David Steele Murdock

31 May 1872 - 1 Oct 1950

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31 May 1872 - 1 Oct 1950
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David Steele Murdock


Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States

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Remembrances of Heber City People

Contributor: b-rett84 Created: 4 years ago Updated: 4 years ago

Sina Moulton recorded remembrances of Heber City folk. She was Sina V. Overson who married Robert Merrill Moulton, son of James Heber Moulton, pioneer. These remembrances include memories of Euphemia Carroll Moulton, Janett McMullin, James Heber Moulton, Patrick Carroll, Murdoch's, etc. Names in parathenses added by Michele Moulton Meservy. January 1938. I have known Jennette McMullen for 20 years and I still think she is one of the sweetest souls I have ever known. I remember when Merrill and I were married, when I first met her she told me Merrill (Moulton) would make a good husband because he was good to his mother. She told me the same thing again 2 years later. When we came to Heber after living away in California & Montana for 10 years she was at Maybells (Maybell McMullin Moulton) and she told stories to the children who were gathered about her. She also sang "I'm Going to Write a Letter," for them. I tho't she was about the dearest thing I could ever know. I remember tears came to my eyes and I choked up every time I saw her I appreciated her so much. Yesterday I went to visit her and get something to use in a history of Euphemia Carrol, her girlhood friend and mother of my husband. She was a picture I shall never forget as she sat there in her lavender dress and her face so pleasant and kind, her snowy hair harmonizing with the lace cover on the back of her rocking chair. She told me several amusing stories of their childhood and interesting experiences and I wrote the words of a song Mrs. Carrol taught her daughters Euphemia and Jennette Murdock. The song was an Irish ballad "They Plowed the Low Land Low." She said that when she was a girl they used to have spinning bees and they used a reel to measure the yarn so the skeins were of equal length; every time they turned 40 rounds on the reel they had a skein. One morning, the day after they had had one of these spinning bees she went over to Patrick Carrol’s to return a spinning reel which they had borrowed. It was summer and there was no fence so they made no noise as they walked up to the open door. Patrick Carrol and the family were kneeling down for their morning prayer and Mr. Carrol was praying with his eyes open which amused the children very much. They went around the corner of the house and had a good laugh and then they walked politely up to the door and delivered the spinning reel. Once they went to a dance and it was to be the first time the brass band had ever played in Heber. The children were going to watch and see how surprised the older folks were when they started to play. They were so intent on watching for their parents to be startled at the first note, Jennette says she fell off her bench when it started. They lived in a fort which was about 4 blocks long, the houses or dugouts around the outside of the fort. Patrick Car roll lived on the southwest corner of the fort and the Indians came in one night and stole his teams and took them down Provo Canyon. The men went after them but they didn't bring back the horses. They brought a squaw back though and locked her in an old stone school house for a jail and the men guarded her and kept her until the horses were returned. Their dances were held in a hall which stood just back of where the Turner Apartments now stand. Mr. Clyde has the building now (1938) and is using it for a barn. Jenette and Euphemia attended dancing classes in this building for part of two winters. They had many good times together in this hall. James Heber Moulton as a young man was very sedate and stood erect, stately, and when ever he escorted Euphemia to a dance he always danced first with her and then with her girl friend Jenette. He always wore a flower in his buttonhole. They were taught to be very polite and courteous in the dances and to dance very gracefully. "The first year we went to school in Heber we used bark of trees pressed out flat for writing paper," Sister McMullen (Janett Murdoch McMullin) said. "Our first reader was the Bible, we used the small words for first lessons." February 1939. I went in to Mabelles (Maybell McMullin Moulton today with Lula (Moulton Hicken) and Lucretia (Moulton Hicken). They got to reminiscing about old times. How they hated to see a wagon drive up from Vernal because they were always welcome to put up there and they had to cook a big meal for whoever it might be whether they were kin or just someone in town to pay their tithing. As Heber Moulton (James Heber Moulton) was tithing clerk he always sent them up to the house to put up for the night. Those were the days when the tithing was paid out of the crops and there was a large barn in connection with the tithing office where the hay and grain and animals were kept and people came to the tithing office to buy what they needed as well as pay what was owed. Often times out of town folks came up to dinner which wasn't bad but when there was a dance and a wagon drove up from Vernal you can imagine how the girls appreciated that. The worst star boarder was Mrs. Judd and her dog. She came here to live with a relative and they didn't want her so she stayed at Moulton's. She put her apron around a little stand table and put the sofa pillows in for her dog to lie on. She wouldn't sleep in seamed sheets as they were "servant's sheets," and she did nothing to pay for her board. She wore a satin dress and sewed a velvet bow over all the holes as they appeared. She is the one who brushed her teeth with charcoal and frightened all the neighbors and their dogs. Aunt Jenette McMullen came in and remembered spinning as a girl and singing "They Plowed the Low Land Low," and she said she was visiting with Euphemia one day and they were sitting out on the porch visiting and Euphemia said "I am expecting Ma (Margaret Euphemia Robinson Carroll) today. " In a few minutes Grandma Carrol (Margaret Euphemia Robinson Carroll) came bustling around the corner of the house with a basket under her arm. She was quick to talk like Aunt Emily (Emily Carroll Bentley). That night Grant (Moulton) was born. July 28, 1939. Dona, Cleo and I called to take Aunt Jeanette a bouquet of flowers. She treated us very graciously as always. We asked her about life in the old fort. She said there was only 15 families here the first winter and the fort covered about three blocks in size. I mentioned I had seen a map of it. She replied, "It was not laid out in a square then as the map would show as there were no streets. They were just a group." In describing the way the dugouts were built she said, "The walls were smooth dirt, I don't remember them ever caving in. Over the roof they put poles as we had no saw mill. This was covered with wild grasses and then with dirt. The next summer we built log cabins and the dugouts were used as cellars for storing food. " I can shut my eyes and see just the way our room looked. For a bedstead one post was set in the floor for the outside corner of the bed and cross pieces from there into the wall. Then we used slats for springs and the mattress of straw. I can remember a board nailed on the wall with a leather strap looped on it where my Mother kept her six knives and forks. For the Sunday evening program given by the Daughters of Pioneers Aunt Jeanette brought an old fashioned brass bucket filled with native grasses, among them cat tails. In commenting on her bouquet she remembered that they gathered them in the fall when she was a girl and made pillows. She said they didn't last long but they arranged so part of them were new every year so that they were only used about 2 years each. Aug..l, 1939. Carrol and I went down to show Aunt Jeanette (Janett Murdoch McMullin) the little Duke. While Carrol was over to the hospital to weigh the baby and visit friends I got her to remembering things that happened in pioneer days. She showed me an old rolling pin whittled out of a stick of wood. She said it was 65 years old. "I am ashamed to show it to any one, it is so old and worn but I treasure it because I have had it so long," she said as she gave it to me to examine. I took it and looked at it. 'Twas worn till it was waved and bumpy where the knots were. I said, "Nowadays we would go out and get a beer bottle." Then she sat down again and said, "My girl, there was not a bottle in this valley for several years after we came here. When my Mother's (Ann Steel Murdoch) twins (David Steel Murdoch, Edward Teancum Murdoch) came she was not able to nurse them so she went to the tinker and had him make a bottle of tin. There was no rubber for a ****** so he tapered the neck out and they took a piece of old white woolen goods and wrapped the end of it for a ******. Both the twins nursed it. One day a neighbor came in and warmed the milk by setting it on the stove and gave it to the baby without testing it and the baby nearly died from the effect of the too hot milk. " Speaking of glass reminded her of she and her playmate Euphemia Carroll finding a bit of broken pottery in Grandma Wit's yard and tied it on a string and hung it in an improvised play house and they would say, "Has the clock stopped," and start the pottery to wagging in imitation of the pendulum of a clock. "My Mother (Ann Steel Murdoch) had a yard of white cloth she paid $1. 00 for and at night when we had mending to do we unraveled a thread from the cloth and twisted it tight so it could be used in a needle. Euphemia (Euphemia Carroll Moulton) and I twisted two of these threads for a pendulum on our play clock. " She went on to say, "We didn't have lovely vases and beautiful flowers as we do now. There was only the wild Sweet Williams and Blue Bells. On the Fourth of July we got a straw out of our straw bed and then went out and gathered some glossy feathers out of the brightly colored rooster’s neck and stuck about three of them in the straw and held it in our hand as we would a flower. " "My childhood is very vivid in my memory. I can remember when we moved from Salt Lake to Heber. John Murdock asked me if we had sheep in pioneer times. I said, 'yes'. I can remember the sheep swimming across the river and a man on a mule on each side of the river twirling a rope to keep the sheep from heading down stream. " Mr. Murdock asked me if I could remember Salt Lake. I said, 'yes'. He said, "What do you remember?" I said, "I remember finding a marble." He said, "Where?" I said, "In the mud by a creek." He said that I certainly had a wonderful memory. "Thomas Moulton," she said, "walked slow and steady." The end until I get another interview.

David Steele Murdock and Mary Emily Van Wagenen

Contributor: b-rett84 Created: 4 years ago Updated: 4 years ago

David Steele Murdoch was born May 31, 1872, in Heber, Utah. He was the fourteenth child and the youngest son in the family of fifteen children of John Murray and Ann Steele Murdock. Mary Emily Van Wagenen was born February 19, 1871 in Midway, Utah. She was the 11th child of fourteen children of David and Julia Ann Provost Van Wagenen. His earliest days were spent in a loving family where he was given a sensitive appreciation and affection for people. He loved and was loved by others, and soon learned that he was among people who wanted him. This gave him a feeling of confidence in the goodness of life and an under¬standing and awareness of others. He spent most of his childhood on a ranch north of Heber City in an area now known as Keetley. David’s father had a co-op sheep herd and so he took care of other farmers’ herds part of the time. Being the youngest son, he enjoyed some uncommon privileges, and on occasion was chided as being a favorite child. He loved to be constantly with his parents, and through ingenious ways found methods of being with them, especially on trips or journeys of any kind. He had such love for his mother; many times he would follow her when she would go as a midwife, night or day, and stay on the porch until she would go home. By sharing the common experiences of his family and neighbors, he learned to feel at home on the farm and stock ranch. There was plenty of work for him to do. Without shoes, he herded sheep over the fields and hills, for shoes for children in those days were mostly a Sunday affair. During his early days he developed a love for good horses and later owned teams and racers that were the pride of him and his family. In pursuing useful work, his mind and body developed without major tension and stress. This helped him to place important things first and to keep his mind uncluttered with minor problems and frustrations. Throughout his life, his children and their children could feel a steadiness coming from his stability and serenity. He was lovingly known as “Papa” to all of us. David was an attractive man, a typical Scotch type, short of stature, happy, sociable, and friendly. As he matured and sought independent work, his interests were in the fields of construction, livestock, and mining. One of the buildings on which he worked that is still standing is the white brick hotel at the Homestead Resort at Midway. He also built the first home of his own; a red brick structure that is still standing. (1980) In his boyhood he learned to play as well as to work. He took special interest in baseball, fishing, and hunting. The love of these sports stayed with him throughout his life and was transmitted to his sons, who shared with him many happy hours in the mountains and streams of Utah. David’s adult life reflected the rich experience of his early boyhood and young manhood. Courtship and Marriage Myth and reality are hard to separate in stories of David’s courtship and marriage. There seems to have been no scarcity of girl friends. From bobsleigh riding, dancing, and other parties he found recreation and associations which led him from everyday affection to love and marriage. Finally the apple of his eye became Emily Van Wagenen, a dark—eyed community beauty and musician who soon took his entire interest and attention. After a courtship (not to be discussed in this document), they were happily married on October 21, 1891. The marriage ceremony was performed by Bishop John H. Van Wagenen, father of the bride, and was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Endowment house in 1894. His selection of a wife proved to be his wisest decision of his life. Throughout her married life Emily was an outstanding wife and mother. Her sterling quality made her an appropriate teammate in the high achievements that were to come in their family life. To this new family unit happiness was to be born from the early sorrow occasioned by the loss of their first three children. In those days it must have been difficult to see the joy that was to follow as eleven additional sons and daughters were to come and bless their home. During their early married life David and Emily found both pleasures and sobriety in flavoring their vocational lives with church and community recreation and music. At first David took up mining, becoming mine superintendent over a period of years. Then he returned to merchandising in which he operated general merchandising stores first in Midway and then in Heber during the period 1900 to 1914. Their lives were not completely channeled in their occupations, but were richly flavored with music, church activities and recreation. They knew how to enjoy life in their family and community. As musicians in demand, they organized and managed the Murdock Orchestra. This orchestra was well known in the Wasatch and Provo valleys in the succeeding forty years. Emily played the piano and David the violin. Highly active in their wards and stakes, David and Emily freely furnished orchestra music for benefit dances and entertainment. Through his priesthood activities David became a high priest in the Church, holding many important positions. “Papa” played the guitar and sang. After he and mother were married she taught him the fingering scale of the violin which was the beginning of a real career in the music world. He had a wonderful ear for music and was able to play the violin by ear for over forty—five years in their fine orchestra. Mother played the piano and was sometimes assisted by Minnie and Atha and other members of the family. Ray played the saxophone. The Murdock Orchestra was a very popular band. This was where we all acquired the desire to play and sing. These times were a wonderful part of our lives as a family. Many happy times were spent in our home at 188 North and Third West in Provo. Dancing, singing, and eating were the main events. Many people would pass by and stop to enjoy the music and the fun times we were having. “Papa and Mama” were always happiest when we were all having fun together. Provo Period 1914—1950 November, 1914, when the family moved to Provo, opened a significant chapter in the David Murdock family history. To be anticipated was the earning of a livelihood for a family of eleven with two more to follow. In Provo, David took up the distribution of produce and poultry and supplemented that income with the earnings from the orchestra. During the thirty-three year period 1917-1950, the family home was on the corner of 188 North and Third West in Provo. By this time the family was complete with the two youngest children added. The days and years were filled with satisfaction and the daily fortunes of family life. The eleven children in the family were: Aritha, Ervan, Minnie, Eva, Lillie, Atha, Chloe, Ray, Ethel, Velda, and Emmitt. In this home there were no dull moments; every member had his part to play and some overplayed their parts. By the time each son and daughter had found his life companion, the procession of grandchildren had started; each one as welcome as the first. The family home seemed to bulge at the seams. There were very few days when some married branch of the family had not returned for a visit. There were family programs with each branch competing in talent shows; there was jovial conversation, music, and with the close of the day’s work, each evening, there was a family reunion. Among all the rolls played by David and Emily Murdock none exceeded in joy and satisfaction that of grandparents. In this they found sheer delight; deeply in love with all members, they never evidenced any partiality. Throughout their lives the family spirit was “all for one and one for all.” David’s later life was saddened by the long illness and passing of his loved companion on March 31, 1943. David passed away eight years later on October 1, 1950. Their posterity at the date of this writing numbers 328; May 31,1980 Source: James and Mary Murdock Family History

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David Steele Murdock was born on 31 May 1872
David Steele Murdock was 16 years old when The Great Blizzard of 1888 struck the northeastern United States, producing snowdrifts in excess of 50 ft (15 m) and confining some people to their houses for up to a week. The Great Blizzard of 1888 or Great Blizzard of '88 was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America. The storm, referred to as the Great White Hurricane, paralyzed the East Coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine, as well as the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Snowfalls of 10 to 58 inches fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, and sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet (15 m). Railroads were shut down, and people were confined to their houses for up to a week. Railway and telegraph lines were disabled, and this provided the impetus to move these pieces of infrastructure underground. Emergency services were also affected.
David Steele Murdock was 27 years old when Spanish–American War: The Treaty of Paris is signed, officially ending the conflict. The Spanish–American War was fought between the United States and Spain in 1898. Hostilities began in the aftermath of the internal explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in Cuba, leading to US intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. American acquisition of Spain's Pacific possessions led to its involvement in the Philippine Revolution and ultimately in the Philippine–American War.
David Steele Murdock was 32 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
David Steele Murdock was 40 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
David Steele Murdock was 57 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
David Steele Murdock was 59 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
David Steele Murdock was 73 years old when World War II: German forces in the west agree to an unconditional surrender. The German Instrument of Surrender ended World War II in Europe. The definitive text was signed in Karlshorst, Berlin, on the night of 8 May 1945 by representatives of the three armed services of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) and the Allied Expeditionary Force together with the Supreme High Command of the Red Army, with further French and US representatives signing as witnesses. The signing took place 9 May 1945 at 00:16 local time.
David Steele Murdock died on 1 Oct 1950 at the age of 78
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