History of Clyde James Call
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James Henry Call, the father of Clyde, was born in Soda Spring, Idaho, on October 19, 1878, to Joshua James Call and Rosa Louise Atkinson. His father spent his boyhood in Soda Springs. His mother Mary Elizabeth Phillips was born and raised in Dayton, Idaho.
Clyde was the oldest of 9 children. The family consisted of:
Clyde James Call, born 11 February 1905, in Dayton, Idaho
Clarence Phillips Call, born 18 December 1906, in Dayton, Idaho
Lester Thomas Call, born 23 August 1908, in Dayton, Idaho
Reta Call, born 4 August 1910, in Dayton, Idaho
Sylvan Verl Call, born 17 February 1913, in Dayton, Idaho
Glenn P. Call, born 20 March 1915, in Dayton, Idaho
Gwen Call, born 20 March 1915, in Dayton, Idaho
Max Phillips Call, born 15 December 1916, in Dayton, Idaho
Fred Phillips Call, born 1 January 1919, in Dayton, Idaho
Clyde being the oldest was born at the home of his grandmother, Sarah Philips, in Dayton, Idaho. She was a midwife and delivered many of the babies at that time for a modest fee of $5.00. For her own children she asked nothing.
Clyde was blessed in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 7, 1905, by M. Perkins.
All of the children had an unusual amount of hair as babies and Clyde wore ringlets until he was several years old, before his mother could have them cut off. Two of Lizzie's sisters married Atkinson boys and lived one on each side of Clyde's folks. In larger homes but no more love in them.
Lizzie (as Clyde's mother was called), did a lot of house work for different folks and she was an excellent cook. Clyde's early boyhood days were spent with his cousins. They had to make their own fun although he did have a bike and a pony. He helped around the home and on his father's small dry farm.
Clyde was Baptized on September 10, 1914, and Confirmed on September 13, 1914, as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was baptized by Jas Phillips and confirmed by Stephen Jas Callan. He belonged as a young boy to a Boy Scout Group with Roy Archibald as Scout Leader.
He had his schooling at Dayton in a small log school house which had five classes in one room. He went to this school for the first six grades, then a new building was built and he finished his schooling there. Although the new school was a more modern building, neither had indoor plumbing and was heated by coal stoves. He left school before finishing the eighth grade and therefore he never went to High School.
After finishing school, he went to work to help with their living problems. He worked for many of the neighboring farmers--driving horses, plowing, harrowing and helping headers and thrashers, which was the way the grain was harvested at that time.
Some of the friends he had were: Ted Murdock, Reed Peterson, Lawrence Johnson and Alton Jones. They used to go through Dayton and pick up milk cows and take them up Dayton canyon for grazing. Then bring them back at night. He and his friends used to go up in the mountains to hunt pheasants and sage hens, for there was no limit on how many you could get at that time.
His father hauled milk from Dayton to Franklin every day and the boys had chores to do around the place. Sometimes Clyde would go with his father to help with the milk hauling. At one time he was involved in what could have been a very serious accident. There were platforms built on each side of the wagon to lift the cans of milk up onto from the farmers yards, before lifting them on into the wagon. On hot summer days, his father had a large umbrella he would use to keep from being so hot. On this particular day, it was hot and just as Clyde had placed a can of milk on the loading rack, his father raised the umbrella, which frightened one of the horses. The horse jumped, throwing Clyde to the ground and one of the back wheels of the wagon ran over his stomach. It happened to be on a sandy road and was soft, which saved his life.
His father had a candy stand in front of his house where they sold ice cream and candy. They would go to Twin Lakes in the winter and cut cakes of ice and store until summer to make ice cream to sell in their stand.
His mother did a lot of canning fruit for her large family. Each fall at the time that the fruit ripened in Brigham City, Utah, Jim and Lizzie and some of the older children, would pack their lunches and drive down there with horses and covered wagon to get their winter supply of fruit. This usually took about three days -- one day to go down, one day to pick the fruit and one day to come home. Most of the time they stayed in the covered wagon but occasionally they would stay with a family, if they were invited in. Later, fruit peddlers came along bringing their produce from door to door, and then they would get it from them.
Before Clyde's sister Reta was old enough to help much, Clyde often helped his mother scrub floors. They always had a good garden and a big one. All of his mothers cooking and canning was done on a coal burning stove, which was also used to keep them warm in the winter time.
Thanksgiving and Christmas were always big days in the Call family home. The 4th of July and 24th of July were big celebration days at that time. Halloween and April Fools Day, or the first day of April, were days that the youngsters usually played pranks, which were sometimes rather naughty, but they were only scolded by their elders. Clyde tells of taking all the milk cows they could round up and turning them into onion patches, to flavor their milk. Then there was one Halloween that they were having a party at the Church house. Him and his friends got some chickens and just as they all went to sit down and eat, they threw the chickens in the windows. They had never heard people scream so loud. They had buggies then, and he and some of his friends used to take all the buggies they could find to the beet dumps and put them in the beet cars. As you can see, Clyde usually did more than his share of pranks.
He had many friends, a likable disposition and got along well with both young and old.
There were but a very few cars at that time. Jim got a Ford for his family about as soon as any of the neighbors had one. Before that time many of the young folks of Dayton would get together and go either in buggies or sleighs to Preston to the picture shows. Clyde's father often took them. It was quite a long ride and sometimes pretty cold.
Clyde met his future wife Dora Williams. from Clifton, one Sunday afternoon. He owned a little car known as a "bug" (that looked a lot like today's racing cars). There were some of his pals who were dating Clifton girls, so he brought them to see their girls this Sunday. Dora Williams was there and her aunt had to push her off the steps for she didn't dare go and talk to Clyde. This became their first date. They went to dances, picture shows and ward functions. He didn't do much dancing but tried to learn to like it because she enjoyed it. Her younger sister, Beatrice, didn't do much dating so they took her along to many of their dances and picture shows. He spent quite a lot of time at the Williams ranch and home, as Dora's brother Kenneth and he became good friends. They went to work on the railroad together on the section called the 'repair crew,' who kept the tracks in order. He was a good reliable worker.
One time eight couples went to Winder (a small town close to Preston) in a sleigh (it was winter then) to go dancing. They got there about 11:00, the orchestra played for them until 1 o'clock because they were so late getting there. They got home about 5:00 A.M.
He and Dora had a 5 year courtship and on June 6, 1928, they married in the Logan Temple. He mother rode down to Logan with them in a one seated car. Then after the wedding, Dora's mother rode the train back to Clifton. Clyde and Dora went on to Ogden to her favorite Aunt and Uncles home, Frank and Dora Williams, for their honeymoon. While there, they saw their first picture show that had sound. It was Al Jolson in "Mammy". Her folks gave them a reception at their home in Clifton on June 8, 1928, which was a Friday evening. There was a good gathering of friends and neighbors.
They made their home with her folks for two years. It was during this time that their first child was born. Marilyn Call, born February 27, 1929, in Clifton, Franklin Co., Idaho.
Clyde helped Dora's father with the farm work and eventually they rented the farm. Dora's father gave them 2 acres and they built a one room building to be used for a garage and store room. Then they were going to build a house, instead they lived in the garage. While here two more children were born. Vivian W. Call born March 13, 1931, in Clifton, Franklin Co., Idaho, and Leland W. Call born October 13, 1932, in Clifton, Franklin, Co., Idaho.
They both worked hard but couldn't seem to get any money ahead. Then the depression of the 30's hit and it was really tough going, but they managed. Clyde got a job as School Bus Driver at (Dora said $40.00 and Clyde said $50.00) a month and he had to build his own school bus body and furnish the sleigh and horses for transportation in the winter time. At the end of each month Clyde would go to the store and pay his gas bill. Then Orson Kofoed, the store keeper, would give Clyde a sack of candy. Then he would take it home and dump it out on the table and when the kids came home they were really excited.
In 1933 Dora's mother, Elizabeth Williams, died. After a few months Clyde and Dora moved into her fathers house. Clyde ran the farm and Dora cared for her father. It was after they bought Dora's parents farm that on October 1, 1938, their youngest daughter, Kathryn W. Call was born. All the children were born at home but there was a doctor and nurse present. There was only one telephone and that was at the store about a mile and a half away.
Soon after Kathryn's birth, Dora had a heart ailment and had to spend about 5 months in bed.
Clyde had such a love and the patience of Job with his children. If he ever got angry with them, the anger lasted a very short time. It was not in him to stay angry with his children for long (he wasn't always that easy going with others). He could come into the house after a long day of work, sit on the couch and let Kathryn (and later his grandchildren) comb and curl his hair. He could actually fall asleep while they styled his hair.
Clyde loved to whisker his children and grandchildren. He also loved black licorice and usually had some in his pocket to share with his little ones.
Clyde bought the first tractor in Clifton and did a lot of custom work with it, which helped pay for it. Some machinery that was bought (and the price of each) by Clyde in 1936 and 1937 to use on the farm were:
On September 15, 1936, he bought a McCormick-Deering Tractor for
On June 12, 1937, Clyde bought a McCormick-Deering Farmall Mower
and a McCormick-Deering Side Rake for $223.02. It was paid for on
October 11, 1938.
On August 1, 1937, Clyde bought a Harvester-Thrasher for $1,047.08.
Clyde was a good farmer and worked hard and long hours at it. On his farm he raised sugar beets, hay, grain, peas and heifers - until close to calving time, then he would sell them. The sugar beets were one crop that took the hole family to thin, weed and top. Often Clyde would have to find other work to help supplement their income as they needed more than they could get from the farm.
Clyde eventually put in a well in order to have the water needed to keep his farm producing to its capacity. The following is an article from the "Preston Citizen" newspaper about Clyde Call's well on his farm.
Irrigation Well at Clifton Produces 1.8 Second Feet
Clyde Call, a former director and chairman of the Twin Lakes Canal Co.,
for several years has realized perhaps as much as anyone that most
farmers plan their farm operations around the available water supply.
In most seasons farmers under the Twin Lakes Canal Co., are a little
short of water, and in a season like 1960 the shortage of a later water
supply may mean three to five tons per acre on sugar beets, a short
third crop of hay and other crops in proportion.
Most farmers know it is impossible to grow several high water
requirement crops such as pasture, sugar beets, potatoes, cabbage, etc.,
in the same year because of short water supply.
When asking Mr. Call how he knew where to drill his well, he said he
decided where he wanted it and then he started. He knew it was a
gamble but he felt that it was worthwhile because if he had a good water
supply, he had a good farm, and without a good water supply the farm
would be only as good as the water supply.
The well was put down to a depth of 350 feet with a 16-inch casing for
the first 143 feet and a 12 inch casing the rest of the way. He reported
that water was struck at 180 feet but he thought he would try to strike
another vein and make a good well even better. When not in use the
water stands in the casing at about 20 feet. When the pump is in
continuous operation the well has a draw down of 140 feet and yields 1.8
second feet or 90 miners inches. When operated continuously the well
produces more than enough water to take care of the Call farm.
Mr. Call said he put his pump in operation August 30. This year it has
probably meant three to four tons more on sugar beets in addition to a
third crop of hay and good fall pasture. He emphasized that his well and
other wells being developed on the west side not only affect his
operations but will make the water he owns in the Twin Lakes Canal Co.
available for rent to other farmers on the west side. So his well will not
only benefit him but it will benefit other farmers who will have his
storage water available to them on a lease basis.
When asked how much the well was worth to him, Mr. Call said the
farmers in the pump area place a cash value of $10,000 per acre-feet on
water which can be pumped.
He emphasized that the well is not just a gift, that there is considerable
expense in digging, developing and operating the pumping system. The
most important feature is that the water is available when he needs it to
carry on his farming operations.
Clyde spent sometime buying and selling cattle along with Earl Howell. Sometimes they made fairly good and other times they didn't make anything. Clyde made friends easily and he was a good neighbor. Their neighbors often worked together in their hay, beets and grain. He milked some cows and they had 300 laying hens at different times. They made a pretty good living off from them.
Clyde didn't hold any callings in the Church but attended Church regularly and supported Dora in her Church responsibilities. He was Ordained an Elder in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 26, 1927, by Hyrum Jensen.
Clyde spent about six years serving as the chairman of the Twin Lakes Canal Company and he later worked on the hospital board. He helped to get the Nursing Home and the hospital improved for the county.
In 1948 tragedy hit the family. Leland had just turned 16 years old on October 13th and was old enough to be a big help to his dad on the farm. October 30, 1948, was one of the days when he was being of help. He was spreading manure (farmers fertilizer) on the fields with a tractor and manure spreader hooked on back. Clyde was working up around the barn at the time. As he looked down in the fields, he saw Leland driving the tractor back towards the house. He walked through the barn (doing a few odds and ends as he went) and when he looked back into the fields he saw a sight that startled him and frightened him. The tractor was no longer on the road coming out of the field but had gone through a fence, into a ditch. Leland was no where in sight. Clyde ran to the field where the tractor was and found Leland in the ditch with the tractor's front wheel on his chest. Leland had been killed instantly from a broken neck. What sorrow and anguish this brought to Clyde and Dora. Only those that have lost a child can know the pain and sorrow that they felt at that time and also the pain that continues for a lifetime.
Clyde (before Leland's death) had done a lot of traveling and buying and selling of cattle. It had been hard on him and Dora's marriage and hard on keeping the farm in tip top shape. The death of his only son, Leland, seemed to change the things that were important to Clyde. From then on he became very devoted to his family and his farm.
Clyde bought a harvester and trucks and did a lot of harvesting, also a hay baler and did a lot of baling for others, to pay for it.
Dora went to work in the School Lunch program, January 1, 1949, and worked there until 1970 when on February 5th, she was struck with a stroke. For the 13 years after Dora's stroke until her death, Clyde pretty much took care of Dora, the house and the yard. As taking care of Dora and also the farm, was just more than Clyde could do, they sold the farm a couple years after Dora's stroke and bought a home in Preston, Idaho. They would spend their summer's in Preston (in their new home) and their winters in Mesa, Arizona, as Dora couldn't take the cold weather.
Although the home in Preston wasn't a farm, they did have a big yard and a big garden and Clyde grew many vegetables in his garden and kept his garden and yard in top shape. He not only grew the vegetables and fruit but often he canned some of it as well.
For many years Clyde's favorite make of car was a Pontiac and he bought a new one every few years. His license plate number was 1F 83 (the "F" was for Franklin County) and that is the only number his daughters ever remember him having. As his daughter Vivian Call Schvaneveldt was the only one that stayed in Idaho, after her Dad's death she had the 1F 83 number changed to her and Theo (her husband). They are still using that license plate number.
Clyde had always been very healthy although he did suffer many years with ulcers. Probably a lot of his good health could be attributed to his love of walking (after he sold the farm and moved to Preston). Most every morning could find him out for a good long walk with a stop at the local cafe to visit with some of the other "old" men in town.
In about 1981, Clyde had a Hernia operation. The doctor and nurses said he wouldn't be able to stand up straight and walk for a few days but Clyde, being Clyde, was walking up and down the halls of the hospital as straight as an arrow before he left the hospital. The nurses and doctors couldn't believe him!!
While living in Preston, Clyde and Dora were able to celebrate 50 years of marriage of June 6, 1978. They were honored, at their home in Preston, with a Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Celebration by their 3 daughters and husbands on June 10, 1978.
For the 13 years between Dora's first stroke and the last one, she had many small strokes. Each one making life just a little harder for Clyde and Dora. finally in the spring of 1983 Dora had to be put into a rest home in Preston as her health was bad enough that Clyde could no longer take care of her at home. The rest home was only about a block from their home in Preston, and Clyde spent his days and evenings sitting with Dora in her room, and watching a lot of TV with her. On June 11, 1983, Dora suddenly died. Another time of sorrow and change for Clyde.
The last 2 years of Dora's life, because of her health, Clyde and Dora had not been able to go to Arizona for the winter. So when October of 1983 rolled around, Marilyn and Kathryn rode with their Dad to Mesa, Arizona, and got him settled there for the winter. During many of the winters that Clyde and Dora had spent in Arizona, they had been friends with Roy and Ora Nelson (who at one time lived in Preston). Roy had died in 1976 but Ora still spent her winters in Arizona. During the winter of 1983, Clyde renewed his old friendship with Ora. They hit it off and so they were married on July 21, 1984, at the home of Clyde's daughter and her husband, Vivian and Theo Schvaneveldt, in Dayton, Idaho.
There followed 9 years of the ups and downs of marriage. Clyde and Ora did enjoy going many places in those 9 years together. They continued going to Arizona each winter, made a trip to Las Vegas and usually one to California each winter. During this time Clyde and Ora also loved going to the horse races in Arizona during the winter and to the Evanston, Wyoming, horse races in the summer.
In 1992 Clyde and Ora decided to sell Clyde's home in Preston and move to an apartment in Pocatello, Idaho. Ora's daughter, Dorothy, lived in Pocatello. The big yard that Clyde's home had in Preston, became too much for him to care for.
Clyde had enjoyed good health and was blessed with that good health up until about 2 or 3 weeks before his death. His health was good enough that he drove alone down to his daughter Vivian's in Dayton, Idaho, for the 24th of July.
He had started having problems with swallowing and pain in his left arm. After a doctors examination he was told he had an ulcer in his throat and opening into his stomach and the pain in his arm was from that. He was still in a lot of pain but was able to talk on the phone and eat a little when he suddenly died on August 7, 1993, from Cardiac Arrest.
Clyde's funeral was held in the Clifton, Idaho, LDS Church house on August 10, 1993, with a family dinner after at Vivian and Theo Schvaneveldt's home in Weston, Idaho. He is buried in the Dayton Cemetery, Dayton, Idaho.