Franklin Lee Blodgett
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Source: Roylance Family of Western America by Ward J. Roylance, page 270. Published by the Roylance Family Organization 1986.
Franklin Lee Blodgett was born in North Ogden 9 December 1873, son of Ezekiel Lee and Sarah Susannah (Campbell) Blodgett. He died 7 August 1939 in North Ogden and was buried in Dayton, Idaho, where his first child was buried.
Married 5 December 1894 in Salt Lake City Mary Ann Roylance, born 3 September 1873 in North Ogden, daughter of James and Georgina (Barnett) Roylance. She died 18 December 1943 in North Ogden and was buried in Dayton, Idaho, where her husband and child were buried.
The following information has been excerpted from a biographical sketch written by their daughters:
Mary Ann was the oldest of a family of 13 children. Frank was the oldest of a family of six children.
Soon after their marriage Frank and Mary Ann moved to Clear Creek in northwestern Utah, near Strevell. There they lived in a one-room house with a sod roof. "Every time it rained they had to cover their bed with pans and buckets to keep the bed dry from the roof leaking. One day Frank was coming home with a nice string of fish and his little dog when a storm came up with lightning flashing. A bolt of lightning struck close to Frank. He lost consciousness. When he came to the little dog lay on the ground but there were no fish."
The young couple then moved to Weston, a few miles from Preston, Idaho. While living there in 1898 their first child was born; Mary Ann had gone to North Ogden for the confinement. The baby boy lived only a year.
"Frank had just one pair of shoes, that were too small for him. That summer of 1899 Frank hauled hay for different ranchers barefooted. He wore his shoes to go into the houses to eat the noon meal, then went barefooted the rest of the time and paid the funeral expenses of his baby son."
Before long Frank and Mary Ann moved to Thatcher, between Preston and Soda Springs, Idaho. "Frank went around the country taking photographs. He also hauled freight and flour from Franklin and Smithfield for Pond and Greaves Mercantile. Mary Ann operated the telephone exchange in her home." Her second and third children were also born in North Ogden, where she had gone for their births. However, Mary Ann remained in Thatcher for the birth of the fourth child, Elta Iona, in 1905.
When Elta Iona was a year old the family moved to North Ogden. At 318 Washington Boulevard Frank built a two-roomed house with a three-sided entrance on the back. His mother, brother Parley, and foster sister lived with them in this little house until their own house was completed nearby. In 1914 three rooms and a screened porch were added to the house. Frank and Parley worked the farm and finished paying for it, then divided it.
"Frank and Mary Ann had a big garden and two patches of raspberries. All the family would pull, wash and tie the radishes, green onions, and turnips in small bunches. Watercress was gathered from the fresh water streams. Frank had a route in Ogden where he sold buttermilk, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. They sold buttermilk and the vegetables on the route. They took orders for the raspberries and delivered them as they ripened. The buttermilk was hauled in a thirty gallon tank with a tap protruding from the bottom of the tank. The tank sat in the back of a small wagon pulled by one horse. A large parasol was was fastened to the floor of the wagon. It covered the seat and kept the snow, rain and sun off Mary Ann, who held the horse, she wrapped a quilt around her legs and over her knees and put her feet on hot bricks to keep warm in the winter.
"Frank became ill with a fever. None of the doctors called knew what it was. During this time, Mary Ann and Iona delivered the buttermilk, Amel harvested the hay and milked the cows. Frank's fever was finally diagnosed as malaria fever.
"Frank was a Jack Of All Trades. He worked as a farmer, carpenter, fruit grower, cement finisher, blacksmith, salesman, coal trucker, [photographer] and was caretaker for Lindquist Mortuary and the Masonic Lodge building. [For a number of years he was employed by Blackman and Griffin, wholesale produce dealers of North Ogden.] . . . .
"Frank got a job with the Ogden Cash Coal Company. He delivered in the winter with two horses pulling a bobsled, and a wagon in the summer. Later he bought a truck and used it. He would sometimes empty coal cars of coal at the yard. One day when he was emptying one of these cars he fell down through the doors and injured his neck and back. The doctors were afraid to operate and dislodge the vertebra for fear they would injure the spinal cord. Frank got so he could move around but it was hard form him to turn his head and his little and ring fingers were numb.
"Frank died from a heart attack on August 1939, at his home, and was buried at Dayton, Idaho, 11 August 1939. [He had suffered from asthma.]
"Mary Ann was operated for cancer of the breast and had her right breast removed. Three years later she had a few little tumors removed from under her right arm. She died 18 December 1943 at North Ogden, Utah and was buried at Dayton, Idaho 23 December 1943."