Ivan Hawkins History
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Written History of Ivan Hawkins
Born December 5, 1901
One Cold winter night December 5, 1901, I was born to Charles Eli and Clara Ludlow Hawking in a log home where the Don Ludlow home now stands. I was the 6th child in a family of 13. Paul, Fametta, Bertha, Heber, Maynard, Ivan, Ray, James Oscar, Emma Levern, William Lester, Mary Alice, Eva, and Clara. They also raised a grandson Starr H. Brockbank who was the son of Alice. Heber died at the age of 8 and Fametta at 3.
Mother said I was a healthy baby so I was not much trouble. I wore dresses till I was 2 years old, which was the custom at that time. Then I wore pants just below the knees with elastic at the bottom. I had my first long pants just before I was ordained a Deacon.
The spring of 1902 we moved on Grandfathers farm and lived in a large two-story adobe home. Father believed in teaching his children obedience and so he started while we were in the high chair. We soon learned that we were to mind what he said. I was all-most 7 years old when I started school because my birthday was Dec. 5th.
In the fall of 1906 father bought 10 acres of ground from Ben Davis and moved a two-roomed house on it. We all had chores to do and I started to milk cows when I was 5 years old along with other little jobs. I learned to work when I was real young. That same year 1906 my father was called on a mission for the Church. He did not want to go and leave his little family along with a farm mortgage to pay off. But my mother insisted that he go because she knew that the Lord would bless our family. It was very hard for her because she was expecting a baby. The Lord did bless our family a great deal because when he got home she handed him the paid off mortgage to the farm.
One day when I was in the 1st grade I did not want to go to school. I told my mother that I had a stomach ache so she gave me a big spoon of castor oil and made me go to school anyway. About 9 a.m. I asked my teacher if I could go to the bathroom, which was out side along a fence. A little later I asked her if I could go again but she would not let me thinking I was just making excuses to leave. Well I had a very bad accident in my pants. She put a note in an envelope and had me take it home to my mother. I can still see how mother laughed and that broke me of playing sick anymore.
All through school my grades were average. I seldom got less than 100% in arithmetic. It seemed I was always in mischief. One day with three other boys we played hooky from school and the next morning we were called in to Mr. Walker’s office and put over his knee and got a good licking with a willow. Our games at school were springing lopes, playing marbles and baseball.
I went to Benjamin till the 8th grade then I attended the Spanish Fork High School. I played baseball and football. We left home at 7 a.m. in a covered wagon with a stove to keep us warm in the winter months. Sometimes the snowdrifts were so deep all us had to get out of the wagon and help push the horses. We would leave for school in the dark and some times get home in the dark.
There were about 16 kids born in the town of Benjamin in one year so we had lots of fun parties in the winter. We would go skating and sleigh riding. The girls would fix a basket of food for two and the boys would draw numbers to see what girl he would eat lunch with. That was always the best of the party because we all liked to eat.
When I was about 16 I started to herd sheep with Mr. Schonsfield at Diamond Mountain. We lived in a tent. He always got up early to go with the sheep. One morning when he came in for breakfast, a Rattle Snake was coiled up on his bed. He got a club and killed it and then showed me what I was sleeping with. It had 12 rattlers one for each year that it had lived. That same year, a Cougar killed my pony. When I was 17 years old I took a mule up to the mine in Mammoth for Jessie Knight. While I was there, it was during the flu epidemic and so I was quarantined there, so I bought me a big horse. I worked for several years in various jobs along with my brothers traveling to Eureka and Idaho.
When I was 20 I meet my wife Edith Simmons. I courted her in a new buggy and fancy horse that I had bought. After about a year and a half we decided to get married. So in September 28, 1921 we were married in the Salt Lake Temple. That night I had to hurry home to milk the cows. Later we had a reception in the old dance hall and danced till 4 a.m. The first few years of our married life was pretty hard trying to pay all our bills. In 1923 we bought a Model Tee Ford for 35 dollars. It was one that you had to crank to get started. We had lots of fun times with our other married friends. We had ward dances and had parties at each other’s homes.
When we were first married I wanted to raise cattle so my father bought me 35 head of cows. I ran out of feed so I let them loose in another field and 11 of them died because they blotted. I decided I was not cut out for cows so I traded in the rest for sheep and have had them ever since.
With a few exceptions (working at a pipe plant and in a mine) I have farmed all my life. We have two living children, Junior & Lois and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. I have had a full and wonderful life.