Hazel Jeanette Childs
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(HAZEL JEANETTE CHILDS)
I, Hazel Jeanette Childs was born 20 July 1890. To Parley Pratt Childs and Julia Ann Roper, in Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah. I was a small baby with some black hair and blue eyes. I was the second daughter to join our family. My older sister was Dollrus Childs, who was also born in Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah, 11 May 1888.
I was born in a little log house or a two room grainery, located on the east side of the town where my parents lived. I was blessed on 4 September 1890, by Edmond Sanderson in the L.D.S. Church in Gunnison, Utah.
While we lived in Gunnison, two more children joined our family. A sister Thalia, 15 March 1892, Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah. Then on 19 October 1896, my first brother Parley LeRoy Childs was born. By the time my sister Addrin Childs joined our family, we had moved to Axtell. She was born 18 May 1898. On 30 September 1901, my second brother William Benson Childs was born in Axtell, Sanpete, Utah.
When I was around six years old, my family moved to then called New Field, now Centerfield. I remember our home being near the railroad track and often being bothered by tramps passing through town. One day eight tramps came and sat on the hay wagon in the yard. One at a time they each came to the home begging for food. By the time the eighth one came my mother must have been tired of the begging tramps or was out of food to give away, because she decided not to answer the door. I remember us older girls sitting under one window and Mother and the baby sitting under another window. The tramp finally got tired and all eight tramps left our yard.
The first school I attended was in Centerfield. It was a one-room school, and in 1984 it is still standing. My teacher was Miss Emma Christensen. I remember playing house at lunch time and recess with my older sister. After moving to Axtell, we went to school by horse and buggy. My father would put hay on the wagon so the horse could eat while we were in school and a fellow named Joseph Epson would drive the horse. They built a new school house in Axtell. It was nice not to have to travel to Centerfield. My teacher there was Miss Openshaw. I remember playing jacks, marbles, and ball at recess time at this school. It was still a one-room school. (This building has a family living in it now).
The only time I remember my parents being angry was while we were staying home to feed the animals. Some gypsy’s came and set up a camp across the road from our house. We became very frightened and decided to go to some of our friend’s house. We made honey candy and lost track of time. When our parents came home and couldn’t find us, they were upset.
While I lived in Axtell, I also remember being baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My two sisters were also baptized when I was. It was on 1, September 1900. We went to the canal down in the field. I remember I had been promised that I could be baptized first, but there was a friend by the name of Lu Ella Anderson who cried so hard she got to be first and she had to be emerged three times. This didn’t seem to upset anyone else. I was baptized by Brigham Jensen and the next day we traveled to the church in Centerfield to be confirmed. I was confirmed by Hans C. Jensen. I remember Centerfield seeming very far away because we had to go by horse and buggy.
When I was 13 or 14 years old, we moved back to Gunnison where my last sister and brother were born. Roberta Childs was born 19 June 1904, and Newell Childs 25 December 1906, Gunnison, Sanpete, Utah. This made five girls and three boys in our family. I remember my mother being ill a lot of the time before my last brother was born and very ill after that.
Some things I remember about living in Gunnison are: My father dug two water wells for family use, but the water was so salty we couldn’t use it. So we would get up around 5 a.m. before the animals got into the water, then the water would still be clean. I would help haul the water to the house.
I helped tromp hay with my father and go across the river to get cows. One day the river was very full and I was worried about getting across. My father told me, “Just lift your legs high and don’t worry because the horse can swim.”
My sister Thalia and I cooked meals over a campfire for men in the fields thrashing grain. My Mother would have a cake and bread for us to bring from home and we’d fix the remainder of the meal over the campfire.
I worked at the home of Bishop and Sister Madsen. They had a large vegetable garden and I would tie the vegetables in bunches, hitch the horse to the buggy, and Mrs. Madsen and I would deliver and sell the vegetables.
I attended school in Gunnison, but I did not go past the eighth grade. I remember playing baseball a lot, and I was a very good runner. The two teachers at the school were John Larson and Joseph Christensen. During the eighth grade I missed a lot of school because my mother was ill and so was I.
My mother, Julia Ann Roper died 8 April 1908 in Gunnison, Utah. I took care of my father, brothers and sisters by doing many things around the house before and after my mother died.
The first money I remember earning was, washing clothes and doing house work for Will Gribble, John and Effie Garrett. With the money I bought some blue material and made a blouse, trimmed with white. My older sister Dollus did something to ruin it before I got to wear it.
I was in plays, programs such as Christmas and 4th of July, and sang with my sisters. I always liked to play jacks, jump the rope, play baseball, run sheep run, and hide and seek.
Dancing was another favorite of mine. In Mayfield, I won a prize while dancing with Clarence Scow. In Marysvale, while dancing with Ray Rosequist, we won a box of candy. In Richfield, Lee Brown and I were chosen best waltzers.
The first time I remember going to a dance was with my sister Dollrus and her date. I got to dance more dances than she did and she said she wouldn’t take my anymore. But after that I had dates of my own.
Not long after my mother passed away I was in a play. My father was sitting in front of someone whom he heard say, “I’d like to meet that certain girl.” My father knew it was me. Soon after that I met Leonard LeRoy Michaelsen at another play for M.I.A. at the Gunnison reservoir. He asked if he could see me on the following Sunday. We continued dating after that. He said, one of the things he liked about me was my long hair.
We dated for about two years and were married on 19 October 1910, in the Manti Temple.
We left Gunnison by ourselves in a horse-drawn buggy, with a quilt to help keep us warm. And returned in the evening to Mother Michaelsen’s home in Mayfield. She had a big dinner waiting for us. Two of Leonard’s sisters and two brothers were there to wish us well. The next morning we got up early to harvest potatoes.
Leonard’s mother, Sarah Christina Anderson Michaelsen, was a widow with a farm, and we lived with her for the first seven months and helped on her farm.
In May 1911, we moved into a three-room house in Mayfield. Leonard was still farming and herding sheep for his mother. While living in this home, our first three children were born. Julia Michaelsen, 10 July 1911, ElRoy Andrew Michaelsen, 20 November 1912, and LaVern Michaelsen, 19 July 1915, Mayfield, Sanpete, Utah.
When LaVern was quite small, we moved to Clarion or Westview where Leonard continued to farm. These were very hard times. The winter was very cold and we would have to haul our drinking water from Gunnison. For washing and bathing we would gather snow, bring it into the house, and melt on the cook stove. We bathed in a #3 wash tub, did the laundry with a wash tub and scrub board. I would boil white clothes on the stove to help keep them white, rinse in clean water that we had carried inside. I got my first electric washer in about 1922. I was very happy to have this modern convenience.
While we lived in Westview, our son Coy Leonard Michaelsen was born 10 March 1917. Sometime in 1919 we moved back to Mayfield to farm again for Mother Michaelsen. I remember this being a bad year for sickness or flue for everyone. We moved once again to a different home in Mayfield, this one being much nicer than before. It was a brick home with five rooms and a pantry on the main floor, a cemented cellar downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs. We also bought a farm while living there. Two more sons were born, Mark LeRoy Michaelsen, 26 September 1922, and Garth Aaron Michaelsen, 5 December 1926, Mayfield, Sanpete, Utah.
We lived in this nice home in Mayfield until 1928. The economy dropped and we lost our farm and home. We moved to Marysvale, Piute, Utah. Where Leonard rented a farm, ran a livery stable, and ran a creamery station.
Trying to help out, I sold milk and also kept boarders; two men who worked for the railroad, Mr. Irvine and Mr. Wideman.
While living in Marysvale, Leonard became interested in mining and also was friends with Jacob Morhr. He became ill, and for a few weeks before he died, he lived in our home. Mr. Morhr owned some mining property up Boullion Canyon, south west of Marysvale. This had been a special interest to some of our boys and their families to this day.
Leonard always had a special interest in animals and through the years he sent away for books and studied veterinary science on his own. He also had a good friend from Ephraim named John Hardin who was a veterinarian, which taught him many things.
After we moved from Marysvale in 1937 to Richfield, Leonard did mostly veterinary work traveling to parts of Sanpete, Sevier Piute and Wayne Counties.
We rented four different homes in Richfield before we bought the home I now live in on 4th South 2nd West.
My husband, Leonard, died on 12 May 1946 from complications following gall bladder surgery.
An experience that is miraculous to me since the passing of my husband was on the 27th of February 1971. I was at my back doorway and fell down. I couldn’t get up and it was a very cold, much below zero that night. I felt as though I might have frozen to death if my good neighbors, MacRay and Peggy Jensen had not seen me as they were getting into their car. They came over and carried me into the house and called my daughter LaVern. I was taken to the Richfield Hospital where Dr. Henery an Orthopedic Specialist happened to be in town from Salt Lake City. He determined I had broken my hip. He set it and with the help of medication I was able to rest well that night. The next day I was taken to Salt Lake City, Utah where I spent a month in the Holy Cross Hospital until I was healed enough to go the home of my son ElRoy and his wife Jaunita. I had never been in a hospital before, and I was nearly 82 years old. I feel I have been very blessed to have recovered so well and not had any more problems with this injury the last 13 years.
I have always kept myself very busy, taking care of my family, home, yard and doing church work. Some of the positions I have held in my church are: Presidency of MIA, teacher in Primary, secretary in Genealogy. I was a visiting teacher for over 60 years. I am also a member of the Daughter of Utah Pioneers.
I’m going to be 94 years old on July 20, 1984. I still live in my own home and do very well at taking care of myself. My biggest complaint is I don’t hear as well as I would like and my eyes are not as good as they once were.