John D Durfee

12 Apr 1867 - 20 Jan 1944


John D Durfee

12 Apr 1867 - 20 Jan 1944
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John D Durfee


Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States


June 26, 2011


June 21, 2011

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Contributor: milesmeyer Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

I REMEMBER WHEN Our homes were made of logs and the cracks were filled with mud. The roofs were constructed of small poles, then a layer of straw and an outer covering of dirt was put on top of the straw. Every summer there was a weed garden on top of the house. Often during a rain storm dishpans, cooking utensils and buckets were placed at strategic places to keep beds dry. Inside the house the walls were white-washed with a mixture of lime and water. Sometimes the floors were just plain old mother earth, and sometimes they were made of rough boards which became smooth with wear. When my mother could accumulate enough old rags, she would weave a carpet for our home. When it was ready, a layer of straw was placed evenly on the floor, then the carpet was stretched tightly over the straw and tacked down. Candles for lighting the home were in common use. Kerosene or coal oil was considered a luxury and was used only on special occasions, and for church activities. Later when kerosene was used all the time, it was a hateful chore to clean the chimneys, trim the wicks, and fill the lamps every day. Often people resorted to a witch light which consisted of a saucer, a rag, and button in grease. I well remember living for some time just under a big ledge with the ledge for a roof. I remember my sister Celestia taught me to knit while under this ledge, esp. when it rained we would go inside and busy our fingers with knitting. When it was not raining, we all had to be out herding cows or working on the farm. Father always had a farm. The family laundry was always done on a scrubbing board made of copper or brass. The white clothes was scrubbed thoroughly, then put into a boiler and boiled real hard. Then they were, taken from the boiler and rinsed good, then put into a bluing water and rinsed again. Then they were hung out on fences and brush to dry. If the water was muddy, we would put ashes in it and let it stand until it was clear. Homemade soap which my mother made from fat and greasy meat was the only soap we had. Mother would, often stand and work all day over a kettle of boiling soap. They did not make it the easy way that they make soap today. The ironing was done with three five-pound irons called sad irons. They were heated on the kitchen range and used one at a time and reheated as they used another one. Those irons were also used to warm and wrap in rags and put in the beds to keep us warm during the long winter nights. As we couldn’t buy yarn in those days, we children use to go out and gather wool that had been pulled off the sheep as they crowded through barbed wire fences and brush. We would take it to mother. She would wash it and care it into rolls, then spin the rolls into yarn, and then we would use it to knit stockings, garters, sweaters etc. end especially nice warm mittens to wear on our hands in the cold long winters. Mother got a start of yeast from some place. She would make a batch of bread with it leaving a start, then she would make more using the start to make it rise. I remember mother at one time for a long time would make big batches of this yeast and all our neighbors would come with a little sugar, flour, or hops and would trade it for yeast enough to make their bread. We had to see that someone was home at all times so people could get yeast. They came mostly in the evenings as we use to mix our bread in the evenings and let it raise until morning. In the winter, it took most of the day for us to chop wood and carry it into the house in order to keep a good fire to keep the house warm. Then there was lots of ashes to carry out and that was a job we all disliked. Then there was the job of hauling the water from the river on a forked tree branch called a lizard. We would have to chop a hole in the ice to get the water. It was a cold hard job. I remember my brother Deuvaldia and myself usually got that job. Sometimes we nearly froze, especially when our barrel tipped over coming up the hill from the river bed and this would make the road slick and hard to climb. We had to haul it for our cattle as well. I remember in the winter our door step was always slick from the water that had been thrown out from our wash basin when people used it. Always more than one person would wash in the same wash water for it was scarce and hard to get. We would always catch the nice soft rain water when it rained to be used in washing our hair and the baby clothes. It was always an exciting time when the baby was to be shortened. The baby wasn’t made shorter but just the clothing. When a baby was first born, they would be dressed in long clothes reaching down over their feet. Then, when it was a few months old, it would get a set of shorter clothes reaching around to the ankels. This was always a great day. When the oil cloth table cover was set for a meal, the plates were all turned wrong side up until after grace was said. Perhaps this was to prevent dirt from falling into them. Then to the chairs were turned with the backs to the table until prayer was said. I don’t know the reason for this. Since there were few if any doctors around, the following medications were used. Golden seal, for canker, mustard plasters for colds and pneumonia, ginger tea for a stomach ache, camphor for headaches, kerosene mixed with sugar for croup, sweet cream for face and hand lotion. If there were any virtues coming from the good old days, it must have been from having a fine home life. There weren’t any places to go so the family worked, played, and prayed together. Juvenile delinquency and divorce were seldom if ever heard of. I’m not sure who wrote this, but it sounds like it was a sister to Celestia and Deuvaldia DURFEE. Possibly Vilate wrote it. Retyped by Monica Durfee Anderson, 2014

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John D Durfee was born on 12 Apr 1867
John D Durfee was 11 years old when Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
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John D Durfee was 16 years old when Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people. Krakatoa, or Krakatau, is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung. The name is also used for the surrounding island group comprising the remnants of a much larger island of three volcanic peaks which was obliterated in a cataclysmic 1883 eruption.
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John D Durfee was 27 years old when Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā – applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. In India, he is also called Bapu and Gandhi ji, and known as the Father of the Nation.
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John D Durfee was 41 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
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John D Durfee was 47 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
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John D Durfee was 62 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
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John D Durfee was 72 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
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John D Durfee died on 20 Jan 1944 at the age of 76
Grave record for John D Durfee (12 Apr 1867 - 20 Jan 1944), BillionGraves Record 25217 Provo, Utah, Utah, United States