Joseph Ira Earl

6 Sep 1852 - 22 Jul 1934

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Joseph Ira Earl

6 Sep 1852 - 22 Jul 1934
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Grave site information of Joseph Ira Earl (6 Sep 1852 - 22 Jul 1934) at Bunkerville Cemetery in Bunkerville, Clark, Nevada, United States from BillionGraves

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Joseph Ira Earl


Bunkerville Cemetery

650 Canal St
Bunkerville, Clark, Nevada
United States


Husband of Calista & Viola - Southern Nevada Pioneers


January 28, 2012


January 28, 2012

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Memories of My Brother Ira written by Lois E. Jones

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

He was born December 16, 1884. I was then four years old lacking 2 weeks. Great grandmother Abigail Smith Abbott of Ogden was visiting her eldest daughter, Emily Bunker, and son Myron Abbott, in Bunkerville. Father called on her the morning after Ira was born. He said, “A new blacksmith came to town last night.” She said, “Do you think it will hurt your business any?” “No,” said Father, “The new blacksmith is my son born last night.” When Ira was about two years old, he was a great dancer. Ready for bed in his nightie, mother would pin it up and while Father whistled, Ira would dance for us. He then slept in a trundle bed. Elethra and I slept in a bed in the kitchen. We lived in a two-room house. The front room was one step higher than the kitchen. We children ran barefoot in summer and an evening chore was to wash our feet before going to bed. I remember Ira sitting in the doorway washing his feet. The toes had been stubbed and were sore and Mother had put a handful of bran in the water as a cleansing agent. After they were dry, she would rub mutton tallow on them as a healing lotion. I remember him crying as he went thru this ordeal. Once when he was quite small he had run away and waded in the ditch and his trousers were wet and soiled. Father was away at St. George and expected home that afternoon. Ira’s punishment was to be put to bed while Mother washed out and dried his pants—soon he was missing, and later found sitting astride the beam of the roof looking up the road to see if father could be coming. Once he went with father for a load of sand. Ira crept under the wagon to be in the shade. Father was loading from the other side and suddenly drove the horses up a few feet for better shoveling; the hind wheel ran over Ira. I remember how white Father looked as he carried him in and laid him on the bed and sat down and wept as Mother looked him over for injuries- and found him not badly hurt due to the soft sand he was lying on when run over. Ira was trying to chop wood. When I went with a pan to pick up some chips, he thought I had filled my pan, but I reached suddenly for more and the axe cut my hand. I still carry the scar after 70 years. Ira’s hat was badly worn but there was none to buy in the small general merchandise store kept by Uncle Sam Crosby-when a freight wagon had brought in new merchandise, Mother went in to make some purchases. On the counter she saw a stack of children’s hats. She picked one up and lifting Ira’s old one she placed a new one on his head to check if it fit. Ira very surprised and not expecting a new hat, threw off the new one and held firmly to the old one much preferring to continue to wear the hat he was accustomed to wearing. The water was often out of the canals and ditches and water was hauled in barrels for home use-being open barrels which Father had made-he covered them with an old quilt and held it down with a hoop. As he went for work to the farm, not far from the river, he would take a couple of barrels and bring them home full of water—As he was about to leave, Ira asked if he might go along. “No, not this time,” said Father and Ira seemed to accept that and left but when Father arrived at the farm, Ira popped out from under the quilt that covered the barrels and said, “I came anyway, father.” Father was working in the blacksmith shop when he heard Ira’s voice from outside asking, “Father, may I ride old Doll?”-our white mare. Father looked out the window and there sat his little son on Old Doll. He had ridden her to the shop to ask permission. Once, needing to refill the water barrels, Mother and our neighbor, Bertha Wittwer, loaded the barrels for both families and sent me with Ira and Albert Wittwer to the river to fill them, our fathers being up working on the dam. We did not fill the barrels from the bank but drove into the river to make the task easier. When we tried to pull out, the wagon was settled down in quicksand. The horses, when they couldn’t pull it out, both laid down in the river. Ira and Albert unhitched the tugs and got the horses out and went to town, a mile away for help. Father and Bro. Wittwer had to get help and dig the wagon out. From Father’s diary: January 1, 1908- On the 10th of September, 1907, my oldest son Ira J. started for Provo to attend the Brigham Young University and at this writing he is there and doing well. January 9, 1908 Father was called to preside as Bishop of the Bunkerville Ward and soon thereafter he received this letter, dated Provo, Utah, January 15, 1908. To Joseph I. Earl, Bunkerville, Nevada. Dear Father: I hope this letter finds you felling as well as it leaves me. I am boarding with Lillian Corry her sister Ethel also is with her. Congratulations to you dear Father. I hear you have been chosen Bishop of the Bunkerville Ward. You could have knocked me down with a feather when I heard the news. I know you are worthy of such an office but it struck me, Am I worthy to be the Bishop’s son? I know that the appointment of bishop does not consider the worthiness of a son. I hope to and am going to be as good as possible. You, father, have always set me a good example- one worthy of imitation. If the Lord will aid me with His watchful care, I will try to be an honor and a credit to you and that you may never have to say unto me, as the Saviour said to the Jews, “How often would I have gathered you unto me as a hen gathereth her chickens, but you would not.” I know there is a great responsibility placed upon you, but I pray the Lord will bless you and give you strength of both body and mind to perform the labors placed upon you acceptable unto the Lord. This is the desire of your loving and affectionate son, Ira J. Earl. P.S. Give my regards to your councilors, J. Nephi Hunt and D. Henry Leavitt. June 1, 1909 Father writes: I work with the bees, Harold and the other boys do most of the farm work. Ira looks after the stock. Viola and the younger children help with the bees. I have 100 colonies. July 11, 1911 All is well for my family. Harold is at work in the Muddy Valley. Ira is at Logan, Utah attending school there. November 26, 1914 Ira is running a store in Moapa for a Mr. Gunn. October 23, 1915 Ira is working at Goodsprings, Nevada July 1908 Ira and Orson Leavitt were working in the cantaloupes in Overton for W. L. Jones February 3, 1907 Ira J. Earl Jr. presented on behalf of the young people of the Bunkerville Ward a sacrament set of individual cups- the first to be used in the ward- it had cost them $37.25.

Journals of Joseph Ira Earl - Compiled by Owen Ken Earl, Grandson

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Book: "Joseph Ira, Calista and Viola Earl Southern Nevada Pioneers Volume 1" by Owen Ken Earl, Grandson 1988

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Book: "Joseph Ira, Calista and Viola Earl Southern Nevada Pioneers Volume 2" by Owen Ken Earl, Grandson 1988

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Life timeline of Joseph Ira Earl

Joseph Ira Earl was born on 6 Sep 1852
Joseph Ira Earl was 9 years old when American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces. The American Civil War was a war fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865. As a result of the long-standing controversy over slavery, war broke out in April 1861, when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina, shortly after U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated. The nationalists of the Union proclaimed loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States, who advocated for states' rights to expand slavery.
Joseph Ira Earl was 25 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.
Joseph Ira Earl was 33 years old when Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies on Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog. Louis Pasteur was a French biologist, microbiologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases, and his discoveries have saved many lives ever since. He reduced mortality from puerperal fever, and created the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax. His medical discoveries provided direct support for the germ theory of disease and its application in clinical medicine. He is best known to the general public for his invention of the technique of treating milk and wine to stop bacterial contamination, a process now called pasteurization. He is regarded as one of the three main founders of bacteriology, together with Ferdinand Cohn and Robert Koch, and is popularly known as the "father of microbiology".
Joseph Ira Earl was 41 years old when Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
Joseph Ira Earl was 51 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
Joseph Ira Earl was 60 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
Joseph Ira Earl was 77 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.
Joseph Ira Earl died on 22 Jul 1934 at the age of 81
Grave record for Joseph Ira Earl (6 Sep 1852 - 22 Jul 1934), BillionGraves Record 652240 Bunkerville, Clark, Nevada, United States