James and Margaret Partridge Lloyd
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This story is from the book "From Then Until Now" 75 years in Central Uintah Basin 1905-1980
JAMES LLOYD and MARGARET PARTRIDGE
James Lloyd was born 9 November 1893, in Panquitch, Garfield County, Utah, to William Monroe Lloyd and Christina Jacobson.
Margaret Partridge was born 11 November in Panguitch, Garfield County, Utah, to John as Partridge and Maria Wesson
James and Margaret attended the schools in Panguitch. When Margaret graduated from the eighth grade, she accepted a job checking in the Panguitch Equitable, a department store, for one dollar a day. James supported himself from an early age herding sheep and cattle for Cal Tebbs.
James and Margaret were married 4 October 1916, in Manti, Utah, and resided in Panguitch until June 1919. At this time, James felt they should move to the Uintah Basin. Margaret wasn't too happy about the change; it was terrible to think of leaving home and living among the Indians. They decided to homestead one hundred twenty acres of rocks and sagebrush in the vicinity of Ioka, Duchesne County, Utah. On 15 June 1919, Margaret and daughter Mary left Panguitch and rode on the mail truck to Marysvale. Then they took the train to Price where James met them. They traveled by car the rest of the journey and settled in the Harris home, which they rented.
James cleared sagebrush and rocks from their land, dug post holes and made fences, poisoned prairie dogs, plowed, planted, and irrigated. He constructed his own surveying gadget so the water would run down the ditches. They seldom had enough water to raise and mature the crops with abundant harvests. Some years were much drier than other years, which made it a definite gamble to farm.
Margaret did her share of milking cows, gardening, raising turkeys, and chickens. She always made the best with what they had. She never expected more than they could earn. James and Margaret had a motto, Never get something until you can pay for it.
In the fall of 1924, they were able to purchase a shiny, black Model T Ford that had curtains which pulled down and snapped closed. They paid for this with a check in the amount of five hundred dollars to Roland Krebbs, the car dealer in Myton. This was the profit on two good crops of alfalfa seed. Paul Lemon reports that James Lloyd had the first car in Ioka.
Mother and the girls were kept busy raising turkeys for they never stayed within the farm boundaries. One fall, by selling turkeys live weight, they were able to pay the taxes. Along with alfalfa, James raised wheat, corn, and pinto beans. They had a fruit orchard, and raised beef besides the other animals already mentioned.
James Lloyd's four daughters helped to haul hay, rode the cultivator horse, and did all other odd jobs that they could do to help their father make a living for the family.
The threshing of grain and seed was a venture of indefinite extension. Mr. Zimmerman from Roosevelt had a steam tractor with iron cleats on the wheels, which was moved from farm to farm. The area farmers exchanged help during the threshing season. If stormy weather came during the threshing of crops, it often fell upon the lady of the house where the thresher was, to feed the threshing hands during the time the stacks of grain or seed were drying out. One year, Margaret remembers feeding five or six men three meals a day for several days while waiting for the weather to change. It was always a relief to the women and girls when the threshers moved on to the next place.
Some of the men who participated in the community threshing endeavor were: John E. Webb, Asa Webb, Francis Ross, Ralph Miles, William Stone, Fredrick Pack, Joseph Robison, Ed. Burgener, John Spencer, John and James Lemon, Melvin Benson, P. C. Johnson, Charles Percival, Walter Baird, Wade Krebbs, and others. Over the years, several other men bought and operated threshing machines.
The Ioka LDS Churchhouse was the gathering place for many events. The Twenty-fourth of July was a special day, with races for all ages, pie eating contests, baseball games, and homemade ice cream, root beer, popcorn, and other treats. For the Fourth of July, various men of the Ward were sure to set charges of dynamite to remind everyone of Independence Day. The celebration of this day always had a morning program filled with an oration and patriotic songs and recitations, the afternoon was filled with fun for all, and in the evening the young people enjoyed a dance—usually the young people who danced were from the age of children learning to walk to the oldest couples in the community.
Dances for other special occasions, with orchestras providing music, were Christmas, New Years, wedding receptions, and the Gold and Green Balls. The floor shows gave many young people opportunities to express their talents. Parents and children of all ages enjoyed these occasions.
Margaret Lloyd enjoyed the association with the people of the Ioka Ward, especially the Relief Society. She enjoyed the hours she spent quilting with the women. To mention a few: Etta Webb, Mary Percival, Celia Jones, Edna Drollinger, Enid Nelson, Zelma Lloyd, Rachel Benson, Eva Miles, Agnes Marchant, Anna and Minnie Lemon, Eliza Robison, Thelma Cook, Bertha Angus, Etta Ross, Cora Stone, Amelia Baird, Geneva Johnson, Violet Gentry, Nora Sanfelice, Lula Pack, Olive Sorensen, Zina Krebbs, Jeannette Miles, and Marie Benson. Margaret's hands were never idle as she found time to create beautiful and useful clothes and gifts for her family and many others.
Margaret and daughter Dean presently reside in Roosevelt. Margaret remains active and busy. Dean is employed in the Carlson Cleaners where she has worked for many years. They are active in their LDS Ward. (1980)