A Brief History of Edmund and Druscilla Howick
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Druscilla Walters Howick, daughter of Robert Walters and Emily Ann Bateman was born Feb 20, 1878 at West Jordan, UT. She married Edmund John Howick Feb 20, 1904 at Coltman, ID. He was born April 9, 1886 at Granger, UT, the son of Edmund Howick and Eliza Jane Jones.
They lived in Coltman for a few years, then went to West Jordan where they rented a farm. They later returned to farm in Coltman. In 1914 they moved to Thomas where they farmed until 1928 when they moved to Blackfoot, ID. Ed was the janitor of the Thomas Ward Hall for several years. He always had a jovial manner and a real gift for entertaining children.
Druscilla was active in Relief Society as a visiting teacher for most of her life. She was president of the religion class in Thomas. She was very hard working. At one time when her husband was ill for several months she took over the farm work alone. She was deeply religious.
Edmund died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Blackfoot, ID on April 6, 1949.
Druscila lost five children at a very young age. They raised one girl, Lucille Jane and adopted a boy, Eamer.
Leslie Harvey-died age 2
Emily Pearl-died age 1
Edmund John-premature, died same day
Diary Entries of Druscilla Walters Howick
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(Found in the records of Delores Walters Warren)
Feb 20, 1878
Life began for me today. I arrived at the home of my parents. Robert H Walters and Emily Ann Bateman Walters who lived at West Jordan, UT.
Sept 4, 1884
This is one of the big days of my life. I started to school. I have to walk 1 1/2 miles but I don't mind. It's the most fun.
Nov 10, 1884
Today I learned that I must not whisper during school. The teacher punished me by making me sit with the boys, and when they went out to play I had to go with them. But after the boys went inside the girls came out to play and I stayed with them, so you see I had two recesses.
May 6, 1886
A marvelous thing took place today. Yes, I was baptized and confirmed. Now I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and here's the record. Baptized in the River Jordan by James H. Turner and confirmed a member in the West Jordan Ward by Robert Ellwood. I shall always try to prove worthy of this wonderful blessing.
Sept. 3, 1890
For long time I've been wanting to be able to join the Mutual Improvement Association and today I had that opportunity. I'm sure I'll love it and it will help me be a better young lady and oh, perhaps some day a better wife and mother.
April 8, 1893
Yesterday I took two Sunday School classes into Salt Lake City for the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple. A day I shall always remember.
May 14, 1893
Another milestone was reached today. I completed my 9th grade in school. This is such a wonderful world and so full of blessings and opportunities.
Aug 14, 1895
Did you know how very much I should have liked to attend the B.Y.U? When Daddy gave me that opportunity it was pretty hard to convince him that I didn't really want to go. But you know how hard he has worked to save money to go into the grocery business. I couldn't use that money for my education when I know how many little ones he has to care for. I will be content by helping him in the store.
July 5, 1900
This is the end of a big day for me. I thought I would never complete the washing for this family of eight. The new baby was cross and it rained yesterday and five pairs of little feet can bring in a lot of mud. What with washing on the board, preparing meals, tending baby and her mother and helping the others I feel as though I could fall asleep on my feet, but I'm earning a dollar and a half a week so I really mustn't complain.
Dec 7, 1904
Something wonderful happened today. Can you guess what? Yes, the man of my choice, Edmund John Howick and I were married at my father's home in Coltman, Idaho by the Justice of the Peace. He's also and elder in the Church. Some day I pray we may be married in the temple. How happy I am to be in Idaho and begin a home of my own. My dreams are coming true.
June 11, 1905
A tiny baby boy came to us prematurely today. He only weighed three pound and three quarters oz. I never knew anyone could be so happy.
Mar 21, 1909
Sorrow and loneliness have entered our home. God has called our three babies home. I sometimes think it is more than I can bear, but since I realize there are many things worse than death I am able to carry on.
Dec 18, 1909
Once more we are going to be blessed with a little child, I can scarcely wait for the time to pass.
April 10, 1910
God has been kind to Ed and I. We have another baby. Another girl. She weighs 6 lbs and has brown hair. It has been hard to part with our little ones, but we have always felt "God knows best." But, oh I sincerely pray we might have the privilege of raising this little one to womanhood.
Nov 15, 1915
Two more little ones have come to us. One lived only a few hours and the other was born dead. I have never asked that things be made easy for me but only that I might be strong enough to carry my burdens. I still have one little girl. What a precious store of jewels are waiting us in the next world.
Feb 19, 1915
We are making new friends in Thomas, Idaho having moved here from Coltman a few weeks ago. People are friendly and I've been asked to be a Relief Society visiting teacher down here also. I haven't missed many visits since I first started in 1909.
Feb 4, 1920
This has been my day of days. All is well now, for today we were married and sealed for all eternity in the Logan Temple.
May 3, 1921
I never dreamed I would ever be called to serve as president of the religion class, but I have promised to support Earnest Hale by making the Thomas Ward a worthy example.
Oct 21, 1924
We have adopted a little boy. He came to us today. He will never know how much he means to us and the happiness he brings.
Apr 10, 1928
Once more we are making new friends. This time in the Blackfoot First Ward.
Aug 3, 1929
Again I am a Relief Society visiting teacher. We made our first visit today. I love the work.
Jan 16, 1947
Did you know that another little grandchild was born today? Yes, a little boy who will bear the name of his grandfather. We now have seven grandchildren. The same number as our own family. I have much for which I am thankful.