Berniece Teasdale Bartholomew
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In a small mining town, known as Winterquarters, Utah a very special daughter was born January 3, 1920 to William and Ellen Teasdale. Berniece was the third daughter born in this family. At this time the family owned a Victorola record player. Uncle Tom had a record which they enjoyed playing, “Won’t you take it back and change it for a boy,” as they had been disappointed in having another girl. Berniece was six years old when the family moved to Castle Gate where Edith, Amy and Berniece all attended school.
“Berniece Teasdale started school at 6 years of age at Castle Gate, Utah in Spt. 1926 and continued there through the 3rd grade. On Feb. 28, 1929 my father was hurt at work in a coal mine and died 21 hours later after which we moved to Springville, Utah where I finished my education – 4th grade at Lincoln School, 5th & 6th at the Washington School and the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th at the Springville High School. I took and completed a three-year genealogy class from 1931 to 1938. I married Dwight Bartholomew on October 5, 1938 in the Salt Lake Temple. In Aug. 1953 we went to Arizona for 10 months but returned when things didn’t work out as planned or expected.” (from Berniece’s genealogy)
William Henry Teasdale came to Utah from England and since he had worked in the mines in England, he worked in the mines here. He worked for a short time in the mines at Latuda or Hiawathe. Then William went back to Castle Gate mine. It was here he was killed February 26, 1929 from a piece of concrete falling on his back and breaking it. He never regained consciousness and was buried in the Springville cemetery.
The family moved to Springville, as the home in Castle Gate was only for the workers in the mine. They moved in with Grandmother Teasdale (Ellen’s mother-in-law) and her son who was not married.
Ellen was dating a fellow, James Albert Giles, whose wife had died ten days before Ellen’s husband had died. James and Ellen were married May 22, 1930. James had two children (Ruth and Wilbert); Ellen had four children (Amy, Edith, Berniece, and Melvin. This gave them six children to start their marriage Later in their life James and Ellen had four sons, Earl, Kenneth, Max, and Marlin Giles, making a total of ten children in this family. Berniece was in the Junior High and Senior High School orchestra. She played the violin and enjoyed it.
One time Berniece went to Idaho with her aunts Beryl and Ethel for a visit to their sister Iris, who lived in Malad, Idaho. Ellen gave Berniece some spending money and told her not to spend it all. Berniece took her mother’s advice literally and didn’t spend any of it. Her aunts wanted her to buy them an ice cream cone, but she was determined she wouldn’t. Even though the cost was only five or ten cents at the most.
Berniece was very staunch in her beliefs and once she made her mind up about anything, she stuck to it and you couldn’t change her. She was learning to drive a car but later gave up driving, as she was afraid she would wreck it or damage it and she would never hear the end of it.
Berniece had beautiful black hair, but never learned to do much with it. She would pull it back and put an elastic band or ribbon on it to hold it in place. Her hair was naturally curly. Ruth (Berniece’s stepsister) remembers how a person could roll it around a finger and would get a beautiful ringlet.
Springville Utah October 21, 1934
A blessing given by John H. Manwaring, Patriarch, upon the head of Berniece Teasdale, daughter of William Henry Teasdale and Ellen Biggs, born in Winter Quarters, Utah, January 3, 1920.
Sister Berniece Teasdale, I lay my hands upon your head and confer upon you a patriarchal blessing. Inasmuch as you desire a blessing of the Lord, it shall be yours, for God has said whomsoever His servants bless He will bless. Having received this authority to bless those who come unto me in this, the Kolob Stake of Zion in the Church of Christ, I bless you with every blessing that is necessary for your good and salvation that you may realize and know that God’s power is being made manifest, for God is delighted with you, dear sister, inasmuch as you seek to serve him and keep His commandments. If you will cultivate this desire, it will grow within you, and the spirit of the Gospel, even the Gift of the Holy Ghost, which was conferred upon you at your baptism, will enlighten your mind and quicken your understanding and will be a monitor and a guide to your path that you will not go wrong. But if you do things that are displeasing in the sight of God, the Gift of the Holy Ghost will be withdrawn from you, for God will not be mocked. He delights to bless those who seek Him and keep His commandments.
Therefore, dear sister, seek the Lord diligently in prayer, go to the Lord in secret and ask Him for His blessings that you may be enabled to shun the power of the evil one and cultivate the spirit of virtue. Keep yourself clean and unspotted from the sins of the world and rather lose your life than your virtue for it is precious. Others will seek to destroy your life and destroy your virtue, but if you will give way to no evil, cultivate the spirit of truth, listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit which God will give you, He will lead you, as it were, by the hand and bring you out victorious. Crush all evil that is within you through your righteous life. Be obedient to your parents in righteousness. Be obedient to the servants of God, listen unto their counsel, and keep every covenant and obligation that you enter into from day to day and from time to time, for you have covenanted with the Lord when you went into the waters of baptism that you would serve Him and keep His commandments.
The time shall come, if you are faithful and true, that you shall become a mother in Israel. You shall have the choice of a companion and shall go into the House of the Lord according to the desire of your heart and there make covenants that will bring unto you life eternal. You have promised in your pre-mortal existence that you would serve God and keep His commandments, if you were permitted to come upon the earth, and if you will keep these covenants, God will make of you a handmaiden in very deed to accomplish much good in your day and time, and you shall be an example unto others. Therefore, set a good example and be a leader that others will be glad to follow, and be a good follower to those who are leading in the paths of righteousness and truth. Be kind, cultivate the spirit of kindness, love, charity, of humility; these things will make you great.
The time will come that you will be crowned as a princess of peace, an heir of righteousness, in the eternal worlds through your faithfulness. You shall see God if you are pure in heart, for God has promised those who are pure in heart shall see Him. You are one of the children of Israel, numbered among the choice spirits of God, a child of Abraham, through loins of Ephraim and of Joseph who was sold into Egypt. Therefore, dear sister, be faithful, true, prayerful, and diligent, following after righteousness, seeking to do good all your life long, shunning the appearance of evil; and if you will do these things, God will be mindful of you. I seal upon you the blessings of life, health, and strength to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection clothed upon with power and with eternal reward through your faithfulness. I seal you up against the power of the adversary in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
One day Ellen (her mother) suggested they go to Relief Society. When Ellen and her sister Beryl went to visit Berniece, she was busy making bread with the help of her mother-in-law (Pearl Larsen Bartholomew). Berniece was excited as to how her bread turned out.
During the 50’s Berniece and Dwight moved to Mesa, Arizona. They lived there for one year. They picked cotton to earn a living.
They moved back to Springville and Dwight got a job for Provo Steel & Supply Company as a welder. They bought and lived in his dad’s home for the rest of their lives.
Dwight always raised a good garden, fruit trees and other fruits. Berniece spent a lot of time during the summer, canning or freezing the fruits and vegetables they raised. She would put up many many bushels of peaches, pears, beans, raspberries, and cherries into two-quart jars.
Berniece enjoyed her courting days, as Dwight would take her to the shows and the dances. They really enjoyed it and she thought it would continue on after they were married. Berniece got quite a shock when it didn’t continue and one day she asked Dwight why they didn’t go to shows and dances anymore. He told her they both came from big families and now they were married he could put his arm around her at home and not have to go to the shows and dances.
Dwight Bartholomew moved into the neighborhood where Berniece lived, and when he met Berniece and saw how beautiful she was, he said, “She is going to be my wife.” He thought she was really beautiful. Later, they did get married on October 5, 1938. Their first home was a tent home. This was a humble beginning. They didn’t have much money.
After Berniece had her first child, Errol, they lived down on north main. Things were pretty rough. One day Edith went to visit her and since it was getting summer time she stayed thinking Berniece would invite her to eat. But she never was invited. Berniece probably thought Edith wouldn’t like the soup and she didn’t have anything else to offer. Berniece probably hoped Edith would go home so she could get their soup on the table.
Berniece loved children. Shirley Giles, sister-in-law and wife of Max Giles (a half brother) was impressed on how long Berniece served in the Primary Nursery – over twenty years. She would attend another ward so she didn’t miss any of her meetings. She also loved to sing in the ward choir, so after church she would go attend the practices.
Edith asked her one day, why she didn’t get Dwight to take her to shop, she said he didn’t want to wait for her. So she never asked him again. She really shopped and if she could save a penny or two she would go to three or four stores if necessary to save. Edith told her that her time was more important than the few cents she would save by going to more stores.
Berniece loved to quilt. She always helped on the Relief Society quilts Berniece loved baseball games, as she would attend them very often.
Berniece was a pleasant person with a smile on her face and happy to see you. Shirley (Max’s wife) remembers the last time she saw Berniece was April 4, 1992 while shopping at Reams in Springville. It was Max’s birthday so Berniece wished him a good one. They offered to take Berniece home but she refused saying “Dwight is coming.” But they must have misunderstood in their communications with each other. As Dwight was waiting for her at Allen’s store and she was at Reams. She got tired of waiting and started home with the groceries. She got as far as the church on Averett Avenue and collapsed. A young girl saw her, but she didn’t know what to do so she went to the church where they were having general Priesthood in connection with conference and got her dad. He knew Berniece and called the ambulance and then called Dwight. She was taken to the hospital but never regained consciousness. This was on a Saturday and she died on Tuesday, April 7, 1995 and was buried in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery in the new section, April 10, 1992.
She raised five lovely children in the gospel and kept them close to the church. That is a job well done. Dwight followed Berniece in death, December 11, 1995 and was buried December 13, 1995 in the Evergreen Springville Cemetery next to his sweetheart Berniece.
[Put together by sister – Edith Miner, sister; Ruth G. Diamond, sister-in-law; Shirley Giles (wife of Max); and brother and sister-in-law, Melvin & Elaine Teasdale; November 6, 1996]