heston and Chal were severely burned in a gasoline fire in the pit of the service station Heston was operating. For weeks they were not sure if the boys would recover or not.
Evin and Nettie did not become too discouraged, but determined to work all the harder to regain their losses. The outlook was bleak but they struggled on. Their indebtedness was gradually reduced and finally paid in full.
October 1936 they started building their new home. Nettie helped with much of the work. They spent many hours working after the laborers had gone home. They moved in February 1937 and Carl Creed was born in the house 26 March 1937. The home was small, but well-built and nice. The next venture was to build their store. They collected sufficient means to build the walls and the roof. They borrowed enough money to complete the front section. It was thirty feet wide and forty five feet long. Some of their competitors remarked “to build such a big store in Orem, they are broke before they start.” Soon they added another thirty feet. This made a long building about 72 feet for the store part and 30 feet for feeds. They also added 20 feet for a garage.
In the spring of 1946 they made another venture. They placed a cold storage plant of 338 locker boxes in the rear of the building. Their friends again advised against the move. It proved to be a help to the grocery business. They continued to struggle and worked long hours, but they also had pleasure along with their labors.
They made six trips to Southern California, two trips to Northern California and Canada and one trip to Glacier National Park and three to Yellowstone. In 1950 they went back east for a new Lincoln car. From Detroit, Michigan they went east and visited many of the American historical sites and “Mormon” Church sites such as the Sacred Grove and Hill Comorah.
In Orem, Evin held many church and community positions. He served on the City Council, worked in the Sunday School as a teacher nearly all the time, teacher in the High Priest Quorum, Superintendent of the MIA and President of the Timpanogos Stake Mission, Stake Missionary, Word Chorister, Stake Genealogy Committee Member, Stake Ward Teacher Committee, Ward High Priest Leader and on the Old Folks Committee for 11 years.
Evin states, “the greatest joy that has come to my wife and me is to see our children laboring in different capacities in the church, viz. Heston in the Long Beach Bishopric, Chal in the Superintendency of the Timp View Ward, Dexter in the Bishopric of our ward, Carl taking part in Priesthood work and scout duties. Claudia and her husband, Scott Wilkins, are building a thriving business in their grocery store (1935).”
Evin and Nettie met in Castle Dale while he was teaching school. That next summer she went to Provo to study music. Evin went to summer school in SLC. This was just right for a summer romance, a picnic at Liberty Park or up the canyon, a play in Salt Lake or a weekend at Salt Aire. One time Nettie became very upset at Evin because he wore a bathing suit with just a strap over the shoulder and no stockings!! She was very modest in her Mother Hubbard suit with puffed sleeves, high neck and long black stockings.
In a beautiful setting in a cool shady park in Provo, Utah Evin proposed to Nettie. They were married 25 November 1914 in the Salt Lake Temple by Alvin F. Smith. Born to them were Claudia, Heston, Chal, Dexter, and twin boys born prematurely, still born, 17 November 1922, and Carl Creed.
Nettie died 20 October 1959. Evin remarried on 9 November 1960 to Minnie Gordon. Evin died of a heart attack 5 September 1973 at the age of 85. He is buried in the Orem Cemetery.
Information taken from the autobiography of
Carl Evin Wilberg