Earl Alvero Coburn
Contributor: BarbaraLeishman Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
History provided by Peggy Coburn McKay
Earl Alvero Coburn was born August 12, 1891 in Weston, Idaho to Joseph Coburn and Emma Jensen Coburn. Earl was the youngest of eight children born to this union. He was raised in a home of five brothers and two sisters.
Earl and Ila met and were later married in Salt Lake City on February 15, 1915. To this union came a great family of five boys and one girl. He was very proud of that family.
Earl and Ila were great dancers and loved to go dancing each week. Maybe that is where some of his grandchildren and great grandchildren got some of their dancing ability. Earl was one of the sharpest dressers around the area. He was always dressed nice and enjoyed looking good.
Earl and Ila lived in a little home on their properly in Dayton, Idaho; there two of the sons were born. They would later move to a larger home on the highway south of Dayton where the rest of the family were born and raised. Later his son Merlin would reside in this home.
Earl and Ila farmed quite a large amount of ground ranging from south of Dayton to Linrose and some of it going east to the river. On this ground they raised hay, grain and sugar beets. Earl knew the meaning of work and it wasn't the easy kind either. He always boasted that his boys could each thin one acre of beets a day. The family raised sheep, horses, beef cows, and milk cows. Each of the family had their chores that they needed to get done. Earl was never one to leave a project unfinished.
Earl also was very responsible with his finances. The family never had a lot of money in the bank, yet he knew how to use what money he did have wisely. The family was always the first in the neighborhood to have a new car, and new farm machinery. Earl also took great care of the new things that he got. They would last for a long time with his care. Looking at the farm, out buildings and yard you could see that he had a lot of pride in the things that he accomplished.
Earl always saw to it that his children all made it to school. He was the wagon driver (bus driver) for the kids in the neighborhood. He would daily hitch up his team of King and Queen and pick up the kids for school. On the days in the winter when it was cold, he would warm rock or bricks in the fire and wrap them in blankets to keep the kids warm on the ride to school.
King and Queen would take the family several places including the weekly trips about five miles away to play cards with their friends. One night while they were playing cards at the neighbor's home one of the horses died right in the harness. Earl was very saddened by this.
Earl was always a very generous man. If he had something that another needed he was always glad to share. There were at least two families in Weston that was very poor and he always made sure that they had food on the table and some clothes to wear. He would also hire people to do things that didn't really need to be done just so they could earn some money. In fact, one time he had the home painted which didn't need to be done because a man that lived nearby could do that and he needed a job to earn money.
Earl was always known to be a very honest man. Dewey Campbell, a neighbor in Weston, made the statement that if you ever had a deal with Earl all you needed was a handshake and that was all the insurance that you needed. Whatever he said he would do, he did! He also taught his children the meaning of honesty and integrity several times by example.
One day, Merlin who was less than ten years old had been to Charles and Lizzy Jones farm playing and had come home with a horseshoe. The horseshoe was not a new one...it had been used, but this was a form of stealing and Earl made that young man take that horseshoe back to their place and apologize for this mistake. Merlin learned his lesson and never did that again. Years later after Peggy was married, she and Dale were home visiting. Dale, Scott and Ralph went for a ride up on Rattle Snake, a hill behind the farm, and there found a little lamb. They looked and found no other sheep around, and thinking that the owners had just missed this little lamb, they took it home. No sooner had they made it home and Earl heard about this and boy was he mad. He marched right out and tied a rope around the Iamb and sent those three back to the mountain to put the lamb back right where they had found it. That lamb was not theirs and he was not going to have any poachers in his family.
Earl did have one problem in his life; he did like to drink some. As time went by he did like to tip that bottle a little more all the time. This, along with being a little stubborn, was part of the problems that led to him and Ila getting a divorce in 1948. After the divorce Earl moved to Ogden, Utah, where he worked at the Army defense depot. He continued to work there until he retired. After he retired he moved to Salt Lake City where he lived the remainder of his life. He died March 23, 1962.
His legacy of honesty and integrity will always live on in the lives of his posterity.
Family of Ila and Earl Coburn:
Merlin Coburn 1916 - 1981 Spouse: Donna Atkinson
Dean Coburn 1918 - 1995 Spouse: Laverne Shaw
Herman Coburn 1921 - 1999 Spouse: Naoma Galloway
Scott D. Coburn 1926 - 2009 Spouse: Lois Gammet
Peggy Coburn McKay 1924 Spouse: Dale McKay
Ralph J. Coburn 1933 - 1963 Spouse: Bertha Lee Bingham