Eliza Avery Woodruff (Clark)

9 Mar 1882 - 8 May 1953

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Eliza Avery Woodruff (Clark)

9 Mar 1882 - 8 May 1953
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They built a friendship that time can only enhance. Wilford Woodruff and Ezra Thompson Clark were more than fellow saints in the household of God, they were friends after the order of Jonathan and David of the Old Testament. They built a bond of friendship that grew with the years, and quite likely
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Eliza Avery Woodruff (Clark)

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Salt Lake City Cemetery

200-250 N St
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
United States

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Son of Wilford and Emma Smith Woodruff, Apostle, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Died El Paso, Texas, SON OF WILFORD AND EMMA SMITH WOODRUFF APOSTLE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS DIED EL PASO, TEXAS
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His Closest Friend Was a Prophet

Contributor: SydneyW Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

They built a friendship that time can only enhance. Wilford Woodruff and Ezra Thompson Clark were more than fellow saints in the household of God, they were friends after the order of Jonathan and David of the Old Testament. They built a bond of friendship that grew with the years, and quite likely will grow with the eternities. An avid journal writer, Woodruff once described Ezra T as a “bosom friend” in an 1864 account of his visit to Farmington, Utah. (Wilford Woodruff, His Life and Labors by Matthias F. Cowley, page 440) The level of that friendship is perhaps best defined by the following: “It would perhaps be here a little discriminating to speak of any individual friendships of his life. There is one, however, that was so strong and lasting that it illustrates with great clearness the character of the man. Ezra T. Clark of Farmington was a man of simple habits and devoted to industrial life. He loved the soil whose very particles awakened within him a satisfaction and an enthusiasm. These two men developed throughout many years of intimate association a loving regard for each other that was as striking as it was beautiful. Whenever Elder Woodruff could steal away from the duties and responsibilities of life some leisure hours, he sought an evening’s pastime in the home of his friend. Their devotion to each other grew with years; and it may be truthfully said that nothing ever came up in life to disturb their confidence and love.” (Wilford Woodruff, His Life and Labors by Matthias F. Cowley, page 646) IN HIS HOME AT FAR WEST Exactly when the two first met has never been clearly defined, but it was probably a short time after Timothy Baldwin Clark and his wife, Polly Keeler, joined the church and moved to Independence, Mo. Ezra was a teen-ager in the years of persection in the Show Me State. It is known that Woodruff, a native of Connecticut like Ezra’s ancestors, was in the Clark home in Far West the morning before the fulfillment of the commandment issued by the Lord in Doctrine and Covenants 115 to meet at the temple site and go from there on a mission to the world. It was at that time that Woodruff was called to the Council of the Twelve. When Ezra moved to the Nauvoo region and got married, it was his home that provided a haven for Woodruff’s wife while the apostle went on a mission. She had a baby in the Clark home. How much contact the two had between one another is not known. It is known, however, that Bro. Woodruff had extensive contacts with some of the Clarks while in England. His mission journals in the 1840s speak of the Clarks and contain numerous references to correspondence. Who, what, where and when are not always specified in regards to which Clarks. TO LIVE ACROSS THE STREET The two families may have had extensive contact during the pioneer trek from Nauvoo to Winter Quarters. At Winter Quarters, however, Bro. Brigham asked Ezra to stay behind an extra year to prepare food stuffs for the saints who would be coming. Ezra Thompson and Mary Stevenson Clark arrived in Salt Lake a year later than Bro. Woodruff and his family and established a temporary residence in the North Canyon, in the region now known as Bountiful. In 1850 he secured some property in Farmington, which he intended to lease out to another family while he built a home and residence in Salt Lake City---across the street from the Woodruffs. That lease agreement did not work out and so Ezra moved his family to Farmington where he became a fixture/ It is interesting to speculate whether Bro. Woodruff had any hand in the naming of the community where his friend lived. Woodruff had come from Farmington, Ct. and felt a special affinity for his hometown. Initially Farmington was known as North Cottonwood. As Ezra’s family grew and prospered, his contact with the brethren increased. Brigham Young and the brethren were frequent visitors in the Clark home and it was Ezra Thompson Clark who provided teams for Brigham and the brethren, including Wilford Woodruff, to attend the St. George Temple dedication and the ground-breaking of the Manti and Logan temples. They seemed to share many sacred things together as well. When he went to the temple with his two wives, on March 8, 1867, it was Wilford Woodruff who wrote the following in his journal “This is Mrs. Woodruff Birth day. She is 60 years old today. I met at 2 o’clock at the prayer room today at 2 o’clock I gave (Ezra Thompson Clark and 2 wives) their second Anointing and attended the Theater in the Evening.” (Wilford Woodruff’s Journal) WAS A WITNESS Years later, when Ezra T. and his wife, Mary, acted as proxies at the sealing of their eldest son Ezra James’ sealing to a deceased Farmington woman, Bro. Woodruff was one of the witnesses. When Ezra Thompson and Mary celebrated a golden anniversary and threw a party on May 18, 1895, Wilford Woodruff and his wife were among the guests. “In company with Emma I rode to Farmington to attend the 50 years golden wedding. A single thing took place. William O. Clark married his brother 50 years ago and for some cause he wanted to perform the same ceremony again out of curiosity I suppose which was done. Speeches were made until midnight. (Wilford Woodruff’s Journal) Ezra Thompson Clark also provided a reliable resource to his friend, who became the fourth president of the church. Ezra donated liberally to the building of the Salt Lake Temple and one week before its dedication, when Pres. Woodruff called a special leadership meeting of people in the region, it was Ezra T. who was called on to speak. The two shared many bonds, but one of them was loyalty to the Lord’s church. “When doubt and uncertainty were in the minds of some, even members of his own family, as to where was the rightful leadership, where was to be found the right road to follow, father never faltered but declared, ‘Where you find the majority of General Authorities of this Church, there you will find the truth,” Joseph Smith Clark said of his father. (Family Reunion address of Joseph S. Clark, 1944) Given their association, it is not a surprise that one of Ezra T’s grandchildren would marry into the Woodruff family. Hyrum’s eldest child, Avery, married A.O. Woodruff, who was an apostle under his father’s leadership.

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1882
Eliza Avery Woodruff (Clark) was born on 9 Mar 1882
Eliza Avery Woodruff (Clark) was 9 years old when Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
1891
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Eliza Avery Woodruff (Clark) was 22 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
1903
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Eliza Avery Woodruff (Clark) was 30 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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Eliza Avery Woodruff (Clark) was 47 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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Eliza Avery Woodruff (Clark) was 58 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
1939
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Eliza Avery Woodruff (Clark) was 63 years old when World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
1945
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Eliza Avery Woodruff (Clark) died on 8 May 1953 at the age of 71
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