History of William Avery Goodwin written by Avery LeRoy Goodwin and Karen G. Keller
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William Avery Goodwin, the eldest son of John William Goodwin and Catherine Maria Staker, was born 8 August 1876 at Sugar House, Salt Lake County, Utah. He married Carrie A. Anderson, daughter of Andrus and Ingrid Neilson Anderson, in the Salt Lake Temple 22 December 1897. This was just about one and a half years after the temple was dedicated. They attended the dedication of the temple when they were courting.
Avery and Carrie made their home in Holladay, Utah where Avery was employed at a nursery owned by a man named Callihan. The first summer of their married life was spent in a tent in Robert Walters' orchard. Their first child, William Leslie, was born in Holladay on 1 December 1898. They then moved to Forest Dale where Avery was employed on an ice wagon for a short time. Upon moving back to Holladay he started working in the smelters, driving seven miles with horse and cart to get to work. He worked here the larger part of nine years--there were times when he would become so full of lead from the smelter that he would have to lay off for short periods of time. His wages were $90.00 per month, which were good wages at that time. During these years, three girls were born to them: Carrie Alberta on 25 November 1901; Daisy Maria on 27 September 1903; Iva Ruth on 20 May 1906.
Their next move was to a large dude ranch, called Brighton Hotel and Cabins, located at the end of Cottonwood Canyon. They managed this for one summer. Avery took care of the horses, cows, and pool room, and Carrie had charge of dining rooms where she cooked and served the meals. She also did some washing and ironing for the guests, some of whom were President Heber J. Grant and his wife. Carrie and Avery knew in their lifetime together all the Presidents of the Church except Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Several Presidents were frequent visitors of the various wards where Carrie and Avery attended church. From the Brighton Resort, Avery once more returned to the smelters in Holladay, but his health became so bad they decided to find more healthful employment, and they came to Idaho and bought a small acreage from his brother-in-law, Edward Turpin.
Avery came to Idaho without his family and built a two-room house, then returned and worked for one year to get enough money to make payments on the place. The first of March 1908 he shipped their furniture, horses, and cows along with Nathan Goodwin's and Ed Turpin's in an immigration car on the railroad, destination Blackfoot, Idaho, at the cost of $80.00. Ed Turpin came as an attendant, but George Goodwin shipped in as a stowaway, hiding under the davenport when railroad men were around. It took some persuasion to get him to come out of hiding and get off at Blackfoot. Blackfoot at this time was mud over the hubs of the big wagon wheels, the sidewalks were three planks, and every other door was a saloon.
Carrie came on the same train with her four children, all of them had whooping cough. Her folks, Ingrid and Andrus Anderson met her at the train and took her and her children to their home for about a month. When Avery arrived at Thomas, he moved his family into their first home. They worked very hard that first summer, grubbing sage brush to clear the land and making dobbies to line the house for warmth. These dobbies were made of mud and straw, and were made by Carrie and her children by working the mud and straw with their feet until it was well mixed then poured into wooden molds to dry. When dry, they were taken from the molds and mortered together with mud to make a lining for the board walls. The next few years were a real struggle making a living. Avery did quite a bit of carpentry for neighbors. He began teaching in the Sunday School which was the beginning of a long and enviable record of Church service. His love was the Sunday School where he served as a teacher assistant to the Superintendant, and then 22 years as Sunday School Superintendant. He loved working with the young people. He was especially good at dramatics and worked in the Mutual for many years. He helped produce and acted in a good many plays. His fine sense of humor was a great asset in working with the young people, and he had the loyal support of his wife at home who served a great part in making costumes and doing chores so that he could be free to work in the Church. He served as President of the Elder's Quorum with Jake Van Orden as a Counselor, and also as a home missionary.
Their home was humble with much happiness and joy. Their last three sons were born in this home in Thomas: Avery LeRoy born 29 August 1910, Chester LaMar born 29 December 1912, and Philip John born 21 March 1916. They were blessed with seven fine children, but this didn't keep them from joining with neighbors and friends in old-fashioned fun fests. The children were bundled up and everybody gathered at one of the homes, there to eat, dance, play games, and enjoy all the things that good neighbors can enjoy together. To name just a few of these good neighbors: Hans and Kate Christiansen, Flo and Ed Turpin, Mame and Dave Broadhead, Nate and Sarah Goodwin, and others who loved to join in these house parties.
When the children were quite young, Avery took them to the circus in Blackfoot; two weeks later when the family were thinning beets, this was just before the 4th of July, Avery took very ill and had to go to the doctor who told him he had Small Pox, and since there were no other cases in Blackfoot, he must have been exposed at the circus. The family was all quarantined and Avery was isolated from the rest of the family in the bedroom. Since Bertie was the only one who had had the Small Pox vaccine, she cared for her Father. Avery even climbed out the window to go to the toilet to avoid any contact with the other members of his family. When he was well and the family was out of quarantine, Carrie put on his house slippers and in due time came down with the Small Pox--the family was quarantined again. The children were all vaccinated that summer--some of them three and four times before the vaccine took. None of them got the Small Pox, but it was about two months before the family was out of quarantine.
This was the time of the old-fashioned threshing machine drawn by 12 horses and owned by Mr. Botts. Threshing time was really fun for the children and they looked forward to it as though it were a circus. Some time later, the first steam threshing machine came into the area. The first one was owned by Mr. Swanberg. Threshing time spelled hard work for most--it meant getting dinner for about 22 healthy appetites, and often just getting the dishes all cleared away in time to start preparing supper for the group again.
The only doctor in the area for some time was Granny Crawford. She brought the greater part of all babies born in the ward.
While working on the roof of Chase Rich's home in June 1928, Avery suffered a stroke. He partially recovered from this first stroke, but in the months that followed he had others, and three years after the first one, he passed away on 2 July 1931 at his home in Thomas, Bingham, Idaho. He was buried the 5 July 1931 in the Thomas-Riverside Cemetary. At the time of his death, four of his children were married: Leslie married LaVaun Scott on 20 October 1920, Alberta married Earl Van Walker on 1 June 1921, Daisy married Albert Lorenzo Bell on 22 November 1923, and Iva married Clifford Bell Traughber on 14 February 1927. This left Carrie and her three sons, LeRoy, Chet, and Phil to run the farm, and they experienced some very hard times.
Avery LeRoy married Margaret M. Hudson on 24 June 1933. LeRoy thinned beets to earn the money to pay for their marriage license. Three months later on 17 September 1933, Chester married Vanona Wright, and three years later on 30 November 1936, Philip married Julia Mae Hudson. The unique thing here was that the sisters--Julia and Margaret Hudson married brothers, Philip and Leroy Goodwin.
LeRoy and Margaret bought the home place from Carrie with the provision that she would always have a home with their family. At first Carrie lived in the front two and Roy and Margaret lived in the back three rooms, but this made a lot of chasing back and forth, so in time they all lived as one family. However, Carrie always had her own room where she could enjoy some privacy when she desired. When there was illness with any of her family, Carrie was the first one there and would stay until the crises was over. She was the center of the family joys and pleasures. She was as wonderful a Grandmother as she had been a Mother. A lot of her time was spent with her Grandchildren curling dandelions, making Holly Hock dolls, etc. Mostly her Grandchildren will remember the stories she told them. Some were funny, some most sacred, others were sad, but her specialties were her own experiences told in the dialects of the people who lived them--these she told as often as her grandchildren could coax them from her.
Carrie spent her life on the 20 acres that she and Avery had so lovingly made to blossom for their family, with the exception of one winter that she spent with some of her children while she was sick and the old home was cold and the out-house colder. She made short visits to her children's homes, but she always felt better in her own bedroom with her cherished belongings: her feather bed, her old treadle Singer sewing machine, their precious phonograph, the big family Bible that Avery had given her for her birthday in 1901, and her favorite rocking chair.
In 1952, LeRoy and Margaret built a new home on the family farm. The old home was sold and taken away. It now stands on a hill five miles west of Moreland, Idaho on the old Arco Highway. It has had a face-lifting, but the wonderful memories that were made inside those four dobbie walls can never be erased.
Carrie had her own room in the new home with all her loved possessions. She did enjoy the furnace, bathroom (no two-holer now), and while she had so few idle hours in her life time, she did really enjoy the television now. When her Granddaughter, Margaret Anne was married 29 January 1953, Carrie (at the age of 75) with her faithful old Singer sewing machine (age unknown) fashioned a beautiful long formal for her Granddaughter Karen to wear as a Bridesmaid. She loved being useful and doing for others.
In December 1956, Carrie fell and from that time on was bedfast. She grew gradually weaker until she passed away in her sleep the morning of 16 January 1957, and was laid to rest beside her husband on the 18 January 1957. After 26 years apart they were now together never to be parted. They had 7 children, 26 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren as of this day 9 September 1964.