Obituary of Harriet “Hattie” Emily Marble Larsen
Contributor: Ted L Jensen Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago
Richfield Reaper Newspaper 1926-02-04
Mrs. John Larsen has been seriously ill the last few days but is improving at this writing. Her brother, Charles and Frank Marble, and her son, Vernal and wife, all of Salt Lake City came at once Thursday when they received word of her serious condition. We hope for her speedy recovery.
Richfield Reaper obit dated 2 25 1926
Mrs. Harriett Larsen wife of John E Larsen of Central , died at her home Saturday following a lingering illness. Mrs. Larsen was bom in Central, May 28 1884 the daughter of Eunice and Nathaniel Marble and has resided in Central all her life. She was married to John E Larsen October 1, 1902 and from this union the following children survive: Vernal, Martin, Clara, Rosella, Ethel, Thelma and Dorothea one son Edwin preceded her in death
Harriet Emily Marble
Contributor: Ted L Jensen Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago
HARRIET EMILY MARBLE
Harriet Emily Marble was born in Central (Inverory) Sevier, Utah (Territory). She was the second child born to Eunice Sibley Kelly and Martin Nathanial Marble. Harriet was born on the 28th of May, 1884, in a three-room log house. She was a source of much
joy and happiness to her parents. She was affectionately nicknamed Hattie. A sister had preceeded Hattie that was named Eunice Marinda and Eunice had only lived 8 weeks'. So Hattie helped to fill the emptiness caused by her loss.
When Hattie was three years old a baby brother was born. He was named Lorenzo Nathanial. When five years old another brother Russell Benjamin was born.
Then Hattie was old enough to start school. I am sure she was happy to go as most children are today.
In 1890 or about then the family moved down on the river which was a mile and a half from town. When winter set in and the snow was real heavy the younger children who should have gone to school had to stay home because the snows were so deep.
It is possible this was where the family was living when little Olive Diantha was born. She lacked 2 days of being 9 months old when she died.
Then on the 23 of August, 1893, a brother Charles Henry was born and 2-1/2 years later Sarah Marinda. Hattie was now about 12 years old.
It was after moving back to town that John Franklin was born. "The family lived only a block from school and church.
Then it was that Hattie's father was stricken with a lingering illness that lasted several years. Some of the time he was right flat on his back.
So Hattie, even though a very young girl, had to help her mother doing work that mostolder people would do. In those days all the water had to be carried from a ditch that ran through the town and the wood chopped and carried. The clothes were scrubbed on the board. It isn't hard to understand why many had poor health. Hattie's brother Lorenzo had what they called "Saint Vidas Dance" and died with it. He was 14 years old at the time. Now days it's called Rhumatic Fever. Hattie was sick and always had a weak heart later because of it. When Hattie got a little older she went to work for a Mr. and Mrs. Hartley Greenwood. She received 50¢ per week. The story is told how Mrs. Greenwood had her bed arranged in such a way she would look through the door into a mirror on the wall and watch just how and what the hired girl did. They were a very scotch or should we say close family. They would separate the milk and this was what they gave Hattie to drink. As a result Hattie learned to dislike milk and couldn't bare the thought of drinking it even in her later life.
Hattie was a good looking girl and quite popular. She had a wonderful personality and many admirers. She planted morning glorys along the sides of the walk at their home and her father got green willow that would bend and fixed them so the flowers could climb over them making an arch. They put benches inside where they could sit and enjoy the coolness and shade. The fellows in town liked to congregate at the Marble home. Here they were made welcome, and they would play horse shoes and other games for recreation. The fellows looked forward to the homemade ice cream and punch and cookies they were served. Some of Hattie's admirers were: Reese Anderson, Robert Hawley, John Grey, Raynor Hooton, and George Larsen, a brother to John whom she married.
Everyone seemed to think that George was going to be the lucky one. Evidently Hattie was going with George when his brother John came home for a visit. John was working in Ogden on the railroad. After John met Hattie he told George that she was the girl he was going to marry. Sure enough, later he did.
As a young girl Hattie sang in the choir, and was secretary
of Mutual and Sunday School. She was good at drawing and her
children remember seeing a notebook with some of her drawings in.
When Hattie was 17-1/2 years old she married John Ephraim Larsen
in Richfield on October 20, 1902. She wore a beautiful 2 piece
blue dress trimmed with a cream color. Hattie lived with her
parents for awhile after they were married and John went to Ogden
and continued to work for a short time and on January 21, 1903,
their oldest son, John Vernal Larsen, was born.
John and Hattie purchased a home one block south of her
parents. It was here all the children were born. This home was
a 2-room adobe house, with a sort of lean-to room on the west
side. On August 23, 1904, their second child Ervin Larsen was
born. He died when 5 weeks and 6 days old. In 1906, on the 17th
of March, a third child was born who they named Martin Peter Larsen.
Then almost three years later on February 18, 1909, their first girl
was born and they were so thrilled. The baby took sick and had
convultions so Hattie called the Elders to come to her home and give
the baby her name as well as a blessing. Just as the Elders were
blessing her and had said Clara, John, who had been gone, came into
the room and as he entered said Hattie, so the Elder repeated the
name Hattie and so she was named Clara Hattie Larsen. She got
better and was much joy to her parents.
On the 5th of May, 1911, a second daughter was born and was
named Rosella. Life was work and more work. Hattie would get sand
out of the ditch across the street and use this to scrub her floors
with. It was a good scrubbing aid in those days.
In 1914 the boys Vernal and Martin received a BeBe gun for
Christmas. During the Holidays while downtown at a friend's, Ray
Greenwoods place, the gun jammed. The boys were trying to fix the
gun when Martin being younger got in front wanting to see all that
was going on and looked into the gun barrel just as one of the boys
pulled the trigger and it went off hitting Martin in the eye. Hattie
and John had to take Martin to Salt Lake where the eye was removed
and then Martin had to use a glass eye to continue on through life
with. This is just one of the many accidents which happened to cause
heart ache in Hattie and John's life.
On the 30th of September, 1915, another baby came into the
family a little girl who they named Ethel. This made nearly 5 years
between Rosella and Ethel. Then on the 9th of May, 1917, Thelma
Chloe a fourth daughter was born and as time went by on the 9th of
June, 1922, a 5th daughter and 8th child was born. She was named
Any of the folks were always welcome at Hattie and John's place.
Some of the relatives even stayed for months at a time.
Hattie had very poor health. Rosella remembers going out and
helping her father in the fields with the chorse while Clara helped
her mother in the house. When Hattie was too sick to do anything
how John would pitch in and help. How good were some of the dishes
that John could cook up. He tried to help Hattie and was kind and
considerate of her
One day when Hattie had fixed dinner for the grown-ups and was
fixing for the children a 2 qt. bottle of plum jam had been brought
up from the cellar. As she was unscrewing the lid the top of the
bottle broke and the jagged glass cut the vein in her left wrist.
John quickly grabbed a flour sack that the flour had just been
emptied out of and wrapped it tight around her wrist which helped
prevent her bleeding to death.
Another time Hattie had been canning fruit and it was in the
morning and she was going to put it down in the cellar. The window
was slightly ajar over the steps and they never knew if she missed
the step or blacked out for a moment losing her balance or just
what happened but they did hear her scream as she fell down the steps.
It was a beautiful sunshine day on the 31 of July, 1924, and
the Christensen family and Hattie and John with their family went
to the Manti Temple to have their marriage solemnized to last for-
ever and have their children sealed to them. Hattie rode with her
brother Charles and John and part of the children rode with John's
brother George Larsen. It was truly a glorious occassion. After
they came out of the Temple they had a picnic lunch at the park in
Manti. Hattie said it was the happiest day of her life and I
believe it was.
Hattie had a bad heart and her tissues filled with fluid. She
wasn't very well for a number of years. Then she got some bad teeth
pulled around Christmas time and it seems she never quite got over
it. She had to go right to bed and someone would have to fan her so
she could breathe. The family held prayer circles in her behalf and
the Elders came in and administered to her. One night the family
had all been up to the house of Brother Hansen and had prayer and
said the Lord's will be done. When they returned home Hattie said,
"You don't need to tell me where you have been, I know." She died
on the 20th of February, 1926, and was buried at Central, Sevier,
The data for this history obtained from brothers of Hattie and
her children. written to help her posterity learn to know and
love her for the noble life she lived. Connie Sorenson Rausch