Easton Blackburn

22 Aug 1903 - 28 Nov 1995

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Life Story of Easton and Lavon Blackburn Easton Blackburn was born in Orderville, Utah, on August 22, 1903, to Henry and Elvira Pamela Cox Blackburn. He attended school in Orderville and Cedar City before fulfilling an LDS mission to the Northern States. LaVon Cram was born November 18, 1905, second
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Easton Blackburn

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St George City Cemetery

2-98 S 700 E
St George, Washington, Utah
United States

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Children - Barrie, Dwight, LuDean, Von, Clair, William, Bonnie, Betty
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Obituary of Elvira Cox Blackburn

Contributor: Głuchy Created: 3 months ago Updated: 3 months ago

Mrs Blackburn was born Feb 3, 1875 in Washington county, a daughter of Delaun and Charlotte Kelsey Cox. The family moved to Orderville when she was still a small child.On Sept. 6, 1892 she was married to Mr. Blackburn in the St. George temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He died in 1933.A member of the church, she had held offices in several auxiliary organizations. Since the death of her husband she had spent her winters in St. George doing temple work.She served as a midwife in Long Valley during her early life when there were no doctors in the area.Surviving are eight of her ten sons and daughters: Mrs. Mercy Chamberlain and Easton, Ferl and tone Blackburn or Orderville: Mrs. Nancy Chamberlain of Glendale: Mrs. Charlotte Cane of Cedar City; Mrs. Margaret Charboneau of Monrovia, Calif., and Mrs. Clara Hickins of Heber City; six sisters, Mrs. Charlotte Heaton, Kanab; Mrs. Phoebe Thurber, Idaho; Mrs. Maggie Heaton, Moccasin, Ari;z; Mrs. Delta Blake and Mres. Euphrasia Dobson, Salt Lake City; a stepdaughter and a stepson, Mrs. Alice Heaton, Cedar City, and Thomas Blackburn, Mt. Carmel, and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Bessie Heaton, Orderville; thirty grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Obituary of Elvira Cox Blackburn

Contributor: wscott1775 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 3 months ago

Mrs Blackburn was born Feb 3, 1875 in Washington county, a daughter of Delaun and Charlotte Kelsey Cox. The family moved to Orderville when she was still a small child.On Sept. 6, 1892 she was married to Mr. Blackburn in the St. George temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He died in 1933.A member of the church, she had held offices in several auxiliary organizations. Since the death of her husband she had spent her winters in St. George doing temple work.She served as a midwife in Long Valley during her early life when there were no doctors in the area.Surviving are eight of her ten sons and daughters: Mrs. Mercy Chamberlain and Easton, Ferl and tone Blackburn or Orderville: Mrs. Nancy Chamberlain of Glendale: Mrs. Charlotte Cane of Cedar City; Mrs. Margaret Charboneau of Monrovia, Calif., and Mrs. Clara Hickins of Heber City; six sisters, Mrs. Charlotte Heaton, Kanab; Mrs. Phoebe Thurber, Idaho; Mrs. Maggie Heaton, Moccasin, Ari;z; Mrs. Delta Blake and Mres. Euphrasia Dobson, Salt Lake City; a stepdaughter and a stepson, Mrs. Alice Heaton, Cedar City, and Thomas Blackburn, Mt. Carmel, and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Bessie Heaton, Orderville; thirty grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Life Story of Easton and Lavon Blackburn

Contributor: wscott1775 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 3 months ago

Life Story of Easton and Lavon Blackburn Easton Blackburn was born in Orderville, Utah, on August 22, 1903, to Henry and Elvira Pamela Cox Blackburn. He attended school in Orderville and Cedar City before fulfilling an LDS mission to the Northern States. LaVon Cram was born November 18, 1905, second daughter of John Smith Cram and Fannie Bunting Cram. I had two sisters and nine brothers. I went to school at Kanab and after graduation from high school and four years of seminary. I went to the BAC college at Cedar City and graduated and taught school there two years before becoming Easton’s bride on his 25th birthday. We spent our first summer at North Rim of the Grand Canyon, hired to manage the men’s dormitory, where we cooked and acted like father and mother to one hundred bus drivers, bell hops, men and boys. When we were first married we moved into the big back room of the Blackburn home. Lester helped Easton put an indoor bathroom which all enjoyed. Easton was to live there and help Mother and Father Blackburn and let Ferl go to Cedar City to school that winter. Some time later Easton and Ferl traded property their father had deeded them and we built us a small home over on the garden lot a block away. We moved in when John Barrie was 2 ½ and Dwight was one year old. The house had an indoor bathroom and an extra bedroom so we let the school teachers live with us. This is when VeraDeane first came to Orderville to teach school. In 1936 Lester and Easton built a small home for their mother and Aunt Abbie Cox Heaton at St. George so they could work in the temple, which the did for years. This same year our beautiful baby girl was born. We named her LuDean, she only lived three months, We buried her in the Orderville cemetery Christmas eve. I went up to Glendale, Utah, and taught school, the first three grades, Saturdays and all to get them through so they wouldn’t ride the bus to Orderville to the new school house with indoor plumbing, etc. Easton was teaching seminary and shop at the Orderville High School. We decided to built a larger home with furnace and fireplace. Von was suffering with asthma, each winter he had to take him to California or Arizona where it was warmer, and get him away from the farm. Now Clair and William had joined our family. Easton was thrilled, “had a ball team” to play with. Lester and Easton worked well together, and he encouraged Easton to build the first service station and motel in Orderville, we traded him the Jump up property for his work. Our son Dwight had a bad accident while working on the Kanab Forest, got both of his legs broken so spent three years in the hospital at Phoenix. He was very happy when he was well enough to go to Germany in the army. We tried St George one winter for Von and he seemed better so after Mother Blackburn, Aunt Abbie and Lester passed away, we sold our property and moved to St George. Bonnie and Betty loved the big school, friends and all. John Barrie went on a mission to the Northern California Mission. Clair was sent to Germany in the Army and Von to Texas, where he felt good most of the time. Easton had been busy as justice of the peace, county commissioner, president of the Lions Club, and Church jobs. He built or remodeled their own homes. After moving to St. George, he was the first custodian at the new East Elementary school and remained in that position until his retirement. I went back to college at Cedar City for two more years and started teaching school which I did for 20 years. I did enjoy my retirement. We let Bonnie go to Hawaii for a year to the Church college and she loved it. We did too when we took Betty and went to spend Christmas with her. Then our trip to Alaska with Betty and her husband Barry Barnum. It was wonderful, traveled all over the United States with our boys. Easton was a high priest in the St George 7th ward. Both Easton and Lavon worked in all organizations of our Church. I in the Relief Society presidency, genealogy, and Singing Mothers. They were always thankful for the privilege to live near the beautiful temple and enjoyed their children, families and friends. Written by LaVon

Life experiences written by Elvira in 1937-1939 to her son Tone

Contributor: wscott1775 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 3 months ago

The Letters While Tone Blackburn was on his LDS mission in Holland during 1937-1939, his mother, Elvira Pamela Cox Blackburn faithfully wrote letters to him. She was in her sixth decade of life then. Tone’s father Henry Blackburn had died four years before his and Elvira’s missionary son departed for Europe. Many family members as well as friends corresponded with Tone during these years before World War II. Tone was the youngest of his father’s thirteen children and his life linked two centuries of relatives together. Many years later, after Tone had passed away, Lyla, his wife asked Joy Blackburn, a neighbor friend and relative to take care of the letters. Lyla had found them in a missionary trunk in the basement of their Orderville home. The letters were bound together in a cardboard loose-leaf and tied with a shoe lace. The letters express Elvira’s bright mind, her strong, emphasize her zeal for the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Letters from Tone’s extended family and friends are also rich in words of love for him. We are grateful for this legacy and treasure of letters. Don Blackburn Great Nephew Mapleton, Utah Letters from Elvira St George Utah USA April 17,37 Dear Son My letter to you went out yester morning and yours came in the evening written April 1st in which you asked about a suit. I have just written to Easton sending him your letter and have asked him to see Hans about getting one for you. Soon as I learn definitely will inform you so you may act accordingly; I rec’d a letter yesterday from Ramona and Vera Deane. The folks are well now and only Royce has an infected ring worm on his face. Ramona mother cat had quite an experience carrying her young on top of the house , one of them died up there, another one fell off into a tub of water and Hans saved it from drowning. That’s all, love from Mother sent to Mr Tone Blackburn Laam Vour Post 292 - Den Hang - Holland - forwarded to Bergschelaan 56b Rotterdam Orderville Utah Nov 18, 1937 Dear Son Tone This letter wont be to your mission head quarters as I had hoped it would but hope you’ll get it quite soon anyway. I found the mission address in the Oct. Era and your care containing it came right along. Am glad you are enjoying yourself and having a real interesting time. You’re having the ocean voyage now and please don’t be too liberal ‘feeding the fish.’ I remember at least one line of a poem I learned in Primary when I was a child, it is as follows. “Isn’t God upon the water just the same as on the land?” Since receiving your call to go to Holland the poem has continued to run in my mind along with a prayer that the ocean voyage will be equally as successful as we hope the journey on land will be. We are all well and quite busy. It took me two days to trim and prune the vine on the wash house and the grape arbor and do they look swell especially since Ferl plowed the lot today, plowed every where the horses could go in and around the trees which leaves a very little for him to spade and it certainly looks good after what it has been. LaVon, Vera Dean and I rescued some of the choice plants among the weeds which we divided with Mercy. Easton is digging a cess pool and I think Lester is working in Kanab, he was the first of the week any way. He is letting Dave Foot have $300.00 and holds a mortgage on the land Dave took up by Lesters. Dave wants the money to buy his mothers home. Lester thinks its Dave’s way of getting him to buy the land and he doesn’t care as he says its worth it. Nancy and family were down Sun and are alright. Have heard nothing further from Maggie, hope she is OK. Storm is threatening, That’s for sure, snow would fall yesterday but it turned off cold and cleared away warmer today and cloudy. Ervins house is showing up splendidly since the roof is going up today, he’s hoping to get it shingled before the winter storms so he can continue working inside. The lawn is doing nicely and can be seen three the straw now. Ferl and wife will spend Thanksgiving week in Nephi, there is a few away work there for him, they will go up Sun P.M. and I will go with them to Manti and work in the temple. Eunice asked me to come and stay with her. Guess I’ve written enough for the time and will use the hose on the wash house, it looks quite dirty since vines are so much cut away. Remember you are always loved by Mother Orderville Utah U.S.A. Dec 6, 1937 My Dear Son Tone: So glad to get your letter of Nov 22 and more than glad to know that you were well and didn’t get sea sick. I had a feeling that it would be as you said it was. Your new experiences are all very interesting and I’m glad when you tell them to me. I am so happy and proud of the events taking place in our family, Ferls marriage, Claras successful school teaching and prospects of the most important step in her life being taken next summer and the jobs the boys have for making a living for themselves and families etc and most of all for the faith manifest in the gospel - the very thing that caused your father and grand parents to travel thousands of miles to be with the saints of God - and most of all that you our youngest son and last child is counted worthy and willing to fill a mission abroad to save souls. My heart swells with gratitude and makes me feel well in body as well as spirit. I think in all probability you will get my letter of last week sent by air mail, before you do the one I sent earlier with the hope it would be to your mission head quarters by the time you arrived there. I really hadn’t been looking for your letter so soon as Bro Bolander told me not to be looking for one for another week or more so you see I was happily surprised when it came. We are all well tho I haven’t seen Nancy and Dola for 2 or 3 weeks, Clara sees the boys to school and Lester came and spent part of last evening with us. He’s been working on Si Chamberlains house and that he could finish it today excepting the last coat of stucco which will be put on next summer. Said he earned $80.00 in eleven days there. The Bishopric is making their annual visits with the people and visited with Clara and I sat which was enjoyed by all. Eva came while they were here looking for Vera Deane. I asked her to come and see us and she promised she would. Members of your crowd keep asking about you and I’m always glad to tell them. I’ve given the new doors their 3rd coat of varnish stain to day and they look very nice. Have also painted the table legs and stand and the rawhide bottom chair with varnish stain. The lawn certainly looks fine too tho I will let the straw remain for protection all winter. I made a quilt last week for Ferl and have been doing a little cleaning so you see I’m kept busy, have done a little or a lot of studying also as I am to give the lesson tomorrow in Relief Society. Think I’ll hang around here until after Christmas then go to St George. Miss Woodberry wants to stay with Clara when I go. We saw your picture with the group of missionaries in the Era. You must keep well and do your work well always asking for divine aid and remembering that no one loves you as Mother - Orderville Utah Nov 29, 1937 I’m sending this air mail . Tell me the date you get it. So will know how long it will take Mr Tone Blackburn Holland My Dear Son If I were Mrs Yokum -Lill’ Abners mamy - I might scratch my arm with a pin to draw blood and with it mark a cross on my forehead, lie down on my back, have a vision and see you in that far off land, just how you have reacted to the experiences of your trip on land and on the sea. But suppose I will have to wait yet a few days for your letter to arrive telling me of the things I want to know. I spent all of last week in Manti went thru the temple six sessions and returned home Sun . Yesterday - Ferl and wife were in Nephi all the while I was in Manti, he worked while there doing things in general. I enjoyed my stay there with Eunice and Aunt Eupharasia My sister Amy Edward, the one living in Sterling is very ill, the Dr. Says there is no hopes for her recovery and I am expecting to hear of her passing most any time tho she may linger on for a time. We are all pretty well. John Barrie and Dwight have intestinal flu,or have had it and Dwight isn’t entirely over it but is getting much better. Clara went over this evening and right away he was coming to sleep to grannies. Just had a letter from Lorna and Maggie, they are well and Maggie is doing pretty well for having so serious an operation. Lester is plastering Si Chamberlains house, had one coat of stucco on. Geneva is quite sick again and beginning to bloat, she is not expected to last very long to enjoy her new home if she lives to get into it. Ralph came down for Thanksgiving and brot a load of students we met them at or near grand springs repairing an inner tube, they were jolly as could be. LaVell, Leavoy, Charlotte H. And two other Kanab girls made up the load. Clara and Ralph had Thanksgiving dinner with Kay at Moccasin. Clara has been invited to attend the shower tomorrow night for Grandon and Verna. The Kane co Standard said they were married in Mesa temple and took their Honey moon trip in California. Since you left I have had the deeds changed so the Hesicar lot will belong to you but Ferl came this evening and said to ask you if you will be willing for him to have that lot to build on and he will shingle the barn, build a chicken coop and fix up things in general such as fences you know, they are about to fall down. He wants to use the chicken coop as they have bought chickens besides having the ones Vera Deanes mother gave them. The work he does will be gratis and will charge up to you only for material, used infixing up the place and he will do the work after the order of what you and he decided on or at least talked about. He would like you to write right back so he will know just how he can plan to get to work. If you are willing to let him have it on those terms say so, and if not say so also, but bear in mind the expense of not having the barn and fences repaired unto you can do it as I will be unable to do it with keeping you on your mission and a little while at school when you return. You know Ferl can be trusted to treat you fairly and he can’t afford the expense of caring for things here now that he has other obligations. You can see that plain enough Im sure. You could have a new orchard planted when the old one is in place of where you thought one should be in the Hessicar lot and have plenty of garden room. The writing has turned out to be a business letter and it goes hand in hand with spiritual things. I want more than anything now that you are blessed with the spirit of your mission, to keep it and its up to you to keep it. I know that we at home can help you with our faith and prayers, and if you haven’t already that about it try to in to in agin the many prayers that are uttered in behalf of the missionaries and Im sure you’ll feel that you cannot fail in so great a cause and that you will be abundantly blessed on the Lord and my he bless my beloved son is the prayer I offer this night from Mother Orderville Utah Dec 15, 1937 My Dear Son Tone: Perhaps I get too anxious for word from you but suppose you landed safely anyway, that I would have received word to that effect before this. I am sending $35.00 to Salt Lake city today for you and gave them your mission Headquarters address to send the money to tho they ask us not to do that unless you are actually there, however I explained that we have no other address as yet so I’m sure it will be alright and you’ll know the money will be at the mission headquarters. Aunt Abbie gave me $2.00 for you and said she wished you well and sends Christmas Greetings. Said also that she will give $1.00 monthly for your mission. She’s the loyal soul. Clara and I and Miss Woodberry spent the week end in St George. The Dr. Said Clara sinus has healed up perfectly but if she should get a bad cold in her head she is to return anyway he wants to see her once each year for 3 years to insure safety. We are all well and busy. Ferl husks corn now most of the time. Clara expects to spend Christmas in Heber City and Ferl and wife in Nephi. My sister Amy Edwards (Amy is the daughter of Delaun and Susan Brown Cox) died last Sun. I didn’t try to go to the funeral but was glad I saw her while alive and glad also that she has gone since she could not get well. We’ve had real nice rain storms and not very cold either. John Covington has been released from being chorister. Henry Chamberlain takes his place. The choir now fills up about all the space, even I’ve been asked to return the choir but will leave my space for others to fill. Eve sat by me in Church Sun night didn’t go to the choir because she had too much of a cold to sing, said she had rec’d no word from you either since landing, You see we trying our best to keep track of you. Don’t know of a thing else to tell you excepting that Clara has gone to M.I.A. officers meeting and Im here alone and will quilt awhile often. I’m making for Easton and families Christmas. I made one for Ferl last week. I hope you have a real good time on Christmas and enjoy the spirit of the occasion. Will close with love and prayers From Mother P.S. Har Foote got a letter from the police in Holland checking up on you and to see if you are you and if your doing what you profess to be doing. He showed the letter to Eva and told he you were in jail and he had to write beck and give them some information so they’d let you out. What I mean is that he had her worried, she told me about it tonight so I asked him and he told me what it was all about. But Eva still believes your in jail - so do write to her and your Mother - Love Clara Orderville Utah U.S.A. Dec 23, 1937 Dear Son: All is well at home. It 12:37 (noon) and Ferl is just leaving for Nephi to spend Christmas. Clara will go north for Christmas with Miss Peterson soon as the program is over in school today. Went to the school Xmas program last night then to picture show was home and retired at 11:o clock and was surprised this morning to find a think blanket of snow has continued snowing so Santa can probably come on the sleigh. John was thrilled with the card you sent him several members of the family told me of it, evidently they were all thrilled. Your letter of 3rd inst was rec’d on the 16th. So glad to get it and to know you are well and like Holland. Will write you in a few days. Hoping the real Christmas is burning with you is the prayer of Mother Mr Tone Blackburn 292 Loan Vom road Den Haag Holland Crossed off Roal Volkstraat 23 Rotterdam Orderville Utah Dec 27, 1937 Dear Son Tone, Easton brot my mail this morning and your letter of the 12 inst was with it. The mail gets in so late at night that unless Clara is here we don’t get it until the next day according to dates your letter coming by ‘air mail’ didn’t reach me any sooner, as its two weeks since it was written. You know Im always glad for your letters, I simply thrill at that of them even and am I thankful you are enjoying the work.. No one can work in the gospel without enjoying it which is proof of its divinity. I have just posted your sheepskin shoes. I see the soles are thin but the uppers are good and perhaps you can soon get a new sole put on them. Im in a study abt the garments you want, it may be best to get the Mission Home to purchase them in Salt Lake and send them on as you suggested with the next elders leaving for Holland. Any way I’ll think it out and hope for the best. I will send for a new pr. Of sheepskin shoes also and wear them around home so they can be checked used then mail them. I would like always to do the right thing if the Lord will show me the way. We’ve certainly had a nice Christmas time, weather and all snow is melting fast and it looks like it would snow again tonight. I looked a little for Ferl to come from Nephi yesterday but isn’t here yet and its 5 P.M. Clara expects to be gone all weak. LaVon has gone with her mother to California and Easton has the boys. Elsworth’s farewell party will be held this evening. I would like to attend especially because so many people are away but unless some one thinks to come with a car for me I think I shall not attempt it. Its to hard walking in the wet snow. Eva came down Christmas night and we went to the show “The Good Earth” together. You see I’m keeping tabs on her for you. There’s a Christmas card here for you from Harrold and Fae with “Please Forward” but it too wide to slip in with this letter so won’t sent it this time anyway its just a message of Christmas wishes and good cheer for you always and I’ll put it with your things. John Chamberlain sends his best wishes to you also Bro Meeks who stopped and talked with me awhile ago and enquiring about you, said in part that this experience you’re having may be a great factor in your life of causing you to reach great heights in the church because you’ve always been a goodly lad, no bad habits etc and a good student. Of course no one knows that better than I but it sounded good to hear him say it, he added also that you have good judgment and common sense. You’re not the kind to get puffed up so its ok to tell you and there’s always a job for those who prepare themselves to work in the church. It is as I have often told you, a fine thing to be able to look the world in the face with a clear conscience and Im saddened that some of our young folks can’t do that now. Three of our boys are now in jail for a 60 day turn but I’ll let some one else tell you about it. I spent Christmas day at Mercys’. I think Lester and family came down but they evidently didn’t look for me as I found some Christmas presents on the kitchen porch when I came home. I think all are well tho Verona just had her tonsils removed and Royce had eight teeth extracted. It seems they didn’t loosen and came out of their own accord and the new teeth were coming in any old way. Maggie isn’t well yet from her operation on the effects of what caused her to have one, says she is improving however. Keep well, use that good judgment I’ve mentioned and don’t let your feet get too cold riding the bike and remember no one loves you as Mother Orderville Utah U.S.A. Jan 12, 1938 Dear Son Tone: Your Christmas Eve letter was recd with gladness two days ago. Am hoping you have the sheepskin shoes by now that I sent you. I ordered a new pair to send with the heavy garments but the money is returned with the statement - out . And I have the garments ready to post, sending them to the Mission Home in Salt Lake City as you instructed. It’s a real pleasure to do it for you and perhaps later I can get a new pair of sheepskin shoes and send you after I scuff around in them so they won’t be new. The underwear I am sending are the heavy ones I got for Ferl that he doesn’t like to wear, hope you like them. So the semi-annual bath seemed good! Why, can’t you warm water on the stove or fire place, as the case may be in a basin, or cup, and wash on the installment plan! You must keep your body clean, tho Im not taking you to serious. I don’t know if it would be advisable to send money by registered letter when well considered. It seems the more sure way is the way we are doing and when I go to St George, besides going a long way for currency the bank charges 10Cents for cashing a check and wouldn’t that offset in a great measure the price of “money order” you mentioned? We want to do the best however and I might try it -perhaps put a few dollars in this letter, register and send the balance as usual. I’ll see when I go to the Post office. I want to say a little about the financial part of your mission and I do not want to be misunderstood, for I want you to have all the money you need. All that we have and are belong to the Lord and you very well know how glad I am to keep you on your mission and my heart would be broken were it other wise but I have learned thru the farmer Pres of Netherlands mission that most of the missionaries there are using to much money. He said “Oh they’ll say they can’t get along on $25 a month but they can and they make better missionaries.” All Im asking of you is to take stock of the situation and if you can live well on less money, and thereby making better missionary that is what we want and I know you are with me. We talked these things over pretty well before you left but I thought it would not be a miss to write a little bout it in the face of the report that came to me from the former Mission Pres. And if you find that you can live on less it is to your advantage of course as well as the rest of us, it should you need extra occasionally you would say so naturally you mustn’t forget the little prayer “Bless Uncle Tone so he’ll bring me a pair of wooden shoes “(Dwight), and when that time comes we want extra money for souvenirs. Later - I’ve been to the Post Office and mailed the heavy garments (Note This ending page may not belong to this 27 Dec, 1927 letter) The $ bill is from Aunt Abbie. Lester told Easton he will run down for a day in the very near future. I hope he can. Alice sent me a Christmas box big enough for a family. A big fat hen and when I say fat? Mean fat a sack of pine nuts, bag of dried bull berries that are so good in pies, a box of candy, a fruit cake all of generous size and a pan full of pop corn balls. The others all sent me plenty too. Seems more than I deserve. Dwight said he is going on a mission when he grows up and he’s going to cross the waters like Uncle Tone did. The sun is going down and I don’t want to be in the dark getting these posted so will close with more love that you know from Mother Orderville Utah U.S.A. Jan 21, 1938 Dear Son Tone: Its 9: P.M. and Clara hasn’t come from the show. Miss Crosby came and spent the evening with me, has gone now to write a letter and I said I’ll write too. Clara typed your Patriarchal blessing today and forgot to bring it down from Glendale so I’ll mail it with the maps of U.S. and Utah that you asked for. Will try to get them in the mail Monday. You get the Era, do you not? But perhaps not the Deseret News, so I’ll send along with the maps the Church Section of the News Jan 15th, as I think the article “Mormonism – a Vital Religion” by Elder I.A. Smoot will be of special interest to you, in fact if you learn all there is in the address you’ll have a wealth of information for the people you teach. I’m send one to John also, I would like to get him interested in the gospel and it seems to me that the article referred to would interest anyone that would read it. Aunt Abbie sent your letter on to me as you see I am not in St George as you thought I would be. Am glad for the picture and we all laughed about your companion being taller that you at least it looks that way in the picture. You might tell him he wouldn’t be taller than you if so much hadn’t turned up for feet ha ha. You don’t tell us much of Elder Weernngs, his name; how long he’s been in the field, ‘ where he’s from etc. You see I can think of lots of things you might write that would be interesting. I just received a letter from your mission Pres. Written Nov 30th telling of your safe arrival and that your attitude was right toward the work etc. The letter was sent to St George and the strange thing about it is that it was addressed to Mrs Elmira Pernella Cox. Aunt Abbie sent it back to the Post Office but they told her to open the letter as there was no one living around there with a name anything like that. Clara is here now and laughingly said to tall you that Valden took Eva to the show, but the show wasn’t the best. You said you hadn’t received a letter for 2 weeks, I guess it depends on the boat and very likely you have received a number of them at once. Wish you’d send Royce and Paul a card of the ‘Articles of Faith’ like you sent me, they graduated from Primary this year and it is required of them to know the articles of faith,” It would please them so much, also Charles and Ken. Frederick looked up the “register service” for sending money to you and no matter the amount sent, if it should be lost we would get only $9.85 or something less that $10.00 also the registration fee is 15Cents so I think it will be better to sent it as usual don’t you? You’ll let me know if you get the garments won’t you? It seems strange that the book you sent on Holland didn’t come. Do you know that if a letter lays in the Post Office more that two days you will have to pay 5 Cents a day? I learned that when Frederick was looking up reg fee for me. Good night. Love from Mother Mon Jan 24, 1938 Dear Son Tone Just a note to let you know we are well. Easton returned from Salt Lake City sat. Lester is working in Panguitch this week, is kept quite busy plastering. In spare time he works on his own house remodeling a little and installing bath room fixtures and tearing down the grainery back of the house. Ferl has the barn lean to shingled, then will finish some time later. He traded around one way and another so there was no cash outlay for shingles and has more that he needs for the present. Think I told you that Maggie has moved to Yuma Ariz says it hot or rather warm down there. Mercy and family are alright. Clara is getting alone fine in school now, likes it better than at first. She gave her first talk in Church last night and did splendidly. The missionary class in Sunday School gave the program. We’re having our first cold weather beginning yesterday, hasn’t had to turn water off yet for the cold. Billie Bolander is to leave Salt Lake Mar 17 for his mission to Denmark. Did you receive the sheepskin shoes I sent? The sun is sinking and I want to go to the picture show tonight to see ‘Heida’ Its considered a good show. Much love from Mother St George, Utah U.S.A. Feb 7, 1938 My Dear Son Tone, I haven’t realized that time is so fleeting. Its 2 weeks since my last writing. I became ill and when I should have written I let the time slip by without. Ferl brought me down here six days ago to recruit and I’ve certainly done it and when I go back home Aunt Abbie will go with me for a while and help me quilt Clara’s quilts. I am piecing the quilt blocks here while being waited upon. I attended S.S. yesterday and also sacrament meeting. This South ward is very much alive and active, the new chapel is completed and in use and have a pipe organ. The first S.S. held in the new chapel was the largest ever held in St George Stake 437 persons and it has grown until yesterday the attendance was 537 a decrease of 16 over the Of the Sun, before, 13 deacons assisted with the sacrament and I think there should have had more because it took up so much time and shortened the class period. It’s a great spiritual uplift to be in a ward where there is so much activity. I wish dear old Orderville was in so good shape. In the bishops annual visit of the ward we were told in our homes that there is a great division in the ward than ever before. The cause of this I am unable to determine . I’ve seen the time when our ward was 2nd to none in unity and there was only two users of tobacco and one of them an outsider. Imagine the deference to day. Ferl says there are very few of the younger boys who are not using tobacco and he feels his responsibility in getting them to do differently. I visited sister Carroll last week and among the other things she said “I guess Tone is glad he didn’t have to stop smoking to go on a mission”. Said also that she has seen a number of boys standing around you many times and you were the only one not smoking. This illustrates clearly that good habits are not to be repented of and I am so thankful for you with your goodly habits. We’re having winter storms now, no snow here but plenty out home and elsewhere. People are busily engaged here planting garden. Washburns want us to have onion sets and lettuce to set out, so we will get that done maybe today. Our ground is prepared, fertilized and plowed twice. We will plant fruit and nut trees the last week of this month also a few more grapes will soon have the lot filled. Aunt Abbie had a nice cellar built for our fruit, its out back. Later - Verdell Lamb just called by request Clara wished me to get in touch with him as she expects to purchase aluminum cooking utensils and he is the agent. Do you want the “Readers Digest” I kept forgetting to ask about. I kept the envelope and order blank so if you want it I will order. I know how well you like it but don’t know if you feel that you have time to read it. You need other reading however to keep up with the times. I just read your last letter over again. Written just a month ago today. Am looking for a letter of course . A month seems a long time to not hear from you and still it passes quickly. The new Pres. Of the temple Bp Snow said the temple will open 1st of May so I’ll have a long wait yet before I’ll be needed to work here, anyway I will be busy with records quilts etc. Baptisms for the living didn’t come off yesterday as announced because the man from Salt Lake didn’t get here to install the pipes for hot water. Just received the cutest little birthday care from Lorna but no other word. I sent John the news address of Elders I.A. Smoot like the one I sent you with the hope he will be impressed with its teachings. I ve been interrupted so much wile writing that I don’t seem to be able to say the things I’ve wanted to say so will close with love from Aunt Abbie and Mother St George, Utah Feb 20, 1938 My Dear Son Tone: This is a miserable pen I sent my good one off for repairs. Can see I’ll have to use a pencil. The inclosed poem is from todays Newspaper - you might like it. Clara was to type some of the poems I have but they are here and with my pen gone I can’t very well copy them, so will wait until I get back home. Ferl was to have come down Fri P.M. with Vera Deane and go on to Bolder for a trip but he didn’t come. I think the snow storm prevented him, tho I have rec’d no word. I’ve been busy the 2 ½ weeks I’ve been here making quilt tops and I can still keep busy at it all this week so would just as soon stay another week. Pres. Grant and Ivans are here today to dedicate the South Ward Chapel. I heard them speak a short time is S.S. then at the tabernacle this P.M. The dedicatory service’s didn’t go as we were quite tired but would like to have gone alright. Pres Grants sermons this P.M. was directed toward building up faith in the gospel and Pres. Ivans explained the working of the Seventies missionary system in waking up the inactive members and baptizing the non-members in our midst, a great spiritual awakening. I sent $35.00 on the 12th . I would be glad if I could get money to you in a better way but don’t know how to do it, so will just have to do the best we can and hope for the best. I want to refer again to the meeting held this P.M. because I forgot to mention the Indians who is an Elder and was called upon to dismiss the meeting. He said such a wonderful and simple prayer thanking the Lord for Brother Ivans (referring to the present Pres. Ivan’s father) whom he had known since a boy and whom all his people (the Indians) loved. I guess you are familiar enough with Church history to know a little at least, of Bro Ivans faithful and loving work among the Indians in Southern Utah and it was quite impressing to hear this old Indians prayer concerning him. Your letter of Jan 29th came two days ago, was glad for the news it contained concerning Holland and still I am at a loss to know why you can’t have all the warm or hot water. You want , ha ha. I’m dumb I’ll admit. Am glad you are well, guess you ‘sty’ got alright being that you didn’t mention it again. Perhaps you remember how Ferl used to be bothered with sty and he cured them by washing with borax water, you know sties are caused by infections. Dirt gets down in to the hair (eye lashes) roots, as if you will prepare a wash by putting approximately 1 teaspoon of Borax into about a quart of boiling water - it won’t hurt to use more borax - but fix enough to fill a tumbler and keep it covered when not in use and with a little clean cloth wash the eye lids thoroughly at least once a day. I think your trouble will soon be over so far as sties are concerned. I’ll try to remember in the morning to sterilize some gauze for you to use. Put the pieces all into the glass of borax water and use one or more every time you clean the eye lids and don’t put it back into the glass, throw it away and carefully get another each washing and get rid of sties which I think you can. Seems strange that I haven’t tole you this before. I saw brother Anderson today after meeting, he made and one moved in immediately below the temple. Its reported that Pres Young said the temple would stand in the midst of the city and the way its building up indicates the truth of the statement. I’m writing longer than I should at bed time so will close after tell you that Lottie Harris and husband Brother Atkin had a stroke and is very ill, he is paralyzed so he can’t talk and is expected to die very soon. How I do hope you are enjoying your labors to the fullest and that you will soon master the language so you can do more good. President Grant enlarged upon our missionary system and among other things said that the 3 years he spent on a mission to one of the islands was the greatest joy that has come into his life and that’s what I want to come to you my dear son with love from Mother Mon morning Feb 28, 1938 St George, Utah My Dear Son Tone: We’re having a most wonderful rain storm and its wash day too. There was no school out home Fri on account of Washingtons Birthday. Postponement and we were surprised to see Clara and VerNell walk in. They stayed until yesterday P.M. (Sun.) And were gone only a short time when Albert and family arrived. Allyce Mary is a very sweet and pretty child and couldn’t be surpassed for good nature. Frances had her arm all bandaged up resulting from a bicycle accident running into barber wire fence. Dr put clamps on the cut and it will be OK. Clara had a bad cold which stirred up her sinus so she has taken further treatment and may need to return this week end. I am taking a different treatment for high blood pressure - shots in arm and am feeling better already and had only one. Will go today for another. I read in the News of a Swapp girl from Enterprise going on a mission and the sister of Gordon B Swapp who is on a mission in Holland. Right away I said I believe that’s Tones companion and now you have affirmed that belief. It always seems like home folks when being away from home to meet any one from our locality so I’m glad for you and Elder Swappp. Clara brought me your letter of Feb 4, I am especially pleased with the faith expressed in that you feel sure that by doing all you can in Amesfoort your efforts will not be in vain. We are living by faith and the more that faith is exercised the more power one has. Pres Grant stressed the power of faith very strongly in his recent sermon here. The Elder you spoke of that might call on me here has returned. I learned a few days ago. T think I was told his name is Clark Foster - or something like that tho I have not seen him. He probably lives in one of the other two wards. I live in the East ward but attend Church gatherings in the South ward chapel because its two blocks nearer which means quite a lot to me. I have another letter from England. They are so pleased in the anticipation of seeing you, she calls or speaks of you a Toney and says you are a good lad. I think your goodness is judged from the photo I sent them aside from being who you are of course. She asked me to tell you that there is a spare bed room already for you any time you come and they are very anxious to see you and make you welcome to the best they have. They always manifest a very beautiful spirit and says they think and speak of me almost daily and wish I were near so we could chat together. It will be nice if you can take time to write them or acknowledgment of the invitation given you thru me. I think her name is Sarah but am not sure. This letter was signed cousin and I haven’t a farmer letter here from which to determine any way you can address the letter to Mr Wm T. Blackburn 57 London Road Spalding, England OH! I meant to tell you to wash you eye lids Borax acid water and it came to me in the night that I wrote Borax water and if you have used it I m sure you will sustain no injury but get the Boric acid any way and use it a lot so you will get over that infection. I’m sending pictures of the Parks you want. Clara got them in Zion as she came thru Fri. The poems, I clipped from the news paper, so you would like them. Ferl has had difficulty in trying to get car licence so has written for the return of him money and the papers. If he get them which he thinks he will he will be down here and work this week and can go on to Santa CLARA for his license plates. Vera Deane went to Logan yesterday for a weeks training for the 4H club all expenses paid then will spend a week before returning home, her brother will be home from his mission then. We have found a new cousin here lives on the south side of this block, has a wife and two small sons and his name is Lester Cox. A real fine sort of fellow. Folks out home are well, I will go home in a week and quilt the quilts I have been making and be back here when the temple opens about April 1st. My prayers are always for your benefit. Love from Mother (This page may not belong to the Feb 28, 1938 letter.) Tone I found this stamp stuck onto the back of a picture of your grandfather Blackburn, which picture I think was taken in California before he came to Utah. I soaked it off with a small wet cloth and think perhaps you will value it tho there is no date as to when it was made. I’ll gather more stamps when I go home. That is if I can find any. Maggie has asked me to gather foreign stamps for her friends so I will send them from your letters and the one I received from England. Mother St George Utah Mar 6, 1938 My Dear Son Tone; Today is conference here. After meeting this morning some one came and put their arm around me. It was Ruth. Then after that someone surprised me by saying “How are you Sister Blackburn”. It was Elbert, said he was attending school for one quarter etc. Immediately following the afternoon session I stumbled onto Elbert and Ruth talking together, I said “It seems good to see some of the old gand” and we talked a little while, they asked about you of course and Elbert said to tell you he wants a letter. I invited them to come and see me, they said they would. Last night Aunt Abbie and I went to the picture show “Wells Fargo,” Just as we reached the Picture show house we bumped up against Harold, said he had seen this show at Cedar City so we went in without him. I never saw him look so fine and fleshy. I believe he is larger than you are. I introduced him to Aunt Abbie and did he tell her nice things about me. I appreciate the fact that members of your crowd recognize your mother. Its clearly evident that you are held in high esteem and they are always asking how is Tone etc. I don’t recall whether you met our neighbors living west of us and has cabins to rent. Sister Perkins past 80 years old. Well! When I told her that you were in Holland on a mission, right away she said she had a lot of good books that she was giving away to any one she thought might enjoy them and she had me select one for you with her compliments. It is a large book “Stanleys wonderful adventures in Africa” by Headly. Think I’ll read it before putting it away for you. You must tell me if you have to pay more postage on the letter I sent with the Parks pictures, it being more than the letter weight - 1 oz - I thought I would have to pay double the Amount for a letter but the post master looked it up and said no, its only 5 cents for the 1st oz and 3 cents additional for over weight. From what Frederick told me I feared you would have to pay more postage so that’s why I want to know about it. I guess Ferl couldn’t get the license plats for the car as he did not come however it may have been because of the continuous storm. It hasn’t rained here for two days now. Vera Deans mother called on me last Tuesday March 1st on her way to Los Angeles to meet her son George who was expected to arrive on the boat Sat morning at 8 O clock from his mission. She said Ferl was going to Nephi Mon, that’s tomorrow so I think he won’t be down very soon. I am ready to go home but don’t know when I’ll get too. The temple guard tole me today that he will be surprised if the temple will be completed before May 15 or June 1st, so I may as well be home and get the quilts finished I have been piecing. Thu March 10th Thought I’d get this letter finished long before now. Time slips by so rapidly that I don’t do all I think I will. A letter from Clara this week states they are all well but said nothing about a chance for me to get home so I’ll go on piecing quilt tops. Have a lot of pieces Charlotte gave me. Alice visited with us yesterday. She came down Glendon who brought some school kiddies to put on a play. Peculiar to her make up she brought 2 quarts milk and about 2 dozen eggs. Her family are well again after Louise’ long illness. Do you get to see the news paper from home? Or get the home news from any other source other than from letters? There’s been so much rain fall in the west and such terrible floods with loss of many lives and millions of dollars worth of property destroyed more particular in California. The paper stated that the cement bridge at homi had a narrow escape. Clara said the dam went out and they were without lights for a week. A man that has lived here 40 years tole me that the flood in the Virgin exceeded any in the time he has lived here. Of course there, the good side if we only look for it, farmers, cattle and sheep men are greatly benefitted by the unusual storm. Enough for this time. I am feeling better than usual, hope you keep well and remember the love of Mother St George Utah Mar 17, 1938 My Very Dear Son Tone – If I had the power to say what I feel you would get a very good birthday letter. When I contemplate the fact that you my youngest son and child will have reached your majority of the 7th of April next month. I marvel at the passing of time and often say to myself where has it gone and what have I accomplished? Perhaps I haven’t accomplished much and now that I’m in the decline of life perhaps I will not be able to do much more but the point is make the most of today and that’s what I want to pass on to you. I’m so thankful for the great opportunity that has come to you and my constant prayer is that you will make the most of it and I believe you will. It seems so fine that you are in the mission field when you reach your 21st miles stone and I hope that your mile stone will be multiplied and that all along the way between them that you’ll always be found in the cause of righteousness which is the promise of real and lasting joy. You’ve grown so fine and large, dependable and obedient and Oh you’re so full of goodness that I thank Heavenly Father every day for you and ask Him to give you a strong testimony of His work and its for His name that you are called to proclaim. Your letter of Feb 26 was received a few days ago and I attempted writing before but not feeling very well I postponed it until today. I am feeling fairly well again though not so well as I would like to be. The Doctor asked me to call yesterday but after having gone 2 blocks found I couldn’t make it and so returned. After while my cousin Adelia Ridding and husband came and offered to take me up today so that I could kill two birds with one stone and post this: The weather is very changeable today its cold and yesterday it was very warm if not hot. Clara thinks she will come this week end and I may go home with her for a while and get her quits quilted. Yours can wait awhile I presume which reminds me I have made for your birthday a silk quilt top and Aunt Abbie says she will sew your name into one of the blocks so she will have a hand in it. I got the idea of giving you a quilt from Aunt Delta . Ferron had several nice quilts ready for use when he married. I wrote and asked Clara to order the Readers Digest for you and you must tell us if you get it alright. I also asked her to send you a clipping from the funnies I had saved. “Advice to a young man who had reached his 21st birthday. Several hours later : Cousin came sooner than I expected so couldn’t finish in time to post. Will get the neighbor children to post it on their way to school. Maybe you will enjoy a laugh reading the inclosed news clipping - I did. Good night and God bless you may dear son. Lots of love from Mother Mon A.M. Orderville Utah Mar 28, 1938 Dear Son Tone, My pen isn’t nearly so good since having it repaired. Can’t tell when it will make a heavy mark. Your letter of the 8th reached me after 17 days being addressed here of course made it a little loner having to be forwarded. Clara and Ralph spent the week end with us again in St George then I came home with them yesterday (Sun) and reached home in time for Clara to attend Union meeting. Ralph went on to Provo this morning. I’ll let Clara tell you of their plans for the future. LaVell is still here from the school vacation which, he thinks there’s a chance for him to return to school with an oil truck maybe tonight or tomorrow. I haven’t seen any of Mercy’s family since coming home, saw LaVell in St George. Ferl and Vera Dean went to the ranch P.M. yesterday and she has been telling me of the chance Lester has of a government job around Pleasant grove lasting 2 months. Don’t know just how soon he’ll go. He’s working in Kanab now but I think not for long and is building in the bath room at home between times besides building up in general, garage for instance and removing the building over the cellar. The first town news I head upon arriving home was a “Young and rising Generation”. I didn’t count the number as they were given me but it must be in the neighborhood of a dozen new babies. The most outstanding seems to Eva Hardy twin girls - one of them died however in about an hour after birth and Christy Mullmer’s tiny girl. Oh yea and John Reece’ wife gave birth to a boy and each of her two married daughters had a boy all with in a few days of each other. I didn’t learn just how close together but that’s going some for Johns posterity don’t you think! The babies are nearly all boys - war time. After receiving the above news I was told of Dee Clarks sudden death a truck backed and ran over him out near the sand holes between here and Kanab. He was being rushed to the hospital but died near Three Lakes. This may not be exactly correct but perhaps near enough. The funeral will be held this P.M. at 3 O Clock Clara took me up to see Sister Clark last evening. I think she takes the right attitude in saying “There are worse things than death,” Poor soul her boys have given her considerable worry and still Dee has, I believe, attempted at least to mend his ways by attending quite regularly the Church gatherings since last fall. Things of this sort causes one to think rather seriously and especially does it make me more appreciative of my trustworthy boys and girls as well.. Your daddy used often to say “Its nice to be ready. “ I would like to know that I will be ready as he was and I haven’t too much time left to get ready in and when the time does come I have confidence that each of my children will carry on. There’s a new store called ‘Firmage’ in St George and sat I did a little trading there and fortunately was waited on by a returned Elder, He said are you town’s people, to which I replied yes; I’m living here now but have a home also in Orderville. “ In Orderville” he said. “Could you by chance be Mrs Blackburn; “I replied “ could you by chance be Elder Foster.” So we became acquainted. He said you waited on him in Holland and now he had the pleasure of waiting on your mother also said he had planned to come and see me but being very busy hadn’t gotten around to it. Asked to be remembered to you. We drove up to Andersons and stayed a short time and saw the kids of your crowd, that is Fay Gorda and Harrold, he was planting garden and they both fat as butter ball, especially Harrold. I saw Elbert quite regularly each day as he was painting a picture of the temple just below our house. I watched him paint a time or tow. George Cannon told me the youngsters didn’t hardly know what to think of Elbert at first but he soon had a place among them and is well thought of. Its noon now and no sun in sight . The sky is covered with dark rain clouds that could turn out to be snow clouds as it is getting colder. I bought a little bunch of jonquilts from the bulb garden in St George, they are very pretty and greatly improved over last year. They are starting to grow good here now and the gardens are full of them. Its like he hadn’t dug any of them up. Well I’ve written on and on so now will close with a heart full of love and admiration from Mother Tues morning Mar 29 Dear son It was raining so hard last night that the letter didn’t get posted and any way I have something nice and very wonderful to tell you. Eva came down late afternoon or early evening and over little tett a tce was just over when here came a knock at the door which Clara answered and a nice voice said “Is this Blackburns, Ton Blackburns and is his mother in.” It was Bro Swaap speaking and his wife was with him - the parents of your missionary companion. They were passing thru from attending a funeral - I’m not sure where but I think they said Tropic, any way we were all thrilled. Eva will undoubtedly tell you the way I introduced her to them, she may not have fully appreciated it but laughed it off. The Swapps had only a few min to stay as they were anxious to get to Kanab and it was raining to but we seemed to have so much in common that they stayed an hour or more. They are so fine, such a wonderful spirit it seemed we have always been friends and acquaintances. Bro Swapp said he never had a greater thrill in his life than upon receiving word from his son that Elder Tone Blackburn of Orderville was his companion. If all we said could have been written I know both of you boys would have been interested reading it. I heard of Christmas cakes received the following June and a lot of other things good things besides seeing your picture on the 20 mile hike with one grip chucked full between your and heard of the Hollanders who didn’t understand the American salute (thinking) etc. I was very grateful for the good things you’ve written of Elder Swapp and especially what you said in the last letter received as I read it to his parents and that said “that’s just what Gordon wrote about Elder Blackburn. So keep enjoying each other and appreciating your work together which will cause a love so profound that time and eternity will not efface and keep on remembering the love of Mother. Orderville Utah April 11, 1938 Dear Son Tone Now your birthday party is all over with. Will try and settle down to writing again. Just came from the post office where mailed your birthday cake made by Ramona. With the cake is included your Dutch lady place card. We all had a Dutch companion place card at the birthday party held in your honor at St George. It was sort of a duel affair since it was Eva’s birthday also. You should have seen the cakes - as well as all the other good things to eat and punch to drink. We knew there were to be two cakes but imagine our surprise when four were put on display, only two with candles on however. I think John was the first to say “Lets don’t cut Tone’s cake, lets send it to him, candles and call” Reo was a close second then all was agreed. So John and Reo took the cake home and said they would mail it to you so start looking for it. I suppose it will be dried out a plenty being that it isn’t a fruit cake but you’ll enjoy the spirit of the occasion any way. At the first planning, the party was to have been held here and the five students at St George would come out but the contest of the five southern high school being held at the week end in St George changed our plans and we went down there Friday evening and the youngsters of your crowd attended the Junior prom then sat night they came to our home and had a real good lively party as evidenced by the enclosed rhymes - I guess you’d call them. Some of the youngsters, if not all, will write you and tell more of the party perhaps, so I’ll just say that the loyalty of your crowd is very much appreciated, they are all very nice to me, and John offered to get the car and take us all down including Clara, which he did and on the way back we stayed an hour or more in Zion and watched the dress rehearsal of the ‘Easter Pageant’ which was very nice. To me it far surpasses the one of the last Easter. John said they all would like to get letters from you but he knows that you don’t have time for that but if you would write a gang letter he would see that all would get to read it so you much squeeze in the time even if its continued for a week. When Ramona brought down the cake to send you she said “Grandma I’m going to write to Tone but I don’t think I’ll get a letter back “ She liked letters so well but knows you don’t have time for many but you could send special recognition in my letter. I mean when you write to me. Now that spring is here the outside is calling. Ferl and Vera Dean cleaned up the yard pretty well before I came from St George then Charles came down with Clara and stayed over night and did he work. He is so strong for a little fellow and likes to work so well. Ken came also and with Clara’s help succeeded in clearing away the straw from the lawn and burning it. You should have seen John Barrie when Charles told him that he and Ken had been cleaning grandma’s lawn, we were eating breakfast at the time and John Barrie came on an errand , but he scooted out of the house in a hurry and the next thing we knew here he was with a wheel barrow of strat taking it to the plowed land to be burned. It looked so cute to see the little jealous in not wanting to be out done. Charles enjoyed helping so much that he said “I may as well stay down another night to help,” and that’s the way they all are wanting to help. Ken has been down three nights helping and he made me a set of quilt stands for my birthday. They are so nice I’ve bragged a lot about them to him and now he wants to make me a little box cupboard for down to St George and Ill let him. Think I would go to St George until the temple opens in Sept Aunt Abbie will come here in a few weeks and Washburn, will look after the things down there, watering trees, grape vines etc. later. By the time I got rid of an agent some one came on an errand and then an other agent or salesman then Clara came and we’ve been working outside, planted a mulberry tree from Dixie. Now its supper time and we want to go to P.T.A. meeting tonight, besides sewing a quilt in the frames ready to be quilted. Don’t know much news to tell you. I think the most starting thing is that Vern Glazier 38 of Kanab took his own life, either suicide or accidental, last thu night 8th. He had been dead about 12 hours when his daughter found him in the basement with a gun by his side. Lester and family were down yesterday he will go north this week to work, plastering, on the government job. I sent another check for you on the 8th I don’t know just when they will send it from Salt Lake, whether they have a certain time or when ever I sent it, any way I hope you get it soon if you are out of funds. When CLARA gets her next check it should be less than 2 weeks. I think we’ll try sending a little currency since the Swapps told me how they send it to their son. I don’t want you to be without funds if it can possible be helped. Your companions parents told me how he was going to send wooden shoes by mail. Can you find out the cost and would it be best sent that way? If we can get some by mail without too much expense I imagine it would be better than you having to cart them home in a trunk . Dwight is still praying for some and when we can learn about getting them here will send extra money for them. Clara is waiting for supper so here goes for a good night with all good blessings from the Lord and lots of love from Mother P.S. Rena wrote you a letter before Christmas did you get it? Orderville Utah U.S.A. Apr 24, 1938 My Dear Son Tone; Your letter of March 29 came a few days ago. Am glad the time passes rapidly fo you, it shows you are busy and interested that’s what you went for and it wouldn’t be possible for you to give the gospel message to those who know it not if you were not busy and interested. You didn’t mention how you were in health but I take it you were well by what you were doing and the anticipated trip of traveling 90 min to attend a missionary meeting on a tandem. I hope you keep well and have no more sty on your eye. By the way you haven’t mentioned a thing about whether you received the sterilized gauze. I sent and if you use them with the wash I told you about, Im sure it will help if you’ll do it. Spring is here in all its beauty but seems to have brought along with it what we term spring fever. Clara and I are both affected with it, at least something had made us lazy so we’re contemplating gathering and taking bitter herb tea. We just gathered our first mess of asparagus and in a week mor will have plenty of rhubarb. Mr Swallow has planted a few rows of early garden stuff and if he says here this summer will run the lot. I give it as my opinion only, that the reason he doesn’t know yet if he’ll stay here is on account of whether he gets a contract to teach here again. Of course he may already have one as I know some of the teachers have. Mr Ashby wrote Clara a very nice letter stating that his reason for not sending her a contract was that he had been informed she was not seeking employment and that he had enjoyed very much working with her. Ferl is staying here while Vera Dean is at Nephi and is working hard, puts in long hours from 7:A.M to about 7:30 P.M. He needs more rest that he’s getting. He new seeder he bot is the means of getting him lots of jobs. Its looking so stormy this P.M. that he may not be able to plant again for a while if frost will stay away we’ll have lots of fruit. The apricot tree is loaded with fruit large as a pea now. I’ m sending $5 (currency) in one of your envelops so it won’t show thru the letter. I sure want to know if you get it alright, I hope you do. I told you wrong about Lester going on the government job on the 13 inst. He said the building job started then and he will go plaster when they are ready, It will be probably be soon. The folks are all well. LaVell came for the junior Prom at Cedar and Rena went also. Haven’t seen LaVell yet but suppose he will be going back to school right away. Rec’d a letter from Maggie and Lorna yesterday written on the 19th inst. John was going next day to Los Angeles as his work in Yuma was finished and Maggie will stay there until school is out, 6 weeks more they said. If you haven’t written to our cousin Sarah Blackburn 57 London Rd. Spalding, Eng I wish you would. She was so sweet about telling me to tell you, there is a room ready for you when every you come and are welcome. The school faculty put on a play. Tue night “Applesauce” that was very good, I haven’t seen so full a house in years. The proceeds go for the school band uniforms. Clara will type some more poems for you when her type ribbon comes that she is sending for. John Barrie is elated over his ewe having twin lambs, a black and a white one. They are here in the orchards and Dwight comes often to see - as he said - if they are nursing. Royce and Paul sort of sluffed school last week to see the circus supposed to be help in the P.M. but wasn’t until night, so Charles came down with Clara and did they work so Clara would go up and tell their mothers where they were, then they stayed all night and Clara prepared a picnic for their lunch at school. They sure had fun. Lots of love from Mother. Orderville Utah May 13, 1938 My Dear Son Tone This is a very beautiful May morning and I feel greatly improved in health over yesterday so I’m trying to write lying on my back in bed. As yet I am unable to sit up and this is the 15th day since I took to the bed. I feel encouraged however and believe I will be able to go to the Manti temple to see Clara married, I hoping I will. I believe my blood pressure is down quite a considerable over what it was when I came to bed, it was 200 then and affected my heart so much that I am unable to exert enough to get up, it keeps me so weak and I need to lie quiet until it gets stronger. Last sun was conference here and after the meetings Uncle Charl (The rest is gone) Letter from Elvira’s sister Abbie Friday 18 May Dear Nephew Tone, Sure! I’ve thought of you and have not forgotten to petition the Throne of Grace in your behalf especially wherein I remember all the others. Mercy found a chance for me to come from St. George last Sun P.M. with Miss Woodberry. We arrived here abt midnight and found your mother some better. Today she is much improved, and if Lester finishes his job at Panguitch, where he is now, in plenty of time he will take me back to St. George in the middle of next week and he will finish the garage. Easton works in Kanab now but comes home each evening. Alfred Meeks is selling his home to a California man who is planning to build tourist cabins there. The folks are all well and the weather is fine, altho the chances are that the majority of the fruit is frozen. Lots of love from your Aunt Abbie Sat P.M. May 14 Dear Son As my letter didn’t get posted thought you would be glad to know that I am still better today. My heart has been normal all day and I feel fine only haven’t the strength yet to sit up. I think I will soon be alright. Am anxious to know if you got the cake I mailed you alright, also the one the boys sent you. Ramona wants to know if I think you will answer her letter. Easton has moved in their new house. “Mothers Day” program will be held tomorrow on account of Conference last Sun. Most of the children remembered me on Mothers Day “ if I am no account. Ken gave me a large box of candy. Love again from Mother Orderville May 27, 1938 U.S.A. My Dear Son Tone. You see Im still here and considerable better than when Clara wrote you a few days ago, but quite a ways from being well. Bro Knapp Judd of Kanab came yesterday and gave me a blessing and before he left he asked all present to knelt around my bed and he led in prayer for me . I feel somewhat encouraged and have more faith in my recovery but am wholly resigned to Gods will. I can’t write much but maybe Clara will a little, Easton cam in while I was writing and stayed a while before going to milk the cow. Lester was down today also. They are all well and the rest are too. Was so pleased to get your photo yesterday. you look so fine in it. I got such a kick out of looking at it that I almost forget my ailments. I have it standing on the little cedar chest on the mantle so I can look at it and call others attentions to it also. You know don’t you? That no one is so proud and loves you so much as Mother June 1st, 1938 Dear Son Tone; If all went as expected and planned Clara was married this morning in the Manti temple. She went yesterday to meet Ralph at Manti by noon. She took Kezia with her in her own car. Ferl went also in the pickup and took VeraDeane and Mercy. He would go on to Nephi and stay over night then to Manti this morning in time to go thru the temple with Clara thence back to Nephi and shingle a chicken coop for his mother-in-law and return home sometime tomorrow. He took a load of posts to Saline in further payment on the seeder he purchased there. Ramona came down this afternoon and said she sent her mother a special delivery letter because she was lonesome for her ha ha ha. Said she has enough money saved up to pay for a pair of wooden shoes . I’m getting stronger each day tho haven’t felt as full of pep today as yesterday. Its time now for sleep and I’ll write more later. Good night love from Mother Sat Jane 4 The folks returned thu night from Nephi bringing word that Clara and Ralph were married alright Wed June 1st about 12:30 noon. They, Clara and Ralph went on to Heber City and CLARA will return home for a while near the end of the month. Ralphs parents and his brother were at the wedding and his father and Ferl sat as witnesses at the marriage. Kezia came back with Ferl, also Del & LaVell who came from Provo to Nephi so they could come with Ferl. Three in the cab and three in the back. Said they were comfortable in the back as they had a good mattress to sit on that Vera Deans mother had given her. LaVell came down to see me this morning but I over slept and he went home without seeing me. I am so much better now, have been sitting up for a while the last two days in a chair. My strength is returning so rapidly that I will soon be around again, Thanks to Heavenly father its to him I attribute all blessings and I am so thankful for them. I am especially thankful this morning that you are where you are in the service of God and my prayer is continually in your behalf, and that when your mission there is ended that you will be blest in gathering a great amount of your genealogy. I am so anxious for this that I cease not in asking the directing hand of the Lord in it. The genealogy came be had if we persist. President Snow of St George temple told Uncle Charl that he didn’t know if the temple could open on account of having no names to work for, so we must work hard in assisting to accomplishing the greatest burden of the church at the present time which is, seeking after our dead. We cannot be saved and exalted without them - so said the Lord to the Prophet Joseph Smith. I think perhaps there are many others like we are in regards to having names to put in the temple. We have several hundred names ready for ordinance work but are not sending them in to be indexed until about time for the temple to pen, as every six months we have to send the names in to be rechecked so there’ll be no duplication of work. I pray continually that the spirit of Elijah will rest mightily upon you so that when the time comes that you are at liberty to gather genealogy you will be successful and be guided to the right place. I am depending so much up on you and I know absolutely that god can and will direct you in this great work if you will earnestly seek Him. In humility and faith lies great powers. I expect to keep reminding you and I want you to remember that when you go to England it is highly important that you fill out family group sheets of all our relatives and get their pedigree charts. This will take perseverance, tact, faith, humility and prayer, but it can and must be done. I do not wish in the least to detract from your missionary labors on the other hand I wish to exhort you to all diligence in this great cause in which you are laboring, but I want you to think seriously of our dead along with the living and be prepared to do a great work for our dead, this insuring your own and our salvation. There’s much to be done and our lives here are of no value particularly unless we give service to our fellow men. Sun June 5th. I’m dressed again this P.M. and have had lots of company 18 to be exact . Eva and Elbert are among the number. Im enjoyed looking at the picture you sent and think the large photo is good of you. The frame of it is considerable jams up but I can trim it to look good. A piece of card board same size would have prevented the breakage I think. Elbert said he can finish up what he wants in school in another year, and expressed a desire for pictures like you sent me, I think he wants to paint a likeness but he should pay if he ask you for any. Eve said she is well but looks deceive her. I think she’s working pretty hard and they are building on to the ranch house. I’ll send you some more pictures. “Utah” is one similar to the one Clara sent and then a magazine of pictures sent out by the Tribune. I’m also sending todays Church sec. Of Deseret News. The radio address by Samuel O Bennion is so fine on authority that will help you besides the Manti temple celebration I think you’ll enjoy the folks are giving Hans a birthday tho 2 days past - supper tonight out in the hills. Just rec’d a card from Clara she and Ralph are alright. Mother Hicken is giving her a tea party so she can meet and get acquainted with the folks. Did you get a copy of the blessing you rec’d when you were set apart for your mission and you ordained a Seventy? I expect to write up our family records as soon as I am able and I want every item correctly. Have a letter from Charlottte and Lorna, I don’t know just what ails Charlotte some kind of growths - she didn’t tell me but has been in Salt Lake hospital and is now home. Can’t think of any more to tell you only that I’ll send enough more money this month for Ramona’s wooden shoes and will send her size later. God bless you my dear son is always the prayer of Mother Orderville, Utah, U.S.A. 6 June, 1938 Dear Son Tone Ramona came this morning and brought Aunt Abbie and myself a piece of Hans and LaVells birthday cake and I measured her foot for a pr. Of wooden shoes. Foot measures exactly 6 3/4 in. She also brought money to pay for them and I will make the check larger this month so you will have plenty. Tues June 14, I’m a long time writing this letter. It seemed that nothing of importance happened to write about until now, aside from the fact that I am still gaining strength. Have been out on the front porch and walked from end to end two days ago. It was plenty of exercise so I didn’t take any yesterday. I will today however as I am fully rested. Vera Deane teaches the 4H club and is down today for that purpose. We’re having chicken today for dinner so naturally I think of you . Guess you don’t have much chicken dinners. Maggie is in L.A. now and they are planning on a trip out for a least two days she said in her letter. Charlotte and Alice will probably spend the week end with us. Aunt Abbie will go to the Cox reunion at Manti next Fri then go on to Provo for a visit. I sent your letter of May 25th on to Clara. She is coming down the end of the month and Ralph too if his job isn’t extended. Nancy is in the hospital at Kanab, lost her new born son day before yesterday. It was a very bad case and child lived about an hour. It was buried in Kanab. We are thankful indeed that Nancy’s life was spared she is as well as can be expected. Am sending sermons pertaining to your work clipped from church section. Last week I sent you some magazines with pictures. I think will be of use to you. I read of the earth quake in Holland and another countries there. Did you feel it? You didn’t tell me if you had written to the relatives in England. Ramona keeps wondering if you will answer her letter. Why don’t you send her a letter all by her self. She’d beam all over with radiance. She would tell me about it and how you are so you could miss that once writing direct to me. Dinner is served and I can’t miss a meal. So here’s the ending to this epistle when I tell you that no one loves you as Mother P.S. I sent a check of $37 on the 10th. Orderville Utah U.S.A. June 22, 1938 My Dearest Son Tone Today is the anniversary of aunt Abbies birthday “thrills” in Yellowstone. We all enjoyed the thrills didn’t we? I’m staying with Mercy now since Aunt Abbie went to the reunion and I’ve prevailed on her to visit around with the folks so she may be gone quite some time. There’s nothing to do here until fruit time and by them the temple will probably be open. I received a letter from Clara last night asking me again to come up there “Its all settled” she said, that they will come after me soon after the 24th of this month and went me to stay all summer or as long as I wish to. Even Ralphs father said he wants me to come up there, its cooler and I will get well faster he said. Will you be surprised when I tell you that a letter went off this A.M. saying that I will go. Mercy will make me some house dresses and I’ll soon be ready. I’m treated like a queen here. They are all so loyal to me. LaVell, Quinn and Ken are weeding corn out to Mineral. I think Nancy left the hospital yesterday and is with one of Lyle’s sisters in Kanab. She’ll probably be home before long. The folks are all well so far as I know. Charlotte and family were over for the week end, she isn’t entirely recovered from her operation and is quite thin. We’ll go to Salt Lake again in July to see that the operation has turned out alright. Mercy will keep the children for her. Ralphs brother is to be married on the 1st of July and they want me to go thru the Salt Lake temple with them if I am able. I surely hope I can and I will go prepared. Bro Jorgensen came Sun to see me as a member of the Bishopric to bring a blessing and cheer me up. We had a very nice gospel conversation as well as on common place events. He’s as good as sunk financially. His property was up for sale for taxes so he took out a loan and you know what that means, however he had improved the ranch house and piped the water ½ mile nearer and he feels good about that. He evidently has confidence in me to tell me some of his affairs that people usually keep to them selves and I appreciate his confidence especially since he is lonely without a wife to confide in. Naturally I inquired about Eva, He said “She is feeling bad because she hasn’t had a letter from Tone since he sent the pictures.” Then sister Hoyt Ellen came to see me Mon and she told me the same in thing only in different words saying that it was six weeks since Eva had a letter. Now don’t get the idea that her father and grandmother are interceding for her thru me for that isn’t it at all. You know how I’m interested in people and ask about their welfare so don’t take exceptions to it. I feel however that I should advise you in this matter and I don’t know if you have written and the letter gone astray but she has written since receiving one from you and I don’t know whether its one of these accidental things that some times happen to test ones fidelity, or whether you are getting tired of her and if it should be the latter this is what I want to say to you my dear Son - Be honorable. No one had the right to encourage confidence and love with the opposite *** and then let them down with a jolt or indifference. Does it sound as if I were accusing you! Not so I am remembering what happened in heart aches to your sisters and to one of mine in this jolting that I have already referred to so again. I admonish you to be very humble and prayerful that the Lord will guide and uphold you in all your walks of life especially in the work in which you are now engaged and I feel that it would be wise if your correspondence with Eve wouldn’t be to rapid in succession as in a measure it detracts from your labor in the ministry. You can be just as devoted and true as the stars above. I’ve just been surprised with a visit from Jack his daddy and Royce have gone to Mt Carmel. Its past 10 A.M. so I must get up, Jack needs his mother by the looks so I’ll give him the once over. His face and hands are so rough they’ll soon be bleeding. Today is stake R.S. teachers convention being held here and Mercy has gone to meeting. The scandal I mentioned in my last letter has terminated in Lorus being brought home. She isn’t wanted in Kanab and isn’t considered a good character here as you already know. The Bahans clothing store and some surrounding buildings were destroyed by fire last Sun without any insurance. Hope all is well with you and that you will always remember the love of Mother P.S. Fathers Day happened on your fathers birthday so Vera Dean took the children and placed bouquets of flowers on his sacred mound. Later Being that it is R.S. stake day, a lot of people came to see me. I feel that I have lots of friends. Uncle Charl is one that came and when he shook hands with me he remarked on how much better I look and said “You’re going to live to see that boy come home” I feel that I will also but a while back I thought I may never see you again in this life. Some Glendale women, sisters Jolly and Maxwell came to see me and told me of Ruth’s intended marriage next week to a Mr Smith of Logan who has been to St George, to school. I think any way he is a nephew to the Mr Smith who is resident of the College in St George. The youngsters at Glendale are giving Ruth a shower. She will be married in the Logan temple The first of your crowd to leave in wed lock. Five marriages took place in Kanab last week, young folks. Guess I’ve told you all I can think of this time. Give my best that’s to your companion Mr Swapp. I feel that I know him thru you and his splendid parents. Good night for tonight with love from Mother ‘This is inclined to be scandalous. Lorus Croft Robinson ran away with Dr Norris’s son Ray the one who has been living with his father quite a lot. The elopement occurred a week ago. It is reported that when Alvin gets his next pay check he will try to locate the pair. Heber City Utah 22 July July 6, 1938 Dearest Son Tone Yes three weeks in quite a while not to hear from you but I didn’t worry because in the mean time one of Dwights wooden shoes came and that answered as indirect hearing. Clara and Ralph brought me here yesterday they stayed down home two days and Ralph built up the trailer and brought it with their things, it was plenty full too with Clara’s bed, bottled fruit and dozens of other things. Will take the trailer home when they take me down, don’t know when that will be - they think I will stay here until time to go to the temple but I don’t know. Its much cooler here than at home and its plenty cool this summer any way; I have never experienced a summer so cool tho I notice it more perhaps on account of not being able to work around. I stood the ride up here fully as well as did the others but of course I’m resting up today and feel quite well considering the trip and a slight cold. The folks here are supposed to be haying but the storm prevents. Clara lives in part of a very large house that was left to Ralphs mother by her mother. It was modern enough in its day but not so much now and is very fine, was built by very wealthy people so you may know there were none better. Claras things are all so nice, her bedroom set and stove are superb also table. She wrote me that she never expected ever to have things so nice. I’m glad for her, she is so happy and Ralph is so fine. He reminds me of you in build and disposition. Can’t get him excited enough for an outward demonstration just like you are and you get that characteristic largely from your Father. I let Eva read your letter and she was glad. She is quite sensible in that she said she knew you had so much concern about your work that you can’t afford to do much letter writing. I won’t write much this time because I have some pictures to send and want to send this time all that I can with letter weight and send the rest later when I write. Haven’t found a name yet for Eastons baby. Lester will be working in Payson very soon. He’ll probably be there today if he didn’t go yesterday. We called at his home yesterday while on our way here but no one was at home. We brought your photo here so that friends who call may see what a fine specimen of humanity you are and being Clara’s brother they will take notice. Wouldn’t I like to come milling around when you start singing a preliminary for street meeting. You’re having real experiences there aren’t you? I can hardly be thankful enough for your opportunities there. I’ve written again to England. They didn’t answer my last letter and she was ill when she wrote last. If she should die before I get some dates of birth etc. I will feel very badly. Keep well and remember how you are prayed for and loved by Mother (How much do you weigh) Heber City Utah July 19, 1938 Dear Son Tone Rena and Ramona came night before last. On account of a bad mud slide in Provo canyon they went on to Salt Lake, Clara and Ralph went up and got them. The neighbors across the street are Ralph’s relatives and very fine people, their two girls are VerNell and Ramonas ages so you can imagine the fun Ramona is having. The girls will go home some time this week. Ramona was delighted with your letter and brought it up for me to read, she said LaVons baby isn’t named yet and that the folks at home are well so far as she knows and seen Nancy on their way up here. It will take several months for Nancy to be her self again. Ralph is still busy in the hay, I like his people very much, he and Clara have a nice place home in which to live. In all probability it will always be theirs, A large two story brick building built by Ralph and grandfather who was very wealthy so there’s no make shift in the building at all. It’s 12:30 now and I’ve been up about 45 min. If I ever enjoyed just lying around with no responsibility its now. No wonder I am improving rapidly in health. I read some and crochet a little and enjoy the radio immensely. The programs come in from K.S.L. nice and clear. I sent more money for you on the 12th. Mr Pearson lives here, just a block away, the one that taught school in Orderville. Haven’t seen him yet but have visited with his wife twice. Maybe Clara told you that Ira Pearson lives here also, maybe I’ll get to see him while I’m here and uncle Charl’s sister Kazia Crook. Haven’t a calender here so am not sure of the date but its tues anyway. Am glad you are so busy, hope you keep on that way, keeping well and have every good blessing you need for your labors there. This is the wish and prayer of a loving Mother. Monday Heber Utah Aug 1st 1938 Dearest Son Tone I was glad for your letter that came sat morning. You seldom mention about your health but I resume you are enjoying good health, hope so at least. I’ve read thru the “Epitomist” you sent Clara and got quite a thrill from its peruser especially where reference is made of you which I found in three places and did we let out a hearty laugh when I read to Clara and Ralph “ask Blackburn if he attributes his success in life to that teacher in the early days.” Brings back old memories doesn’t it? Clara took me to church a week ago, first time I’ve been in four months and did enjoy it. The same sweet spirit prevailed as in our meetings at home and indeed I felt at home. After church a Mrs Witt was brought to the car where Clara and I sat by Ralphs mother Mrs Witt is a sister to Henry Grimshaw from Cedar who recently went on a mission to the Netherlands and I suppose youve met him before this. Well this Mrs Witt - Ruth ,her names is - wished to meet Clara and I because we were Blackburn’s. She felt as tho she knew the family because of her acquaintance with Alice, Charlotte, Nancy, Maggie and she and Easton went on their missions together. We were glad to meet her and she is of a very fine family. I was in Cedar at the time of the mothers death and attended the funeral. Ruth came home for her mothers funeral and then returned to complete her mission which she did and while there met her future companion. She now had four children. I saw the baby in SS yesterday - a little girl with a lot of curls on her head and as beautiful a child as can be found. I enjoyed church again last night. A group of missionaries from Samoa gave the excellent program consisting of an illustrated lecture of the customs and habits and the country of those people, also demonstrated some of their chants as dances in costumes are made from flax etc. It was all very instructive and entertaining. I will get the clothing you want and probably take it in to the mission home. If I don’t go in to Salt Lake again will send it but I would like to spend a day or two with Aunt Delta. Ferron bot a farm close to his fathers I think I told you he is married and Charlotte, the one that married Blake Humphry of Hurricane lives close there too running a gas station. Haven’t had my picture taken yet but will soon as it is convenient for me. I rec’d no birth or death dates in my last letter from England and I can’t imagine why, I’ve asked in the most casual manner. Her health is very poor and she’s recovering from severe illness, I hope she doesn’t die before I get them and I expect it will be your job if we ever get it. Guess there’s no more I could tell you this time except that I am quite well considering and am happy and enjoying myself. Hope you are too. My prayer and blessing goes with love from Mother Heber City Sat Aug 13, 1938 Utah Dearest Son Tone I’m looking for a letter but as its nearly two weeks since I wrote you that I would write any way. Aside from the fact that Rena was married last tues night to Clyde there isn’t much in the way of news to tell you. It won’t help matters any to fret and have remorse because Rena couldn’t or wouldn’t be swayed from marrying Clyde, not even a postponement for a year college training. She even speeded up her marriage from what she said in her letter to me. I received her letter wed of this week, she said she would spend this week end with Charlotte in Cedar as Charlotte was giving her pieces for quilts and would help her with other things then she was going to be married the next day Thursday a letter came from Ramona telling me that Rena and Clyde were married. I was so completely thunder struck and am I glad the letter I had written Rena the day I got hers didn’t get posted with her being married my letter at least would not have helped matters any and I would have put my foot into it. Naturally we all feel very badly that she could not be dissuade from taking the step she has taken but now we must make the best of it. I could go on and on stating my reasons why it should not have happened but it would do no good and I must swallow the desire of exploding and give myself over for better things. Yesterday morning I was writing another letter to Rena and after relating an incident which showed my love, as well as that of her mother for her I said something to the effect that I have always tried to do right and felt that I have no right to sit in judgment for other people nor meddle in their affairs, but there are times when truth must be told and exposed and this was one of the times when so vital an issue was at stake and that I would now assume the privilege and take the opportunity of telling her things straight from the shoulder. Well I will acknowledge the guiding hand of our heavenly Father, my letter suddenly came to a close without railing someone for Clara just then came in with my letter from Ramona saying “Rena was married last night and she and Clyde have gone to spend a week at Fish Lake”. I closed my letter with “all I can say now is God bless you both” and giving my love signed my name. I am sending her the letter. I sleep up stairs and I am writing in bed but its time to be moving. Its noon now and if this letter goes in the mail today I must finish. I think Clara told you the cause of my high blood pressure is toxic goiter and that I’ve been advised to have it removed. Well, I don’t want another operation but I wrote the folks at home to know how they feel about it and I have received a letter from each of the families at home. Ferl said when he read my letter he that the only thing to do was an operation but when Charlotte told him more about it he dosn’t know about it and the others that wrote said if I have to have to be operated on they hope I will be built up first so that I can stand it. So you see it seems that I am left alone to decide. Sun A.M. Didn’t get to finish the letter after all, Aunt Abbie came for a few days visit and will go down home this week while she was in Idaho Leonard and family and Aunt Abbie of course spent three days in Yellowstone Park, she might have gotten some pictures of the Park had she known of your wanting them. Its time to go to SS now. Now that SS is out maybe I can finish and get this posted today. My pen is so miserable its hard to write with it the church house is on the next block but of course we have to walk more than a block to get there and I can’t tell you how thankful I am that I can walk there and back with east. I feel more encouraged as to my health, now then I have for a long time not with standing the fact that I have an enlarged heart and toxic goiter. I am enjoying my self to a great degree especially with the good radio programs and I can keep my hands busy while listening. Its so nice here in this valley with fine people and associations and being with Clara and Ralph, he is so very fine one can’t help loving him especially since he’s so much like you. I hope you rec’d the park pictures I sent maybe your next letter will tell me you have and also how much you weigh. You see I want to know how well you are treated there in the way of food. Guess I’ve written about enough Ralph wants to put in a note, any way Clara is calling ‘Come & eat” in a note, anyway Clara is calling come and eat” Ever so much love from Mother P.S. Am sending money to Salt Lake again today for you Heber City Utah U.S.A. Sat Night Aug 27, 1938 My Dear Son Tone Its stake conference here and Clara has gone to mutual its convention conference. The only meeting for the public is at 10:o clock in the morning. Haven’t felt well today and perhaps I wont be able to go but am hoping I can. Your letter of the 13inst was recd this morning and as always was over joyed to hear from you and learning that you are well except your feet. You must tell me more about them, the nature of the trouble etc. Is it the climate, too much walking or some disease peculiar to that country! The picture you sent is good for so large a group of Elders you look fine. If Elder Swapp is on the picture I am not sure which is he. Im always glad, very pleased, to learn of your doings especially just now to learn of your joyful time in visiting points of interest and being with the Primary and teachers. I have a good imagination of such things. Mr and Mrs Pearson took the parcel I had ready for you to the mission home last week. It seems that the Mission home has changed hands since you were there and doesn’t understand all about sending the parcel to you. Any way it was a girl that told Pearsons that may be able to get the clothing thru to you but not the cake. Of course I know they can from what Elder Swapps parents told me so I want say or do a thing about it unless they write me in regard to it. It’s a graham cake Clara made and should be good if it should be a long time in reaching you. That kind improves with age evidently but I guess there worrying a limit to it after eight months. Did you ever get the cake John and Reyo send? You have never mentioned it. In all probability I will be in Orderville in a week and will stay there until time for the temple to open which will be 12 Sept. I trying , hoping and praying that I will be able to work when it does open. I feel pretty well most of the time but I’m not working excepting a little crochet work and record writing and don’t appreciate to much of that but I am gaining in weight. 165 lbs now. I stayed a little too close with the records for the dead. I think is why I’m ailing now. I finished today all that I can do without the help of trained genealogists and there isn’t many of those to do. I haven’t counted yet tut there must be between 2 and 3 thousand names Clara and I together have put on the Family group sheets and now we have the job of placing them on the temple sheets to be indexed before they are ready for ordinance work. Ken wants me to furnish names for baptisms for his group excursion to temple so I must have them ready. You asked abt the Pedigree chart you have. Yes, that is as far as we were able to go with your fathers ancestors. The way you are related to the relatives in England is that your grandfather - Thomas Andrew Blackburn (I think the middle name Andrew is not inserted in your Pedigree chart) was one of four brothers and the man Wm Thomas Blackburn the one who has always corresponded with us and is dead now - is your fathers own cousin - your 2nd cousin. His wife Sarah is the one who continues the correspondence with us and of course you know her children are 3rd cousins to you. I don’t know which of the four brothers of which you grandfather was one - is the father of Wm Thomas who wrote us all the time. It seems so strange that with all my asking I am unable to get anything I ask for. I believe tho that cousin Sarah wrote the death date of cousin Wm Thos. When she told me of his death and I still have the letter so I can get his work done in the temple with just that much information. How I do hope and pray you will be prepared and inspired to get the information we need. I sometimes feel that I could almost fly there to get it the desire in me is so strong for it. I am expecting to write to one or perhaps two of the church genealogists in Eng. Explaining to them our needs and that when you are released from your mission we expect you to get what they will be able to locate in their research. I think their charge won’t be very much to just locate the genealogy and you do the copying see. Well, my letter is getting lengthy and I haven’t told you that Clara kept charlotte’s children all week while she was in Salt Lake for treatments. The Dr. Is trying to stall a major operation by having Charlotte take treatment every once in a while. She’s thing and doesn’t look too well. Her baby is so sweet and pretty besides being good natured. Albert came this forenoon and went into Salt Lake City for her and said he that he would go home today. The last three days here have been the Wasatch county fair and such a crowd of people 6000 anyway and a large generous barbecue sandwich was served to each one. I never tasted a more delicious sandwich. The exhibits were fine and the stock show. I can truthfully say now that I have seen big pigs. O my! They were enormous. Son, your mother came into prominence here in the fancy work department. I put in six articles and gained five premiums. Three articles took first prize one 2nd price and 3rd prize. How’s that for a not much of account mother! I was told that no one got so many prized as I in the art exhibit. Clara thinks Im quite smart and should feel puffed up. What you say? It must be quite late. I slept 2 hours this P.M. so am not sleepy and have already thanked and asked for more blessings especially for you my beloved son. Im sure you can’t help feeling the love bourn you by Mother P.S. The remembrance of Elder Swapp is indeed appreciated you may return greetings when the opportunity comes, also I send greetings to your present companion Elder Buchanan and I shall call on his parents on my way home if Clara takes me. Sun Noon - I’m feeling improved today and attended a spiritual meeting - think I’ll go to this P.M. also Mother Heber City Utah, Sun 11 sept 1938 Dear Son Tone How glad I am today for your letter of Aug 29. I had the envelope addressed and was just ready to write you when Ralph brought me your letter. It seems there isn’t much to tell you from here especially since the folks at home have forgotten to write me or perhaps they think I will be home soon and no need of writing. I am expecting to go home this week and Clara will take me I think. If she can’t go this week I shall take the bus. We went into Salt Lake yesterday to get more names, but didn’t do much as the place closed at noon. We went to Aunt Delta’s however and had a nice visit. They were planning on sending Vera and Lawrence to the Y this season but now Lawrence is wanted to go on a mission and he says he will go. Its certainly “Fall of the year here now. I have to cover up white writing to keep warm. Its cloudy and not much sunshine today. I got the names from the Index bureau yesterday so they are ready for ordinance work and the children are anxious for their part of the work being baptized. Am sending money for you today and will sent it earlier each month as you suggest. Glad for the pictures you sent, it looks good to me. Don’t know when I can have mine taken. There isn’t a studio here as I thought and maybe I’ll have to wait until I see Adams either in Hurricane or St George. I’m feeling pretty good now excepting for the insolent treatment rec’d yesterday when I called for the temple sheets. Its hard to control my feeling in such un upheaval. One minute I feel like crying and the next like exploding and with it all I try to feel like praying but I’m pretty much disturbed and for the most part at least, am very glad I did not retreat and talk back even tho I feel that such treatment was uncalled for. Perhaps its folly to be telling you my troubles but now I’ve dot it I won’t retract, but go out for a walk and attend church tonight, its about time now and of course I’ll feel better. After all it’s the way we meet our trials that determines whether we get a blessing or a condemnation. I hope that dread disease is checked long before this and that you will be spared from the malady as well as all the other missionaries and saints. Heaven blessing you my dear boy and help you to always do right and try to remember the love of Mother. P.S. Ralph says he will write and sent it with this letter. Orderville Utah Sept 25, 1938 My Dear Son Tone; Haven’t rec’d a letter from you since my last writing at Heber. I’ve been home ten days and think its time I was writing again. Clara is here still and Ralphs job in the mts at home is about finished so he will soon be down for a few days. He wants to get some cedar posts and load the small trailer to take home. Says he’ll take care of the trailer and get it back home sometime. You remember Ferl lost the box from the trailer. Well Ralph made another one and fixed it up in fine shape so Clara things were taken to Heber in it. I found the folks here all well and Easton baby with a name ‘Von Cram” he will be called von C and a fine fellow he is and how the other kiddies have grown this summer is a caution. The inclosed poem I cut from the News Church section, that perhaps you would like it and would also like to read the article by the Presiding Bishop. School is going full force now with about four new teachers. Here’s Aunt Maggie now so will rest. Mon - noon. Didn’t get to write any more yesterday too much company and kiddies wore me out. Went to church last night any way, it was Genealogical night and a splendid program was given. Mercy gave a splendid talk giving incidents of how genealogy was sought and found. Not half enough people attend church , more goes to SS tho and that is encouraging. Was especially pleased to see the Croft boys there again. That is Alfred, John and Leo. Will be glad to see their father come again too and I think he will. It seems rather strange to me that when a Latter Day Saint has his feelings hurt and some times very badly that he seems to get comfort in absenting himself from church and refuse the performance of church duties. While on the other hand the performance of ones duties often remedies the evil very quickly. It seems that the greatest event of the season is in garnering the huge supply of fruits and vegetables. Especially are the various communities of the church busy with the Church Welfare Program canning at present here tomatoes and corn. I’ve been told how many thousand cases Kanab stake is apportioned for their part but have forgotten any way some of the wards have gone a long way above their apportionment which is gratifying and shows the real spirit of cooperation. We are continually reminded that the Church Welfare Program is here to stay and it makes me feel, for one, that our leaders are certainly inspired of the Lord. Just had dinner and plenty of it, especially green corn. Ferl raised an acres of sweet corn for the church Welfare and its just ready now, He will bring down a load of it this evening for canning tomorrow. He is working very hard and long, says he hates to spare the necessary time to bring down the corn for canning. Ferl is cutting the corn in dry wash, says the fowder isn’t much but it eared splendidly so thers lots of good corn. Its after sun down now and letter now finished. Bessie came over and spent about three hours with me visiting, I asked her for town news but she evidently knew nor more that I did. Upon arriving home was surprised and pleased to learn that Grant and Lacila were married also that Cleone married Allen Judd of Fredonia and that Lorus Croft and her man had made up. I told you of Laurie Meeks marriage and now she is here with prospect of an increase. Vilate is here also and has two fine little boys. Elbert was at SS yesterday, came out for week end from school at St George. He made a very beautiful paining of the original Order plot of the town and added the hills etc. The picture is very large and at Heaton Garage. I met Kenneth the other day and we talked a little he laughingly said, Yes, its true we’ve been drinking a little” meaning himself Reyo and John” but I won’t do it any more” Reyo came to church last night, looked around then went off. Malcolm had Alta to church. Clinton and Rua are -what shall I say? Oh, they just sit together in SS and meetings and I don’t know where else. O yes, and Eva ran to catch me after SS last week. She looks fine now and says well come to church last night with Loraine. Three Alton girls are living in Eastons garage and attending school. Last thu Clara took me to Fredonia to have my teeth repaired, cavities filled, picked up Aunt charlotte on the way. The dentist was away for the day so we visited around with the people who were so friendly to us during Charles illness - had dinner with Dan Judd - melons at Eli Judds ice cream at Brooksbys. They all asked about you. Then we went to Kanab and stayed until 7 A. M next day went back to Fredonia and got my dental work done and brought Albin Brooksbys mother home with us. She had been invited to Uncle Henry and Aunt Kezias 60th married anniversary and was glad to come with us. The boys who have recently been asked to go on missions are Von Hoyt, Burke Sorensen and Alfred Crofts. Here’s hoping they can and will go. I mustn’t forget to tell you that Pres Heaton and Rust called on me yesterday and inquired about you, Union meeting was held here yesterday. At last I’ve reached the conclusion of this letter if I haven’t said much but here lots and lots of love and blessings from. Mother Sun Oct 2 , 1938 My Dear Son Tone Inquiry was made with the International Exchange Agency in S.L.C. regarding the money I sent for you and yesterday I rec’d reply stating that the $36 remittance was mailed for their office Aug 16, 1938 and as no other complaints from other who were sent money at the same time they feel sure that you have rec’d your by now. I certainly hope you had rec’d it and that it is not lost, also that you will receive in due time the $5.00 currency I asked Easton to send you. I will send another check in the full amt of $35.00 in the next day or two so that in case the other is lost for good, you won’t be too badly inconvenienced and you must let me know about it and you do get it as you should I will deduct the amt’ Easton sent as well as what I shall inclose in this letter. I’m not worrying much about your embarrassment as you call it - because I feel sure the other Elders or some one will help you out as long as needful, just so you would help them out under like conditions. A am real anxious about it however and hope it will not happen again. Think I don’t need to mention how your letter was appreciated for you know I appreciate them all. Its interesting to note that Mormons are still evilly spoken of especially Brigham Young with attractive young wives however its gratifying to know that we are continually gaining favor with the people of the world. When I mentioned in my last letter those who have been asked from here to go on missions I think I failed to mention that Reyo or Reo - I forget the right spelling is also one of them. I attended SS and sacrament last meeting today. A good number of young folks especially boys were at SS but not so many at church nor many of the parents either. Clara hasn’t heard from Ralph yet so he is still in the Mts and Clara said today “maybe snowed in”. As it was snowing there when she last heard from him. I think I will not go to St George until Ralph comes as I don’t like to go and leave Clara here. It may be a long time before I can see her again. Ferl and VeraDeane are leaving for Nephi tomorrow night stay there 2 or 3 days she said Ferl will take a load of posts and buy a cream separator and bring home his winter flour. Ferl and wife have been called to work on the Stake Genealogical Committee. The Church History Dept in SS had a temple excursion for baptisms for the dead yesterday. Twenty nine children went and were baptized including Royce, Ken and Ramona. I furnished 200 names for baptisms. They had a good trip tho it rained all the way down and back. Since writing last to you I’ve learned of Edsworth Camberlains illness an operation on his back for some abnormal growth. It seems that he left the hospital apparently alright then had to go back and when I asked his daddy about it today he said Elsworth had been called to headquarters for a complete examination to determine the real trouble and are looking daily for a letter with information of his condition. Billy is well and fine his father told me and I am always glad to tell inquires that you are too. Ramona and Dwight both showed me their wooden shoe today and strutted around in them and feel that they almost hold the world by the tail. The school is planning a character ball and Ramona says she will be a Hollander. I am pleased to acquaint you with the fact that in your report sent me by the Mission President, he has in his remarks this to say “a very fine missionary. We enjoy having him here”. I feel so proud that you exemplify such splendid reports. I knew you would tho. Leora Crofts was given a shower last night as she is to be married very soon to a man from Wy. Whom she met some 3 or 4 years ago while there. I’m not vouching for the truth of all - abt the man - but miss Crosby told me today, any way she said in Fri assembly at school, all were invited to the shower. I saw Clyde and Rena today. Grandma Hodge moved out in the grainery and let them have her house she has given it to Clyde. Generous isn’t she? I suppose you will receive “The News Review” for while on your mission. It’s a new county paper being published in Kanab and in the sample copy sen me I read that the paper would be sent free to any L.D.S. missionary from Kanab Stake so I sent in your name and address. The Garkane power projects has been approved and money appropriated - I forget the amount but in the neighborhood of 170 thousand dollars - and its expected that work will commence in a month or so. The name Garkane came from Garfield and Kane Co, going in together for power and lights the Diesel system. Good night. Clara has retired and I will too and finished letter. Tue night Oct 4. Will try to get currency tomorrow and send with this letter. I helped can corn yesterday for church Welfare . Overdid myself and I guess and haven’t been well today - better tonight tho Ralphs job continues 2 weeks yet and Clara will go to St George with me and work in temple. Alfred Crofts and Reo expects to leave for a mission in a month. Their grandma Hoyt told me. Elsworths physical examination disclosed a weak heart malaria fever and low blood pressure. Esther Lamb and Blanch Bowers each have a new son. A prayer and lots of love from Mother. From check I sent in to Salt Lake. Clara and I just had supper to Mercy’s. Easton came in and said he will help Henry Carroll a few days with sheep. We’re looking for Ferl tomorrow. Love from Mother P.S. Am sending check to Salt Lake city tonight for you. Wed Oct 5 Tone I am inclosing two $1 bills. I keep record of all I send you and the date of sending you must let me know if you get the currency and if it isn’t to much trouble the date of my letter continuing it any way you can state the amt rec’d. In that way I’ll know if its safe to send currency and if it is I may as well send one or two dollars when ever I write and deduct the amt’. St George Oct 13, 1938 Dearest son Tone, Excuse the pencil- the pen is on the bum again. Have been in hopes I’d get a letter before writing you again but none came as yet and I’ll write any way. My last writing went out in the A.M. and your letter came in the evening, maybe it will be that way this time. Any way I’m anxious to know if you rec’d the lost money yet. Will inclose another $5.00 bill this time just in case you didn’t get it. Clara brot me down five days ago (sat in the rain) and we went thru the temple once a day this week until today. I went thru twice because I felt better today than I have for a while, then Ralph came in on the bus this early morning so Clara stayed with him instead, until this evening and they both have gone to the temple. Evening temple sessions are held each thu and Fri besides the two held 5 days each week and people are responding to the work in a splendid manner. The temple is so fine since being remodeled and in some respects - especially one - I like it a great deal better than either the Manti or Salt Lake temples. It certainly has taken on a new atmosphere, it seems to me and the change made in the way its run is an improvement. Clara and I visited with Sister Anderson she said Fay rec’d word from you but that you failed to give your address so I let her have it. Fay works in hotel El Escalante in Cedar and Herold is working on a thrasher, their dad is working near the Boulder Dam building. Haven’t seen any of our students here yet excepting Janie hardy and Amanda Palmer of Alton. The old Dr McGregor was buried here today. The weather is so fine and garden still growing. I am so pleased the way things have grown here, grape vines and shade trees besides garden stuff. Perhaps you’ll remember I bot 2 nut trees from Hurricane man a year last spring and neither show any signs of lift but now one of them shot up just recently and looks so fine and healthy. President Grant said in the last conference one thing I always to remember “Don’t do any thing that you can’t go down on your knees and ask God to help you.” I’m passing it on to you. We’re all broke up over the discovery that dear Rena is about to become a mother. I can hardly stand it for Mercy’s sake besides Rena’s. Tone I’m telling you that any child who will not heed their parents warnings and advise and persistently disobey will rue sorrow and sin, not only for them selves , others suffer also. We must do all we can to help her to. I pray Gods blessings upon you with love from Mother St George Utah Monday Oct 23, 1938 My dear Son Tone, A thankful mother you have today in that I received your letter of the 5th inst and to learn that you are alright and received the lost money. Three weeks was quite a waiting spell, wondering all the time if you had money and not know what to do until I could hear from you. I feel sorry for those who do not seek the Lord in all things. He knew where the money was and I asked him to send it to you. He has and I give thanks. Received a letter this morning also from England. Cousin Sarah the one who always writes mentioned the fact that she had written you but that you had not answered. Can’t you snitch a little time to at least send acknowledgment. The tone of her letter was expectancy. In all my writings to England and asking for information this letter just rec’d is the first to contain any. At last she gave her childrens name including the two sons who’s lives were sacrificed in the world war, tho not the ages of the last two. She didn’t give the exact age date, just uses the word about, 40 years etc. Says she is 69 year. I’m glad for that much . None of her children have married. She wishes they were. As usual she asked about Toney her pet name for you. She isn’t well and her daughter Doris ages about 33 takes care of and does the work for three. I think the others remain away working and she tells what they are doing. She expressed her thankfulness that the war clouds have rolled away and feels that she had given her share in sons lives with war. You have received my letter before now telling of Dwight, Ramona and wooden shoes. Seems that I forget many things. I should tell you. You forget some things also we we’re on a level. I surely want to know if you received the currency I’ve sent and if you get it alright. I’ll continue sending some occasionally as I can then if there should be a recurrence of delayed money you would have a little. Aunt Abbie wants to send you a dollar with this letter and please don’t forget to acknowledge it when you write. I read your letters to her as always she is interested in you and all of us. She went to the temple this morning and its noon now and she will be coming soon. I didn’t go because I have a cold not bad but I want to get rid of it very soon. Clara and Ralph went ten days ago and I have received no word from them, neither have I received word from home except that in forwarding your letter Ferl wrote on the back “your bank book came here.” I was glad to learn that much tho I had written the bank that I had not rec’d it. Aunt Abbie is here now and will soon have Venison and gravy with baked potatoes for dinner. Can’t remember if you met here, the old gentleman we call Grandpa smith. He sought me out in the temple and said if I were willing he would like to claim relationship. He married a widow who is the grandmother of charlotte Blakes husband who by name if Blake Humphry. The grandmother is dead died about a year ago and the old gentleman still works in the temple and is so very fine up in the 80's in age. He is working on our names now as he has none yet but is expecting some any time. I’m so grateful for his help and perhaps I can exchange work with him. Its getting the mens work done in the temple that is the problem. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy temple work, this temple in St George is 2nd to none in being modern and convenience the only one that can boast of an elevator electric. Just press a button and it takes you where you want to go, so you see Its east on me that I do not have to climb a flight of stairs and I’ve been going thru the temple twice a day. Three sessions are held on each Wed and Thu but I do not do the night sessions. I’m so very grateful that I can go as much as I do. I think you know of the change in the temple presidency which change appears to be the right things. Haven’t seen any of the Orderville students yet who are attending college excepting Janie hardy. She goes by the name of Juanita here. It’s the Spanish name for Jane. She lives with her grandmother Hardy who is here working in the temple. With great interest I have been looking over your four mission report sent me by Pres Murdock, his remarks which I shall write pleases me a very great deal. “A willing hard working missionary. He is making good progress” I’ve always had confidence in you and such reports increases and confirms my confidence. Bro A R Meeks has expressed to me more than once the idea that in all probability you will ascent to great heights in the church and of course you know as well as I that any one can climb to great heights if we have the will to do so. Bro Meeks has been impressed with your straight forwardness lives a clean wholesome life in the midst of many who were firm or had formed bad habits. I mention these things sometimes with the idea of encouragement, to go on in well doing and not that you should feel arrogant or high minded out of the true sin. So public speaking is a problem, evidently. Tho you may not have the gift as you feel it can be cultivated to a great extent added upon in other words and remember this one thing, your father was not an orator but he could with plainness explain the gospel principles and was a real teacher so take heart. Mr Daniels who is sister Cannons son in law just brot us a peck of sweet potatoes. Nelsons brot the venison and Bakers brot tomatoes. That’s the caliber of our neighbors. I’m appreciative to say the least. Delaun Heaton is in Australis and married again. Aunt Charlotte said that he does not provide for his four little children and the mother gallivants all over the country with things that have the form of men. Aunt Charlotte is heart broken. I love and pray for you always. Mother St George Utah Tues Nov 8, 1938 My Very Dear Son tone It must be the way the boat sail that I got your two last letters almost together just one day between. I’ve sent them out home to be read and asked that they be returned. Yes, I’ll send pop corn. I’ve written to Alice as they raise a lot of it, usually any way I can get it here if Alice hasn’t any and I won’t be long sending it I think. You haven’t mentioned getting the clothing and cake yet. You must tell me. I’ve been anxious about the cake for feat it might be moldy. Clara made her one like it at the same time and it had started to mold around the raisins when we ate it. They never have before as I remember and it will be rather disappointing if yours is a failure won’t it. The razor blades seem a little heavy for a letter so I’ll inclose only two this time and more will follow later. Have a letter from Clara and one from Easton and John Barrie. They are fine. J.B said he wished I could see von as he can talk and laugh so cute “We love him more every day” he said. Easton said the Elders are having a temple excursion on the 18th and he will be here then. He is Pres. Of the quorum. Not many people attended the temple sessions today on account of voting I think. People get so excited about who is the right one to vote for. I didn’t write in for a ticket so I don’t get to cast my vote this time. Aunt Abbie has gone to the show tonight so I’m alone. Its getting quite cool with fire gone down and I’ll soon need to go to bed to get warm while I read. Your grandfather Delaun Cox was conceited too when he led the singing and had choir practice. I see him in you. He had the tunning fork to give the right pitch and beat time with. You’ll do alright as a leader, Its inheritance don’t you know! Ferl is coming out of it with being S.S. chorister. He and Vera Dean practices like no bodies business and get quite a thrill out of it. This evening I gathered roots of some very beautiful chrysanthemums to send home for Ferl to plant along by the fence at lower end of the lawn where we had them before. The Land scaper said I couldn’t improve on that. I hope I live to see that place made beautiful again. I have had such great joy and pride in its beauty and live over again - pleasant memories. I almost forgot to say that Alfred and Reo will come with the Elders and go thru the temple so I will get to see them perhaps before they leave for their mission. Reo to the North Central states I believe and Alfred to Texas. They leave for S.L.C. on the 28th. Von Hoyt will go a little later. Elsworths health is better I’m told but malaria hangs on so long as he may not be well for a year or two or even longer, that is he won’t be very strong. Think I’ll close now and get warm in bed. Sleep and dream of you leading the singing. Lots of love from Mother John Barrie sent me lots of oxoxox I pass them on to you St George Utah Nov 20, 1938 My Dear Son Tone Seems like time slips by so quickly that I haven’t realized its ten days since I wrote you a letter and during that time Have rec’d none from you either. I trust however that you are well fine and dandy. I am pretty well for me tho I think I am a little to easily upset. As mentioned in my previous letter I was expecting Easton with his quorum of elders on a temple excursion, well they cam alright on Fri 18 and I enjoyed them very much but I didn’t feel like going thru the temple in the afternoon so I came home and visited with LaVon and the baby ‘Von Cram” LaVon went to the temple in the morning and on acct’ of the baby of course she couldn’t go in the afternoon. She and Easton acted as witnesses thru the session which is an honor and besides that Easton talked in the morning meeting. A meeting is held every morning before the temple session here but not in the S.L. temple. Easton gave a very wonderful talk. How proud of him I am. The congratulations I received on having such a fine son was over whelming almost. Pres Snow also called Alfred, Reo and Carl Johnson to the stand and asked them to bear their testimony which the did and did well. Pres Snow said he didn’t expect them to say much until they returned in two years. Others that came on the excursion were Grandon and wife, Dot came to tend the baby for them). Omner and Donna came and got married right. Thomas and Ann were here also and Mac Burk and Alfreds mother Merrill Clark then the ones that came the day before thu of the High Priests excursion were Bp Carrol (Legrand and Arvilla) and wife, and Vine Heaton, and Bro Jorgensen from home and quite a number from Kanab. It seems good to see the home folks and feel of their spirits in the temple. Alice hasn’t answered abt the pop corn so I’ll get some here maybe tomorrow and get it off to you. Do you know corn pops best if dampened slightly and put it out to freeze. Keeping it cold is a good thing for popping. Tell me if you got the razor blades alright. I’ll put two in this letter. Ferl is on the juror at home and he might come down this week to bring fuel. Aunt Abbie went to church. I should have gone and intended doing so but didn’t make it. Guess I’ve run out of news to tell you so will listen in on the radio and close with telling you again that no one loves and prays for you as Mother St George Utah December 4, 1938 My Dear Son Tone It appears to be a fixed habit with me to remain home during church services. Yesterday for the first time I walked to town and did a little shopping and walked back again besides going to the temple in the afternoon and from there one block farther to get Nancy to go to the evening temple session so today feel almost as if I had gone a few rounds in the fighting ring and resting up. Its Stake conference today and I should like to have gone to the meetings. Lyle has a two weeks job down here and brot Nancy, Verona and Jack and are living two blocks from here in the rented house his mother will occupy soon when she comes to work in the temple. Royce is living with Easton and goes on the bus to school at Glendale. A terrible accident occurred in Salt Lake when a school bus was hit by a train of which I am inclosing a paper clipping that you can read for your self. There is considerable more printed in regard to it as well as radio announcements but this article tho brief is to the point. I will mention tho that some of the buddies were so torn to pieces as not to be recognized. Funerals are being held today and tomorrow for the victims a very sad affair to say the least. I finally succeeded in getting the parcel off to you yesterday containing pop corn - furnished by Alice and cookies and candy. I sent it to the mission home to S.L.C. and it weighs 14 lbs. I labeled it “Christmas Cake” plus corn and candy. Aunt Abbie bot the lump candy to help fill in. I made the camels and had good luck with most of it and learned that canned milk isn’t very good for making that kind of candy. You may judge for yourself how good it is including the cookies. If you can feel all the love I put into it, it will be very very good and I hope you will get it very soon, at least during this Christmas month. Aunt Abbie bot six packages of razor blades and a dark tie, besides the candy, for your Christmas. I will send the blades in letters - two, this time in the box they come in so you will have a place to keep them convenient. They are to heavy to send a full box in a letter. I think the tie will go in a letter but first that I would see or learn how your ties are holding out and if you want it sent or shall I put it away for your return. The ties has about ½ in size squares of red in it and is very pretty and because you were advised to get black ties I wondered about sending this. Which ever way it is you can thank Aunt Abbie for her kindness and loyalty. Lyle and Nancy just called to take me to meeting which is very kind but I wasn’t ready. Your letter of Nov 14 came a few days ago and I am impressed with the idea of your being very busy and especially of your thoroughness and the many intricate details connected with the work. I’ve done enough public work to know a little about it. Elsworth is having rather a hard time not being so well again. In all probability he will be either transferred to a better climate or released to come home so his father told sister Hoyt who told me and his name has been put in the temple on the prayer roll. Ferl and Vera Dean came down Wed with a load of coal and wood, we had borrowed two scuttles of coal so glad for more. Many people are sick with colds and cough. Ferl not excepted, said he feels alright now but I saw the effects of it. I may as well tell you that what I have for your Christmas is the ‘table runner’ made of lines with tied fringe on each end. This is the concluding one. You are the last of all the children, including Alice and Tommy to get one, they are made of good material and with care should last almost a life time. I finished yours since coming here and when I go home will store it with your valuables. The old car junk et ha ha. I’ve run out of something to say so will remind you again of the prayers and love from Mother P.S. Charlotte and family came this P.M. and visited 2 or 3 hours before returning home. Today is Charles’s anniversary would have been 33 years had he lived. (Charles Henry Blackburn’s birth was 4 Dec 1905.) St George, Utah 1938 Dec 6 Dear Son Tone I’m starting a letter to finish later. Rec’d word today from Aunt Delta that Laurence leaves S.L.C. Jan 12 for the Netherlands to fill a mission so in all probability you will get to see him. (Elder Swapps parents and sister was at the temple this forenoon. His sister is home from her mission for an appendix operation which will be performed tomorrow when she is well again she expects to return and finish her mission. A special prayer was offered in her behalf at the temple. She gave a splendid talk there also and is a very fine looking girl and small in size not tall like her brother in Holland. 8 Dec - There’s quite a large group of men from Kanab Stake here working on the Stake temple house. Two men have been called from each ward in the stake to work out an allotment on the building. Malcolm Porter and Bro Jorgensen are the ones called from Orderville. I saw them yesterday. The building is being erected south of the temple. The parowan Stake have theirs near completion. None of the other Stakes in this temple district seem to have started on theirs. Uncle Charl and Aunt Maggie stayed with us last night, they each went thru the temple once and this P.M. are attending the Regional Church Welfare meeting. June Heatons daughter has returned from her mission and gave a splendid talk in the temple today. People here get Aunt Abbie and I mixed up they say we look just alike so two or three different times I was asked if the returned missionary was my daughter. Its sundown now and I must go to stay with the children so Nancy and Lyle can go to the evening temple session. Dec 14 I didn’t realize time is going so fast. I’ve been crocheting for Christmas which keeps me busy. I’m sending a dollar bill for you to blow in) for your Christmas - chewing gum all day suckers or what not. It will be tardy but no matter now that it can’t be helped. Nancy is here yet and is coming down with a cold. Jack has one with croup. I haven’t been so well for three years, the Lord is good to me and I am enjoying my self very much. I know you are too and I am very thankful. I am almost see you having “choir practice” which reminds me of old times when my Dad was chorister. I want you to have the best Christmas every and be Oh! So happy. I’ve done up a little parcel for Eva (stationary). The temple is beautifully decorated with Christmas attire and out side on top of the spire is a large star lit up with light globes. It is very beautiful and can be seen for miles around. Just rec’d word this evening that Rouse Bowers died today. Have a letter tonight from Clara and Ralph, they are well and asked about you. I guess you did the razor blades and do I send them fast enough? I must get to work. Will close for this time with Christmas wishes and lots of love from Mother. St George Utah Wed Dec 28, 1938 My Dear Son Tone; Its time I was in bed being 10 P.M. but thot I would write just a little tonight and tell you that I went to the temple this morning and soon as the session was over someone said “There’s someone to see you at the door and there was Easton. He brot us a load of wood. & quarts of milk, a roll of butter and two out of his three boys. Did we have a swell time tho and they went back home this evening. It would be dark before they could get home. I get so lonesome some times for my family and it does me so much good to see some of them. John Barrie and Dwight were chuck full of news as you can imagine, mostly about Von Cram. They brot a picture of him for me to see and then took it back. Easton said the Elders Quorum was sending you a little Christmas money but it is late and he allowed you could use it any way. It isn’t sent yet. LaVell and Lavoy came down last night and visited with us for a while. They had a good chance to come down and I think there are girls back of it. LaVell said he would bring his Mother and Ramona down during the holidays before he goes back to school at the Y. He and Lavoy both finish up school this school year. I guess you know Willard Esplin got married and is at Logan to school. That’s where his wife is from. Maybe I told you but don’t remember of it. I think I told you of the death of Rouse Bowers and Warren Olsen and now Easton says Dave Harris died at the sheep herd. I’ll send a little currency along with this letter. Aunt Abbie wants to give you another dollar. You haven’t told me if you get the razor blades I send. I’ll sen more this time. There’s an Elder Williams here just returned from the Eastern States mission. I heard him speak in SS and sacrament meeting on Christmas day and again this morning in the temple. He also sang a song and is a good singer. He’s tall as you are and light complexioned and good looking not surpassing you however. I am acquainted with his mother and they are very fine people and converts of twelve years from Kentucky and seem to appreciate so much the gospel. I think why I’m telling you this is that it made me rather home sick for my missionary boy. I took with me my little Dutch boy to the temple and showed it to my friends - some of them at least and have taken it around here to some of my neighbors and of course it brot forth compliments. Its surely a good picture of you and I have it standing here on the desk. Every time I look at it I know I look good natured because I am so pleased you sent two pictures, did you intend one for Aunt Abbie. You didn’t mention it. I’ve been writing 40 min. So good night Love from Mother Dec 29 Don’t know that I’ve thot of anything more to tell you except that a very serious accident happened yesterday to some Santa Barbara people who were coming here to the temple. There were at least 14 young children who were coming for baptisms, and 3 were killed outright and 4 others seriously injured an adult being one of the injured. Part of the group came on anyway and we had splendid services this morning, singing, praying and speaking. One of the speakers from Cal. Impressed me greatly, he is a convert and elderly. His appreciation for the gospel, any one of us might with profit pattern after. St George Utah U.S.A. Wed Jan 11, 1939 My Dear Son Tone The last letter rec’d from you was written Dec 4. It really is a long time and if its true that no news is good news you’re alright any way I can imagine how busy you are and with time passing rapidly one can’t always get done what he would like to. Its two weeks tomorrow since I sent you a letter and I kept thinking there would be one from you tomorrow so I have waited. A $35.00 check went out this morning to Salt Lake for you. I didn’t deduct the amt’ I’ve sent in currency. I can do that another time unless you need it. I suppose you’ll be wanted there mor than two years on account of learning a new language and I think we will have sufficient money for it. I’m so thankful to spend it in Gods service and that you have the faith and courage to do your part. I rec’d four letters from home yesterday, they were well excepting that Von Cram has a cold. Ferl was working in the timber to get shingles for the stake house down here. Lester has been plastering Irvins house and the others were busy with what ever comes along. Oh yes Lester is building cabinet work in his kitchen, they have named the baby Helen - a very pretty name I think. Doyle Heaton was operated on Sun for appendicitis and gangrene had set in. There’s danger of its going hard with him. I put his name in the temple yesterday to be prayed for. His wife Noreen isn’t well either and something seems wrong with Nancy so Alice is having rather a discouraging time. Laurence Blake is to leave Salt Lake tomorrow on his way to Holland so you’ll be seeing him maybe as soon as you get this letter. I hope he takes the parcel to you, pop corn etc. I asked them to send it with him. I was surprised this morning to see Eva and her father at the temple. Eva went thru the twice and said she enjoyed it very much. She will spend the evening with Gwene and other and her father will go thru the evening session then return home. I hope you are getting the razor blades I send each time. You either don’t get them or forget to tell me about it. If you would put the date of my letter in your day book when you received the currency I sent and then tell me I would know if you get it OK but maybe it is too much trouble. If it is don’t bother about it. You have enough to do with out that. I will inclose a dollar bill in this letter also razor blades. I’ve developed a sort of head ache tonight so I’ve scribbled this off according. Good night. P pray for the Lord to continually watch over and protect you and help you to do your work to be accepted of Hi. Lots of love from Mother P.S. I rec’d a letter yesterday from cousin Sarah in England and got a tiny more information - records - said she was writing you St George Utah U.S.A Jan 25, 1939 Dear Son Tone The last letter I wrote you went out in the morning and yours came that night. I was so glad to get it also the one I rec’d a few days ago which was written on the 9th inst. You never mention your health so I take it for granted that you are well. Anyway That’s what I tell people who inquire about you and they are many. Alfred and Reyo write to their grandmother and she keeps me posted about them. They’ve felt a little discouraged for a while but I guess that is quite common for the first few weeks. They are well however and are feeling fine now. Elsworth has greatly improved in health since he was transferred to another locality. This week I’ve had a letter from some of the grand kiddies and tonight one from Rena and LaVon. They are all well now and said Ferl expects to come down this week end and bring supplies -fuel. The magazine you mentioned came tonight. Bro Asa Judd is here now I’ll let him read it then he can tell me of its contents. He’s filled tow missions in Holland and told us Sun night something of the language, sound of the letters etc. He came over to hear the church program on the Radio but it was postponed one week so we just visited. If you’ve read the Nov Era you probably know of the Micro film and the use of the Church is making of it a real God send. Well, the inventor of that machine is a German named Kohlor who joined the church in 1918 and came to Utah 3 or 4 years ago. He is here now working in the temple and photographing all the records. The church is asking for donations, at least $10.00 from each ward and for all who can to become wither annual or life members to the genealogical society of Utah so that four men can be kept in Europe at work photographing genealogical records before war breaks out which when it does come will bomb and destroy valuable records. Some countries have already given consent to have their records microfilmed. It can be done with great rapidity and the contents of a large book when filmed can be place in a vest pocket. These records will be placed in a bomb proof vault 3 or 4 stories down in the earth for safe keeping and at the disposal of our needs and quite inexpensive. In all probability That’s the way we’ll get the records we are so anxious about and your work in England will be comprised chiefly of the living relatives and their immediate ancestors. Any way I feel sure we’ll get it. It’s the promise of the Lord that if we seek in humility and prayer and effort we will succeed. I am so thankful for my abiding faith and my testimony is strengthened day by day as I see in a small way perhaps the workings of this church led by our Heavenly Father. Will you explain further about the “white card” system of contacting people that you mentioned. I can’t give you Maggie’s address until I hear from her again as she expected to move on the 20th inst. She was at Colesville California last. Perhaps I should write a card as I might get an answer. At last I got my picture taken and will inclose one, also the tie and some blades for razor. I didn’t want to send a folder but the picture seems to be posted on so I’ll send it as it is and if its to bungly maybe you can cut it off. Glory me its 20 min to midnight so good night. With much love from Mother Feb 3 1939 ? Dear Son Tone Just rec’d a letter from Maggie and Lorna, also a birthday card. They were in Los Angeles and packing up to move or rather they had packed up and were in Los Angeles when they wrote and ready to move on. She will send their new address when located then I will tell her about the picture you send. I was glad for your letter rec’d a few days ago but you already know I’m always glad for your letter. I figure you have seen Laurence by now and I certainly hope you have the parcel, corn etc. Not that it amts to much but I think you will enjoy something from home. The Valley High played ball here Fri night and got beat. The won the game at Enterprise however sat night so didn’t feel too badly about their trip. Quite a bunch of home folks came for the game including Hans and Thomas who called to see me. VerNell came also and stayed until sun A.M. then went home with Quinn and others. They certainly had a good time. Quinn is so fine and handsome second to none. Ferl got his eye hurt and got infected is why he didn’t come down last week end but he will come this week, or expects to as his eye was getting better, Hans said. Von Hoyt came to see me yesterday. We had a nice visit that lasted about 2 hours. He is to leave for Salt Lake in two weeks he said and is called to the north western states mission. Von is a dandy fellow and will make a good missionary I’m sure, he told me about his grand mother being confined to her bed with a lame hip. Dr says it neuralgia and she must keep off her feet, I had missed her for two days at the temple and didn’t know she was will. I believe I told you that smith Cram married Reva Olsen. I learned afterwards that they were not.. But they are now. Her Father died recently as I think I told you. I hope you get the tie, photo and razor blades I sent last week. The letter was returned to me for more postage and it looked as if the paper clips were damaging the letter. I’m anxious about whether you get it alright. Feb 3 - My 64 birthday. I started this letter almost a week ago. It seems like time almost flies. Didn’t think I would be so long but I’ve been busy trying to get my temple dress finished so I can wear it and I don’t get much time when I spend the greater part of the day in the temple. I rec’d two birthday parcels today one from Clara containing candy, a jar of delicious pickles and one of black English Currant preserves. Then the other parcel was a beautiful bed spread ‘Candle wick’ from all the children. I guess - no word came with it as to who all had a hand in. I rec’d a letter yesterday from the Mission Home in S.L.C. stating that the Elders wouldn’t take the parcel because it was can so I sent postage for it to be sent to Clara and I have asked her to mail you part of the pop corn and a few pieces of the candy. I made so you’ll have a taste anyway. Ferl wrote me that he will not be down this week end either. His eye is not well enough to drive the car, thinks he can come next week. The folks are well and having lots of storm. 18 in of snow yesterday morning and still falling, the storm has reached here also and its snow and cold. Yesterday 16 below. That’s plenty cold for St George. I almost forget to tell you that Aunt Abbie gave me a very nice birthday present material for a nice dress, its beautiful and the clerk who is a dear friends gave me the pattern to make it by. I’ve made lots of friends here of the finest sort. What would you think if I told of a very fine elderly gentlemen playing up to your mother and who is looking for a wife because he lost his? Well you can spare yourself any worry on that score because she’s not in the market now or never. I appreciate fine friends however and friends it must be. It 10:30 now but I’ll finish writing any way as I can sleep late in the morning. There’s no temple session on Sat until 3 P.M. and at & oclock. The Parawon Stake if furnishing evergreen trees from the Mts which are being planted now on the temple grounds and are very grand looking. Its so nice all around the temple the new lawn is so beautiful. Maybe I haven’t told you of the Bureau of Information being built on the east side of the temple and is in operation now. John T Woodberry is at the heart of it and a very capable man has taught in the college here since its inspection and high school before that besides serving five star in Turke as a missionary. He quite school teaching for the present job and gave me some articles of faith to send you that you would enjoy the picture of our home temple. I’ll send them along with some scenic cards I purchased for you. I think they are different the ones I have already sent. You haven’t mentioned even once is you get the razor blades and if I send them fast enough. Hope you tell if you get it. There’s many inspiring events taking place at the temple I might tell you about but similar events are taking place with and about you I presume so at present I shall not attempt telling you of them and will close imploring Gods blessings to always be with you and ask that you try to remember the love of a fond Mother St George Utah Tues Valentine Day 1939 14th Dear Son Tone Your letters of Jan 21 and 29 are at hand. I’m glad for the contents tho meager. Especially am I glad that Lawrence arrived there safely, you might have him for a companion who knows. I have been told that the Catholic Church has very peculiar practices but I never dreamed of them waving the evil spirits away with a torch. It’s next to impossible to get hold of one of their prayer books. Thomas Esplin was successful in getting hold of one while on his mission which he told of and since hearing of it I’ve been rather curious to see one my self. They seem ridiculous to me but I guess some of our practices seem ridiculous to other not of us too so we’re even perhaps in that regard. Say ! Do you realize that you never mention if you are in good health or otherwise? I only take it for granted that you keep well, That’s what I tell people who inquire about you. Last Fri, Ferl and VeraDean came and brot a load of coal and returned same day. Val Chamberlain came and returned with them. He and Elbert came and had dinner with us, or rather just after we had eaten. Folks from home always look good to me. Fri night was Von Hoyts farewell party. Gwenn Heaton is the only one I know of who went from here to the party of our people, he reported a good time. Clara’s letter came yesterday with yours, she had received the parcel I sent to the mission home in S.L.C. and is sending you some pop corn and I told her to send a few pieces of candy I made also. She wants to know why? The butcher knife in the parcel, Well I didn’t put one in. It evidently got put in a mistake when parcel was opened at mission home so Clara is welcome to it I guess. Here came a loud rap on the door and some one left each of us a valentine. Its nice to be remembered. Some of our folks will be down the 25th . Its Kanab Stake temple day and we will probably get out baptism finished up then. About 150 names ready. Paul and Charles want to come to be baptized. They each wrote me a cute letter. Charles got the idea twisted a little about being baptized for the dead and wrote “I would like to be saved for the dead.” Lester has lots of work to do. Ferl said about two or three thousand yards of plaster to put on. The folks are all well too they said. Our neighbor here Sister Baker is very ill. Was not expected to live but seems to have passed the crisis two days ago and is a little better. Guess I won’t send currency this time as I sent $5.00 last time I wrote. On the 11inst I sent $30.00 to S.L.C. for you. Will inclose razor blades and cards this time. I must write a little out home tonight and its already 9:30 o clock besides I think I’ve said about all that you might be interested in for this time so will close by saying that I am well so is Aunt Abbie and we’re very happy in our glorious work here. May the blessings of heaven continue to be with you and keep in your remembrance the love of Mother. St George Utah Feb 28, 1939 Dear Son Tone, Your letter of Feb 11 rec’d two days ago and things have happened so it seemed that I could not get at writing. Sat 25th was Kanab Stake temple day and did we have a crowd. The largest known in St George temple I believe it was said and more endowments done than in any other one day here. Four sessions were held in the afternoon and evening and many who came went away thinking there was not room, so that made the last session rather small only 70 members. Lester came down too and brot his three little boys. Paul and Charles were baptized for 189 persons and got quite a thrill out of it. Then Sun we had company all day while not to church and yesterday was full to the brim and I’ve been in temple all day until now and since I’ve had a much needed repast will try to get a letter written and post it on my way to see the show “You can’t take it with you.” Kezia and Grace are staying with us for a while ,maybe ten days or longer however they have gone to Hurricane to night and will stay there tomorrow and then return. I don’t know who was the most thrilled , you or I upon having Lawrence for your companion. I certainly hope you fellows dig in now and show what can be done. Your mission President said, or wrote, some very nice things again about you which only confirms my faith in you. You are over your cold long before this I hope. You must try very hard to keep well by building up a good resistance and living sensibly in moderation. You know one shouldn’t exert much with a cold, the body needs rest. Then you should have lemons and other citrus fruits besides taking a little baking soda 3 or 4 times a day with preferably warm water. Since has discovered now that alfalfa has the highest alkaline content of any known herb so when you have a cold or better when you feel one coming on, drink plenty of alfalfa tea - if you can get any from the fields or barns. Try and remember that. I had a cold last week and laid down on the job so was very soon over it am now feeling well. When you wrote you hadn’t yet rec’d my letter telling you of the package that it did not go so I had it sent to Clara and I think by this time you have rec’d some of the pop corn and maybe a piece or two of the candy. I certainly like to know if you get all the things I sent you. The tie Aunt Abbie bot for you, my photo and razor birth cards etc. I’ve been sending razor blades each time. I write and will send two this time also and some cards. Velna Esplin works here in a café and came to see me the other day. I seen Elbert again Sun. He likes it here very much. Emily Adair works in Sun Shine Valley, Idaho and Harold Anders at Hotel Escalante at Cedar. Don’t know when all the other members of the gang are but maybe you do. I hope they write you once in a while. Its trying to be spring here now, alternating between warm sunshine, wind, snow and a little rain. We have a little garden stuff planted. I guess our tulips etc doesn’t look like they do in Holland but they look nice and healthy and are about all above the ground some of them 2 in. Guess I’ve told you about all I know for this time. Tell Lawrence hello for me and Aunt Abbie and she says Tone too. Here’s lots of love being sent from Mother St George Utah March 8 1939 U.S.A. My Dear Son Tone This letter will be short too because its 9 P.M. and I need sleep. I was so glad for your letter of Feb 20 and while you said nothing of your health I take it for granted that you are over your cold. You didn’t mention what you think of the photo, I think I’m as good looking out of the picture as in it. Maybe you can tell its me any way. Clara was ill a week with flu and says she is alright now. The rest of the folks were well when I heard last from them. Kay Grace stayed with us ten days - went home Sun and this is Wed. I was to tell you and Lawrence hello for them or something like that. I went to conference Sun morning and heard three reports from returned missionaries. Elder Swapp was one of them. How I wanted to meet and speak to him but no opportunity came. The crowd was too large. His sister went back to her mission evidently as her name was read as one of the stake missionaries abroad. Swapps will likely be coming to the temple and I can see them there. Next Sat is St George stake Priesthood temple day so I may see them then. Large groups of people came for the temple excursions, the last two excursions were so large that five sessions were run beginning at 1 P.M. to accommodate all. Next Mon will be the Parowan Stake they will dedicate their new temple house in the forenoon as I understand it then have temple sessions in the afternoon. It is very inspiring the way people are responding to temple work and the testimonies given there are super fine. This morning a Bp Sorensen of one of the wards in Nevada gave a wonderful testimony regarding or concerning his missionary experiences of 27 years ago. He told of a certain locality where the people were very bitter against the Mormons and had run the Elders out three years before and why they went back was because a family of saints had requested it. The results was that a meeting was held in their home, the Saints, with just a few friends, the family and one of them a man with a very large home said they might hold a meeting there and when the time came the house was full and over flowing on the porches and in the door yard. When the owner saw the Elders coming he met them at the gate and advisor them to not hold a meeting as a mob had collected and 3 of them with funs and liquor made threats of the worst sort so the Elders retired to the woods for guidance, the answer was to hold the meeting and they returned only to be met again by the owner of the home who told them of renewed threats etc and again advised them to desist from holding a meeting. Again they went to the woods in prayer and the answer was very plain as before. Well to make the story short the Elders were given a stand and two chair in the corner and after singing and a prayer the three mobs with guns stood with their guns pointed at them demanded “You’ll denounce Jo Smith here and now or died. The Elders said “I am not here to denounce Joseph Smith, but to give my testimony that he is a prophet of God” The mobbers lowered their guns and stood at attention for 1 hour and 20 minutes and heard Mormonism and weeping like babies. I was pleased also that you referred to a very inspirational meeting of the Elders there so we have similar experiences so the spirit of the Lord is made manifest. It’s 10 O’clock now. I saw a tie I liked so well I bot it for your birthday. Shall I sent it? Will enclosed only $1 this time with razor blades and more cards. Good night. Yes I had a happy birthday, was remembered by many. I love you so much Moth P.S. The Robertsons funeral was held at Alton today. St George, Utah Mar 18, 1939 My Dear Son Tone Am so glad your letter of Mar 4 came today before I go out home. Its 15 min to five o clock P.M. now and we will leave here between 6 and 7 o clock. I feel a little too rushed or something so that perhaps I shouldn’t try writing now but will start the letter any way and perhaps finish it when I get home if I don’t spend all my time visiting. The man and his wife who invited Aunt Abbie and myself to go with them on this trip are her working in the temple and are relatives of Heatons. They want to go to Orderville, Alton and Kanab & Moccasin to visit their people there. We will go to Orderville tonight and maybe they will go on to Alton. Sun A.M. I’m still in Orderville now sitting by the west window in large rocking chair. I’ve rushed around so much this morning that I’m rather tired and almost too shaky to write and after resting awhile will go to Mercys and I want to go up the canyon to see the folks there before evening when we will go to Kanab and stay tonight then on to Moccasin in the morning and to St George in the evening. We arrived here about 9 P.M. and found Ferl and VeraDeane had gone to Nephi and took a truck load of posts. I don’t know if Ferl told you yet about trading for a truck, he thinks he can make money by it. The Francom’s that brot me here have gone to SS and Aunt Abbie too. They will go to Alton after SS . I’ve been all around the place, that is thru the house, shop and yard. Its still the dearest place on earth to me but of course its mostly memories as it doesn’t look like I would have it look but when you come and are master of the situation it will take on it farmer Home idea including beauty and thrift. I should have said thrift and beauty. The snow is abt gone only a little on the north side of some of the houses. I think the mud is sufficiently dried up so I could take a look at the sacred mounds but being rather tired perhaps I shouldn’t , any way there will not be much time. Now abt the money, I am inclosing $2 and 2 blades and a card. I have written to S.L.C. and let them know that I think they have again over looked sending it as they did before and specially requested that they give it their immediate attention. Perhaps I shouldn’t have said it. It its too important to let it occur again. I think I understand their method of sending money, you see, in the letter of instructions I was told to send the money by the 15th of each month so you would get it by the 1st and when you asked me to send it a little earlier as you were usually out before getting more, I acted on your suggestion and That’s when you didn’t get it. I think they sent it during the middle of the month and what I sent in so early was laid on the shelf and forgotten so I believe it will be best to send it as I was instructed by them and send you more currency and smaller checks. I’ll try that anyway for the present. I really can’t remember if I told you of meeting Elder Swapp in the temple but I think I did. I wrote to so many and have abt the same thing to tell them all so maybe I repeat to some and fail to tell others, any way I was surprised to find him no larger than he is. In your picture taken together he appears as tall as you are in one of them any way. He appeared to be as glad to see me as I was to see him and told me of his great love for you. I invited him to come to my home and see me. I would like to talk further with him. He said he would be pleased to come but now he’s home and at Enterprise maybe he won’t get too. When they come to the temple its to rushed to get there and rush to get back to home duties. I’m glad you and Lawrence are together and they you saw the ship get its first ducking leaving all the good butter behind. I appreciate the opportunity that has come to you and for the valuable experience you are having. Its worth so much more than earthly possessions and is a preparation suited so well for further usefulness in the Church, in fact this is the real beginning if viewed from term of doing things. I have so much confidence in you that I seem to have an assurance of your continued steadfastness, at least, it is my humble and earnest prayer. I expect to live to see your safe return bringing with you many names of your departed ancestors as well as many of the living relatives. The Lord receives my humble pleadings each day for this anticipated joyful event. Any way its going to be brot about if we do our part whether its in just the way I have it figured out or not and That’s all that matters. I desire so much to be worthy of all my dearly loved ones and meet the approval of our Heavenly Father when I’m called up to give an account of my self, or to have the look of life opened to my view, sometimes I wonder if the good will over balance because of things I have neglected doing that I should have done. Its been clouding up while I have been writing and the clouds look to be rain clouds. Its been a little too warm to continue and not storm. Ferl must tell you of his success selling posts the yard looks full of them exaggerated of course. God bless and keep you is the prayer of a loving Mother St George, Utah U.S.A. 29 Mar , 1939 Dear Son Tone, There doesn’t seem to be much news to tell you at least I know of none excepting that Stewart Reece and Cathyline Heaton not quite 16 were married the night I was in Orderville. Stewarts mother was down here a few days ago and said when Omner was married she that he acted awfully silly but it wasn’t half so bad as Stewart and Cathyline Ha Ha Ha - something needs to make me laugh so I won’t feel down at the mouth. Have not felt so well of late and am not doing anything only resting. I can’t even read because my eyes are failing me, especially the right one - my best eye. I will see an eye specialist as one is to set up here on the 1st of April. Its eleven days since I wrote you so that I had better write even tho I have rec’d no word from you. I expect a letter any time now. Haven’t answered the letter from England yet cousin - Sarah was glad for my photo and says I look so young. I ‘ll need to tell her the photographer erased most of the wrinkles. Its so hard to get as much of her family record as I would like and I have asked in so many ways for dates and don’t get them or many of them any way. I could have temple work done for her two boys Norman and Harold that was killed in the world war if I could get the year of birth or death but its up hill business. I’ll try to be patient until you get it but I am so anxious. Bro Hopkins here and my neighbor understands the scripture and the gospel like your father did and he told me that war will come very soon and all nations will be drawn in, not excluding our own dear U.S. and that the temple in Jackson Co. Will be built and the cap stone laid before the last of Sept 1952. I visit with him and his wife quite often and they teach me the things I like to know. They are such wonderful people and are ordinance temple workers. He pointed out how the parable of the five wise and five foolish will be fulfilled because the saints are indifferent to the requirements of the gospel. There’s a great work to do here at home and we surely need the help the organized stake missionaries are giving. I must tell you of the death of Dr McFarlane of Cedar City. His funeral was held last Sun. He was only 57 years old. We have certainly lost a valuable man in sickness and operations. It’s sad however that he had so little need of God. The weather is so fine with nice gentle rains off and on and how gardens are growing well soon and have garden stuff to eat. I’ll send $2 currency in this letter, also razor blades. Maybe I’ll write soon again when I get a letter from you so good night with love from Mother P.S. This is a pink letter and maybe I’ll feel better next time I write. St George Utah U.S.A. April 10, 11 & 16 1939 My Dear Son Tone Am I thrilled and pleased over getting your letter yesterday of March 25. It has been 22 days since receiving your last letter. Naturally I wondered about the flu if you had it etc. I really didn’t do much worrying and felt sure that if all was not well with you ,some one would write for you, but I’m very glad to have my imaginary fears dispelled by receiving your letter, by number the 40th one you have written me since going on your mission besides the occasional cards you dropped en route for Holland. I was also happily surprised and thrilled yesterday when a car stopped and a young man came to the gate. I was at Sister Bakers and when I saw the car stopping here I rushed up and found the visitor to be Elder Gordon Swapp. He had his girl friend with him, A Miss Perry or Berry or something about like that. I really have forgotten except that the name ended with ry. Any way he gave me the parcel you send by him and we had a nice little visit together. He said to tell you he hadn’t written you yet ha ha but he will and you’ll how hard it is to write back when you get home and have a girl friend. I have inserted this last remark - He certainly expressed high admiration for you and said you did him a lot of good. He was on his way to Zion for an Easter trip and his folks were waiting up town so he didn’t take time to come in the house I tried to imagine what could be in the parcel but I seemed to have no imagination at all and when I opened it Oh! Was I thrilled. I screamed to Aunt Abbie “Come quickly and see” How delighted I am - Thanks you couldn’t have selected a gift that would have been more appreciated. Now I know why I didn’t send off for a small clock tho I felt the need of one. What a thrill I get out of watching the wind mill on the face of it in actual operation ha ha. I’m just like a kid as Aunt Abbie says. She acted that way too specially when I pulled out of your letter the envelope on which was written “I’m sending two so you won’t fight on them. We surely love them and will be proud to wear them. I’ve showed them to a few of our neighbors who enjoyed with th the thrill. I told Bro and Sister Hopkins that I almost feel as if I owned the whole of Holland because I own so much of what it contains. He is the man I’ve told you of that is so much like your father in understanding and living the gospel. I can go to him with any question about it and have it solved. His wife is very capable also and I enjoy them a very great deal. Maybe I’ve told you before what I shall mention now but for I haven’t I will proceed. He said that if he understands the gospel and scriptures that war will break out and we will become involved. It may not come this year but don’t be surprised if it does. He says that from scriptures he has learned that a generation is 120 years and he has never found any scripture any place where that has been changed and quoting form the revelations where the Lord says in speaking of the Temple to be built in Jackson Co. This generation shall not all pass away before this house will be built the generation will have passed away by the last of Sept 1952. and that Temple with the capstone laid will be completed by that time. There would needs be only one of that generation living by 1952 in order for that prophecy to be fulfilled and it certainly will be fulfilled. I do so much enjoy visiting with the Hopkins and hearing the gospel themes talked of and explained. I’ve almost written a complete letter and I thot only to start one and add to it as I think of things to tell you so will close for this time by telling you that I am feeling somewhat better excepting that my right eye is nearing complete blindness. I told Nancy in my letter to her that the old devil is trying very hard to discourage me but I will not let him. He has tried to destroy my life and failing in that he is attacking my eye sight. Oh yes and I’ll tell you also that charlotte wrote me that she will be in S.L.C. this week and when she returns and if their car comes which they are expecting, they will come for me to stay with them for a while and bring me back when I am ready to come. Maggie wrote me on my birthday and I have heard nothing since, I have written her three times since then and can’t figure out her silence so long. April 11 - Another thrill came today - You’ll think I am living on thrills. Well, I am - life is one grand thrill. I am so glad I could go to the Temple this A.M. Three young returned missionaries were there on their way home in Calif and returning from attending the general Conference in S.L.C. They all spoke in the meeting and related faith promoting incidents. One of them was a Blackburn and he was just as pleased to meet me as I was to meet him, for we had things in common, that of genealogy. I learned from him that he has lots of people in Lincolnshire and That’s where most of ours are that we know of. He also has a lot of Cox’s on his line. When he went to the Recorders desk for a name he asked if there were any Blackburn names there and of course there were so he and his companion took one each. My! I ‘m glad. This Mr Blackburn took from my temple sheet my name and address and was going to write and send me his pedigree chart and ask for ours and seemed so pleased to learn that I am that person and said he will send his chart anyway and I will send him ours. How pleased I would be to run in on someone working on our line so we could help each other. I will tell you now while I think of it that there is a wrong date given on the Pedigree chart you have of your great grand father William Blackburn that you must correct. I have proven it be a mistake and will write the correct date on a separate paper so it will be more convenient for you to correct yours and please don’t fail to do it. After this mornings Temple session I went on top of the Temple with the above named party, the first time I’ve been on top. The climbing was plenty for me and descending was more plenty. Sun April 16 Northing of special importance since writing before excepting a letter from Lorna, she said they were too busy to write because the baby they are tending for a lady 21 mo old boy - gives them a lot of trouble also she wants me to know that she is getting very, very, very lonesome then closed her letter by saying from daddy, mamma and me. My eye is not better, I’ll have to do something about it more than I am doing but don’t know just what. I seem to be just waiting. Lord bless my far away son and remember the love of Mother P.S. am inclosing only one $. St George Utah 1939 April 20 and 23 Dear Son Tone: Will start another letter while an incident of yester morning is fresh on my mind which I will tell you of. It was Enterprise Temple excursion day and your old missionary companion Elder Gordon Swapp was the speaker in the morning meeting. Before he spoke however the Temple Trio they are called, composed of three lady singers sang very beautifully the song Let Each Man seek to Know Himself which he said brot fordable to his mind an incident in his missionary experience in which he and his companion had differences, the only differences they ever had, his companion was Elder Tone Blackburn who’s mother I see is here this morning. “He said he would never forget that night after returning home that you suggested singing the above named song and that when he told you he knew no such song that you both sat on the side of the bed and you proceeded to teach it to him and after an hour and a half or two or such a matter, the tune at least resembled the one he had just heard. A nice little bouquet he gave you don’t you think! I felt complimented and feeling rather poorly, I returned home after the meeting and went to bed for an hour or two then got up and worked on my record. Feeling better this morning I attended the first Temple session and now that I have eaten my noon meal will work again on the record, it is more tedious that I had anticipated but I enjoy it immensely. I have spent many hours and days already working on it and I think I am making good headway learning by doing and have great enjoyment in my efforts. I wrote you a card the day your letter came telling of your needing a suit. I think you’ll get the card alright but will say again that I have asked Easton to see Hans about it. Now that you’ve been going 1 ½ years we can begin to talk of coming home and I’ve been thinking that if your needs call for another suit when you reach S.L.C. it might be a good thing to try getting one at the same place your got yours Clara said it was a nicer one that the one Hans got for you and cost less money. I’ve been thinking too of your fathers experience in England concerning clothing. Perhaps your remember his overcoat that he had made to his measure in England said he was measured in the morning and either that night or the next morning he got the coat and what splendid material and at much less cost than in America. In all the years your father wore it there were no signs of fraying. It was eventually made over into childrens wear. I believe and still I may have put it into a quilt top. I can’t just remember now. Well we have discovered eight peaches on our little tree, we may have help in harvesting. Our garden is growing so nicely. The onions and lettuce we have had for some time and so tender and good. In a very short time we will have beet greens. Aunt Abbie discovered cut worms taking them and did she make war on them. Our street is being scraped and leveled this P.M. and people in this neighborhood are beautifying their surroundings and nice new homes are being built. Sun 4 P.M. Thot I would finish my Temple record this morning then write letters but I had a bigger job than anticipated and just finished Lyle came last night for his mother, bringing Royce with him. They called early this morning on their way home and I sent them a mess of lettuce, radishes and onions. Royce said “Oh my! Thanks” The senior High of Southern district celebrated here Fri and Quinn came down to see me with Ross E and Oz Lambs son I never can remember his name. The folks out home are well Quinn and Lyle both said. This is my second day on a strict orange diet and am feeling fine. My eye has been getting no worse now for a few days and I am encouraged. The St George Stake Patriarch will give me a blessing this week. I have been made well at other times by receiving such a blessing and my faith is increased by it. Guess I’ve told you enough for this time. My eyes are seeing double any way and its difficult to follow the line. Am enclosing $5. Tell me if you get it. I’ve been thinking of trying to send currency altogether but its not so easy to get because I have to go so far. We’re having lovely thunder showers today and the green trees look so beautiful ours are growing so nicely. The while temple looks simply grand in contrast to the heavy water laden black clouds. Take good care of your self and remember the love of Mother St George May 2, 1939 Dear Son Tone: Just a note this time to tell you we are well. I am enclosing $10 currency and will send more when your next letter comes which I am looking for. I won’t send money to S.L.C. this month for you but will send it direct to you instead. I see there are two razor blades here and will enclose one of them . Do you want me to get more razor blades and keep sending some? Eva surprised me with her presence yesterday. She looks fine and proud to be wearing the neck chain you sent for her birthday. Andersons have been out home and brot her down for a few days. Charlotte and family came down sun, they are well except Charlotte and she is better. Maggie wrote me at last they are well now since John is over blood poison which he had for two weeks. Rec’d a card today from LaVon. They are coming down on the 10th to celebrate John Barrie’s birth day and mothers day combined. LaVons mother will come also. Frances is very pleased with her pin you sent. Good night with love from Mother Hans has your measurements and Easton will order a suit for you now that the new samples have come. St George Utah May 9, 1939 Am inclosing $10 and will send more in a few days - maybe a week; A razor blade also inclosed Dearest Son Tone It seems that I’m up a stump for news to tell you being that I’m disappointed because Easton and family can not come down tomorrow as anticipated, think they can come next week and bring the girls and all they said. I think that means we can get our baptisms done while they are here I hope so. That news isn’t it! Your letter bearing dates of Apr 19 and 23 was joyfully rec’d. I’m glad for the things you tell me - conference, inspirational meetings - repaired teeth and everything else especially that you are well. Easton has selected a nice dark brown suit for you LaVon said and I take it for granted they have sent for it tho they didn’t tell me the price so I can send check to pay for it. Wed May 10 - One of our neighbors called to see us and soon after she left the ward teachers came so I had to put off writing. I am feeling fine this beautiful morning, the sun shine and song of the birds is grand. Will attend temple session today. I don’t know if I told you of a serious accident that happened some time ago to a large group of California people who were coming here for baptisms and endowment work. Several people were killed and others injured. A lady is here now who had two girls killed in the accident and she herself was seriously injured and is walking on crutches. She is here now and wants to leave without her crutches so people are holding a special fast and prayer in her behalf. Manifestation of faith are here in abundance for which I am grateful. People are rallying to the church welfare program more and more, some how ever are slow to catch the spirit. A Stake store house is now commenced here which is expected to be in operation, that is ready to be in use in 60 days and the way people are responding it looks favorable. The house is being built on the block just north of us so I can see the men working. Many people turned out to the program and barbeque on the building sport last Fri night which was a huge success. The for Sat A.M. the people were to turn out to witness the first turning over of the soil in excavation for the building so a Bro Eardly from Salt Lake - who has charge of the construction of all Church Store houses - put his hand to the plow while the Stake Pres with bishops and high council men were hitched to the plow which was used in plowing the entire length of the building which is 60 feet. Let me tell you they worked and the plow jumped soil in the first attempt so had to be done over. Pictures were taken while plow was in operation and will be seen on the screen. Another scene took place however before the one of which I have spoken. Your mother came in on the scene just as her ward teacher came out with a wheel barrow full of dirt and she bantered him for a ride, by saying “Do you want to do double duty;” Of course he did so I had to get in to the barrow, and did he take me for a spin right into the crowd of men who demanded amidst shouts of laughter that I use the shovel in payment for the ride. Are you wondering what ails your mother! Well so am I. Love from Mother Mothers Day St George Utah May 14, 1939 My Dear Son Tone, Heavy clouds with threaten, welcome storm is over the city this morning. I am greatly refreshed after a good nights sleep. I did a lot of work yesterday, puttying, painting, sweeping and baking. The home is taking on a pleasing appearance with new paint and cleanliness in keeping with beautiful nature; flours in bloom with roses and snapdragons outstanding, they are simply gorgeous, then the son of the birds especially the meadow lark is pleasing and gladdens the heart. They make us a call every morning and it seems that their little throats will almost split with joyfulness in song. Its all in keeping with this Sabbath and ‘Mothers Day” in which my heart is made glad by the kind remembrance of my children. Most of them remember me on this occasion and I am very grateful. I think the Lord every day for my family and that they are goodly children, full of faith and good works. In my weakness I have done the best I could for all of you and my heart swells with joy and thanksgiving that I have done as well as I have. There will always be regrets I suppose for the times when I have been hasty, unkind and failing to have an understanding heart, but it seems that the love in my heart might in some degree at least over balance all my faults, I hope so at least. My life has been a very happy and joyful one not withstanding my hasty disposition and weakness. I’m so thankful that the Lord has given me a heart capable of great love which seems to grow with the years and that He has been mindful of me thru the past and is still mindful of me. He blesses me more from the righteous desires of my heart than from the good I do but I am enjoying my work in the Temple immensely and how I am praying that the Lord will continue to bless you in your labors abroad and especially that He will be with and direct you in getting the genealogy of your fathers house, that you will indeed be a savior to them and if you go to with a sincere heart I am sure of the outcome. The Lord doesn’t always answer in the way we expect but will get the names of your ancestors and do their work for them that they cannot do for themselves, there by taking the necessary steps for our exaltation with their on conditions of obedience to the gospel. Your “Mothers Day” letter is appreciated and made the quickest trip of any of your letters. It came in 12 days breaking previous records. I am quite well now and Aunt Abbie is well also and sends love and greetings. Our neighbors are unsurpassed in friendliness and kind deeds. Sister Nelson just called over the fence and brot a pan of buttermilk and a lot of “Mothers Day” new milk. She’s always doing such things. I am anticipating a joyful day this week with Easton and family. I have heard from all the folks lately and they are well. You did the right thing in getting the new bike in preference to paying out so much repair bills. I am inclosing $10 . I put down in figures all the money I sent but haven’t figured whether I am sending it fast enough. I think you have received all I have sent and none lost. My prayer goes with every letter and to you dear son who has caused me to be such a proud and loving Mother St George Utah May 25, 1939 Thu night about 10:30 o clock Dear Son Tone Its already late so I must be brief and tell you I am quite well and painted one window and one door this afternoon. I can very easily string it out over the summer the way I am going. The kitchen looks nice now that it is finished the painting I mean and not the walls unless we give it a little color trim and maybe I will. Its been twelve days this time since I wrote and I have rec’d no word from you in that time either but I must send you more money. I hope you are getting all I send. I might try sending the next months amt by registered mail if I can get up town OK. I’ll see . Easton and family haven’t come down yet because of John Barrie is sick with boils, one in his ear and a doz on his head and neck, he has only one bad one now LaVon said on the card rec’d tonight. She said the suit they ordered for you had come and asked how to send it to you and I have written to tell them. You will probably get it before long, I hope so at least. I am anxious to hear from you again as you had a cold the last I heads. This is a busy week down here being the last of school. Ram Sorensen and Mont Lamb called night before last, they are going to take a ten days trip with other 13 in number and visit the Carlbath caves in New Mex and go to Los Angeles and to the Fair at San Francisco and other places of interest and are quite thrilled about it. Elbert will attend the Y at Provo next year they said. He has a pull there, Pres Harris has written that he will do all he can for him as he knows his ability as an artist. Elbert paid his tuition here by being assistant art director and has done marvelously well, all seem to be his friends. I guess you’ll have to begin telling me the home news that seem to forget to tell me some of the important happenings. I didn’t know Annie Porter married Frank Seaman last fall until Ray and Mont told me, nor did I know that Twila was married this spring a nice fellow they said from Eureka. Isabel Brooksby had a car accident with several occupants in the car. All I can learn so far is that no one was killed but bruised up a plenty. Its eleven o clock now so good night Tone and remember that no one loves you as Mother $10 inclosed (Note: Three lines were written at the end of this page, in light pencil, they said: “Next morning - all well Our temple day will be June 14 St George Utah June 1, 1939 Dear Son tone, My pen came up missing so will pencil a few lines for a starter tonight. I stayed home from the Temple to write you but got busy with other things and now its bed time so won’t write much. Yesterday was Kanab Stake excursion Temple day, not as large a company as usually came from other Stake excursions. Our Stake needs converting for better attendance at Temple. It might interest you to read names of those who came from our ward. Bp Carroll and wife, Pres F.G. Carroll, Ed Carroll and wife - maybe you don’t know Ed has moved back to Orderville and has charge of church Welfare or rather doles out the products. Then others were Jo Jorgensen , Carnell and Sylvia, Sarah cox, Ellen Chamberlain, Henry chamberlain and wife, Louisa Siler. Glendale and Mt Carmel were not represented and all the other wards were. Glendon came to see me two days ago, he has been working here but has left to work in Panguitch and will set up a store of Automobile parts for himself. He want to know if you see Henry Grimshaw. I mentioned him to you when he first went to Holland and now that the mission conference has just ended I told Glendon you probably saw him. I went out home last Fri and cam back here sat evening. A Mrs Smith who does government work to money loans invited me to go out with her and I gladly accepted tho I was rather ill so that I didn’t enjoy myself as I would otherwise have done. I enjoyed seeing the folks, Mercy took me up to Lesters and Nancy’s and Rena came from Carmel so I saw them all excepting Ferl and VeraDean who left that morning for Nephi again as before when I went out home. He took a load of posts with him and there is still a great stack of them in the yard. I guess you got a long letter from Ferl so you know about things at home, he wrote me that he sent your suit to the Mission home in Salt Lake and right away the announcement was made in the Deseret News that missionaries were leaving for Holland so we are hoping you get your suit very soon. Here is Aunt Abbie now from Temple so will close for tonight. 10: P.M. June 2. Your letter of May 222 came this P.M. I really wasn’t expecting one for another day or two. Pen won’t fill so will finish in pencil” I guess Conference time is really more expensive for you and I wondered if you had enough money. I’ve been looking over the accts and find that I haven’t shorted you, in fact I sent in Apr $0 to S.L.C. and $6 currency to you. Then in the letters I wrote Apr 30 May 10-14 and 25 I sent $10 each time totaling $40. Of course you wouldn’t have all of that yet, or in time for conference, I’m mentioning this so you’ll know if you get all I send you with the letters. Its too St George, Utah Sun June 11, 1939 Dear Son tone: Didn’t go SS today, thot I would write letters instead and go to sacrament this evening. It’s a little too much for me to walk up town and back twice in the same day. I succeeded in writing to Maggie and Clara then layed down for a few min. It was only a few min so far as I knew until suddenly I was awakened two hours later and now its 2:40 o clock. The weather is hot, dry and windy so dusty we hate to have the door open and so close we hate to have it closed so we are in quite a predicament and hard to please. Yesterday morning LaVell surprised me by walking in. He was on his way to Overton Nev. Trying to land a summer joy and when he returned in the evening said he stood a good chance of getting it. He looks fine, has thickened up or widened out so he looks substantial. Says he isn’t fleshly as he has been. He will in all probability teach school at Moccasin so he can undergo the rigid examination required in the Arizona. Fen, Bell and LaVoy were here with him and they all look so fine after their years work. Dell teaching school at Alton where he was liked very much and will teach there again he thinks. Lavoy always was one of my favorites so of course he looks especially fine as also Fen, he is thru Medical school now ready for intern and is to go soon to Montana in one of the most prominent hospitals in the west and is to serve for one year and gets in addition to his practice in serving $1200. Not so bad is it? Then he’ll be ready to set up for himself. I certainly feel proud of our boys who are making good as they are. Hans came down in the afternoon and brot Ramona and John Barrie and did our baptisms. J.B. was baptized for the cousin Wm Thos who corresponded with us since your father was on his mission - also for his two sons Norman and Harold who lost their lives in the world ward then your fathers uncle George Blackburn and four others. He felt a feather in his cap and rightly too especially since he was baptized by Quinn at home and a few hours before Ramona down here. Ramona enjoyed being baptized about 74 times which was all I have ready. I have male names ready but there’s no need for them yet until there’s some hopes of getting their endowment work done. There s in the neighborhood of 500 names in the temple now to be endowed for. Its rather slow work getting it done with only one Temple day each year and the boys all having their living families to provide for; but will get them done some how, some time I hope. I’ve been looking around trying to exchange work. I would gladly do two names for one male name as I can’t keep in names for myself. Next Wed is our temple day and Hans said they were all planning on coming but Lester told me he would not come. He hasn’t quite got himself in hand yet but he will do and I hope before long. Dola would like so much to come and he doesn’t realize it nor what he is missing. He is stuccoing Ed Lambs house new LaVell said. Perhaps in another year you will be with us on our Temple day. Haven’t rec’d a letter from you since I wrote and maybe I won’t try getting this posted today in the hope of getting one. Guess you will soon get the arrival announcement card of Clara and Ralph. Son who is a week old today. Rec’d word yesterday that they are getting along alright. I think I told you that Maggie is planning on coming home this summer for a visit. Fay Garda sent me word to send you greetings and tell you she has a summer job - I forget where, will have to ask Aunt Abbie - any way she has gone now I suppose so she has to have left before now. Harold still works at Hotel Escalante. I almost forgot to tell you that Hans’ mother came down with him yesterday and said she will return soon and stay with us awhile and work in the temple. I love to have her around. I’ve run out of news for the present and will wait to finish, if I think of more to tell you, So long with love from Mother P.S. I sent $60 to S.L.C. for you on the 9th inst. Mon June 12 Nothing of special interest to tell you except perhaps you would like to know that I have made a large dish pan full of cookies with raisins in readiness for when the folks come down day after tomorrow for our temple day. You’d like them I know so well eat a few for you and think of you at the same time. In the morning I will mail a batch of Cimminon buns for the occasion. It is expected of me I know but if I have something to eat for a supper lunch it might be an enticement for them to stay for the night session also, then they could be home by midnight. Will be busy now putting names of the Endowed on sealing sheets so we can get a lot of sealings done while the family is together. Wish us success Aunt Abbie is going up town and will post this. Lots of love from Mother P.S. Fay Gorda is working at Jackson Hole Wyoming P.S. again Didn’t get this posted after all as we had company. Have been to Temple the morning and now its noon. Have just discovered today that your gr father has not been sealed to his parents so that will be seen to tomorrow. You’ll be with us in spirit if not with your presence and maybe next year we can all be together. Ira Adais is here and quite ill is anemic - his wife Emily is with him. Will try to see them this evening. Its plenty hot now. Love from Mother Hello ! Tone sure I remember you I guess every day and then some. Your says aunt Charlotte Heaton don’t even have all the white Love from Aunt Abbie Fri Noon June 16, 1939 St George, Utah Dear Son Tone: Last Tue Aunt Abbie posted my letter then went to our mail box and got me one from you. It happened that way 2 or 3 times before but no matter just so we get the letters. I’m always glad to know you are well. The pictures are not as clear and good as the one you sent last year in tulip time, or it may be that it is because I cannot see so well. Ferl had to point you out to me where you are sitting on what looks to be a tulip mound. Im glad about your good bicycle that gets out “as you say “ and covers the ground and takes you to and from a good spiritual conference. I’m interested in basket ball games etc. I think it all does good in being able to contact people and breaking down prejudices. I’m in the temple now, jut got thru the A. M. Session and will go home now soon - when I write a little more and do a little more painting. Aunt Abbie will have it ready as she couldn’t come to Temple on acct of our water turn. We have water only an hour but it came just wrong this time for her to get here. She takes good care of things as you already know and our place looks so nice and things are growing so splendidly. We certainly enjoy our garden stuff and this morning we had seven fish for breakfast that Ferl brot us. I ate 3 and nearly 3/3 of another. Aunt Abbie ate 3 and nearly 1/3 of the other so you I got my share and then some. The old nick tried his best to spoil our Temple Day in one way and another and while only four came Hans and Mercy, Ferl and Vera Dean, we had a very successful day and succeeded in getting 18 names End for besides sealing of husband and wife for 85 couples, then we had sealed your grand father and his 3 brothers to their parents. This incident added greatly to my testimony that temple work is part of Gods plan for the redemption of His children. It never entered my head but that grandpa had been sealed to his parents until 2 days before the folks came down when I was preparing the sealing sheets so that our sealings could be done while they were here. It was a revelation to me and so plain as if some one had spoken the words to me that grandpa had not been sealed to his parents, so to make sure I came to the temple and asked that the records be looked up which was done and found that the sealing had not been done. I don’t need to tell you how grateful and thrilled I was and am still feeling that way. I had to have a feeling of discouragement however before the work could be accomplished when only 2 male members came and we needed or had to have 5 as I thot. I felt crest fallen and sick to say the least but noting daunted, I want to the Pres about it and this is the result. Hans and Mercy stood for your great grand parents by name William and Susan Andrews Blackburn and the ceremony was repeated 4 times so that Ferl stood for your grandfather and his 3 brothers, Charles, Robinson and George. I certainly feel good about it. Thank the Lord for our triumph. Willard Esplin came down on business with the folks and I fitted him out with a suit and he went thru the night session taking one of our names and that helped out. They left for home about 11 o clock so now you know about all of it. Mercy told me that Rose Lamb was married in Kanab to a Springville fellow who was working on the cove bridge. Their acquaintance was short. Maybe Ferl told you about the fine bridge at the cove. No one thot to tell me but I seen what was being done when I went home nearly 3 weeks ago. To long for the present, Love from Mother Fri A.M. June 23 Nothing of special interest has occurred since starting this letter except perhaps the marriage that took place yesterday morning - an old couple Bro Lebaron of Hurricane and a sister Higbee of Cedar City. The name is the Great Grand father of Delaun Heatons children which makes it a little more interesting perhaps. That two old couple marriages that took place here this temple season. Then a lot of your June brides this year. Last night Aunt Abbie brot me your letter of June 10. Sorry about the itch. Had you known what it was there was no need of its spreading so much. Its quite miserable as I remember and quite a nuisance about keeping your clothing and bedding free from the germ. Guess they know how to treat it. OK but I’m always wanting to help of course so I’m wishing you had my far of scabeside that is sure death on scabies (Itch) one application is usually sufficient if used correctly and never more than two. Hope the rains will come in time to save the crops for the people. I saw and talked with Lorin Covington last night at temple, he said his son Clill had written the same as you about crops drying up. You see we have things in common since we each have a son in Holland - any way we are old acquaintances and I enjoy meeting him - the painter. I take it that you are a member of the missionary chorus since you say “We Sang in the Hague last Sun “ and I’m glad of it. The weather here is rather unusual also, so changeable, clouds, wind, heat and not cold but cool, so that covers in the mornings are comfortable. I’ve thrown things together so that when some one comes for me I will be ready to go. I rather expect Charlotte to come this week end. If she does I will go stay with her and Alice a few days before going home. You may write me here as usual until I tell you to change. Its time for breakfast and here’s a heart full of love from Mother 2 July 1939 St George ,Utah Sun Dear Son Tone, It’s mid afternoon and I’ve been resting so far all day I attended the 3 nite Temple sessions so was able to be Endowed for 9 persons thru the week besides getting a lot of painting done and was rather tired today. We are almost thru with the inside painting and not much outside to do here, it is so hot. I look for Albert to come for me next sun. There’s only 2 more Temple weeks before it closes. I’m using this sealing sheet to write on “waste no want not” is a good maxim and you can get a glimpse of our work here. Reynolds as you perhaps know is one of our lines Your great grandmother on your Father said is Elizabeth Reynolds by name. We don’t know much of here. Your letter of 17 June came a few days ago, you didn’t say any thing about the itch so I guess you mastered it. I prayed that you would. Your telling about the outbreak of fire there reminds me that homes are lost by fire even though we have up to date equipment and trained fire fighters. Brother McArthers home went up in flames here this morning most of the contents were rescued however. The fire siren can be heard every few days but I don’t know the extent of damage as we do not take the papers and I am glad for the pictures you sent but I need the magnifying glass which I will get when I go out home again. My bad eye is improving I think, at least the ****** covering the pupil is not so bad. I pray the Lord will spare what eyesight I have remaining. Rec’d a card today from Clara, she is doing pretty well and Kay is leaving her today. I wish she was staying long as Clara needs mor help. The baby is to be names today at least that was their plan and Ralph is to be awarded his Eagle Scout badge. He wrote me a while back to that effect and said he wanted me to be there for the occasion, I really would like to have been. Haven’t had any word from home since the folks were here June 14, guess they are busy and one thinks perhaps the other has written. The foundation for another new house is being made on the lot south adjoining us. Brother Allen and wife bot the lot from Edwin Chamberlain. They used to be Orderville folks and he broke oxen to work. I remember him so well as a child he called me his little girl. He still does and is a fine old man in his 91st year and is quite feeble tho he works quite a bit in the Temple and enjoys it so much. All I can tell you about members of your good gang is that Emily is working at Jackson hole when Fay Garda is that I told you about. Well I’m about to the end and you have a long letter measured in inches tho it might lack in other aspects. If wards could convey my feelings you would know how much you are prayed for and loved by Mother P.S. I ran across these old stamps and you can sort it you want them P.S. The latest news Willard Esplin will be married - his girl was to have arrived today and they will go to school at Logan together. I forgot to mention the taxes I applied for the dry land to be listed waste land so far the 21 acres taxes are only $1.21 and the 2 acres which they failed to list as waste land is $2.32 I’ll see that the 2 acres are waste land next season. Heres Ferl and Vera Dean with the Corn. July 11 Tues Cedar City, Utah U.S.A. Dear Son Charlotte brot me here Sun evening will stay a few days before going to Orderville. You may sent your letters to Orderville from now on or until I return to St George. They will catch up with me where ever I am. Your letter of June 24 came a few days ago. Have you rec’d your suit yet? You never mentioned any thing about it but I surely hope you have it. John, Alice and the girls came in a while yesterday. The folks here are all well. John Barrie wrote me that Von C walks alone now. Uncle Leonard Charlotte is with Aunt Abbie for a few days. We left St George about 5 P.M. and charlotte cox got there at 7 O clock so I just missed seeing her. I sent you $2 in my last letter but don’t remember of mentioning it. Hot you get it of course. So long with love from Mother Orderville July 25, 1939 Dearest Son Tone Will pencil a few lines tonight and let you know that all is well. The drouth is broken all around us and looks tonight as if it would be here at least some of the crops may mature and vegetation grow. Its been very serious for cattle and sheep as they had to be moved about for water but now there is rejoicing and many happy hearts. Your letter of the 8th inst came tonight. Ferl brot it to me while I was in the store. He and Vera Dean came down this P.M. in preparation for bailing hay tomorrow getting men, provisions etc. He has a lot of good grass hay and can get $18 a ton now - cash down for all of it so he feels good. Had the misfortune of injuring his arm just above the wrist with a hook for handling bailed hay and in all probability he can’t do much for a few days. Easton was feeling good tonight because of rain on the mountains. Had more water and got his crops well watered and if it rains tonight or soon the wheat will fill out and mature. I understood Ferl to say that Easton is the only one in the valley that will have wheat because of the scanty of water. We have lots to be thankful for anyway. I was so pleased to find our orchard full of fruit all the orchards in the valley seems to be full of fruit, not much at Hidden Lake however but Nancy says there’ll be all they will need for themselves. Mercy told me Hans and Mercy called for me yesterday to run to and see Nancy but they were all gone and I haven’t seen them since I came home. Charlotte and Albert brot me over Sun. I stayed in Cedar two weeks and spent only one day with Alice. They are all well and experiencing some hard luck in common with all farmers because of the drouth. Many of the alfalfa fields out in Cedar valley have burned up completely while other are better of course. One load of hay as against 20 loads last year looks bad. Judging by the way people seek pleasure and recreation one would hardly know there is another depression or Ted Hapworth told me only yesterday that the W.P.A workers cut down to 30 c a hour etc. His son Glen died last night with pneumonia -he was the sickly one with a bad heart, funeral will be at 10 o clock tomorrow. Your picture was OK in the play costume. It was passed around in the store tonight and commented on. Fern E said “I thot he was on a mission, what is he doing in that costume?” I feel glad for the time you are having and for the opportunity that has come to you and that you are making the most of it. Contrast that if you can with one of your crowd. Kenneth I’ve been wondering about him of late but didn’t learn until today that he smokes almost continuously and won work good enough so that any one wants him around. I feel very badly about it. You had such a good crowd , hate to see any of them fall short of making the most of themselves. Paper is full so will post this and retire. Am inclosing $2 and bless you is the pray of Mother Orderville Sunday evening July 30, 1949 also Aug 4 Dear Son Tone Its only five days since I wrote you but will start another letter anyway whether I mail it now or not. Haven’t had a letter from England for quite a while, am wondering if you have. I feel quite anxious about it as she is ill so much of the time. I surely hope she lives to see and welcome you there. In her letters she always expresses a gladness and hope to see you. Nancy, Ferl and Lester have been down today and are all well. Ferl hasn’t gone backyet. I don’t live home only to sleep. Mercy and family wants me to sleep there and I will when I feel a little better. I’ve been too tired and need the quiet sleep. Went to SS today and shouldn’t have done it. Aug 1 st A happy good morning find me here to Lola’s - Aunt charlotte’s girl - in Logan with Uncle Charl, Aunts Maggie, Charlottte and Abbie Grace and Uncle Leonards Charlotte on our way to Shelley. Arranged for reunion of all Mothers children today at his place. Haven’t been able to locate Orin however. Aunt Delta and Euphrasia went on up yesterday with Uncle Jo. Now that we’ve had a good breakfast will be on our way and expect to reach Shelly in a few hours. I really don’t know just what Leonard has planned to fill up the weeks vacation perhaps a trip to Yellowstone, any way there will be plenty of entertainment. I’m so thankful I feel better so I can enjoy things better. Aunt Charlotte is convalescing from serious illness and the trip will do her good I’m sure. On my way back I will go to Clara’s in Heber and stay a while, don’t know how long. She’s so anxious for me to see the baby, I guess he is alright but will report my findings later. Renas baby is 6 ½ months old and can pull himself up by a chair and crawl across the floor in an incredibly short time. I have never seen a child so young and active as he is nor a finer built and good looking. I must tell you that I had not planned on this trip, since I was to have been picked up by Delta and party at Heber, so when the folks came to Orderville, they found me in bed with nothing ready but I had plenty of help and was soon on our way with the car plenty full. We had a joyful time coming this far and anciticipate more joy and fun. Will write more from day to day if I can. Aunt Abbie brot your letter in her suit case and gave it to me last night which made me happy that you are well and the anticipation of your trip bicycling. Time to go so long. Wed Aug 2 at Leonards home Idaho. The trip here was grand , had a lot of fun as well as after we got here. The six sisters here out of the seven. Phoebe wrote that she could not come. She’s Fals mother you know and lives at Elk Washington. Uncle Leonard phones her last nite and wired her a ticket to come on the train and she should have been here this morning but something went wrong about the ticket which is being traced and we are in hopes she will soon be here. It seems so good to be here enjoying the association of my sisters and brother, we sang songs last night, visited, told stories until late hours, and after a good sleep and breakfast we are about ready to go out on the desert for the day. Aunt charlotte is quite weak from her recent illness and feels it will be best for her to stay at the house with the girls and be rested up for the trip to the hills tomorrow. Tell Lawrence his mother and dad are fine and have left all there troubles at home and in Holland all aboard. Thu 3 Aug After a good sleep and rest coupled with a delicious snack we are in for another day of sport and fun off to the hills. The trip to the Desert will long be remembered. Three car loads of people docering the 84 mi distance to reach the desired goal was successfully made even tho much of the way was over country roads and very much enjoyed Leonards had so much to show and tell us, then we didn’t see near all he wanted us to see, he said. It was rather a late noon when we arrived at the shearing correl. and did we have a feast of good things to eat and lots of fun. The side saddle came in handy when used on the gentle yet lively mare with a colt only a few days old which was left in the correl. That faithful bore her burdens one after the other as she galloped away. The fun really started when she was headed toward the correl. to her colt whimming and running Aunt Abbie and I didn’t take the joyful ride all the others did. On the trio out we saw a occasionally rabbit but upon returning especially between sundown and dark, it seemed that the brust litterly turned into rabbits they were so thick. Leonard and Lenic had their guns and laid low a few of them. The only coyote we saw got away however. The most joyful event of the day was arriving home a while after dark and finding Phoebe had arrived. It was a thrilling moment indeed to actually behold her after many years 29 of separation. In the course of the evening we sisters - seven of us, think of it. Were called in the kitchen when a large box was placed upon the table which Leonard proceed to open and what do you think our eyes behold as he passed to each of us a parcel wrapped in white tissue paper. A new dress and all of similar material the color Nancy blue and did they fit. I’ll say they did and how it came about I never can tell. Time to go - will see you later. Fri 4 Aug. I’m up very early this A.M. and its cold sitting on the step of the bunkhouse. Thot I would mail this today on our way to Yellowstone. Uncle Charles car goes to garage this A.M. to be checked over, then will be on our way. Yesterday we went to the hills, I was so thrilled with it all that I don’t wonder why Leonard was so anxious to have us go. The many beautiful fields of ripening grain covering the hills on our way to Leonards possessions was inspiring to say the least then to go thru his 50 miles square range all under fence with to much grass and feed, brush and timber and lots of good water was indeed a thrill. Leonard owns fifteen thousand sheep and that range alone looks as if it is sufficient for that number doubled and tripled. I am feeling so much better and enjoying myself immensely. Perhaps you’ll know before this letter reaches you of Apostle Ballards death, his funeral was held yesterday P.M. You may also know of Glen Hepworths death a week ago. His funeral was a splendid one which I attended. I will send a check this AM to Salt Lake for you and mail it on our way to Yellowstone. The sun is coming over the Mountains and others are beginning to stir about. I’m plenty cool now and have written enough for this letter so will close with love and blessings from Mother. P.S. Aunt Abbie wishes to be remembered to you. 22 Birthday 1939 of Tone Dear Son Tone Good morning and a very happy Birthday. Hope you are well and enjoying your labors to the utmost. Its three weeks tomorrow since I had a letter from you and naturally I am anxious to hear from you. Clara wrote me a few days ago saying that she had rec’d some junior wooden shoes but no letter. I am glad to hear that much because I knew you would not be sending shoes if you had the flu; not that I expected you to have the flu but unless extreme care is taken one can easily get it - it is so contagious. Charlotte has been down with the flu and is much better, so she expects to make another trip to Salt Lake in a few days for her health. I will be so glad when she gets rid of the trouble that keeps her so poorly. Rec’d a letter from her last night. Haven’t heard from Maggie only the once since she moved to Jacamba California. I have kept writing any way hoping for an answer. Sister chamberlain said Mercy went to S.L.C. for the R S singing mothers and I suppose she did. Both the sister Hoyts have gone home and Sister Chamberlain expects to go in a week. I will miss them because thru them I get more news from home, Sister hardy expects to remain however and we exchange news from home. Weather has been nice, warm and with plenty of rain, a little cooler yesterday and last night. Our gardens are growing nicely, lettuce will soon be ready to eat, onions planted last fall are ready now and radishes are coming right alone, carrots too. Aunt Abbie said we have a little peach on one of our trees. How is that for beginners. We’ll have a basket ready to harvest the crops. The grape vines are beginning to leave out and we expect some fruit from them this year. Our neighbors who has been ill so long is recovering nicely. I am thankful for our good neighbors, they are so kind. Carlyle Wilson is here going to school, he lives in a tent up by the hill and cooks over the fire, poor kid - I’m glad to see his efforts. He comes down occasionally and we help him out what we can. Aunt Abbie will bake his bread and he works in exchange - will cut our wood etc. I am feeling better again but will not go to the temple today. Something is wrong with my right eye, can’t tell who people are across the room and I see double all the time so its necessary to close one eye some of the time to tell what I’m looking at. I must close if the school kiddies post this today. Here’s for a happy birthday and lots of love from Mother P.S. am inclosing $2 and razor blades. Letters from Brothers and Sisters that Tone received Cedar City Jan 20 1939 Dear Brother Thank you for remembering us with your picture. Glad to get it. I had am a long time thanking you for it. We had such a good time on Christmas. Now we are getting results. Reaction has set in and we have all been ill. Not very serious except Doyle had to be operated on. But now he is much better. We can’t make him behave himself. Hope the corn popped OK. I wondered how it would be when you received it. Ours did good. Guess you are getting along OK from reports I hear of you. Hope you are anyway. Best Wishes from all of us here. Lovingly Alice Orderville Utah 27 Nov ,1938 Dear Brother Tone No doubt you will be surprised to hear from me after being gone for a year, and never getting a letter before. We think of you a lot and talk about you too, but we think we are so busy we just don’t take time to write. We hear all about you thru mother, if we didn’t maybe we would be a little more particular about writing to you. Does it seem like you have been gone a year? Most missionaries say they hardly know where the time went so fast. It must be a lot of satisfaction and comfort to know you are serving humanity. The older I get the more I realize that the greatest joy one can get out of life is that of serving others. Reo and Alfred left for the Mission home last Friday. They had a farewell party on Thanksgiving night. There was a nice crowd out. They auctioned off cakes and took donations. I didn’t hear how much they made. Guess you would have enjoyed some of the cake, wouldn’t you? They were about the prettiest ones I have ever seen, but maybe they didn’t taste as good as they looked. Thelma Heaton from Alton was expected home for Thanksgiving. Don’t know whether she came or not. Haven’t heard whether Harriet Chamberlain has got here yet or not either. She was released quite a while ago but was intending visiting awhile before coming home. I guess Ellsworth has been quite sick since he has been gone, but they say he is able to work in the office now. I had a letter from Mother on Thanksgiving. She seems to feel better than she has for a long time. She goes thru the temple twice each day and is doing a lot of genealogical work. She has seemed so much better ever since she came from Heber. LaVell came home for Thanksgiving. Just went back again this morning. He likes school so much better this year than last. Has been getting all A’s and B’s. I sure hope he will be able to get a school next year. If he teaches a year or two maybe he can go on a mission. We hope so at least. Quinn will graduate from High School this year, and he is beginning to talk about going to college. He has grown so tall you would hardly know him now. Lots of people think he is more like you than anyone else. He is sure a good dependable boy and better looking than any of the others. George Adair said his son had been called out of Germany and that he was going to Holland. Have you seen him? There doesn’t seem to be much news around here. Changes usually come so gradual we don’t seem to notice them. Maybe you will see a lot when you get home. But I think most every thing will seem about the same. With best wishes and lots of success to you in your good work. With Love, Mercy Cedar City, Utah March 5, 1939 Dear Brother You might think we’re not interested in you the way we write to you but we are. It seems that the time flies by so rapidly I never get the things done that I should. We haven’t had a car for some time so we haven’t been to St George for a long while. We got so far behind with our finances last summer that we decided to go without a car for a while and get caught up again and we are slowly every body can’t see her everyday. We haven’t been over home since last summer, but we will be going again as soon as we get a car again. Mother seems so much better to me I think it did her good to go to that heart specialist in Salt Lake last summer. Hope you have time to write to us and tell us all you can about your work and she Country your in. We are all interested in your success and hope you keep well and happy. Love from us all Charlotte 109 N 6 West Frances and went to the college Opera Fri night and it was a Dutch play called the “Red Milk” Frances was so thrilled she kept talking about you and I guess she thought she owned the opera because you were her uncle and in Holland. We appreciated the picture you send us Christmas time. I had the mumps for Christmas this year, if there is any next time I’ll have mine while I’m still young. Frances wants you to send her some wooden shoes so bad she can hardly stand it. I’m going to send some money as soon as I came from Salt Lake and that won’t be very long. I have been wondering if you could get Frances a dress like they wear over there or else a pattern and some cloth. I wondered if these were some Saints or friends that would do that for you if you could give me an idea of what it would cost and then I would rather have it send direct to us I know it costs more but I’ll be glad to pay the difference. Frances is sure a good girl and is so thrilled with the baby she can hardly stand it. Sept 19 Dear Bro. Tone Being as Royce is in the fever of writing I will put a little in too. When you left I thot we could write at least once a month and here the first time to get at it after a whole year. We all think about you and talk about it often even if we don’t write. Royce has talked about Holland ever since he was in the second grade, then when you were going there he has been sort of jealous full of envy or whatever it is. He figures you have the chance at what he wants most to see. So we try to impress him to live right so he could be called on a mission he wants to but he and Paul seem to enjoy getting off the track when together. I’m afraid going to school in Glendale does not help him much either. The acorns are so thick this year, just getting ripe now, we feel like hunting pigs to fatten, then we would all be swine herders for sure. Mother come up to see us Saturday afternoon with Ferl. Sure seems good to see her feeling better. 23 - maybe this is a busy time of the year to try to get anything done but apples and tomatoes are covering and uncovering the dried fruit. Glad to have the fruit to take care of but the few clouds make so much extra work. Lyle sure hates to think he didn’t let you put us some power here. I think the power is coming thru in the Valley but they talk about money in the thousands of dollars for each hook up so we may as well not listen as we can’t get anything above a dollar. We have lots of apples but all we can do is trade or give away. Tone you better get to thinking how you love to fight weeds during the next year over there. The lot at home is so awful there is still a trail to house and washboard and part way around them. Don’t worry about them they will keep. Anyway Love Nancy Glendale, Utah Dec 18, 1938 Dear Tone I suppose we should say we hope you had a Merry Christmas and happy New Year as it will all be over before you can get this. It seems strange as it is still a week off but I doubt if we could do all we would like to and be ready if it only comes once in four years. Lyle had a job making brick in St George so we left Royce with Easton and Lavon and the rest of us went down and stayed in the warm country for two weeks and also the change I put Verona in kindergarten for the two weeks and bottled with Jack each day while she was away. She can get along without him but is rather hard on him while she is away. I took them to the stores to bury a few presents and try to find out what they would like best, but all I found out was they wanted everything on display. Royce got a tree and now has it all ready for the big event. I’m wondering how the tree can stand or will look in a week from today. The house can stand still for awhile now, they are in bed, the knocked the table until I give up and rucked them in. We did enjoy your letter so much. Royce gets it out to read and talk about it yet. We do not expect you to answer our letters but to keep them going to 7 other regular if not often. She is so much better or at least feels better, she walked up town several times while we were down there. But it takes so little to get her wondering and worrying. But don’t ask Royce not to ask questions when you get home. There are some things he will almost have to see, the way he feels about it now. Dec 20 The days slip by almost without me knowing, but not fast enough to suite the kids, they ask several times a day if its Christmas even tonight. I set Verona to roiling out cookies yesterday while I made a big cheese and jack did his share by eating curd and cookies. Hope you keep well and enjoy the work. Love Nancy Glendale Utah May 21, 1939 Dear Brother Tone Its only 8 A.M. Sunday morning a whole day before me with almost nothing to do. I say almost because Jack and Verona are here but hope they catch the spirit of today and do not have any upsets between them selves. Lyle is working on the bridge at cove. They fussed and puttered at first so now the boss is getting in a hurry so has them work Sundays and two days while pouring cement they worked 12 hours each day. School has been closed a week. Royce has stayed home and worked most all the time so he feels like a bird turned free this morning he went to town to spend the day. Had a good letter from Mother this week. She seems to feel better again, she always mentions you so we hear quite often even though you cannot write to all. She was so thrilled with the clock that the kids are anxious to see it from what she wrote. She said all the kids that see it down there sure like it and keep coming back to see it. A movie outfit was here two days last week taking pictures around the lake. Its just a short feature outfit but must be pretty good as they have already taken one prize this year for best short feature. This picture is of Guy Chamberlains 5 year old girl and her trained pinto on a trip to the ranch. I had never seen a trained horse act before, only on the screen so it looked pretty good to me being no judge. The kids sure got a kick out of it and hope to have another horse so they can train it. It looked easy enough so Royce thinks he would like to try anyway. You may have to select a bride from a younger set yet Tone, Jane Hardy is married and I hear Twila is soon to be. They were about the best to tease you about anyway, weren’t they? By the way. I have been making lace for pillow cases for each of the sisters and sisters-in-law. I have that done now altho I’m very slow at it, so am wondering if I should be starting for another in-law? Jack and Verona sure like their S.S. teacher especially the youngest. I don’t know what she thinks of them, but whatever Eva says is just it with them. They say John DeMills is trying to get a recommend. The wind blows too much to get very warm and am hoping it stops soon without leaving a frost. The orchard is over loaded with fruit and garden could be better by using the hoe more. I’m going to try raising chickens, a few anyway. Not much sale for eggs but chickens go almost anytime. Verona is busy writing, don’t know what kind of bear stories she is trying to tell you. I’ve told all I know too so will close hoping you keep well and keep letters coming to Mother if no one else. Love Nancy Orderville, Utah Sept 27, 1938 Mr. Tone Blackburn Holland Dear Bro. It seems like its been about a year since you left. I have been doing a little scraping with the team around the house today and it sure is some job seems I never will get cleaned up around here, the house is a long ways from being finished but we enjoy living in it any way. I guess mother told you we have another boy to help us. I had about 600 bu grain 320 of wheat the rest oats but it isn’t worth anything this year in fact there isn’t any thing I know of that has a descent price only what we buy and alfalfa seed and from the amount that was raised this year and the farmers so poor it is going for a ride soon. Dwight was going to write and thank you for the shoes but is so tired tonight has gone to bed and John Barrie went to the show last nite to see Adventure of Robin Hood. Lester is over to Escalent this week working I have had a few jobs but they have been nearly all trade am going to Mt Carmel and do some plumbing for Osmer Lamb. Andrew Olsen died last week and while he was sick I installed a toilet for them and there was some relatives there that were deaf mutes and all the motions. Mr Christensen the music teacher lives in our old house for $20.00 per month so that helps out quite a bit then there is three girls from Alton living in the two rooms in the garage for $5.00 per month and they are more bother than that. Will inclose $5.00 bill mother gave for me to send hope it reaches ok for I will remember just how big they look when you’re scimping trying to get along. I can’t think of much that has happened around here lately as we don’t go any where only to Church and over to Commissioners meeting and Relief meetings they are the worst mess I ever expect to get mixed up with. Henry is going to do the plowing for me for the pasturing in the field a good trade I think there is 13 ½ a to prom. It is quite warm lately and as dry as I have ever seen it this time of year. Hope this finds you will as it leaves us that way. With love from the Family Easton Orderville, Utah Jan 1 1939 Dear Bro Tone; This is a letter I should have written a month ago but just keep putting it off. I am enclosing a $5.00 bill from the Elders quorum for you Christmas but guess it will be just as good when you get it. Our quorum held a excursion to the temple just before Alf and Reo went to take them through so it wouldn’t be so new to them when they got in S.L.C. I went down to St George the 28th Dec and took John Barrie and Dwight with me and a load of wood and a few other things Mother and Aunt Abbie are quite well and having a good time. We sure are enjoying our furnace if it isn’t paid for and mothers radio we got a power pack to take the place of batteries and hook it up to our old radio a while then change it to the other. Mark Brinkerhoff and Leah Levanger were married the other day. The school ball team thinks they can go places this year I go to all the games as I am ticker taker. They are trying to start a church welfare dairy here and I think it can be alright only the ones that are to start it will get some experience at the cost of some one. There is no work going on around here this winter and business sure is quite so I hope it picks up next summer. I hope this finds your feeling well and that you enjoy yourself while you are over there. With best wishes for the New Year Easton Orderville, Utah Jan 1st , 1939 Dear Tone; Will try to start this new year with a letter to you. We are proud of you and the work you are doing. Your picture is good enough to be able to speak and you look well and happy as I hope this finds you. We are all OK. Don’t see Lester and family or Nancy very often but they are fine too, just don’t have time to visit now winter is here with a little snow. Everything was while for Christmas so it seemed like Christmas. Wish you could see our three boys the baby Von looks like John Barrie, fat and big and John Barrie in his cow boy boots is as large as Charles (Lester’s boy) Dwight is growing but his still quite a baby. He is in school this winter so is changing fast. Santa brot them big boys for he brot them and base balls’.Mother is fine. She misses you so but is brave about it. She and Aunt Abbie are like two busy school girls. They have to be busy to be happy. Aunt Maggie and Uncle Charl just called they always come over for the ward Reunion. VeraDean and Ferl are celebrating the New Years Day cleaning the kitchen stove pipe it was about full of soot and the stove smoked awful. I’ll bet this has been you job before? We are enjoying our furnace it doesn’t seem like winter it keeps the house so warm. Be good to yourself and remember we love you if we don’t write. Love LaVon Orderville, Utah May 21, 1939 Dear Tone, At last here is the long intended latter, don’t bother to answer it but if you have time write Mother an extra letter, she just seems to live to bear from you and she always seems a little worried if she doesn’t get a letter about when she thinks she should. There is so much to tell you. I have made an outline the first one the list is marriage. Twila Porter was married last wed to a fellow from Eureka, Lorna Chamberlain is to marry a fellow from Panguitch soon; did you hear of Stewart Reese and Kathleen Heaton being married, Deward Clark married a girl from Richfield and is living in the upper story of Howard Spencers house Omner and Donna Reese had a baby last winter but it only lived about two weeks. Odell Watson is going to marry a Kanab school teacher before long and live up in Lydias Canyon so we will have another neighbor. We lived in the canyon all last summer and into most of this. I built another room onto our shack instead of using the tent. Since you left we bought a new radio a Philco no squat no stoop no Squint kind from William Heaton. I bought a horse from Henry Carroll it is the first colt they raised from their black mares. He is 4 years old now and neighs better than 16000 pounds and is a very good horse. Last year I bought or rather traded a new grain drill. Last year I drilled 150 acres with it and this year a little over 100 acres. I get $1.00 per acre for drilling so the drill has more than paid for itself all ready. We got a new McCormisk Deering separator last fall and has four cows we milked all winter, so we sold cream the price was very low but the money came in very handy. The Ford V* was a very handy and good car the the one we traded it is on is much better, it is a 1939 International 3/4 ton capacity has a stake rack, is red in color and will haul 3 ton at 55 miles per hour as easy as fun. It has dual wheels and is near enough paid for that I have the title to it. It may seem like we have bought quite a few things with our limited means but the way we did it was just trade for most anything. I got most of the things from them and for pay have taken them a lot of cedar posts, lumber and shingles from Charles Hepworths mill. I got the posts lumber and shingles by trading things I had raised for them. Last year I raised 1200 bushels of oats and had 25 tons of grass baled so I had a lot of trading material. Im getting quite a reputation as a trader one of my typical trades would be take a load of posts to Sevier Valley merc - trade part of them on what I owe and the rest for sheep salt brings the sheep salt home and trade for mutton then take the mutton and trade for more posts, sounds funny but there is really a profit in doing it. Vera Deane is a pretty good trader to the other hay she traded 150 posts for 1000 lbs flour which was a very good trade for us. I guess we will have new electric lights and power before long the contractors who are putting up the line moved in yesterday and the contract has been awarded for the power house which will be at Hatch. The power will be made by diesel engines. They will furnish power for all the towns between Escalante and Mt Carmel. The county bought a new caterpillar to use on county roads. Rulon Parkes is operating it, we are going to have them make us a road up Lydias canyon in just a few days, it will only cost us about $10 a day which is just the actual operating cost of the caterpillar and operator. Your new suit is in the office. I’ll get it out tomorrow. I got another tire for you to use on the tractor you were making it didn’t cost me anything but is quite a good tire. Bishop Carroll is having cement brick made to build a new café he won’t start building until fall however. Bonnie Sorenson is starting on his new house it will be made of red cement brick. Hatters Irin has built 6 new cabins and added to their house they have quite a good looking place now. Joe and Pearl Bolander have moved into their new house and it isn’t finished but they had enough done so they could move int. We are going to have a new school superintendent for next year. We all hope it will be Mr Swallow but we won’t know until July 1st when Ashbys contract expires. One of the current popular songs is “Heaven Can Wait” it my theme song now because as long as we can enjoy living and enjoy each other as we do why Haven Can Wait. We have read a number of your letters that you sent Mother so we know you are getting along wonderfully well. I knew you would be a very good missionary because as John Crofts told me if you wasn’t getting along with any companion you had there would be something very wrong with the companion. I’ll try and write sooner next time because if I don’t you’ll be home. Good Luck Ferl I send my very best wishes with Ferl. We talk of you often and look forward to your returning home. Vera Deane. December 1, 1937 Glendale School Dear Tone I’ve had several good intentions about writing you, but not one of them have materialized until now. It seems good to have the kids gone for a while, but some are back after ten minutes what they eat I don’t know. We are still having ideal weather here, seems as if it would last a while longer too. Ralph spent Thanksgiving down here. We went out to Moccasin for the big feed. The whole town ate together in their school house. It was quite the celebration. Kay had her CCC up for dinner. She has surely gone over the deep end if you know what I mean. Much to the consternation of our Stake President on account of his belonging to the Methodist Church. But it apparently makes no difference to Kay. Her dad finally gave in, but asked them to wait a year, so time alone will tell. I told Kay not to take it serious for every missionary after they arrive home go over the deep end. Most often times not serious. She acts positively silly. Ralph and I causes no little gossip ourselves. He and I were the only ones home as Mother spent Thanksgiving week working in the Manti temple. It doesn’t bother me what any one thinks. Ralph wants me to spend Christmas up to his house - in fact I’m afraid his making an issue of it. I’m not so keen about going for a good many reasons, but it looks as if I’d have to go anyway. His brother will be home from his mission Christmas time. During our talk about it I discovered the fact that his mother thinks he’s making a mistake - just imagine that one. It sort of took me down. I’ll admit what do you think about it? Israel Jorgensen is surely giving Crosby the rush. He’s really keen about her. The beauty of it is that he has to behave just about so or she won’t go with him. He’s really going to Church too. Pete is going with Mack Hoyt now. And billy is still hanging over Easton Gate post the other morning when I work up I was just wondering how it would feel or seem to wake up in a strange land. I suppose you know all about how that feels by now. Oh, yes, there is one question. I want to ask -Please answer it too. Did Ralph’s mother see you in Salt Lake? I mean did she see you at the mission home. If she did I don’t believe she thinks I’m so terrible anyway I’d like to know. Billy’s mother had him sell his car - for what I don’t know, but I could guess. I guess you know Ferl and Deane are living in one of Carrolls Cabins. I just found out up town the other day that I was the reason. They couldn’t tell me to my face, but they sure spread it all over town. I’d get married but I fear I’d be getting in deeper than I am already, with the future mother - in-law not liking me. So here I am on top of the fence. It’s time the kids were coming back in so I’ll have to quit. Love Clara Orderville, Utah 3 Jan 1938 Dear Tone I have a feeling this is to be written on the installment plan but just as long as the scandal goes I suppose it doesn’t matter too much. Today we are back in school for the first time after the Christmas holidays. There is four and ½ months of this strife. I just got back last night from spending the holidays up at Heber City. I did have a good time in spite of the weather. I went up with “Pete” in a terrible snow storm she was afraid of it so I drove all the way. We had nice weather all the time I was there, but it stormed the day we left. Ralph gave me a big Cedar Chest and his mother gave me a quilt to put in it. But I had to leave both of them up there. I gave him an electric razor a Schick, this brand seems to be the only satisfactory kind that I could learn of. I have had to listen to all the Christmas presents all the kids got and say, how lovely, how nice and etc. One kid just now said I can bring my top if you’ll take care of it - Mama said. Roland Chamberlain, Grant Bowers and Edmunus Hepwroth were caught stealing hides from Myron Holygate and selling them for money. They went to court over it and put all three away for 60 days however, the law neglected one thing, they forgot to serve papers on them, therefore it isn’t legal, so they had to turn them loose and they can’t serve papers on them because they have had their trial. Later - this hour in school is commonly called the free period. They are all free to do anything they wish to and believe me they do follow the line of least resistance. We are practically without organization and one new program may so operate but Glendale has found something or other to stop it, so it is at a complete stand still. It surely is a mess - the two towns may come to blows yet. I don’t know how long it will be safe for me to come up here every day.. They had Ellswroths farewell while I was gone so I don’t know how it went of. I did hear however, that the ward reunion was a complete flop. All the kids left it and went to the dance in Kanab. We went to the dance in Heber New years night, there were no drunks there, but the orchestra were certainly plastered, believe me they sure put out the hot music, but everyone wondered if they would last the dance out. They did last until 2: o clock - then we went down town to a café when we ran into the drunks. They were throwing fire crackers so big they tore the stocking off some of the girls. They really had a riot until the cops got there. There was an old woman, looked about 60 years old and was she drunk, she was drinking with the C.C.C.’s. I have two or three good pictures we took down in Zion on Thanksgiving. If you would like them I’ll get another copy for you. I’ve got all the school kids here gathering stamps so we may find something from them anyway. I’ll take from them and send them to you. If I could get some pages that would fit in your I.P. book I could copy the poems on the type written on those. I was looking in Ralph’s I.P. book and read several poems that Im sure you will like them. I’ll write and ask him for them. I have been through Kays book too so I’ll get hers and copy some. From Clara Orderville, Utah Feb 6, 1938 Dear Tone Your letter just came today, and was surely glad to hear from you. Most left last week for St George. Kay has been here with me, but is going home today. Kanab played ball over here last night and we played over there the night before. Kanab won both times. The score was kept even until the last quarter both nights them Kanab stepped out ahead. There were big crowds both nights. They surely had a good dance last night. Kanab orchestra. Even the Supt. Danced around. We are having out winter now, it surely is muddy and nasty here now. Uncle Charl was just here and has taken Kay home so I am definitely alone at last. I wonder how it will seem. I’m really not posted on the news so well at the present time. I’ll have to do more visiting I can see. Sytha Fintly was to the game last. (Rest is missing) in my eye. I heard up to Glendale today that the new power plant wouldn’t even work. They had the stake engineers working on it two days and they couldn’t work it. It will only make 60 volts so they say. Mr Rust keeps me posted on the pow-works up there. Watch on the letters you get from us from now on because we’ll be picking up different stamps to use. Its around town now that I am to hard and the kids at Glendale and too cross. It makes me mad, but B.O. said to consider it a compliment after the way they have been let tun. So tomorrow I go back on the job - they’ll find out yet. I’ve been easy on em. (I’ll see about the rest of the things you wanted. Write again - Love Clara Feb 17, 1938 Orderville, Utah Dear Tone I think I shall write down the news of the day for you or I’ll forget it if I wait. In the first place Chat Tait married Inez Anderson last night they had only gone together twice before. He left for the herd today, so I guess it was too much for him. Tine Taits home burned down today. It was an extra cold day and I guess he must have had a big fire in the stove that didn’t have a flue built in. They lost most everything they say. Joseph Handcock was in the store last night even though it was after valentine and bought $4.50 or more of valentines he put stamps on them and had Vernell post them. He didn’t enough so he composed some of his own and put inside the valentine on a slip of paper. Rena sure got a hot one. I just came back from a parent teachers’ meeting up at Glendale and I’m glad its over. I had to give the program so I had the whole school sing. I don’t think they will ask for it again very soon. Last night the M Men and the Gleaners had a debate - Resolved that young ladies are more courteous than young men. The fellows took the affirmative and the girls the negative. It was a riot when Wally DeMille got up to give his he stepped up and climbed over the railing to get on the stand. We had the house filled that night besides having the stake officers. Believe it or not the school is having a holiday on the 25th of this month. I can hardly believe it yet. We have a new school nurse who is really going after things. She is in the act of sending some of my pet pupils to the training school in American Fork. So I’m surely with here there. Ralph wrote and said he was coming down at the end of this quarter sometime in March for a few days. Rena went to Cedar with Clyde today her folks are afraid they will come back married since that love bug is loose. Velma Carrolls little girls said, Rena and Clyde are going to get married” Dean said ,”O are they I wonder why?” Cause they go off in the car and neck so much; said Mary Lou.” What is necking?” asked Dean” O when they go off and put their necks together I guess,” replied the bright child. Everyone has been real sick with colds around here. I spent all of last week end in bed with one. Feb 18 I just had the ward teachers all by myself. It was Charlie Hepwroth. We had a quite a little visit. Lois Rust was operated on for appendicitis on Valentine day. She was quite bad off. Verna had her beauty shop up over the show house. I was up there tonight. I saw Wilford Stevens. You’d never know him all dressed up in a new suit and talking in quite a different accent. I can’t quite get over the change in him. His wife, Sylvia came in and he had to kiss her right before s hop full of people. I still can’t quite comprehend that it was him. I had another flat tire this morning when I dashed out to go to Glendale. It changed it with my own billy white hand and made it to school on time. I’m getting so sleepy. I’ll have to close for this time Love Clara Glendale, Utah March 17, 1938 Dear Tone, I suppose you have already discovered your little birthday present that mother has been saving for some time for you. I have been busy before but never so busy as I find myself these days. Only 9 more weeks of school lift for this year, then comes the fire works. The latest news of any interest or importance is that Eva and Jo Hardy had twin girls they couldn’t come fast enough to suit them so they had to have them come in twos. However one of them died. The flood nearly took Chip’s house down so they moved it. While they were moving it half of it fell completely in. They moved the other half and you should see what he’s building on to it. It sure’s a honey. The flood also caved in by Crofts cabins clear back to the road. They are busy walling that up with rocks now. From the people that are working on it. I ‘d judge it was a W.P.A. project. The other night the wild high school gang of fellows stole my food. I got Har Foote after them and I soon got it back. All the fellows are sure mad at me along with their folks. They were going to have Har prosecuted even (next time they said he told eno “lets do it now” That bunch surely have a wild light in the eye. Lenna Adair and Leo DeMille were put on the carpet this week. They asked Joseph Hancock for some money then the bought by some fouls means something to get drunk on and did they go to school plastered. Now the Glendale situation it proves to be even more striking if you can imagine that. We have it charred down now. They even went so far as to say that Mr Rand and I had been having illegal relationships and they had even seen us. One of the second grade kids looked straight at me and told me that he’d seen us. Its needless to say what I did - you could guess. Ralph will be on the bus Saturday morning then we are going to take a truck load of wood and coal to St George then bring mother back for a few days or a week or so. What is the reaction over there concerning Germany and the Austrian and Checklavakian situation. Being as close to Germany as you are you should know. I’d really like to know. The time I should be eating my lunch, but one thing more - Ruth rust is going to be married in the spring. Love Clara P.S. I ordered the Readers Digest for you last night. Orderville, Utah May 4, 1938 Dear Tone, Its rather difficult to write just what one wished with at least 15 looking over one’s shoulder. A typewriter seems to be the smart thing at the present moment. Only two more weeks of school after this week, and how good it will seem. I was going to say that nothing has happened , now even a fire, but I’ll have it to take that back for Aunt Esplin’s house caught on fire, but it wasn’t even exciting because she only had to step to fire extinguisher before it even had a good start. I guess you know how her telephone system works. John Barrie came over to tell us last night that Lessey has a baby girl. A ***** world isn’t it? I bought two new tires for my ford-four ply. And only yesterday Ralph wrote and told me ha had just bought me two new tires, so now my fort has a brand new set of tires although they are not on yet. I’ll have the two I bought put on tonight and the others when Ralph brings them. Our big day is June 1st at the Manti Temple, not far away. I have to ask the Bishop for recommend tonight if I can get up courage enough. His folks are coming down the last of this month then we are all going to Manti from Here. Ferl and Dean are going up too, also Kay and Mother. I’m suffering at present with a slight case of the jitters. It makes me feel - well I can’t explain it, but you will know some day I suppose.Ralph has a job working with the county agency on the soil conservation, and also has a place to live although he failed to tell me just where. Oh , yes he has a quilt and a pair of down pillows too. I invested my money in a complete set of wear ever dishes and a $40 set of silverware. I have about 8 or 10 quilts too, plus a lot of other things. It’s going to be a lot of fun, although I don’t know just how long I’ll be able to be the boss. Maybe we will decide to run the institution 50-50. Mother hasn’t been very well she has been in bed a week. Dr’s orders. She is much better today and wants to get up but we won’t let her. We are trying especially hard to keep her well enough to take her to Manti with us, in face I won’t go unless she can go. If she is careful she will be all right. Dean is taking care of her while I am in school. They moved out of their cabin and came over home. As soon as I get settled in Heber I want her to go up there. Aunt Abbie is coming out for the summer but she wants to spend some time in Provo so I’m planning on having mother up there while Aunt Abbie is in Provo. Last Friday was county day at Kanab. I took my kids over in the pick up - and What a Day! Glad it’s over. One of my kids, the one they call Slick, and the youngest of the big Brinkerhoff family stabbed himself yesterday with a pitch fork. He run it through his back and punctured a lung. But one must remember it is Glendale at that. John Lavanger’s family is moving away, somewhere up in Idaho, so your old pal won’t be around to greet you when you come home. I think you know, which one I mean, don’t you> The relief has surely take some people over heart and soul the men can’t get any one to go out to do the shearing. It’s a lot easier being on relief than doing a bit of honest to goodness work. Rex Bauer and Margaret Carpenter are being married as soon as school closes so they tell me. One of the teachers in Kanab got married Christmas time and tried to keep it a secret, but there is a limit to what people can do, and now she is darned glad that she can tell the whole world that she is married (we hope). I had to have the gas line and carburetor cleaned out on my ford they surely got a lot of water and dirt out of it. They said it was a wonder it even went at all. But it still went such a fine little ford, Ralph thinks we are going to keep it for a while. It will probably cause a lot of trouble since its my care and it grips me to death the way he drives it - just like it was an old 28 chev. I don’t like that a little bit. I had though seriously of sending you some money and having you send me a pair of wooden shoes, however, I have changed my mind and decided that perhaps you had better bring a pair of small one for Junior when you come home - if not before. I feel sorry for the poor dumb guy that Johnny Crofts cleaned the other night. He was walking down the street in Fredonia the night of the Junior Prom with Reo and Lois. Some one just reached out and popped him one of the nose. Johnny caught the guy and almost killed him - any way the fellows! Friends had to carry him off. When I want to put over to you is that guy got a licking and a D.... good lesson on the side. Spring might be here, but I doubt it. It’s so cold today we are about to freeze up right here at school. It’s getting time to go home and since I’m always glad to get out I think I’ll be on my way soon. Love Clara Dwight’s foot length 6 ½ in. Orderville, Utah May 23, 1938 Dear Brother, Your savings book was lost. Mother wrote about it and the letter enclosed is the answer we received. I have written across the bottom and left a place for you to sign. If you will send it to me I will see to it and get another pass book for you. Its hard for me to tell you now what I have to - about mother, it seems that she has only a very short time to live. We hope so because she is suffering so very much. She has been in bed since the last of April and last night about six she had another attack it seemed as if she were dying for three hours. She hasn’t come out of it yet. If she could just pass away we would all be so relieved. All night she called for father to come and get her. She has been too weak to talk much today. Still she may get well, she has before. But we just don’t know , or have any assurance this time. She talked about you last night and said if Dad would only hurry they’d have time to see you. I feel all right about it and I think you will too - if only she didn’t have to linger on so long. I’m postponing our wedding date - when I don’t know, but sometime I hope. It seemed until noon yesterday mother would be well enough to go to the temple with us. We had planned on going a week from Wed to the Manti Temple. His mother and father, brother and his brothers girl friend were going to take a trip down, visit the parks and then go to Manti with us. I am glad school is out now, its been so hard the last month. I don’t know what else I could say at this time - anything encouraging to help you keep your chin up. I’d surely say it. She doesn’t want you to come home until your time is out. I’ll write everything to you, explaining everything when it’s all over. Keep your chin up - Keep up the good works - Stick with it when ever you do. Love Clara P.S. Mother said to tell you that if there was any money left she wants you to go to the diesel engineering school for a few weeks. She was a little stronger a few minutes ago and said to tell you she loves you and although you won’t see her in her mortal state again she’ll see you and perhaps you’ll feel that she is there. It’s night now and I dread it the house are so long - its lots easier in the daylight. I’ll write again in a few days. Did you get the $5. I’m very anxious to know. Don’t worry about the money because I’ve made arrangements to keep on sending it. May 27, 1938 Dear Brother, Mother wanted me to write a little also. I can’t quite think straight, we have been worried so long, lost so much sleep, and on such a strain. But today we are somewhat relaxed. Mother is much better and she partly wants to get well, now. She is enough better that I am to be married on the first, if Ralph shows up. I’ll be gone a few days then I’ll come back. I am supposed to meet him in Manti next Tuesday. As for news, I hear Lauri Meeks is expecting a baby. The latest is that Joe Jorgensen has asked Pearl Olsen to marry him. You can guess the an. He has asked Mae Black, however, Mildred Bowers, Noreen P, Miss Martin, Bess Brrkaby Kay, and etc. Mother has a true Romance magazine and she and Aunt Abbie wan me to read a story to them. So I’ll say Good-nite for tonight. Love Clara Heber city Utah June 11, 1938 Dear Tone I feel that I now have the right to call you brother. Mother Blackburn has written and told you of the event undoubtedly if not that grand sister of your’s and I were married in the Manti temple June 1, 1938. We have been as happy as two love birds since. We are just getting ourselves a home fixed up to live in. I have though of you many times but have just been very neglectful of my correspondence except to the one and only (Clara) I have always tried to answer her prompt. I have not seen Mother Blackburn since the first of April. She was sick and I had a job that I could not leave very long. Between both events we decided it best to meet in Manti and there start our happiness. We are planning on going down about the first of July. So then I may have more news that I might tell you according to Mothers letters she is feeling very well again not as strong as before but just as happy. I only hope that she continues that way. There is only one thing that cause it was she tried to do to much for Clara before the Wedding. I believe that a rest will do her good. As I write I am at the desk in front of the radio if you remember it at home here. Clara is in the kitchen trying to write but Dad is talking to her and I doubt if she is doing much writing. That is up to her she said I may write something and put in her letter to you. I have a jumble of ideas running in my head. I have so much to do that I hardly know which way to turn. I must write to Mother Blackburn again. I have three merit badge tests to pass then I will have my Eagle award earned at least it will be a grand event. I have my sheet to fill out tonight also. Some works to do on my maps of my job. Tone I have a desire at this time wish you much success and joy in your missionary labors. As a brother in the gospel I’ll say God bless you and your efforts. As one of the family -I’ll say our prayers are with you always to the End in Happiness always. Just Ralph you know where we are write soon. We’ll try to get a picture together and send you one. Heber City, Utah June 12, 1938 Dear Brother I have threatened to do this for so long. I’m at it at last. In fact I’m staying home from church to do this. I’ve been a married woman now for twelve days and still living with the folks. We did go up to our place tonight to take some of my things. We are going to live in a big brick house just one block off main street. It belongs to Ralphs folks. I’s surely a nice place. We haven’t bought any furniture yet, I’ll have to pick it out by myself as Ralph has to work every day from 8 till 5. He’s on a state job of mapping - no it isn’t a W.P.A. Project. We are going down home the first of July to stay a while and get the rest of my things. I hardly know what to think about the place, but I think I will like it. We had a bunch of pictures taken the day we were married at the Manti Temple. As soon as I can get them I will send some to you if you’d like them. I’d like a picture of you if you have another one like you had taken on your birthday. I’m being entertained by that new Dad of mine by the family scandals. There seems to be plenty too. It’s hard to write and listen to these thrillers. Ralph’s brother Ray is being married the last of the month. We are going through the Salt Lake Temple when the happy day arrives. The thing he married is ever bit as choice as he is. Outside of the two Pearsons families I don’t know much of any one in town, but I expect I will if I hang on long enough. Write when you have time. I’ll have plenty of time on my hands as soon as we get into our own place and if I can find anything to tell you about that you’d like to hear. I’ll write plenty to you.. I’m still being told about those things so I’ll have to say Good night for tonight. Love Clara Heber City, Utah July 24, 1938 Dear Brother I have had the two pictures for you for some time but I haven’t taken the time to send them, but here they are at last. Today is just another of those Sundays we have the days and nights rather mixed up as Ralph works night shift down at the Pea factory and since Mother works or I should say sleeps nearly all day besides the night so I set up alone most of these days. Rena and Ramona have been up visiting us all last week. Rena is counting on marrying Clyde before too long. All her folks are well over the idea - everyone has talked to her but it doesn’t seem to do much good. Maybe if you’d write to her it might help. The last two days we spent in Salt Lake at the Intermountain clinic. They surely gave Mother the once over. They found the cause of her trouble and that is that her Goiter has grown back in and is filling her with poison. Its what is keeping her pressure so high. Part of the doctors think they should operate and part aren’t in favor of it. Mother feels as if they wouldn’t come through it if they did and I feel the same way. This way, without the operation she doesn’t have a chance of living until you come home. However, she is undecided as yet. I bought a new electric washer while I was in Salt Lake so I’m really my own now. Aung Abbie is visiting in Idaho but will come out here for a day or two before visiting some where else. Its so nice and cool here in Heber. We nearly die off with the heat when we go to Salt Lake or Provo. We can’t get to Provo on account of a great landslide down in the canyon that damned off the whole river and made a lake that covered nearly the upper part of the canyon. I still like Heber a lot and I hope I always will. It’s quite a place after one learns his way around. We are going to keep Mother here the rest of the summer. It’s time to arouse Ralph and get him off to work on time. So must close. Love Clara Heber City, Utah October 22, 1938 Dear Brother For some time I have realized that I owed you a letter and I have been some time getting at it. We just got back from down home Monday, so we have been extra busy getting settled down to living again. Although I was home a month I didn’t find out too much scandal, but I did find plenty within the own family circle. I wasn’t too much surprised to discover that Rena and Clyde got married. They have been married two months. She did upset the folks and I don’t mean perhaps. For the rest of the legitimate news. Dola expect Momentarily to go to the hospital. Oh yes, Chip and Blanch had another increase. Laura Meeks is home and expects to go to the hospital for an increase also. (Will wonder never cease?) Ferl and Dean bought a new radio. One of the new Philco’s from William, a no stoop, no squat, no squint,. It surely plays good. Last Sunday night we went to Church in Orderville. They called on Ralph to talk and gave him the whole meeting to take up, which he did. We spent a few days in St George working in the temple. It is surely nice inside, now compared to what it was. Later We just had visitors from Provo. Prof Saurds from the BYU and family. Remember him he is in Band man, a German. They brought us a lovely Pyrex baking set. They brought Roy and Lovina one just like it. It has turned winter here. It’s so cold. I like to stay in most of the time. I rather imagine I have quite a winter ahead of me. Did you get the cake and things OK? I’d like to know about the cake. If it was still good I can make another one and take it in to Salt Lake when we are going, or there is lots of chances to send them in with some one who happens to be going. Twila Porter is getting married to one of her brother-in-laws brothers. I guess you can imagine that after the Qinner, Donna affair. Willard Esplin was married the other day to a girl from Logan. I hear Reed Bolander is getting married soon also. I suppose it is a girl from Salt Lake where he is working. Kay is still chasing her C.C.C. punk. Its getting past being serious so don’t be surprised if I write soon and tell you she has captured him even in opposition to her parents wished. I see from the hands of the clock it’s time for me to get busy again. Take care of yourself and write soon, or when you can spare the time. Love Clara Heber, Utah Jan 29, 1939 Dear Tone, My intentions have been to write for a long long time at last they are materializing although I don’t have any too much news. It keep one busy just keeping warm LaVell came up last week and spent Saturday and Sunday with us. Did you know he was an uncle all so soon. Rena has a baby boy it was born on Jan 15. We are expecting Ralph Jr next summer but under slightly different circumstances, legal over you understand. I’ll send you some money so you can send a pair of wooden shoes for Junior when you run on to a pair of small ones. Don’t be too fussy about the size. Your letter came OK Christmas time with the picture and hankie. I was surely glad to get them. I have showed them to everyone that has come in to see us. I was happily surprised the other day to get such an excellent picture of Mother. I guess she has sent you one before now. Lavell said he went to see her during the holidays and that she looked very well for her. I’d like to go down but the roads are so slick I think I hadn’t better go. She is counting on spending the summer up here. I’ll be out of the hospital by the time the temple closes so everything will work out just right. You don’t need to worry about me subjecting her to the works like she has been in the past. We all live and learn. Ralph has gone to Sunday School. We are going to a meeting at the Stake house for all Seventies and their wives. Rufus K Hardy will be the speaker. Have you seen Lawrence. Blake get I guess you will enjoy seeing and visiting with him. I’m finding out that there is about as many funny people who live here as down home. I thought they would be quite different here but I’m sorry to say that they are very much the same. I’m just getting acquainted with the seminary principals wife who cuts a superior first to Sytha Findlay. Do you ever go to the picture shows over there? Or don’t they have them? We have half of our house rented. They are surely nice people to have in the same house. They have twin baby girls about four months old. I think one at the time is plenty fast enough and a big enough job, after seeing what a took the two are. We have such a big fine built house we can’t hear them cry over here on our side. I have a package to send to Mother for her birthday on the 3rd of Feb. We are sending her some of her favorite candy gum drops and peanut butter fudge. If Ralph doesn’t get a job pretty soon we are going to be embarrassed and I don’t mean maybe. Take care of yourself, Love Clara Heber City, Utah June 4, 1939 Announcing the arrival of a Son born : June 4, 1939 at 12:10 A.M. Weight - 6 Lb 12 oz Parents -Mr and Mrs Ralph Hicken Hello Tone, 1Are you expecting this news. Well It has happened. We are the proud parents of a son born at 12:10 A.M. this morning and they are both doing very well and she is happy so am I. I have written to mother telling her. I hope she will be Happy. I am sorry that I have not taken time to write more often. I often think of you. I have work with the Std oils of Calif - so I am kept busy. I’ll try to write more next time. So take care and always. Love Ralph and Clara Front page missing he looks almost as big as Robert. The tax on my car was on 61Cents this year. She still runs as nice as you please. I think I will try her up the state again during our spring vacation if it isn’t too stormy by them. Believe it or not, I was the main speaker last Sunday night in sacrament meeting. It’s the first chance I’ve had. They told me in the morning I worked on it until time to go to Church. One of the latest sayings from the Readers Digest says,”she shifted her brain into neutral and let her tongue idle on.” I am sending today for some of the best picture we took in Zion. I’ll get Clara Sorenson to get some of the folders from Zion. She works down there in the cafeteria and comes out every two Meeks for Sundays. I suppose you are in Rotterdam. Anyway thats the post mark on your letters. People have asked me where you were but I didn’t really now. Oh yea, I’d like if you would slip a Dutch coin or two in your next letter. I could surely use them up at Glendale. They have put in Lizzie Foote in the Relief Society Presidency in place of Chartie Esplin. Sister Esplin is going blind. They are going to operate on her eyes a little bit later on so she can see. Fern and Ansell have been living up in Porters old house, but they are fixing up Stevens old place to live in. Can you imagine that? Steven’s have asked to join the Fredonia ward but they won’t let them on account of min taking all her clothes off at mills for $125.00. They are surely having a time over it. They quite like Mr Salter as a teacher in Fredonia they say. I don’t have my type written down but I guess I can write a poem or two of hand any way. It’s nearly church time so I’ll close for now. As always Clara Heber , Utah Jan 29, 1939 Hello Tone Sunday again and I just wondering what you might be doing do I get one guess. We are having a Sunday School and then a preaching service some plan and enjoying it very much. Two weeks ago was a home missionary to one of the wards. (Heber 2nd) last Sunday I spoke in the Heber 3rd my own ward and I enjoyed it very much. It seems to bring back the spirit of the work to me. Today I have a hard part on the Sunday school lesson in the missionary class from Sunday School dinner and then we will go to a special meeting for the 20th quorum of Seventies and their wives and so goes the religious life of the Hicken Family. Therefore you can see that we are no on the job. There are other things that I we do that are perhaps of interest. The weather has been down to 7 degrees below zero. Oh yes up to about 68 degrees in the of afternoon. There is about five inches of snow good sleigh riding on all the streets but the main street highways. Where they took road grades and scraped the snow and ice off because it got so lick that there was to many car accidents. With the cole weather everybody has nearly had to order coal. I have been delivering coal for some company as pay. In one day I delivered as much as 20 tons and say was I tired by night. Well any way P payed for my coal and have a chance for more work. An other day over - Well perhaps we have something that I have done some one some good. We are all well and happy and enjoying life to the very best extent. What more can one ask than a good place to live, plenty to eat and live on, a loving wife. Say I just hope that you may be able to get as grand a wife as I have. Thinks of that when you go writing to the gals at home. Oh write yes, have them tell the news and all that but do what the heart and that knowledge of the true gospel tells you to do. May you always have joy in your missionary work. Do an extra bit for me. Always a friend and pal. Brother in the gospel Sincerely Ralph Hicken Maybe Clara has some better news Hope so The family will greet you on your return Hope so LETTERS FROM NEPHEWS AND NIECES Orderville, Utah May 2, 1938 Dear Tone, How are you and how do you like it in Holland. Ken had to write to you so I though I would write also. I would like a pair of wooden shoes and so I will send the money later. It is conference Sunday. Friday April 29, 1938 was Kane County Day, we had to go over to Kanab. I didn’t have much fun. The parade was at twelve and laster until 12:30 and then they gave an entertainment. We took part of our puppet show over there to. Does everybody wear wooden shoes over there and do they were the kind of cloths that we do? Have you learned the Dutch language yet? School will be out in 2 weeks and four days and I sure will be glad. The Mother cat had six kittens on January 16th and we have given two of them away and we have a dog. We named him “Prk=rky”. He took me down yesterday and started biting me. I had some lilacs and he wanted them so he jumped at my back and started pulling my curls with his teeth. I don’t know what else to say so I’ll close Ramona P.S. If you have time write to me. Do you think you could get me some wooden shoes? And about how much would they cost with postage and all. I’ll send the money if you’ll tell me about how much they cost. I have saved up $14 and sixteen cents with that in the bank and here too. I am going to get me a violin. Royce can’t afford to take lessons on his violin so he brought his down for me to play on to see if I really do want one but I’m sure I do. Frances has her a new bicycle. I went to Cedar 2 or 3 weeks ago and I can ride it. It’s a girls one and it has a carrier on it. I’d sure like one like it. Spring is sure coming slow . We have a few tulips in bloom, I guess you see lots of tulips over in Holland. The trees are all in bloom over here. Are you homesick yet? I planted a caster Bean quite a while ago but it hasn’t come up yet. Mama planted some to and two of her’s have come up. Well I guess thats all this time. Orderville, Utah Nov 27, 1938 Dear Tone: how are you by now? We are all fine and hope you are the same. I am very sorry that I didn’t write sooner but I just didn’t get at it. I guess it seemed kind of funny not to have Thanksgiving over in Holland. The district school had a Thanksgiving dinner in the Gym on Wednesday. We had it at 1 O’clock. We didn’t go home at noon. The 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades had an operetta of “Tom Sawyer” I was Becky Thatcher ,Waren Foote was Tom. Aunt Polly was Hermoine Hoyt and Sid was Mitchel Baldwin, you couldn’t have got a better one. It was on Nov 18. That was on Friday. Gracie Allen, our race horse ran in the races over to Kanab last week. She beat the races she was in all three days. I got the wooden shoes alright they came just 2 days after my birthday so I called them my birthday present. I got some riding pants and boots too. The shoes was a little too big, they won’t be very long. The primary had a masquerade Ball on Halloween. I dressed for Dutch, I wore my wooden shoes and Thanks a lot for them. I am taking dancing lessons now and music too. Rena is staying up here while Clyde is freighting for his dad, he freights from Salt Lake to Phoenix and get $10.00 a trip. Do you gt homesick? Have you seen Bill Bolander yet? Papa might go up to Murray Friday afternoon and come back Sunday, to get some Christmas things.If he goes, he will take Mamma, Ken and me. Well I don’t know what else to say so I’ll close. Write soon Love Ramona Orderville, Utah January 25, 1939 Dear Tone How are you by now? We are fine and hope you are too. I thought I would send a letter with the Valentine and a one dollar bill. Pappa said for me to send 2 dollars one from him and the other to finish paying for the wooden shoes I sure like them. I guess Grandma told you that Rena had a baby boy. It’s getting along just fine. The picture you send me for Christmas is sure good. You look just like a real old “Dutchman”. `Mamma subscribed for the Special Sunday Addition of the Salt Lake Tribune. They are supposed to send it to you. If you don’t get it just write to us and let us know and we will see that you get it. The Valley’s Basketball team has won 2 games from Cedar City. They have lost three games. They are going to play Enterprise tonight. I think they will beat it. I sure hope they do. The ones that they have lost are, One from Parowan, one from Hurricane, and one from St George. When I write to LaVell I’ll tell him to write to you if he hasn’t all ready. Does it snow ever snow over in Holland. There was four or five inches of snow this morning. Ken and I have been waxing my skies. I am going skiing after while. Pappa has started going to Sunday School. He has gone every time this month and to the night meeting once. I’m going to try to get him to church in the morning and all the rest of the time. We got us a new car 2 weeks before Christmas. It’s a right shiny black. The gear shift is on the steering wheel. We got it when we went to Salt Lake to buy Christmas things for the store. Ken is making a doghouse for Porky, the dog in shop. Has your cousin from Murray got to Holland yet? I bet you sure will be glad when he gets there won’t you? Grandma wrote and told me that he was going to fill a mission in Holland. Well I don’t know what else to say so I’ll close Love Ramona P.S. Did you get the Christmas cake we sent to you? If you did, I hope you liked it. I forgot to tell you what I got for Christmas. I got a big Baby doll, a high chair fo it, a little electric iron, some drawing books, 3 big little books, a big ball, some stationary, 3 handkerchief, a pink comb, some house slippers, a little red ball, a necklace, a dresser set and some other things that I can’t think of. I got several cards. I am getting some Health shoes. I hadn’t got you. They didn’t come but ought to be here any day now. You don’t need to write to me until you have time too. Cedar City, Utah March 4, 1939 Dear Uncle Tone: How are you getting along now days? Mother and I went to an opera on Dutch people and it was very good. I thought that picture you sent to the family was very good. I would like to know when the Cutch people celebrate Christmas? Do the Dutch people celebrate Valentine? I would like to know these things for school. I can hardly wait for you to see my baby sister. She is one year and eight months. We named her for Aunt Alyce so her name is Alyce Mary. I am in fourth grade now. My school teacher’s brother was on a mission with mother my teacher’s name is Miss Chime and her brothers that was him mission with Mother his Name is Charles Chime. I wish that you would send me a pair of wooden shoes. Mother will send the money to Gandma and Grandma will send the money to you to get the wooden shoes with. I would like them in size 5. There are two boys in my room that can’t learn. Do the Dutch people have picture shows. We traded our car in the nicest time of winter we thought the weather wouldn’t change but it don’t change and the snow drift came and we have to wade in the snow to get to town and Daddy yell a bout it. With love, Frances Cane Sunday Sept 18, 1938 Dear Uncle Tone How are you? And how long will --------we sure miss you. I sure hope you are having a good time in Holland. I would like very much if you would bring a collection of things from Holland. I passed my grade in school OK and this year we or studying about Holland and we have learned a quite about it. Mr Rust is my teacher. The other day I was hired to trap woodchuck for Carrols price 5 cents a head and I have already caught 27 that would be 135 all together. I go to school in Glendale. I ride my bicycle down which is to miles. Could you tell me how long it took you to cross the ocean? Grandma has just came from Heber and brought me a find cedar chest and in it was this letter and 10 more just like this one. Paul was teasing charles to right to you but he said that you could not read it if he did. I would like to get some wooden shoes abt 9 . Could get some money does all of the people over there wear wooden shoes? Whats the elevation in Holland its O’s 4,549 here how hot is it in Holland it is 80 here what do they raise in Holland? Do they have apples like we do? Do they have horses, or sheep? Dad and I went upon the Mammoth and 32 or more that day. Paul and Charles has been fishing about every day but has only caught minnows bit once. Paul caught a trout. It is getting lait in the afternoon and I better close. Love from best friend Royce Chamberlain Orderville Jan 1st 1939 Box 1 Happy New Year Dear Tone: Thanks for the picture it is good. You are a good looking Dutch man and missionary. I want to go on a mission when I am old enough. We are trying to take good care of Grunny. Last week we took her a load can you guess what it was? We will send you a picture of us soon. Von is big and so cute. Wish you could see him. With love John Barrie Dear Tone: Thanks for the wooden shoes they dues fit. I let Verona take them. Dwight Dec 26, 1938 Glendale, Utah Dear Tone How are you over there did you have a good Christmas. I had a good Christmas over here. I got four stockings a looking glass a comb, a pair of gloves, some tops, a lot of game. Ferry got a new wagon and other games. I made a sewing duck in school for Grandma Blackburn. Andrew Olsen and Warren Olsen Andrews boy they died a while back. Gerry Spencer has the pemeumonia. He is a little better now. Alvins family moved to Hinckley, Utah. Alvin bot his family a car they took there cows and horses up with them. Grandpa DeMill went up with them to live too. Rodney DeMills got married a while back. He married a girl from Provo. She is a quite girl. I have a new bike it is like Clara bike. Charles has a bike and so have I. Smith ran married Rena Olsins . Lyle and Nancy are going down to St George to live for a while they are going to take Royce out of school and let him go to school in St George. I have a new baby sister. I think we will name it Helen because daddy went with a girl in California her name was Helen Wright a gypsy told daddy to come out here and marry a another girl so he did. Royce got a accordion for Christmas a ball and a bat and other things a while back it snowed a foot and a half down here. Now the snow is melting a lot now. I do not hae to get to school because we have a holiday. Yours truly Paul Blackburn Ken Chamberlain Orderville, Utah U.S.A. Dear Tone How are you. I am fine and hope you are the same. I just got me a saxophone that is so big that I cannot carry it. Quinn has to do it. It cost $91.80 so I have been selling pop corn at the picture shoes to pay for it. It sure is chap paying a month because all I have to pay is $2 a month and I’ve $70.00 left to pay. I can make $1.50 a night selling pop corn and I helped grandma Blackburn and got 58 Cents so it won’t be hard to pay for. We have only got 7 weeks now of school this year and it won’t be hard. I am making a cupboard for Grandma in shop. We are having a lot of fun here playing tennis. We have got a good net and the court is cleared off. We had a good water celebration here and it was quite good. I am out of primary now but I can’t be a deacon till December when I am 12. I have passed all my trail builder tests and ma the only one in my class because the rest of the boys in my class go out in May and my teacher will go to Alton when school is out because she has children going to school here and would be without a teacher as a class so they said I could pass off I would do all my work. I hope you are enjoying your missionary work Yours truly Ken Chamberlain Orderville, Utah Dec 14, 1937 Dear Tone, I though I would just drop you a line with this Christmas card. I imagine anything sounds good from home, Doesn’t it? How are you getting along? I hope OK. I’ll bet you’re seeing ----learning a lot aren’t you? Does it seem like Christmas over there? It doesn’t here yet because there isn’t any snow. It rained for a couple of days but we haven’t a sign of snow. In the paper this morning it said there was blizzards and floods up north. LaVell’s school is out on the 17th and papa is going up after him. He is going to Logan after Christmas. I guess. He said Fen Carrington surely wanted to see you when you were in New York. I guess you would have liked to see him too. I guess you hear about all the news from others so there isn’t much I could tell you. I know you don’t like to write but if you feel like it and have time I wish you would. I guess you are spending your time now learning the Dutch language, aren’t you? Ed Lamb says to tell you hello. He’s quite a old guy, isn’t he? He’s already pulling something funny, and teasing people. I was down to see Grandma this morning and she surely feels good. Quinn had a horse fall on his foot the other day and is laid up for a few days now. He is on the Basketball team so its quite hard on him not to be able to get around. Well, take care of yourself and write if you have time. Mary Christmas Rena Letters from Friends Orderville, Utah April 25, 1938 Dear Pal: I suppose you’ve begin to think your old pals have forgotten you but we haven’t. I’ve been quite busy racing light plant and making the wheels of industry turn around at the mill. Weve moved the steam light engine in place of the diesel to run the saw and boy it sure makes saw dust fly its has doubled our capacity. I guess you’ve heard about our water power or hydroelectric plant in Glendale it didn’t work out so hot in the winter in fact it froze up several times it getting better all the time now, we haven’t used the diesel which we hooked to an auxiliary plant for almost a month. We’ve had a few get togethers but not many a few ice cream suppers etc. I haven’t talked much to the women so that shot a few in the head as Res still has the old nack for women. Ferl says he’s going to have me come around next fall to start the old T to subs up the winter woods. I guess you’ve heard about he party we held in your honor down at St George on the 9th we held it there because the 7 was on Thursday and Saturday made it so everyone was out of school or not working. I suppose you wish you had of been there we had so much good stuff to eat. Res and I sent you part of the party the next Wednesday in the form of a cake with your name on it. Have you gotten it yet. If you have how to you like the old cake? We sure had a big flood along the first of March it washed out the water flowers ditch and crossed the high tension lines and burned out the generator we had hooked to the diesel power was eat of for a day and a night until we could move the generator from Glendale down to the diesel here at Orderville. Boo Hardy has or now is the father of twins the twin died and the lived. I’ll let you fill out the blank. Well I’d better sign of because I’m still Crofts and my head is small and there’s nothing in it. Well try and answer if you can but I won’t be to sure or anxious to get a reply as I know you are very busy. As ever a Pal John P.S. If you find time to write don’t write all Dutch. Orderville, Utah Jan 21, 1939 Dear Pal Tone: Thanks a lot of the Christmas greeting card with your picture on it, there’s only one that puzzles me and that is how you ever found wooden shoes big enough for you. Since you’ve been gone many things have happened here we have moved over Sawmill up on the Cedar Mountain on a forest service sale, or a sale of several millions of feet of timber we have built up a nice shed and have bought a D4 caterpillar tractor and a new planner that equipment set up back $5000.00 a sure hope they pay back I’m almost sure they will. It’s a marvel the way that tractor can climb hills almost as steep as a man can walk. It sure does mow through the trees in fact the forest service makes us be careful of little trees, and power it seems theirs is no end to it nor the thing never gives out. We haven’t had the planner long in fact we just bought it a little while back since we slowed down for winter we only used it but very little. We did not move down this winter as we have done in the past we did not think it profitable. Alf left Salt Lake last Dec 8 to go to Texas on a mission and Res left for the central states at present he is in Salina ,Kansas . I suppose maybe you already knew that though. The light plant bought a new 80 h.p. diesel engine last fall it sure is a beasy I ran in me shift and fist of the other shift. Running light plant now is what one might call a sissy job. The R.E.A. or Rual electrification act is planning on putting in a plant and light up about 9 towns such as Orderville, Mt Carmel, Glendale, Tropic, Cannonville, Henrievill, Escalante, Hatch and I don’t know which other one it looks now like it was going through if it was going through if it does that new association the Garkane power co will buy out the present company here in Orderville. The Valley high started of good this year in Basketball but it’s the same old story when they get out of practice games and into the league they stop playing so wonderful. The old gang is fairly well split up. Ruth went of and married a collage punk, now she working to put him on through college. Emily is down to St George working at something. Fae is up at Sun Valley, Idaho working for the Utah Parks. I don’t know when back is you and Res are on missions. I’m here running light plant. Kens the towns best bum Eva is working in the mutual here and Elbert is going to college in Dixie. I traded the shack off the other day to Roy Crofts. I couldn’t see as there was any need of keeping it any longer. Ken and Mose smoke out in public all the time now regular smokers. I haven’t seen your mother for quite some time. She must be in St George doing temple work else I would have seen her. Ferl hurt his eye a little the other day and has been wearing colored glasses for the last couple of days. Hans bought a new Buick about 2 or 3 weeks ago. It is quite a boat it almost looks like a limousine. Dave Sorenson bought a 1934 Chevrolet and Elforn is trying, it seems, to run the wheels of from it if it can be done. I’ve spent quite a bit of time lately pulling apple trees out of lots with the caterpillar when I was not on light plant duty I don’t go on till 4 o clock in the afternoon. Mark Brink and Leah Levanger got hitched up around Christmas time. Omner and his wife had a baby but it died about 10 days after it was born of pneumonia. The snow here as yet has been the lightest it has been for years so for it is raining outside a little now. I can’t think of much to write now but will probably think of plenty often I seal the envelope. Well take good care of yourself and I will do the same. As ever an old chum John Crofts P..S. I couldn’t find your address last night but found it today. During the night it rained like the devil and now is about 9 P.M. and there 6 inches of very wet snow on the land. Friends Edger Esplin John Crofts Reo Heaton Pvt Edgar S Esplin Company I, 38th infantry Fort Douglas, Utah 10 April, 1938 Dear Tone: I have been going to write to you every since I joined the United States army last November (26th 1937). I like the army pretty good for as I know now. I have 4 months and two weeks in to date, by the time this gets to you I will have 5 months in unless I am wrong in how long it takes this letter to get to you. The weather has certainly been fine here so far this winter and spring since I came up here. We haven’t had so very much snow here last winter, and what we have had didn’t stay more than 4 or 5 days at the most so you can see it hasn’t been so bad at that. Most of the storms (snow) were rained off soon after they started. I guess that the Netherlands or Holland where you labor are rather beautiful and mild climated aren’t they? I suppose that you and “Billy” Bolander will be rather close to each other won’t you? He is in the Copenhagen, Denmark mission. Not so very much I can think of to write to you now so will have to call it quite this time and hope you can find time to write to me. Good luck and best wishes sincerely yours Edgar Esplin Fort Douglas, Utah May 12, 1938 Dear Tone: I received your most welcome letter this morning. In a way I was surprised to get your letter as I didn’t know whether or not you would answer my letter. But just the same I am glad you did and I want you to write to me whenever you can do so. I get a kick out of the army here sometimes. Today the company I am in went out to carry out an attack problem that was scheduled for us by the post head quarters. We started at a canyon opening east of the post hospital that they call “Red Butte creek” then from there to the “This is the place” monument in Emigration canyon. About a half or three quarters of a mile south of the starting point we are getting ready for the running of the bayonet course to see who can make an expert medal with the bayonet, and after that comes the rifle to see who makes marksman, expert, and sharpshooter medals. After we get all of that done we start on our summer maneuvers or war games. I guess it would be quite a sight to see the Dutch armies as they would have a different type of uniform and equipment than the American armies. That is the first time I have heard of an army wearing wooden shoes and riding bicycles. I imagine that the tulip fields of Holland are exceptionally beautiful at this time of year with their many different colors, and the enormous size of the tulip blooms, and the fields they are grown in. Do they sell very many of the tulips to the tourists and people who visit the Tulip Fields? Is the Dutch language a very hard one to learn how to speak or write? Reed Bolander let me read a letter he got from Billy a while back and Billy says it takes a lot of practice and effort to learn the Danish language or whatever they speak in Denmark. He (Billy) says that two thirds or more of the people in Denmark live in apartments houses and very few of the people own their own homes in Danmark. What are the living conditions in Holland or the Netherlands where you have been? I can’t think of anything more now so say so will close Wishing success and good luck to you from and old Friend Edgar Reo Heaton Orderville Utah Feb 14, 1938 Dear Tone At last I am getting around to doing this little what you call it. After many months of actual thinking about it I am actually doing it. I saw a picture of you the other day. You looked rather sober, does it effect you that way? Are you getting bigger or littler? Do you like it over there? I can think of a million questions and I would like to ask you, but you probably won’t have time to write and answer them so I will desist. There isn’t much happening around here now. Its growing more dead every day. They are right in the middle of the fall league and that creates a little excitement, but not very much. We folks get together once and a while and play cards or monopoly but we never have any real good gang parties any more. The show only runs four days a week now and anyway we are all so broke we couldn’t go to a show if we did want to. I don’t see much of Eve any more - your leaving sort of broke things up for us kids. I guess someone has informed you that Billy Bolander is going to Denmark haven’t they. His farewell will be on George Washingtons birthday. If I had my way wed be going to Germany next spring. I wouldn’t be a bit surprises if were called . Dad thinks he can rake up the money. I can’t think of anything much which would interest you, and I know how bored you get at silly lengthy discussions so I better quit. Be good as if I didn’t know that you have to. A Friend Reo P.S. Thanks for the Christmas Card. April 25, 1938 Dear Tone, Yes, its me again, you never answered the last one, but I guess you are quite busy. I’ll bet your getting to be a real preacher in every way or are you? Well John and I though we should get together and inquire as to your health. We really had quite the celebration for you the sat after your birthday. You know we went to St George to have your party. It was quite the time to. We mailed you part of it in the form of a cake afterward. We were going to write you them but we couldn’t get together long enough. It was the next Wednesday before we even got together long enough to mail the cake. We’re been having quite a bit of fun, but I guess reading about it wouldn’t interest you anyway. By the way, how was the cake? Was it dried out? How long does it take you to get anything like that anyway? What do you do in your spare time if you have any do you study or what? From What I hear you must be getting is for quite the cyclist. Are you well. I sort of wish I were with you. I’d like to see something different. This old town never changes. It looks the same as it did when you left. Well I guess I’d better sign off. It seems Johnnie has got the start on me. I am getting sleepy anyway. I went to church last night and went to sleep and slept clear through it. They even accused me of snoring. Can you guess that. I hope you enjoyed your part (I mean cake) as much as we did your part. Be seeing you a pal Reo May 17, 1938 Dear Tone I was supposed to mail these letters a long time ago but I lost track of them before I got around to it. I saw them a little while ago and through I’d better send them off. Better late than never. Woo Here’s John. I’ll turn the mike over to him to see what he has to say. Well, Well! How are old pal of a friend can you speak to the little Dutch boys and girls yet. Well heres to you. I know you’ll need it The following are incomplete letters found Frederick was not there and Von didn’t know about registration fees so I won’t send money that way this time but will send check to S.L.C. perhaps today any way not later than the 15th. In your letters you state that you don’t know of any thing else that might be of interest, well! Here goes When I tell you I spent all day last Mon in Kanab getting my teeth repaired, went over with Easton because it was commissioners meeting day and came home with Robert Chamberlain after dark, thus avoiding the late hours with Easton as he had to attend another meeting and when I speak of going to Little Zion, Glendale or Salt Lake you know all about those places, distance etc. they are familiar to you but when you speak of being in the Hague for a missionary meeting in the A.M. then come back to Rotterdam for conference, you see I haven’t much of an idea about the places, how far you have to go and the manner used in being conveyed to them, so it would be very interesting to read about these mimer things as you might call them. I would like a mental picture of based upon facts of the country and places and things which are important factors in connection with or to your work. The Hague for instance I don’t know much about, I know that it is a place where officials from various nations have met to discuss world affairs but I don’t know if its just a building or a section of country. You know I’m a woman and women are supposed to be curious but anything concerning your work companions, friends, studies, tracting etc, all interests me. The little books you spoke of, telling of Holland has not come,. It’s 5 P.M. and Clara just came from school, brot the mail a letter from Alice. They are well, the Bp asked if Glendon will go on a mission. Alice wants your address, says Henry Grimshaw is going on a mission to Holland soon. I think he’s one of her Grimshaw neighbors, I know some of them or have met them a number of times. Clara said she would type you some more poems so I won’t write one that I was going to. This letter is getting rather lengthy and maybe your patience needs extending so you’ll bear with me and remember you old top that no one loves you as Mother P.s. Sister Siler spend yesterday with me, asked about you and sends good wishes. Said it seemed lonesome not to see you come in and she has always liked you. I didn’t feel well yesterday so she got dinner and helped me on Claras quilt. Latest news - Evan Stevens has returned from the army (This next part is another part of a letter) came and gave me a blessing and talked with me some little time and gave me great consolation and comfort. Asked about you as he always does and again voiced his confidence in your which always pleases me for I know that such confidence is not misplaces. Uncle Charl always speaks of you as such a clean young man and so fine. He has often told me of some of the temptations that missionaries have to content with and said “when they begin to take it easy they slip and had better look out” Clara took her school for a hike yesterday and when she returned , brot your letter in answer to the one I sent announcing your birthday party. How glad I was to get it and the pictures. You fellows are in keeping with the May Festival so splendidly adorned with garlands of flowers and with your joyful countenances are all very charming and captivating and sure look good to me. Is it really a boat full of flowers you are sitting alone in. It certainly looks like it as also where the four of you are? I’m trying to imagine the real beauty of the tulip fields. VereDeane brot in a bouquet of our tulips and California poppies that are very beautiful and I watch them with pleasure fold their petals at night and unfold at the morning time. In comparison with the fields of flowers you’ve seen I imagine these would stand in the shade but believe me I am enjoying them and the lilacs also which I can see anytime from my window. The birds enjoy it as well as I’m very happy with their song. A very pretty little yellow bird with its less beautiful companion attracts my attention and admiration most. I’m anxious to locate their next. I have reason to believe they are setting. Now about the shoes for Dwight, his foot measures exactly 6 ½ inches and if you can send them now it will be alright. Dwight is growing so fast now that I think you should get them plenty large so he can enjoy wearing them, for a while before they become relics. I’ve send the check $35 for you this month so you’ll have plenty for the present but I expect to send extra for such things as wooden shoes. I have a dollar bill now in payment on Dwights but I don’t like to send it in a letter especially until I hear form the $5.00 bill I sent you. I sent it in the letter I wrote April 24 and you musnit forget to tell me about it. Its dark now and I’ve been all day writing this because its tiring. Have you written to our relatives yet in England? I haven’t heard from them for quite a while. If you haven’t written I wish you would. Her health is very poor and if she should pass away we won’t know who to write to as I have been unable to get their childrens names. Have sent them a family group sheet no less than twice to be filled out and had the promise of it while he was alive but never got it. We must keep up a correspondence with them as it may mean so much in our genealogical work so if you would write your thanks (if you havn;t already) for the welcome extended to you and incidentally ask her to tell you her childrens names we might be able to keep up correspondence. Don’t you see how important it is? I feel sure my life was spared for this very purpose of getting your genealogy or in other words fulfilling the promise I made your father in regard to it and when I’m gone I plead with you and the others to carry it on. Good night Dear son and always remember the love of Mother (The following is part of another letter) hard for me to get up town to see about registering a letter with enough money for a no. so will inclose some more in this letter then about the 10th inst will send a check to Salt Lake. I guess some one has told you of Ruth losing her baby. I thot I would tell you a faith promoting incident or in reality it was a miracle that culminated here but its rather late and I feel rather weary so will leave it for another time. So you witnessed the ladies - or wouldn it be ladies? Fight. Aunt Abbie and I had a good laugh and she wondered if you helped break it up. I said NO! He would open his eyes, get a broad grim on his face with his nose in front of him and wait. Was I right. Good night you old dear and call this only scribbling from you loving Mother June 3 - LaVells birthday 6 A.M. all well this morning. Today is Panguitch Stake Temple day and Lorna Chamberlain is to be married to a Panguitch boy - don’t know his name. Lorna’s mother will be down and witness the marriage. Am glad she is about to come, her health is so poor most all the time. Mother P.S. Its noon now and Lorna is married to Arthur Frederick Bruen. I witnessed the impressive marriage. Mother ( don’t know who sent this - very difficult to read) well I can’t think of any thing to tell you hope I can some day most don’t spend you time on me cute once and I will so I know you well it want bee long time passes quick be good and work your self sant night Conde yete good class all may you has good home Grandmother Poem given to Mother Elvira from Elder Clark Foster of St George BURDEN BEARERS The camel at the close of day kneels down upon the sandy plain, To have his burden lifted off, And rest again. My soul, tho top shouldn’st to they knees When daylight draweth to a close, And let the Master lift they load And grant repose Else how canst thou tomorrow meet, With all tomorrow’s work to do, If thou thy burden all the night doest carry through? The Camel kneels at break of day To have his guide replace his load, Then rise up a new to take The desert road so thou shouldn’t kneel at morning’s dawn That God may give thy daily care, Assured that He no load too great Will make thee bear. Dec 14, 1938 Dear Nephew Tone I told your mother that I’d say Hello to you on the bottom of her letter - but she decided otherwise. I think there has not a day passes since you’ve been gone that I have not thought of you and remembered your in my prayers. You may not receive this even by Christmas time but I’ll send you the Seasons Greeting anyway. Your mother’s health seems much better than when you left. She goes though the temple twice each day. Of course she gets tired but she can rest when she reaches home. Then she is busy making lace and crocheted tides for the girls overstuffed furniture for their Christmas. Hope the cooked will not be too old by the time they reach you. Best of wished and love from Your Aunt Abbie (Poem sent by Clara) IT COULDN’T BE DONE Somebody said that it couldn’t be done, But he with a chuckel replied That “maybe it couldn’t be he would be one Who would not say so till he tired, So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried as he did it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn’t be done, and he did it. Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that: At least no one ever has done it.” But he took off his coat and he took off his hat, And the first thing we know he”d begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, Without any doubting or quitting He started to sing as the tackled the thing That couldn’t be done and he did it. There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, There are thousands to prophecy failure; There are thousands to point out to you bone by one, The dangers that wit to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, Just take off your coat and go to it; Just start to sing as you tackle the thing That “cannot be done,” and you”ll do it. ( Edgar A. Guest.) AS TO YOU Did you give him a lift? He’s a brother of man. And hearing about all the burden he can. Did you give his a smile? He was downcast and blue, And the smile would have helped him to battle it through. Did you give him your name? He was slipping down hill, And the world, so I fancied, its using him ill. Did you give him a word? Did you show him the road, Or did you just let him go on with his load? Did you help him along? He’s a sinner like you, But the grasp of you hand might have carried him through. Did you bid him good cheer? Just a word and a smile. Were what we most needed that last weary mile. Did you know what he bore in that burden of care that is every man’s load and that sympathy shares? Did you try to find out what he needed from you, Or did you just leave him to battle it through? Do you know what it means to be losing the fight, When a lift just in time might set everything right? Do you know what it means - just the clasp of a hand. When a man’s borne about all a man ought to stand? Did you ask what it was - why the quivering lip, And the glistening tears down the pale cheek that slip? Were you brother of his when the time came to be? Did you offer to help him or didn’t you see? Don’t you know it’s the part of a brother or man to find what the grief is and help where you can? Did you stop when he asked you to give him a lift, or were you so busy you left him to shift, OH I know what you say may really be true, But the test of your manhood is - What did you do? Did you reach out a hand? Did you find him the road, Or did you just let him go by with his Load? (James W. Foley)

Life Story of Lester Blackburn

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LIFE STORY OF LESTER BLACKBURN written by Paul and comments from the other children and from other family members that knew him. Birth Lester was born 20 Oct 1899 in Orderville, Utah. He was the son of Henry Thomas Blackburn who was born in 1849 in Weston Hills, Lincolnshire, England and Elvira Pamela Cox who was born 3 Feb 1875 in Washington, Utah. Henry and Elvira were married 6 Sept 1892. Henry and Elvira had 10 children. Lester was the oldest son from this marriage and third child. They had Mercy, Charlotte, Lester, Nancy Easton, Charles Henry, Maggie, Ferl, Clara and Tone. This was Henry’s second marriage. He married first Nancy Beal Webb 23 Nov 1883 and they had three children Mary Alice, Thomas Woodruff, and John Freeman. John Freeman was born 11 sept 1890 and died 9 Sept 1891 and his mother Nancy Beal Webb died 24 Oct 1890. When they chose a names for Lester his mother Elvira chose his name from the doctor she highly respected as she trained under him in the field of obstetrics. Parents Henry was a Englishman and as family members mention him they share than he didn’t show any emotion. Perhaps he was this way because he lost his sister and brother at a early age to death and then he buried his first wife and them a young son to death before he married Elvira. Henry and Delaun Mills Cox were just a year apart in age. Henry was 1 year older than his father in law . Memories of Henry Blackburn by Paul. The year I was 5, I spent some time staying with my Grandparents, Henry and Elvira Blackburn. This was in Orderville, Utah. Henry was 84 years old at the time. I remember sitting on his lap as he told me religious stories. After thinking back I would estimate him probably 5'8" in height and over 200 lbs. He had white hair and white whiskers. A large man, and he ruled the home. Uncle Tone was 10 years older than I, and the youngest of Henry and Elvira’s family. I remember Grandmother instructed Tone to go into the kitchen and have his bath. Tone said, “But Mother, I just had a bath last Saturday.” I can remember Grandfather setting on the hay wagon attached to a team of horses. Uncle Ferl and Tone climbed aboard. Grandmother gave them a large lunch basket. Uncle Tom rode up on his favorite riding horse. After a family discussion they rode toward the Muddy, where Grandfather harvested alfalfa hay. The fenced hayfield lay approximately 2 miles south of Orderville. A half mile south of the hay field where Uncle Tom and Aunt Till’s home (Tom was a son from Henry’s first wife). Memories of Elvira Cox Blackburn from Paul. Elivra was a midwife. She delivered so many children in the valley and was a special woman. I can remember many times the evenings when her old friends would stop in for a chat, mostly discuss or explain to grandmother their ailment. She would diagnose their ailment and many times she would prescribe an enema. Before they left for their home they would hold a prayer circle, which would go on and on. I used to think “when will it ever end.” childhood Lester was not deprived of male companionship for he had an uncle who was born just three days prior to himself. These two boys were inseparable from the time they were toddlers until such time as his uncle Orin Kelsey Cox moved to Hinckley, Utah with his parents the maternal grandfather and grandmother of Lester. A lively pair they were , getting into all kinds of mischief. They as most boys, normal. They were welcomed visitors at each others home and the members of both households felt that each boy was an integral part of that family. Lester was like his father in many ways. He seemed to resemble him most was that he never was in much of an apparent hurry when he was young. However his work was done when it was needed to be done. He was a great help although very young to his father when it came to the farm work. It was reported that a common sight was to see Lester sitting on the side of an empty hayrack with his feet and legs hanging down and his father driving the team of horses headed for the cove south of town where his fields were located. They would no doubt be on their way for a load of hay, wheat or corn that was ripe and ready to be harvested. In addition to this kind of help as soon as he was old enough he milked cows, separated the milk, fed calves and pigs. He always brought in wood and coal to keep the big black kitchen range well stoked. Lester along with his younger brother, Easton, took turns riding a young colt of ponderous size, a workhouses colt. Riding it was all right, but getting the colt worked up to a gallop was another matter steeped in danger. The risky ride was suddenly over. The colt fell and rolled completely over Lester. The weight of the animal should have crushed him, but there was a small ditch which just held his body. No weight was felt by him as the horse rolled over him. Easton saw him get up shake the dust off and mount the colt again. Lester worked away from home for money when he was young. He was employed by George Carroll to herd sheep. Lester had an advantage in sports because he could use both hands good and it confused his opponents in boxing, wrestling and basketball. His coordination and timing was very smooth. He was on the team that won the state basketball championship that was held in Chicago. He was good also on the dance floor. Fathers Family Memories from Paul Sometimes Aunt Mercy would bring some of her family to Grandmother’s for an evening visit. Ervin and Emma Hoyt lived next door and were very good friends. Across the street to the west was Henry and Velma Carroll and next to them was Fred Carroll and his wife. Grandfather Henry loaned Fred Carroll a herd of Sheep on a hand shake. Fred Carroll had gone broke earlier. He soon paid grandfather back. Grandfather was 84 when he died. I remember the evening very well. Aunt Clara was running around all evening, then came out of his bedroom crying. Ervin Hoyt made his casket. He was buried in Orderville. After Grandfathers death, my Grandmother took over. There must have been some insurance money because Grandmother and Uncle Ferl purchased a big car. I remember seeing it but don’t remember the year or make. They did take some tours. My Father did some grumbling about it. He felt the money was foolishly spent. Uncle Tone and cousin Lavell Chamberlain herded my father’s sheep for a time. Lavell tells of when he and Tone threw a rock, striking an old ewe in the head and killing it. They tried hard to think of a story to tell my father. Uncle Ferl was very close to my father, but if his head wasn’t fastened on when he was young he would of lost or misplaced it because whenever he borrowed he usually lost it or broke it. My father always said I wish Ferl would return what he borrows. Around the ranch Uncle Ferl was always busy doing things to please father, they were very close. One afternoon up in Lydies Canyon I listened to Father and Ferl discuss property lines. Both of them numerous times said that the old fence was not on the property line. I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t put where it should have been, this would have prevented many years of bad feelings between my mother and Ferl. (There are two types of people. Those who do and those who delegate). My mother was a doer. When a job needed to be done she got it done. She didn’t wait until she had time. Lester had a sister and her family that lived one mile to the north. Lyle and Nancy Blackburn Chamberlain. Aunt Nancy was a very sweet lady and always had a good word, and most times had a cookie for us. Their oldest son Royce was the same age as Paul. They spent much time together fishing, hunting, and swimming in their Hidden lake. The children have very good memories of Hidden Lake. Lily was baptized there by her father Lester when she was 8 years old. Strength of Dola Once I sassed Mother, (says Paul) than ran across the 3 acres of garden. She ordered me to stop but guess what, I didn’t an something hit me into the back, knocking me down, and next to me way lying her rolling pin. Memories of Dola’s family Uncle Hans Chamberlain and Grandpa Ozro came to the ranch and told Dola that her sister had been killed in a traffic accident a few miles south of Cedar City. Dola’s older sister was Lula Wright , the wife of Harvey Wright. It was a hard thing for Dola. Lula had 8 children at the time. The oldest was 18 and the youngest was 6. Paul remembers grandfather Ozro Demille. Ozro would come and stay with us at the ranch during the summer. He suffered from asthma. This always made my mother happy having him with us. He would fascinate Paul when he would find a stick of wood, open up his pocket knife and whittle from the wood miniature shovel, ax, pick, hammer etc. He always gave what he made away, pleasing people. It always pleased him to make other people happy. He retired in Hurricane after spending his life as a blacksmith. Many times we stopped at his Hurricane residence to spend the day. I would watch him heat and mold a piece of metal for his customers. Uncle Jose Hoyt and Aunt Orpha purchases Grandfathers house in Hurricane, and spent several years raising their family there. Aunt Elva sold Grandfathers’s field and used the money to pay for his keep in later years. After World War two started, Grandfather Ozro moved to Hinckley, Utah where he lived until his death. He lived with Uncle Alvin and Aunt Elva. Elva was a sister of Dola’s. Dola had two older brothers. Conrad and Leland. Paul recalls that these two uncles were special men to him . They were never to busy to stop at what ever they were doing to chew the fat. Usually tell of some experience while they were growing up. I lived with Uncle Conrad and milked his cows when his four sons were in the service. When Conrad would return home he would tell me stories of his growing up in Hurricane. He said while in his late teens he was told where 35 gallons of home made wine was hid in Toquerville. He and a friend hitched Grandfather Ozro’s team to a buggy. They traveled to Toquerville, getting there after dark. They found the wine, loaded it, then traveled back to Hurricane where they hit it. Uncle Conrad said he and his friend stayed full all winter. Again he was told where 10 more gallons were hid in Toquerville, so they traveled back to Toquerville, stealing the wine and staying happy until it was all drank. Uncle Conrad said most everyone had a vineyard, and those who didn’t dry their grapes for raisins made wine. Marriage In 1925, Lester who was 26, meet Dola DeMille who was 17, who was living at Orderville with her sister Orpha Hoyt while she was finishing her schooling. After going with Dola for 1 ½ years they were married the 27th day of December in 1926. At the time they got married Lester was 27 and Dola 18. Their first home was one mile above Glendale. The home was old but Lester was handy at building and made the home very livable. It was a beautiful place covered with flowers. Grandfather Henry gave Lester the ranch, part of Lydies Canyon and Dry Wash. Lester late bought Jump up from Easton. One of the wishes of the heart of Lesters wife was to go through the temple and be sealed to Lester and the children. It was hard for Lester for several years because he had several things to overcome, but through much effort and prayer he started to realize the need to prepared himself. After a while Dola reports that we quietly slipped away by ourselves and took the three boys and were sealed together the 11th day of February, 1936. Lester and Dola’s first home by Paul During the first year after my parents were married they spent a lot of time at the cabin Father had built several miles up in Lydies canyon. This is the history that Tim and Lela Hoyt gave me after I became well acquainted with them. They were good friends of the folks. I was 8-10 years old when Father took Charles, Ferry, and myself to the cabin where we tore it down, saving all the 2 by 4's and sheeting that we could save. It took 2-3 trips in the pickup to haul it to the ranch. Father used it to build a shed. Tim and Lela Hoyt used to drive to the cabin to see the folks. Lela said they would spend a lot of time together. Tim Hoyt was a brother to Jose Hoyt who was married to Aunt Orpha. Tim was a boxer as well as Father was. Tim also used to wrestle around the country. I’m sure being paid for it. Tim Hoyt was one of the strongest men to come out of Long Valley. Tim was had matches to wrestle with Fat Nelson a Cedar City man. As the bout was started Fat grabbed Tim squeezing him so hard that he broke wind raising a roar of laughter. This story was told me by several different men who were there at the time. Church activity Lesters entire family was a church going family. They were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lester was made a Deacon and later became the president of the deacons quorum. Lester became active in the church and filled such positions as counselor in the Sunday School. This was the early 40's. Alvin Black was Sunday School President, but he never went so Lester always took charge. He always did a good job conducting Sunday School. Lester was a Seventy in the Priesthood when he died. Lester would haul the children to church every Sunday to the Glendale Chapel. Dola was the Relief Society President. Early Sunday morning he would go to the chapel and light the stoves to warm the room so we could hold class. Remodeling was done on the building and Lester put in many hours on it. When he went to settle up for his work the Bishop paid all the other workers for half their labors but would give nothing to Lester, telling him he would get his pay in heaven. He always paid an honest tithe. The remodeling was done during the war years to people who were unemployed. You donated 50 percent. Bishop Charles Anderson was out of money when it came time to settle with Lester and the boys and he told them they would get their pay on the other side. Some time after this we left the Glendale ward and joined with the Orderville ward.. work ethics - teaching children to work After finishing school he went to California where he learned the plastering trade which became one of his trades. Lester had learned to plaster while at California with Gowdy Aidair and Jode Covington. He worked two years in Southern California, then back to Orderville where he and Easton remodeled old homes to make them a job. Lester went into Bolder, Utah on the first car road, and plastered the farm houses there. A number of the old insisted that if you worked with him you worked hard like he did. When plastering the Kanab hospital he made a bet that he could finish it in so many days, and he did it. No one could put on so much mud on as fast as he could. It was the year Easton went on his mission that Father Henry Blackburn took a herd of sheep, traded from the ranch from John Smith. Lester took the house and lower part of the ranch and Easton was to have the upper part. As handy as Lester was he made it into a pretty good looking house. Lester had a herd of sheep he kept in Lydias Canyon where Paul and Charles would help herd them when they were about 5 and 3 years old. Lester was made deputy sheriff when Lloyd Chamberlain was Kane County Sheriff. He did an exceptionally lot of donation work on churches and other public buildings. He also worked several years for the church as a remodeled and built. Lester raised alfalfa hay, potatoes, corn in Lydias, and in Dry Wash corn on wet years we raised wheat. Lester would hook up the team and he and the boys would haul fodder to the ranch where we stacked and stored it for winter feed. One time while trailing a herd of sheep from the ranch to Dry Wash, Ronald Spencer ran into the herd with a model T Ford killing about a dozen head. He paid Lester for them. The last 34 head of sheep Lester turned out in the south hills between us and the Clarence Foot place. It was a bad winter with lots of snow. The sheep were never seen again. The following spring the area was hunted but the bones were never found. Lester built a power plant and a cool house for meat. The roof was level with the ditch so he could run water over it to keep it cool. Lester built a smoke house out of lumber, then lined it with tin. This was placed to the west of the fruit cellar, down the hill he built a rock fire place with a tin chute to the smoke house. We raised 2-3 porkers yearly, they were butchered, then smoked, making the meat delicious. Joe and Mary Ellen smith who owned and operated Smith Hotel in Glendale always used the smoke house. Other neighbors used it too. Paul remembers that Father built a rock building, then stuccoed it and poured cement on its top where water was stored to keep our vegetables, milk, and cheese cold. Before putting up the vegetables building my father built a power plant which consisted of a large wheel. Around the wheel was several metal cups. He ran a water pipe on a steep grade forcing the water into the cups causing it to spring. Wires were run to a generator, then to our old ranch house. This was our first electric lights. They were very dim and fluctuated, but lights. Before this, we always used 2 coal oil lamps for our evening reading and writing. My father was a very staunch Republican and delighted arguing with Aunt Orpha as she was a staunch Democrat. Would the fur fly when the locked horns. Lester built a garage for the truck with a granary on top and he and his brother Easton plumbed in the indoor bathroom. He stuccoed the ranch house and poured cement walks all around mixing the cement by hand. That is using his boys to help with the work. When they mixed the walks by hand he bought a cement mixer. Lester also bought about 75 young fruit trees from a mail order house. Charles and Paul dug all the planting holes. The fruit trees did so well that the next year people all through the valley brought trees. Glendale is now known for its delicious apples. Lester had Henry Carroll dig three fish ponds with his tractor, paying for the digging with masonry work. Here he raised fish or had a swimming hole. During the summer Paul and the boys with the help of Delmar Spencer and his 2 sons and 3 brothers, traveled to the main canyon where fish were scooped into many tubs and barrels, then hauled to the ponds at the ranch. The boys especially Paul spent many hours later on catching fish from our own ponds. The main creek that flowed through our property was fished years. We always had fresh fish on our dinner table. Lester built a potato cellar in the side of the hill. When it wasn’t full of potatoes it was full of rattle snakes. A snake crawled into the house and Dola and Roma (daughter of her sister Orpha) beat it to death with brooms and clubs. One time the boys hauled hay for a mile with Ferl (brother of Lester) setting on the board with three rattlers in it. Ferl enjoyed holding them by the tail chopping their heads off. Lester always warned his brother that he would be bitten but he never was. The government made C.C. camps through the southern Utah area with one at Mount Carmel. They put in dams along the creek. Lester took care of their horses one winter. Lester had about four milk cows most of the time which his boys milked. Shipping the cream to the Brooklawn creamery at Panguitch. Lester had one old cow who kept getting out so he and the boys built an electric fence across the creek. Charles and Lester walked into the creek and took hold of the fence with plyers just as Paul switched on the current. It flipped the plyers from Lesters hand. Lester got quite bent out of shape. He came up the bank to Paul. Paul trembles then Lester smiled at him. He never did stay mad too long. One day while driving some cows to the barn, one old cow was determined she was going to cross the ditch, and Lester was just as determined she wasn’t going to. Lester was just as determined she wasn’t going to. Lester picked up a rock and hit the cow between the eyes knocking her flat. In 1937 we had a deep snow which covered everything. It was over our head in places. Dad stayed home with us most of that winter. We raised most of our food, meats, fruit and vegetables. Paul says Father (Lester) had a herd of sheep that roamed the hills between the ranch, which sat on approx 20 acres and Lydies canyon, which was one half mile north of our ranch house. This canyon was several miles long. Father owned some and Ferl owned some. John Watsons hillside land, laid further to the north west of ours. The Leon Brinkerhoff family owned a section of the land near fathers to the west. They also trespassed upon everybody’s ground with their sheep. One corner of Brinkerhoff’s ground laid near our drinking water. They ran their sheep across it occasionally. Our drinking water came out of a spring right on the creek bank. Father had hand dug a ditch along a steep bank, which laid along a bank just west of highway 89. This water ran a half mile to the ranch house. Of often the ditch would brake, causing our water to run down on the road. As father reached for his shovel, he would be growling, and at my early aga I learned the meaning of his cuss words. He had to repair the ditch often. I learned how to use his shovel when he was around. The first year I remember, Father, Uncle Ferl, and Easton hand sheared the sheep. My Mother, (Dola) in one day, sheared 3 to 5 sheep, prepared a lunch, then carried it to Lydias canyon to feed all. While the sheep were being sheared I and a younger brother, would help by keeping the sheep rounded up. Mom would shear one sheep while they ate lunch. She could throw a sheep down as quick as any man. After shearing the sheep she would walk back to the ranch and start preparing supper. This continued every year until Father got rid of the sheep. Mom got where she could shear 3 - 4 a day. Paul remembers that Father (Lester) started he and Charles herding 40-50 young ewe’s from the ranch to dry wash, which we owned. We were only a short distance south of the ranch near a bridge on highway 89, when Ronald Spencer traveling south in his Model A ran into the sheep killing 3 - 4. He had no brakes, this was very frightening. Father ran down and chewed Ronald up, telling him that he was going to pay, which he did. Ferl owned a 22 rifle which we kept at the ranch. I had it with me much of the time. I was always hunting and I can’t remember if I ever let Charles shoot it. Years before I found the 22 rifle lying on the grass at Father’s jump-up property. Father and I was checking the cattle and fence. Father quickly recognized it as Ferl’s. Father always said this is not unusual for Ferl to loose or fail to pickup or return what ever he borrows. He once borrowed Father’s 30 -30 saddle rifle, he stepped in a hole, breaking the stock, which he didn’t replace or even repair it. Years later Joy (Paul’s wife) gave me a new stock for Christmas. If I had the money that I have put into the 30-30 for repairs I could have bought a new gun. During the late summer Dave Sorenson from Orderville would travel through the valley threshing every ones oats. This would take normally 6 men. Dave usually took oats for his pay, as most families didn’t have cash to pay for his services. During the threshing season Mother would rise before day light to start preparing the large dinner meal. She always had many pies, rolls, steaks, etc. Paul would help the thrashers by holding the sacks as they were filled with oats. Paul spent much of his time keeping the pigs in as they were always crawling under the fence and into mothers large asparagus patch, which gave us many meals during the summer. Lester contracted plastering, stucco, painting, pouring cement side walks, which kept Charles and myself busy on Saturdays and during summers. Ferry started getting big enough to mis cement, and always screened sand. We always went with Father to load sand by hand in our half ton pickup. This was every time a plastering job came up. We would travel 4 miles north of the ranch to load our pickup with clean white sand that lay along highway 89. Haul it to the next job, screen the sand then start mixing plaster in a large tin box, pack it into the building father was plastering, then hurry back outside, and screen more sand add plaster and do it over again and again. At dry wash Lester raised dry filed corn during the summer months Charles, Ferry and Paul were sent there to hoe weeds. The nATS were always so thick making it difficult to work. In the fall the corn still in its stock, was hauled to the ranch and placed to the south of the barn, where it fed from 10 to 20 cows. In the spring we herded the 20 or more cows north to jump up pasture, at black rock where the 160 acres kept the cows eating pasture until fall then Lester would have John Chamberlain load most of them in his truck, haul them to Richfield where they were sold at the auction. This would provide us with money to pay taxes, and buy more young heifers for the next year. Usually father would buy a young expensive Holstein bull every other year then sell it to one of the local ranchers or trade it for their bull. We were always busy keeping the fences mended to keep the livestock in. One after as Paul remembers Father and Charles were standing in the creek that ran down through our pasture, repairing the 6 volt electric wire fence that crossed the creek. Father repeatedly told me not to turn the switch on, but I felt I would never get another chance to have some fun, and not knowing the seriousness of it, I turned it on. Charles saw me turn it on and moved away. Fathers pliers flipped in the air, he didn’t fall down because the 6 volt battery needed charging. He swore every step from where he was standing to where I was trembling on the bank. He said, I could of been killed, what is the matter with you, then he set on the creek bank and laughed. I was sure relieved that he was alive and I could still set down. What a stupid stunt a teenager pulls when he isn’t thinking. Personality Lester always enjoyed a good fight or basketball game and attended all he could until his health failed him. Lester was a boxer and fought in the ring all over the southern Utah area. Easton and Charles were his sparing partners for his boxing practice. He traveled with his best friend. Tim Hoyt, who wrestled and boxed. They put on bouts at Cedar, St George, Panguitch and surrounding communities. He had won several fights and came home and put the gloves on to spare with his brother Charles, and was quite surprised when Charles hit him so hard he broke a rib or two. He said it was the hardest he had ever been hit. Lester took an active part in politics and civil affair. Before he married he traveled to Idaho and worked with his Uncle Leonard Cox for a season. He and Alvin Allred, also there working decided to go to a County Fair. There Alvin talked Lester into boxing with a man who offered any man a dollar a minute that could say in the ring with him. Lester stayed in the ring so long that they finally stopped him, but they wouldn’t pay him the amount they had bargained. It almost ended in a free-for-all. He loved horse raising, and he had a winning horse at one time. He and Ferl sheared sheep, they had about 300 head on the ranch and in the summer they would feed that many more. Lester worked one summer on the St. George Temple. He was always working most of the time leaving the ranch to be run by Dola and the boys with Ferl doing the planting and caring for the ground. The Boys would work for him in the summer. Lester was a strong, well built man. He was six feet tall and weighed over 200 pounds. He had a long arm reach. He was a very good basketball player and boxer. He worked fast and hard. He was very ambitious. One of Lester’s worst fears was that his boys might grow up to be lazy. He wanted his children to be industrious. The family did a lot of playing and sometimes Lester would feel bad because the children didn’t work more. With the kind of work that Lester did kept him away from home a lot. The boys really respect Lester because they knew he was right. Lester was good and kind to the boys. Lester made the boys work for what we got. He loved his family and showed the family that he did. Lester was liked by everyone. He was a true Blackburn. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for a friend. Charles remembers helping Lester wall paper the living room for a elderly couple in Glendale. Charles was about eleven or twelve. When the people asked how much the bill was, Dad said there is no charge. They showed great love and appreciation for Lester. Lester taught me a lesson that day. “Service to others is better than all the riches in the world.” As Lester and Charles went home that night, they shared a great feeling of love and service. Lester did this more than once. He wasn’t afraid to donate his time and talents. He did a lot of work on churches and for needy people. He worked on chapels from Santa Clara to Siggard. He was handy with his hands, and he always did his work well.. Once Lester had a job in Glendale and Charles was mixing mud for Lester and Paul. I didn’t like it and Lester said to Charles, “You don’t want to keep all your eggs in one basket, learn the trade you might need it someday.” Every time there is a bit of plastering to do Charles remembers his Dad’s advice. Lester was loving and he helped so many people. During the influenza epidemic of 1918 while he was attending the B.A. C. in Cedar city. He went through the city nursing and assisting the sick and dying and his services were in demand as he himself had recovered from only a light case of the flue. Then the disease struck in our town of Orderville and in our family in particular, he left Cedar City and came home to us to help care for the family. Lesters sister Maggie was walking on our lawn to the eat of the home when she was suddenly struck with it and fell in a deep faint on the grass. Thanks to Lester’s gifted nursing abilities our family of ten was the only family in town that did not have a death to record. All the women who were pregnant died of the flue. Lester did not give up working to save his sister mercy who was pregnant with Rena. He worked all night long with her having her gargle soda, salt and cream of tarter every half hour, sipping black coffee and soaking her feet and giving sweat baths. He had had experience in Cedar City and knew what treatment was most effective. He proved to be far better than a woman. His mother needed him and he helped his own first then went about the town helping others. Lester had medium brown hair, people say he looked like Charles only he was bigger. Lester used to take turns taking the boys out on the job with im. The boys would look forward so much to being able to go with their Father, His helped the boys enjoy their work and to this day they enjoy working. One time Lester was out milking a cow and it kept kicking and switching its tail in his face. It did it once too many times, so Lester stood up and picked up the milk stool and hit the cow and knocked it flat. The cow didn’t bother him again.` Lester would attend the basketball games when Charles played in junior high. He loved the game. He never spoke a cross work to Charles. Lester was respected, but he wasn’t mean we just did what he said to do. He was a conservative, he believed you need to work for what you get, and the government shouldn’t just hand things out. Everyone respect Lester, and everyone had a good word for Lester Blackburn. Lester worked for a Mr Wood when he attended school at B.A.C. The Woods said that Lester was one of the best workers they ever had. The Woods had a large farm and hired several school boys throughout the year. One thing Brother Wood remembered about father was he never had to worry about Lester closing the gates as he went about his chores. He never stopped to open them, he jumped over them. Lester was a good looking fellow. He had a personality all of his own. He had a build of an athletic ball player. When at school he played on State Champion basketball and was high score man. While attending High School at Kanab he was a top basketball player. One instance is told of when the ball team had gone by team and wagon to Kanab to play a game. Lester did not go with them but showed up on horseback at the last minute and won the game. Chris and Charlotte Lavengers house in Glendale burned down around 1940, so father plastered an old building behind their burned home. It took 4 or 5 days of hard work to complete the job. As we were finishing up Chris asked how much he owed us. Father said Charlotte has already paid him, then Father told Charlotte the same thing. He was always doing this for people, not charging them for his work when they were destitute. After Father bought a cement mixer we then finished our side walks in style. After we got the cement mixer we got lots of cement jobs and many chances to sell the mixer. children Lester and Dola had 6 children. Four sons and 2 daughters. Paul, Charles, Ferry, Lilly, Helen and Larry. Paul Lester and Dola’s first child was born the 22 October 1927. He was a boy and he was named after his father Lester. His name was Lester Paul Blackburn. He was born at the home of Alice Heaton at Cedar City, Utah. Paul was a cute curly headed boy. Paul says I’ve tried so many times to remember my first childhood experiences. My father Lester Blackburn, and Grandfather Ozro DeMille, who stayed with us during the warmer part of spring, harnessed Father’s team of horses and walked them to the highway where the hay wagon was setting in knee deep water, this kept the hard wood on the wheels tight. I was taken along and placed between father and grandfather. We rode to Lydies canyon where they loaded the wagon with hay. When we pulled back into the ranch my mother took our pictures with an old Kodak camera. Later I saw the photo which brought back memories. I was about 4 years old then. Worms - Fishing by Paul Dr. Aiken was a close friend of Father, through the years, Father plastered and stuccoed many buildings for him. Dr Aiken built the first hospital in Kanab. Father plastered the inside and did some stuccoing on the outside. He also laid some of the brick flues. This employment Father had given by Dr Aiken helped feed the family. Sister Lilly was the first girl born in the Kanab hospital. The hospital was later sold to the county by Dr Aiken being named the Kane County Hospital. Whenever Dr. Aiken got a day off he went to Panguitch lake fishing. Ferry, Charles and myself would catch live minnows by hook, usually by our hands from the creek that ran through our property, then put what ever we caught in one of Mothers tubs, saving them for Dr. Aiken, because he always gave us whatever loose change he had in his pocket. One time I was given 50 cents, as near as I can remember Charles and Ferry were given the same amount. We always had angle worms available for him as he always stopped by the ranch, and some other fisherman would also buy worms from us. The sewer pipe ended several feet west of our ranch house, in mothers vineyards, there was always good worms in that soil and in the fall lots of grapes. Chris and Charlotte Levanger always got their angle worms from us. They always invited me to go with them and many times I went along. We would camp over usually for two nights. Some times we camped on lower Mammoth creek and some times at Panguitch Lake. Fishing was always good, the limit was 18 at this time. Chris was hard of hearing, so I always had to talk loud while fishing with Chris. He some times talked to himself and his wife would ask why he talked to him self. Christ would answer that he always like to talk to a smart man. Near my 16th birthday I had Brant Spencer borrow his father’s car and gave me a ride north to Little ranch where my father had bought me a 1927 Harley Davidson motorcycle. We pumped up the tires with a hand pump that I rode the motorcycle back by holding on to the left window, part of the way, and coasting part of the way. Many hours were spent puttering with Brants help to get it to run. One of the spark plugs was broken, so I ran it on one plug some of the time. Tony Bingleshear smith got to tired of the motorcycle missing so he gave me two used spark plugs. This was a great day for me. Did it have power when it was running!. With my brothers help it was pushed several miles many times. Father always advised me to hold it down. It made lots of noise, He said people were complaining about me riding it. I think only one or two complained a lot. Merrill Johnson, a highway patrolman, tried several times to catch me riding it at night but never did. During the sixties when I was stationed in Kane County we had a laugh about it many times. LIFE STORY EXCERPTS OF LESTER PAUL BLACKBURN AIRPLANE ACCIDENTS WHILE SERVING ON THE UTAH HIGHWAY PATROL 1958 While on the Cedar City Police Department, a United States Air Force jet fighter plane broke the sound barrier. This broke most all the windows on Cedar City Main Street and many around Cedar City. I was patrolling and on Cedar US 91 so I saw all the damage. I had to write up a report on what I saw (much writing). The pilot was a Southern Utah man. 1961 I witnessed a Jet Fighter plane being fueled by a larger plane near Fredonia. The jet when fueled lost control. The pilot bailed out the Jet crashed and exploded. The Pilot landed safe near Fredonia, Arizona. I again made out a report for the state of Utah. It was reported to us later the pilot was negligent and could have been demoted. 1974 An Army jet fighter lost control west of Zion National Park. The two pilots bailed out. The plane crashed into a ledge up above and behind the lodge. The two pilots were located alive west of Zion Park. I was sent to the scene to take photos and make a report. The Army wanted and got the film from me. 1974 Seven Navy jet fighters were in formation near Panguitch Lake. One plane clipped the top off a pine tree with a wing, causing it to spray gas. It later landed at the Cedar City Airport. After foam was put on the run way. I wrote up a long report. We were advised that whenever the pilot was negligent he was demoted. PARTS OF LIFE OF LESTER BLACKBURN By Lester Paul Blackburn BOXING Boxing in Kane County was a popular sport. Our Father (Lester Blackburn) when young before he married Mom (Dola DeMille) used to Box in the ring. Uncle Easton said Father was promised near $100.00 to box a top boxer from Salt Lake City at the Kanab boxing arena. Father won his bout, then the officials said that not enough money was left because other fighters had to be paid. They gave Lester a new radio with only ear phones. Whoever had the ear phones was the only listener. This was the first radio in the Henry Blackburn Family. Easton said that all the family was so excited when Father arrived home to report the fight out come. Calvin Coolidge had just won the election as President of the United States. Grandfather Henry took the radio first and listened to the national election results. Easton reports his Father danced around the living room because Calvin Coolidge was a good Family man. Easton said each family member took their turn listening to the election returns, their very first election returns. Father said most everyone in Orderville stopped by their home to take their turn listening to the radio. LESTER BUILDS OUR OWN POWER PLANT Lester was a pioneer in his time, and in the area he lived in. Southern Utah near Orderville, Utah on highway 89 did not have power to the community and farms. No telephones, no bus services for schools until 19??. No public transportation except the gray hound bus. Miles from any doctors, hospitals, grocery stores, or cafes. MAIL SERVICE Mail service was provided to us at the ranch by the post office at Glendale, Utah. We packed it to the ranch usually by bicycle. Paul lost the mail one time but found it months later sticking in our snowball bush on the front lawn. Our Dad was mad at him for a long time. HOME HEATING The fuel for the home was provided by wood hauled from the hills. Paul cut most of the wood with an axe, instructed by his Mom (Dola). Coal was hauled by Dad (Lester) in his ½ ton pickup. Glendale had two coal mines. The price was $2.00 to $4.00 a ton. FIRST INDOOR BATHROOM For years the bathroom usage was an out house, outside of the house. Winter, summer, spring, or fall it was a run outside of the house when mother nature called. Dad and Uncle Easton built a bathroom on the south side of the ranch house. Dad put a bathtub and a small wood stove, to heat our first water tank in the bathroom. Could you imagine the thrill that Dola had, having a bath in the bathroom and having hot water to relax in? Think of the hours of time she spent carrying water and heating it on the old wood stove. In those days the round wash tub was brought in the kitchen. The water was heated and if you were lucky you got the first turn in the water. Each one took a turn using the same water to wash hair, feet, etc. The water would have been pretty bad when it comes to the younger children, but then we didn’t care or know the difference. The water left over was used to water the lawn or flowers etc. SMOKEHOUSE Lester made his own smoke house to smoke his meat. It was made in the back of the yard and he would smoke the meat for the Smith Hotel in Glendale, Utah. SWIMMING HOLE Swimming pools were not available during those years. Lester could see the children wanted to learn how to swim so he dug a hole. ELECTRICITY Lester wanted electricity so he built his own power supply using the creek near by. He used his inventive mind and then he showed Delmar Spencer how to do what he did. Delmar used Father’s methods and sold electric power to the people for miles around and changed $2.25 a month. DEPRESSION TIMES When the depression came into the valley, those with farms and land, and those that knew how to work were very fortunate. Dola and Lester went through those depression years and the older brothers remember it well. Paul remembers the depression very well. We survived it by raising everything we needed. If we couldn’t raise it, we didn’t need it. During the depression in 1937, 38 & 39 the CCCs worked building roads, dams, and the tunnel in Zions National Park for $30.00 a month. In 1937 Dad had extra hay so he fed 8 to 10 horses for a month for the CCCs for $5.00 to $6.00 a day. There was a time that several families had run out of feed for their animals . They came from Glendale to the ranch and made arrangements from Father to buy feed from him. They didn’t have the money at the time but he had a big heart and he gave them the feed. They later payed him for his feed. Those days the people looked after each other. One neighbor would not let another starve. They took care of each other and shared what they had. They were hard workers, living off the land, making their own cloths, furniture, food, and whatever they needed. Lester was very kind and helped people throughout the valley. TITHING Lester always paid his tithing. Paul remembered looking over Dads shoulder at he wrote a $100.00 check to the Glendale Ward for tithing. He paid tithing every year. During that period of time, they often paid with produce, pigs, cattle etc. Father donated many hours of work to the Ward and Glendale people doing plastering, stucco, and cement work that he didn’t get paid for. I remember because Charles and I mixed the plaster and cement for him some of the time. WORLD WAR II When Paul was 15 was when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Paul remembers it clearly. SCHOOLS When Paul was 5 and 6 years old and in the first grade he lived with 83-year-old Grandfather and Grandmother Blackburn in Orderville. Paul was scared all the time being away from home. Grades 2nd and 3rd and 4th were happy times for Paul. Mom and Paul lived in the back room of Aunt Elva Spencer in Orderville. Mom was happy all the time being near Aunt Elva. We would go home on week ends and come back on Mondays. In the 5th and 6th grades Charles and Paul rode our bicycles to Glendale. B. O. Rust taught 4th and 5th, and 6th grades and Aunt Clara taught the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades at Glendale. Aunt Clara received $90.00 a month and only taught one years. She wasn’t very well liked because she was like some of the stern Blackburn’s lacking in love . In 1941 the first school bus was driven from Alton by Roland Hoyt and Roy Robertson. Alton students 7th through 12th grades and all ranch children were picked up. Charles, Ferry, Lilly, Helen and I rode the bus. When Helen started school, the grades were together. First and Second were in the same room. The same teacher taught both grades. Veradeane Blackburn was the first grade and second grade teacher. We had lots of cousins and friends in the schools. HEALTH FAILS FOR FATHER Fathers health started to fail around 1942 and 43. I drove him and Mom to the Kanab hospital the first time. We left him there for a few days under the care of Dr. Fen Covington. LESTER DIES IN ST. GEORGE HOSPITAL - In May of 1946, he was taken to the St George hospital and was treated by Doctors A.W. McGregor and M.C. McGregor. He died 19 May 1946. Dola didn’t have the opportunity to be at her husbands bed side when he died . The children were very ill and she couldn’t leave them alone. Lester’s dying breath was of his love and concern for Dola and the children but she was denied that opportunity to know . DOLA FINDS WHAT IS BEST PLACE FOR HER FAMILY - Dola was an independent spirit and could think very well for herself. She lived close to the spirit and relied on the spirit to guide her. It was hard living at the ranch the next few weeks after Fathers death. Dola told the story that the Blackburn’s came and met together in the granary to decide what Dola would do in the future and how she would manage the children. It made her very mad because she wasn’t included in the meeting. After the meeting Grandmother Blackburn came to tell Dola the conclusions they had agreed upon and began to tell Dola what she was to do. If you knew Dola you would understand that this was the wrong approach for her or anyone else of her family. Grandmother didn’t get too much out and her daughter-in-law. Dola told her off and said she would do as she pleased. Grandmother was insulted and left. The Blackburn’s had made a lot of decisions with no plans of using the principals of charity, work, or any other ways to help. Later one day Aunt Charlotte showed up at the ranch to advise us that we shouldn’t move from the ranch. She said that was the opinion of her brothers and sisters. (This was an interesting decision to make because Dola didn’t drive and there was no place for employment in the valley and Dola’s didn’t have any income. Social security didn’t exist at this time and there was no future way to survive. Uncle Leland DeMille drove in and advised Aunt Charlotte that Dola and her family could move to Cedar City if they wanted. Paul and Charles agreed with Uncle Leland. FAMILY MOVES TO CEDAR CITY - Merl Spencer loaded our belongings on his truck and we moved to Cedar City. Mom’s sisters had located us a good home on 300 West which was across the street from McKnight Grocery Store. Dola was able to immediately got a job at a drug store and she worked for 65 cents an hour to begin with. She was able to call on Elva, Leland and Orpha for help with the children when she needed help. Dola got the children in school, Larry was in a day care center at the time and Helen remembers pushing him to day care and leaving him while she went to school. Later Dola would pick him up on her way home from work. Charles After two years had passed they had another boy. He was born the 12th of December in 1929. Grandmother Blackburn ( Elvira Cox Blackburn )named him Charles Henry after her son Charles Henry that was killed in the car accident. Charles was born at Kanab, Utah in Sister Adam’s home. When Charles was first seen by grandmother Blackburn she said he looks like he came here to hoe his own roe. He looked like the Uncle Charles that was killed. Ferry Four years after Charles was born they had another boy on the 9th of May, 1933. He was named Ferry DeMille Blackburn. The name of Ferry came from a friend of Lesters. Elvira Cox Blackburn had a little room in her home where the daughter in laws would go to have their babies. When it was time for Dola to have their third baby she went to my grandmothers home. I remember (Paul says ) my mother screaming for days. It went on and on and the baby would not come. She became so weak that she almost died. My Father could no longer take any more and went and got a doctor. The doctor had to take Ferry with instruments as he was in the wrong position and had my Father not have gotten the doctor Mom nor Ferry would have ver lived. That was a real nightmare for me to hear her cry and scream for so long. I was so grateful when it was all over. My Mom (Dola) almost gave her life for Ferry. Life Story of Ferry DeMille Blackburn son of Lester Blackburn and Dola DeMille Blackburn May 9, 1933 Ferry Demille Blackburn was born in the Blackburn home in Orderville. They lived on a ranch in Glendale, Ut; a home he recalled with nostalgia all of his days. It seemed an ideal childhood to him because of the many lessons of life that he learned. Obedience, hard work, frugality, punctuality, responsibility, loyalty, honesty were all virtues taught by his no-nonsense mother and father who struggled daily to survive. Their children needed to be an asset and not a liability. He hated to undress for gym class because of his underwear made from flour sacks with the labels still intact. The three boys, Paul, Charles and Ferry each had 2 pair of pants; one for school and church which they immediately replaced with work clothes when they arrived home on the school bus and proceeded to complete their chores before dark. For their shoes, they just had to make sure that the y were scraped good before they went anywhere. The two girls, Lilly and Helen, did their part by helping their mother with the pioneer-type tasks that their life included. The boys have such tender memories of their father who was a real man’s man. He was very athletic as a youth and took up brick masonry, painting, and plastering to provide financially for their growing family. He was so honest and neighborly that his work was often charity. He took his sons to work with him on occasions where they learned some of his skills. He took them to ball games, fishing and hunting which built a never to be forgotten bond. Ferry grew up trying very hard to please his parents and do what was expected and “right”. He was always concerned about following the rules. He disliked conflict and contention and fit well into the role of peacemaker (and scapegoat). He had difficulty early on with most areas relating to language arts. He developed a stutter which was humiliating and frustrating. He was so sensitive and tender hearted that other kids found Him a prime target to tease about his speech problem, the white spot on the back of his head, and his name. He died a thousand deaths over the merciless misuse of “Fairy”. Because of these experiences he spent the rest of his life being empathetic for others who were put down and abused in any way. The ultimate trauma in his young life was the unexpected death of his father at age 46, when Ferry was 13 years old. He had just come down with the “hard” measles and was unable to attend the funeral. This painful loss plus his mother deciding very early on to move to Cedar City and give up their beloved home were devastation to him. Those were miserable teen-age years when he didn’t fit in, but felt very lost and alone. His natural ability with his hands helped him find areas in which he was successful. He tried a number of odd jobs to help out with the family financial crunch. Larry was only 6 months when Lester died and Dola who was such a hard worker now had to find employment outside the home. After a couple of years she married Ralph Perry, continued her many labors, and had another son, Dee. Ferry had a bicycle repair business at age 13 and went from there to work with tractor repair and maintenance. By the time he was 17 years old he was a journeyman mechanic and had made a positive name for himself in auto work. His classmates were impressed with his skills because cars were important to them and he was always willing to share his time and talent. After he graduated from high school, his family moved to Provo in the 1950's. He began working at Wasdon Oldsmobile as a full fledge mechanic. Dola married her third husband, Leon Campbell, who had three sons to rear. Ferry met Mary Allice Young when he was 20 and she was 17. She was from a large struggling family who where poor in the things of this world but rich in artistic talents and family love and loyalty. When he first saw her she was working as a waitress. He was instantly attracted to her fresh beauty. She also had a great sense of humor which he discovered when he ordered a cup of “mud” (coffee). He found out whey it took an inordinate amount of time for her to fill his order when he literally received what he asked for. He learned to appreciate family and especially her mother because of her unconditional love for everyone. They didn’t approve of him at first because their daughter was so precious to them and Ferry Drank coffee and was smoking at that time, which bothered them a lot. On the other hand he was so helpful, thoughtful and kind to Mary and her parents and siblings that soon won their hearts for his service to them. It was three years of a totally platonic relationship before she made up her mind to marry him before he left for Germany with the military, and only after a promise theat he would five up smoking and take her to the temple when he returned. He became a Motor Sgt. And Chauffeur for commanding officers which enabled him to see a lot of the country. In the two years that he was there he took advantage of every opportunity to take classes and develop skills such as photography and golf and make good use of his time. He attended church services and learned a lot about human nature from members and nonmembers. He was appalled at the lack of morals and preoccupation with lust and *** so prevalent among the men. Their daughter Barbara Ann was over a year old before he was discharged. He hadn’t been home a week before he had a job at Ashton Chevrolet and had purchased a starter home at 602 north 700 west in Provo. He later became manager of the Tote Gote Plant which flourished for several years. While serving as a volunteer on the Jeep Posee, he got the opportunity to work for Provo City Police Dept. For 3 years. Janet had now joined their family and Mary was pregnant with their first son Robert when she suffered a massive stroke at 25 years of age. This was a agonizing, frightful experience for all of them which required the help of extended family members, much physical therapy and dogged perseverance to get thru each challenging day. Her heart was weakened and her left side remained paralyzed. She, however, was always faithful, hopeful, and pleasant and went on to rear 2 additional sons, Bryon and Garth. She managed to change diapers, carry babies, perform household chores, etc. with her one good arm and leg— all without complaining or feeling sorry for herself. They lived in their first home for about nine years and after making improvements and adding a large shop where Ferry did extra work to help pay the medical expenses, he moved his growing family to 640 west 400 north in Provo. Ferry was asked to be Superintendent of Sanitation and the truck fleet when Verl Dixon and Russell Grange were mayors of Provo City. He was able in instigate many innovative ideas during his time in office. One of the things he enjoyed most about this position was being able to provide employment for family, friends and acquaintances; plus help many others who were “down and out”. Ferry rebuilt antique cars as one of his many hobbies. He and his family belonged to an Old Car Club which took trips and tours. They enjoyed these memorable times together. He took Mary’s father and other family members fishing, hunting, boating and trips in their motor home as well. It was during this time that they became aware that their youngest son Garth was autistic. Mary and her sister Lavon who was a teacher tried a number of programs to help him develop normally. But they finally had to enroll him at Oakridge School in Provo for the handicapped which she could never reconcile, but Ferry felt was for his best good. Ferry accepted a position at BYU Dairy Farm as maintenance manager. He received honorary awards for his inventive machinery which he designed and implemented. Fifteen years after the stroke (brought on by poor dental work) it was necessary for Mary to have open heart surgery performed by Dr. Russell M. Nelson in order to preserve her life. This occurrence resulted in the same challenges as before but since the children were older they were more independent this time around. After high school Barbara and Janet attended Ricks’s College for a time ,then Janet chose to serve a mission in North Dakota. Robert served in London, England. He married Annette Allgier on his return. They had a daughter, Shaylene. When Garth was 18 years old and Bryon had only two months to complete his mission in Sweden, Mary died quietly on the afternoon on August 16, 1986, at home of heart failure at age 50. The loss of his sweetheart and companion of 31 years left a giant hole in Ferry’s heart and life. After struggling with the emptiness for six months he determined that he would not do what his grandfather Ozro had done when his wife died. Consequently he began reaching out and entered a whole new world of single people that he didn’t know existed. It was unfamiliar and risky but her felt a need to share his life. He had been happily married once and knew he could do so again. As his life changed so did he shorten his name to Ferr. The account of his subsequent marriage to Shirley Nimzar Morley Hansen Blackburn is another story which will be added to this. In summary, Shirley had lived in Salem (336 south 400 North) for ten years and taught kindergarten at Art City Elementary in Springville. When they married they decided to live in his home in Provo which involved a huge job of moving and combining two households. Years before Ferr had made numerous changes and additions on the home including digging out the entire basement by hand, one slow bucketful at a time . He then jacked up the roof and added 3 bedrooms upstairs. Now he proceeded to make changes as Shirley planned and decorated to make it her home as well as his. Innumerable loads of ancient magazines and collectibles were taken out of the basement. The old shed in the back was knocked down and cleared out. The entire back yard was redone with patio, new storage units, cement pads and walkways. A fence was put up to separate Ferr’s work area off. He installed huge roofs to cover everything. He built a carport on the east side. After putting everything new in the main part of the house, he remodeled a large garage on the east side and made it into a small apartment close to his shop. All in all it was an incredible project; one they labored on and completed after working a regular job all day. He was also High Priest Group Leader and She was Relief society President. He retired from BYU in 1989 and was asked to be the maintenance supervisor at NuSkin in Provo less than a year later. He worked There full time for 4 years and then went to part time. When Shirley retired at age 60 they began working at the Provo Temple. In 1998 he was called to serve a work mission restoring a 1939 flat bed farm truck in 6 months time to be displayed by the church at the Museum of Art at Temple Square. This was another seemingly impossible task. (An album showing the steps required is available). For someone who had made a practice of doing the impossible all of his life it was a challenge the Lord was most confident in calling him to complete According to Ferr: My wife died Aug. 16, 1986 on a Friday. She had been in poor health following a stroke at age 25 leaving her left side partially paralyzed. After three more children and heart bypass surgery by Dr. Russell Nelson, she hung on to life until age 50. In January, on a Friday of the following year, someone put a single activity flyer in my mailbox. It announced a square dance that night right across the street from my home. I decided to go over and listen to Doug Bush’s Dad do the calling. I missed my wife so much. I felt very lost and alone. It was a way to deal with the empty feeling I had. Remembering what my brother Charles had said that I was going to have a difficult time finding another mate because I was so quiet and backward, I wandered in to the cultural hall and leaned against the wall trying to not be noticed. Before I knew what was happening this sharp looking lady caught me off guard and invited me to participate. I tried to explain that I couldn’t as she led me out to the dance floor. She commented on how big my hands were and I noticed how cold hers were and how impossible it was to tell her no. Just as I was beginning to get a little comfortable with the dance routine, she left to go to another dance with a date, turning me over to the second woman that I’d never met. This opened up a whole new world involving a lot of risk for me. I discovered that it was better than sitting home brooding. It seemed that every time I went to a Sunday. Night Fireside I would see this lady (Shirley) there surrounded by her friends. The next time we were together was at a Group Dinner Date at Sundance. I was involved in weekly group discussions of about 23 women and 2 or 3 men. This is where I first became aware of the plight of single women. I was flabbergasted that most of these women had been abandoned by their husbands. Leaving them to survive with their children in the best way they could. I couldn’t imagine that such conditions existed and especially in the church. These were all hurt, depressed women with many problems. It made me very aware of what a good marriage I had had. Shirley entered the picture again as she rescued me from one of these clinging, lonely women at a Sunday fireside. We took dance lessons together for my benefit. I discovered that Elvis Presley’s music was good for something after all. It had a strong dance beat. As I was welding on the gates at BYU Dairy Farm, I would practice my dance steps between the corrals. About this time some of my family members became concerned that I was now too happy. They felt I should still be grieving. After being happily married for 32 years, I couldn’t relate to being single. My grandfather never remarried and I remember what an unhappy man he was for the next 40 years. I didn’t want to end up like him. I missed the personal touches of having a companion who cared about me. On the other hand, I was really having fun in the Single Program of the church. By now, I had picked Shirley out as the lady of my choice but she was so popular with the many men lined up to dance with her that I never imagined I had a chance with her. A lady friend told me that if I was serious that she believed I had something that the others didn’t. She said they were all show and I was solid, safe and sincere. She suggested that I get busy and let her see my good qualities. So with that encouragement I began in earnest to pursue her. She was different from the other women too. She seemed so happy and upbeat. Her personality glowed. She was friendly with everyone and a lot of fun. I had no ideas that she coped with so many serious problems. One night at a dance we were to, Shirley was talking to a man friend whose date was gone for a minute. The next thing I knew, the woman had returned and seeing the two of them together, she came up behind Shirley and poured water down her back. Shirley turned around to face her standing with the cup in her hand. She tapped up on the bottom of the cup which sent the rest of the water into the woman’s face. The two of us men stood there seeing this happen, not knowing how or why. Pretty, exciting times, those dances. I knew people in her ward because of my work who were so impressed with her that I felt privileged to be her companion. I had quite a bit in common with a number of the faculty members at her school. All in all I was becoming more and more attracted to her. I could see that she needed a lot of help and I knew that I could fill the bill. She really appreciated the many things I could do for her and showed it in many ways. After dropping hints about how we would be good for each other, without actually proposing, one day she asked me, “Are you trying to tell me you want to marry me?” Before she got it all out, I shot out loud and clear, “YES!” She said she wanted to ponder and pray about it. She had such a miserable experience in her marriage and was having such a great time being single that she wasn’t too anxious to trade it in. The only pressure I put on her was to tell her that she was my first choice, but if she didn’t want me I’d have to find someone else who did, and I couldn’t wait around too long to find out. I preferred marriage myself and really believed that was the way life was meant to be. She talked to Dick and he talked to me. She talked to our kids and she talked to Heavenly Father. I was still wondering what the answer would be when we went to Fast Sunday in July at her ward in Salem. As she was bearing her testimony she told good things about me and slipped in that she would be getting married, which, “by the way meant “yes”!” Robert Hall gave me a thumbs up and as everyone looked at me, I didn’t know whether to slink under the seat or to give a war whoop. After some of the out of the ordinary activities I participated in during our courtship and marriage, I’d come home, look in the mirror and wonder who it was. I certainly stepped out of my familiar comfort zone enough to know I was alive. Some people have said that they wouldn’t marry again if their mate died, but I believe that if you’ve had a good marriage once, it’s possible to have another. I know that Mary and Shirley will be good friends. They have a lot in common. My concern is that I’m the one who will be left out. Mary’s main concern was always Garth. She and I are both grateful that he got another mother who has been accepting, patient and understanding of his limitations. She has been a wonderful grandmother to our grandchildren and loves them all the same. Out favorite song was “You Light Up My Life,” which expresses how I feel about her. Shirley’s side of the coin: It is no secret that my first marriage was anything but healthy and happy. Consequently, I had such deep gratitude for liberation from the bondage of that relationship. In the Lord’s own time, I became a single citizen on Oct. 31 1986. I remember the date because I was dressed in my Mother Goose Halloween costume as I went to see the judge before school that morning to finalize some records. Several months later I decided to go to one of the single dances I’d heard about at Apollo Hall in American Fork. I didn’t know anyone, so I went by myself. I couldn’t believe such a world existed. Here was a whole room full of older people all dressed up with somewhere special to go. They were a smiling, happy crew having a wonderful time dancing to the music of an orchestra I could recognize. There was dance instruction first. I was more than a little out of practice, but low and behold I was teamed up with a partner who had been a dance instructor. I had a willing, listening ear and he had expertise in helping me get my feet going in the right direction, so it turned out to be an exhilarating experience. From that beginning I met many marvelous, unmarried LDS sisters thru the best firesides I’ve ever attended, workshops, group discussions, dances, etc. In Jan. I went to a square dance at 600 West 400 North in Provo with some friends. It looked and sounded like such fun. I noticed a lonely looking gentleman leaning against one of the walls in the cultural hall attempting to appear inconspicuous. Assuming that anyone attending a dance was there for that purpose. I approached him to see if he’d like to join in. He stammered and stuttered, “Oh, I can’t, I don’t know how, my wife just died.” None of which sounded like legitimate reasons to me for missing this opportunity. I don’t remember exactly how it happened, but we did end up on the dance floor being instructed in a basic, simple square dance. I had already made plans to go from there to the dance in Salt Lake with my friends, so once my reticent partner was involved, I turned him over to another friend who was staying, and left. The thing that made an impression on me was his big, strong hands and shy nature. The next time I saw Ferry D. Blackburn was at a Single’s Dinner Dater. He was assigned to drive some of us to Sundance in his motor home. He talked about his perfect wife and a woman friend he had meet in Toquerville who was an amazing mother of eleven children, abandoned by her husband. In one of my more “managing “ moments, I called him to ask if he would like to drive a group of women to Salt Lake on Friday nites to the dances there because he had stated that he would really like the instruction they offered. He was quite overwhelmed by the prospect, he would be the only male with 5 single women. This was all new to him (unheard of even) but he accepted the challenge. That was the real beginning of our acquaintance. I had just completed a ballroom dancing course and the Y and had found it very helpful. One of my lady friends needed a partner to begin the next course. I ask Ferry if he would like to participate with her. He said “No”, but he would like to have me take the class with him. In return I had assignments on committees he helped me with. Whenever I was with him he was so helpful, concerned for my welfare, humorous, capable, responsible and unpretentious, that I found myself appreciating him more and more. I could never remember having had such an exciting time in my life as I had with the many interesting people I met in the LDS Singles. It was an unique learning experience. In talking to the Bishop on one occasion, I expressed my concern about enjoying myself so much. I felt guilty that I wasn’t giving to someone else rather than focusing on my self and my interests. He indicated that it was ok during this transition time. It really only lasted for 6 months because by then my interest, time, attention and affection was centered on this big hearted man who had become my best friend. The size of his huge hands were symbolic of the amount and kind of service he continually gave to me. Then and now. He is a simple, polite, sensitive human being. There is hardly a day that he isn’t helping a neighbor, friend, family member or stranger with one or more of the many talents he has been gifted with and has developed for that very purpose. I have been blessed with a grateful heart and one of the things for which I am most thankful is a companion who takes me as I am: cherishes, nurtures, and encourages me to become who I was really meant to be. Lilly On 8 March 1936 the next child came to Lester and Dola and was a little girl. She was named Lilly after Dola’s mother Lilly Cecelia Bliss DeMille. Now the three boys had someone to tease. They always teased Lilly. When Lilly was about 2 years old she fell on her face, cutting her cheek, near her eye. Dola placed her in her arms and ran down the road to find Paul. Paul quickly rode his bike to the dry wash field where he found Ferl. Ferl was operating Lesters team of horses, harrowing the dry farm. Ferl unhooked them from the harrow and on a fast trot met Dola at the ranch, tied the team up, then took Dola and Lilly to Kanab where Dr. Aiken sewed her up. Helen Two and a half years later another girl came into our home the 26th day of October, 1938. She was named Helen. During the war year Helen used to along with the rest of the family, take their turn feeding 50-63 biddies that Dola would purchase each spring. We always kept track how many was lost during the summer. Dola would order 50 and 2 or 3 extra would come. One year we were batting 100 plus. Then Helen Rang one of the biddies neck, causing its death. Paul tells the story that one winter the snow was three feet deep and sister Helen got on one of the bawling streaks, and no way would she shut up. I ended up going outside so I didn’t have to listen to her. Father opened the kitchen door and threw Helen out into the snow. Mother yelled as laud as sister Helen. She scooped her up and carried her back into the kitchen. Did Father get a lecture! He put his coat on, and went to the barn where he licked his wounds and pouted. Larry The last child they had was named Larry on the 24th of June 1945 Larry came into the world. All the children were thrilled when he was born and Lester didn’t live to enjoy Larry because he died eleven months later. He died at the St George hospital the 19th day of May, 1946. At the time of the death of Lester nearly all the children were ill with the red measles. Everyone wasn’t able to attend the funeral. Correcting children Paul remembers his first licking. On the day before Thanksgiving, my mother (Dola) along with some other women had just taken several hot pies out of the oven. I threw a rock through the window. All the pies had to be given to the chickens. My, I took a cussing from Dola . Paul remembers that we had a granary a few feet from the ranch back door with a rock stairway going down into a fruit cellar. Mom (Dola) kept it very neatly lined with bottled fruit. She always saved all types of bottles lining them along the stairway. One day Uncle Easton drove to the ranch, walked to the granary where Mom and I was. I picked up a stick, knocked all the bottles off, breaking many of them. I remember getting swatted, and Mom (Dola) saying she didn’t know what she was going to do with me. During the summer months when the boys were not going to school, Earl, Robert and Clair Ramsay would herd the three to six milk cows from their Glendale residence to feed along the highway by our ranch. This distance was 1 ½ miles. My mother couldn’t get any work out of her sons. It kept her busy trying to get us to do our daily chores. She was always happy when school started, especially for keeping the Ramsays away from us. It was warm weather some time in 1941 as Paul remembers. Father sent me and Charles to the barn to clean out the manure before milking time. Charles climbed to the hay leaving me to do the work. My two young sisters, holding hands walked past one of the windows. I just couldn’t help myself so with a pitchfork of runny manure I threw it on them. They both bawled, probably being heard clear down the valley. They ran to mother who sent father and I innocently told him I was throwing it out the barn window when they walked past. Rattle Snakes The ranch was always crawling with rattle snakes when we had hot weather. I was nearly bitten while laying under one of the banana apple trees. I was 6 years old at the time. Many times while helping Father and Uncle Ferl haul hay from Lydias Canyon, we sat on or near rattle snakes. One load especially comes to my mind. My younger brother and Ferl nearly sat on two rattle snakes, while riding from Lydies Canyon , to the ranch. Ferl yelled and then they jumped off the hay to the ground. Childrens schooling The winter of 1932 Lester moved the family to Orderville in the back room of Elva and Alvin Spencers home so Paul could go to school. Paul remembers walking with cousins Iris and Theo to school was was about 2 blocks away. My father lived on the ranch alone during the winter months, and tried to be with us each Sunday for Sunday School in Orderville. In 1937 we were snowed in for three weeks and were not able to go to school. In Glendale we had to walk one mile from the ranch to the grade school. Mr Burton Rust taught 4,5, and 6th grades. Aunt Clara Blackburn drove her model T from Orderville to Glendale each day to teach 1,2, and 3rd grades. Lester and Dola wanted their children to love music so they had Paul take Mandolin lessons from Mary Brinkerhoff in Glendale. She charged 50 cents a lesson. Paul would strap the mandolin on his bike, then peddle it to Glendale for the one hour lesson, then ride the bike back home and practice. This was paid out of the creamery money. Charles took violin lessons for a while. Paul shared the following experiences. At age five I started school in an old rock school in Orderville. I can still remember my first frightening day. The old mean woman teacher was a Miss Leslie. She and Miss Veradean Parks, who later married Uncle Ferl, were the grade school teachers. Miss Leslie kept me frightened. I was sent to stand in the hall many times. Cousin Loa DeMille found me very frightened one day and sent me home to tell my parents, which I did. Then Loa told Miss Leslie to lay off or she was going to get a licking. My father went to school the next day with me. I can still remember my father’s instructions to Miss Leslie. She was a good teacher to me after than, and my father was a big man in my eyes. In later years I had to talk to two of my sons teachers with the same tone of voice, and it was surprising how much better my sons were treated. My first and second grade teacher was Miss Leslie. My third grade teacher was Margaret Carpenter. My fourth grade teacher was Miss Holt who married Clinton Hoyt. My fifth and sixth grade teacher was Burton Rust who taught me in Glendale. There were fourth, fifth, and sixth grades all in the same room. There wasn’t a piano, so Burton Rust played the trumpet. He was a good friend of my parents but it is still questionable if he was a teacher. Later on after I graduated from high school, Mr Rust’s credentials were checked on. He never was certified. My seventh grade was in Orderville, where I rode the school bus. Roy Robertson drove the school bus from Alton to Orderville for many years. I learned to mimic him. The grades 7th through 12th I attended at Valley High School in Orderville. Some of my teachers where were Miss Holt, Wallace Grady, Mrs Smith, Mr Maxwell, Rex Bauer, Lavoy Esplin, Duff Pugh, Mr Bradshaw, Merlin Christensen and Theron Salter. During my 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, during the cold winter months usually spent a few weeks staying at my mothers older brother Conrad DeMille’s doing his chores, such as milking several cows before daylight and wadding through knee deep manure. My Aunt Marg would feed me breakfast, then I would walk from the last house on the south end of Orderville to the high school. Each winter Uncle Conrad would go into the hills and out post so he could make a poor living. His four sons were all in the service at the time. John, Wallace, and Lamar were in the army. Leland the youngest was in the navy. After school I would return and start cutting lots of wood, pack it to the old cold white house, then get the milk buckets and start wading through knee deep manure again, looking for the cows, hoping they didn’t drown in it. This family was very close to me. Before going into the service, they used to have Friday night fights. The three daughters were Loa, Wanda and Helen the youngest. Loa would chew on her lip and say don’t do that ! I usually enjoyed a good fight especially if I was standing on the window sill or something elevated. One out-standing night I still remember, Cousin Loa was punching down her bread dough in the kitchen. Wally rode his small black horse into the kitchen, grabbing the dough and rode out with Loa chasing and occasionally slugging Wally down through the field they went, and later Loa walked back into the house with the bread dough. Leland would spend sometime with me at the ranch and I would spend evenings with him at his parents residence. After thinking back on my 12 years in school I believe I lost out of the three weeks we were snowed in, in 1937 and my 3rd grade teacher Margaret Carpenter didn’t follow through on what I lost. From the 7th through the 12th grade my hooky didn’t help. I didn’t enjoy school until the last half of my 12th grade, and I enjoyed every day I was at school from then on. Three weeks before I was to graduate the principal Rex Bauer called me in and informed me that I was not going to graduate. I went home and told my father, he raved a little as I expected, then got in his pickup with Rex Bauer doing a lot of listening. I was assigned several evenings of reading and report writing which I easily did. I graduated with the rest of the class of 1945, and to my family’s surprise, I gave the opening prayer at my graduation. Pauls Fishing Experience with Rod Cousin Rod Hoyt stayed one summer with us as Paul remembers. He taught Paul how to fish. He would find the stiffest wire around the ranch, bend it, then file it to a point, then we would dig more worms, and go to the creek. The homemade hook always bent back straight. We would walk a mile and purchase a few hooks from David Smith, the owner and operator of Glendale Merc. He questioned us because fishing season hadn’t opened yet. At this time, to the best of my memory, the limit of fish in any ones possession was 18. The price of regular gas was $.15 a gallon. Spencers Delmar, Merl, Ronald, and Ferral Spencer, operated Spencer Garage in Glendale. Father (Lester) purchases some of his gas there. The Spencer brothers had learned their profession by trial and error. During the winter months they would saw ice from near by reservoirs, haul it to a storage shed at the garage, cover it with sawdust, and sell it to tourists the next summer. My Father was very close to the Spencer boys. Their father Carling Spencer, owned a ranch 5 miles north of Glendale. Carling Spencer served time in the Utah State Prison for polygamy . I remember early one morning my father drove to Spencer’s garage for gas. Carling Spencer had just arrived in Glendale from prison. My Father said, “You are thinner Carling”. He answered, “Yes, I am much thinner after spending as long as I did up there”. Paul remembers that Brant and Donald Spencer were the two oldest boys, they spent much time with Paul and Charles growing up. Delmar and Lester used to make home brew that was tasty. Brant and I spent a lot of time finding the still. One time we found several gallons jugs under their floor. Brant quickly drank too much and got sick. This scared Paul from drinking home brew for a few days. Father (Lester) tried making some malt beer once. He placed it in several glass jugs behind our wood coal kitchen stove. Within a couple of days the jugs started to explode. Each time they exploded Dola got on her knees and cleaned it up. Father was instructed to move his beer, which he did. He gave it to our 2 pigs. This was the first time Paul had ever seen pigs drunk. Cars Lester had a 1932 Ford ½ ton pickup. This was the first vehicle I can remember. Most of the time I rode in the back. The pickup was parked near where the sheep were being sheared. Aunt Lavon, pulling a small trailer, drove up. She tried backing and dented the left rear fender of the fairly new car they owned. Lavon got out crying and Uncle Easton put his arm around her and consoled her. This was the first accident that Paul ever witnessed. Lester bought a 1934 used pickup. After many years he sold it and bought a 1940 Willis Pickup from William Heaton which he kept until he died. The truck was just under $700.00. Lester disliked it because it was under powered. Earlier world ward 2 started. Paul was 15 years old at the time. The speed limit was put at 35 mph. Tires were rationed, along with gas being rationed. Ration books were given to everyone with a vehicle. Any one who had a pickup received more rations stamps than owners of a car. Many times Lester gave stamps to needy people. Progress in the Valley Early in 1935 and 1936 a new highway was built. Up to this time our drinking water was run from a ditch to the ranch. When the road was built the contractor put in a pipe line to turn to the house. It is still in use today. Lester hired Delmar Spencer to wire the house for lights but Delmar never did get started so Dad did the wiring himself. He built his own power plant by running a pipe down the hill from a ditch in back of the house, to a water wheel them to a generator thus furnishing us with electricity until Garkane Power Company ran a line through the valley several years later. Lester purchased a new wood and coal heatorola, this was put in the front room when I was young. I felt like we were right up town being able to stand in front of it. Dola dried dishes on the stove for years. The stove still remains in the family to this day. Death When I was 15 years of age, Father and I was standing at his and Ferls property line in Lydies canyon, Father had just pulled a calf from a young heifer. Ferl drove up and they discussed where a fence should be put some day dividing their property, Father pointed where the west property peg was. Later after Father passed away, Robert chamberlain contacted Charles and Me to come to Lydies canyon. We met Robert and his crew there. He had an old retired surveyor from Panguitch Utah, who was deaf, named Hout Clark. Robert told us he had received a letter from Ferl stating where the property line was. Charles, Myself, Brant and Donald Spencer spent part of a day trying to locate the property peg. I told Robert several times that the peg was not there, but he insisted Ferl said it was there. Charles and I left. Later Mom (Dola) received a letter from Ronald Spencer stating that a new fence had been put across the pasture, causing us to loose a few acres of valuable pasture. Ferl was on a mission at this time. Also during Pauls 15th year, Father started to stay more at the ranch. He didn’t feel well. He couldn’t climb or walk without tiring. During my 16th year Father lost weight along with his strength. So Mother and I took him to the hospital in Kanab where Dr Fen Covington kept him several days. After a few days we brought him home. His complexion had turned yellowish. I felt he had emphysema and maybe liver cancer. Dola made Lester a bed in the living room for him to rest, because it was to tiring for him to climb the stairs. I was having growing pains, so sometimes things didn’t go as good as they could have. Paul joined the Merchant Marines and was gone for a few months. I was bused to Salt Lake then to Long Beach California. My first duty was in the engine room. This was about the size of a foot ball field and the noise was almost unbearable. Many of my new friends didn’t take it either. I was then put on the deck, where I spent most of my days varnishing rails etc. The boatman could see I was a painter so I got along with him. The crew I was on, was placed on a sister ship after a few days and I started painting rails, boats, shipping paint etc. Again the section I was in was transferred to a ship called the Atlantic, but how long I was on this ship I can’t remember. I do remember part of the time I was sea sick, with my head hanging over the rail throwing up. Mother kept me informed on Fathers condition by weekly letters which I appreciated. I was then given sailing papers to board a standard oil ship which was transferred oil from Alamida California to Great Britian. I was sick for several days. My room mate, a Japanese man packed my meals until I was well enough to get to the main office where I signed off from the cruise. I caught the bus from Alamida California and then to Salt Lake city, then to the ranch, where several days of Mothers good food put me back in good health. I was deferred from the draft with Dr. Fen Covingtons help. It seemed good to be on the ranch again. As Paul further states that he found a few paint and plaster jobs which He did during the next few months. Father was always there to give me guidance. A short time later Father was at the hospital sick. Mother was not with him. She was with the children as they were sick. Early one morning in May 1946 Uncle Easton walked out to the barn where I was milking and told me that my father had died in the St George hospital. This was the most horrible day I had ever spent during my eighteen years. Emma Hoyt was with my mother Dola when she was told of Fathers death. Many of Fathers friends came to the ranch to console Dola. My brother Larry was 11 months old at the time. He and Ferry both had the measles. Father was buried in Orderville cemetery. Fathers dying works were of his love and concern for his wife and children. Lester became Ill. Dola and one of the boys took him to Kanab Hospital where Dr. Fen Covington took care of him. His weight dropped from 205 to 170 pounds. The next year he tried to do some work but he had lost most of his strength. After Lester got sick and the doctors didn’t know what to do for him, he decided to go to Salt Lake City to a specialist. He came and got me (Charles )out of school, Charles was fifteen and a half. The two of them went on the bus. It was during the war and when we got up there we couldn’t find a room. Finally we got a room at the Belevedere apartments. Later Dad told me he just about died that night, he said two angels kept arranging his pillows and telling him how to lay so he could breath. Then Dad went to a clinic and they gave him pills and medicine and they said he needed to go to a hospital but he couldn’t get in because of the crowded hospitals. One of the doctors who was concerned about him found us a room at the Carlton Hotel and he would keep checking up on Dad to make sure he was all right. We were there a couple of weeks. Dad never left the hotel until we went back home. I cared for him while we were there. We ran out of money so Dad called a friend and he cashed a check for us so we could have money to get back home. I didn’t dream Dad was a bad as he was. He had something wrong with his bronchial tubes, according to the doctors in Salt Lake. He couldn’t get air back out of his lungs. His mother thought it was because he had been such an active athlete in his younger year. When he got back home he stayed there for a few weeks and then Dad got worse so they took him to St. George. I went down with him and stayed with him. In the hospital in St George the curtains were real dirty and it made it harder for Dad to breathe. Dad asked the nurse to take them down and she said no, so after she had gone Dad had me take them down. You should of seen the nurse work me over when she returned. Lester remembered when he was little and he was playing with the sheep one of them hit him real hard in the chest and he felt this could have started the problem he had. I was with Dad when he died. He told me that when he got better we would moved to Cedar and build a home or else move to St George and build a Motel. I remember before Lester died he would take Larry out on the south side of the house on warm days. Larry wasn’t quite a year old when Lester died. He was a seventy in the Priesthood. He was buried in the Orderville cemetery. He died 19 May 1945 at the age of 45. Charles says “In the last year of my Dad’s life he taught me love for my fellow man and that there was a life after death and that the Church was true. These memories I hold dear to me and they have been a great strength to me throughout my life”. Obituary Lester Blackburn, born 20 October 1899, in Orderville, Utah, the son of Henry and Elvira Cox Blackburn passed away at the St George hospital Sunday morning , May 19. He had been at the hospital a little over a week with a rare case of a growth, which finally closes in on the heart. Mr Blackburn is survived by his widow Dola DeMille, and six children, namely: Lester Paul, Charles Henry, Ferry, Lilly, Helen and Larry, all were living at home; a mother, Elvira Blackburn, and brothers, Thomas , Easton, Ferl and Tone, all of Orderville; sisters, Mrs Alice Heaton and Charlotte Cane, both of Cedar City; Mrs Nancy Chamberlain, Hidden Lake; Mrs Margaret Charboneau, Monrovia, California and Mrs Clara Hicken, Heber, Utah. All brothers and sisters attended the funeral services, which were held at the Orderville chapel Tuesday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m. The services: Song - “Beautiful Home, “by the Melody club. Prayer - Malcolm Robinson Song - “Jesus is Watching for you and me, Come Home.” A letter from coach Christiansen, from the B.A.C. while Lester was attending the school read by Duffin Pugh, V.H.S. coach. Talk - Delmer Spencer, a neighbor, beautiful sentiments Violin solo - “Oh My Father, “ Howard Spencer Talk - Bishop Dastrup, of Sigward Vocal duet - “Some Time We’ll Understand, “ Margaret Watson and George Brinkerhoff. Talk - John Watson, Kanab stake temple worker Talk - Bishop Binnie H Sorenson, a word of thanks in behalf of the family for assistance rendered by many friends and neighbors. Song - “ One Fleeting House” Benediction - Charles C Heaton Ward Cemetery Dedication - Marcellus Johnson

"Terry & Mary Ann's Wedding", Betty Joy Arnold Blackburn's Personal Journal Entry for July 19, 1969.

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"Terry & Mary Ann's Wedding", BETTY JOY BLACKBURN'S Personal Journal Entry about her oldest son and his wife, July 19, 1969. ---------------- July 19, 1969, Saturday Terry Dale Blackburn was married to Mary Ann Despain at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Ward Despain in St. George, Utah. This has been a busy week of preparation with phone calls and letters to loved ones and gathering of clothes for all. *Dale called me from Washington after not hearing from him for a year and a half. Daddy will not be coming for the wedding but sent a lovely gift. The apartment has been found and all things have been set in readiness. It is hard for a mother to express her true feelings on a day such as this when she sees her first born join with another, to know now he must go without your help to try his own wing, to establish his own home and family. The Lord has given him a very choice companion whom we have leaned to love as our own. Many fine and lasting friendships have been sparked. Sister Despain, Mary Ann's grandmother, is such a lovely woman and has worked so hard to take the place of Mary's mother in having as nice a wedding as possible. **Mom and Helen came from Provo, along with Charles and Margie, Larry & Jeannie, Royce and Alene, Shanna & Auntie Iris, and many friends and relatives of the Despains. The ceremony was performed by ***Bishop Dell C. Stout. He gave them five steps to a successful marriage: 1. "Please." 2. "Thank you." 3. "I love you." 4. [blank] 5. "Let me help you, dear." After the ceremony we returned home to visit with Larry, Jeannie, Mom and Helen. Received a report that ****Dwight was lost on Kolob but was found safe later. ----------- NOTES: *Louis Dale Arnold is Joy's younger brother. ** Relationship of wedding attendees: "Mom", Dola, is Paul's mother. Helen, Charles, and Larry are Paul's siblings and Royce Chamberlain is his cousin. Auntie Iris is Joy's maternal aunt and Shanna Jensen is Iris's daughter. ***Bishop Dell C. Stout is Paul and Joy's bishop of the North Ward in Hurricane. ****Dwight is Paul's first cousin, the son of Easton & Lavon Blackburn.

PAUL BLACKBURN, "SOME EARLY HISTORY," Written in 2001 in a little black diary.

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LESTER PAUL BLACKBURN, "Some Early History," Written in 2001 in a little black, two and three-fourths by four-inch diary." Note: On the outside of Dad's diary he printed, "Lester P. Blackburn, Some Early History, Kane County, Iron County." He wrote the following eleven small pages of historical notes in 2001. He also wrote six pages of his activities at the end of the diary. I edited all the entries to complete sentences, fix spelling, and sequence them as best as possible. Don Blackburn, son - - - - - - - - - - 1935 Age 8 I was employed by Joe & Mary Ellen Smith to tromp hay (lucerne). Misha Foot and Dona Pleger would pitch it on a wagon. Often a rattle snake would land near my feet. I kept jumping. I tromped a lot of hay for Dad and his brother, Ferl. My younger brother, Charles, and Ferl once sat on two rattlers for one-half mile as they rode on a load of hay. Ferl would catch live rattlers at his arm's length and then cut their heads off with Dad's axe. Dad would chew on Ferl to be more careful. Brother Charles was bumped to the ground at Lydies Canyon by a black milk cow. She was only trying to protect her new calf. Lorain Gale, age sixteen, and her mother, Della Gale, would come stay with us on some weekends. At the ranch I would walk to Lydies Canyon with her and would throw rocks at Ferl's two work horses. Age 12 During my seventh grade year, the Sundance Kid--his real name was Carl Bebe--rode the Alton school bus to Orderville. Rolland Hoyt was the driver. Age 16 Dad purchased me a 1927 Harley Davidson motor cycle. He purchased it for $15.00. Charles and I pushed it many miles to get it started. It did run some of the time. I went into the Merchant Maries at age 17. After a few months I got out as Dad got sick and died. He was age forty-five. Charles sold the motorcycle for $15.00 while I was away. Charles and I raised pheasants and chicks for a couple years but we were only paid $.75 per chick. I enjoyed living on the ranch but my Mom always wanted to move closer to her two sisters. So Mom sold the ranch to Cornell Chamberlain. 1947 Age 18 We moved to Cedar City. Much later Cornell and Sherill gave me a chance to buy the old ranch house and one-fifth acre of ground for $7,000. I talked to Charles. We turned the Chamberlains down. I didn't have a steady job but I should have borrowed the money. Joy and I were busy raising a family and there was not much money available. I built five homes in Cedar City then sold them. In 1960 we purchased an old home in Kanab and sold it in 1961. We lived there for only one and a half years. We moved to Orderville because the Highway Patrol said to. I built a home in Orderville. Then I purchased one at Hurricane and remodeled it. I also purchased an old home in Toquerville and remodeled it. I purchased our home in Orderville in 1992 and fixed it up. In 2001 we are still here. [Note: Several pages later, Dad began a new section of notes and labeled it, "My First Thought." There are only six small pages.] MY FIRST THOUGHT Dad and Mom took Charles and me to a Hidden Lake dance. It was owned by Lyle and Nancy Chamberlain. Aunt Mercy, Rena, Lavell, Ken, and Ramona were there selling pies and cakes. There was much food including rolls. After the dance all the men drove their Model A and Model T's to Lydies Canyon. They drank home brew--wine--and left the containers in Dad's water ditch. Lyle and Nancy had a service station. The gas price was $.15 per gallon. The Heaton Garage was $.15 and 9/10 per gallon. Uncle Easton told me some history about the July 23 & 24,1924 celebration, of a boxing celebration and horse racing before Highway 89 was oiled. Garkane Power Company laid power poles and lines from Hatch, Utah, down through Kane County. I remember it well. At the first, my parents were billed for $30 to $40 for three months of service. Our First Telephone in the Valley Heaton's Garage rang one time. Hans Chamberlain's Grocery Store rang two times. Smith's Hotel rang four times. Tom Tait's Cafe at Mt. Carmel rang three times. Ruton Carrol Mercantile rang five times. Dorothy Bolander, a teacher at Valley High School, would police the high school during noon. I had a special cedar tree nearby, behind the school, where I relieved myself. During tenth grade, I saw Rolland Hoyt pack on his back one hundred pounds of sugar for a mile. The town's men helped pack it back to Hans Chaberlain's store where Roland Hoyt was given the sugar by Clyde Tait. Age 12 During my 7th grade the Sundance Kid, his name was Carl Bebe, rode the Alton school bus to Orderville . Rolland Hoyt was the driver. Age 15 On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I remember this. My father was the first counselor of the Glendale Sunday School. Alvin Black was the superintendent. He very seldom went to church. Whenever there was a serious accident or incident, Heaton Garage at Orderville would put up a large red sign near the gas pumps. Trooper N. M. Johnson, who was living in Kanab, while patrolling through Orderville, would keep a close watch to see if the sign was up. He then stopped to get the location of the accident or the incident. While I patrolled graveyard in Cedar City, city police officers and I watched for a large electric light to be turned on. It was hanging between Jack's Bar and near the upper theater in Cedar. Later the Utah Highway hired a graveyard dispatcher who answered the city police telephone and the sheriff's phone. In patrolling Cedar City boundaries, I can only remember seeing the light on three times. The telephone operator would give us the phone number or address to check it out. While living in Orderville in the 1960 years, our telephone would shut off after three minutes while we were using it. The telephone company said, "That's the way it is." So, we redialed for three more minutes. We moved in 1965 to Hurricane on the 15th of July. The kids liked school. As a trooper I enjoyed living there. My day off was Thursday. The Sundance Kid took the name of Carl Bebe. But his birth name was Harry Loungbaugh [Harry Alonzo Longabaught -1867-1908]. He died in the Utah State Prison. He had shot and killed a police officer from Sanpete County in Utah. FINAL SIX PAGES OF PAUL'S ENTRIES IN THIS LITTLE BLACK JOURNAL Paul briefly logged his activities on six pages at the end of this little journal. Included are the following activities: Walked one mile Drove to the post office on the four-wheeler Called Pen, Don, Brett, Joelle, Jim, Shirley Gassed tractor Worked on new plugs for tractor Went to Alton Took medications, etc. Terry came Weight is 160 lbs. Called people on the cell phone: Shanna Jenson, Lavell Chamberlain, Elroy Mason Statements made by Paul in the last six pages of this little journal are: "Cold weather causes me to ache." "A blessing by Terry." "Mom talked to Dean [D'anne?] from top of Mt. Carmel to Zion's Bank in Kanab." "Chased chickens." "Killed three chickens."

Life Story of Easton and Lavon Blackburn

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Life Story of Easton and Lavon Blackburn Easton Blackburn was born in Orderville, Utah, on August 22, 1903, to Henry and Elvira Pamela Cox Blackburn. He attended school in Orderville and Cedar City before fulfilling an LDS mission to the Northern States. LaVon Cram was born November 18, 1905, second daughter of John Smith Cram and Fannie Bunting Cram. I had two sisters and nine brothers. I went to school at Kanab and after graduation from high school and four years of seminary. I went to the BAC college at Cedar City and graduated and taught school there two years before becoming Easton’s bride on his 25th birthday. We spent our first summer at North Rim of the Grand Canyon, hired to manage the men’s dormitory, where we cooked and acted like father and mother to one hundred bus drivers, bell hops, men and boys. When we were first married we moved into the big back room of the Blackburn home. Lester helped Easton put an indoor bathroom which all enjoyed. Easton was to live there and help Mother and Father Blackburn and let Ferl go to Cedar City to school that winter. Some time later Easton and Ferl traded property their father had deeded them and we built us a small home over on the garden lot a block away. We moved in when John Barrie was 2 ½ and Dwight was one year old. The house had an indoor bathroom and an extra bedroom so we let the school teachers live with us. This is when VeraDeane first came to Orderville to teach school. In 1936 Lester and Easton built a small home for their mother and Aunt Abbie Cox Heaton at St. George so they could work in the temple, which the did for years. This same year our beautiful baby girl was born. We named her LuDean, she only lived three months, We buried her in the Orderville cemetery Christmas eve. I went up to Glendale, Utah, and taught school, the first three grades, Saturdays and all to get them through so they wouldn’t ride the bus to Orderville to the new school house with indoor plumbing, etc. Easton was teaching seminary and shop at the Orderville High School. We decided to built a larger home with furnace and fireplace. Von was suffering with asthma, each winter he had to take him to California or Arizona where it was warmer, and get him away from the farm. Now Clair and William had joined our family. Easton was thrilled, “had a ball team” to play with. Lester and Easton worked well together, and he encouraged Easton to build the first service station and motel in Orderville, we traded him the Jump up property for his work. Our son Dwight had a bad accident while working on the Kanab Forest, got both of his legs broken so spent three years in the hospital at Phoenix. He was very happy when he was well enough to go to Germany in the army. We tried St George one winter for Von and he seemed better so after Mother Blackburn, Aunt Abbie and Lester passed away, we sold our property and moved to St George. Bonnie and Betty loved the big school, friends and all. John Barrie went on a mission to the Northern California Mission. Clair was sent to Germany in the Army and Von to Texas, where he felt good most of the time. Easton had been busy as justice of the peace, county commissioner, president of the Lions Club, and Church jobs. He built or remodeled their own homes. After moving to St. George, he was the first custodian at the new East Elementary school and remained in that position until his retirement. I went back to college at Cedar City for two more years and started teaching school which I did for 20 years. I did enjoy my retirement. We let Bonnie go to Hawaii for a year to the Church college and she loved it. We did too when we took Betty and went to spend Christmas with her. Then our trip to Alaska with Betty and her husband Barry Barnum. It was wonderful, traveled all over the United States with our boys. Easton was a high priest in the St George 7th ward. Both Easton and Lavon worked in all organizations of our Church. I in the Relief Society presidency, genealogy, and Singing Mothers. They were always thankful for the privilege to live near the beautiful temple and enjoyed their children, families and friends. Written by LaVon

Life experiences written by Elvira in 1937-1939 to her son Tone

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The Letters While Tone Blackburn was on his LDS mission in Holland during 1937-1939, his mother, Elvira Pamela Cox Blackburn faithfully wrote letters to him. She was in her sixth decade of life then. Tone’s father Henry Blackburn had died four years before his and Elvira’s missionary son departed for Europe. Many family members as well as friends corresponded with Tone during these years before World War II. Tone was the youngest of his father’s thirteen children and his life linked two centuries of relatives together. Many years later, after Tone had passed away, Lyla, his wife asked Joy Blackburn, a neighbor friend and relative to take care of the letters. Lyla had found them in a missionary trunk in the basement of their Orderville home. The letters were bound together in a cardboard loose-leaf and tied with a shoe lace. The letters express Elvira’s bright mind, her strong, emphasize her zeal for the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Letters from Tone’s extended family and friends are also rich in words of love for him. We are grateful for this legacy and treasure of letters. Don Blackburn Great Nephew Mapleton, Utah Letters from Elvira St George Utah USA April 17,37 Dear Son My letter to you went out yester morning and yours came in the evening written April 1st in which you asked about a suit. I have just written to Easton sending him your letter and have asked him to see Hans about getting one for you. Soon as I learn definitely will inform you so you may act accordingly; I rec’d a letter yesterday from Ramona and Vera Deane. The folks are well now and only Royce has an infected ring worm on his face. Ramona mother cat had quite an experience carrying her young on top of the house , one of them died up there, another one fell off into a tub of water and Hans saved it from drowning. That’s all, love from Mother sent to Mr Tone Blackburn Laam Vour Post 292 - Den Hang - Holland - forwarded to Bergschelaan 56b Rotterdam Orderville Utah Nov 18, 1937 Dear Son Tone This letter wont be to your mission head quarters as I had hoped it would but hope you’ll get it quite soon anyway. I found the mission address in the Oct. Era and your care containing it came right along. Am glad you are enjoying yourself and having a real interesting time. You’re having the ocean voyage now and please don’t be too liberal ‘feeding the fish.’ I remember at least one line of a poem I learned in Primary when I was a child, it is as follows. “Isn’t God upon the water just the same as on the land?” Since receiving your call to go to Holland the poem has continued to run in my mind along with a prayer that the ocean voyage will be equally as successful as we hope the journey on land will be. We are all well and quite busy. It took me two days to trim and prune the vine on the wash house and the grape arbor and do they look swell especially since Ferl plowed the lot today, plowed every where the horses could go in and around the trees which leaves a very little for him to spade and it certainly looks good after what it has been. LaVon, Vera Dean and I rescued some of the choice plants among the weeds which we divided with Mercy. Easton is digging a cess pool and I think Lester is working in Kanab, he was the first of the week any way. He is letting Dave Foot have $300.00 and holds a mortgage on the land Dave took up by Lesters. Dave wants the money to buy his mothers home. Lester thinks its Dave’s way of getting him to buy the land and he doesn’t care as he says its worth it. Nancy and family were down Sun and are alright. Have heard nothing further from Maggie, hope she is OK. Storm is threatening, That’s for sure, snow would fall yesterday but it turned off cold and cleared away warmer today and cloudy. Ervins house is showing up splendidly since the roof is going up today, he’s hoping to get it shingled before the winter storms so he can continue working inside. The lawn is doing nicely and can be seen three the straw now. Ferl and wife will spend Thanksgiving week in Nephi, there is a few away work there for him, they will go up Sun P.M. and I will go with them to Manti and work in the temple. Eunice asked me to come and stay with her. Guess I’ve written enough for the time and will use the hose on the wash house, it looks quite dirty since vines are so much cut away. Remember you are always loved by Mother Orderville Utah U.S.A. Dec 6, 1937 My Dear Son Tone: So glad to get your letter of Nov 22 and more than glad to know that you were well and didn’t get sea sick. I had a feeling that it would be as you said it was. Your new experiences are all very interesting and I’m glad when you tell them to me. I am so happy and proud of the events taking place in our family, Ferls marriage, Claras successful school teaching and prospects of the most important step in her life being taken next summer and the jobs the boys have for making a living for themselves and families etc and most of all for the faith manifest in the gospel - the very thing that caused your father and grand parents to travel thousands of miles to be with the saints of God - and most of all that you our youngest son and last child is counted worthy and willing to fill a mission abroad to save souls. My heart swells with gratitude and makes me feel well in body as well as spirit. I think in all probability you will get my letter of last week sent by air mail, before you do the one I sent earlier with the hope it would be to your mission head quarters by the time you arrived there. I really hadn’t been looking for your letter so soon as Bro Bolander told me not to be looking for one for another week or more so you see I was happily surprised when it came. We are all well tho I haven’t seen Nancy and Dola for 2 or 3 weeks, Clara sees the boys to school and Lester came and spent part of last evening with us. He’s been working on Si Chamberlains house and that he could finish it today excepting the last coat of stucco which will be put on next summer. Said he earned $80.00 in eleven days there. The Bishopric is making their annual visits with the people and visited with Clara and I sat which was enjoyed by all. Eva came while they were here looking for Vera Deane. I asked her to come and see us and she promised she would. Members of your crowd keep asking about you and I’m always glad to tell them. I’ve given the new doors their 3rd coat of varnish stain to day and they look very nice. Have also painted the table legs and stand and the rawhide bottom chair with varnish stain. The lawn certainly looks fine too tho I will let the straw remain for protection all winter. I made a quilt last week for Ferl and have been doing a little cleaning so you see I’m kept busy, have done a little or a lot of studying also as I am to give the lesson tomorrow in Relief Society. Think I’ll hang around here until after Christmas then go to St George. Miss Woodberry wants to stay with Clara when I go. We saw your picture with the group of missionaries in the Era. You must keep well and do your work well always asking for divine aid and remembering that no one loves you as Mother - Orderville Utah Nov 29, 1937 I’m sending this air mail . Tell me the date you get it. So will know how long it will take Mr Tone Blackburn Holland My Dear Son If I were Mrs Yokum -Lill’ Abners mamy - I might scratch my arm with a pin to draw blood and with it mark a cross on my forehead, lie down on my back, have a vision and see you in that far off land, just how you have reacted to the experiences of your trip on land and on the sea. But suppose I will have to wait yet a few days for your letter to arrive telling me of the things I want to know. I spent all of last week in Manti went thru the temple six sessions and returned home Sun . Yesterday - Ferl and wife were in Nephi all the while I was in Manti, he worked while there doing things in general. I enjoyed my stay there with Eunice and Aunt Eupharasia My sister Amy Edward, the one living in Sterling is very ill, the Dr. Says there is no hopes for her recovery and I am expecting to hear of her passing most any time tho she may linger on for a time. We are all pretty well. John Barrie and Dwight have intestinal flu,or have had it and Dwight isn’t entirely over it but is getting much better. Clara went over this evening and right away he was coming to sleep to grannies. Just had a letter from Lorna and Maggie, they are well and Maggie is doing pretty well for having so serious an operation. Lester is plastering Si Chamberlains house, had one coat of stucco on. Geneva is quite sick again and beginning to bloat, she is not expected to last very long to enjoy her new home if she lives to get into it. Ralph came down for Thanksgiving and brot a load of students we met them at or near grand springs repairing an inner tube, they were jolly as could be. LaVell, Leavoy, Charlotte H. And two other Kanab girls made up the load. Clara and Ralph had Thanksgiving dinner with Kay at Moccasin. Clara has been invited to attend the shower tomorrow night for Grandon and Verna. The Kane co Standard said they were married in Mesa temple and took their Honey moon trip in California. Since you left I have had the deeds changed so the Hesicar lot will belong to you but Ferl came this evening and said to ask you if you will be willing for him to have that lot to build on and he will shingle the barn, build a chicken coop and fix up things in general such as fences you know, they are about to fall down. He wants to use the chicken coop as they have bought chickens besides having the ones Vera Deanes mother gave them. The work he does will be gratis and will charge up to you only for material, used infixing up the place and he will do the work after the order of what you and he decided on or at least talked about. He would like you to write right back so he will know just how he can plan to get to work. If you are willing to let him have it on those terms say so, and if not say so also, but bear in mind the expense of not having the barn and fences repaired unto you can do it as I will be unable to do it with keeping you on your mission and a little while at school when you return. You know Ferl can be trusted to treat you fairly and he can’t afford the expense of caring for things here now that he has other obligations. You can see that plain enough Im sure. You could have a new orchard planted when the old one is in place of where you thought one should be in the Hessicar lot and have plenty of garden room. The writing has turned out to be a business letter and it goes hand in hand with spiritual things. I want more than anything now that you are blessed with the spirit of your mission, to keep it and its up to you to keep it. I know that we at home can help you with our faith and prayers, and if you haven’t already that about it try to in to in agin the many prayers that are uttered in behalf of the missionaries and Im sure you’ll feel that you cannot fail in so great a cause and that you will be abundantly blessed on the Lord and my he bless my beloved son is the prayer I offer this night from Mother Orderville Utah Dec 15, 1937 My Dear Son Tone: Perhaps I get too anxious for word from you but suppose you landed safely anyway, that I would have received word to that effect before this. I am sending $35.00 to Salt Lake city today for you and gave them your mission Headquarters address to send the money to tho they ask us not to do that unless you are actually there, however I explained that we have no other address as yet so I’m sure it will be alright and you’ll know the money will be at the mission headquarters. Aunt Abbie gave me $2.00 for you and said she wished you well and sends Christmas Greetings. Said also that she will give $1.00 monthly for your mission. She’s the loyal soul. Clara and I and Miss Woodberry spent the week end in St George. The Dr. Said Clara sinus has healed up perfectly but if she should get a bad cold in her head she is to return anyway he wants to see her once each year for 3 years to insure safety. We are all well and busy. Ferl husks corn now most of the time. Clara expects to spend Christmas in Heber City and Ferl and wife in Nephi. My sister Amy Edwards (Amy is the daughter of Delaun and Susan Brown Cox) died last Sun. I didn’t try to go to the funeral but was glad I saw her while alive and glad also that she has gone since she could not get well. We’ve had real nice rain storms and not very cold either. John Covington has been released from being chorister. Henry Chamberlain takes his place. The choir now fills up about all the space, even I’ve been asked to return the choir but will leave my space for others to fill. Eve sat by me in Church Sun night didn’t go to the choir because she had too much of a cold to sing, said she had rec’d no word from you either since landing, You see we trying our best to keep track of you. Don’t know of a thing else to tell you excepting that Clara has gone to M.I.A. officers meeting and Im here alone and will quilt awhile often. I’m making for Easton and families Christmas. I made one for Ferl last week. I hope you have a real good time on Christmas and enjoy the spirit of the occasion. Will close with love and prayers From Mother P.S. Har Foote got a letter from the police in Holland checking up on you and to see if you are you and if your doing what you profess to be doing. He showed the letter to Eva and told he you were in jail and he had to write beck and give them some information so they’d let you out. What I mean is that he had her worried, she told me about it tonight so I asked him and he told me what it was all about. But Eva still believes your in jail - so do write to her and your Mother - Love Clara Orderville Utah U.S.A. Dec 23, 1937 Dear Son: All is well at home. It 12:37 (noon) and Ferl is just leaving for Nephi to spend Christmas. Clara will go north for Christmas with Miss Peterson soon as the program is over in school today. Went to the school Xmas program last night then to picture show was home and retired at 11:o clock and was surprised this morning to find a think blanket of snow has continued snowing so Santa can probably come on the sleigh. John was thrilled with the card you sent him several members of the family told me of it, evidently they were all thrilled. Your letter of 3rd inst was rec’d on the 16th. So glad to get it and to know you are well and like Holland. Will write you in a few days. Hoping the real Christmas is burning with you is the prayer of Mother Mr Tone Blackburn 292 Loan Vom road Den Haag Holland Crossed off Roal Volkstraat 23 Rotterdam Orderville Utah Dec 27, 1937 Dear Son Tone, Easton brot my mail this morning and your letter of the 12 inst was with it. The mail gets in so late at night that unless Clara is here we don’t get it until the next day according to dates your letter coming by ‘air mail’ didn’t reach me any sooner, as its two weeks since it was written. You know Im always glad for your letters, I simply thrill at that of them even and am I thankful you are enjoying the work.. No one can work in the gospel without enjoying it which is proof of its divinity. I have just posted your sheepskin shoes. I see the soles are thin but the uppers are good and perhaps you can soon get a new sole put on them. Im in a study abt the garments you want, it may be best to get the Mission Home to purchase them in Salt Lake and send them on as you suggested with the next elders leaving for Holland. Any way I’ll think it out and hope for the best. I will send for a new pr. Of sheepskin shoes also and wear them around home so they can be checked used then mail them. I would like always to do the right thing if the Lord will show me the way. We’ve certainly had a nice Christmas time, weather and all snow is melting fast and it looks like it would snow again tonight. I looked a little for Ferl to come from Nephi yesterday but isn’t here yet and its 5 P.M. Clara expects to be gone all weak. LaVon has gone with her mother to California and Easton has the boys. Elsworth’s farewell party will be held this evening. I would like to attend especially because so many people are away but unless some one thinks to come with a car for me I think I shall not attempt it. Its to hard walking in the wet snow. Eva came down Christmas night and we went to the show “The Good Earth” together. You see I’m keeping tabs on her for you. There’s a Christmas card here for you from Harrold and Fae with “Please Forward” but it too wide to slip in with this letter so won’t sent it this time anyway its just a message of Christmas wishes and good cheer for you always and I’ll put it with your things. John Chamberlain sends his best wishes to you also Bro Meeks who stopped and talked with me awhile ago and enquiring about you, said in part that this experience you’re having may be a great factor in your life of causing you to reach great heights in the church because you’ve always been a goodly lad, no bad habits etc and a good student. Of course no one knows that better than I but it sounded good to hear him say it, he added also that you have good judgment and common sense. You’re not the kind to get puffed up so its ok to tell you and there’s always a job for those who prepare themselves to work in the church. It is as I have often told you, a fine thing to be able to look the world in the face with a clear conscience and Im saddened that some of our young folks can’t do that now. Three of our boys are now in jail for a 60 day turn but I’ll let some one else tell you about it. I spent Christmas day at Mercys’. I think Lester and family came down but they evidently didn’t look for me as I found some Christmas presents on the kitchen porch when I came home. I think all are well tho Verona just had her tonsils removed and Royce had eight teeth extracted. It seems they didn’t loosen and came out of their own accord and the new teeth were coming in any old way. Maggie isn’t well yet from her operation on the effects of what caused her to have one, says she is improving however. Keep well, use that good judgment I’ve mentioned and don’t let your feet get too cold riding the bike and remember no one loves you as Mother Orderville Utah U.S.A. Jan 12, 1938 Dear Son Tone: Your Christmas Eve letter was recd with gladness two days ago. Am hoping you have the sheepskin shoes by now that I sent you. I ordered a new pair to send with the heavy garments but the money is returned with the statement - out . And I have the garments ready to post, sending them to the Mission Home in Salt Lake City as you instructed. It’s a real pleasure to do it for you and perhaps later I can get a new pair of sheepskin shoes and send you after I scuff around in them so they won’t be new. The underwear I am sending are the heavy ones I got for Ferl that he doesn’t like to wear, hope you like them. So the semi-annual bath seemed good! Why, can’t you warm water on the stove or fire place, as the case may be in a basin, or cup, and wash on the installment plan! You must keep your body clean, tho Im not taking you to serious. I don’t know if it would be advisable to send money by registered letter when well considered. It seems the more sure way is the way we are doing and when I go to St George, besides going a long way for currency the bank charges 10Cents for cashing a check and wouldn’t that offset in a great measure the price of “money order” you mentioned? We want to do the best however and I might try it -perhaps put a few dollars in this letter, register and send the balance as usual. I’ll see when I go to the Post office. I want to say a little about the financial part of your mission and I do not want to be misunderstood, for I want you to have all the money you need. All that we have and are belong to the Lord and you very well know how glad I am to keep you on your mission and my heart would be broken were it other wise but I have learned thru the farmer Pres of Netherlands mission that most of the missionaries there are using to much money. He said “Oh they’ll say they can’t get along on $25 a month but they can and they make better missionaries.” All Im asking of you is to take stock of the situation and if you can live well on less money, and thereby making better missionary that is what we want and I know you are with me. We talked these things over pretty well before you left but I thought it would not be a miss to write a little bout it in the face of the report that came to me from the former Mission Pres. And if you find that you can live on less it is to your advantage of course as well as the rest of us, it should you need extra occasionally you would say so naturally you mustn’t forget the little prayer “Bless Uncle Tone so he’ll bring me a pair of wooden shoes “(Dwight), and when that time comes we want extra money for souvenirs. Later - I’ve been to the Post Office and mailed the heavy garments (Note This ending page may not belong to this 27 Dec, 1927 letter) The $ bill is from Aunt Abbie. Lester told Easton he will run down for a day in the very near future. I hope he can. Alice sent me a Christmas box big enough for a family. A big fat hen and when I say fat? Mean fat a sack of pine nuts, bag of dried bull berries that are so good in pies, a box of candy, a fruit cake all of generous size and a pan full of pop corn balls. The others all sent me plenty too. Seems more than I deserve. Dwight said he is going on a mission when he grows up and he’s going to cross the waters like Uncle Tone did. The sun is going down and I don’t want to be in the dark getting these posted so will close with more love that you know from Mother Orderville Utah U.S.A. Jan 21, 1938 Dear Son Tone: Its 9: P.M. and Clara hasn’t come from the show. Miss Crosby came and spent the evening with me, has gone now to write a letter and I said I’ll write too. Clara typed your Patriarchal blessing today and forgot to bring it down from Glendale so I’ll mail it with the maps of U.S. and Utah that you asked for. Will try to get them in the mail Monday. You get the Era, do you not? But perhaps not the Deseret News, so I’ll send along with the maps the Church Section of the News Jan 15th, as I think the article “Mormonism – a Vital Religion” by Elder I.A. Smoot will be of special interest to you, in fact if you learn all there is in the address you’ll have a wealth of information for the people you teach. I’m send one to John also, I would like to get him interested in the gospel and it seems to me that the article referred to would interest anyone that would read it. Aunt Abbie sent your letter on to me as you see I am not in St George as you thought I would be. Am glad for the picture and we all laughed about your companion being taller that you at least it looks that way in the picture. You might tell him he wouldn’t be taller than you if so much hadn’t turned up for feet ha ha. You don’t tell us much of Elder Weernngs, his name; how long he’s been in the field, ‘ where he’s from etc. You see I can think of lots of things you might write that would be interesting. I just received a letter from your mission Pres. Written Nov 30th telling of your safe arrival and that your attitude was right toward the work etc. The letter was sent to St George and the strange thing about it is that it was addressed to Mrs Elmira Pernella Cox. Aunt Abbie sent it back to the Post Office but they told her to open the letter as there was no one living around there with a name anything like that. Clara is here now and laughingly said to tall you that Valden took Eva to the show, but the show wasn’t the best. You said you hadn’t received a letter for 2 weeks, I guess it depends on the boat and very likely you have received a number of them at once. Wish you’d send Royce and Paul a card of the ‘Articles of Faith’ like you sent me, they graduated from Primary this year and it is required of them to know the articles of faith,” It would please them so much, also Charles and Ken. Frederick looked up the “register service” for sending money to you and no matter the amount sent, if it should be lost we would get only $9.85 or something less that $10.00 also the registration fee is 15Cents so I think it will be better to sent it as usual don’t you? You’ll let me know if you get the garments won’t you? It seems strange that the book you sent on Holland didn’t come. Do you know that if a letter lays in the Post Office more that two days you will have to pay 5 Cents a day? I learned that when Frederick was looking up reg fee for me. Good night. Love from Mother Mon Jan 24, 1938 Dear Son Tone Just a note to let you know we are well. Easton returned from Salt Lake City sat. Lester is working in Panguitch this week, is kept quite busy plastering. In spare time he works on his own house remodeling a little and installing bath room fixtures and tearing down the grainery back of the house. Ferl has the barn lean to shingled, then will finish some time later. He traded around one way and another so there was no cash outlay for shingles and has more that he needs for the present. Think I told you that Maggie has moved to Yuma Ariz says it hot or rather warm down there. Mercy and family are alright. Clara is getting alone fine in school now, likes it better than at first. She gave her first talk in Church last night and did splendidly. The missionary class in Sunday School gave the program. We’re having our first cold weather beginning yesterday, hasn’t had to turn water off yet for the cold. Billie Bolander is to leave Salt Lake Mar 17 for his mission to Denmark. Did you receive the sheepskin shoes I sent? The sun is sinking and I want to go to the picture show tonight to see ‘Heida’ Its considered a good show. Much love from Mother St George, Utah U.S.A. Feb 7, 1938 My Dear Son Tone, I haven’t realized that time is so fleeting. Its 2 weeks since my last writing. I became ill and when I should have written I let the time slip by without. Ferl brought me down here six days ago to recruit and I’ve certainly done it and when I go back home Aunt Abbie will go with me for a while and help me quilt Clara’s quilts. I am piecing the quilt blocks here while being waited upon. I attended S.S. yesterday and also sacrament meeting. This South ward is very much alive and active, the new chapel is completed and in use and have a pipe organ. The first S.S. held in the new chapel was the largest ever held in St George Stake 437 persons and it has grown until yesterday the attendance was 537 a decrease of 16 over the Of the Sun, before, 13 deacons assisted with the sacrament and I think there should have had more because it took up so much time and shortened the class period. It’s a great spiritual uplift to be in a ward where there is so much activity. I wish dear old Orderville was in so good shape. In the bishops annual visit of the ward we were told in our homes that there is a great division in the ward than ever before. The cause of this I am unable to determine . I’ve seen the time when our ward was 2nd to none in unity and there was only two users of tobacco and one of them an outsider. Imagine the deference to day. Ferl says there are very few of the younger boys who are not using tobacco and he feels his responsibility in getting them to do differently. I visited sister Carroll last week and among the other things she said “I guess Tone is glad he didn’t have to stop smoking to go on a mission”. Said also that she has seen a number of boys standing around you many times and you were the only one not smoking. This illustrates clearly that good habits are not to be repented of and I am so thankful for you with your goodly habits. We’re having winter storms now, no snow here but plenty out home and elsewhere. People are busily engaged here planting garden. Washburns want us to have onion sets and lettuce to set out, so we will get that done maybe today. Our ground is prepared, fertilized and plowed twice. We will plant fruit and nut trees the last week of this month also a few more grapes will soon have the lot filled. Aunt Abbie had a nice cellar built for our fruit, its out back. Later - Verdell Lamb just called by request Clara wished me to get in touch with him as she expects to purchase aluminum cooking utensils and he is the agent. Do you want the “Readers Digest” I kept forgetting to ask about. I kept the envelope and order blank so if you want it I will order. I know how well you like it but don’t know if you feel that you have time to read it. You need other reading however to keep up with the times. I just read your last letter over again. Written just a month ago today. Am looking for a letter of course . A month seems a long time to not hear from you and still it passes quickly. The new Pres. Of the temple Bp Snow said the temple will open 1st of May so I’ll have a long wait yet before I’ll be needed to work here, anyway I will be busy with records quilts etc. Baptisms for the living didn’t come off yesterday as announced because the man from Salt Lake didn’t get here to install the pipes for hot water. Just received the cutest little birthday care from Lorna but no other word. I sent John the news address of Elders I.A. Smoot like the one I sent you with the hope he will be impressed with its teachings. I ve been interrupted so much wile writing that I don’t seem to be able to say the things I’ve wanted to say so will close with love from Aunt Abbie and Mother St George, Utah Feb 20, 1938 My Dear Son Tone: This is a miserable pen I sent my good one off for repairs. Can see I’ll have to use a pencil. The inclosed poem is from todays Newspaper - you might like it. Clara was to type some of the poems I have but they are here and with my pen gone I can’t very well copy them, so will wait until I get back home. Ferl was to have come down Fri P.M. with Vera Deane and go on to Bolder for a trip but he didn’t come. I think the snow storm prevented him, tho I have rec’d no word. I’ve been busy the 2 ½ weeks I’ve been here making quilt tops and I can still keep busy at it all this week so would just as soon stay another week. Pres. Grant and Ivans are here today to dedicate the South Ward Chapel. I heard them speak a short time is S.S. then at the tabernacle this P.M. The dedicatory service’s didn’t go as we were quite tired but would like to have gone alright. Pres Grants sermons this P.M. was directed toward building up faith in the gospel and Pres. Ivans explained the working of the Seventies missionary system in waking up the inactive members and baptizing the non-members in our midst, a great spiritual awakening. I sent $35.00 on the 12th . I would be glad if I could get money to you in a better way but don’t know how to do it, so will just have to do the best we can and hope for the best. I want to refer again to the meeting held this P.M. because I forgot to mention the Indians who is an Elder and was called upon to dismiss the meeting. He said such a wonderful and simple prayer thanking the Lord for Brother Ivans (referring to the present Pres. Ivan’s father) whom he had known since a boy and whom all his people (the Indians) loved. I guess you are familiar enough with Church history to know a little at least, of Bro Ivans faithful and loving work among the Indians in Southern Utah and it was quite impressing to hear this old Indians prayer concerning him. Your letter of Jan 29th came two days ago, was glad for the news it contained concerning Holland and still I am at a loss to know why you can’t have all the warm or hot water. You want , ha ha. I’m dumb I’ll admit. Am glad you are well, guess you ‘sty’ got alright being that you didn’t mention it again. Perhaps you remember how Ferl used to be bothered with sty and he cured them by washing with borax water, you know sties are caused by infections. Dirt gets down in to the hair (eye lashes) roots, as if you will prepare a wash by putting approximately 1 teaspoon of Borax into about a quart of boiling water - it won’t hurt to use more borax - but fix enough to fill a tumbler and keep it covered when not in use and with a little clean cloth wash the eye lids thoroughly at least once a day. I think your trouble will soon be over so far as sties are concerned. I’ll try to remember in the morning to sterilize some gauze for you to use. Put the pieces all into the glass of borax water and use one or more every time you clean the eye lids and don’t put it back into the glass, throw it away and carefully get another each washing and get rid of sties which I think you can. Seems strange that I haven’t tole you this before. I saw brother Anderson today after meeting, he made and one moved in immediately below the temple. Its reported that Pres Young said the temple would stand in the midst of the city and the way its building up indicates the truth of the statement. I’m writing longer than I should at bed time so will close after tell you that Lottie Harris and husband Brother Atkin had a stroke and is very ill, he is paralyzed so he can’t talk and is expected to die very soon. How I do hope you are enjoying your labors to the fullest and that you will soon master the language so you can do more good. President Grant enlarged upon our missionary system and among other things said that the 3 years he spent on a mission to one of the islands was the greatest joy that has come into his life and that’s what I want to come to you my dear son with love from Mother Mon morning Feb 28, 1938 St George, Utah My Dear Son Tone: We’re having a most wonderful rain storm and its wash day too. There was no school out home Fri on account of Washingtons Birthday. Postponement and we were surprised to see Clara and VerNell walk in. They stayed until yesterday P.M. (Sun.) And were gone only a short time when Albert and family arrived. Allyce Mary is a very sweet and pretty child and couldn’t be surpassed for good nature. Frances had her arm all bandaged up resulting from a bicycle accident running into barber wire fence. Dr put clamps on the cut and it will be OK. Clara had a bad cold which stirred up her sinus so she has taken further treatment and may need to return this week end. I am taking a different treatment for high blood pressure - shots in arm and am feeling better already and had only one. Will go today for another. I read in the News of a Swapp girl from Enterprise going on a mission and the sister of Gordon B Swapp who is on a mission in Holland. Right away I said I believe that’s Tones companion and now you have affirmed that belief. It always seems like home folks when being away from home to meet any one from our locality so I’m glad for you and Elder Swappp. Clara brought me your letter of Feb 4, I am especially pleased with the faith expressed in that you feel sure that by doing all you can in Amesfoort your efforts will not be in vain. We are living by faith and the more that faith is exercised the more power one has. Pres Grant stressed the power of faith very strongly in his recent sermon here. The Elder you spoke of that might call on me here has returned. I learned a few days ago. T think I was told his name is Clark Foster - or something like that tho I have not seen him. He probably lives in one of the other two wards. I live in the East ward but attend Church gatherings in the South ward chapel because its two blocks nearer which means quite a lot to me. I have another letter from England. They are so pleased in the anticipation of seeing you, she calls or speaks of you a Toney and says you are a good lad. I think your goodness is judged from the photo I sent them aside from being who you are of course. She asked me to tell you that there is a spare bed room already for you any time you come and they are very anxious to see you and make you welcome to the best they have. They always manifest a very beautiful spirit and says they think and speak of me almost daily and wish I were near so we could chat together. It will be nice if you can take time to write them or acknowledgment of the invitation given you thru me. I think her name is Sarah but am not sure. This letter was signed cousin and I haven’t a farmer letter here from which to determine any way you can address the letter to Mr Wm T. Blackburn 57 London Road Spalding, England OH! I meant to tell you to wash you eye lids Borax acid water and it came to me in the night that I wrote Borax water and if you have used it I m sure you will sustain no injury but get the Boric acid any way and use it a lot so you will get over that infection. I’m sending pictures of the Parks you want. Clara got them in Zion as she came thru Fri. The poems, I clipped from the news paper, so you would like them. Ferl has had difficulty in trying to get car licence so has written for the return of him money and the papers. If he get them which he thinks he will he will be down here and work this week and can go on to Santa CLARA for his license plates. Vera Deane went to Logan yesterday for a weeks training for the 4H club all expenses paid then will spend a week before returning home, her brother will be home from his mission then. We have found a new cousin here lives on the south side of this block, has a wife and two small sons and his name is Lester Cox. A real fine sort of fellow. Folks out home are well, I will go home in a week and quilt the quilts I have been making and be back here when the temple opens about April 1st. My prayers are always for your benefit. Love from Mother (This page may not belong to the Feb 28, 1938 letter.) Tone I found this stamp stuck onto the back of a picture of your grandfather Blackburn, which picture I think was taken in California before he came to Utah. I soaked it off with a small wet cloth and think perhaps you will value it tho there is no date as to when it was made. I’ll gather more stamps when I go home. That is if I can find any. Maggie has asked me to gather foreign stamps for her friends so I will send them from your letters and the one I received from England. Mother St George Utah Mar 6, 1938 My Dear Son Tone; Today is conference here. After meeting this morning some one came and put their arm around me. It was Ruth. Then after that someone surprised me by saying “How are you Sister Blackburn”. It was Elbert, said he was attending school for one quarter etc. Immediately following the afternoon session I stumbled onto Elbert and Ruth talking together, I said “It seems good to see some of the old gand” and we talked a little while, they asked about you of course and Elbert said to tell you he wants a letter. I invited them to come and see me, they said they would. Last night Aunt Abbie and I went to the picture show “Wells Fargo,” Just as we reached the Picture show house we bumped up against Harold, said he had seen this show at Cedar City so we went in without him. I never saw him look so fine and fleshy. I believe he is larger than you are. I introduced him to Aunt Abbie and did he tell her nice things about me. I appreciate the fact that members of your crowd recognize your mother. Its clearly evident that you are held in high esteem and they are always asking how is Tone etc. I don’t recall whether you met our neighbors living west of us and has cabins to rent. Sister Perkins past 80 years old. Well! When I told her that you were in Holland on a mission, right away she said she had a lot of good books that she was giving away to any one she thought might enjoy them and she had me select one for you with her compliments. It is a large book “Stanleys wonderful adventures in Africa” by Headly. Think I’ll read it before putting it away for you. You must tell me if you have to pay more postage on the letter I sent with the Parks pictures, it being more than the letter weight - 1 oz - I thought I would have to pay double the Amount for a letter but the post master looked it up and said no, its only 5 cents for the 1st oz and 3 cents additional for over weight. From what Frederick told me I feared you would have to pay more postage so that’s why I want to know about it. I guess Ferl couldn’t get the license plats for the car as he did not come however it may have been because of the continuous storm. It hasn’t rained here for two days now. Vera Deans mother called on me last Tuesday March 1st on her way to Los Angeles to meet her son George who was expected to arrive on the boat Sat morning at 8 O clock from his mission. She said Ferl was going to Nephi Mon, that’s tomorrow so I think he won’t be down very soon. I am ready to go home but don’t know when I’ll get too. The temple guard tole me today that he will be surprised if the temple will be completed before May 15 or June 1st, so I may as well be home and get the quilts finished I have been piecing. Thu March 10th Thought I’d get this letter finished long before now. Time slips by so rapidly that I don’t do all I think I will. A letter from Clara this week states they are all well but said nothing about a chance for me to get home so I’ll go on piecing quilt tops. Have a lot of pieces Charlotte gave me. Alice visited with us yesterday. She came down Glendon who brought some school kiddies to put on a play. Peculiar to her make up she brought 2 quarts milk and about 2 dozen eggs. Her family are well again after Louise’ long illness. Do you get to see the news paper from home? Or get the home news from any other source other than from letters? There’s been so much rain fall in the west and such terrible floods with loss of many lives and millions of dollars worth of property destroyed more particular in California. The paper stated that the cement bridge at homi had a narrow escape. Clara said the dam went out and they were without lights for a week. A man that has lived here 40 years tole me that the flood in the Virgin exceeded any in the time he has lived here. Of course there, the good side if we only look for it, farmers, cattle and sheep men are greatly benefitted by the unusual storm. Enough for this time. I am feeling better than usual, hope you keep well and remember the love of Mother St George Utah Mar 17, 1938 My Very Dear Son Tone – If I had the power to say what I feel you would get a very good birthday letter. When I contemplate the fact that you my youngest son and child will have reached your majority of the 7th of April next month. I marvel at the passing of time and often say to myself where has it gone and what have I accomplished? Perhaps I haven’t accomplished much and now that I’m in the decline of life perhaps I will not be able to do much more but the point is make the most of today and that’s what I want to pass on to you. I’m so thankful for the great opportunity that has come to you and my constant prayer is that you will make the most of it and I believe you will. It seems so fine that you are in the mission field when you reach your 21st miles stone and I hope that your mile stone will be multiplied and that all along the way between them that you’ll always be found in the cause of righteousness which is the promise of real and lasting joy. You’ve grown so fine and large, dependable and obedient and Oh you’re so full of goodness that I thank Heavenly Father every day for you and ask Him to give you a strong testimony of His work and its for His name that you are called to proclaim. Your letter of Feb 26 was received a few days ago and I attempted writing before but not feeling very well I postponed it until today. I am feeling fairly well again though not so well as I would like to be. The Doctor asked me to call yesterday but after having gone 2 blocks found I couldn’t make it and so returned. After while my cousin Adelia Ridding and husband came and offered to take me up today so that I could kill two birds with one stone and post this: The weather is very changeable today its cold and yesterday it was very warm if not hot. Clara thinks she will come this week end and I may go home with her for a while and get her quits quilted. Yours can wait awhile I presume which reminds me I have made for your birthday a silk quilt top and Aunt Abbie says she will sew your name into one of the blocks so she will have a hand in it. I got the idea of giving you a quilt from Aunt Delta . Ferron had several nice quilts ready for use when he married. I wrote and asked Clara to order the Readers Digest for you and you must tell us if you get it alright. I also asked her to send you a clipping from the funnies I had saved. “Advice to a young man who had reached his 21st birthday. Several hours later : Cousin came sooner than I expected so couldn’t finish in time to post. Will get the neighbor children to post it on their way to school. Maybe you will enjoy a laugh reading the inclosed news clipping - I did. Good night and God bless you may dear son. Lots of love from Mother Mon A.M. Orderville Utah Mar 28, 1938 Dear Son Tone, My pen isn’t nearly so good since having it repaired. Can’t tell when it will make a heavy mark. Your letter of the 8th reached me after 17 days being addressed here of course made it a little loner having to be forwarded. Clara and Ralph spent the week end with us again in St George then I came home with them yesterday (Sun) and reached home in time for Clara to attend Union meeting. Ralph went on to Provo this morning. I’ll let Clara tell you of their plans for the future. LaVell is still here from the school vacation which, he thinks there’s a chance for him to return to school with an oil truck maybe tonight or tomorrow. I haven’t seen any of Mercy’s family since coming home, saw LaVell in St George. Ferl and Vera Dean went to the ranch P.M. yesterday and she has been telling me of the chance Lester has of a government job around Pleasant grove lasting 2 months. Don’t know just how soon he’ll go. He’s working in Kanab now but I think not for long and is building in the bath room at home between times besides building up in general, garage for instance and removing the building over the cellar. The first town news I head upon arriving home was a “Young and rising Generation”. I didn’t count the number as they were given me but it must be in the neighborhood of a dozen new babies. The most outstanding seems to Eva Hardy twin girls - one of them died however in about an hour after birth and Christy Mullmer’s tiny girl. Oh yea and John Reece’ wife gave birth to a boy and each of her two married daughters had a boy all with in a few days of each other. I didn’t learn just how close together but that’s going some for Johns posterity don’t you think! The babies are nearly all boys - war time. After receiving the above news I was told of Dee Clarks sudden death a truck backed and ran over him out near the sand holes between here and Kanab. He was being rushed to the hospital but died near Three Lakes. This may not be exactly correct but perhaps near enough. The funeral will be held this P.M. at 3 O Clock Clara took me up to see Sister Clark last evening. I think she takes the right attitude in saying “There are worse things than death,” Poor soul her boys have given her considerable worry and still Dee has, I believe, attempted at least to mend his ways by attending quite regularly the Church gatherings since last fall. Things of this sort causes one to think rather seriously and especially does it make me more appreciative of my trustworthy boys and girls as well.. Your daddy used often to say “Its nice to be ready. “ I would like to know that I will be ready as he was and I haven’t too much time left to get ready in and when the time does come I have confidence that each of my children will carry on. There’s a new store called ‘Firmage’ in St George and sat I did a little trading there and fortunately was waited on by a returned Elder, He said are you town’s people, to which I replied yes; I’m living here now but have a home also in Orderville. “ In Orderville” he said. “Could you by chance be Mrs Blackburn; “I replied “ could you by chance be Elder Foster.” So we became acquainted. He said you waited on him in Holland and now he had the pleasure of waiting on your mother also said he had planned to come and see me but being very busy hadn’t gotten around to it. Asked to be remembered to you. We drove up to Andersons and stayed a short time and saw the kids of your crowd, that is Fay Gorda and Harrold, he was planting garden and they both fat as butter ball, especially Harrold. I saw Elbert quite regularly each day as he was painting a picture of the temple just below our house. I watched him paint a time or tow. George Cannon told me the youngsters didn’t hardly know what to think of Elbert at first but he soon had a place among them and is well thought of. Its noon now and no sun in sight . The sky is covered with dark rain clouds that could turn out to be snow clouds as it is getting colder. I bought a little bunch of jonquilts from the bulb garden in St George, they are very pretty and greatly improved over last year. They are starting to grow good here now and the gardens are full of them. Its like he hadn’t dug any of them up. Well I’ve written on and on so now will close with a heart full of love and admiration from Mother Tues morning Mar 29 Dear son It was raining so hard last night that the letter didn’t get posted and any way I have something nice and very wonderful to tell you. Eva came down late afternoon or early evening and over little tett a tce was just over when here came a knock at the door which Clara answered and a nice voice said “Is this Blackburns, Ton Blackburns and is his mother in.” It was Bro Swaap speaking and his wife was with him - the parents of your missionary companion. They were passing thru from attending a funeral - I’m not sure where but I think they said Tropic, any way we were all thrilled. Eva will undoubtedly tell you the way I introduced her to them, she may not have fully appreciated it but laughed it off. The Swapps had only a few min to stay as they were anxious to get to Kanab and it was raining to but we seemed to have so much in common that they stayed an hour or more. They are so fine, such a wonderful spirit it seemed we have always been friends and acquaintances. Bro Swapp said he never had a greater thrill in his life than upon receiving word from his son that Elder Tone Blackburn of Orderville was his companion. If all we said could have been written I know both of you boys would have been interested reading it. I heard of Christmas cakes received the following June and a lot of other things good things besides seeing your picture on the 20 mile hike with one grip chucked full between your and heard of the Hollanders who didn’t understand the American salute (thinking) etc. I was very grateful for the good things you’ve written of Elder Swapp and especially what you said in the last letter received as I read it to his parents and that said “that’s just what Gordon wrote about Elder Blackburn. So keep enjoying each other and appreciating your work together which will cause a love so profound that time and eternity will not efface and keep on remembering the love of Mother. Orderville Utah April 11, 1938 Dear Son Tone Now your birthday party is all over with. Will try and settle down to writing again. Just came from the post office where mailed your birthday cake made by Ramona. With the cake is included your Dutch lady place card. We all had a Dutch companion place card at the birthday party held in your honor at St George. It was sort of a duel affair since it was Eva’s birthday also. You should have seen the cakes - as well as all the other good things to eat and punch to drink. We knew there were to be two cakes but imagine our surprise when four were put on display, only two with candles on however. I think John was the first to say “Lets don’t cut Tone’s cake, lets send it to him, candles and call” Reo was a close second then all was agreed. So John and Reo took the cake home and said they would mail it to you so start looking for it. I suppose it will be dried out a plenty being that it isn’t a fruit cake but you’ll enjoy the spirit of the occasion any way. At the first planning, the party was to have been held here and the five students at St George would come out but the contest of the five southern high school being held at the week end in St George changed our plans and we went down there Friday evening and the youngsters of your crowd attended the Junior prom then sat night they came to our home and had a real good lively party as evidenced by the enclosed rhymes - I guess you’d call them. Some of the youngsters, if not all, will write you and tell more of the party perhaps, so I’ll just say that the loyalty of your crowd is very much appreciated, they are all very nice to me, and John offered to get the car and take us all down including Clara, which he did and on the way back we stayed an hour or more in Zion and watched the dress rehearsal of the ‘Easter Pageant’ which was very nice. To me it far surpasses the one of the last Easter. John said they all would like to get letters from you but he knows that you don’t have time for that but if you would write a gang letter he would see that all would get to read it so you much squeeze in the time even if its continued for a week. When Ramona brought down the cake to send you she said “Grandma I’m going to write to Tone but I don’t think I’ll get a letter back “ She liked letters so well but knows you don’t have time for many but you could send special recognition in my letter. I mean when you write to me. Now that spring is here the outside is calling. Ferl and Vera Dean cleaned up the yard pretty well before I came from St George then Charles came down with Clara and stayed over night and did he work. He is so strong for a little fellow and likes to work so well. Ken came also and with Clara’s help succeeded in clearing away the straw from the lawn and burning it. You should have seen John Barrie when Charles told him that he and Ken had been cleaning grandma’s lawn, we were eating breakfast at the time and John Barrie came on an errand , but he scooted out of the house in a hurry and the next thing we knew here he was with a wheel barrow of strat taking it to the plowed land to be burned. It looked so cute to see the little jealous in not wanting to be out done. Charles enjoyed helping so much that he said “I may as well stay down another night to help,” and that’s the way they all are wanting to help. Ken has been down three nights helping and he made me a set of quilt stands for my birthday. They are so nice I’ve bragged a lot about them to him and now he wants to make me a little box cupboard for down to St George and Ill let him. Think I would go to St George until the temple opens in Sept Aunt Abbie will come here in a few weeks and Washburn, will look after the things down there, watering trees, grape vines etc. later. By the time I got rid of an agent some one came on an errand and then an other agent or salesman then Clara came and we’ve been working outside, planted a mulberry tree from Dixie. Now its supper time and we want to go to P.T.A. meeting tonight, besides sewing a quilt in the frames ready to be quilted. Don’t know much news to tell you. I think the most starting thing is that Vern Glazier 38 of Kanab took his own life, either suicide or accidental, last thu night 8th. He had been dead about 12 hours when his daughter found him in the basement with a gun by his side. Lester and family were down yesterday he will go north this week to work, plastering, on the government job. I sent another check for you on the 8th I don’t know just when they will send it from Salt Lake, whether they have a certain time or when ever I sent it, any way I hope you get it soon if you are out of funds. When CLARA gets her next check it should be less than 2 weeks. I think we’ll try sending a little currency since the Swapps told me how they send it to their son. I don’t want you to be without funds if it can possible be helped. Your companions parents told me how he was going to send wooden shoes by mail. Can you find out the cost and would it be best sent that way? If we can get some by mail without too much expense I imagine it would be better than you having to cart them home in a trunk . Dwight is still praying for some and when we can learn about getting them here will send extra money for them. Clara is waiting for supper so here goes for a good night with all good blessings from the Lord and lots of love from Mother P.S. Rena wrote you a letter before Christmas did you get it? Orderville Utah U.S.A. Apr 24, 1938 My Dear Son Tone; Your letter of March 29 came a few days ago. Am glad the time passes rapidly fo you, it shows you are busy and interested that’s what you went for and it wouldn’t be possible for you to give the gospel message to those who know it not if you were not busy and interested. You didn’t mention how you were in health but I take it you were well by what you were doing and the anticipated trip of traveling 90 min to attend a missionary meeting on a tandem. I hope you keep well and have no more sty on your eye. By the way you haven’t mentioned a thing about whether you received the sterilized gauze. I sent and if you use them with the wash I told you about, Im sure it will help if you’ll do it. Spring is here in all its beauty but seems to have brought along with it what we term spring fever. Clara and I are both affected with it, at least something had made us lazy so we’re contemplating gathering and taking bitter herb tea. We just gathered our first mess of asparagus and in a week mor will have plenty of rhubarb. Mr Swallow has planted a few rows of early garden stuff and if he says here this summer will run the lot. I give it as my opinion only, that the reason he doesn’t know yet if he’ll stay here is on account of whether he gets a contract to teach here again. Of course he may already have one as I know some of the teachers have. Mr Ashby wrote Clara a very nice letter stating that his reason for not sending her a contract was that he had been informed she was not seeking employment and that he had enjoyed very much working with her. Ferl is staying here while Vera Dean is at Nephi and is working hard, puts in long hours from 7:A.M to about 7:30 P.M. He needs more rest that he’s getting. He new seeder he bot is the means of getting him lots of jobs. Its looking so stormy this P.M. that he may not be able to plant again for a while if frost will stay away we’ll have lots of fruit. The apricot tree is loaded with fruit large as a pea now. I’ m sending $5 (currency) in one of your envelops so it won’t show thru the letter. I sure want to know if you get it alright, I hope you do. I told you wrong about Lester going on the government job on the 13 inst. He said the building job started then and he will go plaster when they are ready, It will be probably be soon. The folks are all well. LaVell came for the junior Prom at Cedar and Rena went also. Haven’t seen LaVell yet but suppose he will be going back to school right away. Rec’d a letter from Maggie and Lorna yesterday written on the 19th inst. John was going next day to Los Angeles as his work in Yuma was finished and Maggie will stay there until school is out, 6 weeks more they said. If you haven’t written to our cousin Sarah Blackburn 57 London Rd. Spalding, Eng I wish you would. She was so sweet about telling me to tell you, there is a room ready for you when every you come and are welcome. The school faculty put on a play. Tue night “Applesauce” that was very good, I haven’t seen so full a house in years. The proceeds go for the school band uniforms. Clara will type some more poems for you when her type ribbon comes that she is sending for. John Barrie is elated over his ewe having twin lambs, a black and a white one. They are here in the orchards and Dwight comes often to see - as he said - if they are nursing. Royce and Paul sort of sluffed school last week to see the circus supposed to be help in the P.M. but wasn’t until night, so Charles came down with Clara and did they work so Clara would go up and tell their mothers where they were, then they stayed all night and Clara prepared a picnic for their lunch at school. They sure had fun. Lots of love from Mother. Orderville Utah May 13, 1938 My Dear Son Tone This is a very beautiful May morning and I feel greatly improved in health over yesterday so I’m trying to write lying on my back in bed. As yet I am unable to sit up and this is the 15th day since I took to the bed. I feel encouraged however and believe I will be able to go to the Manti temple to see Clara married, I hoping I will. I believe my blood pressure is down quite a considerable over what it was when I came to bed, it was 200 then and affected my heart so much that I am unable to exert enough to get up, it keeps me so weak and I need to lie quiet until it gets stronger. Last sun was conference here and after the meetings Uncle Charl (The rest is gone) Letter from Elvira’s sister Abbie Friday 18 May Dear Nephew Tone, Sure! I’ve thought of you and have not forgotten to petition the Throne of Grace in your behalf especially wherein I remember all the others. Mercy found a chance for me to come from St. George last Sun P.M. with Miss Woodberry. We arrived here abt midnight and found your mother some better. Today she is much improved, and if Lester finishes his job at Panguitch, where he is now, in plenty of time he will take me back to St. George in the middle of next week and he will finish the garage. Easton works in Kanab now but comes home each evening. Alfred Meeks is selling his home to a California man who is planning to build tourist cabins there. The folks are all well and the weather is fine, altho the chances are that the majority of the fruit is frozen. Lots of love from your Aunt Abbie Sat P.M. May 14 Dear Son As my letter didn’t get posted thought you would be glad to know that I am still better today. My heart has been normal all day and I feel fine only haven’t the strength yet to sit up. I think I will soon be alright. Am anxious to know if you got the cake I mailed you alright, also the one the boys sent you. Ramona wants to know if I think you will answer her letter. Easton has moved in their new house. “Mothers Day” program will be held tomorrow on account of Conference last Sun. Most of the children remembered me on Mothers Day “ if I am no account. Ken gave me a large box of candy. Love again from Mother Orderville May 27, 1938 U.S.A. My Dear Son Tone. You see Im still here and considerable better than when Clara wrote you a few days ago, but quite a ways from being well. Bro Knapp Judd of Kanab came yesterday and gave me a blessing and before he left he asked all present to knelt around my bed and he led in prayer for me . I feel somewhat encouraged and have more faith in my recovery but am wholly resigned to Gods will. I can’t write much but maybe Clara will a little, Easton cam in while I was writing and stayed a while before going to milk the cow. Lester was down today also. They are all well and the rest are too. Was so pleased to get your photo yesterday. you look so fine in it. I got such a kick out of looking at it that I almost forget my ailments. I have it standing on the little cedar chest on the mantle so I can look at it and call others attentions to it also. You know don’t you? That no one is so proud and loves you so much as Mother June 1st, 1938 Dear Son Tone; If all went as expected and planned Clara was married this morning in the Manti temple. She went yesterday to meet Ralph at Manti by noon. She took Kezia with her in her own car. Ferl went also in the pickup and took VeraDeane and Mercy. He would go on to Nephi and stay over night then to Manti this morning in time to go thru the temple with Clara thence back to Nephi and shingle a chicken coop for his mother-in-law and return home sometime tomorrow. He took a load of posts to Saline in further payment on the seeder he purchased there. Ramona came down this afternoon and said she sent her mother a special delivery letter because she was lonesome for her ha ha ha. Said she has enough money saved up to pay for a pair of wooden shoes . I’m getting stronger each day tho haven’t felt as full of pep today as yesterday. Its time now for sleep and I’ll write more later. Good night love from Mother Sat Jane 4 The folks returned thu night from Nephi bringing word that Clara and Ralph were married alright Wed June 1st about 12:30 noon. They, Clara and Ralph went on to Heber City and CLARA will return home for a while near the end of the month. Ralphs parents and his brother were at the wedding and his father and Ferl sat as witnesses at the marriage. Kezia came back with Ferl, also Del & LaVell who came from Provo to Nephi so they could come with Ferl. Three in the cab and three in the back. Said they were comfortable in the back as they had a good mattress to sit on that Vera Deans mother had given her. LaVell came down to see me this morning but I over slept and he went home without seeing me. I am so much better now, have been sitting up for a while the last two days in a chair. My strength is returning so rapidly that I will soon be around again, Thanks to Heavenly father its to him I attribute all blessings and I am so thankful for them. I am especially thankful this morning that you are where you are in the service of God and my prayer is continually in your behalf, and that when your mission there is ended that you will be blest in gathering a great amount of your genealogy. I am so anxious for this that I cease not in asking the directing hand of the Lord in it. The genealogy came be had if we persist. President Snow of St George temple told Uncle Charl that he didn’t know if the temple could open on account of having no names to work for, so we must work hard in assisting to accomplishing the greatest burden of the church at the present time which is, seeking after our dead. We cannot be saved and exalted without them - so said the Lord to the Prophet Joseph Smith. I think perhaps there are many others like we are in regards to having names to put in the temple. We have several hundred names ready for ordinance work but are not sending them in to be indexed until about time for the temple to pen, as every six months we have to send the names in to be rechecked so there’ll be no duplication of work. I pray continually that the spirit of Elijah will rest mightily upon you so that when the time comes that you are at liberty to gather genealogy you will be successful and be guided to the right place. I am depending so much up on you and I know absolutely that god can and will direct you in this great work if you will earnestly seek Him. In humility and faith lies great powers. I expect to keep reminding you and I want you to remember that when you go to England it is highly important that you fill out family group sheets of all our relatives and get their pedigree charts. This will take perseverance, tact, faith, humility and prayer, but it can and must be done. I do not wish in the least to detract from your missionary labors on the other hand I wish to exhort you to all diligence in this great cause in which you are laboring, but I want you to think seriously of our dead along with the living and be prepared to do a great work for our dead, this insuring your own and our salvation. There’s much to be done and our lives here are of no value particularly unless we give service to our fellow men. Sun June 5th. I’m dressed again this P.M. and have had lots of company 18 to be exact . Eva and Elbert are among the number. Im enjoyed looking at the picture you sent and think the large photo is good of you. The frame of it is considerable jams up but I can trim it to look good. A piece of card board same size would have prevented the breakage I think. Elbert said he can finish up what he wants in school in another year, and expressed a desire for pictures like you sent me, I think he wants to paint a likeness but he should pay if he ask you for any. Eve said she is well but looks deceive her. I think she’s working pretty hard and they are building on to the ranch house. I’ll send you some more pictures. “Utah” is one similar to the one Clara sent and then a magazine of pictures sent out by the Tribune. I’m also sending todays Church sec. Of Deseret News. The radio address by Samuel O Bennion is so fine on authority that will help you besides the Manti temple celebration I think you’ll enjoy the folks are giving Hans a birthday tho 2 days past - supper tonight out in the hills. Just rec’d a card from Clara she and Ralph are alright. Mother Hicken is giving her a tea party so she can meet and get acquainted with the folks. Did you get a copy of the blessing you rec’d when you were set apart for your mission and you ordained a Seventy? I expect to write up our family records as soon as I am able and I want every item correctly. Have a letter from Charlottte and Lorna, I don’t know just what ails Charlotte some kind of growths - she didn’t tell me but has been in Salt Lake hospital and is now home. Can’t think of any more to tell you only that I’ll send enough more money this month for Ramona’s wooden shoes and will send her size later. God bless you my dear son is always the prayer of Mother Orderville, Utah, U.S.A. 6 June, 1938 Dear Son Tone Ramona came this morning and brought Aunt Abbie and myself a piece of Hans and LaVells birthday cake and I measured her foot for a pr. Of wooden shoes. Foot measures exactly 6 3/4 in. She also brought money to pay for them and I will make the check larger this month so you will have plenty. Tues June 14, I’m a long time writing this letter. It seemed that nothing of importance happened to write about until now, aside from the fact that I am still gaining strength. Have been out on the front porch and walked from end to end two days ago. It was plenty of exercise so I didn’t take any yesterday. I will today however as I am fully rested. Vera Deane teaches the 4H club and is down today for that purpose. We’re having chicken today for dinner so naturally I think of you . Guess you don’t have much chicken dinners. Maggie is in L.A. now and they are planning on a trip out for a least two days she said in her letter. Charlotte and Alice will probably spend the week end with us. Aunt Abbie will go to the Cox reunion at Manti next Fri then go on to Provo for a visit. I sent your letter of May 25th on to Clara. She is coming down the end of the month and Ralph too if his job isn’t extended. Nancy is in the hospital at Kanab, lost her new born son day before yesterday. It was a very bad case and child lived about an hour. It was buried in Kanab. We are thankful indeed that Nancy’s life was spared she is as well as can be expected. Am sending sermons pertaining to your work clipped from church section. Last week I sent you some magazines with pictures. I think will be of use to you. I read of the earth quake in Holland and another countries there. Did you feel it? You didn’t tell me if you had written to the relatives in England. Ramona keeps wondering if you will answer her letter. Why don’t you send her a letter all by her self. She’d beam all over with radiance. She would tell me about it and how you are so you could miss that once writing direct to me. Dinner is served and I can’t miss a meal. So here’s the ending to this epistle when I tell you that no one loves you as Mother P.S. I sent a check of $37 on the 10th. Orderville Utah U.S.A. June 22, 1938 My Dearest Son Tone Today is the anniversary of aunt Abbies birthday “thrills” in Yellowstone. We all enjoyed the thrills didn’t we? I’m staying with Mercy now since Aunt Abbie went to the reunion and I’ve prevailed on her to visit around with the folks so she may be gone quite some time. There’s nothing to do here until fruit time and by them the temple will probably be open. I received a letter from Clara last night asking me again to come up there “Its all settled” she said, that they will come after me soon after the 24th of this month and went me to stay all summer or as long as I wish to. Even Ralphs father said he wants me to come up there, its cooler and I will get well faster he said. Will you be surprised when I tell you that a letter went off this A.M. saying that I will go. Mercy will make me some house dresses and I’ll soon be ready. I’m treated like a queen here. They are all so loyal to me. LaVell, Quinn and Ken are weeding corn out to Mineral. I think Nancy left the hospital yesterday and is with one of Lyle’s sisters in Kanab. She’ll probably be home before long. The folks are all well so far as I know. Charlotte and family were over for the week end, she isn’t entirely recovered from her operation and is quite thin. We’ll go to Salt Lake again in July to see that the operation has turned out alright. Mercy will keep the children for her. Ralphs brother is to be married on the 1st of July and they want me to go thru the Salt Lake temple with them if I am able. I surely hope I can and I will go prepared. Bro Jorgensen came Sun to see me as a member of the Bishopric to bring a blessing and cheer me up. We had a very nice gospel conversation as well as on common place events. He’s as good as sunk financially. His property was up for sale for taxes so he took out a loan and you know what that means, however he had improved the ranch house and piped the water ½ mile nearer and he feels good about that. He evidently has confidence in me to tell me some of his affairs that people usually keep to them selves and I appreciate his confidence especially since he is lonely without a wife to confide in. Naturally I inquired about Eva, He said “She is feeling bad because she hasn’t had a letter from Tone since he sent the pictures.” Then sister Hoyt Ellen came to see me Mon and she told me the same in thing only in different words saying that it was six weeks since Eva had a letter. Now don’t get the idea that her father and grandmother are interceding for her thru me for that isn’t it at all. You know how I’m interested in people and ask about their welfare so don’t take exceptions to it. I feel however that I should advise you in this matter and I don’t know if you have written and the letter gone astray but she has written since receiving one from you and I don’t know whether its one of these accidental things that some times happen to test ones fidelity, or whether you are getting tired of her and if it should be the latter this is what I want to say to you my dear Son - Be honorable. No one had the right to encourage confidence and love with the opposite *** and then let them down with a jolt or indifference. Does it sound as if I were accusing you! Not so I am remembering what happened in heart aches to your sisters and to one of mine in this jolting that I have already referred to so again. I admonish you to be very humble and prayerful that the Lord will guide and uphold you in all your walks of life especially in the work in which you are now engaged and I feel that it would be wise if your correspondence with Eve wouldn’t be to rapid in succession as in a measure it detracts from your labor in the ministry. You can be just as devoted and true as the stars above. I’ve just been surprised with a visit from Jack his daddy and Royce have gone to Mt Carmel. Its past 10 A.M. so I must get up, Jack needs his mother by the looks so I’ll give him the once over. His face and hands are so rough they’ll soon be bleeding. Today is stake R.S. teachers convention being held here and Mercy has gone to meeting. The scandal I mentioned in my last letter has terminated in Lorus being brought home. She isn’t wanted in Kanab and isn’t considered a good character here as you already know. The Bahans clothing store and some surrounding buildings were destroyed by fire last Sun without any insurance. Hope all is well with you and that you will always remember the love of Mother P.S. Fathers Day happened on your fathers birthday so Vera Dean took the children and placed bouquets of flowers on his sacred mound. Later Being that it is R.S. stake day, a lot of people came to see me. I feel that I have lots of friends. Uncle Charl is one that came and when he shook hands with me he remarked on how much better I look and said “You’re going to live to see that boy come home” I feel that I will also but a while back I thought I may never see you again in this life. Some Glendale women, sisters Jolly and Maxwell came to see me and told me of Ruth’s intended marriage next week to a Mr Smith of Logan who has been to St George, to school. I think any way he is a nephew to the Mr Smith who is resident of the College in St George. The youngsters at Glendale are giving Ruth a shower. She will be married in the Logan temple The first of your crowd to leave in wed lock. Five marriages took place in Kanab last week, young folks. Guess I’ve told you all I can think of this time. Give my best that’s to your companion Mr Swapp. I feel that I know him thru you and his splendid parents. Good night for tonight with love from Mother ‘This is inclined to be scandalous. Lorus Croft Robinson ran away with Dr Norris’s son Ray the one who has been living with his father quite a lot. The elopement occurred a week ago. It is reported that when Alvin gets his next pay check he will try to locate the pair. Heber City Utah 22 July July 6, 1938 Dearest Son Tone Yes three weeks in quite a while not to hear from you but I didn’t worry because in the mean time one of Dwights wooden shoes came and that answered as indirect hearing. Clara and Ralph brought me here yesterday they stayed down home two days and Ralph built up the trailer and brought it with their things, it was plenty full too with Clara’s bed, bottled fruit and dozens of other things. Will take the trailer home when they take me down, don’t know when that will be - they think I will stay here until time to go to the temple but I don’t know. Its much cooler here than at home and its plenty cool this summer any way; I have never experienced a summer so cool tho I notice it more perhaps on account of not being able to work around. I stood the ride up here fully as well as did the others but of course I’m resting up today and feel quite well considering the trip and a slight cold. The folks here are supposed to be haying but the storm prevents. Clara lives in part of a very large house that was left to Ralphs mother by her mother. It was modern enough in its day but not so much now and is very fine, was built by very wealthy people so you may know there were none better. Claras things are all so nice, her bedroom set and stove are superb also table. She wrote me that she never expected ever to have things so nice. I’m glad for her, she is so happy and Ralph is so fine. He reminds me of you in build and disposition. Can’t get him excited enough for an outward demonstration just like you are and you get that characteristic largely from your Father. I let Eva read your letter and she was glad. She is quite sensible in that she said she knew you had so much concern about your work that you can’t afford to do much letter writing. I won’t write much this time because I have some pictures to send and want to send this time all that I can with letter weight and send the rest later when I write. Haven’t found a name yet for Eastons baby. Lester will be working in Payson very soon. He’ll probably be there today if he didn’t go yesterday. We called at his home yesterday while on our way here but no one was at home. We brought your photo here so that friends who call may see what a fine specimen of humanity you are and being Clara’s brother they will take notice. Wouldn’t I like to come milling around when you start singing a preliminary for street meeting. You’re having real experiences there aren’t you? I can hardly be thankful enough for your opportunities there. I’ve written again to England. They didn’t answer my last letter and she was ill when she wrote last. If she should die before I get some dates of birth etc. I will feel very badly. Keep well and remember how you are prayed for and loved by Mother (How much do you weigh) Heber City Utah July 19, 1938 Dear Son Tone Rena and Ramona came night before last. On account of a bad mud slide in Provo canyon they went on to Salt Lake, Clara and Ralph went up and got them. The neighbors across the street are Ralph’s relatives and very fine people, their two girls are VerNell and Ramonas ages so you can imagine the fun Ramona is having. The girls will go home some time this week. Ramona was delighted with your letter and brought it up for me to read, she said LaVons baby isn’t named yet and that the folks at home are well so far as she knows and seen Nancy on their way up here. It will take several months for Nancy to be her self again. Ralph is still busy in the hay, I like his people very much, he and Clara have a nice place home in which to live. In all probability it will always be theirs, A large two story brick building built by Ralph and grandfather who was very wealthy so there’s no make shift in the building at all. It’s 12:30 now and I’ve been up about 45 min. If I ever enjoyed just lying around with no responsibility its now. No wonder I am improving rapidly in health. I read some and crochet a little and enjoy the radio immensely. The programs come in from K.S.L. nice and clear. I sent more money for you on the 12th. Mr Pearson lives here, just a block away, the one that taught school in Orderville. Haven’t seen him yet but have visited with his wife twice. Maybe Clara told you that Ira Pearson lives here also, maybe I’ll get to see him while I’m here and uncle Charl’s sister Kazia Crook. Haven’t a calender here so am not sure of the date but its tues anyway. Am glad you are so busy, hope you keep on that way, keeping well and have every good blessing you need for your labors there. This is the wish and prayer of a loving Mother. Monday Heber Utah Aug 1st 1938 Dearest Son Tone I was glad for your letter that came sat morning. You seldom mention about your health but I resume you are enjoying good health, hope so at least. I’ve read thru the “Epitomist” you sent Clara and got quite a thrill from its peruser especially where reference is made of you which I found in three places and did we let out a hearty laugh when I read to Clara and Ralph “ask Blackburn if he attributes his success in life to that teacher in the early days.” Brings back old memories doesn’t it? Clara took me to church a week ago, first time I’ve been in four months and did enjoy it. The same sweet spirit prevailed as in our meetings at home and indeed I felt at home. After church a Mrs Witt was brought to the car where Clara and I sat by Ralphs mother Mrs Witt is a sister to Henry Grimshaw from Cedar who recently went on a mission to the Netherlands and I suppose youve met him before this. Well this Mrs Witt - Ruth ,her names is - wished to meet Clara and I because we were Blackburn’s. She felt as tho she knew the family because of her acquaintance with Alice, Charlotte, Nancy, Maggie and she and Easton went on their missions together. We were glad to meet her and she is of a very fine family. I was in Cedar at the time of the mothers death and attended the funeral. Ruth came home for her mothers funeral and then returned to complete her mission which she did and while there met her future companion. She now had four children. I saw the baby in SS yesterday - a little girl with a lot of curls on her head and as beautiful a child as can be found. I enjoyed church again last night. A group of missionaries from Samoa gave the excellent program consisting of an illustrated lecture of the customs and habits and the country of those people, also demonstrated some of their chants as dances in costumes are made from flax etc. It was all very instructive and entertaining. I will get the clothing you want and probably take it in to the mission home. If I don’t go in to Salt Lake again will send it but I would like to spend a day or two with Aunt Delta. Ferron bot a farm close to his fathers I think I told you he is married and Charlotte, the one that married Blake Humphry of Hurricane lives close there too running a gas station. Haven’t had my picture taken yet but will soon as it is convenient for me. I rec’d no birth or death dates in my last letter from England and I can’t imagine why, I’ve asked in the most casual manner. Her health is very poor and she’s recovering from severe illness, I hope she doesn’t die before I get them and I expect it will be your job if we ever get it. Guess there’s no more I could tell you this time except that I am quite well considering and am happy and enjoying myself. Hope you are too. My prayer and blessing goes with love from Mother Heber City Sat Aug 13, 1938 Utah Dearest Son Tone I’m looking for a letter but as its nearly two weeks since I wrote you that I would write any way. Aside from the fact that Rena was married last tues night to Clyde there isn’t much in the way of news to tell you. It won’t help matters any to fret and have remorse because Rena couldn’t or wouldn’t be swayed from marrying Clyde, not even a postponement for a year college training. She even speeded up her marriage from what she said in her letter to me. I received her letter wed of this week, she said she would spend this week end with Charlotte in Cedar as Charlotte was giving her pieces for quilts and would help her with other things then she was going to be married the next day Thursday a letter came from Ramona telling me that Rena and Clyde were married. I was so completely thunder struck and am I glad the letter I had written Rena the day I got hers didn’t get posted with her being married my letter at least would not have helped matters any and I would have put my foot into it. Naturally we all feel very badly that she could not be dissuade from taking the step she has taken but now we must make the best of it. I could go on and on stating my reasons why it should not have happened but it would do no good and I must swallow the desire of exploding and give myself over for better things. Yesterday morning I was writing another letter to Rena and after relating an incident which showed my love, as well as that of her mother for her I said something to the effect that I have always tried to do right and felt that I have no right to sit in judgment for other people nor meddle in their affairs, but there are times when truth must be told and exposed and this was one of the times when so vital an issue was at stake and that I would now assume the privilege and take the opportunity of telling her things straight from the shoulder. Well I will acknowledge the guiding hand of our heavenly Father, my letter suddenly came to a close without railing someone for Clara just then came in with my letter from Ramona saying “Rena was married last night and she and Clyde have gone to spend a week at Fish Lake”. I closed my letter with “all I can say now is God bless you both” and giving my love signed my name. I am sending her the letter. I sleep up stairs and I am writing in bed but its time to be moving. Its noon now and if this letter goes in the mail today I must finish. I think Clara told you the cause of my high blood pressure is toxic goiter and that I’ve been advised to have it removed. Well, I don’t want another operation but I wrote the folks at home to know how they feel about it and I have received a letter from each of the families at home. Ferl said when he read my letter he that the only thing to do was an operation but when Charlotte told him more about it he dosn’t know about it and the others that wrote said if I have to have to be operated on they hope I will be built up first so that I can stand it. So you see it seems that I am left alone to decide. Sun A.M. Didn’t get to finish the letter after all, Aunt Abbie came for a few days visit and will go down home this week while she was in Idaho Leonard and family and Aunt Abbie of course spent three days in Yellowstone Park, she might have gotten some pictures of the Park had she known of your wanting them. Its time to go to SS now. Now that SS is out maybe I can finish and get this posted today. My pen is so miserable its hard to write with it the church house is on the next block but of course we have to walk more than a block to get there and I can’t tell you how thankful I am that I can walk there and back with east. I feel more encouraged as to my health, now then I have for a long time not with standing the fact that I have an enlarged heart and toxic goiter. I am enjoying my self to a great degree especially with the good radio programs and I can keep my hands busy while listening. Its so nice here in this valley with fine people and associations and being with Clara and Ralph, he is so very fine one can’t help loving him especially since he’s so much like you. I hope you rec’d the park pictures I sent maybe your next letter will tell me you have and also how much you weigh. You see I want to know how well you are treated there in the way of food. Guess I’ve written about enough Ralph wants to put in a note, any way Clara is calling ‘Come & eat” in a note, anyway Clara is calling come and eat” Ever so much love from Mother P.S. Am sending money to Salt Lake again today for you Heber City Utah U.S.A. Sat Night Aug 27, 1938 My Dear Son Tone Its stake conference here and Clara has gone to mutual its convention conference. The only meeting for the public is at 10:o clock in the morning. Haven’t felt well today and perhaps I wont be able to go but am hoping I can. Your letter of the 13inst was recd this morning and as always was over joyed to hear from you and learning that you are well except your feet. You must tell me more about them, the nature of the trouble etc. Is it the climate, too much walking or some disease peculiar to that country! The picture you sent is good for so large a group of Elders you look fine. If Elder Swapp is on the picture I am not sure which is he. Im always glad, very pleased, to learn of your doings especially just now to learn of your joyful time in visiting points of interest and being with the Primary and teachers. I have a good imagination of such things. Mr and Mrs Pearson took the parcel I had ready for you to the mission home last week. It seems that the Mission home has changed hands since you were there and doesn’t understand all about sending the parcel to you. Any way it was a girl that told Pearsons that may be able to get the clothing thru to you but not the cake. Of course I know they can from what Elder Swapps parents told me so I want say or do a thing about it unless they write me in regard to it. It’s a graham cake Clara made and should be good if it should be a long time in reaching you. That kind improves with age evidently but I guess there worrying a limit to it after eight months. Did you ever get the cake John and Reyo send? You have never mentioned it. In all probability I will be in Orderville in a week and will stay there until time for the temple to open which will be 12 Sept. I trying , hoping and praying that I will be able to work when it does open. I feel pretty well most of the time but I’m not working excepting a little crochet work and record writing and don’t appreciate to much of that but I am gaining in weight. 165 lbs now. I stayed a little too close with the records for the dead. I think is why I’m ailing now. I finished today all that I can do without the help of trained genealogists and there isn’t many of those to do. I haven’t counted yet tut there must be between 2 and 3 thousand names Clara and I together have put on the Family group sheets and now we have the job of placing them on the temple sheets to be indexed before they are ready for ordinance work. Ken wants me to furnish names for baptisms for his group excursion to temple so I must have them ready. You asked abt the Pedigree chart you have. Yes, that is as far as we were able to go with your fathers ancestors. The way you are related to the relatives in England is that your grandfather - Thomas Andrew Blackburn (I think the middle name Andrew is not inserted in your Pedigree chart) was one of four brothers and the man Wm Thomas Blackburn the one who has always corresponded with us and is dead now - is your fathers own cousin - your 2nd cousin. His wife Sarah is the one who continues the correspondence with us and of course you know her children are 3rd cousins to you. I don’t know which of the four brothers of which you grandfather was one - is the father of Wm Thomas who wrote us all the time. It seems so strange that with all my asking I am unable to get anything I ask for. I believe tho that cousin Sarah wrote the death date of cousin Wm Thos. When she told me of his death and I still have the letter so I can get his work done in the temple with just that much information. How I do hope and pray you will be prepared and inspired to get the information we need. I sometimes feel that I could almost fly there to get it the desire in me is so strong for it. I am expecting to write to one or perhaps two of the church genealogists in Eng. Explaining to them our needs and that when you are released from your mission we expect you to get what they will be able to locate in their research. I think their charge won’t be very much to just locate the genealogy and you do the copying see. Well, my letter is getting lengthy and I haven’t told you that Clara kept charlotte’s children all week while she was in Salt Lake for treatments. The Dr. Is trying to stall a major operation by having Charlotte take treatment every once in a while. She’s thing and doesn’t look too well. Her baby is so sweet and pretty besides being good natured. Albert came this forenoon and went into Salt Lake City for her and said he that he would go home today. The last three days here have been the Wasatch county fair and such a crowd of people 6000 anyway and a large generous barbecue sandwich was served to each one. I never tasted a more delicious sandwich. The exhibits were fine and the stock show. I can truthfully say now that I have seen big pigs. O my! They were enormous. Son, your mother came into prominence here in the fancy work department. I put in six articles and gained five premiums. Three articles took first prize one 2nd price and 3rd prize. How’s that for a not much of account mother! I was told that no one got so many prized as I in the art exhibit. Clara thinks Im quite smart and should feel puffed up. What you say? It must be quite late. I slept 2 hours this P.M. so am not sleepy and have already thanked and asked for more blessings especially for you my beloved son. Im sure you can’t help feeling the love bourn you by Mother P.S. The remembrance of Elder Swapp is indeed appreciated you may return greetings when the opportunity comes, also I send greetings to your present companion Elder Buchanan and I shall call on his parents on my way home if Clara takes me. Sun Noon - I’m feeling improved today and attended a spiritual meeting - think I’ll go to this P.M. also Mother Heber City Utah, Sun 11 sept 1938 Dear Son Tone How glad I am today for your letter of Aug 29. I had the envelope addressed and was just ready to write you when Ralph brought me your letter. It seems there isn’t much to tell you from here especially since the folks at home have forgotten to write me or perhaps they think I will be home soon and no need of writing. I am expecting to go home this week and Clara will take me I think. If she can’t go this week I shall take the bus. We went into Salt Lake yesterday to get more names, but didn’t do much as the place closed at noon. We went to Aunt Delta’s however and had a nice visit. They were planning on sending Vera and Lawrence to the Y this season but now Lawrence is wanted to go on a mission and he says he will go. Its certainly “Fall of the year here now. I have to cover up white writing to keep warm. Its cloudy and not much sunshine today. I got the names from the Index bureau yesterday so they are ready for ordinance work and the children are anxious for their part of the work being baptized. Am sending money for you today and will sent it earlier each month as you suggest. Glad for the pictures you sent, it looks good to me. Don’t know when I can have mine taken. There isn’t a studio here as I thought and maybe I’ll have to wait until I see Adams either in Hurricane or St George. I’m feeling pretty good now excepting for the insolent treatment rec’d yesterday when I called for the temple sheets. Its hard to control my feeling in such un upheaval. One minute I feel like crying and the next like exploding and with it all I try to feel like praying but I’m pretty much disturbed and for the most part at least, am very glad I did not retreat and talk back even tho I feel that such treatment was uncalled for. Perhaps its folly to be telling you my troubles but now I’ve dot it I won’t retract, but go out for a walk and attend church tonight, its about time now and of course I’ll feel better. After all it’s the way we meet our trials that determines whether we get a blessing or a condemnation. I hope that dread disease is checked long before this and that you will be spared from the malady as well as all the other missionaries and saints. Heaven blessing you my dear boy and help you to always do right and try to remember the love of Mother. P.S. Ralph says he will write and sent it with this letter. Orderville Utah Sept 25, 1938 My Dear Son Tone; Haven’t rec’d a letter from you since my last writing at Heber. I’ve been home ten days and think its time I was writing again. Clara is here still and Ralphs job in the mts at home is about finished so he will soon be down for a few days. He wants to get some cedar posts and load the small trailer to take home. Says he’ll take care of the trailer and get it back home sometime. You remember Ferl lost the box from the trailer. Well Ralph made another one and fixed it up in fine shape so Clara things were taken to Heber in it. I found the folks here all well and Easton baby with a name ‘Von Cram” he will be called von C and a fine fellow he is and how the other kiddies have grown this summer is a caution. The inclosed poem I cut from the News Church section, that perhaps you would like it and would also like to read the article by the Presiding Bishop. School is going full force now with about four new teachers. Here’s Aunt Maggie now so will rest. Mon - noon. Didn’t get to write any more yesterday too much company and kiddies wore me out. Went to church last night any way, it was Genealogical night and a splendid program was given. Mercy gave a splendid talk giving incidents of how genealogy was sought and found. Not half enough people attend church , more goes to SS tho and that is encouraging. Was especially pleased to see the Croft boys there again. That is Alfred, John and Leo. Will be glad to see their father come again too and I think he will. It seems rather strange to me that when a Latter Day Saint has his feelings hurt and some times very badly that he seems to get comfort in absenting himself from church and refuse the performance of church duties. While on the other hand the performance of ones duties often remedies the evil very quickly. It seems that the greatest event of the season is in garnering the huge supply of fruits and vegetables. Especially are the various communities of the church busy with the Church Welfare Program canning at present here tomatoes and corn. I’ve been told how many thousand cases Kanab stake is apportioned for their part but have forgotten any way some of the wards have gone a long way above their apportionment which is gratifying and shows the real spirit of cooperation. We are continually reminded that the Church Welfare Program is here to stay and it makes me feel, for one, that our leaders are certainly inspired of the Lord. Just had dinner and plenty of it, especially green corn. Ferl raised an acres of sweet corn for the church Welfare and its just ready now, He will bring down a load of it this evening for canning tomorrow. He is working very hard and long, says he hates to spare the necessary time to bring down the corn for canning. Ferl is cutting the corn in dry wash, says the fowder isn’t much but it eared splendidly so thers lots of good corn. Its after sun down now and letter now finished. Bessie came over and spent about three hours with me visiting, I asked her for town news but she evidently knew nor more that I did. Upon arriving home was surprised and pleased to learn that Grant and Lacila were married also that Cleone married Allen Judd of Fredonia and that Lorus Croft and her man had made up. I told you of Laurie Meeks marriage and now she is here with prospect of an increase. Vilate is here also and has two fine little boys. Elbert was at SS yesterday, came out for week end from school at St George. He made a very beautiful paining of the original Order plot of the town and added the hills etc. The picture is very large and at Heaton Garage. I met Kenneth the other day and we talked a little he laughingly said, Yes, its true we’ve been drinking a little” meaning himself Reyo and John” but I won’t do it any more” Reyo came to church last night, looked around then went off. Malcolm had Alta to church. Clinton and Rua are -what shall I say? Oh, they just sit together in SS and meetings and I don’t know where else. O yes, and Eva ran to catch me after SS last week. She looks fine now and says well come to church last night with Loraine. Three Alton girls are living in Eastons garage and attending school. Last thu Clara took me to Fredonia to have my teeth repaired, cavities filled, picked up Aunt charlotte on the way. The dentist was away for the day so we visited around with the people who were so friendly to us during Charles illness - had dinner with Dan Judd - melons at Eli Judds ice cream at Brooksbys. They all asked about you. Then we went to Kanab and stayed until 7 A. M next day went back to Fredonia and got my dental work done and brought Albin Brooksbys mother home with us. She had been invited to Uncle Henry and Aunt Kezias 60th married anniversary and was glad to come with us. The boys who have recently been asked to go on missions are Von Hoyt, Burke Sorensen and Alfred Crofts. Here’s hoping they can and will go. I mustn’t forget to tell you that Pres Heaton and Rust called on me yesterday and inquired about you, Union meeting was held here yesterday. At last I’ve reached the conclusion of this letter if I haven’t said much but here lots and lots of love and blessings from. Mother Sun Oct 2 , 1938 My Dear Son Tone Inquiry was made with the International Exchange Agency in S.L.C. regarding the money I sent for you and yesterday I rec’d reply stating that the $36 remittance was mailed for their office Aug 16, 1938 and as no other complaints from other who were sent money at the same time they feel sure that you have rec’d your by now. I certainly hope you had rec’d it and that it is not lost, also that you will receive in due time the $5.00 currency I asked Easton to send you. I will send another check in the full amt of $35.00 in the next day or two so that in case the other is lost for good, you won’t be too badly inconvenienced and you must let me know about it and you do get it as you should I will deduct the amt’ Easton sent as well as what I shall inclose in this letter. I’m not worrying much about your embarrassment as you call it - because I feel sure the other Elders or some one will help you out as long as needful, just so you would help them out under like conditions. A am real anxious about it however and hope it will not happen again. Think I don’t need to mention how your letter was appreciated for you know I appreciate them all. Its interesting to note that Mormons are still evilly spoken of especially Brigham Young with attractive young wives however its gratifying to know that we are continually gaining favor with the people of the world. When I mentioned in my last letter those who have been asked from here to go on missions I think I failed to mention that Reyo or Reo - I forget the right spelling is also one of them. I attended SS and sacrament last meeting today. A good number of young folks especially boys were at SS but not so many at church nor many of the parents either. Clara hasn’t heard from Ralph yet so he is still in the Mts and Clara said today “maybe snowed in”. As it was snowing there when she last heard from him. I think I will not go to St George until Ralph comes as I don’t like to go and leave Clara here. It may be a long time before I can see her again. Ferl and VeraDeane are leaving for Nephi tomorrow night stay there 2 or 3 days she said Ferl will take a load of posts and buy a cream separator and bring home his winter flour. Ferl and wife have been called to work on the Stake Genealogical Committee. The Church History Dept in SS had a temple excursion for baptisms for the dead yesterday. Twenty nine children went and were baptized including Royce, Ken and Ramona. I furnished 200 names for baptisms. They had a good trip tho it rained all the way down and back. Since writing last to you I’ve learned of Edsworth Camberlains illness an operation on his back for some abnormal growth. It seems that he left the hospital apparently alright then had to go back and when I asked his daddy about it today he said Elsworth had been called to headquarters for a complete examination to determine the real trouble and are looking daily for a letter with information of his condition. Billy is well and fine his father told me and I am always glad to tell inquires that you are too. Ramona and Dwight both showed me their wooden shoe today and strutted around in them and feel that they almost hold the world by the tail. The school is planning a character ball and Ramona says she will be a Hollander. I am pleased to acquaint you with the fact that in your report sent me by the Mission President, he has in his remarks this to say “a very fine missionary. We enjoy having him here”. I feel so proud that you exemplify such splendid reports. I knew you would tho. Leora Crofts was given a shower last night as she is to be married very soon to a man from Wy. Whom she met some 3 or 4 years ago while there. I’m not vouching for the truth of all - abt the man - but miss Crosby told me today, any way she said in Fri assembly at school, all were invited to the shower. I saw Clyde and Rena today. Grandma Hodge moved out in the grainery and let them have her house she has given it to Clyde. Generous isn’t she? I suppose you will receive “The News Review” for while on your mission. It’s a new county paper being published in Kanab and in the sample copy sen me I read that the paper would be sent free to any L.D.S. missionary from Kanab Stake so I sent in your name and address. The Garkane power projects has been approved and money appropriated - I forget the amount but in the neighborhood of 170 thousand dollars - and its expected that work will commence in a month or so. The name Garkane came from Garfield and Kane Co, going in together for power and lights the Diesel system. Good night. Clara has retired and I will too and finished letter. Tue night Oct 4. Will try to get currency tomorrow and send with this letter. I helped can corn yesterday for church Welfare . Overdid myself and I guess and haven’t been well today - better tonight tho Ralphs job continues 2 weeks yet and Clara will go to St George with me and work in temple. Alfred Crofts and Reo expects to leave for a mission in a month. Their grandma Hoyt told me. Elsworths physical examination disclosed a weak heart malaria fever and low blood pressure. Esther Lamb and Blanch Bowers each have a new son. A prayer and lots of love from Mother. From check I sent in to Salt Lake. Clara and I just had supper to Mercy’s. Easton came in and said he will help Henry Carroll a few days with sheep. We’re looking for Ferl tomorrow. Love from Mother P.S. Am sending check to Salt Lake city tonight for you. Wed Oct 5 Tone I am inclosing two $1 bills. I keep record of all I send you and the date of sending you must let me know if you get the currency and if it isn’t to much trouble the date of my letter continuing it any way you can state the amt rec’d. In that way I’ll know if its safe to send currency and if it is I may as well send one or two dollars when ever I write and deduct the amt’. St George Oct 13, 1938 Dearest son Tone, Excuse the pencil- the pen is on the bum again. Have been in hopes I’d get a letter before writing you again but none came as yet and I’ll write any way. My last writing went out in the A.M. and your letter came in the evening, maybe it will be that way this time. Any way I’m anxious to know if you rec’d the lost money yet. Will inclose another $5.00 bill this time just in case you didn’t get it. Clara brot me down five days ago (sat in the rain) and we went thru the temple once a day this week until today. I went thru twice because I felt better today than I have for a while, then Ralph came in on the bus this early morning so Clara stayed with him instead, until this evening and they both have gone to the temple. Evening temple sessions are held each thu and Fri besides the two held 5 days each week and people are responding to the work in a splendid manner. The temple is so fine since being remodeled and in some respects - especially one - I like it a great deal better than either the Manti or Salt Lake temples. It certainly has taken on a new atmosphere, it seems to me and the change made in the way its run is an improvement. Clara and I visited with Sister Anderson she said Fay rec’d word from you but that you failed to give your address so I let her have it. Fay works in hotel El Escalante in Cedar and Herold is working on a thrasher, their dad is working near the Boulder Dam building. Haven’t seen any of our students here yet excepting Janie hardy and Amanda Palmer of Alton. The old Dr McGregor was buried here today. The weather is so fine and garden still growing. I am so pleased the way things have grown here, grape vines and shade trees besides garden stuff. Perhaps you’ll remember I bot 2 nut trees from Hurricane man a year last spring and neither show any signs of lift but now one of them shot up just recently and looks so fine and healthy. President Grant said in the last conference one thing I always to remember “Don’t do any thing that you can’t go down on your knees and ask God to help you.” I’m passing it on to you. We’re all broke up over the discovery that dear Rena is about to become a mother. I can hardly stand it for Mercy’s sake besides Rena’s. Tone I’m telling you that any child who will not heed their parents warnings and advise and persistently disobey will rue sorrow and sin, not only for them selves , others suffer also. We must do all we can to help her to. I pray Gods blessings upon you with love from Mother St George Utah Monday Oct 23, 1938 My dear Son Tone, A thankful mother you have today in that I received your letter of the 5th inst and to learn that you are alright and received the lost money. Three weeks was quite a waiting spell, wondering all the time if you had money and not know what to do until I could hear from you. I feel sorry for those who do not seek the Lord in all things. He knew where the money was and I asked him to send it to you. He has and I give thanks. Received a letter this morning also from England. Cousin Sarah the one who always writes mentioned the fact that she had written you but that you had not answered. Can’t you snitch a little time to at least send acknowledgment. The tone of her letter was expectancy. In all my writings to England and asking for information this letter just rec’d is the first to contain any. At last she gave her childrens name including the two sons who’s lives were sacrificed in the world war, tho not the ages of the last two. She didn’t give the exact age date, just uses the word about, 40 years etc. Says she is 69 year. I’m glad for that much . None of her children have married. She wishes they were. As usual she asked about Toney her pet name for you. She isn’t well and her daughter Doris ages about 33 takes care of and does the work for three. I think the others remain away working and she tells what they are doing. She expressed her thankfulness that the war clouds have rolled away and feels that she had given her share in sons lives with war. You have received my letter before now telling of Dwight, Ramona and wooden shoes. Seems that I forget many things. I should tell you. You forget some things also we we’re on a level. I surely want to know if you received the currency I’ve sent and if you get it alright. I’ll continue sending some occasionally as I can then if there should be a recurrence of delayed money you would have a little. Aunt Abbie wants to send you a dollar with this letter and please don’t forget to acknowledge it when you write. I read your letters to her as always she is interested in you and all of us. She went to the temple this morning and its noon now and she will be coming soon. I didn’t go because I have a cold not bad but I want to get rid of it very soon. Clara and Ralph went ten days ago and I have received no word from them, neither have I received word from home except that in forwarding your letter Ferl wrote on the back “your bank book came here.” I was glad to learn that much tho I had written the bank that I had not rec’d it. Aunt Abbie is here now and will soon have Venison and gravy with baked potatoes for dinner. Can’t remember if you met here, the old gentleman we call Grandpa smith. He sought me out in the temple and said if I were willing he would like to claim relationship. He married a widow who is the grandmother of charlotte Blakes husband who by name if Blake Humphry. The grandmother is dead died about a year ago and the old gentleman still works in the temple and is so very fine up in the 80's in age. He is working on our names now as he has none yet but is expecting some any time. I’m so grateful for his help and perhaps I can exchange work with him. Its getting the mens work done in the temple that is the problem. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy temple work, this temple in St George is 2nd to none in being modern and convenience the only one that can boast of an elevator electric. Just press a button and it takes you where you want to go, so you see Its east on me that I do not have to climb a flight of stairs and I’ve been going thru the temple twice a day. Three sessions are held on each Wed and Thu but I do not do the night sessions. I’m so very grateful that I can go as much as I do. I think you know of the change in the temple presidency which change appears to be the right things. Haven’t seen any of the Orderville students yet who are attending college excepting Janie hardy. She goes by the name of Juanita here. It’s the Spanish name for Jane. She lives with her grandmother Hardy who is here working in the temple. With great interest I have been looking over your four mission report sent me by Pres Murdock, his remarks which I shall write pleases me a very great deal. “A willing hard working missionary. He is making good progress” I’ve always had confidence in you and such reports increases and confirms my confidence. Bro A R Meeks has expressed to me more than once the idea that in all probability you will ascent to great heights in the church and of course you know as well as I that any one can climb to great heights if we have the will to do so. Bro Meeks has been impressed with your straight forwardness lives a clean wholesome life in the midst of many who were firm or had formed bad habits. I mention these things sometimes with the idea of encouragement, to go on in well doing and not that you should feel arrogant or high minded out of the true sin. So public speaking is a problem, evidently. Tho you may not have the gift as you feel it can be cultivated to a great extent added upon in other words and remember this one thing, your father was not an orator but he could with plainness explain the gospel principles and was a real teacher so take heart. Mr Daniels who is sister Cannons son in law just brot us a peck of sweet potatoes. Nelsons brot the venison and Bakers brot tomatoes. That’s the caliber of our neighbors. I’m appreciative to say the least. Delaun Heaton is in Australis and married again. Aunt Charlotte said that he does not provide for his four little children and the mother gallivants all over the country with things that have the form of men. Aunt Charlotte is heart broken. I love and pray for you always. Mother St George Utah Tues Nov 8, 1938 My Very Dear Son tone It must be the way the boat sail that I got your two last letters almost together just one day between. I’ve sent them out home to be read and asked that they be returned. Yes, I’ll send pop corn. I’ve written to Alice as they raise a lot of it, usually any way I can get it here if Alice hasn’t any and I won’t be long sending it I think. You haven’t mentioned getting the clothing and cake yet. You must tell me. I’ve been anxious about the cake for feat it might be moldy. Clara made her one like it at the same time and it had started to mold around the raisins when we ate it. They never have before as I remember and it will be rather disappointing if yours is a failure won’t it. The razor blades seem a little heavy for a letter so I’ll inclose only two this time and more will follow later. Have a letter from Clara and one from Easton and John Barrie. They are fine. J.B said he wished I could see von as he can talk and laugh so cute “We love him more every day” he said. Easton said the Elders are having a temple excursion on the 18th and he will be here then. He is Pres. Of the quorum. Not many people attended the temple sessions today on account of voting I think. People get so excited about who is the right one to vote for. I didn’t write in for a ticket so I don’t get to cast my vote this time. Aunt Abbie has gone to the show tonight so I’m alone. Its getting quite cool with fire gone down and I’ll soon need to go to bed to get warm while I read. Your grandfather Delaun Cox was conceited too when he led the singing and had choir practice. I see him in you. He had the tunning fork to give the right pitch and beat time with. You’ll do alright as a leader, Its inheritance don’t you know! Ferl is coming out of it with being S.S. chorister. He and Vera Dean practices like no bodies business and get quite a thrill out of it. This evening I gathered roots of some very beautiful chrysanthemums to send home for Ferl to plant along by the fence at lower end of the lawn where we had them before. The Land scaper said I couldn’t improve on that. I hope I live to see that place made beautiful again. I have had such great joy and pride in its beauty and live over again - pleasant memories. I almost forgot to say that Alfred and Reo will come with the Elders and go thru the temple so I will get to see them perhaps before they leave for their mission. Reo to the North Central states I believe and Alfred to Texas. They leave for S.L.C. on the 28th. Von Hoyt will go a little later. Elsworths health is better I’m told but malaria hangs on so long as he may not be well for a year or two or even longer, that is he won’t be very strong. Think I’ll close now and get warm in bed. Sleep and dream of you leading the singing. Lots of love from Mother John Barrie sent me lots of oxoxox I pass them on to you St George Utah Nov 20, 1938 My Dear Son Tone Seems like time slips by so quickly that I haven’t realized its ten days since I wrote you a letter and during that time Have rec’d none from you either. I trust however that you are well fine and dandy. I am pretty well for me tho I think I am a little to easily upset. As mentioned in my previous letter I was expecting Easton with his quorum of elders on a temple excursion, well they cam alright on Fri 18 and I enjoyed them very much but I didn’t feel like going thru the temple in the afternoon so I came home and visited with LaVon and the baby ‘Von Cram” LaVon went to the temple in the morning and on acct’ of the baby of course she couldn’t go in the afternoon. She and Easton acted as witnesses thru the session which is an honor and besides that Easton talked in the morning meeting. A meeting is held every morning before the temple session here but not in the S.L. temple. Easton gave a very wonderful talk. How proud of him I am. The congratulations I received on having such a fine son was over whelming almost. Pres Snow also called Alfred, Reo and Carl Johnson to the stand and asked them to bear their testimony which the did and did well. Pres Snow said he didn’t expect them to say much until they returned in two years. Others that came on the excursion were Grandon and wife, Dot came to tend the baby for them). Omner and Donna came and got married right. Thomas and Ann were here also and Mac Burk and Alfreds mother Merrill Clark then the ones that came the day before thu of the High Priests excursion were Bp Carrol (Legrand and Arvilla) and wife, and Vine Heaton, and Bro Jorgensen from home and quite a number from Kanab. It seems good to see the home folks and feel of their spirits in the temple. Alice hasn’t answered abt the pop corn so I’ll get some here maybe tomorrow and get it off to you. Do you know corn pops best if dampened slightly and put it out to freeze. Keeping it cold is a good thing for popping. Tell me if you got the razor blades alright. I’ll put two in this letter. Ferl is on the juror at home and he might come down this week to bring fuel. Aunt Abbie went to church. I should have gone and intended doing so but didn’t make it. Guess I’ve run out of news to tell you so will listen in on the radio and close with telling you again that no one loves and prays for you as Mother St George Utah December 4, 1938 My Dear Son Tone It appears to be a fixed habit with me to remain home during church services. Yesterday for the first time I walked to town and did a little shopping and walked back again besides going to the temple in the afternoon and from there one block farther to get Nancy to go to the evening temple session so today feel almost as if I had gone a few rounds in the fighting ring and resting up. Its Stake conference today and I should like to have gone to the meetings. Lyle has a two weeks job down here and brot Nancy, Verona and Jack and are living two blocks from here in the rented house his mother will occupy soon when she comes to work in the temple. Royce is living with Easton and goes on the bus to school at Glendale. A terrible accident occurred in Salt Lake when a school bus was hit by a train of which I am inclosing a paper clipping that you can read for your self. There is considerable more printed in regard to it as well as radio announcements but this article tho brief is to the point. I will mention tho that some of the buddies were so torn to pieces as not to be recognized. Funerals are being held today and tomorrow for the victims a very sad affair to say the least. I finally succeeded in getting the parcel off to you yesterday containing pop corn - furnished by Alice and cookies and candy. I sent it to the mission home to S.L.C. and it weighs 14 lbs. I labeled it “Christmas Cake” plus corn and candy. Aunt Abbie bot the lump candy to help fill in. I made the camels and had good luck with most of it and learned that canned milk isn’t very good for making that kind of candy. You may judge for yourself how good it is including the cookies. If you can feel all the love I put into it, it will be very very good and I hope you will get it very soon, at least during this Christmas month. Aunt Abbie bot six packages of razor blades and a dark tie, besides the candy, for your Christmas. I will send the blades in letters - two, this time in the box they come in so you will have a place to keep them convenient. They are to heavy to send a full box in a letter. I think the tie will go in a letter but first that I would see or learn how your ties are holding out and if you want it sent or shall I put it away for your return. The ties has about ½ in size squares of red in it and is very pretty and because you were advised to get black ties I wondered about sending this. Which ever way it is you can thank Aunt Abbie for her kindness and loyalty. Lyle and Nancy just called to take me to meeting which is very kind but I wasn’t ready. Your letter of Nov 14 came a few days ago and I am impressed with the idea of your being very busy and especially of your thoroughness and the many intricate details connected with the work. I’ve done enough public work to know a little about it. Elsworth is having rather a hard time not being so well again. In all probability he will be either transferred to a better climate or released to come home so his father told sister Hoyt who told me and his name has been put in the temple on the prayer roll. Ferl and Vera Dean came down Wed with a load of coal and wood, we had borrowed two scuttles of coal so glad for more. Many people are sick with colds and cough. Ferl not excepted, said he feels alright now but I saw the effects of it. I may as well tell you that what I have for your Christmas is the ‘table runner’ made of lines with tied fringe on each end. This is the concluding one. You are the last of all the children, including Alice and Tommy to get one, they are made of good material and with care should last almost a life time. I finished yours since coming here and when I go home will store it with your valuables. The old car junk et ha ha. I’ve run out of something to say so will remind you again of the prayers and love from Mother P.S. Charlotte and family came this P.M. and visited 2 or 3 hours before returning home. Today is Charles’s anniversary would have been 33 years had he lived. (Charles Henry Blackburn’s birth was 4 Dec 1905.) St George, Utah 1938 Dec 6 Dear Son Tone I’m starting a letter to finish later. Rec’d word today from Aunt Delta that Laurence leaves S.L.C. Jan 12 for the Netherlands to fill a mission so in all probability you will get to see him. (Elder Swapps parents and sister was at the temple this forenoon. His sister is home from her mission for an appendix operation which will be performed tomorrow when she is well again she expects to return and finish her mission. A special prayer was offered in her behalf at the temple. She gave a splendid talk there also and is a very fine looking girl and small in size not tall like her brother in Holland. 8 Dec - There’s quite a large group of men from Kanab Stake here working on the Stake temple house. Two men have been called from each ward in the stake to work out an allotment on the building. Malcolm Porter and Bro Jorgensen are the ones called from Orderville. I saw them yesterday. The building is being erected south of the temple. The parowan Stake have theirs near completion. None of the other Stakes in this temple district seem to have started on theirs. Uncle Charl and Aunt Maggie stayed with us last night, they each went thru the temple once and this P.M. are attending the Regional Church Welfare meeting. June Heatons daughter has returned from her mission and gave a splendid talk in the temple today. People here get Aunt Abbie and I mixed up they say we look just alike so two or three different times I was asked if the returned missionary was my daughter. Its sundown now and I must go to stay with the children so Nancy and Lyle can go to the evening temple session. Dec 14 I didn’t realize time is going so fast. I’ve been crocheting for Christmas which keeps me busy. I’m sending a dollar bill for you to blow in) for your Christmas - chewing gum all day suckers or what not. It will be tardy but no matter now that it can’t be helped. Nancy is here yet and is coming down with a cold. Jack has one with croup. I haven’t been so well for three years, the Lord is good to me and I am enjoying my self very much. I know you are too and I am very thankful. I am almost see you having “choir practice” which reminds me of old times when my Dad was chorister. I want you to have the best Christmas every and be Oh! So happy. I’ve done up a little parcel for Eva (stationary). The temple is beautifully decorated with Christmas attire and out side on top of the spire is a large star lit up with light globes. It is very beautiful and can be seen for miles around. Just rec’d word this evening that Rouse Bowers died today. Have a letter tonight from Clara and Ralph, they are well and asked about you. I guess you did the razor blades and do I send them fast enough? I must get to work. Will close for this time with Christmas wishes and lots of love from Mother. St George Utah Wed Dec 28, 1938 My Dear Son Tone; Its time I was in bed being 10 P.M. but thot I would write just a little tonight and tell you that I went to the temple this morning and soon as the session was over someone said “There’s someone to see you at the door and there was Easton. He brot us a load of wood. & quarts of milk, a roll of butter and two out of his three boys. Did we have a swell time tho and they went back home this evening. It would be dark before they could get home. I get so lonesome some times for my family and it does me so much good to see some of them. John Barrie and Dwight were chuck full of news as you can imagine, mostly about Von Cram. They brot a picture of him for me to see and then took it back. Easton said the Elders Quorum was sending you a little Christmas money but it is late and he allowed you could use it any way. It isn’t sent yet. LaVell and Lavoy came down last night and visited with us for a while. They had a good chance to come down and I think there are girls back of it. LaVell said he would bring his Mother and Ramona down during the holidays before he goes back to school at the Y. He and Lavoy both finish up school this school year. I guess you know Willard Esplin got married and is at Logan to school. That’s where his wife is from. Maybe I told you but don’t remember of it. I think I told you of the death of Rouse Bowers and Warren Olsen and now Easton says Dave Harris died at the sheep herd. I’ll send a little currency along with this letter. Aunt Abbie wants to give you another dollar. You haven’t told me if you get the razor blades I send. I’ll sen more this time. There’s an Elder Williams here just returned from the Eastern States mission. I heard him speak in SS and sacrament meeting on Christmas day and again this morning in the temple. He also sang a song and is a good singer. He’s tall as you are and light complexioned and good looking not surpassing you however. I am acquainted with his mother and they are very fine people and converts of twelve years from Kentucky and seem to appreciate so much the gospel. I think why I’m telling you this is that it made me rather home sick for my missionary boy. I took with me my little Dutch boy to the temple and showed it to my friends - some of them at least and have taken it around here to some of my neighbors and of course it brot forth compliments. Its surely a good picture of you and I have it standing here on the desk. Every time I look at it I know I look good natured because I am so pleased you sent two pictures, did you intend one for Aunt Abbie. You didn’t mention it. I’ve been writing 40 min. So good night Love from Mother Dec 29 Don’t know that I’ve thot of anything more to tell you except that a very serious accident happened yesterday to some Santa Barbara people who were coming here to the temple. There were at least 14 young children who were coming for baptisms, and 3 were killed outright and 4 others seriously injured an adult being one of the injured. Part of the group came on anyway and we had splendid services this morning, singing, praying and speaking. One of the speakers from Cal. Impressed me greatly, he is a convert and elderly. His appreciation for the gospel, any one of us might with profit pattern after. St George Utah U.S.A. Wed Jan 11, 1939 My Dear Son Tone The last letter rec’d from you was written Dec 4. It really is a long time and if its true that no news is good news you’re alright any way I can imagine how busy you are and with time passing rapidly one can’t always get done what he would like to. Its two weeks tomorrow since I sent you a letter and I kept thinking there would be one from you tomorrow so I have waited. A $35.00 check went out this morning to Salt Lake for you. I didn’t deduct the amt’ I’ve sent in currency. I can do that another time unless you need it. I suppose you’ll be wanted there mor than two years on account of learning a new language and I think we will have sufficient money for it. I’m so thankful to spend it in Gods service and that you have the faith and courage to do your part. I rec’d four letters from home yesterday, they were well excepting that Von Cram has a cold. Ferl was working in the timber to get shingles for the stake house down here. Lester has been plastering Irvins house and the others were busy with what ever comes along. Oh yes Lester is building cabinet work in his kitchen, they have named the baby Helen - a very pretty name I think. Doyle Heaton was operated on Sun for appendicitis and gangrene had set in. There’s danger of its going hard with him. I put his name in the temple yesterday to be prayed for. His wife Noreen isn’t well either and something seems wrong with Nancy so Alice is having rather a discouraging time. Laurence Blake is to leave Salt Lake tomorrow on his way to Holland so you’ll be seeing him maybe as soon as you get this letter. I hope he takes the parcel to you, pop corn etc. I asked them to send it with him. I was surprised this morning to see Eva and her father at the temple. Eva went thru the twice and said she enjoyed it very much. She will spend the evening with Gwene and other and her father will go thru the evening session then return home. I hope you are getting the razor blades I send each time. You either don’t get them or forget to tell me about it. If you would put the date of my letter in your day book when you received the currency I sent and then tell me I would know if you get it OK but maybe it is too much trouble. If it is don’t bother about it. You have enough to do with out that. I will inclose a dollar bill in this letter also razor blades. I’ve developed a sort of head ache tonight so I’ve scribbled this off according. Good night. P pray for the Lord to continually watch over and protect you and help you to do your work to be accepted of Hi. Lots of love from Mother P.S. I rec’d a letter yesterday from cousin Sarah in England and got a tiny more information - records - said she was writing you St George Utah U.S.A Jan 25, 1939 Dear Son Tone The last letter I wrote you went out in the morning and yours came that night. I was so glad to get it also the one I rec’d a few days ago which was written on the 9th inst. You never mention your health so I take it for granted that you are well. Anyway That’s what I tell people who inquire about you and they are many. Alfred and Reyo write to their grandmother and she keeps me posted about them. They’ve felt a little discouraged for a while but I guess that is quite common for the first few weeks. They are well however and are feeling fine now. Elsworth has greatly improved in health since he was transferred to another locality. This week I’ve had a letter from some of the grand kiddies and tonight one from Rena and LaVon. They are all well now and said Ferl expects to come down this week end and bring supplies -fuel. The magazine you mentioned came tonight. Bro Asa Judd is here now I’ll let him read it then he can tell me of its contents. He’s filled tow missions in Holland and told us Sun night something of the language, sound of the letters etc. He came over to hear the church program on the Radio but it was postponed one week so we just visited. If you’ve read the Nov Era you probably know of the Micro film and the use of the Church is making of it a real God send. Well, the inventor of that machine is a German named Kohlor who joined the church in 1918 and came to Utah 3 or 4 years ago. He is here now working in the temple and photographing all the records. The church is asking for donations, at least $10.00 from each ward and for all who can to become wither annual or life members to the genealogical society of Utah so that four men can be kept in Europe at work photographing genealogical records before war breaks out which when it does come will bomb and destroy valuable records. Some countries have already given consent to have their records microfilmed. It can be done with great rapidity and the contents of a large book when filmed can be place in a vest pocket. These records will be placed in a bomb proof vault 3 or 4 stories down in the earth for safe keeping and at the disposal of our needs and quite inexpensive. In all probability That’s the way we’ll get the records we are so anxious about and your work in England will be comprised chiefly of the living relatives and their immediate ancestors. Any way I feel sure we’ll get it. It’s the promise of the Lord that if we seek in humility and prayer and effort we will succeed. I am so thankful for my abiding faith and my testimony is strengthened day by day as I see in a small way perhaps the workings of this church led by our Heavenly Father. Will you explain further about the “white card” system of contacting people that you mentioned. I can’t give you Maggie’s address until I hear from her again as she expected to move on the 20th inst. She was at Colesville California last. Perhaps I should write a card as I might get an answer. At last I got my picture taken and will inclose one, also the tie and some blades for razor. I didn’t want to send a folder but the picture seems to be posted on so I’ll send it as it is and if its to bungly maybe you can cut it off. Glory me its 20 min to midnight so good night. With much love from Mother Feb 3 1939 ? Dear Son Tone Just rec’d a letter from Maggie and Lorna, also a birthday card. They were in Los Angeles and packing up to move or rather they had packed up and were in Los Angeles when they wrote and ready to move on. She will send their new address when located then I will tell her about the picture you send. I was glad for your letter rec’d a few days ago but you already know I’m always glad for your letter. I figure you have seen Laurence by now and I certainly hope you have the parcel, corn etc. Not that it amts to much but I think you will enjoy something from home. The Valley High played ball here Fri night and got beat. The won the game at Enterprise however sat night so didn’t feel too badly about their trip. Quite a bunch of home folks came for the game including Hans and Thomas who called to see me. VerNell came also and stayed until sun A.M. then went home with Quinn and others. They certainly had a good time. Quinn is so fine and handsome second to none. Ferl got his eye hurt and got infected is why he didn’t come down last week end but he will come this week, or expects to as his eye was getting better, Hans said. Von Hoyt came to see me yesterday. We had a nice visit that lasted about 2 hours. He is to leave for Salt Lake in two weeks he said and is called to the north western states mission. Von is a dandy fellow and will make a good missionary I’m sure, he told me about his grand mother being confined to her bed with a lame hip. Dr says it neuralgia and she must keep off her feet, I had missed her for two days at the temple and didn’t know she was will. I believe I told you that smith Cram married Reva Olsen. I learned afterwards that they were not.. But they are now. Her Father died recently as I think I told you. I hope you get the tie, photo and razor blades I sent last week. The letter was returned to me for more postage and it looked as if the paper clips were damaging the letter. I’m anxious about whether you get it alright. Feb 3 - My 64 birthday. I started this letter almost a week ago. It seems like time almost flies. Didn’t think I would be so long but I’ve been busy trying to get my temple dress finished so I can wear it and I don’t get much time when I spend the greater part of the day in the temple. I rec’d two birthday parcels today one from Clara containing candy, a jar of delicious pickles and one of black English Currant preserves. Then the other parcel was a beautiful bed spread ‘Candle wick’ from all the children. I guess - no word came with it as to who all had a hand in. I rec’d a letter yesterday from the Mission Home in S.L.C. stating that the Elders wouldn’t take the parcel because it was can so I sent postage for it to be sent to Clara and I have asked her to mail you part of the pop corn and a few pieces of the candy. I made so you’ll have a taste anyway. Ferl wrote me that he will not be down this week end either. His eye is not well enough to drive the car, thinks he can come next week. The folks are well and having lots of storm. 18 in of snow yesterday morning and still falling, the storm has reached here also and its snow and cold. Yesterday 16 below. That’s plenty cold for St George. I almost forget to tell you that Aunt Abbie gave me a very nice birthday present material for a nice dress, its beautiful and the clerk who is a dear friends gave me the pattern to make it by. I’ve made lots of friends here of the finest sort. What would you think if I told of a very fine elderly gentlemen playing up to your mother and who is looking for a wife because he lost his? Well you can spare yourself any worry on that score because she’s not in the market now or never. I appreciate fine friends however and friends it must be. It 10:30 now but I’ll finish writing any way as I can sleep late in the morning. There’s no temple session on Sat until 3 P.M. and at & oclock. The Parawon Stake if furnishing evergreen trees from the Mts which are being planted now on the temple grounds and are very grand looking. Its so nice all around the temple the new lawn is so beautiful. Maybe I haven’t told you of the Bureau of Information being built on the east side of the temple and is in operation now. John T Woodberry is at the heart of it and a very capable man has taught in the college here since its inspection and high school before that besides serving five star in Turke as a missionary. He quite school teaching for the present job and gave me some articles of faith to send you that you would enjoy the picture of our home temple. I’ll send them along with some scenic cards I purchased for you. I think they are different the ones I have already sent. You haven’t mentioned even once is you get the razor blades and if I send them fast enough. Hope you tell if you get it. There’s many inspiring events taking place at the temple I might tell you about but similar events are taking place with and about you I presume so at present I shall not attempt telling you of them and will close imploring Gods blessings to always be with you and ask that you try to remember the love of a fond Mother St George Utah Tues Valentine Day 1939 14th Dear Son Tone Your letters of Jan 21 and 29 are at hand. I’m glad for the contents tho meager. Especially am I glad that Lawrence arrived there safely, you might have him for a companion who knows. I have been told that the Catholic Church has very peculiar practices but I never dreamed of them waving the evil spirits away with a torch. It’s next to impossible to get hold of one of their prayer books. Thomas Esplin was successful in getting hold of one while on his mission which he told of and since hearing of it I’ve been rather curious to see one my self. They seem ridiculous to me but I guess some of our practices seem ridiculous to other not of us too so we’re even perhaps in that regard. Say ! Do you realize that you never mention if you are in good health or otherwise? I only take it for granted that you keep well, That’s what I tell people who inquire about you. Last Fri, Ferl and VeraDean came and brot a load of coal and returned same day. Val Chamberlain came and returned with them. He and Elbert came and had dinner with us, or rather just after we had eaten. Folks from home always look good to me. Fri night was Von Hoyts farewell party. Gwenn Heaton is the only one I know of who went from here to the party of our people, he reported a good time. Clara’s letter came yesterday with yours, she had received the parcel I sent to the mission home in S.L.C. and is sending you some pop corn and I told her to send a few pieces of candy I made also. She wants to know why? The butcher knife in the parcel, Well I didn’t put one in. It evidently got put in a mistake when parcel was opened at mission home so Clara is welcome to it I guess. Here came a loud rap on the door and some one left each of us a valentine. Its nice to be remembered. Some of our folks will be down the 25th . Its Kanab Stake temple day and we will probably get out baptism finished up then. About 150 names ready. Paul and Charles want to come to be baptized. They each wrote me a cute letter. Charles got the idea twisted a little about being baptized for the dead and wrote “I would like to be saved for the dead.” Lester has lots of work to do. Ferl said about two or three thousand yards of plaster to put on. The folks are all well too they said. Our neighbor here Sister Baker is very ill. Was not expected to live but seems to have passed the crisis two days ago and is a little better. Guess I won’t send currency this time as I sent $5.00 last time I wrote. On the 11inst I sent $30.00 to S.L.C. for you. Will inclose razor blades and cards this time. I must write a little out home tonight and its already 9:30 o clock besides I think I’ve said about all that you might be interested in for this time so will close by saying that I am well so is Aunt Abbie and we’re very happy in our glorious work here. May the blessings of heaven continue to be with you and keep in your remembrance the love of Mother. St George Utah Feb 28, 1939 Dear Son Tone, Your letter of Feb 11 rec’d two days ago and things have happened so it seemed that I could not get at writing. Sat 25th was Kanab Stake temple day and did we have a crowd. The largest known in St George temple I believe it was said and more endowments done than in any other one day here. Four sessions were held in the afternoon and evening and many who came went away thinking there was not room, so that made the last session rather small only 70 members. Lester came down too and brot his three little boys. Paul and Charles were baptized for 189 persons and got quite a thrill out of it. Then Sun we had company all day while not to church and yesterday was full to the brim and I’ve been in temple all day until now and since I’ve had a much needed repast will try to get a letter written and post it on my way to see the show “You can’t take it with you.” Kezia and Grace are staying with us for a while ,maybe ten days or longer however they have gone to Hurricane to night and will stay there tomorrow and then return. I don’t know who was the most thrilled , you or I upon having Lawrence for your companion. I certainly hope you fellows dig in now and show what can be done. Your mission President said, or wrote, some very nice things again about you which only confirms my faith in you. You are over your cold long before this I hope. You must try very hard to keep well by building up a good resistance and living sensibly in moderation. You know one shouldn’t exert much with a cold, the body needs rest. Then you should have lemons and other citrus fruits besides taking a little baking soda 3 or 4 times a day with preferably warm water. Since has discovered now that alfalfa has the highest alkaline content of any known herb so when you have a cold or better when you feel one coming on, drink plenty of alfalfa tea - if you can get any from the fields or barns. Try and remember that. I had a cold last week and laid down on the job so was very soon over it am now feeling well. When you wrote you hadn’t yet rec’d my letter telling you of the package that it did not go so I had it sent to Clara and I think by this time you have rec’d some of the pop corn and maybe a piece or two of the candy. I certainly like to know if you get all the things I sent you. The tie Aunt Abbie bot for you, my photo and razor birth cards etc. I’ve been sending razor blades each time. I write and will send two this time also and some cards. Velna Esplin works here in a café and came to see me the other day. I seen Elbert again Sun. He likes it here very much. Emily Adair works in Sun Shine Valley, Idaho and Harold Anders at Hotel Escalante at Cedar. Don’t know when all the other members of the gang are but maybe you do. I hope they write you once in a while. Its trying to be spring here now, alternating between warm sunshine, wind, snow and a little rain. We have a little garden stuff planted. I guess our tulips etc doesn’t look like they do in Holland but they look nice and healthy and are about all above the ground some of them 2 in. Guess I’ve told you about all I know for this time. Tell Lawrence hello for me and Aunt Abbie and she says Tone too. Here’s lots of love being sent from Mother St George Utah March 8 1939 U.S.A. My Dear Son Tone This letter will be short too because its 9 P.M. and I need sleep. I was so glad for your letter of Feb 20 and while you said nothing of your health I take it for granted that you are over your cold. You didn’t mention what you think of the photo, I think I’m as good looking out of the picture as in it. Maybe you can tell its me any way. Clara was ill a week with flu and says she is alright now. The rest of the folks were well when I heard last from them. Kay Grace stayed with us ten days - went home Sun and this is Wed. I was to tell you and Lawrence hello for them or something like that. I went to conference Sun morning and heard three reports from returned missionaries. Elder Swapp was one of them. How I wanted to meet and speak to him but no opportunity came. The crowd was too large. His sister went back to her mission evidently as her name was read as one of the stake missionaries abroad. Swapps will likely be coming to the temple and I can see them there. Next Sat is St George stake Priesthood temple day so I may see them then. Large groups of people came for the temple excursions, the last two excursions were so large that five sessions were run beginning at 1 P.M. to accommodate all. Next Mon will be the Parowan Stake they will dedicate their new temple house in the forenoon as I understand it then have temple sessions in the afternoon. It is very inspiring the way people are responding to temple work and the testimonies given there are super fine. This morning a Bp Sorensen of one of the wards in Nevada gave a wonderful testimony regarding or concerning his missionary experiences of 27 years ago. He told of a certain locality where the people were very bitter against the Mormons and had run the Elders out three years before and why they went back was because a family of saints had requested it. The results was that a meeting was held in their home, the Saints, with just a few friends, the family and one of them a man with a very large home said they might hold a meeting there and when the time came the house was full and over flowing on the porches and in the door yard. When the owner saw the Elders coming he met them at the gate and advisor them to not hold a meeting as a mob had collected and 3 of them with funs and liquor made threats of the worst sort so the Elders retired to the woods for guidance, the answer was to hold the meeting and they returned only to be met again by the owner of the home who told them of renewed threats etc and again advised them to desist from holding a meeting. Again they went to the woods in prayer and the answer was very plain as before. Well to make the story short the Elders were given a stand and two chair in the corner and after singing and a prayer the three mobs with guns stood with their guns pointed at them demanded “You’ll denounce Jo Smith here and now or died. The Elders said “I am not here to denounce Joseph Smith, but to give my testimony that he is a prophet of God” The mobbers lowered their guns and stood at attention for 1 hour and 20 minutes and heard Mormonism and weeping like babies. I was pleased also that you referred to a very inspirational meeting of the Elders there so we have similar experiences so the spirit of the Lord is made manifest. It’s 10 O’clock now. I saw a tie I liked so well I bot it for your birthday. Shall I sent it? Will enclosed only $1 this time with razor blades and more cards. Good night. Yes I had a happy birthday, was remembered by many. I love you so much Moth P.S. The Robertsons funeral was held at Alton today. St George, Utah Mar 18, 1939 My Dear Son Tone Am so glad your letter of Mar 4 came today before I go out home. Its 15 min to five o clock P.M. now and we will leave here between 6 and 7 o clock. I feel a little too rushed or something so that perhaps I shouldn’t try writing now but will start the letter any way and perhaps finish it when I get home if I don’t spend all my time visiting. The man and his wife who invited Aunt Abbie and myself to go with them on this trip are her working in the temple and are relatives of Heatons. They want to go to Orderville, Alton and Kanab & Moccasin to visit their people there. We will go to Orderville tonight and maybe they will go on to Alton. Sun A.M. I’m still in Orderville now sitting by the west window in large rocking chair. I’ve rushed around so much this morning that I’m rather tired and almost too shaky to write and after resting awhile will go to Mercys and I want to go up the canyon to see the folks there before evening when we will go to Kanab and stay tonight then on to Moccasin in the morning and to St George in the evening. We arrived here about 9 P.M. and found Ferl and VeraDeane had gone to Nephi and took a truck load of posts. I don’t know if Ferl told you yet about trading for a truck, he thinks he can make money by it. The Francom’s that brot me here have gone to SS and Aunt Abbie too. They will go to Alton after SS . I’ve been all around the place, that is thru the house, shop and yard. Its still the dearest place on earth to me but of course its mostly memories as it doesn’t look like I would have it look but when you come and are master of the situation it will take on it farmer Home idea including beauty and thrift. I should have said thrift and beauty. The snow is abt gone only a little on the north side of some of the houses. I think the mud is sufficiently dried up so I could take a look at the sacred mounds but being rather tired perhaps I shouldn’t , any way there will not be much time. Now abt the money, I am inclosing $2 and 2 blades and a card. I have written to S.L.C. and let them know that I think they have again over looked sending it as they did before and specially requested that they give it their immediate attention. Perhaps I shouldn’t have said it. It its too important to let it occur again. I think I understand their method of sending money, you see, in the letter of instructions I was told to send the money by the 15th of each month so you would get it by the 1st and when you asked me to send it a little earlier as you were usually out before getting more, I acted on your suggestion and That’s when you didn’t get it. I think they sent it during the middle of the month and what I sent in so early was laid on the shelf and forgotten so I believe it will be best to send it as I was instructed by them and send you more currency and smaller checks. I’ll try that anyway for the present. I really can’t remember if I told you of meeting Elder Swapp in the temple but I think I did. I wrote to so many and have abt the same thing to tell them all so maybe I repeat to some and fail to tell others, any way I was surprised to find him no larger than he is. In your picture taken together he appears as tall as you are in one of them any way. He appeared to be as glad to see me as I was to see him and told me of his great love for you. I invited him to come to my home and see me. I would like to talk further with him. He said he would be pleased to come but now he’s home and at Enterprise maybe he won’t get too. When they come to the temple its to rushed to get there and rush to get back to home duties. I’m glad you and Lawrence are together and they you saw the ship get its first ducking leaving all the good butter behind. I appreciate the opportunity that has come to you and for the valuable experience you are having. Its worth so much more than earthly possessions and is a preparation suited so well for further usefulness in the Church, in fact this is the real beginning if viewed from term of doing things. I have so much confidence in you that I seem to have an assurance of your continued steadfastness, at least, it is my humble and earnest prayer. I expect to live to see your safe return bringing with you many names of your departed ancestors as well as many of the living relatives. The Lord receives my humble pleadings each day for this anticipated joyful event. Any way its going to be brot about if we do our part whether its in just the way I have it figured out or not and That’s all that matters. I desire so much to be worthy of all my dearly loved ones and meet the approval of our Heavenly Father when I’m called up to give an account of my self, or to have the look of life opened to my view, sometimes I wonder if the good will over balance because of things I have neglected doing that I should have done. Its been clouding up while I have been writing and the clouds look to be rain clouds. Its been a little too warm to continue and not storm. Ferl must tell you of his success selling posts the yard looks full of them exaggerated of course. God bless and keep you is the prayer of a loving Mother St George, Utah U.S.A. 29 Mar , 1939 Dear Son Tone, There doesn’t seem to be much news to tell you at least I know of none excepting that Stewart Reece and Cathyline Heaton not quite 16 were married the night I was in Orderville. Stewarts mother was down here a few days ago and said when Omner was married she that he acted awfully silly but it wasn’t half so bad as Stewart and Cathyline Ha Ha Ha - something needs to make me laugh so I won’t feel down at the mouth. Have not felt so well of late and am not doing anything only resting. I can’t even read because my eyes are failing me, especially the right one - my best eye. I will see an eye specialist as one is to set up here on the 1st of April. Its eleven days since I wrote you so that I had better write even tho I have rec’d no word from you. I expect a letter any time now. Haven’t answered the letter from England yet cousin - Sarah was glad for my photo and says I look so young. I ‘ll need to tell her the photographer erased most of the wrinkles. Its so hard to get as much of her family record as I would like and I have asked in so many ways for dates and don’t get them or many of them any way. I could have temple work done for her two boys Norman and Harold that was killed in the world war if I could get the year of birth or death but its up hill business. I’ll try to be patient until you get it but I am so anxious. Bro Hopkins here and my neighbor understands the scripture and the gospel like your father did and he told me that war will come very soon and all nations will be drawn in, not excluding our own dear U.S. and that the temple in Jackson Co. Will be built and the cap stone laid before the last of Sept 1952. I visit with him and his wife quite often and they teach me the things I like to know. They are such wonderful people and are ordinance temple workers. He pointed out how the parable of the five wise and five foolish will be fulfilled because the saints are indifferent to the requirements of the gospel. There’s a great work to do here at home and we surely need the help the organized stake missionaries are giving. I must tell you of the death of Dr McFarlane of Cedar City. His funeral was held last Sun. He was only 57 years old. We have certainly lost a valuable man in sickness and operations. It’s sad however that he had so little need of God. The weather is so fine with nice gentle rains off and on and how gardens are growing well soon and have garden stuff to eat. I’ll send $2 currency in this letter, also razor blades. Maybe I’ll write soon again when I get a letter from you so good night with love from Mother P.S. This is a pink letter and maybe I’ll feel better next time I write. St George Utah U.S.A. April 10, 11 & 16 1939 My Dear Son Tone Am I thrilled and pleased over getting your letter yesterday of March 25. It has been 22 days since receiving your last letter. Naturally I wondered about the flu if you had it etc. I really didn’t do much worrying and felt sure that if all was not well with you ,some one would write for you, but I’m very glad to have my imaginary fears dispelled by receiving your letter, by number the 40th one you have written me since going on your mission besides the occasional cards you dropped en route for Holland. I was also happily surprised and thrilled yesterday when a car stopped and a young man came to the gate. I was at Sister Bakers and when I saw the car stopping here I rushed up and found the visitor to be Elder Gordon Swapp. He had his girl friend with him, A Miss Perry or Berry or something about like that. I really have forgotten except that the name ended with ry. Any way he gave me the parcel you send by him and we had a nice little visit together. He said to tell you he hadn’t written you yet ha ha but he will and you’ll how hard it is to write back when you get home and have a girl friend. I have inserted this last remark - He certainly expressed high admiration for you and said you did him a lot of good. He was on his way to Zion for an Easter trip and his folks were waiting up town so he didn’t take time to come in the house I tried to imagine what could be in the parcel but I seemed to have no imagination at all and when I opened it Oh! Was I thrilled. I screamed to Aunt Abbie “Come quickly and see” How delighted I am - Thanks you couldn’t have selected a gift that would have been more appreciated. Now I know why I didn’t send off for a small clock tho I felt the need of one. What a thrill I get out of watching the wind mill on the face of it in actual operation ha ha. I’m just like a kid as Aunt Abbie says. She acted that way too specially when I pulled out of your letter the envelope on which was written “I’m sending two so you won’t fight on them. We surely love them and will be proud to wear them. I’ve showed them to a few of our neighbors who enjoyed with th the thrill. I told Bro and Sister Hopkins that I almost feel as if I owned the whole of Holland because I own so much of what it contains. He is the man I’ve told you of that is so much like your father in understanding and living the gospel. I can go to him with any question about it and have it solved. His wife is very capable also and I enjoy them a very great deal. Maybe I’ve told you before what I shall mention now but for I haven’t I will proceed. He said that if he understands the gospel and scriptures that war will break out and we will become involved. It may not come this year but don’t be surprised if it does. He says that from scriptures he has learned that a generation is 120 years and he has never found any scripture any place where that has been changed and quoting form the revelations where the Lord says in speaking of the Temple to be built in Jackson Co. This generation shall not all pass away before this house will be built the generation will have passed away by the last of Sept 1952. and that Temple with the capstone laid will be completed by that time. There would needs be only one of that generation living by 1952 in order for that prophecy to be fulfilled and it certainly will be fulfilled. I do so much enjoy visiting with the Hopkins and hearing the gospel themes talked of and explained. I’ve almost written a complete letter and I thot only to start one and add to it as I think of things to tell you so will close for this time by telling you that I am feeling somewhat better excepting that my right eye is nearing complete blindness. I told Nancy in my letter to her that the old devil is trying very hard to discourage me but I will not let him. He has tried to destroy my life and failing in that he is attacking my eye sight. Oh yes and I’ll tell you also that charlotte wrote me that she will be in S.L.C. this week and when she returns and if their car comes which they are expecting, they will come for me to stay with them for a while and bring me back when I am ready to come. Maggie wrote me on my birthday and I have heard nothing since, I have written her three times since then and can’t figure out her silence so long. April 11 - Another thrill came today - You’ll think I am living on thrills. Well, I am - life is one grand thrill. I am so glad I could go to the Temple this A.M. Three young returned missionaries were there on their way home in Calif and returning from attending the general Conference in S.L.C. They all spoke in the meeting and related faith promoting incidents. One of them was a Blackburn and he was just as pleased to meet me as I was to meet him, for we had things in common, that of genealogy. I learned from him that he has lots of people in Lincolnshire and That’s where most of ours are that we know of. He also has a lot of Cox’s on his line. When he went to the Recorders desk for a name he asked if there were any Blackburn names there and of course there were so he and his companion took one each. My! I ‘m glad. This Mr Blackburn took from my temple sheet my name and address and was going to write and send me his pedigree chart and ask for ours and seemed so pleased to learn that I am that person and said he will send his chart anyway and I will send him ours. How pleased I would be to run in on someone working on our line so we could help each other. I will tell you now while I think of it that there is a wrong date given on the Pedigree chart you have of your great grand father William Blackburn that you must correct. I have proven it be a mistake and will write the correct date on a separate paper so it will be more convenient for you to correct yours and please don’t fail to do it. After this mornings Temple session I went on top of the Temple with the above named party, the first time I’ve been on top. The climbing was plenty for me and descending was more plenty. Sun April 16 Northing of special importance since writing before excepting a letter from Lorna, she said they were too busy to write because the baby they are tending for a lady 21 mo old boy - gives them a lot of trouble also she wants me to know that she is getting very, very, very lonesome then closed her letter by saying from daddy, mamma and me. My eye is not better, I’ll have to do something about it more than I am doing but don’t know just what. I seem to be just waiting. Lord bless my far away son and remember the love of Mother P.S. am inclosing only one $. St George Utah 1939 April 20 and 23 Dear Son Tone: Will start another letter while an incident of yester morning is fresh on my mind which I will tell you of. It was Enterprise Temple excursion day and your old missionary companion Elder Gordon Swapp was the speaker in the morning meeting. Before he spoke however the Temple Trio they are called, composed of three lady singers sang very beautifully the song Let Each Man seek to Know Himself which he said brot fordable to his mind an incident in his missionary experience in which he and his companion had differences, the only differences they ever had, his companion was Elder Tone Blackburn who’s mother I see is here this morning. “He said he would never forget that night after returning home that you suggested singing the above named song and that when he told you he knew no such song that you both sat on the side of the bed and you proceeded to teach it to him and after an hour and a half or two or such a matter, the tune at least resembled the one he had just heard. A nice little bouquet he gave you don’t you think! I felt complimented and feeling rather poorly, I returned home after the meeting and went to bed for an hour or two then got up and worked on my record. Feeling better this morning I attended the first Temple session and now that I have eaten my noon meal will work again on the record, it is more tedious that I had anticipated but I enjoy it immensely. I have spent many hours and days already working on it and I think I am making good headway learning by doing and have great enjoyment in my efforts. I wrote you a card the day your letter came telling of your needing a suit. I think you’ll get the card alright but will say again that I have asked Easton to see Hans about it. Now that you’ve been going 1 ½ years we can begin to talk of coming home and I’ve been thinking that if your needs call for another suit when you reach S.L.C. it might be a good thing to try getting one at the same place your got yours Clara said it was a nicer one that the one Hans got for you and cost less money. I’ve been thinking too of your fathers experience in England concerning clothing. Perhaps your remember his overcoat that he had made to his measure in England said he was measured in the morning and either that night or the next morning he got the coat and what splendid material and at much less cost than in America. In all the years your father wore it there were no signs of fraying. It was eventually made over into childrens wear. I believe and still I may have put it into a quilt top. I can’t just remember now. Well we have discovered eight peaches on our little tree, we may have help in harvesting. Our garden is growing so nicely. The onions and lettuce we have had for some time and so tender and good. In a very short time we will have beet greens. Aunt Abbie discovered cut worms taking them and did she make war on them. Our street is being scraped and leveled this P.M. and people in this neighborhood are beautifying their surroundings and nice new homes are being built. Sun 4 P.M. Thot I would finish my Temple record this morning then write letters but I had a bigger job than anticipated and just finished Lyle came last night for his mother, bringing Royce with him. They called early this morning on their way home and I sent them a mess of lettuce, radishes and onions. Royce said “Oh my! Thanks” The senior High of Southern district celebrated here Fri and Quinn came down to see me with Ross E and Oz Lambs son I never can remember his name. The folks out home are well Quinn and Lyle both said. This is my second day on a strict orange diet and am feeling fine. My eye has been getting no worse now for a few days and I am encouraged. The St George Stake Patriarch will give me a blessing this week. I have been made well at other times by receiving such a blessing and my faith is increased by it. Guess I’ve told you enough for this time. My eyes are seeing double any way and its difficult to follow the line. Am enclosing $5. Tell me if you get it. I’ve been thinking of trying to send currency altogether but its not so easy to get because I have to go so far. We’re having lovely thunder showers today and the green trees look so beautiful ours are growing so nicely. The while temple looks simply grand in contrast to the heavy water laden black clouds. Take good care of your self and remember the love of Mother St George May 2, 1939 Dear Son Tone: Just a note this time to tell you we are well. I am enclosing $10 currency and will send more when your next letter comes which I am looking for. I won’t send money to S.L.C. this month for you but will send it direct to you instead. I see there are two razor blades here and will enclose one of them . Do you want me to get more razor blades and keep sending some? Eva surprised me with her presence yesterday. She looks fine and proud to be wearing the neck chain you sent for her birthday. Andersons have been out home and brot her down for a few days. Charlotte and family came down sun, they are well except Charlotte and she is better. Maggie wrote me at last they are well now since John is over blood poison which he had for two weeks. Rec’d a card today from LaVon. They are coming down on the 10th to celebrate John Barrie’s birth day and mothers day combined. LaVons mother will come also. Frances is very pleased with her pin you sent. Good night with love from Mother Hans has your measurements and Easton will order a suit for you now that the new samples have come. St George Utah May 9, 1939 Am inclosing $10 and will send more in a few days - maybe a week; A razor blade also inclosed Dearest Son Tone It seems that I’m up a stump for news to tell you being that I’m disappointed because Easton and family can not come down tomorrow as anticipated, think they can come next week and bring the girls and all they said. I think that means we can get our baptisms done while they are here I hope so. That news isn’t it! Your letter bearing dates of Apr 19 and 23 was joyfully rec’d. I’m glad for the things you tell me - conference, inspirational meetings - repaired teeth and everything else especially that you are well. Easton has selected a nice dark brown suit for you LaVon said and I take it for granted they have sent for it tho they didn’t tell me the price so I can send check to pay for it. Wed May 10 - One of our neighbors called to see us and soon after she left the ward teachers came so I had to put off writing. I am feeling fine this beautiful morning, the sun shine and song of the birds is grand. Will attend temple session today. I don’t know if I told you of a serious accident that happened some time ago to a large group of California people who were coming here for baptisms and endowment work. Several people were killed and others injured. A lady is here now who had two girls killed in the accident and she herself was seriously injured and is walking on crutches. She is here now and wants to leave without her crutches so people are holding a special fast and prayer in her behalf. Manifestation of faith are here in abundance for which I am grateful. People are rallying to the church welfare program more and more, some how ever are slow to catch the spirit. A Stake store house is now commenced here which is expected to be in operation, that is ready to be in use in 60 days and the way people are responding it looks favorable. The house is being built on the block just north of us so I can see the men working. Many people turned out to the program and barbeque on the building sport last Fri night which was a huge success. The for Sat A.M. the people were to turn out to witness the first turning over of the soil in excavation for the building so a Bro Eardly from Salt Lake - who has charge of the construction of all Church Store houses - put his hand to the plow while the Stake Pres with bishops and high council men were hitched to the plow which was used in plowing the entire length of the building which is 60 feet. Let me tell you they worked and the plow jumped soil in the first attempt so had to be done over. Pictures were taken while plow was in operation and will be seen on the screen. Another scene took place however before the one of which I have spoken. Your mother came in on the scene just as her ward teacher came out with a wheel barrow full of dirt and she bantered him for a ride, by saying “Do you want to do double duty;” Of course he did so I had to get in to the barrow, and did he take me for a spin right into the crowd of men who demanded amidst shouts of laughter that I use the shovel in payment for the ride. Are you wondering what ails your mother! Well so am I. Love from Mother Mothers Day St George Utah May 14, 1939 My Dear Son Tone, Heavy clouds with threaten, welcome storm is over the city this morning. I am greatly refreshed after a good nights sleep. I did a lot of work yesterday, puttying, painting, sweeping and baking. The home is taking on a pleasing appearance with new paint and cleanliness in keeping with beautiful nature; flours in bloom with roses and snapdragons outstanding, they are simply gorgeous, then the son of the birds especially the meadow lark is pleasing and gladdens the heart. They make us a call every morning and it seems that their little throats will almost split with joyfulness in song. Its all in keeping with this Sabbath and ‘Mothers Day” in which my heart is made glad by the kind remembrance of my children. Most of them remember me on this occasion and I am very grateful. I think the Lord every day for my family and that they are goodly children, full of faith and good works. In my weakness I have done the best I could for all of you and my heart swells with joy and thanksgiving that I have done as well as I have. There will always be regrets I suppose for the times when I have been hasty, unkind and failing to have an understanding heart, but it seems that the love in my heart might in some degree at least over balance all my faults, I hope so at least. My life has been a very happy and joyful one not withstanding my hasty disposition and weakness. I’m so thankful that the Lord has given me a heart capable of great love which seems to grow with the years and that He has been mindful of me thru the past and is still mindful of me. He blesses me more from the righteous desires of my heart than from the good I do but I am enjoying my work in the Temple immensely and how I am praying that the Lord will continue to bless you in your labors abroad and especially that He will be with and direct you in getting the genealogy of your fathers house, that you will indeed be a savior to them and if you go to with a sincere heart I am sure of the outcome. The Lord doesn’t always answer in the way we expect but will get the names of your ancestors and do their work for them that they cannot do for themselves, there by taking the necessary steps for our exaltation with their on conditions of obedience to the gospel. Your “Mothers Day” letter is appreciated and made the quickest trip of any of your letters. It came in 12 days breaking previous records. I am quite well now and Aunt Abbie is well also and sends love and greetings. Our neighbors are unsurpassed in friendliness and kind deeds. Sister Nelson just called over the fence and brot a pan of buttermilk and a lot of “Mothers Day” new milk. She’s always doing such things. I am anticipating a joyful day this week with Easton and family. I have heard from all the folks lately and they are well. You did the right thing in getting the new bike in preference to paying out so much repair bills. I am inclosing $10 . I put down in figures all the money I sent but haven’t figured whether I am sending it fast enough. I think you have received all I have sent and none lost. My prayer goes with every letter and to you dear son who has caused me to be such a proud and loving Mother St George Utah May 25, 1939 Thu night about 10:30 o clock Dear Son Tone Its already late so I must be brief and tell you I am quite well and painted one window and one door this afternoon. I can very easily string it out over the summer the way I am going. The kitchen looks nice now that it is finished the painting I mean and not the walls unless we give it a little color trim and maybe I will. Its been twelve days this time since I wrote and I have rec’d no word from you in that time either but I must send you more money. I hope you are getting all I send. I might try sending the next months amt by registered mail if I can get up town OK. I’ll see . Easton and family haven’t come down yet because of John Barrie is sick with boils, one in his ear and a doz on his head and neck, he has only one bad one now LaVon said on the card rec’d tonight. She said the suit they ordered for you had come and asked how to send it to you and I have written to tell them. You will probably get it before long, I hope so at least. I am anxious to hear from you again as you had a cold the last I heads. This is a busy week down here being the last of school. Ram Sorensen and Mont Lamb called night before last, they are going to take a ten days trip with other 13 in number and visit the Carlbath caves in New Mex and go to Los Angeles and to the Fair at San Francisco and other places of interest and are quite thrilled about it. Elbert will attend the Y at Provo next year they said. He has a pull there, Pres Harris has written that he will do all he can for him as he knows his ability as an artist. Elbert paid his tuition here by being assistant art director and has done marvelously well, all seem to be his friends. I guess you’ll have to begin telling me the home news that seem to forget to tell me some of the important happenings. I didn’t know Annie Porter married Frank Seaman last fall until Ray and Mont told me, nor did I know that Twila was married this spring a nice fellow they said from Eureka. Isabel Brooksby had a car accident with several occupants in the car. All I can learn so far is that no one was killed but bruised up a plenty. Its eleven o clock now so good night Tone and remember that no one loves you as Mother $10 inclosed (Note: Three lines were written at the end of this page, in light pencil, they said: “Next morning - all well Our temple day will be June 14 St George Utah June 1, 1939 Dear Son tone, My pen came up missing so will pencil a few lines for a starter tonight. I stayed home from the Temple to write you but got busy with other things and now its bed time so won’t write much. Yesterday was Kanab Stake excursion Temple day, not as large a company as usually came from other Stake excursions. Our Stake needs converting for better attendance at Temple. It might interest you to read names of those who came from our ward. Bp Carroll and wife, Pres F.G. Carroll, Ed Carroll and wife - maybe you don’t know Ed has moved back to Orderville and has charge of church Welfare or rather doles out the products. Then others were Jo Jorgensen , Carnell and Sylvia, Sarah cox, Ellen Chamberlain, Henry chamberlain and wife, Louisa Siler. Glendale and Mt Carmel were not represented and all the other wards were. Glendon came to see me two days ago, he has been working here but has left to work in Panguitch and will set up a store of Automobile parts for himself. He want to know if you see Henry Grimshaw. I mentioned him to you when he first went to Holland and now that the mission conference has just ended I told Glendon you probably saw him. I went out home last Fri and cam back here sat evening. A Mrs Smith who does government work to money loans invited me to go out with her and I gladly accepted tho I was rather ill so that I didn’t enjoy myself as I would otherwise have done. I enjoyed seeing the folks, Mercy took me up to Lesters and Nancy’s and Rena came from Carmel so I saw them all excepting Ferl and VeraDean who left that morning for Nephi again as before when I went out home. He took a load of posts with him and there is still a great stack of them in the yard. I guess you got a long letter from Ferl so you know about things at home, he wrote me that he sent your suit to the Mission home in Salt Lake and right away the announcement was made in the Deseret News that missionaries were leaving for Holland so we are hoping you get your suit very soon. Here is Aunt Abbie now from Temple so will close for tonight. 10: P.M. June 2. Your letter of May 222 came this P.M. I really wasn’t expecting one for another day or two. Pen won’t fill so will finish in pencil” I guess Conference time is really more expensive for you and I wondered if you had enough money. I’ve been looking over the accts and find that I haven’t shorted you, in fact I sent in Apr $0 to S.L.C. and $6 currency to you. Then in the letters I wrote Apr 30 May 10-14 and 25 I sent $10 each time totaling $40. Of course you wouldn’t have all of that yet, or in time for conference, I’m mentioning this so you’ll know if you get all I send you with the letters. Its too St George, Utah Sun June 11, 1939 Dear Son tone: Didn’t go SS today, thot I would write letters instead and go to sacrament this evening. It’s a little too much for me to walk up town and back twice in the same day. I succeeded in writing to Maggie and Clara then layed down for a few min. It was only a few min so far as I knew until suddenly I was awakened two hours later and now its 2:40 o clock. The weather is hot, dry and windy so dusty we hate to have the door open and so close we hate to have it closed so we are in quite a predicament and hard to please. Yesterday morning LaVell surprised me by walking in. He was on his way to Overton Nev. Trying to land a summer joy and when he returned in the evening said he stood a good chance of getting it. He looks fine, has thickened up or widened out so he looks substantial. Says he isn’t fleshly as he has been. He will in all probability teach school at Moccasin so he can undergo the rigid examination required in the Arizona. Fen, Bell and LaVoy were here with him and they all look so fine after their years work. Dell teaching school at Alton where he was liked very much and will teach there again he thinks. Lavoy always was one of my favorites so of course he looks especially fine as also Fen, he is thru Medical school now ready for intern and is to go soon to Montana in one of the most prominent hospitals in the west and is to serve for one year and gets in addition to his practice in serving $1200. Not so bad is it? Then he’ll be ready to set up for himself. I certainly feel proud of our boys who are making good as they are. Hans came down in the afternoon and brot Ramona and John Barrie and did our baptisms. J.B. was baptized for the cousin Wm Thos who corresponded with us since your father was on his mission - also for his two sons Norman and Harold who lost their lives in the world ward then your fathers uncle George Blackburn and four others. He felt a feather in his cap and rightly too especially since he was baptized by Quinn at home and a few hours before Ramona down here. Ramona enjoyed being baptized about 74 times which was all I have ready. I have male names ready but there’s no need for them yet until there’s some hopes of getting their endowment work done. There s in the neighborhood of 500 names in the temple now to be endowed for. Its rather slow work getting it done with only one Temple day each year and the boys all having their living families to provide for; but will get them done some how, some time I hope. I’ve been looking around trying to exchange work. I would gladly do two names for one male name as I can’t keep in names for myself. Next Wed is our temple day and Hans said they were all planning on coming but Lester told me he would not come. He hasn’t quite got himself in hand yet but he will do and I hope before long. Dola would like so much to come and he doesn’t realize it nor what he is missing. He is stuccoing Ed Lambs house new LaVell said. Perhaps in another year you will be with us on our Temple day. Haven’t rec’d a letter from you since I wrote and maybe I won’t try getting this posted today in the hope of getting one. Guess you will soon get the arrival announcement card of Clara and Ralph. Son who is a week old today. Rec’d word yesterday that they are getting along alright. I think I told you that Maggie is planning on coming home this summer for a visit. Fay Garda sent me word to send you greetings and tell you she has a summer job - I forget where, will have to ask Aunt Abbie - any way she has gone now I suppose so she has to have left before now. Harold still works at Hotel Escalante. I almost forgot to tell you that Hans’ mother came down with him yesterday and said she will return soon and stay with us awhile and work in the temple. I love to have her around. I’ve run out of news for the present and will wait to finish, if I think of more to tell you, So long with love from Mother P.S. I sent $60 to S.L.C. for you on the 9th inst. Mon June 12 Nothing of special interest to tell you except perhaps you would like to know that I have made a large dish pan full of cookies with raisins in readiness for when the folks come down day after tomorrow for our temple day. You’d like them I know so well eat a few for you and think of you at the same time. In the morning I will mail a batch of Cimminon buns for the occasion. It is expected of me I know but if I have something to eat for a supper lunch it might be an enticement for them to stay for the night session also, then they could be home by midnight. Will be busy now putting names of the Endowed on sealing sheets so we can get a lot of sealings done while the family is together. Wish us success Aunt Abbie is going up town and will post this. Lots of love from Mother P.S. Fay Gorda is working at Jackson Hole Wyoming P.S. again Didn’t get this posted after all as we had company. Have been to Temple the morning and now its noon. Have just discovered today that your gr father has not been sealed to his parents so that will be seen to tomorrow. You’ll be with us in spirit if not with your presence and maybe next year we can all be together. Ira Adais is here and quite ill is anemic - his wife Emily is with him. Will try to see them this evening. Its plenty hot now. Love from Mother Hello ! Tone sure I remember you I guess every day and then some. Your says aunt Charlotte Heaton don’t even have all the white Love from Aunt Abbie Fri Noon June 16, 1939 St George, Utah Dear Son Tone: Last Tue Aunt Abbie posted my letter then went to our mail box and got me one from you. It happened that way 2 or 3 times before but no matter just so we get the letters. I’m always glad to know you are well. The pictures are not as clear and good as the one you sent last year in tulip time, or it may be that it is because I cannot see so well. Ferl had to point you out to me where you are sitting on what looks to be a tulip mound. Im glad about your good bicycle that gets out “as you say “ and covers the ground and takes you to and from a good spiritual conference. I’m interested in basket ball games etc. I think it all does good in being able to contact people and breaking down prejudices. I’m in the temple now, jut got thru the A. M. Session and will go home now soon - when I write a little more and do a little more painting. Aunt Abbie will have it ready as she couldn’t come to Temple on acct of our water turn. We have water only an hour but it came just wrong this time for her to get here. She takes good care of things as you already know and our place looks so nice and things are growing so splendidly. We certainly enjoy our garden stuff and this morning we had seven fish for breakfast that Ferl brot us. I ate 3 and nearly 3/3 of another. Aunt Abbie ate 3 and nearly 1/3 of the other so you I got my share and then some. The old nick tried his best to spoil our Temple Day in one way and another and while only four came Hans and Mercy, Ferl and Vera Dean, we had a very successful day and succeeded in getting 18 names End for besides sealing of husband and wife for 85 couples, then we had sealed your grand father and his 3 brothers to their parents. This incident added greatly to my testimony that temple work is part of Gods plan for the redemption of His children. It never entered my head but that grandpa had been sealed to his parents until 2 days before the folks came down when I was preparing the sealing sheets so that our sealings could be done while they were here. It was a revelation to me and so plain as if some one had spoken the words to me that grandpa had not been sealed to his parents, so to make sure I came to the temple and asked that the records be looked up which was done and found that the sealing had not been done. I don’t need to tell you how grateful and thrilled I was and am still feeling that way. I had to have a feeling of discouragement however before the work could be accomplished when only 2 male members came and we needed or had to have 5 as I thot. I felt crest fallen and sick to say the least but noting daunted, I want to the Pres about it and this is the result. Hans and Mercy stood for your great grand parents by name William and Susan Andrews Blackburn and the ceremony was repeated 4 times so that Ferl stood for your grandfather and his 3 brothers, Charles, Robinson and George. I certainly feel good about it. Thank the Lord for our triumph. Willard Esplin came down on business with the folks and I fitted him out with a suit and he went thru the night session taking one of our names and that helped out. They left for home about 11 o clock so now you know about all of it. Mercy told me that Rose Lamb was married in Kanab to a Springville fellow who was working on the cove bridge. Their acquaintance was short. Maybe Ferl told you about the fine bridge at the cove. No one thot to tell me but I seen what was being done when I went home nearly 3 weeks ago. To long for the present, Love from Mother Fri A.M. June 23 Nothing of special interest has occurred since starting this letter except perhaps the marriage that took place yesterday morning - an old couple Bro Lebaron of Hurricane and a sister Higbee of Cedar City. The name is the Great Grand father of Delaun Heatons children which makes it a little more interesting perhaps. That two old couple marriages that took place here this temple season. Then a lot of your June brides this year. Last night Aunt Abbie brot me your letter of June 10. Sorry about the itch. Had you known what it was there was no need of its spreading so much. Its quite miserable as I remember and quite a nuisance about keeping your clothing and bedding free from the germ. Guess they know how to treat it. OK but I’m always wanting to help of course so I’m wishing you had my far of scabeside that is sure death on scabies (Itch) one application is usually sufficient if used correctly and never more than two. Hope the rains will come in time to save the crops for the people. I saw and talked with Lorin Covington last night at temple, he said his son Clill had written the same as you about crops drying up. You see we have things in common since we each have a son in Holland - any way we are old acquaintances and I enjoy meeting him - the painter. I take it that you are a member of the missionary chorus since you say “We Sang in the Hague last Sun “ and I’m glad of it. The weather here is rather unusual also, so changeable, clouds, wind, heat and not cold but cool, so that covers in the mornings are comfortable. I’ve thrown things together so that when some one comes for me I will be ready to go. I rather expect Charlotte to come this week end. If she does I will go stay with her and Alice a few days before going home. You may write me here as usual until I tell you to change. Its time for breakfast and here’s a heart full of love from Mother 2 July 1939 St George ,Utah Sun Dear Son Tone, It’s mid afternoon and I’ve been resting so far all day I attended the 3 nite Temple sessions so was able to be Endowed for 9 persons thru the week besides getting a lot of painting done and was rather tired today. We are almost thru with the inside painting and not much outside to do here, it is so hot. I look for Albert to come for me next sun. There’s only 2 more Temple weeks before it closes. I’m using this sealing sheet to write on “waste no want not” is a good maxim and you can get a glimpse of our work here. Reynolds as you perhaps know is one of our lines Your great grandmother on your Father said is Elizabeth Reynolds by name. We don’t know much of here. Your letter of 17 June came a few days ago, you didn’t say any thing about the itch so I guess you mastered it. I prayed that you would. Your telling about the outbreak of fire there reminds me that homes are lost by fire even though we have up to date equipment and trained fire fighters. Brother McArthers home went up in flames here this morning most of the contents were rescued however. The fire siren can be heard every few days but I don’t know the extent of damage as we do not take the papers and I am glad for the pictures you sent but I need the magnifying glass which I will get when I go out home again. My bad eye is improving I think, at least the ****** covering the pupil is not so bad. I pray the Lord will spare what eyesight I have remaining. Rec’d a card today from Clara, she is doing pretty well and Kay is leaving her today. I wish she was staying long as Clara needs mor help. The baby is to be names today at least that was their plan and Ralph is to be awarded his Eagle Scout badge. He wrote me a while back to that effect and said he wanted me to be there for the occasion, I really would like to have been. Haven’t had any word from home since the folks were here June 14, guess they are busy and one thinks perhaps the other has written. The foundation for another new house is being made on the lot south adjoining us. Brother Allen and wife bot the lot from Edwin Chamberlain. They used to be Orderville folks and he broke oxen to work. I remember him so well as a child he called me his little girl. He still does and is a fine old man in his 91st year and is quite feeble tho he works quite a bit in the Temple and enjoys it so much. All I can tell you about members of your good gang is that Emily is working at Jackson hole when Fay Garda is that I told you about. Well I’m about to the end and you have a long letter measured in inches tho it might lack in other aspects. If wards could convey my feelings you would know how much you are prayed for and loved by Mother P.S. I ran across these old stamps and you can sort it you want them P.S. The latest news Willard Esplin will be married - his girl was to have arrived today and they will go to school at Logan together. I forgot to mention the taxes I applied for the dry land to be listed waste land so far the 21 acres taxes are only $1.21 and the 2 acres which they failed to list as waste land is $2.32 I’ll see that the 2 acres are waste land next season. Heres Ferl and Vera Dean with the Corn. July 11 Tues Cedar City, Utah U.S.A. Dear Son Charlotte brot me here Sun evening will stay a few days before going to Orderville. You may sent your letters to Orderville from now on or until I return to St George. They will catch up with me where ever I am. Your letter of June 24 came a few days ago. Have you rec’d your suit yet? You never mentioned any thing about it but I surely hope you have it. John, Alice and the girls came in a while yesterday. The folks here are all well. John Barrie wrote me that Von C walks alone now. Uncle Leonard Charlotte is with Aunt Abbie for a few days. We left St George about 5 P.M. and charlotte cox got there at 7 O clock so I just missed seeing her. I sent you $2 in my last letter but don’t remember of mentioning it. Hot you get it of course. So long with love from Mother Orderville July 25, 1939 Dearest Son Tone Will pencil a few lines tonight and let you know that all is well. The drouth is broken all around us and looks tonight as if it would be here at least some of the crops may mature and vegetation grow. Its been very serious for cattle and sheep as they had to be moved about for water but now there is rejoicing and many happy hearts. Your letter of the 8th inst came tonight. Ferl brot it to me while I was in the store. He and Vera Dean came down this P.M. in preparation for bailing hay tomorrow getting men, provisions etc. He has a lot of good grass hay and can get $18 a ton now - cash down for all of it so he feels good. Had the misfortune of injuring his arm just above the wrist with a hook for handling bailed hay and in all probability he can’t do much for a few days. Easton was feeling good tonight because of rain on the mountains. Had more water and got his crops well watered and if it rains tonight or soon the wheat will fill out and mature. I understood Ferl to say that Easton is the only one in the valley that will have wheat because of the scanty of water. We have lots to be thankful for anyway. I was so pleased to find our orchard full of fruit all the orchards in the valley seems to be full of fruit, not much at Hidden Lake however but Nancy says there’ll be all they will need for themselves. Mercy told me Hans and Mercy called for me yesterday to run to and see Nancy but they were all gone and I haven’t seen them since I came home. Charlotte and Albert brot me over Sun. I stayed in Cedar two weeks and spent only one day with Alice. They are all well and experiencing some hard luck in common with all farmers because of the drouth. Many of the alfalfa fields out in Cedar valley have burned up completely while other are better of course. One load of hay as against 20 loads last year looks bad. Judging by the way people seek pleasure and recreation one would hardly know there is another depression or Ted Hapworth told me only yesterday that the W.P.A workers cut down to 30 c a hour etc. His son Glen died last night with pneumonia -he was the sickly one with a bad heart, funeral will be at 10 o clock tomorrow. Your picture was OK in the play costume. It was passed around in the store tonight and commented on. Fern E said “I thot he was on a mission, what is he doing in that costume?” I feel glad for the time you are having and for the opportunity that has come to you and that you are making the most of it. Contrast that if you can with one of your crowd. Kenneth I’ve been wondering about him of late but didn’t learn until today that he smokes almost continuously and won work good enough so that any one wants him around. I feel very badly about it. You had such a good crowd , hate to see any of them fall short of making the most of themselves. Paper is full so will post this and retire. Am inclosing $2 and bless you is the pray of Mother Orderville Sunday evening July 30, 1949 also Aug 4 Dear Son Tone Its only five days since I wrote you but will start another letter anyway whether I mail it now or not. Haven’t had a letter from England for quite a while, am wondering if you have. I feel quite anxious about it as she is ill so much of the time. I surely hope she lives to see and welcome you there. In her letters she always expresses a gladness and hope to see you. Nancy, Ferl and Lester have been down today and are all well. Ferl hasn’t gone backyet. I don’t live home only to sleep. Mercy and family wants me to sleep there and I will when I feel a little better. I’ve been too tired and need the quiet sleep. Went to SS today and shouldn’t have done it. Aug 1 st A happy good morning find me here to Lola’s - Aunt charlotte’s girl - in Logan with Uncle Charl, Aunts Maggie, Charlottte and Abbie Grace and Uncle Leonards Charlotte on our way to Shelley. Arranged for reunion of all Mothers children today at his place. Haven’t been able to locate Orin however. Aunt Delta and Euphrasia went on up yesterday with Uncle Jo. Now that we’ve had a good breakfast will be on our way and expect to reach Shelly in a few hours. I really don’t know just what Leonard has planned to fill up the weeks vacation perhaps a trip to Yellowstone, any way there will be plenty of entertainment. I’m so thankful I feel better so I can enjoy things better. Aunt Charlotte is convalescing from serious illness and the trip will do her good I’m sure. On my way back I will go to Clara’s in Heber and stay a while, don’t know how long. She’s so anxious for me to see the baby, I guess he is alright but will report my findings later. Renas baby is 6 ½ months old and can pull himself up by a chair and crawl across the floor in an incredibly short time. I have never seen a child so young and active as he is nor a finer built and good looking. I must tell you that I had not planned on this trip, since I was to have been picked up by Delta and party at Heber, so when the folks came to Orderville, they found me in bed with nothing ready but I had plenty of help and was soon on our way with the car plenty full. We had a joyful time coming this far and anciticipate more joy and fun. Will write more from day to day if I can. Aunt Abbie brot your letter in her suit case and gave it to me last night which made me happy that you are well and the anticipation of your trip bicycling. Time to go so long. Wed Aug 2 at Leonards home Idaho. The trip here was grand , had a lot of fun as well as after we got here. The six sisters here out of the seven. Phoebe wrote that she could not come. She’s Fals mother you know and lives at Elk Washington. Uncle Leonard phones her last nite and wired her a ticket to come on the train and she should have been here this morning but something went wrong about the ticket which is being traced and we are in hopes she will soon be here. It seems so good to be here enjoying the association of my sisters and brother, we sang songs last night, visited, told stories until late hours, and after a good sleep and breakfast we are about ready to go out on the desert for the day. Aunt charlotte is quite weak from her recent illness and feels it will be best for her to stay at the house with the girls and be rested up for the trip to the hills tomorrow. Tell Lawrence his mother and dad are fine and have left all there troubles at home and in Holland all aboard. Thu 3 Aug After a good sleep and rest coupled with a delicious snack we are in for another day of sport and fun off to the hills. The trip to the Desert will long be remembered. Three car loads of people docering the 84 mi distance to reach the desired goal was successfully made even tho much of the way was over country roads and very much enjoyed Leonards had so much to show and tell us, then we didn’t see near all he wanted us to see, he said. It was rather a late noon when we arrived at the shearing correl. and did we have a feast of good things to eat and lots of fun. The side saddle came in handy when used on the gentle yet lively mare with a colt only a few days old which was left in the correl. That faithful bore her burdens one after the other as she galloped away. The fun really started when she was headed toward the correl. to her colt whimming and running Aunt Abbie and I didn’t take the joyful ride all the others did. On the trio out we saw a occasionally rabbit but upon returning especially between sundown and dark, it seemed that the brust litterly turned into rabbits they were so thick. Leonard and Lenic had their guns and laid low a few of them. The only coyote we saw got away however. The most joyful event of the day was arriving home a while after dark and finding Phoebe had arrived. It was a thrilling moment indeed to actually behold her after many years 29 of separation. In the course of the evening we sisters - seven of us, think of it. Were called in the kitchen when a large box was placed upon the table which Leonard proceed to open and what do you think our eyes behold as he passed to each of us a parcel wrapped in white tissue paper. A new dress and all of similar material the color Nancy blue and did they fit. I’ll say they did and how it came about I never can tell. Time to go - will see you later. Fri 4 Aug. I’m up very early this A.M. and its cold sitting on the step of the bunkhouse. Thot I would mail this today on our way to Yellowstone. Uncle Charles car goes to garage this A.M. to be checked over, then will be on our way. Yesterday we went to the hills, I was so thrilled with it all that I don’t wonder why Leonard was so anxious to have us go. The many beautiful fields of ripening grain covering the hills on our way to Leonards possessions was inspiring to say the least then to go thru his 50 miles square range all under fence with to much grass and feed, brush and timber and lots of good water was indeed a thrill. Leonard owns fifteen thousand sheep and that range alone looks as if it is sufficient for that number doubled and tripled. I am feeling so much better and enjoying myself immensely. Perhaps you’ll know before this letter reaches you of Apostle Ballards death, his funeral was held yesterday P.M. You may also know of Glen Hepworths death a week ago. His funeral was a splendid one which I attended. I will send a check this AM to Salt Lake for you and mail it on our way to Yellowstone. The sun is coming over the Mountains and others are beginning to stir about. I’m plenty cool now and have written enough for this letter so will close with love and blessings from Mother. P.S. Aunt Abbie wishes to be remembered to you. 22 Birthday 1939 of Tone Dear Son Tone Good morning and a very happy Birthday. Hope you are well and enjoying your labors to the utmost. Its three weeks tomorrow since I had a letter from you and naturally I am anxious to hear from you. Clara wrote me a few days ago saying that she had rec’d some junior wooden shoes but no letter. I am glad to hear that much because I knew you would not be sending shoes if you had the flu; not that I expected you to have the flu but unless extreme care is taken one can easily get it - it is so contagious. Charlotte has been down with the flu and is much better, so she expects to make another trip to Salt Lake in a few days for her health. I will be so glad when she gets rid of the trouble that keeps her so poorly. Rec’d a letter from her last night. Haven’t heard from Maggie only the once since she moved to Jacamba California. I have kept writing any way hoping for an answer. Sister chamberlain said Mercy went to S.L.C. for the R S singing mothers and I suppose she did. Both the sister Hoyts have gone home and Sister Chamberlain expects to go in a week. I will miss them because thru them I get more news from home, Sister hardy expects to remain however and we exchange news from home. Weather has been nice, warm and with plenty of rain, a little cooler yesterday and last night. Our gardens are growing nicely, lettuce will soon be ready to eat, onions planted last fall are ready now and radishes are coming right alone, carrots too. Aunt Abbie said we have a little peach on one of our trees. How is that for beginners. We’ll have a basket ready to harvest the crops. The grape vines are beginning to leave out and we expect some fruit from them this year. Our neighbors who has been ill so long is recovering nicely. I am thankful for our good neighbors, they are so kind. Carlyle Wilson is here going to school, he lives in a tent up by the hill and cooks over the fire, poor kid - I’m glad to see his efforts. He comes down occasionally and we help him out what we can. Aunt Abbie will bake his bread and he works in exchange - will cut our wood etc. I am feeling better again but will not go to the temple today. Something is wrong with my right eye, can’t tell who people are across the room and I see double all the time so its necessary to close one eye some of the time to tell what I’m looking at. I must close if the school kiddies post this today. Here’s for a happy birthday and lots of love from Mother P.S. am inclosing $2 and razor blades. Letters from Brothers and Sisters that Tone received Cedar City Jan 20 1939 Dear Brother Thank you for remembering us with your picture. Glad to get it. I had am a long time thanking you for it. We had such a good time on Christmas. Now we are getting results. Reaction has set in and we have all been ill. Not very serious except Doyle had to be operated on. But now he is much better. We can’t make him behave himself. Hope the corn popped OK. I wondered how it would be when you received it. Ours did good. Guess you are getting along OK from reports I hear of you. Hope you are anyway. Best Wishes from all of us here. Lovingly Alice Orderville Utah 27 Nov ,1938 Dear Brother Tone No doubt you will be surprised to hear from me after being gone for a year, and never getting a letter before. We think of you a lot and talk about you too, but we think we are so busy we just don’t take time to write. We hear all about you thru mother, if we didn’t maybe we would be a little more particular about writing to you. Does it seem like you have been gone a year? Most missionaries say they hardly know where the time went so fast. It must be a lot of satisfaction and comfort to know you are serving humanity. The older I get the more I realize that the greatest joy one can get out of life is that of serving others. Reo and Alfred left for the Mission home last Friday. They had a farewell party on Thanksgiving night. There was a nice crowd out. They auctioned off cakes and took donations. I didn’t hear how much they made. Guess you would have enjoyed some of the cake, wouldn’t you? They were about the prettiest ones I have ever seen, but maybe they didn’t taste as good as they looked. Thelma Heaton from Alton was expected home for Thanksgiving. Don’t know whether she came or not. Haven’t heard whether Harriet Chamberlain has got here yet or not either. She was released quite a while ago but was intending visiting awhile before coming home. I guess Ellsworth has been quite sick since he has been gone, but they say he is able to work in the office now. I had a letter from Mother on Thanksgiving. She seems to feel better than she has for a long time. She goes thru the temple twice each day and is doing a lot of genealogical work. She has seemed so much better ever since she came from Heber. LaVell came home for Thanksgiving. Just went back again this morning. He likes school so much better this year than last. Has been getting all A’s and B’s. I sure hope he will be able to get a school next year. If he teaches a year or two maybe he can go on a mission. We hope so at least. Quinn will graduate from High School this year, and he is beginning to talk about going to college. He has grown so tall you would hardly know him now. Lots of people think he is more like you than anyone else. He is sure a good dependable boy and better looking than any of the others. George Adair said his son had been called out of Germany and that he was going to Holland. Have you seen him? There doesn’t seem to be much news around here. Changes usually come so gradual we don’t seem to notice them. Maybe you will see a lot when you get home. But I think most every thing will seem about the same. With best wishes and lots of success to you in your good work. With Love, Mercy Cedar City, Utah March 5, 1939 Dear Brother You might think we’re not interested in you the way we write to you but we are. It seems that the time flies by so rapidly I never get the things done that I should. We haven’t had a car for some time so we haven’t been to St George for a long while. We got so far behind with our finances last summer that we decided to go without a car for a while and get caught up again and we are slowly every body can’t see her everyday. We haven’t been over home since last summer, but we will be going again as soon as we get a car again. Mother seems so much better to me I think it did her good to go to that heart specialist in Salt Lake last summer. Hope you have time to write to us and tell us all you can about your work and she Country your in. We are all interested in your success and hope you keep well and happy. Love from us all Charlotte 109 N 6 West Frances and went to the college Opera Fri night and it was a Dutch play called the “Red Milk” Frances was so thrilled she kept talking about you and I guess she thought she owned the opera because you were her uncle and in Holland. We appreciated the picture you send us Christmas time. I had the mumps for Christmas this year, if there is any next time I’ll have mine while I’m still young. Frances wants you to send her some wooden shoes so bad she can hardly stand it. I’m going to send some money as soon as I came from Salt Lake and that won’t be very long. I have been wondering if you could get Frances a dress like they wear over there or else a pattern and some cloth. I wondered if these were some Saints or friends that would do that for you if you could give me an idea of what it would cost and then I would rather have it send direct to us I know it costs more but I’ll be glad to pay the difference. Frances is sure a good girl and is so thrilled with the baby she can hardly stand it. Sept 19 Dear Bro. Tone Being as Royce is in the fever of writing I will put a little in too. When you left I thot we could write at least once a month and here the first time to get at it after a whole year. We all think about you and talk about it often even if we don’t write. Royce has talked about Holland ever since he was in the second grade, then when you were going there he has been sort of jealous full of envy or whatever it is. He figures you have the chance at what he wants most to see. So we try to impress him to live right so he could be called on a mission he wants to but he and Paul seem to enjoy getting off the track when together. I’m afraid going to school in Glendale does not help him much either. The acorns are so thick this year, just getting ripe now, we feel like hunting pigs to fatten, then we would all be swine herders for sure. Mother come up to see us Saturday afternoon with Ferl. Sure seems good to see her feeling better. 23 - maybe this is a busy time of the year to try to get anything done but apples and tomatoes are covering and uncovering the dried fruit. Glad to have the fruit to take care of but the few clouds make so much extra work. Lyle sure hates to think he didn’t let you put us some power here. I think the power is coming thru in the Valley but they talk about money in the thousands of dollars for each hook up so we may as well not listen as we can’t get anything above a dollar. We have lots of apples but all we can do is trade or give away. Tone you better get to thinking how you love to fight weeds during the next year over there. The lot at home is so awful there is still a trail to house and washboard and part way around them. Don’t worry about them they will keep. Anyway Love Nancy Glendale, Utah Dec 18, 1938 Dear Tone I suppose we should say we hope you had a Merry Christmas and happy New Year as it will all be over before you can get this. It seems strange as it is still a week off but I doubt if we could do all we would like to and be ready if it only comes once in four years. Lyle had a job making brick in St George so we left Royce with Easton and Lavon and the rest of us went down and stayed in the warm country for two weeks and also the change I put Verona in kindergarten for the two weeks and bottled with Jack each day while she was away. She can get along without him but is rather hard on him while she is away. I took them to the stores to bury a few presents and try to find out what they would like best, but all I found out was they wanted everything on display. Royce got a tree and now has it all ready for the big event. I’m wondering how the tree can stand or will look in a week from today. The house can stand still for awhile now, they are in bed, the knocked the table until I give up and rucked them in. We did enjoy your letter so much. Royce gets it out to read and talk about it yet. We do not expect you to answer our letters but to keep them going to 7 other regular if not often. She is so much better or at least feels better, she walked up town several times while we were down there. But it takes so little to get her wondering and worrying. But don’t ask Royce not to ask questions when you get home. There are some things he will almost have to see, the way he feels about it now. Dec 20 The days slip by almost without me knowing, but not fast enough to suite the kids, they ask several times a day if its Christmas even tonight. I set Verona to roiling out cookies yesterday while I made a big cheese and jack did his share by eating curd and cookies. Hope you keep well and enjoy the work. Love Nancy Glendale Utah May 21, 1939 Dear Brother Tone Its only 8 A.M. Sunday morning a whole day before me with almost nothing to do. I say almost because Jack and Verona are here but hope they catch the spirit of today and do not have any upsets between them selves. Lyle is working on the bridge at cove. They fussed and puttered at first so now the boss is getting in a hurry so has them work Sundays and two days while pouring cement they worked 12 hours each day. School has been closed a week. Royce has stayed home and worked most all the time so he feels like a bird turned free this morning he went to town to spend the day. Had a good letter from Mother this week. She seems to feel better again, she always mentions you so we hear quite often even though you cannot write to all. She was so thrilled with the clock that the kids are anxious to see it from what she wrote. She said all the kids that see it down there sure like it and keep coming back to see it. A movie outfit was here two days last week taking pictures around the lake. Its just a short feature outfit but must be pretty good as they have already taken one prize this year for best short feature. This picture is of Guy Chamberlains 5 year old girl and her trained pinto on a trip to the ranch. I had never seen a trained horse act before, only on the screen so it looked pretty good to me being no judge. The kids sure got a kick out of it and hope to have another horse so they can train it. It looked easy enough so Royce thinks he would like to try anyway. You may have to select a bride from a younger set yet Tone, Jane Hardy is married and I hear Twila is soon to be. They were about the best to tease you about anyway, weren’t they? By the way. I have been making lace for pillow cases for each of the sisters and sisters-in-law. I have that done now altho I’m very slow at it, so am wondering if I should be starting for another in-law? Jack and Verona sure like their S.S. teacher especially the youngest. I don’t know what she thinks of them, but whatever Eva says is just it with them. They say John DeMills is trying to get a recommend. The wind blows too much to get very warm and am hoping it stops soon without leaving a frost. The orchard is over loaded with fruit and garden could be better by using the hoe more. I’m going to try raising chickens, a few anyway. Not much sale for eggs but chickens go almost anytime. Verona is busy writing, don’t know what kind of bear stories she is trying to tell you. I’ve told all I know too so will close hoping you keep well and keep letters coming to Mother if no one else. Love Nancy Orderville, Utah Sept 27, 1938 Mr. Tone Blackburn Holland Dear Bro. It seems like its been about a year since you left. I have been doing a little scraping with the team around the house today and it sure is some job seems I never will get cleaned up around here, the house is a long ways from being finished but we enjoy living in it any way. I guess mother told you we have another boy to help us. I had about 600 bu grain 320 of wheat the rest oats but it isn’t worth anything this year in fact there isn’t any thing I know of that has a descent price only what we buy and alfalfa seed and from the amount that was raised this year and the farmers so poor it is going for a ride soon. Dwight was going to write and thank you for the shoes but is so tired tonight has gone to bed and John Barrie went to the show last nite to see Adventure of Robin Hood. Lester is over to Escalent this week working I have had a few jobs but they have been nearly all trade am going to Mt Carmel and do some plumbing for Osmer Lamb. Andrew Olsen died last week and while he was sick I installed a toilet for them and there was some relatives there that were deaf mutes and all the motions. Mr Christensen the music teacher lives in our old house for $20.00 per month so that helps out quite a bit then there is three girls from Alton living in the two rooms in the garage for $5.00 per month and they are more bother than that. Will inclose $5.00 bill mother gave for me to send hope it reaches ok for I will remember just how big they look when you’re scimping trying to get along. I can’t think of much that has happened around here lately as we don’t go any where only to Church and over to Commissioners meeting and Relief meetings they are the worst mess I ever expect to get mixed up with. Henry is going to do the plowing for me for the pasturing in the field a good trade I think there is 13 ½ a to prom. It is quite warm lately and as dry as I have ever seen it this time of year. Hope this finds you will as it leaves us that way. With love from the Family Easton Orderville, Utah Jan 1 1939 Dear Bro Tone; This is a letter I should have written a month ago but just keep putting it off. I am enclosing a $5.00 bill from the Elders quorum for you Christmas but guess it will be just as good when you get it. Our quorum held a excursion to the temple just before Alf and Reo went to take them through so it wouldn’t be so new to them when they got in S.L.C. I went down to St George the 28th Dec and took John Barrie and Dwight with me and a load of wood and a few other things Mother and Aunt Abbie are quite well and having a good time. We sure are enjoying our furnace if it isn’t paid for and mothers radio we got a power pack to take the place of batteries and hook it up to our old radio a while then change it to the other. Mark Brinkerhoff and Leah Levanger were married the other day. The school ball team thinks they can go places this year I go to all the games as I am ticker taker. They are trying to start a church welfare dairy here and I think it can be alright only the ones that are to start it will get some experience at the cost of some one. There is no work going on around here this winter and business sure is quite so I hope it picks up next summer. I hope this finds your feeling well and that you enjoy yourself while you are over there. With best wishes for the New Year Easton Orderville, Utah Jan 1st , 1939 Dear Tone; Will try to start this new year with a letter to you. We are proud of you and the work you are doing. Your picture is good enough to be able to speak and you look well and happy as I hope this finds you. We are all OK. Don’t see Lester and family or Nancy very often but they are fine too, just don’t have time to visit now winter is here with a little snow. Everything was while for Christmas so it seemed like Christmas. Wish you could see our three boys the baby Von looks like John Barrie, fat and big and John Barrie in his cow boy boots is as large as Charles (Lester’s boy) Dwight is growing but his still quite a baby. He is in school this winter so is changing fast. Santa brot them big boys for he brot them and base balls’.Mother is fine. She misses you so but is brave about it. She and Aunt Abbie are like two busy school girls. They have to be busy to be happy. Aunt Maggie and Uncle Charl just called they always come over for the ward Reunion. VeraDean and Ferl are celebrating the New Years Day cleaning the kitchen stove pipe it was about full of soot and the stove smoked awful. I’ll bet this has been you job before? We are enjoying our furnace it doesn’t seem like winter it keeps the house so warm. Be good to yourself and remember we love you if we don’t write. Love LaVon Orderville, Utah May 21, 1939 Dear Tone, At last here is the long intended latter, don’t bother to answer it but if you have time write Mother an extra letter, she just seems to live to bear from you and she always seems a little worried if she doesn’t get a letter about when she thinks she should. There is so much to tell you. I have made an outline the first one the list is marriage. Twila Porter was married last wed to a fellow from Eureka, Lorna Chamberlain is to marry a fellow from Panguitch soon; did you hear of Stewart Reese and Kathleen Heaton being married, Deward Clark married a girl from Richfield and is living in the upper story of Howard Spencers house Omner and Donna Reese had a baby last winter but it only lived about two weeks. Odell Watson is going to marry a Kanab school teacher before long and live up in Lydias Canyon so we will have another neighbor. We lived in the canyon all last summer and into most of this. I built another room onto our shack instead of using the tent. Since you left we bought a new radio a Philco no squat no stoop no Squint kind from William Heaton. I bought a horse from Henry Carroll it is the first colt they raised from their black mares. He is 4 years old now and neighs better than 16000 pounds and is a very good horse. Last year I bought or rather traded a new grain drill. Last year I drilled 150 acres with it and this year a little over 100 acres. I get $1.00 per acre for drilling so the drill has more than paid for itself all ready. We got a new McCormisk Deering separator last fall and has four cows we milked all winter, so we sold cream the price was very low but the money came in very handy. The Ford V* was a very handy and good car the the one we traded it is on is much better, it is a 1939 International 3/4 ton capacity has a stake rack, is red in color and will haul 3 ton at 55 miles per hour as easy as fun. It has dual wheels and is near enough paid for that I have the title to it. It may seem like we have bought quite a few things with our limited means but the way we did it was just trade for most anything. I got most of the things from them and for pay have taken them a lot of cedar posts, lumber and shingles from Charles Hepworths mill. I got the posts lumber and shingles by trading things I had raised for them. Last year I raised 1200 bushels of oats and had 25 tons of grass baled so I had a lot of trading material. Im getting quite a reputation as a trader one of my typical trades would be take a load of posts to Sevier Valley merc - trade part of them on what I owe and the rest for sheep salt brings the sheep salt home and trade for mutton then take the mutton and trade for more posts, sounds funny but there is really a profit in doing it. Vera Deane is a pretty good trader to the other hay she traded 150 posts for 1000 lbs flour which was a very good trade for us. I guess we will have new electric lights and power before long the contractors who are putting up the line moved in yesterday and the contract has been awarded for the power house which will be at Hatch. The power will be made by diesel engines. They will furnish power for all the towns between Escalante and Mt Carmel. The county bought a new caterpillar to use on county roads. Rulon Parkes is operating it, we are going to have them make us a road up Lydias canyon in just a few days, it will only cost us about $10 a day which is just the actual operating cost of the caterpillar and operator. Your new suit is in the office. I’ll get it out tomorrow. I got another tire for you to use on the tractor you were making it didn’t cost me anything but is quite a good tire. Bishop Carroll is having cement brick made to build a new café he won’t start building until fall however. Bonnie Sorenson is starting on his new house it will be made of red cement brick. Hatters Irin has built 6 new cabins and added to their house they have quite a good looking place now. Joe and Pearl Bolander have moved into their new house and it isn’t finished but they had enough done so they could move int. We are going to have a new school superintendent for next year. We all hope it will be Mr Swallow but we won’t know until July 1st when Ashbys contract expires. One of the current popular songs is “Heaven Can Wait” it my theme song now because as long as we can enjoy living and enjoy each other as we do why Haven Can Wait. We have read a number of your letters that you sent Mother so we know you are getting along wonderfully well. I knew you would be a very good missionary because as John Crofts told me if you wasn’t getting along with any companion you had there would be something very wrong with the companion. I’ll try and write sooner next time because if I don’t you’ll be home. Good Luck Ferl I send my very best wishes with Ferl. We talk of you often and look forward to your returning home. Vera Deane. December 1, 1937 Glendale School Dear Tone I’ve had several good intentions about writing you, but not one of them have materialized until now. It seems good to have the kids gone for a while, but some are back after ten minutes what they eat I don’t know. We are still having ideal weather here, seems as if it would last a while longer too. Ralph spent Thanksgiving down here. We went out to Moccasin for the big feed. The whole town ate together in their school house. It was quite the celebration. Kay had her CCC up for dinner. She has surely gone over the deep end if you know what I mean. Much to the consternation of our Stake President on account of his belonging to the Methodist Church. But it apparently makes no difference to Kay. Her dad finally gave in, but asked them to wait a year, so time alone will tell. I told Kay not to take it serious for every missionary after they arrive home go over the deep end. Most often times not serious. She acts positively silly. Ralph and I causes no little gossip ourselves. He and I were the only ones home as Mother spent Thanksgiving week working in the Manti temple. It doesn’t bother me what any one thinks. Ralph wants me to spend Christmas up to his house - in fact I’m afraid his making an issue of it. I’m not so keen about going for a good many reasons, but it looks as if I’d have to go anyway. His brother will be home from his mission Christmas time. During our talk about it I discovered the fact that his mother thinks he’s making a mistake - just imagine that one. It sort of took me down. I’ll admit what do you think about it? Israel Jorgensen is surely giving Crosby the rush. He’s really keen about her. The beauty of it is that he has to behave just about so or she won’t go with him. He’s really going to Church too. Pete is going with Mack Hoyt now. And billy is still hanging over Easton Gate post the other morning when I work up I was just wondering how it would feel or seem to wake up in a strange land. I suppose you know all about how that feels by now. Oh, yes, there is one question. I want to ask -Please answer it too. Did Ralph’s mother see you in Salt Lake? I mean did she see you at the mission home. If she did I don’t believe she thinks I’m so terrible anyway I’d like to know. Billy’s mother had him sell his car - for what I don’t know, but I could guess. I guess you know Ferl and Deane are living in one of Carrolls Cabins. I just found out up town the other day that I was the reason. They couldn’t tell me to my face, but they sure spread it all over town. I’d get married but I fear I’d be getting in deeper than I am already, with the future mother - in-law not liking me. So here I am on top of the fence. It’s time the kids were coming back in so I’ll have to quit. Love Clara Orderville, Utah 3 Jan 1938 Dear Tone I have a feeling this is to be written on the installment plan but just as long as the scandal goes I suppose it doesn’t matter too much. Today we are back in school for the first time after the Christmas holidays. There is four and ½ months of this strife. I just got back last night from spending the holidays up at Heber City. I did have a good time in spite of the weather. I went up with “Pete” in a terrible snow storm she was afraid of it so I drove all the way. We had nice weather all the time I was there, but it stormed the day we left. Ralph gave me a big Cedar Chest and his mother gave me a quilt to put in it. But I had to leave both of them up there. I gave him an electric razor a Schick, this brand seems to be the only satisfactory kind that I could learn of. I have had to listen to all the Christmas presents all the kids got and say, how lovely, how nice and etc. One kid just now said I can bring my top if you’ll take care of it - Mama said. Roland Chamberlain, Grant Bowers and Edmunus Hepwroth were caught stealing hides from Myron Holygate and selling them for money. They went to court over it and put all three away for 60 days however, the law neglected one thing, they forgot to serve papers on them, therefore it isn’t legal, so they had to turn them loose and they can’t serve papers on them because they have had their trial. Later - this hour in school is commonly called the free period. They are all free to do anything they wish to and believe me they do follow the line of least resistance. We are practically without organization and one new program may so operate but Glendale has found something or other to stop it, so it is at a complete stand still. It surely is a mess - the two towns may come to blows yet. I don’t know how long it will be safe for me to come up here every day.. They had Ellswroths farewell while I was gone so I don’t know how it went of. I did hear however, that the ward reunion was a complete flop. All the kids left it and went to the dance in Kanab. We went to the dance in Heber New years night, there were no drunks there, but the orchestra were certainly plastered, believe me they sure put out the hot music, but everyone wondered if they would last the dance out. They did last until 2: o clock - then we went down town to a café when we ran into the drunks. They were throwing fire crackers so big they tore the stocking off some of the girls. They really had a riot until the cops got there. There was an old woman, looked about 60 years old and was she drunk, she was drinking with the C.C.C.’s. I have two or three good pictures we took down in Zion on Thanksgiving. If you would like them I’ll get another copy for you. I’ve got all the school kids here gathering stamps so we may find something from them anyway. I’ll take from them and send them to you. If I could get some pages that would fit in your I.P. book I could copy the poems on the type written on those. I was looking in Ralph’s I.P. book and read several poems that Im sure you will like them. I’ll write and ask him for them. I have been through Kays book too so I’ll get hers and copy some. From Clara Orderville, Utah Feb 6, 1938 Dear Tone Your letter just came today, and was surely glad to hear from you. Most left last week for St George. Kay has been here with me, but is going home today. Kanab played ball over here last night and we played over there the night before. Kanab won both times. The score was kept even until the last quarter both nights them Kanab stepped out ahead. There were big crowds both nights. They surely had a good dance last night. Kanab orchestra. Even the Supt. Danced around. We are having out winter now, it surely is muddy and nasty here now. Uncle Charl was just here and has taken Kay home so I am definitely alone at last. I wonder how it will seem. I’m really not posted on the news so well at the present time. I’ll have to do more visiting I can see. Sytha Fintly was to the game last. (Rest is missing) in my eye. I heard up to Glendale today that the new power plant wouldn’t even work. They had the stake engineers working on it two days and they couldn’t work it. It will only make 60 volts so they say. Mr Rust keeps me posted on the pow-works up there. Watch on the letters you get from us from now on because we’ll be picking up different stamps to use. Its around town now that I am to hard and the kids at Glendale and too cross. It makes me mad, but B.O. said to consider it a compliment after the way they have been let tun. So tomorrow I go back on the job - they’ll find out yet. I’ve been easy on em. (I’ll see about the rest of the things you wanted. Write again - Love Clara Feb 17, 1938 Orderville, Utah Dear Tone I think I shall write down the news of the day for you or I’ll forget it if I wait. In the first place Chat Tait married Inez Anderson last night they had only gone together twice before. He left for the herd today, so I guess it was too much for him. Tine Taits home burned down today. It was an extra cold day and I guess he must have had a big fire in the stove that didn’t have a flue built in. They lost most everything they say. Joseph Handcock was in the store last night even though it was after valentine and bought $4.50 or more of valentines he put stamps on them and had Vernell post them. He didn’t enough so he composed some of his own and put inside the valentine on a slip of paper. Rena sure got a hot one. I just came back from a parent teachers’ meeting up at Glendale and I’m glad its over. I had to give the program so I had the whole school sing. I don’t think they will ask for it again very soon. Last night the M Men and the Gleaners had a debate - Resolved that young ladies are more courteous than young men. The fellows took the affirmative and the girls the negative. It was a riot when Wally DeMille got up to give his he stepped up and climbed over the railing to get on the stand. We had the house filled that night besides having the stake officers. Believe it or not the school is having a holiday on the 25th of this month. I can hardly believe it yet. We have a new school nurse who is really going after things. She is in the act of sending some of my pet pupils to the training school in American Fork. So I’m surely with here there. Ralph wrote and said he was coming down at the end of this quarter sometime in March for a few days. Rena went to Cedar with Clyde today her folks are afraid they will come back married since that love bug is loose. Velma Carrolls little girls said, Rena and Clyde are going to get married” Dean said ,”O are they I wonder why?” Cause they go off in the car and neck so much; said Mary Lou.” What is necking?” asked Dean” O when they go off and put their necks together I guess,” replied the bright child. Everyone has been real sick with colds around here. I spent all of last week end in bed with one. Feb 18 I just had the ward teachers all by myself. It was Charlie Hepwroth. We had a quite a little visit. Lois Rust was operated on for appendicitis on Valentine day. She was quite bad off. Verna had her beauty shop up over the show house. I was up there tonight. I saw Wilford Stevens. You’d never know him all dressed up in a new suit and talking in quite a different accent. I can’t quite get over the change in him. His wife, Sylvia came in and he had to kiss her right before s hop full of people. I still can’t quite comprehend that it was him. I had another flat tire this morning when I dashed out to go to Glendale. It changed it with my own billy white hand and made it to school on time. I’m getting so sleepy. I’ll have to close for this time Love Clara Glendale, Utah March 17, 1938 Dear Tone, I suppose you have already discovered your little birthday present that mother has been saving for some time for you. I have been busy before but never so busy as I find myself these days. Only 9 more weeks of school lift for this year, then comes the fire works. The latest news of any interest or importance is that Eva and Jo Hardy had twin girls they couldn’t come fast enough to suit them so they had to have them come in twos. However one of them died. The flood nearly took Chip’s house down so they moved it. While they were moving it half of it fell completely in. They moved the other half and you should see what he’s building on to it. It sure’s a honey. The flood also caved in by Crofts cabins clear back to the road. They are busy walling that up with rocks now. From the people that are working on it. I ‘d judge it was a W.P.A. project. The other night the wild high school gang of fellows stole my food. I got Har Foote after them and I soon got it back. All the fellows are sure mad at me along with their folks. They were going to have Har prosecuted even (next time they said he told eno “lets do it now” That bunch surely have a wild light in the eye. Lenna Adair and Leo DeMille were put on the carpet this week. They asked Joseph Hancock for some money then the bought by some fouls means something to get drunk on and did they go to school plastered. Now the Glendale situation it proves to be even more striking if you can imagine that. We have it charred down now. They even went so far as to say that Mr Rand and I had been having illegal relationships and they had even seen us. One of the second grade kids looked straight at me and told me that he’d seen us. Its needless to say what I did - you could guess. Ralph will be on the bus Saturday morning then we are going to take a truck load of wood and coal to St George then bring mother back for a few days or a week or so. What is the reaction over there concerning Germany and the Austrian and Checklavakian situation. Being as close to Germany as you are you should know. I’d really like to know. The time I should be eating my lunch, but one thing more - Ruth rust is going to be married in the spring. Love Clara P.S. I ordered the Readers Digest for you last night. Orderville, Utah May 4, 1938 Dear Tone, Its rather difficult to write just what one wished with at least 15 looking over one’s shoulder. A typewriter seems to be the smart thing at the present moment. Only two more weeks of school after this week, and how good it will seem. I was going to say that nothing has happened , now even a fire, but I’ll have it to take that back for Aunt Esplin’s house caught on fire, but it wasn’t even exciting because she only had to step to fire extinguisher before it even had a good start. I guess you know how her telephone system works. John Barrie came over to tell us last night that Lessey has a baby girl. A ***** world isn’t it? I bought two new tires for my ford-four ply. And only yesterday Ralph wrote and told me ha had just bought me two new tires, so now my fort has a brand new set of tires although they are not on yet. I’ll have the two I bought put on tonight and the others when Ralph brings them. Our big day is June 1st at the Manti Temple, not far away. I have to ask the Bishop for recommend tonight if I can get up courage enough. His folks are coming down the last of this month then we are all going to Manti from Here. Ferl and Dean are going up too, also Kay and Mother. I’m suffering at present with a slight case of the jitters. It makes me feel - well I can’t explain it, but you will know some day I suppose.Ralph has a job working with the county agency on the soil conservation, and also has a place to live although he failed to tell me just where. Oh , yes he has a quilt and a pair of down pillows too. I invested my money in a complete set of wear ever dishes and a $40 set of silverware. I have about 8 or 10 quilts too, plus a lot of other things. It’s going to be a lot of fun, although I don’t know just how long I’ll be able to be the boss. Maybe we will decide to run the institution 50-50. Mother hasn’t been very well she has been in bed a week. Dr’s orders. She is much better today and wants to get up but we won’t let her. We are trying especially hard to keep her well enough to take her to Manti with us, in face I won’t go unless she can go. If she is careful she will be all right. Dean is taking care of her while I am in school. They moved out of their cabin and came over home. As soon as I get settled in Heber I want her to go up there. Aunt Abbie is coming out for the summer but she wants to spend some time in Provo so I’m planning on having mother up there while Aunt Abbie is in Provo. Last Friday was county day at Kanab. I took my kids over in the pick up - and What a Day! Glad it’s over. One of my kids, the one they call Slick, and the youngest of the big Brinkerhoff family stabbed himself yesterday with a pitch fork. He run it through his back and punctured a lung. But one must remember it is Glendale at that. John Lavanger’s family is moving away, somewhere up in Idaho, so your old pal won’t be around to greet you when you come home. I think you know, which one I mean, don’t you> The relief has surely take some people over heart and soul the men can’t get any one to go out to do the shearing. It’s a lot easier being on relief than doing a bit of honest to goodness work. Rex Bauer and Margaret Carpenter are being married as soon as school closes so they tell me. One of the teachers in Kanab got married Christmas time and tried to keep it a secret, but there is a limit to what people can do, and now she is darned glad that she can tell the whole world that she is married (we hope). I had to have the gas line and carburetor cleaned out on my ford they surely got a lot of water and dirt out of it. They said it was a wonder it even went at all. But it still went such a fine little ford, Ralph thinks we are going to keep it for a while. It will probably cause a lot of trouble since its my care and it grips me to death the way he drives it - just like it was an old 28 chev. I don’t like that a little bit. I had though seriously of sending you some money and having you send me a pair of wooden shoes, however, I have changed my mind and decided that perhaps you had better bring a pair of small one for Junior when you come home - if not before. I feel sorry for the poor dumb guy that Johnny Crofts cleaned the other night. He was walking down the street in Fredonia the night of the Junior Prom with Reo and Lois. Some one just reached out and popped him one of the nose. Johnny caught the guy and almost killed him - any way the fellows! Friends had to carry him off. When I want to put over to you is that guy got a licking and a D.... good lesson on the side. Spring might be here, but I doubt it. It’s so cold today we are about to freeze up right here at school. It’s getting time to go home and since I’m always glad to get out I think I’ll be on my way soon. Love Clara Dwight’s foot length 6 ½ in. Orderville, Utah May 23, 1938 Dear Brother, Your savings book was lost. Mother wrote about it and the letter enclosed is the answer we received. I have written across the bottom and left a place for you to sign. If you will send it to me I will see to it and get another pass book for you. Its hard for me to tell you now what I have to - about mother, it seems that she has only a very short time to live. We hope so because she is suffering so very much. She has been in bed since the last of April and last night about six she had another attack it seemed as if she were dying for three hours. She hasn’t come out of it yet. If she could just pass away we would all be so relieved. All night she called for father to come and get her. She has been too weak to talk much today. Still she may get well, she has before. But we just don’t know , or have any assurance this time. She talked about you last night and said if Dad would only hurry they’d have time to see you. I feel all right about it and I think you will too - if only she didn’t have to linger on so long. I’m postponing our wedding date - when I don’t know, but sometime I hope. It seemed until noon yesterday mother would be well enough to go to the temple with us. We had planned on going a week from Wed to the Manti Temple. His mother and father, brother and his brothers girl friend were going to take a trip down, visit the parks and then go to Manti with us. I am glad school is out now, its been so hard the last month. I don’t know what else I could say at this time - anything encouraging to help you keep your chin up. I’d surely say it. She doesn’t want you to come home until your time is out. I’ll write everything to you, explaining everything when it’s all over. Keep your chin up - Keep up the good works - Stick with it when ever you do. Love Clara P.S. Mother said to tell you that if there was any money left she wants you to go to the diesel engineering school for a few weeks. She was a little stronger a few minutes ago and said to tell you she loves you and although you won’t see her in her mortal state again she’ll see you and perhaps you’ll feel that she is there. It’s night now and I dread it the house are so long - its lots easier in the daylight. I’ll write again in a few days. Did you get the $5. I’m very anxious to know. Don’t worry about the money because I’ve made arrangements to keep on sending it. May 27, 1938 Dear Brother, Mother wanted me to write a little also. I can’t quite think straight, we have been worried so long, lost so much sleep, and on such a strain. But today we are somewhat relaxed. Mother is much better and she partly wants to get well, now. She is enough better that I am to be married on the first, if Ralph shows up. I’ll be gone a few days then I’ll come back. I am supposed to meet him in Manti next Tuesday. As for news, I hear Lauri Meeks is expecting a baby. The latest is that Joe Jorgensen has asked Pearl Olsen to marry him. You can guess the an. He has asked Mae Black, however, Mildred Bowers, Noreen P, Miss Martin, Bess Brrkaby Kay, and etc. Mother has a true Romance magazine and she and Aunt Abbie wan me to read a story to them. So I’ll say Good-nite for tonight. Love Clara Heber city Utah June 11, 1938 Dear Tone I feel that I now have the right to call you brother. Mother Blackburn has written and told you of the event undoubtedly if not that grand sister of your’s and I were married in the Manti temple June 1, 1938. We have been as happy as two love birds since. We are just getting ourselves a home fixed up to live in. I have though of you many times but have just been very neglectful of my correspondence except to the one and only (Clara) I have always tried to answer her prompt. I have not seen Mother Blackburn since the first of April. She was sick and I had a job that I could not leave very long. Between both events we decided it best to meet in Manti and there start our happiness. We are planning on going down about the first of July. So then I may have more news that I might tell you according to Mothers letters she is feeling very well again not as strong as before but just as happy. I only hope that she continues that way. There is only one thing that cause it was she tried to do to much for Clara before the Wedding. I believe that a rest will do her good. As I write I am at the desk in front of the radio if you remember it at home here. Clara is in the kitchen trying to write but Dad is talking to her and I doubt if she is doing much writing. That is up to her she said I may write something and put in her letter to you. I have a jumble of ideas running in my head. I have so much to do that I hardly know which way to turn. I must write to Mother Blackburn again. I have three merit badge tests to pass then I will have my Eagle award earned at least it will be a grand event. I have my sheet to fill out tonight also. Some works to do on my maps of my job. Tone I have a desire at this time wish you much success and joy in your missionary labors. As a brother in the gospel I’ll say God bless you and your efforts. As one of the family -I’ll say our prayers are with you always to the End in Happiness always. Just Ralph you know where we are write soon. We’ll try to get a picture together and send you one. Heber City, Utah June 12, 1938 Dear Brother I have threatened to do this for so long. I’m at it at last. In fact I’m staying home from church to do this. I’ve been a married woman now for twelve days and still living with the folks. We did go up to our place tonight to take some of my things. We are going to live in a big brick house just one block off main street. It belongs to Ralphs folks. I’s surely a nice place. We haven’t bought any furniture yet, I’ll have to pick it out by myself as Ralph has to work every day from 8 till 5. He’s on a state job of mapping - no it isn’t a W.P.A. Project. We are going down home the first of July to stay a while and get the rest of my things. I hardly know what to think about the place, but I think I will like it. We had a bunch of pictures taken the day we were married at the Manti Temple. As soon as I can get them I will send some to you if you’d like them. I’d like a picture of you if you have another one like you had taken on your birthday. I’m being entertained by that new Dad of mine by the family scandals. There seems to be plenty too. It’s hard to write and listen to these thrillers. Ralph’s brother Ray is being married the last of the month. We are going through the Salt Lake Temple when the happy day arrives. The thing he married is ever bit as choice as he is. Outside of the two Pearsons families I don’t know much of any one in town, but I expect I will if I hang on long enough. Write when you have time. I’ll have plenty of time on my hands as soon as we get into our own place and if I can find anything to tell you about that you’d like to hear. I’ll write plenty to you.. I’m still being told about those things so I’ll have to say Good night for tonight. Love Clara Heber City, Utah July 24, 1938 Dear Brother I have had the two pictures for you for some time but I haven’t taken the time to send them, but here they are at last. Today is just another of those Sundays we have the days and nights rather mixed up as Ralph works night shift down at the Pea factory and since Mother works or I should say sleeps nearly all day besides the night so I set up alone most of these days. Rena and Ramona have been up visiting us all last week. Rena is counting on marrying Clyde before too long. All her folks are well over the idea - everyone has talked to her but it doesn’t seem to do much good. Maybe if you’d write to her it might help. The last two days we spent in Salt Lake at the Intermountain clinic. They surely gave Mother the once over. They found the cause of her trouble and that is that her Goiter has grown back in and is filling her with poison. Its what is keeping her pressure so high. Part of the doctors think they should operate and part aren’t in favor of it. Mother feels as if they wouldn’t come through it if they did and I feel the same way. This way, without the operation she doesn’t have a chance of living until you come home. However, she is undecided as yet. I bought a new electric washer while I was in Salt Lake so I’m really my own now. Aung Abbie is visiting in Idaho but will come out here for a day or two before visiting some where else. Its so nice and cool here in Heber. We nearly die off with the heat when we go to Salt Lake or Provo. We can’t get to Provo on account of a great landslide down in the canyon that damned off the whole river and made a lake that covered nearly the upper part of the canyon. I still like Heber a lot and I hope I always will. It’s quite a place after one learns his way around. We are going to keep Mother here the rest of the summer. It’s time to arouse Ralph and get him off to work on time. So must close. Love Clara Heber City, Utah October 22, 1938 Dear Brother For some time I have realized that I owed you a letter and I have been some time getting at it. We just got back from down home Monday, so we have been extra busy getting settled down to living again. Although I was home a month I didn’t find out too much scandal, but I did find plenty within the own family circle. I wasn’t too much surprised to discover that Rena and Clyde got married. They have been married two months. She did upset the folks and I don’t mean perhaps. For the rest of the legitimate news. Dola expect Momentarily to go to the hospital. Oh yes, Chip and Blanch had another increase. Laura Meeks is home and expects to go to the hospital for an increase also. (Will wonder never cease?) Ferl and Dean bought a new radio. One of the new Philco’s from William, a no stoop, no squat, no squint,. It surely plays good. Last Sunday night we went to Church in Orderville. They called on Ralph to talk and gave him the whole meeting to take up, which he did. We spent a few days in St George working in the temple. It is surely nice inside, now compared to what it was. Later We just had visitors from Provo. Prof Saurds from the BYU and family. Remember him he is in Band man, a German. They brought us a lovely Pyrex baking set. They brought Roy and Lovina one just like it. It has turned winter here. It’s so cold. I like to stay in most of the time. I rather imagine I have quite a winter ahead of me. Did you get the cake and things OK? I’d like to know about the cake. If it was still good I can make another one and take it in to Salt Lake when we are going, or there is lots of chances to send them in with some one who happens to be going. Twila Porter is getting married to one of her brother-in-laws brothers. I guess you can imagine that after the Qinner, Donna affair. Willard Esplin was married the other day to a girl from Logan. I hear Reed Bolander is getting married soon also. I suppose it is a girl from Salt Lake where he is working. Kay is still chasing her C.C.C. punk. Its getting past being serious so don’t be surprised if I write soon and tell you she has captured him even in opposition to her parents wished. I see from the hands of the clock it’s time for me to get busy again. Take care of yourself and write soon, or when you can spare the time. Love Clara Heber, Utah Jan 29, 1939 Dear Tone, My intentions have been to write for a long long time at last they are materializing although I don’t have any too much news. It keep one busy just keeping warm LaVell came up last week and spent Saturday and Sunday with us. Did you know he was an uncle all so soon. Rena has a baby boy it was born on Jan 15. We are expecting Ralph Jr next summer but under slightly different circumstances, legal over you understand. I’ll send you some money so you can send a pair of wooden shoes for Junior when you run on to a pair of small ones. Don’t be too fussy about the size. Your letter came OK Christmas time with the picture and hankie. I was surely glad to get them. I have showed them to everyone that has come in to see us. I was happily surprised the other day to get such an excellent picture of Mother. I guess she has sent you one before now. Lavell said he went to see her during the holidays and that she looked very well for her. I’d like to go down but the roads are so slick I think I hadn’t better go. She is counting on spending the summer up here. I’ll be out of the hospital by the time the temple closes so everything will work out just right. You don’t need to worry about me subjecting her to the works like she has been in the past. We all live and learn. Ralph has gone to Sunday School. We are going to a meeting at the Stake house for all Seventies and their wives. Rufus K Hardy will be the speaker. Have you seen Lawrence. Blake get I guess you will enjoy seeing and visiting with him. I’m finding out that there is about as many funny people who live here as down home. I thought they would be quite different here but I’m sorry to say that they are very much the same. I’m just getting acquainted with the seminary principals wife who cuts a superior first to Sytha Findlay. Do you ever go to the picture shows over there? Or don’t they have them? We have half of our house rented. They are surely nice people to have in the same house. They have twin baby girls about four months old. I think one at the time is plenty fast enough and a big enough job, after seeing what a took the two are. We have such a big fine built house we can’t hear them cry over here on our side. I have a package to send to Mother for her birthday on the 3rd of Feb. We are sending her some of her favorite candy gum drops and peanut butter fudge. If Ralph doesn’t get a job pretty soon we are going to be embarrassed and I don’t mean maybe. Take care of yourself, Love Clara Heber City, Utah June 4, 1939 Announcing the arrival of a Son born : June 4, 1939 at 12:10 A.M. Weight - 6 Lb 12 oz Parents -Mr and Mrs Ralph Hicken Hello Tone, 1Are you expecting this news. Well It has happened. We are the proud parents of a son born at 12:10 A.M. this morning and they are both doing very well and she is happy so am I. I have written to mother telling her. I hope she will be Happy. I am sorry that I have not taken time to write more often. I often think of you. I have work with the Std oils of Calif - so I am kept busy. I’ll try to write more next time. So take care and always. Love Ralph and Clara Front page missing he looks almost as big as Robert. The tax on my car was on 61Cents this year. She still runs as nice as you please. I think I will try her up the state again during our spring vacation if it isn’t too stormy by them. Believe it or not, I was the main speaker last Sunday night in sacrament meeting. It’s the first chance I’ve had. They told me in the morning I worked on it until time to go to Church. One of the latest sayings from the Readers Digest says,”she shifted her brain into neutral and let her tongue idle on.” I am sending today for some of the best picture we took in Zion. I’ll get Clara Sorenson to get some of the folders from Zion. She works down there in the cafeteria and comes out every two Meeks for Sundays. I suppose you are in Rotterdam. Anyway thats the post mark on your letters. People have asked me where you were but I didn’t really now. Oh yea, I’d like if you would slip a Dutch coin or two in your next letter. I could surely use them up at Glendale. They have put in Lizzie Foote in the Relief Society Presidency in place of Chartie Esplin. Sister Esplin is going blind. They are going to operate on her eyes a little bit later on so she can see. Fern and Ansell have been living up in Porters old house, but they are fixing up Stevens old place to live in. Can you imagine that? Steven’s have asked to join the Fredonia ward but they won’t let them on account of min taking all her clothes off at mills for $125.00. They are surely having a time over it. They quite like Mr Salter as a teacher in Fredonia they say. I don’t have my type written down but I guess I can write a poem or two of hand any way. It’s nearly church time so I’ll close for now. As always Clara Heber , Utah Jan 29, 1939 Hello Tone Sunday again and I just wondering what you might be doing do I get one guess. We are having a Sunday School and then a preaching service some plan and enjoying it very much. Two weeks ago was a home missionary to one of the wards. (Heber 2nd) last Sunday I spoke in the Heber 3rd my own ward and I enjoyed it very much. It seems to bring back the spirit of the work to me. Today I have a hard part on the Sunday school lesson in the missionary class from Sunday School dinner and then we will go to a special meeting for the 20th quorum of Seventies and their wives and so goes the religious life of the Hicken Family. Therefore you can see that we are no on the job. There are other things that I we do that are perhaps of interest. The weather has been down to 7 degrees below zero. Oh yes up to about 68 degrees in the of afternoon. There is about five inches of snow good sleigh riding on all the streets but the main street highways. Where they took road grades and scraped the snow and ice off because it got so lick that there was to many car accidents. With the cole weather everybody has nearly had to order coal. I have been delivering coal for some company as pay. In one day I delivered as much as 20 tons and say was I tired by night. Well any way P payed for my coal and have a chance for more work. An other day over - Well perhaps we have something that I have done some one some good. We are all well and happy and enjoying life to the very best extent. What more can one ask than a good place to live, plenty to eat and live on, a loving wife. Say I just hope that you may be able to get as grand a wife as I have. Thinks of that when you go writing to the gals at home. Oh write yes, have them tell the news and all that but do what the heart and that knowledge of the true gospel tells you to do. May you always have joy in your missionary work. Do an extra bit for me. Always a friend and pal. Brother in the gospel Sincerely Ralph Hicken Maybe Clara has some better news Hope so The family will greet you on your return Hope so LETTERS FROM NEPHEWS AND NIECES Orderville, Utah May 2, 1938 Dear Tone, How are you and how do you like it in Holland. Ken had to write to you so I though I would write also. I would like a pair of wooden shoes and so I will send the money later. It is conference Sunday. Friday April 29, 1938 was Kane County Day, we had to go over to Kanab. I didn’t have much fun. The parade was at twelve and laster until 12:30 and then they gave an entertainment. We took part of our puppet show over there to. Does everybody wear wooden shoes over there and do they were the kind of cloths that we do? Have you learned the Dutch language yet? School will be out in 2 weeks and four days and I sure will be glad. The Mother cat had six kittens on January 16th and we have given two of them away and we have a dog. We named him “Prk=rky”. He took me down yesterday and started biting me. I had some lilacs and he wanted them so he jumped at my back and started pulling my curls with his teeth. I don’t know what else to say so I’ll close Ramona P.S. If you have time write to me. Do you think you could get me some wooden shoes? And about how much would they cost with postage and all. I’ll send the money if you’ll tell me about how much they cost. I have saved up $14 and sixteen cents with that in the bank and here too. I am going to get me a violin. Royce can’t afford to take lessons on his violin so he brought his down for me to play on to see if I really do want one but I’m sure I do. Frances has her a new bicycle. I went to Cedar 2 or 3 weeks ago and I can ride it. It’s a girls one and it has a carrier on it. I’d sure like one like it. Spring is sure coming slow . We have a few tulips in bloom, I guess you see lots of tulips over in Holland. The trees are all in bloom over here. Are you homesick yet? I planted a caster Bean quite a while ago but it hasn’t come up yet. Mama planted some to and two of her’s have come up. Well I guess thats all this time. Orderville, Utah Nov 27, 1938 Dear Tone: how are you by now? We are all fine and hope you are the same. I am very sorry that I didn’t write sooner but I just didn’t get at it. I guess it seemed kind of funny not to have Thanksgiving over in Holland. The district school had a Thanksgiving dinner in the Gym on Wednesday. We had it at 1 O’clock. We didn’t go home at noon. The 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades had an operetta of “Tom Sawyer” I was Becky Thatcher ,Waren Foote was Tom. Aunt Polly was Hermoine Hoyt and Sid was Mitchel Baldwin, you couldn’t have got a better one. It was on Nov 18. That was on Friday. Gracie Allen, our race horse ran in the races over to Kanab last week. She beat the races she was in all three days. I got the wooden shoes alright they came just 2 days after my birthday so I called them my birthday present. I got some riding pants and boots too. The shoes was a little too big, they won’t be very long. The primary had a masquerade Ball on Halloween. I dressed for Dutch, I wore my wooden shoes and Thanks a lot for them. I am taking dancing lessons now and music too. Rena is staying up here while Clyde is freighting for his dad, he freights from Salt Lake to Phoenix and get $10.00 a trip. Do you gt homesick? Have you seen Bill Bolander yet? Papa might go up to Murray Friday afternoon and come back Sunday, to get some Christmas things.If he goes, he will take Mamma, Ken and me. Well I don’t know what else to say so I’ll close. Write soon Love Ramona Orderville, Utah January 25, 1939 Dear Tone How are you by now? We are fine and hope you are too. I thought I would send a letter with the Valentine and a one dollar bill. Pappa said for me to send 2 dollars one from him and the other to finish paying for the wooden shoes I sure like them. I guess Grandma told you that Rena had a baby boy. It’s getting along just fine. The picture you send me for Christmas is sure good. You look just like a real old “Dutchman”. `Mamma subscribed for the Special Sunday Addition of the Salt Lake Tribune. They are supposed to send it to you. If you don’t get it just write to us and let us know and we will see that you get it. The Valley’s Basketball team has won 2 games from Cedar City. They have lost three games. They are going to play Enterprise tonight. I think they will beat it. I sure hope they do. The ones that they have lost are, One from Parowan, one from Hurricane, and one from St George. When I write to LaVell I’ll tell him to write to you if he hasn’t all ready. Does it snow ever snow over in Holland. There was four or five inches of snow this morning. Ken and I have been waxing my skies. I am going skiing after while. Pappa has started going to Sunday School. He has gone every time this month and to the night meeting once. I’m going to try to get him to church in the morning and all the rest of the time. We got us a new car 2 weeks before Christmas. It’s a right shiny black. The gear shift is on the steering wheel. We got it when we went to Salt Lake to buy Christmas things for the store. Ken is making a doghouse for Porky, the dog in shop. Has your cousin from Murray got to Holland yet? I bet you sure will be glad when he gets there won’t you? Grandma wrote and told me that he was going to fill a mission in Holland. Well I don’t know what else to say so I’ll close Love Ramona P.S. Did you get the Christmas cake we sent to you? If you did, I hope you liked it. I forgot to tell you what I got for Christmas. I got a big Baby doll, a high chair fo it, a little electric iron, some drawing books, 3 big little books, a big ball, some stationary, 3 handkerchief, a pink comb, some house slippers, a little red ball, a necklace, a dresser set and some other things that I can’t think of. I got several cards. I am getting some Health shoes. I hadn’t got you. They didn’t come but ought to be here any day now. You don’t need to write to me until you have time too. Cedar City, Utah March 4, 1939 Dear Uncle Tone: How are you getting along now days? Mother and I went to an opera on Dutch people and it was very good. I thought that picture you sent to the family was very good. I would like to know when the Cutch people celebrate Christmas? Do the Dutch people celebrate Valentine? I would like to know these things for school. I can hardly wait for you to see my baby sister. She is one year and eight months. We named her for Aunt Alyce so her name is Alyce Mary. I am in fourth grade now. My school teacher’s brother was on a mission with mother my teacher’s name is Miss Chime and her brothers that was him mission with Mother his Name is Charles Chime. I wish that you would send me a pair of wooden shoes. Mother will send the money to Gandma and Grandma will send the money to you to get the wooden shoes with. I would like them in size 5. There are two boys in my room that can’t learn. Do the Dutch people have picture shows. We traded our car in the nicest time of winter we thought the weather wouldn’t change but it don’t change and the snow drift came and we have to wade in the snow to get to town and Daddy yell a bout it. With love, Frances Cane Sunday Sept 18, 1938 Dear Uncle Tone How are you? And how long will --------we sure miss you. I sure hope you are having a good time in Holland. I would like very much if you would bring a collection of things from Holland. I passed my grade in school OK and this year we or studying about Holland and we have learned a quite about it. Mr Rust is my teacher. The other day I was hired to trap woodchuck for Carrols price 5 cents a head and I have already caught 27 that would be 135 all together. I go to school in Glendale. I ride my bicycle down which is to miles. Could you tell me how long it took you to cross the ocean? Grandma has just came from Heber and brought me a find cedar chest and in it was this letter and 10 more just like this one. Paul was teasing charles to right to you but he said that you could not read it if he did. I would like to get some wooden shoes abt 9 . Could get some money does all of the people over there wear wooden shoes? Whats the elevation in Holland its O’s 4,549 here how hot is it in Holland it is 80 here what do they raise in Holland? Do they have apples like we do? Do they have horses, or sheep? Dad and I went upon the Mammoth and 32 or more that day. Paul and Charles has been fishing about every day but has only caught minnows bit once. Paul caught a trout. It is getting lait in the afternoon and I better close. Love from best friend Royce Chamberlain Orderville Jan 1st 1939 Box 1 Happy New Year Dear Tone: Thanks for the picture it is good. You are a good looking Dutch man and missionary. I want to go on a mission when I am old enough. We are trying to take good care of Grunny. Last week we took her a load can you guess what it was? We will send you a picture of us soon. Von is big and so cute. Wish you could see him. With love John Barrie Dear Tone: Thanks for the wooden shoes they dues fit. I let Verona take them. Dwight Dec 26, 1938 Glendale, Utah Dear Tone How are you over there did you have a good Christmas. I had a good Christmas over here. I got four stockings a looking glass a comb, a pair of gloves, some tops, a lot of game. Ferry got a new wagon and other games. I made a sewing duck in school for Grandma Blackburn. Andrew Olsen and Warren Olsen Andrews boy they died a while back. Gerry Spencer has the pemeumonia. He is a little better now. Alvins family moved to Hinckley, Utah. Alvin bot his family a car they took there cows and horses up with them. Grandpa DeMill went up with them to live too. Rodney DeMills got married a while back. He married a girl from Provo. She is a quite girl. I have a new bike it is like Clara bike. Charles has a bike and so have I. Smith ran married Rena Olsins . Lyle and Nancy are going down to St George to live for a while they are going to take Royce out of school and let him go to school in St George. I have a new baby sister. I think we will name it Helen because daddy went with a girl in California her name was Helen Wright a gypsy told daddy to come out here and marry a another girl so he did. Royce got a accordion for Christmas a ball and a bat and other things a while back it snowed a foot and a half down here. Now the snow is melting a lot now. I do not hae to get to school because we have a holiday. Yours truly Paul Blackburn Ken Chamberlain Orderville, Utah U.S.A. Dear Tone How are you. I am fine and hope you are the same. I just got me a saxophone that is so big that I cannot carry it. Quinn has to do it. It cost $91.80 so I have been selling pop corn at the picture shoes to pay for it. It sure is chap paying a month because all I have to pay is $2 a month and I’ve $70.00 left to pay. I can make $1.50 a night selling pop corn and I helped grandma Blackburn and got 58 Cents so it won’t be hard to pay for. We have only got 7 weeks now of school this year and it won’t be hard. I am making a cupboard for Grandma in shop. We are having a lot of fun here playing tennis. We have got a good net and the court is cleared off. We had a good water celebration here and it was quite good. I am out of primary now but I can’t be a deacon till December when I am 12. I have passed all my trail builder tests and ma the only one in my class because the rest of the boys in my class go out in May and my teacher will go to Alton when school is out because she has children going to school here and would be without a teacher as a class so they said I could pass off I would do all my work. I hope you are enjoying your missionary work Yours truly Ken Chamberlain Orderville, Utah Dec 14, 1937 Dear Tone, I though I would just drop you a line with this Christmas card. I imagine anything sounds good from home, Doesn’t it? How are you getting along? I hope OK. I’ll bet you’re seeing ----learning a lot aren’t you? Does it seem like Christmas over there? It doesn’t here yet because there isn’t any snow. It rained for a couple of days but we haven’t a sign of snow. In the paper this morning it said there was blizzards and floods up north. LaVell’s school is out on the 17th and papa is going up after him. He is going to Logan after Christmas. I guess. He said Fen Carrington surely wanted to see you when you were in New York. I guess you would have liked to see him too. I guess you hear about all the news from others so there isn’t much I could tell you. I know you don’t like to write but if you feel like it and have time I wish you would. I guess you are spending your time now learning the Dutch language, aren’t you? Ed Lamb says to tell you hello. He’s quite a old guy, isn’t he? He’s already pulling something funny, and teasing people. I was down to see Grandma this morning and she surely feels good. Quinn had a horse fall on his foot the other day and is laid up for a few days now. He is on the Basketball team so its quite hard on him not to be able to get around. Well, take care of yourself and write if you have time. Mary Christmas Rena Letters from Friends Orderville, Utah April 25, 1938 Dear Pal: I suppose you’ve begin to think your old pals have forgotten you but we haven’t. I’ve been quite busy racing light plant and making the wheels of industry turn around at the mill. Weve moved the steam light engine in place of the diesel to run the saw and boy it sure makes saw dust fly its has doubled our capacity. I guess you’ve heard about our water power or hydroelectric plant in Glendale it didn’t work out so hot in the winter in fact it froze up several times it getting better all the time now, we haven’t used the diesel which we hooked to an auxiliary plant for almost a month. We’ve had a few get togethers but not many a few ice cream suppers etc. I haven’t talked much to the women so that shot a few in the head as Res still has the old nack for women. Ferl says he’s going to have me come around next fall to start the old T to subs up the winter woods. I guess you’ve heard about he party we held in your honor down at St George on the 9th we held it there because the 7 was on Thursday and Saturday made it so everyone was out of school or not working. I suppose you wish you had of been there we had so much good stuff to eat. Res and I sent you part of the party the next Wednesday in the form of a cake with your name on it. Have you gotten it yet. If you have how to you like the old cake? We sure had a big flood along the first of March it washed out the water flowers ditch and crossed the high tension lines and burned out the generator we had hooked to the diesel power was eat of for a day and a night until we could move the generator from Glendale down to the diesel here at Orderville. Boo Hardy has or now is the father of twins the twin died and the lived. I’ll let you fill out the blank. Well I’d better sign of because I’m still Crofts and my head is small and there’s nothing in it. Well try and answer if you can but I won’t be to sure or anxious to get a reply as I know you are very busy. As ever a Pal John P.S. If you find time to write don’t write all Dutch. Orderville, Utah Jan 21, 1939 Dear Pal Tone: Thanks a lot of the Christmas greeting card with your picture on it, there’s only one that puzzles me and that is how you ever found wooden shoes big enough for you. Since you’ve been gone many things have happened here we have moved over Sawmill up on the Cedar Mountain on a forest service sale, or a sale of several millions of feet of timber we have built up a nice shed and have bought a D4 caterpillar tractor and a new planner that equipment set up back $5000.00 a sure hope they pay back I’m almost sure they will. It’s a marvel the way that tractor can climb hills almost as steep as a man can walk. It sure does mow through the trees in fact the forest service makes us be careful of little trees, and power it seems theirs is no end to it nor the thing never gives out. We haven’t had the planner long in fact we just bought it a little while back since we slowed down for winter we only used it but very little. We did not move down this winter as we have done in the past we did not think it profitable. Alf left Salt Lake last Dec 8 to go to Texas on a mission and Res left for the central states at present he is in Salina ,Kansas . I suppose maybe you already knew that though. The light plant bought a new 80 h.p. diesel engine last fall it sure is a beasy I ran in me shift and fist of the other shift. Running light plant now is what one might call a sissy job. The R.E.A. or Rual electrification act is planning on putting in a plant and light up about 9 towns such as Orderville, Mt Carmel, Glendale, Tropic, Cannonville, Henrievill, Escalante, Hatch and I don’t know which other one it looks now like it was going through if it was going through if it does that new association the Garkane power co will buy out the present company here in Orderville. The Valley high started of good this year in Basketball but it’s the same old story when they get out of practice games and into the league they stop playing so wonderful. The old gang is fairly well split up. Ruth went of and married a collage punk, now she working to put him on through college. Emily is down to St George working at something. Fae is up at Sun Valley, Idaho working for the Utah Parks. I don’t know when back is you and Res are on missions. I’m here running light plant. Kens the towns best bum Eva is working in the mutual here and Elbert is going to college in Dixie. I traded the shack off the other day to Roy Crofts. I couldn’t see as there was any need of keeping it any longer. Ken and Mose smoke out in public all the time now regular smokers. I haven’t seen your mother for quite some time. She must be in St George doing temple work else I would have seen her. Ferl hurt his eye a little the other day and has been wearing colored glasses for the last couple of days. Hans bought a new Buick about 2 or 3 weeks ago. It is quite a boat it almost looks like a limousine. Dave Sorenson bought a 1934 Chevrolet and Elforn is trying, it seems, to run the wheels of from it if it can be done. I’ve spent quite a bit of time lately pulling apple trees out of lots with the caterpillar when I was not on light plant duty I don’t go on till 4 o clock in the afternoon. Mark Brink and Leah Levanger got hitched up around Christmas time. Omner and his wife had a baby but it died about 10 days after it was born of pneumonia. The snow here as yet has been the lightest it has been for years so for it is raining outside a little now. I can’t think of much to write now but will probably think of plenty often I seal the envelope. Well take good care of yourself and I will do the same. As ever an old chum John Crofts P..S. I couldn’t find your address last night but found it today. During the night it rained like the devil and now is about 9 P.M. and there 6 inches of very wet snow on the land. Friends Edger Esplin John Crofts Reo Heaton Pvt Edgar S Esplin Company I, 38th infantry Fort Douglas, Utah 10 April, 1938 Dear Tone: I have been going to write to you every since I joined the United States army last November (26th 1937). I like the army pretty good for as I know now. I have 4 months and two weeks in to date, by the time this gets to you I will have 5 months in unless I am wrong in how long it takes this letter to get to you. The weather has certainly been fine here so far this winter and spring since I came up here. We haven’t had so very much snow here last winter, and what we have had didn’t stay more than 4 or 5 days at the most so you can see it hasn’t been so bad at that. Most of the storms (snow) were rained off soon after they started. I guess that the Netherlands or Holland where you labor are rather beautiful and mild climated aren’t they? I suppose that you and “Billy” Bolander will be rather close to each other won’t you? He is in the Copenhagen, Denmark mission. Not so very much I can think of to write to you now so will have to call it quite this time and hope you can find time to write to me. Good luck and best wishes sincerely yours Edgar Esplin Fort Douglas, Utah May 12, 1938 Dear Tone: I received your most welcome letter this morning. In a way I was surprised to get your letter as I didn’t know whether or not you would answer my letter. But just the same I am glad you did and I want you to write to me whenever you can do so. I get a kick out of the army here sometimes. Today the company I am in went out to carry out an attack problem that was scheduled for us by the post head quarters. We started at a canyon opening east of the post hospital that they call “Red Butte creek” then from there to the “This is the place” monument in Emigration canyon. About a half or three quarters of a mile south of the starting point we are getting ready for the running of the bayonet course to see who can make an expert medal with the bayonet, and after that comes the rifle to see who makes marksman, expert, and sharpshooter medals. After we get all of that done we start on our summer maneuvers or war games. I guess it would be quite a sight to see the Dutch armies as they would have a different type of uniform and equipment than the American armies. That is the first time I have heard of an army wearing wooden shoes and riding bicycles. I imagine that the tulip fields of Holland are exceptionally beautiful at this time of year with their many different colors, and the enormous size of the tulip blooms, and the fields they are grown in. Do they sell very many of the tulips to the tourists and people who visit the Tulip Fields? Is the Dutch language a very hard one to learn how to speak or write? Reed Bolander let me read a letter he got from Billy a while back and Billy says it takes a lot of practice and effort to learn the Danish language or whatever they speak in Denmark. He (Billy) says that two thirds or more of the people in Denmark live in apartments houses and very few of the people own their own homes in Danmark. What are the living conditions in Holland or the Netherlands where you have been? I can’t think of anything more now so say so will close Wishing success and good luck to you from and old Friend Edgar Reo Heaton Orderville Utah Feb 14, 1938 Dear Tone At last I am getting around to doing this little what you call it. After many months of actual thinking about it I am actually doing it. I saw a picture of you the other day. You looked rather sober, does it effect you that way? Are you getting bigger or littler? Do you like it over there? I can think of a million questions and I would like to ask you, but you probably won’t have time to write and answer them so I will desist. There isn’t much happening around here now. Its growing more dead every day. They are right in the middle of the fall league and that creates a little excitement, but not very much. We folks get together once and a while and play cards or monopoly but we never have any real good gang parties any more. The show only runs four days a week now and anyway we are all so broke we couldn’t go to a show if we did want to. I don’t see much of Eve any more - your leaving sort of broke things up for us kids. I guess someone has informed you that Billy Bolander is going to Denmark haven’t they. His farewell will be on George Washingtons birthday. If I had my way wed be going to Germany next spring. I wouldn’t be a bit surprises if were called . Dad thinks he can rake up the money. I can’t think of anything much which would interest you, and I know how bored you get at silly lengthy discussions so I better quit. Be good as if I didn’t know that you have to. A Friend Reo P.S. Thanks for the Christmas Card. April 25, 1938 Dear Tone, Yes, its me again, you never answered the last one, but I guess you are quite busy. I’ll bet your getting to be a real preacher in every way or are you? Well John and I though we should get together and inquire as to your health. We really had quite the celebration for you the sat after your birthday. You know we went to St George to have your party. It was quite the time to. We mailed you part of it in the form of a cake afterward. We were going to write you them but we couldn’t get together long enough. It was the next Wednesday before we even got together long enough to mail the cake. We’re been having quite a bit of fun, but I guess reading about it wouldn’t interest you anyway. By the way, how was the cake? Was it dried out? How long does it take you to get anything like that anyway? What do you do in your spare time if you have any do you study or what? From What I hear you must be getting is for quite the cyclist. Are you well. I sort of wish I were with you. I’d like to see something different. This old town never changes. It looks the same as it did when you left. Well I guess I’d better sign off. It seems Johnnie has got the start on me. I am getting sleepy anyway. I went to church last night and went to sleep and slept clear through it. They even accused me of snoring. Can you guess that. I hope you enjoyed your part (I mean cake) as much as we did your part. Be seeing you a pal Reo May 17, 1938 Dear Tone I was supposed to mail these letters a long time ago but I lost track of them before I got around to it. I saw them a little while ago and through I’d better send them off. Better late than never. Woo Here’s John. I’ll turn the mike over to him to see what he has to say. Well, Well! How are old pal of a friend can you speak to the little Dutch boys and girls yet. Well heres to you. I know you’ll need it The following are incomplete letters found Frederick was not there and Von didn’t know about registration fees so I won’t send money that way this time but will send check to S.L.C. perhaps today any way not later than the 15th. In your letters you state that you don’t know of any thing else that might be of interest, well! Here goes When I tell you I spent all day last Mon in Kanab getting my teeth repaired, went over with Easton because it was commissioners meeting day and came home with Robert Chamberlain after dark, thus avoiding the late hours with Easton as he had to attend another meeting and when I speak of going to Little Zion, Glendale or Salt Lake you know all about those places, distance etc. they are familiar to you but when you speak of being in the Hague for a missionary meeting in the A.M. then come back to Rotterdam for conference, you see I haven’t much of an idea about the places, how far you have to go and the manner used in being conveyed to them, so it would be very interesting to read about these mimer things as you might call them. I would like a mental picture of based upon facts of the country and places and things which are important factors in connection with or to your work. The Hague for instance I don’t know much about, I know that it is a place where officials from various nations have met to discuss world affairs but I don’t know if its just a building or a section of country. You know I’m a woman and women are supposed to be curious but anything concerning your work companions, friends, studies, tracting etc, all interests me. The little books you spoke of, telling of Holland has not come,. It’s 5 P.M. and Clara just came from school, brot the mail a letter from Alice. They are well, the Bp asked if Glendon will go on a mission. Alice wants your address, says Henry Grimshaw is going on a mission to Holland soon. I think he’s one of her Grimshaw neighbors, I know some of them or have met them a number of times. Clara said she would type you some more poems so I won’t write one that I was going to. This letter is getting rather lengthy and maybe your patience needs extending so you’ll bear with me and remember you old top that no one loves you as Mother P.s. Sister Siler spend yesterday with me, asked about you and sends good wishes. Said it seemed lonesome not to see you come in and she has always liked you. I didn’t feel well yesterday so she got dinner and helped me on Claras quilt. Latest news - Evan Stevens has returned from the army (This next part is another part of a letter) came and gave me a blessing and talked with me some little time and gave me great consolation and comfort. Asked about you as he always does and again voiced his confidence in your which always pleases me for I know that such confidence is not misplaces. Uncle Charl always speaks of you as such a clean young man and so fine. He has often told me of some of the temptations that missionaries have to content with and said “when they begin to take it easy they slip and had better look out” Clara took her school for a hike yesterday and when she returned , brot your letter in answer to the one I sent announcing your birthday party. How glad I was to get it and the pictures. You fellows are in keeping with the May Festival so splendidly adorned with garlands of flowers and with your joyful countenances are all very charming and captivating and sure look good to me. Is it really a boat full of flowers you are sitting alone in. It certainly looks like it as also where the four of you are? I’m trying to imagine the real beauty of the tulip fields. VereDeane brot in a bouquet of our tulips and California poppies that are very beautiful and I watch them with pleasure fold their petals at night and unfold at the morning time. In comparison with the fields of flowers you’ve seen I imagine these would stand in the shade but believe me I am enjoying them and the lilacs also which I can see anytime from my window. The birds enjoy it as well as I’m very happy with their song. A very pretty little yellow bird with its less beautiful companion attracts my attention and admiration most. I’m anxious to locate their next. I have reason to believe they are setting. Now about the shoes for Dwight, his foot measures exactly 6 ½ inches and if you can send them now it will be alright. Dwight is growing so fast now that I think you should get them plenty large so he can enjoy wearing them, for a while before they become relics. I’ve send the check $35 for you this month so you’ll have plenty for the present but I expect to send extra for such things as wooden shoes. I have a dollar bill now in payment on Dwights but I don’t like to send it in a letter especially until I hear form the $5.00 bill I sent you. I sent it in the letter I wrote April 24 and you musnit forget to tell me about it. Its dark now and I’ve been all day writing this because its tiring. Have you written to our relatives yet in England? I haven’t heard from them for quite a while. If you haven’t written I wish you would. Her health is very poor and if she should pass away we won’t know who to write to as I have been unable to get their childrens names. Have sent them a family group sheet no less than twice to be filled out and had the promise of it while he was alive but never got it. We must keep up a correspondence with them as it may mean so much in our genealogical work so if you would write your thanks (if you havn;t already) for the welcome extended to you and incidentally ask her to tell you her childrens names we might be able to keep up correspondence. Don’t you see how important it is? I feel sure my life was spared for this very purpose of getting your genealogy or in other words fulfilling the promise I made your father in regard to it and when I’m gone I plead with you and the others to carry it on. Good night Dear son and always remember the love of Mother (The following is part of another letter) hard for me to get up town to see about registering a letter with enough money for a no. so will inclose some more in this letter then about the 10th inst will send a check to Salt Lake. I guess some one has told you of Ruth losing her baby. I thot I would tell you a faith promoting incident or in reality it was a miracle that culminated here but its rather late and I feel rather weary so will leave it for another time. So you witnessed the ladies - or wouldn it be ladies? Fight. Aunt Abbie and I had a good laugh and she wondered if you helped break it up. I said NO! He would open his eyes, get a broad grim on his face with his nose in front of him and wait. Was I right. Good night you old dear and call this only scribbling from you loving Mother June 3 - LaVells birthday 6 A.M. all well this morning. Today is Panguitch Stake Temple day and Lorna Chamberlain is to be married to a Panguitch boy - don’t know his name. Lorna’s mother will be down and witness the marriage. Am glad she is about to come, her health is so poor most all the time. Mother P.S. Its noon now and Lorna is married to Arthur Frederick Bruen. I witnessed the impressive marriage. Mother ( don’t know who sent this - very difficult to read) well I can’t think of any thing to tell you hope I can some day most don’t spend you time on me cute once and I will so I know you well it want bee long time passes quick be good and work your self sant night Conde yete good class all may you has good home Grandmother Poem given to Mother Elvira from Elder Clark Foster of St George BURDEN BEARERS The camel at the close of day kneels down upon the sandy plain, To have his burden lifted off, And rest again. My soul, tho top shouldn’st to they knees When daylight draweth to a close, And let the Master lift they load And grant repose Else how canst thou tomorrow meet, With all tomorrow’s work to do, If thou thy burden all the night doest carry through? The Camel kneels at break of day To have his guide replace his load, Then rise up a new to take The desert road so thou shouldn’t kneel at morning’s dawn That God may give thy daily care, Assured that He no load too great Will make thee bear. Dec 14, 1938 Dear Nephew Tone I told your mother that I’d say Hello to you on the bottom of her letter - but she decided otherwise. I think there has not a day passes since you’ve been gone that I have not thought of you and remembered your in my prayers. You may not receive this even by Christmas time but I’ll send you the Seasons Greeting anyway. Your mother’s health seems much better than when you left. She goes though the temple twice each day. Of course she gets tired but she can rest when she reaches home. Then she is busy making lace and crocheted tides for the girls overstuffed furniture for their Christmas. Hope the cooked will not be too old by the time they reach you. Best of wished and love from Your Aunt Abbie (Poem sent by Clara) IT COULDN’T BE DONE Somebody said that it couldn’t be done, But he with a chuckel replied That “maybe it couldn’t be he would be one Who would not say so till he tired, So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried as he did it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn’t be done, and he did it. Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that: At least no one ever has done it.” But he took off his coat and he took off his hat, And the first thing we know he”d begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, Without any doubting or quitting He started to sing as the tackled the thing That couldn’t be done and he did it. There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, There are thousands to prophecy failure; There are thousands to point out to you bone by one, The dangers that wit to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, Just take off your coat and go to it; Just start to sing as you tackle the thing That “cannot be done,” and you”ll do it. ( Edgar A. Guest.) AS TO YOU Did you give him a lift? He’s a brother of man. And hearing about all the burden he can. Did you give his a smile? He was downcast and blue, And the smile would have helped him to battle it through. Did you give him your name? He was slipping down hill, And the world, so I fancied, its using him ill. Did you give him a word? Did you show him the road, Or did you just let him go on with his load? Did you help him along? He’s a sinner like you, But the grasp of you hand might have carried him through. Did you bid him good cheer? Just a word and a smile. Were what we most needed that last weary mile. Did you know what he bore in that burden of care that is every man’s load and that sympathy shares? Did you try to find out what he needed from you, Or did you just leave him to battle it through? Do you know what it means to be losing the fight, When a lift just in time might set everything right? Do you know what it means - just the clasp of a hand. When a man’s borne about all a man ought to stand? Did you ask what it was - why the quivering lip, And the glistening tears down the pale cheek that slip? Were you brother of his when the time came to be? Did you offer to help him or didn’t you see? Don’t you know it’s the part of a brother or man to find what the grief is and help where you can? Did you stop when he asked you to give him a lift, or were you so busy you left him to shift, OH I know what you say may really be true, But the test of your manhood is - What did you do? Did you reach out a hand? Did you find him the road, Or did you just let him go by with his Load? (James W. Foley)

Life Story of Lester Blackburn

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LIFE STORY OF LESTER BLACKBURN written by Paul and comments from the other children and from other family members that knew him. Birth Lester was born 20 Oct 1899 in Orderville, Utah. He was the son of Henry Thomas Blackburn who was born in 1849 in Weston Hills, Lincolnshire, England and Elvira Pamela Cox who was born 3 Feb 1875 in Washington, Utah. Henry and Elvira were married 6 Sept 1892. Henry and Elvira had 10 children. Lester was the oldest son from this marriage and third child. They had Mercy, Charlotte, Lester, Nancy Easton, Charles Henry, Maggie, Ferl, Clara and Tone. This was Henry’s second marriage. He married first Nancy Beal Webb 23 Nov 1883 and they had three children Mary Alice, Thomas Woodruff, and John Freeman. John Freeman was born 11 sept 1890 and died 9 Sept 1891 and his mother Nancy Beal Webb died 24 Oct 1890. When they chose a names for Lester his mother Elvira chose his name from the doctor she highly respected as she trained under him in the field of obstetrics. Parents Henry was a Englishman and as family members mention him they share than he didn’t show any emotion. Perhaps he was this way because he lost his sister and brother at a early age to death and then he buried his first wife and them a young son to death before he married Elvira. Henry and Delaun Mills Cox were just a year apart in age. Henry was 1 year older than his father in law . Memories of Henry Blackburn by Paul. The year I was 5, I spent some time staying with my Grandparents, Henry and Elvira Blackburn. This was in Orderville, Utah. Henry was 84 years old at the time. I remember sitting on his lap as he told me religious stories. After thinking back I would estimate him probably 5'8" in height and over 200 lbs. He had white hair and white whiskers. A large man, and he ruled the home. Uncle Tone was 10 years older than I, and the youngest of Henry and Elvira’s family. I remember Grandmother instructed Tone to go into the kitchen and have his bath. Tone said, “But Mother, I just had a bath last Saturday.” I can remember Grandfather setting on the hay wagon attached to a team of horses. Uncle Ferl and Tone climbed aboard. Grandmother gave them a large lunch basket. Uncle Tom rode up on his favorite riding horse. After a family discussion they rode toward the Muddy, where Grandfather harvested alfalfa hay. The fenced hayfield lay approximately 2 miles south of Orderville. A half mile south of the hay field where Uncle Tom and Aunt Till’s home (Tom was a son from Henry’s first wife). Memories of Elvira Cox Blackburn from Paul. Elivra was a midwife. She delivered so many children in the valley and was a special woman. I can remember many times the evenings when her old friends would stop in for a chat, mostly discuss or explain to grandmother their ailment. She would diagnose their ailment and many times she would prescribe an enema. Before they left for their home they would hold a prayer circle, which would go on and on. I used to think “when will it ever end.” childhood Lester was not deprived of male companionship for he had an uncle who was born just three days prior to himself. These two boys were inseparable from the time they were toddlers until such time as his uncle Orin Kelsey Cox moved to Hinckley, Utah with his parents the maternal grandfather and grandmother of Lester. A lively pair they were , getting into all kinds of mischief. They as most boys, normal. They were welcomed visitors at each others home and the members of both households felt that each boy was an integral part of that family. Lester was like his father in many ways. He seemed to resemble him most was that he never was in much of an apparent hurry when he was young. However his work was done when it was needed to be done. He was a great help although very young to his father when it came to the farm work. It was reported that a common sight was to see Lester sitting on the side of an empty hayrack with his feet and legs hanging down and his father driving the team of horses headed for the cove south of town where his fields were located. They would no doubt be on their way for a load of hay, wheat or corn that was ripe and ready to be harvested. In addition to this kind of help as soon as he was old enough he milked cows, separated the milk, fed calves and pigs. He always brought in wood and coal to keep the big black kitchen range well stoked. Lester along with his younger brother, Easton, took turns riding a young colt of ponderous size, a workhouses colt. Riding it was all right, but getting the colt worked up to a gallop was another matter steeped in danger. The risky ride was suddenly over. The colt fell and rolled completely over Lester. The weight of the animal should have crushed him, but there was a small ditch which just held his body. No weight was felt by him as the horse rolled over him. Easton saw him get up shake the dust off and mount the colt again. Lester worked away from home for money when he was young. He was employed by George Carroll to herd sheep. Lester had an advantage in sports because he could use both hands good and it confused his opponents in boxing, wrestling and basketball. His coordination and timing was very smooth. He was on the team that won the state basketball championship that was held in Chicago. He was good also on the dance floor. Fathers Family Memories from Paul Sometimes Aunt Mercy would bring some of her family to Grandmother’s for an evening visit. Ervin and Emma Hoyt lived next door and were very good friends. Across the street to the west was Henry and Velma Carroll and next to them was Fred Carroll and his wife. Grandfather Henry loaned Fred Carroll a herd of Sheep on a hand shake. Fred Carroll had gone broke earlier. He soon paid grandfather back. Grandfather was 84 when he died. I remember the evening very well. Aunt Clara was running around all evening, then came out of his bedroom crying. Ervin Hoyt made his casket. He was buried in Orderville. After Grandfathers death, my Grandmother took over. There must have been some insurance money because Grandmother and Uncle Ferl purchased a big car. I remember seeing it but don’t remember the year or make. They did take some tours. My Father did some grumbling about it. He felt the money was foolishly spent. Uncle Tone and cousin Lavell Chamberlain herded my father’s sheep for a time. Lavell tells of when he and Tone threw a rock, striking an old ewe in the head and killing it. They tried hard to think of a story to tell my father. Uncle Ferl was very close to my father, but if his head wasn’t fastened on when he was young he would of lost or misplaced it because whenever he borrowed he usually lost it or broke it. My father always said I wish Ferl would return what he borrows. Around the ranch Uncle Ferl was always busy doing things to please father, they were very close. One afternoon up in Lydies Canyon I listened to Father and Ferl discuss property lines. Both of them numerous times said that the old fence was not on the property line. I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t put where it should have been, this would have prevented many years of bad feelings between my mother and Ferl. (There are two types of people. Those who do and those who delegate). My mother was a doer. When a job needed to be done she got it done. She didn’t wait until she had time. Lester had a sister and her family that lived one mile to the north. Lyle and Nancy Blackburn Chamberlain. Aunt Nancy was a very sweet lady and always had a good word, and most times had a cookie for us. Their oldest son Royce was the same age as Paul. They spent much time together fishing, hunting, and swimming in their Hidden lake. The children have very good memories of Hidden Lake. Lily was baptized there by her father Lester when she was 8 years old. Strength of Dola Once I sassed Mother, (says Paul) than ran across the 3 acres of garden. She ordered me to stop but guess what, I didn’t an something hit me into the back, knocking me down, and next to me way lying her rolling pin. Memories of Dola’s family Uncle Hans Chamberlain and Grandpa Ozro came to the ranch and told Dola that her sister had been killed in a traffic accident a few miles south of Cedar City. Dola’s older sister was Lula Wright , the wife of Harvey Wright. It was a hard thing for Dola. Lula had 8 children at the time. The oldest was 18 and the youngest was 6. Paul remembers grandfather Ozro Demille. Ozro would come and stay with us at the ranch during the summer. He suffered from asthma. This always made my mother happy having him with us. He would fascinate Paul when he would find a stick of wood, open up his pocket knife and whittle from the wood miniature shovel, ax, pick, hammer etc. He always gave what he made away, pleasing people. It always pleased him to make other people happy. He retired in Hurricane after spending his life as a blacksmith. Many times we stopped at his Hurricane residence to spend the day. I would watch him heat and mold a piece of metal for his customers. Uncle Jose Hoyt and Aunt Orpha purchases Grandfathers house in Hurricane, and spent several years raising their family there. Aunt Elva sold Grandfathers’s field and used the money to pay for his keep in later years. After World War two started, Grandfather Ozro moved to Hinckley, Utah where he lived until his death. He lived with Uncle Alvin and Aunt Elva. Elva was a sister of Dola’s. Dola had two older brothers. Conrad and Leland. Paul recalls that these two uncles were special men to him . They were never to busy to stop at what ever they were doing to chew the fat. Usually tell of some experience while they were growing up. I lived with Uncle Conrad and milked his cows when his four sons were in the service. When Conrad would return home he would tell me stories of his growing up in Hurricane. He said while in his late teens he was told where 35 gallons of home made wine was hid in Toquerville. He and a friend hitched Grandfather Ozro’s team to a buggy. They traveled to Toquerville, getting there after dark. They found the wine, loaded it, then traveled back to Hurricane where they hit it. Uncle Conrad said he and his friend stayed full all winter. Again he was told where 10 more gallons were hid in Toquerville, so they traveled back to Toquerville, stealing the wine and staying happy until it was all drank. Uncle Conrad said most everyone had a vineyard, and those who didn’t dry their grapes for raisins made wine. Marriage In 1925, Lester who was 26, meet Dola DeMille who was 17, who was living at Orderville with her sister Orpha Hoyt while she was finishing her schooling. After going with Dola for 1 ½ years they were married the 27th day of December in 1926. At the time they got married Lester was 27 and Dola 18. Their first home was one mile above Glendale. The home was old but Lester was handy at building and made the home very livable. It was a beautiful place covered with flowers. Grandfather Henry gave Lester the ranch, part of Lydies Canyon and Dry Wash. Lester late bought Jump up from Easton. One of the wishes of the heart of Lesters wife was to go through the temple and be sealed to Lester and the children. It was hard for Lester for several years because he had several things to overcome, but through much effort and prayer he started to realize the need to prepared himself. After a while Dola reports that we quietly slipped away by ourselves and took the three boys and were sealed together the 11th day of February, 1936. Lester and Dola’s first home by Paul During the first year after my parents were married they spent a lot of time at the cabin Father had built several miles up in Lydies canyon. This is the history that Tim and Lela Hoyt gave me after I became well acquainted with them. They were good friends of the folks. I was 8-10 years old when Father took Charles, Ferry, and myself to the cabin where we tore it down, saving all the 2 by 4's and sheeting that we could save. It took 2-3 trips in the pickup to haul it to the ranch. Father used it to build a shed. Tim and Lela Hoyt used to drive to the cabin to see the folks. Lela said they would spend a lot of time together. Tim Hoyt was a brother to Jose Hoyt who was married to Aunt Orpha. Tim was a boxer as well as Father was. Tim also used to wrestle around the country. I’m sure being paid for it. Tim Hoyt was one of the strongest men to come out of Long Valley. Tim was had matches to wrestle with Fat Nelson a Cedar City man. As the bout was started Fat grabbed Tim squeezing him so hard that he broke wind raising a roar of laughter. This story was told me by several different men who were there at the time. Church activity Lesters entire family was a church going family. They were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lester was made a Deacon and later became the president of the deacons quorum. Lester became active in the church and filled such positions as counselor in the Sunday School. This was the early 40's. Alvin Black was Sunday School President, but he never went so Lester always took charge. He always did a good job conducting Sunday School. Lester was a Seventy in the Priesthood when he died. Lester would haul the children to church every Sunday to the Glendale Chapel. Dola was the Relief Society President. Early Sunday morning he would go to the chapel and light the stoves to warm the room so we could hold class. Remodeling was done on the building and Lester put in many hours on it. When he went to settle up for his work the Bishop paid all the other workers for half their labors but would give nothing to Lester, telling him he would get his pay in heaven. He always paid an honest tithe. The remodeling was done during the war years to people who were unemployed. You donated 50 percent. Bishop Charles Anderson was out of money when it came time to settle with Lester and the boys and he told them they would get their pay on the other side. Some time after this we left the Glendale ward and joined with the Orderville ward.. work ethics - teaching children to work After finishing school he went to California where he learned the plastering trade which became one of his trades. Lester had learned to plaster while at California with Gowdy Aidair and Jode Covington. He worked two years in Southern California, then back to Orderville where he and Easton remodeled old homes to make them a job. Lester went into Bolder, Utah on the first car road, and plastered the farm houses there. A number of the old insisted that if you worked with him you worked hard like he did. When plastering the Kanab hospital he made a bet that he could finish it in so many days, and he did it. No one could put on so much mud on as fast as he could. It was the year Easton went on his mission that Father Henry Blackburn took a herd of sheep, traded from the ranch from John Smith. Lester took the house and lower part of the ranch and Easton was to have the upper part. As handy as Lester was he made it into a pretty good looking house. Lester had a herd of sheep he kept in Lydias Canyon where Paul and Charles would help herd them when they were about 5 and 3 years old. Lester was made deputy sheriff when Lloyd Chamberlain was Kane County Sheriff. He did an exceptionally lot of donation work on churches and other public buildings. He also worked several years for the church as a remodeled and built. Lester raised alfalfa hay, potatoes, corn in Lydias, and in Dry Wash corn on wet years we raised wheat. Lester would hook up the team and he and the boys would haul fodder to the ranch where we stacked and stored it for winter feed. One time while trailing a herd of sheep from the ranch to Dry Wash, Ronald Spencer ran into the herd with a model T Ford killing about a dozen head. He paid Lester for them. The last 34 head of sheep Lester turned out in the south hills between us and the Clarence Foot place. It was a bad winter with lots of snow. The sheep were never seen again. The following spring the area was hunted but the bones were never found. Lester built a power plant and a cool house for meat. The roof was level with the ditch so he could run water over it to keep it cool. Lester built a smoke house out of lumber, then lined it with tin. This was placed to the west of the fruit cellar, down the hill he built a rock fire place with a tin chute to the smoke house. We raised 2-3 porkers yearly, they were butchered, then smoked, making the meat delicious. Joe and Mary Ellen smith who owned and operated Smith Hotel in Glendale always used the smoke house. Other neighbors used it too. Paul remembers that Father built a rock building, then stuccoed it and poured cement on its top where water was stored to keep our vegetables, milk, and cheese cold. Before putting up the vegetables building my father built a power plant which consisted of a large wheel. Around the wheel was several metal cups. He ran a water pipe on a steep grade forcing the water into the cups causing it to spring. Wires were run to a generator, then to our old ranch house. This was our first electric lights. They were very dim and fluctuated, but lights. Before this, we always used 2 coal oil lamps for our evening reading and writing. My father was a very staunch Republican and delighted arguing with Aunt Orpha as she was a staunch Democrat. Would the fur fly when the locked horns. Lester built a garage for the truck with a granary on top and he and his brother Easton plumbed in the indoor bathroom. He stuccoed the ranch house and poured cement walks all around mixing the cement by hand. That is using his boys to help with the work. When they mixed the walks by hand he bought a cement mixer. Lester also bought about 75 young fruit trees from a mail order house. Charles and Paul dug all the planting holes. The fruit trees did so well that the next year people all through the valley brought trees. Glendale is now known for its delicious apples. Lester had Henry Carroll dig three fish ponds with his tractor, paying for the digging with masonry work. Here he raised fish or had a swimming hole. During the summer Paul and the boys with the help of Delmar Spencer and his 2 sons and 3 brothers, traveled to the main canyon where fish were scooped into many tubs and barrels, then hauled to the ponds at the ranch. The boys especially Paul spent many hours later on catching fish from our own ponds. The main creek that flowed through our property was fished years. We always had fresh fish on our dinner table. Lester built a potato cellar in the side of the hill. When it wasn’t full of potatoes it was full of rattle snakes. A snake crawled into the house and Dola and Roma (daughter of her sister Orpha) beat it to death with brooms and clubs. One time the boys hauled hay for a mile with Ferl (brother of Lester) setting on the board with three rattlers in it. Ferl enjoyed holding them by the tail chopping their heads off. Lester always warned his brother that he would be bitten but he never was. The government made C.C. camps through the southern Utah area with one at Mount Carmel. They put in dams along the creek. Lester took care of their horses one winter. Lester had about four milk cows most of the time which his boys milked. Shipping the cream to the Brooklawn creamery at Panguitch. Lester had one old cow who kept getting out so he and the boys built an electric fence across the creek. Charles and Lester walked into the creek and took hold of the fence with plyers just as Paul switched on the current. It flipped the plyers from Lesters hand. Lester got quite bent out of shape. He came up the bank to Paul. Paul trembles then Lester smiled at him. He never did stay mad too long. One day while driving some cows to the barn, one old cow was determined she was going to cross the ditch, and Lester was just as determined she wasn’t going to. Lester was just as determined she wasn’t going to. Lester picked up a rock and hit the cow between the eyes knocking her flat. In 1937 we had a deep snow which covered everything. It was over our head in places. Dad stayed home with us most of that winter. We raised most of our food, meats, fruit and vegetables. Paul says Father (Lester) had a herd of sheep that roamed the hills between the ranch, which sat on approx 20 acres and Lydies canyon, which was one half mile north of our ranch house. This canyon was several miles long. Father owned some and Ferl owned some. John Watsons hillside land, laid further to the north west of ours. The Leon Brinkerhoff family owned a section of the land near fathers to the west. They also trespassed upon everybody’s ground with their sheep. One corner of Brinkerhoff’s ground laid near our drinking water. They ran their sheep across it occasionally. Our drinking water came out of a spring right on the creek bank. Father had hand dug a ditch along a steep bank, which laid along a bank just west of highway 89. This water ran a half mile to the ranch house. Of often the ditch would brake, causing our water to run down on the road. As father reached for his shovel, he would be growling, and at my early aga I learned the meaning of his cuss words. He had to repair the ditch often. I learned how to use his shovel when he was around. The first year I remember, Father, Uncle Ferl, and Easton hand sheared the sheep. My Mother, (Dola) in one day, sheared 3 to 5 sheep, prepared a lunch, then carried it to Lydias canyon to feed all. While the sheep were being sheared I and a younger brother, would help by keeping the sheep rounded up. Mom would shear one sheep while they ate lunch. She could throw a sheep down as quick as any man. After shearing the sheep she would walk back to the ranch and start preparing supper. This continued every year until Father got rid of the sheep. Mom got where she could shear 3 - 4 a day. Paul remembers that Father (Lester) started he and Charles herding 40-50 young ewe’s from the ranch to dry wash, which we owned. We were only a short distance south of the ranch near a bridge on highway 89, when Ronald Spencer traveling south in his Model A ran into the sheep killing 3 - 4. He had no brakes, this was very frightening. Father ran down and chewed Ronald up, telling him that he was going to pay, which he did. Ferl owned a 22 rifle which we kept at the ranch. I had it with me much of the time. I was always hunting and I can’t remember if I ever let Charles shoot it. Years before I found the 22 rifle lying on the grass at Father’s jump-up property. Father and I was checking the cattle and fence. Father quickly recognized it as Ferl’s. Father always said this is not unusual for Ferl to loose or fail to pickup or return what ever he borrows. He once borrowed Father’s 30 -30 saddle rifle, he stepped in a hole, breaking the stock, which he didn’t replace or even repair it. Years later Joy (Paul’s wife) gave me a new stock for Christmas. If I had the money that I have put into the 30-30 for repairs I could have bought a new gun. During the late summer Dave Sorenson from Orderville would travel through the valley threshing every ones oats. This would take normally 6 men. Dave usually took oats for his pay, as most families didn’t have cash to pay for his services. During the threshing season Mother would rise before day light to start preparing the large dinner meal. She always had many pies, rolls, steaks, etc. Paul would help the thrashers by holding the sacks as they were filled with oats. Paul spent much of his time keeping the pigs in as they were always crawling under the fence and into mothers large asparagus patch, which gave us many meals during the summer. Lester contracted plastering, stucco, painting, pouring cement side walks, which kept Charles and myself busy on Saturdays and during summers. Ferry started getting big enough to mis cement, and always screened sand. We always went with Father to load sand by hand in our half ton pickup. This was every time a plastering job came up. We would travel 4 miles north of the ranch to load our pickup with clean white sand that lay along highway 89. Haul it to the next job, screen the sand then start mixing plaster in a large tin box, pack it into the building father was plastering, then hurry back outside, and screen more sand add plaster and do it over again and again. At dry wash Lester raised dry filed corn during the summer months Charles, Ferry and Paul were sent there to hoe weeds. The nATS were always so thick making it difficult to work. In the fall the corn still in its stock, was hauled to the ranch and placed to the south of the barn, where it fed from 10 to 20 cows. In the spring we herded the 20 or more cows north to jump up pasture, at black rock where the 160 acres kept the cows eating pasture until fall then Lester would have John Chamberlain load most of them in his truck, haul them to Richfield where they were sold at the auction. This would provide us with money to pay taxes, and buy more young heifers for the next year. Usually father would buy a young expensive Holstein bull every other year then sell it to one of the local ranchers or trade it for their bull. We were always busy keeping the fences mended to keep the livestock in. One after as Paul remembers Father and Charles were standing in the creek that ran down through our pasture, repairing the 6 volt electric wire fence that crossed the creek. Father repeatedly told me not to turn the switch on, but I felt I would never get another chance to have some fun, and not knowing the seriousness of it, I turned it on. Charles saw me turn it on and moved away. Fathers pliers flipped in the air, he didn’t fall down because the 6 volt battery needed charging. He swore every step from where he was standing to where I was trembling on the bank. He said, I could of been killed, what is the matter with you, then he set on the creek bank and laughed. I was sure relieved that he was alive and I could still set down. What a stupid stunt a teenager pulls when he isn’t thinking. Personality Lester always enjoyed a good fight or basketball game and attended all he could until his health failed him. Lester was a boxer and fought in the ring all over the southern Utah area. Easton and Charles were his sparing partners for his boxing practice. He traveled with his best friend. Tim Hoyt, who wrestled and boxed. They put on bouts at Cedar, St George, Panguitch and surrounding communities. He had won several fights and came home and put the gloves on to spare with his brother Charles, and was quite surprised when Charles hit him so hard he broke a rib or two. He said it was the hardest he had ever been hit. Lester took an active part in politics and civil affair. Before he married he traveled to Idaho and worked with his Uncle Leonard Cox for a season. He and Alvin Allred, also there working decided to go to a County Fair. There Alvin talked Lester into boxing with a man who offered any man a dollar a minute that could say in the ring with him. Lester stayed in the ring so long that they finally stopped him, but they wouldn’t pay him the amount they had bargained. It almost ended in a free-for-all. He loved horse raising, and he had a winning horse at one time. He and Ferl sheared sheep, they had about 300 head on the ranch and in the summer they would feed that many more. Lester worked one summer on the St. George Temple. He was always working most of the time leaving the ranch to be run by Dola and the boys with Ferl doing the planting and caring for the ground. The Boys would work for him in the summer. Lester was a strong, well built man. He was six feet tall and weighed over 200 pounds. He had a long arm reach. He was a very good basketball player and boxer. He worked fast and hard. He was very ambitious. One of Lester’s worst fears was that his boys might grow up to be lazy. He wanted his children to be industrious. The family did a lot of playing and sometimes Lester would feel bad because the children didn’t work more. With the kind of work that Lester did kept him away from home a lot. The boys really respect Lester because they knew he was right. Lester was good and kind to the boys. Lester made the boys work for what we got. He loved his family and showed the family that he did. Lester was liked by everyone. He was a true Blackburn. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for a friend. Charles remembers helping Lester wall paper the living room for a elderly couple in Glendale. Charles was about eleven or twelve. When the people asked how much the bill was, Dad said there is no charge. They showed great love and appreciation for Lester. Lester taught me a lesson that day. “Service to others is better than all the riches in the world.” As Lester and Charles went home that night, they shared a great feeling of love and service. Lester did this more than once. He wasn’t afraid to donate his time and talents. He did a lot of work on churches and for needy people. He worked on chapels from Santa Clara to Siggard. He was handy with his hands, and he always did his work well.. Once Lester had a job in Glendale and Charles was mixing mud for Lester and Paul. I didn’t like it and Lester said to Charles, “You don’t want to keep all your eggs in one basket, learn the trade you might need it someday.” Every time there is a bit of plastering to do Charles remembers his Dad’s advice. Lester was loving and he helped so many people. During the influenza epidemic of 1918 while he was attending the B.A. C. in Cedar city. He went through the city nursing and assisting the sick and dying and his services were in demand as he himself had recovered from only a light case of the flue. Then the disease struck in our town of Orderville and in our family in particular, he left Cedar City and came home to us to help care for the family. Lesters sister Maggie was walking on our lawn to the eat of the home when she was suddenly struck with it and fell in a deep faint on the grass. Thanks to Lester’s gifted nursing abilities our family of ten was the only family in town that did not have a death to record. All the women who were pregnant died of the flue. Lester did not give up working to save his sister mercy who was pregnant with Rena. He worked all night long with her having her gargle soda, salt and cream of tarter every half hour, sipping black coffee and soaking her feet and giving sweat baths. He had had experience in Cedar City and knew what treatment was most effective. He proved to be far better than a woman. His mother needed him and he helped his own first then went about the town helping others. Lester had medium brown hair, people say he looked like Charles only he was bigger. Lester used to take turns taking the boys out on the job with im. The boys would look forward so much to being able to go with their Father, His helped the boys enjoy their work and to this day they enjoy working. One time Lester was out milking a cow and it kept kicking and switching its tail in his face. It did it once too many times, so Lester stood up and picked up the milk stool and hit the cow and knocked it flat. The cow didn’t bother him again.` Lester would attend the basketball games when Charles played in junior high. He loved the game. He never spoke a cross work to Charles. Lester was respected, but he wasn’t mean we just did what he said to do. He was a conservative, he believed you need to work for what you get, and the government shouldn’t just hand things out. Everyone respect Lester, and everyone had a good word for Lester Blackburn. Lester worked for a Mr Wood when he attended school at B.A.C. The Woods said that Lester was one of the best workers they ever had. The Woods had a large farm and hired several school boys throughout the year. One thing Brother Wood remembered about father was he never had to worry about Lester closing the gates as he went about his chores. He never stopped to open them, he jumped over them. Lester was a good looking fellow. He had a personality all of his own. He had a build of an athletic ball player. When at school he played on State Champion basketball and was high score man. While attending High School at Kanab he was a top basketball player. One instance is told of when the ball team had gone by team and wagon to Kanab to play a game. Lester did not go with them but showed up on horseback at the last minute and won the game. Chris and Charlotte Lavengers house in Glendale burned down around 1940, so father plastered an old building behind their burned home. It took 4 or 5 days of hard work to complete the job. As we were finishing up Chris asked how much he owed us. Father said Charlotte has already paid him, then Father told Charlotte the same thing. He was always doing this for people, not charging them for his work when they were destitute. After Father bought a cement mixer we then finished our side walks in style. After we got the cement mixer we got lots of cement jobs and many chances to sell the mixer. children Lester and Dola had 6 children. Four sons and 2 daughters. Paul, Charles, Ferry, Lilly, Helen and Larry. Paul Lester and Dola’s first child was born the 22 October 1927. He was a boy and he was named after his father Lester. His name was Lester Paul Blackburn. He was born at the home of Alice Heaton at Cedar City, Utah. Paul was a cute curly headed boy. Paul says I’ve tried so many times to remember my first childhood experiences. My father Lester Blackburn, and Grandfather Ozro DeMille, who stayed with us during the warmer part of spring, harnessed Father’s team of horses and walked them to the highway where the hay wagon was setting in knee deep water, this kept the hard wood on the wheels tight. I was taken along and placed between father and grandfather. We rode to Lydies canyon where they loaded the wagon with hay. When we pulled back into the ranch my mother took our pictures with an old Kodak camera. Later I saw the photo which brought back memories. I was about 4 years old then. Worms - Fishing by Paul Dr. Aiken was a close friend of Father, through the years, Father plastered and stuccoed many buildings for him. Dr Aiken built the first hospital in Kanab. Father plastered the inside and did some stuccoing on the outside. He also laid some of the brick flues. This employment Father had given by Dr Aiken helped feed the family. Sister Lilly was the first girl born in the Kanab hospital. The hospital was later sold to the county by Dr Aiken being named the Kane County Hospital. Whenever Dr. Aiken got a day off he went to Panguitch lake fishing. Ferry, Charles and myself would catch live minnows by hook, usually by our hands from the creek that ran through our property, then put what ever we caught in one of Mothers tubs, saving them for Dr. Aiken, because he always gave us whatever loose change he had in his pocket. One time I was given 50 cents, as near as I can remember Charles and Ferry were given the same amount. We always had angle worms available for him as he always stopped by the ranch, and some other fisherman would also buy worms from us. The sewer pipe ended several feet west of our ranch house, in mothers vineyards, there was always good worms in that soil and in the fall lots of grapes. Chris and Charlotte Levanger always got their angle worms from us. They always invited me to go with them and many times I went along. We would camp over usually for two nights. Some times we camped on lower Mammoth creek and some times at Panguitch Lake. Fishing was always good, the limit was 18 at this time. Chris was hard of hearing, so I always had to talk loud while fishing with Chris. He some times talked to himself and his wife would ask why he talked to him self. Christ would answer that he always like to talk to a smart man. Near my 16th birthday I had Brant Spencer borrow his father’s car and gave me a ride north to Little ranch where my father had bought me a 1927 Harley Davidson motorcycle. We pumped up the tires with a hand pump that I rode the motorcycle back by holding on to the left window, part of the way, and coasting part of the way. Many hours were spent puttering with Brants help to get it to run. One of the spark plugs was broken, so I ran it on one plug some of the time. Tony Bingleshear smith got to tired of the motorcycle missing so he gave me two used spark plugs. This was a great day for me. Did it have power when it was running!. With my brothers help it was pushed several miles many times. Father always advised me to hold it down. It made lots of noise, He said people were complaining about me riding it. I think only one or two complained a lot. Merrill Johnson, a highway patrolman, tried several times to catch me riding it at night but never did. During the sixties when I was stationed in Kane County we had a laugh about it many times. LIFE STORY EXCERPTS OF LESTER PAUL BLACKBURN AIRPLANE ACCIDENTS WHILE SERVING ON THE UTAH HIGHWAY PATROL 1958 While on the Cedar City Police Department, a United States Air Force jet fighter plane broke the sound barrier. This broke most all the windows on Cedar City Main Street and many around Cedar City. I was patrolling and on Cedar US 91 so I saw all the damage. I had to write up a report on what I saw (much writing). The pilot was a Southern Utah man. 1961 I witnessed a Jet Fighter plane being fueled by a larger plane near Fredonia. The jet when fueled lost control. The pilot bailed out the Jet crashed and exploded. The Pilot landed safe near Fredonia, Arizona. I again made out a report for the state of Utah. It was reported to us later the pilot was negligent and could have been demoted. 1974 An Army jet fighter lost control west of Zion National Park. The two pilots bailed out. The plane crashed into a ledge up above and behind the lodge. The two pilots were located alive west of Zion Park. I was sent to the scene to take photos and make a report. The Army wanted and got the film from me. 1974 Seven Navy jet fighters were in formation near Panguitch Lake. One plane clipped the top off a pine tree with a wing, causing it to spray gas. It later landed at the Cedar City Airport. After foam was put on the run way. I wrote up a long report. We were advised that whenever the pilot was negligent he was demoted. PARTS OF LIFE OF LESTER BLACKBURN By Lester Paul Blackburn BOXING Boxing in Kane County was a popular sport. Our Father (Lester Blackburn) when young before he married Mom (Dola DeMille) used to Box in the ring. Uncle Easton said Father was promised near $100.00 to box a top boxer from Salt Lake City at the Kanab boxing arena. Father won his bout, then the officials said that not enough money was left because other fighters had to be paid. They gave Lester a new radio with only ear phones. Whoever had the ear phones was the only listener. This was the first radio in the Henry Blackburn Family. Easton said that all the family was so excited when Father arrived home to report the fight out come. Calvin Coolidge had just won the election as President of the United States. Grandfather Henry took the radio first and listened to the national election results. Easton reports his Father danced around the living room because Calvin Coolidge was a good Family man. Easton said each family member took their turn listening to the election returns, their very first election returns. Father said most everyone in Orderville stopped by their home to take their turn listening to the radio. LESTER BUILDS OUR OWN POWER PLANT Lester was a pioneer in his time, and in the area he lived in. Southern Utah near Orderville, Utah on highway 89 did not have power to the community and farms. No telephones, no bus services for schools until 19??. No public transportation except the gray hound bus. Miles from any doctors, hospitals, grocery stores, or cafes. MAIL SERVICE Mail service was provided to us at the ranch by the post office at Glendale, Utah. We packed it to the ranch usually by bicycle. Paul lost the mail one time but found it months later sticking in our snowball bush on the front lawn. Our Dad was mad at him for a long time. HOME HEATING The fuel for the home was provided by wood hauled from the hills. Paul cut most of the wood with an axe, instructed by his Mom (Dola). Coal was hauled by Dad (Lester) in his ½ ton pickup. Glendale had two coal mines. The price was $2.00 to $4.00 a ton. FIRST INDOOR BATHROOM For years the bathroom usage was an out house, outside of the house. Winter, summer, spring, or fall it was a run outside of the house when mother nature called. Dad and Uncle Easton built a bathroom on the south side of the ranch house. Dad put a bathtub and a small wood stove, to heat our first water tank in the bathroom. Could you imagine the thrill that Dola had, having a bath in the bathroom and having hot water to relax in? Think of the hours of time she spent carrying water and heating it on the old wood stove. In those days the round wash tub was brought in the kitchen. The water was heated and if you were lucky you got the first turn in the water. Each one took a turn using the same water to wash hair, feet, etc. The water would have been pretty bad when it comes to the younger children, but then we didn’t care or know the difference. The water left over was used to water the lawn or flowers etc. SMOKEHOUSE Lester made his own smoke house to smoke his meat. It was made in the back of the yard and he would smoke the meat for the Smith Hotel in Glendale, Utah. SWIMMING HOLE Swimming pools were not available during those years. Lester could see the children wanted to learn how to swim so he dug a hole. ELECTRICITY Lester wanted electricity so he built his own power supply using the creek near by. He used his inventive mind and then he showed Delmar Spencer how to do what he did. Delmar used Father’s methods and sold electric power to the people for miles around and changed $2.25 a month. DEPRESSION TIMES When the depression came into the valley, those with farms and land, and those that knew how to work were very fortunate. Dola and Lester went through those depression years and the older brothers remember it well. Paul remembers the depression very well. We survived it by raising everything we needed. If we couldn’t raise it, we didn’t need it. During the depression in 1937, 38 & 39 the CCCs worked building roads, dams, and the tunnel in Zions National Park for $30.00 a month. In 1937 Dad had extra hay so he fed 8 to 10 horses for a month for the CCCs for $5.00 to $6.00 a day. There was a time that several families had run out of feed for their animals . They came from Glendale to the ranch and made arrangements from Father to buy feed from him. They didn’t have the money at the time but he had a big heart and he gave them the feed. They later payed him for his feed. Those days the people looked after each other. One neighbor would not let another starve. They took care of each other and shared what they had. They were hard workers, living off the land, making their own cloths, furniture, food, and whatever they needed. Lester was very kind and helped people throughout the valley. TITHING Lester always paid his tithing. Paul remembered looking over Dads shoulder at he wrote a $100.00 check to the Glendale Ward for tithing. He paid tithing every year. During that period of time, they often paid with produce, pigs, cattle etc. Father donated many hours of work to the Ward and Glendale people doing plastering, stucco, and cement work that he didn’t get paid for. I remember because Charles and I mixed the plaster and cement for him some of the time. WORLD WAR II When Paul was 15 was when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Paul remembers it clearly. SCHOOLS When Paul was 5 and 6 years old and in the first grade he lived with 83-year-old Grandfather and Grandmother Blackburn in Orderville. Paul was scared all the time being away from home. Grades 2nd and 3rd and 4th were happy times for Paul. Mom and Paul lived in the back room of Aunt Elva Spencer in Orderville. Mom was happy all the time being near Aunt Elva. We would go home on week ends and come back on Mondays. In the 5th and 6th grades Charles and Paul rode our bicycles to Glendale. B. O. Rust taught 4th and 5th, and 6th grades and Aunt Clara taught the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades at Glendale. Aunt Clara received $90.00 a month and only taught one years. She wasn’t very well liked because she was like some of the stern Blackburn’s lacking in love . In 1941 the first school bus was driven from Alton by Roland Hoyt and Roy Robertson. Alton students 7th through 12th grades and all ranch children were picked up. Charles, Ferry, Lilly, Helen and I rode the bus. When Helen started school, the grades were together. First and Second were in the same room. The same teacher taught both grades. Veradeane Blackburn was the first grade and second grade teacher. We had lots of cousins and friends in the schools. HEALTH FAILS FOR FATHER Fathers health started to fail around 1942 and 43. I drove him and Mom to the Kanab hospital the first time. We left him there for a few days under the care of Dr. Fen Covington. LESTER DIES IN ST. GEORGE HOSPITAL - In May of 1946, he was taken to the St George hospital and was treated by Doctors A.W. McGregor and M.C. McGregor. He died 19 May 1946. Dola didn’t have the opportunity to be at her husbands bed side when he died . The children were very ill and she couldn’t leave them alone. Lester’s dying breath was of his love and concern for Dola and the children but she was denied that opportunity to know . DOLA FINDS WHAT IS BEST PLACE FOR HER FAMILY - Dola was an independent spirit and could think very well for herself. She lived close to the spirit and relied on the spirit to guide her. It was hard living at the ranch the next few weeks after Fathers death. Dola told the story that the Blackburn’s came and met together in the granary to decide what Dola would do in the future and how she would manage the children. It made her very mad because she wasn’t included in the meeting. After the meeting Grandmother Blackburn came to tell Dola the conclusions they had agreed upon and began to tell Dola what she was to do. If you knew Dola you would understand that this was the wrong approach for her or anyone else of her family. Grandmother didn’t get too much out and her daughter-in-law. Dola told her off and said she would do as she pleased. Grandmother was insulted and left. The Blackburn’s had made a lot of decisions with no plans of using the principals of charity, work, or any other ways to help. Later one day Aunt Charlotte showed up at the ranch to advise us that we shouldn’t move from the ranch. She said that was the opinion of her brothers and sisters. (This was an interesting decision to make because Dola didn’t drive and there was no place for employment in the valley and Dola’s didn’t have any income. Social security didn’t exist at this time and there was no future way to survive. Uncle Leland DeMille drove in and advised Aunt Charlotte that Dola and her family could move to Cedar City if they wanted. Paul and Charles agreed with Uncle Leland. FAMILY MOVES TO CEDAR CITY - Merl Spencer loaded our belongings on his truck and we moved to Cedar City. Mom’s sisters had located us a good home on 300 West which was across the street from McKnight Grocery Store. Dola was able to immediately got a job at a drug store and she worked for 65 cents an hour to begin with. She was able to call on Elva, Leland and Orpha for help with the children when she needed help. Dola got the children in school, Larry was in a day care center at the time and Helen remembers pushing him to day care and leaving him while she went to school. Later Dola would pick him up on her way home from work. Charles After two years had passed they had another boy. He was born the 12th of December in 1929. Grandmother Blackburn ( Elvira Cox Blackburn )named him Charles Henry after her son Charles Henry that was killed in the car accident. Charles was born at Kanab, Utah in Sister Adam’s home. When Charles was first seen by grandmother Blackburn she said he looks like he came here to hoe his own roe. He looked like the Uncle Charles that was killed. Ferry Four years after Charles was born they had another boy on the 9th of May, 1933. He was named Ferry DeMille Blackburn. The name of Ferry came from a friend of Lesters. Elvira Cox Blackburn had a little room in her home where the daughter in laws would go to have their babies. When it was time for Dola to have their third baby she went to my grandmothers home. I remember (Paul says ) my mother screaming for days. It went on and on and the baby would not come. She became so weak that she almost died. My Father could no longer take any more and went and got a doctor. The doctor had to take Ferry with instruments as he was in the wrong position and had my Father not have gotten the doctor Mom nor Ferry would have ver lived. That was a real nightmare for me to hear her cry and scream for so long. I was so grateful when it was all over. My Mom (Dola) almost gave her life for Ferry. Life Story of Ferry DeMille Blackburn son of Lester Blackburn and Dola DeMille Blackburn May 9, 1933 Ferry Demille Blackburn was born in the Blackburn home in Orderville. They lived on a ranch in Glendale, Ut; a home he recalled with nostalgia all of his days. It seemed an ideal childhood to him because of the many lessons of life that he learned. Obedience, hard work, frugality, punctuality, responsibility, loyalty, honesty were all virtues taught by his no-nonsense mother and father who struggled daily to survive. Their children needed to be an asset and not a liability. He hated to undress for gym class because of his underwear made from flour sacks with the labels still intact. The three boys, Paul, Charles and Ferry each had 2 pair of pants; one for school and church which they immediately replaced with work clothes when they arrived home on the school bus and proceeded to complete their chores before dark. For their shoes, they just had to make sure that the y were scraped good before they went anywhere. The two girls, Lilly and Helen, did their part by helping their mother with the pioneer-type tasks that their life included. The boys have such tender memories of their father who was a real man’s man. He was very athletic as a youth and took up brick masonry, painting, and plastering to provide financially for their growing family. He was so honest and neighborly that his work was often charity. He took his sons to work with him on occasions where they learned some of his skills. He took them to ball games, fishing and hunting which built a never to be forgotten bond. Ferry grew up trying very hard to please his parents and do what was expected and “right”. He was always concerned about following the rules. He disliked conflict and contention and fit well into the role of peacemaker (and scapegoat). He had difficulty early on with most areas relating to language arts. He developed a stutter which was humiliating and frustrating. He was so sensitive and tender hearted that other kids found Him a prime target to tease about his speech problem, the white spot on the back of his head, and his name. He died a thousand deaths over the merciless misuse of “Fairy”. Because of these experiences he spent the rest of his life being empathetic for others who were put down and abused in any way. The ultimate trauma in his young life was the unexpected death of his father at age 46, when Ferry was 13 years old. He had just come down with the “hard” measles and was unable to attend the funeral. This painful loss plus his mother deciding very early on to move to Cedar City and give up their beloved home were devastation to him. Those were miserable teen-age years when he didn’t fit in, but felt very lost and alone. His natural ability with his hands helped him find areas in which he was successful. He tried a number of odd jobs to help out with the family financial crunch. Larry was only 6 months when Lester died and Dola who was such a hard worker now had to find employment outside the home. After a couple of years she married Ralph Perry, continued her many labors, and had another son, Dee. Ferry had a bicycle repair business at age 13 and went from there to work with tractor repair and maintenance. By the time he was 17 years old he was a journeyman mechanic and had made a positive name for himself in auto work. His classmates were impressed with his skills because cars were important to them and he was always willing to share his time and talent. After he graduated from high school, his family moved to Provo in the 1950's. He began working at Wasdon Oldsmobile as a full fledge mechanic. Dola married her third husband, Leon Campbell, who had three sons to rear. Ferry met Mary Allice Young when he was 20 and she was 17. She was from a large struggling family who where poor in the things of this world but rich in artistic talents and family love and loyalty. When he first saw her she was working as a waitress. He was instantly attracted to her fresh beauty. She also had a great sense of humor which he discovered when he ordered a cup of “mud” (coffee). He found out whey it took an inordinate amount of time for her to fill his order when he literally received what he asked for. He learned to appreciate family and especially her mother because of her unconditional love for everyone. They didn’t approve of him at first because their daughter was so precious to them and Ferry Drank coffee and was smoking at that time, which bothered them a lot. On the other hand he was so helpful, thoughtful and kind to Mary and her parents and siblings that soon won their hearts for his service to them. It was three years of a totally platonic relationship before she made up her mind to marry him before he left for Germany with the military, and only after a promise theat he would five up smoking and take her to the temple when he returned. He became a Motor Sgt. And Chauffeur for commanding officers which enabled him to see a lot of the country. In the two years that he was there he took advantage of every opportunity to take classes and develop skills such as photography and golf and make good use of his time. He attended church services and learned a lot about human nature from members and nonmembers. He was appalled at the lack of morals and preoccupation with lust and *** so prevalent among the men. Their daughter Barbara Ann was over a year old before he was discharged. He hadn’t been home a week before he had a job at Ashton Chevrolet and had purchased a starter home at 602 north 700 west in Provo. He later became manager of the Tote Gote Plant which flourished for several years. While serving as a volunteer on the Jeep Posee, he got the opportunity to work for Provo City Police Dept. For 3 years. Janet had now joined their family and Mary was pregnant with their first son Robert when she suffered a massive stroke at 25 years of age. This was a agonizing, frightful experience for all of them which required the help of extended family members, much physical therapy and dogged perseverance to get thru each challenging day. Her heart was weakened and her left side remained paralyzed. She, however, was always faithful, hopeful, and pleasant and went on to rear 2 additional sons, Bryon and Garth. She managed to change diapers, carry babies, perform household chores, etc. with her one good arm and leg— all without complaining or feeling sorry for herself. They lived in their first home for about nine years and after making improvements and adding a large shop where Ferry did extra work to help pay the medical expenses, he moved his growing family to 640 west 400 north in Provo. Ferry was asked to be Superintendent of Sanitation and the truck fleet when Verl Dixon and Russell Grange were mayors of Provo City. He was able in instigate many innovative ideas during his time in office. One of the things he enjoyed most about this position was being able to provide employment for family, friends and acquaintances; plus help many others who were “down and out”. Ferry rebuilt antique cars as one of his many hobbies. He and his family belonged to an Old Car Club which took trips and tours. They enjoyed these memorable times together. He took Mary’s father and other family members fishing, hunting, boating and trips in their motor home as well. It was during this time that they became aware that their youngest son Garth was autistic. Mary and her sister Lavon who was a teacher tried a number of programs to help him develop normally. But they finally had to enroll him at Oakridge School in Provo for the handicapped which she could never reconcile, but Ferry felt was for his best good. Ferry accepted a position at BYU Dairy Farm as maintenance manager. He received honorary awards for his inventive machinery which he designed and implemented. Fifteen years after the stroke (brought on by poor dental work) it was necessary for Mary to have open heart surgery performed by Dr. Russell M. Nelson in order to preserve her life. This occurrence resulted in the same challenges as before but since the children were older they were more independent this time around. After high school Barbara and Janet attended Ricks’s College for a time ,then Janet chose to serve a mission in North Dakota. Robert served in London, England. He married Annette Allgier on his return. They had a daughter, Shaylene. When Garth was 18 years old and Bryon had only two months to complete his mission in Sweden, Mary died quietly on the afternoon on August 16, 1986, at home of heart failure at age 50. The loss of his sweetheart and companion of 31 years left a giant hole in Ferry’s heart and life. After struggling with the emptiness for six months he determined that he would not do what his grandfather Ozro had done when his wife died. Consequently he began reaching out and entered a whole new world of single people that he didn’t know existed. It was unfamiliar and risky but her felt a need to share his life. He had been happily married once and knew he could do so again. As his life changed so did he shorten his name to Ferr. The account of his subsequent marriage to Shirley Nimzar Morley Hansen Blackburn is another story which will be added to this. In summary, Shirley had lived in Salem (336 south 400 North) for ten years and taught kindergarten at Art City Elementary in Springville. When they married they decided to live in his home in Provo which involved a huge job of moving and combining two households. Years before Ferr had made numerous changes and additions on the home including digging out the entire basement by hand, one slow bucketful at a time . He then jacked up the roof and added 3 bedrooms upstairs. Now he proceeded to make changes as Shirley planned and decorated to make it her home as well as his. Innumerable loads of ancient magazines and collectibles were taken out of the basement. The old shed in the back was knocked down and cleared out. The entire back yard was redone with patio, new storage units, cement pads and walkways. A fence was put up to separate Ferr’s work area off. He installed huge roofs to cover everything. He built a carport on the east side. After putting everything new in the main part of the house, he remodeled a large garage on the east side and made it into a small apartment close to his shop. All in all it was an incredible project; one they labored on and completed after working a regular job all day. He was also High Priest Group Leader and She was Relief society President. He retired from BYU in 1989 and was asked to be the maintenance supervisor at NuSkin in Provo less than a year later. He worked There full time for 4 years and then went to part time. When Shirley retired at age 60 they began working at the Provo Temple. In 1998 he was called to serve a work mission restoring a 1939 flat bed farm truck in 6 months time to be displayed by the church at the Museum of Art at Temple Square. This was another seemingly impossible task. (An album showing the steps required is available). For someone who had made a practice of doing the impossible all of his life it was a challenge the Lord was most confident in calling him to complete According to Ferr: My wife died Aug. 16, 1986 on a Friday. She had been in poor health following a stroke at age 25 leaving her left side partially paralyzed. After three more children and heart bypass surgery by Dr. Russell Nelson, she hung on to life until age 50. In January, on a Friday of the following year, someone put a single activity flyer in my mailbox. It announced a square dance that night right across the street from my home. I decided to go over and listen to Doug Bush’s Dad do the calling. I missed my wife so much. I felt very lost and alone. It was a way to deal with the empty feeling I had. Remembering what my brother Charles had said that I was going to have a difficult time finding another mate because I was so quiet and backward, I wandered in to the cultural hall and leaned against the wall trying to not be noticed. Before I knew what was happening this sharp looking lady caught me off guard and invited me to participate. I tried to explain that I couldn’t as she led me out to the dance floor. She commented on how big my hands were and I noticed how cold hers were and how impossible it was to tell her no. Just as I was beginning to get a little comfortable with the dance routine, she left to go to another dance with a date, turning me over to the second woman that I’d never met. This opened up a whole new world involving a lot of risk for me. I discovered that it was better than sitting home brooding. It seemed that every time I went to a Sunday. Night Fireside I would see this lady (Shirley) there surrounded by her friends. The next time we were together was at a Group Dinner Date at Sundance. I was involved in weekly group discussions of about 23 women and 2 or 3 men. This is where I first became aware of the plight of single women. I was flabbergasted that most of these women had been abandoned by their husbands. Leaving them to survive with their children in the best way they could. I couldn’t imagine that such conditions existed and especially in the church. These were all hurt, depressed women with many problems. It made me very aware of what a good marriage I had had. Shirley entered the picture again as she rescued me from one of these clinging, lonely women at a Sunday fireside. We took dance lessons together for my benefit. I discovered that Elvis Presley’s music was good for something after all. It had a strong dance beat. As I was welding on the gates at BYU Dairy Farm, I would practice my dance steps between the corrals. About this time some of my family members became concerned that I was now too happy. They felt I should still be grieving. After being happily married for 32 years, I couldn’t relate to being single. My grandfather never remarried and I remember what an unhappy man he was for the next 40 years. I didn’t want to end up like him. I missed the personal touches of having a companion who cared about me. On the other hand, I was really having fun in the Single Program of the church. By now, I had picked Shirley out as the lady of my choice but she was so popular with the many men lined up to dance with her that I never imagined I had a chance with her. A lady friend told me that if I was serious that she believed I had something that the others didn’t. She said they were all show and I was solid, safe and sincere. She suggested that I get busy and let her see my good qualities. So with that encouragement I began in earnest to pursue her. She was different from the other women too. She seemed so happy and upbeat. Her personality glowed. She was friendly with everyone and a lot of fun. I had no ideas that she coped with so many serious problems. One night at a dance we were to, Shirley was talking to a man friend whose date was gone for a minute. The next thing I knew, the woman had returned and seeing the two of them together, she came up behind Shirley and poured water down her back. Shirley turned around to face her standing with the cup in her hand. She tapped up on the bottom of the cup which sent the rest of the water into the woman’s face. The two of us men stood there seeing this happen, not knowing how or why. Pretty, exciting times, those dances. I knew people in her ward because of my work who were so impressed with her that I felt privileged to be her companion. I had quite a bit in common with a number of the faculty members at her school. All in all I was becoming more and more attracted to her. I could see that she needed a lot of help and I knew that I could fill the bill. She really appreciated the many things I could do for her and showed it in many ways. After dropping hints about how we would be good for each other, without actually proposing, one day she asked me, “Are you trying to tell me you want to marry me?” Before she got it all out, I shot out loud and clear, “YES!” She said she wanted to ponder and pray about it. She had such a miserable experience in her marriage and was having such a great time being single that she wasn’t too anxious to trade it in. The only pressure I put on her was to tell her that she was my first choice, but if she didn’t want me I’d have to find someone else who did, and I couldn’t wait around too long to find out. I preferred marriage myself and really believed that was the way life was meant to be. She talked to Dick and he talked to me. She talked to our kids and she talked to Heavenly Father. I was still wondering what the answer would be when we went to Fast Sunday in July at her ward in Salem. As she was bearing her testimony she told good things about me and slipped in that she would be getting married, which, “by the way meant “yes”!” Robert Hall gave me a thumbs up and as everyone looked at me, I didn’t know whether to slink under the seat or to give a war whoop. After some of the out of the ordinary activities I participated in during our courtship and marriage, I’d come home, look in the mirror and wonder who it was. I certainly stepped out of my familiar comfort zone enough to know I was alive. Some people have said that they wouldn’t marry again if their mate died, but I believe that if you’ve had a good marriage once, it’s possible to have another. I know that Mary and Shirley will be good friends. They have a lot in common. My concern is that I’m the one who will be left out. Mary’s main concern was always Garth. She and I are both grateful that he got another mother who has been accepting, patient and understanding of his limitations. She has been a wonderful grandmother to our grandchildren and loves them all the same. Out favorite song was “You Light Up My Life,” which expresses how I feel about her. Shirley’s side of the coin: It is no secret that my first marriage was anything but healthy and happy. Consequently, I had such deep gratitude for liberation from the bondage of that relationship. In the Lord’s own time, I became a single citizen on Oct. 31 1986. I remember the date because I was dressed in my Mother Goose Halloween costume as I went to see the judge before school that morning to finalize some records. Several months later I decided to go to one of the single dances I’d heard about at Apollo Hall in American Fork. I didn’t know anyone, so I went by myself. I couldn’t believe such a world existed. Here was a whole room full of older people all dressed up with somewhere special to go. They were a smiling, happy crew having a wonderful time dancing to the music of an orchestra I could recognize. There was dance instruction first. I was more than a little out of practice, but low and behold I was teamed up with a partner who had been a dance instructor. I had a willing, listening ear and he had expertise in helping me get my feet going in the right direction, so it turned out to be an exhilarating experience. From that beginning I met many marvelous, unmarried LDS sisters thru the best firesides I’ve ever attended, workshops, group discussions, dances, etc. In Jan. I went to a square dance at 600 West 400 North in Provo with some friends. It looked and sounded like such fun. I noticed a lonely looking gentleman leaning against one of the walls in the cultural hall attempting to appear inconspicuous. Assuming that anyone attending a dance was there for that purpose. I approached him to see if he’d like to join in. He stammered and stuttered, “Oh, I can’t, I don’t know how, my wife just died.” None of which sounded like legitimate reasons to me for missing this opportunity. I don’t remember exactly how it happened, but we did end up on the dance floor being instructed in a basic, simple square dance. I had already made plans to go from there to the dance in Salt Lake with my friends, so once my reticent partner was involved, I turned him over to another friend who was staying, and left. The thing that made an impression on me was his big, strong hands and shy nature. The next time I saw Ferry D. Blackburn was at a Single’s Dinner Dater. He was assigned to drive some of us to Sundance in his motor home. He talked about his perfect wife and a woman friend he had meet in Toquerville who was an amazing mother of eleven children, abandoned by her husband. In one of my more “managing “ moments, I called him to ask if he would like to drive a group of women to Salt Lake on Friday nites to the dances there because he had stated that he would really like the instruction they offered. He was quite overwhelmed by the prospect, he would be the only male with 5 single women. This was all new to him (unheard of even) but he accepted the challenge. That was the real beginning of our acquaintance. I had just completed a ballroom dancing course and the Y and had found it very helpful. One of my lady friends needed a partner to begin the next course. I ask Ferry if he would like to participate with her. He said “No”, but he would like to have me take the class with him. In return I had assignments on committees he helped me with. Whenever I was with him he was so helpful, concerned for my welfare, humorous, capable, responsible and unpretentious, that I found myself appreciating him more and more. I could never remember having had such an exciting time in my life as I had with the many interesting people I met in the LDS Singles. It was an unique learning experience. In talking to the Bishop on one occasion, I expressed my concern about enjoying myself so much. I felt guilty that I wasn’t giving to someone else rather than focusing on my self and my interests. He indicated that it was ok during this transition time. It really only lasted for 6 months because by then my interest, time, attention and affection was centered on this big hearted man who had become my best friend. The size of his huge hands were symbolic of the amount and kind of service he continually gave to me. Then and now. He is a simple, polite, sensitive human being. There is hardly a day that he isn’t helping a neighbor, friend, family member or stranger with one or more of the many talents he has been gifted with and has developed for that very purpose. I have been blessed with a grateful heart and one of the things for which I am most thankful is a companion who takes me as I am: cherishes, nurtures, and encourages me to become who I was really meant to be. Lilly On 8 March 1936 the next child came to Lester and Dola and was a little girl. She was named Lilly after Dola’s mother Lilly Cecelia Bliss DeMille. Now the three boys had someone to tease. They always teased Lilly. When Lilly was about 2 years old she fell on her face, cutting her cheek, near her eye. Dola placed her in her arms and ran down the road to find Paul. Paul quickly rode his bike to the dry wash field where he found Ferl. Ferl was operating Lesters team of horses, harrowing the dry farm. Ferl unhooked them from the harrow and on a fast trot met Dola at the ranch, tied the team up, then took Dola and Lilly to Kanab where Dr. Aiken sewed her up. Helen Two and a half years later another girl came into our home the 26th day of October, 1938. She was named Helen. During the war year Helen used to along with the rest of the family, take their turn feeding 50-63 biddies that Dola would purchase each spring. We always kept track how many was lost during the summer. Dola would order 50 and 2 or 3 extra would come. One year we were batting 100 plus. Then Helen Rang one of the biddies neck, causing its death. Paul tells the story that one winter the snow was three feet deep and sister Helen got on one of the bawling streaks, and no way would she shut up. I ended up going outside so I didn’t have to listen to her. Father opened the kitchen door and threw Helen out into the snow. Mother yelled as laud as sister Helen. She scooped her up and carried her back into the kitchen. Did Father get a lecture! He put his coat on, and went to the barn where he licked his wounds and pouted. Larry The last child they had was named Larry on the 24th of June 1945 Larry came into the world. All the children were thrilled when he was born and Lester didn’t live to enjoy Larry because he died eleven months later. He died at the St George hospital the 19th day of May, 1946. At the time of the death of Lester nearly all the children were ill with the red measles. Everyone wasn’t able to attend the funeral. Correcting children Paul remembers his first licking. On the day before Thanksgiving, my mother (Dola) along with some other women had just taken several hot pies out of the oven. I threw a rock through the window. All the pies had to be given to the chickens. My, I took a cussing from Dola . Paul remembers that we had a granary a few feet from the ranch back door with a rock stairway going down into a fruit cellar. Mom (Dola) kept it very neatly lined with bottled fruit. She always saved all types of bottles lining them along the stairway. One day Uncle Easton drove to the ranch, walked to the granary where Mom and I was. I picked up a stick, knocked all the bottles off, breaking many of them. I remember getting swatted, and Mom (Dola) saying she didn’t know what she was going to do with me. During the summer months when the boys were not going to school, Earl, Robert and Clair Ramsay would herd the three to six milk cows from their Glendale residence to feed along the highway by our ranch. This distance was 1 ½ miles. My mother couldn’t get any work out of her sons. It kept her busy trying to get us to do our daily chores. She was always happy when school started, especially for keeping the Ramsays away from us. It was warm weather some time in 1941 as Paul remembers. Father sent me and Charles to the barn to clean out the manure before milking time. Charles climbed to the hay leaving me to do the work. My two young sisters, holding hands walked past one of the windows. I just couldn’t help myself so with a pitchfork of runny manure I threw it on them. They both bawled, probably being heard clear down the valley. They ran to mother who sent father and I innocently told him I was throwing it out the barn window when they walked past. Rattle Snakes The ranch was always crawling with rattle snakes when we had hot weather. I was nearly bitten while laying under one of the banana apple trees. I was 6 years old at the time. Many times while helping Father and Uncle Ferl haul hay from Lydias Canyon, we sat on or near rattle snakes. One load especially comes to my mind. My younger brother and Ferl nearly sat on two rattle snakes, while riding from Lydies Canyon , to the ranch. Ferl yelled and then they jumped off the hay to the ground. Childrens schooling The winter of 1932 Lester moved the family to Orderville in the back room of Elva and Alvin Spencers home so Paul could go to school. Paul remembers walking with cousins Iris and Theo to school was was about 2 blocks away. My father lived on the ranch alone during the winter months, and tried to be with us each Sunday for Sunday School in Orderville. In 1937 we were snowed in for three weeks and were not able to go to school. In Glendale we had to walk one mile from the ranch to the grade school. Mr Burton Rust taught 4,5, and 6th grades. Aunt Clara Blackburn drove her model T from Orderville to Glendale each day to teach 1,2, and 3rd grades. Lester and Dola wanted their children to love music so they had Paul take Mandolin lessons from Mary Brinkerhoff in Glendale. She charged 50 cents a lesson. Paul would strap the mandolin on his bike, then peddle it to Glendale for the one hour lesson, then ride the bike back home and practice. This was paid out of the creamery money. Charles took violin lessons for a while. Paul shared the following experiences. At age five I started school in an old rock school in Orderville. I can still remember my first frightening day. The old mean woman teacher was a Miss Leslie. She and Miss Veradean Parks, who later married Uncle Ferl, were the grade school teachers. Miss Leslie kept me frightened. I was sent to stand in the hall many times. Cousin Loa DeMille found me very frightened one day and sent me home to tell my parents, which I did. Then Loa told Miss Leslie to lay off or she was going to get a licking. My father went to school the next day with me. I can still remember my father’s instructions to Miss Leslie. She was a good teacher to me after than, and my father was a big man in my eyes. In later years I had to talk to two of my sons teachers with the same tone of voice, and it was surprising how much better my sons were treated. My first and second grade teacher was Miss Leslie. My third grade teacher was Margaret Carpenter. My fourth grade teacher was Miss Holt who married Clinton Hoyt. My fifth and sixth grade teacher was Burton Rust who taught me in Glendale. There were fourth, fifth, and sixth grades all in the same room. There wasn’t a piano, so Burton Rust played the trumpet. He was a good friend of my parents but it is still questionable if he was a teacher. Later on after I graduated from high school, Mr Rust’s credentials were checked on. He never was certified. My seventh grade was in Orderville, where I rode the school bus. Roy Robertson drove the school bus from Alton to Orderville for many years. I learned to mimic him. The grades 7th through 12th I attended at Valley High School in Orderville. Some of my teachers where were Miss Holt, Wallace Grady, Mrs Smith, Mr Maxwell, Rex Bauer, Lavoy Esplin, Duff Pugh, Mr Bradshaw, Merlin Christensen and Theron Salter. During my 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, during the cold winter months usually spent a few weeks staying at my mothers older brother Conrad DeMille’s doing his chores, such as milking several cows before daylight and wadding through knee deep manure. My Aunt Marg would feed me breakfast, then I would walk from the last house on the south end of Orderville to the high school. Each winter Uncle Conrad would go into the hills and out post so he could make a poor living. His four sons were all in the service at the time. John, Wallace, and Lamar were in the army. Leland the youngest was in the navy. After school I would return and start cutting lots of wood, pack it to the old cold white house, then get the milk buckets and start wading through knee deep manure again, looking for the cows, hoping they didn’t drown in it. This family was very close to me. Before going into the service, they used to have Friday night fights. The three daughters were Loa, Wanda and Helen the youngest. Loa would chew on her lip and say don’t do that ! I usually enjoyed a good fight especially if I was standing on the window sill or something elevated. One out-standing night I still remember, Cousin Loa was punching down her bread dough in the kitchen. Wally rode his small black horse into the kitchen, grabbing the dough and rode out with Loa chasing and occasionally slugging Wally down through the field they went, and later Loa walked back into the house with the bread dough. Leland would spend sometime with me at the ranch and I would spend evenings with him at his parents residence. After thinking back on my 12 years in school I believe I lost out of the three weeks we were snowed in, in 1937 and my 3rd grade teacher Margaret Carpenter didn’t follow through on what I lost. From the 7th through the 12th grade my hooky didn’t help. I didn’t enjoy school until the last half of my 12th grade, and I enjoyed every day I was at school from then on. Three weeks before I was to graduate the principal Rex Bauer called me in and informed me that I was not going to graduate. I went home and told my father, he raved a little as I expected, then got in his pickup with Rex Bauer doing a lot of listening. I was assigned several evenings of reading and report writing which I easily did. I graduated with the rest of the class of 1945, and to my family’s surprise, I gave the opening prayer at my graduation. Pauls Fishing Experience with Rod Cousin Rod Hoyt stayed one summer with us as Paul remembers. He taught Paul how to fish. He would find the stiffest wire around the ranch, bend it, then file it to a point, then we would dig more worms, and go to the creek. The homemade hook always bent back straight. We would walk a mile and purchase a few hooks from David Smith, the owner and operator of Glendale Merc. He questioned us because fishing season hadn’t opened yet. At this time, to the best of my memory, the limit of fish in any ones possession was 18. The price of regular gas was $.15 a gallon. Spencers Delmar, Merl, Ronald, and Ferral Spencer, operated Spencer Garage in Glendale. Father (Lester) purchases some of his gas there. The Spencer brothers had learned their profession by trial and error. During the winter months they would saw ice from near by reservoirs, haul it to a storage shed at the garage, cover it with sawdust, and sell it to tourists the next summer. My Father was very close to the Spencer boys. Their father Carling Spencer, owned a ranch 5 miles north of Glendale. Carling Spencer served time in the Utah State Prison for polygamy . I remember early one morning my father drove to Spencer’s garage for gas. Carling Spencer had just arrived in Glendale from prison. My Father said, “You are thinner Carling”. He answered, “Yes, I am much thinner after spending as long as I did up there”. Paul remembers that Brant and Donald Spencer were the two oldest boys, they spent much time with Paul and Charles growing up. Delmar and Lester used to make home brew that was tasty. Brant and I spent a lot of time finding the still. One time we found several gallons jugs under their floor. Brant quickly drank too much and got sick. This scared Paul from drinking home brew for a few days. Father (Lester) tried making some malt beer once. He placed it in several glass jugs behind our wood coal kitchen stove. Within a couple of days the jugs started to explode. Each time they exploded Dola got on her knees and cleaned it up. Father was instructed to move his beer, which he did. He gave it to our 2 pigs. This was the first time Paul had ever seen pigs drunk. Cars Lester had a 1932 Ford ½ ton pickup. This was the first vehicle I can remember. Most of the time I rode in the back. The pickup was parked near where the sheep were being sheared. Aunt Lavon, pulling a small trailer, drove up. She tried backing and dented the left rear fender of the fairly new car they owned. Lavon got out crying and Uncle Easton put his arm around her and consoled her. This was the first accident that Paul ever witnessed. Lester bought a 1934 used pickup. After many years he sold it and bought a 1940 Willis Pickup from William Heaton which he kept until he died. The truck was just under $700.00. Lester disliked it because it was under powered. Earlier world ward 2 started. Paul was 15 years old at the time. The speed limit was put at 35 mph. Tires were rationed, along with gas being rationed. Ration books were given to everyone with a vehicle. Any one who had a pickup received more rations stamps than owners of a car. Many times Lester gave stamps to needy people. Progress in the Valley Early in 1935 and 1936 a new highway was built. Up to this time our drinking water was run from a ditch to the ranch. When the road was built the contractor put in a pipe line to turn to the house. It is still in use today. Lester hired Delmar Spencer to wire the house for lights but Delmar never did get started so Dad did the wiring himself. He built his own power plant by running a pipe down the hill from a ditch in back of the house, to a water wheel them to a generator thus furnishing us with electricity until Garkane Power Company ran a line through the valley several years later. Lester purchased a new wood and coal heatorola, this was put in the front room when I was young. I felt like we were right up town being able to stand in front of it. Dola dried dishes on the stove for years. The stove still remains in the family to this day. Death When I was 15 years of age, Father and I was standing at his and Ferls property line in Lydies canyon, Father had just pulled a calf from a young heifer. Ferl drove up and they discussed where a fence should be put some day dividing their property, Father pointed where the west property peg was. Later after Father passed away, Robert chamberlain contacted Charles and Me to come to Lydies canyon. We met Robert and his crew there. He had an old retired surveyor from Panguitch Utah, who was deaf, named Hout Clark. Robert told us he had received a letter from Ferl stating where the property line was. Charles, Myself, Brant and Donald Spencer spent part of a day trying to locate the property peg. I told Robert several times that the peg was not there, but he insisted Ferl said it was there. Charles and I left. Later Mom (Dola) received a letter from Ronald Spencer stating that a new fence had been put across the pasture, causing us to loose a few acres of valuable pasture. Ferl was on a mission at this time. Also during Pauls 15th year, Father started to stay more at the ranch. He didn’t feel well. He couldn’t climb or walk without tiring. During my 16th year Father lost weight along with his strength. So Mother and I took him to the hospital in Kanab where Dr Fen Covington kept him several days. After a few days we brought him home. His complexion had turned yellowish. I felt he had emphysema and maybe liver cancer. Dola made Lester a bed in the living room for him to rest, because it was to tiring for him to climb the stairs. I was having growing pains, so sometimes things didn’t go as good as they could have. Paul joined the Merchant Marines and was gone for a few months. I was bused to Salt Lake then to Long Beach California. My first duty was in the engine room. This was about the size of a foot ball field and the noise was almost unbearable. Many of my new friends didn’t take it either. I was then put on the deck, where I spent most of my days varnishing rails etc. The boatman could see I was a painter so I got along with him. The crew I was on, was placed on a sister ship after a few days and I started painting rails, boats, shipping paint etc. Again the section I was in was transferred to a ship called the Atlantic, but how long I was on this ship I can’t remember. I do remember part of the time I was sea sick, with my head hanging over the rail throwing up. Mother kept me informed on Fathers condition by weekly letters which I appreciated. I was then given sailing papers to board a standard oil ship which was transferred oil from Alamida California to Great Britian. I was sick for several days. My room mate, a Japanese man packed my meals until I was well enough to get to the main office where I signed off from the cruise. I caught the bus from Alamida California and then to Salt Lake city, then to the ranch, where several days of Mothers good food put me back in good health. I was deferred from the draft with Dr. Fen Covingtons help. It seemed good to be on the ranch again. As Paul further states that he found a few paint and plaster jobs which He did during the next few months. Father was always there to give me guidance. A short time later Father was at the hospital sick. Mother was not with him. She was with the children as they were sick. Early one morning in May 1946 Uncle Easton walked out to the barn where I was milking and told me that my father had died in the St George hospital. This was the most horrible day I had ever spent during my eighteen years. Emma Hoyt was with my mother Dola when she was told of Fathers death. Many of Fathers friends came to the ranch to console Dola. My brother Larry was 11 months old at the time. He and Ferry both had the measles. Father was buried in Orderville cemetery. Fathers dying works were of his love and concern for his wife and children. Lester became Ill. Dola and one of the boys took him to Kanab Hospital where Dr. Fen Covington took care of him. His weight dropped from 205 to 170 pounds. The next year he tried to do some work but he had lost most of his strength. After Lester got sick and the doctors didn’t know what to do for him, he decided to go to Salt Lake City to a specialist. He came and got me (Charles )out of school, Charles was fifteen and a half. The two of them went on the bus. It was during the war and when we got up there we couldn’t find a room. Finally we got a room at the Belevedere apartments. Later Dad told me he just about died that night, he said two angels kept arranging his pillows and telling him how to lay so he could breath. Then Dad went to a clinic and they gave him pills and medicine and they said he needed to go to a hospital but he couldn’t get in because of the crowded hospitals. One of the doctors who was concerned about him found us a room at the Carlton Hotel and he would keep checking up on Dad to make sure he was all right. We were there a couple of weeks. Dad never left the hotel until we went back home. I cared for him while we were there. We ran out of money so Dad called a friend and he cashed a check for us so we could have money to get back home. I didn’t dream Dad was a bad as he was. He had something wrong with his bronchial tubes, according to the doctors in Salt Lake. He couldn’t get air back out of his lungs. His mother thought it was because he had been such an active athlete in his younger year. When he got back home he stayed there for a few weeks and then Dad got worse so they took him to St. George. I went down with him and stayed with him. In the hospital in St George the curtains were real dirty and it made it harder for Dad to breathe. Dad asked the nurse to take them down and she said no, so after she had gone Dad had me take them down. You should of seen the nurse work me over when she returned. Lester remembered when he was little and he was playing with the sheep one of them hit him real hard in the chest and he felt this could have started the problem he had. I was with Dad when he died. He told me that when he got better we would moved to Cedar and build a home or else move to St George and build a Motel. I remember before Lester died he would take Larry out on the south side of the house on warm days. Larry wasn’t quite a year old when Lester died. He was a seventy in the Priesthood. He was buried in the Orderville cemetery. He died 19 May 1945 at the age of 45. Charles says “In the last year of my Dad’s life he taught me love for my fellow man and that there was a life after death and that the Church was true. These memories I hold dear to me and they have been a great strength to me throughout my life”. Obituary Lester Blackburn, born 20 October 1899, in Orderville, Utah, the son of Henry and Elvira Cox Blackburn passed away at the St George hospital Sunday morning , May 19. He had been at the hospital a little over a week with a rare case of a growth, which finally closes in on the heart. Mr Blackburn is survived by his widow Dola DeMille, and six children, namely: Lester Paul, Charles Henry, Ferry, Lilly, Helen and Larry, all were living at home; a mother, Elvira Blackburn, and brothers, Thomas , Easton, Ferl and Tone, all of Orderville; sisters, Mrs Alice Heaton and Charlotte Cane, both of Cedar City; Mrs Nancy Chamberlain, Hidden Lake; Mrs Margaret Charboneau, Monrovia, California and Mrs Clara Hicken, Heber, Utah. All brothers and sisters attended the funeral services, which were held at the Orderville chapel Tuesday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m. The services: Song - “Beautiful Home, “by the Melody club. Prayer - Malcolm Robinson Song - “Jesus is Watching for you and me, Come Home.” A letter from coach Christiansen, from the B.A.C. while Lester was attending the school read by Duffin Pugh, V.H.S. coach. Talk - Delmer Spencer, a neighbor, beautiful sentiments Violin solo - “Oh My Father, “ Howard Spencer Talk - Bishop Dastrup, of Sigward Vocal duet - “Some Time We’ll Understand, “ Margaret Watson and George Brinkerhoff. Talk - John Watson, Kanab stake temple worker Talk - Bishop Binnie H Sorenson, a word of thanks in behalf of the family for assistance rendered by many friends and neighbors. Song - “ One Fleeting House” Benediction - Charles C Heaton Ward Cemetery Dedication - Marcellus Johnson

"Terry & Mary Ann's Wedding", Betty Joy Arnold Blackburn's Personal Journal Entry for July 19, 1969.

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"Terry & Mary Ann's Wedding", BETTY JOY BLACKBURN'S Personal Journal Entry about her oldest son and his wife, July 19, 1969. ---------------- July 19, 1969, Saturday Terry Dale Blackburn was married to Mary Ann Despain at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Ward Despain in St. George, Utah. This has been a busy week of preparation with phone calls and letters to loved ones and gathering of clothes for all. *Dale called me from Washington after not hearing from him for a year and a half. Daddy will not be coming for the wedding but sent a lovely gift. The apartment has been found and all things have been set in readiness. It is hard for a mother to express her true feelings on a day such as this when she sees her first born join with another, to know now he must go without your help to try his own wing, to establish his own home and family. The Lord has given him a very choice companion whom we have leaned to love as our own. Many fine and lasting friendships have been sparked. Sister Despain, Mary Ann's grandmother, is such a lovely woman and has worked so hard to take the place of Mary's mother in having as nice a wedding as possible. **Mom and Helen came from Provo, along with Charles and Margie, Larry & Jeannie, Royce and Alene, Shanna & Auntie Iris, and many friends and relatives of the Despains. The ceremony was performed by ***Bishop Dell C. Stout. He gave them five steps to a successful marriage: 1. "Please." 2. "Thank you." 3. "I love you." 4. [blank] 5. "Let me help you, dear." After the ceremony we returned home to visit with Larry, Jeannie, Mom and Helen. Received a report that ****Dwight was lost on Kolob but was found safe later. ----------- NOTES: *Louis Dale Arnold is Joy's younger brother. ** Relationship of wedding attendees: "Mom", Dola, is Paul's mother. Helen, Charles, and Larry are Paul's siblings and Royce Chamberlain is his cousin. Auntie Iris is Joy's maternal aunt and Shanna Jensen is Iris's daughter. ***Bishop Dell C. Stout is Paul and Joy's bishop of the North Ward in Hurricane. ****Dwight is Paul's first cousin, the son of Easton & Lavon Blackburn.

PAUL BLACKBURN, "SOME EARLY HISTORY," Written in 2001 in a little black diary.

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LESTER PAUL BLACKBURN, "Some Early History," Written in 2001 in a little black, two and three-fourths by four-inch diary." Note: On the outside of Dad's diary he printed, "Lester P. Blackburn, Some Early History, Kane County, Iron County." He wrote the following eleven small pages of historical notes in 2001. He also wrote six pages of his activities at the end of the diary. I edited all the entries to complete sentences, fix spelling, and sequence them as best as possible. Don Blackburn, son - - - - - - - - - - 1935 Age 8 I was employed by Joe & Mary Ellen Smith to tromp hay (lucerne). Misha Foot and Dona Pleger would pitch it on a wagon. Often a rattle snake would land near my feet. I kept jumping. I tromped a lot of hay for Dad and his brother, Ferl. My younger brother, Charles, and Ferl once sat on two rattlers for one-half mile as they rode on a load of hay. Ferl would catch live rattlers at his arm's length and then cut their heads off with Dad's axe. Dad would chew on Ferl to be more careful. Brother Charles was bumped to the ground at Lydies Canyon by a black milk cow. She was only trying to protect her new calf. Lorain Gale, age sixteen, and her mother, Della Gale, would come stay with us on some weekends. At the ranch I would walk to Lydies Canyon with her and would throw rocks at Ferl's two work horses. Age 12 During my seventh grade year, the Sundance Kid--his real name was Carl Bebe--rode the Alton school bus to Orderville. Rolland Hoyt was the driver. Age 16 Dad purchased me a 1927 Harley Davidson motor cycle. He purchased it for $15.00. Charles and I pushed it many miles to get it started. It did run some of the time. I went into the Merchant Maries at age 17. After a few months I got out as Dad got sick and died. He was age forty-five. Charles sold the motorcycle for $15.00 while I was away. Charles and I raised pheasants and chicks for a couple years but we were only paid $.75 per chick. I enjoyed living on the ranch but my Mom always wanted to move closer to her two sisters. So Mom sold the ranch to Cornell Chamberlain. 1947 Age 18 We moved to Cedar City. Much later Cornell and Sherill gave me a chance to buy the old ranch house and one-fifth acre of ground for $7,000. I talked to Charles. We turned the Chamberlains down. I didn't have a steady job but I should have borrowed the money. Joy and I were busy raising a family and there was not much money available. I built five homes in Cedar City then sold them. In 1960 we purchased an old home in Kanab and sold it in 1961. We lived there for only one and a half years. We moved to Orderville because the Highway Patrol said to. I built a home in Orderville. Then I purchased one at Hurricane and remodeled it. I also purchased an old home in Toquerville and remodeled it. I purchased our home in Orderville in 1992 and fixed it up. In 2001 we are still here. [Note: Several pages later, Dad began a new section of notes and labeled it, "My First Thought." There are only six small pages.] MY FIRST THOUGHT Dad and Mom took Charles and me to a Hidden Lake dance. It was owned by Lyle and Nancy Chamberlain. Aunt Mercy, Rena, Lavell, Ken, and Ramona were there selling pies and cakes. There was much food including rolls. After the dance all the men drove their Model A and Model T's to Lydies Canyon. They drank home brew--wine--and left the containers in Dad's water ditch. Lyle and Nancy had a service station. The gas price was $.15 per gallon. The Heaton Garage was $.15 and 9/10 per gallon. Uncle Easton told me some history about the July 23 & 24,1924 celebration, of a boxing celebration and horse racing before Highway 89 was oiled. Garkane Power Company laid power poles and lines from Hatch, Utah, down through Kane County. I remember it well. At the first, my parents were billed for $30 to $40 for three months of service. Our First Telephone in the Valley Heaton's Garage rang one time. Hans Chamberlain's Grocery Store rang two times. Smith's Hotel rang four times. Tom Tait's Cafe at Mt. Carmel rang three times. Ruton Carrol Mercantile rang five times. Dorothy Bolander, a teacher at Valley High School, would police the high school during noon. I had a special cedar tree nearby, behind the school, where I relieved myself. During tenth grade, I saw Rolland Hoyt pack on his back one hundred pounds of sugar for a mile. The town's men helped pack it back to Hans Chaberlain's store where Roland Hoyt was given the sugar by Clyde Tait. Age 12 During my 7th grade the Sundance Kid, his name was Carl Bebe, rode the Alton school bus to Orderville . Rolland Hoyt was the driver. Age 15 On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I remember this. My father was the first counselor of the Glendale Sunday School. Alvin Black was the superintendent. He very seldom went to church. Whenever there was a serious accident or incident, Heaton Garage at Orderville would put up a large red sign near the gas pumps. Trooper N. M. Johnson, who was living in Kanab, while patrolling through Orderville, would keep a close watch to see if the sign was up. He then stopped to get the location of the accident or the incident. While I patrolled graveyard in Cedar City, city police officers and I watched for a large electric light to be turned on. It was hanging between Jack's Bar and near the upper theater in Cedar. Later the Utah Highway hired a graveyard dispatcher who answered the city police telephone and the sheriff's phone. In patrolling Cedar City boundaries, I can only remember seeing the light on three times. The telephone operator would give us the phone number or address to check it out. While living in Orderville in the 1960 years, our telephone would shut off after three minutes while we were using it. The telephone company said, "That's the way it is." So, we redialed for three more minutes. We moved in 1965 to Hurricane on the 15th of July. The kids liked school. As a trooper I enjoyed living there. My day off was Thursday. The Sundance Kid took the name of Carl Bebe. But his birth name was Harry Loungbaugh [Harry Alonzo Longabaught -1867-1908]. He died in the Utah State Prison. He had shot and killed a police officer from Sanpete County in Utah. FINAL SIX PAGES OF PAUL'S ENTRIES IN THIS LITTLE BLACK JOURNAL Paul briefly logged his activities on six pages at the end of this little journal. Included are the following activities: Walked one mile Drove to the post office on the four-wheeler Called Pen, Don, Brett, Joelle, Jim, Shirley Gassed tractor Worked on new plugs for tractor Went to Alton Took medications, etc. Terry came Weight is 160 lbs. Called people on the cell phone: Shanna Jenson, Lavell Chamberlain, Elroy Mason Statements made by Paul in the last six pages of this little journal are: "Cold weather causes me to ache." "A blessing by Terry." "Mom talked to Dean [D'anne?] from top of Mt. Carmel to Zion's Bank in Kanab." "Chased chickens." "Killed three chickens."

Life timeline of Easton Blackburn

Easton Blackburn was born on 22 Aug 1903
Easton Blackburn was 9 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.
1912
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Easton Blackburn was 26 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.
1929
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Easton Blackburn was 27 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.
1930
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Easton Blackburn was 42 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
1945
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Easton Blackburn was 50 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
1953
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Easton Blackburn was 60 years old when John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas; hours later, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. As a member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prior to becoming president.
1963
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Easton Blackburn was 75 years old when Jim Jones led more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple to mass murder/suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after some of its members assassinated U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan (pictured). James Warren Jones was an American religious cult leader who initiated and was responsible for a mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana. He considered Jesus Christ as being in compliance with an overarching belief in socialism as the correct social order. Jones was ordained as a Disciples of Christ pastor, and he achieved notoriety as the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple cult.
1978
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Easton Blackburn was 77 years old when Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. Mount St. Helens or Louwala-Clough is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Portland, Oregon and 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle, Washington. Mount St. Helens takes its English name from the British diplomat Lord St Helens, a friend of explorer George Vancouver who made a survey of the area in the late 18th century. The volcano is located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows.
1980
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Easton Blackburn died on 28 Nov 1995 at the age of 92
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