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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I Remember When

Contributor: BlantonRoots 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 18 years old when Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the United States. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, the narrator of two other Twain novels and a friend of Tom Sawyer. It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
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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 38 years old when Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the special theory of relativity. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.
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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 53 years old when The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage in America. The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was adopted on August 18, 1920.
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John D. Durfee was 72 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
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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 25283 Provo, Utah, Utah, United States